Friday, January 8, 2016

Refined in Black, White and Plum.

Just like that, the first week of 2016 is gone. Before we know it, it will be February already. With that thought Happy TGIF to you! 

I have had such a busy week. There is just so much to do, especially with the beginning of a new year. As we speak my main (white) Christmas Tree is still up and so is Vivian's mini tree and a bunch of other decorations, though I have taken at least half of them away. Like I said, I still have outfit photos and pictures from December and some Holiday-related ones too so you might see my Christmas Tree a few more times. Because it has been real cold and because it has been dreary gray in the mornings and quite dark in the evening when I come home, I have ended up taking a lot of indoor photos these past few weeks. But during December I love taking photos by the Christmas Tree and/or the mantle to feel that festive spirit and the glow of the holidays I so love. Sorry, not sorry (about the pictures by my tree).
There is a story behind this cozy, over-sized cardigan. My mom has knitted it (for herself) about 30 years ago, for about as long as I have been alive. It is in a pretty basket-weave knit and now she has passed it on to me. She has kept it so well, even after several washes, you would never guess it was vintage. I first wore this Cardigan the day I took Vivian to the mall to take pictures with Santa (photos to follow below). I couldn't wait to wear it again so the next day I wore it to work. I paired it with a Black+White Striped Tee and my Black+White Windowpane Pants - some of my favorite pattern pants. I also added Plum Accessories: Suede Pointy Pumps and a Warm+Elegant Fleece Scarf and Matching Cloche Hat. I also dressed them up with my Topaz Statement Earrings by Givenchy and a Crystal+Chain Long Necklace by White House Black Market. Since it was worn during the Holiday season I went for bright red lips and even wore a light gray shimmer eye-shadow (almost like a silver). It resulted in a Refined Black+White Look with touches of Plum. Despite all the the geometric stripes, patterns and two different shades of plum, I still think the look is quite monochrome. Of course I love wearing these pants with a striped top like I did here (which ended up being one of my favorite outfits in 2015) and just like last time I wore another pair of suede pumps. What do you think? Do you own a sentimental, hand-me-down piece in your wardrobe?

The Accessories:
Plum/Dark Purple Skinny Fleece Scarf w/ Fringe Hem: NY&Co. (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Purple Topaz Drop (Statement Earrings) w/ Oval & Diamond-Shaped Stones: Givenchy (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Red+White Faux Snakeskin Watch w/ multifaceted Bronze Glass Face: A Local Boutique in Albania (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Silver Chain Long Necklace w/ Glove & Rectangle Multifaceted Crystals: White House Black Market (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Plum/Dark Purple Fleece Cloche Hat: NY&Co (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Purple/Grape Pointy Toe Suede Stiletto Pumps: Charlotte Russe (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
White Basket-Weave Knit, V-Neck Grandpa Cardigan: Handmade and Hand-me-Down by my Mom (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
White+Black, Elbow-Sleeve Tee w/ Black Lace detail on the back: Forever 21 (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
B+W Windowpane Pants: H&M (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Plum/Dark Purple Fleece Cloche Hat: NY&Co (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Plum/Dark Purple Skinny Fleece Scarf w/ Fringe Hem: NY&Co. (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Purple Topaz Drop (Statement Earrings) w/ Oval & Diamond-Shaped Stones: Givenchy (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Silver Chain Long Necklace w/ Glove & Rectangle Multifaceted Crystals: White House Black Market (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Red+White Faux Snakeskin Watch w/ Multifaceted Bronze Glass Face: A Local Boutique in Albania (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Red Lustrous Lipstick: Revlon "Cherry Blossom" Super Lustrous (identical, Steal), (similar, Splurge).
Purple/Grape Pointy Toe Suede Stiletto Pumps: Charlotte Russe (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).

And below is a casual way I wore this White Cardigan when we went to the mall to take photos of Vivian with Santa. I paired it with my Medium-Wash Blue Skinny Jeans by Target, Leopard Booties by Target and underneath the Cardi I wore a Blush, V-Neck Bow-Tie Blouse by Express. Here are a few photos with my most favorite ladies, the two ladies I love the most (my daughter and my mom, of course).


  1. That was so nice of your mom to hand the sweater down to you. Have a great weekend.

  2. very nice outfit..i like your pants..and as usual you and your baby are so sweet the pic with your mother

  3. Cool story about the sweater! I love the black and white and pattern mixing in this look. Great choice for shoes.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. Love the print mixing. The purple is a great touch

  5. Such a fun color! Love the plum and the mixed prints!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  6. So nice you can continue to wear your mum's cardigan!

    I have a few of my mum's clothes in my wardrobe too, it's nice to be able to wear and enjoy them :)

  7. Lovely outfit Ada, I love your lilac shoes, such a great colour and style :)

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

  8. I just LOVE that hat, the color and style of it. And I'd love a pair of pants in that windowpane pattern!


  9. I love the story behind the cardigan, your sweet mama!! I also love that you still have your tree up, I am so missing all the lights in the evenings!!! Those windowpane pants are darling!! And the plum with them is divine!! So pretty Ada, hope you're having a lovely weekend!!

  10. I love the way you mixed the pattern of the window-pane pants + striped shirt.

  11. What a great story behind your cardigan! I love it when things hold sentimental value. Hopefully next week will be less hectic for you! It's always tough with the holidays and then going back to work. Have a great weekend!

  12. Love this pattern mixing! The pop of purple is so fun!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  13. I love the color scheme of this outfit and ESPECIALLY that your mom knit the sweater. What a sweet story! And I still have a few outfits I wore during the holidays that haven't made it to the blog yet. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

  14. I love that your Mom knitted your cardigan! This is pattern mixing perfection and those heels are fab!

    Doused In Pink

    1. Hi Ada, I didn't realize my daughter was logged into blogger! The comment is from Jill @ dousedinpink!

  15. How wonderful that you mom made the sweater! These are fabulous pictures, and memories. Thanks for linking, xo


  16. I love this look Ada, the prints mix together perfectly and I LOVE those pants! I just bought a blazer in that windowpane print. I love the festive Christmas tree pictures and the pictures with Vivian too!

  17. You look so glam, love your tree too-Thanks for linking up to #fashionfriday at

  18. Love the pants and the pattern mixing. Thanks for linking up for Style It Friday. xo~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

  19. Awww, so sweet about your mom's sweater. You are looking so lovely in your grid pants and striped shirt - love the purple pumps! Also your tree is very pretty and festive. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Ada!

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

  20. Those pants are super fabulous and look so good with plum!


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