Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Merlot Lacey Fit+Flare Dress - Bohemian Fancy.

RIP May 2016 - you will be missed. Welcome to June everyone and welcome to a month of Dresses at Elegance and Mommyhood. 

I promise to show you a dress a day all month long, for a total of 30 dresses. Actually in May (my birthday month) I wore a lot of dresses too, and the weather cooperated for the most part, though it did rain a lot, too. As a matter of fact, these OOTD photos are from early May on the day of my husband's birthday and just two days after I cut off 7 inches of my hair and of course colored it too (it was dyed in a couple of lighter shades in like a rich red-ish brown). My favorite thing about this outfit - though I love the dress and how I styled it - is my hair. It looks so fresh and healthy, doesn't it?! BTW, you will be seeing Vivian in a lot of dresses this month too and actually stay tuned tomorrow on Thursday Moda for even a more fun Mommy+Mini Me post. =)

Each week, I will have an entire week of the same theme, style or texture when it comes to my dresses. This week till next Monday it is all about Lace, Crochet and Eyelet details on a dress. Lace, Crochet and Eyelet has never been a hotter trend than this Spring/Summer 2016. Today, I am starting off with a Lace Dress. This girly material and beautiful texture is a favorite of mine. I ordered this Merlot Lacey Fit+Flare Dress as well as my Red Lacey Fit+Flare Dress (from this post) in early April from Nordstrom.com with the purpose of wearing one of them to the Spring Wedding I went to. They were both similar in style and also similar in color but since they were purchased on sale and both fit me like a glove I decided to keep them both. I wore the Red one for an early pre-birthday Girls' Night Out for my birthday and this one was worn to work and to celebrate my husband's birthday on the same day. I didn't wear neither to the wedding. But I did love the Long-Sleeve Floral Fit+Flare Dress I ended up wearing to the relaxed Bohemian-themed wedding I went to. I loved how I styled that dress so I pretty much took the same jewelry and shoes and styled them with this burgundy lace beauty. Adding to the bohemian fancy appeal is my Blue+White Marled Clutch (a different clutch from what I carried to the wedding) with the Oversized Yellow Tassel which I love. It was warm that day and Vivian wanted to take pictures with mommy and since I dressed up she wanted to do the same. She kept saying "Vivi Puna" which means "Vivi works" or "Vivi goes to work" in Albanian. She knew I was dressed up for work and she said she was going to work too lol. Her Pink+White Dress was a gift from one of my aunts for Easter this year. The dress is actually sleeveless. She has a fun colorblocked tee underneath which has one blue-ish purple sleeve and one pink-ish purple sleeve. I thought the tee looked great with the dress and like it was a part of it. Vivian too is themed this week. Her beautiful dress combines eyelet, crochet, gingham and polka dots. =)

Merlot/Burgundy/Maroon Fit+Flare, Short-Sleeve Lace Dress w/ Sweetheart Neckline: Nordstrom (New) (very similar, Steal), (babydoll boho style, Great Deal, love this), (sexy, cocktail option), (similar, dressy, small Splurge, my favorite).
Gold-Tone Pendant "Taylor" Necklace with Purple Agate Stone: Robyn Rhodes, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (almost identical, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Pave Teardrop Fuchsia (Merlot) "Abba" Earrings: Loren Hope, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (same in lavender, Great Deal, love these), (same in iridescent sparkly stones, Splurge).
Gold Tone Teardrop Bangle in Aqua Chalcedony: Margaret Elizabeth, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (very similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal, love this).
2 Turquoise Crystal Bracelets w/ mini Rectange Beads: Express (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Gold/Amber Mini Beaded, Stretchy Bracelet: Express (part of a bundle).
Silver Tone Ring w/ Large Marble Aqua/Mint Stone: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Gray/Silver Leather Cuff w/ tiny Silver Studs Embellished: Art Show (Hand-made), (New), (similar, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal), (similar in brown, Splurge).
Gold-tone Ring w/ Large Square Red Stone: Express (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Dark Mauve/Plum Smooth Shiny Lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Plum Baby" (identical, Steal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Cobalt Blue Woven-Patterned Clutch w/ Large Faux Lather Yellow Tassel: Target (New)  (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Tortoise Frame, Plastic Sunglasses w/ Iridescent Mirror Glasses: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, my favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Camel/Tan Faux Leather Ghilly Sandals w/ Block Heels: Charlotte Russe (New) (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, on Sale), (similar, Splurge).

Vivian's Outfit:
Hot Pink+White Eyelet+Gingham Sleeveless Ruffled Dress: Blueberri Boulevard (New) (Gifted).
Teal/Purple/Blue/Gray Colorblocked "Owl" Graphic Tee w/ Long Sleeves: Meijer's (New).
Hot Pink Pinstriped Fedora: Mine (real old - it is her favorite hat).
Hot Pink Tights w/ Baby Pink Hearts: Wal Mart.
White+Hot Pink Sparkly Disney Princesses Sneakers: Disney.

Also, linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day, Gingham Style, 3 Ways.

I hope your long Memorial Day Weekend was fantastic and you all got some sun and perhaps a tan, too. 

I debated whether I should post these two Gingham Outfits in two separate posts. I ultimately chose to post them together because they are relevant to one-another since they show two different ways to style Gingham and wear Red, White+Navy for Memorial Day and all of our gingham pieces plus several other elements on each outfit, are from Old Navy. The outfit with the White Jeans and Navy+White Gingham Tank Top is a little dressier. The outfit with the Red+White Gingham Romper is very casual. I do apologize about all the many photos today but I am so far behind with Outfits, plus I am challenging myself to wear a different dress all month of June and blog them all. That is 30 dresses in total and I will start off a day earlier and post one tomorrow, so yeah today it's a two-fer or better yet a three-fer post, since Vivian is showing you all a third way to wear Gingham, ala toddler style.

As soon as I saw this Navy+White Gingham Tank Top at Old Navy's website, I knew I wanted it. Even better that it came with matching shorts - I ordered both. The top is slightly cropped. The oversized gingham and the fact that it is in white+navy make it so fresh and crisp for Summer, a little preppy and nautical too. I decided to play off with the Navy and White so I wore my Zara White Skinny Jeans and a Clutch in Navy while my Kitten Heel Pumps are in Electric Blue. My pop of red is very subtle: lipstick and the polka dots on my Neon Yellow Bow that I added to the side of my bun. Coincidentally enough, last time I wore these pumps (3 months ago) I paired them with the same clutch and my outfit had a lot of navy, too. 

Navy+White, Cropped Button-Back, V-Neck, Gingham Tank Top: Old Navy (New) (identical, Steal), (similar, on Sale), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
White Skinny Jeans w/ back Gold Zipper on the hem: Zara (similar, Steal), (similar w/ raw hem), (similar, Splurge).
Neon Yellow Skinny Bow Barette w/ Red Polka Dots: c/o an Accessories Boutique in Albania (similar set of 3, Steal), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Gold-Tone Drop Earrings w/ Circle Coral Stones: a Boutique in Albania (similar, Steal), (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, small Splurge).
Long Pendant "Layeden" Necklace in London Blue Illusion (Turquoise): Kendra Scott, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Real Gold Asymmetric Open Heart Pendant in Dainty Gold Chain: Lord & Taylor (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Silver Tone double-stranded Stretchy Bracelet w/ Circle White Enamel Stones: The Limited (New) (similar, Steal), (similar, on Sale, love this).
Gold Tone Ring w/ Oval Brown Stone: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Gold Tone Ring w/ Oval Brown Stone: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
2 Turquoise Crystal Bracelets w/ mini Rectange Beads: Express (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Gold/Amber Mini Beaded, Stretchy Bracelet: Express (part of a bundle).
Silver Tone Ring w/ Large Marble Aqua/Mint Stone: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Navy Faux Leather+Faux Shearling Foldover, Envelope Clutch: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal), (similar w/ fringe, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Royal Blue Suede Almond-Toe Pumps w/ Black Buckle detail: Nine West (similar, Steal), (similar), (similar, Splurge, love these).

I love a little plaid skirt. I think they evoke the classic and preppy look of a school girl so I bought Vivian's adorable plaid skirt for a steal at Old Navy. Then, literally a couple of days later I saw my romper online and ordered it. I love the large plaid pattern in an oversized gingham and the light linen material which makes both pieces great to wear all Summer long on a casual day off. I wore my romper with Navy Flip Flops (also from Old Navy) to add the blue I was missing from my patriotic outfit and I paired Vivian's Skirt with a Navy+White Graphic Floral Tank Top (also from Old Navy). I loved how cute Vivian's outfit came out. We ended up wearing these outfits yesterday (on Memorial Day Sunday) for a hot day off, of 85+ degree weather. Are you wearing Gingham this Spring/Summer and how do you style yours? Which of my two outfits do you like better?

Red+White (Oversized) Gingham, Linen-Blend Cami Romper: Old Navy (New) (identical, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar in oversized navy+white, love this), (similar, small Splurge).
Dangly Beaded Drop Earrings w/ Soft Coral+Blush Beads: NY+Co (similar, Steal), (similar, small Splurge, love these).
Silver-tone Chain Necklace w/ Pave Teardrop Pendant: White House Black Market (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge, my favorite).
Teal Plastic Sunglasses w/ Colorful mini Rhinestones off the side: Von Maur (Gifted) (similar, Splurge, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal).
Navy Rubber Flip Flops: Old Navy (New) (same, in navy, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, small Splurge, love these).
Bright Coral/Orange Nail Polish (on both of us): "Aloha" by OPI (New) (identical, love this), (similar, Splurge).

Vivian's Outfit:
Navy, Racerback Tank Top in a White Graphic Floral Print: Old Navy (New).
Red+White (Oversized) Gingham, Linen-Blend Skirt: Old Navy (New).
Red+Black Zebra Bow Barrette: The Dollar Store.
Hot Pink Rubber Slingback Thong Sandals w/ Pink Chiffon Rosette: Circo via Target (New).

P.S. I am linking up with Mix it Monday
[Wednesday]: Allison, Brenna with Grace + Jenna, Brooke with Erica, Claire, Grace, 
Also linking with the ladies of "Tuesday Talk": BeckyBethLauraMichelleStasiaStephanie and Whitney
Plus linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog.
And, I am linking with Ana Luiza and Michelle for Stylish Monday. The theme this week is Memorial Day Outfit.