Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Moda #18 in Red, White and Feminine.

Welcome to Thursday Moda #18. Hard to believe I have been running this linkup for 4 months, now. It has been real good too, thanks to all of you! I am back in another White Dress. And a little more 4th of July inspiration since I chose Red Shoes and a Red Purse to pair my Midi LWD with.

Today's co-host is Elizabeth from Lizzie in Lace who is the girliest blogger and substitute teacher. Elizabeth (or Lizzie, or Liz) has a huge collection of Dresses, Skirts, Tulle and Bohemian pieces and she is in a dress or skirt 90% of the time (my kind of girl). She loves accessorizing with statement necklaces, red lipstick, pretty bohemian headbands and floppy hats. Today we are both in Red and White putting our Patriotic but Feminine flair to our outfits. Lizzie's beautiful Floral Blouse has also some Navy in it. Funny thing is I own the same Red Wedges as her and almost wore them with this outfit lol. Lizzie runs her own style linkup on Fridays - "Friday Favorites"  which I was a co-host for a couple of weeks ago. I am so glad she returned the favor, today. I find Liz's style adorable!

This is another LWD today in a Shirtdress style, featuring an eyelet see-through back. I recently purchased this dress for about 70% off, from Ann Taylor. The dress is made of a poplin cotton but it is still pretty thick and I love those oversized pockets. I also like that the buttons are covered. The midi length and hi-lo design on each side of the skirt are very modern. I just love, love that eyelet back though. I wore this dress out and about. I would very much wear it to work too, but with a nude slip underneath it. I decided to cinch the waist with an Urban, Sturdy, Brown Leather Belt that has been in my closet for years. I also added an Indian-inspired Wide Orange+Gold Cuff which I have paired with this same belt, before. Both of these pieces match my Brown Tortoise Glasses quite well. My Red Satin Slides go well with the Red Logo Purse. The Satin Red Slip-on Slides are so beautiful. They feature a Chinese Floral Pattern. And you can see my love for Kendra Scott Jewelry as I am wearing a Bracelet, Earrings and Necklace all from her. My Rose Quartz Statement Earrings mesh perfectly with the Dainty Druzy Rose Quartz Necklace. All in all, a chic, polished, street-chic and elegant look. Do you own a Midi-length White Dress? What about a White Shirtdress?

Sturdy Leather, Wide Brown Belt w/ side Pocket: Gap (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Black+Brown Tortoise Plastic Sunglasses: H&M (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Dangly, Oval-Shaped "Danielle" Rose Quartz Earrings: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (very similar), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Dainty Oval-Shaped "Elisa" Necklace in Rose Gold Druzy: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (New) (identical, Splurge), (similar, Huge Steal), (same in silver druzy, love this), (similar).
Gold Tone "Erica" Bracelet Cuff in Pyrite Stones: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (identical, on Sale), (same in black, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Gold Wedding Ring and Gold w/ Diamond Engagement Ring.
Burnt Orange+Faux Gold Wide Cuff: JC Penney's (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Gold-Tone "Hadar" Ring w/ Square Torquoise Stone: Elise M. via Rocksbox (New) (same in olive), (similar, Steal, love this), (gorgeous option, Great Deal), (similar, huge Splurge, love this).
Gold Tone Cocktail Ring w/ Kelly Green+Pearl Pave Ladybug: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Red+Black Graffiti Red Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar, Steal), (similar, on Sale, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Red Satin w/ Embroidered Floral Slip-on Slides w/ Kitten Heels: Ann Klein via Marshall's (similar, Great Deal), (similar in gold python, Splurge, love these).

Last Week all of you loved my Bright Floral Scuba Dress. I also loved so many of your outfits, I had a very hard time selecting 3-4 favorite looks and a featured blogger. So, instead I am choosing my most favorite 6 outfits. The linkup had 125 entries from you all so thank you. There were a lot of Red+White+Blue Outfits (as my collage below also shows) and in general some great Summer Outfits. Keep making me inspired! And Happy 4th of July Weekend everyone - hope the ladies below will get you inspired to look cute for the 4th!!
Cara's 'Beach Vibes' can be seen in the tiered, pretty coral tank like waves on the sea and that fedora. 
Tiffany wore the Prettiest Serenity 'Crochet Lace Dress'. The midi length, the fit, the style, the lace, the color - come on, it is Perfection!
Petite Beauty Sheree rocks is polished up in 'Gingham Red White Blue'. Her Laced-up White Skirt and Off-Shoulder Gingham Blouse are so pretty.
Lorena rocks her 'Separates'. That Red+White Striped Pleated Midi Skirt is stunning, especially with the Button-Down Blue Chambray Shirt. All the white buttons on the front make it look like a dress.
Lisa is a style twin with Lorena in 'The Perfect Chambray Shirt' half-tucked into her Red+White Adorable Shorts.
Katie says she wears 'This Print on Repeat'. I cannot blame her, that midi skirt is stunning with a capital "S".

Today's Co Host: Lizzie in Lace.
As I mentioned Liz has gorgeous dresses and below I selected a few favorites she has worn lately. Look at those pretty LWDs and I must say her Nude Sandal collection is beautiful - a different pair below, with each outfit.

P.S. Linking up with Adri + Jessica, Alice, Ana Luiza with Michelle, Annie, Brooke with Erica, Carrie with Jill, Christie, Claire, Dawn, Grace, Elle with Jacqueline, Heather, Jalynn,

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sweet Ruffles LWD.

I didn't even feel like posting an outfit today because it feels not right, completely vain and selfish and like a jolt of happiness when in reality there has been so much bad and terror that has happened lately. I will continue on with my OOTD but I am very much aware and super frustrated about all the acts of violence, murders and terrorism that have happened lately. This hate and fear has got to stop. To better express my feelings, read below, a paragraph I posted last night on my personal Facebook account:

"Nothing and nowhere is safe and sound anymore. Schools, universities, libraries, churches, day-cares, kindergartens, city centers, museums, bars, cafes, restaurants, amusement parks, shopping malls, playgrounds, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, outdoor parks, busses, airplanes, airports, or even your own home, there are no safe places in this world. Hate crimes, shootings, mass murders, bombings, killing innocent people, vandalism and acts of terrorism have become an everyday thing. And people say I am boring that I don't want to get out that much. Can you blame me? I am scared for my life and the lives of those who matter a lot to me. I hate seeing the news because it is all so bad and tragic. In the last week alone we have seen 3 major senseless acts and hundreds of victims. Please God protect my child and keep her safe! 
‪#‎PrayforInstanbul‬ ‪#‎PrayforParis‬‪#‎PrayforOrlando‬ ‪#‎PrayforBrussels‬ ‪#‎PrayforAlbania‬ ‪#‎PrayforAmerica‬‪#‎PrayfortheWorld‬"

Moving on to today's outfit, I must say I am in love with this LWD. The tiered ruffles, elbow-length sleeves, crochet detail on the neckline - very much on trend currently - and the silky material that is lined (so it doesn't look sheer) make it the perfect feminine sheath. I first saw this beauty worn on Elise and she looked gorgeous in it. She styled it about a month ago. I only bought this dress less than two weeks ago and I decided to wear it last night for our belated Anniversary Dinner (11 years). It was the perfect dress to honor our vows and remember our beautiful wedding day back in June 2005. "Who What Wear" is my most favorite collection and brand currently at Target. One of Target's best collaborations from the least few years in my opinion and I have picked up a few pieces from them. This is my second dress from them. I first styled this Black Eyelet Dress (which all of you loved), also from "Who What Wear", three weeks ago.

Since it was a little cool last night with temps in the mid to high 60s, I wore a Denim Jacket on top. This one is fairly new, bought on clearance at Target. Don't let the Fur Shearling Collar fool you into thinking it is too warm to wear for Summer. The jacket isn't lined or super thick and I kind of like how the cream shearling worked with the white dress. Since I carried a Red Clutch, this is a little 4th of July Red+White+Blue inspiration for you all, too. I also want to rave about my shoes for a minute. I have been wanting a pair of flat-forms badly. I found my pair from a local boutique close to where I live in Michigan. They carry mostly shoes and bags but also have other fun things. The brand of the shoes is "Bar None". They retail for $59.50 but I got an e-mail from the store and these shoes are currently on sale for $45.00 which I think is a great price. They are a man-made material but look like leather, are easy to walk with and very comfortable. The store owner was kind enough to gift me these shoes as well as a purse and a top, you will see me wear/style sometime in July. Last but not least, I want to rave about my Pretty Earrings. I wore some big and bold Gold Disc Earrings on yesterday's post. Today I have on Silver Disc Earrings. These are Sterling Silver and have a few Crystal Pave Stones in them. They are by White House Black Market whose jewelry I adore. So, what do you think of this Sweet Ruffled Little White Dress and how did I style it? This dress has been making the rounds on a few bloggers lately and I have loved it on every single one, including myself. It is a little short but I think for a date night, cocktail party or white party it truly is perfect.

Off-White Tiered Silky Ruffled Sheath w/ Elbow-Length Sleeves: Who What Wear via Target (New) (fun strapless option, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (babydoll style, on Sale), (similar dressy option), (gorgeous midi option, my Favorite, Splurge).
Medium-Wash Blue Denim Moto Jacket w/ Off-White Shearling Collar: Xhilaration via Target (New) (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, on Sale, love this), (similar, Splurge, my Favorite).
Black+Brown Tortoise Plastic Sunglasses: H&M (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Sterling Silver Disc Earrings w/ Crystal Pave Stones: White House Black Market (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Dainty Oval-Shaped "Elisa" Necklace in Rose Gold Druzy: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (New) (identical, Splurge), (similar, Huge Steal), (same in silver druzy, love this), (similar).
Hot Pink Braided Bracelet w/ Gold "Love" Pendant: Wal Mart (similar infinity bracelet, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Gold Tone "Erica" Bracelet Cuff in Pyrite Stones: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (identical, on Sale), (same in black, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Gold Wedding Ring and Gold w/ Diamond Engagement Ring.
Gold-Tone Cocktail Ring w/ Blush Enamel & Pave Flowers: Forever 21 (similar, love this), (similar, small Splurge, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Gold-Tone "Hadar" Ring w/ Square Torquoise Stone: Elise M. via Rocksbox (New) (same in olive), (similar, Steal, love this), (gorgeous option, Great Deal), (similar, huge Splurge, love this).
Gold Tone Cocktail Ring w/ Kelly Green+Pearl Pave Ladybug: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Bright Red Patent Leather Clutch: Express (similar, Steal, love this), (very similar, on Sale), (similar, Splurge).
Camel/Tan Faux Leather Flatform Espadrille Wedges w/ Ankle Strap: Bar None c/o "Perhaps" Boutique (a local boutique) (New) (almost identical, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal),  (similar, on Sale, love these), (similar, Steal).

Since yesterday I wrapped up the third week of Dresses for the month of June - dedicated to Floral Dresses, here is a collage of all of them side by side. I think my favorite two dresses and how I styled them are the Kimono LBD for the Evening/Dressy Look and the Colorful Scuba Dress. Which ones are your 2-3 favorites?

P.S. Linking up with Adri + Jessica, Alice, Ana Luiza with Michelle, Annie, Brooke with Erica, Carrie with Jill, Christie, Claire, Dawn, Grace, Elle with Jacqueline, Heather, Jalynn,
Also linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog  for "Create 28".

Once again, I am running very late in posting this afternoon, so for your convenience I will leave the Linkup code on the bottom of today's post. The linkup goes live at 8.00 PM Eastern time. I will have a brand new Thursday Moda post with the linkup code again, tomorrow morning, with a beautiful co-host. =)

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Watercolor Chiffon LWD.

I am always off on Tuesdays but I am always running late that day, that includes my blogging schedule. Between spending time with Vivian, cleaning, laundry, spending necessary time with Viv, catching up on The Bachelorette and watching the new episode of "Wentworth" that is uploaded online that same day, my schedule is full and cup runneth over. But here I am posting The Cutest Little Shirtdress. This Dress is adorable because it falls under both the Little White Dress category and the Floral Dress category. With this dress I am wrapping up the floral dress week and starting the LWD week - the last week of Dresses from a month of Dresses, June. My Sweet Vivian was too busy spending time on her toy computer so we couldn't take any photos together that day. She wanted to make sure I didn't leave without her, so she put her little chair right by my van lol. I snapped these photos before leaving to visit my brother who had invited us for dinner. He makes a mean steak. The filet mignon he cooked for us, was lick-your-fingers good!

This dress by the Mossimo line at Target is so cute. It is in a Chiffon material but despite being a white background, it is still not see-through. It is a pop-over shirtdress style with a Mandarin Collar and a Knotted Bow detail on the waist. The print on it is in a Watercolor Flower design (like forest vines) in a Dark Green and Blush (Rose Quartz). I also added my newest pair of Sandals from Target, another Black Flat Gladiator pair (like yesterday's). This pair is studded with Silver Bullets and the ankle-strap is so flattering. A few Gold-Tone Jewelry pieces, my Tan+Silver Bow Headband and I was done. 

Vivian is wearing the most Gorgeous Pink Dress. It is in the softest knit material, midi length, with gorgeous Chiffon 3D Rosettes adorning the chest. It is courtesy of a local children's boutique here in the Metro Detroit area called "Yolo Kids". Doesn't she look adorable?

White Chiffon Knotted Shirtdress in a Pastel Watercolor Pattern: Mossimo via Target (New) (similar, Great Deal), (similar), (similar in classic pinstripes, on Sale, love this), (similar w/ long sleeves, Splurge, my Favorite).
Nude Skinny, Faux Leather Headband w/ double Faux Leather+Wire Bow: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Steal), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Gold-Tone Textured Disc Earrings: Wal Mart (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (very similar, Splurge).
Gold Tone "Erica" Bracelet Cuff in Pyrite Stones: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (identical, on Sale), (same in black, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
White w/ Gold Faux Leather Braided Bangle: The Limited (New) (very similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, small Splurge).
Gold Wedding Ring and Gold w/ Diamond Engagement Ring.
Gold Tone Cocktail Ring w/ Kelly Green+Pearl Pave Ladybug: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Black Ankle-Strap Faux Leather Gladiator Sandals w/ Silver Bulletin Studs: Mossimo via Target (New) (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).

Vivian's Outfit:
Pink Knit Dress w/ Pink, Hot Pink & White Chiffon Rosettes: c/o Yolo Kids Boutique (New).
Hot Pink+Blue Ombre Plastic Princesses' Sunglasses: Disney Kids.
White Bow w/ Magenta Metallic Polka Dots: Wal Mart.
White Cotton Socks: Wal Mart.
White Clear Lucite Strapy Closed-Toe Sandals w/ Neon Pink Chiffon Rosettes: Wal Mart.

I am linking with the following bloggers:
[Wednesday]: Allison, Brenna with Grace + Jenna, Brooke with Erica, Claire, Grace, 
Also linking with the ladies of "Tuesday Talk": BeckyBethLauraMichelleStasiaStephanie and WhitneyPlus linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog.
And last but not least I am linking with the ladies of "Ageless Style": AliceAnaCarrieDaenelDebbieJennieNicoleShellyTania and Yvonne.