Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Currently: September 2016.

Oh my, the last day of August is here which means it will already be September tomorrow. It also marks the second half of the year for my Thursday Moda linkup which is going very well, thanks to you all. As I mentioned in my last Currently post, August 2016 was an extremely busy month for you. Well we traveled a bit and drove a lot and saw a lot of Michigan. We ate out quite a bit too and even Vivian did fun things with my sister-in-law and I. August 2016 was one for the books, a month I will never forget, or as I hash-tagged it on Instagram, "An August to Remember". Too bad it's over now. Let's see what I got planned for September, shall we?! I will be linking this post with Anne, by the way. 

reading: I just started "If I Was Your Girl", as I mentioned yesterday on my Instagram and I am almost half-way through it already. It is a great little book with a touching, very actual story. I think I will do a review on it once I am done. But for the author's (Meredith Russo) being her first book, it is definitely a great debut. The book came out in Spring 2016 by the way. I also just bought the September issue of "People Style Watch" - a magazine I haven't purchased in a long while - so I started reading and flipping through that, too. What are some other fun, easy-to-read books you suggest I read next?

trying: new recipes when it comes to food and drinks too. Anything involving vegetables, avocado, fruits, quinoa, chicken and turkey though I have never been a huge turkey fan. I made a stir-fry over quinoa the other day. I added water chestnuts, shitake mushrooms, snap peas, baby corn, sweet white onions, scallions and broccoli to it and mixed the soy sauce with a few spices and a hint of siracha (hot) sauce for a little spicy flavor.

hoping: for a quieter, slow-down kind of September. It has been a great Summer but a little crazy. We have done a lot of traveling and vacations and obviously as a lot of you have noticed, I have cut down my blogging time in half almost. I haven't posted as often, I don't comment as often, I haven't had time to read all the blogs I read regularly. Which is OK. But I am ready to have a more normal September, more of a regular schedule and I am hoping I get to accomplish the last things on my Summer bucket list, this September, like taking Vivi to the Zoo which I haven't done already. 

decorating: nothing, I haven't done much decorating lately. Because it has been a hot Summer, I haven't even decorated my outfits much (read: no statement necklaces, no statement earrings, no heavy jewelry). But I just bought some new little flowers which I plan on planting this weekend in our garden. So you could say I am decorating our front yard and garden. Also, I have been doing some closet purging and closet organizing. I tackled some of Vivian's drawers today and I even organized her many bows. She sure has A LOOOT of hair accessories. 

to do listing: nothing. I haven't done a to do list or used my calendar, my planner or a journal in weeks. Like I said I want to take it easy in September and relax a little bit. I do have a couple of collaborations in the works (blog-wise) and I have a few things (in my mind) that I want to get accomplished. But I am not writing down a to-do list, per say. 

Here is a little throwback to what I was wearing on this date or close date on the blog, last year or before.  I think this is a fun way to look into my past self and what I have worn previously and how my style has changed and evolved since then. =)

This is a look I pinned (I had just gotten Pinterest, by the way) from a favorite blogger at the time (who unfortunately doesn't blog anymore). She was wearing Kelly Green Skinny Jeans with a Navy Short-Sleeve Top w/ Polka Dots, Gold Ballet Flats and Hoop Earrings. I had just gotten my Kelly Green Skinnies and those Soft Leather Gold Ballerinas so I am glad I did my take on this stylish look which I would gladly wear again this year, right now. My top is different from the original pinned look. I stayed true to myself with a ruffled piece. I ended up loving this outfit. I am still very much into Colored Bottoms as my latest OOTD proves, blogged exactly three years later on August 29th 2016.

Exactly a year ago on August 31st 2015 I wore this Silk Navy Romper which I smoothly transitioned into Fall with an Elbow-Sleeve Faux Fur Shrug and Closed-Toe, T-Strap, Cognac Wedges. In the original post you will see this same little navy romper styled casually for Summer. Well, this was the first romper I had ever purchased (about 7 years ago) and one of the only ones I owned last year. Things really have changed though since now I own a lot of rompers and wear them a lot. And coincidentally (things coming full circle I guess), last year when I wore this romper, I was the co-host with Michelle's Pa(i)ge for her "Start the Week Off Stylish" linkup on Monday and the theme was Jumpsuits/Rompers. Funny thing is that Michelle is my co-host tomorrow for Thursday Moda where we will be styling the romper's sister: the jumpsuit. So stay tuned for that. I have a beautiful piece to show you.

P.S. Also linking with Alison, Allison, Brooke with Erica, Claire, Grace, 
Plus linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog.

I usually tutor on Wednesday evenings so it is a busy night for me. I will leave the linkup button down below so you can start linking up your outfits at 8.00 PM Eastern time tonight. And stay tuned tomorrow morning for a brand-new Outfit from both my co-host and I. Thank you all for reading.


Monday, August 29, 2016

A Taste of Brighton.

 Good morning sunshines and Happy Monday - the last of August (sigh). As you have noticed, I have been MIA quite a lot all this month from blogging but I have been a lot more active on my Instagram, so you may have already seen a bunch of these photos of my staycation and vacation of exploring beautiful Michigan. My sister in law left a week ago but in those 2 weeks (and 3 full weekends) she was here, we visited and saw a lot of beautiful places in the Mitten State. We made sure to see a lot of cities with cute down-towns like today's Brighton. So, today you get a taste of Brighton, Michigan. I ran out of space in my memory card and wish I had taken more pictures but you will get the gist. The photo above is of the gazebo located by the river, where a music band was singing Live and they were great! These photos were taken the previous weekend on a busy Friday night. We had a hard time finding an empty parking spot and even all the restaurants were very busy. We ended up sitting for dinner at a vintage-looking, Italian-authentic little restaurant which had the best calamari and the best desserts.

I ended up wearing some Cropped (Dressy) Cobalt Blue Pants with a Silk Watercolor Rose Gray/White/Burgundy Ruffled Blouse. I accessorized with Camel Accessories: Block Sandals, Double-Buckle Belt and Reversible Tote.
Hand Jewelry:
Closed Circle, Gold-tone Cuff: Pitaya (Gifted by my sister-in-law; New) (very similar).
Gold Wedding Band + Gold w/ Diamond Ring: Wedding Rings by my Husband.
Gold-tone Ring w/ Semi Precious Square Orange Stone: Kohl's (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, my Favorite).
3-in-1 Dainty Gold-tone Rings w/ Multi Colored Mini Circle Stones: Ann Taylor (New) (similar in silver), (similar in silver stones+pearls, small Splurge, love this).
Grayish-Blue Octavia Stone, Gold-Tone Ring: Pitaya (New) (drusy option, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, huge Splurge, my Favorite).

There is a river going down-town which ends up into a gorgeous waterfall. There is also a bridge on top of the river. The river had a lot of ducks swimming in it, as you can see.
This brick wall had words and graffiti over it. There are chalks nearby and the idea is for you to grab a chalk and let your little talent out- draw or write something fun.
Look at the gorgeous waterfall, anchored by rocks.
Gray/Burgundy/White Rose-Print Watercolor, Short-Sleeve Silk Blouse w/ Ruffled Neck: Express (Old) (similar, Huge Steal), (similar sleeveless option, Great Deal, love this), (similar, huge Splurge).
Cobalt Sateen Ankle Pants: "Emma" by Liz Claiborne (New) (identical in other colors, on Sale), (very similar, Steal), (similar, Splurge).
Taupe/Light Mocha Double-Buckle, Gold-Metallic Belt: Pitaya (New) (very similar in brown, Steal), (similar in Black, Fantastic Deal, love this), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold, Aviator Sunglasses w/ Floral design off the sides: Aeropostale (New) (similar, huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Sterling Silver, Thin-Twisted, Small Hoop Earrings: Kohl's (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite).
Closed Circle, Gold-tone Cuff: Pitaya (Gifted by my sister-in-law; New) (very similar).
Gold Wedding Band + Gold w/ Diamond Ring: Wedding Rings by my Husband.
Gold-tone Ring w/ Semi Precious Square Orange Stone: Kohl's (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, my Favorite).
3-in-1 Dainty Gold-tone Rings w/ Multi Colored Mini Circle Stones: Ann Taylor (New) (similar in silver), (similar in silver stones+pearls, small Splurge, love this).
Grayish-Blue Octavia Stone, Gold-Tone Ring: Pitaya (New) (drusy option, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, huge Splurge, my Favorite).
Cognac Vegan Leather Reversible Tote (with Mint inside): Wal Mart (New) (similar, Steal), (similar w/ wallet, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Fantastic Deal, I own this too, my Favorite).
Burgundy-Red, Satin Lipstick: Beautifully Bare Satin Lipstick by E.L.F. in "Touch of Berry" (same in pink), (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite).
Cognac/Camel Real Leather T-Strap Sandals w/ Cone Block Heels: Naturalizer (similar, Steal), (similar, on Sale, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).

Also linking with the ladies of "Tuesday Talk": BeckyBethLauraMichelleStasiaStephanie and Whitney.
And, I am linking with Ana Luiza and Michelle for Stylish Monday.
[on Wednesday]: Allison, Brenna with Grace + Jenna, Brooke with Erica, Claire, Grace, 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Did You Know?!

My blog has gotten a lot of new readers and a lot more views and clicks, in the last few months and several of you who have stopped to link up on Thursdays for my "Thursday Moda" linkup. So, today I thought to do a little "Did You Know" post with some true facts about me, most of which I don't think I have shared before on the blog. So, this is a little introduction to new (and some old) readers. Enjoy! And, if you have any questions, ask me on the comments. I will do a  future post to answer your questions.

Did you know my birth-given name is Adriana? It is the name I am born with and the one I have in all of my documents.
Did you know I have dual citizenship (American and Albanian) and since I have been 18, I have voted 6 times, 4 times in USA and twice in Albania?
Did you know I have a brother but no sisters?
Did you know I used to play both the violin and the mandolin and I used to sing, since I was 6 years old?
Did you know I met my husband in Albania when I went there for vacation over 13 years ago?
Did you know my second favorite color is yellow? (You all know by now my most favorite color is red).
Did you know, I have traveled on my own for the first time since I was 12? It was in Greece. I went on a 3-week Summer vacation and we stayed in a children's inn. It was beautiful and I have loved Greece ever since.
Did you know I eat a salad every day?
Did you know I have a certification about wines so I know a thing or two about a good glass of wine?
Did you know I am scared of dogs? OK, this is bad but most dogs scare me. I have been bitten twice by dogs when I was young and I have had a bad experience with most dogs. The cute, little fluffy dogs don't scare me much but big dogs, even the ones that look nice and friendly - yep I am scared of them.

OK, that's it for today. I will do one of these around the holiday season, once again. Hope you enjoyed reading these fun facts. Let me know if you like these types of posts.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday Moda #26 and Flared Eyelet White Dresses.

Good Morning. Hard to believe today it has been exactly 6 months I have hosted this linkup. You have seen a lot of Little White Dresses on me this Summer. Well, here is one more. I am co-hosting today with the Lovely and Stylish ROXANNE from Glass of Glam whose blog is very nice and I love the name. This attorney has amazing style and amazing cocktail and drink recipes in her blog. She has been the Featured Blogger on Thursday Moda before, as well as part of my Thursday Moda Favorites not too long ago. We styled Pretty, Feminine, Flared Eyelet White Dresses today. We both dressed them up and we both chose Crossbody Bags and Pretty Necklaces.

This never-worn before LWD got worn to work recently with my Teal+Hot Pink D'Orsay Pumps by Target. I have them in the Bright Coral Suede and the Leopard version too - love them. Picking up the pink from the pumps, I added my Hot Pink Crossbody which is a bag perfect for work because is big enough and even fits my Samsung Galaxy Pad. As you can tell, this Dress has beautifully-patterned floral eyelet detail by the hem of the skirt and by the hem of the top which sits as an overlay. Since it has 3/4 sleeves and it is fully lined, it would be perfect to transition into Fall. I can picture it with both a colorful long cardigan and a black moto jacket. My latest set of Rocksbox included the Gorgeous Horse-Shoe Pendant Necklace I am wearing and the Adjustable Aqua Stone Cuff. I decided to wear Gold Rings too to match those. Being away from work for almost three weeks I had to come back with a bang style-wise. First with my Navy Dress which I wore on Monday and next with this White Dress which I wore Tuesday. I got lots of compliments on both.

Knee-Length, Fit+Flare Eyelet LWD w/ Crochet detail: Sami+Dani (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar, 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, Aviator Sunglasses w/ Floral design off the sides: Aeropostale (New) (similar, huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Burnt Orange, Plastic Double-Sided, 360 Studs: An Accessories Boutique in Albania (very similar, Steal), (similar in classic white pearls, Great Deal), (identical in gold metallic).
Crescent, Gold-tone, Long Pendant Necklace: Gorjana via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (very similar, huge Steal), (similar, Steal, love this).
Octavia, Gold-tone Cuff in Aqua Opal: Loren Hope via Rocksbox (New) (same in iridescent stones, love this), (similar, Steal), (similar, Splurge).
3-in-1 Dainty Gold-tone Rings w/ Multi Colored Mini Circle Stones: Ann Taylor (New) (similar in silver), (similar in silver stones+pearls, small Splurge, love this).
Closed Circle, Gold-tone Cuff: Pitaya (Gifted by my sister-in-law; New) (very similar).
Gold-tone Ring w/ Semi Precious Square Orange Stone: Kohl's (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, my Favorite).
Hot Pink Faux Leather Satchel Bag w/ Crossbody Strap: Target (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite), (similar, huge Splurge).
Burgundy-Red, Satin Lipstick: Beautifully Bare Satin Lipstick by E.L.F. in "Touch of Berry" (same in pink), (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite).
Canvas, Blue+Hot Pink Floral D'Orsay Pumps: Merona via Target (New) (similar, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, love these).
Use my special code to get a free month of Rocksbox jewelry delivered to your home: ADABFF39.

Today's featured bloggers don't have much in common, except two of the dresses are in navy and two of the dresses are in a slip-dress style. Thanks to all 120 of you who linked up last week and continue to make my linkup, a success!
Today's Featured Blogger is JENNIE from A Pocketful of Polka Dots who loves polka dots, obviously. She linked up a Feminine White+Black Floral OTS Top which she styled two ways: more casually with blue denim flares and cognac wedges, and dressed up for work under a Classic Black Suit. I almost featured her last week too because she linked up the most beautiful yellow dress. Jennie has been blogging for over two years and I have pretty much followed her from the beginning. She always dresses to impress especially in polka dots, plaid and leopard. Also, on Fridays she runs her own Style Linkup so make sure to click on her blog and join her tomorrow, as well.

Priincess' Look is actually from the previous week's linkup (2 weeks ago) but I loved it so much and had to share it. Her 'Off the Shoulder Bodysuit' looks splendid with the burgundy wrap tulip skirt.
Logan celebrated her 'Twenty Eight' looking stunning while pregnant, in a Lace Long-Sleeve Navy Dress and Rust Crossbody Bag.
Sheree in 'Red' is never a stranger to Thursday Moda Favorites. Her orange-red slip dress (worn for her birthday) is super simple yet amazing. Love it with the white pumps.
Melissa, also in a slip dress, paired her navy one with 'Cheetah Print' and gold. Love the accessories.

Today's Thursday Moda Co-Host: Glass of Glam (by Roxanne).
These are some recent looks of her from this Summer which I loved. Her collection of Statement Necklaces is stunning.
From Roxanne's Mouth:
"My name is Roxanne, hailing from Washington D.C.! My blog, Glass of Glam is all about Style, Beauty, and Beverages. I work as an attorney during the day and a blogger the rest of the time! I live with my husband, two kitties...and president Obama is my neighbor. While I always post where you can find my clothing, I like to write about practical things and my daily inspirations rather than over-commenting on a style that you smart ladies can see in my photos!
Come visit me for more style, beauty, and beverages on my social channels:
Facebook "

Also linking with Ana Luiza and Michelle for their "Start Off Stylish" Linkup.
Lastly, linking with the ladies of "The Blended Blog".

Now join the linkup and make some new friends!
Thursday Moda with Elegance and Mommyhood

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An Un-Glorious Fall Transitional Outfit.

 I will be honest with you, I don't quite like this outfit. I debated about whether to post it today. It sounded good on paper, didn't come out that great once I put it on. The colors are perfect to transition into Fall with the darker greens and blues: olive and teal. Plus I have on cut-out booties as well as several on trend 70s elements like a Bucket Skirt and a Bell Sleeve Paisley Top. But, I have actually gotten rid of this silk blouse from Banana Republic (practically vintage now, since it is at least 10 years old). I felt, while it still did fit, I prefer my blouses much more loose now and longer like a tunic. I am debating whether to keep the skirt. I love the color and that style and it is made of very nice corduroy, so I think I will give it another couple of shots.
 ...However, when you keep a style journal of what you wear daily, despite being a lot 'in the public eye, like we are as fashion bloggers, I still think it is OK to show that you are human and post your not-so-great outfits every now and then. After all, we can all learn from fashion mistakes - the people wearing the outfits and the others who get to 'critique' them. So here I am, in my unglorious outfit which despite not being the best or a favorite, it is still perfect to transition into Fall. And lately we have had a cool day or two so that is what I wore.

Gold+Mustard+Pink+Olive Paisley, Bell-Sleeve, Silk Blouse: Banana Republic (Old) (gorgeous OTS option, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar, my Favorite, huge Splurge).
Bright Teal Corduroy, Midi Bucket Skirt: Paris Blues (Old) (zippered-front option, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, huge Splurge).
Silver-tone Dangly Earrings with Floating Lavender Ombre Flowers: Mervyn's California (Old) (similar, om Sale), (sterling silver option, Great Deal).
Black, Oval-Shaped, Plastic Frame Sunglasses w/ Silver Studs off the sides: Lord & Taylor (similar, Steal, love these), (similar ombre version. Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Gold-tone Dainty "Knox Bar" Necklace: Gorjana, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (similar, Steal), (similar w/ initial, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
"Vivienne" Bar Lariat, Gold-Tone Dainty Necklace: Gorjana. borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (similar, Steal), (very similar, Splurge).
Light Pink Snakeskin Bangle w/ Crystal Pave Clasp: White House Black Market.
2 Turquoise Crystal Bracelets w/ mini Rectange Beads: Express (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Multi-Stranded Turquoise Necklace w/ tiny Beads (worn as a Bracelet): Express.
Gold/Amber Mini Beaded, Stretchy Bracelet: Express (part of a bundle).
Orange Faux Leather Bag w/ Asymmetric Locket Pocket on the front: The Limited (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Olive, Faux Suede, Open-side Booties: Charlotte Russe (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite), (peep-toe option, Splurge, love these).

A new Thursday Moda linkup will be live tomorrow at 8.00 PM Central with a co-host whose blog I love.

Also linking with Ana Luiza and Michelle for their "Start Off Stylish" Linkup.
Lastly, linking with the ladies of "The Blended Blog".