Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thursday Moda #4 and Lace-up Blouse.

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Is it just Michigan or is it rainy and cold where you live? Spring is so unpredictable and never makes up its mind. It is safe to assume Spring is a female, lol. Anyhow, I wore this Outfit exactly a week ago for St. Patrick's day to work. All 16 of us were wearing some Green. I wore my new Green Worthington Pants and paired them with this new Off-White Laceup Shirt which is a Popover. I am so happy I purchased this shirt at Express, I would love to own it in black and if they make it, I would also love it in a fun pattern. While this blouse received some compliments, it was my Leopard Smoking Flats that got all the compliments. These shoes are cute, well-made and have tassels - not bad for 20 bucks. And I happen to love Kelly Green paired with Leopard, even better if you throw some Bright Orange on top. I also did an Olive Green Jacket on top. I kept my makeup very simple with an almost nude Revlon lipstick, black mascara and a taupe skinny eye liner. Do you own a pair of Bright Pants for Spring?

The Accessories:
Sophee Drop Earrings in Silver: Kendra Scott, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Silver Cubic Zirconia Ring w/ big Pear-shaped Stone in the middle: Meijer's (similar, small Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
"Follow Your Arrow" Cuff Bracelet in Silver: Slate, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Leopard, Almond-Toe Smoking Flats w/ Black Tassels: Charlotte Russe (New) (identical), (similar, Splurge), (similar, on sale, love these), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold Glittery, Semi-Wide Headband: Forever 21 (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal, love this).
Silver Ring w/ Square Black Onyx Stone: Zales (similar, Splurge), (similar, love this), (similar, Steal).
Olive Green Utility/Field Jacket w/ Drawstring Waistline: Old Navy (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar w/ hood, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Ivory/Off-White Long-Sleeve, Lace-up Popover Blouse: Express (New) (identical), (navy striped version, love this), (sleeveless option, great deal, love this), (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
Classic Bright Green/Kelly Green Slim Trousers: Worthington (JC Penney) (New) (similar, Splurge) (similar, Great Deal, love these).
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick: Revlon 240 in "Sandalwood Beige" (identical, Steal), (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this).
Sophee Drop Earrings in Silver: Kendra Scott, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal).
"Follow Your Arrow" Cuff Bracelet in Silver: Slate, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Silver Cubic Zirconia Ring w/ big Pear-shaped Stone in the middle: Meijer's (similar, small Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Silver Ring w/ Square Black Onyx Stone: Zales (similar, Splurge), (similar, love this), (similar, Steal).
Gold Glittery, Semi-Wide Headband: Forever 21 (similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal, love this).
Orange Faux Leather Bag w/ Asymmetric Locket Pocket on the front: The Limited (similar, Splurge), (similar, small Splurge, love this), (similar, Huge Steal).
Leopard, Almond-Toe Smoking Flats w/ Black Tassels: Charlotte Russe (New) (identical), (similar, Splurge), (similar, on sale, love these), (similar, Great Deal).

Last week were over 90 entries for the "Thursday Moda" Linkup, not bad for its third week. Unfortunately, on accident, I only kept the linkup open for three days. It was a mistake on my part, I think there would have been more pretty outfits linked. And there were many pretty outfits. So many of you have Spring in mind. I had such a hard time choosing my favorites. Thank you for linking up in the past few weeks and please spread the word about the linkup. Thank you!

This week's featured blogger is Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine. Her bright green outfit was fun, cheerful and oh-so-pretty. I haven't seen a prettier outfit for St. Patrick's day and most of those pieces are from Old Navy, too. I am dying over her wedge sandals and the gingham camisole is too cute. Andrea always puts together elegant outfits that are on the more casual side. She rocks skinny jeans and pretty jewelry. But her blog also has amazing dessert and cake recipes and she does a "Friday Favorites" post on Fridays which I love. On Wednesdays, along another dozen ladies, she does a themed linkup called "Style Perspectives". You can join the current one if you like. Andrea is not only very stylish but also a sweetheart, make sure you follow her.

Marly, I 'Pinky Swear' I love this combination of Rose Quartz with Navy. The soft shorts and bow-tie blouse are gorgeous together.
Rachel is wearing the ever-classic 'Denim Jacket' with a gray midi skirt and the most adorable snakeskin flats.
Tamara is wearing the perfect 'Spring Shirt Dress' in such a pretty periwinkle blue.

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

And now join the linkup!

Thursday Moda with Elegance and Mommyhood

Looking Back at Easter Styles.

Not scheduling posts ahead comes with its benefits. Yesterday, I felt like it was time to acknowledge what happened in Brussels and not focus on fashion. If you missed it, you can read my two thoughts here. I am having a late start to the day this Wednesday morning and I am so behind with editing pictures, so today I decided to look back on past Easter Outfits. I was going to do a Flashback Friday post with them this coming Friday, but let's throwback on this Wednesday, instead.

Year 2012.
Around Easter this time in 2012 is when I got pregnant. Of course I did not know about it until 5 weeks later. Also, during the end of April is when we moved to our new place, after 5.5 months in a tiny apartment. It was a very busy April to say the least.
This Ivory Wool dress with Chiffon Pastel Aplique Flowers was worn to work during the week prior to Easter. It was brand-new. I purchased the dress with Easter in mind. Playing off the lime pastel in the dress, I wore a very light Lime Mock Turtleneck underneath the dress. Also, my Glass Beaded Necklace has all the colors included in this outfit. And those Eggplant, T-Strap Wedges do certainly stand out. They are some of the very first shoes I ever purchased at Old Navy and to this day - some of my favorites.

I wore this outfit to work as seen here a couple of weeks after Easter. However, I wore the same Lavender Pencil Skirt and Ruffled Pinstriped Blouse for Easter Sunday to church (I don't have pictures of that right now, sorry). The only difference is that I wore Light Pink Pumps. The Pink Pumps said Easter much more than the Black Patent Leather Pumps, to me. Morning sickness hadn't kicked in yet for me and as you can tell I didn't feel or was big or bloated... yet.

Year 2013.
I remember Easter fell very early this year and Vivian wasn't even 3 months old. I have mentioned before that since I am Christian Orthodox, our Easter almost always falls later than the typical Catholic/American Easter, though I celebrate both, especially when I am in the States. 
This Yellow Shirt-Dress was worn during our Easter for Easter Dinner with my in-laws (in very early May). That year Easter fell on May 5th - a day after my birthday - and it was so hot out. With a newborn in tow, we didn't make it to church but we still celebrated and both Vivian and I looked pretty in yellow. You should check the original post to see her adorable Yellow Outfit, too.

I wore this Peachy Outfit to the evening service at church, that year. I went with a friend of mine and both of us had our babies with us. The very soft Peach Chiffon Maxi Skirt is actually quite cute, the pictures don't do justice to it. I added a bunch of other colors to the look with Colorful Jewelry. Lugging a baby around, I opted for Cute Snakeskin Ballet Flats.

Another Easter-Inspired Look worn during Easter week and also for a service I attended that day. Vivian was so little, a little under 3 months old. And look at me, I was wearing 2016's IT Color - Rose Quartz. I paired it with Burgundy Floral Leggings, a Cute Clover Necklace and some Gorgeous Fuchsia Suede Flats.

Year 2014
During April 2014 I did my very first 30 for 30 Challenge (I kind of want to do one of those again, this Spring or Summer) and I had only included 2 dresses (if I am not mistaken) as part of my 30 pieces so I was a little limited to what to wear for Easter.

Ultimately, this Ponte Black Shirtdress is what I wore to church for Easter that year. I kept it a little light with the Silk Silver Blazer on top. But I wish I had worn my Blush Patent Leather Pumps instead of these Metallic Loafer Wedges. I also wore Silver and Fuchsia Jewelry.

Also, a week earlier, inspired by Easter Colors, I worked Rose Quartz and Serenity. This Metallic Baby Blue Bomber Leather Jacket was a gorgeous gift from mom, by Nordstrom. And the Rose Quartz Bow-Patterned Silk Scarf reads Spring, doesn't it? So does the Feather+Rosette Headband. I loved this Girly Outfit.

It is fun looking back at these past Easter Day or Easter-Inspired Looks from my first 3 years of blogging. I have to say my style has changed a little and it has improved. So have the photos and their quality. If I take photos inside now, I make sure the background is pretty clean, not cluttered and distracting and the lightening is decent. Though I have always loved Flowers and Pastels for Easter, I think the best outfit to wear on Easter Day (especially to church) is a Dress with a Cardigan, Jacket, Shawl, Blazer or Shrug on top. Therefore my Favorite Easter Outfit yet is this year's. 

What are your favorite couple of outfits from above? I will share another Pretty Easter Outfit on Friday and come back here bright+early tomorrow morning and join the Thursday Moday Linkup. Thank you.

P.S. Linking up with Alice, Allison, Amanda, Brenna with Grace + Jenna, Brooke with Erica, Carrie with Jill, Claire, Elle with Jacqueline, Elizabeth, Grace, 
Also, linking up with the ladies of The Blended Blog for their Wednesday's Themed "Style Perspectives". This week's theme is styling 
a Patterned Blouse with Neutrals (like my last outfit, from this post).