Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thursday Moda #12 and a Little Black Dress (or two).

Cute title hmm? "A Little Black Dress (or two)". Well, I am only styling one LBD today but my co-host also has on an LBD so that makes two total. Anyway, happy Thursday and welcome to Thursday Moda #12. I cannot believe it has been almost three months since I started this linkup... and it has grown so much since that first week. Over 100 entries last week, too. Thank you to everyone who links up regularly and to the newcomers, too. Thank you for making Thursdays a great day here at Elegance and Mommyhood.

I bought this dress at Banana Republic almost 3 months ago and I am finally wearing it. Shame on me. I love the silhouette of it and how it looks like a pencil skirt and a v-neck blouse tucked in it. But this is indeed a one-piece dress in a sheath form. The bottom part is this abstract black+white (looks like gray) satiny pattern while the top front is black leather. The back top part is also in solid black but in a comfortable ponte material. I paired my dress with a couple of dainty necklaces: my Gold Open Heart Pendant which is seamlessly layered with the Dainty Gold-tone Lariat Gorjana necklace I received in my last Rocksbox. I added Dangly Gold+Crystal Pave Filigree Earrings which I purchased at Wal Mart. (They are such nice earrings for the price.) I added a couple of rings and a little bangle cuff too. For my bag, I chose this Classic Black Quilted Bag and for the Shoes I went for Suede Sling-back Lilac Pumps which are adorable and so feminine (plus very comfortable). The lilac paired so well with the gray part of the dress. I put my hair in a bun and put a Large Pastel Yellow Rose off the side. I do apologize for how the hair looks on these photos, though. It is after a 9-10 hour workday, since this pictures were taken after work. I did wear this to work with a Black Trench-Coat over it but this outfit can go to dinner, cocktails, and even a wedding. It is also a great LBD to wear to a graduation, like I mentioned yesterday. What do you think?

This week's co-host is LAURA from I Do deClaire. As you can see we both styled Little Black Dresses today and we both dressed them up (collage above). Laura is a wife and mom in her early thirties to a toddler girl who is just 4 weeks older than Vivian. Laura works as a school counselor who wears effortless outfits that always look chic, whether she is dressed up or dressed down. We have collaborated several times in the past and we have done a Mom series on Winter trends, two years ago, also. Laura runs a very successful style linkup on Tuesdays she so smartly titled "Confident Twosday". You can tell by Laura's LBD and the outfits I gathered in the collage (at the bottom of this post) that this young woman is confident in what she wears. She has become a good friend in the last 2 and a half years or so and she is one of those bloggers I would love to meet in real life, some day. As you can see from our collage with our LBDs side by side, she looks smashing hot in her scalloped-hemmed LBD and those fierce pumps. But check out Laura's blog today too because she will show you yet another way to style her fun LBD. I think we both look sharp and sophisticated all dressed up in our LBDs and as I was putting the collage together I couldn't help but notice how our backgrounds look almost identical, too (lol).

Mixed Media, Sleeveless, V-Neck LBD Sheath w/ Patterned Pencil Skirt: Banana Republic (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Real Gold Asymmetric Open Heart Pendant in Dainty Gold Chain: Lord & Taylor (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
"Vivienne" Bar Lariat, Gold-Tone Dainty Necklace: Gorjana. borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (very similar, Splurge). (similar, Steal).
Gold-Tone Dangly Pave Filigree Earrings: Wal Mart (New) (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Baby Pink/Blush Faux Snakeskin Magnetic Bangle: White House Black Market (similar, on Sale), (similar, Splurge).
Silver Tone Ring w/ Large Marble Coral Stone: A Boutique in Albania (very similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, small Splurge, love this).
Gold Tone Ring w/ Oval Brown Stone: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Bronze, Vintage-looking, Pave Snake Cocktail Ring: F21 (similar, Steal, love this), (similar), (similar, Splurge).
Black Quilted Purse w/ Silver Handle: White House Black Market (similar, Steal), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Bordeaux/Burgundy Oval-Shaped Sunglasses: Express (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Pale Yellow Large Rose Hair Elastic: The Limited (very similar, Steal).
Lilac/Lavender Suede Slingback Round-Toe Pumps w/ Bows: BCBG Max Azria (similar flats, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).

Last week, Spring looks and exposed arms and shoulders were linked up. The featured blogger and the bloggers with the other favorite looks (except Tokes who is new to my linkup), are all blogging buddies of mine who all happen to be mothers 40+ years old, which goes to show you that age is just a  number. I was clearly attracted to this year's biggest colors too: Serenity and Rose Quartz. I couldn't narrow it down to a top 3 either so top 4 it was!
Today's featured blogger is JILL from Doused in Pink. Jill linked up the softest jersey Tie Dye Maxi which looked great in its neutral shades of gray and blue. The long T-Shirt Maxi also featured the very popular cold shoulders. Jill, smartly paired it up with those gorgeous Black Dolce Vita Wedges from Target (which I also own in Tan) and Blue Mirrored Sunnies. Jill hails from Chicago - one of the best cities in the world, if you ask me. She normally works from home so her style is usually on the casual side. But even when she dresses up, she keeps her ease and effortless elegance. Jill's blog also contains fun posts like easy DIYs, recipes, posts on beauty, makeup, home decor and family. Also on Thursdays she runs her own linkup "Thursday Fashion Files" so if you haven't yet, after linking up with me today go check out Jill's blog and linkup with her.

There is nothing Debbie cannot wear. 'Sleeveless Button Down & White Blazer' sure why not? I love the cool masculine feel of this outfit and those crisp sky colors.
Linda states that she 'Is Blushing' in that gorgeous tulip mini skirt which she paired with more blush pieces and black. What a fun outfit that makes her look 20 years younger!
Tokes' first entry on my linkup was a hit. She showed not one but two 'Summer Trends' that I love. That Baby-Blue Striped LWD is stunning, especially paired with red.
Nora is wearing her own 'Savannah Blazer and Rose Quartz Blouse'. She is the most talented and stylish clothing designer I know who is also very affordable.

Thursday Moda Co-Host:  I Do deClaire.
A snippet of stylish work outfits Laura has worn recently, that I liked. Make sure you follow her.
From Laura's Mouth:
"I started I do deClaire three years ago after following fashion blogs for a while. I was unhappy with my closet and decided to document the process of turning my style and closet around all while on a budget. I wanted to show it's possible to look stylish and feel confident about yourself while working, being a mom and wife, and while wearing all the other hats women wear (no pun intended)! I can be found on BloglovinInstagramFacebook."

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. 

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Graduation-Inspired Outfits and Tips.

Graduation season is upon us. Last time I attended a graduation was this January. However, it has been way too long for a Spring/Summer Graduation. My first cousin's son (my nephew) will graduate high school in 3 years, rather than that I don't know of anyone graduating anytime soon. But as a style blogger and as someone who loves fashion and can hardly resist a fashion challenge, I wanted to put together this post of past looks I have worn (only one of which has been worn to a graduation), that I think are very suitable for graduations. This post was inspired by the ladies of The Blended Blog who do a themed linkup each week and this week's theme is graduations. So, I am linking up with them, naturally.

Here are some tips and suggestions I have for what to wear to a Graduation Ceremony and/or Graduation Party.

- Wear a Dress or Skirt: I think even a Romper or a Jumper is fine, as long as you dress them up a little bit. Rompers and Jumpsuits are so IN this year so go ahead and wear one but make sure you pair it with heels, wedges, pumps or dressy sandals. Go for a dressier bag, too.
- A Little White Dress: the thing I recommend the most for a graduation. They work so well for the graduate too. Actually I remember from my own graduations, when I was in high school we were told to wear pastel dresses or light colored dresses under our gowns.  For my Bachelors Graduation, we were strictly to wear white or cream dresses. And for the Master Graduation we had to wear light-colored solid dresses or white dresses and light-colored, white or nude shoes. A LWD is also the quintessential Spring and Summer piece you need. If you don't own one yet, buy one or two. Eyelet, lace and embroidery are so in this season and would all look gorgeous in a little white dress.
- A Little Black Dress: just like a LWD, the LBD can go to all places, all occasions, all times. For a graduation party, the graduate or the hostess of the party would look so chic and elegant in a black dress. Don't choose a Cocktail Dress but a T-Shirt Dress wouldn't work either. Something in between that can be dressed up and down. I suggest a wrap style or a shirt-dress, even a sheath.
- A Dress with a Summery Feel: such as one in a bright color (go for coral, turquoise, Kelly green, yellow or cobalt); or one in a fun Summery pattern like floral, summer plaid and gingham. A gingham dress is on my must-buy wishlist currently.
- No shorts, jeans, joggers or capri pants. They all are and feel a lot more casual than what a Graduation Party outfit should look like. I have seen people with cutoff denim, flip-flops and belly-baring camisoles at graduations and that's no bueno. If you have to wear pants, wear a nice pair of cropped pants like thesethesethese or these. Dress them up a little so you feel like a million bucks, in them.
- No tube tops, tank tops or camisoles. Unless you wear a jacket, blazer, cardigan, vest or scarf over your tank or cami (like I have done in one of my outfits, below). But still, I would steer clear of tube tops. You want to be polished and feel comfortable after all. Go for an off-shoulder or cold-shoulder top though. They are on trend right now but they feel both casual and dressy.
- No sneakers or shoes like Toms or Sperry's unless you pair them with a dress or pencil skirt. A pair of jeans with sneakers or shorts with sneakers is a no-no for a graduation. But you could wear a crisp pair of sneakers like thesethesethese or these with a dress or skirt (a midi, a maxi or a pencil skirt) paired with a nice blouse to create that very chic, very modern and currently on trend, polished athleisure look that is so BIG this season.
- Keep your jewelry simple and if you want to go for something bold, do only one big piece like either a statement necklace or statement earrings, not both.
- Don't forget a pair of sunglasses and just in case, bring a hat and an umbrella because most graduation ceremonies and a lot of graduation parties/dinners are outdoors so you never know what Mother Nature has in store for that day.
- Last but not least, wear minimalistic makeup but make sure you have some SPF protection (30 or higher) both in your face and the parts of the body that will be exposed. Chances are you will be outdoors for quite a while.

And here are a dozen outfits I have worn which I think would be great for Graduation Ceremonies and Graduation Parties, some of these would be perfect even for the graduate herself.

Original Post.
This is the kind of LBD you can wear to a Graduation. My LBD is actually quite casual. It is sleeveless, in a popover shirt-dress style. This one is dressed up with a Bright Blazer, Nice Leather Tote, Nude Pumps and a Classic Pearl Necklace.

Original Post (I wore this outfit originally for a casual special occasion - check out where!)
If the graduation is outside, in a really hot sunny day or if the graduation party is outdoors, opt for a Brightly-Colored Sundress like I did here with a Floppy Straw Hat and instead of sandals do Ballet Flats. I say a (closed toe) ballet flat because you want to be comfy but at the same time if you have to walk a lot on grass, there is no chance of your toes getting wet. I find ballet shoes more comfortable. Don't forget a pair of sunglasses and go for a bold, bright purse in a different color that coordinates your bright sundress.

Original Post (see where I wore this gorgeous dress, originally).
Ah this dress - love it. Black and White Plaid done right. The plaid pattern reminds me of Oversized Gingham. This is probably the Dressiest Outfit in this post but one than can work for several special occasions, including a Spring Graduation. If you are a little chilly, carry a shrug, a wrap, a kimono or a little cropped jacket with you.

Original Post
Lots of Ruffles and Bold Color-Blocking here. Both pieces are very dressy. I paired a Pencil Skirt with a Dressy Sleeveless Blouse but the Sandals keep it young, fun plus a little casual too.

A LWD is a must for all Spring and Summer and as I mentioned above, one of the things you should and could wear to a graduation is a Little White Dress. It's the perfect dress if you are a graduate yourself (under your gown), as the mom of a graduate or as a guest invited to the graduate's party. If you are the guest and the party is outdoors or at the person's house, pair it casually like I did above. You can do a denim jacket instead of a denim vest. If you want to look a little bit more dressed up, go for some sandal wedges and a blazer or more tailored jacket. 

Original Post (check it out to see Vivian as a tiny baby, coordinating with mommy).
Go for a Birght Outfit made of separates. Here I paired Blush Pink, Baby Blue, Yellow and Lavender and I loved the results. Though I am wearing an above-the-knee pencil skirt with a tank top, my blazer keeps it polished and dresses it up.

Original Post (check out the post to see all the fun details in this outfit).
Another option for a Bright-Colored Dress. This one is dressier. The dress itself is 100% Silk Charmeusse and I love the drop-kick waist or that oversized ruffle on the bottom. I dressed this up with some Low Peep-Toe Wedges, Statement Earrings and a Wristlet Bow Clutch. This is the perfect outfit where you are slightly dressed up and put together yet totally comfortable and casual.

Original Post (see how I remixed this sleeveless, white popover shirt 7 ways).
Instead of a dress, once again you can go for separates by dressing up a Bright Pencil Skirt with Pumps. I chose a monochrome look of Pink and White. Love this outfit - needs to be repeated.

Original Post (out and about with Vivian in her own pretty floral dress).
A Pleated Red Rose Dress is perfect for Graduation. I brought out the little green from the leaves by wearing Bright Kelly Green Sandals and dressed it up with a White Pearl Necklace and some Cobalt Circle Studs while my hair is in a Bun. Love this dress and I have also worn it to a Graduation, a couple of years ago (no pictures sorry). For the graduation look, I paired it with black, tall wedge, closed-toe espadrille sling-back shoes, a white cross-body bag and a white statement necklace with my hair half-way down.

Original Post (check out two ways I styled this LBD, originally).
One last LBD. The Fit+Flare Silhouette on this one makes it Dressy as do the Nude Pumps and that Gold Leather Tote. I still kept it super simple though because when you have a Great Dress on, no need to fuss over the extras.

Original Post (super fun accessories here).
Another thing you could wear to graduation is a Jumpsuit or a Romper. Usually they are both more casual, so make sure if you wear one - dress it up a little, just like I did. I wore Beaded Wedge Sandals with mine (you could go for stilettos or pumps, too) and I belted it to make it more tailored. I also added a Fun Statement Necklace and a Bold Wristlet Clutch. I kept my hair chic and out of the way in a chignon.

Original Post (is this a dress, is it separates?! find out by clicking the original post).
One last Elegant/Dressy Look, this time I paired Black+White which is popped up with some Fuchsia and Red pieces. Because Red Shoes are perfect for celebrations - graduations included. Once again, for a Graduation I say go for either a Dress or a Skirt especially in a pencil silhouette.

Last but not least, below are three looks I am absolutely loving that some of the ladies from "The Blended Blog" posted today for their Graduation challenge. Make sure you link up with these ladies, today.

Whitney a la Mode.

patterned dress for graduation
Simply Shaunacey.

grad look dress
A Lovely Little Wardrobe.

Shop Graduation Dresses Rompers and Jumpsuits, below. I selected all of these for your upcoming events and Summer vacations. As you can tell, these are all from stores I love and shop at all the time. 

Come back tomorrow to see another Graduation-inspired Look and also to linkup with Thursday Moda. 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 Michelle and Anna Luiza.

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