Friday, March 31, 2017

Denim Patchwork Jacket for Spring.

It is the last day of March you all and it falls on a Friday. March is over and with that a quarter of 2017 said Farewell, as hard that sounds to believe. But TGIF you all. And speaking of Friday, did you guys see the new Friday Emojis that Instagram Stories added today? They weren't there by Friday evening though. I hope they keep/add those every Friday. I like cool emojis, don't we all?!

So this Patchwork Denim Jacket is the coolest and perfect for Spring. For one, patchwork is very IN this season which goes to say that styles get recycled at least every decade. I want to say this Gap Denim Jacket is at least one decade old. I wore it over a Purple/Eggplant Sleeveless Ponte Sheath, with my Black Superga Sneakers and a Blue Velour Hat I have had on my closet for over 10 years (since Mervyn's California was still around). The tassel earrings are new though. They are made of very fine/thin strings with some very light white beads/crystals around them and they are very light though they are big (they are currently 3 bucks at H&M and they came in hot pink and a mustard yellow too). I carried a little Black+White Windowpane Clutch. I could actually totally wear this Casual Outfit to work on Fridays (though I would probably take off the hat and wear simple black studs instead), but in reality I just wore it on a day out and about.

Deep Purple/Eggplant Sleeveless Ponte Sheath w/ Black Line in the middle + Pockets: Merona via Target (similar 3/4-sleeve option, Great Deal), (similar, on Sale, love this), (similar in fuchsia, on Huge Sale, my Favorite). 
Black Twisted Beaded Jet Crystal Necklace: White House Black Market (similar dainty option, Steal), (similar cluster necklace, on Sale, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Nude Soft Lipstick: "Fairest Nude" by L'Oreal (New) (identical, Great Deal), (similar, Steal), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Moda #57: Blush Pink and Spring Heels.

Welcome to the 57th week of Thursday Moda which is all about Blush Pink (a.k.a. Rose Quartz) and Spring Heels, styled by me and my Lovely, Beautiful Co-Host MARY from Mary Murnane. Mary styled the prettiest Asymmetric Ruffly Blush Nude Dress with matching Cardigan and matching Spring Sandals and a Python Clutch. Mary is one of those 50+ ladies who is always modern, sophisticated, elegant and put together. She has a gorgeous collection of bags and shoes too. Getting to know her as my co-host this week, I found out that she has been blogging for almost the same amount of time as me and she also has a beautiful daughter which she features on her blog sometimes - another thing we have in common. Mary is truly beautiful inside out and always put together; she inspires me! Get to know her better by following her blog and you can see her post on detail here.

There are many shades of blush pink in my outfit today (originally worn this Monday and yes it went up to 70 degrees exact, that day). My Long-Sleeve Nude Floral Romper with embroidery over it (purchased in Summer, last year) was paired with a Light Pink Cardigan (it has a coral undertone) which I have had in my closet from The Limited for 15 years (a silk-blend and it still looks brand new). I layered them together and cinched my waist with a very skinny Nude-Blush Belt which is new-ish, my Gray Felt Panama Hat from a year ago and my Hot Pink Flamingo Clutch from last Spring.
...Finishing it all off with my Spring Heels and for that I chose these Blush/Dusty Rose Velvet Pumps with three buckled straps and block heels. You first saw them here on my Instagram. These gorgeous shoes were sent to me from the "Best Friends" Boutique. A local boutique in up-north Michigan which is opened and owned by two best friends. Staying true to the name of their boutique, these lovely stylish 20-somethings have focused mostly on shoes and bags (they are every fashionista's best friends as well as best pair when it comes to accessories), but they also have other things like jewelry, other accessories and cute clothes. They asked me if I wanted the blush pair or the navy ones. After going back and forth in my head for 3 days, I decided for the blush. However, I do want to add some navy or cobalt velvet booties to my closet. Needles to say, this outfit got many compliments on Monday when I wore it. The pink+gray paired so well together, as did the touches of hot pink and matching tassels from the clutch and gifted necklace. The pretty beaded light blue+coral blush bracelets mixed+matched well together, too. Lastly, my L'Oreal Fairest Nude Lipstick and a coat of mascara was enough for me for this warm Spring day. What do you think of this Girly Bohemian Look?! Wearing blush and velvet shoes this Spring, like me?!

Blush/Nude Rose-Print, Off-Shoulder, Bell Sleeve Romper: Xhilaration via Target (cold-shoulder option, Steal, love this), (similar short-sleeve option), (similar e/ long sleeves, Great Deal, my Favorite).
Light Coral Pink Silk Blend Cardigan: The Limited (Old) (similar, Steal, love and own 1 of these!), (similar, on Huge Sale), (similar open cardi, Splurge, my Favorite).
Light Blush Reversible Skinny Belt: Old Navy (New) (very similar, Huge Steal), (similar, on Sale, love this), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold-Tone, Skinny Oval-Shaped Multi-Faceted Plum/Magenta Drop Earrings: Loft (New) (blush pink option, Steal, my Favorite), (similar dressy option, Great Deal), (similar, Small Splurge, love these), 
Tan Beaded+Clear Crystal Necklace w/ Neon Pink Tassel: DIY and gifted by Carrie (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Gold-Tone, Light Blush Enamel Skinny Cuff Bracelet: The Limited (similar, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, set of 2, Splurge).
Light Blue Stone Stretchy Bracelet: Express (Old) (similar, set of 3, Steal, love these), (similar in periwinkle, Splurge, my Favorite).
Light Coral/Blush Pink Beaded Adjustable Bracelet: Loft (New) (similar, multi-stranded, Huge Steal), (similar wrap bracelet, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Nude Burlap Clutch w/ Pink & Tassel: Francesca's (New) (gorgeous option in green, Huge Steal, love this), (similar, Fantastic Deal), (similar, Big Splurge, my Favorite).
Nude Soft Lipstick: "Fairest Nude" by L'Oreal (New) (identical, Great Deal), (similar, Steal), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Blush Pink Multi-Strappy Velvet Pumps: Indigo c/o "Best Friends" Boutique (similar style in faux leather, Huge Steal, love these), (similar, Steal), (classic style, Great Deal), (similar Mary Jane, Splurge, my Favorite).

About 110-115 looks were linked up last week and I loved so many looks. In actuality I loved 8 outfits very much, 4 of which were pretty casual and the other 4 (today's) were quite dressy. At the end of the day, I decided to highlight 4 favorites in the dressy category, as you all know I am attracted to dresses and I love dressing up, so no surprise there. Interesting enough 3 of these ladies here, I have collaborated with for the Wedding posts before. All 4 of these ladies are always dressed to impress and own many dresses and skirts.
Nina's 'Floral Dress' has bell sleeves, a pretty print and plenty of Bohemian flair. I love that the sky blue scarf picks up the light blue from the dress.
'Styling a Backless Dress' in a modern way is Amy Ann with this lacy LWD she paired with a black tee and black heeled sandals - the perfect way to transition into Spring.
'Betty Draper' or is it Kristin paying the most elegant homage to the classic styles of the 60s in this bouquet of a dress with an A-line full skirt?! Love it.
Roxanne is 'Light and Springy' in the perfect pairing of a wrap white tee and flippy heather grey skirt. Love the loafers and that oversized blush clutch with it. Soft and gorgeous.

This Week's Thursday Moda Co-Host: Mary Murnane.
The Ever-Elegant and Ageless Mary is ready for Spring in these late outfits I chose as some of my favorites. That embroidered yellow dress is a stunner as is the wicker bucket bag which needs to get to my closet!

From Mary's Mouth:
        "I'm a former TV News reporter and anchor from Chicago turned portrait photographer (I had my own studio for several years) turned digital media publisher. I have been blogging since 2011 and write about style, beauty, culture, design and life. I have always loved fashion and also love helping others develop their own signature style. As far as my own style goes, I am a minimalist at heart and love classic design with elevated details - a little bit Katharine Hepburn, a little bit Grace Kelly. Whatever my look, I always like there to be at least one unique twist that creates a fresh take on my basics.
        I am married to my best friend and have one amazing, incredible, gorgeous daughter who appears on my blog from time to time, and an adorable 11-year old pug named Bella :) I can be found on Facebook Instagram and Bloglovin."

Last but not least, I wanted to let you know that I am looking for co-hosts for Thursday Moda. It is a great way to promote your blog, add readers, discover new bloggers you'll love and it is all FREE for you. Let me know if you are interested and we can e-mail one another. My e-mail address is under my contact information, or you can leave me a comment here. =) Thanks, enjoy the rest of your week and TGIF!

Now join the linkup and make some new friends!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Perfect Spring Dress and Black Moto Jacket.

This is the Perfect Spring Dress. It is in a very light material, with long sleeves, tassel ties by the neckline which is also beaded and embellished and in the perfect length. It has navy, lavender, periwinkle, burgundy and white on it. I got it on clearance at Target's website, the only one left in a small - it was meant to be. I wore it yesterday to work, as you see it here. It was comfy for me to go bare-legged. I paired the dress with my Faux Lather Black Moto Jacket from Blank NYC (purchased at Nordstrom on sale and it is now on sale too here).

And these are the Perfect Spring Shoes. Laceup or ghilly shoes and block heels are very in currently and these shoes hit on both trends, even better that these ones are olive. Their straps are actually braided and they are in a soft micro-suede and pretty comfortable to keep on for hours. They are easy to transition into the semi-chilly days of Spring because they are in olive green. Target has been knocking it out of the park with their shoes the last couple of years. I especially love their Dolce Vita and Betsey Johnson lines. These are by Ms. Johnson (Betseyville). I also love the textures on this outfit between the Faux Leather of the bag and jacket, the Faux Suede and the light Linen-blend material of the dress. This hot pink beauty of a bag is also from Target, from like a year ago. Perfect for all seasons if you ask me, but especially for Spring. Well, I am a walking Target add here because everything is from there except my jacket, sunglasses (old from Guess) and earrings (from Loft).

My hair is in dire need of coloring (you can see my outgrown gray roots, clearly, lol) but my hairdresser has been on vacation. I finally made an appointment next week. Yeay!

Baby Blue/White/Burgundy/Perwinkle/Navy Bohemian-Style Long-Sleeve Sheath w/ Tassels on the Neckline: Merona via Target (New) (tie dye beachy option, Huge Steal, love this), (similar, on Huge Sale), (beautiful paisley option, Small Splurge, my Favorite), (white+blue gauzy option, Splurge, love this).
Gold-Tone, Skinny Oval-Shaped Multi-Faceted Plum/Magenta Drop Earrings: Loft (New) (blush pink option, Steal, my Favorite), (similar dressy option, Great Deal), (similar, Small Splurge, love these), 
Nude Soft Lipstick: "Fairest Nude" by L'Oreal (New) (identical, Great Deal), (similar, Steal), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Olive Green Faux Suede Laceup Block Heel Sandals w/ Twisted Braided Straps: Betseyville via Betsey Johnson (New) (very similar), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, love these), (similar flats option).

Coincidentally, last time I styled this same leather jacket with another blue+white patterned dress (from last Fall) and a different pair of Faux Suede Betseyville Heels (see below).