Saturday, November 17, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Gifts for Myself.

Hi guys. Christmas and Holiday Gift Guides are all the rage at this time of year. Almost everyone does them, which is nice I guess because we all like different things and we all gift different things. I thought hard about these gift guides I am bringing you this holiday season. I didn't want to half-ass them. I am only doing 4 or 5 gift guides, starting with this one. There will also be one for moms, kids, stocking stuffers and maybe one for dads. However, today's gift guide is all about me. I know I know, I feel like I am being selfish but you got to love yourself and treat yourself to at least one nice thing this upcoming Holiday season. Why not start the gift guides this year with gifts for yourself?! Some of these items are splurges for me, like the designer bag or the tall Hunter boots or even the Bare Dream Cardigans but these are items I have been wanting and saving for quite some time. We will see which ones I will end up buying or treating myself with. I am also looking at this guide as a women's gift guide and even perfect for a blogger. So for the wife, your darling girlfriend,your best friend,  the working mom, your mom, your sister, truly any of these items would make such great gifts! Shop my favorites, below:

A Fun Dress - How fun would this dress be for the holidays?! That is one vibrant green. I love Kelly Green for any season. The mini length, ruching detail and sleeves on this makes it the perfect fun, going-out dress that you could even wear to a wedding or holiday party. This is definitely a want but not a need!

Cognac Leather Boots - I think I have every pair of boots imagineable in my closet but what my closet is missing since I was living in Europe is a pair of well-made knee-high cognac boots. I seriously think they go with everything. Both pairs I have had before I wore them a ton, so this is one item I don't mind splurging a little one, since I'd love a very nice leather pair.

Best New Face Moisturizer - I have heard fantastic things about Olay's New Whips face creams and moisturizers. I'd love to try them, especially this one with the SPF 25 and I will most definitely buy it.

A Sweet Pajama Set - Because every woman needs a very cute, feminine and sexy set of pajamas. Love this sweet set. Great for the bedroom and I think your partner would love it too. The lace and ruffles make it extra sweet.

Black Turtleneck Sweater - Another item I need is a black turtleneck. It is that classic, timeless item that should belong in every woman's closet. The Britts and the French wear it on the daily. I currently don't own one but I'd love a fitted wool-blend one. Even Vivian owns one.

Tall Black Matte Hunters - I do not own a pair pf Hunter boots and I think my very first pair should be the tall Black Matter pair of Hunters. I believe they are the most classic pair out there. I will be definitely adding some to my closet. Hopefully I can catch them on a sale or promo. If you own a pair, do you suggest sizing up at all?! I wear a 6.5 in shoes, sometimes a 7. Oh and I have narrow feet.

The Prettiest White Leather Bag - Another item I have been lusting after for 2 years now, is a beautiful crossbody Tory Burch bag. The Fleming style in white is seriously the prettiest. I will be saving my pennies and hope to buy it by Spring of next year.

Bodycon Dress - The infamous Leith Bodycon Dress is one of the best out there. The material is very well-made. It is a cotton knit which isn't super thin at all, but not a ponte one either. I own the heather peach color already but would love to add this purple-ish one which I think is a flattering color on anyone and could be worn for all seasons. In the winter I picture it with OTK or knee-high boots, and a long cozy cardigan. For best fit on these dresses, size one up. I have mine in a Medium.

Red Teddy Bear Coat - I would love to add a 3/4-length teddy bear coat to my closet and this red one is the most gorgeous one my eyes caught. It is a little splurge but that is a stunning red coat. Red always makes a statement, plus it is my favorite color. Not only is perfect for the holidays but will keep you warm and stylish and have you beating the gloomy mood of the cold weather, all Winter long.

Better Than Sex Mascara - I want to try this mascara that everyone raves about. I have tried a few expensive mascaras and to tell you the truth the Cover Girl Lashblast Mascara - the one in the orange tube - is still my favorite. I also tried Loreal's Lash Paradise Mascara which is comparable to this one but I am still not 100% sold on that one lol. Definitely want to try this one by "Too Faced".

Softest Hooded Cardigan - I have heard the best things about this Barefoot Dreams Cardigans. That they feel like the softest robes you could wear out and about. They are definitely expensive but those who have them, say they are worth every penny. This one with the hoodie is fun and more versatile, I think.

Black Spanx - Last but not least, I would love to add these infamous Black Faux Leather Spanx Leggings to my closet. I should have bought them on sale during the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom but I think I may find them on sale for the holidays. I have heard fantastic things about them and they look amazing on everyone! I have also heard to size up on them for the best fit. So if I buy them, I will go for the medium. I will let you know.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday Moda #141: Your Own Twist ...on High Boots!

Good Morning from this snowy day. It will start around 9.00 AM here and won't stop until about 10.00 PM tonight. I hear that is the case in a lot of the states today. Stay warm and be safe out there! =) Today I am doing something different on Thursday Moda as I am co-joining linkups with Shelbee and Monica (I linked their posts by their names). They started their "Your Own Tiwst" monthly linkup last night. The idea is to take one item, one trend, one theme or one prompt and they each put their own spin to it. When I found out that their "theme" this month was High Boots or Tall Boots, I jumped at the opportunity of co-hosting because I had the perfect warmish-weather Fall Outfit to show you, and I might as well post it too because snow season has just started and is here to stay lol! And to tell you the truth, I can see this outfit I am wearing today as something both Shelbee and Monica could wear since they both rock tall boots and edgy outfits often, and this is slightly edgy! Plus, you finally get to see my Taupe Suede OTK Boots which I purchased last year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 

Little Vivian joined me in this quick photo-shoot because she said that her skirt matched mama's dress. And she is right, her thick ponte skirt (it has pockets) matched in color with this pinkish-red or how I like to call it Raspberry-Colored Dress. I love the sleeves, chest embroidery and laceup neckline on this dress. It makes it quite Bohemian and it went so well with the Neutral Taupe Over-the-Knee Suede Boots for a Boho-Inspired Outfit. Plus the taupe and raspberry colors look so well together - need to wear this color combo, again. So that is my twist on these High Boots - paired them with this Swing Little Boho Dress to create an outfit that is both casual and a little dressy, too. I wore my Gold+Black Pom Pom Statement Earrings by Sugarfix via Target, a Pearl Cocktail Ring and my Pastel Peach Mirrored Sunglasses by Loft. Rosy cheeks and a bright (but not too bright) Pink Lipstick finished off my ensemble. Vivian paired her skirt with a Blush Pink "Mommy's Princess" Graphic Tee, her Graphic Heart Grey Leggings and her Favorite Boots (this leather burgundy pair, they have bows on the back). It was sunny that day but I still layered a long-sleeve tee underneath my dress (my little tip for you to wear tees underneath light/thin long-sleeve dresses in order to make them work for the cold weather) since it was only about 47 degrees. Vivian has another long-sleeve tee underneath her graphic tee too. You want to stay warm, you know! How do you like this outfit today?! Would you wear it?! How are you wearing your High Boots this Fall/Winter?! I also love the edgy layered looks featuring their High Over-the-Knee Boots that both Monica and Shelbee created so make sure you stop by their blogs to see them!

Last Week's Abercrombie and Fitch Outfit was a huge hit with you all. Thank you. It is one of the simplest outfits I have worn lately - a momiform - but fun and put-together still. I loved a variety of looks: from leopard dresses to wide-legged paperbag pants, plaid and bold floral pants! Each of the ladies I featured has on at least one item which can be worn for the holidays. Also, stop by Monica and Shelbee to see who they featured!! See my most favorites below, welcome and join this week's linkup, too. You might be featured next Thursday, on Thanksgiving. =)

'Plaid Coat for the Win' indeed for this cute mama of two. Bojana shared this beautiful coat, white denim and cute grey booties.
Lydia got all the casual 'Fall Feels' in her little leopard sheath and white sneakers. I don't blame her for not wearing a jacket or coat when it is not needed.
My friend Kellyann shared a couple of different looks but those floral pants paired with the most beautiful emerald wrap blouse were a huge hit for me. This woman has 'Ageless Style' and I could totally see this outfit for Christmas in Florida.
The lovely Grace shared over a dozen outfits featuring 'Power Suits and Blazers' but I fell in love with this tone-on-tone orange 3-piece look featuring a shorts suit. I love the silky camisole, too.
She is the cutest grandma out there plus the most dressy hiker. Amy is 'Hiking in a Plaid Dress' looking adorable in red+tan. Love the holiday vibes in this look, complete with cranberry tights.
Remember my outfit from yesterday with flounce, texture and colorblocking?! Well my beautiful friend Laura also shared one with those out-of-this-world 'Grey Wide Leg Pants'. Love, love her 3D chiffon black fancy blouse.

Shop Our Outfits, below:

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Flounce, Texture, Colorblocking and Crystals.

Good morning you all. It is 17 degrees as I am typing this, which equals to NEGATIVE FREAKING 8 CELSIUS DEGREES. We had our coldest night yet (last night) so far this season. Needless to say our Autumn was short-lived and Winter is here and as much as I love having seasons, I am not looking forward to 6 months of this. You will be seeing many photos inside where the natural lighting is good - like by my fireplace or this corner in the main hallway as you enter through the front door - because let's face it with weather conditions and brutal cold, I won't always be able to shoot outside, unless all I show is coats, beanies, gloves, mittens, blanket scarves and Eskimo-dressing lol.

I know that green was supposed to be a huge color in 2018 but I kept seeing yellow and mustard everywhere. And of course all shades of millennial pink, rose gold, soft pink and blush, at every store, for everything. You all know I have worn a ton of millennial pink this year. But a close second would be yellow. I happen to love the combo of yellow with blush pink and for Fall+Winter I love  mustard with blush pink. I have worn this combination a lot. As a matter of fact in the Summer of 2017 I did a little wardrobe capsule and I included some light pink and some yellow items and wore them together a lot. I love how this work outfit turned out. The Light Chiffon Button-Front Blouse with all that flounce is feminine, but with that sturdy Corduroy Button-Front Mini Skirt is the perfect juxtaposition. The skirt and my Chevron Tights are from Loft while the blouse and my Gorgeous Blush Velvet Crystal-Embellished Booties are from the "Who What Wear" line at Target, specifically two stores I shop a lot at and the WWW brand at Target is my favorite brand they carry, actually. I love all the flounce, textures, interest and colorblocking going on here. Not only is this a good look for work (business casual) but also a little dressier version for Thanksgiving if you are going with a dressy look this year (without being over the top). What do you think?! Speaking of Thanksgiving: I shared a Thanksgiving Outfit on the blog yesterday and it was more on the casual side and less colorful lol (neutrals). That post was part of my Holiday Series 2018 where I will be joined by my closest and dearest stylish blogging friends all this holiday season. =)