Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Sunday Showcase Linkup, April 2018 - Easter Looks.

Happy April 1st - both Easter Sunday and April Fools' Day!! Today is the second linkup for "The Sunday Showcase" which as you know I started last month (in March) alongside my very good friends: the always-kind and sunny Floridian KELLYANN from This Blonde's Shopping Bag and the beautiful, spiritual Georgia peach CHRISSY from Granola and Grace. Our first linkup last week was a huge success with over 90 outfits linked. That is also thankfully to our very first fabulous co-host, the very dear SHELBEE from Shelbee on the Edge. Today Chrissy, Kellyann and I (with my daughter Vivian) are showing you cute Easter looks. Not at all planned, but we all chose to style Fun Springy Dresses. And I must say both of my lovely co-hosts look beautiful and so dressy in their looks. I - for once lol - dressed down my Cute Red Floral Dress. 

THE  SHOWCASE  APRIL  OUTFIT.
As you can tell by all the greenery surrounding us and all the flowers blooming, these photos are taken when the weather was warm, hot actually. These outfits are from last Summer and never blogged before. I totally planned to shoot a couple of Easter-Inspired Mommy+Me Looks this week, for the blog, including a couple of dresses for us. But the weather in general has been very chilly, rainy and gray. And the only day it was kind of nice, my Vivian was in preschool all day. But I figured these never-before-posted outfits we wore last Summer would be perfect for today because if the weather was nice, I would have totally worn a similar Floral Dress and would have dressed up Vivian in a pretty dress, too. My Gorgeous Red Floral Shirtdress is from Express - love the blue, white and periwinkle flowers in it. It matched so well with those Multi-Colored Beaded + Pom Pom Sandals by Target and I added a couple of Plastic Beaded Bracelets and a Watermelon Bracelet (it is Vivian's) with Turquoise Crystal Drop Earrings, a Dainty Blue Globe Pave Necklace and that Adorable Cream Mini Bucket Bag. It turned into such a cute look. For Easter I'd probably wear nude, cream, white or navy flats or pumps and probably a cute cardigan over it (in blue or lavender).

But let's face it, the show-stealer in this post is my gorgeous daughter Vivian. I didn't even edit (at all) most of her photos. She is like a naturally-born super model in these shots. Just like mommy, she looks amazing in red. Her Red Eyelet Off-Shoulder Dress looks stunning on her! I want one in my size (for real!!). Vivian wearing this dress by Target's Genuine Kids line, got rave reviews (and a ton of compliments) when I originally posted it on Instagram, last Summer. Target took sight of it and posted my gorgeous girl on their website wearing this lovely dress. My little Target model. I did Viv's hair in a big top bun with a Fun Navy Gingham Bow and she accessorized with her Real Leather Rosette Baby Blue Bag and Baby Blue Flip-Flop Sandals. She even wanted to wear some makeup that day -- look at her mascara, eyeliner and red lipstick.



Vivian's Outfit:
Bright Red Off-Shoulder Eyelet Dress: Genuine Kids via Target (Gorgeous Chambray option w/ Anchor Print, Huge Steal, want this).
Genuine Leather Baby Blue Rosette Mini Bag: Vintage (looks as brand new) (Fun Seahorse Option for Spring/Summer, Huge Steal, want this!).
Red+White Chevron Hair Barette: Meijer's (similar bow option).
Navy+White Chevron Bow Bun/Ponytail Holder: A Boutique in Albania (very similar, set of 2 in red + light pink).
Baby Blue+Coral Rubber Flip-Flop Sandals: Carter's (Very Similar, Great Deal).

Kellyann wore a dress in the IT color of the year. Not only is the lavender stunning with her blonde hair, but this Feminine Dress is super flattering too in that classic wrap-style. The ruffled hemline and ruffled-sleeve make it flirty and I love that she chose nude sandals with it. Her legs look amazing!


Chrissy is also thinking Floral Dresses this Easter. I love that her outfit is both dressy yet casual enough. And Olive Green is always stunning on her. If you stop by her post, you will see more than one way she styled this stunning Olive Floral Dress. I love the Peek-a-Boo Lace Bralette showing from the back. Kellyann and Chrissy, give me some of that warm Southern sunshine!


LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
Here are my favorite two posts linked up last month for our March Sunday Showcase! Stop by Kellyann's and Chrissy's blogs to see who they featured!
In their "Exploring La Jolla" post, Katherine and Brandon who blog together as a couple, not only showed us this gorgeous Californian town but looked splendid in their coordinated looks while doing so. I am in love with Katherine's Polka Dot Dress and how she styled it with those Nude Laceup Flat Sandals. The Yellow Earrings pop!
Chanda linked "These Boots Were Made for Walking" and considering her clothes are black and the boots are a vivacious bright shade of red in an Over-the-Knee Style, those boots are indeed conversation pieces. I love that she put a sexy+edgy spin to an Athleisure Look.






Friday, March 30, 2018

What will be in Vivian's Easter Basket for 2018.

I decided to do a different, fun, unique post today. I am after all a mom and I blog mostly my clothes as a mom, as well as a lot of Mommy+Mini Outfits posts. Also, Vivian makes frequent appearances on my blog, so today I decided to show you what will be on Vivian's Easter basket this year. The fact that Easter is in a couple of days is mind-boggling to me, too. Where did one-fourth of the year go?! Vivian is 5 years old. She is such a funny, friendly little social butterfly type of girl. She cracks me up all day long. She talks a lot and has a strong personality. She is also quite a girly girl and you will notice that by what I selected to add to her Easter basket. Since I am Greek Orthodox our Easter usually falls a week later so I have to pick up a few more of these things by April 8th - Easter day.

This year I may decide to get Viv a new Easter Basket too and I think this one (pictured above) is perfect and a great price for 10 bucks. I love the super-colorful embroidery saying "Happy Easter" which makes it the perfect basket for both girls and boys, but I think especially for girls. This adorable basket is from Target, too.


The number one thing Vivian is asking for is some Hatchimal Eggs which are perfect for a child's Easter basket because they are eggs after all. I did purchase her a large Hatchimal Egg (she has been asking for a large one) and it has a puzzle inside and Vivi love puzzles.

My daughter loves art and is very good and detailed in drawing, painting, art activities and creative stuff. This book (from Nordstrom) is perfect because it has coloring activities which Vivian would love. Bonus, buy your child some new crayons, markers or colors.

The one thing Vivian asks for every day is a Big LOL Surprise Doll. She has a tiny one, a medium one and now really wants a Big LOL Surprise Doll. Now these are pricey (they can be found at places like Target or Kohl's, but I will see if I can find the on Amazon too, for cheaper), so I will most likely add another medium LOL surprise doll to her basket this year. I just hope it doesn't end up being the same doll as the one she already has lol.

Vivian has many pairs of underwear already - most of which are with some of her favorite characters like Minnie or Princess Sophia - but I figured I would add a new set of cute undies in her basket and size up for when she gets a little older. Since she is a lot into the LOL dolls this year, I found this 6-pair set that are adorable and very very reasonable.

I have mentioned before that Vivian is an extremely-picky eater and she eats very little. She can always use daily vitamins and all-natural gummies. Since her current vitamins are almost at the very end of the bottle, I figured I'd try these new vitamins because they are supposed to boost her appetite too. I really hope she thinks they are made of fruit since she prefers fruit to veggies. These are pricey vitamins since there are only 36 in the bottle but Buy Buy Baby has them for 50% off at the moment, at least. I will definitely try these out for her.


A new book is always a great idea. Always add 1-3 books into your children's Easter baskets. Books are always recommended by teachers, educators and pediatricians too. Vivian has a bunch of books - only some are favorites actually - but she and I are both willing and more eager to read more if there is a new book in the mix. Every time I bring or buy her a new book, she goes through the pages and asks me to read it to her. "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" sounded so cute and perfect for her age, too.

Not Pictured: Of course there are some things I didn't picture or didn't detail above. I will add some candy to her basket like a couple of chocolate eggs, a Kit Kat (her favorite candy bar) and a few little bags of gummy candy or Haribo bears (make them the organic kind, they taste way better and are so much better than the ones that are not organic). Another cute idea would be pretend makeup for little girls, a toddler-approved lipgloss or hair accessories. For boys and girls both I'd also recommend socks, a mini craft set or Play Dough and a little soap bubble maker for them to make bubbles with.


The New Sunday Showcase Linkup Post will be live on the blog by Sunday April 1st at 10.00 AM Eastern time. It is our second monthly Sunday linkup and we would love it if you can join us. The Linkup is already LIVE below!