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. =)

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Holiday Series 2018: Thanksgiving Outfits, a Multi-Blogger Collaboration.

...And just like that we are mid-way through November and as I am typing this, beautiful, soft, wet (it was very wet), cold, crystal snow is falling. Made my late night drive home from work a little longer and slippery. Believe it or not it is the 3rd snow of the season for us Michiganders. We already had snow fall twice (back to back days) last week. But it melted quickly. As a matter of fact these outfit photos from today were shot this Sunday and it was the most sunny day we have had in about a month. No snow or rain (my gosh it has been such a rainy Autumn this year) in sight, which is a good thing because the weather collaborated since I had to shoot outfit photos. 

And it is the first Holiday Outfit from me for this 2018 Holiday Season. It is the outfit I plan to wear for Thanksgiving! Also the first outfit and first collaboration (of six total) of "The Holiday Series" a multi-blogger collaboration I started for the first time last year. As a matter of fact you can read the first post ever of this series from last year. That very first post was also about Thanksgiving Outfits: what we would be wearing and what our plans were. Well, I am back with many of my blogging friends - the majority of which participated last year too - to once again share Our Thanksgiving Looks for this year. The Holiday Series is back and better than ever and once again it will have 6 parts/themes/episodes. We will be sharing our Thanksgiving Outfits, Black Friday Outfits, what to wear to a Holiday Winter Wedding, a Home Tour of our decorated abodes, our Christmas and our New Year's Eve Outfits! So stay tuned because there are many fun things coming on the blog. As if these 6 posts weren't enough, there will be more holiday looks sprinkled between now and January of next year and several Mommy+Me Festive Looks too. Plus I will have the "Skirting the Rules" monthly linkup the last Tuesday of the month for both November and December and "The Sunday Showcase" the first Sunday of December. Plus some gift guides, work-wear and more. Are you excited yet?! I just have to plan outfits + shoot photos + get the best lightening possible + find a cute background or two + try not to freeze + do my hair and makeup + edit the photos + write the post. Gosh, blogging is a lot of work! But we make it look so easy (almost!!)

But back to the Holiday Series. We start off with our Thanksgiving Outfits because that is the first holiday we are about to celebrate and since it is always the 4th week of November and this month the 1st started with Thursday, it is an early Thanksgiving this year, just next week. I am so happy to be back with my good blogging friends though. And these collaborations take time, lots and lots of time. Just putting the collages together of all of our looks as well as linking to everyone and adding everyone's captions/blurbs took an hour. But I don't mind it. I love these ladies and I love the blogging friendships that have transpired through the years. I have collaborated multiple times with each and every one of them, but I think the one I have done the most collaborations with through the years (probably at least 30 or 40) is my friend Linda from a Labour of Life. I am glad we started off with 13 of us participating for this Thanksgiving post, but through the series you will see a few more faces, too. I let the ladies choose which 'themes' they wanted to participate in and of course I as the host will show you all 6! I was so giddy and excited to see all of their outfits and as the e-mails and the photos started arriving I couldn't help but notice a few things in common. First of all we ALL wore boots or booties. There is also a few hats in the mix. Lots of cozy sweaters and pops of leopard (I 'spot' you Amber and Jennie).

Read on to see what everyone is doing/sharing/wearing for Thanksgiving this year and you can click on each of the ladies' blogs to see their outfit details. They all look fabulous!!
CHERYL Cheryl Shops: "Happy Thanksgiving, Ada! I am happy to share that after YEARS of looking for the perfect black jumpsuit, I finally found it. It's the ideal thing to wear for Thanksgiving because it's comfy but looks really polished too. The waist on this one is actually on the loose side, but there's a front tie to add a little definition (and to cover up my food baby). I added a denim jacket, because it's still on the warm side here in California, and a cheetah clutch and metallic red boots for a little pop of festive fun."
DEBBIE Fashion Fairy Dust "I'm all about comfort every day, but it's even more important on Thanksgiving when eating is the main event! A loose flowy midi or maxi dress like this one is perfect for the occasion. Not only will you look pretty and put-together, but you'll also have room for that extra slice of pie..."
ADA Elegance and Mommyhood "Happy Thanksgiving Ladies! Thanksgiving isn't very huge in my family since my parents work that day =( but I still like to look nice and comfortable since we will be having dinner together. I chose this festive+warm wool sweater with stone embellishments, my most comfortable pair of jeans (they are the Absolution by Nordstrom), a pair of heeled suede booties and this fun corduroy leopard newsboy cap I recently thrifted!"
LINDA A Labour of Life "Thanksgiving and Turkey they just seem to go together. Wearing a fun sweater I found at H+M a few years ago that screams the holidays. I love to get dressed up but comfort as well, so I paired the sweater with a fun flannel from old navy and my mustard pixie pants. A little dressy but a whole lot of comfort."
MICHELLE Michelle's Pa(i)ge "I got this dress in my latest Stitch Fix and wasn't so sure about it however when I tried it on, it was so much cuter than I had expected! It's been the perfect dress for all of my fall parties and I plan to wear it to a Thanksgiving gathering too!"
AMBER Avec Amber "My ideal Thanksgiving is all about comfort: both comfort food and comfy clothes! I always celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, and this casual outfit is perfect for hanging out, playing games, and eating way too much food!"

SHELBEE Shelbee on the Edge "I chose a pair of stretchy skinny jeans and an oversized poncho for Thanksgiving day.  It is easy, comfortable, cozy, and looks put together while hiding the food baby!  I added these fun floral booties as a little extra.  I have to work at the mall Thanksgiving night, so this outfit would transition perfectly for work, but I will probably change the boots to some cute sneakers since it will be a long late night shift on my feet!  May you all enjoy your Thanksgiving whether it be at home or at work!"
ROXANNE Glass of Glam "I have a tradition of watching the Macy's parade with my family on Thanksgiving morning. A cozy, festive sweater and jeans is my favorite outfit for a day of chilling out with my loved ones."
CHRISSY Granola and Grace "From “thankful” tees to all the colors of fall, my fashion tastes change over the years. However there’s always one common theme to all my Thanksgiving outfits: comfort. I want to be comfortable! Even when I take small portions of each food choice, it adds up to a lot so an an expandable waistline is a must. 😉
LAURA I Do deClaire "This year we are actually hosting Thanksgiving in our new home! In the past while our meal is a bit more formal with china and tablecloths and such, we dress pretty casually. So I paired my favorite jeans with a lightweight poncho I recently received. It's comfortable for running around and getting things ready beforehand and hiding turkey belly, but I still feel put together, too!"
MONICA Jersey Girl, Texan Heart "Hey y'all!  First of all thank you to Ada for letting me be part of this Thanksgiving collab.  I like to be comfy on Thanksgiving because I like to eat, and when I have a food baby, I want it to be hidden haha!"
JENNIE A Pocketful of Polka Dots "When it comes to Thanksgiving I enjoy wearing comfortable layers that are still classic and put together. Leopard and chambray are a favorite combination of mine and paired with cognac riding boots I am sure to get through the day with stylish ease."
CHRISTINE Bon and Chic Style "For Thanksgiving, I’ll be wearing this khaki metallic pleated skirt and Karl Lagerfeld sweatshirt, paired with my new suede hiking boots and grey coat. I’m loving this casual boho chic combination lately.  It’s super comfortable and so effortless chic.”

I chose to wear the latest and greatest item to add to my closet: my Heather Grey Wool, Puffy Sleeve Sweater from Target (cannot find it online but it is the A New Day brand). I may or may not have purchased this sweater because of the beautiful crystals embellished off the side on the chest. Lucky for me this "spur of the moment" decision ended up being a good one since this sweater (I am wearing size S) fit perfectly, the sleeves weren't too puffy plus it is very soft and not itchy at all. I also love the almost mock-neck. Very necessary for Winters in Michigan. I decided to go for a Neutrals Monochromatic Look and since I am wearing this for Thanksgiving, I had to choose the most comfy pair of denim. I purchased these Wit+Wisdom Absolution Jeans from Nordstrom last year and they are the best 42 bucks I have ever spent. Since I have worn them at least 30 times the cost-per-wear is less than $1.50 now. I love the built-in (from within) wide elastic band. I am wearing size 27 but I have lost weight since then. Wish I had the 26 but even a 25 would fit I think since they are very stretchy and very comfy. These days for the best fit, I should belt them. Anyhow... completing my very comfy turkey day outfit I have on Neutral Faux Suede Booties by Old Navy. The stacked heels make them a little dressy. I am carrying my Target Muted Olive Crossbody Saddle Bag and the Corduroy Leopard Newsboy Cap I thrifted at a local thrift store. I am pretty sure the leopard hat is what you noticed the most. It is THE statement piece!

The outfit above is what I wore last year for Thanksgiving, a little dressier I would say, but still comfy!

Fellow hat and boots lover SHELBEE from Shelbee on the Edge shared a similar look which is very put-together and very comfortable too. I am actually co-hosting her weekly Tuesdays Linkup with her today, also. You can find the linkup on the very bottom of this post. I adore Shelbee's style and I have 'defined' her as "the queen of layering" though just like me she doesn't like definitions when it comes to style. Besides the fact that Shelbee shares many different and stylish outfits on her blog, she is an incredible writer - just amazing - and a great woman all around! Lucky to know her pretty well and call her my friend. I have done so many collaborations with Shelbee and there are a lot more coming!

Thank you to all the dozen beauties who collaborated with me today and thank you all for reading. Now join Shelbee's Linkup below and join us all next Tuesday because we will be sharing what we plan on wearing for Black Friday.