Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thursday Moda #116: Siesta Vibes and Smiles.

Smiles make us all prettier. They beautify our faces and our days. They beautify our lives. A smile is like an apostrophe, because it is that smile that reminds us that life goes on no matter what happens, that there is goodness, bright lights and positivity in this world and in our lives despite the bad things that happen to us and the not-so-kind people we may have encountered in our lives, despite the negative events, accidents, incidents or challenges we have faced and continue facing. Smiles are beautiful. They bring out our inner beauty. They bring out our souls. They bring out our personalities. Smiles are like butterflies, they grimace thru and they tell the world that we are smiling today! Smiles - we fake them sometimes. Heck, if you work with customers or clients, you fake at least one smile a day, but you now what that is OK. Sometimes you have to fake a smile to push through the bad things that are surrounding your life. A fake smile is better than no smile at all, so smile at the world. Smile at yourself and for yourself. Smile at those pesky and peculiar customers and clients, even if they are driving you totally crazy! Smile at the stranger who gave you a stinky eye today. Smile at the person who might have judged you today. Smile at the person who might have not said the nicest thing or done the right thing. Smile at the ones who make you happy daily. Smile at your children, your spouses, your partners, your parents, your siblings. Smile back at the stranger who smiled at you. Smile at the one who told you "Good Morning" even if they didn't know who you were. Smile at the person who brewed coffee for you and your co-workers, first thing in the morning. Smile at a song you listened on the radio as you drove through horrible traffic. Smile at a beautiful memory you may have thought of. Smile at a picture who brought you some beautiful memories. Smile, just smile!

A smile is beautiful. And kind. And human. And heartfelt (usually). And fun. And bright. And cheerful. And human-like. And pretty, so pretty. I have been told I have a pretty smile - a reminder I keep getting lately, from both people I know and people I don't know, both in real life and virtually. Today I decided to smile, just like I did on May 1st when these photos were taken. In real life today, I smiled a few times too. And trust me when I tell you that a smile has been missing from my face for days, but you know what, a smile was ON MY FACE today. More than once. Not fake. True, real, genuine, kind, wrinkle-ful smiles! Today I smiled! Yesterday I smiled! And you know what it felt great!

Now, on to the outfit, I am sure you can 'spot' the Siesta Vibes in it, no?! That is not just a plain little white tee. The bell-sleeves are in a bright yellow eyelet pattern. I paired it with a Bold 3-Stranded Red Statement Necklace w/ Large Multi-Faceted Beads and some Bright, Gold-Tone Mirrored Sunglasses. I tucked the top inside my Semi-Dressy, Navy Geo-Print Silky Joggers and more 'Siesta Vibes' come from the Pearl-Encrusted Slide Sandals. I wore this outfit for a fun coffee date and a walk downtown Milford (one of the cutest towns in Michigan) with my cousin who is also a very close friend of mine. I brought little Vivian with me too, since the cafe we sat at is very much kid-friendly with a little indoor play+learn area for kids. It was May 1st and it was the first very hot day of Spring, the temperatures went as high as mid 80s. But my cotton tee and silky pants definitely kept me cool. I also happen to love white with navy for the Summer. I notice that with the addition of the red necklace this outfit would be perfect to re-wear for Memorial Day too. So there, I killed two birds with one stone in today's post lol. How do you like today's fun and girly look?!

Last week I just added my Thursday Moda linkup to my latest poetry "The Driver" which you happened to like a lot. I haven't been making my rounds with comments and blog-hopping lately so the linkup was a little light, but there were still several cute outfits linked. The 4 favorites below are all such pretty and fresh looks. All mom-friendly, too. =)

Jacqui is in 'Bright Floral' paired with yellow, white and cobalt. Love her skirt and little clutch.
Joi also joins the pretty, bright and refreshing White+Yellow parade. 'The Landing Stripe' on her trousers adds elegance to the entire outfit!
Emma's Midi Dress has the most unique mixture of Safari prints. She celebrated 'An Anniversary Lunch' in it and looked so modern, colorful and gorgeous at the same time.
Ruth is one fun mom pairing a chic grey sheath with an ivory pussybow blouse underneath it. Her 'Anklets for Work' make this monochromatic work look - modern and different.