Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thursday Moda #190: A Poetry Inspired by Halloween.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN YOU ALL! I Hope your Halloween was great. It was very cold here and very rainy. and there was no trick or treating for us (Vivian is still sick). In the more northern parts of Michigan it snowed for the first time today. I am posting very late today as I already launched my newest Thursday Moda linkup last night. But, I just wrote this poem which I left untitled. Could you think of a title?! But I will tell you what?! This little poetry today was inspired by Halloween, and not just because today is Halloween. There are many symbols to Halloween, including the 'different faces' we wear or mask ourselves with on Halloween. I took the metaphor "Faces in Places" and ran with it!

[Written on Halloween 2019, 11.15 P.M.]

Faces in places, creating menaces,
playing dominoes, loosing in the middle of the chaos,
resting and never-stopping, eye-to-eye lying,
forgiving and forgetting, mistaking and regretting...

People in the middle and on the side, full of insight,
drinking their morning coffee with a touch of vanilla, milk or toffee,
driving and driving in busy streets and freeways striving,
making it ahead as they feel left behind instead...

Causes and losses, retreats and defeats,
oceans filled with deep emotions,
of people who have won and lost, 
some are reborn, some are toast...

New sons and daughters born each day,
making waves in the depth of each life path,
their little eyes seeing the world for the first time,
eager to one day make it, but will it be enough?!

As time moves like sand through the hourglass
and each 24 hours passes, passes, pass...
as everyday faces take their everyday places,
be it at home, at school or at work,
as we continue falling and rising like dominoes,
don't be eaten up alive, challenge the chaos...
because you only have one life, this life,
you only have one chance, it could be a few years or a lot...


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Sophisticated Work Outfit and a Life Update.

Guys, I cannot catch a break. Between always working hard, working almost every Saturday and long weekends for that matter, making sure Vivian does her homework, dropping her off to school every morning, trying to spend as much quality time with her as possible, Instagramming, blogging, writing and whatnot, we have that other thing we have to worry about and take care of and it is the most important thing of all: HEALTH. Since Sunday Vivian hasn't been feeling very well, but I had promised her we were going to one of my best friends to carve pumpkins with her and her son and I kept my promise. She forgot all about her coughing and bad scratchy voice. The kids carved and painted their pumpkins, drew and painted pictures, we ordered carryout, watched "The Elf" (which believe it or not it was the first time that Vivian or I) and called it a day. I really wanted to write a blog post, but all I wanted to do when I got home was go to bed early and sleep, after all I had a super early day on Monday. 

Monday morning, Viv still woke up with her scratchy voice but didn't have any fever so I opted to take her to school and let her sleep a half hour longer and drove her to school instead of taking the bus. Unfortunately her school called a couple of times, between 11.00 and noon because my poor baby wasn't feeling good. The earliest I could leave work was 1.00 P.M. and even had to go back because I had some important meeting and speaking of Monday, today's outfit that I am blogging is indeed from Monday when our highs were about 64 degrees, it felt like mid Spring, let me tell you. But after picking Vivian from school, she got a fever later on Monday and to make a long story - short, she has been sick ever since and continues to be sick. She has missed school for two days and it looks like tomorrow which is Halloween will be the third day she misses school. I took her to the doctor yesterday morning which also means I had to miss work. Her doctor said she has croup. And I cannot take her to school until her voice and cough feel a lot better. Not only is she missing school for the third day in a row tomorrow, but she is also missing her school Halloween celebration and trick or treating tomorrow night. Plus, it is expected to be very chilly here tomorrow and lots of rain. My poor baby. Please, please keep Vivian and I in our prayers, we need some good vibes our way. As I mentioned, our health and our kids' health is super important!! 

As I mentioned above, this is the outfit I wore on Monday, I had a big important day, though it got cut short because I had to pick off my sweetie early from school (due to her being ill). I wasn't able to take any full-outfit pictures of this look, everything I snapped is a selfie through my phone. But I quite liked the outfit and because it is such a Sophisticated Work Outfit, I decided to share it with you, on the blog. I am wearing one of my favorite blouses - a Cherry-Print Black+White Pussybow Blouse - and I paired it with a Classy+Sexy Black Faux Leather Wrap Pencil Skirt, both pieces are by LOFT and I love them. On the bottom I am wearing Sheer Polka Dot Black Tights and Open-Toe Black Booties. This is a very chic Black+White, Monochromatic Outfit and one thing is for sure: I will re-wear it again and take full head to toe photos with it. Plus, this outfit got a few compliments, by both men and women. Do you like this office-chic look?! I hope so.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thursday Moda #189: Fall Layers - Stripes with Leopard.

I have always loved leopard and stripes. They are my two most favorite prints. I also think they are the two most classic, most sophisticated basic prints. Practically a classic tan/brown leopard and a black+white or navy+white stripe are most definitely the easiest prints to mix and match with everything and wear as a blank canvas, as a neutral! These two gorgeous prints: Stripes and Leopard - are classics and they look great paired together, so I did just that for Fall, last week. =)

Last week, on a Tuesday off from work, when it wasn't too cold to go out with just a cardigan, not a coat or a puffer, I decided to pair one of my older striped tees with my classic merino wool grey long cardigan, worn-in black skinny jeans, a touch of light pinks (my gorgeous purse you all love) and a dash of leopard via my newsboy cap, my sneakers and my wallet. I posted this outfit on my Instagram last week in comparison with another similar look featuring black skinny jeans, loafers and a classic ivory+black dotted tee and you went nuts over it. You gave me lots of compliments on my hat, too and said I look great in hats and for that I thank you very much. In this particular outfit I love how the three different leopard accessories worked together, even sweet Vivian matched me in her animalistic love with her leopard leggings and gorgeous fox ballerina flats. I particularly loved how the classic neutral brown+camel+tan tones of leopard meshed well both with the classic little snakeskin print on my blush pink leather tote and the burgundy stripes of my tee. And, since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month is the month to wear ALL THE PINK, I have tried to do all that with pops of pink whenever I could. So, do you think stripes and leopard are neutrals?! What do you think of pairing Stripes with Leopard?! Aren't these two prints perfect to pair together for Fall?!

Last week you very much loved my Monochromatic look featuring the sunglasses tee and the tweed ruffled blazer. Thank you everyone. I also want to thank everyone for linking up. I loved and noticed several outfits featuring blue jeans. Every pair of blue denim is styled differently, but equally nice. There is a pretty, romantic dress in the mix too and a bohemian layered look featuring a maxi skirt. Enjoy!!

Tatiana reviewed a 'New Box of Clothes from Olga' and I loved both her unique two-tone blue jeans and pretty, classic and soft ecru sweater. Well done, Tati!
Laura is beautifully-romantic in lilac. This is one way of 'Dressing Up for Fall' for date night, a wedding or a special event. Love that she chose a deep teal clutch with this.
Alison explained in her post 'When it Makes Sense to Buy Quality Shoes'. She is perfect for a breezy Autumn day in black leather booties, blue jeans, a quilted crossbody bag and a classic khaki trench-coat to top it all off in a classy way!
Leave it to my friend Debbie to look amazing in a 'Chiffon Skirt & Waffle Knit' layered with a tank-top underneath and paired with classic Adidas white sneakers. Love the soft caramelly flowers of this look!
Emma's lovely young stylish daughter wore the cutest 'Hedgehog Print Ruffle Shirt' which she paired with classy blue denim and a cute crossbody bag. Talk about a very well-dressed school girl!
Nicole wrote a very interesting post about '5 Ways to Say No' and it was a nice read. I, however, fell in love with that cozy sweater color-blocked in all of the Autumnal hues you can imagine! Such an unique plaid print on it!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

HELLO Autumn Colors!!

When you think of Autumn Colors, which colors exactly come to mind?! For me it is any shade of Bourdeaux or Burgundy (like my Lace Insert Skinny Jeans), Olive Green, Tan, Camel, Cocoa, Burnt Orange and Teal and my very Colorful Pretty Sweater by Wal Mart has almost all of those colors I mentioned plus Ivory/Ecru. First of all how is this sweater from Wal Mart?! It is so cute and well-made and I love that the fun scripted "hello" is written in a different ivory thread. This sweater looks like something you could buy at Loft, Old Navy or even J. Crew and for the price ($17.00!!) it is very well-made, I am in a size small. I actually wore this outfit today. I did add a denim jacket for the morning when it was colder. You all loved my little video of this outfit, on my Instagram stories yesterday. Please follow me on Instagram if you don't already, I post very different content from here including a lot of Vivian's adorable outfits. Thank you.

My Beautiful "Hello" Sweater has all those bright, warm and pretty Autumn Colors we all love. I love that the background is in a dark teal color and all the other colors in it (ivory, lavender, turquoise, camel and magenta or burgundy) most definitely stand out! Without even realizing it until after I shot the pictures, I couldn't believe my eyes how perfectly I matched this sweater. There is only one magenta stripe and only one camel one. The magenta stripe matches those beautiful magenta skinny jeans by HSN perfectly. I love that lace overlay over the sides of these skinny jeans, it adds texture and design to the otherwise simple look. I got these jeans on sale in early Summer this year from HSN. They had so many cool jeans on sale, my mom and I each got a couple of new pairs. They are perfect for Fall and would be just as great for the Holiday season, too. While that single camel/cognac stripe matches my Classic Leopard Ballet Flats by White House Black Market perfectly. While I own at least 10 pairs of Ballet Flats, this pair by WHBM is my favorite. The black patent-leather-capped-toe and classic leopard print make them a classic! Plus they are so comfortable. I have had them for years. They make for a great pair of flats for both dressy office looks or casual mom looks! And the other colors of my sweater, I chose to match them to my fun colorful beaded bracelets. A bright orange-red lip and viola! So, what do you think of all these colors together for Autumn?! Do you own a statement greeting sweater like mine?! I'd love to see how you have styled yours. I have linked almost identical jeans to mine from the same designer as my jeans - they are the DG2 by Diane Gilman. I also found the prettiest colorblock and colorful-striped sweaters and some "Hello" Sweaters that I am linking for you. Check the widget below. =)