Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Moda #119: Skin, Shorts and Sweet Spice.

So, I had an entirely-different outfit planned for Thursday Moda today, but I have forgotten my camera in the office and that's where that said outfit is 'hiding' in the SD card LOL. That outfit was completely dressy, sexy and somewhat fancy, the opposite of this Skin+Shorts Look. Lucky for me, my other memory card is indeed on the laptop I use and it still has a few outfit pics I have not posted or edited. Therefore you get this totally unglamorous and somewhat unsatisfying look, today.

So, I called this post "Skin, Shorts and Sweet Spice" because the Skin is referring to my Cold-Shoulder Grey T-Shirt which I knotted off the side on the front therefore showing more skin than just bare shoulders; the Shorts obviously that I am wearing; and as far as Sweet Spice that is my metaphor for my little girl Vivian who is as sassy as she is sweet. Love her so much. She saw me snapping photos and ran to my arms to take some with her mamma. =) I wore this outfit on a hot day last weekend but it didn't turn out as cute and photographed even worse. This tee is long enough for me to knot in the front, plus it is slightly large on me though it is a size small (I got it last Summer at Loft). Unfortunately it rode up and it even shows in some of the photos, showing a lot more skin and tummy than I would have liked. Thankfully for me, I only did a walk in our neighborhood and watered our plants, while wearing this outfit. I changed into something nicer and more mom-like afterwards. The shorts are from 5 years ago from Old Navy and my favorite Black Slides with the embellished pearls are last Summer's from Target. Target has a version of black pearl-embellished slides this year, too. I also had no makeup on except my 'eaten' neutral lipgloss but I do have very sensitive eyes which cannot stand the sun so I wore a pair of Tortoise Frame, Dark Sunglasses. My sweet Vivian is dressed way cuter. All of her pieces are new. I love her White Tulle Skirt featuring Multi-Colored/Rainbow Dots -- very appropriate to wear this month of June too since it is Gray Pride month. I also love her Colorblocked Orange+Camel Sandals.

So, I was taking this photo myself and Vivian ran towards me to take the photo with me (that is why my right hand is like that, ready to hold her hand). Unfortunately the timer clicked before Vivian could be next to me, but I still wanted to include not delete this outtake because it is cute and real and all of these photos are as real as my life gets on the days I am OFF and a stay-at-home mom. 

Last week about 100 ladies linked up and the linkup saw some new faces and a couple of returning favorites. There are 3 new faces on the featured looks too. I loved the easy, breezy outfits this time around and all the little white dresses or white in general. I am also loving all the wide-legged and palazzo pants and jumpsuits.
Nicki has on the cutest 'Gingham Dress'. I love the tiers and the fact that it has long sleeves. Adorable on her!
New to the linkup is Julie alongside her beautiful daughter Lauren who both wore 'Wide Leg Crops' and if you are as young and fit as Lauren is, do show lots of skin via a cropped top.
Elizabeth is having some 'Photo Shoot Fun' but her eyelet-sleeved LWD and gold Tory Burch tote stole it for me. So gorgeous and polished!
One of my favorite mom bloggers, Rachael shares 'Affordable Basics' like her black t-shirt dress and black gladiator sandals. I love how she styled the dress with the sweatshirt tied around.
I feel you Stephanie with all the 'Instagram Insanity' but let's talk about that amazing green jumpsuit. I love the wide-legged look so much and that Cult Gaia dupe bag is perfect with it.
Elsie always does a great job with her 'Color Crush' series. Her mustard lace skirt is stunning and she pulled off little socks with her silver pumps!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mom Babe Athleisure + a New Thursday Moda.


I have used the term "Mom Babe" for months now and I want to explain it a little. To me a Mom Babe kind of outfit is the an outfit that is simple, casual, relaxed, perhaps even with a sporty or an athleisure vibe but that still looks good and put-together. It is totally a mom outfit, for a busy mom, a mom on the go, a stay-at-home mom or a mom on her day or on weekends off running errands. Just like my simple, casual yet put-together outfit today where I wore Black Athleisure/Workout Leggings (love the chevron stripes off the side) and paired them with a Classic Baby Blue+White Striped Button-Down Shirt, a Light-Wash Denim Jacket on top, with my Tasseled Leopard Loafers and some Fun Rose Gold Mirrored Sunglasses. My loafers are a couple of years old from Charlotte Russe, Leggings are new-ish by Meijer's (who is also a grocery store, but they have many cute clothes), Button-Down Shirt is by Banana Republic and the Denim Jacket is by Aeropostale. These photos didn't come out nice and I couldn't check them afterwards because my camera did this weird thing where I couldn't open the pics, so I do apologize that most of the full-length photos look blurry or very bright due to the sun. My jacket was originally 98 bucks but I got it for like 80% OFF. It is the perfect light wash denim jacket and it is embroidered completely on the back.

I wore this outfit last week when I took Vivian to her last day of pre-school. A lot of times when I take Vivian to school, I would be off from work so I didn't necessarily dress up while taking her to school. But I am never the type to go out in her PJs and sweats like I have seen many moms do during school drop-offs or pick-ups. I always want to look nice. It was a little chilly that morning so the jacket on top was totally needed.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Poetry - Happier.

Wrote this a few days ago and I loved the metaphors I used. Hope you like it. The message behind this one is a real good one: Happiness. There is so much crap that happens to all of  us on a daily basis. Of course, some people have it worse than others but still. No matter what happens, we still want happiness, seek happiness, need happiness, are in a never-ending journey to find happiness. Some of us are lucky enough to find it and some aren't. Our journeys aren't the same but our purposes are!!

(June 4th 2018, 11.30 PM)

Jack didn't know that his Rose would survive the Titanic
just like his love survived the deep blue sea,
my heart didn't know that one day it would heal,
and all of a sudden a rainbow would appear and make it happier...

The lips would twirl again and create a smile,
the eyes would stop the tears and get dry,
the cheeks would get rosy from the sound of a voice,
the days would feel sweeter as I felt happier...

The feet would dance to the sound of a happy love song,
a beautiful, sexy tango would start between two,
two warm bodies would create magic, make love,
kisses would rapture into the sun that made them happier...

Just like Leonardo Di Caprio, his heart would beat for her and only her,
his woman, his girl, his lady, his lover, his babe,
the one who made him laugh, the one he woke up from a Wintery season,
the one he brought the smile back to, the one he made happier...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Thursday Moda #118: Easy Breezy Summer Outfit.

Hi guys. It has been cool here for about a week now. We had a week of temperatures between the 80s and 90s and then it dropped to below 60s and we had to add our blankets or comforters back on. A thin sheet won't do. Of course the week that it was HOT AF our air conditioner broke on us (thankfully we have fan light fixtures and another plug-in fan). As soon as the service guy came to fix our AC (it took a few days cause they are swamped with work), the next day is when the cool temps started. And after the super long and gloomy Winter we had, I would love some warm and sunny weather. It doesn't have to be 90 degrees - I don't like it that hot lol - but I will take 70 to 85 degrees.

This easy breezy Summer Outfit is from last Friday. Ran some errands, went to the library and for frozen yogurt with Vivian and came back home. I always love White Jeans for the Summer and the slight distressing on this is perfect. They are not see-through either. I also happen to love white paired with blue - any shade of blue - for the Summer. It is such a breezy, cool, refreshing duo of colors for the warm season. This tissue-thin small-scale Gingham Peplum Camisole is from Old Navy from a couple years ago. They had the best peplum tops that year. I have purposedly avoided Old Navy for months now because I know I could be spending some $$$ there and I have none to spend lol. But I love their camis, tanks, shorts and their cami-style dresses they have had for 3 years now. I paired these pieces with my Dark Olive Faux Suede Braided Ghilly Block-Heel Sandals, purchased last year at Target. They are slightly high like 3.5 inches but comfy. Now that Vivian is not as young and there isn't as much chasing to do, I can do heels and tall wedges more often lol. I added my Gold Mirrored Aviator-like Sunglasses - I always get so any compliments on (they are from Charming Charlie) and my Simple Square Crystal Drop Earrings by Loft, with minimal makeup and I was good to go. None of my pieces are new but still all very fresh and in style for Summer 2018. What do you think of this look?! What are some of your outfit formulas for Easy Breezy Summer Outfits?! Tell me in the comments, thank you.

What would make this outfit perfect for 4th of July is a pair of red sandals, red wedges or red sneakers if you own some, instead of the olive green pair I own. Or you can opt for a red crossbody bag, red little backpack or red clutch.

On the 117th Thursday Moda Linkup there were over 80 outfits linked. So many prettyyyy looks, too. I always have a hard time selecting favorites. This time around I noticed a lot of pink, teal, blues and turquoise which makes sense cause they are all Summery Colors. So many gorgeous dresses too and a lot of gingham! I also noticed the gorgeous circle handbags that are so IN this Summer and I want one of my own!
Today's Featured Blogger is the Fabulous DAWN LUCY of Fashion Should Be Fun who I have been following for about 3 years now. She runs a very successful blog and Instagram and has her own successful Friday Linkup. She styles the most unique pants and jeans like she did in both of these posts too, with her Striped Palazzo Pants and those fun Bourdeaux Mules and the Unique Ruffled-Hem Cropped Jeans paired with super comfortable Dansko Gold Sandals. Love her fun sit-down poses too. This 50+ lady is a babe who knows how to dress. She wears a lot of A-line and Pretty Midi Dresses too. Her blog is definitely a fashion inspiration.

Brooke who is the most lovely petite mama shows us that 'If the Dress Fits' you should buy it and wear it, especially when it is in a fabulous style and classic print like gingham. Her Nude Wedges and Neutral Round Straw Bag are the cutest and she shines in this outfit!
Fonda showed us four ways to style her classic 'Striped Dress', but I especially loved it with her sneakers, denim jacket and that bright yellow crossbody bag which I love.
My beautiful, freshly 50-year old friend Kellyann styled a few pieces she picked up ' At the Nordstrom Sale' but I just loved her fuchsia dress paired with the longer gorgeous floral kimono.
Probably the most featured fashionista in my Thursday Moda is Katie. This time around she is wearing a 'Pineapple Party' in her midi skirt. Love her bag and heeled sandals, too.
Leave it to Debbie to always know how to style prints, kimono and lace. This bohemian lady is in a 'Mixed Print Dress' with her lacy kimono over it and booties.