Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Thursday Moda #199: Outerwear - Accessorizing, Keeping Warm and Looking Cute in a Snow Day.

Hello you all and thank you to everyone who wished me for Vivian's birthday here and on My Instagram. I posted a couple of stories on Facebook too and most of the stories om my Insta, on the actual day of her birthday - Sunday January 19th. I appreciate your wishes and I read Vivian all the comments and she smiled. On my last post I talked about Vivian turning 7, what I wrote about her and I recapped her beautiful birthday through lots of pictures.

Last week on Thursday Moda I talked about the importance of Outerwear in these cold months where the gray and freeze lingers, when there is never enough daylight and sunshine. I talked about how important is to pay attention to the details when you style your outerwear like your coats, warm jackets or puffers. Today I am continuing to talk about outerwear and paying attention to details while you stay warm yet look cute during cold snow days, and we have already had a bunch of those here in Michigan, though overall it has not been as bad. 


OUTERWEAR  -  ACCESSORIZING,  KEEPING WARM  AND  LOOKING  CUTE  IN  A  SNOW  DAY.
This outfit dates back from November, before Thanksgiving (I am sure you can tell by the wreath in our front door). These cozy, warm and cuddly polar fleece coats by Abercrombie are gorgeous. I have this burgundy one and the white version which I wear less because I don't want to ruin it. Fleece or not, it keeps you just warm as a normal coat. Plus you can zip it all the way up with the funnel neckline. I brought out the little mauve undertones of the jacket with my blush pink lipstick and accessorized with emerald green accessories. My Retro Chenille Green Beanie by Target matched those Stunning Green Statement Earrings by Wal Mart perfectly. The accessories are both from this season, the jacket from last year, I have already washed it in the washing machine and it is still in perfect condition. I wore these earrings a lot in November and December because they are so festive and perfect for the holidays, I got so many compliments on them. I love them!

This very light-wash denim jacket is by Express and it has been on my closet for over a decade. In order to keep warm, I wore a nice thick ribbed sweater underneath. This Peachy Coral Ribbed Cropped Sweater is new by Target. But of course I even wore a t-shirt underneath my sweater because it was cold. To this outfit I added a little Silk Neck Scarf by NY+Co (which I have had forever) and I kept my head warm by wearing one of my favorite hats and your favorite Winter Fedora I always wear. You all love this Blush Pink/Nude Floppy Fedora I wear all the time. It is a couple of seasons old and I found it in its solitude at Wal Mart - meant for me to buy, I wear it so often!

Last but not least is this outfit I wore on a Saturday, on a day I spent down-town Detroit with some friends, and I was partially outside. I wanted to be warm and cozy while still look nice and pretty. So a Red Puffer Coat for the win - I have had this orange-red puffer jacket from Old Navy for years and I love it. I decided to go for Matchy Red Lipstick and Matchy Statement Earrings. These Colorblocked Crispin Earrings are also by Wal Mart and they too get a lot of compliments when I wear them. I also wore some sunglasses (I have had this bold wrap pair of sunglasses for a few years) because I am one of those people that the snow bothers their eyes. Especially when snow is combined with the sun, I am like blind, I need sunglasses to see. If you don't own a red coat of any kind - a puffer coat like mine or a dressy red coat, I suggest you buy one. I recommend every woman owns at least one bright coat in her closet. If you have to have two go for a red one and either a jewel-toned green or a mustard one. What do you think of how I dress and accessorize for Winter while still keeping warm?!









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Monday, January 20, 2020

Vivian Turns the Lucky S-E-V-E-N 7!!

On January 19th 2020, my beautiful daughter Vivian turned 7 years old and we celebrated despite a big snow-storm and the super cold, frozen weather. My beautiful girl had a JoJo Siwa 7th Birthday Party filled with lots of balloons, pizza, a yummy cake, pink, turquoise, bows and beautiful children! This post has many photos from Vivian's 7th Birthday, but first I wanted you to read what I wrote about my Vivian on the actual day of her birthday and added it as a Facebook post, too. Happy Birthday my Sweet Viv!! May you live a very long, happy and healthy life!!

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Vivian's birthday is important for the blog too, because my blog started the year I discovered I was pregnant with her. I started blogging full-time during Spring of 2012 when Vivian was conceived and continued to blog full-time during her first 2 baby years which I spent home with her as a stay-at-home mom. I continued growing with her when we moved back to Michigan from Albania, in Summer of 2015. Vivian has also grown on the blog. The first year of her life, I did a monthly update post on her. I have also shared several birthdays and milestones like when she turned 1, when she turned 6, when she started Kindergarten or when she started First Grade. My blog's name is "Elegance and Mommyhood" because it talks about style and motherhood and how my style has changed because I became a mother. Plus, I do a lot of Mommy-Daughter Style Posts with her and those are my favorites! So every birthday I celebrate of Vivian's, I celebrate this little blog of mine, too. 


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2013 will forever be the best year of my life!! It was the year I slept the least and felt like a zombie often. It was the year I probably cried the most (a mixed variety of tears and emotions, both good and bad). It was the year I dressed up the least and could care less if my hair looked messy, if I was without makeup about 95% of the time or didn't touch up my roots. It was also the year I experienced the most physical pain known to human. It was the year I got so sick from nursing. But none of that matters. 2013 will forever be the best year of my life because you were born my beautiful little angel Vivian!! On January 19th 2013 you graced us with your presence. I will never ever forget the first cry I heard from you. This tiny creature around 6 lbs. could cry so loudly. It echoed into my heart! Today I want to cry a little bit because you are growing up too fast. How are you in the first grade?! Over the last year you finished kindergarten and became a first grader. You lost three teeth and got a new tooth. You got used to a new teacher and made more new friends. You became a great friend to the young kids of our new neighbors and became the best big cousin to your baby cousin. Your eyes light up every time you see the baby. You matured a lot and grew a few inches! I love seeing you read full sentences, entire little books. Mommy grew your book collection a lot this past year. 

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I love seeing you write and do your math homework. Even-though you haven't learnt it in school, you can write both printed and cursive. Your handwriting is so beautiful - I'd like to think you take that after me and after my mom. I love to see you sing and dance especially to Albanian video songs. I love seeing you ask questions both to me and to Alexa lol. I love seeing you create! You are such a good little artist and loves drawing, painting and colors. Cheers to you my dress-wearing, bow-loving, funny, smart, creative, bright, sweet, talkative, thoughtful, tiny but mighty sassy pants! Happy 7th Birthday 🎂🎉🥳 to you sweetheart, my Vivushka! Thank you for making my life more beautiful and richer every day!! Thank you for making me more patient!! Thank you for hugging and kissing me every day!! Thank you for worrying about me!! Thank you for being you!! I am beyond blessed, happy and eternally grateful to be your mama and the person you can count on the most!! I love you my sweet darling!! Happiest of birthdays today and let a fantastic year of your life start!! 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thursday Moda #198: Outerwear - Paying Attention to the Details.

Good Morning you all. I have been MIA and have been so busy. Story of my life lol! But how is it half-way through January yet?! We will blink and soon say "How is it half-way through 2020, already?" Our weather has been all over the place: snowy, ice, hale, sun, rain, terrible winds, frozen rain, clear skies. You name it, we have experienced it weather-wise this month. Honestly the day I wore this which was last Sunday, I am shocked my hat was staying put because it was so darn windy. Today, this Wednesday Jan 15th is National Hat Day and this post I planned to write is perfect for it, because I am a hat lady and I like a good floppy hat or felt hat for Winter and a good fedora or big summery floppy hat for the warm hazy days of Summer. This post is all about being warm+cozy yet staying warm and stylish in your outerwear and Winter accessories while paying attention to the details like: adding a pop of color, matching with your little one, putting on cute shoes or other accessories like hats and scarves as you brave the cold.

OUTERWEAR  -  PAYING  ATTENTION  TO  THE  DETAILS.
Sharing some outerwear and two of our coats Vivian and I have been wearing this Winter. Mine is the Black+White+Gray Plaid Wrap Coat from Target that I purchased last year and have already worn over a dozen of times between last year and this year. I usually size up in coats but wish I would have kept my regular size Small in this. My light brown hat is also Target, wish you could see the floral embroidery on the floppy part. Sweet Vivian is wearing what I call her "Starry Night Galaxy" Puffer Coat by Gap Kids. It is the lightest, most comfortable coat, yet so warm and cozy, this is the second year she has been wearing it. I love Gap for baby, toddler and kids clothes. The quality is awesome! She is wearing leopard leggings by Wal-Mart (I own identical ones) perfectly matched with her golden/tan faux suede boots by Target. The velvet burgundy headband with the sparkly crystals is new by Francesca's. I love that we get to share together a lot of our headbands and hair accessories. I snapped some photos in full of sweet Vivian and should have had her take a couple of me, but it's OK, you can still see my outfit. I am wearing my dark indigo wash jeans by LOFT which have a tuxedo strip down the side which is in a burgundy velvet material and they look so cute with my black+tan booties (they are from the kid's line Cat+Jack by Target) that have black+red laces and are colorblocked with some red+black buffalo checkered material on the top part. We wore these outfits last Sunday, when we delivered our last Christmas present for this season (and visited my cousin). As someone who is horrible at wrapping presents, I did a great job wrapping this one, using tulle and ribbon. What do you think? 

Like I mentioned, when wearing outerwear, it is important to pay attention to the details and don't forego the makeup or a pretty lipstick if you can. I love how my dark blue jeans matches Vivian's coat and all the pops of red/burgundy, too. I mean Vivian's headband matches the tuxedo strips of my jeans perfectly. They are both in a burgundy velvet material! What do you think?! I am linking up my identical jeans from Loft. They have several jeans right now with a side tuxedo strip which I love. I linked several other similar jeans, coats, earrings, hats and boots. Ditto for Vivian's pieces. Loving all the beautiful tuxedo-style jeans I found and linked for you, on the widget below. I am particularly adoring all the coats I found that are similar to ours. Target has a similar, dressier black+white coat right now and I love the Calvin Klein one and the red buffalo print one. The red buffalo print boots are gorgeous too and would match those red buffalo print booties, perfectly!







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