Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday Moda #133: Mommy+Daughter in Casual Pink Skirts.

Another day, another Mommy+Me post. Today our outfits are super casual yet cute and put-together. We are both wearing Casual Pink Skirts. I have gone out, gone to lunch, coffee dates, out and about, visited different cities + down-towns, shopped and ran errands a lot with Vivian this Summer, as several of my posts from May until now have indicated as well. I have at least another 6-7 similar posts like this to share and hope to do so before October is over. With that said, I apologize for not being so active this September. I cannot believe it is Sept 19th already. Where has this month gone?! With Vivian starting school and getting used to a new schedule and sleeping schedule for both of us, I have had a hard time keeping up with the blog. I have at least two dozens outfits from Summer not blogged. I have been pretty silent on commenting (especially the last couple of weeks) and I have only linked my posts about 50% of the time the last month. I hope starting next week that will change. With that said, I am planning a post for Friday this week and hopefully I can do an outfit post Sunday thru Thursday next week.

You may remember that all July I wore and featured skirts here on my dear old blog. Well, these outfits are from mid June - as this was one of the outfits I planned to blog during July (lol) but here we are 3 months later. Our Casual Pink Skirts' Outfits are very relevant for this week of September however,  because since last Saturday, our temps have been between late 70s to mid 80s. As a matter of fact Vivian has worn skirts every day to school, this week. And I have worn a couple of my newer skirts this week too, this week. This is a weekend day where we had brunch, shopped a little bit and went to the playground too. I decided to go matchy-matchy by wearing my Blush Pink A-Line Eyelet Skirt from Loft with a Blush Pink Ribbed Lace-Front Tank Top by Aeropostale. Both were clearance steals from earlier this Summer. I am wearing Comfortable Polka Dot Flip-Flops but I did dress up this outfit with a couple of Cuff Bracelets and Matching Blush Pink Feather Earrings by Loft. Vivian has had her Poodle-Print Hot Pink Skirt from The Children's Place since last Summer and I love that cute little skirt. She pattern-mixed with an Off-White Floral Tee by Old Navy and also wore her own Flip Flop Sandals and my cute adorable girly girl who loves accessories is even wearing a Little Pink Necklace. But my most favorite accessory of Vivian's is her Gorgeous Hot Pink Chiffon and Rainbow Grossgrain Ribbon Oversized Bow. Since June was LGBT Awareness month, I made sure she wore that bow a lot that month. =)

All ooohhs and awwws on my post from last week. Thank you all so much. You all love our matchy-matchy "Dotty Over Fuchsia Dresses". Last week, there were around 80 outfits linked and I noticed a lot of cute transitional looks, early Fall looks and nice+chic work outfits, as you will notice from my favorites too. Lots of you linked dresses and skirts and I saw a lot of floral. Also, no surprise here that I was attracted to fashions and items from some of my favorite stores like Old Navy, Target and Loft. And I didn't notice until later that there were not one but two pretty snake-print skirts. I also loved how some of the posts that were linked featured several outfits.

This week's featured blogger is my fellow Eastern European Friend BOJANA from Bo's Bodacious Blog who is not a stranger to this feature or to my blog as I have co-hosted Thursday Moda with her twice, before too. The post she linked actually features 6 or 7 outfits, all super cute work-chic looks and very affordable too, since most of the pieces are from Old Navy. I in particular loved the three outfits above for all the layering and pretty Fall colors, too. Trapeze dresses and button front skirts, corduroy and ponchos - I am all in. Plus I love shades of Bourdeaux and Herringbone especially for Fall. Bojana's work style is always pretty and achievable. She is a mom to two young daughters and super nice too. Not only do I love her blog but her Instagram as well. Plus she leaves me the kindest comments on Instagram.

Probably the most featured person on Thursday Moda is the beautiful Katie, this time stunning in this 'Stripes with a Twist of Lemon'. No wonder I am loving this dress from Target, I have been eyeing it myself. Those sandals and lemon slice bag though...
Emma has convinced me to add a 'Snake Print Skirt' to my closet. She wore it with all blag and a huge splash of orange-red via that magnificent coat.
Lisa's smile and chicness are beaming! Her 'Faux Wrap Dress for Easy Transitioning' featuring all the red and grayish-blues is beautiful and a steal for 25 bucks. Tar-jay you all!
Another blogger in a muted snake-print skirt. Mixing her 'Animal Print' with neutrals and gorgeous maroon shoes, Jess' sophisticated style is perfect for easy Fall Office looks.
Petite Kileen featured a post with some of her recent purchases from Loft, featuring three 'Wear-to-Work Outfits' with pretty floral tops. I loved this one the most as it also gave me an idea how to style this ivory pencil skirt which I also own and I love the thick texture of the skirt.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Choose Self Joy! - Poetry. Plus Linkup.

I just wrote this poem today. If you remember from one of my early January posts this year, I mentioned that the word I chose for 2018 was "Self-Joy". I think it is super important that we all choose self-joy. If you are in a relationship that makes you unhappy - get out of it. If you have a friend that feels more like an enemy - don't let them be your friend anymore. If there are people in your life that bring negativity and mayhem - decide to rid yourself of these people. Be with people who love you and respect you. Choose people who love you for you. Be close to your family. Surround yourself with wonderful people. Surround yourself with people who bring out your genuine smile! At the end of the day your happiness matters. Choose self joy for yourself, for you! I hope you like my little poem.

Choose  Self  Joy !
[September 2018]

How can I walk on broken glass
and fill my heart with empty promises?!
How can I make the same mistake twice
and have life choose the paths for me?!

In this tumultuous journey I walk every day
sometimes I choose joy and sometimes pain,
I forget that at the end of the day,
the one who matters the most is my happiness, my jam!

Things aren't always black and white,
a colorful rainbow appears somewhere,
there is fear and uncertainty in the sight,
but there is also hope and beauty everywhere...

So if I choose to smell the flowers it is up to me,
they are blue, yellow, red, pink, green,
in an infinite nature filled up with sparkle and beam,
I need to find the sunshine and the silver moon...

I need to embrace the beauty all around us,
because there I can find the blessings life has given me,
through the downs and the minuses, there is a big plus,
I control my destiny, I choose my self-joy!

So choose for yourself, make your own decisions,
choose to be happy, brave, strong and joyful,
only you can unlock the key to your dreams,
open up the drawer that makes you hopeful!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Weekend Wants: Fall Dressing.

Fall is around the corner, literally at the end of next week. While, I am not one to rush seasons and I definitely wouldn't mind Summer sticking a little longer (Indian Summer, anyone?!), like most of everyone I love Fall clothes so this time my Weekend Wants are all about Fall Dressing. Pretty blouses, leather-like skirts, sweet sweaters, cozy cardigans, beautiful booties, cute jackets and even soft socks are some of my picks from some of my favorite stores like Target (of course, duhh!), Express, Ann Taylor, Old Navy and Loft. Also, I am loving all the black+white patterns, the leopard and cheetah prints, the neutrals (of course), as well as all the pops of mustard and that fun brick-pink type of rosé color (I spot it on the cable-knit sweater, a blouse, a jacket and one of the cardigans, below). You can see ALL of my picks below and click each of them to shop! What are you craving/wanting/shopping for this Fall 2018?!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Thursday Moda #132: Dotty Over Fuchsia Dresses.

Hi Guys. It has been dead silence on my blog since last Thursday Moda. To tell you the truth my work schedule has quietened down a little bit as I have settled into a new Fall schedule now that Vivian started school and goes there every day, full time. But between the start of Kindergarten, getting settled into our new schedule and trying to make the most out of our late afternoons/evenings while it is still warm and doesn't get dark too late, I have tried to not make the blog my priority but rather enjoy and make the most of my free time and most importantly the time I have with my daughter. Just like today's photos show - taken a couple of weeks ago, before the starting of the school - we have been making the most of this Summer especially on off days, evenings and weekends. On this particular day we went downtown our little town that we live in, for a little lunch, walking (when it wasn't raining) and gift-shopping. Also, another reason I have been silent is because I have been feeling sick/fighting a cold the last few days. Since Labor Day weekend our temperatures have been between 49 degrees to 95 degrees (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s) which is crazy. That has done a number on my body and has given me a head cold, too. Today (Wednesday) was by far the worst I have felt. Arggghhh!! I haven't even felt like joining any linkups, since last Thursday actually.

So, the title of this post "Dotty over Fuchsia Dresses", as in "Nutty Over Fuchsia Dresses", get it?! My Strapless Fuchsia/Neutral Dress with the pretty and very flattering ruched bustier style is by The Limited (when they still had their stores) and it may be a decade old. I love that is a comfy cotton poplin material which makes it perfect for the daytime, though can be dressed up for the evening. I am normally not one to wear this much pink altogether or be matchy-matchy head to toe but sometimes you have to go for it, so I did. Matching hot pink/fuchsia Jelly Thong Flower Sandals (by Old Navy), Crossbody Satchel (by Target) and Pom Pom Beaded Statement Earrings (by Wal-Mart). I also wore a Bright Pink Matte Lipstick. My Coral and Aqua Sunglasses were $1.00 from the dollar aisles at Target. I love that the sunglasses have polka dots on the coral frames. But I added another color pop (turquoise) with my Silver+Turquoise Charm Necklace and Turquoise Beaded Charm Anklet by my creative friend over at Hidden Beaded Treasures

Vivian's own Fuchsia+White Dotty Dress (a Boutique find) has been in her closet since she was 2. It is one of my most favorite dresses she has owned and clearly though very short on her now, it looks great as a tunic with biker shorts underneath. Her colorful biker shorts have big smiley face circles. See, I told you we are dotty today! Nuts for dots that is! Big, large dots. As a matter of fact the dots on her dress are the same size as the dots on my dress, so these two dresses perfectly coordinate and match together and we were told on that day how cute we looked matching together, by about a dozen people. Also, both of our sandals are in a jelly material and they are both in a shimmery bright pink (though different shades of pink). Vivian's adorable sandals are Cat+Jack by Target (these ones). See, funny story about these matching dotty fuchsia dresses, is that either in Summer 2015 or Summer 2016 when we went on our annual family Michigan Summer Vacation, I packed both of these dresses for us to wear and we did wear them one day and took a few pics with them but it rained, and those photos didn't come out nice at all. And believe it or not, it took us another 2-3 years to wear these dresses again, at the same time. I love that Vivian's dots are white against the bright pink and mine are reversed.

Thank you all for the beautiful, sweet and kind words and compliments you wrote last week on my very special "Vivian is a Kindergartener" post. I appreciate them all so much. A week and a half through school and it seems like Vivian loves kindergarten and loves riding the bus. I must say I saw a lot of transitional outfits last week and the following 6 looks I chose as my favorites, feature a little or a lot of Fall, each one of them. I loved the over 40's crowd whether they styled Classic Wrap Dresses, Skinny Jeans or Tulle Skirts. There is also a young mom in the mix looking fab so soon after giving birth!

Leelo is back to blogging and looking sophisticated and timeless in a maroon classic 'Crepe Wrap Dress' which she paired with go-with-everything black pumps and a little black crossbody satchel.
I want to add an over-sized 'Double-Breasted' glen plaid blazer to my closet so badly. Even more so considering how terrific Nora looks in hers all layered perfectly for early Fall. Love that scarf.
I am so glad 'Tulle Returns to the Blog' my dear friend Chrissy as I first even complimented this look on her Instagram. It even matched Vivian's first day of Kindergarten look and Chrissy nailed it per usual.
Nora owns many wonderful dresses, this time wearing a pretty 'Graphic Print' one, and I love graphic prints in red and black, even better with some white. Love her heeled sandals.
'Call It a Uniform?' Sure, why not Ana. Like you I love jeans with pretty blouses and comfortable but cute shoes.
Dear Maria also loves polka dot dresses. But I love how her 'Polka Dot' is a lavender ombre one, plus that dress has pretty sleeves. The ankle-laced pumps and blush velvet clutch are perfect pieces for Fall and Winter.

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