Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dress Week: Fit+Flare Floral and a Haircut.

My New Hair Style.
First things first, I got a haircut and I love it!! I cut 6 inches off my hair in early January before we had our pictures taken for Vivian's 1st Birthday and I hadn't cut it since then. I had been debating about a real cut (as in quite shorter) for a few weeks now so I too the plunge. I cut another 6-7 inches this second time around, with some shorter layers. What I like about it is that it is still pretty long to put in a ponytail or half-way back, yet when down it looks like a longer, layered bob. I wouldn't call it long hair, it is definitely medium length. Anyways, last time my hair was this short was in Summer of 2008. A part of me misses the long hair (already), but I think it will get pretty long by the time the Holiday season comes. My hair grows fast. What do you think guys? I took several before+after photos for you to see (my first time in many many years that I take before+after photos after a major hair change). 

Now on to the OOTD, Dress Week continues and I got a real Pretty one today. This might be My Favorite Dress I added to my closet this Summer. It is 100% Silk and it is washable. It is a Fit+Flare Style. It has a light lining underneath but it is airy enough for Summer. But I think my favorite part is the print. It's these pretty Daisy Flowers in Coral, Gray, Blue and Redish-Pink. I got this Dress courtesy of a local boutique which makes me love it even more. I seriously couldn't say enough happy words about it.

One of the best things I have done/occupied myself with while Vivian is on daycare for 4 hours each day (and while I am still without a job), is dedicate my time to some children in need and a couple of great causes such as AmcDSA which is a new organization formed this Spring that helps all the Down Syndrome Children in Albania, a lot of which have been abandoned by their parents, unfortunately. My first time to wear this Dress was for an event about this organization. There was a luncheon, a couple of auctions held, some tear-jerker speeches and some raffle prizes. We raised 4500 Euros for these children. The event was held at a fancy hotel and I thought this Daytime Dress was perfect for a Lunch/Afternoon Event. I dressed it up with Red Patent Leather Pumps, Red Statement Necklace and Red Lipstick, as well as Royal Blue Clutch and Royal Blue Stud Earrings, bringing out the Reds+Blues from the Dress. Do you like how I styled this Dress for a Dressy Daytime Event? Have you added a New Floral Summer Dress to your closet, this year? They are so Feminine and Pretty, no?
Floral, Colorful, Sleeveless, Fit+Flare, 100% Silk Dress w/ Scoop Neck: c/o "I Love Shopping Boutique" (New) (similar by Gap, best deal, love this), (similar gorgeous option by Jessica Simpson, on sale), (similar watercolor by Kensie, great deal).
Red, Briolette, Bib, Statement Necklace: E-Bay (similar, best deal, love this), (gorgeous Kate Spade option, love this), (similar, great deal).
Royal Blue, Small Circle Stud Earrings: Random Street Vendor for $1.00 (New) (very similar in lighter blue), (similar in baby blue+silver, love these), (similar in navy+gold).
Orange, Acrylic, Small Hair Claw: Random Street Vendor.
Red Matte Lipstick: Avon Ultra Color Lipstick (identical in "Perfect Red" - highly recommend it), (very similar by Revlon in "Really Red").
Royal Blue Silky, Envelope Bow, Wristlet Clutch: Express (similar, on sale, love this), (similar, dressy), (blue+pink gorgeous option by Valentino, great deal, love this).
Bright Red, Patent Leather, Strappy, Criss-Cross Stilettos: Carlos Santana (similar, great deal), (very similar Jimmy Choos), (similar red pumps by Guess).

P.S. Today is Ashleigh's Birthday and she asked some of her Favorite Bloggers to pay it forward for a special post on her BDay. By using my time to help children less fortunate than my daughter I am paying it forward and it is so rewarding. =)))
Also my Blogging Buddy Laura is starting a new Link-up today so I am joining her "Confident Twosday" and you should do. My new haircut makes me feel confident, by the way.
Last but not least, linking up with Ann, Erin, Lauren, Janise, Jen, Paige, Rachel, Saumya and Zaz.

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