Thursday Moda #5 and Colorful Striped Dresses.

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to the 5th "Thursday Moda" linkup. It has been a month since I started my own linkup and each week there have been over 70 entries so I call that pretty good. I hope the linkup continues to grow and bring in new readers. My goal is that in two weeks from now we reach at least 100 linked posts so please spread the word out there. Also, today I have a fellow mommy blogger guest hosting with me. It is my pleasure to welcome RACHEL from Garay Treasures as my second co-host for this linkup. 

When Rachel emailed me a photo of her outfit from today's blog post, I was so happy to see her in such a bright stripey dress. I thought how fun it would be for me to style my own bright stripey dress. As a matter of fact, I have thought about wearing this bold colorblocked stripey dress of mine, for at least a couple of weeks now. It is actually one of the very few dresses I packed with me when I came from Albania to Michigan, back in August. So, I wore it on Tuesday to work actually and snapped these photos right before work and even e-mailed Rachel one of my outfit pictures during my lunch break. Thank you Rachel for reminding me to wear my pretty Midi-Style Striped Sweater Dress. You can see Rachel's outfit post in detail here.

What I love about this striped dress is the midi length and the bold wide stripes in a few different colors. You can choose any color from the stripes and highlight it through the rest of your outfit like I did here with the fuchsia by wearing my bold opaque fuchsia tights. But then again there is some blue (the clutch) and some black (the booties) highlighted here as well. I paired my dress with some new accessories I just got from Target less than a week ago. All their bags, shoes and jewelry were BOGO 50% off last week so this girl did a little bit of shopping. I wanted some black open-toe slingback booties for a while. Last year I had admired some Black, Open-Toe, Perforated Booties on SHELLIE from Queen in Between. My pair from Target is almost identical to hers and I love them. Oh and the Faux Fur Jacket is also from Target, got it a month ago for 75% off - I am finally getting around to showing it. Last but not least, I wore the latest jewels from Rocksbox. So this outfit is made up of pieces from Target, Old Navy and Rocksbox - three brands/places I cannot stop buying or renting from, in the last few months. I want to know, do you own a colorful striped dress? How do you wear it for Early Spring?

The Accessories:
Gold+Silver Tone Long Chain Necklace w/ Large Chevron Pendant: Target (New) (identical), (dainty option, Splurge, love this), (similar in gold-tone, Great Deal).
Fuchsia Opaque Tights: Old Navy (New) (very similar, Steal), (patterned option, Great Deal, love these).
Black, Open-Toe, Perforated, Sling-Back Booties w/ Block Heels: Merona via Target (New) (very similar, Splurge), (fun sexy option, Great Deal), (similar lace-up style, Steal, love these).
Cobalt Blue Woven-Patterned Clutch w/ Large Faux Lather Yellow Tassel: Target (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Multi-Colored, Striped, Long, Sweater Dress: Old Navy (similar, Splurge, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar sleeveless, Steal).
Champagne/Nude Faux Fur Cropped Coat: Xhilaration via Target (New) (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal, love this).
Silver Pave Ball Studs: Sophie Harper, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal).
Gold+Silver Tone Long Chain Necklace w/ Large Chevron Pendant: Target (New) (identical), (dainty option, Splurge, love this), (similar in gold-tone, Great Deal).
Light Blue + Turquoise Tiny Crystal Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace (worn as a Bracelet): Express.
Silver Ring w/ Square Black Onyx Stone: Zales (similar, Splurge), (similar, love this), (similar, Steal).
Floral Pave "Rosalie" Crystal Ring: Perry Street, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Cobalt Blue Woven-Patterned Clutch w/ Large Faux Lather Yellow Tassel: Target (New) (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal).
Fuchsia Opaque Tights: Old Navy (New) (very similar, Steal), (patterned option, Great Deal, love these).
Black, Open-Toe, Perforated, Sling-Back Booties w/ Block Heels: Merona via Target (New) (very similar, Splurge), (fun sexy option, Great Deal), (similar lace-up style, Steal, love these).

 Use my special code to get a free month of Rocksbox jewelry delivered to your home: ADABFF39.

Last week, there were over 80 beautiful ladies who linked up. And once again many of you looked so pretty and several of you had on gorgeous Easter Outfits. Choosing these top 4 looks was difficult. Ultimately (as you will see) I was loving all the Americana looks: red, white, blue, denim, blonde hair, crossbody bags - all of these things say Easy American Style to me and these ladies below all looked superb. Thank you for linking up in the past few weeks and please spread the word about the linkup.

This week's featured blogger is Amy from Amy's Creative Pursuits. She linked up this gorgeous Easter Outfit featuring a new Serenity (pale blue) midi skirt by Francesca and a beautiful eyelet shell by Liz Claiborne. She added yet another pretty pastel color with her very on trend Rose Quartz (blush) clutch. I am dying over this girly and sophisticated pastel look. Amy is a bargain shopper fashionista whose blog is filled with great everyday fashions and her traveling in style. She always finds the cutest thing for the best deals at JC Penney. Amy is also very crafty and DIY's such pretty cards for different special occasions.

Alecz loves her feminine 'Bows' and I am in love with her classic red sheath.
Ana Luiza's Nautical Look is part of her 'Spring Capsule Wardrobe'. She is both Americana and Parisian-chic.
Rebecca's maxi is indeed 'Something Special' - I just love the subdued black+white palm print.

Before joining the linkup...

A little bit about today's co-host: Rachel has become a great blogging friend, since a couple of years ago when we discovered each-other's blogs. Rachel runs her own linkup on Tuesdays called "Bloggers who have inspired me". You can see the latest one here. Rachel's bog has something for everyone: personal style, his+hers style, adorable kids, family updates, motherhood, faith, budget posts and even some special $10.00 Target posts. I have co-hosted her linkup with her several times before and I will do so again next Tuesday on April 5th so stay tuned. Below is a collage of some of my favorite outfits of Rachel's from this year (2016). As you can see though still quite casual, Rachel always looks very put together wearing skinnies or leggings. Please check out her blog and make sure you follow her.
From Rachel's Mouth...
"Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. Her Social Media links are: Bloglovin: and Pinterest: "

P.S. Linking up with Adri + Jessica, Alice, Ana Luiza with Michelle, Brooke with Erica, Carrie with Jill, Christie, Claire, Dawn, Grace, Elle with Jacqueline, Jalynn,
Also linking up with the ladies of The Blended Blog.

And now join the linkup!
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  1. Beautiful dress Ada, you always look so confident in your photos and I love that about you.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  2. its always fun to have a bit of colour in your life isnt it, love the dress #brillblogposts

  3. What a bright beautiful it! And the tights are pretty fabulous too.

  4. Love this bright and colourful stripy dress, Ada! I have two stripy dresses but one is in black and white stripes and another in yellow and white, haha. Definitely I need one similar to yours, more colourful one!

  5. Very pretty striped dress on you, have a great weekend Ada!

  6. I love the bright stripes! This is such a fun, colorful look!

    Doused In Pink

  7. I'm with you- love a bold stripe, Ada! The colors here are getting me ready for spring. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. Such a fun, striped dress! As you pointed out, you can style it so many different ways... You did a fabulous job!

  9. Thanks soooo much for the feature - you're so sweet and love your colorful striped dress! Have a lovely weekend ahead!!


  10. Love this striped dress on you! One of my favorite recent looks.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. This is such a beautiful dress, Ada. I love the bold stripe pattern on you! Thanks for hosting the linkup, and have a great weekend!


  12. What a pretty dress Ada, I love those bright colors! That clutch is a great find too, I love the little tassel detail!

  13. Such a lovely dress Ada, and while I have similar mule shoes I LOVE yours and will be on the lookout for some to snatch up on sale. Thank you so much for your kind words and the collage you made. It has been a joy getting to know you the past year and a half. I can't wait to have you co-host next Tuesday!
    Rachel xo

  14. I love all of the bright colors in your outfit! So fun and perfect for Spring and Summer!

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  15. Very pretty striped dress and great chevron necklace! Those purple tights are too fun!

  16. What a beautiful striped dress! Such gorgeous colors!

    Rachel's Lookbook

  17. Stripes are so pretty for spring. Love the bright colors!

  18. Oh wow! Thanks so much for choosing me as the Featured Blogger! I was surprised and honored! Love your striped dress!

  19. You look FANTASTIC in this dress and I love how you accessorized it...I definitely need to get some colored tights because I'm seeing that they are more versatile than I thought...loving this! XO -Kim

  20. Way too cute! Love all the fun colors! Those tights are adorable too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  21. Ada, you look fabulous! I love sweater dresses. I like that you picked the fuchsia out to accentuate. I think that that is perfect for Spring. (I also have a thing for fun tights!) Thank you so much for linking up with #sharethejoylinky!

  22. Love your bold colors & bold stripes. Stripes are such a trend right now, but they have been a favorite print of mine for a long time!

  23. Such a fun dress and I love that you can wear it when the weather warms up!! So many bright and pretty colors!

  24. Ada, this dress is unreal! I love the bright colours and the stripes. And thank you so much for the feature!

  25. Love this striped dress Ada! It make me so happy with all the beautiful colors!

  26. Fun! Love the colors in your dress and those fab shoes!

  27. Look at you and your stripes. Adorable Ada!

  28. How fun is your bright and colorful stripe dress? Looks great on you :)

  29. What a fun dress to bright up a day. I hope you have a great weekend. Also I know you will reach your goal in no time.

  30. Such a beautiful outfit! You look beautiful! :)

  31. Such a cute dress! And I love that you paired it with such bold tights. Fun!

    And, oh my word, Albania?! Such a long way to travel. It must be very different over here.

  32. What a cool dress! I love anything with stripes, but the colorful stripes are even better! Thanks for hosting and have a fantastic weekend!

  33. That's such a fun dress. Lovely bright colours for Spring!

  34. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This striped dress is awesome! Love it!

  35. Such a lovely dress Ada :) I need to start posting more outfit posts so I can join in your fun . Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

  36. Beautiful colorful strip dress. And those shoes are gorgeous! Thank you to invite me to your link-up party. o)

  37. Thanks for hosting and visiting my site. Love your dress!

    Sincerely, Jennie

  38. love the colors. thank you for adding your post to my Powers the Flower link up.


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