Thursday Moda #12 and a Little Black Dress (or two).
Cute title hmm? "A Little Black Dress (or two)". Well, I am only styling one LBD today but my co-host also has on an LBD so that makes two total. Anyway, happy Thursday and welcome to Thursday Moda #12. I cannot believe it has been almost three months since I started this linkup... and it has grown so much since that first week. Over 100 entries last week, too. Thank you to everyone who links up regularly and to the newcomers, too. Thank you for making Thursdays a great day here at Elegance and Mommyhood.
I bought this dress at Banana Republic almost 3 months ago and I am finally wearing it. Shame on me. I love the silhouette of it and how it looks like a pencil skirt and a v-neck blouse tucked in it. But this is indeed a one-piece dress in a sheath form. The bottom part is this abstract black+white (looks like gray) satiny pattern while the top front is black leather. The back top part is also in solid black but in a comfortable ponte material. I paired my dress with a couple of dainty necklaces: my Gold Open Heart Pendant which is seamlessly layered with the Dainty Gold-tone Lariat Gorjana necklace I received in my last Rocksbox. I added Dangly Gold+Crystal Pave Filigree Earrings which I purchased at Wal Mart. (They are such nice earrings for the price.) I added a couple of rings and a little bangle cuff too. For my bag, I chose this Classic Black Quilted Bag and for the Shoes I went for Suede Sling-back Lilac Pumps which are adorable and so feminine (plus very comfortable). The lilac paired so well with the gray part of the dress. I put my hair in a bun and put a Large Pastel Yellow Rose off the side. I do apologize for how the hair looks on these photos, though. It is after a 9-10 hour workday, since this pictures were taken after work. I did wear this to work with a Black Trench-Coat over it but this outfit can go to dinner, cocktails, and even a wedding. It is also a great LBD to wear to a graduation, like I mentioned yesterday. What do you think?
This week's co-host is LAURA from I Do deClaire. As you can see we both styled Little Black Dresses today and we both dressed them up (collage above). Laura is a wife and mom in her early thirties to a toddler girl who is just 4 weeks older than Vivian. Laura works as a school counselor who wears effortless outfits that always look chic, whether she is dressed up or dressed down. We have collaborated several times in the past and we have done a Mom series on Winter trends, two years ago, also. Laura runs a very successful style linkup on Tuesdays she so smartly titled "Confident Twosday". You can tell by Laura's LBD and the outfits I gathered in the collage (at the bottom of this post) that this young woman is confident in what she wears. She has become a good friend in the last 2 and a half years or so and she is one of those bloggers I would love to meet in real life, some day. As you can see from our collage with our LBDs side by side, she looks smashing hot in her scalloped-hemmed LBD and those fierce pumps. But check out Laura's blog today too because she will show you yet another way to style her fun LBD. I think we both look sharp and sophisticated all dressed up in our LBDs and as I was putting the collage together I couldn't help but notice how our backgrounds look almost identical, too (lol).
Mixed Media, Sleeveless, V-Neck LBD Sheath w/ Patterned Pencil Skirt: Banana Republic (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Real Gold Asymmetric Open Heart Pendant in Dainty Gold Chain: Lord & Taylor (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
"Vivienne" Bar Lariat, Gold-Tone Dainty Necklace: Gorjana. borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (very similar, Splurge). (similar, Steal).
Gold-Tone Dangly Pave Filigree Earrings: Wal Mart (New) (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Baby Pink/Blush Faux Snakeskin Magnetic Bangle: White House Black Market (similar, on Sale), (similar, Splurge).
Silver Tone Ring w/ Large Marble Coral Stone: A Boutique in Albania (very similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, small Splurge, love this).
Gold Tone Ring w/ Oval Brown Stone: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Bronze, Vintage-looking, Pave Snake Cocktail Ring: F21 (similar, Steal, love this), (similar), (similar, Splurge).
Black Quilted Purse w/ Silver Handle: White House Black Market (similar, Steal), (similar, love this), (similar, Splurge).
Bordeaux/Burgundy Oval-Shaped Sunglasses: Express (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Pale Yellow Large Rose Hair Elastic: The Limited (very similar, Steal).
Lilac/Lavender Suede Slingback Round-Toe Pumps w/ Bows: BCBG Max Azria (similar flats, Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Last week, Spring looks and exposed arms and shoulders were linked up. The featured blogger and the bloggers with the other favorite looks (except Tokes who is new to my linkup), are all blogging buddies of mine who all happen to be mothers 40+ years old, which goes to show you that age is just a number. I was clearly attracted to this year's biggest colors too: Serenity and Rose Quartz. I couldn't narrow it down to a top 3 either so top 4 it was!
Today's featured blogger is JILL from Doused in Pink. Jill linked up the softest jersey Tie Dye Maxi which looked great in its neutral shades of gray and blue. The long T-Shirt Maxi also featured the very popular cold shoulders. Jill, smartly paired it up with those gorgeous Black Dolce Vita Wedges from Target (which I also own in Tan) and Blue Mirrored Sunnies. Jill hails from Chicago - one of the best cities in the world, if you ask me. She normally works from home so her style is usually on the casual side. But even when she dresses up, she keeps her ease and effortless elegance. Jill's blog also contains fun posts like easy DIYs, recipes, posts on beauty, makeup, home decor and family. Also on Thursdays she runs her own linkup "Thursday Fashion Files" so if you haven't yet, after linking up with me today go check out Jill's blog and linkup with her.
There is nothing Debbie cannot wear. 'Sleeveless Button Down & White Blazer' sure why not? I love the cool masculine feel of this outfit and those crisp sky colors.
Linda states that she 'Is Blushing' in that gorgeous tulip mini skirt which she paired with more blush pieces and black. What a fun outfit that makes her look 20 years younger!
Tokes' first entry on my linkup was a hit. She showed not one but two 'Summer Trends' that I love. That Baby-Blue Striped LWD is stunning, especially paired with red.
Nora is wearing her own 'Savannah Blazer and Rose Quartz Blouse'. She is the most talented and stylish clothing designer I know who is also very affordable.
Thursday Moda Co-Host: I Do deClaire.
A snippet of stylish work outfits Laura has worn recently, that I liked. Make sure you follow her.
From Laura's Mouth:
"I started I do deClaire three years ago after following fashion blogs for a while. I was unhappy with my closet and decided to document the process of turning my style and closet around all while on a budget. I wanted to show it's possible to look stylish and feel confident about yourself while working, being a mom and wife, and while wearing all the other hats women wear (no pun intended)! I can be found on Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook."
P.S. Linking up with Adri + Jessica, Alice, Ana Luiza with Michelle, Annie, Brooke with Erica, Carrie with Jill, Christie, Claire, Dawn, Grace, Elle with Jacqueline, Heather, Jalynn,
Jaymie, Jennie, Joules, Jolynne, Karli, Kelly, Lauren, Linda, Liz, Melissa with Sheree + Rachel, Michelle, Nancy, Nicole, Osy, Rachel, Rosie, Sheela, Tara, Tara (Socialite), The Blended Blog, Vicki, Whitney Nic and The Wardrobe Stylist.
Also linking with the ladies of The Blended Blog.
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