Thursday Moda #20 with Red Stripes and Adorable Tots.

Welcome to week 20 of Thursday Moda. Today, my co-host is WHITNEY from Whitney A la Mode, a Michigan blogger just like myself. Whitney and I are joined by two adorable toddler girls. I of course have my daughter Vivi and she has her one and a half year old niece Eloise, with her. Whitney and I styled our Red+White Striped Peplum Tanks from Old Navy, for you today. I guess we both must have had 4th of July-inspired looks in mind because we paired the tank top with blue bottoms and white shoes. Navy Patterned Shorts for me and Blue Jeans for Whit. I also have on Off White/Cream Fringe Sandals while Whitney chose Classic White Converse. Her Gorgeous Niece Eloise is coordinated in her own Beautiful Red+White Strawberry Dress and Converse. Funny thing is I ordered that same pretty dress for Vivian. I wanted Viv's outfit to match mine more but she chose her own clothes that day. We are both doing stripes and white in some form, though.

I have been following Whitney's blog for over two years now and a year ago we met on her hometown of St. Joseph, MI. Whitney has fabulous style which is classic, feminine, chic and a little preppy (look at the collage on the very bottom of this post, for more). Whitney is also part of The Blended Blog - which is just that, a blended blog of over a dozen stylish women from all over United States and even Canada. Also, on Fridays, Whitney does a great series in which she collaborates with three other bloggers. It is like a Style Swap (here is her latest).

My look turned out to be lots of fun thanks to the short shorts which show off my long legs and those fun fringe block heel sandals which I love. I did some subtle pattern-mixing. It is hard to tell but my shorts have a very small Red+White Floral Pattern on them which looks like tiny cherry blossom. They are also from Old Navy and they are so comfortable with an elastic draw-string waist. I decided to wear two of the three pieces from my latest Rocksbox set but the necklace only survived these photos. The bottom (druzy) stone fell off the chain unfortunately. I did like the necklace and the earrings but I didn't care for the cuff I was sent in this time. I couldn't adjust it to my tiny wrist. I like that the Iridescent Abalone Earrings were in darker colors and had lots of dark blue in them which matched my shorts. I had a hard time having Viv pay attention or concentrate for pictures but we managed to get a few - laughing, giggling, playing on the bicycle and whatnot. All in all, the outfit and shoot turned out cute. =)

Not only does Vivian's lime green bow match her dress perfectly, so does her little plastic chair.
Red+White Thin-Striped Easy Peplum Tank Top: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar dressy option, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, preppy).
Navy+Small Floral Drawstring Short Shorts w/ Elastic Waist on the back: Old Navy (New) (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Fantastic Deal), (similar, Great Deal).
Iridescent Dangly "Alex" Earrings in Gold Abalone: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (New) (identical), (very similar, love these), (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold-Tone, Layered "Odette" Necklace w/ Circle Turquoise Stone & Skinny Rectangle Pastel Druzy Stone: Elise M. via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (gorgeous option, on Sale).
Red+White Faux Snakeskin Watch w/ multifaceted Bronze Glass Face: A Local Boutique in Albania (very similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Steal, my Favorite), (similar, on Sale).
Ivory/Cream Thin Elastic Bangle (part of a big bundle set): Forever 21 (similar, Steal), (similar, Splurge).
2 Red + 1 Navy Shimmer Thin Jelly Bracelets (part of a bundle): Forever 21.
Multi-Stranded Turquoise Necklace w/ tiny Beads (worn as a Bracelet): Express.
Silver Tone Ring w/ Large Marble Aqua/Mint Stone: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Gold Wedding Ring and Gold w/ Diamond Engagement Ring: From my Husband (Albania).
Gold-Tone Pave Stretchy Bracelet w/ Fuchsia and Silver Crystals: Ann Taylor (New) (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal).
Black Metallic Ring w/ Bow Pave Black Stones: Wet Seal (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Off-White/Cream Faux Leather Sandals w/ Long Fringe Detail & Nude Block Heels: Betseyville by Betsey Johnson (New) (similar, Steal), (similar, on Sale, love these), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
 Use my special code to get a free month of Rocksbox jewelry delivered to your home: ADABFF39.

Vivian's Outfit:
lime Green and White Striped Dress w/ Large Navy+Pink Polka Dot Flower: Meijer's.
Neon Lime Green Grossgrain Ribbon Bow Barrette: Wal Mart.
Baby Pink "Hello Kitty" Shoes: Crocs.

In case you missed it, I shared yesterday my favorite dresses from Nordstrom's Anniversary sale which starts today for all their card holders. There will be more of those posts with other favorite Nordstrom picks in the coming week.

Last week, the linkup was lighter due to the holiday week and me being on vacation. There were still 100 linkups though. Ultimately this Summer I am a sucker for Dresses and Skirts, as the collage also shows. And I just love a pretty red dress like the featured blogger's. This week's top 5 fashionistas show us the importance of nude or cognac sandals for Summer and that a great pair of sunglasses goes a long way.

This week's featured blogger is DAWN LUCY from Fashion Should Be Fun - a blog name I adore. Dawn Lucy's style is always perfect and so is this Classy and Sexy Karina Red Dress which she took from night to day, first in a dressy head-to-toe red look and later with a classic sleeveless chambray knotted as a top layer and such cute strappy sandals. Dawn Lucy recently turned 50 and this teacher is quite the fabulous dresser. Dawn Lucy is part of " My Refined Style" Collaboration each month with several 40+ ladies and runs her own successful linkup every Friday - Fun Fashion Friday. The name of her linkup totally suits Dawn! Make sure you follow her if you haven't done so yet. 

'The Slice is Right' for Shauna and myself. The watermelon-slice handbag with her matching Kelly Green Pleated Dress are both gorgeous and perfect for July.
Earlier this Spring I missed out on the perfect 'Tassel Tee' which was also gray and very similar to Lydia's. Pairing it with a classic black skirt was ideal and her shoes are gorg!
Shannon's 'Summer Hat' is a beautiful neutral and very reasonable accessory from KMart. She chose the perfect ladylike, feminine outfit with it - so glam and ready for a day at a horse race.
Candace's 'Bottom Line' is a Fun and Sexy, Mod Paisley Shift paired with stunning accessories and jewelry.

Thursday Moda Co-Host: Whitney A La Mode.
Whitney is a fan of classic pieces and classic neutrals like black+white (as the collage below shows). Check out her blog for more. These are just a few of my favorites from her this Summer.
From Whitney's Mouth:
"Whitney shares her thoughts over at Whitney à la mode.  She is a French teacher with a passion for fashion, her cat, strawberry pie, the Mitten State and either a glass of red wine or a cup of coffee (depending on the time of day).  Whitney à la mode is mostly a personal style blog with a sprinkle of lifestyle posts.  In English, we often use "à la mode" to order ice cream with our dessert.  However, in French, "à la mode" means in style.  Please join Whitney on her journey in becoming a bit more "à la mode!

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  1. You and Vivian are so cute in your stripes! I've been eyeing that ON top all summer. Both you and Whitney styled it perfectly! I'm obsessed with those fringe heels! This is such a fun look!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Look at you! You look so cute and sassy! I adore those shoes! Very very cute look! :)

  3. You both look so cute! Love the striped top with the peplum and those shoes are so fun!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  4. Love the red and white striped tank! Also, your daughter is just too cute.
    xo, Lee

  5. There is just so much cuteness here!! I love that peplum tank and hope that there are still lots of peplum styles around when I'm not pregnant anymore--I just love how it looks! And I love Vivian's green striped dress too, she's quite the little fashionista!

  6. What a cute duo!!!

    Check out the 1st installment of my festival style campaign with UK-brand BOOHOO - I'm sure you'll love it!

    Happy Thursday!


  7. I love seeing the same item styled on different people! Love this!

  8. All of these pics are just too cute. Seeing you and your little one always makes me smile :) Thanks for the feature from last week, and I hope you have a great weekend, Ada!!


  9. Such a cute top! You both styled I beautifully!!

  10. I love this striped peplum top, and how you both styled it! So fun with the shorts and fringe shoes.

  11. Love this summery top! The jewels are perfect with it. I hope to linkup with tomorrow's post. :)

  12. I have this top and adore it! I wish I'd bought more colors!

  13. I love both your takes on the red striped top, and your fringe heels are so cute!
    Thanks for the feature this week!

  14. Love the top Ada...peplums always look so cute. And the print mixing is perfect!

  15. I love your fringe heels! So cute for Summer!

  16. Love the idea of two different bloggers owning the same garment and styling it according to their particular needs or tastes... ! Nicely done Ada.

  17. Show off those long legs Ada! Fun peplum top and love the fringe sandals! Thank you for the linkup party per usual and see you at WW linkup!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  18. That striped top is so cute and looks great on both of you! I love the subtle pattern mixing with the shorts you chose...and you do have some fantastic legs, lady!!


  19. I think its great you let Vivian pick out her own clothes.

  20. These photos are so sweet! LOVE those heels. THey are incredible

  21. Love your blog and photos, great to link up thanks Hun..x Jacqui

  22. What cute tops!! And, of course, the babies are adorable - the best accessories ever!!

  23. Thanks so much for the feature Ada! Cute look as always. The look is very flattering on your legs :)

  24. Love this summer look!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  25. Great link up! You all look so cute!!

  26. You both look SO cute - love how you have been styling this top! Have a lovely weekend dear :)

    Rachel's Lookbook

  27. Love this summery striped top and it looks fantastic on both of you!
    Have a great weekend
    Julia x

  28. Thank you for hosting! Hope to see you on Fancy Friday linkup!

  29. Thank you for hosting! Hope to see you on Fancy Friday linkup!

  30. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  31. You both created such cute looks with this top. I love your pattern mixing, Ada, with those adorable printed shorts! I have the same top but I haven't worn yet. I guess will have to style it soon before summer is over!

    Thanks for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week. I hope to see you again next week. Have a fabulous weekend!


  32. Aww! This collaboration was so much fun! I'm already looking forward to doing it again in September! And thank you for such a thoughtful description of my blog. I've got a big smile on my face!

  33. awww LOVE that you collaborated with Whitney, she's amazing!!

  34. OMG, thanks SO much for featuring me! For once I took a week off from blogging and spend the week with my hubby in LA so I didn't see this until now! Thanks again so much for featuring me and saying such sweet things. You made my day!

    Dawn Lucy


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