Thursday Moda #28 with my Sister in Law, in Royal Oak.

Happy Thursday everyone - the 2nd one of September as hard as it is for me to type this because I cannot believe it. Christmas is not too far away. Yes, I said it. Welcome to another Stylish Thursday Moda where today I have a very special co-host (sort of) whom I have known since she was 17, my sister in law. As you know she visited us in Michigan the first couple of weeks in August. Today's post and photos are perfect as a salude to Throwback Thursday since they were taken exactly a month ago, in the beautiful city of Royal Oak, Michigan - a city known for its down-town and life, filled with lots of bars, restaurants, a few fun boutiques and even an old-fashioned movie theater.

Royal Oak was the first city we visited, less than 48 hours after she got here, on her first weekend to Michigan. It is hands-down one of my favorite towns in Michigan and if you ever visit MI, I suggest you add it to your must-visit list. We did a little shopping at a boutique there called Pitaya which has young, on-trend clothes for very reasonable prices. The double-buckle belt that I added to my dress was actually purchased the day of that trip (Pitaya was our first stop) and I put it around my waist right away. It worked well with the dress since it was loose. The blue-mirrored sunglasses my sister in law is wearing were purchased on that trip too. I also bought a ring and sunglasses and she bought a new outfit and a bracelet for me.

I ended up wearing yet another (new) Hi-Lo Dress I purchased this Summer from Target (their Merona brand). This tank dress is stylish, comfortable and pretty. I love the vivid blues in that beautiful floral mosaic print, paired with some olive (which matched my Olive Sandals, well). I added a couple of Glass-Beaded Blue Bracelets, Blue Pearl Cluster Earrings and my Navy Blue Cross-body Bag from Loft which worked perfect. I think my sister-in-law's dark Gray Slip Dress is from Mango, the Cognac Cross-body from Zara, the Sunglasses and Earrings brand new purchased that day at Pitaya. If you live or have visited Michigan before, have you ever been to Royal Oak?! What did you think?

 We ended up going to a Spanish tapas/small plates Bar and Cafe called "La Dulce" where we ordered cocktails and a couple of small plates. My semi-sweet (pink) drink was so good and paired very well with the salty+spicy plate of olives and peppers.
Hand Jewelry:
Gold Wedding Band + Gold w/ Diamond Ring: Wedding Rings by my Husband.
Gold-tone Ring w/ Semi Precious Square Orange Stone: Kohl's (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, my Favorite).
Gold-Tone Bangle w/ 3 Multi-faceted Aqua Polygon Stones: The Limited (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar dainty option, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, my Favorite).
Turquoise, Glass, Multi-Faceted Beaded Stretchy Bracelet (set of 2): NY&Co (similar, Steal, love this), (similar w/ charms, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, 3-stranded w/ blue pearls, Splurge).
As soon as you enter, this tall glass wall is filled with empty (big) white porcelain coffee cups and the entire thing is sprinkled with un-brewed coffee (coffee dust). It was very cool.
Deep Blue Pearl + Crystal, Cluster Statement Earrings: White House Black Market (dainty, delicate stud clusters, Steal, love these), (elegant, dainty drop option, Great Deal), (similar w/ turquoise beads).
Black+Brown Tortoise Sunglasses: Express (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, on Sale, love these), (similar, Splurge).
Silver Tone Long Chain Necklace w/ Circle/Horseshoe Silver+Crystal Pendant: White House Black Market (similar, Steal), (similar, Fantastic Deal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (gorgeous option, Splurge, my Favorite).
Taupe/Light Mocha Double-Buckle, Gold-Metallic Belt: Pitaya (New) (very similar in brown, Steal), (similar in Black, Fantastic Deal, love this), (similar, Great Deal).
Turquoise, Glass, Multi-Faceted Beaded Stretchy Bracelet (set of 2): NY&Co (similar, Steal, love this), (similar w/ charms, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, 3-stranded w/ blue pearls, Splurge).
Gold-Tone Bangle w/ 3 Multi-faceted Aqua Polygon Stones: The Limited (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar dainty option, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, my Favorite).
Gold Wedding Band + Gold w/ Diamond Ring: Wedding Rings by my Husband.
Gold-tone Ring w/ Semi Precious Square Orange Stone: Kohl's (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, my Favorite).
Leather Olive Green Sandals w/ Black Cone Wedges: Banana Republic (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (fun option, on Sale, love these), (similar, Splurge).

For this week, my favorites were all over the place. And I am sorry this post is late this morning but oh well. Between transitioning-to-Fall Outfits, pretty Florals and Gorgeous Maxis, I was in love with the Favorite 6 Looks below. You all brought your A game last week. How does one choose from 113 outfits?
Her 'Romper Room' gained a new one. This Deep Bourdeaux Floral one will be a great piece for Fall, for the lovely Jennie. Love those Platform Wedges.
Emma's OTS Top has fun straps but it is those 'Flower Sunglasses' and Camel Cross-Body Bag with Bright Neon Green Stripes that steal the deal, for me.
Marta fooled me with this 'Maxi Skirt Two-Piece Set'. The print and style of the skirt is fabulous and reminds me of my dress, today.
Kileen's 'Yellow Florals + Strappy Heels' adding the Fun and Elegant Floppy Hat, resulted in a Feminine, Fabulous and Colorful Outfit suited for an Outdoor Summer Wedding.
Andrea linked two outfits but this Fall-transitional 'What's Up Wednesday' look was my favorite of the two. She convinced me that I need Red Glossy Rain Boots.
Dana added 'The Gold Flats' to a Classic Blue Striped Fit+Flare Dress. Simple, slightly nautical and very Americana.

Also linking with Ana Luiza and Michelle for their "Start Off Stylish" Linkup.
Lastly, linking with the ladies of "The Blended Blog".

Now join the linkup and make some new friends!
Thursday Moda with Elegance and Mommyhood


  1. I'm loving the print and high-low cut of your dress! Looks like a fun time with your sister in law!

  2. I love royal oak! It is sooo cute. I get my makeup done by Nita at Salon 6 . . . if you ever need any makeup shes the BEST! I have to try this place next time I am in Michigan.

    Life is just Rosie

  3. How I love the blue print on you Ada, and how nice you had a lovely time with your sister n law. I was wondering what your pink drink was. I am a sucker for fruity cocktails!
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx

  4. How in the world did I not know you were in MI (if you are here)? I absolutely LOVE Royal Oak!!! It's not too far from me! :) I'm glad to hear you guys enjoyed yourselves!

    xx, Chanda |

  5. I have never heard of Royal Oak before. It sounds simply amazing! I always hear those Tim Allen commercials on the radio talking about Pure Michigan ... maybe that's because I live in Ohio and they think we're a good group to market to since were right next door. Anyway, looks like you two had fun!


  6. You and your sister-in-law are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your time with her. So glad you enjoyed each other's company!

  7. Great bonding time for you both, and you two look beautiful!


  8. I haven't been to Royal Oak in years. Sounds like you had great time with your SIL

  9. Looks a nice day out. I have this print in a top and love it in the dress!

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


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  10. Your pink drink looks yummy! You make me need a double buckle belt, and you know how much I like my belts! Anywhere with shopping and good drinks is a fun place to be!
    Glass of Glam

  11. Looks like the two of you had a lot of fun! Bonding over shopping? That's the best way to do anything. The dresses you two are wearing are too cute {the addition of the belt is perfect!}.

  12. Sweet dress, I hope you both had fun. The tapas looked yummy, Salute! to the sangria. x Jacqui

  13. Hi Ada, thanks for linking up on Fancy Friday! First week of October sounds great! Please let me know via e mail.

  14. Ha! What a small world!! I'm a Michigan native too!!! Enjoy the visit <3

  15. Two sweet and cool ladies...Love both dresses :)

  16. How fun to have time with your SIL! You look gorgeous in that dress.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  17. So cute! I love the high low hem!


    You're invited to join the Fashion Frenzy Link Up this Wednesday on Seeking Sunshine! Hope you can join!

  18. Ada, this is one of my favorite dresses I have seen you wear! I love the colors and the pattern and the high-low cut. And the olive sandals paired with the bright blue of your dress is perfection!

    Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week. Have a fabulous week!


  19. Thank you so much for featuring my outfit! Sorry for not stopping by sooner - I'm a bit behind with all my blog stuff due to being very busy at work and going away for a long weekend...just about caught up now I think :-) I love your hi-low dress, beautiful print!

    Emma xxx

  20. Love the colors and print on your high-low dress.


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