Thursday Fashion Files Linkup and Blog Birthday Party pt. 2.

Party like it's 1999! Hey y'all, it is my birthday today. A little bit over 30... just a little lol. My birthday this year fell on a Thursday which is the day of my Thursday Moda linkup, but instead I ran my own linkup a day early - you can join it here - because I am joining two of my oldest and dearest blogging friends and supporters: JILL from Doused in Pink and CARRIE from Curly Crafty Mom, as today on May 4th I am the co-host for their weekly Thursday Fashion Files. And as you may know by my post yesterday, I am continuing my Birthday Blog Party celebration - a tradition I started in 2013 when I was a brand-new mom to the most gorgeous baby girl and this is the 5th year I am doing it. I decided to invite over a bunch of my blogging friends and supporters to join in on the fun, as I have done on the previous years. You saw the first 10 ladies shine yesterday and you will get to see 10 more of them shine on, today! I asked them all to style a dress that has been in their closet for at least two years, by the way. And I am doing the same.

...Oh and Vivian joined me in on the fun this year too, on both posts. I knew for a fact one of the two dresses I'd style was this one. It is in the perfect shade of gray with little rectangles in darker gray, kiwi and navy. It is 100% silk (the chiffon overlay and even the lining underneath) so it has no stretch at all but I am happy to say that 12-13 years after I have purchased it, this size 2 still fits (though there were probably times in between when it didn't fit). I have gotten many dresses from The Limited for the 15 years or so I have shopped there. I will miss that store. The best part about this dress, besides the silk material is the back. It has the ever-popular lace-up trend which is so in style for 2017. I ended up wearing it to a small wedding shower with a "Garden Theme" but it was so chilly that day and to tell you the truth only the first 45 minutes of the shower were held outsde. I didn't have Vivian with me since the shower was for a co-worker, but she wanted to wear one of her own pretty dresses when she saw me dress up and wanted to match mommy. So she grabbed her new dress which is heather gray on top (like a graphic tee) but features the most darling bubblegum pink striped sparkly tulle skirt. Since Vivi got dressed up, she really wanted to take pictures. I told her we would take just a few (these are all we took) since it was so chilly and I didn't want her to get sick. I mean with the denim jacket on top of the dress, the outdoor photo shoot was bearable but without the jacket, it was almost freezing. It is funny how as soon as I get to go on a Spring-themed shower (which was on Sunday), even-though I dressed perfectly for the theme, the weather for sure didn't cooperate. Anyhow, you see these red wedges for the second time this week but since grey is a neutral and I carried a classic quilted black purse and my denim jacket is in a light denim wash, I decided to go for bold bright footwear, instead. Oh and the jacket by the way is also 'vintage', about a decade old from Gap. I have purchased almost all of my denim jackets exclusively at Gap. No one does classic or even trendy denim like Gap. I added my Ivory Druzy Mini Studs and a Sparkly Statement Necklace since I still wanted to look pretty dressy. So how do you like this dress?! Isn't the bomber denim jacket perfect over it and altogether makes for a great Spring Wedding Shower look, no?!

I love that this girly graphic dress says "Dream Big" because I want my daughter to dream big in life, to set her dreams and goals high and work hard in order to achieve them. Because hard work, perseverance and determination pays off! It was sent to us as a gift from "Ties and Tutus for Tots".
Light Wash Denim Bomber Jacket: Gap (Old) (similar, on Sale, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar, Small Splurge).
Black Shimmery Quilted Bag w/ Silver Hardware: White House Black Market (Old) (similar, Steal), (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge).
Geometric Ivory "Tessa" Iridescent Druzy Studs: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (New) (identical + I love them!), (almost identical), (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Silver Sparkly Crystal "Ayana" Statement Necklace: Perry Street via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (quite similar, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal).
Gold Tone, Mother of Pearl Pave Triangle Cuff: Slate via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Huge Steal, my Favorite), (similar, Great Deal), (similar wide cuff, Small Splurge, love this).
Orange Rust Shimmery Lipgloss: Wet N' Wild (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Splurge, my Favorite).
Brown+Black Tortoise Sunglasses: c/o a Boutique in Albania (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Fantastic Deal, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge, love these).

Vivian's Outfit:
Gray and Hot Pink Mixed Media Dress w/ Striped Shimery Tulle Skirt: c/o Ties and Tutus for Tots.
Silver Shimmery Tights: The Children's Place.
Aqua + Rainbow Accordion Bow Barrettes: Cat & Jack via Target (New)
Silver Patent Leather Mary Jane Ballet Flats w/ Glittery Hearts: The Children's Place (New).

Below are the rest of the beautiful ladies joining my Blog Birthday Party today. Some of them have already posted these dresses on their blogs, some will today. Make sure you stop by and show them some love! They all look great in their 'old' dresses. Starting it off with my two co-hosts from today.

LAURA from I Do deClaire (Congratulations!!)

Below is the linkup which I am co-hosting today. If you are stopping by from either Carrie's or Jill's blogs - welcome, it is my pleasure to get to know you. =) I also run a linkup every Thursday and you can join my linkup from this week, here. Thank you for linking both yesterday and today. =) And thank you to all my blogging friends and supporters for making my birthday another special one. Thanks for all your wishes - I appreciate them all!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

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Guest Co-Host:
Ada  of Elegance & Mommyhood - Birthday Dresses with Red Shoes, Thursday Fashion Files Co-Host
Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood is our co-host this week. 
Now let's get linking! May the 4th be with you!! ;-)

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  1. Yay, happy birthday! Thanks for including me in your celebration! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  2. Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope you have the most amazing day! And your birthday dress is beautiful!


  3. Happy birthday, Ada!! I hope you have a wonderful day :)

  4. Happy birthday ada!!!!! Hope you have a magical day!

  5. Happy, happy Birthday dear Ada! Have a wonderful day!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  6. Beautiful dress! I adore the red wedges you added! They are so cute! Happy birthday!

  7. Happy birthday sweet Ada! Hope you have a smashing day.

  8. Yay! happy birthday Ada, I hope you had a great one ! Hugs-

  9. First off, Happy Birthday Ada! Exciting ,Celebrate big! I love the way the back of your pretty dress criss crosses, sexy and darling red shoes. You know I love dresses, so I am a fan!
    Have a great day!
    jess xx

  10. Happy happy birthday, lovely lady! It was a pleasure to participate in your birthday post again this year!

  11. Happy birthday my dear!! You are looking amazing as always! Rocking that dress with such a fun back! Hope you have a wonderful week and get lots of celebrating in!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADA!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day (and month!!)
    Suzy xx

  13. Happy Happy Birthday ADA! I hope it is just magical!

    Life is just Rosie

  14. Happy birthday, Ada! I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by my blog from time to time. :)

  15. Happy Birthday Ada! Love this sexy sundress. The back detail is amazing. My son's birthday is today as well and my is a week from today. Go Taurus!

  16. Happy Birthday Ada! I love your pictures, you exude so much confidence and you look like you're having so much fun!

  17. Happy Birthday, Ada!!! I love your grey dress and the details of it are so pretty - looks great with the red sandals! I hope you have the best day ever! :) xo

    Trendy & Tidy

  18. I hope you had the best birthday!! You deserve it. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration.


  19. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the print of your dress!

  20. Sorry I did not stop by sooner, but have been a little swamped with hubby OOT for work in Spain then we had a lot of flooding, etc. this week close to home!! Thank you for co-hosting with us this week, Ada! It is always nice to have you! And, I hope you had a very special birthday! I love that strappy back of the dress you shared, you def. have the perfect body for it!!


  21. Happy birthday! Great idea to have a birthday blogger meet up!
    Love your dress and the pink sandals.
    Thanks for joining the Fabulous Friday link up!

  22. Such a pretty dress Ada! It looks lovely with the red wedge sandals. I hope you had a wonderful birthday :-)

    Emma xxx

  23. Lovely dress and shoes Ada, I wish I had your wardrobe/closet :) Thanks so much for linking up.

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