Friday, June 30, 2017

The Last Day of June.

Just like that, the first 6 months of 2017 are gone and we are half-way through this year. I hope the year has been great for you thus far. I normally don't reflect on the year in the middle of it, but since it is June 30th and it dawned on me how fast 2017 flew by I decided to think a little bit about the year so far. This has been a great year for me (and Vivian too) in general, but at the same time I have been so busy. I pretty much work a full-time schedule and when I am not working, I spend my days with Vivian. I play with her, read to her, do things with her. I clean, I do dishes, I cook, I eat, I go on lunch dates, I read (a little, not as much as I'd want to), I take outfit photos, I do Instagram and Facebook and of course I blog and spend a good chunk visit my blogging community, too. I bet my entire savings that if the day had 30 hours, I'd still occupy every hour and every minute of each hour. 

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I just had a doctor's appointment the other day because I hadn't gone to the doctor in forever and my muscles have been hurting lately, but nothing major. All the work and stress from it, have gotten the best of me. Anyhow, the appointment went great for the most part and my 37-year old self looks and feels great. When they took my weight, they calculated it with my height and age and I was told that I was in the 99% compatibility scale which is rare. The doctor said they look for 85% or higher. I am at what is considered the perfect optimal weight for my height and age. I think the fact that I have never smoked and I only drink very occasionally and more than that the fact that I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and try to eat healthy in general (though I am not on a diet and never been on one), has to do with this but I will take it. I also am very active and though I do not go to the gym and I must say I need to lift some weights time from time, I do walk a lot daily (a few miles) and I run sometimes, too. I haven't felt or looked better. Well maybe - not maybe, most definitely - I looked better in my late teens and early twenties when I was 120-125 lbs. instead of 135 lbs. that I am now. But I am a mom, I had a baby in me at some point, things have changed. My life has changed and my body has changed and I can only accept that with grace, joy and gratitude. I am thankful to live a healthy life and I am happy to say that I haven't been sick in about 3 years (knock on wood). I am even happier to say that Vivian hasn't been sick in 2 years and she also had a pediatrician appointment yesterday and she is as healthy as can be. She is still very small (about 10-12% in both height and weight) but her tiny petite self is strong, vibrant and healthy and that's what matters! She is looking forward to starting pre-school this September and mentions school and how excited she is, on a daily basis.

Like most people, I wish time would slow down and I could sleep better and I could sleep more because in any given week, I only get a full 8 (sometimes 9 hours of sleep) only once or sometimes twice a week. I wish time would slow down too as a mom, because I want Vivian to stay little as much as possible. She hugs me, kisses me and tells me she loves me very much many many times a day and I hope when she grows to be 10, 15 or 20 she will get to do the same. I look forward to those love declarations on her part and they make me so happy!

With that said I wish all of Canada and the Canadian bloggers: Happy Canada day (tomorrow on July 1st) and I wish all of my fellow US citizens and everyone of you who reads this blog, a very happy, healthy and firework-filled, long 4th of July weekend! I am looking forward to having the next 4 days off and getting some stuff done and cleaned around home, too! Last but not least it is my cousin's Gloria birthday today on June 30th and she is like my young sister (and she is probably my only family member who reads this blog) so I want to wish her a fantastic birthday celebration and a wonderful birthday weekend filled with lots of fun, sun, gifts and sweets!

Here is a photo of my gorgeous Gloria from this Spring, looking so pretty, sophisticated, lady-like and stunning in her Maroon Off-Shoulder Fitted Sheath and Classic Nude Pumps!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thursday Moda #70: Summer Blazers for Work (Look 17).

Hi Guys and Happy Thursday! Is it warm there yet?! Bring me some Summer, will ya?! So with that said, a blazer or jacket is perfect for today's post, right?! Yes, we have had a cool June but even in the heat I think you can still wear blazers to work in the Summertime. After all offices are chilly with the AC breezing. My lovely co-host ALEX of The Cheerful Closet and myself are styling Summer Blazers for work today. And if you want more semi-casual business professional ideas look no further than Alex's blog because you are bound to see her in a lot of pencil skirts, blazers, cardigans, blouses and cropped pants. Her style is elegant, chic and very comfortable. My idea of a Summer Blazer is something light and airy as in a light material (mine is silky and I included it in my capsule wardrobe).  Also something with elbow-length sleeves or 3/4 sleeves like mine, would be a great Summer blazer. As far as colors I would choose a white one, a pinstriped one (in white and navy stripes would be perfect), pastel colors like mine (mellow yellow, baby blue, lavender, baby pink, peach, etc.) or something bright (like coral, cobalt, Kelly green, turquoise, orange or bright yellow). I love how we both agree on the trends of blazers for Summer because I have on a pastel blazer and Alex chose a bright-colored one.

If you remember from when I posted my capsule items (here) you can see that the dress I have on today was nowhere in sight. I decided to swap the dress I have on today for the light blue+navy striped midi dress by Who What Wear - this one . I actually ordered that dress online and while I still like it, I wish it was a little shorter and a little smaller on me. Plus the off-shoulder dress with the embroidered sleeves is definitely one of those dresses you will most definitely remember so probably not best for a 30 or 60 day capsule. I think this Navy Striped Dress from Loft I randomly found on clearance in a size small a month ago, was a great substitute. I love that it looks like a two-piece. The top part is in a light very comfortable cotton jersey while the midi skirt part is in a very light silky material. The Baby Blue Blazer was great over it especially while I carried a Light Dove Grey Clutch (I love this textured python-like oversized clutch with the tassels, I recently got at Express). Wearing red, white and blue outfits to work this week in honor of the 4th of July, I opted for my Red D'Orsay Pumps again. They were the perfect color pop in an otherwise neutral, monochromatic look. Hope you like this outfit because I love how this turned out.

Baby Blue Light Silky 3/4-Sleeve Collarless Blazer w/ Tie Detail on the Sleeves: LC Conrad via Kohl's (New) (similar bomber style, on Huge Sale, love this), (light hooded option, Huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal), (gorgeous elegant option, Splurge, my Favorite).
Light Baby Blue Matte Frame Sunglasses w/ Blue Mirror Glasses: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (similar), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Light Baby Blue Stone Statement Earrings w/ Long Navy Stones: Sugarfix by Baublebar via Target (New) (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite).
Black Faux Leather Wrap Bracelet: Gap (Old) (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar, Small Splurge, my Favorite).
Red-ish Pink Super Lustrous Lipstick: "Cherries in the Snow" by Revlon (identical, for a Steal, come in many colors), (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Splurge, my Favorite).

Last week about 115 looks were entered and I saw so many cute red+white+blue outfits (plus lots of gingham in the mix) like my features. May I say all the ladies I featured have some gorgeous shoes and I want all their cute footwear. Oh and cute shorts, ladies!
This week's featured blogger is NORA from Jacket Society which is so fitting for today's post that we are talking about blazers, because Nora designs and wears all of her own jackets and blazers. This lovely Californian designer and mom styled two casual and fun outfits with layers that can be taken off. First she showed us that a light, rainy day jacket pairs perfectly with classic shorts and OMG her belt and sandals are stunning in that first look. She also showed us the importance of a pencil denim skirt which she styled three different ways with tops she designed herself. I always look forward to every outfit Nora posts because I love her style as well as the clothes and jewelry she designs. I have ordered from her online store 3 times now (both clothes and jewelry) and her stuff is beautiful, unique, super chic and well-made. The black blouse from my capsule wardrobe (not yet blogged) is from Jacket Society. I hope you check out her blog and online boutique if you haven't yet.

Nicole's combination of stripes and 'Gingham Print' comes in one adorable ruffle-sleeve top. Her sandals and tiny crossbody bag are equally as charming!
Laura, showing off her baby bump is 'Pretty in Pink Blush' - an online boutique known for lovely maternity dresses. Laura's large floral print black+white one is a beauty!
Christine always nails the classic elegance of the Parisienne style and she did that in her 'French Riviera Summer Look' with the most classic black jumpsuit paired with a black clutch and nude heels.
Tilden's 'Red, White & Gingham' falls in the super cute and super comfy category. Her lace-up sandals and uniquely-cut shorts are both stunning.

Today's Fabulous Thursday Moda Co-Host: The Cheerful Closet.
Not only do I love the way Alex named her blog but I also love her cheerful work outfits like the trio below. There is a pop of bright color in each one and all three pairs of shoes are cute or dare I say "cheerful shoes"?! Both of her cropped pants outfits have the shoes matching another item she is wearing. Make sure you stop by Alex's blog to see more of her blazers and great everyday style.
From Alex's Mouth:
Hi, I'm Alex! The Cheerful Closet is a personal style blog at the intersection of personality and style, focused on building a versatile wardrobe that allows my inner self to shine! I mostly blog about fashion, with some coverage of topics such as beauty, home decor, and career advice.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stripes over Stripes and a Splash of Red (Look 16).

You saw me style this jumpsuit for work a couple of weeks ago, where I layered it with a baby blue lace tee underneath and a baby blue silky blazer over it. Well, this is actually what I wore in real life for work, today. A second way to style this jumpsuit to work for today's post. Since I had not one but two neutral striped tops included in my capsule wardrobe alongside this jumpsuit, I knew I'd try at least one of the striped tops with it. Since this t-shirt is semi-fitted I decided to pair it with the jumpsuit for a Stripes over Stripes Outfit. This White Linen Jumpsuit has navy stripes so with 4th of July less than a week away, I figured to do a splash of red and I did that with my Orange Red D'Orsay Pumps and Raspberry Red Lipstick.

I love my New Black Laser-Cut Crossbody Bag by Express with the drawstring tasseled closing. I also love that I chose a Cobalt+Pink Patterned Bow Hair Elastic to wear as a bracelet. It added a little more blue to the outfit and better yet it matched the nautical feel of the whole look. And this Tan Double Buckled Belt looks fantastic over the jumpsuit, doesn't it?! Do you like how once again I styled this Wide-Legged Linen Jumpsuit to Work?!

White+Black Striped "Tres Chic" Graphic Tee: White House Black Market (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, on Huge Sale, love this), (similar, Steal), (similar, Steal, love this), (similar w/ red stripes, Huge Steal, my Favorite).
Black Satin Headband w/ Chiffon Flower: The Limited (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Light Baby Pink/Dusty Pink Plastic Framed Oversized Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar, Huge Steal, love these), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, on Sale, my Favorite), (very similar, Huge Splurge, love these).
Silver-Tone Beaded Light Chandelier Earrings: White House Black Market (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love these), (similar, Small Splurge), (similar w/ pale pink stones, Splurge, my Favorite).
Red-ish Pink Super Lustrous Lipstick: "Cherries in the Snow" by Revlon (identical, for a Steal, come in many colors), (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Splurge, my Favorite).