Thursday Moda #96: Currently, January 2018.

January 2018. Two Thousand Eighteen. I seriously have no idea how I feel saying that word. Not only I find it hard to believe that is a new year, but even harder that the new year is 2018. Like how has it been eighteen years since the millennium started?! For real?! Today's Thursday Moda post is also my Currently post (that I do each month, when I link up with ANNE from Anne In Residence). I have been busy at work so far these first few days of this new year and I don't have any outfit photos edited or ready either. Plus, I only have shot very few outfits lately because it has been anywhere from -25 to 10 degrees here (on a good day). Seriously the last three weeks have been freezing and that is an understatement, hence all the indoor photos by the tree you have seen, too. But on another note, January is very special to my heart not just because a new year starts and we have a chance for a fresh start, but it is my daughter's birth month and Vivian is the most important person in my life. She will be 5 years old this January 19th. This mama wants to cry a little.

starting: (as of tomorrow actually) I am starting to purge my closet. Fresh year, fresh closet - so to speak. I will start with the dresser and the drawers in my bedroom. There is a lot - trust me - a looot more to tackle but one day at a time. I also know there are a ton of clothes I don't wear for a variety of reasons: they don't fit my body, they don't fit my style or life-style, they are not stylish, I don't like them, etc, etc. I think I will be more successful if I tackle some at a time. I am off for the next couple of days so I think I want to get started ASAP. No better time than the present, right?!

hoping: to get as much done tomorrow as possible till the end of this week (in regards to getting rid of clothes and organizing my closet). I know along the way, as I fold up clean laundry tomorrow, I may find a few of Vivian's clothes that need to be given away or purged, too. I am also hoping to take down the Christmas decorations soon. My goal is by next Tuesday, at the latest.

scheduling: a schedule or some type of plan for the blog, I really need to start organizing my time more wisely as far as the blog goes.And I need to plan posts ahead. Oh, but first I need to buy a nice big 2018 planner - any suggestions for a nice planner under 30 bucks?! I am also scheduling and thinking of my next multi-blogger collaboration. Valentine's day is around the corner. I have a few ideas in mind, stay tuned. ;-)

reading: nothing currently, unfortunately. Work has been kicking my butt. The cold has been kicking my butt even more. The busy holiday season triple-kicked my butt. In fewer words I have been super busy, sick and unmotivated. I really hope to pick up a book this weekend. 

playing: nothing myself as I have never been one to do a lot of playing, but I love watching Vivian play in the playroom. I especially love watching her play in her doll castle where she makes up stories and different voices with all of her dolls and Barbies. 

Lastly, here is a walk down memory lane from the past 5 years - that I have shared on the blog - during this time of the year. I always love doing these outfit flashbacks, and you love seeing them too. As I was going through outfits from the posts, I saw some of the same items or themes appear - like a lot of gray and sweater dresses - so let's do a little Remix version of a Throwback Thursday, shall we?!

I titled this post "Pretty Monochromatic Rays of Gray" and I think the title fits perfectly because I am wearing so many shades of gray (and silver). The Slouchy Mid-Calf Suede Boots, Cable-Knit Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress, Scuba Leggings and Velvet Blazer are gray. Also my Long Beaded Crystal Necklace, Mirrored Sparkly Headband, Drop Earrings and a couple of my Rings are Silver. Looking back at this post I want to cry a little because it reminds me that my sweet Vivian was in my belly and she will be 5 in two short weeks. I was 9 months pregnant and truth be told none of my pieces were maternity - I wore very few maternity clothes while pregnant. I also cannot believe how in the world I blogged 33 times this month (on January 2013) since I was 9 months pregnant and then Vivian was born in mid January too. I was off from work though as I started my maternity leave early. I was in a nesting phase and I had a lot of free time in my hands. But, long story short - I loved this outfit and I remember it vividly. It is quite casual and comfortable yet a little dressy and put-together. It definitely looks like I made an effort.

Here is the same Gray Cowl-Neck Dress and the Same Gray Slouchy Boots as the post from 2013 worn almost exactly a year later in Jan 2014th and styled differently. I wore Black Semi-Opaque Tights this time around and instead of a blazer I opted for a Red 3/4-Sleeve Cardigan and a Long Pearl Necklace which I knotted. Staying true to how I style my long hair, I have on a headband, albeit this time I wore a Black Headband with a Tulle Rosette. In this OOTD post I talked about Outfit formulas and how I follow some of these formulas. I was also doing an entire blogging week of leggings and boots on my blog that week. Oh and I blogged 31 times which is pretty much every single day of January. I have no clue how I did it with a little baby. Now, I am lucky if I can get 20 posts a month. But I have learnt over the years that quality wins over quantity and yes that pertains to blogging, too. Don't you think?!

Here I am in "Velvet. Silk. Leather. Wool." OK so the same Velvet Grayish/Silver Blazer by White House Black Market over another grey dress. This Time I wore a Silk (Summery) Silver+Black Leopard Print Sleeveless Dress and to stay warm I added an Wool Blue Marled Infinity Scarf. I am also wearing my Leather Cognac Knee-High Riding Boots and Thick, Fleece-Lined Black Opaque Tights. I accessorized with Bright Red Lipstick, Black Rose Stud Earrings and a Cocktail Ring. You may have noticed that I have worn dresses quite a lot these previous years in January. Well I was living in Tirana in January 2013, January 2014 and January 2015 where Winters are a lot warmer and it might get as low as -3 Celsius (about 10 degrees) on a really bad day but that's about it. I love dresses and when the cold is bearable, no need to sacrifice my dresses and skirts, right?! Oh and BTW, I blogged 23 times that month.

"Anjolee and Snow" is what I titled this post. But a better title would have been: "Anjolee, Snow and lots of Winter Accessories". Now you ask what is Anjolee?! This post was in collaboration with Anjolee jewelry who sent me the Beautiful Silver Ruby Tennis Bracelet I am wearing. Oh and as you can see I have on another Grey Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress but this one has Ivory Stripes and I love the longer knee-length. To accessorize I chose a Bright Coral Infinity Scarf (like the previous year), a Gray Felt Floppy Hat, Gray+Ivory Marled Fingerless Gloves (I need to find and wear soon) and my Chocolate Brown Faux Fur, Warm Bomber Coat. As far as jewelry - besides the Anjolee bracelet - I wore a Gold Pearl Double-Strand Dainty Necklace and Coral Kate Spade Studs to match the scarf. I have on Black Tights and my Comfy+Cute Faux Leather, Flat Black OTK Boots. But since I also wore this outfit to work, I changed into the Kitten Heel Black Leather Booties that I swapped for the office. Now you can tell this is a much warmer look featuring a sweater dress than the previous 3 looks. This is the snow and cold of Michigan after all. I moved back to MI, USA in August 2015. Oh and I blogged 22 times in January 2016 which is only one less time than the previous year.

Yes, I wear a lot of gray in Winter time and in case you didn't already know, gray is hands-down my most favorite neutral color. In this post I showed you "A Gray Sweater Dress from Day to Evening". I am highlighting the daytime look of this sweater dress. This is a very light sweater dress purchased in Fall of 2016 at Target. I loved it so much, I later purchased it in this mauve-ish cranberry shade too. It is also a V-neck style and slightly longer in the back. It is roomy, comfortable and goes with anything. I styled it over my Black Faux Leather Skinnies which were my most worn pair of pants/leggings last Winter and also a pair of Slouchy Boots - I chose my Faux Suede, Navy, Cone-Heel, Slouchy Boots. Last but not least, I added on an Wool-Blend, Teal, Buffalo Check Infinity Scarf from Old Navy. This month I did 19 posts - which is the norm for me, for about a year and a half now - and most of the OOTD pics were inside due to the very cold temperatures obviously. I think out of all my Gray Dresses' Outfits this look and the one from 2016 are tied in #1 place for me. What about you?! 

Coming up in January: a very belated part two of my "Christmas Home Tour", a few Mommy+Mini posts, two more Style Recap posts of my favorite outfits from 2017, several layered bundled-up Winter looks, a couple of Valentine's day Inspired Outfits, a special post on Vivian as well as more of Vivian's Holiday Style, a Style Recap of the Golden Globes and maybe a recap of the Critics' Choice Awards.

Speaking of recaps, in case you missed it, I recapped my #bestnine outfits of 2017 over the weekend - would love for you to check it out! Thanks. =)

Lace, red, velvet, jumpsuits, dresses, mini skirts, sparkle, pleats, fishnets, fun shoes, - oh it must be New Year's! All of my most favorite outfits from last week (when I co-hosted with Shelbee), have all those elements I mentioned, which make them fun and perfect to wear while on New Year's Eve. Thank you for such a successful last linkup of 2017 where close to a hundred of you linked up!
This week's featured blogger is APRIL from April Was Here, a Mommy+Me Style Blogger who actually linked 4 posts with me and seriously every post was gorgeous and so special. April, who is my most favorite Mommy+Me Blogger that I discovered in 2017, is one of those women whose personal style is gorgeous and whose home style is just as beautiful. I had to highlight ALL of her three posts featuring her beautiful daughter Olivia who is very close to Vivian's age. Their coordinated outfits and matching colors are perfection for every shoot, as are their sweet poses. First we have Olivia's Plaid Dress with a fur vest in the same shade of Bourdeaux as mom's fuzzy sweater. Next we have the Blush Pink Fury Coats and double pom-pom matching beanies - their pose with the hot chocolate cups is melting my heart (no pun intended). Last we have beautiful Olivia staring at mommy, all dressed up at home for a Holiday shoot in their Janie+Jack Matching Rose Print pieces which are just gorgeous and would be perfect for upcoming Valentine's day, too. Seriously every single outfit and every single shoot linked by the gorgeous pair of April+Olivia deserves a standing ovation. If you haven't yet discovered April, run to her blog now - she is fabulous!

Melissa rocks head to toe Winter White for her 'White Christmas' Look - and I should try it sometimes. Her gorgeous malbec red feather earrings definitely stand out!
Kelsey makes you 'Rethink Your New Year's Dress' and you might as well because a jumpsuit, especially a black one is even better for New Year's Eve. Hers has a plunging neckline so she put a long-sleeve lace tee underneath. Sexy, modern and sophisticated.
...But sometimes a 'Glitzy New Year's Eve Dress' is just what the doctor ordered for the fancy sparkly night. And if you have a bump like Tiffany, opt for a fitted sparkly dress. Love the rose gold color.
Red+Black is a holiday favorite pair for me so obviously I'd love Jacqui's 'Style Steal' Outfit. That tone-on-tone red pleated midi skirt is out of this world!
Miriam in a 'Green Embroidered Dress and Brown Floppy Hat' brings out the sophisticated bohemian. Choosing to pair OTK boots with fishnets and a mini dress was a risk that paid off!

Now join the FIRST linkup of 2018. Happy New Year!!

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  1. A blog planner will help a lot in scheduling posts and being ahead on posts. Happy new year.
    Wonder Cottage

  2. Hppy New Year Ada! Love taking a look back with you!

  3. I have a lot of goal setting to do this week myself, Ada! But it will probably take me until February to get myself completely organized! I love all the gray outfits you shared in this post. Such a great color and so under-represented! And as we, too, have been sitting at temperatures around -25, I have no outfit photos either! Although, we braved the cold yesterday and did some. This weather is killing my blogger game!


  4. I love how you styled that grey sweater dress. Grey is one of my favorite neutrals too!

  5. Amazing selections! Cute looks!!
    Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  6. I've never been much of a paper planner person, but in the fall I decided to try doing a bullet journal, and I've been enjoying it. The great thing is that you can format it however works best for you! And yes, I love a fresh start in the closet in the new year - might have to get in there and do a little cleaning out myself...

  7. I need to plan my posts in advance too, I'm so bad about that! I had so many plans for the holiday break to get a ton done on my blog and I accomplished nothing! I did read 4 books and that felt so indulgent.
    No wonder I like you and Vivian so much - Vivian shares the same birthday 1/19, as my oldest son Nolan. He turns 20 this year so I can relate to wanting to cry!!! Ugh, they grow up fast!
    Stay warm my friend!!

  8. We have to work on purging our closets too, Ada!! It's always such a overwhelming task!!

  9. Happy New Year to you and your family. I enjoyed reading your immediate goals above and several resontated with me as well. I can't thank you enough for saying that you struggle with blog time balance as well, I felt like maybe I was the only one that seems to really struggle to find the time for it but I do want to keep doing it. For me, I have to remind myself it's my hobby and it's okay if I am not striving to make $ or be the best. I guess that bring me to another thank you, thank you for supporting me throughout my journey. Closet/any sort of purging always makes me feel more in control and also gives me the sense of a fresh start. Good luck with them all!
    Happy birthday month Vivian!

  10. Happy New Year Ada! I need to work on purging my closet too. I started a couple of weeks ago, and still need to finish! Loving this walk down memory lane.

  11. Totally loving your all gray look! Beautiful! I am working on NY goals too and my closet is one of the big ones! Have a great week!

  12. Sounds like a busy first of the year! Thanks for the linkup Ada!

  13. Ada, love the sweater dress and sounds like a task, cleaning out the closet! Enjoyed seeing your trip down memory lane. i have to start reading more too!
    Happy New year to you!
    jess xx

  14. Great looks Ada, keep warm and a Happy New Year to you and your family :)

  15. I really should do a purge myself, but I swear every time I get rid of something I end up wishing I hadn't. I'm starting to fill up all the closets in the I too need a plan as far as my blog goes. I wish I was better at planning ahead instead of flying by the seat of my pants the night before or even the morning of a post. I have an Erin Condren planner. This is my 2nd one and I've bought both on Black Friday to get a good deal. There are so many great planners out there. My daughter and some of her friends love the Lilly Pulitzer ones. I love the color gray too, Ada. I have a lot and just ordered another gray sweater yesterday.

  16. Happy New Year Ada.

  17. What a great look back at outfits! Happy New Year to you!

  18. Happy 2018 Ada! I hope you feel better soon. I know coming into the New Year sick is just terrible. I should know I am sick myself and feel similarly. I can't believe your little one is going to be 5. Where does the time go? Love your gray and striped sweater dress. I am a fan of sweater dresses and stripes are my jam! Hope you are having a great day and stay warm.

  19. Oh my stars, it sounds freezing where you are! Stay warm! I enjoyed your walk down memory lane, too—it's always fun to see how bloggers' styles have evolved!
    Cheryl Shops |

  20. I can't believe sweet Vivi will be 5 this year! I want to cry, too! You're such a rock star - and I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2018!

  21. I am on the same page as you Ada, in total awe its 2018 :)

  22. Ada, my friend, thanks so much for the mention - what a lovely surprise. You have some lovely outfits, love the grey hat. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog in 2018. x Jacqui

  23. I wear a lot of grey in the wintertime too, Ada! I'm right there with you. =) Wishing you a wonderful 2018!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  24. What fun it was to take a look back over fives years at some of your winter outfits. Grey is also a favorite color of mine and I think I have that same grey hat! :) I'm looking for a planner as well so if you find a good one let me know!! Hope you get lots cleaned out of your closet this weekend!!

  25. Love your outfits! You look amazing. Happy New Year and thanks for the link up! :)

    Katherine |

  26. Good for you on braving the cold - your bundled up style is so cute! Best of luck with your closet purge and getting organized for the year ahead!

  27. Happy New Year, Ada !!! I liked seeing your outfits over the years. Here in SoCal, it's still in the low seventies, so I feel for you guys. Have fun purging your closet - I did mine on Labor Day weekend and it felt great to get rid of all that junk !!

    1. I'm a socal girl too! It's been a surprisingly mild "winter" right?!

  28. I know! I was just saying to Gerben the other day, that I remember the millennium. Is it 18 years ago? Yes it is! My god, time flies.

  29. I loved seeing the outfits from years past, how fun!

  30. Happy New Year dear Ada. Congratulations on relaunching and restyling your blog. It looks very inviting. Love the touch of pink and the delicate signature. All the best to you and your family. Thanks for hosting. xo Sabina

  31. Happy New Year and Congratulations for your work!
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  32. Thank you so much for the feature Ada, so sweet and amazing of you ! Cheers for 2018, you got this girl and yes, take it one day at a time to clean things up. Best wishes to you.


  33. I always look back on my past outfits for some inspiration!
    p.s. visiting you from the H54F link up

  34. The new year is the best time for a purge. It will take time but you can do it. Love the striped dress...hope you keep it!

  35. I love the purge idea, definitely a must for the New Year! I love the grey sweater dress too, so cute! I wish you all the best with your goals for 2018! Honestly it is hard for me to get into books to read, I have been trying audio books to save time ;)

    -Brandi Kimberly

  36. Red and gray look great together. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.


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