Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2018.

April is over, May - my birthday month - is upon us and Mother's Day is just than two weeks away. I am sure a lot of bloggers have or may have posted Mother's Day Gift Ideas by now but I have my own. Below I compiled a list of 10 great gifts to give to your moms this year. Of course chocolate, cookies, something baked and fresh flowers are always greatly-appreciated, too. Look over my list and let me know what do you think?!


The Best + Most Infamous Eye Makeup Palette ever (that I have yet to own!). I think I will make this as a Birthday present to myself this year. It is currently on sale, too. So awesome! The best reviews and it is used by millions of women.
Classic Black Jumpsuit. This may not be a typical Mother's Day gift but every mom needs and can use a classy and sexy Little Black Jumpsuit like this one linked. This is on the dressy side but it can totally be dressed down with sneakers or mules, too.
Better than Sex (I don't know about that lol) but I do know that this mascara is fantastic and definitely takes your lashes to a whole different lengthy level.
Turquoise Statement Earrings. Statement earrings are having a moment. I think for Spring+Summer you need to wear them even more. Add a pair of turquoise ones to your closet, for yourself or your moms. And Kendra Scott certainly knows pretty earrings.
Sleek Neutral Mini Backpack that doubles as a Regular Purse. This may be a little trendy and modern but it is also classy, pretty, feminine and very versatile. It is perfect for moms at Summer time running around kids and taking it on vacation and for traveling, too. It is small yet roomy enough. I might have to buy it for myself for my birthday, too.
Beautiful, Heather Grey Comfortable Robe, because every mom needs a comfy, nice robe she can wear after her shower, her bath or a day of pampering. This nice and pretty robe is made of Prima Cotton and is currently on huge sale.
The Prettiest Baseball Hat for moms on the go, for stay-at-home moms and for moms who love sports, yoga, aerobics, pure barre and the gym. Isn't this tone-on-tone floral pink baseball hat the cutest?! Perfect for third day hair too and for ponytails. Wear it with some cropped leggings, a cute tank or tee and some sneakers and done!
A Wonderful-Smelling Bath Bomb (or 3). No explanation needed!
Beautiful Vanity Mirror that she can put her makeup on, take her makeup off, and add to her bathroom or vanity dresser in her bedroom. It is a little pricey but a great quality.
Mom-Daughter Silver Interlinked Necklace. This gorgeous double-heart silver necklace is perfect for a daughter to gift her mom and perfect for a mother to gift her daughter who is also a mother herself. I would love both for me and my mom to own one of these as we both have daughters.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thursday Moda #112: Monochrome Millennial Pink.

My life has been a roller-coaster the last 5-6 months, I could seriously use all the virtual hugs and all the praying! I wish I could be more open, but I am not ready to talk about anything specific, just yet. But seriously. I don't even know how I make it sometimes. And I really don't want to complain, because in general I like to see the glass as half full, but I am a realist. Plus, I feel like I have complained about the weather a lot lately, on the blog. Though thankfully we have had some warmer days from low in upper 40s to high in mid 60s. But speaking of that roller-coaster, some days are better than others, some are great days - like last Sunday where I wore this Monochrome Millennial Pink Outfit, when I met my first cousin and my cousin-in-law for Starbucks and a lunch date, in beautiful down-town Northville, MI. Plus our temps were a high of 60, though a little windy. Glad I stuck with a sweater and jeans.

There have been many highs but quite a few lows, too. I work full-time, I am a full-time mom and on top of that I try to run this blog and my Instagram as full-time as possible without any help, but 17-21 posts is the norm of what I can 'handle' since last year, now. Blogging is hard and time-consuming and sleep-depriving. As a matter of fact as I am typing this it is 12.45 AM and I just started writing my Thursday Moda post. I have at least 20 outfits I have shot that haven't seen the light of day in this blog. By the same token the last 4-5 outfits I have worn, I haven't been able to photograph due to lack of time and main life priorities. Plus, I was dealing with a bad wisdom tooth for about 3 weeks. I was in so much pain. It took long enough for it to be cleared off infection and finally this Tuesday I had oral surgery and had it pulled out. I slept it off a little bit and spent all Tuesday in bed trying to heal. I could have used Wednesday off. But not only did I work, I had such a busy and hectic work day and each hour dragged on. It wasn't pretty. Due to all of this, blogging has taken a back-seat as have my comments in other blogs and even the linkups in the morning which take so much time. But as far as all of these blog things go, I try not to sweat it, when I have time I will link up my latest posts and comment on my favorite blogs and when I don't I won't - as simple as that. Something's gotta give, always. We are human beings, not machines. I am so busy and wear so many hats on a daily basis as far as my own personal life goes, so yeah blogging can wait. It is still not a job for me, it doesn't pay my bills, it is just a hobby! Life is already chaotic and busy-as-fuck and insanely emotional and full of surprises - good and bad ones - no need to add to the everyday chaos. Trust me, that is the last thing I need personally. Especially since on top of everything, this April has been such an expensive month for me because of sudden expenses and life situations and this and that... Gosh I am complaining and I hate when I or others complain lol, let's move on to the outfit...


I cannot stay away from Millennial Pink or Blush Pink or Soft Pink, lately. As some of my latest posts in here show too (exhibit A and B). It is such a beautiful color that I have been wearing in small doses, medium doses or a lot, like in today's lovely Sunday stroll look. I love that despite having many tones of soft pink on from darkest to lightest, this tone-on-tone monochromatic look totally works. And yes, in case you counted all the pinks, they are in my booties, skinny jeans, cowl-neck sweater, sunglasses, lips and cheeks. Even the little pimple above my upper lip (due to my period - thank you lol!) is a hot shade of pink. My cousin-in-law (pictured right below with Vivian) was wearing a similar monochromatic look in shades of ivory.

Last week was all about textures+lace for me, but I did notice all the pretty prints you all linked. Some were small, some were whimsical, some were large and bold and fun. You will notice it through some of my favorite outfits today. How did I narrow it down to 6?! It was difficult, let me tell you. But look at those pretty florals and that fun 70s-inspired jumpsuit!!

Nina designed 'A Perfect Spring Dress for Mother's Day'. The olive and mustard shades on such a pretty floral, combined with a flattering midi length, make it so beautiful.
Kelsey's 'Geometric Blouse' is perfect for Spring and she can match those colors with so much in her wardrobe. The turquoise statement necklace was perfect for this April Springy look.
Bryanna is in 'Coachella Street Style' wearing a funky floral, 70s jumpsuit complete with retro sunnies, a cute fanny pack and a fun newsboy cap. Even her background is perfect!
Nailil has on 'An Embroidered Skirt' that shows off her beautiful long legs. With Mexican vibes while carrying a bamboo bag, she is ready for date night... on Cinco de Mayo.
Jennie stays true to her favorite pattern- 'Polka Dot'. Her dots are large and in charge and go so well with the matchy black+white stripes. Love it!
'Moving to a New City' brought new shots and gorgeous backgrounds for Roxanne. Her style is a little more elegant too, like this stunning wrap dress with a flirty ruffle. Love her shoes.

Sorry for this week's huge rant... but such is life! Next week I will be more cheerful (hopefully) as I celebrate my birthday so join me next week for a special Thursday Moda Celebration, because May 3rd and May 4th will be reserved for my Blog Birthday Party where I have invited some of my favorite blogger babe friends, too.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Poetry - Closer.

Guys, this latest, newest little poem, is my favorite one yet, that I have written so far this year (in English). It is realistic and raw, humble and honest, beautiful and bold, heartbreaking and healing, filled with hope and sadness at the same time. I love it! I hope you do too. Have a great new week!

(April 2018.)

Sometimes it feels like a million years
that a love that breaks us and makes us 
comes along once again,
time stands still and yet it moves along,
as two souls head toward each other
and they get closer.

Steps we take up and down,
downing coffee every morning
as a new day starts and a new opportunity beams,
time is nothing but sand in a hourglass,
each hour feels longer than the last,
but we get one step closer.

We have loved and lost so much,
our souls have been through cycles like in a washing machine,
days have turned into nights and nights have felt like days,
tears have poured and filled pillows with sadness,
time has continued to move on,
we have healed as we have gotten closer.

One day we wake up and feel wiser,
no fool ever fell in love without opening up their heart,
no day starts without a sunrise even the rainy ones,
time fills up our Insta stories
and our Facebook Timelines,
there are stories there to be told,
stories that have brought us closer...

Closer to humanity, closer to people,
closer to the ones that see us each day,
closer to the children of the world
and the smiles that warm up their faces,
closer to the sun when we needed it the most,
closer to the ones we have lost
and the loved ones six feet under...

One more time we run around
with the broken pieces of our hearts in our hands,
we try to pick up each piece,
close the door behind us and start all over again,
to try to make sense of it all,
as the scars of our souls try to heal...

And one morning we turn a new leaf,
like a Spring bird we sing and chirp,
filled with a sense of calm tenderness,
we get closer to the truth we once hated to admit,
closer to the ones we shut down for many long months,
closer to someone who may make us feel like we belong...

We belong to another heart, another embrace,
we deserve to be loved again,
we deserve to be treated with kindness and sweetness,
we deserve to feel like a prince or a princess,
as we get closer to another lost soul,
closer to another body who felt cold and alone...

Closer to a touch that feels softer than anything,
closer to a kiss that tastes sweeter than anything,
closer to a hug that bridges further than anything,
closer to a heartbeat that beats stronger than anything,
closer to an embrace that bonds deeper than anything,
closer to a person that makes us feel like everything!

Closer to a hand that feels like it belongs holding another hand,
closer to an eye that looks at us and makes us feel the most beautiful,
closer to a body that feels like it was meant for our own body,
closer to a bed we were supposed to share together,
closer to another human who time shattered and healed again,
closer to a person just like us, broken and imperfect... 
but strong, courageous, fierce and oh so brave!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Black and Blush Pink for Spring.

Hope your weekend is going well you all. This is the case of one of those outfits that is cute on but doesn't photograph as cute. I think that's because it looks like those pants don't go so well. But they are actually Dressy Black Bootcut Trousers.  I decided to pair them with Blush tones - lots of them. Because Blush+Black is always beautiful, no?! I am wearing 4 different blush items (in different shades) but they all sort of blend in together, creating a monochromatic look altogether. My Long V-Neck Loop Tee (by Nordstrom), Long Chenille Cardigan (by Loft), Velvet Mules (by Target) and Soft Velvet Bow Ponytail Holder (by Old Navy) are all in shades of Blush Pink.

I ended up wearing this outfit this past Wednesday (when it warmed up a bit) to work, a dentist appointment and then going bra-shopping with my mom lol. I hate bra shopping, don't you?! I did get measured a month ago so I at least buy the right size, now. But I ended up buying three bras that fit great and are so pretty and they are all in pretty shades for Spring+Summer too. But yeah I got a lot of wear out of this Chenille Cardigan in the beginning of Fall last year and cannot wait to wear it more this Spring and into early Summer. This tee will get a lot of wear too - since I wore it to work and I have a lot of cleavage, I opted for a little demure white camisole underneath it, this time. Also, these Fun Heather Green Ball Circle Earrings I have recently purchased on clearance from Target, are perfect and light for Spring and Summer and definitely make a statement! What do you think of this outfit?! I definitely think it will work for a business casual environment as well as put-together mom wear or daily errands.