Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Skirtmas in July, Day 12: That's a Wrap + Skirtmas Linkup.

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!! If you follow me  on Instagram you know from my posts that I have been on a beach vacation with my daughter Vivian, visiting Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan. We saw so many beautiful places: buildings, historic things, flower gardens, water fountains, sculptures, street art, lightouses, etc, etc. Western Michigan is truly beautiful! We had a lot of fun. But 5 days went by super quickly. I drove home late last night, had dinner and went to bed so I am finally writing today's post kind of late this morning. But it is Day 12 of our #SkirtmasInJuly series with ELSIE from Polished Whimsy - our last day of this awesome collaboration and style challenge series we have done all through this month. Hard to believe it is July 31st hmmm?! 5 more months left in 2018!!

For the 12th and Final Day of Our Skirtmas in July series Elsie and I are styling Wrap Ruffled Skirts which is fitting because A) it is a Wrap and B) our first two style posts on this series featured both Ruffle Wrap Skirts first and then a Wrap Mini Skirt. My love for wrap skirts (ruffled or not) is huge, especially this year. My wardrobe has gained several of them. Elsie and I both wore very Summery Prints today: I have on my Light Blue+White Asymmetric Skirt by Loft (very similar to the blue+white ruffled wrap skirt that Elsie shared on her very first post on Day 1) and Elsie has on an adorable Short Gingham Ruffled Wrap Skirt. I love how she styled it too. She owns so many beautiful chambray tops and has shown their versatility styling them with her different skirts. I also adore her Gorgeous Hot Pink Sandals I missed out on from Target, last year.

Also, just a reminder, in this series we have styled/worn: Day 1 - Ruffle Wrap Midi Skirts; Day 2 - Faux Suede Mini Wrap Skirts; Day 3 - Identical Button-Front Striped Midi Skirt with Pockets (by Who What Wear); Day 4 - Identical Black Eyelet Button-Front Midi Skirts (by Mossimo from Target); Day 5 - Mini Skirts for the weekend where I did a Super Casual Friday Look and a dressier Sunday Brunch, Shower or Night-Out Look; Day 6 - Denim Mini Skirts for the Weekend ; Day 7 (which was also our Tuesday Skirt Linkup day) - the Crane Midi Skirt for Sunday Best; Day 8 - Colorful Pencil Skirts; Day 9 - Colorful Pleated Midi Skirts, Day 10 - Black Eyelet Midi Skirts; Day 11 - Pineapple Midi Skirts and today on Day 12 we are wrapping up the series with yet another Patterned Ruffled Wrap Skirt. I hope we have inspired you a lot during this month as to how to style different skirts for the Summer and as far as I am concerned Summer isn't over till the end of September, guys. 

The second day of our vacation the weather was only about 70 degrees for a high, mostly in the 60s, so not warm enough for the beach, at all. We decided to get all dressed up and drive up to Grand Haven instead, a place I hadn't been since when I first got married (but it brought up good memories). Grand Haven is truly beautiful and it has some of the most gorgeous flowers ever. Today's photos are indeed from our long afternoon/early evening spent in this beautiful coastal town. I will talk and focus more on Grand Haven on a different post. But as you can tell the main park has some of the most gorgeous flowers and plants I have ever ever seen. I loved them! We also ate a late lunch/early dinner there and it was yummy. One of the local cafes we stopped too, also had cute areas for pictures. 

As fas as our outfits I decided to do a Blue+White Monochromatic Look featuring my Ruffled Wrap Blue+White Striped Skirt by Loft I scored for under 20 bucks (wanted this skirt for a long time). My "!Que Bonita Senorita" White Muscle Graphic Tank by Target was the perfect match for this. I also wore my Taupe Ghilly Target Wedges and carried my large Circle Straw Tote Bag (new from Target and I loved it, I used this bag daily on our vacation). I added a few bracelets, some of which were yellow to match the Yellow+Navy Bow Headband in my hair. My Gorgeous Super Light Cream+Black Statement Earrings are from Talbot's and I love them! (They are currently on clearance.) Vivian coordinated me in her Striped Little Dress (by Land's End - I lbve their clothes, especially for kids). I love that I did her hair in two little top knots and added a Gorgeous Large Lavender Bow to one of them. I love her Minnie Mousse Black+White Striped Sunglasses too, matching the striped dress. Viv too loved all the flowers and fountains we saw and made sure to throw coins and make wishes by each fountain lol. Vivian's identical socks, shoes and bow are linked on the collage as are my identical skirt, tank top, lucite bracelets and straw bag.

 Her poses kill me and it is all her I swear. Future fashion blogger, you think?! Two things are certain. Vivian is most definitely my child. And she is definitely not shy!!


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 Now go join our Tuesday #SkirtmasInJuly Linkup. We have loved this series so much and Elsie and I have loved our skirt collaborations. We both love wearing skirts and own a lot of them. Therefore we decided to collaborate each month, so the last Tuesday of each month we will do a skirt-themed post with a linkup, you are ALL WELCOME to join!
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday Moda #125: Skirtmas in July, Day 11: Bright, Pineapple Print Skirts.

Today's Thursday Moda post is a little late because this will be my final post before Tuesday next week, since I will be on vacation starting today and we come back Monday night. So, "in honor" of my vacation and since Elsie and I both love A) Beautiful Fun Summer Prints, B) Bright Colors+Patterns and C) Midi Skirts (duhhh - we have styled several Midi Skirts this Summer throughout this series), we decided to style Our Pineapple Print Midi Skirts for you ladies today. Our skirts are a little different (especially in color) but equally pretty and our styling is totally different. I went full-on vacation mode with this outfit, while ELSIE of Polished Whimsy showed us a dressy, sophisticated version of her pineapple skirt, which would be perfect for a business casual work environment. And as always she is the queen of pattern-mixing and I also love her open-toe bootie pumps! Plus that J. Crew Pineapple Skirt that Elsie has is gorgeous, such vibrant colors. As it has been with our previous posts and linkups this month too, Elsie is my Thursday Moda co-host today, as well! =)

For the 9th day of our Skirtmas in July series as you can see we are styling Bright, Colorful, Pineapple-Print Midi Skirts for Summer and they can be more versatile than you think. And yes you can wear them to the office. But they can also be worn casually, for a mom's day off, to vacation - like my look today, for a daytime event, for brunch, a shower, girls' night out or a dinner date. Read on below for the details of my outfit and how I styled my Pineapple Print Skirt.

I first saw this gorgeous Talbots Pineapple Skirt on the always-gorgeous, very stylish, lover of colors, prints and pattern-mixing KATIE from Hello Katie Girl and of course she did the skirt justice by how she styled it. Her colorful style is one of my favorites and I always get inspiration from her. Well this gorgeous, silk-blend Midi Skirt was about $110 regular price but it was marked down and an additional 40% off when I got it. Now it is marked down even more. It is quite a steal and you should get your hands on it! I absolutely love it. The material is thick, sturdy and so well made and it is fully-lined too. Since I am leaving for vacation today, I wanted to style it how I would if I were to wear this on vacay. So, I paired it with a White Tank by Aeropostale. This tank top is ribbed and has a cute lace-up detail on the neckline and it shows my curves so well. I wanted my accessories to say fun, bright, girly, Summertime so I chose my Multi-Colored Target Tassel Slides, an Embellished Little Woven Bag (the 3D embellishments are a pineapple, a cherry stem, a slice of watermelon and a branch of red grapes - how fun!!) which I have had in my closet for over a decade and have no clue where was purchased. And I also went for super fun jewelry: bracelets, earrings and necklace in shades of turquoise which matched the aqua color of the skirt well and a little pink that brings out the pink tassels of my fun slide sandals. I ended up loving this look of how to style a Pineapple-Print Skirt for vacation. And I also had a fun shoot. Do you like the location of these pics and this outfit?! Do you own a pineapple skirt?! How do you wear yours?!

I am a fan and advocate of supporting small businesses and local businesses. On top of that I love pretty jewelry and for Summer I love colorful jewelry. So, my Crochet Half-Moon Turquoise Earrings with the oval stone in the middle, all 3 Bracelets, the Anklet, the Necklace and the Crochet Band Watch (it has a multicolored band) are all hand-made and all from small businesses. The earrings were purchased years ago in Michigan from a small local business owner and the watch was purchased from a small business when I was living in Albania. But the 3 bracelets, anklet and necklace are all recent from my new friend I met via Instagram - Sue Marie. She sells her beautiful hand-made jewelry on her Instagram account and everything is reasonably-priced between about 8 to 20$ and hand-made with love. I previously ordered 5 bracelets from her and this time around I got 3 more bracelets, 3 anklets and 2 necklaces. All the jewelry I chose to wear has a nautical, summer, beach vibe. The anklet has an anchor charm while the bracelets have fish, mermaid and starfish charms and all in such vivacious colors too. But my favorite of them all is this gorgeous Silver-Tone Necklace with the few different charms. I love the one charm that says "Salty and Sandy Kisses". I love it. I am packing all of these nautical jewelry for my vacation. They are perfect for it. =))

You all loved my Coral Patterned Pencil Skirt from last week and I loved what you all put together. This week's featured ladies (coincidentally) are all in their 50s and all have fabulous style! I had to choose some skirt outfits obviously but I must say those Black+White Striped Palazzo Pants are fantastic, too!
Nicole's Outfit features a  camo floral olive skirt which she 'Styled Two Ways'. With the cute khaki jacket, gorgeous nude pumps and matching nude bag she is ready for an air-conditioned office. Love it!
Go see Linda's 'Journey' as she puts together a trendy and modern black+white look featuring those fabulous striped palazzo pants and a one-shoulder tank top. One cool chica!
Maria is a girl after my own heart wearing red. 'Bows and Ruffles Together' have never looked better and that midi skirt is to die for! Love the frilly blouse, also.
Tiina is 'Hot Weather Smart Casual' in one of her signature striped tees and long denim skirt. Street style at its best!

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We have one more post and one more linkup for our #skirtmasinjuly collaboration that Elsie and I have done all this month. We will wrap it all nicely for you guys on Tuesday July 31st and I will see you then!

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