Currently, January 2021 and Thursday Moda.
It is January 2021 in America. It is January 6th 2021 to be exact and this day will be remembered as a dark, ugly day in the American history. That's because huge riots of thousands and thousands of Americans mobbed the Capitol Hill in our nation's capital DC. These so-called Americans and Trump supporters have hit, hurt, stolen, broken, damaged and even killed (a woman was shot, we just learned that she fatally died) today to "prove a point" when there isn't even a 'POINT' to be proven to begin with. I have been watching the news LIVE for the past few hours and at first I couldn't believe my eyes. How can this happen in this country, in this day and age and WHY?! It is so unfair, uncalled for, inhumane, brutal, unprecedented and UNAMERICAN to say the least. It makes me scared to think about what to expect this January with one president leaving office and a new one starting his run at the oval office. Unfortunately, I don't think the worst is behind us. This January will be long, scary and unpredictable - at least that's how I feel. But not let's focus on some personal goals and this month's Currently prompts by ANNE from Anne in Residence. Plus January is my daughter's birthday month and I am looking forward to her turning 8! And I am also doing a no-buy January, except for presents and birthday cake for Vivian.
beginning: To take down Christmas decorations. The 2 large Christmas trees are yet to be taken down but all the other nooks, the smaller Christmas tree, the bathrooms, the bedrooms, the kitchen, the fireplace and every other area that I had decorations at, were un-decorated today. I will be honest, the house feels kind of empty and not as pretty or festive, but at the same time less clutter. But, I am itching to buy a couple of new pieces to spruce through the living room and on top of the fireplace, to change things up a little bit. My mom and I are ready for a change lol.
feeling: Uneasy about the current state of our country, but optimistic about the future . I am hopeful for a change and for a much better 2021, especially with a new president, but at this very moment as I am typing this, I am scared about our country and all that is happening in the Capitol Hill and not only - our current president's nonchalant reaction to it all. I mean WTF?! Even Twitter and Facebook took down his videos and currently put him on a 12-hour block.
organizing: Mugs, cups, glassware, dishes, china, kitchen towels and hand towels. And it will be closets, drawers, shoes, coats and clothing storage areas next. I need to purge a lot, get rid of a lot and hopefully start selling some clothes ASAP. This January is a no-buy month for me. Yesterday I switched out all the Christmas cups and other Christmas plates for our regular ones and I will soon get out the Valentine's day coffee/tea mugs and kitchen towels too.
resolving: To Live Life to its fullest, this year more than ever, especially after the shit show that was 2020 - though on a personal level, it was a pretty good year for me. If 2020 taught us anything is to LIVE and live fully and in the moment! Don't delay that trip - Covid-permitted. Don't cancel that date. Go on a Girls Night Out. Take a million photos. Spend time with your kids doing silly things or kid things with them! Tell everyone you love that you love them - one day it may be too late. Make love. Call and text more often. Write more hand-written letters and cards. Spend more time with yourself, take yourself out on a date. Eat and drink things that are better and healthier for you. Read more. Write more. Reflect more. Drink water more often. Walk more. Take those vitamins. Exercise. Do things that challenge you, satisfy you and make you a better person. I will be writing more about all of this on a post coming up this January, about my word for 2021.
wondering: How cold the rest of Winter will be. It has been a pretty mild Winter for us in Michigan and I think it has snowed twice though never more than a couple of inches - we did wake up to snow on Christmas morning though, which was lovely! I love wearing my sweaters, cardigans, boots, coats, scarves and beanies but as the days are starting to get a minute longer each day and as restaurants are expected to open up next weekend (finger crossed), I plan on being outside a little more and of course the weather affects that too. Plus I am heavily job searching and if I have to drive for interviews in the foreseeable future, I would prefer the weather not to be icy or snowy. On top of that our construction in Michigan is always on full-time mode LOL so that doesn't help.
Now, I am looking back at three outfits I wore and blogged in previous years, during this month of January. For the outfits I selected to look back on, today, I focused on coats, Winter accessories and outerwear. Let's recap down memory style lane. Happy 2021 and God Bless America!
Today on my Instagram account the ladies of #WearItWednesday and I styled long cardigans for Winter. Some of these long cardigans are made of very thick material and they are pretty long. I call them coatigans because they are between a cardi and a coat, just like this marled olive green one by Target that I wore in January 3 years ago. When you wear one of these you don't need a coat. I paired this long cardigan/coatigan with my dark camo olive leggings, olive suede booties and a bright pink ruffled sweater underneath the cardigan (also by Target - coming IN CLUTCH!) This is a great casual outfit for a busy mom getting things done. I love the addition of the black beanie by Guess and those mirror sunglasses - I have had them both for years. My hot pink bag worn a a cross-body (also by Target) and bright pink lipstick also matched the sweater, perfectly.
This post featured a long, camel wrap coat by the beautiful, sophisticated Who What Wear line at Target (not the last wrap coat I am featuring today and not the only Target coat, either). I kept this outfit monochromatic by styling this coat with a brown+beige faux fur snood and a brown, floppy felt hat (which has been in my closet for a few years). Not to go unnoticed are my nude/beige Loft sunglasses. I don't know about you but I have to wear sunglasses when it snows. I love this look. Need to find this coat and re-wear it.
This post was all about outerwear - I featured this wool black/white/gray plaid wrap coat from Target - and paying attention to the details. Because in the Winter our outfits are not exposed so much - head accessories and hats, scarves, lipstick - wear something bright, it is Winter after all, earrings, a pair of fun boots too can totally make all the difference! Don't you agree?!