Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Moda #111: Textures and Lace.

Good Morning from this very cold Thursday. Today I am joined by one of my new blogger favorites CHERYL from Cheryl Shops, a Californian babe with  a Californian Cool+Breezy Style, as you will see from the outfit she wore today, also. Cheryl clearly loves to shop a lot - my kind of girl lol - and mixes high-end designer items with more affordable pieces in her outfits. Today, we are both styling Textures and Lace for Spring. My outfit is actually covered in textures and lace, while Cheryl's is more subtle and definitely very Californian. Cheryl's Ivory Top has a lace-like texture.  Her straw bag with the oversized tassels and the tassels on her sandal mules also have a lot of texturing and match so perfectly together. I love that we both styled similar Ivory/Off White Tops with a third piece on top - a Velvet Blazer for me and a Long Cardigan for her. Go on and read about the details of my outfit, below.

TEXTURES  AND  LACE.
First of all, this outfit was worn last Monday on April 9th where we had a day in the late 40s here in Michigan but it was a very sunny day so it felt warmer. You can see the sun peeking through the fireplace and my mantle, too. I do have a tip for you cold-climate ladies though, when it is below 55 degrees, keep those legs warm by wearing thin nude pantyhose. Choose simple matte ones so they look seamless. I bet you didn't know I am wearing pantyhose here?! As a matter of fact I ended up taking these photos in the early evening after work - where I wore this outfit to - and it started getting so cold and windy out so I opted to stay warm and comfortable and shot my pics indoors.

As far as the outfit: yes I have on A LOT of Texture and Lace. The Ivory Camisole by Guess (I have had for many years) is made of 100% silk with a thin lace trim and it is embroidered in the front under the chest area (this camisole has so many current trends and yes it shows a lot of cleavage and I have plenty, though I usually 'hide it'). The Cropped Black Blazer is 100% Velvet and such a soft velvet too. The Black Faux Leather Mini Skirt has a Scalloped Lace Trim around the hem. The Bag is in a Faux Crocodile-Embossed one. And last but definitely not least the Red+Black Oxford Shoes (I get compliments on them every time I wear them) are in a Soft Leather and the black part in the front is black lace with grey+black crystals embellished over the lace. The shoe-ties are also made of 100% lace too. So yeah, if you counted correctly besides all the different textures and leathers, there is lace on my shoes, my skirt and my camisole. A lot of texture for a fun, sexy, feminine, modern and unique look. I actually wore this to the office - I am lucky to work at a creative environment so I could totally wear this outfit - but I have boobs and they were on display that day lol, so I wore my Black Infinity Floral Scarf by Loft over the cami and kept that on for the office too. But take off this scarf and the outfit is perfect for date night. Your boyfriend or husband would love it - trust me! I love that the scarf has blush pink flowers in a subtle print and the red lines in the scarf bring out the red shoes more. Lastly, I went with a bright fuchsia lipstick. So what do you think of this Fun and Sexy Black+White Look?! How are you wearing textures and lace this Spring?!




Last Week there were over 100 outfits linked and I loved soooo many dresses, like you can see from my collage of favorites. Spring is in the air for so many of you, except in Michigan of course lol. I had such a hard time narrowing it down this week so here are my final 6 favorites, all so different yet all so beautiful and stylish! Yeay ladies!!
Mica styled 'Maxi Dresses For The Weekend' and I loved this strawberry red one with the teal, coral and aqua floral print. Her style is always cool and effortless.
Elsie showed four ways 'How To Wear A Trenchcoat' and I loved this edgy and sexy look with the tulip mini skirt and tan OTK boots.
Grace is gorgeous in 'Mauve' in her ethereal gown and pretty hairdo. She is dressed to the nines and looking sublime!
'Pink and Black Houndstooth' Tunic Dress?! Sure, if you are as cool, edgy and fabulous as Suzy why not?! This lady always know how to layer!
Of course Darlene knows 'How to Style a Kimono' - the same exact one I wore on last week's Thursday Moda (which you all loved). She even wore almost identical wine-colored Mary Jane shoes.
'A Wrap Dress' is always a classic and beautiful piece and Jessica knows it. She styled hers in such a Springy, breezy, fresh way. Love her sandals and bag.





Thursday Moda's Co-Host: Cheryl Shops.
Like I mentioned before I love Cheryl's Cool Californian Style. It totally suits her with her porcelain skin and blonde hair. Not only is she such a stylish lady but the locations of her photos are always amazing. Also, Cheryl has great legs as the collage below attests. I created a collage of some of my favorite outfits of hers from this year, all featuring skirts. I love that she has the same color palette - tan and light blue - in all three looks. I also believe that the first outfit (left) would be perfect for early Spring or a Wintery type of Spring like ours in Michigan, the middle outfit is great for Mid-Spring and a great transitioning look, while the third outfit (on the right) is great for late Spring through early Summer.

From Cheryl's Mouth:
"Hi, I'm Cheryl from Cheryl Shops, and, yes, I love to shop. Things I also love: traveling, wine, sunshine, and Pilates. Born in Chicago, I lived in New York City for 14 years, and am currently residing in San Francisco. I've been blogging since the dark ages—2003, to be exact. After a bit of a hiatus, I'm back, with a focus on what to wear and how to live when you're 40 and over. My philosophy on style is that you should wear what makes you feel good, and that true style is ageless. I also think style transcends all topics, so you'll also find posts on beauty, wellness, travel (another one of my passions), and general life hacks. Please stop by and say hi! And for social media, I can be found on Instagram and Pinterest".



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Pastels with Black+White Plaid. Plus Moda Linkup.

I am trying to wear some pretty Spring Colors and Spring Pastels lately, despite the fact that Spring has decided to not come in Michigan, not at all. We have had some teaser days in the 50s, 60s and even a day last week (last Thursday) where it went up to 73 degrees, but yeah it is all a facade. As you can see from these photos which are indeed from this month, our grass is dark green or brown, none of our trees or flowers have bloomed and there is very little sunshine. As a matter of fact it snowed today and we woke up to icy roads, 26-degree temperatures and lots of accidents. I am sorry to sound like a broken record lately with the weather talk, but it is the truth. It affects me personally, affects my mood, my headaches and migraines.

So let's start with this Amazing Coat in Millennial Pink. It is a beauty, isn't she?! The softest, lightest and prettiest puffer coat I have ever owned. It is by Land's End - a brand I love - and got it for 80% off at the end of March. A huge steal for such a gorgeous piece. The pastel pink is perfect and it went so well with my New Bright Yellow Light Sweater from Loft. I love the breeziness and light knit of this sweater. You can always count on Loft for light Spring+Summer Sweaters. Even-though this is a bright yellow, paired with the super light pink coat it creates the effect of Super Pretty Pastels on top. And these pastels went so well with my Nude Blush Lipstick and Nude Suede Pumps by Nine West. On the bottom I am wearing some Black+White Plaid High-Waisted Pants. These have a built-in elastic band which makes them both comfortable and so flattering on. Plus my tummy is pretty flat these days and these pants definitely looked great. The White Earrings also popped well with the yellow and brought out the white of the pants. These Triple Ball Earrings (otherwise known as Crispin Earrings) have been all the rage since last year. This particular pair of mine is very old and I got them at a very inexpensive jewelry kiosk. They are so light, pretty, Springy and you know not as delicate as the typical crispin earrings with the threads. Millennial Pink is literally the color of the millennium and yellow is huge this Spring+Summer so I am glad I paired the two. You will see this beautiful puffer coat as well as more millennial pink (and more yellow too) on the blog very soon. Actually I will be posting another outfit with this coat this weekend. I love it and I love today's OOTD which can take you from the office to a dinner date. What do you ladies think?!