Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Poetry - Once Again... Plus Thursday Moda Linkup.

About ten days ago, I posted a love poem I had recently written (here). I mentioned that I used to write a lot of poetry but then some years I had very little or no inspiration. However, recently I have started writing again and today I am here with another love poem. Again I don't think of myself as this huge writer or as if I have all this talent but I do believe I have some talent. And what's more important, I write about what comes to me and about how I feel. These are my pure thoughts and metaphors, some pretty and some not so much. So here is another poetry for you guys. Let me know if you like these poems and if I should continue doing some poetry posts on the blog? I always appreciate your honest but kind constructive criticism and feedback. Thank you, oh so much!

Once Again… (Poetry written at 12.58 Midnight on February 18th AM 2018)

Darkness reminds us that there is always light
and it will light up the fire within you.
Darkness reminds us that the stars always shine,
even if the moon decides to not make an appearance tonight.

Time heals everything and everyone,
even the most painful of souls,
time even surprises us at the end
because we learn to smile again and move on!

Just when we think this is the end,
we are reminded that it is just the beginning,
we may have suffered through a storm or two
but there is a rainbow there through an open door…

Life is never easy and relationships are hard,
we fall down, we break, we shatter our hearts,
we breathe inside the helium of the highest highs
and we cry like babies when we are feeling low…

We shed so many tears and we fall apart,
we forget to see the beauty within us,
we let something or someone build up our walls,
because we want to protect ourselves yet we are alone…

We go entire days and nights without eating or sleeping,
we go through each stage of being broken up,
we cry and we laugh, we suffer and we remember
we remember the good times and the bad…

Then, one day we wake up and feel beautiful again
after a long, restful night of sleep,
a smile curls up our lips all of a sudden,
we rise up, face the sun and get ready to greet the day!

As time moves on and so have you and him,
you are so many steps closer to finding yourselves
you wake up the queen that lies inside each of us,
the queen is there to rule and grab life by its horns!

And just like that we find solace in someone else’s arms,
just like that we find ourselves and perhaps a soulmate,
just like that the pain seems more bearable
and all of a sudden you are ready to fall in love again…

One night you make love again and it feels like the first time,
you have nothing to lose and everything to gain,
it is your turn not to hide anymore
and to feel loved, appreciated and gorgeous once again!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Red Dresses Collaboration for Women's Heart Disease Awareness.

I am so excited about today's collaboration with some of my best blogging friends. First of all, did you all know that February is not only the month of Love but it is also the month of Women's Heart Disease and Awareness?! Heart Disease is the number one natural leading cause of death in women. You can read more about it here. In honor of Women's Heart Disease the "Go Red" campaign was born, because red symbolizes the heart. And first it was simply wearing the color red but then the red dress turned into the symbol of Women's Heart Disease. Which brings us to today's post. It is all about honoring Women's Heart Disease Awareness. 11 of us women who blog - from late 20s to their 40s - got together to bring you our take on a Little Red Dress. I am extremely excited about this last February collaboration with these amazing women, not only because today's stylish outfit suits a very honorable, good cause but also because I get to wear a red dress. I probably own as many red dresses as I own black or white ones. Red is my color, after all! I love a good LRD! And my LRD today is a good one. I purchased it to wear it for Valentine's Day - which is the exact outfit I wore on February 14th this past Wednesday - and I happened upon it at my local Macy's. This particular red dress was the only one left at the store, in a size XSmall (my size - yesssss for losing a few pounds, it shows ...I think) on a clearance rack. It is by Michael Kors. It fit perfectly. The price was a steal! Of course I had to purchase it. Plus, this outfit received so many thumbs up and positive compliments. Everyone that saw this dress loved it!!

Red  Dresses  for  Women's  Heart  Disease + Awareness  Month.

Check out everyone's blogs today because every single one of these ladies has on a pretty red dress. But they also styled them beautifully. I cannot believe how different each red dress was and how different each one of us styled our Little Red Dresses. Laura with her very adorable mini Claire even matched theirs with denim jackets. Shelbee improvised by pairing a midi skirt with a tucked-in top, Kellyann is a modern+girly Dorothy in her beautiful gingham red dress - one of my favorite outfits today, along Jennie's outfit where she layered her sleeveless red sheath with a striped tee underneath and added a big black rose pin.
LRD (Little Red Dress) - Michael Kors via Macy's (on Huge Sale).

Long Loop+Crystal+Tassel, Red Statement Earrings - Express.
4-Stranded, Rose Gold+Silver Crystal Pave Bracelet Cuff: Charlotte Russe.
This Red Fit+Flare Dress by Michael Kors is gorgeous. It is in a very soft jersey material while the shoulders and highest part of the neckline, as well as the hemline is this perforated square mosaic see-through mesh piece that looks like a fun, modern lace. There is a hint of this same perforated mesh right on the waist. I think with the few pounds I have lost, this dress suited me nicely. I decided to go for Matching Red Statement Earrings which are shaped like a big loop with super long tassels (they are very light though). I bought them the same day as the dress and the earrings are from Express. As far as the other jewelry, I wore my Intricate Silver Crystal Pave Cocktail Ring (slso by Express) and 2 other Rose Gold Sparkly Little Rings (by Charlotte Russe). But look at that Grecian Cuff. Such a statement-maker with all the four strands of pave crystals (it was a steal for 5 bucks at Charlotte Russe). I decided to go for a Colorful, Jewel-Toned Clutch and grabbed this oldie but goodie from my clutch drawer. It is a Teal Fold-Over Patent Leather Clutch by Old Navy. Last but not least I wore my Nude, Faux Suede, Peep-Toe Laceup Sandals (they are DV by Target) and even-though you cannot tell I have on super-thin nude hosiery. And no I wasn't cold on the photos taken outside, despite the snow. That is because it was about 45 degrees and it is warm for us since mostly our temps this Winter have been below 15 degrees. I snapped a few photos for about 10 minutes without freezing (while I had the car running and getting warm) and then I left my home. Not pictured but I wore this LRD with this Blank NYC Black Moto Jacket and a Pink Floral Scarf over it, mixing sweet+girly with sexy edge. I had a great Valentine's day and dinner and like I said this pretty outfit got a lot of sweet compliments. What do you think?!

Today, I am also joining the "Spread the Kindness" Linkup hosted every Tuesday by my friend Shelbee, who is also a part of this Red Dress collaboration and her story is a little more personal too, so go ahead and join our linkup today and read Shelbee's post. Shelbee and I are totally spreading kindness and positivism today in our blogs with our beautiful red outfits. Shelbee is always such a positive, upbeat, genuine, wonderful person actually. I cannot wait to see what you are all styling, wearing and doing lately! Thank you for reading! Happy Tuesday!!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vivian's 5th Birthday, Part One.

A month ago, on January 19th 2018, my beautiful, darling, smart, sassy, full of energy and personality little princess Vivian, turned five! If you ask me where the last five years went, I would say I blinked and she grew as big as she is now. I am so proud of my daughter, my gorgeous princess who made me a mom. I am so grateful and thankful for her and I make sure she knows it every single day! It took me a month to write this post but I guess better late than never. Let's think of this as Vivian's one month anniversary from when she turned the Big F-I-V-E!! Today's photos are actually taken on the day of her birthday which fell on a Friday this year. I took the day off and spent it entirely with my girl. Since the morning, I gave her a little LOL surprise doll - she had been asking for one of those for months, since before Christmas. So she received her first one. I took her to the dollar store and let her choose a few balloons. She only chose the one with the Disney princesses (no shock there) and the Pink Flower one. I also let her choose any little treats or toys from there and she was good and only picked a couple. The fuchsia "Birthday Princess" felt little crown on her head is also from our local dollar store - so cute and well-made. In the car I gave Vivian another mini surprise toy - nothing too expensive, but the kind of toy she likes. She loves miniature toys so much. 

From then on I treated her to breakfast at her favorite place - McDonald's. She loves their chicken nuggets and fries. After that we went to our local mall which has a nice indoor playground she loves playing at. To our nice surprise, they had completely remodeled the playground and changed the toys completely. More for Vivian to discover, play and have fun with! I also snapped quite a few photos and videos of her and selfies of the two of us together while we were at the mall together, which I shared on my Instagram on Insta stories. [Please follow me there if you don't already. I post different content than I do on the blog.] After her playtime (and I must say she was pooped) and buying her a few new clothes as gifts, we went home where she fell asleep on the car. After lunch and after her grandparents got home we spent time at home with her, spoiling her and having her blow the candles on her pretty pink+purple cake. She didn't open any more presents that day since we would be having a big birthday party for her, next week. Which brings me to next Monday's post - it will be a special one. I will recap Vivian's Fabulous Princess-Themed 5th Birthday Party!

For Vivian's fun day out on her 5th Birthday, I wanted to look presentable but feel comfortable at the same time. I wore my New Polyester Jersey Black Leggings by the 'A New Day' line at Target which I paired with my Beige/Maroon Oversized Tunic Sweater with the fun lace-up detail on the sides. It is by the 'Knox Rose' line at Target which is a very bohemian "Free People" type of line. Not on purpose at all, but my Long Pendant Necklace and Silver+Pink Stud Earrings are also from Target. I know that you are shocked that my entire outfit (minus the boots and rings lol) comes from my favorite store: Tar-Jay!!

...Speaking of Target, in one of my many online Target shopping sprees, I happened to see this adorable Sweatshirt Dress at their website. Vivian loves Minnie - her favorite Disney character that isn't a princess. And for her, I love dresses that are like a sweatshirt on top and a fun skirt (like tutu, pleats, chiffon, etc.) on the bottom. I loved the gold foil pleats on this one and I loved the graphic top which says "GRL PWR" which totally suits Vivian, especially on her 5th birthday. These Cream Leggings she has on are also graphic and they say things like "Amazing", "Super", "Hero", "Don't Give Up" and I felt like they were perfect for her to pair with her new Birthday Dress. The Leggings are by Kohl's. Playing off Vivian's girly side, she has on Baby Pink Suede Moccasin Sneakers by Gap (I want them in my size!!) and she wanted her Sparkly Minnie Headband by Gymboree (she refers to the peach double pom pom headband). Once we purchased her adorable Fuchsia Crown though, she swapped for that and kept her crown on the entire weekend as she knew it was her birthday weekend LOL

Vivian's Outfit:

Vivian's Outfit: