Versatile Style by Tracey

I love this skirt and it’s been easy to pair with Navy, Green or Even White Tops…

I like the addition of another color for even more versatility and this is my first attempt.

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This Target skirt might just be my most worn and favorite item I ever thrifted…

I have worn it for all seasons and never tire of it!

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I actually love the addition of the Yellow and

am now picturing it with Orange. 

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I will never take wearing wedges or heels for granted after

so long stuck in flats from my broken toe.

Wedges always put a Spring in My Step and when they are this lovely shade of green, even more so…

Dear Readers, I had a lot of fun with this look, but noticed my smile is still off…My son texted today that he was prepared for how much we would all miss him…. I think he underestimates just how incredible of a young man he has become and how much a part of our family he is with his funny wit , intelligent conversations and incredible compassion.

Gratitude

I am grateful that I had my niece today, as we had a lot of fun looking at clothing online and discussing fashion.

I am grateful that my daughter is off right now picking up a queen size bed frame , the one thing we had left to get in the way of furniture for her first unfurnished apartment.

I am grateful that my husband had a big break in his day and came home for a nice nap.

I am grateful that my son had a fun night at college and met up with high school friends today.  

I am grateful to live in a day and age of texting and cell phone for communicating with children at college! 

I am grateful for a first dinner with just myself and my youngest. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend was an Emotional One…

We dropped our Son off at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

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This letting go stuff is hard and I have been fighting back the tears ever since I gave him that goodbye hug…

Seeing his bag of Candy on the counter, looking in the cabinet and see the taco seasoning (he always asked me to make them, watching my youngest hurting, watching my husband in that moment when he saw something on tv and started to get up to share it with his son…..It’s going to take some getting use to…

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My smile wasn’t quite right today…but my shirt looks great with my hair color….

I wish the punches to my gut were done…. but alas we will be heading to Boston September 1st to drop our daughter for graduate school. 

One would be manageable two and with her going farther away out of state ,is a bit much for this loving mom to manage..

Manage I must because what choice do I have?

Isn’t this what I’ve been working all these years for to give them wings and let them fly? 

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It’s not like I am done, I still have my fourteen year old to homeschool through high school.

A daunting task as I really have to play hardball and get him writing this year!  

I love these  cropped pants by Jag Jeans I purchased from 6pm.com early this season…I didn’t wear them yet, as I have to wear heels or wedges with cropped pants to get the right proportions and with my broken toe meant flats…I bought them in Navy and Bright Pink, so hopefully I’ll wear those before the Season is over….

Dear Readers, I am going to be fine with these changes in my family, but it doesn’t mean I won’t have set backs here and there. I’ll do my best to keep myself busy and moving and with homeschooling and getting ready for Ireland in October, that part will be easy… I am also moving into weight loss mode to combat this 8lb weight gain!  No way I am going to Ireland with that!

 Besides I have a birthday coming up in early September… Can you believe it!  I’ll be 49! 

I ordered this neat kitchen appliance

4 in 1 Maker

To make Omelettes to help keep me on track!  

I love this because I actually like my eggs cooked and usally flip the omelet to cook both sides before adding veggies..The bad part about that is that I use a plate to do the flip and quite often the edge of the hot pan will touch my arm.. Not every time, but too often…

Gratitude

I am grateful that we had a fun family day setting up our son’s dorm room, and hanging up pictures , not leaving until it was perfect

I am grateful that my daughter opted to take off work to be there for her brother

I am grateful my youngest was exhausted and fell right to sleep, his first night sleeping alone as he shared a room with his brother

I am grateful that my son texted me a few times today and is doing well

I am grateful that we had a very busy day, picking up a desk for our daughter , as she gets ready for her first unfurnished apartment and running other errands, finishing our day with a movie night…

I am grateful that my niece will be here this next week , which will be good for my youngest and me!  

After trying on several looks today, I finally settled on this one..

Not that this look is settling…

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As a woman with curves, shorts are the hardest  thing to style…

It’s all about balancing my hips…

What better way than with a sheer kimono that ties at the waist?  

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I bought this sheer kimono from Steinmart a few years ago around Chirstmas time when it was on their clearance racks and I had an extra 50% off coupon, making it around $4.  

My necklace is a recent purchase from Ebay of the beautful blue stones wrapped in silver.

I hope to get several pendants like these and a silver chain for my dear niece as a great way for her to accumualate many colors to indulge her passion for fashion.   

I’d also like to note that I love this deep color on my lips…

It’s just a cheap Wet/Wild brand I picked up at Walgreens called, Mink Brown. 

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I wanted to wear flats today, but after a few attempts realized these pointed toe ones worked best with the shorts.

There really is something about those pointed toe that help elongate the leg…

This look is a wonderful blend of  thrifted items with my shorts and shoes from Goodwill…

My Purse is still available on Just Fab, Here. 

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I guess I wore a very similar combo last summer with these shorts and kimono…. 

So funny!   

Dear Readers, Well, I finished all 4 seasons of Dowton Abbey and can’t believe how caught up in it I became… I think it proved my point about getting into watching entire seasons on Netflix the way the rest of my family does… I won’t be doing that any time soon as I didn’t like how addicting it felt.. I stayed up late, like seriously late… last night I was up unitl 5 am!    So lesson learned!  

Still standing strong and have had no diet soda!   

Gratitude

It may sound silly , but I am grateful I finally found an outfit I liked today after 5 or 6 tries…. No wonder I was into my easy skirt and top looks this week…

I am grateful that I sent the kids out for KFC instead of cooking tonight.

I am grateful that my daughter and son worked together and put the first of her items into the trailer our friend lent us to take her to Boston…A queen size mattress and box spring that was in the house and in my way…

I am grateful that my youngest was so patient with my taking over his computer these last few days to watch Downton Abbey, keeping him away from skyping with his friends and playing Minecraft… 

I am grateful that my youngest is such a willing photographer and takes doing a good job for me seriously…He actually took this pose from several angles…Looking forward to him taking a photography class soon.

We’ve had a nice break from our awful humidity lately

, but today it was back in full force….

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A breezy white skirt was the perfect way to embrace that awful humidity…

The vest is my newest one, thrifted a few weeks ago land is by Christopher Banks for just $2.99

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I am really growing more and more fond of my backpack purse….

This is a new trend coming for Fall in handbags…

Readers, Is a backpack as a handbag  a trend that interests you???

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Prior to blogging, I might not have paired pink under this more red vest…

Gotta love the confidence blogging has given me in mising colors, something I feel like I am still learning …

Dear Readers,   I have a new adddiction…. I must say that I have never sat for hours watching any one show on Netflix like the rest of my family… However, I got the bug to do just that these past few days …..What show you ask ?  

Downton Abbey and I am watching it on Couchtuner 

I never knew about this site…. but am now hooked..

I’ve watched 3 seasons in the last few days…

Are any of you my Dear Readers into this show???

Gratitude

I am grateful that I made it through yet another diet soda free day..  this time with no headache! 

I am grateful to be making my son’s favorite meals for this last week..

I am grateful to our dear friend for loaning us his trailer for moving our daughter to Boston College,

since she will be in her first unfurnished apartement.

I am grateful my husband is a selling machine and working so hard for all our upcoming expenses. (Ireland trip is coming in October) 

There really isn’t an easier way to get dressed than to pop on a boho maxi skirt…

At least that’s been my mood lately…

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If you are a regular reader, you might remember that I speak often of being a mood dresser…

And my mood lately is boho easy-breezy looks…

Don’t laugh ,but I began this outfit wanting to wear my pink Birki’s…

It really is so ironic that in my twenties I called these ugly and swore they’d never grace my feet…

My Mother is looking down on me giggling for all the times she told me to never say never…

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That makes sense with the upcoming changes of taking two children to college a little over one week apart…

There really are a lot of last minute things going on and I feel like I am playing manager of it all…

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With that kinda stress, I use my passion for fashion as a psychological tool to lift my spirits…

What’s more fun than long skirts, and sun hats?  

I picked this hat up at Kmart this season and love the blues and purples..

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I’ve worn this skirt before in several seasons…

I still have several more ways in my head of how to style this..

Gotta love a piece you’ve had for a few years that still inspires you…

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This is actually a bandeau style dress than can convert to a skirt, so here I wore it as a dress,

then threw the sweater over it..

Talk about a versatile piece…

Dear Readers, I have a confession to make.. I chose this week of all week’s to kick my diet soda addiction… today was day four and I haven’t caved… I have had terrible headaches and used migraine medicine to help… I am determined to switch to tea and forgo the soda .  I’ve done this successfully before , but always end up going back due to sinus headaches and wanting the quick caffeine in lower amount than a migraine pill that would keep me awake all night…

It’s been a crutch and I really want to drink more tea, so wish me luck!  

I love this skirt I thrifted and how crisp it looks paired with white ….

Of course,  adding a patterned blouse in the mix in those color made it more to my liking…

Linking up with VISIBLE MONDAY

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I am not big on button up shirts, but love them tied at the waist in a casual way to fit my lifestyle.

I also intend to wear them for more layering options in the cooler seasons…

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In fact I could help thinking in Fall, I could tuck this shirt into this skirt, add a cognac belt and boots and be done…

Then, of course I thought I could just pop my cognac leather over this tied version with cognac boots for Winter…

So, is that where I am, dreaming of how to change my outfits into Fall versionsA?  

It can’t be helped, I am so longing for Fall to begin for dressing purposes only, as I love the carefree time of Summer and no homeschooling.

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It doesn’t happen often , so I point it out when it occurs…

Most of this outfit is thrifted, the Lands End blouse, skirt and the purse are all from Good will..

Dear Readers, Today is the final weekend my dear son wil be home as he goes to VCU Saturday…5 more days with my guy… don’t know why this seems so hard. Well, yes I do….It’s not just about my missing this incredibly kindhearted, comedian , but the knowledge of the loss his brother and father will feel… These brothers use to say they were twins born at different times and have been so close.  I know that this is going to be very hard on my youngest as he is facing being the only child left at home… Tears well up in me as I type this… I just hope that his father and I do a great job of enjoying treating him to the pleasures of being an only child….That will be a new adventure!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the closeness of my family and the relationships my children have built with each other.

I am grateful that my son is so excited about going to college and starting this venture that he’s dreamed of since he was 11.

I am grateful that my husband took the car and van in for tune ups this week (that van has to go from VA to Boston in another week or two!)

I am grateful my daughter is searching for the right living situation in Boston and is waivering between two …

I am grateful that my husband has had great success at work and that we wil be able to set both our college students up the way that makes us comfortable…

I am grateful to my husband how hard he works for our family and for being a great provider, allowing me to be at home. 

I really am happiest in Summer when I can grab a long boho skirt with sandals…

However, I am so craving Fall clothing that I couldn’t help thinking of how I’d style this for Fall…

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I pictured it with a jean jacket and boots…

Then, I thought about a sweatshirt and tennis shoes for a sporty look…

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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Summer…

What’s not to love, an easy schedule with no homeschooling….

I think with all the stress of changes in my husband’s job, money worries and getting two kids ready to leave home,

I haven’t been enjoying this Summer as much as I normally do…

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As my 18 year old and I have recently discussed….

If you point out a problem. you should seek a solution….

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So, that means I have to knock it off about Fall and enjoy what’s left of Summer!!!!

I think I am getting ahead of myself because of the trip to Ireland and fear of being too busy with that to really appreciate the season change and  how much I embrace and love the beginning of Fall and layering clothing….

Dear Readers,,, I am usually in such a state of gratitude for even the smallest thing in my wonderful life, and don’t know that this new attitude is about…. With so many changes in my family and life coming, I am sure this is normal… I also blame it on the past two months with no period, the first time that’s happened and the onset of menopause , although I don’t feel over emotional or out of sorts in a hormonal way…

Here’s hoping once these next few weeks of change are done, that I get back to feeling my Spunky, fun=loving self…

Gratitude

I am grateful that I’ve slept in these last few days…

I am grateful that I found the energy to hardboil eggs to keep me on track with this unpleasant weight gain…

I am grateful my son cooked dinner for the kids, while I made my own of just meat and veggies…

I am grateful for mushrooms, I love them and could eat them sauteed with onions and chicken every day….

I am grateful my husband and son took both cars to get inspected and checked out before we have to head of on our road trips to drop the two middle kids off to their college adventures.

I am grateful that my youngest is going running with his brother  these past few nights…they are so going to miss each other! 

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