Versatile Style by Tracey

Today was Parent’s Night Out, 

so I opted for another opportunity to wear  a dress. 

I purposely opted to play down the dress and wear it a very casual way…

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Typically a sweater dress hugs all your curves and can be quite figure flattering…

I chose to play that down and pair it with my Old Navy Olive Utility Jacket. 

Since I have olive fleece lined tights I couldn’t help myself… 

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I tried several scarves before settling on the brown and olive one. 

I really am lucky to have such a wonderful scarf collection! 

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Pairing this with this sweater dress with the utility jacket and the riding boots, 

created a much more casual look for the occasion.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my son away at college is feeling better, as he was having sinus issues over the weekend. 

I am grateful that my husband was able to reschedule and make it to my son’s private bowling lesson today. 

I am grateful that my sister in law is doing better today, after a seizure last night.  I am grateful that she called me and that my daughter was able to call her an ambulance while I stayed on the phone with her. 

I am grateful for Parent’s Night Out and our supportive, kindhearted group. 

I am grateful that tomorrow is bowling day!  I love Hump Day!  

I began last week with the intention of doing a week of dresses and skirts

to boost my mood for these winter blues and stopped short for bowling day and  once our snow arrived..

To make up for that, I have two outfits…

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I wore this Ann Taylor thrifted skirt over the weekend.

The key to success here is the fleece lined tights in navy.

The sequined sweatshirt by is rather thin, so I added another navy t-shirt underneath.

I finished off with a navy faux leather jacket by F21 and my boots from Ireland.

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Not the best lighting in this photo,

but the best part of this outfit for me is the swingy skirt.

Movement in skirts are wonderful for boosting my mood and increasing my sassy side.

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Now for what I wore Monday…

A thrifted dress and Old Navy Sweater…

I really do like thrifting dresses and skirts because the lower cost allows me to have more in this category.

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I loved getting a chance to rock my burgundy knee high heeled boots.. 

I am glad my sciatica isn’t flared up which allowed me to sport heels.  

I like the ease of layering a sweater over a skirt rather than layering with a jacket or cardigan. 

Have you tried that with success yet? 

Dear Readers, since Tuesday is a make up Parent’s Night out , due to our snowfall,

I will be putting together another dress look for tomorrow.  

I wanted to wear a maxi styled for winter , but the wet snow and rain we’ve had changed that desire. 

Gratitude

I am grateful that my daughter is home and that she came with dinner requests. 

I am grateful that we are making progress on sewing her costume for the Anime Convention in Boston.  

I am grateful that  we are having so much fun making the costume and the memories we are building, not to mention the love my daughter feels in our support of her Anime interests…

I am grateful that my son will be coming home Friday, from VCU and will have a few days that overlap his sister’s break.

 I am grateful for the time alone with just my daughter and youngest, this is a first and she is spending so much time teaching him things and being a big sister…

My Dear Readers , I committed to a week of Dresses and Skirts, 

and when today came along, I wanted to wear my purple snow boots

and decided to give up the idea of a dress for bowling day…

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Our snow from yesterday melted away as the day went on…

It will be replenished tonight as another storm heads our way with up to 8 inches…

Which I know is laughable to northerners, but even with just two inches yesterday we had hundreds of accidents and people going off the road.    We even had one that hit a local school bus full of kids yesterday afternoon…

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So, styling this outfit from the ground up, 

I knew wanted the purple poncho and thought patterned pants would be fun. 

The yellow sweater is a thrifted lambswool and angora, so soft and warm!

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I really love the purple and yellow color combo…

I have a pair of subdued purple animal print jeans that I’d love to pair with this combo in the future

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 In this outfit, I definitely didn’t feel the same sassy and spunky vibe

that my dresses have given me this week… 

I did however feel much more comfortable bowling in pants…

This poncho if from Old Navy and one I thrifted,

I like the shorter length of this for easy styling with my petite height. 

Gratitude

I am grateful that my son bowled his highest came to date today. 

I am grateful to the parent who told the bowling alley so they could announce it over the loudspeaker, as he felt so proud and happy.  

I am grateful that my son found something he likes and is willing to work hard to get better, this is a first for this child! 

I am grateful that the guys went outside and a snowball fight after bowling ( it’s moments like that , when I notice the loss of his brother away at college) 

I am grateful that my son so willingly and with a positive attitude interrupted his xbox live game to take my blog photos, (he is normally agreeable, but this felt special)  

I am grateful for an hour long phone call from my daughter and the joy it brings, as well as the tears it brings, as I remember my mother and miss her dearly. 

Today is day 3 of my week of skirts and dresses. 

I already winterized with a faux leather moto and a statement cardigan, 

so for today I opted for my prize purchase from my Ireland trip…

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My Aran blue poncho and my blue boots also from the Ireland trip..

These pictures are not the best because we had snowfall beginning early afternoon.  

This is a  thrifted floral print dress and it’s the first time I’ve worn it. 

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The best part of this outfit other than the fun of wearing my Aran poncho, 

is that I was actually very warm…

I began this look with a long sleeved wicking work out top as an added layer. 

I hate being cold and my Old Navy chambray top was not heavy enough for the job.. 

With the addition of fleece tights, hat and gloves, I was warm head to toe…

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I keep picturing this with my red poncho

and really am going to have to try that soon…

 Dear Readers No one here is thrilled about the additional snow due to the

4 days of no school last week from the first one of the season…

We are only expecting an inch or two , but that’s enough with the lack of 

equipment where snowfall is not a given each year, to cause closings, delays and accidents. 

I personally was hoping for no snow when my daughter arrives from Boston on Friday, but with today’s few inches and another 3 to 8 inches on Thursday, I guess that’s not in the cards..

Regardless our snow will be a lot less and our temperatures warmer for her 9 days here.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the snow, it really is fun since it doesn’t happen all the time, in chatting with my friend over the last snow fall, she mentioned that when we get it , it’s an event and that is very true.  

I am grateful that my homeschooler went to his private bowling lesson today as last week it was cancelled due to the snow.

I am grateful that I chose to style dresses and skirts this week because it is fun and a lift to my spirit. 

I am grateful for the rain and warmer temperatures for at least one day and that the previous snow (really a sheet of ice)  melted.  

Day 2 Of A Week of Dresses and Skirts, 

I decided to style my favorite dress and the only one that I still have from before my

weight loss, as the elastic empire waist made that possible…

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Layering a summer dress is such a fun way to extend your wardrobe.

I added a grey long sleeve t-shirt under the dress to begin with, as this dress has a very deep v -neck and identical one in the back as well.  I added the scarf for extra warmth as it was freezing today with frigid winds.

This grey ruffled sweater is from Burlington last year and is definitely a favorite, as it has such a feminine flair to it.

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I originally wasn’t going to wear the hat, but the weather quickly changed my mind…

I love that this styling of the dress feels very boho , which if you are a regular reader is a strong preference of mine.

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Here is how I wore this for Summer

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I am loving putting together skirt and dress looks and

the Spunky and Sassy feel I was hoping to create for myself is definitely happening! 

Gratitude

I am grateful to my son for freezing and dealing with the winds to take my photos, he is a real trooper! 

I am grateful for progress with homeschooling today and getting my teen re-motivated. 

I am grateful for the music and fun from the Oscars that stayed with me all day today…

I am grateful for my strength and self esteem (thanks Mom & Dad). 

I am grateful that my daughter is coming home Friday and the countdown and anticipation and happiness that generates. 

After our snow and record cold temperatures came in last week,

I went into hiding and stayed indoors keeping the fire going…..

With some of my time I of course played in my closet and put together some looks for this week

Linking up Today with Visible Monday, go check out some other wonderful bloggers! 

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To celebrate normal temperatures returning, 

I’ve decided to do a week of skirts and dresses…

It’s to lift my spirit and let my Sassy side come out to play..

That’s exactly what it felt like to wear this outfit and my heeled boots instead of flat riding boots.  

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This outfit is actually a tshirt dress layered with an old navy pink sweater, and F21 faux leather moto.  

A tshirt dress really is a very versatile piece and I’ve had this one for four to five years and never tire of it.. 

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I am really looking forward to wearing dresses and skirts this week!  

Just for fun, here are a few other ways I’ve styled this dress

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With a Navy and black jacket and navy suede boots..

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This was an all neutrals look from a Pinterest Inspiration

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And another neutral with black and brown…

Dear Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I was so happy to get out Saturday, even if it was just to Five Guys and Walmart.. I realized on that outing how much God did the right thing by blessing me with 3 boys as I saw the plowed snow drifts in the parking lot and my first thought was to turn to my 14 year old and say…”You can’t miss the opportunity to climb on those, pick your favorite and go for it!”   He did so and I was fascinated at how fast he climbed… on the way down he slid on his rear, got back in the car for a split second and then said , ” I have to do it again, I need to find a better way down! ” I loved that he wanted to succeed on the descent and was self motivated to do it again… 

I celebrate any progress I see in my children and this was progress as he’s been the kid who would give up and you have to drag to do anything fun… I think I may have enjoyed it more than he did!  

Note:  I would have encourage my daughter to do the same…. Having a playful side is important to us all..

Gratitude

I am so grateful for a warmer day, in the 5o’s and the melting of the snow

I am grateful that my daughter will be home on Friday, and am so looking forward to spending time sewing her costume for the Anime convention and Ball-dance

I am grateful for being blessed with the precious job of motherhood and the fantastic journey it’s been and will continue to be as I finish these last four years homeschooling

I am grateful for peace and tranquility in my heart…

I am grateful for friends and the joy they bring to my life! 

I am grateful for my love of reading books and the ability to get lost for awhile

That blog title reference my Navy blue Hiking boots and Outfit

Not my frame of mind…

It’s a Wonderful Rare Snow Day!  

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I loved getting a chance to wear my thrifted navy hiking boots that I dreamed of 

and miraculously found in brand new condition at Salvation Army…

They aren’t just good for a trip to Ireland…

They Inspired me to go with a mostly blue outfit for the day...

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The dark outfit against the snow is exactly what I was aiming for!  

A pair of skinny jeans, black cashmere sweater and navy cape are all for warmth

and what’s more fun than a cape?  

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My hat is down a little more than I’d prefer…

I liked adding the navy and white scarf I found at F21 last year and the white necklace 

as a nod to the snow background…

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I am very happy I scored the fun cape on clearance off season for just $9.99.

 Dear Readers, It’s still late afternoon as I type this, but I know that the finish to my snow day is going to be a nice cup of hot chocolate with a nice shot of Ameretto… I haven’t done that at all this winter, which is unusual.. I guess my eating hasn’t been the best, so I didn’t further indulge as a way to maintain my weight.. I think I have that backwards and should do better during the day and indulge in an evening cup of relaxation ….A new plan for the rest of the month???

What’s your ultimate winter indulgence???

Gratitude

I am grateful for the fun of a snow day and a day of from homeschooling where I got to be the Fun Mom, instead of the pain in his neck teacher!  

I am grateful for the sharing and connection all around with everyone’s excitement over the snow. 

I am grateful that my husband didn’t have to work today, so he could hang out with our son and have some good bonding time, cause this mom isn’t much for playing in the snow….

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