Versatile Style by Tracey

If you had asked me If’ I’d Ever Wear 

Over the Knee Boots  a few year Ago, 

I’d have answered with a Emphatic Negative Response. 


That’s Why One Should Never , Say Never!  

I stand by my initial reaction to the idea of over the knee boots because 

years ago, they didn’t come in this riding boot style, but were more the hooker heeled versions.  

This is a tale of being willing to give things a try, because even this flat version didn’t appeal to me, out of fear that it wouldn’t work for my 5 feet 3 inch height challenge. 


I do think these work for a few reasons. 

The first would be that I am blessed as a petite woman to have

my mother’s  Campbell family genetic long legs. 

I may be petite , but I can never wear petite length pants.  

The other reason these work for me is that they barely come to the top of my knee. 

Their are varieties I’ve seen that are not just over the knee, but thigh highs.  

Dabbling in this boot style, I opted for this pair from Chinese Laundry


I loved the opportunity, to wear my orange hoop earrings that my daugter gave me. 

I also love any chance to wear Orange lipstick.  


My photographer  accidentally took a photo of his shadow. 


I had to take the opporunity to dress like Fall today

because our temperatures were in the low 70’s now, but 

going back up to 80 tomorrow.  

Dear Readers, Have you tried something you didn’t think would work for you and 

were pleaseantly surprised?  


I am grateful that my husband had a successful day today and some fun along the way.  

I am grateful that I trusted my instincts on my walk to the grocery store. I heard a woman on the phone almost in tears saying she was giving in and just wanted to go knock on her father’s door and admit she need help because she couldn’t take another night in the shelter.  She went on to say she needed help with bus fare but no one was willing to help her.  I walked past her into the store, took out $3 and walked outside and handed it to her. She gasped into the phone and said , “OH My, someone just gave me the bus fare, I can do it now!” I was walking away as she was proclaiming , “Bless You, Thank you so much”  One  wonders if the truth is being told in these circumstances , but when I came out of the store she was gone and I saw her at the BLVD  bus stop, I was glad I trusted my instincts. 

I am grateful that my college son who texts me a lot , actually called to talk to me tonight. He is troubled about the college shooting and asking the same question my oldest asked, ” What if you answered that you were Spiritual not Religious? ” How would the shooter have reacted?  I know so many college students have to be wondering what would have happened if they had been in that room.  so sad! 

Today’s GYPO FAll Challenge Inspiration was all 

about an orange sweater.  

I love the color orange for Fall and wear it often with browns, 

But it works well with a classic Blue Jean shade.  


I was so excited to debut my wonderful addition to Fall , 

this Guiliana sweater that I bought over the summer and the Liz Lange Tunic 

that I found on clearance and is now sold out.  

I love the mulit media sweater with the faux suede feel that has a snakeskin print. 

My husband came home this afternoon for a break and couldn’t stop touching it, it really is softer than you’d expect. 

This Sweater comes in 7 colors and is $29.95 and available in sizes up to 3x.  


I always adore Rachel Zoe’s outfits where she pairs tunic tops and 

bootcut jeans and love how this outift made me feel.  

I’ve had these Levi’s jeans forever.  

Rachel Zoe always wear her bootcuts dragging on the ground and from a stylist view, 

that is the right way to rock the look.  

I on the other hand love being able to showcase my beloved Orange pumps from

Payless’s Comfort Plus line that I bought last season.  


I loved putting one side of my hand behind my ear, to really showcase 

my gold hoop earrings, which I wear quite often.  

Dear Readers, Today, I didn’t have to Fake Fall today as it was in the high 60’s and windy today. 

Of course that was due to the hurricane , but we are due to get back into the 80’s by Wednesday. 

Funny thing is that Wednedsay is homeschool bowling day and I dress like Fall anyway, as it’s cold in that alley! 

I do wonder how I will manage the Fall Challenge with these hotter temps. 

I never did a Fall one of these before because last year I was in Ireland at this time!  

I have packed away my sandals and will take advantage of wearing pumps and flats with bare feet these next weeks until I unpack the boots and go full on with them….

So Dear Readers, Are you packing away Summer and getting out Fall, or are you already all the way into Fall already?  


I am grateful that my husband popped in this afternoon for a fun break from my homeschooling mom day. 

I am grateful that my son got back on track despite the interruption and finished his goals for the day. 

I am grateful for Kiniesology tape and the relief it is going to give DH from a pulled back muscle. 

I am grateful that my friend’s daughter is finally living her dream of doing acting and dancing with our local Hurrah players and will be in the Wizard of Oz this weekend.   

 I am grateful that my husband got off work early and asked us to a quick dinner and movie night. My teen homeschooler loved , The Martian, an excellent movie in all our books and he is so picky…  

You Can’t Walk Into Any Mall Right Now and Not See

Mannequins Decked Out in the Color Combo of Burgundy and Blush

That is the first outfit inpsiration in the ,


Linking Up with Visible Monday with other Fabulous Bloggers. 


With our weather not reaching true Fall temperatures  , 

I managed with what I could to create this look subsituting a more vibrant pink sleeveless blouse. 

I’ve had burgundy skinny cords for a few seasons, but these new Old Navy Joggers have been waiting to be debuted. 


I am also debuting my new

Burgundy Floppy Hat, by Rachel Zoe via Qvc. 

If you don’t already have Burgundy in your wardrobe,

I highly recommend you add at least one item for this season. 


My favorite looks with the jogger style pants is to take them up a notch

and pair them with blazers and pumps.  

In this look, I opted for grey plaid pumps and a seersucker grey striped jacket, 

both are pieces I thrifted from Goodwill.  

Want Some More Burgundy Inspiration

Check out this link! 

Dear Readers , it’s so hard to have a wonderful weekend, when your heart is heavy due to the shooting in Oregon. College students of all ages , some starting of fresh out of high school, others after divorce or raising families, all wanting an education and a better future, targeted by a sick person out for destruction and chaos.

 I pray for the families  and friends of those whose lives were so brutally cut short, for those who survived and may well suffer PTSD and for all the students in every college who now feel vulnerable.  

I am going to forego my Gratitude Section of my blog today and ask in it’s place that you each say a prayer. 

I am sure so many of us are already doing so, but the collective of us all is important , so I ask anyway. 

What To Do With Yet , Another Day of Rain?  

Well , This Lady Turned on Pandora for Some Music to 

Accompany her Day In , Doing Housework and Packing Away My Sandals.  


But doing Housework, Doesn’t Mean I stayed in PJ’s all Day…

After all getting dressed is just for me, to walk taller and keep my mood up ,

as a homeschooling mom, stuck inside with a teenager.

It was a nice cooler day and once the rain died down to a slow drizzle, 

I opened the windows and doors for a fabulous cooling breeze!  


I styled this look with my inherited boots from my dear daughter (24) , 

She bought herself a great pair complete with wedges and a bow on the back.  

I decide this outfit needed a spark of red to brighten my mood.  

You can see a peek of my bracelet in this shot. 


Here’s a close-up of my red tassel necklace that I bought a few years ago

from Burlington Coat Factory to dress up a Christmas look.  

Nice to have it to wear with casual looks as well. 


This outfit has just the right amount of itnerest beyond red accessories. 

The pattern mixing of the polk a dot pants and the window pane plaid boots is just right. 

And lets’s not forget the fun texture of the lace bottom sweater, which I bought from Just Fab at the end of Winter clearance sales in preparation for this season.  

I am so happy with this trend of adding sheer or lace bottoms to tunic sweaters for 

an extra touch of feminity. 

I think when wearing the not so flattering rain boots, that the lace beautifully works to create balance. 

Dear Readers, Wishing you a fabulous weekend!  

Thanks for Stopping By, Comments Appreciated, 

Cause some days like these rainy grey ones, 

this blogger needs a boost!  


I am grateful that Hurrican Joacquin is not going to hit us as was originally predicted. 

I am grateful for a wonderful break through with getting my son to begin writing assignments for this highly intensive writing year I have planned to take him from zero confidence due to schoolng damage to confident in knowing he can conquer this just as easliy as he did the reading.  

I am grateful for finally having a currency to use with my son, as in previous years, if he didn’t want to do it, taking anything away didn’t matter at all… Thank goodness for Xbox friendships and Destiny!  

I am grateful for the wonderful cool temps today and the breeze from my open windows. 

I am grateful for a conversation with a friend that made me proud of my relationship with my mother and how much apart of each other’s lives we remained until her final day.  If you are lucky to still have a parent alive, be mindful that loneliness among the elderly causes depression and a phone call or visit is a life line.  

 I am grateful for music that is always available to cheer me up and keep me moving! 

A Rainy Day May Get Some People Down, 

But Not Me!  

It’s an Excuse to Showcase My Purple Thrifted Rainboots! 


Not the best photos today, as my dear son stood on the porch , 

while I stomped through the oversaturated grass to my favorite tree.  

Wearing skirts and dresses without tights or leggings will be upon me before I know it, 

so instead of wearing pants, I just had to try my boots with a skirt, lol. 


Of course there is a down side to wearing a skirt

when there’s wind and rain , as a preview to 

the upcoming Hurricane.  

I actually went shopping and got set for the impending storm today. 

Doing so before the weekend is so much better as stores are going to be

crazy and ruinning out of things by Saturday.  

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I couldn’t help but share this picture that showed up on my Facebook this moring. 

It’s a two year old at the Navy pier having a blast while all the adults were just huddled, waiting for the 

ship to arrive home after it’s six month deployment. 


Here is a close up of my mother’s pin that I strung on a chain to create my necklace.


This one is clearer because the rain subsided for a brief moment.  

I have to say it was fun being out in and about in my rainboots, 

walking in puddles instead of around them.

My Eddie Bauer (also thrifted) nylon goose down filled  vest came in handy as it kept my back dry! 

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By!  

I wish you all a Fabulous Weekend and ask that you keep the East Coast in 

your prayers that this impending Hurricane takes it easy on us! 


I am grateful that my husband had time to go grocery shopping and a  chance for us all to get out of the house together.. 

I am grateful for our really good quality umbrellas that helped us stay dry , as well as help me get our stubborn dog to go outside to do his business…. Yes , picture me in my rainboots holding an umbrella over my dog chastising him to “Go Potty!”  

I am grateful that I had begun to take out some Fall Clothing despite our extended Sumer temps, so i had this vest to grab as a completer piece today! 

I am grateful that my son who took our rabbit for the week is enjoying her company and the pick me up this week before midterms.  

I am grateful for somethihng to look forward to on this rainy day, as my Steelers have a Thursday Night Game agaimst their rival Ravens.  

I love extending Summer Dresses for All Seasons

With Summer Temperatures Still Hanging Around,

A simple addition of my thrifted jean jacket, made it work for going out to dinner.  


I am chomping at the bit , to wear this dress with my mint leather jacket ,

I bought new for the coming season.  

I’ve even picked out a scarf that I’d like to pair with it…

Yes, that’s how a fashion blogger survives the extension of  Summer weather, 

dreaming of ways to wear items for the colder temperatures. 


I love layering and Fall and Winter, 

It’s a much more creative time for a blogger , 

who uses fashion as her artistic outlet.  

One thing I do miss once that time comes, 

is wearing stacks of my vintage bracelets.  


Dear Readers, Tonight was my monthly 

Parents Night Out and we went to Olive Garden for dinner.  

I shared with them my Olive Garden story…

My husband and I originally met one night in a dive bar, he was there with Navy friends celebrating someone getting out,  and I was there with my sister and her guitar playing boyfriend who happened to be the entertainment for the night.  We had a brief conversation, where apparently I did something unusual and told him where I worked… A few weeks later he came into the Norfolk , Olive Garden where I worked as a new hire for a second job( he was in the Navy after all).  The minute I saw him I ran to the kitchen to my best friend who was cashiering and said, “oh my God, Did you see the new guy!”  Again a very unusual thing for me to do… We ended up hanging out in a group, and then one day while at work while talking to him,  I gave him my signature sarcastic look.   He immediately recognized that I was the girl from the bar and the reason he’d gotten the job there.  He asked me if I remembered him coming up and speaking to me that night, you have to know it was a brief conversation as I had noticed when he was talking to me that his party of friends were heading out the door and he dashed after them…  Once he began telling me of the line he used on me that night, which I will keep private,  I indeed realized we had spoken at that dive bar….

January 15 we will celebrate our 25th anniversary…

If anyone is intersted in Purchasing Yankee Candles, my son is participating in a fundraiser for his bowling to help cover the costs of competitions.  All the profits go into an account direclty for him.

I love my Old Navy Polk a Dot Pixie Pants.  

They are  the perfect way to add pattern into an outfit, 

and since it’s black and white ,versatile with any solid colored top.

Of course there are also possibilities for pattern mising tops as well. 

Just for fun, trying saying my blog title of the day , three times fast, lol!


You can find this pant in the ankle length, Here.

My top and purse ( sold out) are both by Iman via HSN.  

The top comes in 7 colors and is actually much longer ,

but it drapes nicely and is perfect for faux tucking the way I’ve done here.

I actuaally bouth it in Marsala ( Pantone’s color of the season) and Gun Metal Grey.

IMAN Global Chic Runway Glam Luxury Draped Top  

IMAN Global Chic Runway Glam Luxury Draped Top

Notice the styling of the Marsala one tucked into a pencil skirt,

while the Grey one shoes the ful length over jeans. 


My happiness factore was high with this look once I finished it off with my 

Cato vest and the tassel necklace with purple beads also from Cato ,

which my daughter gave me for my birthday.  

The vest has been on clearance for awhile as I  bought it in July and is still available for $10.99. 

I must say that it runs small as I bought the medium ,  but wear it open as it’s too tight for my  size 8 hips.


I look forward to styling these pieces so much more as we move into 

Fall temperatures which seem to elude us despite the leaves beginning to fall .  

Dear Readers, I am getting myself into full Cardio gear, moitviated by a comptetition between myself and my homeschooling son, age 15.  I decided that he goes on the treadmill first and whatevver he does, I have to do the same.We are going to do this three days a week, which will benefit us both.  

I love strength training, but not cardio ,so hope this keeps me accountable and moving more.  

My 5oth birthday passed without my losing the 15 pounds I’ve gained, so now I am setting a new goal.

My 25th anniversary is January 15h and I would like to go on a cruise, so need to lose this before I get into a bathing suit! 

I had better succeed at this one or I will ruin my 25th celebration!  

Wish me luck! 


I am grateful for the support of my youngest in getting to my new goal. 

I am grateful for the past week with my son home on his college Fall break. 

I am grateful that he took our rabbit with him for a week , but will come home for a bried time next weekend to return her. 

I am grateful that I scheduled a Parent’s Night Out for homeschooling parents and it’s Tuesday, so I have something to look forward to all day.  

I am grateful that my husband had a nice break this afternoon, which allowed him to revive afternnoon movie with a coworker, something they use to do somewhat regularly, but had gotten away from.  (this way the wives don’t have to go to horror movies we dislike and they are not feeling deprived)  

I am grateful that my oldest came over on Sunday to visit with his brother before he went back to college and for the conversation we all hadt together.  

I am grateful for another win for my Steelers team and that Roethlisberger’s knee injury was not his ACL, which would have put him out the remaninder of the season.  


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