Versatile Style by Tracey

I love the mine accordian pleating in skirts and when I saw this one on Ebay, I just had to purchase it..

After all this color really works so well with my hair…

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This outfit emerged out of necessity to keep warm on this windy 65 degree day, while also camoflauging the incredible bloating of that darn cycle , that at 48 years, I am ready for it to cease permanently!  

Let’s face it , I’ve already lost my beautful hour glass firgure and have that middle age spread going on, add in the bloating and enough is enough!!!!


My apologies my dear readers, sometimes it just feels good to vent!  

This is my newest purse addition and was suppose to be a long strap as a crossbody, but I just pulled it to a shorter double strap.  


Tucking in the sweater and adding the moto vest really made all the difference !

I am really getting a lot of use from this necklace I bought from Forever 21!  Who knew this silver loving gal could change into loving gold????? 

Dear Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend!  


I am grateful that my youngest thoroughly enjoyed his birthday! 

I am grateful that after waiting what seemed like forever to my dear son, that he nows has his first cell phone and has a model newer than his siblings who will all have to wait for upgrades…. A fun unique postion for the youngest child!!!

I am grateful that the new Iphone 5S has such wonderful features that have filled us with great amusements as we await answers from  the personal assistant, SIRI   to the silly questions the boys are posing…

I am grateful that my husband is back in a management position and instead of just doing sales, is planning out his week and how to improve things!  He really rises to challenges and loves them!

I am grateful for watching Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays on HBO as he told his life story, losing his father when he was 15 and mother ant 53… I lost my father at 13 and mother at 43….

I am grateful for holidays and the precious memories that always get brought to the surface!  

Well, Dear Readers, I may just have discovered my new favorite color combo!

I left my camera in my son’s car and didn’t get it back until late on Friday, so posting now…


I purchased this poncho from Ebay and hadn’t worn it yet…

I love how this look turned out and how boho and fun it felt…

There really is something about a ponchos and boots that conjure up carefree days of my childhood when I use to have not a care in the world and went around doing cartwheels…


The addition of the cabbie cream hat and the long necklace add to the boho vibe…


The fabullous snakeskin purse is not really boho,but does a great job of adding in a modern element!

I so wish I could share with you , my dear readers where to get a purse like this, but I bought it over a year ago and it is no longer available… I even checked Ebay for you my Dear Readers….

Dear Readers, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Easter! 

Saturday is my youngest child’s 14th birthday!!!!  We are going to have a fun Family filled Weekend! 


I am so grateful that my dear husband is no longer doing a sales job with straight commission as never knowing hsi paychecks was a difficult and stressful thing to juggle… It is especially apparent right now as we have been signing up and applying for two children to head off to college!!!

I am grateful for what promises to be a very busy Birthday and Easter Weekend!  

I am grateful for wonderful conversations with my daughter as she plans to face this next stage in her goals to getting her doctorate in Psychology and moving so far away. (No worries huge Irish Catholic Family within just a few miles from her school!)  

I am grateful for the close knit family I’ve worked hard to create and the knowledge that no matter where our children flit off to , that our relationships will remain strong!  

It seems like so many of us are currently experiencing the return of colder temps, 

but I’ll take my 40′s over those areas getting snow in Mid-April!  


I was feeling quite spunky today and wasn’t going to let the cooler temps rain on my Parade…

I am practically dancing as I go through all the things to do for getting my dear daughter ready for her graduate school in just a few weeks…


With the interest created from the print in the dress, I resisted my maximal nature and didn’t add a necklace…

Just a simple pair of orange ball earrings and my rings were all the accessories needed..


I packed up my knee high boots, but thank goodness I left the lower ones out!!!!

I even packed up all my tights, but leggings work , so no problem…

Dear Readers, I spent the day shopping for groceries and hanging out with my two youngest who tagged along with me.. My 18 year old said he is trying to fit in as much time with both me and his brother before he has to go away to college next year.  He is so sensitive and worried about the impact on his younger brother, as they have been so close.  It is going to be so weird having just one child and my social life is going to change.. My husband and I never think twice about going out as there is always a couple kids home togtether… I’ve always said it’s easier to be the mother of four than it is of just one and I guess I am going to see how true that is!!!!


I am so grateful that my daughter and I had a wonderfully productive day getting some great winter coats, snow pants and such ordered online for great off season prices in preparation for her Boston College Winter…

I am grateful that my two sons joined me for the grocery shopping and the fun we had…

I am grateful and so blessed that I have succeeded in my greatest wish of being rich in the things that money can’t buy!  (my kids like spending time with each other and their parents!!!!) 

I am grateful for my new Memory Foam pillows I purchased at BJ’s today and am looking forward to sleeping with it tonight!!!! 

I woke up this morning wanting to wear a long boho skirt…

However the rains that held on for half the day, changed my mind…

So, I turned to my Pinterest Inspiration Board…

Denim Jacket & Stripes

This caught my eye….

I’ve actually worn something very similar ….


Since I’d done this one for Fall already…

I decided to go for a slightly different color combo and yep, I know, I am on a Navy Kick…

Just Can’t Help Myself!!!!


I opted for a Gap striped tank top and a Nylon trench style jacket…

I liked how the silver Aerosoles ballet flats went back to the silver buttons on the jacket..


Speaking of the Jacket, I tied the sash in the back so I could wear the jacket open 


The rain may have been gone by late afternnoon, but the winds sure weren’t


Me catching my jacket as it was whipped open by the wind…

Dear Readers, I never tire of these red-orange jeans and always feel vibrant when sporting them… Do you have a colored item that gives you that feeling whenever you wear it???   

I may have to commit next week to being Navy free to see if I can get off this Kick!!!!


I am grateful that the rain stopped and it turned into a very pretty day…

I am grateful that my husband works a job that allows him the freedom to answer my silly call when I was feeling stressed,  Not Something that Happens too Often…

I am grateful that I remembered it was tax day, as we originally were going to file online but decided to boycott the $23 fee .  

I am so grateful for the break this week from homeschooling!!!!!

I am grateful for Walmart’s 24 hours of operation as I was able to run out late night( with high winds and rained that returned, yuck) to buy a new modem to fix our defunct internet…

I Think my New Favorite Color Lately is Navy

I Love Navy as  a Neutral , Much Better than Black…


My first open toed shoes of the Season… I love these Franco Sarto Franco sandals I bought last year from Ebay and couldn’t  wait to wear them again…

I bookended them by belting the tunic with the similar colored belt.


These navy slim crop pants by Jag Jeans were a great find on 

I bought them in yellow and bright pink as well…

These pictures don’t show the mauve in the tunic that I was trying to pull out with the purse color…

IMG_3561As a petite woman of 5 ft 3 in, This silhouette of cropped pants

and a tunic length top can be quite intimidating.

These proportions worked  well with the belt and heels.

Dear Readers, this outfit was worn over the weekend ,but yesterday, we had wonderful 80 degrees and a nice windy, sunnyday . It’s  so nice to have  these temps in Spring, as the Summer humidity at the same temperature is suffocating.  


I am grateful for the wonderful Spring Day without my sinuses acting up.

I am grateful that my son went apartment  hunting today has and has found a suitable roommate.

I am grateful that my daughter has made her final decison and chosen Boston College for her Master’s Program.

I am grateful that my husband is a stand up guy and willing to help others.   


I am Really Enjoying the Resurgence of Our Family Bowling Weekends.

In fact with that at the Homeschooling Teen Group Bowling, I opted to Buy My Own Bowling Shoes


I am Sporting my new zippered sweatpant joogers by F21 and my new Floral Keds.

I paired it with a simple polka dot shell  I picked up last year from Burlington Coat Factory and a Thrifted Loft Sweater.  


For Accessories, I opted for silver hoop earrings, a favorite style for this boho loving woman.

The necklace is a stone purple,  heart pendant I picked up eons ago in New York when I was shopping for jewlery for the consignment store I use to co-own. 


I finished it off with a purple watch that my husband bought me recently when I joked I wanted one in every color..

I loved the comfort and ease of these pants for bowling and this outfit transferred perfectly to our night activities of going to our freinds for a cookout and just hanging out.  

Dear Readers, I am really wanted to embrace the Sporty Trend while still staying true to my style and think I achieved the feminine balance I love.


I am grateful for Spring Break and all the Fun of this week to come ending with my son’s 14th birthday and Easter.

I am grateful for a weekend of f amily, fun and friendships. 

I am grateful that my husband’s new Career allows for more family time.

I am grateful for all the blessings in my life and the love of God in my heart. 

With Cooler Spring Temps, I was getting sick of Pants…

So today, opted for a dress with leggings…


I love these colors together and in fact have worn them a different way with this dress…


A Fall Version with this dress and leggings...


I found these wonderful floral cut work ballet flats by Adrienne Vittadini on a DSW clearance sale off season, so was happy to wear them for the first time… They are very comfortable and a great addition to my flats..


Not a good hair day,but it was the very end of the day and dinner time….


Here is yet another way I styled this dress and one that has several re-pins from my Pinterest Board.  

Dear Readers, I love Navy with Yellow, Green, Orange and Pink and Burgundy,  so still have other options to style this dress…I actually almost did it with green today, but changed my mind.. What colors do you like to pair with Navy???  I am really beginning to say how much Navy is represented in my outfits lately….


I am grateful that my oldest son’s car is finally fixed and the rental car returned…

I am grateful that my 18 year old is such a wonderful brother and cleaned up and got his sister’s car ready for her road trip back to her Alma Matter this weekend..

I am grateful that my daughter is taking this weekend for some fun as she has been working very hard.

I am grateful for a surprise day off homeschooling as my youngest spent the day with his father helping him with some work for the day..

I am grateful for the conversations with my daughter today as I feel like her leaving in less than two months is going to fly by and those conversations are precious. (once graduate school starts she goes into her focused mode and relationships take a back seat for her)

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