Versatile Style by Tracey

I bought this top on clearance from JCP recently last month

because I needed more purple in my wardrobe, especially in lighter lavender shade. 

It was just $9.99 and is now sold out.

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My first thoughts were to pair it with my mint necklace and pointed toe flats. 

I really love purple and greens together and these lighter shades of each feel like Summer.  

I couldn’t help instantly thinking of the versatility of this top and color combo..

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My hair looks so red today…

I can’t remember where I bought this mint necklace,

but I think it was in Vegas from Charming Charlies. 

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I am picturing the sleeves rolled down and the addition of my mint faux leather jacket, and Old Navy Pixie Pants tucked into black riding boots as a Fall/Winter version of this look.

Purple & Mint by tracey-matthews-jennings on Polyvore featuring Columbia, Old Navy, Hush Puppies, Erica Anenberg and Vince Camuto   

I always think of 3 ways to wear a new item and with tops, I love to think of ways to wear it for multi seasons. 

There are so many ways to layer this for the cooler temps with cardigans or even a chunky pullover sweater, with just the collar and hem showing.  

I could easily see it paired with white bottoms for another Summer Option.  

I wish I was more disciplined, so I could stop purchasing new items and live up to my blog title and show the versatility of pieces.   My blog anniversary is coming up next month and perhaps I will wrap my brain around trying to be more focused on creating such a feature.  I would also like to do some great recipes that are keeping me on track with eating healthier. 

A lot to think about as I turn 50 and explore what to do with my blog next year. 

Dear Readers chime in and tell me what you would like to see?  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my migraine headache finally got better. 

I am grateful for a day alone ( no boys) with my daughter on her first day back and the wonderful conversations we had all day! . 

I am grateful that the boys were having a guy day in Richmond, moving most of my son’s things into his apartment and that doing it early means not dealing with the chaos of moving in during the busy time , a nightmare for a city college location. 

I am grateful for the quietness of the house, and the sweet moment of cooking and eating with just my daughter, a rare occasion . 

Today was a dreadfully hot day where it actually felt like a Sauna!  

The photos today, tell the story of how my hair went from looking Great, to flat…

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The first photo of the bunch under the protection of my favorite tree…

I’ve had this outfit put together and waiting for a day to wear.

I usually have about 3 to 5 combos like that for those days when I am uninspired to create a look.

These are all pieces I’ve had for years, except for the yellow purse bought this season.

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When I moved to this spot, the wind kept catching my hair and getting in my face…

I literally gave up posing in this stance…

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And now my hair looks much flatter, lol!  

I really love these colors of the yellow and purple together.  

This yellow kimono, I’ve had for years is a favorite.

I actually had this set next to a green skirt in the closet and instantly thought of how 

I could style those together.  I really need to create a feature of using one piece three ways.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I found the drive to do some sitting down hand weight exercises as well as bicep dips and push ups on the couch by using only one leg and not hurting my knee… Not exercising was frustrating! 

I am grateful that I slept in until 10:15 this morning!  

I am grateful to my youngest for stepping up and turning on the dishwasher for me, as well as getting as well as cleaning up and doing things to help me rest my knee.  

I am grateful for a phone call from my daughter after her exam, where she sounded very happy.  She even was grateful that she was out of class early and had time to cook a proper dinner before starting her 10 page paper, which she optimistically thinks she will have done by midnight and still get a good night’s rest.  This is special as she likes to complain and just be heard, so hearing her see the positive was delightful to this Mom! 

Today, I took it easy again for the sake of my knee,,,

Except for sweeping the kitchen, den, foyer and hallway, as I couldn’t wait another day, lol!  

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I bought this tunic from Burlington Coat Factory Online.

While I love that store, be warned that in making a return from an online purchase, you have to go through a process of printing out some approval number that you request via e-mail.  Unfortunately my daughter tried to return something on the last week she could do so without knowing that and then left for college , so was never able to make her return.  

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I love the quality of the Kate & Mallory Leggings and hope to buy full length ones later. 

I am also loving the idea of long tunic and sweaters for Fall…

Yes, I am longing for Fall Fashions… not for Fall per se, as that means my kids are both back to college…

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My knee is feeling much better today!  

The swelling is down, too….

I am still going to take it easy tomorrow, but will take the boys bowling…

Gratitude

I am grateful for a few days of taking it easy. 

I am grateful that my son’s headed out for some guy fun at the beach. 

I am grateful that my youngest enjoyed the warmth of today’s water and actually went , after initially resisting. 

I am grateful that I resisted eating junk despite craving it today…

Tuesday wasn’t my best day…

I woke too early to let the dog out and struggled to get back to sleep, was almost there when my husband’s phone rang, struggled but wasn’t giving up , when the next thing I knew my husband was gently kissing my forehead as he was leaving..

I awoke to discover it was 1:15 pm…

Now, if only I had awoken refreshed , but alas sinus pressure , sciatica and knee pain plagued me. 

A  shower helped but I just said, I am not a faker, so not doing blog photos today… 

Instead I thought I would share some Pinterest Recipes I’d like to try soon that fit my desire for lots of protein and low carbs.  

chicken filled with cream cheese, bacon, and onion... This is SOOO delicious!! 5/5 stars. One of my top 5 favorite chicken recipes

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Chicken stuffed with creme cheese, bacon and onion. 

Low Carb Caprese Chicken Recipe

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I love Caprese  salads  and am drooling over the idea of adding in chickent

Spinach Artichoke Egg Casserole Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this easy breakfast casserole! It's great for entertaining too!

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Spinach, Artichoke and Eggs

I would add mushrooms for a more substantial meal that would keep me full longer 

Lasagna Zucchini Boats - these are AMAZING!! Just as good as regular lasagna but healthier!

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Zucchini Lasagna 

I love lasagna, but have given up pasta for now and this is an easy substitute for this zucchini lover! 

Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

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Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

I loved my mother’s stuffed cabbage, yet have never tried it, this looks easier…

Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

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Tuna Lettuce Wraps

I can’t get enough of lettuce wraps lately… my favorite new lunch or dinner…

Happy Hump Day, My Dear Readers!  

Hoping that it’s better than Tuesday…

Any favorites of these recipes, Any you are up for trying?  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I was able to get much needed sleep. 

I am grateful that my boys helped clean up the kitchen today, giving me a day off…

I am grateful that my sinus headache went away, making for a pleasant evening. 

I am grateful that I had leftovers from the beef tips and gravy I cooked last night!  

I am grateful that my youngest is so kind and compassionate and pitches in to help whenever I have an off day (He’s definitely maturing) ! 

Today’s Outfit Creation began from the shoes up….

I’ve re injured my knee while strength training these past two weeks….

I knew I had to pick an outfit with relatively flat soles. 

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I haven’t worn my long boho skirts much this season, so thought it was high time. 

It was the perfect solution to add a knee brace or to ice it. 

I took it easy today, but did go grocery shopping and cook some beef tips for dinner 

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A striped tank top and a jean vest are the perfect compliment to my boho skirts. 

Of course adding a long necklace and bracelets on both arms finished off my boho look for the day.

I opted for stud earrings instead of my hoops or dangle types.  

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After a weekend of fun, it was great to have a lazy day letting my knee rest. 

It was fun to look at this look and see items that I’ve had and weren’t new additions this season, as I’ve been wearing a lot of new things out of necessity from the weight gain.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the ability to be a stay at home mother and have so many wonderful moments with my children. 

I am grateful for the fun frustration of cooking in the kitchen with my 19 year old as we used all  4 burners.  

I am grateful that my husband started the week off with a sale, that’s always a good thing…

I am grateful for a phone call from my daughter, it was just so nice to hear her voice and have her tell me she ordered craft items that should be coming in the mail instead of her calling about the stress she feels with her master’s degree work load.

 I am grateful she is planning some crafts for her August break and look forward to what she has up her sleeve this time! 

I am grateful for the laughs that come when reading Facebook posts, good for the Soul!  

My Husband’s Company Treated us for a Night of Baseball with our local

Tidewater Tides

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We had a wonderful time especially hanging out with our two youngest.

I think my husband’s favorite part was spending the Tides bucks that came with the package his company provided us, as he and my youngest indulged… cotton candy, ice cream, nuts , cracker jacks were the snacks they ate and that was on top of hot dogs and Italian sausages.  

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I decided to wear linen capris, my new striped peplum top from Ebay and my bejeweled vest. 

I couldn’t wear wedges or heels to help the proportions of the cropped pants and my petite height, 

so I opted for the very low wedge pointed toe metallic’s .   

I wasn’t sure if we would be sitting in the sun, so my fedora was a must.  

Turned out we had great seats in the shade, but I loved wearing the hat, as I have been thinking lately that 

I haven’t worn as many hats so far this Summer.  

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Can you believe that I am so use to taking blog photos, that I didn’t feel at all funny about taking

this among all the people?  

It’s a first time I didn’t feel that twinge of self consciousness.  

My trusty cross body adorned with the blue butterfly art by Harold Feinstein

was the perfect finish for the activity of the night. 

Dear Readers, I tried something new for the first time tonight, by wearing bracelets on both arms. I’ve been wanting to try it and with the sleeveless look of the day , it just felt right.   

Have you ever worn bracelets on both arms, do you like this trend? 

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Enjoying our Dippin Dots…

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun weekend of family time spent, bowling and at a baseball game. 

I am grateful that my husband finished patching the holes in our bedroom from the electrical issues and repainted and finally moved all the furniture  back into place. 

I am grateful for a fun day hanging out with a dear friend on Saturday, thrifting and checking out the new Tuesday Morning.  

I am grateful that for the anticipation of next weekend as my daughter comes home and my son gets his keys to his first college apartment. 

When you get your news from Facebook and see that your team’s football coach

has signed a new contract, 

A fashion blogger has no choice but to respond by styling a Team Spirit Outfit! 

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It’s not easy to put together a body skimming look right now, but for the sake of my team, I did just that! 

True confessions I looked in the mirror and thought not too bad…

I know better than to trust my mirror, so I asked my son to take a quick photo inside while my hair was still wet. 

That test passed as I didn’t hate how my body looked with this menopausal gain…

I may not love it , but it’s progress not to detest it! 

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The number 33 is significant because it’s the year the Steelers were established.

It was fun to wear a sporty outfit off season.

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I of course had to do a nod to the black and gold of my team by choosing a yellow watch and handbag.  

Being matchy is what Team Spirit is all about! 

Dear Readers, Day one of no diet soda went very well.  I had a coffee/ banana smoothie this morning and water the remainder of the day, so no other caffeine.  It’s 11:00pm as I  type this and I am feeling tired, which I usually don’t expereince.  Let’s hope I sleep well. Last night I went to bed at 1am and was up by 6:30am and not happy about it. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun outfit inspiration for the day, some days a stylist needs help! 

I am grateful that my college son was able to hang out with his high school friend today.

I am grateful that we are having a complete break from bowling this week, though Saturday night we have a league family night. 

I am grateful for my bank for catching suspicious activity on my son’s debit card.

I am grateful for a phone call from my daughter tonight and that her presentation today went well.  

I am grateful that my husband had a late start to his day and caught up on sleep as well as helped me to put up our new bedroom curtains.  

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