Versatile Style by Tracey

I have often said that “Black & White  Outfits are Always Right”  

I have yet to see or wear  one I did not love.  

I added this Harve Bernard embroidered Kimono for this season, 

as I wanted to embrace the embroidered trend in my favorite topper of the summer, kimonos.  

I was on my way out to go print flyers for my weekend event for my new Amelia James Clothing business.  

That planner I ordered from Etsy has been so helpful and the first thing on my list of needs for business.  

After all, I am old school and prefer pen and paper and need organization , especially with my ADD.,  

 

It was a very sunny time of day to take pictures, but I knew if I did not do it then, 

 it would not have happened at all.  

I am having sinus issues and not at my best , in fact I have a temperature as I am typing this.  

Fingers crossed this passes quickly as I have that big first event to introduce my business 

to the community at a fundraiser for “Mended Little Hearts of Coastal Virginia” a brand new 

chapter in our area for families dealing with children born with heart defects.  

I have been very busy starting this new business and had my open houses last weekend. 

It was great to get our feet wet and have one on one time with  few friends and to hear 

feedback on our line in comparison to our competitor who has a huge following. 

The longer I am with this company and see what our founder stands for the happier I am with 

my choice to choose Amelia James over Lularoe or Agnes & Dora.  

Our founder is an ex rep of both of those companies and took her experiences 

to create a company that is great for both reps and the customers.  

I have been very busy and want to get back to blogging more and will do my best.

Gratitude 

I am so grateful that I felt my sister come through to me this past weekend and it brought me to tears.  

I am grateful that my business is expanding to carry 4x clothing and that I have a friend that I am excited to help. 

I am grateful for the support of my family 

I am grateful that my husband was able to heal with his family and spent a great weekend with them in Boston. 

I am grateful that my hard working husband is starting his own business and is something he is passionate and excited about. 

I am grateful to be wearing my sister’s Clark”s wedges today ( she had bought them end of season and they were brand new) 

I am grateful my business partner and dear friend supported my doing a bike theme to honor my sister in the home boutique.  

I even put a picture of Kelley up and it wasn’t until that moment that I felt at ease int he boutique.

The entire week as I was finishing it up I was crying like at the beginning of the mourning process, but

once the bicycle stuff was up and her picture I have been totally at ease. 

In the photo Kelley is putting up her fist in celebration of completing a two day ride and this truly 

is how I always think of her as so many times she got really knocked down and she rose higher each time.  

Biking became a true passion after her abusive marriage and divorce!  

The copper bike was in her kitchen and is actually to hold a bottle of wine, I used it to put in a card Kelley had written me many years ago!  

 

This shows the legging rack my husband made for me and

the dressing room with the bicycle print and a nice sign that fits our bike theme.  

And yet another Bicycle themed touch as you enter the dining room which is 

now ” Amelia James by K & T Stylists”  

The framed piece is a letter from our founder that was truly inspirational.  

Dear Readers, Thanks for Letting me share the hard work that went into my Boutique! 

If you would like to see more about the business you can join my Facebook page HERE.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

   A lot has been going on these last few months as the mourning process continues.  

The loss of my sister with no warning has been a huge blow to us  all, but at least I have reached 

a stage where I can speak of her or of this loss without crying every single time.  

I am starting a new chapter in my life due to the life insurance.  

There really is this sense of huge responsibility to make wise , thoughtful decisions around spending this and 

I am confident that my choice to start a business would make Kelley very happy.  

You see, I had a Consignment Store back in 2003 and Kelley was my biggest supporter 

and cheerleader.  She told me so much how proud she was and how brave I was to do it.

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My Business is an Independent Rep for Amelia James Clothing Boutique, which features

Quality , Comfortable, Affordable Clothing mostly made in USA and moving to everything made in USA in sizes XS-4X

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I was so inspired to join this journey from seeing the success of Lularoe,

but as a fashion blogger the leggings in crazy patterns and tops and dresses 

that didn’t show you collarbone really rubbed me the wrong way after I got duped 

into a fundraiser where I bought two dresses.  

I began seeing so many women wearing the styles everywhere I went and was cringing a lot!

This top pictured above is by Amelia James and is Called the Sydney, I have to say I am in love

and want it in every color!  It is mostly made of modal which is so soft.  

You can Check out my Facebook group  and Live Video where I un-boxed this and a few other styles last week.

I don’t have these tops yet, but hope to eventually.

I love it so much and when your 17 year old photographer son looks at you in this pose and says 

“You look thinner in that top!”  I knew I have to get more, lol 

Since Amelia James just began in February there are growing pains

and so far getting inventory is the biggest issue.  

They have however found a solution and I will be able to Pre-order in

styles, colors, patterns and sizes of my choice.  It will take 6 weeks to arrive but 

my kit is about a month away, so the timing will be fine.  

I will be having other smaller amounts of inventory trickling in every week or so.

Here I am wearing a Sydney top and Palazzo pants ( both in stock now).

I am also wearing new necklaces I am selling as well, that fit my desire for 

versatility as they have removable snaps and you can change them out to 

with the addition of new snaps.  

Readers, I am going Live Friday in my Facebook Group, so please join me 

and like my page.  I am just a few people away from the 50 I need to give away 

two necklaces , so if you like the page, you will be entered to win!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my dear friend has agreed to be my partner in this new business venture!  

I am grateful that I found a clothing line I believe in with a founder who wants to offer trendier pieces.

I am grateful that this week I had time with my niece as it’s Summer and she is with me every other week during the day!  

I am grateful that my husband and children are supportive and a huge help in getting my dining room ready for a home boutique.  

 

May I also ask for a prayer request for my 21 year old Nicholas who is at Marine Officer Candidate School feeling out what he wants to do after college and 

due to the medical staff on the hike who ignored him , he has terrible blisters all over his entire bottoms of both feet.  I am out of touch with him until the weekend

and feeling so distraught after hearing his voice and his pain.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition of vibrant:

having or showing great life, activity, and energy

  • : very bright and strong

    of a sound : loud and powerful

It certainly doesn’t get more vibrant than this Citrine colored poncho 

by Diane Gilman .  I love this very lightweight sweater knit which comes in a few colors. 

I am wearing the XS/S and must say wearing a tank underneath is required

with how the arm holes are created .  If Citrine isn’t your color they have a few color options. 

I had my hair cut and colored today and I think Vibrant also describes this 

new shade of red , my stylist chose for me.  

I love that I have a  hair stylist that loves doing all shades of red. 

My white Jeans jeans are by Marla Wynne from last season, 

but she has a similar version this season HERE 

I have to say that these Naturalizer block heeled sandals 

are giving my wedges some competition as they are very comfortable.

Mine are sold out, but no worries as Naturalizer is featuring

Block Heels on the their website right now with lots of options.  

They have a nice cushion at the pad of you foot near you toes, that 

really makes a difference in the comfort of wearing these all day.  

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By, wishing you a fantastic weekend!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the rescheduling of my hair appointment after for the first time ever, I forgot my original one.  

I am grateful for being at a stage in mourning where I can say my sister’s name without bawling.  

I am grateful for a nice Sunny Day after two days of clouds and a cold front.  

I am grateful for a new venture I am about to start and which I will share in a few weeks with you.

I am grateful for today being the 99th day countdown towards my second annual Girl Friends Cruise .  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I was suppose to go to my Weight Watcher meeting and had this outfit all planned out.  

Getting enough sleep reigns supreme in my life, so I opted to go back to bed and get some much 

needed rest, as too many nights in a row without had taken it’s toll.  

Here is the outfit I had ready for the day. 

When I put it on and looked in the mirror , I instantly thought 

“Oh , there I am! ”  

It became glaringly obvious to me that I have not been myself 

these last 6 months and even my style choices  were exhibiting that. 

The awesome vest adds just the right wonderful element of texture to the tone on tone look. 

It is by Indigo Thread, a very boho company I adore.  

Here is the link to my vest which is limited to one color now and Here is all the vests they offer now. 

My turtle necklace was handmade by sister and is much loved and cherished. 

My saddle bag style cross-body purse is by Naturalizer and sold out. 

This will probably be last purse purchased for a while as I am pretty satisfied with what I have. 

I did recently throw away my beautiful green leather one and told my kids and husband that they should put in on my

birthday wish list as it was the first purse I bought myself after years of using diaper bags and sadly was beyond repair. 

I love how my hair color bookends the purse shade.  

One last note , if you haven’t tried block heeled shoes yet, 

I highly recommend it as these are so comfortable to walk in. 

Alas they too are Naturalizers and sold out because I always buy off season on clearance.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful that I took care of me today and skipped my WW meeting because nothing replaces the need for sleep. As for my WW journey so far,

it has been a slow first month with just over 3lbs lost, but I have managed to use my Simply Fit board to lose 3 inches from the 7 I gained in my stomach from menopause!  

I am grateful that my husband too got to catch up on sleep and didn’t have to go to work until 2:30pm today!  

I am grateful that my kids are so supportive of each other and truly care deeply. 

I am grateful that our allergy laden Lhasa Apso is currently at the vet with two of my adult kids. 

I have reached the 6 month mark in the mourning process of my sister , 

and am just now being able to talk about her without crying every time, 

still plenty of tears flowing.  

I think I am ready to get back into the flow of blogging again, so going to give 

it a shot this week and see how it feels . 

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My Memorial Day Outfit.  

Of course with my love of Kimonos, I had to find one in stars and stripes! 

Joan Rivers from Qvc  made this one and I love it.  

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My Red espadrille wedges were an addition for the season after 

loving my pink and blue ones last year.  

These are sold out from TJ Maxx . 

I am cringing as I see my weight gain here, 

but it is what it is and I am back at Weight Watchers 

and on the road to losing it.  

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I spent Memorial day at the nail salon

having a pedicure and my nails done because I needed some serious pampering. 

We have spent the last few days clearing out our garage 

and our attic, literally taking everything out and laying down a rug. 

We are moving our Air Hockey table and the basketball set up that folds into a cabinet 

out of the house and into the garage and everyone is pitching in and excited.  

I have bruises to prove of my hard work ,

but all is well after an hour of chair massage,

during my pedicure and she did an awesome lower leg and foot one too.  

Gratitude Journal

I am grateful for getting back to blogging as I have missed it.

I am grateful to the lovely reader at my WW meeting who informed me that she liked my blog and checked often to see if I was back to doing it.  Forgot to get her name!

I am grateful that my children are so enthusiastic about the purging and cleaning up.

I am grateful for this last week with my 21 year old Nicholas who is home from college , but will be heading to Quantico for Officer’s training with the Marines ( to be seen what he chooses after graduation in a year and a half) .

I use the term Spring lightly when describing this 

balmy 88 degree Saturday in April.  

My linen blend pants are a recent purchase from Old Navy (Here)

A pair of wide legged linen pants are a must for Spring/Summer in my book.  

I think this chambray pair can be very versatile and paired with many colors. 

My vest is called Shawl Dawls and is super soft and can be worn in a few

different ways. In fact later that day I took of my sister’s glass star necklace 

and just tied the vest at my waist.  

In the morning I was in a cold bowling alley and pulled it into a kimono with sleeves to warm 

my upper arms and must say it worked beautifully.   

Our temps may have been unseasonably hot, 

but as exhibited here we were blessed with a nice breeze.  

Clothing really can have an impact on my moods as I felt 

very Zen and at ease in the soothing shade of blue and the flowy element 

of both the pants and vest.  

My Boho self was loving it!  

Dear Readers, It felt great to get dressed in a “Real Outfit” 

as these past weeks I have been in Workout mode,

twisting, jumping rope,doing Pilates, Yoga stretches,

my Fluidity Ballet Bar and even trying Tai Chi.   

I also got a membership to our local Botanical Gardens

and have gone walking there as well as the beach with 

my friend and partner in this weight loss venture.

I have lost  a total 2.6 lbs my first two weeks on Weight Watchers 

Feeling Very Brave Today, 

My Dear Readers!  

I never imagined when I took before photos today, 

that I would publish them now instead of waiting for 

the weight loss and doing them together with After shots.  

But what the heck , this is where I am Now 

And ” It is What it Is ”  is my new mantra lately!  

I took these after my morning of working out, 

me in all my glory, lol. 

This morning I used my Simply Fit Board to twist  for 15 minutes to start of my day. 

After Twisting, I got to work using my 

Fluidity Ballet Bar workout , which is not an easy workout at all!  

I have seen great changes in my body in the past from three days a week of that

so of course going to do what works!  

Menopause , I am going to Win, not you!  

My least favorite picture, but hey gotta face what is!  

I finished up my workout with

a beginner’s Tai Chi video of Tai Chi.

 I am definitely going to do more of that!  

 I went for my first weight in results on Tuesday and was a bit disappointed to have 

lost just 1.6 lbs , but I got over that pretty quickly.  

I had spent that week walking and getting over 10,000 steps on my Fitbit daily along 

with other exercises in strength training.   I have made the commitment to making 

my primary gauge in this journey to be the changes in my body and not the scale. 

I may have to learn to adjust my previous way of doing Weight Watchers and 

actually eat over my 30 daily points, going into my weekly points more.  

The entire idea of eating more to lose weight is hard for me , but it seems 

to be a common issue with those who are exercising daily.  

Dear Readers, 

I invested in this Elf Emmit to see if it could help my issues with sleep 

that have gotten worse since Menopause and have to say it really has helped 

me , not just with sleep , but the over active ADD nature of my brain.  

I am by nature a skeptic in these type of things, but have literally been raving about this one 

and how all the junk in my brain is gone when I use the Stress mode and how I get 8 hrs of 

much deeper sleep!  

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