First of all, Today is Day 7 of my 100 Days
following Weight Watchers Simply Filling method.
My first week’s weight loss is 5lbs!
When doing the WW Points system I never lost more than 3.5 lbs in a week.
Can’t wait to see what next weeks results will bring!
Last season I bought these in Blush and Blue and wore them a lot ,
so with green being a great color for the season, I just had to have these.
Wben I saw them in red, I literally squealed with delight.
I thought having this shoe in 4 colors might be overkill , so
I went to my trusty You LOOK Fab forum to see what they thought.
One woman suggested that these weren’t on trend and I literally cringed and thought,
I have had some kind of Espadrille inspired Summer Shoe my entire adult life,
the next comment said what I was thinking,
“They are classics.”
When Stylist Angie Cox piped in that this could be my signature style shoe,
that was all the approval I needed to go back and order these.
These brand new Clarks are one of 3 pairs of brand new Summer Shoes ,
I found in my sister’s closet. It was funny to see that she probably did the same
thing I did and bought them at the end of last season on sale.
Funnier also that this style worked for me as my sister wore a half size larger shoe than myself .
This is yet another pair from Kelley’s closet,
these are by Springstep.
It was so weird to go through her clothes and shoes recently.
I have wanted a pair of these artsy kind of sandals, but found
them outside my budget when I did see them.
A huge part of this journey of going through the process of clearing out her condo has
been seeing so many of her things that show how alike we were.
Leave it to my sister to find these by Springstep and again,
most likely on end of season clearance.
Wearing her shoes will certainly keep memories strong around me and
offer emotional comfort.
If the Espadrille wedges are my signature summer shoe,
I dare say these open back slide on versions seem to have been Kelley’s.
I would say I am set for Summer shoes Now!
I hit up Ebay for a few printed maxi skirts after I watched Offsprings
and shared my love of the main character Nina Proudman’s style.
I realize I only had one print maxi skirt with the rest all solid shades.
Nina Proudman had worn a print skirt and open weaved sweater in one
epidode that I loved so much that I jumped at the chance to copy it with these two pieces also from Ebay.
When I saw these in the shade of blue more similar to the one Nina Proudman I couldn’t resist.
This will look great with the blue wedges I bought last year.
Yet another Ebay find inspired by Nina Proudman Style, as
she wore a lot of white tops or white kimono topper with embroidered or pin-tucked details.
This is very sheer and will need a white tank under it , but the good thing is that the sides tie
so it will work with me as I lose weight this season.
This Chico Ebay topper was inspired by the fact that Nina Proudman had quite a few
toppers that were shorter than the ones I currently have, and great for my Petite height.
This shorter Kimono was also inspired by wanting shorter toppers.
Nina Proudman had a red one with medallions that was fantastic, but
this will have to do for me.
I wore this floral tunic from Ebay with a long duster sweater
on Saturday and the good news it this isn’t a used piece,
so here is the link for it…
It comes in other colors too m a fun embroidered piece for my boho style.
This coral kimono , also from Ebay.
I just love the lace detail on the bottom and sleeve.
For days when I want a bit longer version with some fringe.
This one is also available and can be found Here.
I tried to stick to pieces that will work with my Weight Loss and I am
so excited to see what I can accomplish within 100 days, not that I will
quit then, I have to reach goal weight!
I have been sick for the entire 7 days I have been on this weight loss program,
a darn virus that is lingering with symptoms like scratchy throat, sneezing , watery eyes and just yesterday
turned into a cough. I should count myself lucky as my two sons who caught this have had the cough the entire time.
But I still stayed on track and even fit in a few short spurts of exercise sets a day.,..
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you are doing well!
Anyone else shopping for the warm seasons ?
Since I am sick and it ‘s a rainy day,
I thought it would be a perfect day to look at
Spring 2107 Trends.
Look out for these shades in stores , the easiest way to embrace a trend…
Black and White Retro Prints
Big Florals in both black and white and colors are also on trend
As it wearing pants under dresses.
Lots and Lots of florals from mini retro prints to larger scale prints.
Ruffles, Ruffles, Everywhere!
I’d love to find a ruffled skirt!
Bold Colored Stripes , how fun is that?
Bell sleeve tops and look for touches of crochet like this one.
Embroidery touches like in this skirt
So many options in tops for that boho 70’s look that is going strong.
So Dear Readers, Time to
Any favorites among these trends?
How about the colors of the season, any favorites there?
Day 3 of 100 Day Challenge following
Weight Watchers Simply Filling
Breakfast – plain greek yogurt & strawberry smoothie
Lunch – 2 hard boiled eggs, apple and green tea
Dinner- Turkey, Feta Salad
Snack celery and Laughing cow cheese
Today, went pretty well despite my not having done any grocery shopping or meal prep,
which of course is vitally important to long term success.
I just didn’t want to wait one more day, so making it work with
what I had on hand, since yesterday we spent all day at the bowling alley
with our son for his travel league .
Yogurt , Peanut butter and honey dip, yumm!
Honey and Peanut Butter are not on the Simply Filling list of foods ,
but on worries as you are allowed a small amount of points per day of other foods.
In reading posts on a Facebook group following this method,
some people who gave up trying to find 1g sugar cereal just use that as
part of their 7 pts per day. I used a banana with this dip for breakfast , along with
two cups of green tea with Truvia. Note today was a very unusual day as I woke up due to DH snoring at 5:30am then went back to bed at 7:30 until 11:30 , so this would definitely hold me til lunch, but not typically.
I hard boiled up a bunch of eggs, so day 2 I had those with mandarin oranges.
For the next few days, I will vary the fruit, with apples. peaches and pineapple .
Lunch was a large salad with some leftover Misson BBQ turkey that my husband
had leftover from his dinner and I had enough to use the turkey for both days. I did fat free cheese on both days, day one cheddar, day two feta, pictured here. I may bore you, but salads are going
to be my go to lunches, one meal to not think about it really helps me.
Day 1 I tried Mission White Corn tortillas as they are Simply Filling approved,
however I didn’t like how strong the corn taste was, so just scraped and ate with a fork.
This is lettuce, steak strips, mushrooms & onions with sharp cheddar and fat free sour creme.
I think I used too much cheese and should have used half this amount…
Note: I intended to use lettuce wraps , but Kroger was out when i ran to get some, since I didn’t like
the strong corn flavor in the future I will use the Mission Carb balance tortillas.
Day 2 dinner was more of the steak strips with mushrooms and let me tell you,
there is a alot more mushrooms on the plate than beef, cause I can’t get enough mushrooms ever!!!
I grilled zucchini and used spray butter.
I also had an orange on day one as a snack and a banana on day two.
Dear Readers, It feels great to be back in control after 3 months of this mourning and
just not caring. I didn’t do full workouts , yet as I am sick with sore throat and sinus stuff,
but I did jump rope for a few minutes, did twist on the Simply Fit board, planked and did
mountain climbers (video below). Doing bursts of exercise throughout the day is just as effective.
” Enough is Enough”
was my first thoughts when I saw these blog photos
I took on Saturday!
I can see the weight gain everywhere, my face, arms midsection….
There is no way this is going to be my sister’s legacy!
Menopause resulted in a gain ,so there is no room for this emotional eating ,
that has been going on since December!
As a woman who promotes “Self Care” I am not beating myself up and am not even ,
upset at myself for where I am currently.
My sister’s sudden , unexpected and unexplained death would send anyone into a whirlwind ,
and I absolutely have allowed myself that, but now it’s time to get back on track!
I took my thin gold chain off my Sapphire pendant and added my sister’s more
substantial one , so when I wore the cherished gift from my husband this day,
I felt extra special. I swear this picture just doesn’t do this lovely pendant justice!
Vionic ankle boots- sold out
Slinky brand top – similar
Now On to my 100 Days Plan!
I am going to try the Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling method where you eat foods only
from this list and no measuring or counting points.
I will be starting a Simply Filing Board on Pinterest and link you to it soon.
A Sample Menu Plan I’ve made for this would be:
Breakfast : Veggie Omelet with fat free sharp cheddar plus strawberries
Lunch- Hard boiled egg with Salad Greens- cucumbers, tomatoes , artichokes and fat free feta w/ Italian Dressing
Dinner : Grilled Chicken with sauteed mushrooms,onions and spinach plus grilled zucchini
Snacks: Apple / Greek Yogurt
One way to make this easy to stay on track is for me to stick to Salads Everyday for Lunch , and
perhaps making a veggie soup to have for a few dinners and just add a different protein each day.
I will stay on this Simply Filling Plan for two weeks before changing to counting points, unless
I like it , everything is open to how I am feeling along the way.
Exercise Goals for the 100 days :
Monday : Treadmill or walk outside
Tuesday: Pilates machine with resistance bands
Wednesday Treadmill or walk outside
Thursday : Yoga
Friday: Treadmill or walk outside
Saturday: Pilates machine with resistance bands
Sunday– stretching and rest day
I think the reason I was so inspired about my recent Nina Proudman obsession ,
is because of her so many outfits with maxi dresses and skirts…
So I decided to go through my own looks with maxi skirts to see where I’ve been
as I look forward to where I’d like to be going with my love of maxi skirts…
Warning I made this longer than I anticipated…
I wore this outfit this Fall, but could easily change it up to add
boots for a more Nina Inspired winter outfit..
Here, it’s hard to see , but I took a basic graphic tee
and tied a pink sash around my waist to blouse it a bit..
I think a white maxi is so versatile for Summer and have barely
scratched the surface of ways to style it…
A tucked in crotchet detail top, has a bit of boho charm without being over the top.
Paired with wedges for summer here, but I could add a leather jacket
and boots to winterize this one.
a velvet floral top and obi belt made this plain skirt
appropriate for a special date night .
A gingham top, knotted at the waist
is a very casual weekend way I wore a maxi
This orange skirt isn’t quite long enough to qualify as a maxi skirt, but
the idea of a striped tank and denim vest is a sound one for a maxi skirt look.
A striped straight maxi skirt with peplum t-shirt
and classic jean jacket…
Switching my sandals to navy suede boots with
make this a great Nina Proudman inspired version.
If only I hadn’t gained weight, lol as I couldn’t fit this skirt right now…
This striped one with white jean jacket, might just be one of
my all time favorite looks….
With a thrifted crotchet detail sweater.
I think I’d like to take a nod from Nina Proudman
and lighten this look up with a white top instead of the black.
This is a maxi dress with a sweater over top, and jean jacket,
This could easily be more Nina inspired by adding in boots and a scarf.
This black top was another outfit I wore for a date night.
I like this as is and wouldn’t change a thing,
except to perhaps wear one of my sister’s necklaces.
This time I patterned mixed with polka dot sweater
and floral wedges. This showcases a very different side of me
that is not at all boho, lol
If I switched my with slip on sneakers for grey
suede tall boots, it would be a great Nina inspired version.
Imagine how many different bright solid colored scarves could be
added to make this a very versatile outfit formula.
Once again switching mu flats for boots and adding
a scarf would add more boho chic flair I am craving…
These colors just scream Fall to me…
I’d love to try this skirt with a pair of boots, sweater and scarf too.
This version with a bomber jacket and flats…
I’d like to try this one with my red leather jacket and boots for winter.
A cute ruffled neckline t-shirt and vest.
I think a light kimono over the t-shirt in the shorter lengths
that Nina Proudman wears a lot , would be a great way to switch
this to a more boho inspired version.
I absolutely adored this when I wore it.
I loved these short sleeve sweaters, but feel they are more
conservative than I’d like these days…
I hope to try this with a kimono type sweater.
A lace baseball shirt , is definitely a surprise to
pair with a maxi skirt.
Layering a few necklaces might make up the boho vibe of this look.
This one I actually paired with boots and a scarf, lol
If I had paired this with a jean jacket, it would be more Nina Proudman style.
I think my maxi lengths for flats don’t work to well with boots,
so perhaps that is why I haven’t done this more often and a problem
I’d need to solve….
Well this makes 20 outfits with maxi’s so I think
it’s time to stop, lol…
I think this open weave jacket is boho enough to keep for my
new direction of how I would like to wear maxi skirts.
and a good thing too as I own it in hot pink and yellow as well.
Dear Readers, If you made it this far reading this,
Thanks for hanging in as I went down memory lane to see where I have been
as I begin to switch my style as I look forward to Spring and Summer…
Dear Readers, I got back to exercising for just two days when
I started having back spasms and pains…
I used my down time wisely, and fast forwarded through the seasons of Offsprings on Netflix
I took a lot of photos to showcase why I fell so hard for the style of the character,
A blurry shot , but the elements are a maxi skirt with an open weave sweater and tank top underneath
and a pair of boots to complete the look. Maxi skirts or dresses with boots is a very common theme in her style.
This is another maxi skirt look, but not a full view as it wasn’t always possible to get a picture in the show.
A denim jacket with these big cuffs and a solid tank , belted is another theme.
This is a purple floral maxi skirt.
Another common thing is the choice of a black tank quite often.
She also wears belts a lot more then my menopausal body will tolerate, but
with weight loss I hope to get back to belting more.
Notice to the length of a lot of her jackets right at the waist.
These short lightweight toppers are common too, have not found where
I could get my hands on some of these , but would love to for my petite height.
This and the next two are all paired with jeans and knee high boots.
I love the detail in a lot of her tops and toppers.
You can’t tell very well, but this has beautiful pintucking.
Another shorter sheer jacket , but this one has embroidery.
I have a mint kimono with a tie waist I bought last year, that
I hadn’t thought to pair with a black tank. but love the contrast here.
Again, the details of the crotchet in both the topper and tank top
are very appealing to me. I loved all her white tops and toppers.
One thing I myself am short on…
Nothing easier than a printed tunic over jeans.
I am looking for this style for Spring and can see this tunic over soft pants.
or ankle pants with a pair of wedges.
This floral kimono again paired with a black tank top.
I like that her style evolved over the seasons beginning with her
wearing these cognac boots a lot, then adding in a pair of blue ones
and finally a pair of green ones.
I also like that she would wear pieces over again paired up differently.
I love the vibrancy of this topper and the fact that it’s not a solid.
Towards the fifth season she began adding in a few pairs of
printed soft pants with ankle boots.
She also wore a few pairs of culottes as another bottom option.
For more Nina Proudman Style I found around the web,
head to my Pinterest Board where you can also see some kimono toppers I’ve ordered from ebay and other places.
My Back is a bit better today, so hoping tomorrow that continues. The worse time is trying to sleep and not getting enough as I feel pain with every shift in the bed and it awakens me often during the night.
I recently watched the series Offsprings on Netflix
and fell absolutely in love with the main
character “Nina Proudman’s” Style.
She rocks a Boho Chic look in every show and each time
I started a new episode I was as attracted to the plot as
I was to seeing what she wore next.
I liked this look which consists of fairly common elements : a fabulous tunic
over a pair of jeans , tucked into cognac heeled boots.
With her Aussie weather , there are never any truly winter outfits.
I however happen to posses elements to create a similar outfit, so I felt inspired to blog it.
I opted not to do skinny jeans and tuck in boots for today , as quite frankly I have
gained weight and the longer bell bottoms with just a cognac boot peeking out is
more figure flattering to counter the weight gain and my petite height.
I actually hate that my sister’s passing resulted in weight gain and thought about hiding out…
I am a strong woman who values self care and finding tools to motivate myself.
What better tool than to publicly humiliate myself by posting pictures of my weight gain???
Don’t worry readers, I didn’t mean that seriously, but I do think seeing myself in photos will be great
motivation to stay on the right track with eating and exercise.
It was so much fun to find something to get me out of my funk and back to blogging
outfit posts , I already have another Nina Proudman Inspiration or two in mind…
Tomorrow my Steelers are in the play offs against my husband’s Patriots, so
I will definitely be choosing a look to support the black and gold team of my parents beloved state.
Here is another ” Nina Proudman” version of a tunic over jeans with boots,
This green is very appealing, but I am not running out to buy anything right now.
I do have a a teal one that would make a good substitute.
It doesn’t matter what color you choose, any embroidered tunic would work.
This length from Old Navy would be good for petite
who wants to wear the skinny pants tucked into boots.
Another option from Macy’s
A printed version instead of embroidered would work too.
I traditionally think of these type of shirts for Spring/Summer ,
but love the idea of increasing their use
and versatility with layering.
I have to say I don’t think I’d ever have chosen
to wear my mint leather over this tunic without the Inspiration.
Dear Readers, Hoping you are having a great weekend!
Love your comments and they help to keep my motivation up to blog
during this crazy mourning of my sister who is gone too soon…