Versatile Style by Tracey

I was feeling like I really needed a pick me up as these cold winter days are not my thing!
I always turn to my closet to boost my mood and thought pink in Winter would be fun.
Of course I realized that not everyone could relate to this outfit, lol

The outfit formula , however could be useful ,

so that prompted this post.
My pink jeans are like most of my immense jean collection                        by Diane Gilman.
I have to say, I am loving that skinny jeans are getting some competition these days with wider bottoms like these boot-cuts.

The poncho is one I have on inventory,but never really got off the ground with the boutique I attempted to get started when my sister passed. I posted the four I have left on eBay.

My snakeskin booties were bought this season from DSW.

Now onto the formula : Light and dark top & Completer piece of the same shade, neutral top, print booties.

I wanted to show this same formula in Olive, and hate the photo because my pants are actually a bit loose and look awful… Will use my trick if washing in hot water to shrink and extend the ability to wear them during this weight loss journey. If that wasn’t enough the wind was whipping a part of my hair for a complete blooper photo.

I am being brave and posting it anyway, lol

Dark and Light shades of Olive, Neutral top, printed booties.

Here is Diane Gilman’s selection of Olive Jeans 

The Olive Honey Comb Sweater and Grey one in the final look are both from Target
In both Women’s and Plus Sizes.

Last up I wanted to show the outfit with all neutrals beginning with black bottoms and a light gray cardigan. For the neutral top, I chose camel. I Closed the sweater with my grandmother’s pin, pictured below


I am grateful to have my grandmother’s jewelry pieces and I feel privileged to be the third generation to wear them. 

I am grateful for my patient photographer who supports me.

I am grateful for my dear friend who so wisely questioned whether I needed to go out and meet her tonight since I was going to see her this weekend.  She knows I needed a day at home!   


As my regular readers know, I gained weight due to menopause and before I could conquer that, my sister passed and I gained   

more during this three years of intense mourning.
In September I turned 54 and had a really tough downhill spiral as , it was the birthday my sister never reached. She passed 6 weeks prior to hers.


The top photo was right before Christmas and my wake up call,

as I saw how chubby my face was.

Don’t get me wrong, I still felt pretty, just not healthy.


While the second photo was a few weeks into doing Intermittent  Fasting My downward spiral lasted all the way through the holidays at which point, I snapped out of it and began doing Intermittent Fasting. 

Dr. Jason Fung is all over YouTube with lengthy explanations of Intermittent Fasting, 

Here is the shortest one I could find,

He also wrote a book Obesity Code that I m listening to on Amazon Audible. 

Facebook as Intermittent Fasting Groups for more information as well. 

You can do anywhere from 16 hours or more. I vary from 16 to 24 hours a day, with my preferred fasting time of 20 hours. I fast daily and do a 24 hour fast every Saturday. The most important thing to understand is that this is not about starvation , but about eating your calories in a shorter time frame to allow body to get into fat burning mode. I have to say it was easier than I ever imagined it would be. 

This Article on how much water we need and why is great! 

 I drink between 80-100 ounces of water.
Best of all my results have been that the afternoon brain fog is gone and I have so much more energy! I have lost some inches , but the scale has stayed the same.  I am not worried about the scale and hardly ever think of weighing myself.

I am 30 days into the journey and have just started working out three days a week on my Pilates machine with Resistance bands. It truly is a full body work out in 20 minutes. I will bump things up after a month on this schedule.

Next Wednesday I will describe my daily food intake.


I bought several lightweight sweaters like the one I am wearing here 

from  Loft Outlet this season.   

I also highly recommend Loft Ponte Leggings. 


I still love wearing two necklaces, lol 

The long tassel is by Joan Rivers via QVC 

It is on sale for $38.16 and comes in gold, silver or rose gold.  

My Ruby Pendant is by Samuel B and no longer available,

Here is the current collection of pendants 


I am grateful for my silly rabbit who is current licking my foot while I type, every day 

she does something new and entertaining and delights me! 

I am grateful for my Full Spectrum Happy Light therapy, using it now 

I am grateful for dear friends and morning text chats.  

I am grateful for Intermittent Fasting and what I see as a new life long journey!  

Please comment, ask questions, your feedback keeps me motivated

It took me a bit longer to get back to blogging than I originally planned!
I have decided that I will return for 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
My life these days is busy supporting my youngest son’s goals of going to Vegas this summer for a Junior Gold Bowling Tournament!

That means spending 4 days a week in bowling alleys,
two days of leagues and two days with coaches.

This was last year in Detroit for his first Junior Gold Event

I have to say he is the bravest soul I know, as he went and competed after

switching from traditional one handed bowling to two -handed style just 3 months

before the tournament and he was also pretty new to bowling on crazy oil patterns like the pros!
I have learned so much as a bowling mother about this sport! 
He has come along way since the Detroit tournament in July.
I feel so blessed to be on this journey with him.
If anyone knows anything about bowling , his new high score is 275 and
his high 3 game series is 691. He has a goal to reach 700 series soon.


Now, I will end with a bunch of outfits I have worn this season,

I definitely am loving kimonos , lol

I wanted to add femininity to my football style, lol

Our movie theater showed games this year and I happened

to park next to this vehicle so had to get a photo.

I added this zebra print cardigan for Fall from Loft,

as you know I love black and white prints as they are

so versatile and can be paired with any color.

I added in some Carmel colors this season with this poncho and top.

Fuchsia has to be one of my favorite colors and I love it with Navy.
My snakeskin booties are new for the season and I love them!


You can’t tell but these jeans are by my favorite designer

Diane Gilman via HSN and have an embroidered Peacock!
I love vests , longer ones for leatherette leggings are a must.

I joined Get Your Pretty On’s Fall and Winter Challenges and faux leather leggings

were all the rage and a polarizing item that not everyone embraced, but I am daring and love them.

Again my love of black and white prints prompted a purchase of polka dot cardigan.

Black faux leather leggings this time around.
Leopard is another versatile print that goes with everything!

January 15th I celebrated 29 years of marriage, boy have we lived through a lot!

Us now, enjoying our love of football despite different teams!


I am so grateful to have moved past the worst of the mourning stage, losing my sister was tough stuff, as so much of who I am is because of who she was…

I am grateful that my oldest found a way to honor my sister’s legacy by embracing her
“Work Hard, Play Harder“ way of life and he is now doing Improv and embracing his innate artistic ability!

 I am grateful for a fun night going to see “ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood “ with that poignant moment of Mr Rogers asking “Who loved you into being”. I seriously thought of 25 people right away !

 I am grateful for my Movie B_ uddy and the days we go out to break up my time at bowling alleys!

I am grateful for my New Years resolution to spend one day a month with my dearest friend who is busier than I am supporting her daughter in dance and acting in plays.

Please comment and let me know you are here!

Your comments are my only payment for the effort of  blogging. 

Share a Gratitude of your own, choose a favorite look , or tell me something keeping you busy these days. 

Next up : WEIGHT LOSS Wednesdays where I share my current journey!



I recently heard about this app called Cladwell for

generating outfits with items you have in your closet.

I balked at the idea of inputting my wardrobe as let’s

face it, is maximal!

But this week I was sitting watching my Sophie

Bunny like a hawk after her surgery to get spayed .

Day 3 and she is fully back to herself,

a sigh of relief that last night she ate her hay!

Watching her every move gave me an opportunity

to spend a day playing with the Cladwell App.

Check this for video on the app

These are all custom photos from items I bought this season

and were easy to load from online sites where I purchased them .

It is great to have both the ability to add your actual pieces, but also

a real time saver to add in similar styles from their pre loaded options.

 I wore this look yesterday,but didn’t get photos as I really was

having sinus pressure issues.



These are all preloaded options similar to items I have.

You can get outfits generated for you or create

your own looks, but this is one I put together myself.

This was the look in action,

I like the pop of yellow in the purse, but once again,

my fondness for tone on tone looks is going strong.

I am having fun with this app and will play with it a bunch

more in the future.


This is one Cladwell generated for me and I liked , so I added

it to my Favorites to wear later.

The app is linked to your area weather so chooses

appropriate looks for the day.

Ypu can also choose items for Capsules to remix and wear.

Typically we wear 20% of our items most often and the app

Keeps track of that.

Another look I favorited.

Not all outfits generated work to get the right

proportions , but it offers the opportunity to change pieces in the look.

All in all I like this more than I thought I would.

The biggest issue that I found is that pullover sweaters

are stored in the layers section so they offer looks with tops

underneath a lot!  The solution is to just custom add sweaters into

the Tops Section which will allow you to add layers like vests,

kimonos, jackets or cardigans over top of them.


I actually messed up and stayed in PJ’s then wore an outfit fitting this 

and had such a busy active day in the house that I forgot to take photos, 

went to watch a dress rehearsal and got home at 10pm….


So, I went to Pinterest and looked for some grey outfits and 

screenshot them on my Ipad for ease and a quick way of posting….

I thought this charcoal grey with stripes and the on-trend mustard cardigan

was one I would love to imitate in the future.  


There were a lot of examples of neutral themes, 

two shades of grey with a brown jacket is a nice option. 

Brown is another color that is on trend this season,

and I for one am happy about that! 


A floral top and burgundy color paired with

grey is right up my alley!  C735C7D3-11B0-4E77-9F61-2626844AF99A

I might not have thought of pairing grey with navy 

and a touch of cognac in the belt and boots, but I like it.

I think this is too minimal for me,

and a patterned scarf would change that. 

I chose this to show because most likely we all have ways 

 to make this one work!  


Chambray shirts are still everywhere and note this half tuck 

styling that is a new thing, that I have not tried, yet.  

The accessories really take this outfit up a notch!  

You could add leopard shoes to this as well. 


Yet another neutral look that was so common in my search! 

I like the addition of the scarf in this one. 


Another way to incorporate it with Olive.  

An olive utility jacket or vest would be a good option too! 


I love wearing white jeans year round, 

so definitely felt I had to include this one. 


I also found several ways I have worn grey in the past. 

I have always loved Pinks and burgundy with grey. 


Purple and grey is something I have worn together most of my 

life and a flashback of a grey plaid skirt and purple sweater outfit 

I wore in high school came rushing forth as I typed this! 


I felt so darn spunky when I wore this look, lol 

I still like it, lol 


Charcoal with mint works well. 


Light grey with a bright green also works, lol 

I actually think a cobalt blue scarf if I had one, would do well here! 


This is a more neutral look that I tried out. 

Of course, the patterned cardigan and punch of orange handbag

and the leopard takes this one to a new level…


I had to end with a Pittsburgh Steelers look, lol 

High low shades of grey and a bit of lace work really well. 

So, how do you like to wear grey, do you prefer light grey or dark charcoal?  

Has this inspired you, comment and let me know? 


I am grateful that my youngest son 18, registered to vote today!! 

I am grateful my oldest son dropped by and was part of celebrating my son’s voting registration! 

I also love that my oldest 32 was telling my youngest how lucky he is to know that he is good at something at this age and to hold onto it (he was referring to bowling) 

I am grateful that my husband didn’t have an appointment until late afternoon. 

I am grateful that I got to go see the dress rehearsal of my best friends daughter’s play, Annie as I was going to miss the play this weekend!  




Since I didn’t post yesterday, 

Today you get a TWO-FER, lol 


Loft Crop Pants 

First up is my look for the Black & White prompt, but 

the real topic of conversation is wide leg crop pants. 

After years of skinny, it is so nice to have more variety and 

let’s face it , a curvy girl’s friend is wider leg options now available. 

Simple outfit formula : Wide Leg Cropped Pants with ankle booties and 

one you will see me wear a few times this season.   


Joan Rivers Tassle Necklace 

My tassle necklace is new as I really needed one in silver. 

This Joan River’s one is such great quality and I adore it as 

much as my gold one by her line in a different style.  


Iman Fringe Poncho

The next prompt for October Style was Fringe and I may have 

over done it as I am wearing 3 pieces with fringe, lol. 

I think I would have preferred this with a

slightly longer pant leg, but I don’t hate it, lol!  

My Marc Fisher boots are new this season, as nothing is more fun than adding a fun color ankle boot into your style! 


My other two fringe pieces are the scarf and purse. 

I have added a couple of scarves for the season by Ann Taylor 

and Loft and am loving the quality.  Unfortunately, 

I find they sell out rather quickly, especially with sales like the recent Labor Day one in which I purchased this one.  

I FINALLY added a fringe purse into my style, 

something my boho loving self-has sorely neglected.  

I scooped this one up as it was on clearance for $20.94 

Be Sure to Stop by Tomorrow for Shades of Grey  

Pop on over to the Turning Heads blog link up to see several other bloggers and this one with lots of 50 plus bloggers! 


I am so grateful for answered prayers and signs from my sister, just when I need them!  

I am grateful that my son is having so much fun with bowling right now and is doing so well.  He got a clean game meaning he got all Strikes and Spares recently that netted him a spot in Top 5 competition this weekend.  

I am so grateful for the boost to my son’s self-esteem with the bowling success, as the damage from his 6 years in school before I homeschooled him, still lingers.   

I am grateful to my friend for our movie days, as it is getting me out of the house more!  




I have had the same hairstylist for the past 10 years, 

so I went in and said, “Darker Please”. 

Without skipping a beat, he replied “Auburn” and so began my hair appointment…

hair 2

I am smitten and cannot stop smiling! 

My mother was a natural redhead and I always had 

auburn highlights in my brown hair, more so in Summer. 

My sister would frequently ask me all the time if I saw her red highlights, 

even well into adulthood, we both cherished it.  

After my mother’s passing, I began going all shades of red.  

What began as a fun way to honor my mother, has now become a fun memory of my sister. 

I originally planned grey jeans with this look, but at the last 

I switched to the white and am so glad I did. 

It was in the high 80’s today and the darker jeans would have 

felt off for my mood and for the season we are actually in, lol 

Earth Nubuck Western Detailed Mules - Mendon - Page 1 —


These new Mules by Earth are absolutely the most comfortable heels I own, 

they have great cushioning and I do not want to take them off.  

They come in four colors and are now on sale for $68. 32


Every photo I took here, had my vest blowing in the wind, lol 


I am grateful for a beautiful sunny day, and for Air Conditioning in this Fall heat! 

I am grateful for a better night’s sleep. 

I am grateful for a wonderful hair stylist that I trust completely! 

I am grateful for my hair salon being near a Panera and a fabulous lunch! 

I am grateful to my youngest son (18) who is my photographer to step and use the nice camera instead of the cell phone, now that I am really back to blogging!  

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

so I had to include this as a prompt.

sweater- loft  , /pants-lisa rinna ,/  shoes-earth, /purse-dooney &bourke

I was really faking Fall today as even This lightweight sweater was hot.

The sweater is a new clearance purchase from Loft and was called lavender,

but reads more pink to me…

I love these pull-on  pants and they are a great weight for Fall-winter,

but their is one drawback to pull on pants.

You cannot faux tuck in a shirt, especially with the high waist.

If I wasn’t wearing the long necklace,

I would have added a belt to define my waist.

I love vests and this one is one I got wholesale in hopes of selling them ,

if I can ever get up the gumption to sell off my Amelia James inventory,

I never should have gotten into a clothing MLM 6 months after my sister passed on.

This shorter necklace is one my sister made.

I love wearing pieces that she handmade and kept for herself.

It makes me feel close to her and I usually speak to her as

put them on.  I just wish she could answer back….


When This showed up in my email from Ann Taylor today,

It immediately made me think of the Pinterest Inspiration

skirt and I thought I would never have paired it with a light

blue sweater. Now I am definitely going to give that a shot!

After all, a light blue sweater is just as versatile as a chambray shirt, 

if you think about it, lol 


I am so grateful to my daughter and youngest son for pairing up to bake my oldest a Black Forest cake for his birthday, today.. yes my dear friends, I am the mother of a 32-year-old, yikes!  

I am grateful for a nice time with three of my four children today and the fun conversation that we hadn’t had Black Forest Cake in years! 

I am grateful for a nice chat on the phone with my son away at college and the comfort that he is coming home for a visit this weekend!  

I am grateful that my workaholic husband, by coincidence, did not have an appointment til later and was able to at least wish our son a happy birthday in person, lol 



Today’s Prompt is Pinterest Inspiration

and I was in a boho mood.

I just wanted a long Flowy light skirt that swishes I walk, lol

This is My Pinterest Inspiration, with Staples like a white tee, and jean jacket

this was easy to put together and I have to say I probably would not

have thought to wear a white tee with my skirt. That is why

using Pinterest Inspiration photos can be so helpful.

A gorgeous breezy day, so perfect for the vibe I was hoping

to channel for the day. I went to a movie and walking at the mall,

my white Sperry Slip-on Sneakers were a perfect way to finish

the outfit and bookend the white top.

 I should have gotten a close up of my jewelry while I was wearing it.

but we will have to settle to this version, lol


I am grateful for a fun day with my friend going to a movie and mall shopping. 

I am grateful that I found the Forest Green Jeans my daughter had on her Xmas list. 

I am grateful for a short walk to the grocery store on this beautiful breezy day! 

I am grateful for sunshine and how it lifts my spirit.  

I am grateful to my daughter for granting her brother’s wish by backing him a Black Forest Cake for his Birthday today.



I searched for a while for a shirt dress and was thinking

about an Old Navy Chambray version,  but ultimately my heartstrings

kept pulling me back to this Isaac Mizrahi version.

The Old Navy version didn’t have a belt and did not have buttons

all the way down the dress, as a true shirt dress should. 


After seeing this one, the chambray versions just couldn’t measure up!

This subtle floral print is better for my maximal style and

can stand alone without much help or need for accessories to

punch up the look.  For this time, I removed the matching belt

it came with and opted for a black one,

but Navy, Green, Yellow, Burgundy,  White, Cognac

Would also be good options for the future.

The beauty of a shirt dress is that it can also be worn as a Duster.

I love it here with the white, which is a perfect way for me to

fake Fall when we still have warm weather!

I look forward to styling it with tights and boots for winter

and keep imagining it with a black turtleneck and pants for a duster option.

I also love the roll-tab sleeves, for now, that can be worn as long sleeves for winter. 

Come back for Tomorrow’s Look is Pinterest Inspiration and I chose a Boho one,

as what’s better than greeting Hump Day with a long boho skirt.   


I am grateful that Fall is here and even if the weather isn’t cooperating,

that at least my son’s Bowling Season has started back up!  It is such a supportive and fun community! 

It was such fun to see my son bowl a 

Clean Game which means no pins were left standing!  

I am grateful that my son away at college called to say he is coming home for the weekend!

I am grateful that my children all get along and truly care deeply for each other.   

I am grateful for a fun shopping day with my daughter where we got started on Christmas Shopping!  

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