Versatile Style by Tracey

Today is our last above 80 degree day in the forseeable 

weather forecast and I am thrilled to have hope for Fall’s Arrival! 

What better way to celebrate than to wear Red?


I also thought it would be fun to showcase the choker trend .

I’ve previously worn my pearl open choker several times.

But this is a completely different vibe with the thin black rope kind

that you wrap around your neck  a few times.

You could tie it with a bow, but I preferred it like this,

just draping down the top.  

Mine is from ,but check out these from Amazon 


My sheer top was bought for this Summer , but as I was changing 

my closet over for Fall , I opted to keep my sheer tops out. 

I plan to layer them over a long sleeve top or turtleneck

to extend their versatility. 


The black rope choker trend has a bit of edge to it and I like how it is 

a complete opposite juxtaposition to the floral kimono top.

I also think the choice of the white jeans are like the top a feminine element.  

To increase the edginess I paired it with black open toed booties,

mine are over two years old and from Payless.  

The leather hobo purse from yesterday’s look was

the perfect finishing piece to the edginess I was aim for. 

Dear Readers, I heard a suggestion of trying a ribbon around your neck to test your tolerance 

for a choker such as this once , since that can be an issue for many women.  Mine is not around 

my neck tightly and I can easily put my finger underneath it.  


I am grateful for this last beautiful sunny Summer like day.  

I am also grateful for the beautiful breeze today that made the temperature more bearable.

I am grateful to my son home from college for stepping in and giving my youngest a break from taking my blog photos. 

I am grateful for leftovers and getting a break from cooking and cleaning up afterwards.  

I am grateful for the fun we are all having with the new rabbit who came home with my son from college.  

Fall may be taking it’s time to arrive, 

but this blogger has had enough and is breaking out her boots. 

 I have them all unpacked and ready to go , and ankle boots can be worn year round. 

I however can’t stand them in our hot humid Summer’s.  

The Good News is that Mid 80’s in October is without the awful humidity. 

Linking up with The Mix today! 


One of the big trends in pants right now is of course the cropped version 

or even cropped flared or boot-cuts and wearing them with ankle boots is all

the rage for Fall trends. 

I can see it for Fall, but my legs aren’t going to like that for winter, 

so now is a good time to try out the trend for the first time. 

I have to say I had a pep in my step breaking out my fringe boots from last year. 


My arm party with two bracelets that have both silver and gold and the one 

with words actually says each of my children’s names with hearts in between each. 

I ordered that from Jane. com awhile back.

As I’ve mentioned before Jane changes daily , so you have to stalk it 

for something specific as things that sell well do tend to be featured again.  


It looks like my favorite tree photos are going to be complete

with my own photo bomber in the form of this Frankenstein 

character DH attached to the tree trunk ….


After seeing the outfit pictures,  my artistic eye instantly cringed and 

I wish I had only worn the Halston lariat necklace (sold out) and left off the

Ying Yang mother of pearl and onyx one. 


My long flowing vest is such a fun boho piece and I am so glad I found these last year 

and indulged in getting it in both the black and the creme. 

It’s by Indigo Thread Co , which is a line at Evine Live that has wonderful 

pieces for a boho lover like myself. 

While my version is last years version , they have this similar version in fun colors now. 

Check out this link to see the entire Indigo Thread line. 

Dear Readers, Comments welcomed and appreciated. 

Are any of you lucky enough to have Fall weather Yet? 

If so what is your favorite thing about dressing for FALL? 


I am so grateful to have my son home for a few days from college as their is nothing better than hearing the laughter among the three kids that are home. 

I am grateful that that son loves to cook and is currently chopping up stuff to make Broccoli, Potato and Cheddar Soup.

I am grateful that my husband is having a successful trip to Northern Virginia and sounds so cheerful when we talk on the phone.  

I am grateful for fun running of errands with just myself and my son home from college while my youngest worked on some CLEP homeschooling work.   

I’ve always referred to my style as maximal, 

but this season it’s an official trend!  

How does one embrace Fall Maximalism when the temperatures are LIKE Summer? 

Check out the Lovely Ladies at the “I Feel Pretty Link Up” 


My private style sisters group suggested styling a skirt and with all the fun

talk regarding the maximal trend on a fashion forum, 

I knew just what skirt needed to come out to play! 

This multi media  OSO Casuals skirt is on clearance for $18.99 and comes in 4 great colors perfect for Fall.  It’s hard to see , but the bottom is lace and there are two panels of embroidery on top of the embossed floral material.  That itself qualifies this as a maximal piece. 


You can see the lace bottom better in this photo.  

I paired it with another maximal piece of the my polka dot sweater with ruffle detail . 

I’ve had that for a few years and it still remains a favorite sweater. 

My metallic pointed toe low wedges are a thrifted find.  


A “blingy”  necklaces also ups the maximal level.  

My necklace is a Susan Graver from previous seasons , but Here are her current ones available . 

You can see the ruffle detail in my sweater better in this photo. 


I finished it off with my cute owl cuff bracelet that I found awhile back on Ebay. 

You can see a peek of my new nail color a fun red -orange shade.

I got acrylics for my cruise, a first for me and DH loved the idea of my keeping them. 


I finished this maximal look off with my GILI ( stands for Got it Love it ) 

obi belt and hobo style purse (sold out from previous seasons ) .  

Dear Readers, I love these Fall colors and have so many other ways  I plan to 

wear this skirt going into winter.  Burgundy is going very strong for the season!

Have you thought about ways to embrace the maximal trend or are you a die hard minimalist who is steering clear?: 

Chime in, love your comment!  


I am grateful that the universe gives what you ask for, today DH went to northern Virginia to cover leads, as he’s not been having as many as he’d like and the opportunity came up for two days of packed in leads so off he went!  

I am grateful that my DH has inherited such a strong work ethic from his Father. 

I am grateful that tonight my son is coming home from college with our new bunny!  

I am grateful that my son had a good day at bowling.  

This is my third month of the subscription 

for jewelry from Jewelbits 

I neglected to take photos of the second month, probably as it arrived amisdst 

birthdays and my getting ready for the Cruise

You can see my first month’s post , Here  


I love seeing these cute bags and the enclosed card. 

I saved all the pink bags , which came in handy when I packed jewelry for my cruise. 

Jewelbits offers 3 styles : 

Boho Babe, Glam Girl or Classic Chik 

You can change it each month if you’d like, but I am sticking with the Classic. 

They also offer 1 , 3 or 6 month subscriptions with the price going down with each level. 


I don’t have many dainty pieces like this unless they are fine jewelry . 

I instantly thought with my current love of wearing a choker or shorter necklace and

doubling up with a longer one, that this is a great addition to my collection . 


Each month a bracelet is included and I like this collection 

of thin stretchy wire ones.  

Stacking bracelets is a must for my boho side, 

so these are perfect. 

I don’t wear as many bracelets in cooler months with long sleeves ,

but there are a lot of 3/4 or bracelet tops these days that open up possibilities 


Each time there is one small pink pouch tucked into 

one with a necklace and while I don’t do matchy-matchy 

when it comes to necklaces and earrrings, 

I do like adding to my options for earrings these would look great with

most  gold necklaces. 


Each box seems to have one bolder more statement type necklace. 

I adore the glitz and glamour of this one.  

What Not to Wear’s Four Outfit Details of 

Color, Pattern , Texture and Shine comes to mind. 

I am halfway through my subscription and am pleased with this company , 

I am glad that they set a limit on the number of months instead of going on indefinitely.  

So Chime in , Dear Readers, Do which of these is your favorite? 

Bonus I went and gathered up the pieces from my second shipment! 


 A long gold and white necklace with matching earrings. 

Gold and Teal Tassel necklace 

Silver and Gold mixed metal link bracelet.  


I am grateful that DH supported me keeping the acrylic nails after my cruise , as I’ve never been able to grow nice nails and so far I’ve had neutral for the cruise, navy , and yesterday changed it to this fun red orange version . 


I am grateful that my son is coming home tomorrow night for his Fall college break and that he will be bringing the new bunny, Penelope for us all to enjoy her,   We are all giddy with excitement.  

I am grateful for Sunshine and enjoying lots of walks lately.   

I am grateful for having my daughter home after so many years away at school getting her degrees. 

When I saw this dress from Glamour Farms  on Grace and Beauty,

I fell absolutely in love. 

It sold out and thanks to a Style Sister who messaged me that it was 

back in stock,  I was able to finally order it.  

*RESTOCK* Teresa Floral Tunic/Dress - Brown/Mint

As a petite it is longer on me and I bought a large because of my 39″ bust. 

There was ample room in the bust and dress, but the arms would be an issue, but are fine for me.

Best of all , this baby has pockets!  

One thing I think you should look for in a patterned dress , is for colors that work with toppers you 

already have in your wardrobe, which is why I was so drawn to this particular print. 


My first thought before it even arrived was to pair it with a burgundy sweater to 

bring out the browns and pinks in the print. 

Since I’ve added this Burgundy Utility jacket from Jane. com, 

I opted for this instead of a sweater.  

I didn’t get a picture of it, but I also have a pink utility jacket that works well too. 

Keep in mind that any burgundy or pink topper would work.  

If interested , check Jane often as they get these utility jackets on a regular basis 


The next obvious piece for this print was my beloved mint moto jacket. 

Unfortunately I bought this last year, so it is sold out. 

I thought this was going to be my favorite topper for this dress.  

It is definitely one of my favorites, but the more I played around with toppers,

a new favorite emerged, which I am saving for last. 


Creme is another color that works well this and I think I might even 

go very matchy -matchy and add my creme boots with it . 


This tobacco color jacket also works well , 

this look is among my favorites as it is more subdued contrast

This is a new jacket I bought for more neutrals in my style from Just Fab. . 


Next up I went for a chocolate brown cardigan, 

I love long cardigans with dresses in Fall/Winter.  

I bought this sweater last year, but here is what colors currently available.


Although the background on the dress is brown, 

I tried it with this black duster length cardigan and was 

pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. 


To go with a complete surprise, 

I tried it this fun fringe boho sweater. 

The color may look grey, but it really a chambray blue shade.  

The blue seemed to make the mint less green and more blue.  


One trend that is big for this season is more maximal 

looks than ever before with lots of pattern mixing. 

I loved the way this vest demonstrates that trend. 


This is my final option for toppers  and my favorite look. 

The orange Marla Wynn sweater is sold out. 

Her line is a new love of mine and I own 2 pants from that line in addition to 

this very thick, warm and beautiful kimono sweater. 

Dear Readers,  This was a very fun adventure, I actually tried the dress on as soon as it

arrived and explored all these options by trying them on.  The dress is a swing dress and

a few options I tried didn’t work, the specific one that comes to mind was a peplum jacket.

Do you have a favorite out of these options?  Would love to hear from you, so please comment! 

The principal of buying printed items that work with pieces in your closet can work with tops as well.

Of course this doesn’t have to require a purchase of something new, how about finding something print in your own closet and see what you have to pair with it, warning you may find yourself wanting to add something else to your closet, lol  


I am grateful to my style sister for noticing my comment on Grace & Beauty , and making sure I knew it was back in stock. 

I am grateful for the fun memory this venture stirred up in me, as my mother was very good at picking one color out of a print and making outfits.  In fact at her funeral one mom she had babysat for mentioned just that to me, as she was always so impressed to come home and find what outfit my mother had put together for her son. 

I am grateful that I am back on a weight loss journey and have lost 6lbs in three days. 

I am grateful for spending time with friends this week as I had lunch with two friends and coffee with another. 



Well, this look is close to a formula of my last outfit…

Striped top and open kimono…

But all striped tops are not created equal….

These stripes are gold sparkly thread.


My sincerest apologies as the lighting is not the best to show the glittery gold stripes.

Today I went out to lunch with two very dear friends and before we knew it was almost 5;30,

so pictures were taken at dusk


I retook this inside in hopes of showing the gold stripes. 

I am again wearing two necklaces, my Honora  pearl choker is currently

on clearance for just $39,99 

I purchased this sweater back in September on clearance from

Loft for just $18, like I said before, you have 

to love when Loft or Ann Taylor does extra off clearance prices,

this one was at 60% of the clearance price.  


This is my first time wearing what I consider my score of the Season!  

I had fallen in love with these Same Edelman Okala ankle pump ,

as they’ve been all over blogs and my style forum sites.  

They were over $100 when they first came on the scene and out of my reach 

for pumps since I am a stay at home mother who doesn’t have occasions to wear them often.

I stalked them all over the internet and when they went on clearance at HSN for $$49.99

I was delighted because they actually had my size 7.5.    

Amazon has them HERE in limited sizes.  


As much as I LOVE color, I also  adore black and white outfits. 

In fact I say in my head every time I put outfits of black and white together, 

“Black and White is always Right!”  

I simply can’t help but notice these shoes in this photo and am over the moon that I finally own them. 

My Dear Readers, Have you ever stalked something and been delighted to have it go down into your price range? 

If so, share in the comments what it was and if you still feel the same after owning it awhile or

perhaps if you have you own ” Score of the Season”  What would it be??? 


I am grateful for a wonderful lunch with two dear friends and plans to start a monthly lunch with any friends who can make it.  

I am also grateful to have made plans to go see a play next month, as I love the theater and our city’s one at the beach is such fun. 

I am grateful that DH’s last words before he went out this morning was to shout , ” Have a great lunch! ” 

I am grateful that we are scheduling a cruise for next year back to Bermuda and that more women are joining us for the adventure.  

We got hit by Hurricane Matthew and had lots of flooding,

trees down, electricity out , vehicles damaged, etc 

in our city, but lucky for us we just went without electricity for 28 hours.   

Matthew brought with him a tease of Fall temps the day or two afterwards 

For Some Inspiration from Other Bloggers for Fall Looks, Go Peruse the Link up at 

Fashion Should Be Fun. 


and I managed to wear a new for the season fringe sweater( on clearance now) 

 and boho jeans(sold out),

but these are the best photos I managed as I was taking them at the wrong time of day. 

I found this rhinestone letter T at Hobby Lobby recently and it’s actually a pin, I just put on a chain. 


Today, I am left faking Fall, as we are experiencing a sunny 75 degrees.  

A long sleeve striped sweater and a poncho worked perfectly for pretending. 


These are all items from previous seasons that are now workhorses, vetted 

and much loved.  In fact that Old Navy poncho was a thrifted find. 

The striped sweater was an end of season clearance from Ann Taylor

one place I only shop online at end of season clearance time.  

That link will send you to Ann Taylor’s clearance which is an additional 40% off right now, 

and the time when I usually shop for a good deal.  


This trend of rolling up jeans above the ankle boots and showing a little skin  works for now and into 

 Fall, but I doubt I will be doing it through Winter.   

A good navy bag is a must in my world and this Madi Claire is sold out, but

728-825- Madi Claire "Sage" Croco Embossed Leather Zip Top Laser Cut Shopper Handbag


This one is available…. as is 

726-448- Madi Claire Three-Piece "Devon" Croco Embossed Leather Tote Bag w/ Wristlet & Card Holder Set


This tote version with accessories and a nice tassle.


I am loving doubling up on the necklaces a lot lately. 

This combo began with the large purple sliced stone piece that I picked up at Michael’s. 

Of course it would work well on a long chain, but in order to double it up, 

I opted to wear it on my new silver collar necklace (sold out) 

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping by, I adore hearing from you, and 

greatly appreciate each and every comment. 


I am grateful that even though my sneezing didn’t go away all day, at least they became less often throughout the day. ( just after I completed typing this DD had a sneezing spout come on with 5 in a row) 

I am grateful for my morning walk in the sunshine to get salad fixings to get back on track with healthy eating, as I have been terrible since I returned from the cruise.  

I am grateful that my son away at college with our new bunny is doing a fantastic job of keeping us in the loop of her progress and cute behavior traits that are coming out as she explores her newfound freedom as a beloved pet and not a breeders show bunny.  

I am grateful for sleeping in until 7:330 this morning , as it sure beats this darn menopausal change of 5-6am!  

I am grateful for a nice walk with my daughter yesterday to the Dollar Store and AC Moore craft store as we had fun conversations with women and it was nice to see my daughter in that light , talking to older women.  It was even better that she commented how nice that felt. 

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