Versatile Style by Tracey

Graphic Print Dress

Posted on: November 25, 2012

I specifically had a graphic print dress on my wish list and when thrifting searched until I found this cute little number…

I absolutely love it and this is such a versatile dress that I can wear with  so many different sweaters or jackets.   I chose this sweater,  that I refer to as my raisin colored one.  to match the newly thrifted Nine West purse.

Even the belt  thrifted.  So everything except my jewelry, tights and boots in this outfit is thrifted…. I really think getting dresses from the thrift store is such a good way for me to expand my dress collection.  When I get them at half price deals for only $3.50 it sure beats prices anywhere else… I have to be very discerning and only pick dresses I really love or I would need an entirely new closet to house them in since I am acquiring them  for that crazy price.   I know I am repeating myself, but I really can not stress enough how much I love dresses and skirts.

I usually only include three photos of an outfit,but this time my husband took the photos and there were so many good ones that I had a hard time narrowing it down.  I literally started with eleven.  You can’t even imagine the surprising realization that I had over liking so many photos.  When I first began this blogging journey I was just tolerating putting these images out in the public.  After all, I am not at my goal weight.

I really can see major changes in my body from this 35 pound weight loss and can celebrate where I am.  I recently measured and realized I have lost 4 and a half inches off my hips and am just about an inch and a half from my goal….It is so doable…. It feels like a long road here, but I can see the finish line… I am excited to get there and move past the pain of the past and the renewal of  celebrating my mother’s life and memory instead of the pain of her dementia and years of being ill.  To reach this point was a long road and I feel so blessed and grateful to be here.  I feel like I have climbed a mountain and am exhausted from the journey,but spiritually renewed and ready for the next phase of my life! Saying goodbye to my mother really was the toughest point in my life and that is saying a lot for a former  “daddy’s girl” whose father passed away when I was just thirteen..  For those of you who haven’t experienced this yet, losing your same sex parent is tough, especially if you had a wonderful. loving relationship.  It’s that time of year and I am sentimental….  Today, November 26th was my father’s birthday…Anyone else get this way during the holidays?

Grateful: For my husband taking so many wonderful photos that led to my realization that I have jumped a hurdle.  I am most grateful for the progress in the mourning process that allows me to just celebrate my mother’s memories and not the last few years when she was sick and I was her caregiver… What else do I need to say about gratitude today, these two are huge!

As always dear readers, your comments are welcomed and appreciated…Have a wonderful day!

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18 Responses to "Graphic Print Dress"

Tell your husband he is doing a great job at photographer. I love this whole look…it is fabulous. I would wear it in a heartbeat…but I have more weight to lose to look even close to this amazing. Great job!

Thank you! Yes, my husband takes great pride when he takes my photos… other days it is either my 12 or 17 year ols sons…

Congratulations on the weight loss! Great outfit! I love that dress. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Thank you, losing weight is so much harder than gaining it….

Your post has me wet in the eyes, Tracey – for your losses and for your victories. And a bit for my dad, who’s been gone for almost 10 years, but still in my mind every day. Thanks for sharing all this, plus your fab dress, with Visible Monday!

I didn’t have any idea where I was going with that post, but just let go and write…. My father has been gone for almost 34 years and his memories are all around me constantly. He has remained a voice in my life….

These are beautiful photos and I love that raisin goodness. 🙂 It so interesting how blogging brings out the best of who we are and opens us up to seeing many things in a different light. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Thank you. I had no idea where that post was going to go when I first started it….

Lovely dress, nice outfit and beautiful color combination. Taking care of your mother, I did several years, is something that leaves a mark very strong but also great personal satisfaction.

Thank you and you are right that taking care of my mother did bring a lot of personal satisfaction.

Great score on that dress. You look great!

It is so hard to lose someone so close.

thank you and losing those we love is never easy….

Loved loved loved this touching blog! And your husband is a great photographer! Your outfit is gorgeous! Loved every piece! Your blog is my favorite!

Thank you. I love when my husband takes the photos as he directs me and takes a lot for me to chose from. So different from when my 17 yr old or 12 yr old help out…

You look amazing! Love this dress and sweater combination. 😉 Thrifting is such a great way to stretch your clothing budget. 🙂

When on a weight loss journey, thrifting really helps…

Lovely lesson on color … you’re wearing some of my faves. You have earned all the kudos that come your way. Looking sleek and growing wiser every day!

yes, growing wiser is a wonderful asset to blogging…

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