Versatile Style by Tracey

It’s Football Season & My Birthday!

Posted on: September 8, 2013

Today, is my 48th Birthday and one year since this blog started to become a reality.  I hadn’t posted yet, but had picked out the name and the domain.  I’ve learned so much in this past year and gained a confidence I can’t even begin to describe.  I remember feeling so awkward taking those first photos and having trouble smiling.  In public places when people would look,at me I would visibly shrink…

Linking Up today with Visible Monday! 


Now, I take photos and people stare and I just laugh and get on with it…  I’ve discovered poses that I like and the process takes just 5 minutes or less.  Posing today in the three pieces I purchased for my birthday.  All from Metrostyle , leather jacket    ,  dress and shoes


I wanted nothing more to do on my birthday than to watch the first game of the season for my Steelers!   They lost but I still love the game of football and appreciate the time spent having fun.  


As for my outfit… I love each piece and know that they will all be so versatile in my wardrobe.  I love the swing , volume and colors of the dress that allows for a lot of versatility for toppers.  I will never wear the green jacket without channeling memories of my father as this was his favorite color.  Nothing feels better than colored pumps for the Mom who only had neutrals and didn’t invest much in her own clothing as she was giving so much to her children.  


I ‘ve been missing my mother so much this past week.  My entire adult life she would call me at 10:04 am , the time I was born to wish me a Happy Birthday!  When she became sick I knew this would be coming to an end and I appreciated it even more those last four years.  Wiping tears now….

Dear Readers, I began a new Feature on my blog last Saturday called BE a Part of the Conversation and think perhaps I should switch it to another day, so would love it if you would check out the links here and here  and join in the fun of answering the question for yourself in the comments.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!   Looking forward to week two of homeschooling Connor!


 I am grateful for the memories of my parents that birthdays evoke!

I am grateful for the strength my parents love provides.

I am grateful to my chidlren for cleaning up their game room for my birthday.

I am grateful for relaxed time with my family today..

I am grateful for my 48 years and the growth I’ve managed in that time. (My father died when he was just 42, so to me anything after that is a super bonus!)



40 Responses to "It’s Football Season & My Birthday!"

Happy Birthday…you look awesome in this whole outfit..the jacket and dress go together so well. I hope you will come by and register to win the necklace I am giving away!!

thank you heading over to your blog now..

You’re a lovely, bright rainbow of color today, Tracey. A very happy birthday to you.

You look amazing and I love all that color on you, especially the green. How awesome you homeschool. I homeschooled my girls till the 3rd grade. Found you at Patti’s Place. 🙂 xo

Thank you. I began homeschooling my youngest in 6th grade and am so glad I made that decision!

Happy, happy birthday to you, Tracy. You look terrific in your stripes. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

Happy Birthday, you gorgeous little Virgo! That dress is a knockout, Tracey. I LOVE it – really, really – and it fits you perfectly. Happy Bloggerversary, too. I’m so glad you share such lovely stories, and outfits, with us. It inspires me to do better and thanks for your wonderful comments on my blog 😉


You inspire me as well with your intelligence, wit and strength, not to mention your love of purple and color!
Thank you!

Happy Birthday! 1965 was a very good year as I am also 48 and was born at 10:46 am (close to your time). My mom does something similar to what your mom did. My mom calls my brothers and me at the time we were born and when we answer the phone, she says, “Guess what I was doing __years ago at this time?” We come to expect it.
I’ve been thinking about starting a blog, but I don’t know anything about technology and don’t have any idea where to begin. Is it difficult to start one?

I am ok at technology and learned as I went. I didn’t even know anything about Pic Monket to edit my photos or the importance of changing their size… I think it takes patience and supportive kids who are willing to teach without making me feel bad… I am self reliant at this point… but the beginning was a challenge!

I don’t know what Pick Monket is, never heard of it. I didn’t know you had to edit photos. Oh my! It all sounds confusing! My girls know just enough about computers to get by, but not too much.

The dress is fabulous and looks great on you! Love the leather jacket and those shoes. I relatively new to your blog, and admire your posing techniques!

Thank you! Getting comfortable posing was a huge success, at least in my opinion!

Happy birthday, Tracey! You sure don’t look 48. Love that teal jacket – such a great color.
I am sorry about your mother not being around this year to wish you a happy birthday. That must be very difficult.
Hugs, Adrienne

Thank you,! It is difficult at birthdays and holidays… but am blessed with wonderful memories!

Happy Birthday! My mom would always call me first thing in the morning so she could be the first one to wish me happy birthday. I sure do miss that but I try to do the same for my children. Love the jacket!!

Happy Birthday! You sure look lovely in your new birthday clothes. That dress and shoes are made for each other. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your time and make special memories with your family 🙂

Happy Birthday! Love the outfit and you look great in it!

Happy birthday! You brought it in with style!

Happy Birthday! Glad you were able do what you love on your special day!


A very Happy Birthday to you, Tracey. So glad to see you know exactly the right thing to do in order to celebrate (buying the perfect outfit). Your new dress is incredibly fun, yet classic at the same time. I love the new leather jacket you paired it with, especially the great color.
Great tribute to you parents, it’s obvious from reading your blog this past year that you inherited their wonderful parenting skills. Have a most wonderful day.

Happy birthday.You look so much at ease with your colorful clothes and colored pumps.Sorry to hear about your mom. You can only carry on the tradition with your kids ,a little way to honor her’s been a pleasure to visit your blog.

Thank you and I will carry on many traditions.

Happy birthday! How awesome to have a such a beautiful tradition to remember about your mother. I know how it is losing your mother, considering I lost mine almost three years ago. There is not a day that does not go by without thinking about her. Next would have been her 63rd birthday. Thanks for sharing. Wish you well.

Oh yeah, the dress is beautiful. Love the colors. It looks great on you.

I lost my mother four years ago, but the whole left in my heart is deep and most days I am just so Grateful that I was blessed with that Mom! Thanks for commenting!

Really, really lovely … easily one of your most beautiful outfits. Very pretty on you. Congrats on a great birthday purchase!

Thank you, It’s the first time I ever said this is what I want and picked out my own gift… gonna do that again!

Wow, this is a great bunch of color. I love the dress and the jacket. Wow and the necklace.

Thank you, that necklace is glass beads and from Steinmart and definitely one of my favorites.

Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary of blogging! I only found your blog a short time ago and I love it. Hope to be reading it for a long, long time. Also, great outfit!

Such a sweet thing to say! Thank you!

Happy birthday a day late Tracey! You look so fresh and cheery and fun in your striped dress. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year. Huh…you really Do have confidence; your blog is so well done.

Thank you what a wonderful way to start my day!

Tracey, thank you so much for showing us this outfit! We totally agree with all the commenters above, you look fantastic. The green of the jacket REALLY suits you. We love your blog and what you’re trying to accomplish, and hope you don’t mind that we’ll be following you from now on. Happy belated birthday to you!

Thank you! Love Metrostyle and Chadwicks!

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