Versatile Style by Tracey

Archive for October 2013

How appropriate that I chose this look on a day when our temperatures rose to 70 degrees?  

Linking up with Pinned it and Did It and Look What I Got

And Tres Chic Linkup  And Look What i Wore 


I opted for a zebra print instead of the leapard  from the original and the black purse as well. 

IMG_6024 by levell333, via Flickr

This original is from Mix and Match Fashion that I Pinned in my Spring Looks but hey, I now own the cobalt pumps.

I love this with the leopard and saddle colored purse and would definitley repeat it that way as well.


My husband loved this look!  

Like a lot of men, he loves a woman in heels!  

These are my latest acquisition from Payless

Dear Readers, Today was definitely Hump Day, so making this a short and sweet post!  

Not ending this before I do my Gratitude Post, as on days like this it is even more important! 


I am grateful that despite having to take a cold shower, I was out the door on time!

I am grateful I am a strong , vibrant . loving woman!

I am grateful that I am at a wonderful stage in life as a mother when I can see my chidlren making such great choices for themselves!  

I am grateful if my weight loss inspires even one person to love themselves and take steps to better self care. 

I am grateful that my husband wanted to take me to see Terry Bradshaw toinght , even if  it didn’t work out. IHard not to hear his name and see myself as a child learning about football from my father and watching the Steel Curtain in their late 70’s hey day)

I am grateful that my husband was home early tonight and able to see the final game of the World Series and share the expereince of watching the Red Sox win with his sons.   

Many of my Regular readers know that I successfully lost weight with Weight Watchers and have been stuck at the highest weight that they recommend for my height.

Linking up with What i Wore 


I wanted to be more in the middle range and lose a few more pounds, but that final 10  has remained illusive.

I remembered my leader telling me 6 months ago that I might have better success if I just set this as my goal weight and see what happens.  She suggested that quite often when members do that they end up being successful.  I ignored her then, but two weeks ago I was ready and said that my goal weight was 140lbs. This was after a six week hiatus of not going to meetings. I had weighed in at 143 previously , so lost three pounds during the break! 


I think there is something to this because prior to this I was gaining and losing the same three pounds with 140 being the lowest.  Now, I feel like I have to stay under the 140 mark.  Even with the onset of Menopause and the hot flashes and night sweats, I lost another .6 pounds and am 139.4 today.  It will be interesting to see how this works out and where I will be in four weeks when I make Lifetime!  That means as long as I stay under that  goal I can go to meetings for free!


Since I began losing weight for health,  and with the intention of losing this and maintaining it for life. I plan to continue going to meetings, so I am looking forward to not paying my $42.95 a month.  Although I have to say it’s the best use of money to lower my blood sugars and blood pressure to take that added weight off my knees.. etc.

Stay tuned,  if  I stay under the 140 mark for the next 4 weeks I will finally do the reveal of my before and after shots.

I’ve lost a total of 50lbs!  I worked out at the YMCA and lost almost half of it before beginning Weight Watchers

Dear Readers, I am excited about finally claiming a goal weight and the possibility of getting closer to the actual weight i want to retain. I know this attitude change and newfound hope to lose that final weight comes from the impending trip to ireland and the possibility of a cruise as well.

 Now as for my outfit, I decided to try another Loft Dress I bought on ebay with my navy suede boots today and I like this look much better than yesterday’s.  I always weigh at my meetings in a dress for consistency and loved wearing dresses two days in a row! 


I am so grateful that I went to my WW meeting today, as it really is enjoyable everytime!

I am grateful for wonderful conversation with a friend and the positive changes in her life.

I am grateful that my husband had a break today and was able to come home for almost two hours.

I am grateful that I made plans to go for a walk at the beach on Friday, exercise and girl chatting, in one!


In my humble opinion the biggest bang for you buck has to be DRESESS! 


First off gonna say right off the bat, I am not sure I am in love with the lighter shade of the top and the darkness of the burgundy boots in this look.  

Not changing it because so many bloggers embraced wearing pink at the beginning of the month to honor

Breast Cancer Awareness,   while I consciously opted to do so towards the end of the month

to bring it new momentum this last week.   

I tried this later by adding a burgundy scarf and it looked much better,but it was late and I didn’t get photos. 

Now, back to the versatility of a Dress….


This dress can be worn all four seasons.  It is a sleeveless Ann Taylor Loft I found on Ebay.   This is one way to wear it for Fall.  Another would be to opt for a cardigan, which by the way would work for Spring as well.  For Winter I could add any of my three motos in Burgundy, Cream or  Blush.  Summe,r I would  wear it in it’s orginal state and add a belt.  


I find a lot of dresses that are in brand new condition thrifting,  as I think some women just save them for a special occassion.  If you are a woman who likes dresses wear them often and forget waiting for something special!

 I also recommend checking out sales racks and of course TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Burlington Coat Factory where you can find many for $25 and under. I am not a big Target shopper but see many bloggers who are and with my last Goodwill haul of Target dresses, it would be a good option as well.  I need to stop buying dresses, as the thrifting this past year have netted me more than I’ve ever owned. 

Dear Readers,  do you like wearing dresses for every day use or are you still wearing them for special occasions or have you given up all together.  I know some body types have a more difficult time with dresses and at my pre weight loss weight I cried trying them on, but found an empire waist with an a-line skirt did work.  

One more money saving secret… those aren’t tights, they are Forver 21 leggings I found over the summer

for just $3.50 and bought every color they had.   Cheaper than colored tights and warmer!

 Even regularly priced at just $5.70, they are still a great deal! 

If you have another great place you find dresses for a great price by all means share for others to see! 


I am grateful that my homeschooler who stayed up late watching the World Series with Dad, still managed to do his work for the day.   (He slept until noon!) 

I am grateful the dog who has been waking me up early (hearing my 17 yr old in the mornings)

actually slept until later than I did today!  (10am!) 

I am grateful that the Hawthorn Berry caspsules I ordered for Hot Flashes arrived today. 

I am grateful to my Dear Husband who is working so hard to try to qualify for the cruise.  

I am grateful that I am finishing this post before dinner and can relax the rest of the evening.

I am grateful to the kindness of commenters who take the time to give me a boost for the day! 

Your first waking thought in the morning is to put together this look

Linking up with Miscellany Monday and Watch What I’m Wearing and

Monday Mingle


Or it could just mean I am trully obsessed or addicted and need to see a therapist, stat…


I just love my purple leoapard spotted jeans by Diane Gilman, I dare say this is my favorite jean. 

I thrifted this purple poncho by Old Navy and love that it is a great length for my petite height and doesn’t overwhelm me. 


Happiness Factor is super high with this enseble.  

I tried cuffing the jeans but liked the longer leg line it gave me without it. 


I tried to get a close up of the necklace to show that it is actually a pin of my mother’s .  

Purple was her favorite color and I’ve gotta say i love it myself!  

Dear Readers, I had fun putting this “wake-Up” inspiration together.  I am so happy Fall and layering has arrived. I can’t wait to start putting together more skirt and dresses look and getting all my boots into circulation.   I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!   Can you beiieve we’ve had nightly lows in the low 40’s and Halloween is expected to be close to 80 again…. 

IMG_2046As an added bonus,  Here is the first way I wore my newest boots by Issaac Mizrahi via QVC


I am grateful for my mind and the inspiration that came naturally for today’s outfit.

I am grateful that my oldest wrinkled his nose at my look , as he does at any of my more bohemian ones.. 

I am grateful that my youngest without prompting, immediately complimented my outfit. 

I am grateful the my husband made the family breakfast while I slept this morning.

I am grateful for Football Season , even if my team lost ….It never ceases to bring me memories of watching games with my father while we peeled carrots and potatoes for Sunday roast. 

I love that green is such a strong color for the season,  as it is one of my favortie colors

that stems from something very personal….

Linking up with Simple Sequins Fashion Friday  and Penniless Socialite 


My father’s favorite color was green and it may seem silly but at the tender age of 13 when he died I found comfort that his hearse was green.  I snagged a green shirt of his before my mother sent his clothes off to his cousin and slept in it, later gave it to my sister and told her to use it as a smock for her arttwoek since my father and her shared that talent and spent so much time drawing toghether.  

Funny how even a color itself can hold such memories! 


I announced on my blog that TJ . Maxx had gone online as soon as I found out.

This fabulous dolman slleeve top with green houndstooth print around the collar and down the sleeves is one of three things I purchased from my first TJ Maxx online ventrue.

image of Lurex Stripe Dolman Dressimage of Jacquard Dolman Sleeve Sweater

My top is no longer available , remember I buy things on clearance most times…. So I decided to show you this dolman sleeve dress on clearance with two color choices  for just $20.00 and  this top which comes in three colors for just $15.00

So Dear Readers, Do you like a Dolman Sleeve? .

Just a reminder, I do not receive any benefits to suggesting anything on my blog and do so for your convienence.


I love that I just happened to have the same shade of green long sleeved t-shirt to layer under this.  

The paisley skinny cords were purchased from Kohl’s clearanced for just $7.20.  I love getting things off season at such great prices. I may have had to wait a few months to wear these, but it was well worth the savings.  

 Dear Readers, thank you for letting me share my love of green and the memories that go along with it. One of the reasons I can’t wait to see Ireland is due to the vast green lands!  I will definitely have to take advantage of that for background photos and plan outfits that will work well with that background!  

Writing about green and Ireland and making the words my signature orange, made my wonderful ADD brain think of one of my favotire Irish Rovers Songs….

The Orange and the Green 


I am grateful that today was a much better day with the hot flashes( not gone but much better)  and that the wicking work out gear I bought as PJ’s worked well for the night sweats last night.   FYI also taking Estroven with Melantonin for night and Mood & Memory version for daytime.  Have ordered Hawthorn capsules which where suggested to work as well.  

I am grateful that I am opting to go to bed earlier in order to make sure I get enough sleep and that my children are pitching in to clean the kitchen! 

I am grateful for my ADD brain and that I finished wrting this blog listening to a variety of Irish Rovers songs, which are all just so whimsical and fun!

I am grateful that I came up eith a new plan for homeschooling that my son seems willing to embrace – I made  a chart on the white board with how many lessons in each subject he must complete in a week and have asked him to decide his own daily schedule making sure it is all done by Friday.  I know that when my children took responsibility for their own education they all took pride and did better! 

Dear Readers, Have a Wonderful Weekend and I hope you all spend it to bring joy to your lives and recharge for the next week!!!! 

I’ve really been itching to show this Inspiration because i am not at all skilled in the

versatility of styling a simple white blouse!

That’s something I want to change for this Season!

Linkiing Up Today with Style Journey and  Vodka Infused Lemonade


A striped skirt, crisp white blouse and jean jacket, now that’s an Outfit Formula

that anyone could take and make their own.

I just happen to have my Target thrifted skirt in the same colors, but don’t let that stop you!

The Closet Shopper

This is Tracy from A Closet Shopper and another over 40 Fabulous Blogger!

This works well for Fall Temperatures, but I could winterize this easily.


I already made it a Fall combo by adding navy tights…I also added a belt to book end the boots.

My maximalist personality wanted to add a green bubble necklace and leave off the belt ,but i restrained myself.

For winter I would wear taller boots and a scarf.   


It was windy taking the photos, a true Fall feeling day!  We’ve waited long enough! 

There really is something special about a crisp white blouse and I hate to admit it ,but it’s one of the most under used tops in my wardrobe.  I have vowed to change that and in fact am thinking of begiinning a weekly post of how to style a white blouse .

Dear Readers, I have a year of blogging under my belt and have done a great job in recreating a wardrobe from scratch. i feel like I’ve reached a stage where I want to begin living up to the name of my blog and show more versatility and ways to really mix and match items in my closet more.  This means I am going to make a shift in buying and thrifting.  I am consdiering a low monthly budget to stick to and can either use ti thrifting or on a retail priced item.  I feel it’s time to follow my oldest son’s methodology of studying the trends and really sitting with them awhile to find what I want to add into my classics.  I will be thinking this new direction over for the next few months and probably roll it out in January.

 If there is anything you my dear readers would like more of from me, please speak up while i’m in this planning stage!


Feel like this is one of my signature poses and was missing so had to add it in! 


I am grateful that my daughter had a succesful interview and regardless of whether she gets the job, the training she is going through is relevant to her field and valuable.  (She has to take a test next week)

I am grateful that I pushed forward and accomplished a full homeschooling day despite this new onset of hot flasshes and night sweats,,, day 4

I am grateful to forum members who offered me some suggestions like Hawthorne Capsules , going to go buy some right now. 

I am grateful to have gone this long without hot flashes as my sister had them much younger than this!

I am grateful to be a stay at home mother so I can nap if need be due to sleep interruption. 

I am immnesely grateful and may say this too many times, but can’t help it… for discovering the Sequential Spelling series and how well it is working for my son and the relief I feel to know that I am doing everything to make up for what the school failed to provide- phonetics and sequential spelling ( not the place to get on my soap box , but bursting to say that I firmly beleive that schools are creating “learning disabilities” in reading due to their style of teaching it!)  

 I am grateful that my almost 18 year old (Nov 17) is fully enjoying his senior year and feels like he is learning  things of value for the first time ( sports anatomy class and college englsh writing) . 

Angie over at You Look Fab offers great advice on outfit Formulas

And today’s post is my demonstrating her newest one,

A Hooded Sweatshirt Under a Blazer

Linking up with  The Pleated Poppy today!


I must confess, I don’t own any hooded sweatshirts that would work for this look. The key is that it has to be a thinner version, but that didn’t stop me from jumping right in to join the fun of trying out the formula..

I borrowed this jacket from my daughter!  


I love the casual ,but put together look of this formula.  Since I chose a ponte knit jacket with 3/4 sleeves,  I opted to style it by cuffing the sweatshirt sleeves over the jacket.  Throwing the hood over the jacket finishes off the look.


I think with the coloring and pattern of this outfit , it really is a spectacular fall combo! 

I had a lot of fun trying this out and think I would definitely do it again,.

I wonder what black or colored jeans would do for this combo?  Trying those ways would make a fresh take on the formula and I could create it several ways without looking repetitive.


I love a chance to wear Red lipstick and carry a red purse!

Dear Readers,  So what do you think of this forumla?  Could you do this for a Mom on the Go or weekend casual look?  Any ideas on how you would make this your own?  


I am grateful that I got my photos done early today and that I skipped a post yesterday, needed the break!

I am grateful that my daughter got so excited about a job opportunity I pointed her way.

I am grateful that I went back to bed after initially waking up and caught another 2 hours of sleep.

I am grateful that  I maintained last week’s weight which it the lowest I gone to in this game of gaining and losing the same 3 pounds over again.  Maintaining the lowest two weeks in a row is a first!

I am grateful for the You Look Fab Forum and all the things I learn from Angie! 

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