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Archive for April 2014

Today, I realized how I’ve had this silly self imposed rule going on in my fashion life…

I have reserved this sheer kimono jacket for Spring and Summer to wear with tank tops, 

but our Spring temps have been too cool for that…

Be Prepared… A rare photo without Sunglasses…


I broke that silly, ridiculous rule that was boxing me in and just paired it with a long sleeve t-shirt.  

This t-shirt is actually a Kenneth Cole Reaction super soft one I found in packs of two, clearanced at BJ’s a few weeks ago for just $10…  


I had to go grocery shopping today and loved the color combo of the red Rachel Zoe trench coat with my teal handbag.   


The fedora was useful for the light drizzle I encountered while putting things in the car and taking them into the house….

I love the length of these sleeves as they still allow me to be a mother and get things done, I even cooked dinner without having to remove the kimono!   

I bought this kimono last year , but want to note that my go to places for such items are both F21 and where I found this one, Steinmart…


Dear Readers, I think I succeeded in my goal of facing this rainy, grey depressing week

with Sass and Style! 

While I love knee high boots for winter, there really is something light and feels much more spunky to me when wearing this cute above the ankle height! 


I am so grateful to my son for going grocery shopping with me today.

I am grateful that my relunctant homeschooler finally buckled down and accomplished his assignments.

I am grateful that the fun capes I found on clearance for just $10 came today and I had fun trying them on, without the fur collar, which was too much for me… Link to photo here (if it sells out this link may not work) 

I am grateful that my son suggested Chicken Parmesean for dinner and I made it the easy way with frozen breaded chicken planks and Ragu spaghetti sauce and they loved it and thanked me!  (I love that I use whole wheat pasta and no one complains anymore) 

I am grateful to a dear freind who texted me last night to tell me she had made me a piece of her beautfiul glass and made me feel loved when I wasn’t feeling so well….


It is really hard to face a week where the weather promises clouds and rain almost daily….

As a Fashion Blogger you take solice by playing in your closet...


With cooler temps I was able to wear my green paisley embossed cords  and add fun elements to lift my spirits despite the cooler temps and grey skies…


I love tops that offer this waist definition and creation of a fun pemplum look. This thrifted blouse is light so the peplum offers movement when I walk similar to the swinging skirts I love…A great feminine touch in an otherwise simple Mom on the Go style…


What’s more fun than a lace fedora for a woman who loves a boho vibe? 


Yellow ballet flats with great cutwork and a yellow bag is all that’s needed to finish accessorizing this look…

Oh wait, no self respecting bohemian woman forgets hoop earrings…

Dear Readers, I face dreadful Mondays with fun elements in my outfits that make me feel Sassy, What are some ways you face the beginning of a not so great week????


I am grateful my son brought home his cap and gown and did a fashion show for me today, (Gotta say he looked young and not like the young man heading off to pre-med…)  

I am grateful that my daughter again helped my son with math homeschooling this afternoon, giving me a break.

I am grateful that my hard work of eating high protein last week worked well and I lost 4lbs…, 4 more to go…

I am grateful for the week of rain for it’s cleansing abiltiy and relfef from high pollen levels

There is nothing I like better in Spring /Summer than to wear a Dress or Skirt

With Temps Near 80 on Satureday, I dared to show my white legs…

I saw a saying on Pinterest that said:







I found this Target dress at Goodwill for just $3.50 .

You have to love the NEW WITH TAGS items you find there for great prices…IMG_3713

As I was doing this pose, my 14 year old son and photographer told me I looked stiff…

I thought it was because I wasn’t holding a purse..


So, I tried this…but I think it was my smile that was off and looking stiff…


I think it was still stiff when I switched to my side pose, where I always feel Sassy…


The truth is I was worried about how my stomach would look in the photos.. 

It looked fine in the mirror, but the wind was blowing and trust me I have a photo I will not reveal here that demonstrates exactly what I feared…

This is my first time wearing my new Birki’s from 6pm. com, I love the soft bed of these! 

And if you haven’t heard yet , Birki’s and look a likes are big this season…


I am grateful that my husband had a wonderful three days of training and is now back home.

I am grateful for the wonderful forum members on You LOOK Fab, who helped me come up with ideas for a skirt that came in a lot of 6 that I purchased on Ebay…(will show you soon)

I am grateful a great conversation with my oldest as he plans for his apartment decor. 

I decided with a cooler day that I would go for my burgundy skinny cords…

Because soon enough we will have heat and humidity and those cords will get packed away!   


I loved how this look turned out!  

I tied the top because it was longer than I wanted and faux tucking and adding a belt did not appeal to me today with that time of the month and bloating, not to mention cramps….

I’ve worn all this before except the top, which I thrifted, it’s sleeveless so will carry into summer well.


I wanted to add leopard heels , but they are an inch higher and not at all as comfortable . 

Can I do yet another shout out for these comfi pumps from Payless!!!!!!!!


I have to laugh at the difference between my regular photographer who is just 14 and today’s 18 year old…

My younger guy notices things like my purse turned backwards or the shade on my face and makes me step into full sun…. My 18 year old’s attitude is, how fast can we get this done?   

Oh well, he is a big help in other ways….

Dear Readers, the pollen count is going to be at the highest levels these next few days.

Kicking up my Airborne intake and two sinus meds in hopes of facing this without too much trouble.

It’s worked before!!!

We are expectting a beautiful sunny 79 degrees for Saturday!  I hope you all enjoy your weekend!  


I am grateful that my  daughter and son took donations to Goodwill for me today and got rid of the pile that had been accumulating as everyone cleared out  their clothes and stuff they no longer wanted…

I am grateful to my daughter for helping my homeschooler with math today and giving me a much needed break when my sinus pressure headache kicked in…

I am grateful that my oldest son is planning to move out and is going to take some furniture I would like to get rid of and replace.  

I am grateful that my husband’s training today went so well and that both candidates did very well.  

Today Was Another Bi- Monthly Homeschooling Group Bowling Day….

That sentence is a mouthful try saying it….


Our Wonderful Temperatures didn’t hold up, We had a 20 degree drop and lots of Wind! 

I wear black with these pants quite often, but had not paired it with this necklace from Ebay.  

A necklace with Cobalt, Green and Orange is this womans dream trio!  


A close up of the necklace with the wind whipping my hair…


I originally was going to wear my cobalt purse, but at the last minute decided for an extra punch of color.

That decision landed me in a pickle….

In switching my purses I forgot I had tucked my debit card into the pocket of the purse instead of my wallet…

I arrived at the bowling alley with no card and no cash… 

I called my husband and he came and we used the ATM to get money before he headed off to work…


I am grateful to my hero husband who came in his white pickup to rescue me…

I am grateful for the fun we mother’s have with the bowling as well as the kids…

I am grateful my husband found some good canditates to hire and train for a new territory , company expansion is his primary goal.  

I am grateful that I found a Groupon for bowling that will save us 50% on our family bowling outings…

I Hadn’t Checked the Weather Forecast and Was Over-Joyed to 

Discover Such Warmth and Sunshine! 

I love how the breeze adds an element of fun to wearing a light, flowing skirt…


I practically ran to my closet dreaming of wearing sandals and a long flowing summer skirt…

I had just bought these white very comfortable sandals that remind me very much of the designs done by Clark’s but these babies were found at BJ’s and are by Lanesboro and were just $16.99.


I did a little pattern mixing here with a tank top I bought last year and this new zippered hoodie I received just a few days ago from Ebay in preparation for wearing this orange skirt, which I thrifted awhile back…

My maximalism took a back seat for the day and I resisted the urge to add a necklace or stack a few bracelets…


This was a perfect outfit for my day of walking to run errands and when I was checking out at Walgreen’s the girl at the beauty counter complimented my outfit and told me this color was great for me… I already had a Spring in my step, but it improved a little after that… Who doesn’t like a compliment????


My now 14 year old photographer was a little distracted watching this little guy and just couldn’t resist taking it’s picture!  


I am so grateful for Sunshine and how it can even lift my bloated PMS Funk and make me feel like dancing (of course a flowing skirt that swirls around in the breeze helps that too!) 

I am grateful that Walgreen’s had the special size battery I needed for my Weight Watcher brand scale, as I weigh daily and couldn’t do this morning… 

I am grateful for an e-mail from Groupon for bowling deals that will save us quite a bit on our new family weekends..

I am grateful that my daughter’s bridesmaid dress arrived for her friend’s wedding and fits her beautifully, except the length which must be shortened…

Well it’s been close to a month or so since I’ve been thrifting and I made up for it by hitting several Goodwills and Salvation Army’s…

I will post my find’s later this week…


It doesn’t show well here, but the Ann Taylor animal print cardigan has a slight tinge of blue in it , which is why I chose to pair my cobalt flats and purse with the grey pants and ligher dove gray sequined t-shirt.


I typically do three pictures, but today you are only getting two…

Why you ask???

Because My Dear Readers, I am gained five pounds and now added another 3 with PMS, so wasn’t happy with my front on pictures…  I am not worried as I gained it all from one night of fun with friends and eating Irish Soda bread among other things… I am back on track and will no doubt lose it soon…

I really do need to get back to my WW meetings, I miss them, but with my stupid sinus infections and vertigo from last month, needed to catch up on homeschooling…  


I am grateful to my dear friend for texting me to hang out today! 

I am grateful for the women friends in my life who I cherish tremendously!

I am grateful for fun interactions with other thrift shoppers, they really are so nice!

I am grateful for the wonderful music being played at each store we went to as I was singing away, thinking I need more music in my life…being sick with sinus stuff meant no music….

I am grateful that I am back to exercising and feeling the muscle burn I love so much.

I am grateful for a wonderful phone conversation with my dearest freind, she truly is the friend I have waited my entire life for!  

I love the mine accordian pleating in skirts and when I saw this one on Ebay, I just had to purchase it..

After all this color really works so well with my hair…

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This outfit emerged out of necessity to keep warm on this windy 65 degree day, while also camoflauging the incredible bloating of that darn cycle , that at 48 years, I am ready for it to cease permanently!  

Let’s face it , I’ve already lost my beautful hour glass firgure and have that middle age spread going on, add in the bloating and enough is enough!!!!


My apologies my dear readers, sometimes it just feels good to vent!  

This is my newest purse addition and was suppose to be a long strap as a crossbody, but I just pulled it to a shorter double strap.  


Tucking in the sweater and adding the moto vest really made all the difference !

I am really getting a lot of use from this necklace I bought from Forever 21!  Who knew this silver loving gal could change into loving gold????? 

Dear Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend!  


I am grateful that my youngest thoroughly enjoyed his birthday! 

I am grateful that after waiting what seemed like forever to my dear son, that he nows has his first cell phone and has a model newer than his siblings who will all have to wait for upgrades…. A fun unique postion for the youngest child!!!

I am grateful that the new Iphone 5S has such wonderful features that have filled us with great amusements as we await answers from  the personal assistant, SIRI   to the silly questions the boys are posing…

I am grateful that my husband is back in a management position and instead of just doing sales, is planning out his week and how to improve things!  He really rises to challenges and loves them!

I am grateful for watching Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays on HBO as he told his life story, losing his father when he was 15 and mother ant 53… I lost my father at 13 and mother at 43….

I am grateful for holidays and the precious memories that always get brought to the surface!  

Well, Dear Readers, I may just have discovered my new favorite color combo!

I left my camera in my son’s car and didn’t get it back until late on Friday, so posting now…


I purchased this poncho from Ebay and hadn’t worn it yet…

I love how this look turned out and how boho and fun it felt…

There really is something about a ponchos and boots that conjure up carefree days of my childhood when I use to have not a care in the world and went around doing cartwheels…


The addition of the cabbie cream hat and the long necklace add to the boho vibe…


The fabullous snakeskin purse is not really boho,but does a great job of adding in a modern element!

I so wish I could share with you , my dear readers where to get a purse like this, but I bought it over a year ago and it is no longer available… I even checked Ebay for you my Dear Readers….

Dear Readers, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Easter! 

Saturday is my youngest child’s 14th birthday!!!!  We are going to have a fun Family filled Weekend! 


I am so grateful that my dear husband is no longer doing a sales job with straight commission as never knowing hsi paychecks was a difficult and stressful thing to juggle… It is especially apparent right now as we have been signing up and applying for two children to head off to college!!!

I am grateful for what promises to be a very busy Birthday and Easter Weekend!  

I am grateful for wonderful conversations with my daughter as she plans to face this next stage in her goals to getting her doctorate in Psychology and moving so far away. (No worries huge Irish Catholic Family within just a few miles from her school!)  

I am grateful for the close knit family I’ve worked hard to create and the knowledge that no matter where our children flit off to , that our relationships will remain strong!  

It seems like so many of us are currently experiencing the return of colder temps, 

but I’ll take my 40’s over those areas getting snow in Mid-April!  


I was feeling quite spunky today and wasn’t going to let the cooler temps rain on my Parade…

I am practically dancing as I go through all the things to do for getting my dear daughter ready for her graduate school in just a few weeks…


With the interest created from the print in the dress, I resisted my maximal nature and didn’t add a necklace…

Just a simple pair of orange ball earrings and my rings were all the accessories needed..


I packed up my knee high boots, but thank goodness I left the lower ones out!!!!

I even packed up all my tights, but leggings work , so no problem…

Dear Readers, I spent the day shopping for groceries and hanging out with my two youngest who tagged along with me.. My 18 year old said he is trying to fit in as much time with both me and his brother before he has to go away to college next year.  He is so sensitive and worried about the impact on his younger brother, as they have been so close.  It is going to be so weird having just one child and my social life is going to change.. My husband and I never think twice about going out as there is always a couple kids home togtether… I’ve always said it’s easier to be the mother of four than it is of just one and I guess I am going to see how true that is!!!!


I am so grateful that my daughter and I had a wonderfully productive day getting some great winter coats, snow pants and such ordered online for great off season prices in preparation for her Boston College Winter…

I am grateful that my two sons joined me for the grocery shopping and the fun we had…

I am grateful and so blessed that I have succeeded in my greatest wish of being rich in the things that money can’t buy!  (my kids like spending time with each other and their parents!!!!) 

I am grateful for my new Memory Foam pillows I purchased at BJ’s today and am looking forward to sleeping with it tonight!!!! 

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