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Archive for July 2015

For Today’s Outfit of Choice,

I had a specific goal in mind….

To attempt to create the curves that this menopausal weight gain

has temporarily stolen from me.


Pardon my too wrinkly skirt, I really should have steamed it, oops! 

I began this look with my new striped peplum top found here from Ebay. 

I bought my first peplum tops last summer from F21, and this year have added a few

 of the Isaac Mizrahi via QVC 

Last year, I was 15lbs lighter and loved them for their feminine flair,

this year I like them for hiding the weight gain in my stomach region.  


I think adding the brown shrug with the rounded hemline added

curves where mine are currently non -existent…

All in an attempt to accept the body I have while trying to get back the one I love…

I was actually pleased with this look for the day and hope to try similar silhouettes soon. 


With the July being my mother’s birthday month, 

I’ve been missing her a lot and honor those emotions by wearing her jewelry.

The necklace is a gold rose with a big clip on the back, a vintage scarf clip, 

but it works on her gold chain to create a nice pendant. 

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Today’s look was loosely inspired by this one from Pinterest.  

Dear Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I am a little ‘bowled out after 5 days of bowling last week to get in practices for my son who is heading to the state championships this weekend.  I did sneak in a day of getting some sun on Sunday, as my husband and I snuck off to go to Mt. Trashmore (yep, it’s the only hill in Virginia Beach, man-made in the 70’s of trash)  It sure beat going to the beach, finding a parking space and getting sand everywhere.  We went for about an hour and half , just enough time to get a little color with no burning.  I liked it so much , this might be our new Sunday thing!  

I am still on track for the weight loss.  Besides the morning lemon water, drinking plenty of water through out the day, adding in green tea and 2 yogurts, I have been writing down EVERYTHING  I eat.  I actually have a piece of paper for it on the fridge, so I don’t forget to write it and have to see the daily totals any time I go in the kitchen.  

It’s been working great to keep me on Track! 

I had planned to publish my weight loss, but I am not sure my scale was correct this morning, as it would mean I lost 6lbs in a week and I’ve never done that before.  If my scale says the same thing two days in a row , then I’ll believe it…


I am grateful for the upcoming trip this weekend and the chance for our homeschool group to hang out for a few days together.  

I am grateful for our Saturday Night bowling league and the family fun! 

I am grateful that I feel empowered towards taking back control of my weight. 

I am grateful that I get to pay my husband back for all the times he keeps singing the Red Solo Cup song, by taking him to the Tobey Keith concert in August… It’s a funny joke for my Northern born husband who isn’t into country music…. When we were dating , he did go to Reba with me!  He will have a great time, as a bunch of friends will be going with us…

Tonight was another Wonderful Mom’s Night Out

and I have to say that I’ve been saying for a very long time that the women in our generation,

are missing out on these amazing  times with other women that use to be such a big part of the past, 

like when different generations would all get together for quilting bees.  

Our group all looks forward to these nights and it really recharges us all!  


I really struggled today trying to put together an outfit and have a huge pile of things I tried on, but dismissed…

It’s all about this darn menopausal weight gain! 


I ended up with this new lace top from, my newest guilty pleasure…

The skirt is one I bought in a lot of skirts from Ebay last year.  

I wanted a pop of color in my purse and felt rather daring with this combo…


I had better lose this weight because, dressing this body is bringing me down..

Dear Readers,  the first two days on my push towards my birthday have gone well. I walked Wednesday night and hurt the back of me knee , yet again.  I may have found the culprit in my new Nike’s that I purchased more for sporty looks , than exercise shoes and it just so happens the last two walks I went on , which both hurt my knee were with those shoes.  

I am excited about trying once this heals to go back to my other shoes

and not have to give up the walking as my form of cardio…


I am grateful for the laughter tonight at my Parent’s Night Out. 

I am grateful that my husband wanted to go walking again tonight, not that I could with me knee…

I am grateful that I enjoyed not bowling today and just watching my sons and niece.  

I am grateful that when I put my knee issue out to a fitness support group, that their responses helped me figure out it could be my shoes.  

I am grateful for comments from my Dear Readers!  

The Push to get this 15lb Weight Gain is Now On!  

 I have Just two months from today to get myself back into shape 

after this menopausal weight gain…

I took before pics, this morning and I can clearly see the midsection gain and loss of my curves, 

which explains my current struggle in styling outfits.  


I will not be revealing the before pics by themselves, 

so hold on for the next 6o days when I do the reveal…

I am loving this as I am finally really motivated!  


Today, I went bowling yet again, as my son’s competition is next weekend 

and he is getting use to his new performance ball.

Today we  met up with his homeschooling group and an extra group lesson 

with his private coach, which helped him tremendously.

Another practice bowling day set for Thursday and then a private lesson on Friday.  

It’s a good thing we all like bowling and are enjoying this crazy week of so much of it!  


Upon my arrival to the bowling alley, I was met outside by an employee on a break who shouted, 

“I had shoes like that back in 19… I’m not gonna say when!  It would Shock You!”   

I laughed and said, “Yes, like all things they are back on trend!”  

Wearing my thrifted black and colbalt top paired with two pieces from of the very lightweight sweater,

which even has pockets…. and my linen jogger capris..   

I found this necklace at Walmart on clearance for just $3 and the purse is from Amazon , here

Dear Readers,  I could really use accountability for the 2 month countdown to lose this darn weight, so please chime in with a comment to cheer me on and help keep me motivated!!!!

 I’ll be putting more details out about my plan and course of action along the way. 

First Up is the Addition of Warm Lemon Water First thing in the Morning,

Why , you ask, Read this article for the benefits.  


I am so grateful that I’ve found the motivation that has seemed to allude me, despite my strong desire to get rid of the 15lbs  I’ve gained. 

I am grateful for having my niece this week and the fun we are all having going bowling and our one day we made it to the beach.

I am grateful for phone calls from my daughter who is back in Boston for graduate school. 

I am grateful for my friendships with the homeschooling mom’s and seeing them today, but also knowing I get to see them again for a Parent’s Night Out, Thursday!  

Sunday was my daughter’s 24th birthday,

and I knew it was going to be very hard on me to be away from her.

In order to finish graduate school in two years, she needed to take a Summer 

Semester , so she is back in Boston…


In order not to let our separation on this day get me down,

I made plans to give my daughter’s college loft bed frame to a dear friend’s

8 year old daughter, hence the need for casual wear.


I wanted to wear my new Liz Claiborne Utility vest and of course a dark bottom for putting together a bed frame and crawling on the floor, so it was simple to find a thrifted printed tank with both the blues and tans to tie it all together.  


I finished the look off with my Target find clearance floral sneakers, 

and a headband I bought several years ago at a festival.  

Dear Readers, I really did choose the right thing to do today, as it felt wonderful to make a difference in the life of a little girl today.  Giving to others truly is a wonderful gift to oneself!  


I am so grateful that my daughter was in good spirits today and in the spirit of self care was heading out to dinner in a cute town she discovered recently for dinner at Panera and a french crepe at another location in the shopping center for dessert. 

I am grateful that my husband so readily agreed to help in my good deed of the day and in fact did most of the work and seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. 

I am grateful that we finished in time to go grocery shopping at BJ’s before they closed. 

I am grateful for Summer and outdoor grilling as we made a favorite of my daughter’s (cause anything with bacon is her favorite) barbecue chicken, bacon , tomato and sharp cheddar sandwhich with corn on the cob.  

I am grateful that when I told her our dinner plans that she giggled and wasn’t upset that she wasn’t here with us.  She knows it was her mother’s silly way of feeling closer to her, as this was the meal I make for her every time she comes home.

I am grateful that this week starts my time with my niece for the Summer!  

Well, earlier in the week I showed a more subtle version of an outfit for the holiday…

Today, it’s a definite Overt version…


It doesn’t get much more American than Stars and Stripes…


Did you think I was missing the red, lol!  

I thrifted this cute vest and adore it…


I had fun wearing this outfit Friday, to go bowling..

Any time you see me pictured with my tote bag, it holds my bowling shoes, lol…

I’ll be going bowling a lot because my son just got a new performance ball and is learning to use it…


There is nothing more comfortable than these fabulous Bob shoes by Sketchers…

Wishing you my Dear Readers, A fabulous Holiday Weekend, filled with laughter , family, friends, great food and music! 

Well, Dear Readers, I Must Say that Today’s Outfit,

Made Me Very Happy…

I feel like it is a definite “Tracey”  look, something I have been struggling to find

This Summer…


This had just the right amount of feminine touches like the lace and blinged out vest , 

along with the edginess of the the mostly black to feel the Ying/Yang I crave from outfits.

Sometimes in Summer I feel like the looks are getting too sweet with out the contrast that feels more like me.


The top is one my daughter bought via Burlington online, here and wanted to return but didn’t.  

I rather like it , so glad I could confiscate it , after all I did pay for it…

I knotted it for today with the cropped pants for a more balanced proportion with capirs, but will layer it for fall worn long. 

The  linen Crops  are by Old Navy and my favorite shoes of the season my

Clark’s Wedges are via


It was so nice to finally feel like I was in an outfit that made me feel good and more like myself.  

It seems like maxi dresses and skirts aren’t the only look I can count on.  

I really think adding in the vest for third completer piece is a huge key to my happiness levels, 

as even in sneakers yesterday, I felt better with the white vest.   

Third completer pieces truly are a big part of my style and I want them even in the heat of Summer…


I am grateful that despite my 6am wake up this morning after three hours of sleep that I managed not to go for a nap and have high hopes for an early bedtime and better rest tonight…I never take sleep for granted, lol! 

I am grateful that after trying to go bowling very late in the afternoon and getting rejected for a lane due to league nights, that we opted for Chik Fil A for dinner to at least make something of our outing…

I am grateful for a phone call from my daughter and hearing her positive attitude to disappointment and chaos. 

I am grateful for my insight and clarity about my dependency on third completer pieces, which now gives me a clear plan to move forward for the remainder of the season.   

Today when getting dressed I decided to put together an Inspiration Look for 

My Dear Readers for the July 4th Weekend


I think I was doing great, til I added the purple purse….

The other elements are great at adding a nod to the Patriotic colors without being overly obvious, which was my goal.

Funny thing is the tank was one I bought from  and my daughter didn’t like, so I inherited it and love it!  

My Capris are from my favorite Jean designer, Diane Gilman via HSN 

Funny, I just realized everthing I have here except my earrings are new for the season!


I found my necklace on and I think the vest too…

You might say I love, ssshhh don’t tell my husband!  

We had a nice breeze today, so my wonderful plan to create the vertical lines with the white vest went South…. 


I had the blue and white covered with my jeans, shoes (clearance from Target) and the white in the polk a dots, necklace and vest…

I decided to add a touch of red to the look with the watch for a subtle nod to the Patriotic Holiday.  

Then on the way out, I grabbed my purple purse as we headed to the bowling alley to get my son’s new performance ball drilled!  

Dear Readers,  I am always game for stretching myself and trying new things.  Tonight I did that by going to my husband’s gym to test out the Sauna.   I am happy to report that I stayed in for 15 minutes!   It wasn’t as bad as I thought, once you get past the initial heat and panic of wanting to leave.  I saw this happen to several women , who saw me in there toughing it out and came in to give it a go… I was lucky that my husband was there with me and that he had recommended I bring a large mouth bottled ice water to breathe into.  Once I got use to the heat it wasn’t too bad and I made it easily to the 10 minute mark… Laughing at the  young guy who came in after me stayed for 5 minutes before going out for a breath of cool air before returning.   The final minutes were the hardest, but I had declared that I would last for 15 minutes and once I say I am going to do it, I have to!   

Bottom line, I would absolutely do it again and in fact think it would be great for my sinuses…

Dear Readers, have you ever tried a Sauna? 


I am grateful that the man who drilled my son’s bowling ball had such a great personality and was very thorough in making sure it was comfortable and a right fit.  ( a complete opposite experience from the guy who drilled his first two balls a few months ago) 

I am grateful to my son’s League Coach who recommended the new guy to us! 

I am grateful that after bowling 2 games with his new ball, that my son described it as , “Awesome!” 

I am grateful to my dear mother for her recognizing my “I can’t do it ” attitude and her reading me and reminding me often of “The Little Engine that Could”  and turning me around to an adult who is open to new experiences.  By the time you Read this my Dear Readers, It will be July 2nd, her birthday!  Love you and miss you, MOM!  

It’s a rare day when I allow myself to stew in negative emotions…

And today was one of those…

I am not feeling well with sinus issues and a sore throat, 

that coupled with struggling in seeing my photos each day and being smacked in the face with my weight gain,

just took their toll on me today…


I went through several top combination before finally settling on this look for the day…

This cream lace top is one I’ve had since before my weight loss and have worn infrequently, but somehow today, 

it felt just right for added texture and femininity that I was craving for the 

Kate & Mallory pants that I bought for the season and are now sold out

I added the lightweight sweater to create those wonderful vertical lines that are visually slimming. 


It was up in the 90’s today , but there was a nice breeze! 

With the stripes and texture of the lace top, 

I kept the accessories simple for today with silver drop earrings and a cream watch,

you can see in other photos.


I decided to bookend my hair with the cognac Franco Sarto sandals, I stalked and purchased from Ebay.

After wearing my peep toe booties yesterday, I felt inspired to choose these for the same “pick me up” feeling only a pair of heels can give this stay at home mother who loves fashion.  

Yellow crops and Aztec print for Summer: Over 40 blogger

This photo on Pinterest is bringing people to my blog a lot the last few weeks, 

and each time I see it, I get that twinge knowing those pants no longer fit me…

Somehow I have to find the motivation to get my butt in gear and lose this weight as my 50th Birthday is just two months away!  I can seem to get there, and get side tracked by my insomnia or headaches…I am blaming menopause, but have to stop allowing it to control me and take back control and responsibility… 


I am grateful for my blog and Dear Readers as it kept me motivated to get dressed and play in my closet despite my not feeling well.  

I am grateful that my son’s new performance bowling ball arrived today, a day early. We had plans to go to the alley with the person we want to drill it for him tomorrow, so perfect timing.  

I am grateful that I had a better night’s sleep last night.

I am grateful that my son is going to see his home-school friends tomorrow, after not seeing them for a month since we stopped the bowling league. 

I am grateful that I decided to give my son’s the trip to Boston to visit their sister for the 4th and her birthday on the 5th since I am feeling this awful sinus stuff right now.  

I am grateful that my husband and I decided to spend our daughter’s birthday away from her by giving to my best friend’s daughter and putting up a loft bed for her..It will take the sting away of being without my daughter. 

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