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Well, this look is close to a formula of my last outfit…

Striped top and open kimono…

But all striped tops are not created equal….

These stripes are gold sparkly thread.

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My sincerest apologies as the lighting is not the best to show the glittery gold stripes.

Today I went out to lunch with two very dear friends and before we knew it was almost 5;30,

so pictures were taken at dusk

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I retook this inside in hopes of showing the gold stripes. 

I am again wearing two necklaces, my Honora  pearl choker is currently

on clearance for just $39,99 

I purchased this sweater back in September on clearance from

Loft for just $18, like I said before, you have 

to love when Loft or Ann Taylor does extra off clearance prices,

this one was at 60% of the clearance price.  

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This is my first time wearing what I consider my score of the Season!  

I had fallen in love with these Same Edelman Okala ankle pump ,

as they’ve been all over blogs and my style forum sites.  

They were over $100 when they first came on the scene and out of my reach 

for pumps since I am a stay at home mother who doesn’t have occasions to wear them often.

I stalked them all over the internet and when they went on clearance at HSN for $$49.99

I was delighted because they actually had my size 7.5.    

Amazon has them HERE in limited sizes.  

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As much as I LOVE color, I also  adore black and white outfits. 

In fact I say in my head every time I put outfits of black and white together, 

“Black and White is always Right!”  

I simply can’t help but notice these shoes in this photo and am over the moon that I finally own them. 

My Dear Readers, Have you ever stalked something and been delighted to have it go down into your price range? 

If so, share in the comments what it was and if you still feel the same after owning it awhile or

perhaps if you have you own ” Score of the Season”  What would it be??? 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a wonderful lunch with two dear friends and plans to start a monthly lunch with any friends who can make it.  

I am also grateful to have made plans to go see a play next month, as I love the theater and our city’s one at the beach is such fun. 

I am grateful that DH’s last words before he went out this morning was to shout , ” Have a great lunch! ” 

I am grateful that we are scheduling a cruise for next year back to Bermuda and that more women are joining us for the adventure.  

We got hit by Hurricane Matthew and had lots of flooding,

trees down, electricity out , vehicles damaged, etc 

in our city, but lucky for us we just went without electricity for 28 hours.   

Matthew brought with him a tease of Fall temps the day or two afterwards 

For Some Inspiration from Other Bloggers for Fall Looks, Go Peruse the Link up at 

Fashion Should Be Fun. 

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and I managed to wear a new for the season fringe sweater( on clearance now) 

 and boho jeans(sold out),

but these are the best photos I managed as I was taking them at the wrong time of day. 

I found this rhinestone letter T at Hobby Lobby recently and it’s actually a pin, I just put on a chain. 

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Today, I am left faking Fall, as we are experiencing a sunny 75 degrees.  

A long sleeve striped sweater and a poncho worked perfectly for pretending. 

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These are all items from previous seasons that are now workhorses, vetted 

and much loved.  In fact that Old Navy poncho was a thrifted find. 

The striped sweater was an end of season clearance from Ann Taylor

one place I only shop online at end of season clearance time.  

That link will send you to Ann Taylor’s clearance which is an additional 40% off right now, 

and the time when I usually shop for a good deal.  

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This trend of rolling up jeans above the ankle boots and showing a little skin  works for now and into 

 Fall, but I doubt I will be doing it through Winter.   

A good navy bag is a must in my world and this Madi Claire is sold out, but

728-825- Madi Claire "Sage" Croco Embossed Leather Zip Top Laser Cut Shopper Handbag

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This one is available…. as is 

726-448- Madi Claire Three-Piece "Devon" Croco Embossed Leather Tote Bag w/ Wristlet & Card Holder Set

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This tote version with accessories and a nice tassle.

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I am loving doubling up on the necklaces a lot lately. 

This combo began with the large purple sliced stone piece that I picked up at Michael’s. 

Of course it would work well on a long chain, but in order to double it up, 

I opted to wear it on my new silver collar necklace (sold out) 

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping by, I adore hearing from you, and 

greatly appreciate each and every comment. 

Gratitude

I am grateful that even though my sneezing didn’t go away all day, at least they became less often throughout the day. ( just after I completed typing this DD had a sneezing spout come on with 5 in a row) 

I am grateful for my morning walk in the sunshine to get salad fixings to get back on track with healthy eating, as I have been terrible since I returned from the cruise.  

I am grateful that my son away at college with our new bunny is doing a fantastic job of keeping us in the loop of her progress and cute behavior traits that are coming out as she explores her newfound freedom as a beloved pet and not a breeders show bunny.  

I am grateful for sleeping in until 7:330 this morning , as it sure beats this darn menopausal change of 5-6am!  

I am grateful for a nice walk with my daughter yesterday to the Dollar Store and AC Moore craft store as we had fun conversations with women and it was nice to see my daughter in that light , talking to older women.  It was even better that she commented how nice that felt. 

I loved this look when I saw it on Pinterest , 

as it fits that Ying/Yang concept of opposites 

that I love in an outfit. 

Fall outfit - cute with a chambray top:

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The unexpected element of adding layers of pearls to such a 

casual jean, striped top and jeans outfit takes this outfit 

up a notch.  

In fact Angie over at YOU LOOK FAB wrote a post about this with her wonderful 

spin and detail of each element of the outfit to inspire recreating your own version. 

Pardon the picture quality, rain…

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It truly was a perfect inspiration for today when my morning began 

with accompanying my son to his bowling league.  

Layering is a must for that activity, as the alley is always cold. 

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My Clarks slip-ons were a perfect finish to this look with our warmer

temperatures and to keep the outfit more casual. 

I tend to wear heels or wedges a lot, but these slip-ons

have been getting a lot of use.  

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My two necklaces, both new from two different months 

surprises from Jewelbits. 

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By 

Are you looking as forward to Fall and Winter as I am? 

I can’t wait to style a new silhouette of culottes with boots

and wear ponchos and sweaters and let’s not forget 

my obsession with boots!  

What are you looking forward to wearing this season? 

Gratitude

I am grateful for Saturday morning bowling and the chance to get out early to hang out. 

I am grateful to my son for indulging me by taking these pictures in which I conceded

and allowed him shelter on the porch, lol 

I am grateful for the fun today of talking to one of the women who will be joining us on our cruise next September ,cause we are going to make this a new yearly women’s only trip!  

I am grateful for this upcoming holiday season and how I’ve already begun shopping for the family. 

I am grateful that I am back to blogging!  

I’ve taken quite a break from regular blogging and have missed it terribly. 

I am ready to get back on track , especially since Fall is arriving and it’s my 

favorite season for outfits. 

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I am faking Fall , as our temperatures are still in the high 70’s.  

I bought these new rust colored pants from Jane.com . 

The top is new for the season as well.  

I began adding more purple to my wardrobe last Fall and this 

was just an additional top to mix in and add more versatility to those pieces. 

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My wavy hair is what it looks like when I just let it dry naturally, 

and my photographer teen son said to me as we were walking outside 

to take photos, ” Are you going to do anything with your hair?” 

I just laughed….

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I am wearing my amethyst necklace , 

along with the tassel one my daughter gave me as a Christmas gift. 

I recently showed DH a beautiful amethyst bracelet at BJ’s ,

that I hinted at as a Christmas present. 

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I am looking forward to being able to transition this 

look for cooler temperatures by adding a cardigan or 

a leather jacket into the mix.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I found my prescription sunglasses , as I accidentally left them at Panera Monday night when we had dinner with my oldest son who turned 30!!!!  

I am grateful that he was happy about turning 30 and liking how he’d handled his 20’s and the person he is today. 

I am grateful that I ordered myself a Bissell Steam Mop and that when it arrived today, that my son and daughter were just as excited as I was to try it out on the den the floor.  

I am grateful for Football Season and that my game is televised , so I can stay home and watch it…

I shared with you , my Dear Readers,

our grief in August when our beloved bunny, Chloe passed away, 

so it only seems fair to share

our healing today as we welcomed a new bunny into our family. 

Meet Penelope!  

The best part of this fun journey was that while away on my cruise, 

DH happened upon the rabbit breeder where we had gotten our first Mini Lop, Chloe.  

We had looked online for the breeder , but couldn’t find him and thought perhaps over about 8 years that 

he may have gone out of the business. 

The universe provides and DH saw his truck while pumping gas and struck up a conversation. 

Prior to joining our family , Penelope lived her not quite 6 months 

hearing the voices of the father/son breeders…

When we stopped on the way home to run to get some coolant for the car,

I stayed in the car talking to her and noticed her ears pricking up and it hit me , 

how high pitched my voice must be in comparison.  

Her days as a show bunny are a thing of the past , as is living in a barn outside 

in a wire cage.   Today she got brave and explored the house and was tentative , 

but definitely curious, as long as she could venture back to either my daughter’s closet or

under the den couch.   While she lived in a breeder environment, I must say , 

he adores his rabbits and is quite proud of showing them and has a garage display that 

is quite impressive with ribbons and trophies.  

This breeder also brings his delightful rabbits to Nursing homes to cheer up the residents, gives  them 

to veterans who need a therapy bunny, and even donates them to youngsters who can’t afford them.

He truly loves his rabbits and has a good heart.  

 

As a mother , nothing feels better than seeing this smile , as my son 

has felt the loss of Chloe so much as they shared his small college apartment. 

Penelope headed back to college with him and we will see her in two weeks

when he comes home for Fall Break….

Of course he always sent us Chloe pictures and updates of her antics , 

so I trust he will do the same as he shares the ventures of taking a show  bunny who 

lived in a cage into a domesticated , litter trained beloved pet.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that we found a bunny that felt right to us all and the perfect timing as my son in his junior year , is under more stress with harder classes , leadership responsibilities, volunteering and even managing some fun flag football…

I am grateful that the path of Storm Matthew is currently not heading to us , and pray that remains it’s path, while praying for those in Florida being beaten by it currently. 

I am grateful that my husband was able to run home for an introduction to our new bunny before he headed to college. 

I am grateful the beginning of our homeschool journey of delving into college credits through the CLEP exams 

I am grateful that today my friend and I planned a Parent’ s Night Out dinner , as we missed them all Summer !  


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