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Archive for January 2020

I was feeling like I really needed a pick me up as these cold winter days are not my thing!
I always turn to my closet to boost my mood and thought pink in Winter would be fun.
Of course I realized that not everyone could relate to this outfit, lol

The outfit formula , however could be useful ,

so that prompted this post.
My pink jeans are like most of my immense jean collection                        by Diane Gilman.
I have to say, I am loving that skinny jeans are getting some competition these days with wider bottoms like these boot-cuts.

The poncho is one I have on inventory,but never really got off the ground with the boutique I attempted to get started when my sister passed. I posted the four I have left on eBay.

My snakeskin booties were bought this season from DSW.

Now onto the formula : Light and dark top & Completer piece of the same shade, neutral top, print booties.

I wanted to show this same formula in Olive, and hate the photo because my pants are actually a bit loose and look awful… Will use my trick if washing in hot water to shrink and extend the ability to wear them during this weight loss journey. If that wasn’t enough the wind was whipping a part of my hair for a complete blooper photo.

I am being brave and posting it anyway, lol

Dark and Light shades of Olive, Neutral top, printed booties.

Here is Diane Gilman’s selection of Olive Jeans 

The Olive Honey Comb Sweater and Grey one in the final look are both from Target
In both Women’s and Plus Sizes.

Last up I wanted to show the outfit with all neutrals beginning with black bottoms and a light gray cardigan. For the neutral top, I chose camel. I Closed the sweater with my grandmother’s pin, pictured below


I am grateful to have my grandmother’s jewelry pieces and I feel privileged to be the third generation to wear them. 

I am grateful for my patient photographer who supports me.

I am grateful for my dear friend who so wisely questioned whether I needed to go out and meet her tonight since I was going to see her this weekend.  She knows I needed a day at home!   


As my regular readers know, I gained weight due to menopause and before I could conquer that, my sister passed and I gained   

more during this three years of intense mourning.
In September I turned 54 and had a really tough downhill spiral as , it was the birthday my sister never reached. She passed 6 weeks prior to hers.


The top photo was right before Christmas and my wake up call,

as I saw how chubby my face was.

Don’t get me wrong, I still felt pretty, just not healthy.


While the second photo was a few weeks into doing Intermittent  Fasting My downward spiral lasted all the way through the holidays at which point, I snapped out of it and began doing Intermittent Fasting. 

Dr. Jason Fung is all over YouTube with lengthy explanations of Intermittent Fasting, 

Here is the shortest one I could find,

He also wrote a book Obesity Code that I m listening to on Amazon Audible. 

Facebook as Intermittent Fasting Groups for more information as well. 

You can do anywhere from 16 hours or more. I vary from 16 to 24 hours a day, with my preferred fasting time of 20 hours. I fast daily and do a 24 hour fast every Saturday. The most important thing to understand is that this is not about starvation , but about eating your calories in a shorter time frame to allow body to get into fat burning mode. I have to say it was easier than I ever imagined it would be. 

This Article on how much water we need and why is great! 

 I drink between 80-100 ounces of water.
Best of all my results have been that the afternoon brain fog is gone and I have so much more energy! I have lost some inches , but the scale has stayed the same.  I am not worried about the scale and hardly ever think of weighing myself.

I am 30 days into the journey and have just started working out three days a week on my Pilates machine with Resistance bands. It truly is a full body work out in 20 minutes. I will bump things up after a month on this schedule.

Next Wednesday I will describe my daily food intake.


I bought several lightweight sweaters like the one I am wearing here 

from  Loft Outlet this season.   

I also highly recommend Loft Ponte Leggings. 


I still love wearing two necklaces, lol 

The long tassel is by Joan Rivers via QVC 

It is on sale for $38.16 and comes in gold, silver or rose gold.  

My Ruby Pendant is by Samuel B and no longer available,

Here is the current collection of pendants 


I am grateful for my silly rabbit who is current licking my foot while I type, every day 

she does something new and entertaining and delights me! 

I am grateful for my Full Spectrum Happy Light therapy, using it now 

I am grateful for dear friends and morning text chats.  

I am grateful for Intermittent Fasting and what I see as a new life long journey!  

Please comment, ask questions, your feedback keeps me motivated

It took me a bit longer to get back to blogging than I originally planned!
I have decided that I will return for 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
My life these days is busy supporting my youngest son’s goals of going to Vegas this summer for a Junior Gold Bowling Tournament!

That means spending 4 days a week in bowling alleys,
two days of leagues and two days with coaches.

This was last year in Detroit for his first Junior Gold Event

I have to say he is the bravest soul I know, as he went and competed after

switching from traditional one handed bowling to two -handed style just 3 months

before the tournament and he was also pretty new to bowling on crazy oil patterns like the pros!
I have learned so much as a bowling mother about this sport! 
He has come along way since the Detroit tournament in July.
I feel so blessed to be on this journey with him.
If anyone knows anything about bowling , his new high score is 275 and
his high 3 game series is 691. He has a goal to reach 700 series soon.


Now, I will end with a bunch of outfits I have worn this season,

I definitely am loving kimonos , lol

I wanted to add femininity to my football style, lol

Our movie theater showed games this year and I happened

to park next to this vehicle so had to get a photo.

I added this zebra print cardigan for Fall from Loft,

as you know I love black and white prints as they are

so versatile and can be paired with any color.

I added in some Carmel colors this season with this poncho and top.

Fuchsia has to be one of my favorite colors and I love it with Navy.
My snakeskin booties are new for the season and I love them!


You can’t tell but these jeans are by my favorite designer

Diane Gilman via HSN and have an embroidered Peacock!
I love vests , longer ones for leatherette leggings are a must.

I joined Get Your Pretty On’s Fall and Winter Challenges and faux leather leggings

were all the rage and a polarizing item that not everyone embraced, but I am daring and love them.

Again my love of black and white prints prompted a purchase of polka dot cardigan.

Black faux leather leggings this time around.
Leopard is another versatile print that goes with everything!

January 15th I celebrated 29 years of marriage, boy have we lived through a lot!

Us now, enjoying our love of football despite different teams!


I am so grateful to have moved past the worst of the mourning stage, losing my sister was tough stuff, as so much of who I am is because of who she was…

I am grateful that my oldest found a way to honor my sister’s legacy by embracing her
“Work Hard, Play Harder“ way of life and he is now doing Improv and embracing his innate artistic ability!

 I am grateful for a fun night going to see “ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood “ with that poignant moment of Mr Rogers asking “Who loved you into being”. I seriously thought of 25 people right away !

 I am grateful for my Movie B_ uddy and the days we go out to break up my time at bowling alleys!

I am grateful for my New Years resolution to spend one day a month with my dearest friend who is busier than I am supporting her daughter in dance and acting in plays.

Please comment and let me know you are here!

Your comments are my only payment for the effort of  blogging. 

Share a Gratitude of your own, choose a favorite look , or tell me something keeping you busy these days. 

Next up : WEIGHT LOSS Wednesdays where I share my current journey!



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