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I apologize for such sporadic blog posting.  

I can not believe that we are coming up on the year anniversary of my sister’s

passing and the emotions that have erupted in full force again…

The Toughest Loss of my life and this year has seemed to literally have flown by! 

With the Holidays around the Corner, I thought I would just do a fun post on some of my favorite things.  

Pair with a blazer, and let the multi-strand snake chains, tassel drop, and clear crystal accents of this elegant necklace do the talking. Page 1 QVC.com

 

I have always highly recommended that every woman needs a long necklace or 

two as they are perfect for adding a vertical line and somewhere for the eye to go.

This Joan Rivers Tassle one is perfection in my humble opinion 

It comes in both silver and gold and is a nice substantial piece, I must say for plus size women,

this bolder more substantial version is a definite must-have!  

From the treadmill to the track, these arch compression socks are snug enough for athletic activities, while their mesh upper lets them breathe. QVC.com

I thought I would add something for Men here and these Muk Luk Compression arch socks

for just $15 are an easy crowd pleaser.  

If you haven’t tried compression arch socks, you most certainly should make that on your list too! 

Under wraps. Whether worn over an open-front leather jacket or a V-neck cardigan, this faux leather cord belt from H by Halston ties your look together beautifully. Page 1 QVC.com

Sometimes we tend to forget those small luxury pieces like a wonderful leather cord tie belt.

This  Halston one is just $14.76 and comes in 3 colors and sizes.  

I own it in black and have to say that I use it quite often and can not even begin to describe how much I love it!  

Lug Puddle Jumper Travel Bag with Packable Carry-All

Last month I took a trip to San Diego and unbeknownst to me, the airline tickets 

an associate bought for me, was so basic you did not get a carry-on , just an underneath the

seat personal item.   I went searching and fell in love with this set and they were perfect. 

Watch the video to see all the features on this Lug Puddle Jumper .  

Favorite things. You'll be adding this H by Halston bomber jacket to your favorites list. Page 1 QVC.com

This Halston Navy Bomber Jaceket is one I bought in March and have worn so many times already. 

A true work horse, so comfy , yet adds a fun sporty touch which is still running strong. 

Good News is it is on Clearance at $34.98  

Diane Gilman 5-piece Pin Set

Every woman should own a jean jacket or some kind of casual jacket to throw over dresses to make

them more versatile and enable them to be worn for several seasons and these fabulous pins are a perfect

way to spruce up a jacket.  Don’t wait on these as they are on clearance for just $9.99 and come in three sets .

Shop Vince Camuto Kassie Luxe Bootie 8448147, read customer reviews and more at HSN.com.

Embroidery is everywhere on trend right now and these 

Vince Camuto Kassie boots are to die for fun!   

I have worn these twice already (our temps have had a peak of Fall but not much more) and 

  1. they really are such a fun twist to my love of boots.   

JOY TravelEase TuffTech Large Better Beauty Case

 

One Last item for the traveler and this neat one works for both men and women. 

It is on clearance now , so only available in black, but I bought the black for my husband and

purple for myself.  These hold all your toiletries items in individual zippered bags that roll up into this case. 

We both agreed that this has been that missing piece in our travel adventures !  

Dear Readers, Remember I make no money off recommending these items and have no relationship other than a customer who 

truly adored the items I have posted here.   

I do have a wonderful Clothing Boutique with Amelia James Clothing I have started 

and am just really starting to get motivated to work as I started too soon after my sister’s passing 

and should have waited!  I am even selling Gift Certificates!  

You Can Check out my Faceboook Page and look for me to do some

live sales next week and put up some pictures of items as well. 

Just message me there and I PayPal Invoice using your email address, 

I can answer any questions on fit and sizing too.   

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This Camden Dress is one of our newest items and so flattering!  

Jazzed up with a necklace and an Obi belt with pretty Gold Sandals is 

how I plan to wear it for a holiday party, but shhh don’t tell anyone it is super soft, feels 

like wearing a comfortable nightgown and you have to love a dress with pockets!  

 

 

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I love our homeschool bowling on Wednesday, but dressing for it is always about keeping warm! 

The bowlers are moving so they are fine, but us mother’s who watch are another story.  

It is so funny to head out the door with my son in shorts and short sleeves and myself always in pants, short sleeves and a cardigan or jacket in my hand.  

My tunic is actually one from the Amelia James line I sell. 

I have a huge wardrobe and won’t wear my line every day on the blog, 

but quite frankly I really love these new pieces so darn much!  

Every woman should own a great pair of boot-cut jeans and these are ones,

that I must wear with 3-4 inch heels,  are a girl’s best friend.  

If you read my blog, you probably already guessed that these are by 

Diane Gilman!   

I belted this Milan ( all of our Amelia James pieces are named after cities)

because as a petite I wanted to make my legs look as long as possible.

Proportions is the one thing blogging and taking photos taught me.

This can be worn as a dress as well when unbelted and I intend to style it

with black tights, ankle boots, and a leather jacket when temperatures cooperate. 

This may be too short for some women to wear as a dress, but the younger women love it!  

I have this $50  Milan in Size Small – 3x if anyone is interested you can email me @ KTStylists@gmail.com and you can check out videos and albums

on my Facebook page to see other Amelia James styles, eventually, I will get a website together.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful for getting back on track and not craving any sugar these last two days! 

I am grateful for homeschool bowling on HUMP DAY to break up the week. 

I am grateful my daughter is helping my son study and get ready for CLEP testing for Biology, 

I am grateful for this business and the community of supportive women and for finally answering the question, 

“What am I going to do when mothering minor children for 31 years comes to an end?”    

 

 

 

 

 

This weight gain in just a pain and I want to bust out and just conquer this weight loss, but the

struggle of losing weight after menopause is REAL!     

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I have been doing some research on the success of intermittent fasting, where you do not have anything for 12-16 hours after your last meal the previous day. 

ideally, the goal is to go the 16 hrs for the sceince of it to work.   It seems to work well for men, but that always begs the question, will it be the same for women. 

I found this article and decided to heed the warning to do it every other day.   

After having green tea until 11am. I indulged in my go-to breakfast lately, 

Premier Protein Shake poured over ice into a nice glass as food should feel indulgent…

A banana every morning is my thing and has been most of my adult life.  

 Around 2:30pm  I opted for a full cup of plain greek yogurt with strawberries 

Rocking the protein and fruit for the day, but definitely, need to bump up some

vegetables for snack and dinner.   

Still near 80’s for us here in Virginia Beach!  

Styling one of my Amelia James Memphis Ruffle tops in burgundy with a black stripe. 

I love how figure flattering this top is and that I can style it for my boho loving self by adding a wonderful 

crotchet vest by Indigo Thread Company .   Lots of other options to style this with layers if our weather ever gets cooler!   

I have this wonderful top in several colors and sizes up to 4x, 

you can see them on my latest live sale video on my Facebook Page.   

Eventually I will get a shopping website, but for now you just claim it under the video by using the number and size 

and I can send you an invoice via paypal.   

Gratitude 

I am grateful for my new found vigor and zest for getting this weight loss journey moving! 

 I am grateful for my sister’s Ipod Music to start me dancing in the mornings. 

I am grateful for the fun of reading , ” A Gentleman in Moscow” with my teen age homeschooler. 

I am grateful for this blog to turn to and for making me get dressed today instead of staying in my pj’s.  

 

 

 

I recently got back from an Amelia James company retreat in San Diego

and am facing some darn really hard truths…

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This is me meeting the owner of the company and doing my thing of offering encouragement,   she told me I almost made her cry, lol….

I am so good at taking care of others, but seeing pictures from this trip I can see my weight gain and how I have not been taking care of myself.  

I don’t just mean the weight gain,  I have not been sleeping well, I have not really launched this business I feel so passionate about.    

Today, I was so focused and ready to change that, by doing a Pop-up shop in my front yard since I live on a busy road going into my neighborhood, but alas

mother nature mocked my enthusiasm and sent me scurrying back inside and forgetting that plan…. 

It was just way too windy and after some clothes flew off the rack and broke my hangers, I had no choice but to abandon my plans.  

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The Coo of the company on the left and new Director of Sales on the right.  

The Director of Sales heard my comments to the company founder and pulled me aside immediately afterward, 

telling me “That was Great!  Take a picture with us!”   What a boost for my damaged soul these last months!   

All we want as humans in this life is to be seen, valued and understood! 

 

The final event of the retreat was the three top people in the company taking the stage to answer questions we had been putting in the box all weekend. 

Imagine my delight when my question was picked and cheered by the room of reps!   

I sat down at the computer to write this post and reliving those moments was good for my wounded soul. 

Some days are harder than others and today was just one of those tough ones. 

I am just putting so much pressure on myself to get this business launched, after realizing that I had tried to start this

too soon in the mourning process.   I am in a much better place now, but just feel so much pressure to fly with this new venture as

there is the added importance and value of spending my sister’s life insurance to start it…. 

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I am looking forward to boxes in the next week or two with new inventory including this outfit… 

The delightful part is that I love the clothing line and am passionate about wanting women to get their hands on the pieces to

fall in love with the comfort and styles.  I came home from San Diego and booked 4 vendor events to do just that and just need to be patient.

I am normally a patient person, but this venture is testing me in a way stronger than I can recall before, unless of course, you count the last month of

pregnancy when every woman becomes impatient.  

Dear Readers, Just working through my funk and writing a blog post seemed better than stuffing my face, which is what I have been doing lately…

When I voice it out loud, I am committed to getting back on track and making self-care a top priority!  Will head back to Weight 

Watchers next week, meeting tomorrow, but it was an early day and is now after 11pm, so sleep is more important. 

Back to eating right and working out in the morning!  Thank you for being my sounding board!  Back with outfit posts soon!  

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As with most of the U.S.A. , I am deeply affected by the images of the devastation in Texas and would like to do something to help. 

I am in a unique position of having a ton of inventory for my Amelia James business and due to a Summer Cold and subsequent sinus infection,

I have been out of commission and need to move this inventory.  In addition to that my sister’s 17yr  old kitty was needing special medical care this last month and has sadly passed on no doubt with my sister.  

I could try to sell the inventory to  the other reps in my company and just make back my cost, but 

I would prefer to use it as a fundraiser and send the profits to aid those in Texas.  I have done some research and would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity

specifically to help rebuild the hurricane devastation.   As I sit here typing this, my hometown  is waiting to see what the next storm Irma is going to do 

and have looked into our own evacuation plans should need be.   This reality makes the Harvey situation even more personal. 

I am sporting a staple in the Amelia James clothing line, a Memphis Ruffle. 

This one is a tank top, but the top comes in short sleeves and even long sleeves 

with both prints and solids.  Not much in my stock of these now but solid long sleeve ones 

coming soon.  

A side view to show the slight high low hem.  

Tomorrow night ,Tuesday September 5th at 8:00 pm  I am going to do a Live Video Sale on my

Amelia James by K&T Stylists Facebook Page  

to benefit Texas. I would love it if my dear readers could join me!  

 In addition I have an Album Posted on the Facebook Page under photos where you can claim 

something and I will send Paypal Invoice via email and there is also a video of dresses posted there that if you 

use the item # and claim” Sold” or mine I can again invoice you.  

Dear Readers, I am back in exercise mode and doing Weight Watchers too.

I am on Day of 8 of this and have been alternating between my Pilates machine with resistance bands 

and Yoga every other day.   I am adding in walking starting tonight.   If that isn’t enough, I am trying

intermittent fasting where you fast for 16 hours by fitting all meals into an 8 hour window.  

The time between 12-16 hours is suppose to be the time when your body kicks into fat burning mode. 

So far, it’s been fairly easy and I will keep you posted on results.   

 

With this mourning my sister process I have missed blogging and my Gratitude Journal at the end of my posts.  

In addition I miss doing the Inspirational sayings too….

Jumping Back into some normalcy , so what better to leave you with for the weekend 

than some sayings that touched me in some way…. 

When we really think about it, we all know that we'd rather connect with the people around us than the screen in our back pocket... But that pull is real! Read here for 5 strong reasons to forget your phone more often.

My Sister really Nailed < “Work Hard, Play Hard”   In fact she had a little sign that reads, 

“Working for the Weekend”   

What are some plans you have that will make you forget to check your phone and social media accounts?  

I am sure this weekend I will be helping my husband on his new business venture and finishing up his website.

I hope to fit in a break and just head down to the beach for some music and sea air!  

 

41 Motivational And Inspirational Quotes You're Going To Love

I believe very much in Divine Order and like a lot of women who have reached 50 and more, 

I have a clearer picture and confidence that experiences are all part of helping us grow.  

I am who I am because of every life experience and I cherish the growth and wisdom life brings. 

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This reminds me so much of certain times in my life, like the moment when I snugggled a newborn, 

a first kiss, a tender hug when the pain of loss is unbearable, the beauty of standing on a beach in St, Maarten, 

the Moment of taking in the first sights of Ireland,   the moment when I finished my mother’s eulogy, 

the moment of seeing my daughter graduate from college.  I realize I could fill a book with moments where I have 

closed my eyes breathed deeply and felt so blessed to be in that moment.  

I most recently felt this leaving my sister’s condo for the last time and walking on the Boardwalk and imagining

her taking those same steps to the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and the beach she loved.   

I have this in my thoughts a lot in the last few years as 3 of my 4 children have reached adulthood 

and I see my role of raising minor children coming to an end.   I know I need a dream and a new purpose, 

I am starting a business for that exact reason, but who knows if that is it , or if there is something else, 

time will tell!  

Dear Readers, I wish you a fabulous weekend, filled with laughter and love and hope you are recharged and ready to face the week!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for sunshine and a fun trip to the grocery store with my son Nicholas who is home for just a few weeks before heading back to college. 

I am grateful for a goodnight’s rest and sleeping in today. 

I am grateful to my Upline support system in the Amelia James business and can not wait to meet her in San Diego at the end of September. 

I am grateful that my migraine today calmed down and nausea went away.  

If you are a regular follower of my blog you know my feminine nature and adoration of 

dresses for every day wear, not that special occasion dresses aren’t fun too! 

Therefore it should come as no surprise that in my Amelia James business venture, 

that I would stock dresses.   This one is our Chelan dress and a top seller at $54.  

I prefer it belted to bring it just above my knee and create a fun swing skirt.  

I loved styling the floral with a fun striped bag.  I have this dress in a few colors 

in sizes small to 3x and will be doing a live Facebook sale tonight at 7:30 pm on all dresses for $10 off.

You can find my page HERE and watch it Live or in Replay through the weekend.  

Going Live is a bit nerve wracking and I am so nervous leading up to it, 

but once I get started, I am usually fine.  

I am so blessed to have the support of my children and two of my sons will be 

behind the scenes keeping me straight.   

 Gratitude

I am so grateful for the loving and full support of my family.

I am grateful my husband just called me to wish me luck going live on my own with no business partner. 

I am grateful for a fabulous sunny day!  

I am grateful for this new business venture to distract me from this darn mourning my sister process. 

I am grateful that my husband is also starting a business venture and got word today , that it is a GO!  

 


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