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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.  

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I have this real love of pattern in my outfits, 

and one that I love is anything in black and white. 

I’ve had this zebra print jean jacket for awhile and never tire of it. 

It might just have been the beginning of my love of black and white patterns. 

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Black and white with pops of any color leads to so many outfit 

opportunities and that’s why I now own lots of options for that. 

I have polka dot cardigan, pants and a skirt. 

I also have a black and white aztec cardigan that makes a big impact. 

I like having pieces of each category meaning, bottoms, tops and toppers in the black and white prints

and even added a pair of houndstooth print shoes as another option. 

I highly encourage you my dear readers to evaluate your wardrobe and see if adding a touch of any black and white print in say a pair of pants or a shoe are in order to add versatility into your style?  

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My hair started off like this….

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Then in seconds, onto this

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And even this, with my jacket blowing open, lol. 

I get a kick out of photos my young photographer catches like this. 

And promptly thought I always hope I have hair to blow in the wind 

and don’t go to shorter haircuts as I age, lol…

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I broke out my Diane Gilman trouser jeans for this look. 

This was actually Tuesday’s outfit as I am behind.  

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This along with a salad was my dinner Tuesday night and a family favorite. 

It’s barbecue chicken breast layered with slices of tomato, bacon and topped with 

sharp cheddar that has been put in the oven on broil to melt. 

Over the years I’ve discovered I like grilling the chicken plain, then dumping it into a 

bowl of the barbecue sauce to coat it for more barbecue flavor that doesn’t melt off in the cooking. 

I eat it in this dish, but my guys pile it on a nice roll for a sandwhich!  

Looking for some white dishes like this to make individual dishes , Here is what I found at Amazon. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fabulous , fun Wednesday spent with great people for lunch, a walk at Mt. Trashmore and the bowling clinic.  

I am grateful for the women in my life and friendships that enrich my spirit. 

I am grateful to my husband’s dear friend who met him for lunch yesterday and brought him Irish Soda Bread, tasted just like the beloved scones we ate daily in Ireland!  

I am grateful that after having a few bites of the bread, my dear husband asked me if I wanted to go for a late night walk and is supporting my wanting to lose this menopausal weight gain.  

I am grateful for quality time on our hour long late night walk.  

I am grateful to my son away at college who had a wonderful surprise package waiting for his younger brother when we returned from our day of adventure.  It was  a wonderful Star Wars poster for the redecorating we are doing of his room. I love this relationship between my two youngest!  

I am grateful that when we were in the car on our way to the second bowling of the day, that my son away at college called to talk to his brother and asked to be put on speaker phone to share his funny adventure with our rabbit that he has at school with him… She jumped up on his bed right into his plate of curry chicken, turned herself orange and had to be bathed, lol.   

And Oh Yeah, Happy ST. Patrick’s Day!  

I’ll post my Green Outfit Later this afternoon…

The Brooch is coming back into Style, 

and I’ve worn a few of my mothers on a necklace and on my boho w

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I felt like a Zen neutral look for the day… 

It’s still has enough interest for me with the hi-low contrast of the different shades of tan and brown

and the subtle print in the Old Navy sweater and the Snakeskin bag. 

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A close up of my mother’s pin. 

I love having her pieces to cherish and wear , not to just keep in my jewelry box. 

Check out JodiesTouchofStyle blog for ways they are wearing brooches this week. 

I’ve wanted a Joan Rivers Bee Brooch for a long time and finally caved in buying one this week, when I saw this one on Instagram as a memorial one for Joan. 

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I am so glad I found this open poncho on Jane.com,

as it’s become a favorite this season. 

I really need to taper off my addiction of looking at Jane.com daily as I see 

so many things I love and the pressure to buy since they go away or sell out so quickly. 

I’ve recently bought some tops for Summer in Yellow, Coral and Light Blue (Serenity, Pantone’s color of the Year) 

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Self Care

I am proud to say it’s day four of owning my Aeropilates and I’ve used it everyday. 

I am actually looking forward to it daily, as one of my goals was to have a strong back and abs to help with my sciatica, 

and these workouts definitely are going to strengthen those areas.  

In addition, upon the recommendation of a friend who has had success with this, 

I began adding Collagen  to help with joint pain I was having in my knee and hip, but also to help with my nails , which have always broken due to housework, lol.   

Dear Readers , What are you doing lately for Self Care?  Wishing you a wonderful weekend with something fun on you to do list to recharge you to face another week!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my homeschooler took the initiative to take out my Aeropilates machine in between his subjects today to do a workout, which prompted me to do mine as well.  I think I still may do one at my regular evening time frame for two for the day! 

I am grateful that my daughter handled her rejection letter for PHD program at Boston College well, she loves the Boston area and really wanted to stay longer, but she immediately said that she didn’t like the actual school or program, so it’s really for the best. 

I am grateful that I forced myself to get dressed today, as I was feeling blue and thought about staying in my pj’s. Getting dressed in a boho outfit always lifts my spirits and after seeing the photos it sparked even more joy. 

I am grateful that after getting dressed I took a walk to the grocery store ,which also helped to lift my blue mood and I picked up some healthy snacks of fruits and vegetables!   

Today’s Challenge was to wear Anything Leopard

and I knew I wanted to pair it with Burgundy as wearing my 

Creme Boots yesterday , made me want to wear my Burgundy ones today.

Linking up today with Turning Heads Linkup

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I bought the dress from Jane.com and like it , but it is 

definitely one that has to be worn with tights as it has no lining. 

I actually searched amazon for burgundy tights at the beginning of the season…

Gotta love Amazon!   

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I added a pink and gold necklace Charming Charlies necklace to the look , 

another option to accessorize would have been to add a belt and forgo the necklace. 

Leapord Jacket is by Joan Rivers via QVC ,

It’s currently on clearance for just $26 in smaller sizes.

It does run big as I have a 39 inch bust and wear an XS very comfortambly

and can easily button this jacket as it has 

elastic gathering at the waist, a favorite feature of thsi jacket.    

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I think this would make a great Valentine’s Date Night Outfit! 

I definitely styled this look just for the challenge and not for my day

home with my teen homeschooler, lol.  

DH didn’t go to work until 2pm , so he did get a kick out of it .  

When trying to figure out a purse, my son immediately suggested I go with something pink. 

He couldn’t believe I took his suggestion and I swear he stood taller when taking my photos.  

Self Care

I was in a real funk today… Perhaps the lack of sleep…I didn’t let that stop me 

and made the commitment to eat only fruit, veggies and protein today. 

I succeeded in that!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that this morning first thing I had an e-mail from Weight Watchers explaining that they were counting points of fruit and vegetables in smoothies because when blended they don’t offer the same feeling of fullness.  I guess they think you will indulge in more fruit throughout the day so counting it in smoothies will offset that. My smoothie with Chia seeds, green tea and Greek Yogurt along with fruit keeps me full until lunchtime, so still pondering going back to WW. 

I am grateful for a phone call from my brother as he gets ready to leave for a trip to Cancun, lucky guy will be spending his birthday on this work reward trip for all his success.  Nice to share in his joy! 

I am grateful for the anticipation as we  countdown for Thursday Night when my daughter who will  be home. 

I am grateful that I am hearing on the news, that my bimonthly water bill is going to be switching to a smaller bill every month… more convienent for so many.   

I am grateful for the awkward moment when my next door neighbor was walking his dog during my photo shoot, the first time that’s ever happened and made for a good laugh between my photographer and myself!  

My Spin Off Private Facebook Group has really been 

helping to inspire some great outfits this weekend!  

Saturday was Dark Florals….

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My beloved Isaac Mizrahi leather that was a highly eleusive wish item

for several years.  I actually broke my no buy in November to purchase this and have 

no regrets and the full support of DH who knew how long I searched for the right one. 

This color says dark charcoal, but looks black to me! 

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Funny , but when I see this outfit, I think everthing except the handbag which was a gift,

are all online purchases, the blouse is Liz Claiborne NY via Qvc ( I am wearing a small)  , the pants are Old Navy Pixie’s

and my fringe boots are Non- Rated via Amazon.

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I love that in waiting for this jacket that I got something unique and special and 

best of all not a classic motto jacket, which is what I thought I wanted… 

I was lucky to get it when it was on a 6 month payment plan and am still paying it off… 

Sunday’s Outfit Inspiration from my group was to wear footwear that you love

but hasn’t been worn enough recently. 

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The creme boots I bought last year, fit that dexcription perfectly.  

Having turtlenecks, that I still giggle about finding at BJ’s , in my wardrobe this season

opens up the door for me to go boho and wear my beloved tunic that I’ve had for several years now 

and had to reserve in warmer temps with the tank it came with.  

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I love wearing creme in Winter and DH loves my creme boots, 

so this group is inspiring me to have fun with my outfits recently….

 These are from Chadwicks and only remain in a few sizes… 

Dear Readers, Do you have a footwear item that  this could spark you to style for a look this week ?  

While my group is private for only style challenge alummi, I hope my fun in finding outfit inspirations

can spark some joy in your own daily venture to be creative with what’s in your closet….

I think we could all use some Outfit Inspiration! 

Gratitude

I am grateful that this Sunday morning, I woke up, look at the time and saw 10:01 am, meaning I had a full 8 hours of sleep , a true rarity for this woman who loves sleep and has been struggling due to menapause.  

I am grateful for a fun phone call with my daughter last night as she anticipates coming home this Thursday and a dream she shared that the entire family would attend a Boston Comicon convention in costume with her in the next year or two. 

I am grateful that when I turned and shared that dream with DH and DS , they were both on board and we have that to look forward to… If you are a regular reader you know I put high value on the anticipation of future events or trips as a key strategy for happiness.. 

I am grateful that prior to the Superbowl that we made a run to Home Depot and got a new garbage disposal.  

I am extremely grateful for my hardworking , successful husband and never take for granted his contribution to our family which allows me to be home and available to homeschool our youngest. I am grateful for this every day, so bear with me if this one gets repeated every so often, lol…  

I am still semi participating in my private Facebook group’s challenge

and today the inspiration idea was to wear ruffles….

That didn’t suit me , so I opted for my boho loving side to come out and play…

With a Ruana and Fridge, lol…

Animal print isn’t that boho, but I am a huge fan! 

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I am rather pleased with the neutrals popped by my necklace and boots…

Since I invested in these beautiful ankle boots , I will probably wear them quite often.  

This wonderful leather boots by Isaac Mizrahi can be found here..

My ruana was purchased at Burlington last year and my necklace is one I got at Charming Charlies on my Vegas trip! 

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Here is Tuesday’s outfit and for that day, the challenge was to color block. 

As a lover of color , I’ve done brights on brights and brights with neutrals… 

My big love of this season is tone on tone looks , which also qualifies as a version of color blocking. 

As long as I have a little bit of print as in my thrifted olive gingham blouse here, I think tone on tone is my new love for the season and have done it with pink and burgundy as well.   DSC_2978-2 (1)

It was quite a windy day today, that ended with rain and lots of it.. 

I loved how the wind picked up in this shot and showed the fringe on my ruana… 

I am thrilled that I invested in these burgundy boots as they are a highlight of this outfit, which

I find surprising as I thought the animal print ruana would steal the spotlight, lol…

Self Care

Today in self care I’d  have to say that inbetween our two bowling events of the day, stopping by Sam’s Club and picking up a rotisserie dinner to leave in the warming door was perfect.   We got back from the second event around 6:45 and were both starving!  Vegetables and dinner was on the table with little clean up!  

Dear Readers, Share with me….

What did you do today that would qualify as self care?

Would love to hear your thoughts 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the fun I had chatting with homeschooling mom’s at bowling today. 

I am grateful that my getting tough and threatening to leave worked and my stubborn son, put his wrist brace on. 

I am grateful that after 3 weeks of not going to the extra bowling clinic due to a hurt back and stomach issues, that my son went back and got some good pointers. 

I am grateful that my son texting me today that there was a report of a man in a ski mask who stolen a rifle and was seen on the street of my son’t apartment didn’t turn into national news and another college incident.   

I am grateful to see my youngest and his father working together to take down our old tv above the fireplace and replace it with the new tv my DH earned from being salesman of the month.  Love this time for father and son without the other siblings around… precious…

Can You Believe It’s February?  

Is it just me or did January fly by?  

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Sunday’s color for the style challenge was Purple…

It was a warm 68 degree day!  

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I added the thrifted leopard vest for a little pattern and 

to bookend the grey boots..

I am not sure I love the grey boots , but couldn’t come up with another option.  

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The color for my fashion challenge was Blue for Saturday…

I’ve had this thrifted vest for awhile and hadn’t worn it yet.

DH wasn’t fond of the vest, but I am not giving up on it as I rather like it…

If I do tire of it, I have a dear friend I pass the thrifted vests onto and she has quite a collection now. 

I told her recently that before long her almost ten year old daughter would be able to share them, lol! 

I had a fun dinner with my friend and her daughter in their new home on Saturday night. 

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Once I added the bright vest, I couldn’t help myself, 

I thought the equally bright fuschia bag had to come out to play.  

I haven’t worn a lot of dresses recently and need to correct that as,

this look was very much me and I walked and felt amazingly myself! 

Self Care

I made the decision to go back to Weight Watchers and will attend my first meeting Friday. 

Knowing that is coming up, is motivating me to stay on track this week and I am making great choices!

Who knows perhaps, I’ll succeed in losing two lbs this week!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for a great weekend spending time with my dear friend and Sunday with my guys.

I am grateful for sunshine and warm days, good for my spirit!

I am grateful for a fun potential future event (will have to wait to say what, lol)

I am grateful to my very hard working husband!   

I am grateful for phone calls from my two kids away at college over the weekend! 


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