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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!

Gratitude

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!

 

 

I have had the same hairstylist for the past 10 years, 

so I went in and said, “Darker Please”. 

Without skipping a beat, he replied “Auburn” and so began my hair appointment…

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I am smitten and cannot stop smiling! 

My mother was a natural redhead and I always had 

auburn highlights in my brown hair, more so in Summer. 

My sister would frequently ask me all the time if I saw her red highlights, 

even well into adulthood, we both cherished it.  

After my mother’s passing, I began going all shades of red.  

What began as a fun way to honor my mother, has now become a fun memory of my sister. 

I originally planned grey jeans with this look, but at the last 

I switched to the white and am so glad I did. 

It was in the high 80’s today and the darker jeans would have 

felt off for my mood and for the season we are actually in, lol 

Earth Nubuck Western Detailed Mules - Mendon - Page 1 — QVC.com

 

These new Mules by Earth are absolutely the most comfortable heels I own, 

they have great cushioning and I do not want to take them off.  

They come in four colors and are now on sale for $68. 32

 

Every photo I took here, had my vest blowing in the wind, lol 

Gratitude 

I am grateful for a beautiful sunny day, and for Air Conditioning in this Fall heat! 

I am grateful for a better night’s sleep. 

I am grateful for a wonderful hair stylist that I trust completely! 

I am grateful for my hair salon being near a Panera and a fabulous lunch! 

I am grateful to my youngest son (18) who is my photographer to step and use the nice camera instead of the cell phone, now that I am really back to blogging!  

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

so I had to include this as a prompt.

sweater- loft  , /pants-lisa rinna ,/  shoes-earth, /purse-dooney &bourke

I was really faking Fall today as even This lightweight sweater was hot.

The sweater is a new clearance purchase from Loft and was called lavender,

but reads more pink to me…

I love these pull-on  pants and they are a great weight for Fall-winter,

but their is one drawback to pull on pants.

You cannot faux tuck in a shirt, especially with the high waist.

If I wasn’t wearing the long necklace,

I would have added a belt to define my waist.

I love vests and this one is one I got wholesale in hopes of selling them ,

if I can ever get up the gumption to sell off my Amelia James inventory,

I never should have gotten into a clothing MLM 6 months after my sister passed on.

This shorter necklace is one my sister made.

I love wearing pieces that she handmade and kept for herself.

It makes me feel close to her and I usually speak to her as

put them on.  I just wish she could answer back….

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When This showed up in my email from Ann Taylor today,

It immediately made me think of the Pinterest Inspiration

skirt and I thought I would never have paired it with a light

blue sweater. Now I am definitely going to give that a shot!

After all, a light blue sweater is just as versatile as a chambray shirt, 

if you think about it, lol 

Gratitude 

I am so grateful to my daughter and youngest son for pairing up to bake my oldest a Black Forest cake for his birthday, today.. yes my dear friends, I am the mother of a 32-year-old, yikes!  

I am grateful for a nice time with three of my four children today and the fun conversation that we hadn’t had Black Forest Cake in years! 

I am grateful for a nice chat on the phone with my son away at college and the comfort that he is coming home for a visit this weekend!  

I am grateful that my workaholic husband, by coincidence, did not have an appointment til later and was able to at least wish our son a happy birthday in person, lol 

 

 

Today’s Prompt is Pinterest Inspiration

and I was in a boho mood.

I just wanted a long Flowy light skirt that swishes I walk, lol

This is My Pinterest Inspiration, with Staples like a white tee, and jean jacket

this was easy to put together and I have to say I probably would not

have thought to wear a white tee with my skirt. That is why

using Pinterest Inspiration photos can be so helpful.

A gorgeous breezy day, so perfect for the vibe I was hoping

to channel for the day. I went to a movie and walking at the mall,

my white Sperry Slip-on Sneakers were a perfect way to finish

the outfit and bookend the white top.

 I should have gotten a close up of my jewelry while I was wearing it.

but we will have to settle to this version, lol

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun day with my friend going to a movie and mall shopping. 

I am grateful that I found the Forest Green Jeans my daughter had on her Xmas list. 

I am grateful for a short walk to the grocery store on this beautiful breezy day! 

I am grateful for sunshine and how it lifts my spirit.  

I am grateful to my daughter for granting her brother’s wish by backing him a Black Forest Cake for his Birthday today.

 

I was so excited to get back to blogging and doing an Outfit Post that I 

Laid out my Look last night , including the jewelry, lol 

Check out this blog : https://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/my-afternoon-at-charlottes-soft-surroundings-beauty-products/

This look is very much my style for a few reasons, 

Color, Pattern, Cute Jeans and Wedges!  

Of course, I had to add in a layered necklace

look to finish off my maximal style!  

My shorter necklace is actually one my sister made, 

she made jewelry to sell and wear herself as a hobby. 

The Jeans are my favorite jean designer, Diane Gilman  ( I may be addicted) 

are a fun cropped flared version.   

I haven’t tried them with booties yet, but 

will in the future to extend their wear- ability . 

The Babydoll Tunic, I picked up from Jane  is a great style, fitted in the bust with

the empire waist and perfect flair to help camouflage the menopause tummy. 

I will be posting soon about my weight loss method that has resulted in 11 lbs 

and inches off in the past 5 weeks!  

I now have several of these wedges that I picked up over last few years

at TJMaxx by different makers.  I unfortunately have been stuck in 

flats this Summer after twisting my ankle at a Cemetery in July, 

when in Boston to say farewell to my husband’s Aunt Jane.  

*Note I took photos too early when sun was bright, was excited to get back to outfit post! 

As my past readers know I am really big on third completer pieces , 

and right now I am adoring these fun vests.

This one is one of the samples I have been trying out. 

In fact I am looking into selling these. 

I started an Amelia James clothing boutique business 6 months after my sister passed on, 

big mistake and never got it fully off the ground.  I have to sell my inventory and move on as I love the company and clothes , but not the mlm business culture . 

The good news is 

 it taught me was that I want to sell 3rd Completer Pieces!

 

I created this September Calendar for a group of Style Sisters for 

Facebook group that had not been very active to get us back to posting 

pictures and to hep me get back to blogging. 

I invite any of my readers to join in if they wish.

Please if you have not joined my

Versatile Style by Tracey Facebook Group

do so, and post pictures of your outfits!  

 

 

 

Dear Readers, I am so ready to get back to blogging regularly at least in spirit…

Once I get my taxes done and get all my products loaded up on Shopify, 

a real learning curve with Youtube to guide me, lol 

In the meantime, I thought I would pop in and show you my purchases for Spring that arrived today!

 

 

Sheryl Crow Beaded VestSheryl Crow Beaded Vest

Sheryl Crowe has a line on HSN and she has taken things she loves from her closet 

and remade them with a twist all her own.  

This Beautiful Beaded Vest 

                                                                                                is pricey, but a real show stopper piece that will spice up any outfit and comes in two colors.    

You can watch the presentation video to get a better look at this piece and here Cheryl Crowe explain it. 

Sheryl Crow Faux Suede Fringe Vest

If one Cheryl Crowe Vest is great, how about two! 

I am absolutely dancing over the fringe one above! 

This Suede one comes in two colors as well. 

Colleen Lopez Art Viewing Printed Kimono Top

 My boho self adored this sheer top for just $19.95 

I sized down to the XS/S on this one and I was right about that!  

DG2 by Diane Gilman Virtual Stretch Side Stripe Skinny Jean

These Diane Gilman with the stripe caught my eye too! 

I think they will be perfect with the Kimono style top, so look out for me to be

wearing those together soon.   

DG2 by Diane Gilman Classic Stretch Boot-Cut Jean

With Pink being such a big color for Spring,

Who Could Possibly Pass up these

 DG2 Bootcuts for just $14.,95!  

Sheryl Crow Beaded Girlfriend Cargo Pant

And the last purchase is another by Cheryl Crowe,

These Cargos with bead detail 

These also come in tan.  

Dear Readers, 

One thing I decided recently was that I have a good wardrobe, so pieces I add 

must really speak to me and be a bit more special!  

I think I hit that goal with these purchases and am set for Spring and Summer! 

I look forward to coming back to the blogging world after this long break of mourning and finding my way in the 

world without a sister and just two brothers left in my childhood family.  So strange to be the only girl!  

I also look forward to getting back to writing out

my daily gratitudes and will start right now!  

I am grateful for friends that help me get through this past 16 months! 

I am grateful to be feeling like myself and over the 3 weeks, I was sick with the Flu and Vertigo! 

I am grateful that I am facing getting my tax stuff complete as the dread is always worse than just doing it!  

I am grateful to be back on Weight Watchers and for their new Freestyle Program which is truly the easiest one yet!  

I am grateful for three days of Spring-like Temperatures in a row!  

I am grateful to have blogging to turn to and regenerate my creative outlet for putting together outfits! 

 

 

One of the biggest trends for the season is fun sleeve details.

                                                                                                                              A boho lover like myself is tickled about the bell sleeves and imagine my delight

when my new venture as an Independent Rep for Amelia James came out

with a cute bell sleeve top.  I actually got to see the first one in person on my trip to

San Diego in October for our first Rep Retreat.   

My first attempt at taking photos with daylights savings time in place, lol

We are experiencing beautiful 60 degree days after lows in the 30’s at night.

Even in the shade you can see the fun bell sleeve on the Memlo top by Amelia James.

I love the colored leaves, goes nicely with my hair…

I am also debuting my newest open wrap, this one is by Harve Bernard 

I like the hi-low color contrast of the Menlo top with the navy in the wrap and the jeans.  

Doing that contrasting of one color is such an easy formula for putting outfits together and one I use often.  

You can’t wear a bell sleeve top( I am wearing a medium)  and resist the urge to spread your arms out,

my photographer had to deal with my putting my awesome snakeskin purse down, 

to pretend to fly, but alas the photos were not great….

Notice how my snakeskin purse brings out the shades of tan in the wrap,

and I intended to wear tan ankle boots with the look originally, which would have bookended it all. 

Instead, I opted for my Naturalizer navy wedges, as soon enough,

winter will arrive and my boots will be my only option, lol 

I adore the comfort of wedges and will opt for more of these classics in the future. 

These striped versions of the Menlo top are currently available, they retail for $50 ,

but for are currently on sale for $38 and available in Medium6/8 (2) and Large10/12.

I do not have a website yet ,as my company is so new that they are getting one together in the new year, 

and I did not want to do the work of one and have to re-do it.  So, if you want one just email me @KTstylists@gmail.com 

just let me know Menlo – Striped, and Size and I will send a Paypal Invoice and ship immediately.  

 

The Blue option I have in Sizes Small2-4, Medium6/8, Large 10/12 and X-Large14/16. 

Again, Reduced to $38 -email me Size & Blue Menlo @KTStylists@gmail.com 

Gratitude

I am grateful to be back to blogging and the fun feeling I had today putting together this outfit and taking photos. 

I am grateful that I took the time to mourn the loss of my sister, not that I am done, but I am ready to start living fully again. 

I am grateful that my daughter is helping get my homeschooling son ready to take his first CLEP test for Biology. 

I am grateful for some warm days, tomorrow will be 70!  

 

Thanks for Stopping By!  

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!     

Check out the Link-up for other wonderful bloggers  

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 find myself saying this a lot these days.  

My shirt actually states, “It is What it is, but it will become what you make of it”  

There is nothing more poignant than this saying right now with the crazy swirling around me, 

that a friend could just blow up our friendship and throw it away  so easily.  

I am curiously ok with it because “It is What it Is”  has been such a part of my 

healthy self talk and not worrying about things I can not control.  

I am so grateful for my self care and strength of knowing who I am in the world.  

I found this tank online, but can not remember if it was a Facebook Ad or 

if I purchased it from TJ Maxx.    

My vest is a Kate & Mallory one that I bought in a few colors this year.  

Mine is sold out, but HERE is what they offer now.  

After having a awful Summer cold for the past week, 

I am finally feeling better and grateful as it was a tough one and

I also ended up passing it to the rest of my family.   

In other happenings, I finally cleared out my sister’s condo and said my goodbye’s to it. 

I am grateful that we had time to do this and come to terms with it all and it was a peaceful goodbye and feeling 

so grateful that this condo, steps from the beach was her dream and comforting that it was her final home. 

 

Dear Readers,   I am having to  completely start my  Amelia James Clothing Boutique from scratch as a huge part of this type 

of business is growing a Facebook group and posting Live Video Sales.  Unfortunately, with the dissolving of my business 

partnership, my Facebook was taken down and away from me.   If anyone would like to join my new page (HERE)  and see my new venture 

Or support me by sharing with friends, that would be awesome!    I am planning my first solo Live Video Sale , Tomorrow Thursday at 7:30pm 

If you are blogger who would like to partner up by writing a post in exchange for a free piece of clothing, comment and let me know 

and I will contact you!   

 


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