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With many solid bottoms, it’s fun to find a shirt that already has the 

Pattern Mixing done for you.  

Alas this one is from Jane.com and is always gone by the time it’s delivered to me. 

Be Honest, My Dear Readers, Did I make this too much like Halloween with the 

addition of the black vest?  LOL

 

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I must say that taking photos and starting up blogging is going to 

be great motivation to keep me eating right and exercising.  

It’s impossible to see photographic evidence and not stay on track, 

so despite whehter I am thrilled with an outfit or not, 

I am going to post with glee knowing that I am on the path to 

changing and hoping to go back and see the differences 

in glaring truth that the mirror fails to show, but a camera shouts in alarming tones, lol. 

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One of my favorite things about the wardrobe I created from

this blogging journey are pieces that allow me to create different silhouettes. 

In just days I’ve done a short straight skort, cropped pants and now the flowy long skirt. 

This is so important to my not getting bored and using clothes as my artistic expression. 

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Dear Readers, I am having success with the 17 Day Diet, losing over half a pound a day.  

Here’s what I ate to day to give you an idea of how I am being successful. 

Breakfast

2 hard boiled eggs

Plum 

Green Tea

Lunch

 Greek Yogurt/Strawberries/ Green Tea Smoothie

Dinner

Salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and grilled chicken 

Green Tea

Snacks

Greek Yogurt -100 calorie

Tazo Chocolate Chai Tea 

The recommendation is to have 4 cups of Green Tea and I drink 12 oz at a time.  On some days if I feel hungry I will get another snack which I’ve done Tuna & Celery or a Nectarine.   This Phase one is very restrictive with just poultry and fish for proteins, 2 probiotics , 2 fruits and plenty of veggies.  

After Day 3 the cravings went away and I am not feeling deprived at all. 

Phase Two has you add some healthy carbs every other day. 

Gratitude

I am very grateful to my daughter who got started today helping to homeschool my youngest with Math and Science. 

I am grateful that my 20 year old loves to cook and made Turkey Burgers for his siblings and father tonight. 

I am grateful that my husband had a late appointment, giving him the opportunity to sleep in and still have time to change out the water in the Turtle Tank. 

I am grateful for a quiet peaceful moring all to myself as the rest of the family slept til noon. ( I am really happy there are no witnesses to my morning ballet moves in the kitchen, lol) 

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Embracing the idea of Culottes for the Season,

I looked on Ebay to see what other options were available 

as luck would have it I scored these Black & White Floral ones 

by New York & Co.  

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Like my windy hair?  

I’ve mentioned before that I love black and white patterns 

because you can keep them neutral with  or you can add any color 

making them extremely versatile.  

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This Collen Lopez sweater is so fun and comfortable that I wish it wasn’t sold out 

in the other colors, but then again ,I scored it for a great price. 

I took a chance and bought the M/L despite being on a weight loss journey

and am confident that it will still work.  

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I am having so much fun breaking out my wedges

after packing away my beloved colllection of boots. 

I bought these Clarks  last season in both the black and neutral and they 

are available at QVC , although I found mine on 6pm.com. 

Dear Readers day four of my banana and hot tea for breakfast with proteins the rest of the day, 

and I am feeling great, kicking that sugar and carb cravings!  

I am feeling so great emotionally because I am getting out of that rut 

I’ve been in for way too long that has allowed for this weight gain.  

I feel strong and empowered!  

Who knew all this could happen from a silly little post on Facebook about eating banana and hot beverage for breakfast ? 

Grateful

I am grateful that I am being strong with my resistent homeschooler to writing and have given him an assignment and the tools needed to be successful.  

I am grateful for a fun phone call with my daughter , whose first words to me were “I think I was meant to be a penquin?” She went on to explain that with Boston being 67 degrees she is too hot… Poor child will be home in just two months for our humid Summer…

I am grateful for a great phone call with my husband today, he’s been very busy with some projects recenlty and it was nice to touch base and really talk in the middle of the day.  Sure beats texting anyday!

I am grateful that I booked a haircut appointment for Monday, as this length is bugging the daylights out of me!  

 I am grateful for my husband opted to come home and take our 2.5 mile walk together rather than heading to his gym. 

I love trying out dresses from Jane.com

This is one I got from there and it’s a gauzy lined one with 3.4 sleeves and aztec embroidery. 

I assumed when looking at this one, that it would indeed be too short for me to wear as a dress,

but would make a great tunic and layering piece for Fall/Winter.  

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It was quite a windy day and made for fun trying to get my 

sweater to cooperate.  I love the multi media sweater I bought on clearance 

over the summer because it is lighter weight and a good option for these days of hot flashes. 

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The good news is that is was a wonderful Sunny Day!  

I want to note that as a petite woman, it works best when layering this length ,

to have the dress or tunic and sweater length to be similar , creating only one 

horizontal break. Shorter jackets or sweaters just make for the wrong proportions. 

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My burgundy leggings are by Kate & Mallory found HERE, 

and part of my switching from cheap F21 leggings to Ponte knit versions.  

I’ve had great sucess with both these and the Old Navy ones. 

My purse and shoes are both thrifted items , which I get a lot of use from.  

Dear Readers, two days with no migraines makes for a happy Tracey, lol! 

I was able to do a make up coffee date, which turned into mall walking and  dinner too,

7 with a dear friend before she takes off for a 3 month

trip to see her children and grandchildren, which made for a good day!  

Wishing You All A Fabulous Weekend!!!!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun day with a dear friend. 

I am grateful for a fun chat with my daughter as she discussed things she wants to do when she comes home for Thanksgiving!  

I am grateful for the extra sleep (I fell back asleep after an inital 8am. wake up and awoke at 12:45!) 

I am grateful for the love of family and friends, and for my Dear Readers and fellow bloggers. 

I ‘ve come to really realize how much I love Navy and 

blue colors in my wardrobe.   

Linking up today with APocketful of Polka dots and Penniless Socialite, so 

many wonderful bloggers for you to explore.  

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Warning, not my best pictures…

It was quite a windy day…Sometimes that makes for the best photos…

Not the case for today, lol!  

My necklace is new, bought from one of GYPO style challengers

who was selling off some pieces for a mission trip. 

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I had my sleeves pushed up a bit most of the day, to showcase my bracelets.  

The blue one is my princess one bought from a Castle in Ireland. 

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My Sweater is light weight and wanted to blow, I am holding in place, lol

I adore printed pants and their versatility.  

These are a pair of Diane Gilman Jeans that I’ve had awhile. 

It seems she only does printed versions for Spring/Summer.  

I also like Old Navy pixie pants that offer a few patterned options. 

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I found a tan and creme striped cardigan at Goodwill and loved it so much last season, 

that I just had to add more striped versions before I began my no shopping ban. 

I , of course found this Liz Lange on clearance and it was part of her Spring line. 

I loved the pattern mixing in this look and the pop of yellow from the purse.  

I love the comfort of my payless pumps , but have told DH I would like to replace these round toed for a pointed toe version.  I even took him in the store and showed them to him, requesting them for Christmas, fingers crossed. 

Dear Readers, I loved the feeling today after my treadmill exercising yesterday.  I cleaned up a lot today, so am ready to do another workout tomorrow.  And go figure I am looking forward to it!   I love the feeling of strength training and have spurts of loving cardio , so hoping that instead of a spurt that I can indeed make this a lifetime change.   I did do some strength training today!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the moment when I found a blush called Sexy Booster by Physicians Formula, that a friend had given me awhile ago.  I opened it and smelled the “Pheromone Blend & Seductive Scent”  and instantly handed it to my husband and asked what that smelled like to him… He answered “Vegas”  Exactly like the smell at the Hard Rock Hotel we stayed at, lol!  

I am grateful that my husband had a sale today and still made it home in time to watch his much anticipated Patriots- Miami Game  and for the fun of listening to his cheering his team on as I type this.  

I am grateful for my husband’s compliment of today’s look and was surprised at how much he liked the pants, I knew of course he’d like the heels, lol

I am grateful for my husband’s work schedule and how much he’s been around this past week and all the time for extra hugs.  

There is nothing I love more than a Dress that offers a variety of

styling options that make it work for several seasons.

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Take this new floral shirt dress from TJ Maxx online (sold out )

I can wear it now when we have temperatures in the mid 70’s.

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Hat from Amazon for just $6.74

The sleeves are sheer so offer coverage without being too warm, so for early Fall

and Spring it can be worn without a top layer , unless of course I opt for a vest.

Once cooler Fall temps arrive, I could easily add tights , booties or knee high boots.

The opportunities for toppers are a wide range due to the navy background.

If I ignore the other colors and concentrate on the Navy, I had certain color combos come to mind

and I tried them out and they all worked.

Some Examples of this are

Mustard Yellow

Grey

Kelly Green

Olive

Mint

Cobalt

Teal

Cognac

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In addition I can play off colors in the Print  to add toppers in

Blush

Creme

Burgundy

Hot Pink

Tan

I also tried Pattern Mixing with a Navy & White Striped Cardigan 

By Changing different boots,  booties, sandals, and pumps , there

are so many options available to me for just this one dress.

That is the very reason I want to do this no shop year, to really explore the versatility of items I own.

To really push my creativity and see how many ways I can style a piece is why I started blogging and chose my blog name.  I would have showed some other options for this dress, but alas, I’ve been dealing with sinus headaches, so that will wait for another post. 

Gratitude

I am so grateful that after several days of intense sinus pressure headaches, I finally had full relief late this afternoon. 

I am grateful that I opted to go back to sleep after waking up just feeling lousy and that I indeed succeeded in actually falling back to sleep.  

I am grateful that my homeschooling teen stepped up and didn’t take advantage of my need for sleep and did his scheduled assignments and even unloaded the dishwasher!  

I am grateful for a great weekend and after a bit of a fiasco , finally getting my son the right size pants at great prices. 

I am grateful for the fun Sunday of watching my best freinds daughter living her dream of performing on stage in her first play.  She was a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz.  

I love extending Summer Dresses for All Seasons

With Summer Temperatures Still Hanging Around,

A simple addition of my thrifted jean jacket, made it work for going out to dinner.  

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I am chomping at the bit , to wear this dress with my mint leather jacket ,

I bought new for the coming season.  

I’ve even picked out a scarf that I’d like to pair with it…

Yes, that’s how a fashion blogger survives the extension of  Summer weather, 

dreaming of ways to wear items for the colder temperatures. 

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I love layering and Fall and Winter, 

It’s a much more creative time for a blogger , 

who uses fashion as her artistic outlet.  

One thing I do miss once that time comes, 

is wearing stacks of my vintage bracelets.  

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Dear Readers, Tonight was my monthly 

Parents Night Out and we went to Olive Garden for dinner.  

I shared with them my Olive Garden story…

My husband and I originally met one night in a dive bar, he was there with Navy friends celebrating someone getting out,  and I was there with my sister and her guitar playing boyfriend who happened to be the entertainment for the night.  We had a brief conversation, where apparently I did something unusual and told him where I worked… A few weeks later he came into the Norfolk , Olive Garden where I worked as a new hire for a second job( he was in the Navy after all).  The minute I saw him I ran to the kitchen to my best friend who was cashiering and said, “oh my God, Did you see the new guy!”  Again a very unusual thing for me to do… We ended up hanging out in a group, and then one day while at work while talking to him,  I gave him my signature sarcastic look.   He immediately recognized that I was the girl from the bar and the reason he’d gotten the job there.  He asked me if I remembered him coming up and speaking to me that night, you have to know it was a brief conversation as I had noticed when he was talking to me that his party of friends were heading out the door and he dashed after them…  Once he began telling me of the line he used on me that night, which I will keep private,  I indeed realized we had spoken at that dive bar….

January 15 we will celebrate our 25th anniversary…

If anyone is intersted in Purchasing Yankee Candles, my son is participating in a fundraiser for his bowling to help cover the costs of competitions.  All the profits go into an account direclty for him.  

https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm

I’ve been taking it easy after injuring the back of my knee when exercising

and aggravating my sciatica by standing for two days of bowling competitions…

Walking is fine standing in one place,not so much..

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Thank Goodness for the GYPO Spring Challenge, as I could get dressed without too much thought. 

Today’s outfit formula was a floral skirt, black top and colored sweater.  

With temperatures still cooler, I opted to wear the maxi, I bought for this challenge.  

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Even with my pain, getting dressed made me feel better…

Wearing a fedora and my Ying /Yang necklace can do that to a woman!  

I am loving this orange sweater I thrifted and the reason to wear orange blush and lipstick. 

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Doubling up on silver bracelets took warmed my boho side…

Dear Readers, I happened upon a wonderful website for Man Style!  

Looktastic is a wonderful site that allows you to add pieces your man owns and then shows you ideas on how to style them and even offers options for a new piece to add that would work well.  I can’t wait to explore this more and add in more pieces that are currently in my husband’s closet.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my pain wasn’t as bad today as it was on Monday. 

I am grateful for the muscle rub cream my husband strategically used for my shoulder and lower back. 

I am grateful that my husband had most of the day off and hung out at home, even if it did mess up our homeschooling day. 

I am grateful for a new program on Executive Training for Adolescents that I got in hopes of helping my homeschooler take more responsibility for his education.  

I am grateful that my homeschooler started a new book today and read 6 chapters and hope he keeps it up.  

I am grateful for the laughter I shared with my daughter as she called me squealing from her apartment near Boston College, where she had just encountered a mouse in her bedroom…


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