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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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Today, I was suppose to go to my Weight Watcher meeting and had this outfit all planned out.  

Getting enough sleep reigns supreme in my life, so I opted to go back to bed and get some much 

needed rest, as too many nights in a row without had taken it’s toll.  

Here is the outfit I had ready for the day. 

When I put it on and looked in the mirror , I instantly thought 

“Oh , there I am! ”  

It became glaringly obvious to me that I have not been myself 

these last 6 months and even my style choices  were exhibiting that. 

The awesome vest adds just the right wonderful element of texture to the tone on tone look. 

It is by Indigo Thread, a very boho company I adore.  

Here is the link to my vest which is limited to one color now and Here is all the vests they offer now. 

My turtle necklace was handmade by sister and is much loved and cherished. 

My saddle bag style cross-body purse is by Naturalizer and sold out. 

This will probably be last purse purchased for a while as I am pretty satisfied with what I have. 

I did recently throw away my beautiful green leather one and told my kids and husband that they should put in on my

birthday wish list as it was the first purse I bought myself after years of using diaper bags and sadly was beyond repair. 

I love how my hair color bookends the purse shade.  

One last note , if you haven’t tried block heeled shoes yet, 

I highly recommend it as these are so comfortable to walk in. 

Alas they too are Naturalizers and sold out because I always buy off season on clearance.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful that I took care of me today and skipped my WW meeting because nothing replaces the need for sleep. As for my WW journey so far,

it has been a slow first month with just over 3lbs lost, but I have managed to use my Simply Fit board to lose 3 inches from the 7 I gained in my stomach from menopause!  

I am grateful that my husband too got to catch up on sleep and didn’t have to go to work until 2:30pm today!  

I am grateful that my kids are so supportive of each other and truly care deeply. 

I am grateful that our allergy laden Lhasa Apso is currently at the vet with two of my adult kids. 

With all the craze and addictive quality to the Lularoe brand of clothes, I had been steering clear. 

Today , my son’t bowling group had a fundraiser, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. 

I met two wonderful Lularoe Consultants : Jessica (HERE)  and Kristin (HERE

If you are looking for Lularue Products please support these wonderful women

who were so gracious as  

to follow my blog the minute they heard I was a blogger.  

I had seen first hand how the Carly Dress works wonders for a woman’s curves,

so decided that I had to give it a try.  

This is Absolutely not your basic T-shirt dress, so don’t let it fool you.  

As women we all know that the smallest part of any woman is just below the chest, 

which is why an Empire waist is so figure flattering. 

This dress goes in just under the chest , then flares out slightly in the most flattering way. 

I saw this for the first time on a plus size girl and

was floored at what it did for her body, 

and knew I had to give it a try.  

Apparently I was grimacing instead of smiling in all my photos, lol

Let’s count this as my before picture to look back on as I 

am beginning this weight loss journey!  

I specifically picked this pattern because I knew it would go with my blue and pink wedges 

that I bought last year from TJ Maxx,.  

I bought this Indigo Thread vest (Vests currently selling)  in both Ivory and Black last season. 

This is how I would wear it for an evening event more than a daytime Spring 

or Summer look.   An outdoor concert and I’d rock this out!  

My apologies , I was dressing “Scarlett ” (my dressform) so many times 

and didn’t straighten this one up correctly.. 

I really like how it brings out the white details in the dress and brightens up the look. 

This is a Lularoe “Joy” vest I bought with it today. 

I love how it brightens it up .  

This is another Indigo Thread vest I bought recently for this season. 

Crotchet or Lace pieces offer a great detail to outfits

as the element of texture is represented.  

While the dress has pink flowers,

I like the darker burgundy and how it goes,

but doesn’t match.  

How about some pattern mixing to complete the long

Boho vests I could wear with this dress?

I found this Vest via Jane.com sometime last year.

If I was a stylist dressing clients one rule I would institute is

to add a black and white print of every category in your closet.

A dress, pants, shirt , sweater, etc .

It increases your wardrobe as it can be paired with any solid color.

Vests over tank tops are my go to for Summer , so I recently added 

these baby soft “Shawl Dawls  that work as a vest or more of a Kimono . 

It just so happens the rose colored Shawl Dawl  one works for the dress too.

This is worn more like the Kimono style.

I buy in multiples if I like something, but have learned to keep it to

just two of any one thing.

Jean Jackets are always a great layering piece for Spring. 

With a pair of leggings or tights and ankle boots this could become a cold weather 

outfit and I will definitely layer it for those months and get plenty of use out of this dress. 

One World Jean Jackets are my favorite , this one found HERE . 

With my love of jean jackets,  A few years back I invested in 3 

of these cropped versions by One world (similar ones here) . 

For my petite height a cropped version if wonderful and 

I highly recommend if you don’t currently own one in white, 

that you add one to your style for great versatility.  

A lot of Duster Sweaters are lighter weight and perfect for 

Spring weather fluctuations .  

This brand has a lot of Spring Duster options Here. 

Of course I couldn’t just show one option for 

pattern mixing.  This Halston sweater is definitely 

thin and has an open weaved back, making it a Spring option.  

Bonus:  this is how I wore it to run to BJ’s to go grocery shopping . 

I did the rubber band trick to gather it and shorten it a bit when wearing with

the leggings as it created a better look for my height with the leggings.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that after 3 days of asking my sister for a sign that she knows

I have her beloved cats ,Oreo and Cupcake

and can see how happy they are and how much joy they bring us,

 indeed a sign showed up!  

I am grateful for a weekend with my son home from college , miss that guy!  

I am grateful that we were all together and celebrated my youngest’s 17th birthday early , 

giving him hoverboards that he had actually given up on ever getting and thoroughly surprising him. 

Notice I said hoverboards plural as I got two so a sibling could join him in the fun. 

I am grateful for a Weight Watcher buddy in my dear friend and the way

we push each other to get fitbit steps.

I am grateful for a fun family and friends day spent at Botanical Gardens and for becoming a member ,

so we can go back throughout the year.   

I’ve always referred to my style as maximal, 

but this season it’s an official trend!  

How does one embrace Fall Maximalism when the temperatures are LIKE Summer? 

Check out the Lovely Ladies at the “I Feel Pretty Link Up” 

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My private style sisters group suggested styling a skirt and with all the fun

talk regarding the maximal trend on a fashion forum, 

I knew just what skirt needed to come out to play! 

This multi media  OSO Casuals skirt is on clearance for $18.99 and comes in 4 great colors perfect for Fall.  It’s hard to see , but the bottom is lace and there are two panels of embroidery on top of the embossed floral material.  That itself qualifies this as a maximal piece. 

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You can see the lace bottom better in this photo.  

I paired it with another maximal piece of the my polka dot sweater with ruffle detail . 

I’ve had that for a few years and it still remains a favorite sweater. 

My metallic pointed toe low wedges are a thrifted find.  

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A “blingy”  necklaces also ups the maximal level.  

My necklace is a Susan Graver from previous seasons , but Here are her current ones available . 

You can see the ruffle detail in my sweater better in this photo. 

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I finished it off with my cute owl cuff bracelet that I found awhile back on Ebay. 

You can see a peek of my new nail color a fun red -orange shade.

I got acrylics for my cruise, a first for me and DH loved the idea of my keeping them. 

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I finished this maximal look off with my GILI ( stands for Got it Love it ) 

obi belt and hobo style purse (sold out from previous seasons ) .  

Dear Readers, I love these Fall colors and have so many other ways  I plan to 

wear this skirt going into winter.  Burgundy is going very strong for the season!

Have you thought about ways to embrace the maximal trend or are you a die hard minimalist who is steering clear?: 

Chime in, love your comment!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that the universe gives what you ask for, today DH went to northern Virginia to cover leads, as he’s not been having as many as he’d like and the opportunity came up for two days of packed in leads so off he went!  

I am grateful that my DH has inherited such a strong work ethic from his Father. 

I am grateful that tonight my son is coming home from college with our new bunny!  

I am grateful that my son had a good day at bowling.  

When I saw this dress from Glamour Farms  on Grace and Beauty,

I fell absolutely in love. 

It sold out and thanks to a Style Sister who messaged me that it was 

back in stock,  I was able to finally order it.  

*RESTOCK* Teresa Floral Tunic/Dress - Brown/Mint

As a petite it is longer on me and I bought a large because of my 39″ bust. 

There was ample room in the bust and dress, but the arms would be an issue, but are fine for me.

Best of all , this baby has pockets!  

One thing I think you should look for in a patterned dress , is for colors that work with toppers you 

already have in your wardrobe, which is why I was so drawn to this particular print. 

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My first thought before it even arrived was to pair it with a burgundy sweater to 

bring out the browns and pinks in the print. 

Since I’ve added this Burgundy Utility jacket from Jane. com, 

I opted for this instead of a sweater.  

I didn’t get a picture of it, but I also have a pink utility jacket that works well too. 

Keep in mind that any burgundy or pink topper would work.  

If interested , check Jane often as they get these utility jackets on a regular basis 

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The next obvious piece for this print was my beloved mint moto jacket. 

Unfortunately I bought this last year, so it is sold out. 

I thought this was going to be my favorite topper for this dress.  

It is definitely one of my favorites, but the more I played around with toppers,

a new favorite emerged, which I am saving for last. 

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Creme is another color that works well this and I think I might even 

go very matchy -matchy and add my creme boots with it . 

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This tobacco color jacket also works well , 

this look is among my favorites as it is more subdued contrast

This is a new jacket I bought for more neutrals in my style from Just Fab. . 

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Next up I went for a chocolate brown cardigan, 

I love long cardigans with dresses in Fall/Winter.  

I bought this sweater last year, but here is what colors currently available.

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Although the background on the dress is brown, 

I tried it with this black duster length cardigan and was 

pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. 

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To go with a complete surprise, 

I tried it this fun fringe boho sweater. 

The color may look grey, but it really a chambray blue shade.  

The blue seemed to make the mint less green and more blue.  

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One trend that is big for this season is more maximal 

looks than ever before with lots of pattern mixing. 

I loved the way this vest demonstrates that trend. 

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This is my final option for toppers  and my favorite look. 

The orange Marla Wynn sweater is sold out. 

Her line is a new love of mine and I own 2 pants from that line in addition to 

this very thick, warm and beautiful kimono sweater. 

Dear Readers,  This was a very fun adventure, I actually tried the dress on as soon as it

arrived and explored all these options by trying them on.  The dress is a swing dress and

a few options I tried didn’t work, the specific one that comes to mind was a peplum jacket.

Do you have a favorite out of these options?  Would love to hear from you, so please comment! 

The principal of buying printed items that work with pieces in your closet can work with tops as well.

Of course this doesn’t have to require a purchase of something new, how about finding something print in your own closet and see what you have to pair with it, warning you may find yourself wanting to add something else to your closet, lol  

Gratitude

I am grateful to my style sister for noticing my comment on Grace & Beauty , and making sure I knew it was back in stock. 

I am grateful for the fun memory this venture stirred up in me, as my mother was very good at picking one color out of a print and making outfits.  In fact at her funeral one mom she had babysat for mentioned just that to me, as she was always so impressed to come home and find what outfit my mother had put together for her son. 

I am grateful that I am back on a weight loss journey and have lost 6lbs in three days. 

I am grateful for spending time with friends this week as I had lunch with two friends and coffee with another. 

 

 

I recently saw a few t-shirts with positive sayings that match messages 

I value and want to put out in the world 

on Jane.com and am delighted that they began arriving yesterday. 

Be on the LOOK OUT for another saying or two coming soon….

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When I was in my 3o’s I dreamed of creating shirts like this, 

so it’s only natural that now at 50 ,

 that I am embracing them ! 

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This sayng holds a very special place in my heart because I think

it’s been a message I was forced to come to terms with on my own

when at the tender age of 13 my father passed away.  

Upon mourning the great loss throughout my teens I really looked at the 

relationships my peers had with their fathers and saw immediatley the blessing. 

It was in early adulthood that I began saying, 

” I had more in my 13 years with him that many people will ever have”  

My father was one special man and I know it’s because he too lost his father when he was young and he was the youngest 

child with three older sisters and the youngest one was 17 when he was born.

He use to say that he was raised by 4 mothers.  

It truly made for a very compassionate man whose legacy of love is dear to my heart and has given me such strength to stand strong at times when I’ve wanted to crumble…. 

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There truly was Joy in the journey of even something so wretched in losing my father. 

I was very much a Daddy’s Girl and didn’t have much use for my mother, his death opened up 

a most fabulous relationship with my mother that I doubt would have been found had he lived. 

I also saw my mother grow in ways that too wouldn’t have been needed had she had him to lean on.  

My Attitude of Gratitude comes from knowing that if you look deep enough there is joy in every part of this journey of life. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the support and love among my homeschooling bowling Moms. 

I am grateful for getting up before my alarm and fitting in a Pilates workout before taking my son bowling. 

I am grateful for the fun anticipation of spending tomorrow at Harborfest with a friend and to my husband for giving me the VIP passes from his customer to use for myself and my friend.  

I am grateful for the fun and laughter that I share on a daily basis with my 20 year old son home from college, he really has the best sense of humor!   

Wishing My Dear Readers A weekend filled with Sun, Fun . Laughter and Love! 

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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