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After allowing myself 20 months of mourning, the loss of my sister,

I am finally ready to get back to my Passion for Fashion and consistent blogging. 

I put together a calendar for September Outfit Inspiration prompts for a group of my Style Sister’s

, so thought I would share it with my readers in case anyone wants to join me.

I will post it next week and post inspiration looks to give you ideas the day before each one. 

If you haven’t joined my Facebook Group, please do so now , to post pictures of your looks and see others too.

I will also be fitting in some weight loss journey posts as menopause weight gain and then emotional eating took their toll.   

Now for my Fall Haul in Preparation for my return to blogging. 

I began this in Spring, lol . 

 

 

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If you know me at all you have heard me talk about my love for the balance of ying/yang

and with outfits that includes edgy mixed with feminine touches.

Usually that means mixes pieces, but nothing is better than finding that balance in one piece! 

I bought the blue one first as it was a daily special and on my list of colors I wanted to add for the season.

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 I went back and added the black in a slightly different style , but the same designer

because it truly was more edgy! Can’t wait to style these! 

 

 

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The absolute best thing about having all the basics

means you can add some wild cards and fun colors.

Ever since I saw the Nina Proudman character with green suede boots,

I wanted a pair!   They are really a neutral that will go with a lot. 

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 I love a bit of western flair, with no desire for actual cowboy boots, 

so what better find to soothe that itch than these fun mules in a wonderful hue for Fall. 

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  Red is going to be huge for the season in everything from monochromatic head to toe looks, 

as well as mixing with light pink, hot pink and orange.

Polka dots are also going strong on trend.

Don’t forget a scarf or other accessories to add in a trend and bump up your wardrobe for the season.

 

 

 

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I dislike button up blouses, but love pullover ones.

They are so great faux tucked into a skirt, pants or jeans

or layered under a jacket,vest or cardigan.

The new trend of layering up

has tickled my imagination

and I picture trying this with a navy turtleneck underneath. 

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I adore the femininity of a peplum top,

but currently only have short sleeve versions.

This fun orange and pink shades will be fabulous for the season.

This brand runs big, so I ordered a size small. 

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A new Cardi is always a great addition and this one caught my attention.

Thinking my new mules will work nicely with this.  I also like the length to wear with dresses too. 

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Football Season for my favorite team begins the day after my birthday,

so I call this my early birthday gift.  It is super soft and fabulous! 

All football tops seem to run small and I got this in large. 

Dear Readers,

Thanks for Stopping By! I look forward to reconnecting!

Have you been shopping for Fall yet?

What have you found or, what is on Your Wish List?  

Comments are welcomed and greatly appreciated! 

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I have been wanting to get back into blogging, after mourning the loss of my sister for a year.  

This truly has been the hardest year of my life as I struggle with the loss and the feeling of not understanding why this had to happen to

a beautiful woman who was not sick and in fact, was a healthy eater and exerciser.   

I do not want to dwell on my pain and want to get back to

blogging, fashion and the joy it has brought to my life.  

I have been wanting to get back to blogging for a while, but the motivation to be consistent has just escaped me.  

Today, I saw an article on Pinterest of 100 Outfits and thought, what better way to challenge myself 

than to use outfits as inspiration and how fun would it be for me to incorporate some of my business pieces of 

Amelia James clothing into the mix.   I began this company to honor my sister and her wish for me to have financial independence.  

I began it too soon in the mourning process and have not done a good job of it, yet!   

So Let’s take a look at some outfits I would like to recreate

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If you know me at all, this one is right up my alley, with the perfect

Ying/Yang combo of feminine and edgy.  

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What a comfy outfit of neutrals that highlights the fun sporty trend. 

This would be a perfect outfit to take my son to the bowling alley.  

YASS perfect fall outfit ideas that anyone can wear teen girls or women. The ultimate fall fashion guide for high school or college. Super simple outfit with jeans and ankle boots a classy look for autumn.

Blush and Denim with a white top, super easy combo. 

 I may have to do this one a few ways because the one piece

I invested in was a blush embroidered leather jacket. 

 

#fall #outfits / scarf dress

I love a sweater dress with a plaid scarf!  

Plaid is such a fun pattern for Fall.  

 

#fall #outfits / scarf red

I never would have thought to pair a red top with black pants

and tan accents.  I do think to get this right, the scarf definitely needs

  • to add the element of texture to fit my maximal style.   

khaki trench stylish fall outfit bmodish It seems like I dream about khaki trench

This is a nice mix of casual and dressy another way I am drawn to the ying/yang 

balance to meet my various sides.

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I love the mix of neutrals here paired with the patterned shoes. 

I would definitely add a long necklace to this , but wearing white jeans

in Fall & Winter is so me… 

#fall #outfits / stripes

One of my favorite things about Fall/Winter is breaking out the 

boots and the ponchos, so, of course, I was drawn to this look, lol 

Offspring fashion: How to steal Nina Proudman's TV style | Herald Sun

I never did get to explore my love of the character 

Nina Proudman’s boho looks.   

Leo Chunky Scarf Burgundy Loose And Long Tunic Outfit Idea by Southern Curls and pearls

I love burgundy and leopard, so this was an

obvious choice. 

                                      Dear Readers,  I am so happy to report that while writing this post, 

                    I left and went and put together two looks

                        that are not at all inspirations for these pictures, but ones 

                                    with newer pieces in my closet, lol     

                            While I am sitting here still in my pj’s that I wore all day, tomorrow I will 

                                                       definitely, get dressed and take photos!                                  

 

 

We all have experienced disappointment when our favorite

Candidate lost , but this reaction is beyond reasonable. 

It was sad to see friends attacking each other on Facebook and threatening to 

unfriend any supporters of Trump or 3rd party candidates. 

 I think it’s hit a new low when Grubhub puts out a company email

calling for the resignation of those who support Ttump or Macy’s cancelling of  Trumps clothing line.  

I am not going to get political here,but going to just stand strong in my faith in our Democracy.  

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I decided to wear my flag scarf today , as I pray for those disappointed in the

election results to find peace within themselves as it is something we all can relate to

and have experience with (unless like my son who experienced the craziest of first elections )  

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I learned a new way to wear a infinity scarf from my private style group. 

Normally,  just put it twice around my neck and fluff it….

Today I hung it over my neck then twisted it twice before putting it 

back over my head the second time.   

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I kept my boot color the same as my pants here to extend the leg line , 

which is important as a petite with the length of the sweater. 

The hi-low front is a help in creating good proportions as well. 

I have this sweater from last year in two colors and so does my daughter. 

The good news is that it is back for the season and available HERE 

Dear Readers please don’t leave comments getting into a political debate or 

venting your frustrations, there are plenty of places to do that and my blog is not one of them. 

I’ll leave you with one last thought I saw on Facebook yesterday : 

” We should all wish President-elect Trump well ,  as he’s like a pilot of a plane

we are all on together. ”   

P. S.   Let me know if my directions on how I styled the scarf or if you

would do better if I made a video for you? 

Gratitude 

I am grateful for my friends and the wonderful support they offer in so many aspects of life. 

I am grateful that I took a nap yesterday and didn’t get caught up in any toxic discussions on Facebook. 

I am grateful that I did express compassion and a solution for more peaceful thoughts to someone. 

I am grateful for this country and the wisdom of our forefathers who designed our government. 

I am grateful for the conversations that this election process has brought out with my adult and teen children. 

I am grateful that the stock market is doing well with the election results. 

Wearing a Poncho with Flared or Boot-cut  Jeans is one 

of Rachel Zoe’s classic silhouettes and I adore her style! 

Poncho with wide leg jeans:

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She definitely rocks a boho chic look better than anyone else!  

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So , of course I had to add my floppy hat to my outfit, lol! 

I am not all about the darks and appreciate the creme turtleneck

and lighter wash jeans to create a look more my style.  

I do however see a dark wash jean and navy turtleneck as another option at some point. 

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I love the added special touch of my turtleneck sweater  by Spense , which I found in three colors

last year at Bj’s. After a quick search on  the net , I discovered this brand at Belk , which you can 

find here in four colors and two striped versions here. 

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I scored this wonderful steel necklace from a style sister private group, 

which always makes me think I should check out my local boutiques as 

that is where she found it. 

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My poncho is one of my Summer purchases that I love to find online from

the previous season, so I get deals on clearance.  

QVC, HSN and EVINE are my favorite places to scour off season clearance items,. 

This one is by OSO casuals and only left in size 1x/2x ,

but comes in other colors with more sizes available, found HERE. 

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Sadly, my Indigo thread from Evine jeans were

a clearance purchase as well and sold out. 

Rachel Zoe has a line on QVC and here is her floppy hat if your are interested. 

Dear Readers,  as we go into voting and ending this election fiasco, I just want to take a moment 

and pray for the future of our country and the reparation of all friends and family relationships,

which have been strained due to this most polarizing and insane election in my lifetime.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my husband and I are on the same page on this election.  

I am grateful that after a Sunday of a migraine , that so far this morning I am pain free.  

I am grateful for Hallmark Channel Christmas movies that are a delight and a calm in the storm of life. 

I am grateful that when testing my blood sugar levels this past week that I can relax , as I gestational diabetes with 3 of my pregnancies and check myself every year or two.  This menopausal weight gain had me worried….

 

 

Sunday was 83 degrees , today 62!  

My sinuses are so not happy with these extreme daily changes.  

This might be the craziest October I can remember. 

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I am struggling with this Marla Wynne sweater  I bought on clearance

. I  actually think I should have styled it and played around with it when  bought  it.  

Unfortunately, I tucked it away awaiting for Fall to arrive. 

It’s more volume than I like and in the other pictures I don’t think it’s flattering me at all. 

Since the window of when I can return it has passed, it won’t go to waste as it will 

be great lounge wear for around the house.  

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My top is Kate & Mallory found Here , on clearance in other patterns as well. 

While I may not be pleased with the volume of my topper, I am loving that 

after having them on wish list for 3 years that I finally found a lighter tan ankle boot.  

These Vionic boots are very comfortable and will be getting a lot of wear this season.

In this look it’s great for helping to extend the leg line with the tone matching my pants. 

There is a great video demonstrating the orthotics of these shoes and why I am so in love with these! 

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My choker and lariat necklace are getting paired together a lot and with 

maximalism on trend now I feel totally inspired to add in a pin 

that was my mother’s and one I usually add to a chain to wear as a necklace. 

It’s such a fun zany shape and I adore it ! 

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I am loving just letting my hair dry and spritzing it with some  texturizing spray. 

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray 8 fl oz

Found on Amazon Here 

Gratitude

I am grateful that despite these crazy swings in temperature that I remain headache free after last weeks bout of migraine cluster headaches for 5 days.

I am grateful for the last minute fun of my kids carving pumpkin’s together this afternoon.

I am grateful that we had enough trick or treaters that my two handing out candy felt like they had a good time (one year we had only 3 kids ) 

I am grateful that my husband had a successful day at work 

I am grateful for the fun group text we do as a family, exchanging photos of the pets antics, food they make or any other fun way of staying connected when we are all not together.  

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Daughter 25 and my youngest dressed up to hand out candy.

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My daughter is into cosplay and she wore this last year for Halloween in Salem, MA 

as she was at Boston College and had a fun day getting her picture taken quite a bit. 

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He was having fun doing poses, he’s just missing his light saber.  

 

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. 

 

 

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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