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I loved this look when I saw it on Pinterest , 

as it fits that Ying/Yang concept of opposites 

that I love in an outfit. 

Fall outfit - cute with a chambray top:

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The unexpected element of adding layers of pearls to such a 

casual jean, striped top and jeans outfit takes this outfit 

up a notch.  

In fact Angie over at YOU LOOK FAB wrote a post about this with her wonderful 

spin and detail of each element of the outfit to inspire recreating your own version. 

Pardon the picture quality, rain…

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It truly was a perfect inspiration for today when my morning began 

with accompanying my son to his bowling league.  

Layering is a must for that activity, as the alley is always cold. 

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My Clarks slip-ons were a perfect finish to this look with our warmer

temperatures and to keep the outfit more casual. 

I tend to wear heels or wedges a lot, but these slip-ons

have been getting a lot of use.  

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My two necklaces, both new from two different months 

surprises from Jewelbits. 

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By 

Are you looking as forward to Fall and Winter as I am? 

I can’t wait to style a new silhouette of culottes with boots

and wear ponchos and sweaters and let’s not forget 

my obsession with boots!  

What are you looking forward to wearing this season? 

Gratitude

I am grateful for Saturday morning bowling and the chance to get out early to hang out. 

I am grateful to my son for indulging me by taking these pictures in which I conceded

and allowed him shelter on the porch, lol 

I am grateful for the fun today of talking to one of the women who will be joining us on our cruise next September ,cause we are going to make this a new yearly women’s only trip!  

I am grateful for this upcoming holiday season and how I’ve already begun shopping for the family. 

I am grateful that I am back to blogging!  

I’ve taken quite a break from regular blogging and have missed it terribly. 

I am ready to get back on track , especially since Fall is arriving and it’s my 

favorite season for outfits. 

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I am faking Fall , as our temperatures are still in the high 70’s.  

I bought these new rust colored pants from Jane.com . 

The top is new for the season as well.  

I began adding more purple to my wardrobe last Fall and this 

was just an additional top to mix in and add more versatility to those pieces. 

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My wavy hair is what it looks like when I just let it dry naturally, 

and my photographer teen son said to me as we were walking outside 

to take photos, ” Are you going to do anything with your hair?” 

I just laughed….

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I am wearing my amethyst necklace , 

along with the tassel one my daughter gave me as a Christmas gift. 

I recently showed DH a beautiful amethyst bracelet at BJ’s ,

that I hinted at as a Christmas present. 

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I am looking forward to being able to transition this 

look for cooler temperatures by adding a cardigan or 

a leather jacket into the mix.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I found my prescription sunglasses , as I accidentally left them at Panera Monday night when we had dinner with my oldest son who turned 30!!!!  

I am grateful that he was happy about turning 30 and liking how he’d handled his 20’s and the person he is today. 

I am grateful that I ordered myself a Bissell Steam Mop and that when it arrived today, that my son and daughter were just as excited as I was to try it out on the den the floor.  

I am grateful for Football Season and that my game is televised , so I can stay home and watch it…

With all the 70s style coming back this Fall, 

this one is a perfect DIY type one that you can create yourself..

Unless of course you want to invest in the Valentino version that rocked the runways..

Valentino - Guitar Strap Rolling Rockstud Leather Shoulder Bag:

This baby runs close to $4000 !  

Embroidered Guitar Strap:

Guitar Straps - Are You Into Fendi or Valentino Style?:

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Guitar Straps - Are You Into Fendi or Valentino Style?:

I saw an article earlier that I can no longer find that showed how to just add carbider clips to the guitar straps.

So I hit up Amazon to see what they carried and picked out this one to give it a try.. 

Amazon.com: New Blue Paisley Retro Vintage Hippie Acoustic Electric Guitar Strap…:

My son assured me I could find the clips at the dollar store, so I will check that out…

Stayed tuned when this arrives I will attaching it to a purse and reveal the results…

So , Dear Readers what do you thing of this Trend?  

For me it’s a no brainer because it definitely goes with my strong love of boho items.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun summer cooking with my niece, but sad that today was our last day together.  

I am grateful that my son is home until this weekend when he heads back to college.  

I am grateful for the fun bowling league my youngest has done that was a “Get Your Gear League, which he now has two new balls and is tying to get the feel of them before the leagues start in Fall.  

I am grateful laughter and fun moments with my niece and children.  

I am grateful for dear friends who keep me sane. 

I am grateful for air conditioning as this darn heat wave is crazy hot!  

I am grateful that there are 37 days until my Cruise , it can’t come soon enough.  

I am grateful for the fun discover today that the Presidential Debate is going to be while I am on the cruise and technology free, I literally squealed and did a happy dance when my son looked up the date !  

Today began the long awaited, GYPO Winter Style Challenge

At least for some, hard to do so when your temperatures are in the mid-70’s. 

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Today’s look was suppose to include a tunic top, fur vest and knee high riding boots. 

I chose a lace top, and open weaved cardigan that isn’t big on warmth. 

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It feels nice to get dressed as, I have not been daily this past two weeks. 

I have a feeling I am going to be making lots of subsitutions for the GYPO challenge outfits. 

That’s not surprising as I’ve always gone against the grain.  

I think my dear mother is responsible for that, I remember one year when I was in 7th grade and a madrigal in chorus for the Christmas concert where we were suppose to wear white blouses and red long skirts.  My mother had made me a red-gingham checkered one as my Christmas church outfit , so we got permission for me to wear it.  

Since I was the one who spoke up and introduced songs, it made sense that I dressed slightly differently.

I have two other oufits I wore recently but didn’t post yet, so here goes.

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This was what I wore last Wedsneday for my son’s homeschool bowling day. 

I love my Kate & Mallory jacket and ponte knit leggings.  

My tunic is a Burlington Coat Factory find.  

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This was my look for Parent’s Night Out dinner

and my first outing after my fall and subsequent concussion. 

I love the long knit Susan Graver Cardigan and have it in chocolate brown as well as the navy. 

I have a small on in this sweater and always size down in that clohing line from QVC. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the support of family, friends, readers and online community members who all had compassion and wished me a speedy recovery from my concussion and fall.  

I am grateful that I am feeling much better and sleeping ok. 

I am grateful that my son finished his exams today and will be home tomorrow. 

I am grateful that my son away at college has been playing games on the Iphone together with his younger brother, as the anticipation of having his siblings come back has really made him feel lonley this week. 

I am grateful for a fun football weekend where both our teams won and the comraderie of our son who set his study schedule around watching both our games to stay connected with us… 

I am grateful that my youngest buckled down and finished Lord of the Flies.  

 

I’ve always loved Pink paired with Brown.  

Which is why I added the polk a dot tunic and striped sweater 

to my style for the season.  I’ve always loved Pink paired with Brown.  

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Of course, I bought them seperately with no intention of pairing them together. 

I originally paired this look with a chocolate brown boyfriend sweater, but it was just too much brown.  

When I spied this Liz Lange sweater ( sold out) , the outfit went up a notch and gave me that pep in my step!  

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Of course wearing my Payless Comfort plus pumps helped to put that pep in my step. 

I seriously think I may be addicted to this line of pumps as they are the perfect heel height 

and so comfortable that I can wear them all day!  

I just had to run to my closet and count how many I have and it’s 6 pairs ! 

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Here is what I wore yesterday, it was raining all day and the pictures didn’t come out well. 

I am wearing Old Navy Pixie Pants and Chambray top, a Glitterscape sequin navy top

faux shearling vest via Jane.com , navy boots bought in Ireland. 

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I’ve had my Diane Gilman jeans for awhile and love them. 

The line going down the side is actually a zipper detail.  

I collect Diane Gilman Jeans , but I  won’t run and count those, lol!  

Dear Readers, The Black Friday online purchases have started arriving and today,

I got the biggest kick out of the DSW package

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Can you believe that even with a 30% off deal on that purchase, that I didn’t even look for shoes for myself! 

Yes, I am not tempted to shop!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that after waking up at a crazy 5:24 am today, that I was able to go back and take a nap!  

I am grateful that the morning rain went away, allowing me to take photos today. 

I am grateful for the fun and anticipation that goes along with the holidays .  

I am grateful for sappy Hallmark movies to get me in the mood… now if only we find the energy to get the Christmas decorations out of the attic in the next few days… 

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving Weekend!  

I enjoyed the short time we had with our college kids home, 

but they’ll be back for a longer time in just two weeks!  

Linking Up With Visible Monday!

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Today the temperatures were pretty nice, so I went for a 3/4 sleeve paisley top 

under the black and white wrap from Jane.com.

I am getting quite  a kick out of these wraps that are coming out and being called ponchos. 

If anything they are an open poncho.  

Traditionally this type of garment was longer and called a ruana, which I tended to steer clear of with 

my petite height as they overwhelmed me.  

Here’s what Amazon has to offer when I searched “Open Poncho” , so I guess it is a thing! 

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I gave my fringe boots a break and wore my boots purchased in Ireland last year. 

My pants are jogger style from Old Navy. (Cyber Monday sale is 40% off Everything) 

I got a kick out of my 13 year old niece mentioning wanting this style pants.

I love them becasue nothing beats them for comfort and the opposite juxtapositon

of styling them with tops and heeled shoes is near and dear to my ying/yang loving heart. 

Gratitude

I am so grateful for the closeness I see among my children, not something I take for granted as there is 4 1/2 yrs between each of them.  

I am grateful that my hotflashes have subsided and that I’ve slept the past two nights with no sleep aids. 

I am grateful my husband took my son off to Ihop for some quality time together today, while I stayed home alone, sometimes this homeschooling mother just needs a break.  

I am grateful for a very relaxing low key Sunday, even if both our teams lost… 

This is my first outfit to sneak in a festive element for the season 

into every day outfits, as promoted by You Look Fab .

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I bought this lovely green velvet top by One World for the season, 

as velvet was listed as one of the trends.  Since I bought it on clearance, 

it is only available in large and plus sizes.  

I actually bought it in red , too…

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I added a few new leathers and faux leathers this season as well, 

and this seafoam 0ne by Guilana is going to become my favorite. 

I will definitely by pairing down my collection of faux leathers as this season ends

A woman only needs so many and I think I’ve overdone this category in my wardrobe. 

Putging those will be hard, but it is something I must face to really have only items that I adore and ones I grab often. This one will definitely make the cut and stay!  

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My green cords and pumps are from previous seasons. 

The pumps were my 49th b’day present to myself.  

The shoes are from Chadwicks and still available , Here. 

My Dear Readers, This Thanksgiving falls on my father’s b’day and I dedicate my outfit to his memory, 

as green was his favorite color.  When you lose your father at the tender age of 13, you seek to find tiny threads

to bind you and keep him close to your heart. I’ve done that with the color green in my style and once even owned 

a green leather couch to embrace his memory.  For any who are missing loved ones at this time of year , 

I hope you embrace them in small ways like this one and know that they are always with you.  

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Gratitude

I am grateful that my daughter made it here from Boston, this mom was feeling some anxiety about her flying. 

I am grateful for a fun night with all 4 of my kids present and my brother and niece who stopped by. 

I am grateful for the laughter and the connection as we all enjoy this time together. 

I am grateful that my oldest brought a new card  game( Forbidden Island)  and played with his two younger brothers, with ages of 29, 20 and 15 , anything that can connect them is rare and special.  The game was unique that you play as a team, not against each other but against the game.  Unique and a great bonding for friends and families.  

I am grateful for the love of family and friends and this special time of year when we show our appreciation for each other. 

When I Saw The Inspiration Photo , 

I just knew I had to do my own version of the look. 

The great thing about using Pinterest for Inspiration is 

that it’s not about copying the look exactly, It’s about using things 

in your wardrobe in ways you might not have thought to do. 

Well at least this version is in that category, other times it is more about copying. 

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If one pair of fringe booties is good, than two is even better, right?

Well at least in girl fashionista world, it is!  

You can find my boots on Amazon, HERE

Grey pants paired with Tan jacket, wouldn't have thought of that combo:

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Here’s the inspiration, what appealed to me was the color combination 

of grey with tan along with the bonus leopard print. 

Of course I used my more casual Old Navy pants(no longer available)  for my Mom at home lifestyle. 

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I also took the liberty of subbing a tan very open weaved sweater. 

This my dear readers was the perfect weight for my indoor temperatures 

when dealing with these crazy hot flashes.  

My sweater can be found at Jolly Chic , HERE

The arms of this sweater are long for my petite height, so if yours are longer no worries! 

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It was fun to wear something that I wouldn’t have thought to do myself. 

Some days a fashionista just needs some outside inspiration.  

I really loved changing out the black purse and shoes in the inspiration for 

my boots and Dooney purse.

My You Look Fab women taught me that this shade bookends my hair color. 

I highly recommend Angie.s site as she is so informative as a stylist herself and has a very active forum of very supportive fashionistas who give honest but kindhearted feedback, should you have questions.  Be Sure to check out her site!  

Dear Readers, Speaking of YOU LOOK FAB, Style Guru Angie put forth a challenge to start with tomorrow and not waiting for just a holiday party to get festive for the season.  She proposed that we could do it for the entire month leading up to Christmas.  While I probably won’t do that many looks, I will try for a few here and there.  

She specifically said to dress down for your lifestyle or work appropriate looks, but to have extra sparkle or texture , anything with extra pizazz even red lip gloss qualifies.  

While Sparkle and touches of Fur are obvious, I instantly thought of velvet, so that’s where I will start. 

Stay tuned tomorrow as I embrace the Challenge for the first time

Gratitude

I am grateful that my homeschooling has been so successful as my reluctant reader picked out a book to read when he was at Bjs and even began reading it in the car on the ride home. This is the first time he’s reading for his own pleasure and not an assignment from me! DH and I are delighted and feeling like we recieved an early Christmas present!  

I am grateful for a dear friend and our fun Facebook chats , we do so often and today we had quite fun laughing and imagining oursleves doing something more daring.  

I am grateful that my daughter called me when she was feeling like giving up and distraught over applying to PHD programs and that after our conversation and problem solving that she had direction and was empowered. 

I am grateful that I will get the chance to hug my daughter tight and see her relax for a few days.  

I am grateful that the fever I had this morning broke and that I was feeling well enough to get some housecleaning done.  

I am grateful that DH moved the turkey from the freezer to the frig, saving me from lifting that 22lbs.  This might just be the first time he’s ever taken it upon himself to do such a thing… unless you count the year my sciatica was acting up and he and the kids did all the dinner prep for the holiday while I sat on a heating pad, lol! 

Well it looks like we are heading into a week of  Highs in the 40’s to 70…..

Go figure, I will have to check daily to see what to wear, lol! 

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I am glad I took photos of my Saturday outfit, as Sunday it was raining!  

I don’t know where my bangs went in this shot and almost didn’t use the picture because of it.  

Alas I have a hair appointment for Monday, but not sure I will make it. 

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My bangs came back out, lol!  

I love these burgundy paisley embossed skinny cords and have had them for 

a few years now and will continue to get great use from this season. 

My sweater and vest are both from Just Fab, bought at the end of last season.  

The vest is still available, HERE 

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My fringe boots are the first ones I grab these days, neglecting the ones

I bought in Ireland last Fall.  

I am carying my Issac Mizrahi leather wallet (comes in 6 colors)  , as I was headed for a 

short walk to the store to pick up last minute Thanksgiving items.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I can count the days til my kids come home from college. 

I am grateful for kind hearted compassionate, giving friends. 

I am grateful for the closeness of my family.  

I am grateful for a mostly headache free day.  

I am grateful for my husband and son being out getting haircuts and shopping together, while I had time to write this post with no interruption or distractions.   

If you are a regular reader, you may remember these houndstooth cords from last season. 

I love them because like any white and black pattern it can be worn with any color top. 

I highly recommend a black and white patterned bottom to increase versatility in your wardrobe. 

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This was Monday’s outfit in which I was feeling ok, until late afternnon,

when a slammin migraine hit and I didn’t get a blog post done for that day.  

I was having auras and light sensitivity all day Tuesday as well. 

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The fun part of this outfit is the black scarf that when added to my sweater,

looks like it’s almost part of the sweater. 

I liked the added fringe element to coordinate with my fringe boots. 

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Just for fun, here is what I wore on Sunday when we took a rode trip to near our son’s college, 

to meet with him to celebrate his birthday and watch both my game and his father’s back to back, for a 

total of over 7 hours spent at Dave & Busters.   It was a great day with my guys!  

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Who would have thought you could take a classic mens wear houndstooth 

print and add elements like fringe and a hobo bag to give it a boho vibe?  

Leave it to me, my boho side is strong!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my husband was available to take my son to is bowling group today. 

I am grateful that I didn’t have a migraine today, but alas sinus issues have set in, lol. 

I am grateful for the beautiful sunny 70 degree day today. 

I am grateful that I was feeling ok enough to spend Sunday with my son to celebrate his 2oth. 

I am grateful to my son’s friends for putting together a surprise party , sneaking in and decorating his apartment, and making him a cake on his actual birthday, and the fun family group texting that went on when he sent us all pictures. 


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