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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.   

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:

Source 

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.  

 

Angie at YOU LOOK FAB

puts out outfit ensembles on a regular basis 

and this one she called ” Statement Leopard Bag” 

Ensemble: Statement Leopard Bag

Source 

I don’t happen to have a leopard handbag and don’t feel the need to run out and buy one, lol. 

I thought about doing a look with my snakeskin bag, which would have worked.  

I even laid out a look with it a few days ago…. 

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We had temperatures back in the 80’s so of course my Sam Edelman’s had 

to come out to play in this look.   

I also took a more casual approach to the look because

as much as I love the looks of crisp white shirts, 

I can’t seem to style them and make them feel like me.  

I opted to keep the top in the same tone as the topper

because any high contrast cut my body in half 

and really messed with the proportions.  

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It was quite windy for the pictures, lol 

My t-shirt says “Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude”  

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I have so many more ideas for the culottes going into the cooler weather 

and am looking forward to styling them with tights and boots. 

The trick is to treat them like a skirt.   

Dear Readers,  Wishing you  a Happy HALLOWEEN!

We don’t get many kids in our neighborhood and gave up giving out candy two years ago.

Instead we took our youngest teenage child to the movies.  

This year my daughter is home after getting her Master’s Degree and she wants to

have her brother join her in giving out candy and dressing up, sitting out front with

the fog machine going.   I am hoping they won’t be sorely disappointed.    

Gratitude

I am grateful for Sundays when my husband gets to relax and watch football, shouting and getting so animated that you know how the game is going in every room of the house.   

I am grateful that I finally got to visit my dear friend and deliver the wardrobe I had for her 10yr old daughter and the delight it brought to them both.  

I am grateful that while I was visiting my friend who lives at the oceanfront, that my daughter (25)  and my husband got some rare quality alone time walking the beach and playing POKEMON GO,  as my poor daughter lost all her original levels since she signed up with her Boston College email and they cancelled it , after all she graduated in May. 

I am grateful that my teenager took advantage of our plans and opted to stay home by himself, as he values alone time and hasn’t had much of it since my daughter arrived home in May.   

I am grateful for a phone call from my son at VCU to share his night adventure at the Halloween farm he visited.  

 

Some days I feel like an outfit of Neutrals, 

however that doesn’t mean boring.  

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You might notice my brown pants have a faux leather front , which of course adds 

an element of texture to this look.   

Alas these fabulous pants by Diane Gilman are from previous season.   

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Here is a close up of the alligator like design.  

DH did a double take at my look today and quite to my surprise complemented it. 

He’s not much for all neutrals or my love of kimonos ,

so his approval meant more. 

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Here you can see that the back of the pant is a knit 

While these pants are great, these boots are my new Vionic, 

my first of what I hope to be a yearly addition for boot comfort. 

I had wanted a lighter pair of ankle boots,

so it was nice to embrace the comfort in something that was on my wish list. 

They come in 4 other shades including merlot and navy.  

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I found this cute owl scarf on Jane and just had to have it 

as I have loved owls for most of my life and collected them as a child. 

I added the leave pin for just a bit of bling and thought it was a good play off the branches on the scarf 

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My mocha open kimono sweater is from Jane, bought previous season. 

After a week of migraines, this neutral look felt just right  and had 

a calming nature that was just what I needed for today.  

After all , I have said it before, I am a mood dresser and use outfits for energy some days.  

Dear Readers I have mentioned my love of Diane Gilman pants and with all the talk about the Velvet 

Trend for the season, thought you might enjoy these pants in great colors.  She had a bootcut version I found over the summer on clearance that I bought it Navy and Grey.    I look forward to styling them soon.  Note, I recommend her line because I love it and do not receive compensation .  

Gratitude

I am grateful to be feeling a little better today ( sinus issues today) after beginning the week with a terrible migraine , that came back every afternoon.   

I am grateful to my daughter for taking today’s photos as my son was still deep into his homeschooling in which he is writing note cards in preparation of doing CLEP exams.   

I am grateful that I’ve done most of the xmas shopping for my daughter and can now begin the boys. 

I am grateful for staying on track and losing about half a pound per day this week.  

My Mother’s maiden name was Campbell and she was so 

proud of her Scottish Heritage, in fact my youngest 

brother carries the name Scott to honor her pride. 

It was so fitting when she got strong enough after her heart attack to 

take her life long dream trip to Scotland that my brother accompanied her.  

Linking up with Classy Yet Trendy today

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My mother instilled the Campbell plaid love to me when I was young. 

I loved the kilt skirt complete with the gold pin I had as a child in this plaid. 

It meant a lot for me as a child knowing it was a part of my heritage. 

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Can you believe I found this poncho when I was at AC Moore looking at craft stuff with my daughter. 

It was just $14.99, so even though I didn’t need another poncho I couldn’t help myself. 

Once again I am wearing the Halston lariat necklace (sold out) , it’s truly becoming a workhorse .  

The green necklace is by Passage to Israel , found HERE .  

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I need to do a better job of getting my hair away from ears.  

I bought these from TJ maxx last year in both green and purple and have worn both a lot!  

This was the beginning of me improving my earring collection,

something I neglected as I wore gold and silver hoops only for the longest time.  

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My jeans are by Diane Gilman and are patched with silver sequins ,

are alas sold out,  

It took me a long time to warm up to this type of “damaged” jeans , 

but this season the patched version came onto the scene making it more 

comfortable for my style. 

In this photo you can see the black and white plaid,

which I can reverse this to and it will have a tiny bit of this blackwatch plaid

just around the neckline.  I will be giving it a try at some point. 

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I love these blue boots I bought two years ago when in Ireland, 

they are perfect for adding to skinny jeans like this.  

Dear Readers, this darn weather gave me a sever migraine on Monday,

leaving me with residual light sensitivity and nausea all day.

  Apparently this was not just happening to me as a few Facebook friends had the same.   

Gratitude 

I am grateful that despite the residual side effects that I was pain free and the migraine was gone. 

I am grateful that getting a new charger fixed my son’s laptop issue. 

I am grateful that my daughter and son did a grocery store run for me today, as I wasn’t up for it. 

I am grateful that I had the determination to fix spaghetti squash with bacon, Parmesan and mushrooms for dinner. 

I am grateful for Fall weather arriving and the chance to start wearing some new items . 


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