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As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

so I had to include this as a prompt.

sweater- loft  , /pants-lisa rinna ,/  shoes-earth, /purse-dooney &bourke

I was really faking Fall today as even This lightweight sweater was hot.

The sweater is a new clearance purchase from Loft and was called lavender,

but reads more pink to me…

I love these pull-on  pants and they are a great weight for Fall-winter,

but their is one drawback to pull on pants.

You cannot faux tuck in a shirt, especially with the high waist.

If I wasn’t wearing the long necklace,

I would have added a belt to define my waist.

I love vests and this one is one I got wholesale in hopes of selling them ,

if I can ever get up the gumption to sell off my Amelia James inventory,

I never should have gotten into a clothing MLM 6 months after my sister passed on.

This shorter necklace is one my sister made.

I love wearing pieces that she handmade and kept for herself.

It makes me feel close to her and I usually speak to her as

put them on.  I just wish she could answer back….

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When This showed up in my email from Ann Taylor today,

It immediately made me think of the Pinterest Inspiration

skirt and I thought I would never have paired it with a light

blue sweater. Now I am definitely going to give that a shot!

After all, a light blue sweater is just as versatile as a chambray shirt, 

if you think about it, lol 

Gratitude 

I am so grateful to my daughter and youngest son for pairing up to bake my oldest a Black Forest cake for his birthday, today.. yes my dear friends, I am the mother of a 32-year-old, yikes!  

I am grateful for a nice time with three of my four children today and the fun conversation that we hadn’t had Black Forest Cake in years! 

I am grateful for a nice chat on the phone with my son away at college and the comfort that he is coming home for a visit this weekend!  

I am grateful that my workaholic husband, by coincidence, did not have an appointment til later and was able to at least wish our son a happy birthday in person, lol 

 

 

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Today’s Prompt is Pinterest Inspiration

and I was in a boho mood.

I just wanted a long Flowy light skirt that swishes I walk, lol

This is My Pinterest Inspiration, with Staples like a white tee, and jean jacket

this was easy to put together and I have to say I probably would not

have thought to wear a white tee with my skirt. That is why

using Pinterest Inspiration photos can be so helpful.

A gorgeous breezy day, so perfect for the vibe I was hoping

to channel for the day. I went to a movie and walking at the mall,

my white Sperry Slip-on Sneakers were a perfect way to finish

the outfit and bookend the white top.

 I should have gotten a close up of my jewelry while I was wearing it.

but we will have to settle to this version, lol

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun day with my friend going to a movie and mall shopping. 

I am grateful that I found the Forest Green Jeans my daughter had on her Xmas list. 

I am grateful for a short walk to the grocery store on this beautiful breezy day! 

I am grateful for sunshine and how it lifts my spirit.  

I am grateful to my daughter for granting her brother’s wish by backing him a Black Forest Cake for his Birthday today.

 

 

I searched for a while for a shirt dress and was thinking

about an Old Navy Chambray version,  but ultimately my heartstrings

kept pulling me back to this Isaac Mizrahi version.

The Old Navy version didn’t have a belt and did not have buttons

all the way down the dress, as a true shirt dress should. 

 

After seeing this one, the chambray versions just couldn’t measure up!

This subtle floral print is better for my maximal style and

can stand alone without much help or need for accessories to

punch up the look.  For this time, I removed the matching belt

it came with and opted for a black one,

but Navy, Green, Yellow, Burgundy,  White, Cognac

Would also be good options for the future.

The beauty of a shirt dress is that it can also be worn as a Duster.

I love it here with the white, which is a perfect way for me to

fake Fall when we still have warm weather!

I look forward to styling it with tights and boots for winter

and keep imagining it with a black turtleneck and pants for a duster option.

I also love the roll-tab sleeves, for now, that can be worn as long sleeves for winter. 

Come back for Tomorrow’s Look is Pinterest Inspiration and I chose a Boho one,

as what’s better than greeting Hump Day with a long boho skirt.   

Gratitude

I am grateful that Fall is here and even if the weather isn’t cooperating,

that at least my son’s Bowling Season has started back up!  It is such a supportive and fun community! 

It was such fun to see my son bowl a 

Clean Game which means no pins were left standing!  

I am grateful that my son away at college called to say he is coming home for the weekend!

I am grateful that my children all get along and truly care deeply for each other.   

I am grateful for a fun shopping day with my daughter where we got started on Christmas Shopping!  

Dear Readers, I am so ready to get back to blogging regularly at least in spirit…

Once I get my taxes done and get all my products loaded up on Shopify, 

a real learning curve with Youtube to guide me, lol 

In the meantime, I thought I would pop in and show you my purchases for Spring that arrived today!

 

 

Sheryl Crow Beaded VestSheryl Crow Beaded Vest

Sheryl Crowe has a line on HSN and she has taken things she loves from her closet 

and remade them with a twist all her own.  

This Beautiful Beaded Vest 

                                                                                                is pricey, but a real show stopper piece that will spice up any outfit and comes in two colors.    

You can watch the presentation video to get a better look at this piece and here Cheryl Crowe explain it. 

Sheryl Crow Faux Suede Fringe Vest

If one Cheryl Crowe Vest is great, how about two! 

I am absolutely dancing over the fringe one above! 

This Suede one comes in two colors as well. 

Colleen Lopez Art Viewing Printed Kimono Top

 My boho self adored this sheer top for just $19.95 

I sized down to the XS/S on this one and I was right about that!  

DG2 by Diane Gilman Virtual Stretch Side Stripe Skinny Jean

These Diane Gilman with the stripe caught my eye too! 

I think they will be perfect with the Kimono style top, so look out for me to be

wearing those together soon.   

DG2 by Diane Gilman Classic Stretch Boot-Cut Jean

With Pink being such a big color for Spring,

Who Could Possibly Pass up these

 DG2 Bootcuts for just $14.,95!  

Sheryl Crow Beaded Girlfriend Cargo Pant

And the last purchase is another by Cheryl Crowe,

These Cargos with bead detail 

These also come in tan.  

Dear Readers, 

One thing I decided recently was that I have a good wardrobe, so pieces I add 

must really speak to me and be a bit more special!  

I think I hit that goal with these purchases and am set for Spring and Summer! 

I look forward to coming back to the blogging world after this long break of mourning and finding my way in the 

world without a sister and just two brothers left in my childhood family.  So strange to be the only girl!  

I also look forward to getting back to writing out

my daily gratitudes and will start right now!  

I am grateful for friends that help me get through this past 16 months! 

I am grateful to be feeling like myself and over the 3 weeks, I was sick with the Flu and Vertigo! 

I am grateful that I am facing getting my tax stuff complete as the dread is always worse than just doing it!  

I am grateful to be back on Weight Watchers and for their new Freestyle Program which is truly the easiest one yet!  

I am grateful for three days of Spring-like Temperatures in a row!  

I am grateful to have blogging to turn to and regenerate my creative outlet for putting together outfits! 

 

 

Wednesday I went to my son’s homeschool bowling, popped home for a quick bowl of plain greek yogurt and peaches for lunch

before heading out to use my Movie Pass for the first time!  

$9.95 a month and my first movie was $9.05.   

I chose “Forever My Girl”, one of those movies I would love but DH would not, lol 

It was a cute story and I adored all the fabulous music throughout.  

I wore my Amelia James Olive Aleyska Sweater Again, Lol 

It was so tough to see the pictures and my weight gain, but it is my reality

and good for motivation.   I feel like so much of myself has been lost these past 

14 months of mourning, but am starting to slowly find my way back to being me.   

A busy day and weeks means multi-tasking and I did just that…

I was talking on speakerphone to my 22 year old  who is in college in Richmond.  

I have been wearing these Aerosoles boots a lot lately and am in complete awe of their comfort.  

I bought them last season ,  but did not wear them much and was disappointed to not find them still available for sale….

I am thinking next season I may need to stalk another pair of comfortable wedge version… 

My Facebook Amelia James Page

Follow this week to join my page and join me for a night of fun! 

 

I am in a bit of a pickle with starting this business to soon after my sister passed and am trying to get myself 

out of it,  I have joined a group to learn more about Social Media for businesses and am having a clearance of 

winter items tomorrow at 7:30 pm EST to see if I can sell of the winter items and not be stuck with that inventory

while I work on building my following to have better success in Spring and Summer!   

                                                                       Join me and share with friends, to help me sell these and generate funds to keep going with new fresh inventory.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the time spent with my youngest and his bowling. 

I am grateful for my dearest friend giving me such a glowing review and asking her friends to support my business. 

I am grateful for all the online supportive women in business who all support each other. 

I am grateful that when my husband came home late last night with a friend from out of town to spend the night, 

that I slept right through , their apparent loud talking that my children heard….

 

  1. Monday’s can be difficult, especially when you are trying to get yourself out of a funk.
  2.  
  3. A  solid Determination is Key and that was how I began my day! 

I had trouble falling asleep last night ( my sleep has been off for a week), but I managed to sleep until 10am, resulting in a good night’s rest! 

Music is such a mood booster for me, so I began by turning on my sister’s Ipod, that girl had great taste in music!  

I got some work things done, then got ready to go get my nails done.

I had been hibernating and fighting off sinus issues ( thank goodness I succeeded and it never got bad) , 

and had neglected my nails since before Christmas!   

                                                                     The other Key to my self-care of the day was that to get to the salon, I walked, hence my Sketchers for a shoe choice.  

It was a beautiful day in the 60’s and a bit windy, hence my flat hair in this shot, lol. 

I am wearing an Amelia James Aurora dress/ tunic, it actually goes to my knee like a dress.

I really love it and think it is such a versatile piece because it is a sleeveless dress that

can be worn layered, making it a full four- season piece.  

I only have one more left in my stock, a size 2X if anyone is interested.  

It comes in solid shades and I hope to order a few of those soon.  

My sweater is also from my AJ line and I have it in sizes 

XS, M, L, XL and 3X, comment if you’d like one. 

They retail for $50 ,but I am selling them for $35 now.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my son’s financial aid came through before the government shut down allowing him a peaceful weekend. 

I am grateful that I finally got my nails, done they were driving me nuts and I am sure my DH will be happy to stop hearing about it, lol 

I am grateful for a decent amount of sleep as last week it suddenly went haywire!  

 

I am grateful for my parents, as today a group I belong to posted how emotions were dealt with in family growing up and I was the only one

who commented in a positive way… You see my mother was so funny, she told us that when she said No, we could plead our case and sometimes she might

change her mind, but others she would remain firm, but would always explain her reason.  She had telling us No in a compassionate way down to perfection!  

I can’t imagine what losing my father at 13 would have been like if our emotions were something that was allowed! 

I was truly blessed to feel seen heard and valued as a child! 

So that begs the question my dear readers, how was your family regarding expressing emotions?  

And, if you get in a funk, what do you do to help get yourself out of it?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest trends for the season is fun sleeve details.

                                                                                                                              A boho lover like myself is tickled about the bell sleeves and imagine my delight

when my new venture as an Independent Rep for Amelia James came out

with a cute bell sleeve top.  I actually got to see the first one in person on my trip to

San Diego in October for our first Rep Retreat.   

My first attempt at taking photos with daylights savings time in place, lol

We are experiencing beautiful 60 degree days after lows in the 30’s at night.

Even in the shade you can see the fun bell sleeve on the Memlo top by Amelia James.

I love the colored leaves, goes nicely with my hair…

I am also debuting my newest open wrap, this one is by Harve Bernard 

I like the hi-low color contrast of the Menlo top with the navy in the wrap and the jeans.  

Doing that contrasting of one color is such an easy formula for putting outfits together and one I use often.  

You can’t wear a bell sleeve top( I am wearing a medium)  and resist the urge to spread your arms out,

my photographer had to deal with my putting my awesome snakeskin purse down, 

to pretend to fly, but alas the photos were not great….

Notice how my snakeskin purse brings out the shades of tan in the wrap,

and I intended to wear tan ankle boots with the look originally, which would have bookended it all. 

Instead, I opted for my Naturalizer navy wedges, as soon enough,

winter will arrive and my boots will be my only option, lol 

I adore the comfort of wedges and will opt for more of these classics in the future. 

These striped versions of the Menlo top are currently available, they retail for $50 ,

but for are currently on sale for $38 and available in Medium6/8 (2) and Large10/12.

I do not have a website yet ,as my company is so new that they are getting one together in the new year, 

and I did not want to do the work of one and have to re-do it.  So, if you want one just email me @KTstylists@gmail.com 

just let me know Menlo – Striped, and Size and I will send a Paypal Invoice and ship immediately.  

 

The Blue option I have in Sizes Small2-4, Medium6/8, Large 10/12 and X-Large14/16. 

Again, Reduced to $38 -email me Size & Blue Menlo @KTStylists@gmail.com 

Gratitude

I am grateful to be back to blogging and the fun feeling I had today putting together this outfit and taking photos. 

I am grateful that I took the time to mourn the loss of my sister, not that I am done, but I am ready to start living fully again. 

I am grateful that my daughter is helping get my homeschooling son ready to take his first CLEP test for Biology. 

I am grateful for some warm days, tomorrow will be 70!  

 

Thanks for Stopping By!  


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