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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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I have often said that “Black & White  Outfits are Always Right”  

I have yet to see or wear  one I did not love.  

I added this Harve Bernard embroidered Kimono for this season, 

as I wanted to embrace the embroidered trend in my favorite topper of the summer, kimonos.  

I was on my way out to go print flyers for my weekend event for my new Amelia James Clothing business.  

That planner I ordered from Etsy has been so helpful and the first thing on my list of needs for business.  

After all, I am old school and prefer pen and paper and need organization , especially with my ADD.,  

 

It was a very sunny time of day to take pictures, but I knew if I did not do it then, 

 it would not have happened at all.  

I am having sinus issues and not at my best , in fact I have a temperature as I am typing this.  

Fingers crossed this passes quickly as I have that big first event to introduce my business 

to the community at a fundraiser for “Mended Little Hearts of Coastal Virginia” a brand new 

chapter in our area for families dealing with children born with heart defects.  

I have been very busy starting this new business and had my open houses last weekend. 

It was great to get our feet wet and have one on one time with  few friends and to hear 

feedback on our line in comparison to our competitor who has a huge following. 

The longer I am with this company and see what our founder stands for the happier I am with 

my choice to choose Amelia James over Lularoe or Agnes & Dora.  

Our founder is an ex rep of both of those companies and took her experiences 

to create a company that is great for both reps and the customers.  

I have been very busy and want to get back to blogging more and will do my best.

Gratitude 

I am so grateful that I felt my sister come through to me this past weekend and it brought me to tears.  

I am grateful that my business is expanding to carry 4x clothing and that I have a friend that I am excited to help. 

I am grateful for the support of my family 

I am grateful that my husband was able to heal with his family and spent a great weekend with them in Boston. 

I am grateful that my hard working husband is starting his own business and is something he is passionate and excited about. 

I am grateful to be wearing my sister’s Clark”s wedges today ( she had bought them end of season and they were brand new) 

I am grateful my business partner and dear friend supported my doing a bike theme to honor my sister in the home boutique.  

I even put a picture of Kelley up and it wasn’t until that moment that I felt at ease int he boutique.

The entire week as I was finishing it up I was crying like at the beginning of the mourning process, but

once the bicycle stuff was up and her picture I have been totally at ease. 

In the photo Kelley is putting up her fist in celebration of completing a two day ride and this truly 

is how I always think of her as so many times she got really knocked down and she rose higher each time.  

Biking became a true passion after her abusive marriage and divorce!  

The copper bike was in her kitchen and is actually to hold a bottle of wine, I used it to put in a card Kelley had written me many years ago!  

 

This shows the legging rack my husband made for me and

the dressing room with the bicycle print and a nice sign that fits our bike theme.  

And yet another Bicycle themed touch as you enter the dining room which is 

now ” Amelia James by K & T Stylists”  

The framed piece is a letter from our founder that was truly inspirational.  

Dear Readers, Thanks for Letting me share the hard work that went into my Boutique! 

If you would like to see more about the business you can join my Facebook page HERE.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition of vibrant:

having or showing great life, activity, and energy

  • : very bright and strong

    of a sound : loud and powerful

It certainly doesn’t get more vibrant than this Citrine colored poncho 

by Diane Gilman .  I love this very lightweight sweater knit which comes in a few colors. 

I am wearing the XS/S and must say wearing a tank underneath is required

with how the arm holes are created .  If Citrine isn’t your color they have a few color options. 

I had my hair cut and colored today and I think Vibrant also describes this 

new shade of red , my stylist chose for me.  

I love that I have a  hair stylist that loves doing all shades of red. 

My white Jeans jeans are by Marla Wynne from last season, 

but she has a similar version this season HERE 

I have to say that these Naturalizer block heeled sandals 

are giving my wedges some competition as they are very comfortable.

Mine are sold out, but no worries as Naturalizer is featuring

Block Heels on the their website right now with lots of options.  

They have a nice cushion at the pad of you foot near you toes, that 

really makes a difference in the comfort of wearing these all day.  

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By, wishing you a fantastic weekend!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the rescheduling of my hair appointment after for the first time ever, I forgot my original one.  

I am grateful for being at a stage in mourning where I can say my sister’s name without bawling.  

I am grateful for a nice Sunny Day after two days of clouds and a cold front.  

I am grateful for a new venture I am about to start and which I will share in a few weeks with you.

I am grateful for today being the 99th day countdown towards my second annual Girl Friends Cruise .  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

I have reached the 6 month mark in the mourning process of my sister , 

and am just now being able to talk about her without crying every time, 

still plenty of tears flowing.  

I think I am ready to get back into the flow of blogging again, so going to give 

it a shot this week and see how it feels . 

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My Memorial Day Outfit.  

Of course with my love of Kimonos, I had to find one in stars and stripes! 

Joan Rivers from Qvc  made this one and I love it.  

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My Red espadrille wedges were an addition for the season after 

loving my pink and blue ones last year.  

These are sold out from TJ Maxx . 

I am cringing as I see my weight gain here, 

but it is what it is and I am back at Weight Watchers 

and on the road to losing it.  

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I spent Memorial day at the nail salon

having a pedicure and my nails done because I needed some serious pampering. 

We have spent the last few days clearing out our garage 

and our attic, literally taking everything out and laying down a rug. 

We are moving our Air Hockey table and the basketball set up that folds into a cabinet 

out of the house and into the garage and everyone is pitching in and excited.  

I have bruises to prove of my hard work ,

but all is well after an hour of chair massage,

during my pedicure and she did an awesome lower leg and foot one too.  

Gratitude Journal

I am grateful for getting back to blogging as I have missed it.

I am grateful to the lovely reader at my WW meeting who informed me that she liked my blog and checked often to see if I was back to doing it.  Forgot to get her name!

I am grateful that my children are so enthusiastic about the purging and cleaning up.

I am grateful for this last week with my 21 year old Nicholas who is home from college , but will be heading to Quantico for Officer’s training with the Marines ( to be seen what he chooses after graduation in a year and a half) .

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. 


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