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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! 

 

 

I recently watched the series Offsprings  on Netflix 

and fell absolutely in love with the main 

character “Nina Proudman’s”  Style.  

She rocks a Boho Chic look in every show and each time 

I started a new episode I was as attracted to the plot as 

I was to seeing what she wore next.  

Image result for nina proudman tunic and jeans outfits

I liked this look which consists of fairly common elements : a fabulous tunic 

over a pair of jeans , tucked into cognac heeled boots.   

With her Aussie weather , there are never any truly winter outfits.  

I however happen to posses elements to create a similar outfit, so I felt inspired to blog it. 

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I opted not to do skinny jeans and tuck in boots for today , as quite frankly I have 

gained weight and the longer bell bottoms with just a cognac boot peeking out is 

more figure flattering to counter the weight gain and my petite height.  

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I actually hate that my sister’s passing resulted in weight gain and thought about hiding out…

I am a strong woman who values self care and finding tools to motivate myself. 

What better tool than to publicly humiliate myself by posting pictures of my weight gain???  

Don’t worry readers, I didn’t mean that seriously, but I do think seeing myself in photos will be great

motivation to stay on the right track with eating and exercise.  

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It was so much fun to find something to get me out of my funk and back to blogging

outfit posts , I already have another Nina Proudman Inspiration or two in mind…

Tomorrow my Steelers are in the play offs against my husband’s Patriots, so 

I will definitely be choosing a look to support the black and gold team of my parents beloved state. 

Offspring season 4:

Here is another ” Nina Proudman” version of a tunic over jeans with boots, 

This green is very appealing, but I am not running out to buy anything right now.  

I do have a a teal one that would make a good substitute. 

It doesn’t matter what color you choose, any embroidered tunic would work.  

product photo

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This length from Old Navy would be good for petite

who wants to wear the skinny pants tucked into boots.

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Another option from Macy’s

Lucky Brand Mixed-Print Peasant Top

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A printed version instead of embroidered would work too. 

I traditionally think of these type of shirts for Spring/Summer ,

but love the idea of increasing their use 

and versatility with layering.  

I have to say I don’t think I’d ever have chosen

to wear my mint leather over this tunic without the Inspiration.

Dear Readers, Hoping you are having a great weekend!  

Love your comments and they help to keep my motivation up to blog 

during this crazy mourning of my sister who is gone too soon…

“Sometimes a woman has experienced too much life to have any blush left in her cheeks,

but the man who puts it there is someone not easily forgotten.”
Dannika Dark, Five Weeks

Check out other bloggers at 

Turning Heads Link up. 

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I’ve always had a love for pink and quotes, so thought today 

as we await the election results that I’d do a post with both.  

“Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”
Mark Twain

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My sweater is Halston via QVC on clearance found here 

The vest is Chadwicks and is on clearance for just $12.99 found here. 

“He had been searching for it his entire life. He had devoted himself to poetry to find it. Now, in the middle of his life, he found it. It was in the face of the love of his life, his daughter. She who had never blushed before, now blushed. And in that blushing, he knew, was the existence of God. That was the day her father learned what God was. God was pure beauty, God was his daughter’s face when she blushed.”
Roman Payne

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I originally had planned on wearing grey riding boots with this outfit, 

but at the very last minute switched to the espadrilles as I know the time to keep

wearing them is drawing close, but we were in the 60’s today!  

My Favorite Quote regarding the color Blush is: 

Today was suppose to be all about 

The Tunic….

I think My Rachel Zoe white faux fur vest ,

stole the show… 

If you haven’t already followed me on Facebook, I am adding links to my buys for Spring and other articles I think may be of interest.  

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I actually bought this vest on clearance over the Summer and it’s 

still available up to size Medium , Here…

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We had lots of rain earlier in the day before the sun peeked out. 

With snow on Sunday night, here we are in the 60’s….

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A trick I use for tunics is to sometimes buy Junior dresses…

This one is actually from F21 and was meant to be a dress for the younger set. 

I noticed long ago , that in most stores if they call it a tunic, they jack up the prices of regular tops, 

so this solution was how I got around it…

Self Care

I had to face a very cold heart breaking fact, that I really struggled to deny…. My fluidity bar workout is not working for me lately…. My knees are not liking that or the jumping I love to do on the exercize trampoline… I hate the treadmill , but thought I could do that or the bicycle since we have both…. That wasn’t very motivating and I wasn’t doing any exercize. I began to get in a funk, wondering what I was going to do , because we all know that finding something that we like enough to repeat often is key to success when it comes to embracing exercize.  

I finally bit the bullet and solved the problem by admitting I needed to buy something else to get me through as I continue this aging process , which in inevitable.  I bought myself this Pilates machine, something I’ve looked at quite often and in fact almost got instead of my ballet bar.  It came today and after putting it together ( it was easy! ) and exercized with it , trying out a bunch of the exercizes and with different levels of the bands.  I loved it and it was so easy on my joints.  I even liked the one standing (weight bearing) for the inner and outer thigh… I may have over done it in my enthusiasm this first day.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for my husband’s support in getting my new Pilates machine. 

I am grateful that my homeschooler carried the 70lb package into the house and helped me put it together. 

I am grateful that not only is this Pilates machine going to be good for me, but that my son and husband can benefit from it as well.

I am grateful that the rain went away and the sun came out today. 

I am grateful that my friend asked me to lunch after bowling tomorrow.  

Today’s Challenge Was to Wear a 

Dress or Skirt…

I thrifted this one ages ago and hadn’t worn it yet.  

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As a woman who fully embraces her femininity ,

I could wear dresses and skirts everyday and be perfectly, delightfully spunky!  

Of course that would be quite silly for my homeschooling Mom life and impractical.  

With only 3 years left with my youngest child, I wonder what’s around the corner 

and if I will find something to do that allows me to wear more dresses and skirts.  

That’s the fantasy anyway!  

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I was attracted to this skirt because I loved the muted greys and blues and the fact that

it is a sheer overlay that just floats when I walk. 

I want to try it with my grey leather and perhaps a denim jacket.  

My striped shirt is thrifted as well, and didn’t look good tucked or untucked it looked frumpy, 

so I knotted it off the to side and even DH saw the difference!  

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It was so fun to sport my faux suede grey boots, I haven’t worn very many heeled boots

this season and have missed them.   

I added a hat and gloves because we are at freezing temperatures and are going lower over the weekend. 

For some of you that’s not a big deal, but for this beach woman it is!  

My daughter joked me on the phone that she was bringing Boston weather with her!  

Self Care

I lost two pounds so far this week and hope to lose at least one more…

Going to be very careful for Valentine’s Day! 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a conversation with my daughter who had her PHD interview that was group style and came out of it pretty proud of her answers.  She doesn’t know if they made her stand out, but she felt like the others were very prententious and she was more herself and down to earth.  Her take away was that it was a learning experience regardless of the outcome.  Makes me proud that something I taught her rubbed off!  

I am grateful that my husband didn’t go to work until 3 today , so had some time to just hang out with my homeschooler and I , he’s been unusually busy this week , so it was a good break. 

I am grateful that after waking up only 4 hours after falling asleep, that I fell back asleep for another two hours!  

I am grateful that my sinus headache responded to medication and left me mobile and active for this day of getting ready for my daughter to come home…..

So naturally that leads to….I am grateful that tonight my daughter will fly home for the weekend and I can hug her tight, talking on the phone, facetiming on her brother’s Iphone is just not the same!  

I am grateful that my daughter loves coming home and misses us too! 

I am still semi participating in my private Facebook group’s challenge

and today the inspiration idea was to wear ruffles….

That didn’t suit me , so I opted for my boho loving side to come out and play…

With a Ruana and Fridge, lol…

Animal print isn’t that boho, but I am a huge fan! 

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I am rather pleased with the neutrals popped by my necklace and boots…

Since I invested in these beautiful ankle boots , I will probably wear them quite often.  

This wonderful leather boots by Isaac Mizrahi can be found here..

My ruana was purchased at Burlington last year and my necklace is one I got at Charming Charlies on my Vegas trip! 

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Here is Tuesday’s outfit and for that day, the challenge was to color block. 

As a lover of color , I’ve done brights on brights and brights with neutrals… 

My big love of this season is tone on tone looks , which also qualifies as a version of color blocking. 

As long as I have a little bit of print as in my thrifted olive gingham blouse here, I think tone on tone is my new love for the season and have done it with pink and burgundy as well.   DSC_2978-2 (1)

It was quite a windy day today, that ended with rain and lots of it.. 

I loved how the wind picked up in this shot and showed the fringe on my ruana… 

I am thrilled that I invested in these burgundy boots as they are a highlight of this outfit, which

I find surprising as I thought the animal print ruana would steal the spotlight, lol…

Self Care

Today in self care I’d  have to say that inbetween our two bowling events of the day, stopping by Sam’s Club and picking up a rotisserie dinner to leave in the warming door was perfect.   We got back from the second event around 6:45 and were both starving!  Vegetables and dinner was on the table with little clean up!  

Dear Readers, Share with me….

What did you do today that would qualify as self care?

Would love to hear your thoughts 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the fun I had chatting with homeschooling mom’s at bowling today. 

I am grateful that my getting tough and threatening to leave worked and my stubborn son, put his wrist brace on. 

I am grateful that after 3 weeks of not going to the extra bowling clinic due to a hurt back and stomach issues, that my son went back and got some good pointers. 

I am grateful that my son texting me today that there was a report of a man in a ski mask who stolen a rifle and was seen on the street of my son’t apartment didn’t turn into national news and another college incident.   

I am grateful to see my youngest and his father working together to take down our old tv above the fireplace and replace it with the new tv my DH earned from being salesman of the month.  Love this time for father and son without the other siblings around… precious…

Can You Believe It’s February?  

Is it just me or did January fly by?  

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Sunday’s color for the style challenge was Purple…

It was a warm 68 degree day!  

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I added the thrifted leopard vest for a little pattern and 

to bookend the grey boots..

I am not sure I love the grey boots , but couldn’t come up with another option.  

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The color for my fashion challenge was Blue for Saturday…

I’ve had this thrifted vest for awhile and hadn’t worn it yet.

DH wasn’t fond of the vest, but I am not giving up on it as I rather like it…

If I do tire of it, I have a dear friend I pass the thrifted vests onto and she has quite a collection now. 

I told her recently that before long her almost ten year old daughter would be able to share them, lol! 

I had a fun dinner with my friend and her daughter in their new home on Saturday night. 

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Once I added the bright vest, I couldn’t help myself, 

I thought the equally bright fuschia bag had to come out to play.  

I haven’t worn a lot of dresses recently and need to correct that as,

this look was very much me and I walked and felt amazingly myself! 

Self Care

I made the decision to go back to Weight Watchers and will attend my first meeting Friday. 

Knowing that is coming up, is motivating me to stay on track this week and I am making great choices!

Who knows perhaps, I’ll succeed in losing two lbs this week!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for a great weekend spending time with my dear friend and Sunday with my guys.

I am grateful for sunshine and warm days, good for my spirit!

I am grateful for a fun potential future event (will have to wait to say what, lol)

I am grateful to my very hard working husband!   

I am grateful for phone calls from my two kids away at college over the weekend! 

Today’s GYPO Style Challenge Outfit 

was the most unlike my style as you could get , 

so of course I had to make adjustments

as to ensure that I had that “Pep in My Step” 

that I strive to achieve daily when putting together my oufits.  

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The outfit was suppose to be black top and bottom with grey cardigan and red plaid shoes. 

I woke up this morning and checked the Facebook group for early birds who posted and knew 

immediately that my fears regarding this outfit were real.  

It was just too bland for my liking, I truly like color and pattern too much to be happy with that.  

Adding my leopard cardigan and even tying the sweater added an extra feature. 

I will say that without the GYPO Style Challenge, I most likely would have paired this with black pumps or ankle boots. 

The addition of my floral Aerosoles wedges really is a nice change from my norm.  

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Both my sweater and necklace are from Susan Graver’s line via QVC

My necklace is sold out , but I love the sparkle and here is her current line of necklaces. 

She also has a lot of cardigans available for this season. 

Only these two photos , as I didn’t like any of the other ones ,

it’s hard to take photos when you aren’t happy with your weight… 

Gratitude

I am grateful that my son made it home tonight, after calling about some car trouble this afternoon. 

I am grateful for a silly night getting Chik Fil A and touring Whole Foods together. 

I am grateful that with my son home from college, the rabbit is back as well. 

I am grateful for Ibuprofen and how it helped my shoulder, neck and back pain today. 

I am grateful for my burst of dancing, which didn’t help my aches and pains , but was fun while it lasted .

Here is the link to the song that was on the Today Show this mornig and lifted my spirits.  

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.   


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