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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!  

I love our homeschool bowling on Wednesday, but dressing for it is always about keeping warm! 

The bowlers are moving so they are fine, but us mother’s who watch are another story.  

It is so funny to head out the door with my son in shorts and short sleeves and myself always in pants, short sleeves and a cardigan or jacket in my hand.  

My tunic is actually one from the Amelia James line I sell. 

I have a huge wardrobe and won’t wear my line every day on the blog, 

but quite frankly I really love these new pieces so darn much!  

Every woman should own a great pair of boot-cut jeans and these are ones,

that I must wear with 3-4 inch heels,  are a girl’s best friend.  

If you read my blog, you probably already guessed that these are by 

Diane Gilman!   

I belted this Milan ( all of our Amelia James pieces are named after cities)

because as a petite I wanted to make my legs look as long as possible.

Proportions is the one thing blogging and taking photos taught me.

This can be worn as a dress as well when unbelted and I intend to style it

with black tights, ankle boots, and a leather jacket when temperatures cooperate. 

This may be too short for some women to wear as a dress, but the younger women love it!  

I have this $50  Milan in Size Small – 3x if anyone is interested you can email me @ KTStylists@gmail.com and you can check out videos and albums

on my Facebook page to see other Amelia James styles, eventually, I will get a website together.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful for getting back on track and not craving any sugar these last two days! 

I am grateful for homeschool bowling on HUMP DAY to break up the week. 

I am grateful my daughter is helping my son study and get ready for CLEP testing for Biology, 

I am grateful for this business and the community of supportive women and for finally answering the question, 

“What am I going to do when mothering minor children for 31 years comes to an end?”    

 

 

 

 

 

This weight gain in just a pain and I want to bust out and just conquer this weight loss, but the

struggle of losing weight after menopause is REAL!     

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I have been doing some research on the success of intermittent fasting, where you do not have anything for 12-16 hours after your last meal the previous day. 

ideally, the goal is to go the 16 hrs for the sceince of it to work.   It seems to work well for men, but that always begs the question, will it be the same for women. 

I found this article and decided to heed the warning to do it every other day.   

After having green tea until 11am. I indulged in my go-to breakfast lately, 

Premier Protein Shake poured over ice into a nice glass as food should feel indulgent…

A banana every morning is my thing and has been most of my adult life.  

 Around 2:30pm  I opted for a full cup of plain greek yogurt with strawberries 

Rocking the protein and fruit for the day, but definitely, need to bump up some

vegetables for snack and dinner.   

Still near 80’s for us here in Virginia Beach!  

Styling one of my Amelia James Memphis Ruffle tops in burgundy with a black stripe. 

I love how figure flattering this top is and that I can style it for my boho loving self by adding a wonderful 

crotchet vest by Indigo Thread Company .   Lots of other options to style this with layers if our weather ever gets cooler!   

I have this wonderful top in several colors and sizes up to 4x, 

you can see them on my latest live sale video on my Facebook Page.   

Eventually I will get a shopping website, but for now you just claim it under the video by using the number and size 

and I can send you an invoice via paypal.   

Gratitude 

I am grateful for my new found vigor and zest for getting this weight loss journey moving! 

 I am grateful for my sister’s Ipod Music to start me dancing in the mornings. 

I am grateful for the fun of reading , ” A Gentleman in Moscow” with my teen age homeschooler. 

I am grateful for this blog to turn to and for making me get dressed today instead of staying in my pj’s.  

 

 

 

With many solid bottoms, it’s fun to find a shirt that already has the 

Pattern Mixing done for you.  

Alas this one is from Jane.com and is always gone by the time it’s delivered to me. 

Be Honest, My Dear Readers, Did I make this too much like Halloween with the 

addition of the black vest?  LOL

 

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I must say that taking photos and starting up blogging is going to 

be great motivation to keep me eating right and exercising.  

It’s impossible to see photographic evidence and not stay on track, 

so despite whehter I am thrilled with an outfit or not, 

I am going to post with glee knowing that I am on the path to 

changing and hoping to go back and see the differences 

in glaring truth that the mirror fails to show, but a camera shouts in alarming tones, lol. 

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One of my favorite things about the wardrobe I created from

this blogging journey are pieces that allow me to create different silhouettes. 

In just days I’ve done a short straight skort, cropped pants and now the flowy long skirt. 

This is so important to my not getting bored and using clothes as my artistic expression. 

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Dear Readers, I am having success with the 17 Day Diet, losing over half a pound a day.  

Here’s what I ate to day to give you an idea of how I am being successful. 

Breakfast

2 hard boiled eggs

Plum 

Green Tea

Lunch

 Greek Yogurt/Strawberries/ Green Tea Smoothie

Dinner

Salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and grilled chicken 

Green Tea

Snacks

Greek Yogurt -100 calorie

Tazo Chocolate Chai Tea 

The recommendation is to have 4 cups of Green Tea and I drink 12 oz at a time.  On some days if I feel hungry I will get another snack which I’ve done Tuna & Celery or a Nectarine.   This Phase one is very restrictive with just poultry and fish for proteins, 2 probiotics , 2 fruits and plenty of veggies.  

After Day 3 the cravings went away and I am not feeling deprived at all. 

Phase Two has you add some healthy carbs every other day. 

Gratitude

I am very grateful to my daughter who got started today helping to homeschool my youngest with Math and Science. 

I am grateful that my 20 year old loves to cook and made Turkey Burgers for his siblings and father tonight. 

I am grateful that my husband had a late appointment, giving him the opportunity to sleep in and still have time to change out the water in the Turtle Tank. 

I am grateful for a quiet peaceful moring all to myself as the rest of the family slept til noon. ( I am really happy there are no witnesses to my morning ballet moves in the kitchen, lol) 

Embracing the idea of Culottes for the Season,

I looked on Ebay to see what other options were available 

as luck would have it I scored these Black & White Floral ones 

by New York & Co.  

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Like my windy hair?  

I’ve mentioned before that I love black and white patterns 

because you can keep them neutral with  or you can add any color 

making them extremely versatile.  

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This Collen Lopez sweater is so fun and comfortable that I wish it wasn’t sold out 

in the other colors, but then again ,I scored it for a great price. 

I took a chance and bought the M/L despite being on a weight loss journey

and am confident that it will still work.  

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I am having so much fun breaking out my wedges

after packing away my beloved colllection of boots. 

I bought these Clarks  last season in both the black and neutral and they 

are available at QVC , although I found mine on 6pm.com. 

Dear Readers day four of my banana and hot tea for breakfast with proteins the rest of the day, 

and I am feeling great, kicking that sugar and carb cravings!  

I am feeling so great emotionally because I am getting out of that rut 

I’ve been in for way too long that has allowed for this weight gain.  

I feel strong and empowered!  

Who knew all this could happen from a silly little post on Facebook about eating banana and hot beverage for breakfast ? 

Grateful

I am grateful that I am being strong with my resistent homeschooler to writing and have given him an assignment and the tools needed to be successful.  

I am grateful for a fun phone call with my daughter , whose first words to me were “I think I was meant to be a penquin?” She went on to explain that with Boston being 67 degrees she is too hot… Poor child will be home in just two months for our humid Summer…

I am grateful for a great phone call with my husband today, he’s been very busy with some projects recenlty and it was nice to touch base and really talk in the middle of the day.  Sure beats texting anyday!

I am grateful that I booked a haircut appointment for Monday, as this length is bugging the daylights out of me!  

 I am grateful for my husband opted to come home and take our 2.5 mile walk together rather than heading to his gym. 

With my children home for Spring Break, 

I jumped at a Groupon for Crazy Dash, 

a fun scavenger hunt where they give you directions for a walking tour 

and ask you to answer questions regarding the sites. 

They also encourage silly acts and photos with your group. 

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We took picture of things we wanted to , but not neccesarily the 8 different sites 

we were directed to by Crazy Dash. 

This is actually a very neat site geared towards honoring our strong military precsence in Norfolk.

On the ground scatttered about are metal “Letters”  from soldiers all throughout history . 

I really liked reading them all and had no idea this tribute existed. 

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I love all the Mermaids around Norfolk, so stopped along our route at each one. 

We were taken to several historic sites in the city, from the spot marking the Northen spot of the original city

of Norfolk, to MacArthur Memorial and Art Instiallations and even a huge Fountain.  

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It really was a fun afternoon and you know it’s a hit when 2o minutes into it,

your youngest teen at almost 16 thanks you for getting him out and about with his siblings. 

The route took us near the mall, so we stopped in and enjoyed lunch before heading on our way. 

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The guys my son’s Connor almost 16 and Nicholas 20. 

We had them pose in front of the USS Wisconsin that now is retired and 

has a permanent spot in Norfolk and was one of the stops directed by Crazy Dash. 

We got a kick out of the the number 64 on the side as yesterday was my brother’s 

birthday and that is the year he was born… 

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Yet another Mermaid.

Crazy Dash sent us in search of fun things like the name on the bag of the

Lone Sailor who sits watching over the USS Wisconsin.

His name was engraved on the seabag that stood beside him.

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My apologies for not taking more pictures of all the stops Crazy Dash 

directed us to , but for my local friends, that just leaves the element 

of surprise should you decide to give this a try. 

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Look what the walk along the water did to my hair!  

My sons got a good laugh about my “big hair” . 

I am wearing my new spring purchase of moto leggings I bought from Jane.com 

Crazy Dash has locations in several areas including my hometown of Virginia Beach and my son’s college town of Richmond, VA.  I would absolutely do this again in another city, but I think the price per person was a bit of a rip off. 

With my Groupon I paid for all four of us which came to $36, but since it’s just an app on your phone they have no way of knowing how big your party is. In the future I think I’d feel like paying for just two at $18 as more reasonable.  I highly recommend this for homeschooling families!  

In conclusion everyone had a great time and it took us about 3 hours including our stop for lunch. 

Wishing all my Dear Readers, a Fabulous Weekend! 

I have just another two days with my kids who head back Saturday afternoon! 

Mondays truly are the hardest days in our homeschooling journey.

I don’t know why it’s so difficult but historically is always the same with neither one of us being at our best. 

Since we already do a four day a week schedule, something had to give…

Yesterday it hit me, Why not Make Mondays, Backwards…

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I got dressed in a very casual leggings, tunic and sneakers outfit 

and suggested my teen come for a walk with me to the Dollar Store.

It’s about a 15 minute walk and we had a beautiful ( yet windy) 72 degrees and sunny day. 

Homeschooling can be done 24 hours a day, so why do we have to start when he finally rolled out of bed at noon?  

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I did mention the windy day, didn’t I?  

Every picture I took in front of the tree had my hair like this, lol.  

It was my first picture of the series, so it was nice to see it calmed down.  

It was also nice to see my teen son (16 in April) embrace my idea and join me for the walk. 

We bought two trash cans for his room, one to put beside the new desk we assmebled over the weekend, 

and one to put by his bed.   He and his father both have this water bottle issue so one right by the bed was a must! 

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I am happy to report that my idea worked brilliantly and when we returned from our outing, 

he completed his assignments scheduled for the day with no problem

and not dragging like he normally does on Mondays. 

I think that about half my job as a mother is taking problems and finding solutions and after 

29 years as a mother and 4 kids, I am proud to say, I’ve developed quite a knack for problem solving

and have gained quite a bit of respect from my children who benefit from it. 

Self care

Well of course a walk in the sunlight was my self care of the day, because I certainly needed it. I struggle sometimes with lack of sunlight and really should have gotten off my butt and taken care of that issue this winter season.I think the sleep disorder and menopausal stuff made this year a bit more difficult.       I talked a big game about getting myself a sunlight therapy lamp and finally on my walk realized even though winter is almost over, there are always cloudy days year round that I could benefit from having a solution to and I hit up Amazon first thing this Tuesday morning and purchased it.  I actually asked DH to check Sam’s Club for the one we’d seen earlier in the season and last night he informed me they were sold out.  He knows I need it and suggested immediately that I check out online for one.  I am grateful for his support.   

Gratitude

I am grateful for my walk with my son yesterday as it reminds me so much of walks with my father. 

I am grateful that my idea worked and that we had a peaceful afternoon, without me having to nag, lol. 

I am grateful for the joy of college Spring Break and the countdown we are doing until the two away are home on Friday. 

I am grateful for sunshine and warmer weather, we have one more day of it before we drop back to the 50’s and 40’s. 

I quite often say, “Black and White is Always Right”  when it comes 

to styling outfits, as I’ve never put that color combo together and not loved it!  

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I love everything about this look.  

Starting with the pattern mixing of this multi media foral print tunic (I found it on a flash sale on Jolly Chic, asian sizing , but so cute, a sweatshirt attached to a fun cotton skirted bottom)  amd the cozy azztec print sweater. 

The addition of the silver and black neclaces adds to the black and white theme. 

The texture and sheen of the leatherette leggings by Hue also adds a great element to the black and white theme, as does the fringe booties.  

One pop of color in the bright handbag, ( a gift from 31 gifts) 

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With this tunic having a nice skirted hem, it’s almost like wearing a fun skirt ,

which put a pep in my step. 

That’s not an easy thing to do , today, as my sinuses are way off and I feel disoriented. 

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I’ve noticed that this winter I have done a lot more outfits that qualify as boho , 

that’s a big change as in previous years I’ve felt that my boho side had to wait until 

Spring/Summer to come out to play.  

The fun of blogging and seeing my outfits allows me to see patterns and directions of my style. 

Of course everyone doesn’t need to be a blogger, but taking pictures is something anyone can do and

I highly recommend it. I have learned so much about how to dress my petite, curvy body from pictures.  

It’s been a very fun journey and to be at this point of more confidence is priceless. 

Self Care

I would have to say , I haven’t done much these past few days in self care, other than taking meds for 

the sinus issues that are present due to the crazy swings in our temps.   I skipped two days on my Pilates machine and am not happy about that at all…. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for my son apologizing and realizing he hadn’t spoken clearly about something. 

I am grateful that my son finally brought me his sign language course and we figured out the ins and outs of it as it was confusing to him and he was completely stalled on moving forward.   

I am grateful that after waking up at 5am , having breakfast at 7am that I went back to sleep and slept until almost noon! 

I am grateful that although I feel somewhat disoriented, that my pounding headache is gone!  

I am grateful for days of sunshine, cause rain is heading our way… 

Wearing Red Today to Bring Awareness to Heart Health!  

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I took pictures earlier today, so not as great for the position of the sun… 

Wearing my Loft printed pants, a red peplum to with aceessories in black

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A colder day of winter after a few days of warmth. 

I’ve been wearing my fringe black ankle boots and neglecting these ones from Ireland. 

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I really love these Loft pants and think when I get back down in my

weight that I will be buying a few more from that line. 

I had turned a lot of my pants shopping toward Old Navy, thinking as a stay at home mother,

that is all I needed…I love the better quality and feel of these.  

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I added my purple coat ,hat , gloves and switched to my flat ankle boots

for my walk to the grocery store.  

Self Care

I’ve been looking at the new Weight Watchers Smart points  program, reading blogs and checking out my breakfast smoothie , lunch and dinner preferences to see how it would work out. 

The program is quite different from the previous where my Chia seeds and MCT oil for my breakfast smoothie doubledand where fruits were now free, they are in the new program EXCEPT if you put them in a smoothie!  

 They give you a few more points, but not enough to make up for having my moring smoothie now be half the points for a day… 

Still deciding if I am going to indeed go back to WWs….as reading blogs a lot of lifetime members are saying it feels more like a diet and not sustainable for life…

Gratitude

I am grateful to have slept unit 9 am this morning…not something I can take for granted with this crazy menopausal sleep disturbances… 

I am grateful that my homeschooling son is finished with his World History class, making room for the Driver’s Ed course. 

I am grateful for phone calls from both my kids away at college today, literally had to get off the phone with one to talk to the other, lol 

I am grateful for a day that had no rain and for the return of Sunshine!  

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! 


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