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As with most of the U.S.A. , I am deeply affected by the images of the devastation in Texas and would like to do something to help. 

I am in a unique position of having a ton of inventory for my Amelia James business and due to a Summer Cold and subsequent sinus infection,

I have been out of commission and need to move this inventory.  In addition to that my sister’s 17yr  old kitty was needing special medical care this last month and has sadly passed on no doubt with my sister.  

I could try to sell the inventory to  the other reps in my company and just make back my cost, but 

I would prefer to use it as a fundraiser and send the profits to aid those in Texas.  I have done some research and would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity

specifically to help rebuild the hurricane devastation.   As I sit here typing this, my hometown  is waiting to see what the next storm Irma is going to do 

and have looked into our own evacuation plans should need be.   This reality makes the Harvey situation even more personal. 

I am sporting a staple in the Amelia James clothing line, a Memphis Ruffle. 

This one is a tank top, but the top comes in short sleeves and even long sleeves 

with both prints and solids.  Not much in my stock of these now but solid long sleeve ones 

coming soon.  

A side view to show the slight high low hem.  

Tomorrow night ,Tuesday September 5th at 8:00 pm  I am going to do a Live Video Sale on my

Amelia James by K&T Stylists Facebook Page  

to benefit Texas. I would love it if my dear readers could join me!  

 In addition I have an Album Posted on the Facebook Page under photos where you can claim 

something and I will send Paypal Invoice via email and there is also a video of dresses posted there that if you 

use the item # and claim” Sold” or mine I can again invoice you.  

Dear Readers, I am back in exercise mode and doing Weight Watchers too.

I am on Day of 8 of this and have been alternating between my Pilates machine with resistance bands 

and Yoga every other day.   I am adding in walking starting tonight.   If that isn’t enough, I am trying

intermittent fasting where you fast for 16 hours by fitting all meals into an 8 hour window.  

The time between 12-16 hours is suppose to be the time when your body kicks into fat burning mode. 

So far, it’s been fairly easy and I will keep you posted on results.   

 

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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!  

 

I find myself saying this a lot these days.  

My shirt actually states, “It is What it is, but it will become what you make of it”  

There is nothing more poignant than this saying right now with the crazy swirling around me, 

that a friend could just blow up our friendship and throw it away  so easily.  

I am curiously ok with it because “It is What it Is”  has been such a part of my 

healthy self talk and not worrying about things I can not control.  

I am so grateful for my self care and strength of knowing who I am in the world.  

I found this tank online, but can not remember if it was a Facebook Ad or 

if I purchased it from TJ Maxx.    

My vest is a Kate & Mallory one that I bought in a few colors this year.  

Mine is sold out, but HERE is what they offer now.  

After having a awful Summer cold for the past week, 

I am finally feeling better and grateful as it was a tough one and

I also ended up passing it to the rest of my family.   

In other happenings, I finally cleared out my sister’s condo and said my goodbye’s to it. 

I am grateful that we had time to do this and come to terms with it all and it was a peaceful goodbye and feeling 

so grateful that this condo, steps from the beach was her dream and comforting that it was her final home. 

 

Dear Readers,   I am having to  completely start my  Amelia James Clothing Boutique from scratch as a huge part of this type 

of business is growing a Facebook group and posting Live Video Sales.  Unfortunately, with the dissolving of my business 

partnership, my Facebook was taken down and away from me.   If anyone would like to join my new page (HERE)  and see my new venture 

Or support me by sharing with friends, that would be awesome!    I am planning my first solo Live Video Sale , Tomorrow Thursday at 7:30pm 

If you are blogger who would like to partner up by writing a post in exchange for a free piece of clothing, comment and let me know 

and I will contact you!   

 

I recently had a break-through that I have not at all been being myself , 

or being in Self Care, instead I got caught up in some one else’s angst  

and did not attend my Weight Watchers meetings for a month.  

This is all on me , no one else ,and so out of character that I am shocked as I always worked 

this program with great success , but this time I didn’t track food, didn’t focus on drinking water,

yet did semi keep up exercising!

I have 25 lbs to lose!   

 I went back to my meeting this morning and thoroughly enjoyed my morning walk there and the conversations I opened up to,

 as before I was going with someone and mostly talking to just her, which was unusual for me too…  

 I had great conversations with the women around me and we had a Leader come to 

speak about the new Focus program where it is truly about being mindful and they did a few exercises-

one with deep breathing and one asking us to state our name

and to describe our current state in One Word.

  I said, “Determined”  because I am going to refocus on this weight loss despite

my current situation of emptying out my sister’s condo tomorrow, 

going solo in my business and really starting this Amelia James clothing boutique business up!  

The Focus program is for members and non members and is $25 per session or you could get 3 sessions for $50.

 Each month is a new theme and I was just praying this week

for a group of like minded, conscious women and this sounds like the answer!  

The Good News is that I lost 2.6 lbs in the month I skipped meetings!  

If you are a regular of my blog you know I am not much of a shirt tucker, 

but do like the half tuck I wore it to my meeting with in the top picture, but 

 I had to play with knotting it too, lol 

This top is one I sell from my Amelia James line , unfortunately I have no link to share 

as my Facebook Group that linked to my Shop Button has completely disappeared.  

I have not heard back from Facebook as to what happened and may just have to start from scratch!  

I will get through clearing out my sister’s condo tomorrow and then work to start a new page!  

I love this shirt and instantly knew I would pair it with my blush pink shorts from

Old Navy and my white slip-ons by Sperry were the perfect walking shoe.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful for sunshine and a non-humid day perfect for walking. 

I am grateful for life experiences and the comfort of my personal growth. 

I am grateful for the love and support of family and friends 

I am grateful for weekend phone calls from my son at Marine Officer Training School and his upbeat positive nature.  

I am grateful for the support of my children and husband in the process of emptying out my sister’s condo tomorrow!  

 

 

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 .  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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) .


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