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It took me a bit longer to get back to blogging than I originally planned!
I have decided that I will return for 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
My life these days is busy supporting my youngest son’s goals of going to Vegas this summer for a Junior Gold Bowling Tournament!

That means spending 4 days a week in bowling alleys,
two days of leagues and two days with coaches.

This was last year in Detroit for his first Junior Gold Event

I have to say he is the bravest soul I know, as he went and competed after

switching from traditional one handed bowling to two -handed style just 3 months

before the tournament and he was also pretty new to bowling on crazy oil patterns like the pros!
I have learned so much as a bowling mother about this sport! 
He has come along way since the Detroit tournament in July.
I feel so blessed to be on this journey with him.
If anyone knows anything about bowling , his new high score is 275 and
his high 3 game series is 691. He has a goal to reach 700 series soon.

 

Now, I will end with a bunch of outfits I have worn this season,

I definitely am loving kimonos , lol

I wanted to add femininity to my football style, lol

Our movie theater showed games this year and I happened

to park next to this vehicle so had to get a photo.

I added this zebra print cardigan for Fall from Loft,

as you know I love black and white prints as they are

so versatile and can be paired with any color.

I added in some Carmel colors this season with this poncho and top.

Fuchsia has to be one of my favorite colors and I love it with Navy.
My snakeskin booties are new for the season and I love them!

 

You can’t tell but these jeans are by my favorite designer

Diane Gilman via HSN and have an embroidered Peacock!
I love vests , longer ones for leatherette leggings are a must.

I joined Get Your Pretty On’s Fall and Winter Challenges and faux leather leggings

were all the rage and a polarizing item that not everyone embraced, but I am daring and love them.


Again my love of black and white prints prompted a purchase of polka dot cardigan.

Black faux leather leggings this time around.
Leopard is another versatile print that goes with everything!


January 15th I celebrated 29 years of marriage, boy have we lived through a lot!

Us now, enjoying our love of football despite different teams!

Gratitude

I am so grateful to have moved past the worst of the mourning stage, losing my sister was tough stuff, as so much of who I am is because of who she was…

I am grateful that my oldest found a way to honor my sister’s legacy by embracing her
“Work Hard, Play Harder“ way of life and he is now doing Improv and embracing his innate artistic ability!

 I am grateful for a fun night going to see “ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood “ with that poignant moment of Mr Rogers asking “Who loved you into being”. I seriously thought of 25 people right away !

 I am grateful for my Movie B_ uddy and the days we go out to break up my time at bowling alleys!

I am grateful for my New Years resolution to spend one day a month with my dearest friend who is busier than I am supporting her daughter in dance and acting in plays.

Please comment and let me know you are here!

Your comments are my only payment for the effort of  blogging. 

Share a Gratitude of your own, choose a favorite look , or tell me something keeping you busy these days. 

Next up : WEIGHT LOSS Wednesdays where I share my current journey!

 

 

I have had the same hairstylist for the past 10 years, 

so I went in and said, “Darker Please”. 

Without skipping a beat, he replied “Auburn” and so began my hair appointment…

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I am smitten and cannot stop smiling! 

My mother was a natural redhead and I always had 

auburn highlights in my brown hair, more so in Summer. 

My sister would frequently ask me all the time if I saw her red highlights, 

even well into adulthood, we both cherished it.  

After my mother’s passing, I began going all shades of red.  

What began as a fun way to honor my mother, has now become a fun memory of my sister. 

I originally planned grey jeans with this look, but at the last 

I switched to the white and am so glad I did. 

It was in the high 80’s today and the darker jeans would have 

felt off for my mood and for the season we are actually in, lol 

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These new Mules by Earth are absolutely the most comfortable heels I own, 

they have great cushioning and I do not want to take them off.  

They come in four colors and are now on sale for $68. 32

 

Every photo I took here, had my vest blowing in the wind, lol 

Gratitude 

I am grateful for a beautiful sunny day, and for Air Conditioning in this Fall heat! 

I am grateful for a better night’s sleep. 

I am grateful for a wonderful hair stylist that I trust completely! 

I am grateful for my hair salon being near a Panera and a fabulous lunch! 

I am grateful to my youngest son (18) who is my photographer to step and use the nice camera instead of the cell phone, now that I am really back to blogging!  

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

so I had to include this as a prompt.

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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 

 

 

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!  

I love capris with  a loose top in hot weather. 

This top is actually looser than it appears, the wind was nice for the heat of 92 degrees, but of course with light weight fabric changed it’s appearance. 

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In cleaning out my closet, I happened upon these capris ,

which did not fit me last Summer, but I tried them on and alas with 

my recent weight loss, they did and were not even tight, lol 

I love using a handbag or shoes to pop another color into an outfit,

hence the choice for my yellow one.  

I thought I would share my weight loss journey with Intermittent Fasting today! 

The most important thing to note about fasting is that it is not about deprivation, you must get in your calories during the eating window.  

I chose the 16: 8 version where you fast for 16 and eat for 8, I also extend it , by mixing it up daily sometimes fasting for 16-19 hours and adjusting the eating window to what equals 24 hours. My general fasting hours start at 6pm and eating at 10am. 

Lately I have changed it to 5pm and eating at 11am for 18 hours of fasting.   

Another important thing to note is that I drink more water than every before, 32 -48 ounces in the morning before eating and another 32-48 after dinner until a hour or so before bedtime.

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This is a typical breakfast, notice the word break fast….

A yogurt/strawberry smoothie is great as some people have constipation with fasting.  

The Kiyani Sunrise is a supplement of super-foods for added nutritional benefits.  

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I alternate with a smoothie with these ingredients blended with a frozen banana. 

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I typically eat only two meals a day, but some days I add 

in apple, because I figure the added fiber is good and that whole

an apple a day comes to mind. 

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This is one dinner I had last week of chicken with mushrooms, onions,

artichoke hearts , diced can tomatoes, cooked with Italian Seasoning 

and topped with Feta.   

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I had this last night and was worried it wouldn’t be enough to hold me for 16 hours

but I lasted for 17 ,lol.   It will actually last me 3 nights as my family doesn’t like

eggplant.  It brings back memories of my father who loved it and made it a lot. 

IF is by far the easiest method I have found and has the added benefit of curbing all my cravings in addition to a clarity of mind and increased energy.   

Losing 11 pounds in 5 weeks, along with a few inches of loss has been encouraging as well, but truth be told the other benefits make this a method I will make it to a lifestyle!

If you want more information on Intermittent Fasting, I suggest starting with 

This Video from Dr. Fung and he has many others too.  

There is also a Facebook Group called : Intermittent Fasting for Women 

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Have a Great Day and Thanks for Stopping By!  

 

 

I was so excited to get back to blogging and doing an Outfit Post that I 

Laid out my Look last night , including the jewelry, lol 

Check out this blog : https://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/my-afternoon-at-charlottes-soft-surroundings-beauty-products/

This look is very much my style for a few reasons, 

Color, Pattern, Cute Jeans and Wedges!  

Of course, I had to add in a layered necklace

look to finish off my maximal style!  

My shorter necklace is actually one my sister made, 

she made jewelry to sell and wear herself as a hobby. 

The Jeans are my favorite jean designer, Diane Gilman  ( I may be addicted) 

are a fun cropped flared version.   

I haven’t tried them with booties yet, but 

will in the future to extend their wear- ability . 

The Babydoll Tunic, I picked up from Jane  is a great style, fitted in the bust with

the empire waist and perfect flair to help camouflage the menopause tummy. 

I will be posting soon about my weight loss method that has resulted in 11 lbs 

and inches off in the past 5 weeks!  

I now have several of these wedges that I picked up over last few years

at TJMaxx by different makers.  I unfortunately have been stuck in 

flats this Summer after twisting my ankle at a Cemetery in July, 

when in Boston to say farewell to my husband’s Aunt Jane.  

*Note I took photos too early when sun was bright, was excited to get back to outfit post! 

As my past readers know I am really big on third completer pieces , 

and right now I am adoring these fun vests.

This one is one of the samples I have been trying out. 

In fact I am looking into selling these. 

I started an Amelia James clothing boutique business 6 months after my sister passed on, 

big mistake and never got it fully off the ground.  I have to sell my inventory and move on as I love the company and clothes , but not the mlm business culture . 

The good news is 

 it taught me was that I want to sell 3rd Completer Pieces!

 

I created this September Calendar for a group of Style Sisters for 

Facebook group that had not been very active to get us back to posting 

pictures and to hep me get back to blogging. 

I invite any of my readers to join in if they wish.

Please if you have not joined my

Versatile Style by Tracey Facebook Group

do so, and post pictures of your 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.
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  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?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a mother of three sons, I have always been careful about show cleavage in my tops. 

                                                                                       I love a good v-neck and wear them often, but fell in love when Amelia James came out with their

Sedona Wrap Top.  I actually have three now, that is how much I adore it.

Posting all the styles and sizes I have available at the bottom of this post 

Three of any one style is my limit as I use to shop and get multiples like a crazy person when I liked them.  

This pretty floral is one I have worn most often. I paired it with Leatherette 

Leggings when I was in San Diego for the Amelia James REP retreat for a fun date night look. 

I have also worn it with white jeans and a black skirt, I have yet to pair it with grey, but every intention as

another way to style this top.   I am also wearing Amelia James Alyeska dolman sleeved cardigan. 

My pants are new for the season, Crepe pull-on  cargo pants by  Lisa Rhinna 

The Sedona wrap top has one snap at the top to keep it in place, cute balloon sleeves with bows at the wrist.

The bottom of the top is also elasticized, which allows it to blouse over perfectly.  You can’t tell here, but I am showing a bit of cleavage, lol 

A recent customer reported back that her husband adored this as a date night top, 

but like that she could wear it with a cami and a skirt to see million dollar clients. 

 We had temps near 70 today, sunny and gorgeous!  

I also bought Lisa Rhinna Cargo pants with the banded bottom for a jogger style and wore them all Summer! 

Note to self, don’t put hands in your pockets, lol 

To purchase simply email me @ KTStylists@gmail.com with size, style and color info and

I will email a PayPal invoice and ship it right out to you, Fingers crossed I get a website in January. 

Sedona Tops run true to size :

XS 0-2, Small 2-4 Medium 6-8, Large 10-12 Xlarge 14-16 2X 18-20 3X 22-24 

Retail for $50- $52 all on sale for $40 

 

Last two Sedona Tops in this Pink Floral color sizes Large or Xlarge. 

Retail $50 sale price $40 

 

This was so popular when it launched that I only got two! 

Size Small and Large, again $40 on sale 

This green print would make a very subtle nod to the holiday season, but 

still perfect for wearing for 3 seasons, easily,   

Available in Size Small, Medium, Large and XLarge 

Sale price $40 

This Olive version has a ribbed texture. 

Available in size XS, S, M, L, XL $40 

This version is 3/4 sleeve and has a bigger bow detail. $40 

Purple: Size 4X 

Marigold: Size 2X 

  1. Olive:3x
  2. please indicate 3/4 sleeve as not to confuse with other olive versions. 

A Fabulous one in great Fall/Winter shades 

Sizes S, M, L, Xl, 2X and 3X 

$ 40

The Alyeska Dolman Sleeve Cardigan. You can downsize in this one as it runs big.

I am typically a medium and can wear a Small or X-Small 

Available in Sizes S, M, L, XL    Retail $50 sale $40 Super Soft!  

Grey $40 

Sizes S, M, L(2) 

XL(3)   , 2X , 3X

 

Blush marbled with grey $40 

XS, M(2) , L, XL , 3X 

 

 

 

 


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