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I was so busy running errands for the Ireland trip yesterday that I never got outfit photos…

I decided it was time to share my lust for Boston Proper Catalog

that I get in the mail on a regular basis and drool over…

If you are interested in seeing pictures I post when I am in Ireland for almost three weeks , 

please like my Facebook Page as I will be posting there not on my blog…

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Leather Jacket -$298

I never bought the black leather I promised myself when I reached goal weight…

Perhaps I’ll point DH in this direction…

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This Sweater Coat comes in 3 colors, I love them all…$129

I think my favorite is the black, though…

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A peplum cardigan in this color, black and navy – $89

With my love of femininity in my style, this would be a great addition. 

I am considering the Navy one.

I am lacking in a basic black dress and this

Fit n Flare with jersey top and scuba skirt might just be the answer!

$119

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I’ve been looking for a nice boho style belt and this one is fabulous 

Dear Readers, After having to redo an entire wardrobe due to weight loss and now moving forward in the same size for over a year, I feel more confident in making bigger ticket price purchases.  I plan to start a new budget for myself of $250 per month and will be posting monthly how I choose to use those funds. I am looking forward to sticking to a budget and seeing what I do with it.  In all honesty I probably have spent this much or more monthly if you include shoes and purse purchases, but have not kept track.  I really didn’t want to know what I was spending, but now I want to be more responsible and purposeful.  Some months I may buy one key piece others I may by a few basics.  

Before I begin this I plan to do a closet purge of some items that I thrifted and no longer want or purchase mistakes like we all make.  

I look forward to starting all this once I return from Ireland. so perhaps November!

Gratitude 

I am so grateful that we found the best travel neck pillows at TJ Maxx..  (we got the last two) pictured below , but we have them in red for $19.99

I often say little things make me happy and you should have seen how giddy I was about these.. They are so soft and you can cinch them in to fit tighter.  The pictured one is from Amazon for $39.99

I am grateful that my husband succeeded in finding two more pairs of jeans, one in dark grey and one tan to complete the pants he needed for the trip

I am grateful for the fun we had running our errands, accompanied by our one remaining child at home…

I am grateful for how this upcoming trip of a lifetime is making me feel close to my mother, understanding how she felt about her trip to Scotland. 

I am grateful that the paycheck my husband receives while away in Ireland will be enough to pay our November Bills and he still has 5 days to make it more…

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As my Regular Followers know I love a Bargain, 

I can hear my mother saying, “That’s your Scottish Heritage” 

If that’s insulting to Scottish people, my apologies…

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So I went on the hunt online for some sweaters to buy off season…

This is a wonderful burgundy and pink houndstooth print heavy sweater by Liz Claiborne via JCP

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A crisp white also by Liz Claiborne that has a heavy cabled bodice and plain sleeves that makes it perfect for layering under a jacket! 

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A nice teal striped v-neck from Joe Fresh also JCP

IMG_0893Another JCP find of a striped sweatshirt  that I would say is a medium weight..

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The final JCP buy of another sweatshirt, but this one I would qualify as lightweight…

Here is a link to what JCP has on clearance for sweaters right now! 

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Speaking of Ligtweight , this hoodie version is from the men’s dept of Aeropostle and perfect for continuing the sporty look into FALL…

This one is now sold out…

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This sweaterknit is actually a brighter green than the picture shows .

I found this by Cable & Gauge on a Burlington Coat Factory Clearance Rack…

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This Carolyn Taylor cardigan is also from Burlington’s clearance rack…

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This Petite Valerie Stevens 100% wool Fair Isle sweater is from Best Thrift and was $1.25

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This last sweater is also from Best Thrift ans was $1.50 

It’s a marbled black and white number that is fairly heavy weight and still had the small sticker on the chest..

It’s  an American Eagle Outfitters 

In addition to sweaters, I also added two new purses through Just Fab sales special

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This is Navy and Black and one I’ve had my eye on for awhile, so when it was half price I coudn’t help myself

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With Grey being so big for the upcoming Fall season, I had to get this barrel bag ,

as Ive been wanting a grey purse for two years…

Dear Readers, Have you begun Fall shopping , yet?  Or are you waiting for Tax Free Weekend ?  

I didn’t get out today and had a brief moment of being overwhelmed by sadeness, but managed to snap myself out of it , get dressed and took a walk to the store…. As the Universe provides, I found a $20 bill in the self -checkout and turned it into the cashier in hopes that whoever left it will come back looking and be surprised that someone was honest enough to turn it in…. Remember what I said about faking it til you make it…. well, this is what happens when you do!  A good pick me up!   

Now if this migraine would go away…

Gratitude

I am grateful that I chose this blog post for today , as my photographers’ sleep schedules are meesed up and both konked out for a long nap…

I am grateful for a fun talk with DD today, as we discuseed everything from psychology to her middle school years and even a plan for the best way to schedule the classes for homeschooling….

I am grateful that I was able to fall back asleep after an early awakening…

I am grateful for my angel voice who comforts me with wonderful insights early in the morning. when my brain is muffled and open to it…

I know some of you are probably not into Maxi dresses are skirts ,yet…

I have to tell you they are everywhere this Season! 

They fit my boho style well, so I am very comfortable with them and encourage you to go try some on if you haven’t done so , yet..

Linking up with Visible Monday!

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If you are a curvy woman, a maxi skirt can be better… 

I wore the sweater over the striped tank and buttoned it once at the waist to create a waist.

Wearing a belt is another option… or sometimes I tie these sweaters at the waist. 

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I love this embroidered maxi with an aztec print, which I bought from Golden Tote.

The Ann Taylor sweater and Will Smith tank are both thrifted as is the Relic Purse.

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Be prepared for about a month of my wearing flats as I broke my little toe on my left foot…

It’s a good thing I bought a few pairs of cute flats this year!!!!

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Any time I can add my Mother of Pearl and Onyx ying/yang necklace , I do so, which makes my dear husband happy since he gave it to me for Christmas…

Dear Readers, If you are a curvy woman wanting to try a maxi dress, I highly recommend one with an empire seam and trying it with a vest or a jacket to balance your upper body and hips.  I love a jean vest that goes with almost everthing.  I recently saw in People Stylewatch magazine, a new idea of wearing an oversized white blouse , unbuttoned and the sleeves rolled up over a maxi.  I would try that, but I don’t have an oversized white blouse…I would suggest trying it with a chambray blouse as well..

I hope these ideas help and challenge those on the fence to give it a try!  

Do you like maxi dresses or skirts?

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fabulous family filled weekend celebrating my son’s graduation and Father’s Day! 

I am grateful that my son is leaving in the morning to go to orientation and sign up for classes at VCU for two days.(it is definitely a real wake up to us all that this is real and he will be going away in about 8 weeks)

I am grateful that my husband enjoyed his weekend and really relaxed, forgettting work for once!

I am grateful that the Summer Style Challenge starts tomorrow! 

My favorite thing to wear on a hot day is a skirt or dress with sandals…

I love being a woman!

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I bought this skirt from Ebay.  It was part of a lot of 5 skirts and one I knew my daughter wouldn’t want this one, so I kept it for myself.

Iwondered what to style it with and asked my

You Look Fab Forum members ,who were very helpful.

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I love basic shell tops with a little added feminine touch like ths collar detail and pleats. 

While a lot of working women embrace a shell, I love them for my casual Mom on the Go style.

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These sandals are from Payless , purchased on their BOGO sale, so I had to get them in black and white also.

I needed a few flat sandals , as I have a lot of sling back wedges for summer shoes.

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I attempted to get creative and tried many purses 

before finally giving up and just going with white….

Dear Readers, I am so happy that warmer temperatures have arrived, but quite frankly feel like we’ve missed that transition of  temps in the 70’s that I prefer this time of year… We’ve gone from the 60’s straight to mid 80’s… then again who knows what will happen next week….As I was typing this the newscaster on tv was joking about how many employees call in “well” tomorrow so they can head to the beach, lol 

What are your favorite items to wear on hotter days???

Gratitude

I am grateful for the forum members who were so kind in responding to my plea for help in styling this skirt.

I am grateful for a nice sunny day and just had to go for a brief walk to the store to soak it in.

I am grateful for a fun day with all my kids here today (18 year old was sick with sinus stuff, but others just had the day off) 

I am grateful for leftovers and not having to cook on this first hot day of the season….

I know I’m late to get on the Boyfriend Jean Trend….

It makes sense to take on this trend for my casual Mom on the Go Lifestyle…

However I had a few criteria….

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The first criteria was they couldn’t be too baggy… After all I’m a woman with curves….

The other criteria was that I didn’t want any holes or rips, which is common in this style…

I lucked upon these last week when I was looking at joining up with

JUSTFAB

I tried to provide a link to the actual jeans, but couldn’t find them on the site… In my order history it said, I had not previous orders….

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I am also rocking my new Floral Keds from 6pm.com

I am so happy with these as an additon for comfort and walking…

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I have to say every time I wear this jacket I fall more and more in love with it… 

It really is a statement piece, unfortunately I can’t offer you a link as it is no longer available.

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I was very brave and even dared to tuck my shirt and add a belt…not something I do a lot of, but a must when styling boyfriend jeans…

Dear Readers, Tomorrow promises to be even warmer with today being 60 and tomorrow expected to be 70! 

Looking forward to creating a fun Spring Look…

Gratitude

I am grateful that I have succeeded in losing 3 pounds these last 3 days with the aid of my Muscle Milk Smoothies and a Light dinner.  I had gained it in March with my sinuses acting up and being less mobile…

I am grateful that my son remembered to sign up for his college housing and am praying that he lucks out with some fabulous suite mates…

I am grateful that my dog settled down his barking today and I didn’t have to strangle him…

I am grateful that my youngest and I watched the finale of How I Met Your Mother together today.

I am going to be totally honest and confess that I had a fun and very busy weekend and didn’t get any fashion shots…

Before I knew it was Sunday evening and I did a root touch up on my hair and finally showered at 6:30pm

So I decided to share my recent purchases ….

These are called Sophisticated Joggers

and are very lightweight, a perfect pant for Summer evenings..

This pair is made tighter than the others and the medium I normally wear pulls tight across my stomach..

I am in full workout mode and am hoping to lose another inch or so and am keeping these, knowing if that doesn’t happen that I can give them to a freind who is a size smaller than myself…

I actually bought four pairs thinking I would give one to my freind anyway…

In Command Cargo Joggers | FOREVER21 - 2000107120

These are just like my olive Cargo Joggers that I loved so much

I couldn’t help myself and got the khaki as well…

I bought the green ones in one size larger than my measured waist fearing that F21 made more for juniors might not work for my curvy hips, but I was wrong and they were loose, hoping they shrink when washing… 

I bought my measured size and they are a perfect fit…

Zip Pocket Sweatpants | FOREVER21 - 2000105862

These zippered Sweatpants are my favorite of the bunch and I wore them

this weekend for family bowling fun…

Hollywood Regency Joggers | FOREVER21 - 2000107522

I believe this is the style I bought in a navy print, if not they are the only ones I saw similar…

I am definitely done getting pants for this season, but really wanted some options other than jeans, linen or capris and ankle pants, so these fit the bill and complete my Spring Wardrobe….

 

I found these at 6pm.com and they come in three colors…

I have to say these are so cushy and super comfortable and a much needed walking shoe in my life…

I bought them in size 8 as they come in only whole sizes and I am a 71/2.

 

I bought a pair in black in size 7 for a friend and think the 7 is a better fit, in case anyone else wears a half size and wants to order them…

Dear Readers, I hope you had a fun filled weekend and are refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead! 

I know I am!

Gratitude

I am grateful for rediscovering our family love of bowling…

I am grateful that I found a pair of bowling shoes for me on Ebay, as those rentals add up..

I am grateful that my daughter has three days off in a row…

I am grateful that when taking my youngest shoe shopping, that he quickly decided instead of his normal dragging me to every store…

I am grateful for fun conversations with all my kids together.

I am grateful for wonderful friendships and the love they provide that makes the loss of my parents easier.

 

 

 

 

When a fashionista is feeling under the weather and not styling fun outfits everyday…

She has to find something fashion related to occupy her….

I’ve been shopping for Spring/Summer

IMG_3302First up is this cobalt purse with green accents that I found on 6pm. com for 

I’ve wanted a purse this color,but have been hating the prices I keep seeing for them… 

This shape, color and price were right up my alley at just $26.99, I scored the very last one…

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This one by Hurley is just $24.99 and and can be found Here... again at 6pm.com.

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I bought these pointed toe flats from Ebay..

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I received an email notice regarding Birkenstocks on sale and discovered this Thahiti soft bed version for just $26.99, again from 6pm. com.   This was a one day special…

IMG_3305I couldn’t help myself, I am a woman who loves color and in case you haven’t heard, 

Birkenstocks are making a comeback and trending right now!!!!

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I love Franco Sarto’s with this heel and found these on Ebay.  I love finding brand new shoes on Ebay for great prices..  These are going to replace some caged heels that I bought last year that are a bit higher in height and just outside my comfort zone of 3 1/2 inche heels…

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Apparently my new favorite outlet for shopping is 6pm.com!

These navy crop pants are by Jag Jeans and are  found here

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This “sweet Lemon” version are the same Jag Jeans crops and were cheaper… I didn’t list my price because it has changed from today’s … I got them for a few dollars cheaper…

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Hey, if I am going to face my fear and try out cropped pants ( I was worried about proportion for my petite height and curvy hips)  I might as well go all in!  

These are by OSO Casuals, a ShopHQ exclusive brand and are clearanced for $17.36

Dear Readers, so now I’ve gotten a few pairs of shorts, kimonos, long boho skirts,  a new white top, cropped pants, shoes and purses for Spring, I think I need to call it quits on buying… Which is no problem cause I have two boys who need some new clothes.. Time to concetrate on that!   

I will be taking tomorrow off, as I just don’t have it in me to blog… It will be the 5 year anniversary of my mother’s passing and it has been hitting me pretty hard.  I think not feeling well, and with not being able to share my joy with her regarding my reading success with my homeschooling youngest and now the big news posted below in my gratitude section,  is just magnifying things… If I am feeling well enough my dear husband will be taking me out to dinner and we well be spending the weekend in Nags Head with friends..  I may push myself to go as long as no fever returns… 

Have a Wonderful Weekend!!!!

Gratitude

I have just one Gratitude for Today and that is that yesterday, My 18 year old received his accpetance and has already put down a deposit and said yes, to his number one college choice, VCU… Virginia Commenwelth University which has a Pre Optemetry major.. This young man was so worred that it took so long for his acceptance to come as he pinned all his hopes on this school for the fastest track to his future… He has so much schooling ahead of him with the goal of being an eye surgeon.  He smiled like a Chesire cat for a full ten minutes before being totally overwhelmed by it all and coming to tears.. Choosing a major and college really is the first major adult decision and I am so grateful that he has such an appreciation for the gravity of this… He went to bed last night so wired he was afraid he wouldn’t get any sleep…  

I toured this school with him and feel the city of Richmond environment while scary really is a good fit for him and hey there’s an added bonus… It’s just an hour and a half from home… But wait there’s more… This is in my husband’s territory of his new management position and he’s traveled there twice already (since Janurary).   If that wasn’t enough this is also a school my daughter applied to for her graduate program and is anxiously awaiting to hear from and may choose to attend as well…. 


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