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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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angie at YOU LOOK FAB

puts out outfit ensembles on a regular basis 

and this one she called ” Statement Leopard Bag” 

Ensemble: Statement Leopard Bag

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I don’t happen to have a leopard handbag and don’t feel the need to run out and buy one, lol. 

I thought about doing a look with my snakeskin bag, which would have worked.  

I even laid out a look with it a few days ago…. 

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We had temperatures back in the 80’s so of course my Sam Edelman’s had 

to come out to play in this look.   

I also took a more casual approach to the look because

as much as I love the looks of crisp white shirts, 

I can’t seem to style them and make them feel like me.  

I opted to keep the top in the same tone as the topper

because any high contrast cut my body in half 

and really messed with the proportions.  

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It was quite windy for the pictures, lol 

My t-shirt says “Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude”  

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I have so many more ideas for the culottes going into the cooler weather 

and am looking forward to styling them with tights and boots. 

The trick is to treat them like a skirt.   

Dear Readers,  Wishing you  a Happy HALLOWEEN!

We don’t get many kids in our neighborhood and gave up giving out candy two years ago.

Instead we took our youngest teenage child to the movies.  

This year my daughter is home after getting her Master’s Degree and she wants to

have her brother join her in giving out candy and dressing up, sitting out front with

the fog machine going.   I am hoping they won’t be sorely disappointed.    

Gratitude

I am grateful for Sundays when my husband gets to relax and watch football, shouting and getting so animated that you know how the game is going in every room of the house.   

I am grateful that I finally got to visit my dear friend and deliver the wardrobe I had for her 10yr old daughter and the delight it brought to them both.  

I am grateful that while I was visiting my friend who lives at the oceanfront, that my daughter (25)  and my husband got some rare quality alone time walking the beach and playing POKEMON GO,  as my poor daughter lost all her original levels since she signed up with her Boston College email and they cancelled it , after all she graduated in May. 

I am grateful that my teenager took advantage of our plans and opted to stay home by himself, as he values alone time and hasn’t had much of it since my daughter arrived home in May.   

I am grateful for a phone call from my son at VCU to share his night adventure at the Halloween farm he visited.  

 

Some days I feel like an outfit of Neutrals, 

however that doesn’t mean boring.  

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You might notice my brown pants have a faux leather front , which of course adds 

an element of texture to this look.   

Alas these fabulous pants by Diane Gilman are from previous season.   

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Here is a close up of the alligator like design.  

DH did a double take at my look today and quite to my surprise complemented it. 

He’s not much for all neutrals or my love of kimonos ,

so his approval meant more. 

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Here you can see that the back of the pant is a knit 

While these pants are great, these boots are my new Vionic, 

my first of what I hope to be a yearly addition for boot comfort. 

I had wanted a lighter pair of ankle boots,

so it was nice to embrace the comfort in something that was on my wish list. 

They come in 4 other shades including merlot and navy.  

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I found this cute owl scarf on Jane and just had to have it 

as I have loved owls for most of my life and collected them as a child. 

I added the leave pin for just a bit of bling and thought it was a good play off the branches on the scarf 

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My mocha open kimono sweater is from Jane, bought previous season. 

After a week of migraines, this neutral look felt just right  and had 

a calming nature that was just what I needed for today.  

After all , I have said it before, I am a mood dresser and use outfits for energy some days.  

Dear Readers I have mentioned my love of Diane Gilman pants and with all the talk about the Velvet 

Trend for the season, thought you might enjoy these pants in great colors.  She had a bootcut version I found over the summer on clearance that I bought it Navy and Grey.    I look forward to styling them soon.  Note, I recommend her line because I love it and do not receive compensation .  

Gratitude

I am grateful to be feeling a little better today ( sinus issues today) after beginning the week with a terrible migraine , that came back every afternoon.   

I am grateful to my daughter for taking today’s photos as my son was still deep into his homeschooling in which he is writing note cards in preparation of doing CLEP exams.   

I am grateful that I’ve done most of the xmas shopping for my daughter and can now begin the boys. 

I am grateful for staying on track and losing about half a pound per day this week.  

I loved this look when I saw it on Pinterest , 

as it fits that Ying/Yang concept of opposites 

that I love in an outfit. 

Fall outfit - cute with a chambray top:

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The unexpected element of adding layers of pearls to such a 

casual jean, striped top and jeans outfit takes this outfit 

up a notch.  

In fact Angie over at YOU LOOK FAB wrote a post about this with her wonderful 

spin and detail of each element of the outfit to inspire recreating your own version. 

Pardon the picture quality, rain…

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It truly was a perfect inspiration for today when my morning began 

with accompanying my son to his bowling league.  

Layering is a must for that activity, as the alley is always cold. 

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My Clarks slip-ons were a perfect finish to this look with our warmer

temperatures and to keep the outfit more casual. 

I tend to wear heels or wedges a lot, but these slip-ons

have been getting a lot of use.  

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My two necklaces, both new from two different months 

surprises from Jewelbits. 

Dear Readers, Thanks for Stopping By 

Are you looking as forward to Fall and Winter as I am? 

I can’t wait to style a new silhouette of culottes with boots

and wear ponchos and sweaters and let’s not forget 

my obsession with boots!  

What are you looking forward to wearing this season? 

Gratitude

I am grateful for Saturday morning bowling and the chance to get out early to hang out. 

I am grateful to my son for indulging me by taking these pictures in which I conceded

and allowed him shelter on the porch, lol 

I am grateful for the fun today of talking to one of the women who will be joining us on our cruise next September ,cause we are going to make this a new yearly women’s only trip!  

I am grateful for this upcoming holiday season and how I’ve already begun shopping for the family. 

I am grateful that I am back to blogging!  

My day began with a trip to the hair salon for a cut and 

I was so happy as the last week or so every picture I took my hair was driving me nuts… 

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Here is my hair just  a few days ago, on yet another windy day….

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See why I said yet another windy day, lol… 

The first thing I noticed after looking in the mirror after the haircut was the 

wisdom of my dear mother who at age 13 had decided that I should get my hair cut short, 

as she said it would highlight my cheekbones.  

Of course at 13 it devastated me, but looking back at the photos of that time I always noticed she was right!

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Marbled shirts like the green one I am wearing here seem to be big for this season. 

I found mine on Jane. com and it’s actually a long asymetrical hemmed tunic, which 

I tied off the to side as that longer lenght on my petite height works only when I wear heels.  

I was itching to wear my BEE Happy flats again…. 

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Not sure about the bright yellow purse here , but black seemed to drab and my green one 

is messed up so I opted for a pop of color instead.  

My Bee Happy shoes by C. Wonder are currently sold out , but I heard they will be getting them back in at some point.

Apparently , the plan is to make a new loafer design each month and for April they’ve rolled out a blue pair with leather elephants on them,   You can find it here...

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This was an outfit I wore over the weekend to break out my new Ann Taylor anchor print pants, 

which seem to be sold out now… 

Dear Readers, I am happy to report that I’ve lost 4lbs on my first week of sticking to a plan.  In fact the black pants I wore today fit me much better than they had last time I wore them and that gave me a spring in my step all day!  Pressing forward to see how much I can lose before my daughter’s graduation at the end of May…

Gratitude

I am grateful for wonderful phone conversations with my dear friend as we haven’t done that in awhile.. 

I am grateful that my husband realized the green bananas he picked up last night weren’t going to ripe enough for my Tuesday morning breakfast and tonight  grabbed me a small bunch of organic ones that were much better than all the other ones in the store. 

I am grateful to a dear friend who picked me up after my haircut today. 

I am grateful for the laughter and fun of using my son’s Iphone to video chat with my daughter on her commute home and see the 6 inches of snow she had to get through…

I am grateful for a Beautfiul , Sunny Day!  

I am grateful for 4 days free of sinus issues, February and March were pretty tough! 

Well, I loved this outfit in the mirror, 

but don’t think I quite captured it right…

First of all I took photos in the morning around 10:30am and that was a mistake…

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This outfit has a lot of matchy-matchy elements with the blue flats, purse and necklace,

but that’s  precisely what I liked about it.  

I like a column of color like the creme top and bottoms and the addition of a printed topper all in neutral shades and then the addition of a brighter pop of color in acessories.  

It’s a different way of doing color than I’ve done in the past.  

Definitely an outfit formula I’d like to explore more. 

Perhaps I could have chosen a plain silver or gold necklace instead to be less matchy. 

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Here is a close up of the new Joan Rivers Cardigan in brown. 

This line runs very big, as I am wearing an XS.  

It comes in a black and white and magenta and black.  

I love browns a lot and know this one will be very versatile for me. 

Ollio Women's Ballet Comfort Light Faux Suede Multi Color Shoe Flat(7.5 B(M) US, Blue) Ollio http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GM08Z0E/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_ip6Zwb0MMT5PM:

These are my shoes from Amazon,

Blues are so big for the season and I need flats for my Mom on the Go style. 

Dear readers, I hated the other pictures I took of this look, as I pulled the sweater closed instead of letting it hang naturally, which meant it didn’t create the vertical lines I need to break up this stupid menopausal weight gain in my mid-region.   I just couldn’t see me posting pictures I wasn’t comfortable with.. All this experience did was make me grateful that I am on day three of my banana and protein kick start and for my commitment to Pilates exercizing.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful that my son got a new high score of 191 at howling today , as he inches closer to the goal he has of reaching 200.  

I am grateful that we decided to just stay after the morning bowling league instead of going home , then back out the the bowling clinic in the late afternoon.  We are both having sinus issues and crashed later in the day! 

I am grateful that my husband is supporting my needs for proteins on this current diet I am using to kick start my way off carbs and took me shopping to BJ’s to stock up. 

I am grateful that I ventured outside today to pick up those pesky newspaper ads that were in my driveway at the exact time my mailman came to deliver and that we shared a short chat and a laugh!  He actually joked about no packages today, as I’ve been ordering clothes for my son and some kitchen gadgets and other items along with some new things for myself.  

I am grateful for the love and support of our homeschooling team and how it benefits not just me, but has given me Mom of teens friends!  

Today I began wanting  to wear my 

Joan Rivers, velvet jacket 

and ended up doing a fun four way 

to accessorize the look.  

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This dress is a fun thrifted one that I adore and have yet to wear 

in all the various ways possible with so many different color options for toppers. 

Today I just stuck with an all brown background.  

In this look I added my new GILI OBI belt in the color of the year, Serenity.

The belt is leather and reversible with a plain side and a snakeskin embossed side. 

My teen photographer picked this one out as his favorite and highly recommended I wear this version for my Parent’s Night out Dinner. 

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This is my Liz Lange Faux Fur Collar that has great clips to attach it to any collar, 

allowing it to be extremely versatile. 

Currently still available for just $9.95, I bought the M/L  one. 

When I bought this on clearance, I went crazy  pulling out items in my closet,  styling it in 

so many ways and was so excited about it. 

Unfortunately, I never actually wore it this season.  

Perhaps I need to remedy that this week… 

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A big chunky scarf this one I bought from Jane.com 

There is nothing like a sweater knit chunky scarf to take an outfit

and make it scream winter!  

I have a few scarves  in this style and love them.  

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And for my final way to accessorize this look, 

I chose what is actually a sash from a summer tunic, but 

used it as the skinny scarf trend. 

I rather liked this option, my teen son giggled about it and when I asked why, 

he said, he instantly got a picture in his head of the girl on Scooby D00… 

Dear Readers, This was quite fun to do , accessories really do change an outfit and is the most fun thing 

about styling looks.  In Fall/Winter it’s pretty easy with so many options.

 Summer is harder since it’s to hot for scarves, unless I wear them as a belt.  

Self Care

Today is Parents Night Out , and that certainly counts as self care as we all agree it is so great to get out and just chat it up and laugh with other women.  It isn’t just the night alone that’s great but the anticipation of it in the weeks leading up to it!    

I’d also say that I was very careful with my breakfast and lunch options today, so as not to keep things in balance with going out to eat.  That just might be my favorite thing I learned to do as  a Weight Watcher and it sticks with you. 

After playing around with my Pilates machine last week, yesterday I went to the Dvd workout that came with it and loved it.  Today after my Parent’s Night Out , I will do the Cardio workout option on the beginner DVD.  So excited to move up in options are there are 3 DVDs…

Gratitude

I am grateful that my son was so patient in taking my photos today. He really makes this enjoyable!  

I am grateful that I found currency for my teen homeschooler, as there is something he wants and I am using his writing to earn it.  He has very little options for currency and is so strong willed that this is a rare thing, something the school never understood and I still laugh at the time they turned to my husband and asked if he could get him to do it, lol. 

I am grateful that I’ve gone rogue this week on my style challenge group and am stying pieces that I have either not worn yet the season or not worn enough before Spring arrives.  

I am grateful that I thought of finishing this week with all dresses as I havent styled enough for my liking and wearing dresses really lifts my spirit and helps me to celebrate my femininity.  


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