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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.  


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….



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.   


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.


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.  














puts out outfit ensembles on a regular basis 

and this one she called ” Statement Leopard Bag” 

Ensemble: Statement Leopard Bag


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…. 


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.  


It was quite windy for the pictures, lol 

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


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.    


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.  


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.   


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. 


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.  


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 


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 .  


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:


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…


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. 


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.  


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? 


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… 


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


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!


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…. 


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...


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…


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! 

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