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I quite often say, “Black and White is Always Right”  when it comes 

to styling outfits, as I’ve never put that color combo together and not loved it!  

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I love everything about this look.  

Starting with the pattern mixing of this multi media foral print tunic (I found it on a flash sale on Jolly Chic, asian sizing , but so cute, a sweatshirt attached to a fun cotton skirted bottom)  amd the cozy azztec print sweater. 

The addition of the silver and black neclaces adds to the black and white theme. 

The texture and sheen of the leatherette leggings by Hue also adds a great element to the black and white theme, as does the fringe booties.  

One pop of color in the bright handbag, ( a gift from 31 gifts) 

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With this tunic having a nice skirted hem, it’s almost like wearing a fun skirt ,

which put a pep in my step. 

That’s not an easy thing to do , today, as my sinuses are way off and I feel disoriented. 

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I’ve noticed that this winter I have done a lot more outfits that qualify as boho , 

that’s a big change as in previous years I’ve felt that my boho side had to wait until 

Spring/Summer to come out to play.  

The fun of blogging and seeing my outfits allows me to see patterns and directions of my style. 

Of course everyone doesn’t need to be a blogger, but taking pictures is something anyone can do and

I highly recommend it. I have learned so much about how to dress my petite, curvy body from pictures.  

It’s been a very fun journey and to be at this point of more confidence is priceless. 

Self Care

I would have to say , I haven’t done much these past few days in self care, other than taking meds for 

the sinus issues that are present due to the crazy swings in our temps.   I skipped two days on my Pilates machine and am not happy about that at all…. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for my son apologizing and realizing he hadn’t spoken clearly about something. 

I am grateful that my son finally brought me his sign language course and we figured out the ins and outs of it as it was confusing to him and he was completely stalled on moving forward.   

I am grateful that after waking up at 5am , having breakfast at 7am that I went back to sleep and slept until almost noon! 

I am grateful that although I feel somewhat disoriented, that my pounding headache is gone!  

I am grateful for days of sunshine, cause rain is heading our way… 

The Brooch is coming back into Style, 

and I’ve worn a few of my mothers on a necklace and on my boho w

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I felt like a Zen neutral look for the day… 

It’s still has enough interest for me with the hi-low contrast of the different shades of tan and brown

and the subtle print in the Old Navy sweater and the Snakeskin bag. 

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A close up of my mother’s pin. 

I love having her pieces to cherish and wear , not to just keep in my jewelry box. 

Check out JodiesTouchofStyle blog for ways they are wearing brooches this week. 

I’ve wanted a Joan Rivers Bee Brooch for a long time and finally caved in buying one this week, when I saw this one on Instagram as a memorial one for Joan. 

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I am so glad I found this open poncho on Jane.com,

as it’s become a favorite this season. 

I really need to taper off my addiction of looking at Jane.com daily as I see 

so many things I love and the pressure to buy since they go away or sell out so quickly. 

I’ve recently bought some tops for Summer in Yellow, Coral and Light Blue (Serenity, Pantone’s color of the Year) 

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Self Care

I am proud to say it’s day four of owning my Aeropilates and I’ve used it everyday. 

I am actually looking forward to it daily, as one of my goals was to have a strong back and abs to help with my sciatica, 

and these workouts definitely are going to strengthen those areas.  

In addition, upon the recommendation of a friend who has had success with this, 

I began adding Collagen  to help with joint pain I was having in my knee and hip, but also to help with my nails , which have always broken due to housework, lol.   

Dear Readers , What are you doing lately for Self Care?  Wishing you a wonderful weekend with something fun on you to do list to recharge you to face another week!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my homeschooler took the initiative to take out my Aeropilates machine in between his subjects today to do a workout, which prompted me to do mine as well.  I think I still may do one at my regular evening time frame for two for the day! 

I am grateful that my daughter handled her rejection letter for PHD program at Boston College well, she loves the Boston area and really wanted to stay longer, but she immediately said that she didn’t like the actual school or program, so it’s really for the best. 

I am grateful that I forced myself to get dressed today, as I was feeling blue and thought about staying in my pj’s. Getting dressed in a boho outfit always lifts my spirits and after seeing the photos it sparked even more joy. 

I am grateful that after getting dressed I took a walk to the grocery store ,which also helped to lift my blue mood and I picked up some healthy snacks of fruits and vegetables!   

Today’s Challenge Was to Wear a 

Dress or Skirt…

I thrifted this one ages ago and hadn’t worn it yet.  

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As a woman who fully embraces her femininity ,

I could wear dresses and skirts everyday and be perfectly, delightfully spunky!  

Of course that would be quite silly for my homeschooling Mom life and impractical.  

With only 3 years left with my youngest child, I wonder what’s around the corner 

and if I will find something to do that allows me to wear more dresses and skirts.  

That’s the fantasy anyway!  

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I was attracted to this skirt because I loved the muted greys and blues and the fact that

it is a sheer overlay that just floats when I walk. 

I want to try it with my grey leather and perhaps a denim jacket.  

My striped shirt is thrifted as well, and didn’t look good tucked or untucked it looked frumpy, 

so I knotted it off the to side and even DH saw the difference!  

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It was so fun to sport my faux suede grey boots, I haven’t worn very many heeled boots

this season and have missed them.   

I added a hat and gloves because we are at freezing temperatures and are going lower over the weekend. 

For some of you that’s not a big deal, but for this beach woman it is!  

My daughter joked me on the phone that she was bringing Boston weather with her!  

Self Care

I lost two pounds so far this week and hope to lose at least one more…

Going to be very careful for Valentine’s Day! 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a conversation with my daughter who had her PHD interview that was group style and came out of it pretty proud of her answers.  She doesn’t know if they made her stand out, but she felt like the others were very prententious and she was more herself and down to earth.  Her take away was that it was a learning experience regardless of the outcome.  Makes me proud that something I taught her rubbed off!  

I am grateful that my husband didn’t go to work until 3 today , so had some time to just hang out with my homeschooler and I , he’s been unusually busy this week , so it was a good break. 

I am grateful that after waking up only 4 hours after falling asleep, that I fell back asleep for another two hours!  

I am grateful that my sinus headache responded to medication and left me mobile and active for this day of getting ready for my daughter to come home…..

So naturally that leads to….I am grateful that tonight my daughter will fly home for the weekend and I can hug her tight, talking on the phone, facetiming on her brother’s Iphone is just not the same!  

I am grateful that my daughter loves coming home and misses us too! 

Today I was suppose to be styling a Vest for 

the private challenge….

I tried with this look, but didn’t like it , so took it off and went for a poncho,

they never disappoint this boho loving woman!  

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I tried this with my sherpa vest and fringe congnac booties, but 

didn’t like it, probably because the vest goes out right at the widest part of my

hip and was not at all flattering….

Check out this blog about wearing Navy and Brown, that came to mind when my

first outfit choice wasn’t working and I was standing there in all Navy!  

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I don’t know what it is about a poncho that just makes my heart sing, 

but I could wear one almost daily, but then I’d miss my leather jackets and cardigans,

so alas I change it up and wear them just often enough!  

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I should have taken a close up of my Charming Charlie

fun Paisley necklace that unfortunately is sold out. 

I am upset that somewhere along the way I lost one of my orange hoops that DD gave me , 

fingers crossed I lost it in the house and not on my trip to the grocery store. 

Self Care

Today was a rough day with intense sinus pressure headache the entire day…I am proud to say

that when I made a quick run to the store I resisted my normal “go to” of grabbing a Pepsi Max

and getting back into my caffeine addiction.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun conversation with Facebook friends about Ikea , as I’ve never been and a potential road trip in the near future with possibly 4 of us going.  

I am grateful that my son understood my headache and did his homeschooling and chores without me having to tell him repeatedly, lol… I am grateful that he is a sensitive compassionate young man. 

I am grateful that even not feeling well, that I got dressed and went for a short walk to the store. 

I am grateful that my husband agreed that I should get another Sunlight Lamp as I have been in a funk (I am blaming it on menapause, lol) for two days and my old lamp is broken.   

My Spin Off Private Facebook Group has really been 

helping to inspire some great outfits this weekend!  

Saturday was Dark Florals….

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My beloved Isaac Mizrahi leather that was a highly eleusive wish item

for several years.  I actually broke my no buy in November to purchase this and have 

no regrets and the full support of DH who knew how long I searched for the right one. 

This color says dark charcoal, but looks black to me! 

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Funny , but when I see this outfit, I think everthing except the handbag which was a gift,

are all online purchases, the blouse is Liz Claiborne NY via Qvc ( I am wearing a small)  , the pants are Old Navy Pixie’s

and my fringe boots are Non- Rated via Amazon.

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I love that in waiting for this jacket that I got something unique and special and 

best of all not a classic motto jacket, which is what I thought I wanted… 

I was lucky to get it when it was on a 6 month payment plan and am still paying it off… 

Sunday’s Outfit Inspiration from my group was to wear footwear that you love

but hasn’t been worn enough recently. 

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The creme boots I bought last year, fit that dexcription perfectly.  

Having turtlenecks, that I still giggle about finding at BJ’s , in my wardrobe this season

opens up the door for me to go boho and wear my beloved tunic that I’ve had for several years now 

and had to reserve in warmer temps with the tank it came with.  

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I love wearing creme in Winter and DH loves my creme boots, 

so this group is inspiring me to have fun with my outfits recently….

 These are from Chadwicks and only remain in a few sizes… 

Dear Readers, Do you have a footwear item that  this could spark you to style for a look this week ?  

While my group is private for only style challenge alummi, I hope my fun in finding outfit inspirations

can spark some joy in your own daily venture to be creative with what’s in your closet….

I think we could all use some Outfit Inspiration! 

Gratitude

I am grateful that this Sunday morning, I woke up, look at the time and saw 10:01 am, meaning I had a full 8 hours of sleep , a true rarity for this woman who loves sleep and has been struggling due to menapause.  

I am grateful for a fun phone call with my daughter last night as she anticipates coming home this Thursday and a dream she shared that the entire family would attend a Boston Comicon convention in costume with her in the next year or two. 

I am grateful that when I turned and shared that dream with DH and DS , they were both on board and we have that to look forward to… If you are a regular reader you know I put high value on the anticipation of future events or trips as a key strategy for happiness.. 

I am grateful that prior to the Superbowl that we made a run to Home Depot and got a new garbage disposal.  

I am extremely grateful for my hardworking , successful husband and never take for granted his contribution to our family which allows me to be home and available to homeschool our youngest. I am grateful for this every day, so bear with me if this one gets repeated every so often, lol…  

I am still semi participating in my private Facebook group’s challenge

and today the inspiration idea was to wear ruffles….

That didn’t suit me , so I opted for my boho loving side to come out and play…

With a Ruana and Fridge, lol…

Animal print isn’t that boho, but I am a huge fan! 

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I am rather pleased with the neutrals popped by my necklace and boots…

Since I invested in these beautiful ankle boots , I will probably wear them quite often.  

This wonderful leather boots by Isaac Mizrahi can be found here..

My ruana was purchased at Burlington last year and my necklace is one I got at Charming Charlies on my Vegas trip! 

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Here is Tuesday’s outfit and for that day, the challenge was to color block. 

As a lover of color , I’ve done brights on brights and brights with neutrals… 

My big love of this season is tone on tone looks , which also qualifies as a version of color blocking. 

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It was quite a windy day today, that ended with rain and lots of it.. 

I loved how the wind picked up in this shot and showed the fringe on my ruana… 

I am thrilled that I invested in these burgundy boots as they are a highlight of this outfit, which

I find surprising as I thought the animal print ruana would steal the spotlight, lol…

Self Care

Today in self care I’d  have to say that inbetween our two bowling events of the day, stopping by Sam’s Club and picking up a rotisserie dinner to leave in the warming door was perfect.   We got back from the second event around 6:45 and were both starving!  Vegetables and dinner was on the table with little clean up!  

Dear Readers, Share with me….

What did you do today that would qualify as self care?

Would love to hear your thoughts 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the fun I had chatting with homeschooling mom’s at bowling today. 

I am grateful that my getting tough and threatening to leave worked and my stubborn son, put his wrist brace on. 

I am grateful that after 3 weeks of not going to the extra bowling clinic due to a hurt back and stomach issues, that my son went back and got some good pointers. 

I am grateful that my son texting me today that there was a report of a man in a ski mask who stolen a rifle and was seen on the street of my son’t apartment didn’t turn into national news and another college incident.   

I am grateful to see my youngest and his father working together to take down our old tv above the fireplace and replace it with the new tv my DH earned from being salesman of the month.  Love this time for father and son without the other siblings around… precious…

I am a Southern blooded woman, through and through! 

I love living where it rarely reaches freezing temps , resulting in not alot of snow for winter. 

Right now everyone around us is bracing for the weekend snow storm, while we are slated to get 

less than two inches if anythng… 

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We actually had temperatures in the 20’s on Tuesday, so it was time 

to break out my thrifted Talboots wool cardigan! 

The marbled olive top is really a super long asymetric hem tunic from Jane. com, but alas

it really was too long for my petitie height, no worries I like it better

by taking the two long points and tying them off the side. 

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Wearing a scarf, hat and gloves is must even just for the short time

of taking outside photos,  I am not one for suffering for my blog, lol…

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There truly is nothing better than a nice cozy warm wool sweater and 

I was thrilled at how warm I actually was on this day.  

I don’t own much in wool due to my area, but a few items are necessary for the occassional days below freezing. 

My next outfit during this cold stage, should be my beloved Irish wool poncho from my Ireland trip!  

Dear Readers, What is your favorite way to stay warm for winter?

Would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment to make my day!  

Self Care

I treasure the early morning hours before my homeschooler awakens and began that time

by slowly peeling a clementine orange,taking in the smells and mindfully enjoying every piece. 

When done right, it’s a meditative lovely experience…. Try it, it’s a great way to start the day!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for fun texts with my son who went back to college, missing his presence so much! 

I am grateful for bowling Wednesdays for a chance to get out and talk to adults! 

I am grateful for a toasty warm house and a stack of wood ready for my fireplace to face this cold spell. 

I am grateful that depsite crazy 4am awakenings, these past two days that I was able to go back to sleep and catch a few more hours.   

 

 

 

I absolutely love my new Auburn hair color and recieved compliments

before even leaving the salon. 

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I let my stylist pick the color and am glad I did!  

I’ve been going to the same stylist for the past 9 or more years, 

so of course I trust him, in fact he’s the only person whose ever colored my hair. 

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I actually love my new hair even more after seeing it photographed with my

neutral outfit of the day.  

I am so happy I added these Loft tan jeans to my wardrobe this season. 

In fact all three of these pieces were bought for this season, the tunic top is by Kate & Mallory, a line on Evine Live that I love, but of course I bought on clearance ,so no longer available.   

The Cardigan is a Susan Graver via Qvc, found here in many colors.  

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I can remember not so long ago when I steered clear of neutral looks, 

but when done like this,  with hi-l0w tones of the same color family and with pattern in the top and handbag,

as well as textture in the scarf , boots and purse, my heart sings.  

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It was a colder but sunny and windy day,

the best kind of winter day in my book. 

Today in Self-Care

Well, of course my date with my hairstylist.  I should also add my walk to the store to stock up on more yogurts to keep me in on track.   I should note here too , that yesterday when at the bowling alley with my boys, we ate dinner.  I never eat at the bowling alley as the food doesn’t meet my health requirements.  I went for french fries and chicken tenders.  I ate every bite and felt no guilt.  I was especially happy when the scale didn’t budge in either direction after that meal.  I did eat well for the remainder of the day, so I know that helped.  I’ve been perfect for 6 days, so I guess I was feeling the need. I call this self care because if I didn’t allow the splurge, I would probably resort to small ones every day that would really sabotage my efforts.  

Leave it up to me, to figure out how to take

Neutrals and Leopard Print and add Boho Elements. 

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I had this new tobacco sweater paired with my leopard scarf hanging together,

 waiting patiently  to finally wear now that temperatures have gotten colder. 

I bought this sweater from Jolly Chic , still available HERE 

I knew I wanted to pair it with my black Old Navy Pixie Pants. 

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After Adding my Not Rated fringe boots , I instantly thought, 

I want to make this more boho and grabbed my Indigo Thread Vest.  

That lead to the finishing piece of the Gili hobo purse.  

This post might just include the most links to things that are still available, lol, 

the purse is not , but the line has other options of hobo style, which I linked to. 

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I was very pleased with the end result . 

Wearing outfits of neutrals have to hit the right note in other ways for me as a lover of color. 

With the fun elements of the flowy vest and the movement of the fringe on the boots, it put that 

“Pep in my Step”  that I strive for with my outfit choices.  

Dear Readers, What is it about outfits for yourself that you feel that ‘Pep in Your Step”  ? 

This blogger wants to know and loves your comments!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for answered prayers, and let me tell you, I was very specific in my prayer for my husband to get some sales on Saturday.  It came true in the exact way I requested and in a way that was a true indicator to dear husband, that indeed God’s hand was in it.  I love when that happens and it does so a lot!  

I am grateful for time with my children , home from college and the fun family dynamics, the conversations, the love and the humor.  

I am grateful for a wonderful week  filled with parties for both myself and my homeschooling son. 

I am grateful for a lazy day of football games , love football season! 

Suede is a big trend for the Season, but then again it’s a classic.

I think it’s so funny when things like this are listed as a trend. 

The thing that isn’t classic is the different silhouettes like these faux suede leggings. 

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These are by my favorite Evine line, Kate & Mallory and can be found, HERE

I read the reviews of this and saw that they ran small

and ordered mine up one size to a large , and that was the perfect fit.  

I keep finding myself rubbing them, as they feel so soft.  

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My scarf was part of Jane.com grab bag that I bought and I rather like the colors.

It has a seafoam or mint shade, along with grey and cognac, making it useful for all three leather jackets I own. 

Made In Italy Bronze Plated Silver Green Crystal Earrings

Here’s a better look at my earrings, which are still available at TJ Maxx, HERE

I bought them in purple as well , as part of my need for earrings because I rely on my hoop ones a lot. 

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I bought the olive Diane Gilman fringe v-neck sweater at the end of the season last winter

and wore it only once or twice before the weather changed.  

I hope to get more use of it this season. 

Today the temperatures were mid 70’s and the sweater was comfortable,

as winter arrives I’ll add a shirt or turtleneck underneath for more warmth. 

I’ve mentioned my love of Diane Gilman jeans a lot , but I should mention too, 

that she designs tops with a very strong boho vibe , 

HERE is What she currently offers in tops. 

Dear Readers, today was the first day in about a week that I wasn’t dealing with nausea and migraine level headaches, so let’s hope that is behind me.  Feeling that way made me crave nothing but carbs, but the good news was I wasn’t hungry often enough to go overboard at all.   Thank goodness for that at least!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the 26 days of gratitude that is giving me a letter and asking what that sparks for gratitude. Today’s was B and I chose the word Brothers, and feel blessed to have one older and one younger who are both kind hearted and giving . 

I am grateful for a fun conversation with my son away at college , as he went to BJ’s to pick up his contacts and they were closed for an hour, so he killed that hour by chatting with both myself and his brother.  I’ll take quality moments like that whenever I can get them. 

I am grateful that my son is really enjoying his Biology lab and all the disccting , since his goal is eye surgery, the fact that he is matter of fact about the whole thing is a good sign.  

I am grateful that my son has been so awesome about my nausea and not complaining about my not feeling like cooking. It was great to ask him what he wanted for dinner tonight and for him to not even hesitate and replying, Kiebalsa and Pierogies!  I use a turkey version for lower fat and it was good for me to eat a warm dinner as I’ve had cereal for a few days. 


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