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If you are a regular follower of my blog you know my feminine nature and adoration of 

dresses for every day wear, not that special occasion dresses aren’t fun too! 

Therefore it should come as no surprise that in my Amelia James business venture, 

that I would stock dresses.   This one is our Chelan dress and a top seller at $54.  

I prefer it belted to bring it just above my knee and create a fun swing skirt.  

I loved styling the floral with a fun striped bag.  I have this dress in a few colors 

in sizes small to 3x and will be doing a live Facebook sale tonight at 7:30 pm on all dresses for $10 off.

You can find my page HERE and watch it Live or in Replay through the weekend.  

Going Live is a bit nerve wracking and I am so nervous leading up to it, 

but once I get started, I am usually fine.  

I am so blessed to have the support of my children and two of my sons will be 

behind the scenes keeping me straight.   

 Gratitude

I am so grateful for the loving and full support of my family.

I am grateful my husband just called me to wish me luck going live on my own with no business partner. 

I am grateful for a fabulous sunny day!  

I am grateful for this new business venture to distract me from this darn mourning my sister process. 

I am grateful that my husband is also starting a business venture and got word today , that it is a GO!  

 

When I saw this dress from Glamour Farms  on Grace and Beauty,

I fell absolutely in love. 

It sold out and thanks to a Style Sister who messaged me that it was 

back in stock,  I was able to finally order it.  

*RESTOCK* Teresa Floral Tunic/Dress - Brown/Mint

As a petite it is longer on me and I bought a large because of my 39″ bust. 

There was ample room in the bust and dress, but the arms would be an issue, but are fine for me.

Best of all , this baby has pockets!  

One thing I think you should look for in a patterned dress , is for colors that work with toppers you 

already have in your wardrobe, which is why I was so drawn to this particular print. 

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My first thought before it even arrived was to pair it with a burgundy sweater to 

bring out the browns and pinks in the print. 

Since I’ve added this Burgundy Utility jacket from Jane. com, 

I opted for this instead of a sweater.  

I didn’t get a picture of it, but I also have a pink utility jacket that works well too. 

Keep in mind that any burgundy or pink topper would work.  

If interested , check Jane often as they get these utility jackets on a regular basis 

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The next obvious piece for this print was my beloved mint moto jacket. 

Unfortunately I bought this last year, so it is sold out. 

I thought this was going to be my favorite topper for this dress.  

It is definitely one of my favorites, but the more I played around with toppers,

a new favorite emerged, which I am saving for last. 

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Creme is another color that works well this and I think I might even 

go very matchy -matchy and add my creme boots with it . 

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This tobacco color jacket also works well , 

this look is among my favorites as it is more subdued contrast

This is a new jacket I bought for more neutrals in my style from Just Fab. . 

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Next up I went for a chocolate brown cardigan, 

I love long cardigans with dresses in Fall/Winter.  

I bought this sweater last year, but here is what colors currently available.

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Although the background on the dress is brown, 

I tried it with this black duster length cardigan and was 

pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. 

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To go with a complete surprise, 

I tried it this fun fringe boho sweater. 

The color may look grey, but it really a chambray blue shade.  

The blue seemed to make the mint less green and more blue.  

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One trend that is big for this season is more maximal 

looks than ever before with lots of pattern mixing. 

I loved the way this vest demonstrates that trend. 

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This is my final option for toppers  and my favorite look. 

The orange Marla Wynn sweater is sold out. 

Her line is a new love of mine and I own 2 pants from that line in addition to 

this very thick, warm and beautiful kimono sweater. 

Dear Readers,  This was a very fun adventure, I actually tried the dress on as soon as it

arrived and explored all these options by trying them on.  The dress is a swing dress and

a few options I tried didn’t work, the specific one that comes to mind was a peplum jacket.

Do you have a favorite out of these options?  Would love to hear from you, so please comment! 

The principal of buying printed items that work with pieces in your closet can work with tops as well.

Of course this doesn’t have to require a purchase of something new, how about finding something print in your own closet and see what you have to pair with it, warning you may find yourself wanting to add something else to your closet, lol  

Gratitude

I am grateful to my style sister for noticing my comment on Grace & Beauty , and making sure I knew it was back in stock. 

I am grateful for the fun memory this venture stirred up in me, as my mother was very good at picking one color out of a print and making outfits.  In fact at her funeral one mom she had babysat for mentioned just that to me, as she was always so impressed to come home and find what outfit my mother had put together for her son. 

I am grateful that I am back on a weight loss journey and have lost 6lbs in three days. 

I am grateful for spending time with friends this week as I had lunch with two friends and coffee with another. 

 

 

Some Bloggers would consider this outfit

too matchy-matchy with orange accents everywhere…..

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I absolutely could have switched out the purse for a blue one and in fact , 

almost did, but in the end I wanted to get more use out of the butterly tote, 

which makes me feel my mother’s spirit.  

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My blue espadrilles would have paired nicely with this oufit as well. 

When you added fun orange ones for the season, one can’t help but delight in using 

that pop of color when possible.  

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This floral tank with greens and oranges is one I bought from Jane.com, 

in my continued effort to get less form fitting ones into my wardrobe.  

The orange sweater is one I thrifted a few years ago and a necessity 

for my trip to the frigid AC at the bowling alley this afternoon.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my Oberweiss Delivery of greek yogurt came before I had to leave for bowling, as they put it in the porch in a cooler,but with this kind of heat , I wouldn’t trust it for very long….

I am grateful for the funny moment when we had all rushed to get ready for the 11am bowling and were in the car when I looked at my phone and saw I had missed a Facebook chat where our group had changed it to 3:30.  

I am grateful for Netflis and my Smart tv that DH won for his sales success, I am having so much fun finding BBC shows. 

I am greatful for sunshine and summer days that are a definite slower pace with college kids home.  

I am grateful that I finished this blog post right before heading out to bowling and won’t have to try to squeeze it in after dinner. 

I can’t believe I am finally feeling better!  

I’ve had about 6 weeks of dealing with lower back pain and once I got that resolved, 

terrible abdominal adhesion pains that had been in the background came screaming forward.  

I have never had anything but minor pangs  with my 29 year old c-section scar. 

Afer applying heat, doing self massage and lots of yoga stretching, I am now 3 days pain free!  

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I found this navy striped skort at BJ’s by Jones New York and the 

kimono is from TJ Maxx.  

I love Navy and White together for Spring/Summer

and will probably do several combos in the future.  

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My adhesion pain came the day before we were to leave for Boston for my daughter’s graduation. 

I did not make the trip, but thanks to Skype I was there!  

I also had the fun of getting instant photos as my husband shot them and was able to give my input 

to retake a shot to fix things, it was like I was there…

Everyone agreed that the amount of walking on that trip would have never worked for me. 

We are all still glowing with pride as a family and she herself can’t believe she achieved her Master’s Degree while 24 ( she will be 25 in July)  

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I gained weight during this time of little activity and ate lots of carbs as well…

I began the 17 day diet 3 days ago, where Phase I is low sugar fruits, vegggies, protein and probiotics.  

I have to say day 3 is today and I was quite irritable, I caved and had a piece of chocolate…

Confession:  I now have 23lbs to lose, aaaagh!  

 

Grattitude

I am grateful that I am finally pain free and able to get back to my Pilates workouts. 

I am grateful that this weight gain really pushed me to completely focus on better self care. 

I am grateful that my son has a state bowling tournament in a little over two weeks (Father’s Day Weekend), so I get a fun mini vacation.  

I am grateful for all the help with housework from my family when I was down and out!   

With my Back Acting up Since the 

Jimmy Buffet concert last weekend, 

I haven’t been much for taking blog photos.  

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I took these photos on Tuesday when we had warm weather return 

and I was thrilled  and showed it by wearing my “Lovely Day” tshirt from last season. 

I found the floral slip ons on Jane.com and

added an orthotic as they are not at all the comfort of my Clark’s. 

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My skirt is from QVC and a first purchase from George Simonton’s line. 

I like the swingy nature of this skirt and bought it in yellow as well. 

It’s a very odd much thicker fabric than I anticipated,

but I do love the length and will get much use of this for Spring and Summer.

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If you look closely you may notice I have a new accessory

on my wrist, A Fitbit Charge I scored off Ebay in Navy.

I am loving seeing how many steps I take each day and up until I hurt my back,

was very motivated to move more and increase to reach my goal of 10,00.

This week I’ve only reached about half that on most days, but not stressing as the more

I try to do the worse my back is by the end of the day…

It’s not easy to limit myself , but that is what I must do at this point, ice packs, a  new massager, yoga stretches, tumeric and a new Magnesium gel are among my arsenal to allow my back to heal.  

Dear Readers, Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!  

Gratitude

I know this is silly, but I am grateful for the back trouble as it is confirmation that I danced and had as wonderful a time as I had hoped for at the Jimmy Buffet Concert, lol..

I am grateful for the help from my husband and son during this time of taking it easier…

I am grateful that our weather is now more like a normal Spring of swings from the 60’s to 80.  

I am grateful to my hard-working  husband! 

I am grateful for the sweet kind, compassionate nature of my youngest son, who sent his Iphone to Massachusetts and is doing without for a few weeks until his new phone arrives. He sent it to his sister as her motherboard blew and she was lost in Boston on Marathon weekend with no GPS… 

As my Regular Readers are Well Aware, 

This curvy woman loves completer pieces and 

vests for Spring/ Summer are perfect because they are sleeveless and don’t add extra warmth. 

Linking up Today with Two Teens and Their Mama 

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When I saw this one on TJ Maxx online (Sold Out) , I just had to have it. 

I can also wear it open, with the tie in the back and will do so in the future. 

These shoes are fast becoming a favorite, so much so that I tried to order the second color offered, 

but when it came in the mail, I was sadly disappointed that it looks more like lavender than pink. 

Will see about styling them before deciding if I will return them.  

Purse Found Here. 

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I really like how the vest breaks up the two different patterns. 

The sweater is Ann Taylor, one of my favorite lines, which I never buy unless on clearance.

With the super clearance it cost me just $11.95 and I’ll get a chance to wear it a time or two for Spring

before I put it away for Fall and look forward to for the full season.  

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Here is another long vest, I have my eye on! 

Dear Readers, so far on day two of my banana and hot beverage

for breakfast and protein high lunch and dinners, 

I am doing very well. I love that after just two days I am no longer craving sugar

and look forward to a full 

two weeks of this before adding in vegetables and healthy carbs.  

Here is ten health benefits of bananas 

Gratitude

I am grateful to my son who wasn’t feeling good, but graciously got up to take my blog photos today. 

I am grateful for the fun surprise of walking outside to take photos to see my husband pulling in the driveway, mind you it was not even 4:30 and he was home, as a salesman he is usually out until 10 pm or later.  

I am grateful that we used the time with him home to head to BJ’s to stock up on lots of protein options for me for this new journey to jumpstart weight loss.  

I am grateful for a fun texting conversation with a dear friend.  

I am grateful that my son said he isn’t up to our planned picnic and venture to Mt. Trashmore between our two bowling events tomorrow, as the high pollen is really messing me up and I am quite tired.  

I’ve been out for a few days with a painful stye, 

nursing the swollen mess with hot cloths .

Four days and that’s now gone, but yesterday the huge 

swings in our temperatures from the storm messed up my 

sinuses leaving me with a sore throat and low-grade fever.

Not much getting dressed going on these past few days…

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I wore this outfit last Friday night when I went out with 

a friend to dinner and a play. 

I joked with my teen son about wearing white shoes before memorial day, 

when I explained that use to be a hard and fast rule for my mother and grandmother’s 

generation, he laughed and said it sounded ridiculous.  

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I wore my new necklace, I bought recently from Jane.com 

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My white shoes I bought new for this season from Amazon

You can find them HERE

Gratitude

I am grateful that despite my not feeling very well, that I have managed to continue my pilates exercizes every other day,  and in fact it helped me get rid of the kink in my shoulder.  

I am grateful that after one very painful day , that the remaining two days of the stye were better. 

I am grateful that I felt well enough despite my sore throat and sinus issues today to get my winter items packed away and out of site, although I still have to put all my boots away.  

I am grateful that my bank gave back the money from the stupid website that hijacked onto my reservations for my daughter’s graduation.  


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