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I have reached the 6 month mark in the mourning process of my sister , 

and am just now being able to talk about her without crying every time, 

still plenty of tears flowing.  

I think I am ready to get back into the flow of blogging again, so going to give 

it a shot this week and see how it feels . 

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My Memorial Day Outfit.  

Of course with my love of Kimonos, I had to find one in stars and stripes! 

Joan Rivers from Qvc  made this one and I love it.  

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My Red espadrille wedges were an addition for the season after 

loving my pink and blue ones last year.  

These are sold out from TJ Maxx . 

I am cringing as I see my weight gain here, 

but it is what it is and I am back at Weight Watchers 

and on the road to losing it.  

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I spent Memorial day at the nail salon

having a pedicure and my nails done because I needed some serious pampering. 

We have spent the last few days clearing out our garage 

and our attic, literally taking everything out and laying down a rug. 

We are moving our Air Hockey table and the basketball set up that folds into a cabinet 

out of the house and into the garage and everyone is pitching in and excited.  

I have bruises to prove of my hard work ,

but all is well after an hour of chair massage,

during my pedicure and she did an awesome lower leg and foot one too.  

Gratitude Journal

I am grateful for getting back to blogging as I have missed it.

I am grateful to the lovely reader at my WW meeting who informed me that she liked my blog and checked often to see if I was back to doing it.  Forgot to get her name!

I am grateful that my children are so enthusiastic about the purging and cleaning up.

I am grateful for this last week with my 21 year old Nicholas who is home from college , but will be heading to Quantico for Officer’s training with the Marines ( to be seen what he chooses after graduation in a year and a half) .

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Today is our last above 80 degree day in the forseeable 

weather forecast and I am thrilled to have hope for Fall’s Arrival! 

What better way to celebrate than to wear Red?

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I also thought it would be fun to showcase the choker trend .

I’ve previously worn my pearl open choker several times.

But this is a completely different vibe with the thin black rope kind

that you wrap around your neck  a few times.

You could tie it with a bow, but I preferred it like this,

just draping down the top.  

Mine is from Jane.com ,but check out these from Amazon 

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My sheer top was bought for this Summer , but as I was changing 

my closet over for Fall , I opted to keep my sheer tops out. 

I plan to layer them over a long sleeve top or turtleneck

to extend their versatility. 

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The black rope choker trend has a bit of edge to it and I like how it is 

a complete opposite juxtaposition to the floral kimono top.

I also think the choice of the white jeans are like the top a feminine element.  

To increase the edginess I paired it with black open toed booties,

mine are over two years old and from Payless.  

The leather hobo purse from yesterday’s look was

the perfect finishing piece to the edginess I was aim for. 

Dear Readers, I heard a suggestion of trying a ribbon around your neck to test your tolerance 

for a choker such as this once , since that can be an issue for many women.  Mine is not around 

my neck tightly and I can easily put my finger underneath it.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful for this last beautiful sunny Summer like day.  

I am also grateful for the beautiful breeze today that made the temperature more bearable.

I am grateful to my son home from college for stepping in and giving my youngest a break from taking my blog photos. 

I am grateful for leftovers and getting a break from cooking and cleaning up afterwards.  

I am grateful for the fun we are all having with the new rabbit who came home with my son from college.  

Wearing Red Today to Bring Awareness to Heart Health!  

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I took pictures earlier today, so not as great for the position of the sun… 

Wearing my Loft printed pants, a red peplum to with aceessories in black

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A colder day of winter after a few days of warmth. 

I’ve been wearing my fringe black ankle boots and neglecting these ones from Ireland. 

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I really love these Loft pants and think when I get back down in my

weight that I will be buying a few more from that line. 

I had turned a lot of my pants shopping toward Old Navy, thinking as a stay at home mother,

that is all I needed…I love the better quality and feel of these.  

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I added my purple coat ,hat , gloves and switched to my flat ankle boots

for my walk to the grocery store.  

Self Care

I’ve been looking at the new Weight Watchers Smart points  program, reading blogs and checking out my breakfast smoothie , lunch and dinner preferences to see how it would work out. 

The program is quite different from the previous where my Chia seeds and MCT oil for my breakfast smoothie doubledand where fruits were now free, they are in the new program EXCEPT if you put them in a smoothie!  

 They give you a few more points, but not enough to make up for having my moring smoothie now be half the points for a day… 

Still deciding if I am going to indeed go back to WWs….as reading blogs a lot of lifetime members are saying it feels more like a diet and not sustainable for life…

Gratitude

I am grateful to have slept unit 9 am this morning…not something I can take for granted with this crazy menopausal sleep disturbances… 

I am grateful that my homeschooling son is finished with his World History class, making room for the Driver’s Ed course. 

I am grateful for phone calls from both my kids away at college today, literally had to get off the phone with one to talk to the other, lol 

I am grateful for a day that had no rain and for the return of Sunshine!  

This week, I am Getting Outfit Inspiration from a spin off, 

Private group of my style challengers and today’s oufit called for 

THE COLOR RED

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I had this outfit hanging together in my closet as I often have a few, 

so knew exactly what I was going to use for the Day of RED…

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In my youth, I steered away from red, believing it wasn’t a good color for me…

My husband loves it and over the years I tried it and lo and behold , deeper reds work well for me!  

So my Dear Readers, What’s Your Shade of RED?  

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I added this red leather motto, late summer on clearance.  

It’s actually a faux leather or I should say , Vegan Leather, as it sound better, lol

Its a Marc Bouwer via Qvc and sold out now…

Sweatshirt dress (F21), grey boots( Issaac Mizrahi,QVC) , handbag ( just Fab) and scarf (Kroger-my grocery store, lol)

 are all pieces I’ve had previous seasons. 

 

 

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I got these red fleece lined leggings in a set of 6 colors last year and never 

wore them, so thought why not for today on a day of being home, with maybe a quick walk to the grocery store. 

I am not sure I’d wear them on a regular basis, but I don’t hate them, so who knows?  

Self Care

I had a meditative morning with no electronics or noise, lit a fire in the fireplace and enjoyed the silence while sipping my morning smoothie.  I treasure the quiet in the morning with my late sleeping husband and son…. 

Tomorrow’s color inspiration is Orange, if anyone wants to join me! 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a beautiful sunny day, I kept making excuses to go out to take out trash in every room in the house , etc, just to bask in the sunlight. 

I am grateful that my husband was able to change out the turtle tank before he left, it need it! 

I am grateful that yesterday after existing on only 3 1/2 hours sleep that I went to bed at 7:00, woke up at 10:30 pm, went back to bed at 12:30 and slept another 7 hours!   It was nice to feel well rested!  

I am grateful that we got just a dusting of snow and had the romantic pleasure of snow , without the clean up.  

I showed a thrifted wool sweater in my last post. 

Living where it hovers above freezing with occassional times of just below that,

doesn’t call for owning much wool clothing. 

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For days like this one, my Old Navy Wool Cocoon Coat found HERE was perfect! 

It really is a chic piece, very surprisng from Old Navy. 

I’ve worn it once before with all black underneath, this time the added striped turtleneck works just as well. 

I think I could just sub out for my tan Ann Taylor jeans for another option.  

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Playing off the energy level of my delighted teen homeschooler for a snow day, 

I matched his level of joy and threw my hands in the air and did a spin around….

He took pictures of my entire antics, lol! 

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I traded out my fringe boots for my thrifted Naotak boots and my Old Navy jacket, for my

Eddie Bauer for a quick walk to the store to extend our outdoor adventure, which my son appreciated. 

We didn’t really get any accumulation, so that was about the extent of our fun, except for the snowball he made, photograhed and texted to his brother…

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Here is my third wool piece, my Aran Poncho bought on last years Ireland trip. 

I paired it with a Old Navy pants and loved how the this outfit pulled together with 

pattern mixing from the scarf. 

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I love having these colder temperatures and getting to bring out some beloved winter pieces. 

I will always love this poncho and the memories of my trip to Ireland ! 

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My daughter ventured to the Primark store in Boston today , which we went to while in Ireland 

and I was actually jealous when she told me that all the upper management was in from Ireland going 

through the store making recommendations for improvements.  

She loved hearing their irish accents and that was what caused my jealously, lol   

Dear Readers, Do you have any coveted pieces you love to wear during the winter season? 

If so please share, I adore reading your comments!  

Self Care

Today in self care, I brought out the exercize trampoline that had been put away for the holidays

and had fun jumping on it followed by strength training.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the fun and delight my son had today with our little bit of snow. 

I am grateful for the fun group texting we have going among my husband, myself and all our children. 

I am grateful for the daily phone calls I’ve had this week with my daughter as she rides the bus home from her internship. 

I am grateful for how snow always conjures up memories of my dear mother who would always sit at her desk on snow days when I was a child and write letters to family and friends ,as she was homesick for Pittsburgh. 

For the Winter Style Challenge for GYPO, 

one of the items on the list was a plaid shirt , 

which I opted out of getting as I am not much for button up shirts , 

and if I do wear them would prefer a gingham instead….. 

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As a Subsitution I bought this fun poncho from Jane.com

As I’ve mentioned before things only stay up for a short time before new items take their place. 

They did get a similar version back, but it only has five hours left and I am posting this in the morning. 

I did post the link on my Facebook page, so if you are not yet follwing that way perhaps now is the time!  

That’s the best way for me to post items that I find there as quickly as possible… 

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We had a warmer day, and this poncho thrown over a long sleeve tshirt was perfect!  

I am wearing my Diane Gilman Flared Jeans, bought for this season. 

Mine are no longer available, but she does have 6 other flared options, found HERE 

I like that I have navy boots (bought in Ireland) that help to extend my leg line,

a great trick for petite like myself. 

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I don’t think I could ever tire of wearing ponchos in any form….

I do like the addition of bootcuts and flares along with my skinnys. 

I mentioned yesterday that my Madi Claire bag was getting lots of use, lol! 

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Here’s my Game time oufit, which I am now in mourning as my team’s season is over.   

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which is how I actually watched the game, lol!  

Self Care

I think today’s self care had to be doing my weight training in the morning. 

I  made the colossal mistake of skipping it for a few days while I was doing lots of errands and 

spending quality time with my son before he headed back to college.  The reason I described it as colossal was it had reached that achy state , which kept me from falling asleep and being too tired to go grab Ibuprofen for relief , made for an uncomfortable night…. 

Gratitude

I am grateful the support of my son when my team lost, albeit throught texting… 

I am grateful for these close quality time moments with our youngest.  

I am grateful laughter and playfulmess we have as a family. 

I am grateful for the fun we had Saturday night making a fun dessert that some Asian customers served my husband this week…If anyone knows the legitimate name that would be helpful.  It is very simply, egg roll shell wrapped around 1/4 bannana and brown sugar.   They fried them, but luck me as I have my air fryer which worked perfectly!  They were yummy and brought the three of us together on our first night without my other son who had left that morning. 

 

This was my outfit Wednesday for the Homeschool Bowling Party.

 I am loving my Loft pants that I found on clearance and they 

work well for a Christmas Season outfit.  

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I paired it with my velvet floral top which I own in both red and green. 

It’s like a tshirt in the sleeves and back with the velvet on the front, and is a fabulous top in my opinon. 

You can find it HERE by One World, via Evine Live.   

If you like this style, there are so many other wonderful tops in their line, found HERE 

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I am also loving the Giluina lightweight cardigan for this unseasonable warm winter.  

It’s currently on clearance for $19.95 and comes in several colors found HERE 

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It was a fun event for the kids and parents alike and I cherish the luxury

of having this shared time with my homeschooling son.  

Dear Readers:  What kind of Holiday events are you doing this season,

and what is your favorite outfit for that  occassion?  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my husband  is headed to Richmond for two days, to help with the new office.

I am grateful that my son ran back to a customers house and picked up his father’s jacket that he left yestreday.  It was a  few cities away and not an easy task.  

I am grateful that before he left my husband managed to fix the messed up string on the outdoor lights, so my daughter will see them when she arrives home tomorrow.  

I am grateful that I only have to wait to tomoorow afternoon to have my daughter home! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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