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Today, I thought I would put together a look

featuring new green pieces I added for the Season.  

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Unfortunately, this is the only picture I liked from the set.  

This blogging when I am very unhappy with my weight is going to be tough!  

It is what it is and I am soldiering on as I use the

17 Day Diet, Pilates, Yoga and and walking to 

melt that weight away . 

Wedges and Kimono are from Jane.com and my purse is thrifted. 

My cropped pants are Petites from Liz Claiborne NY via QVC 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a reprieve from the rain. 

I am grateful for an afternoon of bowling with my two youngest. . 

I am grateful that my oldest took me up on my invitation to come for dinner and was there when we came home from our bowling and grocery shopping. 

I am grateful that my three boys spent the evening playing card games, which my oldest brought with him. ( this is something my oldest has done a few times and is a fabulous way for sibling brothers ages, 16,20 and 29 to connect) 

I am grateful for my Facebook friend who is such an inspiration in her 60’s doing Beach Body workouts for posting a shout out that she’d done her workout with no excuses and challenging others to do the same.

 I am grateful that on the beginning of day 4 , (today, Weds) I stepped on the scale and saw a 3 pound weight loss! 

 

Embracing the idea of Culottes for the Season,

I looked on Ebay to see what other options were available 

as luck would have it I scored these Black & White Floral ones 

by New York & Co.  

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Like my windy hair?  

I’ve mentioned before that I love black and white patterns 

because you can keep them neutral with  or you can add any color 

making them extremely versatile.  

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This Collen Lopez sweater is so fun and comfortable that I wish it wasn’t sold out 

in the other colors, but then again ,I scored it for a great price. 

I took a chance and bought the M/L despite being on a weight loss journey

and am confident that it will still work.  

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I am having so much fun breaking out my wedges

after packing away my beloved colllection of boots. 

I bought these Clarks  last season in both the black and neutral and they 

are available at QVC , although I found mine on 6pm.com. 

Dear Readers day four of my banana and hot tea for breakfast with proteins the rest of the day, 

and I am feeling great, kicking that sugar and carb cravings!  

I am feeling so great emotionally because I am getting out of that rut 

I’ve been in for way too long that has allowed for this weight gain.  

I feel strong and empowered!  

Who knew all this could happen from a silly little post on Facebook about eating banana and hot beverage for breakfast ? 

Grateful

I am grateful that I am being strong with my resistent homeschooler to writing and have given him an assignment and the tools needed to be successful.  

I am grateful for a fun phone call with my daughter , whose first words to me were “I think I was meant to be a penquin?” She went on to explain that with Boston being 67 degrees she is too hot… Poor child will be home in just two months for our humid Summer…

I am grateful for a great phone call with my husband today, he’s been very busy with some projects recenlty and it was nice to touch base and really talk in the middle of the day.  Sure beats texting anyday!

I am grateful that I booked a haircut appointment for Monday, as this length is bugging the daylights out of me!  

 I am grateful for my husband opted to come home and take our 2.5 mile walk together rather than heading to his gym. 

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!  

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.  

 

Last Year I bought a pair of black Culottes and I loved them,

so this season I decided to hit Amazon up to see if I could find some more. 

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Alas Amazon didn’t disappoint and I ended up with three pairs.

Navy, Olive and Purple.

These are just 15.95 each and come in so many colors. 

Since I am not much for wearing shorts, I liked this as an option for Spring/Summer 

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Here is the original pair from last year.  

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And just for fun, how I wore the kimono style jacket last Summer.

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My photographer asked me if this was the 70’s due to the colors 

swirled in my kimono jacket.  

I bought these Vince Camuto laser cut sandals (via Hsn- Sold out) at the end of the Summer Season, 

and am thrilled to put away my boots and embrace these. 

I am looking forward to wedges and other sandals too. 

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This necklace is a vinatage Avon piece that was my mother’s from either the late 70’s to early 80’s. 

I love this little guy and wearing it makes me feel close to my mother who I am missing terribly, 

as we approach my daughter’s upcoming college graduation. 

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I am going to try to expirement to see if I can get any proportions

to work that would allow me to wear the cullotes with flats, 

I don’t know with my petite height and this volume if I can do so,

but I will give it a try and take pictures to see if it works, cause

as I’ve said before, mirrors lie when it comes to proportions. 

Dear Readers, I have to get my butt in gear and lose this darn weight that I’ve gained back, 

as I don’t wish to struggle all Summer to find looks that I feel good in. This darn menopausal weight 

gain, mostly in my middle,is denying me my hourglass body shape that’s been true my entire adult life. 

I am so out of proportion that I feel like I am styling oufits for somebody else and my creative outlet needs to be a fun place in my life.

 I am doing a silly thing for the next two weeks to get myself off sugar and carbs and back to healthy eating and you can blame it all on Facebook.  

Apparently there is a banana diet that suggests eating a banana or more along with a warm beverage for breakfast, then eating normally for lunch and dinner.

 Some proponents say only warm water while others say coffee or tea is ok as well.  I decided to give it a try this morning , but tweaked it a bit by dipping my bananas into cinnamon.  I was surprised that it indeed held me until lunch in which I decided to stick with just proteins for both lunch and dinner.

As luck would have it , I had leftover ham from Easter dinner and

also added a snack of peanuts in the afternoon. 

I feel great so will do something similar tomorrow and hard boiled up egss for my lunch.  

Note I am only doing this protein, banana thing for two weeks at which point I may keep the banana breakfast and add in lots more vegetables for the next round.  Perhaps the third round I will add small carbs like quinoa.  I just know it’s time to do something serious and protein is easy and will definitely, get me out of the sugar cravings.  

While Doing this I am also researching Trim Healthy Mama, which isn’t easy to read with my ADD, so not sure how far I will get with that and I am also looking into the Superfood Swap as they both do a lot of subbing for things I have cut out of my diet like spagetti for zuchini noodles or white flour for Coconut or Almond flour and I’d like to expirment with those a lot more.  

Dear Readers are any of you doing any of these types of changes or have experience with the idea of superfood swapping? 

Chime in I love hearing from You! 

 

 

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.  

We had a very warm 80 degree day, 

but this Mom has to dress for the frigid bowling alley on Wedenedays!  

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The cocoon sweater,  olive pants and the purse all are in the same hues and 

work beautifully together.  

I added the one light element of the shoes to bookend the light shade in the print. 

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For jewelry I wore the purple and silver tassel necklace my daughter

gave me for Christmas.

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My earrings are part of the set I purchased at the Italian Festival 

from a Capidimonte Artist. 

You can find the Artist’s website, HERE

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After bowling we headed to Walmart to pick up some windshield wipers for my son

and the manager there compliemented my shoes. 

I picked them up for a clearance crazy price of $6 from Red Dress boutique.  

as one of my off season buys in the Fall of this past year. 

Self Care

I took a nap today at 6pm as I was exhausted!

 I also told my kids to fend for themselves for dinner, lol!

They are all definitely capable…

Gratitude 

I am so grateful for Amazon’s fast shipping as the Dress and shoes for my friend’s daughter arrived today , and I was able to run it to her and had the fun experience of seeing her try it on and squeal in delight and the best part was hearing her say she couldn’t wait to go to the dress rehearsel and tell her friends about it!  

I am grateful for my husband’s support in my desires to be “Auntie Tracey” and honor my mother’s giving spirit by helping my dear friend and her daughter. 

I am grateful that my husband got his new tires put on his car today and I can now feel confident that he is safe on the roads, with as much driving as he does daily. 

I am grateful for oppportunities and exciting things on the horizon, of which I can not really reveal.  

I am grateful that after 25 years of marriage that we still reach for each other and don’t take this relationship for granted.  We are still a work in progress, lol. 

A question came up today among my fashion friends on how to make a dress

that was below the knee look good with boots and jackets as it felt too dumpy…

I’d had that exact issue a few weeks ago when I wore my striped dress to 

Parent’s Night Out and this is how I fixed it… 

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Today’s color for the challenge was Yellow… 

I began this with my Old Navy Pixie Pants that I bought to got with my 

Steelers gear.  I’ve also worn it with non -gear beause they are versatilve… 

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Here is a way I styled them this past Summer… 

I love a print pant because they really make a solid top more special…

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I turned this into a Sporty Luxe look by adding my sneakers.. 

It was practical for my active laundry day!  

It’ was colder today so the turtleneck and hat were great for my outside trash runs…

Dear Readers, Pairing these pants with Green and Blue or my Black & Gold Steelers tops are my first instincts…

Of course I named my blog Verstatile Style because I want a variety of ways to wear each piece… 

Any thoughts on other colors I should try with these yelow print pants?  

Self Care

Well today my husband was home so we decided to give the cottage cheese and fruit a try… 

I have to say with just juice from the fruit I could taste the salt and didn’t like that. It was better

when I added a bit of Truvia to it and in fact reminded me of our favortie Peaches and Creme cheesecake. 

I however am concerned about the amount of sodium and don’t think this will be a go to snack for me unless I check other 

options to see if they are all that high.  I did end up eating Pumpkin seeds and an apple instead for my lunch.  I have to 

 the 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds were very satisfying and had only 35mg of  sodium and packed a good 10 grams of protein.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I finally gave cottage cheese a try as it had been on my radar for quite awhile. 

I am grateful for the fun time trying the new food was for us as our little family of 3. 

I am grateful that my sinus equilibrium issue went away and allowed for my active day…

I am grateful for the inspiration to do the video as it was so much fun and for the eager willingness of my son to record it for me.. his support with my blog photos is amazing!  

Well, Today’s color is Pink ! 

I am wearing the color, but that is not why I entitled this post that way… 

I am over the moon happy at my UPS Delivery of the Day!   

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UPS brought me these fabulous boots by Isaac Mizrahi Live, via QVC.  

I bought them on a day when they were on air with special pricing .

I couldn’t help myself as I had been thinking I needed another pair of flat ankle boots. 

I have several ankle boots but they are all with heels and my sciatica flares up once in awhile.  

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It wasn’t terribly sunny , so I took a picture without my sunglasses, lol 

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I put this outfit together by knowing I wanted to wear pink, 

then grabbing the scarf, so navy ponte leggings was logical.  

I originally paired this outfit with navy New Balance sneakers for a sporty vibe. 

That lasted until the delivery of my boots, lol. 

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I absolutely love the boots and they are so comfortable..

My feet have been very happy all day…

Tomorrow’s color of the challenge is Yellow! 

Self Care

Today in self care, I’d have to say taking it easy when I had a migraine today..

We didn’t go to homeschool bowling and I didn’t do much at all , resting up is important! 

Gratitude

I am grateful that my headache improved by late afternoon.  

I am grateful that when my husband came home for a break, that I was able to be there for him to vent over some silly minor work frustrations.  

I am grateful that my boots were so much to my liking and super comfortable. 

I am grateful for Hump day and being one day closer to the weekend as getting back into homeschooling with my son having a stomach virus is stressful on week 2 back after a month break….

There is nothing more fun for this boho loving fashionista,

than when we get temps were I can rock a poncho. 

It’s so fun to bring the boho look into my Fall/Winter Style, 

which before ponchos was a struggle.  

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If you are a regular reader, you may remember this one as

it was a favorite last year and I am happy to say the love is still strong. 

I paired it with new faux suede leggings by Kate & Mallory 

Suede and faux suede on on trend for the season and this legging was just what I needed to embrace it 

to pair with lots of tunic length tops and boots for the season.  

It comes in three colors, black and dark brown in addition to this taupe shade. 

Things like this sell out pretty fast on Evine Live. 

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I scored this paisley necklace in fun shades of the season on clearance from Charming Charlie

, so no longer available. 

I wanted an extrao vertical line to break up the poncho, so I added a long chain and my mother’s brooch. 

I love wearing this pin as a necklace, but brooches are back this season, so I may have to break out and 

wear it on a scarf or jacket in the near future. 

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I loved the extra pop of color with the yellow handbag from Amazon.

It also plays nicely with leapard flats.  

If you haven’t yet embraced the versatility of leopard flats and what they add to an outfit,

I highly recommend you run to the store right now!  

Dear Readers, I am still on my shopping ban, but check out this temptation 

a tweed/leather multi media blazer from Liz Claiborne, NY.  

It comes in sizes 0 to 28

Wishing You a Happy Hump Day, Off to homeschool bowling this morning , so skipping 

my gratitude section, as I normally write this the night before, but not last night….


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