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Archive for the ‘Spring Outfits’ Category

 

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 hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Weekend! 

Our weather took a cold turn with rain, so it was a nice 

chance to break out one of my leather jackets. 

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I orginally took this shot without my glasses, but in order to indulge my

photographer who thinks my glasses add character, 

I happily put them back on and posed again.  

Love that kid of mine!  

For a few months, I had misplaced my camera and recently found it in the back pocket 

of my purple purse.  After recharging the battery, my son couldn’t wait to take my photos, 

even making me wait for him to get dressed when his father was right there willing to take my pictures. 

I love how invested he is in my blogging journey! 

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My husband hadn’t noticed this Gili leather jacket despite my having worn it before. 

He actually complimented it three times , once when he first saw me in it, once when we were at 

the grocery store and again when we got home as I took it off to get cooking dinner. 

It’s currently on sale in several colors for $109 on QVC with payments of just $18.16 available.

 I am wearing a size 10 in this line, which was perfect as the arms fit snug,

so an 8 would have been too tight.

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My Liz Claiborne NY blouse, which I absolutely love, is the opposite

and runs big as I am wearing an xs and it’s not tight on my 34DDD chest.  

You can’t see it very well, but I am also wearing a Halston Belt from QVC ,which I recently bought in a size xs/s , as I didn’t want it long enough to have to tie it in a bow.  

Jeans are wonderful bootcuts by Diane Gilman and a great weight for Spring/Summer. 

Purse by JOY & IMANfrom Hsn as well. 

My Peep toe booties are last year’s from Payless. 

Gratitude

I am grateful my daughter used her boyfriend’s cell phone to call me Saturday night after her Anime conference to share with me all that happened and how much fun she had. Her own phone is shutting off  and messing up. 

I am grateful that my husband took our son to see Batman Vs Superman movie, allowing me a rare night at home alone. 

I am grateful for all the texts I received from my siblings on Easter and the one my sister shared where she had made a donation to church in memory of our parents and their names were printed in the bulletin. 

I am grateful for a fun evening of cooking Easter dinner together with my husband, as we don’t get to cook together often.  

 

 

 

 

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.  

I have this real love of pattern in my outfits, 

and one that I love is anything in black and white. 

I’ve had this zebra print jean jacket for awhile and never tire of it. 

It might just have been the beginning of my love of black and white patterns. 

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Black and white with pops of any color leads to so many outfit 

opportunities and that’s why I now own lots of options for that. 

I have polka dot cardigan, pants and a skirt. 

I also have a black and white aztec cardigan that makes a big impact. 

I like having pieces of each category meaning, bottoms, tops and toppers in the black and white prints

and even added a pair of houndstooth print shoes as another option. 

I highly encourage you my dear readers to evaluate your wardrobe and see if adding a touch of any black and white print in say a pair of pants or a shoe are in order to add versatility into your style?  

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My hair started off like this….

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Then in seconds, onto this

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And even this, with my jacket blowing open, lol. 

I get a kick out of photos my young photographer catches like this. 

And promptly thought I always hope I have hair to blow in the wind 

and don’t go to shorter haircuts as I age, lol…

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I broke out my Diane Gilman trouser jeans for this look. 

This was actually Tuesday’s outfit as I am behind.  

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This along with a salad was my dinner Tuesday night and a family favorite. 

It’s barbecue chicken breast layered with slices of tomato, bacon and topped with 

sharp cheddar that has been put in the oven on broil to melt. 

Over the years I’ve discovered I like grilling the chicken plain, then dumping it into a 

bowl of the barbecue sauce to coat it for more barbecue flavor that doesn’t melt off in the cooking. 

I eat it in this dish, but my guys pile it on a nice roll for a sandwhich!  

Looking for some white dishes like this to make individual dishes , Here is what I found at Amazon. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fabulous , fun Wednesday spent with great people for lunch, a walk at Mt. Trashmore and the bowling clinic.  

I am grateful for the women in my life and friendships that enrich my spirit. 

I am grateful to my husband’s dear friend who met him for lunch yesterday and brought him Irish Soda Bread, tasted just like the beloved scones we ate daily in Ireland!  

I am grateful that after having a few bites of the bread, my dear husband asked me if I wanted to go for a late night walk and is supporting my wanting to lose this menopausal weight gain.  

I am grateful for quality time on our hour long late night walk.  

I am grateful to my son away at college who had a wonderful surprise package waiting for his younger brother when we returned from our day of adventure.  It was  a wonderful Star Wars poster for the redecorating we are doing of his room. I love this relationship between my two youngest!  

I am grateful that when we were in the car on our way to the second bowling of the day, that my son away at college called to talk to his brother and asked to be put on speaker phone to share his funny adventure with our rabbit that he has at school with him… She jumped up on his bed right into his plate of curry chicken, turned herself orange and had to be bathed, lol.   

And Oh Yeah, Happy ST. Patrick’s Day!  

I’ll post my Green Outfit Later this afternoon…

I love Navy and White for Spring and Summer

So , it makes perfect sense for me to add a blue and white 

kimono for the season. 

Linking up with Turning Heads and I Will Wear What I Like- I Will Wear What I Like- 

 so go see other fabulous bloggers 

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My kimono is from TJ Maxx , but is now sold out.  

They do still have a fun tropical print one.

My shoes are new as well from TJ Maxx and almost sold out

Here are some other great shoes at TJ Maxx, right now. 

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I love a good wedge sandal and really love the height and comfort of this one. 

I think I will get a lot of use out of this one.

My photographer, DS 16 wasn’t impressed with my mint tote choice, 

but I liked it with the mint necklace.  

It’s funny when he gives me his input and doesn’t just go 

through the motions of taking my photos.  

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I took off the kimono and added my patterned trench 

for my walk to the store with my rolling cart.  

I found this trench several years ago at Sears and my DH

actually went to another location in a nearby city to pick it up in my size. 

Gratitude

I am grateful that when I ended up back in bed for a nap, that my son was responsible in doing his homeschooling. 

I am grateful for the fun my son and I are having with sign language. 

I am grateful for a call from my daughter, it seemed like such a short Spring Break…

I am grateful for the arrival of Spring , and seeing the wild rabbits in the evenings. 

I am grateful for my strong faith and the legacy of my parents as today is the anniversary of the day my mother passed on seven years ago.   

 

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. 

Today was a beautiful , sunny 70 degree day, 

who knows what will be around the corner for temps, 

I’ll enjoy days like this with zest!  

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This tunic is actually a F21 junior drsess that I loved for it’s vintage boho vibe. 

I love this piece and am glad I thought to buy it despite it’s shortness and turn it into a tunic. 

My pointed toe low metallic wedges are a thrifted pair that I’ve worn quite often! 

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These are my earrings that enhance to the boho outfit. 

I found them at Burlington Coat Factory last Spring. 

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The piping down the middle seperating the prints and the rope belt 

are navy, so that is why I choose my Madie Claire tote handbag found HERE

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My regular readers won’t be surpirse that my creme straight leg jeans 

are by my favorite jean designer Diane Gilman. 

Unfortunately mine are sold out , but HERE is a link to what 

is currently available in that line. 

Self Care

Today in self care, I’d say heading out for a walk to enjoy the beautiful sunny day was a great thing. 

I am working on my daughter’s costume and there is a lot more kitchen clean up going on with 

my kids home.  The dishwasher is now being run two times a day, lol.. 

Gratitude

I am grateful that I am kicking menopause’s butt, lol… Sleeping just 4 hours at a time, I have begun getting out of bed for 2 hours, then going back to sleep for another 3 hours. Since I am still up before my homeschooler this is working out just fine!  

I am grateful that my son cooked up his wonderful potato soup to add the the dinner I planned of chicken and broccoli. 

I am grateful for the team work and time with my daughter to make her costume.  

I am grateful that my husband has planned to take Friday afternoon and evening off to hang out with everyone , before our son and daughter head back off to college on Saturday. 

I am grateful for a long talk with my dearest friend last night and that I will be seeing her on Sunday when I watch her daughter in “James and the Giant Peach”. 

I am grateful that when I asked my dear friend , (single mother) if there was anything she needed that  she answered honestly that her daughter needed a red carpet formal dress and shoes by Friday and she was struggling to get one. I ordered one from Amazon with two day shipping and had fun texting pictures and hearing the squeals of her daughter over how much she loved it and can’t wait to deliver it to her Thursday night!   

I started this Fall out with a shopping ban because I knew that my Cool Weather Wardrobe

is overloaded with wonderful options that I had not scratched the surface on 

wearing in all their versatile combinations.  

Unfortunately this winter has been so mild that I’ve not layered or worn anywhere 

near as many things as I’d have liked, but the beauty of that is that next Fall/Winter 

I can either stick to a shopping ban or be extemely picky only adding one or two much loved or coveted items. 

For Links to the Items in this Post and All my Spring/Summer Purchases,

Please go to my Pinterest Board . It was just easier to do it that way as I am sneezing and have a headache today, despite two sinus meds…

As my Regular Readers Know I am NOT a Minimalist and love Third Completer Pieces Even in Summer

To Quiche Their Own Cardigan in Cream:

I saw this in People Stylewatch magazine from Modcloth and just knew I had to have it

It’s so romantic and a neutral that can really elevate so many outfits. 

I am still waiting for this to arrive! 

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In every Spring fashion Magazine, I’ve seen a blush pink longer 

vest like this one and when my Chadwicks catolag arrived, 

I just knew I wanted to add this new style to my wardrobe. 

Juniors Oversized Belted Vest:

This one is from TJ Maxx and is going to need to be hemmed

to make it more versatile for my petite height.  

Floral Tribal Fringed Kimono:

This  is from TJ Maxx and I am in love with it. 

I could wear that now with a turtleneck sweater and may just do so. 

Here are some Tops I added, all more flowy types than I currently have

711-986 - aDRESSing WOMAN Yoryu Cinched Waist Poncho Blouse w/ Knit Layer Cami:

I love this to go with green and blue crop pants I bought, 

of course jeans and white bottoms will work too.  

722-720 - OSO Casuals® Dip-Dyed Knit Sleeveless Crochet Lace Front Scoop Neck Tank:

I love crotchet tops and these colors are wonderful

Peasant Tie Neck Tank:

I love black and white prints for tops as 

they can be worn with any colored bottom. 

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Blues are going to be really big for this season and I have plain tops,

but needed a few more prints. 

718-536 - aDRESSing WOMAN Stretch Knit Sleeveless Printed Pant Jumpsuit:

Jumpsuits are going to be popular ,so why not a fun one? 

These adorable lightweight Anchor Scarves are perfect for year round wear! These dress up any outfit and looks great with a jacket, tank, or basic tee. This awesome deal won't last so don't wait!Colors Available: Navy Small AnchorsWhite Small AnchorsNavy Stripe Anchors:

I don’t wear many scarfs in my hot and humid Summers, but thought 

for Spring I could and then switch it to a sash belt for Summer. 

I love nautical elements and don’t really have that in my style as much as I’d like. 

Once again to see the rest of my Spring Purchases and find where these items came from 

Please Check my Pinterest Board. 

Have you begun any Spring Shopping , Yet?   What is On your wishlist? 

Would love to hear from you! 

Have a Fabulous Weekend,

One week until my two college children will be home for Spring Break! 

Inside Out Style is Promoting a fun Challenge called

Dress Up in September

It’s a challenge to wear some of your best Daytime Appropriate Looks that you save for Special Occasions 

and wear them daily , declaring that indeed you are going somewhere special, On With Your Life…

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I knew Instantly that I would Celebrate the beginning of my 

Birthday month with this lovely dress.  

I was going to wear this to my son’s high school graduation last summer,

but it had to be changed at the last minute when I broke my toe… 

The length of this dress with petite height requires heels…

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I feel ultra-feminine in this dress and feel like I should

 be a woman of luxury who goes out to lunch...

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I also felt like I should curtsy… 

Yes, this dress reminded me of my youth and love of full skirts…

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So of course I had to do a full twirl to celebrate 

this dress in it’s full glory!  

Dear Readers, it was so fun too start this wonderful month of my 5oth Birthday like this.  

Gratitude

I am grateful to my fabulous hairstylist for fitting me into his busy schedule for a hair cut and color this week before we head out for our first of three mini vacations for the month.. 

I am grateful that I have found that taking Nyquil (which I need for sinus issue anyway) is helping me to get a full night’s rest despite menopause trying to rob me of it…lol

I am grateful for the support of my oldest to take care of our pets when we go away this weekend. 

I am grateful to my husband for wanting not just one day of fun to celebrate my b’day , but wanting everyday leading up to it and beyond to be special. 

I am grateful that those close to me understand that since my dear father only lived for 42 years that my making it to 50 is not something I take for granted and is so dear to me to celebrate.   No feeling over the hill, here… I am on top of the Mountain!  

I am grateful to have my mother’s jewelry to wear when I need to feel her with me as I face the remainder of this life journey without her presence. With the sunlight, you can’t see that I am wearing a locket she wore often that was my grandmother’s. . 

One of the very few items I kept with my weight was this tunic, which I own in creme as well. 

I love this tunic for it’s color, elastic waist . bell sleeves and the boho embroidery and shiny sequins.

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I got creative today and took my polk a dot leggings from Forever 21 and cuffed them to capri length. 

Our temps today were in the mid 80’s , but I was inside air conditioning all day, so this was perfect. 

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Isn’t the embroidery awesome?  

I love that there are just touches of sequins and not overly done. 

Had to wear a drop earring to keep the boho vibe going. 

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I found these at Burlington Coat Factory. 

Drop earrings of this size are a new thing for me this season, I love my hoops, which are boho as well.

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I also wore triple bracelets all from the vintage set I bought from Ebay a view years ago. 

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One thing I learned from blogging and taking photos was the importance of proportions, so I had to balance the tunic, with the capri length bottoms by adding my Clarks wedges.  My husband loves these and it’s so nice to get the height with this kind of comfort.  I might just have to get another color!  

Dear Readers, I am getting back on track with this weight loss and succeeding this week. 

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This has been my lunch  daily for the week and I’ve had smoothies for breakfast and eating a lot of vegetables for dinners.I re-engineered my father’s recipe for squash, canned tomatoes and Parmesan cheese casserole by adding mushrooms and artichokes to make a dinner instead of a side dish… It’s delicious and I made enough for days. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun date night Saturday going to the beach for Patriotic Music Festival and dancing in the sand to Lynyrd Skynrd.  I love music festival season and all that our city has to offer.  

I love the exercise I got from dancing on the beach and the high I felt all day Sunday, music really does the spirit good, of course a night walking at the beach is pretty great as well. 

I am grateful that after three days of searching we finally found and fixed the electrical problem. 

I am grateful that I am back in weight loss mode as it takes the right mindset. 

I am grateful for two date nights this weekend , a movie night Sunday.  

I am grateful from homeschooling, but ready to kick it back into gear.  


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