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With all the craze and addictive quality to the Lularoe brand of clothes, I had been steering clear. 

Today , my son’t bowling group had a fundraiser, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. 

I met two wonderful Lularoe Consultants : Jessica (HERE)  and Kristin (HERE

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who were so gracious as  

to follow my blog the minute they heard I was a blogger.  

I had seen first hand how the Carly Dress works wonders for a woman’s curves,

so decided that I had to give it a try.  

This is Absolutely not your basic T-shirt dress, so don’t let it fool you.  

As women we all know that the smallest part of any woman is just below the chest, 

which is why an Empire waist is so figure flattering. 

This dress goes in just under the chest , then flares out slightly in the most flattering way. 

I saw this for the first time on a plus size girl and

was floored at what it did for her body, 

and knew I had to give it a try.  

Apparently I was grimacing instead of smiling in all my photos, lol

Let’s count this as my before picture to look back on as I 

am beginning this weight loss journey!  

I specifically picked this pattern because I knew it would go with my blue and pink wedges 

that I bought last year from TJ Maxx,.  

I bought this Indigo Thread vest (Vests currently selling)  in both Ivory and Black last season. 

This is how I would wear it for an evening event more than a daytime Spring 

or Summer look.   An outdoor concert and I’d rock this out!  

My apologies , I was dressing “Scarlett ” (my dressform) so many times 

and didn’t straighten this one up correctly.. 

I really like how it brings out the white details in the dress and brightens up the look. 

This is a Lularoe “Joy” vest I bought with it today. 

I love how it brightens it up .  

This is another Indigo Thread vest I bought recently for this season. 

Crotchet or Lace pieces offer a great detail to outfits

as the element of texture is represented.  

While the dress has pink flowers,

I like the darker burgundy and how it goes,

but doesn’t match.  

How about some pattern mixing to complete the long

Boho vests I could wear with this dress?

I found this Vest via Jane.com sometime last year.

If I was a stylist dressing clients one rule I would institute is

to add a black and white print of every category in your closet.

A dress, pants, shirt , sweater, etc .

It increases your wardrobe as it can be paired with any solid color.

Vests over tank tops are my go to for Summer , so I recently added 

these baby soft “Shawl Dawls  that work as a vest or more of a Kimono . 

It just so happens the rose colored Shawl Dawl  one works for the dress too.

This is worn more like the Kimono style.

I buy in multiples if I like something, but have learned to keep it to

just two of any one thing.

Jean Jackets are always a great layering piece for Spring. 

With a pair of leggings or tights and ankle boots this could become a cold weather 

outfit and I will definitely layer it for those months and get plenty of use out of this dress. 

One World Jean Jackets are my favorite , this one found HERE . 

With my love of jean jackets,  A few years back I invested in 3 

of these cropped versions by One world (similar ones here) . 

For my petite height a cropped version if wonderful and 

I highly recommend if you don’t currently own one in white, 

that you add one to your style for great versatility.  

A lot of Duster Sweaters are lighter weight and perfect for 

Spring weather fluctuations .  

This brand has a lot of Spring Duster options Here. 

Of course I couldn’t just show one option for 

pattern mixing.  This Halston sweater is definitely 

thin and has an open weaved back, making it a Spring option.  

Bonus:  this is how I wore it to run to BJ’s to go grocery shopping . 

I did the rubber band trick to gather it and shorten it a bit when wearing with

the leggings as it created a better look for my height with the leggings.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that after 3 days of asking my sister for a sign that she knows

I have her beloved cats ,Oreo and Cupcake

and can see how happy they are and how much joy they bring us,

 indeed a sign showed up!  

I am grateful for a weekend with my son home from college , miss that guy!  

I am grateful that we were all together and celebrated my youngest’s 17th birthday early , 

giving him hoverboards that he had actually given up on ever getting and thoroughly surprising him. 

Notice I said hoverboards plural as I got two so a sibling could join him in the fun. 

I am grateful for a Weight Watcher buddy in my dear friend and the way

we push each other to get fitbit steps.

I am grateful for a fun family and friends day spent at Botanical Gardens and for becoming a member ,

so we can go back throughout the year.   

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. 

All of my tank tops prior to the additions I’ve made this season, 

were just layering pieces and tighter . 

I love these looser styles that can stand on their own.  

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I have had great success with TJ Maxx to acquire several at wonderful prices. 

This one by August Silk is just $14.99 , which I bought

in size Medium according to the size chart for my 

39 inch bust size. 

Scoop Neck Tank With Keyhole Front

I didn’t buy this one, but it too is at the same price point . 

Colorful Creations Quilted Totes - Orange

My tote is actually a set of 12 by Willabee Ward that comes each month in different colors. 

They are quilted and have different patterns and colors, all with a little sparkle. 

The designs are just on the front and the back is solid with quilting.  

I love how light the fabric totes are for days when my back is bugging me and I want a lighter purse.

Truth be told I have been considering a life of traveling in a RV for retirement and thought these would replace purses and save space should that indeed be in my future…..

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I love this very flowy vest that I picked up last year at the end of the season and 

didn’t get to wear that much.  

An added perk to the way I shop clearance sales on QVC,HSN and Evine is that 

I buy either at the end of the season and get to enjoy it for a short time and feel like it’s 

almost brand new when the following season comes around.  

I also buy from those places right before a season begins from last year’s inventory that is on clearance still, which is how I got the fuschia pants I am wearing.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my problems are so small compared to what others in my life are facing right now. 

I am grateful for the fun my daughter and I had watching “Gran Hotel” ( a spanish show on Netflix with subtitles) as we stayed up for nights watching the three seasons.  It’s nice to have a girl back in the house!  

I am grateful for AC it’s so nice to be cool when the heat and humidity come.  

I am grateful to my son home from college who is supporting his brother with lots of trips to the bowling alley to practice for his State Tournament coming up on Father’s Day weekend.  

I am grateful that my hot shower helped my sinus pressure headache disipate.  

I was singing Styx  to myslef all day, 

 I just couldn’t help myself…

 

I just chased my kids all out of the den by playing this loudly, lol 

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I just knew I had to add this shirt to my wardrobe when I saw it on the TJ Maxx website.

There really is something about living in a beach and Navy town that make my heart soar and has created a love of nautical fashion items.  I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t like nautical outfits.  I know that my mother loved it as well as she felt strongly about it as a Navy wife.  There was always something so special about the news stories on tv growing up with families going to meet the Navy ships coming in and the kids all dressed in sailor inspired outfits.  I loved it so much that I found cute nautical outfits for my children when they were babies.  

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You can’t see very well, but I added these anchor print pants for the season and you can be darn sure, 

that I am going to go very kitchy and pair them with my “Sail Away” top.

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I found this cute zippered hoodie vest on TJ Maxx, but alas it sold out.

I just got it in the mail yesterday and was so hoping to post photos quickly enough , but

that’s what happens with limited quantities of stores like TJ Maxx.  

And if that wasn’t bad enough, my Just Fab nautical purse is sold out as well.   

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Wishing all my Dear Readers a Wonderful Weekend

to Recharge and Fill your Soul! 

Gratitude

I am grateful for Sunshine and warm days that aren’t too humid, cause trust me they are around the corner! 

I am grateful for a fun afternoon taking my son bowling and hanging out with homeschooling mother’s .  

I am grateful for  a fun grocery shopping with my two sons on our way home, it’s nice to have the company of both boys together instead of it just being me and my youngest.  

I am grateful for the sense of humor in our family and the giggles and laughter that fill our home and the car as we traveled around today…

I am grateful that I have reached a stage on the 17 day diet where I feel better and that it will be easy to maintain now that the cravings for carbs and sugar are gone!  

 

 

 

With many solid bottoms, it’s fun to find a shirt that already has the 

Pattern Mixing done for you.  

Alas this one is from Jane.com and is always gone by the time it’s delivered to me. 

Be Honest, My Dear Readers, Did I make this too much like Halloween with the 

addition of the black vest?  LOL

 

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I must say that taking photos and starting up blogging is going to 

be great motivation to keep me eating right and exercising.  

It’s impossible to see photographic evidence and not stay on track, 

so despite whehter I am thrilled with an outfit or not, 

I am going to post with glee knowing that I am on the path to 

changing and hoping to go back and see the differences 

in glaring truth that the mirror fails to show, but a camera shouts in alarming tones, lol. 

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One of my favorite things about the wardrobe I created from

this blogging journey are pieces that allow me to create different silhouettes. 

In just days I’ve done a short straight skort, cropped pants and now the flowy long skirt. 

This is so important to my not getting bored and using clothes as my artistic expression. 

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Dear Readers, I am having success with the 17 Day Diet, losing over half a pound a day.  

Here’s what I ate to day to give you an idea of how I am being successful. 

Breakfast

2 hard boiled eggs

Plum 

Green Tea

Lunch

 Greek Yogurt/Strawberries/ Green Tea Smoothie

Dinner

Salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and grilled chicken 

Green Tea

Snacks

Greek Yogurt -100 calorie

Tazo Chocolate Chai Tea 

The recommendation is to have 4 cups of Green Tea and I drink 12 oz at a time.  On some days if I feel hungry I will get another snack which I’ve done Tuna & Celery or a Nectarine.   This Phase one is very restrictive with just poultry and fish for proteins, 2 probiotics , 2 fruits and plenty of veggies.  

After Day 3 the cravings went away and I am not feeling deprived at all. 

Phase Two has you add some healthy carbs every other day. 

Gratitude

I am very grateful to my daughter who got started today helping to homeschool my youngest with Math and Science. 

I am grateful that my 20 year old loves to cook and made Turkey Burgers for his siblings and father tonight. 

I am grateful that my husband had a late appointment, giving him the opportunity to sleep in and still have time to change out the water in the Turtle Tank. 

I am grateful for a quiet peaceful moring all to myself as the rest of the family slept til noon. ( I am really happy there are no witnesses to my morning ballet moves in the kitchen, lol) 

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! 

 

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!   


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