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This weight gain in just a pain and I want to bust out and just conquer this weight loss, but the

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I have been doing some research on the success of intermittent fasting, where you do not have anything for 12-16 hours after your last meal the previous day. 

ideally, the goal is to go the 16 hrs for the sceince of it to work.   It seems to work well for men, but that always begs the question, will it be the same for women. 

I found this article and decided to heed the warning to do it every other day.   

After having green tea until 11am. I indulged in my go-to breakfast lately, 

Premier Protein Shake poured over ice into a nice glass as food should feel indulgent…

A banana every morning is my thing and has been most of my adult life.  

 Around 2:30pm  I opted for a full cup of plain greek yogurt with strawberries 

Rocking the protein and fruit for the day, but definitely, need to bump up some

vegetables for snack and dinner.   

Still near 80’s for us here in Virginia Beach!  

Styling one of my Amelia James Memphis Ruffle tops in burgundy with a black stripe. 

I love how figure flattering this top is and that I can style it for my boho loving self by adding a wonderful 

crotchet vest by Indigo Thread Company .   Lots of other options to style this with layers if our weather ever gets cooler!   

I have this wonderful top in several colors and sizes up to 4x, 

you can see them on my latest live sale video on my Facebook Page.   

Eventually I will get a shopping website, but for now you just claim it under the video by using the number and size 

and I can send you an invoice via paypal.   

Gratitude 

I am grateful for my new found vigor and zest for getting this weight loss journey moving! 

 I am grateful for my sister’s Ipod Music to start me dancing in the mornings. 

I am grateful for the fun of reading , ” A Gentleman in Moscow” with my teen age homeschooler. 

I am grateful for this blog to turn to and for making me get dressed today instead of staying in my pj’s.  

 

 

 

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I find myself saying this a lot these days.  

My shirt actually states, “It is What it is, but it will become what you make of it”  

There is nothing more poignant than this saying right now with the crazy swirling around me, 

that a friend could just blow up our friendship and throw it away  so easily.  

I am curiously ok with it because “It is What it Is”  has been such a part of my 

healthy self talk and not worrying about things I can not control.  

I am so grateful for my self care and strength of knowing who I am in the world.  

I found this tank online, but can not remember if it was a Facebook Ad or 

if I purchased it from TJ Maxx.    

My vest is a Kate & Mallory one that I bought in a few colors this year.  

Mine is sold out, but HERE is what they offer now.  

After having a awful Summer cold for the past week, 

I am finally feeling better and grateful as it was a tough one and

I also ended up passing it to the rest of my family.   

In other happenings, I finally cleared out my sister’s condo and said my goodbye’s to it. 

I am grateful that we had time to do this and come to terms with it all and it was a peaceful goodbye and feeling 

so grateful that this condo, steps from the beach was her dream and comforting that it was her final home. 

 

Dear Readers,   I am having to  completely start my  Amelia James Clothing Boutique from scratch as a huge part of this type 

of business is growing a Facebook group and posting Live Video Sales.  Unfortunately, with the dissolving of my business 

partnership, my Facebook was taken down and away from me.   If anyone would like to join my new page (HERE)  and see my new venture 

Or support me by sharing with friends, that would be awesome!    I am planning my first solo Live Video Sale , Tomorrow Thursday at 7:30pm 

If you are blogger who would like to partner up by writing a post in exchange for a free piece of clothing, comment and let me know 

and I will contact you!   

 

Today, I was suppose to go to my Weight Watcher meeting and had this outfit all planned out.  

Getting enough sleep reigns supreme in my life, so I opted to go back to bed and get some much 

needed rest, as too many nights in a row without had taken it’s toll.  

Here is the outfit I had ready for the day. 

When I put it on and looked in the mirror , I instantly thought 

“Oh , there I am! ”  

It became glaringly obvious to me that I have not been myself 

these last 6 months and even my style choices  were exhibiting that. 

The awesome vest adds just the right wonderful element of texture to the tone on tone look. 

It is by Indigo Thread, a very boho company I adore.  

Here is the link to my vest which is limited to one color now and Here is all the vests they offer now. 

My turtle necklace was handmade by sister and is much loved and cherished. 

My saddle bag style cross-body purse is by Naturalizer and sold out. 

This will probably be last purse purchased for a while as I am pretty satisfied with what I have. 

I did recently throw away my beautiful green leather one and told my kids and husband that they should put in on my

birthday wish list as it was the first purse I bought myself after years of using diaper bags and sadly was beyond repair. 

I love how my hair color bookends the purse shade.  

One last note , if you haven’t tried block heeled shoes yet, 

I highly recommend it as these are so comfortable to walk in. 

Alas they too are Naturalizers and sold out because I always buy off season on clearance.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful that I took care of me today and skipped my WW meeting because nothing replaces the need for sleep. As for my WW journey so far,

it has been a slow first month with just over 3lbs lost, but I have managed to use my Simply Fit board to lose 3 inches from the 7 I gained in my stomach from menopause!  

I am grateful that my husband too got to catch up on sleep and didn’t have to go to work until 2:30pm today!  

I am grateful that my kids are so supportive of each other and truly care deeply. 

I am grateful that our allergy laden Lhasa Apso is currently at the vet with two of my adult kids. 

I use the term Spring lightly when describing this 

balmy 88 degree Saturday in April.  

My linen blend pants are a recent purchase from Old Navy (Here)

A pair of wide legged linen pants are a must for Spring/Summer in my book.  

I think this chambray pair can be very versatile and paired with many colors. 

My vest is called Shawl Dawls and is super soft and can be worn in a few

different ways. In fact later that day I took of my sister’s glass star necklace 

and just tied the vest at my waist.  

In the morning I was in a cold bowling alley and pulled it into a kimono with sleeves to warm 

my upper arms and must say it worked beautifully.   

Our temps may have been unseasonably hot, 

but as exhibited here we were blessed with a nice breeze.  

Clothing really can have an impact on my moods as I felt 

very Zen and at ease in the soothing shade of blue and the flowy element 

of both the pants and vest.  

My Boho self was loving it!  

Dear Readers, It felt great to get dressed in a “Real Outfit” 

as these past weeks I have been in Workout mode,

twisting, jumping rope,doing Pilates, Yoga stretches,

my Fluidity Ballet Bar and even trying Tai Chi.   

I also got a membership to our local Botanical Gardens

and have gone walking there as well as the beach with 

my friend and partner in this weight loss venture.

I have lost  a total 2.6 lbs my first two weeks on Weight Watchers 

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

If you are looking for Lularue Products please support these wonderful women

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.   

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!  

 

 

 


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