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 Since, Today is officially the first day of Winter, I thought it was time for my faux fur vest to come out and play…  I was feeling very blue today, which I think is related to the Connecticut tragedy and the loss of my son’s school mate to brain cancer.  So  I  paired my vest with my Chambray shirt and jeggings.

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When taking the photos, even my seventeen year old noticed my mood… I don’t like that at all… I am also having PMS and think this is part of it as well…The sun wasn’t shining today either.  Yesterday my son ran back in to get his shades because it was so bright now no sun and tomorrow we are expecting rain. I remember the short seven months I lived in Massachusetts during the winter months and how much I missed the sun shining.  So glad my husband moved me back to Virginia.

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I really like how comfortable I am in this.  I have been wearing my shooties with heels a lot lately and really liked walking around in these flats.  Too bad I am finished with all the hustle and bustle and shopping because this would have made a great Mom on the Go look.

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Time to turn on some music and get into a better frame of mind.  Might have to remove these boots as the rubber soles won’t be good for dancing!  Even writing about music and dancing already lifted my spirit!

What do you do to take care of yourself on days you feel a little off? Dear readers, your comments are welcomed and much appreciated.  

Gratitude:  I am so glad today is the last day of school for my seventeen year old.  It has been really tough to have two college siblings and a home schooling one all on vacation while he still had two weeks to go…  I am grateful that tomorrow is my husband’s last day of work before his vacation.

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Today is the outfit I am most excited about !  Ever since I rewarded myself for reaching the halfway point in my weight loss by purchasing a faux fur vest, I wanted to wear it with a dress.

Remember Tuesday is Weigh in Day and my results are at the bottom of this post....

The Inspiration Picture:

This was actually a catalog photo that I enlarged, sorry for quality…. I so wanted to curl my hair and have it be wavy for my version, but time didn’t allow for that…. I am a busy home schooling mother…

My Version is not as boho as the inspiration dress, but the rule for me was not purchasing anything to complete this challenge. I feel great in this one!  I am disappointed that the feeling I have in this doesn’t translate into the photo as it doesn’t look fabulous… I have to say it makes me look heavier than I am and after losing 35 lbs, I certainly don’t want that… I feel so good with the swish of this dress and downright sassy, so going to try this once I am down another 19lbs and at goal. I must say that I wore this out to the Verizon store, BJ’s and Sam’s Club and did notice some admiring looks from women,so I guess it was better than I thought.

Had to include me trying walking in the photo instead of a still pose…

Since I recently picked up this snakeskin dress while thrifting, I had to try this look as well because the first dress was flowing and had volume while this one has a straight cut. Well, after yesterday’s post and now this, you can see I really love animal print and always have. It is so great how much the vibe of each of these changes with what dress you use with the vest.  This is the first time wearing  booties  and tights with a dress.  I think the lower boots work well here…. I love challenging myself to try new things and I am proud of myself for doing so! I will wear this look again, soon….

I know for me that I only used two dresses that were in the browns in keeping with the inspiration photos, but the options really are endless..Such a simple look  anyone can do.  I hope I have inspired you to go search out your dresses and play in your closets and have some fun! It’s more fun than therapy….and better than eating mindlessly…

Weigh In Results- I lost 1.2 lbs this week which is a relief because I stress ate yesterday to the tune of three 7 point bags of chips… This is the first time I did anything like this since March.  

Gratitude-I am grateful that my almost 17 year old son (November 17th) has matured and is very focused on school and is so adamant that we go to college night tonight. I am grateful any time my children become self-motivated and I get to see them taking responsibility.  

Dear Readers. Your comments are appreciated and welcomed so please CHIME IN !  Comments can be left at the top of this post, thank you!

Next week, November 12th -16th  begins my first challenge inspired by the lovely ladies at You Look Fab.  The challenge is for this week to find five Pinterest photos and use them in my own interpretation to inspire an outfit.  My outfits will be loose interpretations using colors that are paired together on some and closer matches should my wardrobe provide the needed items.  I am not buying anything to complete this week long event.

Below are the five inspiration outfits :

This was an easy pick for me as I am a lover of all things animal print.  I also own an orange sweater I recently thrifted.

I purchased a faux fur vest as a reward for my weight loss and have not worn it yet.  I am itching to do this one most of all. This has a very boho print dress that doesn’t represent anything in my closet, but I like my version.

I really wanted to incorporate an olive jacket into this challenge and think this is a good one for me to conjure up. I like the matching belt and boots here. I do think her belt looks up a little high here…

I recently bought a navy hounds-tooth  jacket at the thrift store and searched Pinterest for an inspiration that would give me a reason to wear it in a casual way. 

I just love  maxi skirts and wanted an excuse to wear one.  I  will definitely not be wearing strappy sandals in my fall version of this.

It was very difficult to pair down which five I was going to do.  I spent an entire day perusing Pinterest for inspirations and going back and forth from my computer to my closet pulling items... I am excited to be doing a challenge and hope you will join me daily for this adventure.

I was quite surprised that I did not choose anything with a scarf in the look as I love them.  I think there is pattern enough in all but the last look that makes a scarf totally unnecessary and that is a learning experience for me.

In searching through my closet I decided not to go shopping any more this season.  I own A LOT of clothes.  Once I reach my goal weight I would like to invest in some colored skinny jeans, but other than that don’t need much.  I will have to alter some of my favorites and will need the money for that instead.  Thrifting is an addiction and therapy in some ways  for this stay at home mother who didn’t take care of herself for years…. So, think I will restrict myself to purses and shoes and belts.  I already hear myself protesting and making a list of Christmas presents to tell everyone I want….

If you join me  on this venture by all means please post information in the comment sections so we may see your journey as well. Maybe some day soon I will learn how to do a link party but not this week….

Gratitude- I am grateful for the weekend and time with friends and family.  I am grateful for Weight Watchers and the support in my weight loss journey.  I am grateful for the people in my life who bring laughter into my world.  I am grateful for the generosity and kindness of others.

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to stop by on Monday as I begin my challenge.

Dear Readers, your comments are welcomed and appreciated


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