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This is the final day of this week’s challenge and I had just have to say it has been so much fun!  In fact, I may do this again on my own in the future.   I love doing challenges as it spices things up and gives focus to choosing an outfit and seems to really get those creative juices flowing.  

Now for the movie poster that influenced today’s outfit: 

Vertigo movie poster

I am not a huge Alfred Hithcock fan, so have to confess that I have not seen this movie.  I didn’t let that deter me since the colors were inspiration enough.   I should mention that the picture of this posture that was posted on You Look Fab for inspiration looked more red than orange.  It wasn’t til I went to put it in this post that I saw the difference.


If you saw yesterday’s post this skirt was one I thrifted this week and got so excited when I saw the circles, knowing I would use it for this challenge.   This is the sweater I had thrifted several weeks before that is from the same LOFT label with the black trim having the same circle pattern.  


With temperatures in the mid 80’s I felt inspired to remove the sweater…. I am working on getting these legs tanner using Jergens Natural Glow and this is after my second application.   With storms coming in today our temperatures are going to drop, so I actually might get to put together Spring Looks instead of Summer ones!!!


I must say that this week I have really kicked into serious workout mode and when I do this I commit!   I love the feeling of muscle burn and the natural high exercise gives me.  I am not just trying to lose weight, I want a toned body as I am a two and a half years away from turning the big 5-0 and want to embrace that milestone in top shape.

Dear Readers, I hope you have enjoyed this movie poster inspiration challenge.  Do you like to find things to inspire your outfits, have you ever tried it?  If not how about doing so?  You can start with a Painting,  A photo of nature, a beautifully decorated room, any object …

Gratitude:  I am grateful for a wonderful day spent with my friend and the lunch I am hoping for next week to catch up on neglected friendships.  I am grateful that Tom had some time off this afternoon and used it to get some things done around the house.  I am grateful that I have kicked into exercise mode and can’t wait to see the results!!! 

Food Journal

Notes: I use Nature’s Own Healthy White Wheat Bread that boasts more calcium as a glass of milk.  I also am switching from two yogurt servings a day to one and getting the other probiotic requirement from dark chocolate..  One piece of dark chocolate a day saves me 3 points from the yogurt and I get a piece of Chocolate everyday!!!!

Breakfast:  Omelet with Mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, italian seasoning and cheese w/green tea

Lunch:  Open Faced Sandwich – 2 Toast w/ slice of tomato topped with cheese – Broiled to melt the cheese  w/ green tea

Discovered Velveeta cheese slices for just 1 pt so use one on each toast for just 2 pts. Sometimes when items are doubled they can jump up an extra point, this one did not do so…

Snacks ;  Yogurt & Apple, 1pc  dark chocolate 

Dinner:  Grilled chicken salad w/olive oil & lt italian  (gotta use up that salad)


I have never gone thrift shopping before and found so many dresses in my size with the half price colored tag.   I usually end up loving dresses two sizes too big.  So when this crazy phenomenon arose, I could not do anything but try them on and purchase them all! 6 Dresses cost me just about $22.00.  

Dresses are really a great thing to wear now in the final stages of my weight loss journey.  They are so easy to style and extremely versatile. I hope you don’t get bored with seeing me in dresses and skirts a lot over the next month…

Now on to showing the dresses….

This one is probably my favorite, as it is not so common and really looks fabulous on me.  I am not just saying that based on my own view… It just so happens my husband had a break and was home when I brought the dresses home.  So, of course a fashion show was in order… You can’t see the crossover top,but it looks great on!

A tan shirt dress style is a classic and the ultimate in versatility  The wheels are turning and in overdrive of how many ways to style this one.  This is definitely one of those workhorse items. Doesn’t look like much on the hanger….

This is just a basic shift dress in a fabulous color.  I like the v-split neckline and the detail on the bottom.  This dress really is a four season dress with so many ways to style it with layers for cooler temperatures.

This is just a basic black & white print, but I loved the fit and can see me wearing it in warmer weather with just sandals and with boots and jackets or sweaters now.  I felt sassy in this one. I really like skirts with a little volume for swirling when I walk…a remnant of early childhood..

I loved the fit and just the little ruffle detail on the bottom for an added femininity   I felt like dancing in this one and did so for my fashion show with my husband.  I grabbed a cardigan and styled this right away.  I can see this one styled with a pull- over sweater to look like a skirt and in fact, put the following together as an example. I have to say it was funny the next morning,when my husband was still talking about my fashion show and how quickly I was thinking of ways to style each. He remembered specifics and talked about why he liked it. He listened, he really listened!

The final dress is an Ann Taylor Loft and I think this is multi-seasonal as well.  In the store, I instantly saw this one styled with a green jacket or tan one.  I also pictured this in summer with my short sleeved green sweater and green wedged slingbacks… Of course that little string of a belt has to go and I just happen to have a new green one…

Just for fun, here is a winter sweater over the striped dress , add tights and a boot and it’s winterized…

In the past, I have never owned as many dresses as I currently do.  Since I love wearing them as casual Mom on the Go looks, I will get a lot of use out of  all of these.  I can so picture summer and me at my goal weight….

Linking up with InstaFriday, so go see what everyone is up to… And go see Friday Faves

Gratitude:  I am grateful that my daughter is feeling better since exams start next week.  I am grateful that Ashley’s college is making a ice rink for the weekend and my daughter will have a blast and a much needed break.  I am grateful that Connor is continuing to read his book with enthusiasm!  I am grateful for weekends!

Dear Readers, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and come back and see what I am up to next week.  As always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  

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