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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!   

Today’s Challenge was Pinterest Inspiration 

and I had just recently pinned this Jennifer Aniston one.  

 

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I adore her style and have quite often admire outfits on Pinterest.

It’s fun to actually put one together, finally…

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I’ve had this scarf for a few seasons and love it against the all black background. 

If you are regular reader, you may notice I am not much for dressing all over in black.  

I quite often love all black looks but don’t feel like they are me, so having the purple scarf was 

just enough color to still feel like myself.

My Faux leather moto jacket , can be found here in several colors.  

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I could have gone with a black purse, but

why would I when I own this fabulous Joy & Iman one?  

It comes in several colors, but I think this Purple one is incredible!  

One of the easiest ways to bump up a look is in a fabulous handbag and I think 

I have more than made up for my past of not carrying a purse. 

You see as a mother of four who spread her kids out 4 1/2 years apart, 

I carried a diaper bag around for many years and gave up a purse….

My Dear Husband put up with my lipsticks and Id in his pockets

on many a date night back in those days, lol 

Self Care

I think taking double dose of sinus meds and making it out to homeschool bowling counts as self care.

I had spent the past several days with headaches and actually am pinching myself that I had relief today… 

I also planned our next Parent’s Night Out Event and Let me tell you that is definitely self care as we all need those nights

and have come to look forward to it… 

Gratitude

I am beyond grateful that my son got out of his funk today and had a wonderful time bowling today, he even got a better score than he’s had all this season ….

I am grateful that my brother stopped by last night and I got to hug him before he went to coincidentally spend his birthday in Cancun for a work reward trip.  

I am grateful for a phone call with my son away at college and that he talked to his younger brother as well. 

Today’s Challenge was to wear Anything Leopard

and I knew I wanted to pair it with Burgundy as wearing my 

Creme Boots yesterday , made me want to wear my Burgundy ones today.

Linking up today with Turning Heads Linkup

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I bought the dress from Jane.com and like it , but it is 

definitely one that has to be worn with tights as it has no lining. 

I actually searched amazon for burgundy tights at the beginning of the season…

Gotta love Amazon!   

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I added a pink and gold necklace Charming Charlies necklace to the look , 

another option to accessorize would have been to add a belt and forgo the necklace. 

Leapord Jacket is by Joan Rivers via QVC ,

It’s currently on clearance for just $26 in smaller sizes.

It does run big as I have a 39 inch bust and wear an XS very comfortambly

and can easily button this jacket as it has 

elastic gathering at the waist, a favorite feature of thsi jacket.    

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I think this would make a great Valentine’s Date Night Outfit! 

I definitely styled this look just for the challenge and not for my day

home with my teen homeschooler, lol.  

DH didn’t go to work until 2pm , so he did get a kick out of it .  

When trying to figure out a purse, my son immediately suggested I go with something pink. 

He couldn’t believe I took his suggestion and I swear he stood taller when taking my photos.  

Self Care

I was in a real funk today… Perhaps the lack of sleep…I didn’t let that stop me 

and made the commitment to eat only fruit, veggies and protein today. 

I succeeded in that!  

Gratitude

I am grateful that this morning first thing I had an e-mail from Weight Watchers explaining that they were counting points of fruit and vegetables in smoothies because when blended they don’t offer the same feeling of fullness.  I guess they think you will indulge in more fruit throughout the day so counting it in smoothies will offset that. My smoothie with Chia seeds, green tea and Greek Yogurt along with fruit keeps me full until lunchtime, so still pondering going back to WW. 

I am grateful for a phone call from my brother as he gets ready to leave for a trip to Cancun, lucky guy will be spending his birthday on this work reward trip for all his success.  Nice to share in his joy! 

I am grateful for the anticipation as we  countdown for Thursday Night when my daughter who will  be home. 

I am grateful that I am hearing on the news, that my bimonthly water bill is going to be switching to a smaller bill every month… more convienent for so many.   

I am grateful for the awkward moment when my next door neighbor was walking his dog during my photo shoot, the first time that’s ever happened and made for a good laugh between my photographer and myself!  

A question came up today among my fashion friends on how to make a dress

that was below the knee look good with boots and jackets as it felt too dumpy…

I’d had that exact issue a few weeks ago when I wore my striped dress to 

Parent’s Night Out and this is how I fixed it… 

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Today’s color for the challenge was Yellow… 

I began this with my Old Navy Pixie Pants that I bought to got with my 

Steelers gear.  I’ve also worn it with non -gear beause they are versatilve… 

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Here is a way I styled them this past Summer… 

I love a print pant because they really make a solid top more special…

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I turned this into a Sporty Luxe look by adding my sneakers.. 

It was practical for my active laundry day!  

It’ was colder today so the turtleneck and hat were great for my outside trash runs…

Dear Readers, Pairing these pants with Green and Blue or my Black & Gold Steelers tops are my first instincts…

Of course I named my blog Verstatile Style because I want a variety of ways to wear each piece… 

Any thoughts on other colors I should try with these yelow print pants?  

Self Care

Well today my husband was home so we decided to give the cottage cheese and fruit a try… 

I have to say with just juice from the fruit I could taste the salt and didn’t like that. It was better

when I added a bit of Truvia to it and in fact reminded me of our favortie Peaches and Creme cheesecake. 

I however am concerned about the amount of sodium and don’t think this will be a go to snack for me unless I check other 

options to see if they are all that high.  I did end up eating Pumpkin seeds and an apple instead for my lunch.  I have to 

 the 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds were very satisfying and had only 35mg of  sodium and packed a good 10 grams of protein.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that I finally gave cottage cheese a try as it had been on my radar for quite awhile. 

I am grateful for the fun time trying the new food was for us as our little family of 3. 

I am grateful that my sinus equilibrium issue went away and allowed for my active day…

I am grateful for the inspiration to do the video as it was so much fun and for the eager willingness of my son to record it for me.. his support with my blog photos is amazing!  

This week, I am Getting Outfit Inspiration from a spin off, 

Private group of my style challengers and today’s oufit called for 

THE COLOR RED

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I had this outfit hanging together in my closet as I often have a few, 

so knew exactly what I was going to use for the Day of RED…

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In my youth, I steered away from red, believing it wasn’t a good color for me…

My husband loves it and over the years I tried it and lo and behold , deeper reds work well for me!  

So my Dear Readers, What’s Your Shade of RED?  

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I added this red leather motto, late summer on clearance.  

It’s actually a faux leather or I should say , Vegan Leather, as it sound better, lol

Its a Marc Bouwer via Qvc and sold out now…

Sweatshirt dress (F21), grey boots( Issaac Mizrahi,QVC) , handbag ( just Fab) and scarf (Kroger-my grocery store, lol)

 are all pieces I’ve had previous seasons. 

 

 

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I got these red fleece lined leggings in a set of 6 colors last year and never 

wore them, so thought why not for today on a day of being home, with maybe a quick walk to the grocery store. 

I am not sure I’d wear them on a regular basis, but I don’t hate them, so who knows?  

Self Care

I had a meditative morning with no electronics or noise, lit a fire in the fireplace and enjoyed the silence while sipping my morning smoothie.  I treasure the quiet in the morning with my late sleeping husband and son…. 

Tomorrow’s color inspiration is Orange, if anyone wants to join me! 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a beautiful sunny day, I kept making excuses to go out to take out trash in every room in the house , etc, just to bask in the sunlight. 

I am grateful that my husband was able to change out the turtle tank before he left, it need it! 

I am grateful that yesterday after existing on only 3 1/2 hours sleep that I went to bed at 7:00, woke up at 10:30 pm, went back to bed at 12:30 and slept another 7 hours!   It was nice to feel well rested!  

I am grateful that we got just a dusting of snow and had the romantic pleasure of snow , without the clean up.  

I haven’t done a Pinterst Inspiration Look in Awhile, 

Today presented an opportunity when a Facebook Group 

decided to do this for today and I happened to have pinned this one and love it! 

Perfect burgundy skinnies, leopard scarf, black sleeve and camel fringe booties.:

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Of course I have the pieces to do this verbatim, but a funny thing about me 

is that I definitely like to beat my own drum and create my own path.  

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I bought this Joan Rivers Leopard Jacket as my reaction to her passing. 

It’s on clearance still, but only available in xxs and xs, I actually wear an xs in this line of jackets. 

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I am wearing my mothers pin as a necklace and a locket that was my grandmothers,

which holds pictures of her mother and brother (my great grandmother and great uncle)  

I noticed that I didn’t have my full smile in any of the photos, I attribute that to the cold temperatures ,

as it was near freezing today and that is cold for my area.  

Tonight promises to be even colder with temperatures in the teens and highs near 20 tomorrow!  

That rarely happens in my area! 

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If you look closely at this photo you can see the nice button element in my turtleneck sweater.

I am not big on turtlenecks , but picked this one up one day in early Fall when grocery shopping at Bj’s. 

I thought with turtlenecks trending that it would work well to wear with ponchos.  

Dear Readers, What do you think ?

have you tried a look with burgundy, black and leopard yet? 

If not, I highly recommend it!  

Self Care

Today for self care I began adding MCT oil into my morning smoothie again, as I haven’t done so in awhile. 

If you haven’t heard of this or are interested in why I chose to add this to my morning smoothies, 

 Here is a great article that explains it all in great detail! 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a wonderful month off and family time together, but also happy to get back to homeschooling. 

I am grateful that my son took it to heart when I began a writing program today, as his normal behavior is to stall and not do it at all. 

I am grateful for a sense of humor in that young man , who didn’t use the writing prompt I suggested , but looked down the list and found one about writing something that bothered you and used it to write about me!  I loved it and will take anything I can get to start fixing this writing issue created by his years in school.  

I am grateful for my dearest friend and our texts today, we haven’t seen it other much lately and she actually called herself a lousy friend.  I reminded her that our bond is secure and that there is no lousy freind in sight as she has been very busy with drama classes and plays for her daughter as well as moving!  Hopefully with football season ending we can begin Sunday Lunches!  

For the Winter Style Challenge for GYPO, 

one of the items on the list was a plaid shirt , 

which I opted out of getting as I am not much for button up shirts , 

and if I do wear them would prefer a gingham instead….. 

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As a Subsitution I bought this fun poncho from Jane.com

As I’ve mentioned before things only stay up for a short time before new items take their place. 

They did get a similar version back, but it only has five hours left and I am posting this in the morning. 

I did post the link on my Facebook page, so if you are not yet follwing that way perhaps now is the time!  

That’s the best way for me to post items that I find there as quickly as possible… 

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We had a warmer day, and this poncho thrown over a long sleeve tshirt was perfect!  

I am wearing my Diane Gilman Flared Jeans, bought for this season. 

Mine are no longer available, but she does have 6 other flared options, found HERE 

I like that I have navy boots (bought in Ireland) that help to extend my leg line,

a great trick for petite like myself. 

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I don’t think I could ever tire of wearing ponchos in any form….

I do like the addition of bootcuts and flares along with my skinnys. 

I mentioned yesterday that my Madi Claire bag was getting lots of use, lol! 

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Here’s my Game time oufit, which I am now in mourning as my team’s season is over.   

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which is how I actually watched the game, lol!  

Self Care

I think today’s self care had to be doing my weight training in the morning. 

I  made the colossal mistake of skipping it for a few days while I was doing lots of errands and 

spending quality time with my son before he headed back to college.  The reason I described it as colossal was it had reached that achy state , which kept me from falling asleep and being too tired to go grab Ibuprofen for relief , made for an uncomfortable night…. 

Gratitude

I am grateful the support of my son when my team lost, albeit throught texting… 

I am grateful for these close quality time moments with our youngest.  

I am grateful laughter and playfulmess we have as a family. 

I am grateful for the fun we had Saturday night making a fun dessert that some Asian customers served my husband this week…If anyone knows the legitimate name that would be helpful.  It is very simply, egg roll shell wrapped around 1/4 bannana and brown sugar.   They fried them, but luck me as I have my air fryer which worked perfectly!  They were yummy and brought the three of us together on our first night without my other son who had left that morning. 

 

It Suddenly Hit Me Today…..

That I’ve added quite a few purple pieces in for this season… 

I have always loved the color, but made the connection today that I am feeling close 

to my mother when I wear her favorite color…. 

I’ve always felt that connection with green and my father, but then again he passed when I was just 13 ,

so I had a lot more time to recognize why I am so drawn to shades of green. 

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The concussion in early December along with the holidays and family around, 

I’ve been missing my mother quite a bit, so it stands to reason that I’ve styled three purple outfits recently. 

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This was last weeks version…..

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And this was the week or so before that….

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Here is today’s full outfit… I added the hat to keep me warm as it was in the 60’s put temps dropped to winter again.  

It’s nice to bring together my love of fashion with honoring my parents through their favorite colors. 

Of course wearing my mother’s jewelry is another way that has been more obvious, but at least I’ve solved the puzzling question as to why I kept being drawn to creating outfits with purple so much recently….

It really stood out as a puzzle , as I have so many colors to work with in my Fall/Winter wardrobe….

Today in Self Care

I began my day with lighting a scented candle and beginning to read a book I bought the morning before my fall and concussion,   Mitch Albom’s “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the phone calls from my daughter and our plans to make her a mask for her second year attending Comicon Boston…. We love doing crafty things together….

I am grateful that I took big risks for Christmas in picking out items for my daughter and that she loved them all( I think we’ve turned a corner of chaos of her hating everything I suggested in her teen years, lol) 

I am grateful for a fun afternoon of going to the bowling alley with my two youngest boys and the delight my youngest had in his first game that rivaled scores from last year before he had this down turn when he moved to performance balls. 

I am grateful that my oldest son stopped by today right before we headed out to go bowling and picked up his coffee table( a xmas present that we originally recieved the wrong model)  and for  the nice chat with his brothers.  I love seeing my children connect as adults!   

This has been a week of clouds and rain,

but I don’t let that get me down.

It’s been fun as it forced me to steer clear of maxi skirts and certain shoes

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Still using my phone for Pictures….

I did however manage to wear one of my longer boho crinkle skirts in my favorite shade. 

I thrifted this one and the zippered hoodie jacket I bought off Ebay, somedays it’s fun wearing 

things I love that aren’t specifically on trend.   

I think the color combo and my new pointed toe flats with ankle straps add just enough to be modern. 

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I really am loving my new layered hair and how I can leave it more curly like this, perfect for a rainy day, 

while also being able to use my straightener for days when my more conservative side likes to play..

My purse is Nine West bought a few years ago at an Outlet Mall.  

My shoes are from Amazon, Here and come in several colors.

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Here’s  two ways I wore this last season..

Orange Crush- Aztec Boho Style.... Over 40 fashion blogger...

Orange Bohomeian Skirt... Over 40 fashion blogger

The good thing about this rain is that it looks like it will clear up by Saturday….

Why is that so Important?

Well my husband got us tickets to see Billy Joel and it’s outside and we have plans to tailgate beforehand! 

I hope you my Dear Readers all have a fabulous weekend, spending time with loved ones and recharging your batteries for the coming week.  

Any Special Plans for this weekend?

Gratitude

I am grateful for a very lazy day that matched the vibe of the weather.

I am grateful that my daughter went out tonight with friends from her childhood, wish she would have let me take pictures of her outfit, lol!  

I am grateful that the shopping list comes out tonight at midnight for the Summer GYPO challenge, as I hope to shop my closet for items and get inspiration to make it a no-brainer to get dressed… This being creative and picking out outfits daily really does take time some days, others it is easy.. You can still sign up if interested. 

I am grateful for the fun of stepping on the scale this morning and thinking it was broken… I’ve lost over 5lbs since last Friday when I really got serious about this! 


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