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I am such a feminine woman most of the time, but every once in awhile I really like to channel my inner tough girl, rock star… That reminds me of one of my favorite songs as a teenager by REO Speedwagon. “Tough Guys”.  For those of you not blessed with ADD you may not get the tough girl connection to that song, but an ADD brain can connect any two things and that one was close enough to make sense… You should see my husband scratch his head and ask, “how did you make that leap?”

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I think for every woman feeling tough involves different things, for me it’s leather and this time snakeskin jeggings…

I really love my new burgundy moto jacket that I purchased recently from Forever 21.  I chose the burgundy instead of black because the black just didn’t feel like me and felt more harsh.  This color just felt right.  I also liked a green one I saw as well and really wavered.  Burgundy won out since I don’t have as much of that color in my wardrobe as I would like.

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This tassel necklace is from Avon and I am not sure if it is still available because I purchased it several months ago and if my memory serves me correctly it was out of a clearance catalog.  I hope to get a lot of use out of this necklace because I love the length and it does a lot to fill in the space and is a good way to lengthen my petite body.  I think anything that creates that long vertical line helps, which is why I am so partial to scarfs.

IMG_0780I felt so good in this outfit and have real love for these boots.  They are by Twiggy London via HSN.  I regret not taking a photo to show you the purple bottom on these.  They are fur lined so really for colder weather.   The best part about wearing this outfit was when my 17 year old told me he wouldn’t be embarrassed if he ran into a friend while we were out shopping…It doesn’t take much to embarrass our children, so I had to ask…

I wear sunglasses a lot as my eyes are light and sun sensitive and can lead to headaches very easily…

Gratitude:  I am grateful for the holiday season and the chance to spend quality time with my children.   I am grateful for the fun of putting up the tree with Nicholas for the first time (something Ashley and I traditionally have done)….I am grateful for my newfound energy to kick up the exercise and my commitment to reaching goal weight. Today I am traveling to Farmville, VA to pick my daughter up from Longwood University for winter break and I am grateful for the road trip with my husband and sons, as well as the beginning of several weeks with my daughter!  

Dear Readers your comments are welcomed and greatly appreciated..

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The very first time I wore this my 12 year old son took one look at me and exclaimed, “You look like a rock star’s girlfriend!”.  I wish everyone had a child like my Connor in their life….He is so good for my soul.  I always would tell the children “God said I bless you and gave me (their name).  I will never forget the day I said this and my third child who was about 10 at the time said, “And he saved the best for last”.   Such an unusual statement from one brother of his younger brother and a moment I will forever cherish.

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Now, as for this jacket, I literally stalked it for months.  I love animal print and fell hard for this at first sight.  Being a woman who likes a bargain, I only hesitated in buying it immediately because I wanted a good deal.  Before anyone asks where I got it, I apologize, but it is no longer available….

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I found it on the Metrostyle website and waited for a holiday when they e-mail me special discount codes and as soon as one came I ordered it right away.  It was worth the wait and is a favorite that makes me smile every time I wear it or even just see it in my closet.

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Does anyone else love zebra print?  I now own zebra print:

v-neck t-shirt

Slingback Heels

Scarf

Belt

I think that is enough and I will not buy any more in this print.  I have to have some limits for my animal prints or they could take over.   One of my life codes is “Everything in moderation, Balance, anything in excess is not healthy!” 

Gratitude:  I am grateful to my friend for taking me thrifting today and the fun we always have.  I am grateful for the growth and maturity of my adult children.  I am grateful for the new Weight Watcher 360 program and the concentration on all aspects of weight loss of mind, body, soul…

Linking up today with: Rolled Up Pretty, The Pleated Ploppy,  Raegun Ramblings. Please go see what some other bloggers are up to and not just in fashion…

When I did my Pinterest inspiration last Wednesday with the black dress and tights with brown boots, I really loved the look and was immediately inspired to do another look with the black and brown.

This is the same dress and boots as in the previous inspiration.  All I did differently  was add the brown jacket and scarf.   I have to say that this jacket is one I absolutely love and my husband keeps complimenting.   It was among my new purchases of shorter jackets to elongate my petite height.

Both the jacket and the scarf are Ebay purchases.  It is cheaper to get scarfs from ebay and wait two weeks for them to arrive from China than it is to get them anywhere locally.  I discovered this over the summer and have been hooked ever since.  I will recommend checking the size of the scarf before purchasing. I purchase the scarfs from vendors that sell them between $3 and $4 with free shipping.

Here I am trying to balance on a log… And here is the link to the scarf and to the jacket. Be sure to check the sizing chart for the jacket as it runs smaller than U. S. sizing… I seem to have my hand on the bottom pocket of the jacket in every phot0 and am covering the bling.  You can see it on the link picture.

Linking up with Watch What I am Wearing and Visible Monday and Monday Mingle

Gratitude:  I am grateful for the Holiday Season!  I am grateful that my son really got into helping with the holiday decorating this year and lifted some of the responsibility off my shoulders.  I am grateful that the tree is up and ready for when my daughter comes home on Thursday…

One of my favorite sites is 40plusstyle and Sylvia issued a challenge to come up with two outfits that had three colors and a pattern.  I looked through my pictures since I began my blog in October,  and was surprised that I did two colors and a pattern very often, but not three.  Since my goal for starting this blog was to challenge myself to go above and beyond my normal styling habits, this was interesting to me.

It just so happened that I had already planned Monday’s outfit which I think totally qualifies:

And of course Tuesday’s,  which I am submitting for the challenge:

Funny, how I chose these two photos, with similar poses… the above outfits are mostly thrifted excluding the boots, while today’s new outfit only includes one thrifted item…Thrif

Today I decided to try for just one more,but this time wanted to do it with pants instead of a dress.  I also wanted to not include black in this version.  Here is what I came up with :

I really just wanted to share in case any of you, my dear readers wanted a thought provoking moment of asking yourself if you succeed with doing three colors and a print in your looks.  If not it is something new to inspire you….If so congratulations, you are more advanced than I am at adventurous styling.

I will keep this in mind, along with pattern mixing and see if I can incorporate it more instead of the two colors I had been doing.  I love learning and trying new things in creating my style….

I really love these Aigner boots that I found on a super clearance deal in the spring.  I have to say the heel height is very comfortable and I could walk in these all day, so would make a perfect Mom on the Go look..

Outfit Details:

Blouse- Thrifted-S.L.B. 70% silk, 30% cotton- $2.50

Cobalt Jacket- Motto via Qvc- last year

Pants- Denim & Co clearanced via Qvc

Boots- Aigner – clearanced $9.99

Linking up with Thrift and Shout today, so go see what some other wonderful bloggers are up to…

Gratitude: I am grateful for this blog and the adventures I am having. I am grateful to my oldest son who cleaned up the kitchen without being asked…I am grateful to my husband for realizing he was talking all about his job and stopping to ask me how my blog was doing.  

As Always Dear Readers, I welcome and appreciate your comments.  Please stop by tomorrow and see “My Lucky Find’s ”  where I scored six dresses from Goodwill.  

Tuesdays are always a day where I get up feeling anxious and rush to the scale first thing after I get up or should I be honest and confess that I go to the bathroom first, can’t weigh in til I make sure to release any possible extra weight…

I then spend my morning running back and forth between the scale making sure that the outfit I chose doesn’t make the number go up…. I think I must weigh myself at least 5 times before I leave for my meeting.  I swear I have no other obsessive compulsions.  This is it, all brought on by facing a scale….Notice I wear leggings on weigh in days. they weigh less than other pants…

Why do I give that darn thing so much power in my life, why can’t I just wake up and let the chips fall where they may instead of obsessing for two hours every Tuesday morning?  This next photo is a close up just to emphasize how windy it was…

I really shouldn’t complain I chose Weight Watchers because I wanted the accountability of weighing in and keeping on top of this. The scary part is that I chose WW because I wanted the accountability for the rest of my lifetime…

I sure hope when I reach that point of just maintaining that I can not be so obsessed with stepping on the scale every morning as my first waking thought is “Well, did I do ok, yesterday?”

I guess after not stepping on a scale for years while I ate emotionally and put on this weight means I have to change something, but I always say “Any thing in excess is not good for you.”

Part of this journey has to be finding the balance and not obsessing over stepping on the scale so many times a day… It is something to aim for later, but for right now it is my security blanket and I am not ready to give it up.

After suffering severe sinus pressure headaches that felt more like migraine’s  Sunday & Monday and the sore throat and fever I now am experiencing, I am not going to my WW meeting.  No worries that will not become a habit.  I actually look forward to my meetings.

My scale says that I gained .4lbs,but then again it was just 4 am and that is never what time I start weighing myself..  Who knows it could make perfect since with eating out, sitting still these past two days and let’s add in PMS and my aching swollen chest… Since I am up, going to post this now and head right back to bed.

The big question is can I eat really well and indulge just a little on Thanksgiving and still have a loss next week.  I’m going to try! I am not giving up stuffing and rolls just this once…  Will let you know next Tuesday on the next Weigh In Day….

Outfit Details

Green Tunic Sweater- thrifted $2.50

Brown leggings- F21 $5.99

Scarf- Kroger (my grocery store) $6.99

Boots- BJ’s  $29.99 by White Mountain

Purse- Thrifted $4.00

That is only about $49.50 for the entire look!

Linking up with Real Girl Glam!

So,  last week I showed you my knee length coats and promised to finish this week with the shorter ones.   Here is a quick view of the ones I showed last week in case you missed them. 

Now on the ones you haven’t see before:

This first one I purchased and wore all the time last year.  That was when I was 34 pounds heavier… So adjustments had to be made: 

I just took the two buttons in the back and moved them over two inches and buttoned the sash piece back on which tightened it by quite a bit.

The next three are all the same coat in different colors. I bought them on clearance at the end of the season last year for just $26 each from QVC.  The first one is a merlot color. Sorry for the lighting as I was trying to get these photos done before a storm was blowing in… 

These coats are all too big now, but I adjusted the above  Merlot one, by taking it from a single breasted to a double breasted and love how it turned out.  My plan is to make the same back adjustment as above to these when I lose the additional 20lbs to my goal….

Here is the navy blue one which has not been altered yet…I really needed this basic color in the shorter coat, as I had no other neutral..

And just for emphasis to show what I am really dealing with…Just another challenge to contend  with in my weight loss journey…

No need to put this one on as it also is not altered, yet and that storm is coming in….

This last one was purchased last year from Sam’s Club and did not fit me.  I knew I wanted to lose weight and bought this in anticipation of doing so.. It is a Kenneth Cole and I love it.  The hat is a recent purchase from Walmart.  I love hats!

Maybe next year, I would like to add something in brown and maybe a hounds-tooth print.  I recently saw a Calvin Klein hounds-tooth at Macy’s that I fell in love with but too expensive and no need to make big purchases until I reach my goal size…

Gratitude- I am grateful for the silence of my phone today and the cessation of the political phone calls.  I am grateful for the right to vote  and to be a citizen of The United States Of America.  I am grateful for fuzzy warm blankets to cuddle up with on cold nights.  

Tomorrow I announce my first Challenge as a blogger!

Dear Readers, comments are welcomed and appreciated…

 So happy that the election is over and I won’t have to keep erasing messages that keep filling up my answering machine daily.  Being in a swing state of Virginia means they get to harass you.  I almost envy my friends who only have cell phones and were not subjected to this part of the election process.  I can’t imagine what Floridians were subjected to.  Now the decision has been made.

Today I get an extra treat of a longer time to hang out with my friend at the mall while the theater children are having a rehearsal.  It is so important for stay at home mother’s to take good care of themselves and have friendships,  hobbies and even put themselves first sometimes.  I was blessed to have had a mother who set a really good example of this and I always knew this was important for me to do to ensure that I don’t give myself totally away and have regrets later or not allow my children to grow independent of me.  My children have so benefited from this and I am proud to say, I gave them wings.

I hope that some day my daughter and the wives of my son’s can say about me what I say about my mother and make good choices and support their spouses need to maintain individuality.  Don’t know why I am feeling so deep today.  I am really missing my daughter who won’t be home until Thanksgiving and am probably feeling very sentimental as my son’s 17th birthday is next weekend.  It really is the beginning of that holiday season that makes you miss loved ones who now watch over us instead of sharing our daily lives. I welcome this time to cherish their memories,  to evaluate how they helped mold me,  and to check that I am being the best version of myself.  Anyone else feeling this so early in the holiday season? 

I love my new  jacket that is from Hong Kong and purchased from Ebay.  There are really a lot of feminine touches in this jacket.  My daughter has a love of Japan including their fashions and introduced me to it.  The shoulders have a really cute gathering detail that puffs up a little and the cuffs on the sleeves are an extra detail.  It does not button and is meant to hang open.  The best part of this little beauty is the back.  Loved it so much I have a photo to show you:

My husband’s insight was that it is like the Anime characters and their outfits…..Excuse the white marks. I leaned against a fence and it brushed off.  I did get it off later, so no worries. It was my husband’s suggestion to take the photos in the tree.  He really takes his role as photographer very seriously.  You should hear him suggesting how to move my head and where to place my hands….

I would really need to wear some tights with this later in the season, but don’t currently own any to match this.  So dear readers opinions are desired…. What color tights should I get for this combo?

Outfit Details-

Green Sweater Dress- Chadwicks- last year

Orange Jacket- Ebay- recent

Boots- Chadwicks- no longer available

Scarf- Remixed

Purse- Thrifted

Tomorrow I will be showing my shorter winter coats and Friday I will be announcing my first Blog Challenge, so come back and visit.

Dear Readers, Your comments are welcomed and appreciated!

Don’t for get to stop by and see all the ladies linking up with http://www.rolleduppretty.com/ and www.thepleatedpoppy.com


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