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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!

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May we all take a quiet moment today to honor those who have served our country and offered us protection.  Most of all may we honor those who gave their lives in pursuit of serving their country.  May the school board of Virginia Beach hide their heads in shame for using this Veteran’s Day as a make- up day for Hurricane Sandy.

I am  excited to start this challenge, as it has been so much fun to plan it.  I almost wanted to start early and post this over the weekend.  I’m like a child and can’t wait for things sometimes.  As  a child I was the one who searched out the hiding places for Christmas presents because I just didn’t know how to wait.

Here is the original picture from Pinterest. I believe it originated from this blogger,  http://simplyme091909.blogspot.com/   The reason I chose it was because I owned very similar pieces and really like the animal print and orange.  I really think every woman should embrace some form of animal print in her wardrobe.

And now for my version, Did I nail this look or what?  This was the easiest one to style and I am happy with the results. I opted for straight leg jeans since that is what I had that currently fits me.  I also changed the flats to my nude pumps.  I wore this to the mall to hang out with a friend and received several compliments, so guess I am on the right track!

As a girl who love skirts and dresses, I thought it would be fun to add a little twist and try this look as well. I originally planned to wear this skirt with tights and shooties, but changed it since it was 64 degrees on Saturday.   Like my new orange belt?

One item still on my wish list is a leopard spotted scarf and if I had one, I would have been tempted to do yet another outfit inspired by the original. But not going to let that stop me from trying one more twist… Just really want to show options of animal print and the orange so if you will be challenged to try something similar in your own closet.

Since I do have a new belt and shoes that could change this a little I couldn’t resist trying this one as well. I think this is a good option for someone who just wants to dip their toes in the water of  wearing animal print.  With only little touches in the belt and shoes anyone can pull this one off!

Now I must stop and move on to thinking about tomorrow’s challenge….But, would really love it if you would answer my poll question:

Gratitude-I am grateful to have found a better order to home school that is working beautifully!  I am grateful for the upcoming holiday and that I already have my turkey! I am grateful for my unwavering patience that make me a better mother. 

Dear Readers, Your comments are welcomed and appreciated, so let’s hear from YOU!  Comments may be left by going back to the top of this post, thank you.

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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

 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

I have been waiting to show off this mint outfit.  I bought this when I was heavier and the skirt was too tight.  Here it is for the 80 degree weather. I love reaping the benefits of my weight loss.  This top use to be too tight n the bust area….Weight Loss is a fun journey….  These photos were taken on Monday.

And here  with the addition of  a sweater for a cool air conditioning or as the temp drops in evening. I tied the sweater to create a shorter version in keeping with my new goals of dressing my petite body frame.   I think it works….

Close up of the details of the top, which I love.  I love feminine  detailing or detailing of any kind for that matter…

If you click on this photo you can enlarge it for a better close -up, when I posted it larger myself it became distorted.

Outfit Details

Silk Blouse – Chadwicks online last year

Skirt – Chadwicks online last year

Sweater- TJ Maxx, ages ago…

Nude Pumps- Payless -recent

Snakeskin Purse- Marc Bower via QVC  recent

Bracelets – vintage via Ebay

Tomorrow is Friday, which means “MY LUCKY FIND’S”  from thrifting and other shopping.  Come back and see how I did… 

There is a story behind this dress…. I was grocery  shopping at BJ’s when I spotted this dress hanging on an upper rack. I went over to the rack and proceeded to search for my size and tried to pull the hanger down, instead the metal flat part of the rack that is there  to hide the hangers came tumbling down and smacked me in the center of my forehead.  That thing was heavy and left me stunned, nauseated and with an instant swelling bump.  I never even finished my grocery shopping, I felt so sick and then the intense pains set in.  We waited around long enough to fill out the accident report and I went home.

They sent me a gift card and I went back for the dress, but this time, I made my husband get it down from the rack. To this day if I see something I like on that rack, my husband teases me if i like it enough to risk a bump on my head.  I also purchased a mat for my kitchen that really does help when  standing at the sink.  The last purchase with that gift card was these chairs

 

I love the color navy and really wanted to get more than just a summer season out of this dress, so what better formula than to add a jacket, tights and boots.

Can’t even begin to express how much I love these navy boots.  There are just certain things you acquire for your wardrobe that go beyond the basic black and brown that just makes you feel special and owning faux suede navy  boots is one of those for me.  Of course these boots are so FANTABULOUS (yes I meat to combine fantastic and fabulous to make a new word) that I also have them in brown and grey.Gotta have a close up of the boots…

 

I also like this green jacket, which I ordered from Ebay.  I like the sparkle on the pocket, that it is stretch, short to qualify as a responsible purchase for my petite frame and that it is tight and will work as I continue to loose weight.

Gotta Love Stretch!

 

Another way I envision wearing this it so switch out the jacket for a dark jean jacket. but I must say that the green is a little more inspired and special.  I can also see adding a pullover sweater over it , making it look like a skirt.  The possibilities when you are looking to create a versatile wardrobe….

 

Outfit Details-

Dress- Rabbit, Rabbit – Bj”s

Jacket- Ebay- recent

Belt- Liz Claiborne NY – QVC

Necklace- Samuel B silver & sapphire – QVC

Botts- Kathy Van Zeeland

Purse- Liz Claiborne NY

 

I Hope you enjoyed, my story, my outfit and my navy boots…

. Do you own one pair of boots that are just not the norm that makes you feel special?  Got a funny story about an item you’ve acquired?   Leave a comment and share….

This week was a good one for thrift store finds.  I love being able to get great fashions at affordable pricing.  Since I am currently losing weight and unsure of my exact goal sizing this is a perfect solution.  I don’t know if I have said this on my blog before, but, I LOVE DRESSES and SKIRTS.  I wouldn’t mind wearing them everyday.   I love feeling like a woman and embracing my femininity and there is no better way for me than dresses and skirts.  Let’s face it dresses are the simplest way to have a great impact outfit. They definitely fit my goal of creating a Versatile Style wardrobe.  I love that I can wear them plain, add a sweater and a jacket in fall and winter, wear heels, flats, wedges, boots, shooties and tights.  The goal of pieces that can be worn for more than one season is easily done with dresses and skirts.  I must say, I like dresses more and more now that I have dropped my weight.

Looking at trends and loving graphic prints is what attracted me to this dress. It gets bonus points for the burgundy coloring as well.  Not to mention the fit is fantastic…  Can’t wait to style this one! I never pay full price at the thrift stores for dresses, but this week broke that trend twice! $6.99

Another graphic print I found this week was this skirt by Geoffrey Beene.  This skirt is a size 2 and has spandex.  Knowing this brand ran big and with my continued weight loss goals, I decided to try this on and, lo and behold I got it all the way zipped up!  Too tight yes, but definitely doable in the near future.  My advice is to do what I did by comparing the skirt to a size 6(goal size) and seeing that they looked darned close.  In the past I might not have done this and would have just looked at the size 2 and moved on.  So glad I didn’t as I love this print. Half price at just $2.50.

This next dress is by ACG and a size 6.  My friend pointed this one out to me and I almost didn’t try it.  I was intrigued by the pockets, gotta love a dress with pockets! I also loved the print, but I was wary of the high neckline.  I have an aversion to the current trend of sheath  dresses for that exact reason.  If you have a bigger bust, high necklines don’t flatter you, in my humble opinion.  So once again trying things on is key.  This dress was tight ,which is all I am buying right now,  since I have kicked up the exercise and expect the inches to start falling off.  I have to say I loved this dress and the neckline wasn’t so high that it covered my collarbone, so was flattering,  and the open back was to die for!  Anyway long story short, brought it home and tried it on with some Spanx and I don’t have to wait to lose weight!  Gonna style this one very soon! Price $6.99

I have to say I love Nylon sweaters, no pilling and they last forever!  This color was one I have wanted- SOLD! By Joseph A.  Half priced at just $2.50

This top, I adore!  It really feels like a statement piece.  You really can’t tell from the photo but it is actually Navy with black lines running through it.  Right on trend with the black/navy combo that I love.  It is made by Stera and is very thick like a sweater and both zips and has snaps.  For $2.50 I had to have it. Anyone know anything about the Stera brand?

And last of all, a new pair of shoes…. These are by Mudd , which I know is mostly a junior brand, but I couldn’t help it and snagged them for just $4.00.  I had these on the bedroom floor right outside the closet and my husband noticed , picked them up and asked about them.  He said he really liked these, I think he liked them even more when he heard the price tag!  I am starting to wear heels more and like any guy, that is a turn on….

I hope that my thrifting journey inspires you and gives you ideas of your own because if it’s just “look what I got” then I have failed at my goal, which was to educate on what great finds are in thrift stores that can match with current trends at awesome prices.   If anyone local is too intimidated to go thrifting alone, I can go with you!  If not local,  grab an adventurous friend and make a day of it!

I have to give a shout out to my friend Sue (my Weight Watcher Buddy) whose love of thrifting has inspired me to go back to something I had forgotten I loved!  I have to say she has great taste and quite often makes suggestions for me.  This week she even found me a cashmere black sweater.  I have never owned cashmere and although it might have fit her, she turned it over to me.  Now that’s a true friend…  Love you Sue!

This completes week two of my blogging adventure and I am having so much fun!  I intend to have a weekend full of  family, friends and laughter.  I wish you all the same!

I have a blog post planned for Monday entitled, ” Living in Gratitude”.  Can’t wait to share my personal journey!


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