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WIWW OOTD Black and White Zebra Print

There are several basic, yet classic combinations that will never go out of style and today I am featuring just one of them – Black and White – if only black and white people could get along so well…

This week I feel that blogging about fashion after fifty and food is trivial especially with what’s going on in today’s world.  However, if we allow the negativity to over shadow and overtake creativity and positivity then we have given it more power than it deserves.

 Praying that positivity always rises to the top!

black and white zebra print

“What is Black and White and Read All Over”

“A Newspaper”

Remember that childhood joke?

“What is Black and White and Read All Over”

“This OOTD on my Blog”

Not a joke!

Read it then share it with your friends and followers!

classic black and white combination

This top and shoes are both closet summer staples which work well even if they are matchy-matchy, but hey, I’m a kid of the 60’s so I’ll match if I wanna!

Zebra print shoes

The shoes were purchased from and I also have them in a Tiger print which will be featured before the end of the season.

The black and white purse is from Avon and if you noticed the bracelets, they are also a Zebra print which were ordered from an online store few years ago.  (forgot the name)

The black jeggings are from Walmart and the silver watch is also from Avon.

Zebra print for the summer

Now it’s time for you to chime in: other than black and white, what are some of your favorite classic color combinations?  

Oh and more importantly, what did you buy on Amazon Prime Day???

black and white ootd

Stay safe and stay blessed my friends!


Business Casual Cute

Business Casual Cute 

Oftentimes I have client meetings after work, so I try to wear something comfortable and cool because I usually won’t get home before 8 at night.  I love pencil skirts and sleeveless shirts, black being my favorite color because of its slimming affects.

  red and animal print

With this outfit, I decided to break up the black with red accessories, and jazzed it up a bit with an animal print.  Do you remember this Cascading Vest which was provided to me from Covered Perfectly to review?  Well believe it or not it has been hanging in my closet unworn ever since.

  product review

These Jessica Simpson peep toe animal print shoes are one of my favorite consigned finds.  I literally wear them all year round, well at least if there’s no snow on the ground.

shoes purchased on consignment  

The red tote is a Walmart purchase and the red bracelet and ring are both from Old Navy.

  what to wear to work

What do you like to wear when you have a long day and want to keep it business casual cute?

Wearing White Before Memorial Day

Hello friends, are you ready – this is it – the first official weekend of the summer – woohoo.  The sun is shining, the temps are rising and I am ready to be outdoors until late into the evening.  

This afternoon we will be heading over to the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware to see our son graduate from the CLSC Program and I am so excited!!!

CLSC stands for Career and Life Studies Certificate. CLSC is a two-year, nonresidential certificate program at the University of Delaware for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). CLSC provides integrated academic, career/technical and independent living instruction in preparation for gainful employment. CLSC students attend classes, participate in internships and work experiences, and engage in all aspects of campus life.  

Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Facebook pages to see our smiling faces!  Speaking of which, if you saw the pic of my #OOTD on Monday you would have known that I wore white shoes and carried a white purse which according to old fashion rules is a no-no!  

would you wear white before Memorial Day

Do you still adhere to the “no white before Memorial Day” rule – or is it alright to wear white right after Easter?  This skirt is a recent purchase from Ross and initially I was going to pair it with a different top, but with all the rain we had this month I decided to wear it instead with a crisp white shirt.  

  white cotton shirt and pencil skirt

Then after looking deeper into my closet, I said, hey what the heck and grabbed these white sandals and purse.  I was comfy all day and with just a few pops of orange this outfit really made the start of my week less dreary.  

White B4 Memorial Day

So are you ready, will you be heading to the beach or the shore or just hanging at home with family and friends?  Whatever, you decide to do – be safe and have fun. 


Black and White and Cold All Over – Suede Boots in the Snow

I don’t care what that little Punxsutawney Phil saw or didn’t see on Groundhog Day!  I honestly don’t think that we have seen the last of the cold weather nor the last of the snow.   These pictures were taken a few days after the 2016 Blizzard.  However, none of that matters because I am prepared for whatever the winter brings with my over-the-knee suede boots!

standing in the snow with boots

suede over-the-knee boots


I recently read an article about women over 50 wearing over-the knee boots – should they or shouldn’t they.  Well you know me, my answer is definitely YES!

Whether you wear them with a dress like this one from Avon or over jeans and pants, I think they are a great look in the winter.

Avon 130 years

I of course will wear a sweater or blazer just in case I need to stay toasty in the office but menopause most likely will prevent that!

Can you believe that Avon is over 130 years?  You really need to check out a catalog to see some of the other great clothes and accessories that they have.

Avon Dress is perfect for the winter weather

The purse/tote was thrifted from Goodwill last year and it’s the perfect size to carry all my essentials as well as my Tablet.

thrifted purse from Goodwill

These accessories are my Avon Bling – remember when I featured them in this New Year’s Eve post?

Avon Bling

me and my Tablet

Okay it’s your chance to chime in, what do you think, yay or nay for over-the-knee boots if you are over the age of fifty?

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You Choose the Shoes – Season 2 – Week 6

Hello friends and welcome to You Choose the Shoes Season 2 ~ Week 6

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Thank you all for your kind words and suggestions regarding my leg, unfortunately there is still a scar which I doubt will ever heal.  Thank God is didn’t blister, but the next time, if there is a next time, I’m just going to let the pan fall onto the floor!

You Choose the Shoes

This week will be open toe versus closed toe.  The weather is finally where it should be so this weekend, I will be pulling out the Spring and Summer shoes so we can get this contest rocking and rolling.

You choose the shoes

The cloth open-toe pumps are Rocket Dogg from The Shoe Dept and these patent leather pumps are Mossimo from Target.

You choose the shoes You Choose the Shoes

Believe it or not I almost forgot about this weekly feature…not because I wanted to but because I launched a new blog, Blogging with Blake and have been trying to get it up and running along with a vlogging series.  Do ya think I have enough time in a day?  


If you follow me on instagram you know we took a road trip to Virginia Beach and welcomed a new cousin into the world, I can’t wait to tell you all about our trip and the rental car from Enterprise!

You Choose the Shoes

So which pair do you think looks better, the closed toe pumps…..or…

You Choose the Shoes


The open toe pumps?

Thank you all for voting last week…and the winner was…

Week 6 Winner



I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

DeDivahDeals Signature Floral

Saying Goodbye to the Snow

Saying Goodbye to the Snow

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  Today on this soggy Saturday, I think we can finally say “goodbye” to the snow, but with a few more weeks of winter, I will not be saying “goodbye” to my winter whites.

Wearing Winter White in the snow

I was never one who stopped wearing white after Labor Day, however, there are a few ways in which to wear white in the winter to keep it seasonal.  Please click the link below to read more of these tips in my article in magazine.

Wearing Winter White with boots

Wearable White Silhouettes Will Make You Feel Like the Fashionista You Are

Enjoy the weekend and Stay Warm!

New Year ~ New You!


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Sunday Styling ~ Fashion After Fifty

Hello friends, Happy 1st Sunday.  I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to spend some time with family, friends and perhaps do a little shopping.  We had a soggy Saturday, but that didn’t stop a lot of people from heading out.  Hubby and I actually spent a few hours at Wally World (Walmart) but not to do any Christmas shopping, it was groceries only.  

Believe it or not, I haven’t put up one decoration nor brought the tree up from the basement! I’m not into the spirit just yet, however, I do know that by this time next weekend everything will be done!

Fashion after Fifty and the pencil skirt

This weekend may have been cold and soggy, but last weekend it was nice and sunny so this is what I wore to church.  The pencil skirt is JC Penney and the top is so old, that I can’t remember where it was purchased, I do know that it was a suit and I donated the pants.

Fashion after Fifty and the pencil skirt The clutch was purchased from DSW and the Traci Lynn Necklaces and Bracelet were a gift from hubby.

Fashion after Fifty

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, I’m heading down to Smyrna, for the 2nd Goodwill Stylist pull for the 2015 Runway Show.
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


Black N Boots

 Hello friends, I trust you all had a wonderful week and perhaps are now gearing up for the best holiday of the season – THANKSGIVING!

I don’t know about you but I think the industry is pushing Christmas way too early, I am still eating Halloween candy!  The commercials, the songs, and now the decorations three weeks before Turkey Day is a bit much for me,

What are your thoughts?

Anywho, I finally broke out the winter boots and have worn my favorite pair twice last week, the over-the-knee suede boots and I am lovin’ them.

Sunday Stylin Roundup

Today’s Sunday Style Roundup is featuring only two outfits and they are both entitled “Black N Boots”  I also wore one of my Infinity Scarves purchased from Burlington Coat Factory to break up all the black in this outfit.  The dress is a sleeveless sheath from Ross and the blazer is thrifted from Goodwill.

Corporate Autumn Attire 70% OFF SALE Autumn Attire with boots and scarf
Autumn Attire with boots and scarf

I always feel so corporate in a blazer and Goodwill is definitely the place to go for them.

Corporate Autumn Attire

In this second outfit the skirt is Worthington and cowl neck are both from JCPenney.  The necklace was a new piece thrifted from Goodwill.

skirt with over the knee boots

Lovely fall leaves

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 Today I am also featuring my oldest son, Tayair, not for what he’s wearing although he is handsome in his suit jacket.  He spoke at his CLSC Open House on Tuesday evening.  CLSC is the University of Delaware’s Career and Life Studies Certificate program, a 2-Year, non-residential college certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities and I was very proud of him!

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 What do you think, have they started promoting Christmas too early?Enjoy  the rest of the week!

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!



Stylin Sunday Roundup

Sunday Stylin Roundup

Hello friends and welcome to another episode of Stylin Sunday Roundup! It’s funny because I always think about a rodeo when I type the title of this post.

The weather ’round here parts has been unpredictable which is evidenced by these three outfits.  The temps have been up and down with damp and dry conditions in between and soon I’ll have to put on some tights.

This first outfit is titled Stripes and Such

Stripes and Such

Stripes and Such is a mix of patterns with the leopard print booties that were purchased from the Deb Shop in the Exton Mall a few years back.  The grey skirt has black side panels so I chose this thrifted top as a complimentary accent.

What do you think? 

I do love my cardigan sweaters especially those that fall below my hips.

Polka Dots and Beads

This is my Polka Dot and Beads outfit.  The sweater is a recent purchase from Burlington Coat Factory, the House of Dereon purse was also purchased from BCF but that was several years ago.  My favorite “Betty Boop” polka dot shoes, beaded necklace and silver accessories completes the look.

Goodwill Goodie

This last outfit is entitled “Goodwill Goodie” and not because of the outfit but because of the leather bag which I purchased for my son for $8.00. He wanted his father’s leather bag but we had donated it to Goodwill last year, so I was on the hunt for another one and this was perfect.

I love thrifting at the Goodwill in Smyrna, DE.  Speaking of Goodwill, I will once again be a Stylist for the 2015 Goodwill Runway Show and I am looking forward to working with the group again.

On this “no-work day casual Friday” I’m wearing leggings under a leopard print dress and leopard print flats from Citi Trends.   You may remember that I wore this same outfit 2 years ago on Thanksgiving, it’s one of my casual favs.  Brass earrings and bangle with a black band watch from Avon completes the look.

Avon sale

So which outfit did you like best?

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and will also have a fantabulous week ahead.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


Sunday Stylin Roundup

sunday stylin roundup

Hello friends and welcome to another week of Sunday Stylin Roundup.  The last two weeks of summer were fantastic in Delaware, as a matter of fact the entire summer season was fantastic and Autumn is starting out just as nice.

The four outfits being featured this week include a lot of black, but who doesn’t have a lot of black in their closets?

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In this outfit there is a mix of black, beige and steel grey.  The skirt is JCPenney, tank and shoes are thrifted and purse is from Burlington Coat Factory.  The choker has been in my jewelry box for a long time, as a matter of fact, I believe it once belonged to my grandmother.

Black and Blue 9 11 14

I hadn’t done much shopping during the summer, however, this dress was one that I did buy at Ross.  The Buddha Bag was purchased last year during Shop Small Business Saturday, and the Mia heels are from The Shoe Dept in the Exton Mall. The necklace was a Flea market find and the bracelet was $1.25 from Burlington Coat Factory.

Blue By Pool Leaves falling on the pool deck made for a perfect backdrop for this Blue by the Pool outfit.  This is another skirt from JCPenney, top from Marshall’s and I won the necklace from a fellow blogger.  The thrifted beige pumps and bracelet from Old Navy completes the look.

I love turquoise blue – how about you?

In the last outfit you can tell that the temperatures are beginning to change as did my wardrobe.  I will be wearing more long sleeves, blazers and cardigans so I spent more than 6 hours last Saturday in my closet, check out these before and after pics.

before closet cleanout


 Unfortunately, I still have the spare bedroom to clear out – I had bags and bags of items to be donated to Goodwill – “Donate Stuff Create Jobs!”

too many clothes!

I am not ready to cover my tootsies or wear tights, so I will continue wearing peep-toe shoes until the first snow fall.

How about you, are you ready to pull on the boots or shop for more summer styles?  If you want to shop for more, go check out the sales at Shoedazzle or the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SALE at JustFAB

Autumn Begins

Which outfit did you like the best?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!