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#GivingTuesday a New Holiday Tradition

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Thanksgiving weekend has taken on a new tradition in our home.  As the years have passed and our sons have got older rushing out on Black Friday to buy the latest toy or gadget has been replaced by staying indoors relaxing and spending time together watching movies.  This year Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday were also days in which we kept money in our wallets instead choosing to clear out closets gathering gently used clothing to be donated to the Salvation Army which will be picked up on Wednesday.

Salvation Army Truck

Donating to Toys for Tots where a local RE/MAX Realtor sets up a drop box at the entrance of over 20 local developments and donating cans and non-perishable foods to the Delaware Food Bank is yet another holiday tradition.

Toys for Tots Donations

Giving Tuesday is a globally celebrated day of giving back that kicks off the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and continues until the end of the year.

Giving Tuesday Logo

Giving back can be done in many different ways from donating cash or checks to charitable organization which has been vetted to giving time at a local soup kitchen, homeless shelter or delivering Meals on Wheels.  Giving as a family can create a positive tradition that can be passed on to the future generations, fostering a sense of caring and responsibility. 

There are so many local organizations that could use your support, if you don’t know of any personally there are several websites that will assist you in locating several of them; GuideStar, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving site.

If you live in Delaware, here is a partial list of non-profit organizations that would love to accept donations in celebration of #GivingTuesday

  • Soul Saving Family Restoration Center, Inc.
  • Students for Haiti
  • Freedom Center For Independent Living
  • Christ Servants Mission Institute
  • Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans, Inc.

As you know, many of your donations are tax-deductible so keep a record of the amounts or items, as well as the dates and organizations for annual tax return filing. 

Is #GivingTuesday part of your holiday traditions?

Back to Basics – WIWW

I have decided to get back to the foundation of my blog DeDivahDeals ~ Fashion and Fun after Fifty and will be posting more outfit’s of the day (#OOTD)  These posts won’t be long in commentary so SEO will be low. 


Most of the outfits featured will probably be ones that you have seen before with a little twist.  However, since I have cut back on shopping and Goodwill thrifting I will only be featuring closet staples.


Black and Polka Dots OOTD 3


As women we all have preconceived notions when it comes to what’s a good fit for our body type.  For example, I always felt uncomfortable about purchasing “body con” type skirts.   But I fell in love with this mint green and polka dot skirt from The Rainbow Shops and took a chance on buying it. 

Had I known that it didn’t look as bad on me as I had thought, I would have purchased another one in fuchsia.  Unfortunately, I had waited too late in the season so when I finally went back there weren’t any left in my size.

peplum top from JC Penney

The black peplum top was purchased from JC Penney when they had a store in the Exton Square Mall.  Since they are no longer there it gives me yet another reason to stay out of the mall!  #bloggers4jcpenney

This gorgeous two-tone purse is from Avon (Mark) and I love the mint accent on the side which makes it a perfect accent for the outfit.

Black and Polka Dots OOTD 4

The patent leather slides are Jessica Simpson brand from Marshalls, also purchased several years ago.  The ring is Avon and the multi-color rhinestone bracelet with hints of mint was probably picked up from Burlington Coat Factory.  

Believe it or not, the statement necklace is a flea market find that I colored with nail polish!  

I love a good jewelry DIY especially when it involves stones and paint or in this case polish.

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 Is there a particular item of clothing that you feel doesn’t flatter your figure?  

You Choose the Shoes ~ Season 2 ~ Week 2

You Choose the Shoes ~ Season 2 ~ Week 2

Hello friends and welcome to You Choose the Shoes ~ Season 2.  Last week, the weather in Delaware was still cool and crisp, it was more Fall like than Spring, but that didn’t stop me from shedding the pantyhose…now I need a serious tan!

You Choose the Shoes Week 2

I may not have worn pantyhose, but I still needed to cover my legs which is why I chose to wear this Cheetah print maxi skirt.  Yes, it’s thrifted from Goodwill and yes, I know that I wore a Cheetah print sweater last week…hey, what can I say…I love Cheetah…just wait until you see the other pair of shoes!

You Choose the Shoes Week 2

If you remember these shoes, they are the Chinese Laundry suede pumps from DSW, the ones with a little tie in the back.

You Choose the Shoes Week 2

These Cheetah print pumps (I know…I know) are also from DSW and are definitely one of my favorite pairs of shoes!  The blouse was also thrifted from Goodwill and this is one of the $5 statement necklaces from Walmart  #WearWalmart

Beige pumps from Chinese Laundry

Cheetah Pumps from DSW

Okay, so which pair do you choose?

beige pumps

Beige, Suede Chinese Laundry


Cheetah Print pumps

Cheetah Print pumps


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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 Sunday Stylin Roundup.  I trust you all had a wonderful weekend.  We are now into full Autumn attire and I finally got all my closets cleaned – yay me!  I didn’t get an opportunity to wear all of my summer dresses but next week I am going to repost a DIY in which I cut the bodice off a dress to make it a maxi skirt.  I’ll be doing a few more of them as some of the dresses are cut too low to wear without a cover-up.

Here are last week’s outfits.

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These two outfits one I wore at the end of September and the other was early October which is still warm enough to wear peep toes and pencil skirts.

Pencil skirts are by far my favorite types of skirts and the color grey with the classic black and white works equally well with green and beige.  The red necklace is from Rainbow Shops and the beige beads are from Walmart, they have a really nice $5 and $10 Statement necklace assortment #stockingstuffer.

Back to Basics

I call this outfit “Back to Basics“, because the white cotton shirt and tie are reminiscent of my early corporate days at IBM.  Believe it or not, I still have several of the clip on ties that I wore back in the early 80’s!  The skirt is from Walmart and the purse is from Avon as is the bracelets and watch.  I participated in iamfabellis #fabwerkwear Instagram roundup, so if you get a minute go check out the other lovely ladies in classic white work shirts.

Wild n Out

Breaking out the infinity scarves which I have draped around a body-form in the guest bedroom, most of which were on clearance from Burlington Coat Factory, but Walmart also has a large selection as well, starting at $4.97.

Two of my favorite consigned pieces, the Jessica Simpson leopard print peep-toes shoes and this leopard print vintage purse.  A simple top from Boscov’s and brown thrifted skirt made this outfit a mid-week special.

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Another infinity scarf breaks of the basic blue skirt from JCPenney and green scoop top thrifted from Goodwill.  I had forgotten about these Unlisted shoes from the Shoe Dept, but seemed to work well with the tote from Target as well as the thrifted pink clutch.

Poncho and Pencil

I ended the work week in a “Poncho and Pencil” skirt and pointy toe shoes from DSW.  The pencil skirt and thrifted sleeveless tank were covered in a printed poncho from Boscov’s.  I didn’t need to change up my purse as the tote from Target worked well. The accessories I chose were a wooden beaded necklace, a Flea Market find, and wood earrings from Claire’s.

So which outfit did you like the best?


Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

Sunday Stylin Roundup

sunday stylin roundup

Hello friends, I trust you all had a wonderful weekend, mine was quite busy and it’s going to continue late into the night.

This evening I will be heading up to Wilmington to cover the Gordesi Launch Experience – Summer 2015 Collection as part of the VIP Press corp.  I am really looking forward to attending this fashion event and I can’t wait to bring you all the exciting coverage.

Speaking of fashion, here is last week’s outfit roundup.

All in the Family

I am going to title this outfit “All in the Family”.  Reading through fashion blogs I learned that if you are going to mix patterns, make sure the colors are all in the same family.  So with this maxi skirt and black and white shirt, I chose to wear leopard print shoes and purse, I surprised myself with how it all came together.  

The belt, purse and top were all thrifted from Goodwill, the flats were purchased at Citi Trends and the skirt has been in my closet forever. What do you think?

Black and Blue Block

This outfit I am calling “Black and Blue Block”.  You know how much I like my sleeveless sheath dresses and this one from Ross is no exception, and with it are my favorite Mia heels and Buddah Bag.  

Necklace is Avon and bracelet is Old Navy.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best thing about a sheath dress is that you can wear it all year long by just adding a blazer or cardigan when the temperatures dip.  Speaking of Avon, check out my latest YouTube Video, it’s an Avon unboxing which includes beauty supplies that will be part of my Holiday Spa Day Giveaway coming next month!

Autumn Brights

Here I am in a bright Autumn orange.  Orange is definitely a color that works well with my skin tone, not only in the summer but also during the fall.  I like this top because it is so colorful and I think it was purchased at Rugged Wearhouse, can’t remember, but the wedge heels were.  

I love to mix and match my bangle bracelets as well as the multi color necklace. This Pumpkin floral arrangement was a free find at work, it almost got tossed in the trash but it’s the only thing I use to decorate the house because I donated all the other Halloween decorations a few years ago.  Now that my sons are older, we don’t really celebrate it anymore.  

Do you decorate the house and yard for Halloween?

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Pumpkin Floral arrangement

My only Halloween Decoration

This last outfit is entitled “Wild Wednesday”.  Unfortunately, hubby didn’t get a good view of the peep toe wedges as they also have the “wild stripes” along the bottom.

Wild Wednesday

This purse has been in my closet since 2008, it was one of those “I have to go back and get it” finds at a Flea Market in Orlando.  Unfortunately, it has been on the top shelf in my closet for years but I just won’t get rid of it.  I love the Egyptian pattern but it’s too small to even hold my wallet!  

This khaki skirt was thrifted and the top is a one-piece twin set.  In keeping with the wild theme, I am wearing brass earrings, beaded necklace, multi metal bracelet and oversized handmade ring – it was a wild and crazy day!  So which outfit did you like the best?  

Enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll chat tomorrow at Money Monday.  

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?

Steel Grey 9 9 14

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!


Sunday Stylin RoundUp ~ Fashion after Fifty

sunday stylin roundup

Hello friends, each week I will put together a collage of my favorite outfits of the week, then post them here on Sunday Stylin RoundUp.

This first outfit I wore to the SITSGirls Bloggy Boot Camp in Philly.  The skirt was a recent purchase from Burlington Coat Factory, as was the tote from Walmart.  This tote bag was only $14.97 and they have a large selection in various colors, I will probably pick up another one in Cognac.  The sandals and top are closet staples.  The necklace and arm band are too old for me to remember where they were purchased but the red bracelet is from Old Navy.

Bloggy Boot Camp Collage

As you can see, I love the tote and wore it again to work the following Monday with a thrifted faux wrap dress from Goodwill and thrifted beige pumps.  Necklace from Rugged Wearhouse, bracelet and ring both from Old Navy.

Tote Two OOTD

On Sunday, I wore another totally thrifted outfit, dress and purse, however the blue pumps and necklace are from Avon.  Ring and bracelet are from Old Navy, as you can see I picked up several, but for $1.99 each wouldn’t you?

Sunday Service OOTD

If you haven’t noticed by now, black and red is one of my favorite color combinations, and this outfit is definitely one of my summer favs.  I wear this thrifted skirt all year long, so you will probably see this entire outfit again with a blazer.

Black and Red ootd

These were my favorite outfits from the first week in September, which one do you like the best?  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


Avon Far Away Gold

Bring on the Browns | Thankful Thursday

Hello friends,

I trust you are all getting back into the swing of things after the long Labor Day weekend  – just think tomorrow is Fri-Yay!  I spent most of my weekend clearing out the basement and was able to gather a lot of items to be donated to Goodwill.

I am thankful to be blessed with an abundance, however, sometimes it can be a bit too much so donating the excess is always a good thing  – Donate Stuff Create Jobs.

Next week I will begin working on my closets so that I can create room for more stuff

Speaking of creating room in my closet, these two outfits were put together with the same skirt.  The skirt is a thrifted find from Goodwill and because brown is a great color for summer as well as fall you will probably see it again next month.

Bring on the Browns

Bring on the Browns

The top was on clearance at J.C. Penney and the purse was also a great find however, not from Goodwill but from Ross.  My accessories, the bracelets on the left and watch are from Avon, the bracelet on the right and ring are from Old Navy.

Bring on the Browns

For this look, I wore a leopard print top also thrifted from Goodwill and large Jimmy Choo inspired bag.  Necklace and earring set is from

Bring on the Browns


Bring on the Browns

With each outfit I wore my favorite Jessica Simpson peep-toe pumps from Charmingly Linda’s Consignment Shop.  I am so thankful that the weather was perfect during the summer months after such a harsh winter.  Let’s pray for a gorgeous Indian Summer and Autumn.

Even though I didn’t get a chance to wear a lot of my summer clothes, as I go through my closets, anything not worn in the past two years will be donated.

How do you decide when to get rid of clothing?

Bring on the Browns

I am thankful that I am able to donate to Goodwill; I am thankful that we had a wonderful holiday; I am thankful to be attending my 1st SITS Bloggy Boot Camp in Philadelphia tomorrow and last but not least, I am thankful for my family, my friends and of course my faith.

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!