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Outfit of the Day: Flower Power

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Outfit of the Day: Flower PowerThe weather is back to normal in Florida, hot and steamy. We had a slight reprieve with cooler days and less humidity. It gave me a chance to wear jeans, which is almost non-existent this time of year. Of course, by afternoon, you can expect the temps to rise, so thank goodness for flattering sleeveless tops.
I'm so loving the flower prints for fall, especially the tops. The blouse I'm wearing today is perfect for our weather. It has a V-neck opening which is flattering for all. It also flares out so no tummy or hip exposure. 
Today, my focus is on showing you how I created this simple outfit with the inspiration of my new flower power top.
The flowers in the top are a deep midnight blue with tan leaves against a light cream background. I decided to pop the flowers, so I paired the blouse with my dark-rinsed jeggings. 

The jeggings also work because the top is loose. I rarely wear loose tops with loose pants, unless it's really hot, or I just lov…

Floral Prints for Fall

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Floral Prints for Fall
If you haven't seen the floral prints for fall, please take the time to shop or peruse the catalogs. I'm so excited about all the choices. The fall florals are richer and deeper in color than spring florals. You'll see navy blue, black, green moss, and even a copper background for deep reds, rose/pink, orange and gold flowers. Some of the florals are two toned and small prints, while others are bold and multi-colored. 
I never used to be a fan of bold prints, but now I embrace these exciting combinations. At first, I ventured to only scarves, but now I'm loving tops. Perhaps, I'll try bold floral pants next. 
My advice when creating your floral print outfits is simple. Decide how much you want to enhance the print, or if you want it to stand alone as the focal point. That decision will help you determine how to accessorize. My two outfits today are floral tops. Let's start with my large print 3/4 sleeve top.

This is a real fall choice. The co…

The Little Black Top

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The Little Black Top
We all know the little black dress or LBD is a fashion staple because it is so versatile. You can wear it dressy with heels or casual with a jean jacket. So why not a little black top, as well?
It should be versatile, comfortable, and flattering. I have found the perfect little black top or LBT, and it's made by Covered Perfectly.

I have talked about Covered Perfectly before and shared information on their jackets, scarf vests, and other tops. As you can see, I love their products.

Covered Perfectly was founded by Pauline Durban who was looking for flattering clothing for the mature woman. Frustrated with the limited choices, she decided to create her own online company that is dedicated to fashion for women over 50. 

The top I chose, as one of my staples, is made from micro modal. The material is soft and comfortable. It's also versatile and flattering, all the details I want in a little black top.



I chose my Chico's Travelers bold print pants to wear with …

Thrift Shopping Tips

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Thrift Shopping TipsI mentioned in an earlier post that I'm cleaning and reorganizing my clothes closet. Well, there's more to the story than I mentioned. I started thrift shopping, and I've discovered so many treasures, that I can't make my closet work without doing some reorganizing.
My niece took me to a thrift shop while I was in Maine. She chose a shop in an affluent neighborhood. The results were great for me. I found upper scale brand named clothing at ridiculously low prices. I was overwhelmed by the choices, so I knew I had to have a strategy for my future thrift shopping.  Here's what I learned...
Look for details. One of my recent shopping trips produced a beautiful classic jacket I can wear for years. What drew me to the jacket was the white piping. It was a detail I knew would make this jacket pop when wearing it with black, white, or red. 

Even though the jacket is classic, I can pair it with white jeggings for a fun look, as well as dress slacks. So, be…

Shopping My Closet

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Shopping My Closet
Jack and I had a busy summer visiting family and taking a cruise with my son and son-in-law. I'm now back home and doing some cleaning as well as organizing. My first tackle is my closet. 
As you know, I love to shop. Unfortunately, I can't seem to replace clothes when I buy new clothes. Hence, I end up with a crammed closet. 
Sometimes, purging is not always a good idea. While organizing, I discovered some treasures I had totally forgotten I still owned. One of those treasures was a black simple dress with Swiss beige dots. It's a great dress for creating outfits. I used to wear it with just black heels, but now I know many ways to change up this treasure. Below I added a brown belt, gold tone jewelry and brown booties. 

I posted this look on  the 40+Style Community site, and one lady suggested added black tights. Of course, I live in Florida, so it would never get cold enough. But, that suggestion inspired me. What about a pair of black leggings and change…

The Perfect Swimsuit Bottom

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The Perfect Swimsuit Bottom
When you live in Florida and have a pool, having more than one  swimsuit is the norm. For me, it means having eight or ten. That's right. I have many swimsuits because I'm always looking for something better. 
We cruise a lot, as well. I always take three or four suits, so I can depend on a dry suit at all times. 


My preference is the tankini. I love the idea of having a top and bottom, so I can buy each piece separately. It gives me the freedom to buy a different size for the top and bottom. 
I finally found a few tops that I love because I was able to buy them by the bra size. That always helps. I look for solid straps and avoid halter styles. I find that the tie around my neck pulls.
Bottoms, though, can be tricky. I have skirt bottoms and brief bottoms. The problem with the bottoms is how they sit on or below my waist. If I wear a swimsuit top that is more of an A-line style, the top floats up in the water exposing my midriff. I hate that. If the top…

The Perfect Summer Purse

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The Perfect Summer Purse
I love purses or as we say in Maine, pocketbooks. I always stop and look at the purses when shopping. Sometimes, I buy a purse just because I like the look, regardless of the fact that my wallet will not even fit into it.
My hunt for purses is always ongoing. This past year, I've been looking for the perfect summer purse. I really wanted a straw purse with the round bamboo handles. Unfortunately, the ones I loved were always out of my price range. Until, I found something a little different than the straw purse that caught my eye.

I found a B.O.C. purse that met all the needs I wanted in a summer purse. I love the combination of off white and brown with gold detail. It also  has handles and a strap, so I can carry it a variety of ways:  crossed over, looped over my arm, or off my shoulders. 
It also has enough room for my wallet, phone, sunglasses, and most of the other items I really need.
This purse is my summer go to purse. I have many others, but this one w…