S/S 2015 Trend : The LDD


Today’s trend is The LDD…The Little Denim Dress!


This New York & Company denim dress ($5.00, The Family Thrift Center) is the perfect weight for Spring/Summer.


I paired it with a scarf and bracelet from Loft…



and some purple sandals from Payless…




Then, I added something else to my ensemble.



This cute little snake print cross body wallet.



It was a $4.00 find from Thrift Town.



Can you keep a secret?


I broke my own thrift store rule…this cute little bag is a Target brand! Shhh… ;-)

Are you a rule breaker?

GUESS WHAT??!! I was interviewed by Fabulous After 40 founder Deborah Boland! I’m the latest STYLEBLAZER :-)       Read my interview HERE !

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

Linking up with :

Thrifting Diva

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

S/S 2015 Trend : Modern Safari


Once again my friend/thrifting buddy Doris and I headed off to the thrift store. This time it was Goodwill. Once again, she pulled something for herself that I ended up with. Lucky me!



This Pendleton sleeveless jacket…that’s right…it’s a sleeveless jacket NOT a vest… fits the Spring/Summer 2015 Modern Safari trend to a ‘T’. The cost of $10.49 fit my wallet to a ‘T’ also.


I put a WHBM sleeveless shirt under it just in case I wanted to wear it open. You know, in case of a hot flash. ;-)


I feel very ‘Out of Africa’ wearing this. Man, I did not like that movie…just sayin’.


Remember a looong time ago when I said I was going to try Rit dye for the first time? I finally tried it. When I say ‘I tried it’ I really mean my husband did it for me and it turned out really well! Check out how black my WHBM jeans turned out!


They look brand new! Thanks honey!


Since this was a safari look of course I had to add some animal print!


I got a little leopard and zebra going on in my sandals…




and some snakeskin printed leather going on in this Puntotres handbag that I scored for $20.00 at Safe House Thrift Store here in Albuquerque. This bag is made in Barcelona, Spain for ‘mucho dineros’.



Of course, we can’t forget the accessories.




Are you partaking in the Modern Safari trend this season?


Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Phtography

Fashion Essential : The Modern Lace Dress

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Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of lace, especially a lace dress. But since it’s a Fashion Essential …well I just had to have one!

So I’m at the thrift store, The Family Thrift Center to be exact, and I’m wandering around and came across their Vintage section. Lo and behold, I find this really cool looking Nanette Lepore lace dress hanging there! Now, I knew she was a high end designer but I wanted to know more about her, so I looked her up and discovered that we both went to the same University…Youngstown State!

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Then, I searched for the dress on line. I found it modeled in the color Mulberry.

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Being the amateur model that I am, I attempted to recreate some of the same poses.

Don’t try this at home.. ;-)


Hmm, it doesn’t look like I got ANY of the poses right…hahaha. I guess amateur is right. ;-)


I really liked that this dress was a mixture of three different materials.



Because this is such a ‘sweet’ dress, I decided to ‘toughen’ it up with my accessories from Nordstrom. Don’t panic! They’re from my pre-thrifting days…though I do love Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack, I must say.



That bag is another one from local designer, Angelic Rios. I actually won this in a contest she had on her Facebook page. She has an Etsy page too…



Of course, we can’t forget the shoes. They are Nine West.



We never talked price yet, did we. WELL…red tags were 50% off that day and I picked up this vintage designer dress for $3.99! With tax it came up to $4.27.

How much did it originally sell for?

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That’s right people…I scored a $448.00 dress for $4.27. I would have to say that this is one of my BEST SCORES EVER!

What’s your best score?

Today I’m linking up with:

Katherine’s Corner….. Mix & Match FashionClassy Yet TrendyFashion Should Be FunThe Sunday Funday Linkup

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography


S/S 2015 Trend : Gingham


I adore gingham. I have three gingham shirts…black and white, brown and white and my most recent one…this blue and white Izod gingham shirt that I scored at Saver’s for $7.00, which actually is pretty pricey, IMHO. The asking price was $9.99 but I had a coupon. No surprise there. ;-)



Can we please take a moment and talk about my Gap Academy Blazer? Here is what it originally sold for…

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See that $88.00 price tag?



I paid $4.00 for it at Thrift Town. Um, yeah. It’s in perfect condition.



I’m trying to wear more of my jewelry. All three of these orange spiny oyster pieces are from Gertrude Zachary. Her stores are located here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All her jewelry is sold at 50% off the retail price. I know, right! It is definitely THE place to go for Southwestern jewelry.


I decided to add my Osgoode Marley cross body wallet/bag $8.00 find from the Assistance  League of Albuquerque. If you are new to my blog, here is what it originally sold for:

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Last, but certainly not least…my new favorite shoes. These slip on leopard tennis shoes!


You would think that with three gingham shirts, I would be done looking…but you would be incorrect! I am on the hunt for an orange and white one.  I’ve actually found two already but they were too small. :-( t

Are you as obsessed with gingham as I am?

Today I’m linking up with Still Being Molly , Elegantly Dressed and Stylish , Thrifting Diva 

and Sydney Fashion Hunter

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photograpy



Zara Brand Clothing


Zara is a Spanish fashion chain offering catwalk-inspired house-brand clothing, shoes & accessories. It is also a brand that most every fashion blogger I follow, wears.

The fact that I recently scored TWO of their skirts from Thrift Town is pretty unbelievable!

Today’s look features a Zara skirt that I paid a mere $4.00 for.


How do you like the pattern mixing I’ve got going on? I love it! :-)


Let’s check out the details, shall we?

The necklace is actually a vintage Avon ‘gold’ leaves one that I scored at The Family Thrift Center for $3.99. I’m really loving ‘delicate’ necklaces right now.




The top and cardigan are both from White House Black Market. I have quite the collection of cardigans from their store.




This particular cardigan came out a couple of years ago when they introduced the color orange ( my favorite color ) into their collection.darlene2.24

Looks like I should have taken the time to steam it…oops.



The bracelet is from Charming Charlie’s. That place is always sending me coupon’s…they need to stop! ;-)  Surprise, surprise…I have it in tan too.




A close up of the skirt.


Love the pleats and the material the skirt is made out of. I see why this is such a popular brand.


You have seen these same sandals but in Cognac. They are from DSW.



Tell me, have you ever heard of Zara? Do you own any of their pieces? Did you only pay $4.00? Come on…dish!! ;-)

Today I’m linking up with Sydney Fashion Hunter.

See how the fashionable ladies ‘down under’ dress.

Oh, I’m linking up with Katherine’s Corner too! She features not just fashion but food and crafts too. I actually made one of the cakes she featured. It was AMAZING!!

Finally…I’m linking up with High Latitude Style.

Nicole is an over 40 fashion blogger in…ALASKA!!

Wait! There’s one more…Tara at Mix & Match Fashion has amazing style. Check it out!


Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

Fashion Essential : The Statement Skirt


What is a statement skirt you ask? Well, it’s a skirt that makes a statement! It can be tiered, asymmetrical or a wrap skirt.

I was super excited when I found this Zara skirt at Thrift Town. The fact that it was only $3.00…OH…MG! PLUS…it’s both a wrap AND asymmetrical! Boo-yah!

But then, I looked at the picture and realized…I look like I’m wearing a diaper! Um…yeah. It looked so bad that I decided not to post the whole look in one head to toe photo.

Shared in bits and pieces…it doesn’t look quite as bad.

First up is my 53 year old face…



Trust me when I tell you…the only reason I look this good is because of Sarah’s photography skills with her Canon camera.



Next up is the skirt AKA the diaper:darlene2.14A couple of years ago, all the fashion bloggers were wearing a skort that looked VERY similar to this skirt. That’s why I was so excited when I found it.



Here’s the skort:

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Can you believe this originally sold for $50.00?! My husband said this skort looked more like a diaper than my skirt.



The bracelet…darlene2.17

is from Banana Republic. (old)



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is from Charming Charlie’s. Have you ever shopped there? All their jewelry is displayed in sections by color. That store is addicting!



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is from local designer, Angelic Rios. You can own one of her bags too. She has a shop on Etsy. Here is the link:


Do you have a statement skirt in your wardrobe?

I’m linking up with Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for her Turning Heads Tuesday. See what other stylish women in blog land are wearing. I bet it’s not a giant diaper…just sayin’ ;-)

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography




S/S 2015 Trend : Bold Placement Stripes


Stripes are on trend for Spring/Summer 2015. What is different for this season, is their placement on the garment.


This Worthington skirt (Savers) was yet another item that my friend/thrifting buddy Doris had pulled for herself that was too big. These are all my favorite colors and with a price tag of $3.00, I couldn’t pass it up! Plus I like the 1960’s vibe it has going on.

With ALL the colors in the skirt I had to choose from to accessorize with,  I decided to pull out the white. Boring, huh.

The watch was a Mother’s Day gift. I have it in black too. You’ll see it in an upcoming post. The necklace is from Loft. I have the same one in black and blue too. Do you see a pattern here? If I find something I like, I buy it in more than one color. Are you the same way?

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The sandals are from White House Black Market from a couple of years ago.



I’m obsessed with stripes and believe that no matter what size and shape you are, you can wear stripes and look good.

What do you think?

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography



S/S 2015 Trend AND Fashion Essential: The Shirtdress



Today’s trend AND fashion essential is the shirtdress. They have been around for ever and I have owned several over the years. This particular one is originally from Loft. I scored it from Savers for just $7.00! I like that it is a blank canvas, so to speak.


To make it look even cuter, I added Miss Oreo!


Oh… my gosh, she is so photogenic…and so old. :-(  The vet thinks she is around nine. Poor Miss Oreo recently hurt her back and had to be put on muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory medication. She is much better now, thank goodness!


I kept all the accessories in silver and gold and added a grosgrain ribbon as a belt to help define the waist.




Gladiator sandals are still going strong this season. In fact they are a Fashion Essential…which is great because I have a TON of them!

Do you want to know why I styled this shirtdress a little on the ‘plain’ side? It’s because I want YOU to be the stylist!

Let me know in the comments below how you would style it.

In a future post I will wear it again STYLED BY YOU! Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

Ready…set…style! :-)

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Black and White


Today starts my series on Spring/Summer Trends for 2015 and Fashion Essentials.

My plan is to show you as many of the current trends/fashion essentials as I can find at the thrift store.

First up is Black and White!


Black and white continues to be ‘on trend’ into Spring/Summer. Thank goodness, because that’s the majority of my wardrobe!


I scored this Westbound wrinkle free blouse at Goodwill for $3.74 and this brand new Style & Co poncho for $4.00 from Savers.


Remember this statement necklace from my Target birthday haul? I dropped it! Thank goodness for Super Glue!


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darlene42My Coach flats are from Goodwill too.


darlene43Y’all know I didn’t pay THAT much! I shopped on a 25% off day. ;-)

What Spring/Summer trend are you most excited about?


Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

Wearing of the Green…Camouflage Vest!

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Okay…first of all, remind me never to sit down in a photo again! The way the vest is bunching up makes me look like I have a bubble butt and/or some serious back fat. For the record, I have a flat butt and just a wee bit of back fat. ;-)

Second of all…I decided to try the camouflage trend #onemoretime. Yes, I realize this is like the third time I have made that same statement. I might as well confess right now…I was just trying on camo pants at Goodwill on Friday. I think another intervention might be in order.

I scored this Decree camo vest for $3.50 at Savers during their MLK 50% off sale.

I also found it selling on line…

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Can you believe how much they were asking?!



I like all the bling on it because that’s what makes it unusual and interesting. I couldn’t believe it was still intact.


darlene32 Yes…this bracelet (on sale at Nordstrom) is ALMOST as heavy as it looks.

So…are any of the rest of you obsessed with anything and everything camouflage or is it just me?

Please don’t say it’s just me…

A couple of side notes : Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Go out and eat some corned beef and cabbage…and a birthday shout out to my friend ‘Mother Deer.’ Remember…today is all about YOU!!! Make the most of it. :-)

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography