All is Revealed! #bucketlist


Today I’m revealing the latest item I crossed off my #bucketlist!

It all started when I saw this ad:

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I was like…this has my name written all over it!

I’m a homeowner, I’m old AND I can’t act!


I immediately sent off an email along with my favorite photo of all time.


A month later I found out that I was chosen!!


They thought I looked like a nice person.

#ihopetheystillthoughtthataftermeetingme ;-)

So on Friday, April 30th I crossed off the number one item on my bucket list…Professional Photo shoot!



The company who hired me was Ortega’s Appliance Service. They were rebranding their company and I was honored to be chosen to be a part of it.

The owners, Manny and Annette, along with their son Derrik were super nice.

Here are some behind the scene shots I took of everyone involved:

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This is the Ortega family. Behind me is Randall, the photographer. He flew in from Denver to do this shoot.

Oh…my gosh, Randall was so much fun! It was like spending the day with one of my brothers.


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I had done my own makeup, but the ‘on set’ makeup artist, Jacqueline, added to it to make me look the best I possibly could. Thanks girl!



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This is the lovely and talented Talaya. She, along with myself were the ‘typical homeowners’ for the day.


Here is Randall doing his thing.

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That’s Stanley. He’s a filmmaker and also works for Ortega’s. He is the one that placed the ad. He told me that day that I was one of the first people to respond to the ad. It was that fact, along with my photo and what I said in my email, that got me the job.

What did I write?

I wrote that I WAS your typical homeowner. That was it!

I beat out like 50 other people.

#gome :-)

These photos will be used on Ortega’s Appliance Service’s website and all their print based advertising for the next couple of years.

I chose just a few to show you.

#idontwantyoutogetsickofseeingme ;-)


Without further ado, I give you me…AKA the ‘typical homeowner’!








Can we take a moment to talk about what I’m wearing?  I was instructed to bring clothing that represented a busy mom-on-the-go and/or a busy professional.


My first thought, as always, was that I have nothing to wear. But I resisted the temptation to head to the thrift store and ‘shopped’ my own closet.


I decided to go with an old jacket and jeans (these were the ones that my husband dyed for me) from WHBM, an old tee shirt from Target and thrifted jewelry.



After the photo shoot we goofed around in the yard.




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I’m so glad I put myself out there and got to have this experience. I would definitely do this again!

When is the last time you put yourself out there?

What are you waiting for?


Photo Credit: Randall Erkelens (Denver, CO)

Speaking of putting yourself out there…could you please take a moment and vote for me as Best Blogger in Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City?  Just click on the link, enter your name, scroll down until you see People. Then you will see Best Blogger. Just type in Darlene Fadem at whosaprettygirl. I’m hoping to have enough votes to make the Top 5. Thank you so, so much!!!


Now, This One I Like


As much as I don’t like head to toe white, I DO like an all neutral outfit. When I originally wore this look to the movies with my husband, I wore white jeans. Since you’ve seen those a million times, I decided to pair it with a too short white skirt instead. ;-)

I thought it would look cute with my thrifted Chico’s jacket ($17.50) draped over my shoulder’s like the Europeans wear it.






So I put the jacket on the American way and added the one accessory that makes everything cuter.


I don’t know why Miss Oreo is giving me the cold shoulder. :-(




The shirt is from Victoria’s Secret. I paid ten bucks for it. That’s the cost of an entire outfit at the thrift store! The jewelry is one of my favorite sets from WHBM.





The jacket looks and feels like crinkled paper.


Hmm…there is a whole lotta boobs happening in those last two photos.




Miss Oreo decided to get in on the action one more time…





How do you feel about an all neutral outfit?


Make sure you check out my post on Tuesday, May 26th…

All is Revealed! #bucketlist

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Head to Toe White


Oh…my gosh!! For the past couple of years I have tried this trend and I have never liked it.


This is another one of those posts where I was going to show you the look in ‘pieces’ …


but then I thought “screw it”. Not every look is a winner…so here goes.






Sigh… :-(

I don’t even want to talk about this look but I will.

I bought this skirt last season when my husband left me unattended near WHBM. I can’t believe I actually bought a broomstick skirt. It is SO not my style.


I DO like the details and the belt, though.



Paired with this top, also from WHBM, the look has a Grecian Goddess feel to it.




Yes, I have these WHBM sandals in three more colors. The ones in black are my all time favorites.


I just realized…this is the first outfit I have posted in a long time where not one thing is thrifted. Too bad for me though…I wouldn’t feel so bad about hating this outfit, if it only cost me a couple of bucks!


Have you tried head to toe white successfully yet? Let me know your secret!

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez Photography


Getting Ready for Summer

Yes, it’s May and it just snowed over the weekend and now the past couple of days have been cold and rainy BUT I know warmer days are coming. Savers must know that too, because they just had a 40% off sale on shorts, tees, tanks and sleeveless tops!



I picked up these four items for a total cost of $14.72.

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I ventured into my closet #scary and came up with a couple of options on how I might style them.    #iftheweathereverwarmsup



2015-05-12 16.42.57At $4.79 this Apt 9 (Kohl’s) sequined tank top was the most expensive thing I got that day…and it’s not even a high-end brand like everything else I bought!




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I can cross denim shorts off my thrift ‘wish’ list now. These DKNY button fly denim shorts fit perfectly and were only $3.59!. I paired it with the Banana Republic cream tank I also scored for $3.59. The cute little sweater is from a previous thrift haul.



2015-05-12 16.46.13Last up is this American Apparel sugar skull tee shirt. Even though it’s a size M it’s a tad tight, but for $1.79 I figured I could make it work. When I got home and looked closer at the tag I discovered it was a girl’s shirt. I’m surprised it fit at all!



Are you getting ready for summer?

Graduation Day!

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I’m sure most of you had a busy weekend because it was Mother’s Day. Mine was EXTRA busy because my youngest, Adam, graduated from high school!

Of course, that means tons of photo ops, which normally I’m all about. However, on Thursday I decided to gouge my eye with my fingernail and had to wear my glasses the entire weekend. :-(

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On Friday, we did the celebratory graduation dinner for Adam even though he didn’t graduate until Saturday.

First, I took a photo with my glasses on.



Then I took my glasses off…and couldn’t see a thing.


Once at the restaurant of Adam’s choosing (Buffalo Wild Wings) I snapped a couple more photos.

First up Adam with his brother Michael…who didn’t want his photo taken.

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Then Adam with his Papa ( my dad ).

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They look alike don’t they. I look just like my dad too. He looks pretty good for almost 80!

Then… Adam with his donuts?

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Hey, he didn’t want a cake…he wanted Krispy Kreme donuts instead! I bought the blue gel and added the wording.

#imsotalented ;-)

At the graduation practice Adam found out that he’s graduating Magna Cum Laude which you might think is strange for a high school graduation but this wasn’t a normal high school. College and Career High School is a new school (this was it’s second year) and is located on Central New Mexico Community College’s (CNM) main campus. The students were (for all practical purposes) college students…and the high school foot the bill…the ENTIRE bill, for the college classes that Adam took these past two years. He graduated high school…as a college sophomore!!! I couldn’t be more proud of him. :-)


On Saturday at noon was the Graduation ceremony. It was cold and windy so this is what I wore.

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I had to throw on a jacket too. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS SNOWING OUTSIDE!!!!!!!


I still wore these sandals though. Can we take a moment and talk about them?

2015-05-09 10.19.31 I just discovered a new shoe store here in Albuquerque. It’s called Shoe Stop ABQ and it’s located on Menaul across the street from IHop. They only carry high-end brands ( my sandals are Sam Edelman ) and EVERY. SINGLE. PAIR of shoes in the store is only $29.99!!




If you live in Albuquerque, you MUST go and check out this store. You won’t be disappointed.



As far as the graduation goes…here is the day in pictures.


First, a couple of selfies while we wait for things to get started.

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Adam’s graduating class only had 39 students, but he was required to sit through the ENTIRE college ceremony too.

Which in turn meant we had to also. :-(

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Papa didn’t make it through the 2 1/2 hr ceremony.

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But Michael and I did!

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With a little help from Skinny Girl…

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Finally, it was over and I got to take photos of Adam!

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There you have it!

Hope you enjoyed Adam’s graduation as much as we did. Hey, at least it didn’t take you 2 1/2 hrs to read this! ;-)





S/S 2015 Trend : Sporty


The Sporty trend is one I had no trouble jumping on board with. Not that I work out or anything, because I don’t.


Anyhow… this trend is all about the details like zippers, drawstrings and racing stripes.

Imagine my delight, when I came across this ACE brand zip up jacket at Thrift Town for $1.50! Paired with my $4.90 Levi’s…hello!


d16With that racing stripe down the side…I am right on trend.



Oh, the shoes?

d17Another unbelievable find from Savers…Eddie Bauer suede oxfords for $7.50!

Wow! I just realized my whole outfit only cost $13.90!!


What’s the cheapest head-to-toe look you’ve put together?

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Subtle 70’s


The 70’s era in fashion is not really my style. I’m more of a 60’s kind of gal.

With that being said, I was surprisingly drawn to this Ooh La La shirt that I scored at Thrift Town for $7.99.


Check out the back of it.


It’s cool, huh! Apparently this is a pretty pricey line of clothing. Who knew?


Pairing it with this homemade crochet looking clutch $3.99 (Thrift Town) adds to the 70’s vibe.




This Lucky Brand bracelet (super old from Macy’s )…



and a pair of Nine West sandals



complete my 70’s inspired look. :-)

What is your favorite era of clothing?

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Yellow


A lot of people are skipping this trend because yellow is not the easiest color to wear.

Did that stop me?





d8Mixed with other colors in the pattern, the yellow in this Talbot’s shirt $4.49 (Goodwill) isn’t so ‘in your face’, so to speak.


I added a little more yellow with my bracelet.

d9#toldyouihaditinmorecolors ;-)


Check out the cute espadrilles I scored at Goodwill to wear with this outfit!

d7These Ros Hommerson denim espadrilles retail new around $100.00. I scored them for $8.24.



If you don’t want to wear yellow but still want to partake in the trend…

d6You can eat yellow food!

#justhavinsomefunwithyou ;-)


Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography


S/S 2015 Trend : The Polo Style Shirt


Today’s trend is actually two for the price of one!


The Polo Style shirt AND Florals.

Not just any kind of florals but oversized botanical florals!




I love the look and feel of this Alfani shirt that I got at Thrift Town (TT). At $5.59 it was the perfect price point. Speaking of perfect…a perfect fitting denim skirt is hard to find but I thought this $4.00 Tommy Hilfiger skirt (TT) was pretty perfect. I like the tone on tone pattern.


d4Miss Oreo decided to get in on the action.




Getting ready for this photo shoot, I got not one but TWO spots of foundation on this shirt. Can you see them?

d3I can’t, but then again I can’t see.




d2Look at me matching the green in my shirt with this old bracelet from Loft.




Keeping with the Tommy theme, I paired it with these Hilfiger white sandals…that I was apparently too lazy to buckle! hahaha

Guess what?

ANOTHER item got crossed off my bucket list.

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Do you see it? In the bottom right hand corner.


Click HERE to read the online version of the magazine.

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Phtography

All About the Discount

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If you know me, you know I’m all about the discount. Even if you don’t know me, I think you’ve already figured that out. ;-)

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A couple of weeks ago my husband turned 64, so we decided to go away for the weekend (20 minutes away to be exact) to the big city of Albuquerque to celebrate.

The entire weekend was discounted, starting with our hotel.

Do you take advantage of free reward programs? I do.

Because we are Hyatt Gold Passport members and had accumulated enough points, we ended up with a free night PLUS an upgrade at The Hyatt Regency in downtown ABQ.

Savings: $200.00

Here was our view:

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Those are the Sandia Mountains. For you non-Spanish speakers…Sandia is Spanish for watermelon. When the sun sets, the mountains turn pink…like the color of a watermelon.



Then we headed out for his birthday lunch. It was super windy that day…

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so of course I had to break out my trusty babushka!

#oldladystyle  #beenwearingoneforyears


I tweeted this photo out to @Hyatt and this is how they responded.

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Whoever their social media person is, is pretty funny!


Can you tell what restaurant we are at by the object in my husband’s hand?

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If you guessed Tucanos Brazilian Grill, you’re good! We were here once before…ten years ago. Apparently Mitch has always wanted to come back here. Me? Not so much.

Mitch’s meal was free because he went on line a few days earlier ( all on his own ) and signed up for their birthday club!

Savings: $15.00


Later that evening we headed off to The Box,  an Improv club. Our tickets were only $8.00 each because we got a military discount. A lot of places offer military discounts but don’t advertise that fact.That’s why I always ask.

Savings: $4.00

It should come as no surprise to hear that I ended up on stage.



When we got back to the room, this was waiting for us…

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A complimentary bottle of wine and a cheese plate! I’m not much of a drinker but this weekend was all about my husband.

#idontremembermuchafterthatpoint    #illneverdothatagain


We started off the next morning with a senior breakfast at IHOP.

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There were a whole bunch of people waiting for a table. I went to give my name to the hostess and she said they weren’t taking names.

How are you supposed to keep track of who’s next is what I though to myself. So you know what I did when she walked away?

I got behind the hostess stand and took down everyone’s name and the number in their party.






After my successful stint as a hostess, we headed off to Sandia Casino for FREE birthday bingo and nachos!

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These electronic machines cost around $50.00. On your birthday you get one free! Not just for one session but two sessions! One session was all we could handle.



About an hour and a half into the three hour session, this happened:

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He won!!!


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We didn’t just save money this weekend…we made money!

How often does that ever happen? Um, never!

#bestbirthdayever :-)


In case you missed it:

My StyleBlazer interview about thrifting on Fabulous After 40 is HERE