Ageless Style Linkup: I Saw It On TV


Hi, welcome to the Ageless Style Linkup. The linkup runs the first Tuesday of each month and features 10 women over the age of 40 styling an outfit based on one theme, and, because we’re all so different, each theme interpretation is different. Each month, one of the co-hosts invites a guest co-host to join us for the linkup.

It was my turn to pick the theme and the co-host this month. I chose “I Saw It On TV” because I’m probably the most TV obsessed librarian you’ll ever meet. The thing is, I don’t just watch for the entertainment value, I watch for inspiration {be it clothes, home decor, or food}. Seriously, the best thing to ever happen to TV as far as I’m concerned is the pause function. I mean, I’m always pausing to see what someone is wearing. So, yeah, that’s how this month’s theme came about…

Our guest co-host is someone that I’m sure most of you know… It’s Patti from Not Dead Yet Style. cue the cheering I’ve been a fan of Patti’s for a long time. In fact, hers was one of the first style linkups that I participated in when I was a newbie blogger. After I selected the theme, Jodi from Jodi’s Touch of Style contacted me and was like “Loooooook!” The theme and the post were dead on, so I had to ask Patti to join us.


I watch a lot of TV. Not just for the tears {This Is Us, I’m looking at you and grabbing the tissues}, but also for the fashion inspiration. When I was younger, I wanted to be dress like Denise Huxtable {played by Lisa Bonet} on The Cosby Show. I loved the way she played around with patterns and textures. Some of her outfits looked like she reached into her closet and just pulled out random pieces and put them on, but somehow they just fit. Other times, it looked like she’d stepped out of a couture dressing room. But, ultimately, everything just looked so fabulous on her. And, we’re just talking about her clothes; girlfriend, could wear some hats.

I Saw It On TV {living outside the stacks}

Now that I’m older, I still find myself drawn to that same “found look.” And one of my favorite shows to look to for inspiration is black*ish. I am absolutely in love with Rainbow Johnson {Tracee Ellis Ross} and the way that she dresses. Rainbow is a stylish wife and mother of five, who also happens to be an anesthesiologist. Her style choices are heavily influenced by her upbringing: she’s the bi~racial child of a hippie couple who raised their children in a commune. Side note: I’ve often said that if I’d been born in another decade, I probably would’ve been either a flapper {you can see me dressed as a flapper by clicking here} or a hippie. Either way, I would’ve been bucking the system.

I Saw It On TV {living outside the stacks}

I Saw It On TV {living outside the stacks}

I Saw It On TV {living outside the stacks}

Glasses – Firmoo | Earrings – Nickle & Suede {Medium} | Sweater & Boots – Target | Skirt – Thrifted | Tights – Rite Aid

Like Denise, Rainbow loves playing with textures and patterns. So for my inspiration outfit, I chose a knit sweater and a tweed skirt which mimics the one Rainbow is wearing here. I also channeled Denise and added a pair of funky lace-up boots. You can see my Pinterest board for all things Rainbow and Denise by clicking here {there’s also a bit of Nicole Richie thrown in because hel-lo, Nicole Richie is a living doll}.

While I didn’t go all in with the pattern play like Bow and Denise, I did play with textures and kept it simple with a neutral color scheme. Keeping things in the same color family makes wearing mixed prints/textures a little easier to do. That being said, I’m by no means afraid to mix things up… You can see past looks here.

Do you ever watch TV and think I can totally pull off that outfit? Or am I the only one?


Ageless Style Linkup Badge with Guest Co-Host

To find out more about my co~hosts’ looks,  click on her name…

Daenel – Living outside the stacks blog, instagram, pinterest, twitter

Debbie – Fashion Fairy Dust bloglovin, blog, instagram, pinterest, facebook, twitter

Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots blog, instagram, facebook, twitter, bloglovin

Jodie – Jodie’s Touch of Style blog, facebook, instagram, pinterest, bloglovin, twitter

Kellyann – This Blonde’s Shopping Bag blog, instagram, bloglovin, twitter

Lisa – Classic Style by Lisa blog, facebook, instagram,

Paula – Dimples on my What blog, facebook, pinterest, instagram, twitter

Shelly – The Queen in Between blog, instagram, bloglovin, pinterest, facebook


Patti {Not Dead Yet Style}

Please go say “hi” to Patti from Not Dead Yet Style. And make sure you link up with her always fabulous Visible Monday! Patti’s also on Facebook and Instagram, feel free to give her a follow. Her blog is not only full of style inspiration, but she provides a lot of helpful tips for finding your own personal style.


Linkup Guidelines:

    • Visit each of the co-hosts
    • Link to your actual post and not your blog’s homepage
    • Link back to the Ageless Style Linkup
    • Visit at least 2 other links
    • Leave a comment when you visit
    • Have fun

Be sure to check them out for more fashion inspiration,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • Daenel, this is fabulous! I was always a huge fan of Denise Huxtable and always wanted to be able to dress like her and look so effortlessly cool and edgy. I love what you did with this outfit. The combination of the cute tweed skirt with the super edgy boots is spot on. You are rocking this look! I love it from head to toe.


  • Love, love, love the theme you selected for us this month! I can remember thinking Denise Huxtable dressed so cool back in the day, too. I think you did a fab job of combining the two character’s style into one inspirational look! I was seriously admiring the texture and subtle pattern play in this look way before I read your thoughts on them. By the way, after we discussed Nickel and Suede’s earrings, I immediately ordered a pair. I selected their new leopard print earrings and Love them.

    • Ohhh, I keep telling myself I don’t need the leopard print but they’re so cute. I also want the camo pair. Can’t lie, they’re hands down my favorite earrings right now and I wear them all the time. They’re funky but can be dressed up.

      This theme… I kept thinking I was going to go one way, but I had to go back to Denise – she’s always been my style icon.

  • Paula Mullins Holloway

    Daenel, you gave us a creative challenge this month. I love TV too, but was drawing such a blank on this. But YOU, my friend, have pulled it off BEAUTIFULLY!


    • LOL I loved your cat woman outfit. It was absolutely perfect. Even the belt tip!!

  • Bucking the system is the only way to go, Daenel. Because those are the women that make history!!
    How fun was this theme….you are not only creative and smart, but stylish too!!

    • I was born a rebel – right at the hospital door instead of in the hospital. So, yeah. LOL This was a fun theme and I loved seeing everyone’s interpretations.

  • Kellyann

    Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane with the Cosby Show! I LOVED Denise Huxtable too and so badly wished I had her style. I had totally forgotten about that until now. Boy TV really does influence us, doesn’t it?! You look great and kudos for picking such a creative theme – although I honestly lack a lot of creativity when it comes to these kinds of things I love seeing what everyone is doing!

    • I used to buy all sorts of watches and funky jewelry just so I could come close to dressing like her. She was (and still is) the best dressed ever.

  • I haven’t watched Blackish because I don’t think it’s hit our screens over here in Portugal yet but I’d like to see what it’s about! So even though I don’t know the character, I think you look great!
    I’m a huge TVaholic so I’m always checking out what the actors are wearing too lol
    Suzy xx

    • Thank you. When I watch commercials, I’m usually checking out the outfits, the home decor, etc. I can almost never tell you what a commercial was selling.

  • You did the Rainbow/Denise look to perfection! The mix of texture and style is spot on. And can I tell you how much I loved your choice of theme? You’ve set the bar high for the rest of us!

    • Thank you. Every blue moon I have a creative thought. That was it. For the year. LOL

  • Maria Kelly

    I love your textured outfit – you look adorable. Wow your office space is incredible – those windows! x

    • Thank you. Those windows are what drew me to the house. During the summer, it’s like living on the sun. I love it.

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