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Hey, y’all, hey! Hope you had a beautiful weekend. We ended up having a beautiful weekend after a very stormy Friday night and early Saturday morning. The sad part is that I ended up having to go to the library to do a bit of work for our upcoming accreditation application. I feel like this has been my life for the last year or so. But, to be honest, it has been. We went right from one accreditation visit to another, so we really haven’t had a break.

Anyway, that’s not why you’re here so let’s get to it…

About the Fab Forties

The Fab Forties is a group of style bloggers from around the globe who come together once a month to share their common love of fashion. Each month we choose a different theme and invite a guest blogger, who is also in her forties, to join us. The group’s goal is to take on a style trend and show how we each interpret and incorporate it into our lives. Five different ladies, five different styles, you’re sure to find something that inspires you.

The Theme

This month’s theme is: “April Showers” and was selected by Suzy. I’d initially planned to style something blue but I just couldn’t get my act together. Then I remembered this top and was like “YES!”

April showers bring May flowers

I so love the stylized flowers and the bold colors. The collar is elasticized and can be worn on or off the shoulder – I wish I’d remembered to show that, but you can see it here, from when I styled this top with shorts. Not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure about styling a long sleeved top with shorts, but I love the look.


One last thing, how fabulous are these jeans? They’re the perfect length and their tight but not too tight. And I stress that because I almost always wear baggy jeans, so this is new for me. Anyway, I’m looking for a similar pair in a straight leg version, so if you see a pair, lemme know. I need a 32 inch inseam {I’m all leg}.

Don’t Forget to Visit My Co-Hosts

Ada, Elegance and MommyhoodEveryday Life+Style, an Adorable Girl named Vivian, Poetry and more…

That dress! Love love love! Such a sweet look. Icy blue is definitely Ada’s color. And those flats are super adorable.

Shelbee, Shelbee on the Edge  – Rediscover your edge

I’m so loving Shelbee’s tie-dye and the fringe is giving me heart palpitations!

Suzy, The Grey Brunette – Happily giving the finger to ageism!

Suzy looks so chic in her water inspired outfit. That skirt has me thinking of waterfalls!


Laurie Felt Embroidered Top – Similar, Similar | Earrings & Leather BFF Cuff – Nickel and Suede | Jeans – Similar | Clogs – Exact

JOIN US: We’re looking for cohosts and guest cohosts

Are you a blogger in your forties? We’d love to have you join us as a Fab Forties cohost! Not ready for a monthly commitment? Consider joining as a guest cohost. All you have to do is send me an email and let me know your preference. My email is

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Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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Where I Co-host

    • Ageless Style – Eight women show that style is ageless. Third Thursday of the month.
    • Fab Forties – Six bloggers, over the age of forty, show they’re still fabulously fashionable. First Monday of the month.
    • Style Imitating Art – Style inspired by pieces of art. Every other week.

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