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How was your weekend? We spent ours preparing for Hurricane Ida. We live in the central part of Louisiana, so the heavier parts of the storm missed us, but our friends in the southern parts have sustained substantial damage. Please keep them lifted up in your prayers.

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. Four different ladies, four different styles, you’re sure to find something that inspires you.

The Theme

This month’s theme is Candy Crush, and was suggested by Mirielle.


Picking an outfit for this month’s theme was not hard at all. I knew immediately that I was going to wear my Split Midi Dress from Kantha Bae. What was a hard decision was picking a color from all the choices in their online shop. I tend to stick to neutrals and shy away from silks, but this dress is a colorful silk. So far out of my comfort zone. And it wears like a crop top with the exposed midsection. Still. With all of those things going against it, I wanted this piece. Why? Because it’s everything I don’t have.


Not gonna lie though, wearing silk in the Louisiana heat was brutal, but once it cools down a bit… Y’all, this split midi dress is gonna be everything. And then when it gets cold? Imagine it over a chunky turtle neck with dark wash jeans and boots. Or a black sweater dress.



Really, there’s so much potential with this piece. And the colors, while out of my comfort zone, are bold and fun, yet, incredibly neutral.

Don’t Forget to Visit My Co-Hosts

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

Taking a much needed break, but, please, go visit her blog. She has some really beautiful outfits and lovely poetry.

Mirielle, Chez Mirielle Fashion travel mom

This dress {or is it a dress?} is just plain fun! I love the staggering colors of the bracelet tiles and the purple Fitbit. And for those who wonder what shoes to wear with so much color, mustard is a neutral – just take a look at Mirielle’s sandals. Everything flows.

Shelbee, Shelbee on the Edge – Rediscover your edge

So much color and texture! Shelbee reminds me of those cool girls that they photograph for street style photo stories. Love it.

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

I love how Suzy was a total style rebel and chose individual pieces to put together and then book ended everything with her glasses and pumps. Everything about this screams creative fun!


Leather Earrings – Similar | Split Midi Dress – Similar | Ring – Similar | Bracelets – Similar | Jeans – Similar | Clogs – Similar

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Leave a comment below telling me whether you’re into brights or neutrals. Or do you mix it up?

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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