#ShopGoodwill for Holiday Goodies

Shop Goodwill for Holiday Goodies

 

The holiday season is in full swing which means there are lots of parties, school plays, festive decorations and family gatherings. It can be overwhelming both to your schedule and to your budget and if you are anything like me, purchasing a new dress or complete outfit for a single event is out of the question. 

 

Red Cocktail Dress

 

Making a purchase from Goodwill not only helps your budget but it also helps to fund job creation in your community and donating to a local Goodwill provides a wonderful opportunity to give back and declutter your closets.   

I stopped in at a local Goodwill in search of an outfit for a house party that hubby and I will be attending next week.  I found a few pieces, and I liked the Ralph Lauren Cocktail Dress the best, which one do you like?

 

Black Velour Maxi Skirt, Silver Shoes and Top

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Little Black Dress & Silver Shoes

 

fashion for less at Goodwill
Ralph Lauren Cocktail Dress

 

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Velour Skirt and Red Sequin Top

 

 

Did you know?

  • Goodwill provides job preparation, skills training, education assistance and support services to millions of people each year who are facing challenges to finding employment.
  • Every 23 seconds, someone gets a job through the help of Goodwill.
  • Goodwill is an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Through its entrepreneurial business model of collecting and selling donated goods, Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways.
  • Goodwill functions as a social enterprise by creating 25 jobs per brick-and-mortar store, generating essential revenue for mission services, and providing a direct solution for donors and communities to the issue of sustainability regarding unwanted goods.
  • Collectively, over 313,000 people in the United States and Canada connected with jobs or earned employment using Goodwill organizations’ career services programs this past year And more than that – tens of millions access the Goodwill education, training, and online learning services that Goodwill offers to strengthen their job training skills.
  • As a non-profit, they are dedicated to helping create jobs and providing on-the-job training for many who would find employment opportunities scarce without Goodwill’s help.
  • You can find your nearest Goodwill at http://www.goodwill.org/locator/
  • Did you know that 87 cents on the dollar of every purchase from a Goodwill go towards local job training opportunities?
  • Goodwill Industries International is very active on social media! Feel free to tag the following channels and use the hashtag #ShopGoodwill when shopping.
  • Find your local Goodwill here

Friday’s Fashion : Kicking it in Fall Booties From Target

 

With all the food that I and probably many of you consumed last week, I decided to forgo a Friday Foodie Feature and instead opted for a Friday Fashion OOTD.  I do, however, hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend some quality time with your family and friends – unplug and unwind if for only 24 hours.

Malik drove home from Bowie on Wednesday afternoon and we had a great time, watching movies, shopping and of course he once again tried to break my bank but it wasn’t so bad this time.  This year he is a commuter staying at his great aunt’s house because he forgot to request housing last year so no dorm supplies are needed.  Tayair had to work each day except on Thanksgiving, so we were able to spend a wonderful day together which has become quite rare.

 

Blake Family 2017

We don’t shop on Black Friday so we spent the day inside relaxing and watching movies and of course, eating leftovers late into the night – I am afraid to get on the scale!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you may remember seeing these black Booties which I purchased from Target on clearance for $11.38.  I asked hubby to drive me down to the Marina in Middletown for a photo shoot and because the weather was nice, he obliged, otherwise, I would have been by that water by myself – hubby doesn’t like cold weather!

 

Marina in Middletown

 

We hadn’t been down to the Marina for several months and now there is a new restaurant which we need to check out, hopefully, it’s better than the previous establishment.  The last time we were there I did a photo shoot for MetroStyle – remember this post?

 

Kohl's Booties

 

It was very quiet on the water, however, there were a few brave souls dining outdoors at Grain H20 – I guess they just needed to get out of the house because, despite the fact it was nice enough to be out without a coat, it wasn’t nice enough to eat outdoors!

 

 

I fell in love with these black, suede booties because they are a perfect accessory to wear with either a dress or jeans or this oversized animal print tunic which has been a closet staple for over five-plus years.

 

Fashion after Fifty

 

Hubby is normally gracious when I ask him to accompany me for a photo shoot, but oftentimes, he looks at me like I am crazy and today wasn’t an exception, therefore, I had to take a few selfies for good measure!

 

Selfie Shot at the Marina

 

I even stopped to do a Livestream video, which as you will notice hubby wasn’t enthusiastic at all!  Do you have trouble getting your hubby or significant other to take your pictures?

 

Fashion after Fifty

 

 

Should Women Wear Heels After the Age of 50?

fashion after fifty

Wow, can you believe that it is already September….the month of my birth…yep, on September 20th I will officially be 56 years old!  

 

Last week while at work, a woman complimented my heels and stated that she wished that she could still wear them.  I told her that I was going to wear heels until I could no longer and hoped that it wasn’t going to happen until I was well into my 60s.  She was shocked that I was still wearing heels after the age of 50 – really!?


Now you know that I love my heels and if you followed my previous blog, DeDivahDeals, then you know that I own too many pairs of shoes, and even had a series of posts entitled “You Choose the Shoes” which featured two pairs of shoes every week.  

Click the link to see this same dress worn with yellow wedges.  However, heels are definitely my favorite styles of shoes because they elongate the legs and makes them look slim and sexy – what do you think?

 

 

wearing heels after fifty

 

The purse was a recent purchase from Rugged Wearhouse and believe it or not, it was only $19.99.  It also comes with a shoulder strap, however, it’s a bit thick and takes away from the sleek look of the bag so I probably won’t be using it.

 

 

Do you like this oversized funky plastic ring?

 

Fashion after Fifty

I am going to miss the warm summer days!

 

wearing heels after 50

 

Let’s Chat:  Should women over the age of 50 still wear heels?

 

women's shoes

 

DISCLAIMER
The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely insane in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

Do You Wear a Hat or Not When It’s Hot?

should you wear a hat in the summer sun


July in Delaware is always blazing hot so it’s important to cover your head especially if you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time.  Normally, I am not so I forgo the hat, however, a few weeks ago I really needed it.

 

cover your head from the sun

 

 

This is just a little cheapie sun hat that I picked up a few years ago from Burlington Coat Factory before a vacation to the Dominican Republic.  It had a chin strap which unless I wanted to look like a goofy cowboy, I chose not to keep it attached.

 

sun hat from Walmat

 

The summer is far from over, as a matter of fact, the official end of the summer isn’t until September, so make sure to stay safe in this heat by following a few of these summer sun safety tips from the American Cancer Society.

 

  • Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.

 

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher: Reapply at least every 2 hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.

 

  • Seek shade: Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.

 

  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.
  • Choose a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging. Only products that pass a test can be labeled “broad spectrum.” Products that aren’t broad spectrum must carry a warning that they only protect against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.

 

  • Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%; SPF 50 sunscreens filter about 98%, and SPF 100 filter about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely. The FDA requires any sunscreen with an SPF below 15 to carry a warning that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.

 

  • “Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry so you will need to put more on.

 

Let’s Chat: Do you wear a hat when it’s hot or not?

 

summer sun has harmful rays wearing a hat in the summer for protection

 

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

Wearing Walmart to Work – Casual Attire in the Workplace

Casual Dressing in the office

 

Hey, welcome to the weekend!  I decided to pop back in before the end of the month with another “Wearing Walmart to Work” outfit and to ask you a question about dressing casually in the office.

 

Remember this post when I told you that I had purchased these tops in red, white and black for $4.99 each, well they are now on clearance, so head over to your nearest Walmart and pick up a few.  

 

Dressing for Less

 

You can wear them well into the fall season simply by putting on a cardigan sweater or blazer and when a menopause flash hits, you can take it off and be cool as a cucumber!

 

 

 

Okay, now on to the question.  First of all, you guys know that I very rarely wear pants to work but when I do it’s only on a Casual Friday, which was the case for this outfit. However, I now work in an office where there are several millennials who only wear jeans, sneakers, and flip-flops which made me think.  

Do you think that it’s appropriate and are you more productive when wearing casual clothing as opposed to when you are wearing business attire?

 

I am old skool IBM, brought into the business wearing dresses, suits and wing tip shoes as well as other very uncomfortable attire such as panty hose (yuck).

 

 

casual or business attire

 

However, today, if you really think about it, what once had been considered business attire is no longer the case.  As a matter of fact, below is the link to an article about dressing more casually in the office and it how it may or may not affect an employee’s productivity.

Workers are dressing more casually. Does that affect productivity?

 

dressing casual for work

 

Let’s Chat:  Do you think dressing more casually in the office makes you more productive?

 

 

clothing and accessories from Walmart

 

Oh, by the way, this reversible tote bag was purchased last season also from Walmart and it’s a great size for carrying my casual Friday items, including my Selfie Stick!  

 

This infinity scarf of which I also bought three of were on clearance for $2.00, and I am pretty sure that the prices will drop once the fall items hit the racks.

 

 

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.
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