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I couldn’t help but bring out another fabulous all-black outfit for this week’s My Refined Style Linkup! What can I say…black really is one of my favorite colors and when it comes to fashion over 40; when you find something that works, you wear it…A LOT! So today, I am wearing a Victorian-inspired black outfit.

Victorian-Inspired Black Outfit

My how time flies when you’re having fun! This week’s linkup really snuck up on me…in fact, I had myself convinced it was next week until one of the other gals reminded me. Hmm, it could be because my son comes in from college in less than two weeks and I am beside myself with excitement.

Victorian-Inspired Black Outfit

Victorian-Inspired Black Outfit

Victorian-Inspired Black Outfit

Victorian-inspired black is one of the seasonal trends for Fall and Winter. It is characterized by its intricate bead work. I have actually owned this blouse for over 15 years, although I have only worn it a handful of times. The bead work and sheer sleeves make it a perfect choice for a Christmas party that calls for a little extra flair.

Don’t you just love this pendant necklace?! I created it myself using a Christmas ornament from Brighton Jewelry. It was just too beautiful to hang on the tree. The all-black palette really allows it to take it’s rightful place as the show piece of the outfit!

Victorian Inspired Black Outfit

However, the holiday fun doesn’t stop there…look at these fabulous bangles from Brighton. One has the names of all the reindeer and the other one lists some of our favorite Christmas carols. Sorry for you, I bought these several years ago, so they are no longer available πŸ™

fabulous Christmas bangles

May your Christmas season be filled with joy and all the beautiful things the season brings. I hope you will also have time to kick off your shoes and enjoy it because in the blink of an eye it will be gone.

Victorian inspired black outfit

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  1. Who doesn’t love all black! Looking good and have fun with the son, ours will be home tomorrow! #WorldStylelinkupparty

  2. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  3. I always love wearing black too. The jewelry details are so fun!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.


  4. You look stunning – such elegance and class, Shellie!

  5. Silly Mummy says:

    Looks great! I love to wear black too – so easy and flattering. #blogsharelearn

  6. Yes! I completely agree that you find what works for you and stick with it (updating, accordingly, of course ;-)). That is one of the benefits of being of a certain age and/or possessing a certain amount of self awareness and confidence…not chasing everyone else’s style. Beautiful turn of the ornament into a pendant!! Happy Friday!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Regina! That’s the beauty of aging, you have had plenty of time to figure out exactly what works πŸ˜‰

  7. amy says:

    Such an elegant look!

  8. Freda says:

    Such a lovely look! Those shoes are AH-mazing!!!

  9. Thanks for hosting and I LOVE that necklace!


  10. You’re as creative as my mother—making that ornament into a necklace. Such brilliance!!! jodie
    ps…that blouse is way too pretty not to wear it more!!

  11. Rebecca says:

    You look lovely in black! Thanks for the invite – glad to be a part of this FAB linkup!

    Happy Holidays!


  12. Lovely outfit, Shellie! Great for many occasions.

  13. Trina Morgan says:

    Love your outfit and I love how you made your Christmas ornament as a necklace:) Showing some love from the blog hop:)

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Trina, I get little sparks of creativity every now and then. I am glad you stopped by!

  14. Love this necklace! The all black look is the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous piece. πŸ™‚

  15. Jill says:

    This is such a chic and elegant look! I love that you turned that beautiful ornament into a necklace!

    Doused In Pink

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Jill, it was just too pretty to hide on a Christmas tree. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Andrea Nine says:

    Talk about classy with a touch of sexy all at the same time!! You are such a stunner in black Shellie!! Yay, your boy will be home!!! Thanks for hosting beautiful friend!!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Yep, I’ve always been one for black. Thanks for co-hosting with me, Andrea!

  17. What a clever idea to make a necklace from the bauble. I would never have known it was a Christmast decoration and it picks up the strap colour of your shoes! The blouse is beautifully delicate in its pattern.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      I’ve always been known to use things in unique ways. Thanks for joining us!

  18. Chic, elegant and fabulous! Time really has been flying…I bet you’re so super excited that your son will be home for the holidays! πŸ™‚

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      You know I am, Debbie…mama’s counting the days to see her boy! Thanks for joining us.

  19. So glad to join you all

  20. Jennifer says:

    You’re speaking my language when you talk about the virtues of wearing black! Terrific outfit. You look great. Thanks for hosting.
    XX Jennifer