The Canadian National Exhibition

The CNE or EX in Toronto (since 1879) is Canada’s largest annual fair; a family tradition that started when my grandmother took me there as a child. Toronto is a great day trip from where I live, only an hour away. This year I tagged along with my youngest son and his wife. The CNE is the place my daughter Jean took her first bungee jump in the 1990s, so many happy memories.

It was exciting watching the ZipLine. Would you do this?

I’m not into roller coasters and midway rides anymore, but I like the atmosphere for a day … and the shopping!


I wore my new pajama-style pants I bought at Macy’s in NYC. I have about a half dozen skinny jeans, but I’m really loving the comfort of loose, silky-soft pants.

pajama-style pants 1That said, you’ll never see me in frumpy gray jogging pants or flannel. They have to be stylish! This black and white tribal print is one of my favouites.

CNE 2CNE My new black top from H&M in NYC, the unique lace detail got my attention right away. Jean bought one too. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more in different colours. It was only $10.

top from H & M

I’m deciding which scarf to buy for my scarf collection.

scarf 1 This is the one I chose.

scarf 2There’s great entertainment and interesting people to meet like the amazing Daryl Maddeaux who can balance rocks on rocks, no glue! Cool rock towers!

Daryl Maddeaux

Have you been to a fair this summer?

♥ carmen

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NYC 9/11 Memorial

Today I dedicate this post in memory of those who died, and the family and friends of all who suffered this incredible loss.

Photo by Jean

Photo by Jean

photo by Jean

photo by Jean

After walking across the Brooklyn Bridge this summer, we walked to the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial.

photo by Jean

photo by Jean

A tragedy beyond words, very emotional moment.

911 memorial


The terror of watching this horrific event live on television as the second tower collapsed right before my eyes 13 years ago still haunts me. Never forget.

never forget

The world is such a beautiful place; yet there are so many evil people who spoil it for those who wish to live in peace.

I pray for peace.

Peace in our hearts.

Peace in our homes.

Peace in our lands.

Peace in our world.

with love ♥ carmen

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Fabulous After 40 – Neon Rainbow – What I Wore

It’s a pleasure to be featured again in one of the world’s most fashionable eMagazines for women over 40! Here we are, three fashion bloggers – wearing bold and beautiful colours! Click Fabulous After 40 to go to the article and read more.


Color makes you look alive, and if you are wearing neon, electric! Take a look at how these over 40 style bloggers rock this summer’s neon trend.

Neon with an Urban Vibe

Carmen is a 50+ style blogger who wanted an outfit that would do double for her trip to New York City. It had to be casual but a little trendy, and  it had to be versatile enough to  style a few different ways. These neon yellow jeans and t-shirt worn with a black vest and shoes fit the bill.

This is a look with stand-out style. It’s got a cool, urban vibe and she can mix and match pieces, which means it helps to cut down on her packing.


Elegant Neon

Today’s neon looks are a far cry from the neon punk rock looks of the 80s.  Neon can be unexpectedly elegant and classy.

Annette proves that in this striking, neon orange wrap dress that works well with her warm skin tone. Subtle accessories and nude shoes balance out the strong hue. To see more of  Annette’s elegant personal style check out her blog Lady of Style.


Creative Neon

If you aren’t ready to dive into neon, you can get your feet wet slowly by adding a neon accessory to a neutral outfit. In this case Trina has gone one step further and paired some funky, acid yellow heels with bright, cobalt blue pants for a look that is creative and dramatic. If neon shoes are not your style, you might try a bag or scarf in a neon shade. To see more of Trina’s fun and colorful style visit her blog Tea Time with Trina.


Thanks, ladies, for brightening up the week in these electrifying colors. If you want to know more about how to incorporate the neon trend into your wardrobe, you can read my post on the Do’s and Don’ts for Wearing Neon.

 Have a fashionable weekend!

♥ carmen

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The Metropolital Art Museum in NYC

Art enriches our lives. The imagination and artistic expression of human beings fascinates me.

This really sets us apart from animals, although being sentient beings, they do not possess the ability to design or create (other than functional dwelling places, such as nests, beaver dams etc.) for the sake of beauty and musings.

Walking through the huge doors and entering the great hall of the Met was magical; I felt the electricity of this colossal collection of art, a treasure house! Where to start? Every direction led to the treasures.

Can you find me?

where is carmen

Claude Monet is one of my favourite artists. I love sunflowers almost as much as daisies! I wore my new Monet T-shirt that I bought at the Met gift shop. Did you know Monet painted T-shirts? I don’t think mine is an original, I think this one is a copy. They match my neon yellow skinnies, so I have really made good use of them worn with various tops.

Monet sunflowers

Here are a few of the thousands of photos I took. It was overwhelming! I suppose I could do a whole blog on New York City. ;-)

Enjoying the beauty of the rotunda; the whole experience is so aesthetic and visually stimulating.

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Meeting interesting people who appreciate art is always a pleasure.


carmenI met a charming family and asked if I could take their photo.

charming family

Only human beings wear clothes, I find that fascinating. We are created very uniquely, in the image of God, with the ability to create. The human imagination is truly wondrous and amazing! I appreciate people sharing their God-given talents, making the world a more beautiful place!

I see us, the animals and the earth as His art and design. What people do is an extension of that creativity! Creation-not destruction.

Make a wish, but you may have to wait for your wish to be granted because there’s a line-up and it seems a lot of people are waiting for their wishes to come true!

fountainilovenyP.S. For Joni and anyone interested in purchasing an original T-shirt, here’s the selection …

 Check out the lovely ladies at Patti’s VISIBLE MONDAY

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Strolling through the park one day …

I spent the first two weeks of August in NYC and enjoyed Central Park and several other parks; pure pleasure!! There’s something that refreshes the soul just strolling through a park. Time to breathe.

Central Park

There’s always a bench along the way for relaxing.

Central Park bench

Meandering through Central Park in Manhattan, you’d never know you were in NYC. This park is enormous and reminds me of Northern Ontario, with rocky hills, ponds with turtles, so it’s easy to forget that it’s surrounded by one of the largest cities in the world.

Central Park NYC on the rocks

Of course Northern Ontario doesn’t have a castle. The historic Belvedere Castle is a grand sight and a great lookout point in Central Park, built in 1869.

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle NYCRomeo and Juliet in Central Park.

Romeo and JulietMorningside Park, situated on the rocky hills between Harlem and Morningside Heights, was once extremely dangerous. No signs of that now, but apparently, in 1935 the New York Times reported that there was a sign posted in the Teachers College of Columbia University informing students “it is not safe to enter Morningside Park at any time of the day or night.” The natural geography of a rocky cliff, a myriad of trees and a pond is home to turtles and Canada geese (they don’t read signs). It was fun to watch these two “turtledoves” doing their mating dance. ;-)

turtle pond

Steps help the explorers go up and down the steep terrain.

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It started to sprinkle, we were prepared with our fashionable umbrellas.


Jean’s is black and white houndstooth and I have my new one I bought at Marimekko in NYC.


We enjoyed a vegan picnic in Madison Park in the heart of downtown Manhattan. You never know what you’ll see in the park in NYC. (That’s not me folks!)

sunbather in Madison Park

The High Line is an elevated linear park, an abandoned railroad by the Hudson River; a slice of nature between the concrete and river.

view of the Hudson River from the High Line

A walk in the park does a body good.


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The Brooklyn Flea Market

I’m in Connecticut now but I haven’t finished my NYC posts so more about Connecticut later.

On our way to the Brooklyn Flea market, Jean and I  stopped for a photo at the same spot as last year.

Jean and me

There’s always interesting backdrops.

AudreyJean Brooklyn

Last year Jean spotted Bill Murray buying a carpet at the flea market and I had a picture taken with him. He’s a funny guy and very friendly. This year we focused on finding little treasures and I bought a necklace that I wanted to buy last year.

IMG_6589 and a pair of fancy lacy palazzo pants that I’ll post when I wear them, I haven’t worn them yet.

IMG_6579 All that walking and shopping made us hungry so we left the flea market …

Jean and me

and enjoyed lunch at vegan diner CHAMPS

Check out Jean’s post about Brooklyn for a great perspective with a surprise ending!

Have a wonderful week!


I’m linking up with all the fashionistas at Patti’s

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Life is a Stage

The sidewalk is our runway and the world is our photo studio.

Fashion AvenueThe Empire State Building is a magnificent backdrop.

sidewalk of NYCMacy’s old wooden escalator takes me back in time.

Macy's escalator sidewalk in NYC The High Line is a fantastic elevated linear park along an abandoned old railroad: a great view of the city and the Hudson River while enjoying nature.

High LineTime for Intermission, a lovely spot to take a break.

High LineDoors of Manhattan make perfect backdrops.

Park AvenueI bought a new houndstooth dress in NYC.

houndstooth dressDVF Flagship storeWe are all thespians on the stage of life. Sometimes we choose our parts and sometimes they are chosen for us. We can audition, but the Cast Director will often decide the part we play. For example: if someone can’t sing, they will not get a singing part. This play in life has lots of comedy and laughs, but sometimes drama with very tragic scenes, because this play is for real.

What part do you play?

I hope you are enjoying your role in this play!


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The Seed NYC

When Jean told me about this vegan event that would take place in NYC while we are here on vacation, I was elated! It was fun having my picture taken on the red carpet in my new palazzo pants that I bought at Spanner before my flight to NYC.

The SeedIt was wonderful to meet so many compassionate people today at the Seed–the third year of this fabulous event.

We tasted a variety of delicious and nutritious vegan food.


Jean bought a beautiful purse from GUNAS 100% animal-free, eco-friendly, sweat-shop free.


Jenny Brown (author of The Lucky Ones) was one of several knowledgeable speakers on this topic, she focused on animal cruelty and what goes on behind closed doors. Some speakers focus on health and some on the environment.

Jenny Brown and meThe Lucky Ones

more food and info …

on the street …

On the way to the subway, I stopped to have my photo taken with Audrey.

Audrey and meThese feet have walked for miles and miles all through the streets of Manhattan …

my feet


Lots more fashions to see at Patti’s

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The Catwalk – Mom’s birthday

My stylish mom modeling a red velvet dress with detachable sleeves 1950s

LoraBoth my mom and daughter took modeling courses. Both of them have influenced my style.

JeanMy daughter Jean (left) wearing my mom’s DVF wrap dress from the 70s. Click the photo for the full story of Jean meeting Diane Von Furstenberg.

I have always dreamed of modelling and walking the Catwalk but never had the opportunity or perhaps, not even the confidence.

By age 60, I thought this dream would elude me, but here I am at 62 with opportunities to model clothes on the catwalk and magazines; my mom would be so proud–I think of her on her birthday today!


I dedicated this fashion opportunity to my dear mom …

la-cremeAn opportunity to model my mom’s DVF dress on my blog.

DVF wrap dress

Jean and I are in NYC enjoying a fashionable vacation.

DVF Flagship store

I’m more like my mom every day.

I love you mom ♥

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Summer in the City

Summer in New York City!

On our way to get our pedicures, Jean and I had to take a detour because the police blocked two blocks of the street; turned out to be a bomb scare but it was a false alarm.

NYPDAfter being pampered with a pedicure, it’s time to take the subway.

NYC subway

Next stop–downtown Manhattan.

toes in ManhattanSome fun shopping and sightseeing.

Jean and me by orange doorJean by orange doorme by orange doorI bought this yellow and black set at Sears in the spring and planned to take it to NYC because I can style it four different ways for four looks. That’s important when I travel so I don’t have to pack as much.

black and yellow outfitWalking and shopping makes one hungry so we headed over to Peacefood Cafe for a dee-lish-ee-OH-so vegan dinner!

You never know who you’re gonna run into in NYC, last time Bill Murray and this time the world famous GRUMPY CAT!

grumpy catAnd to end a lovely day I met two fashionable ladies at the sidewalk restaurant of Chocolat.

fashionable ladies


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