SHE’S MY BABY GIRL

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby GirlI have talked some about my family, but just in bits and pieces. I am missing my daughter today so I thought I would tell you a little about her. She is my baby girl, even thought she is 28 years old. She is the polar opposite of me, in looks and actions. She is tall, dark, and mouthy. Haha50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby GirlOne day when Ashleigh was about 8 or 9 years old, Joe was threatening her about something. He acted like he was going to “get” her, so she took off running. Joe was right on her heels and they were starting down the hall. All of a sudden, she stopped and whirled around on him. “What?” He was so taken back by her standing up to him, he forgot what he was even after her about. That was our first encounter with the young woman she was going to become.50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby Girl

Fast forward to college age Ashleigh. She wanted, since the age of 7, to be a marine biologist. Not really a career that you could have in Grundy, VA, so I was not surprised that she would want to go away to college. I was surprised though, when she chose Alaska. Could she have picked a place any farther away and still been in the US?50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby Girl

Not only did she move away, she went by herself not knowing a soul. She flew into Juneau Alaska and someone from the school picked her up. She lived at the college housing, but did not even have a car for the first month. There is NO way I would have done any of that. She is my tough, brave, beautiful, and spoiled rotten daughter and I love her with all my heart50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby GirlToday’s outfit is a little bit of a hot mess. You can feel free not to copy this look. I had computer issues and my photo library disappeared. The reason I am telling you that is, if I had a choice of a different outfit to show, this one might not have ever made the blog.The problem is this; I like all the essential items, but I am not sure they “work” together. I love these linen pants from Old Navy. However, I tried on several shirts this morning, and could not get the look I was wanting. I love the simple v top (c/o) from Covered Perfectly, it is a perfect go-to top in the spring and summer, when nothing else will work. I have it deliberately crunched in the front for that relaxed kind of feel. I love this waterfall sweater in the navy and white stripes. I like that is goes with the pants, in one of those crazy pattern mixing kind of way. BUT, I don’t know if I love the outfit. It reminds me of chicken and dumplings. I love every single ingredient in chicken and dumplings, but I don’t like chicken and dumplings. Haha

Here are some similar items from the look:

Plus size pants:

Here is a similar waterfall cardigan:

I’m sorry about this post all around. My time management has not been very good today. I blame the computer. Since it tore up, I had to send it to be repaired, then I had to go to a woman’s club meeting where I was installing a new slate of officers for the coming year. I got back home around 9:00 p.m. and the computer is not EXACTLY performing correctly. It is kind of like today’s outfit, not really bad, but just seems off a little.50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby GirlIf there is anybody who has never visited my blog before, please don’t think this is the norm. I swear, I usually do better. You gurls back me up on this. Lol!50 Is Not Old | She's My Baby Girl

This is my daughter in every way. I always think of her when I hear this, and it never fails to make me smile.

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50 Responses
  • juleskat
    April 5, 2016

    Your daughter is beautiful! You have a right to be very proud of her. I’m sure you raised her right, and she sounds truly delightful. What a strong, smart, independent young lady!
    As for your outfit. We all have our misses. I love the top, and sweater. But I’m not crazy about the pants. The look really comfy, but they remind me of the men’s bottoms they give at the hospital.
    This, however, would be a comfy outfit for hanging out inside the house on a rainy day.
    Your smile is as beautiful as ever!

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      I kept thinking they looked like pjs in my picture. Haha This is now almost like a challenge. I promise you will see these pants again, but they will look much better the next time.

      • Colleen Gilliam
        April 5, 2016

        I am sitting at my desk at work, wishing I had that on….I love it….it is so cute and looks comfortable…..you did great as always! Thanks for helping me dress each day!

  • Alyson
    April 5, 2016

    I honestly don’t think this ensemble looks that bad, and anyway, Tania, you could rock a potato sack! Your daughter is gorgeous, and it sure sounds like she has grown into an amazing young woman. Love the blog. I look forward to hearing from you every day. How’s that 40-day Bible study going? I need to be more disciplined in my reading, too. Thank you always for the inspiration and virtual friendship.

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      Alyson, you sure know how to say the right thing. Thank you so much. I am just on day 2 of the bible study and I am loving it!!! I plan on talking about it on Sunday’s post.

  • Lynn
    April 5, 2016

    I’m also proud of my strong independent daughters. However, I was also bewildered when my oldest headed off with her backpack at 22, for a world trip. She was away for 14 months and I really missed her! I like the top part of the outfit, but the pants not so much. They are not as stylish as many of your other outfits. You still look pretty good though. Love the realness of your blog

  • Gina Samia
    April 5, 2016

    I think your outfit looks amazing on you. 🙂 I, too, lived in Alaska. I was in Anchorage for 3 years. I had always lived here in NC, and was never more than 20 minutes from my mom. She was devastated when I moved. It was beautiful, at first, but I decided to come back home after three years. I am sure you are so very proud to have raised such an independent young lady. I was not blessed with children until my “advanced maternal age years”, but I am blessed with a high-spirited 7 year old now. She keeps me on my toes, for sure. 🙂 Have a great day.

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      It s a beautiful place, that is for sure. I just wish she was a little closer. I wouldn’t mind (at least not a whole lot) if she was 5 or 6 hours away, but it takes me between 16-20 hours to get to her by the time I drive to the airport, flying time, and layovers. That is just a little tooooo far!

  • Helen
    April 5, 2016

    It looks great. With your personaltiy you can sell anything. If you put on a Sugar Sack with a few pieces of jewellery, a pair of hot shoes & bag, you’d still make it look chic. BTW your daughter looks gorgeous.

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      Thanks Helen. The shoes are one of the issues. I think it I “dressed up” the pants, I might like the outfit better.

  • Renee
    April 5, 2016

    The pants aren’t that bad. I think they are kind of cute and comfy looking.

  • Patti
    April 5, 2016

    I also have a 28 year old daughter. She is like me in many ways but she is definitely her own person. She has a wonderful eye for style and color. I am always getting her advice on decor. As far as your outfit goes I really like everything but the slacks, although I think you look great in evrything you wear. It’s snowing in southeast Virginia today. Don’t know what happened to Spring 😕

  • Toni
    April 5, 2016

    The top half of the outfit looks great, the pants maybe with something different… Hey, you are human and I give you sooo much credit for getting this out with computer issues and life happening around you! You raised a very independent gurl! Job well done!

  • Amy Christensen
    April 5, 2016

    Tania, you are a gem! Your stories about your family are just precious and I think it is wonderful that you have a daughter who went out to catch her dream! I actually really like this outfit. It looks so comfy and casual. I like the pattern mixing and the vertical stripes on the pants make you look tall and lean! I’ve been having issues with Palazzo pants….they always seems to make my legs look huge. I can’t wait to see how you style these in another post! Thanks for sharing. Amy
    http://www.stylingrannymama.com

  • Susan W
    April 5, 2016

    What an awesome analogy, chicken and dumplings…I couldn’t agree with you more on that dish and I am from the south too! Daughters are wonderful and the older they get the more they get like us ; ) One of mine worked as a CRM at Nordstrom for 10 years. Hence, I have always tried to be on top of my fashion game when I am around her, lol Don’t sweat the outfit today, there’s always tomorrow!! I do love the sweater, top, and jewelry : )

  • Carol
    April 5, 2016

    Love sharing your highs and lows of outfitting with you. Your daughter had the right idea to follow her dreams. And in such a beautiful place too.

  • Angelia
    April 5, 2016

    I think you look super comfy in this outfit! I’d wear it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Barrie
    April 5, 2016

    I love the song! Makes me teary eyed as my baby girl will be leaving for college in the fall and I already miss her! Like yours, my baby girl is the opposite of who I was at her age…I was shy and never went anywhere unless I knew someone so no summer camps and I stayed close to home for college…moving across the US for my boyfriend (now husband of 22 years) was almost impossible. My baby girl went to summer camp 4 years in a row, not knowing a soul. She’s going to college a few states away and it kills me that I won’t see her everyday or at least weekly! I’ve been a stay at home mom since the day she was born so my life without her here is hard to imagine…BUT we’ll both be fine as we both start our new chapters. So, is your daughter still living in Alaska? Wow…just wow!! Your outfit looks comfy, which is a must for days when we feel off!

  • timronnie
    April 5, 2016

    This is my first time visiting your blog. I follow you on Pinterest and loved your style, and though I’m not QUITE 50 (pretty darn close, though) here I am! And NO apologies necessary for anything! I think your outfit works – it looks great, comfy and doable for every day! Sounds like a formula for success to me! And, your daughter sounds amazing! No wonder you’re a proud mama! I have a 28 yr. daughter, too, who is clear across the country today on a business trip because she is amazing, too! 😀

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      Welcome to my blog! I am constantly amazed at what our young daughters can, and will, do by there selves. I don’t even like to go to a restaurant by myself.

  • Marla W.
    April 5, 2016

    Beautiful mom and daughter! Love the pants……actually, I have these exact same pants from Old Navy, but I just haven’t worn them yet. I plan to wear them with a white T-Shirt like you, but I think I will add a jean jacket. I also like a little heal when I wear a full pant like this as it tends to make me look a little taller as I am on the short side.

  • Betty
    April 5, 2016

    Your baby girl is gorgeous! What a great pic there! Gorgeous scenery! Love me some Lee Bice too! Great song! Thanks for sharing! – – Fantasy: I am your stylist today, and you are my long, lean chic model. Okay, we start with the comfy linen striped pants here. Let’s add either a navy or white basic round neck tee shirt, then a white nautical looking hip-length anorak type jacket w/drawstrings at neck & waist, and let’s roll the cuffs up. For shoes, let’s pick a pair of high leather vamp, peep toe, block heel leather sling back sandals. Now, either a small shoulder/cross body leather bag or your pretty large cobalt tote. For accessories, let’s try lots of thin wire bangles on your wrists, and a large gold chunky (maybe filigree) ring. We can add long plain chain necklaces, maybe a tiny pendant for some shine, or just leave that off. Gold studs or tiny gold hoop earrings can be added (do we have any little bitty seashells or anchors? No? Plain studs then), with one side of your hair tucked back for extra sass. Add big round black sunnies, that great smile, and you are set, Doll! (now, that was fun! lol).

    • Marla W.
      April 5, 2016

      Great job Betty! I enjoyed your styling tips…..spot on!

      • Betty
        April 5, 2016

        Thank you Marla! I’m blushing! Hours enjoying blogs may be rubbing off on me! Yay! (First & only time I’ve tried “styling”! It just hit me today, for some reason! It’s those cute pants that got me! lol ). Thanks again!

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      We will try your styling, maybe over the weekend. Haha

      • Betty
        April 5, 2016

        Thank you Tania! I’m flattered! 🙂 – you are so easy to “style” , with your natural loveliness & glow!

  • Patty K
    April 5, 2016

    I think the outfit looks great! I know what you mean, though, when everything seems a bit off because things aren’t going smoothly. Not to worry, it was a good post that I enjoyed very much. Have a great day.

  • dawn
    April 5, 2016

    Alaska? Yikes that is far from you. I’m here in California and am having a hard time with my daughter talking about college in Alaska…. What inspired here to move there?

  • Debbi
    April 5, 2016

    You are gorgeous and so is your daughter. I love the story about her and her dad when she was seven. 🙂

  • Kimberly Scott
    April 5, 2016

    Tania, your daughter is amazing! I so admire her ambition and independence! I would never entertain the idea of moving to Alaska by myself. Good for her!!! As for the fashion part of your post, I think I’m more startled by the fact that you don’t like chicken and dumplings than your outfit. hahahaha Have a wonderful day!!!

  • Lori
    April 5, 2016

    I tried these pants on at my last visit to Old Navy. They were really comfy but reminded me of pajama pants. I’m not sure your outfit works today but I’m sure you were very comfy 🙂 I love your blog and your pictures are the most pinned off my pinterest!!

    Thanks for sharing about your daughter. I too have a beautiful baby girl with a strong will that is now living across the country from me. I am very proud of her for doing the things that I would not have had the nerve to do at her age. It is a new generation. You’re daughter is beautiful!

  • Cindee
    April 5, 2016

    I actually like this outfit. You pulled it off nicely.. but you usually do..

  • Ruth Hamel
    April 5, 2016

    You know, I love this blog. I love the fact that you didn’t feel “together” today. It gives me hope. I think I would choose houndstooth for pants with the tops you have or a jean vest with the pants. But this is only me. The beauty of fashion and confidence is that they can shore each other up. Since you seem to have plenty of confidence, the outfit works fine.
    My 31 yr old daughter lives in St. Louis and I’m in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I hate being so far away. I just spent a week with her and miss her like crazy. I think many of us are in the same boat. We love having strong independent daughters; we just want to see them more often. 😃
    Keep writing; I’ll keep reading.

  • Brandye
    April 5, 2016

    Sometimes it’s not about how the outfit looks but how it makes you feel. If you didn’t feel put together, then nothing we say will help much. I like it. Maybe you’d feel better if you had the same sweater with it, but in yellow, pink or red? Hmmmm….just thinking.

    Your daughter is beautiful! You did tell her that Texas A&M has a marine biology program right? Galveston is a lot closer than Alaska! Oh well, she’s probably on her way to a doctorate by now.

    Mine went away to dance camp, by herself, after 5th grade. I’d never have gone without at least one friend. But she went every summer after, all through high school. A couple of times, some other dance friends went, mostly not though. I love how much more independent she is than I every could be. I always thought she’d fly far away for college, but she chose to follow her brother to Baylor. Sic ’em!

  • Cynthia
    April 5, 2016

    I actually love this look. It looks like a great travel and/or Saturday outfit, or a work outfit for me (we’re uber-casual)! Your daughter is beautiful and you have every right to be proud of her! Thanks for the commitment to your blog and us – your fans and followers!

  • Sheree Ozier
    April 5, 2016

    I love this outfit!!! Looks very comfy cozy! Your daughter is beautiful, and I too have a complete opposite, but it’s such an awesome balance to our fun relationship. Thanks for staying true to us bloggers, It’s become my daily dose of fun/fashion!

  • Gina D
    April 5, 2016

    I love all your posts and today’s is no exception. You should be so proud of your daughter for being so independent. She is beautiful in every way.

    I know how frustrating it is to not be able to use your computer so I hope it gets fixed quickly.

    Have a great day!

  • Stacy
    April 5, 2016

    I will admit that outfit had to grow on me but it did! Great daughter story – I too have a tall, beautiful headstrong daughter and wouldn’t want it any other way! She will turn 30 this year! Loving your blog! (I have a Yorkie too!)

  • ritaworldpresscomblog
    April 5, 2016

    Love the necklace . What brand it that ?

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      It is on that I bought at a vintage fashion show a year or so ago.

  • Sharon Woryn
    April 5, 2016

    I have to agree with your assessment of this outfit. It’s bland. You once mentioned in the blog that you just go into your closet in the morning and put things together. I thought, “Wow. I have to plan the night before.” I usually don’t have time in the morning for editing and if something doesn’t work, I won’t feel “together” all day. I have had those mornings where I was throwing around things and making 5 or 6 changes. Stress and messed up hair! Even this morning an outfit I planned to wear for Bible study, looked good on the hangers but I had to swap out the sweater for a blazer when I went to wear it. I thought you would love it because I wore my cobalt jeans, navy top, and my navy and white striped blazer with oversize double strand pearls. Thanks for sharing what was just “okay” because we all have days like that. Maybe that outfit would work if you wore a bright colored top.

  • Donna
    April 5, 2016

    Oh Tania…….I just love you girl!! I happen to love your outfit today…looks soooo comfy! I have to get me a T from Covered Perfectly, and see just how wonderful they are. Yesterday you inspired me to order the boyfriend jacket from Glamour Farms, I can’t wait to get it and try it on!! Everyday you inspire me, to be a Jesus lovin fashionista, and I just love your girlfriends. If I am ever in your neck of the woods I’m going to look you up!!
    I also think that your daughter is beautiful, reminds me so much of my daughter, Brooke, 26 years old…strong, beautiful, independent and a go-getter!! These young women are going to change the world!! I don’t think they would have ended up like they are without a strong and wonderful momma in their lives!! Oh Happy Day, enjoy the remainder of your week, and SMILE!!

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      The t from covered perfectly is really nice, but be aware it has spandex or some type material in it that makes it more form fitting.

  • Nikki
    April 5, 2016

    I am so impressed with your daughters determination and courage! However, you are pretty inspiring yourself! Your outfit isn’t flashy today. But its cool, calm and collected. I like that.
    🙂
    http://gwingal.blogspot.com/

  • Chrystina
    April 5, 2016

    May I suggest you tuck the top in? Pants as loose/flows as these need to be countered by a trim top/Tshirt. A bit higher heel would raise them off the ground making them look like they’re your’s and not borrowed from a taller “girl”.

    • Tania
      April 5, 2016

      I agree!!

  • Suzy
    April 5, 2016

    I think the look is cute and comfy! I’d wear it!! Your daughter is precious! I have one that is 16 and just like your Ashleigh — stubborn as the day is long and she can’t wait to go to school far, far away. LOL!! Thanks for Sharing Tania!

  • Alison
    April 5, 2016

    For me, a different sweater/jacket may work better. Perhaps your white denim jacket/blazer, blue denim jacket, or a coral sweater? Beautiful picture of your daughter, what a background!

  • LornaMi
    April 5, 2016

    Different strokes… I LOVE this outfit on you, and the combination of the pieces. Perhaps I would switch the shoes to a platform sandal.

  • Christi e
    April 5, 2016

    I have a young woman daughter who is just like yours! She was 2 years old and she was talking to her brother about something that must have made her mad, and she balled up her little tiny fist at him and said, “do you want some of this!” Well we never laughed so hard! Don’t know where she heard or saw it. She’s an adventurous sort as well, went to Costa Rica to learn Spanish in her freshman year and lived with a family she never met before. Moved to LA for school, brave gurl! Your outfit looks comfy for sure! We have all had those days.

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