BETWEEN THE LINES FEATURING 50 IS NOT OLD

DSC_0012I am just one of those people. who always wants to read between the lines. What did they really mean, or what are they trying not to tell you. In this case the answer is easy. I am participating in a new series by Katherine of Katherine’s Corner. She asked bloggers who are in the over 50 age group, of all genre, to join her in this ten week series. This is series 2, go here for the first series, and I will be joined today by six other bloggers. Each one of us will answer a couple questions from Katherine, and on the last day of the series, we get to ask Katherine a few questions.DSC_0048

Katherine asked us each to talk about why we blog, and the obstacles we face being in a certain age range. I think she was politely saying we might be in a computer challenged age bracket. Lol! She was correct in that assumption. The poor thing had to change the set-up at least twice because this is something new for a lot of us. I was just thrilled that I was not going to be featured till way up in May. WRONG!!! Someone asked to be switched, and being so sweet of course, I agreed. As long as I wasn’t in the first group, I was fine. I hate the feeling of inadequacy.  I will work my but off, if I know what I am doing, but I can’t stand that phase where you are afraid your going to be the only one who doesn’t understand. Fortunately, Katherine has done these type series before, maybe not with quite this many participants, but she took it all in stride.DSC_0028

This is one of the reasons I love blogging. It is just another way to get me out of my comfort zone. It is also a way to make myself accountable. It is waaay to easy to just throw on the first thing you come to, pull your hair back out of your face, not put on any makeup, and head out the door. Not anymore! Now I make sure I look “presentable” every time I leave the house. Shoot, I even try to look decent when I am staying home. You never know who is going to come to the door. Now that people in town know about the blog, I feel a little extra pressure to look nice. This is a good thing. I don’t mind having my feet held to the fire.DSC_0024

The funny thing is, several younger people have actually talked to me about them starting their own blog. What!!! That is about the highest compliment you will ever get from someone younger than you. Especially when it comes to computers, technology, or fashion. Haha I sure wish I had someone to talk to that already knew the ins and outs. I am sure there are a lot of things I need to be doing, but I have no idea what they are, or where to even look to find them. My goal at this time is to just continue to grow as a blogger, continue to grow my readers, and continue to grow my writing skills. Hopefully by my first anniversary, some of these goals will have been met.DSC_0048My outfit today is black & white. I thought you could use a change, from my normal colorful outfits. I am doing a little pattern mixing today. The top is one I bought from Old Navy years ago. I had at first thought I would wear it with a solid pant, but when I pulled it out today, I changed my mind. Here is a black top with white print, and here is a color block top in the same color scheme.DSC_0041You might have noticed a little change in today’s post. No, not the munchkin, my shoes. I have styled three different pair of shoes. Go ahead and scroll back through the pictures, I’ll wait on you. Dum, dum, dum, dee, dum. Okay, I see your back. I got all three at the QVC outlet stores in town. Yes, that is plural. We have three, since a brand new one just opened last week. Haha The black (similar) and the gray (similar) pair are by Sole Society, and the red (similar) pair is by G.I.L.I. Did you notice how the change in shoe changes the whole look? The pants are a small check pixie pant by Old Navy. Here is a similar pair.DSC_0038Little Miss Emersyn is styling a gray satchel by Aimee Kestenberg. Notice how it goes with everything, even ice cream pajamas and hot pink tennis shoes. Don’t you just love that blonde hair?DSC_0014I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Be sure to check out all the other lovely ladies who are joining me today. And a special thanks to Katherine for wrangling all the cats together for this series.

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  1. Love the look today. I have a question. I love wearing spagetti strap blouses but hate having the bra strap showing. I find strapless bras start sagging after a few hours. What is your tip?
    Thanks
    MJ

    • I hate all the same things, Mary Jo. I have on a regular bra, that is why I have on a cardigan. Haha But on those times I have to wear something strapless, I will. For my sons wedding last year, I wore one of those silicone kind that sticks to your skin. Believe it or not, it actually worked pretty good. It might have helped that the dress was tight in that area, so I don’t know if it would work on a flowy top for all day. If any of you readers have any suggestions, please share your tips!

      • Believe it or not, I have had the best luck with Victoria’s Secret strapless bras. They have a silicone ridge in them that helps them stay in place. They come with convertible straps. (Of course, I lost one strap to my favorite bra. Typical for me. LOL) Victoria’s Secret bras tend to run small, IMHO. I wear a cup size larger. Good luck!

    • You need to go explore the bra department in the stores….,I have bought several racer back style bras with lace inserts or multiple straps, etc. which are MADE to be seen under your tops! Maybe Tania could show some off soon!

    • I love all your different styles. And that they are for real ladies. Also love that you aren’t afraid to express your faith.

  2. Your little sidekick is adorable! I am blessed with 2 of those littles 🙂 LOVE the black and white you have put together and my favorite shoes are the strappy black and red sandlals!! Style on Tania!

  3. Little Miss E is too, too cute! Love the black and white pattern mix. The red shoes really look great with it!

  4. Haha, I have got the same feling about wanting to do the things you do perfectly! Lovely post to read and what a great thing to work together like that.

  5. I am curious????? When is Miss Emeryson going to start her own
    blog and what will she call it? 🙂 I for sure would be a follower.

  6. You look great and so does your co-model! I very happy for all of your success I hope it continues to grow for you. I love today’s outfit! I’ve said before, but it’s still true, I love that your cloths are cute and not super expensive. I also appreciate you taking time to find similar items in different sizes.

  7. Thanks so much for posting items that we can actually afford. Other blogs have such nice outfits but they’re so far out of my price range. That’s probably one of the reasons you have so many followers so fast your ideas are realistic!

    • I agree completely. I love that everything is affordable and beautiful. I enjoy your blog very much Tania. Thank you. And your little towhead is adorable…she styled that purse like a champ!

  8. I have also said I love your blog and your outfits and where to buy. I know people have asked but can you give us a rundown on your makeup? Also, if I can ask how old are you?

  9. I really love the look! My favorite shoes are the higher black ones, to me they create a nice line and don’t break you off at the ankle. Love the little cutie too!

  10. I totally noticed the shoes right off (of course, I am a shoe girl)!! I lean towards adding a great pop of color with shoes nowadays, but the first pair is perfect too!!
    Nice job with the print mixing too—I just started being brave enough to actually leave the house wearing it!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  11. Love the outfit today!!! The red shoes really make it Pop! Since starting your blog my new moto is “get up, dress up, and show up!” well it’s not really my motto, but I love it! Thanks so much, you continue to inspire me!

  12. Love your blog, just signed up. Someone recommended it on FB, I am glad I entered. Well, I just turned 60, love fashion, design leather bags, love your outfit, especially the red sandals!

  13. My favorite look is with the red shoes. I just have a thing for red shoes. I always have, all the way back to my red patent leather mary janes. LOL

    So happy for your success!! You are a doll, hilarious, and so very honest with your readers. My favorite post is still the one at the beauty shop under the hair dryer! I wish I could be that bold.

  14. You are the first blogger in this series that I was actually aware of before! Everyone else seems new to me. And thanks for having so many options to follow. I told Katherine that I was having difficulty following the other blogs because a lot of them either had no option to follow at all, or they just had FB or email…and I don’t like to follow through either of those mediums. Anyway, great post. This is a fun series.

  15. My dad is 84 today and my mom turned 80 in February. They married in April after she turned 21. (To put it in perspective.) 98% of the days she gets up, brushes her teeth, and gets completely read for the day before she does anything else. Her reasoning is two-fold. She said she always looked her best when they were dating and she sees no reason to change that just because they’re married. (She worked until her 60s.) The second reason is because she never knows when the phone is going to ring and one of us (my brother (who lives close with two boys) or me (2.5 hours away)) will need her. She wants to be able to come right then instead of having to waste time getting ready. This has been a powerful lesson for me through the years. She still wants Dad to think she’s pretty. She still thinks he’s worth it after 59 years. Is my mom a fashion plate or vain, no. She just wants to look her best for those she cares about. Your comment of “looking decent” even when your staying at home reminded me of Mom. When I am dressed and ready for the day I feel better. It takes just as long to put on cute clothes as it does ugly clothes! Thanks for blogging. I know it takes a lot of time and I appreciate it. I sure wish I had a QVC outlet….

  16. This is one of the cutest outfits yet! I love it! Pattern mixing doesn’t usually appeal to me, but this is perfect! Can I just say that I am jealous of your 3 QVC stores?! You are a lucky duck!

  17. Well for someone second at the gate, you did good! I was one of the lucky ones to be first up at the gate – thank goodness I’ve had a few series events under my belt or I would have panicked. Dang, I wish I would have thought to add my social buttons at the bottom of my post, like you did! It’s great meeting other “seasoned” bloggers in this series and I look forward to following you, Tania. Oh and I love the name of your blog!

  18. As always, I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it daily, as well as pinning your outfits to my Pinterest board. I think you are a very good writer; I like your wit and how your personality comes through in your writing. Love little Miss Emersyn styling the purse, she has your pose down pat.

  19. Where is a qvc outlet? I used to go to the one in Mebane, NC but I live in VA and would love to find another. The one in NC closed.

    • Karen, these are not “official” outlet stores. They are stores that buy over stock and return QVC merchandise. I am in Grundy Virginia, it is extreme Southwestern Virginia.

  20. Hi Karen
    Love your style!!! I think this series was a lot of fun and how nice to meet fellow bloggers over 50. I never knew there were so many of us. I am very pleased!!! Now that we know who we are we should try to support teach other.
    I hope we will.

  21. If your comments had a “like” button I would agree with them. I love your style, your wit and your faith. Most days your blog is up when I get up at 5am and I read it first with my coffee. You are an inspiration to take more pride in ourselves which is something that has fallen by the wayside. Your links are great and I love you use affordable styles many from stores we can visit and try on. I do not like return charges when things do not work. I envy your QVC stores. I am happy for your success. I check out your DIL ‘s blog. She is cute and I like her style also. Thank you for all your hard work. You are great.

  22. I want a QVC outlet store near me! Love this outfit, especially with the black sandals. Little miss E is such a cutie pie. Love your blog!!

  23. Love your photos and you are beautiful. Enjoyed this. Happy to meet you from Katherines Corner Over 50 Series.

  24. Hi Tania great to meet such a stylish lady through the Between the Lines project and I love your assistant model – so cute! Looking forward to connecting with you.

  25. Hi Tanya! So lovely to meet you via the “Between The Lines” blog series! I love your blog & I’m so pleased the series has introduced me to some awesome blogs such as yours! Loving the red shoes with the black/white ensemble! Pretty 😊

  26. Oh my gosh, I love your blog name! I’m just months away from 60, and I DO NOT FEEL OLD! I keep wondering why more of us over 50 women are not exploring more creative and technological avenues! So happy to meet you via Between the Lines!