50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityI know some of you have seen the “save versus splurge” type posts. They will show you a picture of an item, and then show you another picture that looks pretty similar, and then you have to guess which item cost the most. Sometimes it is hard to tell, especially from a picture. When you get to feel or touch an item, then the quality will usually be apparent.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityThere are many items that I will go for the savings, versus the splurging. Anything that is considered to be trendy, you can pick a cheaper quality product. Since it is a trend, is doesn’t need to last you for years and years. After two to three years, a trend is gone by the wayside.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and Quality

There are items that I refuse to compromise on. I want a nice quality handbag and a good pair of shoes. But, what happens if your handbag is cheap? Does it still hold your wallet and phone? Does it function as it is supposed to? The answer to all those questions is, yes. While I prefer a nice quality handbag, it is not a necessity.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and Quality

However, the same can not be said of shoes. Yes, a cheap pair of shoes will cover your feet and let you walk from point A to point B, but you might pay the price later on. In my younger days, I might have even told you that quality in a shoe meant nothing. That was when I was young and dumb, or at least younger and dumber. For those of you who have issues with your feet, you know why quality is so important.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and Quality

When Nina shoes contacted by to see if I was interested in doing a post, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Had they read my post, “No Frumpy Shoes Allowed?” I love Nina shoes, and I have shopped them previously at Belk. I went to their website and was overwhelmed at all the different shoes they carry. Besides carrying your normal sandals, pumps, wedges, and boots, they also carry a wide variety of wedding and gala shoes.ย 50 Is Not Old | Comfort and Quality

It took me several days, looking daily at their website, to finally narrow a choice down to a coupe pairs. I finally gave up, and showed Joe my two choices. He made the decision in a couple of minutes. This pair is from the Nina Originals category under Island Weekend. When I saw the name of the shoe, I knew it was the right choice; Virginia. Is that a sign, or what?50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityThis shoe is perfect for so many occasions. I have chosen to style it with long pants, but the next time I can pair it with capri’s, shorts, or a dress. I can envision these shoes being the perfect go-to shoe while you are on vacation. You need to pack light, so packing a pair of shoes that can go from day-time to night-time, or from shorts to dresses, is a real space saver.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityThe versatility of this shoe is exactly the reason I chose it. I know I will wear this shoe all summer long, and for many years to come. What I didn’t know, was that it would actually be comfortable. The first time of each year when you wear a strap between your toes, it is usually uncomfortable, until your foot gets used to feeling the strap. I put these shoes on, wore them all day long, and was not worn out of hurting in any way. Truthfully, I was a little shocked. There is no padding on this pair, it has a leather sole, but somehow the 1.5″ wedge heel is just enough added height to make for easy wearing.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityThe two tone suede, with the black piping, is striking. I thought about getting the blue pair, but practicality won out. I wanted the pair that I would get the most wear out of. I hate being practical, but when practicality looks so cute, I can live with it.50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityIn my mind, I was going for the “Riviera” look. I have never been to France, so I probably failed miserably, but this is the look I had in mind. “Casual elegance.” I wore these linen pants earlierย with white, but today I wore the matching tank top. The linen palazzo pantsย and matching top are by New Directions, and I bought them at Belk. The cocoon cardigan is from Cato’s and I purchased it last year. Here is a similar one.ย 50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityThe belt came with a dress forever ago, but I wanted to gather the top in, it was too flowy otherwise. My jewelry is by Chloe & Isabel, (necklace, earrings, bracelet) with the exception of the large bangles. Both bangles were bought at vintage fashion shows.

I thought I would share with you some of the choices that were on my list of, “I need those.”imageService imageService (1) imageService (2) imageService (3) imageService (4) imageService (5)

50 Is Not Old | Comfort and QualityIf any of the Nina shoes strikes your fancy, enter in the code “Tania” to receive 20% off your order. That code is only good through Monday night, so don’t put it off too long. Also, I sized up a 1/2 size for this pair, you might want to check the sizing charts if you order.

Book my cruise to the French Riviera, my birthday is today!!! I have a piggy bank slated “cruise”, if you want to donate to my cause. Hahaha! All I have planned for today is a pedicure and manicure, I am blessed that I don’t want for much. Thanks to everyone for helping to make my dream of starting a blog a reality. You gurls are the best!!!

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  1. Happy birthday to you, Tania! My best friends birthday is today too! We have been friends since we were 10 years old. She now lives across the country, but our friendship has remained intact. So, two wonderful people have birthdays today! I hope yours is as special as you!
    The sandals are so pretty. But, I have a question,do they have much padding?
    Again, I hope you have an amazing day!

    • Thanks Jules, and Happy Birthday to your friend! I do not feel any padding on these shoes, the bottom is leather with no padding. But, they were comfortable when I wore them all day. Maybe there is some give inside that I cannot see. I have no idea. Lol!

  2. Happy Birthday Tania! How big is your clothes closet? How many pairs of shoes do you own and how many handbags? Keep p the great work – I truly enjoy your blog!

    • I refuse to count how many purses and shoes I own, although those are not as many as some peoples.I just tend to hold on to my things for years and years.

  3. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear Tania! Happy birthday to you! TA DA!

  4. Happy Birthday! Have a great day! I had a manicure and pedicure yesterday after work. Getting my hair colored and cut today. Sometimes you just have to have a “me” day.

  5. Happy birthday! I think this is one of my favorite outfits I’ve seen on you. It’s classy and elegant, great attention to detail without being overdone. Absolutely LOVE those shoes and they are the perfect added touch to the outfit. Great job! I really enjoy your posts – look forward to them every day. I’m a 61 year old grandmother who still loves style and fashion – always have. I hate frumpy but still want to be age appropriate – it’s a challenge sometimes, especially without blowing the budget. The way you blend fashion and fun, keep things real and don’t take yourself too seriously – love it. Have fun today!!

    • Wow, thanks Carmen!!! I appreciate all the kind comments, those are what keeps me writing everyday.๐Ÿ˜

  6. Happy, happy birthday,Tania!!! Hope you have a very blessed day!! You look exceptionally beautiful today! Love your outfit and the shoes. Enjoy you birthday!

  7. Happy Birthday! I hope your day is as special as you are. I look forward to reading your blog on a daily basis. You always look so nice.

    • Thanks Crystal๐Ÿ˜Š My day sure is starting out great, with all the sweet comments from the gurlsโค

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ mani /pedi s are a beautiful thing, so enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š Absolutely love the shoes!

  9. Happy birthday, Tania! I hope you have a blessed day. I love your outfit today! I love your style!

  10. One of your best outfits in my opinion! The sandals did catch my eye immediately and I will be checking them out. However the whole outfit is a big “yes” for me. The accessories are spot on. You look amazing.

  11. Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing! I love your haircut and color! If you don’t mind my asking, how tall are you?
    Have a Blessed Day!

  12. Happy Birthday Gurl! So glad to hear and see that your blog is growing! Love your style & all the tips you share. Enjoy your “special” day!

    • Thanks Gina. It has been amazing to watch this little blog grow since day 1. Thanks so much for following being one of the gurls๐Ÿ˜˜

  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have a great one.
    Very pretty outfit. Love the shoes

  14. Happy birthday Tania! I love your sense of style and your blog makes me smile everyday. You’re the best! This outfit is particularly striking. Love, love, love the shoes!!

    • Thanks Carla! I really love the shoes and can’t wait till shorts season. They will be a go-to pair for sureโค๏ธ

  15. Happy Birthday, may your day be filled with laughter and love. I love Nina shoes, they are my go to brand when I need a dressy shoe for a special occasion. Love all the glitz they have on their shoes.

    • You are so right Mary Ann!!! They have amazing shoesโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  16. Happy Birthday, Tania! Today is my birthday, too! No wonder I love your style sense and sense of humor so much, lol! Enjoy your day, gurl, and keep doing what you do!

  17. Happy Birthday, Tania! ๐ŸŽ‰ Wishing you a wonderfully blessed day. You look stunning in this outfit. The shoes are gorgeous! Great pick. ๐Ÿ’“

  18. Love the outfit! You always look so great. Love those shoes. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚

  19. Happy birthday to you! I love your outfit today- you look very elegant. Hope your day is a happy one!

  20. Love the outfit, love the shoes(even thought I can’t wear them), Love the smile and love you! Happy Birthday Dear Friend!!!!!!

    • Thanks Debbie! Bertha always says she can’t wear these type shoes either, but they do not bother me. When the season first starts, I can feel the strap (get the ones with the thinnest strap) but after the first or second time, you don’t even notice it anymore.

  21. Happy Birthday!! I knew from reading your blog that we could practically be sisters because we are so similar, but now it turns out we are almost twins as my 54th birthday is tomorrow.

    • Congratulations Seena!!! My great-grandfathers birthday was the 15th. I can remember us have parties together when I was young.๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿฐ

  22. Happy Birthday, Tania! The outfit is very nice….. I am amazed by the looks you create! The shoes are very cool, and unique. Have a wonderful day!๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’•

  23. Hi Tania,

    I love reading your blog each day – the musings are too funny! Where is your QVC outlet? I love Virginia and would love to visit it sometime. My son worked at a Bible Camp in Goshen. If you’re ever looking for an idea for a post, I’d love to see how you store your jewelry, purses, and shoes. My necklaces are a mess and I can never find one to wear and not because I don’t have enough.

    • I live in extreme Southwestern VA, in a small town named Grundy. I am going to show my jewelry storage very soon. Thanks for following!

  24. I wish you a very Happy Birthday! I love your blog and so glad I started following you. You have amazing talent for incorporating things you already have with new things and always look so pulled together and classy. Keep up the good work and have a fabulous day!

  25. Love the outfit. Best choice of shoes. The others look like they might fit the ‘break your neck’ category for me. Enjoy the pedi and mani today. Maybe throw in a massage? Happy birthday.

  26. Happy Birthday๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป
    writing this quick so it doesn’t time out again:-(
    Love the shoes, they do look comfy.
    Have a great day!

  27. Happy Birthday, Tania! I’m a little late in the day, but I hope your special day has been wonderful! I love looking at your beautiful fashion everyday, and I love your commentary of life in your neck of the woods. I live in the southern Appalachians of NC and can really relate. Enjoy your evening!

  28. Happy Birthday Tania. I hope you have a grand day. Thank you for your terrific blog. Always a pleasure to see what you are up to.

    • There are days where just “getting up” is a big thing. Haha Today’s highlight will be a mani/pedi, not a lot of excitement in Southwestern VA.๐Ÿ˜œ

  29. Happy Birthday Tania! I came across your blog when you teamed up with Cyndi Spivey; I’ve enjoyed your posts.

    • Don’t you just love Cyndi? She and JoLynne are my go-t0 ladies. I hope to one day meet up with them and really get to know them. Maybe I should have asked for that for my birthday!๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚

  30. Happy birthday…I enjoy reading your blog. You seem like a lovely lady. God bless you on your special day.

  31. Happy birthday! Mine is a week from tomorrow๐Ÿ˜Š You always look great. Have a wonderful weekend.

  32. Well, happy birthday. Mine was May 4th. Are you interested in helping others figure out what to wear? I’m going to a wine tasting jazz festival at a winery and it’ll probably be a hundred degrees out any tips on what to wear would be great. I’m looking for something that would go with a full shoe so my feet don’t get sore or dirty.

    • Oh, Sarah that sounds like lots of fun! The first thing that comes to mind is of course the great gatsby. White pants and a sparkly tank top sounds like something I would go toward. I hope you have lots of fun!

  33. Hi~ I love your blog! Do you pronounce your name TAN-YA ? Often when picking out an outfit, I ask myself “Is this something Tania would wear?” I would like to pronounce your name correctly when talking to myself! ha ha

    • You are right, that is the way you pronounce it. Just like Tanya Tucker, the country music star. And no, I cannot sing. Haha

  34. I pray you had a fabulous birthday!! I’m thankful for your taste and sense of humor.

    I’ve worn Nina shoes for years. Love the brand.

  35. Happy Birthday Month ! In my house you get to celebrate for the whole month and then you can say it’s your bday all month! Life is short – party ! People are happier when it’s someone’s birthday , I think ! You are cute as can be and I love your outfit , especially the top and pants . The belt is perfect too . I’ll have to check out Belk online and see if they still have it . Love your posts and 50 is just a number . It’s really about how you feel inside !