THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 24, 2016

50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASIt’s the day before the night before Christmas, and I am busy, busy, busy being good. That is the words to one of my very favorite Christmas songs. Most people would say White Christmas, Silent Night, or even Jingle Bells, but not me. As a child, my sister and I listened to one album over and over and over. I can still sing you every song that was on that album.50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS364 days in the year they fuss and feud and fight, 364 days in the year who cares who’s wrong or right. 364 days in the year morning, noon, and night. And then suddenly a change, a very big change, and everything seems alright. I guess it kind of loses something in the translation. But in my mind, I can hear them singing the words. It was an album by the Caroleers. Did anyone else listen to this as a child?
50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASIt is Christmas Eve and I am sure some of you are frantically shopping, cooking, or wrapping presents. I am just chilling here, sitting by the fire and watching the twinkling of the Christmas lights on the tree. NOT!!! I am the one shopping, cooking, and wrapping, Hahaha! Let’s make this a short post, so here we go. The turtleneck sweater poncho is the star of this show. I just had to have it when I saw it. I have kind of steered away from ponchos this year, but there was just something about this one that I really liked. It is plush and I love the pop of red running through it. There wasn’t a tag of any kind inside the poncho so I have no idea what the brand was. I bought it at the boutique in town.

50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASI layered two necklaces together for this effect. The short one is called the Isabelle and if you look at the picture on the Plunder website you will notice that it had a piece of lace tied to the necklace. I didn’t want the lace so I took it off. The longer necklace is called the Tabitha. I like the versatility of this necklace. You can wear it short or long like I have here. 50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASI love these silver bangles which is funny because I was not crazy about the gold version. These have “I Choose Happy” and “Blessed” inscribed on them. I could wear both of these every single day just for the sayings.50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASThe two black bracelets are my By The Book bracelets. I have on Proverbs 3:5 and John 3:16 today. I have worn these bracelets several times and I love the gentle reminders they provide. Two of my other favorites are Philippians 4:13 and Jeremiah 29:11. I need to order me another Jeremiah one, I gave mine away when I went to Las Vegas to someone who needed it worse than I did at that time.
50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASMy Old Navy red pixie pants just matched the red in the poncho. The Tignanello suede purse also matched perfectly because of the red inserts on the side. I never zip these closed but you could. I have searched all around and this is one of the only ones I have found. Someone is selling the purse on Poshmark.50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASMy black boots are a pair that I bought on clearance at Belk this spring. They are a pair by Bandolino. I didn’t really “love” this pair when I bought them but I keep going back to them all the time. That just goes to show you what I know. Hahaha

50 IS NOT OLD | THE DAY BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASI was truly humbled yesterday at everyone comments. I can’t believe that I have made a difference in your lives. I read some of the comments to Joe and he was blown away. I can honestly say that you have made a difference in my life. I can have something happen to me during the day and I start thinking about what I am going to say on the blog. Take yesterday morning for instance. I got up early because I was going to start cooking for the dinner we were having at work. I got out all the ingredients and found out that I have left off a few things when I went to the store the night before. I needed to go get a couple items but Joe was still in bed and I didn’t want to wake him up. Finally, I decided to go in the utility room and get dressed from the clothing that was in there. Great, except for 1 item that I was missing, a bra. I put on a denim shirt and pulled on a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans. I had no makeup on and I ran my fingers through my hair and went out the door. I kept thinking to myself, if the gurls could see me know. Lol!!!!

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  • Joanne Scantlebury
    December 24, 2016

    Loved the song,I’ve never heard it before. I used to love Snoopys Christmas, by The Royal Guardsmen. Loved the poncho.
    Have a lovely Christmas, and new year,

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎄🎄🎄

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Merry Christmas to you also Joanne. I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds in store 😀

  • Vanessa Powell
    December 24, 2016

    Your blog is the first thing I read every morning! I love it ! Merry Christmas!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      That is sweet Vanessa!!! Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Nancy
    December 24, 2016

    Never heard of The Caroleers. Sorry! Lol. But I do wish you and your family a fabulous Christmas!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Most people have never heard of the Caroleers, Nancy. It was a child’s album that my sister and I had and we played it continuously.

  • Jo Stone
    December 24, 2016

    I love the poncho! I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing more of your blog in 2017!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Merry Christmas to you too, Jo. I am really looking forward to 2017!!!

  • Carla Parham
    December 24, 2016

    Loved the poncho and red pants. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Thanks Carla. Merry Christmas to you!

  • Shawn Brown
    December 24, 2016

    Love the poncho…I am very interested in the By the Book bracelets…will Google the name to find where to buy them. Merry Christmas to you and yours

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Merry Christmas, Shawn! I love my By The Book bracelets. I bought mine in a coffee shop in Marietta, GA but they didn’t have them the last time I was there. I have ordered them before from the link I put on the blog. Christian Books carries them but it takes me forever to find them on their site. Use the search bar and type in By The Book Bracelet and it will bring them up. They run about 14.00.

  • Lori
    December 24, 2016

    You’re glowing and you look fabulous! I love the poncho and red pants. I just bought the same pixie pants at ON❤ This is probably one of my favorite outfits so far! Merry Christmas Tania! Enjoy the time with your family!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      😘 Lori!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Deb
    December 24, 2016

    Love the poncho and post, your blog is the first thing I’m reading while waiting for my coffee to cool right now (and trying to wake up!)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Good morning, Deb! I don’t want you burning your mouth, I guess I need to talk longer on the blog to let the coffee have time to cool. Hahaha

  • Dottie Taylor
    December 24, 2016

    I love the Tabitha necklace! I tried to order it but apparently I need your stylist information. Can you send me the info I need? Thanks. Love the entire outfit by he way! Very festive.

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Good morning, Dottie. The Tabitha necklace is really pretty. I like that you can wear it long or short and you can attach a pendant or badge to it. To order go to http://www.plunderdesign.com/party/50isnotold and in the search bar put in Tabitha. That should be all you have to do. Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Donna
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas!!!!!!🎁 I have red pants….You are always my inspiration!!!!! And now I can create an outfit similar to yours and enjoy the holidays in style!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      For most people having the red pants would have been the problem. You are way ahead of the curve, Donna. Merry Christmas!!!

  • Nancy voss
    December 24, 2016

    I really enjoy your blog. Every morning I wake up and am excited to see what you are wearing and how you put the outfit together. I read every single word! Merry Christmas and thanks for this great blog. It inspires me

  • Doreen Bednarski
    December 24, 2016

    Catchy tune and now the chorus is in my head for a the day! Who knew, you also teach music! Multi talented, you are. Ha ha ha This is a sharp outfit for sure. I like the way you picked up the red in the poncho with the red pants. Not everyone would wear red pants. You now have me thinking about getting a pair. Hope you get some time to actually sit by the fire! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      I would love to sit by the fire today but it is raining. I don’t like carrying wood in when it is raining. Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  • Connie k.
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas Tania. I can’t tell you how I enjoy waking up to your posts with my 1st cup ofcoffee for the day. You have inspired me to dress nice no matter where I am going. In fact this year I am wearing Christmas tights on Christmas day. Can’t wait for the families reaction.
    Have a Blessed Christmas
    Connie
    I love your name, l have a daughter named Tawny.

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Connie, you have to tell me their reactions! I love the name Tawny, but it might be because I have a love of Tawny Port wine. Lol!

  • Monica
    December 24, 2016

    I also read your blog first. I have a similar poncho in blue. I love it with red pants. My favorite album was by the ray coniff singers! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Connie R.
    December 24, 2016

    We always listen to Mitch Miller and the gang as a child. Love red on you. Work until 6 so I will be a crazy busy woman tonight! Enjoy your Christmas eve!! Can’t wait for Ho Ho claus to come as my 18 month grand calls Santa. Merry Christmas to you and Yours! .

  • Patty Cunningham
    December 24, 2016

    I love your sense of humor & they way you can make fun of yourself – I can relate. I love reading your posts each day. Have a Merry Christmas!!!

    • Tania
      December 24, 2016

      Patty, I make fun of myself before others do. Haha! You might as well laugh at yourself and enjoy the fun. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!!

  • Holly
    December 24, 2016

    Tania,
    I start my day with your reading. I have expanded my wardrobe because of your ideas. I also get ideas from the jewelry because I design my own jewelry. I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas. Looking forward to what 2017 has in store!
    Holly

  • Theresa
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas Tania! I’m so glad I found you and your wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing such cute fashion ideas, but most importantly, thank you for your ongoing testimony of faith! Blessings!

  • Glenda Braun
    December 24, 2016

    Ha I am always the one forgetting something.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with all your family. So very happy I found you and your blog this year. I read you every morning.

  • Melanie W
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Mindy
    December 24, 2016

    You sold me on the Pixie Pants from Old Navy back in the fall, now I’m glad I bought the red ones!! They look amazing with your poncho. Wishing you, Joe and the family a very merry Christmas. You have definitely been a bright spot in my life the past year when I really needed it. Thank you and God bless.

  • Regina
    December 24, 2016

    You look adorable, as usual. Hope you & Joe have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

  • Patti Hendrix
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Mary McCoy
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas, Tania. I have really enjoyed your blog this past year and plan to continue this next year. I have learned a number of things from it, and am now trying Rodan and Fields from reading it. Have a great weekend.

  • Cindy
    December 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas. I enjoy your Blog. You are always so colorful. Being from the NYC area it really helps me to look outside that all black mindset we seem to have here. Looking forward to many more posts. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

  • Vicki Collins
    December 24, 2016

    I very much enjoy reading your blog every morning!! I retire last August and found myself wearing the same two pairs of jeans everyday. Not sure how I got in that rut!! Your blog has inspire me to lose 24 lbs and try a different look everyday! Merry Christmas!!! Vicki.
    P.s. I am a QVC shopper and very definitely need to visit you outlet store!!!

  • Knella (@knella)
    December 24, 2016

    I saw a saying on Facebook the other day “My favorite bra is a sweatshirt!” 😂 Love it!

  • Jeannie Aun
    December 24, 2016

    Hi…Love, love, love your posts! You are such an inspiration to me. I’m a misfit when it comes to girly things (hair, jewerly, fashion, beauty…). I wear a uniform to work so I live in sweats, sweat suits, crocs & converse on my days off. You have opened my eyes to so many things. I still have a long ways to go but I’m now seeing things differently & in a new light. Shopping my full closet in ways that I’ve never done before. My husband told me the other day that I looked nice (I wasn’t wearing sweats). It felt GOOD! Who knew there was a light @ the end of the tunnel for this 53 year old!! Lol! So THANK YOU!! May you have a wonderful Christmas with your sweet family. Much love & hugs to you! You are awesome! Can’t wait for 2017 posts! 😘

  • Karen Aldridge
    December 24, 2016

    This is my fav of all your winter outfits Tania! I just found the pancho online! I want it!🎅🏼 I love, love your style and your sincere stories! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Carole Prisk
    December 24, 2016

    I save you for last so I can look forward to seeing your outfit for the day and reading your cheery post. You are delightful!

  • Crystal
    December 24, 2016

    The album my girls and I listened to every year was the Brenda Lee Christmas album. I still have the album. Our favorite song was Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. Have a Very Merry Christmas Tania!

  • Yvonne
    December 24, 2016

    Have a wonderful Christmas Tania – enjoy the time with your family. Hope Santa is good to you – smile.

    LOL Yvonne
    http://www.funkyforty.com

  • Rebecca
    December 26, 2016

    I love that poncho! There’s something about your hair that looks just a tiny bit different too; maybe not quite as much as volume? Looks cute.

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