WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRAB

50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABAnother wild and crazy day here in the large metropolis of Grundy, Virginia. You have to realize that for it to be wild and crazy here just means that it was Monday. This was a beautiful day and that means a busy day at work. If it rains then people don’t want to get out of their cars so they wait until it is pretty. Monday’s are normally busy anyway because everyone is coming in to get the supplies they need for the rest of the week. Friday’s are usually dead at work. Nobody wants to work on the weekend so they don’t come in to buy anything. Just another reason to love Fridays.50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABToday was even more special because I got to attend the pre-school graduation of Emersyn. It was adorable. All the little kiddos sang songs and they were so proud of their graduation medals they got. Some were shy and some were little performers. Emersyn fell somewhere in between. You could see her scanning the room trying to find us. I had been told not to make eye contact with her because last year she wouldn’t stay on the stage once she spotted her mommy and daddy. She looked and looked and then all at once she broke into a huge smile and whispered to the little girl next to her, “I see my parents.” Then she waved and said, “I see my neenee, too!” She did great! But once I thought she was going to knock the little girl off her chair when she elbowed her that it was time to clap.50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABIt is an unusual day for me because I am wearing black. I do prefer color but I suppose black “is” a color so I need to wear it occasionally. Lol! When I bought this top I thought it was a poncho but once I got home I discovered that is wasn’t. It is just material. There are no side seams, they are open. What do you even call this type top? I thought about stitching my own side seams but decided to just forget and go with the flow. I grabbed a black tank top to wear under it and no one ever knew the difference.


50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABI guess because I wore pale green on yesterday’s blog I still had the color in the back of my mind. I don’t know what would have made me choose these accessories otherwise. I think they look good against the black backdrop but it is not a color I would normally choose to wear with black. The Trixy earrings were is the past fall and winter Plunder catalog but I just recently got around to ordering them. They are not super long for those who don’t like larger earrings. These have a 2″ drop and the three little dangles just match the two necklaces that I have on.50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABThe long necklace is called the Gabbie and the shorter necklace is called the Ryan. I have had the Gabbie for a while although I usually wear it with jeans. I like the pale earth tone colors of this duo but the silver cross is my favorite part of the necklaces. It is hard to see but the cross is made up of tiny little beads. They remind me of the dot ice cream that you can buy. It is really cute and I liked it much better in person that I did on the website. Big surprise, right????
50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABThe large Barbara bracelet was another surprise. I thought it was going to be gunmetal colored and it is more like an oil rubbed bronze. I am beginning to think I am starting to develop color blindness. First I wore black leggings thinking my top was black and now I can’t even tell the difference in gunmetal and oil rubbed bronze. 50 IS NOT OLD | WERING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABWhen I bought these wedge shoes last year I didn’t know that perforations were going to be in style. Shucks, they might have already been in style and I just didn’t know. I like that they zip up the back because that makes them very easy to get on and off. The heel is a small one probably a 2-inch style. This pair is by Nine and Co. but I found some that were similar.

50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BLACK WITHOUT LOOKING DRABI am a sucker for gingham. You probably already know that if you have read my blog at all. I bought this pair of crop pants last year at Old Navy. They are pixie pants and this is one of the stretchy type pants. They run smaller than the chino type so I will size up when I buy this type.
I thought you might like to see a picture of me and Emersyn at tonight’s graduation.
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  1. Omgoodness, your granddaughter and you are just too cute!!! And you look so much alike. The outfit is cute, too!

  2. Great outfit, beautiful granddaughter!!! It is all in the genes and Emersyn has really good ones 😉 congrats to the graduate. So lovely to see little girls looking like little ones and not some mini version of grown ups 😉

    • Cristina, we were all shocked that she left the bow in her hair. She is not a fan of bows. Lol!

  3. I really love black, but have tried very hard not to wear it as often! I do love color as well, I try to wear a good balance. I think you can wear black as long as you add color with your accessories, which you did beautifully! Great pic of you and your granddaughter…you look great, as always! Happy Tuesday!

    • Black just doesn’t look great on me. I will wear it sparingly, but I always feel blah when I do.

    • Thanks, Rhonda. Another lady had trouble with hers also. The servers must have had a bad day on Monday. She said everything worked great today!

  4. That photo of you & Emersyn is so fabulous, Tania!!
    I’ve been trying to steer away from black because I know it’s not good for my complexion—then why is it that retailers sell everything in black? ha ha!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • It is not good for my complexion either and it is harsh especially around our faces. I don’t wear it that often for that reason.

  5. What a lovely picture of you and Emersyn she is so pretty. Sorry I must say I prefer you n in colour but you still look good.

  6. That is an adorable picture of you and your granddaughter! Isn’t she going to be a big sister soon? I have to tell you- I ordered the Nina crocheted sandals that you have worn- I LOVE them! Thanks for inspiring me in fashion!!!

    • Debbie, she is going to be a big sister. Her brother is due the first of August! I love those shoes, too! I have worn them several times already this year!!!

  7. Congrats to the graduate. She is a beautiful little girl! I probably wear too much black, but I love it! You look so cute, as always.

  8. I like your black top. I am a fan of black but am trying so hard to wear some color. Emersyn is a doll baby. Grandbabies are the best!!

  9. I love the picture of you and Emersyn! She’s so cute – takes after her grandma. I love the black top – especially the lacy part! I do wear a fair amount of black though. I think you look good in black too!

    • The lace part is why I bought the top. I wouldn’t have given it a second look it I hadn’t seen the lace.

  10. Beautiful little girl, Emersyn, I see why she has her neenee wrapped around her finger!! 😉 Love the shirt, that must be very comfy and cool to wear. I do like the gingham crop pants, I have those in slacks, might have to go looking.. LOL Of course, Plunder jewelry~ great!!

  11. looking great as always! you have inspired me greatly since I found your blog. God Bless from Nanaimo BC, Canada

  12. You and your granddaughter look just alike! Y’all are too cute!!!!! Since I am commenting anyway, I just want to thank you for your blog. I read it every day and have learned so much. I truly admire and appreciate you.

    • Awww, thanks, Sandra. If anyone thinks Emersyn looks like me, I am greatly flattered. I think she is a cutie pie!

  13. Oh my goodness, your Emersyn is a princess! She is gorgeous just like her Neenee! I’m sitting here relaxing after yard work and walking my dogs this morning catching up on your blogs! Always a treat!

    • Hi, Charlcy. It is good to see that retirement is going well. I am looking forward to that day, hopefully soon!

  14. I LOVE you in all your bright colors (better than this black)….black ‘washes’ me out too, so I don’t wear it near my face….but you always seem to “rock” whatever you wear! But bravo for giving it a go anyway…even tho we can see you’re not all that excited about black, LOL!! Thanks for doing this – so many great and wonderful ideas for us! I am Truly glad to have this site on my daily news feed so I can try to say ‘somewhat’ current in my clothing style.

  15. You and Miss Emersyn are so adorable! She is a lucky little girl to live so close to you. I grew up very close to my grandmothers, one even closer than the other. I treasure my memories of them!

    You are so funny….”black ‘is’ a color!” You look great, as always.

  16. Your your granddaughter is beautiful!! I love your outfit!!! Love the jewelry!!! I told my husband he needs to take me to Grundy to shop those outlets!