50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYFirst thing I want to tell you is that I appreciate every one of you leaving a comment the other day on my giveaway post. The winner will be announced at the end of the today’s post. I was overwhelmed at how sweet and kind you were to me in your comments. When I started reading them that morning I ended up in tears. The more I read the more I cried. Gurls, I am not a pretty crier. I hate crying even if it is happy tears. Lol! I truly was moved by your words and how much of your heart you shared with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYI have always envied women who could cry and just dab at the corners of their eyes. Their makeup seems to stay in place and they look cute and adorable as they weep. Not me, I have a runny red nose, mascara all down my face, my face gets blood red, and I don’t weep, I sob. I cry at commercials, I cry at cartoons, and don’t ask me about funerals. I don’t cry when I am mad but I cry if someone apologizes. I think I am wired a little screwy. Because I like vintage items, handkerchiefs are something that I would love to use. I think they are so feminine and I will stick one in my purse every time I have to go to a funeral. But, I never end up using them because I am afraid that I will end up ruining them with my mascara. Have any of you used handkerchiefs? Will mascara ruin them? Don’t even get me started about sneezing. Lol!!!50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYI am calling this my tea stained top. Isn’t it just wonderful for fall? This is a top off of the sales racks (shop the sales first) and it is sleeveless. I don’t pay attention to that since I knew I would be wearing something it to keep me warm. I loved the pattern and the color of the top and I think it will go with a lot of things. This is a top by Umgee and I liked the fact that it had a key-hole neckline and a large ruffled hem. The hem is accented with little white tassels which add a lot to the look of the top. This will be super cute come spring with a white jacket or cropped leggings.

50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYYou can hardly see my earrings, Lol! They are such a deep color and then they turned sideways to the point that they almost disappeared. I love the Antique Gold Filigree earrings even though I don’t wear them often. They are super lightweight and comfortable. I chose them to compliment the Jenica necklace that I have on. The necklace has a lot of dangles and beads and charms. I think they might have left off the kitchen sink but that is about all. I will warn you though that this is a pretty substantial necklace, aka, it is heavy. I don’t like really heavy necklaces so before I left out the door I ended up yanking it off. Boy, I am some kind of a salesman, aren’t I??? The Pippa leather bracelet is one that I haven’t worn in forever but I just felt like I “needed” leather with this look. Then, I finished off the look with the Barbara basket weave bracelet. I chose to wear that since it was in the same antique bronze look. To order anything go to www.plunderdesign.com/taniastephens and pick a party with my name in it. Also, be sure to check out the specials tab since there has been a lot of Breast Cancer Awareness items added.50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYI have a pair of dark brown leggings on for this look. I love legging weather and wearing them with boots. Bring on FALL!!!

50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYYou might have noticed that I have on my Old Navy denim jacket again. (Yesterday’s look) I was talking to my sister today and mentioned that I might do several different looks all featuring the denim jacket. So, for the next few days, all of my outfits will have a denim jacket. My mid-shaft booties are c/o white mountain last year. I really like this style for a change from wearing knee boots. Plus with the long tunic, it lets the legs look longer.

50 IS NOT OLD | BEING HANDKERCHIEF READYMichelle Castagne is the winner of the Alex and Ani bracelet!!! Congratulations, I hope you will love it. I will send you an email to get your address and have it shipped directly to you.

The first round of new Rodan + Fields consultants has hit Australia!!! Those who were pre-enrolled have been allowed to sign up and it will open up to everyone else on September 14th in Australia. It is a really exciting time for everyone in Australia and I enjoyed talking to Tracey, Valerie, and Natalie last night. It is wild to think that I have a global team with consultants in several states in the US and now also Canada and Australia. Someone pinch me. I would never in a thousand years have thought anything like this would have been in my future. What’s in your future? I took a chance and boy have things changed. A girl from Grundy VA was talking to ladies in Australia…..amazing! Email me if you, or someone you know and love, is looking for a change.

Bonus content: You have heard me mention that my sister is an author. As a way to encourage kids to write, she’s holding a short-story contest!

If you know any 10-13-year-olds who like to write or teachers/librarians at a middle-school, check out her post HERE.  Students have until September 30th to send in their stories, so share the news. Good luck!

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    • Tania Reply

      I am glad you like the look because I have a couple more in mind for the jacket.

  1. Aimee Spencer Reply

    Hi Tania, your Blog today is “hilarious” I could not stop laughing! This is why I love reading it every day. I too look forward to seeing your outfits everyday and reading about what you’re up to. I love the jean jacket as I tend to wear mine a lot too. The tea stained color of your tunic is so feminine and it looks good on you. I did not write anything the other day but I noticed 600 some people did! We all love seeing you everyday and FYI your new camera is awesome! Aimee

    • Tania Reply

      Aimee, are you laughing at me??? LOL!!! I do love the new camera, it is so easy to use and really compact.

  2. The idea of wearing sleeveless under jackets is a great one, especially if you run ‘hot then cold’ during the day. Your outfit is so Fall-like and I love the boots! I am 5’1 1/2 inches so the long boots make me look shorter than I really am so thanks for giving me another idea. Have a great weekend!

    • Tania Reply

      I am not petite, Tonya, but I thought that the 3/4 boot would work great for petite women.

  3. You are hilarious. I love reading your posts. I love what a denim jacket can do for an outfit

  4. I love this outfit. I look forward to your blog each day, you are an inspiration.

  5. I have several tops like this, to wear with leggings & boots, but they seem to make me feel LARGE and in charge. I’m thinking maybe the jean jacket might help with that. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Tania Reply

      Mary, I agree about the jacket. Without the jacket, the top feels big, especially if you are large chested. Ladies who are endowed in that area would think that this kind of a top makes them look like they are wearing a tent. Putting the jacket on over it fixes that problem.

  6. Good morning, Miss Tania!

    OOOOHHHHH, how beautiful you are in this uber feminine top! The touches of leather and denim give you the perfect look of sweetness and power that women have in their souls! Lovely, soft, but also FUN and edgy!

    Thank you for introducing me, ALL of us, to looking outside the box! Being our authentic self. It’s enormously powerful! Confidence building!

    I’m SO excited! My Rodan & Field eyelash regime has been shipped! While I may never be as beautiful as you MAYBE my lashes will be like yours! HOPE!! LOL!!!

    Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

    • Tania Reply

      Annie, I can’t wait until you start leaving comments about those long, lush lashes. Lol!!!

  7. Robin Barnett Reply

    Hi Tania!!
    I love your style. This is how I dress!! I love to make outfits. But my shopping budget is Goodwill, thrift and salvation army level. This is why your Blog is so important. I can make a list and hit the stores! I love the jacket idea I have a military style denim jacket that I wear all the time.
    I do have a style dilemma. When I attend my kids sporting events I feel like a I stick out like a sore thumb cuz the other moms are all running around in yoga/running pants and zip up athletic jackets. The only time I wear those items is when I am really at the gym or working out. So what is proper? Am I truly overdressed in jeans, and top? I just like to look nice. I am usually with my husband (of 20 years!!) and always like to look nice for him.
    Your jewelry rocks!! It makes such a difference its like icing on the cake!! I also love your shoe choices. being a whole 5 ft. I am almost always in some type of heel.
    Keep making the world beautiful!!!


    • Tania Reply

      Robin, thanks for the comment because I think a lot of us have dilemmas similar to this. Jeans are totally appropriate for sporting events!!! I bet if you knew what the other women were thinking it would be something along the lines that you look nice and they wish they had taken the time to dress up a little. I would hold my head high and let the confidence show that you know you look nice. Whenever I go to any kind of an event I would hate to be the under dressed person there. Keep up the good work!

  8. Jeanne Epley Reply

    Great outfit, congrats to Michelle on the getting the bracelet. I wear my jacket a lot in the fall, just some more great ideas for outfits. Thanks. (and I cry over everything too. LOL) 😉

  9. Michelle Castagne Reply

    Thank you Tania for the Alex and Ani Bracelet! It is so cute. I’m excited to wear it.

    • Tania Reply

      It has been ordered and it is on its way to you, Michelle!

  10. Love the top! I have got to get a denim jacket. I can’t figure out why I don’t have one already. You look darling!!

  11. Cynthia Willis Reply

    My mother was a firm believer in handkerchiefs and passed that love to both my sister and I. Tissues are ok when you have a cold and droppery, but for eye dabbing or a slight sniffle, nothing is sweeter or more feminine than a pretty hankie. When my husband passed away, I found I needed them frequently- tears were often and sometimes out of the blue. When some of my friends lost their spouses, I gave them a pretty one, with the explanation that since their would be frequent tears, they needed something pretty and a reminder that There is one who carries our sorrows and bears our grief. Jesus’ love is a constant and a comfort!

    • Tania Reply

      Cynthia, this is beautiful! I have a drawer full of hankies. I need to remember to give some away when others are in pain.

  12. I absolutely love this look. You wear it well. I am not fond of the mustard color it just doesn’t work on me, but that is why it is good there are lots of other colors. I enjoy you so much, you are fun loving and wear Color! Love it! I am fairly new to your blog, maybe 6 months old.

  13. Hi Tania and all USA ladies, we Aussies are watching the news about another devastating hurricane about to hit in Florida, keep your spirits up. I also have handkerchiefs still in my top draw, my mum always uses handkerchiefs, she is 82, and says that using tissues are not good for your health. I enjoyed talking with you yesterday too!

  14. As a country girl from South West Virginia, I found your blog when I googled how to dress cute when 50…But I love, love your style. Tell me again how I can obtain items you blog. You make me homesick

  15. Melesa Garrison Reply

    The clarity of your new camera is amazing. Your skin looks like silk, Missy. Keep up the R & F
    Have a Great week!

  16. Alejandrina Silva Rizo Reply

    Realmente la felicito, tiene muy buen gusto para vestirse, se ve muy juvenil y muy acertada en todas las combinaciones de ropa, calzado y accesorios que hace, tomare muchos consejos de su manera de vestir. Muchas gracias por tener la amabilidad de compartir

  17. I love your blog!!! I get so many ides what to mix and match with and I also buy a lot of my clothes from local boutiques around our area and I always feel the jewelry is the finishing jewel on each outfit!! I love the jewelry from plunder and would love to order quite a few items from it. Do you have a host number or something that I have to put it so I can order some of these items. I wish though you could get some of the clothing items you have.! Thank You

    • Tania Reply

      Bonnie, I am so glad that you are following along with me on my blog journey. It has been a blast! I always keep a party going on Plunder. You go to my website: http://www.plunderdesign.com/taniastephens and hit the shop tab. A pop-up box will appear that says pick a party. Just pick the party with my name in it. Thanks so much, and I hope you like your jewels.

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