50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO METoday is the day! Happy Anniversary to Joe and me!!! Today marks 31 years that we have been married. My son and I were talking yesterday and I told him that it was hard to believe how fast the time has flown. He laughed and said, “does it only feel like 5 minutes?” and then before I could say anything he continued with, “underwater!” Lol!!! 50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEI have to admit that there have been those underwater moments and I am sure most of you have had those times too. Thankfully, I can honestly say that those have been few and far between. I thought I was so old when Joe and I got married since I was the ripe old age of 26. Looking back now, I was still such a baby but I thought I knew it all. Joe and I got married in Texas without telling anyone. I flew out on a Friday and I flew back to Tennessee on Sunday. We didn’t even live in the same state, he was in Texas and I was in Tennessee. I am not sure why his father said, “Well, I hope it all works out for you” when Joe called back home and told them. Lol!!! I am pretty sure that a lot of people in town might have lost some bets when they heard the news. 50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEDang, it has really started to be cold here in the mornings. I am having to bundle up when I go outside and take the dogs to potty. I freeze easily but I hate wearing a coat. I like my arms to be able to move about easily and not feel encumbered. That is one of the reasons that I like a vest. A vest offers warmth but not the added bulk on the arms. This vest was one that I bought at the local boutique in town, Trendy Threads. Gray and red are one of my favorite color combinations. This is a waterfall style vest and anytime that I buy a vest in this style I will try on a smaller size than I normally buy. That helps to cut down on the bulk.


50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEGray and silver, they are a match made in heaven. The lightweight silver ball earrings are the Mia. They are a simple earring with no bling or flash involved. Lol! I know that everybody doesn’t want showy jewelry so this is perfect for you. I paired them with the Jamie necklace which is silver beads on a gray leather strap. I have really enjoyed this necklace this fall. It is 38″ long and if I want I could easily layer another necklace with it. The matching Maggie bracelet is comprised of the smaller silver beads and I also added the Beautiful Girl Bracelet. This has sold out twice so if you know someone that would like (or need) this, you better get it on order fast. 50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEI love brightly colored handbags but let’s be honest, black will be a color handbag that you can carry at any time. I assume that most of you already own a black purse but if you don’t then it would be a good item to add to your life. If a purse goes with more items then you don’t have to change it out as often. I hate changing purses and I am sure that you do also. I can probably go and pull three purses out of my closet and they all three will have little items that I left in them because I didn’t feel like dealing with the crap.

50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEI wanted to experiment and see if the snake print would be too overwhelming for the plaid print. The rule is supposed to be that you can mix prints as long as the color range is the same. The range is the same but I think it is more than I would want to wear. I love the snakeskin boots but I didn’t like them with this look. So, the black boots were what I wore for the day. It never hurts to try something different and that is why I decided to show you this picture.

50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEI am continuing with my thankful alphabet. Yesterday the answers were “A”wesome. Lol! However, I am changing things up a little today. I am afraid by listing names of some of our loved ones that we might accidentally leave out someone and hurt some feelings. So, from now on we can only be thankful for things or feeling, but not people. Today’s letter is “B.” I am thankful for bread. Lol! I am thankful for my soft warm bed I crawl into at night. I am thankful for every breath I take! There are hundreds of B’s that I am thankful for but I will let you contribute the rest.50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MEOne more B word that I am thankful for is “business.” Yesterday I received my R+F payday. With some of the proceeds from this check, I have “adopted” 3 children from the social services angel tree. I try to do this every year but this year it will be so much easier. I will have the funds available to buy for these children as well as the rest of my family from this one paycheck. I am extremely thankful that I was pushed, prodded, and persuaded to give R+F a try. If you need some pushing, prodding, or persuading then I am your gurl. Just be prepared to talk for a while because once you get me started talking about R+F I can’t quit gushing. Lol!

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  1. Happy 31st Anniversary to the happy couple! Hip, Hip Hooray!

    I am thankful for YOUR BLOG! 🌹❤️👠🍒🍾

  2. Happy Anniversary Tania!! Everything’s better when you get married in Texas! Haha!

    Grateful for Blogs, babies and birds!

  3. Kim Stephenson Reply

    This outfit is me! I love the vest and necklace. I still appreciate monochromatic dressing so the top, pants and boots, I love the flow. I tend to wake up in the middle of the night and I almost always read your blog then. Happy anniversary. But you did leave us all wondering about “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey would say.

  4. Love your vest and how you coordinated it with the charcoal top and grey pants!! Can you
    tell me the brand name of the vest? Thanks.

  5. Kim Stephenson Reply

    Oh. Breaths. I am one of those people who knows every breath it’s a gift and not taken for granted. Breaths.

  6. I am new to your blog and loving it. I’m 47 and needing to get myself out of my dressing funk. I have five kids and they are slowly starting to leave the nest so I feel it is time to reinvent myself. I too have signed up to receive Trunks and that is helping a lot. You also inspire me with your accessories and always having that polished look. That is what I would like to achieve. Thank you for all of your inspiration and please keep it up. You are a joy to read and see what your wearing.

  7. I love your blog, I’m in England and look forward to your breath of fresh air chats and of course fashion tips. Happy wedding anniversary to you both.

  8. Happy anniversary! I am thankful for my abundant “blessings”…..

  9. Marcia Albrecht Reply

    Bloggers-I follow many but yours is the only one that I read every morning with my coffee. It’s the perfect blend of fashion, humor, wisdom and faith!! You’re like a best friend….so there’s another B to be thankful for

  10. Cristina Downey Reply

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! People (including ourselves) marvel when they hear of long marriages and we have all heard that people stayed married more in the old days because they didn’t live as long, lol! It is a testament to “one day at a time” for sure and working at it. I got Married at 22 and my husband was 32 and next August will be our 40th God willing, now how the hell did that happen when I ‘m only 33 in my head?!!! 😂 so my word is thankfull for my “blessings”. Have a great day and love the outfit!

  11. Happy Anniversary to you and Joe!!!
    You make a wonderful couple and I enjoy all of your family stories. Great color combo with the black boots. I really like the vest and the pearls give the outfit a classic touch. Now that I am smack dab into menopause I tend get hot flashes from no where…..so vest are great for layering and I don’t get so hot in a full thick coat. I am so thankful for every “Breath” I take as well. I will add that I am thankful for my “Belief” in God. ~Lisa~

    • Oh yeah….I am thankful for my “Bible”. I keep thinking of B words. ~Lisa~

      • Tania Reply

        That was number 1 on my list! I woke up in the middle of the night with B words going through my mind.

    • Tania Reply

      Lisa, I always look forward to your comments! You inspire me.

      • Oh My Goodness !!! Thank you. I look forward to your daily blog and you are an inspiration to me. I feel like I know you and we have never met. xoxo ~Lisa~

  12. Congrats on your anniversary, our husband and I celebrated 41 yesterday.
    I am going to say I am grateful for biking. It has kept me active and we have met dear friends and had great adventures on bikes.

    • Tania Reply

      Congratulations, Celeste! That is wonderful. I did not think about bikes. It has been ages since I have ridden a bike, we used to ride a lot YEARS ago.

  13. Books…I am thankful for books. My daughter, Bella, and I both love to read.😊. She’s in third grade, and it is a year full of reading. I love your blog, too.☕️ I also have to add boots. I love boots! All boots.

    • Tania Reply

      Gina, books and boots are on my list too. Especially since my sister has a brand new book that will be on the market come January!!!

  14. Happy Anniversary! And Congratulations!
    I am thankful for the beach. Wish I was there right now.

  15. Love grey and red too! This is such an awesome outfit and I love your hair! The jewelry really makes this outfit!! I prefer the black boots as opposed to the print. Thankful for your Blog!!

  16. Happy anniversary. I’m thankful for your blog.lol today is my sons birthday n I’m so happy he’s one of my children. Love them all

  17. Happy Anniversary! Love the vest! I am also thankful for bloggers~ whom i get so many great inspirations from.

  18. I’m keeping it light and simple…thankful for bacon! Happy Anniversary!!!! Have a blessed day!

  19. Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you enjoy your day!! You look awesome and I love your outfit! B word for your day is BLESSED!

    • Tania Reply

      Shari, we must get colder as we get older. Lol! Almost everybody is thankful for blankets. Lol!

  20. Happy Anniversary!! I am thankful for a little place called Bradenton, it’s been our home away from home for the past three years, and we enjoy it so much! Beautiful, beachy and blessed! Love your outfit today!

    • Tania Reply

      Kathy, I can’t believe that beach didn’t make my list. I didn’t get to go to the beach this year on vacation 🙁

  21. Happy Anniversary! I’m sorry you didn’t get away to celebrate but I hope you are going to be a Serial Fungoer for tonight and find some fun places to go to! Love the outfit, by the way!

  22. Michelle johnson Reply

    I like this outfit, never thought I would like vests but you give me so many good ideas! Happy Anniversary to you and Joe. ❤️R+F payday

  23. Congratulations and thank you for giving back! the world needs more like you.

  24. Happy Anniversary to you & Joe! So thankful for baby boys, a new grand son in my life! Blessings, my cozy bed to crawl into each night & for blankets…which I’m wrapped in now & Bloggers like you! Have a Blessed day Tania!!

    • Tania Reply

      Gina, we must think alike because ALL of them made my list. Especially the new baby boy, I just got one too.

  25. Books, baked goods and blanket. My idea of how to spend the perfect rainy day, grab a book, cookie, cozy blanket and curl up on the couch.
    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe.

  26. Oh, I would so wear this outfit! Just need a plaid, waterfall vest. I agree, don’t like being too bundled up in a coat.

  27. LOVE the outfit today; I really “need” that vest 😊!!
    I am grateful for boys (grandsons), beaches, and banana bread. 😉

  28. Lezlie Davis Reply

    I am thankful for my Bible and God who gave us this amazing communication tool. 🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  29. Boys! My 8 & 10 year old grandsons keep me happy and on the go. Also, my son. When he was a boy, he was soooooooooooooooooo much easier to raise than either of my daughters!
    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe 🎉💕

    • I think boys are easier too! Of course, many of my co-workers do not agree (I’m an elementary school teacher).

  30. Beauty! I can see the sun coming up and shining over the fields here. So Beautiful. Speaking of which, that necklace and vest look so good together. I think the fact that they really draw the eye is why the snakeskin boots don’t look as good with it–because they also draw the eye, so it’s hard to decide where to look.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

  31. Happy Anniversary!! 31 years is a beautiful commitment and worthy of praise.❤ Just celebrated my 30th last week. ☺ Love love love the gray and red on you also!

  32. Ooh I forgot! I am thankful for Babies 😍 Grand babies to be exact. ❤

  33. Happy Anniversary! I have to say the red and gray are a gorgeous combination in this outfit. You look fabulous! Lots to be thankful for today…Blessings – it is also my in-laws wedding anniversary! Brains – a very smart and gifted surgeon is performing knee surgery on my mother this morning! Beginnings – my husband is going back to school for his masters! and Blonde hair – I am the only blonde in my family!!

  34. Happy Anniversary to you and Joe🎂 Enjoy your special day! Love this outfit especially the vest! My B word is “Believe and also Blessed”.

  35. Tania, Happy Anniversary to you and Joe! I am thankful for bloggers (you) and books, my passion!

  36. Happy Anniversary! I love the outfit today! Hmmm…many B’s to be thankful for. My list includes biking, beaches, blankets, brownies, beef, bloggers, but mostly my husband Bob!

  37. Cynthia Kendrick Reply

    Happy Anniversary! I am thankful for my big brother, that has always been a blessing, even when he was a bother. LOL! I am grateful for my blended sons (I hate the label “step-mom)! I am grateful for breath every morning. Thank you for the alphabet reminders!

  38. Happy anniversary, and many more! You’re looking fierce in those snakeskin boots! 🙂

  39. Susan Stancliff Reply

    Love Love that vest! Happy Anniversary to you and Joe! I am thankful for the big beautiful blue sky! It is a gorgeous day in the Florida Panhandle.

  40. Alicia Stokes Reply

    Happy Anniversary! Wow, the way you and Joe married sounds so romantic! Reminds me of the movies on TCM.
    Thanks for including us in your life.

  41. Happy Anniversary! Love your outfit! Another classy and sassy look!
    My B word is Body. I’m so thankful for a healthy body. I’m 67 and I walk 2.8 miles 5-6 times a week.

  42. Jennifer Shelton Reply

    Happy, Happy Anniversary!! My B word today that I am Thankful for is BLOG…….So Thankful for your blog, for all the wonderful outfit pairings. You are a true Inspiration!! Hope you have a Wonderful day & make Joe take you out to a nice restaurant and then shopping of course!! Blessings to you both!!

  43. I’m thankful for Boots! 🙂 I love your vest and the whole outfit!! Happy Anniversary!!

  44. I am thankful for the many blessings God has bestowed on my life.

    Happiest of anniversaries to you and Joe! It makes this Texas girl swell with pride that you “got hitched” in my beautiful home state!

    I’ve been all over this mixed pattern thing. It’s so fun! But I’m with ya, the snakeskin just didn’t work, even though the color palette was perfect.

  45. Julia Rodriguez Reply

    Happy Anniversary!
    Grateful for the many BLESSINGS in my life…..and for BREAD!

  46. I second the motion for BOOKS as my “B” blessing/ gratitude. And maybe sneak in another one—BLOGS such as yours.
    You look mighty fine for a multi-anniversaried old married lady. (LOL) Joe married up and the day of your wedding was about his most blessed day ever.

  47. Cindy DeBenning Reply

    Hahaha! Five minutes underwater- I love it

    Happy Anniversary!

    Books, blankets, bakery’s

  48. Happy anniversary! May you have many more happy years. Love your look today.

  49. Happy anniversary, Tania and Joe! I love your blog and think you are just beyond adorable. I’m grateful for Babies and Bed. My husband is a bed connoisseur — everything related to sleeping has been upgraded since we got together; mattress, bed frame, bedding, pillows, and the tall man in it, LOL. Babies, so cute and sweet — and challenging! Had them late in life at 39 and 40 (almost 40 and 41,) and now our Irish twins are turning 4 and 5 in the next two weeks. Exciting to see them become little people, but man, going by fast already.

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