HOPE IN THE HOLLER

50 IS NOT OLD | HOPE IN THE HOLLERHow many of you know what a “holler” is? If you are a southern gurl then you might have raised your hand. For the rest of you, I will give you a brief description. First off, you are traveling down the main road, usually a paved nice road, and you turn off of that road to a smaller, winding road that snakes its way between two mountains. There will be lots of houses on the sides of the mountains and there can even be more offshoots or hollers from that road. Welcome to the Appalachians and the way of living in these mountains.50 IS NOT OLD | HOPE IN THE HOLLERThe reason I am telling you about hollers is because my talented sister has her new book about to be published this coming January. It is titled, Hope In The Holler and it takes place in Kentucky. This is a sweet story about Wavie and how she finds her way after losing her mother and being thrown into a situation of finding out she has an “Aunt” that is anything but caring. This book is really good and even though it is written for Middle Grade, you will love it. The first reviews just started coming in and it received a “star” review from Kirkus, go here to read the review. Kirkus doesn’t ring a bell for me but if you are an author then you know that they are one of the powerhouses when it comes to reviews. My sister was doing a happy dance when she called me. Lol!!! Go here to get yours on pre-order. 50 IS NOT OLD | HOPE IN THE HOLLERHave I been in a yellow/gold/mustard kind of mindset lately? Maybe it is not me but that this color is really popular this fall. I like this darker more dull color of yellow but I am not a big fan of the bright yellow color. I don’t like the way the bright yellow looks next to my skin. This was a top that I bought at a local boutique months ago (means no longer in stock there) and I really liked the tie waist. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this trend but I find it to be really flattering and that is good enough for me. Lol!


50 IS NOT OLD | HOPE IN THE HOLLERYou can really see the sheen on the Dakota earrings I am wearing today. These are so lightweight that you can’t even feel them on. These are made of leather and would be perfect to have a monogram put on them. The Davina necklace (short one) and the Bella Rose necklace (long one) are perfect to wear with the golden tones of the top. I really prefer gold jewelry but I like it all. Lol! The bracelets are from Alex and Ani and I have a whole collection of them. I know you can’t see the other bracelets on my left arm very well in this picture but they are the Ashlyn and the Celine. I also have a gold bangle from Kate Spade on. 50 IS NOT OLD | HOPE IN THE HOLLERI am still loving my leopard/cheetah print purse from a blog reader, Annie! I thought the color in the purse and the color of my Isaac Mizrahi suede ankle boots matched perfectly. I know it is not “cool” or “hip” to match your purse to your shoes but I think you will forgive me. Lol! I love the animal print and I think it makes the look more youthful.

I needed a little extra warmth today so I added the open front duster by Lisa Rinna. I bought this cardigan in Navy first and I loved the look and feel of it so much that I went back and bought the bronze color. I can’t really describe what it is that I like about it so much, but I do. lol! Evidently, I must not be the only one who liked this cardigan because the sizes are very limited on some of the colors. 50 IS NOT OLD | HOPE IN THE HOLLERWhat a wonderful month this has been! I love November and December because they bring families together. I love being able to spend time with my parents, siblings, grandbabies, grandfather, aunts and uncles, and my nieces and nephews. It really does make you reconsider what is important in life.

I also have had a wonderful month in my R+F business. I love sharing my love of R+F with all of you. I have SEVERAL samples that I would love to share with anyone who has never tried the products but is curious. Comment and I will give out the samples until I run out.

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  1. Tania, you make everything fun. I first learned the term “holler” when I married my husband and went to meet his parents in north Alabama, in the Smoky mountains. I’d love to try out any sample of the R&F products. I sure need something to help the dark spots and generally tired skin, LOL.

    • Hi, Casey. The Smokey Mountains are gorgeous! When I first came to Grundy I didn’t think I would ever get to the bottom of the mountain. We just kept going down, down, down. Lol!

  2. I’m originally from Ohio, but knew what a holler was from reading novels about Appalachia like Christy. I would love to try a sample of R + F. I need help with sagging eyelids if you have something for that. Or something to firm up skin. Thanks for your generosity, Tania. Your blog is my fave because of your humor and Sunday devotionals.

  3. I enjoy your blog nearly every morning when I wake up way to early. I have bought many of the clothes you feature. I have under eye and lid issues and have been thinking of trying your line . I would appreciate any samples if you have any left.

  4. My dear sweet southern cousin would be proud of me knowing that a holler is! I love the “realness” of your blog! I used to follow another one but it got too high end and commercialized. And I was first introduced to it because she thrilled, which I love. You give great examples and ideas. What I would do to live by an overstock store!! 😊

    I could use help with the circles under my eyes! 😎

  5. I thought holler meant a shout out or hello. Haha! My parents used to take us to the Blue Ridge mountains in Front Royal, Va. They hold a special place in my heart. The book sounds great. I’ll check into it. I love the color of your top, and the cardigan length and color also. It looks cozy.
    I’d love a sample of your products to help with my skin. I am 56 so I’m showing my age. Lol Thank you for ALL your hard work Tania. I enjoy reading your blog.

    • Brenda, you can holler up a holler and you might even get an echo. Lol! The book is great, please check it out. I sent you an email.

  6. I’m from Florida, but haven’t lived there for many years. I’ve heard many stories about the hollers.

    I love reading your blog. I love your stories and they make me feel like I know you. I also love your sense of style….classy and sassy! You are like a ray of sunshine!

    I would LOVE to try any of your samples. Thank you for wanting to share with us!

  7. Love your stories, the Sunday posts and I live in a holler! I have a dark spot right on my cheek bone so if you have a sample for that, I would love to try it ( there are others but that’s the main one). Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Yay! Another holler girl. Actually, I am a main road girl but I know LOTS who live in the hollers. I sent you an email.

  8. I always wondered what a holler is. Im new to your site and enjoying it very much.
    Please continue to post where you purchased your items. Im in my 60’s and need to update my look. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!

  9. Found you about 3 weeks ago and love your style and totally agree with another reader that your blog has a “realness” to it.
    Interested in the R & F samples. Same age as yourself so always interested in keeping skin youthful.
    Look forward to more of your blogs and style :))

  10. I would love sample. R + F site says to use soothe. Really appreciate your stories in your blog and glad your doing great

  11. I love reading your blog every morning! I have gotten so many ideas from you. I would love to try any of your samples.My issues are wrinkles.

  12. I chose your blog because you are so southern!! I’m from Charlotte NC and moved to Pa! Boy what a culture shock that was lol!! My husband is from here and he keeps telling me I’m not in Kansas anymore,so reading your blog helps with my need for southern…. Always love your colors you put together,has brought me out of my comfort zone!! Would love to have a sample or two for my crows feet area or around my lips! Have a wonderful day!

    • Haha, I can imagine that was a culture shock! That is how my daughter felt when she moved to Alaska!!! I’ll send you an email.

    • Hi again! I’ve sent my address to you 3 times but it’s giving me an error!! So frustrating….so I’m hoping I maybe can call you and give my address or message you, but I think you have to request that! As you see I’m very frustrated, not real good at this obviously!!

  13. Good morning Tania, I love your blog have been reading it for quite a while. You are always so bright eyed and entertaining and I love your style! I am looking for new skincare (plenty of wrinkles,dark spots and sagging skin) you name it lol and would love to try samples of RF. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  14. Good morning Tania! I’m a northern girl so I have never been to a holler! I enjoy reading your posts every morning with my coffee. I love your cheerfulness and your use of color in your clothes. I would love to sample R and F, but have hesitated since I have allergies and skin sensitivities.

    • Kristine, I had never really been to a holler until I move to Kentucky when I was 9 years old. It is amazing to see all the houses on the sides of the hill. I am sure I would just as amazed to see how all the houses are crammed in tightly together in the cities too. I’ll send you an email.

  15. Good morning, Thank you for your down to earth writing and you impeccably fashion sense. I have incorporated some of your ideas into my own wardrobe. I would love to try a sample of your R + F product if you have one for under eye wrinkles and sagging. I’m 66 years old. Thank you for your generosity. Blessing and continued success.

  16. Tania, I like your outfit today, but mustard is not in my color wheel 😉 I had no idea what a “holler” was either. I’m Texan and we holler out to people, but that’s the only holler I am familiar with. Good to learn something so early in the morning. LOl
    Do you think Hope In The Holler would be a book that 12 yr old boys might enjoy? I read her review and it sounds great! Please tell your sister congratulations! I would love to write a children’s book, but not to this extent. Out of my league.
    Please send any sample that will rock my world and knock the wrinkles and sagging skin off my face 🙂
    Have an amazing day!

  17. Yes! I know what a holler is! Lots of them in your area. And you bought that cardigan that day I stalked you! You are so good at coordinating clothes!

  18. I am new to this blog and it is fast becoming my favorite early morning read. I would very much like to try the R+F samples. Thank you very much. Anne

  19. Hi Tania, I read your blog every morning with my coffee. You never know what your going to read. LOL It’s like having an actual conversation with someone. Sometimes its gut busting funny ,other times it’s something that makes me go hmmm. As far as your samples go I could use a lot of help. Dark circles, sagging jaw line, creases along mouth,( my mama called them smile lines.) my biggest concern is lash thinning. You don’t realize how much difference lashes actually make till they start thinning out. Anyway anything you can send would be appreciated.

    Theresa

    • Theresa, welcome to my crazy life. Joe tells me that living with him, “every day is an adventure.” He gives me PLENTY to write about. Lol! I’ll send you an email.

  20. Love your outfit and your refreshing blog!
    I know about “hollers” and look forward to reading your sister’s book.

  21. Hi Tania. I’m from Eastern Kentucky so I know all about hollers. Really like the cardigan. Especially since it has pockets. I’d like to sample something for dark circles under my eyes. It’s hereditary & not getting better with age. Lol. Also I’m an avid reader & your sister’s book sounds interesting even at my age.

    • Then you are not too far from me if you are in Eastern Kentucky. I am only 13 miles from the state line. My sister is a fantastic writer, it amazes me when I read her books. I don’t understand how she can be so creative. I’ll send you an email.

      • Yes I’ve been through Grundy many times. Lovely place. I always wished I could write but not one of my talents but I sure do love to read.

  22. Hi Tania~ I stumbled onto you while on Pinterest. You have become my inspiration and when I found out I could sign up for an email from you I immediately did so! You have breathed new life into my wardrobe! I have been adding more jewelry into my “everyday” look and have been jazzing up my style a bit. Thank you! What can I do to get my lashes to look as fabulously long as yours? I want a bucket full of that, but will be happy with a sample. 😊

    • Thank you so much for signing up for my email list!!! That makes my day. I am so happy that I have helped you out with your wardrobe. I can surely help you in the lashes department. I’ll send you an email.

  23. Love today’s look. I am a little jealous that you can wear that mustard color so well. Love the bag too. I have the same one and I must admit to wearing my leopard flats with that bag. If you have any samples left I would love to try them. I have tried a few products but nothing has quite grabbed me yet. Keep up the great posts.

    • I love animal print and this bag is too cute. I do like the mustard color but it has to be the dark color. I’ll send you an email.

  24. Hi Tania, I live in Kentucky so I am very familiar with hollers (or Hollows as city people say it)! I just started reading your blog recently but you’ve already influenced some of my clothing purchases. Thank you, I needed some help! I’ve been curious about the neck-firming R + F products and would love any samples if you have any. Cindy

  25. I will check out your sister’s book for my students. Since turning 60 last month, I have noticed more changes with my skin. Skin is becoming more dry and with wrinkles! 🙁 Would love to try R&F products. My skin needs help!

  26. Wouldn’t you know I had to take my golden retriever to the vet this morning and I miss a free chance to try R & F. 👎 My baby has a “hot spot” itchy skin, maybe R & F for her too. Haha. I have very oily skin, do they have any HELP for me? Thanks Tania!!!😍

    • I hate when they scratch and scratch. My poor baby has no fur left at all. He has always had very thin hair and now that diabetes has set in he lost what little he had. I’ll send you an email.

  27. My mother and her people are all from Georgia, so of course I know what a holler is! PLUS! Randy Travis’ song “Deeper than the Holler” was popular about the time Chip and I got married! I wonder what people who didn’t know thought that song was about????

    I’m all about that same shade of yellow. I have a couple of tops and a duster cardigan in it. Works perfectly, with green, for my Baylor Bear spirit!! You look darling as always!

  28. Hello Tania. I am new to your blog as well and I just feel so blessed to have found you. I live in West TN so I do understand the hollers. I love your style and just the great lady you are. I feel like I know you with all you share… and we are very much alike in our age and even hairstyle. I am not familiar at all with R + F and would love a sample. Thank you for being a bright light in this dark world. Thanks Tania!!

    • Welcome, Carla!!! I am so happy that you stumbled onto my blog and I hope you continue to return. R+F is the #1 premium skincare in the US. It is not sold in stores but by consultants like me. I will shoot you an email.

  29. Absolutely love your blog. Never heard the tern holler but then I an an Irish Canadian Snowbird wintering in Phoenix!! I need and would love a sample of R + F.

  30. I love your style! What’s the correct way to wear ankle boots with jeans folded up? Where should the ankle boots actually come to on your leg? I have several pair of short boots but none actually stop at my ankle.

    I’ve heard many good things about R & F, especially the lash boost. Would the last boost help eye brows? Mine are thinning horribly.

    Many thanks, Cindy

    • Cindy, thanks so much for following my blog. There is a rule of thumb that says roll up your jeans once for flats and twice for ankle boots. You want to create a small amount of space between the jeans and the shoe. You can even have LARGE cuffs, they look really cute too. You just need to stand in front of the mirror and try the looks.

      Yes, lash boost will help with eyebrows. If you have a viable hair follicle (one that has not died) then it should help you. I know several people who use the serum that is on the brush on their lashes and then swipe the leftover serum on the side of the wand on their eyebrows.