50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARIn just a few days my sister’s new book will be hitting the shelves. Big sisters don’t like to brag about their younger siblings any more than they have to but, dang, my sister is talented. I thought that the first book (Last In A Long Line of Rebels) might have been a fluke. But I just finished reading her second book, Hope In The Holler, and it looks like she is legit! In fact, Amazon just picked her book as a Best Book In January for 9-12 year-olds! Who knew that I could be related to someone so talented?

The book comes out January 9th if you’d like to order one (hint, hint) and if you’re in the Atlanta area, she’s having a book launch party on Saturday, January 13th in Woodstock, Georgia. It’s at a cute bookstore called FoxTale and will be at 4 pm. If you want a signed copy but can’t make it, you can call them and tell them to set one aside for you and then they’ll mail it!

Don’t want to wait?? I’m giving away a signed copy to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment and tell me if you could go back in time, what one thing you would tell your 12-year-old self. I’ll be choosing a winner in the next day or two.

50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARThe book is written for the middle-grade age arena but it is truly enjoyable for any age. The book is written about a young girl named Wavie who has been left a list by her dying mother. “You have just as much a right as anybody for a good life, Wavie.” The area that Wavie is forced to move to is too familiar to me. The poverty and lack of hope is something that is prevalent in the Appalachian region. I love how she describes the characters and brings them to life. Some of them sound just like people I’ve met but she refuses to tell me if they are based on anyone I know. Lol! I keep waiting for a character that sounds like me in one of her books but I am afraid it would be the villain. Hahaha 50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARThis old snakeskin print sweater is one of Joe’s favorite clothing items that I own. I have no idea why he likes it so well but he compliments me on this almost every time I wear it. It can’t be the color and I doubt if he is a big snakeskin fan, so go figure. This is an example of buying something comfortable (it is thin, soft, and cozy) and adding the unique detail of the snakeskin print to make it more fashionable. Instead of choosing a solid item all the time you should branch out occasionally and get something a little more unique.


50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARGold was the jewelry choice for the day. Plunder came out with several gold jewelry items in their fall and winter catalog and I have been loving them. I use to wear only gold and I have been slowly getting more used to wearing silver. My favorite look is to mix the two colors which I would have never done five years ago. My filigree earrings are the Ashton. When I first bought this pair I was afraid they were too big and now I think they are just right. You get more and more comfortable as you expand your comfort zone. The long necklace is the Clarissa and it has several dangling charms. It is adjustable if you prefer a shorter style. I just tuck the extra chain down inside my sweater. The two bracelets are the Ashlyn and the Gail. The Gail bracelet has the word HOPE on the bar. If that is your word of the year or if you could just use the reminder then this is a great bracelet for you. The entire month of January I will be gifting everyone who makes a purchase of 75.00, excluding taxes and shipping, another free gift. Go to plunderdesign.com/tasniastephens and pick a party with my name on it to place an order.50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARThese corduroy pants are very old. In fact, I think they are a hand-me-down from my daughter. I like this caramel color for the fall months and I believe I have about 4 or 5 different pairs of pants in this color. I just noticed yesterday that I have two from Old Navy that is the exact same. That just goes to show you that I this is a color that calls my name. This pair was from Maurices and they are probably 10 to 12 years old. Lol!

50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARHere is the dreaded back view. Lol! I pulled out “old Betsy” to wear today. I bet every one of you has a go-to jacket that you can throw on with almost anything. A denim jacket works great for that. They can be dressed up or dressed down and they look modern and youthful. If you don’t own one then take my advice and get one. Age does not matter when it comes to a denim jacket!!! Mine is from Old Navy and it is very affordable if you are not sure you would get a lot of wear from it. My suede ankle booties are a pair by Isaac Mizrahi. I liked this pair so much that I bought the same pair in a muted wine color also. 50 IS NOT OLD | A DENIM JACKET FOR EVERYDAY WEARI swear I am giving away the farm this month! First a FREE copy of my sister’s new book. A FREE Redefine Multi-Function Eye cream and a FREE Lottie necklace from Plunder. (Go here to enter) AND, I am gifting a free piece of jewelry to everyone who purchases 75.00 (excluding taxes and shipping) in jewelry from Plunder.

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81 Comments

  1. Hi, I would tell my 12 year old self that the middle and high school years are just a teensy little blip in time and don’t take things so seriously.

  2. Oh, I live in Woodstock! I will look the bookstore up and try to go! Got a middle schooler son and niece!

  3. Pamela Hudson Sola Reply

    I would tell my 12 year old self that you are braver than you think you are.

  4. I would tell my 12- year old self:
    You ARE good enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, kind enough. Think, act and move forward with love for yourself❤️

  5. Brenda Foxy Lady Reply

    I’d tell myself to not be afraid and that I am smart and to try and to love myself be friendly.

  6. I would tell my 12 year old self that reading is fun and try to find books that you enjoy. I hated to read when I was younger and now am a middle scool reading teacher and I love reading!

  7. I would tell myself this too shall pass….of course it took a lot of living to realize that!

    • Caroline Ables Spoth Reply

      My sweet Mothers favorite mantra was “this too shall pass” my son has a little tattoo of that in her honor…lol

  8. Laurie Hannus Reply

    I’d tell my 12 year old self to try something new everyday, enjoy being young and a kid…time goes fast.

    Love the jean jacket! Cute outfit!!

  9. Patricia D'Hondt Reply

    I would tell myself that the “cool” kids are not better than I am

  10. I would tell my 12 year old self “The world does not revolve around YOU.” Hahaha…. sometimes I still have to say it out loud!!

  11. I’m a middle school librarian and I would love to have a copy of the book for our school library! I often tell the girls what I would tell my middle school self…keep working hard, go for your dreams and stay calm because it will all work out! Thanks!!!

  12. Love the sweater also! I would tell my 12-year-old self to lighten up, stop worrying so much and just enjoy the ride.~

  13. I would tell my 12 year old self to try new things, be more adventurous.
    I love you outfit, Tania!

  14. There are so many things I would tell my 12 year old self that it’s hard to narrow it down. But number one would be to follow the directive of Proverbs 3:5-6.
    Have a blessed – and warm!- day!

  15. Caroline Ables Spoth Reply

    I would tell my 12 yo self to make conscious choices in life and to not just let life happen to her. I’d also say that you deserve a husband that loves, honors and stays true to you….you don’t necessarily find that in high school.

  16. I would tell my 12 year old self to appreciate and be kind to those around you. Love the jacket. Everyone woman should own one. You are lucky that you can wear a denim jacket today. Here in NH we are expecting snow with possible blizzard conditions. Let’s hope we don’t lose power too.

  17. Holly Whitt Reply

    To steal a line from “ The Help” “ You is kind, you is smart, you is important”!

  18. Love the back pockets and the heel height. Joe is right. I think blondes look good in beige, tan and brown color family in general.

  19. I would tell my 12 year old self that “you aren’t fat, you will grow taller, it will end up fine!”

  20. These unassuming pieces sure work well together and you look great in then!
    I would tell my 12 year old self to enjoy every moment of youth and to be true to myself.

  21. I would tell my 12 year old self to enjoy every day. Don’t try to grow up so fast.

  22. I would tell my 12 year old self to always do the right thing, no matter what.😊

  23. Tania Garza Reply

    Hi Tania!!
    I would tell my 12 year old self to love yourself the way you are! The only one worth pleasing is God ❤️

  24. I would tell my 12 year old self:
    Kindness, to anyone and everyone, matters!

    You are not fat..wear the swimsuit, ride the bike, take chances!

  25. I love your outfit today, simple yet so eye catching! I think you would look amazing in a gunny sack!! How do you do it!?! I would tell my 12 year old self to not worry about the silly stuff & you are perfect in God’s eyes! Enjoy your day!

  26. I’d tell my 12 yr old self this: you are smart, you are strong, and you are brave. You CAN do life without thinking a man will rescue you. Because, after all, there really are no princes disguised as frogs. 😘

  27. Good morning! First I love reading your posts! At 56 I find comfort in knowing there is someone with similar styles, seeing a new outfit put together always gives me new ideas so thank you! Second I would tell my 12 year old self the same as I have told my children and grandson now 17, don’t lie, don’t cheat, work hard for what you want, always have goals and dreams (even if you need to recreate them as life goes on) and Follow your heart it will never let you down! Have a great day! Kim

  28. I would tell myself at 12 years old to work harder in school and find my passion. Pursue that passion-it will have a monumental impact on who you become❤️

  29. Teresa Spivey Reply

    Love your outfit. I would tell my 12 year old self not to worry about what others think, be yourself.

  30. Linda Bunger Reply

    I would tell my 12-year old self: believe in yourself and don’t worry so much.

    Love your outfit!

  31. I would tell myself that the opinions of these people that affect me so much will be nothing- in a few years, they won’t even know my name.haha

  32. My message to my 12 yr old self is: you can be anything you want to be but seek God in the process, He will reveal His perfect plan for your life. Perfect since I was 12 when I accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior.

  33. I would tell my 12 year old self that you will change in ways you probably wouldn’t want to. It will be exciting, embarrassing, silly, gross, beautiful, confusing, meaningful; in short, a ride worth taking.
    Sleep well. If you’re good at something, get better at it.
    Play outdoor games. Everyday. Cherish your friendships.

  34. Maxine Bower Reply

    I would tell my twelve year old self to read everything I could get my hands on and learn everything I could possibly learn . Education is the Kay to life.Love the style today.

  35. Love the outfit! I would tell my 12 year-old self not to take myself so seriously. Enjoy life and laugh every chance you get.

  36. Sounds like a great book my third graders would enjoy. My 12 year old self was pretty content, no worries. I had a great childhood; wonderful parents, good friends, competent teachers and faithful church. If I had to tell myself anything it would be dream BIGGER!

  37. Donna Iverson Reply

    I would tell my 12 year old self to not worry about what others think and say, just be happy doing the things you enjoy.

  38. Love the look and imyself love a denim jacket too, becauze your never too old or as you say 50 is not old!LOL

  39. Tania, You look beautiful as ever!! I would love a copy of your sister’s book. I am a dyslexia specialist and work with 10 -14 year olds. I am always on the hunt for books for my students with a story line that would encourage and motivate them to read.

  40. Summer Hartzog Reply

    Love this cute look and would love to win your sister’s book! If I could go back in time I’d tell my 12 year old self to stop worrying that the worst would happen, that it usually doesn’t, and even if it does the worry doesn’t prevent it or help you deal. And there’s a better way 🙂 Philippians 4:6-7

  41. I love this look! Caramel is your color. It accents your hair and eyes which sounds impossible since one is blonde and the other blue. Announcement: Joining yesterday’s outfit is yet another “Greatest of –18”—today’s creation topped with a dynamic denim jacket! Hope you are warm and at home safe.

  42. Cristina Downey Reply

    Jean jacket with the neutral look is great, a little casual and a little sassy😉
    I just put in my first order of Plunder and look forward to it! To my 12 year old self I would have to write a book to, lol. Probably “nothing worth doing in life comes easy but don’t sweat the small stuff so much and forget about cleaning instead of blowing bubbles with your kid!”

  43. Erin Rhodes Reply

    I would tell my twelve year old self- you are so loved already! Do not settle for anything or anyone who doesn’t light your hair on fire!

  44. At that age I was so worried about fitting in and having the “right” friends. I would tell my 12 year old self to be happy in my own skin. Be more adventurous and really enjoy life. I agree about the jean jacket. Easy to throw on with most outfits. Congrats to your sister on her second book

  45. Charlcy Green Reply

    I love my denim jacket too and have worn it so many times since I started following your blog! And of course I love when you wear the “Clarissa” necklace since that is my daughter’s name. The fun comments about going back k to twelve are great. I agree w the last who quoted “The Help” – You is smart, you is kind, you is important! But I might add that no matter how dark life gets, God is always there to hold your hand thru it all.

  46. Laura Jordan Reply

    Cute outfit! I’d tell my 12 year old self to trust God’s love and value of me. My daughter is an elementary and middle school librarian in Kuwait, and she’d love a signed copy of your sister’s book!

  47. I’d tell my 12 year old self not to succumb to peer pressure. Congratulations to your sister!

  48. Melissa Calhoun Reply

    I also lost my when I was 12. She was a single mom of 6 kids. I am thinking this book may hit home for me. I would tell myself that no matter how old I get, I will always miss mom, but God is good and even though childhood was tough I would have a blessed adulthood. I as well as all my siblings have good lives and are very close because we learned early on we need each other.

  49. Hello
    I would tell my 12 year old self to relax and not worry about things so much!
    Ha Maybe I need to tell myself that now to😬

  50. Tania, I want to enter the drawing but the “here” didn’t allow me to enter…..
    It would be hard to decide what I would tell my 12 year old self…so many things!!!

  51. A denim jacket is a must and can be worn all year around. I have even taken mine into a restaurant during the hot summer as the air conditioning can get chilly at times. My good ol’ faithful denim jacket came from Walmart which I have had for years and it still looks great.

    I would tell my 12 year old self to read as much as I can, take my education seriously and watch the national news. So….as you get older, you are more apt to carry on a good conversation and know what you are talking about. ~Lisa~

  52. I would tell my 12 year old self to slow down and not be in such a hurry to grow up! My mom used to tell me the older you get the faster time goes and she was absolutely right. Now here I am in my sixties wondering how that happened. Lol

  53. I would tell my 12 year old self not to worry about what ppl thing cause those ppl wont matter when you get older

  54. I would tell my 12 year old self to be confident and to not be afraid.

  55. I would tell my twelve year old self to just to be the nerd I enjoyed being and not worry about anyone else’s opinion of me. When you get older you realize that you actually remember very little of what anyone else did, and I would imagine that is much the same for everyone.

  56. I would tell my 12 year old self to buy Amazon stock. I would also tell myself, you are doing a great job and get excited because you have a lot to look forward to.

  57. Go to New York fashion week and meet with the talent agency as your Charm School teacher advised you to do. Listen to yourself more.

  58. Love your style!!
    I would tell my 12 year old self my favorite quote”When you’re willing to do what most people won’t, you’ll be able to have what most people don’t.”

  59. I think I would tell my 12 yr old self to be happy. Stop thinking about what others have, how they look, etc. Focus on what you have, your friends, and all the fun moments in life. Just be happy and do what makes you happy.

  60. I would tell my 12 year old self that I am perfect just the way I am!

  61. I would tell myself to move a little more, walk, hike, dance, exercise, to make it a habit earlier.
    I would love this book for my granddaughter.

  62. Julia Rodriguez Reply

    Hi Tania. I’m a huge fan of jean jackets…SO versatile! As for my 12 year old self…”DON’T WISH YOUR LIFE AWAY!” I can remember always wanting to be older for one reason or another…It all goes by in a blink!

  63. You always make me smile, and you always have good advise. Your 12 year old self is wonderful. Go girl.

  64. Forgot to mention what I would tell My 12 year old self, (try not to be someone I am not, be myself and love her.)

  65. When I was 12 years old I wanted to be 18. I was the oldest of 3 girls and was very mature. Now I know I never really got to be 12. I would tell myself to stop wanting to be older and enjoy being a 12 year old girl because you only get that chance once.

  66. I would tell my 12 year old self to appreciate your parents more. You will miss them when they are gone. We love because He first loved us.

  67. I would tell my 12-year-old self that I deserve to dream big and pursue those dreams. I have wanted to do so many things in life, but thought I was not good enough or that only other kinds of people could have those dreams and goals.

  68. I would tell my 12 year old self that it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you; just be the person you know the Lord wants you to be. People will come and go in your life, but Jesus is always there for you.

  69. Brenda Domagala Reply

    Good morning, I would tell my 12 year old self that it’s ok follow my heart deepest wishes and that I am smart enough to do anything I set my mind to. Pursue the things that make me happy, life passes by in a blink but, although the hard times is what made me who I am today.

  70. Laurie Lutz Reply

    Hi Tania! I am a children’s librarian & I would love to have a copy of your sister’s book in our library. I would tell my 12 year old self to read more books! 😊

  71. Tania,
    ALl of your followers are so awesome. They have made so many insightful comments. I would only add that I would tell my 12 year old self to listen to the older generation and appreciate their stories. They won’t always be with you♥

  72. I would tell myself to stop listening to that voice inside that tells you you’re not as good as the next girl. You’re every bit as good, maybe better. And (this has become my mantra for many years) tell yourself the truth!!

  73. Lindy Gessaman Reply

    I would tell my 12 year old self to love and approve of yourself exactly as you are, and that you are beautiful and perfect.

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