50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40It is wild how alike so many of us are and how spread apart we are at the same time. I see several of you make comments about areas of our lives that we can all relate to and it just goes to show you how much we are alike even though we live in different parts of the country or even the world. I was scrolling on Facebook on Saturday and come across pictures that some of you had uploaded of a snowstorm. 50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40Instead of a snowstorm, we had 80-degree weather! Joseph and Kayla decided to wash vehicles all day long so I took Emersyn to a small park to play. She had been sick the night before so she wasn’t her normal spry self but she did still manage to have fun. She is just like her daddy, when she gets the slightest bit hot her little cheeks will turn bright red. We did a slide, played some bongo drums, climbed in a rock wall, and of course, did the swings. She was so afraid that I was going to break down the swing because I was soooo heavy. She is such a blow to my ego. Lol!!! After the park, we “had” to go and get yogurt to cool off. Duh! Since she had been sick the night before I talked her into some sherbert instead a milk product. I thought it would be better on her stomach. She was starting to get tired so I took back home where she proceeded to get her second wind. When I pulled out of the driveway she was helping her dad wash the car and spraying him with the water hose! Hahaha!50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40Let’s talk about a little black dress. How many of you own a black dress? I am betting that most of you, although not all of you, probably raised your hand. I do think that we all need to have a black dress in our closet. You might want “this” one but you do probably need to start looking for one. I was looking for a newer, more updated, version of the LBD but I don’t think this one is going to be it. This was in my Trunk Club shipment this last time when I asked for mostly dresses.50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40I decided to include dressier more sparkly jewelry with this look. The brand NEW Spring line of Plunder starts today!!! Yay, I have been waiting for it to finally come live. I did see a sneak peek the other day and I can’t wait to place my first order. Everyone who places an order for the new jewelry line today (50.00 or more not including tax and shipping) will get an additional piece of jewelry from me! Go to plunderdesign.com/taniastephens to go shopping and be sure to pick a party with my name on it. I don’t know if any of the jewelry I have on today will be in the new catalog so I am not linking to any of it. 50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40I really lightened this photo so that you can see the details of this dress. Black is extremely hard to photograph and all of the details disappear in the photos. As you can see, there is a ruffle detail that runs down the front of the dress. I bet that you hadn’t even seen this in the prior pictures. By all of my normal standards, I should love this dress. It is a crepe material, which I love, and it has the unique details that I look for. The soft cascading ruffle, the deep V-neck, and the asymmetrical hemline are details that I normally like. I also like that it slips over the head so you don’t have zippers and buttons to worry about. The other great thing that I loved about this dress is that it is forgiving in the stomach region. The ruffles help to hide bulges and it hangs loosely so it doesn’t show the hips either. In this case, I think I would have liked the dress better if it had been shorter or the same length all around. Anyway, I ended up sending this back. Let me know what you thought about this dress.

50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40I added a vintage candy apple red envelope purse to see if I liked a small pop of color. I wasn’t thrilled with the look so I tried something different in the next photo. I love my lattice style heels. These are some that I have had for at least a year or more. They are by Marc Fisher and whenever I wear these I always get a compliment. They are some of Joe’s favorites on me so I’ll take that. These are sexy and edgy which are two traits that I wouldn’t mind having. LOL!!!

50 IS NOT OLD | UPDATED LITTLE BLACK DRESS | FASHION OVER 40I didn’t like this black satin vintage puff purse any better. Oh well, I am glad that I wasn’t going out for the evening since I didn’t have a purse to carry. How are you liking my suntan? Yep, I finally got around to applying my R+F foaming sunless tanner. And, I am giving away one on the blog today. The winner is Glenda Gordon. Be watching for an email from me!!!

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  1. I think the dress is very flattering on you! It really does have a dressy element. Might be hard to “dress” down to everday office wear.

  2. Very classy. I would love to have this dress in my wardrobe. Timeless with a modern twist. I think it is a dress you would keep in your wardrobe for years and get a lot of wear out of.

  3. Tania,
    At the end of your blog there are always three links to some of your previous posts, but when I clicked on them today it just goes back to all of your April posts, not the 2017 post I clicked on. For instance, I clicked on All The Stars Are In Line, Feb 24, 2017 and it just shows all your April posts. Thought you’d want to know. Love your blog!

  4. The LBD is pretty, but I agree it is not “the one”. You look fabulous, but I agree that It would be better all one length. LOVE the shoes!

  5. The dress looks very nice on you. Flattering and perfect length for that type of dress. However, I agree, not a huge fan of that style black dress. Nice for a wedding!

  6. it’s cute on you, but the kind of cute you only wear a couple times.

    • Tania Reply

      Sharon, I think it was Felicity & something. Lol! I forgot already but I did say in the post. Or you can just click on the link and it will take you straight there.

  7. I’m not a fan of dresses that aren’t the same length around so I can relate to you not liking that about this dress so if you weren’t comfortable in it, it was the right decision to send it back. The silver jewelry really looks nice with it though. I have a pair of summer wedges that have a type of lattice over the top of my foot and I don’t know why, but I always feel like it looks like it “cuts” off my leg length when I wear them with a dress…that my leg stops at my ankle and doesn’t flow to the ground and they make the top of my foot itch. I still wear them, but think I’ll be looking for an open pair once our weather WARMS up !

    • Tania Reply

      I understand what you mean about cutting your leg off, I have a pair of gladiator sandals that I think that about. The funny thing is, when I wear them I will always get compliments. Go figure!

  8. Hi. Pretty dress but I agree that it just doesn’t have the “it”factor. Doesn’t compare to the blue dress you wore last week. Love the shoes though. Starting my sunless tanner today. I’ll let you know how it goes. Can you use the tanner without exfoliating each time? 😊

    • Tania Reply

      Yep, it doesn’t have the “it” factor. I am thrilled that you are starting the tanner. You don’t have to exfoliate every time but I would scrub hard with a cloth if you don’t. That helps with not getting the spots that make you look rusty. Lol! I may be old but I am not rusty. Hahaha!

  9. Like the dress, pretty but not IT factor. I’m interested in sunless tanner but also worried about where to stop and not put on the face or body so it won’t look odd. CG

    • Tania Reply

      Cindy, this tanner is pretty subtle so you won’t see that hard line where it starts and ends. I generally stop at my chin line. Occasionally I will rub my hands over my face when I am finished but they don’t have any product on them. I don’t apply tanners to my face.

  10. Charlcy Green Reply

    Ooh, I love that dress! It is so different and I love that you could do the Tango in it and use the ruffle like you showed us! And the shoes are perfect w it. I will be needing a LBD for my upcoming vacation to Destin, Florida, Sacannah, Ga, and Charelston, SC! How exciting about Plunders spring line! And how exciting about Stacey following you and achieving such success!!

    • Tania Reply

      Charlcy, you sound like you’ve got a lot of wonderful vacations ahead. I hope you have fun and be sure to check out my tomorrow’s post!

  11. You look very pretty! The dress would have been perfect with the hem level all around at the shortest length or if the asymmetrical hem would have been short in front and longer in back, instead of at the side. Love the ruffles down the front though! Very flattering! It was just off by a small margin. I have two little black dresses I love, even though I probably don’t need a spare! But I wear both of them so it’s justified! Lol

  12. This reminded me that I am probably too fat to fit into my LBD and need to get a new one sometime soon. Ugh. I like the way this one just seems to flow over everything. I’ll have to look for something similiar

  13. Love a black dress.
    You styled this one well .
    Pray for us in Greensboro NC. Lots tornadoe damage. Schools are closed today .

    • Tania Reply

      Rebecca, I am so sorry to hear that. I wasn’t aware that that had happened. I’ll say a little prayer.

  14. Hi Tanya, Your tan looks so natural and even. I am personally not a fan of the uneven hemline, but that’s just me. You almost always look great and I look forward to your blog every single day. I feel like I know you and I refer to you as my friend Tanya. Lol!!!

  15. Matt and Angie Reply

    Great outfit, Tania! My wife and I love your blog. Thanks for your inspiration!

  16. The first thing I noticed was your tan. Glad I placed an order! I really like this dress on you. I think its perfect for a summer night.

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