50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40Friday was gorgeous here in Tennessee but I am not sure how nice the rest of the weekend will be. Even if the weather cooperates I am not sure if the sickness bug is going to be kind. I am feeling better but poor little Matti has come down with a stomach virus. She spent the night with me on Thursday and before we went to bed she said that she had a headache. Her hair was pulled back in a tight bun since she had been at a dress rehearsal for her ballet recital and we assumed that was probably the issue. We gave her some children’s Tylenol and she and I went to bed.50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40 However, the next morning she was still complaining of a headache. I gave her some more Tylenol and she also asked for a cold washcloth to put on her head. In just a few minutes she started throwing up. Poor little thing was so upset that she had vomited on the floor. We assured her that was not anything we cared about and gave her some Sprite to drink. She said she felt much better and then she went to sleep again. That has pretty much been the scene that was played out all day long. Unfortunately, she didn’t get to go to her dance recital. 😔 I am hoping that she feels better today and she feels like doing her recital. She truly loves dancing and she has looked forward to this all year long.50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40 When I think about Memorial Day I always think about cookouts. I think about hotdogs and hamburgers and huge sales. I am not forgetting the meaning of Memorial Day and I am not trying to be disrespectful in any way. I have just been fortunate that I have no one in my family or even anyone I actually knew that died in combat. I have had relatives to serve in the armed forces but none that perished. It was never a holiday that we observed when I was a child other than to go to the lake and cookout. Because I think about cookouts and picnics I decided to wear my buffalo check top from Joan Rivers. The last time I wore this top I was in Chuck Norris sneakers. Lol!!! (yes, I know it is Chuck Taylors)50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40I went with white accessories for my jewelry today. The white drop earrings and very lightweight and frilly. I at first thought these earrings were a hard plastic but they are actually metal. I figured that out when they got stuck to my magnetic bracelet one day. Lol! The first magnetic bracelet that I have on is one of the new ones from the new line by Plunder. It is the Opal magnetic bracelet and it is set in goldtone. The red Candy bracelet and the Amanda pearl bracelet are the remaining two bracelets that I have on. The Reece necklace is also goldtone and has a gold disc and a huge white tassel. May is my 2nd year anniversary with Plunder and I am celebrating all month long. When you make a 50.00 purchase (excluding taxes and shipping) you will receive a FREE piece of jewelry from me as a gift! Join me in the business of Plunder Design this month and I will gift you 2 pieces of jewelry. Go to plunderdesign.com/taniastephens and hit the shop tab. Pick a party with my name on it and then have fun. 50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40This is the “IT” bag for the summer. I had seen this bag on some websites but I wasn’t sure if I liked the look of it and I wondered about all of my items showing through the slats. However, when I was in Cancun at the reception event I happened to see a lady from corporate carrying the bag. It was adorable!!! I talked to her about the bag for a while and she said that hers was the knock-off version. When I went home I did some homework and found the purse and I bought the knock-off version also from Amazon. I didn’t know how much I would carry this bag so I figured a “similar” bag was close enough for me. I have it linked below. I think that mine is larger than the one she was carrying but I can’t be sure. Mine came with a small scarf to tie on the bag for color but I have a blue bandana material belt tied to mine.

50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40I finally found me a pair of navy shoes that I can wear this summer. I have only had a t-strap sandal or a ballet flat and I wanted something else. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but I wanted something dressier (not fancy) than the sandal or the flat. I found this pair by Tommy Hilfiger when I went shopping the other day and I think they work perfectly. I can see me wearing these with shorts, crops, or dresses. Boom! Perfect for my needs.

50 IS NOT OLD | THE IT BAG FOR SUMMER | FASHION OVER 40Well, I am off to do a tiny amount of online shopping before I get ready to go and see Matti perform (crossing fingers and saying a prayer.) Here are some of the stores that I will be checking out.

  • Nordstrom – It is their half-yearly sale.
  • Talbots – 40% off one item and 50% off two or more
  • Old Navy – Too many things to mention but flip-flops are only a 1.00.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off with code SOREADY
  • Loft – 40% off with code LONGWKND
  • J.Crew – 40% off with code GETAWAY
  • Maurices – BOGO 50% off
  • Michael Kors – 25% off already reduced prices

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  1. I have my fingers crossed that Matti is well enough to dance in today’s performance. She would have been devastated yesterday not to be there. But fingers crossed she is well enough to perform today. When we wish someone well for a performance here in the UK we say “break a leg” and that is what I wish Matti but not in the literal sense. So – break a leg Matti and eyes and teeth (smile) x

    • Tania Reply

      Matti has said that she is feeling better today. I can’t wait to see her perform. They do say break a leg here too. Lol!

  2. Ahh hope Matti is better soon and able to dance 🤒 I WANT THAT BAG 🤣 love it 💖💖💖

  3. It’s amazing how fashion repeats itself. I had the same purse in 1977.

  4. love that you are feeling better but hate that Matti is not. I will be checking out that bag on Amazon, you really cant see what is inside of it.

  5. What a cute and happy outfit for this weekend. And as always, love your shoes! Interesting purse. Not sure what I think about it yet. Happy Memorial Day 🍔🇺🇸

  6. Judy Stallings Reply

    It’s always so interesting to hear about traditions in other areas of the US. While growing up in rural Nebraska we celebrated Memorial Day weekend by putting flowers on the graves of all of our deceased loved ones, whether they had been in the military or not. It’s just a tradition that goes way back. In fact, we used to call it “Decoration Day”. Enjoy your weekend…so glad you’re celebrating the holiday outside with family.

    • Mercedes stevens Reply

      Here in Kentucky we always decorated graves and called it decoration day also. Very interesting. I miss seeing this tradition carried out by our younger generations. We always had big dinners with family too.

  7. Love, love, LOVE IT!! Such a patriot outfit!! Feel better and enjoy your weekend!!

  8. I so enjoyed all of my daughter’s dance recitals (She is 24 now).
    Miss those days .
    I hope you all feel better. I know Mattie will be awesome!

  9. Beckie Beiro Reply

    Love the outfit, and so glad Mattie is feeling better. Now you can see your princess dance.
    Now for that bag do you like and does hold all your stuff? Don’t laugh and hopefully this doesn’t tell my age, but I remember that purse from when I was younger I fact I had one. Too bad I don’t have it now cause I would be styling and rocking that bag! Lol have a fun Memorial Day and be safe.

  10. It is such a blessing to remember all those who have died for our freedom. They have paid the ultimate price for us all❤️

    • Charlcy Green Reply

      Cute outfit, purse and shoes! I hope Matti gets well for her recital and that you get to have a cookout!

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