50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40I had the absolute best week with all of the grandbabies. We didn’t go a lot and instead just stayed at the house for the most part but it was so much fun. They swam, they painted, they had their pictures taken, they watched fireworks a couple of times, and they made smores. They also thought the outdoor shower was a cool treat so we didn’t have any trouble getting them to get cleaned up at night. Lol!50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40 However, with all that swimming daily and all of those baths we had a mountain of towels piled up. We did a couple of loads of towels while they were here but yesterday I did 4 loads of nothing but towels. Lol! How can such little people go through so many towels? Hahaha! Emersyn sure hated to see them leave and poor little Matti always cries when it comes time to leave. She is such a sweet and sensitive little girl. Matthan promised them that he would take them to the pet store on the way home and they loved that idea. They weren’t getting anything but they just wanted to see everything and to get to pet the animals and that made them happy.50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40 Today’s shift dress reminds me of a mermaid. I see tee-shirts that say, “I’d rather be a mermaid” in the stores but I think that I would rather wear this dress than a tee-shirt. Lol! The variations of white, teal, aqua, and royal blue all combine to look like fish scales. Maybe you would rather think that they look like polka dots if you are not into mermaids. Lol! The dress is fully lined and is 100% polyester but it is still dry clean only. I am wearing a size 12 which is what I wear in most dresses and it fits me fine but I noticed that the website said if you were between sizes that you would want to size down. This was in my Trunk Club shipment, yes I think my stylist loves me, and it is by Elie Tahari50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40I chose turquoise and gold for my jewelry. I wanted to stay in the monochromatic tone with all of the blues that were in the dress. I think this is the first time that I have worn my Venus earrings. They are super cute with marbled turquoise and crystals that look like topaz. They are a 2″ drop which is a good length. The turquoise necklace is the Deidre and it is three strands with gold at each end. The gold Mary Ellen bracelet is the one with the tassel and the Morgan bracelet is the one that looks like links. If you are interested in ordering any of the Plunder jewelry then you can go to plunderdesign.com/taniastephens and when you click the shop button just pick a party with my name in it. 50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40I almost added white pumps but I wanted to stay with the blue so I added these royal blue pumps that I bought from Old Navy years ago. These are probably at least 4 or 5 years old but they still look brand new because I don’t wear them often. I do like having some colorful shoes that aren’t so expensive for a pop of color.

50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40Ladies, Joe has said that this is going to be my last full week at work. 😱 I am petrified now that it is actually happening, you girls might have to talk me off of a ledge. I will be worrying about everything working out at the lumber company and then I will be worrying about my income. I am just guessing, but I bet that I will not buy anything for a month or two because I will be so worried. Did you notice a pattern? Worry, worried, scared, frightened, and petrified do not sound like the person that I have become. I am going to work this week on changing my mindset and my words. Your words become your actions and your actions become your reality.50 IS NOT OLD | I WOULD RATHER BE A MERMAID | FASHION OVER 40 I realize that doors have been opened for me that I would never have opened myself. If you saw my post yesterday then you now that I am afraid of rejection. There would have been no way that I would have ever said “yes” to the business opportunity of Rodan + Fields. I would have said the very same thing that I bet a lot of you are saying right now. “I don’t know a lot of people,” “everyone will think that it is too expensive,” “I am way too busy,” “I don’t know anything about skincare,” “I am afraid that no one will buy anything,” and maybe even one more that you aren’t saying, “I don’t even wash my face at night.” In spite of all that I became a consultant and now I am retiring from work after 2 years in the business. I was actually very slow in moving up in this organization, there are LOTS of people who have done this way faster and way better than me. I still have a looooong way to go and a lot of women to help before I am finished. I am not saying that you will be able to retire in two years if you join me in the business but I am saying that you will never know what you are capable of doing until you try. EMAIL ME at fiftyisnotold@gmail.com and we can set up a time to talk. You have nothing to lose, talking is free, and you have EVERYTHING to gain.

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  1. Beautiful dress Tania and enjoy your new adventure onwards and upwards and have fun swimming with the mermaids 🧜🏼‍♀️ 😊

  2. kim granzella, Napa, California Reply

    Dear Tania,

    Anything new and different seems scary at first. I have a good feeling that everything is going to work out great in your new adventure. I seem to take forever to think things out over and over and then seem to talk myself out of it! I am working on this. You are inspiring and keep inspiring us out here in computer land! I feel the inspiration, and hope it makes me move towards an unfamiliar adventure too!

    Love the dress too! Mermaid it is!

  3. Your stylist did a great job and thanks for sharing!! You inspired me to try Trunk Club, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a perfect way to shop, especially when the closest mall is an hour or so way. That dress looks fabulous on you.

  4. I too am leaving my (lucrative) ) job for something closer to home with fewer hours after 17 years. Time is something we will never get back! But then again, so is money….. lol

  5. Carolyn Alver Reply

    Blue is your color!! Very pretty dress and it looks great on you.

  6. That dress fits you so nicely. I think sometimes it is hard to let go of something that you have been in charge of for years but I’m sure you did a good job of training the person that will be taking over your job or Joe wouldn’t be ready to let you go if he didn’t feel comfortable with the new gal yet. So embrace this last full week of work and look forward to what is ahead. It will get easier to accept the change.

  7. Terrific dress! Scary but exciting to move on to new adventures when financial security is involved but look what you have achieved so far! The sky is the limit for you!! Go for it!

  8. I retired from teaching in June and I’m still scared about the future. I had a friend that gave me some great advice. She said,”Make the decision and then don’t look back.” This is hard for me to do when I start thinking over the students and friends and income that I had only a few months ago. But, I try to remember her words and look to the future. I’m not old, I’m in good health and I have a great husband and family. How can it go wrong??? Hahaha Best Wishes to you and your future. (Great dress today!)

  9. a vanderven Reply

    Love this dress on you

    You are starting a new adventure, scary, but you will do fine, go for it, nothing ventured nothing gained.

  10. Love your mermaid dress, that was my first thought when I saw the dress!

  11. Tahari is one of my favorite brands and THIS dress is gorgeous on you! Congratulations on your career move! I’m so proud for you!

  12. Charlcy L Green Reply

    Tania, I am SO proud of you!! You give me such inspiration! You are an amazing take-charge person who has had a successful career managing your husband’s business all these years, while selling Plunder & Rodan & Fields! WHO could do all that while being a perfect Neenee too!? AND NOW YOU ARE RETIRING to spend all your time & talents on those two businesses in which you have already accomplished leaps & bounds over most of us & proved you can do anything! You WILL succeed at this too & you’ve already made alot of money doing so. Isaiah 41:10 SO do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    And I LOVE that cute, cute dress! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  13. Beautiful dress and so flattering on you. Best wishes for your future and embrace the time that is now your own.

  14. Love, Love, Love! This dress looks better on you than on the model when I looked it up!

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