50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40I have to tell you ladies that I am truly loving this weeklong giveaway that I am doing. I loved reading about your “person” on this post and I loved hearing on this post, what you are now good at that you weren’t good at when you first tried. Some of you mentioned that you didn’t think you were really good at anything. I understand where you are coming from because I have never considered myself really fantastic at any one thing. I have always been able to do most things adequately but nothing that was what I would consider fantastic.50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40 In looking at these photos though, it made me realize that I have gotten better at posing and having my picture taken. You might not consider that a great feat but this is the same girl that would throw her hand in front of her face every time someone would come around with a camera. Crazy to think that I now take my pictures daily AND then I upload them to the internet for anyone in the world to see. WHAT??? So, while you are thinking that you are just mediocre at something, you never know where that one talent could lead you. Just keep trying, failing, and trying again until you feel comfortable. I am trying to master public speaking. I still suck at it right now but I am at least better than I was a couple of years ago. I am making progress and that is all that I can hope for. I am continuing to move forward, one foot in front of the other, and not staying stagnant. Life is too short to just be on auto-pilot. Come on gurls, start living life and trying new and exciting things!50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40 This is an old dress that I have had for a couple of years. I bought this from a little boutique in the town next door. I looked inside the dress to try and see who was the brand but there was nothing on it at all. I wore this for the first time back in March of 2016 (here) and I can’t believe the difference that a couple of years have made. My style has changed, my hair has changed, my skin has changed, and you can see my confidence level has changed. Polka Dots is a pattern that I gravitate towards, the pattern just seems happy to me. Maybe I associate it with bubbles or balloons. This dress has pockets, which I love, and it is a swing dress style which I also love. I did my best to try and find you some “similar” dresses to look at below. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the website.


50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40I am wearing a circle vintage necklace with rhinestones. I love how it is the same circle as in the dress pattern but that is not why I wore it. When you reach the top of the pay grade with Rodan + Fields they give you a diamond necklace that is even bigger than the one that I have on. I really believe in symbolism which is why I have a keychain from R+F to remind me that I am striving to earn a Lexus car. This circle necklace is now my reminder of how far I still have to go with this company and to strive to continue to work hard to accomplish my goals. I also am wearing the Nola earrings that are pearl studs that are 1.35″ big. The bracelet is the Torilyn and it has multiple rows of pearls and a magnetic closure. I have been celebrating my 3 year blog anniversary by offering a free piece of jewelry with every 50.00 purchase (excluding taxes and shipping) for this entire month! Go here and have fun shopping! Make sure that you pick a party with my name in it so that I can track the purchases. You will love the new fall collection! I placed an order while I was in New Orleans and I can’t wait for it to arrive.50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40 How about a pop of color with the navy blue dress? Hot pink looks amazing with this outfit so I went with my pumps by Charles David. These were a pair that I think I paid 5.00 for because they had a stain on them. Joe and I Googled how to get rid of a stain on suede and I got it out. Yay!!! These are the cutest 5.00 shoes EVER! Good luck finding your own 5.00 pumps but until then, here are some cute ones to choose from.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40I also added my hot pink leather handbag that is by Vera Bradley. I have never been a huge fan of the patterned handbags by Vera Bradley, although I do like the patterned totes and other type bags. I grabbed this handbag as soon as I saw it even though I didn’t think that I would carry it very often. Boy, was I wrong!!! I carried this all the time and have started carrying it here lately getting ready for October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ACCESSORIZE WITH A POP OF COLOR | FASHION OVER 40When I was at the R+F convention I got to listen to several speakers from several different companies. Kat Cole with Focus Brands was amazing but it was James Coulter with TPG that really got my attention. When James Coulter – an American billionaire investment manager and the co-founder of a private equity firm TPG Capital – compares RF’s growth to Amazon, Salesforce, Under Armor, Netflix and Lululemon you know you’re partnered with a disruptor brand. His time is valuable so he only sits on THREE company boards! Know who one of the 3 is?Rodan + Fields!!! Success follows success. I am so thankful that the doctors, Katie and Kathy, allowed me to be a part of their 2nd billion dollar brand! We have just scratched the surface!

Yesterday, I noticed several of you mentioned your job or where you work. When you first start out at any job there is usually a learning curve involved. It might only take a week or so to catch on or it might take months to get in the swing of things. To be entered into this weeks giveaway simply comment about your job. It can be a stay-at-home mom or that you are now a retired teacher. It doesn’t matter what the job is just as long as you leave a comment. Don’t forget, if you are not a subscriber for the daily email please enter your email in the box that says Subscribe To Blog Via Email and then watch for the confirmation email to come through. If you don’t see the confirmation email right away be sure to look in the junk or spam folder. I don’t want you missing out on a single outfit or giveaway!

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81 Comments

  1. Carla Palmisano Reply

    Cute dress!! I own my own business and I work from home as a medical transcriptionist. I love my job!

  2. You look years younger in this pic Tania! You look gorgeous!
    I will be celebrating 20 years with my employer next month. I am currently the Asst. City Manager/City Clerk in my hometown where I have lived my entire life.

  3. Elsie Dennis Reply

    Stay-at-home grandmother providing love and taxi service for two busy grandkids. Volunteer secretary for parent booster club. Wanna-be fitness instructor.

  4. Hi there! My name is Patty and I am a Massage Therapist at a spa in Las Vegas. Thanks for everything you do to encourage us! I’m thinking of starting my own blog, just need to find my voice.

  5. I disagree, Tania, I think you are IMMENSELY brilliant at being able to tell stories and captivate the hearts of your readers. How else do you keep us coming back for more 🙂

  6. Newly retired 30 year stay-at-home mother of three grown children, my dog’s favorite human, my hubby’s empty nester companion and all around bestie, family historian/scrapbooker, craft addict and proud home remodeler. My college degree is in Elementary Education but my real job was being a mom. Best job ever!!

  7. Renee Bronson Reply

    I work in the marketing department for a architecture & engineering firm

  8. Empty nest mum and wife. Now retired and pushed by our daughter to step out of my comfort zone to become a blogger. Helped by your encouragement. Thank you 😚

    • You look so much younger and better than you did two years ago in this dress. Love the newer look.

  9. I work in finance, just counting the days to retirement. Outside of the daily grind, I’m a professional genealogist, blogger and newspaper columnist who also has a baking business the sells personalized cookies and cake pops for special events. I like to keep busy.😉

  10. 31 years as a student records clerk in special education. Love this look….you do look younger and fresher than 3 years ago 😊

  11. I am a business manager for a cosmetic company in a major department store. When I went back to work after my children were grown I wanted to do something I enjoyed. I can’t tell you how I am blessed daily meeting women from all walks of life. I truly believe all women are beautiful and I love reaffirming that message. You inspire me daily. Love your look today and the pop of pink.

  12. Retired and 75. Still work at my church 2 days a week. Love the pink with that dress!

  13. You were wearing this dress when I found your blog. I was searching for Easter dresses. I work in Wealth Management and love my job.

  14. Legal Assistant at Cleveland Clinic Foundation! Love it!
    Love your dress…I’m a huge fan of polka dots too! ❤️

  15. I’m with you Tania!! I have a navy polka dotted dress and two tops with the same pattern, one in black and one in blue! I absolutely love this outfit and you look so pretty and slim i might add!! I work for a wonderful Non-profit organization and at the end of this month I’ll will be at my job for 32 years!! I can’t believe how time has flown!!

    PS – Love the pop of hot pink!!

  16. Administratot of an Assisted Living taking care of the sweetest group of seniors ever!! Love it!

  17. Hi Tania.

    I am technically a stay-at-home Mom; however, I am never at home!🤣. I am the “cleaning lady” at my daughter’s school on Wednesday, I volunteer as “lunch lady” at her school on Fridays, I pet sit and house sit, I have a small Avon business, and do all of the things all of the stay-at-home moms are “supposed” to do…🤣🤣🤣

    I love reading your daily posts.😊

  18. I love the pink with the navy dress! My husband and I owned our own business for years and I was an assistant broadcast engineer. I have now retired and will be volunteering my time at a Christian non profit as a floor supervisor.

  19. Bdickes Designs Reply

    I work from home as a professional seamstress specializing in bridal. I make custom dresses and generational baptismal gowns (from family bridal gowns). Been at this 30years and love it!!

  20. Every day I am part of a team of women who help people who have fallen on hard times financially; whether its job loss, illness or maybe having been too helpful with family, these people need hope that a fresh start is available.

  21. For 45 years I worked in finance. I retired four years ago. Just over a year ago my husband and I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the foothills in California. I’ve been exploring our new area, joined a ladies bible study, walking group and gym. I now spend time traveling to visit my children and grandchildren.

  22. Maggie Fieger Reply

    I am a retired banker. I have always been pretty active in volunteer work but I do a lot more now. It’s good for me and if I can make my little corner of the world I’m happy. We do just have to keep tryfor more

  23. Retired and loving every single moment! Worked in architecture, developing and design. Thirty-five years! Still love to tuck mortar and help with the occasional interiors project!

    Now, I really enjoy my coffee and Miss Tania’s posts! ❤️

  24. I am a homemaker/farmers wife who helped farrow pigs until we retired from that and now I still help in the field with our crops. I am also an on-call grandma!! I liked the leggings with this dress back when you first wore it! Thank you for challenging us with the questions this week and making us think as some of us drink that first morning cup of coffee while reading your blog! I signed up for the newsletter but have not yet received any confirmation on that.

  25. I am a retired Kindergarten teacher and now a stay at home Nonni with my two grandchildren.

  26. Sherry Jackson Reply

    I love the polka dots & the hot pink accessories! You are a poster child for R & F skin care….your skin looks amazing!! I am co-owner of a small Electrical Contracting company, own several rental properties & we have a farm where we raise beef cows.

  27. I am a Branch Manager for a local bank have been there 20yrs I love your blog because I can get ideas on how to mix and match my clothing and accessories! love love your blog!!!!!

  28. Crystal Messick Reply

    I am the bookkeeper for a construction company. Been at this job for 17 years and before that I was a bank teller for 21 years.

  29. Tax Specialist and Office Manager with H&R Block
    (Come be a part-time tax preparer 🙂

  30. Elizabeth Frigmanski Reply

    I work for a charter school management company and process payroll for almost 6000 employees 🙂

  31. I am the smiling 👩‍✈️ flight attendant 32 years!
    Come on retirement!

  32. You look so good today. Totally different from previous post but shows how accessories can completely change a dress. I’m the office manager for 6 law firms my husband and I own. Crazy busy everyday but we love it.

  33. Susan Stancliff Reply

    I love this outfit! And those shoes are amazing. I have been in the ophthalmology and optometry field for many many years. I have done it all. Tech, insurance, manager, front office which is what I am currently doing. This is my wind down and out job. I love what I do and always have.

  34. Love the polka dot dress and pink. I’ve always loved that color combo. I am a legal assistant for a criminal defense attorney in Fernandina Beach, Florida. My very first job was as a receptionist at a law firm in Bowling Green, Kentucky when I was 17, fresh out of high school. You’re such an inspiration Tania! Thanks!

  35. I’m a fraud investigator of nearly 20 years. I spend much of my timing talking/interviewing victims and suspects. I love my job. Trust me it was difficult in the beginning, but I can say it is now something that gives me great joy!

  36. Victoria Elliott Reply

    Howdy! I am an assistant elections coordinator for our county. I will retire in 4 years! I struggle with self-esteem!! I try not to put myself down. But prayer has helped. I love polka dots! And that outfit looks great on you. Love navy blue and pink!

  37. I am a retired bank manager and love working with people who are in need of financial assistance through Social Services! Spend much of my time with my 4 grandchildren playing taxi and having fun! Love your latest look! You just look so much younger and more vibrant!

  38. Retired from office administration and starting a new adventure!! My husband and I just sold our home of 29 years, bought a 5th wheel and will be traveling across America!!! Totally out of my comfort zone but ready for anything!!

  39. My job used to be a software engineer doing product development, but I retired several years ago and then decided that I wanted to go back to school and study something totally different. So now my “job” is being a grad student studying theology. I’ll finish my degree soon, and can’t wait to figure out what my next job will be 🙂

  40. Lisa M Mencer Reply

    I’m an Executive Assistant for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma. We Save Lives!

  41. I own my own businesses. One is Creations by Celeste and I sew custom home decor. The other is Sew Much Fun where I teach sewing to others. I worked in a hospital for 20+ years and it feels so good to now be able to set my own hours plus I get to sew or share my love of sewing every day.

  42. I am retired from hospital administration, but still working as I own rental properties.

  43. I’m an accountant at an engineering/surveying firm and am the only female on staff!!

  44. I love the Vera Bradley bag and you look beautiful as always!! I’m recently retired and spending my time with family and working on getting healthier and taking better care of my home!

  45. I am a retired RN. I worked 42 years and found my niche as a clinic nurse the last 22 years. I loved my patients and loved taking care of them. It was hard to leave them when I retired. I am now taking care of my 88 year old mother. I love your blog and your fashion sense.

  46. Susan Vilardo Reply

    Former elementary music teacher for 14 years, and former director of church music for 22 years. Enjoy being a music “sub”everywhere and enjoy encouraging my wonderful grandchildren in all that they do. Also enjoy my Lulu dog!

  47. Laurie J Daniel Reply

    Engineering department at a local phone company. 16 years. I also take care of the “office cat”. She has me beat, she has been here 21 years.

  48. I’m a retired physician assistant. I looked back at the pictures showing the dress when you first styled it. The two aren’t even comparable! The confidence you now posses is beautiful on you!😘

  49. Customer service rep for a local utilities. I work with a great group of ladies. We try and have fun even when it can be grueling at times.

  50. Taught special ed for 27 years, retired sooner than planned and went with Plan B- Now an advocate in a law office. Totally different environment but great people! I’m enjoying this chance to learn new things and meet new people!

  51. Susan Radtke Reply

    Accountant. Although I am thinking of going back to school for social work

  52. Gayle Simister Reply

    I love my current job to end my career with. I have been here 5 years and have about another 3 to go until retirement! Greatest people in the world to work with and one of them is my husband of many years. I don’t have much time for social media but love your posts each day. It reminds me that I want to stay looking young as I get in retirement age! Thanks for what you do.

  53. I never thought that I would be good at teaching, but after going on a mission trip to Southeast Asia to teach English, Everyone thought I was a retired teacher! I even discovered that I lined to teach!

  54. Jill severe Reply

    I am a retired army officer and now a teacher! Lucky me to find two careers I am passionate about!😎

  55. Lee A mm Warriner Reply

    I am a high school exceptional education teacher. I have just begun my 36th year teaching!

  56. I recently retired on May 25th from teaching school for over 30 years. God knew it was time and now I’m helping take care of my elderly parents. It’s great to be retired.

  57. I worked as a legal secretary for over 30 years for the same attorney. I quit to work for my daughter after she started her own legal practice. I also babysit my two grandchildren a day or two a week and do some bookkeeping for my other daughter that is a dentist. I feel like I’m basically “on call” all the time.

  58. Charlcy L. Green Reply

    Very beautiful pictures today, and you do look much younger here than the last post w this dress! Yay, R & F! Those hot pink shoes and bag really set off that dress! Bur those beautiful green hills and mountains behind you are really beautiful backdrop! I worked for 44 yrs. as an Administrative Assistant! I’m so happy to be retired now!

  59. I am a stay-at-home Mom getting ready to start a new career now that my 4 children are grown and almost done with school. Your blog has been such a great inspiration for me. You are so funny and sweet. Thank you for sharing everyday!

  60. I teach English to adults in Austria. I am also the Director of Studies at our language school.

  61. Brenda Ferrell Reply

    I am a budget analyst with the Florida Department of Health and I am retiring in 3 months! 🎉 woohoo!

  62. I just retired after 32 years of being a city mail carrier. I loved my job-being so active and being able to work outside (not during the winter months though-LOL). I retired because I only want to work part time for a few more years before I completely retire from the work force. I agree with Angie C. that you look years younger in this current post. Keep it up!!

  63. Meredith Wiggins Reply

    I retired on the same day as you Tania!! I worked 45 years as an Office Manager for a large orthopaedic practice in central Florida. I also continue to be an Independent Stylist for Premier Designs Jewelry. This is my 13th year and I love jewelry too, as you do!!

  64. Hi, I’m a Care Giver for the Elderly – assisting seniors still living in their own homes. Its been 5years of awe imspiring stories of their history. Its been a great opportunity for me to give back – as I cant be there to support my own Mum, I can help support other Mums…xkx

  65. Cynthia Kendrick Reply

    I’m an industrial buyer and bid coordinator for a small woman owned business. I’ve been in this field and with this company for 25 years. However, my passion/ministry is cooking!

  66. I’m a Registered Nurse, retired after 29 satisfying, challenging years. Talk about a learning curve! As we are all unique and different, so was my career. I learned something new every, single day. I still miss it but it was time to move on and let the next group of nurses take over!

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