50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40If you are not a weekly subscriber to my Saturday newsletter then you missed out on my big news. Just another reason why you want to subscribe to that, you don’t want to be missing out on big news and extra photos. Sooooo, my news is that my Alaska Ashleigh is coming home. I don’t know how long that she will be staying but it will be for at least the rest of the winter!!! She might divide her time between my moms and my sister’s houses but that is still way better than being all the way in Alaska. She will make her decision on what she is going to do once the first of the year rolls back around, or that is at least the plan.50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40AND, there is even bigger news! I “might” be going to meet her in Seattle and driving with her across the country. WHAT??? This is a trip of a lifetime and definitely something to mark off of a bucket list. This is outside of my comfort zone! Two women traveling by themselves across the country is not the smartest thing that I have ever done. Joe is worried about the blog. He wanted to know if I would be able to style outfits, have wifi, or would this be too much for me? I am already starting to think about different posts that I might do. Maybe one of making ????? outfits with a small amount of clothing. Or, maybe one on how to pack for a long trip in a small suitcase. If you have suggestions be sure to let me know. I am excited at the thought and terrified at the thought all at the same time. Right now I am already fighting with my daughter who wants to buy a dog along the way home. NO!!!! 50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40There are certain patterns that will always be in style. Stripes, florals, plaid, animal prints, and polka dots are classic patterns that will be around for a L O N G time. There might be a trend, such as a funky sleeve or a high/low hemline, that might make the clothing item a trendy item instead of a classic item. But, if you pick a classic pattern and a classic style, then you can keep your clothing item for years and it still is just as relevant as the day you purchased it. The shirtdress is also a classic style. The shirtdress is extremely versatile and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40I added another classic to the look, pearls, but with a trendier statement. The Chantilly necklace is a cluster of teardrop shaped pearls on a gold chain and it is adjustable up to 33.75″ long. I added the Gentry earrings which are on the trendier side also. If I had added the Lena earrings and the Alicia necklace, then it would have been more toward a classic style. Accessories can really change the look of an outfit. 50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40Because I was adding trendier jewelry items to the look, I also added a trendier style shoe. The lucite heeled shoes are all the rage right now. I love the look but the pair that I have on is just a tiny bit too tall for even me. I wish that I had sent them back and got one of the ones that I am linking to below.

50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40I have on a Treasure & Bond midi shirtdress that I got in my last Trunk Club shipment. I love the long and lean look of this dress. Lucy Lu didn’t seem near as impressed. Lol! If you are interested in Trunk Club then go here to sign up and check it out. 50 IS NOT OLD | CLASSIC STRIPED SHIRTDRESS | FASHION OVER 40I made a video and published it on Saturday’s post about my morning skincare routine. That is how “I” do the routine but that does not mean that it is the perfect or only way to use these products. I also get asked a lot about products that I use, other than a full regimen. My Energizer Bunny Friend and I just did a list of our favorite products, so here you go:

  • Lash Boost – I LOVE having lashes for the first time in my life!!!!
  • Active Hydration Serum – This product is perfect for ALL skin types, even those who are sensitive or acne prone. Will infuse up to 200% hydration with the first use. For the neck up.
  • Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream – Say goodbye to crows feet! Warning……can be addicting. LOL!
  • Intensive Renewing Serum – If you can only use ONE product for anti-aging, then this needs to be the one!
  • Active Hydration Body Replenish – Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking Active Hydration and making it for the rest of the body.
  • Redefine AMP MD System – Combines the Intensive Renewing Serum with the RF Derma Roller to help you achieve firmer looking skin.

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  1. Wow! You look super stunning in this dress. It is very flattering. A while ago you said you were trying to loose a little weight. If so in this dress it certainly shows.

    • Tania Reply

      I had been losing weight until I went to New Orleans. After I got back I just can’t seem to get back in the groove. I feel the weight creeping back on.

  2. Katy Crannell Reply

    I had many adventures traveling the country with a dog..go ahead and let your daughter get one!

    • Tania Reply

      She already has a cat and her job has her being away from her house for months at a time. She doesn’t need something that she wouldn’t be able to take care of.

  3. A cross country car trip sounds fantastic!! But what about you being on call for jury duty?

    • Tania Reply

      I have put in for a partial excuse for vacation time. I am hopeful that they will accept that. I don’t want her traveling across country by herself.

  4. Love the shirt dress! Go for the trip across the country. My brother & his wife drove from Ohio to Seattle and back again in July. They LOVED it! Take your time and see all of God’s beautiful creations along the way. I have visions of Oprah and Gayle on their trip across the country. I know you and Ashleigh will get along much better than they did, so go for it gurl!

    • Tania Reply

      I think it sounds like fun, too! The problem will be getting her to not stop at everything along the way. Lol! She loves to explore.

  5. Lori Duncan Reply

    Yay for a road trip! One of the best things about road trips is finding boutiques and fun little shops along the way! You can show us what you find from different parts of the country! 🇺🇸

    • Tania Reply

      I think that we are going to be traveling back home on the southern route instead of the northern route. I need to see what all there is to explore along that route.

  6. Nancy Gaddy Reply

    Go on the road trip!!! It will be an adventure of a lifetime that you will never regret. It’s actually on my bucket list! You could blog about interesting places, small boutiques, great food places and people you meet along the way. Go and take us along with you through your blog!

  7. Oh go ahead and make that drive! But don’t buy a dog, go by the rescue places, they have vetted the dogs and know a lot about their personalities plus they are so grateful to have a home! I have 3 rescues plus my sister has 8! So we know a little something! Lol! And the memories you make with your daughter are priceless! Go for it!

  8. DO IT! You only live once and it would be so great to make those memories with your daughter!! Just carefully plan out your route, as this time of year the weather can be squirrelly!! I agree about not getting a dog for the trip back. it will limit you on the hotels you’ll be able to stay at.
    Although this outfit looks comfy, I am not a fan of the pattern. It reminds me of jammies!! Sorry! I have to be truthful!
    Can’t wait to read the Adventures of Tania and Ashleigh!!

  9. Stephanie McManus Reply

    I like to make a mid-day stop each day when traveling across country. I look for a smallish town with a local coffee shop (WiFi). You could look for a boutique where you could find an outfit to style.

  10. How many days would you plan to make the trip back home? Good luck on the jury duty as my hubby got called to serve this past spring and they would NOT let him off when he told them we were farmers and it was right during our crop planting season and crops are our main source of income. I agree that she should wait til you get home to get the dog so you don’t have to worry about it when you are sight-seeing, eating, hotels, ect. I think it would be fun for you to blog about your daily adventures and include a couple photos of you and your daughter during that day or of the area you are in. And…I like the dress, looks comfy for Fall.

  11. You are SO beautiful in your stripes and lucite! I’m SO happy your little girl is coming home even if it’s just for a little while! ❤️ I miss my son, every day! You’re a VERY lucky Momma! A HOT MOMMA, too! 🔥😃😘

  12. The cross country trip sounds great! However, I agree about not buying a dog along the way. It just wouldn’t be fair to him/her. Would anyone enjoy being cooped up in a car with strangers that don’t know your language nor you theirs? And as Carol mentioned your choice of pet-friendly hotels will be very limited.

  13. Having just returned from a 10 day trip, most days day tripping, would LOVE to see a piece on comfortable travel wear, while still looking spiffy enough for lunch or dinner ‘on the road’. Love your blog everyday. Thank you

  14. Drive, yes; dog, NO!!! I helped my daughter move from Seattle to CO a few years ago; it was SO much fun. MAKE THOSE STOPS, every single one of them! Post pix of your trip; it doesn’t always have to be about fashion. Besides, you’ll still dress cute on the road (we KNOW you!! 😉

  15. So pretty and you look so tall. Cool shoes too. Very chic today. What a trip for you and your daughter to make. And all the memories you’ll have from it. How to travel with say 10 pieces of clothing but have different looks would be fun idea while traveling. Just ordered more body replenish cream. Love that stuff.

    • Charlcy Green Reply

      Ooh, I am so excited for you about Ashleigh coming home and especially the mom/daughter road trip! And I’m so jealous! That will be such a blast and so precious to have that much time together! Can’t wait to see the blog from the road! Love that dress and shoes too!

  16. Tania, I did a road trip with my daughter from California to Nashville. She had to go to Nashville for 6 weeks as part of her Master’s program. I stayed with her for the 6 weeks, then I drove from Nashville to Arkansas and Oklahoma, visiting family along the way. (She flew home after the 6 weeks). My husband flew to Tulsa and met up with me there. We then had a great road trip together, taking in two presidential libraries and a baseball game in Denver! Take the trip with your daughter, you won’t regret it—but no dog!!!

  17. How do I sign up for your Saturday newsletter? I didn’t see a link for that.

    • Tania Reply

      Delores, I just went in and manually inputted you. You should receive one next Saturday.

  18. I am going to be traveling cross country with my daughter ( 26) from Portland Oregon to St. Louis, MO with a dog!
    She is coming home though , so it will all be worth it. We are going to take our time and enjoy our time together ( lol)

  19. My daughter-in-law, grandson, & I drove to Texas for my niece’s wedding. (He was ringbearer.) We drove directly there but vacationed coming back. Went to a couple caves, explored the Bass Pro pyramid, Slave Haven, The Ark, & Creation Museum; ate at some nice restaurants that we don’t have in PA & OH; tracked down cotton & tobacco fields (don’t have them up here). My daughter-in-law didn’t hesitate to do spur of the moment things. We added 9 more states for my grandson’s list of where he has been. He gets a state flag for every state he sees.
    You & Ashleigh will have a wonderful time exploring. I’ll love seeing & hearing all the nifty places you see. You can let us know all about packing & what clothes you take & get new outfits on the way!
    No dog though. I love dogs but a trip like that doesn’t seem like a good way to bond with a new dog. And limits where you stay & what you can visit. (my opinion.)
    Have fun & be safe.

  20. Tomorrow my son and his girlfriend are driving a rental truck from NV to NJ with a 1 year old large lab. They were going to tow a car with a trailer too, but my husband stepped in and paid for her car to be shipped separately, specifically because of the dog. While they’ve stocked up on food and chew toys, I’m going to buy some calming treats and a soft mat for their dog to prevent his paws from damaging the seats. I remember when my brother drove someone else’s Cadillac cross country and on the last day he hadn’t noticed that his dog chewed through the white leather seats in the back. Can’t say what happened to the dog or the seats, but I just know you gotta be prepared for anything.

  21. Jayne Finkbohner Reply

    Absolutely love this dress on you. You look amazing but this dress just accentuates your slim profile. Just a great line on the body. Shoes are so stinking cute but can’t wear that high of heels.
    Congratulations on your daughter coming home and your road trip. Nothing as fun as time spent with grown daughters. Can’t wait to read about your journey!

  22. Janice Wehmann Reply

    I have been asking you for awhile to do a piece on under garments. What to wear under to smooth the lumps and bumps. Please.

  23. Those shoes are stunning! You wear the shirt dress well! Maybe blog on traveling clothes. Your daughter should foster a dog and only if she has the time. I work PT and I’m off on Fridays so I help friends that work full time take care of pets. Blessings!

  24. Melesa Garrison Reply

    How exciting! I would love a road trip with my girls. You girls will have so many fond memories of this adventure. I agree with Jeannie that it would not be fun with a (new) dog for sure. The poor thing won’t even know you yet, and like you said if your daughter is away for long periods of time, you know who will end up with the dog.

  25. I have tried to subscribe to the Saturday things 3 times – since you first mentioned it. It hasn’t worked, for some reason.

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