50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40Do you remember the days of the barter system? I don’t remember them myself, but there is a theatre close by me that is named the Barter Theatre. Back in the depression era, folks couldn’t pay for the tickets to watch a play and the actors were out of work. Someone came up with the idea of the actors performing and the patrons paying for their tickets with goods such as vegetables and produce. The Barter Theatre is the oldest professional theatre in the nation, and it is located in Abingdon,  Virginia.50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40 I thought of that because Joe was sitting at his computer last night and he asked me, “how much are those blue pills?” Huh? When a man asks about little blue pills, it normally does not bring Rodan + Fields to mind. I said, “what are you talking about?” He then told me that he owed this lady in town some money for a product that she had picked up for him, and he asked her how much he owed. She told him that he could pay her by giving her “the blue pills.” Lol!!! She was referring to the Intensive Renewing Serum from R+F. Hahaha! I have to admit, that was a first for me. I gave him a jar of the capsules, and she is now a very happy camper. 50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40I really like this black and red plaid cardigan from Old Navy. I have had it for a while, and have worn it several times, but I am just now posting it on the blog. I like the design but I also like the pairing of black and red together. I wear these two colors together a lot so this spoke to me. It also reminded me of the buffalo plaid craze that is everywhere this year without looking like a lumberjack. The open front style is easy to wear because you don’t have to worry about the buttons pulling or bulging. Plus, the look helps you to look thinner since you are only seeing a sliver of black showing bringing your eye in toward the middle.50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40 I added the Kamryn earrings which are delicately beaded balls that are a 2.75″ drop. The Tawny black cross bracelet matched the earrings perfectly. The bracelet is on elastic so you don’t have to worry about a closure. The beautiful ruby red crystal Dottie necklace is perfect for Christmas. I was skeptical about ordering this necklace but I immediately loved it once I saw it. The necklace is adjustable from 20.5 to 23.5.50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40 Does everyone own a pair of black boots? If anyone answered, no, then pay close attention… You NEED a pair of black boots! I don’t care if they are flats, wedges, or high heels, and I don’t care if they are an ankle, a knee, or an over the knee boot, but you need one of them.


50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40The black jeans that I have on today are a pair that I could wear daily and I could even sleep in them. They are Curves 360 by NYDJ, a brand that I have come to LOVE. I am a cheapo when it comes to most clothing, so for me to pay over 50.00 for a pair of jeans means that they have to be specials. This brand is special! These are flattering but they do tend to stretch as you wear them so you might want to size down. I am wearing a size 8 and I normally wear a size 10.50 IS NOT OLD | A MUST HAVE FOR WINTER | FASHION OVER 40 I had a wonderful conversation today with a lovely lady via Facebook messenger. She and I were talking about my Rodan + Fields business and she said, “You make people want to be a part of it, and your sincerity shows. It shows in your enthusiasm, smile and beautiful skin! Keep on doing what you are doing Tania Stephens! You will make it to the top.” 😊 I was honored by her message and I can tell you tonight that when I think back on the day and think of three things that I am grateful for (a new nightly practice) this message and her friendship will be on my list!

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15 Comments

  1. Good morning, Tania! You are SO cute! Your outfit is elegantly casual! Love your cardigan! Long, lean and I’m green with envy! LOL!

    Thank you for ALL your hair tutorials. My hair stylist took a look and he’s got it! I just love my stacked lob! Get tons of compliments! Now, can I borrow about six inches in height? 😘

    • Tania Reply

      Yay! I am so glad that you got the hairstyle that you wanted. I have found that taking a photo to your hairdresser is the best thing to do.

  2. The “Blue Pill” I love it. That is so funny and anytime someone says those words that is exactly what I think also. Joe is funny, I love the cardigan.

    • Tania Reply

      I couldn’t help but laugh when he told me that she wanted the blue pills. It also reminded me of the movie, The Matrix. Do you want the blue pill or the red pill? Lol!

  3. I love red and black too and bought that Old Navy sweater as well. You have reminded me that I’ve yet to wear it! I have 2 pair of black knee boots, slouch boots that are mid calf and 2 pair of black booties. I agree, every lady needs black boots in their closet!

    • Tania Reply

      Get the sweater out, Mary. Today is a good day to wear it.

  4. Charlcy L. Green Reply

    That is one of your funniest stories yet about Joe and his blue pills! And what a sweet compliment and encouragement from your R& F supporter! You have worked very hard and are so successful at everything you do! And I think that outfit is so flattering and I love the cardugan! And who doesnt want pants that you have to size down!

    • Tania Reply

      I thought the story was pretty funny, too. Lol! You will love those pants.

  5. Love your outfit today. I love red and black together. I have been to the Barter Theatre several times to see shows. Love it there.

    • Tania Reply

      I have never been to a play at the Barter, I need to go.

  6. OOOOOOH NICE. I f I was local I would be getting that cardigan. It is ideal to wear over the sleeveless dress I am wearing on Christmas day. My original choice of dress is now up for sale having only worn twice. Since July I have lost 21lbs and my clothes are getting too big for me 🙂

  7. I have realized in the last couple of weeks how I DO need a pair of black boots! They would work with all my leggings, of course, but also due to the cooler temperatures and rain we’ve had lately I have opted out of wearing a few dresses because I didn’t have boots to wear with them. I just haven’t had time to go shopping for a pair. I love the idea of bartering. I think we should do it more often.

  8. Good Morning Tania,
    You look beautiful in your red and black outfit. I wanted to give you a little info in the NYDJ brand. I too love this brand. They are a brand that always recommends you size down one from your normal size. P.S. They are new to QVC. Have a wonderful day.

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks so much, Cathy! I had no idea that NYDJ is now available on QVC.

  9. You look beautiful, as always. I have that red cardigan and wore it with all black recently. 😊

    Love the blue pills story!🤣🤣🤣

    Keep on doing what you are doing. The words were/are the truth.😊

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