50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40Sunday was one of those days that I will remember for a long, long time. It was practically perfect in every way! We went to church, Joe, Ashleigh, Emersyn, and I and the children in the church were putting on their Christmas play. Watching them perform and sing their little hearts out was truly a blessing. We asked Emersyn if she wanted to be in the play next year but she shook her head no. She said that she didn’t want to get up on the stage in front of everyone. Her father was like that when he was growing up also and that is why I have a Christmas picture of him from the back. He refused to turn around so the photographer could take his picture. Lol!50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40 We went to eat after church and then we came back home and that is when we got out the things to make a gingerbread house. The house was already assembled so all that was left to do was the decorating. Emersyn was excited to decorate but she kept yawning. “Nee Nee, I need to rest my eyes for a few minutes before we can start” was what she told me. She “rested” her eyes for about an hour and then it was on to the decorating. She changed out of her church clothes and put on some play clothes. But, she was afraid that she would get them dirty so she put on her coat and refused to take it off. Lol! She and Ashleigh had the best time applying the icing, the sprinkles and even making a tree out of fondant. It would appear that Joe and I are not the only ones tickled that Ashleigh is back home.
50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 4050 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 4050 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40We haven’t made a gingerbread house in probably fifteen years. We really had a great time putting it together and of course, eating a little of the candy along the way. Lol!50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40 This is the last of my Holiday outfits. I wanted to end this series with a bright color and this sweater was a perfect choice. Red is festive and the large cowl neck gives the sweater a lot of visual interest. The neckline can be worn off the shoulder or like I am wearing in this post. The top is feminine and comfortable and machine washable. I like clothing to be something that I can wear and not something that I have to baby. I originally ordered a large but it was too big for me, this one is a medium and it fits much better. The sweater is c/o Cato Fashions (here) and since the poncho that I styled here sold out after I posted it on the blog (yes, I am taking credit for that, lol!) you don’t want to wait too long to place your order. 50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40I am wearing the Gentry large pearl hoop earrings again with today’s look. I love these earrings and you will probably be seeing me wear them a lot in the future. I added the delicate Pearl necklace which can be worn long like I am today, or it can be doubled and worn shorter. I wanted to add a small amount of green to my look without looking too cartoonish, so I added the Chanel ring which features flowers set in acrylic. And, I finished up my jewelry by stacking the Lelani lark link bracelet and the Mary Ellen gold tassel bracelet. Plunder Design jewelry is very well made and very affordable which is why I love their items. I can splurge on myself and not feel guilty at all. Lol! To place an order, just go here, hit the shop button, pick a party with my name in it, and have fun looking at all of the beautiful jewelry. 50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40I added a dark rinse pair of jeans to the look to make the red “pop” and then I added the Chili Pepper red Mary Jane shoes c/o Cato Fashions. I won’t be wearing these shoes for every day but I will be wearing them out to dinner, to church, or for special occasions. Their price makes this affordable and not wasteful. I ordered my normal size and they fit great.

50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS | FASHION OVER 40Do you have a favorite Christmas memory to share? A favorite Christmas present, a favorite tradition, or a favorite and prized decoration? What is that one memory that you know you will remember for the rest of your life?

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  1. Red is my go to colour. It is bold, sexy and says “I am here”. Also it’s a wonderful cheerful colour for the winter season. I have a beautiful red wool coat my mum bought me in the 1980’s which I had hoped to be able to wear this winter but have not lost quite enough weight for it to be comfortable. So look out 2019 this time next year you will be worn again.

    • Tania Reply

      I never used to wear red because it is so bold. I was afraid that someone might “look” at me. Lol! I hope you will share a picture of you in your Mom’s coat with everyone. That is an exciting goal.

  2. A beautiful, never fail look with the shoes being the cherry on top!

    My favourite memory is gathering around to hear my father reading ’twas the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve. Lights were low and the Christmas tree sparkled and glowed in the night. We were so excited and that was back in the day when presents and treats were simple and precious. I’ve never stopped making Christmas special and a miniature copy of that book hangs on my tree as an ornament.

    • Tania Reply

      I love that memory. We had a tradition that involved Joe’s mother. But, after she passed away, we don’t have a new tradition and we need one badly.

  3. Love your outfit and the sharing of your decorating the gingerbread house! One of our favorite traditions is going Christmas Caroling with a group of friends from church, we have been doing it for 33 years! My youngest daughter was too little to walk and so we had her and a couple of friends kiddos in reg wagons that we pulled along the way. Now some of those who were “wagon riders’ now have little ones in the wagons! And another favorite is baking Christmas cookies, we don’t do anything fancy, but have a favorite cutout cookie that everyone loves to make and eat. Merry Christmas to all!

    • Tania Reply

      I have always wanted to go Christmas Caroling but there has never been an opportunity presented to me. I think that sounds so fun!

  4. Karen Miller Reply

    I love everything about this outfit! I would wear it in a heartbeat! One of my favorite memories is making homemade chocolate candy! We have been making it for 35+ years! Our family and friends look forward to it every year. We just lost my mom in October, so the candy didn’t get made this year. But I did make toffee (my favorite!). Hopefully next year, dad and I can continue our tradition!

    • Tania Reply

      We had a tradition that involved Joe’s mom and we have had a hard time coming up with a new tradition since she passed away. I love that your dad could continue the candy making.

  5. What fun…..decorating a gingerbread house!! Another stunner on you, Tania! You look radiant.

  6. That day will be a special memory for all of you. The photo of Emersyn (her hair is getting so long and she is SO pretty and Ashleigh is precious! The ginger bread house turned out great. I purchased that sweater from Cato and love it. I get emails from Cato and a nice thing is you can order online have it delivered to your store and no shipping! If there is a problem you can exchange it there also! I enjoy looking at clothes online but will not order because of the return hassle, Old Navy and Cato being the exception. Have a great Christmas with Ashleigh home. Cherish every moment!

    • Tania Reply

      I have things sent to my store a lot. In fact, I have a pair of “New Year’s Eve” pants there that I need to go and pick up!

  7. Catos only has large and xl left in the red sweater. It is beautiful. Everything you pit on your blog sales out fast.
    Thanks for the beautiful holiday outfit ideas.

    • Tania Reply

      Goodness! I looked last night before I posted and they had every size available.

    • Tania Reply

      It was pretty awesome. Just wait until you read tomorrow’s blog. I had another grand adventure that I can’t wait to tell everyone about.

  8. You look great! Red is definitely your color! Would you please share your lipstick color? It looks like the perfect red! Thanks!

    • Tania Reply

      Lori, I combine lipsticks a lot to get different colors. I took a bright red lip liner from Urban Decay and then colored my entire lip, not just the outer line. Then I went over that with Brilliant Bourdeau from Revlon (I think) in a lip stain.

  9. Making dough ornaments with my mother and soon to be husband 25 years ago! My mother was an artist so we have these beautiful ornaments still ❤️

  10. Annette Harrison Reply

    My favorite family tradition started in 1946 when I was 2 Years old. My Family lit a candle for 1 hour while we opened presents and we have continued that tradition with the same candle every since then. My Mother died in 1981 & my Dad died in 1995 and I inherited the tradition. I actually still burn the same candle, although there is not a whole lot left of it. My 2 children started their own tradition with burning a candle In their homes.

  11. Red is your color! You look great. And those shoes are perfect. I don’t usually wear much jewelry but I really like the earrings and necklace. My best memories of Christmas are when I was very young and having Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house with our entire extended family. Everyone came in for that. Delicious dinner, adults convincing us kids that Santa was on the roof and singing Christmas carols together. I don’t remember the gifts just my family and it was so fun.

  12. Charlcy L Green Reply

    All of our Christmases were special cause Mama & Daddy really spoiled us on that day! And we always read the Christmas Story in the Bible first! But that year I was 14 & I’d wanted a horse my whole life. My Daddy bought us a beautiful palomino mare complete w/all the tack & left the saddle & bridle in the living room as if from Santa. When I ran outside afterwards I knew my dreams had come true! It was fantastic! Not to mention that Mama always made a huge Christmas breakfast of homemade sweet rolls, eggs & bacon and we’d eat before the fire in fireplace. It was magical!

    I love dressing for Christmas and have enjoyed all your holiday outfits! Those shoes are fabulous!

  13. Fabulous red outfit and that beautiful animal print clutch takes it to the next level! Such sweet Christmas memories Emersyn will have with her for the rest of her life, decorating gingerbread houses with Aunt Ashleigh. The photos are precious!

  14. It’s all about making memories!! That red on you looks fantastic, it’s so festive!! 💕 the outfit Tania!!

    • Tania Reply

      I agree, Carol. I loved making memories with my daughter and seeing my grandchildren’s face when they met the puppy was priceless.

    • Tania Reply

      Sue, I use two regimens. I use Reverse in the morning and Redefine at night. If I am out of one of them, then I use whatever I have morning and night. When I first started, I started with Reverse to work on my sun damage and then added the Redefine regimen later to work on my fine lines and wrinkles. Just email me if you would like to talk about what would be best for you.

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