50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40Have you started to take down your Christmas tree yet? Some people take down their tree as soon as Christmas night rolls around. Then, there is another group who wait until New Year’s day to take down their Christmas tree. I usually fall into the second group because years ago  I heard somewhere that it was bad luck to take down your tree until New Year’s day. I am not sure what the reasoning was but I love the look of a tree, so I will leave it up as long as possible.50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40 My poor tree has been “up” for two years, so I think that I need to take it down this year finally. Lol! The poor thing has been knocked over numerous times and is missing several ornaments (broken during the falls), so it is starting to look pitiful. I love the tree, it is a champagne color, and I like it better without any ornaments for the soft glow that it puts out. But, I think that January 1st it will finally have to come down, I hope that I left it up long enough to not have any bad luck. Lol!50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40Have you ever heard that anything black is hard to photograph? You can’t see details in a photograph of black items. Today’s look is an example of what I would wear for a New Year’s Eve party. When I think of New Year’s Eve style, I think of wearing something with sparkle. This black lurex turtleneck has a beautiful metallic thread in it that gives a festive shimmer to the sweater. I adjusted the lighting of the photo to show you the sparkle in the top.50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40 I don’t have on a lot of jewelry since I opted to wear this metallic scarf. I bought this champagne/silver scarf at Cato Fashions, but I don’t see it on their website. There is a black and red one on their website, go here to see it. The jewelry that I did add is the Tessie earrings and a few bling magnetic bracelets. I layered several of the Pamela and Kayson bracelets in peach and gold rhinestones together for this effect. 50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40I loved these foiled medallion print pants when I first saw them a couple of weeks ago. They are comfortable and have a lot of stretch to them. I like that they are pull-on also which is fabulous since most of us might have eaten more than we need during the Christmas season. Lol! I ordered these online, but I ended up exchanging them for one size smaller. The smaller size now seems tight, so I must be in-between sizes, or maybe I ate a tad more fruitcake than I needed. Hopefully, I will lose a few pounds before New Year’s Eve so they will fit better.50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40 I wanted to make a toast to ring in the New Year, but I didn’t have any Champagne in the house. I don’t let the details stop me, so I added some watered down apple cider to my glass to make the toast. I try to pick a Word of the Year and this year I had two words that keep popping up. I guess that I will have WORDS of the Year this year. Lol! My words for 2019 are Growth and Caring. I can see lots of applications for these words, and I am bubbling with excitement for what is to come in 2019. I predict that it is going to be a great year!!!50 IS NOT OLD | NEW YEAR'S EVE STYLE | FASHION OVER 40 A New Year is the perfect time to think about what you would like to change for the better. There are a few things that I want to work on in the coming new year. Some of my goals are small, and some are HUGE, and that is the way I like it best. All of the small changes can end up creating huge differences. If you have been thinking of making a small change, such as taking better care of your skin, then let me know. If you are thinking of making a HUGE change such as starting a business of your own, then we need to talk. Either way, I am your girl, and I can get you started off on the right foot. I have a HUGE sign on bonus for anyone interested in the business. My email is fiftyisnotold@gmail.com

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  1. Happy Holidays Tania!!
    I was brought up where the tree had to be down before the New Year so we always make sure it’s down on New Year’s Eve.
    You made me laugh about your tree! I brought my Mother’s tree in ( she’s been gone for 12 yrs) and when I started putting it together the whole top 3rd was missing. Yes.. we lost part of the tree. I should say Hubby lost it because that’s his only job during the holidays! LOL!
    I absolutely love the pants and you look wonderful.
    I actually have some of the simplest goals for the New Year. I just want my family to be well, hubby actually goes through with Knee and Hip replacement surgery well. The biggest goal for this year for me is actually getting hubs to retire entirely! That one is just an up hill battle!

    • Tania Reply

      I love Christmas decorations so I hate taking them down. Of course, I hate putting them back up also so leaving the tree up works for me. Lol! Good luck with the hubs retirement. I remember a lady 30 years ago telling me that her husband was driving her crazy. She was having the hardest time adjusting to having him at the house all the time after he retired. Lol! Be careful what you wish for.

  2. You look fabulous and that is an ideal New Year’s Eve outfit. Your tree skirt is adorable. I haven’t settled on goals for the new year yet, the word or words for the year is quite appealing too.

    • Tania Reply

      I can’t remember where I got that tree skirt, it is several years old.

  3. Hi Tania. You look beautiful, as always.😊

    My mom has always told me it is “bad luck” to leave the tree up until New Year’s Day. I know several people that leave their tree up through the epiphany, including my mother-in-law. I sure wish I knew the answer because I certainly do not need any bad luck.😊😩😆😆😆

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Tania Reply

      Gina, maybe it is bad luck to go against what you “think” is correct. Lol!

  4. Tania, you look so thin and beautiful in this outfit! I don’t know about bad luck and trees and have left mine up in the past as long as the end of January. it is a pity we only leave out beautiful sparkly decorations up for a few weeks. this year my goal is new years day to take it down.

    • Tania Reply

      Mary, I usually would take my tree down sometime in January. However, the rains start around that time and my tree is stored in a building that you have to walk through soggy and muddy ground as long as it is raining. SO, I would put it off longer and longer because didn’t want to walk in the mud until I figured I might as well just leave it up.

  5. The Christmas tree should be down by the 12th night (12 days of Christmas) not sure how you count this but it is the 5th or 6th of January. As a family we start to take Christmas down any time from New Years Day. I love Christmas.

  6. As a Catholic, we were taught to keep Christmas decor up through January 6, Three Kings day, or also known as Little Christmas! The twelve days of Christmas is from the 25th of December through January 6.

  7. Btw, you look darling in your outfit! My goal for 2019 is to be more organized around the house! Happy New Year!

  8. I love your look today. One of your best ever. What did you do with your hair? It is pulled back. Looks really nice and festive. Thanks for all your tips. I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your blog daily. Best wishes for a happy healthy new year. Rory

  9. Michele Vaughan Reply

    Tania, I am a relatively new reader of your blog and just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed it! I share your style preferences, your practical approach to fashion ( with an occasional and well deserved splurge) and your willingness to share your perspectives on life and faith. My warmest wishes for a continued happy holiday. Looking forward to lots of blog excitement in 2019!

  10. I love everything about this. Your outfit, jewelry, hair even the champagne tree! It makes me want to go somewhere on New Years Eve. I hate to take my tree down just because after the hustle & bustle of Christmas I have time to sit and enjoy it.

  11. Tania, The pants are beautiful. Are they black and silver or black and gold? Thanks! Have a happy new year!


  12. You look so chic today. Gorgeous. And your hair looks very nice. That’s a perfect look for New Years Eve, if you have somewhere to go. My tree comes down Jan 1. I’d do it now but my kids like it up. Here’s to a new year filled with more interesting, funny and informative posts and a 2019 of only good things for you and yours.

  13. I love everything about this outfit. It looks wonderful on you! We always take our tree down before the New Year, as we were told that you don’t want to take any “bad vibes or mojo” into the New Year with you. It’s supposed to be a fresh start. Whatever you choose to do, I hope that you, Joe and your family have a Blessed, Safe and HAPPY New Year!

  14. I LOVE your outfit! I leave my tree up and decorations out until after Epiphany. The 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day and end on Epiphany (Three Kings Day). I don’t start decorating until Thanksgiving week (usually that weekend) and I take an Advent approach to decorating. I put the outside decorations up and the big tree up and put lights on it. I gradually start adding garland and ornaments to the tree during the next week. Over the next three weeks I decorate the rest of the house. I have everything complete by Christmas Eve. Then I enjoy it for the 12 days of Christmas! It also gives me a chance to use any new decorations/ornaments I receive as gifts. And, often, I will leave white lights or add white lights and some plain greenery after I’ve taken the tree and all the Christmas decorations down. I let the white lights stay out until sometime in Feb. I started this “tradition “ of incremental decorating when I taught school and was decorating not only my house but my classroom, helping decorate at church, and eventually helping decorate my parents house. I just didn’t have time to get it all done at once. So I began pulling out a box or two at a time. As far as choosing Epiphany – we lived in Germany for three years and I loved their tradition of celebrating the 12 days of Christmas. That coincided with my time off from school. The hustle and bustle was over and I could sit back, relax, and enjoy my time off. If I don’t have company staying with me I will begin packing up the extra bedrooms sooner. But the main living area stays decorated the longest. Happy New Year, everyone.

    • Tania Reply

      I love that you plan out the decorations and the packing up of the decorations also. It gives you some time to enjoy all of the celebrations!

  15. I love your outfit. Your tree is awesome. If my family would let me I would put one of those up in a heartbeat. Growing up, our tree was always up until New Year’s Day. I am a New Year’s Eve baby and always got the Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday gifts. As soon as I moved out my tree started coming down on Christmas night or maybe a day or two later but always down before my b day. When people ask me why I take my tree down so early I tell them I refuse to look at Christmas stuff on my birthday. My word for the new year will be health. I wish good health for everyone.

    • Tania Reply

      My son’s birthday is Dec. 30th so I know what you mean. I feel sorry for him because it seems like it gets overshadowed.

  16. At our house, the decorations don’t start to come down until after the feast of the Epiphany, or the twelfth day of Christmas Jan 6. It may take me two weeks to take it all down because I love the decorations. The fact that I have 4 full sized trees plus a bunch of smaller ones means it takes time to undo everything.
    Love the outfit by the way.

    • Tania Reply

      I had never heard of this tradition. I loved hearing about this and I am so glad that everyone shared this with me.

  17. Beautiful everything in this picture!!(Lol) You look gorgeous! May God Bless you more in 2019! Tania you are the best and your positive attitude is always inspiring to me and all your readers!!!Thanks for being so kind in the’words’you text everyday in your blog!!!!

  18. Beautiful everything in this picture! (Lol)You look gorgeous!!!May God Bless you more in 2019!! You are the best!! Your positive attitude is inspiring to me and to all your readers!! Thanks for using kind’words’in your blog everyday!! 😊🤗🙏❤️

  19. Oh, Tania, you look AMAZING! Love your outfit, your tree and tree skirt! Very elegant! I ❤️Your hair! Shows off your beautiful face and flawless skin.

    I’m going to pretend you’re at my birthday dinner, this evening, I’m saving your chair right by my side! I’m 60, today! I’m SO grateful and EXCITED!

    I ❤️ You, Tania! XOXO

  20. Charlcy Green Reply

    Very classy, sexy outfit! Perfect for New Years Eve! Cute tree too. You’re not the only one I know who leaves their tree up.

  21. Love Love Love this outfit! Chic, & classy! I learned so much from everyone’s comments on the tree. Thank you ladies for enlighting me !

  22. Melesa Garrison Reply

    You look so beautiful and festive!
    Maybe I’ve been doing it wrong all along, but my decorations always get put away before New Year’s Day. I heard many years ago to not let the old come in with the new. Either way, I am blessed! I really didn’t decorate this year. I put up a snowman, my nativity scene and a table tree, oh and a wreath on the door. I’ll be done in 5 minutes 😂

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