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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory and beige windowpane sweater, a large statement necklace, and flare jeans by SPANX,

I’ve been going over the survey and getting all of the information together. I’ll share all of that with you tomorrow, but some of the comments were so funny. Someone put (I can’t see who says what, so don’t be afraid to write something down) that I needed to get a manicure and pedicure more often. LOL! You will be happy to know that I’m going to have my nails done Friday, and I got a pedicure last week so I should be all set.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory and beige windowpane sweater, a large statement necklace, and dark flare jeans by SPANX,

I’m just as happy as you that I’m back to getting my nails done regularly. My nail tech got COVID, not once, but twice in a month’s time. She isn’t sure how that happened, but they think she might have gotten two different strands. Then, her mother and father caught it and she was their caretaker. My nails were in such horrible shape by the time that she finally came back to work that I could have kissed her when I walked in the door. Don’t worry, I didn’t, and we both always wear a mask.

A lot of you mentioned doing makeup and hair tutorials as something you would like to see, while others said that you didn’t like those kinds of posts. The best advice that I can give everyone is…read what you like, comment often, and scroll past anything that doesn’t interest you. That’s how I do when I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and other blogs, especially since none of us are going to like the same things. We are all different, and I’m so glad since it would be a boring world if we were all the same.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory and beige windowpane sweater with a large statement necklace,

This post is a mini try-on haul consisting of two cream/white/ivory sweaters and a pair of flare jeans. The post was supposed to have one more sweater, but I ran out of time, so I narrowed it down to the two that were the same color. The first sweater is this windowpane cowl neck sweater, and I’ll let you know that I was pretty amazed at the quality of the sweater. It is a nice weight, and the material is like a fine gauge sweater, but it does run a tiny bit large.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory and beige windowpane sweater, and flare jeans by SPANX,

I ordered a medium in the sweater, and I thought it fit great. I saw that some complained that the arms were too long, but they were fine for me. I do have fairly long arms though, so take that into consideration. If the arms are too long, you can scrunch them up or cuff them. For those who are picky about seams and patterns, notice that the lines all match up at the seams. That is something you usually see on more expensive items. 

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory and beige windowpane sweater and a statement necklace by Kendra Scott

I added a large chunky necklace to my look. I like wearing longer necklaces with sweaters, especially if they are cowl necks. What I love about this necklace is the fact that it has multiple chains, and they are of different sizes and metals. What I don’t like about the necklace is that it is expensive. I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth from it since I wear it so much.

Because of the cowl neck on the sweater, I didn’t want to add big hoops or earrings that dangle. Instead, I wanted to add a small pair of studs to give me a polished look, but not to compete with the cowl neck. 

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory fuzzy sweatshirt, flare jeans by SPANX, and pointy toe boots

Now, for the second sweater/shirt of today’s try-on haul. This casual look is soft, comfortable, and super cute. I love how it looked with my flare jeans and boots. Plus, it has POCKETS! Hahaha!

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory fuzzy sweatshirt

The windowpane sweater is dressier than this fuzzy sherpa sweatshirt, but this sherpa shirt is softer. This sherpa sweatshirt is one that you won’t want to take off. I might have worn this sweatshirt two days in a row, but as my granddaughter tells me, “don’t judge me.” Lol! The same fuzzy sherpa on the outside is on the inside and in the pockets. I’m wearing a medium, and it is plenty big enough for me. 

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is showing a close up of an ivory fuzzy sweatshirt

Look at how soft and fuzzy this sherpa sweatshirt is! If you order this, you’ll understand why I wore it two days in a row. If you look closely, you can see my Elisa monogrammed gold vermeil necklace. It has TANIA monogrammed on it and I like how it sits in the V of necklines. 

  Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing flare jeans by SPANX and pointy toe boots  

These dark wash flare jeans fit me fabulously, and they may be my new favorite pair. Lol! I only have to say one word, and you will understand why…SPANX! We all know SPANX as the undergarment company, but they have expanded into the clothing arena, and I am so happy they did. I don’t like to be compressed, so their undergarments haven’t been a product that I used. However, I swear by their Bra-llelujah, and it is the only bra I wear now.

The faux-leather leggings were the first clothing item I tried, and I like them, but they also compress you. I’ve found that I need to size up in clothing from SPANX to keep from them being too tight, so I am wearing a large in these jeans, and they fit like a glove.

These jeans look great, fit great, and have just the right amount of stretch to them. SPANX products are of excellent quality, but they aren’t cheap. They fall under the category; you get what you pay for. I still like getting a good deal, so I make sure to check out the sales page too. Of course, sizes are limited, but you might be able to find something and save a lot of money.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing an ivory fuzzy sweatshirt, flare jeans, and pointy toe boots

I love pointy toe shoes because they elongate your legs and make them look so long. These are a pair of chunky heel boots that I bought recently, and I love the soft neutral color. Because of all of the holiday sales, these boots are limited in size. Unfortunately, I can’t control inventory in stores, and it is only going to be worse when they start converting over to spring apparel. The good news…when you can find items in stock, they are usually at a great price.


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  1. Love both these looks! Fabulous, put together and they look cozy. Plus, always like to see you in boots.
    You wear them well.

  2. You look great! 🙂

  3. I love the window pane sweater. It looks great on you!

  4. Christine says:

    Missed taking your survey so just want to say thanks for all the inspiration. I enjoy all your posts. My favorite was the navy blue dress that you styled for four seasons with the various jackets and accessories, but I paged through a lot of older posts when first starting, so don’t know if this was 2021 or earlier.

  5. I love both of these sweaters! White and off white look good with my coloring but I rarely wear in sweaters because of makeup transfer on collars. Do you have secrets for that problem? You look great in both of them!!

  6. First, I’m glad you have a sense of humor over what people comment to you.
    Both of these sweaters look way better on you than the do on the Amazon models. I wouldn’t have given them a second look on Amazon but I’m considering them after seeing them on you.

  7. I love the softness of sherpa! Both outfits look great. BTW, just saw that the Chico’s faux fur vest is on sale for $ 69.99. Lowest price I’ve seen so far.

  8. I really like both of those sweaters. They look great on you.

  9. Ginger Hiller says:

    I just ordered the sherpa sweatshirt in the denim blue, since that is a good color to wear close to my face. And it will go with so many of the bottoms in my closet. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  10. Donna Ebner says:

    The windowpane sweater looks 100 percent better on you than in the original ad! I wouldn’t have thought it would be so pretty! Good on you for seeing the potential! Thanks.

  11. You looks so pretty in the windowpane sweater with the Christmas backdrop.

  12. Sarah Warfield says:

    I love this sweater on you. It looks so much better on you than the Amazon photo. I would have just scrolled right past listing for it. I love your blog.

  13. You are the hardest working blogger! You have a thick skin to tolerate such unkind comments. Thank you for all your hard work. You do a great job bringing fashion content and putting your genuine self out there. I have followed you since your FIRST blog.

  14. Pam Watson says:

    You look great in both outfits. You make me want to go out and buy all of the outfits you show. Keep up the great job. I look forward to your try on hauls and your good advice.

  15. The outfits are great! Polished casual! I love sweaters… just wish I lived where I could wear them more!

  16. No logo picture for Pinterest today?

    1. I haven’t done one in a while, I wasn’t sure if anyone was even using them.

  17. Elizabeth T. says:

    Love those outfits – especially the first one. Very flattering. The jeans look terrific. My favorite outfit of 2022!

  18. I love both sweaters and the jeans look fabulous. I so enjoy reading your blog each and every morning along with my coffee. Keep at it Tania. You are so good at this.

  19. Keep doing what you are doing! You always look so put together!!

  20. Do you find that Sherpa attracts lint and dust? I had a Sherpa jacket and I continually had to wash it.

  21. I love these sweaters. I so wish I could wear them. I am so hot all the time that I couldn’t do it. Love your daily emails, I always start my day with them!

  22. Love your sense of style. Modern not trendy. I work from home so I watch for the more casual/dress down looks. I like the Bible verse too! Trying to do a daily devotional in this new year so any extra I get gives a sense of peace! – Rose in WV

  23. I love your comments this morning about all liking different things. And seriously they complained about your nails 🙄. Keep doing what you are doing girl!!!😘

  24. Sharon F Johnson, John Mark Johnson says:

    what size are the spanx jeans ?

  25. Polyester fabric ain’t what it used to be. This looks so soft and I know like me, you look for soft. I like the white but I also like the brown color. So many sweaters. So little time to wear them. Gulf Coast!

  26. Sue Kupfer says:

    I love the windowpane sweater and the jeans. I am having a hard time embracing the flare jeans but I really like these. The Sherpa sweater looks so cozy! Thanks again for trying to be everything to everyone!