50 Is Not Old | Feeling CrabbyI bet I have something in my little town that you don’t have. I know that you gurls that live in the big cities, or even medium cities, probably feel sorry for little country bumpkins like me. No shopping, no entertainment, no night life, a whole bunch of no’s. BUT, I’m pretty sure we have something you don’t have, and probably have never seen.50 Is Not Old | Feeling CrabbyFirst, I am going to tell you a little about where I live. It is in EXTREME southwest Virginia. There is no easy way to get to Grundy, it is at least 1 1/2 away from the nearest interstate. I remember the first time I visited, Joe and I had been married about 2 weeks, and he took me to his home for Thanksgiving. It is a 5 hour trip from were I had been living, but the last 45 minutes of the trip is down the mountain. As we wound our way down the mountain, I just kept thinking that we would have to reach the bottom soon. Ha! That was wishful thinking!!!50 Is Not Old | Feeling Crabby

It was a beautiful drive though, and every time you rounded the curve there would be another mountain in front of you. It has gorgeous mountains and the river runs along side the highway most of the way. It is a fairly quite little town, and everyone is super friendly. It is becoming more of a college town, because we have the Appalachian School of Law and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy here. We still have that small town mentality here, if you see someone walking, you stop to see if they need a ride. There is a nice feeling knowing that if your car breaks down, you will have plenty of people stopping to lend a hand.50 Is Not Old | Feeling Crabby

This is also the heart of coal country. I am sure most of you know the plight the coal industry is in today. It is not a pretty sight back here in these mountains. People are afraid that their jobs will not be around next week, or maybe the next. I understand that those who have never been around an industry like this, thinks that coal is dirty and it needs to go away. Here is the problem. Remember when the auto industry was in trouble and they kept saying they couldn’t let them go under because if would have a ripple effect? Well, it is rippling here in the mountains. If the coal isn’t harvested, then you don’t need the truckers. That does away with the drivers, mechanics, auto parts stores, gas stations, tire repairs, etc. Then, those workers quit buying extras like clothing, dishes, decorations, furniture, appliances, etc. The wives of the miners don’t go to the beauticians, nail salons, or spas. Do you think there is going to be a lot of building in this economy? EVERY business in this town is hurting, and not just in our town, West Virginia and Kentucky are also being hit hard. These mountain folk are a resilient bunch, and I hope they will be able to weather this storm, like the many others that have already come and gone.50 Is Not Old | Feeling Crabby

But I still haven’t told you what we have that you don’t. We have a Wal-Mart. But, not just any Wal-Mart, ours is 2 stories tall. Have you ever seen one like that? There is a two level parking garage, and then you ride the escalator up to the actual shopping floor. When you leave, your buggy rides down on a special escalator also, right beside you. Pretty cool, huh? One more cool thing is, when it rains, who cares? We are under roof, no hurrying to the car and trying to put your stuff in quickly as you juggle the umbrella. Haha50 Is Not Old | Feeling CrabbyAre you feeling crabby? Get it, crabby? Crab shirt? Who could feel crabby when wearing this shirt? It’s fun and cheery. I think it is just jolly. I don’t have a lot of orange in my wardrobe, but I really liked this sweater when I saw it. I bought this on the clearance rack at Belk. It was 75% off the original cost, bringing it to around 16.00, at least that is what my memory thinks it was. This is a brand called Crown & Ivy. They always have the cheeriest colors.50 Is Not Old | Feeling CrabbyThe navy ankle pants I have on are from Van Heusen. They are pull-on. I couldn’t help myself, they are so comfortable.

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You might have noticed the cute shoes I have on. These block heel peep-toe shoes are by G.I.L.I. and I bought them over the winter. The outlet store was having a sale on summer shoes for 15.00. Leather shoes for 15.00, I think YES!

50 Is Not Old | Feeling CrabbyI loved those cute block heel shoes, but I decided not to actually wear them to work. I knew I was going to be on my feet a lot, so I quickly changed shoes before heading out the door. The little blue flats matched my Dooney & Bourke patent leather satchel almost perfect. Here are a couple similar flats.

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  1. Dana wrote:

    Really cute outfits and very timely!

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  2. Barbara Fortney (mother of the bride) wrote:

    Discovered you on Pinterest and started reading some of your blogs and enjoying your style. Grundy????? I couldn’t believe it, because I lived in Haysi for 2 years forever ago. Grundy was the bigger shopping town.

    Posted 4.5.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Wasn’t it sad that Grundy was the shopping mecca? Haha

      Posted 4.5.16 Reply
  3. jess wrote:

    Love the sweater, and funny isnt it when you dont know you are wearing something trending. I am thinking of putting these colors together for next week. I really like orange now, I used to never wear it. Funny about the mountain, we love the mountains, but some take an hour to get down!…. take care!

    Posted 4.1.16 Reply
  4. Dorothy Athey wrote:

    Love the outfit. I am a Dooney and Bourke fanatic!!!

    Posted 3.31.16 Reply
  5. Renee wrote:

    Such a good story thanks for the laugh and I enjoy reading you and seeing your outfits

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  6. Stacy Lucas wrote:

    Love your blog and your style! I also live in a small town in (east Texas) – 2 hours from the city. Funny we do have a Belk too and I do make a lot of purchases from QVC! I feel we have so much in common (I also work for a lumber company) and like another reply stated – we in Texas have lost a lot of our industry as well. Praying for all beautiful small towns for survival! Keep up the great work – you are an inspiration!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Wow! We do have a lot in common:)

      Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  7. What you had to say about coal country is so important but do you think it will wake up liberals who think coal “has to go away” as you put it? Don’t forget, many of these people voted for Democrats who gave them the shaft. We need a total change of policies in this nation. The sweater is fun and flattering. Now you’ve gotten me started. My family members are business owners and the regulations are ridiculous!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  8. Karen Ward wrote:

    I used to travel to Richlands, VA every quarter for work. Grundy, as we’ve talked about, is not far. I absolutely LOVED the mountains and “hollers”. Not fun to travel when it snows but definitely beautiful. I also travel into coal country in Kentucky – Hatfield and McCoy territory – and it’s so pretty.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  9. Lori wrote:

    Hi Tania!
    You look amazing in that outfit!! Orange looks so good on you, and the pull on pants, well, you need to get more of them. They are very flattering on you, and I would have never guessed that they were pull on. That’s a bonus as I’m guessing they must be pretty comfy. Also I love that you always tell us a story usually unrelated to fashion. I think you definitely have this blogging thing down for sure, you’re a natural!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  10. Mandy Baker wrote:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Crabby Sweater!! I’m all about nautical and it makes me think nautical. Love the turquoise shoes too. Just been following you since December, but you do a great job putting outfits together and giving me ideas for my own wardrobe.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I agree Mandy, it does remind me of nautical.

      Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  11. Brandye wrote:

    I’ve never seen a 2-story WalMart, but I have shopped at a 2-story Target. It’s near New Orleans. My husband was there on business and I joined him for a few days. That escalator for the shopping carts is literally one of the coolest things!

    Love the crabby sweater. I always shop at Belk when I’m in Waco.

    XOXO, Brandye

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  12. Wanda Brinlee wrote:

    Tania, I love your blog and read it every day! I love the fact that you write for everyday people and not all your clothes are designer and that you shop at the outlets! I follow several fashion blogs (because I do like to look nice and sometimes can’t come up with the inspiration on my own to put outfits together) but it seems that a lot of the bloggers seem to always reference the higher priced stores and labels. But you keep it real!

    I live in Texas and we are having some of the same problems with the oil industry! Lots of people have lost their jobs in Texas and Oklahoma! Sending thoughts and prayers to your community and all the other communities affected by the industry!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  13. Kristie wrote:

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR on the Gili’s!!!!!!! I sooo need to get to a QVC outlet I see all your sales!!!! I love my Lisa Robertson she was a huge spokes woman for Gili, miss her!!!! YOu look great love the sweater too!!!! cute cute today!!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  14. Sandy L/R wrote:

    I loved the Walmart story! I am a Kentuckian who loves traveling around my state, West Virginia and Virginia on weekend trips. I don’t think there could be a prettier place in the country. Thanks for sharing the plight of the coal industry. It’s important that everyone recognizes there are two sides to this story. Love your outfit too by the way!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  15. Henrietta wrote:

    Love your outfit. I am feeling your pain with the coal industry. I have a business in Norton, Va. Not that far from you – times are tough! Praying lots for our communities and our people. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  16. Maria wrote:

    Love the sweater and the shoes. I understand living in a small town. Live in one all my life in Canada .

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  17. Joni wrote:

    Hello! Trying to figure out how to get your blogs through email. Hopefully I can sign up through this? Love reading your blogs and checking out your styles. This blog was especially good because I live in West Virginia. Have watched so much change over the years–especially in the small coal towns.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  18. Tammy wrote:

    Love your posts! You look great and thanks for caring about the economy and the impact and importance of coal!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  19. Tammy wrote:

    We lived in Tazewell, VA for 13 years, and it was a shock for this Okie when I saw the coal communities. We visited Grundy a few times and have been gone from the area for 13 more years now. The pharmacy school was built after we left. Was so glad to see it come there. I’m a pharmacy tech, and had considered pharmacy school, but the closest one was 300 miles away. I haven’t seen the WM there either. SO COOL! And I thought the big one in Bluefield was great! In January we moved to middle TN to be near family, and love it!
    Love you and your blog! Thank you for your hard work in finding us cheery, fun but such classy up to date wardrobe pieces!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  20. Debi wrote:

    I’m very sorry to hear about the hard times for the coal industry and will say lots of prayers for everyone. Although I’m from Michigan, my grandpa worked for the coal mines. My grandma worked for the garment industry. They lived in Honaker all their lives. I have very fond memories of that place when I would visit as a child. It’s so beautiful there! The Walmart sounds awesome! Why don’t they build them all like that? Thank you so much for your blog, Tania. I look forward to it every morning when I get to work.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  21. annie van der ven wrote:

    I do feel for the people who are affected by the shut down of the coal industry…You don’t have to publish what I am going to say next but this is the result of years of democratic rule… Where are we going to get our electricity for all those fuel less cars air conditioning etc… People wake up coal can be produced cleanly… I love Walmart it has allowed more people to afford things they could not otherwise, in N.y. city people have fought against it.
    we have been brain washed by an elite group who has not the interest of the rest of us at heart.. Don’t get me started on immigration, as there are less jobs to be had what is the future of our children going to be…

    Anyway after this rant I have to say I always look forward to see what you wear everyday, a bright spot of sunshine in my day…

    Annie v.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  22. Kimberly Howard wrote:

    Belk is my main go to store here in NC. I have some of Crown and Ivy clothes. I like that they are so bright and cheery. Love your outfit!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  23. Julie wrote:

    Tania, thank you for talking about the coal mining industry. It’s a reminder that we need to pray for our country, and that our new President will support the coal industry and realize the devastation it will cause if it is eliminated. God is still in control, even though it may not seem that way. Yours is so much more than a fashion blog….love it, and look forward to it every day!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  24. Maggie wrote:

    Have you read Lee Smith’s new memoir, “Dimestore?” It has just been published. Lee Smith grew up in Grundy and wrote about the town from circa 1950 forward. Her daddy owned the dimestore in town, hence the title. Also, if you haven’t read any of Lee’s novels, try them! Many are set in Appalachia and feature interesting women.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  25. Dana wrote:

    I always enjoy your style, but after reading that you live in “Coal Country”, I have even more reason to like your blog! I am originally from Eastern KY and know the struggles that my family and friends are enduring.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  26. Audrey wrote:

    As always, I love your color combination today. Also adore the Dooney bag. I’ve resisted that style since I thought it was too open and things could fall out but now I’m thinking of looking for that color on sale. Your shoes have me thinking, too, of a change. I need to upgrade what I wear to something more modern.

    Have a blessed day!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  27. As a big-city gal all my life, I envy your small-town living (and your two-story Walmart)! I am thoroughly enjoying your blog and look forward to your posts!

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  28. isabella wrote:

    Love seeing your Q bargains
    love some of the GiLi things but I’d never order them and pay shipping just to try
    how much Q do you watch?

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I never watch QVC, Isabella. In fact the TV is hardly ever on, unless it is on a D-I-Y channel. Hahaha

      Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  29. connie wrote:

    I have been to a Walmart like that in my travels. Wonder if it was in Grundy? My sis and I went to one on a rode trip from Chicago to Atlanta. Interesting to think of that. I have seen the effects on Mill towns. My son lives in North Augusta,S.C. and that town suffered too. I love your sweater from Crown and Ivy. They are such a fun line to purchase with their designs. You always look great and I am beginning to figure it out. You dress so well for your body shape. No large flowey clothes! Love your style as always.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am going to throw you a curveball Connie. I have a flowey outfit coming soon. Haha Just when you think you have it all figured out. ?

      Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  30. Michele wrote:

    That’s sad about the coal industry. And you’re right that it hurts many people. My niece lives in Rose Hill, Va and the first time I visited her it was a bit of a shock. She’s about an 45 minutes to the nearest Wal-Mart and at least an hour or more to most everything else. I’m guess I’m spoiled. What a fun sweater. Nice combination with that pop of color in your handbag. It’s always interesting to see the things you put together. Hope you have a happy day.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, it is quite a shock when you come into this area. You have to get use to seeing houses in the mountains and up “hollers.” There are NO subdivisions.

      Posted 3.30.16 Reply
  31. Cathy Bentley wrote:

    It’s funny you brought up the 2 story Wal mart. My cousin had a part in bringing that into Grundy. I haven’t been to it since they opened it up. Your right about the coal industry… it definitely has a ripple effect on EVERYTHING. They just don’t see it now but its already happening. We’ve seen it down in Duffield, VA at some of those plants too.

    You find some of the best deals on clothes. I love those blue flats.

    Posted 3.30.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      My husband worked in Duffield Cathy, before we moved to Grundy. Small world.?

      Posted 3.30.16 Reply
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