Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is standing in front of a floral Nashville background on a blogging retreat

Man, oh, man! This has been a long week!!! It has been filled with lots of fun and laughter, plus I learned a lot. Early in the week, I went on a Content Creator Retreat with several bloggers, some I already knew and a couple that I had never met before. Blogging can be a lonely profession, especially if you live in a small or isolated area. There aren’t a lot of us, to begin with, and the ones I know live a long way from me.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens and Jennifer from A Well Styled Life are in front of a Nashville banner for a blogging retreat

You have probably seen me mention my blogging bestie, Jennifer from A Well Styled Life. This is only the second time I’ve met her in person, the last time was in 2019, so it has been way too long. Even though we don’t usually meet in person, we talk almost daily, and sometimes, several times a day.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens and several other bloggers met in Nashville for a blogging retreat

Here is the whole crew. Starting in the back left, you have Jo-Lynne Shane and Cyndi Spivey. The middle row is Lisa Richardson from Coast to Coast and Dawn Parsons from Party Til Dawn Style. In the front row would be Jennifer and me. This was our first night, and we ate at the Husk Restaurant. It was delicious, and the company was excellent.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens and her blogging friends are in front of the Batman Bldg. while at a blogging retreat in Nashville

It’s not a Nashville trip if you don’t go downtown to Broadway. Here we are in front of the Batman Building.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is in Nashville at a blogging retreat and listening to music

We wanted to listen to some country music, and after trying several places, we finally found one that was great. The Stage on Broadway was fabulous, and I was shocked we found a table where we could all sit and listen to music. The band was Whiskey, Cash & Roses was fantastic. Cyndi requested for the band to play I feel like a woman by Shaina Twain, and that became the theme song of the trip.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is making a GooGoo Cluster Candy bar at a blogging retreat in Nashville

The next day was a Sweet Tooth kind of day. We took a class on how to make a GooGoo Cluster, and we had a blast. Have you eaten a GooGoo Cluster before? They’ve been around a long time. They were the first candy bar to combine different ingredients. Before them, it was all one item, such as chocolate. I would show you what I made, but it was so tempting that I ate it already. Lol!

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is making a GooGoo Cluster Candy bar at a blogging retreat in Nashville2945

This is the box that held the candy, and after this, we went to a donut shop. Did I mention that I might have gained five or more pounds on this retreat?

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens and her blogging buddies all took a line dancing lesson

Our private class to learn line dancing was the highlight of the trip. We had the sweetest and nicest Urban Cowboy, who taught us three different dances before we all collapsed with exhaustion. Cyndi once again requested I feel like a woman, so he showed us a dance for that song. This is a must-experience if you go to Nashville; here is the company’s website.

If you would like to follow these ladies on Instagram, here are their IG accounts. Me (I hope you’re following me there), Dawn, Cyndi, Jo-Lynne, Jennifer, and Lisa.

Website Woes

So, nothing ever goes as smoothly as you would like. My new website design went live yesterday, but there was a year of content missing, so they had to put my old site back up until they could get everything migrated over. Depending on when you read this, it may or may not be up and running. I was so stressed yesterday, and I might have snapped at Joe several times. He told me to just chill, but if you are like me, when you are stressed, the last thing you want someone to say to you is CHILL. Ugh!

Blogger Favorites

While we were in Nashville, I mentioned to the ladies that my sister and her friends bring an item they are loving to show everyone. We didn’t have anything with us, but we did share some of our favorite items.

Jennifer from A Well Styled Life says she is obsessed with this:

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is shopping amazon products

Boosting Essence

Lisa from Coast to Coast loves these belts.

2 pack of belts

2 Pack Women Leather Belts

Jo-Lynne at Jo-Lynne Shane uses this to clean her rings and said she brings it with her when she travels.

Portable Diamond Cleaner for Rings and Other Jewelry

Portable Diamond Cleaner for Rings and Other Jewelry

Dawn from Party Til Dawn loves using a shower cap. I haven’t used a shower cap in forever, but she swears it’s great.

The Morning After Shower Cap

The Morning After Shower Cap

Cyndi shared rechargeable emergency light bulbs, and these sound great for when the power goes off, camping, etc. These sound fantastic, and I’m going to order several.

Rechargeable Emergency LED Bulb

Rechargeable Emergency LED Bulb

I shared this extremely soft sweater that came in right before I left for Nashville. I can’t wait to wear it; it is perfect for fall.

Turtleneck Sweaters Long Sleeve Pullover Cable Knit Sweater

Turtleneck Sweaters Long Sleeve Pullover Cable Knit Sweater
This Teeth Whitening Pen was another product that was shared, and mine just arrived yesterday.

Lumineux Whitening Pen

Lumineux Whitening Pen

Because I have such dry skin, I’m always trying new products. This body cream is very thick, so I’m layering it over the top of another one I’m using in hopes of sealing in the product. I know I do that with some of my skincare, so why not my body cream?

Moisturizing Cream

Triple Repair Moisturizing Body Cream

I’ve shared a lot about this denim jacket, but in case you missed it, this is my favorite denim jacket. It is lightweight and has plenty of give to it, plus it is perfect for fall.

Wrangler Authentics Women's Stretch Denim Jacket

Wrangler Authentics Women’s Stretch Denim Jacket

The last thing I’m sharing is this hanging Water-resistant Cosmetic Makeup Bag. This baby is huge and holds a TON of items. Cyndi liked one that is a drawstring and then can lay flat on the counter. That would be a good option if there is counter space, but most of the time, I like mine to hang up.

Water-resistant Cosmetic Makeup Bag


Water-resistant Cosmetic Makeup Bag

This Weeks Giveaway

This week’s winner of the Kate Spade Earrings is Kathy Wilson. This week’s winner of a Soothe Mini Regimen was Kathryn Carter! Be sure to watch for an email from me because I’ll need your address.

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Verse Of The Day

Romans 8:31

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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  1. I just loved that zebra dress. Wish it was in stock.

  2. Tracy Christa says:

    Thanks for sharing your Nashville trip with us, looks like y’all had a great time exploring! I enjoy receiving emails reminding me there is a new blog. Have a great week! God bless!

  3. Kellie johnson says:

    Looks like a fun trip. I’ve not been to Nashville but would like to visit. So many of the favorite items you shared I’m going to order. Love the turtleneck. Thanks

  4. Great post! I do not usually comment because we have a considerable time difference. Loved that you were able to reconnect in person with friends and make new ones in Nashville. Would you kindly consider/include me in the drawing for the Kate Spade earrings. Her fashion forward company continues without her with beautiful fashion forward pieces.
    Be blessed!!!

  5. Fantastic post, Tania! I love that you shared your Nashville experiences with us. Thank you!

  6. Awesome post today. I’m glad you had fun in Nashville. I especially like the favorite items at the end of the post. Thanks, God Bless.

  7. Looks like a fabulous time with the best group of adventuring ladies out there! I need to try some of these favorites. BTW…speaking of bloggers…can you suggest a great, 50 is not old, plus size blogger? Hope you may have met one on this trip

  8. Ginger Hiller says:

    Great post! It’s obvious you ladies had a great time in Nashville and that the trip was so good for all of you. I can attest to the jewelry cleaner pen Jo-Lynne shared with y’all. It works great, even on costume jewelry. I actually gave one to both of my sister in law’s last year. Good luck with the technical challenges! Hopefully, it won’t get you all stressed out again!

  9. Terry Shannon says:

    Love today’s blog!! What an amazing Nashville trip! I was just a bit jealous!

  10. Donna Margaret Rodman says:

    wow it sure looks like you had a blast in Nashville and you looked GREAT in all the pictures. Just bought the wrangler jacket after I tried my jean jacket on & it was way too big. Yay for losing weight.

  11. Looks like y’all had a great trip! I haven’t been to Nashville since I was a kid….it’s on my bucket list! I already read JoLynn, Cyndy and Jennifer’s blogs and of course yours but will check out the other ladies too…You all keep us updated on the latest trends and are just fun to read…I’m glad you got to have some fun and connect. I am thinking of trying the moisturizer you are recommending but also wanted to share that I too have extremely dry skin and always go back to Cetaphil cream, if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend.

  12. It looks like so much fun! You and Jennifer were the first two fashion bloggers I followed and I still do every day (my favourites)! 💜 Will check out some of your favourite items!

  13. Looks like you had so much fun in Nashville. Best wishes on getting your website up and running. Love all the products you shared!

    1. connie klappenbach says:

      oh boy, you had a blast. good for you.