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CAN SMALL TWEAKS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black cashmere turtleneck with a pair of glen plaid pants, ankle boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag

You gurls seemed to like the brown and black outfit from yesterday. Today, I am styling the same color combinations, but I’m making a few small tweaks. Before I go into the details of this classic outfit, let’s talk about how January went and what the goals for February are going to be. It is good to look back at the previous month and analyze it to see what went great and what needs to be tweaked.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black turtleneck with a pair of glen plaid pants, ankle boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag

Making Small Tweaks in Goals

My goals for January were only to drink water and black coffee. That was an easy goal for me, and I accomplished that goal with no issues. The second goal was not to eat any additional sweets such as cookies, cakes, candy, ice cream, etc. That was harder for me since I am a sweet-aholic. But, I stuck with it and somehow survived the month.

I was also trying to implement fasting back into my routine, and I started doing the Faster Way to Weight Loss program. I had done it in the past but found it to be too confusing. They have made small tweaks to the program, and it is easier to use now. I didn’t stick with it completely because keeping a food log and hitting certain macro targets were required. Instead, I came up with a few meals that I knew would work as far as the macros go and ate those.

Now it is time to look at my February goals. I am sticking with the baby steps method and looking at each month at a time instead of the whole year. I will stick with the water and no sweets goal, but I am adding one tweak. Valentine’s Day is in a few days, so I know that Joe always buys me chocolate covered strawberries. I want to enjoy these without any guilt, so I am saying that I can have ONE treat per week. That way, I can stick with my plan and not feel guilty when I have my strawberries or the occasional glass of wine.

With fasting, I am going to figure out my eating window and stick with that this month. I know that putting everything into a food log is optimal for weight loss and staying on track, but I can’t add one more thing to my plate right now. Lol! Get it…adding to my plate. Hahaha

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black turtleneck with a Louis Vuitton handbag

Making Small Tweaks in my color combinations

Yesterday’s post mentioned that brown and black colors had an impact on how others view you. If you didn’t read that post, then check it out to see that information. Today, I am taking the same colors, but I am wearing black on the top half and changing the solid brown to a brown plaid. I could have titled this a “shop your closet” post since these are all things that I already had.

The black turtleneck is a classic wardrobe staple, and everyone should have this in their closet. I have shied away from turtlenecks in the past because I thought they brought too much attention to my chin(s). But, since I love turtlenecks and the chins are still there whether you can see them or not, I decided to wear them anytime that I pleased. Plus, they keep all of my chin(s) toasty warm. Lol!

Mine is a cashmere turtleneck that was on sale for a long time, so it is no longer available. You don’t have to wear the exact turtleneck that I am wearing; you can pull one from your closet. If you don’t have a black turtleneck, or you need to purchase a new one, I’ll link some for you.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black cashmere turtleneck with gold Kendra Scott jewelry

Gold, gold, gold seems to be all that I ever wear. I have always preferred gold to silver, but I am not giving silver jewelry a fair shake. A friend of mine, yes, I am talking about you, Kim, sent me a photo of her silver jewelry collection. It was beautiful, and I am going to order several pieces to see how I like it. Which color do you prefer, or do you have a preference?

The jewelry that I am wearing is the Fallyn hoop earrings. I love the details of the hoops, and these are the perfect size for everyday wear. I added the Maggie filigree bangle to the look. This bangle was one of my first Kendra Scott purchases, and it continues to be a favorite of mine. Lastly, I added the Jack multi-chain necklace worn backwards. Wearing this necklace backwards makes it so versatile, and you can wear it with almost anything. The necklace is on sale for over $30.00 off, so be sure to grab it while it is on sale.

 

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a pair of glen plaid pants, ankle boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag

The stylish and modern look of these pants is perfect, and I can’t get over this fabric’s feel. I am almost as obsessed over the fit of these glen plaid faux suede pants as I am about the fabric. These fit so nicely, and you will love the pull-on style of the pants. The pants look like jeans with faux button closure and pockets, but they feel like your favorite leggings.

These pants have a wonderful amount of stretch, so that sitting will be a breeze. These pants run true to size, and I am wearing my usual size 10 in these. I love plaid pants, but I prefer that the pattern matches up as it does on these. Here are a few more to choose from, and the pattern looks to be correct. Lol!

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a pair of glen plaid pants, ankle boots

Ahhhh, my Lex pointy-toe boots! I should have inserted a heart emoji here. I do love wearing these booties, and I have certainly gotten my money’s worth from them. Joe and I were going out of town when I put on this outfit, and he questioned my choice of shoes. He loved the look but was worried about them bothering me on our excursion. I wore them all day long and didn’t have any problem at all.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a pair of chunky heel ankle boots

These suede boots have a 3 1/2″ chunky block heel, and they are very stable as you walk. I have always loved the soft neutral color of the boots, and the pointy toe helps to elongate my legs. These boots run true to size, and I am wearing my normal size 9.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black cashmere turtleneck with a pair of glen plaid pants, pointy toe ankle boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag

I am still enamored with my Louis Vuitton Neonoe handbag. This handbag’s smaller size is taking me some getting used to, but I am adjusting nicely. I asked a friend of mine who carried small bags how she did it. She responded that she kept a tote in her vehicle that had everything in it that she might need, and she only carried the necessities in her handbag. I may have to try that trick. Have any of you tried something similar to that?

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is looking away in a black cashmere turtleneck with a pair of glen plaid pants, ankle boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag

I was on Instagram yesterday when a lady reached out to me and asked for prayers. She told me that she had lost her job back in October (thanks, COVID) and that she was trying to figure out what her next step would be. We chatted back and forth, I prayed for her, and then I asked her if she would be interested in an online business that she could work from her computer or phone. We have a phone call scheduled for later tonight to see if this will be a good fit for her. I have no idea if this will work for her, but when I got finished scheduling the call, I couldn’t stop thinking about how thankful that I was to have my online businesses.

An email from Linkedin came in while I was typing, and it was asking how COVID has impacted my business. It said that women had lost more jobs than men, are getting hired less, and take on more responsibilities at home. Then, I spoke with my sister, and she told me that a HUGE mall right down the road from her went into foreclosure. Brick and mortar stores all over the country are suffering, and people are looking for alternative ways to earn money. A few industries are growing during this time; one is beauty, and the other is network marketing.

I understand that this business is not for everyone, and that is okay. If you or anyone you know wants to hear more about my skincare business, let me give you a link. It will be anonymous; you don’t have to show your face or participate in the call. You can be a fly on the wall to see if this is a good fit for you. Click for the link.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black cashmere turtleneck with a pair of plaid pants, ankle boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag

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  1. Bonnie wrote:

    I started following you today but have viewed many of your posts over the years. I was drawn to you as I love your style and we look very similar.

    Posted 2.11.21 Reply
  2. Julia Purtill wrote:

    I love the sweater but I wear pants looser fitting. I know that’s probably old fashioned but I just don’t feel comfortable wearing tight pants unless it’s a tunic covering!

    Posted 2.5.21 Reply
  3. Manu wrote:

    I was a silver girl, but since I am following the type 1 dressing your truth color scheme, it is exclusively gold now. And I love it! So much better for my energy.

    Posted 2.5.21 Reply
  4. Angelia Wampner wrote:

    I used to wear just gold, then silver jewelry. Now i am more adventurous and mix alot of my pieces. I like the mixed tones especially with black and navy tops. I carry medium to large totes. As a mother and wife you find yourself carrying others stuff. Hope you have a great day.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I like mixing my metals also, that takes the guesswork out of, “which should I wear?”

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  5. Lisa wrote:

    Hi Tania, I am new to your blog and loving it – thank you! I generally wear silver, a little gold, and am discovering rose gold, which I love!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Welcome, Lisa!!! I wore rose gold many, many years ago, but I haven’t added any to my jewelry collection lately.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  6. Sherli Morgan wrote:

    I am a silver jewelry fan personally, but I do have several gold pieces for when silver just doesn’t seem right. So you probably should add more silver to your collection. I’m a huge Brighton fan and thoroughly enjoy their necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I fin myself wearing less jewelry since we went into shut down mode from COVID…..and that used to never be the case.

    Here’s wishing you success in your February goals

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Sherli, are you reading my mind? I just ordered several pieces of Brighton jewelry in, all necklaces to begin with.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  7. Angie wrote:

    Forgot to mention I only wear cross body bags that I carry just essentials like credit card holder, very little cash, comb, flat hair remover brush, pen and mask in a ziplock bag, I have a container in the car with things like extra masks, hand sanitizer, sunglasses, disinfectant wipes, regular wipes, pens, writing pad, plastic disposable gloves, plastic cutlery, straws and napkins. Too heavy to carry everything in a bag.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Wow! You are very organized!

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  8. NATALIE Joyce SEAMAN wrote:

    Tania –
    I just have to do a shout out and tell you that I really enjoy and appreciate your column. I live in very Blue LA, in a funky neighborhood and have a really different style but by reading you, I get to see a bit how others in this country live. I think of it as cultural sharing! You are so positive about your life and I feel the same, even though very different. Thanks.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so glad that you are enjoying the blog and getting a glimpse of this southern girl.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  9. Angie wrote:

    I love your outfit. The boots look great, and I would wear them if they had a low heel. I wear both silver and gold, depending on what I wear. Speaking of goals, I eat a mostly whole food plant based diet which doesn’t require require counting calories, and I’m never hungry. For quicker weight loss, half the plate is filled with veggies, and you just eat until you’re full. There are also recipes for desserts which don’t use processed foods.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Angie, I would LOVE to eat a whole food plant-based diet. But, Joe is a meat, meat, and a side of meat kind of guy.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  10. Laura A Burell wrote:

    Great look.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Laura!

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  11. Liane wrote:

    Hi Tania,
    My New Years resolution was to ditch social media and I do miss you on Instagram!

    Congrats on the black coffee. Milk in my coffee is my Achilles heel, I swear. You’ve inspired me to clean up my act. So today after your blog hit my inbox, I got another blog that said (in part) the following. Please fellow gurls read the last paragraph.

    When you consume an abundance of ultraprocessed foods, it’s not only a matter of taking in “empty calories” or too many calories that cause weight gain; instead, it triggers a catastrophic cascade of health declines rooted in mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance.

    Ultraprocessed foods damage health because they contain high amounts of industrially processed seed oils, often referred to as “vegetable oils,” along with refined sugar and grains.

    For weight loss, I recommend adopting a cyclical ketogenic diet and avoiding all ultraprocessed foods and also limiting added sugars to a maximum of 25 grams per day (15 grams a day If you’re insulin resistant or diabetic)

    Me again. I cannot eat over about 50 g carbs daily, even if they are non grain sources. Like carrots, beets and sweet potatoes. Very hard to lose while eating those. But can use them to maintain. Go figure.

    I did read a bit more on your plan’s method. I especially love the no-scale approach. There’s an over 60 Reddit group for ladies and super supportive for all us anti Facebook people.

    It’s amazing that one pant size down makes a huge difference. Good job! You look great.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Milk or creamer, in my coffee was my Achilles heel also. I decided that I could do anything for one month, so I stuck with it.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  12. Teresa wrote:

    I wear both, but more silver since I have gone to my natural salt and pepper hair color!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Oh, I hadn’t thought about that. Good point, Teresa.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  13. Paige wrote:

    I’m a silver girl, but I do occasionally wear gold when it looks better with the outfit. Love the pants, but I try not to call that much attention to my short, very solid legs.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  14. Melesa Garrison wrote:

    Silver for sure! Gold looks beautiful on others, but not me. I have a few pieces of gold, but def prefer silver. I know you love bright colors, but that black sure does look great on you!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is funny, Melesa, I love gold, but my daughter and sister are both silvers wearers.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  15. Jena wrote:

    Beautiful look!!!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks!

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  16. patval wrote:

    I have heard that people with cool skin tones look better in silver and those with warm skin tone look better in gold. Neutral skin tones wear both gold and silver. This goes back to color seasons. Love your blog. patval

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Patval. I like wearing both together, but I just naturally gravitate toward gold most of the time.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  17. Connie wrote:

    Another great outfit! I love the color combo.

    I am currently carrying a Brahmin mini Amelia handbag. She’s pretty small. I usually carry my Louis Vuitton Neverfull.
    I’ve decided that I need to start carrying a smaller handbag because I’ve started having back / shoulder pain. I love the idea of keeping my other items in a tote in my car. I’m going to have to try that.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Connie, I need to do the tote idea also. I keep my driver’s license and a couple of credit cards in my phone wallet, so I usually just carry that if I go shopping.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  18. Gayle wrote:

    Great outfit! I like to mix metals but will also consider the color I am wearing as to whether I choose gold or silver. I am so excited they are finally making the Maggie bangle in a larger size option!! yay!!! Do you feel better now that you aren’t drinking soda? I love my diet Coke at lunch time and realize I should give it up and just drink water instead. Keep up the great work!!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Gayle, I love mixing metals also, but when I was young you had to choose one or the other. I am not a fan of water, but, after drinking it for a month, I am getting better and almost craving it. If I didn’t have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night it would be better. Lol!

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  19. Lorie wrote:

    Love your sense of humour and I think you style a turtleneck very well!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Lorie, I have learned to laugh at, and with myself. Never take yourself too serious.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  20. Brenda Lynch wrote:

    I have for several year now carried at tote in my car and have a small bag or even a large wallet type purse that I carry t of the car. I started doing this to keep my hands free when I shopped and to help with back and shoulder issues. I don’t think I could do it another way now. Enjoy you everyday!!
    Brenda

    Oh, and I wear gold and silver jewelry and I gear it towards what looks best with the outfit I am wearing. Today with my black and brown I am wearing gold, yesterday with my outfit of “grays” I had on silver.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Brenda, that sounds like such a smart way to keep all of your things close by, but not break down your shoulders.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  21. Kirst wrote:

    Love those pants, just what I need for work. Linked to the Talbots site, excellent price. I signed up for email and got an additional 10% off, plus Honey found a code for free shipping – out the door for under $30!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I love the Honey app! I also use Rakuten to get cashback on every online purchase.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  22. Very classy outfit, I love it! I use myfitnesspal app to track food, easy peasy and my phone is always with me so it takes 2 seconds…. gives me all my macros

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I use the myfitnesspal app also. But, I just don’t have time to put everything in it.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  23. Kathy wrote:

    Hi Tania,
    I am interested in you sharing more about the Faster Way to Fat Loss. I did the program in 2018. While I lost weight I found it very limiting on what food were allowed. I always felt deprived since I love carbs. I struggled with knowing what to eat. I am curious how much the program has improved.I also thought it was expensive for what you got.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Yvonne Tanner wrote:

      I did FWFL last year. You can have healthy carbs. I think 1 or 2 days is low carb days. There’s a day where you can eat a meal of pretty much whatever you want. They have meal plans and a FB group to get more ideas. It’s a good program but on the expensive side.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
      • Tania wrote:

        I think that it is expensive. If a program works, I think that it is worth the cost. However, you would have to follow the program to be successful, and I didn’t follow it as I should have.

        Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Kathy, I didn’t follow the program as I should have. I don’t mind the low carb days, but I have trouble keeping up with my macros.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  24. Chris wrote:

    I love all jewelry and I like to mix gold and silver when I can! I love pieces that have both! Gold is warm and I love that but I love silver because of the shine or bling factor and it is much more affordable. It is hard to find costume gold jewelry that is “real” or warm looking . Love the outfit today! You always look great!!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Chris, I am like you, I like all jewelry. I need to wear my vintage pieces occasionally.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  25. Tara wrote:

    I like this black and brown outfit even better, Tania!

    I wear silver but I love gold and am trying to incorporate it more into my jewelry.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Tara, I like it better too! I am trying to wear both colors more, and even to mix them together.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  26. LuAnn wrote:

    I am a yellow gold person for sure. I try to wear silver more now since I read it goes well with a cool skin tone color.

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Gold is my first love, but I want to incorporate more silver into my looks.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  27. Susan wrote:

    I was a gold girl in the 80s and 90s then switched to silver in the 2000s. Now I added gold back in and wear both!

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I love wearing both too. It makes the choice much easier.

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
  28. Sharon wrote:

    I am definitely a silver person, but love gold on others. I have a lot of Brighton jewelry and I’ve discovered Kendra Scott jewelry through reading your blogs. I guess I should thank you…lol

    Posted 2.4.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Sharon, I just ordered 4 necklaces from Brighton. I should have looked at the earrings. Lol!

      Posted 2.4.21 Reply
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