50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHIt has been a crazy week and today is only Tuesday! All the last minute gifts to buy, finishing the wrapping (or in my case starting the wrapping) planning the Christmas meal, and figuring out when everyone can all go to Livingston to celebrate has been exhausting. It is like the old adage, “trying to wrangle cats.” Unfortunately, Joe and I are the cats that are the hardest to wrangle. Lol!50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHWe will have Christmas here in Virginia, then go to Tennessee and have Christmas there. Then we have to go back to Virginia to do the end of the year for the lumber company. It takes a lot of juggling to find a time when all of us can get together. It doesn’t matter that it is not on Christmas Day, I am just thrilled to see everyone. There have been some years when we didn’t get to go to Tennessee until sometime in January.
50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHI love a fur vest!!! I don’t really like wearing coats unless I am going to be outside a lot. If I am just walking from the house to the car and from the car inside to work, then I don’t usually put on a coat. But, there are times when I like just a little bit of warmth and that is where the vest comes in. This vest is multi-colored and not solid like this one I wore the other day. I was looking back to when I first wore this vest on the blog (here) and I am amazed at the difference. I don’t know if is just me but, holy cow! You need to check out that post and tell me if I am crazy, but I think I look much younger. (not looking for compliments) I’m not sure why, if it is the color I am wearing, if it is the hairstyle, if it is getting better at taking pictures, or if it the Rodan and Fields. Either way, I’ll take it. Lol!

50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHCan you see the short necklace is the Annie. This is the perfect necklace for layering. In the past, I would not have added a shorter necklace but I love adding more. Who knows, next year at this time I may be wearing 3 or 4 necklaces. Lol!
dsc_0043This pink necklace is pretty cool. It was a Plunder Posse for October and is no longer available. The necklace and a matching pair of earrings were only $25.00. Truthfully I am not always a fan of the Posse jewelry, but I did like this one. This month’s Posse, though, not so much. In fact, I will probably give it away. But that is the wonderful thing about the Posse, it makes a great gift. Just because it is my style, doesn’t mean it is not your style. 50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHI have become a big fan of the magnetic bracelets. Two of these, the Gage (green) and the Kylie (red) are two Christmas special bracelets. When they are sold out they may not be available again. The Ezra (black) is one that was a Halloween special. I wore mine all the time but I sold it at the craft fair in November. I was bummed because I couldn’t buy it back and I had been checking the resale groups to try and find it. Yesterday, I saw that they had made it available again until it sells out, I immediately went and bought TWO!!!50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHBoot cut jeans were the choice for today. I knew I wanted to wear my burgundy/wine Issac Mizrahi wedge booties and I thought the boot cut jeans would look the best.

50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHHow do you like this sweater tunic? I LOVE the color! It is a really heavy knit sweater by Louis Dell Olio. I am not a huge fan of turtleneck sweaters because I have a round face. But the color won me over and I liked the overall effect. I am probably the only one who pays attention to the neckline, well besides you gurls now that I brought it to your attention. Haha50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHThese boot cut jeans are the Maurice brand. I have been wearing so many skinny jeans that I thought I would try wearing my boot cut jeans. How do you feel about boot cut jeans?

50 IS NOT OLD | FAUX FUR VEST FOR WARMTHI am now off to go to work. After that, it is off to the grocery store> We made out our menu for the Christmas dinner at work and I got elected to make Sweet Potato Crunch, Deviled Eggs, 7 Layer Salad, and Red Velvet Cake. I need to go buy the ingredients and I DREAD going to the store even though it is right next door to work. Lol! I literally only have to walk a few feet and I am there. Haha!
What’s on your Christmas dinner list? If you have a good recipe feel free to share with everyone:)
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  1. Carolyn wrote:

    I’ve never had sweet potato crunch but it sounds delicious. Could you post that recipe?

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  2. Caroline wrote:

    You look really lovely today, I would struggle to pick a favourite outfit for December, they’ve all been winners for me. I wear a lot of that purple colour, I have a lot of red in my complexion and the blue undertones of that shade seem to tone it down.

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  3. Connie k. wrote:

    I wear NYDJ boot cut and love them. My shoes are cowboy boots, normally red ones.
    On Christmas we order the dinner from a grocery store and have never been disappointed. Comes with all the sides plus desert, all we must do is heat it up. There will be 11 at our home this year enjoying a ham feast.
    Love your blogs. Have a fun day.

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  4. Bernie McIntyre wrote:

    Gorgeous outfit on you Tania the plum really suits you I think it’s the extra length in your hair very trendy ? being Irish our Christmas dinner has a lot of potatoes ? creamed roast and croquets and I love them all ? ?

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  5. Cathy wrote:

    I love your look today. The tunic color is beautiful. Bootcut is my favorite. I have never tried Maurice’s jeans but may have to.

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  6. Cynthia wrote:

    You are glowing in these pictures. I do notice a difference. Love this color on you and love the vest. Happy Merry Joyful Holidays to you and your family!

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  7. "Z" wrote:

    Love the outfit!
    I just added a fur vest to my collection this fall for the same reason you mentioned. Keeps me warm and it feels light compared to a coat.
    You do look more youthful …
    The hair color is softer and there is an underlying creative confidence that comes through in yout photos.
    They ‘inspire’ to be bold, to be creeative to be an individual and be fabulous! :)))))
    Safe travels and do post the sweet potato crunch recipe please … 🙂

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    • Tania wrote:

      I will be posting the sweet potato crunch recipe on tomorrow’s blog.

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      • Kathy Terry wrote:

        It’s a good thing…it was gonna get ugly. Merry Christmas!!!

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  8. Tammy wrote:

    I think the outfit is great! I love boot cut jeans because my hips and thighs are larger than normal, so the boot cut helps balance things out. Your hair now looks cuter, and I notice your poses in the old post look like you’re leaning back, which looks a little odd maybe. Much better poses now, and photography is good too! Congrats on your growth! Lovely!

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  9. Mindy wrote:

    Wow girl you do look younger! I definitely think the longer blonder hair has a lot to do with it. Doesn’t matter you’re still gorgeous. Love the plum on you also.?

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  10. Deb wrote:

    You look stunning in this outfit, the whole combination is great!

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  11. Janet wrote:

    Wow! I love this! The sweater colour under that fabulous vest really makes it pop! Yes to boot cut. – the original and stull the best!

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  12. Lynn wrote:

    You look great! The color & cut of your hairstyle really suits you. And love the tunic color too!

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  13. Rena wrote:

    I adore the extra flare your vest adds to the look. I’ve also embraced wearing a vest as an alternative to a jacket when staying mostly indoors with only quick trips to and from my car.


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  14. Nancy wrote:

    Like the faux fur vest. I don’t even own a vest, not a single one.

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  15. Donna wrote:

    You look wonderful! Love the faux fur vest! I’m asking santa for one for Christmas….. fingers crossed my santa husband was listening?. Our dinner will be Pot roast with potatoes and carrots with homemade mac and cheese (ritz crackers on top) family recipe for corn pudding, green beans, applesauce and homemade biscuits. Lots of homemade cookies and 2 dump cakes -Oreo pudding dump cake and spice apple!

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    • Tania wrote:

      The food sounds delicious! You are making me hungry, Lol!

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  16. Susan Stancliff wrote:

    I love this entire outfit! Perfect! I love the fir vest but haven’t tried one yet. Maybe I will get brave! I hope it is the Rodan and Fields. My daughter has been using it and she has me convinced. Gonna give it a try!

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  17. Yvonne wrote:

    Oh wow – sounds like you have a whole heap of baking to do there Tania – I too would love the recipe for sweet potato crunch!!!

    I am beginning to plan 2017 and know I am based in Europe but would love to schedule a get together where over 40/ 50 bloggers from around the world have the opportunity to get together and meet each other in person.

    Would you be interested in doing something like this together or do you know of any blogger meet ups happening next year?

    Can’t wait to hear from you!
    xo Yvonne

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  18. Pam wrote:

    You are definitely looking younger in this set of photos! The purple color and the vest are a great combination and look gorgeous on you. I also like your hair just a tad longer, like in these photos. Thank you for having a blog for those of us “of a certain age.” You are an inspiration!

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  19. Melesa Garrison wrote:

    First, I will say you look very pretty in both pics, but your skin does look brighter now and definitely the hair is better now. It looks a little fluffier and a tad longer…You young lookin’ chick!
    I was up late wrapping presents last night and still have many more. We have a load of grandkids between us. I could draw a diagram of how that all worked, but I won’t bore you 😉
    I have to go to the store this evening too. Santa needs to get goodies for my hubby’s stocking. We won’t go see our kids until New Years weekend ;-( We will be hosting a party at our house Thursday evening for my sweet mother-in-law, that will be celebrating her 85th b-day and her first b-day in 69 yrs without her *Love*
    Have a Merry Christmas, you bright and shining Gal, MG

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    • Tania wrote:

      I don’t have stockings for Joe and I:(

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  20. Cindy wrote:

    I finally bought a pair of booties. What type of socks do you wear so that the sock doesn’t show?

    Posted 12.20.16 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I hardly ever wear socks. Lol!

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  21. Edit Jeremias wrote:

    The turtleneck gives you such a beautiful glow.

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  22. Tricia wrote:

    Yes you do look younger! I think it’s the slightly longer hair, which makes me wonder why I just got a hair cut ! I have only been buying straight leg and skinny jeans lately but you inspire me to go back and buy a pair of boot cut. Love the look! You are an inspiration!

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  23. tila wrote:

    Hi Tania, I liked your outfit and yes I think you look younger and better now. It is problably the haircut.
    I follow your blog from Brazil and I recognize most of the brands you mention but do not recognize Maurice. Is it a store or a brand? I will be in Miami for a few days in January and would like to check out their jeans but don’t know
    where to look for them.
    I have another question, sorry if it sounds ridiculous, but you say “lol” a lot and I don’t know what it stands for. I have seen it also in scrapbook pages or commentaries and have no idea what it means. Could you enlighten me?
    Merry Xmas..

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    • Tania wrote:

      Tila, welcome to my blog. It is wonderful to have a reader from Brazil. Maurice is a store. They carry their own brand of jeans and a brand called Vigoss. You can find them in most malls in the U.S. I hadn’t thought about the lol being something that some might not be familiar with. It stands for “laugh out loud.”

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  24. Mary Lou wrote:

    That turtleneck is a great color for you. Speaking of TN, my parents live in Byrdstown & we spend almost every summer on Dale Hollow Lake. I’m looking forward to next summer already. : ) Merry Christmas!

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  25. Audrey wrote:

    The fur vest is the best! I am going to have to look for one. We’ve already had around 20 inches of snow this season so looks like a long, long one ahead.

    Have a blessed holiday!

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