Today’s post is going to be a little different. You’ll find all the talking/stories at the beginning, followed by photos and links. I’m feeling cruddy, don’t worry, I don’t have COVID, just another weather front moving through. I’m not sure why I am so sensitive to those things, but they sure make my head, teeth, and shoulders hurt.

Joe was sweetie, and he went out and got me a coke and french fries because he knows that is my normal go-to when these fronts move through. He forgot that I started back on my diet Monday, and I didn’t have the heart to tell him. So, I thanked him sweetly and ate the food. Today is the last day to sign up for that diet program if you’re interested, and the next program won’t open up for another 8 weeks. If you sign up, please say that Tania Stephens referred you.

When my daughter was here over Thanksgiving, she bought me a heating pad that had been a lifesaver. It is for my shoulders, has 4 heating levels, and a magnetic closure to hold the heating pad together and in place. Funny enough, I just found the magnetic closure tonight by accident. Lol! I have the blue version, but I can’t see a difference between it and the gray one, but the gray one is $50 cheaper. I know which one I would order. Lol!

Lastly, for sizing reference, I’m 5’6″ tall, I weigh around 150 lbs, I normally wear a size 12 in dresses or a large, a medium, or large in tops, and I usually wear a size 8 or 10 in pants and jeans. Since I’ve lost some weight, I am usually ordering mediums and my size 10 jeans are starting to be too big and droopy.

Long Sleeve, elastic waistband, ribbed turtleneck dress in medium // Reversible Plaid/Houndstooth Ruana // Belt is an old one and no longer available // Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace // Large Statement Earrings // Abbie Bangle Bracelet in M/L // Mother of Pearl Pendant // Black Suede Knee Boots (old) // Rebecca Minkoff Black Leather Handbag (old)

Long Sleeve, elastic waistband, ribbed turtleneck dress in medium // Reversible Plaid/Houndstooth Ruana // Belt is an old one and no longer available // Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace // Large Statement Earrings // Abbie Bangle Bracelet in M/L // Mother of Pearl Pendant // Black Suede Knee Boots (old) // Rebecca Minkoff Black Leather Handbag (old)

I wanted to show you how to wear a Ruana as a wrap or how to belt it down for a fitted look. Joe loved the houndstooth side, but I thought the plaid side looked the best with the dress. Since the Ruana is reversible, you will get more wear for your money. Plus, the Ruana is on sale as part of Chico’s Semi-Annual Sale.

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  1. Kim Hoehn says:

    Love the outfit! I wanted to get the belt-boo hoo. Hope you feel better

  2. Hope you are feeling better. I seem to remember you has a purse organizer on a post. Would like to know which one you bought. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for telling your sizes because it is extremely helpful when ordering on line.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I love the dress! The raspberry color is so great for you. With the ruana, while pretty, it just seems like you are there somewhere under a lot of fabric. The look is better without the added ruana. Hope you feel better! That front gave me a bad headache too.

  5. Stunning! I think either side would look nice but I really think I prefer to leave the elegance to the old ladies and have more fun as I get older. I’m 79 so I can say old lady.😁 so plaid side for me.

  6. Fifty is the New 20. We learned we overcame we have wisdom and knowledge to pass on. Yeah. Loving life

  7. I always tell people my favorite color is plaid.
    I love it, shorts, tops, skirts,scarves, even a pair of plaid sneakers.
    As am Alabama fan, I love houndstooth, wear it a lot during football season!
    This Ruana!

  8. That outfit looks absolutely wonderful on you! And, I love that the houndstooth just peeks out from underneath. 100%!!!

  9. Mary Ruth Harden says:

    Really love the combination you are wearing today. The colors the plaid. You really dress up the dress and look much better than the model.

  10. I hope you feel better. How sweet of Joe to get you FF and a coke:). Stay well.

  11. Elizabeth T says:

    CYte outfit. Very put together. I probably wouldn’t wear only because I have an issue with the wraps falling off my shoulders – small shoulders and horrible posture. Feel better soon!

  12. Melissa Bingham says:

    You look so great in that dress! The weight loss is obvious; congratulations!

  13. Hi Tania! I enjoyed today’s post. BUT I just kept scrolling thinking you would show the houndstooth side! Thanks for the inspiration everyday.

    1. Lol! Maybe that is a teaser for a different post to come! Hahaha!

  14. Tamara S. Wilson says:

    Love it! 🙂 I will be buying the dress and the reversable wrap.

  15. You look great ! The plaid looks good but, it’s nice to have options. Thanks for the outfit ideas.

  16. Love this outfit on you. I like it with the plaid showing Thanks for always showing great fashion ideas. Have a Bless Day.

  17. Anita Karl says:

    Love the outfit!!

  18. Love the plaid.
    Hope you feel better.

    1. Me too! I’m feeling much better this morning!

  19. I loved this ruana when I first saw it! I LOVE the plaid on one side with houndstooth on the other! I am definitely a pattern girl!! Then, I went to Chicos and saw it in person. I wasn’t crazy about the orange in the plaid. Orange isn’t a good color for me. I wish it would have been more the color of your dress or a shade of red or burgundy. I would have bought it for sure! Thanks Tania!

    1. Lori, the orange stripe doesn’t bother me, and I thought that color would make the Ruana look even better when worn with browns.

      1. Ha, I’m normally such a “matchy matchy” with colors that I’m shocked I didn’t even notice that the ruana has an orange stripe against the burgundy of the dress (and that there wasn’t any burgundy in the ruana). I just thought the whole look was so gorgeous!

  20. You look fabulous and very chic in this outfit! Also, I’d love to know where your daughter got that heating pad. Sounds like something I’d use quite a bit! Have a blessed day 🙂

    1. Deborah, I linked to the heating pad, you can just click on the highlighted words and it will take you straight to the store.

  21. Maribeth Conklin says:

    Love this format.

    1. Thanks, Maribeth. It is sure easier to do this format, but you don’t hear about the clothing this way.