50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ADD A KIMONO TO YOUR OUTFIT | 50 IS NOT OLDI can’t believe that I am going to say this…my daughter is leaving and going to Alaska. Those were words that I didn’t think that I would be saying again, but we all know how things can change in a moments notice. It is funny the things that we will do for money, and in this case, she is going to be working on a commercial fishing boat for the summer. Can you even imagine???
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ADD A KIMONO TO YOUR OUTFIT | 50 IS NOT OLDAshleigh will be the only female on the boat, which is not surprising. However, I feel a little better, knowing that her ex-boyfriend is the captain and owner of the boat. This is the same ex-boyfriend that drove across the country with her back in November, so I think that he will watch out for her. But, the momma in me has questions like, why would he want to hire her as a crew member, why would she want to go to work on a fishing boat, and are they finished as a couple? Am I crazy here, do any of the rest of you think this is strange???
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ADD A KIMONO TO YOUR OUTFIT | 50 IS NOT OLDMy linen outfit is an old one. I have had it for about three years, and I still wear it a lot in the summer. I love wearing linen in the summer since it cool. I wear the pants way more than I do the top, but I also like wearing them together occasionally. I bought the entire outfit at Belk’s, and the brand is New Direction.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ADD A KIMONO TO YOUR OUTFIT | 50 IS NOT OLDI have been enjoying my rattan earrings with tassels. I bought these at a small boutique, but I found a few similar ones, one line. See below. I added a few of the bracelets from the Randee set. The set comes with four elastic bracelets that you can wear as a set or individually. The Juniper is a lariat style necklace. It has a 27.5″ iridescent bead chain with gold teardrops. I love how the beads have different colors because of the sheen.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO ADD A KIMONO TO YOUR OUTFIT | 50 IS NOT OLDThe kimono is what makes this outfit. This is a kimono that I bought years ago in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. I wear this all the time and even use it to double as a swimsuit coverup. The background of the kimono happens to be the same color as my outfit, and the black tassels pop against the brown/beige outfit.


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  1. Aimee Spencer Reply

    That is a cute outfit Tania. I almost started crying when you said your daughter is going back to Alaska. I know you will miss her. Either she & ex boyfriend are in love, or I would advise her not to go. Maybe Joe could hire her at lumberyard. Alaska is too far away and things could get scary. She is way too pretty to let some guy try to control her. She deserves Prince Charming and they will live happily ever after!

    • Tania Reply

      You don’t have to fret, Aimee. She doesn’t let “anyone” control her. If anything, you should feel sorry for poor Andy. Lol! I am not sure about her motives, but I do know that you make dang good money for 3 months of work. So, I think that is a lot of the incentive.

  2. Your daughter is such a strong, independent woman….bravo to her! While as a parent it sure can be stressful to have our children so far away no matter their age. I admire that she and her ex can still be close friends. Good luck to her!

    I really like this outfit….Love to find scarves and wraps that incorporate do many colors…so versatile!

    • I do love kimonos and this is one of the prettiest ones I’ve seen and nicely styled. I know you will miss your daughter but this is obviously something she has to do for herself. Quite the girl who wants to spend summer on a fishing boat!

      • Tania Reply

        Janet, I love kimonos too, they are so versatile. My girl is a doozy. She will love the fishing boat while I would be miserable. Lol!

      • Dana Buckingham Reply

        Maybe Andy is hoping that they can get back together. At least your daughter is coming back at the end of the summer – right?
        This is a beautiful outfit, especially the kimono. But it shows up on my Kindle as light violet rather than beige. Maybe that’s one reason I like it.

  3. Thompson Hill Blog Reply

    Beautiful!! It looks lovely on you and I love the color against your skin tone! Wow, the black pop’s!! Great style, Tania

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Susanne! You need to call me sometime. I need to catch up on your life.

  4. nice Kimono . I bought one too, weather has been so dismal have not been able to wear it 🙁

  5. Robin Staley Reply

    Ok. We need the answers to those questions too. Please tell her to be careful. I love your blogs.

    • Tania Reply

      I am sure that we will eventually get some answers, Robin. Hahaha

    • Christine Irvine Reply

      Tania, I would strongly advise her against that. Especially in light of the Me Too movement. Her ex boyfriend sounds like a nice guy, but he can not control the other men. Three months alone with a bunch of guys…
      Not a wise decision.
      No amount of money is worth it.

      New Hampshire

      • Tania Reply

        Christine, you don’t have to worry about that with this crew. They are all friends of hers before she left Alaska. Thanks for worrying about her though.

  6. Love your outfi today!! I do not comment often, but I read your blog everyday and you always look so put-together!! Best wishes to your daughter on her summer adventure!

  7. Sherry Jackson Reply

    I LOVE love love this outfit!!! Love the addition of the belt. I have many kimono’s in different weights for all seasons !!

    • Tania Reply

      I usually will belt this top because it is so big and flowy.

  8. Keep yourself busy. My daughter joined the Marines so I opened a franchise. You know what they say about idle minds….

    • Tania Reply

      Exactly! I need to de-clutter my house while she is gone. That should take me the entire three months. Lol!

  9. Luv the outfit, it looks great on you. I’m envious of Ashleigh, I would have jumped on that boat in a heartbeat when I was her age. I hope she has a great SAFE adventure.

    • Tania Reply

      She has even talked about blogging about her adventure. Lol!

  10. Pretty outfit. Very flattering! Oh what to do about our adult children? I’ve decided they have to make their own decisions and own mistakes. It’s so very hard to do though. And sometimes you still have to go and pick them up when they fall. But that’s being a mom and you can’t say “I told you so.” I definitely don’t think you’re crazy for worrying though.

  11. R Anne Marie Reply

    You can let them make their own mistakes, but a bit of “counsel” never hurt anyone ( in the long run). Unless there is a future (with this man) in going backwards, it’s not a good goal. Move on, move forward. It doesn’t sound like a good idea unless money is the ultimate goal. It’s not ” feminist” these days but reality / truth hits and hurts: Tick tick tick tock… time flies and young now is old right around the corner. Time is moving forward, other people are moving forward and she is moving backward? My son is 30 and women his age are rushing relationships- frantic that time is getting away from them—It’s not a good look and he is looking at younger women now who have the time to grow their relationship – it’s not fair that women have an expiration fertility date and men are carefree- but it’s reality. If a family isn’t in her plan- then there’s no problem and she can fish for real fish all the live long day! ( My son has been busy in his twenties- getting 3 degrees and now working on his Masters in two of them-he is NOW ready to look for a long term goal of marriage and children but he wants to find the right one- not jump all in ready for a ring after a month of dating which has been his experience with 30+ women). My 23 year old daughter feels she has all the time in the world,but is starting to get concerned watching her like aged friends pairing up, getting engaged, married and pregnant. She’s picky, too, which never helps. Good luck no matter which fish she’s going after! JMHO

  12. Beautiful kimono. I bought my first one recently from Chico’s and have decided they are a perfect item to have if you’re like me and tend to get cold even in summer. Just heavy enough. The colors in yours are so nice and can go with anything. I love your necklace too. Think I have to Pin this one. As for Ashleigh, I think maybe he’s not such an Ex after all or perhaps they are just good friends. 3 months on a boat should help them figure that out.

    • Tania Reply

      I have several kimono’s and I will wear them all summer long. They provide just enough coverage for cool evenings. I can’t tell about these two, they are both strange. Lol! But, they were together for over 3 years, so I guess that we will just have to wait and see.

  13. I say go for it! She’s a wise and smart girl by reading your post,so she’s still young for this day and time.Have fun now,there’s nothing wrong with being close friends with your x boyfriend,my son is still very good friends with his x girlfriend of 4 years.Live life, it could be gone tomorrow.

  14. I love the Kimono! My kids are in Portland and Mexico City, I feel your pain! Your daughter is a brave girl, I don’t think I would want to work on a fishing boat. What a exciting experience for her!

  15. Lovely outfit as always! Good thoughts for Ashley, sounds like a exciting opportunity!

  16. I hope things work out well for Ashley. I’ll bet she’s the only R&F consultant who also works on a fishing boat in Alaska!!

  17. Charlcy Green Reply

    What a beautiful outfit. Kimonos are so popular now and its beautiful! I know what you mean about Ashleigh going back to Alaska, but I’m predicting that couple IS NOT done yet!

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