50 IS NOT OLD | HOW YOU WEAR A KIMONO IN DIFFERENT WAYS | FASHION OVER 40Most of you have heard me talk about my daughter, who lived in Juneau, Alaska. I say “lived” because she can’t make up her mind if she is going to stay in Alaska, come to Virginia, go to Tennessee, or do a combination of all of those mentioned. She went back to Juneau to work on the commercial fishing boat that her boyfriend owns. Yes, I said, boyfriend. Those who have read my blog for a while knows that he was an “ex” boyfriend earlier this year. It would appear that they have patched up their differences, and she seems extremely happy. She loved being on the boat, but she strained a muscle that I can’t even pronounce, and she had to quit the fishing for now.
Instead, she has been helping the boat by being the person who does all the calling and scheduling. That is more of a task than you would imagine. The boat does not always have service, and you have to fly supplies out to it a lot of the time because it is not near a port.
One of the scarier times was when the boat was taking on water, and she had to locate the items they needed to fix the problem. She finally found the supplies in another part of the state and then had to coordinate a way to get them to the plane so that they could be flown to the location of the boat. Evidently, the boat wasn’t too worried, though; they never quit fishing. I would have been a nervous wreck.
As you can see, she might not be on the commercial fishing boat, but she has been doing her fair share of fishing. She caught these Salmon, killed them, and then fileted them before she put them in the freezer. I am in awe! Just baiting a hook would be a major accomplishment for me. You can forget me doing all of the rest of that stuff. I am proud of her and the beautiful, strong woman that she has become!
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW YOU WEAR A KIMONO IN DIFFERENT WAYS | FASHION OVER 40The look today is another one from my archives that didn’t get used. Since I had been feeling bad the past few weeks, I haven’t been taking photos. Believe me; you did not want to see my outfits that I was wearing those days. I still liked this outfit, so I decided to share it with you today. I think the focal part of my outfit would be the floral kimono by Umgee. I have used this kimono for so many different looks. I have worn it with a dress, with jeans, with shorts, and even as a swimsuit coverup. A kimono is a very versatile clothing item and something that you might want to consider owning.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW YOU WEAR A KIMONO IN DIFFERENT WAYS | FASHION OVER 40I wanted to bring out the turquoise in the kimono, so I added jewelry in that color. The necklace that I am wearing can be worn short or long. It does not come with the added pendant, so you can even use this as a lanyard. How cute would that be for your name badge? The necklace is the Marina, and when worn short, it is 17.5″ long. I added a two-sided pendant called the Brendalee. I can’t believe that I didn’t get a good photo of the pendant since it is so cute. It has my “S” initial in silver glitter on one side, and on the other side, it has a bright yellow background with a pretty butterfly. Here is the link to the pendant if you want a closer look.
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW YOU WEAR A KIMONO IN DIFFERENT WAYS | FASHION OVER 40My wide-leg pants have a cute ruffle on them at the bottom. They are c/o Luckybird Clothing Company, and I wore them before here. Wide-leg pants are everywhere this fall. The cropped version of the wide-leg pant is very popular right now, but it is a little tricky to wear. The crop version looks great with a high-heel pump shoe, but it is especially hard to wear if you are on the petite side.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW YOU WEAR A KIMONO IN DIFFERENT WAYS | FASHION OVER 40I saw a quote of Pinterest one day that said, “Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them!” I wish that I could take the credit for the independent woman that my daughter has become. I was not that way when she was young. Thankfully, I have become stronger as I have aged, and for that, I am extremely grateful. But, I still wish I could do the things that my daughter can. Lol!

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  1. Love your post today – your daughter is quite the inspiration. And you should wear glasses more often – those look fantastic on you!

  2. Dena McKinney says:

    I hope you are feeling much better now. The outfit is one of my favs so far.
    While you say you were not always strong and independent, I suspect your daughter osmotically took in that evolution and it had a much larger impact on her than you credit. Kudos to her (and you) as strong kick-ass women.

  3. Julia Purtill says:

    Loved to see the pictures of Ashley and the big fishes! Mercy, she’s quite a woman! You’ll never have to worry about her survival skills she had good ones!
    Hope you are feeling better and getting well. I’m worried about you! I’m glad you had some spare pictures, you always look darling.

  4. Love the kimono! Thanks for the update on your daughter! I can’t imagine all that she is doing!

  5. I just want to say you are adorable. There is no reason I can’t take your ideas and look as good, but for some odd reason I think I would fake. I have been a jeans and whatever top girl for so many years mixing it up I think people would think I was going through a midlife crisis. And maybe I am. I have picked up a few your ideas so I hope slowly I can change my style. Thanks for the daily inspiration.

  6. I have caught and cleaned fish, crabs and even been out on my father-in laws shrimp boat. I had to cook fish for them while the boat went round and round in circles. Give me a pottery wheel or a craft shop to make the money. It’s a lot more fun.
    You look absolutely beautiful with the colors in this outfit. Your have a beautiful daughter too.

  7. I am so envious of your daughter! I love fishing and wish I could catch fish that size! It’s great that she is so independent and brave to go live in Alaska. What a great experience that will surely enrich her life. I love the kimono and I have several that I love to wear. They are so versatile. Hope you are feeling better.

  8. I was going to stay “Like Mama, Like Daughter” She gets great qualities from you! She is beautiful!

  9. Love the colors, and the glasses! Have a beautiful day and hope you get over this bug you have.

  10. It’s wonderful to see what our children can achieve these days! Women especially have so many more opportunities then we did. You must have raised her well!
    I love the kimono/outfit.

  11. Beautiful colour combo on you Tania really lovely against your hair and skin ?

    1. Thanks, Bernie. Pink normally looks good on blondes.