RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE - 50 IS NOT OLD

Black blazer and burgundy ankle pants worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldGood morning!!! Did any of you stay up partying last night? How about, did any of you watch the ball drop last night? Or, did any of you at least think to yourself before you went to bed, “tomorrow is a brand new year?” Lol! I might have fallen into the last category myself, and there is no shame in that at all. Watching the ball drop is something that I like to do, but as my daughter commented yesterday, “it is kind of anti-climatic.”
Black blazer, a plaid top, and burgundy ankle pants worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldI just told Joe that next year I want to ring in the new year from Paris. Of course, I had to make sure that I told him that I meant France, not Tennessee. LOL! I have never been overseas, and I am not sure that I will like traveling that far, but we are to the age where we need to travel while we still can. I see a lot of you posting pictures from other countries, and I have never been tempted to travel. But, for some reason, I am getting the itch to see things that I have never seen before. But, according to the weather, now would not be the best time to travel to France. SO, those of you who travel, what would be a great place (temperature-wise) to ring in the new year in 2021?
Black blazer with a plaid top worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldThe first thing that I want to do is set your mind at ease. I am NOT standing on an active train track. The cars behind me (and some on the other side of me that you can’t see) are not attached to an engine. This track is not active at the moment, look at the rust on the rails. The tracks on the other side are the ones used daily to transport coal from our county so that it can be made into steel.
A plaid top and a black blazer worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldThe Stewart tartan plaid top that I have on is very stylish. I wanted to start the new year off with a stylish outfit, so be sure to let me know if I succeeded. The colors in this top are great for the holidays, but they are not something that you can wear only at this time of the year. This top, with its cute puff sleeves, can be worn all spring long. It is lightweight, made from cotton, and is machine washable. It is also very popular, and only available in small sizes. I am wearing a medium, in case you were wondering. Even if your size is no longer available, you can easily incorporate this pattern into your wardrobe.


Burgundy ankle pants and black worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldThe color of these ankle pants is beautiful. It is called Rioja on the website, but I have no idea what that word means. So, I am going to call them a claret instead. These are an ankle-length style, and they have a high waist with a tie belt. The pants are a blend of Polyester, Rayon, and Spandex, plus they are machine washable. I am wearing my usual size 10, and they fit great, if not a little loose. These pants come in black also, and here is the link.

black jeweled flats worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldAll of you that say that you can’t wear heels; here you go. Finding cute flats is not an easy task, but these jeweled flats sure fit the bill. These have a padded insole, so they are comfortable as well as cute. They fit true to size, and they are on sale. Enough said!!! Here is the link.
A vintage green glass necklace with a plaid top worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldMy green beaded necklace is a vintage find from years ago. I didn’t bother to check the tag, but this looks like Vendome or Vogue to me. I love vintage jewelry, but obviously, you can’t click on a link to get your own necklace. But, I thought that you would appreciate seeing this piece. I own this necklace (here) and one almost identical to this one. I don’t own (this), but it is a gorgeous Vendome piece if you like green. My earrings were a special purchase from Plunder, and they remind me of Gucci. I love the red and green stripe, and I thought that it would be perfect for this outfit.
Black blazer and burgundy ankle pants worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old with a train in backgroundWhen my daughter takes my photos, this look happens a lot. I love having her around, and I am already dreading when she heads back to Alaska in a few days. I am trying hard to remember to be thankful for having her home for several weeks, instead of dwelling on her leaving. Joe and I are going to make plans for a trip this summer to spend time with her and Andy.

I am wearing an older knit blazer in black that I have had for several years. It is a tiny bit on the big side, so I don’t wear it very often. When I was looking for some similar links for you, I found a couple that is on sale that I think I am going to order for myself in hopes of finding one that fits me good. A classic black blazer should be a staple in everyone’s closet!


Black blazer, a plaid top, burgundy ankle pants, and black jeweled flats worn by Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not OldI hope that you have enjoyed the way that I started 2020 off, and I would love to hear your opinions. Let me know if there are particular looks that you would like to see, or if there is a topic that you would like for me to talk about in an upcoming post.

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38 Comments

  1. Since I haven’t gone to bed yet, let me be the first on this post to wish you Happy New Year! Love the colours in this outfit and Rioja is wine so you are right calling it Claret! 🎉

    • Tania Reply

      Happy New Year, Janet! You can tell that I am not a big wine drinker. Lol!

  2. Happy new year. Tania travel anywhere south of the equator for a warm New Year’s Eve. Australia, could be exciting.. or tropical like Aruba. I am from NewYork and would not recommend time square, it is just a bit anti climatic as Ashley would point out.

    • Tania Reply

      Lorraine, that sounds like great ideas. I thought that New York would be great for Christmas, but all of the crowds would drive me bonkers.

    • Tania Reply

      That sounds lovely, Nancy. I’ll mention that to Joe.

  3. Cynthia Mains Reply

    Happy New Year! I think it would be fun to go on a cruise for New Years.

    • Tania Reply

      Cynthia, I love a cruise but Joe has said NO WAY. He has never been on one but is sure that he would hate it. Lol!

  4. Connie Kinidari Reply

    Happy new year full of love and happiness.I love your outfit, especially your flat shoes.Love

    • Tania Reply

      Gayle, I did a good job guessing then. Lol! I had no idea the Rioja was wine. Hahaha!

  5. I love the affordable outfits you put together. I’m wondering how tall you are so I can judge sizing for myself. Thanks!

    • Tania Reply

      Susan, I am glad that you like my outfits! I am 5’6″ tall.

  6. Adorable top. Adorable shoes. Beautiful smile you get with your daughter around!! Happy New Year to you and yours. God Bless.

    • Tania Reply

      My daughter always makes me laugh. Lol! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. Happy New Year!!! I bought those shoes and love them. Soak in every minute you can with your daughter. Precious time!!

    • Tania Reply

      Debbie, these shoes will dress up any pants. I am glad to hear that you like them.

  8. Happy New Year! Love the plaid top and the pants. Really pretty. Hope your new year is all you hope for!

  9. I agree with Lorraine above. A beach vacay in Australia for New Years is the way to go.

  10. Ginger Jackson Reply

    Happy, happy new year! For the future, my closet is full but have nothing to wear. Fit is wrong, nothing looks good together! Where do I start to make sense of it, not get in the same situation again. Help!

  11. Happy New Year! Sydney, Australia would be my New Years Eve location of choice although I think cruise would be fun

  12. Nancy Onorato Reply

    Happy New Year, Tania! I just picked up the shoes & I think that’s a great way to start the new year (decade!) off right. We’ve been traveling since we retired & I now definitely have the wanderlust bug. I’d like to suggest that Hawaii would be the perfect place to usher in 2021, specifically the NCL cruise that stops at four islands. (They’re the only cruise line that has this itinerary.) We’re going for the second time this spring & I’m SO looking forward to it. You can’t go wrong with the beautiful scenery, amazing weather, and the great Aloha spirit of the people!

  13. love this outfit! so cute on you – very classic; I’m trying to quit buying trendy clothes and building my wardrobe up with things that won’t go out of style – nice clothes are expensive but I just need to do it instead of buying things that won’t hold up; now to tackle the issue of all the different sizes in my closet LOL —-in that vein, I’m redoing my closet; do you use the “huggable hanger” type Joy Mangano hangers? I’m thinking of investing in those, everyone says they are the best to increase your closet space – happy new year and thanks for all the humor and great tips 🙂

  14. Nancy Onorato Reply

    I just read your comment about Joe thinking he would hate a cruise, and I must tell you we used to think the same thing – ugh, you’re stuck on a boat with forced socializing & not much to do – but it’s not like that at all, just the opposite. Anyhoo, if you can’t convince him, how about just going to Waikiki or Maui for NY 2021?

  15. Tania – Tell Joe to just TRY a cruise!! You never know until you try. We love cruising. You unpack once and leave the driving to the captain!! Happy New Year!!

  16. Ha, when you said Paris, it made me think of Paris, Tennessee. I used to live there back in the 80s. Nice little town. I love your outfit.

  17. Sheron Davis Reply

    Happy New Year to you Tania and to your family!
    Wishing you a year of wonderful memories and excellent health.

    Speaking of memories. Please go out and travel and see this wonderful world we live in. It will be an education filled with wonderful sights to see. It really surprises me when I hear of people never leaving their country to see how others live. I have always been curious and have been blessed to see more than 15 countries. I was born in England and raised in Canada. My family has always traveled. Each country has it’s own beauty. A must see and be put on your bucket list. My husband and I are traveling on a Viking cruise this spring. Visiting the Swiss Alps, Germany and France. Can’t wait! I know you are not big on aircrafts so a cruise might be a good way to start. It is like a huge hotel. They treat you like a King and Queen. You deserve that! Give it ago and I bet you will want to travel again.

    Thank you for your wonderful blogs and photos! Love reading them.

    Best wishes for this new year 2020.

    Your traveling friend from Canada!

    Sheron Davis

  18. Nikki Mcleslie Reply

    Hello!! Happy new year to you and your family!!! My husband and I remind me of you and joe! We too, own our own small business in a small rural town! We are going to Maui Hawaii on the 20th for 10 days!! First real vacation in over 6 years! So, I would suggest Hawaii for you to ring in 2021!!

  19. Gwen Marie Ewing Reply

    Traveling to Europe this time of year is magical! My husband and I just went to Rome December 4th for 8 days! The weather is similar to yours and ours in southwest Ohio, it was a little warmer. Jackets and sweaters were comfortable to sightsee and walk around. It is so beautiful during Christmas time, we may go back. We went to Vienna, Budapest and Prague 2 years ago over Thanksgiving, I love the beauty of these cities during the Christmas holiday. Paris is lovely too this time of year! You would love it, the crowds are a little lighter and everyone is in a great mood. People are so friendly in Europe! Happy New Year!

  20. Beautiful down to your pink nails. I just bought a pair of pants, jacket and sweater in wine and just love the way you put this outfit together. I love the way you picked up the green in the blouse for the necklace. It’s all in the details sometimes. Happy New Year to you and your family. God bless this coming new year.

  21. I am going on my first cruise this year. I’ll let you know if I love it!

  22. Charlcy Green Reply

    I’m sure you won’t have time to read this now that I’m so late responding, but I love the pics today! Those shoes are darling! You are SO blessed to have your daughter there for weeks! But I know sad it is to see her go..so far! We are going to Alaska on a cruise this summer. I’d love to know your recommendations for what to see! For where to spend next New Year’s – I’m always up for somewhere warm in winter like Cancun, Costa Rica, Belize, Aruba!

  23. We, too, thought we’d hate cruising but reluctantly took our first one to Alaska a few years ago thinking it would be the best way to get an overall view of the state. We’ve taken three or four since then. I suspect Joe thinks as we did (you’d be herded around with a bazillion other people, follow a tight schedule, etc.) but it’s actually very enjoyable. You can spend as much or as little time with other people and spend your time as you want. In the short amount of time we’ve been cruising, it appears to be getting more relaxed as far as dress is concerned. We usually incorporate a cruise into a land road trip and bringing the dressier clothes was cumbersome.

    Anyway, I love the idea of Hawaii over the holidays but, as mentioned above, Europe is magical at Christmastime with all the Christmas markets to be had. We lived in Europe for five years and loved every minute of it. We continue to travel to Europe often because it’s just so special. We spent Christmas this year in Mexico, our second time spending Christmas there, and had a wonderful time.

    Planning and dreaming is half the fun. As mentioned above, this is the time in your lives to enjoy these adventures together. We never know what the future holds so do it while you can. (Just call me, “Mom”! 😉 )

  24. Beautiful outfit – you look amazing and you can tell you are having a lot of fun with the photographer (not your usual remote – LOL!). Happy New Year from Canada.

  25. I love the blazer and the shoes. I do most of my shopping online and seem to find more of what I’m looking for. I lean toward basic slacks with multiple tops, colors and jewelry. Thank you for all the great ideas and happy new year!
    Brenda

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