HOW TO SHOW GRATITUDE FOR OTHERS TO SEE

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a sweatshirt that has gratitude written on it, chewed hem jeans, and white ankle boots

One of my goals/resolutions for 2021 was to be more thankful and have more gratitude. I am not sure if it is a human flaw that we remember and focus on the negative aspects instead of the positives. There have been times when I have made a post, and I can get a hundred comments telling me that they love the post and one comment that says something negative. Do you think that I focus on the hundred comments or the one?

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a sweatshirt with the word gratitude, chewed hem jeans, and white ankle boots

Thankfully, I can shake off negativity fairly fast, but not before I go down the rabbit hole for a little while. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t ever want anyone to comment something positive or say that they like my outfit if they don’t. But, I also don’t understand why some people seem to go out of their way to be hurtful or personal. I am EXTREMELY grateful that my “gurls” are the best! All of you are so sweet, and you even take the time to talk to each other if someone leaves a comment or asks a question, and I never want to take that for granted.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a gratitude sweatshirt with a black and white check shirt

When I saw this sweatshirt with the gratitude wording, I knew that I HAD to have it. I love having a positive attitude and wearing a positive message on my chest. This serves as a reminder for myself and those I meet, never to take anything for granted.

This Gratitude sweatshirt is a 50-50 blend of polyester and cotton and is machine washable. I’ve not washed it yet, so I can’t say if it shrinks or fades. I ordered a large size, which I usually order in a sweatshirt because I want them to fit me loosely and a little on the oversized side.

Here is another post where I wore a very similar sweatshirt, and it has another positive message that we need to see more.

Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing chewed hem jeans, and white ankle boots

From this photo, you can see how long the sweatshirt is in the back and where it strikes me. I am 5’6″ tall, and the top hit me a hip length.

Since this is a great photo of my white leather ankle boots by Marc Fisher, let me tell you a little about them. This is a modern look that is steeped in history. I am sure most of us have seen the white boot craze that was around in the 60s, and you might have even owned a pair of them yourself. I don’t remember having a pair, but I don’t remember much from that time again. The pointy toe design is one that I love, and so is a chunky heel. The shaft of this boot is higher, which has been the trend for ankle boots this year. I sized up in these boots and ordered a 9 1/2 instead of my usual size nine. When I bought these boots, they were on sale, but that sale has ended. I’ll try to find some similar boots in different price ranges since these are pretty pricey.


Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing chewed hem jeans, and white ankle boots from Marc Fischer

Look at the chewed hem on these jeans! I love this look, and the white boots really show off the distressed look. These jeans fit like a glove, and I find them very flattering. I ordered my normal size 30 in these jeans, but the website suggests sizing up one size. However, the size 31 was sold out, so I took a chance and ordered them anyway. They are very snug, and I probably would be more comfortable in the 31s. So, I either need to lose some weight or send these back. BUT, I love how these look!!!


Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a black sweatshirt with white words, chewed hem jeans, and white ankle boots

I didn’t add any jewelry to today’s look because… I forgot! Lol! I was talking to my sister while I was getting dressed, and I had my AirPods in (look at the photos closely) and just forgot. It was much later when I realized that I hadn’t added earrings, and I was too lazy to retake the photos.

But, I did add a layer to my look. I’ve had this black and white check button-up shirt for years, and I decided to take my own advice about creating visual interest by adding layers. I have to admit; I don’t hate how the shirt looks with the sweatshirt. I’ll see if I can find some similar ones for you.


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Fashion Blogger 50 Is Not Old is wearing a sweatshirt that has gratitude written on it with a black and white shirt, chewed hem jeans, and white ankle boots

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  1. Pat wrote:

    Tania – that is a great resolution and I will also try to focus on the positive and be grateful. You look great. I did have a pair of white go go boots in the 60’s when I was in grade school and wore them to school with my uniform of navy skirt and white blouse. What a look! But I thought I looked so cute.

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Oh, Pat! I wish that I would have had those boots, but at least I have them now!

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  2. Debra wrote:

    Such a cute look! You’re an inspiration. Please keep up the good work.

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Aww, thanks so much, Debra!

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  3. Jo wrote:

    I love the checkered blouse with the sweatshirt! Have a wonderful day!

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’ve had that shirt for years, I just pulled it out of the closet.

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  4. Mary wrote:

    I love the outfit and even the checked shirt under the sweatshirt (something i would not have thought of) I think it takes the sweatshirt from casual to office casual instantly! Have a great day and I will definitely be thankful I started my day with you just like everyday!

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That is right, Mary. It takes a regular sweatshirt and makes it dressier.

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  5. Fiona wrote:

    Love the outfit.
    Negative comments can be so damaging, please concentrate on the positive ones.
    Have a good weekend.

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      You are right, Fiona. We have to train our minds to concentrate on the positives.

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  6. Janet wrote:

    A good reminder to be grateful and be kind!
    Another great outfit. I didn’t get the go-go boots I wanted as a kid and anytime they come back in style I buy them if I can. I really like the frayed bottoms of the jeans with these boots.

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That is how I feel about the boots also.

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  7. Charlc Green wrote:

    Tania, I too love graffic look sweatshirts w such a positive word! And the check blouse really ads alot! Those sassy boots are the perfect accessories! I too wonder why people say such hurtful things on comments! I’m proud of you that you quickly overcome those! Have a great weekend beautiful!

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    • Tania wrote:

      Charlcy, you are always uplifting and positive!

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  8. Liane wrote:

    Do you think we’ve been conditioned as women from childhood to believe there is always room for improvement? I know I was. Like being told an A- missed the mark. Or one B in a sea of As? My mom was hypercritical all my life. Never had a kind word of appreciation. And then I met my mother in law. The first time she came here she remarked my front yard was run down. (Our perennials were in winter mode as was the lawn). And during the 80s when teen girls were given to foot high teased bangs, black lip liner and hugely baggy jeans she told her granddaughter she looked like a floozy. Those remarks were 40 years ago and they still smart. I can’t change what was said, naturally, but I can choose the realize it was not me, not my doing, not my fault, but her narrow minded pettiness. What I don’t get is why it still lingers!

    I think ultimately that there will always be negative people and some of them can be extremely influential on our thoughts. The trick is how to sort the wheat from the chaff! Not that I’ve figured out how, exactly but I think it starts with the realization that some people are just ugly inside. Why they’d read a blog and then criticize is beyond me. When you style something I wouldn’t wear (I’m built like your sister) I don’t have negative reactions. I just wistfully wish I were taller and slenderer. Or that three inch heels absolutely kill my feet! Maybe that’s it — negative comment reflect a type of envy. Who knows! But as a person who grew up with more negative than positive comments I can sure commiserate.

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    • Angie wrote:

      I can relate to Liane’s comment about negativity from others, and I feel we all have said things about others that can be hurtful and damaging, but when it’s said directly to someone, it reveals a person who is just deflecting from their own insecurities. And it’s just not worth the little time we have in our lives to give them any credence. Pity them and have hope they wake up.

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      • Tania wrote:

        I agree, Angie. People like that are unhappy, and they want to spread their misery to others. We have to guard our minds and our hearts against anyone like this.

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    • Tania wrote:

      I am so sorry, Liane that you had to experience such negativity at a young age. That is when you are most impressionable, and it is a shame that your mother took out her issues on you. It is obvious that she was an unhappy woman. I am glad that you are stronger now, and can see through the comments.

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  9. Nancy Lawrence wrote:

    You are such an inspiration! I read your post first thing in the morning and it’s an attitude boost. I LOVE the checked shirt under the sweatshirt. As a matter of fact I think I will try that today.

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yay! I hope that you liked how the look turned out on you.

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  10. Lorie wrote:

    What an important message. We often forget to be grateful for what we have and to show gratitude to others.

    I too have focused on the negative things. For many years I was controlled by my family or left to feel guilty if I didn’t accomodate to their needs or ideas. It has been a difficult journey to realize that I am worthy to do things for myself and to be not taken for granted.

    I can totally relate to Liane. To this day my mother and I do not have a good relationship.

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    • Tania wrote:

      Women often struggle with this issue. Self-care is something that we tend to put on the back burner, or we feel guilty when we put ourselves first.

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  11. Gail wrote:

    You are always a breath of fresh air. I look forward to checking for your email every day.

    Posted 1.9.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks so much, Gail! This means a lot to me.

      Posted 1.9.21Reply
  12. Paige wrote:

    I love the checked shirt. I have a couple and I never think to layer them under a sweater, but I’m trying to do better about that. I think I’ll grab a black sweater right now and put it over it on the hanger, so I don’t forget your great idea!

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