50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40When certain things happen around the house, Joe and I will look at each other and say, “that’s going on the blog.” Lol! Well, that happened yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to share the story. Let’s start from the beginning; so last year when I was shopping at Sam’s Club, I bought a huge citronella candle that was in a beautiful turquoise blue pottery container. But, what I hadn’t planned on was the part where the sun would melt the candle and cover the wicks with wax. I never got to use the candle once. To make matters worse, the pottery container didn’t have any drain holes, so when it started raining, (last year) the melted wax would spill out over the top and drip down onto the patio making a huge mess. We have tried scraping it up, pressure washing it up, and it looks like we are going to have to try a blow torch to get the wax up off of the patio. Let’s say that Joe has had a few choice (okay, more than a few) words to say about the whole scenario.
50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40But, your truly, absolutely loved the pottery container, so I dumped out the candle and kept just the vessel. Fast forward to this year, and I decided to buy some succulents to put in the newly repurposed planter. I wanted something low to put on my outdoor table, and that was perfect for what I had in mind. The problem was that it didn’t have any drain holes, and the succulents would drown. So, while Joe was mowing the yard, I went to his garage and found a drill. I looked for a bit to create the holes, and I tried a couple of different ones. But, no matter how hard I pushed, the bit wouldn’t eat into the pottery. I tried, and tried, and tired for at least 20 minutes or more. Finally, Joe finished mowing the yards, and when I saw him walk by the garage, I yelled at him to come inside. First thing was a few more choice words (ok, more than a few) about what I could do with that “planter,” and then he proceeded to ask me where I had found the bits that I was using. I showed him, and he put mine back up, all while telling me that it was a good thing that I didn’t mess up his “steel” bits. Then he walked across the garage and pulled out a new bit still in the packaging. He had me four drain holes drilled within 2 minutes! I was thankful and also ticked-off that I had spent soooo much time trying to drill with the wrong type of drill bit. The more I fussed, the harder Joe would laugh. It just goes to show you, that to do anything in life well, you need the right equipment. Lol!
50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40Sorry for talking your ear off today. Lol! I am going to show you the top that I am wearing first. It is the lightest turquoise blue, and it has some beautiful crochet details. I love this spaghetti strap top, but it is a size too small, so it has been retired. The top is old, and it just goes to show you that I have put on some weight in the past year. I guess this is a wakeup call for me to start watching what I am eating. Anyway, this top is a perfect example of what I talk about when I say, “look for unique details.” The pintuck bodice and the crochet inserts and hem, really make this a statement top. I don’t remember where I bought the top, and I have cut the tag out long ago, so I can’t tell you the store that I bought it from.

50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40The earrings that I added to my look are mint circles on a half circle, and they are called the Maureen. The rest of my jewelry is older, retired pieces from Plunder Design and they are no longer available for purchase.

50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40These pants!!! I am in stinkin’ love with these pants! These pants are gorgeous, comfortable, and so stylish. When I got them in the mail, they came all wadded up and tied in a knot. I thought, ‘what the heck is going on,” and then I realized that they wanted them stored like that to hold the crinkles in the pants. In fact, they are now hanging in my closet, wadded up and tied in a knot, attached to a hanger. Lol! That was a first for me.
50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40I love these pants so much, and I want to show you all of the details. The little ruffles go all the way around the pants.
50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40The colors in the stripe are a turquoise blue and deep green. Plus, there is a tiny bit of white that is in the design.
50 IS NOT OLD | WHY DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT IN AN OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40The waistband is a pull-on design, but they turquoise, green, and white colors are in the band as well. Those colors will show if you decide to tuck a shirt inside the band. I think that I might wear this top (here) the next time I wear these. I bought these from Soft Surroundings, and the link is here. Yesterday, some of you mentioned that you wanted to know the store instead of the link. I’ll try to do both. Also, some of you were misinformed when you thought the reason that I didn’t mention a store, and instead provided a link, that I made money from each click. That is called a pay-per-click, and I do NOT participate in that type of affiliate. I do earn a small commission (4-10 percent usually) but only if a purchase is made by going through my links. That is a way that I can keep the website up and going since there is a cost associated with running a blog.

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  1. Dena McKinney wrote:

    Adore the entire outfit!!! you look like a lovely ray of sunshine!!!

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Awww, thanks, Dena!

      Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  2. Liz wrote:

    You look adorable, as always! I love Soft Surroundings. It’s my new go-to place to shop. I don’t mean to get too personal, but what kind of bra are you wearing with that top? I always have trouble finding good strapless bras, and the one you have on looks seamless and great because you can’t see a thing. Thx!

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Liz, I just found Soft Surroundings recently, but I am loving everything that I purchased. I will be ordering again from them! About the bra, remember that I am not large chested, so I can get away with wearing these: https://rstyle.me/+9U8jQ_DeM6wfUE_1KC0qwQ

      Posted 6.25.19 Reply
    • Hi Liz! I recently purchased the Up For Anything strapless bra from Spanx. I just got it so have only worn it a couple times but I love it. It is far more comfortable than any others I have had, and it actually stays up, I don’t have to constantly tug on it! It’s a bit more pricey, even compared to the popular lingerie store in the mall, but for me it is well worth the money because here in North Carolina it is hot and I wear halter/spaghetti strap tops all summer. I’m thinking of ordering another actually. I don’t partner with them through my blog so there is no benefit to me, but I encourage you to check out the website and give it a try. The model I ordered also came with straps so I could wear it that way if I wanted. Good luck! https://www.spanx.com/bras/strapless

      Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  3. ooooooooooH loving those palazzo pants ! As you say its all in the detail. Love – Jill – stylishatsixty

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am a huge fan of palazzo pants!

      Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  4. Pamela wrote:

    You two are too funny and so typical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Also, love the pants! A trip to Soft Surroundings, I can see, is in my future!

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I crack up at some of the silly things we do. I wish that I could put all of them on the blog, but some are better off left alone. Lol!

      Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  5. Your outfit looks like the perfect summer vacation outfit! Comfortable and cute — two things I always strive for! Plus, the turquoise color is definitely my color! I’m glad you were at least able to use the pot from your candle and it wasn’t a complete waste.

    Julia visiting from:

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  6. Teri wrote:

    Just love this outfit, you look great!! (As usual) and I love that store also.

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  7. Charlcy Green wrote:

    I love that outfit!! Beautiful colors and style. Thx for being transparent and sharing your foibles! Sounds like something I would do too. Thankfully Joe rescued you! Great jewelry to compliment the outfit too! And sincerely thank you for trying to do everything your readers want! Sheesh!

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
    • Carole Prisk wrote:

      I love the pants, but I think the top isn’t a good choice to pair with them. The top has too many things going on and the pants are featuring so many embellishments as well that it makes for a busy look. You have spaghetti straps, lace, pleats and a billowy silhouette on top and then wide legs, crinkles ruffles, and trim on the pants. I hope you will show us these pants again with the second choice top you mentioned.

      Posted 6.25.19 Reply
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