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How Should I Style Over The Knee Boots? Help!

Image: Woman holding unboxing and showing off new over the knee boots from Amazon
Judge My Style Over The Knee Boots
Can I be honest, I have no fashion taste? But I love to play up my personal style and try new pieces here and there. To be on the real side of things the older, I become the more I am falling in love with a sleeker and all black style with pops of color added. I really do think I am adapting to the way I decorate our family living by the decor I chose to surround us with. 
Yes, I am that gal that loves adding yellow, red and orange colors to everything.
I am not sure how I want my style to be in my forties, but I do know I love dressing up even if I make the wrong choices with my outfit picks.
About a week ago I purchased a pair of over the knee boots from Amazon, and they arrived over the weekend.
After unboxing them, I instantly fell in love because they are perfect. Yes, I did try them on, and the sizing was correct, the length and the faux texture was all on point for me. I couldn't have asked for a better boot. Oh, and they come all the way above my knees with no slip down because  I have thick legs and thighs, so I am super happy they come all the way up my legs.
Image : Woman showing new over the knee boots. Asking readers to help her style them by picking out her style

But, here's the dilemma I am having with my new boots, I do not know how to style them so I can look age appropriate. I tried them on with a pair of skinny jeggings, and yall I looked like a squeezed in sausage wrapped around a slice of bread. No way am I going to wear boots that make me look as if I stole my twenty-year-old child's look for school.

I know I can rock long leg boots with jeans, but I wasn't feeling that look for me. So, back in the box, they went until I can find what works for me and my style.
 Don't worry I will be wearing them very soon and I have a few ideas. But, I need you guys to help with finding the perfect way to style my new boots. 

Image: Woman showing over the knee boots


If you have any ideas, leave comments below, and I will try them out? I want to wear them this weekend so help style me fast.:)

I will be back with your ideas styled.

Until Next See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie




A Quick Breakfast Does Not Have To Slow You Down : Aging Healthy

Image: Bananas, Smoothie Drink Coffee Pot In Back ground for blog post.
Who has time to grab a full breakfast every morning? You know the one that comes with oatmeal, fruit, eggs, turkey bacon and one full glass of orange juice. Although that is so ideal, I can never get that type of food ready before heading off to work.

Being Forty-Something And Accepting The Process Of Aging

Image: Tangie Bell shopping in thrift store. If I only knew I was going to need more guidance and understanding as I age, I would've paid more attention to every year I let slip by after 20-something. #midlifenotes
Midlife Notes

If I only knew I was going to need more guidance and understanding as I age, I would've paid more attention to every year I let slip by after 20-something.
Over the last few years, I've been thinking about what  I am want to do in my late 40's and beyond. Why haven't I talked about my feelings before and why am I worried about something that has to happen naturally in life anyway?  

Such as wrinkles, weight gain or loss, life losses, children moving out or staying home until married. :) 
And so many other things that happen as we age.

Seriously is there something to be worried about? 

Image: Tall lamp legs at a thrift store in Dallas Texas:I am speaking about those simple living in the moments of aging. You know being happy about the process by letting go and really enjoying life. Finding a purpose and passion for the second half of living life.

Also,  I am not talking about retirement plans or, money because those are real-life things that have to be taking care of. 

I am speaking about those simple living in the moments of aging. You know being happy about the process by letting go and really enjoying life. Finding a purpose and passion for the second half of living life. 
Most people including myself never talk about what we really want to do in life past the age of 40. To be honest talking about going to a nursing home is not the conversation I want to have over coffee with friends. 
Image: Mannequin with hand bag across shoulder. seen first on Bits and Babbles Blog
When I turned forty many years ago, I noticed my body and other things around me were changing. Such as the way I think, dress, and saw my body as a woman who was aging and I could see it happening slowly but surely. If I could be honest in this post, I really thought I was going to be young in looks and health forever. That was the crazy and dumb side of my mind talking as a youth so please don't judge.
I am at that point in my life where I want to enjoy the slow process of living. I now realize I have a big part to play in my life when it comes to life and aging well. In other words, things are going to happen, and we must plan accordingly. But when the birds are singing, and the sun is shining we must learn to live the parts of life at that moment.
Image: Tangie Bell Holding Bag: Image Woman holding bag at thrift store. Seen First on Bits and Babbles Blog

I am here to admit. Yes, aging is scary, but it is not over until it is over. I am not a Dr at all but being 40, 50, 60, 70 80 and beyond does not mean its time to crawl up in a hole and wait to die. I spend a lot of time working, being a mom, wife, etc.
Ultimately, aging with a purpose is more than finding a hobby or a new friend to go and play bingo with. To me, it's about discovering who I am and adjusting to that aging phase in my life.

When I was younger, I did what young people do even if it was right or wrong.
Now that I am older there is another part of life that I have to learn. So, I now realize I will never stop learning and adjusting to new things as I age. The realization is the process is much different, and I am ok with that.


Image: Two Vintage Telephones : When I look in the mirror, I do see a different woman. One who has a few wrinkles and a little belly fat. But I can fix that. Because with age will come change and I am ok with that also. I live in the real world, not the one that is on the interweb. The one where women are real and deal with real life issues.
When I look in the mirror, I do see a different woman. One who has a few wrinkles and a little belly fat. But I can fix that. Because with age will come change and I am ok with that also. I live in the real world, not the one that is on the interweb. The one where women are real and deal with real life issues. 


A Few Tidbits

Take Life Slow And Easy: It's ok to ease back from taking on to many tasks. 

Let Go: It's ok to let go of things that are weighing you down.

Let Children Be Grown: Its ok to allow your children to make their own mistakes. Do not carry the burden of raising kids than being in their business as adults. Help when necessary or when asked.

Focus On New Adventures: Find something you love to do outside of being at work, home or at church events.  Do something fun/relaxing and do it often.

Spend Time on personal self-care: beauty, skin, and health

Be less judgemental: So what you do not look 20 and you see a few wrinkles. It's ok to get some good cream for the face and join a gym. You can fix that. But if you do want to, it's ok :)


Last but not least, being forty-something is new to me but I am finding my place, and I hope anyone who reads today's blog post can find a new purpose in accepting the process of aging. After all of these years, I finally got what it means to rest and just roll with life. 

When things happen in life must deal with it and when things are not happening ...I Must Enjoy It!

Now that's my bits on being forty-something and accepting the process of aging.



Leave me comments?


Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie




Sunday Thrift Haul + Getting Frugal In 2019

Image:boots, purse and earrings showing in Sunday Thrift Haul
Over the last few weeks, I've been building my wardrobe from the second-hand stores and any sales racks I can find located at the back of my favorite stores such as Macy's, Target and EarthBound just to name a few. 
 On Friday I started cleaning all the cute accessories I found when I went thrift shopping last week. 

As I was doing so, I realized I stumbled upon some nice trendy pieces at a great price. I always hit the jackpot but this time around I struck gold. 
Image: Boots, handbags hanging at the thrift store

 Ok, maybe that is being a tad bit dramatic, but I did find some really cool stuff for my girls and me. If you guys have noticed, I didn't make a 2019 intentions list this year. Because I am still working on 2018 improvements and that is no joke. 

So, I've decided to refocus and start things over for a fresh new start. And I feel great about that, so here I will share with you my tips and a mini haul. There were a few things I had on my list last year that I knocked out, but there are still two things that I want to stay on track within 2019 by staying on my healthy lifestyle/exercise journey and shopping more frugal. Basically being more conscious about my spending. 

Today I am sharing how I plan to stay cute and stylish while saving plenty of money to do other things in my life. I've become a master in my home with planning, vacations, date nights and other things. So, I want to share a few of my shopping frugal with you guys this morning.
Image: Boots at the thrift store.Today I am sharing how I plan to stay cute and stylish while saving plenty of money to do other things in my life. I've become a master in my home with planning, vacations, date nights and other things. So, I want to share a few of my shopping frugal with you guys this morning.
Shopping frugal doesn't mean always shopping at a second hand or thrift store. Although those are fun to do. I know realistically you cant find everything you want from there. I mean you can, but that is not always being frugalistic.  (lol I just made that word up)
No seriously, stretching money is about having a good plan when going shopping.

Tip #1 
I purposely made a list of the things I wanted to purchase. For example when I went thrifting this time I wrote I was looking for a pair of gently used booties preferably snakeskin because I already have the leopard ones I found on sale at Buckle. I have been searching for a wooden purse and a vintage crossbody bag. So, when I went shopping, that is what I set out to find.

Image: Leopard boots at thrift store.My frugal plan is simple, I want to shop and find things I love from the sales, and clearance racks. Also, I have been saving a lot by using apps, and coupons on my online purchases. This year I will be paying close attention to the way I spend money shopping.
And I can now cross those things off my list because I really did hit the jackpot on this last trip to the thrift store. I know that is because I wrote down my intentions and stayed focused on what I wanted to buy. 
My frugal plan is simple, I want to shop and find things I love from the sales, and clearance racks. Also, I have been saving a lot by using apps, and coupons on my online purchases. This year I will be paying close attention to the way I spend money shopping.  

Tip #2 
Every trip to the store can become a save money experience. I noticed this holiday season there weren't a lot of big after Christmas sales. It appeared stores just kept the stock full and moving. Don't get me wrong I found some excellent stuff but where were the after New Year's sales.

You know that sale that has everything 75%.  Most stores are moving to get your sales on apps such as Target. I had to download their app to save 25% on some of my items in my cart. If I didn't then it was regular price unless it was marked on sale. So, I am paying more attention to how most stores are giving out their coupons, discounts, and deals. Most things have moved to online apps, but that will not stop me from shopping on a frugal budget.

Tip #3
Compare prices 
I went into DSW looking for a pair of boots. Yes, I found them for 69 dollars. I took a picture of them went online to Amazon and found the exact boots for the price of 39 dollars. Not kidding at all. I will be sharing them in a later post. 
It is that simple and that is how I plan to stay frugal but shopping smarter.
Comparing prices is a smart thing to do, and I plan to make sure I stay on course with spending wisely.
Image: Woman shopping for wooden handbag
 Moving forward with my haul. I love thrift shopping because it is relaxing and fun. I try to go on half off days to get a bigger bang for my buck. But in reality, I go when I have the urge to shuffle through the stuff I am looking for. On this trip, I found some excellent pieces. Yes, I got my wood purse for 10 dollars. Online and in stores these run no less than 100 dollars. Check for yourself. I was happy when I got mine from my local thrift store.
Image: wooden hand bag from thrift store

Image: looking inside wooden handbag making sure there are no scratches and dents
There were no scratches, dents or wood pieces missing.

Image: Vintage handbag from Buffalo Exchange Thrift Store In Texas
I have been on the hunt for a leather crossbody bag. I found it just hanging on a rack calling my name. Purchased this bad boy for 14 dollars, it was so worth it. I cleaned it with my leather oil cleaner. I love the rough and sturdy look of my new bag. It has an old but charming look to it. I can not wait to style with my brown open-toed shoes. So, stay tuned for that look.

Image: Leopard booties purchased from buffalo thrift exchange located in Deep Ellum Dallas Texas
 I can never go shopping without picking up one of my girls something. But this next item on my list was a steal. Seriously I scored a pair of leopards with buckles on the side for 20 dollars. I knew it was a perfect buy because they were barely worn, they trendy and I was not about to leave them. Online most boots like these are running 40 and up even on sale. I sure wanted them for myself, but hey there is no way I was going to squeeze my big feet in a size 7. lol:) So, reluctantly I gave these to my daughter. :) She proudly took them also. 
Image: Earrings purchased from Deep Ellum Buffalo Exchange Thrift Store in Dallas Texas
Last but not least I am not sure why I purchased these wooden earrings, but for 2 dollars I had to grab them. Trust me I will find a way to style them up with a daily look.

Either way, I think I scored some pretty good stuff on this round of frugal shopping. Let me know in the comments which item you like?

In conclusion: This haul and tip guide is intended to inspire and share some motivating saving tips that we all can use in 2019. This year I plan to pay more attention to my money rather I thrift or shop at my favorite high-end store. Yep, new year new me :)
Stay tuned for more blog post coming.

Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie

Toasted Top Coconut Fudge That Will Melt Your Sweet Tooth Cravings


I know we are only three days into the New Year and most of us have given up sweets as a resolution. Ok, maybe not everybody. But I have a great excuse for making this fudge recipe on today. I love to bake sometimes, and I got kids that love home-baked sweets. That's my story, and I am sticking to it. :)

Another 20 Dollar Date Night In Dallas: Seriously Not One Penny Over!


Image: Serious Pizza Place In Dallas Texas. How we date night in Dallas, Texas
How we date night in Dallas, Texas
I am a fan of the saying, everything is bigger in Texas. So, when I have a chance to hit the city, I often make sure I find a place that I can handle when it comes to eating all of my food. When it is all said and eaten, who wants to waste money on a quick date night. It's been a while since I've shared a 20 dollar date night with you guys so I thought I would share my two favorite places in Dallas on today.

The Worst Dressed New Year's Party Invite + The Thrift Outfit I Will Be Wearing

Image: Woman trying on clothes at the buffalo exchange thrift store. I've been invited to a lot of things but never to a worst dressed New Years Party. What in the world do you wear and who came up with this idea? Nonetheless, I am excited about attending something different that is fun for adults to enjoy. #NewYear2019
I've been invited to a lot of things but never to a worst dressed New Years Party. What in the world do you wear and who came up with this idea? Nonetheless, I am excited about attending something different that is fun for adults to enjoy.