Weekend WIWarrior

As much as I complain about the lack of seasons in Southern California, I do appreciate not having to bundle up any more than this for some pre-holiday errand running in late December, including my favorite marinière as a middle layer. 
I’m wearing two of my favorite Wendy Brandes pieces here: my engraved Diana necklace
and my engagement ring, re-designed by Wendy a couple of years ago. 
Please do not look closely at my ragged cuticles, am in dire need of a manicure!
Actually, I’m wearing this ring in every outfit post, and keep neglecting to mention it. (Sorry, Wendy!!)  It’s become like a part of my hand. I’m so thrilled with how the ring turned out. You can read the story and process behind the design here. Sometimes I just sit and stare at it, like a little bird hypnotized by the sparkle!
The Glamour Shot
The small bag is a Chanel Wallet on a Chain. 
I bought this one last year, and love how versatile it is. During the week, I tuck the chain inside and toss into my workday tote as a wallet. On the weekends, I wear as a crossbody bag while out and about. It’s big enough for my cards and cash, a cell phone, a lipstick, keys and small tube of hand lotion. I swore off heavy shoulder bags a few years ago, and my neck and shoulders regularly thank me for it (or at least they should, the ungrateful wenches!). 
Also wearing:
Tops – Saint James Galathée tee, here.  Tank underneath for warmth (not visible) is Eileen Fisher, here.
Sweater – Eileen Fisher, similar here.
Jeans – NYDJ Sheri Skinny. Similar here.
Boots – mine are ancient Etienne Aigner, similar here. For relatively inexpensive boots, these have held up quite well over the years, and are very comfortable, even for all-day-on-my-feet wear.
Scarf – J.Crew from either a year or two ago. I haven’t been able to find this exact fabric blend again, but would recommend one of these lightweight cashmere scarves from L’Affaire Cashmere. (You’ll be seeing one soon in an upcoming outfit post!)
Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday.  Go see how these gorgeous bloggers are ringing in the New Year.
Wishing the Happiest of New Years to all of my friends in the blogging community, and to those who read and take the time to comment! It means more than I can ever say to have made these connections. May 2013 be a year of good health, prosperity, and peace for you.
Do you have any plans for New Year’s Eve?  We’re probably staying in with a bottle of champagne and some hors d’oeuvres. Tomorrow a few friends and family may drop by in the afternoon, which is just the excuse I’ve been looking for to fire up the Raclette maker.

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  1. December 31, 2012 / 11:32 am

    Happy New Year! It is a pleasure to read your blog daily and I am looking forward to what you write in 2013. You look very chic:)

  2. December 31, 2012 / 12:35 pm

    That’s a great outfit, stylish and practical, my ideal combination! I’ve been downsizing my bags too so that half are pretty much small/medium hand/shoulder bag size and the other more roomy totes, not much in between. I love your ring and read about the transformation. My confession is that I don’t like my engagement ring and never wear it but I saw beyond that and married the man anyway 🙂 ! I would love to own even just one of Wendy’s jewels one day…
    We’re having a quiet evening at home then out to family tomorrow for more celebrations.
    I’m very pleased to have found your blog late this year and wish you health, success and happiness for 2013!

  3. December 31, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    Best wishes to you as well, for a joyous 2013 and lots of wonderful experiences, Une Femme. I love your classic outfit, it’s what I wear most weekend days in mild-temp Florida. And the ring! I have seen it before but I am really swooning over it now. Thanks for linking up with Visible Monday.

  4. December 31, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    Thank you for an enjoyable blog! All the best for 2013!

  5. December 31, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    Yours is one of the few “fashion blogs” I follow, and I am never disappointed. You keep it all stylish… and real! Félicitations. Love your Chanel bag. Small and discreet, but still makes a statement without stealing the show. Please don’t complain about Southern California weather and the lack of seasons. I would give anything to move out of Seattle, and we are still looking at months and months of dampness and grey skies. I wish you the most wonderful, healthiest, and successful 2013. It will be my pleasure to keep following your blog. Oh, and I thank you for your visits and comments chez French Girl as well! 🙂 Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  6. December 31, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    So happy you’re enjoying that ring!

  7. December 31, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    That is a gorgeous ring too by the way! I hope you have a wonderful New Year. Sounds like you’re going to ring it in nice and quiet just like us.

  8. December 31, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Sending you all kinds of affection. You are one of the most admirable people in our blogging community, and I salute you. While I salute, I will also covet your ring and tell you my Christmas present this year was a crossbody bag – for all those same reasons. Great minds. I’m honored to be in your company.

    Happy New Year. May 2013 bring you prosperity, peace, and joy.

  9. December 31, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    Susan, I feel honored to be one of the people who got to see your beautiful ring in person!

    The Diana necklace looks great on you and I’m sure it helps make you feel like a warrior :).

    Happy New Year Susan! xoxo

  10. Marla Robinson
    December 31, 2012 / 11:15 am

    I have truly enjoyed reading your blog this year and look forward to following you in 2013. I love the look you are wearing, casual yet chic. Wow, you are living in an area I hope to move someday. Absolutely love CA. Have a safe New Year.

  11. Mary
    December 31, 2012 / 11:17 am

    You look very chic. And that ring is very elegant…great story about the remake.

  12. Sulky Kitten
    December 31, 2012 / 11:17 am

    That’s an amazingly beautiful ring, Wendy has created a beautiful and unique piece for you.Happy New Year!

  13. December 31, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    You look great! Love the jewelry and I really like your small bag. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  14. Amber of Butane Anvil
    December 31, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    SO gorgeous! Great WendyB jewelry, and her post on your ring redesign was edge-of-the-seat, with marvellous result. A lovely expression of gratitude, and mine to you as well along with best wishes for a splendid 2013.

  15. December 31, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    Head to toe perfection!
    You inspire me on so many levels.
    Love seeing your name pop up and a new blog post and almost every single day which is such dedication.
    Happy New Year

  16. mette
    December 31, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    I have enjoyed following your blog yet another year. Going to continue it in the future too.
    A wonderful, relaxing New Year´s Eve for You and Your family: ).

  17. Chicatanyage
    December 31, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    I am wearing similar down here in the South of France. Sunny but a chill in the air. Do let me have your dates for visiting the UK as soon as you know them it would be great to meet up. I should be around quite a bit this summer as my daughter is expecting her second baby in early July. A Happy New Year to you too.

  18. Anonymous
    December 31, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    Very well put together!

    Smaller bags are the way to go.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Please continue to delight us.

  19. December 31, 2012 / 11:25 pm

    All the best to you and yours this year Pseu! You’re a breath of fresh air, a real person, an inspiration. Love your hair this way, too. Take care

  20. Kathy
    December 31, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    Although I’ve seen your ring before, I had never read Wendy’s post about it. It’s beautiful. Did you ever have the original diamond set into something else? A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you.

  21. Sheila
    December 31, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    Happy New Year! All the best to you for a happy 2013! I love your Wendy ring!

  22. December 31, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    Your outfit is so chic (as usual). Love the bag, such a good idea to use it as a wallet during the week (note to self, check out small bags) And the ring is beautiful.

    Hope you and your family have a happy, healthy 2013. I am so glad I found your blog, thank you for putting it out there for us.

  23. Lynne DeVenny
    December 31, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    You look so chic, like many of the New Yorkers I saw over our holiday.

    I gave up shoulder bags a while back too. Now I have a small wallet purse that I throw into my work tote, and take out to run errands. No more heavy purses 🙂

  24. Pam @ over50feeling40
    December 31, 2012 / 8:38 pm

    Your ring and your hair are just gorgeous!! This is a look I could live in…and be quite content! I happy to say I am doing absolutely nothing tonight…as we are recovering from a fun wedding last night! I am still in my PJS!! Bless you for being one of my inspirations this past year!

  25. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell
    December 31, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    Happy New Year to you dear Susan. I hope 2013 is a great one for you and your family.
    Love your outfit, it looks very Parisian chic! Wendy’s jewelry is so fab. I’d be admiring that ring all the time too!
    You asked if I had tried the NYJD leggings. No, but I plan too! The leg openings are 2 inches smaller than the Sheri’s, so maybe they will work for me. I do love the look of jeans tucked into boots like you are wearing.

  26. Gretchen
    January 1, 2013 / 12:05 am

    When you write that you struggle with finding your style sweet spot, and post pictures such as this, I sometimes wonder if you’re simply not seeing what the rest of the world does. You look wonderful, and extremely comfortable in your choices. I love your wit, and admire you and your husband for deciding that travel shouldn’t be put off for some day. Thanks for sharing your stories and adventures with us. Bonnie annee

  27. Gretchen
    January 1, 2013 / 12:07 am

    Gah, for anyone who uses an iPad, remember (as I have not) to turn off the bleeding autocorrect! I meant to wish you a bonne annee, but Apple would prefer me to say Bonnie Anne. Have any secret sisters lurking there?!

  28. Val Sparkle
    January 1, 2013 / 1:24 am

    I haven’t read the post about your ring yet, but it is a beautiful ring. And I just love that sweater – so stylish!

    Happy New Year!

  29. January 1, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    Happy New Year! I do so enjoy reading your posts.

    My goodness, that ring is just amazing. Mine is also white and yellow gold, but with nowhere near the complexity, edginess and sophistication of yours. I just can’t stop staring at it! Wendy did some spectacular work designing that.

  30. January 2, 2013 / 1:29 am

    You do look wonderful!!! Very badass!!

    The ring is gorgeous. I don’t wear rings, but that one is quite lovely.

    I have to tell you how happy I am for your recommendation for jeans – I’ve bought three pairs this fall, and they were perfect for my London trip.

    My boots were okay – not bad for a 2-3 hour outing, but my feet hurt after that. So one rainy day I wore totally inappropriate shoes, which got soaked, so I splurged and bought a pair of brogans in Brick Lane – and I wore them the entire rest of the trip, they were so perfect!

  31. California Girl
    January 1, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    That is one sexy little bag!

    Happy New Year Pseu!

  32. January 2, 2013 / 5:01 am

    This is my kind of an outfit! Right down to the WOC Chanel! I’ve been looking for a black one in distressed calf leather for almost a year now. No luck, yet…
    Your ring is SO unique! Really fabulous!
    I’m grateful to have found you and looking forward to getting to know you better in 2013.
    Happy New Year!

  33. Merry Wife
    January 1, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    That may very well be the coolest engagement ring I have ever seen.

    Happy New Year!

  34. sisty
    January 2, 2013 / 4:07 am

    salut! You are the first blog I turn to every morning. Keep up the great work. and if ucantrdthis, it’s because I had LASIK just last week!

    • sisty
      January 2, 2013 / 4:10 am

      I forgot to mention that I love the little cross-body purse/wallet. I’ve been on the hunt for something similar.

  35. January 2, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    You look great. The photo reminds me of many happy visits to beautiful Pasadena (where my husband’s parents lived). December in southern CA–wonderful!

  36. January 2, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Your Wendy B ring is a piece of art and how wonderful to have it accessorize your daily ensemble. You and your blog are part of what makes my blog world a significant pleasure. The best to you in 2013 as I wish for you abundance and peace.

  37. January 2, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Cannot believe it’s been a couple of years since Wendy revamped your ring; I remember that post well!

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