eyewear and skincare and sales (oh my!)

white shirt alternatives

Nordstrom is having their Half-Yearly Sale with markdowns up to 40% including clothing, shoes, accessories and some beauty items. I spotted these two White Shirt Alternatives, on the left from Ella Moss, and on the right from L’Agence (yes, it has sheer panels, but you could easily add a nude camisole underneath without losing the effect).

I’m granting myself a couple of weeks to catch up with some errands and small projects around the house before I try to put myself on any kind of writing schedule. I’ve enjoyed being able to do my grocery shopping mid-morning when the market is relatively empty, and to be able to pause and peruse a new shop or two that caught my eye without worrying about the clock.

Yesterday I went over to the Kit + Ace shop on Abbott Kinney to drop off the pants I’d ordered online, and take advantage of their free hemming service. I spent a few minutes looking around the store but find I’m lukewarm on many of their styles, perhaps a bit too “athleisure” for me, though I know many people love them. The store staff though were friendly and helpful.

On my way back to the car I stopped in at Caudalie to pick up another travel-sized Beauty Elixir, and spotted this “Favorites” set of travel-sized products which I may get on my next visit. They offer many of their products singularly in convenient travel sizes which are not only great for packing, but also a good way to try new products for a more extended period without making a major commitment. I also learned that Caudalie has a spa at this location, and am going to schedule a facial before we travel.

I’d been meaning to swing by the Warby Parker store to try on some eyeglass frames, and had fun playing with different styles. I have a small head and a narrow face, so I like that they display frames by width, which makes it easy to know which styles will work best. No I didn’t come home with these

mod eyewear

though I was very tempted by another style with a colored, bold frame and blue lenses. I have plenty of sunglasses at this point, but have been looking for a new pair of optical frames that are different from any I already have. I’ve had several requests over the years to do a post on eyewear, so look for something soon.

And in other news, I’ve begun taking the dogs out for a second walk in the late afternoons, which is good for all of us. 🙂

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  1. May 26, 2016 / 4:51 am

    Yes, please do eyewear! I am nearly blind and can’t be without my glasses. Time to change them and would love tips.

  2. Colleen
    May 26, 2016 / 5:34 am

    I am so happy for you that you have entered your new “phase”. I can sense your pleasure with your new found freedom. I can’t wait to see the direction you will be taking your blog.

  3. Carol
    May 26, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Oh, you sound more relaxed in this post. I hope all is well for you and the peace continues.

  4. Lyn
    May 26, 2016 / 7:00 am

    I’m so glad you are more relaxed now. This is what I love about retirement (I left my job a couple of months ago), being able to do those kinds of errands when the stores are less busy and not trying to cram all my errands into the weekend — and the dog is loving getting two walks a day here as well so we’re both happier! Lyn

  5. May 26, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Those are very cute! I’ll be perusing the Nordstrom sale online today. Who can resist 40%? Enjoy your transition.

  6. samantha4blair
    May 26, 2016 / 8:44 am

    A big YES from me for eyewear!
    I am now in the reading glasses club and I am always on the lookout for sunglasses (despite living in Scotland!)

  7. Cris
    May 26, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I am so glad you are enjoying your retirement. I would love to see a feature on eyeglass frames.

  8. GingerR
    May 26, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Another vote for eyewear. I’m looking for something femmine, not nerdy or exaggerated to wear to a wedding.

  9. Marguerite
    May 26, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I can sense your delight with your new found freedom. You’ve certainly earned it, Femme!

  10. Beryl Meiron
    May 26, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Did I miss an important post? Have you moved to LA from San Diego??? Love Abbott-Kinney area/Venice/Santa Monica. You need to come to Pasadena–please–and see the fabulous designer consignment stores and retail shopping we have. Kit and Ace–agree with you wholeheartedly. Bought one pair of pants, Mulberry, in the winter–love them. Everything else pretty much not my look.

    • Susan B
      May 26, 2016 / 4:13 pm

      Hi Beryl, I’ve always been in LA. Pasadena’s on my list to visit before the hot weather kicks in. 🙂

      • Beryl Meiron
        May 27, 2016 / 11:29 am

        Mea culpa. I’d love to share the treasures with you. There are some true gems here.

  11. Nancy
    May 26, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Can you please tell me which lipstick you are wearing in the picture with the WP sunglasses? I am also fair with blonde hair and love that that the color looks so natural but is enough to give you a pop of color.
    Thank you.

    • Susan B
      May 26, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Hi Nancy, thanks! I’m wearing Chantecaille Lip Chic in the color “Geranium.” Link here: http://bit.ly/1TDyIOD

  12. Lucee
    May 26, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Yes, please do eyewear! I also have a small face and narrow set eyes. It’s a huge challenge each time I select eyeglasses. I did find some decent Kate Spade options last time and also found Warby Parker a good option. Oversized frames are the devil, though. Lol.

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