2020 Vision: A Look Ahead

St. Regis cafe on Ile St. Louis in Paris. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

While I don’t usually put a lot of emotional stock in “A New Year,” I’ll admit this year feels a little different, and I’m (mostly) excited about it. Some big (good) personal changes are slated for this Spring. (Details to come.) We have lots of travel planned this year. I’m feeling more focused and committed to a healthier lifestyle. I have bunches of ideas for the blog. (And I’m going to be asking for your input on what you’d be interested in seeing/reading).

Style

It’s taken me a while to get my style footing again after making the decision to add more color to my wardrobe. Judging from some comments and my blog stats, I’ve lost some readers because of it. I included this favorite quote in yesterday’s Instagram post:

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

— Judy Garland

If there’s anything I’ve learned from blogging, it’s that you can’t please everyone. Not even close. As someone who was taught from an early age to be a people pleaser above all else, it’s been hard to let go of, especially in the context of this blog. But becoming a “first-rate version” of myself means connecting with what feels authentic, and moving through the process even when it’s uncomfortable.

And because this process has been and continues to be so transformative, I’ve made the decision to get color & style training to be able to work with clients one-on-one. I want to be able to help people feel more confident and better express themselves with style in a more comprehensive way. No, I’m not giving up blogging! I’m just hoping to add another dimension to it.

Travel

View of the Glass House at Kew Gardens with orange Chihuly sculpture in front. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

As I mentioned above, there’s a lot of travel on my calendar! In March, we’ll be going to Puerto Vallarta for a week to meet up with BIL and SIL who’ll be there on their boat. It’s been many, many years since I’ve been to a warm weather beach destination. (Am already mentally compiling my packing list…)

Not long after we return from Mexico, le Monsieur and I will be taking a road trip to Las Vegas for a few days to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Then, in April I’ll be visiting London and Paris on my own for a few days. Mostly to catch up with some blogger friends, but also to do a little blog research.

And sometime next Autumn, we’ll be headed to Northern Italy for truffle season. Le Monsieur has always wanted to go out truffle hunting in the woods, plus we’d like to see more of Italy.

There may be a few shorter jaunts between Spring and Fall…we’re batting a few things around.

Lifestyle

Colorful umbrella installation over Le Village Royal passage in Paris. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m really committed to improving my fitness, as well as getting my cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure numbers back down. I lapsed a little bit on the plant-based eating over the holidays; had a few eggs and some fish here and there. No meat, though. I figure if I eat plant-based 80% of the time, it’s doable and still much better for me than more meat-based eating.

I’ve continued with my weekly Pilates session, and have added one or two Iyengar yoga classes per week. Plus, I’m doing some of the poses/exercises at home in between.

I’m also trying to build in more walking to my daily routines. We have two grocery stores within walking distance, so I’ve invested in a “Nonna cart” 😂 to be able to do more of our food shopping on foot.

I’d Like To Hear From You…

Assuming you’re still reading along at this point, I’d love to know what topics or areas of interest you’d like to see more of in 2020. What are your goals and aspirations for the year?

Stay in touch.

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133 Comments

  1. Jen
    January 2, 2020 / 2:10 am

    Hi! I’m fairly new to your blog…maybe 6 months of reading, or so. I found you when I was searching for a blogger around my age (50’s) who wrote about topics I found connected to. Many of the shifts I am making in my life, you seem to be changing in yours, such as plant based eating and yoga. I love your truth that you hold within you, and am looking forward to seeing where your life takes you from here. Happy New Year!

  2. January 2, 2020 / 3:21 am

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time, and although you’ve always looked terrifically put together, this style change is terrific! Dare I say you look younger with your spring colors and gamine style? Or maybe just less staid, more fresh and relaxed. I didn’t ever think you looked staid when you wore black, but seeing the difference is an eye-opener. I think many of us grow more afraid to step outside the lines as the years pass, so I commend you for doing what feels natural rather than following other people’s rules. And that’s fantastic news about your new venture. I wish you success!

  3. Susan
    January 2, 2020 / 3:34 am

    Walk everywhere and have a trusty ‘nonna trolley’ (cart). Keep an eye out for Aldi’s as they have a zipped bag inside of them – I get a lot of people (well, women) asking me where I bought my trolley from. Ditching your car (as I have) and walking instead, you will be surprised how beneficial it is for toning legs. I don’t have goals or aspirations since I retired. Happy New Year

  4. Carol
    January 2, 2020 / 4:22 am

    Happy New Year

    I love your blogs, you have introduced me to lots of new fashion ideas.
    Keep up the good work with health it does seem to get harder to keep a check on those numbers as we age.

  5. Cindi
    January 2, 2020 / 4:22 am

    I’m sad to read that bloggers are disappointed in your columns. I so enjoy your travel, style and outfits. While I can’t wear everything, your suggestions are so helpful to me. I never would have walked into Madewell if not for your suggestion. Keep up your lovely blog and know that your pictures are so beautiful. I just hope things settle down in Paris and soon. The holiday photos, and storefronts are so incredible. And know I love reading your blog—merci!,

  6. Gloria
    January 2, 2020 / 4:23 am

    I have really enjoyed your transformation with color, so don’t give up on your journey. I also feel the draw of helping other women who are overly 70 to embrace their beauty of experience; maybe I will get training to do that.
    I have had my colors done twice with a 35 year span between them and am still a winter.
    I am a nonna, so have ordered my nonna cart ; thanks for the advice!
    Happy new year and keep on doing what your evolvement leads you to do!

  7. cindy
    January 2, 2020 / 4:34 am

    I would love to hear more about becoming more plant-based. It’s a goal of mine, but I’m not sure how to begin.

    • Kami
      January 2, 2020 / 5:10 am

      Dr. Michael Greger’s book “How Not to Die” is well a researched and comprehensive explanation of the science behind the benefits of plant based eating and how to incorporate it into your day to day eating plan. His website, Nutritionfacts.org as well as the site Forksoverknives.com are also good resources. And Pinterest is a treasure trove of tasty, plant based recipes. I agree with Susan (and the science supports it) 80% plant based is better than none at all. Regardless of how successful you are, any change in the direction of eating more plant based will reap benefits. Good luck!

      • Rosie
        January 2, 2020 / 5:42 am

        I have been totally inspired by your blog and had my own virtual color analysis done by John Kitchener last year, which resulted in a complete wardrobe overhaul. Gone are all black, navy, grey, white and red. All replaced with beautiful earthy tones. I found gorgeous pieces in cotton, silk, cashmere, merino wool, linen and leather. All bought vintage and used from Ebay, Real Real, Poshmark, Salvation Army and Goodwill! I did get beautiful comfortable boots from Thursday Boot Co. I will be cruising with my grand kids and also taking a cruise around Ireland with 2 friends from grade school this year. I also eat whole foods, plant based and lost 50 lbs last year when I made that switch. The China Study is an excellent book on the benefits of this lifestyle. I just joined a gym and now it is time to quit smoking…again and once and for all! I am aware and grateful for my many blessings and thank God for them. I enjoy all the things you write about and look forward to hearing about your new adventures!

      • Brenda
        January 3, 2020 / 11:59 am

        A great (Canadian) resource is licensed nutritionist Desiree Nielsen https://desireerd.com who has a great website, new book “Eat More Plants” and a very inspiring and helpful “Eat More Plants” January challenge.

        Thank you for all your work on the blog, Susan. I would miss it terribly if you stopped blogging. And appreciate you sharing your changes/challenges.

    • Leoni McVey
      January 2, 2020 / 5:38 am

      While I regret your change of color palettes…neither new clothing nor hair shade are as flattering to your skin tone as your previous colors…your concerns and style choices provide me with many new ideas and opportunities. I lost weight and let my curly hair go white over the past two years, increased my walking, and replaced most of my wardrobe. Now I plan to stop buying and need tips for shopping in my closet. What is a good approach?

      Having white hair provided many clothing color opportunities that are great fun to play with…one has no choice about getting older but one DOES have a choice about how to look during the process. And the experimenting has been great fun.

      • Anne
        January 2, 2020 / 12:19 pm

        Great question, shopping in one’s wardrobe. I have slowly learned to do this and found it exciting. I don’t know the best way to go about it though, I just stumbled across the idea while cleaning out my closet. Once I cleaned out my closet I then color coded my clothes, that was fun too. I could now pull out a couple pairs of pants and make outfits up. I used Pinterest as my go to for inspiration with color and look:)

      • susan b
        January 25, 2020 / 4:45 pm

        Have you seen the shot of Susan today? It is fabulous. The reddish orange sweater and scarf with the creamy white trucker jacket are crushing it. Change is hard especially when one is in the spotlight. Here’ s what I say to Susan…Brave-o!

    • January 2, 2020 / 8:49 am

      Happy New Year !!!!

      I think one of the best things about blogs is that they shouldn’t be a “one size fits all”! Susan, you have a wonderful aesthetic and you definitely SHOULD focus on that!!! I’ve loved reading how your style journey has evolved and look forward to where it takes you this year. As for your new venture into consulting on color and style – HOORAY!!!!
      PSA – I’m a nutrition professional and teach Vegetarian Nutrition at the college level so for all of you who want to embrace a more plant based diet. Please, please, please make an appt with your doctor before making any major diet changes. As for “diet advice” A Registered Dietician is still your best option for reliable and accurate advice!

      • Danielle
        January 3, 2020 / 6:37 am

        There is no need for an intelligent person who consults reputable sources such as nutritionfacts.org, the PCRM website, FOK’s website, or many others, to have to see a nutritionist. I do agree, though, that if you are taking medications for lifestyle diseases, you should speak with your doctor and make sure she will work with you to lower or cease your medications such as insulin and statins as you become healthier on a plant-based diet.

  8. Dianne
    January 2, 2020 / 4:37 am

    I love what you’re doing with your blog. As you grow so does your blog and it just gets better and better. And I love seeing you in color and how it brings out your vibrancy. Keep it up!

  9. stephanie elkind
    January 2, 2020 / 4:39 am

    I love your travel information and recommendations. The packing tips are always helpful as well. Sharing lifestyle ideas, changes, suggestions and more are great for all of us.

  10. D. Jamba
    January 2, 2020 / 4:41 am

    I have never commented but have enjoyed your travel blogging for a long time. Let me start your year with my appreciation for all your hard work on this blog and commend you for risk taking by mixing it up with color in your wardrobe!

  11. Alliegator
    January 2, 2020 / 4:42 am

    Best in the New Year. I enjoy your blog and look forward to your evolution!

  12. January 2, 2020 / 4:44 am

    I don’t know why people would stop reading your blog just because you embraced your own colors and style. Is it because they can’t copy your style exactly and therefore don’t find any benefit in seeing what you’re doing? How about the idea that you’re finding your own way and doing what’s best for you — which is setting a great example and what we all should be doing with our style, and everything else in life for that matter. I’ve been trapped in a people-pleasing place for my whole life, too, and as I get older, conquering that habit has become a major goal. So I applaud you for sharing your color and style journey on the blog and hope you’ll continue to do so. I’m going to keep reading.

    • LeeAnn
      January 2, 2020 / 5:06 am

      Agree 100%!

    • Susan
      January 2, 2020 / 7:03 am

      Agree as well! Retired (again, and for good this time -?) last year, I too have lots of travel in my plans. Fitness and mobility are key for the next few years, so I share your goals. I’m an autumn so slowly converting my black-based work wardrobe to navy and camel smart casual with fun color accents. 2020 here we come!

      • January 2, 2020 / 10:15 am

        Yay! Thank you for what you do. I appreciate your blog, especially as I’m about to go to Paris for the first time . I’m turning 50 this year and am giving myself the best gift (Paris) I could imagine.

  13. Carla
    January 2, 2020 / 4:44 am

    I love your
    Blog! It encourages me not to give up in the fashion department. The diet thing ( not for weight loss necessarily, but health, and weight loss) is always a frustration. I’ve done it all:Gluten-free, Paleo, Keto…always sticking on,with little results other than improved bloodwork. I guess that’s the main thing. As a person with auto-immune issues, I have read and experienced that going meatless is not my best option. Not sure there is a magic bullet! We just keep on trying and tweaking. Blessings to you in 2020. Please keep sharing!

  14. Toni Strother
    January 2, 2020 / 4:54 am

    I decided to go plant-based in May. I’ve lost 25 pounds without restricting how much I eat. I never think of it as dieting. I needed to lose the weight, and my blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure are all better. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

  15. Meg
    January 2, 2020 / 4:54 am

    The thing I miss the most about living in the city is being able to walk everywhere with my Nonna cart. My goal is tho spend at least 30 minutes outside every day, and move at least 30 minutes every day, hopefully both at the same time.

  16. Lavinia
    January 2, 2020 / 4:55 am

    I always enjoy your blog! People need to understand that “Change is Growth”! We all should strive to “Grow”! Happy New Year!

  17. Lee Davison
    January 2, 2020 / 4:57 am

    Interesting that you color journey is leading you to share your new found interesting with others.
    May I suggest looking into Kim Bolsover and her incredible training portfolio. Have taken many of her workshops online and they truly are the best.
    Personally adding more color to your wardrobe is easy on the eyes. Black all over is predictable but your pops of color are beautiful.

  18. kathy
    January 2, 2020 / 4:59 am

    I too will keep reading although am not interested in plant based lifestyle. The new colors you incorporated look fresh and lovely on you. They are not colors that would look good on me but that would never make me stop following you! Many of the pieces you show come in different colors so one can improvise. You have great travel and packing tips as well. Keep up the good work! Happy New Year!

    • Kristina
      January 2, 2020 / 7:06 am

      I love bloggers who actually *think* about style. I’d rather work from the theoretical to the concrete, just how my brain works. You’ve inspired me to add more color to my wardrobe and Ive been having a lot of fun with it. Have fun on your travels this year. I look forward to hearing about it!

  19. Ainsivalavie
    January 2, 2020 / 5:00 am

    I honestly don’t understand why readers would stop visiting your blog because you have made the decision to explore your colour/style changes. I have dropped some ‘fashion’ blogs because they became repetitive or it appeared the authors were trying to please everyone. Change does happen for everyone and we have to accept that. I really like your take on travel wardrobes, personal style and some of the great posts you’ve written discussing personal challenges with body image especially those issues that stem from youth. It’s clear from the many comments posted that those articles it home for many of us.
    Personally I can’t relate to most of your new colour selections because we are very different in terms of colouring BUT. we are of a height and size and age and it’s fun and informative to see how your style is evolving. It helps me to make some of your photos black and white on my tablet so I can concentrate on the styling and imagine using my colours!
    Bonne année Susan, looking forward to following you in 2020.

    • Kelly
      January 2, 2020 / 5:16 am

      I agree, that I am not in the same color range as Susan, but, like you, still find the posts interesting and informative. Maybe a way to reach more people without compromising your style is by talking about the various color pallets and style personalities. Also, discussing new trends is always fun. One of the reasons I originally starting reading this blog was that I found Susan’s use of new trends for women over 40 very refreshing. Look forward to the 2020 posts!

  20. January 2, 2020 / 5:03 am

    well, for one, I still love your blog! Your new colors are not my colors, but I love seeing how you are adding new colors to your wardrobe! I have been telling you for years that you needed to add more color and now you are! Bravo! You are right in that you cannot please everyone! I stopped following a lot of blogs because I just cannot relate to the clothing they wear. I am not a frou frou type of person, so looking at blogs showing frilly or puffy skirts, or fancy dresses etc. are not for me. I am changing the subject here, but I so look forward to your travels! I went back and reread all your Paris blogs before we went there in July. Best wishes for a great 2020!

  21. Diane B
    January 2, 2020 / 5:11 am

    I am always happy to see your post in my morning mail. I thoroughly enjoy your travel and fashion posts. Your visit to Red Leopard and subsequent transformation is such fun to follow. When you said you are seeking training in colour and style I melted a little as I have always thought that would be fun. I like following John Kitchener and find that type of deep dive into oneself to be fascinating. Your upcoming year of travel sound like lots of fun and I am looking forward to following along. Best of the new year to you.

  22. Maura
    January 2, 2020 / 5:12 am

    Continue on. Change is good. We can’t make time stand still. The major reason I subscribe to your blog is because I want to know how mature women up their style quotient. I’ve been lucky enough to share your adventures through your blog so that I can decide if I want to incorporate some of your ideas and trends into my life. Life is an adventure, so keep up the good work and thank you for taking me along on your 2020 adventures!,

  23. Janie
    January 2, 2020 / 5:17 am

    I’m about a foot taller than you and look terrible in the colors which look beautiful on you, but I love your blog and your honest transformative process. About plant-based eating, my husband and I saw The Game Changers last night about extreme athletes who eat vegan, and all the science supporting it. A fascinating must-see! I think my husband and I are heading that direction.

  24. Eugenia Tooley
    January 2, 2020 / 5:34 am

    Good luck with your new venture Susan, I am sure it will be a great success. Please though, don’t turn your back completely on meat – humans have evolved to be both plant and meat eaters, and we need both in order to keep healthy. My compromise is to buy small quantities of meat from animals which have been grass fed and reared in the most natural conditions, with no antibiotics or hormones. Yes, it is more expensive, but eating meat less frequently balances it out.

  25. Mimi
    January 2, 2020 / 5:40 am

    Thank you so much for this thoughtful post! I’ve stopped making resolutions at the new year. However, I have also made a commitment to my health in terms of more movement and conscious eating. I look forward to your posts, sales notices and even though I don’t always agree with your fashion choices, I have made lots of purchases based on your recommendations. Keep doing what you are doing. Happy New Year!

  26. Suzanne
    January 2, 2020 / 5:44 am

    Another book to read concerning being a plant based eater is “The China Study”, which is more about the science on why plant based eating us good for you. We are about 90% plant based but do eat an occasional egg as well as some fish. We try and limit anti inflammatories like sugar, dairy and alcohol as well. I would not care what a few mean spirited folks complain about. I love your blog and often order from Nordstrom and everland because of it. Thanks and happy new year!

  27. Cecile Page
    January 2, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Sometime ago I had a “light bulb” moment: I was watching dogs at the dog park and realized that some dogs get along really well and some dogs just can’t get along. So, I thought, well I feel that way about some people I know! The point is – not everyone gets along with everyone. Personally I’m happy to see you “up” your game. If more colour makes you happy and vibrant then I’m happy for you. I can’t where some of the colours you do but other colours are available! Sometimes I like everything you do and sometimes I think I can’t wear that colour but I like that style and will look for it in my colours. Same with style, I can’t afford a lot of what you show (especially bags and shoes) but I will look for what fits my budget similar to what you’re showing. I wish you a wonderful New Year!

  28. Deb Meyer
    January 2, 2020 / 5:46 am

    I love seeing your post every morning in my inbox. Bravo to you for attempting change, change is good for all of us! I have been on a plant based eating plan for almost 45 years now, I am 66 and feel and look great. I don’t take any medications for anything and my energy level is fantastic. I’m a big walker, 3-4 miles a day. A dog that needs to walk is a big incentive to get out there! Happy New Year to you and keep up the good writing!

  29. Mary
    January 2, 2020 / 5:58 am

    At the risk of simply repeating what others have said, I was admittedly disappointed when you moved to the new color palette as the colors are not colors I wear. However, after following you for the last few months I still read your travel posts with envy, absorb the latest trends for women who are happily no longer in their teens, and often find items I would like to purchase even if I must look for a different palette. So, no, you cannot please everyone, but keep being you. Best wishes for a happy 2020 and thanks for putting together such a wonderful site.

  30. Jelica K Greenwood
    January 2, 2020 / 6:03 am

    I have been following you for quite some time now and I applaud the changes you have made. Time doesn’t stand still so why should your style and colour choices. True your colour pallet is different from mine, but that wouldn’t stop me from reading your posts. You are one of the few bloggers who is authentic, curious and looks for change in a good way. Change can be scary for some, but for me it’s an adventure. I love reading your blog, so keep doing what your doing and how you’re doing it because I love the adventure we are on. Merci et Bonne Année.

  31. January 2, 2020 / 6:05 am

    Susan,
    I love your new color sense and think it has given you a much more youthful look. Don’t be deterred those you have lost. They will be replaced by new readers who appreciate your new style. Change is always good. The best to you in 2020!

  32. Kathy
    January 2, 2020 / 6:08 am

    Personally I think your new colors are FAR more flattering. You literally glow with the new palate.

  33. January 2, 2020 / 6:09 am

    You have an exciting year ahead! Always so much positive energy here at your blog, and I think that much of that is fuelled by your enthusiasm for learning and for being open to change, for keeping your horizon broad. Brava!

  34. January 2, 2020 / 6:11 am

    I love your blog Susan.
    A thought-when an item you wear or display is available in various colors, perhaps you can suggest the optimal color option for color types/palates. Love your travel wardrobe suggestions.

  35. Cathy
    January 2, 2020 / 6:12 am

    I absolutely love your new look and my favorite by far is the post with the “lemon sweater “. You looked amazing! I immediately went online to search for something similar that I could incorporate into my wardrobe that had that same fresh punch of color. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  36. Linda B
    January 2, 2020 / 6:13 am

    I see that many of the comments readers have already made echo my thoughts–I am not your “color type” but that does not make me want to stop reading your blog. But I do wonder if for some people, who lack some imagination about how to translate into their own color “language”, maybe have opted out?

    As for topics, here is what I am personally trying to explore, and anything related to this would be of interest. As a recent retiree I am struggling to find a renewed sense of style that is casual and comfortable but not so darn boring as what I have found myself wearing since the end of May. My daily wear now is mostly based on some combination of jeans and a tee or turtleneck, depending on the season. I adore denim but I am realizing I created my past artistic ensembles for the “audience” of the people in my workplace at least as much as myself! If not more. . . I feel like I have lost my creative mojo.

    I am aware that I have gradually stopped buying anything new since the summer, and now wonder how much a new item was a significant spark of inspiration in how I dressed. I am very cautious about spending money on anything new until I see how my finances settle without a paycheck coming in; but also I am really wanting to cut my consumption of anything unnecessary–I feel a moral obligation to do my part in reducing global warming. This means I could focus on second hand shopping. . . but somehow I am not finding the extra time/energy that this requires, though I should have that time in theory. Big family lifecycle events have occurred since I left work—the birth of a granddaughter. . . the death of my mother. . . overseeing the care of my Alzheimer-afflicted father. . .) Sorry if this is too long and maybe overly personal, but perhaps you will be interested in how to encourage people like me in getting out of this sort of style rut!

    • Kathy
      January 2, 2020 / 6:48 am

      Linda,
      I understand completely. We lost many family members over the last decade, the last being my mother. My husband and I were heavily involved in each case. I retired in April of 2018 and decided I would do nothing but practice self-care and thankfulness for having this time just for us.
      It took a year, but I have come out on the other side. I’m now taking care of myself in other ways. I’ve lost 30 lbs. so far and feel good about the forgotten me again. A new smaller wardrobe is making me feel positive as well. Give yourself some love and time… Good luck in your journey

      • Ainsivalavie
        January 2, 2020 / 5:40 pm

        Kathy,
        Everything you write echoes my current life experience. The past decade has been one of terrible loss. Older family members as well as my brother and sister in-law ( nor married to each other) both succumbing to brain tumours. Like you I recently lost my 93 yr old mother and we are caring for my 94 yr old Dad. We also have one grandchild with another arriving in February.The only difference is I will be retiring later this year. I love your idea of taking the first year and devoting it to self care. After 35 years of working I think it will be lovely to take some time to reset and look after me for a change.

  37. Phyllis Hughes
    January 2, 2020 / 6:17 am

    I have followed your blog for several years, but only read it two or three times a month. However, I happened to read your blog the day you talked about visiting Red Leopard and have been reading daily since. I like your new look. I hope you will share about your experience with style training. I have thought about it, but there are too many things my time is invested in to actually do it. I don’t have a natural bend toward being stylish, so have to work at it. Using accessories is the hardest thing for me, so that is one of the topics I wish you would address.

  38. Carolyn Varick
    January 2, 2020 / 6:23 am

    Happy New Year!

    I’ve enjoyed reading the blog posts about your style transformation journey through 2019. Finding what feels right to you is key. It’s great to see the twinkle on your eyes in recent outfit posts. You just can’t fake happy.

  39. Kim in Minnesota
    January 2, 2020 / 6:27 am

    Love that quote! My word for this year is “authentic,” and this sentiment expresses it so well. Fairly new to your blog and loving it.

  40. Vicki
    January 2, 2020 / 6:27 am

    You are one brave woman to share so much of your personal style journey on your blog, opening yourself to so many opinions. I hope it is therapeutic for you in straightening the muscle that builds distance from what others think and allows you to stay true to what feels right for you.
    I have taken a look at many of your shopping recommendations, sometimes I love them for me, sometimes not, but isn’t that the point and the fun of shopping.
    I think your blog is a great little read, like chatting with a girlfriend most mornings.
    As we travel a lot, and I am also a Francophile, I especially love your travel entries, comfy shoe recommendations, and French inspired articles.
    Thank you for being so generous with your style journey, insights, and time.
    Have a joyful and healthy new year.

  41. Mary
    January 2, 2020 / 6:44 am

    Susan–
    I follow several ‘fashion’ blogs and many of them seem to be going through a reflection phase, trying on different hats by adding nutrition guidance and that sort of thing. You are the only one who has actually mentioned your stats, but it makes me wonder if stats are down across the board.

    I do think the “adding color to your wardrobe” didn’t help–as someone said in the comments, you look great, but because those are *your* colors, the reader has to work harder to interpret the results for herself. This does not mean you shouldn’t do this, I don’t think. Perhaps you could expand on some universal ideas–how to tie scarves, wear accessories, packing wardrobes (always my favorites).

  42. Sue
    January 2, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Continue to stay true to yourself, Susan. As hard as it is to fight the “people pleaser” inside, you will be a much more interesting and authentic blogger if you show us your true self. It puts you in a vulnerable spot but ultimately is much more satisfying to you and your readers.

    Also, you are smart to eat a healthy diet but most people don’t realize that high quality, 100% grassfed, organic, pastured meat (NOT CAFO which is what you find in most conventional grocery stores) is a very healthy food source supplying stellar nutrition if consumed correctly. See the Weston A Price Foundation website for scientific research and more information. This way of raising meat is also not the problem for the environment. If the animals are truly raised on grass pastures, not packed into feedlots, they are helping to diversify the soil and provide healthy food for people. Be a wise consumer and learn the nuances of what you’re buying/eating. Be careful what you choose. Your food should be your medicine.

  43. Karen
    January 2, 2020 / 6:47 am

    I love your look and that you blog about your evolution. I am 65 and had planned to retire in March. I will be 66 then and thought that at that age I should be ready to stop working. Truthfully, though I love working so I was working on the retirement plan mostly because I am a person of that certain age! (And because I was buying into the myth that you need to retire to do all those things that you really have always wanted to do). Reading your blog helps me to remember that there are all kinds of options and that we each can be creative about finding our own way through life. I love that you are doing what inspires you, it helps me know that I can keep doing what inspires me. In 2020 I will be spending May in Europe, starting with a Paris and ending in Greece. In the fall we have a two week river cruise in Russia lined up. I am also working on planning time for walking more and reducing snacks!

  44. Eileen
    January 2, 2020 / 6:50 am

    I love your transformation, I love color theory, I am an artist, and agree that we look better in our palette. What is lacking for us is getting help. The transformation programs in the media, have professional help, and wonderful results. I knew already from my own experience as a summer, that finding the right colors is difficult, as the stores have basic neutral palettes. Don’t despair, we need color help.

  45. Nancy H. Hall
    January 2, 2020 / 6:53 am

    Change many times brings growth and excitement. We can’t walk in other’s footsteps but we can listen, learn, and agree or quietly and silently disagree. Your plans for next year sound wonderful and we, your readers, are fortunate to travel with you. Thank you for this blog. I admire your courage and willingness to “go for it” and make some changes.

  46. Mary
    January 2, 2020 / 6:55 am

    I’m not sure how or when I found you, but I follow you religiously. If followers expect you to stay committed to a certain style and not evolve as a person, then they should move on. You will gain followers not based on remaining the same, but on providing style information and transformation that is viable to this age group. Look forward to new followers who appreciate what you are striving to do! Thank you for sharing your life with us. It’s not easy to do, there’s always those you criticize, but keep your ears turned to those that are waiting eagerly for what’s coming next.

    • Mary
      January 2, 2020 / 7:06 am

      Correction: “…there’s always those WHO criticize…”

  47. Sue L. Petersen
    January 2, 2020 / 7:07 am

    I have always followed you for your great travel advice. You are also similar in body size to me which makes it easier to follow your style and make some of the pieces mine. Your change to your spring colors made an awesome difference in your clothing style. I wish I could find that change in color that would benefit me.

  48. Betsy
    January 2, 2020 / 7:10 am

    I’m not keen on your color changes and think you were given bad advice. However, I continue to read because I love your travel guides. We stayed at one of your recommended hotels on the Left Bank in Paris, Hotel Luxembourg Parc, this past summer with our family. It was a delightful hotel, beautifully located, esp. with the beautiful park right across the street.

  49. Katrinka
    January 2, 2020 / 7:10 am

    There have been many parts of your blog that have given me better directions in my life as I continue to be the “best me” and follow a healthier lifestyle (with lots of travel thrown in, of course.) Many people don’t like change and maybe they couldn’t deal with you changing either so no longer follow your blog. Hard to know.

    I am a morning walker and do 3 miles an hour with hills. I do this 5-6 days a week and average 1.5 hours each walk. Now I need to add other exercising into my program. This morning I was thinking about those wheeled shopping carts so I could walk to the grocery store. And, decided I’d look them up online when I got home. I opened your blog and read about the Nonna cart! I guess the Universe was talking to me. Thanks for all your wonderful tips!

  50. Amy Cappleman
    January 2, 2020 / 7:35 am

    Susan,

    I have read your blog for several years now but never commented. I love your blog, and I have truly enjoyed your recent transition from a lot of black to incorporating more colors. It has been educational for me. I think you look very classy in both wardrobes, but I think the new colors are very appealing.

    I am 44 and struggle with a particular issue I would love to see you address in one of your posts. How can we dress around the house to be comfortable and productive but still look nice and “together”? I place a big emphasis on comfort because it is so important to me, but I don’t like looking sloppy. I can’t seem to master this. I would love to see your expertise tackle this.

    Thank you for such a wonderful, informative blog.

    Amy

    • Rondi
      January 2, 2020 / 7:49 am

      I agree! I would enjoy seeing a post or two on leisure wear. It is difficult to find these pieces especially if you don’t want black.

    • Ann in Missouri
      January 2, 2020 / 12:58 pm

      Susan, I like this topic, too. Amy, thanks for suggesting it.

      Ann in Missouri

  51. Isis Molisani
    January 2, 2020 / 7:38 am

    I was born in another country, and was taught to wear colors that match. It took me 62 years to try a patterned pair of pants with a patterned blouse, which I did this past October to out trip to Italy. It was tres chic!! I love your new colors, from your clothes to your jewelry and lipstick. That consultation in London was worth it !

  52. Susan
    January 2, 2020 / 7:40 am

    I enjoy your blog very much. It is well written and well linked. I have made several purchases but the Emme bag in small and the dual side bamboo makeup organizer are at the top of my list. I would have never found them without you! I’m approaching 70 this year and still wondering why I haven’t found my true self. I believe I also read about Dr. Greger’s book, “How Not to Diet” in the comments section. I found it very informative and am embracing plant based eating after a period on Keto really fiddled with my blood chemistries. I am an avid traveler and really enjoy all the travel advice. NOTE: I have recently dropped a blogger I had followed for a long time because she has become too overexposed with too much blog content with flashback posts. You have it just right.

  53. Rondi
    January 2, 2020 / 7:42 am

    One of the most difficult aspects of growing older is the feeling that you become somewhat invisible. At least it is for me and I have read similar comments in your blog. Your new colors and style make you look so much more youthful and energized. I wish everyone could realize that if they knew their best color palette and style they could also look as happy as you. It’s my understanding that only winters wear black well. The negative comments you have received cannot all be from winters. So a lot of women are embracing black and holding themselves back from their best look. I look forward to hearing more about your consulting training. As far as blog ideas keep doing what you’re doing! Maybe add some more videos on scarf tying, hats, jewelry, and accessories. But I love watching your style and color transformation so please continue taking us along on your journey.

  54. Vicki
    January 2, 2020 / 7:42 am

    My husband and I are looking forward to improving our diet this year, and I’m going to do more walking. As for style and color in my wardrobe, I’m stuck on grey and black. I do have some color, but I really am print phobic. Maybe you will encourage me to dip into prints by watching how you do it. I’m going to love reading about your travels!

  55. Anon
    January 2, 2020 / 8:01 am

    I shifted the blogs I follow in 2019. Yours is one I kept. My requirement: if I wasn’t learning anything new, it was off my list. Simple as that. I’ve cut my list by about two-thirds. So there you go. I’ve edited my Youtube list, too. They just take too long to watch.

  56. Linda Lennon
    January 2, 2020 / 8:01 am

    I love your style and I look forward to reading your blog daily. Looks like we have similar travel plans for 2020 so I’ll be tuning in for packing advice which is what drew me to your pages years ago. On top of my list for 2020 is to get my colors done once again. As I enter my last year of my sixties my hair has fully grown out and it’s a beautiful shade of grayish white. I never expected it to look this attractive and I really want to use it to my advantage. Thank you for being who you are! You look fabulous!

  57. Nancy
    January 2, 2020 / 8:05 am

    I enjoy your blog very much. I like to read about your travels and your style is very close to mine.
    I would like to know more about what you are eating as I am interested in going on a plant based diet myself. Are there any books or articles you referred to?
    Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!

  58. Sally
    January 2, 2020 / 8:07 am

    Susan I’m glad you went with your intuition and ventured into the color world. I put my foot in after reading your article (actually bought several pieces that I thought my work in what I thought was my palette but then had to take my foot out again. I still feel better in ivory, gray blues and black. I suspect that part of the problem is the retail industry—they dictate what’s available….my coloring is like a Norwegian’s so maybe I should be looking at Scandinavian clothing! Ha ha!
    Good for for you for getting healthy! I’m doing the same with this new year: my diet lapsed and so did my exercise. I look forward to your travels, as usual.

  59. Nancy
    January 2, 2020 / 8:09 am

    I enjoy your blog very much. I like to read about your travels and your style is very close to mine.
    I would like to know more about what you are eating as I am interested in going on a plant based diet myself. Are there any books or articles you referred to?
    Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!

  60. January 2, 2020 / 8:30 am

    Happy New Year, Susan. I’m an infrequent commenter, but read almost every post. My colouring and palette are just the opposite of yours, but I love the changes you’ve made to your fashion style. It’s easy enough for me to think about the cooler spectrum of the shades you now wear. As a “winter” who is graying, I’m looking to soften the blacks into more greys and find that I look much better with some colour – a brighter top or scarf perhaps.

    Looking forward to seeing how you learn and grow in 2020.

  61. Nanja
    January 2, 2020 / 8:31 am

    Happy New Year! I’m enjoying your evolution and your blog. I have been a reader for over a year and enjoy the travel stories the most. Just as an FYI, I am getting the “suspicious link!” message when I clicked on the Everlane images at the bottom of the opening page.

  62. Judy
    January 2, 2020 / 8:35 am

    I started following you 3 years ago when I was traveling a lot between Chicago and New York. Your travel tips were great and they worked! As others have commented, growing and changing are part of life. If some stop reading a blog because of that, well, they miss out. I identify with most all of your choices except for your hairstyle experience. I’ve done the opposite, I let my pixie grow out last year into a short bob. Your blog on your experience was very solidifying because I realized the bob was actually more ‘me’ than the pixie. So, thanks Susan and Happy 2020.

  63. Suz
    January 2, 2020 / 8:49 am

    That’s disappointing that your stats show a decrease in readers. I find it surprising so wonder if the “stats” could be incorrectly “counting”. Hopefully that won’t limit your ability to continue to post. (financial concerns)
    I’m a long time reader (first blog I read each morning). However I do not subscribe – would I be counted in the stats ( not sure how those work)? I can easily subscribe if that makes a difference in your numbers.
    Your blog is simply great – honest, thoughtful, fashion practical, some travel advice, some personal challenges – all delivered with your own unique style and personality.

    And if anyone is wondering about a different cart, I have had my Rolser for years and highly recommend it.
    https://www.rolser.com/web/en/products/shopping-trolleys

    Thank you!
    Suz from Vancouver

  64. Ciel
    January 2, 2020 / 8:50 am

    Recently I attended a NY eve party where all of the women (older than 60) except for 2 of us (myself and another who knows her correct colors) were wearing black. All I can say is “BORING”! Black does nothing for most women except to make them look tired and blah. It’s just my opinion. Keep doing your color! I love your style!

  65. Lyn
    January 2, 2020 / 8:56 am

    Paris! I’m here for the travel and French connection. And I am obsessed with packing light, so I love your travel wardrobe planning and recaps. I have traveled completely alone in France several times and love solo travel. I’m looking forward to hearing about your April trip.
    The addition of color has been great, although, as many others have commented, I’m not sure about all of the colors that Red Leopard chose for you. But it got me thinking about my own color pallet, and it helped me realize why I wasn’t wearing many items that fit perfectly well. I’m giving them away. (Getting rid of “stuff” is my theme for 2020.)
    Keep it up! “You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself” (Ricky Nelson, Garden Party)

  66. January 2, 2020 / 9:02 am

    We will also be in London from April 13-25! Wouldn’t it be something if we ran into each other.

    I’m also thinking about exploring color analysis further. I pretty much know I fare best in vibrant jewel tones, but I’d like to go deeper.

  67. Carol Montanti
    January 2, 2020 / 9:05 am

    Susan, one of the best things about your blog is your authentic “voice”! There are other fashion blogs where I think the bloggers are not honest (eg. giving out advice on travel wardrobes without ever having travelled to those destinations) or like the instagrammers I see in Paris, dashing from one photo op to another, without paying much attention to the sights and people around them. That is certainly not you!! I found your blog through our shared love of Paris, and aside from that, we don’t seem to have a lot in common . . . which is why I LOVE your blog!! I look forward to seeing what you are up to, hearing your point of view, and reading the comments you inspire from your readers. I appreciate your embrace of the motto “Change over time”, so thanks from me!

  68. Jan Whichard
    January 2, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Great blog Susan! I look forward to it every morning although how you are up and going that early boggles my mind! What I love about your blog is not focused on the colors or diets or each clothing item or the cost. I love the spirit of it all. You have helped me to stop hiding behind baggy clothes and black clothes, to travel lighter, to have some fun with clothes and accessories (although I’m not great at it, my husband is!) and above all, to dress in a style that is me. I’m a spring too, at least I was in the 1980s, so that’s a bonus but I’m going to likely update with another analysis.

    As to color…you look great in your colors and clearly are having fun! Eating regimens are really personal for each person’s body. I have eaten Keto for a year and a half now. Down 30 pounds and remain at my correct weight for over a year, decreased blood pressure meds by half (it’s genetic), blood chemistries make my doctor thrilled, etc. But that’s just my specific body! So keep on doing what your heart tells you and you have a reader for life here!

  69. Karen Santa Fe
    January 2, 2020 / 9:52 am

    Hi Susan –
    I read your blog quite faithfully but I’ve only responded a couple times. Several things prompt me to write today.
    As a retired news anchor, I want to send you major compliments on a couple of your videos I saw recently. You have a lovely, natural speaking voice that adds greatly to the information you are sharing. Some other presenters may have good info but their grating voice or poor enunciation detracts from an otherwise good product. You have the full package. Please do more. Secondly – to the naysayers. Please ignore them as much as possible. Your greatest appeal is your authenticity and honesty. And that includes discussing mis-steps and changes. If readers need an exact prescription to follow, they are in the wrong place. I greatly appreciate that you discuss the ‘why’s’ and your thought processes in your choices. I can learn from you even if my personal end choices are quite different. I am taller, lead a casual life, don’t experiment much with make-up and don’t travel as much as you do but I value your insights nonetheless. Reading your blog is always like having a heart to heart with a treasured friend.

  70. Lee Rosenthall
    January 2, 2020 / 9:53 am

    Quality over quantity … in fashion … and in readers! Brava, for staying true to yourself, Susan. Can’t wait to read more of your upcoming color training and travel adventures. And Happy New Year!

  71. Tania Barney
    January 2, 2020 / 10:03 am

    Hello from the UK. I love your blog! Interestingly, I started to ready your blog BECAUSE of your colour and style journey! So while you may have lost some, you have also gained some :-). I had my colour (Jewel Winter) and style (Classic Gamine) classes with House of Colour (HoC), one of the main colour constancy groups here in the UK. As part of a Facebook group associated with HoC, somebody signposted your blog and I’ve been following ever since.

    My ‘look’ has been transformed by knowing my colours and style, to the extent that several friends after seeing the changes in me, went and had theirs done too. I find the colour piece easy to embrace, but have found the style journey to be more of a challenge. I can do classic well, but am always looking for ways to add the fun/quirky gamine element. I enjoy seeing how you are doing this.

    Good luck with the plant based eating. I’ve just signed up to ‘Veganuary’ and am planning 3 months 100% plant based to see how this feels.

    Wishing you all the best for 2020 and look forward to continuing to read about your journey

  72. Nancy
    January 2, 2020 / 10:08 am

    I think many of us would be thrilled to have a one-on-one consulation with you. Where do I sign up?

  73. Lisa
    January 2, 2020 / 10:52 am

    To increase your walking time, I highly recommend listening to audiobooks — either from the library or purchased. I find that feeling of looking forward to “diving back into a good book” when I’m reading has translated into wanting to dive back into a good book I’m listening to, and leads to more frequent and longer walks, plus increases the number of books I finish. It has also led to interesting book club conversations as we explore the differences between having read a book and having listened.

    • Cindylou
      January 2, 2020 / 12:39 pm

      I agree. Listening to audiobooks has helped increase my walking time. And I used to hate washing dishes but now I look forward to it because I listen to my book!

  74. Molly
    January 2, 2020 / 11:01 am

    For whatever reason your “old style” was more the way I like to dress, but I will still be a follower. More color looks great on you, but my observation has been that you appear to default to blue jeans for bottoms. I still like some form of black pants or leggings for going out rather than blue jeans.

  75. Linda
    January 2, 2020 / 11:21 am

    Happy new year! That readers would stop reading because you changed the colors you wear is almost ludicrous, but after reading through the comments and seeing so many that suggested that readers might be relying on you for choices and styling to the nth degree, I expect that is probably the case. I think you look fabulous in your new colors, and I don’t sense that great of a change in your style. I’m thrilled to follow someone who does NOT default to black every time she turns around. You need to be you; the right readers will find you and continue to follow you for your style, your good taste, and your confidence.

  76. Maria
    January 2, 2020 / 11:24 am

    Long time reader and someone who has benefited from your style musings, before and after your style reset. Anyone no longer following, well, it’s their loss and I’m sure your new direction will bring new readers. I love the inclusion of more colour and particularly enjoy your excursions into whimsy and quirkiness. It makes clothes more personal and fun. We each have our individuality and reflecting this in our clothes is very appealing and authentic. I’m excited to follow your adventures in colour and style training. You’ve always written in a way that helps and inspires other women and it’s no surprise that you want to do more in this direction. You educate without being preachy, offer lots of options and work to include women of all body types – great gifts for a trainer. Good luck with this new endeavour!

  77. Liz Castro
    January 2, 2020 / 11:42 am

    Hi Susan, and Happy New Year!! I loved your quote from Judy Garland, and have enjoyed your blog for years. Keep writing about your wardrobe, travel, etc., and I especially like to read about new things you’re trying and learning–which were quite a few in 2019–sharing what you’re learning gives me new perspectives and inspiration.

  78. Betty Goldberg
    January 2, 2020 / 11:59 am

    Happy New Year, Susan! I love your transformation – I can have colors that are cool or warm, especially in my makeup. You thought me to overcome my fear of color and have included several new colors and prints and have received compliments.
    I love that you are true to yourself – something I also am doing – some of my friends don’t particularly like my new self, but that’s their problem, not mine.
    I love your travel blogs.
    Wishing you continued success in this new year and decade!

  79. Angela in NZ
    January 2, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    So looking forward to 2020 with you.
    One idea I have is that when you post what you are wearing would you be able to show a montage of the other seasons colours in the same outfit? Perhaps this would assist those who are unable to visualize their own colours?

  80. Meredith Seiser
    January 2, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    Have you considered doing a house swap with a French family for several weeks? Your experience and fashion observations would be interesting!

  81. Ann in Missouri
    January 2, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    Regarding comments by the usual inflexible suspects, “Bless your pea pickin’ hearts!”

    Susan, I’m tickled to hear that you’re going to start doing color and style consultations. I’m not often in SoCal these days, but I would like to get together next time I’m out there for such a session.

    BTW, I visit your blog often for a multitude of reasons, the most important ones (to me) being that you’re a critical thinker and a damn good writer. Obviously, I enjoy how you approach style and appreciate your enthusiasm for this arena. You keep me enthusiastic about presenting a better version of myself to the world. Plus, you’re a kind person, which I also admire.

    BTW, my word for 2020 is FORWARD. If we’re not moving forward, we’re going backward, and it’s time I did so.

    I have a good feeling about 2020 and wish for you and your family a lovely coming year. 🙂

    Ann in Missouri

  82. Marcia
    January 2, 2020 / 1:29 pm

    I love your blog. I discovered you when you were in London visiting Red Leopard. I was fascinated by your journey and tempted to re-examine my ideas about my own colour pallet. I had my colours done in my 20’s and was considered a Winter, but as the years went by, all the gold in my complexion made me think I might be an Autumn. Sure enough, I’m still a Winter. Some wardrobe tweaks have resulted in unexpected compliments. I have you to thank for the inspiration. I also love the travel tips. Keep up the good work!

  83. Wendy
    January 2, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    I’ve followed your blog for a while, and will echo a few other commenters in saying that the reason I read is for your point of view, not necessarily about any one outfit, but about style, authenticity, color, travel, personal expression, and life in general. You are indeed a damn good writer, and I love your think pieces perhaps best of all. For the record, your new color palette, shorter haircut, and sense of whimsy is spot on. It suits you to a T. Your journey into color theory and counseling seems like a natural evolution. Looking forward to your brave new world, as it always informs my own. Many thanks.

  84. January 2, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    Help! I want to turn off the comments section. I am getting too many emails. how do I do it???

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 2, 2020 / 2:24 pm

      Hi Linda, if you look toward the bottom of one of those emails, you’ll see a link “Manage My Subscriptions.” Just click on that link and follow the instructions to unsubscribe.

      • January 2, 2020 / 2:54 pm

        I want to continue to get your emails, I just want to end the comments I am getting. so how do I do that???

        • Susan Blakey
          Author
          January 2, 2020 / 3:04 pm

          On one of the emails you’ve received with the comment replies, just click on the Manage Subscriptions link. You should see where you’ve subscribed to comments on a post. Just check the box next to that, and select Unsubscribe from the action options.

  85. Elizabeth
    January 2, 2020 / 2:23 pm

    Happy New Year, Susan!
    Continue on your journey of self discovery and ignore the naysayers. You sparkle in your new colour palette. Despite the fact that I’m a classic winter, I’ll remain your faithful blog follower! I’m your age & prefer to read blogs by women my age because I can relate to your messages.
    So, ideas for future blogs…
    Sustainable clothing made in North America
    Ideas & examples of “shop your own closet”
    Capsule outfits for the newly retired /for travelling/for a newly found colour palette
    Footwear for older “changing” feet (ie) I can’t wear high heels since I turned 60- boo hoo!
    When you model an outfit, show other ways to re-jig it (in the same post) so it can…go from day to evening/look good on those of other colour palettes/changing same outfit with different accessories
    Essays on life, contemplative posts
    Thanks, Susan

  86. Kate
    January 2, 2020 / 2:53 pm

    I love the way your new color palette complements you. I’m surprised others don’t like it! What I appreciate most is that you aren’t pushing us to purchase new clothes every day. You wear your existing clothes in new combinations. You shop your own closet, but link to current items we might like. You are true to your personal style. I prefer more structured garments, but you look great in what you wear. I wouldn’t ask you to change just because our personal styles are different.

  87. CJ
    January 2, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    Happy New Year! Like others, your colors are not mine, but I love your blog and will definitely keep reading. I love reading about your travel plans and life style alongside your style choices. You are a true inspiration of great ideas. Long may you be available to us!

  88. Susan W H
    January 2, 2020 / 4:21 pm

    I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading your blog–10 years maybe? One highlight was when I got to meet you, Tish, and Lisa in Los Gatos. I’ve had a number of items in my wardrobe that you had featured on a post. I’ve never been able to take your packing suggestions to heart–I usually take too much stuff, just in case.

    The years since my early 60s and now (since my last birthday I can’t say I’m mid-70s) have brought many unexpected changes. Some were unpleasant as well. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that life is much more fun and interesting if I read blogs like yours and change and adapt with you. Please keep at it–I need your inspiration!

  89. January 2, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    Am expecting to be with you in the long haul, no matter what colors you’re wearing;).

    And hi Susan W H! ^^^^ It was fun to meet you:).

  90. noblepower
    January 2, 2020 / 5:29 pm

    Like some of the other commenters, I originally began reading your blog because the style and the colors you wore were ones I was drawn to. Neither Your new palette nor more gamine style work on me, but I think I have learned more from watching and reading about your process transitioning from your previous to this newer style and colors, and so I am, if anything, a more dedicated reader now than I was when practically everything you showed fit into what I was drawn to wearing myself.
    I disagree with the folks who don’t like your new palette and silhouette, although it did take me a few posts for my eye to adjust to the new look (possibly because it was a quite noticeable shift?), I do think that your new aesthetic is fresh, attractive and vibrant and feel you are really hitting it out of the park.

  91. Pat
    January 2, 2020 / 5:56 pm

    I volunteer to be your first paying client after you get your color and style training! When you wrote about the Red Leopard experience, I was amazed as it sounded so great. I was so envious. And the results for you are amazing. Photos of you in the colors and styles that are “yours” are so wonderful; you glow. I honestly cannot understand why that would turn any readers off. Don’t we all want to know what style and colors make us look amazing? I know I do as it would make shopping and editing my closet so much easier! I love my neutrals, but all alone they are a bit boring and make me feel a bit boring. I would love to have a color and style analysis so I could edit my closet and know what looks best on me. I am serious about being your first client!

    I am a devoted fan and will continue to be one. I have been following your blog for more than 3 years and love, love, love the content. Your outfits and style tips are always helpful and inspire me to go to my closet and see what I have that is similar and can I create a similar look or vibe. I have learned how to wear some pieces in new ways. Sometimes I realize I have a similar piece that I never thought of wearing in that way. I have created new looks from your outfit photos on the blog and on Instagram. And I love the travel wardrobes and posts. I am planning to travel more in the future and being able to plan a trip with a capsule wardrobe that will work is making me confident about different types of travel. Now when I purchase something, I ask one question: Will I wear this in retirement or for travel? If the answer is no, I am not purchasing it.

    I am curious to hear more about your health and fitness journey next year.

    I live in Las Vegas and hope your anniversary trip here is wonderful.

    Happiest of new years to you, Susan!

  92. Kay
    January 2, 2020 / 6:09 pm

    I have a theory about the declining readership, and I don’t think it has anything to do with colors. My impression is that some readers admired your strong sense of style that you put out there every day for years. When you changed your “style,” it felt a little like a betrayal, maybe, to the steadfast standard you had advocated–know your style and wear it proudly. You suddenly seemed not to “know your style” anymore and needed to find one. I may be all wrong about this, but I, myself, was a little distressed by your sudden switch from confidence to uncertainty in your clothing choices. It also seemed a little sad that your “new style” wasn’t something you developed on your own but was adopted at the direction of someone else. The shift was jarring, but I’m sticking around to see how it all works out.

  93. quietgirl
    January 2, 2020 / 6:39 pm

    I, too, am sorry to hear you lost readers because of your personal style journey but frankly I am excited by the changes. Life is about growth and change. You are doing both!

    I am interested in how you pack your travel wardrobe and esp how to pack silk scarves. I am also interested in shoes for walking that don’t cost in excess of $200 (Munro). I need Wide widths.

  94. January 2, 2020 / 6:59 pm

    You are my most favorite fashion blogger – and I LOVE the new color palette you’ve introduced. It really freshened things up- you’re glowing and younger looking yet still chic as ever! I love the travel info! I’m an omnivore when it comes to eating (tried vegan for a while, but I really missed meat). I’m particular where my food comes from. And yes, I’m watching my health issues as well. Trying to drop sugar out of my life (or limit it to a much greater degree), and SLEEP is the issue I’m most concerned about for myself right now! I’m also interested in your exercise routines. I used to be quite fit (my whole life) yet last year I really slid into a bit of potato-ville. Yikes! Keep listing your lovely sources & substitutes – you make shopping quite fun for me!! All the best to you – I’m grateful for your blog & have been a reader for a number of years now! Don’t worry about those who bailed out (perhaps they’ll be back…or not – they’re the ones missing out!).

  95. De
    January 2, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    Happy New Year to you. Love reading your blog and always up for a challenge with colour. Keep going. Now with all your holiday plans I hoped maybe to see Aus on your list but alas no. We have great beaches for a sunny holiday and great shops and restaurants with the best oysters and crabs and prawns and barramundi in the world. One day maybe We spent a month in Italy last August and loved every second but loved Spain even more. Off to New Caledonia and Fiji soon and that’s what I call a flop and drop holiday. We are sailing with Sevensea and can’t wait. Keep up the good work and I have memorised Judy Garlands quote. So apt for me to remember.

  96. January 2, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    Susan, Happy New Year!
    I am excited to learn more about your new adventure (details to come?) and applaud you for keeping “it” authentic. When I moved back to DC I bought my own “nonna” cart and haven’t used my car more than 9 times in 2 years. A complete difference from my life in the the desert southwest and a boon for my health and fitness.
    My 2020 intentions include creating more content, both writing and photography. I still write and shoot for clients regularly but I want to do both for personal projects, even if that just for my blog (JavaAndJunket.com). I am planning a trip to Spain and Portugal with my dearest friend for September and a few other short trips abroad for the year. I don’t make resolutions; setting intentions seems to help me roughly sketch out the kind of year I hope to have.
    What actually transpires this year may change but one thing that won’t? My daily click over here to see what’s happening in your world. If you get to DC, I’d love to repay you for all the great content with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Cheers!!

  97. Juti
    January 2, 2020 / 8:52 pm

    It has been interesting to watch you work on your style and colors — keep up the good work! I might be one of your “missing” readers, but only because I’ve been too busy and tired to hop on the computer for a good six months. The same is true of my style — I’ve pretty much defaulted to jeans/shirt/cardigan or other topper, something I don’t have to think about or wash too carefully. However, I hope to focus a little more on my self-presentation in the upcoming months and will be watching your continuing transformation for inspiration and ideas.

    Have a great 2020!

  98. January 2, 2020 / 9:43 pm

    I enjoy your blog so much & as an Eileen Fisher devotee who is trying to branch into more color, I love following your color exploration. I am excited to learn you will be training in color & style analysis…perhaps the Red Leopard training (fingers crossed). Perhaps that will give me the reason I’ve been needing to make the trek from NorCal to SoCal!!

  99. Cinzia
    January 3, 2020 / 6:05 am

    I enjoy your blog because you focus on the journeys — both the fun, outer kind and the inner one as well. We are all individuals and our body shape/style/color choices may not be the same as yours, but you provide us with thoughts to ponder, ideas to improve our style or smooth our paths forward. It’s not necessary to be 100% like you to glean a great deal from your posts.

    For 2020, my goal is a clearer vision of my own path forward (2020 = clearer vision, cute huh?). Facing retirement, potential downsizing, empty nest, looking to travel more — these are things on my mind and I would love any nods in those general directions if they are also part of your journey. Things like streamlining wardrobe and beauty routines, creating “meaningful” downtime — but also practical things like how to shop for a changing body type, how to deal with graying hair (a biggie for me right now), how to continue to reflect one’s own style and color in an era where most clothes seem to be intended for teenagers or hip-hop stars….

  100. Nancy MK
    January 3, 2020 / 9:00 am

    Susan, the worse the news, the more I am refreshed by your blog, despite your having a completely different style than I (1914, my favorite). In addition, I enjoy seeing your colors although I would recoil at wearing them myself. This might be odd because I have been considered spring in yet more subtle colors and now that my hair is a mixture of white, red and brown, black, are
    becoming. Go figure. I have bought several items of clothing, including the black and white Missoni you sold, and Makeover Workshop prodcuts, based on your blog. I do hope you will continue it.

    I plan to continue jogging, perhaps progressing to running, 3 days a week, after having completed the Couch to 5 k plan, and continuing the Strong Women Stay Young strength training program, and going to a beginning ballet class which I hope will handle stretching. The former may seem a lot for a nearly 77 year old but I also spend a lot of time lying down reading, including your enjoyable blog. Many thanks.

    We are going to Paris in May so am looking forward to your comments in April.

  101. Jen
    January 3, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    I am so sorry that I am posting this so late. We have a virus here and all else seems to get left behind.
    About your change of direction with color, I have found the whole process so interesting. It has been several years since I have worked with color and am enjoying doing so again. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Your travels are always fun to see and read about. I look forward to learning more about the places and people you visit in the next months.

  102. Eileen
    January 3, 2020 / 8:01 pm

    P.S. because of your travels, I found better travel options. Because of your Red Leopard experience I have had my colors done, and am on my path. Because of you, I am watching quality shows. Because of you, my life is enhanced. Because of you, I will learn more and more … keep it up, it’s wonderful!

  103. January 4, 2020 / 9:21 am

    Well…. that is exciting news: you becoming a stylist. Kudos on you. I have thought about it butI think I haven’t what it takes.
    I am interested in your poses/exercises. Is that to get a better posture? Or to pose better when doing a photo shoot?
    That nonna cart is hilarious. Why not cycle to the shops? I have bags on either side of my rear tire to hold the groceries: also a nonna look haha.
    Lots of traveling for you: wonderful.
    Greetje

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 4, 2020 / 9:26 am

      Don’t feel safe cycling on the roads here. Most LA drivers don’t know how to look for/deal with bicyclists.

      The yoga is to improve balance, strength and flexibility. It also calms the mind. But I’m still enough of a newbie that I only do the simplest ones at home.

    • Susan
      January 5, 2020 / 4:21 am

      I am with Susan about cycling, the traffic makes me nervous and although I used to love riding a bike, our compulsory bike helmet laws turned me off. On a more practical note, my dozen eggs are quite safe in my nonna trolley, but I doubt they would survive a bike ride home. In Oz, we call it a nonna (Italian for grandma) trolley, because older Italian (and Greek) women would walk to the local market/shops with them, but they are becoming very popular with all age groups now and I have people stopping me askingme where I bought mine (Aldi) – maybe they will be the new fashion accessory for 2020?

  104. Katie
    January 5, 2020 / 1:06 pm

    Amy Chaplin’s cookbooks “At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen” and “Whole Food Cooking Every Day” have delicious ways to increase plant-based cooking at home (while our kids still say, “nope!”, my carnivore husband loves everything we make from them!)
    So glad you are discovering more colors and looks to enhance your lovely self. Thanks for creating this wonderful blog and sharing your perspective!

  105. Mary
    January 5, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    I will continue to be a loyal follower even though I do not generally comment. I especially love your travel blogs and all the fashion blogs.

  106. Louise Hall
    January 6, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    Judy Garland was spot on!
    Congratulations on moving forward with your color and style journey, you will be fabulous. I had mine done 12 years ago by House of Colour in the UK (right before I moved to the US for a big job) and it helped me so much to be ME! For all those 12 years I dreamed about having my own House of Colour business in the US and I was able to accomplish that last year when I left my corporate job and moved lock, stock and barrel to San Diego. A huge life change, but so wonderful.
    I’m glad that you don’t have to wait that long and that there are more of us that are able to give this wonderful life skill to other women out there 🙂
    I’m an Autumn Classic Ingenue, so have different colors and style to yourself, but I still find your blog interesting and thoughtful and I wouldn’t stop reading it because we are not the same. Keep it up!

  107. Susan D.
    January 8, 2020 / 12:18 am

    Susan, I’ve been reading your blog for quite a few years now and seldom miss a post. I just want to say that I think the Red Leopard consultants gave you wonderful advice. Your new colors, while hard for you to find, as so worth it! You look absolutely stunning in them. So–please—keep going on that color journey. It is fun to follow even if my colors might be different.

    I also enjoy your travel posts and look forward to seeing where you go in 2020.

  108. Angela s
    January 9, 2020 / 12:07 am

    Susan – go girl! forget the negative people who don’t agree with your new direction. Utter stuff and nonsense. I think the new scheme suits you fine – although I liked your previous look too.

    Forget the “nay sayers” they like you, should move on!
    life is about learning and developing and moving on to something else – sensible people know this.

    Don’t let the b——s get you down – I’m a kiwi and we tend to tell it like it is. We all only live once … everyone needs to move on into the future.

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