Dressed For Dinner “En Terrasse”

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears a casual outfit with ivory sweater jacket, graphic tee and dark wash boyfriend jeans.

Ah, it’s finally warm enough to take advantage of outdoor dining, even with cool evening breezes. (Merci, patio heaters!) I was in the mood for some moules-frites, so we hit our local bistro for a French food fix.

En Terrasse In A Graphic Tee…

Earrings (similar) | Jacket | Tee (similar) | Bracelet |
Bag (similar) | Jeans | Shoes

(You can see above that my hair’s getting all blown around. It’s been driving me a little nuts with the winds we’ve had the last few days. It’s one of the reasons I’m ready to cut it again… 😆 )

I wanted to wear my favorite graphic tee, and in the spirit of “don’t muck it up,” kept the rest of the outfit pared back. The sweater-jacket adds warmth and just the right amount of polish.

I just realized I’ve never shown you an outfit with these jeans, which I really love. They’re the slim boyfriend style from Mott & Bow (gifted). The dark wash is completely non-distressed, and the fabric has the look of raw denim (though isn’t as stiff). They’re offered in three inseam lengths, too! I sized down in these (wearing the 27) though when I tried the same style in a lighter wash, found those ran TTS.

Detail: Susan B wears a French Kande pearl bracelet and carries a Brahmin croc-effect bag. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m happiest when I keep things simple. This neutral croc-effect bag (similar) adds textural interest without being too focus-pulling.

Detail: Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears dark wash boyfriend jeans and metallic square toed mules.

These shoes just go with everything!

Salut! Susan B of une femme d'un certain age at a sidewalk cafe.

À votre santé!

Just a note: I’d written and scheduled this post before the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday. 😢 This monument of great historical, cultural, and spiritual significance was substantially damaged. But as of this writing, it sounds as though some of the structure is still standing and may be saved. I have posting commitments for the rest of this week, but I’ll be going through the many photos I’ve taken of Notre Dame over the years, and will share next week.

Stay in touch.

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  1. April 16, 2019 / 12:49 am

    We enjoyed moules frites last night as well, here in Brussels. Heading to Paris today, obviously devastated by the fire and anticipating the grief of seeing that absence against the sky—but also heartened by the promise of resilience. As the Parisienne we’re going to visit tomorrow says. Elle reste debout, Notre Dame; blessée mais debout.”

  2. April 16, 2019 / 2:32 am

    I love those shoes. The heel is very unusual, too.
    My MIL made the best moules-frites ever (and, having lived in Brussels for years, I know from moules-frites). They’re good brain food, too.

  3. April 16, 2019 / 5:34 am

    I love that tee shirt. And I read today the rose windows appear to have been saved. All is not lost then.

    • Marguerite
      April 16, 2019 / 5:43 am

      Looking forward to you photos of ND from your many past trips. Love your dark, non distressed jeans. The sweater coat is a classic, too. Lovely look!

  4. Cece
    April 16, 2019 / 5:55 am

    Hello Susan,

    One thing I don’t understand about your style. You are quite petite and a 27 in jeans–why don’t you show off your waist and “bootie” ? If you got it, flaunt it!!!

    • Susan B
      April 16, 2019 / 6:02 am

      Well, if I HAD a waist… 😉

  5. Dorene Bruce
    April 16, 2019 / 6:00 am

    I am happy to hear you are cutting your hair. My experience is shorter hair is a more youthful look.

  6. April 16, 2019 / 6:32 am

    I was just thinking how pretty your hair looks. It’s very flattering. I’m seldom thrilled with my thin hair so I understand the struggle. Maybe when the winds die down you’ll feel less frustrated with it’s added length.

  7. Katherine Weber
    April 16, 2019 / 7:06 am

    I wanted to comment last week on your hair…. Beautiful! I am in the same club….fine, thin, wispy…..dream of thick and wavy!
    The photos of your pixie made you look so youthful! Somehow the longer style just isn’t as fun and fresh. I have been trying to add length to my pixie but not so sure it’s all that grand an idea.

  8. Rondi
    April 16, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I love the graphic tee! Great look. You look like you are ready for some fun!

    • April 16, 2019 / 10:40 am

      The graphic tee is very funny too, as it means oyster bar and here they are eating mussels and Belgian frites!

      • Rondi
        April 16, 2019 / 3:36 pm

        I continue to learn a little more French. Thank you, Lagatta. My college French was taught with a southern USA accent.

        • susie
          April 17, 2019 / 5:09 am

          Just had to chime in here- my moms family lived in Cajun areas so when I went to France on Vacay- the French laughed OUT LOUD when I tried to say something……….. All in good fun! I got along very well with my redneck coon-as……. French

  9. Carol Montanti
    April 16, 2019 / 8:13 am

    I am also on my way to Paris today, via Montreal, so was absolutely paralyzed by the scenes on the news. Thankfully I have visited ND a few times and been on the roof with the gargoyles, but am so sad for all those who have never had the chance and dreamed of it! It was the stuff of dreams. I had even planned to attend Easter Sunday mass there, so will have to go elsewhere. But heartened by the citizens singing to “her”, perhaps there is hope for some of the iconic structure and its contents.

    • April 16, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Carol, here in Montréal, today there was a solidarity mass at Basilique Notre-Dame. I wish I’d known, although I’m not a regular churchgoer. There is no shortage of beautiful churches in Paris. If I go to Easter Mass, it will be at Nostra Signora della Difesa, in my neighbourhood. But the Mass for Paris was a great expression of solidarity. We also turned out en masse after the Charlie Hebdo (and other killings) and Bataclan terror attacks.

      After that serious interlude, now I want some moules et frites!

  10. Janelle
    April 16, 2019 / 8:19 am

    I’m on board with the other comments about a shorter hairstyle. You have the perfect shaped face to carry off the longer pixie. Wish I had the courage to cut mine…one of these days!!

  11. kristi
    April 16, 2019 / 9:21 am

    I think your hair looks great – and I like it shorter, too. So, you can’t lose.

    My husband told me a very interesting story last night about the roof at the New College at Oxford https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLc9-lCvjgs

    Apparently (similarly), the roof and spire at Notre Dame were built in the mid 19th century – and they have been growing timber at Versailles in anticipation of the need to replace them. I really hope that is true!

    As Stewart Brand says quoting Gregory Bateson “That’s the way to run a culture”.

    • Beryl Meiron
      April 16, 2019 / 5:17 pm

      That was a very informative video, Kristi. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Darling Lily
    April 16, 2019 / 9:52 am

    While the damage to the cathedral was extensive, she is not missing from the skyline and her interior is still fully intact. It seems to me that at least some of the gargoyles and grotesques must surely have survived. (and please let my darling Stryge be one that did.)

    This treasure is broken, but hardly destroyed. She has seen fires and even desecration before, and emerged more beautiful than ever. She will again.

  13. Roseanna
    April 16, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    I love Meet In Paris❤️

  14. Jan whichard
    April 16, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    I am tired of jeans that are skinny or slim. I want some jeans with some room through the thighs! I just lost 30 pounds and wear leggings but I want good old jeans. Do the boyfriend jeans fit that notion?
    I first knelt in Notre Dame in 1966 as a young teen. I have visited her so many times through the years. There are not enough tears.

    • Susan B
      April 17, 2019 / 6:38 am

      Hi Jan, I find this style has some ease through the entire leg. (And I have pretty muscular legs from years of horseback riding, folk dancing and now Pilates.)

      • Jan Whichard
        April 17, 2019 / 8:13 am

        Great! I shall try them. Thanks Susan….as ever.

  15. Carole Meredith
    April 16, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    Hi Susan,I have been following your blog for several months and I really enjoy it Thank you. I can’t help noticing that your hair is always a concern for you.I have similar hair to you and last year I took the bull by the horns and invested in a couple of wigs.
    No more bad hair days….and the compliments !! I can really recommend HairDo wigs,so reasonably priced and so natural looking and so easy to care for.If it’s good enough for Jane Fonda and most of her Hollywood mates it good enough for us. Having a good head of hair takes years off. Do give it a try.

  16. Roseanna
    April 17, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Do you know where they are available in Los Angeles. I did a quick Google but couldn’t find them. Thanks

    • Susan B
      April 17, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Hi Roseanna, which item are you referring to?

      • Roseanna
        April 17, 2019 / 12:52 pm

        I am sorry. Guess I didn’t put my response in the right place. I was referring to the Hairdo Wigs.

    • Carole Meredith
      April 17, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      Hi Roseanna, I live in New Zealand and I buy my wigs online through TVSN. HairDo are an American company and you will find their website under this name.There are also videos to help you wear your wig correctly. They are a life changer.Good luck. Carole.

      • Roseanna
        April 17, 2019 / 3:53 pm

        Thank You so very much Carole. This is a big help and I will look into it.

  17. Christine Johnson
    April 17, 2019 / 10:02 am

    After my comments on your hair post, I just wanted to chime in and say how great the white sweater jacket looks with the hair color you’ve chosen. And btw I bought that sweater because of your styling it. Brava and thanks.

  18. Anon
    April 17, 2019 / 10:44 am

    This has been a terrible week in so many ways.

  19. Alison M Gunn
    April 17, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    We ate at “Meet in Paris” while I was visiting LA a few weeks ago; it was very good, and as I said to one of our party, it was very much like being in Paris, the only exception that one’s chair was not leaning out into the street. Thanks to everyone who left comments indicating that Notre Dame will survive. I have been looking for the silver lining in this cloud, but the devastating loss has made that hard to find.

  20. Lise
    April 18, 2019 / 2:59 am

    Your hair is so feminine and youthful now – don’t rush to cut it! 🙂 Lise

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