Charming prints for Spring (that aren't florals) - une femme d'un certain âge

The Friday Edit: eye-catching prints & more

Eye-catching spring prints. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Prints, charming

If you’re looking to add visual interest to a simple outfit, a printed top can be an easy and effective way to do it. I’ve described myself as “print-averse,” but that’s not entirely true. I love many prints on their own, but often find them hard to wear.

We seem to be awash in florals at the moment, and if you love them, the world is your oyster. But for the rest of us, A Good Print Is Hard To Find. (Especially in pieces that aren’t too precious for everyday wear.)

While price is not a guarantee of quality, I have found that prints at the lowest price points tend to look, well…cheap. It can be worth paying a little more for a quality print that you love.

Their Nibs peacock feather print hoodie. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If I needed another hoodie, I’ve be all over this peacock feather print number. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable. Stock is limited. Here are a couple of other prints offered…

Ann Taylor leopard print peacoat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I like the abstract take on leopard print on this cotton peacoat. It’s offered in Misses size XX-Small to XX-Large, and Petites XXS-XL.

Sezane linen polka dot tee shirt. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And no, nothing groundbreaking about polka dots, but I haven’t seen many of them lately, especially not on a tee. (A neutral dot print like this one is a nice change up from stripes, and just as easy to wear.) This tee is made from sustainable linen, so will be nice and cool come summer. Sizes XS – XXL.

Paul Smith intarsia greyhound sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age

Whimsical but not twee. This intarsia wool greyhound sweater is spendy, but what a fun and unique piece!

J.Crew paisley print shirt. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love a paisley print, and this one looks really fresh in a bright aqua green. Sizes 00-24.

Smoothie Operator

Cheers! Susan B about to enjoy a kale smoothie. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

sweater | necklace

I’ll admit, I never really understood the appeal of smoothies. I mean, why drink a meal when you can eat one? 😆 I’ve changed my mind, thanks to the Faster Way Smoothie Challenge I’ve been doing this week (replacing 1 or 2 meals per day with whole-food based smoothies).

I really expected to be hungrier than usual, but found the opposite to be true. Even just replacing one meal per day with a smoothie, I’ve not only been much less “noshy” in the afternoons, but have had more energy and am less bloated.

You can make a smoothie with just about any fruits and many vegetables, but this one is my favorite so far.

Susan B. makes a kale smoothie in a blender. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Add to blender:

1½ cups cold water
1 cup chopped kale
½ to 1 frozen banana 🍌
1/4 avocado 🥑 (pitted & peeled)
1 TBSP flaxseed meal
2 TBSP hemp seeds
1 TBSP honey (or date nectar) 🐝
Protein powder (optional, I use this one, add toward the end of blending)

Blend it up and enjoy!

Susan B. pours a smoothie. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Do you enjoy smoothies regularly? What’s your favorite?

Don’t forget…

At an-home spa facial with Brian + MW. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

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  1. Leoni McVey
    February 19, 2021 / 5:22 am

    Johnny Was and Anthroplogie prints can be exquisite and unusual. They can be expensive but also unique.

    • Ainsivalavie
      February 19, 2021 / 11:48 pm

      I just ordered a Johnny Was print scarf from Bloomingdales! I am excited to see it IRL, the prints are amazing! The scarf was on sale and within my budget but the clothing is quite expensive. It is exquisite and a piece or two worth budgeting for or seeking out through Poshmark or consignment shops.

    • Lee Rosenthall
      February 20, 2021 / 10:07 am

      Johnny Was face masks are the least expensive way to add some of those beautiful prints to your wardrobe. They’re well designed too!

  2. susie
    February 19, 2021 / 5:34 am

    I love your eyeglasses! Can you share the source???

    • Susan Blakey
      February 19, 2021 / 6:36 am

      Thanks! These are from SEE Eyewear.

  3. MWG
    February 19, 2021 / 6:11 am

    Your navy top/sweater is great-looking. I especially love the neckline [not too thick] and depth of color. Can you share the source? T!hanks

    • Susan Blakey
      February 19, 2021 / 6:32 am

      Hi MWG, thanks! Here’s a link to the sweater: (They’re specially priced today too!)

  4. Alexis I
    February 19, 2021 / 7:20 am

    Thanks for the suggestion for protein powder – I’ve been wanting to try a new one (the one I use now has a lot of sugar in it) and there are so many choices out there!

    • Susan Blakey
      February 19, 2021 / 8:09 am

      Another one I like that’s low in sugar is Momsanity. I use the Dutch Chocolate for sweet smoothies but there are other flavors too: Momsanity Protein Powder

  5. Debbie
    February 19, 2021 / 8:40 am

    My daily smoothie is 8oz apple juice, 2oz almond milk, yogurt ( plain or vanilla) frozen berries, spinach or kale, sometimes banana or kiwi, protein powder and cinnamon. I put the extra in single serve plastic bottles and freeze.I have it around noon.

  6. Eve
    February 19, 2021 / 8:59 am

    I only like fruit and veggie smoothies in the summer. I get my veggies in a nice hot sipping soup this time of year. I guess you could call them a winter smoothie.

  7. February 19, 2021 / 9:10 am

    I only drink smoothies in restaurants.
    I love that brown polka dot T-shirt. So chic. And such a shame I don’t do sleeveless anymore.

  8. Kendall
    February 19, 2021 / 10:07 am

    Just bought that jacket! I love it! Thanks so much for the tip!

  9. Carol W Wayne
    February 19, 2021 / 11:08 am

    If you have a Costco membership, you can get Vital Proteins there and the price is very good.

  10. Eva Cox
    February 19, 2021 / 11:41 am

    I’ve never have been someone that likes prints as they were mostly flower prints, however, now they are making some really cool. I purchased a silk print blouse from Chico’s that has different kinds of mushrooms on it (I think the makers of the blouse wanted to do prints about the natural world & gives a donation to clean the environment). Also, Orange with Prowling Leopards; Navy with orange Tigers & Black with multi-color paisley print. There is one print I couldn’t get because of sizing, Grazing Goats. There are all expensive but I just sit on them until they go on sale that fits my budget, it’s like a game for me!
    I’ve been wanting to try some of those smoothies (I know I don’t get enough protein & vegetables everyday, I mostly don’t have an appetite so this would be good for me. I have gotten a 30.00 off coupon for one company that does smoothies & lunch/dinner meals, I think I’ll try it. Great post today!!

  11. Janet D.
    February 19, 2021 / 12:32 pm

    Great post, Susan. Like you, I don’t think of myself as a “print person”, and yet when I find one I like, I’m over the moon. Love the peacock hoodie, for instance. And when I look at that gorgeous polka-dot tee I realize how tired I am of stripes, how much I love polka dots & how hard they are to find. They always look classy! My only complaint is the styling on the paisley. The model looks as though she just rolled out of bed at 2PM after last night’s frat party & grabbed the nearest shirt off the floor but wasn’t able to button or tuck it in properly. Even when I was young enough to be doing that same thing, I managed to look more pulled-together than this in the morning. Please tell me this “morning-after-casual” isn’t what we have to look forward to this season [sigh]. Smoothies: I try them now & again but have never understood the appeal. I don’t like cold drinks, even in summer. I’d rather have a bowl of soup (I make great soups!) or a big raw veg salad (made with tons more raw veg than I’d put in a smoothie), plus hemp hearts, ground flax, seeds, nuts, sometimes cooked quinoa or other ancient grain &/or cooked roast beef, chicken or seafood, a hard-boiled egg, chopped fresh herbs & a light vinaigrette of EVOO, wine vinegar & a drizzle of maple syrup. Delicious, nutritious & it doesn’t chill me to the bone like cold drinks do 🙂

  12. February 19, 2021 / 6:44 pm

    I often make smoothies for hubby & I for breakfast. I usually start with a banana and add a handful of frozen fruit (peaches, mango, berries), 200 grams low fat yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, and enough skim milk to make the right consistency. Simple, delicious, and nutritious.

  13. Ainsivalavie
    February 20, 2021 / 12:54 am

    Smoothies remind me too much of liquid nutritional food supplements like Boost or Ensure ( which I spent thirty plus years pushing on patients)or a tube feed. They are ok once in awhile but as another commenter noted a salad has far more greens in it. I suppose they can be part of one’s diet just not mine. They’re also not recommended for breaking a fast because they can spike blood sugars quickly. The avocado should help with that but I would ditch the sweetener suggested the added fruit should be enough or if the protein powder has stevia added. So easy to ramp up the calories with the additions. From a purely nutritional POV I would have a nice salad or veg soup followed by a piece of fruit or a cup of berries.with plain Greek yogurt or skyr. Sort of a deconstructed smoothie.

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