Chore Time

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears a casual look with a striped chore jacket, bucket bag, and leopard print mules.

A few days ago, I posted a roundup of chore jackets , and wanted to show you the one I finally selected. Lightweight jackets (and sweaters) are workhorses in my wardrobe in Spring, and often well into Summer.

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

The colors in the jacket are actually a little more subdued than they appeared on the retailer’s website. The “red” is actually a reddish brown, and the background color is off-white, with maybe just the palest hint of blush. It doesn’t quite work with white jeans (IMO), but does with blue denim. I’m wearing size S.

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears a Clare V "Bar Huitres" tee.

I’ve had this Clare V “Bar Huitres” (Oyster Bar) tee for a couple of years. I really liked it, except for the crew neck, so I never wore it. I was just about to give it away, when on impulse I went at it with a pair of scissors and removed the neck band. Now it’s perfect! (I don’t mind the slightly jagged edge, gives it character. 😉 ) Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to “customize” to make something work.

Detail: Susan B wears a French Kande pearl bracelet and carries a Staud bucket bag. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve had this whimsical bag for a couple of years now, am still enjoying it. It’s lightweight and easy to carry. And it’s easy to see and retrieve items from inside.

Detail: Susan B wears leopard print mules. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I picked up these leopard mules last summer. They’re very comfortable and I love the little “zing” that leopard print adds to an outfit.

A Little Surprise…

Going out this weekend? Here’s day-to-night, Smokey Eye tutorial from Brian at Makeover Workshop, with Yours Truly getting glam. Brian teaches classes and one-on-one sessions where you can learn his makeup tips and tricks by actually practicing the techniques yourself, as you’ll see me doing in the video. I always learn something new!

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  1. Lise
    March 29, 2019 / 1:19 am

    Thanks for sharing the make up workshop – very helpful. Lise

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 6:23 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, Lise! Brian really knows his stuff.

  2. March 29, 2019 / 4:27 am

    Rocking an Ellen Barkin vibe! You look cool and sexy!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 6:23 am

      Thank you!

  3. Teresa A Dows
    March 29, 2019 / 4:34 am

    Love the jacket! Love the stripe and the texture!
    Looks great!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 6:22 am

      Thanks, Teresa!

      • Teresa A Dows
        March 29, 2019 / 11:21 am

        …and I’m loving your hair!

        • Susan B
          March 29, 2019 / 11:52 am

          Thank you!

  4. Lori
    March 29, 2019 / 4:56 am

    Would you also include links to the tools? (Eyelash curler, favorite lash separator, etc.) Thank you!

  5. janet
    March 29, 2019 / 5:20 am

    I didn’t see the link to the mascara brush you used at the end?

  6. MaryAnne
    March 29, 2019 / 6:14 am

    What eyebrow pencil did you use?

  7. Elle
    March 29, 2019 / 6:14 am

    Loved the makeup tutorial! Can you tell where to purchase the eyelash curler and the eyelash separator tool? My eyebrows also became very thin, especially the inner and outer corners. I had them microbladed–nothing too severe. I think it’s one of the best things a mature woman can do to restore a subtle youthful look. I also feel I look much better when I have no makeup on. My 80 year old mother also did it and is thrilled with the result. It’s so much easier for her now when she applies makeup. She was spending a lot of time filling in her brows.

  8. Sue
    March 29, 2019 / 6:15 am

    Fun video! I don’t see the brow product listed…Please?!

  9. Ali Fraser
    March 29, 2019 / 7:11 am

    OMG…how stupid am I! I’ve never heard you speak before Susan but I got such a surprise when I watched your make-up tutorial video…and you have an American accent…D’oh! I always hear your ‘voice’ in my head and, of course, you sound like me, Aussie!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 4:02 pm

      Oh, that’s funny! I don’t think I could do a credible Aussie accent, though. 😉

  10. March 29, 2019 / 7:36 am

    What a fun outfit, still classic in structure, but with colour and wit — very you! I especially love your fix for the T-shirt, and my fingers are itching for my sewing scissors now. . .

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 7:41 am

      Thanks very much, Frances!

  11. Ann
    March 29, 2019 / 7:41 am

    Love your look today…and the makeup tutorial!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 7:51 am

      Thanks, Ann!

  12. March 29, 2019 / 7:59 am

    I can see why you like that jacket . I really like the angled front pockets. It takes me aback a little to see you in a regular t shirt! This is a nice comfortable look. I wish jackets would get more wear in my neck of the woods..

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:55 am

      Thanks Kim! I also think those angled pockets make all the difference.

  13. Marybeth
    March 29, 2019 / 8:13 am

    Pretty Girl! LOVE the Jacket AND the Video! Fun to see you in “real” life, talking, moving, smiling… thank u for sharing! xo

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:54 am

      Thanks very much, Marybeth!

  14. Judy
    March 29, 2019 / 8:55 am

    Love your hair longer.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:54 am

      Thanks, me too!

  15. Ms. Liz
    March 29, 2019 / 8:56 am

    Thank you for the video. It was very helpful and I am going to try to “amp” up my eyes a bit more with a few of the techniques that I learned. I am going to try the pressing technique when I use my eye makeup. You look lovely before and after!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:54 am

      Glad you liked it! Brian’s techniques really are good.

  16. Kathryn
    March 29, 2019 / 9:10 am

    Love the look. Classic casual. All you. The video on make up was astounding for us women of a certain age. Enhancing but natural. By the way your skin is gorgeous and glowing. You are so inspiring

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:53 am

      Thanks, Kathryn!

  17. March 29, 2019 / 9:13 am

    I love your hair longer. very flattering!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:53 am

      Thank you!

  18. Susiekrochets
    March 29, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I often cut off the crew necks of my t-shirts because I don’t like how tight they are on me. But I also cut off the bottom hem as I feel most t-shirts are too long on me. Love the jacket!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:53 am

      I’ve done that in the past (cutting off the bottom), may need to try again.

  19. March 29, 2019 / 10:52 am

    Thank you for posting the video, Susan. So informative! You look beautiful in your casual chores outfit….. who knew that animal print and stripes are a perfect mate!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:52 am

      Thanks, Lark!

  20. March 29, 2019 / 11:32 am

    Love those leopard mules.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:52 am

      Thanks, me too!

  21. Beryl Meiron
    March 29, 2019 / 11:40 am

    This video is fabulous, Sue! And so timely, too. I just cleaned out all my eye makeup and I’m beginning to assess and refill with the fresh essentials. The colors and techniques in the video were, I’ll say it, eye opening! You look amazing, and I’m hoping to practice some of the techniques for myself. Love your blog.

  22. Daniella
    March 29, 2019 / 11:49 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh, NO WAY!! I know you can do better, really!! This is strictly for you! I know it’s some work to create a blog several times a week and it’s easy to run out of ideas. But, it’s no use to anybody if it doesn’t work!!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 11:51 am

      Not sure specifically what you’re referring to, but tant pis, I like it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • Daniella
        March 30, 2019 / 1:29 pm

        Next time in France, I suggest visiting the outdoor market in Aix en Provence and observe the shoppers for “ chic” chores dressing. Inspiring, to say the least. Many elderly, super slim, great postures, chic and understated, insouciant, je ne sais quoi, attitude. Lessons to learn and translate to whatever we call American sportswear style or lack of.

        • Susan B
          March 30, 2019 / 1:54 pm


          I’ve wondered on many occasions why you bother to read this blog. You seem to find very little that I share informative, enjoyable, or entertaining (unless criticizing is your particular form of entertainment). Why not find a blog to read that’s more up to your standards? Or write one yourself if all others seem lacking?

          I’m not about trying to copy French women’s style wholesale. And I’m a bit weary of the “superior European” viewpoint you express on repeat. I find your idea of what’s stylish a very narrow one. We all have different tastes and influences. Thank goodness, or it would be a very boring world.

          • March 30, 2019 / 2:01 pm

            Aix is quite a wealthy city, though there are also a lot of students from a range of backgrounds, including a brilliant young woman I know who was there on scholarships and now a human rights lawyer at the Hague and elsewhere. Of course she was able to look chic on a shoestring, at her age then. In nearby Marseilles there are many women who are not the slightest chic.

            Obesity has been growing in France as elsewhere, unfortunately.

          • Daniella
            March 31, 2019 / 2:04 pm

            Dear Susan,
            I think that you are doing a spectacular job of seriously addressing the fashion needs for that woman of a certain age!! So much needed in this country especially, where most seniors are ignored and relegated at best to the end of the bus!! Your advice is good and it has happily metamorphosed overtime into something other than black and black to a more diverse color palette!! A great improvement, as most of us seniors need color to reflect on our less than prime skin tones. I lived in this country more than in Europe, though I was born, raised and mostly educated there. I’m more American than many of the natives, and as for fashion, being in the medical profession , I spent a lot of my life in a white coat! But I’m also an artist and I do have a sense of aesthetic that I have honed over the years. The French and France don’t do much for me in general, I lived there for a while and observed them at close range. Can’t forgive or forget what happened to some of my people during the war, sent en mass to concentration camps and the current undercurrents that some feel that they have to leave the country of their birth!!. But, I admire them for refusing to disappear into oblivia as they age. The universal French Chic can easily be adopted and applied. It’s only when you take a serious detour is when I may react. Not intended to be rude just not PC. I actually do not have interest in searching blogs, Twitter, instagrams, etc.. , so perusing yours from time to time is quite a compliment to what you are trying to achieve! Keep going!!!

          • Susan B
            March 31, 2019 / 2:33 pm

            Thanks for that, Daniella. It’s sometimes hard to read how someone intended something to come across online. I’ll be mindful of this in the future.

          • Pau
            March 31, 2019 / 3:06 pm


          • Pau
            March 31, 2019 / 3:07 pm

            Oui Susan.

  23. Linda
    March 29, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    Hi Susan. I LOVE your customized tee! I do this all the time with sleeves on tees, too, as they’re generally too long for my shrimpie self. Ok, now to watch the video…

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Linda!

      • March 29, 2019 / 4:42 pm

        If the tee should see to unravel too much, do an overstich (blanket stich) by hand. Not too tight.

  24. Jill Ann
    March 29, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    Regarding the video: what is “eye shadow magnet?” Am assuming it’s a primer of sorts, but his website doesn’t have any kind of description. I usually just use a lid primer to tone down redness and even out skin tone on my lids, and am always looking for one that isn’t drying.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 2:15 pm

      Hi Jill Ann, yes, it’s a lid primer. I haven’t found this one to be drying.

  25. Pam
    March 29, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    I’m really liking your longer length hair with the jacket (you’re lucky to be able to rock both short and longer hair!). When I read what you did to the neck of your tee, it made me laugh because I remember making boatnecks and off-the-shoulder cuts in some tees and sweatshirts back in the 80’s. Had completely forgotten about that option and will definitely take the scissors to some of my crew necks now.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Pam! I remember everyone cutting the necks out of sweatshirts back in the 80’s too. 🙂

  26. March 29, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    What great eye tricks. I learned a lot. You look wonderful. loved your t-shirt trick and the whole look. It’s fun having a variety on your blog. Really enjoyed!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Sandra! Brian always has lots of good tips!

  27. March 29, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    I love this particular look on you. It is SO CUTE. The length of that jacket is perfect on you, and I love the subtle shade of that stripe for you. When you introduced the ‘chore’ jacket I was against it; they can be so hard to wear, their cut is often sloppy or too bulky, but you have found one that fits you, which is everything. I grew up in Hong Kong and the Mao jacket was, to all intents and purposes, a ‘chore’ jacket, and I had one; they were a terrible shape, and now I can never wear one again, but yours has shape and style. The t-shirt is sheer genius with that jacket. Brava. 😉 I think it’s great to use clothing you have *almost* given up on and find new life for pieces that were just not fitting in prior to finding the right piece to wear them with. The elevated pieces of your ensemble really make the difference here, well done.

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Alison! I do think I’me going to get a lot of wear out of this jacket. It’s a fun alternative to a utility jacket.

  28. Angela in NZ
    March 29, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Whilst appearing to be quite a new look for you, it’s refreshing to see something even more casual. It’s a great style for us “downunder” followers as we lean towards a very paired back look lifestyle, whilst trying to keep some polish. BTW, husband laughed at me watching yet another tutorial as he knows how obsessed I am about make up!

    • Susan B
      March 29, 2019 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Angela!

  29. Ronda Cafe
    March 29, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    Susan, I have been following you for a couple of years now and I am so excited to see you in today’s outfit. Your slow movement towards colour, broadening out of your signature long lean top over lean bottoms has been inspiring. Congrats!!! On recognizing your style preference while loosening the boundaries.

    On another note, I am looking for somewhere to stay in France for six weeks or so next February/March when our Alberta weather goes below minus 20C. A smaller city perhaps with spring like weather. I sew children’s clothes so the last couple of years I have taken my sewing machine and stayed near an orphanage (Portugal and Ecuador). Any suggestions for me? Ronda Cafe

    • March 29, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Rhonda, ANYWHERE in France except the highest peaks of the Pyrénées will be warmer than Alberta that time of year, unless there is a chinook. How about Toulouse? Not a very small city, as it is a lively university town that also has a longstanding aerospace industry, but it is smaller than Paris, Marseille or Lyon. French NGOs would need help more for missions abroad. As everywhere, there is poverty even in “high-income” countries, but that requires social intervention from within.

    • Susan B
      March 30, 2019 / 8:43 am

      Thanks very much, Ronda! I’m afraid My expertise on areas of France is limited (we’re still exploring…). Lagatta has offered some good tips; perhaps some of my other readers can offer suggestions.

      • Sandra
        March 30, 2019 / 2:00 pm

        Menton on le Cote d’Azur has a microclimate which makes it a bit warmer in winter than other neighboring towns; close to Nice and Monte Carlo. Aix-en-Provence rarely dips below 50 F during the day in winter months. Thanks to climate change, the weather in France keeps getting warmer and warmer. 🙁

        Both Paris and Lyon had 50+ degree weather this February!

        • March 30, 2019 / 4:03 pm

          You do mean Fahrenheit, I presume? +50c would be as much of a health emergency as -50c (or F). Extreme heat and extreme cold are quickly lethal.

      • March 30, 2019 / 2:13 pm

        Dear Ronda, read the wikipedia article on Toulouse for climate and other aspects, and there is also the article on Toulouse. There is a large Citadines, a chain of apartment hotels, that have hotel services but also a fully-equipped kitchen area.

        Obviously that is just a suggestion. Even cities in northern or northwestern (Normandy, Brittany) France will be warmer than Alberta in the springtime, but they can be rainy and damp).

  30. Susan B
    March 29, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    I have also altered tees. I’ve gotten so I can’t stand crew necks. I found a tutorial on Pinterest to turn a ribbed crew neck into a v-neck. One would have to have a sewing machine and basic sewing knowledge. It worked great!

  31. Colleen Hickling
    March 29, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    Love the longer hair! Trying same here as a change.

    • Susan B
      March 30, 2019 / 8:40 am

      Thanks, Colleen!

  32. Lark
    March 30, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    Hi Susan…. I absolutely adore how you put your outfits together. Its obvious that they suit you and reflect your wisdom from life’s experiences. I don’t understand the objective of one of your readers who could have been more courteous and respectful of your much appreciated efforts. I feel that we, your readers, have been invited into your home and that you, deserve our appreciation and respect.

    • Susan B
      March 30, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks, Lark! I don’t expect everyone to like everything I post and that’s fine. All I ask is that commenters express disagreement respectfully and without disparaging another’s tastes. I appreciate your support!

  33. Susan
    March 30, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    Do more videos about anything… if you have the time (maybe once a month at least). The format suits you.

    • Susan B
      March 30, 2019 / 7:01 pm

      Susan, it’s funny you say that…I always think I look so awkward and goofy on videos. But I will try! 😉

    • Susan B
      March 31, 2019 / 8:47 am

      Thanks, Elaine!

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