Let’s kick off the week with some summer refreshers

One way around the double denim dilemma…swap out one of the blue denim pieces for something colorful!

A colored denim jacket outfit with a crochet top

Susan B. wears a colored denim jacket outfit with a crochet top and relaxed leg jeans. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

necklace | jacket | top (similar) | bracelet (similar) | jeans | sandals

I almost didn’t post this outfit. Not because I don’t love it (I do!) but because some of the pieces are sold out, or almost sold out. I ordered this colored denim jacket from Talbot’s the minute it went on sale, but by the time I received it, this “Cantaloupe” color was mostly gone. (The red color is still available in most Misses sizes.) More colorful denim jackets:

That crochet top from Everlane also went in a heartbeat. It’s still available in a lemon yellow/off white stripe. I really like the bit of texture it adds to the outfit, without being too bulky or heavy. (Jeans, jewelry & sandals are still available. Previously wore the jeans HERE.) Here are a few more crochet tops:

Mixing blue and white, black, gray, or colored denim with blue is one way to sidestep the Canadian tuxedo look, if that’s not your thing. If it is, I like to mis-match blue denim pieces, so it looks less deliberate.

A refreshing summer mocktail

Refreshing summer mocktail with Spindrift Grapefruit and apple cider vinegar.

I totally stole this from my friend Karen, but I know she’ll forgive me. I’m always on the lookout for mocktails that satisfy that “cocktail hour” urge, and this one definitely does. It also has some beneficial probiotic effects. Super easy!

  • 1 can Spindrift grapefruit sparking water
  • 1-2 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
  • squeeze of lime or lemon wedge
  • add some mint because it’s pretty

Serve over ice. C’est tout!

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Karen is starting a new client round TODAY, so if you’ve been thinking about taking charge of your health and fitness, it’s a great time to take that first step. Karen is the BEST coach, and is so inspirational and invested in the success of everyone in her groups. There are no pre-packaged foods to buy, or gym memberships required. It takes a bit of focus at first, but after a while it becomes second nature.

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  1. That is a terrific idea. Jeans jackets look awful on me but perhaps in a colour that suits me it would work.
    The idea of texture is very good and I have seen it mentioned often. I just never know how to apply thia rule. Texture is something difficult for me. Too bad.

  2. Karen is also my coach at the Faster Way. She is the best! If you have been thinking of joining I encourage you to do so!

  3. Thinking about the Talbot’s jean jacket in red.
    Bought your Everlane crochet top in striped white/yellow — very cute — to wear with the lemon print “Trucker jacket”, a collarless jeans jacket. That combo may be a bit too much with conflicting print… Blame it on a crazy search for yellow to wear with the jacket… This lemons jacket is more fitted than most jeans jackets, but very well-cut and flattering, even for someone busty and 5’1″, 130#.

  4. The transformation to your “spring” colors is complete. With changes to your hair color and eyeglasses, you’ve really found your groove! You own your gamine style.

  5. good morning! I really like the way you’ve styled these jeans with a more cropped look. I think the wider legs look so nice balanced with a shorter top rather than a longer sweater. So happy you have Bella.

  6. So, I’ve been meaning to ask, why do so many fashion bloggers pose with one foot forward? Susan, is it intentional? Or perhaps that’s just how everyone naturally stands?

    Love the addition of texture with the denim jacket — so nice on you.

    1. Hi Bette, thanks. What I was told early on was that it looks more relaxed and less stiff than a straight-limbed front-facing pose. In my case, because I’m knock-kneed, it also minimizes the appearance of that, so it’s become habit over time.

      1. I’ve been wondering the same thing and I think It would be good to see more variety in the poses. Always good to read your blog Susan!

      2. Ah. That makes sense. I much prefer it over the pose used several years ago (by others, including my daughter!) where one leg is crossed over in front of the other at the ankle, supposedly to minimize something, not sure what, but instead makes the shoes look like they’re on the wrong feet or the subject needs to pee!

  7. Canadian Tuxedo??! Where does that come from? Social media seemed to love Meghan Markle”s recent denim shirt with denim shorts.
    Hmmm, she did live in Canada for awhile.

    1. It was a Canadian friend who first shared that expression with me. Since then, I’ve seen it used with some regularity by Canadians and non-Canadians when referring to a denim jacket + jeans.

  8. Hi Susan. Would like to order the Jenni Kayne cotton cocoon sweater. I know this is totally off topic but I think I remember you ordering one and mentioned sizing down. What size did you purchase. I’m the same height as you but a size larger. I’m wondering if you found the sleeves too long or the body of the sweater itself. This sweater looks long on the models so I’m a bit concerned. If you could help me with sizing it would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Lisa, I don’t have the cocoon cardigan. I tried it once but felt it was just too oversized for me. I remember that even the smallest size available was quite large and roomy.