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  1. Mary
    May 15, 2019 / 5:14 am

    If I remember correctly in one of your posts you showed the converter that you use in France but I can’t seem to find it by using the search function. I’m buying a mini Conair curling iron with dual voltage but I’ll still need a converter. I thought I had saved it – can you help me find it?
    Thank you – Mary

    • Susan B
      May 15, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      Hi Mary, I’m afraid I don’t remember which specific post or converter that was, but here’s a compact one that should work with your curling iron:

  2. Mary
    May 17, 2019 / 4:16 am

    Susan – thank you replying and the link to the converter. I have not traveled and I tend to rely on those who have for their recommendations. Looking forward to learning more from your blogs.

  3. Judy Curtis
    July 16, 2019 / 6:40 pm

    Hi Susan,
    I am in desperate need of a makeup mirror at home and wondered if you could recommend one? I am using my bathroom mirror and can barely see to put my eyeliner in the correct place. You have always been spot on with your recommendations for everything else.

    • Susan B
      July 16, 2019 / 6:48 pm

      Hi Judy, this is the one I have at home and am very happy with: It’s spendy, but had strong enough magnification that I can see clearly without my glasses, is rechargeable (so doesn’t need to be plugged in all the time) and the light has a motion sensor, so turns on when you get close. Hope that helps!

      • Judy Curtis
        July 19, 2019 / 9:37 pm

        Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mary
    July 16, 2019 / 7:28 pm

    I have the same lighted magnifying mirror that Susan just mentioned – it works great and I like the high quality of the glass.

    Now I’m looking for recommendations for a small magnifying mirror for travel. I just returned from a cruise and while our cabin was nicely furnished it lacked a shaving/make-up mirror. And it’s definitely difficult to apply eyeliner and mascara with a tiny purse compact.

  5. cynthia willis
    July 22, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    Dear Susan,

    I am a 58 year old living in northern California- love your style and recommendations. I recently purchased a velvet blazer in a deep plum, I am a warm autumn. Recommendations on what colors I could pair with the blazer. I am a fair skinned redhead and black is not my best color.

    • Susan B
      July 22, 2019 / 1:03 pm

      Hi Cynthia, thanks so much! While I can’t suggest something specific without being able to see the color of the blazer, my first suggestion would be try different browns with it.

  6. Sue Gough
    October 8, 2019 / 8:03 am

    Hi Susan,
    I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and get so much from it, ideas, inspiration
    and encouragement. I am going to be sixty next week and feel right at home in the company of you and your other followers.
    Where did you find the pajamas you are wearing in the recent instagram post, I think they are really pretty and would love to find some similar.
    Many thanks, Sue.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 8, 2019 / 8:19 am

      Hi Sue, thanks so much! Those are Cool Nights pajamas from Soma, here’s the TOP and BOTTOM.

  7. Melissa
    January 5, 2020 / 8:50 am

    Happy New Year Susan! I have been following your style transformation this year with great interest, and I relate to the feelings of being “stuck” that you described before your visit with Red Leopard. As a Christmas/50th birthday present, my husband and I will be visiting London and Red Leopard ourselves in July for style and color consultations. I’d greatly appreciate any insight you could share about what to expect, and if you have any suggestions for anything we should do to prepare for our visit. Thank you, and thank you for your blog – it’s the first website I read with my breakfast every morning.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 5, 2020 / 9:05 am

      Hi Melissa, thank you, and I’m so excited for you! Expect that you’ll be there a few hours, so dress comfortably. You’ll probably want to skip the makeup, as an important part of the process is seeing the impact of different color drapes on your skin tone. And…expect to have a lot of fun!!

  8. Judy Curtis
    January 9, 2020 / 7:38 pm

    Hi Susan,
    So enjoy your blog!
    My husband is doing a lot of international travel for business. I suggested he use packing cubes. Are guys packing cubes the same as for women? Can you recommend any particular brands/groups for him?
    I had some of my own packing cubes and for some reason they get misplaced when I return home. Perhaps, you can recommend a brand/style to replace them.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 10, 2020 / 7:48 am

      Hi Judy, thanks! Yes, the packing cubes are the same for either men or women; it’s more dependent on the garments you’re packing. For clothing that can be rolled or folded (t-shirts, light sweaters, casual pants, underwear) I’d suggest using packing cubes. I like this type as the top is a see-through mesh so you can quickly identify what’s inside: For dress shirts and pants, I like these packing folders: They really do help keep clothes from wrinkling!

      Happy travels!

  9. susan klusmann
    June 22, 2020 / 6:07 am

    You sent me a lovely response to an email about the sadnesses that have overwhelmed me this spring concerning my husband’s amputation, etc., , which I did not want to go unacknowledged. You shared with me that you had lost your husband, that was very kind, and I am so sorry.

    I admire you, your spirit, what you share in terms of making us our best selves, inspiring us to keep going, and you hit upon so many things that were on my mind (that part is kind of spooky!). Since I am new to your site, it sounded like you also have a disabled child? I do as well and know the layers that adds to your life. And we do keep going! Thank you for answering me!! my best to you in these challenging times,

    • Susan Blakey
      June 22, 2020 / 6:29 am

      Hi susan, thank you for your kind words, but I’m afraid I’m not the person you may have corresponded with by email. I’m so sorry to hear about your husband and hope he is recovering.

  10. Judy Curtis
    October 15, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks to you I have also fallen in love with Lo & Sons Pearl handbags. But, I am wondering your thoughts on the OG2 medium for travel… or even a weekend when there is a need to carry more? I believe all I’ve read on your website is about the Pearl. Do you own one of the OGs?

    • Susan Blakey
      October 15, 2020 / 1:19 pm

      Hi Judy, I’ve used the O.G. as my “Personal Item” piece on several trips and find it holds a lot while keeping everything organized. I purchased the OG2 last year, and have traveled once with it. What I like about the newer design is that the laptop compartment has a separate zipped opening, so it’s easier to remove it needed going through security. It could easily work for a weekend getaway too if you pack light.

  11. Judy Curtis
    October 16, 2020 / 11:15 am

    Thank you for your reply. What is the difference between the OG and the OG2? Do you find the newer OG2 heavy without anything in it…. given its 2.6 lb? Once you add all your stuff, how is the OG2 to carry?

  12. Carol Ghio
    May 16, 2021 / 9:15 pm

    Watched your video with Castanohel and they mentioned a color consultant in San Diego and I didn’t catch that name. Any chance you can find it and send it to me?


  13. Leslie Ladd
    June 20, 2021 / 11:05 am

    Loved, loved, loved the recent session with the Red Leopard Ladies. Ever since having my “colors done” in California years ago, I’m a firm believer! Now that I’m older and grayer, I really appreciated the comments they had about style and color choices for this stage of my life. I look forward to more sessions with them.

  14. Joan
    July 12, 2021 / 9:21 pm

    Hi Susan,
    I have been reading your travel posts for years, and hope I will get the chance to put them to use in next fall when I want to resume traveling to Europe. In anticipation of that, I’m starting to fill in some gaps in my current travel wardrobe and have been contemplating purchasing a pair of Eileen Fisher washable System silk crepe black pants, of which I know you’re a big fan. My question is, if you were buying them now, would you still go for the slim ankle pants, or the slightly fuller straight leg ones? As a curvy woman with full hips and thighs (size 14 usually) the straight legs seem more versatile, but the slim ones, even though pant shapes seem to be changing, seem really good for European travel. Any input would be appreciated. Also, do you have any thoughts on the System washable crepe pants, versus the pull-on crepe pants? Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Susan Blakey
      July 14, 2021 / 3:51 pm

      Hi Joan, thanks! I’d still buy the slim ankle pants, but that’s because they suit my style better. If you normally wear a silhouette with longer, straight leg pants, you might find those work better for you. I’d avoid any really full or flowy clothing, as it can get caught in turnstiles, etc. The only EF pants I’ve traveled with are the ponte knit and washable stretch crepe.

      • Joan
        July 14, 2021 / 6:01 pm

        Thanks, Susan, that was really helpful.–Joan

  15. Judy Curtis
    July 13, 2021 / 10:59 am

    Hi Susan,
    I was looking forward to your interview today with Annie Castano on Instagram. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I missed it. Do you plan to post the interview?

  16. Pat
    July 30, 2021 / 9:12 pm

    Love your blog! I recently received a catalog from the Peruvian Connection – – and there were some velveteen jeans in some of the gorgeous colors you now wear. Thought you might like the tip.

  17. beth
    August 29, 2021 / 9:10 am

    Hello Susan: Due to your recent couple of Instagram sessions focusing on how identifying your personal best colors and style, I am now (frantically) trying to set up a color and style consult with a trusted consultant. I won’t be in London until the earliest next fall…looks like Castanohel are booked…and I am wondering if you’ve yet established yourself as a consultant. I would appreciate hearing any thoughts or recommendations you have. I am 100% convinced this is a way to stop endlessly buying items for some idea of myself I want to support (that I end up returning or consigning and never wear) and focus on who I am. Thanking you in advance for your response.

    • Susan Blakey
      August 29, 2021 / 9:15 am

      Hi Beth, I’m now scheduled to do the training in London next February. (It keeps getting pushed due to Covid, hopefully this date will stick…) In the meantime, I know Red Leopard does video consults, or if you want to find someone in your area, check the House of Colour directory here:

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