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58 Comments

  1. January 24, 2015 / 1:13 am

    I just wanted to say as a British woman, late 50’s, with loads of weight lost – your blog really inspires me! Thank you. Liz ☺️

    • une femme
      January 24, 2015 / 6:22 am

      Liz, thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear you find it helpful.

    • une femme
      June 23, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Suzanne, on the main page you’ll see a “Subscribe” option in the right sidebar. Simply enter the email address where you’d like to receive the blog posts, hit the Subscribe button, and then when you receive an email asking for confirmation, hit the link in the email to confirm subscription. Thanks!

  2. Wendy
    August 16, 2015 / 1:25 am

    I just wanted to thank you. We have just checked into Hotel Powers. I loved the look of the hotel on you blog so booked for our four nights in Paris. It is all that so expected and more.

    • une femme
      August 16, 2015 / 6:02 am

      Wendy, thanks! That’s wonderful to hear. We’re hoping to stay there again next year. Have a wonderful, wonderful time in Paris!

  3. Janet Linville
    August 31, 2015 / 5:49 am

    More outfits! Some a bit too “LA” for my area but great for travel(Paris!) Love all your posts without exception, good mix! Glad you enjoyed Amsterdam jan

  4. Kathe R Moore
    November 23, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    You are an attractive to e woman. Your wardrobe says you are in perpetual mourning. Lighter and brighter colors would bring out your eyes and good looks far more.

    • une femme
      November 24, 2015 / 6:28 am

      Hi Kathe, thanks for the feedback. The funny thing is, I’ve never associated black with mourning. I’ve always found it to be various combinations of sophisticated/cool/elegant.

  5. Amy Mackey
    February 8, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Hi Suzanne,
    Lovely to meet you in Bachelor Gulch. I’m wondering if you could please tell me who makes the tan/brown fur jacket in your après ski Instagram post? Thank you!

    • une femme
      February 8, 2016 / 8:49 am

      Hi Amy, I really enjoyed meeting you too! The faux fur jacket is from Fabulous Furs, link is here.

      Or if you were referring to the one in the collage, that’s from John Lewis but seems to be sold out, sadly.

  6. September 6, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    can i purchase la roche-posay Lait Demaquillant from France? Is it horribly expensive to ship? I cannot find it in the U.S. Bought it last year in Paris and love it. Thanks for your help. Connie Wesala

    • Susan B
      September 6, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Hi Connie, I’m sorry but I’m not finding it available anywhere online. If you know someone or a specific pharmacy in France, you may be able to arrange a special order, but I have no idea what the shipping costs might be.

  7. Kathe R Moore
    September 6, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    You can get it on ebay

  8. Deborah Lang
    September 12, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I love your blog. What would you recommend for over 60 woman to wear to a meeting in New York city.?

    • Susan B
      September 26, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Hi Deborah, thanks so much! It’s tough to advise without knowing the nature of the meeting and the time of year. I’d start with simple separates (jacket and pants/skirt/dress) and the level of formality of the venue will determine what shoes and accessories you choose.

  9. Karen Lailey
    September 20, 2016 / 3:41 am

    Hiya Susan, have just started reading your blog on Pinterest and wanted to thank you. I really enjoy your style of writing and you have given me some good inspiration as far as travel wardrobes go. I am an english lady (sixty four) married with grown up children and grandies, who is enjoying working very minimal hours, travelling, socialising and enjoying all the good things in life! We are looking forward to a short break to Fiji in November (we live in Perth, Western Australia) and we have back to back cruises to the Mediterranean and then cruising up the Baltic Coast in May next year. I am wondering how your ‘re-invention’ went and how your are enjoying not being in the 8 to 5pm routine. You seem to be enjoying your travels. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and thank you for your great blog!

    • Susan B
      September 26, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Karen! I am really enjoying being free of the 8-5 routine. The reinvention is still in progress…look for more updates soon. And do enjoy your trip to Fiji, and your cruises next year!

  10. amorette Haws
    September 21, 2016 / 7:54 am

    I spent the month of October in Japan each year because we have two granddaughter’s there. If you get as far south as Hiroshima It will be hot. They have palm tree’s. Don’t be surprised if the temp. hits 90.
    Amorette

  11. Cheryl Maldonado
    September 26, 2016 / 7:06 am

    I just found you and love you!! I will be traveling to Croatia/Montenegro this December and would like to see a winter wardrobe suggestion. Don’t find it on your website. Can you direct me or even better create one? You look marvelous, darling!!

    • Susan B
      September 26, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Hi Cheryl, thanks so much! I’ll be posting a winter travel wardrobe in the second half of October, and again in late November or early December.

  12. Kate Eyre
    September 28, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Hi Suzanne,
    I am so glad that I found you. I enjoy reading your blog and following your travels. You are truly an inspiration to me in the fashion department!!! I am 60 and traveling to Palm Springs for a week next month. Part of the trip I will be attending a weekend concert. Any suggestion for concert attire for someone my age? One of my biggest problems is I do not look good in sleeveless tops. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Kate

    • Susan B
      October 9, 2016 / 6:32 am

      Hi Suzanne, thanks so much! I’m a fan of linen tops which can be comfortable in heat even with sleeves. October in Palm Springs is usually past the warmest part of the year, and can be quite pleasant. Stores and restaurants do tend to crank up the a/c though, so keep that in mind too.

  13. Stina
    September 28, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I discovered your blog about 6 months ago and really appreciate your thoughtful approach to style. It has made me think more about what I wear and how I present myself. Here are a couple of “wish list” topics it would be fun to hear you discuss… 1. We all love clothes, but it’s hard not to accumulate more than what we actually need or wear. I would love to hear how you edit out what no longer works for you and what you do with them. 2. You’ve been been blogging for a number of years. Are there still things you own and wear from some of those early blogs? If so, how have you restyled them to look current. Serious investment dressing 🙂
    Thanks so much for being an inspiration to so many women!

    • Susan B
      October 9, 2016 / 6:35 am

      Hi Stina, thank you! Yes, I still have (and wear) some pieces that have have been in my wardrobe for years. I usually try to make note of that in my outfit posts. Not accumulating is always a challenge! I’ve posted about some of my closet “detoxes” in the past, but will keep your requests in mind for the future as well.

  14. April
    October 4, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Hi!

    I love your blog and have a question: what are your thoughts on wearing camouflage print while traveling in Europe? I have a super comfortable top with a kangaroo pocket with solid gray around the neck, wrists, pocket, and a band around the bottom. In other words, very feminine and not at all cut like a military shirt or anything like that. With a pair of black leggings, some gold jewelry and a black tunic sweater, I think this could be a fashionable look in the USA, but maybe not so much abroad. Just thinking of wearing something that may draw the wrong kind of attention is probably me answering my own question…but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being too sensitive.

    Thanks!
    April

    • Susan B
      October 9, 2016 / 6:40 am

      Hi April, I don’t wear camouflage print myself, and don’t recall having seen much of it worn on our Europe trips. I don’t know if this is still true, but I remember reading some years ago that it’s considered a bit too literally “military” in many places. I think it also depends on the color and cut…in a garment other than a jacket it might be just fine.

  15. October 9, 2016 / 4:08 am

    Hi Susan
    I have been a loyal reader for years and love your blog. You always offer great advice. I have a question: is the skinny scarf just a trend for the very young or can a more mature woman carry it off? Perhaps you have addressed this previously and I missed it. I’ve looked for images elsewhere on the net and can’t seem to find any of more mature women wearing the trend(other than Carine Roitfeld and while amazing, she is not a typical example). I love the look of a skinny scarf especially in a black which may be too harsh for someone more mature. Any thoughts (or examples)? Thanks.
    Carol

    • Susan B
      October 9, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Hi Pagesspeak, thanks very much! I don’t believe in age-limiting trends or any particular styles. 😉 It really depends on style and personality and what feels right for the individual. I do think skinny scarves are a nice change-up and great for warmer climates. I’ll be featuring one soon in an outfit post.

  16. Garden Goddess
    October 12, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Hi Susan. I just finished reading a book (from the library) called “THE LOST ART OF DRESS” by Linda Przybyszewski. I don’t know if you are a reader, but if so and you haven’t yet read this book, you might want to get yourself a copy as it really explains why Americans are such slobs these days… I am hoping to locate some more information on the “Dress Doctors” and their style manuals. If I do, I’ll let you know. Thanks for the blog! Oh, and here’s a link:

    https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Art-Dress-America-Stylish/dp/0465066860/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476305635&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Lost+Art+of+Dress

    Cheers,

    Garden Goddess

    • Susan B
      October 13, 2016 / 7:23 am

      Hi Garden Goddess, thanks! I actually have this book loaded on my Kindle and have been meaning to start it. Now I will! 🙂

  17. Nancy K
    December 1, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I couldn’t agree more! I have a pattern similar to that last red sweater and my favorite make is in a mid weight black merino wool jersey. It’s nicely fitted in the bust and shoulders and flows more loosely over the middle and hip. All the over sized sweaters have dropped shoulders which are not flattering to my large bust. I am sure that you are right. It’s so much easier to fit and sell to women if they fit loosely. Not flattering at all in my opinion. I wanted an over sized coat to fit over layers, but the sleeves are set in and the front is a shoulder princess seam so that there is some shape to it. Much better for my shape. The older I get, I’m 66, the gladder I am that I sew. It’s so much easier to get garments that fit and flatter me than buying rtw.

  18. Pam
    January 9, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I want to thank you for the images and information you share in your blogs because I’ve learned so much from you over the past few years.

    This winter I forced myself to try something new that you’d discussed in a blog post and with great results. The last time I wore a puffer coat was when I was stick-thin in the 80’s. I bought a very expensive and flattering full length one from Saks. Always kept me warm when I worked in DC. I’ve avoided them for many years years now since I’m no longer as thin – pretty much ignored them while shopping because of the Michelin man effect.

    So, when I saw your post with the more flattering design (the coat you purchased for your recent trip) and mention of “packability”, I started looking again. Wow – have things changed in the world of down coats!! Lightweight, packable and very flattering!! This season, I bought a coat, a jacket and a vest with faux fur hood. Have worn them often, lots of compliments. Love the way they look on me while keeping me toasty warm without being weighty, bulky and constricting my movements. Also a lifesaver for my trips up north since all of them pack into tiny little drawstring bags!! Was laughing at the airport recently when I was able to stuff my down jacket into a teeny bag in my carryon, and didn’t have to futz with it or store it in the overhead while on the plane.

  19. Isabelle
    February 25, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I am a parisienne living in San Diego. J’adore your blog.
    Je suis aussi une femme d’un certain âge.

    • Susan B
      February 26, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Bienvenue Isabelle, et merci!

  20. Mollie
    March 9, 2017 / 5:47 am

    Susan, I’ve been studying your travel-wardrobe posts so I can do better with my own–I have a long way to go! I am curious about how you keep clothes looking sharp when wearing them over and over. I’m more uncomfortable when my clothes feel stretched and rumpled than when they feel dirty! Do you hand wash every night or lay them out somewhere to regain their shape overnight? I know this is where fabric composition comes in, but some of your pieces look like just all-cotton t-shirts. You always look fabulous, and I’m seeing how important changes in accessories are to making this work, too!

    • Susan B
      March 9, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Hi Mollie, this probably deserves a post of its own, but I find that often simply hanging clothes in the bathroom while I shower releases a lot of wrinkles. I actually don’t travel with a lot of cotton, prefer silk, linen and viscose knits. Linen jersey wrinkles far less than woven linen.

  21. Garden Goddess
    March 17, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Hi Susan,

    I do really like those shoes you are wearing on the blog this morning. You really can’t go wrong with black shoes. They look like they might actually fit my feet and be comfortable!

    If you haven’t seen it before, I thought you may be interested in the Inside Out Style blog from Austrailia: https://insideoutstyleblog.com/ . Although I’m not a fan of a lot of her personal style choices, her articles have some fabulous and very useful style information (which could perhaps also give you ideas for some of your blog articles).

    Also, next time you wear the sunglasses you are wearing in today’s post, could you identify them like you do for the rest of what you are wearing? I do like them a lot as well. Cheers, and keep up the good work!

    • Susan B
      March 18, 2017 / 11:51 am

      Hi Garden Goddess, thanks and welcome! Actually I know Imogen, and yes she has some really wonderful style tips. Sorry about forgetting to link to the sunglasses. They’re a couple of years old now, but here’s a similar style: http://bit.ly/2mfgvw2 And here’s a similar look for less: http://bit.ly/2mV2pNx

  22. C
    March 22, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Hi Susan,

    I wanted to share my recent discovery with you.
    Please forgive me and disregard if you have already mentioned this in your blog.
    I have used a fashion tape to keep my no show socks from sliding, and it worked!
    I have small feet and couldn’t find anything that was snug enough to stay up, but the tape kept them in place all day. I used “Dritz place me perfectly tape” from JoAnn, and did not irritate my skin after 14hrs.
    I enjoy reading your blog and have learned so much. Thank you!

    Best wishes,
    C

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Hi C, that’s an interesting idea. Will give it a try. Thanks for reading and so glad you enjoy!

  23. Nola Rice
    March 24, 2017 / 8:45 am

    When I saw the pictures this morning, March 24, I had to say that is the best haircut you ever had and makes you look so youthful. And sassy. Even though I do not comment often I have tried quite of few of your recommendations. I own some of the jewelry and have tried some of the makeup, some with great success and some not, but I do value your research and information.

    Nola RIce

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Hi Nola, thanks!

  24. April 3, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Dear Susan:

    I recently discovered your blog while surfing the Internet, and I’m over the top delighted! You see, I too am a woman in my late 50’s, with short silver hair and glasses. I retired from government work over eight months ago, and no longer have to wear the corporate suit styles that were required for my position. Meanwhile, my weekend wear was pretty much blue jeans and T-shirts.

    Well, I’ve developed a burgeoning social life during the week, but didn’t think I had anything in my wardrobe to wear….until I bought a couple of the basics you recommend on your website. A pair of skinny black pants, a pair of skinny jeans, and a pair of leopard skin flats, and wow!…all of a sudden I find that I’ve got oodles of stuff that I can mix and match. I look in the mirror and feel so elegant. It’s exciting!

    Thanks again for your great blog, and I will be reading your articles for more great ideas.

    Sincerely,
    Sarah Douglas
    cinemascooper.com (yes, I have a blog also)

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Hi Sarah, welcome! Thanks so much; I’m so glad you’ve found some helpful tips here! Enjoy your new look…

  25. Teresa West
    April 4, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Hi, I am a huge fan. I have dreamed of traveling since college, but family responsibilities, work commitments and finances prevented it. So I planned a trip if a lifetime to Ireland the month after I retired…which I had to cancel it after being sidelined by sciatica – never even had a hint I had an issue.

    So a year and a half later – I’m planning to take that trip to Ireland and I’m adding Scotland.

    Do you recommend a first time international solo traveler (of a certain age) whose done some travel but not a lot to use a packaged commercial tour or can she manage to arrange a successful and enjoyable trip on her own?

    Thanks for being inspiration! T

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Hi Teresa, how exciting for you! I think anyone can arrange the kind of travel they like best with just a little bit of research and planning. What you may want to consider are some short (2-3 hour) guided tours in some of your destinations. Minimal committment, and your entire schedule is still up to you. They can help provide some local history and context that increase appreciation of the places visited.

  26. MICHELE STANTON
    April 5, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Hi Susan! Love your blog, I live in Southern CA, wear a ton of black, and also love to travel! I wanted to ask what your thoughts are on a day trip to Paris from London. I’ve been to Paris twice but my husband has not and I wanted to give him a taste (to lure him back!) for the day. I saw that you have taken the Eurostar over for the day, how was it? We have 10 full days in London so I think we can take one day for Paris. I wouldn’t plan on any museums really, more walking around, eating, shopping, etc. We’re going to be there in December. Thanks!

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Hi Michele, thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the blog. Taking a day trip to Paris from London is certainly do-able. I’d suggest that you try to get the earliest train to Paris that you can and then the latest returning to London. Have some sense of where you’d like to wander so when you get into Gare du Nord you can hop the Metro and get right to exploring.

      • MICHELE STANTON
        April 7, 2017 / 11:10 am

        Thank you Susan! I think we’re going to do it! 🙂

  27. Deborah
    April 6, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Thank you so much for your blog – it’s my favorite! Would you please consider a post about summer dressing for the South of France? Bermuda shorts okay? For women of a certain age….

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Deborah, thanks, and I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. I’ll check with a friend of mine who has a place in the South of France, but my inclination would be to go with skirts, dresses, or capri pants rather than Bermuda shorts.

      • Deborah
        April 7, 2017 / 4:33 am

        Thanks for your help!

  28. kathleeno29
    April 13, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Hi, Susan. I’d love your thoughts on the subscription clothing services that seem to be so popular, like Stitch Fix and Wantable. I find I’m obsessed with watching people’s “unboxing” videos on YouTube but I can’t imagine actually subscribing to this.

  29. April 13, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Ciao Susan! In a recent post you mentioned that you will soon be traveling to Italy. It sounds as if you are great planners and your ideas on traveling are spot on. I understand that for the latter part of your trip you will be in Venice, and I wanted to tell you that Verona is a 40-minute train ride away. Although I am biased (my relatives are from Verona) the city of Romeo and Juliet is truly magnificent. It’s a beautiful city with the Adige River as its backdrop. Also, Italy is home to L’Arena — an outdoor Roman amphitheater that hosts an opera festival every summer. Listening to an opera outdoors, at night, under the stars is the most magical experience. I don’t know your travel dates, but the opera season begins June 23 with a performance of Nabucco, and Aida on June 24 (Rogoletto and Madame Butterfly will be performed in July). Here is a link to their web site in case you are interested … http://www.arena.it/arena/en.

    Buon Viaggio!
    Maria Novajosky

  30. catodd18
    April 28, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I love your blog, initially started reading with regard to travelling wardrobes. I will be travelling the opposite way to you on a two week trip Starting in Phoenix and taking in various places including Monument Valley, Taos and Santa Fe, travelling on 8th May. I guess your blog is aimed at US visitors coming to Europe, but it would be good to hear your suggestions for us Europeans visiting the US. My main concern is ensuring I’ve suitable clothes for some fairly rugged sightseeing with the occasional dinner out in SAnt Fe or Albuquerque. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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