Friday Tidbits: Travel Jacket, Accessible Shoes, And More

a few random tidbits to wrap up the week…


the grevillea is past its peak, but wanted to share one of these lovely, delicate blooms

I’d hoped to have a recap of some of the highlights of our recent Las Vegas trip posted today, but this week has hit us like…well, as Roseanne Roseannadanna was so fond of saying, “it’s always something.” Most of it good, but “somethings” that require a lot of our attention and focus nonetheless. I’m planning to get that post finished for next week, but in the meantime a few assorted tidbits…no April Foolin’, I promise!

warm weather travel companion

lightweight knit jacket

If you have travel planned for late spring through early fall or are looking for some office-worthy summer options, you should definitely check out this organic linen knit jacket from Eileen Fisher. Nice shape, very lightweight, and will take up almost no space in your suitcase. For evenings that cool off a bit, air-conditioned interiors, or situations where a regular jacket would be too heavy, this is a nifty solution. The collar can be worn up or folded down.

kudos to Nike…

Nike Flyease laceless shoes

While this isn’t women’s fashion, I wanted to give a shout out again to Nike for developing this “Flyease” line of shoes for those who can’t tie regular lace-up shoes on their own. Our son is one of those people due to his cerebral palsy, and he loves these shoes, which look awesome and which he can put on and fasten himself. (If you’ve ever shopped for adult men’s sneakers that fasten with velcro, you know what a dismal selection is out there otherwise.) Nike Flyease are available in Mens and kid’s sizes in multiple styles and colors.

travel hack of the week: how to pack a MacBook charger. You’re welcome. 😉

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  1. April 1, 2016 / 3:13 am

    I second your commendation for Nike. My parents had such trouble with shoes as arthritis set in.

    • April 2, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Yes kudos for shoes that look cool on young men. Indeed most of those shoes look geriatric. Though France, if my arthritis gets worse as I’m really in my dotage, I would NOT want to be seen dead in such shoes. Fortunately there are companies (often in Northern Europe) that make dignified shoes for ladies of a certain age with motor disabilities.

    • April 6, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Susan, check out easylace, they are cool plastic laces you do not need to manipulate. ..saw them in Paris today after reading about your Nike shoes

  2. April 1, 2016 / 3:30 am

    Hope you manage to get on top of those “somethings”. Loving the Eileen Fisher recommendation.

  3. sandypatti
    April 1, 2016 / 5:58 am

    Wonderful EF jacket! And thanks for rec’ing the Nikes – my inlaws need help with shoes and these would be great.


  4. Kristi
    April 1, 2016 / 6:24 am

    Bought (and love) the Eileen Fisher jacket last weekend!

  5. Ginger
    April 1, 2016 / 6:48 am

    For a while Nike had round laces. Even if you could tie a knot they didn’t stay tied it was really annoying.

  6. April 1, 2016 / 7:16 am

    Thank you for the flower picture. I don’t want to be a nosy nelly but I am curious how your landscaping is doing now that it’s settled in and you’ve had some rain this winter. I used to live in California and now live in Michigan so it’s nice to see the environment there.

    • Susan B
      April 1, 2016 / 7:30 am

      Hi Julia, we’ve actually had well below average rainfall in Southern California, (the El Niño seems to have landed further north) and much of the garden is looking a bit bedraggled still. We’ve replaced some plantings over the years as they got older or woody or leggy, but want to do a complete replacement of all of the plants this summer to make everything look nice and coordinated again.

  7. April 2, 2016 / 4:18 am

    You always have such great travel ideas, Susan. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. April 2, 2016 / 6:50 am

    What a beautiful photo of that grevillea bloom! So glad your young man has runners he loves and can manage to fasten on his own. Bravo Nike indeed!

  9. citizen spot
    April 2, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Love the picture of the bloom and those shoes are wicked cool!

  10. Rita
    April 2, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    That is a good-looking shoe, I may get some myself! (Men’s shoes are roomier in the toes).

  11. bellsonme
    April 3, 2016 / 8:19 am

    The “cool” students at the university where I teach wear velcro shoes like that. For them, it’s the color that denotes coolness– the wilder the better.

    I LOVE that jacket. It’s out of my price range, but I’ll keep my eye out for something similar that I can afford. Beautiful.

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