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Thursday Miscellany: Sweater Weather & More

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears an elbow sleeve cashmere sweater from Jacynth London.

Our November weather can be weird. Over the weekend, we had what was probably the last real heatwave of the season. “Heatwave” is kind of relative though. Hot in the sun, chilly in the shade, and everyone still has the a/c cranked. Lightweight sweaters are key.

Necklace | Necklace | Sweater (c/o)| Bracelet | Bag (similar) | Jeans | Shoes

This elbow-sleeve cashmere sweater (gifted) is perfect for that kind of weather. It’s from Jacynth London, and is available at I threw it on to run errands over the hot/cold weekend. But I think it would also look great dressed up with some beige or ivory trousers (still trying to find a pair I like).

A Few Things That Caught My Eye This Week…

Everlane knee boots in Adobe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve been wanting to update my brown knee boots for some time, and really love the sleek, modern look of these. Have on order, will report back regarding fit. These look as though they may be made on the same last as the Day Boots that I like so much, fingers crossed!

👉Heads up: today only, Everlane is offering free 2-day shipping! So if you need something in time for Thanksgiving…

Everlane modern leather jacket in black. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And speaking of sleek, if you’ve been looking for a leather jacket that’s NOT a moto and NOT loaded down with hardware, this one’s worth a look. Also offered in steel blue and blush colors.

Everlane cashmere tee in black. Details and more lightweight sweaters at une femme d'un certain age.

I happened to be in the neighborhood earlier this week, so stopped by the Everlane store on Abbott-Kinney and picked up one of these cashmere tees. They’re great for layering under a jacket, and the shorter length works for me. I chose Ivory (size Small), but I’m thinking with the holiday party season nipping at our heels, this little black tee might come in handy. Pair with a skirt or palazzo pants, throw on a velvet jacked and some sparkle…boom! Easy party look! Several other colors offered too.

Everlane alpaca v-neck sweater in Pomona green. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This color is even prettier in person. This warm but lightweight sweater is made from alpaca, which is supposed to be less prone to pilling. And soft-hooved alpacas are a more environmentally-friendly herd animal.

Life With Senior Dogs 🐶 …

Byron, our 14-½ year-old Cavalier, has some compressed discs in his back that have left him with reduced mobility in his hind legs. We’ve been going for therapy and acupuncture weekly for a few months. I think it’s slowed the progression, but there’s definitely been a decline. Were he a younger dog, this could have been addressed with surgery, but at his age general anesthesia is very risky.

Over the weekend he started refusing to stand at all, and seemed to be in a lot of pain. There was a trip to the emergency vet Sunday night, where they gave him an injection of pain meds that seemed to provide some relief. Tuesday we went to see the regular vet, who has put him on steroids. He seems to be doing a little better already.

At this point, we’re just hoping to keep him out of pain and improve the quality of his life. He’s very frustrated with not being able to get up and move around on his own. He gets restless in the middle of the night, and while in the past he’d get up and wander around the house, steal a shoe, and go back to sleep, he’s now not able to do that. So he just lays on the floor and growls and barks until we come sit with him. Needless to say, we’re not getting a lot of sleep. The next couple of weeks should be enough to know whether it’s “time” 😢yet or whether he’ll continue to boss us around for a while longer.

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  1. Jil
    November 21, 2019 / 4:02 am

    Oh, I wanna wear this for Thanksgiving!!! You absolutely nailed it and I just love your hair!!!!

  2. Cynthia D Brown
    November 21, 2019 / 4:37 am

    Nailed your colors with that sweater, Susan. You positively glow!

  3. Kathy Martin
    November 21, 2019 / 5:05 am

    Prayers for your sweet Byron. Dealing with a Sr yellow Labbie here with pain & mobility issues. Just started with acupuncture and PT. We just want our fur babies to feel good as I know you do as well. Big hugs

    • Judy
      November 21, 2019 / 6:16 am

      So sorry to hear this about your pup. We’ve been thorough it twice. The last girl lived until 18 but looking back, I should have let go sooner. So very hard. Thoughts for you and your loved ones.
      Honestly we wanted another dog but traveling for a month or more would be difficult so we watch a friend’s dog from time to time and that works for us.

  4. Kim
    November 21, 2019 / 5:22 am

    It’s so hard to see our fur babies in pain. My cat sustained a shoulder injury and got really good relief from 6 laser treatments. Hope Byron feels better soon and that you get some sleep!

  5. November 21, 2019 / 5:25 am

    Lovely sweater but are those colours in your good colour range?

    • Susan Blakey
      November 21, 2019 / 6:26 am


  6. Jane
    November 21, 2019 / 5:43 am

    So sorry to hear about your sweet Byron. I had the same situation with my elderly Cavalier several years ago (at the same time my late husband was on hospice). When the “time comes”, there are vets that will come to the home. Best wishes.

  7. Lou
    November 21, 2019 / 5:44 am

    That sweater makes the outfit sing! It looks like a go-to that will always make you feel put together. Love it on you! And you accessorize so effortlessly, which is a lesson reinforced by each of your posts. Carpe diem!

  8. Téa
    November 21, 2019 / 5:49 am


  9. Cherrie Lucas
    November 21, 2019 / 6:01 am

    Thinking of you and your dear little Byron…….hope you & your vets can find a pain mgmt. solution……my 15 year old Cocker went for twice weekly swimming therapy which really helped his mobility…

  10. Lyn
    November 21, 2019 / 6:26 am

    Unlike the comment above, I thought the more muted shades in that sweater suit you perfectly. My immediate reaction was that you were starting to incorporate your new colors in a way that looks more comfortable for you. As others have mentioned, I’m not sure Red Leopard got your pallet exactly right. That melon color looks more natural on you than its bright coral cousin.
    (PS. I regularly visit my three children, their children and one dog. Guess who is always the most excited to see me? Best of luck with Byron.)

    • Margaret
      November 22, 2019 / 8:08 am

      Prayers for you and your sweet fur baby . Our Westin is experiencing dementia and it is heartbreaking to watch. Prayers, love and peace to you all.

  11. Elizabeth
    November 21, 2019 / 6:44 am

    The colours in this sweater, as well as the style, look absolutely perfect on you, Susan. I think, the best yet from your new colour palette.
    So sorry about what your little dog is going through.

  12. Nancy
    November 21, 2019 / 6:46 am

    Susan, in my experience a beloved animal will let you know.

    Thanks for your blog which lifts my spirits.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 21, 2019 / 6:49 am

      Thanks, Nancy. That’s what we’re hoping too. He still seems to have plenty of fight in him. 🙂

  13. Rondi
    November 21, 2019 / 7:33 am

    I love everything about your outfit! It’s a great outfit from head to toe. You look fantastic in it. I hope Byron continues to improve. I do believe animals face illness, pain, and end of life differently then we do. They are so very in tune with nature.

  14. Mary Ann
    November 21, 2019 / 9:13 am

    We also have a King Charles and know of all their health problems. Had two in the past and are now living with an older 12 -1/2 year old. Each day we pray for more time with her.
    You are never ready to say good-bye.
    My thoughts are with you,
    Mary Ann

  15. Laura C
    November 21, 2019 / 9:18 am

    I love the sweater you are wearing and the colors suit you perfectly.

  16. Kristin
    November 21, 2019 / 9:31 am

    What a great outfit!! And those shoes are absolutely adorable!!

  17. Karen
    November 21, 2019 / 9:46 am

    Our 12 year old Cavie has been insulin dependent for the past two years, and his vision is impaired by cataracts. Despite his physical limitations, he still adores car rides, “ treaties”, and belly rubs. As his devoted owners, we will take our cues from Buddy and his ability to enjoy those simple pleasures.

  18. ann
    November 21, 2019 / 10:56 am

    I’m thinking of you & Bryon – I too believe they “tell you” when it’s time. This piece of pets is SO hard.
    I have standard poodles, so much larger dogs, but we have used a “Help Em Up” harness for assisting with limited mobility due to a cervical disc issue. We got ours from the veterinary neurologist who also sized it properly for us.
    Along with the harness, accupuncture, chiro, & laser, we feel we were able to extend quality life & get my boy over the rough hump.

  19. Lee Rosenthall
    November 21, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    LOVE the Athena jumper on you! Perfect colors!!! Did I read that right, that you’re considering a black cashmere tee for the holidays? (I still haven’t gotten over that magnificent Missoni jacket you practically gave away!) Curious how you’ll be styling it with your new colors.

    So sorry about Byron – it’s so hard to watch our precious dogs grow old, which seems to happen overnight. 🙁

  20. Mary Ann
    November 21, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    Although I rarely participate in your comments section, please know that I follow you almost everyday and really enjoy reading your blog. Today, as a fellow dog lover, I would like to express care and support for what you are going through with your beloved Spaniel, Byron. I know how difficult it is to go down this road because we are going through the same thing with our 14 1/2 year old Yellow Labbie, Rosie, the sweetest girl ever. She also has reduced mobility in her back legs due to age and deterioration of her spine. This has been a very bad week and we have an appointment tomorrow morning with the veterinarian to see what direction we should take. Rosie has been on anti-inflammatory drugs and pain pills for quite some time now and they have really helped extend her life. However, we can see the inevitable decline and need to find out if she is suffering and then make the decision if we need to let her go because it is her time. I wish you luck with Byron and I am thinking that since he was just put on steroids that he may perk up and feel better. Good luck to you.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 21, 2019 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much Mary Ann. Wishing you the best for your dear girl.

  21. jude
    November 21, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    love the shoes but i cant even do a little wedge. i would love to see a flat version.

  22. Carlin
    November 21, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    I am so sorry about your fur baby. Our dog is one of our 3 children (the other 2 are human) and we are beside ourselves when he is ill. May he be well and you be at peace.

  23. Sheryl
    November 22, 2019 / 10:49 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s health issues and I hope that the steroids help restore him to some better function and quality of life.

    I also love everything about this outfit on you. The colors, the sweater, the shoes and the accessories all coordinate and give interest without competing too much with one another. Great look.

  24. November 22, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Love , love the shoes, Susan! I have the same Brahmin bag but in a creamy off white. They are such beautiful bags.

  25. Wendy
    November 22, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    So sorry about your sweet pup and hope that he continues to rally. Our pets are family. Just wanted to let you know that I love your current palette. It adds so much warmth and energy to your complexion compared to black. Also love your cheeky, eclectic choices. Red leopard has not burdened you with rules, it’s opened a window that lets in the light, which suits you.

  26. Robin
    November 23, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    So sad to hear about your puppy – we also have a fur baby who is at this stage. We have resorted to putting our mattress on the floor so that he can still jump up and lay on the bed with us. He is on steroids and these have helped. I hope your Byron can get past this bad spell and feel better. Also, I love your fashion advice – I found your blog at a time when I really needed it and I have embraced it. I have received so many compliments on the “new” me. Thank you.

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