Monday Miscellany: Scarf Tutorial & More…

Susan B with coral Road Trip scarf. See my new scarf tutorial at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve been wanting to do another scarf tutorial for some time, but honestly haven’t felt sufficiently motivated to do one of the longer, more polished ones. They require more focus than I’m able to muster currently. But lately I’ve been of a mind that we’re all a little rough around the edges these days, so why not just have some fun. So the next time you’re having a bad hair day, or just want to do something different with your scarves, give this one a try:

You can find the scarf HERE.

Watch my other scarf tutorials HERE and HERE.

What We’re Watching…

“Dead To Me” is back for another season on Netflix! It’s a dark comedy, with great writing and wonderful performances by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini.

We’ve been catching up with the most recent season of “Better Things” on Hulu. I love, love, love this series. Weird, funny, meandering, poignant at times, and oddly relatable.

Two of my favorite things, jazz and Paris, provide the framework for “the eddy.” (Also on Netflix.) It’s often dark and gritty, but very compelling and interspersed with some wonderful music. (All of the actors are also musicians.) One of the owners of a Paris jazz club is murdered by a shady character we suspect of being tied to organized crime. The other owner, Elliott (also a musician and band leader) is wrongly accused by the police. His troubled teenage daughter has just arrived from New York, and continues acting out in self-destructive ways. I love that this series shows a modern, non-romanticized Paris, and a (realistically) diverse one. We’re only a couple of episodes in, but it will be interesting to see where this story goes.

What accessories have you been wearing most while staying at home?

Stay in touch.

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  1. Shari
    May 11, 2020 / 4:37 am

    So cute ! I think I’ll try this… myhair is. Ow looking much as it did in the 80’s!
    Thanks for the new series suggestions…finding the news tooo gruesome so we need distraction!

  2. Meg Anderson
    May 11, 2020 / 4:42 am

    I have been loving the more frequent posts during quarantine. Keep it up!

  3. May 11, 2020 / 4:58 am

    That looks easy. Thanks, although I think with my hair and small head it might not look this good.
    I don’t think Ineed to try as the hairdressers reopens in the Netherlands. I left my appointment at the 20th of May which it was originally. I don’t mind longer hair and it is still behaving pretty well.

  4. Kathy
    May 11, 2020 / 5:43 am

    I recently bought a smaller cotton scarf from Old Navy (it was cheaper than the shipping cost, so added it instead!) and I’ve used it as a neck scarf and pull it up as a mask when I’m out! Great fashion statement and four layers of cotton to fend off viruses. 😉

  5. Jannie
    May 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

    Most of the scarfs are lovely but way out of my price range.

    • darling lily
      May 12, 2020 / 1:24 pm

      It would work with scarves in any price range, not sure what the cost has to do with anything; the size is what matters.

      • Susan
        May 13, 2020 / 4:26 am

        Agree, it is about the size and type of material (silk is very slippery)not the cost. Anyway, I would be hesitant using an expensive scarf at the best of times, or any time, since I experimented with it once and ended looking like Rosie the Riveter- unlike Susan who looked tres chic.

      • Jannie
        May 13, 2020 / 10:59 am


  6. Jill
    May 11, 2020 / 6:11 am

    So fun and I love your longer bangs! It reminds me of a grown out pixie and so flattering on you. Thanks for all the happy and upbeat posts!!!

    • Suji Beckett
      May 12, 2020 / 9:00 pm

      Agree with Jill. Grown out pixie looks just perfect!

  7. Susan
    May 11, 2020 / 6:58 am

    You look really nice in that turban scarf. I love the color on you. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Lisa
    May 11, 2020 / 7:00 am

    I love it. Since watching Unorthodox (Netflix) I’ve been obsessed with a turban. I don’t have any square scarves, but it worked with a cotton oblong as well. Thank you very much.

  9. Elizabeth
    May 11, 2020 / 7:43 am

    Thanks for this instructive video, Susan. After watching this one, I saw the other 2 which are both excellent. During this lock down time, any how-to videos are most welcome. Could I offer a few suggestions…how to clean the exterior of leather handbags; the order of applying moisturizer & serum & sunscreen & eye cream & correctors for dark under-eye circles; how to tie, drape & fashion light weight shawls and long rectangular scarves. Thanks, Susan!

  10. Nancy
    May 11, 2020 / 7:57 am

    oh my goodness YES!!! This >>>> ” the order of applying moisturizer & serum & sunscreen & eye cream & corrector for dark under-eye circles;”

  11. Sara
    May 11, 2020 / 8:20 am

    Your blog is attracting the “suspicious email” warnings again, Susan. I think this is a glitch, so I’ve continued but thought you might need to know. Carry on, please, all very well received in these strange times! Plenty of time to practise tying scarves, just want to be able to show off my new skill in the wider world. I am of the mind that we owe it to one another to keep ourselves safe, so many are risking their lives to care for the unwell and vulnerable. Together we stay stronger, whatever anyone’s government may say.

    • Susan Blakey
      May 11, 2020 / 8:27 am

      Thanks for letting me know! The link IS safe, and the warning appears to be something affecting only a few email providers.

  12. May 11, 2020 / 10:26 am

    I have my hair pulled back MOST DAYS!

  13. Alison Manheim
    May 11, 2020 / 10:58 am

    You look so adorable! Love this trick.

  14. Ann
    May 11, 2020 / 11:38 am

    Great idea! I’m going to try this with one of my oblong scarfs. I don’t have a square scarf thats big enough. My hair is long enough now that I have to get it out of my face sometimes.

  15. M
    May 11, 2020 / 11:51 am

    I may have to resort to a turban if our UK hairdressers are not allowed to reopen soon, as my “pixie cut” hairstyle has grown out of all proportion, where I resemble more a troll than pixie.

    It has been muted today that if our Covid19 infection remains low, hairdressers may be allowed to reopen from July.

    Your post today was very timely Susan, thank you.

  16. Rosie
    May 11, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    FUN !
    Thanks Suz, you made me smile and inspired a scarfie head 😉

  17. Karen
    May 11, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    I am new to your blog and after seeing this scarf tying tutorial, looked at some from the past. I found one of you with dark hair, dark and rectangular glasses frames, and dark polish. You really did a make-over including dental work, I think. A much softer look!
    Hello from the central coast~

  18. Rondi
    May 11, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    Love the turban! You look so cute. You do great videos so keep them coming.

  19. Janey
    May 11, 2020 / 7:38 pm

    Cute! I’m going to try this on my next bad hair day. Love it! Thanks for the fun idea.

  20. MaryInMD
    May 12, 2020 / 11:53 am

    All scarves are 50% off at Johnny Was, truly lovely. Not all will work for a turban, but some will, and gorgeous in any event.

  21. Karen Mead
    May 12, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    Thank you, MARYINMD, for the tip on Johnny Was. I jumped right to their website! Unfortunately, the one scarf I was interested in was sold out but I found a blouse on sale.

  22. May 12, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    You look SO ALIVE in those colors, I’m so glad you’re wearing them. And you impress me with your bravery every time you do a video. These posts reminding us of how to pull ourselves together are potentially more helpful than you know. Comforting in times of trouble. 🙂

  23. Deborah
    May 12, 2020 / 2:45 pm

    Hi Susan – thanks for all of your great posts! Since you love jazz, I hope you’re aware of KCSM radio out of San Mateo. They are 91.1 on the dial, and also available streaming on the web, through their app, and on Sonos. We used to live in the Bay Area which is how we found them, but we still listen now that we live in Switzerland.

  24. Becky Erdel
    May 14, 2020 / 10:04 am

    I LOVE your new color palette, Susan! It is very flattering! Keep having fun with it!

  25. Ishy Maz
    May 14, 2020 / 3:09 pm

    Aww this is lovely, thank you. I have also been wearing lots of head scarves at home lately. It’s lovely to see everyone coming together with what they love doing.

    I have recorded a few videos on how l tie mine if anyone is interested
    YouTube Channel name: Ishy Maz

  26. Susan D
    May 17, 2020 / 3:28 am

    For some reason I cannot play your videos.
    Thanks for continuing to blog for us all at this difficult time. It is really appreciated.
    Susan D

    • Susan Blakey
      May 17, 2020 / 6:09 am

      Hi Susan, what happens when you click on them? They’re also up on my Youtube channel here: Youtube

  27. Susan D
    May 21, 2020 / 1:49 am

    Nothing happens when I click on them, but I can get them on your YouTube channel. Thank you.

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