Casual outfit with kimono jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

In Tuesday’s “Favorite Outfits” post, I focused on the outfits that I thought best exemplified my day-to-day style. But I did want to mention some casual-but-festive special occasion looks that I thought worked very well.

Above, I stalked this “haori” (short kimono) for several months, and finally bit when it went on final clearance. It’s from Elizabeth and James, and is a truly gorgeous piece. It’s the perfect thing to throw on for a party, either over jeans as I’ve done here, or a dress or silk separates for a dressier occasion.

Earrings | Kimono (similar) | Top (similar) | Bag |
Jeans (similar) | Shoes (similar)

Plus options: Kimono | Top | Jeans

Casual Summer Party Look: Style blogger Susan B. wears printed pants, a duster cardigan, bamboo bag and yellow slide sandals. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

When we were invited to a backyard wedding reception in Palm Springs (in summer!) I decided to go with the flow. As in flowy pants, and a lightweight linen duster cardigan for the inevitable air-conditioned interiors.

Cardigan (similar) | Top | Necklace 1 | Necklace 2 | Bag |
Pants (similar) | Shoes (similar)

Plus options: Cardigan | Top | Pants

Style and travel blogger Susan B. takes a ride in an open cockpit bi-plane. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

While probably not my most stylish look (the aviator’s cap and jacket were borrowed), it was perfect for the occasion: a long-wished-for ride in an open cockpit bi-plane. When we were visiting Napa last September, le Monsieur surprised me by signing me up for a one-hour flight. It was FANTASTIC, a dream come true! I called it my “Beryl Markham moment.”

Here’s a short video I shared on Instagram that gives you a sense of it. The flight itself was very smooth, more so than most commercial flights I’ve taken. I hope to do this again!

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  1. January 18, 2019 / 3:10 am

    I love that haori. The colors are so happy.
    Beryl Markham indeed. The video from your flight even looks like Kenya a bit. Just missing some giraffes.

  2. Ramona
    January 18, 2019 / 3:52 am

    I love that haori on you! Such a soft look. I struggle a but wearing flowy clothing. Perhaps because I’m tall I feel a bit too dramatic, like the clothes are wearing me!

  3. January 18, 2019 / 6:09 am

    I really love the top two outfits — and your aviator gear is pretty cool as well 😉

  4. January 18, 2019 / 7:25 am

    Makes total sense to me to have a workaday style (even when no longer going to an office) and some dress-up styles – for all kinds of high flying;).

  5. Susan D.
    January 18, 2019 / 7:43 am

    The books I’ve read about Beryl Markham are among my favorites.

  6. Rondi
    January 18, 2019 / 10:10 am

    I love all 3 outfits! I especially like the pants you are wearing in the wedding outfit. They are different and flattering. I love the long duster but just like another reader I feel overwhelmed in them. But you look awesome! The aviator ensemble is so cute! Looks like you had a blast!

  7. Kris
    January 18, 2019 / 10:41 am

    Love all 3 of your outfits (Beryl Markham indeed) – and especially love the haori jacket – simple and so chic.

  8. Kay
    January 18, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    Palm Springs in the summer! It can be so hot you can’t walk ten feet without collapsing, but inside every building, the AC is cranked to Arctic. One summer when I was there, it was 120 degrees F outside and 60 degrees F in the hotel. Dressing for that is a challenge.

  9. Sylvia Dickinson
    January 18, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    You inspired me to take out the haori I bought when we lived inJapan. I also brought back kimono and a ton of obi to cover cushions, make into bed covers and shams, which I never have done:(

  10. Gloria N.
    January 18, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    I’m sorry, but he haori, and frankly, the loose cardigan, always look like something someone would wear at home in leisure. Not polished or smart. Sloppy.

    • Susan D.
      January 20, 2019 / 3:55 pm

      Susan lives in Southern California–and the mode of dress there may differ from your locale. I don’t see these outfits as sloppy at all. Casual yes, sloppy no!

  11. Gloria Nickels
    January 18, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    I notice my comments are always deleted unless they are wildly, worshipfully complementary.

    If this blog is actually closed to all but a chosen few, I think you should state that openly.

    • Susan B
      January 18, 2019 / 3:09 pm

      Not true. I have no problem with dissenting opinions, as long as they are respectfully and constructively expressed. I feel no obligation to be anyone’s punching bag.

  12. Donna
    January 18, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    I love the haori on you, even though it would be a stretch for me. I love seeing both outfits I would wear, and those that I don’t think suit my style. I do agree that there is no reason to be insulting if one’s opinion differs. Sue, keep sharing your fashion sense!

  13. January 19, 2019 / 4:02 am

    I love the haori. And I was struck how young you look in you aviator outfit. Big, big smile on your face. I can imagine.

  14. citizen spot
    January 19, 2019 / 9:38 am

    Did you have to climb by yourself onto the wing of that plane to get into the cockpit, or did they give you a step stool or something? Looks like it was wicked fun! A few years ago there was a commercial blimp flying between Monterey and San Jose, and shorter sightseeing trips around the SF Bay. Sadly they went out of business before I had a chance to try one of the shorter trips. It was fun to see it flying over my house every now and then though.

    • Susan B
      January 19, 2019 / 9:59 am

      If I recall, they had a small step ladder. 🙂 It was wicked fun, and I highly recommend!

  15. Paula Lusk
    January 20, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    I’m not sure that I have commented before. But, it hit me that most of your favorites, were mine too. Love your blog. Have a great day.

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