Weekend Update

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears an ivory sweater jacket, striped tee, grey jeans and metallic mules.

Still Sweater Weather…

Spring has been playing it coy lately…she teases us with a few warm, sunny days, then turns chilly and withdraws. Experience has taught me that this dance will last for the next several weeks, so I’m not putting away my sweaters just yet.

Earrings | Jacket | Tee | Jeans (similar) | Ring |
Bag (similar) | Shoes

But dark, winter colors are feeling too heavy, so I’m trying to lighten things up where I can. I was so happy when this sweater-blazer was finally offered in Ivory. It’s a little lighter than the “coatigan,” but still warm enough. I’ve been throwing it on over just about everything lately. (I’m wearing the Small.)

News & Views

Some good news: my oral surgeon has given the green light for the permanent crown to go over my implant (front tooth). I’ve been wearing a temporary “appliance” (like a retainer) since the tooth was pulled in August, and will be VERY glad to be done with it.

We’ve Been Watching…

“Shrill” on Hulu. I really enjoyed this, and thought it was very well done. I haven’t read Lindy West’s book (which it’s based on), but this makes me want to.

“Hanna” on Amazon Prime. It’s sort of a “Bourne Identity” theme, except with a teenage girl as the protagonist. (There was a movie version a few years ago, but I didn’t see it.) Fun to see Mirielle Enos and Joel Kinnaman working together again (though this time as antagonists rather than partners as they were in “The Killing“).

Have you watched any interesting series or movies lately?

Stay in touch.

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  1. Kelly
    April 6, 2019 / 5:06 am

    We were never TV series followers, probably because we had a young family and were so busy. Now that we’re empty nesters, we’ve watched a ton of great series on Amazon and Netflix in the evenings. We were amazed at the complexities of some of the story lines and how they were so well done. Our favorites have been Suits, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Philly, and Blue Bloods. We’ve just started the 2nd season of NYPD Blue and are really enjoying it too. Looking at our list, I guess you could say we love shows about lawyers and law enforcement!

    Love your outfit! Those layering pieces come in so handy on chilly Spring days.

  2. Lavinia
    April 6, 2019 / 5:22 am

    I just found you a few months ago. I am enjoying your blog so much. You are so helpful!! Getting ready to travel to Europe in May and I am determined to Pack Light!! Thanks for all your help!! As a side note some of my friends told me that you remind them of me!! Wow, what a great compliment!! Love your Style!

  3. Linda
    April 6, 2019 / 5:23 am

    Derry Girls on Netflix. Turn on the subtitles because the accents are heavy. Only 6 episodes.

    • Mary
      April 6, 2019 / 10:55 am

      Derry Girls is so much fun! Luckily, my husband is from Belfast so I have a translater handy!

  4. April 6, 2019 / 5:27 am

    Did you ever order the EF silk and organic cotton ivory cardigan from a few posts back? What did you think of it?

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2019 / 7:05 am

      Yes I did, and it’s a keeper. That one is a lighter weight, and I’ll be posting an outfit with it soon.

      • April 6, 2019 / 8:34 am

        Thank you! Looking forward to seeing it.

  5. Susan D.
    April 6, 2019 / 5:40 am

    Congratulations on nearing the end of your dental issues!

  6. Eileen
    April 6, 2019 / 5:54 am

    Thanks, for your watching recommendations. And I must thank you for two travel items that have been successful, Uniqlo packable down, and Eileen Fisher long sleeve tees in silk, I’m in Italy and they are working great!

  7. RoseAG
    April 6, 2019 / 6:04 am

    I’ve seen ads for Hanna. I’ve been watching “Traitors” on Netflix, which is OK, it’s a period drama so that’s fun.

    Dental implants are a long road. I hope everything goes smoothly as you get to the end.

    • Sandy Mann
      April 6, 2019 / 6:51 am

      I so appreciate your blog. I have so many clothes but always want to buy more. Your articles help me get ideas about shopping my closet. And my husband appreciates that! I have bought several things you suggest and they are always winners!

  8. April 6, 2019 / 6:23 am

    Me too on the Uniqlo down wear. I now have a vest thanks to you. And went on to buy a really light down jacket which packs up teeny tiny. Noticing your bare ankles and I’m so jealous. Just when I was ditching my boots and wearing shoes, we had an inch of snow. Wahhhh! I am so in need of some spring weather!

    • April 6, 2019 / 8:12 pm

      Sue, does the jacket do well? I ask you as I’m also shopping in Canada, and some have said that it shedded feathers. I want that to wear inside a Lole raincoat.

      • Jane MacPhail
        April 7, 2019 / 8:05 am

        I have had great success with Eddie Bauer packable down vests & jackets. Little shedding & pack down to nothing.

      • Maryann
        April 7, 2019 / 9:30 pm

        I found Uniqlo down jackets and vests all continually shed feathers. As I mainly wear darker colours it drove me mad so I donated them to charity. They were very warm and easy to pack for travel.

        • Elizabeth
          April 8, 2019 / 7:28 am

          I own about 6 Uniqlo ultra light down vests & jackets and haven’t had any issues with shedding at all.

  9. April 6, 2019 / 7:00 am

    Britbox is one of my favorite subscriptions. “Scott and Bailey” I recommend: 5 seasons so lots to watch! And my all time very favorite is Shetland: season 5 (and last) will begin showing end of this month.

    Yes, our spring too has been up and down. Now we are in pollen season (thank goodness I don’t have allergies..) but sitting outside is impossible.

    • Rondi
      April 6, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      Shetland is great!

  10. Christine Johnson
    April 6, 2019 / 7:03 am

    I highly recommend ‘William and Mary,’ a 15 year old family drama starring Martin Clunes of Doc Martin fame. Very well done and always ends on a positive note despite sad moment. Hubby loves it, too. It’s on Amazon Prime.

  11. Elizabeth
    April 6, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I love those JCrew “Sophia” blazers too! Now own them in 4 colors including the ivory, which looks more springy than the darker colors, but is perfect to wear here in the Pacific NW. Bought the longer coatigan in ivory too and love that. I appreciate many of the tips and brands you share, even if my budget is more restricted. Adding EF very judiciously and awaiting this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale when I always find some key pieces at a great price.

  12. April 6, 2019 / 7:50 am

    We just finished watching Season 2 of The OA, and before that Season 2 of Suburra (set in Ostia, just outside of Rome. Italian, sub-titled, compelling enough that we were happy to see the second season — oh, the intrigue! — but if you don’t do graphic, don’t watch!). Just started Delhi Crime.

    Have the latest season of Luther lined up as well as Killing Eve’s Season 2. . .

    • Brenda
      April 6, 2019 / 11:23 am

      Killing Eve is creepy and so good! And glad to see such a talented Canadian actor cast!

    • MaureenC
      April 7, 2019 / 12:29 am

      If you’ve enjoyed Luther and clearly don’t mind it being a bit violent Or having subtitles I would recommend French series Engenages. The English title is Spiral, set in the world of the Parisian judiciary and police with some great female characters. We’re currently watching series 6!

      • Kristi
        April 7, 2019 / 4:41 am

        Oh, yes, Engenages/Spirals is so good!

      • Susan B
        April 7, 2019 / 7:01 am

        Yes, we really liked this one too! We’ve been waiting for the most recent season to be available for free.

  13. April 6, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I heard about the new “Hanna.” I loved the 2011 movie. Not only does Saoirse Ronan play the lead (she was also in “Lady Bird”) but Cate Blanchett is in it and she’s terrific. Give the movie a chance.

  14. Ann in Missouri
    April 6, 2019 / 10:11 am

    I’m finally back home in the Ozarks after spending three months in New Orleans this winter studying French and enjoying a looong Mardi Gras season. I got home just in time to enjoy the gorgeous spring here — blue skies, birdsong, and woodland edges rouged with redbuds.

    Re our Netflix-must-watch lists, although others have surely raved already about “Call My Agent,” I’ll pile on and say it’s my favorite 2019 Netflix offering thus far. This French television series (based in Paris and titled “Dix pour cent”) is about a French talent agency that represents some of the most delicious French actors, directors, and other celebrities. The show is a hoot! It comes with English subtitles and is incredibly engaging, whether you speak French fluently, a little, or none at all! It’s addictive!

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2019 / 10:35 am

      Yes, that’s one of my favorites as well!

      • kristi
        April 6, 2019 / 11:21 am

        Moi aussi – so French!

  15. Pat
    April 6, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Hey Susan, good to see you today, as always. Did you downsize a half size for the mule pumps? Also, in growing out your hair, did you avoid cuts. I have only been following you a short time, so I may have missed the in between from your pixie, and the length now. I love the ootd. Pat

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2019 / 11:16 am

      Hi Pat, thanks! I actually went down a full size from my usual 7½ shoe size (these are 6½). I’ve cut my hair less often while growing out, but the stylist has been doing some subtle shaping and evening up the ends. I think this is as long as I’m going to go, now just finishing up growing out the bangs/layers.

      • April 6, 2019 / 8:17 pm

        That is wise. Fine, flaxen hair doesn’t always do very well when long, especially for those of us of a “certain age”. My hair is extremely kinky-curly, but I’m also contemplating cutting it some, as it is so hard to untangle. Not short – mémé – but a curly bob that won’t turn to clown hair. Consulting a biracial kinky-curly hair specialist. It MUST look good with a béret!

  16. Amy Watkins
    April 6, 2019 / 11:12 am

    Hi Susan,
    Love your blog and I am happy to have an age appropriate, fashion forward guide! Well done!!
    I just read an article on It’s Rosy. She writes about a number of stores that focus on Millennial customers, but finds many fashion forward items for une femmes d’un certain age as well. and, don’t we all love new places to shop!! I hope you enjoy it!
    Keep up the good work!!

  17. April 6, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    I received my madewell striped chore jacket the other day, thanks for the recommendation! It’s perfect for our autumn weather here in Sydney and the colour is great !

    • Susan B
      April 6, 2019 / 1:55 pm

      Oh, cool! I’m glad you like it! Thanks for letting me know.

  18. Rondi
    April 6, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    We have enjoyed Shetland as was mentioned earlier. Also Ozarks is fascinating and Rebellion has a lot of history. All on Netflix. Love your outfit but am really ready for some true spring and summer outfits. Here in northern Florida its pretty close and I will be planting flowers this weekend. Thanks for all the fun ideas you bring us, Susan.

  19. Angela in NZ
    April 6, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    Top series for us in New Zealand has to be Outlander, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.
    Our weather hasn’t been playing nicely either. Summer came to an abrupt end with no warning and we seem to be skipping Autumn too. Bizarrely, have just finished washing my sleeveless linen dresses and now wearing a cashmere cardigan over a long sleeve top with jeans! So much for the lovely transitional outfits I bought!

  20. Debra
    April 7, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    When I was in Paris last week I was thinking how nice it would have been to have one of these in black with me. Like the ivory, too! Think I might have to invest in one. I do like this outfit – it reminds me of an outfit you wore a few years back, with a long ivory sweater. I did like that on you, too (obviously as I still remember it).

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