The Path Ahead

Path in Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, in winter. More at une femme d'un certain age.

Style blogging in uncertain times…

A few people have asked me if I plan to continue blogging over the next few weeks or months. Quite honestly, I always assumed I would, though realized I’d have to be sensitive and responsive to the changing landscape.

It can be tricky to write about “trivial” topics (like style, beauty, travel, and lifestyle) without worrying that it will be perceived as trivializing the larger, more serious situation. I never want to be insensitive to the hardships that anyone is facing now or in the future.

Yet, I feel as though a thread of normalcy can be comforting when we’re inundated with worrisome news. We need some relief, and thinking/ reading/ writing about what we find enjoyable is one way to find it. It’s not about sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that everything is fine. It’s about giving ourselves a break, and believing that life goes on, and that yes, we can still like pretty clothes and look forward to sandal weather.

Life usually is not all one thing or another; it’s a mixed bag.

Daffodils and a vintage French travel poster. More at une femme d'un certain age.

And a little beauty is good for the soul.

A social space…

With so many of us practicing social distancing IRL, I’m hopeful that blogs like this one can provide an outlet for positive and constructive social interaction. We need each other, and a sense of connection, especially now.

So yes, I’m still planning to continue blogging. I’ll be putting the travel-related content on hold for a while, but otherwise will continue to write about:

  • style (what catches my eye, building a cohesive wardrobe, cute & comfortable shoes, scarf tying ideas)
  • beauty (products, routines, new finds)
  • and lifestyle

If there are any specific topics you’d be interested in reading more about, please let me know and I’ll do my best.

BTW, this Washington Post article by Robin Givhan is a great read, and echoes many of my thoughts about why style matters, even at home.

So as we isolate ourselves at home, our clothes can be our pep talk, an impassioned soliloquy. As we scurry along the street, dutiful in our social distancing, our clothes become glancing waves — reminders that at some point we will speak to each other again.

Robin Givhan

Stay in touch.

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135 Comments

  1. Christine
    March 17, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    So happy you are continuing – it is such a joy to read something that does not bring more fear and sadness into our lives at the moment

  2. Gertrude
    March 17, 2020 / 2:53 pm

    Thank you so much for soldiering on! Fashion is never out of style. Anyone who finds it trivial can simply take a break. I was hoping for more scarf tutorials. This is a good time to sift through and tweak a bit.

  3. Diana P
    March 17, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Please keep blogging even if you slow down. As a librarian at our state library agency, I have spent the last two days working at a fever pitch supporting all the public libraries in my state as they slowly close their doors. Actually, not so slowly, it was pretty constant there yesterday as their library boards approved the closures and my heart dropped with each one. Libraries want to always be open and be there for their communities; it is painful for them to close. That said, there are many electronic resources that they provide, Ebooks and downloadable audio and video so that will be wonderful for those with library cards. They also offer wonderful electronic resources for children having to learn at home plus virtual storytimes! They are stepping up for their friends and neighbors.
    My point though is that after two days of crazy at home work plus so much stress that hit all of us like a ton of bricks, you were one of the first places I went today to touch base with my normal life and to feel like I was checking in with an online friend. So please keep blogging. We are going to need you.

  4. Eileen
    March 17, 2020 / 4:55 pm

    We need you. Books, movies, articles on how others survive during hard times. We need you.

  5. March 17, 2020 / 5:41 pm

    Susan, I agree. We all need a respite from the constant news. Keep blogging.

    I am trudging ahead with my blogging and have moved travel-related posts out a few weeks (maybe to be moved further?) continuing the trajectory I’ve been on to build up more lifestyle content. With people (hopefully) staying home there will need to be more content produced and I am excited to see what you bring us. Blogs are a great way to get a glimpse into another location, style, perspective, etc. Thanks for considering your readers!

  6. Kay
    March 17, 2020 / 6:44 pm

    We don’t need more gloom and doom about the virus. We need happy things. This will be over eventually.

  7. Mary
    March 17, 2020 / 7:34 pm

    Definitely keep posting and thank you for doing so! I offer this quote from a favorite artist, Paul Madonna: “In hard times, beauty can seem frivolous-but take it away, and all you’re left with is hard times.”

  8. Debra
    March 17, 2020 / 7:35 pm

    Perhaps a few ideas on self-pampering while confined in our homes. And not only the physical part but how to relax and soothe our anxieties during this time. Also, this is a good time to tackle some of those projects we have been putting off.

  9. Sarah
    March 17, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    Please continue posting! I think everyone is craving normalcy and contact with the wider world, and I’d appreciate you keeping that window open. Plus, I’m still going to get up and get dressed every day; makeup will probably fall by the wayside for me, but wearing pajamas all the time is not a good recipe for my mental health!

  10. Gail how
    March 18, 2020 / 3:52 am

    As a recent widow, I was just starting to get out and about. I even bought a new bathing suit and was planing on starting aqua fit. Now everything has been canceled and I find myself confined with only my dog and blogs for company. Please please continue, the days are so long, and I really enjoy your blog. Keep safe Susan.

  11. Patty
    March 18, 2020 / 5:08 am

    Thank you so much, Susan, for keeping this community going. I live alone, I am now working from home, and communities like Une Femme now mean more to me than ever.

  12. Jane2
    March 18, 2020 / 6:36 am

    Continue blogging, please. We really are all in this together, and online social community is ever more important as we move to social distancing in meatspace. And your advice and shopping suggestions are always welcome – we still need to dress, and love inspiration to dress well even if for ourselves, and online shopping abounds! Life doesn’t and can’t stop.

  13. March 18, 2020 / 9:32 am

    Susan – definitely KEEP writing. Yes, these are challenging times, but if we simply focus on that, then we may as well give up. We need to remind ourselves that “this too shall pass” – which means continuing to discuss and enjoy life’s pleasures – and your blog truly fits into that category.
    Looking forward to more posts!!

  14. Mary B Perez
    March 18, 2020 / 9:38 am

    Yes, please do keep blogging. I’m guessing the majority of your readers have a closet full of clothes we very much want to wear again. On day 1 of our Social Isolation in CA, am already missing family and friends. This new situation has given me a reminder to appreciate and be thankful for what I do have. It’s a pleasure to see your sunny face three times a week.

  15. Brenda
    March 18, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    Please do keep blogging. While we all need to do our part to be good spouses/partners/relatives/friends/neighbours/socially-responsible citizens (people – stop hoarding food, toilet paper and cleaning products, please! What you overbuy deprives your friends and neighbours!), we also need to have hope and inspiration to carry us through this incredibly stressful time. Thank you for everything you do – you’re my favourite blogger!

  16. Susan M
    March 18, 2020 / 2:00 pm

    Yes, keep on blogging! Blog suggestion: things to do with your wardrobe while stuck at home: One of the things I did was to get a new overlock/coverstich sewing machine. I started to do simple, but more professional alterations (hemming and shortening). I have complained here before about my frustrations about not finding a good source for alterations.

    Using YouTube, I taught myself how to do these things. It took many hours and it was not easy, but what do I have now but a lot of time. I know this is not for everyone, but it may be fun to start something wardrobe-wise you have always wanted to do.

  17. CJ
    March 18, 2020 / 4:40 pm

    At times like these there is a solace in observing our daily routines. Reading your blog is one one of my more enjoyable routines and long may it continue! Keep up your fantastic work

  18. Roberta
    March 18, 2020 / 6:13 pm

    I work with people who are genuinely struggling with everything from facing unemployment, homelessness and evictions to not knowing if they’re going to work or not on an hourly basis. I’m also in WA state which still has one of the highest death tolls in the country. You have no idea how important your blog is. After a long day, coming home and having the chance to look at some lovely things and read about your day – well it keeps me going. Thank you

  19. March 18, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    I have been thinking that what I most want to blog about this Saturday is fantasy fashion. Please don’t stop. xox.

  20. Elaine
    March 18, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    Susan, I agree with the above comments as we do need normalcy in our days! You provide a breath of spring time and fun!

    Here is a suggestion: post a sentence on your upcoming blogs referencing with your thoughts of concern for those with issues and provide a link back to this page showing how much your readers support you! You always offer compassion to others so well. Perhaps a heart shape would get the message across. We need to focus on the positives in life and support each other.

  21. Cathy D.
    March 18, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    Thanks for everything you do, and please don’t stop!

  22. Janet
    March 19, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    Susan, please continue to write your blog. It’s something I look forward to reading and especially so right now.

  23. Pat
    March 22, 2020 / 11:34 pm

    Please continue to blog. Remind us of why we travel and why travel is so important. Books. Movies.

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