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Monday miscellany: my new shoe crush & more

Susan Blakey wears Nero Giardini platform sneakers, jeans and Eileen Fisher linen sweater.

Metallic platform sneakers for the win…

If there’s one thing I have a hard time resisting, it’s a pair of funky, comfortable shoes. “Jolie laide” as my friend Karen calls them. I spotted these when I was researching my post on zip sneakers for travel, and was intrigued. They arrived early last week, and I’ve been wearing them almost non-stop.

sweater | jeans | sneakers

The brand is Nero Giardini, and they’re made in Italy. They’re a sturdy shoe, and feel quite stable even with the platform. While I find a totally flat platform can sometimes be a tripping hazard, because these have a turn up at the toe, I haven’t had any issues. (I’ve been wearing them to walk the dog and run errands.) The sizing runs a little big, IMO; I’m often a 7.5 but took a 7 in these. If you have a really wide foot you may find them too narrow, but they’re comfortable on my medium-width feet. Arch support is moderate. Oh, and the insole is removable. 👍

If you need stronger arch support, I recommend trying Vionic. If you have a wide foot or bunions, check out Sole Bliss (and use code FEMME15 for 15% off).

I just love the look of these, and they’re on my short list for our upcoming Vegas road trip. I’m working out my travel wardrobe over the next couple of days, and will share on Wednesday.

More “jolie laide”…

Fun with friends on Instagram

Last Friday, I joined up with some of my Over 50 blogger friends to talk about hair. After our first Live the week before, so many people had commented that we were all blonde that we decided to address it, and whether we have considered going with our natural color sometime in the future.

Several people asked about the blouse I’m wearing. It’s this one. (Plus)

And yesterday, I joined my friends Annie and Ivana from CASTANOHEL to talk about color and the Style Personality Profiles. It was such fun and very informative. We’ll also probably make this a regular feature.

The scarf I’m wearing is this one from CASTANOHEL.

If there are any topics you’d like us to cover in future sessions, please let me know!

(For those of you who aren’t able to view these because you don’t have an Instagram account, please know that I’m still trying to figure out a way to make these accessible outside of the platform. As I don’t have a recording studio, crew, or equipment, my options are limited. I’m consulting some tech gurus and hopefully can come up with a solution. Thanks for your understanding.)

Stay in touch.

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  1. Donna
    May 17, 2021 / 5:08 am

    Loved your Instagram live yesterday! I’d love to see more from the color ladies!

    • Esme
      May 19, 2021 / 6:28 pm

      I second this! I don’t Instagram but I loved watching it here. Just delightful, thank you!

  2. Nancy
    May 17, 2021 / 5:11 am

    Will the scarf video you did with Castanohel be available on your site Susan, for those of us that don’t do Instagram ?

    • Susan Blakey
      May 17, 2021 / 6:29 am

      Hi Nancy, as I mentioned above, I’m still trying to figure out if there’s a good way to export these videos to share elsewhere. If I’m able to do that I absolutely will.

  3. Karen
    May 17, 2021 / 7:32 am

    I watched you, Annie, and Ivana yesterday evening on a replay and I finally “saw” the difference wearing the right colour can make! I tried on a number of different colours afterwards and clearly saw the years drop away when I had a good (for me) colour on. Thanks so much!

    • Susan Blakey
      May 17, 2021 / 7:33 am

      You’re so welcome and have fun playing with color!

  4. Jan Whichard
    May 17, 2021 / 8:23 am

    Funny but the first thing I noticed was four blondes. I’m a brunette with lots of copper and have always loved my hair color. I have some grey along my part but mostly in the very front. I did “go gray” and because it was so uneven in color and the gray itself was so blah, I had to get highlights so it defeated the purpose! Going from blond to gray is much much different than going brunette to gray….trust me!
    We are off to tour South Dakota on Wednesday. It is the kick off trip to several others with A tour of Transylvania and a cruise up the Danube in August. Paris, Amsterdam and visiting my daughter in Germany will follow…..Time to get our engines started!

    Susan…you have kept a smile on my face during this difficult time (and kept me shopping too!)…thank you.

  5. Holly Beaver
    May 17, 2021 / 10:29 am

    Adorable sneakers! Are you wearing a gold tone or rose tone? Only rose tone left but I’m going to give them a try on your recommendation!

    • Susan Blakey
      May 17, 2021 / 10:50 am

      Thanks! These are the rose tone.

      • Holly Beaver
        May 17, 2021 / 10:59 am

        Appreciate the info, Susan. Thanks

  6. Eve
    May 17, 2021 / 1:21 pm

    You always pick the perfect shoe for kicking an outfit up a notch. I call myself early summer because I’m drawn to some of springs colors. Your color change was beautiful and dramatic. Love it.

    • Susan Blakey
      May 17, 2021 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks, Eve!

  7. Cannon
    May 17, 2021 / 3:10 pm

    I so enjoyed the Instagram with Annie and Ivana! I had a Red Leopard consultation via Zoom a year ago, based on your recommendation, and it changed my shopping habits and life. Was Annie part of Red Leopard? I seem to remember her photo. I also bought that gorgeous Road Trip scarf which I really love wearing. I was diagnosed Soft Autumn Huntswoman. Olive green is one of my best colors and I would never have tried it before. Please have more of these videos. SO fun!

  8. Kay
    May 17, 2021 / 10:31 pm

    Platform shoes scare me. I would for sure break an ankle or something.

  9. Diane B
    May 18, 2021 / 6:04 am

    Thank you so much for putting up the great chat from your instagram. It took me much longer to get the whole thing, but was so worth it. I discovered the reason why I have never felt comfortable in any slightly stiff fabrics or even slightly masculine items. I have never been able to wear a denim jacket or skirt without wanting to rip it off minutes later. The whole thing was so helpful and enlightening. Thank you. I have more research to do but realize there is absolutely no need to follow the latest must have recomendations for my coset. Not sure when I will be able to make it back to the UK but in person would be the only way for me with these ladies. Is it still called Red Leopard?

  10. SUSAN in Arizona
    May 18, 2021 / 1:58 pm

    Susan, I watched your session with Annie and Ivana yesterday and so enjoyed it. Definitely think Ivana needs more air time as she has such a funny and cute personality.

    I’m a transplanted native Southern Californian living in Arizona now and I’ve been following you since forever. The first shot on instagram that brought me to a screeching halt and “introduced” you was during your black and white days; you were on the sidewalk pondering the hedge, wearing a full length Eileen Fischer black sweater over a white shirt and jeans. I bought the sweater that same week and have followed you since. Also have loved watching you embrace your colors!!

  11. Michele
    May 20, 2021 / 12:03 pm

    I just watched the style session with Annie and Ivana. Loved it. Thanks so much for hosting it.

  12. May 23, 2021 / 6:22 am

    I was going to ask you about your blouse as well. Going through to the website I saw there were cups on it. Before I thought they were glasses with wine haha. Uhuh.

  13. May 23, 2021 / 6:23 am

    And I need some new cool sneakers as well. (Need… need.. hmm too strong a word LOL.)

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