A summer weight jacket and linen top - une femme d'un certain âge

Fresh finds: what I love this week

A summer weight jacket: Caslon lightweight utility jacket in bright navy.

Sometimes it feels like my Wardrobe Mojo comes in waves. For weeks at a time, I might find nothing that works. Then, a lot at once. The last couple of weeks have been the latter. First, there were the top and jeans in Friday’s outfit post. And then a couple of items I received over the weekend each rated two 👍 👍.

The summer weight jacket

This lightweight jacket was among some pieces I ordered for an upcoming collaboration, and I loved it as soon as I slipped it on! The fabric is a woven cotton that’s soft and drapes nicely. It’s a perfect piece for cool mornings and evenings, or to throw on when I know I’ll be in an overly air-conditioned space. 🥶

It’s offered in this bright navy (“Navy peacoat”) as well as a sage green and green camo print, sizes XX-Small to XX-Large (Most Petites seem to be sold out.) In Plus, it’s available in the green camo. I ordered both the Small and Petite Small, as with these shorter jackets I sometimes find the regular length works better. The small is a pretty good fit. I’m still waiting to receive the Petite Small, but will take photos and post an outfit once I decide which I’m keeping.

The linen top

Chico's ikat print knit linen top.

I chose this ikat print knit linen top (gifted) as part of an Instagram collaboration, and it’s one of those much-better-in-person-than-it-looks-online pieces. It’s a longer length top which taller and longer-waisted women might appreciate. But it can also work in a half-tuck if you like. Look for some photos soon.

It’s very lightweight, but unlike some linen knits is NOT sheer. I found the 0 (4-6) Petite was a good fit. It’s available in both red/white and royal blue/white, sizes 00 (0/2) to 4 (20/22) and in Petite sizes. There’s also a tank option in the same print.

We’ve been watching…

Jean Smart as Deborah Vance in the HBO Max series "Hacks."

I mentioned this show (“Hacks” on HBO Max) in my weekly newsletter, but had to give it another shout-out after watching the most recent two episodes. It just keeps getting better and better! Jean Smart is brilliant as an “O.G.” successful standup comedian and Las Vegas headliner who is fighting to keep her career alive. At the behest of her agent, she hires a young and “unfiltered” comedy writer with a messy life to help her freshen her material. They both get more than they bargained for, for better and worse.

And if you liked “Silicon Valley” on HBO, you might also enjoy “Mythic Quest” on Apple TV. It’s a comedy series set in an online video game company, and is really fun and clever. (I know almost nothing about online video gaming, and still enjoy it.)

From the garden…

Cut pink climbing roses in a vase.

I’ve had almost NO time to work in the garden lately, but the climbing roses along one side of the house have been blooming like crazy. Go figure… I’ve been able to have fresh flowers on the table for the last 4 weeks or so. Sadly, these aren’t very fragrant but they sure are pretty. They tend to have several blooms per stem, ranging in color from pale to deep pink.

We’ve been putting the finishing touches on some travel plans for later this year…still keeping fingers crossed we’ll be traveling abroad in the fall. And I have something exciting in the works that with any luck I’ll be able to share in a few weeks…🤞

Hope your week is off to a good start!

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  1. Lee
    June 7, 2021 / 4:33 am

    I just bought that jacket in the sage color a few days ago after finding it in a store. We don’t have Nordstrom’s in my state so I love to do a little in-person shopping when given the chance & was in Chicago on vacation. I’ve been looking for something like this for several months. Then I went into Macy’s & found a similar styled jacket in a cream color, & on sale too! Let’s just say “vacation shopping” has been very fun!

  2. Kathie
    June 7, 2021 / 4:45 am

    Very cute jacket. I have one that’s almost the identical style in pale blue and I love it. Purchased before my color refresh when I had stopped paying attention to the right colors. I plan to dye it. Nothing to lose.

  3. Eve
    June 7, 2021 / 6:00 am

    That is the perfect jacket. I would wear that a lot. I love that lighter navy blue color too. I don’t like dark navy. The blouse is pretty. Can’t wait to see it styled.

  4. Laura
    June 7, 2021 / 6:41 am

    That is a very cute jacket. It looks as if it’s also available in a longer version (hip-length). Did you happen to try that one for comparison? Thank you!

    • Susan Blakey
      June 7, 2021 / 6:49 am

      Yes, I did. The fabric on the longer one is a little heavier, almost like a sateen.

      • Laura
        June 7, 2021 / 7:06 am

        Thank you–very helpful! They both seem to be made of 100% cotton –which could be soft or could be stiff–so I thought they might be similar.

  5. Dominique M.
    June 7, 2021 / 8:17 am

    Thanks for posting this jacket! I have it in different colors from a couple of years ago and love it. The navy will be a great addition. Sadly, my Nordstrom closed last year so I appreciate your posts.

  6. Mary Ann
    June 7, 2021 / 8:46 am

    Thank you for your post today, Susan. I have been looking for a light-weight jacket for months now and was so happy to find your recommendation for the cute Caslon jacket. I just placed an order for the Navy color and look forward to getting a lot of use out of it.

  7. RoseAG
    June 7, 2021 / 9:17 am

    Thanks for the intro to “Hacks.” I knew Jean Smart was in it, it’s gotten mention in many of the wonderful write-ups of her preformance in “Mare….” but some hints about the story will help me push the button on it.
    if someone had told me back in “Designing Women” days that she’d be the actress who persisted through the decades I wouldn’t have believed them, but she has.

    • SF-dre
      June 9, 2021 / 7:54 pm

      I just binge watched Mare over the weekend, terrific cast. Thanks for the tip, Susan. Love the linen tee.

  8. Kay
    June 7, 2021 / 5:47 pm

    My roses have been going crazy, too. They make great bouquets for the tables in the house

  9. Jan Whichard
    June 9, 2021 / 8:38 am

    Had this jacket in my Nordie cart and before I could hit the purchase button, it sold out. Too bad.

    • Susan Blakey
      June 9, 2021 / 8:40 am

      You might want to bookmark it and check back. If it’s a popular item they may restock.

      • Jan Whichard
        June 9, 2021 / 8:48 am

        Thanks Susan….not sure how to bookmark on Nordie.

        • Susan Blakey
          June 9, 2021 / 9:54 am

          Sometimes they’ll show an option “add to my wish list” if you’re signed in to your account.

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