Dressed to chill: a comfortable holiday weekend look - une femme d'un certain âge

Dressed to chill: a comfortable holiday weekend look

Susan B. wears a graphic print wool sweater and brown ponte knit pants.

For several years running, I hosted our big family Thanksgiving. (Well, I made the turkey and a couple of sides, and everyone brought a little something.) Until the last couple of years, when it’s been just the two of us (2020) and just the three of us this year. (Jeune homme was able to come stay for the weekend.) Some of the extended family were traveling this year, so we’re catching up with everyone next weekend for Hanukkah.

earrings (similar) | necklace | sweater | pants (similar) | shoes (similar)

Sweater shown previously here, pants were included in my recent travel wardrobe, worn here.

I put this outfit on for Thursday and was so comfortable I decided not to mess with success, so wore it Friday and Saturday as well. (By Sunday, it was time for those pants to be laundered.😆) Other than a quick grocery run early Thanksgiving morning for the inevitable One Thing I Forgot, I barely left the house except to walk the dog.

We had such a nice long weekend with our son! He’s really mellowed out in the last couple of years, and is more independent. He and Gigi are pals, and he enjoys going out with us to walk her. And for the first time that I can remember, he asked for a kiss as he was leaving to go back to his group home. 🥰

Susan B. wears a graphic print sweater, brown ponte lantern pants and platform oxfords.

Whenever I post an outfit with shorter pants and bare ankles, I’m inevitably asked “what do you do when it gets cold?” Our winters are certainly milder than some. We don’t have snow, ice or (usually) freezing temperatures. But when it does get truly chilly, I’ll wear socks or switch to ankle boots (or both).

Usually I’ll try to coordinate my socks with the colors in my outfit, or go for something neutral. But at times, I go a little wild with a fun pattern…

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah menorah with first night candle lit.

For those who celebrate, wishing you a Hanukkah filled with beauty, family, love and light!

Stay in touch.

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  1. Sue
    November 29, 2021 / 2:07 am

    Couldn’t help noticing the wedding photo behind the menorah. Is that you? Is it your Anniversary? I wondered since I was married on the first night of Hanukkah!l Either way, wishing you a happy healthy holidays. Sue

    • Susan Blakey
      November 29, 2021 / 10:24 am

      Hi Sue, our anniversary is in March. That photo just happened to be on the mantle.

  2. Kelly
    November 29, 2021 / 5:04 am

    Love the photos by the menorah! I’m assuming that the one on the right is from your wedding day…such a cute couple. Is the photo on the left from your childhood?

    • Susan Blakey
      November 29, 2021 / 10:25 am

      Thanks Kelly! The other photo is a very young le Monsieur with his mom, dad, and younger brother.

  3. Lee
    November 29, 2021 / 5:20 am

    Beautiful menorah. Happy Holidays.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 29, 2021 / 10:26 am

      Thank you, and Happy Holidays to you too.

  4. November 29, 2021 / 5:56 am

    “He asked for a kiss…” So much to be thankful for.

  5. Jane
    November 29, 2021 / 6:00 am

    Happy Hanukkah, Susan! I also have a beloved family member with special needs. My heart swelled when you mentioned the request for a goodbye kiss from your son. Until you’ve lived it, you can’t really understand.

  6. Shawn
    November 29, 2021 / 6:59 am

    Happy Hanukkah, Susan! Did my heart good to hear about your lovely visit with your son!

  7. November 29, 2021 / 7:16 am

    Happy Hanukkah and my heart is swelling at the thought of your son asking for a kiss <3

  8. Julie
    November 29, 2021 / 8:04 am

    The best part was the kiss.
    Ive followed you for years and that was special.

  9. Lisa
    November 29, 2021 / 8:10 am

    Lovely post – and heartwarming kiss story 🙂 What a perfect casually sophisticated weekend outfit, and your hair is looking great ! My hair seems very similar to what I see of yours, and I’m at a loss as to what to do with it lately. Love your easy cut.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 29, 2021 / 10:27 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa! It’s definitely an easy cut.

  10. Zofia Ciszek
    November 29, 2021 / 8:37 am

    Happy Hanukkah!

  11. Nancy
    November 29, 2021 / 8:56 am

    One of the best things about fashion in California, no need to wear socks! Great outfit!

    • Susan Blakey
      November 29, 2021 / 10:27 am

      Thanks, Nancy!

      • Lagatta de Montréal
        November 29, 2021 / 1:48 pm

        Not necessarily the case in San Francisco, and obviously up high mountains. I was wondering how jeune homme was coming along, and so happy that he was not only better behaved, but also more fulfilled.

        I could never wear a white top while serving dinner!

  12. Mary Ann
    November 29, 2021 / 8:57 am

    A kiss is very special when it comes from your children, enjoy and keep it in your heart.
    Happy Hanukkah

  13. Lori
    November 29, 2021 / 9:34 am

    Such a sweet ending to your day! Thanks for highlighting the sweater again! I just ordered at 30% off. I’m so excited. I love the uniqueness and have cords in the swirl color. I’m sure it will get a lot of wear and last forever with 100% wool quality.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 29, 2021 / 10:28 am

      You’re welcome, Lori! I hope you enjoy the sweater!

    • Patty M
      November 29, 2021 / 2:21 pm

      So happy to hear about your son! I loved the link to the Petite Studio. I have two weddings one in May and one in July for which I will be needing Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses. Any suggestions or links would be very much appreciated. Happy Holidays

  14. November 29, 2021 / 9:50 am

    What wonderful news that your son was able to visit for the weekend. So much for which to be thankful. Happy Hanukkah, Susan!

  15. RoseAG
    November 29, 2021 / 10:14 am

    That is a sweet story about your Son. It’s nice to hear that he’s thriving in his Group Home. I know that’s been a long road for you and your husband.
    I like those pants a lot. My mushroom pants get a lot of wear and are beginning to show it.

  16. November 29, 2021 / 11:29 am

    I love this post, Sue! So many years since we first met, and got to meet your Jeune Homme as well, so it was heart-warming to hear you had such a good visit this weekend — and that kiss to take away. . . xo
    Also really love the last photo of your beautiful menorah and candles . . . and behind it your wedding photo. . . a sweet glimpse of the life lived in the chic outfits you share. . . not that you need to give us that, but it’s an added treat.

  17. CT
    November 29, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    Dear Susan, this was a sweet post. Perfect for the holidays. Thank you.

  18. Sarah
    November 29, 2021 / 1:18 pm

    Happy Hanukkah! What a sweet story about your son. A simple kiss is such a gift.

  19. November 30, 2021 / 2:09 am

    First of all: Happy Hanukkah. If I am correct then you celebrate this for about a week?
    I can understand that you wanted to live in this outfit. So comfortable and yet lovely to see.
    I am very happy for you that Le Jeune Homme is so much softer now and more independent. I bet you were in tears when he asked you for that kiss.

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