Trying To Stay Focused On The Good Stuff - une femme d'un certain âge

Trying To Stay Focused On The Good Stuff

Casual vendredi - long weekend in Paris


As you may have noted from the light posting this week, work/family/life have all been demanding their due. It’s been a rather challenging week, including major crunch time at the office and the possible demise of my laptop thanks to jeune homme and a glass of water. 🙁

But I did want to share a couple of good things with you.

Weeks like this, a good undereye concealer is a lifesaver. And I’ve found a new Holy Grail product:

Clarins concealer

This concealer from Clarins is new. The sales associate dropped a sample in my bag when I was picking up my favorite facial sunscreen. I’ve been using it daily since, and have been truly impressed with how it not only brightens up dark under-eye circles, but also gives a smoother appearance. You need only a *tiny* amount, and it blends in beautifully.

It’s almost time for Harry and David pears!! These pears will blow your mind; they really are that good. I’ve already ordered our first box….

By the way, those who guessed that I kept the Javert jacket from neesh by D.A.R., you were correct! Even though I do have the one moto style jacket, this filled one of my seemingly perpetual wardrobe gaps (a lightweight, non-black jacket that I can wear to the office). I can attest that it passed the “wash test”…I machine washed it in cold water, then dried on low heat, and it came out beautifully.

Bon weekend!

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  1. Elle
    September 27, 2013 / 3:53 am

    So sorry about your week and your laptop. My husband fried one of mine years ago with a glass of white wine. Not a happy day.

    And thank you for the concealer recommendation – I’ve never used one but looked in the mirror a bit ago and thought, “You really need to use an under-eye concealer.” And then I had no idea what to buy.

    • Susan Daniel
      September 27, 2013 / 4:21 am

      The Clarins Concealer is what I need. I’m plagued by dark undereye cirlcles. I’m been using Bobbie Brown concealer, but haven’t been totally pleased with it. I will try the Clarins!

      Good choice of the Javert jacket. It looks wonderful on you and I had not thought about the need for a nonblack jacket!

      I hope you laptop survives!

  2. September 27, 2013 / 4:22 am

    Good to hear you have the jacket because it looked so great on you! I’ll have to get a sample of the concealer because I’m on the hunt for a good one.

    blue hue wonderland

  3. September 27, 2013 / 4:49 am

    Sorry to hear of your hectic week. Here’s to a more restful weekend for you! I’m tickled you chose the Javert jacket , it really suits you perfectly. xo

  4. September 27, 2013 / 6:22 am

    Some weeks are difficult. Your stylings are becoming really professional looking. The moto jacket is a stylish addition to your wardrobe. Concealer might help me right now because the under eye area is looking a little tired. Bonne week-end!

  5. Hostess
    September 27, 2013 / 6:33 am

    Despite a trying week you have managed to put together a variety of inspiring posts. I do hope that your laptop will survive…or at the very least that you have everything backed up.
    Thank you for the concealer tip I’ll pass that on to a reader who posed that very question on a recent blog post.
    Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  6. September 27, 2013 / 6:35 am

    Happy weekend… and good luck with that laptop! xv

  7. September 27, 2013 / 7:11 am

    i am right there with you, Susan!! I have had a tough week…in fact, this school year has been tougher than any I have seen in a long time. So I know how stress can wear at us. I have been in search of the perfect concealer for a long time…I am definitely going after this!! Thanks! So, sorry to hear about your laptop…I was devastated last year when mine died. But, I love my Lenova and now that I paid it off…I love it even more! Though the touch screen has created a monster…I keep trying to touch all screens!! Have a great weekend…hope you can power down!

  8. September 27, 2013 / 8:37 am

    I knew it! That jacket is great on you.
    Sorry to hear the family/work demands have been kicking your butt. I hope it eases up eventually — keeping my fingers crossed your laptop comes back to life. Je te souhaite un bon weekend!

  9. September 27, 2013 / 9:24 am

    Hope you get your laptop sorted – and that jacket is fabulous! Have a good/relaxing weekend.

  10. September 27, 2013 / 9:58 am

    Hmmm…that Clarins concealer sounds promising!

  11. Jill Ann
    September 27, 2013 / 11:51 am

    Love the outfit pictured….I’m going to England & Germany in early November, & am already pondering what to pack. Doubting that I can do carryon, considering the need to bring at least one, & maybe two, coats (raincoat &/or warmer leather jacket).

    Oh, and I heartily second your opinion on H&D pears. My brother used to send a box at Christmas, but the last few years he’s been sending cheese instead. I love cheese, but nothing beats those pears!

    —Jill Ann

  12. Patty
    September 27, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    Just an FYI…Nordstrom has a “FEED 15” exclusive that contains the Clarins sunscreen you like. (There are two of the FEED 15; only one has the sunscreen.) Fifteen meals are provided to children through the World Hunger Programme started by Lauren Bush Lauren when you purchase one of the FEED 15 items.

  13. Diane Tokoph
    September 27, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    The recommendation for a concealer is so timely, I have been trying out some procducts and not at all happy with them. So I will try it! And I LOVE that jacket, and its perfect on you!

  14. amelie
    September 27, 2013 / 1:53 pm

    Fantastic! You really did rock that moto! Excellent choice!

    On concealers, I swear by Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Concealer. Good coverage, but best of all it seems to just melt into under eye skin and give a sort of glow! I saw a Lisa Eldridge video where she raved about it, tried it and now it’s my go-to.

    Hope you can kick back a bit on the weekend!

  15. September 28, 2013 / 2:02 am

    A good concealer can work miracles, just what I need! I love the outfits in your previous post, I missed a few frolicking the streets of Milan the past week, but hope to catch up again soon. The moto style jacket in the previous post is awesome, and the Plum coloured pants a winner!

  16. September 28, 2013 / 4:57 am

    I’m so sorry you’re having a tough week. Here’s hoping next week is better. You’re right – H&D pears are mind-blowing! Hooray for pear season!

  17. Duchesse
    September 28, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    Harry and David pears! A never-fail gift in our family, and one I remember happily received by my parents 50 years ago.

  18. September 29, 2013 / 12:13 am

    Off to Nordstroms in the morning for the concealer ( after the miracle of the Clairisonic I shall forever heed your word :). Re laptop: will the rice dry out work on laptops? Worth a shot.

  19. Susan
    September 29, 2013 / 5:35 am

    Those H & D pears are simply fabulous – I always look forward to opening a gift box from my equally fabulous sister each Christmas.

  20. Kat
    September 29, 2013 / 11:41 am

    Love this styling — especially the camel trench with the rich brown accents. Fab. Your styling is exactly where I am right now — modern, clean lines, neutral palette, and careful details. The older I get, the more I want clothes that set the creative stage for my daily life, and don’t become the operatic diva in the spotlight. 🙂 Thanks to your blog and others, I’m learning.

    The concealer tip is great — I’m clueless about makeup!

  21. October 1, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Sending you hugs and virtual home cooking. It’s been chaos here too – you are by no means alone.

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