Figs: In Season And In A Favorite Fragrance | une femme d'un certain âge

Weekend Update: Heading Into The Holidays

fresh figs on a white plate.

Les Figues

I treated myself to some fresh figs at the market this week, and boy, are they yummy! A few years ago I tried growing a fig tree in a container, but it was in the wrong spot (not enough sun) and didn’t make it into the second season. Once our kitchen renovation is done, my next project is re-doing some of our landscaping, and I may have another go at container-grown figs.

Tasting those figs reminded me to pull out my L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extrême that I purchased last December in Paris.

L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier Extreme eau de parfum. Details at une femme d'un certain age.


I think this fragrance is a bit heady for warmer months, but it feels right for this time of year.

Holidays Around The Corner

We’ve been given the go-ahead to start our kitchen and bathroom renovation, and have to finish packing up the last few remaining items in the kitchen. So Thanksgiving will be a take-out affair this year. Whether we’ll go with a “turkey dinner” or something less traditional remains to be seen. The work on the kitchen is expected to take at least 2 months (I’m counting on 3-4) so no holiday entertaining for us this year.

But I’m still looking forward to the season, and spending time with family. I’m working on some gift guides and holiday style posts, and will be checking out the best of the “cyber week” sales and sharing my picks.

Weekend Sales

Here are a few you might want to take a look at:

Ann Taylor: 50% off full-priced dresses, 40% off full-priced shoes. Code PARTYPERFECT.

Bloomingdale’s: $25 off every $200 you spend.

Chico’s: 40% off entire purchase. Code 76120

Eddie Bauer: 40% off purchase with code FIREPLACE.

Gap: for Gap Cardmembers 50% off everything: with code CARDVIP.

J.Jill: extra 30% off Sale styles.

Lands’ End: 40% off full-price styles, 50% off sweaters. Code BREEZE, pin 6032.

Talbot’s: 25% off entire purchase, code 25ALL.

White House Black Market: 30% off full-price styles. Code 74934.


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  1. Cindy Chambers
    November 18, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Hi, Susan! I enjoy reading your posts, and this week’s lesson on makeup for “women of a certain age” (I’m 61, too) struck a chord. My skin is so dry, I have to lube it up several times a day — and it’s not even winter yet! 🙂 You mentioned being eyebrow-challenged, and I know that those of us who went to high school in the 70s are still feeling the pain of the pencil-thin brow phase. However, I found a product called RevitaBrow that has literally returned my brows to their former healthy hairiness. Although it takes months for it to reach its full effect, I think you’ll find it well worth the wait: By the way, I live near Nashville … if you ever come west, maybe we can meet for lunch. 🙂 Cindy Chambers

  2. LeeAnne
    November 18, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Eddie Bauer is also having an online sale. Great place to shop for warm winter parkas.
    40% off your purchase when using the code FIREPLACE when checking out

  3. Kay
    November 18, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    You are right to figure on double the time for the kitchen job! The process is extremely stressful, and you may wonder if you’ll live through it, but in the end all the hassle is so worth it. I ask myself all the time how I managed with my old kitchen now that I have a “new” one.

  4. November 19, 2017 / 12:28 am

    I adore figs! Sadly we had to cut our fig tree down as it’s roots were getting under the neighbours garage. 12 years of juicy figs gone forever, I’d have preferred to get rid of the neighbours if I’m honest. Perhaps I should try your fig perfime?

  5. November 20, 2017 / 6:13 am

    So far so good with our fig tree in a container, although admittedly we’re still coasting on whatever they did right at the nursery. . . .but we did enjoy ripe figs grown on our own tree, such a thrill, and I can imagine you’d do so much better in your climate.
    Good luck with the kitchen reno — one of our daughters starts one this month as well, and we’ve told her to double the time she expects it to be done in and plan accordingly. But it will make such a difference, well worth the wait for you and for her. . .

  6. kristinazack
    November 20, 2017 / 8:22 am

    A fig should be a garden pest in your climate. I’m sure some good advice from a garden center will result in a beautiful and thriving plant with lots of fruit. Have fun with the remodel.

  7. Kristi
    November 20, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Just ate a fig, brie and apple sandwich – so good! (fig “jam”). Good luck with the renos!

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