Three Favorites!

Today, I’m sharing three of my recent favorite things with you.

When the rainy, gray days of winter start to get me down, I wear a pretty silk scarf to lift my spirits and bring color and pattern up near my face. Most of my winter coats and raincoats are dark colors, which helps to wear a colorful scarf. I always get compliments on this scarf.

The raincoat is another favorite. I wear it many times each month, and it always makes me feel cozy and dry. It is from Everlane. The light taupe bag is by Dooney & Bourke. The high waist slightly bootcut jeans are from Chico’s.

At this time of year, it becomes a real challenge to take decent photos to share along with lessons and tips, so please forgive the sporadic posts over the next few weeks. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  1. I’ve taken Sylvia’s courses also, and highly recommend them. It’s fun, enlightening and you’ll be encouraged and supported by other women in the group to play with and expand your style choices or make subtle changes.

  2. Thank you for the heads up on the jeans. What a deal! I ordered a pair too and hope they will fit. They sound like a style I’ll like. It’s good to start the New Year with a pair of good fitting jeans.
    Thank you for continuing with your blog and not having all those annoying pop up ads that make it nearly impossible to read. I find myself avoiding reading some favorites because of those. Best wishes to you this year!

  3. I am thinking I need some silk scarves. The winter ones are too heavy to be worn inside. They look too bulkey on me.

  4. Goodness, this weather IS having an effect on my normally sunny personality, and it’s reflected in the grays, taupes and blacks I’m wearing. I’m going to throw a pretty scarf on with a colorful sweater and get over these rainy-day blahs. Love those jeans; unfortunately, they don’t have them in my size any longer.

    Thanks so much for reminding us how color can add color to our lives, Susan!

  5. Good basics! Thanks! I must say it is hard to pull off chic in a parka with scarf and gloves along with winter boots. I would wear your outfit in spring and fall though.

  6. I signed up for the course. Can’t wait to start. Susan you have helped me and my style a lot. I’m 63 yrs young and currently losing weight. I love your scarfs and was surprised that you wear petite jeans being as tall as you are! When I put something on I think of you and what you would wear. My goal for a while is to be able to go without face makeup. I have a few sunspots, but around my eyes I’m so red and dark circles. I also have blonde eyelashes..any tips?
    Thanks again for your wonderful style!

    1. I still wear eye makeup including mascara and eyeliner in the lashline on top, but lots less than I did when I was younger. Try using a light tinted moisturizer instead of heavy coverage. I like to use Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage No. 2 when I want a more even tone. It melts into your skin and looks very natural. You can find it here.

  7. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I’ve learned so much and you’ve simplified my life! I’ve purchased many items from you and happy with all of them! Since some of us will be traveling to tropical climates this winter, any chance you could educate us on what to bring/pack for a week? Thank you!

    1. Hi Lola, As I mentioned above in my replay to Diane; If I could wear Bermuda shorts, I would wear them in light neutral colors and hemmed to the most slender part of the knee. Flat sandals, sunglasses and a hat with a smaller summer bag would likely be my only accessories. If I wore any jewelry, it would be small studs or hoops with one finger ring. I would wear a light cotton or linen blouse or a slightly fitted top (not boxy). The hem of the top should land at about mid-butt and have a face-flattering neckline. Another note about casual summer outfits: I cut way back on the makeup and wear a lighter color of lipstick or a pale plum color gloss. Since shorts and crop pants are not in my wardrobe, I would most likely take lightweight and loose fitting light color cotton pants and similar but more fitted tops to mix and match with the pants. I would include one of my white cotton cardigans for those overly air-conditioned buildings.

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