Works For Me!

Animal print has become a classic neutral and is most popular in the fall. If you have cool coloring, you may not enjoy wearing gold and tan near your face. I choose more flattering saturated color solid tops and then use accessories to bring in a touch of animal print using bags, scarves, belts, or perhaps shoes.

My top is here. I am wearing a size small. My jeans are from a couple of years ago. Similar here. The silk scarf is old.

My items are rarely new, so I share links to similar current items. I tend to invest in classic basics and then wear them for a few years. Referral and affiliate links in my posts may result in a small commission for me at no additional cost to you.

A similar bag is here. The shoes are here. A similar cuff is here and here.

The photos above from Sunday document a bad hair day, and I didn’t realize how bad until I started editing the images. I often let my hair air dry naturally, but if I use the wrong products, that can go very wrong. I hate to waste anything, so I had been hanging on to an expensive conditioner a stylist convinced me to buy. I finally used the last of it on Sunday. It was too heavy for my hair, so it never looked that good afterward. I returned to my Beautycounter Collection on Tuesday and used a vented brush to blow out the bangs a little. What a difference!

I will stick with what I know works best for me in the future. The collection above includes all my favorites. My hair has so much more body and shine when I use this shampoo and conditioner. The Beautycounter Body Wash and Lotion work together to keep my skin from becoming dry and flaky. I use the Body Wash with a clean fluffy cotton washcloth and apply the lotion immediately after my shower. In winter, I add oil before the lotion because my skin becomes very dry.

I remain loyal to my Countertime Regimen from Beautycounter, but when I was on vacation recently, I used some travel sizes of products leftover from a line I used in the past. The process made me realize how much better the Countertime products perform for me.

The first time I tried Beautycounter, I was thrilled with the delicate fragrance (if any) and the light texture of the products. The containers are frequently glass, and they use a minimal amount of packaging and plastic. Beautycounter never tests on animals. Formaldehyde and more than 1,500 other chemicals are never included in Beautycounter products. I have used the full line for almost three years. As a director with Beautycounter, I will receive a small commission when you shop from my links.

  1. Dear Susan,
    I haven’t seen it in green so far – or has it just escaped my attention? For me – others think green is fine, but I don’t know how to look as good as the purple you wore today?
    Thanks. Eva

  2. I always look forward to your posts! They have helped me many times the last 3years. I am 61 and retired. Most days I dress very casually, except for church on Sundays. The area I still have difficulty with is packing for trips. My husband and I are taking vacation next week. We love Asheville and the surrounding areas ( Blowing Rock, Boone, Brevard, Chimney Rock). We love browsing the downtown areas but we also love hiking, chasing waterfalls. I always pack wat too much. Any suggestions??

    1. Pack one pair of pants and one shirt for each day. If all the pieces you take with you mix and match, you can throw in a sweater and a jacket to create several different looks. Make sure the shoes and bags you take are for different purposes and comfortable for long walks. (For example out to dinner and shopping in town vs hiking.)

  3. You are beautiful and so classic! I just turned 56 and am feeling a bit out of sorts with my clothes & style due to some weight gain around the middle! I love how you are still rocking white pants! I have a pair that I love but felt like I couldn’t wear them after labor day, which is crazy since it was still in the 90’s in Dallas! Thanks for all you share!

  4. Like Phyllis B above, I always learn so many helpful hints from your blog, Susan. Living in Canada brings many temperature changes and I have always suffered from dry flaky skin. Your advice today on how to deal with that is appreciated. Just love the houses in the background of today’s post. Where are they?

  5. Good Afternoon Susan.
    I love the scarf that you are wearing. Could you please share images of scarves that are still available for purchase? Thank you very much.


  6. Hi Susan, I am very interested in the scarf you are wearing in this post. I would appreciate information about buying it. Thank you. Kathleen

  7. I love the scarf in today’s photos! Stylish and snappy! It pops! Do you have any left in your inventory?
    I am interested in buying the scarf, if possible.

  8. The eggplant tee looks fabulous on you. And I like the pairing with white jeans. I always thought I was a winter, but now am thinking I am summer.
    Do you have any tips for diagnosing which season a person is?

  9. Hi Susan,

    I am interested in the scarf you are wearing with the eggplant colored top in today’s post. Please let me know size and cost& your payment options. Thanks so much! Am so enjoying reading your blogs and seeing all the travel adventure photos.

  10. Love the scarf you are wearing. If you have any left I would definitely be interested. Susie in Louisana. that blue and pink are my color. I would love to know how you tied it.

    1. I’m sorry, but that scarf has sold out. It is folded on the bias and then wrapped around my neck and tied in the front under the first loop. This video (here) shows the first part. Instead of tucking in, just loop over once.

  11. I have a question regarding the sizing on the shapeez bra. I currently wear a 34D but when I measured myself the way they recommend they said to purchase a medium B. I am unsure of this. I measured 35 around and 10 1/4″ cup size. Can you advise me on what to do. Thank you.

    1. I am most concerned about the weight of the fabric rather than the color. White jeans keep you as warm as faded blue, but they are much smarter looking on a day without precipitation.

  12. Beautiful colours on you Susan! I also wear cool colours best (summer) and am interested in silk scarves you have left in your now closed shop- colours as appropriate. Thank you.

  13. Susan, I have been meaning to thank you for the gift of your blog for many years. Your previous blog on solo travel was extra special to me because my husband has serious health challenges and I may be travelling solo sooner than later.I try to be positive about the possibility of being alone but sometimes the worry about it is overwhelming. You set such a fine example of living successfully and happily on your own. Thank you very much for your honesty and generosity in sharing your wealth of knowledge and experiences.I feel very lucky to have found you.

  14. I would like to know the prices of Beautycounter shampoo and conditioner as well as the body lotion and oil…also the lipstick. And how do I order? I have hair just like yours and the same color,and curls.

  15. Susan,
    I love the scarf you have on. Can I get one of those please.
    You inspire me at age 68.


    Kathy Darr

  16. Dear Susan,
    Yes, I would like to know what accessories you would wear for a pine sweater!
    Best Regards: Év

  17. Dear Susan, Could you send me the details about purchasing the gorgeous animal print scarf you are wearing?
    Thank you,

  18. When I make a mistake in buying anything including clothes for my closet, I immediately get rid of it. I don’t want to feel guilty every time I see it. I am frugal by nature so it’s painful but in the long run its better for me. It might be perfect for someone else. Goodwill is full of my mistakes but I’m doing better and thinking before I buy now so they are getting less from me.
    I love the color of this top and the scarf is beautiful. You look so trim and graceful in everything you wear.

  19. Absolutely beautiful! I live in Palm Desert, Ca. a transplanted East Coast person, love all the pictures and greenery!! Thank you. Sandra Almy

  20. Susan I happened upon you on utube first and then found your blog. I enjoy reading your blog. I just wanted to say that the matching of the sweater and the scarf are stunning. The colors in the scarf pop with the sweater. Thanks. Denise

  21. Susan,

    I have been following your blog for about a year now. I love seeing your fashion tips! Your advice is always well thought out and down to earth. I’m a scarf “nut” so I would greatly appreciate you sending some info on your remaining scarves.

    Thank you,
    Bev Edkins

  22. Thank you for your fb page. I’m 72 and although I’m larger and older, I’m still attentive to my appearance. I love your link and suggestions. Just because I’m older doesn’t mean I have to give up my love for clothes and “playing dress-up”. I just received my first “Shapeez” top and love the look it gives me. I’d love to see you scarves.

  23. You look lovely, and, as always, you do it your way. Inspirational. Could you please tell me the dimensions of the scarf you are wearing, and instructions as well about how to tie it. It looks so posh, so sophisticated.

  24. I’d also love to know what scarves are still available. I should have taken action & purchased when your store was up & running! The colors are so vibrant & the way you wear them is inspiring!

  25. I hope you and Mr. Mickey had a nice Thanksgiving 🙂
    If possible could you send me pictures of some of your scarves. I am a summer as far as colour palettes.
    I appreciate all your efforts at publishing these postings.
    I haven’t found similar tops in my area in Ontario, CA yet but I am content to wait until I do find them.
    Thank you so much Susan.


  26. I love your updates, Susan, but I can’t for love or money get your links to work! Is anyone else reporting this issue, and do you have suggestions to correct the problem? Thanks!

  27. Susan,
    I would appreciate it if you would email me photos of the scarves you have remaining in your inventory. Thank you in advance.
    Pat Shaw

    1. Fold a 51″ scarf in a big triangle. Place the middle at your throat and wrap the ends around the back of your neck and then bring them back to the front. Tie the ends making a knot underneath and adjust the drape to your liking.

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