Welcome to Friday! This is a part of my regular Cultivating Everyday Elegance over 50 series, and most recently I have been introducing you to some women I consider to represent elegance well.
One of the first bloggers I met and followed when I started to blog in 2010 was Susan Blakely of une femme d’un certain age.
I do not remember if I met Susan through Tish Jett’s blog or the other way around, but I do know that one attracted me to the other. Susan was a working woman at that time like me and blogging for a second job…like me. She had great style which at the time was mostly neutrals. I call her a courageous woman because she completely changed the colors she wears and her style later in life…and I believe that does take some courage.
Let’s learn more about Susan through the Q & A session I had with her!
First, tell us about you…where you live, a little about your family and lifestyle, etc.
“I live in the West Los Angeles area. I’m married, and we celebrated our 25th anniversary in March. We have one adult son with special needs who lives in a group home not too far away. I’ve worked from home for the last 4½ years, and my husband just retired. We have a mostly casual lifestyle, and love to travel (when possible). We enjoy good food and wine, and have been cooking more and trying to improve our culinary skills.”
How did your blog come about and how did you select the name?
“My blog came about in 2007. I’d just turned 50 and was trying to suss out my style. I found almost no style blogs for women 50+, so decided to write one. I chose the name because I’ve always been a Francophile, and une femme d’un certain âge is a French expression (“a woman of a certain age”) that suggests a positive attitude toward age, and alludes to the wisdom, experience, and elegance that we acquire along the way.”
What challenges have you faced as a blogger right now and how are you evolving your blog?
I’ve had to pivot away from travel-related content, which accounted for probably 30-40% of my traffic and was one of my passions. I’ve tried to stay nimble and keep up with what my readers are looking for in these times, which means a greater focus on relaxed, at-home styles.
Tell us briefly about your personal style reinvention with color
“Two years ago, I was feeling stuck with my style and finding myself really drawn to color. But I’d been living in neutrals for so long, every time I tried to add color it just felt “off.” I knew I needed some help and fresh eyes to help me get started, so had a color consultation with Red Leopard in London at the beginning of last summer. It hasn’t been a quick or easy process to transition my wardrobe to a more colorful one, but I do think it was one of the best style investments I’ve ever made.”
How do you define elegance?
“Only what is needed, nothing superfluous. Style that is organic and in harmony with one’s inner self.”
Do you believe elegance can be taught?
“Yes! I think we can each learn to find our own kind of elegance, and it won’t be the same for everyone.”
What advice do you have for older women who desire to be more elegant later in life?
“Invest in the best quality you can afford. Find your best styles and colors and stick with them, but try something new occasionally if it intrigues you. There is no one “must-have” item for every woman, so don’t feel you should have a white shirt or trench or whatever if it doesn’t feel right for you.”
What is your biggest dream right now?
“Aside from resuming travel, I’m hoping to be trained to do color and style analysis to help more women find their best look.”
MEETING ELEGANT WOMEN
I hope you have been inspired like I have by meeting these elegant women. I have another super chic lady to introduce to you next Friday. In case you have missed the other two, here are the links to their stories:
I agree with Susan that we are each learning to find our own kind of elegance…and that is what this series has been about…do you agree? Of course, tomorrow is WOULD YOU WEAR IT with me and Jennifer! Till then…
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