Saturday miscellany: what’s new chez nous & more

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We’ll mostly be staying put this summer (and for the rest of the year, except for some short trips) but have already been noodling when and where we’d like to travel next year. Paris will be included in the itinerary, bien sûr!

Looking toward the exterior of the Louvre Museum in Paris from Jardin des Tuileries.

A few questions I’ve been asked lately…

You’re not French! Why does your blog have a French name?

A few people have asked this in recent weeks, and since I’ve been writing this blog for over 15 years, the origins may have been lost in the shuffle. So I thought I’d explain for those who weren’t there at the beginning.

I’ve always been a Francophile, and when I launched this blog in 2007, I was a few weeks out from realizing a lifelong dream of visiting Paris. It was not only my first time in Paris, but my first time traveling to Europe. At the time I was obsessed with All Things French: style, culture, food, history, and art. I chose the name une femme d’un certain âge partly tongue in cheek, and partly to reflect that focus.

In 2007, I’d also just turned 50, and was navigating a changing body, and relaxed dress codes at my corporate job. I was struggling to find clothing that fit and that I’d actually want to wear. I’ve always been interested in fashion and style, but had few friends or family who shared that interest. Online, most of the style blogs seemed to be geared toward women under 30. So I thought I’d start a conversation about style over 50, and see who chimed in. 15 years later, the conversation is still going!

A few times in recent years I’ve thought about re-branding and re-naming the blog to encompass the broader direction it’s taken. Maybe I will someday, but for now, une femme it remains.

How tall are you? What size do you wear?

I’m a shorty: 5 feet, 1 inch. I usually wear US sizes 4, 6, or 27 or 28 in jeans, Petite Small when it’s available. (Sometimes, larger or smaller depending on the cut of the garment.)

Why don’t you wear more dresses/special occasion/business attire/etc.?

When it comes to my own outfit posts, almost everything I show are pieces I’ve purchased myself, for my personal use. I don’t have access to a Fashion Closet somewhere, and because I so often have to alter clothing to fit my shorter frame, borrowing and returning isn’t feasible.

I occasionally receive gifted items, which I’ll always disclose. If you don’t see “(gifted)” or “(c/o)” after the item description, you can assume it’s something I purchased myself.

Our lifestyle is mostly casual, likewise for our family and friends. We don’t attend galas or fancy dress events. Many of you have mentioned that you have special events coming up, so I’m keeping my eyes open for options that won’t be One Hit Wonders.

👉 Looking for something specific? Be sure to visit The Style Hub, where you can search articles by topic. And if you’re looking for travel wardrobe tips and ideas, come check out my Travel Wardrobe Resource Hub.

But I realize I can’t address every style need here, so will take this opportunity to give a shoutout to some of my blogger friends.

Meet Bella!

Meet Bella! She's the latest member of the family, adopted from our local shelter.

We hadn’t set out to adopt another dog so soon, truly. But when this face ☝️ popped up on the Instagram feed for a local shelter adoption site, I had to meet her. Le Monsieur and I both fell in love immediately, and brought her home the same day. She’s been with us a couple of weeks now and is settling in well. We’ve named her Bella.

Bella, doing her Land Seal impression...

She’s about a year old, and still has a lot of puppy energy. (She doesn’t like to hold still for photos…) We think she’s a Dachshund mix, maybe some Pomeranian, maybe some Chihuahua. She’s the sweetest girl and has become very attached to us. She still needs some socialization training, so we’ll be working with a trainer in the near future. But she’s a doll and we are smitten!

Bella sez gimme treats!

We still haven’t given up on finding Gigi. We’ve concentrated our search online, and I’ve continued to post notices on lost pet sites, and check found pets. I tried a couple of those “pet detective” folks right after we returned home, but they said that after a couple of weeks without any sightings, they couldn’t do much to help. I continue to hope that she’s being loved and cared for, and still miss her.

How’s your weekend shaping up?

Stay in touch.

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