The Long and Short of It.

Hi, all -- I haven't been around as much as I'd like, but I'm following along and hope to be able to contribute more meaningfully soon! 

I haven't made a lot of purchases this autumn, but I did just have an outing and wore actual booties for a change! Wow! It felt amazing! 

If I could find a better quality light grey sweater that won't pill like this one from BR, purchased last year and driving me nuts ever since (OY!!) I would be so delighted. Taking all leads.... as you can see from two photos featuring the same item, this type of sweater is a wardrobe essential for me. 

Also, new hair! I'm back to a short pixie. It had been four months between cuts!! 

In other news, I should have my full length mirror up within the week! Yippee! 

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  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    Sweet outfits, Suz.  Can you talk about that great scarf in the second set of pics?  It’s gorgeous!

  • SarahD8 replied 1 year ago

    Ooh that pattern mixing with the stripes and scarf is fab! I like your new 'do.

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    You look terrific Suz and the scarf is really really good.  I like your hair both ways!

    My light grey merino from Standard Issue was super useful and comfortable and easy to care for. 

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    Really nice!  I love the scarf, too!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Carla, the scarf was an H&M item about...mmmm, maybe 5 years back? A bunch of us (Janet, me, LisaP, and a few more) bought a blouse in the same pattern. And I made it a "twinset" with the scarf. The blouse is long gone but the scarf will live forever! 

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    Gotcha!  She’s a beauty, Suz.  Thanks.

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    It is so lovely to see you and your short pixie is beautiful. This is a masterclass in how to combine two wardrobe neutrals, navy and grey. I hope you find that perfect light grey cardigan.

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    You look fabulous! Great to see you.

  • kellygirl replied 1 year ago

    You look fantastic, Suz! I love your pixie--it suits you so! Happy dance that you will have a full length mirror soon. Miss seeing  your WIWs!

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    The short pixie is so much more you than the longer one. I do think there are some people who are more themselves with short hair. Am I projecting a bit? :) 
    Looking forward to the mirror selfies!

  • replied 1 year ago

    Great cut ! And I agree with all others in that the pattern mixing here is terrific . That H&M pattern never fails to amazing me , and make me regret passing along the blouse too soon .

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Pretty hair - love short pixie! More love for scarf and your printed blouse - fab pieces!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    The short pixie makes your beautiful eyes look huge. I like the pattern mixing of the striped top and the pattered scarf. If you find a good replacement for your light grey cardigan, let us know.

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    Wow! Love pic 4 especially. So vibrant! It can’t just be the lipstick, surely?!

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    Lovely outfits. Your hair is looking super! It’s a great scarf and looks great with the stripes.

  • bella replied 1 year ago

    It's great to see you. You lool super polished as always. 

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    High style! I’m impressed how you’re keeping it strong in these crazy times!

  • Jessikams replied 1 year ago

    I have a similar-looking long gray cardigan and it also pills HORRIBLY in the area where my purse rubs on my hip.  TOO annoying.

  • Roxanna replied 1 year ago

    Suz - I splurge every year on a long, thick knit cashmere cardigan from Club Monaco and every single one has stood the test of time (not pilled or developed holes.) they are quite the investment but they do hold up - I have a long grey cardigan with jet buttons that I’ve had for at least ten years. Maybe give them a look?

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    New hair is absolutely KILLER STUNNING, sweet Suz. You are Queen Silver Pixie! (Longer version looked pretty too).

    *happy dance about the full length mirror"

    You look sensational! Glad your boots boosted you :)

    I'm with Roxanna. Try CM for the grey cardigan.

  • replied 1 year ago

    Wow so pretty and so current! Such adept pattern mixing too,  I love the stripes with the scarf!

  • unfrumped replied 1 year ago

    Love the haircut!

    No ideas on the cardigan. There are so many out there and so hard to tell how they might hold up- good luck!

    Scarf is great-/ and a good inspiration to continue my scarf editing. There are some that years old and still work better than newer ones, so I’m trying to learn my lessons on why, what not to buy, what is worth grabbing when it turns up.

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    I ve got scarf envy too!

  • Sheryl replied 1 year ago

    Try Woolovers for the cardigan.  It's interesting - it is suddenly seeming much more difficult to find cooler neutrals at retail.

  • Inge replied 1 year ago

    The gorgeous scarf, the blue and grey combo, your shorter pixie, the stripes. I loooooove it all!!!!-)

  • Cee replied 1 year ago

    Does anyone remember when cardigans had kevlar like patches on the elbows ? ...Good times !

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Cee, I'll bet some Grandpa cardigans still have that! In this case the pilling is more on the arms. Or where my bag per Jessikams. I use my fancy de-piller and it helps a little -- but so much work for so little reward, LOL. 

    Thank you, Inge -- and Angie, Rachy,  Bella, Brooklyn, Bijou, Shevia, JAileen, Sarah DB, Cardiff Girl, Phoebe, Sal, Joy, Kelly, LisaP. And anyone I might have missed! 

    Re the scarf, Unfrumped, one "culling" and "choosing" method that has mostly worked for me -- scarves that have a bit of white or light grey  in the pattern are a slam dunk for me as a rule. If there is no light neutral that works with my hair, then it should be a fantastic colour for me. So I do own a few scarves without white bits but they are in my best reds/ pinks/ magenta/ fuchsia tones. 

    Jenni, ha ha - I have the marvellous afternoon light to thank for that photo~~ it was exactly the way they say you are supposed to have it for a Zoom meeting, except how I could set my computer up to catch that light is, well, a technological mystery! 

    Sheryl and Roxanna and Angie -- thanks for those tips. CM does have a lovely cashmere cardi this year, but I checked it out in person and it is quite thin, so I don't think it would wear well. :( 

  • nemosmom replied 1 year ago

    LOVE your hair and your stripes! 

    Ugh, pilling knits are the WORST! I wish I had a recommendation for you :(  Both BR sweaters I bought last year were complete garbage. Completely ratted out and matty-looking in less than 10 wears... and cannot be saved with a shaver.

  • LaPed replied 1 year ago

    Wow, enviable scarf collection!! Hair looks super, and must feel great too. :)

  • Cee replied 1 year ago

    I accidentally dropped my grand dad's cardigan on my foot and walked with a limp for a month !

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    Hey, a blue and grey fabness here-so very simple, but still rich with the scarf(I still remember that H&M print-almost bought it too, but didn't find the blouse  in my size back then and was so sad)! YLF!

  • Staysfit replied 1 year ago

    Ugh!  Pilling sweaters!  I have vowed not to purchase any more Halogen wool or cashmere sweaters because they pill on me after the first wear and get progressively worse; I advise using caution if you are considering any.  Their cotton and linen sweaters seem to hold up well.
    Equipment’s wool and cashmere cardigans seem to last years and any pills that form are easily removed.  I pamper my long cardigans because they pill and snag more than my other knits.  I take them off and carry them separately when driving or wearing a winter coat so they don’t rub against the coat lining or seat belt. I also hike them up in back when I sit because pilling occurs when they rub against chairs if they are pulled tight around my bottom.  

    Your new pixie looks great!  I prefer it’s crispness with your facial features. 

    Looking forward to seeing more once you get your full length mirror!

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