Bits and Pieces for the Old Girls! Accessories and Beauty Tawk for Friday!

Hi Girls. Happy Friday.  Whether you are having a hectic Easter  or a laid back one, or whether you don’t celebrate—have a great, great weekend.

Earlier this morning Bonaparte and I ventured out to run some errands on a cloudy and rainy morning. The weather was gray and cool and I wanted a bit of warm and a bit of bright.

I warmed myself up by wearing a scarf over a sleeveless maxi and topped it off with a denim jacket.  I hadn’t worn the scarf in a long time. In fact, it’s been well over a year that I’ve worn it. But the scarf has a nice boho vibe. And just enough boho to be age-appropriate for the “older woman” without appearing costumulicious.

Wearing the scarf

My Antik  Batik scarf worn with a black maxi dress and denim jacket!

But there is something about this scarf that is special.  It’s about 11 years old.  It was a gift from Bonaparte’s aunt, Danièle.   The first time I met her, we went shopping at Galeries Lafayette. She insisted on purchasing this scarf for me—I was almost taken aback at her generosity. The scarf cost over 150 euros—and that was quite some time ago. It was my first of many visits to Paris and to be with her.


Here’s a better photo of the scarf. It’s 100% wool–but it is sooooo light and sheer.  If you look closely, you can see how sheer it is.  The wool isn’t itchy either. As great as wool is, if it itches, I can’t wear it. How about you?

The brand, Antik Batik has been around since 1992 and definitely has a bohemian vibe!  They have some pretty cool stuff!  Since then, I’ve gone seasons where I’ve worn it a lot. Other seasons had this scarf in my drawer, cozy and comfy surrounded by other scarves.  I can wear it now and have crystal clear memories of Danièle, her larger-than-life personality, and all the great times we shared together!


Paris. Daniele's bulletin board at her office!

I’ll miss visiting Daniele in her office and miss the photos that graced the bulletin board across from her desk.

Me antoine daniele in paris 2010

We had a lot of fun together! Three oldsters being wild and crazy in the streets of Paris!

Remember to keep accessories—especially if they were given to you by someone special.  Those pieces that have a history are the best ones!

That was my warmth today. Having the lightweight wool around my neck also gave me a feeling of comfort and the little metallic discs brightened things up.

Speaking of brightening things up….I decided to go with a bright lip color today! 

After prepping my lips with my beloved Chapstick, I lined them with this teriffic liner by Mally. Lip Fence. This is a clear waxy stick that prevents bleeding. It really does!  I received this couple of weeks ago when I had my Mally makeover.

Mally Lip Fence

Mally Lip Fence. This lip liner can also double to keep brows in place. I’ve been getting a ton of use out of this!

To tell you the truth-I have a funny story for you.

I thought this was eyebrow wax and I was using it after I penciled in my brows with my Mally 24/7 brow pencil and powder.  After penciling, I would go over the brow with the Lip Fence and then dab the powder over it.  What can I say except this Lip Fence is a great multitasker!  I found out it was for lips when I went on Mally’s website!  Who knew?? But I love when stuff like that happens—don’t you?

 As I was saying, I wanted a brighter lip.  I decided to use a lipstick that I recently purchased by Wet ‘n Wild. At ninety-nine cents,  this lipstick is a find!  The color is 503C, Will You Be With Me? It’s also got a name in French on the label:  Seras-tu mon chéri?

Wet 'n Wild Lipstick-503 C Will You Be With Me.  Seras'tu mon Cheri

This Wet’nWild lipstick is a great find.  The color is a beautiful bright pink. Not neon, but truly pink!

 This lipstick glides on nicely. It’s creamy and not dry.  A good choice for a more mature mouth!  The finish is a bit of a cross between matte and satin.

Since I was in the mood for a bit of a shine, I applied iT Cosmetics Vitality Gloss Stain over the lipstick. The color is the sheer “Je Ne Sais Quoi” and   I like this because it looks like a very pale, pale pinky white in the tube but goes on very sheer and changes to a brighter pink tint.

It Cosmetics Vitality Gloss Stain

I’m a fan of the iT cosmetics lip products and this one in particular!  Je Ne Sais Quoi is a great color. I have this in stick form as well. Very hydrating.

I’ll tell you, it takes a village of lip products to make those older lips look pretty—but it works!  

See how nice the lip colors all look?  Bright but not neon bright. I think this is a great color for we older ladies.  See how the Lip Fence keeps the color where it is supposed to stay?

Well, that’s about it for today! I’m going to try to organize around the house.  It’s a chore!

Oh! I almost forgot!  Old Navy has discontinued THE greatest tee on the face of the earth. The Fitted Tee, short sleeved and crew necked is no longer available in the stores. They are selling the remaining ones online. Let me tell you how pissed I am about this. I wrote a review asking why the hell they discontinued a perfectly great tee.  Well, the review wasn’t published but I did receive an email from customer service telling me that they are looking into the matter with the merchant.  The drama continues!

The packaging was fine. I’m glad ON sent this in plastic upon plastic–I would not want  a wet cardboard box due to all the rain.  For an even better fit, order down a size! Old Navy has these shirts on their site for $7.00. 

This tee is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% polyester, giving it a nice fit that doesn’t lose shape–even after multiple washings.  I ordered a few and received them yesterday.

Old Navy fitted t with maxi skirt

I’m telling you, this IS a perfect fit!!

When it comes to memories of people you love, I always thing of this song by Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends—it’s very sweet. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!




About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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14 Responses to Bits and Pieces for the Old Girls! Accessories and Beauty Tawk for Friday!

  1. spearfruit says:

    Wonderful fashion sense as usual Catherine. Happy Friday to you and Bonaparte! 🙂

  2. Happy Easter Weekend Beautiful!!! the throwback pic…you always look MAVALOUS!!! 😘😘😘

  3. hipchick66 says:

    Happy Easter! The lips are gorgeous, and I love your scarf story. I have a special scarf too. It’s a beautiful deep red, the last gift my Dad bought for me a few weeks before he died. I’ll never part with it!
    So sad that they discontinued your favorite tee, why do they do that? Received part of my Old Navy order today and they sent the wrong sandals, so I re-ordered the correct sandals and I may keep these too. Haven’t gotten the maxi yet.
    By the way, I sent an email to you a few days ago at the address you have listed under contact me

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Lori. Oh shit. I didn’t get the email. I may have deleted it in error. Can you resend it? Nothing like ordering something and they send you the wrong item–I hope you are sent the correct dress! But yeah, isn’t it important when someone you love gives you a gift that you can wear forever? It’s so meaningful. I have a sweater from my dad that I won’t ever get rid of. Have a great Easter! XOXOXO!!!

  4. This is a great post Cathe. I enjoyed the fashion-corner, of course, but even more so the part about Danièle Delorme. What a great lady she was! I followed the link you included and read the other post you wrote when she passed away. I had missed it somehow! I was inspired by your recent story about “finding the perfect trench coat.” I just returned from NYC and found mine at Banana Republic – though I could not help and walk past the Burberry boutique in Soho several times and look longingly at the iconic Heritage Trench! 😉 Bon weekend. Amitiés à Bonaparte. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

    • Catherine says:

      Bonjour Veronique. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! You’re back from NYC already? I hope you enjoyed my home town and I’m glad you found that perfect trench! Oh. Did you read the parts two and three about that weekend of Daniele’s funeral? We both miss her so much. That’s why we are bypassing Paris this summer. Bonaparte isn’t quite ready to go back–we’ll be spending our time in Theoule instead! Have a great weekend and welcome back! XOXOXO!!

  5. calensariel says:

    I’ve developed a love for scarves the last couple winters. Yours was lovely.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Lady Calen. Scarves are one of the greatest accessories because they are also useful in keeping warm!!! I thank you on the compliment for my most sentimental scarf! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. deborah narron says:

    I’ve been looking at makeup tutorials for days, just turned 60. Went to the drugstore yesterday and asked the lady if she was a cosmetologist and she said yes but she didn’t graduate. She didn’t know zip about makeup. Couldn’t even put her own on. I was so bummed today until I found your blog. You had me cracking up. You are great. Thanks so much!

  7. Flavor619 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your site. Thanks for giving me pointers for older women and entertainment for an hour.

    • Catherine says:

      Flavor!! THANK YOU!!!! It is my duty to entertain–especially the older woman because we are basically ignored or patronized. I keep it real. Real Wrinkles. Real Ripples. Real Lines. Real fake hair!! XOXOXOXOXOXO!!!!

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