The Greatest Clutch Bag for Summer 2017. And a Great Mommy and Meekend!

I’ll get to the greatest clutch in a little bit. Trust me, this little bag is greatness!

But first, let me tap into the weekend. You know how when things go wrong sometimes it’s just a domino effect? So, let me start.

You know how when things go wrong sometimes it’s just a domino effect that piles up?  A coupla things happened.

Something happened to my tooth. I woke up Thursday with a throbbing pain on the right side of my face that went from my ear to my jaw.   And naturally, me, thinking I’m a dental school graduate, decided to poke around in my mouth.

When I touched one of my back molars I just about jumped through the roof of the Chateau!  My self-diagnosis was that I cracked my tooth whilst grinding my teeth during my slumber.

I can safely say that Curly and I have the same reaction!

And it didn’t get better.  So from Thursday on I’ve been living on Advil, Anbesol and some no-name numbing lotion for my teeth.  This is not the best way to live when one of your grown children is coming to visit. Especially when you have been looking forward to your daughter’s visit for a long, long time!

The plan on Friday was for Oona to fly into LaGuardia.  She was going to grab a quick dinner with her dad and then head onto the train for Philly.  Bonaparte and I were to pick her up at 10:30 Friday evening.

Are you still with me?

It rained Friday. Actually, it was an all-day downpour. No. It was more like the monsoon. And Oona’s flight to LaGuardia was cancelled.

But….she was lucky enough to get rerouted on a direct flight to Philly and we were able to pick her up at the airport earlier than anticipated!

A lesson in how bad things that happen can turn out to be very good things.

Who knew that a monsoon of a rainy day and a cancelled flight would make the day turn around to a much better one!!

Saturday was a very “Mommy and Me” day. We both had haircuts (and I had my roots done) by Adam and then it was manicure time at the nail salon.

We both had haircuts.  I was able to wear my bio hair all by itself.  Oona had a few inches taken off. She has a great head of hair!

It was all very good because we were going out to a local French restaurant that evening.  I really, really wanted to enjoy my dinner so I was popping Advil like those little dot candies on the long strips of paper. The throbbing, pulsating pain in my mouth would not go away!

In reality, it would be far better if Advil came on strips like this, I could just carry them in my purse and bite them off the paper every ten minutes!

We had dinner at Sips. We’ve gone to this restaurant a few times. And each time we went, we had a great meal. The kids love the place. I love the place. Bonaparte likes the place.

Thank God the wine was good! Because everything else was a disappointment. And I feel awful about that because this restaurant was always so wonderful.

I dunno what happened by the meal turned out to be horrible.  I’m not kidding. The only part of the meal that was great was the company. The appetizers were fine. Both Bonaparte and Oona ordered steak that was too well done.  One of the reasons I rarely order steak at a restaurant. I like it blue!  I had crab cakes that were way, way over seasoned. Dessert—well the cake tasted like a cake that you would buy at a discount grocery store.

Escargot.  I don’t know why these little buggers aren’t served in shells anymore..

My appetizer of Baby Octopus over Hummus. I wish I had ordered a huge portion of this for my dinner.  This was very good despite the remainder of the dinner!

We couldn’t figure out what was worse. The food or the fact that when Oona very politely-bordering-on-timidly mentioned to the waiter that she ordered her steak medium rare and it was well done.  He told her to cut into the center of the steak. Who says that???  He took the steak back.

You said WHAT to my daughter?  It’s a good thing the waiter took that overcooked steak back.

It was a sad moment because we always liked Sips but the quality of the meal was so sub-par that I think it’ll be a long time until our return. I don’t like when good restaurants turn bad.

But the good thing is that we were able to spend time together and have some good wine and great conversation. So, the evening was not a total loss!

Yesterday was fun day.  Oona and I went to the movies. We saw…

OuOOTD from yesterday.  I love Oona’s taste in clothing. She’s a bit more edgy than I am and she has a great sense of style.  Skinny jeans with a loose Boho Tee, a Moto jacket and a tassel necklace.  Her shoes are flats from J. Crew. I went with a casual mom look. Skinny jeans, sneakers, a loose sweater and plaid shirt. 

Beauty and the Beast!

The music, the visuals, the special effects, the story, the costumes, the actors–it all made for a great escape!  I want to see this movie again. And again. And again. And I’m not a huge Disney fan either but this was amazing!

It was GREAT!!! Emma Watson was fantastic as Belle and the best surprise was Kevin Kline as Maurice, her father. It was much better than the animated version and there was a bit of darkness to it.  Although not as dark as the Jean Cocteau version.

Jean Cocteau’s version of  La Belle a La Bete was the darkest version of this tale but it was also the most dramatic.  Jean Marias’ Beast performance as Beast was very moving.

After the movie, Oona and I took a trip to the mall

And that is where I found it.  In the mall. At Francesca’s.

Although I don’t frequent this store, the accessories and trendy jewely are perfect for summer!

The greatest, summertime, adorable, lightweight, roomy, cutest, most wonderful bag for women from 20 to 90 years old!

Have you ever been to Francesca’s?  I’ll admit. I haven’t. It doesn’t seem to be my type of shop.  The clothing is a bit too Boho for me. But …

The costume jewelry and tote bags for the summer were just so darned happy and bright and fun!!!

Inexpensive, colorful and fun jewelry for the summer.

I can’t tell you how much I love this little clutch bag. Francesca’s was having a “buy-one-get-one-for-60%-off” sale.  I ended up buying one for me and one for Oona!

This bag is so stinking adorable that I  cannot hold my glee inside.  DO you have any idea how difficult it is to find a navy bag–let alone a fun clutch for the summer? At $22, this is a great bargain. And those pom-poms!

Whaddya think? Is this bag great or what?? This is the summer bag. It can go to the beach, out to dinner for a bit of a dress up, the movies–anywhere! 

It snaps shut and the snap is sewn in very sturdy.

There’s enough room for my over-stuffed wallet, a phone, a comb and lipstick.

And with those little pom-poms, it’ll match any outfit! I’m dying here!

It’s a nice size too. Not too big, not too small. It’s just right!

The bag almost made me forget about my pained tooth.

The time together was way too short.  We really had a wonderful time talking about Oona’s life in Cincinnati, her job, her boyfriend and we binge-watched TV on our down time.

She left this morning for meetings in NYC.  I’m proud of my daughter. She’s a very independent woman and I’m glad she is her own person and a strong woman.  She’s a good girl! We had the best “Mommy and Meekend” (get it? Mommy and me–weekend?)

See our earrings?  Bauble Bar now has a jewelry line that is being sold at Target.  Aren’t they adorable?

The earrings match the pom-poms on the clutch bag!

As for me, I went to the dentist this afternoon.  My self-diagnosis was incorrect. I did not crack my tooth.

The pain is because I’ve got some gum issues.  I also have to stop grinding my teeth.  I have three teeny cavities that need to be filled.  I’ll be visiting a periodontist first—if my medical insurance allows. And I’ll get the little cavities filled.

Mother’s little helpers better get rid of this throbbing!

But for now, I’ll enjoy the antibiotics and the pain relievers that the dentist prescribed. But I do take my medications seriously and cautiously. I asked the pharmacist if it was OK for me to take my medication before wine. And not wanting to sound like a lush, I did mention that I only drink wine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   She said it was better for me to not indulge. We’ll see about that one.

There is no worse pain than a toothache–or the pain when your kids leave the homestead.

Do  you remember the Dave Clark Five? Do you remember this song “Having a Wild Weekend”?  had quite the wild weekend too. In a wildly wonderful way!

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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32 Responses to The Greatest Clutch Bag for Summer 2017. And a Great Mommy and Meekend!

  1. You and your daughter are so cute! I loved this post. We are so blessed to have girls! Hope you are feeling better! I love Francesca’s! Such cute stuff! – Amy

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Amy (I am so tempted to call you Ames, because I feel as though we are friends who know each other!), My tooth is much, much better. Medication and the dentist helped! I’ll tell you I’m going to go back to Francesca’s for some summer accessories!! XOxOxOXO

  2. Deborah I Malinoski says:

    That bag is ADORABLE!!!!!!! I have a family wedding reception in a couple of weeks and I am planning on wearing a black maxi dress—-I may have to run over to Francescas and pick one up. I LOVE things that can be dressed up or down and used in so many many different situations, Thanks for the information and inspiration.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Deborah! Oh..Oh…Oh…Nordstrom also has a great little clutch. It’s silver and costs $25. It also has a chain so when you are at a wedding or similar event, you can wear the bag over your shoulder whilst enjoying that glass of wine in one hand and holding that plate of appetizers in the other!! But that clutch with the pom-poms. I can’t even–I’m so glad that I bought one for Oona too!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

      • Deborah I Malinoski says:

        Thanks for the tip, I will be checking that out! I LOVE metallic accessories — so versatile! Right now I have a real mess going on with this outfit—I’m ALL over the place! For some reason I have fixated on making my new JJill black maxi dress work for this April 14th evening wedding reception. Then, I fell in love with the most adorable taupe wedge sandals by Franco Sarto from DSW. (They are so comfortable and yet add about four inches to my height which I desperately need as I am surrounded by giants!) Now, I am DETERMINED to incorporate them into the outfit—all common sense to the contrary! Wish me luck!

  3. Susie says:

    Thank goodness that you were able to feel well enough to go out and have a good time with your daughter during her visit. I am sorry that your teeth/gums were giving you such pain. Hopefully, the meds will work very quickly and will make the pain stop. I wish you could have a do-over of the weekend with your daughter but without the toothache.

    The purse that you bought was really cute. Love the little pom poms on it.

    My whole life I have had a phobia of dentists, but that was until I had my first toothache when I broke a wisdom tooth point off. I couldn’t get in fast enough to see the dentist then. Apparently my toothache pain phobia is 100 times worse than my dental phobia.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Susie! Ahhhhhhh…breaking a wisdom tooth. Oh…I was asleep when my wisdom teeth were pulled. I think the oral surgeon was happy that I was put down! This visit was terrific–regardless of the tooth pain. I’m feeling much better and took this as a warning sign that I need to visit the dentist on a more regular basis! Those pom-poms are just adorable!! XOXOXOxO!!!

  4. Nancy says:

    As someone who has had dental issues all my life–and I mean since I’ve had teeth–I can sympathize so much with you. Seriously, my first dentist in Upstate NY was a mean, mean man with a German surname who I absolutely KNOW was a fugitive from Nuremburg (the timing is right, I tell myself–it was about 1960…). I think there’s a root canal in every tooth in my mouth, so I know the pain. A few years ago, I awoke as you did with throbbing pain sure I was headed for another dental procedure, when it turned out to be some kind of teeny no ‘count seed lodged in my gum. Wow. I thought, all that suffering for something so relatively minor?!?! Wtf? You are a trooper.
    The clutch bag is adorable, and looks so good with your stuff. Alas,I could only entertain having it IF it had a bigass shoulder strap and was three times the size, and then it wouldn’t be a clutch anymore (it would be a “much” bag–get it? Lame joke. Yeah, I know. It’s late.) But I love the bag.
    Sounds like you had a great weekend despite monsoons, airline hijinks, dental shenanigans, and bad restaurants. Thank God for wine! (But do be careful with the meds w/merlot–that could be very dangerous,
    Anyway, glad your mouth is better and that you have a new bag. Isn’t it cool how finding a perfect accessory ( like bag and earrings, for example) can make your day/weekend? Thanks for making me laugh on a Monday,

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Nancy! You know–the weird thing is after the x-rays and the gum business with the periodontist stufff, my tooth doesn’t hurt anymore. I think he may have taken something out of my gum too. But, I’m a bit loopy from the medicine so who knows!
      Oh–that bag, I can’t stop looking at it because it is so darn cute!! I don’t consider myself much of an accessory person but the pom-pom trend is tugging at me!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  5. junedesilva says:

    I LOVE that bag – there’s something about pompoms, isn’t there? It’s very disappointing when a good restaurant turns bad, too. Sounds as if your weekend with your daughter was lovely. My eldest son & his girlfriend are coming to stay with us, in our French home, next week. Cant wait! They havent seen it yet. Our youngest son is returning home too, in a couple of weeks, after three months, as a volunteer, on a shark conservation project on a Fijian island. Contact has been limited, so I can’t wait to see him. Kids, eh?!

    • Catherine says:

      June! Your son and his girlfriend are going to have a great time in that French home!!! That’s going to be great!! But your youngest son–with the sharks–THAT is bravery!!
      Yeah–kids–and we never stop being parents–even when they are adults they are still our kids!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Q.D says:

    The clutch is adorable! It is currently hitting tops of 14 degrees where I live in Australia (it is MUCH too early for winter!) and those pom poms would keep me smiling even in the torrential freezing rain!

    • Catherine says:

      Q. That’s right. Your seasons are the opposite of ours, while we are SUPPOSED to be heading into the warmer weather….I need a clutch like that because I can dream of the weather that is supposed to be warming. I’m becoming impatient!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  7. KB says:

    I’m sorry about the tooth pain…that is awful when you’re trying to enjoy yourself. And it’s hard not to think about summer clothing and things right now, right? I feel like unpacking my warm weather wardrobe and just shivering it out until summer is really here. Cute clutch. It’s hard to find one just the right size!

    • Catherine says:

      KB. I’ll tell you, that clutch is a great size. So many of those clutches hold nothing at all! this is surprisingly roomy. I’m ready to get the summer clothing out–but not ready to shave my legs every day. I’m still in lazy mode!!! XOXOxOxO!!!

  8. Charlotte says:

    Need to check out Target and those adorable earrings! Have a great week.

    • Catherine says:

      Charlotte. The earrings come in a bunch of colors too. I’m diggin’ that bauble bar for target!!! You have a great week too!! XoXOXOxO!!!

  9. patricia blaettler says:

    omg, me too! I thought I cracked a tooth out to dinner last week. My dentist can’t find a crack in a filling or a tooth. So first option is to use Sensodyne, if that doesn’t help, it’s maybe another root canal? He’s been my dentist for 30 years and I trust him absolutely, which is nice. But toothaches are NO BUENO.

    • Catherine says:

      Patricia. Ugh. Toothaches are the worst because of that constant throbbing. I would rather have permanent gas pains than a toothache. Then it goes to your ear and jaw. Eww. At least gas stays in your stomach and there is an end result when you get rid of it. Toothahes linger! I hope you do not have to get another root canal!!! XOxOXOXOXO

  10. doodletllc says:

    The cutest of cute posts…can’t wait to do all your Meekend activities with my girls…especially Beauty and the Beast…yes, too stinkin’ cute. 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jeanne. I’m praying for your daughter. And I’m praying that you have a fun Meekend soon. Your daughters and you will LOVE Beauty and the Beast!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  11. Sandra says:

    Sorry to hear about your toothache, but it sounds as though a visit from your daughter and the lovely clutch bag eased your pain! Feel better soon.

  12. mareymercy says:

    This is hilarious – I am about to write a blog post including my love of Bauble Bar’s pom-pom accessories, and here you are writing about a purse with pom-poms on it AND Bauble Bar jewelry! I just love them!

    Your post also reminds me I have some teeth the dentist wanted me to ‘fill’ or something before they became cavities…maybe I will do that this summer. tooth pain is the worst!

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  14. Yvonne says:

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend with your beautiful daughter and such a shame about the dinner. I love pom poms and love the bag. I saw Trainspotting 2 and liked it a lot. It’s still grim even though the location has shifted from gritty Glasgow to traditional Edinburgh. Great sound track. Cheers

  15. LA CONTESSA says:

    I loved the bit about how you and the kids LOVED the restaurant but MISTER B. only liked it at the beginning!I cannot even get THE ITALIAN To go out HERE!!!!!!!!!
    I Fixed my password ALL GOOD NOW!

    • Catherine says:

      Hahahahaha. Elizabeth. It’s so true!!! LOL. He’s so French!!! He’ll find a million things wrong–while savoring every morsel!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  16. Deborah I Malinoski says:

    Just discovered the a site called stella&dot and an adorable summer clutch, the Taj. I haven’t ordered anything yet but am having so much fun window shopping! I thought you would like the clutch —a fun one like the one you got from Francescas!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Deb. I have a few bracelets from Stella & Dot! The stuff is adorable. I’m going to check the site out! Thanks for the heads up! XOXOXOXO!!!

  17. Rebecca says:

    Hi just wanted to mention two things – I’m 61 and I use it foundation. It’s the only one that does not cake up in all the crevices. Also I suffer from hair loss and I take fenestride and use rogain for women and take vitamin d and biotin. The fenestride is prescription but s good dermatologist will set u up! The rest is over the counter.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Rebecca! O.M.G.!!! I am now ridiculously intrigued with iT foundation. I cannot believe athe number of positive comments that foundation has received! I’ve tried Rogaine in the past and unfortunately, it did nothing for me. You are lucky that it works for you! Keep using it! XOXOXOXO

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