the sunday brief | spring essentials

  1. Sue Williamson says:

    Im so thrilled to hear about traveling solo. I too am a widow of 7 years and have taken 2 trips to Alaska alone. I look forward to reading your advice. I need a vacation!!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      Alaska is on my bucket list! i think we all deserve a year-long vacation thanks to Covid… but I’ll take a freshly styled ‘do’
      and visiting my local nail salon.

  2. susan denton says:

    Sure I’m not the only 1 that LOVES the way you style clothes! BUT I need some help from you since I have a LOT of tops,bottoms & jackets & I want to just ‘shop my closet’ instead of buying new items so should I start with a jacket to assemble an outfit? What do you do?

    • Beth Djalali says:

      well, i always start with where i’m going. what’s the occasion? lunch with the girls? workday? then i focus
      on the weather. my Mom and i loved shopping our closets whether for our home or our outfits.
      thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Emily M. says:

    So glad I found your blog about a month ago – maybe this woman of a “certain age” can finally acquire some style!! Thank you so much for all your knowledge, style and fun you add to my life!

  4. Sangita M says:

    Hi Beth! I love your blog. The fashions and lifestyle have hit a cord with me. I lost my husband a few months before the Pandemic. During lock down, we were all in the same boat, but as things open up I need to navigate life solo and I can’t wait for your take on it all. You have been a tremendous support during this time for me and for that I am very grateful. God Bless you!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      we can do this, Sangita! maybe this isn’t the life we once had it’s up to us to write the next chapter. thanks so much for being here.

  5. Sandra B. says:

    I love your blog!!!
    All of your topics are interesting to me!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Janice Lewis says:

    I appreciate your honesty about being a single person and needing to sometimes dine out or travel alone. I became single at 40 and didn’t remarry for 15 years. Along the way I became a very content single person, but it definitely took some figuring out. Something that I will always remember is visiting a single friend and seeing a framed quote in her house that said, “I AM living happily every after.” That really helped me! Love your website!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      thanks for sharing! the single life does take some figuring out especially when you were part of a team for so long. life throws curveballs any chance it
      gets but it’s always about getting up to bat again. and I’ll keep slugging away. thanks for being here!

  7. Wendy says:

    Topic idea:
    1. Transition from work to retirement wardrobe
    2. Transition from office wear to work from home wear.
    3. Weekly feature of lower price point garment.
    Thanks for your consideration!

  8. Angie says:

    I’m going to Florida in early May and have noticed that you are wearing white – pants etc. Growing up in the Northeast, I learned that white was not to be worn until after Memorial Day and only until Labor Day. What are the rules down South?

  9. Tina says:

    Beth, I love all your topics. Fashion and otherwise. You are an interesting person and express yourself well. Personally, I am very interested in hearing about traveling solo. Although I’m married over 30 years, I sometimes travel and sightsee on my own. I’m not bothered by it but would enjoy any tips you may offer a woman traveling and sightseeing solo. Thank you!

  10. Jan says:

    Beth, I would appreciate any tips on dining alone and traveling alone.
    I have been a widow for eight years and sadly I’m not comfortable with either of those.
    Other aspects of my life are just fine.
    Thank you. I so enjoy your posts.

  11. June h says:

    I too became a widow a year and a half ago after 54 years of marriage. I have traveled and dined with my sister but would love ideas about traveling/dining alone. Love the idea of shopping from my closet. Ester Lauder is my “go to” face makeup. “Oribe” for my hair. Keep up the good work.

  12. Lindsey A says:

    I’m 42, married for almost 17 years, and have an 8 year old, but since my teens I’ve often (in my early – mid 20’s) or occasionally (when m y daughter was very little) eaten alone. While it’s not what I’d want to do every time – yay girlfriends! – I’ve always really enjoyed it.

    My tip is to go to a nice restaurant but sit at the bar, and always have a book or magazine with you. Magazines are actually perfect because you don’t need to use one of your hands to keep it open to the right page. So a book if you’re just having a drink, magazine if having food. Order a drink, appetizer and dessert, or a full meal, chat with the bartender a little (if it is not packed, the bartenders have more time for a little chit-chat than the wait staff do, plus that is more of the bar vibe too I’ve found), maybe strike up a conversation with the person closest to you too. But I’m generally grateful for the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail and read in peace!

  13. Sandy Andry says:

    Please do a post showing an outfit that DOESN’T work and tell us why. Thanks!!!

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