Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Column Dressing

Column dressing is using color to create a long slender illusion.

I often use this dressing technique to appear taller and slimmer. Choose a top and pants in the same color and a topper in another color. A topper can be a sweater, a jacket, vest or a blouse left mostly open or even a large scarf draped across your shoulders. 

Add accessories that tie into the color of your topper to look really polished and put together. Looking at the pieces already in your closet in a different way can often give you a new look.

Thank you for reading and for all your kind comments. I hope you have a great day.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Stroll Through Old Town

The oldest town in the state of Tennessee is Jonesborough. It is about seven miles from my home. Today Mickey and I went for a walk in the town square. It was an overcast day but a few of the pictures we took turned out

Jonesborough was founded in 1779, 17 years before Tennessee even became a state. Can you guess what those steps are for? They represent the steps that were once used to allow passengers to board the stagecoach as it stopped on its way through town. 

That's the courthouse behind me. 
Mickey's office was once located there.

 The town has many shops and restored homes. There is a town museum which includes a log cabin and a one room school-house. Jonesborough is the home to the International Storytelling Center, which holds the annual National Storytelling Festival on the first full weekend in October. 

 Today I wore a burgundy long sleeve tee with a waterfall cardigan from Ross in the same burgundy tone. The gray side zip pants are from Talbots. The short boots are Nichols from Belk. The bag is old by Nine West via T.J. Maxx. The statement necklace was a gift from Mickey a few years ago.

After a stroll about town in the cool air it was time for the short drive back to Johnson City for dinner at our favorite Carrabba's Italian Grill. We are such regulars there that members of the wait staff often come to our table to visit with us even when they are not our servers for the evening. 

We hope you have a great week! 
Thanks for reading about our fun weekend!

Window Shopping

After a week of snow and ice the sun finally showed up today! Early in the morning my neighborhood was encased in ice but the sun soon melted it all.

When the weather finally allowed safe passage, 
I was eager to leave my home for the first time in a few days.

Mickey took me out to lunch and we ran a few errands. 
It was so good to see sunshine!

I'm wearing straight leg heritage fit jeans and a white tunic blouse from Talbots with Ralph Lauren booties via T.J. Maxx. The red bag is Tahari via T.J. Maxx. The tunic length sweater is from Ross. The animal print chiffon scarf is old. Layering for warmth can be tricky because it adds so much bulk to our silhouettes. To balance this effect I wore the slimmest jeans I have with boots which have a higher heel.

There will be no outdoor dining today!

Isn't it wonderful to have a best friend? That's my sweet Mickey with me in this photo.

We both have a weakness for chocolate desserts. A couple of times a month we share one after a light lunch of salad. This way we don't have to totally give up life's small pleasures.

Thank you for reading
I hope you have a safe and happy day. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Sunny Sunday!

Mickey and I often take a drive over the mountains to Asheville, North Carolina. It's only about an hour from my house but there's so much to see and do there.


We walked around that corner behind me and into the artist owned Mystic Masala Gallery where I found a great necklace.

Many of the buildings in Asheville have an Art Deco design. This is the Flatiron Building and in front of it is this sculpture of an iron...

I'm wearing the new necklace here. The pants are Peck & Peck from Stein Mart. The denim blazer is old from Dillard's. The red long sleeve tee is from Talbots. The red bag is by Tahari and the booties are by Madden Girl.

On almost every corner there is a street performer.

This lady sounded so much like Tracy Chapman. 
They were all really good!

The Early Girl Eatery on Wall Street was made famous when Rachel Ray did a segment of one her shows here. We also had a great meal there today!

Your table is ready!  
(Mickey's piano keys scarf was the hit of the day. He got lots of compliments!)

We can never be this close to The Chocolate Fetish without stopping in for dessert.

 Awesome truffles to share!

 I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well. Thank you for reading my blog!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Hair Cut!

I was inspired by my sister's recent new hairstyle so I visited her stylist this week. After a couple of years of having the same look it's fun to change the lines a little. 

I have fine thinning naturally wavy hair which I allowed to go grey after I turned fifty.

The stylist called this a modified wedge.

This is a wash and go look that was styled wet and gently lifted at the roots with my fingers as it dried naturally while I applied my makeup. If I move it too much as it dries the result is frizz. I never have a lot of time to spend on such things so my cut needs to be one that works with my hair's natural tendencies

I like this cut because it provides a bit of sculpting at the nap of the neck since I never want to add bulk there. The crown is lifted and bangs are messy but not puffy. Bangs can either flatter your face or make you look stuck in the 1980's. This cut also flatters my round face and draws the eye upward.   

Thank you for reading my blog and for all your kind comments. I hope you have blue skies this week!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Warm Weather in January!

It was seventy-five degrees here in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina yesterday!

Mickey and I took a drive over the beautiful mountains to Asheville North Carolina yesterday. It was much more like a Spring day.

He sat patiently waiting for me while I shopped for hours. Our afternoon included a late lunch 'restaurant hop' through Asheville.  We had an appetizer at Carmels and then took a stroll down the street to have lunch outdoors at The Laughing Seed on Wall Street. After another stroll we had divine chocolate truffles at The Chocolate Fetish

I had to go looking through my closet for something cool to wear that didn't look too summery. These great fitting side zip pants are from Talbots. (I bought five pairs of this style of pants on the same day!) The off white tank is from Ruby Rd. at Dillard's. The cardigan is old from Target. The large square silk(like) scarf is from Ross. The sunglasses, short boots and bag are a few years old.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Animal Print Jacket

Life is finally getting back to normal after the holidays immediately followed by all the issues associated with launching a new web site for my company. I was so ready for this Friday date night!

This was such a busy day I didn't have time to do much more than touch up my makeup, change shoes and slip into this jacket. During the day I wore black low wedge shoes and a purple three quarter sleeve thin knit sweater.
The animal print jacket is made from a wonderful light weight metallic material. I wore it with a white silky tee and a tribal inspired necklace by Erica Lyons from Belk. The gray slacks are from Talbots. The evening bag is by Kenneth Cole Reaction. The shoes are BCBG. The large face watch is from Stein Mart

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Many Shades of Gray

The sky was many shades of gray today and so was my attire.

When our temperatures dip into the teens I would like nothing better than to sit by the fire and read for the evening. However, Mr. Mickey was taking me out to dinner so we were on our way out the door when these photos were snapped.

Sweater from Coldwater Creek. Black long sleeve tee from Chico's. Pants from Talbots. Necklace by Erica Lyons from Belk. Shoes are from a couple of years ago DSW. Evening purse from T.J. Maxx.

I hope you have a warm and cozy weekend! Thank you for reading.