Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shopping in Asheville

The sun came out and the weather was beautiful on this Saturday. That means it was a perfect day to go shopping!

With temperatures in the fifties, a blazer, and a scarf was all we needed for outerwear.

We stopped at the North Carolina rest stop on the way to Asheville just to enjoy the sunshine and the majestic view of the mountains. 

Carmel's in the Grove Arcade is one of our favorite places to stop for an early afternoon treat of their yummy spicy pimento cheese.

A yearly ritual for us includes going to the annual clearance sales at Dillard's in the Asheville Mall. We stopped by the men's store where I tried on this fun men's hat. I didn't buy it but it sure was cute!

This is a happy woman! There was a three-day sale which included 40% off their already reduced prices. I bought three pairs of shoes, a white blouse, and four jackets. The total was less than $220!

One of the things I love to do in any city is to drive through the older neighborhoods to look at the houses. Biltmore Forest is a village outside of Asheville which was built on land from part of the original Biltmore estate. 

We watched this house being built a few years ago and it remains one of our favorites.

Looking up from one of the well-manicured holes of the golf course you can just see the top portion of this fabulous home.

This is another newer home. My guess is that wing to the left houses an indoor swimming pool.

Have you ever seen a more artistic mailbox?

Before dinner, we stopped to visit the Blue Spiral Gallery to see my friend Coralie Tweed's collection of beautiful paintings.

We had a wonderful dinner at our favorite vegetarian restaurant in town, The Laughing Seed Cafe. This is carrot cake done the vegetarian way. It was awesome!

Today I wore a fuchsia V-neck long sleeve tee which I found on sale at T.J.Maxx earlier in the week. The darker fuchsia scarf is from Target. The blue blazer is old. The Platinum straight leg jeans are from Chico's. The boots are old from Stein Mart. The bag is by Michael Kors via T.J.Maxx. My moisturizer and almost all of the makeup I am wearing is from Merle Norman Cosmetics. Lip gloss is Plush Plum Colour Riche Balm L’Oréal Paris.

Thank you for reading my blog and for joining me on this fun journey through midlife and beyond.


Sandra said...

You look fabulous and your hair looks wonderful too (love the photo at the art gallery from the side).

Of course color people want to know the color of your lipstick? :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had fun! I'm glad to see sunny skies because I'm driving east with a girlfriend (San Diego to Philly) and am a bit concerned about the crazy weather ahead of us. We'll be stopping in Asheville based on your blog. It sounds so beautiful. We'll check out that vegetarian restaurant.

Susan said...

Plush Plum is the color of my lip balm.

Betty-SC said...

You look darned cute in that hat! Love seeings those NC mountains. Such pretty houses. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your haul!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Loved this post so much, Susan! The pop of gorgeous color in the scarf...the shopping...the hat you look amazing in...the homes...the gallery...the cake...what a great day and you look lovely!!

Donna said...

What a gorgeous day! I'm so jealous of your fabulous day as we are still in the deep freeze here in Indy. You do look fab in the hat! No Sister Bad Habit?

Anonymous said...

You have such wonderful teeth - they make you look younger. Sheila UK

Asheville Maya said...

What a chic casual look! I love the pop of color that your scarf adds to the outfit, and the polish of the heeled boots. Also sounds like you had an amazing day! I work for the brand new boutique hotel, The Windsor Asheville, and since you like food and the arts, I thought I'd invite you to our grand opening! It will be on May 20th from 4pm to 6pm, and we'll have wine, food catered by four delicious local places, and live music. Hope to see you and your friends there! (Perhaps rocking one of your new Dillards finds?)