Thursday, May 29, 2014

Drive Your British Car Night

Mr. Mickey sold his last Rolls Royce three years ago but we still enjoy attending the Drive Your British Car event at our favorite local restaurant, Gourmet & Company




This is Ben. He is Mr. Mickey's dear life long friend. Literally they were born while their parents lived across the street from each other and they have been the best of friends for their whole lives.



This beautiful lady is Heather. She is a very special part of the Gourmet & Company family. We love to see her sweet smile when we walk in.



We always look forward to this fun evening!




There are many beautiful cars on display and the owners are there to talk to along with vendors and lots of friends to visit with. Later we join the members of the British Car Club for dinner. 



I wore white jeans, a white tank top and a light weight silver cardigan from Chico's and a bold silver necklace along with those shoes I found at T.J.Maxx yesterday.




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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wear It Wednesday - Size Matters!

One of the most important elements of every outfit is one that is mostly hidden or invisible if it fits correctly. Never underestimate the importance of a bra that supports and fits well.



There was a threat of rain today and it was a cool morning so I wore jeans, a tank top and very light weight jacket. The tassel necklace and clothing are from Chico's and the shoes are from T.J.Maxx.

Now lets talk about how things can go wrong with this outfit. Fit is very important and it starts with the foundation. If the bra is too small it will be very uncomfortable all day, not to mention there will be unattractive spillage and pulling in all the wrong places. If I remove my jacket in the afternoon, do I really want this to be what people see? I think not!




Note that I am not nearly as thin as you thought I was. 
I dress to conceal and draw attention away from those jiggly bits and the muffin tops.




This bra is too small in the band and a cup size too small so I would never wear it at my current weight. As much or as little as five pounds gained or lost can mean a different bra size. If you haven't been fitted for a bra in a few years, I highly recommend it. Wearing the correct size makes a huge difference in your comfort and also how your clothes look. You will actually look thinner in the correct size.

While we are on the subject of bras, I can't think of one reason to ever buy a white bra. No matter what color you wear it with, it is going to show through your clothes. I have two colors: nude for almost daily wear and black to wear with darker colors.

Bras and panties should hug you, not cut into you. I never want to have VPL (visible panty lines) any more than I want a bra that takes center stage.


Now lets take a look at the correct size bra with a white tank top.



I am wearing Vanity Fair Beautiful Benefits Full Figure (Style #76-380).

  

Oh that's much better! Now you know why I almost always wear that third piece. 



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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

 We took a drive over the mountain to visit one of our favorite towns today. We enjoy the village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina very much.





I know from experience that it is normally about ten degrees cooler there so I wore a Chico's sweater from last year over my Simple Comfort Covered Perfectly top and Chico's cropped pants. The shoes are from BBGenration via Ross. The necklace was a long-ago gift from Mr. Mickey.




On our way out of town, we stopped by the VA to say, thank you. My emotions overwhelm me each time I stand on this hallowed ground. The tears are inevitable as I stand there surrounded by white stones and small flags as far as the eye can see.





Since my childhood, the view of Grandfather Mountain has been one of my favorites.




At the base of the Grandfather is Tynecastle which includes a village of shops, a bank, and restaurants. There are also fabulous summer homes built from stone which we occasionally catch a glimpse of. These incredible stone homes have a splendid view of the mountain. 




The village of Blowing Rock also has a few stone buildings.





Mr. Mickey loves to be the hero and buy jewelry for me. That bag holds a couple of new pairs of earrings including these.




The photo below was snapped on Main Street in front of the park.



I tried on this gorgeous Iradj Moini necklace from Finely House Couture.



 Now you know some of the many reasons why we love Blowing Rock so much. 

Along the drive back home we caught a glimpse of many waterfalls. I snapped this photo from the car because of all the rocks and moss with water dripping from it.




At first glance you would think this boulder had fallen onto the road, however, it has always been here in this curve.



A testament to the strong will to survive is this rhododendron that appears to be growing straight from the rock. 




We also enjoy stopping by the Grill at the Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club for a glass of wine while we take a break from the long drive home.




I love the buttery feel of Covered Perfectly tops. They are great for layering and the necklines are always flattering. They are also made in the USA! Use the promo code FNF20 to receive a 20% discount when you shop with Covered Perfectly

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Style Drama from Covered Perfectly

Have you tried the draped front top from Covered Perfectly?



Mr. Mickey and I had our normal dinner date on Friday evening so I decided to surprise him with a look that is a bit more daring than my usual.



I am wearing my new draped front top from Covered Perfectly with a very old layered sheer skirt from T.J.Maxx. The midi skirt has an uneven ruffled hem which are two things that are totally out of character for me.

The shoes are Chinese Laundry via Ross. The multicolored metals clutch bag is from a long ago market trip to Atlanta. The long dangle earrings and huge antique ring were gifts from Mr. Mickey.


When I wear black, I wear a brighter lip color and more intense eye makeup for evening. With the large dangle earrings, I chose not to wear a necklace because that would have been too much clutter in one place. Typically I wear this skirt with high heels but the platforms seemed more playful and modern with this draped top.

When you wear one column of color including unrelated pieces, mix the textures so that it looks more finished. For example, this top is made from sleek smooth material and the skirt is made from a sheer crepe layered fabric. Another example would be black jeans with a silky black tank top. When you combine two pieces of the same color and the same fabric it is normally too obvious that the colors do not match.

I love the buttery feel of Covered Perfectly tops. They are great for layering and the necklines are always flattering. They are also made in the USA! Use the promo code FNF20 to receive a 20% discount when you shop with Covered Perfectly

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Windsor of Asheville

On Tuesday evening we attended the grand opening of the fabulous Windsor Boutique Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.



There was live music from Chris Rhodes and wonderful food from several great restaurants in the area as well as wine and interesting new people to visit with.




The hotel is beautifully decorated with every comfort of home included in each of fourteen private vacation ready rooms.




I love the look of exposed brick walls which many of the rooms have.



The very beautiful Nina Kis Bradbury is the Property Manager.



Each of the rooms is exquisitely and uniquely decorated.




Full kitchens, a washer and dryer as well as luxurious baths are part of each suite.





A rotating exhibit of the work of nineteen local Asheville artists is on display throughout the hotel which can be purchased to add to your collection.


I wore black and silver items from the Travelers Collection from Chico's for this evening.












The hotel will soon include an Italian restaurant and shop where you will be able to buy fabulous antiques and accessories like the ones in the hotel. The designers actually traveled to Paris to buy a lot of the items used on the property.





This very beautiful lady told me she was almost sixty years old after I told her about the blog. Amazing! She is Karen W. Nowlin, an Aesthetician and provider of PCA Skin Care. I would say it is working very well for her!




Laura Cousins is the Creative Art Director for the hotel. It was such a treat to meet her because we immediately found that we were kindred spirits on so many levels. I felt as if we had known each other for years after only a few minutes.



This beautiful and extremely talented lady is Leeann Mayes, the creative interior designer of this amazing property as well as manager.

The convenient location in the heart of the city makes The Windsor the perfect place to stay on your Asheville vacation. You can easily walk to many great shops, galleries, sidewalk cafés and restaurants. 
(People watching in Asheville is a special treat.)

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Wear It Wednesday

This white background jacket is lovely in it's construction and design but it has always seemed wrong for my shape.



White near my face is a bit harsh and a block of white on top creates an imbalance since my upper body is rounder and larger than my lower body. If I wear white pants and a dark top it is much more flattering for my apple shape. 

The Travelers tank and pants as well as the jacket are old items from Chico's. The shoes, bag and jewelry are likely from Stein Mart. They are all old so I don't actually recall where I bought them. Even though I rarely wear this look, I will hang on to it for now since it gives me a dressier daytime look for those events requiring it. 

Wear It Wednesday is the day I pull out a questionable rarely worn piece from my closet and try to make it work or else donate it to someone who will make use of it. Reducing clutter in my closet makes getting dressed much more pleasant. Too many questionable pieces can result in wearing the same thing all the time and the feeling that you need more choices when you already have too many. Join the fun on Facebook with your own photos or just tell me what you think of what I am wearing. It seems we are all learning from this Wear It Wednesday endeavor. 

Don't miss the second blog post coming later today. We had a wonderful evening and I can't wait to share it with you!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Cool Spring Weather

Thankfully the sun was shining because it was quite cool here yesterday.


 In fact it was downright cold during the night time... so much so that I dreamed it snowed!



 We had dinner with friends at Carrabba's Itialian Grill but earlier in the day we ran some errands.




These photos were taken at the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce building. 




Mr. Mickey was on the board of directors of the Chamber when this building was built.




I am wearing pants and a tank from Chico's. The navy jacket is my old favorite from Dalitika. The shoes are Kenneth Cole Reaction via T.J.Maxx. The mixed metals necklace was found in a gallery in Asheville last year.





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