Monday, April 4, 2016

Speaking Engagement

My recent speaking engagement with the USDA Forest Service Group in Asheville was such an enjoyable experience for me.



Everyone I met was so genuine and kind. It must surely be a joy to work in that office!




With me is Jennifer B. Parsell Executive Assistant to the Station Director and the Station Director, Rob Doudrick.





The beautiful lady with me is Sharon West. She was the first speaker of the day. I learned so much about diet and nutrition from her brief talk. I hope that our paths cross again soon. She is very elegant, and she has so much knowledge to share.



My talk was live-streamed to thirteen southern states including the offices in the Washington, D.C. district. For the first time I gave my presentation to ladies and gentlemen, so I included more information about the importance of nutrition. I am certain those guys were not interested in hearing about the power of accessories and heels vs flats with pant shapes.



I wore a jacket by Ming Wang with a tank and pants by Travelers from Chico's to give my presentation. The pumps are by Saks Fifth Avenue and the bag is by Zac Posen, both items are from Saks Off 5th.

Later in the day, we checked in at the Hotel Indigo to a penthouse suite overlooking the world. If you are afraid of heights, you would have felt more than a bit uneasy standing at this window.


The boutique hotel is a celebration of modern decor and art.



On the second day, I wore old black jeans and an asymmetric hem black tunic from Chico's. The necklace is from French Kande. The short boots are old by Saks 5th Ave via Saks Off 5th.



We stopped by Carmel's, one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. We love to sit by the window and watch the passing tide of people. Asheville is such a fun busy place to visit!




The tulips were in their full glory so we couldn't resist a drive through the grounds at Biltmore Estate.





Happy goats were enjoying a sunny day at the Biltmore Estate.





I am eagerly preparing for my next presentation at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Prime of Life Showcase later this month. 
I hope to meet you there!

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

Created in collaboration with Ming Wang and French Kande
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

16 comments:

Kristien62 said...

I missed you by a week! We are leaving Thursday for our trip south and will be in Asheville Thurs. and Fri. Imagine how excited I was to see you at Hotel Indigo where we will be staying. I was a bit worried because it was not my first choice, but rooms were at a premium. The weather looks lovely which will be such a relief from the extended winter weather we are experiencing. Will be taking a tour of the city and a jaunt to the Biltmore. Then on to Charleston.

Blujwel57 said...

I'm so glad you are taking us on your new life adventures! Many great doors are opening up for you - ENJOY!

Maura said...

Susan, this outfit looks beautiful on you. Not sure if you have covered this topic before, but I would love to know which shoes look better with different pants (ankle, boot, flare, slim fit etc)

Canuck-Girl said...

Looks like a wonderful time and it is great to see this beautiful Ming Wang jacket on you again. Congratulations!

Joyce Silverman said...

What a fantastic opportunity! You are one lucky lady! *)

Debbie Carr said...

Love the jacket.

Claudia Schmidt said...

I stayed at the Hotel Indigo in the fall when I visited Asheville for the first time and had a great time. The hotel is wonderful with a great staff, and I just loved Asheville. I just love your blog. It's always so full of interesting travel ideas as well as all your fantastic clothes suggestions! Best to you and Mr. Mickey.

elaine said...

Excellent choice for your presentation. You looked both professional and comfortable, a great combination.

Jennifer Connolly said...

What a wonderful experience! You look fabulous as always.

Missy said...

You have introduced us to a beautiful line of jewelry! Always demonstrating the use of accessories and limited color palette has been so helpful for travel. You look so elegant and tall!

Yvonne said...

Both outfits are great and I love the jewelry.

I am so jealous of the tulips in bloom there. I was digging in my garden a few weeks ago when we had a brief flirtation with spring and now we have snow again!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on your speaking engagement. I am sure everyone learned a lot. Biltmore is majestic in spring. We spent the whole day there last Friday with friends from out of town. If you haven't visited the house and the current costume exhibit, I think you'd really enjoy it. :-)

KC said...

Enjoyed this post, Susan. You looked lovely! Enjoy your travel and speaking engagements. You will be a great help and inspiration to many people!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I am sure you wear a huge hit, Susan. I really like this Ming Wang jacket...a perfect length for someone like me. You look lovely in both!

Joanne said...

I am back in the Charleston area, so Hilton Head is doable! You are looking awsome and sweet as always. Hope to see you soon!

Lisa Princeton Real Estate said...

I'm so excited that you will be in HHI the same time I will be down there checking up on our rental villa. Following your link for the details and looking forward to hopefully meeting you!