Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Saturday Evening

 After a long day of attending the car show and exploring the area, we dressed for another excellent dinner at the Harvest Grill located on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards.

Behind me above is the stage area on the vineyard. Live music performances are held here every year.

My Prince and chariot await!

We watched the sunset over the vineyard from our table by the flower gardens.

Grouper was the evening's special.

We enjoyed another perfect evening at the Harvest Grill!

My travel bag held all of the pieces I own from my clothing line for this trip. This evening, I wore the thin strap tank dress that first convinced me I needed to locate this line and offer it to you. The white linen biker style jacket is old. I found it on a sale rack at Stein Mart a couple of summers ago.

 When we arrived, I took everything out of the bag and hung it up. After a few hours, it didn't even need steaming. The pieces interchanged with all the other items I brought perfectly. I kept the palette simple with black and white pieces, but I have never felt more confident and comfortable on a trip. 

I packed several scarves but only used the silk shawl in yesterday's post due to the heat. Scarves take up no space in your luggage, but they can significantly change the look of your basics.

Upon my return home, I machine washed all the pieces in cold water and hung them on a felted hanger to air dry. They turned out beautifully and ready to pack for another trip!

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


Ann Lee Gibson said...

Y'all look so great together. It's wonderful to have such a boon companion.

Kristien62 said...

What a handsome, stylish man! I love the saddle shoes and would love to see them come back in some fashion for women.

I'm anxiously awaiting the pants from your line which are being shortened (long torso, the world's shortest legs). As I stated before, I have been transitioning from black to brown/cream as a base and can't wait to use the pants with some of the items I have purchased. Leaving for North Carolina for a two week vacation in September and the pants will be my go-to item for dinner outfits. So glad you found them to be easy to pack and wash. I am trying to keep the packing minimal. Have you thought of adding a brown tank or cardigan to your line?

Laura Whitehurst said...

So pretty as always! Wow..your French Kande collection is great looking & growing..might be on my Christmas wish list this year..smiles. MR M is looking tres galant!

Susan said...

Other pieces and colors are being considered. There will be a red three-quarter sleeve top soon!

Kristien62 said...

The red three quarter sleeve would be lovely! And a cream drape cardigan would be a more universal color than the brown I suggested. So versatile for ladies like me who tend to use warmer colors. Looking forward to the red top.

Canuck-Girl said...

Hi Susan; looks like another perfect weekend! Hope Sunday was a much fun as Friday and Saturday appear to be. Both you and Mr. Mickey are very classic - oh yes, and the chariot!

Laura Whitehurst said...

Oooh! Susan! Me again..Just pulled up French Kande & found that they do a limited but budget friendly line on HSN! May not be waiting til Christmas. ..what do you get think of the grey agate necklace medallion? Your taste is great! Blessings,L

Susan said...

Laura, those HSN pieces are also nice but not quite the same as the original line. They don't have as much detail.

Sheree Winstead said...

I am fairly new to your blog and also follow you on Instagram and Pinterest. As I've gotten older, I've begun searching for help in choosing appropriate clothing for my age but yet clothing that makes me feel younger. I love classics and you do such an excellent job in explaining how to add a few accessories to update and change an outfit. You also have encouraged me to eat healthier and shed a few pounds๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
I have so enjoyed reading your blog and am taking to heart all your wonderful fashion advice. I enjoy seeing pictures of you and Mr. Mickey...what an elegant couple! I am a North Carolina girl who loves the Boone and Blowing Rock area, as well as Asheville, and particularly enjoy your blog posts from there.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful life! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Laura Whitehurst said...

Good to know, thanks so much Susan!

Prairie Poulet said...

I think your blog is on the leading edge of what is happening in our society at this time, Susan. Seriously!

Clothing retailers need to pay attention to this shift. We're getting older, and wiser. Many of us see clothing as accessories to the life we live. We're not jumping on trends, and we want longer-lasting but stylish items in our wardrobes.

I was thrilled to see this month that one of the moderate-priced clothing retailers in my country has gotten on board, out of necessity. They closed their low-end teen retail stores that weren't doing well and refocused their women's stores. The sizing changed, too. They have reflected our different body shapes in their designs. The new line has just launched for fall, and many of the pieces look similar to items shown in your blog. They've gone away from highly structured items to clothing with a softer fit. Blazers are still fitted, but now they have some Lycra, for example. I can't wait to go in and check it out!

Unknown said...

Can you show us your travel bag in a post? Great look!

Susan said...

S Goins, this post shows you the travel bag for weekends. It has soft sides for squishing into small spaces in a sports car.

Jan Maier said...

Hi Susan,
I love your collection but due to budget concerns I have to pick and choose. I was wondering, if one could pick just one of the dresses, which strap style would you suggest...also same for the pants? You can PM me if you prefer. Thanks for all you do.
Jan Maier

Susan said...

Jan, the most versatile dress would be the wide strap one because you could wear it year round with or without a sweater or jacket. The pants are both great but the straight leg style is a bit dressier and the one with a slit at the ankle a bit more trendy and two inches shorter.