Showing posts with label Asheville. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asheville. Show all posts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Sky Bar

Thank goodness for the weekend and a break from all the to do lists!

Mr. Mickey and I enjoy Asheville, North Carolina for the wide variety of events that are always happening, international dining adventures, shopping, art galleries and the general festive atmosphere which seems to prevail on summer weekends.

Up there where the red umbrellas are is the Sky Bar. We will visit there later to watch the sun slip behind the distant mountain ranges.

In midsummer the flowers in planters throughout the city are simply breathtaking!

This street performer absolutely defies gravity.

 These fellows found a shady entry from which to serenade the passing tourists. As we walked past, they sang "I like your shoes." We will never know if they meant mine or Mr. Mickey's.

Wall Street has many unique shops and restaurants. It remains one of our favorites. 

From a crochet covered tricycle to the famous Spoon Lady, you never know what you might find around the next corner.

We were captivated by the haunting sound of this performer's electronic "violin". We listened for a long while and even bought a CD from him. His twin brother performs on the same type of instrument in Greenville, South Carolina. The handsome brothers are Stephen Neil and Jeff Neil. 

I have been meaning to visit the Southern Highlands Craft Gallery in the old Biltmore Oteen Bank building for months. It was great to see all the works of art there. The building has been beautifully restored.

New to the Biltmore Village is the Well Bred Bakery of Weaverville. We stopped there to look for a loaf of bread for Mr. Mickey.

The weather was very warm but it was a beautiful day to be in the city.

Mr. Mickey is a happy man!

As the sun starts to slide down toward the horizon, we make our way to the Sky Bar.

We shared a table with the most delightful beautiful young couple ever! This is Drew and Blaine. We fell in love with them. It was instant best friends! I felt so sad when it was time for us to leave for our drive home.

Watching the sun slip behind the mountains marked the end of a perfect day.

My top is from Chico's. The white jeans are from Kut from the Kloth at Dillard's. The shoes are from T.J.Maxx. The bracelet is old from a gallery in Highlands, North Carolina.

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

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday in Asheville

We often drive across the mountains to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon in Asheville.

On this day I wore a metallic gold open weave cardigan with a white tank and a long necklace from Chico's. The khaki jeans are from T.J.Maxx. The bag is from the Coach Outlet. The shoes are from Shoe Carnival.

We love the scenic views of the mountains along the Interstate 26 drive even on a cloudy day.

Sidewalk cafés abound in Asheville. We enjoy strolling through galleries and shops and then stopping for awhile in a café to watch people and listen to the street performers who are often really good. 

Many people bring their dogs along so there are often doggie dishes outside the cafés and shops.

Later in the day we couldn't resist the wonderful chocolate truffles at The Chocolate Fetish. One for you... one for me...

"I started playing dress up when I was three and it will continue until I can no longer buckle my platforms." ... my own quote. 
Mr. Mickey said I should share it with you.

The rain finally started to fall after six o'clock so we made our way back to the parking garage after another lovely afternoon in Asheville.

While we were shopping at Dillard's today I found a fabulous pair of white boyfriend jeans made by KUT. Do you know of them? This is my first pair of both boyfriend style jeans and the brand KUT. I will share them in a later post. I never wear white pants on a rainy day because the water spots on the back of the legs caused from walking on wet sidewalks often causes permanent stains. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Snap Shots from Paris ... of the south.

Mr. Mickey's daughters gave him a weekend at the fabulous Windsor Boutique Hotel in Asheville for his birthday/father's day gift. Lucky me! I got to tag along.

The first stop along the way was the Johnson City Farmer's Market to pick up a special order from a local glass etching artist for Mr. Mickey's wine room.

I am always drawn to the flowers.

Our next stop was at the top of the mountain for a rest stop. The views along Interstate 26 are awe inspiring. We never tire of this journey.

My look for the first part of the day includes a light weight cardigan, tank and cropped pants all from Stein Mart's Peck and Peck collection. The shoes were found at T.J. Maxx. The necklace is from Chico's. 

We took a break from shopping and walking at the Grove Arcade to have some of our favorite spicy pimento cheese at Carmel's. It was great weather for visiting a sidewalk café!

At last... it was time to check into our room at the elegant Windsor Hotel. The two girly girls are reunited! With me is Laura Cousins, the Creative Art Director for the hotel.

A bottle of local wine was Mr. Mickey's birthday gift from the hotel management!

A beautiful Paris note pad from Laura was a gift for me!

The city of Asheville has many buildings that date from the 1800's.

We visited Art in the Park in the center of Asheville in Pack Square Park.

For our afternoon stroll through the city I changed into a light weight tie front blouse from Chico's.

No surprise here! 
I am checking out the jewelry.

More street performers at Pack Square.

This is a new place we plan to try for dinner the next time we visit Asheville. Rhubarb has a sidewalk dining area as well as a newly decorated inside dining area that is very elegant. We had a glass of wine and a delicious cheese plate as we took another afternoon break from walking about and shopping.


These street performers were probably the best we've ever heard. They are the Carolina Catskins.

After a short rest it was time to get ready for dinner at the fabulous Strada

I am wearing a long white tunic blouse and a silver and white long light weight cardigan with white ankle zip jeans from Chico's. The turqouise and silver necklace and silver cuff are also from Chico's.

Another landmark across from our hotel. Tressa's has been around for many years.

On Sunday we had brunch at another favorite place, Pasano Café

For the trip home I wore a black and white sheer light weight top and black jeans from Chico's.

I love visiting with dogs on the street. It seems everyone has a dog or two. These were so cute!

Another great street performer. He made this hammer dulcimer himself!

One last treat for the afternoon. We have been wanting to visit Old Europe for a long time. It did not disappoint!
I'm not going to eat again until Tuesday!

I thought you would enjoy seeing Mr. Mickey's socks. Shows his sense of humor, don't you think?

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