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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Scarf Tricks

It is my 60th birthday month!

There will be celebratory dinners, spa visits, lunch with friends and weekend getaways. Last evening we enjoyed a special dinner with our dearest friends.

It was a real challenge to take photos in front of the bank near my house due to the whipping winds. We try to take photos before I get all rumpled from sitting in the car, that's why our backgrounds are often the same.

A few subtle changes in my style will come about in the next season of my life. Scarves will be added to my look a lot more often. Wearing a scarf in colors that flatter your complexion is an easy way to add color and pattern without wearing a print over your whole body.

Black, white and denim are my neutrals and the largest blocks of color in my wardrobe. None of these colors are especially flattering close to my face. The good thing about my base of neutrals is that I can pull in small doses of the colors that are more flattering. 

The basis of great style is taking suggestions from trends or outfit ideas and making them work for your shape and your lifestyle.

I have been collecting colorful scarves and tanks for years. Wearing a tank (over the correct *bra) with a color coordinated beautiful silk scarf tied simply near my face can make almost any combination of base pieces work together. You will find many beautiful scarves here.

*The bras that work best for me are the Ultimate Shapeez Bra for long-line smoothing.

When all else fails, go across the street inside the Post Office to take a closeup without the wind whipping your hair all over your face.

The shot above includes the portrait area. Keeping the scarf in this area avoids adding more bulk to my bust.

If I am wearing a larger scarf with more texture for warmth, I will tie or wrap it so that it hangs in smooth straight lines rather than adding more fluff where I am already "fluffy". 

Subtle makeup, a simple hairstyle, not too much jewelry, a soft supple silk scarf in vibrant jewel tones and less stress are all elements that I plan to enjoy in the coming years.

The long duster cardigan is from White House|Black Market. The tank and the pants are old from Chico's. The shoes are old by Sam Edelman. The earrings are old by Brighton. The ring is a long-ago gift from Mr. Mickey.

My scarf tying techniques are always simple and easy. This one is a long rectangle shape, so I just wrapped it around my neck twice and tied the ends loosely.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Long Sunday Drive

Early on Sunday morning, we left Dobson, North Carolina to travel north on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Knowing that I would be in and out of blasting air conditioning all day, I dressed for the temperature changes. I wore the black pants from my clothing line with an old wrap front sleeveless top from White House|Black Market and kept my trusty white linen moto jacket close.

Our first brief stop along our journey north was at the historic Mabry Mill.

Our next destination is one we have planned for years. (We have a long bucket list of places we want to visit and things we want to do.) On Sunday we checked off the Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant located in Floyd, Virginia. It is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, located at mile marker 171 1/2. Turn onto Black Ridge Road and then immediately turn left onto Winery Road. GPS will take you on a long roundabout way through the middle of nowhere to get there.

The shoes are old by Calvin Klein. The fabulous green bag is from

The view from the window at our table was spectacular. (Photo from the restaurant's Facebook page.) The restaurant has once again earned a place on OpenTable's Most Scenic Restaurants in America!

We shared an excellent four-course brunch in the original part of the grand old building.

Mr. Mickey was amused to see this companion piece to a stained glass lamp he has in his wine room.

We tasted several of their wines, and they were all excellent! 

Janean Williams is the delightful Front of the House Manager. Luke was our most excellent server.
All of the staff made us feel like regulars!

We purchased a couple of bottles of wine to enjoy later as well as glasses with the etched emblem of the winery to remember our long-awaited first but certainly not our last visit.

We are already looking forward to our next visit to the restaurant and winery. Throughout the year they offer music, art, romance, mystery, seasonal festivities, refined rustic dining, and delectable wines. 

Thanks for joining us on our little weekend getaway!

Friday, August 26, 2016

You Make Me Blush!

This blush jacket was added to my collection several months ago. It has surprised me how well it works with all my neutrals.

White jeans and a tank can be a perfect base for you if you wear white near your face and you don't mind white pants. Inverted triangle body shapes love the balance that comes from wearing white pants with a darker top.

I wear white jeans all year round if the weather is dry. That rule about not wearing white after Labor Day has been put to rest. A third of my wardrobe is white, so I wear it often. It is the fabric that we need to think about during cold weather, not the color. I wear heavyweight white jeans in the dead of winter because they are as warm as any other denim.

Perhaps cream would be a better option for you, but one color of top and bottom with a contrasting color over it can be very slimming. It is always an effortless way to get dressed. Wearing a light color in hot weather helps to keep me cooler. It may be a sheer cardigan or vest that becomes my third layer in summer, but a column of color works well for me.

The beauty of a column of one color with accents of another is that getting dressed is a snap no matter where you are going. Great fitting white jeans or jeans styled pants such as these by Fabrizio Gianni are worth the investment. I have worn these often for over two years, and the fit stays true after every wash.

Pocket placement is crucial in the jean design. If the pockets are in the wrong place, they can accentuate the parts you may not want to, and they can make you look wider than you are or bring attention to the fact that your bottom is lower than it used to be. Always take a look in a three-way mirror before you buy jeans. I never wear embellished or torn jeans.

Someone asked me about rules for wearing belts recently. I do wear them but with limitations. I would never in a million years tuck a top into a pair of jeans and wear a belt at my natural waistline. Your natural waistline is where your body bends when you move from side to side or bend over. Mine is very high, so that means I have a short waist. I can only wear a belt with a partially tucked in top and lower rise pants. Alternatively, I can wear a low-slung belt over a tunic to mimic a lower waistline.

To make your short waistline look longer, wear a belt the same color of your top. If however, you have a long waistline, wear a belt the color of your pants.

The blush jacket is old from White House|Black Market. The tank top is from Chico's. The pants are by Fabrizio Gianni. The bag is from Express. The shoes are old by Sam Edelman. 

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

All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.
I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday Night Adventure

Friends recently bought one of those luxurious Weekender Mercedes Campers. They have nicknamed it, "The Beast". Three couples got together on Friday night to enjoy a long drive in the camper so that we could have dinner in Banner Elk at the Chef's Table.

For this evening's adventure, I wore the thin strap tank dress from my collection with a waterfall cardigan from Body Language by Connie. The bag is old from Saks Off 5th. The shoes are old by Vince Camuto. The necklace is by French Kande.

The fabric of these dresses is so soft and lightweight. It is also very stretchy. I love the basic design of this dress which allows me to wear it with so many other items in my wardrobe. 

There was some question as to whether I would be able to climb into the "Beast" while wearing heels and a dress but I showed them it could be done.

Almost every vista in the Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain communities includes the Sugar Top condos.

We visited a fun gallery along our stroll to the restaurant located in the village of Banner Elk.

The Chef's Table is a third generation run farm to table restaurant located upstairs in the village square.

Everyone's food was excellent!

Sea Bass

Shrimp and Grits

My Own North Carolina Trout

Mr. Mickey says I am the only woman he knows that can make a cardigan and pearls look sexy. Thanks, Mr. M!

Styling notes: I chose to wear a short necklace that just filled in the bodice instead of a long necklace because I needed something to lift the eye with all the other long proportions. I wore nude shoes since black would have created a visual break on my legs and made them look shorter. Please also note that I had my tank dress altered to shorten the straps because I wanted a higher neckline.

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

All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.
I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Everyday Leggings

What do you throw on to run to the grocery store?

Yesterday, I wore leggings which I have come to love! I didn't even own a pair of leggings until last year. Now I have several pairs. These are from Body Language by Connie. Connie has a real talent for finding good quality at a very reasonable price.

Body Language by Connie supplied these leggings.

The long faux leather trimmed vest and cowl neck sweater are old from Chico's. The bag is old by Calvin Klein via T.J.Maxx. It has become my everyday bag because it seems to go with anything I wear. I read somewhere that if your bag and shoes match your natural hair color you will wear them much more often than any other. 

The loafers are by BCBG via Saks Off 5th. Did you know that BCBG means bon chic, bon genre? In English, it means good style, good sort. It is an expression used in France to refer to a subculture of stylish members of the Paris upper class.

Wearing long tops with leggings and flats is the perfect running errands attire for me in cool weather. I like the long and lean look and enjoy the comfort. I still love to wear my heels but when I know I am going to be walking a lot, I wear comfortable flats.

 Our weather can change as much as forty degrees in one day so layers are essential for me. Ruanas and vests are the perfect layers because you can take them off when you need to and still be well dressed but comfortable.

I like to wear a top that stops at about my fingertips over leggings. The extra layer over it can be shorter or longer. The ideal proportion is to visually divide your body in thirds (not in half).

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