Sunday, September 22, 2013

Oh So Slimming!

I wore a So Slimming ™ collection Ponte skirt from Chico's to dinner last night. 



This turquoise silk jacket I bought at Stein Mart earlier this year had never been worn. Now that cooler weather has arrived I paired it with a black tank also from Chico's. 

The Ponte Collection  dress from Chico's is great fitting and very comfortable. I tried it on last week but didn't buy it because I felt it was too short for me. Now that I see these pictures, I realize that I could wear the shorter dress with opaque hose and a bright jacket and still look appropriate. Earlier this year I made a promise to myself not to buy anything else black but as a base with a brighter color near the face it can still work with my softer coloring. I love how comfortable all the pieces are in the Ponte Collection so I will be at Chico's again later today!



Some of you have written to ask why I so rarely wear a skirt or dress. My calves and ankles are thick and too short compared to the rest of my body so I am usually more comfortable in pants. I can never wear tall boots for that same reason. All my boots are the short version.

We all have our little tips and guidelines that we follow to look and feel our best. In sharing some of mine, I hope that you will be inspired to try new combinations of the things already in your closet and to perhaps make your next shopping trip less stressful. 


I found these T-Strap heels by BGBGeneration at T.J.Maxx last month. I am wearing nude Calvin Klein hosiery.

Since the rain was pouring down this evening we shot these photos in my living room. That is not what I had planned but sometimes you have to go with the flow (pun intended).

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you have a great week!

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Chico's Fashion Show

It was so great to meet some of you at the show on Friday. 
Thank you very much for being there!


My sweet friends, Jeanie and Rose were as inspired to shop as I was. We had such a fun day!











I love informal modeling in the boutique. It's great to see how things look and move on a person who is not a professional model and then buy what you liked afterward. Instant gratification at it's best! All these models did such a great job.

Thank you for reading my blog. 
I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Birthday in a Castle

Mr. Mickey gave me a royal weekend away for my birthday.


We stayed at the fabulous Graylyn Manor House in Winston Salem, North Carolina.


This is a view of the fireplace in the great dining hall.


The back view of the estate in the setting sun.


A fountain held huge koi fish.


A winding staircase led to a lower courtyard beyond the indoor pool. 
There was a rehearsal going on for a wedding which was held on the grounds on Saturday evening.


There was a pond nearby with an abundance of ducks and geese.


The hand carved imported mantel in the sun-room embellishes one of eighteen fireplaces in the 46,000 square foot mansion.


The chess set in the grand entrance hall had splendid details.


This is another winding staircase found at the front of the building. The thick stone steps were built into the outer stone wall so that there was no support needed on the inside.


Hand painted tiles were used in this fountain in the sun room.



On the evening of my birthday we dined in a private dining room with wonderful service and ambiance. My tiramisu dessert came with a candle and a serenade. 


The Mews was once the stable for horses and chickens.


On Saturday we visited the Reynolda House which showcases  one of the largest collections of American Art in the world. This was the home of R.J. Reynolds.


Later in the day on Saturday we visited nearby Old Salem which is an historic district settled by a Moravian community in 1766. 
We had a delightful lunch at the tavern.



We also visited the hat-makers shop. 





This wood fired kiln was in one of the back yards.



Pumpkins were everywhere! Can it really be fall already?



In the afternoon we returned for a delightful guided tour of the mansion with our Butler, Terry.



I am standing at Nathalie's writing desk.


The hand carved wood panels in the library were brought over from France. They were carved in the 1600's and were still in perfect condition.


On our last evening we dined at a wonderful Italian restaurant nearby the estate.


We lived like a King and Queen for the weekend!

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have a lovely week.

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dinner with Mr. Mickey

One of our couple traditions is to have a date night on Wednesday. It gives us a chance to unwind, get caught up on the busy first part of the week and plan our weekend ahead.




For this date night, I wore soft fully lined black crepe pants, a black tank and a lightweight, almost sheer blue jacket all from Chico's last year.




The shorter necklace is from Nouvique also worn here and the longer necklace is from Chico's. The black strappy sandals are old from JCPenny. The black ruffled evening bag is also old.






I don't work for Chico's and I don't get free clothes from them but you might think so. Clothes that last for more than one season and keep their shape after going through the laundry are worth the investment. In my area, there are only a couple of stores in which I shop for that reason.

Tomorrow is my fifty-seventh birthday. There are a few messages I would like to share with my teenage self if that were possible.

1. Happiness is an inside job.
2. Find out what you are capable of accomplishing on your own before you commit to a relationship or marry. 
3. Become a vegetarian now for the best lifelong health and weight control possible.
4.You would be wise to buy one timeless top quality black pair of pants that you can wear for many years, rather than to buy five pairs of cheap pants that will only be worn for one season at most.
5. Imagine an event that you might actually be attending. Go to your closet and put together an outfit for that event. Your wardrobe should allow you to participate in any activity without causing stress or emergency shopping when it comes time to get dressed. Plan your purchases accordingly throughout your life.  


Thank you for reading my blog and for the kind comments 
you leave. It is always great to hear from you.


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Covered Perfectly

Have you discovered Pauline Durban’s Covered Perfectly line of wonderful tops? 

I have found these to be one of the most comfortable items of clothing I have ever worn. I will be purchasing lots of items from this collection! The prices are also very reasonable.



The three quarter length sleeves and softly scooped (not too low) neckline are just my style! 





The buttery soft fabric floats across your body.





I appreciate the fact that this top is great for layering. They are offered in basic (not trendy or seasonal) colors. This means they blend well with many other items in your closet all year round.





I added this navy blazer for later in the evening. The jeans are from Not Your Daughters Jeans. The cuff and hook belt are both from Chico's. The bag is from Coach. The shoes are exclusive to Nordstrom.


Check out Covered Perfectly tops for great pieces you will wear with everything!


Thank you so much for reading my blog!

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Private Invitation Updated

You are invited!
I am conducting a Style Seminar at Chico's Biltmore Village in Asheville, North Carolina on September 19 at 7PM. 




The store will be closed during this time and reserved for just us! 




Register with me by sending an email to Susan@FiftynotFrumpy.com
Seating is limited.




We will discuss style trends for fall as well as line, proportion, color, accessories and layering.

You know how much I love Chico's! 
I hope you can join me as they reserve the whole store for us on this evening. 
I am looking forward to meeting you!

Update on the Chico's event I told you about earlier. There will be a fashion show and appetizers at the Chico's in Biltmore Village, Asheville, North Carolina at 4 pm EST on September 19th, 2013. I will be there and I would love to meet you if you can join us. The evening event will not take place as previously planned.

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Johnson City Country Club

Many of the special events of my life have been held at the Johnson City Country Club. The 100th year of our grand lady is being celebrated this year. 




I attribute my love of classic architecture and French influences to my early visits when I was only a teenager.



  
The entry hall leading to the ballroom has always been so warm and welcoming.



The outfit for date night dinner with great friends includes a necklace, tank, ankle pants and a light weight cardigan from Chico's. The shoes are old from Nine West. The bag and sunglasses are from Stein Mart.


I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jazz at Wellington's

Today we had the nicest weather of the summer!


Earlier in the day we attended a Bristol Race Day brunch at the lake home of our dear friends. It was great fun to see a few of my sweet girlfriends again and just be silly. Some of us are trying not to fall off the steps while Mr. Mickey is snapping pictures before we are ready.


The view from my back deck was especially beautiful on this sunny day!


Before dinner, Mr. Mickey took me to Chico's since we had a few minutes to spare. Isn't he the best?!


Happy going in the door...


Even happier coming out the door!

With the sale they were having and my birthday Passport discount added on it was like getting a tank top for free! Tank tops, or any other basic that you wear as often as I do mine, need to be updated at least once a year. The tanks at Chico's are top quality and I love it that the necklines are not too low. I buy a size too large because I don't like them to cling to my middle so much.



Wellington's is a fine dining restaurant which is part of the Carnegie Hotel and Spa in Johnson City, TN.

We visit this restaurant often, but on this evening we had the best meal in years! The fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and orange marmalade appetizer was one of the best things I have ever eaten. They also had our all time favorite wild mushroom soup. We are two happy people!



There was a splendid live Jazz performance in the lounge on this evening but we could hear the performance from our table as well. 

Local readers may recognize a special ETSU professor back there in the center. We enjoyed sitting in the lounge listening to them after dinner. Mr. Mickey snapped this photo as I walked away from the tip jar. He is my own personal Paparazzi!  



Both my outfits for this day are from Chico's. I have been asked to be a style ambassador for them, however that would require additional trips to Asheville for shows or seminars. At this time my plate is much too full to add anything else so I will consider it again in the future. For now I am just a very happy loyal Chico's shopper! 

I hope that your day was also filled with sunshine and cooling breezes.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.