Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blue and Pink

I found this royal blue light weight AVA sweater at T.J.Maxx last winter. I liked the style and weight so much I also purchased the black version.





I wore it on Sunday with a white tank and cropped pants from Chico's. The necklace is old from Chico's as well.






The BCBGeneration bag is from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are also by BCBGeneration. I found those at Ross.





We were on our way to visit my parents and then to Carrabba's Italian Grill to share a small dinner.





I hope that when you read my posts you will notice a few things and come away with some inspiration.


1. Even when she isn't going to do something special she still gets dressed in a way that makes her feel confident and attractive.
2. She doesn't spend a lot of money on her clothes nor does she take a lot of time to put together an outfit for the day.
3. Accessories make the basics look more special and show her personality.
4. She wears heels often, but I can substitute nice flats that are similar if I want to copy her look.
5. She was forty pounds heavier, but she lost weight by eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water. Click on the tab above for "Live Well" to learn more about that.





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Monday, June 29, 2015

Kev Von Holt Gallery

Kevin Von Holtermann has been my Facebook friend since 2010. We are both artists with gentle souls and wide open arms to the world. We have cheered each other on in our individual endeavors and we have shared the pain of loss and failed relationships, so we have a special kinship. Our love of animals, nature, art, photography and a desire to help others binds us together in a friendship that bridges our very different generations and cultures.



I thought you might enjoy being introduced to this great artist and getting to see some of his fine art today. I believe that art is a way to see into the very soul of another person.





Kevin has a wonderful Gallery located in Flemington, NJ. Knowing how difficult it was to get exposure for his art and photography as a young man, he is opening up a part of his gallery for young artist to gain exposure as they begin their fledgling careers. He is very active in his community and does a lot to give back in a variety of ways.
























I adore this shot of Kevin with his "gallery manager" BuddyBuddy!




You can connect with Kevin at his web site Kevvonholt and see more of his fabulous art and photography there.

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

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Best In Show!

When the wind is blowing, we often give up trying to shoot a photo which is where we were when Mr. Mickey snapped this one last photo before going inside. I didn't know he was still shooting when I turned around while holding my hair out of my face. Totally candid sometimes works best.





I am at a bit of a loss when we must dress very casually for a summer event. I never wear a tank top and shorts with flip flops which is what I see most often at such events. That just isn't my personality. I would not be comfortable at all.







We attended a National Car Show for the Ford Fairlane held at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, TN on Saturday.





This light weight crepe blouse is very cool and comfortable so I wore it half tucked with ankle length jeans both from Chico's. The sandals are old from Vince Camuto. The woven natural material (some sort of large grass) clutch is from T.J.Maxx.  The brown and gold embossed croc belt is by Ralph Lauren.





Mr. Mickey's best friend, Bob had one of his many antique cars in the show and it was the highest scoring car in the show! We have been asked if we are brother and sister in the past. What do you think?




It was a fun trip down memory lane to look at all the old cars and visit with friends.




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

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Great Dinner with Great Friends


You may have noticed that black and white is one of my favorite color combinations.




When building a capsule wardrobe, it is very important to start with three colors that work together. I have also always enjoyed wearing either white or black with each other or with red, royal blue or turquoise. Fortunately, all these colors work together so I can build many looks from the individual pieces I own in any of those colors.




The jewelry and wardrobe pieces are all from Chico's. The statement necklace has many textural elements so that meant the cuff needed to be smooth and sleek in contrast. I also skipped the earrings tonight because of the minimal design of the jacket.




The shoes which are black tone on tone pattern are by Nine West. The bag is from T.J.Maxx.







Street flowers in downtown Banner Elk.




We took our friends Sandy and Rick to dinner at Artisanal, our favorite restaurant in the world last evening.




Mr. Mickey had the pimento cheese beignets appetizer.




I had the squash blossom appetizer and the halibut entree. You eat first with your eyes.




Doesn't Sandy have a sweet smile?




She and Rick make such a nice couple!




Rick is the leader of our Wine Club so naturally we had to take them down to tour the extensive collection in Artisanal's wine room.




We enjoyed a wonderful evening of great conversation, fine food and wine in a beautiful environment. We tried a Spätlese for the first time tonight. Spätlese (literal meaning: "late harvest") is a German wine term for a wine from fully ripe grapes, the lightest of the late harvest wines.I highly recommend it!




Your chariot awaits.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Casual Elegance

Casual items from J.Jill are among my favorite pieces because the styles are so classic and elegant.




This is the most comfortable tank I have ever worn, so I got the black one too. It is part of their Pure Jill Collection.






The drape front cardigan is also part of the Pure Jill Collection. It is the essential summer cardi for all those freezing cold air-conditioned spaces. It is light weight and comfortable to carry or wear with anything all summer long.




The cardi comes in two other colors also.




The other items in my look are all several years old, but the clutch is recent from T.J.Maxx.




If you build a strong basic wardrobe that reflects your personal style beautifully, the pieces work together over the years.





When you buy higher quality pieces they look better, keep their shape and last a lot longer.




Another great thing about J.Jill pieces is that I still enjoy wearing the pieces I bought years ago because the styles are classic, not trendy. Many of you have told me the same thing.





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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fringe Sandals!

You probably already know that I collect cool shoes, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found these fringe suede sandals.








They take me back to those days when I was in seventh grade and wanted so badly to be a hippie but, of course, my Mother would have none of that. 








The denim jacket is by Chadwicks of Boston. The tank and the cropped pants are from Chico's. The bag is by BCBG from T.J.Maxx. The suede sandals are by Steve Madden from Macy's

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cold Shoulder Top

I recently joined Mr. Mickey after the workday for a glass of wine in the courtyard of our favorite local restaurant, Gourmet & Company.




The cold shoulder tunic is part of the Knit Kit collection at Chico's.




The white ankle jeans are old from Chico's.




The shoes are by Bar III via Macy's.






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

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