Enjoying a quiet evening and delightful meal with the perfect companion completed my birthday celebrations. Earlier in the day, my sister prepared a light lunch for my parents and me. I’m happy to report that my mother is well, and my father has made significant progress and is doing much better now. We are thrilled!
Your questions and comments influence my fashion posts and styling tips. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do the research and distill the trends into wearable options. For example, I immediately loved the look when I saw tall, thin twenty-somethings wearing sweater vests with or without a shirt and wide-leg jeans. I prefer the vests with a thin v-neck tee that covers my arms and slim-fitting pants because those options are much more flattering to my shape.
This look was appropriate for early dinner reservations at a casual restaurant. If we had dined later in the evening, I would have worn a jacket instead of the vest and carried a small clutch. The simple small camera bag worked well with the sweater’s texture. The pants are so good; I’ve ordered another pair to get them hemmed to wear with lower heels. Layering can be tricky when you don’t want to add bulk, but the look is always more successful when you start with slim-fitting foundation pieces.
The long sleeve tee is here. The pants are here. I bought the sweater vest at Banana Republic Factory earlier, but it is sold out now. The Sam Edelman shoes and J.Crew bag are a couple of years old.
My handsome date’s silk jacket has the same black and ecru colors. Mr. Mickey is always so thoughtful! He stopped by our favorite local restaurant earlier in the evening with the flowers and gifts from him and his daughter, Regina. They were already waiting for me when the hostess showed us to our table.
After a toast with our favorite bubbly, Jacob, the chef, sent an amuse-bouche featuring summer flavors. (Amuse-bouches are not ordered from a menu by patrons but are served free and according to the chef’s selection to prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse of the chef’s style.)
We always look forward to our delightful meals at Gourmet and Company. Mr. Mickey had the grouper special with seasonal vegetables.
I enjoyed his namesake entrée, the Jilton Vegetarian, served with pasta. It changes with the seasons, but this version is my favorite.
The chef also prepared Mr. Mickey’s favorite sharable dessert, topped with a golden candle in honor of my birthday. Unfortunately, you won’t find the warm brownie and ice cream on the menu yet, but if you ask for it, Jacob might put one together for you.
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