Deciding what to wear for special occasions can be a breeze if you use a few styling tips. Wear what makes you feel confident and elegant. Dress for the event and the weather to be comfortable and wear what flatters you for confidence.
Monochromatic dressing or wearing mostly one color is very on-trend this year. I rarely acknowledge trends, but if one appeals to me, I may embrace it. The best tip for wearing unrelated pieces in nearly the same color is to vary the textures. These textures and fabrics in soft white tones vary from nubby tweed to silk.
I shopped my closet to create this look to celebrate Mr. Mickey’s eighty-seventh birthday. The lip color I am wearing is Orchid here. Similar, if not, the same items are included in the following links. Jacket – Camisole – Pants – Belt – Shoes – Necklace – Bag.
Never wear white to a wedding, but you could wear a similar look in plum, peach, or navy. If you don’t like to wear dresses, there are pants options, from upscale casual looks to formal ones. Here is one formal example. If you own a variety of solid color basics, you can always shop your closet.
The birthday boy also shopped his closet to build his look for the evening. Similar items for gentlemen are included in these links. Jacket – Shirt – Slacks – Shoes.
We weren’t able to visit one of our favorite restaurants last year, so we were thrilled to see this approach to the Artisanal in Banner Elk, NC.
We thoroughly enjoyed another perfect celebration meal, starting with a champagne toast as the fresh from the oven sourdough rolls arrived.
A special delight was the baked-to-order Pimento Cheese Scones with pepper jelly and sorghum butter.
The impeccable kitchen is open so that you can watch the chefs create the magic if you wish.
Mr. Mickey had the Atlantic Salmon with sweet potato, lobster bisque, golden beets, pressed fennel, citrus, and tarragon. My choice (below) was the East Coast Halibut with cauliflower cream, NC shrimp, and trumpet mushrooms.
We shared the desserts, including Chocolate Petit Gateau with whipped chocolate caramel, hazelnut raspberry coulis, and Chambord ice cream. I couldn’t resist the Strawberry and Rhubarb with honey, orange streusel with crème fraîche, and basil ice cream.
Unique horse sculptures adorn the grounds and the lobby.
Shopping links sometimes allow me to earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Recent outfit summaries are here.