On Sunday afternoon, we took a short drive to nearby Kingsport to enjoy the sunshine and explore. We stopped at Citizens Bank in Kingsport to snap some photos. The old train depot was refurbished and now serves as a branch for the bank. For the past thirty-seven years, Mr. Mickey has served as a member of the Advisory Board for Citizens Bank.
At the end of the day, we returned to my house for homemade vegetable soup, crusty roasted garlic bread, and a glass of wine.
My comfortable casual look included a cashmere sweater and jeans. As always, I’m sharing links to similar current elements since none of our items are new.
Many readers have expressed an interest in Mr. Mickey’s fashion choices and lifestyle, so he agreed to let me show you his main closet today. I took these photos, but I played no part in the organization or neatness. His clothing is arranged by color and style, from dressy to casual.
Knowing the importance of presenting yourself and representing your employer well, he always provided professional uniform shirts for his employees. He continues that tradition as he now works part-time for his daughter, Regina. The solid color dark shirts are embroidered with the Vintage Jewelry Supplies company logo. Staying engaged and busy is part of what keeps him so young at heart.
Even the area of his closet that serves as linen storage is neat and organized.
For more than a decade, Mr. Mickey was a very special Santa for underprivileged local children. For a look back at last year’s photos, visit the post here.
He stores suits, blazers, and coats in the smaller guest bedroom closet, but I couldn’t get decent photos due to the lighting.
His clothing and shoe purchases reflect investments in classic items that he plans to wear for years. After compliments on a blazer or trousers, he has often confided that he purchased the item more than twenty years ago. My takeaway is to purchase the classic pieces that look best on you and stick to neutral solid colors. Invest in the highest quality you can afford and then take care of your purchases so that you can enjoy them for many years.
I met Mr. Mickey at a neighborhood Christmas gathering fifteen years ago on December 10th. From life and clothing choices to manners and business decisions, I continue to watch and learn from him. Now eighty-six years old, he is the most stylish and vibrant person I know. His positive attitude and zest for life are always uplifting and an inspiration.
In his living room is a sculpture by a dear friend who very much enjoyed creating art. The late Fitzhugh Lee Wallace, Jr. sculpted the bust of Mr. Mickey. He purchased the woodcarving of Edward Whymper from the artist while on a skiing trip to Europe long before we met. (Whymper was the English mountaineer and artist associated with the Alps’ exploration and was the first man to climb the Matterhorn.)
Snowfall was predicted in the higher elevations, so we spent much of Saturday inside keeping warm while watching the National Geographic channel. The view above is from Mr. Mickey’s deck.
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