A Sweet Celebration

More than twelve years ago, I attended a neighborhood Christmas party that changed my life. I mixed and mingled with my new neighbors, including one who lived just a few doors away and around the corner from me. That neighbor was Mr. Mickey. A few months later, he asked me to go out to dinner with him, and we have been enjoying each other’s company since.

Wednesday evening was the anniversary of that first date, so we returned to the same restaurant, Gourmet and Company, to celebrate. We sat in the lounge area to raise a champagne toast and recall the many times we have enjoyed this ritual over the years.

When we arrived at our reserved table, already there waiting for me, was another beautiful card and a dozen red roses from Mr. Mickey. He had come by earlier in the evening to set the stage.

We shared a bowl of wild mushroom soup, which was delightful. Sometimes just a few bites of something is enough. It was vibrant.

We also shared The Jilton Vegetarian (his namesake entrée). Neither of us has a big appetite, so we often share an entrée.

My look for the evening included items I have worn many times. The pants and tank top are part of the Travelers Collection from Chico’s. The jacket with satin lapels is from Ralph Lauren. The crystal-embellished bag is old. The shoes are by Anne Klein, and they are at least ten years old. The illusion pearl necklace was a gift from Purple Poppy more than a year ago. I don’t do product reviews or advertising on my blog site, but some of my fashion friends occasionally send me gifts.

  1. You sound like you have wonderful times together! Happy Anniversary! Susan, you look very elegant and lovely as always and Mr. Mickey is very handsome!

  2. Beautiful as always. Love your new hair style, and looks better styled by you. Thanks for showing all of us how to mature with grace. Happy for you and Mr. Mickey.

  3. Lovely couple! What a sweet celebration!
    Susan, your new hairstyle looks very nice, and I can see it’s versatile for your styling needs! The embellished crystal handbag and the gorgeous pearl necklace caught my eye!
    It’s truly wonderful that you and Mr. Mickey found one another! Happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing a part of your life with your many blogger fans! xo

    1. Agree completely! Happy Anniversary to dearest Susan and her dapper beau Mr. Mickey! Wishing you many more.

  4. Happy Anniversary, Sue and Mr. Mickey! I love your posts and look forward to them each morning. I’ve been following your clothing suggestions now for about 7 years and I just so enjoy your blog. Hope you two have many more anniversaries to celebrate together!

  5. OMG you look beautiful and your new cut is stunning again. Hair texture is everything and you have that plus you glow with happiness. Lean into that look!

  6. Happy Anniversary – what a lovely evening, and as usual you look just gorgeous! Isn’t it funny how seemingly trivial decisions (like attending your neighborhood Christmas party) can have such momentous impact on our lives? Thanks for sharing a sweet moment with us, and keeping the internet my happy place 🙂

  7. You look beautiful! I love the way your hair is swept back from your face. Makes your face and eyes just pop.
    Happy Anniversary!

  8. Congratulations to you and Mr. Mickey on the anniversary of 12 congenial years together. May you two have many more!
    I love your pearl bib necklace.

  9. Congratulations to you both! Your happiness is so delightful to witness and so well deserved. I send you wishes for many more wonderful years together!

  10. Happy anniversary to you and Mr. Mickey. You are such a lovely couple and I wish you both many more years of happiness.

  11. What an elegant couple you make and such good friends. Congratulations! Mr. Mickey gets 5 stars for having a dozen red roses waiting for you. Susan, your hair, makeup and outfit are simply gorgeous. Here’s to many more years of fun, food, travel and style together!

  12. You look absolutely beautiful Susan. I’m so happy for you and Mr Mickey to have found each other. Wishing you many more celebrations.

  13. Happy anniversary, Susan! You look beautiful, and Mr. Mickey looks handsome. Enjoy your time together!

  14. Congratulations on a happy relationship of twelve years! Blessings to both of you! You both have a glow about you of good health and contentment.
    I love that you put together an elegant look with items you’ve had for so long. You are an inspiration for me to think about my purchases carefully. I have to keep asking the questions of need and whether items will be wearable for a long time. Thank you!

  15. Susan,
    You look beautiful! Loving the new hair style!
    Congratulations on your special anniversary, so happy for you both!

  16. Back again. I failed to mention how flattering your new cut looks. You have styled it beautifully!

  17. You look radiant. I too am happy to have a Mr. Micky in my life but unfortunately he does not live just around the corner. Your hair looks lovely.

  18. Congratulations on such a wonderful relationship with such a thoughtful and gracious man! Another gorgeous picture of you with the roses.

  19. You look stunning, as always. I think your necklace really sets off your outfit! Mr. Mickey is a keeper and a sweet romantic. I’m certain he would say the same about you.

  20. Dear Susan, I have been following for a long time and just wanted you to know how much I admire you and all the work that you put into Susan after 60 is so evident. I just ordered a scarf that I have wanted and admired on you for over a year. It came quickly and once again the quality that you put into your website was evident in the scarf and packaging. Can’t wait to wear it. Also have to say that your new haircut was better than a facelift, it took it a few years off and no recovery involved!

  21. Hi Susan—Congratulations to you and Mr. Mickey. May you share many more healthy and happy years together. I am not on Facebook so was unable to comment about your new haircut. I have to say that I love it and think you styled it beautifully. In fact, maybe better than your hairdresser. Take care and enjoy your vacation.

  22. Wonderful post. Love what you are wearing, love your hair, and especially love your makeup. Are you wearing a new foundation-you look so glowing. Are your pictures taken at the restaurant or in a hone?

  23. Oh my gosh, I’m such a sappy romantic I just love this! Both of you look gorgeous & happy. Your new hair style is clearly a winner, btw. And that necklace . . . ! The only thing I can truthfully say I dislike is the “arty” presentation of your dinner. I have no idea why chefs these days think they have to smear the plate with food & then plop down whatever you’ve ordered in a pile on top of it — I find it both pretentious & unappetising, as though I’ve been served on an unwashed plate. I sincerely hope it was more appealing in real life than it appears to my biased eye, for your & Mr. Mickey’s sake. LOL! [I’m sure it was & I’m just having an unpleasant flashback to Valentine’s weekend, which we spent at a very upscale & insanely expensive seaside resort near here whose image of themselves far exceeds their ability to deliver & defines the very word pretentious.]

  24. Happy Anniversary! You make a dashing couple. I love reading about your adventures and the great times you share together. All the best! LV

  25. Happy Anniversary! You make a dashing couple. I love reading about your adventures and the great times you share together. The photographs are always fantastic. All the best! LV

  26. I can’t believe it took Mickey Jilton a few months to ask you out that first time. He must have been in a complete fog! Either that, or he was scared to death you wouldn’t have him! What a beautiful couple you are. And how wonderful it is you found each other. Happy Anniversary!

  27. Many congratulations Susan and Mr Mickey. Such fun you have together! I love your cut, although I think it suits you better with less volume. Karen

  28. You are absolutely glowing in these photos. Your life story never ceases to be an inspiration to me. Moving through periods of heartbreak and difficulty with style and courage, to arrive at this spot gives me a shiver of vicarious pride. I look to your blog as a role model as I move through my late 50’s. Your experience reassures that this phase of life can be satisfying and stylish. Keep it coming.

  29. What a lovely anniversary celebration! You do know that we all are secretly in love with Mr Mickey. Just kidding but he is a treasure. You look especially radiant for your special evening out.

  30. Hi,
    Looks like you had a great time on your anniversary! And the flowers are so pretty! Cheers! Paula

  31. I loved your necklace so much that I went to the retailer’s site and bought it. Thanks and congratulations on your 12 Year Anniversary.

  32. Congratulations on your 12th year anniversary. Such a milestone. You and Mickey look so charming together. A sweet looking couple. Love your outfit. So simple, yet sleek and elegant.

  33. You looked lovely for your special evening.

    Do you have a current discount code for Shop My Fair Lady? I don’t think they are honoring “October “anymore.

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