If we “listen” to our bodies, we will know when to take a break, get more sleep, eat more nutritious foods, or get more exercise. I have been getting all these messages lately, so I took some time off to rest my body, mind, and spirit last week.
On Wednesday evening, we enjoyed an exceptional meal to celebrate my birthday at Gourmet and Company here in Johnson City. It is one of our all-time favorite restaurants, and we are very thankful that it is so close. Long before John Bryant became the Chef at Gourmet, we would drive to Knoxville to eat at the now-closed Orangery where he was the Chef for a few years. He surprised us with one of our favorite dishes from that menu as a gift. When we arrived at our table, there were more cards, flowers from Mr. Mickey, and a beautiful gift from Von and Howard, Gourmet and Company’s owners. The flowers were significant because Mr. Mickey instructed the florist to include six red roses and one white rose (for my sixty-first birthday).
For the evening, the amuse bouches were tiny versions of my namesake Susan Vegetarian Sandwich from the lunch menu. Amuse-bouche is a French term that means a little bit of food served before the meal to stimulate the appetite.
Later in the evening, it was time to open more gifts!
Mr. Mickey wore one of his favorite cashmere sweaters from Polo, Ralph Lauren. These thin crewneck sweaters worn with a blazer are an excellent alternative to wearing a shirt and tie. This man is over the top! He gave me Chanel No. 5 perfume, four sets of my favorite Miss Elaine pajamas, and a custom pair of earrings incorporating my favorite coin, the Mercury Head Dime. (Shown below.) He sent so many beautiful cards; I lost count. We also went away for a long weekend getaway. (More about that soon.)
My look for the evening included my current favorite gifted French Kande necklace. I wore a long tank dress with a short peplum jacket from White House|Black Market last year. The pantyhose are also from White House|Black Market. I always wear hose with a dress and closed-toe shoes. The suede heels are from Saks Off 5th. The bag is a few years old. (It is the same one I often carry at night.)
The slit at the side of this dress keeps it from looking frumpy. I have worn it in many different ways, but this evening I dressed it up and wore it with a short jacket with a peplum in the back to conceal the fact that I have no behind. The use of ruffles, peplums, darts, small tailored shoulder pads, and other details in clothing can enhance our best features and fool the eye on the parts we are not as happy with. My style tips are never just me sharing my opinion; I study a lot!
Thanks for your kind comments and emails. It was a fabulous birthday!