Ready For The Show

We attended one of our favorite events on Saturday. Shelton Vineyards was the site of the annual Mercedes-Benz Car Show sponsored by the Tarheel Section Club Members. The free event attracts members and nonmembers alike who bring various classic, rare, and late-model Mercedes for display. We always enjoy visiting the Yadkin Valley wine country, but this is a special treat. Mr. Mickey looks forward to visiting with others who enjoy a classic Benz almost as much as he does.

The temperatures for last year’s event soared to nearly 100 degrees. That memory was fresh in my mind as I decided what to wear for the day. The most comfortable shirts I own are the Portofino shirts I have been buying at Express for the past few years. The almost sheer breezy fabric allows me to be covered but remains comfortable on the hot, humid days of late summer. I wore this bright blue one with lightweight white straight leg jeans from Chico’s. I had the jeans altered to touch the top of my foot to wear them with flats. It always makes me look shorter and heavier when my pants puddle over the top of the foot. The silver accessories were gifts from Mr. Mickey. The flat silver sandals were purchased at DSW last year.

I always enjoy chatting with the other ladies and seeing what they decide to wear for the event.

I have a confession to make. I applied a moisturizer from a line I used to use because it was in my travel bag. It has a high SPF, and it is light and sheer. I had forgotten why I never wear moisturizer in the summer. The next morning, I woke up with numerous breakouts. When I use the Cleansing Balm found here and pictured above, I never get breakouts, and my skin looks better than it has looked in many years. This event proved why I need to stick with what works and get rid of what doesn’t.

  1. Oh gosh, I think you have awakened a vintage Benz lover in me too! I forgot I used to lust after one when I was in college and I’d walk by it everyday going to class. It was dark blue and I loved the round headlights. Funny! Anyway, you look so well put together considering you were dressing for a very hot day. I don’t think I would have looked that fresh, probably more sweaty too!

    1. I do because I want to get all of my eye make up off also. I put the Balm back on my face after it is dry and then it vanishes after I add the Nourishing Night Cream.

  2. Love your picnic—- very French.
    Many in the UK also have the Houston residents in their thoughts. A British charity from my area, Shelterbox, has sent aid.

  3. Hello Susan,

    I’m new to your blog and I find it very inspiring.
    You look very good in all of your posts and your outfits are very well put together.
    I love your last post from the Mercedes car show. I hail from Munich and I remember some of the models well. One even has a Munich licence plate!
    My husband would drool over all these nice cars!

  4. Love this look! Living in southeast North Carolina, hot temperatures and high humidity are fairly common. Is a camisole needed under the semisheer fabric of the shirt?

  5. From Houston—Susan thank you so much for mentioning our horrible flooding in Houston and our need for donations. It is a mess, so many are homeless and in emergency centers. I am lucky as I had no flooding but many of my friends are devastated. Please help. You can also call the American Red Cross at 713-778-8920.

  6. Just FYI, it looks as if Express is having a buy one get one half price sale. And thank you Susan for the hurricane fund information. I just cannot imagine what those people are going through.

  7. I just read “Live to Eat” and bought all good veggies and fruits, etc to start a healthy eating lifestyle! The book really motivates me to work toward less headaches and less joint pain and to lose weight. My son already eats this way and has for years…guess it took a while for me to learn. Thanks so much for all your inspiration!

  8. Love your choice of outfit. The blue and white looks classy. Adore the hat also. The other women like nice also. The cars look fabulous. Yes, all our thoughts and prayers are with those caught in the hurricane.

  9. I feel so uplifted very time I read your posts and I really appreciate what you are doing for us women. You are beautiful and you have created a beautiful life.

  10. Hi Susan, I really enjoy reading blog! You look so fresh and pretty, and I love the photos of the cars! I’ll be showing them to my husband, he would have loved to have been there! Thank you for all the helpful and upbeat ideas you share 🙂 And thank you for including the needs of Houston.

  11. HiSusan, love your blog. Do you like the shirttail or the round hem on the Portfino shirts? I think I prefer the round but I seem to have less selection with the round.

    1. I prefer a hem that has some sort of break or detail at the sides. It breaks up a straight across line which can make us look shorter by cutting our bodies at the point.

  12. I feel a little self-serving saying how wonderful you look in that peacock blue shirt & white pants because I have (almost) the same outfit & always get so many compliments when I wear it. I’m blonde (again) & that shade of blue flatters most blondes. My shirt is loose & flowy & so very cool. I wear silver sandals, a silver pendant & earrings & an armful of silver bangles/cuffs & always feel well put together.

    And my heart aches for Houston. The entire Gulf coast, in fact, which looks like it’s going to have a hard season. Much of western Canada is being ravaged by wildfires & I wish we could trade our never ending dry, hot days for even a fraction of that rain.

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