October means the start of the symphony season. I always give Mr. Mickey season tickets to the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra as a Christmas gift.
Enjoying an excellent evening meal at Gourmet and Company before the performance is a tradition.
The Jilton Vegetarian is fabulous right now! We sometimes also share a piece of wild-caught grilled salmon. Mr. Mickey originated this famous dish. It has been on the menu for several years and was featured in the Tourism Guide for the state of Tennessee. The selection changes often and features the best of what is in season at the moment. Chef John has created an excellent combination of flavors.
I usually take a scarf, jacket and sometimes a coat when we attend the symphony. The evening may be very pleasant while we are having dinner. Still, it may be freezing by the time we leave the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel after the performance is over.
Dressing for rapidly changing temperatures while still trying to look well put together can be a challenge. Black is my go-to option for evening wear, but I do attempt to create interest with different textures. The sequined sweater is a couple of years old from Saks Off 5th. The chiffon scarf is edged with black beading, and it is so old I don’t recall where I found it. The knit legging style pants are several years old from Chico’s. They are much nicer than the casual ones you usually find now. These are made from a richly textured knit, and they must be dry cleaned. The Ralph Lauren tuxedo style blazer has satin lapels, and it is from the end of the season sales last year from Dillard’s. The shoes are by BCBGeneration via Dillard’s. The reptile embossed clutch bag is one I bought from S.M. Bradford a couple of years ago while we were on Hilton Head Island.
I have the option of just wearing the sweater, or I can add the scarf to keep my neck warm. The jacket can be worn draped across my shoulders until it gets cooler. I love the look of a scarf worn trailing down your back.
Never underestimate the importance of owning separates that can be mixed and matched and dressed up or down to serve you well. I can’t imagine having the time or the desire to go shopping for every event as it comes up. Instead of shopping for clothes, I am living a hectic life, so I want the clothes I already own to serve many purposes. For example, I could also wear this tuxedo jacket with a white tee and jeans and flats just as easily. The sequined sweater could work over white jeans with silver sandals. I can push up the sleeves and add a silver bracelet to wear it more casually.