Some clothing items project a specific attitude. A biker jacket is one such piece. Even if it is pure white and structured, it feels a bit edgy and modern. The fact that this one has clean lines without many extra zippers, buckles, or studs makes it more refined. The hemline also dips down lower in the back to disguise a flat backside. All that combined with a soft, stretchy fabric makes this a jacket I will enjoy wearing almost year-round.
The downsizing continues. After a brutal week of working to prepare my commercial building to be offered for sale, I wanted to treat Mr. Mickey to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Rowland’s at Westglow in Blowing Rock, NC.
From the moment we arrive on the property, a feeling of peace and relaxation settles over us. We enjoy the banter with the delightful young people who come to valet the car and open doors for us, and the manager, Gary Brown, who comes to greet us with a hug. We take a few minutes to relax after the long drive with a glass of champagne in the living room while listening to Kim play the antique baby grand piano. Combined with the anticipation of a splendid meal, it all feels like being welcomed home by family.
An amuse-bouche or amuse-gueule is a single, bite-sized hors d’ œuvre. Amuse-Bouches are different from appetizers in that they are not ordered from the menu but are served for free and according to the chef’s selection.
Rowland’s House Salad includes mixed greens, watercress, oranges, shaved fennel, microgreens, Kalamata olives, citrus vinaigrette, and crispy vegetables.
The appetizer of a King Prawn with edamame, tomato, grilled baguette, and garlic butter was superb.
The Miso Marinated Mero Sea Bass with forbidden rice, bok choy, carrot ginger foam, and wasabi oil is the best. Chef James is a genius!
We shared the sour cream cheesecake with figs, pecan biscotti, and honey, but by that time, we had relaxed so much, we forgot to take a photo. My apologies.
My favorite part of getting dressed is adding the right accessories to pull the look together. I did not want to clutter the look with a necklace or bracelet with the edgy nature of the jacket. I did wear bold geometric drop earrings and dramatic rings. I also carried my most urban clutch bag. The Anne Klein shoes are no less than twelve years old. The black pants are the Chico’s travelers. I wore a pale silver-gray tank top to unzip the jacket while seated.