Saturday is the day we go exploring, so we try to do something fun that corresponds well with the weather conditions. That means we take day trips to the mountains often in the summer months. This past Saturday, we visited Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. My sweet friend and exceptional artist, Monique Carr, has an exhibit of her work there until October 14th.
Mr. Mickey has many pieces of original art. He also has a photograph of himself with many of the artists, including Red Skelton. Add Monique to the collection!
The photo above shows a collage of some of Monique’s work hanging in my kitchen so that I can enjoy it every day.
Later in the day, we joined friends for dinner at one of our favorite places. Redtail Mountain is just a few minutes away from Valle Crucis and Boone, so it was an easy beautiful drive. Our dinner at Vistas Land & Sea Grille was perfect, as always.
I was thrilled to see the “mascot” for the resort soaring over our heads while waiting for our friends to arrive. The Redtail Hawk is a majestic bird of prey.
My look for the day included a royal blue jacket trimmed in black. It is very lightweight and can be worn as a jacket or as a shirt on a warmer day. It is by Moonlight via ShopMyFairLady.com.
When we spend the day traveling around the area, I take a large tote to hold all the things I might need. The tote is by Coach, and it is at least thirty years old. I polish it every year and store it stuffed with paper when not in use. With care, high-quality purchases can last for many years. I choose classic styles so that they don’t have to be replaced with every passing trend. The suede shoes I wore are by Louise Et Cie, and they are about five years old. The shoes I took with me in case I wanted to change into flats are by J. Reneé. I also took one of my favorite large silk scarves. If the jacket had become too warm during the day, I could have removed it and draped the scarf around my shoulders. If I had become too cool in the evening, it could have been used as a wrap over the jacket.
If my windblown hair looks especially full and shiny, it is because I have started using the Volume and Shape Collection from Beautycounter here. I am thrilled with the results!