On Friday evening, my adventure partner and I enjoyed another outdoor dinner date in the “park” at Gourmet and Company. The weather is now very chilly after sunset, so this may be our last for a while. Before dinner, we visited the campus of the VA Center to snap a few photos.
When the sun shines on the mountains late in the day, the effect is spectacular. Below, Buffalo Mountain rises above ETSU, as seen from the grounds of the Mountain Home VA.
I tried merino wool sweaters this year for the first time, and I’m so glad I did. Merino wool is a natural fiber grown by merino sheep. It’s thinner and softer than regular wool—making it very comfortable to wear next to the skin. My sweater is available in several colors here. I am wearing a size medium.
Fine gauge knitwear is a wise choice for us gals with inverted triangle shapes since no bulk is added. I also appreciate that I can layer a jacket over these sweaters to stay cozy and warm. The crew neckline is not overly high, and it is finished with a very feminine edge. I also added the long V-shaped necklace and left my jacket open. Those long vertical lines are the key to making this look work for me.
I’m wearing chevron pantyhose to keep warm and to add an element of interest to my look. My outfits may seem rather dull from a distance, but you will always find various subtle textures when you look closer.
The meal included bowls of hearty wild mushroom soup, and I couldn’t pass up my favorite Brussels sprouts appetizer.
The dress code for Saturday was upscale-casual as we took a ride over to the Biltmore Estate. We stopped along the way to enjoy the fall color. It won’t be in full regalia for a couple of weeks. The tops of a few trees are just starting to turn. For more information about fall foliage near Asheville, click here.
My skincare routine is detailed here. Grooming and self-care are a significant first step in every look.
That’s the navy version of the same heather smoke Margot sweater above. I used accessories in shades of light taupe to pull the look together. The wool blazer and other items are not new.
A similar blazer is here. A similar scarf is here. Jeans here. Booties here. A similar bag is here. (My bag is now unavailable the color ecru.) Similar sunglasses here.
My all-time favorite no-show socks are here. (Use the code AUTUMNSUSAN for 15% off your order.)
I snapped a few photos for you as we wandered around the grounds, far away from the crowds.
We removed our masks for the photo, but otherwise, wear them when outside the car.
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