What I Wore

This is Part II about my three-day, two-night getaway to Abingdon, VA. Part I is here.

I had a haircut appointment on Wednesday morning, so I drove to Abingdon afterward. My look for the day was a long-sleeve white tee, black knit pants, and a denim jacket. I’ve included the shopping links near the bottom of this page, so please keep reading.

Day 1 Hair Appointment and Travel

In addition to my hanging garment bag, I used a large basket tote to hold pajamas, cosmetics, medication, a round hairbrush, a book, flip-flops for the Spa and room, and sneakers for long walks. I wore the low-heeled slides on both travel days.

Day 2 Breakfast

The following morning, I went to the hotel restaurant for breakfast and wore straight-leg jeans, sneakers, and a white tee. I draped the black long-sleeve tee around my shoulders for extra warmth. I wear very little makeup when traveling but always use sunscreen and skincare.

Day 2 Spa Visit

Later in the morning, I changed into the black knit pants and wore the silver flip-flops to go down to the Spa for a massage followed by a facial.

Day 2 Sightseeing and Lunch

After my Spa appointments, I changed into the straight-leg jeans, white tee, and striped cardigan. I spent the rest of the day walking around town, shopping, having lunch, taking pictures for the blog, and enjoying the sunny day. I was wearing the look above when I ran into a fellow blogger, Tania Stephens, the editor of 50 IS NOT OLD. I interrupted her to say hi while her photographer was taking her pictures. Tania is gorgeous and just as gracious and considerate as she comes across in her blog.

Day 3 travel.

This travel wardrobe included two toppers, two tees, and two pairs of pants. I also packed pajamas, undies, and bras into the large basket tote. I didn’t take a swimsuit this time since the pool and jacuzzi were being serviced for the coming season and closed during my stay.

The lighting in the room was never great for taking pictures, so I recreated some of the looks for you later at home. These are only a few of the outfit possibilities using these six garments. I thought of lots more, and I’m sure you can, too.

SweaterSimilar Denim Jacket White T-ShirtBlack T-ShirtSimilar Black PantsJeansSimilar Pajamas

The handbag is sold out now, but it is the Angeli satchel by Patricia Nash. You may find one on a resale site, such as eBay. The flip-flops are here, sneakers are here, and similar low heels are here.

A similar basket tote is here. The hanging garment bag is here.

I’m enjoying Lyn Slater’s first book, “How To Be Old,” very much. It’s available here.

I took some basic silver jewelry also. The bangle bracelet is here. The earrings are here. The watch is here. The ring is many years old. The link bracelet is here. (Use the code SAS10 for $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.)

Shopping links on this site may allow me to earn a small commission without cost to you.

  1. Another great post Susan! BTW, I like your longer hairstyle, it’s youthful and very flattering. As always, thanks for the shopping links.

  2. What a nice stay at The Martha it is a beautiful place and especially in the spring. It looked like you had a very relaxing couple of days doing things you like to do. It’s always very rejuvenating to go to a spa for services. I really like your outfits for the couple of days. They are so simple and look comfortable so you didn’t have to take much with you. I always take way too much with me and only wear a few items. I’m going to try to take less and less on my next trips. Also love your longer hair!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your relaxing getaway with us! Always love your outfits and appreciate the inspiration. You have quite a following and I would love to run into you while out and about. I knew Tania lived in that area and it is great you two met. I’m sure you are aware that lots of your pictures are on Pinterest. There was an article on “how to dress” and you and several other ladies were featured (without your permission of course.) Brenda Kinsel was even featured and she has been gone several years.

  4. I was wondering if you could tell me how the J Crew stripped cardigan fits. Was wondering about what size you are wearing too. Thank you!

    1. I bought several of those cardigans in size large. I’ve come to like slightly oversized things when they have buttons. Shirts, jackets, and cardigans definitely should not fit too tight.

  5. It was wonderful running into you! You were sitting on a bench at the Martha with your back to me, but I noticed you because of your gorgeous outfit! We must get together for lunch one day. ️

  6. I always appreciate your travel features. There are so many exciting places to visit! I think I’m not as creative with the limited clothing items, so it’s always informative to see how you style them. I love your denim jacket! I need to buy a pair of new white sneakers. How do you keep yours looking clean and fresh? Wishing you joy in the everyday events of your week!

    1. Thank you, Lynne. I was just thinking my sneakers were looking pretty battered. They have a lot of miles on them, but I clean them with a damp paper towel each time I wear them.

  7. Thanks for your wonderful post. I always appreciate your tips and adventures. I find that cutting a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser into pieces and using them to clean white sneakers and white soles of shoes works well.

  8. I can feel how relaxing your getaway was! Love the bracelet and that shade of lipstick on you

  9. Thank you for sharing your lovely mini break, good for the soul to have a change of scenery. .
    I fell in love with those pretty silver flip flops and I like the classic straight style jeans and black ones too
    Your silver jewellery is so stylish and you wear it well
    Stylish tips as always , I have learnt a lot from you over the years and it’s all so appreciated.
    Pamela Wales UK.p

  10. I follow Lyn Slater on IG! She’s a delight! Love your outfits and how you condensed them by using different jackets and sweaters. You’re the best influencer for women our age, teaching us how to use what we have! I truly appreciate your information and inspiration, I have learned so much from you this past 5 years!❤

  11. Hi, Enjoy reading your blog.

    My email has changed
    Will you be able to update for me so I don’t miss any new blogs


  12. Silver jewelry is my most favorite and, so of course I clicked on links to check your purchases out. Both bracelets are affordably priced – the discount you offer is a nice “incentive on the one. And, best of all, should these pieces be stolen (not a pleasant thought but it can happen), these bracelets could easily be replaced. That’s a gift in itself!

  13. Thank you for sharing this post about your trip and fashions! I love your positive outlook and your style. I just turned 62, and I find strength from your words and your courage to live vibrantly.

    While I look forward to learning how to style my wardrobe so that I feel more confident, I am encouraged by your examples of an active lifestyle and experiences. Susan, you have helped me in so many ways — thank you!!

  14. I’ve followed you since your first days of YouTube! Shortly after discovering you, I realized you were just down the road from me (I live in Kpt). Just wanted to say hi and I hope that you and Mr Mickey are both doing well! -Kim

  15. I think we must be kindred spirits. You look gorgeous in most anything you wear. I do think your best jeans cut are the straight leg versions. They really give you a classy lady look.
    I do admire your work ethic and the efforts you put into each post.
    Hope you and Mr. Mickey are well and as happy as you can be.
    Thanks for every post you do. They’ve helped me so much.

  16. I love the way you combined these simple classic pieces for such a sharp look! Thank you so much for sharing your tips and travels. Very inspirational!

  17. Your delightful and inspiring post was just what I needed to read after coming off of 3 days with no power in the northeast. Definitely adding a 3 day GF getaway to my 2024 list. Love the jean jacket!

  18. Oh, I’m so excited to see that Lyn Slater book! I think I recognize her from the Advanced Style universe of dashing, stylish ladies of a certain age.
    What a wonderful trip – thanks for sharing it with us.

  19. Hi Susan……..I hope you enjoyed your trip. I loved the pictures. We just had friends purchase a home in Bristol so we are anxious to go and see the area.
    If you ever decide to sell the denim blazer or the light colored one you have I would very much be interested in purchasing one or the other. I tried to get the
    Light colored one from WHBM but they were all gone.
    Enjoy your Easter.

  20. I have followed Tania for many years. When you said you were in Abingdon in your first post, I immediately thought how funny it would be if you ran into her.

  21. You always look great, lovely and classy. I am loving your hair length and style. It’s so flattering. Your skin is glowing.
    You have found the style and fit that’s brings out the best in you!
    I am always trying to find clothing that is body and age appropriate. Apple shape at 70. A bit of a challenge way too often. LOL.

  22. In a past post you mentioned that you were reading Maisie Dobbs. Thank you. What a wonderful series. U read them all and am anxiously awaiting her last of the series to be released in June.

  23. Hi Susan,

    I just found your website, and I love it. Thanks for sharing. We seem to have a love for classic tailored clothing. I am 60 and still working, but I am looking more carefully at what my clothing purchases after retirement should considered, and your site has been helpful.


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