I’ve been thinking about clothes lately.

It’s been hot hot hot around here and thus I’ve tried to wear “real” summer clothes. I’m at an age where sleeveless is not always the best choice..but sometimes it is necessary!  I do have some cute sleeveless tops and a dress or two….

But mostly I’ve been searching in my closet, in vain it seems, for something to wear that isn’t ten (or even twenty??) years old. Yes, sad but true. Many of my clothes have seen better days. Don’t get me wrong: I am “into” fashion, sometimes as an extension of my home furnishings world and background, and I love shopping. I really do. But somehow the years have crept up on my wardrobe and rendered it obsolete.

Time to source some new threads! Even the husband urged me to do so. Now that’s unusual, right?

I can’t believe that I never did a post about this image below!
This was my entry for “How I Wear My White Jeans” over on
The Rich Life in Wine Country

White Jeans 5

Really, I CAN dress up and look great! But not often it would seem…so off I went to Nordstrom.
I have read, endlessly and repeatedly, how everyone “of a certain age” adores Eileen Fisher. The cut, the fabric, the colors, the fit…all are very appealing to so many women my age. But there was always the problem of price. I am just not used to spending that much.  Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. 

I’ll start out slowly, I told myself. Like the French women, I will buy a few fine pieces and go for quality over quantity. When you’re used to shopping in bulk at Marshalls or TJ…well, this is a change! Oh yes, I do buy some good quality items, but really it is few and far between (as I am now realizing.)


The minute I tried this on I knew: THIS IS IT. Perfect fit. Perfect neckline (so often they gap on me.) Perfect material. Perfect color.


I liked it so much I went back two days later and bought the
Straight Leg Crepe Pants

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The S/M fits me just fine and I can’t believe the length is fine as is. At 5’4″ all pants are generally long on me, and Petite is just not right.  That top was also S/M and is SO PERFECT!

Another great thing about buying Eileen Fisher is that all the clothes are
That does make them more expensive but in this case, I now know that you get what you pay for.

To all my friends: you will be seeing me in these clothes OFTEN!

Having had such success early in the week I decided to go boutique shopping in Chapel Hill. Again, I’ve never really shopped these independent retailers in the six years we have lived here.. After a few dead ends (too dressy, too old looking, too young looking) I ended up at
Lark Home/Apparel
(on S. Elliott Rd, near Whole Foods)

What a great store. Katherine, the owner, was there and was very helpful. I hit it at just the right time as all the summer items were on sale.

Loving my new white knit skirt and long citrine top. Again, these are USA made.

So, let’s hear from all of you. How do you feel about spending money on clothes? Do you go for quality or quantity, or a little of both?

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We took another short road trip; this time to Virginia Beach.
Oh, the beach. There is nothing like it, right?

We stayed with a very dear friend in one of those older, really classic and classy houses.



It actually was not stormy as it appears here, just a perfect overcast to cut the intense sun.


Dinner is served. Fresh, local crabmeat salad, corn and butter beans: what could be better?


A visit to Fort Story:


And, of course, the post would not be complete without some flowers!
Trumpet Vine was everywhere.


And the beautiful and colorful Rosa Rugosa


In addition to staying with our friend, we had dinner with a cousin of mine and her husband. It had been….are you ready… 40 years since we saw each other. Yes indeed, time flies. I had never met her husband. And oh, what fun we had. It was one of those joyous tell-me-everything-about-you evenings! What delightful people (are you reading this A and T?) We will certainly see them again.

Happy weekend to everyone.

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The day finally arrived for the new SILGRANIT sink and
Quartz countertops.

We have never, in all the many, many years we have been married and owned houses, done such a renovation to a kitchen! I know, so many people gut and renovate (almost at the drop of a hat, it seems…) but for us this was truly a first. We have painted, we have had new appliances, we’ve installed new lighting but this is the first time I have actually chosen a new sink and countertop!


This is the now-gone Corian counter and sink.



Oh that sink…it never got really clean.

And, ta da, here is the new one:



But, of course, it’s not just the new sink that is SO fabulous, but the new countertops.
We chose Viatera ‘Minuet’ Quartz. Yes, it looks a lot like marble, doesn’t it? But I definitely did not want marble and was not crazy about the granite choices. Our center island is granite, but it’s dark and looks wonderful. I’m not a fan of the lighter granite colors as they show so much grain and pattern. So we looked at many, many quartz styles. Caesarstone and Silestone are the best known brands of Quartz but you definitely will pay more just for the name.

We went to Schneider Stone (ask for Susan in Chapel Hill…you will just love her!) as we had for the island. Their prices were good and the labor is excellent.


As you may notice, some of the grout is missing above the quartz backsplash. The subway tiles are not quite level, so all that has to be remedied when the painter comes. Oh yes….next up is painting the cabinets. Now they look SO dingy and yellowed and old with the new counters. And, I’m lightening up the gray walls: six years and now the color seems too heavy.

Here is the old gray Corian:


A work in progress:


And the new Quartz:


That’s it for now. More to come! Paint, new hardware and new under cabinet lights and we will be finished!!

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