Labels

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Neutral Naturals and Gold

By Heather

What do you wear when the temps are going into the mid 90s and your husband says, "Let's get lunch and a glass of wine at Zinc Bistro at Kierland Commons." He escalates the offer by saying that I could browse the shops as we walk to the restaurant (he had me at lunch and  a glass of wine). To make the day even more delightful, we're being joined by an old family friend from Minneapolis, Dr. Streu, who spends the winters in the Valley of the Sun. Dick Streu was Tom's dad's best friend and the Streu family and the Glaeser family spent a lot of time together as the kids grew up. He's the most spry 83-year-old I've ever known, a great conversationalist, and very generous: he treated us to lunch!

 A little shopping at Z Gallerie before lunch. Kish linen pants and sweater from the Everything But Water store at Kierland (this store is more boutique-like than their other stores)
I like wearing natural fibers when it's summer (yeah, I know it's technically still spring but tell that to the Scottsdale weather gods) and when you're my age (over 60) and my shape (curvy with wobbly parts), it's best to cover up a cami with a loosely-woven sweater that allows air to flow but covers the arms. I know it looks a little shapeless (when you're short and curvy, you're supposed to wear closer-fitting clothes that show some shape) but sometimes I just don't want to follow the fashion rules; I'd rather be comfortable. With age comes freedom!
Coach purse; Vaneli cork wedges from Marmi 
Tiffany sunglasses; Michael Kors watch; pave link bracelet, small gold necklace from Nordstrom's; longer gold necklace from Macy's; Alexis Bittar bangles; macrame bracelet with metal discs from Everything But Water.

Tom, in his standard summer uniform of polo shirt and khaki shorts, sitting down for lunch with dear family friend, Dr. Richard Streu. How come Dick has more brown in his hair than Tom does?? But isn't my husband handsome with all of that white hair?

Local store, Oils and Olives, at Kierland Commons 
Bought the best Maytag blue cheese stuffed olives, a loaf of crusty country bread, carmelized red onion and fig tapenade, and garlic parmesan crema here for a tasty respite later in the day along with a bottle of wine.

 Across Scottsdale Road from Kierland Commons is another shopping mecca called Scottsdale Quarter. I always make sure to stop in at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware when I'm there. These pictures are from Pottery Barn. Loved their latest vignettes featuring some of their summer items.
 My favorite tablescape. 
Is is time to decorate for summer? I'm getting in the mood!

Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Heather



49 comments:

  1. I adore that first picture...the textures around you perfectly complement your gorgeous outfit!

    Shopping, food, and wine sounds like my idea of heaven. Your husband obviously knows the way to a woman's heart. I hope that you had a great time together.

    There is a store in Scottsdale called Bungalow that I am dying to visit. I follow the posts on their blog and drool all over my computer. Have you been? Is it as pretty in person as it looks in their blog?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Diane,
      Thanks for the sweet comments. Yes, I've been to Bungalow and it's as beautiful, if not more so, than the pictures you've been seeing. Your comment, though, reminds me I haven't stopped in recently so I better stop by this week. The store isn't too far from my home and directly across from the Costco where I gas up once a week. Come in to town and we'll shop together!
      Heather

      Delete
  2. Love the textures and shades you chose. So flattering and absolutely beautiful. You look great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Mary. I do like that monochromatic look.
      Heather

      Delete
  3. Oh, you're wearing my favorite color and fabric! I LOVE linen! Such a great fabric for summer.
    I'll be visiting Scottsdale in July. Hubby has a conference to attend and I'll be tagging along. I'm assuming it will be incredibly HOT? It's a good thing I have lots of linen pieces. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jeannie,
      Yes, it will be incredibly hot -- think about 110 or more. If you're lucky, it will only be about 105 or so. Lightweight natural fibers are the way to go! If you'd like, shoot us an email and we'll meet up with you :)
      Heather

      Delete
  4. You look very elegant in the heat! Love all the nuetral colours together and the mix of fabric texture. Great accessories too! Know what you mean about fashion rules. Rules schmules, if you're comfortable go with the flow.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.

    Brief but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read article!

    Here is my site; sale christian louboutin

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mmmm, your site says "sale christian louboutin" but you are "anonymous." Won't check out the website until I have more verification. Looks like spam to me.
      Heather

      Delete
  6. What a lovely sophisticated color palette! Looks like a very fitting for your fun day!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your look is cool, and chic, and perfect for the occasion, Heather! And yes your husband is very handsome with his silver hair (my husband is also handsomely silver). Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Patti. My husband still thinks his hair is brown. He's very surprised when told that it's not and he's been white/silver since his 30s! The DMV finally made him change his hair color on his driver's license.
      Heather

      Delete
  8. Replies
    1. Thank you, Kristin. It just dawned on me that it's technically still winter -- spring is still several days away and I'm already talking about summer!
      Heather

      Delete
  9. Beautiful clothing! I like how you coordinate with the background! That sounds like my kind of day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Liz. It is the perfect kind of day -- loved ones, great food, and good shopping!
      Heather

      Delete
  10. It's so nice to see you in that summerly outfit. You look amazing in neutrals.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Sabine. It was comfortable to wear in those high temperatures!
      Heather

      Delete
  11. Your outfit isn't baggy. Your clothes skim the body, and the top is airy enough that there is no bulk to worry about. Your instincts were just right ... one short girl to another!
    Looking pretty for your date!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I want to keep you around, Jan. Your comments make me feel good. Thank you.
      Heather

      Delete
  12. Summer may be coming to Scottsdale, but here in southern California it is foggy, foggy, foggy AND cold along the coast.

    I had to laugh about the over 60 and wobbly parts. I too am over 60 and I refuse to follow any fashion rules. I teach middle school so today it was jeans and converse Jack Purcell. Who says I have to dress my age?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We're leading a similar life, Carol. I'm a teacher also (high school) and I also function as the preschool director of our on-site early learning center. Jeans are a staple in my work wardrobe because of my connection with the preschoolers :)
      Heather

      Delete
  13. My goodness you look lovely! Makes me feel guilty about running out to do errands in my yoga pants :\
    Lucky you in warm weather - I am still looking at snow in PA! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Lisa. Just saw the news about a big snowstorm heading into the eastern states. Stay warm! I'll stop by the enchanted oven next.
      Heather

      Delete
  14. You make a gorgeous couple!! How wonderful to spend time with a family friend, too. i think you look utterly cool and glamorous for that weather. I'll be taking notes, since warm weather dressing is always a challenge for me.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you, Jean. I can't imagine that warm weather dressing is a challenge for you. You always look so beautifully put together! I prefer layers, though, so sometimes it's a challenge for me!
    Heather

    ReplyDelete
  16. You both look wonderful! The color and shades look lovely on you :) I can't wait to get out after a frightfully cold winter!
    Thanks for reminding that summer is right around the corner!
    -Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Reshama. I'm still giggling over the fact that when I wrote the post, it was still technically winter and there I was thinking that it was a spring day that felt like summer. It's easy to get confused here when the weather is almost always sunny and warm!
      Heather

      Delete
  17. What a brilliant way to spend the day. I found the 'fashion rules' comment interested as tomorrow I'm posting an outfit pic similar (in that I'm wearing floaty pants and top). As a short lady myself I was surprised at how flattering the outfit and sometime gambling the style rules can be! Not to mention comfort is always king - thanks for linking up with WW xo

    ReplyDelete
  18. Looking forward to reading your post and seeing your "floaty outfit." Thanks for hosting the party!
    Heather

    ReplyDelete
  19. Looks like a wonderful outing! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wonderful outfit and wonderful lady!
    I like your style and I follow you from today. Would you like to spare parts?
    Regards,
    Carmen (Arte Creattiva) from Italy
    http://marnero.blogspot.it

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Carmen,
      I checked out your blog and it's delightful! Perhaps you can teach me Italian as well, okay?
      Thank you for your kind comments.
      Heather

      Delete
  21. I am completely in lust with your pave link bracelet. And no, Its not that I missed the rest of the look or the other completely gorgeous photos in the post....it's just that when I see something shiny and beautiful...well.....you know...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're too funny. But I get it. Thanks!
      Heather

      Delete
  22. Wonderful - you looked gorgeous! Perfect outfit and looks like fun was had by all - especially hubby!

    ReplyDelete
  23. You look amazing! No wonder your lucky hubby called and asked you out to lunch. Looks like a great place to shop, too.
    Patti

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Patti,
      I keep telling him that he's a lucky guy, too :) Actually, I'm the lucky one; he's pretty amazing (at least most days). Thanks for the nice remarks. Come visit Scottsdale -- we do have great shopping!
      Heather

      Delete
  24. You look lovely! Beautiful outfit. I love the purse and shoes. So enjoyed viewing the shops and the lovely table settings. Your husband is very handsome and how thoughtful to invite you to lunch and say you can shop! lol I'm a new follower. Thank you for joining us at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Peggy, and thanks for becoming our latest follower!
      Heather

      Delete
  25. Sounds like it was a wonderful afternoon!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi! I’m new follower of your blog and would like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/clever-chicks-blog-hop-28-easter-peeps.html

    I hope you can make it!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


    Yours in poultry,
    Kathy Mormino
    The Chicken ChickTM

    Join me on Facebook
    Follow my blog: The-Chicken-Chick.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad to meet a new follower, Kathy! I will definitely check out your Blog Hop.
      Heather

      Delete