There’s a certain cliché that one must travel far and away to experience the mind and body rejuvenation of an award-winning spa. In reality…there’s probably one within driving distance of you that’ll do the job just as well.
This past weekend my Husband and I spent an amazing weekend celebrating our anniversary at Chateau Elan; a Winery, European-Style Spa and Golf Resort in Braselton Georgia; an hour away from Atlanta and just a little over two hours from our home. Ideal for the Golf Enthusiast, Wine Connoisseur and Spa Lover, this gem…nestled inside a French Provincial inspired mansion, shares grounds with three meticulously sprawling golf courses, contoured fairways, breathtaking lakes and two winding streams. It’s were European Luxury meets Southern Hospitality.
The Inn @ Chateau Elan
Champagne and Roses…always a nice welcome.
I believe someone else likes the view from the suite also.
Exploring the Vineyards
Already thinking about returning in August to stomp the grapes.
One of many Lounges In the Spa Guest Suites
A little tea and meditation at the Fleur de Lis
Time for Tasting
The notes…excite my senses.
An Explosion of Flavor on my pallet…A muscadine wine with a clean and clear essence of peach nectar
Happy Sunday! Contrary to the circumstances that surround not just our community but our country, I am feeling rather optimistic. There’s an epidemic of Police shooting Black Men plaguing our country and with the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte NC this week…the ramifications hit home.
What has become of humanity?…The quality of being humane, compassionate, kind, mindful, benevolent in the best of times and the worst of times. As realistic as this past week has been, for me it is just as surreal. As I stroll the streets of this beautiful City I moved to as a child, a City I grew to love and proudly make my home, to start my family and raise my children, like most of the people here, for me this has been a very emotional week. I feel both sympathy and empathy for all the families involved in such a tragedy (the family that lost a Father and a Husband…, as well as the family whose love one is responsible for such a loss). I’ve felt fear because of the tension between the Police and the Civilians, not just for my Son and my Husband but for my entire Family. I’ve also felt anger towards the Police and their “I felt threatened” protocol, enabling this to happen yet again. I’ve felt disgusted over the violent rioting that took place earlier in the week, and immediately overshadowed the display of strength and unity of the peaceful protest and demonstrations that have taken place throughout the City…which made me feel proud. I’ve felt frustration toward the media, (national and local) for its general and bias depiction of my City. In processing my emotions I know this unfortunate incident does not define the greater community of Charlotte, like many Cities in America, my City has been tainted by an unjust act that is happening way too often, and there’s work for us to do. I feel that this is our wakeup call. The only power we truly have is over ourselves (Police, Civilians of every ethnicity, all registered voters and those of legal age to vote but aren’t yet registered, Clergy, City and State Officials…). Each of us have to make the conscious decision to be the change. Although my heart is still heavy, I’m very optimistic as my City still reigns royalty and today I have nothing but love for it.
Suffice the wayward conditioning of mans mentality, each of us are all created differently yet equal. My prayer is that we learn to love ourselves so that we can respect and appreciate the differences in one another as it adds value to our own lives. By a power greater than ours, we are purposely meant to live in this world together.
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Peasant Blouse: Chico’s | Similar Flare Jeans: Express
Isn’t it beautiful…Tis The Season of Rebirth…The parade of flowering trees and shrubs displaying their colorful blooms…Nature at its best! So time sprang a week ago today, and with the days a little longer and the sun a little warmer, I’m springing as well…Yes indeed...although we may be experiencing a couple of days of unseasonably low temperatures…I’m excited about this Seasons Fashion Forecast and I’m moving forward…This weekend I greeted Spring in an ensemble by Alice and Olivia. In recognition of bare-shoulders being the trendsation of the season, I thought I’d don this off-the-shoulder denim blouse with these dainty double-ruffled sleeves and co-ordinating high-waisted wide leg pant in chambray. What I love about these pieces; other than the obvious…is they’re great for transitioning, not just for Spring but well into the Summer. To compliment the look, I find fun-chic accessories like this frayed denim shoulder bag and this straw hat that can be worn from the Beach to the Derby and beyond, and paired them with a denim three-strap sandal. Classy-Casual-Comfort at its best!
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Pant: Alice + Olivia | Blouse: Alice + Olivia | Hat: Vineyard Vines | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Jewelry: Brighton | Bag: Michael Kors
Thanks for visiting…and enjoy this first day of Spring!
Out and about enjoying this beautiful prequel to Spring in my new favorite jeans. If you know me or follow my blog, you get by now that nothing can come between this Girl and her jeans. I will make a pair of jeans approprié for any occasion…so to say I love a good pair of jeans (comfortable and stylish) is merely an understatement. I wear them all; skinnies, boyfriends, wide & flair-legged, coated, painted, patched, distressed and destroyed…and just when I think I’ve slayed them all, the innovative-creativity with-in the powers that be, subtly incorporate camouflage in such a way that is nothing less than jeanius! I stumbled upon this particular pair of jeans and immediately thought; how wonderful a marriage they would make with my camouflage platform’s and this military inspired trench vest I recently purchased from Tar-zhay: Targets in faux French). There’s something to be said about the feeling you get when the look you pulled together in your head turns out just so.
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Trench Vest: Who What Wear | Jeans: Denim Supply & Co | Shoes: Saint Laurent | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Eyewear: Kate Spade
The chic and smart; Who What Wear Collection is now available on target.com and in Target stores. A substantial selection of classic staples mixed in with on-trend pieces ranging in size from 2 to 26 and all priced under $50.
Hello Fashionista’s, I hope your Friday is shaping up to be as bright as mines. I woke up feeling blue (in a good way); full of energy and excitement, in part because it’s Super Bowl Weekend and my Panthers have made it to the Super Bowl, giving the Carolina’s cause to celebrate. Also I’m meeting with a long time friend for a light lunch and some much-needed girl talk. Initially I pulled out this vibrant corduroy (yes corduroy!) blazer to wear with jeans and a pair of black loafers, and though the color expressed the way I feel today…the shoes not so much! So I decided to tszuj up my look with a silk scarf to compliment the blazer and these suede platforms that make me feel like I’m on top of the world…it’s definitely a Glamsual Friday!
If you’re reading this blog, I assume you tweet, or update your status, or pin to a pin-board or maybe Instagram a photo once in a while. For whatever reasons the girlfriend I’m lunching with today does not engage in social media what-so-ever…in fact she considers it to be the antichrist. I remember a time not so long ago (about 2 years) when I myself was anti-social media. I’d heard so many terrifying stories that I was determined I would never participate in such cult-like shenanigans (Never say never!). It was actually my children that convinced me, though I already had a website for my business, they kept riding me to open a Facebook account. “It’s the way of the world Ma.”…”Everybody’s on Facebook…even Grandma has a page.”…”It will only help your business.”…and so on and so on. Eventually my daughter opened a Facebook Page for my business and shortly there after in the midst of my turning 50 evolution I opened a personal Facebook Page. All of the fears that held me back, “It’s evil.” “I’m concerned about my privacy.” “It’s such a waste of time.” None of that held water.
I enjoy Pinterest because it’s therapeutic, I look at all the different inspiration boards as a variation of vision-boards, it’s also kinda like scrapbooking. And for me Twitter is almost like an international News Paper; I can watch events unfold in real-time, like receiving a first hand alert when a protest movement is being born in 140-character bursts. I normally get a good laugh from Instagram and all the hilarious Pop Culture Meme’s.
I engage for good reasons and also because if I don’t I would not be aware of relevant dates that are particularly important to my family and friends, most of whom don’t reside in the same city as I do. I wouldn’t be able to see and share all of the beautiful pictures of our children and grandchildren’s lives as they grow up as quickly as I do on social media, or receive notifications for social events going on in and out-of-town, because they’ll assume I saw it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Whats good is, I can tailor my social-media adventures to my taste and comfort level: If I only want my sisters to see my Instagram feed, set it to private and only receive their requests. If I’d rather read tweets than tweet myself, I’m in good company-millions of users do the same. You don’t have to commit to engaging everyday…unless you are drawing an income from it, for most of us our lives are too full, social-browsing and updating a couple of times a week is plenty…like anything else, indulge in moderation. And if you test-drive Twitter or Facebook or anything else and don’t get the appeal, that’s fine, too. The point is that you simply must try. You owe it to yourself to remain relevant. You don’t want to fall out of touch because you’ve decided what is current no longer belongs to you. Social media wont make you young. But letting the world leave you behind is what makes you old.
Blazer: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (no longer available) | Jeans: RL Denim Supply & Co. | Platform Shoes: Prada
Living in a region where we experience seasons…I’m accustom to the climate changes, and I’m grateful for them. So during the holidays when I use the salutation; Seasons Greetings, I really mean it. After over ten straight days of abnormal temperature lows for the months of November and going into December, sweater-weather has finally arrived…”Yay!” As stylish as it is comfortable I was beginning to think my cable-knit sweater wasn’t going to see the light of day this season. This classic and classy wardrobe essential is one I will continue to wear season after season. It also makes an awesome gift.
Cable Knit Cowl-neck: Polo Ralph Lauren, Jeans: Denim & Supply Co. Ralph Lauren, Bedazzled-Bow Pump: Kate Spade, Clutch: Patricia Nash