Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday and more! Do flip over to the girls’ blog for more photos.
On Sunday, I got to enjoy the Junior League of Charlottesville‘s Mistletoe Market. While there were over 50 fabulous vendors, I dropped all of my money with just two, but I won a door prize, so a third is mentioned below.
I’m kinda’ proud of myself… I went with a plan – to find necklaces. See, I don’t wear ’em. I don’t like the dainty gem on a fine chain I seem to have so much of in my jewelry chest. Despite being petite, I love chunky jewelry.
I wasted no time wearing my turquoise and coral piece from Bling Around the Collar. Yes, it’s very appropriate that I’m sharing all of this on Thorsday, because her company name was inspired by her dogs, who are featured on her business card!
This piece literally caught my eye as soon as I walked in the door, and I bought it after my first loop through most of the vendors. I knew then that I’d wear it on Monday with my safari shirt dress, and I knew I’d be headed to the mall to find some teal/turquoise or coral flats…
Don’t look too closely… the Knight wasn’t home and daylight is scarce after work in the woods. Luckily, the dress has a VERY full skirt… Shoes are Nine West. I normally stay far away from suede, but I was short on time, they were cute and on sale, so… (My shoes are more teal than the color on NW’s website. The bit you can see above is accurate on my monitor.)
I love this necklace. I could build an entire wardrobe around it and be very happy… at least until I woke up one day and never wanted to see coral or pale turquoise again.
Ironically, the other necklace I scored is also blue and coral. It came from J Ryan Jewelry. I’m pretty sure she put it together for the UVA crowd… of which I am not a part, but I have promised to loan it to a loyal alum friend next year!
This is big and chunky even by my standards, but see… my good friend and current JLC president owns a very similar piece and every time she wears it, I covet it. Or did. Past tense. The vixen twisted my arm and made me buy this one, and I know I won’t regret it for a minute. We schemed several outfits it will work well with while I tried it on, along with the other two VERY similar (different ribbon colors and slightly different coral) designs… (Click on the link at the top of the post to see Sissy kinda’ modeling it for me.)
As I mentioned, I also won sauces from Palcha. I believe they’re a local company, but their website says Whole Foods carries them in many markets. Evidently we live a sheltered life – we truly do – because a few of my friends are already familiar with their sauces and assured me the Knight will have big fun with them. I’m eager to try some of their recipes too!
One of the members working the prize table joked that I was banned from entering contests for a while. Hrmph. Win some earrings in February and some sauces in November and a girl gets a bad rap! To quote the Virginia Lottery’s Lady Luck, “You gotta’ play to win.”
So, I’m thankful I’m lucky, I’m thankful to be a part of such a dynamic, inspiring group of women who really are changing our community, and I’m thankful for my little helpers, even when they aren’t truly helpful and send me off to my evening meeting with drool on my dress and dog hair everywhere it can stick.
And I’m absolutely over the moon because in just a few days, we’ll get to meet the awesome gMarie and her Jaybird in person!! Can’t wait!! (Please don’t try to make me promise to get photos. Pop over to her blog and see if she’ll vow to do such a thing. Me and my good intentions get lost in these moments and I really do simply forget!)
What are you thankful for today? And where will you be shopping locally on Small Business Saturday? (Next week… so you have time to make a plan if you don’t have one!)