Mistletoe Market Report

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. 

November 2011 013I’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…

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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.)

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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. 

November 2011 010Ironically, 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.)

November 2011 012As 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!)

15 comments on “Mistletoe Market Report

  1. gMarie says:

    Oh I love that dress! Your hair is getting long and blond – it’s fabulous. You could easily add a blue or coral belt to that dress or metalic of some sort.

    Oh and I’m not making any promises either – I might say – I’ll try – I mean I know we’ll have at least 2 but probably 3 DSLR’s with us as well as camera phones. But I’m guessing we’ll be lucky to get one good photo – and none of the bunch of us. 🙂 Can’t wait! g

  2. Amy says:

    What a pretty necklace! And you look fantastic! The light in the woods and that dress – a winning combo!

  3. Katherine says:

    I like the coral necklace but I’m crazy about the turquoise!! I agree–I would wear it constantly! Great purchases and lucky lady to have won a door prize. I never win anything. It’s a joke with our family, “Don’t let Mom touch the lottery ticket,” or “Don’t sit next to her if you want to win the door prize.”

    Also, I agree with gMarie that you are looking fabulous!!

  4. Jessica says:

    Chan…you look freaking AMAZING!!! I am so proud of all your hard work…it has paid off, and you look so HAPPY with yourself and your success, and your healthy little self!
    The jewlery is gorgeous…love both turquoise and coral. and those shoes are super cute!! I bought my first-in-long-time suede shoes not long ago, too. They do not get a lot of use, but i sure like it when i can wear them!

  5. Kathy says:

    Great necklaces and I absolutely love your dress!

    If The Knight wasn’t home, does that mean you set up the camera and hopped up on top of the hot tub to take that photo?

    It really shows, how much you’ve taken charge of your health. Congrats on that!

  6. Marjie says:

    I love how your hair looks in these pictures; the safari dress is a great color on you. And I have several pairs of suede flats. I don’t feel like I need to keep them polished, and they come in exciting colors!

    I’m excited for G’s visit, too. Funny, isn’t it, that you can like someone so well when you’ve never laid eyes on them?

  7. very very nice choices!!!!

  8. gypsyknits says:

    Chan, you look amazing! :D. Congrats on your win.
    Enjoy your visit with G and give her a hug from me :).

    I see the girls were ‘acting up’ in the photo shoot. Whaddaya do with kids these days? 😉

  9. Blond Duck says:

    Love the dress! Not ignoring you, I promise–been swamped!

  10. Mary says:

    In the immortal words of Billy Crystal, “Darling, you look mahvelous!” Congrats on the new jewelry, too. I don’t wear necklaces any more. Besides not wanting to draw attention to the turkey neck, I have to wear a work lanyard w/ID all day. Since it is incredibly ugly (green and white print, thank you very much…gag), it is impossible to wear a necklace.

  11. You definitely scored some awesome bling! Hey, maybe you should do a “Who Wore It Better” post (like the fashion mags do) with you and Sissy modeling that gorgeous orange necklace! We could vote! It would be a hoot!

    The Road Dogs’ Mom

  12. Sue says:

    Love the name ‘Bling Around The Collar”. Also love the bling, both of them.

    Lucy used to love to wear my necklaces. She thought she looked very special and strutted around. The girls I have now are too rough, though I’m sure they like bling, too.

    We’ll be doing Small Business Saturday. Rob even mentioned it last night.

  13. Nichole says:

    Love both of those necklaces!!! With such a drab work wardrobe now, I find jewelry to be my best option for dressing things up and adding style… I’ll be looking to add some new chunky pieces to my own wardrobe. Great shots – esp love that 2nd shot of you!

  14. Bubblesknits says:

    You look absolutely amazing! Love the jewelry. Turquoise is one of my faves. My mom gave me a lot of hers from her teenage years.

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