THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE OF 2017

What a strange and wonderful thing it was to witness the total solar eclipse this year. I happen to live very close to the path of totality and witnessed the eclipse at 99.98% totality and it’s something that I will never forget.

The CFO of the company I work for has a home in Spartanburg, SC and he and his wife hosted a little get together at their house where we watched the eclipse. Our company owns a manufacturing plant and the guys let us borrow their welding masks so we could safely view the eclipse. We all took turns using the masks and the few eclipse glasses we had and were awestruck.

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The sky dimmed into twilight.
The street lights came on.
The crickets chimed in.
It was truly bizarre and then it was over.

We tried to capture it on camera, but didn’t have the forethought to bring our real cameras so our phones kept adjusting to the light. I pulled the imaged above from Facebook from friends and folks who captured the eclipse so beautifully. I did manage to snap a few photos of our group all looking skyward to document the occasion.

Though it was over in just a few moments, I am so glad I took the time to go see it. It was humbling to know that so many other people were united in looking up at the sky that day.

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A BEACH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAINS

This is real life y’all.

Tucked away in the foothills of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains is a lake called Lake Lure. Lake Lure was one of the film locations of the cult film Dirty Dancing. On the one edge of the lake there is a genuine beach. It’s completely bizarre to see in person. The scene of folks entering the beach is just like that at the beach at the coast, but with mountains and the beach accesses a lake and not the ocean.

I knew there was a “beach” at Lake Lure, but I need knew how legit it was. Next year I plan to go there often.

Bizzarre, but awesome.

BLOWING ROCK

A couple of weekends ago, I took a short trip to the little mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC. The town hasn’t changed much as a whole, but the shops have improved significantly and I really enjoyed sticking my head in every one of them. The air is cool there, which makes the flowers last so much longer and beautifully arranged planters and flower beds are everywhere.

I fell in love with a tiny store called Take Heart that happens to be in one of the oldest buildings in the town. They sell flowy tunics, night gowns and little rememberances. I purchased a super cute top ($29.50/could only find the yellow version online), white bon bon ($17.50/not pictured) earrings and a Lulie Wallace lunch pale ($17.50).

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Down the way, I popped in Finley House Couture and fell in love with these Susan Shaw earrings. Because I work at a resort built around Equestrian Sport, I had to have them.

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I also stopped in a quirky store called Mrs. Brumbles. It was full to the brim with victorian lamps, jeweled figurines and positively littered with funky jewelry. What really caught my eye were the small selection of shawls. They looked just like the cashmere poncho/shawls you would find in a really fine boutique, but they were acrylic and only $30! Of course I bought two… one pale green and one red. I don’t have photographs of them so I will have to post about them when I wear them next.

Blowing Rock is a super cute place with fun restaurants and the scent of fresh fudge billowing rom their centrally located Kilwins can be smelled all over town. It’s a great place to cool off in the summer and a very pleasant place to take a stroll. I’m going to be spending more time there in the summers now that I know how easy it is to get to!

DRYBAR STARTER KIT

I have heard a lot about the Drybar and have seen their storefronts in New York, but I hadn’t tried their products or services before I received this gift for Christmas from my sister.

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This is such a great kit. I love this folding hair dryer. It’s perfect for travel. The clips and brush are great too. The best part of this kit is the mini dry shampoo and conditioner. I have tried dry shampoo in the past and have had mixed results, but I am here to tell you that Drybar’s dry shampoo is amazing. It works every time and is effortless. I have never tried dry conditioner before, but I like using it on the tips of my hair after straightening. It keeps my hair from looking too dry.

Drybar has so many nice kits that make excellent gifts. If you have a Drybar near you, I would encourage you to check it out. They really do have a quality product.

SIERRA NEVADA BREWERY

Saturday, October 29th, my parents came to get me from work and took me to lunch at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville. We got there when the doors opened at 11am and it’s a good thing we did. That placed packed out in a hurry!

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This place blew me away. I had heard great things about it, but just hadn’t made it there until my birthday this year. The food was great and so was the beer. My mom, dad and I took a a self guided tour and were blown away by how beautiful everything was.

If you are planning a trip to Asheville, NC any time soon, you need to see this place for yourself.

MY NEW BEST FRIEND

As you know from previous posts, I flew to visit my sister last weekend and helped her move into a new apartment. The week before I left, I ordered a new suitcase and it arrived just in time for me to take it to NYC.

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I was able to fit everything I needed for the weekend into this tiny case and avoid checking my bag. It spins in all directions and is quite light weight. It also fits in the overhead bins with the wheels at the back allowing more space for other bags to tuck in next to it.

The best bit is that the suitcase was only $59.00 and the shipping was free with Amazon Prime. It arrived in two days and was so easy to throw in a cab and roll up the street. This suitcase is my new best friend.