Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall outfits, fun things and funny things....



The first day of November was cool, sunny and beautiful.  I love this weather.
I recreated the Polyvore outfit that I posted yesterday....

.....and here it is!

I spent a lovely afternoon with Rose, my childhood neighbor and friend.  We ate lunch at yet another sweet little sandwich and ice cream shop in my midwest hometown.  I think the town I grew up in is a mecca of cute little vintage-y restaurants, hip restaurants and fine dining, bars,  high end ladies clothing stores, gift shops, primitives home decor shops and antique shops.  The town square centers around the old courthouse and its always bustling with activity....car show, festivals, musical events and more.  
There's an old fashioned movie theater and tickets are cheap.....the old stairway to the bathroom is creepy and you walk past the projection room to get there.  There is dinner theater in the old courthouse and a playhouse (theater) on the square.  Its a pretty fun city to live near.

Today's restaurant choice was Valentino's.  I've mentioned them on this blog before and even posted some information and photos, but I haven't shared the experience with you....

Valentino's is Rudolph Valentino themed.  Don't you love this old fashioned cash register? You can barely see it in the picture, but the silver handle on the register (under the neon) is a crank handle.
The soup and sandwiches are very tasty and the place is almost always busy.  Its a beloved spot.

RV, for those of you who don't know was a silent screen star...very handsome, very popular...the king of making ladies swoon....

He was married in this courthouse.  RV was also known for his Tango...which of course, I love.

...a beautiful view

one of the upper levels....the floor is beautiful, the architectural details are authentic. Some have been restored to their original beauty.

The lettering in the transom windows is very old....



I love this floor....its so 'Citizen Kane'

The ceilings soar upward....

Looking through the old glass window to see the original courtroom.   About 20 years ago, the city began holding court in here again.

Uh oh.......'what will become of me...swoon'.....

maybe.....

.....'I should just escape now'    This building is incredible.  I enjoyed exploring it with Rose today.  Unfortunately, Rose is camera shy, so I didn't post her; but I did get a picture......
Rose and I were talking about growing up in this town and not realizing what beautiful, historical, architectural treasures we were surrounded by.
We surely appreciate them now.
I feel so fortunate to have them so nearby to explore.
Christmas season on the square is breathtaking when the snow falls, the hot chocolate abounds and horse drawn carriage rides await.
I can't wait to share that with you.

In the meantime, I will share my grandson's Halloween costume.

....oh, and of course my two oldest sons costumes; or alter egos, I should say...Hulk Hogan and Randy, Wild Man Savage.


Brady

My grandson, Brady and his mom..my daughter-in-law, Sam



and here's my Wednesday teaching outfit.  Nothing extra special, but I do love the color combination.

Did I wear you out with all of those pictures?
 The weekend is upon us...hope you all enjoy.

I have one more costume/dance party to possibly attend.....hmmmmm; we shall see...


22 comments:

  1. Awww, I love all of your family photos, your grandson is just the cutest little guy! (He's got the cutest little round cheeks, so kissable!)

    This little town just sounds so fun to walk around and explore, that building is just gorgeous! Your new jean skirt is so lovely, it can be really hard to find a properly fitting one! (They're either so long or so short!) You styled this one perfectly, I love the mix of the black leather jacket and the brown boots with it.

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    1. Thank you, Katie. I am really liking my new denim skirt!

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  2. Thanks for the tour Lisa. I really enjoy quirky old towns with antique stores, boutiques and sweet little eateries, even more so with a good friend.
    Gotta love teens, sometimes they're pains in the butt, but they're still so darn cute in their own way!

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    1. Hi Sheila....I love my hometown..its really beautiful.
      I have to tell you thug..my boys are in their 20's! They act like teens...but yep; they're all grown! LOL...

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  3. I love quaint little places like that restaurant! They have so much character. The Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage costumes are great. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Heather. Its a great little restaurant.

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  4. Always good to meet up with old friends.The recreated Polyvore outfit looks even better on. Such great autumn colours.

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    1. Awwww...Thank you! Sometimes I need the polyvore 'crutch' to figure out my outfits!

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  5. you look well bundled - i need to start dressing warmer like this

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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    1. Its getting to be that time of year isn't it!?

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  6. You look stylish and warm! A great outfit for a day spent having fun with a friend.

    Your town is so cute and charming! Thanks for the tour.
    Adrienne

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    1. Hi Adrienne, my hometown is a wonderful place to explore. The courthouse is grand. I'm very fortunate to have good friends and cousins to hang with!

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  7. Sounds like a perfect day with a good friend. I love the bit of RV history. And you are too young to be a G-ma.

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    1. Hi Heather,

      Haha...no...definitely not too young! My oldest is 29...I'm (dare I admit it?) 51....thank you for the compliment!

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  8. Sounds like a really lovely day out; and you look comfy, casual and gorgeous!
    But; I CANNOT believe you are a granny! You look so young!

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  9. I love your teaching outfit! So pretty - the shape of the skirt is great on you.

    Thank you for the lovely pictures of the courthouse and the diner! I love seeing the favourite places of my favourite bloggers. :)

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    1. Thank you Sheila! Maybe you will share some of your favorite places?

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  10. glad you are enjoying the weather! i love your jacket and scarf.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Thank you, Lyddie...its been so lovely lately....other than the extremely high winds we experienced a few days ago.

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  11. Boots, denim skirt and scarf is always a winner! It looks like a lot of fun - both the afternoon with your neighbor and Halloween! And it is a very cute picture of a cute boy in a cute costume!

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    1. Thank you....it was an excellent day!

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