Finding Hidden Treasures

One of the things I love about my town are all the little treasures that we will find when we’re out running errands or grabbing a bite to eat. Yesterday, my husband and I were on our way to the butcher’s (yes, our town has a butcher!) when we noticed this instrument hanging near a door down a side street. We’ve both lived in this area for many, many years and never noticed this spot before. So we pulled in and discovered that this was the Wm Mason II Violin Shop, a full service shop with two professional violin makers in house. They make, repair and restore violins, violas, cellos and basses. I was amazed! The shop wasn’t open when we stopped by yesterday, but I loved this little scene and we had to take some pics.

This white denim skirt is a hidden treasure of sorts that I discovered this weekend at Kohls. I had actually been on the lookout for such a skirt online and couldn’t find any that I was comfortable with. They were either too short, too distressed, too long, or just not my style. I happen to run into Kohls looking for something else and came across this skirt, hanging by itself, in my size.

I tried it on and not only did it fit, but it was perfectly comfortable. How could I resist? As you can see in these pics, I didn’t. I know I’ll get a lot of use out of this piece so I’m warning you ahead of time, you’ll probably see this skirt many more times on the blog throughout the summer. But that’s the beauty of a classic piece; you can wear it over and over again in many different outfit combinations.

I picked up the black tank at Target last year. It’s 100% linen and is so comfortable that I ended up buying two more in other colors. All three are in constant rotation in my wardrobe during the summer and they’ve all held up well to frequent washing. Black and white are a classic color combination and I thought this outfit was a dressy kind of casual if that makes any sense. I wore a long silver and gold pendant from J Jill to add a little contrast and sparkle to the black top and paired it with silver and gold Alex and Ani bangles. And of course, my trusty B.O.C. platform sandals helped to elongate my legs a little with their close-to-nude color. The platform adds comfort and the leather has stretched to the shape of my feet that it feels as if I’m wearing slippers. I’ve gotten quite a lot of use out of these sandals and they are beginning to show their age. It will be a sad day for my closet when I have to let them go.

Remember the butcher I mentioned earlier? Here’s a pic of the outside of the store. Isn’t it charming? I really should have taken photos of the inside because not only are their cuts of meat beautiful, but they also have locally grown vegetables and other products from local farms such as cheese, bread, honey, rubs, sauces and snacks. It’s easy to walk out of there with more than what was on your list! This place is not so hidden as it’s on a major street in Fredericksburg, but it’s a treasure to us nonetheless.

Photos by Edward A. Vollbrecht, Jr.