Today I Choose Joy

Display at L.O.F.T. in Asheville

Display at L.O.F.T. in Asheville

On Friday, on dropped the kids at the bus stop and decided to have a little fun exploring downtown Asheville on my own. I began with a  cup of cappuccino at City Bakery and then just strolled, letting myself be drawn to what I loved. I was completely entranced by the selection of whimsical, witty and playful finds at L.O.F.T. (stands for Lost Objects Found Treasures).  When I strolled downstairs, I found this sign -- a perfect motto for my day playing hooky!

I actually bought a Halloween "trick" for the kids - the finger puppet below. Since motherhood, I've developed a latent talent for puppeteering. Who knew? My finger or "Fingy," if you will, is my kids' favorite character. I cannot believe I have to wait 2 months to bust this Frankenstein finger puppet out!!

 If you visit Asheville, do not miss L.O.F.T. I have already started my Christmas list for the kids. If you can't visit, shop their collection online at www.LoftofAsheville.com.

Upstairs at L.O.F.T.

Upstairs at L.O.F.T.

"Fingy's" Halloween costume from L.O.F.T.

"Fingy's" Halloween costume from L.O.F.T.

Another of my favorite shops was Nest Organics. Filled with organic treasures for mom and baby, this one is a must for friends who are expecting. But I also adored their back-to-school display of fabulous lunchboxes. They are about the same price as one I just bought at the local grocery shop, but, let's face it, much cooler. If you can't get to Asheville, they have a website www.nestorganics.com.

Cool Lunchboxes at Nest Organics

Cool Lunchboxes at Nest Organics

My last stop of the afternoon was a new favorite clothing store called Virtue.  When I walked in, the salesgirl was trying on a beautiful kimono along with a floppy hat. She was Stevie Nicks incarnate. I tried on half the store before settling on the kimono as well. It really is very practical for every occasion, don't you think? Everyone should have one. 

 

My lovely Kimono from Virtue

My lovely Kimono from Virtue