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What Are You Wearing This Fall?

What Are You Wearing This Fall?

I have been reading all the fall fashion magazines, trying to figure out my must have, need it and whistle dixie lists. By way of explanation, whistle dixie means that there is no possible way I can afford anything on this list, but a girl can always wish!

I have been doing this since I picked up my first copy of Vogue magazine. I was ten years old. I was hooked and have been a faithful subscriber for many years. Picking up the September issue, it always felt like a new year was about to begin, with new clothes, new accessories and a fresh new outlook on life, a feeling that I can get anything accomplished.

Lately I have been wondering why I need a magazine (or the internet) telling me what will be on trend or in this season. I have always been able to figure out the clothing and accessories that look good on me, that fit my body type, that makes me happy.

I have always gone for the classic, the timeless pieces that I seem to go to again and again in my closet. I may have too much of the color black, as my husband and friends always claim. But I am confident, secure and happy in my choices. I hope that you are too.

A little side note — here is one of the trends that is supposed to be big for the fall/winter of 2011. I think Jane Fonda, at the age of 73, looks smashing in Stella McCartney, trend or no trend!

I have listed some beautiful pieces of antique and vintage jewelry. So, please take a look, enjoy and have fun with my new listings.

Victorian Sash Brooches

Victorian Sash Brooches

Sash brooches were worn in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, from the 1890s to 1920. Fashion was heavily influenced by the French court and revolution. Women’s fashions became simpler and clung to the shape of the body. Brooches were very popular and were worn in a variety of ways by the Victorian woman. They were especially popular due to the lighter weight of the dresses worn during this time, and many women wore sash pins at their waist because of the emphasis of the “wasp-waist” Edwardian dresses. During the Arts and Crafts era, which coincided with the Edwardian, brooches were made with the first patented safety catch style pin jewelry, or the “C” clasp.

I love the versatility of sash brooches and the use of them in today’s fashion . Pin it to your hip, attach one to a belt or a sash, wear it with a scarf, or even as a choker (thread a ribbon through the brooch), and don’t forget your hats and purses! Fabulous!

Chihuly at the MFA

Chihuly at the MFA

Last week I saw the most amazing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston featuring Dale Chihuly’s blown glass art, Through The Looking Glass. It was magical, whimsical and spectacular. If you have a chance to visit the museum, please do not miss this eye candy!

Here are some photos of Chihuly’s work:

Neodymium Reeds on Logs – Photo is above. The deepest purple rods stuck in birch logs. Gorgeous!

The Persian Ceiling – the shining star of the exhibit, in my opinion. The most glorious pieces of glass encased in a transparent ceiling. Here is a little tidbit of info – if you look closely at the ceiling, you may be able to make out a few profiles of some of the artists that blew the glass. Chihuly has had a team of glassblowers helping him since he was blinded in his left eye as a result of a car accident in 1976.

Ikebana Boat – The colors used to construct this boat are glorious. An absolute riot of color! The glass is installed in an old wooden boat and because the platform is reflective, it looks as if the boat is floating on water.

The exhibit reminds me of wonderful 1960s cocktail rings, the bigger, the better. I have listed below three of these types of rings and they are all for sale. Take a look.

Dale Chihuly, Neodymium Reeds on Logs, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California, 2008. Photo by Teresa Nouri Rishel. 2008 Chihuly Studio.

Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California, 2008. Photo by Teresa Nouri Rishel. 2008 Chihuly Studio.

Dale Chihuly, Ikebana Boat, Seattle, Washington, 2011. Photo by Scott Mitchell Leen. 2011 Chihuly Studio.

Chihuly Through The Looking Glass Exhibit runs from April 10 – August 8, 2011 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Paris Wife and Other Summer Reads

The Paris Wife and Other Summer Reads

It’s time to assemble my Summer Reading List. This is my favorite time of the year, hot weather and hot reads. Give me a book to read and I am a happy girl!

Here is the list that I have assembled to start my reading off with a bang.

-The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – I have to confess, I already read this book with my book group and loved it. The author tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, during their Paris years. Anyone who loves the 1920′s, Paris and romance will enjoy this book.

-In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson – After reading The Devil in the White City by Larson, about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and a serial killer, I have become a fan. In his latest novel, it’s 1933 and the U.S. ambassador to Berlin along with his family deals with Hitler’s rise to power.

-Faith by Jennifer Haigh – An Irish Catholic family, a priest and his sister. How the church’s pedophile scandals in Boston affect a family. If anyone has read Jennifer Haigh’s other books, Mrs. Kimble, The Condition and Baker Towers, they will not be able to put this book down either.

-Dreams of Joy by Lisa See – In Lisa See’s previous book, Shanghai Girls, Pearl and May, who are sisters, escape Shanghai to come to America. In Dreams of Joy, Pearl’s daughter, Joy, runs away to Shanghai in 1957 to find her birth father, a famous artist. Joy becomes involved in the New Society of Red China, not paying attention to the dangers of the communist regime. Pearl follows Joy in order to save her daughter during one of China’s most turbulent times in history.

-Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling – Recommended by a good friend, this book tells the story of the art looted from Parisian galleries and museums under Nazi occupation; and a son’s quest to recover his family’s lost masterpieces.

-In Stitches by Anthony Youn, with Alan Eisenstock – Recommended by my lovely daughter-in-law, this book is a warm and funny memoir of Anthony Youn, a young Korean doctor who shares his frenzied travels through medical school, ending with his residency in plastic surgery. This book shares Anthony’s journey from being an unpopular nerd to his chosen field and the path he takes to get there.

-Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran – I love historical novels. Give me a book that takes place anytime in the 1700s, 1800s or 1900s and I am there. This novel tells the story of Madame Tussaud during the French Revolution and how she learns the secrets of wax sculpting.

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton – The story of Gabrielle Hamilton and the offbeat way she starts Prune, her restaurant in New York City. I love a good restaurant chef memoir.

Finally, the summer would not be complete without a cookbook for grilling. I recently purchased Latin Grilling, by Lourdes Castro. Lovely recipes from Latin and South America, divided into different regions and complete with appetizers to desert for that perfect fiesta. I have already made the Citrus and Oregano Marinated Split Chicken. Perfection!

I would love to know what is on your reading list this summer.

I have some new vintage jewelry I recently purchased. Perfect for those long summer days. Please take a look!

– Painting by Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse, Woman Reading, 1894.

Egyptian Revival Jewelry

Egyptian Revival Jewelry

With the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, the popularity of all things Egyptian took off, especially jewelry. Design during this time took a radical departure from previous periods, coinciding with the Art Deco period. Abstract geometric forms were the norm, inspired by Egyptian iconography. Egyptian Revival became all the rage and lasted through the 1930’s. It appeared again in the 1950’s, and again in the 1960’s, with the movie, Cleopatra all the rage and continued into the 1970’s, when the treasures from the tomb of King Tut went on a tour of the United States.

The necklace shown above is a great example of the Egyptian Revival era of the 1950’s.

The Meaning of Flowers

The Meaning of Flowers

Who could resist this past weekend? Sunny, 80 degrees and downright balmy! I played hooky on Friday and went to the garden center to choose my summer flowers. They are all planted, I am tired and the backyard looks beautiful. I am ready for summer.

Flowers have always held a special meaning for me. Back in high school, all the girls had corsages made of flowers that displayed a theme for their birthdays. I remember for my 16th birthday, I had a corsage made of red roses and sugar cubes (Sweet Sixteen). I received tulips when my first son was born (white tulips are my favorite flower) and a lilac bush for Mother’s Day. I planted a gardenia plant in my Mother’s garden because of its intoxicating smell – heaven!

Floral prints are very popular this summer in fashion. The bigger the bloom, the better. In vintage jewelry, I have seen a great deal of metal flower rings from the 60’s and 70’s, enamel flower bracelets and silver pansy necklaces; anything goes.

Do you have a favorite flower that is very special to you? I would love to hear from you.

I have lots of new items that I have posted on my website. My favorite is the vintage Miriam Haskell baroque pearl earrings. A perfect pair for summer.

Adam’s Graduation

Adam’s Graduation

This is an appreciation letter for my younger son, Adam. Congratulations on your graduation from the University of Miami. As you embark on your new career, please remember the following:

1) Have trust in yourself and others.
2) Be self-reliant.
3) Be empathetic to others. Help others who are not as fortunate as yourself.
4) Have patience.
5) Believe in yourself.

We love you and are so very proud of you!

Mom & Dad



I am a blue girl, through and through. I crave harmony, calmness, happiness, and blue does that for me. It is a serene color, a very relaxing color, a pure color. Here are some items that look great in blue:

1. Eyes – especially Paul Newman’s.
2. The sky – in the middle of summer.
3. The ocean – in the Caribbean.
4. In my garden – irises.
5. Bermuda.
6. Jewelry!

As you can see on my website, I am partial to blue jewelry. I have just listed a few new things, some blue and some not. Please take a look.

I would love to hear from you all. Please tell me what is your favorite color and why.

This Olde Stuff Antiques

This Olde Stuff Antiques

I now have a case at This Olde Stuff Antiques in Amherst, New Hampshire. I am up and running and would love for you all to visit. I have some beautiful and unusual baubles for you to see.

It’s less than an hour from Boston and has over 200 vendors. There is a brand new wing that is bright and airy – that’s where you’ll find me. I am booth #446.

Looking forward to your visits!

This Olde Stuff, 112 Route 101A, Amherst, NH 03031


So Over Winter, So Ready for Spring – Bangles!

So Over Winter, So Ready for Spring – Bangles!

Spring 2011 jewelry trends have been focused on bangles and cuffs. Chunky, skinny, plastic, metal, it doesn’t matter, as long as you stack them. The more the merrier.
I love the bright colors we have been seeing on the runway. Why not incorporate these colors in your jewelry wardrobe?
Accessorizing is all in the wrist.