Today, I am again taking part in THE SUNDAY POST from The Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with new, and old readers, and other bloggers! After you hang out here a while, I hope you’ll check out THE CAFFEINATED REVIEWER‘s link up.
I spent the first part of the week in Providence, Rhode Island while my husband was in a business conference.
Sometimes I travel with him on business, if he is going somewhere interesting. I have been to RI but had not stayed in Providence, and wanted to explore it a bit.
There are a lot of great gluten free options in Providence including Italian and seafood places. We especially enjoyed Pane e Vino on Atwells Avenue in the “Italian section” and Hemenway’s on South Main Street near Brown’s School of Public Health.
I have recently determined that my wardrobe is mostly old, ill-fitting and unfashionable. Since I am most commonly in workout clothes, yard work clothes and pjs, I hadn’t noticed that most pants were swimming on me, and my sweaters all looked ancient.
The underwhelming hotel we stayed at, the Omni, is attached to Providence Place (a large mall by Maine standards), and it has a Nordstrom. I feel unsure and lack confidence when I buy clothes. Our Maine lifestyle doesn’t call much for fancy, or froufrou. My husband suggested that I use Nordstrom’s free personal stylist service, so I made an appointment with an awesome personal stylist. The online booking service is not running yet so if you are interested contact your nearest store and ask to speak to the manager or the personal stylist department. The store manager thought I would get along well with one stylist in particular, Karen Wheeler, and asked her to call me.
After talking on the phone, my stylist, Karen pulled tons and tons of clothes and accessories. What a confidence builder! I learned so much from her about fit and style and I left there with a great new wardrobe! I also learned that while I may lack confidence, most of my ideas about what looks good on me were pretty much correct! Also, I have to mention, I NEVER felt any pressure to buy a thing from Karen and I look forward to her help in the future.
I also found two interesting shops: Restored by Design (http://www.restoredbydesign.com) where the owner refashions and re-purposes all kinds of textiles and also offers art and design items — a great place to browse!
Then I headed to the Galleries of the Providence Art Club 111th Little Pictures Show and Sale! Hundreds of small artworks in many mediums and all under $300! The buildings themselves are fascinating and the art was varied and all quite good. Admission is free and it is within easy walking distance from Providence Place.
Before leaving I went to the RISD museum. After a few days of restaurant meals, it was nice to be able to get a small container of Quinoa salad there and then look at some art. The 18th and 19th century European and American painters are under represented, but there are some interesting ancient pieces fro Egypt, Greece, Rome and Asian religious art. I liked how they mix in contemporary pieces from alumnae into the collection. And, looking out the museum windows into the Radeke Garden’s golden carpet of fallen gingko leaves is a wonderful sight that gives landscape design a place in the spotlight. (https://www.facebook.com/RISDMuseum/photos/a.10150604409503865.385789.111843568864/10153329184778865/?type=3&theater)
Here’s the Blog Stuff:
Monday: Josie and the Pussy Cats? No, it’s BLUSH by Anne Mercier
Tuesday: DARK GHOST by Christine Feehan: Carpathians Versus Strong-Willed Women
Wednesday: THE DUKE AND MISS CHRISTMAS by Amelia Grey is a Family Affair
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving Funny Graphic Post
I have five prize packages, including books by Nalini Singh, Mary Balogh, Lisa Renee Jones, and Many More! US shipping only and you must be at least 18 years old too visit site or enter giveaway.
New Icon last week:
I had fewer books come in this past week! This is less stressful for me than when a big haul arrives (usually unsolicited) and I know I will never read most of them.
Here’s what came: