So the picture above is me at the Culinary Institute, which we visited on our first day of vacation. It's so cool; I couldn't help thinking it was like Hogwarts but for cooking. All the students were milling about in chef's uniforms and whipping up amazing-looking dishes in the classrooms. I wore my Lemon Tree dress (blogged here), which is quickly becoming my "compliment dress." People always comment on it! It's a good confidence booster, especially since I don't think of it as my most flattering dress and I tend to have second thoughts about wearing it sometimes.
Anyway. Here's a shot of Jeff taken before lunch. Cute, huh?
Later that day we stopped in Gardiner, New York for a little shopping at the HiHo Market. Such a cool place! I found this pretty vintage choker for $15.
We checked into Maplestone Inn, and I was ecstatic when I saw the tub.
A claw foot from 1928. Several happy hours were spent in it. My bathtub reading was Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro, which started out promising, but ended up being a bit of a dud in my opinion. But I know a lot of people liked it, so I left it in the room. Hopefully it will be more to the next bath-taker's taste than mine!
The next day we went for a hike (wearing the infamous red gingham get-up) then did a bit of antiquing in New Paltz. I found two sewing treasures! This fantastic "Atomic" needle book, still filled with the original needles:
And a sewing book that has a quote by Proust in the front matter - I couldn't resist!
"I never doubted that the garments of these ladies of fashion were peculiar to themselves, as plumage is peculiar to a bird, and which as well as being a heightening of its beauty, is an extension of its body." - Marcel Proust, The Guermantes WayThe next day there was a tremendous off-and-on storm that made us decide to do a little more boutiquing and such rather than risk being caught out in the state park. We took a drive up to Rhinebeck, where I stopped in a fantastic little lingerie store called Joovay. My spoils:
This is a lovely teddy by Mary Green.
And that's it! Hopefully we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.