Monday, May 2, 2016

Magnificent Newport - Take 2

Hello, dear friends.  It is a rainy, raw day here in the Northeast.  The Mister and I had a great weekend.  We had dinner with dear friends and also enjoyed a delicious lunch and caught a movie on Saturday.  We didn't get much planting done though because the nursery advised us it was still too early to tackle our window boxes and pots.  

This is the second part of my spectacular day in Newport with fellow bloggers.  If you missed Part 1 you can find it here

The next stop after The Breakers was another summer cottage called the Marble House.  A lovely lady from the Preservation Society met us and gave us a quick, entertaining tour.
The Marble House was built in 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt.  William was Cornelius' (The Breakers) older brother.

The moment you enter this palatial mansion, you can see where it gets its name. 

Marble House was inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles.  Over seven million buckaroos were spent solely on the marble.  

Someone should put together a coffee table book highlighting the ceilings of the Newport mansions.
If you decide to take my advice and make a lot of money, you owe me half.

Enough marble yet?

I'm not sure this house is ostentatious enough for me.

Yeah, definitely not fancy enough for me.

William gave the house to his wife, Alva for her 39th birthday.  They divorced a few years later and she married Oliver Belmont and moved down the street from Marble House.  After Belmont died, she moved back into the house. Alva was a major figure in the women's suffrage movement.

I don't think that Alva spent much time in the kitchen.

Obviously, Alva was committed to her cause because she had this china designed.

Replicas of the china is for sale in the gift shop.

Alva later had a Chinese Tea House built which sole purpose was to host rallies for women's right to vote.

Next stop was lunch at Midtown Oyster Bar.  I have been to Newport quite a bit.  Every time the Mister and I visit, we like to try a new restaurant.  I would say the Midtown Oyster Bar is one of my top three favorite restaurants in Newport.  The food was outstanding as well as the service.  I can't wait to take the Mister.

Dan and Caitlin, two very impressive young people from Dockwa joined us for lunch.  Dockwa is a start-up company that is a unified booking and marketing platform that connects boaters to marinas.  You can read all about it here.  Forbes wrote an interesting piece about Dockwa here.

After lunch, we had a tour of the International Yacht Restoration School.  It is a non-profit trade school.

IYRS is a world-class, post-secondary school focused on teaching the highly technical and deeply craft-oriented skills.     

The school is open to the public.  I was in awe of the beautiful workmanship involved in these vessels.  This is another place that I will bring the Mister when we come back to Newport.  I could leave him here for hours while I get some power shopping done.

There are 110 full-time students and a 90% job placement rate.  There is a 12:1 student/faculty rate.

This is the Coronet - a schooner yacht which was launched in 1885.  It was designed for crossing the ocean in style.  It is 131 feet and a symbol of the gilded age.

This is a photo of the Coronet before the restoration process began.  IYRS acquired it in 1995.  It should be ready to sail in all its glory in three years.

The perfect ending to a delightful day.

Planning any trips to Newport this summer?

Until next time...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Hello, dear friends.  Happy Friday.  The Mister is taking today off, and we are rolling up our sleeves to get some heavy duty planting done.  There is only one problem that we run into when we partake in this annual activity.  We both want to be the boss.  So wish me luck.

We've hired a mediator which is cheaper than a divorce lawyer.

I put together a Mother's Day wish gift list for you.  If your name is #1 or #2 - pay attention and take notes.

For the Entertaining Mom

Love the colors of this outdoor dishware and tablecloth.

For the Mom who loves to throw parties and gets a kick out of life. 
This is such a fun book written by some crazy sistas.

For the Mom who loves Blue & White

Along with lovely porcelain, Tina has other gorgeous home decor items that are guaranteed to put a smile on Mom's face.

For the Monogram Mom

For the Techie Mom

ipad cover

I have this ipad cover and love it.

For the Mom who can't have enough Purses.



A new summer purse is always an appreciated gift.

For the Mom who can't get enough
Downton Abbey


For the Bejeweled Mom

I love this jewelry box.  The last one I owned had a twirling ballerina in it.

For the Traveling Mom

Draper James

Kate Spade

Mark and Graham

Mark and Graham

Henri Bendel

For the Glamorous Mom


What Mom wouldn't love a new set of brushes?


My #2 gave me this makeup case.  
It's a great size and holds a lot.

For the Chic Mom

You know my affinity for ponchos.  Now I can even wear them in the summer!!  

Bonus round:  Big Sale in progress.

For the Mom that appreciates Trash TV



For the Chef Mom



I don't think you have to be Catholic to buy this one.

For the Mom who likes a little mystery in her life.


I'm listening to this one now and really enjoying it.

For the Mom who got promoted


I saw Leslie Stahl interviewed.  This sounds like a great book for the new grandma.  Or an old  a seasoned grandma. 

For the Mom who is a good listener

How about a year subscription?  
I love listening to books on my walks and in the car.

For the Mom who appreciates Baubles

Tory Burch

Draper James

Can you tell I love pearls?

For the Exhausted Mom

An uninterrupted 15-minute nap.

Can you add any gift ideas? 

Until next time...

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