Due to visiting friends, I haven’t been around much this week, but yesterday I dropped them off at the airport and now I’m back.
Of course having guests required that I show them around St. Thomas and take them to St. John. As they were buying souvenirs, I took the opportunity to do my own shopping. I’m making progress getting all the accessories together for my Regency gown. Amazingly enough I was able to find several items I need right here on St. Thomas for a very low price. Not something I would have expected.
As I was hunting for a shawl a The Linen Shop, this reticule caught my eye. The gold in the flowers will be perfect with my gown.
I have a set of blue cameos from Sorrento that my husband bought me some years ago. I’ll wear the pendant on a gold chain and I found a jeweler to switch out the posts on the earrings for wire.
Finally, after searching St. John and St. Thomas, I found is beautiful gold shawl at Outriggers for a much lower price than I’ve seen online. I think it will go with the gown. Perhaps I’ll even add a bit of fringe on the ends.
Last, but not least, I tracked down these hair ornaments at Icing.
All this putting together reminded me of a passage in The Temptation of Lady Serena, book #3 in The Marriage Game, which goes on pre-order in August and releases in January.
Phoebe and Serena went off to her dressing room, and searched through her new gowns.
“Here. This one, I think.” Phoebe held out a pale yellow silk evening gown with a twisted cord of green and gold. “Now you tell me what you’d like to wear with it.”
Serena studied the gown and selected a spangled shawl and a reticule with seed pearls. “I think these will go well. What do you think?”
Giving Serena an enigmatic smile, Phoebe said, “Perfect. Serena, you’ll look lovely. We’ll see you this evening.”
The past week wasn’t all fun and games. One evening while I work, this little guy came to visit.
In the middle of the week I took my friends to a fund raiser for the St. Thomas Historical Trust which hosted a coal kettle cook off. Coal kettles were used for cooking in the islands for many year, including during the time book #5 in The Marriage Game.
I hope you had a good week and are enjoying the holiday weekend.