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Trinket Tuesday: The Life Of Napoleon Bonaparte

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Today’s trinket is a set of four books I bought at a used book sale last year. The books are on my TBR list and I’m looking forward to reading and learning more about Napoleon Bonaparte. IMG_2360I wonder if Charles was the first owner of this set and if he bought the set for his studies at Princeton?IMG_2358

The books have someone’s notes in the margins. Are the notes from Charles? I’ll never know, but I will treasure this set!

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

Trinket Tuesday: Pendant Eggs for Moi

Faberge inspired egg necklace

Today’s trinket is my Fabergé-inspired pendant egg jewelry.  After salivating over last week’s pendant eggs, I thought it was time to treat myself.

If you look closely at last week’s necklace, you’ll note this style is a reproduction of the blue egg on the bottom right. This egg has ribs of crystals with tiny cross-anchors symbolizing St. Petersburg. I’m very pleased with my fun purchase.

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

Trinket Tuesday: Pendant Eggs

The Hillwood Mansion and Museum has in its collection these lovely pendant eggs necklace and earrings.

Egg Necklace

The necklace has thirty-two pendant eggs and was made in St. Petersburg circa 1900.  The chain is made of gold and the eggs are of various materials, such as enamel, onyx, diamonds, rubies, malachite, carnelian and amethysts.

Egg Earrings

The earrings were made in Russia between 1914 and 1917. They are made of gold, silver enamel and sapphire. So lovely!

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

 

Arts and Culture 2017

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Last year I really wanted to make arts and culture a priority in my schedule. So I made a goal of doing something at least once a month and I kept a list of what I did. (I love list-making.) I know we’re well into 2018, but I just came across my list while organizing and the memories made me smile.

Here’s my list:

January: January was cold, dark and dreary, but I entertained myself by watching almost all of Rick Steves’ travel documentaries and day-dreaming of warmer weather.

February: My husband and I jetted off to Paris for a week so we took advantage of everything the City of Light had to offer.

March: Hillwood Mansion and Museum – Washington, D.C.

April: U. S. Army War College Library and Archives – Carlisle, PA

May: The Walters Art Museum – Baltimore, MD

June: Maryland Lavender Festival

July: National Museum of American History – Washington, D.C.

August: I watched several operas on YouTube

September: Visited Eastern Market – Washington, D.C.

October: National Gallery of Art and Hillwood Mansion and Museum – Washington, D.C.

November: November was busy and super fun! I went to the Library of Congress, Trabant Parade at the Spy Museum and visited various museums in London, UK. I also saw the The Mousetrap in London.

December: I explored the sights and sites of Israel and then paid another visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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All in all, it was a productive and fulfilling year. I was really lucky that I visited Paris, London and the Holy Land within one year.

Do you keep lists too?

xoxo Jane

Trinket Tuesday: A Medieval Ceiling

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The ceiling at the tenement house museum in Edinburgh was gorgeous.

I love the vivid colors and the fruit motifs. This ceiling is the original and was discovered underneath other layers in recent years. It’s incredible to me that the color pigments lasted through the centuries.

If you could paint anything on your ceiling, what would it be?

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

 

Tel Aviv

IMG_0436.jpgTel Aviv. I tagged along during my husband’s work trip. While he was at work, I walked up and down the beaches, people-watched, ate and talked at the Night Kitchen, learned about Israel’s history, felt mesmerized, conjured future novel plots. I hope there is a return-trip in my future.

Trinket Tuesday: Advice

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During research for a story, I came across this Washington Post Miss Manners article, written by Judith Martin. I was pleased to learn that Judith Martin still writes for The Washington Post and is a prolific author of books on manners. I’m a fan of manners and behaving well and I wish more people followed proper etiquette on the subway (i.e. please stop clipping your fingernails!!!)

In this case, I found Miss Manners’ advice particularly interesting (considering I love jewelry, trinkets and such), but I don’t plan to follow it. I truncated the article to avoid breaking copyright law.

Question:

When and where is it correct to wear diamonds in the daytime?

Answer:

The proper time is evening. Only engagement and wedding-band diamonds are properly worn in daylight. That rule also goes for rubies, sapphires and emeralds; semiprecious stones may be worn during the day.

Copyright The Washington Post Company May 24, 1989

My personal philosophy is to wear your bling (do people still use that word?) all day, every day!! And if I owned a tiara, I’d wear it everywhere during daytime and nighttime. Well, almost everywhere. xoxo

Links for your enjoyment: The Miss Manners website, Miss Manners column.

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

Trinket Tuesday: Gauguin’s Still Life with Peonies

GauguinI got to view this gorgeous 1884 oil on canvas by Paul Gauguin at the National Gallery of Art (readers of this blog will know that the NGA is one of my favorite museums in the world). I’m posting my photograph of the painting as today’s Trinket Tuesday because it’s currently not on view at the NGA.

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

Trinket Tuesday: Samuel Adams

A few years ago I took a trip to Boston (how time flies because I feel as if I was just there) and it was incredible to see where Samuel Adams was buried. Even though my two true loves are royal history and jewels with royal or historical provenance, I do find U.S. history fascinating. What’s your true love when it comes to history? Samuel AdamsTrinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

Trinket Tuesday: Persephone Books

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Not very far from the British Museum in London, there is this charming, little bookstore called Persephone Books. Persephone Books “reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers.”

One day while my husband was in London during a business trip, he stumbled upon this little bookstore (he got lost while looking for a pub). Since his trip was coming to a close and he still needed to buy me a gift, he went in and chatted with the friendly booksellers, got a few recommendations and brought home three books as a surprise. And that’s how my love affair with Persephone Books began. Eventually, I made my own pilgrimage to Persephone Books.

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My beloved Persephone books.

I love books and bookstores, reading books and listening to others talk about books (booktubers are the best). So a bookstore that gives old stories a new lease on life by specializing in reprinting books long out of print goes to the top of my happiness barometer. If you love good books and want a unique bookstore experience, then next time you are in London, I recommend you pay Persephone Books a visit!

Links for your enjoyment: Persephone Books, Tea & Tattle podcast episode on Persephone Books (Tea & Tattle is one of my favorite podcasts and I cannot recommend it enough), Guardian article on Persephone Books, Bloomsbury area guide.

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Podcasts update

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Since I last wrote about my favorite podcasts, there have been a few more podcasts that I added to my listening repertoire. Without further ado:

Dressed: The History of Fashion

“Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes.” – Dressed Podcast

This podcast is phenomenal. It’s all about the history of fashion. You may think it’s frivolous, but it’s not frivolous. It’s well-researched, fun and interesting. The hosts are experts, well-spoken and well-educated. They know their stuff. Episodes are posted every Tuesday.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

This one isn’t new to me, but I neglected to mention it during my previous blog post. The episodes focus on the most interesting aspects of history. Episodes are posted three times per week. Subjects range from Léonard Autié (Marie Antoinette’s hair dresser) to Alan Turing (the codebreaker) and everything imaginable in-between. Highly recommended.

This Day in History Class

This new podcast is a spin-off from Stuff You Missed in History Class (and shares the same website linked above). The daily episodes are usually about five minutes long. If you love history and “on this day” type tidbits, then I recommend this podcast.

Pod Save The Queen

I admit this podcast by The Daily Mirror, on everything British royals, is purely frivolous. I found it around the time of the recent royal wedding. It’s fun and sometimes silly but not mean-spirited.

Please share your favorite podcasts too.

Happy Listening! xoxo, Jane