Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunny Afternoon...In Riverside

This exhibit at The Riverside Museum
showed different ways in which we 
decorate ourselves throughout history
and in different cultures.

Tattooing in Polynesia

American Indian tribes used  beads to decorate
their shoes, clothing and household goods.

Glorious 1920’s  Frocks decorated with
beads, sequins  and embroidery

Glamour and elegance is just a frock away.

The  early Victorian period used corsets
and elaborate and painful methods including rib removal
to get the hourglass shape.   Give me Spanx anyday.

I never tire of looking at clothing from the 1920’s
and if given a chance would time travel back to that
era, but of course, I would want to be rich in order to
wear dresses like this.

Through out history, jewelry was used as a way to
show wealth and status.

1800’s silk dress.

The wonderful Riverside Museum is  a 
tiny little treasure just across the street from the
fabulous Misson Inn

About an hours drive east from Los Angeles

A pretty little town that provides a full day
of things to see and do and if you are lucky
and have been a very good girl....

you can sit in this courtyard at The Misson Inn and have a lovely lunch,

a nice glass of Champagne....

While gazing upon this fab view.
A rare and wonderful, clear, sunny afternoon
in Southern California.

Take care to enjoy and stay warm and cozy wherever you are in this last week of January...          


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like a lovely afternoon! Now, where did I put my diamonds and rubies?

Tamra said...

Riverside is a beautiful town! I was born in Redlands which is right by Riverside. Spent a lot of time in Riverside as a kid.

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

Jacqueline said...

Dear Cynthia,
What a fantastic exhibition.....one that The Victoria and Albert Museum would be proud to put on. Those 1920's dresses are a work of art in themselves. They are just beautiful. I wouldn't mind a bite to eat in that coutyard either. You live in such a beautiful part of the world. We have seen quite a bit of California but, we need to go back to see towns like this.....such a stunning view too.
A beautiful and interesting collection of how we have decorated ourselves down the years. XXXX

Joanna Jenkins said...

I had to look twice to see the tattoos! Yikes.

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous day with us. I love seeing the snow covered mountains and the blue sky-- it's so rare.

Cheers, jj

La Petite Gallery said...

You can bet your boots, that if I ever get back there I am going to this place. Thank you this was so interesting. yvonne

Chris said...

Now that was a fun little visit~~I'm so glad I stopped by~
I'm glad you showed us the lovely dresses and buildings....Eye candy.
Bless you for spreading beauty~

Kath said...

I particularly liked the tattoo pic. My son has very larg tattoos on his torso, including one of Chinese dragon, simbol of his Martial arts school. The Dad of his last girlfriend, refused to meet him, when she told him Lewis had tattoos!
I could wander round all day ina museum...

Rebecca said...

What an absolutely fabulous day you had! Those dresses are soooo wonderful and that view... and the sun!
Been so gray here that your pictures cheered me up!
As you can see I finally got my computer up and running. I will try to do that gift cert now
Thank you so much

Ange said...

I had a boss once (at the bar I used to work in) who used to dress us up in his mother's exquisite 1960s beaded dresses every time we were holding a champagne launch. Sigh - there's nothing like a bit of glam from time to time!!!

Marian said...

What could be better. Fabulous vintage dresses to admire + a champagne lunch eaten outside on a sunny day. The view of the mountains in the California sunshine warmed my heart.

Pam said...

Now that is my kind of day! Thanks for sharing this Cynthia.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

hahah ange's comment.
i love the tatt girl... it is a girl right? :)
beauty dresses too! very feminine
~laura xx

Fire Byrd said...

A day after my own heart. Strolling around looking at clothes and jewels and then champagne with that view.... divine

Rebecca said...

Hey Cynthia
Just stopped in again to say thank you again for the gift cert, it worked great. I bought some badly needed cereal bowls, white of course :)
Blessings today!


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