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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Magnolia Blvd AND Then some ..... A Ruby's Musings on Tour Post

Last week I shared with you my experience of having my very first pin up photo shoot with Dream Out Loud Photography, and shared a little video slide show over on my You Tube channel.  The day did not end there! Once we made the very long drive for a short distance from Anaheim back to Burbank, it was time for this girl to go on the shopping trip of her retro/pin up dreams! It was time to visit Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Located a short distance from the Safari Inn is a several block and really much more if you include the mall area at one end, of retro/vintage/pin up heaven. Many of the top shopped web site/ stores of retro gals are right there very close to each other. Unique Vintage, What Katie Did, Pin Up Girl Clothing, Besame Cosmetics, Audrey K and in the local mall, Sidecca.... I got to shop at them all!! Hubby had been saving up for some time it would seem to treat me to a very special (mind blowing) shopping trip and I took full advantage. My first stop was Unique Vintage. 

Located at 2013 West Magnolia, Unique Vintage is just that in the pin up world, as it carries fashion ranging from designs based on the 1920s through the 1950s , and everything you possibly would need to complete an outfit from head to toe. If you follow me on Instagram I did a little review/write up.  I was very pleased with the selection of clothing, many of the top brands including Bernie Dexter, like the dress that I am wearing in my shopping photos, and as mentioned their own house brand clothing lines. From floral to novelty, plaid to solids, it is all there. Tops, sweaters, skirts, pants, dresses and more. The prices are about what you would expect for the quality they carry, but good clothing is an investment  Their customer service was top notch . It was very hard for me to decide what to buy, so much to choose from and it being the fist stop, I wanted to budget myself. I had a few items on a list I was looking for and it came down to two or three items, but with a little input from my hubby and the sales girl that was working there, I was able to narrow it down and finally landed on a beautiful dress, which happened to be a UV design ... and I think I made the right choice and I can not wait until I can share it fully in a dedicated blog post in the future.  If you can not make it to their shop, you can visit their web site and sign up for their newsletter as well. 

This seemed the theme of the can indeed
be exhausting LOL 

This pretty little number is a Unique
Vintage house design. Stay tuned to a
future blog where I share this pretty.

Can you guess what is in this bag? 

The next stop was to Audrey K. Located at 3414 W. Magnolia, a tiny hole in the wall shop exists and on this particular day the owner, Audrey K herself was behind the counter. A slender red head with a pixie hair cut, dressed in a most adorable drop waist sailor dress greeted me with a warm smile and offered to help me personally. I had my eye once again on several items, but landed on three dresses that Audrey thought might work for me perfectly and set me up in a dressing room, but all it took was trying on an Audrey K original and limited design dress in a beautiful pink plaid design. The first size was too big on me, even though it was my normal size that I wear, but I was in love with it and was going to purchase it and have it altered once I was home, but Audrey asked me to try the next size down, a size I have not been in years...asking me to trust her, I did just that and I tried it on and well to my delight it fit!! I explained to Audrey who I was, and what my trip was and asked her if we might film a little interview, and thus my first one I shared over on the FB page belonging to Pin Up the Movie as well as my own... and will be attached to this weeks YouTube episode. Audrey K carries as mentioned her own designs in limited numbers, as well as more common brands found at many similar shops. I could bore you with the list of brands, but if you are interested in top notch clothing and accessories and customer service, either pop in to their store or , you can go to their website just as you can to any of the stores that I am sharing with you. 

One of my choices ...but not the final purchase... it was close tho!

Audrey K and myself discussing fit of this AK original. 

I left a happy customer and know I will be shopping with Audrey K
online in the future too! 

Just a short walk down the block sits What Katie Did. Situated at 3420 W. Magnolia, this tiny shop houses a U.K brand that many pin up style ladies are very familiar with even those of us in the states thanks to their web site and word of mouth on social media. Home to bullet bras, silky stockings, waist trainers, and corsets and all things pretty that go towards making pin up/retro ladies properly outfitted UNDER their outfits. I was on a mission with this visit, I wanted a bullet bra. I had purchased one a while ago and it never has fit as properly as I wanted or needed, lucky for me they recently redesigned the BB and they had my size, so it was not long before I was in a dressing room trying it on, complete with cone shaped inserts that I needed to get the proper shape and out the door with my little bag... be on the look out for this gal to be looking like a 1950s sweater girl in the near future. 

From What Katie Did, it was across the street over to a company you may have seen me mention a few times, Besame. Located at 3505 W. Magnolia, this small cosmetics house is a magical place for many a pin up/retro girl, filled with lipsticks, facial powders, blushes, mascaras, perfumes and more, all designed, produced and packaged based on cosmetics from eras past, dating from 1910 through the 1960s... I know this girly girl was in her happy place. There is so much to see and to take in encased in these four walls from the owner and creator of Besame, Gabriela Hernandez 's own collection of vintage cosmetics and cosmetic containers, to the four walls filled with product artfully displayed and history of make up and the current products. I know personally I did not get to spend nearly enough time in this delightful store....but I did have time enough to purchase a few items for my growing Besame collection and to chat with the lovely ladies that work there. You can visit both the Magnolia Blvd. store or their new location on 3rd street in Los Angeles, but you can also visit their web site and social media sites including back ground and how to videos on YouTube. I can attest to the quality of everything I have ever bought from this company and that their customer service is top notch, be it via the store, the web site or even over the phone. 

The ladies at Besame really know what they are doing, and
know their product...they are there ready to help out
with all your cosmetic needs ...and what they
do not produce, they just might in the future! 

I could barely contain my giggles I was so thrilled to
be at Besame!!

Composure once again contained...

The next place on our tour, located at 3606 W. Magnolia and a shop that for many a pin up/retro gal is the crown jewel if they are lucky to visit, or shop from their web site and own one of their many original house designs, Pin Up Girl Clothing.  Now of course if you know me I often buy from small independent seamstresses and and I like to look a little more individual. There are a few exceptions to the rule.... on this day Pin Up Girl Clothing was not. I have heard mixed reviews about PUG, from quality to customer service... it seems in the pin up world you either are on one side or the other. A brand that has created FB buying and trading groups, lust lists and tears spilled if someone misses out on their personal "unicorn" and euphoria if that unicorn is finally found and owned. Pilgrimages are made to their store, lines stood in for hours at a chance to be a part of their "yard sales" ...I personally I know many friends who own quite a bit of PUG, I myself only own a pair of shoes... I had not actually had a chance to see PUG clothing in person until this day, though I am very familiar with their whimsical and often copied designs, and find they adorable, but just not for me over all tho I do admire them on others. Walking in, there was indeed a lot of visual eye candy, all the fun prints I have seen in my instagram and Facebook feed....every where you looked was a recognizable clothing item, very signature PUG.  I was very impressed with the product, it seems well made and the prices all fall in line with the vast majority of their competitors. The store was clean, decorated with a fun vintage vibe, and was well laid out. Customer service, was a bit lacking I must admit, tho I was eventually greeted and told if I needed help....but it just did not seem as if it was meant. I did not let it sour me however as I already knew what I really wanted, what my personal PUG desire was, a canvas, petticoat alternative to a petticoat under skirt.... lucky for me I was able to find my size and it was going home with me....along with a really pretty chiffon, lace trimmed pink petticoat.  I will not say that I won't every purchase one of the popular designs/prints, but it will have to be something that is just so "Ruby" that I can not resist. All that being said, I as I said know so many swear by PUG that I urge you to visit the store or their web site and decide for yourself. 

I admit I was tempted by the orange print sun dress.

The last shop on my shopping spree list has two locations, one just opened in Pasadena Ca., and the other is located in a mall there in Burbank at 201 E. Magnolia suite #234, Sidecca. I have long known of this small company selling budget friendly retro influenced designs. I discovered them on Amazon and most recently they have started selling on their own store web site. Sidecca was the company I first began to grow my retro wardrobe with. They carry a variety of brands that many other smaller online and brick and mortar retro stores carry so they are not unique in that, but their customer service has always been tip top and with great prices, and easy returns and exchanges it really has been a company I have enjoyed working with, because of this I wrote to Kim, the owner of Sidecca asking if she would be willing to sponsor me on my blogging tour.... I was thrilled when she said she would love to do so.  I was determined that I would not let that influence me on how my experience went within the store and sharing that with you here. Sidecca's mall location is like many mall shops crowded and filled to the brim, making it hard to see everything as there is just so much to see....but that being said it was like a kid in a candy store for me.... and the number one thing I was after was sweaters ...cardigans to be precise....they have every style, every length of sleeve from bolero to long sleeve and in almost every color...and I do love a good cardi! Of course I also went home with a couple simple A line daily skirts, slightly kitsch and yes I know what I said about PUG and their prints, but the two I bought are cute and well, I caved. Customer service at the Burbank location was friendly and helpful, and as I said the prices are affordable, and for retro style daily staples, that is a real plus. Visit their web site here.

The next two places I am going to share are not SHOCK places where I went shopping, instead it is where we ate and where we went for a late night snack, drink and to just have the experience of being there. First up, Bob's Big Boy! Bob's is a perfect example of a true 1950's coffee shop style eatery, the actual structure has not changed since 1949 and on the evening we visited it was packed and there was a waiting list! Being on assignment for Pin Up the Movie, I was determined to eat there and have a classic burger and that is just what I did. Despite being super busy, not an empty table or seat, our service was top notch and so was the food! I had a really great cheese burger and tho given a huge pile of fresh made french fries, I sampled only a few, but they were really good. The prices were moderate but appropriate for the amount of food and the quality and I left full, satisfied and two Bob's Big Boy mugs left with me. You can visit Bob's if you ever are in Burbank, you will not regret it. 

The next place and the last for both this blog and for that Saturday night was Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles. Located in the downtown area at 648 S. Broadway, Clifton's is a throw back to a different era as well as happening night spot with their multiple bars on several floors. Opening in 1935 and redecorated in 1938, it reached a peak of popularity in the 1940's and sort of just got forgotten by all but locals and those in the know for decades, but recently it has seen a revival, with another remodel and the addition of the different themed bar/night clubs and with the help of retrophiles and swing dancers being drawn there like moths to a flame with a regular rotation of live swing bands and burlesque shows appearing, not to mention the travel and food networks doing spots on this "cabinet of curiosities". I knew it was someplace I just had to see for myself. I had heard mixed reviews about the food, but I was going for the experience, well and the jello! They are famous for the selection of jello and classic varieties such as stain glass.  It is hard to explain what this place is like from the opening of the door by a door woman to the dark interior that makes you feel like you just walked into a wooded forest, complete with animals and a tall as the building tree.... the food offerings made me think we might have thoroughly enjoyed the offerings, but as I said it was all about the jello and I was not disappointed! SO MUCH JELLO! It was so hard to decide, I wanted it all! After making our choices and "trying" to take video and photos..not easy in the dim lighting, we ventured upstairs, ordered a couple of glasses of bubbly, served in the classic bowl glasses and not flutes, we settled into our front row seats eager to listen to the live music playing in classic big band style and watch the swing dancing...let me tell you it was quite the show! If you ever have a chance to be in L.A on a weekend, I urge you to go!! And on your way out be sure you stop for a street taco as a late night snack from the food truck located on the way back to the parking structure across the street.  

So this brings us to the close of this weeks recap, be sure to tune into this weeks YouTube video for a video montage of this blog with not previously seen images. Also follow me on Instagram for more photos and information/reviews. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fulfilling a Bucket List Goal

Today I start the first of many posts about my recent blogging tour that I went on the week between the 9th to the 17th of September . I had a full schedule of things I wanted to do while visiting points of interest from Burbank to Santa Cruz Ca.,. One thing that I really wanted to make happen and something that had been on my bucket list since childhood was to have a professional photo shoot and lucky for me Dream Out Loud Photography and Make up Artistry by Donna, both from the Anaheim area...or at least the studio they work out of, were happy to make that happen for me. 

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be like the models that I saw in the magazines or the movie stars that I saw in the movie stills from the old time movies that I always adored, of course being a petite girl, being anything but the super slender and tall girls that I saw in my magazines and not being classically beautiful or even cute ( in my eyes) , being shy, an introvert, with low self esteem and living in a small farming community, I pretty much figured that would never ever happen. I did have a chance of course to work with a professional photographer, for high school senior portraits, family portraits at Sears, or later as a gift for the hubby in sexy shots for Valentines day, but that was not modeling...and other than the V-day gift session it was not about being beautiful and model like. Flash forward many years to when I started this blog and got involved in social media, and I began to pose for photos to share, so I was "modeling" , but it was not in my mind, and I guess pretty safe to say, as my hubby was taking the photos with my camera and later phone, the same thing.  As I got deeper into the pin up culture, that really encompasses vintage loving/wearing , retro/retrophiles, rockabilly and true pinup ladies and seeing them all, every shape, size and height having photo shoots with professionals it really ignited in me that old desire to do one as feel special, beautiful and experience what it would be like to be a model for a photographer other than my husband. Reality is most of these pinup models are young enough to be my daughter. Being a woman of 50, drooping eye lids, getting a bit of a double chin, and crepe like skin and laugh lines and having salt and pepper hair that has a shade of subtle pink and purple to it, I hardly look like most of the lovelies I see in the photos.... I thought who would really want to work with me when they can work with young beauties?! HOWEVER when I was planning the blogging tour I took a chance and approached Victor of DOLP and asked if he would work with me to realize a dream, and he and his partner Donna were very enthusiastic about the prospect. So we made plans. 

The beautiful Donna, both Victor's muse and make up artist on his shoots 

We made the 6 hour drive to Burbank on Friday the 9th , myself in 80 pin curls wrapped up in a scarf ( ready to do my hair the next day) and the next day bright and early, at 6 a.m.,  I got up and did my hair, as Donna was not familiar with working with short hair ( not a lot of pin ups have short hair) , and at 8 a.m. Victor and Donna arrived at our hotel, the famous Safari Inn there in Burbank,  to do my make up. It might surprise many, but I have only had my make up done professionally a couple of times, and that was at a make up counter many years ago. It was wonderful! It is physically painful and hard for me to do my own make up, and it is, let me tell you a real treat! Donna is very good at what she does, and is very quick at it as well... and she does not mind sharing tips and tricks. 

Once the make up was done they departed for the Wonderland Studios in Anaheim and I got dressed in my first outfit that I would be wearing and we followed behind. A little over and hour later I was standing in front of the camera, a big fan aimed on me, white back drop and bright lights shining, and the fun began. I was at first nervous, but being shot by Victor with Donna to help, and being friends with them online already and having already broken the ice during the make up application, I had no reason....all the fears and anxiety I had leading up to the day, all the butterflies flew right out the proverbial window!! Victor directed me on how to stand, where to look and had Donna help with wardrobe issues or examples and sometimes they just let me do my own thing, let me take the lead and shot those poses as well. Three outfits later we were all done and my hubby and myself were off to go explore Magnolia Blvd in Burbank and do some major shopping, but more on that in a later blog. I had such an amazing experience and it is one that now I want again and again.... and I plan on seeking out other photographers to work with..... to recapture that feeling. It is not a vanity thing, it is more of an empowering thing and now I understand why all the pinup ladies like doing them...and for me it was also as close to a bucket list fulfillment of being a professional model as I think I shall get. Of course with the appearance of so many older models in the media and fashion world, who knows?   

Below is a few photos from the session, I will be posting the final shots at a later date once I receive them, and also posting a quick little video with more shots of the process on my Ruby's Musings You Tube channel on Friday, the link of which is always on the left hand side bar or on my FB fan page. 

Dress is by Bernie Dexter,
hat from Polished Raven ( link in right hand side bar)

Dress is from Hearts and Roses , hat a vintage find

Dress is from Le Bomb, link in right hand side bar , hat a vintage find.

My photographer and posing coach Victor

My make up artist and posing assistant Donna

Find Dream Outloud Photography via the link on the side bar which will lead you to their FB page or by going on instagram to 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Conquering Fears

To look at me you would think I enjoy being noticed, being in the limelight and center of conversation... considering I am a blogger, now do YouTube, and live weekly chats on my FB fan page, you would think I am outgoing.  If you were to meet me in person and had a conversation with me, you would think I was a social butterfly.   All of the above is so far from the truth. Truth be told I am filled with anxiety, social and situational, and inside I am always in a panic, an instant fight or flight mode. Fear might as well be my middle name. Somehow throughout my life I have been able to hide the outward appearance of these issues, even in situations where I swear I am going to either throw up or pass out. I have built a persona, that is like another personality, that I can hide behind and not show that I am just a bowl of quivering jello. Oh do not get me wrong, I do like people, and can be very chatty, but it seems to be a nervous reaction the latter part, because for so many years I was a shy wallflower and could barely say a word when meeting new people and quite often came off as rude or stand offish. 

There would have been a time when I would never have thought or considered putting myself out there either through the written word or otherwise. I hated talking about myself. It was always hard to let anyone in. I never wanted to be in front of the camera, and would only do so when others would request a photo to be sent to them, such as family members or pen pals. I could never look at a photo and not see what was wrong ( in my eyes) either physically or even deeper, the pain and discomfort behind the smile, when I could muster one. Then came social media and it seemed it was necessary, expected, even in the early days when it was just myspace ; people wanted to see what you looked like. Then once I started blogging, an outlet for my pent up emotions and a form of self therapy to deal with my deep depression over my life situations ( in the beginning of this blog) , it became more so evident that people wanted to put a face with the words, clip art and old time photos was not going to cut it all the time. Fast forward to finally relenting and getting an Instagram account, and it was not just expected but almost demanded.  I never wanted to be a pin up or selfie junkie, I am simply a retro housewife in a modern world. 

It became a necessity to put myself out there more and more however when I decided that I wanted to start a promotional business for retro products; something that occurred quite by accident when someone asked me if I would share their products.   I could not just simply share the products, as that did not seem to garner as many likes which is sort of the point, to have things seen... I noticed when I shared myself more along side the products that it helped quite a bit.  I once used to have to wait for people to not be looking in the early days, hubby and I would go to a deserted part of a street or location, or he would sneak photos if it was too busy to do otherwise. Quite often not many photos would make it onto the blog or other social media platforms as you could see the fear shining through on my face or in my body language. I can not always hide it....and it was not just the fear and anxiety that would show it was my battle with my chronic pain issues from fibromyalgia and arthritis among a few other physical ailments. No one was ever the wiser, as I only shared the best of the best and even then not as many as I was not yet on Instagram. 

Flash forward to now. and my Instagram feed is full of photos, as are my blogs. Photos taken while people are walking by, standing and watching, or even asking to be a part of them at times. I am even going to be going on what I am calling the Ruby's Musings Blogging Tour, turning my vacation with my husband into a working promotional trip and even *GASP* a meet and greet opportunity to both meet fans and potential clients. There is even to be a professional photo shoot, not just my husband on the cell phone....and vlog episodes that are possibly going to be included on the online documentary Pinup The Movie! I have nearly made myself sick from the anxiety, sheer panic and trepidation surrounding this. To prepare I went to a large car show in the area and had photos taken and met with fellow retrophiles/pin ups and went to Reno and spoke to a shop keeper there as mentioned in my last blog, getting used to chatting with a possible client. I have so much weighing on this as I also put a call out for sponsorship, never truly expecting too many to respond or step up and when a few larger companies did just that, trusting in me to send me not just small items but full outfits to wear and promote. It put a lot more pressure on myself and as I want to make them happy and glad that they have given me the chance to be a brand ambassador for their companies/products. It is not just the larger companies, but smaller home based businesses as well that are counting on me to get the word out and build up sales! My friends and family keep telling me "you got this!" , " you are going to do wonderfully" , etc etc , and inside is that shy wall flower that really just keeps screaming " what did you get yourself into??" ; time will tell and hopefully I can conquer my fears and great things will come of my efforts and help me get past my anxiety and panic over it all. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Weekend Getaway

Some days you just have to getaway 

*sorry this is a day late, had doctors appointment that lasted a lot longer than I expected.
A few months ago hubby came home and told me he bought a hotel package for The Peppermill Resort up in Reno, which is about 2.5 hours from where we live. We kept trying to figure out when we would take advantage of this, but time kept passing by, until this last weekend. we finally were able to make the trip up. The weather was scorching hot here in the valley and we had high hopes that we might escape some of it, but that was not the case, we left in triple digit heat and it was just below that when we finally arrived at our destination. 

Ready to head out for a fun weekend get away

image via
Taken above the city of Reno

My first impressions of The Peppermill was that of just what it now claims to be, an upscale resort, quite the departure from the strip portion of S. Virginia there in Reno which is in some areas dank and dirty and unchanged in years and just what you might expect for an older casino strip that has been around forever, and in where in spots you can begin to see that they are trying to spiff it all up and add a bit of polish to it to compete with Vegas. It seems to be designed to resemble Ceasar's Palace but with it's own unique flair. As we drove in there was columns, large stone statuary and the ever present in larger resort hotels, fountains and indoor lighting used to light the valet area. As we entered the hotel check in area, marble flooring, shades of pale rose pink, terra cotta and gold and giant screens pretty much everywhere you look with high definition screens with beautiful moving scenes and photos from all over the world. That portion was a bit of a departure, in my mind to the over all theme, but still quite beautiful in comparison to the standard art work or non stop logos found in other hotels. Our check in was swift, even for a Friday night and we quickly made our way to the elevators and up to our room, the whole way glancing at these moving artworks. 

As we entered the room, it was beautiful in shades of cream, champagne and gold. The tv was on, again beautiful images playing upon it and set to a radio station playing much to my delight Frank Sinatra. Our view? Our room overlooked over the pool area, the spa, steak house and night club. It was gorgeous... busy, but gorgeous in shades of terra cotta, rich blue from the water and deep rich reds of the seating, and as the sun was setting, the lights made everything sparkle. The view expanded far past the roof tops to make it possible to gaze upon the surrounding mountain tops.

 Once we were settled and freshened up, we went down to find something to eat. There was a lot of wonderful places to eat, but we chose to go to one of the more casual bistros there at the Peppermill by the name of Biscottis. It being nearly 9 p.m we simply wanted something light to eat, so we ordered a lovely cheese plate, a salad for myself and a sandwich and salad for hubby. As Biscottis is centered around having a wood burning pizza oven, the cheese plate came with grilled bread, the bread and turkey on my hubby's sandwich, also the shrimp on my salad were all prepared in this oven creating a wonderful flavor profile. Once eating our fill of the above, we headed out to do a little bit of sight seeing of the hotel and found the non smoking slot area as well as the Fireside Lounge ( of which I shared with you from my trip to Vegas when we went to the Peppermill Fireside Lounge there) , to partake in a cocktail before returning to the slots...we did not do very well, up by 20 and then lost the 10 invested.

Settling into our comfy room, and after snacking on a cookie we bought before returning to the room, we turned in for the night. Unfortunately sleep was hard to come by since there was not as good of air movement as we are used to here at Muse Cottage ( we sleep with standing fans aimed on us) and so it got a bit stuffy. The next morning red eyed from lack of sleep and the exposure to cigarette smoke in the bulk of the casino area, we awoke to room service and a wonderful breakfast set up for us in front of the beautiful view of  the pool. My husband had the cinnamon french toast and I had the fresh apple danish.  There was fresh coffee, real cream and fresh squeezed orange juice. After a leisurely breakfast and taking my time to get ready, we headed out for a day of adventures.

First stop was to a short portion of Virginia St. just about a mile up the street was a delightful retro dress shop by the name Dressed Like That. I had been wanting to visit Cynthia's shop for at least two years now as soon as I discovered it was in the scheme of things so very close. I was not disappointed. Greeted with a warm smile and hello and hugs exchanged, I was delighted to poke around this adorable pin up clothing store. There was something new at every turn and so much eye candy. In the end, I bought three blouses, from various brands, including Heart of Haute ( see link on side bar of web version) some Suavecita grooming spray, a pair of gloves and an Elvis wallet.  After a few photos and some goody byes, we headed out for the next portion of our day....Virginia City.

We had been there about 5 years ago and really enjoyed the fun western environment, the historic buildings and general enjoyable, easy going feeling. The drive is beautiful and a quick trip from Reno. The first time we visited we knew we wanted to take the 30 minute round trip steam train trip to Gold Hill and then back, so after a yummy lunch of grilled cheese and avocado sandwich for myself, and fish and chips for hubby, at the Mustang Ranch cafe and a stroll up and down the main street we headed out to the train depot. It was such a fun and interesting little trip, filled with amusing commentary, wonderful scenery and history of the mining area we were seeing, it is worth the 10.00 per person and is truly a must for any visitor.

 Once the ride was over, it was back to Reno and our hotel. We once again freshened up, as it was only a few degrees cooler than Reno up in the mountains, a sponge bath was much needed. We made reservations and headed to supper at Romanza . A short stroll from where the elevators were located we were greeted with a mimic of the rest of the hotel, statuary, shades of pink, gold and lush greenery. As we were actually guided to our seats it unfolded to be so much more, semi secluded high back booths in a deep salmon color, drapery, columns reaching to a faux sky filled with puffy clouds and twinkling starlight and floral arrangements all glowing by the table top candlelight, it was truly one of the most romantic restaurants that I have ever been in, lending I am guessing to the name. Italian food was the theme of the food, and the menu would make a foody swoon! Fresh house made pastas, breads, risottos and polenta offerings as well as a nice selection of appetizers, seafood and meat dishes. My husband ordered crab stuffed shrimp with the house made pasta and a creamy lemon sauce, for myself I had the panceta wrapped bay sea scallops served with a lobster asparagus risotto... and as a special treat I ordered the house Bellini that was made with peach sorbet, rum, red wine and persecco....  it was AMAZING...wonderfully refreshing on a hot day! Hubby had the Chianti and it was quite yummy as well. As it had been a very long day and we were tired we retired early to our room, enjoyed the perks of room service, ordering a bottle of sparkling wine to be delivered to our room and watched the Olympics until we turned in. 

As the sun rose on another day, and it was time to check out, we headed out, and ate breakfast at Ihop, and started out on our drive home. We did make some stops at a couple local wineries on the way home, to pick up some bottles for our wine cabinet and made it back before supper.  All in all, other than the red eyes, a cold I happen to get and lack of sleep it was a pretty good weekend getaway and I hope one day to repeat it. Now to look forward to our trip in September! 

As seen from the front of Biscottis in a near by bar.

image is via google search

Day 2

*dress in first few photos Sara USA
accessories all but shoes and pearls are vintage
Second dress is Lindy Bop 

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