Notes on Style :: An affair to remember

I had the most amazing Birthday weekend! Mother Nature was kind to me, for sure!

Our Saturday evening sunset cruise along the Connecticut coast along the Long Island Sound was nothing short of spectacular. There's nothing as wonderful as being on the water in the warm sun with a gentle wind and a salty sea spray... though, as the tide started to come in, and as the wind started to shift... 
The weather started getting rough,
the tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew,
the Minnow would be lost... the Minnow would be lost!
Luckily we were spared the same fate as Gilligan, the Skipper too... The Millionaire... the movie star, the Professor and MaryAnne!

And my doo-rag blew right off my head! Luckily, I managed to catch it before it went overboard. The silk blue and white scarf was given to me by my grandmother when I was 6 years old.
When I was 6, my grandmother thought it most important that I have only the best manners. I should act like a "proper" young girl. I learned how to shake hands, curtsey for royalty... (yes, my grandparents had friends who were royals) and learn to carry myself properly. That summer my grandmother said she would reward me with a small gift every time I remembered to curtsey or shake hands without being reminded to do so. My grandmother kept track and at the end of the summer she promised me 21 trinkets. I did not collect my goodies at the end of the summer, but when she came to visit us in New York that fall she brought with her an extra little suitcase just for me. Now, I am quite sure that she really didn't pack a separate suitcase just for me, and this was really done just for me, for presentation purposes. But I was impressed nonetheless. Each small item was perfectly and meticulously (through the eyes of a 6 year old) wrapped. I opened inexpensive jewelry, perfect for a young child, perfume samples, stationery, pens, and other delights. I also opened the blue scarf, which to this day, 40 years later, is still with me. I was so very glad that my "doo-rag" not fly overboard! 

Allegra, my Birthday party planner, gracious host and dear friend whom I adore!

 Our lovely, pre-dinner spread that had to be put away when the seas started to get choppy! I adore the Buddha head used as a napkin weight!

Calm seas....

When the weather started getting rough and no one else dared to be outside with me!

Our very able Captain backs into the restaurant's slip with the grace of a prima ballerina

A fuzzy view of our boat... 

It was an affair to remember!

And now it's Monday and my magical weekend is now over... I will look back and remember fondly, but I will now focus my sights on the future and embrace all that she holds for me!

Have a wonderful week!