No standing on the outside looking into Tiffany's store window in the wee
hours of the morning! Not at all! Instead, this girl immersed herself in
a four day extravaganza where I was swathed in Tiffany blue, pearls
and of course, that quintessential little black dress. I knew to jump at the
chance to sign up for Kim Caldwell's event, Affair At Tiffany's, as she
creates an environment that goes beyond all expectations. And this year,
she outdid herself! I have not felt this girly in a long time!
tiara created by me!!
From the tiaras on our heads ... to our Tiffany blue painted toes....
.... to the pearls we wore around our necks.......
..we gathered at the Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach to see old friends
(that perhaps we haven't seen since the previous year) and to make
new friendships, as there are always first-timers that have heard through
the grapevine that they should at least experience ONE of Kim's events!
First full day, we walked into girlie heaven where women sat at
tables adorned with swag bags and goodies not only ON the table
but also on our chairs which were draped in satin and rhinestones! Oh, my!
I'm a "garden club" drop-out and must admit I cringe at the word,
"centerpiece", but if I could have snagged this and put in it my
suitcase, I would have.... I swooned!!
So how do you fill four days? How do you keep 70+ women happy?
By learning, from four talented teachers willing to share their craft,
a completed project from start to finish!
a lovely detailed necklace taught by Lonne Jenck
shabby chic mini chandelier shade taught by Kecia Frazee Deveney
collage and painting techniques for a journal cover
taught by Jeanne Oliver
darling, mixed-media album taught by Laura McCollough
And of course, we women love to eat and chat and lunches were not
a let down! Outdoors, in the courtyard (remember that we are in
sunny California), we gathered at beautifully set tables with our
every whim attended to by a gracious staff. How I wish I could
have a fresh tomato and mozzarella salad with freshly chopped basil
on top, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, every day! Those are not your
midwest tomatoes, dearie!!
Dessert? Not a day went by that our sweet tooth wasn't satisfied! With a
display that Colin Cowie would give a nod and say "well done" ...........
......a display that tempted us to indulge in a sugary haze
...we popped malt balls into our mouths, sucked on suckers we haven't
indulged in since childhood, chewed on taffy, and savored the jordan
almonds without one bit of remorse!!
Gosh, I miss them ALL! And trust me, there are SO many others that
didn't make it into my camera... so sorry! But know that you are loved,
missed and embedded on my heart memory card!
Thanks for the fabulous time, girls, and see you next year, for sure!
Hmmmm..... wonder what Kim has up her sleeve??!!