I just spent a 4 night mini-vacation in San Francisco. The trip was filled with long city walks, dinners, a little recreational shopping, and museums and a Cirque de Soleil traveling show - Volta.

The luxury of a car trip meant I didn't have to pack in a carry-on, but I tried to build my wardrobe around shoes (and my handy new convertible Tumi backpack/purse, which got a work out) as practice.

These are my dinner outfits.

#1 is an experiment for me with the matchy modern take on a twin set - gift from my MIL - I love the color and I’d welcome suggestions on how to wear the scarf that don’t overwhelm me.

#2 is my self-made drape neck top - i’m loving this newer raspberry color in my palette and will buy more.

#3 another effort to wear scarves. Once more I took a wide scarf and cut it into 1/3 -2/3 and I’m finding it easier to wear to now. I love this scarf color - I think it sums up my wardrobe.

#4/5 Earring metal tone hack - in #1 I’m wearing my mom’s 30+ year old Metropolitan Museum white and grey pearl earrings copied from Ruebens’ Venus in Front of a Mirror. They both had a gold setting like the original painting (shown on the white pearl #5). But when I was at the Met in Ocober for my NYC visit, I saw they now have them in silver and I almost bought a pair. Instead, using a very small paintbrush, I brushed Adirondack Silver Mixative (alcohol ink similar to what is in Sharpies) on the gold part and got a lovely matte shade of silver. It cleans up with rubbing alcohol if I ever get tired of it, or it gets on the wrong spot. I wear them much more often now and it is holding up well. I may try this on some boot hardware that bothers me.

#6-17 One of the most fascinating exhibits we saw was the DeYoung’s Contemporary Muslim Fashion. Beautiful and thought provoking.

#18-19 The Legion of Honor - East Meets West - Jewels of the Maharajahs. Just Oooh Aaaah BLING. I didn’t see the no photos allowed and was appropriately reprimanded (no excuse, but everyone was taking them). But Angie needs those pearls.

Comment, suggestions and improvements welcome.

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