Sunday, January 29, 2012

Vintage Bow Brooches

Bow brooches have been popular since the 18th Century. In the 1930's Eisenberg Originals started reproducing some of the pieces and did such quality work that stores began to have a problem with shoplifting. I wonder if the bow brooch worn by Norma Sheerer in Marie Antoinette was an Eisenberg Original? I noticed in Cheri that Michelle Pfeiffer wears a tiny bow pin at her neck. It's a bit difficult to see in the photo above but it is absolutely charming. My favorite Christmas present this year was from my dear friend Holly who gave me a huge Eisenberg bow that I have worn on my sweaters, jeans, headbands, hats, coats and anywhere else I can pin it to show it off. It adds a touch of girly bling to anything.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Les Merveilleuses Laduree Makeup Launch

Laudree has launched a beautiful cosmetic line in Japan. The rose petals are actually delightfully clever. You must visit their website and check out the other pieces. There are eyeshadows, lipsticks, skin care. Everything a girly-girl could want. Hopefully they will bring it to the New York location so we can buy it too.


Madame de Pompadour

I'm about half way through Madame de Pompadour by Evelyne Lever and am so fascinated by the power and persuasion of this historical figure. The Pompadour used her beauty and charm to warm the heart of the King and eventually helped him rule France. She was scorned by most, as all the King's mistresses were, but more than usual due to her influence in government affairs. She was a great patron of the arts and performed in many plays, operas and ballets to entertain the King. When she built Chateau Bellevue, which was destroyed during the Revolution, she added a unique theatre designed to expand from an intimate gathering to a 500 seat auditorium. She was a lover of beauty and flowers and surrounded herself with sumptuous fabrics, oil paintings and architecture. Though her health was poor and she died young, her legacy of beauty lives on.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Paris Patisserie

Cold winter days make me long for a hot cup of coffee and a twice baked almond croissant. All crispy and flakey on the outside, and buttery melt-in-your-mouth almondy on the inside. Could this be heaven on earth? I think so. This is what I ordered at the Petit Versailles Bakery near our quaint hotel in Paris every morning. Even their ceiling reminded me of roses and swallows flying around a glittering chandelier. Aaaaah.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Have a Beautiful Day in Hell by Moxie


Moxie is the cutest line of feminine products available. Their website is adorable. I've been using them for a while now and love their sweet packaging. Especially the little bows printed on everything and embossed in the pads themselves. They come in darling little tins that just say Moxie, so if they fell out of your purse you wouldn't have to be embarassed. The best part about this line is the tampons are unscented. It seems like every other line available in the stores are packaged in pink if they are scented and blue if they are unscented. What about us pink girls that want to buy unscented products? Now we can. I love the humor in their marketing campaign...have a beautiful day in hell.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I Feel Very Chantilly Today

Photos: vintage Chantilly ads available for auction on ebay.

Chateau de Chantilly, Chantilly Cream, Chantilly Lace, and the 1940's Houbigant creation Chantilly fragrance. Can't decide what I love more... castles, whipcream, lace or perfume. Everything associated with Chantilly seems decedant. When I was a teen I loved looking at Chantilly ads in magazines. The pink packaging, the lace, the pretty women. I hoped one day I would grow up to be one of them. Unfortunately the perfume formula became quite diluted after switching hands from Houbigant to Dana and lost it's prestigious status. Looking at some of these older ads from ebay shows the pretty bottles that it used to be packaged in. I decided I am going to name my maltese puppy (when I get her) Chantilly Cream Puff. It's a silly name, I know, but I'm a silly girl.