Breakfast at Tiffany’s Birthday

Itinerary for the evening.

“Of course, personally, I think it’d be tacky to wear diamonds before I’m forty.”

– Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

It’s time to pull out the diamonds, ladies, because this January I celebrated my 40th birthday.

To be honest…it’s surreal. I really don’t feel like it’s possible I could be 40. I identify with being younger, but I guess I’m officially a grown up now.

My mother planned a surprise dinner at a local restaurant the weekend of my birthday. Several friends and family members joined in on the celebration. It was a lovely surprise, but I still wanted to have a little celebration with my lifelong girl friends, so I planned a little something fun for this past weekend.

I decided to loosely theme the evening after one of my favorite movies, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is the invitation that I ordered from Etsy and sent to my friends (via text message) who were able to attend.

We were running a little late, so we modified our schedule a bit from the invitation shown above.

Our first stop was Letterpress Distilling. I read about it in Seattle magazine during my recent visit to the hair salon. They are known for their Italian liqueurs, like Limoncello (made me think of my first trip to Italy, where I purchased my first limoncello in Assisi), Arancello Rosso (blood orange liqueur) and Amaro Amorino, but they also produce their own vodka, which is the base for their liqueur. I purchased the tasting for up to four people on Groupon for around $40. There ended up only being three of us, so we split the ration for the fourth guest.

The place was a bit difficult to find, it’s a nondescript doorway with a red awning, sort of in an alleyway. Our Uber drivers (coming and going) had a difficult time finding it.

Letterpress Distilling

The owner grew up visiting Italy every summer, where his mother is from, and decided to end his career in printing (hence the name), and get into the distilling business. He said that the name Letterpress came about one day when he was holding something that was hand printed. He said that your first reaction is to feel the paper, smell it, etc. When something is hand printed it there is something about the quality (paper weight, ink, etc.) that allows you to feel the difference and appreciate the craft. And that was the same way he wanted people to feel about his liqueurs.

You can tell that he really has a love for it and I was amazed at the amount of knowledge he has about the history of alcohol and the process in which it’s made. Sounds like you need to be a chemistry major.

Where it all starts…

The ingredients for their product is primarily sourced locally from the Pacific Northwest. The wheat is purchased from La Conner, Washington (if you’re familiar, this is also where the beautiful tulip fields are located). Their honey is from Washington and Oregon, purchased from a company based in Eugene, Oregon.

Yes, I said honey. One of the things that makes their liqueur different from others is that they sweeten it with honey instead of sugar. Apparently back in the old days in Italy, it was honey they used to sweeten Limoncello, because it was native to the area, and sugarcane was not. It gives it a lovely smooth taste and really brings out the flavor of the fruit. He also shared with us that they only distill their vodka twice. Most vodka companies brag about the number of times they distill their product (like Gray Goose and Tito’s), but essentially that is designed to make the product tasteless. This is great if you prefer it to be tasteless, but he wanted to keep some of the natural flavors of vanilla and such. I was surprised how much the vodka, when only distilled twice, really did have a good flavor.

All of the products tasted great. They are high quality, and made with care. I was most fond of the Amaro. It has a spice taste to it. They use orange peel, cloves, chamomile, etc. in the list of ingredients. To me, it tastes like Christmas. They also served a sample of it made into a hot toddy. It was quite delicious. The type of drink that you would sip fireside.

The tasting ended with a tour of the process, which is in the warehouse connected to their small tasting room.

About four to six or seven samples later (remember we split the fourth serving), we made our way to Alchemy in West Seattle. I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant/bar since before they opened, which I believe was about a year ago. This place is so cool! It’s like Lydia Deetz meets Dita Von Teese. The decor is what I would call Gothic Glam. We were seated on a black leather tufted sofa, where we shared several small plates between the three of us (deviled eggs, beet salad, brussel sprouts, cheeseburger sliders, cheese plate and candied bacon). Every dish was delicious! The cocktails, however, are not to be missed. The presentation is beautiful, and matched in taste.

Alchemy, West Seattle

My beverage (top left) was a special concoction that I requested with a tequila base, the one in the center was an apricot drink and the one on the right is a diet coke (don’t worry, she later ordered my same cocktail).

View of the venue.

A view of the bar. If you look closely, there are drawer little drawer fronts that cover the wall, with an old oil painting as the focal point.

Wall filled with old photos.

Even the bathroom in this place was cool. The wallpaper looked like an apothecary’s shelf filled with special potions.

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Another bathroom pic…

The last stop on the agenda was Lady Yum in Seattle (located at the Amazon campus). This is my favorite macaron shop in the city of Seattle. I mean who doesn’t love a Champagne and macaron combo? Oh, and in case you’re in the Seattle area, you should know that they have Bottomless Champagne Tuesdays!!!

The shop itself is darling, with a pink coral front counter topped with a rainbow variety of scrumptious macaron flavors like Apricot Prosecco, Salted Caramel and even Unicorn (tastes like cotton candy). There are small marble tables with bar stools that sit under beautiful crystal chandeliers. The center of attention is an amazing accent wall (#Instagramworthy) with two peacock wicker chairs placed on each side of a brass peacock table (now this is a “service peacock situation that I can deal with).  If you take a peek behind the black and white striped curtain in the back, you’ll see pink and green wallpaper reminiscent of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Martinique wallpaper (I love it even more with the pink added).

Our macaron sampler…

Apricot Prosecco macaron in front of the wallpaper on the accent wall (behind the Peacock chairs).

Coffee from a French press served in the most darling cup.

Sparkles and macarons…#livingourbestlife

The wallpaper by the restroom. I think this would be so cute in a powder room or the closet in your boudoir!

P.S. If you don’t make it to this location, they have a kiosk in the Seatac Airport and a location in Kirkland.

And lastly, per the theme, party favors for the BFF’s from Tiffany & Co. They each got a Tiffany & Co. paper cup (made of fine bone China, of course) from their Everyday Objects collection. They come in a set of two for $95. I bought a set of four for myself, too. I think they’d make for a darling brunch tablescape. Drinking your morning coffee or tea from one of these is sure to make you feel like you’re having “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” every day. I think they’d also be cute for displaying flowers or holding brushes on your makeup vanity in your boudoir.

Party favors…

Tiffany & Co. Paper Cup

Overall, it was an evening of special memories made with great friends.

Tell me about your best birthday celebration in the comments…

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I’m baaaack….

One day of not posting leads to another, and before you know it, it’s been three years. I have to admit, I felt a bit of shame when I noticed how long it had really been.

I feel comfortable saying it’s for good reason though, as I have had a lot going on in my life. I went through my first pregnancy (which honestly going to work and driving home was about all I could handle in a day), gave birth to my darling son (who is now almost two) and I’m raising a teenage daughter (who is a dream of a teenager, but is a busy girl, which means I’m busy, too)…all while managing a very busy career with possibly the biggest project I’ve every worked on.

With all of that said though, this blog is a passion of mine, so I continued paying for the hosting and URL, knowing that it was something I would eventually return to.  So, here I am! It feels good to be back…

xoxo

Sarah

 

 

 

 

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Hermès Lined Drawers

A few years ago I picked up some Hermès drawer liner when I was in Miami at Bal Harbour. There is not an Hermès boutique near where I live. If you don’t have one near your home either, you can also purchase it on the Hermès website.

Upon returning home, I immediately lined my half of the dresser drawers, but there were a couple of sheets left over, which just remained in the box for the past few years. I decided to take it out a few weeks ago and put it to use. I was surprised that they were still very fragrant after all that time.

{my apologies on the poor photos…I took them with my phone}

IMG_6119I have a little lingerie chest that belonged to my grandfather and was given to me after his passing (he was a bargain hunter, and I’m guessing he probably picked it up at a garage sale). My intent is to give it a makeover by painting it and changing the drawer pulls….maybe this Summer.

IMG_6124In any event, I’ve been using it to store my panties, socks, clutches and a few other random items. The problem is that the wood on the bottom of the drawer is kind of rough and easily snags delicate fabrics. This is where the remaining Hermès drawer liner comes in. I had just enough to line the two top drawers which I use for panties and socks.

The liner is a durable thick white paper with Hermès Paris embossed in circles. It is kind of hard to see in the photo, but here is a picture of it.

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I kept the box too, now I just need to find a way to put it to good use. Any ideas?

Hermes Drawer Liner at MyLittleBoudoir.com

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Ritz Paris Renovations

I like to keep myself in-the-know about the Ritz Paris renovations, so I regularly visit their website to view the progress. While on their website, I also enjoy many of the historic stories and such that they rotate on a frequent basis. I would encourage you to take a look at their website periodically, if this is not already something you make a habit of.

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I am in the travel industry, so I guess there is this sort of fascination with luxury hotels to begin with, but better than just any luxury hotel, the Ritz Paris is the most iconic location for the rich and famous in Paris (where many even lived, including Coco Chanel), including the likes of Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Princess Diana, etc. It is a treasure trove full of history. So, even if you’re not a hotel connoisseur like me, the fascinating history and pure opulence cannot be denied.

I plan to take my daughter on a trip to Europe in 2016 for her sweet sixteen birthday and my hope is to budget wisely so that we can splurge and stay at the Ritz Paris.

The hotel has been closed since 2012 for renovations and will reopen in 2015. Can you imagine this beautiful 159-room hotel being empty of all guests? Sounds a little spooky. Hopefully none of the construction workers saw twin girls walking down the hall.  😉

Here are some photos of the renovation from the Ritz Paris website. All credits for the below photos belong to Ritz Paris.

 

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I absolutely cannot wait to see what the finished product will look like. I’m certain that it will be as grand as it ever was, with the history well preserved. There are many great hotels in Paris, but none with the history and aristocracy as the Ritz.

Speaking of history, while I was on their website, I came across this fascinating video about Ernest Hemingway. It’s a must see. Click here to view.

Au revoir mes amis Je vous adore…

 

 

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Happy Birthday from Sephora

Right before Christmas I finally reached VIP Rouge status with Sephora’s Beauty Insider! Beauty Insider is Sephora’s loyalty program that allows you to accumulate points based on your purchases. You can redeem the points for cosmetic, skincare and fragrance samples from top brands. There are three levels: Beauty Insider (for anyone), VIB (status reached after spending $350 a calendar year) and VIB Rouge (status reached after spending $1,000 in a calendar year). Yes, I know, that means I spend too much on make up.

VIB Rouge at MyLittleBoudoir.com

Today I went to Sephora to pick up another eyeliner (one of my favorites, Kat Von D Ink Liner in the color Trooper), and while I was there, I picked up my birthday gift since my birthday is in January.

Did you know that as a Beauty Insider you can get a free birthday gift from Sephora during the month of your birth date, even if you don’t purchase anything that day? The birthday gift of 2015 is two mini (.06 oz) Nars lip pencils. The colors are Cruella (red) and Rikugien (golden pink). As a VIB Rouge member, you also receive an eye liner pencil in Via Veneto (black). What a great treat!

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O Christmas Tree…How Lovely Are Your Ornaments…

It is that time of the year where I reluctantly must take down my Christmas tree.  🙁

I love Christmas so much that I begin listening to Christmas music around Halloween and I like to leave my tree up for a long time post-Christmas. The problem is, I usually get busy with work travel and then it stays up for far too long.

My husband once accused me of keeping it up until May, but that’s a pure lie (I think). Saying that it was up until late Feb/early March might be the truth though (I know, I know…and yes, it’s a fake tree). Some may ask why he doesn’t take it down. Well, he’s not allowed to touch my precious ornaments (nor does he want to).

So, before I begin the demolition of all things magical, I wanted to capture it and share some of my gems with each of you.

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Celebrity Boudoir: Jayne Mansfield

The boudoir and en suite bathroom of the voluptuous bombshell actress, Jayne Mansfield, has become iconic. It is best known for the heart-shaped gold lined bathtub with pink carpeted…um…well…EVERYTHING!

The feminine theme of her home simply screams boudoir. Of her estate, one could say that the heart served as the crest (CHALLENGE: How many hearts can you find?). It was a respite oasis and a palace of sorts that provided a dreamy backdrop for her her life.

There are many things about this home that I love (and some that I would pass on…i.e. carpeted walls). Nobody can deny that this was a special unique home that had Jayne’s signature all over it.

Here are some of the things I love about it:

I love the framed photos/magazine covers along the stairwell.

I love the living room with the balcony overlooking it.

I love that she had a scrapbook in her office.

I love that she has a pink bar of soap next to her bath.

I love her powder puff on a stick.

I love the arched doorway with gates.

I love the nursery.

I love her gold mirror and brush set.

I love her tray of lipsticks next to the sink.

I love the glass bottle next to her bath, that likely held bubble bath.

I love the pink rotary telephone.

I love the brass chair with pink cushion.

I love a pink boudoir with gold accents (though hers was a bit over-the-top).

And, finally, I love the fact that she made this home her own with her signature style.

 

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Happy New Year…

…from My Little Boudoir to yours…

 

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Milkhouse Boudoir

A woman’s boudoir just wouldn’t be right if it didn’t also have a feminine fragrance to it. Burning candles in your boudoir creates a relaxing atmosphere while also giving it a pleasant aroma.

I’ve tried all different types of candles, but I must say I think I just found a new favorite. This summer we took some family from out of town to a local attraction, Snoqualmie Falls, here in Washington. While we were there we paid a visit to gift shop at the Salish Lodge, where I purchased, among other things, a votive candle made by Milkhouse Creamery.

The scent that I selected was Oatmeal, Milk & Honey. It had a nice sweet smell, which I generally prefer over a floral scent. I purchased it in June, but only just recently began burning the candle. I placed it in my little boudoir washroom and burned it for a few hours one Sunday afternoon. The smell was so powerful that it made my entire boudoir and washroom smell lovely.

In fact, while I was sleeping that evening, I woke a few times wondering what the delightful sweet smell was that was reminiscent of cotton candy. I realized in the morning that it was the leftover scent of the candle. All of this from one little votive that I hardly made a dent in (so I have plenty of burn time remaining). The pleasant smell actually remained for a few days after that (without burning the candle again). I couldn’t believe it!

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With that, I decided that I need more, so I went online to look up the company. I was so excited to find many different sizes of candles ranging from a 2.2 ounce votive (burn time 20 hours) all the way to giant 48 ounce Earthenware Crocks (burn time 200 hours). They also had a HUGE variety of scents (or flavors, as I like to say). I think I’m probably going to stick with the same fragrance, but I may try a few others when I place my order. Some that caught my eye were: Butter Toffee, Cranberry Amaretto, Cappuccino Brûlée and Peach. Don’t worry though, if you’re like my BFF, and don’t like your candles to smell like dessert (like I do), they also have a nice selection of other fragrances, too, like: Crisp Cotton, White Tea & Ginger, Autumn Pear, Lilac & Wildflowers and many more.

What I was also thrilled to learn is that this Iowa based company claims to have the “cleanest burning candle on the market.” They don’t use any artificial color and their cotton wicks are free of lead. They use a sustainable blend of pure beeswax and natural soy wax, and the jars are made from 40% recycled glass (with cute designs that can be reused, and then recycled when you’re finished).

And best of all…unlike my other favorite candle by Jo Malone (it was a special gift from my BFF), you don’t have to save the burning for special occasions, because you won’t go broke replacing it once it’s gone. They range in price from $5.95 to $57.95.

If you come across these candles in your nearby gift shop, you must snatch some up right away. Or, you could always order online.

 

 

 

 

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The Apartment

Why worry about seeing the newest blockbuster, sitting in a crowded theater with cell phones ringing and the chatter of others around you at $15 a seat, when you can lie comfortably in your boudoir and watch an old Hollywood classic on a lazy Sunday afternoon (for a $10 per month Netflix subscription).

To me, there is not much of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, than to enjoy an old movie in the comforts of your boudoir. Something about these old films makes me feel as though I’ve gone back in time. Takes me for a lovely daydream.

Today I watched The Apartment on Netflix, starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon and Fred MacMurray. I really enjoyed it. It had a good lesson and proved to be a good love story.

Have you seen it? What are some of your favorite classic movies? Comment below…

 

The Apartment

 

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Vintage Baby Shower

My sister-in-law is preparing to have a baby boy soon. In celebration of her upcoming arrival, my mum and I gave her a baby shower a couple of weeks ago.

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As the process of party planning now begins around the world, I went to Pinterest for ideas. I pinned some ideas to my Baby Shower pin board and asked her to take a look to see which theme she liked best. She seemed to be most fond of a vintage theme (yay!). And so it was…a vintage baby theme…and I knew just the place to go for decorations.

One of my co-workers is an owner of Vibe Vintage Rentals. It is a party rental supply company servicing the greater Seattle area. They specialize in vintage items. This was perfect for our baby shower!

I went through their website and Pinterest page for ideas. She also emailed me some items that she thought would be of interest. They can supply items for any type of event (wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, anniversary party, etc.). They really can make all of those fabulous ideas you see online come to life!

Here is what I rented from her:

  • Baby scale
  • Vintage baby booties
  • Duck penny bank
  • Baby blocks
  • Thank Heaven for Little Boys sign
  • Croquet balls
  • Table runner

Here are some photos from the event. As you will notice, if you’re a Pinterest-addict like me, most of the food inspiration also came from Pinterest.

One of my favorite things that we served was the vintage sodas, many with “boys” on the labels (in keeping with the vintage boy theme).

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