Win a Trip to Paris!

For some reason lately I have  been majorly obsessed with going on holiday to Paris. I’ve been twice before, but about ten years have passed since my last trip (that was the trip when I was first introduced to Sephora). Learning that a visit to Coco Chanel’s apartment was within reach is what really sent me over the edge.

Unfortunately my camera was a piece’o’junk on my last trip, or otherwise I would jump on an opportunity that I received an email about this afternoon.

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As you can see in this email, Air Tahiti Nui is running a contest to win a trip to Paris. To learn more and enter, CLICK HERE.

“Chanail”

I must admit, I’ve never been one to wear flamboyant designs on my fingernails. The most risky I get is a French manicure and, why, that’s not risky at all now, is it?

I am, however, captivated by these creative “Chanel” manicure looks that I found at Lacquer Boudoir; a blog about nail art. I particularly fancy the one inspired by the 2.55 Chanel handbag.

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This look is darling, too…

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Who knows, perhaps I may just venture beyond my go-to french manicure and taupe and opt for one of these fun designs one day.

If you’re a boudoir beauty who is all about nails, you must visit LacquerBoudoir.blogspot.com. She has so many ideas for nail art. It’s quite impressive, really. You can check out all of the posts from Lacquer Boudoir’s “Chanel Week” by clicking here. You must go have a look!

Chanel Archives

Since it is Chanel week on My Little Boudoir,
I thought you might enjoy these two posts from the My Little Boudoir Archives.

Reading in the “Littler” Boudoir (click here)

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Upcycling: Chanel Perfume Bottle to Oil Candle (click here)

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Enjoy!!!

Spending Chanel on Chanel

Perhaps I’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two  years, but a few months ago I found out about these stunning Chanel coins. Now I’m no numismatic, but I sure would like to be the proud owner of one of these beauties.

Silver Coin

They were made in both gold and silver, and no, I don’t mean in color, I mean the real deal. While they appear to be a €5 coin, they actually sold for a lot more because they are made of gold and silver. There were 99 gold coins produced, which sold for €5,900 (so you could potentially spend one of these €5 coins in Chanel boutique) . There were 11,900 silver coins produced, which retailed for €45.

Karl Lagerfield with coin

The coins were designed by Karl Lagerfield (note his signature on the front) in honor of Chanel’s 125th birthday. These coins  were released in December of 2008, so I’m sure if you’re able to find them now, you’re going to pay a premium.

You will notice Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel on the front and the iconic 2.55 quilted pattern on the back.

Are any of you boudoir beauties a possession of such a treasure?

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31 Rue Cambon

If the Visiting Coco post from yesterday intrigued you, then you should also be pleased with this video tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment from Vogue.com.  

(Don’t forget to scroll down and pause the My Little Boudoir Soundtrack

Visiting Coco

Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a magazineaholic… (You say: “Hi, Sarah”)

Yes, it’s true. I am addicted to magazines. Not cigarettes. Not alcohol. Not lattes. Magazines. I spend quite a lot of time in my boudoir thumbing through various fashion, decor and gossip magazines. Even when I venture outside of my boudoir, I like to take in a good magazine.

I have to admit, when I’m at a doctor’s office with good magazines, I sit in the waiting room hoping that they’re late to call me into the room so that I can enjoy all of them. I even get a little annoyed by cheap doctors who only have boring medical magazines…I mean seriously!

At work, I read magazines in the break room. And at my parent’s house I read their travel magazines…..wait….this is what I wanted to tell you about!

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I found one of the best treasures of all time the other day in my mother’s Condé Nast Traveler magazine (August 2010). It was an editorial on “135 travel experts who can change your life”. I’m talking about the one’s that could fulfill almost any request or travel experience you could dream of (for the right price, that is). Then, it went on to list some of their specialties. (I’m so sorry, but due to overwhelming requests, and the fact that this agency no longer offers this service, I was asked to delete the contact information for the agency). Based on availability, she can set you up with a tour to visit the late Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s apartment, workspace and showroom at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, France. Yes, you heard it right….Coco Chanel’s real life apartment (although she slept at the Hotel Ritz and used the apartment more for entertaining and meetings). Still in the original location and still with original furnishings!

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I decided to contact (name removed due to service longer being offered) and get a little bit more information about the tour. You know, in case a gal like me (or you) is planning a trip to Paris in the near future. The cost is $2,000 Euro per person (approx. $2,600 USD), with a minimum of two guests. So, if you have a bestie that is willing to splurge a little, what are you waiting for? Now, you may be saying to yourself, “almost $3,000 for a one-day tour that doesn’t include my airfare or accommodations…hmmm that’s too much”. STOP…snap out of it at once! Why on earth would you have ever allowed yourself to think such a thought? Shame on you! We are talking about Coco Chanel’s actual apartment where she welcomed her many famous guests, and her workspace where, Gitane cigarette in mouth, she tailored suits and gave birth to the “little black dress”. Do you get it? This is up there with being able to visit Marilyn Monroe’s home on Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood (well, you may  have a different benchmark, but that’s mine…and no, I haven’t been there either…ok, outside the gate like a stalker, but that doesn’t count). This tour is actually better though because it is more personalized, lasts the day and is in the greatest city on earth…Paris.

Coco Chanel’s Apartment

Here is more of the information that was shared with me by the agency about the one-day tour (which can also be incorporated into a vacation package):

Beginning with the Rue Cambon where Coco established her legendary fashion house, enjoy a VIP welcome by the boutique director and a personal behind-the-scenes tour of her apartment (based on availability). Then discover the haute-couture workshops where master craftsmen still create handmade accessories for Chanel. Throughout the day your expert guide will share with you the history behind the famous names of the fashion industry.

A table will be reserved for lunch at the fashionable Maison Blanche restaurant overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.  In the afternoon you will privately visit the closed-to-the-public archives of the Fondation Yves Saint Laurent.

Afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel, where Coco lived for nearly 35 years, remains a passage obligé! You will conclude the day with a stroll along the avenue Montaigne to shop in the company of your expert fashion guide.”

It’s important to note, however, that access to Coco Chanel’s apartment is subject to both availability and also client profile.

Mademoiselle Monday: Mlle Chanel

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“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky,
in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty;
it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Sunday Mourning: Bumpkin on a Swing

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I interrupt the regular Sunday’s Best series, to share some very sad news…..

While I was visiting some of my favorite blogs from my blogroll yesterday morning, I naturally stopped by Bumpkin On A Swing to see what Lisa was writing about. I was shocked to see a guest post titled, “In Loving Memory“, telling of Lisa’s recent passing.

Even though I don’t personally know Lisa, I sat at my computer and cried. I then cried again when I read Trish’s post at Pink Preppy Lilly Lover (Trish was Lisa’s bestie). In three short weeks a very aggressive form of ovarian cancer took over Lisa’s body, and she passed away. She was only 40. It is truly heartbreaking.

If you’ve read Lisa’s blog, Bumpkin on a Swing, you will gather that she was a happy-go-lucky gal who, while having a taste for the finer things in life, was very down-to-earth and had a heart of gold. This is evident in her many posts about animal rescue and the Gulf Coast oil clean-up.

Lisa always showed a lot of support for My Little Boudoir, by leaving nice comments and kind feedback, for which I am greatful. She was very thankful for the Sunday’s Best post that I wrote about Bumpkin on a Swing. It featured her a post from her “Wordless Wednesday” series on the topic of Chanel. Therefore, I dedicate this upcoming week of Chanel themed posts on My Little Boudoir to Lisa, our Angel On A Swing.

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Bump My Bouffant (…but wait…there’s more!)

Sex Kitten Bump. Beehive. Hair Bump. Bouffant. Bitch Bump. No matter what you call it, we’ll settle in the middle on “bump” for the purposes of this post.

Tyra Banks

Marilyn Monroe

Kourtney Kardashian

Gwen Stefani

Eva Mendes

Drew Barrymore

Nancy Kwan

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Brigitte Bardot

Angela Bassett

You’ve seen the infomercial for Bumpits. Promising to add instant hair volume, leaving you with the perfect “bump”. When I first saw the advertisement, I wanted them, but I wasn’t willing to pay the $20 + shipping for something that might not work. Then, the commercial became a household joke, because some of the “bumps” are so over-the-top that they look ridiculous. So, I never did fall for the “…and that’s not all” pitch.

Long before a Bumpits commercial and the debut of Amy Winehouse (whose bump is nasty, by the way), I’ve been a big fan of this hairstyle. To me, the look is beautiful, timeless, and yes, sexy. Though “bumps” of different varieties have been popular for centuries, the one I’m referring to was made popular in the 1960’s by fashion icons such as Brigitte Bardot and Jacqueline Kennedy. It has remained stylish ever since, with a recent resurgence over the last decade.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Jacqueline Kennedy (Life)

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jaqueline Kennedy

I, however, haven’t been able to do a good job achieving this look, because I have baby-fine hair that is on the thin side. It requires so much backcombing and hair spray, that it just looks frizzy by the time I’m done. And, when it does turn out right, it only lasts for a good 30 minutes before it’s flat again.

I recently attended a party at one of my best friend’s house. She was wearing a cute “bump” with a ponytail, embellished with a darling headband. Just like me, she was not blessed with thick locks. She pulled me aside and admitted that she recently purchased Bumpits and loves them. She bought them at her local Walgreens drugstore for a mere $10…and they worked! I was sold. I, too, would now own a set of Bumpits!

A few days later on a trip to Walgreens, I was in search of a set of Bumpits. No success. They had the Ped-Egg (BTW, I own this…and love it), Snuggies (I had a pink one, but got rid of it, because it always slips off my shoulders) and Kinoki Detox Cleansing Foot Pads (I secretly want these, too). They had just about every “as seen on TV item”, but no Bumpits! Not really thinking much else of it, I went on about my daily business, until a few days later, I stumbled upon a set of Bumpits at Ross. They were only $5.99! I snatched them up and couldn’t wait to get home and let the bumping festivities begin.

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I am a little sad to report that they are not what they were all cracked up to be. I’m still trying though…

The big ones didn’t work well. There is no way I could wear one without a clip or ponytail in the back, because I’m sure it would slip out within minutes of leaving the house. Also, it is quite difficult to get my hair to cover it all the way. Part of the reason I don’t have enough hair to cover the big one is because I have bangs. Maybe if I had a thinner layer of bangs I would have more hair to comb back over the top of the bump. The only way I can get it to even remotely work is with a fair amount of backcombing and hairspray.

Now, on the contrary, I am quite fond of the one for bangs. I have been able to use it for a little bang bump in the front and also for more subdued version of this Jennifer Lopez look.

Jennifer Lopez

I found a few YouTube.com videos with tricks for using Bumpits with thin hair. I’m going to keep trying and I’ll keep you posted…

If you’re looking to try them yourself, and can’t find them at Ross, I also saw them at Wallgreens.com for $5.99. Here are some more photos for inspiration….

Gwen Stefani

Nia Long (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage.com)

Jessica Simpson

Jennifer Lopez

Eva Mendes

Brigitte Bardot

Sunday’s Best: House of Turquoise

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Early on in my blogging I came upon a blog called House of Turquoise. The site features picture after picture of turquoise (and other shades of blue) infused designs.

Judging by all of my Tiffany & Co. related posts and the header of MyLittleBoudoir.com, you are probably well aware that I am quite fond of the color turquoise. So, as you can imagine, House of Turquoise was a treasure of a blog to find.

One afternoon, to my surprise, Erin (the creator of House of Turquoise) left a comment on my Summer at Tiffany post. I have to tell you, this was a big deal to me. It was very exciting to be recognized by a big name blog.

With all of that being said, it is about time that I feature this lovely blog in my Sunday’s Best series. Trust me when I say that it will never disappoint. Please take the time to go back through the archives; there are thousands of photos that are so inspiring and beautiful.

Here is a sampling of what you’ll find during your visit to HouseOfTurquoise.com:

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