…from My Little Boudoir to yours…
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!
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.
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…
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.
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:
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).
Sitting at my desk today I was alerted by a text message (from one of the various news outlets that I subscribe to) of the sad news that the lovely Lauren Bacall passed away.
Of all the starlets of old Hollywood, Lauren Bacall’s (how shall I say) spunk, chutzpah, bravado…call it what you want…is something to be admired. She was not merely a beautiful face (at all ages), but had the grit of a soldier, the poise of an aristocrat and the boldness of a suffragette.
Even in this day and age, her boldness is admirable, but think about how much it meant back when a woman having a contrary opinion was viewed as unattractive (in an industry that was built on attraction).
Even with a strong exterior, she enjoyed one of the best love stories of all time with her husband Humphrey Bogart. I can imagine what a beautiful reunion it must have been when the two of them met again in heaven.
She perfected that balance that many of us women aim to achieve, of being both soft and tough at the times when it really counts. She was talented. She was daring. And for these traits alone, she should be celebrated.
I leave you with photos and witty quotes from the lovely, Lauren Bacall:
“I’m not a has-been, I am a will be.” – Lauren Bacall
“Find me a man who’s interesting enough to have dinner with and I’ll be happy.” – Lauren Bacall
On Humphrey Bogart: “Just looking at him could make me tremble. When he took my hand in his, the feeling caught me in the pit of my stomach–his hand was warm, protecting, and full of love. When he saw me at the beginning of the day and when he called me on the telephone, his first words were always, ‘Hello, Baby.’” – Lauren Bacall
“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of The Look.” – Lauren Bacall
“You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.” – Lauren Bacall
“I find that through the sad times, work is what made my continuing, not breaking down, possible. In work, I was always someone else and I subconsciously reveled in that.” – Lauren Bacall
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.” – Lauren Bacall
“Generally women are better than men — they have more character. I prefer men for some things, obviously, but women have a greater sense of honor and are more willing to take a chance with their lives.” – Lauren Bacall
“My life has had meaning, with the friendships full and valuable and essential to me. My children, Steve, Leslie, and Sam, are all different–all first-rate human beings with high standards–whom I completely and unequivocally adore–don’t always agree with–but always admire and respect. They all have wit and a sense of humor and, thank God, I have hung on to mine.” – Lauren Bacall
To me, a boudoir is like a fantasy world. A place where you can relax and get away from the stress of everyday life. A place where your imagination can take you to another world.
The feeling of such a magical place does not have to be reserved for only the times when you are at home, because one can enjoy a boudoir while traveling, too. You will see this in some of my other posts, like Floating Boudoir, The Suite Life…a boudoir away from home and Theme Park Boudoir (part one) to name a few.
If you are a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic, then you’ll love this boudoir-away-from-home. Before you get too excited, please know that this experience is reserved for only a select few…the lucky ones who actually get the privilege of spending the night inside Disneyland Park.
This, my friends, is The Dream Suite [please forgive the extremely poor photo quality…these were taken back in my BlackBerry days and it was the only camera I had with me while touring the suite]. It is where during the “Year of a Million Dreams” Disney made dreams come true by extending once-in-a-lifetime experiences, at random, to park guests. One of the top “dreams” was spending one night in The Dream Suite. They still use it for give-aways and the like, but this dream cannot be purchased.
The suite is located in New Orleans Square, above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. With the addition of New Orleans Square to the park in 1966, this was built to serve as Walt’s personal apartment for he and his family. It was intended as an upgrade from the studio apartment over the Fire House, which I featured in a previous post. It allowed more room for his children and guests.
Though the apartment had a full interior design planned and sketched by Dorthea Holt Redmond, it unfortunately was never completed, nor used as Walt’s apartment, due to his untimely death in December of 1966, around seven months before the opening day of New Orleans Square.
In the mid 2000’s, using the original design sketches, Disney carefully redecorated the apartment’s skeleton into a the fabulous living quarter it was intended to be.
Please enjoy the tour…
Some “magical” moments take place in this boudoir when you press the “Good Night Kiss” button. The wall above is one example, but there are many delightful surprises like this throughout the master boudoir, and the entire suite.
Dressing room/closet (attached to master boudoir):
The dressing room/closet transitions into the master bathroom:
The bathtub makes you feel like it’s in the turret of a castle, with a cathedral-esque ceiling and stained glass window. Oh, but when the lights turn off, a galaxy of stars create a relaxing dreamworld.
…and you know what happens when you wish upon a star…
Here is one of Dorthea’s original sketches for comparison:
…another kiss of magic…
The magical kiss in this room, causes the train to drive around the perimeter!
Hallway looking out toward private courtyard:
I was traveling on business to Las Vegas earlier this week. Whilst walking through the airport in LV this vending machine caught my eye and stopped me right in my tracks. A vending machine that sells cosmetics!!! Plus, it’s super adorable looking like a little pink caravan. Benefit Cosmetics should be real proud…job well done!
I had searched around Pinterest for the perfect birthday cake for my daughter’s 13th birthday “glamour” party. The cakes that appealed to us most were cakes with makeup made of fondant adorning the top, which is most certainly suitable for the theme.
We went to Mike’s Amazing Cakes for a quote and they were charging $30+ per piece of make-up (on top of the cake price). I decided to just order the cake from them and give the make-up a try on my own.
Here is the finished product (edible make-up by me, and cake by Mike’s Amazing Cakes).
Would you be interested in seeing a video tutorial on how I made the make-up pieces?
For my daughter’s 13th birthday, I wanted to do it up big for her party to celebrate her entrance to teenagehood.
The theme was Glamour (and it was a sleepover).
We started off with some fabulous invitations that resembled sleep masks. This will be followed by a post on the birthday cake that we adorned with edible cosmetics. The last post in the three part series will cover our make-over/photo shoot (remember, it was a glamour party).
This is how we made the invitations, which were oh so appropriate for a glamour party sleepover.
First, I traced around a real sleeping mask and cut it out to create the template,
Then, I traced the template and cut out the exterior patterned card stock. The exterior was blue with silver glittered swirls. This is the part that would face outward, if you were actually wearing it. I then repeated these steps, with pink paper for the interior. This really is designed to serve as a border to the white paper with the party details.
Once all the paper was cut out, I glued the pink paper to the back side of the blue paper and placed a ribbon on each side to serve as the head tie (this made it more realistic looking). This is also another reason why it was important to line it with the pink paper. It made the edges look more finished, and covers the ends of the ribbon that are behind the paper.
My husband is a graphic designer, so he whipped up the text portion of the invitation to my specifications and it turned out fabulous. I am grateful for his help.
Here is the finished product (with our personal information “pinked” out for privacy reasons)!!!