Olive Oyl Royale (part I)

In 1919 when Olive Oyl first donned her gold bauble earrings, red sweater, yellow striped black skirt and brown boots (the prequel to Uggs), she probably never guessed nautical fashion for women could be so glamorous. Although, I’m sure today her heart would be throbbing (like mine) for the nautical looks that are coming this spring.

Olive Oyl

I must say that regardless of the seasonal “trend”, I always adore a classic nautical look. It really is a timeless style that has been worn throughout the ages, from Coco Chanel to Brigitte Bardot and Goldie Hawn to Gwen Stefani.

Coco Chanel (Chanel by Francois Baudot)

Brigitte Bardot (imtheitgirl.com)

Goldie Hawn in Overboard (solarnavigator.net)

Gwen Stefani

In the mail yesterday, I received the January 2010 issue of Elle magazine. The Elle Fashion First Look on pages 31 and 32 inspired me to write this post and share with you both looks from the magazine as well as some others that I’ve found. Here is a teaser of what is to come. Check back for more looks in my next post “Olive Oyl Royale (part II)”.

First Look (Elle Jan. 2010 p.31)

Chanel bracelet (elle.com)

Harajuku Lovers leather slingback (elle.com)

Louis Vuitton golden brass, resin and rope necklace (elle.com)

Madison Harding wooden heel (elle.com)

2010…Year of the Barbie

As a girl, my absolute favorite thing to do was play with Barbie dolls. I would spend hours in my bedroom playing. As an adult, I don’t love Barbie any less, our relationship has just evolved.

Each year it is important to me to find the right calendar. I almost always select one of black and white photography, whether the subject is a city or a celebrity. Although, this year found one in color.

My 2010 choice was the new Barbie calendar. It is full of fashion illustrations by Robert Best.

I bought it at my local Costco warehouse and in the package was one large calendar (that I keep at work) and and one small one (that I keep at home in my boudoir). I can’t seem to find the one I purchased anywhere else, but there is one close to it on calendars.com. There is also a neat Christian Louboutin one on barbiecollector.com.

Here are some of the illustrations for your viewing pleasure.

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Upcycling: Chanel Perfume Bottle to Oil Candle

 

(MyLittleBoudoir.com)

This is a do-it-yourself (diy) project that I thought of a few years back. I had some empty Chanel perfume bottles that I could not bear to throw away (or recycle), so I decided to upcycle them instead and display them in my boudoir. While I would find it perfectly suitable to simply display the empty bottles in ones boudoir, turning them into candles is even more “boudwonderful”!

 

(MyLittleBoudoir.com)

To make the Chanel perfume bottle candle here are the steps to follow:

1.    Wash out empty perfume bottles taking care not to get the labels wet (you may want to tape some plastic over the label to ensure it stays dry)
2.    Purchase some glass wick tubes, wicks (the kind for oil candles) and candle/lamp oil
3.    Using a tiny funnel pour the candle oil into your empty (and dry) perfume bottle
4.    Insert Candle wick holder with wick inside (make sure that the wick is long enough to be fully submerged into the oil so that the wick absorbs the candle oil before burning)
5.    Light the wick and place on table or shelf and enjoy

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A few other reminders:

1.    NEVER leave a lit candle unattended
2.    Always put the candle out (preferably with a snuffer) before leaving the room
3.    Take great care when working with fire and flammable substances

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Enjoy!

Boudoir [boo-dwahr]

I find the name My Little Boudoir perfectly suitable for this blog, which I hope you will adore as I do. You see, all of my life my bedroom has been a very sacred place for me.

As a child, I would stay in my lovely pink floral room for hours (by choice) playing Barbie dolls, baby dolls or dress-up (ok I admit, sometimes it would go there when in a “time out” or to pout {see below}).

my room as a child

As a tween I spent hours listening to cassette tapes gazing at my New Kids on the Block posters.

As a teenager, with my walls plastered in pages torn from Vogue and posters of Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, I spent hours in front of my vanity mirror trying different make-up styles, talking on my phone and looking at books about old Hollywood.

my room as a teenager

Throughout my life, I have cherished the time I spent alone in my bedroom; the place where I could get away from it all and dream about whatever my heart desired.

As an adult though, things changed. I began to have the responsibility of keeping the entire home, a full time career and a family (which also meant sharing my bedroom). I have since come to realize how vital it is for a lady to have her own Boudoir. Yes, I called it a Boudoir. Maybe that sounds pretentious, but I don’t think so at all. To me, it’s part of the dreaminess that comes with having a room of your own. So while I must admit, I still share a room with my husband (which I’m happy about too), I can’t wait for the day when we upgrade to a larger home where I can have a second bedroom all to myself, my little boudoir.

On mylittleboudoir.com you will find posts about the kind of things that I enjoy or daydream about while in my little boudoir. Not all things are done in the boudoir, but while there I think of many things to enjoy outside of the boudoir. Welcome to My Little Boudoir!

In case you’re having trouble envisioning the idea, here are some further definitions (courtesy of Wikipedia.com and Dictionary.com) and some images to get your imagination going. What would your Boudoir look like?

lajoliemaisonette.blogspot.com

Boudoir [boo-dwahr, -dwawr]
[n] – a lady`s bedroom or private sitting room*

Bou·doir” noun [ French, from bouder to pout, be sulky.] A small room, esp. if pleasant, or elegantly furnished, to which a lady may retire to be alone, or to receive intimate friends; a lady’s (or sometimes a gentleman’s) private room.*

1777, “room where a lady may retire to be alone,” from Fr., lit. “pouting room,” from bouder “to pout, sulk,” which, like pout, is probably of imitative origin.*

theparisapartment.blogspot.com

A `boudoir` is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb `bouder`, meaning `to pout`.*

atlantahistorycenter.com

Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a lady, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber, being the female equivalent of the male cabinet. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room, and was used for other activities, such as embroidery or entertaining intimate acquaintances.*

theparisapartment.com

*References: Dictionary.com and Wikipedia.com

A little blue box…the way to a woman’s heart (ok, not really, but it helps)

Tiffany & Co. porcelain box

This Tiffany & Co. porcelain box is a lovely gift that I received from a co-worker a few years back. I absolutely love it and have deemed it a must-have for the boudoir. I don’t see that they are still selling this size on the Tiffany & Co. website, but they do have a mini one as well as one made of crystal. Having it displayed in your boudoir evokes that feeling that only a “little blue box” can bring…

Chocolaty Goodness at Max Brenner’s

Hug Mug of Hot Chocolate

I saw Max Brenner’s Chocolate by the Bald Man on the Food Network a few years ago and kept it on my list of places to go. On my trip to New York City in September of 2007 I recommended it for a breakfast meeting with one of my vendors. The place was everything I expected and more. Max Brenner’s is located at 841 Broadway between 13th and 14th streets, near Union Square. When you walk in, it’s like Willy Wonka meets a Parisian Café, but in the middle of NYC. Since I love all things Paris and all things New York and chocolate…I was in heaven. The hot chocolate is served in what they call a “Hug Mug” (see photo). It is so divine, smooth, not too sweet, not too bitter…and the best cup of chocolaty goodness I’ve ever experienced. The foam on the top along with the half melted marshmallows was the icing on the cake. For breakfast I had waffles topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries with white chocolate chunks sprinkled atop. Then, on the side there was this fabulous “syrup” made with chocolate along with a dollop of whip cream and some banana slices. In recently reviewing their menu I don’t see this meal on it anymore, but it’s probably pretty similar to their After Party Belgian Waffles. This place is on the must-experience list if you’re headed to NYC (I know it will be a stop every time I visit). I will leave you today with a quote on Max Brenner’s website (I’m assuming the quote is from him), “I don’t invent anything in chocolate. It all exist in people’s minds & hearts.”

My Breakfast