Insta-boudoir

I finally got with the times and upgraded from the BlackBerry to the iPhone 5. I held out for a really long time because I hated typing on screens and I use it for work a lot, which means that I need to be able to quickly type a professional email without spelling or grammatical errors. I’m not going to lie, the typing on a screen takes some getting use to, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I also like the voice record feature that puts my spoken words into text (so Jetson’s).

With that being said, MLB is now on Instagram. Please follow me…

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Theme Park Boudoir (part one)

I work in the travel industry. My position allows me the opportunity to travel quite often. I happen to oversee most of the Disney product that my company sells. This has allowed me some really special opportunities. For example, I attended the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park last summer and most recently the grand opening of the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Two of the most exciting things I’ve done though, is visit Walt Disney’s apartment and the Dream Suite at Disneyland.

First, please allow me apologize for the poor quality of these pictures. I never remember to take a camera with me when I travel for business, so they were taken with my less than desirable BlackBerry camera.

Walt’s original apartment was built over the Fire Station at the entrance of Main Street U.S.A. It is on your left side as you enter the park, just after City Hall.

 

 

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To enter the apartment, you must go “backstage” (to the right of the building in the above image). Here is a picture of entrance door, which actually enters from the back (when you walk in, you’re facing the window on the right in the above image).

 

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It is a studio apartment, with a wet bar, bathroom and large veranda.

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Here are a few photos of Walt and his family enjoying these private quarters.

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When you walk into the door of this apartment, it opens up to the right of you. In the above image, the entrance is at the end of the hallway near the woman wearing the white dress.

The window and two chairs in the below photo are in the center of the room, in the front of the building. On each side of these chairs is two daybeds. One for Walt and one for his wife, Lillian.

In the center window, that you can see from outside the Fire Station, there is a gas lamp (shown in the below photo) that was always lit when Walt was in the apartment. It now is lit eternally in his memory. I guess that means that he is there in spirit.

I thought for sure this was going to be a “no-touch” experience, but they actually let us sit in the chairs and on the bed. Yep, I’ve sat on Walt’s bed. Crazy!

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There is a music box cabinet and phonograph in the apartment. I believe one, if not both, were gifts to his wife. The tour guide took out some of the wax cylinders from their box. These were basically cylinder shaped records made of wax (I didn’t get a photo of them, but I found a photo online that I’ve posted below so that you can see what they look like). This was like looking at Walt’s “play-list” of his day. Since they’re made of wax, they can actually melt, so it’s amazing to think that they’ve survived this long.

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While Walt had the main living area of the apartment decorated in Victorian style (matching Main Street U.S.A.), the wet bar and bathroom had more of a mid-century look to them. I felt really fortunate, because our tour guide was very thorough and showed us a lot of behind the scene areas, like opening the cabinets in the kitchen, for example. The baby bottles from his grandchildren were even still in place on the top shelf of the cupboard. On top of the counter was a beverage set that says, “Tom and Jerry” on the front. I was thinking in my mind, “hmmm…Tom and Jerry weren’t Disney characters…I wonder why he had this?” That’s when the guide shared that a “Tom and Jerry” was a popular hot mixed drink, usually enjoyed around the holidays. It usually includes egg nog, rum and brandy.

 

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Before you enter the bathroom,  there is a small dressing area with a closet and chest of drawers that you must pass through. I bet you can guess my favorite part of this area. If you guessed the mother-of-pearl vanity set, you got it! The bathroom sink is pink (in all its mid-century glory).

 

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As you approach the door to the veranda, you pass over the area of the floor that was once open with a fire pole to the fire station below. Walt would actually slide down the pole. They eventually closed the opening through when a crazy park guest tried to shimmy her way up the pole into Walt’s apartment.

This experience was SOOO amazing. I feel very priveliged to have had the opportunity. If you, too, would like to visit the apartment, it is included on the Adventures by Disney itinerary for their “Southern California” escorted vacation.

A Cure for Cotton

In a quest to try to organize my boudoir (I say “quest” because I share the boudoir with my husband and my desk doubles as my vanity…ugh…this is why you’ve yet to see photos of the “boudoir”), I was in need of one place to store all of my cotton. Cotton balls, Q-tips and my Chanel Le Coton, that is.

Previously, I had my Q-tips in this little pink glass votive holder (that I picked up at the dollar store or something).

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I had my cotton balls in this green faux alligator skin container.

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And, my Le Coton was in it’s original packaging.

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Then, one day on a shopping trip to Ulta, I saw this perfect little container that looked like it was made specifically for my three of my “cottons”. Clearly it was made for Q-tips and cotton balls, but it was really special because of the perfect space for the Chanel Le Coton (which I guarantee the manufacturers didn’t have in mind).

 

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This container is made by Caboodles. Yep, that’s right. It’s the mature version of that one you probably had years ago. I think I was in 6th grade when I got my first Caboodle. It was the same pink/mint green/peach one as shown in the below photos. Although mine was decorated extra special with some sweet New Kids on the Block stickers. If I’m not mistaken, I believe this fine antique still lives in my mum’s attic.

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The Carrie Diaries

Ladies…are you ready? Ready for what, you ask?

Tonight is the premiere of the new show The Carrie Diaries. It is the prequel to Sex and the CIty and is based on Candace Bushnell’s book, The Carrie Diaries, which was released in 2010.

The show appears to revolve around Carrie Bradshaw, pre-NYC and pre-Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. Carrie’s father then offers her the opportunity of an internship in New Your City…and that is when the fun begins.

The first episode premieres tonight at 8/7c. on the CW (check your local listings).

Here is a trailer for your viewing pleasure. After you watch tonight, please visit this post and leave a comment letting me know what you thought of it. This new cast has some big Manolo’s to fill. 🙂

 

Give-Away: Mermaid Talcum Powder & Jordi Labanda Notebook

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a give-away on My Little Boudoir, so let’s get this party started!

This Friday (January 18th) I will be selecting one boudoir beauty to win both of these ladylike gifts to use in their boudoir. The lucky winner could be you!

Gift #1 – Vintage inspired Mermaid Talcum Powder.

The fragrance smells like baby powder with a hint of Chanel N°5. The powder is in the bottom of the tin, wrapped in paper, and the puff sits on top.

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Gift #2 – Jordi Labanda spiral notebook.

This notebook is about 3/4″ thick and has lined paper inside. I love Jordi Labana office supplies! I bought this at FedEx Kinkos, but I often find Jordi Labana products at Target. They always have fashionable illustrations of women on them. I have a few accordion files and they are super fabulous. I’ll share a picture of those later, as they’re lodged in by closet. I use them for storing old 8×10 photos.

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How to enter:

Do both of the following by 11:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 18, 2013.

1. Leave a comment on this post or on the My Little Boudoir Facebook page stating your favorite My Little Boudoir post of all time.

2. Follow My Little Boudoir on Facebook (if you already do, then you’re half way there).

 

The winner will be notified via Facebook or by email and there will be a post on MLB announcing the winner by first name only.

Bonne Chance!

Chanel Trolley…the San Francisco Treat

A few nights ago, after a hard day at work, I decompressed by visiting some of my favorite blogs. Whilst doing so, I came across a post that is a goodie and must be shared.

The blog is called La Chanelphile. Yep, that’s right, the blog is about all things Chanel. If you’ve followed My Little Boudoir very long, you will know that I, too, love all things Chanel. I also have an “All Things Chanel” board on Pinterest.

Ok…ok…you get the point. So, here it is…a real San Francisco treat…a Chanel trolley, complete with tweed upholstery and a Chanel N5 exhibit.

Here is the glorious trolley. To see the rest of the photos and to hear about Gabriella’s experience, you’ll need to check out her entire post by visiting La Chanelphile.

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Marilyn Monroe on Chanel N°5

Chanel recently acquired the rights to some never-before-published audio of Marilyn Monroe talking about Chanel N°5 fragrance. I’m sure all of you Marilyn fans know that Marilyn famously shared that the only thing she wears to bed is Chanel N°5.

Many of the actual publications where she professed this information, making the perfume as legendary as she, were never published.

You really MUST watch this video…


 

If not, here is the story told in stills from the video on Chanel.com. 

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To view the full video and hear her glorious voice, click play on the above video or visit this link at Chanel.com.

Have any of you read My Story by Marilyn Monroe?

Chanel Inspired Sofa

Look what I found, ladies…a Chanel inspired sofa! Wish this was around when I did the Chanel Inspired Boudoir post (although I guess this would be more appropriate for a living room).

This beautiful sofa (reminiscent of the Chanel 2.55 handbag with quilted leather) is from The New Traditionalists.

It also comes in other colors, like blue, red and linen, but black looks most like “classic” Chanel, so it’s my favorite.

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the new traditionalists

Pinterest Passion: Boudoir

You have probably noticed less posts in the last several months. This bad habit started when my passion for Pinterest began  (which was followed by a series of unfortunate events in my personal life).

I am so addicted, I can spend hours daydreaming in my boudoir on Pinterest.com (instead of actually “doing” the creative things I see on there).

In any event, I highly recommend joining Pinterest if you haven’t already. It allows you to create virtual categorized pin-boards.

Since this is where I’ve been spending my time, I thought it was appropriate to at least share it with you. So, I will begin posting some photos from various pin boards on my Pinterest page.

Today, I will share some of the photos from my “Boudoir” pin board. If you wish to follow My Little Boudoir on Pinterest, here is the link.

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Oh, yes, there is more…

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Oh, yes, and there is even more, but to see the other divine photos, you’ll have to visit pinterest.com/mylittleboudoir/boudoir.

Thinking Outside the Boudoir: Auntie Mame

Sorry ladies…I know it’s been a while. Between work and all the medical stuff I’ve been going through with infertility (and two unfortunate miscarriages) , it’s been a little crazy. So, as you can imagine, blogging hasn’t really been top of mind.

In any event, it’s time for a Thinking Outside the Boudoir post! The movie home we will be exploring is that of Auntie Mame.

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In this movie, Rosalind Russell plays a liberal aunt (Auntie Mame) who acquired custody of her nephew (being his only living relative), when her brother (his father) passes away. It takes you through their lives together as they develop a close bond, and it focuses on the lessons to be learned along the way on how ones beliefs influence their life.

Throughout the movie Auntie Mame’s Manhattan apartment goes through several interior design transformations. This not only includes her living area with a grand stairway, but it also includes her super luxurious boudoir.

Here is a tour of some of the lovely designs.

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And if this lovely apartment wasn’t enough, she also takes a visit to a southern antebellum home.

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The movie is so delightful and heartwarming. Not only does it follow a great storyline with a good lesson to be learned, but it is a special treat for any interior design fanatic. This movie often doesn’t get the exposure that some of the old goodies (like Breakfast at Tiffany’s) do, but it is a must see.