Thursday, September 30, 2010

Candy, Cakes and Desserts of Marie Antoinette the Movie

Many of you have seen posts on Marie Antoinette the movie by Sophia
 Coppola. I only had a chance to see it tonight which inspired me to look up
a synopsis of her life story to see how accurate the portrayal of her life was. 
The movie isn't exact but it comes close (she had 4 children and not 2 among
other points.)  It skips over the latter portion of her life where she became
more involved with politics and tried to help her husband.  

I think Marie Antoinette is one of the most misrepresented people in history.  
She was literally the scapegoat of France in those times.  Despite the odds, 
she managed to survive in a politically hostile environment with a mother who
sought only to use her solely as a political pawn.  Unfortunately, she actually
had very little political influence in France.  Not to mention a husband who was 
so insecure that the marriage wasn't consummated until 7 years after they
were married (and even then - intervention was required to get to the bottom
of the mystery...)  Granted they were married at 14, but 7 years is a long time
not to consummate a marriage. 

I now appreciate what an amazing woman she was and have come to see 
the enormous amount of pressure she was under.  Like many of us gals 
today, when she was depressed or down - she liked to party and have retail
therapy.  As for her spending, it was no more frivolous than what a queen 
would have spent in those days.  I can't imagine being sent away from home 
at 14 to a foreign land to be married.  Being Austrian (not friendly with the 
French), she was a convenient scapegoat.  

What I liked about the film is that it did not feel like any of the usual period 
films.  The film is from theperspective of Marie Antoinette and it makes feel 
as if you are personally witnessing all the events.  I also think the romantic
scenes were wonderfully filmed - romantic and classy (no need for graphic
detail.)  Enough of my babbling and onto the eye candy... literally!

Laduree provided all of the candy, desserts 
and sweets that were shown in the movie.

In fact everything in the movie looked like candy and cake.
 Absolutely gorgeous.

Strawberries galore.

Candied almonds adorn this plate with a 
piece of chocolate as the centerpiece.

Isn't the orange color a feast for the eyes?

Pink and Red go so well together for candy and desserts.

A personal cake inspired by Marie Antoinette (not my cake.)

If any of you are interested in Marie Antoinette's story, Sophia Coppola based 
her movie script on a book she read on Marie Antoinette's life called:  Marie

Photos are from Google and movie stills from Sony

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another Fab London Home with Pops of Pink

Despite a grueling tour in Spain and becoming ill, I am now back at home.  I will post more about my trip.  In the meantime, I adore how colorful this fabulous London home is with all the pops of pink everywhere.  Chocolate and Jewel toned pink do indeed go together.

The home has great lighting,

 and Very roomy living space as you can see here.  Although, it really could use with some divisions to divide up the space just a bit.

 The home boasts a light and airy modern kitchen.
 With a fantastic sun room for a dining area.


 Get a load of this rug!  I love the unusual color.
  I adores Union Jacks.  The Union Jack and very bright pink rug is paired with more traditional French styled furniture such as the bed and a contemporary chaise lounge.  Eclectic but fun.  The white floor boards make a great backdrop for the pops of color.

  Did you notice the fabulous chandelier and very romantic armoire?

  The bathroom is just as spacious with the pops of pink carried through.

This room seems like a throwback to the 70s.  Love the sheepskin on the chair - great way to make a chair more comfy and cozy.

Doesn't the house look great from the back?  
Which was your favorite room or element?

Photos from 1st Option

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Domestic Transformer" - One Room: 24 Different Configurations in 330 Square Feet

Talk about ingenuity when it comes to small space living.  I absolutely
love what this architect did with his own space (only 330 sq feet) of 
living space.  Can you imagine 24 different configurations for just one
room?  You absolutely must watch this video if you haven't seen it.  I'd
love to hear your thoughts and the things you thought were ingenious.

I was surprised of the layers of the walls and the location of the guest
bed over the bathtub.  I also loved the media room with the projector
screen over the windows - every detail was so thoughtfully designed.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

On Tour in Spain - September 2010

I must apologize for my delay in posting as I am now on holiday with my 
mother and aunt in Spain.  Actually, it's more like a whirlwind tour (waking 
up at 6:30AM - 7AM every morning is not what I call not a leisure vacation...) 
In this post I wanted to just give all of you a taste of the places 
we are touring through including Cuenca, Valencia and Peniscola.

Cuenca is a gorgeous - ages old city southeast of Madrid.  It is 
famous for its' "hanging houses" as you can see above (houses 
built into a cliff so it looks as if it is hanging from the cliff.)  The
city itself is a gem and has fabulous houses and cobble stones.

These are not my own photos but I will share some 
of my own after I return from my trip. 

Here's a fantastic view of the old city of Cuenca (as with most older 
towns and cities in Spain, there is an old and a new portion to the city.)

Valencia built a series of gorgeous aquariums, museums, botanical
gardens, concert halls and more.  Stunning modern architecture.

Side by side with the old. Valencia is a very pretty city with
beaches and a port.  It was the site of America's Cup in 2007.

Peniscola is about 1.5 hours south of Barcelona (North of Valencia) and is a very 
popular Spanish seaside resort.  Many people from hotter areas of Spain such as
Seville go to Peniscola to escape the summer heat.  Peniscola is blessed with the
perfect weather for a seaside resort without it being too hot.  It comes complete 
with it's own fort which is where this image was taken from (from Google Images.)

If any of you have watched the 1961 film "El Cid" starring Charles Heston 
and Sophia Loren, it was filmed in Peniscola, Spain.  Some of the houses 
within the fort reminded me of the white washed blue window/rooves of 
the houses on Santorini (Greek Island.)

It's a wonderful place to relax on the beach and take a nice long nap.  
Definitely worth a visit.  I will try to post again soon but in case my posts
don't seem regular, it's because I'm away and will not be home for about
2 weeks. Any of you visited the places above?  

Photos from Google Images