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.
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.)
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.