Showing posts with label Desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Desserts. Show all posts

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Amy Atlas ~ A Stunning Lavender Snowflake Candy Table ~ Happy New Year 2010 !!

One of The Most mouthwatering and Gorgeous Candy I've ever seen are
from Amy Atlas Events based in New York City.  She is the creative force
and owner of this company that makes beautiful cakes, desserts and candy
tables for events of all kinds.  She calls this winter wonderland creation 
Lavender Snowflake Dessert Table.

"We created this dessert table for both a Bat Mitzvah and for an event by
the Wedding Library at the New York Palace. The design details were
inspired by the Bat Mitzvah girl's lavender snowflake invitation.
Opalescent lavender desserts were placed on our custom lucite vessels."

Amy Atlas' creations gives new meaning to the word "Eye Candy."

This color palette is perfect for a little girl in a winter wonderland.  Don't
 the candy canes above just make you think of Sugar Plum Fairies?

Snowflake topped chocolates in silver, lavender and white. 
Wouldn't it also be a wonderful color palette for a room?

I'll be taking a break this week so I will see you all back next
week.  I hope you are all having dreams of the Sugar Plum
Fairy as well!  Cheers and Happy New Year to everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Amy Atlas ~ Stunning Desserts and Table Presentation

Did this photo catch your eye or what? If you
answered no, I don't believe you. About a month
ago, my fellow blogger Lynn from her lovely Paris
Boutique Hotel Journal posted some photos from
Amy Atlas who is a New York based Dessert planner.

I was totally drooling over the photos and upon further
investigation...was soon gawking over her creations.
Her creations are absolutely stunning and give some
great inspirations for simple ways to table scape.

Here is a table she designed for an event a candy store.
Amy Atlas creates and designs many of the desserts,
candy and overall presentation of the table.

Her modern take on a candy table
from the past is simply brilliant.

If you think about it, using candy jars is not difficult. It's
the carefully coordinated candy and labels that make the
end product so spectacular.

Hand made goodies.

A mod dessert table for a company party.
How cool is that? That's one company
party I'd love to attend!

The miniature cupcakes are so cute!

A totally monochromatic Mother's Day even table.

Macarons!! My favorite. The cake is great reference
to the garden green color as it looks like a trellis in a garden.

How about a Fuschia wedding dessert table?

The handmade desserts look so scrumptious.

The table cloths and paper are carefully
coordinated with the desserts.

This birthday spread is every little girl's dream.
The color scheme could make it also perfect
for Valentine's Day.

She doesn't use a lot of embellishments, but what she
does use such as her signs and letters are definitely
a statement.

Something as simple as color coordinating the packaging
against a patterned board can contribute greatly to the
overall look.

Custom made labels for White Chocolate to match.

Now Amy Atlas doesn't have a book out. If she
did, I would surely purchase it. But if you liked
her style, I highly recommend this book which has
a lot of fantastic ideas for desserts and table settings.
I own this book and it's one of my favorites for ideas
on desserts and table presentation.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

French Macarons (macaroons)...Laduree - Part VI

And the finale of my week long posts dedicated to Laduree. I hope you all have enjoyed the posts with one of my obsessions in life ^_^ I've certainly enjoyed all of your comments and thoughts as well. My finale is a twist from what Laduree is known for and taken from their books and publications. Laduree is publishing a gourmet travel journal that features watercolors by Elsie called "Carnet de Voyage". I really love watercolors and thought I would end on a serene note.

Now this is a dream.

The infamous purple pastry in India.

The Laduree Bonaparte Salon in Paris.

Ladurée Creators of Sweets
Text by Serge Gleizes
Photographs by Mathieu Garçon

This is a great book for eye candy with beautiful photos
and articles of Laduree's many flavors and perfumes.

Ladurée « Instants Gourmands »

Author : Pascal Bonafoux
Photographs by : Joël Laiter
Published by : Flammarion

The book is written in storybook style and talks of the
history of Laduree. Laduree pretty much invented
the modern "Salon de thé" with many famous people
linked to the now famed salon. The book also contains
recipes and tips including the recipe for macarons
which takes 24 hours to make.

You can send this Laduree watercolor in
post card format to a friend!

Speaking on the subject of watercolors, I also wanted to
mention that I'm a big fan of Anne Harwell's watercolors.
This is her latest commission below. Isn't it wonderful?

Visit her blog Annechovie. Her art is available on Etsy.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

French Macarons (macaroons)...Laduree - Part V

Laduree gifts and packaging are wonderfully girly and make beautiful gifts. They actually make more than just sweets of the edible kind. I was pleasantly surprised by all they offer including a very "mouth-watering" umbrella and playing cards with French ladies!

Laduree Perfume in a sultry bottle,
pink embossed candle, and a beautiful fan.

I love how their logo is embossed onto the container.

I've always had a weak spot for tea sets. Amazingly enough,
I recently found out that Jacky Chan - the amazing comedic
martial artist actually collects tea cups! Not very manly
but I find it to be a very cool quirk.

I'd love a set of these for myself :-)

Here's a bag with that ultra purple pastry I posted about
yesterday. Love it!

Playing cards with French ladies
garbed in the Marie Antoinette style.

And the beautiful wrap and presentation of Laduree gift boxes. I just love the
color palettes.

And I have to end with something quirky. An umbrella
doused with those amazing purple pastries (see post below
for the actual pastry.) It's definitely mouth-watering
and oodles of fun!