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