Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites!

I had so much fun with last week's Friday Favorites that I decided to do it again!!

Pretty Peonies
I just *love* peonies (um, obviously as my blog name is peonies & orange blossoms) and I FINALLY found some. They were Trader Joe's for a reasonable price.  So I snapped them up.  They have been so pretty watching them open up!

We took this slo-mo video of the peonies opening up in my tulipiere and you need to watch it.  It is SO pretty and it's amazing how fast the peonies opened up!  This video was taken over a time period of 4 hours.
Peonies blooming from Angelina B on Vimeo.

PiYo stands for Pilates-Yoga and it is a new workout video set that I ordered from Beach Body.  I am trying it because it helps build strength while increasing your flexibility.  As we all know, the more flexible you are, the less likely you are to get injured.  It sounds like it's easy but when I'm done with a session I'm soaked in sweat!
This is how I think I look when I'm doing PiYo...
 But I think this is how I actually look...
Have you ever done PiYo before? What do you think? Leave a comment!

Weekend Trip to Ojai!

We went to Ojai this weekend and stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn Resort & Spa.  The hotel grounds were so pretty.  There is a full golf course, multiple pools, a beautiful restaurant under old oak trees, and a wonderful spa.  The husband and I both went to the spa and enjoyed some much-needed massages.  I can now touch my chin to my chest post-massage.  See, massages are therapeutic!

Unfortunately the weather is a bit chilly, too cold to get into the pool.  Oh well, I suppose I can avoid skin cancer this time.

Game of Thrones
*spoiler alert* *spoiler alert*
Well, apparently I can't help myself talking about GoT.  The show is just soooo good. Do you watch it?  This week our poor Lady Sansa married the crazy guy.  Why does Sansa always get screwed? Seriously.  The poor girl can't catch a break.  Did you like the attitude she handed to that other girl though! You Go Girl! Here's what I think will end up happening... the Boltons will die in a fight and Lady Sansa will eventually return as ruler of the Stark House of the North.  Right??  Her wedding was eerily beautiful though.  OH. And Queen Margery is a dead woman.  Queen Cersei is so clever... no one mess with a Mother Hen!

Strawberries are in season and I was playing around with my camera and took this pretty picture.  Everyone's been posting these delicious looking strawberry recipes but I have a confession: I like them plain the best (if they are sweet enough, that is!).  We got these strawberries from a farmer in Oxnard, California.  Did you know that the state of California produces over 85% of America's strawberries??  That's a lot of strawberries.
strawberry fields forever

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Patriotic Table Decorations for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I put together this patriotic tablescape with the red, white, and blue in mind!

Patriotic Table Decorations with red charges, blue plates, and white placemats!
For this table setting, I brought out the four blue Juliska plates that I have that usually hang on the wall. I like how they contrast with the red chargers that I usually use at Christmas.

I also pulled out my lanterns to place on the side; the candles are automatic and turn on at night!
Patriotic Tablescape
I just happened to have fresh red roses that DH got me for our anniversary.  Aren't they pretty?  For your patriotic table decorations at home you could use any white or red flowers as your centerpiece. Blue flowers are a bit harder to come by!
Patriotic Tablescape for Memorial Day or the 4th of July
What I like about this table is that it isn't in-your-face with patriotism.  It is more subtle.
Patriotic table decorations using blue Juliska, lanterns, red chargers, and fresh flowers!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

What to Wear during Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to Summer! Bring on the BBQ!  I put together a little mood board on things I would like to wear this weekend.  Of course, with it being a patriotic holiday I'm loving all things red, white, and blue!

//1// Love this blue and white Tory Burch Tunic 
//2// This Halogen Chambray Dress would be nice to enjoy a BBQ in!
//3// spruce up your outfit with this red Kendra Scott Necklace 
//4// Lovin' this redMichael Kors 'Jet Set Travel' tote
//5// Feelin' like a trendsetter? Rock these Madewell Short Overalls
//6// I like this bejeweled Leather Sandal
//7// You can eat as many chips and burgers as you want in this Maxi Dress
//8// Since #ihaveaconverseproblem of course I picked some patriotic Converse 
//9// This red, white & blue dress is cute and is flattering on all body shapes Eliza J Fit & Flare Dress 

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Weekend Whimsy #9

Here are some links across the web that I have enjoyed reading this week. I'm headed to Ojai this weekend.  I'm so excited as I have never been out that way! I'll likely do a trip report when I get back!

//1// This 15th Century French Farmhouse remodel is so incredibly cute and adorable... I've saved all the pictures onto my computer for design inspiration.

//2// These floral walls are so incredibly beautiful... if you like pretty flowers than take a look!

//3// I have been wanting a basket for my bike for a while and I think these ones are so adorable I think they might just work!

//4// Do you have an orchid that has lost its blooms and now looks dead? Here is a whole website dedicated to orchid care. 

//5// I just love these custom French wooden doors, don't you?

//6// Are you thinking about getting chickens?  Here is a guide and choosing your urban chicken breed. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites!

I'm trying something new today.  It's called Friday Favorites.   It seemed like a fun party!

I'm partying with Erika, Andrea, and Narci .

I know I've been back from Paris for TWO weeks but I took a gazillion million pictures and I'm having a hard time picking and choosing and sifting through them.  A trip report is coming... SOME DAY.  In the mean time, I'm still pretending like I haven't worked the past 6 of 7 days in a row (with 2 more to go, yes I need to leave for work soon) and instead pretending I'm eating some macarons in the Tuileries garden...

YES this was real life two weeks ago. 
See, I can't make this stuff up. Look. Look at this below, a SWAN in a real fairytale village.  I promise when I get my pictures and posts up you will want to read them!

For our 2 year wedding anniversary this week, my husband and I gave each other new tennis shoes.  YAY!  We both like to work out together and we both haven't had a new pair in like... 5 years. That's a long time. Especially for a shoe horse like myself. I got the Saucony Ride 7 and my husband got the Nike Zoom Structure 18.  We both love them.  Links are below.

Nike Men's Zoom Structure 18 Running Sneakers from Finish Line • Nike • $119.99
Women's Saucony Ride 7 • Saucony • $109.95

#TBT to my wedding week. Or is it #TBF? (Throwback Friday?)
I couldn't not include at least one picture from my wedding as I happen to think it was the most beautiful wedding of all time ever. ha! I'm biased, okay??

Here's a little wedding peek-a-boo...
Ok so I kinda loved my dress and shoes.  Shoes were CHANEL. OMG. drool. Dress was Monique Lhuillier. love. swoon. sigh. sigh again.
I did not have a traditional wedding cake.  We had a French gateau.  AKA"Le Fraisier".  It is essentially a French strawberry shortcake.  Confession: I don't like normal cake that much.  So we had a cake in the center with a whole bunch of mini French gateaus and sweets on a bar.
Le Fraisier French Wedding Cake // Peonies & Orange Blossoms
 Oh the flowers. They were so pretty. Peonies, garden roses, lily of the valley, sweet pea, and fuchsias.  Why did they have to wilt and die??
Wedding Bouquet Table Flowers: peonies, garden roses, sweet pear, lily of the valley, fuchsias.

Do you watch game of thrones??  I don't know why but I looooove this show.  Even though it's so gruesome.  The plot is just so good.  When I watch it, time goes by so fast. I feel like I've just sat down and then BAM. 1 hour was gone and it's over.  And that's the sign of a good show.  It makes you feel like you've left reality for a while.  Can we talk about Jorah though?  Jorah was my hero. For real.  Of course, after Ned Stark.  But Ned Died.  And now Jorah is gonna die. He's got the stone man disease. Nooooo!  I guess I have to find another hero (for now).  I'm rooting for Stannis Baratheon.  He's one of the few who's smart and seems to have a plan.

This weekend my husband and I are headed to the Ojai Valley Resort for some R&R and to celebrate our anniversary.  I'm so excited.  Confession. I wanted to go here because I saw it on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  My husband was like, um, how'd you find out about this hotel? It's like, in the middle of nowhere? And I'm like, uh, I heard about it, somewhere. And then I fessed up.  I saw it on the trashy tv show you don't like! GAAH.

Last thing, a FUNNY STORY
So I was talking to one of my patients this week, a 10 year old girl.  She had just started her menarche the week before for the first time ever.  So I asked her how she liked it.  She looked at me and said "WOOF".  Her Mom and I LOL'd forever.  I'm still giggling.  Yep, pretty much sums that up.

OMG, I had so much fun writing this!   Should I do this again? Seriously though, I've gotta get to work now.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The new shoe trend that's coming

I did a ton of window shopping in Paris.  As we all know, the Parisians are a little bit ahead of us in the fashion department.  Trends start there and eventually trickle down to the masses.  Let me tell you what's coming next in the shoe world... gold shoes.  Specifically gold flats and sneakers.

I put together a board of shoes that seemed very similar to the ones I saw in Paris just recently.  In fact, several of them I did see!   Which one is your favorite?  Click on each shoe for more details...

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Beginner's Guide to Lusterware China: Lusting for Lustreware

In my local antique mall I have noticed a lot of pink lustreware come up for sale.  Now, I haven't bought any (yet), but it inspired me to go look up information about lustreware.
Wedgwood lustreware display, source
Cup and Saucer from President Teddy Roosevelt's estate source
Lustreware (or Lusterware) is a pottery with a metallic glaze that gives the special effect of iridescence.  The final glaze lustre is usually composed of different metallic ingredients.  Lustre pottery is nothing new... it's been around since the 13th century.
pink tea pot, source
large antique set, c 1820 source

It started to become commercially available around 1790.  This was when the pottery companies in Staffordshire, England (so Spode and Wedgwood) figured out how to apply gold into the glaze that then turned pink.  The gold iridescent pink pottery grew very popular. 
pink lustre tea caddy, c 1810 source

There are four principle colors of lustreware: silver/platinum, copper/brown, gold, and pink/purple.
beautiful pitcher, c 1814 source
The most desirable pieces are from the peered of 1790-1800 with the soft rose-pink glaze.
antique jardiniere, c 1820 source
I think the reason I've been seeing a lot for sale is because is was popular into the 1940's... and well, frankly, the estate sales these days feature items from the 1940s-1960s.  
antique teacup, ebay 
Not everything was plates and teapots.  Here is a hen-on-a-nest!! It has both pink/purple and copper color waves of lustre!
antique lustreware Staffordshire hen-on-nest, source
Now what to do with your collection?  You could put your lustreware plates on the wall..
pretty lustreware plates, source
Martha Stewart did... back in 1995! It's been fashionable though, since the 1790s, so she can't get all the credit.
How pretty is this pink table set with antique lustreware??
a table set with lustreware from Martha Stewart
I love the pink plates on the wall, but this wedding cake is also lustreware inspired.
Lustreware inspired pink wedding cake, source

1. Lustre Ware
2. Collecting Pink Lustreware 
3. Picture sources are as listed

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