Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday #2

It's FRIDAY!!  
1. This Cute Kitchen
The KBIS show was in Las Vegas recently... I did not get to attend but I enjoyed looking at other people's pictures.  Check out this kitchen, styled by La Cornue!

A photo posted by Paloma Contreras (@ladolcevitablog) on

2. Pretty Flowers
I filled my tulipiere again with pretty flowers!! This time I used white carnations, purple mums, and seeded eucalyptus!  I chose these flowers because I knew they would last a long time... I've actually had them up for nearly 2 weeks. The mums wilted but the other flowers are going strong!
3. B. Patisserie in San Francisco
This past weekend we ventured in San Francisco and ate at a fabulous bakery called B. Patisserie.  I am still staring at this pretty picture I took... we had cappuccinos, croissants, and more!!  A full review is coming this Sunday morning!

4. Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!!
As you may or may not know, I recently joined as a co-hostess for a fun link party!  You all should join! Why? WELL you get super exposure for your posts because the party is on 12 (yes, TWELVE!) different blogs!  You can link up nearly anything (except advertising).  It's on Wednesday nights... if you missed this week's link up, it's not too late, you can link up HERE!!

5. Grease: Live! 
Did you watch it this past Sunday? If you didn't, I'm sorry to say you missed a hit! 

It was really REALLY good, actually.  I loved how Boyz II Men played Teen Angels!

I think Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical fame did a better job playing Rizzo then Stockard Channing!  Anyway, if you missed it, hopefully they will re-air it because it was worth watching!

Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingFive on friday at A Liz Adventures, Oh Hey, Friday! at September FARM

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop #224

Hello everyone! Welcome back to this week's TFTBH!  If you missed it last week, I am one of the new co-hostessess for this fun blog hop link party!  I had a lot of fun going through many of your posts!    

Here are my favorites from last week's party!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine Heart Macarons - Rose Raspberry Macaron Recipe!

I'm really excited about today's post.  As you know, I LOVE macarons.  I have a wonderful recipe book from Laduree I received as a present one year. The book is seriously so cute but it is full of wonderful recipes.

I wanted to try the Rose Raspberry Macarons!  It took some planning on my part - I ordered rose water from amazon ahead of time.  Let me tell you though - not only do they look cute but they taste good!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paris Haute Couture SS16 Fashion Week

As you may or may not know, last week was Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion week in Paris!  I *love* looking at the haute couture runways because everything is so pretty!!

I always like to pretend like I'm shopping for some glamorous event like the Oscars, and I like to choose which dress I would wear.

1- Giambattista Valli

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday

Since I'm now co-hosting Thursday Favorite Things, I figured I couldn't have two posts in a week called "Favorite Things". So I've changed my previously titled "Friday Favorites" to "Five on Friday".  Same stuff, different name.  I think I just like a lot of things is the problem!
1. Dior Dress. This BEAUTIFUL vintage Dior dress from Spring/Summer1949. Isn't it pretty???

A photo posted by The Corseted Beauty (@the_corsetedbeauty) on
2. Kate Spade's Valentine's Gift Guide
You need to go check out the Valentine's day gift guide. Everything is so cute!  I picked out my favorites. No, I wasn't paid by KS to write about this. I just loooove Kate Spade!!
This cute phone case...
I already have a Kate Spade wallet but this one is so cute...

and, oh my gosh, a pail of roses! Not really, it's a purse, but seriously, how cute is it? Practical? No. Adorable? YES!

3. This floral arrangement. Isn't it dreamy?? I wish I could recreate this at home!!
image source, Tulipina

4. Jo Malone Herb Garden Collection
Jo Malone will be introducing 5 new scents in March!  I love Jo Malone Colognes and I am interested to try these latest scents.  What I love about Jo Malone is that she does scent mixing - so you can mix different scents and blend them and they go really well together.
source NST perfume
- Sorel & Lemon Thyme : also with rosemary and moss
-Wild Strawberry & Parsley : with hints of blackcurrant, parsley, and violet
-Nasturtium & Clover : jasmine is also added
-Carrot Blossom & Fennel : touches of rose, orange blossom, iris
-Lavender & Coriander : with hint of sage and tonic bean
5. Ummm, I guess it's Spring??
Sooooo... the daffodils we planted last Fall started blooming this week. WHAT?!!!!  It's still January. Like, the whole rest of the country just had a massive blizzard and over here our daffodils are blooming. I can't believe it!!  I mean I knew Spring came early in California but I didn't know it was *this* early! Not that I'm complaining, I'm totally ready for Spring (and for it not to be dark at 5pm!).
I guess it doesn't even matter what the Groundhog has to say next week... Spring is here!
This photo I posted on my Instagram this week, if you don't follow my instagram yet you can totally follow along by clicking here

What you missed earlier this week if you don't regularly follow the blog...

Sharing at these parties...

Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingFive on friday at A Liz Adventures, Oh Hey, Friday! at September FARM

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Link Party!

Hello everyone! So, I have an exciting announcement! I have joined a group of lovely ladies as a co-hostess for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop link party!! I've been following Katherine's Corner for a while now and when I saw she was looking for new co-hostesses I knew I had to apply! I was so excited when Katherine asked me to join! I love blog link parties and I'm even more excited to co-host one!

If you've never been to my blog before, welcome! Now for a quick introduction: My name is Angelina and I have been blogging since the Summer of 2013. I write about antiques, decorating, travel, food, fashion, and whatever else catches my fancy. You can read more about me on my About Me page.

I can't wait to see what you all link up this week. Next week I will choose some of my favorites!

It's time to share your blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop!

Please follow your wonderful hostesses.

Olivia-Reinvented Collection || Shellie-The Fabulous Journey || Marilyn-Marilyns Treats || Antonella-White House Crafts || Angelina -Peonies and Orange Blossoms
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Katherine and her hostesses’ permission to share your posts and pictures via social media, on pinterest and as features on their blogs.
Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Cabinet Makeover

I'm excited to share with you all a chalk paint cabinet makeover that I did.  It took me a total of 4 hours - start to finish. No joke! It's super easy to do! The nice part about chalk paint is that you don't have to apply a base or a topcoat. You just start painting and voila! You're done!  While I know there a million tutorials online, this is just my review of using the paint!
annie sloan chalk paint DIY cabinet
AFTER - Annie Sloan Cabinet Makeover
I saw so many tutorials I thought I ought to see what the big deal is with chalk paint. The cabinet I started with is actually one my Grandfather made. He used to build cabinets and he literally had hundreds of them laying around his house and outside.  This one is the one he kept in his bedroom, so I'm assuming it was one of his favorites since he chose it for himself.
Cabinet BEFORE
When he passed away, I knew I wanted one of the cabinets. I chose this one.  Unfortunately, the color of the wood is not my thing. I didnt want to have it laying around in the garage, so I knew that I had to fix it up.  Opa (as we called him) never painted wood. He thought wood should be shown in its natural glory. So let's not tell him we painted it.
I like the vintage shabby chic feel of the cabinet!
Before painting, I wiped the spiderwebs off and sanded down a few parts of rough surfaces.  Then, I just applied one coat of Paris Grey. Just one coat! That's it. It dries super fast and honestly the top of the cabinet was dry before I was even half way done! (Granted it WAS 100 degrees that day!) I couldn't believe how EASY using chalk paint was! SO EASY!!
To give it a little bit of texture and aged finish, I did brush some clear wax onto parts and rub it in.   I used the special wax brush for this.  After using the brush, I used an old t shirt and rubbed the wax in to get rid of the clumps. It made the paint color a little darker.  You can kind of notice it at the bottom of the cabinet in the picture above. The wax helps seal the paint. If you're painting a dresser or a piece with high use, you NEED to put wax on it to help with wear and tear.
For the brown trim around the glass, I applied some dark wax.  To apply the dark wax, I just used an old t-shirt and rubbed it in.Then, after applying the dark wax I applied clear wax on top. I used the wax brush to apply the clear wax. Then I rubbed it in with an old t-shirt. The dark wax filled into the deeper crevices and made the trim stand out more.  
What about Buying Annie Sloan's Paint Brushes?? - now, they will try to sell you one brushes when you go into one of their stockists.  I actually did buy their special wax brush to apply the wax. Then I used a regular paint brush for the chalk paint itself.
I don't need to explain to you how to do it. Annie Sloan's Website has many video tutorials. It's so super easy, but go watch some of the videos before you start!

I also used the Purple Painted Lady's tutorials. She has lots of information and videos as well.

 Here, my cabinet is filled with little treasures. Some faux hens and chicks candles, little houses, favorite Paris postcards, mini steins, German handmade angels, favorite little napkins! I actually hung it in a powder room. I love the new old cabinet! Plus, I can still keep my Opa's cabinet!
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