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!
 linking up at: amaze me monday The Scoop!  Metamorphosis Monday's Inspire Me Tuesday Wow us Wednesdays! Share Your Style Thursday Favorite Things Home Sweet Home Feathered Nest Fridays Foodie Friday & Everything Else  Best of the Weekend Curators Collection The Creative Circle

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Centerpiece

Sitting in the center of the kitchen island is this Winter centerpiece I created. The chef tree went away and out came my beloved antique dough bowl!  

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Favorite Things

It's FRIDAY! FRIYAY! This week I have some exciting news to share...

We got a new kitty cat!! We named her Chloe.  We rescued he from the animal shelter last weekend.  She cried the whole way home (with tears... never seen a cat cry tears).  She is estimated to be about 3 years old (although I think she is older). She has been a sweet little kitty so far. She is a Russian Blue Mix. 
She likes nap time and cuddles. She purrs all of the time.   We are slowly introducing her to the house. We've been enjoying our little kitty friend so far. Her pretty green eyes glow. She is napping next to me right now.

These Ugg Boots....I want to talk about these Ugg boots I got for Christmas. At first I was a little unsure, as I didn't want to be one of "those girls" wearing Ugg boots. But then I put them on and my feet were hugged with the softness I immediately understood why people wear them all of the time.  I have been wearing them nonstop since I got them. I haven't worn mine outside, they are a about-the-house shoe for me, but seriously. Once you put them on you won't want to take them off!

This candle. It was a splurge I used with my Nordstrom notes. I've always wanted to try this candle company. It's by"Diptyque", a company in Paris. The fragrance I purchased is one of their top sellers called "baies". This scent has the freshness of roses and the smell of blackcurrant leaves. It is really nice and refreshing.It's not just any type of rose, it uses Bulgarian roses which of course are more luxurious and have a fruity scent.   It smells so nice. Just opening the box up produces an aroma in the room. 

This French Townhouse. You HAVE to see this beautiful townhouse. The story is on Cote de Texas' blog.  
 Here is a pic of the outside of this complex. It's designed to look like a Parisian city block. Isn't it darling?

Look below! It really does look like a little slice of Paris -but with better plumbing and air conditioning! Sign me up! You really need to go check it out. The condo is decorated with fabulous French antiques. Here is the link again.  Pics are from that blog post.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Barbour Beadnell Coat Review and Style Ideas

I received a Barbour Beadnell coat for Christmas and I thought I would write about my opinions on the coat!


Monday, January 18, 2016

A Winter White Tablescape

I thought I would share with you the tablescape I have on the main dining table right now.  I moved the white house and tree candles to the center.  Mixed in between are battery operated candles that come on automatically at night and create some nice ambience in the room. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Favorite Blogging Tips... Friday Favorites

This week I've been tidying up my blog a bit.  With the Thanksgiving-Christmas season all over, I've finally had some time to sit down and update my blog!
picture from Blooming Rouge
I decluttered some of the basic things that came with the blogger template. I redesigned my header for the year, too. Do you like it?? The backdrop of the header was actually the inside of the envelopes from my wedding.

I updated my About Me and also my Recipe Pages. Check them out.

Here are the links I've read and used. I summarized them below. 

7 Things to Remove from your Blogger Template - including getting rid of that ugly Navbar that sits on the top of blogger pages!

7 Places to Find Free Photos to Use on Your Blog - very useful for stock photos... and they are FREE!

A Simple and Attractive Search Bar Widget - do you like my search bar? This is how you get it (or very similar minimalist ones)
some coffee for your blogging
How to Enlarge your Popular Posts Thumbnails - I totally hated Blogger's popular posts widget so I removed it a year ago.  I found a way to customize the pictures and make them much bigger!

How to have a Pretty Preview of Your Instagram Pictures - I've been working on growing my Instagram following.  Follow me here @LePetit_Macaron. You can see the pics to the right.

How to Move your Page Tabs or Navigation Links to the Top of the Page! - I moved the page tabs to the tip top of the page to make the blog seem a little sleeker.

Don't forget to follow me... 
I use bloglovin' to read all of my blogs that I follow... follow me on bloglovin
I frequently use instagram to share a snap or two... follow my pretty pictures on instagram
Tweet tweet, follow me on twitter at Le Petit Macaron
Follow me on pinterest... I have a gazillion boards. 
And follow me along on google plus. If you don't use google plus, google gets you more hits than I think any social media site because... google search engines put google plus searches up first! 

 I'm sharing my Friday Favorites at the following link parties... link away and have some fun!

Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingFive on friday at A Liz Adventures, Oh Hey, Friday! at September FARM
Written at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

An English Tea with a Lemon Scone Recipe

Doesn't it look like Spring in the picture below?? We went to the flower market and bought some fresh flowers. January is so blah outside.  After arranging the flowers in the tulipiere, my Mom and I sat down and have a lovely Afternoon Tea like the Brits! Tea time certainly raises the mood on a blustery, wet ,and dreary day.
 I like the ombre look this arrangement. Dark pink tulips on the bottom, light pink tulips in the middle, and white tuberose on top. The tuberose smells heavenly.
Now, onto the simple scone recipe. It was really easy to make. Took me less than an hour from start to finish. 
Now, I initially wanted to make these scones from Simply Suzanne's, but I didn't have vanilla beans. But you know what I have? LEMONS. Lemons are coming out of my ears over here. We have so many Meyer lemon trees it borders on ridiculous. (I like the look of a lemon tree surrounded by lavender in the garden). So I added some lemon zest and made a lemon glaze to the simple cream scone recipe.

Lemon Scone Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into little chunks and chilled
  • 1 cup heavy cream (slightly less than 1 cup)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon ** note: measure it out in a measuring cup so you know how much liquid you added!
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. (I actually did it on 425 on convection bake)
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. Add the zest of one lemon and the lemon juice and pulse, about 3 times total.
  4. Scatter the butter on top of the flour mixture, then pulse together until it looks like coarse meal, about 12 pulses. (Or you can always cut the butter in with a pastry cutter, fork, small knife or even your hand!
  5. Now for measuring the cream... remember you measured the juice of 1 lemon? Now subtract the amount of juice of lemon from 1 cup and then add that amount of cream to the scone. For example, my lemon made 1/8 cup of juice, so I added 7/8 cup cream. I don't have an exact number of how much cream to add because every lemon is a different size.Or if that's too hard just add 1 cup of cream. Ok, stir the cream into the flour mixture.
  6. Now, put the mixture of the dough onto a floured counter surface and knead together until a slightly sticky ball forms, only about10 seconds. You do not want to over work the dough. Some large chunks of butter are okay.
  7. Pat the dough into a circle that's about 9 inches, then slice into 8 wedges.
  8. Transfer the wedges to a baking sheet lined with Silpat or parchment paper.
  9. Bake until the the tops of the scones are lightly golden brown, approximately 12-15 minutes.
  10. Transfer to the wire rack and let cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying!
Lemon Glaze Recipe
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon 
  • 3-4 tsp of water, lemon juice, or milk
Mix together all of the ingredients in the glaze, adding more sugar or less liquid depending on how thick it is. Spread it on the scones.
The tea we enjoyed was purchased on our trip to Paris. It is Laduree's House tea and it is really nice.  I wrote about my trip to the Laduree Tea Room here.
One last look at our nice little afternoon tea. We certainly felt British with the rain pouring outside today!



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Favorite Fashion from the Golden Globe Awards 2016

Bonus post today! I totally forgot the golden globes were airing this past Sunday but I already wrote my kitchen post and have something for you tomorrow so I thought I'd just write an extra post for today!
1
I usually write about my favorite outfits from the golden globes and the oscars? Why? Because it gives us an excuse to look at pretty dresses! I don't care about who wins, but I do like pretty things!
Kate Winslet always has a nice classic taste in style. She looks pretty here.
2
When I first saw this red Dior dress on Jennifer Lawrence with the cut out I thought -meh, but it looked better on tv! 
3
The print on this baby pink/white dress is nice.
4
Catriona from Outlander fame wore this black number, it kind of seems nightgown-ish to me, but she looks pretty anyway.
5
If think this dress would look great on "normal" older women.. but I love sparkly things!
6
I still don't know how I feel about this pink dress with the weird fringe cut outs - especially on the back. But I do love the color. I imagine this dress would be fun to twirl in, and it's probably why she picked it! I am sure the fringe is silk so it probably feels good! 
7
I don't know this actress but this pretty white dress she is wearing seems to have a pretty flow to it when she twirled for the picture!
8
When this actress below was asked "who she is wearing" she said she had to go buy her dress at Neiman Marcus like us normal people because she wears a size 6 and the designers don't have a dress for her.  

9
The green and black of this dress look good on this actress from one of my favorite new shows, Blind Sport, but why is it so low cut? 
10
I really like this dress Eva Longoria is wearing with the embroidered flowers and embroidered bow on the top! 

11
I like the cape and the necklace that Jennifer Lopez is wearing.
12
Lily James of Downton abbey and Cinderella looks like a Grecian Goddess.
13
One of the few actresses to wear a printed fabric dress was Rachel McAdams... I like the pink/red flowers in it! 

14
Which dress is your favorite? I think my favorite was Jennifer Lopez. She really just rocked her look and I love the necklace - #12.  Leave a comment below with your favorite!

Written at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com