Living The Sweet Life: 11/1/09 - 12/1/09

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lovely Hosiery 101

With all the pin ups you see on this blog it will probably come as no surprise that I love girlie lingerie. I can't help myself from following the luxury lingerie blogs. There is a great article over at Fru Fru Fashionista - called A Brief Lesson in Hosiery. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

You have to wonder where they get girls with legs like these to model the nylons - you'll see what I mean. They have got to be stretching them out in Photoshop.

A Vintage Ad for A Canadian Hosiery Mill.
 "The sheerest, most exciting hosiery available to Canadian Women".

Friday, November 13, 2009

Grandma Irene Justice Heirloom Dress

Oh to be a little girl in the 1900's...

This is Grandma Irene Justice's little heirloom dress.  I got this the same day she gave me her christening gown and Grandpa Clive's christening gown.  Little dresses like this make me want a little girl.  It's a very basic square yolk dress made out of batiste, not the greatest quality - but it's still here after all these years so it held up well.

If you click on the pictures a new window will open and you can get a good close up look at them.

On the back there are twill tape ties to close the dress and one mother of pearl button you can't quite see at the bottom of the yolk. All the lace on the dress if cotton and made in France.

The sleeve detail shows lots of lace and pretty layers. Notice that there is lace edging on the edge of the collar and sleeve, you can also see some insertion and then the flounce of Swiss edge under the collar.

I"ll be posting pictures of my Mom's christening gown collection in the next while.  I tried to take pictures of them at her place but couldn't get any good shots.  She told me to take them home (I know I was surprised too).  I couldn't get out of there fast enough with them.  In fact I think she might have forgotten that I have them.  Anyways the deal was I have to iron all of them so as I get them ironed, you will get to see them.

Hanky Doll Card

This is a sweet thank-you note that was sent to me by one of our customers. It's a hanky doll card. She was sent in a lovely handmade envelope with scalloped edges.

I always use hankies. I love them because they're old fashioned and dainty. With the flu that's going around these days I thought it might be nice to pass this along to you so you can pass some hankies along to your girlfriends.

You can print her out on card stock, cut her out and then attach the hankie of your choice and give her away. You could call her the H1N1 Hankie Girl and give her with a travel size bottle of Purell - I'm kidding!

You can see on the second picture how the hankie was folded and pinned on the back nice and flat.

You can add a little note to the back of the card.

Here she is in her heirloom undies before you add the hankie.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vintage Le Bon Marché Paris

This is a vintage ad from the Le Bon Marché
Department store in Paris in 1937

Le Bon Marché, "the good buy", or "the good deal" in French, is the name of one of the most famous department stores in Paris, France.  It was founded as a small shop in the early 19th century.  By about 1865 it had become the world’s first true department store.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Louis Vuitton Made In Paris

It was going to have to come up sooner or later. Everyone has their weakness.  I've done a little research and found the location of the Louis Vuitton in Paris. It's one thing to have a LV, it's another to have one from the flagship store.

Anyways, this all started with my Mom's red leather purse. I loved that purse, I must have been about 13. She always carried great handbags and like mother like daughter it's in my DNA, so I can't help it. If your interested in designer handbags you might like to join the Purse Forum Blog.  So back to my mission, I've got my map and I've got a plan.

The turn by turn directions, were a little lengthy from Canada.

2, Rue Pont Neuf
75001 Paris, France
Monday - Saturday
10 am - 8 pm

I'm a new fan of Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. I never really paid much attention to those guys because I thought Mick Jagger was kinda creepy. I saw The Rolling Stones at the Imax and that changed everything. Mick is ok, but Keith Richards oh my, he's the ultimate bad boy and cool to the bone. Needless to say when I saw the ad campaign LV did with him I really loved it.

There he is, looking almost dead having a cup
of tea on this LV guitar case.
So then, a click here and a click there, my heart almost stopped....

It's the one and only Mr Handsome, Sean Connery, pretending to be a rogue on some deserted island, oh my god I can't breathe.

Here I am pretending to be their new poster girl.
This would be the last one .... the Speedy 30
I would never go to their web site again, ever....
except to look at the matching wallet.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Paris Sugar Cookies

I can see it now...

Lingering at my favourite Starbucks in Paris
enjoying a Misto and munching on pink sugar cookies
shaped like the Eiffel Tower and high heels.
What more could you ask for?

Lovely Confection from Fabulously French
You can get the cookie cutters at Copper Gifts

Thank You Dear Friends

Finally good news at last, all is well! The past three months for me have been enough to scare the living daylights out of a person. When you're a Mom, the thought of not being around to raise your kids is unthinkable. They say in life you get what you can handle - there are some things that I know I'm not strong enough to handle. There are some fights I don't want to fight. There are some places I've had to visit, that I know I don't want to go back to. It's been a humbling experience to say the very least and for that I am grateful. For the people that have supported me, given me words of encouragement and prayed for me, you know who you are, all I can say is "thank you from the bottom of my heart".  I say we celebrate with some cupcakes!