Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Monday!

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!

I'm locking myself in the office... Taking a blogging break this week so that I can get all of my descriptions typed up for our new arrivals next week! This key (above) is one of those items!

Enjoy your week everyone and don't work too hard!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Featured Item: Antique French Candy box

I thought it would be fun to start a weekly "featured item" post highlighting one of my favorite Paris Hotel Boutique items.

This rare 19th century French candy box is one of the most unique pieces I've ever come across. I wish the photos did it justice!

The French confectionery industry has a long history. The French word "confiserie" comes from Latin "confire." Originally, given that sugar was very rare, confectionery was an art that only the wealthiest people only could afford (the Kings of France and the Court would enjoy what they called at that time "épices"). As sugar became more readily available due to increased imports, confectionery as an art and an industry developed.

And if only the wealthy could afford such "sweets," of course they would be housed in an exquisite box such as this one.

The top is convex glass. Under the glass, everything is 3-dimentional. There is a gold foil rooster on red glass. There are seed pearls are gold thread; handpainting and handwriting. I can only decipher part of the handwriting which reads, "Mon Amour..." and "chante" which means "chirp." The outside of the box is heavy cardboard. The box measures 2-3/8" in diameter and a little over 1" high.

Such detail for a little candy box...

It's amazing that a treasure this fragile has survived for so many years. I've never seen one like it before. This rare little box is available for purchase here at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Stay Warm!

image: JenniPenni via flickr

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Paris Hotel Boutique Survey + Giveaway!

Have you visited our online boutique before? Ever purchased something from us?

As our valued readers and customers, we strive to make shopping at Paris Hotel Boutique a unique and special experience for you.

We love hearing your thoughts on how we're doing. I've created a very brief survey for you. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. I know your time is valuable, so as a big thank you, there's a giveaway for three of you!

If you'd kindly do me a favor, please click this link to fill out the survey. Deadline is February 6th.

Three of you will be randomly selected to receive a fun package, so be sure and leave your email address at the end of the survey so that I can contact you, should you be a winner.

Thanks so much!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Year of the Dragon!

Today (actually yesterday in China), begins the first of a full 15 days of celebrating the Chinese New Year, which includes big parades, festivals and fireworks all over the world.

Living in San Francisco, we have a large Chinese population. It's wonderful to participate in the many celebrations and customs for this New Year, especially in Chinatown.

Red and Gold are the dominant colors for the Chinese New Year. These colors represent good luck and fortune for the Chinese. Traditionally Chinese people will decorate their homes with paper decorations with these colors.

Named one of the world’s top ten parades, the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia.

Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a foot long Golden dragon, (“Gum Lung”) that takes a team of over 100 men and women to carry.

From all the animals in the Chinese Zodiac the Dragon is the only “fictional animal” in the Chinese Zodiac. The Dragon brings a special kind of fortune with it and many Chinese people will wait to have babies in the “year of the dragon”.

A longtime Chinese tradition is giving family and friends decorative red envelopes with money in them. The Chinese characters on them symbolize good fortune.

So if you happen to be celebrating, wishing you a Happy New Year!

images: 1.yewenyi - flickr 2.Poetic Shutterbug 3.joelloveskimberly 4. David Pham via flickr 5. unknown 6. 7. unknown 8. google

Friday, January 20, 2012

Have a Dazzling Weekend!

This beautiful photo of the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors, Versailles) is available in an 8" by 10" print at Melanie Alexandra Photography here on Etsy! Isn't it lovely?

Sparkle, Shine & Simmer with Splendor this weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Too Pretty to Eat!

As long as I'm on a roll with Tiffany's, look at these beautiful mini-cakes resembling a Tiffany jewelry box!

These were made by Patricia Arrib√°lzaga of Haute Couture Cakes for Tiffany's in Barcelona to honor of 50th anniversary of the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Light chocolate cake with three layers of chocolate cream filling natural strawberry. So, pretty, aren't they?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Reservations, please... The Tiffany Suite

Wanna pamper yourself? How about a little stay at the 1,700-square-foot Tiffany Suite at the St. Regis New York? At a mere $8,500 plus taxes a night, Holly Golightly would surely be delighted. Let's take a look...

Oooh...this one-of-a-kind suite is brimming with all things "Tiffany's." The signature Tiffany blue is everywhere from the walls to drawer interiors. The dining room was created to resemble a jewel box complete with a diamond in the form of a dramatic crystal chandelier.

The dressing table of course, has it's own vanity with bottles and a tray from Tiffany's

What is that embossed thing in the drawer? A notepad? I need that!

I'll take a bon bon, please...

What do you think?

images: George Chinsee via WWD

Monday, January 16, 2012

Inspiring Images...winter white's cold outside!

It's been awhile since I've done one of my 'inspiring images' posts. Here are some images I've collected on Pinterest. Winter white is inviting and refreshing and somehow just makes a dreary day brighter. Enjoy the photos!

Oh, and Happy Monday!

images; 1. Marianne S. via flickr 2. Chanel via Pinterest 3. Barbra Streisand - unkown 4. Thomas Klementsson 5.chezjolly, etsy 6.Behance Network via Pinterest 7. cindy ensley via flickr 8. duitang 9.styledon via Pinterest 10. cute things, tumblr 11. unknown via tumblr 12. this is glamorous

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

Wishing you a lucky day and a delightful weekend!

image: unkown

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Are You?

image from Pinterest

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Ring in the New Year at Paris Hotel Boutique, where we're showcasing an array of new inventory!

Italian Beaded Chandelier

Take a peek at some of my favorites and then feel free to shop our new arrivals here!

Victorian English Snake/Serpent Rings

Egyptian Revival Scarab Brooch/Pendant

Mid Century Venetian Glass Mirror

Antique "Please Register" Lighted Hotel Stand

Antique Hotel Silver Match Holder

Antique Silver Dutch Leaf Award

Antique French Jeweled Watch Holder

French Beaded Empire Chandelier

Happy Shopping!

images: Kassie Borreson, hausfraufotografie for Paris Hotel Boutique