18 Mar 2012

what’s on my french dressing table…

image – vicki archer

My dressing table is a little like my desk… the appearance changes with my mood and with my latest crushes. It’s not overly organised and it is crowded… but I like it like that. I know what is where and as I am usually in a hurry to get ready and get out the door, this ordered chaos works just fine…

The dressing table is not really a table but a French Provencal commode… The existing green paintwork was in excellent condition when I found it, a touch faded, so mostly anything looks pretty sitting on the top. In pride of place is a vintage hat stand, or hat ‘head size’ model to be exact and she is wearing a feather collar wrapped across her head with one of my mother’s diamonte brooches pinned at the top. I have a collection of leather, porcelain and glass boxes arranged on the top and these I can throw my trinkets in…  bracelets, brooches, necklaces… but most of the time I leave them laying out on the top…  Accessorising is so much easier if I can see what’s what… Besides, I don’t know about you, but I seem to get set in my ways and wear the same jewellery for months on end… and then, when the mood strikes, I swap it all up and move onto other pieces… Right now, I am crazy for bracelets… especially the ones that wrap around and around… Truthfully, I have always loved a good bangle…

I leave my perfumes, my current favourites, so that I can scent myself as I leave the bedroom… Spraying the mist ahead and walking through, the French way, makes the bedroom smell delicious… Our bedside tables are quite small so the dressing table has to accommodate my night time beauty basics…like body lotion, hand cream and my selection of eye masks… It might not be pretty, but wearing an eye shade has revolutionised my sleeping… and… I promise, I only put it on after lights out… My French girlfriend thinks it’s hysterically funny… translate that into French… and what she is really telling me is that it is highly unsexy to wear such a thing at night… A girl has to sleep though… a beauty regime demands that at the very least… Right? xv

What’s on my dressing table…
Jewellery Boxes that work… just like mine… herehere, here and here
I adore these initialed porcelains here and the love heart here
(I want to spell my name out with these… or even a cute phrase… imagine the possibilities…)
Bracelets on my wish list… here, here and here… (might have ordered one… couldn’t help myself…)

Kate Spade necklaces are my latest crush… here, here and here
(especially the ‘bon voyage‘)For me, these perfumes are irresistible… here and here
Eyeshades… my favourites and the best… here and here...
L’Occitane Hand and Diptyque Body… they really make a difference… here and here
and this scented candle… perfect for right now…

 

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65 Comments

Anonymous

Thank you Vicki! I love those porcelain letters, but mine would have to go on a shelf as they would never last on table (the cats wouldn't be able to resist them). Now I have to decide which ones to order. :D

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Tutta Rolf

That is just beautiful! Just the thing to adorn one's head with on a saturday night -if i wasn't trapped in the frame of a lumberjack i'd don it myself!

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Virginia

I'm so enthralled with the feather collar I can't talk about anything else! At first I thought you had been shopping at Marie Mercié for a gorgeous feather chapeau!
Bon weekend dear one.
V

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Karena

My night table has books, My Kindle, a reading lamp and a rich cream. A heart paperweight made from Quartz which I love!

Please come and join my new Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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The enchanted home

Love the gardenia candle..and all of Kate Spades line totally appeals to me in a big way, have several of her necklaces also. And all those pretty little feminine baubles are perfect for a dressing table!

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The enchanted home

Love the gardenia candle..and all of Kate Spades line totally appeals to me in a big way, have several of her necklaces also. And all those pretty little feminine baubles are perfect for a dressing table!

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The enchanted home

Love the gardenia candle..and all of Kate Spades line totally appeals to me in a big way, have several of her necklaces also. And all those pretty little feminine baubles are perfect for a dressing table!

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Christy

I love that you change your dresser!

On a side note, I'm visiting France this April and wanted to know what areas would be best to go to from Lake Maggiore, Italy. I want to visit the Loire Valley where all the Chateaus are, but where else should we go? We fly out of Paris to go back home.

Thanks,
Christy

http://www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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Christy

I love that you change your dresser!

On a side note, I'm visiting France this April and wanted to know what areas would be best to go to from Lake Maggiore, Italy. I want to visit the Loire Valley where all the Chateaus are, but where else should we go? We fly out of Paris to go back home.

Thanks,
Christy

http://www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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Christy

I love that you change your dresser!

On a side note, I'm visiting France this April and wanted to know what areas would be best to go to from Lake Maggiore, Italy. I want to visit the Loire Valley where all the Chateaus are, but where else should we go? We fly out of Paris to go back home.

Thanks,
Christy

http://www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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Splenderosa

So lovely to see feathers on your dressing table, Vicki. Never would have thunk it. Like you I wear & wear the same things, then suddenly I change. Maybe we're all the same on this. And, fragrance. There is no way I could do without. Big hug…

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Splenderosa

So lovely to see feathers on your dressing table, Vicki. Never would have thunk it. Like you I wear & wear the same things, then suddenly I change. Maybe we're all the same on this. And, fragrance. There is no way I could do without. Big hug…

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Splenderosa

So lovely to see feathers on your dressing table, Vicki. Never would have thunk it. Like you I wear & wear the same things, then suddenly I change. Maybe we're all the same on this. And, fragrance. There is no way I could do without. Big hug…

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Sarah Klassen

Hello Vicki! I am with Virginia—I stopped for a few moments to look at that incredible collar of yours—such a beautiful piece! Your table sounds so lovely, and ever-changing is always much more fun, isn't it? Off to visit the links…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

x
Sarah

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Sarah Klassen

Hello Vicki! I am with Virginia—I stopped for a few moments to look at that incredible collar of yours—such a beautiful piece! Your table sounds so lovely, and ever-changing is always much more fun, isn't it? Off to visit the links…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

x
Sarah

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Sarah Klassen

Hello Vicki! I am with Virginia—I stopped for a few moments to look at that incredible collar of yours—such a beautiful piece! Your table sounds so lovely, and ever-changing is always much more fun, isn't it? Off to visit the links…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

x
Sarah

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Hallie

Such gorgeous goldeness in that hat stand, and the lovely yellow and black feathers complimenting Mama's brooch. Ahhh! delightful. I am still shopping for a dressing table for my new dream bathroom and I can't find one. So I think I'll buy an antique desk and repaint it in a lovely shade of that inimitable French gray.
On my nightstand I have a bar of Fratellli Carli soap (half in it's wrapping, half out) which emanates a fresh and lovely orange flower scent, a jar of L'Occitane Rose des Vignes cream and a pile of books. On the floor sit my slippers and the days' newspaper, or if I'm sloppy, several days worth!

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Hallie

Such gorgeous goldeness in that hat stand, and the lovely yellow and black feathers complimenting Mama's brooch. Ahhh! delightful. I am still shopping for a dressing table for my new dream bathroom and I can't find one. So I think I'll buy an antique desk and repaint it in a lovely shade of that inimitable French gray.
On my nightstand I have a bar of Fratellli Carli soap (half in it's wrapping, half out) which emanates a fresh and lovely orange flower scent, a jar of L'Occitane Rose des Vignes cream and a pile of books. On the floor sit my slippers and the days' newspaper, or if I'm sloppy, several days worth!

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Hallie

Such gorgeous goldeness in that hat stand, and the lovely yellow and black feathers complimenting Mama's brooch. Ahhh! delightful. I am still shopping for a dressing table for my new dream bathroom and I can't find one. So I think I'll buy an antique desk and repaint it in a lovely shade of that inimitable French gray.
On my nightstand I have a bar of Fratellli Carli soap (half in it's wrapping, half out) which emanates a fresh and lovely orange flower scent, a jar of L'Occitane Rose des Vignes cream and a pile of books. On the floor sit my slippers and the days' newspaper, or if I'm sloppy, several days worth!

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peggy braswell

Adore your dressing table! I too wear the same piece over & over then one day-bang, I change + perfume also. Who can figure that one out-not me! I have a piece on my blog about perfume. Take a peek. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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peggy braswell

Adore your dressing table! I too wear the same piece over & over then one day-bang, I change + perfume also. Who can figure that one out-not me! I have a piece on my blog about perfume. Take a peek. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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peggy braswell

Adore your dressing table! I too wear the same piece over & over then one day-bang, I change + perfume also. Who can figure that one out-not me! I have a piece on my blog about perfume. Take a peek. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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Veronica

Hi Vicki… Love the feather collar, especially the colour!! I need to go find my gran's broken broaches and repair them and use them!! Oddly I also get stuck on a few items and then have achange of heart and get stck on the next few?? huh?

Have a great Sunday

Veronica

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Veronica

Hi Vicki… Love the feather collar, especially the colour!! I need to go find my gran's broken broaches and repair them and use them!! Oddly I also get stuck on a few items and then have achange of heart and get stck on the next few?? huh?

Have a great Sunday

Veronica

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Veronica

Hi Vicki… Love the feather collar, especially the colour!! I need to go find my gran's broken broaches and repair them and use them!! Oddly I also get stuck on a few items and then have achange of heart and get stck on the next few?? huh?

Have a great Sunday

Veronica

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jlonit

Vicki – my Gardenia Passion at DJ's in Sydney costs $180.00. Do you recommend the one you linked to on Amazon? What I mean is, is it the real thing? I would order it if I thought it could save me some money. Everything is such a rip-off in Australia.

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jlonit

Vicki – my Gardenia Passion at DJ's in Sydney costs $180.00. Do you recommend the one you linked to on Amazon? What I mean is, is it the real thing? I would order it if I thought it could save me some money. Everything is such a rip-off in Australia.

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jlonit

Vicki – my Gardenia Passion at DJ's in Sydney costs $180.00. Do you recommend the one you linked to on Amazon? What I mean is, is it the real thing? I would order it if I thought it could save me some money. Everything is such a rip-off in Australia.

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vicki archer

It is certainly the real thing and Amazon do have unbeatable prices… Just check the shipping costs and perhaps it's the way to go… xv

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vicki archer

It is certainly the real thing and Amazon do have unbeatable prices… Just check the shipping costs and perhaps it's the way to go… xv

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vicki archer

It is certainly the real thing and Amazon do have unbeatable prices… Just check the shipping costs and perhaps it's the way to go… xv

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vicki archer

I loved the Dordogne and Burgundy… the Loire is close to Paris so if you are flying home from there it could be a good stopping off point. Provence is my favourite of course… and I will be posting more in my 'travelling to Provence' series in the next few weeks… xv

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vicki archer

I loved the Dordogne and Burgundy… the Loire is close to Paris so if you are flying home from there it could be a good stopping off point. Provence is my favourite of course… and I will be posting more in my 'travelling to Provence' series in the next few weeks… xv

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vicki archer

I loved the Dordogne and Burgundy… the Loire is close to Paris so if you are flying home from there it could be a good stopping off point. Provence is my favourite of course… and I will be posting more in my 'travelling to Provence' series in the next few weeks… xv

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Castles Crowns and Cottages

Oh Vicki, your dressing table sounds and looks a LOT like mine! I have two vintage crystal table chandies, several perfume bottles and a mini theatre that I constructed. I love it that way, thank you very much.

I will never forget a beautiful image I captured one day as I saw my husband looming over my table, still as a statue. I asked him what he was doing….he turned to me with a sweet look on his face and said, "This is your world. I was just taken in by it for a moment." That was beautiful.

May your day be filled with unforgettable moments and words by someone YOU love.

Anita

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Castles Crowns and Cottages

Oh Vicki, your dressing table sounds and looks a LOT like mine! I have two vintage crystal table chandies, several perfume bottles and a mini theatre that I constructed. I love it that way, thank you very much.

I will never forget a beautiful image I captured one day as I saw my husband looming over my table, still as a statue. I asked him what he was doing….he turned to me with a sweet look on his face and said, "This is your world. I was just taken in by it for a moment." That was beautiful.

May your day be filled with unforgettable moments and words by someone YOU love.

Anita

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Castles Crowns and Cottages

Oh Vicki, your dressing table sounds and looks a LOT like mine! I have two vintage crystal table chandies, several perfume bottles and a mini theatre that I constructed. I love it that way, thank you very much.

I will never forget a beautiful image I captured one day as I saw my husband looming over my table, still as a statue. I asked him what he was doing….he turned to me with a sweet look on his face and said, "This is your world. I was just taken in by it for a moment." That was beautiful.

May your day be filled with unforgettable moments and words by someone YOU love.

Anita

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Tibs

Beautiful!
I'm a fan of Annick Goutal too! Have to try that Fleur d'orange that you tipped!

Fabulous Sunday to you!
Tibs
shoptravelfood.blogspot.com

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Tibs

Beautiful!
I'm a fan of Annick Goutal too! Have to try that Fleur d'orange that you tipped!

Fabulous Sunday to you!
Tibs
shoptravelfood.blogspot.com

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Tibs

Beautiful!
I'm a fan of Annick Goutal too! Have to try that Fleur d'orange that you tipped!

Fabulous Sunday to you!
Tibs
shoptravelfood.blogspot.com

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