Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Bathroom

You've seen my bed-side table. You've seen my decal chandelier, my red chair reading corner, and my closet door, you've seen my pillowcases and towels. You've even peeked inside my fridge!
Is there anything you haven't seen from my home? Why, my bathroom of course.
It has some lovely details, such as the glass door knobs, and salmon-pink tiles with green details - to make the bathroom more green and less pink, I chose a fish-pattern shower curtain, in hues ranging from teal to aqua.
Behind the door, hanging over the hot pink hot water bottle I use to relieve tense muscles, one of my heavy linen nightgowns waits for me to step out of the shower - I have a few of these granny nightgowns, with delicate embroideries and trimmings, bought in French flea markets .

On the sink and in the slim cabinet behind the mirror, I keep: all kinds of natural products (such as the deliciously scented Weleda almond facial moisturizer, my Olive Oil and Aloe Kiss My Face body lotion, Dr Brommer's energizing peppermint liquid soap)... a year's worth of contact lenses... eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils to sprinkle around the house and in the washing machine for invigorating, clean scents... my favorite perfumes (Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon and Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Vanille Extrême), a little bit of make-up and Frederic Fekkai's magical Glossing Sheer Shine Mist...

I also store a couple of products brought from France: months worth of Anthélios SPF 50 fluid sunscreen, and some Friction de Foucaud - this post-workout liquid lotion packed with citrus, thyme, lavender and rosemary essential oils activates blood circulation so I always rub my legs with it after a long distance flight to make my legs feel lighter and happier.

Writers' Almanac: today October 27 is Sylvia Plath's birthday. She would be 77 today. Oh, Sylvia.

26 comments:

TERI REES WANG said...

Wild Writer's Almanac!...
It's my Mother-in-Law's birthday, and she too is also a grand 77 years old.
..and yet still so immature. ;P

Laura in Paris said...

I love the door knob!

Joyful said...

I love the door knob and your grannie nightgown. I'm also wondering what you think of the Castille liquid soaps? I've often thought of buying some but never have.

Beth said...

Love the nightgown!

Kwana said...

Thanks for letting us in.

beckyxoxo said...

aww that's so sweet you showed us you bathroom x)

Taocito said...

Wow! Love that shower curtain!!!
I like bathrooms very much. The tiles are usually fresh and it's a tad moist, the ideal location for a furry pooch like myself. Is it also the favorite location of the Oracle?

Spangler Cummings said...

All great beauties share their secrets at one time or another...what took you so long?

Susan said...

A bit late but we have similar tastes i toiletries & shower curtains. On GG's blog, yesterday, we did a repeat post on Dylan & Sylvia (also Dylan Thomas natal day)...not feeling so well, so pulling up stuff from before. Dragging self out for hair maintenance & I know I'll feel better for it. (I'm not contagious or anything:)

BTW, I had such fun at tortilla girls site...since I cannot currently fit into any of her sizes, I concentrated on accessories. Though I can sew & knit, it's not going to happen anytime soon. I sure hope she will revive an autumn/winter version of her French tote with lace. (I'm sending her a note about it...)

thanks for the tips, M-L

xoxo

Mary-Laure said...

TERI - you're so mean AND so funny! Why, some people should think of growing up rather than worry about growing old, no?
I know a few myself...

JOYFUL - I love it. I find it very gentle on the skin. I avoid all kinds of harsh soaps and shower gels because they leave my skin red, itchy and irritated by Castille liquid soaps work just fine with me. They're packed with oil, so it makes them very gentle.

TAOCITO - I know that you have unrestricted access to the entire house, but per Cesar Millan (the pooch whisperer), dogs should be kept out of some rooms to know their place at the bottom of the command chain (yeah yeah yeah).
So the bathroom is off limits for Benjy, except when he has a little bath.

SPANGLER - I'd like to know what keeps YOU so young and fresh!

SUSAN - I'll check out the post about Sylvia Plath, thanks for the tip.
I'm glad you like Tortilla Girl's shop. If the sizes are not right for you, let her know; she's quite accommodating and helpful!

Solange said...

nice doorknob, lovely products, I so agree with the 50+ la roche posay cream (that's the one you mean right) I put it on all year long...
the nightgowns must be so comfy :-) and of course we also own Sophie in our home, I just read about her in your last post....

Tom Bailey said...

I connected to you through another blog.... I started laughing when I saw the natual soap that I use.

I use castille soap...

interesting blog.

Mary-Laure said...

SOLANGE - yes, Anthelios is by La Roche Posay. I love it.
So you too have a Sophie! From the Netherlands to California, Sophie sure is an international hit!

KIRAFASHION said...

Very chic details...this is the one of the most important place of the house :)))

Many kisses girl!

Seraphine said...

i forgot all about dr. bonners peppermint soap! i bought some years ago and i liked the way the peppermint felt on my skin. somehow, i forgot all about it! wahhh!

Hila said...

yes, happy birthday to Sylvia. And I would definitely recommend reading The Submerged Cathedral. It's an Australian novel and is beautifully written, with an obvious love for the Australian landscape. I think there are very few novels that actually explore this theme, we tend to defer too much to the English influences that are still quite prevalent in Australian culture. It's also an easy, poetic read.

Angie Muresan said...

It's the details that count. And isn't it funny how curious we are about the lives and homes of others? That doorknob reminds me of when we remodeled our house. I was looking for a gorgeous antique crystal finial to dress up our staircase and couldn't find one in the size or shape I wanted anywhere. I chose a beautiful carved one instead and gilded it. It looks great, but it is temporary.

Mary-Laure said...

SERAPHINE -yes, it's a very nice freshness on the skin.

HILA - thanks for the info, I'm always eager to read more.

J Elaine said...

You know how to make any little corner look authentic. I appreciate all the thoughtful product choices in the cabinet.

I'll bring my bottle of Friction de Foucaud when you arrive in December...

J Elaine said...

I wonder what Cesar Millan (the pooch whisperer) would have to say about the hedonistic nest Benjy builds in my closet?!

Mary-Laure said...

J ELAINE - I suspect Cesar would not look approvingly on how dotingly you treat Benjy...

J Elaine said...

I guess I won't be meeting Cesar, then!

vintage simple said...

What an intimate tour of such a lovely space. I adore the tile..! We had the same color combination in our bungalow when we lived in Asheville, NC... Ah, the memories...! Ah, Sylvia..!

-maria

Mary-Laure said...

J ELAINE - oh but you should, you should... He'd say "Ignore him!" and you'd whine "But HOW could I?..."

VINTAGE SIMPLE - I didn't know you had lived in NC... I'd love to hear about that on your blog.

mansuetude said...

ah... love the elements in your door knob and shower...


sylvia at 77 ...what a shock to think it. she'll be forever young (except her words were so lit so old).

billie said...

Thanks for the peek inside your bathroom, and for the tip about the lotion for the legs, gotta try that.
To avoid leg pains, I've now opted for wearing support hose every single day. Not very sexy but incredibly effective :)
I also wear old white night gowns (in the summer), bought a stock at Emmaüs a while ago!