Monday, February 10, 2014

A Marie Antoinette Spring

Dior Spring 2014 beauty campaign ad. J’adore!

It’s funny how one thing can lead to another. When I read in the January issue of Vogue that there would be a Dior beauty campaign for Spring 2014 called “Dior Trianon,” devoted to the icy pastel colors favored by Marie Antoinette, I had to check it out at Sephora at 34th Street in Manhattan, specifically the Dior Vernis blue nail polish I saw in the magazine, “Porcelaine.”

I love this shade of blue. Divine!

I loved the pale blue of “Porcelaine” but I am not a big fan of Dior nail polishes—I love the packaging, and the bottle size and shape are glamorous, but the brush itself is wide and unwieldy and the stem the brush sits on is not very long. I never feel quite in control of the coverage when I am using a Dior polish. Add to the fact that they cost about $24 a bottle and I was in the market for a dupe.

“Infatuated” by Formula X for Sephora. A great dupe for “Porcelaine” by Dior.

Enter the Formula X line by Sephora. Just $10.50 a bottle, with a gorgeous range of colors, and they had a shade called “Infatuated” that looked exactly like “Porcelaine.” The lovely and nail polish-knowledgable Sephora associate Aisha modeled it for me since I was already wearing polish and voilà! I was sold.

I think the coverage is great and the drying time was pretty quick. I am wearing two coats in these pictures and no top coat. There is no shimmer in this polish at all, the same as “Porcelaine,” which doesn’t have it either.

Also mentioned in the Vogue beauty write-up was that Dior will be undertaking the renovation of the Queen’s House, part of Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet on the grounds of Versailles. The Queen’s House has been closed to the public for the last 30 years. This reminded me of a couple of things:

1. The September 2006 issue of Vogue featuring Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette is my favorite Vogue cover ever and I had to revisit the beautiful pictures, which were styled by Grace Coddington and shot by Annie Leibovitz.

Vogue, September 2006. My favorite cover ever!

2. I never read the book Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber.

Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber.

I remember when the book came out. It was in the fall of 2006, the same time as the movie Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, which I saw and loved. I was pregnant with my second child at the time, my son had just started pre-k, and I was helping my husband recover from breaking his neck, which involved managing his ongoing doctor visits and administering daily intravenous infusions (and I am not a nurse). It was a tough time and I was definitely too busy and tired to read a scholarly tome on the political implications of Marie Antoinette’s fashion choices in 18th century France.

All this time later, however, and I cannot imagine anything more delightful. If you’ve read this book, let me know. I just started it and am already really enjoying it.

I still love this picture of Kirsten in a gown by Alexander McQueen at the Grand Trianon.

My husband and I got to visit Versailles in 1999. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, and very meaningful to me since I was such a Francophile in my late teens and early twenties. I hope to go back some day. When we reached the Grand Trianon we practically had the place to ourselves. Heaven! Too bad I didn’t have a ball gown stashed away in my bag when I posed for a picture.

Where’s a ball gown when you need one? At the Grand Trianon, 1999.

Have you read Queen of Fashion? Have you been to Versailles? Would you wear pale blue nail polish?


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

That last picture at gorgeous! I would love to see it...and surprisingly I like the nail color...I hope I can find it for my toes!

Jill said...

Hi Pam, check out Revlon's "Blue Lagoon", #092, it is the same shade as "Infatuated" but has some subtle shimmer in it and is perfect for a pedicure. I bought a bottle last year at CVS and won't be surprised if it's still around, it's a gorgeous color. XO, Jill

Anonymous said...

Jill, that photo of Kirsten at the Grand Trianon is so gorgeous. I was finally able to visit this beautiful site this past September and was in Heaven. What an incredible beautiful place. I do have many photos I took in that exact spot, although I was not quite dressed for the occasion.
As for the blue shade of polish, I actually LOVE it. I am also a huge fan of this X formula brand. I"m not one who wears nail polish too often due to the fact of the chipping off that happens so quickly (I must do way too much cleaning). When I tried this brand this last year, I was overly impressed.
Also thanks for the book review, I haven't read or purchased that one yet but it has been on my list for a very long time.

Jill said...

Hi Trina, oh you are so lucky that you got to go to Versailles last September! Let me know if you get "Infatuated" I really like it that shade of blue. Also let me know if you read "Queen of Fashion" I have only just started it but so far it is a fascinating read! XO, Jill

lovesjetlag said...

They are restoring the Queen's house in Versailles? What wonderful news Jill, I must really hop a a train and go back to Paris asap, from where I live now it's only 2 hours and a half..or even less....

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

You must go on the private tour of Versailles, they just opened the gambling room last year and you see things otherwise not able to on the general one. She was so misunderstood and has had terrible pr. She wasn't perfect but who is?? X

Elizabeth Johnston said...

Ooh, Jill, the colour of the nail polish is divine! I love all of the beautiful images you use in your posts. It's such a visual treat visiting your blog.
Love Liz xxx

Paula Ruta said...

I also loved the movie--the costumes were just gorge! I have NOT read the book; Im not that much of a french history buff but I have been to Versailles back in '74. I will never forget it!
I have a similar pastel blue--Im going to dig it out right now! Xoxo

Jill said...

Hi Barbara, you are SO lucky that you are close enough to Paris to know that you could make a trip to Versailles. I can't imagine when I will get to go back. It seems so far away! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, what's this about a private tour of Versailles? What? Gambling rooms? Why do I miss all the good stuff? Do you have pictures of this? Could you possibly do a post on it? I could use a hit of Versailles right now in the middle of this endless winter in NYC (it is snowing as I write this). XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Liz, wow, what a compliment! Thank you! I feel like I spend so much time in the mommy trenches with Legos and Goldfish crackers and piles of laundry everywhere that it's such a treat to put together visuals where Everything is Just So, because in my life it almost never is that way. I know every mom out there knows what I'm talking about! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Paula, are ya wearing icy blue nails to your son's wedding? I can't wait to hear all about the ceremony and reception! XO, Jill

sparrowsandsparkles said...

We visited Versailles this past summer - just amazing. I recently watched a documentary on Marie Antoinette - and it just left me feeling in sort of a daze for a couple of days after. What a story her life was.

Jill said...

Hi Sparrows and Sparkles, oh tell me what documentary you watched, now I want to see it! XO, Jill