Holiday Chic Gift Guide: Marie-Antoinette
My gift guides got a little waylaid by last minute holiday shopping and traveling so I’m going to see how many more I can get in before the big day. Maybe they will help the last minute shoppers out there. As I mentioned before, I wanted each guide to be themed around a book and this time it’s Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles. The photos by Francois Halard are amazing! (To see them click here.) I think it is one my favorite books of this year and instead of buying your friend or loved one just one book, why not make it a special by including a few others.
Marie-Antoinette: The Journey is the bestselling biography of the doomed Queen by Antonia Fraser that dispels the myths and legends without boring the reader to tears. I think it would a great companion gift to the beautiful photos from The Last Garden of Versailles.
Another fun book to wrap up with the rest if the Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber. It examines how fashion played a role in not only her life but also her death. And what girl doesn’t want to read about fabulous frocks!
If you are looking for something more dramatic, you can always buy the bust candle of Marie-Antoinette by Cire Trudon but for $85 I probably wouldn’t want to burn it.
If all that is just too expensive, you could always just wrap up some Let Them Eat Cake Bon Bon Lip Balm by Tokyo Milk and call it a day. But if you buy them a book too, they’ll learn that Marie-Antoinette didn’t actually say “let them eat cake!” Joyeux Noël!
A lovely combination of possibilities. And, one can never clarify the “cake” remark too many times!
Antonia Fraser is such a great author…she can make anything interesting…great gift list! You’ve inspired me.
these are so wonderful! what a fantastic and clever guide. xo
Imelda Marcos made a similar copy of Marie Antoinette’s bedroom at Malacanang Palace in Manila. Needless to say it was hideous, but I suppose it says a lot about how she thought of herself too.
That was great nod to Marie-Antoinette, after reading both Antonia Fraser’s and Caroline Weber’s books I think Marie-Antoinette got the bum rap indeed. Also important to note, is the little known fact that Marie-Antoinette was one if the first women to have the hairdresser come to her.
love marie! read the biography with my husband around the time the movie came out!!
did you realize antonia fraser’s husband recently died? great obit in the times though..