Sunday, June 16, 2013

My weekend reading

Today is one of those rainy days and the perfect weather to get cozy in a chair and look at my beautiful new books I was lucky to get, for my birthday gifts.
I love looking and reading beautiful books.

The Little Paris Kitchen was a book, I mentioned about on my blog a while back.
After having watched Rachel's cooking series on Television I was excited when my sweet daughter gave me this wonderful cook book.
Already I have made something from it ... creme caramel for dessert last night which was most delicious and my husbands favourite dessert.

Two Greedy Italians, was given to my husband from daughter - a while back we enjoyed watching  the series of the two old friends, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo embark upon an amazing journey back to their homeland in order to reconnect with their culinary heritage, to explore past and current traditions and to reveal the very soul of Italian gastronomy.
Their humor, wisdom and passion for good simple food, makes this an essential book for anyone with a genuine interest in Italian food.

My lovely Son, gave me this big beautiful book ' Balenciaga' which I have been enjoying reading.
Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was one of the most outstanding couturiers of his time.
He made very beautiful coats and magnificently tailored suits as well as pretty delicate lace and silk dresses.
His immense talent made him one of the greatest and highly acclaimed fashion designers of the 20th century.
Despite his fame, Balenciaga always remembered Getaria, his mother and his old sewing machine.

Here I have shared a few pages, of his elegant clothes.

 Love the exquisite sequin work,  looks like gorgeous flowers, on this wedding dress

A Woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear my dresses; the dress will do all that for her.

~ Cristobal Balenciaga

Our wonderful children came over for the night,  a late celebratory birthday dinner party, for my dear husband and their Father.
It was lovely to see them and the house seems quiet now they have gone back.

The weather has turned so wild, wet and windy and one of those days that on the Island, our power sometimes goes out. So I will now go and prepare dinner now, just in case.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend


  1. Dear Carolyn!
    I see you had a wonderful weekend with your children!
    And the first book is very interesting for me.
    I hope the weather is getting better and that you have enough power ...
    Happy new week!
    With love,

  2. Hi Carolyn...I want to wish your husband belated birthday wishes.
    Love this post...don't you just love good is my favourite thing to collect. I will have to go look for the books to see what they are all about.
    Oh my...that wedding dress and the detail are gorgeous. Rare to see that kind of detail on today's brides.

    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Nancy xo

  3. Enjoy the day dear..I love rainy days :)
    Love and hugs x

  4. Lovely books you got, it was
    nice gifts.
    Wish you a happy sunday

  5. Hi Carolyn,

    It's very rainy here in Mumbai too. Wish your husband a belated happy b'day, how wonderful for the entire family to get together and celebrate the happy occasion. I like your book collection, the dress is gorgeous.

    Wish you a wonderful week,


  6. Lovely books !! like them all !!...enjoy your day we have Father's day today..a day filled with memories for from !!

  7. Perfect weather to enjoy such goodness on the page, Carolyn! Aren't cooking books just fun? Calorie-free, colorful and inspiring.

    Enjoy more of the goodness of simply taking in all the beauty. Happy day dearest! Anita

  8. Cook books are always a wonderful gift. The present just keeps on giving every time you use a recipe from it. I'm so glad you enjoyed having family home. Keep warm and dry.

  9. Exquisite is right, darling!
    Must buy that Balenciaga book.
    Happy Sunday!


  10. Hi Carolyn! Seems you have been spoiled! I am an Italian greedy so that book should suit me so well:) I'd love to read also the Balenciaga one, amazing!:) Have a great weekend, hugs! xo

  11. Hi Carolyn! How many nice books!
    Have a nice new week!

  12. Blessings and much love to you and yours.
    I enjoy all of your postings.
    Love Jeanne

  13. Sweet blessings to you. I know you'll enjoy reading these neat books. Fun pics to look at.

  14. That looks like a perfect way to spend a rainy day! I love looking and reading books. Cristobal Balenciaga's clothes look amazing!
    Sarah x

  15. Ciao carissima amica. Con grande, grande, grande piacere commento questo post che in parte mi hai dedicato. Bellissimo e sapere di riscoprire le proprie radici culinarie Italiane è una bella soddisfazione. Baci di cuore. NI from Italy! ;)

  16. Dearest Carolyn,
    You got the best ingredients for windy and rainy weather. Reading is a bliss!
    Enjoy such special time and have a lovely and cozy new week.

  17. Best regards from Paris,


  18. Dear Carolyn,
    such good books for a rainy day ;O)
    Have a lovely new week,
    Love and hugs

  19. Good morning beautiful Carolyn! Thank you for coming to visit my post! We are finally getting some sunshine here and enjoying our summer. So much rain has kept us from getting out doing what we love!

    Have a glorious day, Anita

  20. Carolyn,
    Happy Belated Birthday to a Beautiful Woman!!
    You add kindness and loveliness everywhere you go. It has been a true blessing to meet you in this mysterious and wondrous way. So nice that you had and your husband had the gift of being with your children the past weekend. Also, such thoughtful gifts you received.
    Much love and may this be the first day of your best year yet!

  21. Hello Friend,
    Just left you a comment, but I don't think you got it. In case you did, sorry for a second one!!
    Happy Birthday to a truly Beautiful Woman who makes a difference in our world and in my world!! For you kindness that you spread around the world I'm grateful. That we got to meet, I'm grateful!
    So glad you had the gift of spending time with your family and to know they came with such thoughtful gifts!
    Much love and may this be the first day of your best year yet!

  22. We love exactly the same things! Cooking and fashion! You got great gifts <3


  23. Hope you had a cozy weekend reading those lovely books and planning some menus from them. The Balenciaga looks interesting too. Exquisite dress designs and details on them. Enjoy your week and hope the weather improves for you.

  24. A good choice of books as gifts. Hope you had a cozy weekend and the weather improves for you this week. x

  25. I've heard so many great things about the little Paris kitchen cookbook! Home interior and cookbooks are my favorite reading. It's relaxing and I always get inspired:)

    Thanks for visiting today Carolyn. Things should be calming down a bit which will allow me to get caught up on reading my favorite blogs:). Enjoy your day! xxl

  26. Ohhh, such lovely books! Enjoy a splendid, and cozy week Carolyn.
    Sending hugs down your way...

  27. Dear Carolyn
    I love looking and reading beautiful books too
    Visiting you is always lovely

  28. Oh Carolyn, I missed your birthday! Happy Birthday dear friend.. What lovely gifts to receive. The book your son gave you is just wonderful. I cannot get over the sequin work on the wedding dress. Just beautiful.

    I am so sorry to hear you and family also had that nasty flu.. I sure hope you are recovered.. I am feeling much better, but just do not bounce back as quick as when I was young.
    Thank you so much for your sweet words about my sketch.. I love these colored pencils, but I need to practice more I think.
    Love and blessings,

  29. Hi Carolyn, your books look wonderful. I love books too and collect cookbooks and design books, so yours really caught my attention. The dessert you made sounds very good.
    How nice to have your children over for the weekend. Have a great week my friend.

  30. Dear Carolyn
    Such nice books! I see you have had a wonderful weekend.
    I wish you a happy week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland. Love and hugs Yvonne

  31. Carolyn,
    These are such lovely books, and a nice gift from your kids. You know, my son was interested in Culinary Arts at one time, and used to cook for us all the time. I have always loved fashion, so these elegant clothes in the Balenciaga book was interesting to me.

    Have a wonderful week, Carolyn.


  32. It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday Carolyn! No one deserves it better. How lovely for your family to choose such specials gifts for you. The books look like great reads. You are a blessed lady my friend!
    sending love....

  33. What beautiful books you got for your birthday. I guess you had a wonderful day.

    Hugs from here

  34. Amazing, I love Balenciaga, great gift from your son!
    I have to gift you italian cook book ... of italian chef, so you can cook and taste italian food from italian chef ...
    In my opinion, and I saw many Italo-American chef cook on tv, they really don't cook like here in Italy, they try to cook italian food but is not the same.
    I don't want to offend anyone, but in Italy we cook totally different from italo-american chef ...
    Bisou, Babi

  35. What marvelous books, Carolyn. I'd love to see the Balenciaga book. What gorgeous photos! Love the title Greedy Italians. :)
    The difference in our seasons makes quite a difference in what we post re our recipes...of course I notice it with my Donna Hay subscription. Your summer is our winter and vice versa. Easily overcome; just like you, I save the recipes when ingredients are in season.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  36. I met someone once at a very fancy occasion. When I said how lovely she looked, she replied, "This gown makes the wearer beautiful."
    Those are terrific birthday books....oh for the yum!

  37. Hello Carolyn,

    Seems you had a nice weekend with your children!
    These books look so interesting, especially the 2nd one!

  38. Dear Carolyn, It seems like your family picked the perfect gifts for you. I'm sure there's a lot of inspiration in those cook books. Enjoy your reading! Happy belated Birthday to your hubby!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  40. ciao Carolyn,

    If I close my eyes I can see you and your beautiful family full of love .

    Lovely books ...of course I'm curious about the two Italians !
    Here in Italy is very hot ( but we have plenty of water )
    have a nice day


  41. Happy belated Birthday Carolyn!!!
    I wish you many more.
    The little Paris book must be a Gem.I would love to see one.Will start looking.The clothes are just gorgeous.He was a wonderful designer.
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  42. that book by Cristobal Balenciaga looks right up mu alley of fashion books I am going to see if I can locate me a copy

    it's nice to have your children to come home and them leave LOL

    Happy Birthday to your lucky husband


  43. The Balenciaga book looks amazing! I wonder if my library could get it for me.

    Happy Birthday to the Birthday people :)


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