Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pink Saturday - Pigs & poodles

Pink Saturday - Beverly, at the blog "How Sweet the Sound" hosts Pink Saturday. Let the color pink inspire you!

Let's take another stroll down Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA, enjoying the spring air and enjoying this eclectic street of arts, fashion, counter-culture and cutting edge. I'm sure we can find some pink things here.

Oh, look at this!

On the West side of the street there's a crumbling tan brick building, a long, low group of shops fronting the sidewalk. The first thing I noticed was the pair of wicker chairs out front, with pretty pink rose-print cushions.


The second thing I noticed was the hexagonal subway tile on the floor in the doorways, they probably date from the 1920s - you could almost say buildings like this are the prototype of Los Angeles' iconic strip malls.


This store is called Bountiful - and that's a perfect description of the vast assortment of wonders you'll find here. You go in and marvel at the wonderful antiques and salvage goods. On a cabinet just in front of the door, a whole array of antique lamps are displayed. Two of my favorite things - pink, and a tag that says "Sale Price"!


In the bay window, an assortment of cake plates - they are not new, but reproductions. Look at the pink ones!


I browsed through the shop and found wonderful pink things, like this wash basin printed with poppy flowers, high on a shelf above my head.


And this pretty platter with pink roses - Theodore Haviland China from the turn of the 20th century, Limoges, France.

This is a wonderful store, and full of delectable things. But in these troubled economic times, I have to economize. No $120 platters for me; no $300 painted wicker chairs. I need a little more affordable luxuries.

And then I saw them.

Poodles.

These pink and black poodles are french-milled soaps made by Gianna Rose Atelier. This line of artisan soaps are all-vegetable based for guilt-free bathing, and come in a variety of scents and shapes that will delight and intrigue you. The packaging is exquisite and almost makes you hesitate to undo the paper and open it. An indulgence, of course, but what beautiful gifts! There's a whole line of soaps that are shaped like dogs! You can take your pick of Chihuahua, Dachshund, Maltese, Westie and Cocker Spaniel!

Only they smell like lavender and florals and linen - not Wet Dog!


And then there are the pink pigs. I think I like those the best.

Gianna Rose soaps are not cheap - you could buy dozens of bars of Dial for the price of one of these. But if you needed a special sweet gift in these troubled times? Or just a small thing to make you feel luxurious?

Me, I was shopping on my lunch hour, and feeling a little stress from the office. I bought one bar of Lemon Verbena scented soap. Such a pretty thing to hold in my hand. I still can't bring myself to undo the pretty paper!

Pink Saturdays are for indulging. At least a tiny bit. Go for it!

39 comments:

mo.stoneskin said...

Interesting, and some great photos there.

Tell you what though, I don't think our flat is missing any poodles like those...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Such adorable soaps! Love the pigs and the poodles. And I really want one of those pink cake plates! I think I would have had to go home with some of both!

Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

debbie said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY
I REALLY WOULD HAVE TO PURCHASE THAT PINK CAKE PLATE OR TWO TO STACK FOR CUPCAKES
LOVE THE POODLE SOAP
BLESSINGS
debbie

KBeau said...

Oh, my gosh, I've got to have some of those pink pig soaps. Maybe I can find some when I'm in France at the end of the month. They are calling my name.

Amy said...

Oh such pretty pink... Thanks for sharing!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love all these pink finds!


~ Gabriela ~

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I must have pink pig soap!!! Those are just the best!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Light and Voices said...

Be still my heart....those soap poodles are adorable. Happy Pink Saturday.
Joyce

Beverly said...

Mmmm! I love the scent of lemon verbena. I brings me memories of my grandmother.

Thanks for taking us along on your lunch shopping.

Happy Pink Saturday, Glennis.

Shayla said...

Ohh! I love French soaps and beautiful wrappings and those little pigs are so cute!

Mermaids of the Lake said...

I am crazy for the pigs! I collected pigs as a teenager. I have always loved pigs. I have to say though, that the scent of Lemon Verbena is my all-time favorite! So fresh and wonderful. Thanks for the fun trip to Venice, California.

Jorgelina said...

Hi!!
Such adorable soaps!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Terri said...

Pink, pink everywhere there is Pink. Great finds you found to share!!!

Happy Pink Day!

Betzie said...

Lovely pink post!!! Enjoyed visiting..I make pink crown, shoe, and fleur de lys soaps! Not too expensive either...:) Hope you will visit me again...xo betzie

Susan said...

many pretty pinks! Happy Pink Saturday

Susan

Sit-N-Chat said...

Pretty things. It is fun just to look. Don't have to buy.

Have a great day.

Jennifer

Angela said...

I love the little piggy soaps!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Angela

Loretta said...

What wonderful pink things! I love those poodles & pigs. I really like your blog banner too!

Sheri said...

I would have picked the pink poodles for sure. I love french soaps! What an array of delightful pinks! Happy pink saturday!
Hugs!
Sheri

HiHo said...

really enjoyed my visit, I'll be back.
Happy Pink! Heidi

HiHo said...

really enjoyed my visit, I'll be back.
Happy Pink! Heidi

Mimi said...

Pink Saturday in the spring, with all the little bunnies, and kitties, and chickies has me on a cute and sweet high! I ♥ spring!

Thanks so much for sharing this week. Each and every blog makes me smile or jot down a recipe or think, "I can do that".

Via Marina- Marina said...

Your photos are so pretty...
Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,visit me anytime...

Marina

Sugarplum Cottage said...

So many pinks, lets see I want the pink lamp, the cake stand and of course the pigs. Please tell me what company those pigs are from, I'd like to order me some. Hugs, Rosemarie

Debra said...

Love the Pink Poodles, and all the great finds.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

LE PIGLETS!!!!!!!!!!!!

TRES BELLE said...

I love the Pink Soaps and my Grandmother would have loved them too...she loved anything pink! I agree, it does make you feel better to make a small purchase to hold in your hands and I might add I like what you choose!! Times are tough and it is hard to walk by and not have something to show for your exercise. LOL

Happy Pink Saturday.

Kris

Sherri S said...

What pretty photos. LOVE the cakeplates even if they are 'new'.

phd in yogurtry said...

I think I love this best of all your pinkness.. pale pink is so soothing but in the right context. and yes, those piggies are to die for. I have a penchant for piggies. Hubby and I.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Love the pink piggies.

Hugs :)

Irma

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Thank you for bringing us along and touring us :-) Isn't it nice to find all those treasures? I like the feel of those chairs with the flowery pillow. Oh, and I agree with you on the pink pigs. Very cute!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Woman in a Window said...

I will hold pretty soap for years before I have the courage to open it. And then I am always let down. The glory is in the anticipation I think.

Pretty cake compotes. I'm a sucker for them.

Betty (picture circa 1954) said...

You found a wonderful collection of pink things! Those pig soaps are adorable!

Susie Jefferson said...

Oooh - I want... I want... I want... EVERYTHING in those photos! Mouthwatering! Yummy!

Happy Pink Saturday, thanks for sharing

caren said...

I love Abbott Kinney! Our daughter lives in Marina del Rey and every time we visit her that's were we do a little shopping. I know the shop you are talking about - it is wonderful! Do you go to Tumbleweed and Dandelion? I like that place too. Happy Pink Saturday or Sunday!

Chatelaine said...

Pink Saturdays are for indulging, you're right.

Loved the subway tiles and the cake plates. That must have been a fun stroll down the boulevard.

Kate said...

Wonderful photographs, G.
I love those cake plates; so 50's maybe....

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for the pink photos! I've always wanted to go to Bountiful! Happy Pink Saturday!

Queenly Things said...

Soap is my weakness - I love wonderfully-scented, easyily foamy big fat bars of soap. The pink pig soap, too, is my favorite. I'd like a pile of pink pigs on the precious pink cake stand.