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Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: Charmed, I’m Sure

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The brains and beauty behind my favorite blog to be born in 2009 – She’s Shopping Now – is back Guest Blogging on The Antiques Diva™ site, sharing more tips in her series “Souvenirs de la Reine”.

In case you missed her past guest appearances writing on this topic, make sure to read:

Part 1: Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: The Beach
Part 2: Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: le porte-cigarettes

Keep Shopping & Keep Making Memories,
The Antiques Diva™

(seen right making memories while shopping with La Reine at NYC’s GreenFlea)

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Dear Diva Readers,

The past few months everyone has been wearing long, swingy, charm necklaces. You’ve seen them: crystals dangling, sparkly keys glittering, little hearts and suitcases tinkling. I’ve priced them: they’re either scary expensive or so cheap and plasticky I’d never wear them. So I’ve created my own charm necklaces and found a way to re-live mes souvenirs.

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Now I simply had to style them up – Diva Style!

When I moved away from Paris, my friend Rebecca of Chic Shopping Paris gifted me a pair of dangling earrings she made from antique Baccarat crystals she had found at brocantes. Sadly, in one of many moves I lost one of the earrings (actually it’s the movers fault – they lost one!) Et voila! The lone earring now swings enticingly from the platinum neck chain.

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The ideas are endless!

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I can easily swap out one souvenir for another. These souvenirs are no longer hidden in my drawers and tucked away in my memories. They’re displayed, talked about, and loved. And best of all, they make me look fabulous. Some things can’t be bought. Like memories.

Until Next Time,
La Reine
(otherwise known as “Moi” on the She’s Shopping Now blog)

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Guest Blog – Souvenirs de la Reine

While The Antiques Diva’s away scoring Italian souvenirs of her own, la Reine is behind the blog today in this special

Guest Blog – Souvenirs de la Reine!

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Dear Diva Readers,
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>One of the shopping strategies of our cher Antiques Diva is that we must buy only what we truly love: it need not be expensive, or even antique, but it must be meaningful to us. Most of us shoppers are also collectors. And as with most collectors, la Reine and the Antique Diva’s space and budget are limited, yet our need to keep treasured souvenirs is not. We forget that the word souvenir is actually French for remembrance; thus our souvenirs are in fact, our memories. And we must always find space for our memories.

The Antiques Diva, Lady Lotus, The Tampa Gal, English Rose and I, la Reine, have shared many treasured holidays together and have accumulated an abundant supply of souvenirs. But our most treasured souvenirs are those we look at daily, cost us almost nothing, and make us pause and smile, and remember. As you’ve learned in our Antiques Diva’s blog posts, South Florida is one of our regular reunion destinations, enjoying the sun, sand, seashells, and friendship renewal.

A daily activity is gathering up seashells to admire and cart home. But what to do with these shells once they are sorted, cleaned and carefully carried to our homes in the 4 corners?

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Et Voila – Our Souvenirs de la Mer:

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to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SjH7MMWrIyI/AAAAAAAADFw/XMvkp43QGqk/s320/photo2.jpg” border=”0″ />One morning was spent collecting shells of all kinds and shapes at Ocean Park in Boynton Beach. These shells were glued to a simple wooden frame, which displays a photo taken on this trip.

to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SjH6-5L5_wI/AAAAAAAADFg/grco8_-N0V4/s320/photo.jpg” border=”0″ />Another shelling excursion on Captiva Island yielded an assortment of augers and cats’ paws and cockles, all tiny enough to fit into a decorative bottle that was filled with clear scented oil, reeds were added, and a fragrance dispenser was created!

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SjH7MEIHlKI/AAAAAAAADF4/UpycOoWiyMA/s320/souvenirs+de+la+reine2.jpg” border=”0″ />A morning walk on a quiet beach resulted in a few handfuls of sand, some pretty shells and tiny driftwood and coral. A quick trip to an accessories store yielded a beautiful sea-green clear glass plate, and produced a decorative bathroom display.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SjH6-4ItYJI/AAAAAAAADFY/exf7Ljom3eM/s320/IMG_2983.JPG” border=”0″ />Captiva Island also was a treasure chest of capiz shells, small clear circles from the insides of mollusks that are coveted for decorative household items and jewelry for their luminous and pearlescent qualities. Lady Lotus spent several mornings selecting dozens of tiny capiz, and glued these to a beige linen lampshade, thus fashioning a shimmering souvenir of our holiday!

Seashells have resulted in bookends, soap dishes, mantle displays: almost anything you can hot-glue a seashell to! Et voila, les souvenirs!

a bientot,

la Reine

(seen right, La Reine, The Diva, English Rose and Lady Lotus)

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