Happy Easter

This year we decided to spend Easter in an amazing city, Barcelona. I find Barcelona to be a happy city all year around with great weather and food, the best combination for vacation. Each time I come here I am amazed of the architecture, which is all very unique to this place, ads to the whole experience. As I have mentioned previously on my blog, this is the first trip for Greg to Barcelona and he can’t stop capturing the best of this city with his vintage cameras. We love it and hope one day we will be able to stay longer so we can fully appreciate everything Barcelona has to offer.

Since Easter is all about celebration, and joy we thought it will be fun to paint  these  eggs with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. 

Enjoy this Easter Sunday and follow us for more stories from our trip to Spain. I will add more candles poured in vintage porcelain eggs on my site soon so stay tuned. 

Besos

Eni

Brooklyn Bazaar

Our booth at Brooklyn Bazaar

Our booth at Brooklyn Bazaar

Hey There,

Greg and I wanted to share with you our experience from the BK Bazaar, which I must say that it  was wonderful and of course exhausting. We would not have had been able to make it happen without the enormous help of our friend Toon who drove with us to Brooklyn with a car full of trunks, crates candles and other props. I felt I was driving to Morocco and instead of Brooklyn. 

For those that are not aware of the BK Bazaar, it is located in Greenpoint at 165 Banker St, and it is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-1am. This is what the place looks like on the outside...

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BkBazaar
BK Bazaar

The first day I was so anxious as I did not know what to expect. I hoped that people would like my booth the way it was designed, as well as my candles. With full confidence I must say that our booth was one of the best decorated booths there, people would approach it and say out loud that they never ever had seen such a thing before. The coordinator of the BK bazaar came to us and congratulated us, confirming once again, how cool our booth was.

Here are some of the photos

Me at the booth

Me at the booth

Many of our friends came to support us and I really thank them and appreciate the time they took to come and see us. A big thanks to all of them.

Toon printed our Ooh La La sign from his Uptown Fine Art printing studio. He did a stunning job.

People were impressed with our vintage teacup and trinkets. We used our vintage suitcases to display them and I also used some of the vintage gloves and hats of Aunt Agnes. We used lot of vintage props, old perfumes of Aunt Agnes, her gloves, a vintage makeup bag that Greg bought for me. This part of the booth truly represented the old and the vintage.

Vintage teacup candle
vintage teacup candle

On the other part of the table we had vintage mason jars or balls. They were placed at the crates our cousin Marie gave us, during our trip to Pennsylvania. Here we also used as a props some of Greg old cameras, a vintage lantern that we bought in Albania and some old spoons. Some of the mason jars I painted and some I left them as they were, with their original color. People loved them, loved the display and also the smell of the candles too.

Unique vintage mason jars and crocks candles

Unique vintage mason jars and crocks candles

Vintage mason jar candles
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We also brought some painted mason jars. People were surprised when I was telling them that I paint them and distress them by hand, one by one so no two come out to be the same. I remember one young guy came to me and said: I am so gay for candles. His girlfriend was laughing next to him. He bought one of the mason jars. The mason jars were placed on the top of the vintage toolbox and old army suitcase we bought from Greg’s friend Adam who owned a vintage store in Rhode Island. On top of the toolbox we also placed our water pitcher and bowl that was filled with lavender we bought it in Pennsylvania.

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Hand Painted mason jars candles
Hand painted mason jar candles

The Polaroid Transfers from Expired Film Studios added to the whole theme. The Polaroids are hand transferred to all different types of cool paper. Everything from watercolor paper to rice paper. Most of the images were from Paris. Here are some of his photos.

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expired film studios

As you can see we used lots of props to decorate our booth, and the outcome was just great. People were coming in our booth taking lots of pictures and buying our candles.

Some of the vintage candles and trinkets are marked as sold out on my site. I sold them at the bazaar. Soon I will upload new ones, so stay in touch. Here is a sneak peak at two of them.

A Bazaar Night in Brooklyn

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I received a message the other day from my very good friend Tracey. It was a photo that she took of the poster announcing the "Brooklyn Night Bazaar" with her text saying: you guys should apply and get into the show. As I always I followed her advise and immediately Googleed Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is not your grandfathers bazaar. There will be live music, artwork and wonderful food from vendors like Bareburger, Anderson's 1949 and Oaxaca. I immediately filled out a form and  Voilà voilà (as they say in Paris) a few minutes later I received the confirmation that my application was successfully sent. The very next day I got an email from one of the sales representatives that we are approved, followed by some beautiful words about how much they liked our candles and they wanted us to be part of the show.

I was born and raised in Europe, while spending some beautiful years in Spain I traveled all over Europe where the idea of bazaar ( a Turkish name which in Albanian language is pazar) especially in summer is very common. It is usually related with people selling art in the street and also being able to eat and listen music and see all kind of performance. So, Brooklyn is creating a bazaar and Greg and I are participating with our candles and photos.

This will be the first time we do any kind of market or bazaar. That said, we need your support and  it would be greatly appreciated if you could share this with your friends and come to Brooklyn and visit us. Bring your friend, I promise it will be a fun night.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker Street, Brooklyn 11222
Friday 11th July 8pm-1am
Saturday 12th July 7pm-1am

See you soon...in Brooklyn, the hottest spot in the world.

 

Xoxo

Eni and Greg

A Wedding with a vintage twist

Jelly Jars Candles

Jelly Jars Candles

Jelly Jars Candles

Jelly Jars Candles

When I ask people, “What's your favorite month to get married?” most people answer: Spring or early summer or fall. When our time came to decide, my only request was that it was warm outside. So we decided to get married in September.

The decision was not as difficult as the rest of the planning. I grew up in Europe and they do weddings very differently - especially in Albania, the wedding traditions are so different there. I had no idea where to start the wedding preparation. Greg and I were scared of the idea itself of having a big wedding: what needs to be done first, how, where, how much and so on and so forth. Despite of the doubts and confusion, we were clear on two things: that we love each other and we had a clear idea of what we wanted our wedding theme to be. 

 We wanted the wedding to have a vintage, rustic, shabby chic, handmade and romantic feeling to it. We had recently been in Paris and loved it there. Greg is a photographer and we wanted to incorporate some of the photos he took in Paris into the invitations. Greg started to design them. The save the date cards were hand stamped (the stamps were made by http://shopantiquaria.com) with the info onto a heavy cream paper. Each piece of paper was hand deckled and put into a craft paper envelope. The wedding invitations used a beautiful handmade paper from Rossi AD 1404 Charta Italic (http://italianstationeryblog.com/ad-1404-charta-italica-collection/) based in Florence Italy that was already deckled for us. Greg ran each invite by hand through the printed. The RSVP cards comprised of a photo from Paris on one side and a postcard design with the details on the other side. We used 6 different photos from Paris and the cards were printed by our good friend Antoon Taghon from http://ufapstudio.com/. We then took all the cards and put them in an envelope that was wrapped in twine, and then sealed with burgundy sealing wax.

Postcard from Paris photographed by Expired Film Studios

Postcard from Paris photographed by Expired Film Studios

Vintage Wedding invitation

Vintage Wedding invitation

Vintage envelope

Vintage envelope

Vintage Envelope Seal

Vintage Envelope Seal

Vintage wedding envelope with twine

Vintage wedding envelope with twine

 At the same time I was looking for my wedding dress. I wanted my dress to be unique, simple and special. I knew what I wanted from the beginning, nothing big and nothing too extravagant. I wanted there to be lace in it so to fit the whole theme. My dress was the 5th one I tried that day and I was getting tired of unbuttoning the buttons and buttoning them up again. I was ready to give up as I was having no luck and then I saw it. I tried it on and  I heard myself saying: Yes that's me, that's the dress I want to wear on  my day. It represented me, my whole personality. 

My Vintage Wedding dress 

My Vintage Wedding dress 

Me

Me

Birdcage Veil made by Greg

Birdcage Veil made by Greg

 When it came to choosing the flowers, again I wanted something plain for me and the bridesmaids.  I wanted flowers to reflect something clean, natural, green, and original. I did not add too many colors because I wanted my bouquet to complement me and not to be the center of attention.

My Wedding Flowers

My Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

 The centerpieces were flowers that we put into a French Style Floral Market bucket that had a beautiful green patina. They were complemented by table number holders that Greg made out of wire and vintage doorknobs.

French Style Floral Market bucket

French Style Floral Market bucket

We struggled with the wedding favors because we wanted something that represented us. We decided to give each guest a bottle of extra virgin olive oil mixed with lavender seeds. We wanted to the lavender to represent France and the olive oil, Spain. Greg designed the bottle label and coated the tops in wax. The outcome was just so original, vintage looking. We loved it.

Extra virgin olive oil mixed with lavender seeds Wedding Favor

Extra virgin olive oil mixed with lavender seeds Wedding Favor

While we were looking for ideas for wedding favors, we came across many different ideas. It did not occur to us at that time that hand painted Mason jar candles with different floral fragrances, are a great idea for wedding favors. They can even be used as table decorations if you choose to go with the rustic theme for your wedding. We do paint them in different colors and we can even mix different colors to match the color of your wedding theme. We know that planning a wedding is hard. Let us help make your wedding planning experience an easy and stress free one.


Mason Jar candles for wedding favors or decoration

Mason Jar candles for wedding favors or decoration

Mason Jar Candles

Our retail price for hand painted mason jars is $30. 

For 50 hand painted mason jars candles, the price will be $750 ($15 per candle)

For 25, hand painted mason jars candles the price will be $450 ($18 per candles)

For 24  or less we will charge retail price.


Jelly Jar candles for wedding favors or decoration

Jelly Jar candles for wedding favors or decoration

Jelly Jar Candles

Our retail price for hand painted jelly jars is $20. 

For 50 hand painted jelly jars candles, the price will be $550 ($11 per candle)

For 25 hand painted jelly jars candles the price will be $350 ($14 each)

For 24 or less we will charge retail price.

Contact us for lead times. 

Please contact us at: eni@oohlalapetite.com, with any questions. We would love to help you with creative ideas to make your day special and unique so you will remember it for the rest of your life.

My candles were also featured at Rustic Wedding Chic: http://guide.rusticweddingchic.com/ooh-la-la-petite-boutique

New and Fresh Arrivals: A Touch of Spring

Hi Guys, I have been working on some exciting new products for a while in our NYC Studio. Here is a teaser for our new products to be released in about a week with new colors and fragrances. Can you guess what they are?

More to come.......

Spring

Spring

Candles for Spring

Candles for Spring

More colors,more fragrances to come

More colors,more fragrances to come