Stunning cake designs and technique how-tos from top cake artist Maggie Austin
A former ballerina, Maggie Austin turned to baking when an injury ended her dancing career—and has since become one of today’s most sought-after cake artists, serving celebrity clients and even royalty around the world. Her design hallmarks are instantly recognizable to the legions of fans who follow her work: ethereal frills, dreamy watercolors, lifelike sugar flowers, rice-paper accents, graceful composition, and other impeccable details. Here, she shares a collection of her edible works of art and the methods behind their creation, with a “theme and variations” organization that shows how mastering any single technique can open the door to endless creativity. Each is broken down into clear instructions and illustrated with step-by-step photos that are easy to follow whether you’re a professional baker or an amateur enthusiast. From a single sugar blossom to a multi-tiered cake festooned with pearls and intricate appliques, there’s inspiration for bakers and crafters of all stripes.
100 Ideas that Changed Street Style is a look-by-look dissection of the key ideas that changed the way we dress – from the middle of the 20th century to the present day – explaining the most iconic items of clothing and how they were worn, what the look was born of, its cultural background, how it was received, and how it still resonates in fashion today.
The modern wardrobe owes its development not just to fashion designers in Paris or Milan but also to gangs and movements brought together by a shared appreciation of music, sport or a particular underground culture, and a certain style that defines membership.
These styles have rocked establishments, created stereotypes, expressed social division as much as they have united people, entered the language, spread around the world, and, above all, transformed dress for a wider public.
A follow-up to her runaway hit The 52 Lists Project, social media maven Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists for Happiness will inspire existing fans and new journal readers to cultivate their own uniquely happy and fulfilling lives through the power of lists!
Both a stylish organizer and a source of inspiration, A Bride’s Planner is an indispensable resource for planning a wedding. A lavishly illustrated, hardworking wedding organizer, a personal journal, and a source of ideas and information to inspire, this three-ring binder is filled with tips for the bride. It includes fill-in space and prompts to help keep the busy bride organized, divided into seven sections: "Ideas and Resources," "To-Do Lists," "A 13-Month Calendar," "Vendors and Location," "Bride and Wedding Party," "Guests and Gifts," and "Keepsakes and Photos." It has a place for everything the bride needs to know and everything she needs to do. There are pockets, business card holders, photo sleeves, DVD holders, and space to add pages to the binder. Both an organizer and a source for the bride’s dreams, inspiration, and her own creative planning display, A Bride’s Planner is packed with facts, trivia, and advice on music, vows, cake, flowers, honeymoon destinations, showers, classic traditions, menu suggestions, floral arrangements, and reception themes. It also offers suggestions from an expert and valuable tips and advice on wedding customs and traditions, locations, and timing—all to help the bride realize her own individual style in the look and theme of her wedding.
The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most beautiful and fascinating achievements of eighteenth-century French art. This unique book offers readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure. The world's most iconic chateau has welcomed tourists the world over, yet this handsome slipcased volume offers up the charm of a thousand and one hidden places in the chateau, its gardens, and pavilions. All were designed to surprise and delight the eye and all the senses at every turn, their ornate decoration forming an integral part of the elite lifestyle of the eighteenth century. This comprehensive volume captures the exquisite setting and inimitable ambience of Versailles and its gardens, from its intimate private spaces usually closed to the general public to the charming Petit Trianon and dairy farm created for the pure pleasure of Marie-Antoinette.
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