Month: August 2011

Macarons, Oh My!

On the Rue Royale, Paris

Laduree has finally opened in New York!


I had been hearing a lot about Laduree macarons for a long time but always felt some pangs of jealousy because they were not available here.

Luckily, I was able to go to the original location on the Rue Royale in Paris this summer and it did not disappoint.
After standing on a fairly long line, it was time to order my macarons. And of course like any good tourist, I also had to get the commemorative box. I chose a pink one (of course).

So for about 14 Euro (or about $20!!), we got to choose 6 macarons. I chose pistachio, licquorice and lemon-thyme and The Husband chose strawberry-mint, chocolate and vanilla. Of course we shared b/c I had to try each flavor!

Now the first NY location is finally open and I’m really looking forward to going. Apparently they import everything straight from Paris each day. So far there’s been long lines, but seeing as the almost 150-year-old location also has long lines, I don’t think they will die down anytime soon. There’s also a new flavor available only in NY – cinnamon raisin. Can’t wait to try it!


Summer’s End

So it looks like we survived Irene!  By the time she got to us, the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm. Luckily there was no major damage or power outages by me.

Irene came just as summer is winding down.  The summer was great but I am really looking forward to the fall – comfy sweaters, apple picking, crunchy leaves and pumpkin spiced lattes!














This summer was fun – we went on another fantastic vacation, swam and relaxed by the pool and even discovered a new gelato place –    But I am definitely ready to welcome fall!

Photograph like the Pros

I’ve already written about my love of Instagram here.

But my only problem with it is that I can’t print out the photos I’ve created.  I’m sure there’s a way to do this – maybe I’m just not that tech-savvy.

Even in the digital age, I still like to create photo albums rather than just have folders of photos on my desktop or stored on a photo-sharing website.  Call me old-fashioned. So when I discovered, I thought it was great.  It’s like Instagram, but you can download the photos you create and then print them out.  Brilliant!  These are just a few from my trip that I’ve been playing with on the site.  Enjoy!

The Paris Opera House

Big Ben

The Metro

London overview

Laduree macarons

Green Vintage Goodness

There’s just something about a lazy Saturday brunch in NYC.  For me, it also usually involves shopping.  😉  So, on my way to meet a friend at the NoHo Star, I just happened to stroll into one of my favorite vintage spots – Screaming Mimi’s.
Directly in front of me, this caught my eye.
Green is one of my favorite colors and I loved the glam factor that the faux fur added.  And it fit perfectly!  But, I’m not an impulsive buyer (and I was going to be late for brunch) so I decided that if it was still there after eating, the jacket was meant to be mine. And since they had just put it on the floor the day before, I figured I didn’t have that much time until someone scooped it up.   Well – I guess the fates were smiling on me, b/c it was still there when we returned!  Apparently someone else had just tried it on, but found it to be too small.
I can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so I can wear it.  I’m thinking skinny jeans and ballet flats.

Via Pinterest

What are some of your fall fashion finds you’re most looking forward to wearing?

Markets and Mingling

Well our vacation was quickly coming to an end.  But we had such a great time and our last day wouldn’t disappoint.  I had heard about the Portobello Road Market and we were fortunate enough to be staying within walking distance of it.  The market takes place every Saturday.  So we fueled up at our favorite coffee shop, Paul Rhodes, and made our way to Portobello Road.
The area of Notting Hill is really lovely.  Lots of colorful townhouses and winding streets all tucked away from the hustle and bustle.








We got to the market around 9am and made our way through a myriad of stalls and shops selling antiques, food and vintage clothing.  I bought a cute tote called the Notting Hill Shopping Bag, which came in various styles to choose from.

I learned that the drawings on the bags were created by local schoolchildren and proceeds benefit different Notting Hill-area charities.  So now I have a cool and functional souvenir and can feel good that I gave back to charity at the same time.


After lazily strolling through the market, we went to London Bridge to get some good shots of Tower Bridge and then made our way to a cluster of used and vintage book shops in the Covent Garden/Soho area.   Then it was time to go to the biggie – Harrod’s.
Harrod’s is certainly an experience. I’d say the closest thing in NY is Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s but they really can’t compare.  Harrod’s is a mecca for fashion, food and fabulosity.  The food hall along is  enormous.  We bought the requisite Harrod’s tchokes and then went up to their Christmas (!!!) shop.  Although it’s only August, I was immediately put in the Christmas spirit, if only for a few minutes.  And of course I had to buy a commemorative Harrod’s ornament.  While there, I also bought a fabulous pair of dark pink suede ballet flats – and they just happened to be on sale!

Harrod's Christmas shop










That night we went to dinner and had another relaxing time in the city.  It was an amazing trip and I’m so glad we got to experience it.

Taking a Trip to the Country

Well our next adventure came on Friday when we took an all-day tour through some of the English countryside.  Luckily we didn’t have to drive, instead took a comfy coach bus.
First up on our tour – Stonehenge.  The area is about 90 minutes southwest of London.
We all know the story of Stonehenge and the mysteries surrounding it.  To see it in person is a really amazing experience. So much so, that you can’t help but take pictures of it from every angle and wind up with way too many photos!!  🙂

After Stonehenge, we drove another hour to the town of Bath.  It’s a quaint town with the Bath Cathedral serving as the focal point at the center of town.  In Bath, we decided to finally have a traditional English cream tea so we stopped at a cute restaurant called Sally Lunn’s where we had the “famous” Sally Lunn bun as well as scones and tea.  Lovely!

From Bath, we took a two hour drive through the Cotswolds – which boasts some very picturesque countryside as well as Highgrove – Prince Charles’s estate.

I just love the names of some of the towns!
We ended up in Stratford-upon-Avon, where we toured the small shops and then went to Shakespeare’s birthplace, where we were greeted with champagne and scones and a performance by some of the Royal Shakespeare Company actors.

Shakespeare's birthplace

All in all it was a fun day getting to see some sites outside of the city.  When we returned to London that night, we did some window shopping around Bond Street and Carnaby Street, had dinner and took another leisurely stroll.
Next up – our last day and more shopping!