Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mille Merci Dress Your Day with Dreams!!!

A gift from Macaron heaven...


Not long after I started this blog, I discovered the beautiful world of Nathalie's in her 'Dress your Day with Dreams' blog. And she does just as the title suggests with beautiful photographs of Paris - including her penchant for beautiful Parisian doors, flora, hand-embellished works of art, and last but not least...macarons.

My love for these delectable patisseries has always been present, but it was only during my last trip to Paris that I discovered just
how much I loved them...On my return, I was upset when I realized I had not visited the famous
Ladurée or Pierre Hermé store, both world-famous for their macarons. Nathalie allows me to live vicariously through her experiences whenever she shares her beautiful photographs, a fact I have not kept secret, since her very first post on macarons. And so, it was with utter delight and excitement that I discovered a package covered with gorgeous French stamps in my mailbox a few days ago:

Sacre bleu! Emanuel Ungaro stamps! How gorgeous are these! What I had not told Nathalie was how I loved foreign stamps, and used to collect them; there was such a beautiful variety on this envelope.

I could not believe my eyes as I opened the package to discover it was filled with the cutest assortments of beautiful cards, 'catalogues', pamphlets, booklets, a beautifully handwritten Happy Birthday note from Nathalie, and the 'pièce de résistance': a gorgeous glossy Laduree bag of my very own! My heart soared...

The Valentine macaron by Ladurée
One heart macaron with fresh cream and strawberry confit, and one heart chocolate macaron with mint creamy ganache...


These little Ladurée mice treats seriously looked so real I could almost pick them out of the card!


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I was in 'macaron heaven', as my eyes devoured the colourful pages with Pierre Hermé macarons jumping at me, with the most incredible descriptions beneath them, macarons in flavours such as: wasabi & grapefruit, salted caramel, white truffle & hazelnut, chocolate and foie gras (seriously!), olive oil and vanilla (my cousin tells me this is incredible)...I could seriously almost taste them...


Nathalie tells me Pierre Hermé macarons are her favourite, with each flavour so special, and its beautiful colours and texture. Looking at their pamphlets, it is not hard to see why...


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pic above from david leibowitz
Picture of Pierre Hermé macarons taken by my cousin, who after getting married, embarked on her European honeymoon, where she indulged in her passion for macarons (haha, perhaps it is genetic?). Her wedding cake was a self-made macaron tower (she is a trained chef and pastry chef).



Even though Pierre Hermé's macarons are Nathalie's favourite, she loves Ladurée pastries, especially their licorice, mango/jasmine macaroons, and their beautiful boxes!


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Mille Merci Nathalie, you are as sweet as all the macarons you sent me put together! Words cannot describe how thankful I am for such a thoughtful beautiful and generous gift!

The September Issue Outfit

Inspired by the beautiful pastel colours above, I reached for my baby blue patent Christian Louboutin's when I went for a spot of shopping with a friend, before we went to watch 'The September Issue', which I absolutely
loved. If you have not seen it yet, you simply must! I loved every minute of it...

61 comments:

  1. Good morning to you darling!!

    Oh my gosh.... WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE!!!!
    This is too good to be true! Macarons all over, Laduree Paris... OH MY... I'm melting away. I need to get me some macarons today, too!
    It was so lovely to put all these things together. Together with the sweet Ungaro stamps! How adorable is she - AAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWW!
    I will visit her site for sure.

    Your outfit looks so darn gorgeous and uber stylish!!! SWOOON! The Burberry Garden necklace + the color of your Louboutins! The "complex geometries" of your CG dress and the Stella McCartney jacket - AWESOME! What a stunning outfit posting! 8-)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, precious!
    xoxo sofie

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  2. I love the macarrons. But I've never eaten one.
    I want to watch The September Issue but it doesn't arrive Spain until 25 september. :(
    Do you tell me about the film?
    Nice day!!!

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  3. oh my. I have just discovered my love for macaroons and you post has me salivating!

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  4. Another fantastic outfit. I love how all elements of it are eccentric for themselves yet they form a seamless whole.

    Can't wait to see The September Issue!

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  5. I think this is my favourite outfit you have posted so far!! It has a great sporty luxe feel and each piece compliments the others, none of them 'stand out' as such but rather they all work harmoniously. I must admit I'm not usually a CL fan but those pale blue ones work perfectly here, I can't imagine this outfit with any other shoe. I love that Stella jacket it looks amazing with the Burberry necklace. seriously, WOW!

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  6. I love macaroons! :-)

    Ur outfit is gorge! Especially love those leggings...

    XoXo

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  7. those photos are beautiful.
    you wear the necklace so well, i love it on you.

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  8. How sweet and kind and generous! How I wish I had a friend like yours. www.dazedyoungmess.blogspot.com

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  9. I have just discovered your blog and don't know why it took me so long to find you! I love your sense of style. And those macaroons look scrumptious. :)

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  10. delicious! I love macarons (:

    e que inveja desses Louboutins... ai ai!

    beijo

    Isabel

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  11. I remember going to Laduree a few years ago and buying a big lemon macaron. It was unbelievably delicious!

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  12. If only for my birthday I could receive something as spectacular as that.

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  13. that is such a sweet gift. all those pictures look so delectable!
    that burberry necklace looks great with the ensemble. and that stella jacket is lovely as well.
    it's weird, i have zero desire or interest in the september issue.

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  14. i am so happy you liked my little macarons pack !
    i love your silver jacket (the puffy sleeves are amazing) and the necklace is just gorgeous (the bells of different sizes are so beautiful!)

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  15. What a nice surprise! And, that outfit is fantastic!

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  16. They are almost (and I say ALMOST for a reason!) too pretty to eat. That reminds me to check out a macaroon place here in NYC. Yum!

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  17. Hi Brigadeiro,

    wow, everything on this post looks great! the macarons look so yummy!

    Your putfit is perfection! i love the Stella McCartney jacket and that gorgeous Burberry necklace (i need one!:))

    p.s your ring is also beautiful!

    Have a great weekend!!

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  18. ooh those stirrups are great
    and the shoes are perfect!

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  19. Dress looking good! You gave to it a new, more elegant vibe.

    PS. my boots were by Sigerson Morrison... the whole summer I just rotate same 3 pairs of flats ...

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  20. oh that package is simply divine! macarons are my favourite too, since my sister is gluten free only it's one of the best sweet things she can eat... pity that in sydney good macarons are in short supply. lindt chocolate cafe make some good ones though, my favourite is the boysenberry and chocolate mmmmmm.

    seeing the september issue this afternoon! can't wait, it looks sooo good. your outfit looks lovely, am thinking of testing out my harem pants today as well. any pointers on what to wear them with? is it okay to go volume all round or better to be more fitted at the top?

    XXX

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  21. YUM! they look delicious! your necklace is amazzzing btw.

    x

    www.tittees.blogspot.com

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  22. Holy Macarons! I'm still looking for a place to get them here in Perth. Must say that the Complex Geometries dress looks great on you...still bummed that I missed the 40% off. Your jacket is also amazing and I love the draping, on first glance I could've swore it was Dries!

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  23. The Stella McCartney jacket is a DREAM. And I'm loving the macaron shots! I miss Paris so much!

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  24. Those macaroons look so delicious!! I think my stomach agrees.... I love this otufit! That jacket is so brilliant!
    clothedmuch.blogspot.com

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  25. WOw! That is so sweet of her!! I love macarons and those heart stamps are so pretty!! You look simply sensational in that silk jacket!! I cannot wait to watch The September Issue! It hasn't come here yet but I'm so excited! xxoxoxo

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  26. They look delicious! Your posts are very cute!:)
    Lea

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  27. All those macrons are making me want one! And you look so amazing. I love the Louboutins

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  28. Ah, this post made me a bit homesick. I don't know what they are called everywhere but in my country they're called Alfajores. Delightful.

    There's that Burberry necklace. You suit it well.

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  29. What a scrumptious post, darling!
    Love that silk jacket too!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  30. what a feast for eyes! macaroons, probably made in heaven...
    Stella jacket is to die for and Louboutin´s too...
    LBs are in such unusual color, perfect match with red soles.
    cool blog, just found it!
    xx,
    Karuliine

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  31. I am dying inside. Uh. May. Zing.

    I have yet to visit Laduree - these images prove that I MUST soon!

    bisous,
    La C.

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  32. Thank you so much for your sweet comments everyone! :)

    Ofelia - The September Issue is a 'documentary' movie on what goes on at Vogue US's headquarters in preparation for their September Issue release (their biggest issue ever every yr, supposedly). To me it was like 'The Devil wears Prada' but better, because you see the creative process that is involved, and Grace Coddington (creative director), was just amazing - many have described her as the 'soul' of the movie, and she does embody the passion for beauty that I associate with fashion, and she was so funny too! I seriously enjoyed every minute of it, and when it comes out on DVD, plan to buy it (I have never bought a DVD movie before). :)

    -h - loved watching the movie as they showed a lot of breathtaking pieces and editorials.

    AX80 - Ah! You must be from Argentina! A mi me gusta MUCHO alfajores!!! YUM YUM YUM! Especially coated in dark chocolate with dulce de leche! I ate quite a few was in Buenos Aires earlier this year, brought a few home, but they were confiscated at customs! BOO HOO! The customs officer said I could eat them then and there, I managed to eat one, but they're not easy to eat in a hurry and in front of so many people :( Was quite sad (luckily I didn't bring more)...

    xx
    CC

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  33. I am gonna prepare an outfit to watch september issue :D Your heels are lovely!

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  34. whoaaa this is a super cool outfit i especially love the heels and jacket!!

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  35. Macarons look yummy and pretty in rainbow color!!


    I love your jacket and the necklace.
    the whole look is gorgeous.


    Hanh

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  36. hi there! what you wore here is one of my absolute favorites! it's my first time to see this baby blue loubs and im in love! they're so pretty! it matches perfect with the stella jacket and the burberry necklace.

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  37. OMG louboutin i'm so jealous ;) xoxo

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  38. How lovely!! These photos are beautiful!!

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  39. Hi Brigadeiro!

    SACRE BLEU!!!
    This post is "YUMMY HEAVEN"!!! ;)
    Everything looks so delicious, yummy, enchanted... I´m melting away!

    I´ll have to check Complex Geometries for your awesome dress, they have an amazing collection, love the way you pair the dress with your babyblue Louboutin´s and these stunning leggings!

    Wishing you a wonderful relaxing day!

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  40. I haven't had macarons in awhile, these pictures make me want some so badly! I love your outfit

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  41. Those baby blue Loubou's are stunning.

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  42. Love this look--especially the bright necklace. And edible mice? I want one!

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  43. Oh gosh! Your outfit just show how stylish you are. And those shoes awesome! =D

    Summer
    A Writers Den
    Brown Mestizo

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  44. OH MY GOSH I REALLY REALLY LOVE THOSE PICTURES, amazing :)

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  45. Hi Brigadeiro.

    Just wanted to drop you a short line to let you know that because of your fabulous complex geometrix posts I ordered yesterday my first 2 pieces the split square dress in black and the junction dress in grey.
    Now I´m very excited to receive them ;)

    Have a beautiful day!

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  46. Linda linda linda!!!

    Os sapatos azuis do Louboutin são lindos!!! Nunca comi um macarons, vi em NY, mas quis esperar para comer em Paris!
    Devem ser mesmo divinos!!!

    VC tem o melhor closet de todos os tempos! amo demais!
    sou sua fã!

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  47. really really divine!i love your classiness!
    love that necklace too!^^
    xoxo

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  48. so glad you liked the film -- can not wait to see it

    {p.s.} thought you might like to read a few of my favourite things in case you missed . ..

    http://citified.blogspot.com/2009/08/guest-post-decor8-favourite-things.html

    xo

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  49. Lauduree's macaroons are the best! Fauchon is pretty good, too..
    http://www.twolia.com/shop

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  50. The Valetine's maaroon is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. And I l o v e your necklace!
    xx,CC

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  51. The Valentine's macaroon is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. And I l o v e your necklace!
    xx,CC

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  52. OMG you just made me SO hungry reading this!

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  53. My friend who just came back from Paris is CRAZY over macarons. She even created her own macaron blog if ure interested in checking out - ladymacaron.blogspot. And I absolutely adore ur neklace&ur whole looks. Gorgeous! :) eLLy*

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  54. Those are amazing pictures and i would eat and cry over all the cuteness in a heart beat. hahah

    lovely blog!

    Would you fancy exchanging links??

    xoxox

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  55. are those really edible macarons????? oh my!!!BUT they look so cute and pretty...so cute that it seems a waste just to eat....

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  56. Macaroons are so picturesque. What a lovely surprise for you! Even the stamps are ever so nice!

    Those Louboutins are just gorgeous! I love that style and they're such a pretty colour.

    Florrie x

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  57. Your style is perfection when it comes to the question what a woman should wear to look amazing. Keep it like this! : )

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  58. thelma - haha, they aren't actual macarons, but pictures of real ones, that I'm sure look too good to eat too ;)
    xx

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