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… Or perhaps it should read “details” this time. Here are some of my favourite accessories at the moment.
From top photo down: Candles and home fragrance from Byredo, necklace from Amrita Singh. Ballet flats from Zara and necklace from J.Crew. Box from Ladurée, nail polish from Mavala, necklace from Lulu Frost and bracelet from Juicy Couture. Red ballet flats from H&M and necklace from J.Crew.
Gorgeous fresh flowers, the Eiffel Tower behind some of spring’s first blossoms, Saint Germain des Prés, baguette x2, Ladurée’s window display, lovelocks Pont de l’Archevêché, Notre Dame on a beautiful day and Carette macarons. My last couple of days on Instagram. You’ll find me under the name “ParisInFourMonths“!
The lovely Milsters, from Little Pieces of Light, organises a macaron tasting competition each year under the name “Macaron Smackdown” and this year I had the pleasure to be invited. A day filled with a countless number of macarons and champagne — it can’t get much better than that, can it?
Together with a lovely group of people (Milsters, Yasmine, Toshi, Greg, Edna, Grace, Stephanie, Malin, and Vicky) we tasted around 20 macarons each to then decide on a winner of each flavour. The macaron houses competing this year were last year’s winner Carette and Pierre Hermé, Hugo & Victor, Sadaharu Aoki, and Jean-Paul Hévin (to avoid several questions: yes, Ladurée is missing. They came in last the year before and was therefor not competing this year). The flavours we tasted were: caramel au beurre salé, framboise, pistache, a specialty flavour with chocolate/nuts and a specialty flavour with fruit/flower. This year’s winner turned out to be Pierre Hermé with Carette as a close second, Hugo & Victor came in on a third place followed by Sadaharu Aoki and last came Jean Paul Hévin (which I didn’t like at all).
Macarons can really be a tricky thing! They both taste and are made so completely different that you really need to taste them all (well, if that’s possible) before you can choose your favourite ones. Just look how different they’re made. For example Hugo & Victor’s are more modest while the ones from Carette are bursting with colour and filling. And I think my favourite comment from the afternoon had to be Greg’s: “Carette macarons are like macarons on steroids!“. Oh yes they are.
My favourite macarons from the day were: the caramel au beurre salé from Sadaharu Aoki (the orange one in photo #3), the caramel au beurre salé and framboise from Hugo & Victor (seen in photo #5), the pistache from Carette and the passion fruit from Pierre Hermé (seen somewhere in photo #1).
For more photos, a waay better explanation and many many more details I think you should drop by Milsters’ post about this afternoon, thank you for being such a lovely host and letting us have an excuse to indulge in a small fortune worth of macarons!
So now I’ve been back in Paris for little bit more than two months. Gosh, time really flies by quickly! And I’ve been wanting to ask you about what you want to see more of here on the blog. It’s always fun to hear your opinion and I always appreciate your input. So is there anything you’re missing? Anything you want more of? Food, sweets, window displays, fashion, a Q&A, general tips, culture? Lay it on me, I want to know!
You know when you’re having one of those good days that you never want to end? I (fortunately) had one of those great days today! I had two fun photo shoots (read more about my photo shoots here), and one of them was with the most adorable couple I’ve ever met. The very beautiful Ashley (check out her amazing blog by the way) was in Paris with her (now) fiance Alejandro and they wanted some photos to celebrate their engagement. As I’m a hopeless romantic this made me smile all day. They were even kind enough to give me this pretty little box of delicious macarons at the end of the tour as a thank you which really touched me, merci beaucoup guys!
That together with a new exciting offer and a great lunch really made my day and even though it started to rain on the way home I couldn’t help but keep smiling and hum along to one of my favourite songs. Have a great weekend everybody!
Happy Valentine’s Day, I hope you all have a wonderful day today!
Soon it’s Valentine’s Day and even though I don’t have a special someone to celebrate it with I’m kind of looking forward to it. I’ve always been a fan of Valentine’s Day since it’s just a way to bring a little extra love into our lives (says the hopeless romantic inside of me), so why not? Although when a person brings you flowers, sends a card or surprises you without it being any specific day or reason, that’s the very best of all in my opinion.
Anyways, I can imagine that there’s a lot of couples madly in love on their way to Paris at the moment to celebrate this little occasion together in the city of love. So what can you do if you’re in a couple on Valentine’s Day in Paris?
• Romantic dinner: What’s a Valentine’s Day without a romantic dinner? My pick for the evening would be Le Violon d’Ingres hands down.
• Love tour: Go on a guided tour around Paris in the name of love together with your own professional photographer.
• Dinner cruise: I’ve never done this but it sounds quite lovely, right? A candlelight dinner on the Seine…
• Modern love letter: Send a modern love letter to that special someone that might be displayed on screens all around Paris.
• Strolling: Stroll around Paris with your loved one and be sure to make a stop at Pont des Arts, Pont de l’Archevêché and in Montmartre.
• Sparking Eiffel Tower: Watch the sparkling Eiffel Tower together! You’ll get the best view from Place du Trocadero or Champ de Mars.
And what if you’re single in this unbelievably romantic city on Valentine’s Day? Well, I think it depends on your state of mind… If you’re ready to face all that lovie dovie stuff or if you rather hide out until the day is over. Either way, here are a few suggestions on what to do:
• The movies: If you want to hide out, go and see a great movie! Don’t forget to stock up with a bunch of popcorn, yummy candy and other treats!
• Overindulge: Grab a table at your favourite pâtisserie and enjoy. A few great picks are: Ladurée, Angelina, Café Pouchkine or Un Dimanche à Paris.
• SPA day: Book a day at the SPA or have your own SPA day at home. Buy some pretty nail polishes, make yourself a nice foot bath and relax!
• Boat ride: Go on a lovely boat ride on the Seine and see Paris from a different angle. Pick a tour during the day or the evening.
• Dinner and drinks: Dress up, meet up with some friends and go for a few drink at any of these cool new bars. Have dinner together with friends and enjoy some girl talk! The best cure if you’re having the blues about Valentine’s Day in my opinion.
So wether you’re in a couple or single on Valentine’s Day in Paris there are always great things to do. And what about me? Well, I’ll be celebrating this day of love together with some amazing new friends, dinner and drinks!
This week started out so perfect with absolutely goooorgeous weather! Blue skies and sunshine that actually warmed you up if you stopped for a minute. So after an exciting meeting on Monday I decided to walk around the city for a little while instead of taking the métro home.
Since I’m trying to limit all the sugary sweets to the weekends I had to settle for a peek inside Ladurée instead of actually going inside. Once I’m inside I know that I could never have enough willpower to withstand all that deliciousness…
One of my favourite parks in Paris is actually the one behind the Notre Dame (if you can call it a park). Perhaps it’s because it reminds me so much of my first trip to Paris, when I had to cross this park to basically get anywhere in the city, or perhaps it’s because it reminds me of spring. During spring time some of the trees are covered in pink blossom and it just looks magical!
I wish that all January days would look like this one but now we’re unfortunately back to grey and rainy weather I’m afraid…
Even though I’ve tried quite a few pastries by now I haven’t found that many that have hit a perfect home run for me. Yes, it might sound weird but many that that I’ve tried have either been too sweet, just “blah” or simply bad… But not this time! This little treat that I found at Ladurée is just delicious. I’m going back as soon as I can for to pick up another one. The combo of pistachio, strawberries and raspberries was aaamazing!
I just found out that Paris in Four Months has won the Super Saver Travel Blog Awards in the category “Best Travel Photography Blog“. Yippie! You can read a little Q&A with me right here (unfortunately it’s only in Swedish). Thank you for all of your support! Right now I would like to celebrate together with this box from Ladurée! Mmm…