On our last trip to London this November I managed to check out the latest pastel extravaganza at the Peggy Porschen Parlour. I hadn't been back since Halloween a couple of years ago, so a visit was way overdue.
Iv said before, id literally go just to the parlour just to see the latest decor, but thankfully the cakes and cupcakes are just so amazing that its definitely not a wasted journey.
This year the theme is very much Sugar and Ice and all things nice. Think powder pink and minty greens with lashings of snowflakes. Not to mention arctic polar bears and pink penguins!
Not only is Peggy Porschen doing its things for Pastel lovers everywhere, its also aiming to increase awareness of the at-risk status of the Arctic, home to the iconic polar bear as well as four million people, the Sugar & Ice Christmas Collection will support WWF-UK's work in the region to turn the tide on climate change, by donating 5% of each Arctic cupcake sold. And this definitely helped me feel less guilty about my cupcake consumption!
I tried the spiced Gingerbread cupcake, topped with lemon cream cheese frosting and I may have also had the peppermint with ice blue frosting topped with an a shimmering snowflake! Both amazing but my favourite was definitely the gingerbread!
Have you checked out the Christmas dec's at Peggy's yet?
I love to check out the shopping scene when visiting new country's and city's around the world. The shopping scene in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) did not disappoint at all!
They really do have quite the selection of shops. From you usual stores, to street sellers to gigantic indoor markets. The choice is endless.
Its so interesting to see the different things for sale. Even the fruit is colourful and exotic and totally amazing to look at. Even the baskets they sell from are super cute
We found beautiful hand painted ceramics, and hand woven baskets in all shapes and sizes. It reminded me in many ways for the souk in Marrakesh!
Ho chi minh is such a vibrant, creative and industrious city. The ingenuity is everywhere.
But you haven't really experienced Vietnamese shopping if you haven't been to Bến Thành Market. Its massively popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài and souvenirs. You can also try the local cuisine here, although I confess we did'nt.
We picked up some wonderful exciting tea's from here along with some beautiful fabrics for future tablescapes. Its a really buzzing place full of life and interesting treasure's. Its the perfect people watching place.
Just don't forget to negotiate!
I have to share with you my favourite find in Ho ChI Minh City. Padma de Fleur was the most exquisite place ever, and I just had to share the pictures with you.
Padma de Fleur is beautiful cafe come florist. You order your drinks and or lunch and watch the florists at work while you wait.
You are surrounded by the most beautiful flowers. Roses are everywhere, so you can imagine how good this places smells.
Its a space full of eccentric beauty and wonder.
They even have their own private roof garden, which the lovely staff let me explore to my hearts content. I could't put my camera down.
When your order arrives, you literally wont believe your eyes. It is presented on the most beautiful tray filled with flowers. I have to say I was quite taken back by how divine it was.
Its almost too beautiful to drink! It was ever bit as delicious as it looked!
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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