One of my favourite thing to do when visiting Paris, is have coffee and Patisserie at Laduree. We have been visiting laduree for probably around 15 years, and it has remained (despite becoming increasingly popular, especially tourists) a firm favourite.
No matter how busy it continues to get, we will always go back. Firstly, its just too pretty not to. Secondly, it hold lots of sentimental value for us. And thirdly, who makes macrons this well and this fresh?
I first came to know about Laduree, on our very first trip to the city. I kept on seeing these ladies walking around with gorgeous pistachio green paper carrier bags with gold writing on them
I was determined to find out where this shop was. At this point I didn't even know what it sold, but I knew that if the carrier bags alone were so cute the things they sold must be even cuter. When we finally tracked the place down I was absolutely delighted that it was the prettiest patisserie I had ever seen... with cakes that are too cute to eat.
And so our love affair (my husband is also a fan) with Laduree began. We go every time we visit Paris. We even had our wedding cake and favours from here. And on our first wedding anniversary, my husband had a miniature replica version delivered to our hotel in Paris.
Laduree also reminds me of my favourite movie Marie Antoinette, by Sofia Coppola. There is something about the pastel, sugar coated styling of this movie that makes me want to watch it over and over.
My advice, always try and request a table upstairs no matter which Laduree you visit. It always quieter and always cuter up there believe it or not. The Laduree on the Champs-Élysées has the most beautiful restaurant of them all, while downstairs tends to be super busy with tourists.
They have even started to open up Laduree Patisseries all over the world. There is a super cute one in covent garden -London and we recently went to one in Abu Dhabi...
They also sell the most beautiful candles that smell divine and look super cute. They come in so may fragrances, some of them smell of the actual pastries and cakes. One of my favourites is the orange blossom... Incredible. I think I have over 20 of these candles i'm so obsessed with them. I display them in my dressing room all lined up and covered with glass belle jars
Are you a fan of pretty French patisseries?
When it comes to organising parties, it can be quite stressful. Which is my more people are opting to have close knit gatherings of their closest friends at home instead. Whether that is a birthday celebration, a baby shower, or simply a chance to get together and catch up. Being the host is one thing, but getting things together so that you can still enjoy the gathering without feeling like you are always serving people's needs is another thing to try and get right. So here are a few tips to help organise a perfect gathering with friends and enable you to make it a little bit special in the process.
Do something a little different
You will gain a little inspiration for the gathering because of the reason you are wanting to host it in the first place, but this shouldn’t just stop there. You might want to think about adding a different element to it. This could be having someone come to the party who is a specialist in selling certain products. This could be clothing, beauty or makeup. In this environment you can try things out and relax, and maybe make a cheeky purchase or two in the process. You could try and be a little more formal and organise an afternoon tea instead. Or think about a dinner party where you al sit at the table instead of gathered in a living room.
Take the stress away
Even if it is a simple gathering at home, there is still an element of stress. Cleaning your home for when people arrive, making sure that everything is in place. The one thing you could outsource could be the food. You could order in sandwich platters so that everything is ready. Or even go all out and hire caterers to put on a dinner party to remember. Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean you have to be boring or mundane with your approach.
When it comes to weddings, they can seem like some of the most expensive events on the plant, and whilst they certainly can be pricey if you allow them to be, they don’t have to be at all, so if you’re looking to have a great wedding without breaking the bank and would actually like to have some money left over that you could put towards something useful other than a party for a day, then in this post we’re going to share with you just how you can make that a possibility for yourself
Go easy on the guest list:
The guest lists are one of the biggest causes of friction at weddings, but they’re also one of the things that rack up the costs the most, so it’s time to get firm with setting some boundaries around this and not letting anyone dictate to you who should or shouldn’t be at your wedding. Whilst we’re not suggesting that you leave people out just because you want to save money, it’s important to remember that it’s your wedding and you should only have people there who actually play an active role in your life, so if you don’t feel like inviting all of your dad’s work colleagues who you’ve never met because he was invited to their kid’s weddings or you don’t feel like you want to invite your aunt who you haven’t seen since you were baby, then it’s entirely up to you.
Call in some favours:
As mentioned above, weddings can be expensive, so if you’re able to save some costs along the way, then there’s nothing wrong with doing that. For example, if you know someone who loves to bake, then you could ask them to make your wedding cake and help them get their first job as well as allowing your guests to see their work. Likewise, if you’re looking for wedding photographers and know someone who’s an aspiring one, then why not ask them instead of giving the job to a stranger?
Skip a sit down meal:
Food and drinks are one of the main costs at a wedding, so if you’re thinking of what to offer your guests, then instead of opting for the traditional sit-down meal, then you could go for a more informal buffet that is going to work out a good bit cheaper and also offer a more relaxed settings for your guests to get food when they’re actually hungry and not according to a schedule.
Buy second hand:
If you’re looking for your wedding dress and things like suits, then a good way to save money and still get some great pieces is by buying second hand. Second hand dresses for example, have only been worn once, so it really doesn’t make sense to spend so much money on something you’re only going to wear once yourself when you could save your money and buy something that’s gorgeous but where you can also keep the money to put towards other more important things.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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