Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Laduree, Harrods in London

'Ello!

I was for a short trip (4 days) in lovely London, which felt like way too short of a trip to see the city properly. But I managed to visit Ladurée, as I feel like as a pastry-admirer I should always stop at Ladurée. Already having checked off every Ladurée location in Paris, this is my first non-French Ladurée location. And which lovelier setting could I possibly imagine than having Ladurée next to Chanel, Rolex, and Fendi in Harrods department store?!

Harrods

Ladurée, Harrods


I was in desperate need for chocolate after hiking up 7 floors of shopping heaven, so I ordered a hot chocolate, which is more like a molten bar of heavenly chocolate. If you remember, I made the recipe for Ladurée's hot chocolate a while ago, see here.

Ladurée, Harrods


Dorie Greenspan writes in her book Paris Sweets: "Whenever friends ask for a list of things they should do in Paris, I always tell them they must go to Ladurée for hot chocolate – it is one of the delights of being in the city. Chocolat chaud made in the Ladurée style is unabashedly rich, luxuriously thick, textbook smooth, and the kind of delicious that forces you to stop all reasonable conversation so you can sip and murmur, “Mmmmm.”"

Next to the chocolate chaud, I ordered a Ladurée favorite of mine - the St. Honoré Rose Framboise. I previously ordered a Saint Honoré Rose Framboise when I went on vacation in Paris during a Summer. Rose-flavours, whipped cream, and a rapsberry filling skyrockets this dessert into my all-time favorite pastries.

Ladurée, Harrods

Ladurée, Harrods


All in all, another wonderful visit to Ladurée.


Ladurée, Harrods


Love,
Daniëlle



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

French-Inspired Classic Interiors

There's nothing I love more when interiors look and feel like a dream.
Light pastel colors, gold accents, and a clear feminine look to them.

These interiors are absolutely dreamy!


This look actually inspired me to paint my bedroom wall in a light salmon color:

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior

French Classic Interior


Love each and single room!

Au Revoir,


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

French Madame in Budapest, Hungary

It almost slipped off the radar to mention that I visited Budapest in Hungary last October!

I've been wanting to visit this city for a while and I kept on hearing such great
things about it from everyone.

I was there for a few days, but long enough to confirm that Budapest is indeed a gorgeous city
worth visiting!

Here are my photos:


Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament

The incredible architecture from the Parliament's building.
It is such an eye-cather that can be seen from many points in the city.


Budapest

Budapest

Budapest

The center of the city to do some shopping.


Chain Bridge, Budapest

Chain Bridge, Budapest

The famous Chain Bridge with its lions.


View of Budapest

Panoramic Budapest views; with the Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament in the far left, and the city center at the right.


Buda Castle

Buda Castle

Buda Castle

Buda Castle

Buda Castle by Night

Buda Castle and its magnificent night view.


Matthias Church, Budapest

Matthias Church, Budapest

Matthias Church, Budapest

The prettiest church I have EVER seen -- or at least, the prettiest roof!
Matthias Church.


Budapest

Budapest

Budapest

Budapest

Budapest

And just general prettiness from Budapest.
Have you ever been?


Il Bacio Shopping, Budapest

If you ever want to take several credit cards with you and indulge in Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta,
Jimmy Choo, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, and many others, pay a visit to Il Bacio.
You can leave your husband waiting at the bar.

Ice Cream Rose, Budapest

And after seeing this incredible ice cream rose all over the web, I knew I had to try it!
So delicous and pretty from Gelato Rosa.


- XXX -

Friday, February 20, 2015

Interior design inspiration for 2015

Stuck in a interior design rut? Then fear not as I've been doing a bit of internet research to see what's going to be big in 2015, and I think that you're going to like it!


Green glamour



After all of the acid brights and pastel colours of the past few years, it looks like the colour green is going to be making a big resurgence according to the House Beautiful website.

The deeply sensual colour will work with soft wood tones and provide a sense of natural elegance to just about any interior. So with rich hues of forest green and teal you can provide your home with an enigmatic and bewitching atmosphere.

If green isn't your thing, then fear not as blue is also looking to be making something of a comeback by replacing greys and beiges as the wall colour of choice.


Old meets new



2015 is already looking to be something of a post-modern year as a big trend is emerging of having a mish-mash of old and modern styles in the same place.

This can keep things from looking too uniform or showroom inspired, and is a great way to inject a space with a bit of personality.

So hunt around in vintage shops for those chic clocks and mirrors which will create a great contrast to any modernist desks or beds that you may have. And if you're looking to upgrade your bed for the New Year, then check out this handy bed buying guide for some ideas.


Creative tiling



Beautiful tiles also seem to be making something of a comeback in 2015. With rustic folk patterns and even exotic Moroccan styles emerging, it's a great way to add a touch of charming atmosphere to a room and is a well overdue change from those stark white and beige kitchens of the past few years.

And if you're feeling somewhat financially stretched, then fear not, as there also exists some great tile effect wallpaper that will save you reaching for the grouting tool!


Industrial chic



And finally it's good to know that interior design fashion is nothing if not contradictory, as there looks to be a big resurgence in industrial themes.

Copper was a big hit last year turning up in a variety of unexpected areas. And metallics are looking to increase their presence through a proliferation of brass, bronze and deluxe golds.

But whereas there was something of a shabby-chic ethic underlying industrial chic before, in 2015 it looks to be strictly minimalist with sharp vectors and a hyper-sleek functionality.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Green with Envy

After last year's Marie Antoinette carnaval costume,
I am crafting this year's costume myself!

Can you guess who she is?
She's green with envy, has red hair, and was portrayed
by Uma Thurman...

Poison Ivy
I will show you my costume once it's done, but for now I'm in a green mood.


Green

Green

Green

Green

Green

Green

Green

Green

Green

Green

Green


Till next post!

Love always,