I have never been a macaron lover, however on our way to Arc du Triomphe we saw the famous Ladurée and decided to make a stop. There was a long que to grab a few on-the-go macarons. On any other occasion my husband would refuse to stand but since we were on a no-agenda vacation he indulged me a little bit. Thankfully, the que moved along fast.
The selection was limitless, which is good and bad, both. Good because it makes you feel you are in candy-land and bad because it making a decision is that much hared Finally we settled on a couple of macarons and a pastry (for the husband).
The ambience at Ladurée is perfect. So chic. So Parisian. Had the weather not been as wonderful as it was we would have definitely stayed back longer. But you know the rule in Europe, when the sun is out, you stay out, 'coz it could rain on your parade any minute.
We took our pretty green Ladurée bag and stopped by as a nearby bench and devoured the macarons and the pastry. We always share. All in all it was a perfect afternoon in Paris.
If you haven't, do checkout the other posts from Paris:
I have, yet again, realized that I am different from most people (in my life). Latest difference being that I do not require people I like, to get along with each other. I have noticed that most people (around me) have the need to make sure that everyone they hang out with (or like in general) like each other back. For example my friend would want me to get along with her husband, my husband would like it if I got along with his family, my family would prefer it if I got along with all my relatives, my relatives would be elated if I got along with all their relatives ... may be that's bit of a stretch but you catch my drift.
I, on the other hand, am totally fine if two people I am extremely fond of, are not fond of each other much. I have no need for my girlfriend to get along with my husband, or my husband to get along with my family, so on and so forth. It is great, if they do, but they don't it doesn't bother me.
The least I expect from people (in general) is to be civil and well-mannered no matter who they are and whom they like (or not). After that I do not really care to indulge in their personal dynamics with each other. I like giving people their space and letting them make their own choices about whom them want in their lives and/or don't. I do not think having me a common link should be a punishment for anyone. The only relationship they need to focus on is with me. Anything else is not necessarily my concern.
However, so far I have been a minority with my way of thinking. It does help me stay sane ... and always in my lane.
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Winter is coming! and means it is time to layer up and cover ourselves in bundles of warm clothing. It was not until I moved to the north-east from Texas, that I realized how expensive winter wear can be. You need different levels of warm clothing, plus beanies, gloves, shoes (omg! how expensive are winter boots?!), scarves, socks, and more.
Needless to say I was excited to have found SIERRA TRADING POST. They offer name brands at real affordable prices (up to more than 40% off!). Below are few of the new items on the site that caught my eye.
1. Marmot Sol Down Jacket - $89.99 compare at $150
As someone who is quite active this jacket is perfect. I also like to add color to my dressing to get rid of the winter blues. At that price it is practically a steal.
2. Woolrich Pioneer Wool-Insulated Vest - $49.99 compare at $129
I had recently purchased my first vest for my trip to Iceland and have been obsessed ever since. I believe it is an essential for those chilly days adding an extra layer over a flannel shirt or sweater. This woolrich vest is water-repellent and an ideal neutral that can be layered with any color coat or jacket.
3. Santana Canada Mirabelle Snow Boots - $129.99 compare at $249
Another winter necessity I didn’t own until recently. Usually I find the snow boots to be rather dull and not that stylish. However, these look rather cute with the red laces and the animal print flap.
4. Outdoor Research Inversion Beanie Hat - $19.99 compare at $42
I love beanies. Probably the second piece of clothing I enjoy wearing in winter (after stylish coats). This is a versatile one at that as it is windproof, water resistant, breathable and ultra thin.
5. Boulder Gear Skinny Flare Soft Shell Pants - $59.99 compare at $130
If you spend a lot of time outdoors doing activities (or even shoveling snow) you need this pair. They are perfect for snowy, high-elevation adventures, combining waterproof BGTech protection with stretchy freedom to move as you please.
This is not it though. They have a great collection for all women no matter what you winter needs might be. You can also find a wide variety of men’s clothing that I am certain you would love. Check out SIERRA TRADING POST to see it for yourself. I have stocked up on my winter essentials and so should you!
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After the exciting but hectic trip to Iceland, we decided to spend a few days in Paris. And I am so glad that we did that.
We took a red-eye from Reykjavik to Paris arriving bright and early at the Charles de Gaulle airport. We were greeted by one of the Blacklane drivers. If you have not heard of this service, you must check them out. It is a professional driver service in 180+ cities where they offer chic black cars and certified drivers which are available to book either via their website or the smartphone app. We used the Blacklane service for both, our airport transfer from and to the airport. They were prompt and professional and we couldn't be happier with the service highly recommend.
Since we had arrived early morning, we requested out airbnb host for a early check-in to which she agreed. We were so excited to find that the airbnb looks just like in the pictures and the neighborhood (Le Marais) was exactly what we had anticipated.
We were welcomed with a beautiful sunny day which started our trip on the right foot. I wanted to check out the Eiffel Tower right away, but we decided to rest, have lunch, and make our way there by the afternoon. Eiffel was as glorious as I had remembered. By the evening time we were exhausted but we pushed through, had a lovely dinner and then called it a night.
The remaining of the trip followed the same pattern. We didn't have a plan or any idea where we would go, but in spite of that we were able to cover most of the city on foot. We walked, observed, ate (a lot!), shopped and did people watching. The four, unplanned days spent on the streets wandering was just what we needed. By the end of it we were rejuvenated and filled with more wanderlust than we had come to the city with. While I will be sharing experiences from the travels in #TravelTuesday posts, below are some of the glimpses from the trip. Also, don't forget to checkout the travel vlog.