Ladurée and Hermès and Chanel, Oh My!
One of the things I anticipated most about my trip to Paris was finally being able to visit the Ladurée store! For those of you who may not know, Ladurée is an enormous bakery in Paris, and practically the inventor the “designer pastry.” If you’ve ever seen an ombre macaron tower on Pinterest, it was likely assembled at this Parisian patisserie! From gold embellished take-home bags to rose flavored frosting, Ladurée has decadence down to a T!
Forrest and I had breakfast in their café building and walked next door to buy a couple of boxes of macarons for Mother’s Day gifts. I couldn’t help but want to try one of their pink ispahan pastries, so we picked one of those up, as well! As we walked to the Tuileries afterward, it started pouring rain, so we dashed into the Musée de l’Orangerie (which was only on the other side of the park) to explore some of Monet’s largest waterlily works. We were originally planning on going to Giverny that day, where Monet’s actual gardens are located (an hour long train ride outside of the city), but decided to forgo it last minute because of the weather. Frankly, spending an hour or two in a quiet museum seemed like a more pleasant alternative!
When the rain stopped, we strolled back to the Tuileries to “fake-eat” the raspberry pastry while taking about 1,000 pictures of it. Believe it or not, it was indeed too pretty to eat, and I couldn’t convince myself to take a bite out of it until the next morning before a long flight home!
Though it wasn’t 100% cooperative with the wet weather, I loved wearing this tweed ensemble. I actually purchased it on eBay a few weeks before my trip - far out enough to have it altered. It struck me as very Jackie O! My mother gave me the pink Hermes scarf for Christmas this last year, and it has such sweet sentimental value to me. I bought the underlying blouse at a French store called Maje in one of Paris’ famously grand shopping centers; it’s very breathable and has the poofiest sleeves! The diamond and pearl Chanel earrings that I'm wearing were actually a gift from Forrest; I saw them in one of the vintage stores alongside the Palais-Royal Gardens, and couldn’t keep my eyes off them. He surprised me with them the next day, and I haven’t let them out of my sight since!
Photos by Forrest Culotta