Dreaming of a Rose Hued Bag

PINK is on my mind this March, As I celebrate open registration for my All-Female trip to Paris in April 2019

A Taste of Paris Goes PINK

Contact me for pricing and registration. 

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While everything on the site has been rose hued, I’ve been dreaming of a new PINK bag.  A pop of PINK goes with any spring outfit, right?

Below is a curated list of my favorites for you to explore.  Several are high end, luxury brands that are always fun to look at, and a couple of very affordable options. Hint…the Ted Baker is on sale right now for $78.00!!

When shopping for a colored bag, you want to notice a few things.  Always check the color saturation; color transfer can ruin car seats and favorite outfits.  You also want to make sure your new bag is made of leather. Leather looks better with age, the more you wear it the softer it becomes.  Of course there are many grades of leather and that is reflected in the price.

 I love large bags that hold a ton but the newest shape is a sleek shoulder bag. I’m really excited to share this assortment with you starting with the most luxurious.

Valentino Garavani Quilted Heart Bag


Everything about this bag makes me happy, especially the red heart. Notice the rock stud detail that has become the calling card for Valentino.  The leather handle makes it easy to carry as a handbag or pop out the chain strap and you have a shoulder style.  This is definitely a statement piece!

Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse Mini

This pretty bag features chevron quilting and the iconic GG Gucci is known for.  The shoulder strap is a heavy weight brass to keep this bag firmly on your shoulder. This is the mini, Gucci offers this style in several sizes.

Botkier Cobble Hill


This powder PINK Botkier is an affordable classic that will serve you for many years.  It is all leather and features a front pouch perfect for keys and cell phones.  Don’t like the black fabric shoulder strap?  The Cobble Hill bag is available with a chain shoulder strap as well.

Ted Baker London Barkley

This precious Ted Baker bag is packed with personality and lots of details.  I like the on-trend rose gold hardware that is detachable so you could carry it as a clutch if you like.  This bag retailed for $195.00 and is now on sale for $78.00!


I could not resist bringing this PINK leather tote to you.  Having a bag shaped like this is ideal for ladies on the go; just toss in everything you need and you’re out the door.  Totes are so practical for travel and meetings, this one will accommodate an iPad and small laptop.  If pink is not your thing, there are a variety of spring shades to choose from.

After all of this I can’t decide!  Which one is YOUR favorite? Let me know and for now I’ll keep dreaming!

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PINK Giveaway!

ATOP has launched A Taste of Paris Goes PINK, turning the site PINK for the month of March in celebration of our all-female culinary trip to Paris in April 2019.  Check out this amazing trip including all of the very best culinary gems, Paris has to offer.


To keep the PINK ball in-the-air, I am hosting an all-PINK GIVEAWAY!!!

This amazing prize includes: a big beautiful PINK Mason Cash Bowl, a PINK 5 speed Cuisinart hand mixer, a set of two Kate Spade kitchen towels and a set of 3 PINK rubber spatulas.

A value of $150.00!!


Can you imagine yourself baking treats in your kitchen with these delightful accessories?

Register TODAY!!!

All you have to do is send me email addresses for anyone that you think might be interested in A Taste of Paris; the blog, travel to France or cooking classes!

Each email address is an entry.  Enter as many times as you want!

Click HERE and get started or simply email me at lorie@atasteofparis.net

Gift will be awarded on March 30th! GOOD LUCK!


A Taste of Paris Goes PINK!
April 7th – 13th, 2019

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Besties
Reserve your seats TODAY

For this all girls trip of a lifetime!
Be treated like royalty at the  Ecole Ritz Escoffier with a Special French Market Class

French Desserts Technique class developed especially for ATOP at the famed Lenotre

French Cheese and Wine Pairing  class taught in a 400 year old cave will awaken your senses and ignite your palate

Entertaining Champagne Tasting including bottle sabering!!

Enjoy high tea at famous salon

Macaroons and Chocolate Tasting

Soufflé Dinner and ATOP original Hotel Picnic

River Cruise on the Seine

The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin

Notre Dame and La Madeleine

Concert at Sainte-Chapelle

Arc de Triomphe, Place Concorde, Flower Market

Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Garden

Culinary shopping trip and Visit the best Flea Market in Paris

6 Nights Stay at 4 Star hotel with fabulous address
VIP no waiting in lines at museums and sites

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PINK Favorites Part Un!

ATOP has launched A Taste of Paris Goes PINK, turning the site PINK for the month of March in celebration of our all-female culinary trip to Paris in April 2019.



My oldest friend and I have a saying we use when we adore something…


When either of us uses that phrase, we know it’s something really special.

After combing through retailers’ spring offerings I am happy to say I have curated a list of

“BIG PINK HEARTS” for you to enjoy!

Pink is a hot color this season. With so many goods to choose from, my list was split into two parts. I am pleased to share the first half with you right now. The second half of the list will be coming later this month, so stay tuned!

Have I mentioned PINK is my favorite color? Maybe that’s why I am so excited about this ring. The pearl is freshwater and 9-10 millimeters in size. The band is made of 14 karat rose gold. Think Audrey Hepburn: simple and elegant! Shop Now!


I just adore this shade of pink, J. Crew calls “neon peony”. This super soft, lightweight cashmere will keep you warm without breaking the bank. Shop Now!

This blender just makes me happy! Can you imagine making your morning green drinks in this cheerful blender? Shop Now!

Fig is my shade! This emollient-rich lipstick stays put and has a slight sheen so your lips don’t look dry.Shop Now!

So cute! Sneakers worn with everything is on-trend again for spring. This pair by Ted Baker takes the cake with darling pink flowers on the rubber edging. Shop Now!

I am a blazer girl. I like to pop a blazer over almost all my outfits, giving me a long and lean look! Shop Now!

A Taste of Paris Goes PINK!


Registration for ATOP Travel is now OPEN. In April 2019, I am hosting a very special event: A Taste of Paris Goes PINK. This all-female trip is jam-packed with amazing offerings.

What a perfect time to travel with your mother, daughter, sister, or best friends, and ME to The City of Light. You will be treated like royalty at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier, the most luxurious address in the city of Paris. You will enjoy a custom-crafted class on classic French desserts at the famed Lenôtre. You will venture into a 400-year-old cave for a cheese and wine pairing class, igniting your palate and your spirit. You will also be treated to a Champagne tasting event like no other, complete with Champagne Sabering!

To celebrate this extraordinary one-time offer, my website will go PINK for the entire month of March!

Get ready for PINK- fun, food, and fashion just in time for spring.

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Just a few of the precious ladies that have joined me for ATOP trips!








Front Door Update!

Being closed inside for months of cold temperatures and rain always gives me the urge to update some things around the house.

My front door space was in desperate need of a facelift.  I think that is the perfect word.  The front door is like the face of your home.  It is the first thing visitors and people driving by notice.

My front door was really looking tired!  So I decided to update.

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Most of the plants in my urns were gone due to lack of care through the colder temperatures of winter. And the front door wreaths were really in trouble; not only were the red flowers and ribbons looking worn and dirty, I could never get them to hang straight on my door. It was time for a redo!

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I pulled off the red flowers and ribbon and touched up the paint on the large empty frames.  I bought wired edge burlap ribbon and heavy jute string.  I looped the jute string around the frame in a double loop.  This would allow one side of the jute loop to hang on either side of my door wreath hangers (painted the same color as my front door).  I first hot glued then taped the jute string to the back of the silver chalkboards.  I tied a pretty bow with the burlap ribbon and hot glued it in place. Now the frames hang straight!

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After getting my “wreaths” set, I added a huge monogrammed door mat.  Since I have a double front door, the space could handle this oversized statement mat and I love that the design seems to reflect the color of the front door!


I added white primroses and…

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…purple pansies to the posts urns and baskets.

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One lantern with a pop of pink is just what the space needed.

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Are you noticing a theme?


Sweet cherubs bring me so much joy!

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Barthelemy One of My Favorite Parisian Addresses!


The French are serious about their cheese.  The average French citizen consumes more than 55 pounds of cheese annually compared to a meager 34 pounds for Americans. No matter how you slice it, thats a lot of cheese!


In France there is an entire course of the meal dedicated to cheese.  The cheese course is served after the main course and before or instead of dessert.  Cheese is considered a digestive, it “closes the stomach”.  I tend to close my stomach with chocolate but I digress.

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Because the French love their cheese, every community in France has a Fromagerie, an entire shop dedicated to cheese.


If you’re visiting Paris and have time for only 1 cheese shop, Barthelemy is a must.  This quaint little shop is packed full of wonderful cheese. It’s worth noting that Barthelemy is the supplier to the Elysee, the official residence of the President! So if you go there and taste cheese, you will eat the same cheese as President Macron, pretty cool huh?


When I visited in September, I could  not  wait to get my hands on the petit coeur de neufchatel.  These darling hearts had mine at first glance and the flavor was incredible.  If you like creamy cheeses the house made Fontainbleau should not be missed.  It has a dreamy cloud like texture, is mild in flavor and made with cows milk.

It makes me want to emulate the French and have a dedicated cheese course with all of my meals!

If you want to learn more about French cheeses, join me this Saturday, February 23rd  for a demonstration The French and Their Cheese at the Dallas Arboretum

Or register for French Provencal 2 Day Workshop April 5th and 6th, a cheese course is served each day in this deep dive into provencal cooking for a once in a lifetime cooking class experience.


Come with me to France and taste it all for yourself!

Registration for

A Taste of Paris Goes Pink


A Taste of Provence is NOW OPEN!

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Pink Grapefruit Martini

It’s Friday, are you as ready for a cocktail as I am?

I am keeping the pink theme going through the end of March to celebrate the launch of A Taste of Paris Goes PINK, an all-female culinary trip to Paris in April 2019. Grab your daughter, mother, and friends to join me for this boutique culinary excursion of a lifetime.

pomegranite martini

My Grapefruit Martini – a juicy balance of sweet and tart – is the perfect cocktail to host some friends or just bring your week to a close.

Looking for a set of martini glasses? How about these Luigi Bormioli glasses, glasses? They have such a cool, retro vibe.

I love having a few girls over for a cocktail or two. When I do, wine charms are invaluable! Here are three on-trend sets you might enjoy.

Tassel Wine Charms 

Tassel Wine Charms March 9
Fred Wine Lines

Wine Charms March 9

Bug Wine Charms

Bug Wine Charms March 9

Grapefruit Martini

2 parts grapefruit vodka

2 parts Ruby Red Grapefruit juice

½ part triple sec

Grapefruit twist for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a grapefruit twist.


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Fantastic French Dinner


Mark and I recently dined at Gregory’s Bistro in the Croatian Village and had such a fantastic meal I wanted to share it with you.

Gregory’s is family owned and operated.  Chef Gregory was born in the Bretagne region of France in the small coastal town of Auray.  Gregory trained in France before coming to America to open a restaurant with his wife Lydia.  They have been open for over 10 years starting first in Plano, then downtown McKinney and now in Adriatica.


Gregory’s Bistro is located on the water and has windows that wrap around the restaurant.  The elegant interior is a wonderful backdrop for a night out on the town.


The ambiance is quite romantic.  We had a lovely seat by the window and we watched the sunset go down over the water while we sipped a bottle of Sparkling French Wine.  I happen to love brute rose’s from the Loire Valley and a bonus, the wine list is very affordable.


We enjoyed a simple dinner of Field Greens Salad  with goat cheese and candied pecans.


Followed by decadent pan seared Chilean Sea Bass with Chunky Lobster Risotto served with a Tarragon Beurre Blanc Sauce.   Outstanding!


For dessert?  Chocolate of course!  The sinful Chocolate Bread Pudding with Pecan Sauce and Whipping Cream is unforgettable.

The next time you want to have a fantastic French meal, I highly recommend Gregory’s Bistro.  Be sure to call early to book a table and tell them I sent you!

  Insider tip…on Wednesday nights you can BYOB!

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Join me for a cooking class!  SEATS are filling fast, CLICK HERE  for more details.

You’re Invited

You’re Invited. Two little words that spark a thrill to my core!


And when you walk up to a door like this, you know it is going to be a real treat.

We were invited for dinner at the Cloutier’s on December 1st to mark the beginning of the holiday season and oh what fun we had!

Our hostess, Vonda, is an absolutely amazing decorator with so much creativity and vision.  Everywhere I turned there were charming vignettes of holiday goodness to enjoy.


Vonda allowed me to photograph her Christmas decorations and I am pleased to report that I will be sharing all the cuteness with you next year. There will be lots of tips and stories and plenty of time to inspire you in your own homes.


For this post, I am focusing on the table that laid the foundation for a lovely evening of food, wine and fabulous company.  Many of you are preparing to set your holiday tables now, so it’s the perfect time to share this creative table with you.

Red and gold glass ornaments, hung from the low light fixture, centered on the table, set a festive tone.  The table itself is a treasure to the family; it was hand made by a well known McKinney craftsman that passed away several years ago so PLEASE use a coaster!


The adorable place settings began with a gold glass charger as the base.  The next two layers, a coveted set of toile Christmas dishes in the most perfect shade of bordeaux.  The salad plate is topped with a berry wreath making the ideal resting place for a special goodie.  The enormous chocolate bon bon name tags are sure to awaken the child in each of Vonda’s guests for the season.  When I got home with mine, I tore into it with reckless abandon!


I simply adore the poetry napkins at the place settings.  Each one has a different quote and gives guests lots to talk about as hosts put the final touches on plates to be served. The napkins can be found in McKinney at Ettiene Market.


Many of the items to create the centerpiece were things collected to decorate her oldest daughters winter themed wedding last year. Repurposing these sentimental objects is such a special touch.  To make your own, gather an assortment of sugared greenery, pinecones and mercury glass. Arrange them casually in the center of the table to craft an elongated arrangement.


Vonda loves to add tall sugar cones to her decoration.  Her mother used these in their Christmas decorations when she was a child and it reminds her of home.


I love that the table sets a fantastic tone for an evening with friends.  Just enough to let you know its going to be a great evening but not too much to keep you from relaxing.


This is a picture of Vonda and I going to a birthday party recently. One of the the things I love about our time together is that we are totally in the moment, the downside, photos are often skipped or forgotten. The first on my New Year’s resolution list…take MORE photos in 2018!

I hope you enjoyed being invited to the Cloutiers table today! I would love to hear your top tips for setting a beautiful table for your friends and family!

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Brunch is BACK Baby!

Have you heard? Brunch is back as one of this years hottest food trends and it’s taking on a whole new vibe.


For many years, Sunday brunch has had a special place in our hearts.  A lovely assortment of savory and sweet delicacies to choose from.  But have you noticed a whole new crowd assembling at restaurants and patios all over downtown and uptown at 11:00 am on Friday, Saturday…really any day of the week?


People gathering with friends to vacate their lives for a while; sunglasses on, sipping a sensational concoction…life is pretty sweet huh!  I think part of the draw is the classic mimosa.  Let’s face it everything seems a little roser after a glass filled with nectar and bubbles.

Brunch is one of the best ways to entertain family and friends for the holidays. Simple set up, plenty of make ahead dishes packed with fresh flavors and perhaps the best attribute, the party’s over by 1:00pm. That lets you turn your attention to other holiday activities or to take a nap.

Join me for Brunch is BACK, a one day workshop where we’ll taste the sweet life.  We will craft and enjoy a Bubble Bar while we cook and taste scrumptious dishes perfect for holiday entertaining.  OH and the Pear Tart, WILL be a work of ART! There are only a few seats left at the table! Email lorie@atasteofparis.net orcall 214 551 9630

Au revoir for now,  Lorie

Brunch is BACK Workshop- Friday, December 8th from 10:30-2:00  Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Brunching is a wonderful way to entertain over the holiday season.  Imagine yourself armed with amazing recipes to serve visiting family and friends through the holidays and beyond.   We will craft our brunch and enjoy it together family style for a lovely break to the holiday season.  Plus take home 4 lightly flavored Lavender Honey scones to be baked or frozen for a yummy family treat.  We will start the fun by creating a bubble bar to be enjoyed during the class.  Tangy Orange Pomegranate Salad is lovely on any holiday table.  Eggs for brunch will take the shape of a Soufflé and our Bacon Parmesan Soufflés will be rise to amazing heights.  Pecan Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin will be tender and juicy and the centerpiece of the feast.  Parmesan Crusted Potatoes are outstanding nuggets of delight.  Asparagus cooked to perfection served with classic French Hollandaise sauce.  We will look to Provence for their Christmas Sweet bread called Fougasse that will be irresistible with more bubbles.  For dessert we will craft a gorgeous Vanilla Pear Tart. Class Fee $79.00