Trend Seeker

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Did you know, my first career was in the apparel industry? Ultimately, I directed the design of the private label textiles for a 500 million dollar company.  Part of my job was to follow fashion trends.  That was many years ago but when I am not in the kitchen; I still love to seek out the latest craze.

The best place on earth to do this is Paris!  After I wrapped with my A Taste of Paris group this year, I found myself with 4 days in the city.

I had a great time wandering around, window shopping in between meetings. It did not take a rocket scientist to see that WHITE for feet is IN like Flynn!

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On every single block, store fronts were packed with white footwear.

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From oxfords to mules, slides and amped up athletics

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I adore these white boots with the western detailing.  Wishing I’d brought these babies back to TEXAS!

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And I’ll have to admit that I am still dreaming about this pair of leather brogues with the crazy pearl bars.

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Can you guess what was in order when I got home??? A little shopping!

I found these adorable patent leather mules by Bass, the expert on loafers and wow what a steal at less than $60.00! Shop NOW

These Michael Kors leather sandals are light and breezy for summer. The flower motif with gold toned studs makes them irresistible. Shop NOW

Are you in the mood for something a little funkier?  How about these Gentle Souls with a flower and bead crusted vamp! Shop NOW

And if you don’t have to ask

“how much?” This pair of Gucci’s

With bee and star golden

embroidery is ideal to take

you right through fall.

That’s right!  White shoes

after labor day!! Shop NOW

 

White shoes are clearly no longer just for nurses and the gym!

Join me in Paris for a little trend watching and a lot of cooking and tasting.

A Taste of Paris-March 31-April 7th.

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Laduree, One of my favorite Parisian Addresses

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Laduree is the home of the modern day French Macaron selling more than 15,000 of the little cookies every single day! Can you imagine the ovens needed to produce that quantity of cookies?

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The first French mac was only a fraction of what we know today. In fact it was not French at all but an Italian cookie brought by Catherine de Medici.

In 1533 Catherine, married Henry II who would become king of France a few years later.  It was the Italian chef to Catherine that brought the recipe for the cookies made of almond flour, eggs and sugar.

This is still the recipe that Laduree uses today and the one that I teach in my French Macarons class.  The main difference, the cookies were only 1 layer, an almond meringue.

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A man by the name of Louis Ernest Laduree opened a fine patisserie in 1862 in the current Rue Royale location.  Laduree was an outspoken reformist and prolific writer of the times.

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Rue Royale was a nice address and considered quite posh and still is today.

A few short years later in 1871 the patisserie was burned to the ground in a social uprising.

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Jules Cheret, a popular poster artist of the time was hired to design the new structure.  Cheret is credited with choosing the iconic celadon green used for the exterior, interior and the packaging.  He designed the chubby “pastry cherubs” that adorn the ceiling at the Rue Royale address.

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In 1930, Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Laduree, decided to sandwich the cookies together with chocolate ganache, and the first double decker macaron was born!

But there is something else that may surprise you.

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What really makes me stop in my tracks is the knowledge that at the beginning of the 20th century women were not allowed to go into cafes, they were strictly reserved for men.

Laduree helped to change all that by creating one of the first tea rooms for women.

Laduree at Rue Royale is more than a wonderful stop for goodies; it is a historic site for women.  Having tea with friends in public was an absolute liberation for the women of this generation.

No wonder I love this brand so much!!

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The next time you are in Paris, soak up the girly vibe that is Laduree and have a French macaron!

Or, go with me and I will take you there!

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A Taste of Paris Goes PINK!

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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!

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4 Days Left

Registration for A Taste Of Paris 2018 will close on November 4th.  Only 4 days left to take advantage of discount pricing for the culinary excursion of a lifetime.  Don’t let your chance to cook and taste your way through the city of lights melt away like these irresistible chocolates.

For more information and to register visit A Taste Of Paris 2018

Can’t wait to hear from YOU! XOXO Lorie

TASTE Savor the city of Paris and taste everywhere you turn

DISCOVER See all the major sites and museums

BE INSPIRED Soak up the French way of living