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The Weekend!

The Forge

Dessert

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had the most amazing weekend. During this time of year popular restaurants in Miami get together and join up for Miami Spice and I take full advantage of trying new some restaurants for an amazing deal. All the restaurants involved provide a pre-selected menu for $40 and includes an appetizer, entree and a dessert; most have several choices for each category so you are able to pick something that you will be sure to enjoy. This weekend my beau and I decide on The Forge restaurant, a place that we have always wanted to try and have heard so many wonderful things about but just never seem to make it. Walking into the restaurant you feel as if you are transported from art deco Miami to a modern version of an  Alice in Wonderland royal palace. Every inch of the space has been thoughtfully placed and is just truly amazing and the food wasn’t less then perfection. You can take a look at Miami Spice menu for The Forge here, in addition to the Miami Spice menu we ordered a couple extras including the Jamaican Jerk Bacon and the Truffle Mac n Cheese Pot Pie! After we were finished we decided to swing by my favorite shop in the whole world Laduree (I really can’t resist and how cute are these boxes!) I am getting excited about all the fall decor coming out into stores and I can’t wait to start decorating!! I am thinking of trying some DIY fall decor, what are some of your favorites?!

xoxo Val

Reconnecting

Hi everyone! I know it has been too long since I last posted so before I get into catching up with all of you I wanted to say how sorry I am! The last three weeks have been nuts with finals a quick vacation and the starting summer school ahhhh! But none the less I am so thrilled to be back and sharing with all of you. Today I wanted to share a few of my snap shots from my brief time in my home away from home new York City! Most of you may not know but I have a deep love with New York City, well more like an obsession if I am being honest. I love being able to walk out onto the bustling sidewalk and be able to go anywhere that day with endless possibilities and I mean hello the shopping is also unlike any other. Any who, I hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and what are some of your favorite vacation spots?

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xoxo Val

Nina Ricci for Laduree

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As I am sure you can all tell by now but I have a true love/obsession with anything Laduree. I just find their macarons not only delicious, but to me they embody the elegance and sophistication of France. I am subscribed to all of their newsletters and I follow them on every social front that I can. A little while back I got the e-mail from their main store in France saying that they were presenting a collection of macarons in collaboration with the famed fashion designer Nina Ricci called La Tentation de Nina, I was doing my happy dance. The only problem was that it didn’t mention anything about getting them in the U.S. or when (cue the tears).

However if you saw my weekend post from last week then you may have seen that the Laduree in Miami had their windows beautifully decorated to showcase this collaboration! Though they didn’t have them yet I knew that it was just a mater of time and sure enough this past Friday was the day!!!! So like the amazing guy he is my main squeeze went and picked up a box of these artful GOLD LEAF macarons! I will be honest I almost cried because I was just so honored to be able to try these and my gosh they were wonderful!! They are a “raspberry, lemon, Bulgarion rose absolute and almond” macaron with a beautiful fuchsia shell! I know that these were a once in lifetime kind of treat and I am glad I could bring a little bit of my happiness to all of you.

xoxo Val

Weekend Snapshots

Hi all! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We were blessed with such amazing weather this weekend, the humidity was low, the sun was out and there was the most amazing cool breeze. I found myself down at Lincoln Road Mall to get my Laduree fix, grab some lunch and just enjoy this beautiful weather. Also and a bonus decided to swing by Trader Joes since the only closest one is down in Miami.

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Though they didn’t have any of the Nina Ricci gold macrons that day I was lucky enough to get one of the boxes filled with all of my favorite flavors! ( and by favorite flavors I mean I got one of each!!!!!) Can I just add that I am always taken aback by how beautiful the Laduree windows always are and it doesn’t hurt that the Nina Ricci theme is hot pink!

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And of course I had to the Miami Beach Art Deco Box as well since I didn’t get it the last time!!!!

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If any of you have been to New York then I am sure you have heard of Serendipity, we are lucky enough to have one of our own and my beau and I stopped in for lunch ( my favorite tomato soup) and of course a classic Frozen Hot Chocolate for two!

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They also added a Dylan’s Candy Bar and as you can imagine every sugary confection you could think of is housed in this candy land dream. I was so excited to able to have all of my favorite Dylan’s Candy Bar easier then ever now and I loved picking up a few of my favorites! I am so excited to have one so close but I know that when I go to New York I will feel like a kid in a candy store, there is truly nothing like the three story flagship store filled with candy!

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Like I had mentioned I did treat myself and go to Trader Joe’s to stock up on some of my favorites. I know this may not be new to a lot of you who have been to Trader Joe’s but I just wanted to share with all of you a few of my favorites from the store!

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I can not wait to enjoy all of my goodies that I picked up this week and look forward to seeing some of things you enjoyed this weekend! Also since I am newish to Trader Joe’s I would love to hear what some of your favorite items are that are worth trying!!

xoxo Val

Laduree Comes to town

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I wish that I could do a cartwheel right now because if I could I would be doing them the whole length of my apartment! That is just how excited I am that one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures has graced my gorgeous state. Every year when I take my yearly pilgrimage to what I call my second home New York, the day I land I am in line at Laduree ordering up some delicate and colorful confections. Fast forward to a couple months ago when I found out that Laduree was opening in Miami I honestly would check their website multiple times a month. This was just to see if I could find out exactly when those wonderful doors would be opening. Well lone behold Monday February 24th was the day myself and I am sure many more have been looking forward to!

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Nestled in a quaint and yet bustling section of the Lincoln Road Mall Laduree commands the attention of anyone who passes. With its beautiful macaron towers of all colors displayed all through the store this sophisticated gem is a little slice of Paris. I kept on telling the staff how truly excited I was to be there ( I honestly don’t think they understood I was prepared to wait hours for these delights!).  After selecting one of every flavor and a couple extra I still couldn’t get over how surreal it felt to be there on a regular Monday night in February. I can not wait to go back for more (now that its a car ride not a plane ride) and get my macaron fix. So when you are in the area or trying to find something fun to do I highly recommend you visit because you will never regret it!

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One I was home I obviously had to have one….or three, oh who cares if you have had a Laduree macaron you understand. It was just completely surreal to me that on what seemed like a typical monday for myself had somehow seemed to surprise me and it ended with me being at Laduree munching on my favorite treats. If any of you haven’t ever been to Laduree some of my favorite flavors are the rose, lemon, caramel (you may want to get two of these, you won’t want to share) and the chocolate coconut! The one I am holding in the picture below is a limited edition valentines day flavor which is wonderful sweet and a bit tart berry flavor.

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I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did and hopefully I have inspired a few of you to give them a try. To find out exact details about the Laduree Us locations click here! I’m off because I have macrons to eat, au revoir mes amies!

xoxo Val

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