Paris Is A glow At Christmas

One of our most favourite customers moved away to Paris, France! Luckily enough for us, she continues to keep in touch, and we get to see what it’s really like to live in one of the most amazing places in the world (other than the prairies, of course). Christina gave us an inside scoop about what our favourite holiday is like in one of our favourite cities, and we wanted to share it with you!

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It’s Christmas time in the city lights, and Paris is a glow. The tree lined boulevards are dripping with twinkling lights, over sized ornaments, and towering Christmas trees. Holiday markets have appeared on every corner, with regional delicacies and handmade goods, turning the usually chic city into rustic winter wonderland. Every inch of this city is dressed for the season.

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Christmas in Paris is unlike anything you can imagine. The whole city hums with Christmas spirit, and it is impossible not to get swept up in the magic that isย Paris at Christmas. There are the famous Galeries Laffayette and Printemps window displays, with moving parts and carefully crafted center pieces, that draw crowds from the moment they open, until well after they close. And you can’t forget the exceptional Champs Elysees, all lit up from the Arc de Triomphe down to the edge of the Christmas Market at place de la Concorde. Almost every store offers Christmas cheer, from Louis Vuitton hot chocolate in takeaway cups with their iconic logo, to the ateliers of Montmartre with their homemade decorations. One of my favourite pastime is wandering through the Christmas market stalls that offer handmade goods, while sipping on hot spiced wine (a genius Eastern France Christmas drink that I seriously cannot get enough of!).

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Yet, despite the illuminating beauty of the city, the absolute best part of Paris at Christmas has to be the food! in fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s the best thing about France at Christmas (although I may be a bit biased, seeing as eating is easily one of my favorite things!). The French are known for their creamy sauces and rich foods, and Christmas is no exception. The markets stalls are brimming with tartiflette (a dish of potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons, and onions that derives from the French Alps), saucisson, foie gras, nougat, and raclette (literally plates of melted cheese dished straight from a large wheel that’s roasting over a slow heat! Does it get much better?!). And, to balance out the cream, you can also find the French traditional holiday oysters and smoked salmon.

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Joyeux Noel!

With love, from Paris.

 

Affogato Recipe

Try serving your guests this Christmas season something new for desert! This recipe for affofatos (Italian, meaning “drowned” is perfect for that. You’re going to want to find some really good vanilla ice cream or gelato, to really elevate your dessert to its full potential.

First, you need to find small glass cups that can handle hot liquid.

Then, make some espresso.

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Next, scoop a small amount of ice cream (about oneย scoop) and put it in your cups.

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Add your favorite liquor (optional, but I would recommend) to the cups (I recommend Amereto),

and pour your espresso over your ice cream and liquor.

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Next, sprinkle with shaved chocolate for garnish.

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Or, if you want to get festive with this recipe, replace the Amereto with a peppermint flavoured liquor and garnish with a candy cane!

Finally, you have an aesthetically pleasing desert that also tastes amazing to wow the crowd at any party!

Saucy little Christmas!

 

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Well there’s nothing like a good little scandal! (“What?!”, you may be thinking. “Scandal at Christmas? Oh my!”). Now of course I don’t mean anything serious, or even as naughty as “Santa Baby” by Marilyn the sass goddess, herself. No, alas, I do not write gossip columns. However, when it comes to fashion, I do like to get a little cheeky, as I’m sure many of you reading do as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was recently intrigued by the phrase “lace speaks of purity and sexuality [oh dear!], it reveals and conceals, it is humble, yet gluttonous in its ornamental overindulgence” (April Dauscha). This is certainly the case with this saucy little number below! This sweet, yet sultry, lace tunic from Farminista will make everyone blush and is the perfect way to treat your inner Marylin this season!

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And you certainly don’t have to stop there! These tasty bakings from the gals at Crave (gluten-free available! Oh yes) are a fabulous means to treat your inner diva ๐Ÿ˜‰ And your little divas if you have! Furthermore, treat your own economy – *sigh* yes, yes, I know, but really! – by giving your local bakeries and boutiques some love! ๐Ÿ™‚

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And for all those dreaded Christmas parties (which, of course, we don’t all secretly enjoy – like spreading the wine and giggles with friends and colleagues – just the worst!) you can set your formal cravings at ease ๐Ÿ™‚ This lovely, little, backless cocktail has just the right amount of sophistication and sass! Uhm yum.

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No matter how you choose to engage in some savoury consumerism, this season, though, don’t do it alone! (That’s right! Bring your friends!!!!) But really, more than anything, Christmas is a time meant to be wrapped in the smiles and arms of those we love most ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides, who doesn’t love a partner in crime when throwing back the tasty bakes we’ve denied ourselves all year? :p

Ok, maybe I’m not kidding anyone haha

Either way, spend wisely this Christmas and treat both yourself and your loved ones to goods that bring smiles and loosen your sparkle! No matter sassy or sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

x

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