Saturday, June 21, 2014
Lady Dior Saga Continues - Lady Grey London Featuring Marion Cotillard - Experience the Power of Beauty That Inspires!
To me, there are some styles & fashion accessories are just a classic beauty, timeless iconic style that will never go out of style; The Lady Dior bag is the perfect example of it.
The house of Dior has cleverly collaborating with big name directors to created a series of mini short film that features different Lady Dior bag in each season, which they call it “The Lady Dior Saga”, and what a beautiful and inspiring journey it has been! So far from the “Lady Noir”, “Lady Blue Shanghai”, “Lady Rouge” to the latest installment of their high quality, enticing short film name “Lady Dior Grey London”.
John Cameron Mitchell, the man behind cult films Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus, has teamed up with Dior’s creative geniuses to make a short fashion film starring Marion Cotillard.
Lady Grey London shows Cotillard as a popular & glamorous burlesque dancer who enjoys bathing in giant sand-filled hourglass and throwing sultry, mysterious looks at members of the audience. One of whom is played by venerable wheel chaired Brit actor Ian McKellen; and of course, this being a Dior film, Miss Cotillard carries her Lady Dior bag in almost every scene.
Beautifully shot and produced, the film was written and directed by Mitchell and has his flair for making risqué underground scenes seem terribly glamorous and sophisticated. What made this latest Lady Dior film my favorite out of all the previous one is that , John Cameron Mitchell masterfully illustrated the power of beauty that inspires & love !
The physical beauty of Cotillard’s character, a drop-dead gorgeous burlesque dancer with a heart of gold! Who sees the wheel chaired character play by Ian McKellen needs some self-esteem boost by giving him the key to her dressing room. Cotillard shows him the kindness & attention he probably has not been receiving for a long time and in the end it motivates & inspired him to stand up out of his wheelchair.
She also managed to inspire the young artist who works at the burlesque theater to sketch up a Rene Gruau style portrait of Cotillard. This film touches my heart & almost brought me a little teary eye when I finished this film. Of course, the power of “Lady Dior” haha!
The film has also successfully persuaded us that ~ (1) We all need a Lady Dior handbag! & (2) Marion Cotillard is definitely one of the most beautiful women alive.
So now... sit back, grab a glass of champagne & enjoy this 7 minutes of Lady Dior extravaganza!
For more fabulous Lady Dior handbags, please visit their official website Dior.com
Until next time, be well and look fabulous (carrying a Lady Dior! )
Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug
Thursday, June 12, 2014
My Delicious Weekend in San Francisco - L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons and Gourmet & More French Specialty Store
I’m the type of person rather starve myself, cut out the carbohydrates so I can eat those yummy sweet desserts LOL ! So naturally I’m a big fan & obsessed about those pretty & delicious macarons! I am always on the mission to find & try the local macarons in whatever cities I travel to like Paris, London, Japan, New York….. And to my pleasant surprise in my hometown San Francisco, there is a charming petite French store name “Gourmet & More” that has Chef Alex Trouan “L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons” !! They are not only so beautiful to look at; each one of them is like a piece of art! But also Orgasmicaly Delicious!
So let’s set something straight first, the French Macaron is only spelled with one “O” as opposed to the equally yummy, chewy & coconut aroma Italian Macaroon. Also it is pronounced as “macaRHONE” not “macaRoon”! If you can say it with that dry heave rolling “R” thing on the last syllable like most French people do then you’ve earned your extra Macaron points haha. Click here Macaron to hear the accurate pronunciation (once the new window opens, click on the blue triangle “Play” button to hear it).
Chef Alexandre Trouan of L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons brings with him a rich culinary tradition that began in the South of France. At the age fifteen Chef Alex began his apprenticeship at Master Chef Michel Belin’s Pastry Shop in Albi, France.
By the time he was eighteen years old, he earned his Certification of professional Proficiency by the French Ministry years of National Education Academy in Toulouse, France, where he graduated with honors. Chef Alex’s professional training continued in Paris, France under Chef Pierre Hermé , Here he studied the art of pâtisserie. From St Tropez, to Paris to Avignon, France, Chef Alexandre worked with the world’s top pâtissiers in his quest for the most exquisite pastries.
In 1993, Chef Alex came to United Sates beginning his next culinary chapter in Pittsburgh, PA. His travels brought him to the beautiful state of California in San Francisco.
I love how these precious & yummy macaron was packaged! It’s in this super chic baby blue box that’s specially designed to fit 12 of chef Alexandre’s handmade macaron that will sit in there securely and not to mention the beautiful presentation it is for gift giving or just to treat yourself. It’s très chic; très jolie!
Here are some of their signature flavors you have to try!
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Orange
Zesty. Vibrant. Utter freshness. Just some of the words used to describe L'Artisan's Orange Macarons. Prepared with only freshly squeezed orange juice and a soft, touch of cream, Chef Alexandre's creamsicle creation is truly unique to the industry.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Rose
These rose macarons bring a depth and floral tone to the sweet delight. The complexity of the rose flavor pairs perfectly with the crisp, airy texture of the macaron.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Pastachio
The buttery taste of L'Artisan's Pistachio Macarons. A fusion between California and Italy, two variations of this one-of-a-kind nut combine in an ultra-smooth texture rich with the salty flavor of Satana Barbara pistachios.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Raspberry
Selected at their peak freshness, Chef Alexandre chooses only the finest and sweetest raspberries for his Raspberry Macarons. When using natural fruit flavors, the importance of vivid color and pure fruit flavor is essential toward ensuring a fruit-laden macaron tastes as good as it sounds.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Espresso
This macaron features a robust flavor that perfectly combines aroma, taste and a feel unlike any other the second it hits your mouth. Always strong but never bitter, its complexity of flavors coats your taste buds with a creamy texture that gives notion to the natural, unrivaled ingredients Chef Alexandre uses throughout.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons - Mint & Chocolate
It’s the perfect combination! The delicious, cool, and refreshing, mint meets a creamy chocolate filling, the perfect taste combination.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons - Lemon
An intense flavor right off the tree! A perfect balance of tartness and natural juice, the sweet tetxture keeps this macaron light and airy.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Chocolate
Deep dark chocolate combine with premium cocoa nibs straight from France bring L'Artisan's Chocolate Macarons, a true legend, alive with flavor. The rich, layers of decadence bring you back to why you fell in love with chocolate in the first place. You wont find a better macaron anywhere as the unique texture allows the chocolate to penetrate throughout even the finest palete.
L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons – Almond
A hint of light floral expression mixes beautifully with premium California almonds to create the original Almond Macaron. An elegant balance of rich buttercream flavor, delicate texture and utter independence from the dessert-norm.
You can find out more about Chef Alexandre Trouan’s delicious L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons at his official website at Lartisanmacaron.com
If you are from the San Francisco bay area or planning on visiting, you much check out this charming & chic French store “Gourmet & More” located on 141 Gough Street San Francisco, CA 94102. Telephone # 415-874-9133
They carry fresh L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons daily! And if you a big cheese lover, then you have to come check out this store! They have got their own special temperature-controlled, hay-lined cheese room! It’s like stepping off Rue de Grenelle into the famous Parisian shop Barthélémy but you don’t have to travel all the way to France to get great tasting cheese!
I also love it’s super chic & relaxing back patio fill with beautiful plants & flowers so you can enjoy a glass of wine with the cheese or a cup of café with L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons! To find out more about this charming little treasure, please visit their facebook page Gourmet & More
I had a great Saturday in San Francisco this weekend, warm California sun, yummy macaron pluse some cheese & wine… c'est une belle vie !
We hope you enjoy this blog posting! Oh, when I was eating those yummy L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons, I immediately thought of this Miss Dior Chérie commercial! I felt like I was in this commercial LOL …. c'est la magie de macaron !
Until next time, be well and look fabulous !
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug