Confit de macarons, orange-lemon or rose-violet, 90 g., 4,50 €
Flowery infusions (camomile, peppermint, verbena, balancing and refreshing) and black tea flavored with rose petals, leaf., 6-box kit, 9,90 €
This afternoon our lover is coming over for tea. We'll offer him this colorful confit de macarons and smile so hard it won't leave a doubt in his mind we prepared it ourselves. The black tea, flavored with rose petals, will taste so good there's no use for a love philter.
Crème Brûlée Honey Bath, 340-g pot and its honey spoon, 45€
Almond Coconut Milk Sugar Scrub, 340-g pot, 53€ (also available: Crème Brûlée, Clémentine)
Almond Coconut Milk Crème Body Wash, 42€ (also available: Crème Brûlée, Tarte au Citron, Crème à la Vanille)
Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath, 340-g pot and its honey spoon, 45€ (also available: Tarte au Citron)
Only an hour left waiting for him - just enough time to doll up. First step: a honey bath from Laura Mercier's Gourmande bodycare collection, then a quick homemade beauty treatment with her almond and coconut milk line. We'll smell better than the tea cakes.
Aurélie Mathigot exhibition, 31 May to 23 June 2007
Printemps de la Maison, 64, bd Haussmann Paris 9°, +33 1 42 82 50 00
Aurélie Mathigot has granted the wish of every glutonette: absolutely fat-free pastries. They're exhibited in the eight windows of the Printemps de la Maison's first floor, on a trompe-l'oeil tapestry background. Only problem is, they don't taste so good - that is, unless you're a plushie.
Crochet-work tea set, Anne-Claire Petit Accessoires, 46€
Upon order at 107 Rivoli, 107, rue de Rivoli Paris 1°, +33 1 42 60 64 94
BUTTERFLY Louis XVI Pouffe, hand-carved beech structure, hand-shaped and polished plexiglas base, laser-cut butterflies, satin finish, Etc Créations, design by Magali Jeambrun, d 40 cm x h 42 cm, from 429€
In Anne-Claire Petit's crochet-work world, where the dogs leave for a holiday with the bears in a woollen car, there are also times when the menagerie is having an afternoon snack. All then sit down before Magali Jeambrun's butterfly pouffe to drink a warm cup of nice cashmere tea.
Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery, Phaidon, 192 pp., 100 color illustrations, $29,95
Rose Bakery, 46, rue des Martyrs Paris 9°, +33 1 42 82 12 80
Rose and Jean-Claude Carrarini used to work in fashion. They'd travel all over the world. The birds escorted them everywhere. Until they noticed that, just like the birds, what was on their plate for lunch interested them far more than the cuts and fabrics they had discussed all morning. Thus they launched an organic gourmet shop in London, a pionneering venture as early as 1988. And then flew off again before settling down, under the advice of the birds, in the Parisian rue des Martyrs, where they opened the very delicious store known as Rose Bakery in 2002. Rose let Phaidon in on one hundred of her best recipes, for extraordinary little meals from dawn till dusk - and after that still.
Roses couch end table, Vibieffe at Autour d'un Canapé, laser-cut pantographed metal, design Gianluigi Landoni, dim. : 30 x 35 x h 47 cm, glossy finish 511 €, gold finish 925 €
Autour d'un Canapé, 89, bd Sébastopol Paris 2°, +33 1 40 26 12 89
A very refined couch end table, for spreading one's feet while sipping a cup of white tea, or laying a Wedgwood teapot. You could also take it away with you, install it in the reading room, and lose yourself in the pages of Lewis Carroll before a steaming Oolong. Or in the park, where the sparrows will come to peck our biscuits.
Gardenia Eau de parfum, limited edition, 50 ml, 80€
Let's have tea on the grass, in the shade of a great elm. The early summer sun draws glories that fall through the wide leaves, it speckles the lawn with light. On the pond, the flowers of a gardenia drift between the busy ducks. In the background, white jasmine sparkles among the golden trees; close by, honeysuckle vines shake their fragrant bells.
Joyeux Anniversaire cushion 40 €, china rabbit 25 €
Home Autour du Monde, 8, rue des Francs Bourgeois Paris 3°, +33 1 42 77 06 08
Thanks to the indications found in a chapter of Lewis Carroll which we alone know about, we were able to locate a hidden entrance leading to Wonderland. Here is what we found upon arriving on site. We suspect the existence of a secret bond between these two objects. Should we place the rabbit on the cushion at a specific spot? Or the opposite?
Bottle of absinth 35 €, liquor-filled chocolate 3 €, extra dark chocolate bar 3 €, Leone
Lafayette Gourmet 97, rue de Provence Paris 9° +33 1 48 74 15 35
For an exquisite decadent tea, as the sun sets and the shadows deepen. Leone celebrates its 150th birthday, and that of Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, with a special coffret, only available in Italy. It includes an edition of the infamous collection, with traditional handmade binding. But the package's real attraction is a bottle of absinth, distilled the Belle Époque way. It comes with the appropriate perforated spoon to perfect the effect. The brand hasn't changed its recipe in any way since production started in 1874. The liquor is still strong, very strong... at 72°.
Now where on Earth did I put that damned laudanum?
1 & 2- Eye shadow trio, Vallarta and Mazatlan, also available: Acapulco, Stila, 26 €
3- Sun tanning powder SPF 15, Stila, 26 €
When the Sun sinks beneath the Moon above the ancient Aztec pyramid of Teotihuacán, someone will have to step up and act as the great priestess that celebrates a ritual for its return. Why not us? Especially if that day we're wearing these splendid powders by Stila, one of which protects against the sun while the other confers our gaze a magical intensity.
Meteorites, Powder for the face, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 42 €
Brush, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 28 €
Lip gloss, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 23 €
Blush mousse, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 32 €
Guerlain, 68, av des Champs Elysées, +33 1 45 62 52 57
A strange microclimate rules the skies of Guerlain: meteorites are raining there since 1987. A modern cult worships these intriguing beads of make-up that look like they fell from the stars. As a gesture of celebration, the Pucci house is now offering them its signature colors - fuchsia, turquoise, apricot, gold, pink, and white.
Four glosses add up to these mystic beads to form the perfect outfit of a Riviera élégante : Sparkling sun and Sparkling sea, with a golden or turquoise base, look completely translucent and saturated with sparkles; while Twist of pink and Twist of peach are swirls of Pucci prints on silk.
Patent calf leather pumps, ink and lemon, Michel Perry, 395 €
Michel Perry, 243, rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1°, +33 1 42 44 10 07
Be careful when you come home from a trip to the seaside wearing those precious pumps: the cat, when it greets you, might mistake them for a splendid specimen of exotic fish - very appetizing. Michel Perry is definitely irresistible.
Carpenter Block Re:mo, SOZ, 225 € for a box of 28 pieces
The SOZ brand, a gathering of French and Japanese designers, chose its name in reference to the Japanese word for "creation". That's because they encourage our creative talent with their colorful plastic blocks. Give us a bucketful of these bricks, and we'll turn into designers somewhere between Mies van der Rohe and a Lego ® boy. No nails, no glue, everything is done by hand, skilled or not skilled. 28 blocks = 1 stool, 130 blocks = 1 armchair, 10 blocks = 1 lamp! We could also do as we did when we were kids, and "reinterpret" the manual to create a very experimental spaceship.
A candy spree leaves traces. Don't worry though: Stila's Lip Glaze will cover up the crime. Enriched with moisturizing camelia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E, this gloss not only boasts a great transparent, shiny finish; it's also tasty. Its six minty flavors (berry, cherry, citrus, melon, minty, and vanilla) will conceal any evidence of sweets abuse.
The legendary stool designed by Henry Massonnet in 1968, in its metallic pink version. You could also use it as a tiny but flashy table, perfect for accomodating a large shaker of Piña Colada. If your friends favor other cocktails, you'll take good care of preserving the chromatic harmony by presenting them on one of the other Tam Tam in the series - they come in plum, titanium, copper, gold, and silver.
Colored blown glass lamps, made in France, Les Héritiers
Pink Goutte lamps, available heights : 53 cm 430 €, 63 cm 455 €, 73 cm 500 €
Blue Odyssée B lamp, height 69 cm, 700 € (also available with a plating of precious metal - gold or silver)
Pm Co Style, +33 1 55 80 71 06
Such lamps as one would find in a house made of sweets, down by the shore. On the marshmallow balcony we'd lean on the balustrade of twisted licorice. In the distance, gingerbread ships plough the blue sea towards skies of honey.
Photo © Cappellini
FISH Chair, Cappellini at État de Siège, design Satyendra Pakhalè
Plastic structure, available in red, white, yellow, blue, orange and green, matte white varnished inner volume, dim. : 55 cm x 87,3 cm x h 71,7 cm
Price on demand
The cat's obsessed with the aquarium. All day long it lies in wait in front of the nonchalant fish, watching relentlessly. On the first opportunity it will spring in the water and upset their quiet aquatic schedule. To prevent this tragedy, you'll have to install one of Cappellini's FISH chairs in your living room. Initially the little feline will dread this large plastic fish and its look of tranquil vigilance. Yet it'll approach the chair, and eventually coil inside the cool, comfortable cylinder beneath your legs.
Soon enough, kitten and fish will be best pals.
Spotted éclair, ivory chocolate glazing, green tea marzipan spots, ivory chocolate and green tea cream, Fauchon, 5 €
Fauchon, 24/26, place de la Madeleine Paris 8°, +33 1 70 39 38 00
This funny pastry looks like it came straight out of a cartoon. A witch, armed with her magic wand, enchanted a commonplace chocolate éclair. By a happy chance Fauchon was passing by, and managed to reverse the spell and turn it into one of the best desserts in Paris. Snow White approves.