Where a Girl Goes

Images via Cristina Re

Shop / Cafe Review:
After reading up on Christina Re's new stationary shop and cafe I dropped in one afternoon. It's really out of the heart of things in Collingwood and would probably be more suited to Armadale but it's well worth the trip. It's a real delight with it's mix of retro glamour and sophisticated shabby chic styling decorated in pinks, greens, creams and blues. The paper section is heaven, particularly for any brides-to-be and there's lots of another pretty things to tempt you. I sat at a big communal table with a cup of tea and one of those gorgeous cupcakes while I flicked through the latest imported fashion magazines. The attention to detail is fantastic so I hope it does well for her.

In Love with Laduree

Your biggest dilemma will be what flavour to chose! You may be tempted by the more traditional flavours such as bitter chocolate, rose, mint, orange blossom, blackcurrent violet, caramel and salted butter or you may prefer to experiment with exotic flavours like liquorice, lemon cedrat or chestnut. 


Images via Laduree

No trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to Laduree. Not only are their delicate macarons, in every delectable colour, probably the best you'll ever taste but their famous cafes / shops are a heavenly visual treat. Everything from the pistachio green exteriors to their lavish interiors, delicate pastries, and dainty packaging is an absolute delight. Macarons should be crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle. They are made fresh every morning at Laduree's 'Laboratory'. Every new season, Laduree pays tribute to it's most famous creation by creating a new flavour.

La Patisserie des Reves



Images via La Pâtisserie des Rêves 

Shop Review:
In a city, like Paris, where bakeries and pastry shops are in abundance it is difficult for one to stand out in the crowd. La Pâtisserie des Rêves’ is one that does and it lives up to it’s name ‘the pastry shop of dreams’. The design is fun, creative and candy coloured. It has a gallery like feel to it with pastries being showcased under counter-weighted bell jars arranged on refrigerated slate tablets. The interior design is as much a delight for the eyes as are the cakes and pastries themselves. So when next in Paris treat yourself!

Heavenly Macarons


Images via Theurel and Thomas

We all love Macarons – brightly coloured, full of flavour, petite, round, crisp on the outside, smooth and creamy on the inside but here is a treat not just to make your taste buds water but your eyes as well! 'Theural and Thomas' is the first Mexican Macaron patisserie shop - and probably the most beautiful. The styling  is  exquisite and innovative and I  believe it sets a new benchmark for retail and café design.

Cake Shop Heaven



Peggy Porschen Cakes must be the prettiest cake shop and cupcake café in existence. Perfectly situated in elegant Belgravia, in London it stands apart from the crowd with it's stylish pink exterior Inside it is a heavenly confection of freshly baked cupcakes, cookies and exquisite cakes made to order. I would just love to enroll in one of their cake decorating classes. I think a visit to the café for tea a red velvet cupcake would be my idea of perfect afternoon! 

Credits : Peggy Porschen Cakes 

Donna Hay General Store

Images via Dona Hay website

Shop Review:
On a recent business trip to Sydney I was lucky enough to find myself with a few hours to spare on a sunny afternoon. So I jumped in a cab and headed off in search of Donna Hay's General Store. I found the quaint little corner shop in a quiet street in a leafy suburb of Sydney. My trip was well worth the effort as I armed myself with brown paper bags piled high with gift boxes full of cupcake cases, decorations, party things, yummy treats to eat and anything else that took my fancy. It was an expensive visit and it was very awkward getting all of my purchases on the plane but I had waited a long time to get there so I was determined to make it worth my while!

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