Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lost in Translation


Paris has exquisite fashion, awe-inspiring museums, and, above all, the most elegant patisseries. While the inquisitive American with a fear of air travel (i.e. me) can gaze for hours at Candida Hofer's photography book Louvre and feel instantly transported, or order chic Parisian fashions via the click of a mouse and emulate the gamine look in the time it takes for the UPS box to arrive, there are some French items that are unattainable for this Chelsea girl. At the top of my list is a delicacy from the ultimate Parisian tearoom, Laduree. Yes, I know that I can get a perfectly good pain au chocolat right in my own neighborhood, but it is the entire Laduree experience that I am after which portends to be an elaborate affair fit for a princess judging from the images of the Faberge egg-like gilded exterior. The pastel colored rose and pistachio macaroons call to me, but the full experience is lost in translation from bakery case to photograph. However, I can indulge in a dessert inspired Parisian import, a confection without the calories so to speak. Chanel's Brush-On Creme Lip Colour creates a luminous and highly pigmented effect and comes in the patisserie inspired shades Petit Four, Creme Brulee, and Madeleine among others. The glossy Chanel shades make me feel like a chic Parisian lady strolling along the Champs Elysee. I plan to go to Laduree someday, and when I get there I'll be sure to wear my Chanel lip colour so that I'll fit right in with the ritzy clientele and enjoy my black currant violet choux in style.

photo credit for pastries: http://www.laduree.fr/
photo credit for lip colour: http://www.chanel.com

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