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Friday, March 29, 2013

Hippity Hop! Easter Is On It's Way...At Sucre!

Happy Easter Everybody! Today I'm showcasing a fabulous local patisserie, that will make your eyes sparkle, heart flutter and taste buds dance. It's called Sucre: A Sweet Boutique.

Sucre has two locations in Louisiana (Metairie & New Orleans). I visited the adorable New Orleans location before (btw actor Matthew McConaughey also visited that location), so this time I decided to take a trip to Metairie. It didn't disappoint!

Before I begin, I want to give a sweet Easter shout out to fellow blogger Natalia of Fashioned By Love Blog! Several weeks back she sent me a link to the cutest ice cream cone coin purse from ASOS. Well Natalia, you have excellent taste and I ordered it! I wanted to feature it in this post, because I felt it was so befitting. I love it and thank you doll for looking out for me.

What I'm Wearing:
JCrew cardigan
Talbots pants (similar)
Talbots tee (similar)
JCrew Ballet Flats Don't they look like Easter eggs?
ASOS New Look Ice Cream Purse
Coach Legacy Colorblock Plaid Penny (similar; sign up for Coach Factory or check eBay)

A Beautiful Day! It couldn't have been a more beautiful day to visit Sucre of Metairie! The sun was shining and so was Sucre. Inside & outside was sparkly clean and everything was neatly in place. I loved the simplicity of their Easter decorations. They were very classy. Decorated Easter eggs outlined the store windows and Easter baskets peeked from inside. Let's go in!
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Sweet Treats Galore! I really would like to take a moment and praise Sucre's staff! We were greeted upon entering and they were very knowledgeable about every item in the store. Sucre has so much to choose from! They have cakes, cupcakes, chocolate, candy, gelato, macarons, sundaes, coffee and they even serve a light breakfast. You literally want everything there!

Hmmm, What Should I Order? I decided to indulge (and share) in their Americana sundae and french macarons (strawberry, salted caramel and banana ). Everything was awesome and the way Sucre presents their desserts is very sophisticated! All desserts are served plated and brought to your table. This alone makes you feel very VIP.

Look At All The Easter Goodies! Sucre's Easter decorations and treats were equally as cute. Homemade pastel marshmallows, colorful southern pecan eggs, decorated lambs, and Easter gift baskets charmed the store. I didn't take home a gift basket, but I did purchase an awesome macaron umbrella (did you spot it above?). How cute is it! The next time it rains, it won't matter. For I will have sweet macarons dancing above my head! It puts a SMILE on my face everytime I look at it.

Sweet-Bittersweet-Not Sweet
Sucre of Metairie is SUPERSWEET!
Have A Happy, Safe & Sweet Easter Everybody!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Illamasqua Collide Product Review

There's a new bunny in town, making a name for themselves in the US cosmetic industry! Have you heard of cosmetic company Illamasqua? They're out of London and if you haven't already, you should definitely start becoming familiar with their name. Some in the States have touted Illamasqua as the "new" MAC. Remember when MAC started, they were very edgy and "out there". Well many feel MAC has mellowed through the years. Well Illamasqua cosmetics are for the BOLD and the ones who dare to be DRAMATIC. Illamasqua's mission is to provide high performance, professional makeup to anyone who wants to self express and accentuate their look beyond the norm. (source).

Illamsqua caught my eye with their new I'mperfection (I'm Perfection) Collection (specifically their nail lacquer, which looks like the speckled eggs stores sell during Easter) I'm not quite ready to jump on the speckled nail varnish route, so I decided to try a bright pink varnish named Collide.

Well, let me tell you! This is not a pink for the modest at heart. It's a pink that packs a punch! Collide is a NEON pink WITH CLASS! I really like it! The application of it was very easy. Long brush, but it was very easy to control. I used 2 coats to achieve the look below. I think this is the fastest drying nail lacquer I've ever used. The vibrant color is amazing! The only thing I didn't like was it's distinctive nail lacquer scent. Plus I didn't read about it being Environmentally friendly or at least 3 Free.

This nail lacquer costs $14 at Sephora and £13.50 ($17.26 USD) on Illamasqua's website. It was shocking to hear from my International readers (in my last nail polish post) how much you guys pay for nail polish! I don't think I would ever do mine. Crazy wild!
Sweet-Bittersweet-Not Sweet
Illamasqua's Collide is Sweet!
Oops! Sorry little bunny! I got a little yummy doing this post ;)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church

With Easter (The Resurrection of Jesus Christ) upon us, I thought it would be nice to show you pictures of the church I attend. The name of my church is Mater Dolorosa, which translates to "Mother of Sorrow" or "Sorrows of Mary". It's a Catholic Church located here in New Orleans. My mom was married here. I was christened as a baby here. I celebrated First Communion at this church. There was also a connecting elementary school that I attended, but it closed in the 80's. So as you can see, it truly holds many memories for me. From the floors to the ceilings, this church is filled with beautiful mosaics, stained glass windows, paintings and sculptures. It was built in the 1800's and still prospers today.
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