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You Are What You Eat?

21 Apr

GirlSeeksShoe here.

When I was little, I used to think that everything I ate made a home in my stomach. Apples would grow into apple trees, icing would become wallpaper, bread would be a bed, and chips would be people. Etc etc. Like I said, I was little. Obviously, I don’t believe that anymore, but I still have a soft spot for pretty food, particularly cupcakes. My reasoning is that if you are what you eat, and you eat pretty food, you are pretty. This totally fits in with beauty being on the inside… it’s in your stomach!

My obsession only rocketed up a few levels when I started watching Ace of Cakes. But it skyrocketed when I visited Magnolia Bakery, in New York. First, I happened to walk past their stall in the Food Court at Grand Central Station. How could I not buy a slice of cheesecake for my mother?  Then, well, if I was there… they were written up in Vogue after all. And Vogue never lies.

So, I sat down with my double chocolate cupcake.

Holy…

In the words of Katy Perry: “Boom, boom, boom.” Fireworks indeed. A veritable explosion of the taste buds, in fact.

To the annoyance of my family, I then loudly and continuously proclaimed that these were The Best Cupcakes In The World. I was attacked with “But you haven’t tried every cupcake in the world! You can’t say that!” and “Just come to Washington D.C, and I’ll show you the best cupcakes”. To no avail. Their words fell on deaf ears… I was a Magnolia Bakery convert.

 This was, however, by no means the beginning of my cupcake epiphany. I had always loved them, making it a ritual to buy one from the Selfridges Food Court (London) every Christmas and anniversary of my birth. Something about the candy-coloured icing – and, ohmylord, what a altitudinous swirl of icing – mixed with the soft cake underneath, in all the flavours under the sun… it got to me. For someone who had always loved colours, and pretty things, and being a girly girl, cupcakes were drops of paradise.

During that same trip to New York, several days after my “conversion”, we headed to the Rockefeller Centre. We passed some lovely shops, and then… I saw its cosily lit windows from down the block. Magnolia Bakery. The full-sized shop! No-one needed convincing really. My mother still remembered the cheesecake, my brother wanted a hot chocolate, my father knew they did eggless biscuits… I could call it fate (if I was so inclined). They were doing a charitable venture; purple cupcakes, proceeds go to Epilepsy Awareness etc. Well, purple happens to be my favourite colour, and there was one chocolate-based purple cupcake-with-a-daisy-on-top  left.

 Of course, I bought it. After taking about a thousand pictures and staring at it for a while, I savoured every mouthful.

Another thing about Magnolia Bakery… I would honestly recommend it as a tourist attraction. Not just for the cupcakes. Because  you can see them making the cupcakes in the window. The whole process if you wish. We stood there for about half an hour, just watching in awe as a baker filled the middle of the cupcakes with icing, and then iced the tops perfectly. The middle!

Another place that recently astounded me was the Selfridges Food Hall. I really hadn’t expected anything to have changed when I walked down there, so this display just blew me away:

The macaroons and meringues made me salivate, I am not joking. The excruciating part was, though, that I could not eat anything as I had just had a MAC make-over done for my night-out. *sob*

Of course, I could not let a post about pretty foods go by without an ode to the chocolate eclair. No, not the poorly wrapped sweet. The cake.

 

Now, this may not seem pretty to everyone, but following the theme of beauty on the inside…

*sigh*

Now also SeekingCupcakes,

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

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Have we met?

19 Apr

Roger Vivier (1918-1938) for Christian Dior

Well, I suppose I should introduce myself.

GirlSeeksShoe here, pleased to make your acquaintance. I am a born and bred Londoner (well, Greater London at least; but my heart is there) and here are three things you should know about me and my shiny new blog:

1. This is intended as a fashion and beauty blog, but will probably take several twist and turns into the foray of popular culture, history, architecture, and anything else that happens to be on my mind. But, as a promise to you, my faithful reader, I will always end up back at my roots… as a fashion and beauty blogger.

2. I am …… I …… I am a …… a …… a shoe-addict! There, I said it. So, if any of you lovely ladies or gentlemen are mortally offended by frequent references to my latest pair of much-coveted footwear, I’m sorry. I think our acquaintance shall be a short one. Oh, and add chocaholic to my list of vices. What? I never said I was flawless.

3. I am a poor, impoverished university student, who cannot afford all the beautiful things she sees in the shop windows of Oxford Street and Bond Street *cue violins*. Therefore, my focus will be on translating these castles in the air* into affordable fashion. As in, things I can actually afford. Fear not, my own focus aside, I am not the type who can easily ignore high fashion and the honey-coated words of Vogue, so there will be plenty of pretty pictures.

As a further warning, I am studying English for three years … I obviously adore books, so there will be plenty of references to literature (and probably to university life as well).

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

*Dior-points to anyone who spotted this Little Women reference