Dîner en Blanc in Philadelphia!

Sooo this year’s D.E.B was held at……30th Street Station!  We all dined and danced on the JFK Bridge, which leads to the biggest transportation hub in the city.  If you’re not from the area, pay it a visit on your next trip.  Below are some of the 2,500 stylish guests in blanc, elegant decor and happy faces.  A little bit of FrEnglish too!

Had no idea we were feet away from the main event.

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French-looking platter.2013-08-22 19.47.30Global Lipstick, Denise Fike and her fashion-forward hat.
2013-08-22 20.42.22 Eiffel Tower Table.2013-08-22 20.53.31 Les Cupcakes
2013-08-22 20.54.18 Les Macarons
2013-08-22 20.55.00 La Lovely Lady
2013-08-22 20.56.06D.E.B in a ville near you ;-).
2013-08-22 21.00.22Super Fly
2013-08-22 21.01.40 Those glasses…winniiiing.2013-08-22 21.02.03Dapper Gents
2013-08-22 21.02.45Sheer rules!
2013-08-22 21.07.51Les sparklers!  Light up the city.
2013-08-22 21.16.09 More sparkler fun.
2013-08-22 21.18.55Emily Tharp, blogger behind HerPhilly.  J’adore!
2013-08-22 21.20.05And j’adore her dress!
2013-08-22 21.20.56 New friend 🙂2013-08-22 21.29.29 She WAS the party!
2013-08-22 21.37.40 Had to make it to the stage…
2013-08-22 21.46.27Très elegant.
2013-08-22 21.55.23Quick break inside the station.

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Then back to la fête with Kory Aversa, one of the many brains behind the magic! 

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Merci beaucoup to all that put this together.  See you next summer!!

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TBT: One of Global Lipstick’s First Posts

Quite fitting for a week of beauty!!

A little collection of things that make ya go “ooooow” that just happen to be accentuated with lipstick.

3 Blind Hues
3 Blind Hues
Beauty Portrait
Golden & Rouge
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This Little Piggy Went Posh
Wall of Prague
Prague’s Best Work
emeli-sande
Scottish Vocal Genie, Emeli Sandé

Emilie Gomis Ballin'

Olympian Slash French Goddess, Emelie Gomis
Equestrians
Thai Equestrians
Swiss Dolls
Swiss Dolls
Tvana
Croatian Artistry
London Fog
Shine in the London Rain
King B
And what?
Metallic
Heavy Metal!
India
Draped in Regality

 I do not own the rights to any images…except the Prague pic 😉

Happy Bastille Day!!

How did you celebrate La Fête Nationale?  Fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower?  A party in your neighborhood?  A cold beverage?  None or all of the above?   Bastille Day takes place every July 14th as a commemoration of the end of the French Revolution.  We found a block party at Eastern State Penitentiary to celebrate with fellow Francophiles (lovers of France).  Don’t know if it was a direct reflection of my dear Frenchies but fun to witness nonetheless!

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Le fin 🙂

Flashback Friday: Summers Past

Happy First Day of Summer!!!  I am a Winter baby but there’s a distinct affinity I have for the summertime.  Life’s somehow much better with a little heat (no pun intended, Miami champs).  Here are a few of my favorite Summer moments.

Graduation party in Málaga, Spain exactly one year ago today.

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Dancing with someone´s grandfather in Costa Rica, 2007.

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Celebrating Feria in Dax, France, 2012.

Apero Crew Sips in Panama, 2007

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Learning to dance salsa at home, where the heart is, 2006.

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I could go on forever but time to go make more memories!!!

Tasty Tuesday: The Cronut Culprit

The “cronut craze” has taken off rapidly and is driving countless New Yorkers to rise early and wait hours for a bite.  What’s a cronut?  It is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut (AKA a fried croissant with a hole) and the new “it” pastry.  Copycats are sprouting and scalpers, yes scalpers, are profiting by delivering them for a cool $100 each.  All of this at the hands of Frenchman, Chef Dominique Ansel.  Born just north of Paris, Ansel has left his mark in kitchens around the world.  Now the goods from his self-titled bakery are on the verge of overshadowing another trendy French treat, macarons.  If he starts making mini cronuts, he may win that battle for sure.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

D-oh!

Snapshot Stories: French Sand Dune Triumph

In a trip to Bordeaux, France, my sister, friend and I went to climb nearby sand dunes in Arachon – a first for us all.  Expectations were more like question marks.  We hadn’t a clue what was waiting for us.  I’ve climbed pyramids and mountains.  Both were brutal.  In my head, sand should have been cake.  The incline itself was not steep but I will admit, the overall perception could have been overwhelming.  Well….one of us, who will remain unidentified, realized her paralyzing fear of heights and resisted the climb halfway through.  She would walk two or three steps then collapse screaming, “noooo, I can’t make it!”  We had to band together as we saw children and puppies speed by in order to get to the top.  But we did it!  What normally takes 5-10 minutes, took us 30-40.  A triumph indeed.  We celebrated with a victorious pose!

Bordunes

5 Days of Global Goodies

Birthday Treats

This week is my sister’s birthday.  So, in honor of her sweet tooth existence, let’s shine a light on los postres, les gourmands, i dolci!  Yes, the rest of the week is all about the sweets.  I’ll begin with some of her favorites.

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The napolitano de chocolate (in Spain), pain au chocolat (in France), chocolate-filled croissant (in the US).  The first and best placed she ate these were at a bus stop in Madrid.  Who woulda thunk it?  According to her, the bakeries didn’t hold a candle to the bus stop. Take notes, bakers!

Stroopwafel

Hol-y cow…the death of us both.  Stroopwafels.  They’re just so good, I don’t know where to begin.  A Dutch specialty, this waffle sandwich is all kinds of irresistible. It’s made of two thin waffles with a caramel syrup holding them together.  It puts you right on the edge of a sugar high.  They’re sweet but the cinnamon cuts the sugar just enough to make you think that you’re not really consuming 50g of sugar.  And its softness somehow makes you eat them twice as fast.  They’re typically eaten with tea.  BUT, I discovered that dipped in Cream of Wheat….uuuh!

Llaollao

Llaollao (pronounced yao-yao), another Spanish must.  I’m no frozen yogurt connoisseur but this is the best we’ve had.  It’s a tangy, tart, sweet cup.  Ordering the ‘Sanum’ is the best deal.  You’re able to choose three different fruits, a chopped topping and a drizzle.  Mine goes a little something like this, “un sanum con kiwi piña, fresa, muesli y chocolate, por favor.”  Translated, “a sanum with kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, granola and chocolate, please.”  Wait a minute or two for it to soften so that everything blends together.  Can’t beat it.

Carrot Cake

Good ol’ American carrot cake.  Not much else to say.  Just yum!!!

Happy Hump Day 😉

Montage-ish Pun

A little collection of things that make ya go “ooooow” that just happen to be accentuated with lipstick.

3 Blind Hues

3 Blind Hues

Beauty Portrait

Golden & Rouge

piggy.jpg

This Little Piggy Went Posh

Wall of Prague

Prague’s Best Work

emeli-sande

Scottish Vocal Genie, Emeli Sandé

Emilie Gomis Ballin'

Olympian Slash French Goddess, Emelie Gomis

Equestrians

Thai Equestrians

Swiss Dolls

Swiss Dolls

Tvana

Croatian Artistry

London Fog

Shine in the London Rain

King B

And what?

Metallic

Heavy Metal!

India

Draped in Regality