macarons, liberty's & advent calendars

14 December 2014

I've got another festive post for you today! 

After our lobster feast, my sister told me that I had to try a very special Pierre Hermé macaron that she had eaten the day before. If you read my Paris posts back in the spring, you'll know that E and I are big fans of Pierre Hermé - E even has his macaron cookbook, which he is still trying to master!

Anyway, she mentioned that they had a white truffle macaron that was amazing. Sounded a bit strange, but I'm always up for a challenge - especially if it's edible. So off we went to Selfridges, to that tempting corner of chocolate covered everything and beautiful looking delicacies.

Let me tell you, that white truffle macaron is worth a trip to Selfridges alone. They recommend that you don't put it in a bag or box with other flavoured macarons, just because the scent of it is so strong that it can flavour the other ones over time. We didn't have to worry about that, as we ate ours on the spot! It was as interesting and amazing as it sounded - I took one home to E and he was impressed too. Of course, I couldn't leave without a couple of other flavours (including the seasonal gingerbread one) and it was quite the treat.

We then headed to the almighty Liberty's. Their Christmas decorations are magical every year, and although a lot of things on sale are eye-wateringly expensive, it is a joy just to walk around and enjoy the displays. I feel like when I was younger, I didn't quite appreciate these things the same way I do now - especially somewhere like Liberty's, which seemed so grown-up and for "old" people. Well, I'm "old" now and I don't mind it too much!

Last but not least, I mentioned the other day that my sister had made me an advent calendar, and I wanted to share a couple of photos of how brilliant it is! She decorated every single box, sealed them with different washi tape, and filled each one with little things that she knows I would love. So far they have included a Yankee candle, chocolates, Benefit mini products, bath bomb, a hilarious mini book of Oscar Wilde quotes, earrings, lip balm and more... really thoughtful, lovely little gifts that have me seriously excited to get up and open in the mornings. It is such a wonderful idea for a present, and I do feel completely spoilt - it has definitely inspired me to make some in the future. I did make one for E back in the day, but it wasn't quite as good as this!

Hopefully it has given you some ideas for next year (too early?) as it is such a unique gift and the receiver knows and appreciates the thought that has gone into it. Thanks Kana, you're the best and definitely my favourite sister! (not being mean, she's my only one. but she's still my favourite for all intents and purposes.)


  1. That advent calendar is really amazing! All the more special for the thought and care that so clearly went into it. What a lovely sister! Oh, I just adore Pierre Herme macarons - they're my favourite! I love the olive and vanilla flavour, which sounds bizarre but is so delicious. Would love to try the white truffle too! xx

  2. All those macarons! Be still my heart! x

  3. Those macarons look delicious! And that advent calender is so cute.

  4. OMG the homemade advent calendar is so cute, what a lovely idea!

    I was in London a week or so ago doing Christmassy things but I didn't make it to Liberty .. gutted! It felt like I was rushing about everywhere to try and see as much of Christmas as I possibly could!

    Chloe x

  5. Your advent calendar is the sweetest! You lucky lady <3 xx

  6. Incredible advent calendar - seriously impressed with Kana's creative skills! That's such a great idea for a present :) And isn't Liberty magical during Christmas? It's definitely the prettiest department store in London, and its Christmas shop is much nicer than Selfridges' one! I tried Pierre Hermé's white truffle macaron a few years ago and couldn't decide whether I liked it or not (although the other members of my family had significantly more polarised responses to the flavour...) They definitely have the most interestingly flavoured macarons out there - I love the Mogador (chocolate/passion fruit) and the Velouté Ispahan (yoghurt, rose, lychee, raspberry) :) xx

  7. I love Liberty so much! I constantly wish I owned something in their beautiful floral prints, but you're right, so so expensive. Such a thoughtful birthday present too - thank you for sharing it :)

  8. So jealous over that advent calendar. I think I might make one for my siblings next year if your sister doesn't mind me stealing her idea haha. Anyway I'm completely dying over those pictures of treats. I want a truffle macaron so badly now! But I wouldn't say no to one of those chocolate covered strawberries either haha. And the shop interior is GORGEOUS.


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