I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

the blog!

If I had to choose:

Macarons & Paris

is for Paris.

Oh, Paris. Cafés. The Eiffel Tower. Art. Food. Romance. Lights. Gardens.

Someday I shall go there, friends. Someday. I don’t know what it is lately but I’ve been swooning over the idea of Paris. Maybe it started with House Hunters International, watching unappreciative Americans search in vain for a “bigger” apartment instead of basking in the beauty that is Paris. Or maybe it’s because I just finished two absolutely delightful books all about living (and traveling) in Paris. (If you love memoirs and Paris, you will love these – Paris, My Sweet & Le Road Trip.) Or perhaps it’s because I keep watching Ratatouille (yes, the kid’s movie – don’t judge). Or perhaps it’s because I just discovered the delights of macarons. My goodness. All I know is that Paris hasn’t left my thoughts for the past month. And what makes it all so exciting is that I’ve got someone who dreams with me about it too. (Maybe not as intensely as I do.)

For the past year Paul and I have been flirting with the idea of someday moving to Europe. Perhaps just for a year. Perhaps in England. Or France. Or Ireland. Maybe we’ll rent our house and then find an adorable cottage set in the English countryside and rent there. Maybe someday we’ll both be able to work from home. Maybe someday my Photoshop actions will grow like I keep dreaming they will and we’ll just shoot weddings on the side. In Europe. (Feel free to swoon with me, friends.) (PS. These are all cell phone photos – I try not to take my big camera everywhere. :))

Anyways, whenever that day comes, everything will continue to be a dream for us. But when I get the urge to jet off to some unknown adventures in the land of Paris, I now know where I’ll go. Nadia Cakes. Have you ever been there?! My girlfriend and I visited it for the first time yesterday and we were absolutely smitten. Adorable café tables and chairs, pinks and pastels flooding the walls and decor, intricately detailed cakes, cupcakes, macarons, and other delicious desserts. Plus it’s been featured on TLC & The Food Network – and I can now see why. It’s just too perfect for words. We could have stayed there for hours.

There was a beautiful array of sweets to choose from, but me being the really weird person who doesn’t like cream cheese frosting (don’t hate me! I know I’m weird!!) I decided to go for the macarons -raspberry, lemon, and chocolate (they also had a cappuccino one I wanted to try but 3 seemed like the perfect number in this perfect café.) And then, I tasted my first macaron ever. Omigoodness. ‘Tis  delicious. It was a perfect amount of crisp on the outside and then gooey and full of so much flavor on the inside. I don’t think I could pick a favorite – each one had its own deliciousness in its own way. Needless to say I will be eating those tiny treats again.

So back to Paris! Although I’ve heard from some people that it is nothing to write home about and it’s not as romantic as the photos and movies make it look, I want to NOT believe them. What about you,friends? Have any of you ever been to Paris?? Did you just love it so much you didn’t want to come  home? Or did you just love it enough? Did you sit in cafés? Eat real French food (fresh baguettes specifically)? I’d love to know!! Please tell me it’s as romantic as I picture it. :) And if you haven’t visited Nadia Cakes, I suggest you do. (No, I’m not being paid to advertise for them – I just loved it so!) :) Happy Tuesday, friends!! xoxo

  1. Tricia says:

    Oh yes! Paris is romantic, but I actually find all of France romantic!! My husband proposed to me in the Gardens of Versailles, and that night we ate French food (escargot, delish!), drank French wine, and were serenaded by a French musician at the restaurant. It was a fairy tale proposal in one of the most romantic places in the world. What wonderful dreams you and your husband have – I hope they all come true!

    • Nikki says:

      Omigoodness. I literally swooned. What a gorgeous memory and such a romantic story, Tricia!! Thanks so much for stopping over – I’m so glad to hear that France is as romantic as I dream it is. :)

  2. Nana says:

    Oh my you sure have a way with words..Love reading your stories…

  3. I love your watercolors. Your should start an Etsy shop. :)

    I have a friend who’s in Paris right now, and seeing her photos does make it look awfully tempting. Then again, I hated the Charles de Gaulle airport. :/

  4. Ooh! Can we come with you guys??? We share that exact love of Paris, pastries and pretty things!