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Carrière Frères Industrie Paris Couture Candles – A Story of Two Brothers Fascinated by Wax & Nature

Posted in Aromatherapy, Fabulous Locations, Fabulous Locations & Stores, Home Decor on January 24, 2013 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ever since I got my first bottle of Carrière Frères candle in Paris, I’ve falling in love with their fabulous fragrance, the minimalistic candle jar with beautiful hand drawn graphic in front of the bottle. These candles not only look and smell beautiful, but have an interesting history behind it, too!

Founded in 1884, by the inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds of two brothers, Carrière Frères Industrie is the keeper of wax craftsmanship from the XVIII century. At the dawn of the industrial revolution, obsessed with patents and new inventions, the Carrière brothers revamped wax-making.

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The Swedish Underground Art Scene & The world’s Longest Art Gallery in Stockholm Metro Subway

Posted in Art & Music, Fabulous Locations with tags on January 24, 2013 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

At 110 kilometers (68.3 miles) in length, the Stockholm Subway System is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit. Considered one of the most beautiful metro’s in Europe, the Stockholm subway system is filled with eye popping art and bright colors.

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Art Aquarium Tokyo – Exhibition Turns Aquarium Into Works Of Art

Posted in Art & Music, Fabulous Locations on September 9, 2012 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

August 17 2012, Tokyo, Japan – The Art Aquarium Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall. The Art Aquarium Exhibition -Edo Coolness of Kingyo- shows the combination of the Japanese Edo period and modern technology in aquarium tanks with traditional Japanese fish. The exhibition is open from August 17 to September 24 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo.

Goldfish swim in a tank as part of an art exhibition “Art Aquarium” designed by aquarist Hidetomo Kimura

(Photo Courtesy by Franck Robichon  EPA)
(Photo coutresy by AFP PHOTO  Yoshikazu TSUNO)
(Courtesy by Koji Sasahara  AP)
(Photo courtesy by AFP PHOTO  Yoshikazu TSUNO)

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Christopher Bailey & Burberry Flagship Store Opening at Taipei Taiwan with Asia’s Top Celebrities

Posted in Burberry, Fabulous Locations, Fashion with tags , , on September 9, 2012 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

My favorite designer Christopher Bailey has done it again! To celebrate the Burberry flagship store opening at 101 shopping center in Taipei Taiwan, Mr. Bailey& Burberry had just hosted a multi-media extravaganza with ground-breaking technology and 360 degree multi-sensory effects is hoping to animate Burberry’s ties to their British heritage as well as the elements of fashion, music, and the weather. The event drew some of Taiwan’s biggest celebrities with guests including Jolin Tsai, Girls Generation, and Daniel Henney among many others.

Christopher Bailey and Jolin Tsai Celebrate The Opening Of The Burberry 101 Flagship Store In Taipei
on April 26th, 2012
Model Daniel Henney and Jessica Jung of K-pop group Girls’ Generation

To help & adds the excitements of the incredible experience of Burberry’s flagship store opening in Taipei Taiwan, British musican Tom Odell performed with some talented orchestra of Taiwan college students.

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My Delicious Weekend in San Francisco – L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons and Gourmet & More French Specialty Store

Posted in Fabulous Locations, Food and Culture with tags , on September 9, 2012 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’m the type of person rather starve myself, cut out the carbohydrates so I can eat those yummy sweet desserts LOL ! So naturally I’m a big fan & obsessed about those pretty & delicious macarons! I am always on the mission to find & try the local macarons in whatever cities I travel to like Paris, London, Japan, New York….. And to my pleasant surprise in my hometown San Francisco, there is a charming petite French store name “Gourmet & More” that has Chef Alex Trouan “L’artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons” !! They are not only so beautiful to look at; each one of them is like a piece of art! But also Orgasmicaly Delicious!

So let’s set something straight first, the French Macaron is only spelled with one “O” as opposed to the equally yummy, chewy & coconut aroma Italian Macaroon. Also it is pronounced as “macaRHONE” not “macaRoon”! If you can say it with that dry heave rolling “R” thing on the last syllable like most French people do then you’ve earned your extra Macaron points haha. Click here Macaron to hear the accurate pronunciation (once the new window opens, click on the blue triangle “Play” button to hear it).

Chef Alexandre Trouan of L’Artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons brings with him a rich culinary tradition that began in the South of France. At the age fifteen Chef Alex began his apprenticeship at Master Chef Michel Belin’s Pastry Shop in Albi, France.

By the time he was eighteen years old, he earned his Certification of professional Proficiency by the French Ministry years of National Education Academy in Toulouse, France, where he graduated with honors. Chef Alex’s professional training continued in Paris, France under Chef Pierre Hermé , Here he studied the art of pâtisserie. From St Tropez, to Paris to Avignon, France, Chef Alexandre worked with the world’s top pâtissiers in his quest for the most exquisite pastries.

In 1993, Chef Alex came to United Sates beginning his next culinary chapter in Pittsburgh, PA. His travels brought him to the beautiful state of California in San Francisco.

I love how these precious & yummy macaron was packaged! It’s in this super chic baby blue box that’s specially designed to fit 12 of chef Alexandre’s handmade macaron that will sit in there securely and not to mention the beautiful presentation it is for gift giving or just to treat yourself. It’s très chic; très jolie!

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Picasso Exhibition at de Young Museum San Francisco

Posted in Art & Music, Fabulous Locations, Fabulous Locations & Stores with tags , on June 29, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

On this beautiful summer Saturday, I’ve decided to go see the Picasso exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco; and I was amazed by all the beautiful paintings & sculptures!

This exhibition of 150 important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings created by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is drawn from the permanent collection of the Musée National Picasso, Paris, the largest and most significant repository of the artist’s work in the world, and comes to the de Young as part of an international tour. The artwork is touring because the Musée is currently closed and undergoing a multi-year renovation expected to last through 2012.

Portrait of Dora Maar 1927
Le Baiser (The kiss) 1969

Balenciaga and Spain Exhibition at de Young Museum San Francisco

Posted in Art & Music, Fabulous Locations, Fashion with tags , on June 29, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’ve always admires Cristóbal Balenciaga’s visions of style that has set the fashion trends since the 50s and still influence fashion designers all over the world today. This past weekend, I had the great pleasure to visit the de Young Museum in San Francisco for the Balenciaga exhibition, needless to say, it was a magical experience. The exhibition includes top examples of the couturier’s designs, the flamenco-style gowns, the fichu stoles and matador-inspired hats, the evening dresses that seemed to follow the austere sweep of a nun’s wimple – borrowed from archives and private collectors. Let’s first watch a video about the exhibition.

Here are some photos from this beautiful exhibition.