Through My Lens : Recently

June 30, 2014
Laduree  Macaron Box, Nina Ricci La tentation de Nina
Life lately as seen through my camera. I finally stopped by Ladurée in Soho. Picked up some macarons and couldn't resist this vivid pink Nina Ricci La tentation de Nina box. Too bad I missed out on the accompanying special edition macarons but the seasonal cherry blossom (second left) one was quite yummy as were the rest. I'll have to go back for tea or lunch to review the cafe.
Picked up a few things that were on my wish lists and loving them.
This Albeit nourishing rose lip balm is as lovely as it looks and the packaging feels quite luxe for $12.
The RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure is really perfect for creating a rosy summer flush.
Hand Creams
I haven't tried these yet but I have a good feeling abut them.
Pineapple Cake Packaging, Feng Li Su
Pineapple cake (feng li su) in pretty packaging from Hubster's aunt in Taiwan.
These are like shortbread cookies with a jam-type filling and are a specialty of the country.
Taiwanese Cucumber Salad
Been making this Chinese cucumber salad every week, sometimes twice.
It's a refreshing warm weather favorite which we never tire of. Get the recipe here.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Smoothies have been my go-to breakfast more lately. Guava banana is a particular favorite. 
It's just half of each fruit blended with almond milk and protein powder. I usually add some flax or chia seeds as well.
Baby greens and grape tomato salad
Having salads for lunch quite often recently. Totally loving grape tomatoes and Organic Girl I heart Baby Kale mix with baby kale, tango, baby spinach, baby green chard, green romaine & baby green oakleaf lettuce with my homemade miso sesame dressing.
Black Seed Bagels Sandwich
Tried out the much hyped Black Seed Bagels which features Montreal style bagels at the newly opened Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place. The beet cured lox sandwich was delicious but quite pricey at $12. Also had to settle for a salt bagel cause all the other flavors were sold out by 11:30. It was salty! Will do a full post on Hudson Eats after I get a chance to try out more of the eats. 
pink peony
Totally taking advantage of the fact that peonies are still in season. 
They are super pretty and romantic in soft blush tones.
The Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors the other night for Pride week in NYC.
This view is so much better than the one that we were seeing when this happened.
64 comments on "Through My Lens : Recently"
  1. The pineapple cake looks particularly yummy =)
    Ladurée is pretty good but I find them a little sweet thought.

  2. My goodness. This post just made me VERY hungry!! I adore macaroons, but somehow that amazing smoked salmon sandwich looks even better than they do!

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  3. Those macarons look delish! Did you smell the perfume that was part of the collaboration?

  4. The packaging of the pineapple cake is so pretty! It's one of my hubby's favorite snacks. My grandfather is originally from that part of Taiwan that makes all the pineapple goodies, so we get snacks from them once in a while.

  5. Oh my, you have been eating very green and healthy, I see, awesome! They look really yummy. I am personally not a macaron fan but they do look lovely themselves *_^ I must say I have not heard of these makeup and skincare brand but the lip balm and cheek stain does fancy me a great deal.

    Looks like you are having a beautiful week there! Lovely indeed and thanks for dropping by to give me the moral boost I much needed ***BIG HUGS***

  6. All of this is so gorgeous. Love the first picture, the bright pink is so lovely!! Love the flowers too, some of my favourites :))) Happy Monday my dear xx

  7. Hi Rowena! I always enjoy this kind of posts from you as Ive told you the last time, I love your photo skills. Btw. the macarons (especially the cherry blossom) look very delicious and the box is utterly chic. Glad you got some items from your wishlist, the RMS lips and cheek is very cute and I usually use this stuff in summer. The bagel is mouthwatering and I remember well your cucumber salad from last summer!:) Have a wonderful week dear, hugs! xo

  8. Amazing images love the food and the skyscraper.

  9. I LOVE THOSE PINEAPPLE CAKES!!! but i'm really picking about which ones i'll eat lol. if it's not from taiwan, i'll probably pass. i've eaten way too many where the pastry is just all butter tasting or the filling is hard and thin.
    A Beautiful Zen

  10. I really like the Demure - I think it will be my next RMS purchase. :)

  11. Awesome pics as usual, Rowena:) It must be your camera....hahaha....joking, joking....:D
    I wish we have Laduree here....sigh.....

  12. Hello Rowena! Thank you for stopping by at my blog. Lovely photos....I especially love the yummy pineapple cakes and gorgeous peonies! Hope you are having a fabulous week!
    May x

  13. that last picture is great!

  14. I've been SO curious about Montreal style bagels. Yikes $12 is steep for a bagel with lox, but I'll still try a few things there! Mmm Laduree - half of my favorite part of the brand is the wonderful packaging (loving my pink boxes!) I'm definitely going to have to ask you for more foodie tips for my next trip back (maybe October - hopefully we can finally have some snacks together!)

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  15. This post has made me craving healthy greens, and thats a terrific thing! You make it all look so delicious, and those divine macaroons of course, Always enjoy your talented photography. Its always great hearing your opinion, have a creative week ahead.

  16. Woe those pink shades are drop dead gorgeous. The Macarons and the box are enough to get me to buy. Everything in your post totally make my Monday a great start.

  17. Yum the food looks so good. I have never had macaroons before.

  18. amazing pics! And delicious food of course!

  19. I was already sold by the macaroons pic, but the rest of the selection was also very delicious =)

    Sylvia @ WorldTasting

  20. Beautiful pics!! Those macaroons look so pretty and delicious!

    Style and Paper

  21. You lucky girl! The macarons look so yummy and the Nina Ricci box is adorable in pink. The color pink makes me very happy for some reason:)

  22. Love these photos! You should make a post about photography like tutorials and stuff. Have an amazing day! :)

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  23. OMG my sweet Rowena.. I LOVE your photos!!!! So cute
    Maggie D
    The Indian Savage diary - Fashion Blog

  24. Amazing pics Rowena... I love macarons!!!!
    Ciao bellissima, happy monday!!!

  25. these images are beautiful. I love the food shots (of course).The macaron packaging is stunning as well. =) SF City Hall was lit up in rainbow lights as well for Pride weekend. =)

  26. That lip balm and cheek stain though....ugh gorgeous <3

    Jessica | streetandsheer

  27. Can you believe I've never tasted macarons?? I'd love that luxurious lip balm!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

  28. This post is so appetizing! I love the box the macaroons came in and the bagel you got looks amazing! It's been a while since I've had a bagel sandwich.

  29. It is only Monday and I am already looking forward to the long weekend!
    I've recently gotten into making smoothies and eating more salads, your suggestions and recipes are much appreciated. :)
    BTW, those cookies are something to look at. I'd totally collect the cardboards. ;p

  30. I love all your eats photos, so so pretty! But now you've made me yearn for some Laduree - if you haven't tried the rose petal one yet it's delish! Hope your summer has been a good one so far Rowena, it looks like it has :)
    xo Mary Jo

  31. How gorgeous are these photos friend! And your eats here...holy cow!! I just pinned that cucumber salad recipe!!! Thank you for that one! The hubs just said that it sounds so yummy when I told him about it! And that last shot....just beautiful! And of course the peony blooms! Wouldn't that be just the prettiest bouquet for a wedding?!?! Happy week to you girl! Nicole xoxo

  32. Love pineapple tarts, especially the soft and crumbly ones. The packaging of these one look great.

  33. gorgeous!!! i love all the images. the macarons, the healthy food and that empire state building pride honour :)

    Animated Confessions

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  35. I am officially hungry now!
    Great shots though, beautiful.

    TooClothesForComfort xx

  36. Sweetie, your photos never fail to blow me away! How pretty is that hot pink macaron box? Right up my alley :) And now you've made me crave a fresh bagel and a cherry blossom macaron :)

    I'm slowly easing my way back into the blogging world, and I'm looking forward to being a better blogging friend that I've been in the past few months :)

    Sending you big hugs and lots of love,

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

  37. Hey dear,love this post!
    keep posting!
    xoxo Antonella!

  38. Lovely photos!! Love thos macarons!!

  39. Beautiful pics. The macarons look so amazing. :)
    Fashion Happenss

  40. Love the photos Rowena! Those macaroons look SO good and are always pretty in a picture. The smoothie sounds perfect for the warm summer months as does the salad and cucumber soup. Those lip pots at the top are so pretty and I love the gold container! Hope you are enjoying your week! xxleslie

  41. Precious pics Rowena, the lip balm seems very good! You choose nice colors!

  42. hello Rowena!!! I'm back!!! I really missed reading your blog and viewing your beautiful photos!!! how I wish I can have those macarons as well heheehe anyway I'm glad to see you again!!!

    take care and hope you're having a lovely week!!!
    Sweet Gala's

  43. Wonderful photos! Delicious meals :) Very cute post and jammy :D

  44. Wow all these images are so beautiful! I love the colorful macarons and the pineapple cake packaging!!!
    Thanks for sharing darling :)


  45. Great pics! I love Laduree boxes...the nina one is so cute :)


  46. I collect Laduree macaron boxes and I would love to have this one in my collection.

  47. All such excellent photos Rowena. I also love cucumber salad, and delicious lox with bagels are my favourite! :)
    Inspiring Summer Playlist

  48. so nice blog ! very interesting ! im glad that im here :) i want to invite you to mine and maybe you would like to follow each other? on gfc and bloglovin ? if yes just follow me and let me know i ll do the same as soon as possible :*

  49. The Fluffy Bunny! Ah, I love it as I do shea butter and oh man did you make me hungry with these pix!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  50. First off, LOVE your photography skills. The pictures here are absolutely stunning! You captured everything so beautifully! What camera do you use? Just followed on bloglovin, looking forward to your posts!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  51. I loved loved loved that Nina Ricci box of laduree macarons! I thought it was so pretty! Wish we had a laduree store. I'm so glad you got it and enjoyed. That lip balm looks so good. I've been eating a lot of salads lately, but it's about to go downhill with the 4th of July! LOL

  52. I have that RMS blush and it is my favorite thing ever. Come to think of it, I don't have one single product from her that I don't absolutely love.

    Otherwise, this post makes me all kinds of jealous mostly because of the bagels *cries* and the Laduree *sobs*


  53. Your pictures are always so pretty. I particularly love the one you captured of the rainbow colored ESB!

  54. Every time I scrolled past this post on Bloglovin, I always see the thumbnail and cry a little inside because I DEFINITELY WANT MACARONS NOW. ;-;
    Ah yes, I had forgotten about that cucumber salad recipe! I definitely need to put a few cucumbers on my grocey shopping list now. IT LOOKS DIVINE.

  55. Hi Rowena,

    Lovely post which lots of yummy things here - love the Laduree macarons and all the delicious food.


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