By Lauren Bruksch, Guest Blogger
There’s no denying that the perfect pair of smoking-hot high heels and a deliciously decadent dessert can elicit comparable levels of excitement and even borderline-lust among women.
Last time I was in Paris, I very truly spent equal time in Galeries Lafayette’s shoe department (and, I guess if we’re being honest, its Chantal Thomass shop-in-shop lingerie boutique) as I did in Lafayette Gourmet, the luxe department store’s gourmet market where I learned that LANVIN makes chocolates!!! In addition to salivating at the mere idea of designer chocolate, I couldn’t help but swoon over these beautiful Galler bonbons packaged so elegantly to look like chic nail polishes. It’s no surprise that, in addition to a bounty of beautiful French lingerie, heels and dresses, I smuggled these chocolates home where they beautifully accessorized my kitchen counter for months until one fateful night. C’est la vie!
For my fellow fashion-loving foodies, here are some of my fave sweet-and-stylish finds – from my home in Manhattan Beach (near L.A.) to my former home in Manhattan, NYC. These places prove that the way to a fashion girl’s heart is through her stomach…while dressed-up in sky-high, 150mm stilettos.
Elleni Couture – Come for a selection of designer shoes and gourmet chocolates curated from all over the world – all under one roof. Owner Skylar Tourigny says “I’ve been passionate about shoes and chocolate my entire life…Some days it’s hard to decide which one I love more, so I must have both!”
Cupcakes Couture – Former NY-er and FIT-grad Jenine Cravatt serves “designer cupcakes” haute from the kitchen. Each couture cake is a high-end work of art that seems way too pretty to eat, but is just too good not to enjoy.
Eleni’s New York – One of the original “designers” of stylish sweets, this shop first introduced its handbag and shoe cookies in 1997 at the chic Chelsea Market. Eleni’s introduces a few new “collections” each year offering the season’s hautest, iconic handbags and heels. (Spring 2012 collection pictured below, upper right)
[Photos courtesy of (clockwise from upper left): Elleni Couture, Eleni New York, Couture Cupcakes]