My sister has become pretty obsessed with my macarons. She even requested some for her company, Found‘s quarterly review. I still think it’s pretty amazing that my sister works for a company whose colour is purple. It’s her favourite. So deciding what colour the macarons had to be was easy, but I wasn’t sure what flavour to make them. Most purple macarons I’ve seen are lavender, not my favourite, so I went for blueberry because it creates the perfect purple and I knew my sister would like it. For the filling I used both blueberry jam and fresh blueberries. I hope everyone enjoys them!
(for approx 36 whole macarons)
500g icing sugar
160g unsalted butter (room temperature)
3 tbsp blueberry jam
splash of milk
a large handful of fresh blueberries
Beat together the icing sugar, butter and milk. Then add the jam and mix until smooth. Add in the fresh blueberries and mix until the berries are broken up in to large pieces.
I’ve been getting my make up from the same place since I was allowed to wear it at 13. Cosmetics A La Carte, where not only do they have incredible make up, complete with a bespoke option, but they take the time to show and teach you how to apply it. I’ve always loved visiting their shop in Motcomb Street which is like a sweet shop filled with colours of shadows, lipsticks and glosses. It’s always so much fun to visit the lovely girls that work there.
This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary and when we paid them a visit this weekend I took some cupcakes. I topped the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, half with the ‘A’ from their logo, which features on all of their packaging and on the other half, tiny lipsticks. These reminded me of one of my favourite lipsticks of theirs, a bright red belonging to my Mum in the original A La Carte turquoise tube. It really is the perfect red and I had been “borrowing” it for special occasions until it was hidden. I might now have a new favourite, ‘Cupcake’ which is the perfect shade for a cake lover such as myself. Happy 40th to Cosmetics A La Carte, I hope they enjoyed the cupcakes!