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travel diary: nye in the french alps | chamonix, france

By January 2, 2014 europe, france, travel, travel diary

Being New Year’s Eve and all, we decided to make a day out of it… so the day started with simple but oh so delicious Ham & Cheese Croissants…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 01

And as a new years gift (is that a thing?) the mister got me this gorgeous tea pot… which I enjoyed with the new Kusmi tea I bought… love finding new tea brands. They are a tea company with their HQ in Paris. They primarily produce Russian-style teas and tea blends but also have a black and green line too.

I bought their sample box and so far my favourite are the Anastasia and Prince Wladimir.Kusmi tea 1Kusmi tea

Then the afternoon lapping up the sun with a stroll around the town…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 02New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 03New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 04New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 05

Check out these cool elbow pads on this Zara Rib Knit CardiNew Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 06

And then some burgers and mulled wine at Poco Loco. They do great burgers for around 5-7 euros a pop. Best value in the valley most definitely. New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 09New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 10New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 11New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 07New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 08

With some tea & cake for good measure…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 12New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 13New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 14

Now, every new years eve needs a killer outfit right? Well it’s too cold for dresses, and no heels for me as slipping on the snow & breaking my neck is so over-rated.

So. I went with this cute Zara top + Zara high waisted leggings + these sensible Tony Bianco Santana Boots. Comfortable, practical and party-friendly for dancing into the new year.

THANKFULLY my Christmas present to myself arrived, so I had new make up from Sephora to put my NYE face on.

I started with my new Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer. You use it under your foundation and it really provides a soft and smooth great base. Then I used Garnier BB cream as my foundation, mixed in with a bit of  Nars Illumintor in Laguna.

For my eyes, I started with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer topped with my Sin and Smog from my Urban Decay Naked Palette, They also have a new one out, Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 and Urban Decay Naked Palette 3.

I rimmed my top lid with Stila Waterproof Liquid liner. I find this pen to be so easy to use and gives the dramatic look I like.

For mascara, I got to try out my new Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Big call right? Not sure I 100% agree, but it’s great none the less.

And for bottom lashes (yes apparently there is a mascara just for bottom lashes). Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I actually bought this by accident thinking it was normal mascara. But I will admit, it does give your bottom lashes a soft shape that doesn’t clump or look over-bearing.

For my brows, also new, I am happy with my new Lancome Eyebrow Pencil in 020.

Topped with my trusted fav Maybelline Sensational Vivids Lipstick  – in Mandarin.

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Turns out things book out on NYE, I only started to look for a booking the day before (yes for once I wasn’t organised), however, we managed to secure a dinner reservation at Casa Valerio. We’ve been here loads of times but it’s so good we didn’t mind.

We started with a shared Caprese Salad…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 15New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 16New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 17 

For mains I had a Truffle Ravioli…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 20New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 21

And the mister opted for Rabbit with a side of Polenta…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 19

For dessert we shared the Tiramisu…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 22New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 23  New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 26New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 25

And I had the most delicious Affogato, with creamy vanilla bean ice cream…New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 31New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 28New Years Eve in the French Alps | Cream. - 27 

After dinner, we headed off the main square where, as is tradition, to pop a bottle of champagne at the strike of midnight.

I thought it was going to be a civilised celebration but actually people were spraying each other and I got drenched! All in the name of fun though…Chamonix square NYE 5Chamonix square NYE 4Chamonix square NYE 3Chamonix square NYE 2Chamonix square NYE 1Chamonix square NYE

After a few bars we called it a night. Walking home it started to snow, topping off a pretty perfect NYE. Chamonix square NYE 7

Happy New Year! Bonne année!

What did you do for yours?

The Macadame. xx

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