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The Year 2013

2013 has been one of the best years of my life so far, if not the best. I’ve never had this much fun, met this many amazing people or grown this much as a person. It’s always fun to look back at your experiences, adventures and everything that has happened during the past year, so I thought I’d sum up the year in a couple of photos. Enjoy!

Paris Covered in Snow

Enjoying the View From Pont de l'Archevêché

A Hot Cup of Tea

In Jardin du Luxembourg

If this was the best year of my life the month of January has to be the worst month during this year. Not only did I have a rough time to get through on my own, but on top of that I arrived to Paris on the second day of the month, just to find the apartment I had rented completely unlivable. That meant checking into a hotel and finding a new apartment within three days. Mission impossible, right? Yes, it almost was. After three days I finally found a little apartment in the 5th arrondissement that I could stay in for one month while I kept looking for a place to stay in during a longer time.

But on the more positive side of things I got to see Paris completely covered in snow, do an internship at Diane von Furstenberg, take up photography again after being home in Stockholm for almost eight months and meeting new best friends. I’m so happy that I endured those first weeks of hell, because little did I know that this experience would change my life forever.

Parisian Staircase

Cosy Streets in Paris

Ice Cream Time at Berthillon

Snow at Place des Vosges

In February I moved into the apartment that I would end up staying in until the summer. It was my dream apartment with white wooden floors, big Parisian windows overlooking a quiet little street with a big white marble table. Yes, I was in heaven.

It snowed again and I was starting to loose hope about the fact that spring would ever arrive in Paris. Snow is not that big of a deal in a city like Stockholm but I quickly learned that when snow comes to Paris, the whole city stops. Valentine’s Day came and I spent it together with my lovely Grace eating delicious food and indulging in yummy ice cream at Berthillon. I should have known then and there that this was a person who would become one of my dearest friends in the end – not that many people would eat ice cream with you when it’s freezing outside.

Strolling Around in the Marais

Enjoying the Sun in the Tuileries

Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain in Paris

The 2013 Macaron Smackdown

I could finally enjoy Paris in ballet flats and thinner jackets in March – if only for a few days. But I made sure to put those days to good use by stopping by Pierre Hermé for my favourite praliné macaron and enjoy a break in Jardin des Tuileries. But those were not the only macarons I enjoyed in March, that’s for sure. During one Sunday one of my dear friends invited a bunch of friends to something called the “macaron smack down” which sounded pretty impossible to resist, right? It was.

I also ate my way around the city together with Diane, fellow food lover and one of the funniest girls to hang out with. She made me discover Frenchie Wine Bar as well as the tasty sandwiches at Verjus. Fashion week in Paris came to an end and I payed a visit to Ten Belles together with Cindy (another amazing girl that I’m not lucky to consider one of my close friends).

Couple by the Fountain in Jardin du Palais Royal

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Picnic in Parc Monceau

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

In April spring arrived to Paris and I went completely crazy for all the trees and flowers, which suddenly were in full bloom. I spent several hours in both Jardin des Plantes and Jardin du Palais Royal, photographing every single flower I could find and enjoying the lovely weather. I visited my favourite museum in Paris, Musée Rodin for the hundredth time, enjoyed evenings by the Seine in the best company possible, had lunch on a balcony (with one of the pretties views over the city I’ve ever seen), went to my first concert in Paris and had the best picnic ever thanks to the lovely Lauren who was kind enough to organize it all.

Wonderful Vacation in Bastia, Corsica

Wonderful Vacation in Corsica

Wonderful Vacation in Corsica

Wonderful Vacation in Corsica

For the first time ever I got the chance to visit Corsica in May. Not only did I get the chance to visit this place that I’ve been dreaming about forever, I also got to do it with some of the loveliest people I’ve met so far. Late night conversations, enormous amounts of ice cream and langoustines, days spent rolling around in the sand on the beach and playing around in the sea was the best thing I could ever have wished for. It felt so nice to escape the city for a while to a place where a cup of coffee didn’t cost more than 2€ and where I got the chance to take a dip in the sea again!

Evening Walk Around Île Saint Louis

Gary Pepper by Nicole Warne, Photo by Carin Olsson

An Evening in Versailles

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, Photo by Carin Olsson

I love the spring and summer months in Paris and June has to be one of the best. I got to try this French toast (and after that I was forever hooked) and enjoyed the most magical day at the Plaza. This evening with late night ice cream and chit chat was one that I’ll never forget, a short visit from my sister was also one of the highlights during this month as well as a trip to Versailles (and all of these moments).

I also have to say that meeting Nicole for the first time has to be one of the most exciting things during this month. Why? I guess you could say that I really discovered my love for photography when shooting her (remember our first shoots together? I, II, III, IV). I found something I absolutely loved doing and would like to continue doing in the future. I’m forever grateful that this girl dared to take a shot at me when I had had done absolutely nothing like this before!

Vacation in Italy

A Gorgeous Little Terrace in Terracina

Summer Vacation in Rome

Summer Vacation in Rome

I spent most of the days during July on the beach in Terracina or strolling the streets of Rome. Like I’ve said before: no summer is complete for me without a visit to these two places. Eating watermelon, several bombas, ice cream, pizza and pasta al salmone during two weeks is my idea of a heaven. The only downside to these kind of vacations is that they have to come to an end at some point…

After spending every minute on the beach doing absolutely nothing I went to Rome by myself and hit the jackbot when I entered my apartment that I had rented on my own. A perfect little place with a private terrace that looked more like something taken out of a movie. After riding around on the back of Annie’s Vespa it felt like I was in “Roman Holiday” for real. Rome is seriously a city I could se myself spending some more time in.

In the Apple Garden

In the Apple Garden

Homemade Cake With Icing

Garden Party Bag and the Book "Grace" in the Grass

After spending most of July in Italy I spent August in my hometown Stockholm. The best thing about coming home is always getting to see my little sweetheart again. I hate being away from our family pug when I’m in Paris so I try to cuddle with him as much as possible whenever I’m home. We had a pretty good summer this year (by Swedish standards that it), which meant that I could spend several days laying in the grass reading good books and just relaxing. I made sure to bake a few extra treats since my Parisian apartment didn’t have an oven. I also spent the month planning the most exciting adventure I’ve experienced this year for the month of September…

New York Fashion Week

Roberto Cavalli Fashion Show in Milan

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Alberta Ferretti Fashion Show in Milan

Yes, September was certainly the most exhausting, exciting and fascinating month of the year for me. On the 6th I got on a plane to New York and met up with Nicole for fashion week. After that we flew off to London, Milan and last but not least, Paris. It’s hard to pick highlights from this month since there were so many. Getting to see shows like Alberta Ferretti, Tibi and Vera Wang in real life might take the price though! Or perhaps getting to shoot soo much amazing fashion? Or meeting so many new friends and incredible people. Yes, it’s really hard to choose just a few.

A a few of my favourite shoots from this month though has to be when we shot in Central Park during a very early morning, when we ended up in the beautiful West Village, the white and pink roses in London, shooting this white lace dream on our balcony in Milan and getting to photograph in front of the Tour Eiffel, experience magical sunsets and creating short stories together in Paris.

Autumn in Paris

Tiany Kiriloff in Louis Vuitton

Autumn in Paris

Looking down

Fall arrived in Paris during the month of October and I got to experience the amazing autumn colours in this city. I loved seeing Paris covered in yellow, orange and red tones and could never keep my camera in my bag for too long. I also visited one of my new favourite museums and got to smell some pretty flowers on my way there. I was incredibly nervous when Tiany asked me to shoot her, all dressed in Louis Vuitton, while she was in Paris during a few days but I couldn’t imagine anything more exciting at the same time. I’m happy I did because I love the photos we took together and getting the chance to work with such a sweet person was really fantastic!

November in Rome

November in Rome

Autumn in Jardin des Tuileries

Autumn in Jardin des Tuileries

In November we celebrated my mom’s birthday by flying to Rome and spending a few days in one of our favourite cities. I loved coming back to this place and really enjoyed seeing it during the fall. I didn’t think anything could top experiencing Rome during summer but autumn in this city is pretty darn amazing as well!

I turned a year older and it actually felt like it was okay since I had accomplished many things that I was very happy about, but no one likes getting older, right? I ignored those feelings by drinking lots of hot chocolate from Angelina, eating French toast for breakfast with dear friends and strolling around the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries on beautiful autumn days like this.

Gucci Paris Masters

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

In the end of November/beginning of December my dad and sister visited Paris and we got to enjoy the best days together. This month I was also invited to the Gucci Paris Masters and had a really exciting day that I documented in photos right here, I paid a visit to the Christmas display windows at Printemps and got to be roommates with this gorgeous girl before heading home. Let’s just say that our time together resulted in more sweets than I could possibly count. I discovered so many new favourite treats that I can’t wait to tell you about!

I ended this month in Sweden, together with familyfriends and new friends too. For the first time in a long time, it doesn’t feel sad and boring being back in my hometown. It’s actually been really cosy and now I kind of have a hard time saying good bye before leaving for Paris again on Thursday.

Grey Feathers

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

Sania Claus Demina, photo by Carin Olsson

It’s ironic that Sania and I didn’t meet until we ended up at the same party in New York during fashion week earlier this fall since we both lived in Stockholm before I moved to Paris. But if that’s what it took for the two of us two meet, I simply have yet another reason to love my time in New York even more. I’m absolutely thrilled that our paths crossed since Sania is one of the loveliest people I’ve meet in this industry so far. Not only is she one of Sweden’s most stylish and successful bloggers, she’s also a fashion editor at one of Sweden’s biggest fashion magazines Damernas Värld. In a land with unbelievably many bloggers (and mostly minimalistic-black-on-black-studded-leather-boots-fashiony ones) I think Sania stands out in the crowd.

… But shooting in Stockholm, in December I might add, is not the easiest thing of all. Frozen fingers and numb toes is something that is hard to avoid if you want to be outside for more than 20 minutes. Fortunately I’ve had a pretty “warm” couple of weeks here while visiting my hometown so at least we weren’t dying while snapping these shots. I hope you like the photos as much as I do! Now if I only had those amazing heels…

For more photos and outfit details you can visit Sania’s blog.

Weekend Reading

Pink Peonies, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

I’ve spent these days after Christmas trying to wind down and watching hundreds of movies. But that’s what you should do during days like these, no? Tomorrow I have a very exciting shoot planned with this gorgeous lady so I better keep the Harry Potter movies to a minimum this evening. Although I have a feeling that will be hard… I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas!

•   When the year is coming to an end people love to sum up the year that’s gone by – and I’m no different. That’s why I can’t get enough of all of these lists! Which were the biggest modeling moments you might wonder? And Style.com asks you to name “the look of the year“.
•   If lists to sum up the year in fashion isn’t your cup of tea perhaps this recipe by Dessert for Breakfast might be a better fit. Banana and hazelnut pancakes anyone? I’m not the biggest banana fan but this looks yummy.
•   Pinterest – a great source for inspiration and a place to gather all your wants and needs. I mean, how perfect aren’t these for New Year’s Eve?
•   By the end of next week I’m leaving for Florence (yay! I promise to tell you more about it really soon) and now I’d love to hear about your tips for this Italian gem if you’ve ever been before. Lay it on me, I’d love to know all about it!

Weekend Getaway

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

A Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

I always bring you along through photos when I travel. Except for when I travel to Sweden. I’m not entirely sure why but I’m guessing it’s because I’m so used to my surroundings over here that I find them utterly boring and have a hard time understanding why anyone else would be interested in seeing photos of them. But this time I thought I’d give it a shot, since I don’t really think I’m being fair. Because it is beautiful up here.

During a weekend before Christmas my sister and I traveled further up north, about 1,5 hours from Stockholm to visit my dad in Norberg and the Swedish countryside. After working my ass off without a break it was really nice to get away from the computer and phone to just relax and spend some time with my loved ones. Cosy walks outside, several cups of tea, playing with the neighbours’ dogs and eating around one million sweets made me feel like I finally got a chance to wind down. A thing I certainly don’t mind about visiting this place is that I can overindulge in all the yummy Swedish sweets I’ve been missing while away. Sure, the Parisian pastries are some of the best in the world but sometimes you miss those tasty treats from home. Lussekatt, chokladboll, mandelring, mazarin and chokladbiskvi are all pastries you have to try if you ever find yourself in Sweden. And there’s no better place to try them all than here in Norberg (where you can even spend the night if you want to make a little trip out of it).

Happy Holidays

Christmas Eve

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you get to enjoy this time together with family, friends and loved ones. Even though we’re still without snow in Stockholm this Christmas (and have loads of rain instead), I’ve had a magical time together with my family.

These caramels (that we actually made ourselves this year) were the biggest hit among all the delicious treats yesterday, although I wish I could have made this pretty thing as well! But perhaps there’s time left to indulge in amazing holiday treats before I head back to Paris? Reminiscing about old memories together with my family is always fun, last year I celebrated Christmas at home with our little pug as well and two years before that we escaped the winter and enjoyed the beautiful beaches in Nai Yang. Gosh, I miss the sun! The best smelling present this year came in the form of Chanel and the most needed one was this (thanks again dad!). If you want to spread the holiday cheer I suggest following in this girl’s footsteps and give to the ones that probably need it the most. Happy holidays to everyone!

Christmas Market

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Somehow I ended up on Champs-Élysées after running a few errands before leaving Paris to spend the holidays in Stockholm, and apparently I came just in time for the annual Christmas market. This is a market I would never ever make the effort to visit intentionally – for many different reasons, but mostly because it’s too touristy and the stands are more than often owned by grumpy people who absolutely hate their jobs, which doesn’t really get me in that cheerful holiday mood if you know what I mean? But once there I thought I might as well snap a few photos. Say what you will about the miserable service but a few of those stands can look pretty cute and “Christmassy” after all.

After being away in the Swedish countryside over the weekend I’ll celebrate Christmas here in Stockholm together with my family tomorrow. Yes, over here we do most of the celebrations on the 24th, which might seem odd to many of you but maybe it’s a Swedish thing? Anyways, we’ve prepared tons of food, stocked up on favourite movies and looked up recipes for the perfect caramels, so it seems like we’re all good to go! The only thing missing now is the snow… I hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas and get to celebrate with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

Weekend Reading

Calendar from Kikki.K, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

One of the best things with a new year coming soon is that it means getting yourself a new calendar. Yay! I don’t know what it is, but something makes my heart skip when I see pretty stationary. And ever since I saw Nicole‘s baby blue beauty, the brand Kikki.K has been on my mind. After meeting up with another Aussie friend who happened to have the version above I was immediately sold and decided to get one as well. Funnily enough it’s a Swedish woman whois behind this super sweet brand. Must be destiny, right?

•   You can always trust Lindsey for some of the best suggestions when it comes to Paris and you can’t miss her post about coffee in Paris.
•   More from beautiful Rome and Nicole Franzen. I want to book a ticket there right away after scrolling through her gorgeous photographs.
•   I can’t get enough of beautiful lingerie, and this piece that I found through Sara (of Harper & Harley) is definitely on my wish list this Christmas.
•   I’m obviously not the only one who’s obsessed with Beyonce‘s latest album. My favourite part about it though? All the crazy amazing videos. The New York Times takes a closer look at fashion featured in them.

Parisian Doors

Parisian Door

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Parisian Door

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Parisian Door

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Parisian Door

Those of you who have been following along here for a longer time probably know about my obsession with Parisian doors by now (otherwise you can go back in time and look through a few examples here and here). And when I took a stroll around the Marais neighbourhood together with Nicole earlier this fall I wasn’t surprised that she fell in love with these doors just as much as I once did.

Even though I prefer shooting the more “editorialstories I have to admit that we have loads of fun when shooting simpler things like this together as well, and it’s always nice to get some variation, right? I can’t wait until I get to shoot more fashion (and more Nicole of course!) again in January. Where do you think we’ll end up this time? A hint: it’s a city I’ve been dying to visit for ages now, I’ve never been before so I’m extremely excited about finally getting to explore and photograph this place.

For more photos and outfit details, please hop on over to Nicole’s blog.

Christmas Windows

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

I’ve never been a big fan of the Christmas season, perhaps because I absolutely detest the cold weather that comes with it, but I have to admit that I do like all the cosy festivities you’ll find in Paris during this time. … And if it weren’t for the freezing cold, I might even look forward to this time of the year. During every December as a child my family took my sister and I to the big department store NK in Stockholm to admire the beautiful windows decorated for the holidays. It was always such a special event (my favourite part though had to be the yummy raisin cookies we bought inside to enjoy while watching) and I still remember it so clearly today. Maybe that’s one of the reasons behind my obsession with display windows, huh?

Anways. I couldn’t hold in my excitement for long when my friend Shini told me about this year’s windows at Printemps, all decked out by Prada. On one afternoon, before going back to Sweden for the holidays, I ended up admiring these window displays together with several kids and their parents. I have to admit that it’s not as magical as it once used to be (today you tend to notice all the strings and mechanics behind it) but it certainly gets you in that holiday mood.

Pink Blossom

Tiany Kiriloff in Louis Vuitton Resort Collection

Tiany Kiriloff in Louis Vuitton Resort Collection

Tiany Kiriloff in Louis Vuitton Resort Collection

Tiany Kiriloff in Louis Vuitton Resort Collection

If I fell head over heels in love with the burgundy feather coat from Louis Vuitton that Tiany wore in our first shoot together, I can safely say that I fell just as hard for this one. This is the second look we shot together while Tiany was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. It feels like ages ago now when it’s so cold outside… After a couple of frames we even had to stop so that Tiany wouldn’t be completely blinded by the strong sunlight. Ah, those warm autumn days! But enough about the weather.

I love how Tiany’s hair and make-up artist, the very talented Kim, opted for these playful and cute braids to accompany Tiany’s amazing look from Louis Vuitton‘s 2014 resort collection. It’s so exciting getting the chance to work with so many creative and gifted people on such fun projects. Sometime I have to stop and just pinch myself a little bit to make sure it’s all really happening. I think we could have kept shooting the whole day, but fortunately we had a deadline that made us finish before midnight. Now I just have to get that amazing coat and dress out of my mind…

For outfit details and more photos, visit Tiany’s blog.