Yearly Archive 2013
For some reason I keep getting a lot of questions about beauty tips and what my make-up routine looks like, which is a little bit odd since I don’t show my own face around here all that often… I know, I know, I should but it’s not that easy when you’re living alone (meaning: when you work from home and don’t have the energy to get out of your pyjamas long enough for a proper photo to be taken). Anyways, I thought I’d share a few of my make-up favourites that I would prefer not to live without.
My base? I’ve been using bareMinerals’ powder for as long as I can remember now and I don’t intend to stop. What makes me blush? I always finish my routine with the Sephora highlighting powder in the colour rose (I’ve never gotten so many compliments for any kind of beauty product as I have for this one). To make my eyes pop? I use the Naked2 eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay and the mascara called clump defy by Max Factor (it’s the best mascara I think I’ve ever used but it honestly looks too ugly to show in the photo above). On my lips? I don’t like when a lipgloss feels sticky or looks too sparkly so I’m really happy that I’ve finally found one that doesn’t, ultra plush lipgloss in the colour icebreaker by Benefit is my new favourite (or a classic lipstick from Chanel in a lighter pinkish colour will always do). My scent? I vary between a couple every now and then, but a few favourites that I keep coming back to are Chanel’s Chance Eau Fraîche and Un Jardin sur le Toit by Hermès.
I rarely take photos of Paris during nighttime, mostly because my camera is too heavy to lug around wherever I go but also because I might be the most paranoid person on this earth and don’t want to get anything stolen. So when my sister and dad (who thinks photography is just as much fun as I do) visited me here last week we decided to go for a little stroll all together before heading off to dinner. If our fingers and toes hadn’t died from the freezing cold I think we could have kept going all night long but instead we opted for Italian pizza and a few glasses of wine after and hour or two, which certainly wasn’t too shabby either.
If you think this city is pretty during daytime, you haven’t seen it during the evenings. I can never walk home during the night without falling in love with this city all over again. I think that’s when Paris’ magic really hits me.
Don’t be fooled by the pretty photo, this is not what Paris looks like at the moment, but I couldn’t resist. I never got around to posting it earlier this October so it will have to do now instead. It reminds me of spring and the fact that this cold has to come to an end at some point. Let’s just hope spring (I know, I know, first we have to deal with that Christmas and everything) isn’t too far away…
• Another thing that reminds me of spring is Alix‘s post from our day in Versailles together. It must have been sometime in May. Time really flies by! I had such a blast together with Grace, Nicole and Alix that day and watching those fireworks was just magical.
• If you want to continue to dream away for a little while I suggest scrolling through Sonya‘s beautiful photos from Phuket.
• … And if it’s not sun and warmer weather I’m dreaming about it’s probably sweets. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this list of yummy treats you’re not allowed to miss while in New York by TrotterMag. Yes, I still have dreams about that crème brûlée doughnut.
• Ok, let’s stick with the dreaming away theme this weekend. Florence is a place I’ve always been wanting to visit (and yay, I’m going next year) so I loved seeing Nicole Franzen‘s stunning photography of the city. I can’t wait to see this Italian city with my own eyes.
When the lovely Katie invited a couple of girls over for a “bring your own dessert evening” the other day I decided to pay a visit to Odette since my kitchen isn’t equipped with an oven (I know, welcome to Paris). Even though they couldn’t compare to the homemade blondie brownies, delicious cheesecake or dreamy lilac pavlova (by our one and only pavlova queen of course) they’re still a favourite of mine, and I always try to find any excuse possible to swing by for a visit. Psst! Don’t miss the caramel flavoured cream puff — it’s my favourite.
Today my dad and sister are arriving in Paris to spend a few days together with me before we meet again in Stockholm over the Holidays. I’m hoping for a lot of yummy restaurant visits, cosy strolls around the city and one or two ice creams from Pozzetto.
Sometimes it’s all about planning and sometimes it’s simply about luck. Stumbling across this amazing afternoon light and picture perfect setting has to be something that falls into the latter category. Yes, you might recognise Nicole‘s beautiful outfit from this previous post and that’s right, we were actually walking to our planned shoot at the café when we came across this. But I mean, how could you pass this and not take a couple of photos? Impossible, right? Paris, sometimes you really manage to sweep me off my feet.
For more photos and outfit details please visit Nicole’s blog.
During a particularly beautiful Sunday a week ago or so I headed to Jardin des Tuileries for an autumn stroll. Since large parts of Paris are completely closed on Sundays you have to find other things than shopping and running errands to occupy yourself with. When I first arrived in Paris last year I just found this to be a major inconvenience — and yes, sometimes it can still be a pain — but now I’ve gotten more and more used to this little Parisian quirk. This forces you to wind down, go for a stroll or meet up with friends and do other things than wander from store to store the whole afternoon. It also forces you (as I’ve learnt the hard way) to do all your grocery shopping and important errands the day before.
When a Sunday is this beautiful it’s hard to resist an autumn walk through the parks of Paris, so that’s exactly what I did. After a stop at Angelina (just across the road from the Tuileries) to pick up a chocolat chaud (thanks for the tip Lauren!) I continued strolling through the park along with old couples, cute little dogs and young lovers.
When Dior puts on a show at the Grand Palais and the entrance is free, you go. And so I did. Last Saturday (before indulging in a lovely afternoon treat at Café Pouchkine) I spent my morning wandering around in this little Dior wonderland. In honour of the fashion house’s iconic perfume “Miss Dior” breathtaking gowns, legendary paintings and magical sketches were all on display. Although I missed Natalie Portman’s personal appearance and didn’t get to see her rolling around in these couture-like dresses in real life, I fell in love with this beautiful exposition. But I didn’t expect much else since Monsieur Dior had a soft spot for both flowers and pretty bows, just like myself. I’m quite sure this must be any girly girl’s favourite museum visit in Paris this fall, no?
Unfortunately the exhibition will end tomorrow, so hurry up and go if you haven’t already been. But be prepared to stand in line outside in the Parisian cold — but I mean, what don’t you do for a little Dior? Find more info here.
I’ve had a lovely week so far that luckily enough included several mornings at Ladurée for their delicious French toast, a visit from my favourite Annie who’s in Paris from Rome and an exciting cocktail event at Gucci. Even though I’m still fighting off a cold (but I guess that’s inevitable when it’s this freezing outside?) I’ll be heading out soon again to meet up some lovely girls for a dessert date. Have a lovely weekend!
• I met up with Shini a couple of weeks ago when she was in town for the reveal of the Printemp’s Christmas windows and ever since she told me about it I’ve been dying to see her photos. Now they’re finally live on her blog, so go check them out!
• The Victoria’s Secret fashion show took place in New York a while ago and I always enjoy seeing the madness that goes on behind the scenes.
• Thanks to Jamie Beck I can fall in love with my city over and over again, no one captures it the way she does.
• I recently had the honour of being featured on H&M Life‘s website as one of their recommended “terrific travel bloggers“. Thanks H&M! You’ll find the feature and the other gorgeous blogs right here.
A stunning morning at the Louvre, cream puffs x1000 at Odette, dreaming about warmer days in front of the Eiffel Tower, coffee date with the lovely Lindsey and Sugared & Spiced, hot chocolate from Angelina in Jardin des Tuileries, such a fun night at the beautiful Gucci event, tea and sweets with Melanie at Café Pouchkine, love locks on Pont des Arts, the amazing Miss Dior exhibition at the Grand Palais, one of my favourite places in Paris: Place Dauphine, a beautiful morning in Paris crossing bridges and the charming midnight walk home passing a bunch of cute little cafés.
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The fall in Paris can be absolutely amazing at times (which I’m sure you probably know by now after seeing posts like this and this) but the autumn can also be very grey and very rainy. Yes, yes, I keep hearing people saying — and commenting — “Paris is just as beautiful in the rain” and while that might be true for a lot of people, I’m afraid I’m not one of them. Perhaps it’s because I’m from Sweden where I feel like I’ve already got my fair share of rain and grey weather or perhaps it’s just because I prefer the sun.
Anyhow, sometimes I try to embrace what mother nature surprises me with and I’ll go on my little walks anyway. The positive thing with this kind of weather? I can find myself almost completely alone in the parks of Paris. And except for
a few hundreds of pigeons that was just the case when I payed a visit to Jardin du Palais Royal the other day.