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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!

  • nica

    I’v eaten the best pasta Vongole ever when I was in Florence a couple of years ago. Now I can’t remember what fab place it was. The next trip I did after visiting Florence, I started to collect cards from the resto’s and places I’ve been to. My best tip is to search for the smaller places, hidden in small streets, the ones where ‘la mama’ is queen of her kitchen .. or search for slow food places .. they always offer fab food ! Enjoy !

    nica
    http://seeyouatnine.blogspot.com

  • chantelle

    Have fun in Florence!

  • Antonia

    You must go up the hill to the Pizzale Michelangelo. The views of the city are beautiful!!

    Antonia xx

    http://www.londoninpearls.com

  • bianca malata

    I was in Tuscany beginning of December. So close and yet so far…Even though Florence was only 50mins on the train from Pisa I felt it was too beautiful to rush the visit so I opted to plan another visit especially for Florence. Cant wait to see pictures of your shoot with Sania.

  • http://www.teffyperk.com/ Teffy

    I spent a day in Florence in September (have a blog post on it) and it was absolutely amazing!
    It’s stunning and historical, I’m sure you’ll love it =)

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Лена Гиманова

    Carin, hello! I am following and reading you blog for a while. You are so inspiring person. Your journey to Paris makes believe that dreams come true. My dream was and is to move and live in Italy. And now I am here. Just a first days. But going to my dream. Thank you for sharing your life story!! I live now very close to Florence. Will be very nice to meet you in Italy! Thank you! Have a nice holidays!

  • Inês

    Hey Carin! Last year I lived in Florence for 5 months, so here are a few tips:
    Places to eat: Gusta Pizza (very touristy but worth all the hype – a-ma-zing pizzas for a really cheap price – it’s always crowded tough); All’Antico Vinaio (this you must try, they have the best panini’s you’ll ever try, imagine fresh focaccia bread, still warm, with pecorino cheese and the most amazing proscitutto – it’s great for having a quick lunch in between the museums and sightseeing), if it’s not too cold, try the gelato, for instance, Gelateria alla Carraia is great. To have dinner: Il Santo Bevitore, Il Cantinone, Il Pizzaiuolo. To have breakfast or simply a cappuccino: Palazzo Strozzi, they have a really nice cafeteria.

    Places to see: take a stroll on the less touristy side of Firenze, which is the other side of the river, when you cross Ponte Vecchio from the Duomo to Palazzo Pitti (for example). I’m talking about Oltrarno, Santo Spirito (whichi in my opinion is the most beautiful square of Florence), San Niccoló. These are beautiful areas where you’ll be able to see the real Florence, which is even more beautiful than the area around the Duomo. Go to Piazzale Michaelangelo for sunset, it’s quite a hike but it’s so worth it. If you’re planning to visit the Uffizi, go really early, or even better, book the tickets in advance. The lines are crazy. Go see the David statue on Galleria dell’ Accademia. Go to the market of San Lorenzo, althought it’s touristy, or, in alternative, if you are able to catch it, go to Santo Spirito market, it has reallly cool vintage stalls.

    If you want to take a day trip go to Siena, Lucca or San Gimigniano, they are quite close to Firenze (easily reachable either by train or car) and are really nice places to see.

    Other than that, just walk around and enjoy yourself, I envy you so much, I want to return as quick as possible!

  • http://endlesslyenraptured.com/ Jade Sheldon

    Oh, you are going to fall in love with Florence! So many lovely shops and even better food.