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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.

  • http://www.journeyintolavillelumiere.com/ hana journey

    I must say, What a Year!!! Congratulations to everything you have achieved so far and worked hard for, your work is truly amazing!!
    Wishing you all the best in 2014! xx

    Hana

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Hana :) The same to you! x

  • bianca malata

    Looks like you’ve had an amazing year! Wishing you more of the same in 2014.

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you!

  • http://unusualmagic.blogspot.com.au/ Vickie Simons

    a wonderful wrap-up of what looks like an awesome year. Hope 2014 brings you plenty of wonderful things :)

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Vicki :)

  • http://www.sarrrahgirl.com/ Sarah

    Gorgeous! What a year, I can’t wait to see where 2014 will take you.

    Sarah
    sarrrahgirl

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you Sarah!

  • Mol C. Nichols

    Keep doing what you do cause we’re soaking it all in. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah, thank you so much.

  • http://sometimesgracefully.com/ Grace Beekman

    Such a beautiful year! And such gorgeous pictures! Bring on 2014! :)

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you Grace :)

  • http://toandfromage.com/ Valerie

    What a lovely year! Looking forward to following your adventures in 2014!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you!

  • Emily Geoca

    You had a beautiful year! So glad you stuck through the first rough month in Paris :) I, for one, love to live vicariously through your gorgeous photos! I hope 2014 is even better to you!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Me too ;) Thank you so much!

  • Dominica C

    this must be the most beautiful year review I’ve seen so far. I’m such a big fan of your blog and pictures. Keep us entertained with your fabulous style and work !!

    Happy New Year !

    Nica

    http://seeyouatnine.blogspot.be/2013/12/party-like-its-party-at-studio-54.html

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah, thank you so so much :) I’m happy you like it!

  • chocolatecookiesandcandies

    Wow! What an incredible year it had been for you. And it all started by taking a big risk. Good for you for having the courage to take the first step and challenge yourself to bigger and better things.

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you sweetie :) xx

  • Darina

    This was a wonderful and inspiring year for you! Keep up this good work in 2014! I am glad that I discovered your blog!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thanks Darina!

  • http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/ Supal

    I’m so gutted I started following so late! Looking through all these photographs and reading about your experience is so inspiring. I’m moving to London in just a few, and hearing about your experience gives me hope. I’m nervous to be going to a place where I know literally no one, but I know this is a worthwhile opportunity. Cheers to the new year and to you! Looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2014! x

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Haha that’s so sweet of you to say :) I know moving to a completely new and different place can be scary, but I suggest hanging in there even though it can be hard from time to time! It certainly takes some time to make it feel like you’re own home :) Good luck!

  • Sarah

    Carin, you are such an inspiration! Best wishes for 2014 – May it be filled with an abundance of love, luck and happiness! Looking forward to seeing what the new year has in store for you :)

    Love Sarah x

    http://shewasadaytripper.co.uk/

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Sarah! The same to you.

  • http://shedreamsinperfectfrench.com/ Shani

    I feel so fortunate to have found your blog and gotten to live vicariously through you in this gorgeous city. Your photographs always capture the beautiful essence of Paris, and it makes it feel a little less far away to me.

    The West Village is one of my favorite places in my hometown. It’s kind of magical and illogical and still retains an old city charm that the concrete jungle portions of NYC lack. :)

    Happy new year!

    Shani x
    http://shedreamsinperfectfrench.com

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah, thank you so much :) I’m so happy you like it. Happy New Year!

  • Gauher

    Carin, can you kindly tell what’s the location of the four girls enjoying the beach right below gary pepper where a picture shows “beach point” below it are four girls sitting
    where is that place
    kindly share the location
    thanks

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Hi Gauher. That’s a friend’s terrace in Terracina, Italy!

  • http://www.bisousdescaribous.com/ Alix

    I’ve really enjoyed following your adventures through your amazing photos this year. Wishing you a very happy new year and all the best for 2014!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Alix! Happy New Year :)

  • http://shuconnie.blogspot.com/ Shuconnie

    Very Very pretty! Happy new year from Atlanta!

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Visit our blog :: http://shuconnie.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you! Happy New Year :)

  • Molly

    Probably the best 2013 recap post I’ve seen yet! Those are some really beautiful photos, and it’s so lovely to see Paris in the snow and spring.Can’t wait to see your adventures in 2014! Cheers!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah, thanks so much Molly. Happy New Year!

  • http://dianeabroad.com/ Diane, A Broad

    What a beautiful year. I loved having the chance to meet you and spend all those gossip sessions together, and I love that I get to keep reliving Paris through your lens. <3

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      I know, that must be my favourite part of this year for sure :) I had such a blast with you guys. Hope to see you soon again darling ♥

  • http://endlesslyenraptured.com/ Jade Sheldon

    Oh, what a lovely year your’ve had. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this space of yours and gotten the chance to follow along on your adventures. 2013 really was special, but I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be even more magical. Happiest of new years to you…

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much :) Happy New Year to you as well!

  • Sofie M.

    Your blog is a hidden gem! So glad to stumble upon it. Have a wonderful, fabulous new year ahead! :)

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah, thank you so much :) Happy New Year!

  • http://www.leftbanked.com Leftbanked

    Sounds like a wonderful year!! I really hope to be able to do the same as you someday (to move to Paris)
    Your experience in January sounds pretty stressful but it’s good the worst was over in the first month of the year. I wish you all the best for 2014!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much :) The same to you!

  • http://www.soula.com.au/ Soula Mantalvanos

    Blissful review! Thank you and Happy New Year to you.

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you!

  • Victoria

    Beautiful photographs and what a wonderful year you’ve had!!!
    http://www.victoriametaxas.com

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • http://www.willsheloveparis.com/ Will She Love Paris

    This is the most wonderful new year recap I have ever read. Congratulations on the amazing things you’ve achieved, I couldn’t be prouder of you. Carin I’ve always adored your humility and generosity among all the other wonderful qualities and talents that you possess. you still always manage to remain humble, light and infectiously positive to everyone around you. I believe 2014 and beyond will see you achieve even greater things and only the sky is the limit. Meeting you in 2013 was utter joy and blessing and I couldn’t ask for a better friend. I say this with all my heart. Much love to you sweetie xxx

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      You’re so sweet lovely :) And you know what? I could have never done it without you ♥ Meeting you was the best thing that happened to me this year, just so you know ;) I miss you like crazy! xx

  • Silly Medley

    Beautiful recap! I hope this new year continues to bring you much success and happiness!

    http://sillymedley.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you!

  • http://www.archistas.com/ Maya

    Loved this recap! It’s been such a great year, from a not so good start to an amazing end. So amazing and I loved seeing all your Fashion Week posts in September

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much :)

  • Maggie A

    Such a beautiful recap! :) Its been such a pleasure following you. Looking forward to next year.

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN.COM

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Maggie!

  • Sheena

    Happy new year! I loved reading your blog throughout the year and look forward to seeing what 2014 brings for you x

    http://www.armatura.com.au

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • http://www.birdsandbeez.nl/ Kimberly

    All of your photo’s are SO amazing! I just fall in love with them everytime is see them

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah, thank you so much!

  • amandacsater

    Love this post! So glad I found your blog this year. Here’s to an even better 2014!

    xo Amanda
    http://theluxelion.blogspot.com

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you! The same to you :)

  • Diva In me

    It sure seems like you had hell of a great year! =D I’m so happy to see how your life had changed so much in a year and it is definitely such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing the positivity with us and all these wonderful pictures. It’s good to know that you’re grateful with what you have too and that’s really important in life. I’m wishing you a great year of 2014. Cheers!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much :) The same to you!

  • http://www.ambitieuse.net/ Ylenia

    I gotta say your 2013 had much more in it that many people’s entire lifes! Congratulations on so many successes! Happy New Year!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Haha thank you :) Happy New Year!

  • http://the-globe-trot.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Euler

    Your photos are lovely as always! I love the idea of condensing a year into a single post. It’d be fun to go through those photos and remember all the amazing things that have happened.

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you! Right? It makes you remember so much more as well!

  • http://loneography.com/ loneography

    What an inspirational year you had! Congratulations on such a fulfilling year!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much :)

  • Renikablog

    It is a nice post, must have taken quite some time to prepare it. Reading it reminded me of one of my favourite year of my live and that is when I studied and lived in Holland – 1st time living in a foreign country, meeting many new great people, learning new things….I wish you that 2014 is at least as good as 2013 was for you!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Haha yes, it did take me some time :) Thank you!

  • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

    ah, what a year! thanks for the Paris memories. (ps I saw you outside my place on Ile St Louis the last time I was in town – you looked like you were on a tour so I didn’t want to interrupt but I wasn’t surprised to see you giving a tour there at all :) )

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Ah really, you have an apartment on Île Saint Louis?! That’s amazing! Haha no, I don’t do tours so I have no idea about what that could have been actually :p

  • Jenny

    I have been to Paris only once (in 2010) and your pictures make me yearn for it more and more. You capture the magic of Paris in a way words can’t describe. Your journey sounds amazing and courageous. What a treasure to have the experiences you have lived thus far. It’s an inspiration. It is a dream of mine to live abroad (I live in LA) and the more I explore your blog the more I hope to do so. I wish you more magic and adventures in 2014.

    Jenny
    http://www.ruedemoi.com