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Yearly Archive 2013

The Little Things

French Toast for Breakfast at Ladurée, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

French Toast for Breakfast at Ladurée, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Most of the time it’s the little things that bring me the greatest pleasure. Meeting up with friends to chit chat for hours over tea and the most heavenly French toast I’ve ever tasted, has to be one of them. Ever since this lovely lady made me try them (ok, I didn’t really need convincing, but still) for the very first time I keep coming back over and over again. A little bit too often perhaps. But finding a cosy corner in the Ladurée salon during early morning hours and talking about anything and everything until you realise it’s time for lunch is just the best. …Even though that sometimes means I have to stay up all night to catch up on work I missed out on earlier. But what don’t you do for a piece of good super delicious French toast?

I think moments like these are some of the most important ones to me. Not necessarily because of the French toast — believe it or not — but because of the lovely people I get to spend my time with. I truly wish that I could start every day laughing so hard I eventually end up crying, talking about silly things, sharing important advice and celebrating each other’s achievements. But boy, do I consider myself lucky being able to do so every now and then.

Weekend Reading

Paris, by Sara Johanna Illustrations

I’ve just arrived in Stockholm where I will spend the holidays together with family and friends before heading back to Paris. I think I’ve forgotten how cold it can be over here! It’s absolutely freezing. The only thing missing now is some snow to cover the grounds! I can’t wait to spend a week or two together with my family watching way too many Harry Potter and Bond movies, eating gingerbread cookies and lussekatter while decorating our tree.

… But first, how beautiful isn’t the illustrations above? It’s my super talented sister Sara who made this little piece of art. I’m so impressed with what she can create with a simple piece of paper and some colour. It really blows my mind! If you haven’t already, you simply have to check out her blog where she shares more of her amazing illustrations.

•   While I’m freezing my *ss off over here I’m  daydreaming about visiting Australia after seeing Nicole‘s stunning photographs.
•   One of the sweetest people I had the pleasure to meet during Paris fashion week was Mandy, behind the beautiful blog Oracle Fox. Not only is she one of the most stylish women on this planet, she’s also a blast to be around and I’m so happy our paths crossed. We even had some time to shoot together! Hopefully I’ll meet this sweetie soon again.
•   Another amazing woman I got to meet while in New York was Evangelie, and her blog is quickly becoming one of my absolute favourites! Impeccable style, breathtaking beauty and photos worthy of a spread in Vogue - Evangelie’s blog Styleheroine has it all.
•   I’ve been to lazy to add a button for my Facebook page at the top (I know, embarrassing right?) but you’ll find it right here.

Gucci Paris Masters

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

I’m so excited to share the photos I took during my day at the Gucci Paris Masters, which I attended this weekend. The Gucci Paris Masters is one of the most prestigious show-jumping events in the world and brings together people and competitors from all over (I even heard Swedish being spoken for a second and felt right at home). I’ve never attended something like this before so it was a first for me, but I certainly hope that it won’t be the last since it was such a grand experience. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before but when I was younger I used to horseback ride during several years, so the minute I stepped inside the stables a ton of memories came rushing back to me. Combine that with a brand like Gucci and I was in heaven.

I absolutely loved spending the day together with these beauties and all the impeccably dressed and super stylish riders. Getting the chance to take a stroll through the stables with my camera and photograph adorable little ponies and champion horses, lusting after beautiful items in the Gucci pop-up store, almost bumping into Bruce Springsteen, nibbling on several caramel macarons from Hugo & Victor and watching the horses warm up before finally seeing some of the best ones compete by the end of the day was so incredible. I honestly got so into this whole competition after a few hours that I stood along the side cheering all of them on. The winner of the Grand Prix Gucci? Kevin Staut (who you can see in the second to last photo on his white, absolutely beautiful horse).

Apart from the beautiful horses I also fell in love with those stunning leather boots, which still haunt my mind, as well as the limited edition silk scarf designed by Frida Giannini, exclusively for this event, and amazing Gucci saddle (and I don’t even have a horse to put it on, ha!). All in all, I had a fantastic day that I wish didn’t have to come to and end. It was surely a different way to spend a Sunday in Paris, but it was so much fun. Thank you Gucci for having me!

On Instagram

On Instagram

Crispy baguettes for breakfast, morning light in St Germain, eye candy from Gucci, Jardin du Luxembourg on a beautiful day, lovely horses at the Gucci Paris Masters this weekend, strolling through parks in between work, autumn colours in Paris, the little oasis behind the Notre Dame, the best work view ever from the Westin, a Prada wonderland at Printemps, deliciousness from L’Éclair de Génie and pretty carousel lights in front of Hôtel de Ville. You’ll find me under the name “ParisInFourMonths“.

All Yellow

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

It feels like Nicole and I took these photos last year and yesterday at the same time. Time really flies by and it’s now more than two months since we ended up in Paris after a crazy and hectic fashion month. A twirling Nicole plus a bright yellow dress plus a Parisian sunset turned out to be one of my favourite combinations during the whole month. Even though we were literally running to catch the sunset (after lounging around in the park eating way too many éclairs for a bit longer than we really should have) we managed to capture the last minutes of the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower. Not a day goes by without missing shooting together, we just have so much fun, but hopefully I won’t have to wait too long until we can do it again!

For more info and outfit details, visit Nicole’s blog.

Weekend Reading

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

While I’m attending the amazing Gucci Paris Masters this weekend (I can’t wait to show you guys the photos) I thought I’d share some of my favourite links that I came across this week. If I wasn’t doing that though I certainly wouldn’t mind snuggling up on my couch with a cup of green tea and a gingerbread macaron or two while browsing through these again.

•   Last week I read Garance’s post on “Things New Yorkers Do” and then this week I read her piece on “Things Parisians Do“. I have to say that I caught myself laughing and nodding along while reading the whole post. The worst of it all? I think I’m slowly becoming one of them… Ignoring red lights, sighting annoyingly at “slow walkers” and ditching museums for a stop at the Bon Marché. But I mean, who wouldn’t?
•   Nicole Franzen in Rome. I couldn’t think of a better combination.
•   Central Park looks pretty darn good in all those autumn colours, captured so beautifully by Jamie Beck.
•   And oh, I can’t wait to see this!

December

Place Dauphine, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Place Dauphine, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Place Dauphine, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Place Dauphine, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

The months are flying by quicker than I can believe, it’s already December and soon this whole year will be over. But before that, it’s time for Christmas. I will be going home to Sweden to spend Christmas together with family and friends before I head back to Paris again (hopefully in time for New Year’s Eve, but we’ll see). Before I go home though, I have some exciting things planned that I hope I can tell you more about very soon.

… But right now I have to start thinking about packing and how in the world I’ll be able to fit all my winter clothes (which are back in Stockholm) in my suitcase to bring back to Paris. I can’t wait to spend a couple of days just watching old action movies (yes, they’re my favourites), eating way too much Christmas candy, seeing old friends again and cuddle with my little pug.

Make-Up Musts

Make-Up Kit

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.

La Ville-Lumière

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

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.

Weekend Reading

Pretty Pink Flower Boxes

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.