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Breakfast at Ladurée

Breakfast at Ladurée

Breakfast at Ladurée

Breakfast at Ladurée

Breakfast at Ladurée

Breakfast at Ladurée

After our morning at the market Grace, took me to Ladurée in Saint-Germain for French toast. According to her they’re some of the best she’s ever had in Paris and after my visit I absolutely agree. They were so delicious and after an intense but wonderful morning at the market, just what I needed.

When breakfast/brunch was over we strolled around the city and finally ended up at this place. If you haven’t been already you should really go, the store is worth a visit by itself! The hours went by and after much laughter, running around, a wonderful day in the sun and Chinese food for dinner I strolled home happier than ever.

Les Marquis de Ladurée

Les Marquis de Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Les Marquis de Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Les Marquis de Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Les Marquis de Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Les Marquis de Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Les Marquis de Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Do we have any Ladurée fans around here? I’m guessing the answer is yes. In that case I’m pretty sure you’re going to like what’s coming. Apparently Les Marquis de Ladurée, Ladurée’s new boutique for all things chocolate, has just opened up its doors in Paris! The boutique is located on Rue Castiglione, right around the corner from Place Vendôme, and could possibly be the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. The chocolate shop opened a few weeks before Christmas but is still relatively unknown since I walked around in the store for almost five minutes without being disturbed by any other customers. Both the shop, selection and service was impeccable. I say: visit before the masses discover this one!

Regarding the macarons from yesterday, yes they were from this place. Apart from a huge selection of chocolates they also sell a few different macarons — all with chocolate incorporated in some way of course. I would absolutely recommend the one white chocolate with passion fruit!

On Instagram

On Instagram

Delicious treats at Boot Café, calm mornings in Jardin du Palais Royal, sunny summer evenings by the Seine and the beautiful dome inside Galeries Lafayette. Never forget to look up, some days it’s harder to get out of bed than others, on my way to French toast in Saint Germain and coffee and cake on repeat… French toast on the Ladurée menu, a visit to newly opened Brasserie Barbes, a completely empty Place des Vosges and cute Parisian terraces everywhere you look.

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Beige bag: Carolina Herrera – White heels: Mode Collective – Gold rings: Monica Vinader & Lulu Frost – Earrings: Lulu Frost & Swarovski & Dannijo – Scented candle: Ladurée – Cup: Anthropologie – Lipgloss: Dior – Perfume: Chanel & Marc Jacobs – Notebooks: Rifle Paper Co. & Kikki.K – Glasses: Tom Ford – Necklaces: Monica Vinader Riva & Monica Vinader Pendant & Tiffany & Co. – Scented candle: Byredo

A few bits and pieces from my little Parisian apartment, which I still haven’t managed to decorate (I’m still missing chairs and one million other things) even though I’m celebrating my one year anniversary on this address in just a few days. My favourite thing about this place and the reason why I signed the rental contract as soon as I possibly could? The light.

Exquisite Delights

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Cartier's "Paris Nouvelle Vague" collection

Rings: Cartier’s Paris Nouvelle Vague collection

Some of my most recent work has been shooting Cartier‘s latest jewellery collection entitled “Paris Nouvelle Vague” during this past week and I’m thrilled to show you the first series of photographs that I’ve created for them. I’m incredibly honoured to be one of the few people who’ve gotten to shoot this collection and it feels a little bit extra special since it revolves around the city I love so deeply. The Paris Nouvelle Vague collection was inspired by three different chapters, one of them being “exquisite delights”, which you can see my interpretation of here above. I would say that I know a thing or two about Paris and pastries by now (or at least that’s what the scale implies…) and I couldn’t have been more in my element than when shooting this at Ladurée.

After having to refill the macaron supply x amount of times because someone couldn’t help but to eat them all (oops! sorry about that) I got to be a kid again and play around with my food together with some very impressive jewels. Not a bad way to spend a morning, huh? I have two more chapters from this beautiful Cartier collection to share with you all (keep an eye on Instagram if you’re interested) and I truly hope you’ll enjoy seeing the final photographs just as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Photos of me: Katie Mitchell

Food in Paris

Food in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I always get a bunch of emails and questions about where to eat while in Paris, so I thought I’d make it easier for both you and me by digging up a few Instagram photos and share a couple of options when it comes to having a good meal in this city that you might want to take a closer look at. This is just a handful of places (all good for different reasons). I’ll try to make this a regular little post since it’s both helpful and delicious and since new restaurants pop up every now and then. Bon appétit!

Food in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hotel Amour, Café Charlot, Maison Bastille, Merci Used Book Café, Merci Cinéma Café, The Merci Canteen, Carette, Paperboy Paris, Ralph’s, Le Richer, Ladurée and Kunitoraya.

On Instagram

Paris in Four Months on Instagram

Early morning strolls, waking up in bed together with Lanvin, birthday blooms for a first birthday, the beautiful Lanvin exhibition currently going on. Picking up flowers for the shoot I did for Lanvin, my new favourite restaurant Ellsworth, more Lanvin prettiness and Ladurée x2. Blush pinks and pretty sunglasses, more beautiful blooms and a very bare Jardin des Tuileries.

On Instagram

On Instagram

A while back I shared a couple of Parisian tips on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram, Racines(2) was one of them, I received this adorable little save the date in the mail, had breakfast at Ladurée and spent one morning photographing for Dior. I visited the new shoe department at Le Bon Marché (and oh. my. god. is all I have to say), I had a meeting at Lanvin who had super cute love notes in the elevators, stumbled upon pretty city views and smelled as many flowers as I possible could. I visited Palais-Royal for a Café Kitsuné coffee with Katie while enjoying the blue skies and some sun, stumbled upon YSL (who I wish was my neighbour) and strolled around Saint-Germain with my darling Lauren.

The Year 2014

The Year 2014

I feel as though I sound like a broken record when I say that 2014 has been the most incredible year so far, but it really has. Cover your ears because more clichés and cheesiness are coming your way! I’ve managed to make a little home for myself, worked on more exciting projects than I could have ever imagined, met the loves of my life (my bestest friends) and have had adventures greater than ever before. I’ve had the time of my life and I will just call myself lucky if 2015 turns out to be half as good as 2014 has been. To remember everything I’ve experienced and what has happened during the year, I love going through old photos and thought I’d share a little recap with you all. Happy New Year!

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Nicole Warne photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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January – The year started with apartment problems once I arrived back in Paris after spending the Holidays in Stockholm but it improved quickly when Nicole and I took off to Florence for a fun job. I loved seeing this Italian city for the very first time and get to shoot pieces like this pink Stella McCartney dress that I fell head over heels in love with. Back in Paris I moved into a temporary but charming little apartment in Saint-Germain and started exploring the city further, one pastry shop at a time.

New York photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Nicole Warne, photo by Carin Olsson

Polaroids from February

February – In February Nicole and I travelled to New York for a couple of weeks – for fashion week but also to get shoots and meetings done. I loved seeing the city covered in freshly fallen snow for the very first time and capturing it through photos. New York is a city like no other and I almost always feel an urge urge to go back as soon as I’ve left. Since frozen fingers and snowstorms you barely can stand up straight in isn’t really my thing I might go for spring this time around…

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Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

March polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

March – Once I arrived back in Paris in late February the city was already in bloom and I couldn’t believe my eyes. This year’s spring has to be the earliest one Paris has ever seen! Although when the time for Paris fashion week arrived the temperatures dropped of course (something I remember since I had problems keeping my fingers alive while shooting outside). I moved into yet another little Parisian apartment where I stayed until late June.

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris polaroids

April – In April I went completely mad for all the trees that were in bloom and ended up with around 3,000 photos from a colourful Jardin des Plantes after a short visit. I helped friends move into new apartments, celebrated birthdays and explored Paris on the back of a Vespa for the first time. The nights were spent drinking wine with dear friends and longing for summer and warmer days.

Shoot for DANNIJO

Jenny Bernheim photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

May – May came around and I shot many exciting projects once the city decided to stop with the shananigans and give us some sun (and even though it didn’t). I loved capturing Jenny while in Paris and was more than honoured when Vanity Fair decided to repost one of our shots. My photography print collaboration together with SS Print Shop was launched and it was incredible seeing my photos printed for the very first time. I started looking for a more permanent living situation and ended up visiting crappier apartments than I’ve ever seen before before I struck gold.

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

June – June was a big month for me as I moved into my very first long term rental apartment here in Paris. Unfurnished should be added to that sentence as well! I visited several interior decoration shops and was for the first time in my life able to decorate it exactly how I wanted it (although I’m still without proper chairs, shelfs and storage units so perhaps this wasn’t such a great thing after all…). I visited Ralph’s way too many times and couldn’t resist the perfect ballet flats from Chanel as a little treat to myself.

Dior photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Italy photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

July – After staying in my apartment for a few nights I invited my friends over for a little housewarming that ended up being one of the loveliest night ever on one of the hottest days in the city. Shortly after I attended the most beautiful fashion show I’ve yet to seen by Dior Haute Couture, which is something I’ll remember forever. For my summer vacation I went to Terracina and Rome in Italy, two of my favourite places on this planet and got to see old friends I had missed so dearly.

Jardin du Luxembourg by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Rome by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

August – The rain arrived in Paris together with myself and August felt more like November than anything else. The beginning of the month was spent in Stockholm, visiting my family and catching up with friends. The rest of the month I pretty much tried to stay dry while surviving a completely shut down Paris since every single French is on vacation (mental note for 2015!).

Christian Dior SS15 by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Backstage at Issey Miyake SS15 photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

September – When the calendar marked the 1st of September everyone suddenly came back to work and within a few seconds I was behind on emails. I made new friends, who I wish lived much closer and photographed for Dior’s social media channels – a job that made my knees feel weak. Paris fashion week came around once again and even though it was one of the most stressful times during the year (and probably gave me a minor ulcer) I loved every single minute of it, as always.

Louis Vuitton SS15

Weekend in Nice by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

October – Paris fashion week lasted into October and ended with Louis Vuitton’s show at the new Louis Vuitton Fondation. The memory of sitting front row and watching those models stomp down the runway in that magical light still gives me goosebumps… Shortly after fashion week ended I was on the plane heading to Nice to shoot an exciting article for Conde Nast Traveler. I can’t wait to see it in real life as it’s supposed to hit the stores in January!

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Place des Vosges

Polaroid photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

November – In November I celebrated turning 23 with breakfast at Ladurée, lunch at Carette and dinner and drinks together with friends at one of my favourite bars. I couldn’t have asked for a better day since I got to see so many of the people I hold so close to my heart. Shooting an exciting project for Elie Saab (something that I’ll be able to share more from later in January) was also a highlight that month together with a breakfast to welcome J.Crew (in March) to The City of Light.

At The Mulia in Bali

Pastel colours around Paris

Polaroid photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

December – The month of December has just come to an end and I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed. The quickest so far for sure. Before I flew off to Bali together with my sister I shot a little story for Gucci with Paris and pastel colours as my inspiration. I also got to share a few Parisian favourites together with a new favourite brand of mine: Sézane. A couple of days ago we arrived in Australia where we’ve celebrated both Christmas and New Years with some of the loveliest people ever. I’m so excited to start 2015 here in Sydney and I can’t wait to see what Paris has in store for me once I arrive back home.