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During stressful times it’s easier to catch me over on Instagram. My last couple of snapshots include the stairwell leading up to my new apartment, one of my Paris prints for SS Print Shop in bed with @Doctorscloset, beautiful Parisian buildings, my favourite timepiece from Corniche at Ralph’s along with a yummy club sandwich at the same place. A little photo from my housewarming last Thursday with dear friends, hidden allies in the 4th arrondissement and a breathtaking view from the 7th floor at my friend’s apartment. Ladurée’s pretty storefront, coffee at La Caféothèque, courtyard cuteness at Ralph’s and an absolutely delicious lunch at my favourite Verjus Bar à Vins.
I received a sweet little treat from Ladurée today, which made this Monday a little bit more fun. A box this pretty, filled with delicious macarons made me brake my “no-sweets-during-the-weekdays” promise to myself but I couldn’t let them go bad… Who am I to say no to Ladurée after all? Included among these delightful pastries was also their newest flavour; peach, which I’ve been meaning to try. Yum!
Beautiful métro signs, breakfast at Ladurée together with Katie & Jenny, roses in the Jardin du Palais-Royal and shooting stunning gowns on the Pont Alexandre III bridge (can’t wait to share the photos with you). Strolling the markets in tulle skirts, looking up an seeing the Eiffel Tower peek out on a sunny day, one of my favourite prints from my collaboration together with SS Print Shop and cute Parisian cafés. Morning coffee, a sea of peonies, rain coming and going every five minutes and new lingerie – a few Instagram snapshots from the last couple of days here in Paris. Follow along for more photos and daily updates right here.
Tea and pastries at Ladurée to celebrate our darling Cindy, a beautiful day in the gardens of Palais Royal, spoiling myself with beautiful Darphin products during rainy days and a sunny morning spent in the Marais together with my sweet Katie. Walking around the city (and over Pont de la Tournelle) in the rain, stopping for pretty flowers, having meetings in buildings with stunning stairways and seeing dark clouds over the city and Jardin des Tuileries before it started pouring down. Beautiful roses, more Ladurée dates, a memory of those beautiful cherry blossoms in Jardin des Plantes and last but not least a delicious cup of coffee at La Caféothèque (who by the way must have some of the prettiest tables in Paris).
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One thing I certainly don’t have to do with this Scandinavian hype currently going on in Paris is miss home. Coffee shops, restaurant and stores – almost everything is currently starting to look very similar to what I’m used to back in Sweden. I’m having both positive and negative feelings about this trend taking over this city; on one side it’s a very pretty trend (we Scandinavians actually know how to decorate, cook and dress quite nicely if I may say so myself) but on the other hand it can also be quite dull to see the same pattern repeated over and over again. After all, I didn’t move to France because I wanted to see another version of Stockholm, right? Perhaps that’s why I don’t mind grabbing a seat at Ladurée, Carette or any other typical Parisan place in the city?
But, one thing that’s hard to deny is the fact that it sometimes can be incredibly nice to get a little taste of home while being away and even though I’m not as crazily excited as the Parisians seem to be about this minimalistic (and wooden-detailed) trend I have to say that I don’t mind it.
The other day Katie and I met up to take care of some birthday shopping business (yes, everyone seems to have been born in either April or May for some reason) and decided to start our morning with a little bite at the Swedish café called Café Smörgås (meaning “open faced sandwich” in Swedish). Oh how I’ve missed this dark whole grain bread! Something you don’t normally come across in the land of baguettes. Together with some salted butter and blueberry jam I could very likely eat this for the rest of my life (and another perfect combo is to eat it with avocado on top, yum!).
I consider myself extremely lucky for getting to meet so many lovely people doing what I do. Kate, who I shot here in Paris the other week, is certainly one of them. We had loads of fun shooting on an early morning and decided to end our little photo session with a breakfast at Ladurée before she needed to head off in the search of the perfect wedding dress. I thought she looked too cute in her full skirt, Parisian stripes and gorgeous Louboutin heels not to share with you guys so here’s a little something from our morning together.
Lately I’ve been quite bad at keeping you guys updated over here (I know, don’t hate me) but things are going faster and quicker (which means more updates) on Instagram. So what have I been up to lately? Well, I met up with the lovely Lauren for a little juice date at our favourite La Caféothèque, ate pink raspberry macarons from Carette that matches my pink Barbour x Pantone jacket perfectly and passed pretty balconies in full bloom. I met up with the super sweet Denni at Ladurée where we indulged in yummy treats, strolled through Jardin du Luxembourg and missed early evening photo sessions together with Nicole and her adorable kitty flats that we had during fashion week. During one of the warmest spring evenings so far I walked by Notre Dame and spent the evening drinking wine together with one of my best friends, took a Sunday stroll on Promenade plantée, admired all the pretty flowers in Jardin des Plantes (which I’ll share more from very soon), had afternoon tea together with the lovely Reem and sat down by the river to flick through a bunch of fashion magazines while getting some sun.
What have I been up to lately here in Paris? Well, according to my Instagram account I’ve been stumbling upon beautiful courtyards and Parisian staircases, had breakfast at Ladurée together with the sweet Shini and walked over bridges at dusk. My favourite time piece comes from Corniche and one of my favourite shows this season during PFW was by Viktor & Rolf. I seen the city in full bloom, in the rain and in beautiful sunshine while having a picnic in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont with my favourite girls. Flower shops in Paris always manage to take my breath away, “Le Mur des Je T’aime”, afternoon tea with the lovely Alix and Nicole and this amazing view over Rue Saint-Honoré while shooting the gorgeous Mandy.
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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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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 family, friends 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.
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.