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Making such lovely friends through the work I do is probably one of the things I enjoy the most. Jenny, who I previously shot in Paris before the summer, enjoyed a few days in Paris a couple of weeks ago before heading off to search for the perfect wedding venue together with her love Freddie (they’re getting married here in France next year and I’m pretty certain it will be one of the prettiest weddings you’ll ever see after hearing a few ideas over breakfast at Ladurée). Wandering around the Marais looking for flowers and macarons from Carette together with someone who shares my love for everything cute (I mean, the pink bike must have been there for us) is my idea of a perfect day.
Since being back in Paris I feel as though I’ve already managed to do a bunch of the things I had been longing for while on vacation (minus the gigantic workload that’s been building up of course). I’ve had a few minutes to stroll over bridges and around some of my favourite Parisian streets already, managed to pick up a bunch of packages that arrived at the post office while I was away (thanks mom!), going back to eat at one of my favourite Japanese places here in Paris and also settled in a little bit more in my new apartment. I’ve been trying to enjoy the city to the max but it’s been hard since it’s been rainy and grey for most of the time, which means that I rather hide out eating cheesecake and Ladurée pastries inside than anything else. I’m happy I got to catch up with Sonya while she was in Paris, a photographer I’ve been admiring forever, and that I also managed to force myself to do some exercises in my new Nike gear after eating way too much Italian pizza.
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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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