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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!
I’ve had a lovely week so far that luckily enough included several mornings at Ladurée for their delicious French toast, a visit from my favourite Annie who’s in Paris from Rome and an exciting cocktail event at Gucci. Even though I’m still fighting off a cold (but I guess that’s inevitable when it’s this freezing outside?) I’ll be heading out soon again to meet up some lovely girls for a dessert date. Have a lovely weekend!
• I met up with Shini a couple of weeks ago when she was in town for the reveal of the Printemp’s Christmas windows and ever since she told me about it I’ve been dying to see her photos. Now they’re finally live on her blog, so go check them out!
• The Victoria’s Secret fashion show took place in New York a while ago and I always enjoy seeing the madness that goes on behind the scenes.
• Thanks to Jamie Beck I can fall in love with my city over and over again, no one captures it the way she does.
• I recently had the honour of being featured on H&M Life‘s website as one of their recommended “terrific travel bloggers“. Thanks H&M! You’ll find the feature and the other gorgeous blogs right here.
I’m trying to capture the seasons changing through both my iPhone and camera lens as much as I possibly can right now since I love all of these orange and yellow colours. Above you’ll see my last couple of photos on Instagram, including cream puffs from Odette, my breakfast location Hotel Amour with Shini from Park & Cube, my new love from Corniche, the Notre Dame framed by nature, my birthday breakfast at Ladurée, flowers from dear friends, how magical Paris can look during the evenings and Jardin des Tuileries on a beautiful autumn day.
Yesterday morning I started my birthday with a breakfast at Ladurée. I mean, if there’s any day you can eat French toast for breakfast it’s on your birthday, right? I couldn’t think of a better way to start my day. But can we talk about this beautiful space for a second? I’m in love with Ladurée‘s upstairs salon, which is dressed in midnight blue velvet and fringes. The perfect place to chit chat for hours over several cups of tea.
I would also like to say thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes yesterday! Even though nobody likes getting older, I have to say that I had an amazing birthday. This year it doesn’t really feel too bad realising another year has gone by since it’s been one of the most exciting years of my life. It’s been a tough, different and challenging year in many ways but mostly crazy amazing, fun and absolutely fantastic! I couldn’t be happier.
Evening walks through the city, a stop at Les Marquis de Ladurée, cathcing up with the lovely Lauren at La Pâtisserie des Rêves, coffee at Ten Belles, autumn in Jardin du Luxembourg, crossing bridges in the rain, a sunset by the Eiffel Tower and more coffee at The Broken Arm. Follow me on Instagram for daily updates and a little window into my life in Paris.
After a very intense work week, doing grocery shopping for the coming week, running errands all around town and cleaning my whole apartment I’m happy to treat myself to a few sweets. This weekend I’m hoping for good weather, catching up with dear friends and not having to work too much… I hope you all have a lovely weekend as well!
Even though I love traveling more than anything I have to admit that my stomach was filled with butterflies as our plane landed on Parisian ground. After weeks of living in a suitcase and constantly being on the go, it felt really nice to be back in Paris. During Paris fashion week Nicole and I stayed with her Australian friend Mandy (who has to be one of the sweetest people I’ve met to date) and it was so much fun taking the two of them around to some of my favourite places in the city. I think we ate a little bit too many éclairs (as you probably know by now if you’re following me on Instagram), delicious ice creams, chocolates and macarons by the end of the week. But hey, we’re in Paris I say! Gosh it feels good to be “home”.
Remember that you got the chance to ask me anything you wanted last week? Today I’m sharing the first part of answers with you all. I’ve divided up the answers in five different parts not to overwhelm you, but let’s start out with the categories food & sweets and style & beauty!
Your favourite restaurants in Paris?
Right now (the list changes from time to time of course) I love going to Verjus Wine Bar, Frenchie To Go, Nanashi (the one in the 3rd arrondissement) and Merci for lunch and to Thoumieux, La Briciola, Le Camion Qui Fume and Semilla for dinner.
Best restaurant for a romantic evening?
My favourite restaurant for this type of occasion is Le Violon d’Ingres. It’s a little bit pricier but the food is heavenly and the service amazing. But it would work just as great for a special evening out with friends or family, it’s just a lovely place.
Ladurée or Pierre Hermé?
Overall it’s Pierre Hermé. But for the cute packaging and an occasional pistachio or caramel macaron every now and then it’s Ladurée. Although my favourite shops for macarons have to be Café Pouchkine, Hugo & Victor and Sadaharu Aoki.
How do you stay in shape while living in Paris?
My honest answer? I don’t… There’s too many new things to taste and there’s so many things that I just want to keep eating over and over again. Yes, I do a lot of walking here in Paris, but that’s not going to keep those macarons and pastries completely off. I need to find a balance since I’m never giving up on my dear sweets!
Your favourite places for something sweet in Paris?
Sadaharu Aoki (for their unbelievable caramel tart, cream filled choux and their caramel and raspberry macarons), Café Pouchkine (for their amazing vanilla croissant and macarons), Hugo & Victor (for their macarons), Pierre Hermé (for their macarons and pastries, I once had an incredible hazelnut mille-feuille), Ladurée (for their French toast and cute boxes), Carette (for their raspberry tart and their macarons), L’Éclair de Génie (for super cute and tasty éclairs), Comme à Lisbonne (for the Portuguese Nata pastry), Berthillon, Pozzetto, Grom and Amorino (for ice cream), Jacques Genin (for delicious caramels and a lovely afternoon tea salon), The Broken Arm and Télescope Café (for their light-as-air cheesecake), Odette (for cream puffs), Sugar Daze (for yummy American cupcakes), Eric Kayser (for typical boulangerie treats), Patrick Roger (for chocolates) and La Manufacture de chocolat Alain Ducasse (for chocolates).
Favourite pharmacy products from Paris?
My favourite items from the Parisian pharmacies are shampoo and conditioner by Rene Furterer, lip balm by Dermophil, nail polish by Mavala and facial SPF cream by Avène. I’m sure there’s a million other things I haven’t even got around to trying out yet.
Where do you buy beauty products in Paris?
I either go to a pharmacy, Sephora or one of the department stores, preferably Le Bon Marché.
Your favourite boutiques for clothing in Paris?
Maje, Sandro, Gerard Darel, Vanessa Bruno, Comptoir des Cotonniers and if nothing else works I always stop by Massimo Dutti.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love a bunch of different styles but I’ve come to realise that I’m probably never going to be the girl who dresses in cool biker jackets, black leather boots with Isabel Marant shirts or in super bright, patterned and eye catching pieces no matter how much I adore it on other people. Some people call it boring, other people call it classic but I love basic, feminine clothing with a few fun accessories here and there.
Is it easy to get in to Paris fashion week?
I’ve never tried so I have absolutely no idea. During previous seasons when I’ve photographed street style for Swedish ELLE and PurseBlog for example I’ve always been outside the shows and I’ve never tried my luck to sneak inside.
Where can you get a good view of the street style during Paris fashion week?
I would say that the Jardin des Tuileries is the place to be during fashion week in Paris if you want to get a glimpse of the whole thing. But just like in New York, London and Milan for example fashion week moves around depending on the different shows and their locations.
After a long but absolutely wonderful day of shooting with the lovely Nicole a mini picnic with treats from Ladurée in front of the Eiffel Tower during sunset is just what you need. It’s been so much fun shooting together and I can’t wait to share the results with you. Today we’re off to shoot even more, yay!
Morning walks over Pont de l’Archevêché, a visit to the Hermès concept store, a yummy Palmier for an afternoon treat, market shopping, breakfast at Ladurée, amazing colour at Marché Maubert, walking home overlooking beautiful sunsets, dinner at Le Mary Celeste and nocciola and coffee ice cream from Pozzetto. You’ll find me under the username “ParisInFourMonths” on Instagram.
After a few changed and delayed flights my sister has finally arrived in Paris, yay!