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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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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.
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.
Two of the most common questions I get asked are: “How do I dress for my Parisian getaway?” and “What are your favourite places in Paris?”. That’s why I thought killing two birds with one stone with the help of this little post would be a fantastic idea. Together with Sézane, a brand started by the sweetest Parisian imaginable (and who recently teamed up with Madewell) I thought I’d take you around the city I love so deeply and show you four of my favourite spots in Paris. If I give you the answers to the question “What are your favourite places in Paris?”, Sézane can most definitely be the answer to the first one since I honestly can’t think of a brand that feels more true to the young Parisian woman’s everyday wardrobe.
Marché Maubert – This market has been my go-to market for a year and a half now and I love it because of what it has to offer but also because it’s not too small and at the same time, not too big. I hate those markets where it feels like you’d get lost by just taking one step into it. Marché Maubert is located on the right bank in the 5th arrondissement and can be found by the metro station Maubert Mutualité. The market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings but be sure to come by early if you want to score the good stuff! I usually swing by after breakfast and don’t bring much else with me besides a fabric shopping tote (I’ve started to collect the super cute ones from Sézane) to carry home the goods in and my wallet. It’s a great way to practice your French and repeat that vegetable vocabulary (un poivron rouge, deux courgettes, trios oignon et deux carottes s’il vous plaît), although my French is not quite ready for haggling someone about the prices or argue about fruit quality but that day will come too!
Rose Bakery – When it comes to tea and cake – or in my case cake and tea – Rose Bakery is not to be missed. There’s several locations around the city but if you’re just coming for the dessert (as I do most of the time) I think their tea room inside Le Bon Marché is the way to go. You’re sitting in Paris’ oldest department store, alongside ladies who look chicer than most, nibbling away on delicious treats and drinking your tea (or if you’re not a tea fan you should definitely try one of their smoothies). Since I cringe at the thought of pushing myself to get ahead among other crazy shoppers at this time of the year (even January is crazy because of the sales periods), I prefer to do my shopping online, and have already started as I previously told you about.
Place Saint-Sulpice – While I’m in the neighbourhood and have had my cake, one of my favourite places to stop by is Place Saint-Sulpice in the heart of the 6th arrondissement. Not only do I consider this to be the middle of the dessert mecca in Paris (it’s true, from here you have easy access to Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, Des Gâteaux et du Pain, Ladurée and La Pâtisserie des Rêves for example), it’s also close to the Jardin du Luxembourg and is one of the chicer places in Paris if I can say so myself. You might think I’m a bit boring, dressed in mostly black but another true fact is that Parisians love their blacks (luckily for a Swede who’s used to a minimal use of colour like myself) and are certainly not afraid of overusing it. I love this area for quiet Sunday strolls alongside old couples and people walking their dogs since most shops are closed during this day.
Fondation Cafe – My favourite coffee shop is Fondation Cafe, which can be found in the northern part of the Marais neighbourhood. It’s simple and small but has everything necessary. Fantastic coffee and delicious cake that is. Young and trendy Parisians flock around this little shop and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll run into someone you know while sipping your espresso. During these colder days I’m keeping warm thanks to a take away crème in my hands and this amazing Sèzane scarf that I haven’t been able to stop wearing ever since I got it. It’s like a big cosy blanket I seem to take with me wherever I go, as you probably can tell from the photos in this post (yes, it’s even here in Bali with me for some reason).
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell.
The beautiful view and pretty invitation to J.Crew‘s breakfast presentation (yes, they’re coming to Paris in March!), looking out from the Printemp‘s terrace and lusting over delicious treats at Café Pouchkine. Blue skies seems like a very distant memory, the most beautiful roses, a rare selfie while getting ready for my birthday celebrations and sunny autumn walks. I wish I had a fire place at home and could decorate it as pretty as they did at J.Crew, Parisian cafés, breakfast at Ladurée and looking for tasty chocolate treats at Les Marquis de Ladurée. More on Instagram!
Starting the morning of my birthday with French toast at Ladurée has apparently become somewhat of a tradition by now and I have to admit that it might be one of my favourite ones that I’ve made for myself over here in Paris so far. If there’s any day during the year you’re allowed to start your morning with these luscious French toasts, made from French brioche, it’s on your birthday (I’m saying this as though I never have them otherwise, which is a complete lie, just so you know).
During the last couple of days I’ve been kept buys with birthday celebrations (thanks again to everyone who made my day so very special), doggie walks in the forest, hot chocolate dates and celebrating dear friends who’s gotten engaged. It’s quite hard to start up your laptop and get back to proper work after a weekend like this one but fortunately Friday, and my first ever wedding, is just around the corner!
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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