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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.
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.