Besides staying home sick for most of the week, dealing with some major email issues and going to my first ever wedding ever yesterday I also managed to attend the presentation for J.Crew a couple of days ago. Yes, they’re finally coming to Paris and will open up their first store ever in The City of Light in March next year! I’ll have to find some sort of lock to put on my wallet until then I guess…
• My two latest articles for Condé Nast Traveler are finally live, one about the best day trips to take outside of Paris and the other about where to find the best view of the Eiffel Tower in the city. I hope you’ll enjoy!
• During busier times it’s hard to keep up with the blog sometimes but if you want to see more you can always check out Instagram.
• According to Vogue‘s list of places in France every woman must visit I really need to up my travel game in this country…
• I’m pretty sure my autumn/winter wardrobe is in need of a massive update and I’ve been spending way too much time “online window shopping” now that I’ve been stranded at home for the last few days. This adorable Sézane shirt is still on my mind as well as this super cosy Gerard Darel scarf (two excellent French brands by the way).
My weekend reading arrived in the mail the other day thanks to Louis Vuitton but here’s a few other suggestions as well:
• Jamie Beck captures Paris in black and white better than I’ve ever seen before. That’s it, I think I want to learn how to shoot with film!
• Ever wanted to get a peek inside the life (and mind) of Anna Wintour? This wonderful little video series called “73 questions”, created by Vogue, is just brilliant. Don’t miss the one with Sarah Jessica Park either! I only wish they did them more often.
• Elderflower granita. I mean, yum! Thanks for sharing such a great (and deliciously looking) recipe Peony!
• I adore Lena Dunham and these short little videos just made me smile while eating my yoghurt for breakfast the other day. I can’t wait for GIRLS to come back and to read her new book as well!
Don’t be fooled by the photo – my apartment actually looks like a war zone at the moment (it was taken pre-fashion week), covered in clothes, papers, memory cards and bags. I’ve barely been home during the last week since I’ve been running around the city in between photo shoots, meetings and shows but even though it’s stressful I kind of wish that we would have these weeks a bit more often – it’s just so much fun.
• I always get a ton of questions on how to dress when coming to Paris. If you’re wondering about this, I suggest popping over to Condé Nast Traveler and reading my latest article.
• Thanks to Madewell for featuring me in their “weekly roundup” edition!
• Instagram made a map over Paris together with the very talented illustrator Soledad Bravi and gave it away at Colette earlier this week. It’s such a cute idea and I couldn’t be more thrilled about actually being featured on the map as one of Paris’ instagrammers.
• I recently shot the lovely Jenny, behind the blog Margo & Me, while she was in Paris last week or so. She’s just the sweetest and I’m so terribly jealous of her pretty little clutch that I got to lust over for a few minutes during an afternoon.
• My darling Aisling asked me a few questions about Fashion Week, you can read my answers here.
I bought these beautiful hydrangeas yesterday for my mom who arrived in Paris last night to pay me a little visit. I haven’t had any family members visit since I moved into my new apartment so I can’t wait to spend the weekend together.
• Vogue Paris arrived in my mailbox this week and this editorial, shot around familiar areas in the city, caught my attention. It’s always interesting to see how other creative minds, photographers etc. sees the same corners and streets as you’re used to passing by.
• As the red carpet freak that I am I can’t leave out the Emmys, which took place a couple of days ago. My favourite dresses could be found on Julia, Sarah, Claire, Zooey, Julianne and Sarah.
• Another familiar area, that always makes for great strolls, is the beautiful Luxembourg garden, which Alice Gao captured so beautifully.
• Something I miss from home is a really good blueberry crumble. I don’t care what you say, we make the best one. Although this one, shot by talented Nicole Franzen, looks pretty tasty as well.
I have a couple of weaknesses. Ice cream, bags and pastries being the most obvious to people. Another weakness that I might have been able to keep a little bit more “under the radar” thus far has to be my obsession with pretty sleepwear. In saying this, I don’t mean that that you’ll never find me in one of my mom’s old Jurassic Park t-shirts, watching GIRLS while eating ice cream straight out of the tub – those moments are just impossible to avoid. But, even though I more than often go for a comfy t-shirt I can never stop buying and lusting over pretty pyjama sets. I’ve probably bought five sets alone this summer… Yup, that’s right. I’ve only worn one so far. Anyways, that’s not my point here. I’m convinced that I’ll eventually wear every single one of them, eventually. And if not, that’s ok too. They’re just too pretty to pass in the stores.
The silk set you see above in the photo was therefor the most pleasant surprise I’ve gotten in the mail in a long time. I mean, a monogrammed sleepwear set for a pyjama junkie like myself is nothing short of amazing. Thank you Rebecca Peace for making my sleepwear closet complete (well, until next time I happen to pass a lingerie shop at least).
Unpacking is always way more fun than packing. Especially when you get to unpack, and decorate, however you’d like. For the first time in my life, I now get to choose were things are going and which glasses I’m drinking out of – something I’ve been fantasising about forever. Although a small space with limited storage makes you think twice about keeping unnecessary items and forces you to become ruthless when choosing how many pairs of shoes and jackets you actually need to keep.
My first buy after I signed the lease for my apartment? Three tins of tea from Marriage Frères, which is something silly I’ve been wanting to buy for myself for the longest time now but always ignored since that would mean even less place in my already overpacked suitcases when it’s time for the next move. Finally, for the first time in 1,5 years I can now unpack my bags and not worry, or have to think about, when I’ll pack them again. Phew!
Mint coloured tulle skirt pink chiffon skirt from Alexandra Grecco – Baby blue bag from Dannijo – Sparkly heels from Zara – Ballet flats from Chanel – Navy blue jacket from Red Valentino – Black bucket bag from Mansur Gavriel – Pyjama shorts from Oysho – Slippers from Oysho – Watch from Corniche – Code rings from Lulu Frost – Earrings from Dannijo – Gold bar necklace & gold circle necklace from Etsy – Nude coloured flats from J.Crew – Black ballet flats from Josefinas.
After moving in on Monday and running errands all around the city, calling plumbers and electricians to get all the final things sorted at my new place I’ve woken up absolutely exhausted – and I’m not done yet! I’m still struggling with getting my wifi and intercom working… Despite that I can’t help but smile every morning when I wake up. I’m so happy to have found my little sanctuary after more than 8 (yes, 8) moves within one year. What made me even more delighted was seeing some of my dearest friends drinking, chatting and having fun here during Thursday night when I invited them over for a little “housewarming apéro”. I guess that means that I’m officially moved in!
• Where I’d rather be right now (instead of a grey and rainy Paris…) is right here. I’m just a tiiiny bit jealous Aisling!
• You probably haven’t missed this – I mean, how could you? – but I’m sharing it anyway. Just because it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen and just because I’m convinced that Nicole must be some sort of genius for creating this breathtaking concept.
• I’m off to Italy by the end of next week and I can not wait to get there! The beach, the food, seeing my friends again and getting some sort of vacation for the first time in a year. I’m reminiscing by looking through old photos of Rome from my time there last summer and from our little beach gem south of the city.
Give me a couple of peonies and a croissant or two and I’ll be a very happy girl and have absolutely no problems at all getting out of bed. Now I’m off to brunch with a lovely group of people. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends and this first day of June!
I couldn’t resist these when I passed the flower shop on my way home last week. I feel like I need to buy as many peonies as possible while they’re here and the weekend is a perfect excuse to buy flowers for yourself. Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Since I haven’t gotten my hands on that perfect camera bag just yet I usually tend to leave the camera at home and opt for a much lighter, and smaller option nowadays. I’m so used to carrying around bigger bags (with a ton of crap and unnecessary things in them) so this has truly forced me to scale down what’s inside my bag. So what you’ll most likely find in my Salvatore Ferragamo bag, which I found here in Paris last year, is what you see above. Métro card, my favourite lip balm from Clarins, a very beaten up hot pink coin purse (you always end up with too many coins here), a pack of tissues and my alternative, and smaller, wallet from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Plus iPhone. I’m feeling crazy minimalistic over here!