After coming back to Paris during such a scary and sad time for the city and the whole country, I’m so relieved that the tension that’s been hanging in the air lately is finally wearing off a bit. Seeing all the people taking part in such a grand march last Sunday was just incredible and left me completely speechless. My heart goes out to the city I’m lucky enough to call home today and everyone who was affected by these horrible events. I’m so thankful I’ve had my friends and loved ones close by during this time.
• I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Style.com decided to re-publish my article for Condé Nast Traveler about chic passages in Paris.
• The second I saw these photos from Bagaholicboy (a must for anyone with a bag obsession) I knew that I would be dreaming about Dior’s Be Dior bag for the next couple of nights… I still can’t get it out of my head.
• Unfortunately I caught a cold and fever on my way back from Australia and have been resting in bed during this week. This chicken noodle soup by Smitten Kitchen is exactly what I wish somebody would have made me during this time (I was obviously too lazy to do so myself).
• The Golden Globes just happened and it was so hard to pick a favourite this year (I literally can’t wait for the Oscars) but here’s a couple of the ones I couldn’t stop looking at: Emma (I have the biggest crush on this woman right now), Amy, Dakota, Taylor, Julianne, Felicity and Diane.
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.
Life here in Bali isn’t too bad as you probably can tell from the countless of Instagram photos I can’t stop myself from posting. It’s just so gorgeous over here! It’s also fun and exciting to photograph something other besides Paris after not leaving the city for a while. The days over here consists of pool time, fruits, sand, the ocean and a couple of coconuts. Follow along on Instagram for more updates from this beautiful paradise.
Christmas atmosphere at the Merci store, a morning spent eating macarons and enjoying a stunning view from the Four Seasons Hotel and favourite jewellery pieces from Monica Vinader. Carrying home my pink ranunculus from the florist, stumbling upon super cute cars, passing pretty store fronts and cute Parisian corners. I’m never not looking for a picturesque door, brunch at Holybelly with my favourite Alice and Kat, this mint green beauty and what I wore before stepping on the flight to Bali earlier this week. This and much more on Instagram!
A lot has happened since my last post, therefore the radio silence. I’m currently in Bali on vacation and I have so much to share with you all in the next couple of days. I arrived here, together with my sister, earlier this week (if you’ve been following along on Instagram you’ll know what I’m talking about) and I already love it to bits. But before we move on to Bali, here are some early weekend reading.
• If I was home in Paris during this time of the year, I’d probably be writing little Holiday cards to family and friends right about now. The ones that you can see here in the photo were given to me for my birthday and they’re just the cutest. So is this one that I found through Garance Doré.
• Taking (Bali) notes from one of the most well travelled girls I know, Jessica Stein. I wish we could stay forever since there’s so many things I’d like to experience before we head on to our next destination!
• To find more of my Parisian tips and suggestions, head on over to Condé Nast Traveler.
• As the year comes to and end, Vogue.com lists the 9 best red carpet moments during 2014 (and anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge red carpet fan). Emma Stone is by far my favourite!
Breakfast meetings at Hotel Amour, pretty Parisian doors and a bunch of roses in front of the Eiffel Tower from when I shot earlier this year with Nicole. The beautiful staircase at the Elie Saab head office here in Paris, cosy cashmere sweaters, delicate lace and favourite rings, homemade macarons in pretty pink shades and the perfect breakfast at Carette. Birthday cards and delicious Sunday treats, a rainy and grey Paris, the bookstands along the Seine and a few of my favourite things right now, including a new lace bra, my favourite perfume and these gorgeous flats. Find more photos on my Instagram.
I’ve actually spent this week visiting family and friends Stockholm and left both camera and work back home in Paris to get a little break from it all. I had forgotten how cold it was over here and how early the sun goes down but it’s been so much fun seeing all my loved ones again. Now I’m back in Paris again and ready for a new, very busy week of exciting projects and work.
• My two latest articles for Condé Nast Traveler are both live at the moment. The first one about the cutest covered passages in Paris and the second one about where to get a healthier meal while in Paris!
• I’ve only been to the cinema twice in Paris but I’m dying to go and see both Interstellar and The Imitation Game! It seems like a good idea now that the days are getting colder and darker…
• For anyone who speaks Swedish (or wants to practice their Swedish) Femina, one of the biggest fashion magazines in Sweden, recently interviewed me about Paris in Four Months, Parisian style and my favourite places in the city, which you can find right here.
• The cutest little family portrait session I’ve ever seen goes to my darling Grace and her little family, shot by the brilliant Katie.
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!
Evening walks in black and white with new friends, colder days in Jardin des Tuileries, admiring the pretty view from Plaza Athénée and a sky painted in the most gorgeous colours on the last warm day this autumn. Vespa rides around Paris on this pretty red Vespa (thanks again my darling Annie), a few of my favourite items: trench, bag and ballet flats, beautiful architecture at Place des Vosges and autumn colours in the parks around Paris. Sweet memories at Carette with Jenny, grey weather and bare trees, getting caught photographing Jardin des Plantes and pretty Parisian rooftops I never can get enough of.
Yesterday was officially my last day as a 22-year-old and today I’m becoming another year older. I wish I could say that I didn’t mind this raging process, but I do. Just a little bit though. It’s not really about getting older, it’s more about wanting to do so many things and feeling as though time is going by way too fast. The last year has been one of the best ones in my life so far, if not the best and I can’t wait to see what my 23rd year has in store for me. I can only hope it will be as happy, fulfilling and exciting as this one.