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Sunny mornings by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

My favourite sight is seeing the light come streaming in through my windows and lighting up the whole apartment. I love working from home with my windows open and looking out over the street below. Although it can be hard to keep my bum on the seat instead of wandering off to admire the pretty view or calling friends to meet up for a glass of wine on one of the terraces in the neighbourhood instead…

•   All the red carpet looks from the Met Gala earlier this week by Style.com.
•   Thank you to Flaunt Magazine for mentioning my work.
•   “What if the Disney princesses wore Marchesa?” by Vogue.com.
•   Find me on Facebook for more updates and photos from Paris.

On Instagram

Paris in Four Months on Instagram

Early morning strolls, waking up in bed together with Lanvin, birthday blooms for a first birthday, the beautiful Lanvin exhibition currently going on. Picking up flowers for the shoot I did for Lanvin, my new favourite restaurant Ellsworth, more Lanvin prettiness and Ladurée x2. Blush pinks and pretty sunglasses, more beautiful blooms and a very bare Jardin des Tuileries.

On Instagram

On Instagram photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The good thing about waking up before your alarm clock goes off is that you get to enjoy a pretty sunrise outside your window, my lastest purchase is this super cute little Furla bag, morning meetings at Printemps and coffee at my favourite Fondation Café. Pretty blooms, Parisian cafés, the cutest little illustration of me by the very talented Mimi Nizan and gorgeous blue doors. “L’amour est mort” (meaning “love is dead”) found in the streets of Paris, weekend brunch at Holybelly, another pastel sunrise outside my window and pretty blooms and champagne to celebrate 500,000 people following along on my Instagram adventures!

Weekend Reading

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Editing work from fashion week is slowly coming to an end and is immediately replaced by boring administration work and going through my neglected inbox (apologies to anyone who’s trying to reach me at the moment). Embarrassingly enough (shhh, don’t tell anyone!) I’ve opted for coffee dates and girly chats instead of putting my head down and getting stuff done, but sometimes you’re allowed to do that, right?

•   Harper’s Bazaar lists the 17 best travel accounts to follow on Instagram, thank you for including mine.
•   Moda Operandi talks to familiar faces in the fashion industry about their first time
•   I shared a couple of Paris suggestions on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram account a while back, see the whole story here.
•   Taylor vs. Karlie, thanks to Vogue.com.

On Instagram

On Instagram

A while back I shared a couple of Parisian tips on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram, Racines(2) was one of them, I received this adorable little save the date in the mail, had breakfast at Ladurée and spent one morning photographing for Dior. I visited the new shoe department at Le Bon Marché (and oh. my. god. is all I have to say), I had a meeting at Lanvin who had super cute love notes in the elevators, stumbled upon pretty city views and smelled as many flowers as I possible could. I visited Palais-Royal for a Café Kitsuné coffee with Katie while enjoying the blue skies and some sun, stumbled upon YSL (who I wish was my neighbour) and strolled around Saint-Germain with my darling Lauren.

On Instagram

On Instagram

Last Friday I found out that I was traveling to London the next day. A super last minute trip but I couldn’t have been more excited since I’ve been wanting to go back to London for ages now as I never really felt as thought I’ve properly seen the city before. I only stayed a couple of days but I made sure to make those days count. Once back in Paris I was so utterly exhausted I didn’t leave my apartment for a whole day (except for having to go to Apple and take care of my computer that crashed on the way back). I strolled every single street I came across, fell in love with most cab drivers as well as the cute little London doors. I got to see dear friends that I haven’t seen since last fashion week and drool over Mulberry’s pretty presentation. It was a super weekend, to say the least.

Weekend Reading

Favourite things photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Box of airline stickers: Louis Vuitton – Lipgloss: Dior – Bra: Dita von Teese

After a week of constant running around and last minute assignments during Haute Couture week I spent this week catching up on work and starting to think about what I’d like to do this spring. New York, Rome and London are all cities on the top of my “places-to-vitis-this-spring-list” and now it’s just a matter of figuring out when to go… There are so many exciting things I’m looking forward to this year: a bunch of fun work, two weddings this summer, launching my photography portfolio and hopefully a new website, another spring in Paris and sharing it all with my loved ones.

•   73 Questions with Olivia Munn by Vogue.com.
•   Barneys New York featured my Instagram account on their blog “The Window”.
•   Best beauty moments during Haute Couture Week in Paris (that I was a part of, shooting for Vogue.com).
•   28 Reasons you should never visit Paris.

Weekend Reading

Rose petals photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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, TaylorJulianne, Felicity and Diane.

The Year 2014

The Year 2014

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!

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Nicole Warne photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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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.

New York photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Nicole Warne, photo by Carin Olsson

Polaroids from February

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…

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Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

March polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris polaroids

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.

Shoot for DANNIJO

Jenny Bernheim photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Dior photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Italy photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Jardin du Luxembourg by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Rome by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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!).

Christian Dior SS15 by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Backstage at Issey Miyake SS15 photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Louis Vuitton SS15

Weekend in Nice by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Polaroids photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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!

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Place des Vosges

Polaroid photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

At The Mulia in Bali

Pastel colours around Paris

Polaroid photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.