After a cosy morning together with the lovely Lauren at Holybelly, I got to enjoy some Parisian sun while running a few errands during the day. When I came back home it started raining which is the perfect excuse to cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and going through a few links.
• “How do you walk in heels all the time during fashion week?!” is a question I’ve gotten a lot. My answer? I don’t. But some people do, and I will always be in awe of that. Garance dug a little bit deeper into this question which you can see more of here.
• Don’t miss my post about autumn in Paris that I recently did for the HiP Paris blog.
• If there’s someone I trust when it comes to restaurant recommendations (well, anything eatable and drinkable actually…) it’s Diane. Earlier this week she wrote about Glass and before that about Candelaria, two great bars here in Paris.
• What could be better than being whisked away to Paris together with Ralph Lauren for a few days? Not much, that’s for sure. I’m pretending I was there when I’m scrolling through Jamie‘s photos over and over again.
• I hope you didn’t miss Shini‘s gorgeous photographs from the Louis Vuitton show during fashion week. If so, you need to see them right now.
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.
I’m in love with my new print from the SS Print Shop! It makes those grey Parisian days a little bit more colourful. And I mean, who doesn’t love some pink Peonies? Even though I won’t have much time to do any weekend reading this weekend I thought I’d share my suggestions with you. Enjoy!
• I always get a lot of questions about my camera gear (which you can read more about here) and about various photography tips. I’ve been wanting to put together a little guide for you until I stumbled upon Carrie‘s fantastic post on the subject earlier this week! I hope you’ll get all your questions answered after reading her post.
• The most talked about news this week? In my case it’s been the fact that Kate Moss now joins British Vogue as a fashion contributor.
• Due to being lactose intolerant for the past six years or so I’ve had to avoid amazing cappuccinos and other yummy coffee drinks. But now that I can handle lactose again I’ve been visiting several coffee shops in Paris during the past weeks to catch up on what I’ve been missing for such a long time. The TrotterMag has put together a list over the best coffee shops in Paris which you can find here.
• Another café in Paris that will be going on my “must visit list”, due to this post by the HiP Paris Blog, is the Le Café des Chats. Yes, it’s a cat café.
The temperatures have dropped drastically here in Paris and it suddenly feels like winter is here even though we’re in the beginning of October. The only thing I feel like doing today is to snuggle up under my duvet and pretend I don’t have anything to do.
• My super talented sister Sara has finally launched her own Etsy shop for her beautiful illustrations. Don’t miss her blog either!
• Call me dorky but one of the things I love the most about the fashion shows (yes, except for the clothes of course) are the amazing sets. Style.com has gathered the best atmosphere photos from fashion month. My favourites? Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dries van Noten and Stella McCartney.
• How do I stay in shape in Paris? Well, I don’t. But I wish I could say that this beautiful yoga/dance studio was a part of my daily routine…
• I love when my favourite photographers visit the city I live it. I love seeing Paris through other people’s eyes. Garance, Shini and Nicole have all been here recently and I’m addicted to seeing Paris through their eyes.
• The lovely Peony got me dreaming of these tasty potatoes… I’ve never been so upset about my Parisian apartment not having an oven before.
After Milan we finally headed to Paris! Nicole and I couldn’t hide our excitement. We had so many fun shoots and meetings waiting for us, and boy am I eager to share everything with you. I think some of the shoots we’ve done here in Paris are some of my all time favourites of the ones we’ve created together. For more updates and photos hop on over to my Instagram.
Fashion month is now over and during this weekend I’m just going to try and recharge at home while catching up on some reading (I’ve been missing a lot during one month). I might even run down to the boulangerie and buy a baguette and some delicious sweets that I’ve been missing during the time I’ve been away from Paris… Anyway, here’s a few links that I’ve been wanting to share with you guys. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!
• This week I had the honour of being featured on the Glitter Guide as their Glitter Girl! If you want to know more about me, my Paris-tips or simply see more photos you can read the article right here. Thank you so much to the Glitter Guide for featuring me and my story and a huge and very special thanks to my dear Grace who helped me with the photos!
• Once fashion month is over my shopping urge gets a little bit stronger… Especially when I’ve seen all those beautiful runway pieces and gorgeous fashionable people during a whole month. I had to gather all my wants and needs in one place to keep my head sorted, so if you’re looking for some shopping inspiration I’m sharing my wishes here.
• My dear friends Stefan and Eva (who I first introduced you to in this post) have finally launched their very special project called TrotterMag! And I couldn’t be any happier for them. It’s absolutely amazing curated city guides for anybody with the love for traveling. They’ve gathered all the information for some of the most desirable destinations in the world (including Paris, bien sûr). After they were kind enough to take me around to some of their favourite spots in New York, I trust them fully and will consult TrotterMag as soon as I get on a plane the next time.
• Ok, I can’t do a weekend reading post straight after fashion month and not talk about all the amazing shows that have taken place during this time. Louis Vuitton took my breath away when I understood that it was Marc Jacobs’ last collection for the brand and that he had incorporated some of the previous sets to build the very last stage for his show. Remember the carousel, the elevators, the fountain, the gates, the clock, the escalators and the hotel room doors? But this time, all in black. I also loved the Dior make-up (and venue!), the huge polka dots by Sportmax, Burberry Prorsum‘s pastels and Dolce & Gabbana‘s romantic hairdos.
Photos by: Grace of “Will She Love Paris?“
Gelato, stunning gowns and beautiful buildings are a few of the things I managed to capture on Instagram during my days in Milan. Hopefully I’ll get to come back to this city soon again. Now the fashion month is officially finished and hopefully I’ll have a chance to recharge during the next couple of days, but I still have so much I can’t wait to share with you all!
Since I had a hunch that we were going to be super busy over here and that I would have a hard time spending more than two minutes in front of the computer I gathered these links for you earlier this week, but hopefully they’ll be just as good today! In honour of fashion week and New York, let’s keep this weekend’s links all about that. Hope you’ll enjoy!
• Ever dreamt about getting a little glimpse inside Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment? Shini Park leads the way.
• While looking for a couple of New York tips I came across Carrie‘s tips. I love when you combine great suggestions and lovely images.
• Find out how Jamie Beck and her very talented team created this beautiful cinemagraph for Saks Fifth Avenue.
• Last time I was in New York I bought a necklace from Vale Jewelry, which has been around my neck for almost every single day since but unfortunately I lost is a couple of weeks ago and can’t seem to find it again… I would love to find a new while here!
• Who What Wear recently listed a series of new style bloggers that you should know about. My favourites? Julia, Ann, Hallie and Zina.
• Keep an extra eye on Style.com right now and during the rest of fashion month, Tommy Ton always captures the best street style.
• Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see more photos from my fashion week adventures!
Today I’m sharing the last part of answers to all of your questions. This time it’s all about travel and then last but not least, Paris of course. Hope you’ve enjoyed this series and that I’ve answered most of your questions!
When will you be back in Paris?
I’ll be arriving in Paris at the end of October for fashion week with Nicole. After fashion week, life will be back to normal in Paris.
What cities/countries do you dream about going to?
I would love to visit Florence, California, Venice, Amsterdam, Japan, Barcelona, Portugal and Australia someday. I still haven’t been to any of these places and it’s driving me crazy! I would also love to go back to Rome, the French Riviera, Corsica and the northern part of Italy.
Which is the best part in Stockholm to live in?
If I was a tourist visiting Stockholm I would prefer to live somewhere around Nybrohamnen, Stureplan/Norrmalmstorg or Södra Blasieholmshamnen but they’re all very close together so it’s really all the same. My recommendations for a hotel would be: Nobis Hotel, Grand Hotel, Lydmar Hotel and Hotel Diplomat. If I planned to stay permanently I would stay in or near Vasastan or Norrmalm.
What do I miss the most from Sweden?
Except for family, friends and our little pug I think miss the candy and certain sweets the most. But I have plenty of that in Paris as well so I’m not complaining! And perhaps the super clean subway compared to Paris…
Why didn’t you bring your dog to Paris?
Simply because it’s not just my dog. Nixon is our family dog and since the rest of my family is back in Stockholm he’s staying put as well.
Which are your favourite places in New York?
I haven’t been since 2011 so I might not be completely up to date but places that I really liked during my last trip was Café Cluny (I still dream about their French toast for brunch), Shake Shack (burgers), The Dutch (lunch/dinner), The Smith (lunch/dinner), Àpizz (dinner), The Little Owl (dinner), Per Se (fancy dinner), The Chelsea Market, Baked by Melissa (cupcakes) and The Empire (hotel).
Which are your favourite places in Italy?
I love Rome (you can find my recommendations for Rome here), but I also love the northern part of Italy. Desenzano, a little town by lake Garda is just to die for as well as the beautiful Lake Como.
How long will you stay in Paris?
I have no idea how long I will stay in Paris. The simple answer would be: until I don’t want to stay anymore. Or until I find something new and exciting that I want to do.
Where should I stay while in Paris?
This is such a hard question since it depends on so many different things. If you’re visiting for a shorter amount of time as a tourist I would stay in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th arrondissement (but stay off the Champs-Élysées). Simply because these arrondissements are close to most things you might want to do and see while in Paris. Yes, many places in these areas are very touristy but it really depends on what you want.
For living in Paris during a longer amount of time I would personally love to stay in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th arrondissement. I know that a lot of people consider these parts to be way too touristy to live in or “not the real Paris” (yes, I hear this all the time) but there are areas within these places that I just love. If I would settle down in Paris more permanently I might also consider moving to the the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th or 17th arrondissement.
I’ve come to realise that people living in Paris many times have a personal/sentimental connection to the arrondissement they live in and for many people moving to another arrondissement wouldn’t be their idea of fun. So the answer to this question depends on the person you ask.
If you could live anywhere in Paris, where would it be?
If I could dream and pick anywhere in Paris it would have to be… Either close to Place Saint Sulpice or the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th or around Place Maubert in the 5th, perhaps somewhere cosy in the 3rd or 4th, or near La Tour Maubourg or maybe close to Musée Rodin in the 7th. A girl can always dream, right?
Do you have any favourite markets in Paris?
I haven’t been to all that many different markets but I love spending the mornings at Marché Maubert. It’s not too big and not too small. I also had the pleasure to visit the markets near Clignancourt with a guide a while back and that was a super fun experience if you’re interested in vintage clothing, furniture etc. but I wouldn’t go without the guide for my first visit.
Do you ever think about moving outside of Paris?
Right now this wouldn’t be an option for me. As a (paranoid) single woman I prefer to live closer to the city centre so that I feel comfortable getting around, especially during evenings and nighttime. Although I haven’t been to many places outside Paris so I don’t know it too well.
Do you have any tips for people traveling to Paris solo?
Well, that’s basically what I’ve done when I moved here twice so I don’t have a problem with experiencing Paris on my own. I think the city is perfect for people traveling on their own. I recently wrote a little post on dining in Paris solo which you can find here.
What’s the worst part about living in Paris?
That certain procedures are so freaking complicated. Just to start a bank account, transfer money to an international account or things like that are just such a pain in the *ss over here. And I haven’t even (luckily) faced the prefecture and had to deal with getting a visa for example, I can only imagine…
Are Parisians easy to get to know/interact with?
I think it can be quite hard to get to know Parisians unless you have “a foot inside the door”. If you have the opportunity to get to know French people through work, other friends, school or partners I think it will be much easier, but the French people I’ve come to know so far are very kind.
Do you ever see yourself moving from Paris?
Yes. I don’t know if I want to settle down in a city just yet. I’m only 21 and I have so much left to see and explore! Paris will always be close to my heart and perhaps I’ll go away sometime and then return to the city one day but before I decide where I want “settle” I think I have to see more. But right now I’m having a blast exploring and experiencing Paris!