Last summer, after spending a rainy and grey month of August in Paris for the first time, I told myself: never again. In August many places tend to close up and almost all locals flee the city, so if the weather is sh*t, there’s simply not that much to occupy yourself with… Therefore I planned a vacation to Italy during this summer. My plans? To do nothing but enjoying the beach and swimming around in the Mediterranean sea but due do dental surgery I had to cancel it all and my fear of having to face another rainy, boring month of August in Paris became reality. Luckily, Mother Nature was kinder this year and gave us the sunniest summer I’ve ever experienced in this city. August, that I last year hated more than dry macarons ended up being one of the loveliest times I’ve ever had in Paris. Empty, calm and always warm weather allowing for summery dresses and bare legs.
We spent the days having picnics, strolling through the city, sipping on iced lattes and enjoying the gardens in the city. After this time I’ve learnt to not fear August as much as I used to – that is if the weather is on your side of course.
A recent project I’ve been working together with Dior on has been photographing Christian Dior’s favourite places in Paris for a little Parisian guide in the name of this fashion legend. If you want to have a closer look and see all of Monsieur Dior’s favourites, you can find them here (scroll down).
I recently got the opportunity to sneak you (and my camera) inside Paris’ most famous department store and now I can finally share the photographs with you all. For anyone who’s been living under a rock and doesn’t recognise this place from the images, this is Galeries Lafayette – over 120 years old and the home to everything you might need (and even the things you don’t need but that you just really, really want) when living in Paris. I came here for the first time when I was 14 years old and a weekend to Paris together with my sister and mom brought me to this amazing place… It’s a little bit extra special to me since this is where I bought my prom dress for my one and only prom (so far). It was this gorgeous little grey dress that I found from Paule Ka (unfortunately the photos from that night are to horrendous to share with anyone outside of my family and close friends). It’s funny how life comes in full circle sometimes and when I wander around this place I can’t help but to think that the 14 year old me would probably never have guessed that I one day would be calling this city home.
Anyhow, today I usually stroll this place looking for more casual things (or even an ice cream from my new favourite gelateria called Pedone) rather than looking for a ball gown or another prom dress. Two of my favourite sections in Galeries Lafayette are Le Laboratoire Créateurs and Le Laboratoire Luxe where less known brands are sold. That’s where I’ve found a few of my favourite designers like Mary Katrantzou and Delpozo but where I’ve also discovered completely new-to-me brands like the clothing brand Dice Kayek, started by two sisters from Turkey. If I’m not around that area you’ll most likely find me on the rooftop overlooking Paris, where you’ll see all the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacré-Cœur or nibbling away on the pastries from Liberté, L’Eclair de Génie or Sadaharu Aoki in Lafayette Gourmet… Thanks to Galeries Lafayette for letting me pry around this beautiful space together with my camera for a whole day!
Two of the most common questions I get asked are: “How do I dress for my Parisian getaway?” and “What are your favourite places in Paris?”. That’s why I thought killing two birds with one stone with the help of this little post would be a fantastic idea. Together with Sézane, a brand started by the sweetest Parisian imaginable (and who recently teamed up with Madewell) I thought I’d take you around the city I love so deeply and show you four of my favourite spots in Paris. If I give you the answers to the question “What are your favourite places in Paris?”, Sézane can most definitely be the answer to the first one since I honestly can’t think of a brand that feels more true to the young Parisian woman’s everyday wardrobe.
Marché Maubert – This market has been my go-to market for a year and a half now and I love it because of what it has to offer but also because it’s not too small and at the same time, not too big. I hate those markets where it feels like you’d get lost by just taking one step into it. Marché Maubert is located on the right bank in the 5th arrondissement and can be found by the metro station Maubert Mutualité. The market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings but be sure to come by early if you want to score the good stuff! I usually swing by after breakfast and don’t bring much else with me besides a fabric shopping tote (I’ve started to collect the super cute ones from Sézane) to carry home the goods in and my wallet. It’s a great way to practice your French and repeat that vegetable vocabulary (un poivron rouge, deux courgettes, trios oignon et deux carottes s’il vous plaît), although my French is not quite ready for haggling someone about the prices or argue about fruit quality but that day will come too!
Rose Bakery – When it comes to tea and cake – or in my case cake and tea – Rose Bakery is not to be missed. There’s several locations around the city but if you’re just coming for the dessert (as I do most of the time) I think their tea room inside Le Bon Marché is the way to go. You’re sitting in Paris’ oldest department store, alongside ladies who look chicer than most, nibbling away on delicious treats and drinking your tea (or if you’re not a tea fan you should definitely try one of their smoothies). Since I cringe at the thought of pushing myself to get ahead among other crazy shoppers at this time of the year (even January is crazy because of the sales periods), I prefer to do my shopping online, and have already started as I previously told you about.
Place Saint-Sulpice – While I’m in the neighbourhood and have had my cake, one of my favourite places to stop by is Place Saint-Sulpice in the heart of the 6th arrondissement. Not only do I consider this to be the middle of the dessert mecca in Paris (it’s true, from here you have easy access to Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, Des Gâteaux et du Pain, Ladurée and La Pâtisserie des Rêves for example), it’s also close to the Jardin du Luxembourg and is one of the chicer places in Paris if I can say so myself. You might think I’m a bit boring, dressed in mostly black but another true fact is that Parisians love their blacks (luckily for a Swede who’s used to a minimal use of colour like myself) and are certainly not afraid of overusing it. I love this area for quiet Sunday strolls alongside old couples and people walking their dogs since most shops are closed during this day.
Fondation Cafe – My favourite coffee shop is Fondation Cafe, which can be found in the northern part of the Marais neighbourhood. It’s simple and small but has everything necessary. Fantastic coffee and delicious cake that is. Young and trendy Parisians flock around this little shop and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll run into someone you know while sipping your espresso. During these colder days I’m keeping warm thanks to a take away crème in my hands and this amazing Sèzane scarf that I haven’t been able to stop wearing ever since I got it. It’s like a big cosy blanket I seem to take with me wherever I go, as you probably can tell from the photos in this post (yes, it’s even here in Bali with me for some reason).
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell.
Undeniably cute, both inside and out. A place I more than happily return to over and over again.
I love spending as much time as possible in the Parisian parks during autumn. It’s so beautiful seeing the colours go from greens and yellows to dark reds and orange. Jardin des Plantes is one of my favourite ones and they always plant the prettiest Dahlias during this time of the year.
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).
If there’s one thing I’m most definitely obsessed with it’s beautiful Parisian courtyards. This one, inside Hôtel de Sully in Le Marais, is clearly one of my favourites. The best thing about it? It offers a calm and serene little shortcut to Place des Vosges, which is located on the other side of the red little door. If you get there early enough, you might even find yourself there all alone.
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.
The last couple of days have been absolutely crazy. I’ve barely had time to sleep. Or eat. But even though they’ve been incredibly hectic, they’ve also been super exciting due to a lot of new photography assignments (like this for example) and interesting meetings, which I can’t wait to hopefully share more about very soon. Until then, here’s a few reads for this weekend!
• Looking for somewhere to sip a glass of wine or dine with a pretty view in Paris? Be sure not to miss my latest article for Condé Nast Traveler.
• Can I please move in with you, Jenny? This is just too pretty to be true.
• Anyone out there heading to London for fashion week? In that case I suggest having a look at Carrie’s guide to hidden London gems.
• Since I couldn’t go to New York fashion week this time around due to work keeping me here in Paris, I’ve been keeping up with the latest street style photos and what’s going on thanks to Style.com and everyone’s favourite Tommy Ton.