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Hôtel de Sully

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Weekend Reading

At Home

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.

Weekend Reading

Parisian Café by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

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.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The leaves have already started to change colours and summer (well, we haven’t really had any real summer here in Paris) is slowly coming to an end. My favourite place to head during this time of the year is to one of the Parisian parks, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont being one I certainly got to explore a little bit more the other day thanks to this lovely lady.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

During stressful times it’s easier to catch me over on Instagram. My last couple of snapshots include the stairwell leading up to my new apartment, one of my Paris prints for SS Print Shop in bed with @Doctorscloset, beautiful Parisian buildings, my favourite timepiece from Corniche at Ralph’s along with a yummy club sandwich at the same place. A little photo from my housewarming last Thursday with dear friends, hidden allies in the 4th arrondissement and a breathtaking view from the 7th floor at my friend’s apartment. Ladurée’s pretty storefront, coffee at La Caféothèque, courtyard cuteness at Ralph’s and an absolutely delicious lunch at my favourite Verjus Bar à Vins.

Home Decoration

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

It’s probably the worst luck in the world to start shopping for home decoration before you even have a home, right? Yeah, I thought so… But since I’m leaving for vacation in July there’s no time to loose here. I’ve never decorated my own apartment before since I’ve yet to rent something completely unfurnished. I have to admit that I’ve never been much of a decoration expert though (despite working at ELLE Decoration in Sweden before picking up my life and moving to France, which might seem a bit odd) but that doesn’t stop my excitement! After our darling Lauren – who by the way, knows absolutely everything about what’s going on in this city – took me to the Swedish café that I told you about a while back, she also showed us the home decoration shop La Trésorerie, just next door. After that first visit I’ve been back several times to lurk around for myself. Now, I don’t usually like to spend my money on pots and pans but oh, how tempting that feels at the moment… Is that what you call growing up?

Butte-aux-Cailles

La Butte-aux-Cailles by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Butte-aux-Cailles by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Butte-aux-Cailles by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Butte-aux-Cailles by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Butte-aux-Cailles by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Butte-aux-Cailles by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

It’s been raining here in Paris during the last couple of days (but it feels more like months at the moment) which is making me kind of depressed and low on energy for absolutely everything right now. A cold and a sore throat is certainly not helping the situation either. Hopefully this sad and grey weather (as well as my cold) will pass sooner rather than later.

But now, on to happier memories. Remember that day I rode around Paris on the back of Braden‘s vespa? Anyhow, one of the places he decided to take me to was the beautiful little neighbourhood called La Butte-aux-Cailles in the 13th arrondissement. My last visit here was two years ago but since it was during a very late night (which ended with one too many glasses of wine) I never really got to see it properly. In the middle of Paris and just off the modern Place d’Italie you’ll find this little gem. Cobblestone streets, dark green ivy, beautiful doors and some lovely wisteria made this little area undeniably charming.

Flower Power

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Spring in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

We might as well rename this site to “the flower blog” by now. And yes, I apologise since I do realise that there are other things in this world to photograph other than pretty flowers. But how could you not when you arrive in Jardin des Plantes and it looks like this? I mean, come on, I’m only human after all.

This spring the whole city bloomed so early that I was afraid to miss it completely for a second. Luckily I stumbled upon this park (which is one of my favourite parks in Paris) just in time to catch the apple, cherry and all the other blossoms in full bloom. It’s so bitter sweet since this is one of the things I look forward to during the whole year, and then after two weeks or so, everything is gone. But I’m not sobbing over here! Now summer is around the corner and nothing makes me happier than to think about that. Even though I miss the pink blossoms around the city (it really puts a smile on your face), Paris looks pretty beautiful in all green too.

Promenade Plantée

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Ever since moving to Paris for the very first time I’ve kept a little list over places I’ve been wanting to see and visit. This is a never ending list and it only seems to get fuller. I’m actually adding places faster than I can tick them off… But that’s fine with me since I’m in no hurry to leave this place at the moment. Gosh, that feels good to say. Anyways, one of the things that’s been on my list ever since spending my first four months in this city has been to visit the Promenade Plantée. Since I adore both flowers, parks and Parisian buildings I can’t really come up with a better combo for me (or an excuse to why I haven’t visited this place earlier). Promenade Plantée is Paris‘ version of New York‘s popular High Line - meaning an old abandoned railway line that has been made into a little promenade, which makes this just a lovely place for a little stroll. I haven’t really gotten a lot of time to just walk around the city by myself lately but luckily I managed to squeeze in a little morning walk yesterday with just myself (and my French audio tapes in my headphones) as company.

Vintage Finds

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Sometimes I never get around to posting certain things here — even though I really want to, but I guess the saying goes “better late than never”, no? So, before the summer began last year, I joined one of my friends for a tour of the flea markets by the Porte de Clignancourt here in Paris. On one of the hottest days in all of June we wandered around the absolutely enormous vintage markets together with our lovely guide Charlotte in the search of little gems and vintage finds. I’ve always been a bit sceptical towards the whole flea market idea (most of the time I think it can look like a lot of junk) but after that day I can kind safely say that I see why some people love it so much. There was so much to look at and so many untold stories behind every item we passed by and after three hours of walking we still hadn’t covered more than half of the flea markets. Yes, I would have gotten completely lost in between the vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and the pretty china with flower patterns without my friends there to guide me around. By the end of the day (we even stayed behind when our tour was over and continued on by ourselves) we we’re absolutely exhausted but had become one Babar poster, and a lot of experiences, richer. Now I just can’t wait to find a more permanent home here in Paris so that I actually can buy all the things I want next time I go.