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Canal St Martin by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Ten Belles Coffee Shop, by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Café Télescope, by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

This fall I had the pleasure of shooting a story here in Paris for Bon Appétit Magazine focusing on food and drink in the (right now, very popular) 10th arrondissement. At the time, little did I know that the writer behind this amazing food guide was my good friend Lindsey. Funny how things work out sometimes, no? Even though it was quite challenging work I truly enjoyed shooting these photos which even made me discover new (favourite) restaurants along the way. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine if you have the chance or take a look at the preview of the article here!

Christmas Market

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Somehow I ended up on Champs-Élysées after running a few errands before leaving Paris to spend the holidays in Stockholm, and apparently I came just in time for the annual Christmas market. This is a market I would never ever make the effort to visit intentionally – for many different reasons, but mostly because it’s too touristy and the stands are more than often owned by grumpy people who absolutely hate their jobs, which doesn’t really get me in that cheerful holiday mood if you know what I mean? But once there I thought I might as well snap a few photos. Say what you will about the miserable service but a few of those stands can look pretty cute and “Christmassy” after all.

After being away in the Swedish countryside over the weekend I’ll celebrate Christmas here in Stockholm together with my family tomorrow. Yes, over here we do most of the celebrations on the 24th, which might seem odd to many of you but maybe it’s a Swedish thing? Anyways, we’ve prepared tons of food, stocked up on favourite movies and looked up recipes for the perfect caramels, so it seems like we’re all good to go! The only thing missing now is the snow… I hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas and get to celebrate with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Windows

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

Christmas Display Windows at Printemps

I’ve never been a big fan of the Christmas season, perhaps because I absolutely detest the cold weather that comes with it, but I have to admit that I do like all the cosy festivities you’ll find in Paris during this time. … And if it weren’t for the freezing cold, I might even look forward to this time of the year. During every December as a child my family took my sister and I to the big department store NK in Stockholm to admire the beautiful windows decorated for the holidays. It was always such a special event (my favourite part though had to be the yummy raisin cookies we bought inside to enjoy while watching) and I still remember it so clearly today. Maybe that’s one of the reasons behind my obsession with display windows, huh?

Anways. I couldn’t hold in my excitement for long when my friend Shini told me about this year’s windows at Printemps, all decked out by Prada. On one afternoon, before going back to Sweden for the holidays, I ended up admiring these window displays together with several kids and their parents. I have to admit that it’s not as magical as it once used to be (today you tend to notice all the strings and mechanics behind it) but it certainly gets you in that holiday mood.

Gucci Paris Masters

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Gucci Paris Masters, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

I’m so excited to share the photos I took during my day at the Gucci Paris Masters, which I attended this weekend. The Gucci Paris Masters is one of the most prestigious show-jumping events in the world and brings together people and competitors from all over (I even heard Swedish being spoken for a second and felt right at home). I’ve never attended something like this before so it was a first for me, but I certainly hope that it won’t be the last since it was such a grand experience. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before but when I was younger I used to horseback ride during several years, so the minute I stepped inside the stables a ton of memories came rushing back to me. Combine that with a brand like Gucci and I was in heaven.

I absolutely loved spending the day together with these beauties and all the impeccably dressed and super stylish riders. Getting the chance to take a stroll through the stables with my camera and photograph adorable little ponies and champion horses, lusting after beautiful items in the Gucci pop-up store, almost bumping into Bruce Springsteen, nibbling on several caramel macarons from Hugo & Victor and watching the horses warm up before finally seeing some of the best ones compete by the end of the day was so incredible. I honestly got so into this whole competition after a few hours that I stood along the side cheering all of them on. The winner of the Grand Prix Gucci? Kevin Staut (who you can see in the second to last photo on his white, absolutely beautiful horse).

Apart from the beautiful horses I also fell in love with those stunning leather boots, which still haunt my mind, as well as the limited edition silk scarf designed by Frida Giannini, exclusively for this event, and amazing Gucci saddle (and I don’t even have a horse to put it on, ha!). All in all, I had a fantastic day that I wish didn’t have to come to and end. It was surely a different way to spend a Sunday in Paris, but it was so much fun. Thank you Gucci for having me!

Miss Dior

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

Miss Dior Exhibition at Grand Palais

When Dior puts on a show at the Grand Palais and the entrance is free, you go. And so I did. Last Saturday (before indulging in a lovely afternoon treat at Café Pouchkine) I spent my morning wandering around in this little Dior wonderland. In honour of the fashion house’s iconic perfume “Miss Dior” breathtaking gowns, legendary paintings and magical sketches were all on display. Although I missed Natalie Portman’s personal appearance and didn’t get to see her rolling around in these couture-like dresses in real life, I fell in love with this beautiful exposition. But I didn’t expect much else since Monsieur Dior had a soft spot for both flowers and pretty bows, just like myself. I’m quite sure this must be any girly girl’s favourite museum visit in Paris this fall, no?

Unfortunately the exhibition will end tomorrow, so hurry up and go if you haven’t already been. But be prepared to stand in line outside in the Parisian cold — but I mean, what don’t you do for a little Dior? Find more info here.

Into the Wild

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Museum Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie Comparée

Wether it’s taking a long stroll in the park, catching up with dear friends over brunch or visiting a new museum, I love doing little things during the weekend that makes me happy and makes me forget about a challenging (but very exciting) week of work. This time I ended up at Jardin des Plantes and the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée museum.

Along with a bunch of kids and their parents I wandered around this absolutely beautiful museum space to get lost in another world for a few minutes. The perfect weekend date with myself.

Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

An Evening in Versailles

Fireworks Show at Versailles

Fireworks Show at Versailles

Fireworks Show at Versailles

Fireworks Show at Versailles

I had never been to Versailles before this Friday. I know, I know, it’s terrible! Especially when you live in Paris and it’s so close by. But that’s why I was so excited when Nicole asked me if I wanted to come along to watch their fireworks show last week. Yes, apparently there’s a fireworks show going on in Versailles every now and then (which I had no idea about by the way).

Together with Nicole, Grace and Alix I got to explore and see the beautiful Versailles gardens for the very first time. An afternoon is hardly enough for this amazing space so I definitely need to come back. And if you haven’t seen the gorgeous fireworks show, you definitely need to go back. Fireworks, people all dressed up and on their way to the masked ball and these breathtaking surroundings made this evening unforgettable!

Favourite Season

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Jardin des Plantes During Springtime

Sometime during last week, or the week before that, I made my way to Jardin des Plantes on a very sunny day. I figured that you never know when the sun will come back to Paris again so I wore a dress, and judging by the weather that’s been going on the last couple of days I made the right choice. If only the weather could be a little bit better in this city… Or more stable at least. Anyways, the gardens of Jardin des Plantes were in full bloom and absolutely stunning! I think spring has to be my favourite season. How can it not be when the city looks like this? Well, perhaps you can say that a spring with good weather is my favourite season.

If you’re in Paris, hurry up so you don’t miss out on these gorgeous and blossoming trees! I’m in love.

Musée Rodin

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

At Musée Rodin in Paris

Inside Musée Rodin in Paris

Musée Rodin is one of my absolute favourite places in all of Paris. Especially during spring and summer. There’s something special about this place that just makes me happy. I can’t help but to smile and I always get a good, delightful feeling in my stomach (perhaps that’s sounds a bit weird but it’s a feeling that is quite hard to describe) when I stroll around Musée Rodin and its gardens. I think joy is what it is! I decided to go last week during a sunny morning, although unfortunately the garden’s roses haven’t started to bloom yet but the place is still magnificent. If you’re in Paris you cannot miss out on this place!

Since the first time I visited this museum I’ve said to myself that this is the place I’m going to get married at (which I, by the way, have no idea if it’s even allowed or not) but since I’m no way near getting married (and happy for that) I guess that a big party would do as well. Or it could also work as my new apartment slash house slash castle, I’m not too picky when it comes to these things.