A few photos from Paris before I escaped to London the other week. My favourite Carolina Herrera bag, the beautiful Palais-Royal, a very fun pyjama party at Le Meurice and the gorgeous view from Institut du Monde Arabe. Jardin du Luxembourg looking all pretty, exploring greenhouses in new-to-me parts of Paris, crossing bridges with spectacular views and spotting cute little Vespas all around town. A beautiful sunset in Jardin des Tuileries, seeing the Palais-Royal after several years of renovations for the very first time, strolling through my favourite Place Dauphine and a morning spent at Musée Rodin.
Evangelie, looking gorgeous as always after the Elie Saab Haute Couture show when we were shooting this sick leather jacket together. If there’s anyone’s closet I’d like to get a peek inside I think this has to be this one.
You’ll find more photos an outfit details over on Evangelie’s blog.
Impossible to pass by the Plaza Hotel without snapping a little photos, Paris dressed in whites and greys, pretty roses at home and quiet streets in the middle of the city. Photo booth fun at Palais de Tokyo, coffee at Teléscope, a pretty spectacular view and looking out over Place Vendôme from the Boucheron offices. Bits and bobs in pretty pinks, the one day that it snowed in Paris, gorgeous props for a little shoot and a deserted (and very cold) Jardin du Palais-Royal. More on my Instagram!
The other day, the light was so lovely that I had to leave my work and laptop behind, ignore emails for a little while and head out for a walk around the city with my camera in my hand. It’s been ages since I’ve done something like this but it felt so liberating and therapeutical in a way. I’m trying to enjoy every single minute of sun during these cold days.
With an iPhone camera that is constantly improving and a digital camera gear that seems to get heavier and heavier by the year I (unfortunately) have a tendency to leave the proper equipment at home and survive on taking photos of the places I visit and the things I see with nothing else but my iPhone camera. Since I don’t think these photos are good enough to be blown up on the blog I usually just post them to my Instagram account, which is a shame since I’d love to share a few suggestions over here as well… So I thought I’d start putting a few of these tips (and iPhone photos) together and share the places I love visiting with you all. Anyone in the mood for a delicious cup of coffee? If so, these are a couple of spots I prefer hitting up for my caffeine fix (as pictured in these Instagram snapshots). Enjoy!
My never-ending obsession with Parisian doors continues…
Sore feet, an aching body and an apartment that is slowly falling apart due to lack of attention are so totally worth it after such an exciting week as I’ve had during these past couple of days. Last weekend I photographed Carolina Herrera‘s pre-fall collection for their social media campaign and later in the week I was thrilled to show you the first photograph from our shoot together. I couldn’t have been more please with the fantastic team I got to work with and I hope to show you the rest of the photographs very soon. After that it just said swoosh and all of a sudden I was on location for Dior and shooting their (magical) Haute Couture show for them. The venue took my breath away and I still can’t get over that pink carpet, white scaffolding and mirrored walls. Elie Saab, Chanel and a Louis Vuitton presentation followed shortly after that along with a few cocktail events and get-togethers in between. Now that it’s all over I think I have to pinch myself a couple of more times just to make sure this has all been real and that I’m not about to wake up from the best (and most stressful) dream ever.
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.