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Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

One of the first thoughts racing through my mind when I took the first step inside the Dior venue for the brand’s Haute Couture show yesterday was: I feel really bad for the person in charge of the budget (if there’s such a thing as a budget when it comes to Dior) when someone proposed the idea of covering every single centimeter of every wall in beautiful, luscious orchids… But perhaps that’s nothing to worry about when it’s Dior we’re talking about (after all, I shouldn’t expect anything less after their igloo/cave moment last year). Either way, the venue dressed in all white – and the millions of orchids covering the walls – blew my socks Chanel ballet flats off. It was everything I had hoped for, and more.

There were so many highlights during yesterday that I don’t even know where to begin… The show being held at Musée Rodin (my favourite museum in Paris), seeing my very own name on a Haute Couture invitation, getting to go backstage, sitting across from Charlize Theron and Sean Penn and witnessing pure magic walking down the runway were all moments of absolute happiness.

The focus should of course be on the clothing and accessories but I can’t help but to appreciate the designers who take their time and build a whole world around it as well. Together with the music they create an atmosphere that has me thinking about the show for hours and hours after it’s over. When I said that I was entering the magical world of Dior, I truly meant it.

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.

Finding Home

Parisian rooftops by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Let me stop you right there. No, this is not my new view – I wish! This incredible view belongs to my dear friend Sophia but at least I got to spend yesterday morning admiring it for a little while (after climbing 7 flats of stairs without an elevator that is). But I do have some very exciting news to share. I’ve finally found a home! I couldn’t be happier and after living in my new apartment for three nights now, I still can’t believe it’s real.

Due to IKEA trips, moving all of my belongings, figuring out how to install wifi, building a bed by myself and still trying to balance work and pleasure, I haven’t had much energy for anything else. Tonight I’m popping some bubbly and will celebrate my move together with a bunch of friends and loved ones. I can’t wait to show you a little bit more of my new place once I’m settled. Let this be a little inspiration for those loosing faith in the apartment hunt out there; it is possible (even though it can feel like a crappy, never-ending search).

Lady in Red

Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me, photo by Carin Olsson

Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me, photo by Carin Olsson

I’m both happy and sad to share these last few photos of the lovely Jenny with you all. Sad because these are the last photos from our time together here in Paris but happy since they’re some of my favourites ones. After running around the city, changing behind cars, climbing fences and hopping in and out of übers during a whole afternoon we were completely exhausted by the end of it, but we truly had so much fun together. I simply adore this red little number against the beige and white stone colours of Paris.

For more photos and outfit details, please visit Jenny’s blog.

Paris Favourites

Shangri-La by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Astier de Villatte by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Astier de Villatte by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Astier de Villatte by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Tuileries by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parisian breakfast by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Tuileries by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

After spending a day in Shangri-La‘s pastry kitchen together with the lovely Norma, I had the pleasure to photograph her around Paris at some of her favourite places in this city. We all have our own favourite spots when it comes to Paris but it’s always so much fun to be let in on other people’s secrets and places that are special to them. We started our day at Norma’s little hotel haven at the beautiful Shangri-La hotel (a place I certainly didn’t mind spending my time at) and later continued on to her favourite shop; Astier de Villatte. I’ve heard people rave about this little place for ages now but still never ventured inside until now – perhaps that’s a good thing though since my wallet probably would have been completely empty if I had. Walls and walls of pretty ceramics, beautiful scented candles (I’m coming back for the Stockholm & Paris one since that’s just too much of a coincidence to ignore) and other little items that made me understand what all the fuss have been about. We enjoyed snacks and coffee at Le Nemours and took an early morning stroll through Jardin des Tuileres, where the light was absolutely perfect for a couple of shots before we hit up Rue Saint-Honoré for some shopping. A pretty perfect Saturday if you ask me. Merci for a lovely day Norma!

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?

Apartment Quest

Parisian apartment by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

During the last couple of weeks I’ve felt a bit too stressed and overwhelmed (which is the reason to the lack of updates around here) much due to work and trying to find an apartment at the same time. Those of you who have been looking for an apartment in Paris know that this is not the easiest task to take on. After looking at several dumps, dark holes and apartments that shouldn’t even be allowed to be called “apartments”, I think I might actually have found the one. Fingers and toes crossed now for this to work out.

… And thanks Marissa for letting me borrow your pretty view!

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Beautiful métro signs, breakfast at Ladurée together with Katie & Jenny, roses in the Jardin du Palais-Royal and shooting stunning gowns on the Pont Alexandre III bridge (can’t wait to share the photos with you). Strolling the markets in tulle skirts, looking up an seeing the Eiffel Tower peek out on a sunny day, one of my favourite prints from my collaboration together with SS Print Shop and cute Parisian cafés. Morning coffee, a sea of peonies, rain coming and going every five minutes and new lingerie – a few Instagram snapshots from the last couple of days here in Paris. Follow along for more photos and daily updates right here.

Pâtisserie Ciel

Pâtisserie Ciel by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Pâtisserie Ciel by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Ever since the very sweet Cindy brought me a colourful and quite interesting looking cake (don’t you think it kind of resembles some sort of shower loofah/sponge thing?) for my birthday this winter I’ve had these little pastries from Pâtisserie Ciel on my mind. A while ago I decided to pay them a visit and have a little Japanese tea and cake session together with Christine. It’s always nice to find an excuse to indulge when you really shouldn’t, and catching up with lovely friends is just the perfect one. These treats came in a variety of different flavours like matcha, cherry blossom, vanilla, chocolate and yuzu (just to name a few) and I can warmly recommend the red fruits one that I had. Delicious! The only problem? I could probably eat a hundred of them since they don’t feel too heavy – I mean, they’re called angel cakes after all. …And since they’re made without butter I will keep telling myself that they’re not too bad for you either (don’t burst this little bubble of ignorance please).

If you want to find out more about Ciel you can click right here to read the piece I did for Condé Nast Traveler.

In the Kitchen

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

A couple of weeks ago, when the lovely Norma was in town, I was invited to the Shangri-La pastry kitchen (that just happens to have a view of the Eiffel Tower by the way, how cool isn’t that?) to shoot a little cooking lesson together with their very talented pastry chef François Perret. I always say that if I had a few more lives to live, I would be a chef in one of them. Or a pastry chef… I haven’t really decided yet. Anyways, then you can imagine how excited I was for this day to arrive. Not only did this little experience offer a very delicious tasting session, we also got to learn how to make the tasty little treats ourselves. But my favourite part about this day was to see how a pastry kitchen at one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris really functions on a daily basis. If they would have left me in the kitchen I’m pretty sure I could have kept watching everyone cook for hours and hours. Thank you chef François Perret, Norma and the beautiful Shangri-La hotel for this super fun experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.