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Blush Chiffon

Carin Olsson photo by Katie Mitchell Photography

Carin Olsson photo by Katie Mitchell Photography

Pink skirt (on sale) by Alexandra Grecco – White top from Massimo Dutti – Ballet flats by Josefinas

Don’t worry, this is never going to become a personal style blog – I have neither the figure (I’m actually eating a block of chocolate while writing this…) or the style to keep something like that going. I’m also very likely the most uncomfortable person in front of a camera that you’ll ever see. If it wasn’t for my lovely Katie (and the fact that we already know each other so well) I don’t think I would have ever gotten one single usable shot from this morning. Being on the other side of the lens is hard. It means loosing control and putting your vision into the hands of another person and trusting that they’ll see exactly what you have in mind. Something I’m not very good at and probably one of the main reasons to why you don’t see much of me around here on the blog (that and the fact that I freeze up like a popsicle as soon as a camera is pointed in my direction of course). Fortunately Katie does this for a living (if you’ve payed close attention you know that I’ve mentioned her and her brilliant work many times before) and is one of the people who can make me laugh no matter the circumstances. I’m so lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful friend to share my everyday life here in Paris with. And if there’s anyone out there getting married, engaged or looking for someone to photograph you and your loved one while in Paris, this is the girl you need to get in contact with since she’s simply the best wedding photographer in the city.

The other reason to this little morning photo shoot, and perhaps the push that made me face my camera shyness, was this beautiful skirt that arrived in my mailbox before I left for vacation. The perfect shade of pink, in the lightest chiffon fabric I’ve ever had on… How could you not want to photograph that?

Photos by: Katie Mitchell

Sunny Days

Jardin du Luxembourg by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin du Luxembourg by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Overall the Parisian summer hasn’t been much to rave about. Until September that is. If that still counts as summer? I think it should since the weather has been so much lovelier thus far during this month than it was during the entire month of August. You think I’m obsessing too much over the weather? Well, you would too if you’re used to seeing grey skies and rain non-stop every day.

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.

Natasha Oakley

Natasha Oakley in Paris

Natasha Oakley by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

To be honest with you it was hard not to get floored by this Australian bombshell (who’s one of the girls behind the successful site A Bikini A Day) when we first met over a casual breakfast a week or two ago. Sun-kissed skin, locks to die for and a picture perfect smile makes me understand why at least three guys among my friends texted me to make sure I knew just how jealous they were of our little encounter. But after bonding over our mutual compassion for Parisian pigeons (come on people, what’s the deal with all this hatred towards them?!) and relationship dramas it felt like we’ve known each other for ages. Luckily she’s planning on staying around for a few more weeks so that we can shoot some more together.

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

Rue Elzevir

Le Marais by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Remember those days when you could just stroll around the city aimlessly with your camera? Nah, me either. But I managed to snap a photo or two while showing my mum around some of my favourite areas in Paris last weekend.

On Instagram

"Paris in Four Months" on Instagram

The last couple of days here in Paris has been super busy with work and I feel as though I’m running around the city like a crazy person. If you see someone out and about in a hurry, trying to catch the bus while juggling camera equipment and probably loosing a shoe on the way, it’s most likely going to be me. Even though it’s hectic right now I’m so excited for so many exciting shoot and job opportunities coming up! Here’s a little recap of what’s been going on over on Instagram lately.

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.

Sunday Mornings

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Monica Vinader Jewellery

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Monica Vinader jewellery by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

All jewellery by Monica Vinader (Riva BraceletFiji BraceletBaja BraceletBaja NecklaceSiren EarringsDiamond Ring, Bar Ring) - Top from COS – Jeans from Acne

I got my very first Monica Vinader bracelet from an ex boyfriend several years ago and I’ve been admiring these charming jewellery pieces (this was my first piece ever and I still have it with me today) ever since, and when you’ve been a longtime fan of a brand it means a little extra something when they ask you to shoot for them. This shoot was a little bit different for me though since I challenged myself and modelled the pieces (I’m extremely camera shy and my hands were certainly not created to do any sort of modelling), while setting up the shot I was looking for and eating croissants, all at the same time. How a person can to eat croissants and end up with crumbs in their hair (yes, I had to edit those out) will always baffle me though and might point to the fact that I’m not meant for modelling and that I’m better off behind the camera in most scenarios…

Ideally, this is how every Sunday morning would start if I had my way. Croissants, pretty jewellery pieces and great company at one of the many Parisian cafés around the city (the French newspaper is the perfect way to practice your French while looking super smart I might add). I’m definitely getting myself those bracelets and perhaps a ring or two since there’s no time to wait around for boyfriends or gifts anymore!

Photos of me: Katie Mitchell (edited by me).