Welcome to fantasy land – the best place on earth for anyone with a weakness for ethereal and impeccably made garments as well as a sea of blue and purple coloured flowers, also known as the world of Dior. For a couple of seasons now I’ve had to pinch myself to actually understand that I am photographing the show for the brand itself while not trying to grasp it completely since that would freak me out just a bit too much (especially after watching Dior and I, which I recommend for anyone who hasn’t seen it). Yet again Dior managed to create the most spectacular backdrop for Raf Simons’ brilliant designs without turning it in to a circus. My jaw drops every time I enter this fantasy world and I only hope I’ll be lucky enough to continue doing so in the future. Days like these are the best (and the most stressful, times a million and then times another 115) ever.
Last summer, after spending a rainy and grey month of August in Paris for the first time, I told myself: never again. In August many places tend to close up and almost all locals flee the city, so if the weather is sh*t, there’s simply not that much to occupy yourself with… Therefore I planned a vacation to Italy during this summer. My plans? To do nothing but enjoying the beach and swimming around in the Mediterranean sea but due do dental surgery I had to cancel it all and my fear of having to face another rainy, boring month of August in Paris became reality. Luckily, Mother Nature was kinder this year and gave us the sunniest summer I’ve ever experienced in this city. August, that I last year hated more than dry macarons ended up being one of the loveliest times I’ve ever had in Paris. Empty, calm and always warm weather allowing for summery dresses and bare legs.
We spent the days having picnics, strolling through the city, sipping on iced lattes and enjoying the gardens in the city. After this time I’ve learnt to not fear August as much as I used to – that is if the weather is on your side of course.
Pretty Parisian buildings, favourite shoes at the moment (Flattered ballet flats, Carolina Herrera nude heels and Carolina Herrera lace up flats), taking shelter from the rain at Hermès and what you can see at my wrist (Monica Vinader bracelets and Marte Frisbees feather bracelet). Sipping cocktails at Le Meurice a couple of weeks ago to celebrate their 180th anniversary, discovering new-to-me parts of Paris, the adorable little Fiat at Merci and a classic Parisian scene while crossing bridges. An exciting photo shoot for Goop at Cartier, picking up flowers at the market, a pretty fantastic view and a memory of warm summer days in Montmartre.
I recently had the opportunity to create some images for L’Oréal and their new pink lipstick collection entitled “La Vie en Rose”. I mean, who doesn’t love pink and Paris? If someone would have told the 13 year old me that I someday would be working together with L’Oréal I’m pretty sure I would have thought they were crazy. But look where life can take you! Pretty insane… And pretty freaking fantastic.
One of my favourite places. One of my favourite times during the day. And one of my favourite seasons.
I’ve been running between meetings all day, getting caught in about 15 rainstorms and ruined yet another pair of shoes. Tonight I plan on doing nothing else than to stay curled up in my bathrobe, catching up on emails and perhaps watch a movie or two. If you’re in the same situation, you could always pass time by reading this little feature with me on Corniche’s website today. Hope you enjoy!
No matter the season (although spring is definitely the best since the trees grow pretty pink flowers), weather or time of the day, Place Dauphine is always a favourite of mine.
Delicious treats at Boot Café, calm mornings in Jardin du Palais Royal, sunny summer evenings by the Seine and the beautiful dome inside Galeries Lafayette. Never forget to look up, some days it’s harder to get out of bed than others, on my way to French toast in Saint Germain and coffee and cake on repeat… French toast on the Ladurée menu, a visit to newly opened Brasserie Barbes, a completely empty Place des Vosges and cute Parisian terraces everywhere you look.
I’ve never experienced such a wonderful summer in Paris before (minus the traumatising dental surgery of course) but the sun has been shining almost every single day and the temperatures have been more than enough. Since I’m not getting my beach vacation this time around I really hope this will last as long as possible. I’m taking a mini “staycation” and so far my days have been filled with sunny strolls and lots of iced coffee…
I’m by no means a style guru, I just tend to wear items I feel comfortable in (and by “wear” I mean really wear. I mean wear until I have to throw that darn dress out because it’s too worn). Even so, I thought it would be nice to share the details properly for those of you who have been asking since I know how frustrating it can be stalking Instagram tags to find the exact item that you’re looking for. So here we go.