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.
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.
When I first arrived in Paris, which seems like ages ago now – even though it’s really not – I couldn’t help but be in awe of all the doors. Different colours, shapes, so much history, a bunch of different designs, patterns and details caught my attention every single second and I could rarely make it down a street without stopping for photos. Today I stop less often, which is a shame (although perhaps a good thing for my friends since I’m not running late all the time due to gawking at random doors) since they really are incredibly beautiful. Even though I’m getting used to calling Paris my home, I hope I never ever get used to all this beauty around me. Too cheesy? I know. But also absolutely true.
It’s been raining quite a lot here lately and that’s why you can’t spot too many sunny photos among these Instagram photos but it’s been a great last couple of days anyway thanks to the very exciting print shop news, along with other things of course. Check out my Instagram for more photos and daily updates from Paris.
I’m sure I’ve photographed this little café about a million times before but it seems impossible to pass this place without picking up the camera – the same went for yesterday when I was walking from a morning meeting at La Caféothèque close by. A super cute little spot in the middle of the city.
Running around doing errands, working on new projects, meeting friends, arranging photo shoots and doing everything there in between is keeping me quite busy at the moment, which unfortunately means less time with my camera to simply take photos for my own pleasure – something I plan on changing very soon. In busy times, no matter how much fun I’m having, it’s important to slow down and take a deep breath. I prefer doing this together with friends and several cups of tea and croissants.
I apologize for an overload of flower photos on here lately but it’s hard to avoid the fact that the peony season is happening here in Paris at the moment and they’re just to darn pretty to ignore. Yesterday morning I had a little photo shoot outside in the sun (thanks to my lovely Katie for helping me out) when the sky all of a sudden turned dark grey and it started pouring down rain. Katie, the pink peonies and I were stuck outside in the rain but luckily we made the most out of it. Just when I thought peonies couldn’t possibly get any prettier (until I saw them covered in raindrops that is)…
I’ve barely been home this weekend and I’ve slept far too little but it’s been such wonderful weather and so many fun things going on that I haven’t really noticed the lack of sleep or my exhausted feet (until now). I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to through a few photographs (since I didn’t bring the camera everywhere these Instagram shots will have to do). I had the pleasure of spending all Friday afternoon and Saturday morning shooting the very lovely Norma who was here visiting Paris (but more of that later on). We started our Saturday morning with coffee, tea and some pastries in the sun. On my way to her hotel I walked across the Seine and looked up, only to see the beautiful Eiffel Tower all calm and quiet around 8am. I wish I could have this breathtaking view every single morning.
I also have some very exciting news to share! For the last couple of months I’ve been working together with Stephanie and SS Print Shop on a very special collaboration. For the first time ever my photographs will be available for sale in her print shop later this week. I can’t wait to show you the entire collection in just a little while! I’m so excited and hope you’ll like what we’ve created together.
After late nights and too much wine you’re allowed to start your mornings with croissants, no? So I did anyway. In bed. But I think my 10km walk along the Seine last night must have made up for it, right? At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Hopefully the walk also made up for all the pastries I ate while shooting in the pasty kitchen at the gorgeous hotel Shangri-La here in Paris. I got to spend the day alongside Chef Pâtissier François Perret, watching his every move. One of the most interesting and exciting experiences so far!
The weather has been absolutely amazing here in Paris during the last couple of days and wearing anything (especially my jeans) has been way too warm. Luckily I’ve managed to cool down with several café glacé (iced coffee) at Fondation Cafe and La Caféothèque. Luckily this kept me cool when I later helped my darling Marissa move furniture across the city in our own little rented van – yes, I’m yet another experience richer.
… During days like these, when I don’t have more than a minute at home, you’ll find more photos and updates on Instagram.
This pretty little view doesn’t belong to me unfortunately, but at least I can enjoy it while drinking tea with lovely friends. Something similar is what I’m hoping for once I find my own place (which is a more exhausting process than I ever could imagine by the way). Anyways, since I never shared my weekend links with you last weekend I have extra good reads for you this time around – I mean we can not not talk about the Met gala, right?
• The Met gala is one of the red carpet highlights of the year and I’m always as excited to see what everyone showed up in. This years favourites were: Beyonce (I mean how could you not?), Anne, Marion, Kim (this is a first but I loved her midnight blue Lanvin piece), Suki, Naomi and Blake.
• Of course it doesn’t end there. Vogue.com invites you to get a little peek inside the festivities as well (and so did Mario Testino).
• Mandy is one of the most talented people I know and her recent shoot didn’t disappoint. I’m in love.
• My whole body is screaming for a little getaway soon. London is very high on that list so Carrie‘s little list over hidden London gems is something I’ll bookmark for my upcoming trip.
We’ve had a very rainy week here in Paris. Until now. Writing this, I’m looking out my window seeing a clear blue sky and beautiful sunshine. Finally! You might wonder what I’m doing at home when the sun is finally deciding to show up after days of grey and rain then… Unfortunately my water heater broke down yesterday and I’m at home waiting for three different plumbers to come and check it out. I know, lovely right? Nah, not so much. Wish me luck and let’s hope I don’t have to go a whole weekend without hot water.