Last week I had the pleasure of being invited by Opera de Paris to explore the beautiful Palais Garnier completely empty together with a group of talented Instagrammers. For a whole morning we got to roam around these empty halls, climb the roof of the opera and watch a group of ballet dancers warm up. I ended up with a million photos of Parisian rooftops and gorgeous little details I couldn’t take my eyes off so I thought I’d share a couple of photos from that morning with you all. I can’t believe it took me more than two years to visit this place but I’m so thrilled I got to see it in this special way for the very first time! It was also a fun surprise to see my own name in an article for the French newspaper Le Figaro earlier this week, talking about this unique experience.
A special visit to Cartier and their amazing archives last week, climbing the roof of Palais Garner and getting to experience the beautiful Opera completely empty together with Instagram. Pretty roses in Jardin du Palais-Royal, a good hair day that I’d like to remember, coffee at La Caféothèque, sunny weather and the absolutely stunning Cartier boutique on Rue de la Paix. A little snapshot from that day I shot (and ate) one million pastries, a beautiful view of Île de la Cité, more gorgeousness from that morning we explored the Opera empty and a little memory of me enjoying some Parisian sun. You’ll find this and more on Instagram.
Rings: Cartier’s Paris Nouvelle Vague collection
Some of my most recent work has been shooting Cartier‘s latest jewellery collection entitled “Paris Nouvelle Vague” during this past week and I’m thrilled to show you the first series of photographs that I’ve created for them. I’m incredibly honoured to be one of the few people who’ve gotten to shoot this collection and it feels a little bit extra special since it revolves around the city I love so deeply. The Paris Nouvelle Vague collection was inspired by three different chapters, one of them being “exquisite delights”, which you can see my interpretation of here above. I would say that I know a thing or two about Paris and pastries by now (or at least that’s what the scale implies…) and I couldn’t have been more in my element than when shooting this at Ladurée.
After having to refill the macaron supply x amount of times because someone couldn’t help but to eat them all (oops! sorry about that) I got to be a kid again and play around with my food together with some very impressive jewels. Not a bad way to spend a morning, huh? I have two more chapters from this beautiful Cartier collection to share with you all (keep an eye on Instagram if you’re interested) and I truly hope you’ll enjoy seeing the final photographs just as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell
Early Parisian mornings, rose season is finally here, warm spring evenings are spent by Pont Alexandre III together with friends and wine and here’s a little sneak peek of a shoot I recently did for Elie Saab. My dream colour palette at Galeries Lafayette, the yummiest caramel cookie ever from Jean Hwang Carrant, a little photo to remember the pretty spring blossoms and glorious weather while crossing the Seine. Magical Jardin du Palais Royal, pretty Parisian apartments, a Sunday morning baguette and the cute little streets of Le Marais. This and more on Instagram!
I recently got the opportunity to sneak you (and my camera) inside Paris’ most famous department store and now I can finally share the photographs with you all. For anyone who’s been living under a rock and doesn’t recognise this place from the images, this is Galeries Lafayette – over 120 years old and the home to everything you might need (and even the things you don’t need but that you just really, really want) when living in Paris. I came here for the first time when I was 14 years old and a weekend to Paris together with my sister and mom brought me to this amazing place… It’s a little bit extra special to me since this is where I bought my prom dress for my one and only prom (so far). It was this gorgeous little grey dress that I found from Paule Ka (unfortunately the photos from that night are to horrendous to share with anyone outside of my family and close friends). It’s funny how life comes in full circle sometimes and when I wander around this place I can’t help but to think that the 14 year old me would probably never have guessed that I one day would be calling this city home.
Anyhow, today I usually stroll this place looking for more casual things (or even an ice cream from my new favourite gelateria called Pedone) rather than looking for a ball gown or another prom dress. Two of my favourite sections in Galeries Lafayette are Le Laboratoire Créateurs and Le Laboratoire Luxe where less known brands are sold. That’s where I’ve found a few of my favourite designers like Mary Katrantzou and Delpozo but where I’ve also discovered completely new-to-me brands like the clothing brand Dice Kayek, started by two sisters from Turkey. If I’m not around that area you’ll most likely find me on the rooftop overlooking Paris, where you’ll see all the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacré-Cœur or nibbling away on the pastries from Liberté, L’Eclair de Génie or Sadaharu Aoki in Lafayette Gourmet… Thanks to Galeries Lafayette for letting me pry around this beautiful space together with my camera for a whole day!
Picnics by the Seine, pretty pink blossoms, Parisian streets and my favourite suite at the Plaza decorated in greys and pinks. I think I feel the most at home among a sea of beautiful blossoms, my metro view on my way to a job the other day, organising little bags and trinkets at home and the magical Parc de Sceaux right before our sunset picnic. Broccoli yumminess at Ellsworth, Jardin des Plantes, a morning stroll along the river and favourite things from Dior.
My favourite sight is seeing the light come streaming in through my windows and lighting up the whole apartment. I love working from home with my windows open and looking out over the street below. Although it can be hard to keep my bum on the seat instead of wandering off to admire the pretty view or calling friends to meet up for a glass of wine on one of the terraces in the neighbourhood instead…
• All the red carpet looks from the Met Gala earlier this week by Style.com.
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Pretty petals in Jardin des Plantes that came just as fast as they were gone… Welcoming spring in this park has become somewhat of a tradition by now and it has to be one of my favourites. I can’t wait to show you what I shot among these beautiful flowers as well (although you might already know if you follow along on Instagram).
If you ignore the last couple of days (which have been absolutely disgusting, grey and rainy) the weather in April was pretty amazing. That would also be the most honest explanation as to why I haven’t been updating more over here… As soon as the sun comes out my mind immediately thinks “coffee!”, “wine!” or “picnics!” and I usually end up dragging my friends along for one of these options on a sunny Parisian terrace or a to find a little spot along the Seine. To be fair, I think this is how spring days in Paris should be spent but unfortunately this means that I put emails and other computer work aside. Here are a few snapshots from Instagram explaining these last couple of weeks quite well!