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On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Evening walks in black and white with new friends, colder days in Jardin des Tuileries, admiring the pretty view from Plaza Athénée and a sky painted in the most gorgeous colours on the last warm day this autumn. Vespa rides around Paris on this pretty red Vespa (thanks again my darling Annie), a few of my favourite items: trench, bag and ballet flats, beautiful architecture at Place des Vosges and autumn colours in the parks around Paris. Sweet memories at Carette with Jenny, grey weather and bare trees, getting caught photographing Jardin des Plantes and pretty Parisian rooftops I never can get enough of.

Birthday Breakfast

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Starting the morning of my birthday with French toast at Ladurée has apparently become somewhat of a tradition by now and I have to admit that it might be one of my favourite ones that I’ve made for myself over here in Paris so far. If there’s any day during the year you’re allowed to start your morning with these luscious French toasts, made from French brioche, it’s on your birthday (I’m saying this as though I never have them otherwise, which is a complete lie, just so you know).

During the last couple of days I’ve been kept buys with birthday celebrations (thanks again to everyone who made my day so very special), doggie walks in the forest, hot chocolate dates and celebrating dear friends who’s gotten engaged. It’s quite hard to start up your laptop and get back to proper work after a weekend like this one but fortunately Friday, and my first ever wedding, is just around the corner!

Moments for Me

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

My days have definitely gotten a bit more hectic if I compare them to what was happening a year or two ago. Before I could spend a couple of hours each week walking around the city to explore, enjoy and take photos (I know, what a luxury, right?). Now, I’m happy if I can make time for that once every other month or so. I’m not complaining, it’s a thrill to have more work lined up and new exciting projects to take on but it also means that my creative outlet, which has been this website, has to take a bit of a backseat at times. I wish I could shoot for myself and post new photos from my life in this city every single day but unfortunately that’s just not realistic when trying to juggle five different roles within my job at the same time.

But it also means that when I do get a few minutes alone with my camera, taking photos for just myself and no one else, I really appreciate it. Sometimes it even feels a bit odd taking photos just for the sake of taking photos and not thinking about a list of requirements or what a specific client is looking for (which is something I truly enjoy doing in its own way as well, of course). During hectic or stressful times I think moments like these are crucial for me to feel good and not stress out too much. They also always remind me of that I can never start taking this city’s beauty for granted. It’s just so darn pretty!

Miss Julia

Julia Engel, photo by Carin Olsson

It’s always a pleasure connecting with people you’ve been in contact with for a long time when they’re coming through Paris for work or holidays – fortunately Paris is a popular destination so it usually happens more than you would think. I’ve been following Julia for what seems like forever but we’ve only managed to bump in to each other once at a party during New York Fashion Week until recently. When Julia was in Paris a couple of weeks ago we finally got to organise something proper and meet up during a sunny afternoon to shoot together. It’s always fun taking people who share your love for pretty things and cute little spots around the city you love so much. Hopefully it won’t be too long until our paths cross again!

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

Weekend Reading

Parisian café by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The autumn has been absolutely amazing in Paris so far and we’ve actually managed to get a lot of sun (even though the skies seem to stay grey – don’t ask me how that works) but I already miss mornings like this one above when we were able to sit outside in nothing but shirts while enjoying our breakfast. I just had to share these two outtakes from my shoot with Monica Vinader a while back.

•   The New York Times wondered what a couple of second graders would think about dining at a Michelin starred restaurant with a seven course tasting menu and decided to test it out – don’t miss the video of their experience here.
•   I couldn’t help but laugh out loud (and agree) with Zanita‘s funny and witty post about how to make your blog super popular.
•   Get me these strawberry cheesecake jars now, please! I can never visit Linda‘s site without getting hungry…
•   Come pin with me!

Hôtel de Sully

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hôtel de Sully by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

If there’s one thing I’m most definitely obsessed with it’s beautiful Parisian courtyards. This one, inside Hôtel de Sully in Le Marais, is clearly one of my favourites. The best thing about it? It offers a calm and serene little shortcut to Place des Vosges, which is located on the other side of the red little door. If you get there early enough, you might even find yourself there all alone.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parisian cafés, breakfast at Carette, a beautiful day strolling through Jardin des Tuileries, the adorable red fiat at Merci. Thanks to Lauren for taking me to Maison Bastille for the first time, beautiful flowers in Jardin du Luxembourg, Lauren and her little pup Daisy and coffee together with apple cake from Café Kitsuné. Lunch together with Hana at Carette (yes, again), catching the beautiful morning light along the Seine, weekends reading and a gorgeous autumn day at Place des Vosges. My last couple of days here in Paris through a couple of Instagram photos.

Autumn in Paris

Autumn in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

After a warm and unbelievably sunny weekend, it’s safe to say that autumn has arrived in Paris now. Yay for colourful parks, hot chocolate and beautiful fall jackets – nay for non-stop rain, less sun and colder weather.

Sea of Pink

Jenny Bernheim, photo by Carin Olsson

Making such lovely friends through the work I do is probably one of the things I enjoy the most. Jenny, who I previously shot in Paris before the summer, enjoyed a few days in Paris a couple of weeks ago before heading off to search for the perfect wedding venue together with her love Freddie (they’re getting married here in France next year and I’m pretty certain it will be one of the prettiest weddings you’ll ever see after hearing a few ideas over breakfast at Ladurée). Wandering around the Marais looking for flowers and macarons from Carette together with someone who shares my love for everything cute (I mean, the pink bike must have been there for us) is my idea of a perfect day.

La Madeleine

Nicole Warne by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Nicole Warne by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I rarely shoot whole stories in black and white but when Nicole showed med these gorgeous Carolina Herrera pieces, in black and white of course, it was hard to imagine doing anything else. I adore, and can’t think of anything more satisfying then getting to be creative together with someone who has such a similar aesthetics and share my love for creating beautiful photos and short visual stories. This lovely one has taught me more about everything from how to handle day-to-day business meetings and the industry in general to seeing things in a new and different way, and I hope I’ll continue to learn from the inspiring people I’m lucky enough to have around me forever.

To see the whole story that we shot together you can visit Nicole’s blog.