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Since being back in Paris I feel as though I’ve already managed to do a bunch of the things I had been longing for while on vacation (minus the gigantic workload that’s been building up of course). I’ve had a few minutes to stroll over bridges and around some of my favourite Parisian streets already, managed to pick up a bunch of packages that arrived at the post office while I was away (thanks mom!), going back to eat at one of my favourite Japanese places here in Paris and also settled in a little bit more in my new apartment. I’ve been trying to enjoy the city to the max but it’s been hard since it’s been rainy and grey for most of the time, which means that I rather hide out eating cheesecake and Ladurée pastries inside than anything else. I’m happy I got to catch up with Sonya while she was in Paris, a photographer I’ve been admiring forever, and that I also managed to force myself to do some exercises in my new Nike gear after eating way too much Italian pizza.

Following along on Instagram for more Parisian adventures.

August in Paris

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

I’m just going to let you know that this will probably be my last August in Paris. Like ever. Since moving to this city I’ve heard people speaking about August in Paris with both excitement and fear – I’ve been warned to have all my plumbing and electricity problems pre August since apparently it’s nearly impossible to find any sort of “handyman” once the month of French vacations starts in this country. But I’ve also been told that it’s one of the most relaxing and calm times you’ll ever have during the entire year here. Well, after investigating more thoroughly myself I can safely say that this does not apply to those who live in very centre of the city. The Parisians might have fled the French capital for their Corsican beach houses, St. Tropez hideouts and Provence country homes but they’ve been replaced by a trillion more tourists who all roam the streets of Paris from early morning to late evening, taking up every single inch of the sidewalks with their maps and ice cream cones in hand.

Not only is the centre taken over by tourists during this time, all of my favourite restaurants, cafés, shops and bars have also decided to close up and (most of them) not open until the end of the month or beginning of September. So, deciding on where to meet clients and friends for lunch, dinner or simply a cup of coffee has just gotten a lot more challenging than usual (thank god for Fondation Cafe and La Caféothèque right now). *

I blame this (unusual) negativity of mine on the lack of summer here in Paris. I mean, if we’d have stable weather and sunshine instead of rain, wind and endless grey clouds in the sky I’m pretty sure we could have put all of those pretty Parisian parks to good use with picnics and fun summer activities. Perhaps what I mean is “I’ll never spend the month of August in Paris again unless it’s super sunny and amazing weather”. Although that could be pretty hot (and claustrophobic) without any sort of coast or water close by… Hmm. To sum it up, I think it’s better that I just stay away from Paris in August in the future.

* But yes, it can actually be easier to grab a chair at your favourite terrace during this time and some areas (if you get away from the tourist attractions and the main streets) can be absolutely deserted and calm.

Dior World

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Dior Haute Couture by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

One of the first thoughts racing through my mind when I took the first step inside the Dior venue for the brand’s Haute Couture show yesterday was: I feel really bad for the person in charge of the budget (if there’s such a thing as a budget when it comes to Dior) when someone proposed the idea of covering every single centimeter of every wall in beautiful, luscious orchids… But perhaps that’s nothing to worry about when it’s Dior we’re talking about (after all, I shouldn’t expect anything less after their igloo/cave moment last year). Either way, the venue dressed in all white – and the millions of orchids covering the walls – blew my socks Chanel ballet flats off. It was everything I had hoped for, and more.

There were so many highlights during yesterday that I don’t even know where to begin… The show being held at Musée Rodin (my favourite museum in Paris), seeing my very own name on a Haute Couture invitation, getting to go backstage, sitting across from Charlize Theron and Sean Penn and witnessing pure magic walking down the runway were all moments of absolute happiness.

The focus should of course be on the clothing and accessories but I can’t help but to appreciate the designers who take their time and build a whole world around it as well. Together with the music they create an atmosphere that has me thinking about the show for hours and hours after it’s over. When I said that I was entering the magical world of Dior, I truly meant it.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

During stressful times it’s easier to catch me over on Instagram. My last couple of snapshots include the stairwell leading up to my new apartment, one of my Paris prints for SS Print Shop in bed with @Doctorscloset, beautiful Parisian buildings, my favourite timepiece from Corniche at Ralph’s along with a yummy club sandwich at the same place. A little photo from my housewarming last Thursday with dear friends, hidden allies in the 4th arrondissement and a breathtaking view from the 7th floor at my friend’s apartment. Ladurée’s pretty storefront, coffee at La Caféothèque, courtyard cuteness at Ralph’s and an absolutely delicious lunch at my favourite Verjus Bar à Vins.

Finding Home

Parisian rooftops by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Let me stop you right there. No, this is not my new view – I wish! This incredible view belongs to my dear friend Sophia but at least I got to spend yesterday morning admiring it for a little while (after climbing 7 flats of stairs without an elevator that is). But I do have some very exciting news to share. I’ve finally found a home! I couldn’t be happier and after living in my new apartment for three nights now, I still can’t believe it’s real.

Due to IKEA trips, moving all of my belongings, figuring out how to install wifi, building a bed by myself and still trying to balance work and pleasure, I haven’t had much energy for anything else. Tonight I’m popping some bubbly and will celebrate my move together with a bunch of friends and loved ones. I can’t wait to show you a little bit more of my new place once I’m settled. Let this be a little inspiration for those loosing faith in the apartment hunt out there; it is possible (even though it can feel like a crappy, never-ending search).

Lady in Red

Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me, photo by Carin Olsson

Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me, photo by Carin Olsson

I’m both happy and sad to share these last few photos of the lovely Jenny with you all. Sad because these are the last photos from our time together here in Paris but happy since they’re some of my favourites ones. After running around the city, changing behind cars, climbing fences and hopping in and out of übers during a whole afternoon we were completely exhausted by the end of it, but we truly had so much fun together. I simply adore this red little number against the beige and white stone colours of Paris.

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

Paris Favourites

Shangri-La by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Astier de Villatte by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Astier de Villatte by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Astier de Villatte by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Tuileries by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Parisian breakfast by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Tuileries by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

After spending a day in Shangri-La‘s pastry kitchen together with the lovely Norma, I had the pleasure to photograph her around Paris at some of her favourite places in this city. We all have our own favourite spots when it comes to Paris but it’s always so much fun to be let in on other people’s secrets and places that are special to them. We started our day at Norma’s little hotel haven at the beautiful Shangri-La hotel (a place I certainly didn’t mind spending my time at) and later continued on to her favourite shop; Astier de Villatte. I’ve heard people rave about this little place for ages now but still never ventured inside until now – perhaps that’s a good thing though since my wallet probably would have been completely empty if I had. Walls and walls of pretty ceramics, beautiful scented candles (I’m coming back for the Stockholm & Paris one since that’s just too much of a coincidence to ignore) and other little items that made me understand what all the fuss have been about. We enjoyed snacks and coffee at Le Nemours and took an early morning stroll through Jardin des Tuileres, where the light was absolutely perfect for a couple of shots before we hit up Rue Saint-Honoré for some shopping. A pretty perfect Saturday if you ask me. Merci for a lovely day Norma!

Weekend Reading

DANNIJO by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of working together with DANNIJO on shooting some of their beautiful bags around my beloved Paris. Above you can see one of these beauties, which served as my prop during that day. It’s always fun to get the opportunity to work with brands you’ve been admiring for quite sometime and I’m thrilled that I’m now able to share the photos with you.

On another note, happy belated Swedish midsummer! I was planning to enjoying the festivities for Fête de la Musique around the city together with lovely friends and a lot of music but had to stay home with a sore throat and a horrible cough instead… Not exactly what I had planned but at least I’ve had some time to catch up on my reading.

•   If I would have been home in Sweden during the midsummer celebrations (and in possession of an oven) I would have loved to give this perfect cake a go. Oh, how I miss elderflower lemonade… I’m always blown away by Linda Lomelino‘s baking skills and photography.
•   Anyone looking for more Paris tips? Head on over to Alix‘s post.
•   There’s a couple of words out there that I just can’t stand. No, I won’t tell you what words exactly, but I will say that I have some of them in common with Garance Doré… She always make me giggle.
•   One word for this? Yum. Cindy Chen‘s eye for detail, styling and photography gets me every time.

Home Decoration

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

La Trésorerie by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

It’s probably the worst luck in the world to start shopping for home decoration before you even have a home, right? Yeah, I thought so… But since I’m leaving for vacation in July there’s no time to loose here. I’ve never decorated my own apartment before since I’ve yet to rent something completely unfurnished. I have to admit that I’ve never been much of a decoration expert though (despite working at ELLE Decoration in Sweden before picking up my life and moving to France, which might seem a bit odd) but that doesn’t stop my excitement! After our darling Lauren – who by the way, knows absolutely everything about what’s going on in this city – took me to the Swedish café that I told you about a while back, she also showed us the home decoration shop La Trésorerie, just next door. After that first visit I’ve been back several times to lurk around for myself. Now, I don’t usually like to spend my money on pots and pans but oh, how tempting that feels at the moment… Is that what you call growing up?