There’s not much else being done over here in Italy than eating, sleeping and laying on the beach (add playing around in the sea and a crazy amount of pizza to this equation) – which is perfectly fine by me. Terracina, a small town an hour or two south of Rome, is where my family and I come each year to relax and enjoy the Italian sun. It just happens to be so that some of the loveliest people in the world also lives here, which makes the trip even more brilliant and something I long for each summer.
During the last couple of days my biggest concerns have been deciding on what to eat for lunch and if I have enough energy to get up an cool down in the water. I spend the mornings working and afterwards I make my way down to the beach where I drink my morning coffee with my feet buried deep in the sand. I try to study French (with audiotapes thanks to the lovely Hana) while sunbathing and flick through magazines I bought at the airport in Paris when I need a little break. I stay on my sunbed until the light gets all golden and soft, eat dinner with family and friends under a sky with more stars than I’ve ever seen in Paris before and enjoy a gelato together with a few too many glasses of prosecco before snuggling up in my bed, only to do it all over again the next day. To say that I’m enjoying myself is an understatement.
You may think that I’ve fallen off the face of the earth completely but no, I’ve simply been way too comfortable on my sunbed over here in Italy, eating watermelon for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I feel as though I’ve been running a marathon during the last couple of months in Paris, looking for apartments, trying to get on top of work and sorting out my own business so when my feet finally disappeared into the Italian sand I had to take a moment and enjoy it before finding my way back to digital devices and laptop. I’ve promised myself to really relax enjoy my time here in Terracina together with family and friends as much as I possibly can but when being a freelancer it’s hard to completely shut off and not look at my emails in between ice cream cones. Due to this digital ban (which is not really working at all, but anyway) I suggest following along on Instagram since it’s easier to justify fiddling with my phone for a few minutes than bringing the entire laptop to the beach… Bonnes vacances!
Getting to create short stories in our heads and then acting them out through photographs is probably one of the things I enjoy doing the most together with Nicole. Sometimes it’s simply about showing of the outfit in a nice and simple way and although that’s a lot of fun as well nothing beats getting a bit creative. And upon seeing the beautiful Valentino black lace dress and cape, that Nicole is wearing in the photograph above, for the first time we knew we had to get a bit more imaginative with it. That resulted in an early morning in Central Park during our New York trip and having to walk through knee-deep snow, falling down on slippery ice and almost getting my eyes poked out by twigs.
For more photographs and outfit details, hop on over to Nicole’s blog.
What did Nicole and I do at 7am in the morning on Valentine’s day in New York you ask? We crawled out of bed incredibly early to catch a cab (while still being half asleep) to the beautiful Central Park, all covered in freshly fallen snow. We wanted to come early to avoid the overabundance of people and to be able to shoot this beautiful Carolina Herrera skirt in the middle of the park, which looked more like something out of a movie. I’m rarely impressed by snow (it could very well have something to do with the fact that I’m from Sweden…) but this time I actually have to admit that I absolutely loved it. So beautiful, so serene, so perfect. This is a little outtake from our shoot that morning that we wanted to share, it was just too cute of a moment not to! I can’t wait to show you all of the photos.
When I’m in New York I try to seek out food and sweets that I have a harder time finding here in Paris. We have many amazing restaurants and pastries here but we don’t have everything. Really good doughnuts and simple fried chicken are just two examples from my list of food that I can’t seem to track down when in the French capital. But thanks to all my amazing friends who are lucky enough to call New York home (and who knows me a little bit too well by know…) I managed to satisfy my cravings for all the delicious things I had been missing since my last visit. Japanese sushi, Italian risotto, Australian coffee, Thai soup, French croquembouche, Korean barbecue, Indian pancakes, American burgers and Swedish candy – you can literally find anything in that city. And yes, we ate it all.
A few food favourites from my New York-visit this time around? Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, doughnuts from Doughnut Plant (favourite flavours were: coffee, tres leches and carrot cake), fried rice and Pad thai at Laut, burgers from Shake Shack, coffee at these places, Italian at Maialino, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Korean barbecue somewhere (yes, stupid me I totally forgot) in Koreatown, lunch at Westville, Swedish candy from Sockerbit, another lunch at The Cleveland, delicious risotto and fries at Lafayette, afternoon tea at Bergdorf & Goodman, more coffee at Bowery Coffee, Stumptown Coffee and Intelligentsia, yummy brunch from Saxon + Parole and absolute cake-heaven at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop.
While emptying my memory cards from my time in New York I came across a bunch of photos I’ve yet to share with you all. It’s a little mix of everything I guess. Fashion week, a stroll through Central Park, the city and the cute squirrels I tried to (unsuccessfully) lure my way. It’s always so much fun getting to spend time in this fantastic city and I kind of miss it already, even though it’s so lovely being back in Paris.
Thanks to Nicole for turning the camera around on (a very uncomfortable) me.
It’s always fun to see something new in front of your camera lens and being in New York for such a long time was certainly a little bit refreshing! At least when it comes to getting new inspiration. Above you can see the last couple of days in the big city through my Instagram photos.
So what happened in NYC during before I hopped in the plane to Paris? Well, I got to see Central Park all covered in freshly fallen snow (which has to be one of the most beautiful things ever), I obsessed over pretty stoops, ate way to many doughnuts, picked up flowers for Valentine’s day, paid a visit to the Moda Operandi offices, wandered around in a chilly snowstorm, explored pretty locations and had afternoon tea at Bergdorf Goodman with this pretty lady, spend all day in Central Park shooting with Nicole and then had waffles for breakfast in bed.
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During the day that I ventured out in the snowstorm I took so many photos that I actually needed to divide them into two posts. I guess it’s because it’s always so much fun shooting things that you don’t normally shoot everyday. And shooting in West Village, in the middle of a snowstorm, is not usually what I do. Sitting inside with a cup of hot tea while looking through these photos I kind of feel that I want to do it again, but I have to remember myself of how extremely cold I was after my little walk. I would certainly need to invest in better gloves and thermal clothing if I’d survive a whole winter like this.
Delicious coffee at the super cute Bluebird Coffee Shop, stopping in front of almost every single stoop in West Village since they’re too pretty to just pass by, a very white Central Park and pretty jewellery pieces at the Lulu Frost presentation. A winter wonderland in the park, shooting with Nicole in front of colourful murals, having brunch at Lafayette (a new favourite in New York) and a cosy lunch at The Cleveland. An obligatory visit to Shake Schack, strolling the streets of SoHo, seeing the beautiful Bow Bridge under a blanket of snow and a snapshot from the day I took a walk in the snowstorm. See more from New York by following along through Instagram!