After not getting a vacation or proper time off work during the entire summer (well, except for my wisdom teeth surgery I guess… IF you can call that “vacation”) I gave myself a weekend away without computers, emails or any other work stuff. Spending a few days on the beach in Monaco, eating way too much pasta and sipping one too many Spritz was exactly what I needed. I wish I could go back already but Paris Fashion Week is around the corner and it’s time to get back into work-mode and prepare for an intense week! Hopefully I can go back to the south very soon again.
It’s been hard coming back to reality after such a whirlwind and amazing time away in Cannes together with Cartier but I still have these priceless memories from our time on the French Riviera to look back on. It’s not everyday you get to have dinner on a little island just off the coast with your feet buried deep in the sand while listening to Jamie Cullum playing the piano with Sofia Coppola at the very next table, it’s not everyday you get to be swept away in an helicopter only to land on the top of a mountain and sip champagne with some of the loveliest people in the industry, and it’s certainly not everyday you get to wander around a house filled with high jewellery, gemstones and diamonds (some of them bigger than my hands) while having someone explain the stories behind these precious treasures.
To celebrate their new high jewellery collection, entitled Etourdissant Cartier, we were lucky enough to experience all of this. And yes, I’m still pinching myself to make sure I was actually awake to see all of it happening. I would go back in the blink of an eye if I could! Thank you again to Cartier for letting me be a part of this absolutely incredible experience. It’s been such a pleasure bringing their gorgeous jewellery pieces and creative ideas to life through my photography during these last couple of months and I hope I have the privilege of doing so in the future as well.
Despite living in Europe my entire life I still hadn’t been to Barcelona until last week. Why? I personally blame it on Italy. Italy has always been such a big part of my life and always a top choice when it comes to escaping everyday life during a weekend. You might call that boring but even though I’ve been to Italy every year of my life so far, I never seem to tire of it. That’s probably why
Spain Barcelona has had to wait until now. I’m kind of glad it did though since I think this was the perfect way to experience the city.
I joined W Hotels and Tara Stiles (the loveliest woman and amazing yoga guru) for a weekend full of yoga, fitness fun and #posewhenever. Doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy due to all the croissants and macarons you see around here? That might be true but I have to admit that I had a fantastic time – both doing the yoga and experiencing the city. I mean, how can yoga on a paddle board, cooking classes in a kitchen with a DJ playing and watching the sun set while doing yoga not be anything but fantastic?!
This is a weekend I won’t forget anytime soon and hopefully that’s also true about all the yoga poses we learned during this trip. I’d love to incorporate a bit more of what I learned while away into my everyday life. The calm (and exhaustion) I felt after our 6am sunrise yoga session is something I’ll try to chase in the future without a doubt. Barcelona, you were amazing and I’m definitely coming back for you again!
Greetings from Barcelona and Spain where I’ve spent the last couple of days. I’m back in Paris (for two days before I’m off to the south of France) just in time for 14 Juillet but can’t wait to share more photos from my time spent in this beautiful city. Stay tuned!
When I first found out that the beautiful JW Marriott Hotel that I was staying at was located on an private island outside of Venice I couldn’t help but to feel a bit bummed about not living in the city centre and having such close distance to everything. After I left, I thanked them for not being too central. Getting away from the city and being able to relax on a calm and quiet island, away from the hustle and bustle, is how I like my Venice. I also didn’t mind the fact that you felt like you were in a James Bond movie (which is secretly my biggest dream ever) when the beautiful boat that picked you up from the airport pulled into the private hotel entrance on water…
Let’s be honest here, Venice looks kind of amazing through photographs you see from everyone visiting – and don’t get me wrong, it’s an absolutely beautiful city but it’s also so incredibly crowded. I mean, I’ve been to Rome in August so I feel as though I’ve done a crazy packed city in scorching heat before but this was something else… Perhaps because the city was smaller and the streets more narrow. Venice has been on my “to visit list” for ages now so I’m very happy that I got the opportunity to do finally discover it but I do think you really need to do your research before going, both in terms of where to eat but also when to visit the city (apparently evening time, when all the cruise ships have left the city, is supposed to be less crowded and absolutely beautiful).
All in all, I’m so happy to have experienced this city and being able to do it in this unique way. I simply adore the Italian colours, tiny little alleyways and the enormous selection of pasta and gelato everywhere you look. It’s also impossible to ignore the fact that I just feel a little bit more complete when I hear Italian being spoken… I miss it already. But looking out over Venice from the hotel’s gorgeous roof top pool, while sipping an iced drink, is certainly one of the better ways to see this place.
As you might have been able to guess if you follow along on Instagram, I’ve spent the last couple of days in Italy. Or in Venice to be more precise. I’ve never been to this place before but I’ve always wanted to go so to say that I was excited for this trip is a clear understatement. I managed to fill my days with several glasses of prosecco, plates full of pasta and one too many gelatos. I also brought my camera with me, which means that I’ll be able to share a couple of more photos as soon as I’ve had the time to go through and edit them all. I might have to warn you though, there will very likely be one too many photos of colourful Venetian alleyways…
This past week has been crazy amazing and more exhausting than most others – in the most positive way possible of course. During the last couple of days on the French Riviera I spent my time at Hotel Martinez, photographing for Elie Saab and their online publication The Light of Now and I thought I’d share a couple of photos from this. I’ve been to Cannes many times before but never during the film festival, which proved to make this little city more crowded than I’ve ever seen it before (and I’ve been in August after all). The entrance of our hotel was surrounded by tourists and photographers at all times who were all trying to get a little glimpse of the glitterati leaving to walk down the red carpet, the roads were blocked and people hanging out along the beach just chatting. I passed Naomi Watts, almost walked into Julianne Moore, stood next to the beautiful Karlie Kloss and shared the ladies room together with Isabella Rossellini one evening – not too shabby if you ask me.
Most of my time shooting for Elie Saab was spent in a sea of beautiful couture gowns and other elaborate creations. My favourite moment might have been to get up and close with Naomi’s incredible red carpet frock, which made my jaw drop completely. It was so interesting seeing how a dress like this is put together and hearing the story behind it. I was also introduced to Elie Saab‘s new couture fragrances while there that I’ve never had the chance to see before. After a morning of smelling gardenia, orange flower, rose oils and other key ingredients from these perfumes I was most likely floating around among pink, perfume scented clouds before I realised that I had to leave to catch my flight back to Paris. My time in Cannes was way too short but I guess that just means that I have to come back very soon again? Although it might be hard to top this experience…
As you might have seen if you follow along on Instagram, I’m currently in Cannes and have been for the last couple of days. Why? I flew down to photograph the Dior Cruise collection show that took place at the incredible Le Palais Bulles along the French Riviera this Monday. I could pretty much go on and on about this surreal and incredible experience but I won’t bore you too much. To sum things up: it was unbelievable and I’m so happy I got to experience it. For three days the guests played pétanque, had lunch in the midst of the French hills, attended the runway show which was followed by the most extravagant fireworks I’ve ever seen and enjoyed brunch (along with Dior ice cream!) the day after. I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming it all… For more updates you can follow along on Instagram.
So, as promised I’d like to share a couple of London favourites with you all. I guess I only got to experience a teeny tiny bit of this huge city this time (and I certainly have to come back for more) but what I did manage to try was pretty darn good. I mostly kept to the west part of London during this trip since my beautiful hotel, St Ermin’s Hotel, which I loved staying at, was located in this part of town. I tried to do as much walking as I possible could but eventually had to give up and get myself in to a cab… Anyhow, here’s a few London suggestions for anyone planning a trip soon:
St. Ermin’s Hotel (hotel), Threadneedle Hotel (hotel), Honest Burgers (food), Meat & Liquor (food), Burger & Lobster (food) *, Ottolenghi (food & dessert), Granger & Co. (breakfast), Harrods’ Food Hall, White Mulberries (coffee), Tap Coffee (coffee), Kensington Square Kitchen (coffee & cake), Ben’s Cookies (cookies), Hummingbird Bakery (cupcakes), Liberty London (shopping), Victoria & Albert Museum, Portobello Road Market, Borough Market, Kensington Park and St James’s Park. Many people also recommended Sketch, Chiltern Firehouse, The Shard and Duck & Waffle, which I will have to try out the next time I’m in town!
* As you can tell I tend to eat quite healthy when I’m away…
I’ve been saying that I want to go back to London (if you can count the two previous times I’ve visited that is – once when I was 11 years old and the other during a hectic fashion week, when I didn’t see much more of the city than the inside of Harrods) forever now and I think someone has to have read my thoughts because suddenly I was on a plane leaving Paris early morning last Saturday for a little London adventure. The trip came quite unexpected and therefore I couldn’t plan this little getaway as I usually tend to do but in the end that didn’t matter since I got so many lovely tips from friends and sweet Instagram followers to make my trip everything I had wished for and more. I guess you could say that I ate my way around the city and tried making up for it by walking around the city (although, don’t attempt walking from Oxford circus to High Street Kensington in high heels after a whole weekend of nothing but walking = Bad. Idea.) instead of catching cabs – which I’m sure didn’t work out too well in the end anyway.
I truly never thought people knew what they were talking about when they said “London is huge, it’s much bigger than Paris” and always politely nodded my head while thinking “They have no idea what they’re talking about but I’ll just let them think that” to myself. Turns out, I’m the idiot. London is absolutely enormous and way bigger than Paris. Coming from a city where I can walk almost anywhere I want, London was a bit of a wakeup call for me while walking along a highway for 25 minutes without getting anywhere (eventually I gave up and stopped a cab before my feet would have started to bleed). Luckily I stayed very central during my time with Autograph Hotels St Ermin’s Hotel and had quite good neighbours around me like Big Ben and the Westminster Abbey. I mean if that’s not good landmarks to have outside your door than what is? I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier staff, better location or a nicer welcome to London than I got from St Ermin’s and I would definitely be more than happy to return one day in the future. During the last night in the city I also had the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Threadneedle Hotel, located in the Bank area, which gave me the opportunity to see a different part of the city than I had during my time in west London. I’ll be sure to share all of my tips and suggestions for this lovely city, that I can’t wait to return to very soon again (anyone up there who hears this wish as well?), in another little post so stay tuned for more London goodies.
* The title of this post obviously refers to this awesome episode.