Our Australian adventure begun with a little trip up to the Central Coast to celebrate Christmas together with Nicole, Luke and their family. This trip included a lot of firsts for me: the first time I celebrated an Australian Christmas, the first time I saw a wild shark in the same ocean I just swam in the previous day (I think my knees are still a bit shaky after that sight), the first time I got to see where Nicole lived, my very first visit to an Australian beer garden and the first time I got to see this beautiful country that I’ve dreamt about visiting for such a long time now. We spent the days on the beach playing around in the water (after about two minutes I decided I need to invest in a waaay tighter bikini due to crazy strong currents and waves), eating delicious food and getting shown different parts of the beautiful coast. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my trip to Australia.
Guess where we were off to after Bali?! Well, you’ve probably been able to figure that out thanks to Instagram already but I can’t wait to show you more photos from my time on the Central Coast in Australia as well as from my time spent in Sydney.
As soon as we stepped out of the car to explore another beautiful place in Bali called Suluban Beach, the sky opened up and warm summer rain came pouring down. I would normally be absolutely gutted by the sight of rain when planning to visit a beautiful beach but this time I didn’t mind. Perhaps because the rain was just as warm as the air itself or maybe it had something to do with me getting completely mesmerised by this stunning view. Anyhow, despite cloudy skies and a few rain drops while making our way down to the beach we fell in love with this beautiful place, the turquoise waters and impressive nature.
Watching the sun set over Bali with salty hair and sandy skin as the sky turns into pink and purple colours. These serene moments are moments I’ll treasure forever and I hope I’ll be able to take some of this calm with me once I go back to Paris.
I took so many photos in Bali, both with my camera and on my phone. This is the second part of iPhone photos that made it onto Instagram from my time in Bali. I love all the blue, green and turquoise colours from this exotic place.
At first glimpse Seminyak, a little area north of popular Kuta (which I’m glad I didn’t make it to by the way), looks just like any other little town in Bali but after giving it a closer inspection you’ll find shops, restaurants and cafés more likely to be located in Sydney or New York than in between palm trees and massage places in the midst of Bali. Apparently it’s possible to get your flat white fix (and better than most places in Paris) even if your in the middle of the tropics. The Coffee Library and Revolver Espresso both made it impossible to not sit down for a drink. And a bite. The avocado toast at Revolver Espresso was better than any I’ve tasted in Paris and the juice served at The Coffee Library came fresh in a big pitcher – what more is there to say? I also got my very first swan made for me in the form of latte art and I think that’s when my heart completely melted. I wish I could go back to these places on a daily basis.
I feel as though I sound like a broken record when I say that 2014 has been the most incredible year so far, but it really has. Cover your ears because more clichés and cheesiness are coming your way! I’ve managed to make a little home for myself, worked on more exciting projects than I could have ever imagined, met the loves of my life (my bestest friends) and have had adventures greater than ever before. I’ve had the time of my life and I will just call myself lucky if 2015 turns out to be half as good as 2014 has been. To remember everything I’ve experienced and what has happened during the year, I love going through old photos and thought I’d share a little recap with you all. Happy New Year!
January – The year started with apartment problems once I arrived back in Paris after spending the Holidays in Stockholm but it improved quickly when Nicole and I took off to Florence for a fun job. I loved seeing this Italian city for the very first time and get to shoot pieces like this pink Stella McCartney dress that I fell head over heels in love with. Back in Paris I moved into a temporary but charming little apartment in Saint-Germain and started exploring the city further, one pastry shop at a time.
February – In February Nicole and I travelled to New York for a couple of weeks – for fashion week but also to get shoots and meetings done. I loved seeing the city covered in freshly fallen snow for the very first time and capturing it through photos. New York is a city like no other and I almost always feel an urge urge to go back as soon as I’ve left. Since frozen fingers and snowstorms you barely can stand up straight in isn’t really my thing I might go for spring this time around…
March – Once I arrived back in Paris in late February the city was already in bloom and I couldn’t believe my eyes. This year’s spring has to be the earliest one Paris has ever seen! Although when the time for Paris fashion week arrived the temperatures dropped of course (something I remember since I had problems keeping my fingers alive while shooting outside). I moved into yet another little Parisian apartment where I stayed until late June.
April – In April I went completely mad for all the trees that were in bloom and ended up with around 3,000 photos from a colourful Jardin des Plantes after a short visit. I helped friends move into new apartments, celebrated birthdays and explored Paris on the back of a Vespa for the first time. The nights were spent drinking wine with dear friends and longing for summer and warmer days.
May – May came around and I shot many exciting projects once the city decided to stop with the shananigans and give us some sun (and even though it didn’t). I loved capturing Jenny while in Paris and was more than honoured when Vanity Fair decided to repost one of our shots. My photography print collaboration together with SS Print Shop was launched and it was incredible seeing my photos printed for the very first time. I started looking for a more permanent living situation and ended up visiting crappier apartments than I’ve ever seen before before I struck gold.
June – June was a big month for me as I moved into my very first long term rental apartment here in Paris. Unfurnished should be added to that sentence as well! I visited several interior decoration shops and was for the first time in my life able to decorate it exactly how I wanted it (although I’m still without proper chairs, shelfs and storage units so perhaps this wasn’t such a great thing after all…). I visited Ralph’s way too many times and couldn’t resist the perfect ballet flats from Chanel as a little treat to myself.
July – After staying in my apartment for a few nights I invited my friends over for a little housewarming that ended up being one of the loveliest night ever on one of the hottest days in the city. Shortly after I attended the most beautiful fashion show I’ve yet to seen by Dior Haute Couture, which is something I’ll remember forever. For my summer vacation I went to Terracina and Rome in Italy, two of my favourite places on this planet and got to see old friends I had missed so dearly.
August – The rain arrived in Paris together with myself and August felt more like November than anything else. The beginning of the month was spent in Stockholm, visiting my family and catching up with friends. The rest of the month I pretty much tried to stay dry while surviving a completely shut down Paris since every single French is on vacation (mental note for 2015!).
September – When the calendar marked the 1st of September everyone suddenly came back to work and within a few seconds I was behind on emails. I made new friends, who I wish lived much closer and photographed for Dior’s social media channels – a job that made my knees feel weak. Paris fashion week came around once again and even though it was one of the most stressful times during the year (and probably gave me a minor ulcer) I loved every single minute of it, as always.
October – Paris fashion week lasted into October and ended with Louis Vuitton’s show at the new Louis Vuitton Fondation. The memory of sitting front row and watching those models stomp down the runway in that magical light still gives me goosebumps… Shortly after fashion week ended I was on the plane heading to Nice to shoot an exciting article for Conde Nast Traveler. I can’t wait to see it in real life as it’s supposed to hit the stores in January!
November – In November I celebrated turning 23 with breakfast at Ladurée, lunch at Carette and dinner and drinks together with friends at one of my favourite bars. I couldn’t have asked for a better day since I got to see so many of the people I hold so close to my heart. Shooting an exciting project for Elie Saab (something that I’ll be able to share more from later in January) was also a highlight that month together with a breakfast to welcome J.Crew (in March) to The City of Light.
December – The month of December has just come to an end and I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed. The quickest so far for sure. Before I flew off to Bali together with my sister I shot a little story for Gucci with Paris and pastel colours as my inspiration. I also got to share a few Parisian favourites together with a new favourite brand of mine: Sézane. A couple of days ago we arrived in Australia where we’ve celebrated both Christmas and New Years with some of the loveliest people ever. I’m so excited to start 2015 here in Sydney and I can’t wait to see what Paris has in store for me once I arrive back home.
Even though it’s supposed to be some sort of rain period in Bali during this time we’ve managed to get some fantastic weather for our trip. It’s so warm and humid that the only thing I’ve been able to wear are tiny sundresses, shorts and bikinis (something that makes me extremely excited since I haven’t felt sun on my skin in a really long time). This little number makes me blend in with the palm trees.
You know those places you dream about visiting but never really know for sure that you’ll get to see one day? Before this trip, Bali was one of those places for me. I’ve heard about this magical little place so many times and have had both friends and relatives rave about it, so I was more than excited once my sister and I finally booked our tickets to this paradise quite impulsively this autumn. Being away from each other and having her in New York for almost half a year and myself in Paris for quite sometime now, we haven’t really seen much of one another so doing this together has meant a lot to me. She had been to Bali before while this was the very first time for me – and I can easily say that I was far from being disappointed. As Instagram has revealed, I think I really fell in love with this little place.
While in Bali we stayed at the beautiful The Mulia hotel in a very calm and serene area, also known as Nusa Dua, which I highly recommend for anyone thinking about visiting this part of the world. We spent most of our time on the beach, playing around in the crystal clear water (yes, it was so clear you could even see that I needed a pedicure) or reading under the umbrella. It’s easy to forget how harsh the sun is over here when you’ve been used to Parisian sunrays for a little bit too long and therefore I felt that it was safer to hide out in the shade (I can feel how the 15-year-old me rolls her eyes at me now) with my new favourite book.
We felt like little princesses when we fell asleep in a bed made from something that felt more like fluffy clouds than normal sheets and pampered ourselves with days without any obligations and lots of pineapple juice from the pool bar. The people were some of the kindest I’ve ever encountered, the food delicious and the nature mesmerising. I’m already plotting on how to get back to this heaven soon again…
Photos of me: Sara Olsson.
Life here in Bali isn’t too bad as you probably can tell from the countless of Instagram photos I can’t stop myself from posting. It’s just so gorgeous over here! It’s also fun and exciting to photograph something other besides Paris after not leaving the city for a while. The days over here consists of pool time, fruits, sand, the ocean and a couple of coconuts. Follow along on Instagram for more updates from this beautiful paradise.