The last couple of photos I’d like to share with you before I leave this Australian holiday behind are from Tamarama Beach, one of my favourite places in Sydney, and luckily our home for the first week that we spent in the city. My favourite time to come down to the beach was during the late afternoon and stay until the sun started to set and the sky turned pink, purple and orange. My sister and I spent this particular afternoon watching the surfers waiting for the next big wave to come in, people playing around in the water, dogs being taken for a little evening walk and lovers snuggling up together while looking out over the horizon (before our craving for pizza became too strong and we decided to hit up the little pizzeria near our apartment). These last couple of hours, before it gets dark, were calm, serene and absolutely magical. How I wish I could experience this more often… Australia, you’ve been brilliant and absolutely unforgettable.
I’ve been wanting to see and experience Australia for quite sometime now and I’m so incredibly happy that I’ve finally got to tick this little dream off of my list. For some reason quite a few of my closest friends happen to be from this part of the world (probably because most people I encountered were absolutely lovely) and getting to experience Australia myself has made me understand where they come from and my friends even better than before (cheesy but true). They have such a great way of life. You enjoy, you’re healthy (unless you insist on buying a package of Digestive chocolate biscuits every time you go to the supermarket), you’re constantly outside and you’re just happy. That’s pretty much how I would sum up Australian life. Throw in a couple of barbecues and surfboards and you’ll get the whole picture. I’ve never seen so many tank tops in my entire life. On guys that is. Jean shorts, banana bread, Zimmermann bikinis, avocado on toast and cronuts have taken over the entire place (not that I mind the slightest) and I’ve never had so much great coffee in one city. Since Sydney and the Central Coast is such a tiny, tiny part of this humongous country I think another trip is in order in the future… Although I couldn’t visit without coming back to Sydney I think.
A few of my favourite places in Sydney (that you can see in the photos above) if anyone is planning on a visit would be: Porch Bread & Wine Parlour (restaurant), Bread & Circus (restaurant), The Grounds of Alexandria (restaurant, sweets & flowers), The Boathouse (restaurant), Three Blue Ducks (restaurant), Burger Project (restaurant), Brewtown Newtown (restaurant, cronuts & coffee), The Shangri-La (drinks), Opera Bar (drinks), A Loft Story (coffee shop), Don Campos (coffee shop), Sensory Lab (coffee shop), Adriano Zumbo (sweets).
Photos of me: Grace.
Sara and Grace probably could have driven off without me after having breakfast at The Grounds of Alexandria and I wouldn’t have minded whatsoever. This place, also known as heaven, simply blew my mind with blueberry muffins (with white chocolate if I might add…), the prettiest flower shop I think I’ve seen, fried chicken, the most delicious banana bread ever and the cutest little set up I could have imagined. I wouldn’t mind spending a whole day at this place, starting with breakfast and continuing onto lunch and dinner after that (including a few snacks in between meals too of course). It’s probably a good thing that there’s nothing similar here in Paris since I’d probably spend all my waken hours (and every little €) there in that case. Even their flower shop puts my Parisian florist (who I thought was pretty amazing) to shame! I’ll never again be able to enjoy a “normal” breakfast or brunch without dreaming about this place… Sydney, you’re too good.
After getting Bread & Circus recommended to me for about the 6th time I thought it was about time to visit. This laid-back, yet super cute little place is definitely a place I’d continue coming back to over and over again if I was located in Sydney. Their gluten free pancakes with caramelised banana and strawberries were just heavenly (which was surprising since I’m not a gluten/lactose/fat free kind of girl) and so was the hot porridge. It was impossible leaving this little picturesque canteen without taking a million photos, I mean they had pastel pink coffee cups after all.
Walking along these beaches, breathing in the salty air and feeling the sun against my skin feels like a such a distant memory after spending over a week back in a cold and wintery Paris. This beautiful walk, connecting Bronte Beach (or well, that’s where my tired legs decided to start but the walk goes even further) with Bondi Beach is one of the prettiest places I came across while in Sydney and a place I wish I could visit way more often. I loved waking up to this view and sitting on the rocks and watching the sun set over the ocean together with my little sister, who’s now made an indefinite move to this crazy beautiful place. If it wasn’t so far away I think I’d go back every other month or so…
Before I left for Bali and Australia this December I spent a day together with the lovely Reem, who was in Paris for a quick little visit – and naturally we had time for a 4 hour long lunch including tea and a very special vanilla dessert. We also had time to shoot this beautiful Louis Vuitton ensemble that Reem was wearing that day. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for light colours and pretty beige tones so I think it’s safe to say that I fell in love with all of this (including that mouthwatering bag…) for sure.
For more photos you can visit Reem’s blog.
After coming back to Paris during such a scary and sad time for the city and the whole country, I’m so relieved that the tension that’s been hanging in the air lately is finally wearing off a bit. Seeing all the people taking part in such a grand march last Sunday was just incredible and left me completely speechless. My heart goes out to the city I’m lucky enough to call home today and everyone who was affected by these horrible events. I’m so thankful I’ve had my friends and loved ones close by during this time.
• I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Style.com decided to re-publish my article for Condé Nast Traveler about chic passages in Paris.
• The second I saw these photos from Bagaholicboy (a must for anyone with a bag obsession) I knew that I would be dreaming about Dior’s Be Dior bag for the next couple of nights… I still can’t get it out of my head.
• Unfortunately I caught a cold and fever on my way back from Australia and have been resting in bed during this week. This chicken noodle soup by Smitten Kitchen is exactly what I wish somebody would have made me during this time (I was obviously too lazy to do so myself).
• The Golden Globes just happened and it was so hard to pick a favourite this year (I literally can’t wait for the Oscars) but here’s a couple of the ones I couldn’t stop looking at: Emma (I have the biggest crush on this woman right now), Amy, Dakota, Taylor, Julianne, Felicity and Diane.
As soon as I got to Sydney the lovely Grace picked me up from our little AirBnB gem in Tamarama Beach and drove us this adorable spot. Anyone who brings me to a place that serves scones, jam and croissant French toast (yes, it was a first for me as well but definitely not the last time) knows me too well. After indulging in fresh fruit, healthy omelettes and quinoa ever since arriving in Australia (those are things we just don’t come across that easily in Paris) scones, carbs and butter was definitely what I craved. It’s so nice being close to the ocean while enjoying breakfast with friends – something I wish I could bring with me back to Paris.
This is what my first couple of days in Sydney looked like through a couple of Instagram photos. I couldn’t stop taking photos of turquoise waters, pretty sunsets, delicious food and pretty beaches – but I guess that’s normal when you see all of this prettiness for the very first time, right?
All clothing and accessories by Elie Saab
I’m pressing pause in the midst of sharing dreamy vacation photos from the other side of the world to share these photos from something quite special that happened pre-vacation, earlier in November to be exact, together with Elie Saab. They invited me to photograph their Pre-Fall 2o15 collection for their online publication “The Light of Now“. It’s always so intimidating (and a lot of fun of course) to be in a place together with so many creative and brilliant minds. Seeing how something like this works from the inside, gets set up and meeting all the people who are a part of it is extremely interesting – and especially when it’s together with a brand you’ve been admiring since your days in high school. Meeting Mr. Saab himself was also a highlight as well as being up close and personal with all of those beautiful garments… If security wasn’t as tight I can’t promise that I wouldn’t have tried my best to try this pale pink beauty on while I had the chance. I hope you enjoy getting a little peek behind the scenes and if you’d like to see more I suggest popping over to “The Light of Now“.