Last year, after coming back from New York fashion week in late February, Nicole and I were greeted by this beautiful pink tree full of blossoms in front of the Eiffel Tower. Can it get more picturesque than that?! Somehow spring had arrived unusually early in Paris and we photographed Nicole in a skirt that day, without even being cold (yes, yes, I know that the weather turned pretty rainy and wintery a couple of days later but we did have a very early spring last year). I don’t think I’ve ever shared these photos on here before but I thought it might give spring a little extra push to arrive sooner rather than later here in Paris this year. Because I seriously can’t wait for pretty pink blossoms, picnics along the Seine and throwing away my winter boots for cute ballet flats and spring jackets.
A while back I shared a couple of Parisian tips on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram, Racines(2) was one of them, I received this adorable little save the date in the mail, had breakfast at Ladurée and spent one morning photographing for Dior. I visited the new shoe department at Le Bon Marché (and oh. my. god. is all I have to say), I had a meeting at Lanvin who had super cute love notes in the elevators, stumbled upon pretty city views and smelled as many flowers as I possible could. I visited Palais-Royal for a Café Kitsuné coffee with Katie while enjoying the blue skies and some sun, stumbled upon YSL (who I wish was my neighbour) and strolled around Saint-Germain with my darling Lauren.
Magical sunlight and people sitting outside reading in the park – a few of my favourite signs of that we’ve left winter behind (crossing both fingers and toes) and going towards sunnier times. I can’t wait for spring!
A few photos from Paris before I escaped to London the other week. My favourite Carolina Herrera bag, the beautiful Palais-Royal, a very fun pyjama party at Le Meurice and the gorgeous view from Institut du Monde Arabe. Jardin du Luxembourg looking all pretty, exploring greenhouses in new-to-me parts of Paris, crossing bridges with spectacular views and spotting cute little Vespas all around town. A beautiful sunset in Jardin des Tuileries, seeing the Palais-Royal after several years of renovations for the very first time, strolling through my favourite Place Dauphine and a morning spent at Musée Rodin.
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.
Last Friday I found out that I was traveling to London the next day. A super last minute trip but I couldn’t have been more excited since I’ve been wanting to go back to London for ages now as I never really felt as thought I’ve properly seen the city before. I only stayed a couple of days but I made sure to make those days count. Once back in Paris I was so utterly exhausted I didn’t leave my apartment for a whole day (except for having to go to Apple and take care of my computer that crashed on the way back). I strolled every single street I came across, fell in love with most cab drivers as well as the cute little London doors. I got to see dear friends that I haven’t seen since last fashion week and drool over Mulberry’s pretty presentation. It was a super weekend, to say the least.
Evangelie, looking gorgeous as always after the Elie Saab Haute Couture show when we were shooting this sick leather jacket together. If there’s anyone’s closet I’d like to get a peek inside I think this has to be this one.
You’ll find more photos an outfit details over on Evangelie’s blog.
Impossible to pass by the Plaza Hotel without snapping a little photos, Paris dressed in whites and greys, pretty roses at home and quiet streets in the middle of the city. Photo booth fun at Palais de Tokyo, coffee at Teléscope, a pretty spectacular view and looking out over Place Vendôme from the Boucheron offices. Bits and bobs in pretty pinks, the one day that it snowed in Paris, gorgeous props for a little shoot and a deserted (and very cold) Jardin du Palais-Royal. More on my Instagram!