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!
As you’ve probably understood by now, I was in haute couture heaven last week. After my magical experience with Dior, I had the pleasure of experiencing the incredible haute couture show by Jean Paul Gaultier. Sequins, leather, velvet and sparkles dominated the runway where models like Frida Gustafsson stomped down. Attending haute couture week is something I’ll never forget, and something I hope I have the opportunity to do in the future as well. Thank you to Instagram for their lovely feature as well!
Unpacking is always way more fun than packing. Especially when you get to unpack, and decorate, however you’d like. For the first time in my life, I now get to choose were things are going and which glasses I’m drinking out of – something I’ve been fantasising about forever. Although a small space with limited storage makes you think twice about keeping unnecessary items and forces you to become ruthless when choosing how many pairs of shoes and jackets you actually need to keep.
My first buy after I signed the lease for my apartment? Three tins of tea from Marriage Frères, which is something silly I’ve been wanting to buy for myself for the longest time now but always ignored since that would mean even less place in my already overpacked suitcases when it’s time for the next move. Finally, for the first time in 1,5 years I can now unpack my bags and not worry, or have to think about, when I’ll pack them again. Phew!
Mint coloured tulle skirt & pink chiffon skirt from Alexandra Grecco – Baby blue bag from Dannijo – Sparkly heels from Zara – Ballet flats from Chanel – Navy blue jacket from Red Valentino – Black bucket bag from Mansur Gavriel – Pyjama shorts from Oysho – Slippers from Oysho – Watch from Corniche – Code rings from Lulu Frost – Earrings from Dannijo – Gold bar necklace & gold circle necklace from Etsy – Nude coloured flats from J.Crew – Black ballet flats from Josefinas.
One of the first thoughts racing through my mind when I took the first step inside the Dior venue for the brand’s Haute Couture show yesterday was: I feel really bad for the person in charge of the budget (if there’s such a thing as a budget when it comes to Dior) when someone proposed the idea of covering every single centimeter of every wall in beautiful, luscious orchids… But perhaps that’s nothing to worry about when it’s Dior we’re talking about (after all, I shouldn’t expect anything less after their igloo/cave moment last year). Either way, the venue dressed in all white – and the millions of orchids covering the walls – blew my
socks Chanel ballet flats off. It was everything I had hoped for, and more.
There were so many highlights during yesterday that I don’t even know where to begin… The show being held at Musée Rodin (my favourite museum in Paris), seeing my very own name on a Haute Couture invitation, getting to go backstage, sitting across from Charlize Theron and Sean Penn and witnessing pure magic walking down the runway were all moments of absolute happiness.
The focus should of course be on the clothing and accessories but I can’t help but to appreciate the designers who take their time and build a whole world around it as well. Together with the music they create an atmosphere that has me thinking about the show for hours and hours after it’s over. When I said that I was entering the magical world of Dior, I truly meant it.
There are certain moments in your life that you’ll remember forever, right? Attending the Christian Dior haute couture show last season was unquestionably one of those moments for me, but getting to be present for a second time might just be the icing on the cake. Never have I ever squealed so loudly for post in my entire life. Now you know what I’ll be up to today… Haute Couture week has officially started in Paris!
During stressful times it’s easier to catch me over on Instagram. My last couple of snapshots include the stairwell leading up to my new apartment, one of my Paris prints for SS Print Shop in bed with @Doctorscloset, beautiful Parisian buildings, my favourite timepiece from Corniche at Ralph’s along with a yummy club sandwich at the same place. A little photo from my housewarming last Thursday with dear friends, hidden allies in the 4th arrondissement and a breathtaking view from the 7th floor at my friend’s apartment. Ladurée’s pretty storefront, coffee at La Caféothèque, courtyard cuteness at Ralph’s and an absolutely delicious lunch at my favourite Verjus Bar à Vins.
After moving in on Monday and running errands all around the city, calling plumbers and electricians to get all the final things sorted at my new place I’ve woken up absolutely exhausted – and I’m not done yet! I’m still struggling with getting my wifi and intercom working… Despite that I can’t help but smile every morning when I wake up. I’m so happy to have found my little sanctuary after more than 8 (yes, 8) moves within one year. What made me even more delighted was seeing some of my dearest friends drinking, chatting and having fun here during Thursday night when I invited them over for a little “housewarming apéro”. I guess that means that I’m officially moved in!
• Where I’d rather be right now (instead of a grey and rainy Paris…) is right here. I’m just a tiiiny bit jealous Aisling!
• You probably haven’t missed this – I mean, how could you? – but I’m sharing it anyway. Just because it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen and just because I’m convinced that Nicole must be some sort of genius for creating this breathtaking concept.
• I’m off to Italy by the end of next week and I can not wait to get there! The beach, the food, seeing my friends again and getting some sort of vacation for the first time in a year. I’m reminiscing by looking through old photos of Rome from my time there last summer and from our little beach gem south of the city.
Let me stop you right there. No, this is not my new view – I wish! This incredible view belongs to my dear friend Sophia but at least I got to spend yesterday morning admiring it for a little while (after climbing 7 flats of stairs without an elevator that is). But I do have some very exciting news to share. I’ve finally found a home! I couldn’t be happier and after living in my new apartment for three nights now, I still can’t believe it’s real.
Due to IKEA trips, moving all of my belongings, figuring out how to install wifi, building a bed by myself and still trying to balance work and pleasure, I haven’t had much energy for anything else. Tonight I’m popping some bubbly and will celebrate my move together with a bunch of friends and loved ones. I can’t wait to show you a little bit more of my new place once I’m settled. Let this be a little inspiration for those loosing faith in the apartment hunt out there; it is possible (even though it can feel like a crappy, never-ending search).
I’m both happy and sad to share these last few photos of the lovely Jenny with you all. Sad because these are the last photos from our time together here in Paris but happy since they’re some of my favourites ones. After running around the city, changing behind cars, climbing fences and hopping in and out of übers during a whole afternoon we were completely exhausted by the end of it, but we truly had so much fun together. I simply adore this red little number against the beige and white stone colours of Paris.
For more photos and outfit details, please visit Jenny’s blog.