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On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Beautiful Parisian windows, the view over idyllic Île Saint-Louis, wild strawberry tart at Carette, Place des Vosges, blossoms in Jardin du Luxembourg, stumbling upon love and magic in the streets of Paris and pink Magnolia blooms. The beautiful view from Lauren’s Parisian flat, morning coffee at Coutume, a sea of pastel coloured roses, Jardin du Palais Royal and the biggest congratulations ever to my love Grace who recently became a mommy for the first time. I couldn’t be happier for you.

This and much more if you follow along through Instagram!

Pop of Yellow

Sania Claus Demina of Damernas Värld by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sania Claus Demina of Damernas Värld by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

When I was home in Stockholm during Christmas this winter I didn’t really pick up my camera at all. The only (very few) times I actually did was when I shot together with this gorgeous girl. I’ve always felt that it can be hard finding inspiration in the place that I’m from so sometimes the only thing that helps is to meet up with other creative minds who make these ordinary surroundings seem fun and exciting again. Shooting in Stockholm was hard (which can be the case for other cities as well) but in the end we had lots of fun. Anyhow, it was exciting to see the city I’ve lived for so many years in a different way thanks to Sania.

For more photos and outfit details (like this amazing yellow coat for example), visit Sania’s blog for the Swedish fashion magazine Damernas Värld.

Hello April

Jardin du Luxembourg by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hello April and hello spring! How I’ve missed you… Is it safe to say that spring has arrived to Paris now without jinxing it? Gosh I hope so. Getting to enjoy the sunshine, eating ice cream outside, drowning in a million cherry blossoms and spending late nights drinking wine and having fun with friends without getting cold and have frozen pinky toes by the end of it is what I call happiness.

Promenade Plantée

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Promenade plantée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Ever since moving to Paris for the very first time I’ve kept a little list over places I’ve been wanting to see and visit. This is a never ending list and it only seems to get fuller. I’m actually adding places faster than I can tick them off… But that’s fine with me since I’m in no hurry to leave this place at the moment. Gosh, that feels good to say. Anyways, one of the things that’s been on my list ever since spending my first four months in this city has been to visit the Promenade Plantée. Since I adore both flowers, parks and Parisian buildings I can’t really come up with a better combo for me (or an excuse to why I haven’t visited this place earlier). Promenade Plantée is Paris‘ version of New York‘s popular High Line - meaning an old abandoned railway line that has been made into a little promenade, which makes this just a lovely place for a little stroll. I haven’t really gotten a lot of time to just walk around the city by myself lately but luckily I managed to squeeze in a little morning walk yesterday with just myself (and my French audio tapes in my headphones) as company.

Weekend Reading

SS Print Shop
Photo by: SS Print Shop

The warm weather is finally back in Paris again after a very chilly week and even though we’re missing the sun at the moment I couldn’t be happier. After spending the Sunday morning walking along Promenade Plantée (which I’ll tell you more about tomorrow), eating cookies and sipping tea at Lauren’s all day yesterday and meeting other lovely ones for wine and snacks I can safely say that I’ve had a lovely weekend so far.

•   I’m very excited to finally being able to announce that I’ll be collaborating with SS Print Shop this spring! Together we’ve come up with a few Paris-inspired prints using my photographs, which you’ll be able to purchase through the shop. I can’t wait to show you more since this will be the very first time that I’m selling my photographs as prints. Yay! Stay tuned to see more.
•   Jamie Beck shares a list over 30 things she’s learnt before turning 30. I’m taking mental notes and highlighting number 24 (among others) with a bright pink mental marker.
•   I’m always amazed by Christine‘s effortless but absolutely brilliant photographs of the city I live in. I’m lucky to have such talented friends.
•   Shini made my heart ache a little bit with this post and I’m now wishing I could move into that apartment as well…

What’s Inside?

Salvatore Ferragamo bag by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Salvatore Ferragamo bag by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Since I haven’t gotten my hands on that perfect camera bag just yet I usually tend to leave the camera at home and opt for a much lighter, and smaller option nowadays. I’m so used to carrying around bigger bags (with a ton of crap and unnecessary things in them) so this has truly forced me to scale down what’s inside my bag. So what you’ll most likely find in my Salvatore Ferragamo bag, which I found here in Paris last year, is what you see above. Métro card, my favourite lip balm from Clarins, a very beaten up hot pink coin purse (you always end up with too many coins here), a pack of tissues and my alternative, and smaller, wallet from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Plus iPhone. I’m feeling crazy minimalistic over here!

On Instagram

On Instagram

Morning coffee together with my favourite girls at Ten Belles, wandering the streets of Montmartre, a photo from when Nicole and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset by the Eiffel Tower, mango ice cream shaped like a flower, afternoon tea with Alix and Nicole, the cherry blossom trees in full bloom in front of the Eiffel Tower, sunny days being spent at cute little cafés, finding parks both in the Marais and in the 1st with beautiful blossoms. More coffee at Fondation, cute little entrances in Montmartre and my weekend breakfast. All this and much more if you follow along on Instagram!

Today’s Sweet

Pierre Hermé macaron by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

How could you have anything else but a fantastic day when the sun is shining and Pierre Hermé decides to treat you to an extra macaron? Although cutting down on the sweets has been a good thing for my health I kind of feel like they’re missing around here a little bit… So what do you say about a compromise? From now on I’ll promise you more tasty Parisian treats but I’ll try to avoid finishing the whole thing in one go. Deal!

Black Riding Hood

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Central Park by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Getting to create short stories in our heads and then acting them out through photographs is probably one of the things I enjoy doing the most together with Nicole. Sometimes it’s simply about showing of the outfit in a nice and simple way and although that’s a lot of fun as well nothing beats getting a bit creative. And upon seeing the beautiful Valentino black lace dress and cape, that Nicole is wearing in the photograph above, for the first time we knew we had to get a bit more imaginative with it. That resulted in an early morning in Central Park during our New York trip and having to walk through knee-deep snow, falling down on slippery ice and almost getting my eyes poked out by twigs.

For more photographs and outfit details, hop on over to Nicole’s blog.

Vintage Finds

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Sometimes I never get around to posting certain things here — even though I really want to, but I guess the saying goes “better late than never”, no? So, before the summer began last year, I joined one of my friends for a tour of the flea markets by the Porte de Clignancourt here in Paris. On one of the hottest days in all of June we wandered around the absolutely enormous vintage markets together with our lovely guide Charlotte in the search of little gems and vintage finds. I’ve always been a bit sceptical towards the whole flea market idea (most of the time I think it can look like a lot of junk) but after that day I can kind safely say that I see why some people love it so much. There was so much to look at and so many untold stories behind every item we passed by and after three hours of walking we still hadn’t covered more than half of the flea markets. Yes, I would have gotten completely lost in between the vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and the pretty china with flower patterns without my friends there to guide me around. By the end of the day (we even stayed behind when our tour was over and continued on by ourselves) we we’re absolutely exhausted but had become one Babar poster, and a lot of experiences, richer. Now I just can’t wait to find a more permanent home here in Paris so that I actually can buy all the things I want next time I go.