Beautiful métro signs, breakfast at Ladurée together with Katie & Jenny, roses in the Jardin du Palais-Royal and shooting stunning gowns on the Pont Alexandre III bridge (can’t wait to share the photos with you). Strolling the markets in tulle skirts, looking up an seeing the Eiffel Tower peek out on a sunny day, one of my favourite prints from my collaboration together with SS Print Shop and cute Parisian cafés. Morning coffee, a sea of peonies, rain coming and going every five minutes and new lingerie – a few Instagram snapshots from the last couple of days here in Paris. Follow along for more photos and daily updates right here.
Thanks to Katie, who shot the incredibly romantic surprise proposal between Jenny and her beau while they were visiting Paris a couple of days ago (how cute isn’t that?!), Jenny and I managed to get in contact and arrange a few shoots of our own as well. You might have seen a little sneak peek on my Instagram already but here’s a couple of shots from our first photo shoot together. I’m always a little bit nervous before shooting someone for the very first time who you’ve never met before (I can never seem to avoid those positive butterflies in my stomach) but Jenny couldn’t have made it any easier. Jenny’s energy and excitement made it a pleasure exploring locations and shooting for several hours during a Parisian afternoon. It always amazes me how many lovely people I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with during the last year or so. Now, I think Katie and I need to plan a little trip to LA to visit Jenny’s adorable little dog… And Jenny of course!
For more photos and outfit details, please visit Jenny’s blog.
Ever since the very sweet Cindy brought me a colourful and quite interesting looking cake (don’t you think it kind of resembles some sort of shower loofah/sponge thing?) for my birthday this winter I’ve had these little pastries from Pâtisserie Ciel on my mind. A while ago I decided to pay them a visit and have a little Japanese tea and cake session together with Christine. It’s always nice to find an excuse to indulge when you really shouldn’t, and catching up with lovely friends is just the perfect one. These treats came in a variety of different flavours like matcha, cherry blossom, vanilla, chocolate and yuzu (just to name a few) and I can warmly recommend the red fruits one that I had. Delicious! The only problem? I could probably eat a hundred of them since they don’t feel too heavy – I mean, they’re called angel cakes after all. …And since they’re made without butter I will keep telling myself that they’re not too bad for you either (don’t burst this little bubble of ignorance please).
If you want to find out more about Ciel you can click right here to read the piece I did for Condé Nast Traveler.
A couple of weeks ago, when the lovely Norma was in town, I was invited to the Shangri-La pastry kitchen (that just happens to have a view of the Eiffel Tower by the way, how cool isn’t that?) to shoot a little cooking lesson together with their very talented pastry chef François Perret. I always say that if I had a few more lives to live, I would be a chef in one of them. Or a pastry chef… I haven’t really decided yet. Anyways, then you can imagine how excited I was for this day to arrive. Not only did this little experience offer a very delicious tasting session, we also got to learn how to make the tasty little treats ourselves. But my favourite part about this day was to see how a pastry kitchen at one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris really functions on a daily basis. If they would have left me in the kitchen I’m pretty sure I could have kept watching everyone cook for hours and hours. Thank you chef François Perret, Norma and the beautiful Shangri-La hotel for this super fun experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.
When I first arrived in Paris, which seems like ages ago now – even though it’s really not – I couldn’t help but be in awe of all the doors. Different colours, shapes, so much history, a bunch of different designs, patterns and details caught my attention every single second and I could rarely make it down a street without stopping for photos. Today I stop less often, which is a shame (although perhaps a good thing for my friends since I’m not running late all the time due to gawking at random doors) since they really are incredibly beautiful. Even though I’m getting used to calling Paris my home, I hope I never ever get used to all this beauty around me. Too cheesy? I know. But also absolutely true.
Give me a couple of peonies and a croissant or two and I’ll be a very happy girl and have absolutely no problems at all getting out of bed. Now I’m off to brunch with a lovely group of people. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends and this first day of June!
It’s been raining quite a lot here lately and that’s why you can’t spot too many sunny photos among these Instagram photos but it’s been a great last couple of days anyway thanks to the very exciting print shop news, along with other things of course. Check out my Instagram for more photos and daily updates from Paris.
I’m sure I’ve photographed this little café about a million times before but it seems impossible to pass this place without picking up the camera – the same went for yesterday when I was walking from a morning meeting at La Caféothèque close by. A super cute little spot in the middle of the city.
Running around doing errands, working on new projects, meeting friends, arranging photo shoots and doing everything there in between is keeping me quite busy at the moment, which unfortunately means less time with my camera to simply take photos for my own pleasure – something I plan on changing very soon. In busy times, no matter how much fun I’m having, it’s important to slow down and take a deep breath. I prefer doing this together with friends and several cups of tea and croissants.