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Sézane x Paris in Four Months

Two of the most common questions I get asked are: “How do I dress for my Parisian getaway?” and “What are your favourite places in Paris?”. That’s why I thought killing two birds with one stone with the help of this little post would be a fantastic idea. Together with Sézane, a brand started by the sweetest Parisian imaginable (and who recently teamed up with Madewell) I thought I’d take you around the city I love so deeply and show you four of my favourite spots in Paris. If I give you the answers to the question “What are your favourite places in Paris?”, Sézane can most definitely be the answer to the first one since I honestly can’t think of a brand that feels more true to the young Parisian woman’s everyday wardrobe.

Sézane x Paris in Four Months

At the market

At the market

At the market

Blouse: Sézane – Wallet: Sézane – Scarf: Sézane – Bracelets: Monica Vinader

Marché Maubert – This market has been my go-to market for a year and a half now and I love it because of what it has to offer but also because it’s not too small and at the same time, not too big. I hate those markets where it feels like you’d get lost by just taking one step into it. Marché Maubert is located on the right bank in the 5th arrondissement and can be found by the metro station Maubert Mutualité. The market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings but be sure to come by early if you want to score the good stuff! I usually swing by after breakfast and don’t bring much else with me besides a fabric shopping tote (I’ve started to collect the super cute ones from Sézane) to carry home the goods in and my wallet. It’s a great way to practice your French and repeat that vegetable vocabulary (un poivron rouge, deux courgettes, trios oignon et deux carottes s’il vous plaît), although my French is not quite ready for haggling someone about the prices or argue about fruit quality but that day will come too!

Sézane x Paris in Four Months

Rose Bakery

Rose Bakery

Rose Bakery

Rose Bakery

Blouse: Sézane - Scarf: Sézane - Bracelets: Monica Vinader – Bag: Louis Vuitton

Rose Bakery – When it comes to tea and cake – or in my case cake and tea – Rose Bakery is not to be missed. There’s several locations around the city but if you’re just coming for the dessert (as I do most of the time) I think their tea room inside Le Bon Marché is the way to go. You’re sitting in Paris’ oldest department store, alongside ladies who look chicer than most, nibbling away on delicious treats and drinking your tea (or if you’re not a tea fan you should definitely try one of their smoothies). Since I cringe at the thought of pushing myself to get ahead among other crazy shoppers at this time of the year (even January is crazy because of the sales periods), I prefer to do my shopping online, and have already started as I previously told you about.

Sézane x Paris in Four Months

Place Saint-Sulpice

Metro

Place Saint-Sulpice

Scarf: Sézane – Jeans: Sézane - Shoes: Sézane

Place Saint-Sulpice – While I’m in the neighbourhood and have had my cake, one of my favourite places to stop by is Place Saint-Sulpice in the heart of the 6th arrondissement. Not only do I consider this to be the middle of the dessert mecca in Paris (it’s true, from here you have easy access to Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, Des Gâteaux et du Pain, Ladurée and La Pâtisserie des Rêves for example), it’s also close to the Jardin du Luxembourg and is one of the chicer places in Paris if I can say so myself. You might think I’m a bit boring, dressed in mostly black but another true fact is that Parisians love their blacks (luckily for a Swede who’s used to a minimal use of colour like myself) and are certainly not afraid of overusing it. I love this area for quiet Sunday strolls alongside old couples and people walking their dogs since most shops are closed during this day.

Sézane x Paris in Four Months

Fondation Cafe

Fondation Cafe

Top: Sézane – Scarf: Sézane – Bracelets: Monica Vinader

Fondation Cafe – My favourite coffee shop is Fondation Cafe, which can be found in the northern part of the Marais neighbourhood. It’s simple and small but has everything necessary. Fantastic coffee and delicious cake that is. Young and trendy Parisians flock around this little shop and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll run into someone you know while sipping your espresso. During these colder days I’m keeping warm thanks to a take away crème in my hands and this amazing Sèzane scarf that I haven’t been able to stop wearing ever since I got it. It’s like a big cosy blanket I seem to take with me wherever I go, as you probably can tell from the photos in this post (yes, it’s even here in Bali with me for some reason).

Photos of me: Katie Mitchell.

On Instagram

On Instagram

Christmas atmosphere at the Merci store, a morning spent eating macarons and enjoying a stunning view from the Four Seasons Hotel and favourite jewellery pieces from Monica Vinader. Carrying home my pink ranunculus from the florist, stumbling upon super cute cars, passing pretty store fronts and cute Parisian corners. I’m never not looking for a picturesque door, brunch at Holybelly with my favourite Alice and Kat, this mint green beauty and what I wore before stepping on the flight to Bali earlier this week. This and much more on Instagram!

Weekend Reading

Macarons and roses

A lot has happened since my last post, therefore the radio silence. I’m currently in Bali on vacation and I have so much to share with you all in the next couple of days. I arrived here, together with my sister, earlier this week (if you’ve been following along on Instagram you’ll know what I’m talking about) and I already love it to bits. But before we move on to Bali, here are some early weekend reading.

•   If I was home in Paris during this time of the year, I’d probably be writing little Holiday cards to family and friends right about now. The ones that you can see here in the photo were given to me for my birthday and they’re just the cutest. So is this one that I found through Garance Doré.
•   Taking (Bali) notes from one of the most well travelled girls I know, Jessica Stein. I wish we could stay forever since there’s so many things I’d like to experience before we head on to our next destination!
•   To find more of my Parisian tips and suggestions, head on over to Condé Nast Traveler.
•   As the year comes to and end, Vogue.com lists the 9 best red carpet moments during 2014 (and anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge red carpet fan). Emma Stone is by far my favourite!

Minty Green

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Pastel colours around Paris

Bag: Gucci Bamboo Backpack – Jacket: Red Valentino – Scarf: Sézane – Ballet flats: Josefinas

Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be able to incorporate everything I love (well, pretty much) into one shoot. In this case those things would be: Paris, pastel colours, Gucci and pretty flowers. Not bad, huh? And yeah, I can’t forget about that adorable Fiat 500 either! … But I couldn’t do much else when Gucci asked me to create a shoot around this lovely mint green coloured bag. Actually, backpack would be the accurate word for this beauty. I’ve never been a backpack kind of girl until I realised that it’s the perfect way to carry my camera equipment and still being able to move around quite freely while still looking chic (I mean, it’s a Gucci backpack after all). It also serves as a great (and super cute) way to carry home flowers that I bought from the florist. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the intention of the bag though but the combination was too picture perfect to ignore.

Photos of me: Katie Mitchell (edited by me). 

On Instagram

Paris in Four Months on Instagram

Breakfast meetings at Hotel Amour, pretty Parisian doors and a bunch of roses in front of the Eiffel Tower from when I shot earlier this year with Nicole. The beautiful staircase at the Elie Saab head office here in Paris, cosy cashmere sweaters, delicate lace and favourite rings, homemade macarons in pretty pink shades and the perfect breakfast at Carette. Birthday cards and delicious Sunday treats, a rainy and grey Paris, the bookstands along the Seine and a few of my favourite things right now, including a new lace bra, my favourite perfume and these gorgeous flats. Find more photos on my Instagram.

Winter Wonderland

Winter in Central Park with Nicole, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Winter in Central Park with Nicole, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Snow in Central Park

Winter in Central Park with Nicole, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Winter in Central Park with Nicole, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Everyone who knows me, knows that I hate winter. No, that’s not right. I despise winter (that’s the best word I can think of to describe my feelings about this season). Weird since I’m from Sweden you think? Perhaps, but I think it’s because I’ve experienced enough cold and dark winters in my life and now I’m absolutely over it. But – and this is a big but for me – I can actually kind of see the thing with snow when looking through these photos that Nicole and I took while in New York in February. Even though our fingers and feet literally lost all feeling during this morning, it was kind of worth it. After we shot this story we couldn’t help but to play around in the snow like two five year olds before jumping in a cab and heading back home to defrost.

Gold & Marble

Jewellery pieces, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jewellery pieces, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jewellery pieces, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jewellery pieces, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

All jewellery by: Monica Vinader – Top & cardigan: Oysho – Plates: H&M Home

I’ve probably never taken these bracelets off since I first wore them while shooting a story for Monica Vinader this summer (and anyone who knows me would most likely definitely agree). They’re with me almost every day and have become my go-to jewellery pieces that I almost feel naked leaving the house without. I have slight a feeling that this necklace will end up with the same fate (as well as these marble plates and cups that I found at H&M Home)… It’s safe to say that I’m currently going through a marble/gold obsession phase that I’m not intending on ending anytime soon, and the fact that I managed to find jewellery pieces that has both is just… Well, maybe it’s the universe’s way to tell me that I shouldn’t. The plates are most likely meant for serving bread, cheese and little nibbles but in my apartment they’ll be used as display plates (is that even a word?) for my favourite trinkets and jewellery pieces.

I’m also thinking about doing all my gift shopping for Christmas in the form of jewellery this season (sorry about that dad) since you can engrave a little something if you’d like and since I can’t stand the crowds at Printemps before the holidays. I engraved the top one in these photos with “Paris” (in case I would ever forget where I live) and another one with my family member’s names. Cheesy? Yes, very but ever since I moved further away from them I think I’m allowed a bit of cheesiness every now and then.

Dreaming

Jardin des Tuileries, photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I’m currently dreaming away to warmer days and pretty sunlight (while writing this bundled up in a bathrobe, two sweaters and a blanket), like this day when Nicole and I shot another pretty outfit right after the Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week. Dresses and warm afternoons seems like such a distant memory right now.