I’ve only ever passed Antibes quite briefly in the past, never actually stopped the car to walk around, explore and to snap a ridiculous amount of photos but I’m so happy that we did this time! The older part of Antibes was any pastel-lovers wet dream (excuse the choice of words but it’s kind of true). Cute little streets, adorable corners and pretty colours everywhere you look! I went totally crazy for these facades and I loved the fact that we were completely alone in most places – unlike in the old town of Nice for example where it’s aways a crazy amount of tourists. We ended our day in this little town with Nutella crêpes and a bit of coffee, which is how I think pretty much every single day out of the year should end… I can’t to come back sometime in the future and perhaps even see the town during summertime!
From the place we stayed at, close by to Nice, we decided to do a little day-trip and head over to Monaco. Mostly since one of my childhood friends is currently studying over there (see bottom right photo of the two of us together – yes, I know, she’s beautiful) but also because… Why not? Monaco is always a fun experience and it’s always an opportunity for me to visit one of my favourite restaurants over there: Mozza (think Ober Mamma here in Paris, but closer to the sea and with better pasta options). I can’t wait to go back soon again – I mean, I need to see my friend every now and then, right? Hopefully she won’t hate me for dragging her back to the same restaurant over and over again.
I just came back from a little trip down south a couple of days ago. It was so lovely to see the sea again, feel the sun on my skin and do nothing but eat, explore and snap pretty photos for a few days. Even though it was short it was absolutely wonderful. Here are a couple of pics I managed to take while strolling the streets of Nice, watching the most beautiful sunsets ever and waiting for the perfect wave to come into shore.
The weekend of Valentine’s Day I got to spend the day together with Chloé to celebrate the launch of their new perfume “Love Story“ eau de toilette. If you haven’t seen the commercial for it yet, I think you should. It’s pretty much everyone’s ultimate Parisian dream… It was one of the loveliest days (and nights since we got to stay over at Hotel Grand Amour) I’ve had and nothing was short of amazing. Since I didn’t have my camera with me during the day I hope you’ll get the picture from these iPhone photos (I know the quality isn’t the best but I really wanted to share it with you) that I managed to take throughout the whole event. I wish days like these would never have to end… Thank you Chloé for such a lovely experience!
I remember now that I forgot to show you the cutest little tea set I received from Ladurée before Christmas! Isn’t it adorable? I definitely need to step up my afternoon tea game over here and put this baby to good use.
Here are a few photos from Instagram recently (and a few I never even got around to publishing on there). The beautiful Zuhair Murad skirt I wore to their haute couture show, gorgeous light at Palais-Royal, homemade risotto at my place for a couple of friends and the magical ice-skating rink at the Plaza. Delicious lunch at Ellsworth, looking out over Place Vendôme from Boucheron, gorgeous haute couture venues and typical Parisian cafés. The view from the Park Hyatt, much needed coffee, la Tour Eiffel and my favourite kind of streets in this city.
I also just came back from a short little trip to Switzerland, which I think you’ve seen if you follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (username: carin-olsson) that unfortunately made my cold a little bit worse and the reason why I’m lying in bed on a Friday night coughing instead of being out drinking wine together with friends at a bar. My cold aside, the trip to Geneva was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to show you more photos from that soon!
I dread and look forward to fashion week (including haute couture week of course) every single season. It’s my most stressful, exhausting and draining period of the year but at the same time it’s also the most exciting, eventful and fulfilling time I can possibly imagine. Why so stressful you ask? Because everyone turn their eyes (and book their flight tickets) to Paris. That means business meetings I’ve been trying to organise finally happens, catching up with friends who comes into town, photography jobs popping up, attending presentations and going to the shows. What makes it so intense is that you only have a couple of days to get it all done and to fit it all in.
A highlight every season, for exactly a year now, is to photograph the Dior show. This haute couture seasons it’s exactly one whole year ago that I photographed my very first show for Dior. Man, time goes by so quickly! This is one of the jobs that makes me the most nervous but also one of the jobs that forces me to pinch myself (just to make sure I’m not dreaming) before picking up my camera.
Unexpectedly I also managed to start my fashion season a little bit early this year with my first ever men’s fashion week (which happens the week before Haute Couture). I got the opportunity to photograph for Berluti, attend the Dior homme show as well as the menswear show by Lanvin – something I have to say that enjoyed a bit more than I thought. It’s a little bit calmer, cute men all around and not as stressful as women’s fashion week. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone that I said that.
The day after Haute Couture week ended I found myself in bed with a sore throat and an annoying cold, but I guess that’s what happens when your body finally feels as though its able to relax for the very first time after an intense period. And even though I’m writing this coughing and wiping my nose, I can’t wait to do it all over again! Above you can find a few highlights and moments I managed to capture throughout the week. I tried keeping you updated as much as I possibly could through Instagram, and now I’ve also jumped on the bandwagon with Snapchat (you’ll find me under the username “carin-olsson” in case you’d like to see more)!
Got to wear this amazing lace beaded skirt (together with a matching top) to the Zuhair Murad show during Paris Haute Couture week. I did not want to take it off once the show was over. Stay tuned for more fashion week updates from the last couple of days!
Fresh flowers from my favourite florist in Paris: Stéphane Chapelle.