When traveling I tend to notice and miss certain things about Paris that just reminds me of home and how much I enjoy living in that beautiful city. I absolutely adore being in New York at the moment, the city is so exciting and energetic – and I love exploring it together with my wonderful friends (who I get to see way too rarely by the way) but a small part of me actually long for Paris a little bit already. Is that weird? It’s a first for me since I never really missed home while being away when I lived in Stockholm before. One thing I really miss about Paris is the “prettiness” of the city. Yes, it might sound a bit silly but when leaving for a while you realise how incredibly beautiful the city really is. All the small streets, the history behind every building, cute flower shops on every corner (which I’ll never get tired of photographing) and the beautiful architecture are things I miss while being away. But hey, I’m not complaining over here since New York is one of the best places on this earth and I’m so excited about being here right now. It just makes me happy to think that I actually, for the first time ever, kind of miss my “home” a little bit.
Instead of sharing a couple of links with you all this weekend, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Instagram accounts that captures New York so well. My Instagram feed is usually full of these incredible NYC-shots, and wether it’s the Brooklyn Bridge or a new coffee shop – I’m sold. So here’s a few (!) of my favourite New York Instagram accounts (from top left):
_janekim, joshchang, stefankarlstrom, thetrottergirl, aguynamedpatrick, theleveewasbry, _gabrielflores, alice_gao, jacobsantiago, luciomx, nicole_franzen and jnsilva. Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts? I’d love to hear about them!
When the incredibly sweet and stylish Evangelie, behind the amazing blog Styleheroine, asked to meet up while she was in Paris to attend the Haute Couture shows last week I was super excited. Not only because she’s one of the most stylish people on this planet but also because she was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of meeting during the fashion week season in September. Fortunately we found each other in the amazing world of Dior and decided that we needed to capture Evangelie’s amazing Stella McCartney dress (and the rest of her ensemble) in a few photos before the rain came pouring down on us.
It’s not only fun and games when shooting people you’ve been admiring for quite sometime, it’s also a little bit scary and nervous at times (yes, I’m not gonna lie) since you want to the best job possible. Especially when Evangelie’s photos are some of my favourite ones. But since the girls I’ve worked with so far have made it so fun and easy for me I forget all about those butterflies in my stomach after a couple of seconds.
For more photos and outfit details, please hop on over to Evangelie’s blog.
Before leaving for New York today I had to pack up yet another apartment and move out all of my belongings until I’ll return to Paris again after my New York adventures and can move into my old place. Yes it’s a little bit of a mess and no, I haven’t had the most effortless experience when it comes to Parisian apartments so far. But at least I got to spend the month of January in a super cute little flat right in the middle of Saint-Germain – one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Paris. During my time in this area I’ve probably gained about 10kg, if not more so. The 6th arrondissement has to be one of the best places (or worst. I guess it depends on how you see it) for someone with a sweet tooth like myself. Here you’ll find some of the best pastry shops in Paris and it seems like new boutiques selling sweet little treats are all joining in on the fun lately.
The most recent additions to Saint-Germain‘s pastry scene? Angelina and Des Gâteaux et Du Pain on Rue du Bac. Even though the former might not be a favourite of mine it’s always fun to see new (and less crowded) locations. And since the store front is too cute to pass without snapping a photo of, you’re probably going to see more of this facade in the future.
Des Gâteaux et Du Pain on the other hand must be one of my favourite shops in this area. Thanks to accidentally walking pass it earlier this December and seeing a caramel cake in the window (I mean, how can you resist going in after that?) I discovered this little pastry gem. During the month of January I’ve probably visited more times than I’d like to admit and the only thing keeping me from going there on a daily basis is that I’m afraid they’ll start greeting me by my name and asking if I’m there to pick up “the usual” again (which by the way, would be the le chou caramel and cake caramel flour de sel).
Yesterday I had one of those days you just want to forget about and today all I’ll be doing is packing, cleaning and preparing everything I need to get done before jumping on a plane to New York tomorrow. Fortunately I got a wonderful dose of chit chat, tea, scones, cookies and lovely girlfriends while in Versailles yesterday so I hope that will keep me going through this stress! Anyways, here’s a bunch of my latest Instagram photos. You’ll find me under the username “ParisInFourMonths” for more photos and daily updates.
This is the third and final look that Nicole and I shot together in Florence for Luisa Via Roma‘s style lab. When looking for a place to shoot this look I was immediately drawn these dark bushes and gardens that surrounded our beautiful hotel. I loved going a bit darker and more mysterious with the editing on these photos as well, which is a bit different from what we normally do together, but just as much fun! I mean who else could pull this Mary Katrantzou two-piece look off? Florence was really so much fun and I truly hope I get the chance to come back someday in the future. I could’t think of a better way to start the year than getting to shoot so much amazing fashion in such a beautiful city. Thanks again Luisa Via Roma for having us!
For more photos from our trip to Florence, this shoot and outfit details please visit Nicole’s blog.
Today I’m heading out to Versailles to drink tea and eat yummy scones with a bunch of very lovely girls. Then I need to get a million things done before I leave for New York next week. Fun but stressful pretty much sums up this weekend for me. I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend!
• Thanks to the lovely Lauren Conrad and her amazing team for listing my Instagram account as one of their top 10 favourites.
• Couture week just happened here in Paris (I know, I still can’t get over my Dior experience) and it’s always fun to flick through a ton of street style photos when they’re taken by Tommy Ton for Style.com.
• If I wasn’t going to New York I wouldn’t mind hopping on the train to London after reading Carrie‘s guide to afternoon tea in the city.
• This is exactly what I’m dreaming about right now. Warm tomato soup and yummy grilled cheese, I mean who could resist? Although Alice‘s photography always win me over so I don’t think I could be a fair judge.
Even though I’m fully aware of the fact that New York won’t look anything like the photos above this time around, I’m very excited about returning. Yes, next week I’m off to The Big Apple once again to meet up with this lovely lady. I’ll be there for meetings, catching up with dear friends, working with Nicole and of course for fashion week. This time I also hope that I get some time over to shoot the city itself (and eat tons of doughnuts). We had so much fun when we were there this past September and I can’t wait to see what we’ll get to experience this time!
Yesterday I probably had one of the most serious “pinch me moments” in my life so far. Getting to see a haute couture collection walk down the runway in real life was not something I expected to happen anytime soon. Getting to see a Christian Dior haute couture collection was even further away in my imagination. But sometimes life smiles at you and during a very grey Parisian afternoon this little dream of mine suddenly became reality. The fact that the show took place at Musée Rodin, which just happens to be my absolute favourite museum in all of Paris (which is something most of you who have been following along here probably know all too well by now) was just the icing on the cake.
Inside the venue built for the occasion (which resembled a futuristic igloo in my mind, but I’m not too sure that was the actual concept) I fortunately met the gorgeous Evangelie and together we watched light as air fabrics and beautifully embellished dresses walked down the runway one at a time. I tried to juggle an iPhone camera and my DSLR at the same time as I tried to actually sit back and try taking it all in. The big talk after the show ended? Those sparkly sneakers that walked the runway paired with delicate dresses. And my personal favourites from the show? The lovely jewellery pieces that made my heart skip a beat. I want those rings and necklaces right now please. All in all, it was an extraordinary afternoon in what felt like a pink fluffy little bubble of happiness.
Autumn colours along Canal St Martin, staying in bed all day in my pyjamas, a gorgeous event at Le Meurice, strolling through empty Parisian streets and catching a beautiful sunset on my way home one evening. A gorgeous Parisian view and a very pretty Kerrie Hess during our photo shoot last weekend, newly opened Angelina on Rue du Bac and a cup of coffee with a lovely group of girls. Follow me on Instagram for more photos and regular updates!