Even though I’m nowhere near ready for bikini season (I mean, you saw that box of macarons the other day…) I’ve found myself buying at least five new bikinis for this summer. Don’t ask me why, since I’d prefer to not be seen in them but I suddenly felt as though my bikini wardrobe (from circa 2002) was in need of a serious update. I’ve welcomed this adventurous jungle print, among others, into my suitcase for my upcoming Italy-trip in July and feel a bit crazy since I normally stay away from prints. But I liked this one too much not to give it a go. I can’t wait for the beach!
After spending a day in Shangri-La‘s pastry kitchen together with the lovely Norma, I had the pleasure to photograph her around Paris at some of her favourite places in this city. We all have our own favourite spots when it comes to Paris but it’s always so much fun to be let in on other people’s secrets and places that are special to them. We started our day at Norma’s little hotel haven at the beautiful Shangri-La hotel (a place I certainly didn’t mind spending my time at) and later continued on to her favourite shop; Astier de Villatte. I’ve heard people rave about this little place for ages now but still never ventured inside until now – perhaps that’s a good thing though since my wallet probably would have been completely empty if I had. Walls and walls of pretty ceramics, beautiful scented candles (I’m coming back for the Stockholm & Paris one since that’s just too much of a coincidence to ignore) and other little items that made me understand what all the fuss have been about. We enjoyed snacks and coffee at Le Nemours and took an early morning stroll through Jardin des Tuileres, where the light was absolutely perfect for a couple of shots before we hit up Rue Saint-Honoré for some shopping. A pretty perfect Saturday if you ask me. Merci for a lovely day Norma!
I received a sweet little treat from Ladurée today, which made this Monday a little bit more fun. A box this pretty, filled with delicious macarons made me brake my “no-sweets-during-the-weekdays” promise to myself but I couldn’t let them go bad… Who am I to say no to Ladurée after all? Included among these delightful pastries was also their newest flavour; peach, which I’ve been meaning to try. Yum!
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of working together with DANNIJO on shooting some of their beautiful bags around my beloved Paris. Above you can see one of these beauties, which served as my prop during that day. It’s always fun to get the opportunity to work with brands you’ve been admiring for quite sometime and I’m thrilled that I’m now able to share the photos with you.
On another note, happy belated Swedish midsummer! I was planning to enjoying the festivities for Fête de la Musique around the city together with lovely friends and a lot of music but had to stay home with a sore throat and a horrible cough instead… Not exactly what I had planned but at least I’ve had some time to catch up on my reading.
• If I would have been home in Sweden during the midsummer celebrations (and in possession of an oven) I would have loved to give this perfect cake a go. Oh, how I miss elderflower lemonade… I’m always blown away by Linda Lomelino‘s baking skills and photography.
• Anyone looking for more Paris tips? Head on over to Alix‘s post.
• There’s a couple of words out there that I just can’t stand. No, I won’t tell you what words exactly, but I will say that I have some of them in common with Garance Doré… She always make me giggle.
• One word for this? Yum. Cindy Chen‘s eye for detail, styling and photography gets me every time.
When Jenny pulled this breathtaking Monique Lhuillier number out of her bag my jaw almost dropped to the floor. Because it’s not every day you get to shoot dresses in the middle of Paris, that you spend the most of your day simply dreaming about. I’ve said it before but it doesn’t hurt to mention again: sometimes I just have to stop what I’m doing to pinch myself, just to make sure I’m actually awake and taking it all in. I might sound like the biggest cliché in the world right now, but there’s nothing more exciting than having an amazing gown moment in front of the camera – it’s just more fun that way! Thank you Jenny for being such a pleasure to work with.
For more photos and outfit details, please visit Jenny’s blog.
It’s probably the worst luck in the world to start shopping for home decoration before you even have a home, right? Yeah, I thought so… But since I’m leaving for vacation in July there’s no time to loose here. I’ve never decorated my own apartment before since I’ve yet to rent something completely unfurnished. I have to admit that I’ve never been much of a decoration expert though (despite working at ELLE Decoration in Sweden before picking up my life and moving to France, which might seem a bit odd) but that doesn’t stop my excitement! After our darling Lauren – who by the way, knows absolutely everything about what’s going on in this city – took me to the Swedish café that I told you about a while back, she also showed us the home decoration shop La Trésorerie, just next door. After that first visit I’ve been back several times to lurk around for myself. Now, I don’t usually like to spend my money on pots and pans but oh, how tempting that feels at the moment… Is that what you call growing up?
I know that every cent I own probably should go to my apartment found at the moment but sometimes you have to spoil yourself a little bit too – or as in this case, your feet. Despite many complains and comments I’m almost always in ballet flats. Why? There’re easy, comfortable and goes with almost anything. I guess you could say that they’re what sneakers are to other people for me, so it was about time that I invested in a good pair. Hopefully I’ll dare to wear these pretty babies out and about in the (dirty) streets of Paris.
During the last couple of weeks I’ve felt a bit too stressed and overwhelmed (which is the reason to the lack of updates around here) much due to work and trying to find an apartment at the same time. Those of you who have been looking for an apartment in Paris know that this is not the easiest task to take on. After looking at several dumps, dark holes and apartments that shouldn’t even be allowed to be called “apartments”, I think I might actually have found the one. Fingers and toes crossed now for this to work out.
… And thanks Marissa for letting me borrow your pretty view!
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.