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White Petals

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

Pretty petals in Jardin des Plantes that came just as fast as they were gone… Welcoming spring in this park has become somewhat of a tradition by now and it has to be one of my favourites. I can’t wait to show you what I shot among these beautiful flowers as well (although you might already know if you follow along on Instagram).

On Instagram

On Instagram

If you ignore the last couple of days (which have been absolutely disgusting, grey and rainy) the weather in April was pretty amazing. That would also be the most honest explanation as to why I haven’t been updating more over here… As soon as the sun comes out my mind immediately thinks “coffee!”, “wine!” or “picnics!” and I usually end up dragging my friends along for one of these options on a sunny Parisian terrace or a to find a little spot along the Seine. To be fair, I think this is how spring days in Paris should be spent but unfortunately this means that I put emails and other computer work aside. Here are a few snapshots from Instagram explaining these last couple of weeks quite well!

Paris through Lanvin

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Lanvin by Carin Olsson

Sunglasses: Lanvin DeRigo Eyewear Collection

So today I’m taking you for a little walk around Paris to see some of my favourite places in this city, through the eyes (quite literally this time) of Lanvin. For the second story I created for the brand and their new sunglasses collection together with DeRigo (you can find my first one right here) I wanted it to be all about Paris, these beautiful Lanvin shapes and where I would enjoy a sunny day if I could have my pick. Pont Louis-Philippe, Jardin du Palais-Royal, Pont Alexandre III, Le Marais and Place des Vosges are just a few of the spots I’ve been hitting up when we’ve been lucky enough to have blue skies and sunny weather during the last couple of weeks (please ignore the weather forecast for today and the rest of this week when reading this…). I’ve actually managed to avoid a throbbing headache (and maybe even a few wrinkles?!) from frowning all day long thanks to these shades – especially the “love” ones that I can’t seem to stop wearing. Another big thanks to my darling Katie who helped me hold all of these beauties (you should have seen all of the strange and compromising positions we did to get the right shots) while I photographed them all around the city. Let’s cross both fingers and toes for more sunny weather and blue skies so that I can take these babies out for another Parisian stroll soon again!

Food in Paris

Food in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I always get a bunch of emails and questions about where to eat while in Paris, so I thought I’d make it easier for both you and me by digging up a few Instagram photos and share a couple of options when it comes to having a good meal in this city that you might want to take a closer look at. This is just a handful of places (all good for different reasons). I’ll try to make this a regular little post since it’s both helpful and delicious and since new restaurants pop up every now and then. Bon appétit!

Food in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Hotel Amour, Café Charlot, Maison Bastille, Merci Used Book Café, Merci Cinéma Café, The Merci Canteen, Carette, Paperboy Paris, Ralph’s, Le Richer, Ladurée and Kunitoraya.

Today’s Detail

Lanvin sneakers by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Before fashion week came about I decided to invest in a good pair of sneakers so that I had something I could run around in, without having my feet hurt, while shooting and jumping around between meetings. Smart as I am I decided to wear them without any socks for the very first time (come on, it didn’t look that pretty with ugly socks peeking out at the sides) and my feet have been seriously hurt ever since. Hopefully we’ll be better friends once I wear them with socks…

On Instagram

Paris in Four Months on Instagram

Early morning strolls, waking up in bed together with Lanvin, birthday blooms for a first birthday, the beautiful Lanvin exhibition currently going on. Picking up flowers for the shoot I did for Lanvin, my new favourite restaurant Ellsworth, more Lanvin prettiness and Ladurée x2. Blush pinks and pretty sunglasses, more beautiful blooms and a very bare Jardin des Tuileries.

Lanvin Love

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months) for Lanvin

Sunglasses: Lanvin DeRigo Eyewear Collection – Dress: Lanvin Blanche Pre-Collection 2015 – Shoes: Lanvin Summer 2015 – Handbag: Lanvin Sugar Pearl Bag Summer 2015

Getting the opportunity to work together with brands I’ve been lusting and dreaming about for years is something worth writing down in that little diary of mine… After stopping along Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré to look at the mesmerising Lanvin display windows (if you haven’t seen them already I highly recommend making a little detour next time you’re in town) during my first four months in Paris, photographing for them feels like a something out of a dream. …And that’s pretty much of what I wanted to illustrate with the help of these photographs. But I’m not sure that laying down in the grass, dressed in the prettiest Lanvin dress, among a small fortune flowers and with the cutest Lanvin DeRigo eyewear collection I think I’ve ever seen, can be described as anything else.

Anyone who know me also knows that I might be the most awkward person in this world once the camera is turned around on me (and I try to avoid this at all cost if I can’t have 100% control over the situation) but who can say no to a divine Lanvin dress and a pair of pastel pink heels? That’s right. You just can’t. So that’s the story about how I ended up in the grass with flowers in my hair. I’m so happy I had the loveliest team of people around me to help with creating these pictures and that we got to shoot it all in one of my favourite gardens of Paris, at the Swedish Institute. I truly hope that you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them and maybe even that they’ll inspire spring to arrive a tiny bit earlier here in Paris so that I’m finally able to strut around the city in my new Lanvin sunglasses.

This has been the first part of my work for Lanvin and I can’t wait to share more even more with you very soon so stay tuned!

Photography: Katie Mitchell (editing by me)
Stylist: Christina Ahlberg

On Instagram

On Instagram photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The good thing about waking up before your alarm clock goes off is that you get to enjoy a pretty sunrise outside your window, my lastest purchase is this super cute little Furla bag, morning meetings at Printemps and coffee at my favourite Fondation Café. Pretty blooms, Parisian cafés, the cutest little illustration of me by the very talented Mimi Nizan and gorgeous blue doors. “L’amour est mort” (meaning “love is dead”) found in the streets of Paris, weekend brunch at Holybelly, another pastel sunrise outside my window and pretty blooms and champagne to celebrate 500,000 people following along on my Instagram adventures!

St. Germain

Around Paris photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

This city gives me goosebumps at times. Sometimes for good reasons (like when you see views like the one above for example) and sometimes for bad reasons (I still can’t get over that urine stench in the métro)… But it’s mostly good goosebumps.