After working closely with Cartier during this year I had the pleasure of being invited to their beautiful boutique on Rue de la Paix here in Paris, just a stone’s throw away from Place Vendôme, to discover some beautiful jewellery pieces and diamonds together with them as well as having my portrait painted by the incredibly talented illustrator Marc-Antoine Coulon.
When it comes to my personal choice of jewellery I’m usually quite modest and I normally don’t go too overboard with glitter and gold but when you get the chance to wear a 2.2 million euro ring (significantly bigger than your thumb I might add) for a day, you take it. Even though I walked around with my other hand protectively underneath the ring (you know, just in case it would just magically fall off my finger) to begin with I actually forgot that it was there after a while. Or well no, that was I lie. I always knew it was there since I couldn’t stop starring at it but it kind of became more normal. Eventually I was trotting around the boutique sipping tea and taking photos with 15 carats on my left hand.
Another out of body kind of experience was having my portrait painting by Marc-Antoine (who usually paints women like Julianne Moore and Brigitte Bardot). I’ve never had my portrait painted before but I have to say that it was a little experience I’ll carry with me forever. You can actually get a little glimpse of Marc-Antoine’s work in one of the photos above but I can’t wait to receive the finished painting to see the final result!
Photo of me: Gregory Cornee
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Last week I put on these pretty things for the opening night of Louis Vuitton’s exhibition “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” at the Grand Palais, where we were enjoyed the company of Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Natalia Vodianova among others. A pretty magical night and an exhibition that I can recommend for anyone in Paris until February.
I think this trip to Rome easily could be called one of the best weekends I’ve had so far if I were to sum it up. You’ve probably already understood that from the former posts but it can’t be said enough. It’s already been a month since my birthday weekend away but thinking about the memories still makes me smile. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a better birthday… Most of the day was spent on the back of Scooteroma’s vespas (again, this can’t be said enough times either: you have to do this if you’re going to Rome) together with my girls and their amazing drivers. I wish birthdays would come around more than once a year so that I had an excuse to do it all over again… Although I have a feeling I just found the most perfect birthday tradition! I hope you’ve enjoyed a few snapshots from one of my favourite cities on earth. I’ll be back for you soon Rome.
Scented candle: Sanui
I’ve been locked inside my apartment all day today, trying to edit photos from a few different jobs that I’ve done during the last couple of weeks. This is something that I love to do (I mean editing is half of my job) but after a while my eyes starts to hurt, my body misses fresh air and my mind starts to wonder… Thankfully I got to put on a pair of heels, treat myself to a few glasses of wine as a little reward and celebrate a friend’s birthday last night.
• A recent story I had the pleasure of photographing for Goop.
• I’m currently obsessed with making soups and need all the suggestions I can get!
• Garance Doré talking lingerie (which just made me place two orders from Net-a-Porter… Ops).
• Laughs thanks to Man Repeller.
My (birthday) weekend in Rome was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. Loads of pasta, ice cream, pizza, spritz and laughter filled our days and after the girls left the city (I stayed behind for a few extra days) my cheeks were still hurting from laughing uncontrollably non-stop. I’m happy to share a few of my favourite places and suggestions for Rome in this post. Every time I’m in the city I try to find new places to visit but I also love coming back to old favourites… Hope you’ll love them as much as I do if you ever get around to visiting!
Ristorante Santa Lucia (restaurant), Giulio Passami l’Olio (restaurant), Trapizzino (street food), La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali (restaurant), Hostaria da Pietro (restaurant), Emma (restaurant), Da Francesco (restaurant), Ginger (restaurant), Bar del Fico (restaurant & bar), Barnum (bar), Hotel de Russie (courtyard & bar), Café Brassai (café), Come il Latte (gelato) and Gelateria del Teatro (gelato). Last but not least, you can’t go to Rome without doing a Vespa tour with Annie and her amazing team. It’s the best way to see Rome. Period.
The day after I arrived back from Rome was when these horrible tragedies in Paris happened so I decided not to share my photos from my holiday since it felt insensitive and untimely. Hopefully you can enjoy them now. For me it’s a little reminder of the wonderful time I got to spend in Italy during a week, worrying about nothing else than what I should have for lunch or if I could order a third spritz or not. After not being able to go to Italy this summer, I had missed this city more than words could describe. Landing at the airport felt like being home again and wondering these beautifully colourful streets and meeting up with dear friends again was everything I had longed for and more. There’s more so I hope you’re not sick of Rome just yet…
Dress & Shoes: Elie Saab
Earlier this week my Monday was made a whole lot better than any normal Monday of mine thanks to Elie Saab and the launch of their new fragrance Rose Couture. Instead of eating left overs in bed while watching The Mindy Project (hey, there’s nothing wrong with that) I got to put on some heels and wear one of the prettiest dresses I’ve ever worn by Mr. Saab himself. I casually asked if they minded if I slept in the dress that night, since I didn’t want to take it off but apparently this is not something you’re allowed to do – in case you were wondering that is. Luckily I have these little snapshots to remember the evening by.
So much love for this beautiful city.
Scratch “weekend” in this case since it’s only Wednesday and let’s make an exception here! I’m so happy to see how strong Paris has been during these recent days and so impressed by peoples’ determination to still enjoy, live and stroll around the city. During this time I’ve enjoyed every little thing that has been able to put a smile on my face, which has been everything from a smile from a stranger, sunny weather or incredibly nice Uber-drivers to the company of the loveliest friends, calls from my sister who’s all the way in Australia and adorable pink surprises from Ladurée (as you can see above). Distraction in the form of interesting reads has also been a little help to get my mind off of things…
• Garance Doré on dressing for
shorter less tall people (I need to study this).
• Dreaming about Bergamo and Italy…
• Wishing I had the energy to make these “fake shack” burgers at home.
• Seeing Japan through Katie’s talented eyes.