If there’s one thing I’m most definitely obsessed with it’s beautiful Parisian courtyards. This one, inside Hôtel de Sully in Le Marais, is clearly one of my favourites. The best thing about it? It offers a calm and serene little shortcut to Place des Vosges, which is located on the other side of the red little door. If you get there early enough, you might even find yourself there all alone.
Parisian cafés, breakfast at Carette, a beautiful day strolling through Jardin des Tuileries, the adorable red fiat at Merci. Thanks to Lauren for taking me to Maison Bastille for the first time, beautiful flowers in Jardin du Luxembourg, Lauren and her little pup Daisy and coffee together with apple cake from Café Kitsuné. Lunch together with Hana at Carette (yes, again), catching the beautiful morning light along the Seine, weekends reading and a gorgeous autumn day at Place des Vosges. My last couple of days here in Paris through a couple of Instagram photos.
Photographing models is something I’ve been wanting to do more of for a long time now, but during stressful times you sometimes have to put play aside and focus on actual work. Getting together with other creative minds is always a pleasure and when Abbey asked if I was up for playing around in Paris together a while back I was super excited. As you probably can tell from the photos above we decided to go super natural and simple – a look I personally adore. Janelle was such a sweetheart and trooper for hanging in there despite the freezing weather.
After a warm and unbelievably sunny weekend, it’s safe to say that autumn has arrived in Paris now. Yay for colourful parks, hot chocolate and beautiful fall jackets – nay for non-stop rain, less sun and colder weather.
I remember this morning like it was yesterday. Around 7 am on Valentine’s Day in February, Nicole and I headed out to Central Park to catch the park empty and all covered in snow. I previously showed you a little sneak peek from this shoot but now I can finally show you a couple of more photos.
I was so thrilled when I heard that Nicole had won the award for “Best Photography Blog” during New York Fashion Week earlier in September at the Bloglovin’ Awards. It was so sad that I couldn’t be there to celebrate together with them but work kept me here in Paris. I’m so happy that all of her hard work (I honestly don’t know anyone who works as hard as she does) and creativity shines through in everything that she does and that people appreciate all the hard work we put into the photographs. It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour to work alongside Nicole and Luke. Sometimes I can’t even believe how lucky I am for being able to do what I love doing with such wonderful people, friends and professionals.
For more photos and outfit details you can visit Nicole’s blog.
I could not stop photographing the sea while in Nice. Those blue, turquoise and green colours are apparently addictive and resulted in over 640 photos of nothing but water (from one single afternoon). I think I’ve been missing being close to the sea since Paris is so far away from the coast… Hopefully it won’t be too long until I get to see it again!
My weekend reading arrived in the mail the other day thanks to Louis Vuitton but here’s a few other suggestions as well:
• Jamie Beck captures Paris in black and white better than I’ve ever seen before. That’s it, I think I want to learn how to shoot with film!
• Ever wanted to get a peek inside the life (and mind) of Anna Wintour? This wonderful little video series called “73 questions”, created by Vogue, is just brilliant. Don’t miss the one with Sarah Jessica Park either! I only wish they did them more often.
• Elderflower granita. I mean, yum! Thanks for sharing such a great (and deliciously looking) recipe Peony!
• I adore Lena Dunham and these short little videos just made me smile while eating my yoghurt for breakfast the other day. I can’t wait for GIRLS to come back and to read her new book as well!
Making such lovely friends through the work I do is probably one of the things I enjoy the most. Jenny, who I previously shot in Paris before the summer, enjoyed a few days in Paris a couple of weeks ago before heading off to search for the perfect wedding venue together with her love Freddie (they’re getting married here in France next year and I’m pretty certain it will be one of the prettiest weddings you’ll ever see after hearing a few ideas over breakfast at Ladurée). Wandering around the Marais looking for flowers and macarons from Carette together with someone who shares my love for everything cute (I mean, the pink bike must have been there for us) is my idea of a perfect day.
Even though I was in Nice over the weekend for work, I did manage to take a few photos and stroll the streets on this beautiful city for myself as well. Last time I visited Nice and the French Riviera was together with a former boyfriend and a couple of friends over four year ago now but not too much has changed in this little city by the sea. Nice is still colourful and undeniably charming, and so were the people. Perhaps it because I’ve been living in Paris for a while now but after a couple of hours I realised that the kindness of strangers actually shocked me a little bit. Being treated to five glasses of wine by people I’ve never met before, making friends with several taxi drivers and having cars stop to let me cross the street are things I’m not too familiar with after Parisian life. The happiness and relaxed vibe must have gotten to me because after an intense work period during fashion week, Nice (including sun, sea, room service and the fluffiest bathrobe you can ever imagine) was exactly what I needed.
My (work-)weekend in Nice went by way too quickly… But I did manage to snap quite a few photos with my phone while away, but how could you not? My phone is currently displaying the message reading “storage space full”, which mainly is the result of taking around 400 photos of the sea – I’m obsessed with those green and blue colours! Follow along on Instagram for more photos and updates.