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Morning coffee together with my favourite girls at Ten Belles, wandering the streets of Montmartre, a photo from when Nicole and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset by the Eiffel Tower, mango ice cream shaped like a flower, afternoon tea with Alix and Nicole, the cherry blossom trees in full bloom in front of the Eiffel Tower, sunny days being spent at cute little cafés, finding parks both in the Marais and in the 1st with beautiful blossoms. More coffee at Fondation, cute little entrances in Montmartre and my weekend breakfast. All this and much more if you follow along on Instagram!

Today’s Sweet

Pierre Hermé macaron by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

How could you have anything else but a fantastic day when the sun is shining and Pierre Hermé decides to treat you to an extra macaron? Although cutting down on the sweets has been a good thing for my health I kind of feel like they’re missing around here a little bit… So what do you say about a compromise? From now on I’ll promise you more tasty Parisian treats but I’ll try to avoid finishing the whole thing in one go. Deal!

Black Riding Hood

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

Central Park by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Getting to create short stories in our heads and then acting them out through photographs is probably one of the things I enjoy doing the most together with Nicole. Sometimes it’s simply about showing of the outfit in a nice and simple way and although that’s a lot of fun as well nothing beats getting a bit creative. And upon seeing the beautiful Valentino black lace dress and cape, that Nicole is wearing in the photograph above, for the first time we knew we had to get a bit more imaginative with it. That resulted in an early morning in Central Park during our New York trip and having to walk through knee-deep snow, falling down on slippery ice and almost getting my eyes poked out by twigs.

For more photographs and outfit details, hop on over to Nicole’s blog.

Vintage Finds

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Sometimes I never get around to posting certain things here — even though I really want to, but I guess the saying goes “better late than never”, no? So, before the summer began last year, I joined one of my friends for a tour of the flea markets by the Porte de Clignancourt here in Paris. On one of the hottest days in all of June we wandered around the absolutely enormous vintage markets together with our lovely guide Charlotte in the search of little gems and vintage finds. I’ve always been a bit sceptical towards the whole flea market idea (most of the time I think it can look like a lot of junk) but after that day I can kind safely say that I see why some people love it so much. There was so much to look at and so many untold stories behind every item we passed by and after three hours of walking we still hadn’t covered more than half of the flea markets. Yes, I would have gotten completely lost in between the vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and the pretty china with flower patterns without my friends there to guide me around. By the end of the day (we even stayed behind when our tour was over and continued on by ourselves) we we’re absolutely exhausted but had become one Babar poster, and a lot of experiences, richer. Now I just can’t wait to find a more permanent home here in Paris so that I actually can buy all the things I want next time I go.

Weekend Reading

Parisian Café by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

In the midst of redesigning my website, working on a very exciting collaboration that I can’t wait to share with you all, keeping up with my normal job and having my dear friends from Sweden visiting me for a few days it’s been hard to keep you updated with beautiful and inspiring photos over here (as well as on Instagram). I do apologise for that and hope I can get back on track during the coming week. Anyhow, I’ve been enjoying the city together with some of my childhood friends who I have the pleasure of getting to show around my new city.

•   You can never get too many Paris tips, right? Thanks to Garance for sharing a few of Jeanne’s favourite places in the city.
•   Alix manages to make cherry blossoms under the Eiffel Tower look even more dreamy than in real life. I didn’t think that was possible.
•   Food inspiration from The Beauty Department for quick bites on the go. Yum!
•   And the bag that’s been on my mind lately… Should I or should I not? Hmm…

City in Bloom

First Cherry Blossoms in Paris

First Cherry Blossoms in Paris

First Cherry Blossoms in Paris

First Cherry Blossoms in Paris

First Cherry Blossoms in Paris

Nothing makes me happier than seeing little signs of the fact that spring has found its way to Paris. During the last couple of days (well, before this week anyway) we’ve gotten to enjoy the most beautiful weather here in the city and nothing beats all the beautiful trees blooming during this time of the year. I’m suddenly transformed into a little 12-year-old girl all over again when I see these pretty pink flowers and can’t seem to put my camera down for even a second when I find myself under a tree like this, which just happens to be next to the Eiffel Tower. I think my mood during the last couple of weeks is easy to to describe as “ridiculously happy” and for some reason I can’t seem to wipe that smile off my face. Spring, my favourite season during the year, might have something to do with it… Along with a few other things.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

What have I been up to lately here in Paris? Well, according to my Instagram account I’ve been stumbling upon beautiful courtyards and Parisian staircases, had breakfast at Ladurée together with the sweet Shini and walked over bridges at dusk. My favourite time piece comes from Corniche and one of my favourite shows this season during PFW was by Viktor & Rolf. I seen the city in full bloom, in the rain and in beautiful sunshine while having a picnic in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont with my favourite girls. Flower shops in Paris always manage to take my breath away, “Le Mur des Je T’aime”, afternoon tea with the lovely Alix and Nicole and this amazing view over Rue Saint-Honoré while shooting the gorgeous Mandy.

Follow along on Instagram for daily updates and more photos from Paris.

Weekend Reading

Croissants and flowers in bed by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

My favourite way to start a Saturday morning? With warm croissants and fresh flowers, from the little flower shop downstairs, in bed. We’ve been treated to such lovely spring weather here in Paris this week and for the first time in a long time now I’m waking up to a cloudy sky, which makes me want to crawl back under the duvet. But a coffee date with some lovely friends await!

•   I’ve gotten a lot of emails lately about my camera equipment, what to do and where to eat while in Paris, where to stay and how you move here so I thought it might be time for a little reminder. Click on the words and you’ll land on previous posts about these topics.
•   I have the pleasure of sharing a few of my favourite neighbourhoods here in Paris on TrotterMag till week. Hop on over there to see which ones!
•   Any Sex and the City fans out there? Of course there are. Enjoy 73 quick questions with Sarah Jessica Parker thanks to Vogue.com
•   I couldn’t help but fall in love with these gorgeous shots that my dear friend Katie took of our darling Lauren and her little pup Daisy while we were out strolling around Montmartre that day. I have major hair (and doggie) envy.

Sneak Peek

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson

What did Nicole and I do at 7am in the morning on Valentine’s day in New York you ask? We crawled out of bed incredibly early to catch a cab (while still being half asleep) to the beautiful Central Park, all covered in freshly fallen snow. We wanted to come early to avoid the overabundance of people and to be able to shoot this beautiful Carolina Herrera skirt in the middle of the park, which looked more like something out of a movie. I’m rarely impressed by snow (it could very well have something to do with the fact that I’m from Sweden…) but this time I actually have to admit that I absolutely loved it. So beautiful, so serene, so perfect. This is a little outtake from our shoot that morning that we wanted to share, it was just too cute of a moment not to! I can’t wait to show you all of the photos.

Moments of Happiness

Night time in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

In the taxi on our way home after shooting under the Eiffel Tower an afternoon this weekend I turned to Nicole and said “Do you ever have those moments when you almost have a hard time breathing just because you’re so overwhelmed with happiness?“. That’s how I feel when I walk home during the evenings in Paris. It sounds both cheese and kind of silly – and I’m fully aware of this, but it’s also exactly how I feel. When I walk home over the bridges that crosses the Seine, when I have to pass the beautiful Notre Dame or when I see the light show put on the by the Eiffel Tower reflected in the water, the hair on the back of my neck stand up and I become so overfilled with happiness that I’ve actually started to smile (and yes, even giggle) all in my lonesome. I certainly don’t blame Paris for all of it – amazing friends, my dream job and many other things are of course all reasons to why this bubble of happiness exists but the fact that I get to spend my days in Paris certainly help. Sometimes I just feel so ridiculously happy to be where I am right now. And that’s a pretty amazing feeling to have.