The other day, the light was so lovely that I had to leave my work and laptop behind, ignore emails for a little while and head out for a walk around the city with my camera in my hand. It’s been ages since I’ve done something like this but it felt so liberating and therapeutical in a way. I’m trying to enjoy every single minute of sun during these cold days.
With an iPhone camera that is constantly improving and a digital camera gear that seems to get heavier and heavier by the year I (unfortunately) have a tendency to leave the proper equipment at home and survive on taking photos of the places I visit and the things I see with nothing else but my iPhone camera. Since I don’t think these photos are good enough to be blown up on the blog I usually just post them to my Instagram account, which is a shame since I’d love to share a few suggestions over here as well… So I thought I’d start putting a few of these tips (and iPhone photos) together and share the places I love visiting with you all. Anyone in the mood for a delicious cup of coffee? If so, these are a couple of spots I prefer hitting up for my caffeine fix (as pictured in these Instagram snapshots). Enjoy!
My never-ending obsession with Parisian doors continues…
After a week of constant running around and last minute assignments during Haute Couture week I spent this week catching up on work and starting to think about what I’d like to do this spring. New York, Rome and London are all cities on the top of my “places-to-vitis-this-spring-list” and now it’s just a matter of figuring out when to go… There are so many exciting things I’m looking forward to this year: a bunch of fun work, two weddings this summer, launching my photography portfolio and hopefully a new website, another spring in Paris and sharing it all with my loved ones.
• 73 Questions with Olivia Munn by Vogue.com.
• Barneys New York featured my Instagram account on their blog “The Window”.
• Best beauty moments during Haute Couture Week in Paris (that I was a part of, shooting for Vogue.com).
• 28 Reasons you should never visit Paris.
Sore feet, an aching body and an apartment that is slowly falling apart due to lack of attention are so totally worth it after such an exciting week as I’ve had during these past couple of days. Last weekend I photographed Carolina Herrera‘s pre-fall collection for their social media campaign and later in the week I was thrilled to show you the first photograph from our shoot together. I couldn’t have been more please with the fantastic team I got to work with and I hope to show you the rest of the photographs very soon. After that it just said swoosh and all of a sudden I was on location for Dior and shooting their (magical) Haute Couture show for them. The venue took my breath away and I still can’t get over that pink carpet, white scaffolding and mirrored walls. Elie Saab, Chanel and a Louis Vuitton presentation followed shortly after that along with a few cocktail events and get-togethers in between. Now that it’s all over I think I have to pinch myself a couple of more times just to make sure this has all been real and that I’m not about to wake up from the best (and most stressful) dream ever.
The last couple of photos I’d like to share with you before I leave this Australian holiday behind are from Tamarama Beach, one of my favourite places in Sydney, and luckily our home for the first week that we spent in the city. My favourite time to come down to the beach was during the late afternoon and stay until the sun started to set and the sky turned pink, purple and orange. My sister and I spent this particular afternoon watching the surfers waiting for the next big wave to come in, people playing around in the water, dogs being taken for a little evening walk and lovers snuggling up together while looking out over the horizon (before our craving for pizza became too strong and we decided to hit up the little pizzeria near our apartment). These last couple of hours, before it gets dark, were calm, serene and absolutely magical. How I wish I could experience this more often… Australia, you’ve been brilliant and absolutely unforgettable.
I’ve been wanting to see and experience Australia for quite sometime now and I’m so incredibly happy that I’ve finally got to tick this little dream off of my list. For some reason quite a few of my closest friends happen to be from this part of the world (probably because most people I encountered were absolutely lovely) and getting to experience Australia myself has made me understand where they come from and my friends even better than before (cheesy but true). They have such a great way of life. You enjoy, you’re healthy (unless you insist on buying a package of Digestive chocolate biscuits every time you go to the supermarket), you’re constantly outside and you’re just happy. That’s pretty much how I would sum up Australian life. Throw in a couple of barbecues and surfboards and you’ll get the whole picture. I’ve never seen so many tank tops in my entire life. On guys that is. Jean shorts, banana bread, Zimmermann bikinis, avocado on toast and cronuts have taken over the entire place (not that I mind the slightest) and I’ve never had so much great coffee in one city. Since Sydney and the Central Coast is such a tiny, tiny part of this humongous country I think another trip is in order in the future… Although I couldn’t visit without coming back to Sydney I think.
A few of my favourite places in Sydney (that you can see in the photos above) if anyone is planning on a visit would be: Porch Bread & Wine Parlour (restaurant), Bread & Circus (restaurant), The Grounds of Alexandria (restaurant, sweets & flowers), The Boathouse (restaurant), Three Blue Ducks (restaurant), Burger Project (restaurant), Brewtown Newtown (restaurant, cronuts & coffee), The Shangri-La (drinks), Opera Bar (drinks), A Loft Story (coffee shop), Don Campos (coffee shop), Sensory Lab (coffee shop), Adriano Zumbo (sweets).
Photos of me: Grace.
Sara and Grace probably could have driven off without me after having breakfast at The Grounds of Alexandria and I wouldn’t have minded whatsoever. This place, also known as heaven, simply blew my mind with blueberry muffins (with white chocolate if I might add…), the prettiest flower shop I think I’ve seen, fried chicken, the most delicious banana bread ever and the cutest little set up I could have imagined. I wouldn’t mind spending a whole day at this place, starting with breakfast and continuing onto lunch and dinner after that (including a few snacks in between meals too of course). It’s probably a good thing that there’s nothing similar here in Paris since I’d probably spend all my waken hours (and every little €) there in that case. Even their flower shop puts my Parisian florist (who I thought was pretty amazing) to shame! I’ll never again be able to enjoy a “normal” breakfast or brunch without dreaming about this place… Sydney, you’re too good.