A LOVELY TRIP TO PARIS

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I have just returned with the Eurostar back to London from an amazing five days in Paris. Oh, how I love that city! This time around it was part of my studies at London College of Fashion, but that didn’t make the trip any worse. We were lucky enough to experience some good weather the first days, which meant one thing: coffee & croissants on a sidewalk café! I also discovered the brand Oxyde after visiting their store on Rue de Charonne and I was pleasantly surprised about their selection of clothing items. How can I never have heard about this brand before??! Of course, I didn’t walk out of there empty handed.

Besides some really good shopping and food experiences I also visited a couple of exhibitions that are worth mentioning. The first one was Claude Monet’s water lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie. I love the simplicity of the paintings and the way they are exhibited in these light, oval shaped rooms. The second exhibition we visited was the Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It is by far the most grandiose exhibition I have ever seen and truly an amazing experience (despite the many people).

Blazer Sandro

Shirt Uniqlo

Jeans Vintage Levi’s

Bag A.P.C.

MINI GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM

Favorite areas and parks

Amsterdam you have my heart. Honestly one of the nicest cities I have ever visited. It had such a homely feel (maybe because of the water and all the bicycles?). We stayed in Amsterdam-West which, personally, is my favorite area of the city. Lots of young people, students etc. live here and the atmosphere is just really nice. Great area for restaurants and bars as well. Other than that I really enjoyed the more central area around the channels. Especially Prinsengracht, Herengracht and Keizergracht. Definitely consider going on a canal tour to see the city from the water. It truly is a special experience (but try to avoid the most touristy ones). Vondelpark and Oosterpark are great for a stroll or consider renting a bike (you can do that all over the city) and bike around the parks. De Pijp is another area worth a visit. It is a very new, upcoming area but the vibe is really nice and there are some great shopping possibilities around there as well.

Favorite restaurants and cafés 

You can’t go to Amsterdam without visiting Dignita. Hands down one of the best brunch spots I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot over time). They have an overwhelming amount of options (which leads to over ordering) including coconut yoghurt, pancakes, croissants and a lot of (other) vegetarian/vegan options too. For lunch I highly recommend Café George. They literally have everything on the menu and most of it very budget friendly. If you find yourself in Oosterpark around lunchtime the restaurant right by Hotel Arena serve up some amazing tartines (think a mountain of avocado on crunchy sourdough bread). The chain café SLA is also a great option if you are craving something healthy. They serve up some amazing salads and they aren’t bland at all. If you don’t fancy a burger for dinner try to look up Libertine Café Café on Wolvenstraat. Otherwise try to book a table in the popular restaurant Bar Spek in Amsterdam-West.

Favorite stores for fashion, books and interior

Amsterdam is a brilliant shopping destination as well. Personally I’m not a big fan of overly crowded shopping streets (if you’re like me try to avoid the pedestrian streets around the Dam Square) instead I prefer the small boutiques and shops in the side streets. You will find a good selection if you just walk along the canals. It’s mostly independent small boutiques but occasionally you will find larger stores such as Cos, Samsøe & Samsøe, Brandy Melville etc. Some of my favorites were OU and RUM for clothing, DR Vonen for furniture and Mendo if you are into really beautiful coffee table books. If you are looking for some high end shopping try to head to the museum district. Around PC Hoftstraat you will find all of the most luxurious fashion houses. Don’t miss the amazing Shoebaloo if you love shoes. It’s tough to go out from there empty handed.

LONDON HERE I AM

Top Topshop// Trousers Mango// Shoes Acne Studios// Bag Céline// Necklace Jane Kønig

Exciting things are happening at the moment. I have moved to London for the next 4,5 months with my dear friend Malene to study one semester of Fashion Media & Communication at London College of Fashion. I am so bloody excited about it (and a bit nervous too to be honest). Luckily we have a good three weeks until school starts to settle in and explore the neighborhood and the rest of this lovely city. We are staying in a small studio flat in Kensington which is definitely one of my favorite areas of London but I am also determined to widen my horizon and explore new areas (I still haven’t been south of the Thames).

We shot the pictures yesterday (which were a bit gloomy but nowhere near how terrible the weather is today) in South Kensington. The blouse from Topshop I had just purchased the day before after hunting down one of the last ones in my size (it is unfortunately sold out on their website) and I’m so glad I did that. It is just such a good combination of the wrap trend, dots and pleats. It is a bit cropped but paired with black high-waisted trousers and black boots it makes your legs seem very long.

MY FAVORITE SPOTS IN PARIS

Best sightseeing spots

No Paris trip without a bit of sightseeing. Honestly I couldn’t imagine a trip to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. There is just something magical about it that I will never get tired of.

Another beautiful building I visited on this trip was Palais Royal with the iconic striped piles. I ran past the building at 8 a.m. in the morning which means no tourists in sight. The associated garden is also worth a visit.

Best places to shop

I think Merci must be my number one shopping experience in Paris. The store is so unique and stylish and has the best to offer from both fashion, kitchen ware, home ware and (not to forget) souvenirs. You can easily spend an hour here and if you feel like you need a break luckily they also have a nice little café. I have to try that one out next time I’m visiting Paris.

In general the Marais area is one of my favorites for shopping. The shops are smaller compared to larger shopping areas like Champs Elysées and Rue Saint Honoré but I adore them. I find it much easier to find what you are looking for and the service is often better as well (as the stores are quieter than the larger ones). When you are in Marais anyway you should definitely take a look inside some of the small art galleries. Some of them truly has some amazing art installations and paintings. Other than Marais I would highly recommend you to visit Rue de Charonne in the 11th Arrondissement. Here you will find brands like Isabel Marant, Cos, Sèssun etc. If you are looking for high end shopping the 6th Arrondissement around the Boulevard Saint-German is a great place to go. But bare in mind that everything is very expensive in this areas (that also includes most of the cafés around there).

Best views of the city

…and no these aren’t from the top of the Eiffel Tower as heights can be a bit scary to me. But if you don’t fear heights the view should be amazing from the top. If you haven’t been there before then visit the Montmartre area. Go up all the stairs to the Sacré-Couer Basilica. The view from there is spectacular and one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You actually get surprised how far you can see.

Another great way to see the city is from one of the many bridges. We watched the sunset from the Pont Neuf. Such a gorgeous view and the atmosphere was so nice.

Best spots to brunch

Paris has really upped their brunching game and more and more healthy cafés are popping up all over the city. Season was a really nice café located in the Marais area with a modern interior and a laid-back atmosphere. The avocado toasts were amazing but I have to admit that croissants aren’t their specialty.

Wild & the Moon is another great small café located in the Marais. It can be really crowded at times but the food was definitely worth it. I highly recommend you to try their banana bread.

Best spots for lunch and dinner 

 Our best dinner experience was at Brasserie Barbès located in the Montmartre area. Perfect place for dinner and a drink after visiting the Sacré-Couer Basilica. They have some really yummy and filling salads served with delicious tasting bread. Be sure to be seated on the 1st floor as you can see everything from up there. Great place for people watching indeed.

If you are looking for a great place for a casual lunch or dinner I would highly recommend you to visit Da Graziella in the 10th Arrondissement. They serve some great pizzas for a great price. It is a very small and more intimate place and the decor with beautiful tiles on the walls and green marble tables were right up my street.

HOT DAYS IN PARIS

As you probably have seen on Instagram (or red in my latest post) I took a girls trip to Paris last week. We had a wonderful time eating good food, taking long walks through the parks, seeing the sun set over the Seine, looking at art galleries in the Marais district and hitting all the beautiful French fashion stores (yes – I did definitely not go out empty handed). I’m planning on doing a full guide for Paris so stay tuned for that one!

Dress Sessùn

I bought this dress on sale in the small Sessùn store in the 6th Arrondissement. I haven’t actually heard much about the brand, but – oh boy – it surprised me. It has a bohemian vibe to it and lots of the clothes made me think about a urban country girl. The details and the quality is beautiful – which were the exact reason why I fell in love with this dress. Yes it’s ‘just’ black but the belt around the waist makes all the difference. It’s light and flowy (and you can wear it without a bra) and therefore perfect for some hot days in the city.

T-shirt Cos// Skirt Maje// Sneakers Superga// Bag Céline

Another buy I’ve made in Paris was this blue striped skirt from Maje. Again a new brand to me (not all French brands is that easy to get hold of in Denmark). It ticks all the right boxes. Blue, striped and ruffled. What more is there to say?

Dress Ganni

Floral prints have not always been something I fancied but this summer it’s different. In general I think my style has evolved in a more feminine direction which I only see as a positive thing. Why shouldn’t I? Change can be good sometimes.

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PACKING FOR PARIS

Top Uterqüe// Sunglasses Kaibosh// Scarf Tôteme// Sandals Isabel Marant

Tomorrow I will take off for Paris… and that means I’m about to stuff all of my things into my suitcase (reminder to self: make room for shopping). I’m going on a mini Europe city adventure with one of my closest friends Sascha and Paris is first stop. Paris is one of those cities that you can re-visit a million times without ever getting bored or getting the feeling that “you have already seen it all”. There are always new neighborhoods to explore, new stores opening and delicious restaurants to eat in. A guidebook is always great to have on hand and my personal travel series favorite is “Turen går til…” by Politiken. There are plenty of information about sights, museums, restaurants, the cutest little phrasebook etc.

Next (and final) stop is Amsterdam and I simply can’t wait. I have heard so many amazing things about this city, but neither of us have been there. If you have any recommendations for Amsterdam (or Paris for that matter) feel free to message me or drop a comment.

BEST SPOTS IN LONDON

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London is definitely becoming one of my favorite cities and I can’t help but dream about living their myself one day (hopefully in the nearest future). After my visit in February I made a guide to the city but I thought it was a great idea to update it after my recent visit in July.

1. Chelsea

I wasn’t lucky enough to visit the area last time I went to London but this time I thought it should be. And oh my words it is beautiful. It has an endless amount of great restaurants and cafés, some of the best shops and most importantly lots of beautiful streets. My favorite is definitely Bywater Street with all of its colorful houses.

2. Gail’s Artisan Bakery, 209 King’s Road

This bakery has some of the best bread I have ever tasted. It is a great place to pop by for a quick bite to eat. They have great sandwiches and amazing sourdough bread. Their bakeries are spread all over London but we visited the one in King’s Road.

3. Hally’s, 60 New Kings Road

This Californian-inspired café is a new favorite of mine. The interior reminded me of a beach house and the café has a very relaxed vibe. All their food is incredibly fresh and they have lots of healthy dishes on the menu. Perfect spot for a healthy lunch or dinner.

4. Shopping in Notting Hill

Notting Hill has some great areas for shopping and it is much more relaxed than in the city center. The area around Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road is particularly great with shops such as A.P.C., Diptyque, Aesop, Sandro, American Vintage amongst others.

5. Primrose Hill

If you haven’t been on the top of Primrose Hill, you owe yourself to walk up there. The view from the top is amazing and you can see all of London.

6. Granger & Co., 175 Westbourne Grove

I have already mentioned this place in my previous guide, but this place is so damn good that it deserves to be featured again. I will dare to say that this place might be the best place for breakfast in the Notting Hill area.

7. The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195-197 King’s Road

This restaurant is both very relaxed but at the same time very sophisticated and a bit posh. The food is great and the garden is so beautiful. We got the ‘Cream Tea’ and the scones were absolutely incredible.

8. The British Museum

One thing I love about London is that most museums are for free. There is no better time to walk around the museums than on one of the many rainy days this city has to offer. The British Museum is humongous and the architecture is a class of its own.