…With Nina L’eau
On a whirlwind trip to Paris, I was transported to the magical world of Nina Ricci, celebrating the launch of the latest in the series of magical perfumes – Nina L’eau. I’m going to sound full of cliché again, as always when I wax lyrical about my favourite city, but I almost felt as if I was in the advert when I was transported to a secret place in Paris. I’d only been briefed to wear a floaty, pale dress, and I opted for this Nishe number that wouldn’t be out of place at a prom. I slipped it on, backcombed and pinned my hair before heading out to play princess for the day.
With all the whispering and secrecy in the advert for the fragrance, (which is totally one of my favourite perfume ads ever, have you seen it?!) it made sense to take photographs amongst the hidden treasures of Paris. We all know about the Eiffel tower,Champs-Élysées and hilly Montmartre, so it was a delight to discover places off the beaten track, and I hope you enjoy them too!
My location was revealed to be Le Square René Viviani, the gardens in which the oldest tree in Paris lives. Since 1601 it has witnessed countless first kisses and goodbyes, as well as a little heartache after surviving bombing in the first world war. A Parisian institution, it is tended to year round by a team of gardners, ensuring that it continues to blossom for centuries to come.
After taking my official photo in front of the tree, it was time to head to another secret de Paris (after changing in to a pair of flat shoes, naturellement). It was time for my new blogger friends Eugenia and Lia to have their picture taken at Les Jardins du Musee Carnavalet, but the location was so wonderful that I couldn’t help but hijack and take a few of my own. This beautiful building in the heart of the Marais district houses the history of the city dating back to to the 19th century. It’s former resident, the Marquise de Sévigné, an influential social, political and literary figure in the 17th century is to thank for the beautiful bushes, twirled like a maze on the ground. A true secret garden!
If all this talk of romantic, secret places in Paris hasn’t whet your appetite for Nina’s latest fragrance, I’ve got some pictures from the magical launch event coming soon – I even got to hold a snowy owl! x
Mode Creation Munich
Remember I went to Munich a few weeks ago? My mission was to visit a new fashion community, Stylight, and learn about what they do – trust me, you’ll want to sign up, cause these guys plan on taking on the world!
After arriving in a cold but ever-so-sunny Munich, Lucy and I met up with the Stylight crew and French bloggers, Celine and Fadela to grab a bite to eat at the cute Cafe Lotti (you must try it if you visit) before heading for a whistle-stop tour around Stylight HQ. So, before I go any further – I’ll explain what they do. On Stylight you can create moodboards containing your looks, quotes, links, music, video and products (phew!) – a great way to promote a blog post to a new audience, or just a simple way to share what you’ve been wearing alongside a bit of music that matches, or a quote to sum up your look – they are super fun to put together! Anyway, their headquarters, based in the heart of Munich are amazing – think swings, Eames furniture and a room just for napping. The team helped us put together our first boards whilst we sipped on purple cocktails (their signature colour) before it was time to head to dinner.
So, what was I wearing for my first board? My travel outfit – a mixture of cognac, cream and black, with the star of the show being my fail-safe travel companion – a studded MCM backpack. With the brand hailing from Munich, the backpack even has ‘München’ engraved on the hardware, so it made perfect sense to photograph it here. It’s a well-travelled bag, having been to the US and back as well as accompanying me on my trips around Europe, as it’s just the perfect size for my hand luggage or an overnight trip. I call it my Bieber bag, ’cause it’s the favourite of a certain Canadian pop star ; )
Take a look at my first board here! Thanks again to Stylight for showing us a great time! x
Coat - The Kooples | Jumper - ASOS | Skirt - American Apparel
Boots - Topshop | Hat - ASOS | Bag - MCM
I took so many pictures in Munich that it was impossible putting together this post. The beer halls, the markets, the architecture and the food – I wanted to photograph it all! So needless to say, I’ll have to show you the rest of the city in another post…
Myself and Lucy hopped on a plane headed to Germany a couple of weekends ago, guests of Stylight (more on them very soon!). We couldn’t have had better weather – it seemed like Spring had arrived, and there is nothing better than exploring a brand new city in the sunshine, full up on a hotel breakfast of croissants, egg and bacon. We joined French bloggers Celine and Fadela and wandered the streets with the maps that Stylight provided us, heading to their recommended spots – including a river where the locals go to surf! Like every hungry blogger should, we stopped off for cupcakes at Wir Machen Cupcakes. I opted for a yummy-looking cinnamon roll – not the prettiest of the bunch, but certainly the tastiest.
I hadn’t done much research on Munich and places to go before I arrived, so was super grateful for our little map. The city centre is small enough to walk around by foot, and I felt far more at home than I ever had in Berlin. We sniffed hops as we walked past breweries, browsed the food at the Viktualienmarkt and finished our day sipping beer (or water in my case) and eating German food at Hofbräuhaus am Platzl - a huge beer hall with music playing and men in traditional Bavarian clothing gulping from their litre glasses.
Sadly our visit was so quick that I didn’t have time to put together any sort of guide, but I hope if you ever plan a visit then you’ll have a bit of a starting point with the few places I mentioned above.
I’ll be back with more Munich very soon! x
Jumper - ASOS | Scarf - Louche | Shirt - Zara
Skirt - Primark | Bag - Moschino via Sarenza | Tights - ASOS
Shoes - Topshop