Pink Peonies

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Peonia Nobile by Acqua di Parma

I always love to take on a challenge when it comes to my work and when I received the assignment to create images for Acqua di Parma's new fragrance "Peonia Nobile" I was excited to say yes even though I knew we might face a few tricky obstacles on the way. Why? Peonies. In. November. 

So what do you do when it's November in Paris and every florist laughs looks at you surprised when you ask them if they by any chance have the possibility to order pink peonies for next week? You make them yourself. Thankfully I've hired an assistant already and together we managed to create these pretty blooms out of paper. Looks kind of real, no? Even if it wasn't an easy job I think it was worth it.

 

 

 

... Peonia Nobile and its pink shade reminds me of spring and the fact that even though it's kind of sad and cold right now, I know that spring isn't too far away. I don't think I'm alone when I say that the peony is one of my all time favourite flowers, which has to make this the perfect perfume for any peony lovers out there, no? They've also incorporated notes of geranium and raspberry, which I don't think can end up being anything but lovely. 

I can't wait to see the trees blooming again, see the parks all green and pick up my very first peonies from the Parisian markets. I'm certainly not a person made for the winter season and because of this I love love love little signs of the fact that warmer days are not too far away and that more colourful seasons are just around the corner. If I close my eyes and spray this scent all around me I can pretend that we're already there.

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In the Middle of the Ocean

 

After the loveliest time spent at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru hotel (where I could have stayed forever if they would have just let me I might add), we were off to our next and second location of the week. After yet another ride with the tiny sea plane (which should be an activity all by itself since it’s a pretty spectacular experience and incredible view of the landscape below) we arrived to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa resort. 

We immediately fell in love with the cosy atmosphere of the island, the lovely staff, the bougainvillea flowers planted all along the main road and the romantic water villas and beach bungalows for the guests. If the resort at Landaa Giraavaru was over-the-top-minimalistic-ultra-luxurious this was definitely luxurious as well but in a more laid back sort of way. Does that make any sense at all? Anyhow, the property is absolutely beautiful, beaches of white sand everywhere and water you can see right through since it’s the clearest ever. I loved getting the opportunity to see two different places while in the Maldives, which were equally incredible.

Deep into the jungle - Quite a few people expressed their concerns to me before I left for this holiday. It mostly sounded something like “Aren’t you going to be a bit bored over there?”, “You know there’s not really a lot of things to do in the Maldives…”, “Please remember to bring lots of books – you’ll need them”. I don’t know if these people have ever been to the Maldives in their lives or not but I don’t believe we visited the same place. If you wanted to you could easily have filled up every single day with entertaining activities. We said we would go for a quick little snorkelling session before lunch one day and ended up coming back out of the water four hours later (without wearing any sunscreen I might add – something I understand was a huuuge mistake afterwards). There are a million things to do and to see over here, which is one of the reasons I never had the chance to even open the one and only book I brought with me for my time away.

I can’t believe that on most days we found ourselves completely alone on the beaches and in the water. It would go hours between seeing other people, which made it feel like we almost had the entire island to ourselves. From now on, when anyone uses the word paradise I think these are the places that will come to mind for me. 

It’s hard to properly take in all of this beauty while being there and actually living it. That’s one of the reasons as to why I love photography so much. I get the opportunity to capture these bits and pieces of beauty and I get to look back at them once everything is finished and gone… Over and over again and I get to enjoy my memories from each and every photo on repeat in my mind.

All clothing information: See more here – Location: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Picture Perfect Paradise

 

First stop on my Maldivian getaway and paradise adventure was the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. We flew here together with Kuoni France (a luxury tour operator determined to create exceptional trips and who are always looking for the latest addresses and the best itineraries) with a little stop in Dubai before continuing on and eventually land in Malé. From Malé we boarded a little seaplane that took us to all the way to Baa Atoll, where this out-of-the-world-not-enough-words-in-the-vocabulary-hotel is located. Finally there we got to check into our accommodation and once again (four hundredth time by this point) my jaw dropped to the floor. For me this hotel (and place) is amlost impossible to explain through words, so I will let the photos do the talking in this case. I hope that they show the beauty of this serene, untouched and pristine place as well as I meant for them to.

I spent the days with my feet in the sand (I’m quite sure I didn’t wear shoes this entire trip), photographing this beautiful place and being taken care of by some of the loveliest people ever. We made sure to watch every single sunset (and one sunrise before the jet-lag really kicked in) and take in those pastel pink colours every evening before dinner. We had the pleasure of snorkelling in our backyard (if you can even call it that), enjoy time in our absolutely gorgeous water villa, take a little boat ride to visit a very special place (more about this later) and to watch the sharks and stingrays being fed in the evening (a sight which made it quite hard for me to get back into the water the next day).

All clothing information: See more here – Location: Four Seasons Landa Giravaruu

I know it sounds silly but I don’t know if I’ve been able to take in all of the beauty that I’ve seen during these past couple of days. This is a place I never thought existed in reality and a place I can’t describe with words. I felt as though it was a privilege to visit this beautiful part of our nature and to get to enjoy those crystal clear blue waters and crisp white sand, which I will forever remember. And work towards seeing again. I’ve already started plotting and planning about how I can go back one day in the future again. It’s just too beautiful. 

Thought it was already over? Don’t worry. There’s actually a second part coming (and maaaaaybe even a third part later on – shhhh!) from this trip as well, so I truly hope that you’re not bored with seeing these colours.

On Instagram

On Instagram

Sunny weekend in Paris, picking up pretty props for upcoming shoots, looking out over a rainy Place Vendôme from The Ritz and goodies from the Louis Vuitton presentation. Weekend rituals at Café Oberkampf, my favourite Jardin du Luxembourg, more gorgeous blooms and streets that make me have to stop for a photo. The cutest Parisian cafés, roses for my dad's and sister's birthday, Café de Floré with a Roger Vivier beauty and this magical little think from the Hermès presentation. See more on Instagram!

A morning with Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier

For the last couple of years (ever since moving to Paris actually) I've been obsessing over Roger Vivier and their delightful shoes and accessories. The first item that ever caught my eye? Their iconic flats that I can't seem to get out of my head (and now it's been at least three years already). Since then I've fallen in love with quite a few pieces and this love story won't be coming to an end anytime soon if I'll have it my way. Because of this, the morning I got to spend together with Inès de la Fressange inside the Roger Vivier flagship boutique was extra special to me and it was a delight to dive deeper into the brand's history through Inès' stories. Who else can say that they personally knew Mr. Vivier himself and once promised to bring life back into the brand after his passing? Today Inès de la Fressange is balancing a million different roles at the same time – she's a timeless style icon for every French woman walking the streets of Paris, the creator of her own brand, the writer of her own newsletters and of course, the ambassador for Roger Vivier. ...And who could ever think of a better match for Roger Vivier, a brand living and breathing the French "je ne sais quoi" when it comes to beautiful accessories and footwear. 

If you ever have the chance I highly suggest stopping by the Roger Vivier store in Paris since it's more than just a store. Why do I say that? Not only because it's pink of course (despite what you might think) but because it feels like a (dream) living room, decorated with real artwork, beautiful furniture and fashionable accessories. During my morning together with Inès and the brand I also had the opportunity to visit her incredible office (and when I say incredible this time I really mean it). If anyone is ever looking for inspiration, this is probably the place you would think about. My eyes couldn't focus and couldn't decide on whether or not to focus on old photos of Inès and Mr. Vivier himself, candy spread out over the table along with gorgeous roses, images cut out of Michelle Obama, the picture of Dali Lama on the mantle or old archive pieces from the Roger Vivier collection. Needless to say, I think I understand where she gets all of her inspiration from now – it's like a candy store for the eye! 

I'm happy and honoured to have been welcomed into the Roger Vivier family with open arms and to have discovered more things about the brand I had no idea about when I first started to admire their classic ballerina shoes (did you know that Mr. Vivier designed shoes for Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve for example?). Today his designs live on thanks to Bruno Frisoni (creative director at Roger Vivier) and the man behind so many of my recent shoe crushes (insert monkey emoji covering its eyes here). Thank you again for having me, I can't wait to return.