Carin Olsson is an award winning blogger who left Stockholm for four-months in order to better her French in Paris. Like many who make this leap, she fell in love, never left and decided to share her point of view for the benefit of others. This photo led publication harnesses the power of Flickr to showcase the best of what's on offer, in the city of lights.
Watch: Reverso – Top: Zimmermann – Pants: ZaraThe last couple of days have been pretty incredible… Sometimes I wonder how I ended up here… Anyway, that’s another story! What I wanted to tell you about now, was how Jaeger-LeCoultre whisked me away to the English countryside for a beautiful experience during these last few days. I think someone must have heard me when I wished for more days in nature and around animals because… I mean, look at this. It doesn’t get better than that! So this experience together with Jaeger-LeCoultre was for their very special watch called Reverso (more about that further down), which was originally created for polo players – therefore the polo experience. See what they did there? Yeah, you get it. We were brought out to this beautiful farm where we had the opportunity to try a bit of polo on our own as well as interact with a few professional players and learn more both about the watch and the sport.SHOP THE post & similar styles
Watch: Reverso – Dress: TibiNow you might think “wait a second… That’s not what polo players typically wear when playing polo?” and yes, you’re most definitely correct. But let’s just say that I was living out a personal dream during this day. I have to admit that it was a little bit scary to walk and shoot barefoot next to the horse. I’ve actually been trampled by a horse before (when I used to do horseback riding when I was younger) and it’s certainly not something I would like to have happened again. Luckily (!) I made it through the shoot without any accident and all my toes still on my feet. Phew! SHOP THE post & similar styles
As I previously mentioned the watch “Reverso” by Jaeger-LeCoultre was originally made specifically for polo players. The story goes that a polo player showed his broken watch to the watchmaker after a game of polo and the watchmaker took it upon himself to make a watch that polo players could wear during a game, without breaking it. The idea that came about was the Reverso. A watch which has a face that you actually can turn around to protect the dial of the watch while playing the game. Am I making any sense here? I’m probably not telling it all that well. Maybe Jaeger-LeCoultre can explain it better:“At the beginning of the 1930s, the watch was born out of a challenge; designing a model that could withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. Its dial smoothly concealed by reversing the case, to reveal a back that fully protects the face from possible strokes.” I feel like that explains what I’m trying to say a bit better! Today it’s one of the most iconic watches out there in my opinion. A true classic. Timeless. Beautiful. And elegant.
Watch: Reverso – Dress & shoes: ZaraThank you from the bottom of my heart for this absolutely incredible experience Jaeger-LeCoultre! I had the loveliest time and I’m already missing the magical countryside just outside of London… SHOP THE post & similar stylesPhotos by: Ylenia Cuéllar (edited by me) • Photos taken in collaboration with Jaeger-LeCoultre – All opinions are my own •
As if there weren’t enough pretty Dior bags out there already making me stop every time I pass their beautiful window displays all around the city… Tadaaa! Please welcome the new kid on the block: the 30 Montaigne bag by Dior! I’ll save you all the adjectives I have lined up to describe this timeless beauty and will get straight to the point: I simply adore it. I also have to say thank you to the kind old man who was sitting next to me during this little session, who was kind enough to lend us his newspaper for a few quick shots. Sometimes you come across those scenes in this city… Scenes that seem like they’re taken out of a movie instead of something actually happening right next to you. He was just sitting there. Sipping his espresso, reading his newspaper, doing the crossword puzzle in this beautiful café in the middle of Paris. Perhaps it doesn’t sound like much but when I looked over at him it looked like an old painting or a scene taken out of a classic movie. But I guess that’s what Paris does to certain things… It makes them look like something that belongs in a beautiful photograph or on the big screen.
Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar (edited by me) • Photos taken in collaboration with Dior – All opinions are my own •
I definitely knew that the colours of Morocco and Marrakech take many people by storm, little did I know that I would fall for this beautiful trap as well. Almost everywhere you look there are beautiful pink, purple, red and yellow tones… I honestly think I would like to shoot against a wall like this for every single photo for the rest of my life, haha. It’s just so pretty! Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar (edited by me)SHOP THE POST
So the main purpose of my recent trip to Morocco was to attend the Dior Cruise 2020 show. I still have to think about it twice every time I utter those words… It just doesn’t sound real, haha. …Thankfully, it was though! Dior organised and planned this event down to every little detail. It’s incredible how these things are put together and I’m in such awe of the people behind this well-oiled machine (I’ve always said that I would love to see a documentary about how one of these cruise shows are put together since there must be a million different things that goes into something like this).Before this experience together with Dior begun, I thought I had seen some pretty cool things in my life. Turns out, they still managed to make my jaw drop to the floor. On multiple occasions. The welcome dinner was at a Moroccan palace in the middle of Marrakech (yup, you heard that right), which had about two thousand rooms filled with Moroccan tiles, greenery and little fountains along with musicians that they had placed throughout to welcome us while walking through this palace-labyrinth-mansion. There was Dior dresses from the archives hanging in some of the rooms, carefully lit and placed, before we reached the main dining space. At one point, I thought it was finished, and then I found another way to continue through this incredible place… It was… I think the only word that works for this experience would be “magical”. The space where we shared couscous, multiple tagines and a few glasses of wine was decorated like something I have never seen before. Like something taken out of a fairytale. Like One Thousand and One Nights. Lanterns were hung everywhere from the ceilings, the plates were from Dior, handprinted menus were placed on each table and as if that wasn’t enough, I also had the pleasure of dining in a near proximity to Lupita Nyong’o. Yeah, it was a pretty incredible evening. I wish I could have taken you with me thought the whole evening but at least you can still get a glimpse of it through Stories on Instagram.
If our experience would have ended after the first night, it still would have been enough. But that’s not how Dior does things. The next day we did yoga in 36 degrees with an instructor flown into Marrakech. After the (hot-)yoga session we were treated to (Dior-)orange juices from a little stand set-up at our hotel. I mean… What can I say… Dior sure knows how to make a girl squeal out of excitement. It made me think of the very first Dior Cruise show that I ever photographed in Cannes, where the guests were served ice cream from a little Dior ice cream stand. After getting changed we were off to do more activities. We visited the stunning (!) Villa Oasis, also known as Yves Saint Laurent’s home in Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle and the Yves Saint Laurent museum. I have never ever seen something like this in my entire life. The Villa Oasis took my breath away. Over and over again. Each corner was more spectacular than the next one. The colours, the architecture, the details, the garden, the interior, the flowers, the plants. I could go on and on… It’s funny but I feel as though I could see where companies and shops have gotten their interior, colour and garden inspiration from. Some corners of this place looks just as contemporary and “trendy” today as I’m sure they did back then. Timeless and absolutely unbelievable.
…And then it was time for the main event. At this point I thought that they had pulled out all of the tricks possible by now… How could it ever get any better?! *Shakes her head* I should have known it could get better. Much better. It’s Dior we’re talking about after all. Walking in to yet another palace in Marrakech my mind was completely and utterly blown away. I don’t even think I’m able to fully explain what the setting was like (thank god for Instagram Stories) but I’ll do my best since it truly deserves to be described. They had lit fires everywhere. In. every corner. Along every little path. Including little lights in the water. Of course. It looked like the whole place was sparkling from afar… Every single detail, from the rugs in different patterns, to the Moroccan maid pillows we were sitting on, to the little bricks our names were written on to… well, I could go on and on. It was spectacular and again, I don’t even understand how something like this is put together. As I’m writing this, I think it would still be a time crunch to start planning next year’s show if they started this second. It must take months… Weeks… I’m just saying this because I want everyone to understand how well-organised and how well-planned these events must be in order to function and whoever (whoever probably being about 20 000 people) is involved in this process, I will bow down for. One of my very first jobs out of high school was at a PR agency organising tiny little events in Stockholm, so that part of me truly appreciates what goes into these kind of things, haha. And after all of this gushing, I haven’t even gotten around to talking about the collection itself. Where to we begin… Well, I’m definitely not a writer and I can definitely not put it into words like other people did after the show, so I will refer you to a writer named Susie Bubble who explained the show so beautifully instead. The colours, the textiles, the prints, the silhouettes and the story behind the collection were just so well put together and shown through an incredible number of looks. While the fires were burning the models walked (or floated, I’m not sure) down the runway with the powerful music playing in the background… To say that I had goosebumps is an understatement. You thought that was it, didn’t you? Nope. If you think it sounds overwhelming, imagine how it was being on site when we heard “I’m coming up” playing from the stage during the afterparty. Ylenia and I looked at each other and said “ah, a cover band… Interesting choice for the performance”. After looking confused for a couple of seconds while the song was playing in the background, we both turned our heads and locked eyes as though we had seen a unicorn or something. Diana Ross was entering the stage and we both kind of fainted inside I think. Yeah, you read that right. Diana Ross performed under a starry sky in the middle of Marrakech after watching a Dior Cruise show walking down the runway.
Before leaving the afterparty, both Ylenia and I made sure to take a 94th look around the place before heading into the car… Just to be sure that we would remember this sight forever and ever. It was almost hard to go to bed once back at the hotel since my head was trying to process what I just had had the opportunity to experience… Luckily, exhaustion kicked in and I fell asleep like a little baby with hair still smelling from the many fires that evening. The following day we heading into the Medina to enjoy brunch to end this wonderful experience. It was my first time walking around in the city centre and I’m so happy we had time to do this as well since it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since visiting Marrakech for the first time three years ago now. I mean, I most daintily have only seen a teeny tiny little part of it but I feel like it’s better than nothing at all!
I can’t even begin to explain how thankful, grateful, happy (all of those words) I am for having lived such a special experience in Marrakech together with Dior… I love looking through photos like this, once everything is over… Because it sort of helps me to realise what I’ve just gotten to live during the last couple of days. • An experience provided by Dior – #Suppliedbydior • Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar & I (edited by me)
I just got back home from a couple of days in Marrakech. It was my second time there and my third time to Morocco. The purpose of the trip was to go for the Dior Cruise show (more about that magical experience soon!) but I decided to go a few days earlier on my own to get some down-time before the Cruise experience started. …And boy am I glad that I did! I’m so happy to have had some time to discover the hotel we stayed at, The Selman, where I fell in love with these adorable babies. If it looks like I’m ridiculously happy in these pictures, it’s because I most definitely was. It makes me feel so happy and so good to be in a bit of nature again. And around horses. I used to do horseback riding for years and year as a young girl (until I got thrown off) and love being around these beautiful, beautiful animals. I stood close to these two white horses, squealing like an idiot until a man who worked at the hotel came up to me and asked if I wanted to bring them out. Obviously the answer was yes. We became best friends. And yes, one of them did try to eat my bag. But that’s ok since they’re so unbelievably cute. Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar (edited by me)SHOP THE POST
Can you tell that I tend to update the blog whenever it’s sunny outside? Haha, that pretty much sums up my entire life. During rainy and grey days, I’d rather stay inside and feel like doing nothing and as soon as it’s sunny again, you’ll find me outside. The text messages between Hana, Ylenia and I usually read: “I’m up for whatever! I just want to be outside!” on sunny days when we try to decide on what to do (I promise, I have proof if you don’t believe me). Some people tell me that I wouldn’t appreciate the sun as much as I do if it was always shining. That I would start taking it for granted… I’m not so sure I would. Even working inside in front of my computer is more pleasurable when it’s sunny outside. Anything is literally nicer to do when the sun is shining. I’m not sure if everyone is so easily affected by the light and the sun as myself… Now you’re probably wondering why I don’t just move to a place where the sun always is shining… And yes, I keep asking myself the very same question. If only I didn’t love Europe as much as I do…
Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar (edited by me)SHOP THE POST & SIMILAR STYLES
Trench: Maison Lener – Body: H&M – Jeans: & Other Stories – Bag: DiorFinally warm enough to sit outside. Well, at least it was a while ago… Please come back you beautiful sun! I really want you back.Photos by: Ylenia Cuéllar (edited by me)SHOP THE POST & SIMILAR STYLES