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Apr 20, 2016

Spring Break in Paris Pt.2 - Versailles

On the second day of our Paris trip, Saturday the 2nd of April, we decided to take the RER-train out to Versailles for the day. While planning the trip, we agreed pretty early on that Versailles was a total must-see for us. I have never been before and I absolutely love castles and especially the beautiful gardens that accompany them, and Versailles is supposed to be the queen of castles, right?
The castle of Versailles is only around a thirty minute train ride from the city center so it's the perfect little day trip to take.

We arrived sometime before noon, dressed in summer clothes despite it being a little too cold and carrying a bag filled with food in the hopes of being able to picnic in the gardens somewhere. The queues to get in weren't long at all and since EU-citizens under the age of 26 get in for free, it took us no time at all to get in. The inside is all gilded rooms and velvet-everything, which is as always beautiful to look at it in all its opulence, but it's certainly the history and the sheer hugeness of it that makes Versailles special. 








It was a gloomy Saturday and the sky seemed to promise rain at any time, so our dreams of picnicking were slightly squandered. We did end up eating our lunch by one of the fountains, but it was cold and it even started raining for a bit so it ended up being a hurried affair.
Instead, we took a long wander around the gardens and oh my, they are never-ending. We could've easily continued walking for many more hours. Some sunshine would've probably made the gardens completely magical but they were still pretty on such a dull day.










We also checked out the Petit Trianon, which is a smaller castle on the grounds which Marie Antoinette used to escape court-life. I was apparently a little to chilled to take pictures, though.
We took the train back to Paris a little later after strolling around the village of Versailles, which is filled with beautiful houses that I wanted to live in.

All our evenings have been devoid of photographs, but I can tell you that we had dinner at a cozy Mexican restaurant in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés before walking back trough a downpour back to our hotel for the night.

The day trip I'll be taking next time I'm in Paris will be to Monet's gardens in Giverny, which I'm dying to see.
xxx
Alice


Apr 16, 2016

All Springed Out






I finally bought the perfect spring coat. It's from Topshop and after lusting for it for three months, I decided it was time to just go for it. Blush pink is my all time favourite colour. Coats don't get better than this.

XXX
Alice

Apr 12, 2016

New Beauty Bits






I love going out and replenishing my beauty cupboard, it makes my daily beauty routines so much more enjoyable and luxurious.

On the way home from Paris I bought a set of Nuxe products seeing as I had just run out of my moisturizer. The set came with their classic Huile Prodigiuese, their Crème Fraîche de Beauté - moisturizer, the Rêve de Miel hand and nail cream, and a miscellar cleansing water (which is not pictured above.) I love Nuxe products, they smell amazing, they're quite affordable, and I find they work really well!

Once home in Sweden, Mimmi (link) came to visit me and of course we had to stop by & Other Stories, which is one of the best stores here in Stockholm. Beyond having really great clothing collections and accessories, they also have a wonderful beauty section with lots and lots of body and makeup products for decent prices. I always want to buy one of everything! Alas, I restrained myself and picked up two things that I've fallen in love with.

First up is the Fleur de Mimosa Body Mist (link). It's hard to think of body mists and not picture disgustingly sweet Victorias Secret scents that you wore when you were thirteen but the ones from & Other Stories simply come off as milder versions of their perfumes. I'm pleasantly surprised by how long this last on my skin after I've applied it, and it's a really fresh and floral scent.

The second item I picked up is from one of their new ranges and is the Perle de Coco Body Wash. This stuff smells heavenly and makes me want to shower all day.
The container reads "milky coconut cruising seas of warm vanilla and sweet caramel", haha, which is actually pretty accurate! I'm dying to go pick up the matching body lotion so I can smother myself with the scent...no joke.

If you haven't checked out &Other Stories beauty range before, I implore you to! It's just really great stuff and the store is beautiful to walk around in!

I guess it's almost a form of spring cleaning; buying new fresh products and perhaps a few new clothing items to dust off the cobwebs of winter and try to embody the new, brighter season. I'm excited to start using these.

xxx
Alice






Apr 9, 2016

Spring break in Paris pt.1

Going away on a girls trip to Paris was exactly what my friend Olivia and I needed after a month of arduous studying and stressing about exams. Spending four days in a city completely different from your own and dedicating yourself to exploring as much of it as possible was the perfect shift in focus and gave us some healthy distance from our everyday lives. 

I've been to Paris many times at this point but there is obviously something about the city that makes me return. Upon arrival, when riding the worn-out metro trains or trying to squeeze through hoards of tourists, I always find myself thinking that no, I could never live in a place like this, especially coming from a city like Stockholm where everything is very orderly and clean.  But after walking around and properly taking it all in I realise that I would absolutely want to spend an extended amount of time in Paris. It's a stunning city with endless amounts of things to explore.

We managed to see so many things in the short days we were there, which was great since Olivia had never been there before. Personally, I loved the fact that spring had arrived properly, that I got to dust off my french and that I got to spend four days with one of my favourite people and realising that we work really well together as travel-companions ^^ 

To start off some kind of trip-summary, these following pictures are all from our first full day in the city where we started off the day by eating a late breakfast in the Tuileries gardens before checking off tons of typical Paris attractions.


Two bons vivants eating baguettes and pastries by one of the fountains in front of the Louvre. 



By some miracle, we arrived at the Louvre when there was almost no one there which meant that it took us about three minutes before we were strolling around the exhibitions. I'm still so confused as to how there were no lines... ? Anyway, this meant we could peruse the artworks without elbowing our way through thick crowds.
Seriously...look how empty is was!


The area around Notre Dame, despite being packed by tourists (like ourselves hehe) is one of the prettiest areas! We were a little sad that we had come to early to see all the trees blooming but we did find one magnolia tree!


Other places we explored:

Palais Royal - this fountain is the perfect place to picnic when the sun is out!

 The pantheon!


 + Shakespeare and Company of course! I would love to check out their café next time...I think they have vegan options which is rare for Paris (more on this later).

We ate dinner at a restaurant close to where we lived (in the 9th arrondissement) which was okay but not anything super special so I don't have any pictures. We were both quite tired after walking a ton during the day and spent the evening eating french candy and being silly in our hotel room which was the perfect ending to a busy day.

More Paris to come soon!

xxx
Alice