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.

GUIDE TO STOCKHOLM

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If you follow me on Instagram @katrineberner you will know that it is quite a long time since I got home from my small trip to Stockholm. But better late than never with a guide right? These places for shopping and eating are some of the best in Stockholm in my opinion.

1. Fabrique Bakery, Lilla Nygatan 12, Gamla Stan & Drottninggatan 102, Norrmalm

The Fabrique bakeries are placed all over Stockholm. My favorite is the one placed in Gamla Stan as there is an amazing and cozy atmosphere. They make the most delicious breads and cinnamon buns. Try the bun with cardamom if you want an alternative to the classic cinnamon bun!

2. Café Pascal, Norrtullsgatan 4, Vasastan

I absolutely adore this small café in Vasastan. The interior is beautiful and the café is very well decorated. We had a great breakfast/brunch there and I can especially recommend their avocado on rye bread. The staff were very kind and it made the whole experience even better.

3. Nybrogatan 38, Nybrogatan 38, Östermalm

This restaurant was probably my favorite of the whole trip. If we hadn’t first visited it on the last morning we would definitely had come back for more. We ate a very delicious (french) breakfast and the croissants reminded me of Paris. They were so flavorful and buttery!

4. Byredo Parfum, Mäster Samuelsgatan 10, Norrmalm

If you like quality perfumes with minimalistic flacons you should definitely stop by the Byredo store in Mäster Samuelsgatan. The store itself is so nice and has a very minimalistic outlook. It is difficult not to leave the store without a new scent as they are all so good (but also a bit pricey).

5. Acne Studios & Acne Archive, Norrmalmstorg 2, Norrmalm & Torsgatan 53, Vasastan

No trip to Stockholm without visiting the Acne Studios Flag Ship store on Norrmalmstorg. The store is huge and beautifully decorated. It is impossible not to leave the store with one of the iconic pink bags. Acne Studios is of course not the cheapest place to shop but you can actually save money if you buy there stuff in Sweden compared to their other stores around the world.

I can also recommend the Acne Archive store in Vasastan where you can get old collections with 50% off.

6. Papercut, Krukmakargatan 24

If you are a magazine lover, like me, I can very much recommend you to stop by Papercut in Södermalm. They have a huge selection of scandinavian and international magazines and books. What’s not to like?