Aug 15, 2015

Saturday Sweets #1

Instead of munching on chocolate as my Saturday sweet-treat, I'm lusting after some updates for my coming fall wardrobe. It's 27° outside right now so I can't say it's time yet for ankle boots, black skinnies and leather gloves but sadly, that time will come rather soon.
I'm moving to Stockholm in a week and I am quite excited for the coming season, if not only for the chance to buy some new things.

In the collage above are some gems I've found while spending way too much time fretting over what clothes I "need" in order to feel ready to take on a new city:

1. Heartbreaker Bomber Jacket @ Olive & Frank (ASOS Marketplace) £50 
I am all for jackets and t-shirts with printed words on them and this 'heartbreaker' jacket is exactly the kind of sassy that I'm into. If they had it in black, I would buy it immediately (please?).

2. ASOS Gold Plated Sterling Silver Premium Double Ended Spike Earrings £20
Gold, spiked and black stones is exactly what I would wish for in an earring and these are perfection.

3. AnnaSophia Robb's NY Fashion Week Outfit
I am head over heels in love with this outfit. It's so classic yet kept youthful with the crop top and the lace skirt. This is what I want to look like when I go to events this autumn. Time to go hunting for some similar pieces.

4. Style Addict's Leila Lace-up Crop AU$49.99
The 70's lace-up trend is one that I hope sticks around for a long time. It's so hot.

5. Kylie 'Call me' Black Leatherette Clutch @ Billie X Shoes (ASOS Marketplace) £24.99
Again, loving anything with printed words. I think this little clutch bag would look fab on a night out. I also love their 'Mimi' faux fur clutches. 

ASOS Marketplace, by the way, is a fantastic place to find vintage, secondhand and independent label clothing - check it out!

What's something you're lusting after right now? 

August Sunsets

My friends and I have known each other for twelve years, which is a long time when you're only twenty years old. We have grown up together. I used to see their faces next to me in the classroom or hanging by the lockers during break almost everyday for seven years. Now I only see them a few times a year.

We're spread out at different universities, living different lives, occasionally checking in on each other and sharing stories of all the crazy shit that happens in the meantime. It's lucky our parents still all live in the same city, so that we end up in the same place during holidays, giving us a chance to hang out face-to-face and not face-to-screen-to-face.

An idyllic August evening is maybe the best time for such moments. Cooking dinner together, making things up as we go, and eventually settling down on the patio with full wine glasses and many new anecdotes to share. Last time we did this sort of thing it was January and we were making brunch, not dinner and we were certainly not seated outside and my legs were certainly not as tan as they are now and I certainly didn't expect the things that have happened to happen. A lot has changed but the wine and the sweet potato fries and the dynamic between us is all familiar, as I think they always will be.

We used to be dying to get out of this city and we're all happy that we've ended up elsewhere but when the background is a sunset too pretty to be real and the air is still warm at 11 pm, I don't think being back is so bad after all.


Aug 14, 2015

Rose gardens at Fredriksdal

On the last day of July, when the sky was overcast and promising rain, my grandma showed up and suggested we take a little trip somewhere to cure the tedious boredom that had set in after a week of inadequate weather. That somewhere ended up being Fredriksdal, located in the heart of Helsingborg, where I live. Fredriksdal is a vast park area that houses a variety of attractions including an estate house from 1787, a preserved town area that shows what Helsingborg looked like in the 19th century, old farm houses from the 17th century and my favourite part: endless gardens.

I dream of one day owning a little farm house (or maybe an estate haha) with plenty of space to plant everything that I could ever think of, so walking around in the bounty of Fredriksdal's gardens was very inspiring. There was a huge rose garden filled with every variation of colour and size of roses, which left us wondering how exactly one goes about planting a rose-arch (pictured above). Imagine having that in your own garden. How dreamy?!

Another highlight for me was their vegetable garden filled with tall beanstalks, ten different types of rhubarb, and practically every vegetable imaginable. For someone who is newly vegan and wishes she could be self-sufficient, a well-stocked vegetable patch is a bit of a fantasy. I was basically walking around as the heart-eyes emoji. Needless to say, my sister thought I'd gone a bit crazy.

After walking around the park trying to get a glimpse of the farm animals and being disappointed that we weren't allowed to pet the goats (I love goats), we grabbed a cup of coffee in one of the cafés (sadly, not very vegan-friendly) before going back towards the rose gardens for a second time before heading back home.

I've lived in Helsingborg for over a decade now and I'm often complaining about how little there is to do here but every once in a while, there certainly is the chance to see something new and exciting, perfect for afternoon adventures. What's the point of writing off a whole city before you've even seen everything?