I’m not even going to try to apologise for my growing absences. Instead, head over to Sweden.se where I’m blogging twice a week on top of my other duties… Eeeeek.
Hmmm…. maybe I’m overstretched?
It’s been weeks since my last post… I’m going to blame work, Stockholm Fashion Week, weddings in Scotland and the worryingly addictive nature of Tumblr, if that’s okay.
Uh, no, of course it isn’t okay.
The thing is, it’s only going to get worse, me thinks. Because starting next week, I will be the fashion blogger for Sweden.se, Sweden’s “official website”. Time for this blog will be in even shorter supply. *Gulp* But I’m not asking for pity. I love my job and I love my work (there IS a difference). I’m incredibly fortunate to even be doing what I’m doing and it’s really because of this blog I’m able to do it (more on that at a later date), so I’m not abandoning it.
Just bear with me as I try to figure out what to do with this blog.
After much um-ing and ah-ing about Underground round-toe creepers – basic black? leopard print? black AND leopard print? studded? – I bought a pair purely on a whim.
Ta-da! Navy blue velvet! An exclusive with Topshop, I first saw them on their blog last week and stalked the website everyday since. The thought of wearing it with an all black outfit thrills me, but I can also see it with brights and blue denim. Other exclusives include a red velvet pair and teal suede. But if we’re on the same wavelength, you can buy the navy pair here.
Following on from my last post: Do the French do it better? Here’s a few looks from the Sandro A/W 2011 lookbook, which I’m equally smitten with.
It’s definitely a more sophisticated take with a minimal feel and limited colour palette, but the basic elements remain: skinny silhouette, tailoring, leopard print, creeper-ish shoes or loafers or lace-ups, cropped trousers, stripes and shirting. Magnifique!
Now that we’ve come back from our summer holidays (Athens was hellishly expensive; Cinque Terre was magical), I feel it’s okay to start thinking about autumn clothes – for me that is, since I’ve been thinking about A/W 2011 for work for months already. The weather here in Stockholm is actually helping matters… hovering around 20 degrees during the day, busting out light coats at night.
In the past few weeks, I’ve managed to secure three key pieces from my “essential wardrobe needs” list. All vintage, all wallet-friendly, all from Etsy.
Now while I was hunting for the items above, good ol’ Topshop unveiled their A/W 2011 lookbook. Going by the book, neatly divided into four collections or personas, I am obviously poised to channel the “New Mod” look:
In truth, this has always more or less been my everyday style. Just add some full skirts (midi and mini), grey marl and a few more blazers. It’s the combination of prep, punk and pretty that I seem to favour. So does this mean I’m done shopping for an autumn wardrobe update? Gasp! Could be!
Oh, who are we kidding…
P.S. If anyone can identify where the photo is from, let me know! I seem to have lost the original source. Boooooo. **EDIT** Google Image Search rocks. Original source here.
A few months ago, out of sheer boredom I started the Proust Questionnaire as posed by the Rodarte sisters in issue 11 of Lula Magazine. It’s taken me awhile, but here are the answers. What about you? Will you take the quiz, too? And share?
Favorite play? Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
What was your first love? Fashion magazines
Favorite language? French
Who is your most loved character in literature? Matilda, in the eponymous book by Roald Dahl
Favorite room? Kitchen
Favorite place to read a book? In bed
Favorite place in NY? Toss-up between The Frick Collection and the Shake Shack.
Favorite color? Grey
Favorite painter/painting? The Deposition by Rogier van der Weyden
Favorite thing to collect? Shoes
Favorite mystery? What’s in McDonald’s secret sauce?
Favorite flower? Ranunculus
Favorite sea creature? Beluga Whale
Favorite smell? Coffee
If I gave you a medal right now, what would it be for? Following my dreams
Favorite texture? Fur
Favorite flavor? Lemon
What’s the first thing you think of when I say red? Tomato
Night or day? Day. Night is for sleeping.
Favorite villain? The Devil. ‘Nuff said.
Favorite silent film star? Charlie Chaplin
Favorite artist? Jan van Eyck
Molly Ringwald or Ally Sheedy? Molly
C.S. Lewis or Freud? Freud
Tents or motels? Motels
Favorite musical instrument? Piano
Thunder or lightning? Lightning
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Wine or beer? Wine
Lemon or lime? Lemon
Monday or Friday? Friiiiiiiiiiday
February or December? December
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas
Rosemary’s Baby or Hannah and Her Sisters? Rosemary’s Baby
J.D. Salinger or Jack Kerouac? J.D.
Hats or scarves? Hats
Julie Christie or Vanessa Redgrave? Julie
Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor? Elizabeth
Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart? Cary
Las Vegas or Atlantic City? Neither?
Rain or sun? Sun
Spiderman or Superman? Superman
Cats or dogs? Cats
Ice cream or sorbet? Gelato
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones
Favorite fun fair ride of all time? Cyclone
Favorite sidekick? Pinky (from Pinky & The Brain)
What are the initials of the last person you kissed? DJL
What characteristics do you most envy in others? Spontaneity, selfishness and sex appeal
If you could fly, where is the first place you would go? Home. To pack my bags, of course.
Have you ever won a medal or a prize–if so, what? I got a “Citizenship” award in my last year of high school
What is your secret dream? To be childless.
Favorite season? Autumn
What is your greatest love? Writing
Favorite currency? CAD (it looks like Monopoly money!)
Favorite city? Paris (without ever having been! Oh, the shame…)
Favorite imaginary place? Heaven
Favorite planet? Uranus (still makes me laugh)
Favorite children’s book? His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Favorite candy? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite name [and it cannot be your own]? Chloë