Vacation is over and now summer is over, but I don't mind as much as I thought I would. With fall in the air, there's actually a lot to look forward to. For one, sweaters and boots and of course blankets back on the bed. I've also just ordered a bunch of books from London that are on their way. Reading while it rains outside is the best. This time of year really makes you look at your home in a new light- what needs changing? At least I can say I've managed not to kill my Ginkgo Biloba plant.
Fresh back from our Santorini trip with a tan, bleached-out highlights and more freckles. It was beautiful, all lava beaches, gum trees (if you can believe it-a gift from Australia apparently), cliffs and an excess of tomatoes. There's nothing like getting out, seeing and doing new things to break the monotony of routine. It was a new kind of holiday for me- sunbeds replaced sand, summer hits played in the background and you were constantly surrounded by an array of languages. Before the trip was even over, I was already thinking about where to go next....Positano, maybe....Yep, definitely got bit by the bug.
We've just come back from staying at a friend's country house for a few days and it's stinking hot in the city. I'm looking at all these summer images and wondering if it's really possible to feel as beautiful as they look when it's this hot. I think maybe in a place that's more used to taking the heat- somewhere like Greece. Have just started my 'To Pack & To Wear' list now.
I love Danish Cover magazine. There's something special about this shoot though, especially when you see it in print. It's a shame that there's not an English translation of the articles in the back like some others do. I can understand some of it but I don't know that I'll manage learning Swedish, French and Danish- the later two just for the sake of reading international magazines. I think it might be a bit ambitious, even for a dreamer like me.
Finally, it's summer. We have sun but it's not vacation yet, not for me yet anyway. There is however less work to do, which means more time to do other things like wind down. I still have some study to do for a class I'll be teaching next semester and some writing to finish, but aside from that it's pretty relaxed. Bikini's and books have been bought in preparation...and I've started reading "The Vacationers" by Emma Straub- hopefully it's good. The image above makes me want to go camping again- a strange thing to want when I have a mediterranean holiday ahead of me- I must still be homesick.
Lately I've been thinking about friendship so it was interesting to read the article about Poppy and Alexa's this week in The Edit. Poppy said, "My friendships are hugely important to me; my girlfriends are like family...Good friendship can make your heart light; it can make you feel giddy; it can make you feel like when you fall in love."
Still waiting for the summer to return, or arrive since it never really came. It's way too cold for this time of year but I think this week people will start to clear out of the city, out to their summer houses and leave for their overseas trips. It's sometimes nice to work the summer in the city when it's quieter and more relaxed. If it doesn't get any warmer, and it has to, at least there's Santorini to look forward to. Just three weeks until summer vacation...
Right now I'm dreaming about all the summer sales and wishing I could splash some serious cash. It's true what they say you know, too many shoes, too little time. A perfectly reasonable statement, especially for someone like me who still thinks about last years missed items.
Give me a garden party any day. We sort of had one Friday night, but the garden was more like a mass of potted flowers and herbs on our balcony. You can really feel now that the summer holidays are approaching, people are winding down or are maybe in need of it - I sure am. I love the mixing of prints and colours, things you wouldn't expect to work somehow do. Wouldn't these bejewelled sandals look amazing on Santorini? (in July!) Too bad they won't be out until next year.
It was my birthday today. Bought lilies and a throw, had dinner cooked for me and unwrapped presents and cards- it was pretty great. Got the Aurelie Bidermann gold clover ring from the boyfriend and I can feel a serious, serious addiction coming on...
Last week it was summer, and now this week it's Swedish summer, which means eight degrees and icy wind. People have been joking that that was summer, the brief stint we got but I can tell you, I was not laughing. Lately I'm into yellow, bright yellow, perhaps because it's a colour that's associated with summer or at least the hope for it.
A Chloé girl through and through - give me linen, crepe, lace and silk any and everyday of the week. It's time to start thinking more about the spring wardrobe since today was a sweltering seventeen degrees...ok so maybe not sweltering but it was warm, and the Cherry Blossom's were out too.
Went to the markets Thursday after work to pick up some flowers for the Easter long weekend. I ended up getting red anemones, white and orange ranunculus - going to buy some tulips later on today. Also bought the Byredo Bibliotheque candle which smells so good even without having lit it. Wanting to visit florists Scarlet & Violet in London...and thinking about when the lily of the valley will come out again.