Well that's Christmas done and dusted. Right now we're in the the process of painting the baby room in Farrow & Ball's pink ground which is similar to In Bed's peach linen sheets. One coat down, one to go.
There are few things that can really represent who you are from the outside in but I think jewellery is one of them. You may have gathered by now that I'm a fan of trinkets- all the different stacks, combinations and stones. It's endless and the hunt is so thrilling. But to me jewellery is so much more than that. It's sentimental, you wear it and you think of the person who gave it to you, you carry it around with you and it reminds you of all the places you went wearing it. You engrave it and pass it down. I love a smattering of gold in summer against the warmth of a tan and white gold or silver is clean and pretty in the paleness of winter. Line & Jo are creating some really innovative pieces...too many.
I just found out yesterday that I'm going to be having a baby girl next April and couldn't be happier. Looking forward to all this...
"Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them, The extraordinary will take care of itself." -William Martin
It's only Tuesday and this week is off to a rough start. What I wouldn't give to hang out at home for the rest of it. But tomorrow is hump day, and I've got something to look forward to...more of that later.
Who could resist these Saint Laurent Mary Jane's? There's always a bit more sparkle around at this time of the year given that it's almost holiday season, but it really is everywhere right now. A little bit of sparkle is never wrong, in fact I'm going to go so far as to say it's almost necessary in the darkness of the winter months. An early Christmas present perhaps, from yours truly...
Still thinking of going back to school. Looking into all the opinions and trying to work out what to apply for--you almost need a degree just to work out how to apply for one. Studying used to be a chore but now I see it more as something I want to do. I want to know more about what I'm interested in and it's kind of thrilling to think that it might actually be possible.
Feels like I've been so busy this weekend but without really having done much...strange. It's been a sky of endless grey here and you think that's dull, it is, but it was pointed out to me today that constant blue skies and hot weather could be equally as uninteresting. Maybe that's true. Maybe constant change, or lack of, is more interesting because it forces you to look inward for inspiration.
The hair I want seems to change weekly, but that might have something to do with the changing season. At the moment long, unruly curls are in favour. It's raining again today, but I've been waltzing around in this Isabel Marant-esque cropped shearling jacket I bought yesterday and it's so soft and cosy...I think I'm in love. On top of that Lena Dunham's book just arrived.
Fall is here. This week has brought rain, storms and ice-cold wind. The rain is nice, the cold not so much. Though I think despite the fact that fall inevitably leads to winter, it's a beautiful time of year in Stockholm. The trees are just starting to turn and drop and there's the smell of wood fires in the air at night. It might be time to buy some new sweaters and boots- you can never really have enough of either, especially here.
At home sick, wishing I weren't and trying to distract myself from my misery with the promise of next year's summer. Next year is also the year we go back to visit family and friends in Australia, so we essentially get two summers. Not bad.
Constanza Saravia by Andreas Öhlund & Maria Therese for Styleby #26
Good friends share wine, or not, secrets and funny self-defacing stories. They're inappropriate and loud when it's called for (which is most of the time), frequently cut each other's sentences off and say they love you in passing.
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."