Shopping at Osbæck Vintage

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Stopped by Osbæck Vintage today for some goodies. Spotted the dress in the pic above on facebook about a month ago and was sure it would be gone by now. But there it was – waiting for me! And it fit perfectly – a match made in vintage heaven! I also fell in love with the mint green wallet and the vintage inspired ring – and now they’re both mine.

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I also got some new shoes – but more about that another time.

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A London Outfit

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Putting an outfit together after a major shopping spree can be difficult. How to choose from all the new treasures? Yesterday I wanted an outfit that was 100 % from my shopping trip to London last week. I decided on a bright yellow vintage coat from Beyond Retro, a blue 60s dress & 60s shades from Paper Dress Vintage and Dune brogues from Top Shop. I adore wearing these bright colors, but I must admit I sometimes feel a bit too self-conscious once I walk outside.
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The details – these brogues have quickly become my favorite everyday shoes:
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What about you, how do you feel about wearing bright colors?

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

No writer should be the same as another, that’s not art.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Title: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Author: Fowler, Therese Anne
First Published: 2013
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.74)
I would recommend this book to: Anyone interested in the Jazz Age & The Fitzgeralds

Marry me, Zelda. We’ll make it all up as we go. What do you say?

What an enjoyable and delicious read! I felt I was right there next to the Fitzgeralds. I danced at their parties, sipped their champagne, inhaled their cigarette smoke, looked over their shoulders as they wrote stories and essays, and took sides when they argued.

The audio did the story and period credit. It opened and closed with a little jazz tune – so atmospheric! The novel did really well in describing the Golden 20s. It’s an interesting time to read about and the Fitzgeralds are brilliant characters – ambitious and wild young people throwing themselves at parties, alcohol and drugs.

It’s a grown-ups’ playground, isn’t it?

It was wonderful getting to know Zelda Fitzgerald, the woman behind the Great Scott Fitzgerald. I loved her as a rebellious teenager, devoted bride in love with her brilliant husband, lonely wife and passionate artist and dancer. I enjoyed Zelda’s take on early feminism -it seemed honest and touching in many ways. She could see sense in feminism, admired these strong and independent women, but had no idea how to become one herself:

I considered how I might become more like the women I respected and admired. Surrounded as I was by ambitious, accomplished women, I couldn’t ignore the little voice in my head that said maybe I was supposed to shed halfway, and do something significant. Contribute something. Accomplish something. Choose. Be.

It’s always a bit difficult to read a novel about the wife of one of your favourite authors, though. I can’t help despising them a bit. Even though it’s part fiction and I don’t really know how much can be trusted, I feel like yelling “You selfish bastard! I’ll never read any of your books again! There!” I felt the same way a few years back when I read The Paris Wife, a story about Hemingway’s wife, Hadley. I love Hemingway’s work, but now he makes me frown! Reading this one didn’t help, as Ernest and Scott’s friendship were a huge part of the story. And both behaved awfully! Bad boys!

I’ve come to wonder whether artists in particular seek out hard times the way flowers turn their faces toward the sun.

But I’m always a sucker for a new story, and reading this one left me with a ton of other books I just HAVE TO READ! Well at least two: Scott’s The Beautiful and Damned and Zelda’s Save me the Waltz.

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When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

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Came home late last night after a wonderful trip to one of my favorite cities: London. I gave the trip to my dad as a Christmas present, and last Tuesday it was finally time for take-off. On our first day, we went for a walk down The Thames. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the statues and antique book shops on the way.

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On the second day, we went to the area around Carnaby Street, which has some lovely vintage shops. Absolute Vintage disappointed me a bit as I didn’t find anything I liked. Beyond Retro was on the other hand a real treasure – I found the yellow coat and the reddish houndstooth dress in the pic below. The shirt, skirt, top, necklace and brogues are from Top Shop on Oxford Street – a shop I simply have to visit whenever I’m in London. The red shoes are Hush Puppies from Schuh – if they look familiar, it’s because I also have them in green. And of course there’s no going to London without bringing home some classic novels.

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On the third day, we went to the area around Brick Lane – one of my favorite places to go for vintage shops, markets and food. I completely fell for this old mint green typewriter! If only one could do blog posts on a thing like that :-D

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This day of shopping brought in some pretty nice things as well: the peach diner-dress is from another Beyond Retro store, the fox-shirt and pearls are from Found.Loved and the blue dress, the bracelet, belt and 60s shades are all from Paper Dress Vintage.

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On the fourth and last day, my dad wanted to visit some movie and book shops and I wanted to go to Camden Town, so we went our separate ways. I walked through Regent’s Park, which was beautiful and peaceful in the morning. Camden Town was a brilliant contrast to this with its crowded streets, loud music and decorative shops.

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Here’s what I took home with me: a 60s knitted dress from Rokit Vintage, some bright red shoes (I can’t wait to style these!) and a yellow bag. I’m not sure about the yellow bag … In the store, the color looked different, and it wasn’t until later that I noticed just how bright the color actually is. It doesn’t show in this picture, but it’s almost neon :-(

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After this I was exhausted from all the shopping and the stressful streets, so I decided to walk home through through the park again. Only this time, I listened to some music as I walked. My choice fell on Mozart and I can’t describe the sensation of walking through this beautiful park with such amazing, dramatic and relaxing music in your ears. I really had a moment there.

If you want an idea of what it was like, you can enjoy the playlist I listened to and while see some of the pics below:




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Let’s Spring

I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.
- Pablo Neruda

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Spring has washed away all my bitterness from January and February. This March has been like a huge energy shot: it shook me up and made me feel as elevated as a teenager in love.

One of the things I love about spring is getting out of my winter boots. I’ve been so sick and tired of switching between the same two pairs, now I can wear whatever I want – like these two super cool pairs of Lola Ramona:

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I’ve shopped a bit: three dresses and the two tops in the pic below. The one to the left is from Top Shop and the one to the right is from Monki, which you can see me wearing here.

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I’ve also bought some books: Siri Hustvedt’s new novel The Blazing World, which I’m very curious about, John Greens, Paper Towns, because I adored Looking for Alaska and The Fault in out Stars, and finally Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned (isn’t the cover amazing?), which I had to buy as I listening to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. My parents borrowed my copy of Man Gjorde et Barn Fortræd as I had praised it to them, and in return my mother gave me her copy of Ansigterne, which I’m really looking forward to.

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I’ve been reading John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga – here’s a few snaps of my reading moments:
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And here’s some nail art I did:
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My two favorite creatures:
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And here they are again, posing with books:
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What’s better than coffee in the sun?
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I hope you’re enjoying spring as much as I do! Now I’m going to have some dinner and continue packing – I’m leaving for London Tomorrow! Have a nice week out there!

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Rude 60s

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Visited one of my favorite non-second hand shops, Rude, earlier this week and went home with three gorgeous dresses. They’re all kind of 60s inspired – a period I simply adore when it comes to style and music.

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I wore one of the dresses last Friday and styled it with these comfy Lola Ramonas.

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If you love the 60s as much as I do, you might like this playlist: 60s Rock.



What’s your favorite decade(s) when it comes to music, style and culture?

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Strike A Pose

Here’s what I’m wearing on this beautiful spring day in Copenhagen:
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Top: Monki
Pants: Pieces
Boots: Lola Ramona
Bag: Second hand from Osbæck Vintage

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The Constant Princess

The Constant Princess

Title: The Constant Princess
Author: Philippa Gregory
First Published: 2005
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3:82)

My knowledge of the Tudor court is limited – I’ve watched The Tudors on Netflix but that’s about it. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear the story from Katherine’s point of view, but was disappointed in many ways.

I know that Philippa Gregory interpreted the story as she pleased, but that didn’t bother me – I was prepared for that. What bothered me was that the novel was so cheesy. In this version, Katherine and Prince Arthur love each other, and she swears on his deathbed that she will marry his brother. Katherine then went on and on about her duty to her dead beloved husband. It was sickly sweet. I didn’t much care for Katherine. I found her pretentious and downright annoying.

My other complaint is that the novel was too short for this story. It was shallow and some parts were totally skipped. I was very disappointed that we did not learn more about Anne Boleyn – I would have loved to hear this part of the story from Katherine’s point of view.

I’m looking forward to the next in the series, The Other Boleyn Girl, which got some nice reviews. But I think I’ll stop there and skip the next 4 in the series – yes, it’s OK for entertainment, but I want more than OK in my entertainment. And less trash.

The Constant Princess is historical fiction, so that’s one more off my Genre Challenge for 2014.

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Nørrebro Vintage

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Went for a very short walk with Mr. Boyfriend today. Even though it was sunny, it was freakin cold and windy. We quickly snapped these pics and got some coffee to warm us. And a cookie, just for fun. Btw, the best cookies in Copenhagen are IMO to be found at Riccos. In case you were wondering.

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The outfit I’m wearing today is almost 100 % second hand from Nørrebro:

Dress: Second hand from Fremtiden
Shoes: Second hand from Twenty Concept Store
Bag: Second hand from Twenty Concept Store
Shades: second hand from Mamie Vintage in Paris

I say “almost 100 % second hand from Nørrebro”, as I don’t remember where I got the belt. The cardigan is from Mondo Kaos and the socks are from Muji.

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So the storm passed and everyone was still pissed

What’s worse than being hungover? Being hungover and having to go to another party.
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Imagine how sorry I felt for myself yesterday. Instead of staying glued to the couch, feeding my hungover with piles of junk food, I had to drag myself to a dinner party where I didn’t know anyone. Being a grownup sucks sometimes. I did, however, welcome the opportunity to dress up and snap some outfit pics. I went for a sixties look with bright colors, a mix of some new stuff, old favorites and a bit of second hand. I was really pleased with the result, but getting good shots was impossible with the weather we had yesterday. That’s why my hair looks like shit in ALL the pictures.

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Dress: Top Shop
Tights: Sneaky Fox
Shoes: Aldo
Purse: Vintage from Twenty

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