London Shopping Spree

This weekend I went to London on an intense shopping spree with a friend. Armed with credit cards and comfy shoes, we went through Soho and down Oxford Street in search of anything fabulous and edgy to take home with us.

I discovered these incredible retro brogues from Irregular Choice about a week ago and was excited to see them in real life, to try them on and decide whether or not they were for me. They definitely are. And they seem to have been made with the camera bag I’d just purchased in Accessorize in mind. It doesn’t get more retro than this!

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I found no less than three dresses that I knew I couldn’t live without. The mustard 60s dress with the black leather collar is from Oasis, the dark blue one with the shirt is from Topshop, and the blue to the right is second hand from Beyond Retro in Soho. This brings my dress collection up to a total of 72 dresses! I know, it’s way too many – I’m running out of hangers if I reach the bottom of my laundry basket and there’s hardly room left in my closet. I really need to start selling some of them soon – and perhaps do a little giveaway here on the blog?

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This trip was all about shopping, so I didn’t explore my usual book stores, but this cool bookish table in Oasis made up for it:

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Today I’ve got the day off to rest before starting work. It’s lovely to have a day to myself. So far I’ve relaxed with a book and a lot of coffee, and I’ve been through the many many blogs I follow, which I’ve neglected during the past week. I follow a lovely combination of blogs about vintage fashion, books and knitting, so it’s been a cozy and inspiring day so far.

Now I’m going to relax with a knitting project, some bookish videos and perhaps a bit of Netflix.
Have a lovely Monday – see you soon!

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Tell The Wolves I’m Home

If my life was a film, I’d have walked out by now.

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Title: Tell The Wolves I’m home
Author: Carol Rifka Brunt
First Published: 2012
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.04)

Tell The Wolves I’m Home is a cute story, verging on the sickly sweet. I actually caught myself rolling my eyes more than once. Perhaps that was partly due to the narrator who read aloud in this sugar coated cutesy voice that made me want to hurl. And then I felt shameful, because the book was about a serious subject: A young shy and insecure teenage girl feels alienated from her family. Her only real friend is her uncle whom she has a shameful crush on and who dies of AIDS. Grief-stricken she befriends her uncle’s secret gay lover and projects her feelings for her uncle on to him.

I know all about love that’s too big to stay in a tiny bucket. Splashing out all over the place in the most embarrassing way possible.

This could be a kind of cool and twisted plot. I mean, we have weird and shameful desires of an awkward teenage girl who falls in love with gay family members. That’s a brave subject to write about. But it was merely touched upon. Most of the novel was about sisters fighting and a protagonist headshakingly blind towards what’s going on right under her nose. I wanted to shake her. And by shake her I mean slap her hard across the face.

On top of that, it was one of those novels where you’re always four steps ahead of the story – and I’m slow at figuring these things out, so that says a lot. But it was OK for entertainment and there were some touching scenes that didn’t make me lose my lunch.

Watching people is a good hobby, but you have to be careful about it. You can’t let people catch you staring at them. If people catch you, they treat you like a first-class criminal. And maybe they’re right to do that. Maybe it should be a crime to try to see things about people they don’t want you to see.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

You can’t erase history, or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.


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Title: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Author: Haruki Marakami
First Published: 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.84)
The Beginning: From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki was a beautiful and twisted story. To me, it was about loneliness and about how people have the power to change other people’s lives for better and for worse. And then it was about a billion other things that I can’t explain even to myself, as is always the case in Murakami’s twisted worlds. When reading Murakami, I always see these little dots that I just can’t connect. There are so many amazing parallels in his stories, but try as I might, I can’t break the code. I sense that there’s something larger at hand, but I can’t see it. That’s an amazing feeling.

Tsukuru Tazaki is part of a group of friends who one day out of the blue declares that they won’t have anything to do with him anymore. This almost kills him. It affects his relationships in the years to come, but he never tells anyone about what happened and he never asks for an explanation. Then he starts dating Sara who makes him spill the beans. She asks him to confront his old friends, makes him see that it’s necessary if he ever wants to be able to have a close relationship – with her at least.

Maybe I am fated to always be alone, Tsukuru found himself thinking. People came to him, but in the end they always left. They came, seeking something, but either they couldn’t find it, or were unhappy with what they found (or else they were disappointed or angry), and then they left. One day, without warning, they vanished, with no explanation, no word of farewell. Like a silent hatchet had sliced the ties between them, ties through which warm blood still flowed, along with a quiet pulse.

The story touched me deeply and the plot line broke my heart before I had even started reading the book. It was an amazing story, but brutally short. Murakami’s last novel, 1Q84, was freakishly long, so a mere 298 pages was a bit of a shock. And I felt it should have been longer. I wasn’t at all done with the story after turning the last page.

It was almost a 5-star read. Most of the time it felt like a 5-star read. But some teeny tiny details made it a 4.8, and that makes all the difference. There were small parts I didn’t find interesting. There were too many details about other characters’ jobs. Some of them were interesting and relevant to the plot, but some of them weren’t (or I just couldn’t see it … that may very well be the case). It was only a couple of pages here and there, perhaps 10-12 pages in total, but it was enough to ruin the feel of a 5-star read.

Another thing that really bothered me was the sloppy translation. There were several mistakes in the translation and that pissed me off. This is Murakami’s new novel for Christ’s sake, you don’t rush the translation! It’s unforgivable. I know it’s not Murakami’s fault, but it ruined my reading flow. I could be completely engrossed in the story line only to have an error yank me out of it. The beauty of reading is to forget about the world and succumb to another. Mistakes in grammar pull you back into the real world.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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My Undying Love of Autumn

In Heaven, it is always Autumn
– John Donne

The leaves are starting to turn brown and I’m enthralled once again. Autumn is by far my favorite season. There are so many things I look forward to. I look forward to wearing layers. And going for walks in the weekends with Mr. Boyfriend, sipping coffee to go and snapping outfit pics. Staying in, lighting candles, reading books, blogging, drinking tea, knitting, watching Netflix … I want it all at the same time!

To make it even better, I got this lovely gift in celebration of Autumn from the Danish publishers Lindhardt og Ringhof: A book by Donna Tartt, a candle, some tea and candy, and a letter expressing everything I love about autumn. That put a huge smile on my face!

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This year, there are some extra goodies I look forward to: I’ve got two vacations lined up! In a week from now, I’ve planned a weekend trip to London with a friend, and next month Mr. Boyfriend and I are going to Berlin for 5 days to explore restaurants and vintage shops and to hang out in cafés, drinking coffee, eating cake and reading books.

Another thing that’s had me beyond excited is the news that Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix in October! This is without comparison my favorite show. I can – and have – watch it again and again. I love the coziness of the show, the crazy characters, Rory’s love of books, Lorelai’s fast paced talking, the jokes, the heartache, the coffee … It’s a show that always leaves me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I can’t wait to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and binge-watch for hours while knitting. I almost wish I got a nasty cold or the flu so I could stay home with Lorelai and Rory. The crazy thing is that I already own the box set on dvd! I guess Netflix has spoiled me by being so easy – I just can’t be bothered with dvds anymore.

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I’m embracing indoors cafés again and don’t really miss sitting outside. I went to my favorite reading café, Underwood Ink the other day with my dad and Mr. Boyfriend. During the summer, I’ve been sitting outside sipping iced coffee while reading. Now I’ve moved my reading inside and replaced the cool drinks with warm tea or coffee. It’s so cozy to sit there and read next to candle lights and beautiful books. I love my hood!

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What’s your favorite season? How do you feel about Autumn? If you love it like I do, you should check out the gorgeous Instagram account we_heart_autumn.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter

I took pride in being the best-dressed monster in Dade County.

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Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
First Published: 2004
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.86)
I would recommend this book to: anyone who enjoys crime novels and/or offbeat characters. And Dexter-fans off course!
The Beginning: Moon. Glorious moon.

I picked up this novel years ago, even though I’d decided that I wasn’t going to read it until I’ve watched the final episode of the TV series. I was a dedicated Dexter-fan dreading a world with no Dexter (he’s just so cool!). I thought the novel would be a nice consolation. And it was quite fun to be inside Dexter’s twisted head again.

Really now: If you can’t get me my newspaper on time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?

But perhaps it would have been more fun if I hadn’t already known Dexter. He’s a brilliant and rather unique character. But I’ve already gotten to know him years ago, so I wasn’t really that amazed by him in writing as I could have been, had I not watched the show. There were off course little differences between the TV series and the book, and I enjoyed those immensely. The plot is basically the same as the first season, but there are some rather significant details – especially at the end.

I loved the first half of the novel where Dexter is introduced. It was so much fun revisiting the characters, seeing them for the first time again, just from a different angle. But after the first half, I sort of got over that and didn’t enjoy it as much. I was reminded again that I don’t like reading crime novels. I used to, but now they just bore me.

But if you enjoy crime novels, you should try this one – it’s top quality with great characters, which is why I’ve given it 4 solid stars. It’s just not for me (which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars though it may deserve it).

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The Ultimate Instagrammers

We’ve reached the final post in celebration of 1111 followers on Instagram. We’ve had my favorite vintage fashion accounts and my favorite bookish accounts. Now the time has come to my favorite weird accounts. It’s the accounts that don’t fit into any of my two passions: literature and fashion. The strange thing is that these are the accounts I love the most. I hope you’ll love them too :-)

When people talk about fun and creative Instagram accounts, I always tell them about frannythefrenchie. It’s the strangest and coolest account ever! The owner dresses her dog in pearls, serves it champagne and photographs it. How brilliant is that!

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It’s no secret that the decade I love the most when it comes to fashion is the 60s. I adore the style and can’t get enough short 60s inspired dresses in my closet. There are many accounts on Instagram posting pics from the 60s. love_the_60s is my favorite. It’s a brilliant mix of fashion, commercials, movies and music. If you like the 60s, I also recommend following 60sculture and 60s_world.

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The artist Kukula has a wonderful account, dear_kukula, where she posts pics of her beautiful paintings of doll-like girls.

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ernest_hedgingway is exactly what the name implies: A hedgehog named Ernest. It’s not just an account with a cute animal: it’s also an account with beautiful pictures.

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As you may know, I have a weakness for mint green, it’s such an adorable feminine color. Naturally the account mintgreenlovers is on my top 5:

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Bookish Instagrammers

To celebrate reaching 1111 followers on Instagram, I’m doing this series with my favorite Instagram accounts. A few days ago, I did one with my top 5 vintage fashion accounts, and now the times has come to my top 5 bookish accounts. If you appreciate beautiful books, you seriously need to follow these very different bookish accounts.

booksfordessert: a celebration of beautiful books, I love these pictures!
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the_fc_bookworm: nice books often combined with men’s retro fashion – what’s not to love?
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triin_books: I adore the grey tones in these pictures.
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igreads: beautiful and romantic pictures of books.
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bookscandlesandtea: I can’t resist the combo of books, candles and tea!
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Let’s Pretend We’re Hungover

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I went to a Sweedish party at work last night. I managed to stay clear of the schnapps so my hangover is not so bad today. I woke up to a beautiful sunny day, and after some eggs and bacon, Mr. Boyfriend and I went for a walk. Here’s what I’m wearing:

Shirt: from Found.Loved in London
Skirt: from TopShop – a birthday present from a friend
Shoes: Chie Mihara
Bag: from a market in London

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We stopped by a second hand book store on Ryesgade where I found these to lovely books. I didn’t know there was a book about Jane Austen’s guide to dating, but what a brilliant idea! I couldn’t resist the Astrid Lindgren book as I had this exact copy as a child – yes, I’m getting sentimental.

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After our book shopping, we had coffee and cookies and read a bit at Ricco’s. I’m currently reading Murakami’s new novel, which I really enjoy. (Is it me or does he just get better and better?) Now I’m going to relax and bit and pretend that I’m hungover – the best part of partying is being allowed to eat crisps and drink sodas the next day. So that’s what I’ll be doing for the next couple of hours – plus some Netflix (I’m watching Suits) and a my new knitting project.

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Going Vintage on Instagram

The other day, when we celebrated the blog reaching 1111 followers on Instagram, I promised a series of posts about my favorite Instagram accounts. Let’s start with something that we haven’t seen on the blog in quite a while: fashion! Or, even better: vintage fashion! Yes! Here they are, in no particular order, my five favorite vintage fashion Instagram accounts:

The first one, papermothballvintage, is beyond words. This is one creative and talented designer/model/photographer. She’s brilliant, and if you have just the tiniest bit of interest in vintage style (esp. from the 20s) your Instagram-feed needs this account!

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Vintagesiren is a classic vintage instagrammer. I adore her romantic style with echoes from the 40s. It’s so warm and feminine. And I love her hair!

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Bonjourjasmine is perhaps one of the most beautiful instagrammers that I follow. She has a great style with delicate colors and lace. I’m addicted to her Instagram account and I’ve also followed her blog for a long time (she once featured on Looks I Like).

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If you, like me, have a weakness for pin up style, dailypinup is the account for you. This is a very cool and varied account, as it reposts pictures of instagrammers who have tagged #dailypinup. It’s so cool!

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Where the four previous accounts are about very dressed up vintage fashion, laneway_esme is more about every-day vintage clothing – outfits you could wear to work etc. Very inspiring.

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Next up, I’ll post my favorite bookish accounts – I’ve got some goodies lined up for you! In the meantime, I would love it if you shared some of your favorite vintage fashion accounts!

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Celebrating 1111 Followers on Instagram, Part I

Yesterday I reached the epic number of 1111 followers (thank you all!) on Instagram. I’ve been on Instagram for about a year and a half, and it’s become my favorite social media by far. To me, it’s the most inspiring media and the best place to find pictures of vintage clothing, beautiful books or just random accounts. To celebrate my 1111 followers (thank you again!) I’m going to do a series of blog posts over the next week or so with my favorite Instagram accounts. But today, I’m going to repost my most liked and commented on photos on Instagram. Enjoy!

Here are my 10 most liked photos:
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And my 10 most commented on photos:
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And here is my very first post on Instagram, from December 26, 2012. You can see I was a fan of using frames back then, though I almost never do it now – I feel the pictures are small enough as it is.
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I’ll be back with my favorite Instagrammers soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can follow me here.

PS: Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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