Goodies from Edith & Ella

Edith & Ella pink vintage inspired shoes

Yesterday I went to Edith & Ellas’s clearance sale and made some amazing bargains. They had some very low prices AND a volume discount if you purchased three items from the same category. Of course I fell for three things in three different categories. But still, the prices were ridiculously low. What I’m most excited about are these adorable shoes: I’ve been looking for rose-pink shoes for ages, and there they were – for next to nothing! They’ll be perfect for spring.

Edith & Ella pink vintage inspired shoes

I couldn’t resist these boots, how cool are they? There’s sort of a series in this style – they also have a dress and a blazer.

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My name was written all over this 60s wool dress. I love this style, the mustard color and the fact that it’s warm – great winter dresses are an absolute must in my closet.

edith & Ella 60s dress mustard and black

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Stone Mattress

Margaret Atwood stone mattress

Margaret Atwood stone mattress

Title: Stone Mattress
Author: Margaret Atwood
First Published: 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.14)
I would recommend this book to: Anyone who likes good stories
The Beginning: The freezing rain sifts down, handfuls of shining rice thrown by some unseen celebrant.

Short stories have never really been my thing. They’re too short and I usually can’t be bothered. But some authors make it all worthwhile. Like Atwood. She’s almost always freaking amazing and I loved these nine tales.

The first three tales are somewhat entwined: a set of characters share a past: Two lovers and the other woman. These were three very enjoyable stories, but nothing incredible.

Now that I was dead, I was freer.

The fourth story, Lusus Naturae, took my breath away. It was a perfect story of alienation in beautiful writing. A girl is born with some sort of genetic error, which leads to alienation, first from her family and then from society, and finally to some sort of empowerment. It’s very short and very perfect. I remember reading it in a café after work and completely forgot about time and place.

Perhaps in Heaven I’ll look like an angel. Or perhaps the angels will look like me. What a surprise that will be, for everyone else! It’s something to look forward to.

The next threes stories, ‘The Freeze-Dried Groom’, ‘I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth’ and ‘The Dead Hand Loves You’, were all very good and entertaining stories, but nothing exceptional here. That surprised me, as I was very curious about the second one, which is a continuation to one of my favorite Atwood novels, ‘The Robber Bridegroom’, where Zenia revisits our three heroines once again. What the tale does is prove the point the story already made years ago. It was a fun revisit, but nothing special.

The title story, Stone Mattress, could have been an amazing novel. A woman was raped on prom night and takes revenge many years later. She never victimizes herself, just states what happened, how it affected her life, how pissed off she feels when encountering the man again many years later, and her inner debate on whether or not to take revenge. It was cool.

The last tale, ‘Torching the Dusties’, was one of the most brilliant stories I’ve ever read. Numerous retirement homes around the world are attacked and burned down by an activist group raging against the older generation, claiming it’s their turn now. I really liked this idea for a story. In most stories where a minority is attacked, we usually follow a young hero(ine). Here we follow an old blind lady at one of the homes that are attacked. It’s one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever read. And one of the most brilliant. This is what I like about Atwood: She writes about characters you don’t encounter elsewhere. Usually old people function as narrators looking back and telling the wonderful stories of their youth. Atwood places the dystopian action right in the middle of the retirement house. I love that. I wish it was a 600 page novel.

I read this last story in bed on a Saturday morning and had to wake up Mr. Boyfriend and tell him about what I’d just read. He’s a very patient man.

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Shelf News

book haul

Yesterday I told the story of how an unattended bag was reason to the purchase of two lovely books. Today I’d like to show you the books I’ve bought after careful consideration and without panicking during the past month or so.

The one I’m most excited about is Atwood’s ‘Stone Mattress’ which is a collection of nine tales. Usually I’m not into short stories (they’re too short), but when my favorite author is behind the crime, I have no choice. I’ve already read it, and will post a review very soon – maybe tomorrow.

The next one is the new Shopaholic novel which I’m currently reading. I love this series, it’s so much fun! ‘Boys Don’t Knit’ is another very silly book that I’m really looking forward to. It’s about a boy who accidentally joins a knitting club and gets hooked. Being an enthusiastic knitter, I couldn’t resist.

Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Why be Happy when you could be Normal?’ is ‘the true story’ behind her first novel, the semi-autobiographical ‘Oranges are not the Only Fruit’, which is nothing short of brilliant. If you haven’t read it, cancel whatever you had planned for the weekend and go read it now.

Ian McEwan’s new novel ‘The Children Act’ is a must on my to-read shelf – even though there are several of his novels out there I haven’t read yet. I’ve heard so many good things about ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ that I decided it was time to give it a go, even though I’m a bit skeptical about this one …

I’d actually made a book haul video where I talked about these books, but unfortunately the sound was really bad, so I won’t post it :-( It’s a shame because one of my cats decided to participate in the video and the cutest way ever! Anyway, I love watching book haul videos, and thought it was time to contribute, but technology just got in the way …

I hope you’re enjoying this rainy Saturday – if you have any complaints about the weather, blame Mr. Boyfriend, as it’s his birthday today.

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Keep Calm and Buy a Book

Today I left work excited about the weekend, only to discover that our street was closed off and full of police men because they’d found some sort of unattended bag. I couldn’t get home and had no idea how serious it was. I went from reassuring myself that it was probably nothing to thinking how I might sneak in and get my cats. I felt horrible knowing they were in there – I know I’m an overprotective crazy cat lady, but I can’t help it.

Another thing that terrified me was the fact that I didn’t have any books with me (apart from e-books and audios, but that’s just not enough). So I hurried to Politikens Boghal, which has a very nice selection of English paperbacks. Unfortunately Jussi Adler Olsen was there signing books and the place was filled with middle-aged, cake-eating ladies. (Not that there’s anything wrong with being a middle-aged, cake-eating lady – I look forward to becoming one myself some day). Instead I went to The Book Trader where I could snoop around the shelves on my own, kick off my shoes (high heels in book stores can be such a pain) and sit down on the floor if I felt like a break.

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Here’s what I bought: Colette’s My Mother’s House & Sido and Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You – I’ve heard so much about this author and I thought it was about time I tried one myself.

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I never found out what happened with the bag – only that it was on the other side of our street, almost right across from where we live. I hope there’ll be no more drama this weekend as it’s Mr Boyfriend’s birthday tomorrow. I hope you’ll have a lovely weekend!

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Wuthering Heights

All sinners would be miserable in heaven.

wuthering heights book review

Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Brontë
First Published: 1847
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.79)
I would recommend this book to: The reader who enjoys his/her classics with a dash of melodrama.
The Beginning: 1801 – I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.

I was forced to read this for my English literature class back in 2002. I remember detesting it. I found it gloomy, melancholic and utterly boring. It took me forever to finish it as my mind kept wandering whenever I opened it. Some chapters were read without truly understanding what had actually happened.

More than ten years have passed and several other Brontë novels devoured and adored, and I decided I’d matured enough to give this a second chance, only this time I would kick back and try the audio book. I found it had somewhat improved. I particularly enjoyed the parts where we follow the upbringing of Catherine and Heathcliff. I felt this should have been a much more dominant part as it’s so vital to the rest of the story. And much more interesting than the rest of the story.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

But still, I think I got it right the first time around: this story just isn’t for me. It’s freakin boring! The characters are greedy, vindictive and downright stupid. It’s 13 hours/300 pages of people making bad decisions and punishing each other for the past. What a waste of life and love! I guess my instincts were spot on the first time around, and I’m going to stick with my 2-star rating.

Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!

So many have read and loved Wuthering Height, but what about you, have you read this one? What do you think of it?

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Reading in Berlin

the diamond as big as the ritz

As I mentioned yesterday, there’s nothing I love better that taking a break from shopping and do a bit of café-reading. When packing for Berlin, I made sure to bring only light books so it wouldn’t be a problem to carry them around all day. I brought 5 books and managed to read 3 of them during my 5 days in Berlin. The first day I read the graphic adaption of Paul Auster’s ‘City of Glass’. I’ve read the real novel years ago, and it was fun revisiting the story. Next up was Fitzgerald’s novella ‘The Diamond as big as the Ritz’, which was a weird and fun read.

paul auster graphic novel

The last book was Colette’s ‘Gigi and The Cat’. I enjoyed ‘Gigi’, but was pleasantly surprised by ‘The Cat’ – I adored this story! Here I’m reading with some mango lassi while waiting for Thai food for lunch.

gigi and the cat

I love these book trees where people can leave books they no longer want and/or get some free books. There were a few Danish titles, but nothing to tempt me.

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Walking around an amazing city in beautiful Autumn naturally calls for outfit pictures. I love this pencil skirt, which you can also see here.

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Top: Collectif
Skirt: Second hand from Twenty
Shoes: Lola Ramona

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Vintage Shopping in Berlin

berlin vintage

Came home late last night from a super cool and long needed trip to Berlin with Mr. Boyfriend. We had such a great time thrifting, reading and eating. Over the years, we’ve gotten better and better at traveling together. It’s amazing to think back to our first holiday together 7 years ago (which was actually also a trip to Berlin!) and compare it to now. Not that we had a bad time, it’s just so much better now! I make sure to check out the neighborhoods and vintage shops beforehand. We usually start the day by searching for one of the vintage shops on my list. It happens quite often that the shop is closed or isn’t anything for us, but that doesn’t really matter. The thing is that the streets with vintage shops are almost always really great streets with cozy cafés and restaurants. After thrifting and walking around various neighborhoods, we usually find a nice café with comfy chairs to read, drink coffee and eat cake – that way, we’ve relaxed before going out for dinner and cocktails at night.

The good store vintage berlin

One of the first shops we visited was The Good Store, a second hand store with newer items. I purchased the red Samsø Samsø boots in the pic below. The vanity case is from a flea market – I’m becoming more and more obsessed with vanity cases!

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I also found the Autumn coat in the pic below – and Mr. Boyfriend bought a very nice Hugo Boss jacket.

vintage jacket for autumn from the good store in berlin

A truly great vintage shop was Sing Blackbird, where you can find older items things than in The Good Store.

sing blackbird vintage berlin

My heart nearly dropped when I saw the shoes in the pic below – I’ve been looking for a pair like these for a long time. I’ve seen them in some shops in Copenhagen but the size has never been right. This time I was lucky! I also couldn’t resist the white skirt – perhaps it’ll go well with the shoes for an outfit post one day.

vintage brogues and white skirt from blackbird vintage in berlin

The weather was wonderful that day – a perfect sunny autumn day, and I grabbed the opportunity to shoot some outfit pics.

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Shirt: Tolsing
Skirt: Monki
Shoes: Office (purchased in London last spring)

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Ham on Rye

What a weary time those years were – to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.

Charles Bukowski Ham on Rye

charles Bukowski Ham on Rye

Title: Ham on Rye
Author: Charles Bukowski
First Published: 1982
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.16)
I would recommend this book to: Anyone interested in American literature.
The Beginning: The first thing I remember is being under something.

Bukowski is one of those writers who aren’t usually my thing, but every once in a while I get the urge to dive into his universe. I think it’s his screw-it-all attitude, drifting through life taking whatever comes your way, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. That is very far from my usual taste in literature. I like direction, development, goals, and relationships.

Ham on Rye is a semi-autobiographical novel where we follow Henry Chinaski in his youth and childhood during the Great Depression. It’s a story about a talented boy growing up in a cruel and stupid family: An evil dominating father and a passive mother. I was fascinated by Chinaski’s discovery of his talent for writing, his desire to put pen to paper in spite of being in an environment that doesn’t support a talent like that.

We were the way we were, and we didn’t want to be anything else. We all came from Depression families and most were ill-fed, yet we had grown up to be huge and strong. Most of us, I think, got little love from our families, and we didn’t ask for love or kindness from anybody. We were a joke but people were careful not to laugh in front of us.

One of my favourite scenes is the one where our young hero’s father wont allow Henry to attend an event where the President is speaking. He’s meant to write an essay about the event for school, and instead of just not turning in the paper, he imagines what the event and speech was like and writes a beautiful essay that is praised by his teacher and read aloud to the rest of the class:

The words sounded good to me. Everybody was listening. My words filled the room, from blackboard to blackboard, they hit the ceiling and bounced off, the covered Mrs. Fretag’s shoes and piled up on the floor. Some of the prettiest girls in the class began to sneak glances at me. All the tough guys were pissed. Their essays hadn’t been worth shit. I drank in my words like a thirsty man. I even began to believe them.

I think that was what I enjoyed most about this novel: an untraditional writer who can’t help writing even though nothing in his life supports his talent. I love that passion that demands to be heard. And I adored reading about these ugly characters created by incredible beautiful writing.

It made me feel good to write about the Baron. A man needed somebody. There wasn’t anybody around, so you had to make up somebody, make him up to be like a man should be.

I lost interest towards the end, however. It seemed that the Great Depression finally got to our hero – not just to his hard surface, but to his very bones. There was no more passion, no more ambition, only hopelessness. Hopelessness and alcohol.

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Houndstooth

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Here’s what I’m wearing on this sunny Saturday in Copenhagen: a vintage 60s dress from Beyond Retro, which I purchased last spring in London. The purse is from Rude on Istedgade and the shoes are of course by Lola Ramona. I wouldn’t usually wear houndstooth print twice in one outfit, but I thought it made sense in this one, as the purse is so different from the dress in color and texture.

I couldn’t resist the combination below – goody two shoes vs. pouting bitch :-D
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The Lola Ramonas are a favorite pair of mine – I’m a sucker for the black/white combination. There used to be white bows on them as well, but I removed them to make the look more clean cut 60s. The wooden heel is a brilliant touch – which I just noticed matches the knobs on the purse.

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Have a nice weekend!

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Glimpses of September

With only a few hours left of September, I thought I’d do my usual little post with some of my pictures from Instagram. I’ve had a nice September. Work’s been busy but fun and I’ve had time to enjoy and gush over Autumn. I spend last weekend in London, and I returned with the knowledge that it’ll only be a week and a half until I go on vacation again – this time to Berlin with Mr. Boyfriend.

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I took my bike to the repairs (it was badly needed!) and grabbed the opportunity to walk to work. I love it when I’ve got time for that. It’s a 45 minute walk (including stopping for some coffee) and I enjoy it immensely. I listen to music or an audio book and feel so much more relaxed when I get to work. Comfy shoes are a must for these walks, and my favorites are my vintage inspired brogues from Lola Ramona:

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I never get tired of this other pair of Lola’s – they’re not for long walks but they sure brighten up one’s outfit. I think they’re my most girlish pair of shoes. I remember trying them on for fun at a sale, but the minute they touched my feet I knew I had to take them home with me. I couldn’t stop smiling while wearing red shoes with a pink bow and a pink heel. Girlish heaven!

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The Swedish department at work invited the rest of the company for a party, and of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to dress up in Swedish colors.

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I wore the lovely Anna Sui shoes for the occasion – check out the details on the heel! I wish I could wear them everyday, but they hurt too much :-/

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I’ve discovered a new favorite candy! M&Ms started producing these smaller bags with different flavors. I’ve grown addicted to dark mint and peanut butter – YUM!

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More candy …

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See you in October!

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