Champagne and Lola Ramona

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Last Friday, Lola Ramona opened its first shop in Copenhagen. It was celebrated with champagne and a special sale with some of their samples. After a glass of champagne, I decided on these two lovely pairs.

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I’ve had my eye on the checkered shoes in the pic above for quite a while now, and I’m thrilled I got them on a sale. I’d never seen the shoes with the mustard bow in the pic below before, but I fell for them immediately. Well, after some champagne that is. When I decided to give them a nice home, I was told that they were one of a kind! Now I love them even more – silly right?

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We also got a sneak-peak at next season’s samples, but were asked not to take any pictures. So I’ll show you a pic of the sale instead:

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Underwood Ink

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Remember how I’ve been searching and searching for the perfect place (besides my couch) to read? You know, that place where it’s nice and quiet, where you feel at home, where you can relax with a book and a nice cup of coffee? Well, I found it! Turns out the perfect reading spot was literally just around the corner. I’ve even been there before, I’d just forgotten all about it. It’s peaceful, as it’s never crowded and the music is relaxing. The coffee is good and so far the food has been really nice as well. And it’s just so damned cozy. I love the way they’ve decorated the place. And the best part: it’s on Mr. Boyfriend’s way home from work, and when he sees that I’m there, he drops in for a cup of coffee – or a glass of wine if it’s a Friday.

It’s also kind of a weird place. Sometimes it’s closed for no reason I can fathom. And sometimes, the staff disappears and there’s no service for up to 30 minutes. But I’ve decided that it’s part of the charm.

Oh, and it’s called Underwood Ink, in case you hadn’t guessed.

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Books and Looks of June

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I bought a nice little stack of books this June. I particularly look forward to Pain, Parties, Work, which is about Sylvia Plath and the summer she spent in New York in 1953. This one’s been on my wish list for ages and now it’s finally mine! The Understudy by David Nicholls will probably have to wait for a rainy day. I’ve read two of his novels before: One Day, which was a real tear jerker, and Starter for Ten, which was just hilarious. I was supposed to read Ghostwritten for a group read in July, but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, as I have about 700 pages left of The Goldfinch. The last book is Peter Pan in this beautiful Puffin Chalk edition. I’ve never read this children’s classic, but I sneak-read the first few pages when it arrived and now I’m REALLY looking forward to it.

Here’s some of what I’ve been wearing in June:

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I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve been walking around in Lola Ramonas? For the last month, I’ve practically lived in the shoes in the pic below – they’re just so comfy and they can go with everything.

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On one of our more rainy summer days here in Copenhagen, I wore this second hand umbrella top from Marbles Vintage in Amsterdam:

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And here’s a new favorite: My yellow statement necklace from Top Shop, which I found in London:

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That was the bookish and stylish highlights of my June. For more pics like these, just stop by my Instagram account (instagram.com/bookwormscloset) where I regularly post my everyday outfits, my reading moments and random stuff from my life, which doesn’t really fit in here on the blog.

But enough about me, what about you? Have you bought any books the past month? Which one do you look forward to the most? And if you have an Instagram account, feel free post your username in the comment section below – I love finding new accounts :-)

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Book review: Slam

There are many differences between a baby and an iPod. And one of the biggest is, no one’s going to mug you for your baby.

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Title: Slam
Author: Nick Hornby
First Published: 2007
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3:28)
I would recommend this book to: A reader in need of quality entertainment
The Beginning: So thing were ticking along quite nicely.

Feeling blue? Need some light bookish entertainment? Always trust Nick Hornby to deliver a nice little paperback with at least two days of laughter. His novels are perfect for in-between reads. You know, when you’ve just finished a chunkster novel and you need something light and easy before your next read? I had just finished The Forsyte Saga, when I started this one, and it was the perfect read at a time like that.

It was well written with some clever and funny remarks, and, asides from a few insignificant details that didn’t really work for me, it was a very enjoyable read. The story is told from a teenager’s perspective, and Hornby really nailed that one. There were many “Oh, yeah, I remember that”-moments, which is one of the best feelings a book can give you, if you ask me.

I don’t know about you, but when parents do that pairing off thing to me, I decide on the spot that the person I’m being set up with is the biggest jerk in Britain. It wouldn’t matter if she looked like Britney Spears used to look and thought that Hawk – Occupation: Skateboarder was the best book ever written. If it was Mum’s idea, then I wasn’t interested.

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Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability

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About a week ago, Mr. Boyfriend and I packed our bags and visited my parents in a summer house in Jutland. It was such peaceful bliss – just what the doctor ordered. The first two days, we did nothing but read books, drink wine, eat snacks and food, and watch football. I read We Were Liars – a perfect easy “beach read”. It’ll probably be a very long time before I review it, as I’m (as always) hopelessly behind on my reviews. Here’s what I’m wearing in the pic above: a top from Baan Suan in Elmegade (Copenhagen) and the pencil skirt is a new Top Shop favorite I found on my trip to London this April.

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On our last day, we went to Haderslev for some serious thrifting. Compared to Copenhagen, the selection wasn’t as good but the prices were absolutely brilliant! I found the two knitted cardigans in the pic below for next to nothing. I almost felt bad paying so little for so much, knowing that the profit (if there is any?) goes to charity.

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In the afternoon, we visited some of Mr. Boyfriend’s relatives who spoiled us with delicious cakes, an amazing meal and strawberries from their garden.

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This will be all the summer vacation I’m having this year – I’m saving my days off for the fall and winter this time. What are your plans for the summer?

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Thrifting in the hood

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It’s no secret that I looove thrifting. Today Mr. Boyfriend and I met up with some friends and went to a flea market in our hood where I got some lovely goodies. I got a book by one of my favorite Danish authors, Leif Panduro:

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This cool dress – a real bargain!

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And some ‘new’ canisters for the kitchen. Wilcox doesn’t look too thrilled about them …

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Have a nice Sunday out there – now I’m going to chill with some netflix and a knitting project.

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Reading at Paludan

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of my May projects was to find the perfect place to read. About a month ago, I visited The Living Room, which came pretty close to becoming a favorite. It was atmospheric and comfy, and their mint tea was to die for! But there were three things that made me continue my quest for the perfect reading cafe. One, which can’t be helped, is the location: the center of Copenhagen, which I’m not that fond of because it’s so crowded. Two, it’s a very large café which makes it a little less relaxing. Three, the food was really bad.

So the quest went on. One of my readers (thanks again Anka!) recommended Café Paludan, part book store, part cafe. A few weeks ago, I decided to stop by after work to check it out. I was immediately mesmerized by the numerous shelves with old books covering the walls. It was so beautiful! But as I sat down and started to read, I felt something was off, I wasn’t as relaxed as I usually am when I read. In spite of all the beautiful books, it turned out it wasn’t quite the reading sanctuary I had hoped for. The place was too big, too noisy and too crowded with people who weren’t really there for the books. It seemed the books were merely decoration, I couldn’t really sense the passion for reading anywhere – neither in the other customers nor the staff. The food, however, was VERY delicious!

My quest continues then. I really want to find the perfect sanctuary (aside from my apartment) where I can relax with a book and a cup of coffee. I love having this hour off after work.

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Diner Dress

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Here’s what I’m wearing on this sunny bank holiday: a second hand diner-inspired dress from Beyond Retro, 50s inspired sunglasses from Paper Dress Vintage and Camper shoes.

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This dress reminds me so much of the diner in Grease. I just need to dye my hair pink and drop out of beauty school. I would probably flunk shampoo anyway.

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I bought the shoes in London years ago and they’ve been summer favorites ever since.
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The quest for a dress

“Visiting any shop for the first time is exciting. There’s always that buzz as you push open the door; that hope; that belief – that this is going to be the shop of all shops, which will bring you everything you ever wanted, at magically low prices.”
- Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic takes Manhattan

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You know that feeling when you go out shopping for a particular thing, and end up buying lots of other stuff instead? That happened to me today: I went out in search of a new dress to wear at the annual summer party at work next Friday. I bought many lovely things, but no summer dress to fit the event. The first place I went to was Rude where I found the purse in the pic above and the 60s dress in the pic below. But no summer dress for the party.

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Then I tried my luck in Kongens Klæ’r (Rosenborggade 10). An amazing shop where I found the perfect-for-autumn-dress in the pic below. But no summer dress.

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I also bought the red sun glasses in the pic below, and on my way home I came across another vintage store (don’t remember its name) where I found the best purchase of the day: a red vanity case! Isn’t it adorable?

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I finally came to terms with the fact that this was one of those shopping trips where you find anything but what you’re looking for. That’s quite an expensive search! So I gave up and returned home. I looked through my closet, just for the fun of it, and what did I find? The perfect summer dress, just hanging there, never worn! I bought it last summer and had forgotten all about it! Five minutes later, I had hair, shoes, purse and nail polish all figured out!

But I’m glad I went shopping anyway, because I got all these other goodies. When I unpacked I discovered a little extra bag with a card and some candy from Kongens Klæ’r – what a nice gesture :-)

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Books of May

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May has been a brilliant reading month. I’ve changed some habits for the better lately. Usually I do about 80 % of my reading during the weekends. With work, blogging, yoga, the gym, Mr. Boyfriend, friends etc., it’s been sort of difficult to find time to sit down and focus on a book for a substantial period of time. Some weeks, the only reading I managed were audio books at the gym. Then I did something I never thought I would do: I started doing my exercise in the morning before work. What’s even crazier: I love it! To me it’s an amazing way to start the day – esp. when it’s a yoga-day.

Anyway, all this gave me some time of my own after work to do whatever I wanted to do: read! Now I’ve been searching for the perfect reading spot, which means that I’ve done a lot of reading in various parks and cafés around in Copenhagen (more on that later!). This means that I’ve had some very precious reading moments this last month, and I’m thrilled about my new habits. Here are the books that kept me company:

Possession by A.S. Byatt (review)
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (review)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (review)
Slam by Nick Hornby (not yet reviewed)
Platform by Michel Houllebecq (abandoned)
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer (not yet reviewed)
Kokoro by Sōseki Natsume (not yet reviewed)

I had planned to do a little video where I talked about the reading experience I had with these books, but there were some technical difficulties with the sound, so that’ll have to wait until the next time.

By the way, I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that I sometimes concentrate better on my reading when I go to a café after work than when I’m at home. The picture below explains why.

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