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Bittersweet Nights, and Unicorns

21.11.14

This week has been quite a busy one, so I took a few days off to get things in order, as well as finish a few projects that I can’t wait to share with you very soon. I was hoping to get to do a bit of vintage shopping earlier in the week, but I could not even get motivated after being somewhat frosty and then exhausted from the autumn day. Fortunately, dressing brightly for most of the week helped to boost my happiness!

Several weeks ago, I was asked to try out a few items from TrendyFine, and selected this big comfy sweatshirt. I actually don’t have many sweatshirts at all, but I wanted to style this one. It has a screened unicorn on the front, which I loved. I figured that a little fashion-fable of a unicorn couldn't hurt!
When one typically thinks about unicorns, pastel colours, or somewhat ethereal and fanciful imagery comes to mind, but the simple black and white actually worked well for me. Plus, it was an easy outfit to wear to an evening art showing. It was one of those nights where I had a few options to choose from for attending multiple events. However, at the end of the day we were disappointed and wished that we had went to option A, instead of option C.

All I did was take off my blazer, to make this outfit more casual, which suited the laid back ambiance. And, thank goodness, we ate beforehand, as the food and wine options were underwhelming, to say the least. Has that ever happened to you before?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Do you have anything exciting planned?
Well, here's some unicorn inspiration to make you happy! 
  Images: (top, bottom)
  Images: (top, bottom)
The goods: Unicorn Sweatshirt-c/o Trendyfine, Leather skirt-Won from a giveaway via Choies, Vintage patent ballerinas-Salvatore Ferragamo, Leather painted clutch-DIY


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Style and The Darkest Days

17.11.14

During the time of year when we have shorter days and it seems as if the sun has requested its own holiday, there’s still room for dazzling inspiration. Brightness does not have to translate into literal sunshine instead, just bring your own bit of intensity in any environment through your clothing.

I know, the dreary and often lifeless weather doesn't help at times, especially when it’s blended with the bitter cold. 

If you’re a dedicated follower of this blog, then you know that I immensely adore colour! There are times when I wear darker hues, but they still convey a cheerful mood. And, to top it all off, when I need to add a comfort element in my outfit (in general), jersey comes to mind.
Gudrun Sjoden Styleblogger winter 2014
I wore this printed jersey dress from the Gudrun Sjödén winter collection and paired it with tights, and a scarf for this look. The dress silhouette is quite simple, yet the print screened on the fabric makes it somewhat marvellously elaborate. It’s comfortable and easy to style, be it for versatility or dashing out quickly in layers. So, to me it was a clear winner. I almost forgot that it had pockets until I randomly tried out a few more belt options for other ways to wear it—the added bonus of pockets was a smart choice.

Unbelievably, we finally narrowed down our Christmas dinner party menu last week in advance. A couple drafts and translations later, in addition to a few group e-mails, it is now complete. To be honest, I don’t know why I’m always the one elected to take the planning lead for our gatherings and dinner parties, but deep down inside … well, of course I love it. So, I will not complain too much!

How has your November been so far?  
Gudrun Sjoden prints autumn winter 2014

The goods: Klöver" lyocell dress in Cranberry, Nubuck boots in Forest Green-Courtesy of       Gudrun Sjödén. Tights-Selfridges, Leather belt-urban Outfitters, Moto-jacket-Marshalls, Necklace-SF  Flea  market,  Scarf-Goorin Brothers,  Knit hat-Express. *Shop Gudrun’s new winter collection here.

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The Great Outdoors

13.11.14

Since I have slightly neglected our little garden, we decided to go to the markets the past weekend, and grab bundles of flowers, succulents, soil, and clay pots that we needed for the home.

I also had an extra few hours the next morning to enjoy, because a scheduled meeting was delayed until the latter part of the day. So, I was very productive—hopefully seasonal crafting sessions will arise again soon. But, for now, I am working on some outdoor décor projects. If time permits, I will try to keep you posted on some of those in the near future.

Here’s another bold piece that I currently love from the Gudrun Sjoden home collection. This colourful Leo doormat is perfect for showing some style outdoors. It’s very durable and made from coir, the same fibres found from the husk of coconut fruit. We usually have an inside shoe rack to keep some footwear, so having this outside doormat will be very helpful for entries beforehand, especially for wellies or garden boots, etc. There's an elephant version of it here as well.

The Porla embroidered throw (seen below) has a plush feel to it, and even though it’s wool, it did not bother me at all like most wool. I took a very brief moment for a cosy encounter, and wrapped myself in the throw for a morning cuppa. This will also work well as a sitting blanket for a weekend outing or lunch in the park, or even as an inside accent alongside your room décor.
 Above: "Porla" wool throw in “heron.


Have you done any home revamping or decorating lately?


*Lastly, I wanted to share a feature that I was honoured to be a part of this week. A couple weeks ago, I did an interview with Berlin online magazine REglam, which focusses on women’s health and empowerment. It was featured earlier this week. You can view it here.


 Indoor revamp: a few autumn decorations. The goods: "Porla" wool throw in “heron, "Leo" coir doormat, Lace-up leather boots-(worn here), Nubuck boots preview in Forest Green-Shop other colours here-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén. Denim-Acne, Handmade café chocolat cup-similar.


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Breakfast Style: The Morning Chill

10.11.14

One of the many wonderful elements about autumn season that I love is that, it’s not exactly too cold, at least for most— it’s not winter. There’s that in-between period of a tolerable cool, calm, and collected climate, all of which upholds each other in balance, like a bedspring to a mattress.

The weather starts with joyful fluffs of sunshine, you know, those wonderful leftover bursts from the summer. The leaves either spiral in the wind (softly hitting the ground) like a feather dancing in slow motion, or like swift raindrops and brisk winds as the bed sheet. But, there’s also moments when breezes hit your face and feel like they’re wrapped in a chilled duvet.

That’s also why I love this season so much. The leaves are changing colours, and the somewhat volatile climate transitioning into a steady coolness makes for a lovely fireside evening. Although, in our case, it was an early morning breakfast starter (raspberries with Devonshire cream) followed by checking upcoming holiday dates and confirmations. Here's the tablescape that I created for such a time as this.   

For the breakfast table, I used lively and fun eco-prints from the Gudrun Sjödén home collection. These are some my favourites, because of the unique blending that can be done with the printed pieces. Throughout the homeware collection, there are bold neutrals paired with stripes and abstract florals that can be easily carried into other seasons.

The kitchen towels were a big hit at our table, as well as the place mats. The jungle theme that was constant in the autumn collection continued within more interior pieces, like the elephant embroidered cushion. I chose to add loose leaves on the table for an artsy autumn touch. Then, I accented the colourful palette with plum purple, olive green, and rustic orange. 

If you happen to be near a store, check out the new line of pottery by Gudrun, there are plenty of pleasing patterns to liven up any kitchen.


What do you think of these Gudrun Sjödén pieces? Are you looking forward to entertaining soon?
Gudrun Sjoden autumn Winter Style Ambassador
gudrun sjoden Home autumn 2014

The goods: “Tuskaft” place mats in eco-cotton in colour, “peat” (shop the matching table runner here), Kitchen towels (similar "Frukoststund" eco-cotton kitchen towel here), "Botanik" organic cotton pillow in “nature,” Embroidered "elefant" cushion (or similar Karavan” floor cushion in eco-cotton)-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén. Candle holders-Pfaltzgraff.

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