My good friends at Double Standard in Malmö, Sweden, have just switched their webshop to the new Swedish online store Tictail.com. The site is free to create a web shop and includes a few nice features upon initial launch – apparently they have plans to add a forum and more extensions to customize the shop templates. The current templates are no fuss and beautifully minimal. There isn’t one that I don’t like! I think it’s a great concept for independent stores, or even if you’re a girl with a lot of second-hand clothes to sell.
Yippee, another year older!
I’ve been smothered by birthday greetings all day — I feel so loved! I’ll write later about some of the gifts I’ve received :). Today I went to the zoo with my Danish class, it was really cool to see the isbørne og sæler (polar bears and seals) playing around. Afterwards I stopped by the opening of & Other Stories, H&M’s new brand. Their look is killer, I immediately fell in love with these pants and top for Spring:
Now that I’m getting older, my skin is too (ew). I took a little tour around the Kiehl’s store yesterday because I’m looking to restock in my daily cleansing / moisturizing products. I’m running low! And so I thought, why not try something new? My daily routine consisted of iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, Alba Oil-Free Aloe & Green Tea Moisturizer, and Garnier BB Cream. I love them all, but still my skin seems to be super dry. At Kiehl’s I looked for a system that consistently included moisture and was recommended the following products. The woman I chatted with was happy to give me samples, and so far, so good! The Ultra Facial Cleanser is mild but works hard, and the Clearly Corrective serum feels extra light-weight. To top it off, the Damage-Correcting Moisturizer gives my face great coverage and tone, and it already feels more hydrated. The titles of these products sound kinda scary, but I’d rather deeply correct my skin now rather than looking like an old catcher’s mitt when I’m 60!
So aside from barely one serious crime committed in Copenhagen a year, there’s virtually nothing to worry about except for pick-pockets. Unfortunately, many people I know have had their phones stolen. My poor boyfriend even had his stolen twice within one year! These pick-pockets are clever and crafty, I’ve got to hand it to them. Copenhagen caught on to the first act about 6 months ago: a young kid would come into cafes or bars, anywhere someone was sitting with their phone or wallet out, and he’d place a piece of horribly scribbled-on paper and point to something he wanted. During the distraction, he’d then slide the phone from under the paper into his pocket. Gone. Now, the new tactic seems to be a group walking by having fun randomly going up to folks doing “karate” moves. As they do this, they’ll reach into your pocket and take whatever they can grab. Phone, wallet… again, gone.
Now I’m beginning to doubt the ever-loved pocket. No matter where your belongings are, someone clever enough is bound to find a way to steal it. Now that spring and summer are around the corner, the amount of pockets will decrease to simply your pants or handbag: even easier to physically spot and grab. I’ve been wanting to find some way to carry the few items you may need going out, phone & credit cards, that can’t be easily taken, or at least can be felt. For instance, a leather pouch to hang around your neck. You’ll totally know if someone tries to snag it! It fits underneath or outside of a shirt, and it’s not a fashion faux pas. I’ve seen a few styles floating around but the most simple and practical (and affordable) is in stores at Cos. I’m definitely investing in this to have a worry-free summer!
Pernille Snedker Hansen, aka Snedker Studio, is on the hunt for some new branding of her work… so of course I looked into it and… holy crow! What incredible art she makes with wood and coloring. At first I admired her finished pieces but was even more pleased to find she also has a video to explain the process. Taking old techniques of marbling and applying them to the natural growth of wood sounds difficult enough, but her explorations create a successful harmony. How fun would it be to have wood floors like this in your home?
I can’t believe it took me this long to have the urge to make only ONE cupcake, or some form of dessert. But today as winter struck again, I decided to bake. Bake what? I had no idea, until I googled recipes for single-serving desserts and stumbled upon these awesome recipes by Katie’s Healthy Dessert Blog. Everything from mocha chocolate cakes to baking a cupcake in a mug, this lady has figured out the pleasures of cleverly making small batches. Now go get creative, and happy baking!
With slightly warmer weather, I’ve been thinking about what kind of dress I wear to death this spring… and there’s been only one thing on my mind: the white dress Parker Posey wears in her film Broken English (bottom of cover) — but I can’t find anything like it! Anyhow the film is a charming dark-ish comedy about a romantically jaded female from New York who’s world is changed by a Frenchman. Her hair and clothing are a bohemian / dressy-yet-casual style. I like!
The sun is shining today in Denmark — a FIRST in a long time! Signs of spring are slowly appearing (our little spring flowers are poking their heads up) and I’m in the mood to take a walk in the woods. I also want to bring the wood home, so I’ll share a couple things I’d enjoy having in my apartment with you.
Mangrova from IDEmøbler
Timber Hooks from Live Wire Farm
And some more inspiration, taken from various blogs!