Summer is in the air

I just rounded up a few recent style related instaphotos aka. I’m procrastinating.

Hey! I am already living in those saltwaters as they are super comfortable and I didn’t even have to break them in. HIGH FIVE! Seeing that my wardrobe almost merely consists of clothes in different shades of blue, the saltwaters were, natch, a good choice.

In the second photo, I’m donned in my new jumpsuit from Organic by John Patrick and my grandmother’s blazer. And just a heads-up for those of you who want to wear rompers to the beach: Make sure there is a public restroom nearby the beach. If not, don’t even bother considering wearing one. Truth be told I barely drank anything for six hours so that I didn’t have to powder my nose behind a naked shrub. Well, talk about being practical… otherwise, I haven’t had any other bathroom-related issues in terms of rompers.

My mom also unearthed an old pair of cork wedges (third photo) that she used to wear in her younger days. Unfortunately, turned out they’re a weeny bit too small for my feet. Booh! If only they were a size bigger and I wouldn’t have to think of sandals again for a long, long while. So I ended up passing them on to my little sister. Design-wise they are the perfect cross between the K. Jacques barigoule sandals and A.P.C. cork wedges that I’m aching for. Obviously I haven’t made up my mind because I want both (do I need both?), but I tell you, right now it is impossible to narrow the choices down to one.

Margaret Howell home products

(via margarethowell.co.uk)

If you’ve ever visited one of the amazing Margaret Howell stores before, then you’re likely familiar with the interior and concept. The very first time I entered the Margaret Howell shop in London’s Wigmore Street just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, I was truly enamored with the clean furnitures and the amalgam of oak, concrete, stained wooden floorboards, and mild steel in that enormous shop – materials which I love and would like to incorporate into my future home.

Although the shop’s interior has a slight rural, industrial feel, I couldn’t help but notice the chic, contemporary minimalism throughout the open space room. The interior clearly is an uncomplicated reflection of Howell’s aesthetic in terms of clothing – chic, rural, understated, minimal, functional, yet contemporary. It’s just such a shame that the clothes run very big in size, otherwise I would probably have abused her items already.

As a big fan of Howell’s easy style, I was downright excited to have discovered that not only does this brilliant designer offer a refreshing and strong collection of utilitarian gear designed for the no-nonsense each season, but she teamed up with Ercol Furniture and a range of great designers and artists so as to create a modest and tasteful selection of home products and furnitures. Adopting the aesthetic and interior of Howell’s stores seems to be much easier now. Oh, how I wish I had my own space right now, but until I’m moving out, a few pillows or jugs will hopefully make their way into my suitcase in August.

The summer uniform

A.P.C. speckled silk blouse and tote bag, Topshop hat, Theory shorts in black,
K. Jacques sandals, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP, Ray-Ban clubmasters 

 

Steven Alan romper, Clare Vivier tropezienne bag, A.P.C. sandals,
Omega wrist watch, Byredo Blanche EDP, Ray-Ban wayfarers


A.P.C. romper and tote bag, Comme des Garçons PLAY cardigan,
See by Chloé sandals, Diptyque Philosykos EDTRay-Ban wayfarers

 

There seems to be a consensus that sunscreen smells very bad. I’ve never really been partial towards this scent until the other day when I slapped some sunblock on my face and I realized that I’ve actually missed this particular smell – because the sunblock scent exemplifies summer and good times so well. Apropos of scents, I’m also quite fond of fig based scents for summer – or just fig in general –, well not on me as I’m totally true to my signature fragrance. Oh! And the clean bouquet of freshly washed clothes. I can’t think of anything better. The ‘Blanche’ perfume from Byredo is, in my estimation, the quintessence of said scent. I believe these are the redolences that have summer written all over them.

Regardless, as I’m so pumped about summer, I just had to share my summer collages with you. The weather in Norway has been incredible as of late, which is kind of weird since I was wearing my winter coats last week and now it’s all of a sudden 25 celsius outside. I ain’t complaning, though. I just love waking up to the sun rays lighting up the room in the morning and having long breakfasts on the balcony, while checking out flight tickets for prospective journeys, haha. I’m already planning a trip to Portland, San Francisco, and maybe Seattle in the end of December, not to mention a west coast road trip next summer. You know, I always plan almost a year in advance for bigger trips in order to get the best deals in terms of flight tickets. $1000 for a round trip to America is such a steal, especially during the holiday seasons. At least checking out flight tickets makes up for the need to tumble a bonanza of palms and valleys.

Summer wardrobe planning

I’ve never really had a summer wardrobe. The fact that I don’t even own a white t-shirt pretty much indicates what my wardrobe is lacking. My summer outfits tended to consist of shirts with rolled-up sleeves worn with a pair of shorts or trousers, and suede boots. And yup, this combination is as uncomfortable as it sounds. Looking back, I can’t even get how I survived. Oh well.. Since I’ll be spending a lot of time in the hot coastal Meditteranean weather this summer, I figured that I ought to add a few summery items to my wardrobe unless I’m serious about commiting suicide (read with tongue in cheek, please). Anyway, I’ve realized why I’ve put off buying summer clothes for several years:

1. My taste in lightweight summer clothes was completely undefinable so I never rushed into buying summer clothes that I most likely wouldn’t wear.
2. I mysteriously developed heliophobia in my teens, so I made every endeavour to avoid sun exposure. 

Fortunately, I’ve ultimately overcome the heliophobia. I don’t know how but I guess it was a mixture of maturing, taking physics classes, and jumping on the route of carelessness. And as I conquered that irrational fear of the sun, my summer style emerged as well. Perhaps because I have only been searching and not buying anything remotely summery, so I’ve had plenty of time to digest my potential likes and dislikes. For instance, I found out that I have a thing for rompers, which is a nice man repelling alternative to dresses. Hence no worries about accidental upskirt peeks! Yay!

From left: A.P.C. washed denim romper, Organic by John Patrick liberty romper, Sun-San salt water sandals

For summer, I’ve already got my hands on two rompers, though I know I shouldn’t have ordered them online as I didn’t try them on prior to buying – which would’ve been impossible anyway. Although I ordered both in the smallest size, they turned out to be too big. Well, I wanted the A.P.C. one to be oversized and the size was fortunately spot on, but the size of the liberty printed romper is super misleading. The thing is …. there is a difference between an oversized, loose fit and the wrong size. Vanity sizing? It surely looks like an attempt at inaccurately labeling clothing sizes to appeal to people’s egos. Tsk-tsk…

When it comes to sandals, I can’t even recall the last time I wore a pair. But now I know what I like and I’ve stumbled across so many great pairs that I don’t know what to do. However, I ended up getting a pair of Sun-San salt water sandals for the beach which I’ll be wearing in the meantime, while figuring out which pair of sandals I want. The salt water ones are quite cheap, and rumor has it that they will last for years.

And as for beachwear, I’m also searching for the perfect swimsuit for summer. It’s so difficult to find a simple and flattering one for the beach that doesn’t cost a grand. I’ve checked out the bathing suits from American Apparel but I find most of them overtly sexy. I don’t know with you, but going to the beach solely means swimming in the sea to me, not seduction or sunbathing. Still, I only have ONE bikini that works in terms of style and cut, which I bought when I was thirteen and rebelled against my parents who refused to buy me a bikini instead of professional swimsuits. Eight years later, it still fits me perfectly. The mind boggles…

I’m off to a short and spontaneous solo trip to Mallorca next week, as I’ve got a big two weeks long gap in-between my two exams. Well, it’s totally work-related. Luckily, my purchases, so far, arrived in time for summer and I’m hoping to fill the holes in my wardrobe in Mallorca. If you have some nice restaurant recommendations, please let me know!

Feel free to share your musings on summer style!

An old flame is rekindled


The best way to quickly spice up your wardrobe without adding new items to it is simply to have your beat-up shoes or clothes repaired by an adept cobbler or seamstress. My cobbler managed to breathe some new life into my old suede boots of which I had neglected to take proper care. They were worn to death in the worst imaginable weather, but even though I love the look of worn-out shoes it looked as if there was no life left in them. But hello, now they look almost brand new and I’ve fallen back in love with them again. What a relief! And the same holds good for my other quotidian shoes. Too bad I don’t have a before picture.

These are my go-to places for a time machine fix:

Møller Rens Skorep Nøkkelservice
Møllergata 1
0179 Oslo

Cordonnerie 36
36 rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris

31 best-kept secrets

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What an overwhelming response to the A.P.C. tote bags giveaway. Man, thanks a million for sending in all the incredible tips and secrets. Reading them was fun! Wouldn’t it be a shame not to share some of them with you? Below, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites that are new to me or which I’ve already incorporated into my oh-so perfect life. Haha. And in terms of best-kept secrets, one of mine is to never stop learning – be that as it may, there’s nothing more off-putting than coming off as a pompous know-it-all. Modesty is empowering, if you ask me!

Anyway, it’s a long post, so just scroll down to the bottom for the tote bag winners.

Again, thanks for entering the giveaway and congrats to the winners!

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