I took this photo on my way to work in the beginning of February, and the light was just lovely. Somehow it reminded me that Spring was just around the corner, my move was just a few weeks away and I will be retiring at the end of May. Life was exciting and stressful but also filled with hope.
Then everything changed. For obvious reasons.
This is me on my way to a double birthday dinner with a good friend. We both celebrated our 60th this year, and his is exactly one month after mine, so we decided to celebrate by having a nice dinner together. After a lot of pondering and discussion we decided on Fotografiska.
The past 10 days I´ve been a newbie. I started a new job on March 1st and it has been and still is a transition period. In a good way I might add. But all the new people, new environment, new rules and new job areas means I have been totally wasted in the evenings. The fact that Spring never turns up doesn´t help. Some extra D-vitamin might, I´m trying that now.
But I don´t want to leave the blog un-updated for too long, so I thought I´d share something with you that the Nordic Museum reminded me of. My love of doll´s houses!
To take my mind off things I decided to make a weekend-visit to a museum. I love museums, but I´m the kind of visitor who likes to stroll through rather quickly and then something grabs my attention and I get stuck, when other visitors slowly moves through the entire place. So qeueing is not my cup of tea! I have noticed that fashion has been accepted in the museum-world, and right now there are three different exhibitions in Stockholm with fashion themes. But since I have been eyeing the one at Nordiska Museet for some time now, that´s the one I opted for. It did´t hurt that it was vintage-themed either, you know me and vintage!
A week ago the city was having a taste of Spring! I took a long walk through the inner city and just enjoyed the light, the water and all the happy faces. We are a ceazy people that way, the minute the sun shines we go crazy. But it is a smart tactic – because just a few days later we had a bit of a snow blizzard, and parts of the country was snowed in. So you have to love what you get, right?
We haven´t had much of a winter in Stockholm this year. So far. But you always hold your breath as we enter January, because then the snow usually comes if not before. I took this photo Jan 8 and it was breathtakingly beautiful in the morning when I was going to work. It was´t really snow, just frost, but it was a warning that the weather is getting colder.
I woke up Monday morning and the first snow had come. It is the same thing every year. The first snow comes and chaos breaks out. That includes no commuter trains working, buses being cancelled because it´s too slippery on the roads and thousands of people with tired and drawn looks on their faces trying to get to work or home or just basically getting anywhere! It seems we all forget about it coming, every year, and are totally taken by surprise. But we quickly adapt, and the first snow hardly ever stays, thankfully. So Tuesday was cold and the streets pretty clear from snow.
The colors are beautiful, but I find this time of year really really hard. In Sweden the days are quickly going darker and darker, but still when I leave work I can enjoy a little bit of daylight.
For those of you who are interested in my wardrobe I can only say – I´m messing around.
One day I want to skip navy as my base color number two, another I´m reconsidering vintage, and sometimes I look at minimalist-bloggers and wonder if it would be liberating to cut down to 15 pieces of clothing….
I even tried to imagine joining project 333 but realized it´s a step too far at this time in my life.
So I´m back to a capsule wardrobe, and I will shortly present what I´m considering to be my picks for the winter of 2017/18. You have to remember though, that Sweden is a country with four seasons and winters can be snowy and cold, or rainy and grey.
Last year winter came early. And walking on footpaths like this demands hardware-shoes. No swanky booty heels here.
So I´ve decided to try and put together a wardrobe for Sept 25 until Dec 25. That means I have to consider a two-day work conference with a dinner, a fourday-trip with work to Geneva, a rock concert, a theatre show and Christmas as well as my busy workdays.
As for shoes and coats I will leave them out of my equation. Simply because I can´t predict the weather and in September I may need a winter coat or a jeansjacket…
I will also leave accessories out. I know project 333 doesn’t but to me a wardrobe is just TOO boring without accessories. And to be honest, my hoop earrings and swanky necklaces may be a few, but I haven´t bought any new for years.
I will probably sell some stuff and give some stuff away, but mostly I intend to re-use my huge pile of clothes and so I have a buying- BAN until December 27. That will be interesting! See you soon!
As we quickly head into autumn, at least in this part of the world, it is kind of nice to remember summer and what I did then. After all it´s a year until the next one! This is one of the day trips I did in Stockholm this summer.
I´m not a gardener. I have sometimes lived in places with a garden and felt the pressure to make it perfect. It has never worked out. I´m deeply impressed with people who are patient and tenacious enough to plot around and build a beautiful garden, even if it takes them 20 years or more. But it´s not me.