Let there be light!

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When I was a child I lived in the north of Sweden for 8 years and the winters were a time of perpetual darkness. Once in a while you would get a northern light, which was amazing, but the rest of the time was total darkness. As a child I can´t remember that it had a huge impact on my life, but as I have grown older those months have become harder and harder to get through…

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A hundred names for snow

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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.

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Kindness, laziness and bedtime-stories

It seems to me Christmas is starting earlier every year, am I right or not? Most of my neighbors have decorated their balconies with lights, the way many Swedes do, and I am stubbornly holding on to December 1st. No, I´m not really a traditionalist, and I enjoy the lights, but I´m too lazy to go down to my basement-storage and take up the lights and fix whatever needs fixing. I will do it, just not yet.

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Confessions of a closet-capsulist

I know! That word probably does´t exist, right? But I like it, and it captures what I want to say. So I´m going to use it anyway:)

I´m way into November and my 2nd month of capsule-wardrobing, and I´m running into problems. I realized before I started this, that even though I live in a country with a six-month-winter, I have a much bigger summer wardrobe than winter wardrobe. Maybe it´s my sub-conscious hoping for a different climate or something, or maybe it´s just the fact that my creative spirit fades in the winter-months and I wear the same stuff every day. Usually black, which kind of captures my spirit around this time of the year.

The fact that I have fewer pieces of clothing would be perfect for my capsule wardrobe, if the wardrobe itself had not made me more creative! And selecting things and putting them together makes me more aware of color choices and what I lack.

So I have a confession to make.

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Presenting first capsule wardrobe!!

So – black, white and blue shades with a few splashes of red – presenting my first capsule wardrobe AW 2017!!!!

I’m actually not following ANY rules here, it’s 35 pieces of clothing not counting outerwear and accessories. IF you saw how cramped my other wardrobe are you would  either be appalled or laugh out loud! There is nothing like a wardrobe-challenge to make you feel just a bit embarressed over how much money has been spent on clothes. 

But I’m letting that go. Clothes has been my hobby and my one indulgence (apart from travelling that I consider necessary for my mental health) so Why should I feel bad about it? 

I feel pretty content about my selection and will try and keep you updated on how I put them together. 

My wardrobe until Dec 25 includes:

  • 4 pair of jeans – 2 black, 2 blue
  • 1 black skirt
  • 9 dresses (I Love them! What can I  say?)
  • 5 Cardigans
  • 1 blazer (that bloody work conference or I would have had an extra top)
  • 9 blouses
  • 6 tops/camisoles 

It sounds a LOT but I SM already wondering if I should’ve included a heavy sweater? Well, in that case I will change one item…

Now wish me luck!!! 

My capsule wardrobe – moving on…

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.

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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!

Re-claiming Paris

IMG_0510It has been 39 years since I last visited Paris, I was 20 at the time and like so many others I have talked to after that, I found it to be a hostile but beautiful city.

This trip, although short, has made me fall in love a little again. And i will certainly return.

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