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How many hoodies + sweatshirts does one person need?

ONE. The one you keep in your gym bag for after workout.

TWO. Band merch. Really depends how many bands you like. I just like the one. Think we’ve established that.

THREE. The one for that one time you were underweight and needed children’s sizes, and was really cheap to boot (i.e. bought on sale).

FOUR. The one for when you thought bright colors were great idea. Yeah, that one time.

FIVE. One that is long and under which you can fit another long sleeve. For when it’s cold out and you want to go out walking. You might want it it two sizes/colors. Because. You walk a lot?

SIX. That one you just love. Actually you need three of it. Different sizes/colors. And it was on sale.

SEVEN. Long one for Saturday mornings. In the winter.

EIGHT. That one you wear when visiting your parents. Because that’s where it’s at. It’s bright orange. Which might also be a reason it’s still there…

NINE. Camouflage print. From the men’s section. Just waiting to embarrass some guy because he’s wearing the same hoodie as an old lady. So basically, one for laughs.

TEN. A grey one from Monki. Because grey goes great with your red hair. Bonus points for long enough to cover upper thighs, but sleeves that are just the right length, and a pocket for your walkman phone.

ELEVEN. Short, wide, with lizards. Did I mention need?

TWELVE. Pink one. Because. Goes great with your red hair. Let’s not talk about the stupid text H&M thought it was a great idea to print on the sleeves.

THIRTEEN. Wolf. That you don’t wear much because it ruins all of the black vests you wear under it.

FOURTEEN. One from Primark that you just could not buy because of nostalgia.

FIFTEEN. Distressed one. Because it makes you feel like Oliver Sykes. Never mind that it’s from Top Shop and not Drop Dead.

SIXTEEN. Animal print.

SEVENTEEN. Best purple color ever.

EIGHTEEN. A warm one. For the coldest of winter.

NINETEEN. Long one with ears. Because you’re about 5 years old.

TWENTY. One with a cat on.

Let’s say that’s all of them. Let’s say I only wear hoodies + sweatshirts. Ever.

Yea.

Let’s.

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Knits from Monki!

I’m already freezing. The other day I was so cold not even a knit + jeans was enough; I needed a knit that covered more ground. So I went with an outfit I hated (jeans + long sweater), but I wasn’t cold!

Clearly, I need more knits; Monki is the unrivalled master of the big chunky knit.

Parka with a fuzzy inside. Because in terms of warmth I find they do the best job. And my current coat selection is just not cutting it. Did I mention I’m cold? And it’s nowhere near as cold as it’s going to get yet.

I’ll probably get this one from Zalando:

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A vegan snackbox. What’s holding me back: kinda afraid I’ll just munch it down in one go. That would be just like me. But maybe this one from veganboxen.se?

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A good foundation. Just opened my No7 radiance foundation and it was a let-down. I’ll just mix my old foundation with this one, I’m sure it’ll work.

Dark purple matte eyeshadow. Maybe the shade Curfew from Makeup Geek?

I want to go back to the gym. I’m bored with not going to the gym. I think I’m going to visit my parents this weekend. Whether they like it or not. (They live closer to the gym. And Monki. And the tea shop.)

Tea! I’m running dangerously low on tea. I need some Needwood, blueberry + cream, citrus chai, black Christmas blend, and grönt och skönt. That should be enough for a while.

A car. Or an apartment? Maybe both?? Sudden case of massively fed up with getting up at an ungodly hour, standing out in the cold waiting for the bus, walking walking walking, out in the cold and the dark, trying to not slip on the ice, and to top it off not having the time nor the energy required to go to the gym. I miss the gym.

This is what I’d have to do to make going to the gym work: pack all of my gym clothes and bring them to work, walk to the gym (about 15 minutes, not bad), but then the getting back home is tricker. Do I shower at the gym and make it home just in time to go to bed? When and where do I fit in dinner? Or do I not shower? Regardless of which, it’s a 30 minute walk to the bus. There’s two buses per hour to take me back home. It’s. Just. Not. Practical.

xo,

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Week summary

It’s fall! Have you noticed how it’s fall?? It is here anyway. So many reasons to love fall. Morning walks in the mist is one.

Before you know it, it’ll be October. Can’t wait!

I got more boots. And with that, I’m all set for shoes for this fall/winter.

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Black bootcuts from H&M. Yes. You know my why do people even bother with pants when there’s dresses!?!!?? claim? I take it back, take it back! I still love my dresses, that goes without saying, but I do see a use for bootcuts as well. At least now. Because these are bootcuts every bit as good as last time they were popular. And I don’t usually like H&M pants. So that’s a pleasant surprise. Also: they go really well with my Roobin’s.

Decided the gym going, it has to stop. I didn’t want it to, because I identify with this gym. Apparently. I’ve been going since 2003; it was one of the main things I missed about Sweden when living in Scotland. But it’s just not what it used to be. I didn’t use to leave raging (crap music! people! barely sweating! grumble grumble and I had to stress here too!), so you know, considering my own sanity, I’ve decided enough’s enough.

Telling myself it’ll be OK, and dragged these guys out:

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Fave makeup of the week: pairing up my orange eye with a red, red lip.

(Clearly I’m v. v. busy at work.)

Basically fell into a black hole of Thrice live. You start watching one video on YouTube and that just leads to the next, and the next, and the next, and there’s just so many good one out there and I just don’t know how to stop.

I should probably get that turn off the internet app.

Love Thrice’s acoustic sessions, like this one:

Yess. It’ll be a while yet before I stop crushing on Dustin Kensrue’s voice.

Realized I’m not the Nick Cave fangirl I used to be. It used to be a main priority. But a) the Nick Cave movie One More Time with Feeling was actually playing in the city where I work and I didn’t even know. b) Decided against going for no good reason really. I mean the fact that it played during working hours (14.30) isn’t really an excuse; there are plenty bands I’d skip work for. Apparently Nick is no longer one of them.

But I take comfort in the fact that I’m still able to change and haven’t stagnated. I live in dread of just having the same fave band forever. I mean imagine loving Sisters of Mercy for the rest of your life? Seems a horrible fate indeed.

That being said. I still spent the weekend watching 20,000 Days on Earth, and listening to the new record Skeleton Tree. A nice change from what I usually listen to/watch.

If you hurry, you may still manage to catch it on YouTube before anyone realizes it’s there and takes it down. It’s bound to happen.

Muralgranskaren. My reason to get up in morning. OK, maybe not quite. BUT, it has had me sniggering every single morning without fail. My fave on Twitter by far. Example:

(The local population was ready to face the Spanish killer snail. And if anyone know how to get Tweets to embed properly, do let me know! I’m completely out of ideas and tearing at my hair.)

I do need something to put me in what at least resembles a good mood. For a while. Keeps me from killing Hans-Ingvar.

xo,

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How to style and wear the black dress

There is no one piece of clothing I love as much as the black dress. It’s the perfect solution to I-don’t-know-what-to-wear; there’s a black dress for any and every occasion. It’s also perfect if you want the focus to be some detail of your outfit, say a necklace, or maybe your makeup, a plain black dress will make it stand out. These are some of my black dresses and how I like to style and wear them.

Swing dress, cap sleeve

Black dress 7The black dress is perfect for traveling. This one is a jersey material that won’t wrinkle, has a little movement, and it just doesn’t get more comfortable than this. I’m wearing this for a short trip with work; I’m planning on having it last me throughout a train ride and through an early dinner. I pair all my dresses with a pair of black H&M control top tights, simply because, for me, that’s the most comfortable pair of tights, the scarf is for wearing on the train, because the trains are always cold here, the Paisley pattern choker is what I want to be the focus – both the choker and the dress are form ASOS. The dress I bought specifically to make the choker stand out. I’ve shortened the dress about 10 cm tho; it was not made for short people. Pairing it with the Converse as I suspect there will be some walking involved once we get to Helsinki. Plus, I like the contrast between the girly dress and the less girly shoe.

Swing dress, long sleeves

Black dress 6I would actually not call this a swing dress, because it has an empire waist, but let’s go with what ASOS calls it. Now this dress is the perfect length, I used it as measurement for the dress above. I try to always go for dresses with sleeves, because I just hate wearing cardigans and I’m always cold. This has been one of my favorite dress styles since pretty much forever. I love to wear this type dress with an ankle strap shoe, and keeping it simple with just a lace style choker and a red, red lipstick – obviously the focus point of this outfit. If it was the 90s I would also have worn a tiara (apparently I still have it for..nostalgic reasons..?) and a white pair of tights (because you know, Courtney Love).

Skater dress

Black dress 5A few years ago I fell madly in love with the skater dress. I have so many of these dresses, all of them from H&M. Obviously. 2 of which are this exact model, one purple and one floral (black/grey). If like me your body is quite straight, it’s a clever way of giving yourself some sort of shape. It also has a perfect neckline (straight, unless the sleeves ride up on you), and a low back – which I love. I usually wear this dress for work, pair it with a scarf, a Mackintosh necklace  and a pair of platform shoes.

T-shirt dress

Black dress 4The t-shirt dress is perfect if you want to dress down. An unlike the skater dress, hide any sort of shape. I usually wear it post-workout, if I’m going to work after workout, or just around the house as casual wear. This is actually the backside of the dress, the front is just plain black. I just love simplicity. I usually wear it with a thicker pair of tights, 100 den, and boots + my biggest pair of hoops if I wear it to work – it’s basically my interpretation of casual Friday. Of course, the rest of the uni are on a constant casual Friday, but whatever.

Bodycon dress

Black dress 3I go through phases with dresses, years ago, I bought all the bodycons I could possibly find. I’ve still got four including this one (but excluding 3 midi-dresses, same style, different length), all of them from H&M. I like to wear them in winter mostly, because to me they feel warmer. I always pair them with a scarf (this one’s from Prague) just so that there is something happening with the silhouette (+ to keep warm obvs.). Hoops and necklace is a must, another H&M find; a long necklace so that the scarf doesn’t cover it completely, and then boots of course.

Button up skater dress

Black dress 1This is another dress that I got from ASOS just recently. I like it more than I thought I would because a. the buttons are just for show, it doesn’t actually open, and b. I’m not usually a fan of the scoop neckline, but somehow this works great on me. I really love this neckline. I usually wear this dress on its own, just a choker and another of my Mackintosh necklaces of course, it doesn’t need more than that because the fit is just perfect. I’ll wear a scarf if it’s cold, and I plan to pair it with a proper pair of boots. Maybe a pair of Dr Martens? (Still undecided as to what I should get.) Because that is clearly how this dress should be worn. In the meantime I’ll keep wearing it with my Converse.

Tunic/A-line dress

Black dress 2To be honest, I don’t know what the difference between a tunic and dress is. This is sold as a tunic, but I’d probably call it an a-line dress. It is another favorite: I have one purple and one floral in addition to this one. This neckline also deserves a special mention: the front is a boat shape, and the back is a v – which I love. Good length, a little movement to the skirt, and I do love a long sleeve. Easily paired with any necklace and/or earrings, makes them stand out more; I also like to wear it with a colorful scarf like this one, which is a Primark find from a few years back, an absolute favorite. With this style dress I like to wear the platform ankle boot from H&M (feels like we all have a pair of these). This is also the perfect boot to wear if you’re going to a gig, I’ve noticed. Wore them back in May with the floral version of this dress. I highly recommend going to a metal concert in a dress with pink flowers on, you’ll feel so perfectly out of place (I don’t know why I do this on purpose but I do).

I just never regret putting on a black dress. No idea why I bother with colors and patterns sometimes. Actually, scrolling through ASOS, I think I might just get another few. For good measure.

 

Lots of love,

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Five days, five outfits

Monday

bodycon

Charcoal bodycon dress, long sleeveless hooded cardigan, same color, biggest hoop earrings I own, long necklace.

Fave feature of this outfit: the print on the dress.

HM dress

Tuesday

skater skirt

Four shades of black: cardigan, skater skirt, racer back vest, t-shirt, watch, smaller hoops.

Fave feature of this outfit: the bug print. You could sell me anything with a bug print.

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Wednesday

purple dress

Purple fit and flare dress, snood, watch necklace, bird earrings.

Fave feature of this outfit: the purple of this dress is my favorite kind of purple. Or one of my favorites at least?

Thursday

Black bat-wing dress, long necklace, striped tights.

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Fave feature of this outfit: the striped tights.

Tights

Friday

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Long sleeved body con dress, same snood as Wednesday, and hoops + necklace again.

Favorite feature of this outfit: Er. I do love it, like a lot, but it really is quite boring, isn’t it?

Unless otherwise stated, all outfits are worn with a pair of H&M control tights. It’s pretty much all I ever wear.

Sincerely,

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What I wore today; details

The top is a cropped little number, a loose fit, but fitted in the waist. There’s a decorative seam on the sleeve too; I’m a sucker for decorative seams. 2016-04-19 Lila topp Åh

In my opinion, perfect neckline. Paired it with a geo necklace.2016-04-19 NECKLACE + NECKLINE

And a big old watch. 2016-04-19 Watch

And I’ve got a new favorite lipstick, another IsaDora matte, in the shade Ruby Gem. In love I tell you.2016-04-19 Ruby Gem 2

I paired this with a favorite pair of trousers, a wide-legged Hershey Sevilla, making me feel like a proper adult for once, while being so comfortable I could not possibly have cared less that my makeup was on crooked. And I’m not only talking about the fact that it seems as if me and Manson, we’ve got the same idea of how to apply lipstick. There was a bit of a blush accident that I couldn’t be bothered to fix and then the brows..well they didn’t look as if they were related at all.

I just hope it annoyed the hell out of someone.

Lots of love,

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