Each time I’m fortunate to head off on a press trip, I fill up a handful of my camera’s memory cards with far too many snaps. New architecture, friendly faces, too-cute-to-miss animals and exceptional styling are usually the culprits! When I get home I’m faced with the task of editing them down in to cohesive blog posts, but some just don’t fit. A curious pug, a glass of champagne and a pair of shoes..not exactly the most logical of combinations. So here we have a snapshot diary of my 4 fun-filled days in Stockholm. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that pug’s pretty face, would you?!
First and foremost, I’d like to introduce you to new friends, Chantal, Marianna, Lisa & Camille, who are are just a few of the international bloggy pals I made in Stockholm – one of my favourite things about blogging is the friends you can make all over the globe. I also fell in love with a few designers too…spot the pink haired model above? She walked with an army of pastel-adorned beauties in floaty dresses at the Ida Sjöstedt show, all with perfectly coiffed pink hair. I now know exactly where to look when I plan on hunting down a wedding dress (a bit of forward planning never hurt, right?).
But what excited me even more about Stockholm was that I had no clue what it would be like! Despite having read Swedish blogs since the beginning of time, and appreciating their effortlessly cool style, I had no expectations of what Stockholm would be like. But it presented me with rain and sunshine in equal measure, beautiful old buildings, fantastic design and too many cute dogs to handle. I also spotted a few of those blogs that had inspired me years ago, including Lisa above and Elsa, too!
I couldn’t recommend Stockholm enough. I didn’t manage to do any shopping whilst I was there (large price-tags and empty purses don’t get along), but would be happy to offer up tips to any other Stockholm first-timers!
Thanks again to Bloggers Wardrobe for the invitation, and to Elite Eden Park Hotel for having us! x
I promised a post full of bags, and here you have it, in all their monogrammed goodness! I’ll admit, I didn’t know a great deal about Bottega Veneta before their kind invitation to Milan – after a quick Google I’d thought that their most recent colour palette and grown-up aesthetic wasn’t my bag (pardon the pun!), but there was something about their latest project, entitled ‘Initials’ that piqued my interest. I’m forever wishing I was back at school, when I’d have pencils with my name on them, or even jumpers with my initials scribbled on the label..having your identity imprinted on your designer handbag seems to be the very grown-up version of this nostalgic tradition.
Bottega’s Initials project allows you to customise your intrecciato bag, belt, wallet, purse, ipad case (you name it!) with your initials – something rather bold for a company that doesn’t even use it’s own logo on their classic products. You can pick from a variety or colours and sizes - this might be something you’d consider easy, but when faced with the small tote bag with red lettering vs the large with the yellow lettering, it becomes a difficult task. I mocked up my options on the website before ordering the bag you see above – the yellow lettering reminding me of gold, and the large open shape being unlike anything else I own. The perfect size for a shopping trip or a day at the beach, I thought.
And voila! It’s been on a few journeys already, and each time I’ve wondered whether the person opposite on the tube might be trying to guess my name.
Thank you to Ykone and Bottega Veneta for a wonderful trip.
P.S Yes! Those are the shoes – I’ll introduce them in another post! x
‘I Can’t Seem to Get Rid of the Horses’
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m not a jewellery person. I only own a handful of pretty pieces, but often have to remind myself to put them on before I leave the house. Rings are a generally a no-no (I fiddle with them too much!), and I haven’t worn earrings for around 5 years (ditto!). That was until I got these Horse Studs from London-based designer Smith/Grey at Bottica. If I’m going to adorn myself with pieces of metal, they have to be cute pieces of metal, and what could be cuter than a horses rear-end sticking out of your ear lobe..?! Their entire collection is full of horses, but this quirky pair of studs were my favourite piece – I can pretend I’ve got a miniature golden horse jumping through my head!
Another addition to my slowly growing collection is this adorable key bracelet from Benita Blue, and a new pal in the form of this little mouse that grabs on to my little finger – a gift from my best friend Katie who has just opened her own online jewellery shop, Cherry Humbug, where you can find Mr. Mouse for a mere £3.
I’m not ready to start spending any serious dosh on jewellery, but like nail polish, I’m learning to try and appreciate it, which is usually accomplished a lot quicker when said item is animal-themed – next on my wish list is this beauty! x
P.S – I’m totally working on a DIY with all of those pearls! Watch this space…
Earrings - Smith/Grey via Bottica | Bracelet - Benita Blue | Ring - Cherry Humbug
Dress - Family Affairs | Cardigan - Licia Florio