The carpet hunt

Ever since I discovered the cutest photos of this installation all over Instagram, I had wanted to go. Isn’t it funny when art becomes an Instagram darling, and suddenly all #bloggers gather with their cameras and cute outfits… I did too.

A few days ago after work I met up with my friend, booked an Uber to 526W 26th St (the Chelsea area where most galleries are hidden), and opened the doors to a carpet Mecca at Galerie Lelong. The exhibition is named ‘Protruding Patterns’ and is created by Beijing-based artist Lin Tianmiao. She has collected around 2,000 words and expressions about women in various different languages (which took over 6 years!!) and has then woven the lexicon into carpets creating the coolest 3D effect. Walking around the carpet was such an adventure with new cool words or color combinations popping up. I definitely thought about, more than once, how I could get away with placing that carpet in my own home (pretty sure Edward would hate me, haha).

gucci-shoesootdAffiliate links: Blazer H&M (similar here) | Jeans H&M | Shoes Gucci | Shirt Uniqlo

I wore a very minimalist outfit with a trend-pop from the check blazer. I love scandal looks like this one. Very effortless chic.

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Saturday Style on the Upper East Side

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I find myself looking forward to the weekend almost from Monday (doesn’t mean I don’t like my job or do exciting thing during the week, but you know, the weekend is the best). I tell myself I’ll sleep in, take long baths, go for walks, read my book… Doesn’t always happen since I tend to schedule loads of (fun!) stuff. TBH I never really sleep in anymore. I think it’s because my body is just used to that rhythm of getting up between 6-7AM and going to bed between 9-11PM (yeah, I like to go to bed early and get my beauty sleep), so on the weekends my inner clock usually wakes me up latest at 8AM. And actually that works out very nice, because… BRUNCH!

This weekend I met up with my friend to have brunch at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park and a following boatride. Both things had been on my to-do list since I moved here. I had actually invited Edward to go boating’ with me on a date a looooong time ago, but I guess he wasn’t feeling it… Hah! Anyways, Mie was just as good company. We had a lovely two-course brunch with Mimosas and coffee (duh!) while enjoying the gorgeous view of the lake. After, we went on the little boat and I volunteered to row. Jesus, that was a good workout in the 28 (humid!!!) degrees we had, but it was honestly so much fun. We even saw turtles!

I went with a casual chic outfit putting on some always trusted jeans and a loose button down. Turned out that loose shirt & humidity was a very good combo – at least I got a little circulation of air… I layered some jewelry, threw on some sunnies and my beloved Gucci accessories and I was ready for a girls day out.

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Running Around New York

img_9522Affiliate links: Dress Zara, Shoes Superga, Bag SKALL Studio, Sunglasses Celiné

I’m pretty sure, I’m living what has come the closest to my dream so far. A new job that pushes me, makes me want to be better every single day, and one that puts a smile on my lips. I even want to take my work laptop home with me to continue working at home… I haven’t experienced that in a loooong time (I was unfortunately stuck in a job that had more dramatic and bad happenings than good ones). This outfit is from yesterday, where we had a F/W17 shoot planned for most of the day. It’s always fun to get away from the desk and be creative with the camera and styling. One of the places we shot was in front of the old post office on 8th Avenue. Such a beautiful building! I knew we were going to be on our feet most of the day, so I wore my white Superga sneaks and a comfy t-shirt dress from Zara. Styled it up with jewelry and put my hair up in a bun.

zara-dressimg_9538Also, Edward and I are very, very close to finding our new apartment, and it’s all very exciting! I will of course tell more about the new apartment, when we’ve actually signed a deal and are moving in (please let it be before Thanksgiving real-estate God). But the one we just saw last night, we are truly in love with! It has almost everything on my wish list, which sounds like this:

  • Spacious rooms, check
  • Natural light (big windows), check
  • Area, check
  • Kitchen space, check
  • Not on 1st floor, check (it’s on 3rd)

The only things missing from the list are:

  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Central A/C
  • Balcony

What we’re trying to figure out is obviously if this is it, or we should keep looking. It’s hard to let a wonderful apartment go and believe that there is something even more right and perfect out there, or if we should go with this one. I do believe the things I couldn’t check off  on the list are things you don’t really get for our budget… So maybe those will have to wait for the next move, which will be a house. I’ll keep you posted!

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New job, new apartment, semi-new style

topshop-jeansAffiliate links: Zara Top \ Topshop Jeans \ Gucci shoes \ Céline sunglasses

These days I’m running around with Edward trying to find a new apartment. We ultimately want to move next month, but definitely before Thanksgiving, which gives a lot of extra work on top of just starting my new job. So we run around during the weekend and after work to see different places. I’ve actually started vlogging and also filmed some of the apartments that we’ve seen (the ones that are even worth filming – wait actually it would be fun to show all the bad apartments!), because I thought it would be fun for you guys to follow the hunt. The New York hustle is real, I’m telling you.

Other than the apartment “news” I also wanted to show you an outfit that has been an office favorite this month. I’ve changed my style slightly after starting my new job, just because it’s a way more professional environment, and I want to show my best self you know. So I’m leaning a little more towards the business vibe, but still keeping it trendy. I recently found this wrap blouse in Zara, which reminded me a bit of the Jacquemus Polka Dot blouse that I’ve been eyeing for what feels like ages (real time: a few weeks), but which is also way too expensive for my current budget (read: I want to move apartments). H&M also designed a blouse with the same vibe, but I honestly just hated the material.. Long story short: I went with the Zara option and styled it with white raw hem jeans, my classic Gucci shoes, and statement sunglasses from Céline.

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Electric Blue

casual-outfitAffiliate links: Jeans Levi’s / Bag Aimee Kestenberg / Shoes Superga / Sunglasses Ray-Ban / Earrings Pilgrim Jewelry / Necklace Pernille Corydon

I always say that it’s all about the detail. And the detail was indeed what made this outfit. Starting a new job for a handbag designer means new bags thrown at you, so I decided to style my outfit around this little electric blue number. I ended up with a tone-in-tone blue/grey casual outfit making the bag stand out. Perfect for a day of brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda with my good friend Jenni, and after that some shopping on Fifth Avenue for the before mentioned new job.

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First Autumny Outfit of 2017

fall-outfitAffiliate links: Bag Vintage Gucci / Loafers Gucci / Skirt Baum & Pferdgarten / Shirt Two Songs / Sunglasses Ray-Ban

I’m so excited that it’s finally fall. I’m one of those crazy people going all out and getting energy from this in-between season. Don’t get me wrong I love summer, but fall is just so damn beautiful and cozy. I cannot wait for Central Park to turn into a burning palette and the crisp air to allow more layers and warm baths. I told you, I’m excited.

First also means building up your wardrobe for the new season. I like to keep my basics and switch out the trend pieces. My first purchase this season is this preppy skirt from Baum & Pferdgarten that is perfect to dress up for work and down for a Saturday stroll. When it gets a little colder I envision wearing it with a thin turtleneck, big earrings and black boots.

What are you guys getting for the new season? Anyone else totally excited?

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Lately I’ve Been… London edition

It’s been a hot minute since both my last update on life (and blogpost to be real), but since I took the month of August off I’ve never had more plans. Fun plans of course. So my focus kinda shifted for a week or two, which I honestly think is very healthy. About two weeks ago I had a little trip to London in my calendar, so I thought it would be fun to share I little bit of what I did. I went to London to visit one of my best friends from uni, Emilie, and stayed with her in her cute apartment in Brixton, and we had such a good time exploring the city! I hadn’t been to London since I was a little girl, so I didn’t recognize a thing although I had little memories in the back of my mind.

SATURDAY

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First up was a Saturday stroll through Chelsea. I thought for some reason that Chelsea in London would be a version of New York’s Chelsea, but I was proven wrong. Boy, a colorful palette of beautiful houses. I’ve never seen anything like it, and although New York’s Chelsea has some beautiful townhouses this was a whole other level. Walking through that area I promised myself, that one day I would own a place right there. A pink one maybe? Or what about those pretty white ones? After looking at picture perfect real estate dreams we went for a coffee and a bite at April’s Cafe located in this little hidden corner on Sloane St. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in that area (whilst hungry).

chelsea-strollfiddlersfortuneIn the afternoon we went to Regent’s Park to see the sculptures set up as part of Frieze Art Fair (I’m pretty sure it was called Frieze Art in the Park). Above is John Chamberlain’s ‘Fiddlersfortune’ and below (right to left) is Emily Young’s ‘Planet’ and Miguel Barceló’s ‘Gran Elefandret.’

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SUNDAY FUNDAY

We started the day at a flea market in Pimlico, where I bought a cool coffee table book with photos of the old and the new London. Pretty inspiring. I’m trying to build a solid coffee table stack for our sofa table with some fashion books, maybe some architecture or decoration books, and then my newest addition. Emilie bought a floaty floor-long Marc Jacobs dress in a beautiful mesh fabric. Definitely a success.

After the flea market we went to Tate Britain to see the new ‘Forms in Space… by Light (in Time)’ by Cerith Wyn Evans. It’s a neon installation in three parts emerging as you walk through the amazing room. I have so many photos of it, because it just looked so cool every time I saw it from a new angle. I mean, look at that!

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After being really cultural at Tate Britain my inner tourist persuaded Emilie to go see Big Ben, the Parlament, London Eye, and of course have a phone booth moment. I’m telling you I have some super awkward tourist photos that will never see the light, but makes me smile when I look back.

MONDAY + TUESDAY

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Monday and Tuesday Emilie had to go back to work (the weekend went by waaaay too fast!), so I decided to explore more areas of London to really get a feel of the city. First up was Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, which I though would be the Times Square of London. And although it’s busy and very touristy it was way more manageble than Times Square (where I btw never set my foot if I can get away with it). I both went to Liberty (most amazing shopping “mall” I’ve seen), stopped in Jo Malone to get a new Peony & Blush Suede candle, and had a coffee at Costa. And as I felt very much home I suddenly got lost and ended up walking well over 25K steps. I’m telling you I had a pair of sore feet begging to lay down at the end of the day.

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A classic British pub looking very cute with the red details and flower decorations, and the amazing cacti selection at Liberty. If I could bring a cactus back to New York on the airplane I would’ve bought one.

london-skylinelondon-tower-bridgeA grey and cold London. I didn’t mind at all because that meant I could borrow a cozy sweater from Emilie and dream about my fall wardrobe. I’m seriously looking forward to fall now!

somerset-houseBefore I headed to the airport I took a little trip to Somerset House to experience their Perfume exhibition (a bit disappointing tbh) and had breakfast and very good coffee at Fernandez & Wells (which I also couldn’t help but ‘gram).

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The Most Epic Manhattan View

west-new-yorkAffiliate links: Tee Ganni / Shorts American Eagle Outfitters / Straw Bag from Chelsea Market (similar here) / Sandals Steve Madden / Sunglasses Ray-Ban / Straw Hat vintage

It’s still very much summer in The City, and I’m enjoying every second of it (with a few interruptions of going to Denmark and London, but more about that later). Last Sunday I took the car and drove to my friend’s house in West New York. First of all, I was so proud of myself for driving the car all alone in this crazy city and making it to my destination in one piece (I might or might not have done a cheer or two during the ride), and second of all I was so happy to be hanging out at my friend’s house instead of some coffee shop in SoHo. I remember when I was younger we always used to go to each other’s houses and hang out in the garden with the coffee we had made ourselves and the snacks we had found in our kitchen. Not a fancy café with overpriced coffee and cake, and too many people talking too loud. Gosh, I miss those simple days. So that’s what we created. A calm day by the pool with the most epic view over Manhattan I’ve ever seen.

I wore the shorts from my birthday suit with the cutest croissant t-shirt and a big straw hat. A perfect airy outfit for a humid day.

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8 facts about New York City

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Happy Sunday!

It’s August 2017 and I just hit my two-year mark living in New York City. I moved here with an understanding of how it was going to be, but reality would prove me wrong. It’s a real love-hate relationship (mostly love though), so I thought it would be fun to write down what I’ve learned about this big concrete jungle so far.

1. It’s cool to be busy. If you ask someone about their life, they probably meet you with a “I’m good! But busy…” If you’re not busy, what are you really doing?

2. Rent is a bitch. Nothing more, nothing less.

3. You’re going to work hard for what you want. More than you ever imagined. It kind of goes hand in hand with no. 1, because New Yorker’s perspective on career is work, work, work, eat by the desk, work, work, work, sleep. Do it all over again. I was expecting to work hard, but in Denmark we just work in a different way than here.

4. There’ll always be a street you didn’t see before. My girlfriend just moved to New York in a gorgeous apartment in FiDi (Financial District), and helping her getting settled we got lost more than once and had to put the GPS on. I would think that I knew at least Manhattan by now, but I still get lost in the streets and even take the wrong train once in a while. I guess that keeps your brain activated, right? Hah.

5. Catcalling becomes part of your everyday life. I personally can’t stand it, at it makes me feel very uncomfortable. More than once I’ve gotten into a big argument with the man catcalling me, but they just don’t stop. It’s like they don’t get how rude it is. I could go on and on about this, but I’ll just say #girlpower.

6. There’s always something to do. 1,5 years ago I even made a list of 10 things to do when totally bored, and that’s still my go-to list.

7. Commuting is every day life. An hour each way is totally normal. With my new job my commute is going to be around 35 minutes, which is way better than the hour I was used to, but I’ll still have to kill some time on the subway.

8. Rush-hour is 24-hours. New York City is really not that big square meter wise (which is also why they quickly ran out of space in Manhattan and started building up, up, UP), but it takes a dang long time to drive around because of the traffic. I recently got my American drivers license and naturally started driving our car, but the amount of time I can spend on the highway almost makes me want to go back to the Subway.

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Where are you guys from? What are facts that you have discovered about your city?

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Upper East Side stroll

park-avenueAffiliate links: Jeans Topshop / Blouse Zara / Sunglasses Ray-Ban / Shoes Superga / Bag SKALL Studio

As I’m writing this, I’m sat in Central Park on one of the many big rocks. To my left is a group of young women sitting in a circle (I have tried to figure out what they’re doing for about 40 minutes now) to my right is a three-person jazz band playing the well-known non-rhythm rhythms of old school jazz. It most of all reminds me of the feeling I had, when I just arrived to New York. About two years ago. Young, free, and ready to concur the world (and also, it makes me want to type faster).

Now, two years later, I’m still young. But I’m definitely less free, and I think my idea of concurring that world has shrunken in just a bit. New York’s constant buzz will do that to you. I came here to build a career, and that’s what I’m doing. But in between two very exiting happenings, I decided to take some time off. To be that free, young woman again. Do the things I haven’t done for so long, because my energy level on the weekends has been close to 0%. I’ve started working out again (not just biking to and from the office), I’ve sipped coffee while doing some serious people-watching, gone for early morning-walks with my love, hung out with new friends, and like right now, sat in the park doing what I love; Writing. Most of all I’ve just completely taken a break from the busy lifestyle for a month. I’m working on gaining my strength and energy, rediscovering my joy of getting up in the morning, taken time off-line to be creative. Finding my best self.

The other day I met a friend for coffee and after we decided to go for a stroll on the Upper East Side. Park Avenue was full of cars doing their afternoon rush hour thing. Yellow cabs all over. The most perfect moment to snap a few photos of that day’s outfit which shows that fall is working it’s way in. It’s still nice and hot here, but some days and especially mornings, the crisp fall air makes me want to reach for warmer items. I cannot wait to fill up my wardrobe for the season-to-come to be honest.

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I’m wearing a blue-striped boudoir style cropped top from Zara with high-wasted white jeans from Topshop. As Carrie would say, I styled it up (in this case probably down) with some shoes ala Supergas classic white sneak, retro Ray-Bans, and just loads of jewelry. A very classic late-summer outfit combo for me.

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The jazz band started packing up for the day, so I think I’ll do the same. Head home to a cold shower after this stinging hot day. Drink a glass of wine just because I can. Sleeping in tomorrow. Just because I can.

See you soon!

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Lady in Red

american-eagle-outfittersAffiliate links: Two piece American Eagle Outfitters (similar here) / Sandals Steve Madden (similar here) / Bag SKALL Studio (similar here) / Sunglasses Ray-Ban

My favorite outfit from Spain. And also the outfit I wore on my birthday (“25, fuck I’m old!” Anybody remember that line from SATC?). I love how it’s delicate fabric makes it feel dressed up, but casual look makes it appropriate for both going for a stroll in the city and going out for dinner.

We are through my outfits from my vacation in Sant Pol de Mar, and boy was that a good vacation. A week in the company of my man, my sisters and their boyfriends, my parents, my dad’s sister, and my little cutie-pie of a dog (which I insta-storied a lot!). Now I have about a week in New York, and then I’m headed for Denmark for a little while and a pit-stop in London to visit one of my very best friends from university. One is in London, one is in Copenhagen. One is in New York (me). Very nicely spread out. Metropolitans.

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

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Sunflower power

gironaIt’s time for another post from Spain, which I wore on a day trip to Girona. If you didn’t see my first blog post about my vacation to Spain, you can find it right here. This day it was a little cloudy, so we decided to hop in the car (that we had rented for 7 people, but which actually only fitted 4-5 adults and then had those annoyingly small seats in the trunk for 2 kids. That was where I sat for a good hour. An hour where most of the time was spend being happy that I stopped growing at 162cm) and be a little cultural. Girona is known for its medieval architecture, and I loved walking around the Old Town’s tiny streets that are more like spaces between houses than streets. After walking up and down the stairs between houses, we discovered the enormous ancient cathedral, which stands tall at the end of 86 steps.

girona-architecturemy-outfitgirona-streetsshein-sunflower-dressAffiliate links: Dress SheIn (similar here) / Bag Zara (similar here) / Sandals & Other Stories / Sunglasses Ray-Ban (similar here and here)

I wore a new favorite summer dress from She In (so cheap, but so cute), my mini-picnic bag, retro Ray-Bans and casual sandals. When I travel I make sure to pack outfits that will be complimented by my surroundings (#blogger), and I felt like this outfit stood out so well from the beige walls of the Old Town as well as the more colorful part of Girona by  river Onyar.

We had our lunch at a really shitty café (to be honest) that turned out to be a tourist flop, but after walking around the Old Town we discovered the cutest little coffee shop called La Fabrica. Its modern touch complimented the traditional surroundings in such a perfect way. I would definitely recommend this place if you need a little refreshment after exploring.

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