HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVES!...

Thursday, 31 December 2009
{photo by me}

SODERMALM...

Tuesday, 29 December 2009
I know my posts on Sweden are coming in dribs and drabs, but it's that time of year. I've been to SO many imaginary parties lately. Anyway, in Stockholm we stayed in Sodermalm, which I'm reliably informed is a bit sort of bohemian and everyone we met up with lived there as well, which was handy. I really loved it and our hotel*, which was housed in an old brewery, backing onto Katarina Church.

SAGE ADVICE FROM MR. O'BRIEN...

Monday, 28 December 2009
"I think it’s about common sense. A lot of people don’t have that. The rules are made to be broken but you have to know them to do it right[.....]Anybody who’s really stylish breaks the rules.""I’ve worn the Belgian shoes for twenty-something years. I’ve basically had the same taste in clothes since I was a teenager.""They would hire me and I would go in and I would be wearing a suit and tie and

12 DAYS OF LOLA...

Thursday, 24 December 2009
On the first day of Lola my true love sent to meA Poire Williams liqueur filled chocolate pear,On the second day of Lola my true love sent to meA pair of Lee Hale rose thorn earrings,On the third day of Lola my true love sent to meA Russian hat, an ice scraper and one of those Ipod plug in things for the car,On the fourth day of Lola my true love sent to meMore than four hours of sleep,On the

BITS OF SWEDEN...

Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Scandinavia presents the English speaker with a puerile sense of humour (me) with a smorgasbord of cracking up possibilities. I freely admit, I already have a half filled photo album with photos of Fartplans and Slutspurts from Denmark. I am therefore thrilled to have added to my collection in Sweden. Unfortunately the wonderful Farthinder eluded me. Next time...

DRESS YOU UP IN...

Monday, 21 December 2009
You know when you've seen something 8 million times and apart from conceding that it looked ever so nice in white on Michelle Williams, are ambivalent about it? Then suddenly when you can't get it anywhere in time for all the imaginary parties you may or may not attend, you really, really want it? Hello Phillip Lim dress of my dreams. While we're keeping things imaginary, I'd wear it with these

IT WAS ALL GOING TOO SWIMMINGLY...

Saturday, 19 December 2009
As we walked into the Eurostar terminal at 6.45am the announcement said "all services are cancelled due to severe weather conditions in northern France."Oh well! We are fine, caffeine fuelled and eating croissants anyway. I felt really sorry for all the people stranded, not able to get home for Christmas. We saw a few tears, but our trip will happen another day, another week...

SEE THE STARS, THEY'RE SHINING BRIGHT, EVERYTHING'S ALL RIGHT TONIGHT...

Wednesday, 16 December 2009
You'll have to forgive me, my heart has been performing a number of strange acrobatics this week - breaking open, swelling, exploding - that kind of thing. It's all most unusual. So this year has been crap in countless ways, but hello December. First there was Sweden, and Sweden would have been enough wonderment for a month. But then I had bought tickets to see Depeche Mode here in London and

LUCIA...

Tuesday, 15 December 2009



This time yesterday I was sitting on a boat travelling back from an island in the Stockholm Archipelago. We had watched the Santa Lucia service on TV in a hotel room in the middle of nowhere, laughing at the star boys' hats. We celebrated a birthday with princess torte and "contemplated nature and life"*. Earlier we had gone for a walk in a pristinely snow frosted pine forest. As the boat

HEJ, TACK, FIKA, GLöGG*...

Thursday, 10 December 2009
I won't be able to post for a few days because I'm going to Stockholm - blind, as it were. Never been there before, haven't done any research other than obsessively checking the weather forecast and worrying that my flimsy London threads and soles won't hold up. Oh yes, we're also spending one night on a remote island in the archipelago; so me and my thin soled ankle boots should be fine there

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE...

Wednesday, 9 December 2009
I watched a fantastic programme about Rudolf Nureyev the other night. (You can still see it on BBC iPlayer if you're in the UK.) And I love that he was apparently the first proper *star* to appear on the Muppet Show, opening the door to lots of others following suit. He definitely has a place at my fantasy dinner party.

SUCH A PERFECT DAY...

Saturday, 5 December 2009
Ah, what would be my perfect day in Paris...This year I have managed a paltry two and a half days in my favourite city, so my perfect day would involve a healthy dose of all those things I always like to do in Paris, with a few new things thrown in. Actually, if you've been reading this blog long enough you could probably write a post about my perfect day in Paris yourselves, and I could just sit

PARIS ACHE...

Thursday, 3 December 2009
Make a wish...{photos taken by me last December}

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS SPARKLE...

Wednesday, 2 December 2009
I don't understand all this Christmas sparkle nonsense. I threw a newly purchased well known weekly fashion magazine in the bin yesterday, muttering something about, "outfit porn for P.A.s". All this demanding I become extremely excited at the prospect of wearing sequins, sparkles and glitter on every inch of my body. At what other time of year would normally sane fashion journalists be proposing