Do you remember that one time, when I went to Sweden for about 2 hours? I must admit the memory is rather foggy for myself, I’d decided to take the train from Copenhagen to Malmo last year for the novelty factor, realised that I didn’t have any SEK and that the shops were on the verge of closing, before getting stuck in a toilet. Fortunately I had a chance to rectify that experience of the country with a more dedicated trip, thanks to Moda in Pelle. It’s somewhere I’ve always been curious to visit, mainly for the shopping potential (it’s the home of Monki, Weekday and Acne) but also to absorb the way of life portrayed on a few of my favourite Swedish blogs. I even bought Styleby to try and kid myself that I could understand a few words but in reality, my vocabulary was limited to ‘Hej.’ Alongside Lucy, we set about seeing the best bits that Stockholm had to offer and trying to cram in as much as possible.
Bracelet – Primark
Sunglasses – Thailand
Not that I’m an expert by any means, but I always try and visit the Nordic countries during the Summer months to get the best out of the weather. We were pretty much on foot the whole time, so the Felise loafers were ideal for a long day exploring and balancing out the crazy pattern of the skirt with just the right amount of detail. I’m rather impressed with Zara at the moment, it’s taken a bit of time as I wasn’t really a skort person nor a fan of the huge bucket bags but finally I’ve found a few things that speak to me. On a chance visit, I was drawn to this unusual take on tartan, a distorted woven pattern that looks completely different to any other checks I own and therefore takes a justified place in my wardrobe. The only Scandi element of my outfit is this & Other Stories necklace, a perfectly picked birthday present from friends. I can be notoriously tricky to buy anything for as the reasons why I like something are the perfect combination of design, what mood I’m in, what I already have and whether it suits me. Luckily this blog and my various Pinterest boards serve as a handy starting point, is anyone else the same when it comes to gifts?
First impressions of the city were overwhelmingly positive. On the way to the Acne Archive, we got distracted by a few interesting boutiques, couples swing dancing in the park and many a stylish citizen. Never have I wanted to be a street style photographer so much and to document all of the achingly cool yet relaxed clothing combinations. I’m not saying that everyone was ridiculously well-dressed but there was definitely a high percentage of people wearing the perfect proportions, natural hair and make-up and seriously cool shoes. It’s just as well that we missed Stockholm Fashion Week entirely as I probably would have felt a major dose of outfit envy.
Forget Ikea, the meatballs at Riche were amazing and a perfect dinner for the first night. Eating out in Stockholm is generally more expensive in comparison to London and I found myself double-taking a few times at the currency conversions, but we definitely found a happy medium. You can’t complain about the quality of the food as there’s a lot of fresh seafood and vegetable combinations that I wouldn’t normally (try pickled cucumber, anyone)?
I feel very fortunate to have been in precisely four different countries last month and making the most of my last few months of passport validity, I can’t wait to finally go biometric! Until my next installment is up, check out the Moda in Pelle blog where a selection of our images will be posted!