old town

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sweater: Topshop (size down!) / Shirt: J.Crew
Skirt: Target, old (similar, similar) / Boots: Topshop / Sunglasses: Karen Walker

I was super excited when I saw this Topshop sweater at the Nordstrom sale. It looked so incredibly cozy and I loved the patchwork pattern. Then I saw it was a size 2. Then I saw that it was the only one in stock. Let me tell you, the last time I wore a size 2, I probably was 2. Anyway, the point is that this sweater is crazy comfortable and way oversized, almost to the point where one size fits all.

But moving away from the superficial shopping to the sights and the strolling. For this day we took a boat to Gamla Stan, or Old Town, which encompasses its own little island. It's got the most colorful buildings and alleyways in Stockholm - including the famous "narrowest" alleyway in Europe! (I didn't even attempt to go down it.) We came across this little square and fell in love, taking cover under the big tree when an unexpected rainstorm struck. We later found out that this square - Stortorget - is known for not only being the cutest little square but also the bloodiest (due to the Stockholm Bloodbath of 1520). Don't worry - I'm pretty sure all that violent history has flowed down the cobblestones and washed down the drainpipes. (Except that gnome below was pretty gruesome...)


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weekly notes / vol. 2

Friday, August 26, 2016


Okay, another week down, haven't lost speed yet!


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  • Look of the Week: How sweet is Noelle's look? I adore those shoes, and I absolutely want to do my hair like that!
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  • Blog I've Started Following: I'm always super happy to find blogs that make a point to style low-cost items. Katie's outfits always feature at least one item from Target, which is way too fun.

  • Instagram of the Week: Brie Larson and Natasha Lyonne hanging out together? Brie Larson and Natasha Lyonne hanging out in gorgeous jackets together? Brie Larson and Natasha Lyonne hanging out in gorgeous jackets at an event which celebrates women in cinema? Okay, you get it. Obsessed.


  • What I'm Listening To: A week from today, I'll be transported back to my adolescence. Just kidding, but I will be seeing Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato in concert, which is so very 2009 (or 2013, when I took this photo at a Jonas Brothers concert, RIP). In preparation, I've been listening to Nick's new album, Last Year Was Complicated. The boy's grown up!
  • What I'm Watching: Stranger Things. Duh. #wheresbarb (Illustration by Edwardian Taylor.)
  • What I'm Wishlisting: I know, I know, chokers are everywhere. But this one from BaubleBar is just so delicate and lovely.

the perfect dress

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dress: COS (other pattern) / Sneakers: Topshop
Bag: Kate Spade (in purple) / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Guys, this might be the Perfect Dress. I honestly have way too many dresses and should definitely not be buying any more, but this one ticked all my boxes. Comfy? Check. Nice silhouette without being form-fitting? Check. Lightweight but still cozy? Check. Perfect combination of black and navy so I don't go crazy trying to match it? Check!! I mean, could it get any better? Actually it can - this dress comes in another pattern, which I totally snatched up, too.

I hadn't realized I was repping Sweden with this dress - I knew COS was European, and H&M's sister brand, but I didn't know it was out of Sweden! I can totally see it now, with all its perfect minimalism and neutrals and chic basics. I don't think I fooled anyone that I was Swedish in this outfit (the dark hair pretty much gives it away), but it was perfect for romping around some museums! We went to the modern art museum, which I loved, and it had a fun sculpture garden with blown-up Picasso pieces. I promise I had more fun than my flat-mouth-emoji face looks. Also lol that I always forget to take off my Fitbit. This dress may go with everything, but a dark purple wristband is definitely hard to coordinate!

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you had a great Monday!

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