the style hive: July 2017

Feelin' That Flower Power with Rosegal (+ Discount Code!)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hi all! A quick break from posting about my travels to posting about another thing I can't get enough: florals. No, they're not groundbreaking but they're always lovely, aren't they? I'll take them in any form but especially in an easy-to-throw-on sweater or floral sweatshirt. Rosegal has so many offerings on the floral sweatshirt front, from preppy hoodies (nicely updated since our junior high days...) to that killer embroidered jacket that I might just have to snag for myself.

If you're keen to buy up some of these floral duds, you can use this code to get 10% off your order - and these pieces are already on sale, too! Whoo! Or maybe you'll find something else in their summer sale which is going on now. Either way, use the code RGEN for 10% off already on-sale pieces!

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classic london

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Top: J.Crew (similar, love this) / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: J.Crew in "Fresh Cream"
Bag: Need Supply (exact) / Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Earrings: Old, similar

Woohoo, my first post from my travels! And appropriately classically (or stereotypically?) London next to a red phone booth and some ivy. Over my many visits to London, I had surprisingly never been to the Victoria and Albert museum! So we made that our first stop on Monday. I'd known the museuem was famous for its textiles and fabrics, and it did have an amazing fashion section, with a special exhibit on Balenciaga going on. Other than that, though, I was a bit disappointed. The museum is large and overwhelming, its collection impressive and ranging from aforementioned modern fashion pieces to ancient Turkish rugs and Renoir paintings. It was a bit all over the place, and too big for my taste. Still their outdoor gardens were lovely, with all the big blooming hydrangea!

I bought these J.Crew espadrilles specifically for the trip, hoping they'd be a comfy and chic walking around shoe. They were pretty comfy, but I didn't wear them as much as I expected to. But they're pretty dang adorable and easily paired so I'll probably get my cost-per-wear in eventually ;)

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my style role models

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I've been following fashion blogs for a good long while now and I'm always excited when I find a new one that really jives with my own style. More excitingly, though, is when I find a blogger who looks like me - not in the so-pale-I'm-translucent or wears glasses kind of way, but in the body shape kind of way. Oh yes, today I'm going through my list of my favorite bloggers who aren't stick thin supermodels. They're a group of ladies who, in my humble opinion, look real and rock outfits that look real good. 

I'm so happy that fashion blogging is open for all, and there are a ton of body positive blogs out there spreading important messages and good vibes. Of course, a blogger in no way has to discuss weight and body image on her blog if she doesn't want to - she just has to put on those clothes and look awesome. In particular, I've rounded up a selection of gorgeous ladies who really inspire my everyday outfit choices and to whom I wanna say a big THANK YOU!

How adorable is Juliette? I mean, what else would you expect from a French gal with a perfect name? I love how Juliette dabbles in retro looks. She has such pretty hair and a great smile and it gives me confidence because I have a similarly round face. 

Courtney - Color Me Courtney

Whoo, I absolutely love Courtney! True to her blog name, she dons the brightest and boldest outfits and honestly it's so refreshing. She isn't afraid to try daring looks and she always does it with the most adorable smile. (I guess I'm drawn to people's smiles because lol I don't do it very often on here!) Courtney has some great words about body positivity on her blog, and I especially love this quote: "That’s kind of the whole point of blogging right? Real people, making real trends work for real, non airbrushed bodies so they can share their success (and failures) with other real people." You said it, girl! Now, uh, let me borrow everything in your closet?

Pauline also has French girl style down. She's slightly mysterious but with a sweet face and outfits that range from sophisticated high-class to playful and fun. I would happily step into her  (gorgeous) shoes - pale skin, dark hair, now I just have to move to France...

Kristabel is a gorgeous gal with an hourglass figure not unlike my own. She looks amazing in everything she wears, especially that jumpsuit, which totally helped ease my worries about trying that trend! She always keeps it real on her blog, from travel tips to discussions on race. She has a great post here on becoming more confident!

Nicole! I could go on and on about Nicole. So naturally beautiful and her words about body positivity are even more so. She isn't afraid to try any trend and still manages to stay true to herself. She is sweet and encouraging and refreshingly honest. You can read all the brilliant and inspiring things she has to say about body image here!

Of all these amazing ladies on this list, I think I'll dare to say that Noelle is most similar to me. We love a red lip, glasses, and a good ole quirky print. (I won't go quite so far to say I'm as pretty as her). Her curves look so cute in her retro-inspired looks and in swimwear, too. I always get excited when Noelle posts a new outfit, as it's inspo for my everyday wear too!

I hope you find these ladies as inspiring as I do. They've certainly helped me to embrace my body and to relieve some anxiety when it comes to dressing it.

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Wishlist for the Art History Snob

Monday, July 17, 2017

Matisse Earrings: Open House / Matisse Bag: Peu Importe Vintage / Louis Comfort Tiffany Scarf: The Met
Not Actually Marie Antoinette But Close Enough Top: Rad / Paloma Picasso Ring: Tiffany's
Mask of Agamemnon Pin: The Salad Days

I remember back in the day all I wanted was one of those painting-printed skirts or dresses from like Romwe and other (at the time) seemingly sketchy sites. Like they had pixelated screen-printed Monet or 18th century French paintings on them. Basically I wanted to proclaim that I loved art and studied art history. I never bought one of those and now they've seemed to disappear, but that's probably for the best. Instead I found some subtler and classier ways for you to show off your art history genius!

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i come from the mountains

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sweater: Topshop (similar, similar) / Turtleneck: J.Crew / Pants: Articles of Society /
Sneakers: Topshop (similar) / Backpack: Loeffler Randall (similar) / Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Another throwback to Iceland! I can't believe I'd forgotten how amazing the landscape was... I honestly felt as though I had stepped onto another planet. It seemed as if for half the time we were walking on beaches and the other half we were walking at the foot of mountains. Although we were mesmerized every time we stepped outside, this particular little patch was especially enchanting. It sums up Iceland pretty well, in my opinion: raw natural beauty melded perfectly with edgy, modern and man-made buildings. This funny little church seemed right at home with cobblestone hedges!

So, too, is the language: the phrase "I come from the mountains," while sounding eerily poetic and lovely to English ears, actually translates to something like, "I have no idea what you're talking about." Mountains just represent anything you want them to, I guess!

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Stockholm Travel Guide

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hej, hej! Wow, this is only a year late! My bad. I had so many photos to go through and then I ran out of steam and then, uh, time got away from me... Anyway, I had such a wonderful time in Stockholm, and I was lucky enough to be there for an entire week, so I thought I'd share just what all I got up to!


  • Boat Tour: Since Stockholm is made up of tons of islands, you almost have to take a boat to get anywhere. I'd recommend the Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off boats. They come about every 15 minutes, have a little audio tour you can listen to, and if you buy one ticket it's good for 48 hours! Note that they do stop running at 6 pm, which we unfortunately learned the hard way. // About $25 per ticket but good for 48 hours.
  • Vasa Mueseum: Before going to Stockholm we heard from everybody - friends, tour books, blogs - that the Vasa Museum was a must. It houses the oldest in-tact ship, which dates back to the 1600s. We went on our first day, taking the boat over to its little island of Djurgården and stumbling upon a very long line. Yep so be warned for that. It did actually move pretty quickly, and getting some ice cream while we waited helped! Once you get in it's about $12 for students and $15 for adults which isn't too unreasonable. The museum itself is built around the ship, with sails sticking out of the top of the building! You can walk almost entirely around, under, and above the ship and see all of its accouterments like armor, clothing, decorations, etc. I'm not exactly a maritime fan myself but it was still a very cool experience.
    Vasa Museum: Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21

  • Moderna Museum: This one was my absolute favorite in Stockholm, although I'm a huge art history nerd and an even bigger one for modern art, so I may be biased. Still I'd say the Moderna Museet is a must. It's on its own fun little island and has colorful sculpture gardens and the collection itself is really impressive. They have everything from Picasso to Duchamp (and his infamous toilet), Dali, Bourgeois, Matisse, and more. I was in love, honestly. Admission is free except for the special exhibitions (which we skipped)! But be prepared to spend money on some kanelbullar (cinnamon buns!) and on their amazing offerings at the gift shop.
    Moderna Museum: Skeppsholmen island

  • Fotografiska Museum: Another great art museum (sorry I just love them!!). The exhibits here aren't very large, but they're certainly high-quality and varied. The main exhibit was a beautifully done presentation of photos of Greta Garbo, arguably Sweden's biggest star. They had her films projected on the wall and fun designs and facts about her life all around. On another floor we saw photographs of African animals who are endangered while on the other we saw portraits of Kate Moss and Keith Richards. So, ya know, you get a range. Tickets for students are $10 and $12 for adults. The museum is a bit more out of the way than the others, although it isn't too far from the Nytorget area.
    Fotografiska Museum: Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 
  • Gamla Stan (Nobel Museum, Church): Gamla Stan is Stockholm's Old Town. It's on its own island and it is so worth a trip (of ya know, ten minutes in a ferry). It has the quintessential cobblestone streets, grand town square, and plenty of old buildings to ooh and ahh at. Plus it's home to the Nobel Museum, which was a very cool technology-integrated overview of the Nobel Prizes and all the recipients.

  • Grona Lund/Tivoli: Does every great northern European city have a Tivoli? I was obsessed with the one we went to in Copenhagen, and while this one isn't quite as amazing, it's certainly a fun time. Yep, it's an island that has its own amusement park. Crazy, right? Roller coasters, haunted houses, games, shows, you name it. (They even had a Mamma Mia attraction! Of course). Tickets are about $12 each, which is not bad! Of course you may find yourself spending extra on those darn game tokens...
    Grona Lund Amusement Park: Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21
  • Skansen: Skansen is a pretty funky place. It's a zoo, public gardens, museum, historical reenactment site, popular wedding venue... Okay so its technical name is an "open-air museum." It is quite lovely to walk around Skansen (it's pretty big!) and go from seeing houses and gardens done up in the traditional 1800s style to moose and wolves to artisans blowing glass and making jewelry. 


  • Vasa Museum Cafe: We had a lovely little lunch at the Vasa Museum's cafe, which has outdoor seating overlooking the water. It's got great sandwiches, drinks, and of course those cinnamon rolls!

  • Weiner Cafe: Hands down our favorite place to eat was the Weiner Cafe in the shopping area. It had amazing desserts, hot chocolate, crepes, and ham sandwiches. Plus the people-watching is too good!
    Weiner Cafe, Biblioteksgatan 6, 111 46 Stockholm

  • Urban Deli: I had looked up places to eat on TripAdvisor before we left and the Urban Deli was repeatedly recommended. It was definitely trendy, and in Stockholm's hip neighborhood of Nytorget. It has outdoor booths (which we opted for), tables, and an indoor section including a little grocery store. I'd totally see it at home in Brooklyn. To be honest I didn't love their food, except for the French fries! It's a combination of Swedish and Mediterranean foods. They also have funky hours where they're open but not serving lunch or dinner, just a small snacking menu.
    Urban Deli, Nytorget 4, 116 40 Stockholm

  • Grand Hotel's Cadier Bar: So I'm biased because we stayed at the Grand Hotel, and I swear we made sure to eat there at least once a day (more usually twice!). But they seriously have an amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can sit in their Cadier Bar and look out on the streets and the canal while enjoying a delicious club sandwich and of course a cinnamon bun for dessert!
    Grand Hotel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103 27 Stockholm


  • Biblioteksgatan: YEs finally okay the shopping!! Of course I was super excited to go to Stockholm, though I didn't know a ton about it - I knew it was a center for style. And so I totally searched for all the shopping places before I left. Biblioteksgatan (which is a street) kept popping up and was actually right near our hotel, so I knew I had to make a visit (or several). It seemed to be the most popular shopping area in Stockholm, and no wonder - it has Acne, COS, Zara, Chanel, Prada, & Other Stories, Swedish Hasbeens, and the list goes on! Obviously I avoided the higher-end stores in favor of the more high-street ones, COS in particular, which I was very happy to find out was founded in Sweden! Bibliotekstan is a pedestrian area that is near a park and has a ton of lovely little restaurants for those much-needed shopping breaks. 

  • Grandpa: When my friend who studied abroad in Stockholm heard that I was visiting, she said "you'll like the store Grandpa." And was she right! Grandpa is a mix of just about everything cool - journals, home ware, clothes, candles, jewelry, books, knickknacks for your aesthetically pleasing Instagrams... I didn't actually buy anything because 1) I didn't see anything I absolutely needed and 2) it was a bit out of my price range. But it's definitely a fun store and it's right near the Nytorget Urban Deli, so worth a trip! It's also right next to what looked like a delightful bakery.
    Grandpa: Södermannagatan 21

  • Acne Archives: Okay so even though you're in the home of Acne, and you'll find plenty of its stores around, it's still a pretty pricey place. Enter Acne Archive, which has discounted prices! It's a bit of a hike up and out of central Stockholm but if you're willing, it's worth it. Plus the taxi ride up to Acne gives you a glimpse of the more urban side of Stockholm, where all of its inhabitants actually live. The Acne Archive store itself is tiny - don't expect them to have your size in everything! Still, I found a number of things to try on, from jeans to sweaters to dresses to shoes. I got a jacket that was over 50% anyway but when my mom found that a button was missing I got some extra discount (and you can hardly tell) so that the jacket came to a little less than $150 (originally $340!). You definitely have to hunt, but the treasures are there. Acne Archive: Torsgatan 53, 113 37 Stockholm, Sweden

And that is my Stockholm roundup! I loved this city so much and would happily go back anytime, but it was especially lovely in the summer. If you go, have the best time and bring me with you!