Monthly Archives: May 2010

New from H&M – Fashion Against AIDS dress & summer tops

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Jeg var en tur i H&M for at bytte en kjole og besluttede mig for at købe lidt billige basis-ting til sommergarderoben i stedet. Først faldt jeg over denne sorte kjole fra Fashion Against AIDS-kollektionen. Den er i viscose, som desværre har lidt tendens til ikke at holde formen. Men jeg elsker det enkle design, de små skulderpuder og lynlåsen i nakken, og så tror jeg ikke, jeg ejer en mere behagelig kjole. Er nærmest som at rende rundt i joggingtøj og jeg har boet i den, siden jeg købte den. Pris 15 pund.

English: I’d recently returned a faulty dress in H&M and wanted to buy some cheap basic summer items instead. I instantly spotted this black viscose dress from the Fashion Against AIDS collection. At 15 pounds this isn’t top quality and the viscose does stretch a bit when you wear it. But I forgive it, because I love the shape, the shoulder pads and the zipper in the back + it couldn’t be more comfortable.

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Jeg gik også fra butikken med to sorte “tube tops” i bomuld (2.99 pund, fås i flere farver og mønstre), et par sorte haremsbukser til 7.99 og disse to toppe: en sort, assymmetrisk (6.99) og en blå og hvid stribet (2.99). Nu  kan sommeren bare komme an!

English: I also ended up buying two black cotton tube tops to wear underneath dresses etc. (2.99 pounds each, come in a variety of colours) and a pair of comfy and cheap black harem pants (7.99) and these two tops: A black assymmetrical one (6.99) and a blue and white striped one (2.99). Bring on the summer!

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Favourite Product: DuWop Cheek Venom

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Det lyder giftigt, men amerikanske DuWop’s Cheek Venom er, lige som deres legendariske Lip Venom, fri for skadelige tilsætningsstoffer og ikke testet på dyr. Jeg foretrækker creme-blushere, da de holder hele dagen og i selv den værste sommervarme, og da jeg også er fan af koral-farven (bl.a. i form af den fantastiske MAC lip conditioner) røg denne Lip Venom i farven “Diamondback” straks i kurven.

Jeg elsker den fine, lidt glimtende farve, og cremen dufter dejligt spearmint-agtigt, kildrer og køler lidt på kinderne, og skulle efter sigende både pleje og pifte dem op. Og så varer den simpelthen for evigt. Den fås også i farven Sidewinder, der er lidt mørkere og mere nude. Pris 24 dollars. Kan købes på nettet her eller på ASOS. Og sådan ser den ud “in action”:

English: I prefer cream blushers as they stay on the whole day, even in the worst humid summer heat. My absolute favourite is American Duwop’s Cheek Venom in the coral pink “Diamondback” (looking for a great coral colour for the lips to go with it? try this). DuWop are famous for their legendary lipglosses and plumpers called Lip Venoms. The products are, despite the dangerous name, free from any nasty additives and not tested on animals.

Last but not least, this product simply lasts forever – I bet you’ll have to throw it away not because it’s empty but because it’s getting to old. The blusher also comes in the colour “Sidewinder”, described as a “gorgeous nude flush”. Costs around 24 dollars. Buy it online here. Here’s how it looks on the skin:

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Loewe cosmetic bag

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Kosmetikpung i det blødeste sorte skind fra det spanske luksusmærke Loewe. Den kostede 70 kr i en af yndlings-genbrugsbutikkerne i St. Johns Wood. Guide til området er på vej – jeg skal bare lige have overstået en flytning. Jeg bander lige nu af mig selv over alt det genbrugslir jeg har købt de sidste to et halvt år, vi har boet i London.

Havde da bare lige købt en lille ting hist og her, troede jeg, men det var en sand genbrugs-tsunami der væltede ud af skabet, da jeg skulle pakke. Så nu bliver der grovsorteret og smidt ud og jeg køber aldrig mere noget (as if).

English: Vintage cosmetic purse in soft leather from Spanish luxury brand Loewe. I found it in one of my favourite charity shops in St. Johns Wood. Price 8 pounds. A guide to the area is on its way as soon as I’ve finished unpacking stuff here in our new flat.

O boy have I accumulated a lot of things in the two and-a-half years we’ve lived in London, especially clothes and shoes. I’m so bad at throwing things out, convincing myself that “this purple leopard print skirt will definitely come back in fashion in a year or two”. Oh well, guess I have to limit my second-hand shopping in the future (as if).

Seven shoes

I recently received a meme from one of my fellow (and favourite) bloggers, the lovely Helena Halme asking to see my 7 favourite pair of shoes. So here they are without further ado and accompanied by the whitest legs alive:

green bertie shoes

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Let’s start with the oldest first: I bought these green satin Bertie sandals in Copenhagen around 7 years ago. I love the colour, the retro-look and they are actually super comfortable. I haven’t used them for a long time, but I think I’ll have a green revival this summer.

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Next up are these equally old Bruno Magli suede shoes with gold squares on the heels. I found them in a charity shop in Copenhagen many years ago, and they were as good as new. I don’t use them that often anymore but the look quite classy with a simple black dress.

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I bought these black patent leather peep toes on sale at Russell & Bromley around three years ago. They are so well-made and comfortable = perfect for a long night out. I’ll never throw them away as they have huge sentimental value –  I wore them when I got married in Las Vegas two years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4vAPzWHk7Q

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You can’t really go wrong with a pair of Ferragamo flats/pumps. I love the understated elegance, so when I spotted this patent leather pair in a charity shop I had to buy them. I have another pair with a slightly  higher heel plus croco-pattern.

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I am a big fan of Jelly shoes and currently have three pairs: these red ones plus two transparent ones w. gold and silver glitter. They’re definitely not the world’s prettiest shoes (and you might end up with sweaty feet) but you can wear them for 100 days straight without even the smallest signs of blisters.

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I’m not normally a fan of Aldo Shoes as I think a lot of their shoes are too high and have too  many flimsy, blingy details. But when I saw a picture of these suede wedge sandals on a fashion blog last summer I had to run for the nearest Aldo store. I still love them and will probably wear them until they fall apart. They are so comfortable and I love the edgy look.

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I love my Balenciaga sandals. I don’t usually spend to much money on shoes, as I prefer to spend the big amounts on handbags + I tend to abuse my shoes and would feel bad if they were too expensive. So I try to find the more expensive designer shoes on sale or in charity shops. I bought these in the brilliant outlet The Mall in Italy (read about my visit to The Mall here) where they only cost me 115 Euros. They are almost sculpture-like and super comfortable – I recently wore them at a big and very long wedding in Bangkok.

Oh….and if I were to mention an 8th pair it would definitely be these Jeffrey Campbell wedges, they’re my newest favourites.

I’m probably supposed to pass on this meme, but I have a work deadline I better get back to, so that must be some other time 🙂

Tokyo shopping – Shiseido, Shiseido, Shiseido

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Glem ikke at tage en ekstra kuffert med, hvis du rejser til Japan. For hvis du, stik imod alle forventninger, ikke fylder den op med tøj, accessories, diverse vintagefund og måske en enkelt Tojiro-kniv eller to, så kan du i stedet proppe den til randen med billige Shiseido og Kanebo produkter.

Begge mærker har shampoo og bodyshampoo-linjer i fine flasker med pumpe, som de sælger i de japanske svar på Matas (se nedenfor). Pris: ml 30-50 kr. per flaske med 550 ml) – refill’en er endnu billigere. Produkterne er super dejlige og value-for money, og så pynter de så fint på badeværelset.

In English: Don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase, if you’re travelling to Japan. I promise you, if you haven’t managed to stuff  it with clothes, accessories, wonderful vintage finds, and maybe a Tojiro kitchen knife or two, then you can fill it up with delicious  Shiseido and Kanebo products.

Both brands do cheap lines of shampoos and body shampoo’s in economy sizes. You can buy them in the Japanese version of Boots (see below) and a big bottle (550 ml) cost between 4-7 pounds. The products are just lovely and so far I haven’t seen them in Europe.

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Tokyo shopping & more – Tsumori Chisato

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Jeg er vild med den quirky og sprælske japanske designer Tsumori Chisato, kendt for sine eventyrligt figurative og historiefortællende print og designs.  Så selvfølgelig måtte jeg en tur forbi hendes butik og kigge. Den ligger på shoppingaden Minami-Aoyama, i forlængelse af Omotesando-gaden og side om side med andre imponerende designbutikker som Comme des Garcons og Prada.

English: I really like the quirky Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato who is famous for her storytelling, colourful and fairytale’esque designs. So of course I had to stop by her shop at Minami-Aoyama – not far from the other fancy design shops such as Prada and Comme des Garcons.

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Selv om japanske designere er klart billigere i hjemlandet, så bliver hendes priser højere og højere, og kvaliteten er ikke altid i top (se min beskrivelse af TC ur længere nede) så jeg købte kun disse tre plasticarmbånd, som kan bæres hver for sig eller i en lidt over-the-top kombi. De kostede omkring 90 kr stykket.

English: Of course Japanese designers are cheaper in their home country, but TC is getting more and more expensive, and the quality is not always great (see my story below) so I just bought these three plastic bangles/bracelets. They cost around 10 pounds each.

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Da vi var i Tokyo for tre år siden var jeg også forbi butikken og endte med at købe dette katte-inspirerede ur. Det har perlemorsfarvet skive, og jeg synes at det er super fint. Der er bare det, at det går lidt for hurtigt – på en uge sådan cirka 5 minutter – ikke optimalt, faktisk temmelig irriterende, så det ligger mest i skuffen.

English: Last time we were in Tokyo I bought this TC wrist-watch, shaped like a cat. I love the weird design and the mother-of-pearl interior. Only (cat)ch  is that it is running to fast (it gains 5 minutes every week). So annoying.

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Det gør den her broderede læderpung til gengæld ikke. Jeg fandt den på udsalg til 1200 kr. i den nu hedengangne Koh Samui butik i London. Jeg elsker alt, der glimter, så den gør mig i godt humør, selv når den er tom.

English: Last, but definitely not least, here is an embroidered Tsumori Chisato wallet I bought on sale for 150 pounds in Koh Samui (London shop, now closed) 1 1/2 years ago. I love gold and glittery things, so it puts me in a good mood, even when it’s empty!

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

See Tsumori Chisato’s recent designs and shop online here

Tokyo shopping – Jeffrey Campbell wedges

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Mine absolutte favoritsko lige nu er de her sorte ruskinds wedge sandaler med guldnitter fra den amerikanske designer Jeffrey Campbell. Selv om de er tårnhøje, er de voldsomt behagelige. Faktisk så behagelige, at jeg helt glemte at jeg havde højhælede på under et halvberuset bar-besøg, og var lige ved at vælte. De kostede omkring 900 kroner i Tokyo, og hvis jeg kender Jeffrey Campbell ret, så kunne de være inspireret af en dyrere designsko fra et andet mærke. Det lever jeg heldigvis i lykkelig uvidenhed om.

In English: These are my absolute favourite shoes right now, at least when it comes to high heels. The studded suede wedges from American designer Jeffrey Campbell are so comfy. In fact so comfy, that I completely forgot that I was wearing high heels one evening at a bar and almost fell over. I payed around 100 pounds for them in Tokyo, and they might be Jeffrey Campbell‘s more affordable version of an expensive designer shoe, as J.C. is known to venture into copy-cat territory.

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New from H&M – Long black dress

H&M har også indtaget Japan. Jeg faldt over en af deres butikker i shoppingdistriktet Shinjuku en af de allersidste dage, og ville bare lige hurtigt stikke hovedet indenfor. Jeg endte alligevel med at forlade butikken med denne sorte, lange viscosekjole med bryderryg. (Fås også i sort/hvid stribet udgave). Den kostede kun omkring 80 kr., så budgettet blev heldigvis ikke væltet. Til gengæld er kvaliteten ikke i top, stoffet er super tyndt og halvgennemsigtig. Men jeg elsker lange kjoler og den lange silhuet for tiden, der er noget seriøst elegant over dem.

English: Swedish clothes empire H&M has also landed in Japan. I saw one of their shops in shopping district Shinjuku and just had to take a peek. No way was I going to buy anything…..ahem.  I came out with this long viscose dress and a black tube top to wear underneath. It was only around 8 pounds ( they sell them in H&M in London right now, in black + a black & white striped).  I’m so into long dresses at the moment and love the way they elongate your silhouette. I just wish the quality was better as the fabric is super thin and quite see-through.

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Her er den i daglig brug, kombineret med jakke fra H&M og et par sorte lange snørestøvler fra L.K. Bennett (de er i det blødeste læder, og minder mig lidt om en luksusudgave af de Doc Martens støvler jeg gik med i gymnasiet, og jeg fandt dem ubrugte til 30 pund i genbrugsbutik i Chiswick).

English: Here I’m wearing it with a jacket from H&M and a pair of long laced-up leather boots from L.K. Bennett. They’re soft as butter, remind me of a luxury version of the Doc Martens boots I always wore in highschool, and were as good as new when I bought them for 30 pounds in a second hand-shop in Chiswick.

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Tokyo shopping – vintage Chanel earrings

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Faldt over de her fine, forgyldte Chanel-ørenringe i en lille kommissions-genbrugsbutik (og dem er der mange af, skulle jeg hilse og sige, for japanerne skyer gamle ting og kollektioner, og sælger løs for at få råd til det sidste nye) på en lille gade i det forstadskvarter i det nordlige Tokyo, hvor vi boede.

Jeg er ellers ikke til clipsørenringe, men de her sidder som en drøm. Via stemplet bagpå (P 96) kan jeg se at de er fra forårskollektionen 96. Det bliver ikke mere 90’er og logo-agtigt, så de skal vist akkompagneres af et enkelt,  sort outfit og et minimum af anden tingeltangel. Pris ca. 500 kroner.

English: I spotted these Chanel earrings in a little consignment shop (and there are a whole lot of those all over Japan, as a lot of Japanese wouldn’t be caught dead wearing last year’s collections) in the suburbian area in northern Tokyo, where we stayed most of the time.

I normally don’t like clip-on earrings, but these are so comfortable. The stamp on the back says P 96, meaning they are from the spring (Printemps) collection of ’96. They scream LOGO, LOGO, LOGO so I think I’ll wear them with an understated, monochrome outfit. Price: around 57 pounds.

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Independent designers at Suam Lum Night Bazaar

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Hvis du er i Bangkok og markedslysten, så overvej at springe over det sindssygt store og temmelig crazy Chatuchak Weekend Market til fordel for Suam Lum Night Bazaar. Bazaaren ligger lige ved Lumphini stationen og over for den fine lille Lumphini Park.

English: If you’re in Bangkok and in a market mood, consider skipping the gigantic and quite crazy Chatuchak Weekend Market for Suam Lum Night Bazaar opposite  Lumphini park and just by Lumphini station.

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Nattebazaren er åben fra kl. 17-midnat, og den ene halvdel af markedet består af en stor plads, fyldt med madboder, storskærm (med fx. engelsk fodbold) og en scene, hvor lokale optræder. Du kan ikke betale med kontakter, men veksler til  mad- og drinksbilletter. Når maven er fyldt og blodsukkeret stabiliseret er det tid til at gå ombord i shoppeboderne. Halvdelen af dem ligger lige ved siden af spisepladsen, men det er de mest kedelige og traditionelle, fyldt med souvenirs og gaver til dem derhjemme if orm af håndlavede sæber, cremer, keramik etc. Nej, de rigtig sjove boder, ligger til venste, gennem denne magiske khmer-agtige port:

English: The Night Bazaar is open from around 5pm to midnight and is made up of a big square filled with food stalls and a stage, where locals perform. You can’t pay with cash but have to buy food and drinks tickets.  After food comes shopping. Half of the market stalls are located next to the eating square, but those are the more boring and traditioal ones with vendors trying to sell various homemade soaps, ceramics, scarves etc. If you’re after independent design continue left and walk through this magical khmer style door:

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Gennem døren og til  højre finder du en hel sektion med boder, der har specialiseret sig i tøj og indretningsgenstande af den quirky, moderne unge og artsy slags. Her er spøjse lamper og keramik og lokale designere, som sælger egne kollektioner af fx. bomuldskjoler og trøjer med tryk og sjove indfarvninger, hjemmelavede smykker af den humoristiske slags, og endda en bod, der har specialiseret sig i Vivienne Westwood kopier, hvis man ellers var til den slags.

English: Through the door to your right you’ll find a whole section with stalls dedicated to independent, local designers and more quirky things such as colourful plastic lamps, modern ceramics, funny jewellery and young designers selling their own designs. I even saw a stall filled with Vivienne Westwood counterfeits, not that anyone want’s to support that kind of thing.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

Jeg styrede købelysten, så at jeg var sikker på, at der var plads i kufferten til Japan-turen, men endte med at købe to ting. Det første køb var denne oversized halskæde, pris 80 kroner:

English: I tried to control my shopping urge, as I wanted to leave some space in my suitcase for the upcoming Japan trip. But I ended up buying two things. First up was this oversized necklace, price 10 pounds:

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

Og så kunne jeg ikke modstå de små sorte plasticfår-ørenringe her fra www.omnixyz.com, pris 10 kroner:

English: And I simply couldn’t resist these small black sheep-shaped plastic earrings from www.omnixyz.com, price 1 pound:

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