Monthly Archives: June 2010

Romper suit and jumpsuit from Greenwich Clocktower Market

Da jeg skrev om min blomstrede buksedragt/romper suit i går, kom jeg pludselig i tanke om, at jeg havde én mere i skabet. Den er sort med måner og stjerner i changerende farver. Kan I huske, da man som barn malede en regnbue af farver med farvekridt, dækkede dem med sort og ridsede mønstre og ord med en saks, så farverne på magisk vis tonede frem? Sådan ser mønsteret ud.

English: When I wrote about my romper suit yesterday I suddenly remembered that I had another one in the closet. This one is black with multi-coloured moons and stars. The pattern reminds me of when I was a child. I would take my crayons and draw a rainbow of colours, cover them with black and then scratch words and patterns with a scissor to make the colours magically reappear through the dark.

second-hand romper suit - Jeffrey Campbell wedges

Jeg købte dragten sidste år på det afslappede udendørs Greenwich Clocktower Market (åben lør, søn og helligdage 10-17), som er meget bedre end det turistede og lidt fodformede overdækkede Greenwich Market . Her er det nemlig ikke lilla hjemmesyede tevarmere og røgelse, der er i centrum, men derimod retro, vintage, genbrug og antik i form af tøj, smykker og møbler. Jeg benyttede mig af mængderabat hos en bod, der har specialiseret sig i håndplukket tøj fra 70’erne, 80’erne og 90’erne. Fik denne buksedragt, hjemmesyet i Liberty-stof med i købet for 25 pund. Den er så behagelig i sommervarmen og kan bæres på to forskellige måder.

English: I bought the romper suit last summer at the outdoors Greenwich Clocktower Market (open Sat, Sun & bank holidays 10-5) which is a lot better than the touristy Greenwich Market. The Clocktower Market is down-to-earth and is bascially a square filled with stalls selling retro, vintage and second-hand clothes, jewellery and furniture. I bought the romper at a stall that specialises in hand-picked clothes from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I also got this home-sewn jumpsuit. It can be worn in two ways and is made from Liberty fabric. Price: 25 pounds for the two.

Liberty jumpsuit - Robert Rodriguez woven belt - Wood Wood necklace

Second-hand jumpsuit - Wood Wood necklace - Jeffrey Campbell suede wedges

Romper suits, Hampstead, Pimm’s and a dog named Oscar

I søndags tog jeg hen til et af de absolut smukkeste, grønneste (og dyreste) områder i London for at mødes med to veninder: Hampstead. Det var hammervarmt, knap 30 grader, så det var på tide at droppe det sorte outfit til fordel for noget lyst og blomstret. Jeg rodede lidt rundt i skabet og hev denne korte buksedragt/romper suit frem. Den fandt jeg for mange år siden i en genbrugsbutik i København.

Last Sunday I met up with two friends in one of the most beautiful and greenest areas of London: Hampstead. It was around 28 degrees outside so I decided to ditch the black in favour of something floral and summery. So I dug out a romper suit/onesie that I bought many years ago in a second-hand shop in Copenhagen.

Second-hand romper suit - 2,99 tube top from H&M - old Roxanne Mulberry bag - Chanel cuff - Jellies

Den er i 100% viscose og vildt behagelig på varme sommerdage (dog ikke særlig praktisk, når man skal på toilettet, så den ville aldrig komme med på Roskilde Festival). Jeg er også ret vild med flet-detaljerne på ryggen:

It’s made of viscose and so comfortable (not too practical when you have to go to the loo though). And I really like the woven details on the back:

Vi startede med en lang gåtur rundt i Hampstead Heath, så vi kunne motionere os selv og den søde Cocker Spaniel Oscar, som en af mine veninder passede. Jeg benyttede lejligheden til lidt hunde-nærkontakt af 1. grad.

We started out with a long walk around Hampstead Heath. With Oscar the Cocker Spaniel as one friend was dog-sitting  for her friend who lives nearby. Almost nothing beats quality time with a cuddly dog.

Jeg har læst om de fantastiske badesteder i Hampstead Heath men aldrig set dem. Vi passerede denne, der er til begge køn, og der er to andre: en til mænd og en til kvinder. Især den til kvinder skulle være ret fin, da den ligger uforstyrret bag en masse træer. Det koster omkring 2 pund at hoppe i. Jeg skal helt sikkert have badedragten med næste gang.

I’ve heard a lot about the amazing fresh-water swimming ponds in Hampstead Heath but never seen them up close. Next time I’ll definitely bring my swimsuit. This is a picture of the mixed gender one, but there are two others: one for men only and one for women only. Apparently the women’s pond is very nice as it’s situated in a more secluded and quiet place.

Efter timers vandring havde vi seriøst brug for mad og drikke, så vi satte kursen mod den berømte landevejskro The Spaniards Inn, hvor vi gik ombord i Pimm’s, Cæsarsalat og chokolade-fondants. Den historiske pubs menukort er lille, men maden virkelig lækker og billig og omgivelserne perfekte. Om sommeren kan man sidde udenfor i den hyggelige gårdhave, og om vinteren tænder de op i kaminen. Skal prøves, hvis man er i området.

After having walked for hours in the sunshine we were seriously in need of something to eat and drink. So we headed in the direction of the famous “country pub in the city” called  The Spaniards Inn where we had some Pimm’s, Cesar Salad and yummy chocolate fondants for dessert. The menu is small but their food is lovely and quite cheap and you can sit outside the historic building in the cosy courtyard. They even have a “doggy wash” and 17 different lagers. In the winter they have an open log fire and I can’t think of a better or more idyllic place to “defrost” after a long winter walk.

Galibardy – affordable bling with a twist

Photo: Mette Bassett

For et stykke tid siden blev mine øjne lokket til af en smykkestand lige ved indgangen (i enden med madboderne) til det dejlige indendørs søndagsmarked i Østlondon, Sunday UpMarket.

Bag standen stod ejeren af smykkemærket Galibardy, og jeg endte med at gå derfra med Bambi her til omkring 21 pund. Firmaet har specialiseret sig i spøjse halskæder, brocher og ringe med alt fra dødningehoveder til pantere, en kanin i en hat, bittesmå grønne æbler og bier.

Priserne er lave, men de fleste smykker er lavet af messing og de ser meget dyrere ud, end de er. Galibardy har haft en stand på markedet, hver gang jeg har været forbi, men du kan også shoppe online på www.galibardy.co.uk.

English: A while back I was visiting the lovely Sunday UpMarket in East London when my eyes were drawn to a stall selling jewellery with a quirky twist. Behind the stall was the owner of the company Galibardy, who has  specialised  in affordable, modern jewellery with humour and a story to tell.

I ended up buying the Bambi necklace in brass, price: 21 pounds.

You can shop at their stall in East (it has been there every time I’ve been there and is located right by the entrance, before the food stalls) or online at www.galibardy.co.uk.

Photo via galibardy.co.uk

Photo via galibardy.co.uk

Photo via galibardy.co.uk

Photo via galibardy.co.uk

Photo via galibardy.co.uk

Rock, beer & sunshine

Photo: Mette Bassett

Vi skal ikke på Roskilde Festival i år, men vi fik alligevel en lille smagsprøve på festivallivet i går, hvor vi tog vi i Hyde Park for at se Pearl Jam optræde på Hard Rock Calling-festivalen.

Og det var fantastisk. Vejret kunne ikke være bedre, øllene var kolde og Pearl Jam var fabelagtige (og Eddie Vedder er altså stadig temmelig pæn). Og så fik jeg lige muligheden for at iføre mig min Borbonese bæltetaske igen. Har vist sig at være den perfekte koncerttaske!

English: Yesterday I got to revive my teenage crush on Eddie Vedder as we headed for the great concert intitative in Hyde Park, Hard Rock Calling. Neither of us are going to the Roskilde Festival this year, so this was the short and sweet alternative.

The weather was amazing, the beers cold and Pearl Jam were amazing. And I even got to wear my Borbonese Bum bag again. It’s the perfect concert bag!

Photo: Sam Bassett

Photo: Mette Bassett

Yup, they had Danish beer. Photo: Mette Bassett

Photo: Mette Bassett

Photo: Mette Bassett

Second-hand find: Borbonese Bum Bag

Photo: Mette Bassett

Jeg køber sjældent tasker i genbrugsbutikker, men den her bæltetaske/bum bag vækkede alligevel min nysgerrighed i genbrugsbutikken Cancer research i Chiswick. Jeg genkendte Redwall navnet på lynlåsen (Redwall Group er et stort italiensk firma, kendt for bl.a. at lave tasker for Moschino) og var ærlig talt i tvivl om jeg nogensinde ville få den brugt. Sidst jeg ejede en bæltetaske, var da jeg som 19-årig skulle flytte til Paris og fik en i gave af mine forældres venner. De var overbevist om, at sådan en var vejen frem, hvis man skulle undgå at blive røvet i byernes by. Jeg brugte den aldrig….og fik heller aldrig stjålet noget.

Men tilbage til den her. Den kostede kun 3 pund, så den røg i indkøbskurven uden tøven. Et par googlinger senere og jeg fandt du af, at Borbonese er et fint gammelt italiensk firma, startet af Borbonese-familien, som specialiserer sig i tasker og tilbehør. De er især kendt for mønstret her, som også præger deres lædertasker, “occhio di pernice” hedder det, det betyder noget i retning af “agerhøne-øje”. Læs en fin beskrivelse af Borbonese her.

Jeg synes at tasken er ret fin (og praktisk på lange gåture) over en sommerkjole, hvor den fungerer som bælte, eller man kan bære den på tværs over skulderen, som jeg for nylig gjorde i Bangkok.

English: I rarely buy bags in charity shops, but this bum bag caught my eye in the Cancer Research charity shop in Chiswick. I recognised the Redwall name (the Redwall Group is a Bologna-based company, known for making accessories for Moschino) on the zipper pull. But I didn’t recognise the name Borbonese and to be honest I normally wouldn’t think of wearing a bum bag. I haven’t owned one since I was 19 and got one as a present before moving to Paris. The person who gave it to me was convinced I would get mugged in big, dangerous Paris if I didn’t wear it. But I never did. Wear it or get robbed.

But hey, this one was only 3 pounds, and I like the idea of wearing a bum bag over a  summer dress, almost like a belt. Or across the shoulder, as I recently did in hot and humid Bangkok.

And after a bit of research it also turns out that Borbonese is a very elegant, expensive brand, started by an old Italian family and famous for this particular speckled patterns called “occhio di pernice” or partridge-eye. Read a good description of the brand here.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Photo: Sam Bassett

Favourite shop: The Salvation Army in Princes Street

Photo: Mette Bassett

Hvis du løber rundt i indre bys highstreet-butikker som en hovedløs, stresset og lettere svedig shoppe-kylling, så giv dig selv en pause og smut ind i  The Salvation Army genbrugsbutikken her, der ligger i Princes Street, en stille sidegade til Regent Street, der løber parallelt med Oxford Street.

Butikken er stor og sjældent proppet med mennesker. Til gengæld er den proppet med tøj til både ham og hende. Efter sigende er det her, Sohos mange PR-agencies donerer deres aflagte vareprøver i form af ubrugte sko, tøj og accessories. Og det er her de studerende fra Londons nærliggende College of Fashion henter inspiration.

Det er en af den slags butikker, hvor man bliver nødt til at komme ofte for at gøre gode fund, og priserne er ikke lave. Jeg når sjældent forbi, men for snart længe siden lykkedes det mig at finde disse ubrugte sko fra spanske Fluxá til 15 pund. De var turen værd.

English: If you’re running around Oxford Circus like a headless and rather exhausted and overwhelmed shopping chicken, then take a break and pop into the The Salvation Army charity shop in quiet Princes Street, just off Regent Street.

The shop is big and never too crammed with people. Apparently this is one of the places where Soho’s many PR-Agencies donate their press samples, so you’ll often see a lot of unused clothes and accessories.

Their  prices are a bit high. And, as always: the more often you stop by, the more likely you are to stumble upon a second-hand treasure. A long, long time ago I managed to find these (then unused) shoes from the Spanish brand Fluxá. They cost 15 pounds.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Wishlist – Dover Street Market perfume

Photo via shop.doverstreetmarket.com

Jeg køber sjældent nye parfumer, men i Japan forelskede jeg mig i denne fra Comme des Garcons. Den hedder Dover Street Market, ligesom firmaets vidunderlige (og meget dyre) butik i Dover St. her i London.

Selve duften er lidt maskulin og træagtig og som de fleste andre af deres parfumer er den unisex. Noterne består af bergamot, mandarin, sort peber, koriander, røgelse, enebær, cedertræ, labdanum, patchouli og fyrretræ. Flakonen er designet af mærkets fabelagtige grundlægger, Rei Kawakubo.

Det er bestemt ikke alle, der vil kunne lide den. Men jeg har altid foretrukket de tungere, søde og krydrede dufte frem for de lette og blomsteragtige. Tidligere favoritter har været: Chanel no. 5, Cristalle, Coco Chanel, Miss Dior, Narciso Rodriguez for her, Scent by Costume National og Agent Provocateur.

Jeg købte den ikke, da jeg var i Comme des Garcons-butikken i Tokyo, da jeg ikke kunne retfærdiggøre at svinge Visakortet mere. Men så er det godt, at de sælger den hos Dover Street Market, og den er endda lidt billigere end i Japan. Pris: 50 pund.

English: While in Japan I fell in love with this Comme des Garcons perfume. It’s called Dover Street Market just like the company’s mesmerizing boutique/warehouse in Dover St. in London. If you haven’t been there you should definitely go. It’s amazing, although very expensive.

The fragrance is woody, peppery and musky (the notes include bergamot, mandarin, black pepper, coriander, incense, juniper berry, cedar, labdanum, patchouli and pine). As a lot of their other perfumes, it’s unisex. The bottle is designed by the company’s incredible founder Rei Kawakubo.

This perfume is not for everyone, but it’s actually not as heavy as it sounds as a lot of the heavier notes evaporate quite quickly. But then again I’m biased as I don’t like my perfumes too light, fresh or flowery. Some of my favourites through the years have been: Chanel no. 5, Cristalle, Coco Chanel, Miss Dior, Narciso Rodriguez for her, Scent by Costume National and Agent Provocateur.

I didn’t buy this one in Japan as I had already spent too much money, so I was very happy when I found it on Dover Street Market’s website. Even better: it’s 10 pounds cheaper here than in the Comme des Garcons store in Tokyo. Price: 50 punds.

Long dresses from COS – 50% off

Photo: Mette Bassett

Dykkede fluks ind i COS i Regent Street den anden dag, da jeg så at de havde udsalg. Har længe haft lyst til flere lange sommerkjoler, så jeg endte med at købe dem her, som begge er 100% bomuld og 50% nedsat.

English: Yesterday I passed the COS shop at Regent Street and couldn’t resist the “50% off!!” signs shouting to me from the windows. I really like the Swedish (H&M-owned) brand and its minimalist, edgy and structured designs, as there is something very Scandinavian about them. But their prices are quite a bit higher than H&M and unfortunately the quality doesn’t always follow the price.

These cotton dresses were half price, which makes a lot more sense.

Photo: Mette Bassett. COS DRESS - YOHJI YAMAMOTO BRACELET

Den her er favoritten. Den ser lidt ud som om, at jeg er blevet angrebet af en gal og meget Jackson Pollock-inspireret maler. Eller måske en pels-aktivist, bevæbnet med den forkerte farve maling. Pris 49 24,5 pund.

English: This one is my favourite and looks as if I’ve been attacked by a deranged Jackson Pollock wannabe. Or maybe an anti-fur activist, armed with the wrong colour of paint. Price 49 24,5 pounds.

Photo: Mette Bassett. COS DRESS - CHANEL CUFF - JEFFREY CAMPBELL SHOES

Og her er den beige/taupe. Det sjoveste ved den er vist dens bryderryg, som er snoet en omgang. Men super behagelig på hedebølgedage (som om de nogensinde kommer til London) eller sydhavsferier 🙂 Pris 45 22,5 pund.

English: And here’s the beige/taupe one. I like the twisted part on the back and it’s perfect for warm summer days (if they’re ever going to arrive) or tropical beach holidays 🙂 Price 45 22,5 pounds.

Spinatlasagne med hytteost – spinach lasagne with cottage cheese

Foto: Mette Bassett

En af favorit-retterne her i huset. Den er supernem at lave, sund, lækker og billig og et dejligt let alternativ til kedelig kødlasagne.

English: One of our favourite home-made recipes around here. It’s so easy to make, healthy and cheap and a nice lighter alternative to meat lasagne. (Scroll down for recipe in English)

Spinatlasagne med hytteost  (4 pers.) :

Det skal du bruge:

  • 1-2 poser frosset helbladet spinat
  • 1-2 hakkede løg
  • Hakket hvidløg (så meget du har lyst til)
  • 3  små bægre hytteost (300 g i hver)
  • Lasagneplader
  • Salt, peber, muskatnød, evt. chili.

Mornay sauce:
(Da jeg boede i DK brugte jeg bare den fra Karolines Køkken. Hvis du vil lave den selv, så gør du sådan:)

  • Ca. 50 g smør
  • Et par spiseskefulde mel
  • En kop varm mælk
  • En kop revet parmesan
  • En kop anden ost, fx. gruyere
  • Lidt salt og muskatnød

(Smelt smørret i en gryde og pisk melet i. Tilsæt den varme mælk under omrøring. Lad den hvide sauce koge op, så den får en passende tykkelse. Tilsæt osten til sidst. Og evt. lidt salt og muskatnød.)

Photo: Mette Bassett

Sådan gør du:

Steg den frosne spinat sammen med de hakkede løg og hvidløg. Tilsæt salt, peber og muskatnød undervejs (og chili hvis du vil have en stærk version).

Sluk for varmen, når spinaten og løgene er varmet igennem og det meste af den overskydende væske er fordampet. Bland hytteosten i. Smag igen blandingen til med salt, peber etc.

Find et passende fad og start med et lag spinat/hytteost-blanding plus et par skefulde ostesauce og derefter skiftevis plader og spinatblanding. Slut af med spinatblanding og en omgang ostesauce.

Bag i en 190 grader varm ovn i ca. 40 minutter eller indtil lasagnepladerne er bløde. NB: dæk lasagnen med alufolie, så overfladen ikke bliver brændt.

Server med salat og evt brød. Smager også dejligt som tilbehør til f.eks. laks. Velbekomme!

Spinach lasagne with cottage cheese (4 pers.)

This is what you need:

  • 1-2 big bags of frozen whole leaf spinach
  • 1-2 chopped onions
  • Chopped garlic (as much as you feel like)
  • 3 small tubs (3 x 300 g) of cottage cheese
  • Lasagna pasta
  • Salt, peber, nutmeg, dried chili (if you want)

Mornay sauce:

  • 50 g butter
  • 2 table spoons sauce flour
  • A cup of warm milk
  • 1 cup of parmesan
  • 1 cup of other cheese (e.g. gruyere)
  • Salt, nutmeg

(Warm op the butter and stir rapidly while mixing in the flour. Add the warm milk and bring the sauce to the boiling point, until it thickens. Turn off the heat and add the cheese, a bit of salt and nutmeg.)

This is how you do it:

Fry the frozen spinach with the chopped onions and garlic and add salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili to taste. Turn off the heat when the mixture is heated through and the excess liquid has evaporated. Mix with the cottage cheese and taste if it needs more seasoning.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Find a suitable dish and start with a layer of spinach/cottage cheese mixture and a bit of cheesesauce. Layer with the lasagna pasta and finish it off with a layer of spinach-mixture and cheesesauce.

Put in the oven at 190 degrees celsius for around 40 minutes (or until the lasagna pasta has softened). NB: cover the lasagne with alufoil so that the surface doesn’t get burned.

Serve with a salad or bread or with a piece of salmon.

Bon appetit!

Photo: Mette Bassett

Glem ikke at nippe til et glas hvidvin, mens du kokkererer 🙂

Oh, and don’t forget to sip a glass of white while cooking 🙂

Photo: Mette Bassett

Inverted cross strap belt

Photo: Mette Bassett

Jeg købte dette læderbælte med skrårem i Oxfam-butikken i Chiswick for 8 pund, og faldt for dets utroligt bløde læder og den sjove ekstra rem. Godt nok mindede det mig om et eller andet militæragtigt, men jeg kunne ikke helt placere designet. Så jeg googlede det og til min forfærdelse dukkede disse billeder op:

English: I bought this belt in the Oxfam charity shop in Chiswick for 8 pounds and instantly liked it because of its very supple leather and the extra strap. It did remind  of something to do with military and soldiers, but I couldn’t really place its design. So I googled it and to my horror I found these pics:

Photo: Eva Braun - via Wikipedia.org

Og ja, det viser sig at både Mussolini og Hitler og hans trofaste Hitler Jugend havde lidt af en forkærlighed for bælter med skrårem…doh! for det vidste jeg jo egentlig godt. Jeg har seriøst ingen ambitioner om at blive high-fivet af en eller anden skinhead-type på gaden, så jeg har besluttet mig for at bære bæltet omvendt. Tag den nynazister! (Og for nu at være fair over for det stakkels bæltes historie, så blev det altså opfundet helt tilbage i 1850’erne af en fyr ved navn Sam Browne.)

Læs min guide til genbrugsshopping i Chiswick

English: And yes, apparently both Mussolini and Hitler and his Jugend bunch loved the cross strap belt. And there’s no way in H** I would risk having neo-nazis high-fivin’ me wearing this on the street. (To be fair to the belt it’s history as a military belt actually dates way back to the 1850s where it was invented by Sam Browne.)

So I’ve inverted it and will only be wearing it this way. I haven’t yet found the perfect outfit to wear it with but it might look good over a skirt with loads of volume.

Read my guide to second-hand shopping in Chiswick

Photo: Mette Bassett