Monthly Archives: April 2011

Blog award

The other day I  received this blog award from my lovely fellow blogger Karoline-med-K. Thank you!

This also means I have to answer a few questions, so here goes:

Why did you start blogging?
I began reading blogs 3 1/2 years ago when we first moved to London. Mainly about other expats’ experiences moving to a new country plus a few fashion blogs. A while later I was sitting insanely bored behind a desk in a big office building and I decided to start my own.

I love reading very personal blogs, but decided that that was not for me, so instead I focus on recommending stuff that I like and showing you my second-hand finds.

Which blogs do you follow?
You can see links to some of my favourite ones in the right sidebar. In the beginning I was really into style & fashion blogs, but most of them bore me now. Three favourites would be: Teaching Cancer to Cry, where multi-talented Ezra from New York  writes beautifully about how he is making cancer cry (plus he shares some  yummy recipes).

American-born ph.d. student/writer/feminist Anglofille, because it’s highly intelligent, honest and opinionated, and it was one of the first blogs I started following.

Lastly, the only style blog left in my reader: Skylark and Son, where an Australian mama in her thirties shows us her amazing op-shop (charity shop) finds. She is very funny and her son is beyond cute.

Favourite make-up brand?
I don’t really have one. But I’ve been using Lancôme mascaras for the last 20 years and still love them. If I had the money I would buy loads of Chanel, as I love the packaging. And I would buy the entire range from Australian skin care brand Aesop.

Favourite clothes brand?
Yohji Yamamoto, H&M and second-hand finds.

“Must have” make-up products?
Rimmel Glam’eyes liquid black eyeliner,  Estée Lauder double-wear concealer, Clinique transparency blended powder, cream blusher (preferable this one from DuWop).

And this to wash it all off with.

Favourite colour?
Black (yes, I know it’s not a colour). 

Perfume?
Chanel no 5 (pure perfume thankyouverymuch).  Throughout this pregnancy I’ve been wearing Costume National’s Scent instead, so that I don’t risk getting sick and tired of no 5.

Favourite movie(s)?
Hmmmmm…..I cried and cried when I watched The Hours. Finding Neverland and Brokeback Mountain are great too. Moon. And of course Dirty Dancing!

Which country would you like to visit and why?
Australia. It’s just one of these countries you have to experience. Plus I know they make great coffee. And I would love to go on another road trip in the States.

What are you looking forward to in the near-future?
Meeting my baby boy in July.

Now I think I’m supposed to pass this on to 5 other bloggers, but I just became overwhelmed with fatigue, so will head for the sofa and watch The Goonies instead 🙂

Matryoshka dolls

When I was 6 years old and in kindergarten I was deeply fascinated by this set of Russian matryoshka dolls (also called nesting dolls or babushka dolls). I could spend hours peeling off the outer “doll layers” until I got to the amazingly tiny baby one in the middle.

I’ve never owned any of these myself, until a while ago, when I spotted a set of these in a local bric-à-brac shop. They cost £1, so although they looked nothing like the classic ones from my childhood I had to buy them.  They’ve been cheering up our mantelpiece ever since.

And then when I read a post on Liberty London Girl’s blog about how she had bought one of the more traditional sets while in Moscow for around £8, I decided it was time to invest in the “real thing”.

Luckily for me Sam has a very nice Russian friend & colleague, who was just about to go to Moscow on holiday. And this is what he came back with:

The perfect set, which instantly takes me back to kindergarten.

I excitedly pulled them apart to see who was nesting in the middle: and yay, there it was, the teeny weeny little baby. How cute (sorry pregnancy hormones taking over here).

The dolls make great gifts for kids too (over 3-years-old though because of the small bits). If a trip to Moscow isn’t on the horizon you can buy cheap ones online at for example Amazon or Play.com.

Or if you’re a real aficionado you can visit matryoshkastore.com, which is 100% dedicated to nesting dolls in all shapes and genres. Here’s something for everyone, from cats to Little Red Riding Hood matryoshkas.

The sensible tan leather sandals

I haven’t worn high heels since the beginning of the pregnancy. It’s not comfortable, definitely not healthy and it just feels wrong to totter around in stilettos .

So I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of very simple leather sandals in a decent quality, that can replace my beloved jelly shoes,  and live on my feet for the rest of the summer.

And yesterday I found the right pair.

These Silas sandals from Office are both cheap and comfy. And they have that perfect durable rubber sole which guarantees a long shoe life and steady feet, even on the most slippery of surfaces.

They cost £58 and come in navy blue too. Buy them here.


The pregnancy sausage

Meet my new best friend:

My beloved new pregnancy pillow or “pølsen” (the sausage) as I tenderly call it. Sam just calls it “the white maggot” – maybe because it seems to have a life of its own and is trying to slowly squeeze him out of bed every night.

This wonderful pillow creature is filled with tiny micro beads and you can mold it into whatever shape you like. You can use it while pregnant for support while sleeping, for back support and for breastfeeding the baby later on.

Look at all the things you can do with it:

I paid £45 pounds for it in John Lewis and so far it has been worth every penny. It has won all kinds of awards and is free from any chemical nasties

Read more about it and shop at www.theraline.co.uk

Dressing the bump – black on black from H&M

I was running out of comfy everyday clothes, so HAD to stop by my favourite H&M on Regent Street to get fresh supplies. I chose three different items that are easily combined, and they’re all stretchy so I’ll be able to wear them all summer (hopefully).

I bought this A-shaped cotton top with a pocket detail, as it’s perfect for wearing over trousers or leggings for that everyday casual look. £7.99.

There was also a big selection of viscose tops/cardigans on display. They come in many different colours, but I played it safe and went for good ol’ black. £7.99.

It’s perfect for wearing over the A-shaped top. I’ve spiced the outfit up with my old WoodWood necklace.

And the totally simple maxi-dresses are back.

Last year I bought one that was 100% viscose, but it’s shape has gone ballistic and it gets longer and longer every time I wear it + it’s so thin and see-through that you have to wear something underneath. Not nice for a hot and bothered pregnant woman.

So I was happy to see that this year H&M have mixed the viscose with cotton. And the fabric is thicker. This dress also comes in a white & blue + a red & blue speckled version.

Again I just went for black and bought two as I’m convinced I’ll wear them all summer, and they’re probably going to be sold out soon. £12.99.

I’m wearing it with my old brass Bambi necklace from affordable British jewellery brand Galibardy.

And I can of course pair it with my new viscose top.

The gladiator sandals are from Office. I bought them two summers ago, but they still sell them. They come in many different colours and cost £37. Buy them here.

I just wish the quality was a bit better as the leather is not soft enough and they hurt a bit when I wear them for too long. Guess I’ll have to go on the hunt for a pair of handmade ones.


The amazing cup holder for sleep-deprived mums

I’ve just spent a few days in the lovely company of a good friend from Denmark. Thoughtful as always she brought me this:

It’s a coffee cup holder that you can fit onto your pram/buggy/pushchair…..or your bicycle, if you’re lucky enough to live in a city where it’s safe to ride one of those.

And if I’m feeling really sleep-deprived, I might just end up placing it on my wrist. Permanently!

Find out where to buy it on ko-be.dk. (And if you’re not in Denmark, you can find other models on Amazon).

Dressing the (summer)bump – Liberty print jumpsuit

Summer really has arrived, so I’ve been combing through my closet seeking out summer dresses and other comfy light garments….with an expandable waist of course.

The first thing I found was this home-made, second-hand jumpsuit, made from Liberty fabric. I bought it for £12.50 two years ago at the outdoors Greenwich Clocktower Market (open Sat, Sun & bank holidays 10-5).

It always had a very loose-fitted waist and before I had to wear it with a belt. Not so much anymore.

And if it gets a bit more chilly, I’ll wear it with my beloved old Camilla Stærk jacket.

On my feet are the even more cherished (they live on my feet every summer) glitter-infused jelly shoes.

Sometimes all you need…

in life is a giant piece of chocolate cake….in the sun. Now where’s my milk.

Summer is here!

The weather is glorious here in London at the moment. And the warm rays of sunshine lured this cheerful little fella into making his sudden appearance on our balcony.

Happy spring & summer everyone.

Hint hint

Yesterday I was rushing through Waterloo Station when a woman approached me with an outstretched arm. I was just about to say “no, thanks” to whatever she was offering, but then I saw what she was holding:

Yay, nasal strips! The woman took a quick look at me and handed me a generous four packets, which I grabbed with a big thank you.

I’ve ALWAYS been very good at snoring (poor Sam and numerous friends can testify to that) but pregnancy has made it 10 times worse. I can snore in any lying position now and even scare myself awake with those horrible sounds.

Add to that an evil hay fever attack and I’ve had to wave goodbye to my favourite pastime: sweet, deep, uninterrupted sleep. So I’m finally ready to also wave goodbye to vanity and try these. Will let you know if they work.