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Here are some recent purchases I have made:

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the latest movie from studio Ghibli, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is inspired by The Little Mermaid, but slightly different. 

Only Yesterday, another studio Ghibli movie, but directed by Isao Takahata. This is slightly more grown up than Ponyo.

I discovered studio Ghibli when Spirited Away got released, and I was amazed. Since then, I have been trying to see as many animes from them as possible, and also collecting them. Studio Ghibli creates these wonderful, magical worlds, even in the more realistic movies. They are filled with wonderful details, great stories, lovable characters and pure magic.

The Polaroid Book, from Taschen. This is a book with polaroids from different photographers, like Helmut Newton, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, plus many more. It´s a decent book, not overwhelming, but not bad either. It is fun to have if polaroid photography is an interest, and it´s not expensive.

I love your style, by Amanda Brooks. This book is a tool if one is in search of a style, more exactly to define one´s personal style. The writer gives some useful tips and tricks for that purpose, and also writes about her own style. It is filled with inspiration, and photographs of style icons, such as Françoise  Hardy, Catherine Deneuve, Jackie Onassis, Sofia Coppola, Kate Moss, Carine Roitfeldt, Chloë Sevigny and many others. There are inspirational sections for different styles, and what defines them. I bought this mainly because of the photographs, but also as an inspiration. I like that it´s not focusing on what not to do, but more on experimenting and that a lot of things can work as an inspiration, like art, films, music or whatever one takes fancy in. On the other hand there was a lot of focus on the writer, and she clearly loves fur. And by that I mean she really loves it. I don´t know if this will help anyone finding their own style, but it is a fun read, and the photos are a huge plus.

Vogue Paris. I don´t buy as much magazines as I used to, but sometimes I just have to.

Also, while I was at this consignment shop, I spotted something in their window. It was a chocolate Mulberry Baby Roxanne. I asked about the price, which was very good. I also asked if it was authentic, which they said it was. For five minutes I was trying to decide on if I should buy it, but after a while I took a closer look at it and started to think that it might be fake. So, I finally decided on not to buy it. When I got home, I did a little research and it turns out I might have been wrong, and that the bag actually may have been the real deal. Now I am thinking that I should have bought it. Which is weird, since I would have chosen something else If I could pick whichever bag I wanted.  Not that I don´t like the Baby Roxanne, I do, but it´s not on my wishlist and I would prefer something else. I guess it is probably better that I save my money, and spend it on something that I really do want.

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It has been really cold lately, too cold almost. If we didn´t have a fireplace in the house, it would have been unbearable. Last week, the snow came. It started to fall during one evening, and continued to do so all night, and the next day. Everything looked so soft, buried under  the snow, and all sounds became muted. Just magical. And the snow was perfect. Dry, crispy and lighter than air. Since it has been this cold, it is still dry and crispy and buries everything underneath it. The days have shown a clear blue sky, and sun that makes the snow sparkle. The perfect winter, if it wasn´t this cold. Thankfully, I have my wonderful christmas present to keep me warm.

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This is a list of some of my favourite things from this past decade.

Movies

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Lost In Translation
  • Sideways
  • Spirited Away
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Almost Famous
  • Ghost World
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Les fabuleux destin d´Amélie Poulain
  • Kill Bill vol 1&2
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Låt den rätte komma in (Let the right one in)

Music

  • Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Daft Punk – Discovery
  • Air – Talkie Walkie
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • The Knife – Deep Cuts
  • Jenny Wilson – Love and Youth
  • The Radio dept. – Lesser Matters
  • The Strokes – Room on Fire

Books

  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Låt den rätte komma in – John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • SC 2003, Some Pictures from this Past year – Sofia Coppola
  • Marie Antoinette: The Journey – Antonia Fraser
  • Summer Crossing – Truman Capote

Vogue Paris Dec/Jan 2004, guest edited by Sofia Coppola & Lula magazine, nr. 5, Oct. 2007, guest edited by Kirsten Dunst

Getting my driver´s license

Molly

Buying a house

Visiting Paris again

And from 2009:

Getting peonies for my garden, on my birthday

Trying Ruinart for the first time

Seeing Phoenix, Air, Madonna and  My Bloody Valentine live

Wearing my Anna Sui silk dress, and my Repetto ballerina flats

My friends and family

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Today I got Lula. I had to have it. I love Lula, it´s almost the perfect magazine – dreamy, girlie and oh so pretty.

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Today Molly stayed at my mothers house, so we had the day all to ourselves. Usually that means doing things around the house, but we needed some time off. We just relaxed, and had fun. Looked at wallpapers for Molly´s room, and the guest room, and did some shopping.

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I just got some basics that I needed, like some gray merino blend tights from Falke, which are so comfortable and soft. I got a t-shirt bra and matching briefs from Calvin Klein, and a scented candle from Voluspa. Usually I get the Saijo Persimmon, but this time I chose the Santiago Huckleberry and the scent is lovely. Very subtle, which I like. Molly got a small gift, a Moomin mug, with a picture of the Snork Maiden. She is going through a chest of jewels, which I thought will suit Molly since she evidently adores such things and the Moomin trolls. Every day she is covered in necklaces and bracelets, not something she got from me though since I use that type of things sparsely.

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I also got some things for the house, and Madonna´s new greatest hits-album. I have been a fan since childhood, so it is a must-have. Although, when I was a child I was more “fan” as in fanatic than I am now. I do like her, but the walls are not covered with pictures of her anymore.

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I really love fresh cut flowers, and one day I hope I will have a garden full of flowers to pick. It will take some time, because our garden was not properly taken care of by the previous owner. For my birthday I got three peonie bushes, in a deep, deep pink colour. Similar to the picture below. Mine might have been darker, as I recall.

 

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It might even be called red, but I´m not sure though. Next spring I will hopefully plant some white and soft pink as well. I want masses of them, blooming all summer through. They remind me of my grandmother and her garden, which was filled with all sorts of peonies and roses. As a little girl I loved to bury my nose into those soft, but yet compact flowers and hold the buds gently in my hands. I still do.

At the moment I have a tiny blue hydrangea, which looks like it is sick. I do hope it survives the winter. I wonder if it will stay blue, or change into some other colour. I planted some seeds next to it, some lupins and some poppies, but it didn´t turn out like I wanted it to. The lupin seeds must have been flushed by rain, so all of them ended up at the same spot, and only a few have blossomed. The poppied were tiny and only a few grew. Next spring I will have to redo it.

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Sometimes I buy cut flowers, but since I live in a small town there is not much to choose from. Every spring there are tulips everywhere. Even though I like them, one can have enough of them. It is rather expensive as well, so whenever I go to Gothenburg, I try to buy some nice flowers. I have a favourite shop where they have a nice selection, good prices and the owners are nice people. There is another one as well, which I visit frequently.

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But for now, I have to settle for what is available. I bought some cream coloured roses today, and picked the three lupins in my garden, that still has the flowers left. The lupins unfortunately brought in some unwelcome guests, some earwigs (how I loathe them!!!) and a really disgusting bug. But I guess that is the price one has to pay for some flowers on the table.

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I have been re-reading the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald this summer. He is one of my absolute favourite authors. The way he portrays his characters, is simply marvelous. Everything is so lavishly detailed, from the locations to the clothing, so it almost feels as you were there.

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The pages are filled with stories of decadence, faded youth, passion, decay, class, excess and destruction. His stories are so sad, yet beautiful and haunting. Fitzgerald´s style is unbiased and clearsighted, yet desillusioned. He filled his novels with bits and pieces taken from his own life, which makes it even more tragic. F. Scott Fitzgerald died thinking he was a failure, yet he is one of the most loved authors, and his books are considered classics. They have captivated readers for decades, and most likely will continue to do so.

“When Dick knocked she had just dressed and been watching the rain, thinking of some poem, and of full gutters in Beverly Hills. When she opened the door she saw him as something fixed and Godlike as he had always been, as older people are to younger, rigid and unmalleable. Dick saw her with an inevitable sense of disappointment. It took him a moment to respond to the unguarded sweetness of her smile, her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower. He was conscious of the print of her wet foot on a rug through the bathroom door.”

Excerpt from “Tender is the Night”  by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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