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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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We came back yesterday, and needless to say, I was quite tired. Although, I am even more tired today, which is quite surprising. We had a nice visit in Stockholm, even if there wasn´t time for everything I had hoped for. The weather was lovely, even though it was a bit too hot at times, walking around for hours. My feet wasn´t too happy about that, since I get chafed feet real easy, even if I wear shoes that are worn in. One thing that was disappointing, was that I didn´t got any chance to indulge in some macarons. It´s been to long since I had any, so I am really craving them from time to time.

We stayed at a hotel that had a good location, but since I tend to get lost, we wandered around a bit more than necessary. Because of that, we lost some time that could have been used more efficient. I am quite satisfied though, but it seems like the only satisfaction one can get sometimes, is from a huge shopping budget and a unlimited supply of beautiful things. My budget is quite limited at the moment, but I did get a few things that I am happy about.

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– Two white tops from See by Chloé, on sale.  Nothing spectacular, but good for everyday use, and really comfortable.

– A set of two mini Moleskine Volant notebooks in two shades of pink. The size is perfect for the handbag. I am not a Moleskine-fanatic, I do like them and own a few, but I like other type of notebooks as well. I am also wondering if it isn´t fraud, that they claim various famous people used their notebooks, who died long before the company established. And it´s Italian, the original notebooks that Hemingway & co used were French, I believe. The quality is quite good though, I like the paper, and they have a good range of different types of notebooks.

– A small pen from Filofax, which also fits in the handbag

– Two nailpolishes from Chanel; Noir ceramic and Blue satin. Chanel makes high quality polishes, with wonderful colours. I could have bought five more if they weren´t that expensive.

– Vogue Paris, the august issue. I really like it so far, especially the 64-pages Inez and Vinoodh editorial.

– “Domino: The book of decorating”, and “Influence” by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I bought these at Urban Outfitters, and it was the first time I was there. It was really hysterical, packed with people and the music was awfully loud. I felt out of place, and certainly old. I didn´t even bother to look for any clothes, I hate shopping for clothes under pressure. The books I am satisfied with though. The Domino book is filled with pretty photos of various homes, mostly designers and those type of celebrities. It gives some good advice, but mostly it is filled with inspiration, even though some of the interiors are not my style. The best thing about it, is that it gives advice on how to make plans when one is decorating, and resources where to look. It is a good help when one is stuck and need guidment, without those annoing pointers that just wants to sell what is currently “it”. The other book, “Influence”, is really good as well. It contains interviews with people like Terry Richardson, Karl Lagerfeld, Lauren Hutton, Margerita Missoni etc. It gives some insight in what the girls like, and what they are inspired by, and it is filled with candid photos. I really do think that they are two creative, young girls, with a keen sense of style. The book also reveals they they are hard-workers, and I appreciate that. I am quite sure that they will be seen as style icons of this time. I am really glad I bought this, it was a pleasant surprise.

My focus was skirts and dresses, but I didn´t really find any that I fell in love with, and I fear that my judgement was a bit cloudy because of backpain, chafing and a general exhaustion. That is never a good starting point when shopping for the perfect dress. Especially not when one want´s to get rid of those last few extra kilos, that remains after a pregnancy and just will not dissapear. There are worse things to fret over, but sometimes a girl just wants a nice dress that she looks good in. Other than that, I had a good time, I just wish I had remembered my camera. Stockholm is a quite nice city, and I wish I could visit more often. I may live in a small town at the moment, but in my heart I will always be a big city girl.

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