I am SO glad I spent a few weeks putting off a shopping trip to Gothenburg because I swear
today yesterday was the most fateful day ever! And remember the day I found my Miu Miu shoes for half price plus another £70 off just in my size? Well I think I beat that!!
I've been planning to go to Gothenburg since I got back here because there's only a poor H&M and a few Gina Tricots in this town, and I end up going there out of boredom and buying things that are completely random and make me feel guilty! And shopping should never be guilty. My Mom never scolded me for shopping so I don't understand people who feel like you shouldn't ever be spending or treating yourself. If you only shop on the cheap in sales, your wardrobe might be larger but it's quality over quantity! The student loans are just in and the sales are nearly ending, so I thought a blow-out trip would be perfect right now and I've been feeling a bit disheartened in the past few weeks. Maybe it's hormonal but all the snow and the darkness means days close you inside and my new classes have been a bit stressful. The photo shoot for Photography class did not happen thanks to the terrible teacher, but that's another story! Also there's a hole where all my friends last term were and there's been fewer parties or general activities. And there's been a few other worries, and you know it's bad when two different people randomly ask why you look so sad. Ahh I don't know.
Today was the first day that I'd done everything urgent and had a few days off classes...
OK I wrote all that last night but was falling asleep on my keyboard! I wish I'd done this post then because I just slipped in the kitchen and have the biggest headache and a lump good enough for Loony Tunes on my head! The sink leaks big puddles of water sometimes and on my way out I fell in the doorway and hit just about every angle of my body on every surface available- they're going to be some nice bruises!! What is with me lately, things are just going wrong!
SO I went to Gothenburg yesterday, which seems like ten weeks ago! I'm knackered! But yesterday I prepared everything the night before and got up early to jump on the bus. An hour of Swedish radio later and I was off into the busy city. Now I'm never really great with sales, I'm just not that excited about a bargain. My thinking is that if the item is that great, you would have had no problem paying full price! And sales are always so messy and filled with polyester and dodgy colours, and I just end up picking up all the dropped items and hanging them over the rails because once you've been a sales assistant you never forget it! But all the things I found were things I'd already been thinking about, so it's just luck! I walked to the main mall Nordstan that has the biggest H&M, the one that stocked Jimmy Choo. They randomly have an Accessorize so I popped in and picked up some JELLY stickers to make my Sweden log book prettier, and two child size rings that were fantastically plastic! My log book is part of my study requirements by the way, it's actually kind of annoying to need to write 'dear diary' every day. A good thing to look back on though! The stickers were 70% off too, so they were dirt cheap, and the rings were about £2 each. I was putting off shopping because I really don't have any money this term and I just booked some flights to England for £179, ouch. To give some examples, you won't get a loaf of bread here for under about £1.50 and toothpaste is beyond £3. You know it's bad when you buy bread, juice and some toothpaste and you've spent nearly a tenner! So I thought if I just got some stickers and little rings, at least I'd go home with a nice treat! Little did I know what else I would find...!
I didn't quite see anything great among the new stuff in H&M, it felt like the best things hadn't landed yet. I found some really random things to try on though! This is why I always shop alone, there's no one to waver your judgement. You can try out whatever style you like and take as much time as possible!
The first strange happening of the day was that in the past week, I've had a sudden but very strong urge for fur. I'm fed up of wearing an outfit-concealing coat and after a month of wear, they always feel a bit old and dishevelled. So I thought a fur jacket would be perfect to layer up for the cold weather but also be fabulous for fashion weeks! And I love shaggy fur at the moment, I got a mongolian crimped fur bag from River Island but it sheds EVERYWHERE. I've been hunting coats on eBay but the long delivery times have held me back from bidding. I was watching around ten fur coats, mostly white, and was SO close to bidding on this H&M jacket (is that a picture of a fashion blogger?). Seriously I was having a debate with myself on whether I'd be gutted if it was bought out beneath me or if £50 was too much of a gamble for an item you've never seen in the flesh. There was only a tiny sale section upstairs at the back of the H&M store and incredibly randomly there were three of that exact jacket in my size on the rail?!?!?!?! For less than £20! Not only have I never seen the coat in store, I've never seen it advertised or on a fashion blog, so it was the strangest thing ever!! I picked one up to try on along with some super cheap drainpipe trousers that didn't fit, and ended up buying it!
I wish I'd got the nude tutu skirt because I've had the black one for years and have worn it so much, it's looking a little worse for wear! Maybe I'll save an eBay search for one as I know I wear these skirts. They had a few hot pink ones in the store and I was tempted by them but something made me put it back. It's not really progressing your style if you buy something you've known for years I guess? Actually I stole that black skirt from my sister hehehe thanks Chloe!
I made myself choose only one skirt and settled on this gingham high waisted mini skirt. I've seen them in the store before but it's the perfect fit and I can check gingham off my Spring lusting-list (more of the list to come btw!). I have nothing else blue apart from my little playsuit which I love, so maybe it's time to consider this colour more! I'll wear the skirt in the summer with knee high socks but if I don't wear the skirt within a month then I'll return it. By the time the warmer weather comes, I probably won't be excited to wear it! A great shopping tip is to keep your new purchases in the bags they came in with the tags still on and the receipts inside. Once you see them in your room everyday the magic wears off and if you haven't even taken something out the bag to wear in the first weeks, then you know you should take it back. And it's all perfect to return straight back to the shop! You know what it's like when you try things on and remove the tags, then think back and realise you've never worn it! I totally have things in my wardrobe I've never worn out- so shameful.
I was also browsing the accessories and my eyes lit up for these heart print tights. They're just perfect! A great denier and unashamedly bright white and red. Would they be good with my Miu Mius?? Then I happened to pick up this headband in the sale section and found it was Sonia Rykiel?! I didn't know there were hair bows in her underwear line?! How did I not know. It was less than a fiver so I scooped that up too.
I recently found there's a Monki in the main mall! I spotted it on the floor map after Jimmy Choo and it's hidden upstairs among random cheapie shops. If I had one blogging wish, I would bring every one of you to a Monki store. It is just the best shop ever. I had the scariest thought the other day. In a few months I won't live in Sweden anymore and then I won't be able to shop here anymore. Next season I won't be able to get my hands on the clothes. That is actually very scary and makes me feel quite sick!
I love Monki because it doesn't provide clothes to make you look good. If you think about Topshop, the majority of things in there fit the purpose of being flattering and attractive. But in Monki they don't care about making your body look good, they just want you to feel good and have your clothes bring a smile to your face!
The shop is laid out so well too, I love the merchandising. There's few sizes out but always just enough, and they do have running themes but each item is totally unique to it's neighbour so it takes a long time to browse. Things are so unexpected!
Like these rainbow tights! How happy would you feel just wearing these watching TV? I really like the soft checked top too, I love purple and yellow rainbows.
I did actually have some shoes on my list to buy because my over-the-knee boots have a small piece of the wedge missing in the sole. This doesn't let water in but they're obviously on their last legs so I need a back up! These wedges intrigued me though as they had all the makings of a great shoe- patent and leather, a platform wedge, bandages, ankle high - but were a bit too orthopedic for me! Here's a pastel version of the rainbow shirt which I love! Looking back at these photos, I'd consider buying it! Something strange has happened since I've been spending so much time indoors- I'm actually liking comfortable clothes! My friend ChiChi is alway saying I wear 'party clothes' (he used to say 'clotheses' haha!) but lately I've been waking up, putting on some mascara, some leggings and maybe just a big tshirt or a cardigan. Hence the purchase below!
I'm liking the thought of a shirt buttoned right to the top, maybe with a high waisted skater skirt or really tight low slung skinny jeans and wedges. This cropped shift intrigued me so I tried the black version below. They've got a few red sailor-style things in for the new season which are right up my street, but I realised I can't buy dresses anymore.
I really like this nautical dress and could imagine wearing it to any and every occasion with maybe some white tights or just flats and a cute chain bag, but I can't justify buying something you can only wear one way anymore. Like I used to only wear dresses, but now I feel like it would always be the same outfit and that seems kind of lazy? I'm not sure how to explain it, it just seems a bit wrong to buy such a one dimensional thing? Like I would just use it as a fall-back outfit? Ah I'm not sure, maybe that's stupid and I'm resisting a dress that's great but a bit out of my budget! As you can see in the picture above, they also do it in red. I liked the stripey jumper for comfort purposes, I'm just living in leggings and oversized tops right now. Who needs skirts!
They had some fluorescent candy coloured rainbow striped tights too, so insane. Remember Filippa does a shopping service from Sweden if you see anything you like, I don't want to be mean to you by showing all these photos!
I thought this dalmatian print was really cool, have you ever seen that before? Here in Sweden people have such amazing dogs! I don't even like dogs but here they must be the most expensive breeds because I've never seen such incredible dogs. They have some cupcake print stuff in which is quite cute but not as subtly cute as the rest of the stock!
In the middle of the store they have these weird spikes, so random! And the changing rooms have eye-level holes in the doors! Remember in Stockholm and even the fabric curtains have holes cut in? Why?! As I was taking this photo there was a woman shopping and I could have had a face-to-face conversation with her! I guess no one looks into the holes so it's OK, but I don't think this would ever fare well in England!
The doors also spin from the centre, so strange! Here's the cropped shirt along with a weird expression haha. It was very sheer so I knew I wouldn't go to wear it many times due to faffing around with a top for underneath, but I still like the idea of a button up.
The changing rooms had mirrors on every wall so from different angles you could see yourself x infinity! The lighting was random too so it was quite difficult to find a decent reflection! The next lucky thing that I stumbled across was the Monki sale. Everything in the sale was a straight up 50 or 75% off. Wow!! And everything at Monki is cool, there's no filler items, so the sale was great! I tried on quite random things, as I loved everything but could only picture my actual self in certain things. I bought this sweatshirt dress because I can throw it on and it's covered in 'monkis'. They're these little blobbly animals from the logo which feature on some products and are even stuffed teddies available to buy! I'm SO getting one before I leave Sweden! I also tried on this pastel fuzzy jumper because it felt amazing!
So in the end I got the sweater with monkis for about £7, a similar purple polkadot dress for less than £5 for my sister's birthday (I hope she doesn't see this picture!), and just a plain black sheer long-sleeved top with a pocket for less than a fiver too. All these were 75% off!! I've never seen a sale so good! If you look closely you can see the carrier bags they have too, which are clear with 'dripping paint' splotches along the top! It's so cool to have a clear shopping bag, it feels like you can show off your purchases!
I'm a bit exasperated with my makeup at the moment! I feel like most of my things, or at least the ways I apply them, might not even suit me! And the more expensive things I have that I've bought on advice from MAC or Make Up Store seem to stop working. Like my MAC foundations always seem great for a few weeks and then maybe my skin changes because they'll suddenly be the wrong colour or go all cakey or oily. It's like my skin adapts to/rejects them. I had dry skin a while ago and used a face wash especially for dry skin and suddenly I had oily skin?! I'm doing something wrong somewhere! So for the fashion weeks coming up (or at least Copenhagen), I wanted a great lipstick in a bright colour that actually suited me. They have a MAC concession in Åhléns but I quite like Make Up Store so I asked for some advice and the girl suggested an orangey-red colour that was very similar to one applied at a MAC makeover once, so I know it must be a good colour! It was quite expensive, maybe around £14, but it will last! I know that you can claim tax back on purchases, but I'm not sure if it's worth collecting special receipts for everything and what condition they have to be in at the airport when you declare them? Anyway, I'm excited to wear this lipstick! I will possibly smudge it halfway across my face or something but at least it's a colour that suits me haha!
Right I've been writing this post for so long and it's too late to even call it the middle of the night anymore! I'm falling asleep so I'll have to carry on tomorrow! I hope long posts are OK as somehow I've got my blogging mojo back and I could write forever! I've got so many things to talk about and it's quite relaxing and cathartic to type a post. Tomorrow in part two I will show you the craziest buy ever, something which I've been openly searching for and blogging about since 2007 (no exaggeration!!!!!!!!), and even more sale bargains of the century! Good night! xx
p.s. I've emailed the first generated person for the Copenhagen tickets! Remember people they were just plane tickets so you would have had to book accommodation! If the winner can't make it I'll generate again and contact the next winner asap. I think I gave the impression I would pick the winner myself from reasons given but really I wish I could bring you all to Scandinavia! Seriously guys you have to visit Stockholm or Copenhagen someday, even just for a long weekend, you won't be disappointed! Put it on your birthday lists!