Southern Sweden 4-day Trip

10:04 AM
Our Sweden trip was one of the outings for which I was quite excited because I had never been on this side of the world outside of England and Scotland. All I knew about Sweden was that it is quite expensive, and boasts fantastic nature, long drives, and super chilly weather.  We planned thoroughly for what we should explore this time.

We flew to Gothenburg instead of Stockholm. I know that I am definitely missing out on not seeing Stockholm, but we decided that we should see other towns instead of the capital. After arriving at the airport, we rented a car and drove to Smogen to explore their wooden pier, take pictures for my blog and eat our lunch. Smogen is an old fishing village on the west coast of Sweden. This town is well known for its long wooden pier, which stretches for about 600 meters. It was crazy windy there and we couldn't really enjoy our time. You wouldn't believe, but it was the beginning of July and I was wearing a turtleneck and the jacket because it was freezing for summer. If you come to Smogen, make sure to do some outdoor activities like diving, kayaking or fishing. Sadly, we didn't have so much time to enjoy.

After a quick visit to Smogen, we drove to see my cousin who lives in one of the Swedish towns that made our trip to the southern part of Sweden easier. We stayed a night there, enjoyed a late dinner and were ready in the morning to continue our journey.

In the morning we went to Lund. We truly enjoyed how many cute cafes and stores Lund has to offer. We got to visit Lund Cathedral, Lund University, and just enjoyed our day there.

As for dinner, we drove to Skanor to eat at the Skanor Fiskrogeri restaurant because we are big fans of fresh fishy dishes. And it was definitely a perfect stop to satisfy our hunger. After a delicious dinner, we went to the beachside to enjoy their colorful beach houses and soft white sand. Later, we drove to Malmo where we booked a room at Havshotellet Hotel. The owner was so nice and let us pick a room out of two and we decided to stay in the Titanic room.

The next day, we planned to take a day trip to Copenhagen, since it was so easy to travel from Malmo. We drove to the central bus station and left our car at the parking lot. What I loved about Sweden is that it is very tech-developed. We loaded some parking apps that made it easy to book your spot and pay. You can cancel or adjust your parking time, and pay for the time your car is actually parked. What a novel idea!

In Copenhagen, we got to enjoy walking around famous Nyhavn (which means New Harbor), visited Christiansborg Palace, and strolled to see the famous Little Mermaid. Of course, we got our lunch at the harbor. Sadly, we couldn't visit Rosenborg Castle. After, we walked to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket museum, and we definitely couldn't miss Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli Garden was a highlight of our trip for sure. Even though I am not a big fan of rollercoasters, I loved eating outside and hanging around this beautiful place full of fun activities.

After we returned to Malmo, we were ready to leave and continue our journey back to Gothenburg. In Gothenburg, we had a few hours before our flight and decided to visit Universum and shop at Haga. In Haga, I ended up at one of their vintage stores and purchased a pair of earrings. Despite the very cold and rainy weather in Sweden, I loved their delicious seafood, high tech modernity, and friendlier people.

10 Blazers you should check out this spring

5:16 AM
A year ago, I shared my 10 favorite blazers selection that you should purchase. Since this post got quite popular, I thought that I should refresh my list for you. I love wearing blazers because they add elegance, chicness and always look trendy no matter what season. You can wear them with anything like skirts, jeans, dresses, trousers, and even bike shorts. Personally, I prefer a boxy form with a nice print or even a classier style.  If you are following F/W 2020 ready-to-wear collections, you will spot plenty of fabulous colors and prints for the upcoming season.

Here is my favorite selection of blazers that you should check out:

Pastel-colored blazers:
Rachel Antonoff Blazer | Shopbop

Medium Sleeve Blazer | Mango

Double Breasted Blazer | H&M

Animal Printed Blazers:
Anine Bing Blazer | Shopbop

L'agence Blazer | Shopbop

Plaid Blazers:
Double Breasted Blazer | H&M

Double Plaid Blazer | Mango

Long Striped Blazer:
Victoria Beckham Blazer | Shopbop

Leather Blazers:
Oversized Leather Blazer | &Other Stories

Nanushka Brown Blazer | Shopbop

5 things you need to try this spring

11:55 AM

I know it might be too early to think of the spring season, but since time flies so quickly, I decided that we should already consider what to wear this spring.  Plus, this winter was quite mild and warm. At least for me, I just came from a hot summer in Africa and am looking forward to wearing my layered outfits.

I am still feeling jetlagged.  I spent the day exploring online stores and watching fashion runways to see what I would like to try this spring and found these 5 things:

  • a blazer with a belt. I am a big fan of wearing a blazer, but wearing it with a belt has been a bit of a problem for me. Not every blazer can look good with a belt. Luckily, there are so many stores that offer cool styled blazers that comes with a matching belt, which can slim your body waist pretty well. I really love this one from Moda Operandi, but if you want a budget friendlier option, try this one from Zulily.
  • a chunky pair of boots. Chunky heavy boots have been always been in trend, but this spring they will be on the hot list of everyone. I have been considering to purchase a pair either from Zara or Dr. Martens. 
  • a long trench. For the last 2 years, I have been a big fan of long coats and I definitely think that it is a must-have piece for every fashionista. Check this one from &Other Stories and if you want to invest your money on a luxurious piece, you can check Acne. 
  • a slouchy pair of jeans. These types of jeans have been so popular since Zara introduced them to us. I personally own 3 pairs of slouchy jeans and seriously love how comfortable they are. Zara came out with a newer style and even a version for petite ladies.
  • a pair of golden hoops. Who doesn't love statement earrings to complete any of your outfits? Well, a pair of golden hoops will complete your look on any occasion. What do you think about this pair from Macy's?

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