Forgive me, it’s been a hot minute, but blogging had to take a bit of a boot-seat considering my stats of the past week:
Monday: Helsinki, Stockholm
Tuesday: Stockholm, Chicago
Wednesday: San Francisco
That’s right, I have moved back to Portland and my nouvelle abode already reeks of Chanel and coffee; but that my friends is for another post because I’ve saved this one final Nordic post; and yes it’s fashion, but it’s also food, because nowadays the stuff you eat can be fashionable as well
To save some redundancy and/or remind you of my passion and penchance for Stockholm style, you can check out these prior posts:
Stepping onto the streets of Stockholm feels like walking through the pages of a Vogue city shoot. Everyone is beautiful, dressed impeccably, and cascading down the sidewalks with an infectious aura of confidence and nonchalance.
Cool originated in Sweden…in more ways than one if you catch my drift…
Even the shop windows are adorned with innovative pause-worthy exhibits; most notably the newest ones bordering the perimeter of Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), Sweden’s most high-end department store:
Besides the abundance of Swedish designers sold at NK and in luxurious boutiques throughout Scandinavia, there are also select non-Nordic designer lines with immense popularity amongst the fashionistas of the region,most notably:
*Alexander McQueen (and McQ by McQueen)
*Alexander Wang (think all those incredible shoes and black leather zipper totes and purses)
*Rag & Bone
*See by Chloe
*Paul & Joe/Paul & Joe Sister
*3.1 Phillip Lim
Let’s just say I got dangerously close to losing a substantial percentage of my savings when I came into contact with the Alexander McQueen skull-adorned clutch collection at NK. One day, one day.
Of course, the dollar-krona ($1: 6.2 SEK) exchange rate made shopping a bit scant this time around; however I did manage to pick up a couple of pieces over at the very affordable and urban chic, MTWTFSS WEEKDAY (aka Cheap Monday’s mother store):
Some stylish and practical black skinnies for a very affordable 500 SEK (I paid full price, but some of the jeans on sale were as low as 90 KRONA…less than $20)! What I also love about purchasing jeans outside the US is that they have LENGTH measurements posted as well (which are still too long on me, but it’s an improvement). On a side note, Urban Outfitters sells select Cheap Monday items in the States
Shopping in Stockholm is overwhelming for me considering that a good 80% of the clothes for sale are appealing to me which makes it all the more difficult to evaluate the facets of a potential splurge; however I travel here rather frequently and will hopefully be generating an income the next trip around so that I can spoil myself rotten at any of my favourite haunts:
1. PUB: A department store exhibiting the best of Swedish brands: Fashion, accessories, shoes, you name it
3. APLACE: A chic fashion store and magazine in the hip hood of Södermalm, which is sure to give you goosebumps, because everything from the products to the decor is just so ridiculously cool. Brands sold: Alexander Wang, Acne, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Resteröds, Minimarket, Mads Norgaard, The Local Firm, and more
And since shopping in this magnificent city can be quit exhausting (mentally and physically), it’s quite necessary to conclude the day with a proper meal…fashionably of course and perhaps at Roppongi near the city centre in Kungsholmen:
What’s your choice of a non-chocolate dessert?
What do you tend to splurge on? How do you evaluate whether a purchase is worth the splurge?