As I mentioned on my previous post, it is essential to frequentlyÂ leave the hectic London life behind and travel somewhereÂ farfetched. I decided on travelling to Norway to visit my sister and her Norwegian husband. She lives in a small town in the Southern Norway named TĂ¸nsberg (actually known as NorwayÂ´s oldest town) and we spend the days strolling around the harbour ofÂ TĂ¸nsberg and talked about love, life and everything in-between. We also visitedÂ her parents-in-lawÂ anÂ afternoon where they run their own apple farm (very hipster, I know!)Â aroundÂ 2 hours drive outside TĂ¸nsbergand, I meet and feel in love with their new poppy called Chaos. Even though the weather was not ideal, I must admit it felt amazing gettingÂ closer to the nature where the time has little meaning and smallÂ trivialities in your life starts to fade away.
I canÂ´t believe I have lived in London for a year now! It has been crazy fun living in a metropolitan city,Â I have learnt so much about myself, meet incredible people and experienced so many things. Â Here is a quick summery of what I have learnt living in London for a year!
I try to visitÂ the small seaside resortÂ Brighton, located at the South coast ofÂ England, as often as I can. The fresh breeze from the ocean, the hippie and chill out atmosphere andÂ quirky shops (and the most amazing second-hand shops) is extremely refreshing comparing to the cosmopolitan London. IÂ´mÂ especially very fond of the many local caffe places, offering the most delicious selection of pastries.
Even though the weather was not ideal (yes typical English weather, rain and windy) we managed to stroll around inÂ the central of Brighton, have a long walk to the fish shop to buy our traditional lunch steak tuna with chips and skate, or at least trying to.
I came across the amazing London- based shoe brand called FINSK, found by the Finnish designer Julia Lundsten in 2004. FINSK is known for mixing avant-garde yet modern style inspired by architecture and details found in furnitures. Besides creating stunning shoes, a pair of FINSK are super comfortable. All are Made in Brazil by local craftsmen using traditional shoes making methods and applying highest quality materials as by-products of other industries.
A pair of FINSK shoe is a statement piece, giving your look the little extra it might have been missing.
One of my biggest hobbies is to go around and findÂ different second-hand stores, vintage boutiques or even better, charity shops every time I travel to a place. The top and skirt IÂ´m wearing is from Eriks HjĂ¤lp, a charity shop in MalmĂ¶ and was bought the last time I was back home in Sweden. The bag is from Zara and the shoes is also from Zara but was bought at the charity shop Barnardos in Brixton. Â The reason why I so fond of second hand items is that I always find unique and special things, from clothes, furniture to accessories, also its environmental friendly and sustainable to purchase (or reuse) perfectly fine items others no longer need. 90% of clothing that is thrown away is before the end of its life circle, this means that clothes have much longer life cycle and can be worn longer period of time before it actually is unwearable. So if you area bit sceptical to second-hand clothes, try to organise a clothes swapping day with your friends and get a totally new wardrobe and the best thing is that its for free!!