Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Smoulder Look!

So last Friday was our wedding anniversary! Six years I've been married to this boy, and we've been a couple for eight. Obviously, we had to do something to mark the occasion, so we ended up going to Salzburg in Austria for a long weekend. And it was so, so awesome!

Hilariously, my mother bought plane tickets to come stay with us for her birthday, and she was due to arrive in London on Sunday. We were only due back on Monday. But she had my house-keys and a travel card, and she kept herself busy. We got back, and she was all, "Let me show you the two pairs of shoes I bought!" Yeah, that's my mother for you. We went to UniQlo together - they don't have that store in Norway and she loves it. She found a small pile of stuff for herself, and insisted on buying me something too. And well, I had been eyeing this cardigan for a while... It goes with my shoes, eh?

Aren't I kind of on-trend, even though I didn't bother to wear any makeup? I mean, tribal pattern T-shirt (three years old, I think? Does that make it one of those classics that never age?) and oxblood cardigan and Oxfords, come on. The skirt I'm wearing is a souvenir from Salzburg and cost the princely sum of ten Euros, which was definitely something I could live with. I love practical souvenirs that I can use or wear, and that will always remind me of a particular trip or place. Oh, and have an out-take:

Because I mean, hello. Check out my smoulder! To quote my favourite gangster cat comic, "Dark smoulder look, like Valentino!" 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013


Jacket & T-shirt: UniQlo, Skirt: Anthro, Sandals: Timberland, Necklace: F21. 
I've been living in a version of this outfit for the past couple of days, and I love it. For some reason, I feel like this get-up hits exactly the right mix of preppy and boho, fifty-fifty. I mean, you have the white tee and denim jacket, but then you also have the flowy lace skirt and the dreamcatcher necklace. It's like two harmonious halves of a schizophrenic personality. Wait, what? 

Also, check me out! I appear to be having the mother of all good hair days! It's all soft and fluffy, and look how long it is! I mean, after my recent trip to the hairdresser, I kind of felt like I barely had any hair left, but this isn't too bad!  

My lovely friend A. who will sometimes laugh out loud for minutes at a time at my outfits, she happens to really like this necklace. So much that I offered to give it to her, but I'm glad she said she couldn't possibly, because I do like it. When I bought it, there were actual real feathers attached to it and it looked kind of mad, but I ended up taking those off and replacing them with little metal feathers. I mean,who puts actual feathers on a necklace anyway?

Monday, 17 June 2013

Long Green Legs.

Cardigan: J.Crew, old, Dress + belt: Anthro, old, Bag: Accessorize, Boots: from Norway. 

A short dress and coloured tights were pretty much my uniform last week, when I took these pictures. Today, it was finally too warm for tights, and that was downright magical. 

Ever since I cracked and ordered a certain sweater off ebay, I've had said sweater on the brain. Waiting for my friend to send that on to me like a kid waiting for Christmas! So maybe that's why I decided to dress a little like the girl on the sweater, long green legs and all. 

This bag was a birthday present from a friend of mine, and weirdly enough I'd been secretly wanting a tiny green bag ever since I saw another friend rocking one months earlier. Friends, eh? They read your mind sometimes, and that sure is awesome. 

Hm, maybe my legs don't look that long since this dress comes down to my knees, but I assure you they really are long. I'll be sure to post pictures of myself in something scandalously short - with tights - sometimes soon, just to prove it. Not because I'm a prude, but because my legs are just as translucently pale as the rest of me after this damn six-month winter. And also, I forgot to shave them. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

New look, new name!

Dress: Anthro, old, Cardigan: Old Navy, Necklace: J.Crew, Boots: from Norway. 

Nope, I didn't go to the deed-poll office and take my husband's surname... and I didn't get a drastic haircut either. (Though I did go for a trim, since I was viewing the world through a curtain that turned out to be my own fringe.) I am referring, of course, to the fact that my blog is now pretty and green and has a new name. 

What, you're wondering why? Or even how? Well see, I have this friend called Marianne, who also has a blog, only she's way better at this stuff than me. This girl is so nice, she just knitted me a custom designed sweater, in less than a month. In addition to being a knitting cyborg, she's also an amazingly talented designer. So we had a chat about how we could make my blog look better, then she worked her designer magic, and yeah - it looks loads better now, doesn't it? 

These are my new ankle boots by the way! Shiny, eh?
Since we were making changes anywyay, I mentioned  how I'd picked the blog name at random and secretly thought it was kinda lame. I mean, it was the name of an Anthro shirt I really like, can you tell I was really scraping the bottom of the barrel when I picked that name? So we brainstormed over skype, and Marianne declared that my style was more preppy and vintage inspired than boho (go figure).
She also thought the name should  reference London, since I live there and some people might think that's kind of cool. I personally think it's a bit of a cess-pit, but you know, it's my cess-pit and I'm used to it now. 

And it's finally warm enough to wear this jacket! But still cold enough to need a jacket.
So if the handful of you who stop by and leave me comments - which makes me so, so happy every time it happens, by the way! - would like to keep doing that, I'd be one very blissed-out rabbit. Just, uh, note that the domain name londonpreppy was already taken, so you'll have to insert a hyphen and type london-preppy instead, or you'll get the blog of a frequently shirtless man instead. Wait, maybe you'd prefer that...?

Monday, 10 June 2013

Bare ankles

Cardigan: Warehouse, Top: from Korea, Jeans: AG Stevies, Shoes. Marks & Spencer's.

So, bare ankles are finally happening! And not a moment too soon. Damn, but I was getting
sick of tights and socks! 

This post, by the way, is being written from way up in the clouds. I have the most beautiful view! Who would have thought there would ever be free wifi (or wifey, as the Norwegian flight attendants call it) on planes? Yet here I am, bloghing in the sky!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Leopard and Neon

Scarf: from Taiwan, Cardigan: J.Crew outlet, Jeans: Old Navy, Boots: Anthro, Bracelet: from Germany

So today I got to destroy a TV. It was incredibly satisfying. You see, one of the other props I need for the play is a TV, but since the back of the TV is always facing the audience, they won't be able to see that the TV no longer has a screen. Because I opened that big 80's monster of a TV up, using wire cutters and bolt-twisty things and maybe four different types of screwdrivers. And then we lifted the screen out, and hot damn did that thing weigh a ton! So now we have a super-light empty shell of a TV that we can easily lug up and down staris without anybody throwing their back out. That is, when I work out how to stick the bits I'm keeping back together...

Also, leopard print and neon, you guys. I love it! This outfit is from last week, but I was actually wearing leopard print shorts when I dismantled the TV, and when I went to the hardware store to buy a special kind of bolt spanner thingie. And I tell you, I've never had faster service in my life.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Shady Lady

Dress: Dakota shirtdress, Anthropologie, Cargo vest: from Norway, Hiking shoes: a sad necessity.

So this exact outfit is what I wore to go dumpster-diving today.
At this point, you're probably going "Whaaat?!" - whether at the fact that I do stuff like that and admit to it on the internets or that I did it in a dress. Or that I involved my mother in this shady affair. But don't you worry, I actually had permission from the store, so that makes it okay, right? See, I'm doing this production of a play that reqires a small redfridgerator as part of the set. And since it doesn't have to be a working refridgerator, and we're on a bit of a shoestring budget here, I wound up asking the local electronics store if we could have a broken one for free. Which is how I wound up playing real-life Tetris with defunct washing machines and cookers inside a big red cargo-container.

 And no, of course I didn't make my mother help lift heavy objects! She was just there to drive the getaway van - uh, make that getaway Polo...
Also, I bought cheap Aviator sunglasses the other day because the light here is bright, you guys! And like a genius I'd left every pair of shades I own behind in London. And I bought this utility vest because I've been wanting a utility vest forever, and when the perfect one leaps into my hands at the store, I have to buy it. I actually felt kind of manly in this getup, which is silly because you know, I'm wearing a dress. Duh!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Monday Best and Liebster Award

Cardigan: Anthro, Dress: Wallis, Tights: American Apparel, Boots: Old.
So a while ago the lovely Jenni of Gnome Lover went and nominated me for this Liebster Award thingie, and like a dork I didn't do anything about it. Sorry, Jenni! It's not that I didn't care, I was just drowning in the gigantic mess that is my life!
It's like, waaay too late for me to try to nominate other bloggers or anything, but at least I can have a go at answering those questions, eh?
This is my flasher pose. Kidding!
1. What is your favourite childhood memory?
Playing the middle head of a three-headed troll in a school play. I think we were about twelve? The troll was supposed to be somebody's mother-in-law but I was the only girl, and sat in the middle. Our costume was basically a massive sack with three holes cut out for our heads, and we just sat on a bench and talked smack - if we'd moved around, our different heights would have destroyed the illusion completely. (Uh, what illusion? Like anybody even believed it for one second?) We back-combed our hair to make it stick out crazily and blackened our teeth, and I remember having so much fun!

2. What is the most amazing place you've ever been to?
Japan, no doubt about it! Victor and I went there for our honeymoon, and we've been back three times since! Whether it was visiting the Sand Museum in Nima and standing under a year's worth of sand, walking through the tunnels of red torii gates at Fushimi Inari or being chased and bitten by crazy deer in Nara, every trip there has given us special memories to treasure forever.
3. What is your least favourite household chore?
Washing the bathroom. Scrubbing sticky grey wet dust off everything is just not something I enjoy in life. Ugh!
4. What is your favourite meal?
This kind of changes a lot, but basically anything with salmon in it. Especially sashimi. There is this dish our local Japanse place makes, Salmon donbury with sashimi... Or this thing I make, where I marinate salmon fillets in teriyaki sauce, with white rice and crunchy fresh salad on the side!

5. Why did you start a blog?
Well, it looked like so much fun! And I wanted to be able to share my newfound love of fashion and stuff with other people who like the same things, and maybe make some new friends, too. Plus it helps me Challenge myself not to wear the same unimaginative outfit every day. If I look myself in the mirror and decide it's a blog-worthy outfit, I feel pretty good!  
6. What is your favourite Movie?
It's so hard to pick just one, but if I have to choose, I'd say "Amelie". It's just the quirkiest, most adorable film ever. It makes me instantly want to move to Paris every time I watch it! (Which I haven't done for what, a couple of years now?! But it's still my favourite film, honest.)
7. Do you speak another Language?
Baby, I speak three. Well, kind of. I used to learn Russian, so I can just about get by ordering bread, sausage and fish in a shop. I can wish you good morning and ask for the nearest bus-stop. I do speak fluent German though - we had to learn it in school, and it's come in surprisingly useful. And I speak Norwegian since, well, I am Norwegian. So I don't really consider that a skill!    

8. What advice would you have given Your younger self?
"Don't be so hard on yourself." And maybe, "Take less crap from people."

9. Would you travel to outer space, if given the opportunity?
Oh yes. Hell yes! Seven flavours of hell yes. That would be too incredible to pass up!
10. Do you like camping?
You know, I've never actually tried it, but I suspect I wouldn't. I'm more of a house rabbit than a wild rabbit - although I'm outdoorsy enough to cut down trees and build bonfires, I prefer a roof over my head, thank you very much!

Whew! I have a feeling there was an eleventh question, but I never seem to have copied that one down, so this is me taking a bow from talking about myself! Thanks for nominating me and setting these questions, Jenni, it's been really fun trying to answer them all!  

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Surrounded by Green Stuff

Top: Holly & Whyte, Jeans: AG Stevies, Necklace: F21, Boots & belt: Anthro

At the moment, I am in Norway, and Norway is very, very green. After a six-month winter, mother nature has just exploded, and everything is flowering at once. The intense levels of green are almost enough to hurt your eyes. Almost. I do love it. Life is mad at the moment, and the only coherent thought I can form right now is, "Greeeeen."
Also, I am loving the Holly & Whyte brand carried by the Scandinavian clothing chain Lindex. It's rapidly joining UniQlo as my "favourite poor man's J.Crew".