"J'taime" Stockholm

I feel like the title of this post - with the mixing of pseudo/incorrect French and a Swedish city is very Only Fools and Horses/Delboy (don't worry if you don't know who that is...) I shall however continue and...

Hej Hej....(this is about all the Swedish I know - although I do know how to ask where I can buy nougat in Sardinia...taught to me by a Swede called Lukas during a crazy Italian language school trip...I digress!)

I didn't buy a lot in Stockholm (READ: other than wine and food - Sweden is expensive: shocker!) but one of my favourite purchases was my J'taime tee from BikBok...such a nice soft jersey material and sometimes...well sometimes it's just good to slap on a tank top :)

You cannot see the "J'" due to it's position on far right boob...but rest assured - it's there :)

On the balcony at my hotel - the Berns!





Please note

My suitcase - for a four day mini-break - weighed 17kg. 17kg!!!!  I was prepared for all weathers. Rain, sunshine and everything in-between. I had it covered. I had options goddammit! 

Why then did I lazily rest inside my white blazer (H&M), jeans (Earnest Sewn and Hollister), converse and tank top for 2 out of the 4 days?

What this means is that literally every holiday daytime snap sees me in more or less the same ensemble. It certainly makes for boring blog fodder!

I think this happened because...

a) The blazer is thick enough to provide some warmth but the colour is bright enough to look summery - a good £29.99 spent at H&M;
b) The converse are good for walking - and more specifically walking on cobbles....cobbles and heels are mutually exclusive... 
c) It mixes smart and casual - especially with the right accessories and you therefore avoid looking like a typical tourist - although to be fair the camera and map of Stockholm in hand guaranteed delivery of that message in any event. 

For further emphasis here's another example of where The Outfit crept it's way into the holiday photos...


This is the tip of the iceberg....that white blazer, that bag and those jeans....EVERYWHERE :) 

Well cheers to that I guess! :p


Needless to say, a blazer that white? Dry cleaning scheduled for tomorrow...

Before I go, have to say that I LOVED Stockholm. It's my second time in the city this year and I guarantee it won't be my last...it is one of those places with real character. Some areas are gentile and monied, others more urban and real...but everywhere is infused with history and great architecture. Yes, it's very expensive and no, the service is not good at all (compared to Asia/Middle East/USA..heck even the cashiers at M&S) but it's a fantastic place that I cannot wait to go to again.

Plus people-watching is fantastic - especially in Ostermalm with the uber-preppy, and I have to say, uber-hot locals. There, I said it. :P

Perhaps a proper summer break complete with summerhouse rental next year? Mmmm....a lovely idea :) 

74 comments:

  1. Love the outfit. It's the perfect mix, since it is casual but still looks put together. I've been dying to go to Stockholm specially after readin Stieg Larson's books and now your blog post make's me want to go even more.

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  2. @Elisa - i have read those books - and seen the Swedish films - too :) Really want to get an English translation of Jens Lapidus books...they sound good! Anyway, yes! Great city - definitely one to put on the list :)

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  3. ooooh I LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag!!!

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  4. @Habiba - heehee so do i. i worship it daily :) xx

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  5. Love the smart casual look! I'm the same, always take too much, but comfort comes first! I need that miu miu bag! x

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  6. I have never seen a bag that's I've like this much and I have to say it ticks all the boxes and it's just perfect in every way! Is it big enough to fit A4 sized books/paper in? (please say yes) :D

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  7. Really cute J'taime top. I really want to go to Sweden now! Looks like you had some great weather... tho it's totally justifiable packing for all weather! As you said, a girl needs options!

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  8. @StyleFrost - i seriously want the pink one :) haha

    @Habiba - well...I have squeezed my macbook in there...and it's 15inch which is about A4...so sort of?! :) it's more of a casual bag but yes, it's one of those styles that you will obsess about. i know i did! :)

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  9. @Charlotte's Collection - you know I have never packed so much in my life! But I am totally doing it again :) Gave me a nice secure feeling to know I had options - whatever the weather :)

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  10. I like that you're wearing your converse shoes! Nothing beats a sneakers. I shall try to style myself the way you did! Have fun on your vacation. Cheers!

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  11. Definatly putting Stockholm on my list of cities to visit. If only it weren't so far away from where I live (Chile).

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  12. @Myrted - Converse are my favourite shoes :) Seriously!!! They are the shoe that keeps giving :)

    @Elisa C - wow! i have a reader in Chile - that's so cool! Have never been there or to anywhere in South America: on the neverending list of places I need to see :)

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  13. H&M has some great blazers, I already have 3... =/

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  14. South America has some really nice places, you should consider visiting. I specially reccomend Buenos Aires in Argentina

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  15. I love the first top, its really cute x

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  16. What is the name of this Miu Miu bag? x

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  17. @Phoebe - thank you :) and it was only £15 so I was happy with that :) haha

    @fionastoddart76 - the Vitello Lux. I think i am going to do a separate blogpost in homage to this bag :)

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  18. You always make me want to dye my hair dark, Laura! lol you look gorgeous! xx

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  19. @Dannii - lol well after being in sweden i have a craving for blonde. it's out of control! :)

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  20. Yeah that would be great if you could to separate blogpost on this bag... Look forward to reading it! x

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  21. go to croatia next year! it's absolutely stunning! i was born there and moved to Vancouver when i was 14! i would move back in a heartbeat!

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  22. @Haute Couture - yesss! i was just talking about Croatia this weekend as one of my "must do" places :) It looks beautiful...as do the people :)

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  23. I love this outfit! So easy-going yet sophisticated!

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  24. pssst Laura, have you seen the new OPI collection? or... am I too slow? lol

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  25. @LuvJ - thank you :) perfect tourist gear haha :)

    @Habiba - ooh no......i just got in 5 new Sephora-OPI's but I am always open to more :) haha I deliberately keep out of the loop of nail polish collections: it's too dangerous for my wallet :) but obviously now I am going to look. :)

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  26. I think over packing is an unwritten requirement of all holidays! Sounds like you had a great time.

    Helen

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  27. hahahaha "i had options goddamit"
    still cracks me up!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

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  28. I love the converse/blazer combo!

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  29. @If it was a tag - i definitely think so :) I was never an overpacker before but now I am committed to be one :)

    @MsChikee - :) i know! haha i laughed as a i typed but i seriously thought this when packing :)

    @Kelly - me too: my most comfortable "me" :)

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  30. I love this!! Its so cute I want those shoes.

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  31. @Virtualdummy27 - heehee this is EXACTLY What i thought! Which is why it's so "Delboy" :) still love it :)

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  32. I love people watching! Love the blazer!

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  33. your hair looks fab. and i love how you rock the converse with classy pieces.

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  34. I really like that blazer and can see why it made multiple appearances. :)

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  35. looks amazing, and so do you! xx

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  36. I think I need converse... I don't own any.. shock horror!! You look lovely and the past photo with the glass in your hand is my favourite :) glad you had a fun break xx

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  37. This is my outfit almost every day of my life. My blazers like to attempt to hide my innate laziness. I love it anyway!
    Also, you hair is looking great, I love the different tones!

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  38. that blazer is stunning on you!

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  39. Love your outfits in this post Laura!
    Looking chic as usual
    I trust that the "j" is there haha

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  40. You look awesome in these pictures. All your photos and the way you write to explain your experiences makes us feel like we are there with you. I have also just started writing a blog. Please check it out here.

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  41. Gorgeous look and your hair looks fab too x x

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  42. Ha! Tell me about heavy luggage! I cannot travel without having a ton of options - I manage to take along 25kg for a week at the seaside where I'll be wearing bikinis and pareos!

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  43. It's such a classic combo it never gets old!

    x D

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  44. Pas de deux, pas de deux ;)I love a white blazer - I have one from Mango and it's one of my favourite pieces for Fall and Spring (we currently have 37°C here so I've been living in skirts and short tops).

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  45. your hair is looking lovely at the moment :D

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  46. your outfit is lovely, i love the way you pair things together

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  47. This outfit is just so cute! Do you know whether the blazer is still available in H&M? I am in need of an Autumn alternative to a coat...

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  48. Im so jealous. Id love to go to stockholm. The (hot) people, the area and even the (window) shopping. It seems just about everything is right there.

    I also really like the simple outfit you are wearing. Along with that, the red in your hair, in some of those pictures looks amazing!
    x

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  49. I want this quite h&m blazer:) can u show me on website which one is it??

    http://www.hm.com/gb/subdepartment/LADIES?Nr=4294960968

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  50. I love your outfit you look so nice can i ask what type of converse you are wearing thanks :) x

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  51. Glad you had a great time! I love Stockholm, been quite a few times and it's such a lovely city to visit. And I think I'm now convinced that I need a white blazer in my life!

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  52. I love my H&M blazers. So versatile and not going to break the bank! x

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  53. Love that blazer, it looks like a really nice, thick fabric. And the bag is great, I've always really liked that blueish color. I have a similar vitello, the quilted one with the handle braided, in pink, but it's just NOT as versatile, at all.

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  54. @Weronika - i got it quite a while ago so it might not still be around...you know what H&M is like with their quick rotation. :(

    @Beauty in the sky of diamonds - just typical black Chucks - the high top style :)

    @Diana - still sounds gorgeous to me :)

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  55. you look so beautiful! love your outfit and now wanna leave germany and visit stockholm too!! p.s. have you now gotten the peridot or is it still sold out at your counter? xxx

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  56. such a lovely outfit - the top is sooo nice! I'm not surprised you wore the blazer so much, it's so nice! H&M did you well! Bex x

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  57. I'm really loving your style -- blazer, tank top and Converse!!

    Love from Bangkok, Thailand ^_^

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  58. I really need to get a blazer from H&M.. I love this look as always

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  59. I am currently mourning my Converse which my father ever so kindly threw out! This post just confirms I need to get another pair a-sap! xx

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  60. Thank you i think i might be getting a pair they look lovley on you :) xx

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  61. Even if you did wear it most days, this outfit is so lovely it's okay! Love the converse x

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  62. My entire wardrobe consists of those colours; Grey, black and white. Completely love it!

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  63. Oh, it makes me so proud that you've taken a liking to "my" little city. Born and bred in Stockholm, but have relocated to rural Kent haha.
    And it is possible to do stockholm on a very reasonable budget, as long as you know where to go. Everything in central downtown Sthlm, around Berns etc., is silly expensive! But there are other parts of town that are way cheaper, non-locals just tend not to go there. :(

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  64. love your outfit :) is the blazer this season? I'm obsessed with blazers now and I think its because of your posts haha!! Your bag is gorgeous too :D xox

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  65. Girl you are so effortlessly stylish.

    Helen, X
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  66. I adore this look but it just seems to be something I can't pull off. Dresses and thick woolly tights with cardigans for me but oh what I would give for your versatility.

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  67. Love your outfit. You really have effortless chic mastered. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Laura!!


    Much love,
    Pastels and White
    Pastels and White
    Pastels and White

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  68. I adore your casual look! Why must you always look so polished :) xo

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  69. Jezuss ..Miss so much Your videos and find You here ! :) suddenly ! hahahaha,and You in Stocholm ! So nice to hear, that You like it ! Ssssoooooo freakin good to see You in this space !!:D

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  70. true, people here in sweden are never happy to be working in service and it shows all the time..

    p.s. adore your style.effortlessly chic!

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