Sunday, August 28, 2016

Gothenburg Photo Diary

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Well hello! As promised, here is my photo diary from the wonderous Gothenburg. There aren't as many photos as I would normally like to includes sadly, as it rained almost the entire time we were there (don't worry, this isn't normal, I overheard someone saying it was one of the wettest weekends on record apparently) but hopefully there's enough in there to wet your interest! I didn't even mean that wet pun, what lark. 

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To explore Gothenburg, I would recommend just going out and getting lost (this isn't me trying to justify the fact that we actually did just get lost). Either walk - which is what we did - cycle or hop on and off the trams. Within about ten minutes of exploring I remember turning to Karen and going, 'oh yes, I very much like it here'. When the sun's out you just can't help but fall in love with it. The buildings are all incredibly beautiful and some look like something straight out of a Disney film, so make sure and look up. I mean, not to the extent where you're bumping in to people and walking into bins and things, but look up as often as you safely can. Each one is so different to the next, you won't be able to pick a favourite; as you can see I got pretty snap happy and just tried to photograph every single one. 

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We stayed at the luurrrrvly Hotel Bellora, which I couldn't recommend more. It's very centrally located so is within a close distance to most of the things you'll want to visit, and the rooms are amazing. They're beautifully - and quite unusually - decorated (hello, Beetlejuice wallpaper), the bed is ridiculously comfy (to the point me and Karen were considering stealing it before realising it's not really a practical thing to take on a plane) and the staff are all incredibly lovely and helpful. There's a beautiful bar/restaurant located downstairs, which you can also nip down to and pick yourself up a takeaway coffee or tea at time. During the festival, they also had a little bowl in reception filled with complimentary earplugs, blister pads, plasters and - of course - condoms, which I thought was a pretty snazzy idea. They also have the rooftop of dreams, which you might have seen over on my instagram, which I was sold on alone. It's filled with candles cushions and flowers and is the perfect place to go, day or night, for a drink and a view of the city.

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We were there for Way Out West festival, as you may know, which was incredible. There's always a great line-up, but it has a very chilled, laid back vibe (which the Swedish do best) and its got to be one of the most beautiful settings for a festival ever. Look at that lake! Bella. There's also a delicious selection of festival food which is second to none, I sat and had that (gluten free) burger and chips overlooking the lake feeling thinking about how surreal it all was. 

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In terms of things to do, we took a trip to Universeum which was great fun (I'd especially recommend it if you have kiddiewinkles) and to Haga as well. Haga's this wonderful little district filled with wooden houses and cafes galore. It was also in Haga that we found cinnamon buns the size of our heads, so if that doesn't tempt you I don't know what will. Another little area I'd recommend is Magasinsgatan, which has lots of cool boutique shops and food trucks and is a verrrry good place to wander through on a sunny day.

Be it for a festival visit, or just for an explore, I honestly couldn't recommend Gothenburg more! I made that poem up myself.

Amy

Once again, thank you to Visit Gothenburg and Hotel Bellora for such a wonderful trip and to my favourites, Zalando, for making all my Swedish dreams come true.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Stripy Susan

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And here we have it, the very last of my Sweden outfits. Very possibly my favourite and most definitely the craziest. I do have a penchant for dressing like a stick of rock if you'll remember correctly, so why break tradition? The body is from Free People at Zalando and fits SO. WELL. Seriously, those guys know how to make a basic. It's soft but well fitted and just everything you'd want in a top to be honest. The trousers were my number one bargain of the haul - reduced to £115 from £40 - and also fit like a dream. I'm a giant 5ft as most of you may know, so I paired them with heels and let them give me a wonderful illusion of having long legs. I popped on my old faithful straw hat, for a touch of Dick Van Dyke, and off we went! 

I hope you liked this little series of outfits! You can watch the full vlog of our time there here, which also has a look book built in, plus some hilarious (tragic) attempts at humour from myself and Karen. Have I sold it to you yet? 

Amy 

Thank you to Visit Gothenburg and Hotel Bellora for such a wonderful trip!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Polka Dot, Polka Dot, Polka Dot Shorts

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Hello, hello. Today's outfit is actually what I changed into when it became too cold to wear this outfit. It poured with rain, and I mean absolutely poured it down; I accidentally took the Glasgow weather with me, it would seem. The little dress is from Miss Selfridge petite and is an absolute dream to wear, I honestly lurrve it. Wee tea dresses are my favourite because you don't really need to think much about what you pair them with. In this instance, I went down the very cliche route of pairing it with a biker jacket, tights and boots. The jacket was probably the best find from my haul; it's the exact same shape as the Acne bikers I love so, and even looks like real leather because of the graininess, but is a steal at £39. What a bargain, eh? I had a little whoop with glee when I opened it (I was alone, don't worry. Although maybe that makes it more tragic). 

Stay tuned tomorrow for the last of my Sveden outfits!

Amy 

Thank you to Visit Gothenburg and Hotel Bellora for such a wonderful trip!