Posts Categorized: Life

Life / Friday, 8 Jun 2012

This week

This week was…grey. Surprise! Summer in Denmark is a hit or miss, but a good friend of mine is here visiting so I’m high on life. We had an in-studio day this week where we made some decisions about what we’re going to do to our place and then took everything down to start fresh, hence “window in progress”. I’m SO stoked!

This week:
Began a new DIY series on design*sponge starting with this copper tubing geometric table
the Embellished Bride on Brooklyn Bride
Here’s an update on the renovation of our house
more Iceland pics here and here
This Girl loves a blue accent

Hope there’s sun where you are because there sure ain’t here! 

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Design + Door of the Week + Iceland + Life / Friday, 8 Jun 2012

Door(s) of the week: Iceland

I haven’t done a door of the week in awhile so here’s a bunch. Just a few of the goodies we found when we were there. Here are more Iceland posts. 

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012

Glacier Lagoon Part Deux

Remember when we went to the Glacier Lagoon? Well, right after we boated through the glaciers we hopped across this bridge
and traversed the black sands
then came across the beach. 
But this is no normal beach. This is an ice block beach where instead of throwing a frisbee around…
…you throw chunks of ice.
…and rest on an ice berg
and find true love written in nature (see it?)

The End. Only a couple more Iceland sessions I promise! 

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Copenhagen + Life + This week / Sunday, 3 Jun 2012

This week

This week we had the best guests in town: Cree and Amanda Jones. The. Best. Guests. Look under “guest” in the dictionary and their names will pop up I promise you. We just had the greatest time with them. We laughed, we cried. We laughed and cried at the same time (well, some of us did while watching this). Sadly, we couldn’t go on all the touring adventures with them but I love seeing how they view Copenhagen based on their instagram photos (I’m really wishing I could use the app they use but alas, my iphone 3 doesn’t handle such novelties). Aren’t these fantastic photos?! We’re already planning our next adventure together. Let the good times roll!

What went on this week?
Made DIY mini art save-the-dates for Brooklyn Bride
Showed the awesome digs of our Berlin loft
Unnur guest blogged and created a Reykjavik, Iceland thrift store/vintage shopping guide
Amanda took some magical photos of some of my oversized paper flowers in the nearby park

Pics from Amanda and my Instagrams

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guest blog + Iceland + Life + Shops + Style / Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Guide to Reykjavik vintage shopping

My wardrobe consists of what I like to call “story clothes” or, in other words, clothes that tell stories of where I’ve been. Thus, vintage/thrift stores are a must when we travel. Our friend, Unnur, a Reykjavik native and savvy second hand shopper, was kind enough to take me out on a second hand shop tour in Reykjavik when we visited Iceland last month. I asked her if she’d be interested in creating a guide for all of you because somehow it seems like a lot of you have been to Iceland, are planning on going or would like to go. She did such a thorough job and I’m so grateful for her research. I’ve gone ahead and added the locations into a map which you can access on Everplaces.com Thank you! Take it away Unnur!
Hlemmur is where it all begins. It is just about the easiest place to find in Iceland because all the main busses go there and every single Icelander in the whole wide world knows where it is. The Grand Central station of Reykjavík if you will.

The first, and my personal favorite, vintage shop is right across the street from Hlemmur and chock-full of goodies at the lowest prices. It may not look like much from the outside but venture in and you won’t be disappointed. Fatamarkaðurinn(The Clothing Market) is a sort of side project for another vintage shop, Spúútnik, selling similar clothes at a lower price.
Kassetta (cassette tape) is only a couple of blocks down Laugavegur, the main shopping street in downtown Reykjavík. It is a small but ohh so cute half&half, selling new jeans, lomo cameras and vintage clothing among other things.

Nostalgía (Nostalgia) is as cute on the inside as it is on the outside. A truly joyful place to visit. The prices are a bit higher than the previous two places, but it is worth the visit. FIY they sell Vintage Kimonos. Something everyone should know.

Spúútnik (Sputnik) is the mother of vintage in Iceland. They have an outlet in Kringlan mall as well as a side project vintage shop, mentioned earlier in this post. The shop on Laugavegur has a great selection of women’s clothing as well as the biggest selection of men’s vintage clothes. 
Rokk og Rósir (Rock and Roses) has the most gorgeous dresses along with other beautiful and girly vintage things. Even though their prices are generally a little bit higher than most other vintage shops they have sales and special offers every once in a while that totally make up for it. So keep your eyes open and your wallets stocked and ready because when they offer 7 items for only 55 dollars you are going to be able to find at least 14 vintage things you can’t live without.
To some “second hand” does not sound as exciting as “vintage”. But let me assure you, the Red Cross second hand store on Laugavegur has an incredible selection of beautiful vintage clothing. It is one of many Red Cross stores in Reykjavík, but I am pretty sure they hand pick the clothes for this little shop. You can always find something exciting in there, and the best thing is it’s generally cheaper than the other places in the area and you can usually get a discount, that is if you are a bit flirty and good at negotiating …I highly recommend paying the full price though, because its the Red Cross for Pete’s sake!
Dótturflélagið (The Daugther Company) is a cute little half&half with a lot of character. The shop might not have an overload of vintage clothing, but it has wonderful employees who are more than willing to help, inform and make you feel right at home. There is even a little wall for poloroids of mothers and daughters who visit the store together and a little kiddie corner so the kids can play while mom tries on that awesome looking vintage jacket. 
Gyllti kötturinn (The Golden Cat) is an interesting, medium sized half&half. Even thought it is a couple of blocks from the majority of the vintage shops its worth the walk. They have a mixture of new and interesting designs and vintage that fits ohh so well together. And the shoes, all those lovely shoes. 
Kolaporið (The Flea Market) deserves a post of its own. In fact thats exactly what I am going to do. Some come back to my blog for a look at the one and only Icelandic flea market.
Thank you so so much Unnur! 
Edit: I’ve since added these into a map for you using Everplaces. Check it out here.
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