fredag den 27. november 2009

Nerd Girl keeps warm

Winter is coming and even though the climate changes are making sure that the temperature doesn’t really creep below zero, the wind still sends us chilly greetings of cold weather. So just at the right time the cool Swedish designers of Cheap Monday decided to open a shop here in Copenhagen this past week.
And the Cheap Monday A/W 09 is just the way for a Nerd Girl to keep warm. Of course the Cheap Monday jeans are famous, but I also think their dresses and knits are really cool. I look forward to dropping in and checking out the shop in the future.

onsdag den 25. november 2009

Mormors makes November easier

It’s always been one of my least favorite months of the year, November. In Denmark and I guess in most other northern countries as well November is the month where it starts to get really dark. The days just become gray, windy and rainy. Some days it seems like the sunlight never really gets through the clouds and you walk around in a constant feeling of late afternoon. The whole day looks and feels like afternoon. Needless to say it really influences your mood and energy. Most of us stay inside in our sofas, light candles and crawl up with a book or watch TV. But sometimes you need to get up from the sofa and feel the city - even though it's dark. So therefor I go to Mormors.
Place of the month in November is Mormors a really cosy cafe just a few minutes from Kongen Nytorv. 'Mormors' means grand mother's in Danish and the whole concept of this place is inspired by the loving warmth of our grand mothers.
Whether it be the delicious cakes and cookies she used to bake or the warm feeling sitting in her living room - this is what you can find at Mormors and it is the perfect remedy for sad November with rain and darkness. They sell vintage decor and all sorts of delicious sweets. You can sit in the window and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate just like at your our own grand mother's house.

fredag den 13. november 2009

National Treasure - Georg Jensen

I'm getting kind of design sentimental these days. I found an old book about the faces of Copenhagen in the 1890s and amongst those amazing people of the past was Georg Jensen – designer of silver wear and jewellery, and I guess also known as one of the fathers of ‘Danish Design’ - and what a face he has... He lived from 1866-1935 and started selling his now world famous silver wear in a shop at Bredgade in the heart of Copenhagen in 1904.
For many Danes Georg Jensen’s designs have become a household name and most of us own something made by the Georg Jensen company whether it be jewellery, house ware or more industrial design objects. I own two modest pieces of Georg Jensen jewellery and they were given to me by my parents and grandparents as special gifts when I was younger. As I became older these items sort of grew out of my style, but lately I’ve rediscovered some of the original jewellery designed by the man himself and they are beautiful.The pieces designed by Georg himself from brooches to necklaces are from around 1910s -1930s. Some of them are still sold, but others only survive as antiques. I really like the Art Nouveau style jewellery with silver flowers or plants elegantly surrounding a stone - often an amber or moon stone.Recently the George Jensen company has launched a collection called 'Moonlight' of jewellery with George's old designs. The pieces are lovely and classic, but still with more modern coloured moon stones instead of the darker reds of amber and deep green malachite that are found in the antiques.

søndag den 1. november 2009

Happy birthday miss Kitty

Hello Kitty - my childhood hero - turns 35 this year. It kind of made me think about how she has evolved over the years. This iconic cat that reeks cuteness and fluffiness has after 35 years really become a woman with a lot of odd things made in her name.
As a young girl I wanted all the Hello Kitty merchandise I could get my
hands on. Of course back then I didn't know it was called 'merchandise' and never considered the huge organisation's advertising schemes was targeted especially at little girls like me with a love of all things pink and a soft spot for cute cats.

Many years have passed since I cherished a Hello Kitty toothbrush and the merchandise has equally developed. For some reason it feels a bit like Hello Kitty and I have grown up together since I've always been just the right age to appreciate the newest Kitty-items, such as the Hello Kitty-MAC make up a few years back. So in connection with her 35th birthday I started to really explore what else this lovely Kitty has her face on - and as it turns out our favorite cat has been pretty busy over the years.

As a 35 year old the cute cat is no longer only about small girls. The pleasures of Kitty have crossed over to a very adult world. In fact the life style of a grown up Hello Kitty now includes sex, alcohol and rock'n'roll - but still all in pink of course...
Hello Kitty  35