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DIY in the dark

If you live in Europe, you probably have noticed that the sun isn’t up for as long anymore. It goes up late, and down early. Which means it is officially winter, and the dark means outside isn’t as tempting anymore.

That’s why I’ve decided to make a small list of things to do when the night fills you with the kind of restlessness I’ve been feeling lately.

1.Make a Journal, DIY style.

If anyone knows how to do the DIY’s and do them pretty, it sure is Elsie. Her blog is filled with fun and super cute DIY’s, so if you haven’t already seen her blog, do it now!

2. Raid the flea markets!

Well, this one is of course best done during daylight, so you can actually see anything. But if you get a chance, try to look at every piece, take your time and bargain a lot. Redecorating has never been so much fun.

But nowadays there’s also online flea markets, like eBay of course, and now is the ultimate time to find cute and quirky Christmas gifts online. Can easily be done with a cup of tea and a computer. Which I guess you already have, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.

If you don’t like the feeling of buying used goods, go to Etsy, or the very similar British place; Folksy.

If you’re surfing around Etsy a lot, you know how incredibly huge that site is. So it’s easiest to find the best things if you know what you’re looking for. There’s a risk you might buy everything from everybody otherwise.

3. Take up knitting!

You probably already know how to knit. If you don’t, this is the time to learn! Extremely relaxing and minimizes the chances of you freezing when the snow comes around. It also keeps your restless hands busy when watching television. Awesome, right? And imagine the looks of awe you’ll be getting from people when you tell them that you knitted your scarf yourself.

If you remember this week’s post, then you know that our editor Jai highly recommends knitting, too!

4. Manis & Pedis

The seasonal nail polish is in full bloom. The millions of different red shades cleverly named Christmas-themed and they are everywhere! I still have my “Cupid loves Comet” from OPI last year. Still works great.

So why not treat yourself to bright nails on both the top and bottom when the colors are slowly disappearing? Intern Angelena gave tips a few weeks back on how to do crazy junk nails. That will surely fill up your dark winter nights. And while you’re at it, put on a face mask and lie down, because there won’t be any calm when the Christmas shopping begins. And that’s soon.

(all images are linked to their original source)

xo, Sofie from Ok, Bowtie

Gray Nails

Lately, we’ve seen them everywhere. On models on the runway, on magazine covers and inside them. The gray nail polish.

It’s one of those colors that look great on every skin color, and one of fall’s biggest trends when it comes to nails.

A perfect example of this is of course Lady Gaga’s cover on Vanity Fair. Her shade is so light gray it’s almost see-through.

If you’d want to try making your own nails gray for a change (and this time, it’s a good thing), try OPI’s Give Me the Moon. I think OPI’s nail polish is the absolute best, and worth every penny.

-Sofie at Ok,Bowtie

This Is Better Than That Shirt Grandma Knits Every Year…

You know every Christmas you always get one of those ugly knitted sweaters from your grandma?  Well, not this year.

This Christopher Kane sweater is perfect for the holiday season and beautiful with its embroidered front and sleeves. The entire collection is wonderful and very folklore inspired, and for the first time I think of it in a good way.

-Sofie at Ok,Bowtie

Lanvin still loves H&M

Recently Ingmary Lamy was photographed in pieces from Lanvin ♥ H&M, very unusual to see someone older portraying as a model. A few “behind the scenes” shots have been released together with a video on the Swedish site Rodeo.

Rodeo – Behind the scenes Lanvin for H&M from Lisa Corneliusson on Vimeo.

The result is still to come, but I think it looks great!

images: rodeo.net

Sofie at Ok, Bowtie

A Small Guide to Swedish Fashion

This post is from Sofie. She is my new European Correspondent Intern. Please show her some love by commenting on this blog post and checking out her blog OK, Bowtie. Also if you are interested in being a TFAS intern send your resumes and/or writing samples/blogs to me at thefatandskinnyblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

If there is any successful brand from Sweden it is probably Acne. It has absolutely nothing to do with acne at all, it’s just short for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions. Sounds a lot more cheerful, right?

Acne was founded in 1996 as Acne Jeans in Stockholm by Jonny Johansson as a part of Acne Studios. The brand also creates magazines (Acne Paper), toys (Acne Jr) and Movies and TV ads (Acne Film).

Acne is by far the Swedish brand that has actually “made it” outside Sweden (H&M not included) and creates clothes that are typcial for swedish boys and girls to wear, but still it’s something new. Every season they are praised on every fashion blog across the country and their clothes are either flying off their shelves or copied by every budget brand there is.


Of course there’s a lot of successful Swedish brands, but I doubt they have made it internationally as much as Acne has.