Friday, 21 June 2013

A Very Swedish Birthday!

Well I have been back from Sweden about a week now and what fun it was but I guess it is time to document!  I wanted to get away for my birthday this year, no where crazy.  Just somewhere nice, fun and relaxed.  I thought I was leaving the sunniest weather behind when I left London but apparently it got all "English" on us again so I didn't miss our "summer"!  Sweden was beautiful as always and sunny which was perfect.  I even got some tan lines (unfortunate for me - Miss Sun-Shy) but I can't complain as I'd rather the sun.  It does lift the spirits after all!

My Birth-Day started with a musical rendition of a very famous song but in Swedish from my blondie Malin presenting me with a little sweet with a candle on top :)

Realising I liked to collect miniture animals Malin gifted me these.
They are from her childhood which she was going to sell.
How adorable... little glass pups!

I also received this via the waves from my little brother.... Hahaha... Lazer eyes Dottie!

After breakfast it was time to get ready to hit the town.  To one of my favourite shop that is!  It is hands down one of the best antique stores I have been to and will always visit when I go to Göteborg.  It's one of those ones that you are constantly spotting something glorious.  Not at all like some antique shops I have been to where you are afraid to touch things or are made to feel uneasy.  I love it in here and could easily part with a small fortune.

This set of cigarette holder and ashtray was so beautiful.
Naughty, but almost worth smoking for! 

Wandered round town some more and picked up a few bits here and there but I'll do a shopping post separately.  It's called for.  They even had their own version of our Boris Bikes... Although maybe they had them first?  Lovely old style cobbled lanes lined with coffee shops.  Anyone fancy some fika?

For the evening we went to the lovely Liseberg, home to the green rabbit.  My first visit to Liseberg was the first time I came to visit Malin about seven years ago now.  That was my very first trip to Sweden and look how many times I have been back since.  There must be something in the air... Not just the cute Swedish boys ;)

We did a lot on my first visit.  All the touristy things...  I remember it fondly.  I even made a scrapbook of that vacation.  It would be nice to print some more photos of my various visits I think.

Now follow me...

Doesn't it just look so beautiful!

Country trio 'Cookies n Beans' were performing that evening.
The Hives were billed a few days later which sadly I missed out on.

A lot of original 1950s features remain; the ticket box and the lamps above :) 

Double Denim!

Plopp... Always a joke in England

With our 'Winnings'

Ice-cream sundaes were on the agenda whilst at Liseberg but it was getting far too cold out.  I even grabbed a hot chocolate before we stopped for dinner.  It all worked out though as there was scrummy ice-cream back at home!  Washed down with a hot cuppa tea.

So that was my very Swedish Birth-Day!  Beats just going out for drinkies/dinner and the weather hasn't been great the pass few years to even consider a picnic.

I leave you here with my outfit for the special day.  I'll be back with more Sweden fun posts!

Simple 'n' Chic for day-night look.

From top of the head to the tootsies!
All dressed up and ready to go.

Tara until the next time,
Alison xxx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Hair. Checked. Nails. Checked. Feet. Checked!!!

Hello from glorious London...  So I am officially on vacation from work!  Woopwoop :D

I am getting all prepped, packed and ready at the moment before I jet off.  Some of you may have noticed I have a big crush on Sweden.  And if you didn't, you do now as I am once again visiting the land of the beautiful people.  I planned this little holiday to spend my birthday in Sweden as I had wanted to be away this time last year but it ended up clashing with my relocation back to London.  Which was wonderful in itself.  But it was no holiday that's for sure.

I'd been holding back doing my hair for a bit now as I hadn't decided on exactly what to do.  Do I just re-do the roots on my streak and back or go back to black completely?  Or do I do what I have wanted all along... All out full head of turquoise/blue!?

This was the most recent photo of me pre-hair change.
That was a good day. Especially after a whole long weekend of partying and no sleep.

And then I was blonde...

If it had turned out as a full head of white blonde I would have kept it like that for a while.  I have always wanted to try out the "Blondes have more fun" look.  Hehe.  Maybe another time, when I bleach it all over again there will be less yellow streaks.  Not bad from going black to blonde!

Anyway I know you all want to see the new hair so here it is...

Mermaid goodness!

I love how it coordinates with my neck tattoo.
Perfect accessory! 

The mother of all Hairs Rolls right here, lol.

My nails have been playing up so much recently.  They are no longer their long lustrous old self but I decided I would go and have them done for my get away anyway so that I won't have to worry about chips and re-painting etc.  In comes the ladies at Hula Nails; London's very own cheeky tiki vintage beauty parlour.  Hopefully I can get my nails back on top form with some bio-gel polish!

A nice shade of coral for the summery weather!

There's nothing like a new pair of shoes.  Especially when it is from the amazing Miss L Fire.  I've had my eyes on these since they previewed the collection earlier on in the year.  And now they are mine.  All mine!

The lovely 'Lolas' in rust

I'll be sure to get a photo wearing them from my trip to show them off in all their glory!  How exciting.  I shall definitely be wearing them at this 'Live & Rockin' event where my Malin is judging best dressed and Magnus is playing with his band...

I shall be back after my holiday to report on the lovely Sweden but also to post about the recent launch of Teacup Wilbur!  Their cakes were to die for...

Tara for now,
Alison xxx