Two and a half months later it seems tad silly that we were so terribly excited about that February day being so sunny, full of melting ice and promises of Spring.
Now when it’s borderline summer those days are awfully far away. I don’t miss them a bit. Or well, a bit perhaps, I miss wearing those blue boots, they have been truly wonderful in every way and much worn ever since they arrived.
Now they will have a good scrub and polish and go have a long summer nap. To unpack them is at least one thing i truly look forward to come autumn.
I had the opportunity to try out the gore-tex boots a few days later when we were suddenly *blessed* with slush weather. And yes, they were great. And perky. And good for walking little loaf.
Nothing to start the weekend off quite like a pair of new red boots – not the red boots I had thought, but still a pair I’ve eyed since September last year. Now on sale, and a pair of Gore-tex boots have been on my wish-list for a long time. El Naturalista in model Inuit. I’ve worn them a few times since - but spring came so quickly it’s time for shoes and not boots now… – and they’re lovely. Although after years of loving the flat kind of heels I admittedly want a bit of heel to my shoes and boots mostly these days. These are still lovely though! And red, one can never have too many red shoes and boots, right? Right.
Read more about them here
And this is the beauty that arrived in the parcel – a pair of blue boots, El Naturalista (surprise!) Tesela tall boots in vaquero blue. If there was ever such a thing that being in love with a colour, this blue hue would be very hight up on that love-list of mine. It’s simply gorgeous. I’d even go as far as saying that these beauties might be the one single reason for me not wanting summer to arrive. We’ve had many wonderful walks together ever since their arrival. And will hopefully for many many seasons to come.
Read more about and see more of the boots here
And while wearing the heart slippers I opened it and gasped over its pretty content…
End of part 1
*Continue to work my way through the backlog*
This is the part one of” Christmas money rocks” – when one sadly can’t find the Tesela oxfords anymore one goes ahead and get a pair of purple Tesela bottines instead – already seen in this post of course. Which happens to sport that cute cork button on the side, as does the maryjanes.
The Swedish winter was very mild pre-New Year’s, since then it has been lots of snow until a couple of weeks ago – these haven’t been used much both due to the weather as well as… well, that will have to wait until “Christmas money rocks part 2″ I’m afraid…
(Socks from Sock Dreams, <3 this particular brand, pattern and olive hue)
Met a friend for a bit of shopping and coffee that day. We strolled the nearby department store PUB and of course this was the perfect spot to snap a SPD.
Me: El Naturalista Tesela winered oxfords (no surprise there, but I really, really would love to get my hands on another pair in the same model, I’ve been searching in vain for over a year now so I’m sadly guessing they’re discontinued, sob), mustard yellow stockings from department store Åhléns own brand
She: Fiorentini Baker boots (her favourite brand, they’re lovely looking, but I’m amused that suddenly they make El Naturalista look very modest in price. It’s certainly nice when you can treat yourself to a special pair of shoes!)
I’m way behind on my SPD posts. Obviously. That good week in November last year (7-13) I did manage to wear three new socks. Which count as one, two, three of the good things that week.
The left pair and the middle pair are from SockDreams. The right pair from Noa Noa. Shoes, as always, El Naturalista…
Yesterday it was a new friend, next day I had a semi-regular lunch date with one of my oldest friends. We used to go eat a lovely vegetarian buffet at the nearby department store restaurant. One day we decided to go elsewhere, found a pizzeria that serves vegetarian cannelloni which is pretty awesome. We’ve gone there since, on our semi-regular lunch dates.
She in Blundstone
Me in El Naturalista Iggdrasil oxfords, light brown – and since it was a week I had promised myself to wear at least three new socks, a pair of chequered ones from SockDreams (naturally)
The day I met a friend face to face for the first time and not online. It was an awesome day, in most every aspect, we spent 10+ hours walking, talked, vegetarian food shopping, had a bite to eat, walked and talked some more. And the sun shone. We really clicked and actually, the older I get, the rarer that is, so this was a truly blissful day mainly because of that.
She hearts purple and liquorice – hence wearing purple Converse and, I’d imagine, happy about the bags from neat liquorice shop ‘Lakritsroten’ (The Liquorice root) being purple.
Me – El Naturalista Tesela winered oxfords, teal lace socks from Sock Dreams
I was so happy about my spanking new purple Tesela boots – but really, their colour that looks great in natural outdoor light did get put to great shame with my hairdresser’s perky violet Dr Martens! They’re adorable.
PS Not too happy about the fact that one zipper fly fell off and disappeared on the first day, hours of use though. Will get it fixed tomorrow. But paying a fair deal of money for El Naturalista’s good shoes you do expect the quality inspection to be top notch, don’t you…? DS
PPS Going to my hairdresser is always a way to ensure a good shoe meet. There have been a few of them here on SPD now DS
PPPS Seriously, Jan 3, 2011… 2012 it should of course be… DS
Yes, on the first day of the new year 2012 I remember the shoes worn two months ago, the day I finally had my last root filling. Something that brought a lot of pain on many levels during 2011. Coincidently I wore the same pair of shoes at my first root filling in April.
2012 will not not not bring that kind of awfulness. Because I say so.
My shoes: El Naturalista Rana Tharu lace boots in black (the only black shoes I wear, but honestly I do regret a lot that I didn’t went with the winered ones instead…)
Her shoes: El Naturalista Angkor oxfords
Happy new shoe year!!
I’m thinking it would be nice to post the last remaining SPD photos before New Year’s…
On the last weekend of October I inaugurated the fab new shoes from ART and we went to see the Tintin movie.
As I’m still suffering from the calcaneal spur I got in Lisbon I sadly can’t say these shoes are very comfortable in combination with that. But I’m sure they will be one day again.
Movie was quite entertaining though.
And as always, the socks rocked.
A good portion of my birthday of 2011 was spent in little quaint portuguese town Sintra – I saw three castles up close and personal that day and even more in a distance. One of them was spectacular as far as location and outside architecture were concerned, my castle buffness got its fair share of castles that day.
In the evening we had a lovely vegetarian buffet – I wish it had been easy to find good vegetarian/vegan food in Lisbon… ah well, at least the trip was rounded off in the best of ways; castles galore and good vegetarian food for birthday girl!
Look what I found in my bed when I woke up on my birthday! Clearly well-behaved bobbaloos get birthday shoes for their human.
I went with the purple pair, I adore red shoes, rarely purple, but these were the prettiest of the three I thought.
ART shoes, model Tate Eva
I think I may have a new shoe brand I covet too… The ART brand is suspiciously similar to El Naturalista (with headquarters in the same region). But they don’t have that same eco philosophy nor the good-for-feet identity, so I’ll stick to the El for sure.
However, quite possibly one of these beauties came home with me that day… because a birthday girls needs a new pair of shoes, right?
Realised I hadn’t posted some SPD snaps from earlier in October, so they’re not in order. This was taken on quite a harsh, cold, windy but sunny Stockholm day. The first day you could really feel the winter was coming – but now, a month later I still feel grateful for everyday without snow!
Anyhow. A photo exhibition with wonderful animal photographer Nick Brandt at our awesome photograpical museum in Stockholm, called just that “Fotografiska”. It was such a beautiful and heartbreaking exhibition. I bawled my eyes out.
If you have the opportunity, GO SEE!! Read more about the exhibition and Nick Brandt’s fantastic work here.
One apparently has a traditional custard pie (Pastel de Belém) or two. Unfortunately neither of us liked them very much. But it was a nice rest on a very, very windy day by the river.
And hey, still no socks!
Walking the cobblestone streets of Lisbon, Portugal on my little birthday getaway. A trip with pros and cons. One definite pro was the fact that October weather can apparently be like an average summer day. No socks!
It was a day with another little step being taken to get on with a new life. Taking control to get it the way I want it. I went with stripey AND dotty socks for that. It was awesome, befitting for the season as well as the mood. Because why restrain yourself?
(Next step is of course two different coloured shoes.)
Socks from Gudrun Sjödén
After a busy day with various appointments I met up with the in-laws and my mother for fika on the town – one Swedish tradition I’m actually proud of, some call it “when carb meets conversation”, but you don’t NEED to have cake, even if it’s always good, you can just meet up with friends and socialize over a simple coffee/tea too.
It was nice and the weather was awesome for the season. Plus I kind of heart my teal nylons, very perky (from department store Åhléns, if anyone reading this, living in Sweden care to know).
Met old friend for a nice nice lunch on a rainy day. I still held on to the summer feeling (leggings and no socks). She on the other hand hold on to autumn more or less all year with her Blundstones as SPD.
It was a lovely day spent with friends and also the last toy car outing of the season (alas). Which now makes it officially autumn.
As you can see in snap I’m obviously the only one with impeccable shoe taste. (Although I can’t stand how my silly short socks are visible like that, in fear of chafes I didn’t dare go sock-less and it was too warm for long socks.)
In fact it was another inauguration day, yes, this is my second pair of Iggdrasil oxfords, spotted them online, have in vain looked for another pair in a good colour for years now. So this amber brown pair willingly came to live and work with me.
Spent some wonderful hours walking around taking photos at one of my favourite places on earth – Skogskyrkogården (The Woodland Cemetery), a beautiful Unesco World Heritage site, situated in the outskirts of Stockholm.
To stroll around cemeteries is something I enjoy, if that’s the right word for it, a lot, a perfect place to de-stress and contemplate life and living.
SPD; El Naturalista Tesela oxfords
Socks; quite awesome flowery lace nylons from H&M (a place I frequent very less than rarely, for many reasons, but I admit to buying 4 pairs of these because they fitted well aka legs were long enough and they actually reached all the way up to waist)
Inaugurating my fabulous tofu socks (from Sock Dreams) on a rainy day with a much needed hairdresser’s appointment. Awesome pair of socks I have to say.
Teamed up well with the El Naturalista Tesela oxfords in winered (which I admittedly would love to have another pair of, but for some odd reason they’re seemingly not available anywhere these days. These perfect days for oxfords in the northern hemisphere…).
Haidresser is wearing a pair of lovely Dr Martens lacey boots.
The Big Yellow Rabbit, by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was a part of summer art exhibition in Örebro city called “Örebro Open Art 2011“.
We finally managed to see it on its last weekend there and it was utterly wonderful!! The whole town was filled with art installations, during three summer months, some more pleasing than others. Apparently it had been criticized by people and several artworks were vandalized (by smallminded and nasty people).
Read and see more about it here
I wore (inaugurated actually, but please, no need for a shoe intervention, really) a pair of very green maryjanes that day, perky happy shoes. Comfortable, well, if you don’t count the two matchingly painful blisters I got on each heel. Ouch.
Despite them, the day was great and the bunny was the BEST!
On an otherwise slow day there were at least three perky pot holders finished, the arrival of two new tiny adorable bobbaloos (welcomed by a third) and I was wearing my Berliner bear Birkenstocks.
How was your September 5?
Just like last year we spent the official last summer weekend picking flowers at one of my favourite spots, organic garden Växplats Nybyn.
I filled a large basket with glorious flowers and now, some two weeks later many of them are still going strong in their vases. Heart!
SPD: El Naturalista Iggdrasil clogs two-shaded in orange-brown (actually I hadn’t worn them at all this season, so I thought they at least deserved one day of air and wear)
It was a tough tough choice to get only one pair of the Jobs handprinted slippers. But my heart sang a tad bit more over these – there was a birdie! – and when I saw that the fabric was called “Morfars trädgård” = “Grandpa’s garden” I felt just right. As my (maternal) grandfather was a keen gardener and garden architect (incl knowing every little tiny plant by its Latin name). Myself I pretty much lack any green thumbs. But I adore gardens and nature, to spend time there, just not working in them.
I’m hoping I will be able to wear them out and about a bit next summer (when it doesn’t rain since the soles are cork) and that they won’t be terribly impractical. They are at least lovely to look at and comfortable to wear indoors.
Post dentist-appointment SPD. This day it was only the annual check-up (the next chapter in the rootfilling saga continues in a few weeks, not to worry…) and sigh of relief when there were, touch wood, no holes to be filled.
I met my mother for a fika afterwards.
Her red maryjanes and my blue clogs standing at a train-station which I think has rather pleasing to the eye floor.
On our way back from Dalecarlia we stopped my the lovely home of world famous painter Carl Larsson and his interior design talented wife Karin. We went on a tour there many years ago (highly recommended if you happen to be in the vicinity) now we just snapped a SPD pic.
Both indoors and outoors are so so inspirational – if you haven’t heard of Carl and Karin Larsson before I suggest you read up at the website – and brimming with creative quirks. It’s all in the details.
I was wearing the Iggdrasil oxfords that day simply because it felt a bit autumnal (sad face) in the air and we were to walk quite a bit. I have now put them away again, I refuse to wear autumn shoes regularly. Yet.
I’ve been lusting after these granny-style slippers – all of my older female relatives have had these slippers, though with a standard horrific upper sole, not in these pretty, happy fabric style, so they’ve been more than slightly tainted in my mind for many years – for a while now.
The pretty fabrics are from the Dalecarlian design company Jobs. A small family run company which have designed and handprinted (handtryck = handprint) many fabulous patterns over several generations now.
So when we were in Dalecarlia - for the Bryan Ferry concert at Dalhalla, which was magic btw – a couple of weeks ago I lusted after them irl too.
When the shop lady fetched even more patterns from the store-room I knew it would be a tricky choice to choose just the right pair (yes I’m a lucky bunny, they became an early birthday gift)…
So which pair do you think I got? Which would you have chosen?
My mother and I decided to treat ourselves to a pair of shoes – she could do with more shoes, I probably don’t, but hey, I did it anyway and I’m always more than willing to
coax encourage someone to buy a pair of El Naturalistas… – hers a pair of fantastic oxfords model Angkor, four different colours and denimfabric laces. Too cute!! Read and see more about them here
Mine a pair of Iggdrasil maryjanes in that wonderful perky green I adore. It’s just such a moodlifting colour, perhaps not very autumnal, still I hope September will be a good month for wearing them and there’s always spring and summer of 2012!
This was a blue day for many reasons. One reason was that I had to say a final goodbye to one beloved cat the previous day (it’s now been some weeks and I still can’t grasp she’s no longer around…).
I dressed in blue that day – with no thought about it matching my mood – inaugurating the Rana Tharu slingbacks in vaquero (denimblue). No need to mention brand, right? Right.
I had such high hopes of it, despite sad events, being a day of new beginnings and much promise. Since then it has only spiralled downwards, in the craziest of ways.
So despite great shoes, things very much sucks at the moment. Not only perky days on SPD…
PS Nailpolish; Essie Coat Azure DS
The fabulastic red shoes had an exciting close encounter of ducks on their day of inauguration (the shoes, not the ducks).
I didn’t even know they existed in two-tones red, an obvious <3 at first sight when I spotted these on sale in Berlin! Same model as the gorgeous violet ones, El Naturalista maryjanes (with a fancy name – Dome Miduna Desert Rioja).
They were properly inaugurated that day and yes, surprisingly comfy to walk in they are. Heart.
Can you spot a couple of minuscule flower/shoe admirers in the picture?
Took a little drive with the bobbaloo scouting team (in this case Zanna and Leonard) to check out the nearby (lucky me) beautiful castle Skokloster (which actually translates Shoe cloister, coincidence? I think not).
Them bobs have nagged about having a proper photo session with ALL of them involved, somewhere pretty. Zanna and Leonard gave Skokloster many woolly thumbs up for that.
SPD: El Naturalista Cork Oak slip-in wedges in orange (skimo)
This was the day I got a new job, while wearing the green wedges.
I came home and celebrated with a fabulous green glass of Berliner Weisse, while wearing the Berliner Bär sandals.
The next day, due to unforeseen circumstances, the job was no longer mine. Dumbstruck.
As this is SPD, I keep my despair to my own blog. Cheers.
On my very last day of summer vacation – which lasted 3 weeks, too little time to recuperate and recharge from the nastiness that has been my last year or so. But that’s another story… – we too a day trip to the Åland islands, Finland.
It really was a grand day, perfect sunny weather, but not too warm, good food, a little shopping and of course the always fabulastic company of bobbaloos. This time it was Sherman and Buddernut who took a trip on the seas and abroad.
Had a splendid little day outing to picturesque small-town Norberg. Perfect summer weather, a stroll around town, browsing a few shops and having pastries at Elsa Andersons Konditori (Elsa Anderson’s Bakery/Café). Loveliness.
SPD: vegan man shoes from Poland and
El Naturalista Inuit clogs
Another day of inaugurating shoes (ie a good day). Eating cherries in my pretty princess cup and contemplating life while wearing the other pair of Birkenstock sandals (Birko Flor Coralla Black).
Still prefer the Berliner Bear ones over these (sorry), maybe next summer will be a different story…
Had a wonderful summer day in picturesque small town Nora, where they sell this lovely special ice cream (Nora glass = ice cream, one of the oldest ice-cream makers in Sweden) during the summers only. Three flavours every day, always hazelnut and vanilla, and then a flavour du jour. I had a scoop of hazelnut, before we went on to explore the town and revisited favourite places.
SPD – inauguration of El Naturalista Cork Oak slip-ins wedges in that wonderful orange hue called Skimo. I love the open toes, but I think they’d been even better if they had been sling-backs instead of slip-ins.
Decided it was a good day for inaugurating the fabulous Birkenstock sandals/slipper I got this year. I actually got two instead of the one pair I had aimed for, because seriously, who could resist this limited edition of Berlin bear sandals, called “I love Berlin”??
Read more about them here.
I wear them every day at home now (summer slippers) and I absolutely adore them!
Inauguration of one of the (as always) fab pair of El Naturalista shoes (yes, I practically only wear them when out and about these days, years, in case you hadn’t notice. And I don’t even get paid for all this promoting, I should do something about that, I know…) I got at the Berlin shoe sales.
This pair was actually on my very want-list (since I missed them in a shoe shop in Stockholm) and I’m so happy I found them! I adore this new seasonal colour, a denimblue hue called vaquero (the name for a Spanish cattle herder) and I really wanted a pair of shoes in this model, Inuit. Winwin with this pair! Very comfy too.
From this angle they are of very similar design to another pair I got, in the same colour (more of them later of course), but really, these are clogs with a flat-ish sole, the others are sandals with quite another heel. Really.
Anyway. Inauguration took place in the pretty, peaceful organic garden Växplats Nybyn – which I’ve mentioned here in SPD before and before – it was a lovely day, very blue, not in mood, but in details.
It was indeed good to be home again (but I do miss Berlin. Lots). Sporting Opi nailpolish ‘do you think i’m tex-y?’ feat little loaf lens louse. Actual SPD; Puma flip-flops for home lounging.
My new fab summer slippers, more feet friendly such, will soon make their first apperance on SPD!
This summer held two new World Heritage Sites; Lutherstadt Wittenberg and in Sweden this radio station, Grimeton. Which I would never ever visit if it wasn’t for the WHS status. A typical example of things that are very yawn-inducing as far as I’m concerned. But I loved the cows roaming the fields behind Grimeton. precious. They were the highlight of that day.
I am a sucker for WHS, but I have to say I prefer them being castles or other architectural beauties. Ah well, another one visited, check.
SPD: El Naturalista applegreen Cork Oak wedges
These sandals from Camper were just what I’ve been looking for, but sadly haven’t found at El Naturalista, a red pair of open to sandals with thicker soles that are good to feet. I spotted them in the Camper shop window in Copenhagen – were we spent a lovely, hot day – but sadly they didn’t have my size. Camper isn’t a big brand in Sweden and I don’t dare order online since I’ve no idea how well they fit.
But they are lovely. And red. Sigh.
I always marvel about the fact that (if you live in Europe and have a car) one day you can walk the busy streets of a grand city in one country and the next you can stroll a beach contemplating life and summer in another.
Back in Sweden (I do miss Berlin…) we had a few lovely days in the southern parts with no special plans. Some hours were spent strolling a beach in the sun. I wish I lived close to a proper sea beach, it’s so cathartic and refreshing to walk by the sea! And if being able to do that more often… bliss.
I remember the TV-series “Berlin Alexanderplatz” being shown on Swedish television when I was a kid.Watched by my parents, myself I was too little to appreciated it. Perhaps I would today.
Director of the series was Rainer Werner Fassbinder. I met his star in the pavement at Potsdamer Platz. Star meet golden shoes. A perfect SPD-moment somehow.
Another time spent at the inner city beach Strandgut in Berlin. More people this time, louder music, not as completely relaxing as the previous time, but still, quite lovely. Having Berliner Weisse Waldmeister (one of the loveliest drinks one can have) and a delicious rhubarb juice (Germans are really good at fruit drinks and juices for some reason). Them bobs also enjoy time well spent at the beach.
Shoe per that diem – the yellow El Naturalista Tesela maryjanes. Again.