I was in Paris this time last year and over the past few weeks, I've spent a great deal of time conversing with friends all around Europe, since I am itching to go back and longing for a new adventure in their territory. I'm not sure which continent suits my personality for nesting purposes, but one thing is for certain, I love the idea of just being international, whatever that actually means. I've had brief stints in several countries around the globe, and the conundrum that I seem to always face is choosing one place to call home and actually settling there; that means- laying down roots, buying expensive art, and curating perfectly well-crafted pieces of furniture that are impossible to move on a yearly basis. The longest time that I have spent in one place, besides when I was growing up, has been in New York City and I really believe that it will always remain my home. When I moved out of the high-rise that I lived in for years, I put everything in storage and sort of became a nomad. I traveled the world, built a startup, lived in Asia, sublet apartments and lived out of two suitcases. I've since decided that the nomadic lifestyle, as free as many people think that it is, is not for me. I generally love being surrounded by beautiful things and highly designed pieces, that when you are subletting and living in someone else's home, it's not your own.
One country in Europe that I have never been to is Sweden, and I feel as if I am missing out. Stockholm has a huge design district on the westside of Södermalm that I am dying to go explore. David Lebovitz has a great guide to Stockholm that he wrote about in 2013 here; in general, his blog is also a really wonderful reference for Paris that I enjoyed a lot, while living there. The simplicity and modernity of the Swedes esthetic though, is quite lovely and it extends down to everything in their lives from furniture to make-up to fashion. One thing about Swedish fashion that I find particularly cool is their androgyny with all their looks. Many pieces are oversized, boxy, masculine, clean and more on the edgier side. With my outfit here, I feel like this is how a lot of my Swedish friends in NYC dress- flat ankle boots, destroyed denim, collared shirts, chunky textured knit sweaters and always some sort of camel jacket. There is a stylish way of doing anything in their culture; even something as simple as grabbing a coffee seems to carry substance. Over the past few years, a Swedish brand that I have really admired and enjoyed watching take market share has been Acne Studios. Acne has been on the forefront of creating this sort of "anticipatory buzz" for every one of their seasons and men and women abroad stalk their latest moto jackets that are fully equipped with textured shearlings, usually coming in colors like black, slate grey, camel, light blue and olive green. These moto's, along with their oversized knits and thigh-slimming denim that they are known for, are a perfect example of their home state and what to expect. Also, my favorite hair product brand SachaJuan comes out of Stockholm too; their products are magical and will transform dead hair into mermaid hair!
Happy Turkey Day, America.