Saturday, 18 October 2014

Things to do in Gothenburg, Sweden

Hello ladies and gents,

It's been a while, I apologise. Things are currently super busy in the life of Hinde. New job, new living situation, new city - it's all kicking off (in a truly excellent way)! Anyways, I thought I'd share the goss with you guys about our relatively recent trip to Sweden. Enjoy...

Gothenburg is a beautiful city, and one you can get to for SUPER cheap - in fact the flights are probably cheaper than a Virgin train ticket from Manchester to London. No really. After seeing return flights to Gothenburg for £50 each, Jack and I decided to book a weekend break in the Swedish city. I have to admit, I was a little sceptical about it at first as I didn't think there'd be much to do there, but after some cajoling from Jack I agreed to book it.

We stayed in the Radisson Blu Riverside hotel, which is a very modern, block-like building on the other side of the river. It's a gorgeous hotel (inside and out) with a rooftop spa on the top floor where you can chill out in a jacuzzi and look out over the city with a glass of wine in your hand (of course). It's also next to Gothenburg University, so it's a very trendy area with bars, restaurants and plenty of studenty-types. The rooms are also snazzy central.

The hotel's restaurant The Cuckoo's Nest is a lovely place to go for dinner and the decor is super quirky too. See above for proof...

During our stay, we decided to venture out of the city for the day. We hopped on a boat to one of the many surrounding islands in the southern Archipelago. The all-day public transport tickets in Sweden are really reasonable price-wise and one ticket gets you on buses, trams, boats - you name it.

We visited this beautiful, yet very quiet, island called Styrso and just spent the day wandering around, eating ice cream and laughing at the signs which say 'Privat Vag'.

As you do.

I found a shell. Twas an exciting moment.

I also later lay down on this big rocky surface and fell asleep. YOLO.

Oh my ride is too boatilicious for you babe.

House game, strong.

One of Gothenburg's main attractions is the Liseberg theme park which is in the middle of the city - pretty strange as usually theme parks are built on the outskirts of towns and cities. Anyway, from our hotel we hopped on the Swedish equivalent of London's 'Boris bikes' and cycled to the park which took 20 minutes. I won't go into much detail about our time at the theme park, as I went on one ride called Helix and then was very ill afterwards - it was the most horrendous ride EVER. If you love rides then chances are you'll have a whale of a time at Liseberg. However if, like me, you're a wuss and can't hack having your stomach jerked around all over the place then I'd advise against it. 

In other news, the best eatery of the holiday was, without a doubt, a restaurant and winebar called Somm. The food was incredible. Like Michelin star kind of incredible.

Finally, the shopping situation in Gothenburg is pretty special. Scandinavian fashion is totally on point and really reasonably priced, too - hello H&M, Monki and COS. If you want to go and spend some moolah on half decent clobber then G-burg is the place to be.

Have you been to Gothenburg before? What did you get up to?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 ways to style a roll neck this season...

I'm going to throw this out there, I LOVE a good roll neck.

Admittedly I used to hate the idea of them when I was in my teens, but now I'm all about embracing a warm neck. Plus, the layering opportunities with roll necks are endless - see this H&M pink and cream number which actually gives the appearance of two jumpers layered over one another. 

High street retailer (/ love of my life) Zara has pretty much based its ENTIRE lookbook on the classic clothing item (and has provided a wealth of inspiration about how to go about layering it), which is proof - if any is needed - that you should definitely stock up on a few turtle necks ASAP.

Where it all began.

So where does the roll neck originate? According to Mr Porter, roll necks can be traced back to the 15th century - although back then, it was more of a tall-collar garment for men than the stylish womenswear staple that it is today. The most common use for this particular style of clothing would've originally been as utility wear (for soldiers), due to its super snug nature.

15th century aside, the roll neck really came into its own in the 1920s when male creatives, such as poets, began to replace shirts with the wardrobe staple - a pretty HUGE deal as practically all men wore shirts. The garment later became a style typically worn by beatniks (cultured cool kids who hung around in coffee shops) and was hugely popular in the Fifties and early Sixties. This period was also when the roll neck cemented itself into the wardrobes of women. 

The roll neck has since been in-and-out of fashion more times than you can shake a stick at. But it's always come back with a vengeance, which is why it makes such a good wardrobe staple. 

If it's good enough for Audrey...

Just to make sure that you don't channel Will Ferrell in Anchorman this season (not ideal),
here are 6 tips to help you rock a roll neck:

1) Want to look all effortlessly chic and elegant? Tuck your hair into your roll neck. It's quite practical too as when the wind blows, your hair stays firmly in place (thus reducing potential hair-in-mouth incidents).

Image by ZARA
2) For a simple-yet-cool layered look, try popping a thin roll neck (like this one) under a crew neck jumper.

Image by ZARA
3) If you want a warm yet smart, tailored work outfit, try wearing a roll neck underneath a sleeveless tux jacket. Team with cigarette trousers or an ankle grazing skirt.

Image by Hobbs
4) Oversized roll necks + skirts = instant win.

5) For a sports-luxe take on the trend, opt for this marl sweatshirt avec roll neck from H&M.

Image by H&M
6) Style a vibrant and colourful roll neck with neutral shades, or vice versa.

Image by David Hew /
To conclude, roll necks are basically your best friend right now. Embrace the snug.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

#271 - Banana Republic x Roland Mouret

Photos by Victoria Adamson

Hello folks.

Just a quick one today to share the photographs from a street style shoot we did at ELLE the other day featuring new snippets from the Roland Mouret x Banana Republic collection. I've got to admit, after initially eyeing it with scepticism, I've now majorly fallen in love with this leopard print vest. The skirt was a TAD big, but hey ho – that'll teach me for being such a midge.

You can see the full shoot here.

Adios x x x

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