Monday, November 29, 2010

More baby talk and Two things I ♥

In about a week, I am due to become an aunt for the first time. My brother and his girlfriend are expecting their baby girl very shortly and the only bummer about that is; I won't be there to greet her. They live in Stockholm and because of "my delicate condition", I literally have to stay grounded for the foreseeable future... I can still be excited of course, and so I am, not in the least because it means I will have a little niece to spoil, but more importantly - our baby will be lucky enough to have a cousin who's only two months older! (I confess I've been having these Hallmark-type fantasies, envisioning future summers at grandma's: The kids - three or four years old and I imagine them running across the meadow near my mum's house - all tousled curls and pretty outfits, laughing their cute toddler laughs whilst holding hands and picking wild strawberries...(!)

Well, we're not quite there yet, but day dreaming of future family gatherings made me pull up this picture from the last one...

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Sean was behind the camera and told Pia and me to show off our baby bumps (I clearly jumped on this directive!) As for my mum... she's just showing off.
Anyway, looking at the photo, what struck me was this: "How come my bump was almost as big as Pia's even though I'm not due until February?" And, "Oh look - there I am, wearing my vest. Again." I bought the vest (yes, the fur is fake) in Sweden the summer before last, thinking it would be useful for the 'in between season', and boy was I right. On my blog alone there are at least three pics of me wearing it at different occasions and there are many more where those came from...

{Excerpts from previous C'est LA vie posts}
Now, was I more vain (!) or indeed a celeb, I would probably be mortified at this glaring display of outfit-repeat. Instead, I have chosen to be proud of my affinity for what I like to call Smart Shopping. :)

Kindly indulge me as I muse for a while on "wardrobe workhorses" - the best clothing purchases of all in my opinion. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about; those trusty standbys in your closet that always seem to work, regardless of the weather or event? 
Aside from the fur vest, I also have a very plain black jersey dress that I bought some 11 years ago at an H&M in London. It is fitted and sleeveless, it hits the knee and if we are at all acquainted, you have probably seen me wear it. I picked it up on my way home from work one day without even trying it on, it cost me all of 10 pounds. I have worn that dress to everything from early dates with Sean, job interviews (twice, and both times I got the job:) New Years concerts and shopping trips... I even used it as my stage costume during a performance at the Soho Theatre - as well as to the after party... And lately, because it's nice and stretchy - as maternity wear. It can be dressed up or down and I must have washed it a hundred times by now, yet it hasn't lost it's shape or colour.
There are other things too, like the straw fedora I bought (before it was considered cool) at a street market on Ibiza while visiting my dad... Or the tall brown leather boots from J.Crew that I got at an unbelievable sale price because it was late in the season: Both worn so much I dread the day they fall apart... Smart Shopping.

"These are A few of my favourite things"
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Thus, when I hit the stores, my ultimate aim is always to find the next prefect standby. Every shopping trip - high-end or low, I keep my eyes peeled...Trouble is, these 'special' clothes are hard to come by - but then I think that may be part of their elusive allure: you probably won't know whether those beautifully cut trousers will be a favourite pair until later.Way later.

The good news? Kind of calms your conscience should you overspend: That pricey cashmere sweater just might become a very sound investment... :)



Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Salut Emelie. How lovely to have you back. I had no idea you were pregnant, congratulations.

I'm glad you've settled into your new home and that you've already made friends with your local firefighters ;-)

Your outfit is a great idea, I love it when I manage to rework a piece of clothing again and again, great thinking. Hope your week is going well and your sister is well. Love from (snowy and freezing) London xo

Tanja Arvidsson Ortner said...

Det snöar ju på din blogg...!! Fint och fräckt! Kraaam till dig!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love that outfit and that photo of your three is so sweet! I adore cool:) I bet you will get lots of photos of her. Btw: do you use skype? I love video chat with my family back home...Its so fun! Happy Monday, my dear

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