Christmas is oncoming and with that comes the festive Christmas markets. I had already written a post covering several markets here in Stockholm but somehow that post disappeared and I can't find it anywhere. So I rewrote it with my favourites; the classics that are always high quality yet cosy and are on the docket for many a Stockholmer every year. Note, these aren't my photos since I didn't have any good photos from last year.
A classic that started in the 1500s (!!), located in the centre of Gamla Stan, this market is my number one due to the great quality, nice people and festive atmosphere. They're open every day between 11-18 from 21 November to 23 December.
A newer market that has become very successful after its start a few years back. They're open every day between 11-18 from December 1 to 22 December.
Taxinge castle is sixty kilometres outside Stockholm where they have an annual Christmas market with over 100 stalls to look at and buy from. Not to mention that they have an amazing cafe with a dessert buffet. They're only open 10 - 13 November and 17 - 20 November so by the time this goes up, the market may be over, sorry!
An old-fashioned Christmas market with food and festive pieces that started in 1903. You can listen to artists and choirs perform, make Christmas decorations and dance around the tree. They're open every Saturday and Sunday between 10 - 16 between November 28 - December 20.
The Christmas market premiered last year and was inspired by the annual Winter Village in Bryant Park, New York. There are several cute stalls selling various touristy items, doughnuts, sugared almonds and caramel apples, yum! The market starts 21 November and goes on till 23 December. Monday - Friday they're open 10 - 20 and on weekends 11 - 18.
My second Christmas on this blog is just around the corner and if you are stuck in the Christmas gift giving madness, here are some suggestions as to gifts that they may love! (These gifts are based on things that I like or would give to my friends so it doesn't cover everyone).
My first suggestion is book! Whether that would be dystopian books, Sci fi, fiction, non-fiction or (my personal favourite): COFFEE TABLE BOOKS! They are all tumblr worthy that are meant to be easy to read/flip through so they suit everyone, you only neeed to find the right book for the right person! I love the fashion ones that are about e.g. Vogue covers, Fashion icon's autobiographies or ways to improve your wardrobe.
Urban Outfitters is a great place for Christmas gifts and especially- cute decor, nicknacks and books! If you're in Stockholm, I highly suggest NK's bookstore that is on the top floor, they have a great selection of both music and books (as well as coffee table books ahahah)!
My second tip is makeup/ products! More specifically- makeup that suits everyone or is hard to go wrong with. By this I mean finding a product that suits the reciever (this also means something that they will actually use) and something that suits their skin tone and undertone. I suggest eyeshadow palettes. It's hard to go wrong with these because there will always be a useful colour. A palette that suits everyone I've seen try it is the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette! Of course, this is slightly more expensive but both Isadora and Maybelline have good natural look! I also think that eyeliner is great! Black is the most popular colour but there are many colours to choose from. I also find that liquid or pencil liner is the safest way to go! My third makeup tip is a lip product, BUT make sure that it suits their undertone (Click HERE for a useful quiz).
My next suggestion is for the younger gift recievers! Things like nail polish, bb cream, lipbalm and mild body mists are a good idea. Before buying anything, I'd suggest you check in with their parents as to what they are allowed to use.
My next tip suits everyone: beverage based presents! I always love a cute coffee mug (like this one from Urban Outfitters)or some new tea or Nespresso capsules to further my addiction ahah!
If the person you are buying for doesn't like tea or coffee, I suggest a fancy hot chocolate mix or a tumbler for their drink of choice (whether that would be a juice, iced coffee or just water- it is perfect for the coming summer).
I also think that stationary is a great gift. Whether they're a student or work- there will always be a use for nice notebooks or a new calender. I got these marble notebooks from Urban Outfitters and H&Mand the diary/planner is from Kikki K's 2015 collection!
This group is a little mix of everything but purses, bags or makeup bags are great as well as bath/shower products! HOWEVER, if all else fails- buy a gift card to their favourite store and write a thoughtful letter in their Christmas card. Good luck!
Have you seen NK's pretty Christmas windows? No? Well aren't you lucky I took some photographs! I love this time of year, when NK unveiles their windows, shopping streets are decorated with garlands and Christmas lights and you can almost hear the Christmas music in the air! Doesn't it just make you want to cuddle up by the crackling fire (or use LUSH's bathbomb with the same effect) and sip on a cup of steaming coffee (decaf to lessen the crazy heart beat) with a saffron bun?!
This year the theme is Christmas throughout the 1900's and as you can see the one above depicts the 2010's! Tbh I'm a little sad that they included a minion... ahahah! I hope you're all doing well as the weather has been horrible in Stockholm these past days, it was so windy! Take care luvs!
The other day my family and I took a quick Christmas themed / first advent ”fika” at Nk and I took a few cheeky tourist-like photos!
NK is looking so christmasy! This isn't such a good photo but in the centre of the building there's a huge Christmas tree n' it's so pretty!
II had a v nice outfit on but since it was so cold I hadn't taken my coat of yet...
Lattes, gingerbread and saffron buns mmmmm...
We are in the home stretch of the year and (at least for me) it's less than three weeks till' the Holidays! However, this period is usually the most stressful so I thought I'd share some mid-week tips so that it's easier to study. And I genuinely do all of these and as a very stressed person; I find them all really helpful so I hope you get some inspiration!
Have a great last few weeks in school and please please take care of yourselves, (sorry.. christmas pun.... I'll leave now...)
My new background for my computer to welcome winter! Feel free to use it!
The new tea advent calendar has come and looks perfect as a early christmas present to a tea lover- either a friend or yourself! Find it HERE!