Sofia Vendela

Kategori: Inspiration

What I've Saved on Instagram 4

Photos are from (in order): violabergstrom, nycbambi, nycbambi, chenebags, hannastefansson, camillecharriere, sommestudio, nycbambi, johannaaankelhed

Style Inspiration: Preetika Tulsi Roka

  

Preetika Tulsi Roka: Style Inspiration 2

Preetika Tulsi Roka: Style Inspiration

 

Find her on Instagram: @preeeets

What I've Saved on Instagram 3

Photos are from (in order): stockholmfood, jennybbecker, sommestudio, nycbambi, hannastefansson, astovestory, sandranicole.se, chenebags, camillecharriere

What I've Saved on Instagram 2

Photos are from (in order): preeets, _jeanettemadsen-, fannyekstrand, inspirationstavlan, violabergstrom, violabergstrom, chenebags, fannyekstrand

Weekend in Lisbon Video

A short little video, compiling some clips from my trip to Lisbon Portugal. Sorry for the bad quality, some of the clips were filmed on my camera with a macro lens and are therefore kind of blurry. Please ignore the small fluff pieces, thx.

 

Love,

Sofia

What I've Saved on Instagram

Instagrams featured (in order): @camillecharriere, @camillecharriere, @fannyekstrand, @preeeets, @camillecharriere, @hannamw, @chenebags, @hannamw

 

Love,

Sofia

Style Inspiration: Anne-Laure Mais

                     Anne-Laure Marie: Get The Look 2

 

Anne-Laure Marie: Get The Look

Packing for Portugal

Hello, lovely readers,

As you're reading this I am in Lisbon, Portugal, having flown out on Friday. I thought I'd share the state of my luggage as I was packing and my best packing tips for you to use the next time you're travelling.

Make a List

About a week before you're travelling, write down all the items you want to bring because you won't remember everything off the top of your head. This way, you won't forget your toothpaste or charger again. Then when packing, tick items off your list as you pack them into your suitcase; easy as that. 

Pre-plan Outfits

As a person focused on fashion, pre-planning your outfits ahead of time saves you so much confusion, unnecessary packing and stress when you're throwing your stuff together. Instead of being stuck with an involuntary all black outfit or one with an odd mix of patterns, lay your clothes out into their designated outfits and take photos so that you'll remember later. You'll thank me later.

Focus on Versatility

When packing, it is crucial that you prioritise items of clothing that you can use in several different outfits. This way, you can pack light, save space for those travel purchases and feel comfortable in your fashion choices. Versatile pieces I recommend include a plain white tee, your favourite jeans, white tennis shoes and a black skirt among other things. To add to this, when packing, pack the basics but focus on your accessories. This way, a white tee and your favourite jeans can be jazzed up with a pair of statement earrings, your new slip ons or an eye-catching bag.

 

Love,

Sofia

 

Style Inspiration: Jeanette Madsen

Jeanette Madsen: Style Inspiration

Jeanette Madsen: Style Inspiration 2

My Favourite Books

Hello, lovely readers,

I've made an effort to read a lot more recently (despite school stress), so I decided to review my favourite books so that maybe some of you will find something new and exciting to read!

Can't stop staring at my awkward hand, there is no natural way to hold a jumble of books.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

One of my two absolute favourite books is Dracula. I read last summer when I was in the Finnish countryside without internet, trying to avoid thinking about the reason (or rather lack of) for human existence. Great book! This is the origin of the way we see vampires today in pop culture with the garlic and the cape and the wood stake stabby stabby. One of the reasons for it being one of my top favourites is because I have so many nice memories attached to it. I also love the use of journal entries and log books to narrate the story along with the array of protagonists' perspectives and language. If you like classic literature, this is a must.

Favourite quote: "I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul."

 

Egenmäktigt Förfarande by Lena Andersson

This is the most recent book I've read from this list, also the only Swedish book. Egenmäktigt Förfarnade is about a 31-year-old journalist/philosopher/slightly pretentious human called Ester Nilsson who grows infatuated with a famous/new thinking/slightly narcissistic artist called Hugo Rask. The story follows the ups and downs of their relationship as well as the heartache and butterflies that follow. A great/heart-warming/slightly pretentious (in a good way) book. Read it.

Favourite quote: "Hugo never followed up anything Ester said. Ester always followed up what Hugo said. Neither of them was really interested in her but they were both interested in him."

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre is a book that I read last autumn and really enjoyed, which is very understandable since Charlotte Bronte has a very enchanting voice in her novels (Looking forward to reading more of her work). Jane is a girl who grows up living with some rather cruel relatives before being sent to a religious school where she grows as a person and eventually goes to work as a nanny at a large estate in the country. This is where she Mr Rochester (dun, dun, duuun). Compared to many other novels of similar character (pun not intended), Jane Eyre takes quite a twist with aspects of the supernatural, crime, feminism etcetera. (What else do you need?) If you enjoy Jane Austen or want to start reading Victorian novels, try this one (or Pride and Prejudice, it's also great).

Favourite quote: "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."

 

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

It may be a controversial book, I love Lolita so much. Nabokov is such a talented and funny writer (and my favourite author) who I can't say enough good things about. I think it's sad that many avoid this book because of prejudgements and taboo. But, in reality, its a finely tuned satire that plays with dark humour, sarcasm and French puns while being based on a true and very tragic crime. The most divine and well-written narration I've ever read.

Favourite quote: "I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't."

 

1984 by George Orwell

Finally, we have this classic piece of literature that (since November of 2016), hits a little too close to home. I read George Orwell's Animal Farm for school in eighth grade and really enjoyed it, even though the symbols were very obvious (although for good reason) and the language was quite plain (but still for good reason) for my taste. Last summer, I decided to follow that up by reading 1984 and loved it even more. Although I don't remember the entirety of the plot and remember thinking that a chunk in the middle of the novel could've been left on the editing room floor, it is a marvellous, insightful and intelligent novel written by the man of the people. If you want to know where we'll end up in the next four years, you should read 1984.

Favourite quote: "Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."

 

Love,

Sofia

Important Feminist Questions

Hello, lovely readers,

Last month, we had International Women's Day (whoop whoop) and for my school newspaper, I wrote a piece consisting of interviews with some strong/determined/intelligent/feminist friends of mine. Of course, I know other women who I would have loved to interview but I was strapped for time. Read the full article here.

Jonna

What is the best thing about being a woman?

The best thing about being a woman is that society thinks it’s okay for me to wear a skirt.

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism is so important to me, it is the only political statement I would tattoo onto my body forever!

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

Stand up for your opinion.

What does it mean to be a woman?

It means you are a leader, a mother, a fighter.

Why is gender equality important?

Because it is ridiculous that women do the same job as a man for less wage, that women get catcalled and harassed in the street and get called bossy when they are leading, get called mean names when they stand up for their entitlement to basic human rights.

Who is your biggest role model?

Emma Watson.

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

Women who don't have access to basic human rights because of their gender.

 

Ida

What is the best thing about being a woman?

Everything about being a woman is great, but I would choose one thing I love the woman society!

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism to me means that women's stand up together against the society that tries to shut us down, feminism is power.

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

Stand up for yourself, the ones that don't like you when you are you, are not your friends.

What does it mean to be a woman?

It means that you are powerful and that you can be everything if you don't let people talk you down.

Why is gender equality important?

Equality is important because it is important to show that everyone doesn’t get the same opportunities.

Who is your biggest role model?

Every woman is my role model, every woman who stands up for themselves and others are role models.

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

That women don’t have the same opportunities that men have.

 

Amita

What is the best thing about being a woman?

That us women have such a special bond, you will always have someone in your corner who will stand up for you and be on your side when society lets you down.

What does feminism mean to you?

Equality between all the genders, no matter what you identify as.

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

Even if it's a little corny, I'd say not to focus so much on what others think.

Why is gender equality important?

Because someone shouldn't be treated differently because they're a woman.

Who is your biggest role model?

My best friend. She is so strong and brave enough to stand up for herself.

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

That women around the world are being oppressed and are seen as weak yet have to endure so much just because of their gender.

 

Beata

What is the best thing about being a woman?

The sisterhood. We stand together in such a remarkable way that I love so much.

What does feminism mean to you?

So so much. Becoming a feminist is like taking the pill in Matrix, you can never unsee the marginalisation of women - but it also gives you so much respect for women. 

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

BANGS ARE A BAD IDEA. No, but to be serious, I won’t say it gets better, it just gets different. Different comes with its own challenges, but it also comes its own perks. There will be times where you just don’t know what to do and that is okay. Don’t ever feel that because you are loud and kinda weird means that you are not worthy of love. Do not be a different you, just try to be a better you. Also, those guys who bullied you are total assholes.

What does it mean to be a woman?

Every woman expresses her womanhood in a very different way. But I think that every woman is a part of this sisterhood where you all share - even though some women can be really mean and cruel, some kind of ”I get what you are going through." 

Why is gender equality important?

Because every human is worth the same and should be treated the same. We are just weird kinda hairless animals who decided to treat certain people worse because of things that they can’t control. We can’t forget that the patriarchy puts down men too with hyper-masculine standards. But the reason that gender equality often talks more about women is because women are oppressed by a system primary controlled by men. I want people to fight for my rights because I’m human. 

Who is your biggest role model?

Everyone who is out in the world and trying to make it better. 

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

The lack of intersectionality in our feminist analysis. We often praise when a straight white woman gets into a male dominated space (and that is something to praise to a certain extent) but we have to remember that it is important to get ALL sorts of women into all spaces, women of colour, disabled women and LGBT women need to be included. We have to fight for everyone! Because every human is worth the same.

 

Thanks to these lovely women for participating. Comment if you'd like to see something like this again.

Love,

Sofia

My Favourite Instagrammers

Camille Charriere - HERE

 

Monica Ainley - HERE

 

Flora Wiström - HERE

 

Fanny Ekstrand - HERE

 

Viola Bergström - HERE

 

Sabina Socol - HERE

 

Preetika Tulsi Roka - HERE

 

Hanna Stefansson - HERE

 

Hanna Mw - HERE

 

Arden Rose - HERE

 

Love,

Sofia

Style Inspiration: Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin: Get The Look 2

Jane Birkin: Get The Look

The Trendy Straw Bag

I'm so interested in buying a straw bag, I mean, look how cute and stylish?! If you're interested, the two in the mood board featured above are from Etsy: here and here.

 

Love,

Sofia

Style Inspiration: Camille Charrière

 

Camille Charriere: Style Inspiration

 

 

Camille Charriere: Style Inspiration 2

 

 

43 Questions about Me

(this post was written in December)

 

Who do you trust?

My parents

 

Where would you like to be right now?

Right now I want to be somewhere like Bali or the Maldives. Or maybe Australia, New York or Paris.

Favourite city?

Stockholm or Paris, followed by New York and London.

 

What is your favourite number?

22  

 

What is the last thing you ate?

Breakfast consisting of two sandwiches, coffee, orange juice and tea with the family in Uppsala on the day after Christmas.

 

If you were a crayon, which colour would you be? 

Maybe white or pink.. Never really thought about it..

 

How is the weather right now?

 It's actually pretty sunny, about five degrees outside.

 

Who is the last person you were on the phone with?

Probably my mum, we call each other a lot.

 

What is the first thing you see in the opposite sex?

It depends how close I'm standing to them: hair, clothes and eyes.

 

Favourite tv series?

Oh god, I have so many favourites! Sherlock, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, Community, SNL, Sex and the City and so so so many more. I actually have a post with my favourites that you can find HERE

 

Do you have any siblings?

Nope, only child

 

Height?

Something like 164 - 166cm

 

Hair colour?

Blonde in summer, dark blonde in winter.

 

Eye colour?

Greenish hazel

 

Do you use contacts?

I'm usually too lazy to use contacts even though they aren't hard to put on so I go for glasses but for special occasions or when I feel like I go for my dailies. 

 

Favourite holiday?

CHRISTMAS

 

Favourite month?

I like June the most since it's summer and it contains the initial excitement of school holidays

 

 

Celebrity crushes?

Amanda Seyfried, Elsa Hosk, Jude Law and Olivia Palermo. (among others)

 

Have you ever cried for no reason?

Well, I think there's always a reason for me to cry, even if I don't realise it, it could be something that's built up that I've repressed so it's very cathartic to have a little cry.

 

What is the last movie you saw?

Love actually on the 23rd with the family

 

Favourite day of the year?

December the 23rd or/and 24th

 

Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

 

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla ice cream

 

Do you have any tattoos?

Nope

 

What are you listening to right now?

I'm re-listening to My dad wrote a Porno podcast: AMAZING! I should write an update post on my favourite podcasts...

 

Favourite movies?

Love Actually, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Guy from U.N.C.L.E and The Grand Budapest Hotel

Favourite sport?

Netball, Ballet, Ice skating and badminton

 

What are you doing right now?

Writing this post, listening to MDWAP episode "Texas, USA" and drinking fruit tisane

 

What books are you reading right now?

Lolita, just finished Frankenstein and wanting to start on Welcome to Nightvale

 

Piercings?

Just my ears, want to do another set though 

 

Buttered, natural or salted popcorn?

Buttered and salted popcorn 

 

Favourite flower?

Peonies, eucalyptus and baby's breath, together, they're even more gorgeous!

 

Who do you want to see right now?

Kate and Eve.

 

 Are you still friends with people from school?

Well, it depends on which school in which country... But I have friends who I still talk to from all my previous schools

 

Do you like flying?

Yes! I love flying, probably because I started travelling at a very young age very frequently and haven't stopped since

 

Right or left handed?

Right handed

  Dogs or cats?

Cats!

 

How many pillows do you sleep with?

Two

 

Do you miss someone?

Of course

 

Do you listen to the radio?

I love the idea but no I don't, not even Ekot. I am a huge fan of podcasts though and am almost always listening to one (that is not an exaggeration)

 

Best decision you've made all year?

I don't really know... I can't think of any major decisions that have affected my life... I really enjoyed a spontaneous trip to our Finish summer house that I decided to join last minute...?

 

Worst decision you've made all year?

No clue, my life is pretty good right now so I don't see the point in regretting something that I can't change

   

The latest app the downloaded?

Shazam

Style Moodboard 2

 

And some interior inspiration

Style Inspiration: Jenny M Walton

 

Jenny M Walton: Get The Look

 

Jenny M Walton: Get The Look 2

 


 

Style Moodboard

Jane Birkin, retro sunglasses, straight leg jeans, the Chloe girl style, heeled ankle boots, Marie Antoinette, straw baskets, large earrings, feminine blouses and neck scarves are all things that I've been loving these past few weeks and now I need one of everything.

 

Love,

Sofia

My Current Favourite Youtubers

Cat CreatureProbably my favourite Youtuber at the moment. She vlogs and makes such incredibly aesthetic videos from her dorm at RISD. Not to mention that she often shows her subscribers her art and I loooove itttt.
 

Hannah Witton

A British Youtuber who talks about sex, periods, life, relationships and self-love. You can think of her as the British version of Clara Henry who talks more about sex and relationships.

 

 

Table Top

 

Table Top is a show on Youtube where Wil Wheaton invites different people to play board games for about an hour. These episodes are always so entertaining and let me embrace my nerdy side. 

 

Ashley Maries Vlogs

You may already know who Alisha Marie is but have you seen her vlogs? She really puts a lot of effort into her vlogs and they are always so much fun to watch. Not to mention that she has just moved house and I always love watching people move and redecorate.

 
Casey NeistatI I am a little bit behind the trend but I only just discovered Casey's vlogs and I loove them! They are so well made and always so interesting, I have nothing more to say except, watch his videos!
 
Mr Kate
If you haven't heard of Mr Kate, how dare you. She has a great series on her channel where her and her husband redecorate YouTubers homes (Lilly Singh, Joslyn Davis and Meghan Reinks etc) and another where they remodel their own. Another great aspect are Kate's vlogs where she shows the behind the scenes of each redecorate themed episode, so much fun!
 
Clevver Style
Clevver TV has created another channel called Clevver Style where they have a number of different series like Beauty Break where they talk, review beauty products in a comedic way. They have Lunchy break where you see the team go for lunch vlog style, I promise its super entertaining, especially after you grow to love the whole team. Finally they have Beauty Trippin where they go on some for of trip or excursion to do something involving beauty like making their own lipsticks (see it above), workout under water or get strange facials.
 
Love,
Sofia
 

Best of LFW Street Style

Best of NYFW Street Style

Best Fashion Movies

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette has been one of my favourite movies since I was a kid. We follow the French Queen through her triumphs, disappointments and shopping adventures. Note: this movie will make you so hungry for French pastries and treats.

 

Jackie

A movie that came out in December of 2016. The movie Jackie follows Jackie Kennedy during her husband's time in office and his death. We see her struggles, hardships and strength. Really worth watching if you want more information on the fashion icon herself.

 

Yves Saint Laurent

 The famous designer Yves Sain Laurent has a few movies about him but this one is the most recent, released in 2014. Such a good movie with plenty of fashion and drama to satisfy any viewer.

 

Coco Before Chanel

 Coco Chanel has quite a difficult journey into the spotlight and throughout her carrier. This movie conveys that perfectly. Played by the ever so chic Audrey Tautou, Coco leads the way for the androgynous style and sets the stage for women.

 

Sex and the City

When I mean Sex & the City, I mean the two movies and TV series because they are all such good sources of fashion inspiration. This is likely due to the fact that all four women have distinct and unique styles (not to mention a big budget for shopping) that are all spot on.

 

Devil Wears Prada

Not only is this a funny film, it is the movie of all fashion movies. Meryl Streep plays a character who was inspired by Anna Wintour and Anne Hathaway plays a girl who has just joined the Runway magazine (*cough* Vogue *cough*). Such a good soundtrack, such good actors, such good fashion.

 

Dior and I

 Dior and I is similar to Devil Wears Prada in style and genre but instead, considers itself to be more of a documentary. We see inside the Christian Dior fashion house and the many stages of any collection. So interesting.

 

Confessions of a Shopaholic

The ultimate mix of fashion and romantic comedy. Isla Fisher does a wonderful job of playing a determined shopaholic who is trying to make her way through the world of financial business, despite knowing nothing about financial business (and not speaking Finnish). Great feel good movie!

 

Love,

Sofia

My Favourite Blogs

Hanna MW

My current favourite blog. Hanna is a stylist and works for my favourite magazine Chic so it makes sense that I am head over heels for her style. Every post of hers is like flipping through a magazine with glossy photos, vacations in Italy and unique outfits. Find her blog HERE.

 

Sandra Beijer

Sandra Beijer is a Swedish author (and blogger of course) who blogs about fashion, her travels, thoughts and experiences. Incredibly interesting to read about. Find her blog HERE.

 

Josefin Dahlberg

Josefin's blog is a long time favourite since she was even featured in my last blog favourites that was a while back. Her style is unique, feminine and edgy, going against the typical Swedish uniform of black on black on black. She's such a positive breath of fresh air for Swedish bloggers Find here blog HERE.

 

Flora Wiström

I found Flora's blog through her podcast with Frida and have been reading it every day since. She has such cute style and a really unique way of blogging so you have to check her out! Find her blog HERE.

 

Aurora Mohn

Probably the first blogger that I started following (ever). Recently, she started a new blog and is posting very cute pictures that speak to the minimalist in me. Find her blog HERE.

 

Christie Tyler

To me, Christie is pretty much the epitome of Brooklyn style and aesthetic. She posts really cute outfit pictures, photos from her stylish apartment and Brooklyn. Find her blog HERE.

 

Kate La Vie

Kate blogs about decor, lifestyle, advice, tips and beauty. Her photos and layouts are always so pretty and so inspiring. Not to mention that her apartment is INCREDIBLE, so gorgeous, so stylish, so chic. Find her blog HERE.

 

Isabella Thordsen

A recent find. Isabella is a Danish blogger living abroad with her boyfriend and bulldog. Her theme is similar to Christie Tyler's so if you like her style, you'll like Isabella's blog. Find her blog HERE.

 

Eirin Kristiansen

Eirin is a Norweigan blogger with the most iconic minimalist style and gorgeous loft apartment. She blogs about fashion, health, her travels, and cute puppy. You should definitely check her out, find her blog HERE.

 

Kelsey Simone

I first found Kelsey through her Youtube channel (which you should subscribe to by the way). Recently she started a blog and has so far posted outfits, beauty favourites and inspirational layouts. If you know her youtube then you know her blog is just as cute. Find her blog HERE.

 

Emma Hiltunen

I found Emma Hiltunen through Josefin Dahlberg's It Girls competition. I love her attitude, style and of course, her art! If you like Josefin Dahlberg's blog, you'll love Emma's. Find her blog HERE.

 

Amanda Maria Josefina

I have no clue how I found Amanda's blog but I'm very glad I did. She blogs about books, vegan recipes, lifestyle posts and her everyday life. Find her blog HERE.

 

Tuva Alicia

 Just like Emma Hiltunen, I found Tuva Alicia through the It Girls competition that Josefin Dahlberg hosted. She was actually the winner and I can understand why: her style and attitude is goals. Find her blog HERE.

 

Alice Catherine

I found Alice's blog around the same time as Lizzy's (down below). She's a fashion blogger living in Machester who shares her style with her readers. Find her blog HERE.

 

Lizzy Hadfield

Last but not least, I recommend Lizzy Hadfield's blog. She posts such cute photos of her style, every outfit post is flawless. She also has a really fun thing series where she shows her week through 36mm film and as an analog camera lover, I love that idea so much. Find her blog HERE.

 

Love,

Sofia

Style Inspiration: Jeanne Damas

Jeanne Damas: Get The Look

 

 

Jeanne Damas

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