Rock n' Rose // Gold Chokers

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Happy Sunday! 

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. SO many things have happened, including my 27th birthday & a few nice weekend getaways to bask in some Vitamin D. Aging, come at me.

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Claudia, Renee & Arlo, aka my new best friends

The sun has also decided to grace us with its presence and spring is here! I decided to celebrate that fact with a little gift to myself. I've been looking for a nice gold choker but I've only been able to find them on US sites (considering the bloggers I follow). I usually don't like anything tight around my neck, but I finally came across Rock N Rose, a UK-based brand, and these beauties were something special. My choices were pretty clear from the get go. And there was a 25% off sale. It would have been a crime to myself not to indulge. Also, I ordered them Tuesday night and they were in my hands Friday morning.

I got three - one base chain and two to wear with it. I got the Arlo in gold as my base (but I'm equally obsessed with the Joelle and might grab it anyway), and took two toppers: the Renee, a gorgeous delicate chain, and the Claudia. The pink stones scream sunny weekends and white blouses.  It was between those pics and the Alexandra, which would def. match all my turquoise jewelry - but I feel like I'm cheating on my favorite store if I don't buy it in New Mexico.

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Arlo is having a little dance on the side of my neck, apparently...

This is basically exactly what I wore yesterday to dinner and drinks with some friends - they showed up at separate times and were both extra impressed with my jewelry decisions. These babies can dress up any shirt. I mean, I know. They're fantastic.

I'm really happy with the vibrancy of the colours - the chains are gold plated so should last for quite some time as long as I take care of them well and don't get caught in any sudden rain storms. But this is Belgium, so...I guess I'll have to be extra careful since I'll probably be wearing them every day this spring and summer, especially for my trip to London in ten days. 

Enjoy your Sunday! I'm going back to watching The Lost World and hanging out with my sun puppy.

xox,
Suz

Holidays in Sweden - Malmö, Gothenburg and Falsterbo

Gothenburg. Sweden city hall
I'm finally uploading the pictures from our Christmas & New Years up north. I finally got my hands on my dad's Canon (which I subsequently took possession of, Merry Christmas to me), so we spent quite some time messing around with it over the 10 days we were there. 

It’s always nice to go home for the holidays. Seeing as my ‘home’ doesn’t really exist anymore, PJ and I spent the holidays at my parent’s new place in the south of Sweden (along with our cat and dog - that was a long 12 hour road trip).

We arrived on the night of the 22nd and were out shopping the next day! I can’t say that Belgian shopping is better than Swedish. I just can’t. Plus my parents live right off of Gustav Adolf Torget, which just so happens to have all of the shops I love nearby, with the addition of Samsoe & Samsoe down the street…

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with my grandpa in Falsterbo by the beach, where we also spent New Year’s day (check the pics later) after a hilarious NYE with some friends at their house and then sparklers and singing outside of Malmö Opera. 

Christmas in Gothenburg

In between then, Peej took me on a little road trip up to Gothenburg! I went 2 years ago with my Canadian ladies (which was one of the weirdest experiences of my life), but this time we spent all the time in the world doing what we wanted to do as old people. This included me being wayyyy too excited about seeing a Sephora, attempting to visit a viking ship that was actually a deceptively named hotel, having the snarkiest bartender at ÖlRepubliken, having beer spilled all over PJ while watching a hockey game, and playing boules/bocce in the basement of BouleBar across from the Feskekôrka (fish church).

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Gothenburg recommendations:
Boulebar, for no other reason than being so much fun
Wasabi Wok & Sushi (We'd already had so much Swedish food and that edamame with curry paste and sea salt - my mouth is watering while I think about it)
The Edblad store to shop fun jewels - even PJ bought something
Walking by city hall on a sunny day
Check the awesome statues, especially Poseidon on Götaplatsen up Avenyn. 
The NK department store, especially fun during sales
Da Matteo (on Magasinsgatan) for coffee and pizza (not at the same time - unless you’re into that, no judgement)
Every single design store you can possibly walk into 
Slottskogen to see the outdoor zoo and ALL of the kids playing. Especially funny in winter when they’re all wrapped up like marshmallows
If you have time, the Natural History Museum is like taking a trip back in time, and they have the world’s only stuffed whale? G-borg, you weird. 
Haga Nygata, and specifically Café Husaren for huge kanelbullar and hot coffee on a cold day, or take your kaffe to go and walk the sunlit street!

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Feskekôrka, Gothenburg

The hills of Slottsskogen, Gothenburg
Sunset over Slottsskogen
The view outside of the natural history museum, Slottskogen, Gothenburg
Haga Nygatan
Walking down Haga Nygatan in Gothenburg
A statue in Gothenburg

Basically, just walking around was such a joy. We spent a lot of time outside, and next time we’ll go back during the summer and do some canoeing on the archipelago with some friends!

The rest of our trip was pretty low key, considering I had to work one day and we had a pretty exciting NYE. Though Peej finally got to his first hockey game, and the Malmö Redhawks won 6-0 from Orebro. Redhawks fans for life, now. 

I’m already looking forward to going back to see my family (and all my aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives that will fly in) for Midsummer, and to FINALLY see my friends from my corridor in Lund. We missed each other this time and it was tragic. 

A final picture of my boys on the beach, close to where we'll be singing and dancing this summer:

French Bulldog on the beach in Falsterbo, Sweden

If you have any other recommendations for places to see/things to do in southern Sweden for next time I go, because I definitely have not seen it all, let me know!

xox, 
Suz

February Wishlist

It's snowing as I write this, so it seems as good a time as ever to post.

Let it be known from this day forward that I. Need. Sun. I need it so desperately, that today I had a meeting next to a window so that I could absorb a few cloudy rays. 

My picks for this wishlist reflect that pretty intensely, save for the sweatshirt. Except it means I’m cold. Which means I need more sun. My logic is flawless, I think. 

A colleague of mine actually walked in the day after I saw this Selected shirt and my consumerist heart broke a little when I saw it on her instead of me.To be fair, it suits her really well. 

I'm also not really much of a dress and skirt gal, but these ones looked like they needed me to love them. I'm picturing myself with sandals and a nice, cold drink in my hand...

February wishlist, Suz and the sun style, Selected Femme Reve T-shirt,  F21 Contemporary Bell Sleeve Top, ASOS Button Through Mini Tea Dress, F21 Embroidered French Terry Top, Lost Ink Painted Dungarees Dress, ASOS Petit Bardot Sleeve Top
(I actually prefer this  in white with red text, but it's sold out in my size. C'est la vie)

Hopefully there’s some sunshine in my near future. And then some warmer temperatures, and the some beaches and sea water…I’m thinking a birthday getaway with some of the above seems like the best idea I’ve had in a long time. 

Enjoy this snowy Saturday. I'm off to watch Riverdale before exploring Gent with a friend. 

xox,
Suz

Mood Music Monday // Out Of My System

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Uhh, so you've probably already heard of Youngr, or at least heard his music. This guy is incredible! This song's been popping up on my Spotify a lot recently, but it was only when  I saw this video that I was hooked. So into it. 

And of course he's 1) not coming to Belgium and 2) in Paris/Amsterdam on days when some friends are coming into town. Ugh. Until next time.

xox,
Suz

Mood Music Monday // Rooting For Your

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Late to the game as usual, but alas.

I've always really liked the style of all the London Grammar songs I've ever heard, but this is something really special. Hannah Reid's voice is spectacular. Whether you've not heard it yet or you've been listening non-stop since its release - enjoy it here.

xox,
Suz