People in the trees/skirts in the shop

I love matching my clothes to  book covers. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I take it to the maximum by actually making garments to match. That isn’t always necessary however.

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People in the trees by Hanya Yanagihara is one of the best books I’ve read this year. You can read my thoughts here. This skirt is on sale at H&M. It’s a perfect match. I did’t buy it because I have to many skirts already but the struggle was real I tell you. It is exactly the kind of thing I like to wear.

-Suss

Haiku&Home decor

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Draining the sake cask

-behold 

a gallon flower vase

-Matsuo Basho

You can learn great things from books, and meet like-minded people. In addition to his brilliant poems, Basho writes about the “sake cask”. I discovered a long time ago that a nice bottle makes an excellent vase but I was obviously  not the first to do so.

I once went to a dinner and arrived with a purple hydrangea. The host and hostess didn’t have a vase so we placed it in empty Bombay Sapphire bottle: the light blue of the bottle work so well with the flower. I often use a large Hendrick’s bottle: the label was damaged so it’s just black now. The green Tanqueray bottles are also wonderful for a single large flower.

I can also say that five pink peonies placed individually in  green beer bottles in a window was a lovely and chic set-up but due to no battery I didn’t take a photo( it was at a restaurant). However I have these small beer bottles and some chrysanthemums which looks rather good together.

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And as I was walking home from work yesterday I saw this in a window.

img_7538Old Genever bottles with stem cabbage. Very chic and minimalist. Such bottles can be found at flea markets but I will also say that I think Genever is underrated and buying it is not a bad idea. Will make a note to blog about cocktails to make with it.

-Suss

Reading on reading….

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-I get asked how I manage to read so much; I’m not gonna bother writing advice since the wonderful Annikky already has on her blog. You can find the post here

-Speaking about brilliant friends; Even though I haven’t read the Ferrante books yet I’m tired of people complaining about the covers. There is method to that madness. Read about it here

-I found a really old link when I was going through my old old mac. Admire stacks of books here

-I’m not a huge fan of Hemingway’s writing but endlessly fascinated by the man(and other’s admiration of him). An old New Yorker-piece on him was great fun. Find it here

Have a great weekend! x Suss

Once more; with feeling…

img_7167Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away I had a cocktail blog. in swedish with a very literary and non-cool vibe. When I decided to close it all of my seven readers were heartbroken. I jest a bit but honestly I didn’t have that many readers, probably a result of blogging in swedish. It is my mother tongue and I love it, but it is spoken by few.

In the last time of my cocktail blogging I started an Instagram account. And boy oh boy that was fun. However posting about books was more fun then cocktails (although posting about books and cocktails is still a fave with me, even though it doesn’t get the most likes). And so when I closed the blog I decided to start anew, a clean slate, tabula rasa, Like a virgin. Because I make very little sense  I (obviously) chose as my handle something from an old blog that I started but never really bothered with. And it took like a year for me to get around to really writing. Or plan to write anyhow( having had a link in my profile since the beginning for no reason at all). Because I’ve decided that the world needs more literary-cocktails,book reviews and general bookish insanity I will blog in english(despite my english being a foul mix of British and American). And I will make no apologies about general post on food,fashion or felines. These things are always on my mind and I need somewhere to air my thoughts. Most likely stuff I make will be a subject;I’m always trying to be creative.

At this point I have loads of ideas, a few pics saved to use for post and no clue really where this will end up. I need a little time and a few post to get back into the writing groove, find my voice and all that. I hope you’ll stay with me.

Alina Tugend “Better by mistake”

So.Much.This.

In the conclusion to this book Tugend writes how when writing it she was so into it that everything came to revolve around it. I’ve been like this reading it: everything seen through the prism of Tugend’s book. Situations at work,drama among friends and the way talk to their children overheard on my commute. Everything.

Tugend starts out with the basic paradox of our society: we are told that “you learn by making mistakes” but also that you most often get penalized for making mistakes, it is frowned upon. Everyone loves pointing out mistakes others have made but fear being the one the finger is pointed at and loath to confess of their own accord.

The book is an in-depth look at the culture of mistakes or rather a culture that doesn’t accept mistakes and how people don’t really know how to do so.

A look at medical-care and aviation, businesses where mistakes can lead to the loss of life, and how they have worked to prevent mistakes as well as create structures to deal with them if they happen, is very informative. Also her examples from her professional as well as personal life. No one is perfect but we can all be a bit better.

Well written, well researched and and a  very important subject.

A lot of food for thought with this one, I have already recommended it to every one I know ( and yes: someone I know, who doesn’t handle her mistakes at all well, said she doesn’t need it. *headdesk*). I heard about it on Swedish radio last summer and not reading it until now was a mistake…

Masha Gessen “The Tsarevna Brothers”

Over the years I have become rather disciplined: I only read one book at a time. These last few weeks however I have lapsed and have rotated several books, and oddly enough, I finished four of them in the same night. I’ll try to review all of them in the next few days.

I picked up Masha Gessens “The Tsarevna Brothers” at the library here in Stockholm. As a side-note let me express my gratitude towards the libraries in Stockholm: Thank you for being on top of the flood of books being published, always being open to suggestions and having such wonderful staff.

I have a lot of faith in the ability of journalist Masha Gessen although I don’t think I’ve read any of Gessens’ books before. My father has talked about the book about Putin so maybe that one is next on my TBR-list.

I remember the Boston-Bombings: how chocked I was at the cold-blooded nature of it: at the finish line of a marathon. All the victims were just plain citizens. But who were the bombers?

Information trickles down to Sweden but naturally it is not the first thing in the news after a while: we have problems of our own. But this book gave me some answers.

Gessen is not apologizing for them, but is convinced of their guilt. The goal of the book is to figure out how they came to carry out the attack: their thinking and their actions leading up to that faithful day. Also, by virtue of being a journalist who have both lived in the U.S and covered the war in Chechneya, Gessen places their lives in a bigger context: immigrants that do well, immigrants that decide to return to the old country and those in between. A sharp eye is also turned towards the apparatus that investigate the crimes. Many of the books I have read about terrorism since 9/11 point out that “The war on terror” as probably created more terrorists then it has hindered. Gessen writes about that: I did not know that several of the people arrested of terrorism have in fact been set up by law-enforcement. Like F.B.I actually putting them up to it and providing them with bombs.

This book is well written, nuanced and informative. I highly recommend it.

7 things I don’t do (anymore)

  1. IMG_4674.jpgLeave come without the charger to my phone: do I need to explain ?
  2. Jaywalk: Even when the street is devoid of cars I just stand there waiting at the zebra-crossing for the light to say “walk”. I use that moment to just breath deeply.
  3. Have more then one nailpolish: I understand the allure of a row of nailpolish but got tired of them “going bad”. I stick to just a bottle of basecoat, a nice polish and a fast-drying top-coat.
  4. Write more then 1o things on my “to-do”-list: I’ll be overwhelmed for sure. I’ll just write down the first ten things that pop up in my head(I have a lot of confidence in my head when it come to this) and do them. Doing something is always better then doing nothing.
  5. Keep reading books I don’t feel like: late in life did I learn to just give up on a book. Sometimes it’s timing, sometimes it’s just not a good book.
  6. Buy expensive shades: I’ll take them off to talk to someone and forget them on the table. A lesson I learned the expensive way. I just buy something from H&M nowadays.
  7. Not wear co-ordinating underwear: I have just learned to buy 2-3 pairs of knickers to every bra. And yes, I have a bit of OCD.