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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The World is Right Again ;)

My friend Lily sent me an article from The New York Times just before I left for Sweden that talked about Tropicana going back to their old packaging. I'm pleased. I like the whole story of it. I like that they tried something new, people didn't like it and that now we are going back to the old packaging.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Women I Heart

Not surprisingly as a woman and a a founder of Nymphoto, I am interested in women and women issues. When I returned from Sweden I found Lauren Hutton smiling at me from a recent J.Crew catalog in my mail. My inner bougie self has a soft spot for J.Crew (they have very solid basics!). And I love that they use Lauren Hutton as a model. I know I am being advertised to when I look at these images, but regardless I still think it is progress and I love what Lauren Hutton evokes. If that makes me sucka so be it.
Anyway Kudos to J.Crew's Jenna Lyons who simply has exquisite taste. (Don't believe me?! Have you seen her house?! -- it was featured in the now defunct Domino Magazine and her previous Downtown loft was cleverly done as well).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Will Steacy

I am scanning and scanning but will get to regular blogging soon. In the meanwhile I suggest checking out Will Steacy's blog: willsteacy.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Stockholm


Ask for a blue room at Hotel Stureplan © Nina Buesing

On the way home from Lapland, we had a one night layover in Stockholm. When we drove into town we saw lots of people walking & ice skating on the archipelago's many frozen waters, reminding me of childhood winters spent in Hamburg. Stockholm is a handsome town with lots of beautiful architecture. Surprisingly parts of the town feel like Italy with apartments buildings painted in hues of burnt sienna.
For dinner we followed our friend Anna's advice and ate at Herman's. A vegetarian buffet spot with gorgeous city views and a wonderful vibe.
As one of the most popular cities of the North Stockholm has a great amount of hotels. We stayed at Hotel Stureplan, which we highly recommend. I booked a a blue room with classic Gustavian style furniture for us via www.hotelstureplan.se and we received a fantastic bargain rate for pre-paying. The service at Stureplan was outstanding and the room while small was excellent. Classic but not stuffy. This place is a great value for your money.
For those who like a more modern hotel and who are OK with spending more look at Hotel Rival. Swedes like Anna and Sandra told me that Hotel Rival has a great reputation. And if you want real old world posh and are willing to splurge there is of course The Grand Hotel.
D. and I both enjoyed Stockholm for the few hours we were there. It's pedestrian friendly, people are very welcoming and everyone speaks English (you were very right, Maja!).
Pretty much anywhere in Europe you can get by if you speak English, but D. and I were both completely amazed at how incredibly well people speak English in Sweden. We might as well have been in New York, that's how easy it was for us to communicate.
Anyway, seems to me like Stockholm is a city to visit year round. During the cold months it is a winter wonderland and it must be gorgeous during a long Nordic summer night.