Monday, March 19, 2018

my cosmo geek week, part II

sonny angel, jan-march 2018 -

As a creative I need to replenish inspiration, energy and joy regularly to feel and perform as best as possible. Luckily I'm pretty easily inspired by little things around me - as well as unfortunately easily caught by the Weltschmerz notion, given the world situation in general and people's ungraspable and un-compassionate behaviours. Though always grateful for my "grounded in happiness" personality - but sometimes you need something with extra oomph.

Such as a museum visit, a great conversation or a long walk in pretty surroundings. Given the icy streets these past couple of months (!) there hasn't been a lot of walking alas, but museums are great. Especially when you get to experience so many lovely, inspired works of art that your heart kind of overflows by awness.

Granted I rarely get a lot of that when visiting the annual spring art salon (since 1921) at museum Liljevalchs. I just find the level of quality and originality of the chosen art pieces to be crazy varied, more than half of them seems like silly nursery style jokes. Also this year the quality level varied a lot, but I saw more lovely pieces than I'd ever done before.

As I wrote in my part I post, my number one favourite was, which I obviously can relate to on a very profound level, "Kerstin shall save all the animals" by Kristina Nilsdotter (her mother is the model). But some other favourites were these -

liljevalchs vårsalong, stockholm, sweden, march 2018 -

German philosophers with cats by Gabriel Jonsson

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Rabbit with carrot by Simon Fergin - crocheted with recycled T-shirts

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The bulldog Rolf by Mari Juslin - partly made with old nylon stockings

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Explorers by Olof Astrup Hällqvist

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Breath in - breath out, a year with yoga by Stefan Bennedahl - 365 clay figures in yoga positions

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Parts of them by Therese Isabelle Olsson

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The Introvert House by Sofia Runarsdotter (photography)

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Snow leopard, ghost of the mountain by Emelie Bäcklin - sculpture in faux fur

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The Pig mother by Mathias Lyngman

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Academy member by Monika Eriksson - I think its the spitting image of Allyce Beasley, but it's suppose to be Sara Danius, the permament secretary of the Swedish Academy.

liljevalchs vårsalong, stockholm, sweden, march 2018 - 
Fir tree by Leif Engström

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Sculptures by Mari Pårup

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I wish I was beautiful as a swan, could fly and wear red high heels by Vanja Jonebring Arnell

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Station 9 (paper babies) by Bea Szenfeld (Swedish fashion designer who is also vegan)

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A cherry kissing herself by Kristina Brandeus Kirkkopelto

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All this creativity and quirkiness, such happiness!

:: Which brings me to another cause of happiness of mine. Namely these little tykes, Sonny Angels. Inspired by the American Kewpie doll this Japanese collector's doll is a wee cherub, an angel boy - with all his little bits on full cheeky display for some reason. I wonder why it isn't a gender neutral doll or at least half of them boys half girls - with quirky headgear and sometimes upper body clothes (like Donald Duck). It is said to bring good luck, comfort, protection and happiness. I can certainly vouch for the latter at least.

Just like the darling bobbaloos they are lovely little photo props. Though since they're made of not wool but plastic - which is a material I usually shy away from as an environmentalist, but... - they can jump into liquids and food and be easily cleaned afterwards. Plus they don't need to travel in a special hard case, but a soft pouch will do. 

The last time I welcomed new arrivals to the Scandinavian bobbaloo settlement I alas had to pay a hefty postal and customs fee, which granted was really unfortunate after all these years of uncomplicated delight. Many of my bobs have been through a lot of adventures over the years and are *a bit* shabby, so they have been retired from most commitments. And the talented maker Kit doesn't seem to be making new bobs anymore. Thus obsession of fondness for little happy, colourful beings have been shifted to these angelic guys.

I got my first one about four years ago, a carrot headgear (of course). Followed by cherry blossom (naturally) and morning glory. Then I won an Instagram competion (like I do, now and then) a year ago. And I suppose that was the start of my obsession of fondness for them. A perfect treat for yourself when you've accomplished something great. Or need a comfort treat for that matter.

Sonny Angels come in 9 regular series, with 12 dolls in each. 4 animal series, 1 vegetable series, 1 fruit, 1 marine, 1 flower and the latest one, sweets. Plus they have different special series now and then, like chocolate, Ladurée, Happy birthday, Easter, Halloween, Valentine, Christmas. In every series there are additional secret Sonnys that are more 'valuable' and very hard to find. The angels are supposed to be bought in blindpack in every series. Which means you never know what you pay for ie can get the exact same one again and again and again... 

I've been lucky enough to find and bought most of mine as display figures, which is great. I have some series full and have been even more lucky to get my hands on a few secret Sonnys. I still can't believe I found the very illusive secret unicorn. Still waiting for my smashing good luck and fortunate events to come knocking big time though.

Until that happens I enjoy the company of these wee angels, the inspiration and simple everyday joy they bring. Which help keep me healthily silly, young at heart and in mind.

food stockholm, february 2018 -

:: Refilling my travel card last week I ended up doing that with a very chatty ticket collector. Who exclaimed "What a funky jacket you have! Where is it from? My wife would love it! She shops a lot at Gudrun Sjödén." I really hope one wouldn't mistake my fabulous happy Marimekko Pienipioni coat for a Sjödén coat. As grateful and happy as I am for my Schwarzwald trip, I obviously do enjoy the odd garment from her now and then, I also have issues with the brand concerning a lot of other things. Not least her recent appalling views on women's financial status in society, lack of insight in power structures and feminism, link to article in Swedish.

Still, grateful for the unexpected, kind compliment, as always.

happy lights hallway mirror, march 2018

:: Three years ago I got a second set of the irresistable Happy lights. It took until last week for me to assemble it. Oh, procrastination. I was so pleased to finally get it done. Tured out though that alas a) the colours of the pretty balls, in colours I had so carefully chosen, weren't at all the same colours lit up as unlit. Too red and warm for my liking, b) the danger of them becoming irresistable kitty toys is imminent. Have survived one night, I sincerely hope that is how it will stay.

vegan waffles and rawfood cake, älskade traditioner, stockholm, sweden, march 2018

:: It took 2 years until I got a buddy match via the Kompis Sverige integration project. And then it took us a couple of months to have our first meetup. But now we've had one, my new friend and I. A long vegan lunch and fika accompanied by a lot of talking. At one of my favourite cafes, Älskade Traditioner. My new friend is a vegetarian teacher from China. Our conversation involved many of my favourite topics, like vegan food, religion vs kindness, philosophy, culture, education, love, books and languages. 

Looking forward to meeting her again, think it'll be a museum visit on the agenda next time. If the weather hasn't picked up, allowing outdoors activities. It'll be great to follow her progress in Swedish too, given we only talk in English for now, easier that way.

vegan waffles and rawfood cake, älskade traditioner, stockholm, sweden, march 2018

:: Rounding off part II of my cosmo geek week post with being immensely grateful that all my latest proteges in my coaching gig have now started their respective internship at different companies. All that hard work put in + companies genuinly interested in helping = the warm and fuzzy feeling again. I'm sure they will have great 12 weeks internships, looking forward to meeting them all again in early June. 

Having finished the major part of this gig I am now open for new gigs and jobs again. As I said I will be braver this year and open to other opportunities than I've concider before, without losing the importance of being true to myself, I've actually applied for some interesting full-time jobs too. Hopefully and fingers crossed I'll at least get a couple of interviews from that. It's about high time I find my kind of people now too. Really.

I also firmly believe that there are a lot of companies out there in dire need of a Chief Happiness Officer who also take introverts' needs seriously. Do get in touch, I'm here to help!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

warm fruit salad with a twist

vegan food at home, january - march 2018 -

Before I continue writing about the cosmo geek week I give you something simple, luxurious and delicious - a warm fruit salad. Use whatever fruit you enjoy, I had bananas, pears and apples in the fridge.

Warm fruit salad with almond paste
4-6 servings

5 small apples
3 pears
2 organic bananas
ca 200 g almond paste
dairy-free butter
lemon juice
unsweetened coconut cream

Put the oven at 175C. Butter a medium sized overware.

Peel and dice the apples and pears. Peel and slice the bananas. Put all the fruit in a bowl. Drizzle some lemon juice over it and mix fruit carefully. Pour the fruit into the ovenware.

Grate the almond paste coarsely. Spread the grated almond paste evenly over the fruit. Add dollops of dairy-free butter on top.

Bake in oven until the almond paste is slightly golden. It'll take about 10 minutes.

Whip the unsweetened coconut cream - it's my new favourite food thing, absolutely delicious! And with a hint of coconut, but no un-natural tang which I find often is the case with soy or oat cream. - and serve with the warm fruit salad.

Enjoy the melt in your mouth deliciousness!

vegan food at home, january - march 2018 - unsweetened coconut milk and coconut cream

PS I get my coconut cream from Swedish brand Garantskafferiet. Extra plus for a fabulous package design. And it's incredibly easy to whip into great consistency, if you just remember to keep it in fridge before you do. Delicious with my darlin' banana pancakes too. DS

Thursday, March 15, 2018

my cosmo geek week, part I

liljevalchs vårsalong, stockholm, sweden, march 2018 -

My intention was to write a long, rambling-ish post about some of the inspirational stuff I've done this past week. My cosmo-geek week. But I realised just now that it'll be a lot longer than I had intended, so I'll make a part I and II of it instead.

Here goes part I -

:: I managed to snap one of those much coveted tickets to the annual Women in Tech Stockholm convention (WIT always takes place on March 8, naturally), this year 1500 tickets were gone in 120 seconds... As you know I shy away from fairs and places that attract a lot of people in general. The introvert me hates it. That I entered and attended countless of cat shows for years and years is in hindsight bewildering, I know.

But I have been known to attend TEDx talks and Geek Girl meetups, and enjoyed myself - if not the "do mingle!" element. I'm a grown up, I can chose myself and if I chose to watch, listen, learn and be inspired 'only', well that's nobody's business but mine. Especially not when I've paid for the tickets. - and this seemed liek a great opportunity for inspiration and learning.

The day before the WIT 2018 there was a sort of kick off breakfast talk at tech giant Tieto. I'm not a morning person, having to leave home at 5.45 am to be sure to get to the venue - the company headquarters are situated really inconventiently - by 7.45ish did not fill me with joy. But I'm so glad I went. The talk was held by IT Woman of the Year 2017, Malin Cronqvist, the founder of charity platform Help to Help.

Which funds scholarships in Tanzania and Uganda via transparent crowdfunding. Which, unlike most major charity organisations, make sure the money get where they're supposed to. A remarkable example - in a country with 56 million people (Tanzania) there are 236 dentists and 20 anaesthsiologists. Whopping numbers of wrong.

The talk was so. very. inspirational. A simple and very hands on idea that can make real change happen. And by empowering women we are empowering societies, countries, the world.

women in tech stockholm, march 8, 2018 -

:: The WIT conference in itself was exhausting, way to much people, not enough breaks and certainly not enough food for such a long day. But also very inspiring, some talks, discussions and interviews were great, others very less so. You can watch all the sessions at the WIT website. But from my personal point of interest view I enjoyed talks from these talented women the most -

Joy Buolamwini, "the poet of code on a mission to show compassion through computation". You should watch her enlightening about bias in algorithms. Who codes matters, how we code matters and why we code matters, to fight misogyni and racism.

A panel discussion about #metoo and the extended misogyni within the tech industry, Swedish hashtag #teknisktfel (technical error).

Computer science professor Danica Cragic, who specialise in robotics and just won the award Tech Woman of the Year 2018.

The breakout session Starting up, Starting over: What startup life is really like.

A message from the (female) mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngård, that our fair city is a #awomansplace - "Equality in Sweden isn't perfect, but it might be the best that we have in the world." The website is worth an enlightening visit.

A panel discussion on building sustainable businesses. One participant was the co-founder of Gigafood, an acclaimed plantbased catering and sustainability business.

Inventor and engineer Anna Svensson, the woman behind the world's first integrated solar panels - yup, before Elon Musk - at the company SolTech Energy. 

Helena Samsioe, co-founder of Globhe, drone delivery and drone data on demand.

Then I left a bit early, which was a relief after 8 intense hours. And with me home I got loads of inspiration.

:: Part II of my cosmo-geek week will be about the above sweet, endearing and tear inducing sculpture called "Kerstin shall save all the animals" which is part of the annual spring salon since 1921 at art museum Liljevalchs. And quite a few other favourites I got at the exhibition too, how about pieces with though-provoking names like German philosophers with cats, the bulldog Rolf (made from old nylon stockings), 365 days of yoga, Rabbit with carrot (crocheted), The Introvert House, The pig mother, I wish I was beautiful as a swan, could fly and wear red high heels?

:: It will also be about my first, belated meetup with my new friend I met via the integration project Kompis Sverige (Buddy Sweden), it took me 2 years to get a proper match.

:: About an unexpected compliment from a ticket collector.

:: And about the fact that my obsession with fondness for bobbaloos has, for various reasons, turned into an obsession with fondness for the Japanese collector doll and goodluck charm Sonny Angel.

that moment when one if my outfits has turned in to a building, march 14, 2018

:: For now, let's end this post by contemplating that moment, upon arriving at a job meeting, and you're met by a wallpaper that looks like "one of your outfits has turned into a building" - not my words but they perfectly captured the situation. Needless to say I'd love to have a dress in that exact same colour and pattern like that green, tpriped wallpaper.

Friday, March 09, 2018

organic vegan food inspiration, part 2

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Have had what someone brilliantly called a cosmo-geek week. Loads of inspiration from strong, capable women and too much people for my poor intro/ambivert brain and personality. I'll write more about that when I've rested the brain and collected my thoughts.

For now I'm so very grateful for Friday, followed by blissful caturday. I'm suspecting next week will be fun and hectic too, so I'm putting my very snooze on all weekend. My only sadness is that there are no more episodes of Younger available. And that the foodstore hadn't gotten the delivery of peanut doodles (which is my new snack of choice).

I'll cook something nice from whatever I have in the fridge and freezer. And look forward to another fabulastic week of the vegan food ambassador gig. Here are the wonderful dishes I've cooked since I posted about the falafel. Some definitely more memorable than others. The recipes can as usual be found on the Årstiderna website or in the app, but in Swedish. So if something tickles your tastebuds please let me know and I'd be happy to translate the recipe.

The photo above is of a delicious sweet potato soup with curry, lime and coconutmilk - the sweet potato and pumpkin soups are two of my favourite dishes for the boxes, perfect comfort food packed with flavour - topped with a tomato salad with lemon grass and roasted pumpkin seeds, served with toasted pita bread. A fantastic meal with lots of texture!

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Wholemeal noodle salad with broccoli, carrot, cucumber, coriander, cashewnuts and a spicy tamari sauce. Basic but good.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Spicy white beans cream - which then has become a new and simple favourite of mine, it's like hummus but with your favourite white beans instead - fried zucchini, tomato salad and grilled pita bread with za'tar spicing. Lovely flavours and textures.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Potato-leek soup with roasted pumpkin seeds served with sourdough baguettes. Basic but good.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Tartlets with asparagus, mungbeans and broccoli. Served with a lovely salad of point cabbage, apple and pomegranate. Great flavours, amazing textures.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Spicy stew with potato, chickpeas and chili-tomato salad. Basic but nice.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador sept-dec 2017 -

Mexi-bowl with quinoa, black beans, point cabbage, avocado and tomatoes. Basic but good.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Red curry stew with broccoli, carrot, grean beans in coconut milk served with wholemeal rice. Basic but good.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Fried rice with turmeric, oyster mushroom, broccoli, chard and cashewnuts.Lovely, the mushroom added extra oomf.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Peas-pumpkin hummus - oh my goodness... - with oven-baked aubergine and toasted wholemeal pitabread. Amazing and delicious.

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årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Noodle salad with carrot, cucumber, roman lettuce, green beans, tahini sauce and gomashio salt. Very basic, but I like the touch with gomashio salt.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Seitan-sausages in bun served with cucumber salad and asian cabbage salad with sesame seeds. It's nice with those rare dishes you don't have to cook a lot to get, a pretty basic dish but the asian salad is mmm. Sesame seed oil and seeds make everything taste better.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Beetroot risotto with roasted hazelnuts and parsley-cabbage salad. Very nice, but I have to say the one I usually make is better, creamier.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Curry stew with chickpeas, sweet potato, carrot, tomato in coconutmilk. Basic but nice.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Latkes - potato-Jerusalem artichoke rösti - with hummus and fried kale. Lovely, but for the kale.

årstiderna organic vegan food box, food ambassador, jan-march 2018 -

Celery cream with grilled spring onion, fried kale and roasted buckwheat. Lovely but for the kale. Roasted buckwheat, what a clever thing!

No matter how I've tried I really don't like kale. I can only have it in a smoothie, but it's rubbery and nasty in anything else I've tried, cooking myself or eating out. I don't care if it's a super plant, it's like eating weed to me. Sorry, kale, we will never be friends. I know your intentions are great, but you are not for me.

kale and zigne, october 2017

Saturday, March 03, 2018

dreams are

luddkolt’s british shorthair, february 2018 -

Was woken up last night at 4.55 - yes really - by a very intense, emotional dream. Which rarely happens, I can probably count the times on the fingers of one hand. But this was a kind of aha-moment that made me cry. Which also made me think about the saying that "Dreams are the answers of tomorrow's questions." Let's just say I really do hope this one was.

:: I've had a new routine since a year or so, every full moon (weather permitted) I have a little private ritual (which suddenly isn't quite as private, sharing this here) under it. Of giving thanks for things I'm grateful for and wishing for things important. Plus hopefully absorbing some positive energy from that bright, yellow bulb in the sky.

When doing this on March 1, which was absolutely freezing amidst all the snow and nothing remotely like dancing under a summer starlit sky, I suddenly heard an insisting meow. I thought it was one of my furries who were annoyed I wouldn't let them out in the garden, but it turned out it was the not-my-cat - which I will tell you about in another post, but in short, she's been sauntering the garden for many years when my cats aren't out, inspecting the premises from a safe distance up on the garden shed when I'm home and finally this summer she decided it was her home away from home too apparently. Ie playing queen of cats, eating, insisting to come inside, cuddles and chats. She's obviously well cared for and smells of some nice after shave, but I have no idea where she lives. - making a surprise visit late at night. I always talk out load to the moon and she had apparently heard me, how about that for cute serendipity?

:: The half February/half March has week has been a pretty good one. First the dishes in the organic, vegan food box have been a string of green, sparkling pearls this week. See, it's usually one or two dishes that shine and a couple that are nice, but not really memorable. But this week, oh my, so delicious all of them. Food post coming soon.

:: Then I offered a solution, or leastway a new start, for the hurtful ex-project mess. At least I have then done everything I can possibly do, and still acknowledging the hurt and let down. Life is short and this was something I really have enjoyed and had high hopes for. The least thing I can do, without losing my pride, is to say, let's talk about the future.

Which resulted in a really positive phone call from one of my ex-team guys at least. And I liked the "please don't lose hope of this" - and I won't, when I remember the first meeting and how natural the collaboration felt, I still believe in it. It was just the first project that went so much more crazy awry than I suppose anyone of us could have expected. So everything is just on pause now.

And quite possibly the team constellation will never be what it was. If the complete silence and unwillingness to talk things through from one person is anything to go by. But I have to be okey with that. What was meaningful to me might not have been as meaningful to others. And I suppose there's sooner or later exception to the rule of being a good judge of character. So I settle for being grateful for the joy that was, and the overall important life as well as work lesson this project has been.

:: A friend who reads this blog recently said 'I'm impressed that you're writing so open-heartedly about things.' - and I was 'You think it's free-spoken?' 'Duh'. I know I've touched on this before, that I don't feel I can write quite as openly as I once did. But I guess I still do, even if I obviously leave out a lot of matters. I just think authenticity is important. I'm sure some people can identify themselves in what I write, whilst others can't. If they even read this, that is, and what they make of it, who knows.

:: Quite a few positive, unexpected work related things appeared by the end of the week. Will hopefully know more next week. On a year when I've decided to be more brave I've decided to be more open for jobs I hadn't really contemplated before too. Still waiting for the Chief Happiness Officer offer though...

pink hornrimmed glasses, january 2018

:: I've taken my second pair of glasses for some rides during the week. I think I prefer the green hornrimmed ones, but pink are always great too. Slightly smaller glass than the green ones since I hope I'll be able to get some sunglass clip-ons for them later on. Two for the price of one.

:: The fact that 90% of Swedes seem to dress in drab, depressing black, especially during autumn and winter - in a country that's in desperate need of light, inspiration and cheerful things half of the year - is just awful. The more I see all these dull people afraid of anything colourful, the more I'm adamant to go the other way. Or, well, continue to dress the way I've always done I suppose. I've just decided, even though I hate posting selfies and outfits in general, to actually do it more regularly on Instagram to inspire all those belonging to the 90% to try wear more colours. It does wonder for the mood, plus make other people happy too.

Some of the outfits to inspire might find their way to this blog too, who knows. It will be a great way for me to thrift in my own wardrobe, to mix and match new/old pieces. It'll be fun.

vegan breakfast - brunch, greasy spoon, stockholm, sweden, 2018 -

:: Ended the week with having a really lovely vegan brunch with a friend. I've been wanting to try that full English vegan for some time now. I've enjoyed so many of them over the years on our Britain and Scotland travels, but I still rarely cook them at home for lunch or dinner (bit too much for breakfast for a Swede who enjoys her tea and sandwich or soygurth with muesli, you know). The Stockholm hipster version of it was delicious. Teamed up with a turmeric latte, that happened to match my outfit. Like one does, now and then. And you can't have too much turmeric in your life.

Will now continue to spend my caturday, weekend, as it's best spent in freezing temperatures like this. And hope and wish for March to continue to show it's benevolent side. And the question to what a dream has already answered.

vegan breakfast - brunch, greasy spoon, stockholm, sweden, 2018 -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

the organic cotton cat dress

organic cotton cat dress, people tree, february 2018

Granted the days for wearing flimsy, pretty dresses currently seem awfully far away -

it has been so cold for the past week, heaps of snow and freezing winds and there doesn't seem to be an end to it anytime soon. Apparently we haven't *enjoyed* this type of snow and weather since 1987... -

but I've missed out on the fabulastic PeopleTree cat dresses for so many years I felt I had to snatch one up asap, being the not so crazy cat lady I am.

organic cotton cat dress, people tree, february 2018

It's darling! Organic jersey cotton. Not as roomy as the lovely owl dress, ideally I would have liked it to be given we aren't all flat chested. And it lacks pockets alas. But still really cute. Have many comfy, colourful cardigans to add to the outfit. Looking forward to gentler weather lots, not least for feline dress reasons.

organic cotton cat dress, people tree, february 2018

Gaeltarra Ireland cardigan rediscovered, February 2018 - thrifting in your own closet is awesome ❤️

If I team the dress with colourful stockings I might even chose a less colourful cardigan. Like the one I happened to thrift in my own wardrobe recently. I got this grey Gaeltarra Ireland cardigan in Dublin 2003/04, wore it lots back then but have lost sight of it for years. Thought I had given it away to charity by mistake, but I found it when I did that big cleansing a couple of years ago. Wasn't until recently I was reminded that it would be nice to wear it again too. With it's quirky design of holes, not created by moths.

clothes, january 2016 -

My February begun with me losing my old cosy, faux fur favourite mittens on the train. And I haven't been able to find them despite visiting the lost and found office several times. It makes me really sad, like no other mittens they've been such reliable friends when winter days are freezing. But the month ended with welcoming a fantastic cat dress.

Much of the professional month has been about the issue of my clouded heart, it has been a tough learning lesson, both professionally and on a personal level. But I do believe it ended on a light and hopeful note professionally. Did what I'd realised I must do to try and salvage the situation, followed by a good phone call. And now welcoming a new month in a better mood than I had thought I would only a few days ago.

Plus I have a fabulastic cat dress. And super soft hair.

Thank you, February, 
you have been a tough teacher, 
but with glimmers of sweetness.
Oh, March, you are much welcome 
to bring kindness and awesomeness galore!
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