Love is not visible to the eyes but to the soul - Shakespeare

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Vintage baby-friendly café

 One of the best cafés in Aarhus will have to be Hos Sofies Forældre {At Sofie's Parents'} where especially babies and their parents are more than welcome. Some cafés don't like to have the mothers breastfeeding their infants (which I find weird since, well, its soooo natural) but here theres space and smiles for that. Lots of toys, baby equipment, baby food and the lot..

Well, on to the menu. They have about 60 different teas and coffees, and lots of cakes and sandwiches. You can buy bags of tea and coffee to go and this is where I buy my Leone pastilles. nom nom nom...
 This is their 'moderate breakfast' plate; a roll with butter, cheese and toppings, fresh fruit, a danish or a croissant, a small pot of tea or coffee, and juice. And the very best thing about this place is the old china.. You feel like a baroness from the Edwardian era while sipping your vanilla-lime tea (they have lots of funny and tasteful mixes of tea) and munching on a brownie.
As you can see, the decor is kept in the old style with various groups of vintage chairs and tables.

This place is highly recommendable, however, if you DO NOT like children or constantly hear your biological clock ticking, then you should probably go somewhere else because there's usually a lot of babies and toddlers here (pure coincidence that the photo doesn't show any!) and they crawl around and shriek and laugh and cry and whatever children do..
The staff is so sweet and patient, and always glad to help finding the right tea for you.

In addition, you can purchase baby clothes, vintage china, sweets, and old fashioned toys here as well.

So if you one day visit and spot someone lounging in one of the comfy chairs reading - then its probably me!

Hos Sofies Forældre
Frederiksgade 74
8000 Aarhus C

opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-16-00 and 1st Sun 10.00-16.00

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sonnet Sunday: Sonnet I

I have long wanted a small pocket size book with Shakespeare's sonnets, and succombed by the notion that there's not one out there (at least not one I'd buy) I have decided to make my own.. In a pink Moleskine notebook, I am now writing all the sonnets down, and possibly also the poems if there's room enough. And what better than to share faboulous writings with you guys!? So, here's the first Sonnet Sunday and I'll try to make this every Sunday - luckily Shakespeare wrote a lot of sonnets!


Saturday, 25 June 2011

Weekly Favourites week 25

Hope you all are having a lovely Midsummer weekend. We are lacking sunshine a bit, its a bit too chilly to my taste. Hope that the weather in Sweden is a bit better..
Yesterday, I celebrated my friend's 25th birthday which was a lot of fun.. And she liked all her presents, I gave her O.P.I.'s Skull & Glossbones from the Pirates collection and she really loved the colour!
And today, its my grand parents' 62nd wedding anniversary! It is so inspirational to have people in your life who really work together through both the smooth and rough parts of life. To me this day is a bit magical, and if I am ever to marry this will be the date. I decided that when I was ten.

Perhaps this is why I think my weekly faves have a certain romantic strike to them this week. Glitter, pink, and romantic seem to be the key words here. I'm very keen on the Matthew Wiiliamson scarf and the Lucy in Disguise floral dress.. I really adore the collection from Lily Allen. So vintage and cute.
Sep. & Acc. week 25 2011

Dresses Week 25, 2011

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Downton Abbey

I LOVE period dramas... the settings, the costumes, the story lines - all of it. So not really a big surprice that I love Downton Abbey.
I have always found the era around WW1 to be extremely fascinating and I have always considered the clothes of the era to be my favourites, closely followed by the rococo. And my, does Downton Abbey pull the long straw here! Fantastic costumes, for both upper and lower class.
 Of course, I really adore the hats and evening attire of the upper class characters but the quirkishness of some of the servants' clothes really makes me smile.
Tartan coats, straw hats with small flowers, and more muted colours to contrast with the whites and pastel colours of the noble family.

And in addition, the story line is really good and the acting is superb. So if haven't seen it yet please do.. They are currently shooting season two, and I believe it is to be aired in the fall in the UK. Can't wait for it to hit Denmark again. I may need to rewatch it all on the Internet.
Untill then, I have the main theme on repeat. A very beautiful song, and sums up well the mood of the series.

This dress reminds me of Kate Winslet's evening dress from Titanic. This show starts with the sink of Titanic where the heir of Downton Abbey is presumed drowned, and with the arrival of the new heir and his difficulties with the family already living there. If you imagine Mr Collins from Pride & Predjudice as a nice and likable guy suddenlt finding himself within a family consisting of both The Bennets and the staff from Upstairs & Downstairs you sort of get the picture. (Okay, this was the closest I could get without making spoilers)

This attire has a bit of a Chanel-feel to it.. The stripes, the pearls, the narrow colour scheme and the straw hat.

The upper class ladies' evening dresses are candy to the eyes! Oh, and as you can see Maggie Smith is in it, and she is hilarious! Her remarks are priceless!

The Lord and Lady of Downton Abbey. She wears the most elaborate clothes, a bit old fashioned for 1912 but her youngest daughter surely makes up for that, as you can see in the next picture..

A haram dress with trousers! Love it!!! It looks stunning on screen and causes quite a few raised eyebrows and gasps in the show.. Very Poiret.

The youngest daughter of the noble family and one of the servants. Here you can clearly see the distinction in clothes between upper and lower class, but without making the latter looking sad or demure. At least not in my opinion.

And the lovely main theme score by John Lunn

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Art inspired Advertising

Yesterday, I discovered these beautiful ad shots from Christian Louboutin's new Autumn/Winter collection via Fashionista and The Telegraph.
They are coining the old masters as well as the notion of Louboutin's work being thought of as works of art, and incorporating Louboutin's works into the art. Beautiful. Wouldn't mind having a pair myself - or one of the ads for that matter. I really like when both fashion and art work together like this. They enhance and compliments eachother. I wouldn't mind if more designers or companies thought in these lines. I think ads would become more appealing at least to me. And I can't see a downfall of distributing more awareness of great art - through museum or fashion advertising, it doesn't matter.. It makes the world a prettier place.

Photo: Peter Lipmann
Image text: Olivia Bergin via The Telegraph
 Georges de la Tour's Magdalene and the Flame sees the subject staring longingly at the 'Puck' boot
 Francois Clouet’s Elizabeth of Austria rests a ‘Catalina’ sequinned clutch bag (£795) and a golden spiked ‘Pigalilli’ platform (£2,295)
 A leopard-print shoulder bag has managed to find a home nestled under the arm of Jean-Marc Nattier’s Marquise de Pompadour portrait
 Francisco de Zurbaran’s Santa Dorotea carefully holds a fruit platter bearing the new ‘8 Mignon’ strappy sandals (£765)
 Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother, by James McNeill Whistler, has been given a Louboutin makeover. Under photographer Peter Lipmann’s eye, instead of clutching a hankerchief, Whistler's Mother can be seen holding the fashion-forward ‘Tootsie’ ankle boot (£1,895), adorned with roccia leathers and studded piping.
Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s Portrait d'une Negresse totes a ‘Balda Booty’ (£695)

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Weekly Favourites week 24

I have finally managed to fix my Polyvore problems. Turns out my browser was set to the wrong update and that's why my clipped items wouldn't show up. But now it works again.. Yay! So once again, a little more elaborate sets. They do look prettier this way with trims and all, right? I think so.
And finally, I have now begun my much awaited summer holiday. I know it will be spend with sunshine, coast walks, strawberries (munching on some as I write this!), nail polish, and contemplating on my future endeavours. I still have some major stuff I need to, if not figure out then at least take a stand to, and that can be quite daunting. However, I do feel much more up for this than just a couple of months ago.

Oh, and wow! This is my no. 100 post!!! How time flies when having a good time, right!?
I enjoy my little space here on the vast internet and I hope that you guys do as well.

Take care and have a lovely weekend..
xoxo The Dandelion Chronicles

Sunday, 12 June 2011


I have just recieved my very first blog award from my high school friend Ina from Inadesign
I'm so thrilled!! So thank you very much, dear Ina..

There's a couple of award rules to go along with this:
1: link back to the person awarding you
2: Pass on the award to five bloggers who has less than 100 followers
3: Answer the following questions

1: Why did you start to blog? I started this blog as a way to keep track of all the things that inspire me, and to eventually expose my own art. This last is still in it's early days but I'm working to get a small business up and runnning, so you will definately see more of me and my art.

2: Which blogs do you follow? A lot! I'm very fond of decorating and art related blogs, and usually the very whimsical and perhaps girly blogs grap my attention much more than those just devoted to one sole topic. It's the over all feel to the blog than the actual posts that makes me stop by again and again.

3: Favourite colours? Depends on what they are used for. For dressing myself, I like basically everything. But everything with modesty - or a touch of I don't give a d***! Interiors always catch my eye when containing pink, grey, yellow and purple. But my overall favourite colour would be PINK

4: Favourite movie? I like the classics like Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany's and John Wayne and WW2-movies, old and new. Especially fond of Charlotte Grey with Cate Blanchette.

5: Dream destination and why? I would love to visit Kenya on a photo safari! That would be my numero uno but other places that I would love to go are Cuba, the Riviera, Vienna, Northern Norway to see the Northern Lights, and Mexico on La Día de los Muertos.

Passing the award on to:
The Wildfleur (former Paris in Pink)

So there you go... Have a lovely rest of Sunday and I'll see you next week..

Friday, 10 June 2011

Weekly Favourites week 23

I still suffer from Polyvore not showing my clipped items. I have to save drafts all the time in order to see the collection - very annoying! 
So I may reduce my weekly faves to just one slide unless there's alot of goodies. However, that may be a blessing in disguise - forces me to pick out the very best items in my humble opinion. And this week, there's glitter, origami and flowers - all personal faves of mine.
Oh, and love the shoes - but love the Moleskine & Le Petit Prince even more.. Soooo cute!
Weekly Favourites Week 23, 2011

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Your Rainbow Panorama

It is soooo beautiful!!! Today, I visited ARoS and had a go with Olafur Eliasson's magnificent installation called Your Rainbow Panorama.
I was very excited to try it. It consists of many glass windows spanding the colour circle and gives you a view of Aarhus in all the diffenrent colours. Under the panorama circle, there's a platform or terrace where you can sit and relax. I believe this area is supposed to be included ARoS' restaurant which is just down stairs sometime in the future.
I can definately recommend this experience. You get a special time ticket for half an hour that you may stay in the rainbow when you buy the regular tickets to the museum. (the rainbow-tickets don't cost extra) Maybe this will change when the early "madness" wears off, but it was sufficient time for me and I stayed there the whole time.
The project cost about 62 million DKr, about £6,2 million, and I think they are worth it! The overall storyline in ARoS is now complete. The museum is build on Dante's Devine Comedy and tells the story of Heaven (Your Rainbow Panorama) and Hell (The Nine Rooms), and everything in between.
From outside, it looks as though the museum now has a multi-coloured halo floating over it's roof, as you can see on the first photo from yesterday.
I bet this work will be quite exquisite in the sunset and on a sunny winter's day when the colours reflect down into the snow. I'm going to visit this a lot! And all the children I saw seemed to think it was awesome, so it's very children friendly.
All photos are mine.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Anticipating Rainbows

Aarhus has finally got it's Rainbow, at the roof top of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Olafur Elliason's Your Rainbow Panorama has opened. I have yet to visit and see for myself but all the people I have talked to say that it is AMAZING!
So naturally, I have dreamed of rainbows and wanted to share a little collection of my homely rainbows I came across..

All images are my works, including the painting.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Weekly Favourites week 22

Hi guys! Just because I'm stressing and fretting over exams and papers, it doesn't mean that I didn't treat myself to view the 'new ins' from the online retailers. I find myself beginning to change in style, and not just because of the summer finally arriving (for good!? please!!!) but because I change on the inside as well.
Some of you may remember a couple of posts where I seemed close to loosing it and let's be honest, I was.. But new winds are blowing and I go with the wind inside me instead of everyone else's, and that has an effect on my wardrobe too. Not that I mind one bit! I guess a rather cheesy way to say this is that I'm growing into my own skin. I definately see my style maturing a bit, and starting to follow my own advice to others about wear what you look good in - not what everyone else looks good in. So bottom line, I'm just not a denim skirt/edgy-kinda girl. There are millions of Scandinavian girls who look amazing in this look but I just don't feel me in it, and that's the least you can do to yourself, right? I'm more of a figure-hugging/feathers/glitter-kinda girl with a slight bohemian vibe.. If that makes any sense at all. But the most important thing - it works for me!

Anyways, here's this week's favourites.

Clothes Week 22, 2011

Accessories Week 22, 2011

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Fashion Fix: Marilyn's White Dress

Anyone got about $2 million to splurge? Then I think you should use it on Marilyn Monroe's white dress from Seven Year Itch..
Debbie Reynolds is selling her collection of film memorabilia including awesome costumes from My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Hello Dolly and Seven Year Itch among others.. Now wouldn't that be the perfect way to celebrate Marilyn's 85th birthday yesterday? {Daily Mail}

I would love to own a costume collection like Debbie Reynold's with film costumes and fashion history items side by side. What items would you include in a collection if you could choose freely? Me? I would get a Fortuny dress, YSL's first dress for Dior and Marilyn's pink dress from How to Marry A Millionaire. Now that would be a perfect start..

[Edit] The dress sold for $4.6 million! And almost all of the costumes went far beyond their estimate. Congrats to Debbie Reynolds and the buyers, I hope they will take good care of these iconic costumes and memorabilias.


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