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Shopping hacks in Copenhagen #1

 

Every time I enter a designer-like store here in CPH it is usually unusually crowded and I leave in a short moment, overwhelmed and with a depression. Don't wanna go into further details, but while wages are higher here in general, so are the expenses. So you think about each unnecessary purchase of a fashionable piece of clothes here twice.

I mean, even tough Danes don't hasitate to spend money on high fashion, I've noticed a very interesting habit here.

Actually, it's rather nice habit.

One day a season, more than a few popular Danish brands organise a stock sale, where you can buy things even more than 70% off. But be aware - coming here at opening time means to find a 100m long queue of chilled Danes sipping coffee (usually shop provides it for free - supercool approach indeed!) in front of the door, discussing what they would like to buy. Because on this special day, you should come at least 2h earlier to have a chance of getting your fav piece.

Good that I didn't have any special garment I was craving for. So these two Acne pieces I've found there made me so happy.

100% pure wool and warm tones of orange - exactly what I need this winter!

knit: Acne Studios // coat: Baum und Pferdgarten // jeans: Levi's // boots: Zara // bag: BACK // hat: COS

WHERE TO GO IN COPENHAGEN

 

Do you also usually skip the places near your home when you go out?

I've never been to any of the pubs or restaurants in the street in Prague I lived on, not even in the theatre 100m away from our apartment (what a shame!). And the situation is not too much different for me while living in CPH. But as long as I bike everywhere, I don't really mind -- because biking to visit an awesome place is like having two awesome things together!

I prepared this short guide for you guys who are planning to visit Copenhagen. I always take my guests here, and as my friends keep coming since I've moved here, these places have really proven themselves in the past year.

WHERE TO GO

It's pretty clear to me that places such as Little Mermaid or Nyhavn belong to any tourist's starter pack, but let's just have a look at something you might not find in a paperback tourist guide.

to the Amager Strand - I've fallen in love with Copenhagen beach and it doesn't matter whether it's summer and I can sunbathe or just walk by the quayside and admire the winter wonderland. I even like the overall grayness of the area in winter months - gray sea, gray sky and the modern functional architecture bringing nature closer to the people and vice versa. Benches, paths for roller skaters and cyclists, piers looking at the sea, outlooks - all these things look gorgeous and make me happy.

to Copenhagen parks - it may sound weird, but the best way how to deeply indulge in the Danish atmosphere is to take a picnic basket, a blanket and go to a park and enjoy the sun. Whenever it's more than 10 degrees outside, Danes put on their short sleeves, grab a sixpack of Carlsberg and occupy every single free piece of a lawn. And you know what? -- Maybe there is really something to it. Me and my bf love to go to some of cph parks after work, take a pizza and beer with us and enjoy the nice weather (while it lasts!).

You can also sit by the canal at the library (The Black Diamond), around Islands BryggeKalvebod Bølge or near the Opera and there are plenty of free deck chairs all over the length of the canal where you can just chill out, or even swim in the canal if you want.

check out some culture - I would really recommend visiting Lousiana gallery located just 40 km away from CPH for sure (you can get a combined train+gallery ticket in the central station). If you don't have much time and wanna save some money, go to SMK - National Gallery of Denmark - with the largest collection of art in DK. Except for current exhibitions, the entrance is free. I'd also recommend Arken - Museum of Modern Art, located in Ishøj Strandpark 20km south of Copenhagen, but maybe I have enjoyed the bike trip to the museum and the artsy shop more than the actual museum itself, I guess :) The entrance is around 110 DKK.

to Malmö - I must say that except the airport, I have not been to Malmö, yet. However at least for half of our guests, Malmö was the highlight of their stay in my place (which is kinda sad), so I think I can recommend Malmö with a clear conscience. You can either take a bus or buy a ticket at the CPH central train station for approx. 100 DKK and the journey takes approx. an hour one way.

to Superkilen and Red Square - photogenic stripes on the ground, red walls, pink paths for pedestrians make this place a superb location for outfit photoshoots (in case some blogger is reading this). This place's got a lot more--it offers many functional designer pieces from world designers, such as a Czech bench, a Marrocan chess tables, Dutch bike stands and a bike pump, grills ready for preparing food - just bring your own coal, meat and a sixpack and chill out with your friends.

 

WHERE TO EAT:

Serenity Cupcakes - the best and cutest cupcakes you've ever eaten! And so is the interior reminding me of a doll house. This place is also great for those who don't like sweets that much - thanks to the delicious coffee they serve! But check out the opening hours - they're closed on Mondays, and during the week they're open only from 12.00 til 18.00.

Streetfood on Papirøen (Paper Island) - an old industrial hall full of food stands with huge variety of meals, music, deck chairs outside to enjoy your meal and sun at the same time. Many people, many bikes. Perfect place by the canal with a true Danish atmosphere to relish good weather after work with friends. Be sure to try the pizza slices, egg wraps (if your prefer a gluten-free option) or if you eat meat, definitely go for Pølse Kompagniet hotdogs!

Meatpacking district - the summer weekend market with similar concept to Streetfood, but smaller and closer to the center of a town, in Vesterbro. A former slaughterhouses area is being rebuilt into a popular spot to hang out for young (and hungry) Danes. I'd recommend vaggie pancakes 'Crêpes', they cost around 60 DKK. You can also find a nice selection of permanent restaurants here from organic BioMio, to Mother's pizza, Mikkeller's brewpub Warpigs, burgers, cocktails and some upmarket venues.

Joe and the Juice - if you don't know where to grab a quick sandwich or coffee in the city, Joe is the place you need. They've got a few branches around the city and except for snacks and coffee they also offer great smoothies. The only con I see about Joe is that it's a bit pricy - e.g. my fav avocado sandwich costs 54 DKK.

Torvehallerne - Danes love this concept of food market and hanging out with friends, eating, drinking or just chillin'. Torvehallerne are two big halls full of stands with food, where you can either eat something or buy some international goods and cook them at home. My bf recommends Ma Poule's duck confit sandwich - a big French baguette with soft duck meat, which costs almost the same as my beloved avocado sandwich at Joe's.

Neighbourhood Organic Pizza and Cocktails - super crunchy organic pizza with unusual ingredients. My fav one is Potato Brie (since it's the only veggie one on their menu), but these crunchy cuties are a bit pricy--they go for 145 DKK.

The Coffee Collective - a transparent coffee place / roastery, whose dream is for a coffee farmer in Kenya to obtain the same status and living conditions as a wine grower in France. You can find them in Torvehallerne mentioned above, or in Frederiksberg on Godthåbsvej, in a very nicely furnished branch, with wifi and a nice view of roaster machines.

Grød - my beloved place in Nørrebro, near to Superkilen. I love their seasonal risotto, porridges, lemonade and all those breakfast goodies. The prices are quite average for Denmark and the only problem with this place is that it might be overcrowded, all the places occupied and porridges sold out, so hurry up! They offer brunch until 3pm. but the dinner is served only from 5pm.

 

All in all, there are plenty of awesome places where to go or eat in Copenhagen, and it doesn't have to be the traditional ones like the Little mermaid, Christiania or Nyhavn. Next time I might prepare a shopping guide to CPH or where to go to see some interesting architecture n CPH if you want.

Just let me know in comments below.

dress and cardigan: H&M // jeans: Mango // shoes: Vagabond // belt: COS

sjuloves music #1

When it comes to blogging, I've always wanted to try one thing -- to have a regular feature. To have that will and inner power to sit in front of the computer and contribute to the world with another Empties, Top 10 or New In post.

You might say, pretty ambitious wish for someone who writes one post per week. But what if it's caused by the topic? I don't care about empties, I simply throw them out, and in the end of the month I barely remember what I bought in the beginning.

I've decided to test it anyway. I've always been a bit of a music nerd, loving interesting music stuff of various genres, which radio stations don't play -- so I decided to create a playlist of my beloved songs each month! 

I'm pretty curious how will that work and if you will like my fav music. Let me know in the comment section down below!

shirt: Mango // dress: Lindex // sneakers: Vagabond // backpack: ODIVI // belt: COS // sunnies: H&M Studio

10 things I've learned in Denmark

 

1. Invest into a proper coat. Don't hasitate to buy the most perfect coat you've found. You'll be wearing it for four fckng months.

2. Enjoy simple things. Like sunlight. Such a simple thing can bring you a lot of joy, especially here, in cloudy rainy CPH

3. Cook. As long as everything is so damn expensive here, including restaurants, cooking for yourself is the cheapest way how to be sated. And also the healthiest one.

4. Not wearing the umbrella. Does it always rain here? Yes, but rain is being taken as a normal part of a everyday life here. Umbrella is for sissies - or foreigners! A Dane goes out only in a raincoat, cap and the bravest ones face the rain without any protection.

5. Don't waste money on cheap cosmetics and clothes. I've learn to, or maybe I have been forced to this? When you only have Loreal, Max Factor, Rimmel and Gosh rack in a store, and everything is 50% more expensive that anywhere else, you'll think twice about wasting money on "cheap" drugstore cosmetics.

6. Lighting candles. Up until now only used as a useless decoration, but from now on the source of light, warmth and mainly, hygge. Hygge, a Danish word for cosiness, means being at home, wrappend in a warm blanket and sipping coffee next to a crackling fireplace or candles, while watching the drizzling greyness outside from the window .. yes, that's very Danish.

7. Improve my English skills. I'm not saying I stopped facepalming in my mind after every single sentence I utter, but thanks to these highly English-language-skilled peeps here I'm improving mine all the time.

8. Drink coffee. Blame the free Nespresso coffee machine at work, and yes, also the sleepy weather. Have I already mentioned that the weather is autumny here most of the time?

9. Adore Danish design all around. Free-entry galleries, or modern buildings where you see that the architect really thought how to integrate them into the surroundings (e.g. resting areas build from natural materials at the beach). Even street lamps here are such a piece of design!

10. Danish...NOT! I haven't learned it yet and I don't think I ever will. I don't know those 5 ways how to pronounce "E" and anyway, it's a horrible language.

shirt: & Other Stories // cardigan: H&M // coat: COS // hat and scarf: Mads Nørgaard // bag: Matt and Nat

place: Statens Museum for Kunst

HOW TO WEAR BLACK

 

My Prague fashion week look was inspired by well-known #allblackeverything, and it was pretty damn hard to build up such a wonderful and trendy look, because you know, combining black with black, taking into consideration all the materials I'm using - that's a real art only bloggers are capable of.

Naaah bullshit!

I went from CPH do Prague and then to Slovakia, so I just grabbed some easily-combinable black stuff and that's it. Easy like a piece of cake. You cannot do wrong by wearing black. Black is the most effective weapon in the morning hurry, in fighting against the baggage allowance limit, in aspiring to be a trendy-minimal fashion blogger. Also in Denmark, black is THE most popular color. When Danes want to go color-crazy, they use gray (the most extravagant ones also white and beige).

How about you and black? It's an icon or a safety ring

 

dress: COS // sneakers: Nike // backpack: Matt & Nat

5 HAPPY THINGS

coat, gloves: COS // jeans: MANGO // bag: Matt & NAT // boots: Vagabond // scarf: Pieces // peruvian hat: a gift

 

So is the wheather miserable oustide? Freezing cold, drizzling and wind is blowing? I don't mind! These happy 5 things that happened to me recently warm my heart well enough. It's totally awesome, when:

- You relealize, the key from the front door fits also in a basement door, so your bike can hibernate in a hyggelig warm and dry place

- No metter the nationality, race or religion, there's a perfect and totally friendly athmosphere in your class at school

- Your teacher compliment your danish pronunciation (even though you've got no idea how to produce that soft-d-sound again)

- You get a free scone in a bakery, because they baked too many of them today

- You discover another place where they make great Chai Latte.

.. in as much as those three woolen layers I'm wearing :P

And how are you doing, guys? Tell me your happy things, I'm supercurious!

LIBRARY of BABEL

index index index

Musí mať fashion blog výhradne články typu "dnes som mala náladu na zelenú bundu" alebo "mám hrozne rada svetre na jeseň, napríklad tento". Nie. Teda, stane sa. Ale nie dnes.
Dnes vám chcem povedať o najdivnejšej veci, ktorú som za posledný mesiac objavila. O Library of Babel, alebo prudko poslovenčené - o Knižnici Babylonu.

Library of Babel je stránka, ktorú vytvoril Jonathan Basile a obsahuje všetko čo už bolo, alebo by mohlo byť napísané. Fakt. Rozdelená do šesťuholníkových komôr, v každej 4 steny regálov s 5 policami a 32 knihami po 410 strán na každej polici, obsahuje všetky možné kombinácie 3200 znakov anglickej abecedy, čiarky, medzery a bodky, teda okolo 104677 kníh.
Shouldn't a fashion blog be only about 'today I'm wearing this awesome jacket with jeans' or 'I really likes sweaters in autumn'? No. Sure, it happens to everyone in a hurry. But not today. 
Today I'm gonna tell you about the most mind blowing thing I've heard in the last month. About The Library of Babel.

Library of Babel is a website built by Jonathan Basile and it offers everything that has been or could be written. Seriosly. Divided into pages and books, it's built to locate any 3200 character combination of English letters, comma, space and period, in one of about 104677 books.
Basile has organized it all into hexagonal chambers, each with 4 walls of bookcases, five shelves per wall, and 32 volumes per shelf.

Jacket: H&M // Dress: COS // Boots: Ecco



Založená na princípe algoritmu vytvára každú možnú kombináciu znakov a výstup ukladá na jedno a to isté miesto po každý raz. Čo znamená, že obsah stránok je dopredu preddefinovaný, existuje a stačí ho iba nájsť. 
A nájsť tu možno úplne všetko. Každú kombináciu 3200 znakov. Teda každú knihu, ktorá kedy bola a bude napísaná. Každú hru, pieseň, vedeckú správu, súdne rozhodnutie, ústavu či písmo sväté.
Dokonca i môj dnešný článok. 
It works based on the algorithm Basile created. It can produce every possible combination and locate the same output every time. Which means everything that is on each page, is already predetermined. So, in a way, every page already exists and it only needs to be looked up.
You can find the permanent location for any 3200-character text.
You can find here every book that has ever been written, and every book that ever could be written - including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on.
You can also find my today's article, just without the capitals and numbers.
Just try to type anything you want and see!

Tu sa prelína vynález s objavom. Môžeme vymyslieť niečo, čoho princíp (mám na mysli kombinatoriku) už existuje? Aká vec najviac zaujala v poslednej dobe vás?
This blurs the line between an invetion and a discovery. Did we discovered or invented that thing, if its description already existed? And what do you find the most mind blowing thing?
zdroj a podrobnejšie vysvetlenie:  Vsauce (na konci videa)
source and detailed explanation: Vsauce  (end of the video)