Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Warmer times

Have I been Trumpified?

Regular readers will know that I have many issues with my hair, and with hairdressers. My last haircut was a disaster! I had brought an old photo showing how I wanted it. Apparently no help at all!

Old photo of Kaffesoester on the left and new on the right
What I wanted on the left and what I got on the right

The photos also reveal that my skin colour has changed. Since last summer I’ve become addicted to sweet potatoes. The result is an orange tinge to my skin.

After months of hair horror I went the extra mile, or two, to see my old hairdresser. Fantastic! She cut and coloured my hair, so it’s no longer gray and white, but a slightly golden blonde. Adding the facts and you get Trumpification!!! 

Photo of the orange skin and yellow hair
Luckily I have more hair and less wrinkles!

Photo of Kaffesoester after new hair cut
Although the weather is really awful it's not quite as bad as the above!!!

With my new and warmer look came warmer weather too, and new outfits. In early April I had an appointment on a sunny Monday morning. I decided to celebrate with sunny colours that have always looked awful with my old, cooler skin colour. 

Kaffesoester in yellow coat
Enjoying warmer weather and colours

In all the colour and style books that I have, skin only goes cooler with age. Imagine the chok when I realised mine had gone warmer. Liver failure and bad kidneys were my initial thoughts! With so many other health issues it only seemed too believable. 

Kaffesoester in yellow coat
The coat is from Next, the trousers Evans and the scarf is from East

Fortunately the newspaper had a small article on the benefits of a diet containing lots of vegetables. It said that a healthy and sexy skin colour was one of the benefits! 

Taking advantage of good/not so bad health

With both liver and kidneys in great condition I saw no reason not to go to the cocktail bar (Mikropolis) with the mothers. Somehow I got dressed up to match the cocktail perfectly! The cocktail is called Pink Slip and is based on raspberry.

Kaffesoester at the Mikropolis bar in Copenhagen
Now with matching cocktail!

The bar may not look the most glamorous, but the cocktails are out of this world! The necklace is by Monies, from November 2016. I have quite a collection now. With another sale coming up at the end of May, it’s likely to grow. 

Kaffesoester at the Mikropolis bar in Copenhagen
The trousers are new from Asos, the knit is old from Bonmarche!

Collector's corner

To enjoy my necklaces on a daily basis I have organised my collection in plain view. The shorter necklaces are presented on professional displays like in a jewellery store, next to my shoes. 

Kaffesoester's collection of Monies necklaces
The shoes are my entire collection, including those sadly worn out

All the long pieces are hung on a tie hanger (the two necklaces to the right are not Monies). Only two very heavy Monies necklaces are stored flat, in containers. 

Kaffesoester's collection of Monies necklaces
Cheap hanger from IKEA

With the current arrangement I have easy access as well as a lovely view of everything. Plus, as you see: There’s room for that extra hanger that I keep in my closet!

Sunshine yellow

Due to illness I haven’t been out a lot, but managed to go to Louisiana this past Sunday. 

Same Evans trousers as above, New Look kimono from 2017 and H&M t-shirt

Louisiana is our top Danish museum for modern art. There’s an exhibition of Picassos ceramics on - and it was fantastic!

Kaffesoester's photos of visit to museum Louisiana North of Copenhagen
Sorry for the poor photography - and rather casual arrangement of the photos!

Lousiana also has a few pieces by Per Kirkeby, probably our most talented painter in my time, who sadly passed away last week. As I was so incredibly dressed to match (by coincidence) I had to have a photo!

The necklace is of course Monies and the bag a Mango from 2017

Since I'm no great model, here's a chance to really see what I'm wearing, except for the very simple red and pink outfit:

Kaffesoester's first ever outfit with yellow and orange
My first ever outfit with yellow and orange
Finally a chance to air my platforms from Yours Clothing, size 6EEE!

Now, if any Monies fans get to visit Copenhagen in late May, the sale is on May 31st. from 10:00! As always I will be first in line, from around 09:00!

See you there?

Thursday, 8 March 2018

The fight goes on

On International Women’s Day

Looking at women’s situation it could seem that things are just fine here in Denmark. Yes, we have come a long way. But there’s still room for improvement. 

We still lack in wages, we need more female politicians and board room executives, and we need more fathers to go on baby-leave and be responsible for house work.

The #MeToo movement has uncovered harassment here too. And just today the trial of Peter Madsen for Kim Wall’s murder starts. All the sickening details are coming out now and I can hardly bear to hear it. She isn't the first woman to die this way (apart from the submarine) and I fear she isn't the last.

Looking at our neighbour Sweden, I find a remarkable paradox. The two largest companies, IKEA and H&M both pride themselves of working for equality, however with so much in common the companies handle things very differently. At IKEA they focus on their workers, as well as starting up projects that results in products sold at the IKEA stores, at fair prices.

H&M have the H&M Foundation that help women start up businesses in poor countries, as well as providing skills training. That sounds all right, right? 

However, last month Swedish public television revealed that H&M are paying the workers in Ethiopia 2 kr per hour, which is like 0,35 USD. It’s a sad repetition of their conduct in East Asia, and quite unnecessary. The Persson family is extremely rich, worth billions. Also, the prices of the t-shirts sewn in Ethiopia is so low that I would gladly pay double the money, if I knew it meant fair payment for the workers.

When Danish women think that we’ve come so far that it’s hardly worth the bother to fight for further equality, think of your sisters around the world! Buy Fair Trade if you can, support organisations that focus on women’s rights so that we can all share the freedom to live however we like - have an education, pursue a career, have hobbies, dress the way we like… 

The fight for women’s rights doesn’t end at your doorstop!

On my own situation

I’m fighting to keep my body fully working. Especially hands and feet. Besides that my family have picked up every virus and germ that have been in circulation this winter! We did however manage to have a lovely Christmas - and my husband made a small video of the table before dinner! 

I do have a few pictures of days out with my BFF. But only with her since most of my other friends have suffered from illnesses and injuries causing major surgery on all! 

Kaffesoester's BFF on the bridge crossing Copenhagen harbour
In November: BFF on the bridge crossing Copenhagen harbour, for bicycles and pedestrians

Kaffesoester on the bridge crossing Copenhagen harbour
Same day in November: How coordinated are we, in colour and pattern. Not planned though!

Kaffesoester at Norden restaurant in Copenhagen
In December, having lunch and buying Christmas presents

Kaffesoester out buying Christmas presents in December 2017
Still out buying presents - wearing my new coat, a birthday present from my mother!
Kaffesoester's BFF having lunch at Mad og Kaffe restaurant in Copenhagen
At lunch last month at a cafe. Doesn't she just look great? 

Kaffesoester having lunch at Mad og Kaffe restaurant in Copenhagen
And the other side of the table - with poor lighting. 
Kaffesoester at Toto concert in Copenhagen feb 2018
At the Toto concert - the tickets were part of my husbands Christmas present from me!
Dessert with strawberries, grapes, chocolate and ice-cream
The "healing" dessert that my husband made for me when I was down with the flue - he's the best!
Snow in Denmark on 8th March 2018
Spring in Denmark - 8th. March 2018 - could the Beast from the East please go home now?

With friends in hospital, the Beast from the East and my own family in bed, blogging has not been my priority - I apologise. I’m hoping everything will improve soon. Not just for me, but for every sister in this world!

Happy International Women’s Day!