Monthly Archives: March 2010

On Top of the World – Sirocco Skybar

Foto: Mette Bassett

If you’re in Bangkok and want to spend a night eating or sipping cocktails while literally feeling on top of the world, then head for the Sirocco Skybar.

The bar & restaurant is located at the top of the 63 storey high State Tower Building in Bangkok. We went there to have a drink after the wedding, had an amazing time and will definitely come back.

Foto: Mette Bassett

This place is nothing short of breathtaking. You take the lift/elevator up to a neo-classical dome-like building and when you exit it, you’re met by the tones of an outdoor jazz band playing (apparently they have some really good bands) on the landing in front of the building. From there a staircase swirls down to a round bar at the far end with a 360 view of Bangkok by Night = loads of Kodak moments…

Foto: Sam Bassett

My pictures are pretty crappy so take a look at their own website, where you can read much more about the bar and the restaurant and enjoy the glossy pics. The skybar has a walk-in policy so no need for reservations but you do have to reserve for dining in the restaurant.

On the night we were there it was a mixed crowd and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed. 99% were tourists or local expats. The drinks are on the pricey side, around 7 pounds for a beer. But that’s actually all right ’cause you get high on the view as well :-)

Suitcase favourite: H&M long beige dress

Long dresses and skirts are slowly but surely making their way to the catwalk and the highstreet, and so is beige. So when I was out shopping for a new summer dress for our trip I decided to get this one.

Foto: Mette Bassett

It’s from H&M, cost 30 pound and has quickly become a suitcase favourite. I’ve worn it in Bangkok on not too warm and humid evenings and at the beach at Koh Lanta.

Foto: Sam Bassett

And I’m going to wear it in much colder Japan with a short jacket. It’s made from 100% viscose and is sooo comfortable.

Foto: Mette Bassett

What I wore: Amanda Wakeley

It’s always tricky to find the perfect dress for a big event, especially if you, like me, love second-hand shopping. When you don’t need a floor length gala dress, they seem to pop up everywhere.  And when you really need one they vanish, as by magic. 

But a few months back I managed to scoop up the perfect dress in one of my favourite charity shops in Chiswick. (read my Chiswick second-hand guide here). 

Here the dress is in action at the staircase at The Royal Meridien: 

Foto: Sam Bassett

 

It’s by posh British designer Amanda Wakeley and was one of the leftovers from a charity auction at the Oxfam shop. It cost me 95 pounds and was worth every penny. 

I wore it with my beige Balenciaga wedge sandals that I bought in Italy last year and luckily I had saved them for the right moment. They were really comfortable and I sailed safely through the wedding and post-wedding partying without a single blister to show for it the day after. 

Foto: Mette Bassett

Thailand Highlights: Bangkok Wedding

Well hello there!

We”ve now been in Thailand for more than 2 weeks and I finally, FINALLY managed to  sit down and post about it.  We’re in Suratthani  and have a few hours to kill before boarding the train back to Bangkok.  So I just wanted to post a few highlights from our holiday.

First up in Bangkok was the big wedding we were invited to. It was huge with a few thousand guests, but we began the day in the early morning with a more intimate Buddhist ceremony at the outskirts of the city. There were monks:

Foto: Mette Bassett

And later on the groom went away and came sailing back as part of a symbolic ceremony where he had to pay his way to get in to the ‘house’ of the bride:

Foto: Mette Bassett

There was a beautiful water pouring ceremony where each and every guest got to pour water into the hands of the couple as a way of wishing them good luck for the future:

Foto: Mette Bassett

In the evening there was a big reception and party at The Royal Meridien hotel in Bangkok with lots of food and a champagne fountain:

Foto: Mette Bassett

Instead of having the bride throw the wedding bouquet, white ribbons were attached and all single people in the room were invited to come forward and take a pick. Only one was attached to the bouquet:

Foto: Mette Bassett

And here’s the happy couple. Congratulations Pim and Allan!:

Foto: Mette Bassett

Thailand and Tokyo calling!

Mit soveværelse i går:

My bedroom yesterday evening:

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Om 5 minutter tager vi til toget til Heathrow og videre til 3 ugers ferie Thailand, og så 3 uger i Japan. Så de næste 6 uger er bloggen omdannet til rejseblog :-)

In 5 minutes we’ll be leaving for Heathrow. We’re going on a long holiday. 3 weeks in Thailand and 3 in Japan. So for the next 6 weeks this will be a travel blog :-)

Foto: Mette Bassett

Last find from Chiswick: Dior blouse

Fredag var min sidste arbejdsdag i Chiswick, og jeg nåede lige at snuppe et sidste genbrugsfund med, inden jeg forlod bydelen. Silkeblusen fra Dior kostede 20 pund. I fremtiden vil jagten i stedet gå ind i genbrugsbutikkerne i St. Johns Wood og det øvrige London (guider på vej).

Foto: Mette Bassett

In English: Friday was my last day working in Chiswick but I managed to find one last thing before “closing time”. This silk Dior blouse cost 20 pounds. In the future I’ll turn my attention to the charity shops in St. Johns Wood and the rest of London (guides to come).

Louis Feraud clutch

Foto: Mette Bassett

Vintage Louis Feraud lædertaske, fundet i Cancer Research genbrugsbutikken i Chiswick. Den har en del mærker og skrammer, men jeg kan godt lide det slidte look. Stroppen kan tages af, og jeg foretrækker at bruge den som clutch/kuverttaske. Pris 4 pund.

Foto: Mette Bassett

In English: I found this very old Louis Feraud bag in the Cancer Research shop in Chiswick the other day. It has quite a few marks and scratches but I kind of like the beaten look. It has a detachable strap but I prefer to use it as a clutch. Price 4 pounds.

Second-hand shopping in Chiswick

Foto: Mette Bassett

Jeg har det sidste halvandet år arbejdet i Chiswick og brugt de fleste af mine frokostpauser på at trawle bydelens genbrugsbutikker tynde. Så her er min shoppingguide til de bedste butikker i Chiswick. Start turen ved Gunnersbury Station og gå til højre ned ad Chiswick High Road og end ved Turnham Green stationen (eller omvendt):

In English: Here is my shopping guide to second-hand shopping in Chiswick. Start your walk at Gunnersbury Station and end up at Turnham Green (or the other way around, if you so prefer). You have to turn right when you get out at Gunnersbury to get to beginning of the high road. All the charity shops are then located at the opposite side:


Foto: Mette Bassett

Cancer Research – 1 star
392 Chiswick High Road

Butikken her er kun et besøg værd, hvis du er desperat efter at fyre penge af. Udvalget er ok med en del designerbrands og en forkærlighed for retrolook, men priserne er helt kørt op. For eksempel kan en slidt jakke fra Zara eller H&M nemt koste 40-50 pund. Jeg undgår altid denne butik.

Only worth a visit if you’re desperate and have too much money to spend. Their selection is ok with quite a few designer brands and a lot of retro styling going on. But it is sooo overpriced. An old coat from Zara can easily cost you around 50 pounds. Avoid.


Foto: Mette Bassett

Cancer Research – 5 stars
278 Chiswick High Road

Fortsæt i stedet hen ad gaden til du når til den næste Cancer Research, som er min absolutte favorit i Chiswick. De har en fantastisk manager, Esther, som har et super øje for lækre ting og altid rammer den rigtige pris. Her har jeg blandt andet fundet min Jean-Louis Scherrer blondetrøje, min Celine jakke, en Mulberry Roxanne taske, Issey Miyake jakke og Thierry Mugler jakker og meget andet godt. Som altid gælder reglen om, at man skal komme ofte, da udvalget virkelig kan variere.

Continue down the street until you spot a second blue Cancer Research shop. This one is my absolute favourite. They have a great manager, Esther, who really knows how to handpick the good things and price them so that you don’t feel ripped off. This is the shop where I bought my Jean-Louis Scherrer top, my Celine jacket, a Mulberry Roxanne bag, my Issey Miyake and Thierry Mugler jackets and lots of other goodies.


Foto: Mette Bassett

Oxfam – 3 1/2 stars
190 Chiswick High Road

Moderniseret Oxfam, der udover brugte ting, byder på omsyede tasker og tøj og lidt nye smykker. Udvalget er ok, men priserne er høje, og jeg må ofte gå tomhændet ud igen. Her fandt jeg dog den smukkeste gulvlange Amanda Wakeley silkekjole, som jeg skal have på til stort bryllup i Bangkok. Pris 95 pund.

One of the Oxfam shops that recently has had a face lift and now also features customized clothing and bags. The selection is ok but quite expensive. My favourite buy from this store is a long Amanda Wakeley gala dress that I’m going to wear at a big wedding in Bangkok next week. Price 95 pounds.


Foto: Mette Bassett

Kort efter når du til Turnham Green Terrace. Drej til venstre op ad den for at komme til de sidste butikker….

Shortly after, turn left at Turnham Green Terrace where you can find the rest of the charity shops…..


Foto: Mette Bassett

Trinity Charity Hospice – 3 stars
25 Turnham Green Terrace

Den eneste forretning på venstre side er Trinity Charity Hospice. Den plejede at være fantastisk, men en ny og meget ukritisk manager har skruet helt ned for kvaliteten og lidt op for priserne, som dog stadig er billigere end hos de tre forrige. Her har jeg blandt andet fundet en hjerteformet Mulberrypung til 7 pund og en Marni trøje.

Only charity shop on the left hand side is Trinity Charity Hospice. It used to be quite amazing and very cheap but a new manager has turned up the prices and down the quality of the stock. However I recently managed to find a Marni top there.


Foto: Mette Bassett

Fara Kids
Turnham Green Terrace

Gå over på den modsatte side, så kommer du først til Fara Kids, en ret ny genbrugsbutik, dedikeret til børnetøj. Jeg har ikke været inde i den, men den ser super fin ud.

Cross the road and the first shop your eyes meet is Fara Kids, which is dedicated to kids clothing. I haven’t been inside but it looks really nice


Foto: Mette Bassett

Octavia Foundation – 2 stars
46 Turnham Green Terrace

Næste butik er Octavia Foundation. Super kedeligt udvalg, og priserne er også ret høje. I de halvandet år jeg har arbejdet i Chiswick er det vist kun lykkedes mig at finde én ting derinde, en super fin cashmere jakke.

Next up is Octavia foundation. The selection is super boring and the prices are a bit high. During my 1 1/2 years working in Chiswick I’ve only managed to find a couple of things in this shop.


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Barnados – 2 1/2 stars
72 Turnham Green Terrace

Barnardos er lige så kedelig som Octavia og jeg har haft utrolig svært ved at finde noget derinde. Til gengæld er priserne rimelige.

Barnardos is just as boring as Octavia, and I find it really hard to dig out anything in this shop. The prices are reasonable.


Foto: Mette Bassett

Oxfam Books – 4 stars
90 Turnham Green Terrace

Sidst men ikke mindst er der Oxfam Books i nr. 90, kort før Turnham Green stationen. Den hyggelige secondhand boghandel har et dejligt udvalg af bøger og en roman koster ca. 2 pund.

Last, but not least there is the very nice and quite cosy second-hand book store, Oxfam Books in number 90, just before Turnham Green station. It has a good and very varied selection of books and a novel costs around 2 pounds.

Held og lykke med genbrugsjagten!!

Good luck second-hand hunting!!

Gode gaver – Birthday presents

For nylig havde jeg fødselsdag, og pengegaven fra min mor besluttede jeg mig for at bruge på et nyt par plateausandaler. Sidste år gik jeg livet ud af et par sorte Aldo ruskindssandaler med plateauhæl, så det var på tide at finde version plateau 2.0. Jeg har længe været forelsket i Chloe Sevignys Opening Ceremony sandaler, men har ikke haft råd til at svinge visakortet. Som altid er der en del copycats i gang, så jeg fandt to billigere alternativer.

When my mum gave med some money for my Birthday recently I decided to spend most of them on a pair of new shoes/sandals. I love wedges as they are super comfortable, they make your legs look longer and thinner and you look taller. I love the edgy look of Chloe Sevigny’s sandals for Opening Ceremony but didn’t want to pay that much for a pair of shoes.

Foto via openingceremony.us

De første jeg prøvede var Aldos Daskal Wedge til 95 pund, men de var ikke specielt behagelige, så jeg gik i stedet i Topshop og endte med at købe Office’s Buckle Up Wedge til 75 pund. Jeg købte de sorte, men de fås også i elefantgrå. De er super behagelige, og jeg glæder mig til vejret vender, så jeg kan bruge dem uden strømper under.

Instead I found two cheaper alternatives and tried on Aldo’s Daskal Wedge (95 pounds) but they weren’t that comfortable. Then I headed for Topshop and ended up buying these Office Buckle Up Wedges (75 pounds). They come in grey as well and are super comfortable.

Foto via aldoshoes.com

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

20 pund blev brugt på dette Moschino silketørklæde, som jeg fandt på en stand på Spitalfields Market i Østlondon. Det er totalt over-the-top 80’er kitsch med røde udsalgs-slogans og fræk mimen af andre mærker: “Christian Moscihnor”, “Moschinel”, “Hermos” osv.

I spent another 20 pounds on this Moschino silk scarf that I found at Spitalfields Market in East London. It’s totally over-the-top and reeks of eighties kitsch with the bold colours, the sale signs and the cheerful name playing with other brands: “Christian Moscihnor”, “Moschinel”, “Hermos” etc.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

De 5 sidste pund brugte jeg på en cremefarvet Debenhams silke/uldtrøje fra en af mine absolutte yndlings-genbrugsbutikker, St. Johns Hospice, i St. Johns Wood.

The last 5 quid was spent on this off-white Debenhams silk/wool sweater from my favourite second hand store, St. Johns Hospice, in St. Johns Wood.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Og det var den gave…

And that was that present…

Eve Lom Kiss Mix

Jeg fik denne dejlige Eve Lom Kiss Mix læbepomade i fødselsdagsgave for nylig, og den er så fantastisk. Den er uden farve, men giver læberne fin glans, og så indeholder den UV-filter og kølende menthol og Zinc oxide, der lindrer ru vinterlæber. Pris 12.50 pund. Jeg kendte ikke til det London-baserede mærke, men bag det står en af branchens mest respekterede hudspecialister. Læs meget mere og shop amok på www.evelom.com

In English: My friend gifted me with this wonderful Eve Lom Kiss Mix lip balm for my Birthday. It’s just great. It’s colourless/transparent but gives your lips some extra shine and the menthol and zinc oxide soothes sore winter lips. It also protects them from the nasty UV rays. Price 12.50. Read more about the London-based and very acclaimed brand on www.evelom.com