Swedish Summer Lookbook

Oh, lovely Swedish summer! Jonas & I had a wonderful 6 weeks visiting family, friends, and familiar places…plus a few new magical ones! I thought it’d be fun to do a Swedish summer lookbook of some of my favorite outfits I wore on the trip at some pretty epic locations! Hope you enjoy watching and coming along for the fashion adventures!

{MIDSUMMER} We spent midsummer’s eve at a charming open air museum full of the cutest old red farm houses. “Midsommar” is a celebration of the summer solstice and of light, everyone wears flowers in their hair and dances ’round the maypole!

OUTFIT DETAILS: White Flower Crown-DIY // Green Embroidered Dress-Ross // Black Flats-Payless

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{BOOK CAFE} It seems to be our midsummer day tradition to go for a “fika” at one of our favorite summer cafes; it’s full of books and delicious treats and of course the cutest exterior.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Flower Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Floral Dress-Goodwill // Black Flats-Payless

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This thrifted dress for 5 bux is my new fav, it even has pockets! I wore it so many times this summer already, it was perfect for exploring the secret garden at Nynäs Slott.

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{CHRISTMAS IN JULY} Ok, technically this was in June and technically the charming town of Gränna has candy canes all year ’round…but when I found this dress at Goodwill I knew it’d be perfect for visiting the red & white striped town!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Hair Scarf-Doll Me Up Inc. // Poppy Dress-Goodwill // Black Cardigan-Fashion Store // Black Flats-Payless

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{ERICSBERGS SLOTT} This palace in Sweden took my breath away! I had always wanted to see it and it sure is grand…I actually felt intimated standing in front of it!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Flower Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Floral Dress-Walmart // Dotted Tights-Target // Black Flats-Payless

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{NORDIC MERMAID} I spent a lot of time this summer hopping across rocks on the Swedish archipelago in search of nordic mermaids and selkies!

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I’m also obsessed with Faerie Magazine and this summer issue about mermaids and sea serpents takes me into a magical underwater world!

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Flower Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Black Mermaid Shell Croptop-Adorkable Apparel // Black Maxi Dress-Walmart

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{MEDIEVAL FAIRE} I just adore viking faires in Sweden, especially when the market is set around a medieval castle like Torpa Stenhus. I had fun wearing my goth medieval inspired outfit again.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Black Mesh Shirt // Black Maxi Dress-Walmart// Gray Studded Belt

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{WONDERLAND} I sure felt like I had tripped down the rabbit hole when we went to Julita Gård. The roses were in beautiful bloom and we even found a magical wishing well!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Cat-eye Sunglasses // Gray Ruffle Shirt-Goodwill // Black Flocked Skirt // Dotted Tights-Target // T.U.K. Creepers

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I sure hope you enjoyed coming along for the fashion adventure as much as I did putting together these outfits and running around magical places in Sweden! Let me know what YOUR fav outfit is + location and I hope to see you in a new post soon!

Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

Magical Castles in Sweden

One of my very favorite things to do in Sweden is visiting magical medieval castles and enchanted classical mansions!

Hope you enjoy coming along with me to Julita Gård + Säfstaholms Slott and learning some travel tips I’ve picked up on my journeys!

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The enchanting mansion at Julita Gård is an from the 17th century and boasts beautiful gardens, straight from a fairytale!

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The wishing well sure made me feel like a princess lost in time.

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In fact it did feel like traveling through time at this, Sweden’s largest open-air museum

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Some of the history goes as far back to the viking age!

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I felt like I had tripped into a portal to the shire where all these charming grass covered cottages were.

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I just adore the hand painted details of this door: “Welcome”

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I wish I could have explored more, it truly is a magical place with so much more to see!

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I sure enjoyed vlogging my time here and I hope to be taking you all with me on more mini adventures again soon! Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

August Outfits

Well hello there September! I’m SO excited for fall and spooky outfits that shall come…but FIRST let’s look back at the adventures and outfits of August! We kicked off the month by going to The Packing House‘s 1 year anniversary bash, although it’s been around since 1919 during the citrus days of California.

THE PACKING HOUSE: Top-Thrifted // Skirt-Ross // Tights-Target // Shoes-T.U.K. Creepers

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THE OLD WEST: Dress-Ross // Belt-eBay// Cat Eye Sunglasses-Target

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It’s always a pleasure revisiting Tom’s Farms in Corona, CA…one of my favorite childhood places to explore! Whenever I get a taste of a butterscotch candy stick it takes me INSTANTLY back to my childhood, how about you?!

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CORN FESTIVAL: Striped Hair Clip-Swapmeet // Dress-Buffalo Exchange // Belt-eBay // Striped Tights-eBay// Shoes-TUK Creepers

My good friend Tayler introduced me to the tradition of going to the La Habra Corn Festival in August and I’m so happy I could introduce this tradition to my husband! I just love all the colorful designs of the booths and for some reason I felt like going spooky that day.

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D23 EXPO LOOKBOOK: Probably my favorite outfits of the August were for the D23 Expo (The Ultimate Disney Fan Event) where I put together 3 retro inspired Disney style outfits/Disneybounds which you can see more of HERE!

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  VENICE BEACH FREAK SHOW: Striped Bow-Swapmeet // Cateye Sunglasses-Target // Hi Lo Dress-Walmart // Striped Leggings-eBay // Studded Sandals-Payless

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My first time to Venice beach sure felt like a freak show, but in an artsy not too scary kind of way! Jonas & I went there to see the filming location of MacGyver‘s first apartment which you can see more of HERE!

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HALLOWEEN MOON: Mini Witch Hat-Hobby Lobby // Bat Necklace // Victorian Ruffle Blouse-Ross // Bats Skirt-Sourpuss Clothing // Striped Tights-eBay // Victorian Boots-Funtasma

Jonas & I got to be apart of an amazing collaboration with our good friends of Dappsy, who have a paper moon shoppe! If you know me, you know that I’m a vintage Halloween fanatic so having the honor of styling the wardrobe and set design for the paper moon my husband designed and painted…was a dream come true! See more photos + behind the scenes of the making of the Jack-O’-Lantern paper moon HERE!

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SUMMER ACCESSORIES: I had a few random photos I thought I’d add here from some accessories I wore a lot of this summer.

I like to call these my SUMMER GOTH ESSENTIALS: Parasol-eBay // Striped sun hat-Payless // Cat Eye Sunglasses-Target // Studded Sandals-Payless

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I also wore quite a lot of my Mickey Mouse ears which I finally got embroidered with SHEAVES so I can always be repping the #SheavesTribe at the happiest place on earth!

august outfits_wm (4)If you would like to see more photos + vlog of my August adventures with Jonas in our second month living in California together, just click HERE!

What was your favorite outfit? I wonder what adventures and outfits will be in store for September!

Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

Orange + Ice Cream in Trosa

Ahhh, Sweden in the summertime is a beautiful thing! My husband & I were in much need of a relaxing day together after a few weeks of dealing with my hand surgery and Jonas’ last few weeks at work. We knew Trosa would be the perfect place to go and wander, get some delicious ice cream, and soak in the sunshine.

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I was so happy to FINALLY bust out my summer dresses, though I was still a bit cold that day hihi! This orange dress with white embroidery felt perfect to wear in such a quaint little village!

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If you’re ever in southern Sweden you MUST stop in Trosa and take a stroll along the canal that runs through it. The doll house like buildings really make you feel like stepped into a fairy tale. trosa outfit_wm (5)

This “magical telephone booth” was something we hadn’t seen before!

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Such an darling idea to put a book exchange in an old-fashioned Swedish telephone booth!

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Orange Flower-DIY // Dress-Thrifted // Belt-Thrifted // Cropped Cardigan-Fashion Store in California // Flats-Walmart

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Would you care to take a virtual stroll through Trosa with me? You can see the vlog + blog post from our June HERE!

Bye for now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

Summer Solstice Lookbook

“Midsommar” is my favorite holiday to celebrate in Sweden! What’s not to love about putting flowers in your hair, dancing around a maypole, and eating strawberries?!

When my husband & I decided to go on a little road trip and spend the holiday with his family on the west side of Sweden I instantly started to think about what I was going to wear. Midsummer is the perfect time of year to use my folk/viking/gothic bohemian inspired outfits and these are the two I put together for the summer solstice celebration!

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OUTFIT 1: Midsummer Eve

For Swedish midsommar it’s tradition to wear flower crowns and while I wish I had been able to make a one made out of wild flowers, my recent hand surgery keeps me from getting too crafty so I went with this white one I made previously. I realized the flowers perfectly matched with the white embroidery on this folk inspired dress I bought at Ross ages ago.

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I accessorized with my bronze viking knot necklace, white knotted belt, and my knee high boots. As you can see, I had to wear a long-sleeve shirt and thick leggings because Sweden can still be quite chilly even on a holiday celebrating the sun!

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I was surprised how well my outfit fit with the surrounds of the open air museum we went to see the midsommar festivies of raising and dancing ’round the maypole! The old farm buildings were so charming there, especially the little grass covered one, it felt like it could have been an old viking village!

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OUTFIT 2: Midsummer Day

What a beautiful day it was, the weather was just right and we spent most of the day wandering around an old farm turned cafe and then this beautiful medieval church ruin.

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I was inspired by the gothic bohemian/witchy look for this outfit so I paired the black “flowy” pieces from my closet and tied them together with some gray accents. I was so glad it was warm enough to wear these sandals again and of course I had to tuck some wild flowers in my hair.

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It’s not often I get to use this hand crochet shawl that a sweet friend made for me that’s so unique, I jumped at the chance to wear it again for midsummer.

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I’ve grown to see why the summer solstice is so important in the Nordic lands because it grew so important for me as well. Perhaps before I took the sunshine for granted (though not the heat) having spent most of my life thus far in California. Having now lived in Sweden for nearly 3 years I noticed myself longing for sunshine and warmth and to so looked forward to the time when the sun almost stands still in the sky. When everything is green and the earth, people, and cute summer cafes come to life again for a few months.

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Through those long dark winter months I had to learn how to always keep a piece of “blue skies & sunshine” in my heart and that is something I hope to bring with me for the rest of my life no matter where I go or the season…sending you and yours best wishes for a lovely summer season!

Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

If you’d like to see more photos + a vlog from my husband and my midsommar weekend adventures just click HERE!

Summer Lookbook

In the good ol’ summertime…these are 3 gothic, vintage, retro, and Neo-Victorian inspired outfits that I liked to wear this summer!

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Below I’ve listed the items of each of the 3 outfits, if you fancied some of them you may be able to find it for yourself! *Warning: I buy a LOT of things on eBay because in Sweden it has been hard for me to find things in my style or for an affordable price*

summer lookbook_look 1_wm (3)OUTFIT 1: This outfit was Neo-Victorian inspired and I actually wore this outfit (though I changed a few things for the lookbook) when Jonas & I modeled on a paper moon for a Dappsy photo shoot.summer lookbook_look 1_wm (1)

-DIY rose hair clips: I literally stuck hair clips on the back of these already clustered roses. Want to know a secret? They are actually supposed to be a decoration for candlesticks (very popular in Sweden and so easy to find at thrift stores) I loved the color and arrangement of these roses so much I thought I might turn them into a headband but they looked so nice as is!
-Black lace parasol: Search for “lace parasol” on eBay
-Lace gloves: Search for “Woman’s Wrist Length Lace Fingerless Gloves Halloween Costume Accessories” on eBay
-Ruffle lace shirt: Thrifted

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-Victorian earrings: One of a kind from Etsy, these are actually the earrings I wore at my wedding!
-Silhouette necklace: This was a gift from my mom for Christmas, custom necklace from http://www.sweet-silhouette.com she can cut your silhouette for you or in our case we already had one done that was used for our wedding design including our invitations, so this is so special to me to have Jonas & my silhouettes in a beautiful necklace.
-Corset belt: Search for “Korean Style Ladies Girls Lace Faux Leather Elastic Stretch Corset Waist Belt” on eBay
-Antique chainmail purse: One of a kind that I bought on eBay yet again for my wedding (I think it’s so fun that I can reuse so many wonderful pieces that I wore at my wedding!) but if you search for antique chainmail purse on ebay you’ll b sure to find one similar.
-Layered lace dress: Search for “Women Sheer Lace Party Casual double layered Gown Prom Evening V Neck Slip Dress”on eBay
-Victorian boots: Search for Funtasma victorian boots on eBay and you’ll be sure to find them. I love these boots and wear them with almost every “fancy” outfit of mine because they are so comfortable, totally my style, and because they are the only kind of “heel” I can handle walking in all day!
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OUFIT 2: This outfit was inspired more by my love of the vintage and retro style.

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-Brooch hair clip: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BonitaBellita
-Vintage necklace: From my Great Grandmother
-Sheer polka dot top: Fashion store in California
-Pencil skirt: Ross
-Victorian boots: Funtasma Victorian boots, told you I wore these a lot!summer lookbook_look 2_collage

summer lookbook_look 2_wm (5)OUTFIT 3: This outfit is my “casual summer gothic” look that’s so comfortable but still fun and cool in hot weather, cause you know us goth girls gotta wear our black no matter the temperature!

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-DIY rose headband: I took roses I got at a thrift store and hot glued them to a headband, so simple!
-Neon orange nail polish: China Glaze “Orange Knockout (Neon)” is my signature color in the summer
-Lace peplum top: Forever 21
-Black & white striped skirt: Ross
-Studded purse: Betseyville
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I hope you enjoyed seeing the outfits in action in my summer lookbook video as well the photos filmed at the beautiful Nynäs Slott in Sweden not too far from where we live. This is just one of 4 Seasons of lookbooks I did in Sweden so feel free to check out my other winter, spring, and fall lookbook blog posts and videos on my YouTube channel!

Don’t forget to follow me on lookbook.nu/lindsayofsheaves for more fashion & outfits! Which summertime outfit did you like the best?!?

Bye for now,
-Lindsay of Sheaves