This coat is actually a marvel. I was cold one day when the Swedish late summer suddenly turned to autumn. It was early morning, I had a long long day ahead of me and I was freezing cold in a light leather jacket. So I shot into the nearest cheap clothing shop and grabbed a coat off the rack. I thought it was pretty but as soon as I put it on people started stopping me in the street to tell me what a pretty coat it was or say ‘Desigual?’ Only then did I realise that it was a copy of a Desigual coat.
It is now over four years later and I am still wearing it. It cheers me up on cold grey days, I don’t need a scarf if the neckline is buttoned and the style suits my shape. I don’t have hips but this coat gives me some. People still stop me – on average two a day – to tell me how pretty it is. I think it is just so bright and cheerful in a city where so many people wear only black in winter that it seems more striking than it actually is. Whatever the reason, I love it.
If anyone else in Sweden wants one, they still sell them at Manhattan in Stockholm (both in Gamla Stan and in Drottninggatan) for between 300 and 700 SEK (approx £25 to £60) depending on if it is at the beginning or end of a season. Each coat is different in colour and design. Alternately, Desigual has them, though they cost way way more. I am planning to see if I can find a real Desigual one on the winter sales.
You can see in this photo how long my hair is now. I don’t often straighten it usually – about three times a year – but as it has grown this year it has been easier doing it once a week than wetting it every day and let it curl. As always, the ends need a good cut. I tend to have about 15 cm cut off the ends every four months or so.
Both are blurry, sorry!