Happy Spring + Danish Easter Crafts

13th April 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Ahh! Spring is finally in full bloom and here in Aarhus we have enjoyed the park next to our City Hall being turned into a purple sea of crocus and snowdrops. It is without a doubt the most photographed spot in Aarhus this time of year and the real mark of Spring’s arrival. Everyone smiles and exclaims, ‘Oh, isn’t it just beautiful?’ to complete strangers. A collective sigh of relief after the long and dark winter months. Here in Denmark, it is a tradition to send a paper cut-out letter anonymously to a loved one for Easter, called a ‘gækkebrev’ […]

My Year with Proust: The Guermantes Way

31st March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

After a long summer retreat at Balbec by the sea, we return to Paris with Proust and are thrown into the heart of Parisian high society. At the centre of it all shines the Duchess of Guermantes, Oriane, supposedly based on the real Countess Elizabeth Greffulhe. Oriane is known for her style and her intellect, manifesting itself in her so-called wit which to a modern reader is nothing more than bullying remarks driven by boredom to keep people talking about her and being slightly scared of whether they will fall victim of her ‘latest’ change of heart or fancy. No one […]

{Inspired by} Virginia Woolf in The Hours

28th March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

In honour of the day of Virginia Woolf’s tragic suicide, I want to pay homage to one of the most beautiful adaptations of her style and legacy. Ever since I saw the first promotional photos from the movie The Hours by Stephen Daldry (2002) based on the novel by Michael Cunningham, I have had Virginia Woolf as a style icon. A bit surpricing maybe but if you have read her novels, fashion and attire is very important, especially in Mrs Dalloway, which of course is the novel The Hours centers around. Why of course? Why Mrs Dalloway was originally called […]

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{Thank you}

8th March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

In honour of the International Woman’s Day. Thank you to all the women before me who have fought and persisted. I will not forget. DANSK: Tak til alle de stærke og modige kvinder gennem tiden og idag, som stadig inspirerer mig.

Fastelavn – The Danish Shrovetide Tradition

26th February 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Happy Fastelavn everyone! So what are the Danish traditions surrounding Shrovetide, you may ask? Well, not all of them are originally that ‘hyggelige’ as we say here in Denmark, but have evolved to be just that. In short, it is a mix of Halloween, Mardi Gras, and good old folklore. Essentially, it is like the carneval in Rio as the party before Lent, a remnant of when Denmark was a Catholic nation (we became Protestant in 1536), to munch on all the good stuff before giving it all up and fasting until Easter. These days we don’t fast but Danes […]

{Dior Haute Couture SS 2017}

16th February 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

I have always been far more a Dior-girl than a Chanel one, if you were to strictly choose only one. The billowing skirts and tapered waists have created endless supplies for daydreams when I was younger and for many years I seriously considered becoming a designer and venturing into haute couture. My path has so far led me another way but I have continued to cherish the craftmanship and beauty surrounded by Dior. This collection was the first haute couture show by new chief art director Maria Grazia Chiuri, formerly one half of the succesful Valentino duo with Pier Paolo […]

Inspired by: Valentine’s Day

14th February 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

This post was completely inspired by last year’s Valentine’s Day tea from Danish tea house Perchs, which was a wonderful mix of black and oolong teas with strawberries, raspberries, and elderflower aroma. A very feminine tea for a traditionally very feminine day. For let’s face it, it does not exactly scream stereotypical manliness on this day despite being named after a man. Most men actually seem slightly annoyed by it. That got me thinking (I know, I have to be careful with that!), what is romance and love after all? Is it red roses, strawberries dipped in chocolate, heart-shaped cards, […]

How to Make a Z-Palette From an Old Book

7th February 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

  If you love makeup you will probably have encountered the problem of storing all your single eyeshadows or blushers without taking up too much space. Some brands really have ridiculous packaging for single items with lots of ‘dead space’ in the compacts without any product. Solution: a magnetic palette where you can customize to your heart’s delight. These are commonly known as z-palettes and I was thinking of purchasing one online when I discovered some DIY versions on Pinterest (basically just type ‘diy z-palette’ and you are good to go). That got me thinking that I probably had something […]

2017 Challenge – Part 2: Literature

30th January 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

  My previous post was about my challenge to become healthier and happier this year despite having a chronic illness. Therefore, I will also start to post other things than strictly book related things but my blog is still LITERAMOUR (literature amour) and will always be a place where I share my passion for literature and everything bookish. So fear not, as I will still share reviews and small analysis and interpretations of the books I read throughout the year. I think most of you know about the site Goodreads and their annual reading challenge? If not, it is a […]

2017 Challenge – Part 1: Life

26th January 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

First up, I hope everyone entered the new year safely and in good spirits. 2016 was a bugger in many ways and no need to bring more of that cursed energy with us into a fresh new year. In fact, here in Denmark it is a tradition to jump from a chair at the first bell stroke to avoid bringing the Devil over the threshold to the new ear. You know, like the groom picking up the bride when they enter their home for the first time. I did, so hopefully things will be better. Stating that, I actually want […]