Personal Thoughts, Selected Photos, and Culture Revelations shared by Odile

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Swedish Royal Wedding: Princess Madeleine and ordinary American banker


June 8th was a both a special and a spectacular day for the Swedish Royal Family.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 30, and NYC banker Christopher O’Neill, 38, held a wedding ceremony in Stockholm Saturday that drew about 500 European royals and wealthy jet-setters. It was prepared exquisitely for a princess with a kiss on the balcony, a carriage of course, and many little activities to commemorate this marriage.
Oh, and her Dad, King Carl XVI Gustaf, is said to be paying for the expenses.

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Which princess is she? She’s the fourth in line. She hasn’t had the best reputation among her people since in her early 20s, she would be found partying in the nightclubs and always presented herself in extravagant clothes. Her sister Victoria, has a better reputation with the crowd since she married a commoner. Victoria is first in line for the throne who married her fitness trainer about three years ago, and now they have a pretty daughter by the name of Estelle. SHE’S ADORABLE!!

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However, Princess Madeleine heartbroken after her previous fiancé had an affair with a Norwegian handball player, she fled to a new life in New York, started working at her mother’s non-profit World Childhood Foundation, and found Mr. Rich O’Neill. Isn’t this a fairy tale?

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Christopher and Princess will make their home in New York: He passed up the offer for a royal title, which would have required he become a Swedish citizen since he’s already both American and British.

Guests at the wedding included the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie; Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

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O’Neill had also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees were Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, and golfer Jesper Parnevik.

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AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/guests-arrive-to-wedding-between-swedens-princess-madeleine-and-new-york-banker/2013/06/08/0a92630a-d03c-11e2-9772-6fcf660e8c49_story.html


Updated** Response to Background Photo


What’s the story behind that photo?

Stockholm’s Danderyd Gymnasium organized a Gatsby party where all the invitees dressed up as if they were guests at Gatsby’s…hence, the style of clothes and the joyful expressions.

Here’s more from the fiesta! Enjoyyy!

I like this picture(background pic) a lot because everyone seems so carefree and after all! The Great Gatsby was recently released in the theatres!

And it represents the ‘young’ culture…relative to my age (:

Thank you to all the commenters on the previous post: ” new background photo”

Photo creds: Klara B.

Odile!

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New Background Photo


Salut WordPress!!

I guess..I got tired of the background image that had been on my blog for abut 5 months now..

I will tell you about my new background photo as my next post/article and that depends on my free time.

But for now, I’d like to know your opinions on it.

What are your thoughts of the picture?

Peace and Love,

Odile!


A Chic Look with One Item

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Good Evening WordPress Readers!

I have never been a fashionista; I’m not the person that would be able to create a fashion blog about all the clothes I wear, as an example.

In other words, I’m a neophyte and an amateur when it comes to fashion, but there’s one thing I’m absolutely certain of.

In the States, this item hasn’t really reached its popularity, and since Europe has already introduced this item in trend, I know that it will eventually spread to the States. (American fashion is always behind, in my opinion)

The secret is FUR ! Yes! Having Fur is the secret ingredient! *I’m not supporting killing animals for fur, I mean FAKE FUR!*

This little accessory helps bring out the trendy, elegance, and chic style! It really works wonders! I’ve gotten compliments that I look like a celebrity :) haha

FUR IS THE MUST HAVE FOR THE WINTER/EARLY SPRING! 

This is moi with fur. Do you see the difference? Imagine me without the fur.

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Well…I only wear my fur coat during the weekends.

Happy Shopping,

Odile


Boozt Winter Fashion Items of the End of January 2013

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http://www.boozt.com is a European online fashion site and within 15 minutes, I had found all these stunning items! It’s a fabulous shopping website!

These are a mix of boots, jackets, sweaters and coats for the cold!

If you do like them as well, you may click the links at the bottom of each image to get more information. (I got a majority of them in the sale section so hurry!!) Tell me which numbers you liked!

1. Raw Pu Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/only/raw-pu-jacket-bb-otw_1847586/1847587?navId=47990

2. Dallas Gold Short Pu Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/wp-dallas-gold-short-pu-jacket-km_1746677/1747687?navId=47990

3. Spring Knit Top

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vila/springly-knit-top_1824301/1824116?navId=47990

4. Eboni Short Leather Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/eboni-short-leather-jacket-km_1848086/1848092?navId=50821

5. Vera Moda Denim Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/new-soya-ls-denim-jacket-mix-wall_1881286/1881287?navId=50821

6. Cashott Boots
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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/cashott/boots_1561748/1561749?navId=5249&page=1&limit=80&order=arrival_date&subcategory=4245267%2C4245251%2C4245247

7. Leather Jacket by Minus
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8. Prismo Knit Pullover (I like the special cowboy detail)
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9. Black Tina Shoe
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10. Vero Moda Leather Jacket
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11. Outdoor Jackets (I don’t know which color to pick !)
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12. Esprit Casual Sweater
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13. Gestuz Vest (Unlike those other leather jackets (above), this one is a sleeveless one! )
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Thanks for reading, and tell me which number items you loved!

Odile


Several Useful Sites for Editing Photos

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Hello WordPress Readers!

Today’s post will be about recommending a few reliable, and efficient photo-editing sites for all of you. I personally love editing pictures because a photo becomes spectacular after being embellished, right?

I am not a fan of downloading apps that take huge amounts of space on the computer’s disk hardware, and no one is sure if the app carries a virus… Which is why, I’m pro for websites.

*Feel free to check out my other edited pictures on the Background Photos*

1. http://www.pixlr.com/express

I do adore pixlr! It has got to be my favorite editing site for all my photos. It offers a bunch of tools to edit the photos.The EXPRESS part of it is absolutely easy to use and it produces amazing, great, and professional photos.

I have not explored more than the Express part because the other two, I feel are too advanced for my neophyte computer skills.

My work of NADAL through pixlr -( and yes, Pixlr offers the option of creating a collage)charlarpic2

2. IPHOTO EDITING

This only applies to those who own APPLE products like a mac. Once I import all my camera photos into IPHOTO, I then edit them using this Iphoto Editing button. It is useful, and helps give the original photo a cleaner, and sharper overall presentation.

After editing through IPHOTO, I usually then continue onto pixlr.

 Simple editing through IPHOTO- (The basics)

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3. http://www.picmonkey.com

Just discovered this today! I’m very glad I did!

It is not as complete as pixlr, but it is still the second-best, so I have got to add this to this list.

Very easy to use, but it’s obvious that the site is trying to earn money by putting a bunch of restrictions on tools that pixlr has for free, and the ads at the bottom page.

Still, don’t hesitate to try this site too, you might prefer this than Pixlr.

Just about the level of Pixlr. Love it too!

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Neuf Reasons to love Stockholm


Hello WordPress readers!

This post will explain why Stockholm has planted a deep seed in my heart.(I’ve done a ton of research…)

1. Swedes speak English fluently

I wouldn’t have a problem communicating with the natives! Even though I may sound very lazy , I will still be able to stay in my ‘language comfort zone’. I am currently putting effort to learn Swedish through all the available resources I can find.

2. People are genuine and less pretentious then Americans (This statement, I believe that it applies to much of Europe as well)

I’ve had mixed reviews when it comes to calling Swedes “friendly”. Some say that they are very enclosed at first, but when they open up, it’s meant to last for a lifetime. Comparing Americans to Swedes, Americans are quick to open and overly friendly, but are they  sincere? (That would probably be a different story)

3. Stockholm is just like any other Cosmopolitan European city

It has a beautiful relationship with water which is charming to me. Sweden is made of many islands actually. Also, the layout of the city is like any other Swedish design- easy to navigate (transportation!), aesthetic, functional and trendy.

4. Five weeks of vacation!!

My Dad has to work his butt of to ONLY get 2 weeks of break from work. When I see that, I’ve realized that this is what American Capitalism/ American economy is all about.

I’ll speak for the entire continent of Europe on this one; In the States, it’s pure torture!! Once you start working in Europe, you are immediately guaranteed 4 weeks- Why wouldn’t anyone say NO to that offer?

5. #1 Place in the world for women, kids, and homosexuals

Scandinavia can be called the Heaven on the earth. No one hears about the region on the news (exception: Breivik) because no news is good news! Women have respect and are not frowned upon- it’s definitely more egalitarian.

Sweden is one of the safest cities on Earth! There is such a meager amount of crime.

Also, according to a recent survey, Stockholm is rated as the best place for homosexuals to live in. (umm, Not San Francisco)

It’s a Utopia.

6. Men do housework, and take care of kids

This points back to my topic of egalitarianism. Just because they have a wife does not mean that the male has the right to impose ‘women’ jobs on his spouse. Swedish men clean the house, educate the kids as much as a mother would, and cook. Women have much more respect and liberty. I’m not planning to be a lazy Mother..but I’m just in awe of the values of the Swedish culture/society.

7. A Green country!

Sweden is super Green! It’s a country of people that truly love the outdoors and as a return, they respect and love nature to the fullest. About 1/3 of Stockholm consists of parks. Actually, the capital of Sweden is the first city in the world to have established a national park within its city boundary- At the heart of the capital of 1.5 million people.

I would love to study environmental/energy engineering-researching ways to find new resources to fund our world.

8. Summertime in Stockholm

Summer is a huge time for the Swedes! They spend it to the fullest! Sun rises at 4am and ends at 10pm.

9. IKEA-  New Enterprises- good place for new businesses

Lately, many companies have been founded in Stockholm. According to a recent article, Stockholm along with many other Scandinavian capitols were rated best places to provide future jobs. Have you heard of Volvo, Ikea, and H&M? They are all global Swedish successful brands. Just recently, Sweden founded the rising music software- Spotify, and SoundCloud!


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