I’m in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Denmark, Copenhagen, City Hall

I’m in Copenhagen!!

I’ll be here for four days, to attend Copenhagen Fashion Week, courtesy of ECCO footwear! While I am busy discovering all about Danish design and checking out the Fashion Shows, you can still read a few posts I’ve prepared earlier.

But I’ll also be updating my Facebook and Twitter regularly throughout my whole trip. So if you want to keep up with what I’m doing REAL TIME – feel free to add me!

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Image of Denmark, City Hall Square, from Copenhagen Media Centre

Rocking it in Thermal Underwear

In preparation for my Copenhagen trip, I was advised by many, many people to invest in some woollen thermal wear – including several readers of this blog! Thanks for e-mailing!

Now in Western Australia, where I live, day time winter temperatures really only ever get down to 10C – 14C. I’m pretty susceptible to the cold, but even I can get away with wearing regular leggings under my jeans, and wearing a big jacket and scarf.

In fact, I have had no desire to buy woollen thermals, because to me, woollen thermals mean big ugly grandma knickers and chunky leggings that are itchy and scratchy.

Plus I like to wear denim track pants and jeans, and I suspected that chunky leggings wouldn’t be so welcomed in my wardrobe.

However the more people I talked to who have lived through a Northern European winter… the more they advised that I buy WOOLEN THERMAL UNDERWEAR!!

Okay, Okay, I’ll do it!

Karen in Woollen Thermal Underwear!So this is me, wearing 100% Pure Merino Wool Ultra Light top and leggings, from Ice Breaker.

Merino is the finest kind of sheep’s wool that there is (apparently). And the wool for my thermals was taken from merino sheep who lived on top of cold New Zealand mountains. The cold weather makes the sheep grow especially fine wool, which (apparently) makes it even warmer than ordinary merino wool.

It is the middle of summer here in Perth and the temperature for today is 38C (100.4F).

There is NO winter gear anywhere to be seen in the shops!

I had to go to a camping and hiking store to find this set. Seriously, this is where Perth people go to buy clothes for climbing Himalayan mountains.

I got talking to the sales guy. After a bit of chit chat, he asked me where I was preparing to go to. I could tell that he was hoping I was going somewhere amazingly adventurous and cold and dangerous. So I had to reveal where I was going.

No I’m not going hiking in the Alaskan Rocky mountains. I’m going to Copenhagen for a fashion show! Ha!

The top cost me US$90 and the leggings were also US$90.

So all up this outfit was US$180.

I must admit, I was a little grumpy about having to spend so much money on “clothing” I didn’t have my heart set on. And that nobody will ever see, because it’s underwear.

And what was even more irritating, was that there were a zillion choices to choose from. Long sleeve scoop neck, with print in black? Or short sleeve v neck, with no print in a coral colour? Or 3/4 sleeve with a hoodie, print on the side in navy or nude?

I just wanted something plain and black! Sheesh.

Anyway I got home and they fit fine under my skinny jeans. Phew.

I could also successfully layer up with pants, a shirt, vest, jumper, cardigan and coat. So all good there.

The top and leggings felt light and were comfortable to move around in.

However I found the fabric was still a little prickly and itchy. Even though it says “Silky soft, non-itch”. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.

Now I’ve got them, I hope it is SUPER cold in Copenhagen, and all the events are outdoors. Otherwise, I’ll feel like I have wasted my time and money.

But if I don’t need them this time…

I’m sure I’ll use them the next time I’m say, hiking in Antarctica?

Fish and Chips and Sharks

In my home town is a very famous seafood restaurant/takeaway called Cicerellos. It’s right by the water, inside Fisherman’s Harbour in Fremantle. One day a few weeks ago, I was there for lunch with some girlfriends, and I had my toddler Liam with me.

Cicerellos is great because it is so much in the theme of seafood. Not only do they have old nets and floats and pictures of old fishing boats on the walls, they have really impressive aquariums for you and your kids to look at.

cicerello-tank

Although Cicerellos is an Italian family business, the way they prepare food is heavily influenced by the British tradition of “Fish and Chips”. The fish is deep fried in batter, and the chips are thick, short wedges of potato, also deep fried. Traditionally, both the fish and the chips were served wrapped up in several layers of old newspaper, because it was cheap, it absorbed the grease, and also kept the food warm.

Nowadays, you can still get it wrapped in paper for take-away, but the paper is nice and new and clean! But you can also get it served on a plate, if you want to eat-in.

Not many people know this, but almost all of the fish that is eaten in “Fish and Chips” is actually SHARK – because it is much cheaper. And whenever I order Fish and Chips at Cicerellos, I think of sharks in a different way.

Summer time in Australia always brings news reports of giant sharks appearing near popular swimming beaches, and beaches are often closed for hours at a time. And serious incidents DO happen. About ten years ago, a man was tragically killed by a huge Great White shark (in waist deep water) at Cottesloe, Perth’s most famous beach. And a couple of years after that, two men in a surf kayak were attacked at the same beach. The shark bit the kayak literally in half between where the two men were sitting!

cicerello-frame

Presumably because the shark didn’t like the taste of fibreglass, it just swam away. And the two men lived to tell the tale. No wonder they are smiling in the picture.

Cicerellos now have the bitten-in-half kayak mounted on their wall for everyone to see.

cicerello-kayak

My picture doesn’t really do justice to it. When you are there, you look at the size of the bite mark, and you really think twice about swimming in the ocean ever again. It’s like a cartoon.

But this is REAL. And it happened at my FAVOURITE beach. Where I take my KIDS!

So at Cicerellos, you can sit and eat your shark, while you think about a shark eating you.

Liam and I ordered Calamari and Chips on a plate (out of respect for the sharks).

cicerello-chips
Yum!

Puddle Boys

puddle-boys

A sudden down pour of rain.

A blocked street drain.

A very big puddle.

Two boys.

20 minutes of unrestrained, soaked-to-the-bone playtime.

Strangers drive by, honking their horns in delight, beaming smiles, and giving thumbs up.

I am so happy.

What to Wear to Copenhagen in Feb

Last week I announced that I was flying to attend Copenhagen Fashion Week, courtesy of Ecco Shoes.

It will be a very exciting trip for me…attending a fashion week, learning about a new city and culture, finding out how shoes are made, and staying in a place where the temperature might be -2°C (28F).

I asked my readers for a bit of advice on what to wear during one of the coldest winters in Northern Europe.

I had SO MANY emails and very, very helpful suggestions. They were all great! Thank you to everyone!!

Suggested must-wear items are: Leggings, hats, gloves, beanie, a big coat, closed-toe walking shoes and lots of layers, which can be added or removed to suit moving from the street to inside buildings. This advice seems pretty obvious now, but I just don’t have ANY experience of really cold climates!!

So I have been visually planning some outfits that allow me to to wear 3 or 4 layers, while looking relatively stylish, keeping in mind that it’s a professional work trip.

A Trip to Copenhagen - What to Wear

Here’s a nice and simple, classic, casual look – using pieces that are very versatile and great for travelling. My favourite pieces are the cream trench and denim shirt.

A Trip to Copenhagen - What to Wear

And another simple, classic, casual look. This outfit includes a pair of tan boots that I just received from the Ecco team. (Tan accessories are very on trend at the moment.)

A Trip to Copenhagen - What to Wear

This outfit is for a more stylish evening, using some of my current favourite pieces – leather pants, a gold sequin top, faux fur coat and wedge boots.

I had a lot of fun putting these outfits together, but I realised that they don’t quite work for a “complete travel set”. It would be very impractical to pack 3 separate overcoats just for a 4 day trip!

And I didn’t even begin to think of how I could wear a dress or skirt in cold weather!

So I think I’ll have to choose 1 or 2 of these sets and do a bit more mix and matching, making sure I have enough outfits for every occasion during my trip. Only ten more days to go!

By the way, I found all these images through Polyvore.com, which grabs them directly from online boutiques such as Net-a-porter, Browns Fashion, Miss Selfridge, Asos, etc. It’s a great resource for visual planning of outfits, but unfortunately I didn’t take note on where they each came from!