Saturday, June 22, 2013

Midsummer in Sweden

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the National Day of Sweden and the general lack of interest for it. The Swedish Midsummer is another story.

I think this is the most Swedish day of the year, like a replacement for the National Day but under a different name. People are flying the flag, they gather and do some silly traditional dance around the maypole. For this occasion, I decided to take some pictures to show you what is so traditional about this day.

Midsummer is a day where we all get dressed up. Floral print dresses, white and bright pastels are shown everywhere. I was wearing this white little thing from Massimo Dutti, leather heels with a bow from Bianco, +GUCCI sunglasses and and a watch from +Armani .

Some people wear traditional folk costumes or crowns made of wild springs and wildflowers on their heads, but I wasn't. The tradition says that if you pick 7 different flowers and put them under your pillow on Midsummer Eve, you will dream about the one you will eventually marry.

If I had some more time to spend on my hair this day I would have went for waves and/or a romantic up do. But I was kind of in a hurry, like always, so I just gave the hair around my face a go with my +ghd round brush and my +ghd dryer. Finally, a quick braid on the side. Voila!

The Volvo is so cute and so Swedish. I couldn't resist taking a picture because of the color, that actually has a Swedish name: Dalablå or Dalablue (Dala is short for Dalarna, a beautiful region in Sweden).

Food is also a very important part of the celebration. We make a table filled with potatoes, soused herring and pickled herring, chives, sour cream, beer, snaps and strawberries. Many drink like there is no tomorrow. I decided to make a strawberry cake that just disappeared in less than 2 minutes.

My Midsummer day was as traditional as it gets and I loved every moment of it. There is nothing like spending time with my family and friends, especially when the sun shining.

That's it for now. Happy midsummer to all of you!

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