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The transience of life

The transience of life

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Today the Japanese Association in Stockholm had put together a celebration of sakura, that is, the cherry blossom. Cherry blossom season in Stockholm is the time when the city and its inhabitants sort of wake up from their winter hibernation and there are a lot of people (smiling ones even) walking the streets. This year has been colder than usual, so we actually had to wait for these lovelies to come into full bloom until late April. This place is usually crowded with people, so the photo shoot took place an early morning a few days ago in freezing temperatures. The things we do for that perfect picture right…

In Japanese aesthetics, the flower makes you observe the surroundings, but also brings along thoughts on life itself. The different stages of the bloom remind us of the transience of life, which in Japanese is known as mono no aware. As you know me this post could become a very long one where I’d be reflecting on life and what not, but instead I’ll just state that my reflection today consists of the following: Life is beautiful. I’m in a good place in life right now and there are even better things to come. It’s a joy to be alive, but I also know that life passes us by and before we know it (we sure didn’t think this in our early 20s) we’re sitting there in a rocking chair yelling at young people who behave rudely. That’s why I cherish each and every day nowadays and don’t take anything for granted.

As for my outfit I almost blend in with the trees with a bomber from Forever 21 to which I’ve added a basic white tee from Things To Appreciate and paired it with black jeans from Cheap Monday. That’s kind of me in a nutshell. Love a good basic, then add a twist to it.

And I know how much you like to see me smiling, so here’s an effort in doing just that, despite the cold and early morning this was shot during. Hope you all have been able to experience sakura and the emergence of spring and life itself. Now let’s bring on the warm temperatures, please.

Jacket: Forever21
Tee: Things To Appreciate
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Sneakers: Zara

Photographer: Linda Andersson

48 Comments

  1. Vale
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 04:11 PM
    Reply

    I love your bomber jacket, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  2. Mariann yip
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 04:34 PM
    Reply

    I love how your outfit is inspired by cherry blossoms. I think cherry blossoms are gorgeous and even though they only bloom during this time of year, it’s still great to embrace it. I also don’t think a lot of guys can pull that bomber off but you are totally rocking it. You never have to try and still look very stylish 🙂

  3. Gina Diaz
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 05:16 PM
    Reply

    I love this bomber and color! it suits you so perfect!!! and it is so perfect for spring, too!!! I love this post and the fact we should appreciate each moment and not take it for granted. This week, this thought have been on my mind and I’m happy to be aware of it and also to be reminded of it here in your post!!

    sending sunshine your way! 🙂

    xx. Gina

  4. Open Kloset
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 06:06 PM
    Reply

    Ohhh Thomas,
    Love Cherry Blossom:) I have a Rituals Collection: The Cherry Blossom One, Smells soo Good:)
    But I Love the Trees too and The Photos with you just Breathtaking:) Love the Jacket and the Print, Totally would wear too:) How Cute and Pretty one:)
    Loved soooo much the Cherry Blossom Style Photos:)
    Happy Weekend
    Kisses Karina

  5. Joanna Bladh
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 07:40 PM
    Reply

    Gorgeous as always and beautiful pictures ? Well done ?

  6. Lauren
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 08:50 PM
    Reply

    Omg this festival looks beautiful! I saw some of the cherry blossoms in D.C., but nothing like this. Great photos 🙂

    Xx,

    Lauren

  7. Gracie
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 09:20 PM
    Reply

    WOW your bomber jacket is perfect with the cherry blossoms in the background. So pretty. Reminds me of the Cherry blossoms in Washington. Great post.

    xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

  8. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 12:50 AM
    Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this! The backdrop, the story, the message, the outfit – it’s all on point!

  9. Samjah
    Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 04:24 AM
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    I just love reading your posts Thomas. You always say something that I can either relate to and take away. You are so right, life is beautiful. And we should cherish every moment of it. I’ve never heard of this event but it seems so fitting because in the spring, everything looks. Oh and your jacket is everything!! Loved this post!!

    • Samjah
      Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 04:25 AM

      I meant in the spring, everything blooms! Darn autocorrect lol.

  10. Jenelle
    Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 04:44 AM
    Reply

    They are soooooo preeeeetty! hehe. I just love when these are all in bloom, even when the petals fall, it looks like snow on a sunny day. And the sweet smell! Uh! So beautiful. Good call on the early morning for the shoot, I think you would have needed to do it that way, even if it was cold. More smiling shots please! 🙂
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  11. Lady Goldapple
    Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 10:46 AM
    Reply

    You always find the most beautiful spots for making these stunning photo’s as you did now, with these beautiful cherry blossom. Spring is gorgeous and so is your bomber jacket babe, XO Charissa
    http://www.ladygoldapple.com

  12. Jennifer Quattrucci
    Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 03:13 PM
    Reply

    Now that I finally found a bomber I love ( coming soon to the blog, lol !!) you come along with the most amazing, most magnificent bomber EVER. The lighting and just everything about these captures is mesmerizing. Truly, pink is your color, but really it is your thoughts that always move me the most. I am totally embracing the moments myself lately and so happy to be realizing what really matters in life. Your smile is my favorite, darling!!!!
    Love,
    Your Jenny

  13. Claudia
    Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 05:45 PM
    Reply

    I’m soooo getting that same bomber jacket! I love it when men dress in pink and I haven’t seen nobody pull it off better than you. The visuals are incredible, love how you blend in with those beautiful cherry blossoms. xx C.

  14. Stephanie
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 02:15 AM
    Reply

    I freaking love love love this post with all my heart. Your outfit makes me so happy – that may have something to do with the perfect amount of pink – and your outlook on life is just as wonderful. Keep up that positivity, my friend!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  15. Sharon Wu
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 06:17 AM
    Reply

    Omg I love how these photos turned out and pink looks SO FABULOUS on you Thomas!!! I wish there were cherry blossoms around me haha! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/interior/wake-up-better-tuft-and-needle/
    @stylelullaby

  16. Coco
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 10:44 AM
    Reply

    I definitely love to see you smiling! Don’t ever underestimate the cuteness of your smile! Stockholm must be a really nice place to live! After reading this post I’m even more sure about it! How amazing that you celebrate Sakura, and what a charming display of cherry blossoms. Thank you for reminding me of enjoying the present moment, you are always very wise. You actually blend with the cherry blossoms, that bomber is seriously cute!! I also like to add a twist to a basic outfit. Your tee and jeans are very cool by the way. So happy you are happy right now. Big hugs! Valeria

  17. Gabriela Vera
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Reply

    Cherry blossom is awesome and the trees look so pretty. I’m really loving that bomber jacket on you from Forever 21.

    Xo,
    Gabriela Vera
    http://www.gverastyle.blogspot.com

  18. Jen
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 02:53 PM
    Reply

    Your smile is beautiful! I love watching people smile. It may sound creepy but it just lights up their mood and makes me smile too. There are cherry blossoms blooming here too and it so beautiful! You paired the bomber so well with the sakura in the back. I’m glad you’re in a good place Thomas!

  19. LAFOTKA
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 03:13 PM
    Reply

    Oh I would LOVE this location in Glasgow (all year round haha)! Such a shame Cherry Blossoms only blossom for a little while. Love the bomber!

    Tatyana x
    LAFOTKA

  20. Aleksandra Ladygin
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 09:02 PM
    Reply

    Yes… this year has been really colder than usual… Waiting for the summer already, not spring! I didn’t know Forever 21 have such pretty jacket!
    Lovely flowers and photos! Really enjoyed your spring post!

  21. Claudia Di Capua
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 09:10 PM
    Reply

    This bomber jacket is sooo sick! I love the colors and how you match the trees! So pretty 🙂

    ~Claudia Di Capua
    http://www.claudiadicapua.com

  22. Claudia Di Capua
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 09:11 PM
    Reply

    This bomber jacket is sooo sick! I love the colors and how you match the trees! So pretty

    ~Claudia Di Capua
    http://www.claudiadicapua.com

  23. Aimara
    Monday April 24th, 2017 at 11:05 PM
    Reply

    Wow, looks like such a great time to be in Stockholm! These trees are so so pretty and love the photos Tom!
    Your outfit is on point as usual. I love your style always, so effortless chic. You and your photographer nailed the pics despite the cold weather.
    And I needed to read this. I’ve been going through a little rough patch so it’s nice to be reminded that life is beautiful and to live and appreciate one day at a time!
    Thanks for sharing friend! And yes, SMILE more!
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  24. Morgan Ryan
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 12:21 AM
    Reply

    Okay can we just talk about how beautiful these photos are?! I mean that bomber literally matches the trees that surround you! Epic,
    M

  25. Bernice
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 12:29 AM
    Reply

    The limited time cherry blossoms are in bloom really reminds us to appreciate beauty while we see it ☺️

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/04/25/Dress-For-Work-Without-Being-Dressy-For-Work

  26. Bryanna
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 01:26 AM
    Reply

    That location is absolutely stunning! I would be there everyday if I could haha. I really like how you paired the location with that Japanese inspired bomber. Plus, a quick little history lesson! I can dig this. Such a fun Spring shoot, and I really like how you let the trees and the jacket do most of the talking. The black and white combo really made the rest of the look pop.

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  27. Samantha Mariko
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 01:28 AM
    Reply

    Thomas, this is a beautifully written post! That’s great you can enjoy the cherry blossoms in Stockholm as well, they are just as beautiful 🙂 I agree, life is beautiful, we just need to remind ourselves of the little things that make life so great 🙂 BTW, those Cheap Mondays are awesome!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  28. Candace
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 01:47 AM
    Reply

    Haha, a semi-smile over no smile is all good to me! I had no idea the sakura bloom had so much meaning, but then again, what doesn’t? You’re such a positive person, even when life may be crap. I actually just spent the last hour or so crying over some bad news I received, but I can agree that it is certainly a joy and blessing to be alive. So many of our friends and family have gone on and that’s why we can’t take a single day for granted with the people we love. I know that now more than ever! In other news, that bomber is so fly 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  29. Iliana
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 07:42 AM
    Reply

    Ahh I don’t know which one I love the most, your bomber jacket or the cherry blossoms! You’re making it super hard but always love the styling.

    Xx
    Iliana | http://www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

  30. Sheree
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 08:20 AM
    Reply

    Stop, you have stolen my heart with all these dreamy prettiness. Who knew there were cherry blossom celebrations in Stockholm as well and I bet the flock to see the beautiful tree is expected. Smart thing to do it early in the morning when there is no one and it is just you surrounded by those trees. That bomber jacket is the perfect piece to wear for this occasion. Life is def beautiful and you are in a beautiful beautiful place!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

  31. Jo
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 02:21 PM
    Reply

    These are absolutely stunning set of pictures here with that perfect bomber and gorgeous cherry blossoms in them. I love the amazing taste you have in things truly. I must agree life is beautiful especially after seeing this post :). You should definitely smile more as I adore several smiling pictures you shared with us lately. Thank you so much for another great post my love.

    Love,
    Jo

  32. Jennifer SavvyGreyStyles
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 07:04 PM
    Reply

    I love cherry blossoms. They are so so beautiful. That bomber jacket you have on is so amazing and trendy I love it! Life is so beautiful and we need to enjoy it!

  33. Jo
    Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 11:09 PM
    Reply

    What a beautiful and joyous set of photos! The cherry blossoms look magnificent. The neighbors next to my childhood home had a cherry blossom tree. I loved seeing it bloom but in my youth I never saw anything more than the beauty of the blossoms. Looking at it from the principle of mono no aware makes it even more beautiful to think of. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  34. Kirsten Wendlandt
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 02:57 AM
    Reply

    Thomas I absolutely love the outfit you picked for this cherry blossom post! You couldn’t have picked a better bomber, it looks so good in the photos! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom here in Toronto too and I’ve been meaning to head out for an early morning shoot as well. Thanks for inspiring me to make this happen!

  35. Vanessa Berlin
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 03:12 AM
    Reply

    This post is awesome! I’m totally in love with the whole scenario, really getting those Japanese vibes with the cherry blossoms in the back. I like how you blend in with the environment with that bomber jacket! It’s so trendy and I could totally see myself wearing it, I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  36. Stephanie
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 03:34 AM
    Reply

    The cherry blossoms are so pretty! And your bomber is so cool!

    Stephanie | http://www.dotsandhoney.com

  37. Laurelle
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 07:35 AM
    Reply

    I love these photos! They’re stunning and magazine worthy!! The way your outfit works with the trees and blossoms is just lovely!! I also love how you spruced up some great basics with that neat jacket! I like to do that too!
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  38. EVA
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 07:37 AM
    Reply

    You was fortunate enough to have found such a beautiful place full of pink blooming trees. It is worth waking up early and being able to make these wonderful photos. Absolutely awesome like in Japan. Can you sell me your bomber ??? <3
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  39. Yasmin
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 02:06 AM
    Reply

    That bomber is so fun and I’d totally rock that myself. I love the way you match with the gorgeous cherry blossoms. I used to enjoy them when I lived in DC. So glad you get to also!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  40. Jordan Chapman
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 01:42 AM
    Reply

    I think being in the cold makes us smile a little harder as bloggers. The bomber x cherry blossom combo is a great pairing and love how these photos came out!
    Jordan xx
    http://thehatlogic.com

  41. Meg
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 01:43 AM
    Reply

    Wow I am so jealous of those cherry blossom trees. We don’t have those around here and I find it so gorgeous. Your outfit is also amazing!

    meg
    http://www.meghanlaurie.com

  42. Ann-Marie
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 07:19 AM
    Reply

    What a beautiful scenery! You look good too!
    http://theoraclejournal.net

  43. Thai Lam
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 09:32 PM
    Reply

    so many summer vibes with one jacket! Love it!

  44. Eric K
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 04:25 AM
    Reply

    We usually don’t think of all the beautiful things around us . There are so many around us . Itbstart withnyiur style buddy , your bomber jacket is so awesome . I love it buddy . I need to borrow it from you .

  45. Dom
    Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 06:30 AM
    Reply

    Hello Tommy! Wow, I love this perfect spring post. As you know I’m a location freak and I always have to have locations fit my outfits and this truly fits yours here. I love that bomber jacket, it’s perfect and totally something I would wear! I’m all for embracing the beauty around us all. Like I said.. I’m a location freak and like to have the location be an extension of the outfit, just like you did here with these beautiful cherry blossoms.
    Great as always dude.
    xx, Dom

  46. marcy
    Wednesday May 10th, 2017 at 07:24 PM
    Reply

    Absolutely love the cherry blossom seasons!! They just put a smile on my face even if I see them in pictures. Cant wait the day I can see this for myself live. The bomber jacket match perfect with this beautiful backgrounds specially the print Thomas.

    xoxo
    Marcy

  47. Kate Tik
    Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 06:49 PM
    Reply

    These pictures are incredible my love. I LOVE cherry blossoms and I actually thought you were in Japan when I first saw the pics. I was not aware they had such an event in Stockholm which is actually quite interesting. I also really love your outfit and the personal twist you put to it. Thanks for sharing darling!

    katetik.com

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