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[:en]The transience of life [:sv]Livets förgänglighet[:]

[:en]The transience of life [:sv]Livets förgänglighet[:]


[:en]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[:sv]Idag firades Körsbärsblommans dag i Kungsträdgården på initiativ av Japanska Föreningen i Stockholm. På japanska kallas körsbärsblomningen sakura och det är härligt att se hur denna japanska tradition gör att vi stockholmare år efter år vallfärdar till Kungsan för att njuta av färgprakten och går därifrån med ett leende på läpparna. I år är det kallare än vanligt i april så vi fick vänta ända tills nu för att få se träden i deras fulla prakt. Då Kungsan alltid är smockfullt med människor ägde denna plåtning rum några dagar sen en kall och tidig morgon, men vad gör man inte för att undvika folkmassorna och få till den där perfekta bilden…

I japansk estetik öppnar körsbärsblomman upp dina sinnen för att upptäcka vad som omger dig, men påminner också om livet självt och dess förgänglighet, något som på japanska kallas mono no aware. Om ni känner mig rätt så skulle detta kunna bli ett väldigt långt inlägg där jag reflekterar kring livet, men dagens reflektion är rätt kortfattad: Livet är underbart. Jag är på en bra plats i livet och vet att det kommer att bli ännu bättre inom en snar framtid. Det är en glädje att vara vid liv. Det vi inte insåg i tonåren var att dagarna inte är oändliga och att livet rusar en förbi och snart sitter vi där i en gungstol hutandes åt “dagens ohyfsade ungdom”. Det är en bit dit, men just på grund av att livet är förgängligt passar jag på att vörda varje dag och tar inget för givet. Jag älskar livet helt enkelt.

Vad gäller min outfit så kommer bomberjackan från Forever21, vilken jag kombinerat med en enkel tisha from Things to Appreciate och svarta jeans från Cheap Monday. Detta är jag i ett nötskal. Bra basvaror med en extra twist som sticker ut.

Sen vet jag hur mycket vissa av er tycker om att se mig le, så här kommer ett tappert försök till ett leende trots den tidiga och kalla morgonen detta plåtades. Hoppas ni på olika håll i landet har fått njuta av sakura och fått uppleva hur våren och livet självt börjar blomstra igen efter den långa vintern. Nu hoppas vi bara på lite varmare temperaturer och det snarast.

Jacka: Forever21
Tisha: Things To Appreciate
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Sneakers: Zara

Fotograf: Linda Andersson[:]


  1. Vale
    April 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  2. Mariann yip
    April 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    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
    April 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    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
    April 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    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
    April 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Gorgeous as always and beautiful pictures ? Well done ?

  6. Lauren
    April 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm

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



  7. Gracie
    April 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    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.


  8. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    April 23, 2017 at 12:50 am

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

  9. Samjah
    April 23, 2017 at 4:24 am

    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
      April 23, 2017 at 4:25 am

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

  10. Jenelle
    April 23, 2017 at 4:44 am

    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

  11. Lady Goldapple
    April 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

    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

  12. Jennifer Quattrucci
    April 23, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    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!!!!
    Your Jenny

  13. Claudia
    April 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    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
    April 24, 2017 at 2:15 am

    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 //

  15. Sharon Wu
    April 24, 2017 at 6:17 am

    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

  16. Coco
    April 24, 2017 at 10:44 am

    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
    April 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

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

    Gabriela Vera

  18. Jen
    April 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    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!

    April 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    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

  20. Aleksandra Ladygin
    April 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    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
    April 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

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

    ~Claudia Di Capua

  22. Claudia Di Capua
    April 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

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

    ~Claudia Di Capua

  23. Aimara
    April 24, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    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!

  24. Morgan Ryan
    April 25, 2017 at 12:21 am

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

  25. Bernice
    April 25, 2017 at 12:29 am

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

  26. Bryanna
    April 25, 2017 at 1:26 am

    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
    April 25, 2017 at 1:28 am

    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!

  28. Candace
    April 25, 2017 at 1:47 am

    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 🙂

  29. Iliana
    April 25, 2017 at 7:42 am

    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.

    Iliana |

  30. Sheree
    April 25, 2017 at 8:20 am

    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

  31. Jo
    April 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    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.


  32. Jennifer SavvyGreyStyles
    April 25, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    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
    April 25, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    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

  34. Kirsten Wendlandt
    April 26, 2017 at 2:57 am

    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
    April 26, 2017 at 3:12 am

    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.


  36. Stephanie
    April 26, 2017 at 3:34 am

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

    Stephanie |

  37. Laurelle
    April 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

    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!

  38. EVA
    April 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

    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

  39. Yasmin
    April 27, 2017 at 2:06 am

    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

  40. Jordan Chapman
    April 28, 2017 at 1:42 am

    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

  41. Meg
    April 28, 2017 at 1:43 am

    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!


  42. Ann-Marie
    April 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

    What a beautiful scenery! You look good too!

  43. Thai Lam
    April 28, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    so many summer vibes with one jacket! Love it!

  44. Eric K
    May 1, 2017 at 4:25 am

    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
    May 2, 2017 at 6:30 am

    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
    May 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    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.


  47. Kate Tik
    May 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    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!

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