To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s is a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
Australian rising star Christopher Esber has made his way into my save folder on instagram more times than I can say. His mix of effortless minimalism and and extravagant details just catches my eye every time and the Spring Summer collection 2020 is no exception.
Since live at the moment isn’t very inspiring to write about, I thought I’d share with you how my upcoming month could look like, if the virus hadn’t kept us prisoners in our own houses. Tag along.
Hi! It’s me – your soon to be bride and co-founder of Hobnob Journal. If life would not revolve around got getting contained by a vicious virus, I’d be all over the plans for our wedding in the end of the summer. So, let’s pretend that I am.
This could be me the night before the big day, couldn’t it? I know it’s pretty untraditional but hey I love untraditional. And I don’t mind showing some bellybutton. At least not when there is not a church in the equation. So, rehearsal dinner outfit? Check.
This pale yellow suit is a typical Saturday on town for me. I like dressing up for the weekend, even if it’s just any other weekend. It feels so festive. I’d probably wear it with sneakers or platform sandals though. I rarely wear heels when I’m out and about on the town, it’s so unpractical. You see, one must choose the ways to be unpractical in otherwise life will be though. So, me this suit, sneakers and maybe some shopping in-between lunch and afternoon wine.
It’s around lunch time a warm Saturday in late May or maybe beginning of June. I get into this little Zebra two-piece and choose to be bold instead of safe by wearing one white and one black strappy sandal. I jump on my bike (yes this is a bike appropriate outfit) and go downtown to meet with some friends at out favorite little restaurant. When I arrive they are all already there and wave at me with an ice-cold Aperol Spritz. We eat lunch, gossip loud and laugh like the stupid pandemic never existed. When we are done, we all ride our bikes in the flowery afternoon haze to a friends house a couple of blocks away. She sees us from the big balcony (and everyone else sees her too bc the music is fucking loud) and wave for us to come upstairs. When we get up we are welcomed with foggy Martinis and invited to choose music (we always pick all the good 80s songs) all afternoon. All of a sudden it’s dark outside but the wind is still warm. We order pizza and when the music stops playing we sit among huge pillows all night and talk about the year we’ve had so far and how great and covid-19 free it has been.
This is me on my way to the office a hot summer morning. I am dressing it down with flip-flops and a big bag bc I like being casual but at the same time life is too short to wear a boring dress you know?
And this is me on a colder spring day when I have tons of meetings at the office. It’s a cool look, but still very effortless. Oh and the day is a Friday by the way so on my way home I stop at the cheese and wine store to pick up a little something for later. When I arrive home my guests are already there and they hand me a glass of icing cold white wine. All the windows are open and the evening sun pushes through the apartment. We listen to jazz and talk about the very busy week we’ve had.
But let’s rewind the tape a bit. It’s honeymoon time yet. I have a lot of errands to make and also a few meetings to go to so I won’t be in the office all day. I squeeze in a lunch with friends between meetings and errands and we take it to-go to sit in the park under the big old oak. And for a minute, before anyone asks who wants coffee I think to myself, this is how one survives winter, knowing that this is what you are waiting for. It’s fucking worth it. And then coffee sounds perfect.
Once a season, I aloud myself to plan a full night of drinks and clubbing. I end up doing that more than four times a year though, but I only plan it once every spring, summer, fall and winter. This would be my outfit of choice for the spring edition. I hate feeling to dressed up when going out. It’s weird bc I love dressing up every other day of the year. But when going out I want to feel cool, not too overdone and a 100% comfortable with myself. Which I apparently feel like I will in a full leather look with wide Bermuda shorts and strap sandals.
Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.