ELLE Sweden: Dreams and Reality

Posted on August 13, 2012

Darlings, as the days start to get a little shorter, are you feeling all autumnal and shit? Or are you doing everything you can to pretend that summer will last forever and you will always be exactly as young as you are right now?

There are two types of people: those who make simplistic classifications and those who don’t. Since we’re of the former persuasion, allow us to say that there are two types of people: those who greet the fall by noting the sanctity and brevity of life and respond by indulging in hearth and home; who greet the changing of seasons with a shudder of delight as they light another candle and wrap themselves in their favorite sweaters and plan their next hayride or pumpkin scone (even if they live in the tropics or the desert). Then there are those who see autumn as one big deathfest, announcing with every sight, sound, and smell that everything is dying or going to sleep and that a long, dark, bitter winter is ahead of them; a prelude of the grave to come. The former are good friends to hit up for Halloween costumes but the latter make better drinking buddies.

Anyway, no matter what your response is to the inevitable shortening of the days, we’re thinking this golden-tinged editorial of pretty might be just the way to end your day.

So which kind are you? The Yankee-Candle-and-pumpkins type or the “Life is horribly BRIEF and DARK. I need SEX and STIMULANTS right NOW.” type?

ELLE Sweden August 2012 Issue
Editorial: “Dreams and Reality”
Photographer: Carl Bengtsson
Model: Elsa Brisinger
Stylist: Jenny Fredriksson



[Photo Credit: Carl Bengtsson for elle.se]

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  • LaylaSV

    Pretty. And it’s nice to see a new Guinevere Van Seenus (not that I had any issue with the old one).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3CIEK7XAS3YKAAKFJFMIIKC4I Nacogdoches


    And I’m totally the pumpkin-spice-latte and curl-up-happily-by-the-fire-with-a-book-and-a-cat  type ^_^

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

       Replace the cat with a dog, and I’m right there with you.

      • akprincess72

        And no spice… I go straight to hot chocolate.

        • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

          Hot toddy for me.

          • akprincess72

            I can dig it.  =)  

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    Some of these are really beautiful. I can’t wait to bust out my fall wardrobe. I’ll pass on the Yankee Candles AND the pumpkin scones, but give me a nice warm mug of spiced apple cider, and it’s ON.

    (OMG, I have to start thinking about my Halloween costume!!)

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

       As do I! Yikes, its only 10 weeks!

      • formerlyAnon

         10 weeks?   MUST you interject reality for those of us who are time-management-challenged?

        If my brain could process that, I’d be panicking. (and over a lot more than just the Halloween costume!)

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Sorry Anon, I didn’t mean to inspire panic.

    • lchopalong

       Boyfriend and I are DIYing it this year. I’m going to be a dalek and he’s going to be a cyberman.

      • http://typicalgirlink.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

         Nice! I’m going as Eleven and my husband’s going as a Dalek!

        • Cautiously Pessimistic

          Crap, this means I have ten weeks to make my brother’s Eleven jacket.  This could be interesting.

    • Snailstsichr

       OHHH – we’re doing Hogwarts at my work (I work with a woman who is Molly Weasley’s doppelganger give or take a few pounds). I’m Luna Lovegood. I’s so excited to get to make a costume! I guess that makes me the first kind of fall person.

      Oh – these pictures are gorg! I would like one of everything even though I’d need some of the infamous stilts in order to wear any of it. She is one tall model!(le sigh – I wish I could be tall for Halloween.)

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      A joke that my friends and I should go as the Disney princesses has apparently become a reality (I know, it’s lame, but the bunch of us are a mini United Nations). But we’re not doing the dumb “slutty princess.” I think I have plenty of time to make a Princess Tiana costume…

    • SapphoPoet

      We’re going Celtic. My husband will wear his kilt and I’ll wear one of my madrigal costumes. Easy, especially after last year’s steampunk adventure.

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    Thank you, TLo. These are beautiful.

  • kimmeister

    I love the fall.  Here in Northern California, the weather is very similar to spring, only without any frickin’ allergies.  Plus, I don’t have to shave my legs so often and can wear more of my hats without looking out of season.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      Ha! My allergies get worse in the fall. We must be allergic to different things.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        I have fall allergies as well, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s my favorite season.

    • RebeccaKW

       That’s about it, here in Texas.  Fall isn’t chilly, but I still wear my kneed boots and bust out the hats. 

  • AlexisPayne

    There’s a Pre-Raphaelite feel to the editorial, I love the saturated colors and jewel tones.

    I’m the latter, sex and stimulants please.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Carlson-Nikoleit/100002490979930 Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

      Yes, I also thought of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings! I was a big Dante Gabriel Rossetti fan in college, but these look more John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” for sure.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

      I thought the same. John Millais, specifically. These have got a standing-up Ophelia thing going on. And I’m the latter, too. I like a crisp breeze now and then, but as an unfortunate sufferer of S.A.D., the whole season just gets lost in bitter anticipation of the dead months to come. I wish I could not think about it, but there it is. And I DO make a better drinking buddy, all year long.

  • filmcricket

    Can we be both? I adore the cooler temperatures, the colours, and the chance to bust out the sweaters and pencil skirts, but I also rage at the dying of the light. This is why Spring rules all: it’s not insufferably hot, but the days are getting *longer*.

    Anyway, this is lovely, even if the overall feel is a bit “Galadriel’s Maidens Got Into the Mead.”

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

       hee hee, “Galadriel’s Maidens Got Into The Mead”
      sounds like a bawdy drinking song, if ever I heard one.

      “Oh Galadriel’s maidens got into the mead,
      and went after the elf lords with all randy speed,
      They tore off their knickers and ripped at their hose,
      And what happened then only Elvenfolk knows”

      Sing along with my boys and girls!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

        You’re my hero!

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Jus’ doin’ m’job, ma’am.

      • filmcricket


      • mjude

        im behind in reading the posts/comments.  this is a great way to start my day.   think i need to make a stop in middle earth this morning.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Who doesn’t?

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        I have a vision of you flicking up your kilt for emphasis in the chorus. Genius.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Oh, trust me, that could Soooooo happen. (evil grin)

      • Reneesance

        You sir, are made of awesome.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Awww thanks so much! That’s really sweet of you.

      • tereliz

        Ha ha! Thanks for that, Kiltd! I’m not blessed with the power of rhythm and rhyme, so I bow down to your bawdy song-lyric writing might! 

      • formerlyAnon

         Doesn’t matter what “type” you are, this confirms that you are DEFINITELY a good drinking buddy. Probably even without the drink.

  • MsOlympia

    Wow, this is so pretty I can almost overlook the undereye circles that I can only assume were added intentionally.

  • MilaXX

    Sex & stimulants. Always

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Fall clothes are my favorite, so I guess I’m a Yankee candle type. I’m just glad the heatwave is nearly over. 

  • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

    Oooh, pretty! Very John William Waterhouse Lady of Shallott-ish. Which is just fine with me.

    I love fall. It means I can wear bulky sweaters and jeans without feeling too self-conscious. It means I can drink with gay abandon in front of bonfires. It means I can iron pretty leaves between layers of waxed paper (I have small kids – I can still get away with doing that). I can pretend that I can wear woolen clothing without clawing my skin off. It’s not cold enough to piss me off, it’s not hot enough to piss me off, it’s pretty much perfect. But mostly? The drinking around bonfires.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I wish summer would never end, but I am quite fond of sweaters, Halloween, and Yankee Candle. Jack’o’lanterns are the shit. It’s winter that’s the morbid, endless season of death.  This is a lovely editorial. I like how they’ve played with the light and colors to give it an ethereal feeling.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

       I agree completely. If we could just skip the dead of winter, I’d be good. And the humidity of the summer, too. Mother Nature, get on it.

    • akprincess72

      I LOVE winter, I live in Alaska on purpose.  I’d be okay with 1 month of spring, 2 of summer, 3 of fall & 6 of winter!!!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Um, can I be the Yankee candles and pumpkins type who also needs sex and stimulants NOW?
    Pretty please?

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

       I can hook you up with the Yankee Candles – their flagship store is just up the road from me – & pumpkins, but I’m afraid I’m not your type for teh sex.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Terrifically thoughtful of you, nonetheless.

    • DeborahJozayt

      Why can’t Yankee Candles make a Sex & Stimulants candle? Is that just too much to ask?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Me likey! Only if you actually get sex and stimulants out of the thing, of course.

        • Laura Valentine

          Jimmy Jane makes massage candles in lovely scents. 

          Just sayin’….

        • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

          If you can’t get sex out of a candle, you really aren’t using your imagination.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Why you naughty, naughty, girl!

  • Call me Bee

    Oh my gosh that’s gorgeous! The red jacket and pleated skirt? I die.
    Yes I’m one who lives for Autumn days with golden leaves and achingly blue skies. I pull out the wool and cuddle on the couch with a fire and red wine. Or hit the trails and collect leaves and rocks for the mantle.
    After this hot summer, I am ready.

  • http://twitter.com/starlounging Ann M. Erickson

    I alternate between the two, although hot damn I love pumpkin-flavored things.

  • Qitkat

    Too much emphasis on the lip, particularly in the first four pics, but I love these, otherwise.
    Painterly and uber romantic.

  • Wendi126

    Season changing for me mostly means clothing and alcohol. As in short to long sleeved shirts, socks and jackets and from frozen margaritas, Corona and Hoogarden to deeper beers and whiskey drinks. Also from getting high by the fire pit outside to getting high by the fireplace inside. I hate all scented candles. I like pumpkins. And cooking of course. Grilling and salads and homemade sorbets turn into braised meats and apple pies and soups. Its been so damn hot this summer I longingly look forward to something a bit cooler. Although deep winter sucks. Older I get and the more arthritis I get, winter is harder and harder. I’m done.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      i’m a bit of both types, and like you,  getting older.  my thought was rather than wanting to “always stay as young as i am”
      but rather “wanting be no older than i already am.  now that i live where it snows, the changing seasons are more intriguing.  in fall, the winds come, the cottonwoods turn golden and ten bare, the birds leave except for my ravens, and in november, everything is still and silent.  waiting for the snow.  weirdly, the snow didn’t come until march last year (excepting a few flurries)  and that was a bit unnerving.  autumnus interruptus.    

  • turtleemily

    These are kinda creepy in a Hansel and Gretel kind of way, and I mean that as a good thing.

  • SewingSiren

    I love Autumn. It’s my favorite season. I love pumpkins too. And candles, but not scented ones. And I known far and wide for my Halloween costumes.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.in/ Cassie

    I am TOTALLY the second type. I think it’s partially my seasonal affect disorder that I get every year, and partially the associated emotions of going back to school, even though I don’t do that anymore, because I LOATHED elementary, middle and high school. (College a great deal less, but there was still that associated sadness.)

    That said, I am looking forward to drinking hot tea and taking long evening baths again. Plus my cats get cuddlier with the cooler weather, which is super nice. 

  • miagain

    I love fall!!  but not with Yankee Candle for god’s sake!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLSER5H3A6FPBAZOEIQIOBHAYM Elizabeth Rust

    I choose both, together or by turns – possibly affected by the weather, as a bright, sunny autumn is a very different thing from a cold, rainy autumn.

    As for the editorial… yes, it’s very pretty, but I kept wanting to tell the  mode to close her mouth, and the fact that I noticed that more than the clothing says – well, probably that I’m not their target audience!


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    im of the “i need that green skirt now” variety

  • snarkykitten

    this looks like a photo 1 assignment. OMGAH PHOTOSHOP PRETTY LIGHTS

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Can’t we be both? I’m an autumnal lover, simply because of the palate and the cold and the justification of having as many coffees as I want because my body is going into hibernation.

    Also, the clothes are gorgeous but man, is that model awkward.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    that first lady is no one i want to meet in the woods.  scary.

    the mood of the piece reminds me of a textile work i did in recent years, except all the girls beckoning from the trees are naked.  it’s titled “sirens in the woods”.  whispering to men who are foolish enough to enter “come in a little deeper, you won’t get lost…”

  • CatherineRhodes

    Sex and Stimulants.

  • guest2visits

    This fluctuates between ethereal and spooky. I guess that’s the Halloween flavor. The pics alternate between un-nerving stares and
    soft fairy like poses amid the fall tapestry and rich clothing.

  • Jessi03

    I am totally the pumpkin and hay ride type!  In other news, in some of those pictures, she’s seriously showing some Cersei Lannister realness.

  • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

    I think someone saw “Brave” before designing this editorial – bit heavy on the Wil-o’-the-wisps.

  • Jonathan Hindmarsh

    I think I’m the latter type and as such, I have to say it’s such a relief to hear that the days are getting shorter in the northern hemisphere. Being in Australia I’m pretty much fed up with the winter and really need to start shedding some of these layers of clothes!
    Still, that’s one seriously gorgeous editorial!

  • jonnyf8

    This all seems pretty enough but her mouth really bothers me.

    • Nayasabrina

       I agree-  she looks like she’s wearing those candy lips you could buy as a kid…..

    • formerlyAnon

       I think it’s meant to bother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410798987 Melanie Clark

    Sex and stimulants!

  • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

    I WANT to like fall, because I love pumpkin spice lattes and bonfires and autumnal colors in clothes. But then I remember that it means that winter is coming (Hee! “Game of Thrones!”) and I get all moody and depressed. I am much more of a spring gal.

    However, I love this editorial! GORGEOUS. I love fall colors and outfits.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    dark & way way too long.
    i’m about 80% taken w/ these photos however.

    edited to add:
    love the garments in the first three & the last one picture.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The red in the first pic? Yes, please.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I’m of Swedish heritage, this feels like home.

  • fursa_saida

    1. This is beautiful. 2. Can I be the latter and still have autumn be my favorite season?

  • jmorino08

    As a stay-at-home-mom of two young boys, summer can’t end soon enough. Also, SWEATERS!!!

  • Sarah Thomas

    I will now irrevocably shatter your worldview by lighting a Yankee Candle and fucking my boyfriend.

    • Chaiaiai

      ok, THAT made me laugh out loud.  Well done, Sarah.

      Autumn I can handle.  It’s rainy season that has me slitting my wrists.  Bring on the crunchy leaves…well, crunchy before the rain comes.

  • http://twitter.com/ZumaZoum Eric

    The TLo URL in the corner is distracting me way more than it has any reason to.

  • poketom

    These photos look like they were done with a bad instagram filter. 

    Somebody got paid for that shit. Go to sleep thinking about that and see how you wake up. 

  • TropiCarla

    Save some room for me in the Sex and Stimulants camp. I’ll check-in in about 10 weeks after this baby vacates my belly.

    Growing up in the Caribbean makes me a sun-goddess, but living in the Chi now causes my mood to deteriorate in direct proportion to the temperature. *SIGH* I take solace in my love for the color orange, cardigans, apple cider, and Panera pumpkin muffies.

  • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

    i am absolutely not ready to think about autumn, but this is gorgeous!

    (and, dear viktor, this would be one of the few instances where “oh my lord of the rings” would be appropriate)

  • RzYoung

    Around this time I get all excited about Autumn, then we get hit by a random, dirty late muggy summer through september and it doesn’t really get cold until November. So I’m in limbo for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ailsa-Martin/644946901 Ailsa Martin

    I mostly like this. It’s very rich and Celtic-druid-faerie-like.

    Also, I’m not sure if you know but you’ve got a disturbing ad from some horrible website called MEET LOCAL SLAGS. It’s kind of icky.

  • jjfg

    Fall is my favorite season, hands down!

    So I kind of like this shoot, except – what’s with the fairy (faerie?) lights?  

    • formerlyAnon

       “So I kind of like this shoot, except – what’s with the fairy (faerie?) lights? ”


  • kaycem

    i am *always* feeling all autumnal and shit, as it’s my favorite season by far.  so i guess i’m the yankee-candle-and-pumpkin (not-to-mention-wearing-fabulous-coats-again) type.  plus, i love wearing bright colors on gray or washed out days b/c i stand out all the more.  time to start looking for my annual white winter coat…

  • afabulous50

    As I’ve said before – I’ll never “get” editorial fashion.  But I am a pumpkin-spice, curl up with a good book, 2 dogs on my lap kinda gal.  Don’t forget my comfy slippers and a blanket.  God, I’m old. No wonder I can’t find a man.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    I sort of love this but I think it’s just like my favourite pagan jewellery Etsy sellers.

  • RebeccaKW

    I’m definitely the I need sex and stimulants right now type.  But that has nothing to do with the weather.  :)

    I live in Texas, so ‘fall’ means it’ll be 80 in the day and 65 at night, and cozy sweaters are not in the picture.  We do hayrides, but half the time we can wear shorts.  These fall ads are really winter ads for around here.  

  • Susan Crawford

    Sex and stimulants by the fireside . . . that’s a go for autumn.

    What a terrific editorial – the styling is spot on, the photography is magical, and I want to romp in red leather and layers of muted tweeds and chiffons and velvets in those woodlands. Thanks for sharing this – it is definitely MY idea of a daily pretty.

    • meowing

      Especially since I’m sweating in 95 degrees.  Somehow fall, fireplaces, candles seems awfully far away.  Love the pretty.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Very pretty. If I enjoy the pumpkin candles and fall colors…does that mean that I can’t have sex and stimulants? Because that seems unfair…

  • marilyn

    Lord of the Rings meets Autumn.  That second picture was freaky.  No one should be that skinny.  Get that girl a sandwich!

  • http://twitter.com/Kathy_Marlow Kathy Marlow

    Completely lovely, the red coat in the first shot is to DIE.  I’m not sure as to which I am as I live in FL and we only have 2 seasons: Summer and Construction…

    we’ll find out, I’m set to move further north in the coming months, wish me luck!

    • Call me Bee

      Yay!  There’s nothing like the change of seasons here in the Upper Midwest.  It’s only in the protracted month of March that I crave the S & S, as by then it’s been gloomy, dark and muddy for way too long.  But then–spring!  And all is well once again. 

      • http://twitter.com/Kathy_Marlow Kathy Marlow

        I’m not moving that far north, just to Georgia..but they seem to have all 4 distinct seasons.  I can’t wait, although, I know I need more things suited for cooler weather. Good thing I adore winter clothes 😀

  • TheOriginalLulu

    LOVE Autumn. lovelovelove
    Good-bye hot, sticky, uncomfortable weather. Hello crisp, chilly air, fall jackets and good hair days.
    In the summer, I feel sluggish and tired all the time, but as soon as the weather turns, I feel renewed and invigorated.


  • tereliz

    We don’t have fall. Just a slight cool down in time for Thanksgiving, then it’s cold and wet until Mardi Gras. This editorial makes me want to take a little trip to Sweden so I can stroll through the forest in my finest velvets and wools.

  • Merridith Kristoffersen

    Fall is my FAVORITE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    “Then there are those who see autumn as one big deathfest, announcing with every sight, sound, and smell that everything is dying or going to sleep and that a long, dark, bitter winter is ahead of them; a prelude of the grave to come.”  this is definitely me!  I dislike everything associated with fall.  

    The pictures, however, are gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Louise-Bryan/1177213326 Louise Bryan

    Everyone ready for Lammas, Harvest Home and Samhain?

    • Call me Bee

      I am!  😉 

  • S_Swift

    This is just a big tease. I live in Texas. There is no glorious autumn like in these photos. I will maybe wear a coat once or twice all season. Sigh. 

  • EEKstl

    Oh, the former, hands-down.  Autumn is my favorite season.  My seasonal depression comes in the Spring as the days get longer.  I’m not obsessively Yankee Candle/Martha Stewart about it, but I do like my cozy sweaters and pumpkin scones…

  • librarygrrl64

    Autumn, FTW! It’s the best season, and everyone knows it.

  • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

    Summer must NEVER END. But this is pretty.

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful pictures but her makeup is awful.

  • formerlyAnon

    That final photo is genius.

    The choice of model makes this shoot. They use her look brilliantly to create atmosphere. The iridescent ‘magical sparkles’ look amateur-ish in comparison.

  • formerlyAnon

    Also, not much for candles but autumn is my favorite season and always has been. Getting decreasingly fond of winter, but since I live in land-o-heat and get very little of either, have it easy.  Though I miss a real Fall season.

  • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com/ skadi1

    I’m the type who would wear every single one of these outfits. Bring on the fall!

  • SapphoPoet

    I see Galadriel finally got a fashion spread.

    I love the clothes. Fall is my favorite season–I love sweaters, cooler weather, pumpkins, everything. Can’t wait to wear my fall clothes again! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    I’m all for the chance to stop being a sweathog and getting to wear at least a light jacket until the spring, since winter barely gets cold any more.  Love the in-between seasons, especially fall.

  • oohsparkley!

    Waah! The end of summer makes me want to cry, nash my teeth, moan and drink. (so I’m definitely in the second group) Fall is lovely, if too darn short and winter is usually the pits.  I need sunlight or my mood matches the gloom.  One of the only advantages, is I get to wear my boots. The pictures are goregous.

  • Linda Sweeney

    I love Autumn and am a dance-around-the-bonfire type of neo-Pagan.  I belong to neither of your two categories.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I want each and every one of those things.