What ever did we do before Netflix? I'm certain that you (just like me) feel like you wasted a lot of your precious time growing up, watching crappy TV-shows that you didn't really enjoy, but still glued your eyes to - because nothing good was on after school. Do I really need to say more than Everybody loves Raymond or 7th Heaven? Didn't think so.

It's safe to say that a lot has changed in the last couple of years (I know, I sound like an old lady) and the selection of shows we now have at the swipe of a finger is truly ah-ma-zing. And we don't have to wait a week in-between episodes anymore either, we can do one season a day if we're really in the mood - thank goodness for that.

Having a few seasons of my favourite shows all lined up on Netflix was extra convenient these passed few days. I've been home sick, laying in bed totally bored and feeling sorry for myself. So, let's dive into what I've been watching to make myself feel a little bit better!



HOMELAND. I've watched this series before, but am now in the midst of re-watching the entire series. Funnily enough, around the same day as I started re-watching, my friend decided to do the very same - without knowing. This show is intense to say the least, and is one of very few shows that I feel can be somewhat realistic. It involves a strong female main character, the CIA and something unexpected in every episode, shortly put - it's very addictive & raw. Claire Danes who plays the main character Carrie is so talented it's actually crazy. However, my fave character isn't Carrie, but someone else. Who? Peter Quinn. You'll get why when you're a few seasons in - you just wait and see.

SUBURRA. Yet another series that shows a more "real" representation of how the world (read: Rome) looks. Why I was drawn to this specific one is A: because it was a Netflix original and I think they've been killing it lately with amazing shows, and B: because it's set in Rome. We get to follow two separate worlds, with one foot in the Vatican and the other in the grey and worn down suburbs of Rome. And eventually, these worlds collide.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. A show that is very different from other crime shows, in the best way possible. A few American law students in Philadelphia get into a bit of a tricky one, where their brains, morals, and also their loyalty towards each other - are put to the test. And to make it even more complicated, the situation also involves one of their professors. And a murder. Yep, I told you - tricky.


What shows are you watching right now?

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I watch a lot of YouTube, and I also read a lot of blogs. And often, people write or talk about clothing items and say "I always have people come up to me in the street and give me compliments when I'm wearing this". And I sit there and think "really?". Because here, in Sweden, people close to never give each other compliments like that, especially from stranger to stranger. It's rare, I'm telling you. But, this coat I'm dedicating this post to is a very rare exception. I've never in my life gotten this many compliments for a piece of clothing before. For real, though.



Autumn is soon over, but the mild weather we're currently having means we can still wear our coats for a good while longer - yay. I'm happy that I don't have to wear my Michelin man looking down winter jacket just yet. I much prefer coats, as I find them considerably more flattering, and love how the tailored look makes everyone look their very best - even though they're only wearing jeans and a simple tee underneath.

I have a few coats (because well, I'm a bit addicted) but this two coloured coat is my fave, and the one I stretch for most mornings before heading out the door. It's from Benetton and I picked it up in the sale for less than half price last year. Win! It quickly became my favourite piece of clothing, and it seems a lot of people around me also find it eye-catching.



After I posted a photo on Instagram last winter, people contacted me and commented on it, and I was both flattered and a bit surprised. I've also received a surprising amount of compliments from strangers out and about. Walking into my office building, two kind ladies stopped me and both said they loved my coat, I've had both men and women stop me when walking down the street. Even my brother commented on how he liked it a lot when we met up one day, my dad too. A stranger saw me enter the bus and actually ran after me, only to ask where she could get a coat just like mine, followed by: "Do you think it would suit me, too?"



These little encounters with complete strangers have truly made my day every time. It has made me chit chat with strangers that I would never otherwise talk to at all. So; what do I really want to say here, with this mile long post...? Simply put: compliment strangers more! Not just for the sake of giving someone a complement, but dare to compliment them when you feel the urge to. If you see someone who has an outfit you think is on point - tell them. If someone walks by wearing a stunning bag you're dying to know where it's from - ask! If you spot someone with bomb highlights, ask them where they get their hair done. Little gestures like that will not only make you feel good yourself, but it might even (most certainly will) make someone else feel absolutely great, too.


Photos by @palarbear

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If there is one thing that truly makes me appreciate this little place that I call home, it's when I'm having someone visit from out of town - and I get to show them around Gothenburg. It's like I see the city though new eyes every time and I'm reminded yet again as to why I love this city so much. Because yes, I truly do.

I'm reminded of how much I love the café culture that we have here and how sitting in cafés for hours on end (drinking coffee out of mugs big enough to need both hands when taking a sip) is considered "normal". I'm reminded of how stunning the architecture is, and of how I should look up more when I walk - and not just focus on how to navigate from point A to B. I get reminded of how our little parks are actual gems in the middle of the concrete jungle. And you know what, I even come to truly appreciate how cozy the famous grey and bad Gothenburg weather can be - as it gives you the perfect excuse to snuggle up in a warm restaurant, with great company & comfort food, while listening to the pouring rain outside, watching rain drops chase each-other down the windows.



I got reminded of all of these things last Sunday, when my lovely friend (and colleague) @jennifergeertsen came over to Gothenburg from Denmark for a short visit. Gothenburg of course treated us to harsh winds, grey skies and rain, so we had a brief tour of the city before we eventually gave up, escaped the rain and dived into Tacos & Tequila for an early dinner. We sat there and had a catch up over tacos & sweet potato fries, listened to the rain pour down outside - and watched a raindrop or two race each-other down the restaurant window.


The oh-so-lovely @jennifergeertsen & some amazing food at Tacos & Tequila

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silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue


Let's rewind to a few years ago. Back to when I started implementing more and more organic and natural skincare into my daily routine. One day, after attending a seminar on chemicals used in beauty products, I found myself sitting in front of my laptop in my little student flat - doing research. The seminar was part of a course in the Environmental Science program I attended at uni, and those few hours it lasted made such a huge impact on me.

I came home after the seminar and spent hours and hours frantically reading up on all the information and reports I could find - doing endless Google searches, trying so desperately to make sense of all the ingredients I couldn't even begin to pronounce, but found listed on the back of my bottles and jars I had in my bathroom.

As a result, I quickly realised that I wanted to change things up - and that I wanted to make "better" choices when buying beauty products. With that being said, looking back - I'm surprised by the fact that I didn't really think about how odd it was that I was super picky about the skincare I used, only to a few minutes after having applied my carefully picked out lotions & potions, slap on a foundation containing "whatever" ingredients. Yikes.

Fast forward to now, I'm just as picky with my base makeup as I am with my skincare. I now have my few carefully picked out faves that I tend to stick to and the foundations mentioned in this post are two of them.


silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue
silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue


COMPLEXION RESCUE, BARE MINERALS. This light base is marketed as a gel, but in my opinion the product comes out kind of like a mousse. The coverage is very subtle and light, but it evens out your skin really nicely and adds moisture to dry skin - it also has built in SPF, yay! A great product for those days when you don't want to wear any other makeup, but still feel like having something on your skin. Or, if you're one of those people who doesn't like the feeling of having face makeup sit on your skin - this doesn't feel like you're wearing anything. I find this applies best with a stippling brush or melted into your skin with the warmth of your fingers.


silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue


NORRSKEN, IDUN MINERALS. I've been a fan of the brand since I first tried their mineral powder a few years back. I like that their makeup is especially made for sensitive and allergy prone skin, and since I like supporting local brands - the fact that this brand is Swedish is also a big plus. When Idun Minerals finally launched their liquid foundation, this gal was very pleased - because even though I like their powder foundation, I have dry skin and therefore always prefer liquid foundations, as they sit better on my skin throughout the day.

I thought the price tag for this little glass bottle was quite hefty when I saw it, especially since I was a uni student at the time. But, having read all of those glowing reviews online, how could it not be worth it? It was truly great, wasn't it?

Well, I splurged, tried it and hated it. I thought it was dry, applied terribly and clinged to my dry patches. I set it aside, not wanting to waste time on such a bad product, yet I couldn't really toss it. But then I bought a Beauty Blender and things changed. You know - that overly expensive makeup sponge that you wet, squeeze the water out of until it's damp, and then apply foundation with? Putting it shortly; together with a damp Beauty Blender sponge, this little bottle is pretty awesome. And yes, the Beauty Blender is worth the money, too.

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Apple pie smoothie


Yes, you read that right. I did just write the words "apple pie" and "smoothie" in the same sentence, and no - I haven't lost my mind (I think). I just have a thing for smoothies and apple pies, and found the perfect way to make those two great things into one awesome smoothie. And with apple season being here and all, what better fruit to use?


Apple pie smoothie
Apple pie smoothie


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 red apple 
  • 2 dl oats milk (or any other milk you have around)
  • 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1 Digestive biscuit
  • A pinch of cinnamon 
  • A pinch of cardamum
  • A pinch of vanilla powder 
  • Granola to sprinkle on top

HOW TO:
Cut the apple into pieces and remove the core. Toss everything into a blender and run until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle some granola on top. Enjoy!


Apple pie smoothie

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I had some random thoughts, floating around in that head of mine, on things I wanted to sit down and write posts about. And then I thought, why not just gather all my rather random things in one structured blogpost? So I did. Here are five great things from my life lately, that I felt like sharing with you.

I'M FEELING EXCITEMENT FOR AUTUMN. While others sit and mope about the fact the summer is coming to an end, here I am - quite happy about it. Since we don't really get "proper" summers here in Sweden, I don't mind when it's actually over (harsh truth). Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the crisp air, the changing colours in nature and the warm sunlight. We have a few weeks of this beautifulness every year before the darkness of winter comes rolling around, unwanted. I'm planning to enjoy these few weeks to the max.

PLANNING FUTURE TRAVELS. I love exploring, and on my travel wish list right now are Budapest, Prague, Copenhagen and Dublin. I feel like I want to travel more within Europe in the near future, there is so much that I yet have to see and explore on our lovely little continent. We have so much history, beautiful architecture and even more amazing food here - that I cannot wait to experience. *hittng up Skyscanner*


Summer's over, bare legs & summer dresses are now a distant memory - but I'm feeling excited for autumn!


DECLUTTERING. I am one stuff owning human (first world problems, I am very aware of that), and that's something I'm trying to change. Not that I won't allow myself to own things, just that I tend to cling onto things that can more be referred to as "stuff". Starting the process of owning less isn't easy though. Emptying all of your drawers and cupboards makes a terrible mess. I tried that method and realised that well... not even the most "let's do this" Spotify playlist gave me the energy to handle all of it at once. Instead, I tried to go through my belongings in sections and to scale down. Separating what I think I need to what I actually need, has totally made a difference in how I feel in my own space. Just knowing I'm, bit by bit, minimising the random "stuff" I have shoved down my drawers and never ever use but feel like I "might find a use for some day" is such a relief. A tip on where to get started? The book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And, speaking of books...

I'M BACK INTO READING MODE. In the beginning of 2017 I set some goals. One of them being to read more throughout the year. And, actually, I haven't really gotten around to doing so until this summer (shocker...). I have a rather massive stack of books I want to read this fall, from beauty books to classics like Brontë & Dickens. A good mix! I'm all set for those cozy autumn nights, drinking tea, curled up in the sofa - reading.
ALSO, I'M BACK ON THE HEALTH TRAIN. I'm back into my everyday routine again after summer, and I'm also back to eating well. I try my hardest to only eat sugar on weekends and I've stepped back into the gym again after a summer of doing nothing even remotely close to exercise. I had a lot of "treat yourself" moments over summer, and I could really feel how my body took a toll after all that sugar and lazying around. Feels good to "be back".

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📍 - Tredje Långgatan 7, Göteborg

I've gone out to eat yet again, and I took my camera with me. This time, I went with my pizza loving friend, and we wanted to celebrate something special, and we wanted to do so while eating a "proper" Italian pizza. So, what better place to go to, than one of the most hyped pizza spots in town? Okay, sure - Taverna Averna primarily have other things on their menu, but I'd heard most good things about the pizzas so that's what initially drew me in. Also, the decor was something I had both seen (yep, stalking the restaurant's geotag on Instagram) and heard about.

I wasn't disappointed one bit, stepping into the restaurant I couldn't help but to think about how amazing the interior was. With dark furniture, high ceilings, windows that let the light stream into the rooms beautifully and dreamy gallery walls - what's not to like?



We were greeted very well when we entered the restaurant, and even though the place had just about opened and we were only a few people in there - it still felt warming and welcoming. A little special shout-out to our waitress, who made us feel comfortable, yet not stressed or pushed by any means, when she came up to our table a few times and asked if the food tasted well, or if we wanted something more to drink - we just felt taken cared of, and not pushed to order more. Simply put; we couldn't have been happier with the service.

Let's talk about what we ate, shall we? We had the pizza with roasted pine nuts and pesto, nom nom. It definitely lived up to the hype, and we felt like we were back in Italy for a few minutes. I don't have any photos to prove this, but I can tell you they both looked and tasted amazingly. And we paired the pizzas with a sneaky glass of Prosecco. That wasn't half bad.



I would recommend this restaurant to anyone really, but especially to those who might feel like they need a break from all the industrial vibed, red brick wall:ed, sweet potato fries & truffle mayo:ed burger joints found around every corner in Gothenburg right now. Sure, I like those, but actually, if you're in the mood for pizza, I like this even more.


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I love a beach town. And this little gem that you see above, is no exception. In fact, I was completely amazed with how stunning it was. Falkenberg - a little town I've heard so much about and always wanted to visit, but never had the chance to before now.

As some of you might know, and others might not, I work full time at this very blogging platform that I write my blog on - Nouw. I just got back from the annual kick off with the entire Nouw team, this year it was held at a spa resort along the coast: Falkenberg Strandbad. The moment we stepped into our room, my face lit up and I was just shocked at what we saw - isn't this just breathtaking?

Well, if this isn't picture perfect, I don't really know what is.


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We're already a few days into September and I, like always, cannot believe where time has gone. Seriously, where? Let's rewind a little bit though, back to July. I was on holiday for most of the month - glorious, I know. It made me into a slow functioning, late sleeping human. Since I spent a lot of time in the holiday house and didn't set my foot in the city for a long time - I mostly had my face make-up free and my hair up on my head in a rather messy bun. And you know what? I was nice and all, but now I'm back in the city since mid August, spending my days at the office, wearing make-up again and dressing in proper clothes (read: I jumped out of my sweats). It's all back to normal, and just like having time off - being back into my routine feels very good, too. But now, let's chat about my favourites things & beauty products from July & August!



NUXE FACE & EYE MASK. I'm almost at the very end of this tube of goodness. I went on the hunt for a new tube of this a while back, and was told it was discontinued. Oh, the horror. So, I used this very sparingly, only under my eyes and not on the rest of my face. You know how it says on most face masks that you should avoid the eye area? Well, the great thing about this is that it's formulated to go under the eyes, too. One of the main reasons to why I love this so much. Good news, though, as I can see that is's being sold again! It does wonders for when my the skin feels tight and dry underneath my eyes. And on the rest of the face, too.

NUXE HULIE PRODIGIEUSE OIL. Continuing with the same brand, I understand the Nuxe oil hype now. This is the perfect product to use on your décolletage for a night out, just to add that little bit of something extra. This is a little sample size I have, but I'm sure it will last me ages, since the product is very concentrated and you only need a tiny amount. Summer might technically be over, but we still want that glow, don't we?



INSTAGRAM SAVE. As you might know by now, Instagram have a very Pinterest inspired function that they've added to their app. You can pin/save photos in folders in your profile. I know I'm so late to the party with this one, but I've "saved away" lately and finally I can scroll through all my faves directly in the Instagram app, instead of clogging up my phone with all those print screens I was previously taking. More room for food pics, yass.

ELLE FOOD & WINE. Finding inspiration in blogs and on the web in general is gold, but flicking through a glossy magazine will always be what I love the most. Food, interior & travel magazines are some of the magazines I enjoy the most, because I love reading all the travel guides and articles on local culture & cuisine, see stunning homes and get ideas for new things to cook. ELLE Food & Wine is my new favourite magazine, I've loved both the ones I've bought so far. Note to self: don't flicker through when your tummy is rumbling.

LINNEN SHEETS. Again with the late to the party thing, but how have I lived without linnen sheets in my life before? They are textured, yet amazingly soft and also gives that perfect, messily un-done look when you've made your bed. If that weird description made as much sense to you as it does for me, raise you hand!


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