You have to excuse all the selfies, but I'm pretty sure everyone takes hundreds of selfies right after they cut their hair, right? Anyway, it was undeniably time for me to fresh up my hair and I actually ended up cutting about 10cm! That's A LOT for me. Like one hairdresser said to another when talking about me "This lady is attached to her long hair", haha. I don't even know how they figured it out but it's SO true! This is as short as I'm willing to cut it, I really can't see myself in short hair.
Also, I've always thought that I was a brunette but they told me that I’m actually a blonde??? A dirty blonde, to be more specific. So yeah, apparently I've been living a lie! But this kind of explains why I've been having so much fun.... You know what they say: “Blondes have more fun”!

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If you only knew what kind of people pleaser I was before! I did a lot to make people happy because I though that would make them pleased with me (= like me). Well… It maybe did, for a while. The thing about people is that if they see that they have some kind of power over you they will use it over and over again. Living my life in a way others wanted me to live it made me very unhappy, so in order to get that happiness back I stopped doing two things:

  • Worrying about pleasing everyone. I get it now; I don’t need to please everyone all the time. It’s probably not even possible to do that. I’m not afraid to speak up when I feel like it’s necessary. I want to be kind, but I’m not going to do anything just to make other people happy.
  • Giving away my power. I don’t allow people to control me - I’m my own master. I don’t give anyone else power over me.

Now that I’ve got control over my own life I’m working on controlling some of my personal flaws that can still sometimes stand in my way to happiness. The ones that I work on and feel like I’m getting better at are:

  • Wasting energy on things I can’t control. I can still catch myself stressed or irritated over things that I can’t control, but I quickly try to remind myself that there’s something that I have power over: my attitude. If I’m getting irritated because I sit in a traffic jam I try to reset my view on the situation. For example I try to see it as extra time for me to be mindful or listening to music I love.
  • Dwelling on the past. I think everyone have at some point catch themselves wishing that something in their past could be different or that they could go back in time to relive some of the best days they had. I’ve got much better at just acknowledging my past experiences, learning from the bad ones and cherishing the one that were lovely. But I don’t wish myself back and I try to always look forward and live in the present.

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This Saturday I was with my French friends at an auction dinner for billionaires. So far so good, right? Well, just after we've seen all the objects put out for the auction and right about when I was done with my starter the colonel that invited us was murdered! Everyone panicked, his young actress-fiancé was screaming, his butler/adoptive son was devastated, and the security guy was trying to calm everyone. As you can imagine it was chaos! We all started to suspect his closest friends and employees, and when we all thought that we were close to revealing who killed him – gunshot - someone died again!
If you still have no idea what I’m talking about, let me explain: We did this thing called “Murder Mystery Dinner”. It’s basically a dinner with interactive live performance. The guests are a part of the investigation. It was fun, but we didn’t guess who was the killer and let me tell you: it wasn’t our fault! We’re as good as Sherlock Holmes at solving mysteries like this, but there were barely any clues that pointed to the killer! So you basically had to interview all the characters and ask the right questions to get the right person. Oh well, we had fun anyway! After the dinner we went to a bar that looked like an old school saloon, I loved it!

Sunday was a hike-day. Me, Rosanna, Talal and Antonio went for a hike to Hollywood-sign. The way up isn’t too fun to be honest, but it’s a good workout and the view is always a treat! Going down we saw some lizards and a couple of snakes that seemed to be making love, haha. Afterwards we felt like we deserved some burgers so we ended up at Carney’s.
If you want to see some other pictures of the hike and the sign that I took last year you can check them out HERE .

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It’s funny how we think that we can just read people all at once, isn’t it? Most of us have layers of different characteristics and interests that only appear after a longer while. This list is about people that just “assume” what type of a person I am after a brief conversation.

1. I can be a real goofball/I can be an extremely serious person. This one is funny because it really depends on the occasion and my mood when people meet me. People just assume that I’m either a very serious person or very easy going. Well, it doesn’t really work like that, does it?

2. I’m pretty geeky. Video games, TV-shows, movies... I’m obsessed with good writing that makes me leave the dull reality for a while and just lets me be a part of a whole different life. I pretty much watch at least one episode of something every day if I’m not SUPER busy, either in the morning (I’m the type of person that don’t like leaving the bed right away if I don’t have to) or late at night just before going to sleep.

3. I love classical music. I mean… often when I meet people it’s not during a ballet show. Obviously people that meet me at rock shows or at the clubs (here they play mostly hip-hop and R&B music) think that’s my preference. Well, not quite. I really do love most of genres and it depends on my mood what I would like to listen to. Classical music is great and I’m lucky that Sanna also likes to listen to if from time to time (We’re actually listening to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake right now) so I don’t need to enjoy it all by myself.

4. I’m very picky with guys. Many men assume that I flirt with them just because I’m often very social. I guess it's that "you see what you want to see" kind of thing. The truth is that I love meeting new people and if you’re an interesting person I will definitely talk with you. That however does NOT mean that I’m just low-key going to go home with you, haha.

5. I can be very quiet. Normally when I meet new people I don’t have problem talking for hours (if we have something to talk about and you’re not an asshole that is). I’m definitely that person that if I feel like there’s an awkward silence I will unquestionably fill it out with something. But when I feel comfortable with someone I don’t have a problem with just sitting quiet, either listening to that person talking or just enjoying the music or silence together. So yeah, I do get tired of hearing myself and can definitely take a step back and let others do the talking, haha.

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Sunshine, wonderful scent of roses, different shades of green, flowers blooming... Yes, oh yes, it's spring time here in Los Angeles!
Spring has always been my favorite season. In Sweden it's very short and unpredictable, with snow and rain braiding through the sunny days, but here in Los Angeles it starts pretty early (it's been spring-ish for about a month now) and it seems to last at least two months. My favorite part of spring are all the blooming flowers. It's just something particularly special about all the beautiful colors and scents they add to the everyday life. Spring time makes it so much easier to be mindful - I just need to smell some flowers, study all the colors and shapes and that's enough to make me feel at peace and happy. Here in LA we have a wide range of different plants and flowers, from those that we're familiar with in Europe (such as lovely roses - but they are a bit bigger here) to some of the most exotic flowers that I recognize from my travels to tropic countries.
I take walks a couple days a week in my neighborhood and they are so much more enjoyable now that spring has come to LA, I just had to snap some pictures and show you how beautiful it is!

Psst... One of the plants/flowers I showed you is fake (I mean... it's still LA, of course SOMETHING is going to be plastic, haha). Can you see which one?

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Yesterday we attended the premiere of Unforgettable, a thriller about women, by women. It was at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre where all the famous handprints, footprints and autographs of celebrities are. It is also a place of movie festivals, premieres and it has been the venue of Academy Awards. I’ve shown some pictures of it before if you want to check it out HERE.
Unforgettable stars Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked up, 27 Dresses) and Rosario Dawson (Men in Black II, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron First) in the main roles, and it was directed by Denise Di Novi. We got perfect seats and stock up with popcorn and Coca-Cola before the director presented the movie and it was time for the screening. Unforgettable is a film about jealousy on pathological level that drives one woman into doing everything in her power to make another woman’s life a living nightmare. Both me and Rosanna loved it! After the movie we bumped into Rosario Dawson, and she was so beautiful in her golden gown! I love all the Netflix collaborations with Marvel and her character Claire Temple so it was fun to actually see her in real life. You can see the movie in theaters this Friday (21 April)!

P.S. Still no luck with the red carpet... This time it was black. Did they stop using red or is this just my luck? Haha

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I've always wanted to take some pictures of myself with neon lights (I've loved neon lights for quite some time now) but this time Freddy ended up being in front of the camera and I ended up behind it. Oh well, next time it's my turn!

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Week before the midterms and the midterm week were stressful, busy and tense. The time I had in between classes on campus has been mostly dedicated to studying, BUT no one can actually study 24/7. So we did some fun stuff as well!
Last Monday I went to the Sunset Jam at Viper Room. I went to take some pictures of Philip, but I ended up staying the whole night because it was a really fun concept. The musicians get to submit their videos online and if they are picked they get a song that they need to learn. They have a week to do that and on the night of the jam they just go up on the stage and meet their band mates for the first time. So there are no rehearsals before!

Last Tuesday we ended up in a studio before our class and hanged there for a short while. They had three dogs and I really couldn’t concentrate on having any deeper conversations because the cuties were running and jumping and asking for attention. I even got a puppy that was sleeping in my lap and it was so adorable!

Last Saturday, we studied the whole day and later in the evening we went for a drink with our new friends to The Spare Room at Roosevelt Hotel. After a quick drink there we played an escape room game at Escape Hotel in Hollywood. We were supposed to play the Slaughterhouse but since there was some technical issue we ended up doing the Circus one. It was SO MUCH FUN! I mean, yes I like being scared (and hate it at the same time), but I also always love being a part of the story (that’s why I love some of the PS4/PC games as well) and to try to figure out all the puzzles and problems. And guess what? We made it out alive! VICTORY!!!

This Thursday we went to see the new adaptation of Beauty and The Beast at El Captain theatre. Disney owns the place and makes sure to make every show a bit more special than anywhere else. We got to see a beautiful light and sound show before the movie (and had rose petals flying down from the sky) and when movie was done we got to see some of the costumes and props from the making of the film.

Oh, and of course I just had to take a picture with my new squad Guardians of the Galaxy!

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LA is so random. Last time I was on a preview of a movie, I saw Matt Bomer (that I know mainly from American Horror Story and Magic Mike) walking around the studio in clothes that I guessed looked like coming from 30s or 20s. After I saw him, I bumped into (not literally... haha) a huge head that I guessed was supposed to look like a Hindu-god.
That was that, I didn't really think that those two actually would make sense together. But guess what? After watching The Last Tycoon pilot, they totally do!
Just look:

My first instinct was to take picture of the head when I saw it, but I ended up not doing it. I thought that I wouldn't have any use of that picture.... Well, next time I will know to trust my gut!
And by the way, I loved the pilot! Can't wait to see the rest of the show.

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We all have our areas of expertise, and it's often the things we want people to know about, but let's not forget that there're things that we're clueless about as well. Nobody is perfect, right? That's nothing to be ashamed of!
This is my list:

  1. Fixing my hair. Curler, round brushes, braids, hairspray… all of that makes me confused. I know how to use a blow dryer to get my hair dry and I’m decent with hair straightener, but that’s about that. I just let my hair do its own thing, haha.
  2. Horseback riding. I’ve tried, I promise. When I was a kid my mom send me two summers in a row to horse riding camps and I tried to love it, but it’s just scary! The first horse I was learning to ride just decided to sit down and almost crushed my leg. When my teachers decided that it was time to let me ride alone they gave me a stallion that was just interested in running after his female horse friends and when I tried to stop him he reared. I still don’t know how I not fell of his back, but that was it. No more horsebacks riding for me!
  3. Personal effective time planning. I always end up cooking, making laundry, cleaning, and watching all my TV-shows all at once on the Sundays. I guess you could say I’m great at multitasking? Haha! Oh well, at least I’m great at study/work effective planning. Maybe I should start writing to-do lists for my personal stuff too?
  4. Swedish football (soccer) teams. Or any Swedish teams at all to be honest. In Sweden you’re supposed to know the difference between clubs like DIF, AIK, and other (I admit, I don’t even know the other names). Sports are a big thing in Sweden and everyone knows at least a few names of famous athletes and sportsmen but I just know Zlatan Ibrahimovic… Like the rest of the Europe.

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