Last day of Bråvalla began with sad news; the festival announced that it’s “taking a break”. The official statement was that it was because of the sexual harassments and rapes that took place on the festival ground through the years, but many suspected that it was because of economical reasons. Why? Well, first of all FKP Scorpio is in charge of several festivals, and all of them have similar problems. That means that all of them should “take a break” if they really do it just because of the mentioned reason. Anyone who visited Bråvalla every year could see that less people attending this years edition. I questioned the lack of fences (that are important if there’s a big crowd) at the very first day, the second day I asked one of the press team how many tickets they sold because it was obvious that the crowd was much smaller than usually. It’s hard not to be skeptical when the festival ignores to address the economical issues. Something that also bothered me was that in the official statement they wrote that they would keep on fighting. Really? If you give in because of this kind of shitty people that don’t understand that they have no right to touch someone else’s body without their consent you are NOT fighting. You’re giving up, showing that they won. The whole situation made me both sad and angry.

Henrik Berggren was a suitable Swedish artist to start this day. His music is melancholic and when I was standing there taking pictures and watching the show I felt like I was attending Bråvallas funeral. I will tell you this: I sincerely think that Henrik is better than Håkan. Sorry, not sorry.

Wherever we go we need to take some selfies. Deal with it! Haha

I remembered that Kvelertak was a good live-band, so I was excited to see them play again. There I was, ready in the pit with my camera and as soon as they started playing I tried to remember why I actually thought they were good. I’m sorry, I don’t really like slaughtering bands but it was so bad that I really don’t have anything nice to say about it…

Ellie Goulding - another disappointment. Nothing happened on the stage, literally nothing. She was walking back and forth, spinning around a little, like it was a small bar-gig. Really? There’re few artist that can pull of a similar thing like this. A good example is Lana Del Rey, but with her music you’re pretty damn well prepared that she’s going to be like that. Ellie Goulding isn’t Lana Del Rey, she needs some help to actually entertain the crowd, and to keep their attention through her loooooong set. Dancers would be a good start. A backdrop wouldn’t hurt either.

The Killers are always nice to see live. If you’ve seen them before, you know what you’re getting: hit songs, confetti, and professional musicians. I’m not going to lie, they’re pretty predictable but since I really like their music, and they are tight live I don’t really mind!

The last show I saw at Bråvalla was with Prophets of Rage. They were SO good. Entertaining, outspoken about the political environment today, highly energetic and even when the speakers broke they were giving 110% of themselves. I was jumping, screaming the lyrics, and dancing during the whole set! I didn’t even have time to take a picture because I was rocking out the whole time, haha.

We were back “home” pretty late and enjoyed the sunrise by the harbor before going to bed.

Our Bråvalla tradition- taking a dip in the pool before going back home. I will miss Bråvalla next year!

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I kicked off the third day of Bråvalla with You Me At Six. I really like their music so it was fun shooting them and seeing them play. They had a big crowd (for a Swedish gig that is, haha) singing along, jumping and screaming.

After their gig we had a pleasure to interview them. Emil crushed the interview (he loves their music, haha) and acted as our photographer during it. I hanged out a lot with Emil during Bråvalla, he’s a fun and easygoing person! I asked a lot of weird questions during the interview (as always), but Josh and Chris seemed to enjoy it. I will link the interview here in my blog in the future (if anyone wants to read it)!

I didn’t take pictures of Die Antwoord, but I saw the whole show. It was GREAT. I mean, you have to take it for what it is: some kind of freak show on drugs. It’s high energy, it’s ironic, and yes, you’re going to see some ass (more of Ninjas than Yolandis actually, haha). Ninja was dry humping to every song (and he didn’t seem to have anything under his shorts, so the whole crowd saw his penis jumping up and down), Yolandi was shaking her ass all the time, and the DJ had a mask that could give you nightmares… This is not a show you want to take your grandma to, but if you’re ready to be a freak for an hour or two, this is a perfect setting to do that.

If you’re not Swedish you probably don’t know who Håkan Hellström is. Almost every Swedish person have an opinion about him, usually you either hate him or love him. I’m more of a “in the middle person”. I’m not blown away by his music (mostly because he “borrows” both lyrics and melodies from other artists so I just can’t see them as “his”), and he’s not a great singer, but he’s a really good entertainer. I don’t listen to his music on my free time, but I don’t mind seeing him live. When I was standing in the pit, waiting for him to show up on the stage he suddenly appeared in front of me, took my shoulders and shook me a little. It took me a few seconds to actually understand what happened, so the first picture I took of him was a bit shaky (as you can see, haha). I loved his jacked and hat!

Last act I saw that day was Travis Scott. On my way to the stage I run into my moms husbands son, which is kind of random since the festival area is pretty big. I took a quick picture so I could send it to them… but I failed as you can see, haha.

Travis Scott show was a roller coaster kind of experience, when he was good he was great, but sometimes I just felt some kind of aggression from his side. Kind of “if you just like me for my famous songs you’re not worthy” vibe. But who knows, maybe he was just annoyed that Håkan played far too long and he had to wait for 20min to start his set…. I know I would be angry if I was him, haha. He was cool when it came to his fans though, he didn’t let the security throw them out just because they were rocking out to his songs. Once he even jumped of the stage to get to one fan that was about to be thrown out, respect!

Check out more pictures from that day ​HERE .

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I’m still in shock after reading about Chester Bennington's suicide. When the news about Chris Cornell reached me I was devastated, but I wasn’t as shocked as I am right now. Chester’s death is a reminder that depression doesn’t have to be visible, that it doesn’t have to “look” like something. I saw Chester three weeks ago at Bråvalla Festivalen, smiling and in physically good shape. I took pictures of him, and listened to the old songs I loved so much. I remembered how much pain I was in when I listened to his voice to feel the comfort that his lyrics gave me, feeling that someone understood. And his death pains me just as Chris Cornell’s death did. There’s something about people that choose to leave us earlier that hits me harder than any other cause of death. I know what kind of dark places depression can take you to; I’ve been there myself. I know that that dark place you go to is unbearable, but I also know that there are ways out, that you can be happy again. What pains me the most is that some people are not lucky enough to find another way out from depression than suicide. It’s heartbreaking that his pain was so unbearable that death seemed like a relief... I hope he has found peace.

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Every time I’m at the beach in Venice or Santa Monica and I see the lifeguard tower and their cars I think about Baywatch, Pamela Andersen and David Hasselhoff. I was a kid when the show was on TV but I still hear the opening song when I think about it (“I’ll be ready, I’ll be ready, whenever you fear, oh don’t you fear, I’ll be ready, forever and always, I’m always here”), haha. I kind of feel like a slow-motion version of Pamela Andersen when I run through (any) beach, or even better: when I run through water with the waves crashing over my body. I’m aware that I don’t look like her, but my imagination is boundless and when I start to fantasize I can basically be anyone. I mean, when I’m out running and listening to Wonder Woman theme song, I AM Wonder Woman in that moment… Life is too short to be normal, right? ;)

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On the second day of Bråvalla Festivalen the first band I snapped pics of was Highly Suspect. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I love their music and that I was blown away at their LA gig. This performance wasn’t as good as the one in US, but it still loved it. Unfortunately they were playing at the only stage placed in a tent, and there was mainly bright blue light… If you’re a photographer you know that it equals with problems, haha.

Interview of the day was with Bear’s Den, such a nice British lads! I will link the interview in a post when it’s published. Here's just a picture of me in the press-tent while waiting for them to arrive. Of Mice & Men cancelled their show, the reason? Someone was sick and had to be rushed to a doctor, but nobody seemed to believe them… there was about 30 people waiting for them so they were probably being divas and didn’t want to play in front of so few people. I saw the bassist/singer later on and he didn’t look too concerned, chilling at the festival.

Bear’s Den gig was magical. First time I heard their music (riding pacific coast highway from Malibu to LA during night-great setting for this kind of music) I really liked it, but seeing them live made it so much better. They are really good musicians and you could see how happy they were playing to a crowd that clearly appreciated them. I would love to see them live again!

Seeing Linkin Park was a bit nostalgic, I really liked them when I was a kid and I was surprised how many songs I actually recognized (and could sing to), haha. It was so much fun taking pictures of them, with great lightning on a pretty good stage!

I’ve been listening to Rae Sremmurd since they dropped their “No Type” single and I’ve been partying and dancing to their music ever since so yeah, I was excited to see them perform! Their security guys were pretty intimidating, pushing festival security around, jumping of the stage, and looking like they were ready to kill anybody that tried to get on the stage (beside girls… all Swedish girls were welcome, haha). They actually knocked down (or whatever you want to call it… It looked like a knockout straight out of American football!) a guy in the pit, crazy! They played in the tent as well so the light was awful, but I didn’t really think about it since there was SO MUCH happening on the stage, in the pit and behind me in the crowd. People were crazy (and crazy drunk), there was a pineapple, champagne, chicks on the stage (pulled up from the crowd) and Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi were jumping, running, air humping, and what not, haha.

​Check out more pictures from day two ​HERE .

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I fredags var jag och Justina på Narva Derma Center i Stockholm, jag har haft problem med acne ett tag och det lämnade tyvärr några ärr i mitt ansikte som jag skulle vilja få bort. Vi tänkte att kemiskpeeling kanske skulle vara något för mig, men vad vi inte tänkte på var att man inte ska göra kemiskpeeling på sommaren, något som Victoria påpekade så fort vi kom in, haha. Istället föreslog Victoria en skinbooster under vår konsultation, något som jag nu tittat mer på och läst om. Efter ett år i Los Angeles känner jag faktiskt att huden fått lite stryk av solen så en sådan fukthetsbehandling känns som något för mig, jag hoppas bara att jag hinner göra den innan jag åker tillbaka till LA. Victoria var helt fantastisk, lugn, påläst och proffsig, så jag vill gärna göra det hos henne när hon kommer tillbaka från semestern. Jag lämnade inte stället tomhänt heller, en kräm från Babor fick hänga med mig hem. Det är alltid lika spännande att testa nya ansiktsprodukter!

Last Friday me and Justina went to Narva Derma Center in Stockholm to see what can be done about my dry skin and my acne scars. My consultation was with Victoria, she was very professional and calm, I can definitely see myself going back to her! What she suggested was a skinbooster, something that seems perfect for my dry skin.


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First day of Bråvalla Festival was short, kind of like a pre-taste of what was about to come. I took some snaps of Skindred and Sabaton (see more pictures ​HERE) but I was mostly excited to see System Of A Down to be completely honest! Skindred was fun, front man Benji did everything to get the crowd bouncing up and down, doing “helicopters” with their shirts and what not.

After Skindred we went to explore the festival and ended up in front of Bamse, if you’re not Swedish you probably don’t know what that is (I’m not that sure either to be honest…) but it’s a bear from a cartoon and someone made it to a whole live show with people in costumes singing, dancing and playing some kind of musical I guess? I felt like I was tripping, a festival for adults with an act for children? But on the other hand, many drunken adults are just like children so maybe it wasn’t a bad idea after all… People seemed to enjoy it, I was definitely too sober to appreciate it, haha.

Sabaton was an extremely “manly man” band with their camo trousers, war tank-drum set, fire bursting and headbanging. They are an entertaining live band, but I kind of find it a bit comical… Maybe because of the crowd that seems to take everything a bit too serious whilst the band seems to have a more laidback view on it. Or maybe it’s just simply not for me.

We got hungry after watching Sabaton and thought that a typical festival meal before seeing SOAD was a perfect idea… so we ended up eating sushi rolls. No comments, haha.

I didn’t get the chance to snap pictures of SOAD, but I did end up in front row (to the right, like you can see) and I just loved the whole set. They didn’t take any unnecessary breaks to hear the crowd scream or talk about the weather or whatever (yes, many bands do that), instead they just packed their set-time with as many songs as possible. AND I got to hear “Roulette” a song I didn’t expect them to play live, how cool? First day of Bråvalla was amazing!

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We planned to go to Venice Beach for a long time, but we always had to postpone it. First because we were chilling at the pool a little too long and burned us pretty badly, so we couldn't be in the sun at all. A few days after that I was panicking because we didn’t have a storage space for all of our furniture and since we’re not going to move back to the same apartment this fall it was crucial to find one. So instead of going to the beach, we were calling and driving around in unbearable heat to find a “perfect” (read: cheap but decent size) storage... The third time we planned on going to Venice we actually found some time to go and hang around all the crazy people, insistent salespeople and tourists. Third time is a charm, right? I know I don’t really sell the place as some kind of paradise, but trust me: that’s what the Venice-charm is all about. The crazy people singing and saying that 9/11 is a lie, the unapologetic half-naked people walking on the boardwalk, all the dancers and skaters, the musicians that can’t really play, and the tourist sipping on huge margaritas. It’s a freak show, but a charming one!

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OMG GUYS! The day I was longing for has finally come! I don’t know if I should laugh, pinch myself or just drink some wine and celebrate. Why? Well my summer break has officially started!!! The last three weeks were packed with exams, essays, reports, quizzes, counting points and generally stressful everyday life. But I did great and now I’m definitely going to celebrate this!
Anyway, I was thinking I would show you some pics from my iPhone to show you what I’ve been up to lately:

I was at a Highly Suspect concert and I loved (almost) every second of it. If you want to read my review about it you can do it HERE (it's in Swedish). Also, I learned from a fan that the "MCID" that they have on their backdrop and all their merchandise stands for "My Crew Is Dope". Two days after the concert I had some Korean BBQ for the first time.

We attended Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor concert with Phoenix. It was my first time seeing this band and I really loved the show! The colorful light show matched their clothes, and the guitarist on the far right had some killer moves, haha. And of course we had a selfie-session while waiting for them to start playing... Who wouldn't? The "white one" is from my phone, the "yellow ones" are from Sannas. She loves looking like a Simpson-character, haha. At the first sight all of our selfies look the same... But I promise you, there's a slight difference between all of them ;)

When I turned in my last assignment for this semester we decided to celebrate with Vegas Seafood Buffet. It's so priceworthy when eating during lunch! They got sushi, seafood, Brazilian barbecue, Asian, American, and Italian dishes, and a huge dessert section with fruit, cakes and frozen yoghurt. We ate mostly sushi to be honest, but we did share a plate of desserts as well (I ended up eating only the cheesecake and fruits, haha).

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So much to do, so little time! Finals weeks are here and I’m studying every day… BUT “All work and no play…” you know how that one ends right? So of course I’ve been trying to have some fun here and there to light up the dull reality of finals. Last week we went to a preview of a movie at Warner Brothers studios, this Saturday I was at Highly Suspect show and yesterday I met up with @chessiemabelle , Stella and their friend and experienced Korean BBQ for the first time (sooooo good!). I’m kind of halfway with my finals right now (I had two final exams yesterday and one the day before + a group project presentation) and all I’ve left is finishing a research essay on childhood obesity (I chose the subject), marketing research final exam and a rapport for the same class. I want my summer break now!!

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