What a weekend! Between the concert on Friday, walking miles and miles around the city yesterday and feeling the effects of a weekend of drinking this morning- we’re ready to get back to Stockholm.

I’ll upload a bit more when I get home, but here are a few moments from the last few days with Cornelia.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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The “Carry On” by Away, and the worlds best cinnamon bun

Happy Friday friends!

I’m just finishing up a pre-flight beer at Arlanda airport here in Stockholm, and am taking off in a few to Berlin. Poor Cornelia flew there this morning at 6am and has been killing time finding brunch places and trying to check into our hostel(with no luck).

I grabbed a fika with my family friend Christina who got into the city this morning from London. Her and my mom were good friends when we lived in London, and Christina’s daughter Sasha and I had many a play date when we were kids. It was amazing catching up with her and hearing how her family was, and she even suggested we meet at one of my favorite places in Stockholm, Vete-katten! Their pastries are honestly to die for.

So now I’m sitting here getting ready for my flight, and actually charging my cellphone from my suitcase- how awesome is that? I ordered one of those “Away” bags last week after mulling over the purchase for awhile, and I can already tell I’m going to love it. As someone who is always running out of battery, the ability to charge my phone anywhere is life changing! (Swear this isn’t sponsored, I sucked it up and paid the $225- worth it).

Tonight is the Future concert and then who knows what, but I’ll keep you posted!

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It's finally cold enough to wear hats! Also, admire my homemade (ie. instant) latte skills...

Happy Tuesday everyone! Isn't it amazing how quickly the weekend flies by? I swear, it feels like it gets shorter and shorter every week....

This past weekend, my roommate Kels was away in Canada visiting her family, and I took full advantage of an empty apartment. Meaning I lounged around it for the better part of the weekend, and just enjoyed being at home. The weather was cold and rainy, perpetually overcast, and just the way I like it!

Our heating in the building hasn't been turned on yet, so it was full of fuzzy socks, sweat pants and hoodies, cuddled up on the couch with Netflix. Cornelia and I had initially planned on going to the gym on Saturday morning, but when she got to my place by noon, an hour of TV turned into a whole afternoon, and I think it was just what we needed!

I woke up yesterday morning feeling refreshed and ready for this (short) work week, and it's been a great start so far! Now it's taking all of my energy not to daydream about this upcoming weekend- can you tell I'm excited about Future and Berlin?

I hope you've all had a lovely start to this week!

"Lördags-godis" (Saturday candy), and my beautiful cousin Cornelia helped make it an amazing Saturday on the couch!

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So about a month ago, I bought tickets to a concert in Berlin. Not just any concert though, we're talking about tickets to go see the rapper FUTURE.

I'm aware that many may laugh, but I can't help it, I'm obsessed with his music. The man's got a voice that I can't get enough of, and I knew when I found out he had a European tour that I had to get my hands on tickets!

Now here's where the whole 'flying to Berlin for a concert thing' starts to take place- I was supposed to go to the Czech Republic the week he was going to be in Stockholm.

*cue horror music*

I wasn't going to let that stop me, and when I looked to see where he would be during the weekend instead, it just so happened to be Berlin. Well, it was settled really. I hadn't been to Berlin since the first time I went backpacking in Europe (around five years ago) and so it was a good excuse to cross that off the list again. And I mean, it's FUTURE.

So I booked the tickets, booked a flight with my (now ex-) boyfriend and didn't think much more about it. That is, until we broke up, and suddenly I had two concert tickets, a flight, but no one to go with.

After a glass or two of wine at my cousin Cornelia's house we had decided she'd join me, and today she booked her flight! We decided to do the trip backpacker/budget style, so we've booked ourselves a hostel in downtown Berlin, and we'll be hanging out, listening to rap, and having a girls weekend October 13-15. Stay tuned for pictures from that in two weeks!

Any recommendations on what else we should while we're there? :)

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Cha Plu Leaf with Smoked Rainbow Trout

(roasted peanuts, trout roe)

Have you ever indulged in an eight-course meal? It's an unreal experience, and honestly, I don't think I've ever been so full in my entire life.

I've had plenty of five and seven-course experiences before, but eight was something entirely new, and the place that served up the menu was FARANG , a Stockholm institution. It's self-described as "pan-Asian," and everyone agrees to order the same menu (of I believe three to four) since the food is plated to share. The atmosphere is industrial yet luxurious, and the food was honestly nothing short of exceptional.

We went for my co-worker Lykke's farewell dinner (she's going back to University), and I couldn't recommend this place enough. Keep in mind I was in the throws of testing out being vegetarian when we went, but couldn't resist crispy pork or soft shell crab... If you're observant you'll notice that I only got pictures of 7 of 8- I was too busy eating to photograph the roti bread and Mussaman Curry we had, and honestly a bit embarrassed at how many photos I'd taken!

If you live in Stockholm or are ever visiting here, you simply have to give it a try!

*Please excuse my subpar food photography skills- you get the picture, it was f*cking delicious*

Sashimi Vietnamese Style

(Asian herbs, black rice vinegar dressing)

Softshell Crab

(Green mango, mint, pomelo, green 'nahm jim', peanuts)

Crispy Pork with Palm Sugar Caramel

(crispy fried braised pork, rice vinegar, roasted onion)

WORDS CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW GOOD THIS WAS (I had to get a close up)

'Morning Glory', Salt & Pepper Tofu

(watercress, bok choy, crispy fried silken tofu)

Ox Cheek 'Seremban'

(long braised ox cheek, aromatic chili broth, mint and bean sprout salad)

'Phanangan Bounty'

(young coconut ice cream, salted caramel, crystallized chocolate, whipped coconut)

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Is there truly anything better than a roast on a Sunday evening?

Of course- it's not having to wait all afternoon while it cooks in the oven! After having taken a long walk with my cousin Cornelia on Sunday afternoon, we headed over to her mom's house for a little family night dinner. Rather than any of us slaving away all afternoon cooking, we picked up one of those rotisserie chickens, some salad and breads and cheeses, and threw together an impromptu feast.

Ulla had just gotten back from a week long yoga retreat in Croatia (dreamy right?) and brought back, wine, different types of honey and the most to die for goats cheese- to say we feasted would be an understatement!

Naturally we decided that this has to become a weekly tradition, so next Sunday Cornelia is hosting us for tacos. Stay tuned!

Happy Thursday everyone!

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...To my room mate and I in our new apartment!

I didn't think it was possible to be in love with a building, but here we are, a month later, and it still hasn't hit me that I live here. Don't get me wrong, I've lived on the water many a time before but this place is truly something special. Our apartment is right at the end of the building, and right at the end of the street, so we've got corner views for dayyyysss. Also, a sick view of a construction office floating on water, but I'm sure that will eventually (hopefully) be removed.


Breakfast in bed on a Saturday- does it get more luxurious? I've also worked from home in bed...safe to say I spend a lot of time here!

I truly hope I never get over this view!

I feel slightly ridiculous every time someone new comes to our place , and inevitably gasps, and I can't help feeling as if somehow I shouldn't be living here? But what can I say, this is me/us now.

What do you guys think??

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Last week, Kels and I finally heard back from an apartment we had submitted a bid for- and we had been approved!

This place is absolutely incredible and completely brand new. With 70+ kvm, she and I will be living quite literally ON the water, and much closer to the city center than we had been previously.

I seriously cannot wait to get moved in this weekend and share more photos with you guys, but here is at least a sneak peek of what our back yard will look like.

Oh, and for those living in Stockholm who will understand the struggle- yes, it has a washer and dryer!

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Don't you just love/hate the whole "this year X years ago..." on Facebook? On the one hand, I think it's amazing to see what I've been up to over the years- some of the events that pop up are awesome!

Then are those other times, where it reminds me that at some point, I was much happier than I am right now, or I that in that moment that was captured on film, I was absolutely loving what I was doing.

One of those bittersweet moments popped up last week- it was the day five years ago my neighbor in Geneva, Stephanie, and I drove to Annecy, France on our day off. We packed warm camembert sandwiches and rented paddle boats. We spent the whole afternoon out on the most incredible lake, surrounded by the French Alps, and afterwards ate ice cream and drank beer.

It reminded me of how much I adored my life in that moment. How out of nothing, I had created this exciting life in a new country, with new and amazing friends, in one of the most beautiful places I'd ever seen. It reminded me that I don't want to settle for anything in this life and that I need to make sure I have more moments like that day!

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The band, Villa River Cat

This past Saturday, I slept in till 10 am and drank coffee in bed in front a bit of Netflix. It was one of those eat-peanut-butter-out-of-the-jar-with-a-spoon-type of mornings. With the windows open, I enjoyed being snuggled up under the covers, hearing a slight drizzle just outside the window. In other words, it was the perfect Saturday morning.

Peanut butter and a spoon; match made in heaven!

I met up with Josh later in the afternoon, and on our way back to his apartment we stopped by ICA to pick up groceries for the crockpot dinner we had planned to make (link below, since it was AMAZING). On my way to meet him, Kels called me and mentioned a folk festival going later that night, and that a friend of ours was scheduled to play with his band. I mentioned it to Josh while we were cooking (and drinking Desperados) and he was in!

A few hours later, we were on our way to Farsta (outside of Stockholm) with a beer in hand and met up with Kels, her boyfriend, and his friend to make our way to the festival. The FB event had said it was a 10 minute walk away, but naturally we had taken a round about way, and got there almost an hour later...

Good thing we had left enough time so we arrived right when they got up to the stage to play. William's band was amazing (sorry Instagram friends for all the Instastories that night, but also- you're welcome), and beers were only 20kr a piece ($2). I'd call that a success!

Kels, and a questionable brand of vodka / the best item clothing I've seen in a long time

Views on the walk home!

Ours were not nearly as photogenic, but this recipe (and the pictures) are incredible

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For the last two weeks, my coworkers and I have been hitting the gym most mornings before work- and let me tell you, it's so nice to get a workout over with first thing in the morning! Sure, it's incredibly painful to pull myself out of bed hours earlier than I would like, but once I've laced up my sneakers and am walking towards the train station, I immediately know I've made the right choice (even though every morning I contemplate calling off!).

The nice thing about working out with my coworkers is that on top of getting along great, we all need to be at the same office, at the same time, making it easy for us all to be on time. After our workouts, we eat breakfast together in the office, and it's just genuinely a great way to start the morning.

It also helps make the gym a bit more bearable of a place, because lets face it, working out alone (especially as a woman) can really suck.

Between overcrowded weight rooms, and people taking gym selfies, it can be a pretty stressful place. Working out in a group allows you feel part of something, and helps me at least feel less likely to be singled out by others.

Or so I thought...

Last Thursday, it was just Kajsa and I in the morning, and we decided to do focus on legs/butt, doing not only machines but hitting the squat rack for several intense sets. While we were in the middle of the second round of leg press, out of nowhere, Kajsa hears two guys (who are there every morning and are definitely total meatheads) say:

"If they want any shot of getting an a**, they had better add some weight to those reps..."

*queue an awful sneer and laugh*

Kajsa waited till after our workout to tell me what they had said, and it's honestly a good thing she did; had I heard the two of them, I would have gone OFF!

My initial thoughts were:

A) You will quite literally never have a shot with this a**, so don't concern yourself

B) You can kiss my a**

And after I simmered down, it just made me sad. Not for myself personally or Kajsa (we are both a healthy and normal weight) but for people in general at the gym. My thoughts on anyone at the gym is GOOD FOR YOU!! You are quite literally taking steps to better yourself, so who gives a flying F*CK what you look like?

This type of behavior is not only incredibly childish, it's also destructive and has the power to make someone who may already feel totally out of place at the gym, feel awful. This isn't to say it's only men who indulge in this sort of behavior- I've heard many women snicker an sneer at others, and it's just so so SO petty.

Let's be better than this, and let's make sure the gym is a safe space for everyone.

And if I ever hear those two losers say anything about me or someone else within my earshot at the gym, I will most definitely be giving them a piece of my mind!

*End rant*


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Happy Monday everyone!

This past Friday I spent several hours in Hammarby Sjöstad with coworkers, helping assist with a work photoshoot. We have a few exciting things coming up in fall that we went ahead and shot, as well as a few scenes I had requested for our social media channels and campaigns coming up in the next few months. Even on site without editing, the images were looking pretty fantastic!

Naturally, I can't show anything we haven't publicly announced but here a few behind the scenes shots of collections we already sell, and of the crew during the shoot. Spending most of a Friday on set is a pretty fantastic way to start off the weekend!

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Lykke, Kajsa and me

Happy Friday everyone!

Or as we have decided to say in our office, happy funky Friday!

Lykke, Kajsa and I are all super into oldies hits, and after playing plenty of "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees last Friday, we threw on one of Lykke's Spotify playlists this afternoon, and had a mini dance session before the work day was over! We'd had a product shoot this morning that went from 9:30am till 1:30pm, and once we got back to the office we were all a bit delirious from the heavy flash. It's a tough life, I know.

I'll post a few pictures from the shoot tomorrow of some that we already sell, but I had a few friends from Instagram message me this week saying how awesome my job seems and asking what my office is like. If you've been following along you'll know that I went from working at Tesla in the US, whose offices are made to look like insane asylums (no-offense Tesla, but throw some f*cking paint on the walls, and put some things on shelves), to an awesome spot on the island of Södermalm in Stockholm. I had always dreamed of working on this island, so when I landed this job in May I was ecstatic!

Our office houses two separate companies, and in total, we flex from 8-10 people which is great! It makes for a great work atmosphere, and we've got a wide spread of ages which makes for a healthy mix of opinions and views.

Here's where the team and I spend 40 hours a week!

My desk (and notes in the background)- if you worked with me at Tesla, you know what a big deal having a Mac at work is. Luckily, this is exactly like my personal Macbook Air I have at home!

View from the front of the office

Sankt Paulsgatan, which I walk along everyday to and from work

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Happy Thursday everyone!

I hope it's been a good week so far- mine certainly has been! (More on that later...)

Anyway, if you've been following along, I sometimes contribute articles to an online magazine called Harness, and they just published my latest article earlier this week. It's all about three distinct changes I've gone through since moving abroad this spring, so if you enjoy my writing, go check it out!

Feel free to shoot me a message with what you thought (good or bad), and definitely make sure read some of the other articles posted by some awesome women.

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Lykke and I / Magnus dancing to his DJ playlist!

Yesterday at around 3pm, my coworkers and I packed into our bosses little BMW convertible, and headed off for an event out on Djurgården. My bosses Magnus and Mimmi helped create a stunning rug last year, and this year it was back up on display at an event thrown by an art school in Stockholm. It also happens to be the school that Lykke, one of my coworkers, will be attending this upcoming fall (when she sadly leaves us!) and it was great to see where she'll be studying.

Kajsa and Lykke packed a few beautiful lanterns, bought some gorgeous flowers, and off we went to mingle for a bit while drinking a glass of champagne, and singing to Magnus' playlist in the car. He DJ'd at Way out West in Gothenburg last weekend, so naturally we've been blaring his "DJ Uncle Magnus" hits all week!

After we had finished mingling, Kajsa and I took the ferry back from Djurgården to Slussen, which is truly the best way to commute in Stockholm. I'd never taken that route, and it certainly will not be the last time- this city is it's most beautiful seen from the water!

Gröna Lund, seen on the ferry from Djurgården to Slussen

Great view of Gamla Stan (old town)

Packed in for the photo shoot this past May

The car ride from Södermalm reminded me of another similair car ride we had a few months ago when I first started at Skogsberg&Smart. We had a summer product shoot in a beautiful greenhouse on Lidingö, and we packed that convertible to the brim with everything from products, flowers, cakes, apple cider, and props- naturally the florist we got flowers from took a few shots of us trying to pile in!

I definitely lucked out with such a fun set of co-workers!

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This past Saturday, I was invited to attend a typical Swedish crayfish party or "Kräftskiva" as it's known here. My cousin's friend Charlotte throws one every year for her friends, and she was kind enough to invite me along this time (thanks, Charlotte!).

I picked up a few bottles of champagne on Saturday morning, got ready and put myself in an uber to meet my cousin Cornelia at her friend Michaela's apartment. We had a glass or two, took some pictures (make that MANY pictures) and eventually grabbed another uber from Årsta to central Stockholm.


Michaela, Cornelia and I

When we arrived, we were greeted with glasses of champagne in the courtyard that Charlotte had decorated, and after a few more photos with the group of girls, we sat down and got to the business of cracking open those crayfish.

Let me just say, no detail was spared! We were treated to various tubs of different style crayfish, multiple crusty baguettes and cheeses, quiche and fresh veggies that were passed around, and our glasses were refilled many a time. This being a Swedish party, many shots were taken, along with singing traditional drinking songs, and once we had eaten our fair share, we cleaned up and had a few more pre-drinks inside Charlotte's beautiful apartment!

Cornelia, testing out one of the many bottles of Champagne!

We called about another round of cabs and made our way to a popular spot in town, Mr. French. After ordering a few drinks (that we spiked with vodka we managed to smuggle in-shhh don't tell!) we made our way to the dance floor! I called it a relatively early night and made my way back to Liljeholmen to meet up with Josh before calling it a night.

Thanks for a great night ladies!

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After a fantastic Friday night with family, Cornelia and I met up at Gulmarsplan and walked towards Stureplan for Stockholm Pride. The walk took about an hour, and on the way we caught up on our travels over summer (mine to the states, hers to Italy for her birthday with her boyfriend Josef and Copenhagen with her friends) and just enjoyed seeing each other.

On the way, right next to the royal palace in Gamla Stan, we came across a promotional booth for Doritos and Mountain Dew (things we would never eat in real life) but grabbed samples of their new releases.

Now mind you, we are both wearing tight workout clothes, and walking around the nicer part of town carrying chips and soda...

Now that we are caught up on how ridiculous we looked, it was time for Stockholm Pride! What an event; I literally had goosebumps when certain groups walked past with duct tape over their mouths, and children and parents marched in the "proud to be..." segment. It was truly an incredibly experience, and it made me love and miss my best friend and family members who are apart of the LGBTQ community. There is a long ways to go when it comes to raising awareness, but over 540,000+ people participated in the crowds and parades, and I'd say that's a step in the right direction!

What was even more heartwarming was seeing so many government agencies in the parade with their employees, proving that Sweden is a great place for everyone to reside!

After the parade was over, Cornelia and I grabbed a late lunch at Joe&theJuice and then walked to Vasastan, where my friend Kels was almost done with work. Once she was off, the three of us grabbed a beer, stopped to pick up snacks, and then went to Cornelia's apartment for a full on ladies night.

Candy, chips and dip, cheese and crackers-the works. No calorie was spared, and we watched chick flicks till 1 am before Kels and I had a sleepover at my apartment. We also decided to start looking for an apartment to rent together, so stay tuned for that in the next month or so! I can't wait to move in with one of my best friends, hopefully somewhere close to my best friend since always, Cornelia!

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This past Friday night I got together with my cousin Cornelia, and my second cousin Amina. She texted Cornelia and I asking if we wanted to do something over the weekend, and naturally we said of course!

Cornelia made us reservations at Taverna Brillo on Östermalm, and I left work a bit early Friday afternoon to meet the two of them. We each got a pizza, and shared slices between the three of us- easily the best way to do it! Between my margherita with burrata, Cornelia's truffle, mushroom and präst cheese, and Amina's pesto and parmesan, there was hardly anything left when we were done.

After dinner we walked back towards Söder, stopping at the benches by Eken next to one of the Tbana stops at Slussen, and just enjoyed the golden hour before sunset! It was an amazing evening catching up with family, and our younger cousin Amina even inspired a new business venture for Cornelia and I. Stay tuned to see what we will be working on!

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Not to brag, but I easily have the best co-workers. Not only is my boss super famous in Sweden (everyone knows who he is over here) but the people I work with are truly wonderful!

On Wednesday, we decided that us three girls would go out for an AW (after-work). Lykke has been with the company for 4+ years but is leaving at the end of August to pursue a degree (obviously we are happy for her, but will naturally miss her dearly), and in the interim, she is training Kajsa, who will take over her role in September. They are honestly both such incredible women, and I am so happy I get to call them both friends!

After landing an account with Strand Hotel on Nybrokajen before we closed for summer, one of their reps sent Lykke and I each key cards to their exclusive rooftop terrace. We hadn't taken advantage of it yet, and decided that Wednesday after work was as good an excuse as any!

We walked the 20 minute walk from our office on Södermalm to Östermalm, but sure enough when we arrived, the lounge was closed...

Not wanting to let this slight hiccup ruin our evening, Kajsa suggested we head to Dramatenterrassen, just around the corner. Such a great choice on her part! Between us we had champagne, cocktails, beer and laughs, and when the weather turned a bit sour, we decided to find somewhere else a bit more covered to continue the evening. Lykke's boyfriend Tom joined us, and what a great couple they make! He was just as funny and wonderful as I had imagined after hearing her talk about him, and it was awesome to finally put a face to the name.

We sat on Stureplan and had a few more beers before calling it a night. Kajsa and I said goodbye to Lykke and Tom, and decided we were hungry, heading o Max Burgers and stuffing our faces at 11 pm. After the best fast food I've had in ages, we called it a night!

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Jet lag, where do I even begin?!

Having gotten back to Sweden early in the morning, I dragged my suitcase on the Tunnelbana across town and finally got home around 11 am. The smart, sensible traveler in me knows that to come into a routine again, you should stay up and not sleep during the day when you get to Europe.

The tired and slightly hungover me, having had far too much red wine on the Lufthansa flight (those stewardesses are sneaky!) thought that sleeping from noon till 5 pm was a great idea. Sure enough, I barely got any sleep that Friday night/Saturday morning.

I dragged myself to Starbucks on Södermalm on Saturday afternoon to get a jump start on my writing, articles, and this blog, and fueled the day with one too many espressos. I had made plans to see my best friend Kels, the most amazing girl from Canada and my lifeline in Stockholm, and she was done with work by 10 pm. I ran home quickly to drop off my laptop (not wanting to carry around my nerdy Jansport backpack to the club on a Saturday) and met up with her, her boyfriend Joakim, and his friends.

We grabbed a few beers by Globen and then decided to head to one of the best spots in Stockholm, Olsson's Skor. Having formerly been an old shoe factory, it's now a fun bar in Vasastan that plays a mix between early 2000's jams, current day rap, and the Grease Original Soundtrack- all of my friends and I are obsessed.

After JAMMING out to Grease Lightning, we decided it was a bit too crowded for our taste, and picked up snacks on our way to Joakim's friends' apartment, before taking the Tunnelbana again to his place instead. We drank beer, ate far too many chips and dip, and I was wide awake and heading home after zero sleep at 9:00 am the next morning.

Let's just say I went to bed at 11:00 am and didn't wake back up till 5:00 pm that Sunday- clearly not helping me with jet lag the day before I went back to work...

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