Me and Jinny had Faith, Henric, Joey, Kristy and Lucinda over for a BBQ dinner at our rooftop. Doesn't my vegan plate look yuuuummm?!

It was about 30 degrees all of last week so spent quite a few afternoon by the pool at Anna's place.

On Friday evening me and a couple of girls from Uni went to Bonita Bonita. Pretty loud restaurant but they serve the best Mexican food and decent cocktails. I'm obvi not just yet a proper blogger tho, as this is the only photo I managed to take.. Sorry :(


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I've had a such a great day. Uni, followed up with sushi accompanied by Kristy (who's here visiting me from New Zealand) and later on an almond cappuccino at my regular place Blackboard with my friend Joey. I'll write a separate post about Blackboard in my "restaurant guide" category at some point, it really is one of my favourite places to go to for a coffee or breakfast before uni.

Other than that I've spent the day doing laundry - one of the more time consuming chores in my life. When I moved to London about three years ago I had never before used a washing machine in my life and yet to this day, the little I do know about them have I learnt from various youtube tutorials... As I don't want to ruin my clothes (read: ruin more clothes) I tend to prefer to hand-wash everything that's not towels, sheets or other basic stuff and therefore, it takes me forever to do my laundry. If I were to give one advice to you kids who's still living at home with your parents, it would be to spend some time with them in the laundry and let them teach you how to do it properly.

In progress... This is a pretty basic top that probably could've gone in the machine. BUT, should it be washed with white stuff, or blue? Or alone? When I visit Sweden next I'll def take my own advice and get my parents to teach me how to do this... I literally spend hours each week washing and I'm so over it :(


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As usual, I've been slacking and not done a good job in terms of updating you about what's going on in my life, and a lot has happened. Stuart has moved to New York (will be back in the beginning of next year), a new semester has started and me and my darling Jinny decided to team up and get our dream apartment together. It's a beautiful, new building, with brick walls and concrete features... AND we have a rooftop with a spa, sauna and BBQ area, as well as a cafe.

I'm obvi very happy.

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However, life have not only been a sweet ride lately. Over the holiday, Jinny went to London and I had a freak out moment as I encountered an enormous spider in my bathroom. In. The. Middle. Of. The. Night.

I'm usually not too fussy when I bump into a snake or another unpleasant creature but when a spider has his own shadow I can't deal no more. I immediately rang Stuart, and then both my mother and Julia, but of course, neither could help. Managed to reach my shower head and flush him down the drain, before I went back to bed feeling guilty. A spider big enough to have a shadow might be dangerous but they surely must have feelings :( RIP.


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I'm currently working on a project on Barbie for my Advertising art direction class, where we are discussing how the advertisement for Barbie has changed in times with the society by looking at all the commercials, decade to decade from the very first one to today.

In general, I find it very interesting to look at advertisement where the product has stayed more or less the same, but the ads to promote it has changed to fit the public's view on what's good/normal. (And it is, of course, extra fun to work with Barbie since she has been in my life since I was a child.) Through the commercials for these kind of products, you can clearly see how the society has moved forward and how the way we look at things such as equality has completely changed. For example, the first ever Barbie commercial was launched in 1959 and was all about Barbie being a fashionable housewife while today's campaign is all about how Barbie can choose to be anything she wants, such as a professor, doctor or president.

Just for fun, I put together some photos of what her face looked like from 1959-2015, and our dearest doll has really changed quite a lot.

Hahaha, seriously, what happened 1979??


Sorry for the Barbie bomb, haha, but she's all I've got on my mind at the moment. We are presenting our work by building our own "Barbie world" in an art exhibition on Monday and after that I promise not to mention her again. Like, ever.



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Good things that are happening...


...Kristy is coming over for a visit in September!! Me and Kristy went to high school together when I lived in New Zealand ages ago. More recently, she moved in with me in London and we lived together for about a year. We have explored London, celebrated Christmas in Sweden and gone sailing in Croatia together. She moved back to New Zealand about the same time as I moved to Australia and we haven't seen each other for about a year. But in September she's coming over for 9 days and I couldn't be happier. She's like my sister <3

...Amanda is coming as well!! We met ten years ago at a sailing camp and have been best friends since. All cred to her (and the rest of my Swedish girls) for keeping our long distance friendship alive. Can't wait to show her my Australia!!

...I'm halfway there. In about two weeks I'm done with three out of six semesters which means that I will finish my degree next year. I'm so excited to get that pice of paper!

...It's getting warmer. According to my weather app the next week will be about 24 degrees celsius and that makes me so happy :) :) :)


Bad things that are happening...


...It's my birthday is two weeks. And I want to celebrate either in Sweden with my family or in London with my friends there. I love Aus but on my bday I want to be in Europe. Receiving this text doesn't make things any better: (To avoid confusion, I go by both Marika & Anna)


...Also, my glitter shoes broke. Bought them when I visited Malaysia three moths ago so probably won't find anything similar here :( RIP.


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Photo taken from my favourite hiking spot in Burleigh. I really am lucky to live in such a beautiful place <3

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Spent last night celebrating my dear friend Chris's birthday with friends.

Today, however, I had to spend most of my day at uni finishing off an assignment for my responsive writing for advertising class. We got home way too late yesterday and getting out of bed this morning was a real struggle.. When I finally finished by midnight I went straight home, cuddled up in bed and started to catch up on missed episodes of Love Island. Do you guys watch it? Worst show ever, I know, but it really brings out so many memories of when I lived in London and used to watch every episode with my bestie Rebecca so I'll always love it. Rebecca is about to move to Hong Kong but I hope that we one day both will move back to London and live happily ever after. xx


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Last night, me and my extended family finally got together for a dinner. We have all been pretty busy lately ( I've had a LOT at uni, Julia is moving to Sweden in about a month, Stu is moving to NYC and Joey is working full time) so it's been way too long since we all got together. Anyways, taco was on the menu and I ate more than I did all of last week, hehe. I'm still not the best blogger so taking photos of everything I do is not yet in my system but I'll try to work on it. Haha just look at my attempted selfie below. This is me hanging with my best friends and don't even look happy?!!

Since me and Stu got official I've pretty much lived at his place and even if his apartment is big, I've kept my place as there is not enough space for my stuff. My tip No1 in life would be: do not do what I've done as it leads to no time for washing as I only go to my place to pick up clothes/drop clothes off and I never do any laundry. As I really do not have any (!) clean clothes left I'm therefore currently at mine trying to solve that problem. Can't wait for Stu to move to NYC, so that he can move back home from NYC (he'll only be gone for about half a year doing some work) and then we can finally get our own apartment together <3

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Restaurants Gold Coast
Because I happen to be a true foodie, and pretty much eat my way through whatever city I visit, I've decided to introduce a new category in the blog: Restaurants Gold Coast. In this category, I'll guide you through my favourite spots in the Gold Coast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as the snack in-between.

First out: BSKT CAFE - 4 LAVARACK RD, GOLD COAST QLD 4218

BSKT is one of my absolute favourite spots, located right by Nobby Beach. Their menu is focusing on healthy organic food with many vegetarian/vegan options. (= the dream)


My favourite combo: falafel and sweet potato fries. Seriously. Do NOT visit BSKT without trying their sweet potato fries!!

Good time to visit: They have a different dinner menu and even if it is good, to me, this is a lunch spot and they stop serving their lunch at 4PM

To go tip: their dairy free coco whip "ice cream" while walking the 10 metres down the road to the beach

Website: http://www.bskt.com.au

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Three posts was apparently all I managed last time I gave this blog a go, shame on me. It shouldn't be that hard to keep you guys updated and I'll really do my best to give this another (and last!!) go. In english this time, and for you people who wants to blame me for being over pretentious because of my non-use of Swedish, I'm writing in English because my Swedish writing is fine. My English writing, and my spelling in particular, is not ok (!!) and therefore, I need all the practice I can get. Please be nice and overlook all errors hehe. Edit: decided to delete my previous posts. 



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