I grew up on the countryside, and I have always considered myself being a small town girl. But having spent a lot of time in big cities like London, I have realized that I am no longer a small town girl. I need when there is a buzz around me. I love going outside knowing that there is always somewhere to go, something happening and where the opportunities are endless. Sadly, it is not like that in "small towns".

Here are a few pictures from my trip. ❤

I had a bit of a low moment when I got back from the UK to my home town, so when I had the opportunity to go to Stockholm for a few days I was very happy to go. I have never really liked Stockholm but I certainly do now that I am used to the city vibe!

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Life is not always easy and I know that. I also know that my attitude towards life is what either makes or breaks it. I have ALWAYS been a negative and cynical person and whenever I found myself being low my thoughts tend to be the reason. I create worst case scenarios in my head, I get way too caught up in things and I am hurting myself in the process. I have learnt the hard way (!) that the key to happiness is my mindset and the way I look at things. However, it is easier said and done and it is still something that I am struggling with.

I am in control of my life. If I am unhappy - do something about it, even if only changing the way I think about something. If I am in a situation that does not feel right - leave. Right now I am in the process of putting back the pieces that Brighton left me in and let me tell you, it sucks. It is ALWAYS better to be straight forward and do what is needed then and there rather than leaving it to be dealt with in the future.



I thought I'd do a what's in my bag post, because I LOVE seeing what others have in their bags. Why? I have no idea! I just like it. I guess I'm a bit nosy in that sense. SO, here we go!

In April I bought my first ever designer handbag. Because I am a student and because my budget is not very big, I decided to go for a Michael Kors cross body bag. I am quite small, so small bags fit me better. Also, in a small bag, you won't fit a lot of junk, so I thought that this bag was the best option for me.

It is the Jet Set Travel Large Saffiano Leather Crossbody bag in the color lilac with silver details. It was £155 when I bought it at the Michael Kors store at Sloane Square in Chelsea, London. Worth every penny! It is very sleek and simple, perfect for everyday use. Even if it is small, it fits quite a few things.

Here's an overview of what I keep in my bag at all times: sunglasses, a perfume, lip-products, my phone along with a charger and headphones, and lastly my wallet.

Of course, I always have my phone with me. I have the iPhone 6s in gold, and the case is from Ted Baker. I think it was around £24 if I remember it correctly. Along with my phone, I always have a charger, both a portable and a plug, and headphones with me.

My wallet is also from Michael Kors. I bought it in Liverpool in June 2015 so it's been with me for quite some time. It has many pockets inside and it can fit your phone. I love it! It was 50% off when I bought it, so I think I got it for around £80, which is quite a lot for a wallet, but it's an investment.

My glasses aren't fancy at all - I bought them in Primark for £2. But I like them, and that's what matters!

I have always had very dry lips, so I always have a lip product with me. I usually bring the Chanel Rogue Coco Shine in number 85 Secret. It is a very moisturizing, beige nude lipstick. I think it was around £26 in Harrods. I also have a lip balm, that I bought at Buckingham Palace, hence the packaging.

​A perfume is always good to have with you, and right now I am loving Zella's Blissful Mistful body mist. It smells amazing. I bought it for £8 in Superdrug.

So this is what's in my bag. Hope you liked the post! x



Walks inside the Visby city walls.

After having spent some time away from Visby and Sweden, I look at my hometown from a completely different perspective. Visby as a city is just like any other city, but what makes Visby special to me is the "Old Town", which is a medieval town dating back to the 12th century. Roses decorates the walls of the quaint small-town houses and it looks beautiful, especially in the evenings.

Walking along the city wall at sunrise or sunset is also something that I appreciate a lot more now that I am back. It it something that I used to do everyday before, and now I realize how lucky I was. Like I having said before - being away from home gives you a whole new perspective on things, and Visby for sure is a special place.

The northern part of the city wall, running alongside the Baltic Sea.

If Visby was British, I would stay here forever!



Sweden is my "home" - it is where I am from, where I have my family and friends, where I have spent 13 years in school and where I had my first job. But they are all practicalities.

The first thing that I noticed at the gate at the airplane that was taking me back to Sweden, was how different I feel from other Swedish people. I have said it before, and I am saying it again - there is a reason why I left Sweden in the first place.

There are many unwritten rules in our country, as it is in every country. You have to be a certain way to "fit in" and to be considered "normal" in Sweden. I have never fit into those standards.

A traditional Swedish saying and way of living is "You are not to think you're anyone special or that you're better than us." You need to dress a certain way. You need to be a certain way. Your goals and dreams cannot be too grand in any way and we most definitely do not show emotions or talk about feelings and opinions.

I would say that Swedish people are generally quite introvert and "cold" - we do not acknowledge each other the way you would in other countries. We care a lot about what other people do and are very opinionated, but instead of being honest and speaking up, we keep quiet "judging in silence" and shut people out. Holding doors for others? Small talk? Eye contact on public transport? Not in Sweden. If you are the odd one out, you are going to suffer.

I think that, what I am experiencing, is a culture shock. In my own country. In the UK, politeness is key. I miss that - I miss having saying "thank you" and "sorry" whenever I bump into someone being a natural thing. Sadly, it is not in Sweden.

Of course, this mentality has left its traces on me and I am not saying that I am perfect, but being away from Sweden has changed the way I look at life and how I live it. I am not afraid of not fitting in because I know of so many places where I do. I am who I am.

I have so much to be thankful about being Swedish. I love Sweden. It is a great country in many ways but I have never considered myself having the Swedish mentality. It is the only reason why I do not feel like I belong here, and why I do not see a future in this country. Say hello, say thank you, compliment someone! It does not take much at all and the world would be a much better place if we all treated each other with respect and kindness.



I am a small girl. I am barely 5"3', blonde and pale. I have grey eyes and a "baby face". I am, along with many other people in our society, quite exposed, because of, firstly, what I am, and secondly, what I look like.

All my life, I have been told how "cute" and "innocent" I am, and as with most things, it has its pro's and con's. The pro's are obvious - I will always look younger than my actual age and when is it a bad thing to look cute? Well, let me tell you.

Like I said earlier - because of who I am, society assume that I am a certain way. To sum it up, I am expected to love make up, clothes and all things beauty, because I'm a girl. I am supposed to have certain interests and hobbies, because I'm a girl, and a lot of people have assumptions of what I like doing, because I'm a girl.

Just because I'm a girl, does not mean that I need to be a certain way. I obviously could not care less about make up and clothes, and I have no interest in dressing up and going out, like society expect me to do, because I'm a girl. My real interests are politics, international relations, finance and what not, but according to the standards of society, that's not what my interests should be.

As mentioned earlier, I look very young for my age, and with that comes a lot of degrading expectations. I have been told that I look like an "easy" girl (Google it), and a coward that never says anything. In all honesty, I'm none of that. I'm most definitely not an easy girl, nor have I ever been, and I am speaking my mind right now, so there's that.

The worst time I was a victim of this phenomenon was at my job. I work as a guide at a military fortress, and to some that's the most unfeminine job that I could have. Two visitors walked up to the cashier and asked: "A little girl like her cannot possibly be the guide in this military fortress?" And all I could think was, "oh yes I am, let me show you! I'm not the little girl that you think I am."

A couple of years ago, I used to be embarrassed about who I was, because of the standards there are in society and the fact that I did not fit into those in any way. Nowadays, I do not care. I do not care at all, and I don't feel the need to prove my worth to anyone either. I know, myself, that I am better off being myself and not care what anyone thinks of me. That's one of the most important lessons that Brighton taught me.



In life we grow, we evolve, we learn and we get to know ourselves. Everything that we go trough is a learning experience, and it is our responsibility to make a good use of it.

As I've said before, Brighton has been the most important part of my life. It is the place where I grew to be to the person that I am today. I have always been a wallflower - I let people walk all over me and I never spoke up. I kept quiet.

The biggest change in me, is that I'm no longer quiet. I have always been extremely opinionated, and for the past few months, I have spoken up. If something is bothering me to the point where I feel that I need to deal with it, I'll deal with it. Obviously, some situations are better left behind. Speaking up doesn't mean that you have to bring up every, single, little thing. Sometimes it's better to bite the bullet and just simply move on.

The truth is though, that you won't get anywhere in life without knowing how to stand up for yourself. If you don't know how to do that right now, you will learn eventually, because if you're not living your dream, you're living someone else's. That is a huge difference and you'll know.

We are all entitled to live the best life we can, but ultimately, it's up to each and everyone to make that happen. Also, the most important thing about this all, is that being opinionated and speaking up does not mean being mean and being disrespectful to other human beings. Stay friendly and stay humble.



I think many can relate to what I'm about to say - I feel so lost. I have spent a year abroad and created a new life. England is where I had to grow up, here I became an adult. I know how life works over there. I don't, in Sweden. I'm not used to Sweden and a Swedish life.

Because I have been so unhappy in England, I was so excited to go back to Sweden. To my home. To, where I thought, I belonged. I came back two days and it has hit me hard. I don't feel at home here. As much as Brighton has been a bad experience for me in many ways, I would rather be there than in Sweden. That's where I have my life. That's where I know how life works and that's the life that I'm used to. There's a reason why I was very quick leaving Sweden after I had graduated - because even then, I didn't feel like home. I don't fit in the Swedish standards.

However, this doesn't mean that I'm unappreciative of what I have here. It's natural at the stage I'm in to feel lost - I don't really feel at home anywhere and it's stressful to say the least. Once you've lived abroad, you will have another perspective on life, and as if I didn't have proof enough already that a life in Sweden is not for me, than I for sure do now.