Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nike Free 5.0


I gave into my knee pains and got some new babies ! These will hopefully  make me walk better. I've been walking around my living room, as instructed by the salesperson, to really make sure that I like them and want to keep them.... I do 



It was a lovely sunny day here in Stockholm, I had a day off work (I work every other weekend) so my boyfriend and I decided to have a little picnic in the sun with sandwiches and pineapple...and cinnamon buns (sorry beach bod '13) It was amazing, buuut I forgot my camera so can't share. I do however have a photo of my mom and me on her birthday last year which was a sunny day like today, it was a year ago this past monday.. So happy late birthday to my mom!



Monday, May 27, 2013

Products


Going to go typical blogger and share all my little "beauty secrets" ;) 

I'm not a crazy freak with a hundred products that each claim to do its own miracle, but I am a crazy freak that thinks that nailpolish, body lotions and perfumes are the most fun thing to buy ever... so technically I'm a crazy girl, you know...the usual?
So...since Sephora opened here in Stockholm I got a bunch of new stuff there a few weeks back:

Body lotion from Clarins



My first "fake tan" lotion..or this time Mousse from St Tropez


"My" scent since I was 13, Daisy by Marc Jacobs


The best surprise was that they were the home of benefit in Sweden, my favorite make up brand from London (or actually San Francisco, but I discovered it there)

Smokey Eye kit, Powder, Concealer, and Mascara




Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mingling, Eating, and More Mingling


"Spring-Mingle" was the name of my parents party yesterday, my dad didn't want to call it his birthday party, and not his "new-job" party either. So during his speech, he said "...Today we are here to celebrate the spring". Because why not? Do you really need a reason to gather your family and friends from all over to have a great time? I didn't think so, and neither did my parents so they threw a big "shindig" and I managed to snap a few photos before the guests started arriving...


My two favorite people in the whole world, my best friend since I was six, Anna and her little brother Johan!












Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Dreaming


So many people love it when fall comes around, the chance to wear leather jackets and dark colours...I look awful in maroon so I look forward to the summer and all its lovelyness (and the lovely clothes)... So naturally, when the sun comes out and Stockholm starts getting warmer I wanted to get some summer clothes. I headed over to Hollister where my boyfriend works and got myself a bit of a discount on some shorts and a bikini. I'm not completely convinced with Hollister, but don't get me wrong, I was once a crazy Abercrombie tween, with sweaters and "cute" slogans across my flat-chested-chest, but these days looking at 13 year olds wearing the same shirt in different shades is just SO BORING! I've gotten sick of it, and especially here in Sweden where Hollister and Abercrombie has become almost like a cult...On the other hand, I am always pleasantly surprised when summer turns around and the shorts come out. Last summer they had every shade of the rainbow in short shorts (I'm a bit of a sucker for marketing tricks) and I reaaally wanted them. Never bought them though, but this year! I needed some. They didn't have quite as many this year but I did get some, and a new bikini !














Sunday, May 19, 2013

Work Environment "Ethics" and Swedish "fear"




It's a cloudy sunday afternoon and I'm drinking a cup of English Breakfast and watching Grey's Anatomy (re-runs are the best)...and I started thinking about my job..

I have worked at a sunglass store now since October of last year, I work pretty much full time and before April we had two stores, one in a much bigger mall near the centre of the city, and one in a mall on Östermalm, in the city, but not as central. These are two completely different "kinds" of shopping malls, and the people who work there are also completely different. In the bigger mall the employees all had a sense of community, at least within all the stores closest to yours. We had a juice bar, a phone store, and a cafe next to us and the maintenace workers always walked around us. Everyone said hello in the morning and got to know each other, everyone knew each other by first name. The security Guards would come by and make sure no weirdo's had been by and kept an eye on the store if we asked them too.


Anyways, from my opinion everyone who worked there were more willing to be social and friendly to other employees where as here in the other mall, people barely say hello to one another, and if you do they find it very strange and act as if they've never seen you before. And maybe they haven't seen me in my little sunglass corner, but I'm here everyday and if they are a little like me they've spent their lazy days watching other people work harder than you do! So whats the difference? Why is one mall more polite than others? There's no "rule" from the owners that you have to be nice obviously, but I do think it has something to do with the fact that in the smaller mall most people are swedish, and in the bigger people are more international and have different backgrounds. 


What is it with Swedish people and their fear of others? I guess its our cold country thats chilled our souls? Maybe its from our ancestors being alone in this big cold country, they're used to not meeting people and thats somehow passed on to us? Swede's aren't meant to live in cities? It's too bad really, I enjoyed saying hello to everyone who passed. I wouldn't call it friendships but a casual "busy day today huh?" while taking the elevator down to the lunch room is much better than awkwardly bumping into each other by the staff toilets without a word... 
I'm thinking of changing it, the security guards are more friendly and I'm going to start saying hello to everyone in the mornings, hopefully in a few months people won't be so surprised and they'll recognize me.


It's so funny to me that there are so many "customs" in Sweden that no one talks about, but everyone knows they're there. So, Here's "How to be Swedish 101"

-make sure you avoid people at all costs, and if you happen to bump into someone, pretend you didn't

-if you see someone who you kind of know, met a few times but you're not sure where? Don't make eye contact. If you do, you'll have to say hello and, who would want that?

-"Excuse me" isn't in the swedish vocabulary, it may be some sort of made up term from "abroad" that we can't quite understand,

-so if you do bump into someone and you can't ignore them, just say "oj" and walk away

-Be rude to all restaurant, hotel, or store employees as they will be just as rude to you.


My week in Pictures


I wore my new "senility bands" and headed into town...





I kind of like them...



A mexican businessman stopped by Stockholm with his dingy


Beautiful Strandvägen


Reminds me of summer, Fanta Exotic. Is it made everywhere or just Sweden?




 Dinner at Dell'attore, best pizza's in Stockholm




My friend Caroline turned 20 and threw an all white party, 




So I wore my new purple flats to add a bit of colour


They're from H&M and cost 99kr each, I LOVE them!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Senility Bands


I work in a store that sells sunglasses, reading glasses  and "senil snören". I had NO idea what to call them in English..One day an American tourist came to the store and asked "what are these called? You guys have a pretty funny name for it don't you?" Yes, yes we do. "uhmm senility bands?" Was my amazing direct translation, but thats actually what we call them, stupid but pretty accurate! they're perfect for those forgetful pensioners, or clumsy teenagers alike.

We have some pretty cool ones, I may have knicked some for the summer :) 




















If you can't tell, I love playing around with my camera, and I also love sunglasses


Music

I am a big "music fan" - I hate it when people say that, what the hell does that mean?

"So do you listen to music?"
"oh yeah I love music". 

....Thats like saying you love air, or the ground. It could be ANYTHING, that little tune in a commercial, a new song, whatever. Music is sounds to me, anything that makes a sound can also be music... but anyways this post wasn't supposed to be about blabbing on about my annoyance with people, this was to share a reaaaaaally good song that is blasted on repeat in my apartment right now, its Beyoncé's (isn't she amazing?) new song "Standing on the Sun". She is H&M's model for their swim collection for 2013 and this song and video is also their commercial. All the clothes and bikinis are H&M and I'm heading to a store later today to check it out... I loooove the song so take a look : 




Sunday, May 12, 2013

Beijing


My dad has been offered a job in Beijing, China. Its the craziest news we've gotten since we moved back to Sweden. In the past, we've always followed him everywhere. From place to place, we made a new home and I've loved it. I think it takes a certain type of person to be able to thrive in that sort of ever-changing environment. My experiences have made me realize that they are what makes us who we are. If I had stayed in the suburb outside of Stockholm I was born in almost 19 years ago I would be a completely different person than who I am today...Thinking about that always makes me smile, our experiences, "our lives" change and create "who we are".




But this time, when my dad moves we aren't going with him. My mom is staying here, working here in Stockholm, and I'm not forced to go because of not attending school at the moment, but I sort of wish I was. We've travelled to Asia a few times, and last year I went to Shanghai for 10 days with my friends, but Beijing seems like its a whole other world from what I'm used too, the immense culture differences are going to be scary for my dad, and I wish I could go and experience them with him. So, I definitely will have to visit him loads of times in the 4 years he's going to work there, and I'm hoping that those experiences will teach me more just as those I've already had have done. 




China, as a country is confusing to me, so innovative and modern, yet so backwards at the same time. When you think China you think, technology, economy, and a world power...but then you also think oppression, communism, and third world vs first world. Going to Shanghai gave me a bit more understanding and knowledge, but...that was barely scratching the surface. The size of it all is what's scary, there are SO many people and voices, and no one is being heard. Is China the country with skyscrapers and city life like what I saw in Shanghai, or is it farmers and poverty like what I've heard of? 

Since its such a big country, I can't deny the fact that it HAS to be some kind of balancing act of both. There are too many people for many of them not too succeed, there are too many of them that not everyone can live in the capital, there are too many of them for there not to be class differences. Right? I don't know what to think about China, its such an interesting place, but its also scary, and makes me nervous. 

The thing I'm most excited to see is how large my Dad looks (1,93cm/6"4') next to all the asians, oh and the great wall and those sorts of things too ;-)

Throwback Sunday

Sort of missed Throwback Thursday, and I ALWAYS do for some reason, every week I see people posting hilarious old photos on instagram and I always get great ideas of photos to post...but I never do...so #TS it is with friends, travels, animals and so many memories from my time in high school. 




So we went skiing in Bad Gastein, Austria 




Went to some parties... 



Lucia came with me and my family to Greece 



I travelled to Shanghai, China with my childhood friends from Göteborg to visit one of us who's moved there with her family





Waaaay Throwback, 2010 - fell in love with this guy



1920s party




Stared at a koala at the San Diego Zoo. SO CUTE



Busan was sick of sitting on the floor, needed some cuddles.




Took a Christmas Eve walk in our santa hats...with quite a few confused stares from boring stockholmers. Come on people, where's your christmas spirit?!


 Graduated from high school





Went to Dubrovnik, Croatia


Didn't want to leave...



A handful of photos with a handful of my favorite people, it makes me so happy that I now have this blog to put it all and they won't be lost, photos are so special to me and my room is filled with frames and memories, like this poster I made a while back. Its kind of like an "inspiration board" for me, I tried picking only photos with great memories, photos that with just a glance would make me smile, I've re-made it twice now, replacing old photos with newer ones and constantly updating it with different experiences I've had. Like...

-a paper bracelet from "Drunken Dragon" pup-crawl in Shanghai, 
-Plastic festival bracelet from Summerburst housemusic festival
-My first lottery ticket that i purchased on my 18th birthday
- a one dollar bill from San Diego
-10 Croatian "kuna" from Dubrovnik
-and my favorite saying "A friend is someone who knows everything about you, but still likes you"