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CALI AND THE PEOPLE WE MET

We arrived at LAX, tired with head aches after being sugar-high on airplane candy for about 15 hours. Closer by Kings of Leon was playing through the speakers at Starbucks and in the line to the airport customs we stood next to Aron, you know that guys who plays the main roll in Kick Ass? He was much shorter than I had imagined.

 

I didn’t really know what to expect from Los Angeles, but during our three days there, the city ticked boxes that I didn’t even know I had in the back of my mind. There were so many clichés everywhere I turned, as if someone had staged the most typical LA scene specifically for my arrival.

 

This ended up being the kind of trip where we drastically kept jumping from one situation to another, from one group of people to another, and how amazing it may be to travel this way, it’s also quite draining. You get so caught up in a situation and you get so very close to these people so quickly, and then suddenly you’re leaving to go somewhere else with new people to get to know. And so it goes on.

 

Really, the only way for me to cope with it, was to write about it. To write about the moments I shared with these wonderful, crazy, interesting people, the thoughts I had about them and the feelings I had for them.

 

 

When I met Alex and Aris, the two cycling brothers from Florida, I felt myself getting slightly attached to them only after a day or so, feeling strongly that they are two people who I want in my life. I fell in love with their close bond, their interest in me and the mysterious energy that surrounded them.

 
Two very all-American looking boys, who quickly showed me an amount depth that I didn’t expect would come from them, and almost found hard to trust at first. But I soon realised that they were the most kind and genuine of people.

 

I can’t really put my finger on what it was with Alex that I admired so much. I’m not sure if it was because we were a ridiculously good team when playing beer pong, or the fact that he reminds me of Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, or that everything we did together felt so natural and easy, as if we were the most obvious match.

 

With Ari it was more clear why I felt so connected to him. First of all, he has a twisted mind, which sometimes is enough to get me excited about a person. And Ari knew that unlike most other people, I caught him on his bullshit, and therefore he had no choice but to be raw and honest with me.

 

Without really having time to reflect, we suddenly found ourselves on the way to the desert in a big hippie van with two guys from Israel. Our days with Isaac and Einav were a haze of weed smoke, cheap american beers, cactus fields and cold desert nights. It was a rollercoaster of great moments and less great ones, since a few culture clashes are bound to appear when you put two Swedish girls together with two Israeli guys in a van for four days straight.

 

Many times I got annoyed with them. It’s hard to explain, but Isaac had a way of making you feel great and horrible about yourself at the same time. He constantly went from being kind and intelligent, to behaving like an annoying child. He’s the kind of person who’s a little too good at bullshitting, who says everything like he’s giving you a ‘valuable life lesson’, and who gives you compliments that are secretly insulting.

 

For some twisted reason, I didn’t feel that Isaac deserved to experience the best version of me, and so I was a lesser version of myself in his presence, which in itself probably made him liking me less likely.

 

It’s easy get stuck in that kind of bad circle with a person, however, somehow we did actually enjoy each others company in the end as I had learnt to accept his faults and observe them rather than let them get to me.

 

As we’re rolling through the desert in the Ohana bus, I’m lying down by the window, wrapped in my sleeping bag, writing and gazing out the window at the stars while Isaac is driving and singing songs in Hebrew, I still can’t help but to feel extremely fortunate.

 

Right when I thought I couldn’t possibly meet more interesting people, we stumbled upon Van and Neutrino. The two hand-pan players who randomly showed up outside of the Ohana bus, after a pan-gathering in the desert. They spent a magical night with us all out in Joshua Tree National park, right under the starry sky.

Actually, I won’t get into my love-hate relationship with Van that developed during this trip. It would just take too long to write down all the ups and downs and to get the full picture.

 

However I will mention Neutrino, since he probably was the person I got the closest to during the whole California trip. It almost makes me believe that some kind of supernatural force brought him to me.

 

We were lying in the narrow hostel bed next to each other. I broke down crying  and he had a minor panic attack slightly after. Then we both simultaneously broke out in laughter, leading to more intimacy and finally resting in each others arms.

 

I’m not sure if it was the fact that I had an afternoon coffee, a beer and some other things I probably shouldn’t mention, all on this same day. Or if it was the overload of thoughts in my head that made me stay wide awake until 06 in the morning, head spinning and heart throbbing out of my chest. A situation that normally would give me anxiety, but now felt quite okay somehow. He was sleeping next to me, this person who I had come to trust and adore, who quickly had become a best friend.

 

It’s quite rare, but now and then you meet a person who you just know you’ll see again, and probably have a true, forever lasting connection with during your whole life. A deep trust and understanding for one another. That’s what I felt with Neutrino, and I’m forever thankful for it.

 

 
 

LOU

SAYING BYE TO CALIFORNIA

There is so much I want to say about our trip around California, but how can I, when I’ve been feeling and experiencing so many new things every single day for two whole months?

 

It’s as if you would read a whole stack of completely different short stories and then try to summarise them all to another person. At the same time, these stories are all linked together somehow and merge into something I can’t even look at objectively.

 

I’m now sitting on the plane home to Sweden, feeling like two months went in the blink of an eye.

A little tired, perhaps from the sun burn that appeared after I had sunbathed stubbornly for too many hours in the California sun, just before the flight.

Somewhere on the way to the airport, I came to the conclusion that there is no point of me reflecting on the concept of time, since I know it would just get my head in a knot. Yet here I am, all puzzled and confused by the fact that our trip is coming to an end.

 

You would think I’m used to being an emotional mess by now, but still I’m almost surprised when I feel myself completely tearing up in my airplane seat. My heart busts by the bare thought of the beautiful, interesting, smart and kind people who we met on the road. Who opened their homes to us, let us sleep on their couches, brought us on the most incredible adventures and shared their knowledge and stories with us.

 

I know that I’ll get over it. Just as I’ve done all those times before, when leaving people I’ve come to love and not knowing if or when I’ll ever see them again.

It’s the transition that is the hardest part. I know that.

 

I have photos, notes, little reminders. Memories of each and every little moment, with every person I now hold dear.
And the best thing about memories is of course, that I get to keep them with me, always.

 

LOU

I’M OFF TO CALIFORNIA

 

Hi my dear ones! Not sure that I’ve even mentioned properly on the blog that I’m going to California? On Monday I leave the biting cold of Sweden, to embrace the sun and warmth of the US west coast. I think I’ve talked for years now about how much I want to see California, and now it’s finally happening.
 
Together with Bella, I’ll be backpacking around for two months, traveling along the coast, through the desert, to the forests and of course we’ll be spending some time in the big cities as well.
 
You know when I was volunteering on the farm in Denmark? We’ll be doing a similar thing in Cali, stopping at different farms and ranches to volunteer. It’s such a great way to travel, since you’re doing some good for other people and saving some money at the same time. You also often get to see places that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
 
I’m all set up with camera, Gopro and iPhone for this trip, so there will be a whole lot of documenting and you’ll have the possibility to follow my journey through my Instagram, Loutube and of course here on the blog. Splendid isn’t it!
 
Can’t wait to go on some new adventures, meet some new people, and share everything that inspires me on the road.
 
 

LOU

 

AG JEANS x LOU

 

As my love for denim constantly grows, I got some new goodies from AG Jeans. This is probably one the most ultimate combos I could put together for early spring weather in the city. Don’t you agree?
 
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Crop top & Boots – Second hand
 
 

LOU

DORSET, ENGLAND

I started off the year with a lovely trip to England, to visit my family and celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday. We drove down to Dorset, a county which is located on the south west coast. It’s definitely one of my favourite parts of England, with its dramatic coastline, long beaches and steep cliffs.

 

We drove all the way from dad’s place in Bristol and stopped in small, picturesque villages here and there.
 

Finally we arrived at the little pub/hotel where we were staying over the weekend. Located just a few minutes from the seaside. We gathered with the family, had a lovely dinner at The Pig restaurant, had lots of Gin & Tonics and made sure to catch up a bit with each other.
 

The next day, we decided to explore the area. Unfortunately the quality of my iPhone 5s images doesn’t show the incredible beauty of this place, but at least it’s a glimpse.
 

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We had little Penny with us, my aunt’s baby pup. Hard not to be fond of this one.
 

How magical it was when we finally got high up and were able to see the massive steep cliffs up close. I’ve always found it thrilling to be high up. You become so aware of your life and how quickly it could end. A thought quite fitting to this moody environment.
 

Good moment to take a selfie. Me and ‘Old Harry’.
 

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Then we slowly headed back down the other side, and back to The Pig.
 

Where we began the celebration of our lovely grandmother’s 80th birthday. As I’ve mentioned before, both her and grandpa are two very impressive beings, still in good health with sharp minds and kind hearts. I really hope that I’ll be the same when I’m 80+.
 
We enjoyed an incredible lunch at the restaurant, watched grandma while she opened all of her presents, and shared a yummy birthday cake.
 
The rest of the evening was spent chitchatting and updating each other on our latest news. I don’t see my English side of the family as much as I would like, so it was really good to finally spend some time together.
 

On the Sunday morning we chilled for a bit at the hotel and checked out their delicious breakfast.
 

Just before leaving, we made sure to have a look around the hotel and explore their dreamy greenhouse and vegetable garden. Everything at The Pig is locally produced and most things they actually pick right on the spot. You all know how much I love that stuff.
 

Then we packed our things in the car and headed back towards Bristol, where we spent one last night before flying back to Sweden. On the road, I found these beautiful little friends in the fog.
 

 
If you haven’t already seen it, I also made a little short film of our walk along Studland beach and up the hill.
 
All and all, such a lovely trip and a really good start to the year.
 
 

LOU

MONDAY GOODIES #3

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The Crown
 
For those of you you, like me, love costume dramas – this is a new good-goodie. It’s amazingly well done and I find it interesting to watch since it actually tells the real story of when Elizabeth became queen of England.
 
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3D printing!
 
Ebba got invited to do a 3D print of herself, how cool is that?! It freaks me out a little how much it actually looks like her. The future is coming! Soon we will all have a mini-me each on our shelves. Also, make sure to check out Ebba’s youtube channel here <3

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SKAM
 
Well, if you’re from Scandinavia you have definitely heard about Skam. If not, you probably live under a rock. However for the rest of you who might not have heard about it, Skam is a Norwegian tv series about a group of teens who go to Highschool in Oslo. The series has blown up in the whole of Scandinavia and is definitely one of the best and most touching things I’ve seen in a long time.
 
Ps. If you google ‘English subtitles’ you’ll most likely find a page where you can watch it.
 

Fågelvik Castle
 
I’m not kidding when I say that this is my ABSOLUTE DREAM HOME. EVER.
 
A collection of houses on the east coast of Sweden, placed on what almost looks like a little island. This place is literally flawless from every angle. It has everything I would ever ask for in a home. You’ll know what I mean if you browse through the images here.
 
Just look at the kitchen! And the view! If I would live there, I think I would be happy for the rest of my life.
 

Postcards
 
I discovered a lovely new band called Postcards. They haven’t released a lot of songs, but I love what I’ve heard so far. If you like Fleet Foxes, this definitely is the right band for you. Listen to their EP here.
 

Baby pigs
 
If you’re feeling a bit low, or your Monday’s just a drag, or if you want a motivation to stop eating meat, or if you just want a reason to smile, a really good way to spend your time is to look at cute baby-pig photos and videos. Works every time.
 

 
La La Land
 
I’m SO EXCITED about this movie. Ryan Gosling? Emma Stone? Musical? That’s pretty much all I need to know.
 
 
LOU

MY 2016 – FROM JUNE TO DECEMBER

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Let’s continue with the second half of my 2016 summary.
 
JUNE. 
 
One of the highlights of this month was definitely celebrating the Swedish holiday ‘Midsummer’ with my bestie crew. We went to Anna’s summer house in the archipelago of Gothenburg and stayed over for two nights, celebrating ‘the brightest day of the year’.
 
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Such an idyllic place.
 
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We wore flower crowns, had a Midsummer feast, went swimming, and danced all night. Probably my favourite holiday of the year.
 
JULY.
 
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During this month I had to work a lot, but still had some time left to enjoy summer.
 
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Doing things like playing boule in the middle of the city,
 
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Having ice coffees with friends,
 
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And going out with my bestie crew.
 
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AND we went to see Beyonce in Copenhagen!! So many kick ass women in this group.
 
AUGUST.
 
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August started off with a lovely trip to England to visit my dad’s side of the family. We went to Dorset where my uncle and two of my cousins live. As you can see, it’s an incredibly beautiful place. Shot this image with my iPhone 5s and it almost looks like a painting?
 
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Spent some time in Northampt0n with my grandparents, had lots of tea and cakes and watched reality shows on BBC.
 
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Drove along the British countryside with dad,
 
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And visited dad’s place in Bristol.
 
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Just as every year, I went to Way Out West festival in Gothenburg. This time me and Ebba went with ASOS which made the event even more exciting.
 
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Enjoyed watching M83, The tallest man on earth, José Gonzales, Zara Larson, Ane Brun, and Sia, amongst other great artists. Got soaking wet in the rain, went to a private gig in a submarine, and danced all night.
 
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Got a visit from Warwick, my favourite Aussie boy who I hadn’t seen for almost three years.
 
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I showed him around Gothenburg and had a very special and lovely week. A little tip for you: Don’t make friends who live on the other side of the planet. You miss them too much.
 
SEPTEMBER.
 
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Here in the North, summer is usually over when September arrives. But this year, we had beautiful weather through the whole month! So I went down to Malmö again to visit my sister.
 
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Visited Anna who’s studying in Lund, just outside of Malmö.
 
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Made sure to have a coffee with Colin while in Lund. I do love them Aussie-boys.
 
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In the evening, me and Anna went to the beach in a little place called Lomma, where we experienced the most intense sunset I’ve ever seen in Sweden. Felt like dream.
 
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Thankful for that evening, and for having this person in my life.
 
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Went back to Gothenburg and enjoyed some more summer days.
 
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Then I went to Kajsa’s summer house on the coast, to have a Crayfish-party with a bunch of lovely people.
 
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We went swimming in the ocean, explored the Eco-village nearby, had a big crayfish feast, and partied until the morning.
 
OCTOBER.
 
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A long a beautiful summer ended, and Autumn arrived. Everything suddenly turned to a slower pace. Walks in the forest,
 
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The usual rainy days,
 
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And cosy coffee breaks with friends.
 
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Me and Ebba went on a trip to Greece with Olympus, for the launch of their new camera.
 
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Had the most incredible days enjoying the sun, exploring the area and going for evening dips in the sea.
 
NOVEMBER.
 
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Winter came fast, and as always life stands a bit still during this time of the year.
 
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But I managed to do lots of cosy things at home, started my Youtube channel, and started meditating again.
 
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Also did a lovely little trip to a spa with my sister, in the south of Sweden.
 
DECEMBER.
 
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Last but not least, December arrived and I went to Stockholm for the weekend. Besides that, it really feels like it has been a slow couple of months. As I said before, in this northern part of the world the difference between summer and winter is quite enormous. It’s just something we have to deal with.
 
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Finishing off with this photo of me and three of my best people <3
 
I’ve noticed that 2016 has been quite a shitty year for people all over the world, and somehow it feels like things can only go upwards during 2017. For all of us. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
 
What I also realised during this year, is that there is quite a big contrast between my inner self and my outer self. I think I actually know who I am deep within, but the big question has been – who I want to be outwards. I still feel very confused and torn in my identity. How other people see me, what image I’m portraying to others.
 
In my world, 2016 has been one of the most calm and still years in a very long time. But even though I haven’t had a lot of my usual crazy adventures, I’ve found my way back home. Which I find is something incredibly valuable.
 
You know that saying “Home is where your heart is”? Well, my heart has been in Gothenburg this year, and it will stay there together with the people I love, no matter what 2017 brings me. I know will always have something to come home to.
 
 

LOU

MY YEAR IN OUTFITS 2016

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I would say that this year in outfits represents me quite well. You see some of the minimalist in me, some of the bohemian. The casual, the preppy, the vintage, and sometimes a little sporty. I do enjoy varying my style and adding a little bit of this and that, but in the end it will always be the simplest pieces and the timeless classics that sticks with me.
 
I’m really looking forward to see what will inspire me next year. At least I know I will continue to support brands with a sustainable and organic focus, and most importantly – vintage and second hand.
 
So, which one is your favourite?
 
 
LOU