A CHRISTMAS CARD TO YOU

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Dear readers,
 
Christmas is here, it seems (how the hell did that happen?). I feel like it was summer just yesterday. Maybe time does actually go faster as you get older.
 
There are some of you out there who actually follow my blog, read what I write and appreciate what I do, and for that I’m so very thankful.
 
For some reason, I’ve never had much engagement from the people who follow me. I’m not sure why that is, maybe I haven’t been personal enough. But I’m trying my best.
 
However, there are a few of you who actually take the time to respond through comments etc. And that to me, is so much more valuable to me than the number of followers I have. I hope you know that. As a creative being, my will to inspire and share is what drives me to continue. Even though it often feels hopeless and like I’m just wasting my time. At those times, your respons is what proves me wrong.
 
So, thank you for everything.
 
This Christmas, it’s almost as if things are standing completely still. I’m in a weird place where I know a lot of things will change in my life very soon, and I’m just waiting for it to happen. ‘The calm before the storm’, you could say, but maybe not as dramatic as that sounds.
 
I will try to be patient and enjoy what is now. Christmas always has potential to be a very loving and cosy holiday, if you make the most of it. So let’s try to do that.
 
Merry Christmas my dear ones. Hope you’ll all have a lovely end to the year, and stay tuned for more 2016-recaps.
 
AND of course, if you haven’t already seen it, here’s my latest little video where I’m making my all time favourite skin cream.
 

 
 
xxx LOU xxx

MY 2016 – FROM JANUARY TO MAY

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2016. A year which I would simply call ‘The year I found my way home’.
 
Not only because I’ve been living at home in my hometown Gothenburg, but because I actually felt happy about it for the first time ever. As a teenager I always had something against this place, as most people of that age feel about their hometown. But after years of traveling and living in other places, I finally learned to appreciate Gothenburg and realised that it truly is my home.
 
JANUARY.
 
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During the winter, I lived for a few months in Malmö in the south of Sweden. This was a very quiet and confusing period, and I honestly didn’t really know what I was doing there. But there were definitely some good moments. Malmö is a very inspiring and exciting city, despite its small size.
 
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FEBRUARY.
 
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So as I mentioned, I decided to move back home to Gothenburg. I needed a safe place more than ever, to feel loved and appreciated (as we all do).
 
The great thing was that while I had been gone, some of my close friends had gotten to know each other, and a little bestie-crew was formed. As a bonus, I got to know some new people in this group who are now some of my best friends. Lucky me.
 
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As always during these cold and dark months, I longed for spring to come and invested in some new wardrobe pieces.
 
MARCH.
 
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The days slowly started getting brighter again and I soaked up every inch of sunlight I could find.
 
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Spent my days doing cosy things with Elsa, like visiting the palm house and going to cafés.
 
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Had porridge with banana and peanut butter  for breakfast every morning, aka the ultimate winter-cure for being tired and cold.
 
APRIL.
 
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It started getting slightly warmer and it was possible (not really) to sit outside.
 
At this time, I had a job that I hated for a short while. But I got through it and that’s the most important thing.
 
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Went to Stockholm for a few days and had the best time catching up with my close friends who live there. Went for brunches and lunches and danced all night at silly techno clubs.
 
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Natalie who lives in Stockholm, came home to Gothenburg for a visit and I was happy to have all of my best girls in one place.
 
MAY.
 
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May has always been one of my favourite months, and this year was no exception.
 
A wave of warmth, sunshine and summer-feelings suddenly appeared from nowhere and we enjoyed it to the fullest. I reached 20 k followers on instagram and did lots of exciting collaborations.
 
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Cherry trees blossomed <3
 
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Everything turned green and we wore light spring jackets.
 
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Had sushi on the hill with babes.
 
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Made awesome noodle dishes. Find the recipe here.
 
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Went for coffees at my favourite backyard café with Lina.
 
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And with Mikael.
 
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And with Elsa.
 
What can I say, I’m a regular.
  
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More bestie hang outs in the sun. Christoffer and Lina.
 
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Even the Cherry tree in our garden blossomed, and it made a lovely place to find shade under the sun.
 
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Got a visit from Sofus, my best friend from when I lived at the yoga retreat in Denmark. Was so good to show him around Gothenburg.
 
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Was a real handy-gal and repainted my whole room. Was both a lot of fun, and freakin’ exhausting.
 
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It even got so warm that we could go to the ocean, and I found this darling little strawberry-red bathing suit.
 
Puh! That’s all from May. As you can see, there is quite a big contrast between winter and summer here in the north. Not only in our surroundings, but in our everyday lives too. We get the energy to actually do things, spend time outside, and time with each other.
 
So that was the first half of 2016. All and all, what dominated this first half year was the love for friendship. And for that, I’m incredibly thankful.
 
 

– Stay tuned for the other half of 2016 –

 
 
LOU

WHAT’S UP WITH THE ACCENT?

 


 
Hi friends! Hope you’re all doing well and getting cosy for the holidays. As you might have noticed I’m currently focusing on making my videos for Loutube, therefore there is less time for the blog. I’ve also been experiencing some issues with my website, but that should all be fixed now.
 
What do you all think about the videos so far? I hope you’re all enjoying them as much as I am when making them 🙂
 
Time’s flying by so quickly right now and the end of 2016 is coming closer. I already have some very exciting projects and plans lined up for the start of next year.. can’t wait to show you!
 
 
x Love Lou

LOU’S MAKEUP TUTORIAL


 
Hi dearies! Through the years, so many of you have asked about how I do my make up. So it felt like an obvious choice for my next Loutube video to be a Makeup tutorial! Now you will all know what I look like all the way from my rosy, red, and somewhat dry natural face – to the face you normally see in photos.
 
In case you’re wondering what the redness on my skin is, it’s my skin condition called Rosacea which becomes quite a lot more visible during winter. (I’ve written a post about it here.)
 
As you might have noticed, I will be putting a lot of time into my Youtube channel now, so naturally the blog won’t be as prioritised. But I hope you understand, and that you’ll enjoy my videos just as much (or even more perhaps?).
 
AND – If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on my channel, let me know!
 
 
x Lou

KIVIK SPA DAY

 

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Me and my big sister Olivia both had our birthdays quite recently and decided to give each other a spa day away to enjoy together. We both love prefer experiences rather than material things, so this was perfect.
 
The little town Kivik is located in a southern part of Sweden called Österlen, known for its beautiful coastline and great retreats.
 
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We found this little fairytale-like spa hotel right by the sea. *heart-eye emoji*
 
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This is my incredible, beautiful, sister. And best friend. Olivia (or ia, as I call her) is three years older than me, lives in Malmö and works as a media communicator. She’s one of the smartest, most driven, kindest and strongest people I know of. In other words, the ultimate sister. Although a bit bossy sometimes.
 
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Being close to the sea has always been one of the most important things in our lives, so we both thrived in this environment.
 
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Hi. I could live here.
 
It’s almost as if I got my favourite colour pattern from this exact setting. Natural shades of blue, green, brown, sand, whites and darks. The best.
 
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We walked around the town and found a little market, full of local produces.
 
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Had a look around the hotel garden and enjoyed the incredible view.
 
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Later in the evening it was time for some real spa-time. We scrubbed, peeled, treated ourselves with facial masks and hair masks, relaxed in the jacuzzi, and got all mushy in the sauna. The rest of the evening was spent having a lovely dinner in our hotel room, talking about our lives and future dreams, meditating a bit and falling asleep like two little babies.
 
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In the morning we enjoyed the crucial hotel breakfast <3 Then we packed our bags and headed back to Malmö, where I spent the rest of the weekend at my sister’s place.
 
I’m not the type of person who treats myself to these things that often, but I’m trying to get better at it. This time it was definitely worth it.
 
 

LOU

I’M ON YOUTUBE! WELCOME TO LOUTUBE

 

Yes, my friends. You heard right. I’m on Youtube!
I’ve officially entered the world of video logs. And what a peculiar world it is!
 
Ever since I started working with social media, I’ve felt that there is so much more to me than just the images I post. There are so many things I feel passionate about, things I want to share to the world.
 
Sharing videos means exposing a lot more of myself and being a lot more vulnerable. But I always enjoy pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and I really believe that this could be something truly great. Don’t you agree?
 
Right now I just need you all to be my cheerleaders for a bit, so that I’ll actually have the courage to continue with all of this. Thanks <3
 
So what else will you be watching on Loutube? That’s something we’ll have to figure out together along the way. All I can say is, there are a trillion things I’d like to share with you all, and there are pretty much no limitations here!
How exciting is that? Just thinking about it makes me jump up and down inside.
 
I’ll show you my beauty hacks, take you with me on my travels, share my experiences and talk about all things I find exciting and important.
 
I’ll also be able to answer all of your questions in a much more personal way, so ask away already my dear ones!
 
Oh and, WELCOME TO LOUTUBE!
 
 

x LOU

STILLWITHYOU CPH

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Received a little package on the post the other day, with these beautiful pieces of jewellery from StillWithYou, handmade in Copenhagen. In my opinion, nothing beats Danish design. They just always seem to know what they’re doing.
 
I love wearing the type of jewellery that you never have to take off, because of its simplicity and delicate style. So this little silver lock collection fits me really well.
 
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And knowing that those pieces have been crafted by two hands especially for you, really is such a special and rare thing in this world of mass consumption.
 
Find them here!.
 
 

LOU

MONDAY GOODIES #2

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Before the Flood
 
Watched this incredible and impactful new climate documentary by Leonardo Dicaprio. I’ve spoken a lot about climate change, environment and sustainability before, but this really inspired me to be even more engaged in the matter. Watch it for free on Youtube here!
 
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Gilmore Girls
 
Rediscovered this wonderful and nostalgic tv series recently, and now I’m completely hooked once again. I love how the connection between Loralei and Rory represents all kinds of relationships between women. Motherhood, sisterhood, friendship and unconditional love. This really is the perfect cosy thing to watch during chilly autumn and winter days. And of course, who doesn’t love to follow Rory and all her boys. #teamjess
 
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Pea & Mint Soup
 
I’m still in a period of making heaps of yummy soups for lunch and dinner, and this one sounds so goodie good. Better try it soon.
 
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The Swedish Theory Of Love
 
Another documentary, this time about the society in Sweden and how we value independence so much, to the point where people live incredibly lonely and autonomous lives. The documentary itself is quite sad to watch but I still found it very interesting.
 
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Shop Dôen
 
Completetly fell in love with the designs of this California-based brand, Dôen. Not only are all of their pieces incredibly beautiful and well made, but the women behind the brand are also really inspiring.

 

What else is up? The first snow has fallen and Gothenburg is seriously freezing at the moment. I’ve been dealing with some anxiety lately, which makes me consider getting into meditation properly again. Think I need to reconnect with myself a little.
 
Next year is creeping closer and there are a lot of big decisions to be made, but for now I’m just excited about enjoying a cosy christmas at home.
 
And don’t forget that it’s Monday friends. Monday = A whole new list of music on your Spotify discover weekly list. Good music can make any day so much better.
 
 
LOU