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If breakfast and I had a Facebook relationship, it would say; "it's complicated". I love the energy eating a big breakfast gives me, but I also don't have an appetite at all before nine. Okay, so if there are croissants involved, I can make an exception. But otherwise - I eat breakfast just because I have to.

With that being said, smoothies are a great breakfast for all of us "breakfast haters" out there. And by now you probably know about my love for smoothies. They're easy to chuck down, and if made right, they can also be very filling. This smoothie can be done the night before - making it even easier to drink on-the-go in the morning. The oats, avocado and yoghurt make it filling enough to last you until lunch.



INGREDIENTS: serving 2

  • 1 dl blueberries
  • 1 dl rasberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 dates
  • 1 handfull of baby spinach
  • 1 big spoon of Turkish yoghurt
  • 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1 small handfull of unsalted cashews
  • A sprinkle of chia seeds
  • Oats or almond milk


HOW TO:
Toss all the ingredients into a blender and fill up with oats or almond milk until the blender is full. I like to top off my smoothie with something crunchy, so here I've added raw cacao bites and some shredded coconut - very yummy indeed!

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estelle & thild organic silicone free foundation


Okay, so it's still winter and spring is nowhere even close to being here just yet - but, I couldn't help myself, I wanted to bring some spring vibes into the blog, so I stole some flowers from a bouquet of fresh cut flowers I had at home and tossed them into the mix. Maybe that will lure spring out early? A girl can try...

With a New Year comes an excuse to try new things, so I took that as an excellent excuse to update my make-up bag. Instead of re-purchasing what I'm currently using on my skin, I wanted to try something else for a change. Especially as one of my favourite beauty brands have just launched a make-up line, so of course - I "needed" to try something out. I'm talking about the organic, natural & Swedish brand Estelle & Thild. I'm so excited to try out their new foundation that's natural, organic, vegan and silicone free - and actually more skincare than make-up. It's their only foundation so far and is called the Biomineral Healthy Glow Foundation - I got the shade 121 which is a perfect match for my pale, olive skin. I haven't been able to properly wear this yet, since my skin decided to get a massive rash all over my chin last week (sigh...), but as soon as that clears up - this will be what I slap on when doing my make-up. I'll keep you updated on how I get on with it!



Moving on to something I have tried and loved for a while now; this little brown tube of goodness for my eyebrows - it's from the brand Essence and is called their Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara. It's basically like an eyebrow mascara - it's purpose is to add color but also some extra definition as it's packed with little fibres that will give the illusion of fuller brows. Great for peeps with spare eyebrows, like yours truly. This is an amazing dupe for other more high end versions on the market, but for a fraction (and I do mean fraction) of the price. I'm using the shade 02 Browny Browns, which is perfect for me as a dark brunette.


Maria Åkerberg Moist Face Balm


Last, but not least, is this little pot from yet another Swedish and organic brand: Maria Åkerberg. It's a little mini size of their Face Balm Moist. It's a face balm, but I use it on my lips, hands and all different parts of my skin that feel dry. It's also perfect for a natural highlight. Tip: pat some of this balm on the high points of your cheekbones for a natural and healthy glow! It's 10 ml, so it's the perfect size to keep in your handbag.


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Well, hello there, 2018. These first few days after New Years have felt like some sort of weird limbo. I'm back at work and back to normal, yet I feel like 2018 doesn't really kick off properly until Monday. Is it just me?

Anyway! I've seen my year- in-review posts rumble all over the blogging world in the last week or so, and of course I also wanted to do some sort of round up from the passed 12 months. This is my little version of a yearly round up, where I list 17 good things that happened throughout the year of 2017.



1. I got my first ”proper” post university job in January. A mile stone and a great way to start a brand New Year.

2. I evolved my cooking skills and have gotten more and more into vegetarian food & recipes (after several failed attempts I’ve also realised I’ll probably stick to food as I'll never gonna be a good baker...).

3. I learnt to say no (more often) to things when I felt like I needed to rest, something I still need to practice even more.

4. I fell back in love with writing for my own sake, for "my eyes only", if you will. Mainly just to clear my head and to put down my thoughts into words. You should try it if you haven't already!

5. Photography and I had a fling over the summer, and I took loads of photos - and actually loved what I created.



6. I had a well needed long weekend in Rome in the beginning of summer with a person dear to me. I ate loads, laughed and just wandered the stunning Roman streets.

7. Not long after I got back from Italy, I went on a few weeks summer holiday, and I spent it up on the west coast in my family’s cottage. Glorious.

8. I cut my hair off to my collar bones in spring and realised that the long hair just ”wasn't me” anymore (reminds me, it's gotten really long again, need a trim ASAP!).

9. I set long term financial goals and felt like a proper adult, hehe.



10. I reduced my sugar intake a lot and my body loved me for it.

11. Piece by piece, drawer by drawer, I’ve been getting rid of random stuff that’s been cramming up my space and I feel kilos lighter - mind and soul.

12. I (finally) got into podcasts and now can’t understand how I didn’t give them a go earlier.

13. My love for whipping up cocktails grew and you can see some evidence here.

14. I read the book Food Pharmacy about gut bacteria and anti inflammatory foods and it was like I had the biggest ”aha-moment” ever (read it!).

15. Speaking of, I generally read more books than the year before *pat on the back*.

16. I found invisi-bobble hair ties and life changed for the better. Nope, no joke there - they're that good.

17. I stopped snoozing my alarm a billion times every morning. I'm down to one. Okay, so maybe two...


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📍- Tredje Långgatan 9, Göteborg

As you might have figured out by now, I'm eating my way through the restaurant selection of my own city, slowly adding new restaurants and tips to my: Gothenburg food guide. I'm not one for bashing places I don't like, so I'm only writing about the places I enjoyed going to - I think that's fair. I'm a good egg, aren't I?



The restaurant Made in China was next on my list - and it's a place I've been wanting to go to since it first opened a few years back. I have been there a good few times by now, but let's rewind to that very first visit, shall we?

A friend and I finally managed to stop by for dinner after work one day, and only a few days later I actually found myself back there once again with another group of friends. And after that, I've been there more times. Yes, I like the place that much.

As the name might suggest, the restaurant serves Chinese food. But, not like they do on any ol' restaurant where you get take out. This is Asian fusion in the best way possible. It's like Chinese, modern tapas - with buns, salads and amazing drinks.



Stepping into the restaurant, you are instantly greeted by someone who will ask if you have made reservations. And I suggest that you do, since it's a popular place and it's so easy to do on their website here. Not only the food is above average at Made in China, the service is great too and the pricing is also very reasonable, you get a lot for your money.

The only negative thing I have to say are the chairs. Or, no - that's the thing, there weren't any chairs where we were seated. We sat on benches with no support for our backs, making it very uncomfortable to sit for longer than half an hour. When I'm out for dinner, I want to sit on a proper chair, so I can enjoy my company, eat my food and do so comfortably. We did spot sofas and chairs in other parts of the restaurant, though, so they do actually have seats with back support hidden back there * wink wink*.


My top three (unexpected?) recommendations from the menu:
1. The cucumber, sesame & lime salad
2. Their cocktails
3. The fried tofu


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Isn't it nice to have November all behind us? I hate November but love December. Sure, things usually get stressful both at work and in our personal lives around this time of year, but all the Christmas lights, good food and expectations leading up to the big day sort of make up for all of that, doesn't it? Another good thing that comes rolling around this time of year are all the beauty and perfume gift boxes that seem to line every centimeter of every single department store there is. Sure, you can gift one of these sets for someone special, but since these gifts sets often are a great value for money, why not treat yourself to something nice? These sets are the perfect opportunity to try out something new, or to stock up on travel minis for all of your faves.

I got given a sample for a Peter Thomas Roth mud face mask a while back and was sold at first use. So, when I saw that they now sell these trial packs as a Christmas special, it was the perfect time to try out some of their other masks without going all in with the big 150 ml tubs. My faves this far are the black mud mask and the hydrating rose one. You get all of their six face masks in little travel friendly tubes in a pack, for a modest price - considering how much a full tub costs. You can buy the mask set here.


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A 15 minute drive south from central Gothenburg you'll find the suburb Lindome. And just around the corner from all the little streets lined with houses, there is an old factory - where they used to make cotton thread back in the day. A grand, yet very worn down brick building, with the most beautiful windows. From the outside Spinneriet doesn't look much, but inside - well, that's a totally different story.



This old factory has turned into a three storey buffé of art galleries and dreamy interior shops. Each room is a different store and has its own style & vibe. And clearly - as you can hear - this concept of gathering artists and entrepreneurs in a place like this has really turned out to be a winning concept. Speaking of winning concepts - going there on a Sunday makes for the perfect outing on a lazy afternoon. In fact, it's just what I did this passed weekend - and it turned out to be a rather swell day.



After you're done drooling & pining over all the amazing interiors in the main building, maybe your tummy's started rumbling? Then I suggest you step outside and walk into the little restaurant, Lilla Spinneriet, next door. In there you can eat a truly amazing Sunday dinner in a cute little gazebo. The food was so good that I literally rolled out of there (true story).

Shortly put, you won't be disappointed, Spinneriet is well worth a visit!

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Happy weekend! I haven't shared a cocktail recipe for a good while, something someone noted a while back (hi Dennis). And, since it is the weekend, after all - what better post to share?

Since you know I have a weakness for all things (read: drinks) containing gin, it will probably come to no surprise that I've yet again chosen to mix up a gin based cocktail. This is bitter, a bit sour but also has a hint of sweet - and a spicy kick at the end. Needless to say, this was a winner. If you take a sip, you'll totally get what I mean.

I wanted to make something autumnal to match the dark and crisp November weather, so I chose to add a dash of cranberry juice to make the bramble feel a little more autumnal. Because yes, we're only a few days away from December, but I'm not letting autumn go just yet.

INGREDIENTS: serving 1

  • 4 cl gin
  • 1,5 cl lemon juice
  • 2 cl Chambord liqueur
  • 1,5 cl cranberry juice
  • Lemon & a few blackberries to garnish

HOW TO:
Mix all the liquids into an ice filled shaker and pour over into glasses filled with ice (preferably over crushed ice if you have an ice crusher at home). Decorate with some of the left over lemon and a few blackberries for that extra touch.


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What ever did we do before Netflix? I'm certain that you (just like me) feel like you wasted a lot of your precious time growing up, watching crappy TV-shows that you didn't really enjoy, but still glued your eyes to - because nothing good was on after school. Do I really need to say more than Everybody loves Raymond or 7th Heaven? Didn't think so.

It's safe to say that a lot has changed in the last couple of years (I know, I sound like an old lady) and the selection of shows we now have at the swipe of a finger is truly ah-ma-zing. And we don't have to wait a week in-between episodes anymore either, we can do one season a day if we're really in the mood - thank goodness for that.

Having a few seasons of my favourite shows all lined up on Netflix was extra convenient these passed few days. I've been home sick, laying in bed totally bored and feeling sorry for myself. So, let's dive into what I've been watching to make myself feel a little bit better!



HOMELAND. I've watched this series before, but am now in the midst of re-watching the entire series. Funnily enough, around the same day as I started re-watching, my friend decided to do the very same - without knowing. This show is intense to say the least, and is one of very few shows that I feel can be somewhat realistic. It involves a strong female main character, the CIA and something unexpected in every episode, shortly put - it's very addictive & raw. Claire Danes who plays the main character Carrie is so talented it's actually crazy. However, my fave character isn't Carrie, but someone else. Who? Peter Quinn. You'll get why when you're a few seasons in - you just wait and see.

SUBURRA. Yet another series that shows a more "real" representation of how the world (read: Rome) looks. Why I was drawn to this specific one is A: because it was a Netflix original and I think they've been killing it lately with amazing shows, and B: because it's set in Rome. We get to follow two separate worlds, with one foot in the Vatican and the other in the grey and worn down suburbs of Rome. And eventually, these worlds collide.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. A show that is very different from other crime shows, in the best way possible. A few American law students in Philadelphia get into a bit of a tricky one, where their brains, morals, and also their loyalty towards each other - are put to the test. And to make it even more complicated, the situation also involves one of their professors. And a murder. Yep, I told you - tricky.


What shows are you watching right now?

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I watch a lot of YouTube, and I also read a lot of blogs. And often, people write or talk about clothing items and say "I always have people come up to me in the street and give me compliments when I'm wearing this". And I sit there and think "really?". Because here, in Sweden, people close to never give each other compliments like that, especially from stranger to stranger. It's rare, I'm telling you. But, this coat I'm dedicating this post to is a very rare exception. I've never in my life gotten this many compliments for a piece of clothing before. For real, though.



Autumn is soon over, but the mild weather we're currently having means we can still wear our coats for a good while longer - yay. I'm happy that I don't have to wear my Michelin man looking down winter jacket just yet. I much prefer coats, as I find them considerably more flattering, and love how the tailored look makes everyone look their very best - even though they're only wearing jeans and a simple tee underneath.

I have a few coats (because well, I'm a bit addicted) but this two coloured coat is my fave, and the one I stretch for most mornings before heading out the door. It's from Benetton and I picked it up in the sale for less than half price last year. Win! It quickly became my favourite piece of clothing, and it seems a lot of people around me also find it eye-catching.



After I posted a photo on Instagram last winter, people contacted me and commented on it, and I was both flattered and a bit surprised. I've also received a surprising amount of compliments from strangers out and about. Walking into my office building, two kind ladies stopped me and both said they loved my coat, I've had both men and women stop me when walking down the street. Even my brother commented on how he liked it a lot when we met up one day, my dad too. A stranger saw me enter the bus and actually ran after me, only to ask where she could get a coat just like mine, followed by: "Do you think it would suit me, too?"



These little encounters with complete strangers have truly made my day every time. It has made me chit chat with strangers that I would never otherwise talk to at all. So; what do I really want to say here, with this mile long post...? Simply put: compliment strangers more! Not just for the sake of giving someone a complement, but dare to compliment them when you feel the urge to. If you see someone who has an outfit you think is on point - tell them. If someone walks by wearing a stunning bag you're dying to know where it's from - ask! If you spot someone with bomb highlights, ask them where they get their hair done. Little gestures like that will not only make you feel good yourself, but it might even (most certainly will) make someone else feel absolutely great, too.


Photos by @palarbear

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If there is one thing that truly makes me appreciate this little place that I call home, it's when I'm having someone visit from out of town - and I get to show them around Gothenburg. It's like I see the city though new eyes every time and I'm reminded yet again as to why I love this city so much. Because yes, I truly do.

I'm reminded of how much I love the café culture that we have here and how sitting in cafés for hours on end (drinking coffee out of mugs big enough to need both hands when taking a sip) is considered "normal". I'm reminded of how stunning the architecture is, and of how I should look up more when I walk - and not just focus on how to navigate from point A to B. I get reminded of how our little parks are actual gems in the middle of the concrete jungle. And you know what, I even come to truly appreciate how cozy the famous grey and bad Gothenburg weather can be - as it gives you the perfect excuse to snuggle up in a warm restaurant, with great company & comfort food, while listening to the pouring rain outside, watching rain drops chase each-other down the windows.



I got reminded of all of these things last Sunday, when my lovely friend (and colleague) @jennifergeertsen came over to Gothenburg from Denmark for a short visit. Gothenburg of course treated us to harsh winds, grey skies and rain, so we had a brief tour of the city before we eventually gave up, escaped the rain and dived into Tacos & Tequila for an early dinner. We sat there and had a catch up over tacos & sweet potato fries, listened to the rain pour down outside - and watched a raindrop or two race each-other down the restaurant window.


The oh-so-lovely @jennifergeertsen & some amazing food at Tacos & Tequila

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