Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREAT MINDS

Yellow

Palmtrees and a new yellow coat. Can't get much better.

Hotel Casa Fuster


Four years ago, Barcelona was my secret playground. The place I went to feel free, wild and to indulge everything life have to offer as often as I could.
This time I went with my mother to visit my little sister and we eat at, what I would say is some of the best restaurants in town. I had memories flushing by my eyes at most places. The craziness of life in a quick speeded lifestyle, so far from where I am in life right now.


It became more clear then ever, why I decided so passionately to document my life with all of these pictures. To never forget. To capture life's all exciting changes.

(Hotel Casa Fuster)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Barcelona - Stay tuned

I'm back home and as usual, we've have had a wonderful, life lifting and just the best of times. Picture cavalcade is to be expected the upcoming days.

Be ready for the warmth of family, colours, lovely outfits, pleasure of life, sun, food and love.

Talk soon!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Status

Dear readers, I wanted to find time tonight to answer all questions that i haven't been able to for a week or so. But here I am, with the worst migraine and still haven't packed.
So, see you after the weekend and hopefully I'll be back happy, strong, positive and with a beautiful picture cavalcade of Barcelona, outfits and just life. I will answer them when I return. Talk then!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY LIST

My sister has started a addictive tradition, every week she post a Wednesday List of random questions on her blog, which is just so much fun. We're all big fans of lists and questions (right?) so I though of doing a copy past on that one directly every Wednesday and publish the same one here with my answers to her questions. Her last list is not that funny for me, since most of the answers would be the same, but i'll copy the one before.
Here we go.

How are you? Well Thank you for asking, but had better days. So many problems that needs solutions and I'm already lacking energy as it is.

What are you doing at this moment? Well, trying to find another lady to come and live with us (which answers the problems above). I'm also planning what to pack for the upcoming and ever so exciting trip to mi hermana.

What have you been doing this week? I have started Pilates again after a week of sickness but nevertheless taking care of my children and family as usual. It's a full time job for sure. Not a very exciting week. Actually this everyday life back in Stockholm and a house in a residential suburb... I find it sometimes hard.

What did you eat for dinner Monday evening? A very nice peruano meat dish with cinnamon, raisins, garlic as flavours and a couscous combo with avocado pieces. A clear favourite!

What did you last buy? Well you can see them on the picture above. A wonderful and chic coat/cardigan from Sand from Gillblads.se and this perfect and just so nice bag from See by Chloé from the same place. They just got delivered to my door. The fanciness of internet! I also bought baby milk for Leon earlier today and colouring products for my eyebrows.

Which is your biggest physical addiction? In this order: 1. Alexis and Leon, 2. My man, 3. Coffee in the morning, 4. Passionate kisses, 5. Beautiful, aesthetic perfection around me, 6. Travels, 7. Memories, 8. Food, 9. To sometimes get tipsy and let go, 10. Chocolate and salt liquorice.

What will you do this weekend? If anyone possibly have missed out - taking my mother and flying to my little sister in Barcelona. In other words: enjoying life to the fullest.

What makes you happy? In fear to sound cliche and repeating; my family, my children, to achieve things and to feel like life is offering you adventures which I can learn and grow from. To feel good and positive inside and out and live a life where it feels like you have an important purpose and where you are as free as possible from mechanistically patterns where you just live without questioning and developing the purposes of it. I understand that we all have obligations, but I would love to have them as vivid as possible to be able to live MY way of life instead of societies way of telling us how to live and do things

If you could move wherever you wanted, except where you live right now, where would you move? Well, let's forget that we need jobs, that the children needs good pre school and all of that sometimes frustrating truth - then I would move to somewhere in Italy or maybe US (both not the best when it comes to education unfortunately). I need the climate to be mild and sunny, the surrounding to be absolutely beautiful and the advantage of interesting travels around the corner. I would be the happiest! Sweden is absolutely not my cup of tea, I had to come back to realise it again.

Favorite pastry? Something with butter and lemon.

Mention something you are proud of accomplishing in life? Actually a lot of things. But mostly I'm proud of my spontaneous, daring, social, easy going, analytic personality who got me trough all the incidents which I'm now very proud over.

What kind of goals and dreams do you have for the future? Moving away from Sweden again when the time is right. Finding somewhere to call home for a longer time then a couple of years that offers a better climate and a better everyday life quality (Sweden has a lot to offer, but it also lacks my sort of passion, happiness and I'm already bored). I would like to start designing what I've been planning for quite some time now. Some of my strongest goals are obviously to make sure my boys grow up to be strong, smart, humble, (mother loving) entrepreneurs with great minds and hearts who has the true values in life.
Else, I just want to have a fun everyday life where Stina is getting some time again and where the family is traveling, loving, laughing and fulfilling our visions whatever they may be.

What do you appreciate in other people? I can't stand too complicated or boring creatures and need a fun spirit, with life experience who are social, spontaneous, generous, kind and loving. If they like to organise a nice dinner and have a somewhat different personality with dynamic and inspiring sides - then I'm hooked. I like passionate humans, people who wants something with their life and also who are eager to make life something memorable!

Mention a memorie from your childhood? Well, one of the greatest one is probably the day my parents came and told me that I would get little sister or a brother! I had longed for one during ten years and then, finally she came, little Lissie. I was so incredibly happy. Another fun memory is our dance performances in the big windows of NK here in Stockholm. Me in "cykelbyxor", belly top and ballerina shoes, 12 years old doing the coolest moves in this world (i thought at the time ..). A sight for a sore eye.

Pilates



If it's easy - then it's probably NOT Pilates.
But if it give amazing results - then it probably is.

I have to tell you, that when I started to realise the magic of Pilates and decided to make it a part of my life, I did some research and read that it was hard, complicated in the start and that you needed to have patience with your own body before it starts understanding the small but oh so important and crucial details from what's wrong to what's right. Yet, it looked so easy on pictures, the same on videos and I thought to myself "I mean, how hard can it be?" I also read on my personal trainers Instagram account (@amelieadolfsson) the sentence above (If it's easy, then it's probably NOT Pilates) but my bold personality even there didn't understand the greatness of it.

Now I've taken a couple of personal training sessions and yesterday I participated in my first group class with a technique from the Pilates guru Garuda. And boy is it hard in the beginning!

The good thing though, is that I can already feel and see the results slowly taking shape on my body - which is so amazing and thrilling!
I am grateful that I decided to book a couple of personal traning sessions in the beginning since I was a pure rockie. Those private lessons now make the group sessions more understandable and Pilates is so much about small things, an understanding of the body and how to play with the small differences in muscles, that I would probably have been a little lost without them.
So anyway, yesterday I took my first Garuda Pilates class at Stockholm Pilates Center. Another woman and me were the only one new to the class, the rest had been doing it for a longer time. I loved it even though I had some difficulties getting it all right in the beginning.
Did a feel like a Hippopotamus on ice? Absolutely! Was it hard? Oh yes. Did I feel like I was totally lost? Mmmm, most of the times. But I'm sure that in two month times or perhaps and hopefully less, I will understand it much more, learn how to coordinate my arms, muscles and legs together and have that natural flow that most of the participants had. I looked at all the other women (mostly in my age and older) with gracious movements and wonderful bodies and I got so inspired. That's my goal!

So, this is my short journey so far. I'm absolutely happy/proud that I started and decied to take control over my physics again and really work on getting my body in a life long, feminine shape. I can't wait to be able to lift my leg behind my bump in this super elegant and strong way or be able to fully control all of the other acrobatic postures that makes Pilates so faschinating.

Talk soon! Just got a wonderful delivery which I will now indulge myself in and start planning the packing for the upcoming Barcelona trip.




Monday, April 7, 2014

Count down

It might not look that thrilling, hanging from a hanger like this. But this little nude coloured thing is blowing the proportions of a female body. I'm talking open back, loose fit at the top and then ultra tight on the bottom which is sort of held together with a zipper ... Might be one of the dresses for this weekends BCN get-away. I heard it's really warm over there, any BCN citizens/readers to approve?

(dress: here)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Country side air

What a nightmare week. Both me and Leon were sick and just when I started to get better and saw the light in my tunnel - I got the worst migraine attac on Friday morning. Still to this minute I'm not free from the pain.
But my man came back home to Stockholm and took me, without the kids, out for a nice country side lunch in one of our favourite castles. He assured me some fresh air would do me good and even though I was quite negative in my whole spirit (hate the cold Swedish weather etc etc), it was so nice to have some alone time with him.

(cashmere coat: MaxMara, cashmere shawl: Davida, here, wedges: Isabel Marant & bag Hermès)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My favourite



Obviously I'm obsessed. She might be my little sister, but take my advice. Read it.

Wicked



When Sexy gets Sexier.

Always nice to stroll down memory lane ... 

(our friends car, but no one drives it like my man)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Status II

I might have been slightly naiv when i wrote that I was feeling better - I'm not. Worse actually. Bad sleeping (my boys alternates to wake me up) and no rest is not making it all better. And for all of you asking about Lady A: Well, maybe she did not come with all the experience I had wished for, so a lot of training is necessary before I can leave her with both children and just relax. Plus, Alexis is in a very complicated face and is a handful to deal with. Let's just say that he haven't accepted her at all yet ...

Talk soon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

*Satus

The kids were both a bit stomach sick last week and I always get a hint of whatever they have (i have to blame myself for always kissing them anyhow).
This week, when my man left us started great ... not. Both children are so so, I had fever yesterday and just would like to have a Entourage marathon in bed instead of taking care of others. (Lady A is free Sundays and Mondays).
So when I had to take Alexis to pre-school yesterday with my pale face, head ache and tired eyes and then also go grocery shopping with both of them, I wore this perfect sweater with the loveliest of cashmere shawls out there. A perfect disguise for a naked face with no makeup and no motivation whatsoever.

But today I feel better! Thank you for that.

(sweater: here, cashmere shawl: here)

*obviously suppose to be Status, but that's how tired I am, can hardly write correctly.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Addictive

Et voilà!

(if you don't understand, click here)

Don't forget




Don't forget!

The discount code from Kotyr ends today at midnight! Read more here!

Rarely

So we had our first five hours to our self this Saturday, M and me and of course took the advantage of drinking wine at midday and eat a two course french lunch at one of our little hideaway Bistros. Hopefully a nice start of a well needed tradition.
But now he's gone again for some time and when he is back, it's not too long until I'm taking my mother, jumping on an airplane for and adventure South! How we long!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

stina's vintage store

Some of the things that will be up in this evenings sale at Stina's Vintage Store
Brands like Burberry, Prada, Equipment, byMalene Birger, Ash etc

Be prepared, like always, it's first comes first served!

Party with children


I just bought this absolutely truly 'Stina-dress' in a super soft, knitted material from here and planning to wear it for todays party where we will be bringing the children.
I can see the dress being so useful all through spring and summer and already planning different outfits and different looks with it.
But for todays occation I'm hestiating with the shoes. My natural choice would be the dotted boots or the high Givenchy boots, but since the kids are with us I might just end up with the Hermès heels. The problem with those, is that the whole look gets too "classic" and I hate that. Classic always needs to be spiced up according to me, else it's old grandmother style and boring.
Everything with Hermés needs a twist not to get in that direction. I prefer wearing them with jeans and a fun t-shirt, maybe a trench and some nice bag.

But for today I need your advice, what would you go for?

(dress: byMalene Birger here, bag: Chanel, shoes: 1. Givenchy, 2. Rizzo, 3. Hermès & 4. Valentino)

Last weekend


Last week I purchased a year card at Junibacken in Stockholm for Alexis and me. Junibacken is a magical place (where I always took my ten years younger sister when she was small) with all the fairytales from the famous child author Astrid Lindgren, the mother of Pippi Longstocking etc. That means we actually went two times in seven days and this is what I wore last Sunday. The bomber jacket and sunglasses I found at Lindex (!!!)


(jacket: Lindex, sweater and shawl: MaxMara, bag: Balenciaga)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday competition

It's Friday and that is for many, the best day of the week. So why not start it extra joyful by having a competition where you can win this beautiful bracelet from ShopRajic?
It's a designer bracelet from the talented Malanie Auld in gold plated silver with small Pave stones.

Just follow the instructions on the picture, write a comment in the comment field here in the blog with your name and country and the founder of the boutique will chose a winner in one weeks time!

Good Luck to all of you!

Black'n white

I went to a business meeting the other day. It felt somewhat weird going from my family life to a serious business proposal and planning. But i also saw that it's actually possible. I managed both to kiss Alexis good bye at pre-school and cuddle Leon before it was time for some serious moments.

But this is for me, a perfect working outfit. A warm sweater though the spring is still hiding and just a nice pair of silk pants.

(coat: Balenciaga, cashmere sweater: Alexander McQueen, pants: Greta & bag: Hermès)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Getting in shape

Today I will share with you something that I longed to start with, something my body cries out for and something I think will change me and my everyday life forever.

I've never wanted to be a face for creating stress about females bodies. Neither turn this blog into a health forum or an atmosphere with diets and information about how to become skinner or anything in that direction. I think all types of female bodies are beautiful if they look healthy and happy. Curves are mind-blowing but so are thin, long legs. Small breast can be ever so elegant under a loose fitted evening dress just as much asa fuller decolltage can be so beautiful in a bikini. Conclusion is that most people have something beautiful and perfection is impossible to strive for and will drive the most healthy brain insane after a while. Food is what build us and food should be eaten. The best way to be able to eat whatever you want in normal portions, is to exercise in combination.

I've gone through two pregnancies within three years and on top of that I'm turning 35 years old next time (!!!). I took a decision a while back and made my mind clear on how I will make sure to look like in 20 years - and to be able to reach that life long goal, i needed to start now.

All of you who followed me for all these years that I've been blogging, know that I prefer home training instead of going somewhere and I still have my very loyal companion mr: Orbitreck which is now placed in our sauna/training room with some weights and a yoga carpet. Some days back, when Lady A came into our life, I decided to Orbitreck about 2-3 times per week, 20-25 min per time so it don't feel too exhausted and big and also lift some weights after. But some things, needs to be done away from home.
The thing that I've been most eager to start with and that needs personal expertise from the beginning to get it right - is Pilates.

Pilates seems to be the secret behind all beautiful bodies and I'm determent to stay healthy with curves on the right places and create long and slim muscles and a elastic and strong body. So I just bought a year card from the Pilates place in Stockholm (HERE) that has the best reputation and also booked me in on 6 (maybe more in the end) personal training sessions.
Pilates is about the small movements and it's almost impossible to just start without a little guidance in the beginning. It's possible to get a "start-class" in group training also, but I feel like a clumsy hippopotamus and really want become an expert in Pilates, so i figured it was best to get the best from the beginning. I have a feeling I will get out so much more from my Pilates exercise by doing so.

I think you are many women/men/mothers out there who just like me, are eager to get back in their own shape and that want to start Pilates but just haven't got their bump out there yes - so I figure I will make this my lifestyle and my blog is part of just that, so voila!
From now on, I will let you all follow my new life and the starting year of Pilates! I will take photos on my progress, write about it and just indulge myself (and you) in this, for me, very new life long mission.

My goal is to be a Pilates super woman!

I took my first private session this Monday, and today (when I finally can walk normal again) it's time for my second. I'm so thrilled and so excited. I want my bump back up, my legs filled with slim and strong muscles, get my body-posture back (hållning) that looks like a cheese doodle after carrying my children (and sit on the floor and play). And, just to feel energetic and strong again!

Hope you will enjoy!

Children's furnitures

A couple of weeks back, I promised to show you small parts of Alexis' boy room. I was so thrilled to have found these furnitures from the online store Hemston, to a good price with lovely quality. They are stylish, but yet have a cute and warm child feeling to them which is utterly important.
So this is my oldest sons place and it should be suitable for a toddler and feel nice and welcoming. I love how the furnitures looks grown up, yet not. They are the perfect size for a child and have so much space for organisation.

The hardest thing to find according to me, when looking around the children furniture market in Sweden, was a book shelf that looked beautiful, without paying 10.000SEK for it, which was often the case. This company also give you a free delivery, which is seldom the case!

I truly find the closet and the bookshelf absolutely perfect and I'm happy to share them with all of you, trying to find good children's furnitures, but for decent prices.

You can find them here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Casual

So another casual, easy going outfit, this time with a sleeping Alexis in the pram. I have so many news to tell you, things I've just started and things very interesting for the future, some for all of you who just wonder when I will start work again ...

I went through my closet again and in a few days more things will be up in Stina's Vintage Store. During my rinsing I found this amazing cashmere shawl from Hermès by the way. It's surely like a little treasure room, especially since motherhood, were I tend forget half of all the things in this world.

Well ... stay tuned. Blink

Monday, March 24, 2014

Little Buddah


Some time since I posted my youngest here. Little Leon is always a little sunshine, except when he is sick, like now. Then the nights are just so hard and I hardly look forward going to sleep. But he is bubbly, curious and strong as his father. Much more settles in his body then Alexis which I think will have more my body type in the end.
Also this little person I am so over head in love with and I need to taste him and kiss him and eat him at least 100 times per day. He is so different from his older brother and he fascinates me incredible. He truly makes me so happy, this little chubby body of joy.

But this is day to day life. Many moments on this cosy madras with his favourite Elephant from Bobles that Alexis also enjoys very much. It can be turned up side down and work as a swing.

Good Night from us!

(baby chair: Stokke)