29 December 2017

The list - it's a wrap 2017

Best museum - Yayoi Kusama in Tokyo. So darn hard to choose, I have visited so many both old and new museums this year but if I have to choose this must be the one. Beautiful building in a random area which made it even more special, amazing space with precious art by a fascinating lady. 



Best concert - Roskilde. Got a one day ticket from my darling man - best music experience ever. One day pure happiness. So much fun. Sigrid, Princess Nokia, Future Islands, Solange and kings of glitter tights: Erasure, beers, friends and dancing shoes. Best combination ever. 


Another magical concert was Coco in the Brorsons Church. She is goosebumps guaranteed - a perfect beginning of fall.  



Best Breakfast - We hosted a brunch for a bunch of dear friends from Hamburg and their friends who we didn't know at all but whose company we enjoyed so much a windy weekend in April. The ice was broken when they brought us a glass of homemade rhubarb jam and told us about their one avocado a month policy. We continued out on bikes, ate hotdogs. did sightseeing and drank nice coffee and bragged about Copenheaven. Niceness overload. 



Did I swim in the sea - yes. but only once or maybe twice. Worst summer in the universe. Enough said, next question please ...




What did I read - Maria Gerhardt: transfervindu, so beautiful, so sad. Many more book in planning but haven't been relaxed enough to read that much this year. Will try to catch up in 2018. Like the book below. Seems like I only read while I eat. 


Best Burger - Haven't been that into burgers this year but RAMEN! Best place is for sure Slurp Ramen - best concept, sweetest staff and BEST RAMEN, at least in Copenhagen. Haven't been there for ages. Need to go again, soon. 





Well that was Copenhagen - revisited an old favourite it TOKYO // Ginza. It's a whole different level. But I'll keep that one to myself. 


Best ice cream place - something frozen here in Copenhagen. Makes the most amazing soft ice ever. With toppings and sprinkle so Instagram friendly you want to scream. LOVE it. Especially their ice cream cakes. 


Best Coffee - This will be a long one ... There are so many - where to start?
My top favourites in Copenhagen right now is: the corner 108, prolog and coffee collective at Godhåbsvej. But will try out the new Juno the bakery and hopefully some more newbies in the new year. No so much development going on around here ... Top favourites in Tokyo: Switch Coffee, About Life Coffee Brewers and Onibus and even though it is silly Fuglen - it has such a distinct atmosphere crazy lovely hang out spot. And the concept around the blue bottle spots amazes me. Top favourites in Seoul: Felt, anthracite and . I have to mention Fritz Coffee because of the mind blowing attention to detail and merchandize and croissant. Crazy good bread, amazing space and pretty decent coffee. 



Best buy - Whyred beton shoes on sale. Had been wanting them for years and then suddenly there they were, the last pair happened to be my size and a great price. 


And this carpet for our living room, had been looking for what felt like a lifetime. And boom - there it was. On sale as well and free delivery. Looks amazing and still love it. 


Where did you travel too - I visited Josefine in Wesel, Anika in Malmø, Mimi in Vallåsen, Anja in Århus, my family in Munich, factories in Shanghai, beautiful stores in Hong Kong, went to the summerhouse with dear friends, inspiration trip to Paris and London, Austria with my mum and sister - the most relaxing days in my life, saw my grandparents in the middle of nowhere, celebrated my birthday in Berlin and went to Tokyo and Seoul with my best partner in crime !!! Great travel year. 









Best Dance - last years new years. We have this tradition, that we don't do traditions or we try not to plan anything for new years. Hang out with each other and drink champagne and have nice food. We do it our way and last year we had such a lovely evening ending with loud Motown funk and dancing around drunk and happy in our living room. 

Best Drink - let's do most bizarre drink. We went to this speakeasy bar in Berlin on my birthday - got a drink that was so strong I got completely mind fucked within minutes - swept me of my feet. 

How did you spend your birthday - se above. No just kidding, there was so much more. We have a great tradition where my man surprises me with a trip to Berlin for my birthday. I love it ! We started of a Brammibal donuts, went for a stroll at the Maybachufer market, biked to Hallesches Haus and had coffee with a sweet friend, had coffee at bonanza, bought a t-shirt at Voo Store and went for dinner at Nihombashi Sushi. PERFECT day - loved every bit of it !  






Best TV series - SKAM !!! Oh my gosh, the hype was unreal. I loved watching it - in small bits and pieces. I followed the blog, a little glimpse every day, loved the daily updates and felt beamed back to my own youth.
The Crown was another gem for a royalist as myself - so beautifully made and last but not least INSECURE - great soundtrack, beyond this world outfits and the language. Really, really good.

Best workshops - The Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Space 10. Both focused on sustainable design and circular economy - the future ! Learned so much and felt so inspired to change the world and take responsibility. 

Best theater - we saw the ballet: silk and knives at the royal theater here in Copenhagen which was beautiful. But way back in the beginning of this year I went to brunch and ballet at the royal theater. It's for free and you buy coffee and croissants at the cafe and just sit down and watch the ensemble practice. I remember I went there by myself and got lost in the darkness and beauty of the dancers for a little while. Really magical. 

In a few days we will celebrate new years. Our way - if it is just half as good as last year it will be a great success. 
A grande finale of 2017. A good year, I am sure 2018 will get even better. 







My aims for 2018 
READ MORE 
LAUGH MORE 
RELAX MORE 
KISS MORE 
LOVE MORE
maybe in a different order ... 
Have a great new year people - hope to see some of you in 2018. Let's dance some more !!!


31 October 2017

Du må ikke være så snill jente.

Sometimes I am asked what language I prefer to speak, mostly I have a hard time answering that because it's hard to pick a favourite. 

On days like today I miss Norwegian, so I listen to podcasts, read articles out loud and look forward to going to work tomorrow because almost certainly I will have a Norwegian customer or two. I always read, some months more than others. And I read books and magazines, blogs and news and articles in all the different languages I speak to make sure I don't forget any of them. 

I love reading out loud. I always have. You give the words meaning when you read them out loud and they manifest themselves differently. You feel the weight of the words in a different way that when you just rush through them inside your head. 

Languages are alive and you have to practice them, use them, develop them. When I have customers at work who have lived for decades abroad but still speak their original language without the slightest hint of an accent I am in awe. 

I am good - really good at languages but for the trained ear there is always a hint of Norwegian and sometimes German when I speak.

In less than two weeks we will fly to Japan and South Korea - we will wander the streets, listen to languages we are not used to hearing, get lost, look for places we haven't been before and maybe revisit a place or three I remember from last time. Diving into a different culture - with bows and cultural differences, new smells and sounds is the greatest gift of traveling.

I Can't wait. My expectations are immensely high and the lists are getting longer each day - but we have promised ourselves to relax as well. 

I stumbled upon this quote today. 
The quote is by: Gro Dahle. A Norwegian author and poet. I won't translate it - use google if you feel like it. 


Du må ikke være så snill jente. Du må gå dit det brenner. Du må bryte mer stein. Du må være der du er til det går over av seg selv. Du må kaste alt du har, og begynne på nytt.





found this GREAT illustration on pinterest - unfortunately without a link to who made it. Please let me know if you have an idea and I will relink it. 



20 October 2017

Tokyo and Seoul part.1

In a few weeks we are of to Tokyo and Seoul.

Can't wait, 16 days of pure excitement.
Right now I have 6 travel guides lying on the table next to me. I won't even mention how many open windows in my browser and bookmarks on the computer I have. And let's not even talk about my lists on Instagram and notes on my phone.

I have been looking forward to this trip for so long but right now I can't wrap my head around the planning part. The one part of a trip I enjoy the absolute most. A big cup of tea and biscuits was suppose to help me start - but now, two cups and a 4 biscuits later I am still stuck.

It will be my mans first trip to ASIA - he will be stoked. I am sure he will love the food, the signs, the tall building, the classic colours and crazy loud sounds even more that I do and I am already crazy about all of it. Take things as they come, I hear people say. But how does that work?

Keep your expectations low, my mum always said. Scared I might get disappointed. My last trip to Tokyo is 2 years ago, I absolutely loved every bit of it. I felt completely lost for the first time in my life. Forget about being "New York street smart" and globetrotter my gosh this was the real deal.

What are we doing for sure is have coffee, eat ramen, people watch, shop at MUJI and just take it as it comes.





16 September 2017

Insecure // Issa Rae

Well I might be late - outing myself as a crazy Insecure, Issa Rae, Awkward Black Girl FAN, like crazy can't get my hands down it tickles in my tummy fan.

I am sure you have seen it and I will not even bother saying if not, then please do. Because I don't think anyone can possibly be as late as I am.
Who would have thought that someone just came around the corner and knocked Girls of the throne. One of my favourite series all time, without me even noticing?

Don't get me wrong. I still love Hanna, Jessa, Marni and Shoshanna !!! But Issa Rae is just funny - and well dressed and so freaking tight! It starts with the music, yeah we girls do love Drake because he just gets us and the stylist behind her looks: Ayanna James just completes the strong, mesmerizing personality of Issa and the rest of the crew. They are so strong, yet so vulnerable and filled with flaws. She gave her a Manu Atelier bag. It's cool on top of cool on top of cool. If you like the clothes, read the great interview The Fader did with Ayanna James. It beats me why anyone haven't given us a series that has so strong visuals before? Where you are basically, ready to move there immediately. Because you feel like being part of that crew, calling all your friends bitch from now on.

If you still don't have enough. You might want to read this article with Issa Rae and Jaclyn Johnson.
On the seven reminders every female entrepreneur need right now. Link here.

Below is the editorial done by Hanna Magazine.
Issa Rae was asked to capture her muses. Styled by Wayman and Micah. Hair done by Felicia Leatherwood and photographed by Elton Anderson Jr.

My personal favourite is Missy - what's yours?












05 September 2017

I am back - at least for now.

Ok - let's do this.
Gather some thoughts and spread some internet love once again.
Because I missed it - having a place of my own where I say my thoughts out loud and share things I love.

And because I have promised myself that I will not reply to any more emails / texts or messengers from people asking me where to go and what to eat when they are visiting a place I have been or lived. Even though most of the people are friends and I love to help - hey I am a not a pleaser for nothing !!! But you guys are just too many. You have no idea how much time I spend writing these. It's always like: OK, just a few things, it will only take a minute - nope. It never does.

So from now, I will just redirect them to this litte safe haven of places I have been and which I loved and other things on my mind. Because it's not called called - if I could choose for nothing, right?!

Something that really takes up a lot of my energy at the moment is finding balance.
Without sounding like a crazy hippie - girl gone dreads and over night wheats over here. Finding balance is becoming more and more important to me.

One way of figuring out where my balance is, is reading.
Me time, yoga, being bored and staring out of the window. It's so difficult and I never feel I have the time but I am trying. That's a start.

The three books I have on my night stand right now is:

DON'T GET A JOB ... MAKE A JOB: given to me by my man. I am in a Limbo. At least job-wise. For the past seven months I worked as a wovens designer for a danish company, designing womenswear. It was a maternity leave cover so when it was over in July I was out. The politics around maternity leave in Scandinavia are GREAT just so hard to handle when you are the one covering for someone. Because they tend to come back wanting their job back and no matter how hard you worked, there isn't always room for an extra. But the good thing is that it made me think about the business I have spent quite a few years in and how little it develops and how much better it could be. I am really good at fast fashion - I love following up the numbers and strategically designing garments people want to buy. But in my head it doens't make sense to keep on producing and very often overproducing all these garments. Creating a whole bunch of garments without a real demand - the demand is something you create and hype up after the design process.

What happened to product follows demand...

The entire sustainability discussion and especially slow fashion and circular design are focus points I yet again thrive to get my hands dirty in. Let's see what happens but I am pep talking myself - networking with interesting people and figuring out how I can change something from where I stand.
And in the meanwhile I am working at the airport again. It's hectic, it's international, great people and even though it's crazy hours it beats being unemployed any day!

THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FUCK: this on the other hand a sweet, sweet friend gave me for my birthday. She keeps telling me to stop being such a pleaser. Admitting that things are not always fine and start to give a fuck a whole lot more. Working on that - hoping this book will be a game changer. Will keep you posted. Love that my friends push me like this. I am so good at giving other people advice, pep talking and pushing people to get better. I would love to instead use that energy on myself for some time.

I LOVE DICK: The same friend who gave me this, also gave me: We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it was such an eye opener. I have never considered myself a feminist, what was there to fight for ?! I had always felt equal, and never even considered that being a girl at least in this part of Europe would be any different from being a boy.

That was until I started to work in big corporate businesses. How come all the CEO's in the companies I have worked in by now are men. Even though there are mostly women in the sections below - some with more experience and more education than the big bosses on the top. Why are the wages not equal if the work done is the same? Why do some women wear red lipstick, cleavage down to their belly button and high heels to meeting when the big boss is in town but otherwise come to work in jeans and a t-shirt? Girls and boys are different, no doubt about that. The best teams I have worked in, have been the ones with a good blend of both.  But feminism has become a theme in my world again - gender equality and bias connotations, communication through what you wear and how you behave suddenly seams so relevant to talk openly about again. So I will read some more, applaud tv series like insecure and girls showing us different types of people in public media, embrace tolerance and wear red lipstick on a Wednesday and not only to board meetings ...

Talk soon, over and out.







14 June 2016

CLOSED - Born in the 80s

It's not a secret that I am a huge CLOSED fan - I wish my complete closet was filled with it. I especially love their small capsules when they rediscover designs from their archive. 

I am madly in love with this campaign. The design, the visuals, the personality in each detail of this campaign.

Watching the soccer game - crossing my fingers that Iceland will go far in this years championships. Such a great accomplishment that such a small nation has gone so far already. 
Hope they win - They sure deserve every minute of glory !

Working as a wovens Designer at the moment for the Danish brand Soaked in Luxury. It's a short maternity leave cover but I am really enjoying myself.