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Embroidered statement pieces

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 31 August, 2016

As you know, I love how you can make a simple garment unique by adding a little something to it – like an embroidery. Last week we shot beautiful Nikita in some unique pieces from STAND’s spring 2017 collection – all embroidered with the lastest innovation within the embroidery industry. Embroline by Coloreel is an attachment for embroidery machines that both enables unique designs and improves the overall production efficiency by instantly colouring the thread during the actual embroidery production (which means no interruptions for switching threads). Think of it a little bit as a colour printer for industrial embroidery. Cool huh? Look at all the looks here!


Why it's a good idea to choose wood instead of plastic.

I find it such a relief that an ever-increasing number of people consider the environmental footprint not only of fashion and beauty but also of furniture and kitchen supplies before they make purchases.

It’s important for a number of reasons: it concerns our health (did you know poor indoor air quality is often related to toxins in furniture?) as well as natural resources and our biosphere (which is the reason we have to consider if the things we buy are durable, recyclable, renewable).

Our choices of materials are so important for the state of our planet for example choosing (FSC labelled) wood instead of plastics for things such as cutting boards.

Here are some reasons to choose wood instead of plastics:

– Wood products are in most cases the more durable choice of material, which helps to preserve the earth’s resources.
– Wood products, at least responsibly treated such, are renewable. Plastics are made from petroleum which is not a sustainable source. Recycled plastic is of course better though!
– Studies show that heat can make certain plastics release chemicals that can be absorbed by the food your cooking. Read more about the different types here.
– Wood is a so much more beautiful than plastic! Try to buy untreated wood and use natural oils to protect it’s surface.

I have selected some of my favorites from Åhléns Bra Val selection. These are all products that have been produced in a environmental friendly way and will make your kitchen a lot prettier than plastic tools.

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Napkins, butter knife and cutting board from Åhléns Bra val.

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Cutting board, salt cellar, napkin, napkin holder nailbrush and cloth from Åhléns Bra val.

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Coaster, cutting board, salt cellar and ladles.

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Cutting board and napkin from Åhléns Bra val.

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Wooden spatulas from Åhléns Bra val.


The sun keeps shining

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 27 August, 2016

Emma has plans for next summer...

I keep dreaming of next summer, even though this hasn’t ended yet. We are thinking about spending Andrés paternity leave in France and Spain. This would mean a life of surfing everyday. Fingers crossed that we can make that happen!


Recommended reading

Life — 22 September, 2017

Rustic Autumn Comfort Food Perfected by Sofia Wood

Every Friday, Sofia Wood shares cooking ideas on Make it last. This week she teases our taste buds with a hearty comfort food menu.

Style — 21 September, 2017

Office Snapshots: Favorite Shoes

Are you a socks-claustrophobic like Johanna? Here's what the Make it last team wears right now.

Style — 21 September, 2017

The Edits: Sunday Sisters

We share some of our favorite sustainable pieces, perfect for early autumn Sundays spent at home with your soul sister.

Life — 20 September, 2017

Nina Olsson: "Not eating meat is one thing I know will lessen the impact on the environment"

We’ve asked some of our favorite foodies to answer 10 questions about green, clean and healthy eating!


For tired eyes

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 26 August, 2016

Emma might have found a cure for tired eyes.

Since my sleeping routine is non-existing at the moment I was very happy when I got my hands on this eye serum. All organic containing coffein, green tea, antioxidants and more. So now I am hoping that my tired red eyes will magically disappear!


Two months

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 25 August, 2016

On Sunday this little gem is turning two months old! My days with him are literary running away, an hour feels like five minutes. He is quite calm, VERY determined and likes to be in my arms all the time. My favorite time everyday is when we are cuddling in bed under ower huge fluffy duvet. Also when you tickle his cheek he starts laughing <3


Breakfast

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by Emma Elwin on 24 August, 2016

Emma is switching her summer breakfast for a more Autumn friendly.

I have switched my Oatly yogurt and musli for a more Autumn like breakfast, porridge. I boil it in oatmeal milk and serve it with coconut milk, cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.


Easy Access

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by Emma Elwin on 23 August, 2016

Emma is loving her new breastfeed-friendly organic cotton sweater.

Organic cotton sweater, Boob.

Last Friday this amazing striped sweater landed on my doorstep. As you probably figured out by now I love to wear stripes! This one is made of organic cotton and is overlapping so that you easily can breastfeed while using it.


Lovely lavender

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 22 August, 2016

The perfect way to end the day.

I probably should’t write this but I think it’s so cozy that the evenings are getting darker. My favorite candle is this organic lavender one. To light this is the perfect way to end a long day!


Whole earth catalog

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by Emma Elwin on 19 August, 2016

Throwback Friday! Two years ago in Make it last's first office space.

Shirt, Gant rugger. Overalls, AG jeans. 

Today I tried on my favorite pair of overalls and I was actually able to get them over my thighs this time (since Dylan was born they’ve sort of been my scale). I was not able to button them, but one step at the time. Here is a picture from when our office was humid basement and we just started Make it last. I can’t believe that it’s been two years since we started this whole thing and I am so happy we took the then quite scary step and did it! The magazine I am holding is the inspiration to our logo that the very talented Christopher made.


Everyday

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by Emma Elwin on 18 August, 2016

Already the end of August?

The time is moving SO fast, I’m shocked that it’s already the end of August. Dylan has just started smiling and sometimes you can almost hear a little laugh. These moments make the lack of sleep so much easier! Although I have to say that Dylan is treating us really well even though we might not always understand what he wants right that second. But he is teatching me to be better everyday. Stella is almost like an extra mom, looking after him constantly. Especially if he sneezes, then she runs up to his side to check that he is ok.

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Sustainable inspiration

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by Emma Elwin on 17 August, 2016

This is where Emma turns for sustainable inspiration.

When ever I am looking for sustainable inspiration I vist this site.


Tea Mix

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by Emma Elwin on 16 August, 2016

Emma's favorite drink at the moment has two great benefits.

My favorite hot drink at the moment is my home made mixed tea. This is not only great to calm your nerves it’s also great if you are breastfeeding! If you’d like to try this you only mix dried camomile flowers, seeds of anise, cumin and fennel seeds.


Organic bamboo

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 15 August, 2016

Emma can't believe how much easier life got since she started carrying Dylan in a baby sling.

Scarf, Aldaria.  Trousers, H&M Conscious.

I am so happy that I over came my fear to have Dylan tied on to me in a scarf. He loves it and I am free to do things with my hands. The black one we got is a bit to thick for summer so we got a thiner one made from organic cotton. I love that the fabric is ribbed as well. It almost feels like I am wearing this beautiful top from The Row SS 15 collection. Almost.


Back to work

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by Emma Elwin on 14 August, 2016

If I would be going to the office tomorrow I would like to wear this.

Jacket, Filippa K. Trousers, H&M conscious. Hair oil, Maria Åkerberg. Slippers, Mamahuhu. Glases, EoE.  Ecological leather bag, Dagmar. 

If I where not to spend tomorrow in my pyjamas and tomorrow would be my first day back at work. I would wear something like this! I love the round Harry Potter looking glasses from the Swedish brand EoE. If I am going to invest in anything this fall it would be a pair of glasses.


Better beauty products

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 12 August, 2016

Emma doesn't use a lot of makeup – but these are her favorites.

Silk and glow serum, Oway. Hairspray, Lernberger & Stafsing. Foundation, highlighter and brush, RMS beauty. Bronzer powder, Couieur caramel.

Since I am super lazy and especially now with a baby on my arm I don’t use much beauty products. But when I do these are my favorite ones.


Toxic Free Stroller

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 11 August, 2016

Emma reviews her toxic free stroller!

I would like to start today by thanking you guys for all the kind comments, they mean the world to me! Let me know if you want to read more or less about anything.

The other day I finally got a picture of the stroller in action. A few months ago I promised some of you to write a review once I’ve used if for a while. And so far I only have good things to say about it. Super easy to push around, easy to fold and most importantly it is toxic free! Dylan thinks it’s ok too, but for the moment he’s more into being carried around. You can read more about the stroller here.


Hallway shelf

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 10 August, 2016

Emma found the last piece of the puzzle to decorate her home.

I haven’t found the time to show this shelf I found, second hand of course! As you can see it fits perfectly and I am sure I could not find a better one. This was pretty much the final piece of furniture that we needed to the apartment. We I started decorating it a two years ago I made the decisions to decorate our home using only secondhand furniture. And it has been so easy to find beatiful things for almost no money at all! Our sofa I got for 50 euros to buy it new you would have to add at least one zero.

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DIY: changing bed

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by Emma Elwin on 9 August, 2016

Emma shows you how she made her own diaper changing bed from old towels.

Since I could not find a diaper changing bed that wasn’t too expensive or made with good materials (the ones I found with organic cotton cover had no organic filling and so on), I decided to make my own. All you need is four ribbons, three big towels, one kitchen towel and a pillow case.

What I did was to sew the ribbons on to the kitchen towel’s four corners. Roll up two of the big towels and tie them on to the kitchen towel. The other big towel I folded to the same size as the kitchen towel. I placed the kitchen towel on to the folded towel and placed them in to the pillow case to make them stick together better. To water proof the bed I put a beeswax paper on top of the bed and the another towel like a sheet that you can easily wash when needed.

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Dylan doesn’t look too impressed in this picture, but I blame his dislike on wet diapers rather that the actual bed…


Cousins

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 8 August, 2016

Still stuck in bed after a long night.

Dylan and Melissa.
I hope you don’t mind all the baby posts. Me and Dylan are still stuck in bed after a long night. Here is a picture from when Dylan meet his two month older cousin Melissa the other day. How wonderful to have a cousin in the same age!


Vivaldi and recycled cashmere

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by Emma Elwin on 6 August, 2016

A afternoon with recycled cashmere and Arie d'Opera.

Today has been quite rough, Dylan spent most of the afternoon crying. Then in pure desperation I tried to play one of the songs I used to wake him up when he was lying in my belly. And guess what, it worked! After teen seconds he stopped crying and after two minutes in he was sound asleep. So now I have a five week old baby who’s favorite song is from Arie d’Opera of Vivaldi. I don’t think my André is as trilled about this as I am after playing it constantly all afternoon.

On another note, look at this beautiful sweater I got the other day from Filippa K. And you will hopefully like it even more when I tell you that it’s made out of recycled cashmere.

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Wrap and wear

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 5 August, 2016

Emma is loving her organic cotton baby sling.

Carrier/sling, Babylonia. Shirt, Hope.
The other day I successfully manage to carry Dylan in his baby sling. As I am writing this he is actually asleep on my chest in the sling. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before yesterday because it might be the best thing I’ve bought for him so far. After only a minute he was sound asleep and Stella finally got her lunch walk. Today I am going to try and summarize (or at least try to) all the things that I’ve got before hi was born that have been to great use. All of them sustainable of course!


The gang

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 4 August, 2016

Time flies when you spend your days with these two cuties.

Meet my gang! These two and me have since Tuesday spend our day on the sofa. Dylan started the first leap of his mental development this week. He has started to notice the environment around him in a whole new way. Listening watching everything very closely. This also means that he needs some extra love this week and my undivided attention. This first leap is a bit scary for the baby and the compare it with being born again. So I have not had the time to do anything else than to feed, comfort and cuddle with him these past few days. Which I don’t mind at all, but it makes it harder to update the blog as frequently. This weeks is also the week that babies normal give their first smile so I am super excited for that to happen.

I will try to snap a picture of our amazing stroller and a quick review as I promised tomorrow! But it is all up to Dylan if I can find the time.


Eleven plastic bottles makes…

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 3 August, 2016

A backpack spun from one single tread.

… one backpack! Since my polar adventure I have fallen in love with the Swedish brand Fjällräven. This backpack, made from one single thread spun from eleven plastic bottles is my latest investment. This kind of inovation is what we need more of! Not only do you save water when making this backpack, you also save energy and use less chemicals using this recycled material. Fjällräven is one of my favorite brands and I really think that their saying Without nature we are nothing is something we should remind ourselves of everyday. Read more about Re-Kånken here!


Pansy

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by Emma Elwin on 2 August, 2016

Let us all fall in love with these beautiful organic underwear.


Underwear, Pansy.

I have fallen in love with this underwear brand called Pansy. The are made entirely of organically grown natural fibers and sewn in California without a sweatshop in sight. They are dyed without the use of toxins and made with lots and lots of love.


Green Goods

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 1 August, 2016

Emma is enjoying her summer holiday.

Today I’ve made my favorite juice with lemons, apples, ginger and spinach. Other than drinking juice I am spending most of my days cuddling with Stella and Dylan on the couch.


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