A little tube of hope
It makes me feel really hopeful when I see more and more companies switching to organic. In a perfect world we wouldn’t even need any beauty products and we could spend our money on education instead. But since we are not there yet, go organic when you buy stuff to put on your skin.
A ten-minute outfit
Sweater, Lisa Yang. Coat, Acne studios. Jeans, had forever.
Saturday I was all about keeping warm in my two grey favorite cashmere pieces. About ten minutes after this picture I had to change though, that is something I have become used to doing pretty often living with a five month old baby. Also it looks like I am about to sneeze in the first picture, I did not.
A simple festive touch
After a weekend of trying to get the house sorted (we ended up getting three things out of fifteen done). One of the things we did do that was not on the list was to lit the first advent candle. I am not much for wild Christmas decorations but I thought this eucalyptus wreath would look nice over the kitchen table.
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Instead of buying in to black Friday buy secondhand.
Top, Alexander Wang. Bag, Proenza Schouler.
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The art of repair
The other day my sweater got stuck on a nail, this is something that I am quite familiar with – breaking stuff that is. And so I am very grateful to brands that think ahead for clumsy people and send some extra yarn with your knitted garment for these exact situations. This is in my opinion one way to think in a more sustainable way, to forsee the lifespan of a garment. This kind of thinking is something we need more of, let’s reintroduce the art of repair!
The surprising colour that is perfect for hiding baby puke
Organic alpaca wool sweater, Maska. Jeans, Filippa k.
Stella is shredding like a broken furby and Dylan is un-eating his food non stop all over my clothes. Dressing for a day with these two have been easier. But today I think I unriddled the code. Off white from top to toe! It hides baby vomit and pug hair perfectly. Organic cotton body, Cubus.
Bibs made of towels.
Dylan is teething which means he drools like never before. I scanned the second-hand market for nice bibs but couldn’t really find any to my liking, so I used small linen towels to make my own. Face towels are the perfect size. These are very much inspired by a handkerchief Ellen Dixdotter had on her daughter, she might be the best-dressed baby I have ever seen. Such a little cutie! To make his little bibs, I just sewed on some press studs and they were done, so easy.
The phenomenon of motherhood?
Overall, Charity auction/Tradera.
Dylan is all about power napping this week, twenty minutes tops at time. So gone are the hour long naps where I use to be able to get stuff done, even so, I have never been as efficient as I am after having Dylan. Things that use to take me an hour I now get done in five minutes. Boom! It’s like my brain works in a different way, superpowered and highly productive. This new phenomenon feels exciting, but what to call it… Motherhood?
Emma on saying goodbye and being a true söderkis.
Today I handed over the keys to my old apartment. Part of me is relived that everything is done with our old place, no more stuff to move and nothing that needs cleaning. I have to say it was a lot harder than I thought I would be to say goodbye. I had one last look this morning at the high ceiling, big windows and the wooden fishbone parquet floor and could not help but feel a strong twinge of sadness. Södermalm is in my opinon the best part of Sweden’s capital, it’s such a perfect mix of old Stockholm, nature and citylife. I actually never thought I would leave. But life is funny in that way, is it not? You never know where it might lead you. The lady we use to live next door told us something that cheered me up, she said Dylan is always going to be a true ‘söderkis’, which is a old slang word for someone that was born on Södermalm. Roughly translated, it means ‘south-cat’, but it’s like a Stockholm equivalent of a cockney. I like that, my söderkis family starting a new adventure.
Buy a coat made from recycled wool!
Sweater and coat, Filippa K.
Filippa K’s latest Front Runners – a collection of pieces at the forefront of sustainability – are all made from recycled wool. Isn’t that amazing? My favorite is this mannish tailored coat in a muted brown, it comes with an extra-durable lining as that is often the bit that wears out first. This is a great example of what fashion brands should be aiming for.
Emma is revelling in home organizing.
Right now I am organizing the sh*t out of our new home. Well I squeeze it in when Dylan is sleeping, which is becoming less and less often. Slowly but surely things are finding the place at the house. The kitchen and office is almost done! These paper boxes are now serving as an organizer for our bills and important papers. Next room to get in order is my little walk-in closet. I only need to paint the walls and it’s ready to be used.
One of Emma's favorite comfort foods.
These little carb-y nuggets was pretty much all I ate during my pregnancy, well that and eggplant dumplings. Not at the same time though, bien sur! The other day I was so happy to finally have found organic egg-free gnocchi in my local food market. My favourite treat, with a vegan twist. They really are the perfect easy lunch on a cold day like today, at the moment I’m really enjoying smothering them in olive oil, sea salt and fresh thyme for a herb-y kick.
Nursing a baby and dressing warm is a tricky business.
Top, Boob. Trousers, Filippa K.
Breastfeeding is something that (at least for me) has made dressing somewhat tricky. When I’m at home I mostly wear old T-shirts and hoodies. But, leaving the house you need to think twice, especially now when the winter is here and your depending on layers to keep warm. This is top is a favorite of mine. Made by the sustainable brand Boob and design for breastfeeding, I will definitely keep wearing it after I am done nursing Dylan.
We are all waking up to a nightmare. How could this happen?
We are all waking up to a nightmare. How could this happen? What will happen to the world? What world will our children grow up in? I feel devastated. The result of the American election has left me feeling emotional and despairing.
Despite this, I feel even more determined that we need to come together. Love instead of hate. Hope instead of fear. And help each other. We all need to care more and do more. We need to respect each other. Today I am going to try and stop feeling so fucking scared of what the future might hold. I will pour my hope into the future generation, and pray that they will learn from our mistakes. I will raise Dylan knowing that all people are worth the same, all genders and races deserve the same respect and that kindness is NOT a weakness. Compassion the only thing that can heal the world. Let’s all ask ourselves today, what can we do to make this world a better place?
Emma feels your shrunken jumper pain, and has a solution!
Have you ever felt that deep sadness when you say goodbye to your favourite jumper – and it was all your fault? Sweater-shrinkers should really read our laundry care features, in fact everyone who owns wool garments should take note! I myself love the tip on how to dry a woollen sweater so that it does not lose shape. I really learned so much from making this feature, read the how-to for perfect sweater care.
Drinking liters of coffee in knitted sweatpants.
Sweater, Lisa Yang. Trousers, Stella McCartney.
This picture is from a year ago at our office. Just a few days later I was going to find out that we were going to have a baby. Crazy that I did not know that Dylan was chilling in my belly at this time. We were both quite surprised when we found out, funny enough we found out about Dylan sitting at that very table in the picture. We had a week when our apartment was being renovated so we spent some time cooking dinner at my office. I really miss the office, even if I love being home with Dylan, some days it would be so lovely just to sit at my desk drinking liters of coffee and chatting with all the wonderful women that we share our office with.
Since we moved, these days I try to switch from my pyjamas to real clothes in the mornings. And this is one of my favorite looks this time of year, knit trousers, a fine-knit sweater and sneakers. Almost my everyday uniform nowadays.
Peacoat, gloves and sneakers.
These handmade gloves from Hestra and my big peacoat from Dagmar are my two best friends right now when we go on our daily walk with Stella. Now I only need to find the winter boots (sneakers don’t really work for walks in the forest) they are some where among all the moving boxes in the basement I and am ready to take on winter.
How do you make your winter dry skin feel better?
At this time of year the air goes horribly dry here in Sweden, we actually have snow on the ground. So in order to boost my at the moment super dry skin, I am trying out a broccoli serum filled with vitamin C. Right now André is trying to steal it from me becuase at the end of the day it always somehow ends up in his bathroom…
Here are some fun facts about the health benefits of broccoli: They are derived from the unique mixture of nutrients, organic compounds, minerals, and vitamins that are found in broccoli. These include significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber, folate, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, manganese, tryptophan, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. Not to bad ha?
On top of trying the care for my skin for on the outside I am eating tons of healthy fats and trying to drink loads of water. And to night I am going to put some plain honey on my face, that normally does the trick for my skin. I also love to cover my skin in coconut oil this time a year. What are your best tricks to make your skin feel better?
Dylan is turning four months today.
Wooden piano, Åhléns Bra val. The shoes he got from Grandma.
Today Dylan is turning four months old. I really can’t believe how fast baby’s learning new stuff! It’s truly amazing. This is also how long it has taken us to learn how to make our days more efficient. Routines you might call it. Something I always been terrible at maintaining. Before lunch is mostly about trying to get the little guy to sleep. The afternoon is all about playing his little piano, crawl training and eating. At night we take a bath and then it’s off to bed. At the moment he is sleeping through the night and only wakes up once or twice to eat. Fingers crossed that won’t change!
Emma is getting used to life in the 'burbs – and liking it.
So the first thing I realized when opening my computer yesterday was that we don’t have any internet. Duuuuhh! Of course we don’t, I don’t know how I didn’t think about that? Right now I am using my phone which is SO slow because of bad reception. It don’t know if it’s the fresh air or lack of wifi but I really feel at peace here.
So just a few quick updates. One: I LOVE LIVING HERE. Two: DYLAN LOVES IT TOO, he’s been shining like the sun since we moved in. Three: the stairs are looking smashing since we painted them light grey, I’ll show you a picture soon. The other very important update in my life is that I LOVE our new supermarket that feels like an airport, their organic food section is as big as our old store – this is totally the way to my heart. I think I am liking suburban life so far!
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