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Emma Elwin

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Banans for Tradera trend collection

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on 30 January, 2017

The our first Tradera TREND collection.

As you may already know, Make it last runs a campaign site for Tradera, Sweden’s leading auction site. On Tradera Trend our editors daily scan Tradera for the best fashion auctions for you to indulge in. (Yes, it is dangerous.) Today we a launching the our first Tradera TREND collection. You can read more about the collection here!


10 actions 100 days

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 28 January, 2017

We marched and now we act.

I am trying to get ready to suit up for Fashion Week, but it feels like a big step to go from wearing sweat pants to something fashionable right now. Also I am having a really hard time trying to focus on anything other than what is happening over seas in the states. I check the news every minute to see the latest status on world destruction. Although we might notice that with out the news. I feel like I want do to something, say something, I want to protest! I went to the Women’s March website to sign up for the 10 actions 100 days. You should too, we all need to get involved more in politics, if 2016 thought me anything is that we cannot take anything for granted. One thought that makes me feel a little bit better is that these old white stupid men won’t live forever and I truly hope that the saying ‘it gets worse before it get better’ is true.

To quote the brilliant Hillary: ‘human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.’

Sign up for 10 actions 100 days here!


Interior inspiration

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 27 January, 2017

Emma's on a search for interior inspiration.

Clothing rack and footstool, Granit.
I am trying to gather some new inspiration for the house. Right now I am very inspired by light untreated wood and silver. I would love to make a similar painting to the folded one in the top of the mood board to have in the down stairs living room. I made this moodboard for something very exiting that we are launching Monday on Fashion Week, I can’t say any more right now other than this is to be continued… Watch this space!


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Spring is in the air

Posted in Inspiration
by Emma Elwin on 26 January, 2017

Emma senses a seasonal hope.

Today I felt sweet seasonal hope: the birds are singing and it is much lighter in the afternoon. Spring is on it’s way! I also got super spring inspiration from this flower make-up I found in Elle. Not to wear myself, but to make some pressed flowers to frame. I also would love to get started painting Dylan’s room and bed this week! Fingers crossed I get some time to get started on that.


Wooden vase

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 25 January, 2017

Emma has fallen in love with a vase.

Still on a natural materials tip with this wooden vase. It’s another artwork talented craftsperson Lykalia K. Beautiful isn’t it? Today me and Lisa are speaking at a event for kids about being entrepreneurs. Really excited and super nervous, wish us good luck!


Kitchen tools

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 24 January, 2017

Why rely on plastic when you can get beautiful kitchen utensils like this in wood?

Why rely on plastic when you can get beautiful kitchen utensils like this in wood? My love of natural materials is growing and spreading to all areas of my new home. Eventually, my life goal is to have a completely plastic-free home. I hope I live to see the day where natural materials rule!


To Wear or Not to Wear Makeup?

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 23 January, 2017

Is a bare face daring?

This seems to be the big question at the moment…

I received a question from Elina, one of our readers, on how I feel about makeup. Back in the day, I would spend an hour putting on eyeshadow before a night on the town. Now, however, I feel more comfortable in my own skin rarely wear makeup, mainly because it takes too much time. Most days I’m happy if I remember to put on a moisturizing cream or brush my hair… But every now and then I like to treat my face and give it a good peel, massage it with oil and end with a moisturizing face mask.

Back to makeup: to tell the truth I don’t feel that much prettier with makeup on, but rather a bit “fake”? To be clear, this is only my personal feeling towards myself, and I admire friends and people around me who master these skills and think it’s fun to put on full face. Those times I do wear makeup I don’t use more than a concealer, mascara and, this time of year, a bronzer. If I’m going to a party I might even wing on some eyeliner, but then it has to be one hell of a party.

Sometimes I feel the weight from the expectation that you as a woman should wear makeup in order to look put together and professional. But hey, men don’t look like unprofessional slobs without makeup, so why should I feel that way?


Painted black

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 22 January, 2017

A new lick of paint for an old chair

I am almost finished painting this chair. I really loved the old red paint but the color was starting to give up and since I only had black or white paint at home I figured I would need less paint if I made it black, easy decision! What do you think? I really love the new look, it’s kinda chic.


Ready for summer

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on 21 January, 2017

Holiday dreaming, a glimmer of sun in the winter months

It might be cold and dark, but a ray of sunshine… We just booked our house for our summer holiday! One of my favourite places in the world, Biarritz in France. I can’t wait to be able to surf again and it feels so good to have something to look forward to these winter months. I’m also really excited about having croissants for breakfast and visiting neighbouring San Sebastian for delicious tapas. We’re going to drive instead of flying this time, which I’m really happy about but feel slightly nervous about having Dylan in the car for so long. If you have any good tips on how to keep a one year old happy in a car, please do share!


Best baby buy

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 20 January, 2017

A super-soft baby jumper I want for myself

Sweater, Esencia.
This secondhand knitted alpaca sweater is one of the first things I bought for Dylan, and I have to say it has been one of our best baby purchases, by far. In September when he was still teeny tiny, I just rolled up the sleeves and it was like a nice warm dress. Now it is just perfect under his overalls and in the morning when we’ve woken up and the house is a bit cold it works a treat over his pyjamas. The brand only use un-dyed natural organic yarn and it is so soft and cuddly that I wish I had had a matching one. Dylan has just realized that he can pull his own socks off and hide them in various places, hence the socks pulled up high in the picture! Time moves so fast, we also got him a helmet to protect his baby head, because he is constantly standing up and losing balance.


Kitchen details

Posted in Interior
by Emma Elwin on 19 January, 2017

A no-hassle DIY project.

The easiest DIY project, we made ourselves a new kitchen shelf this weekend to give us a little more storage. We just sawed a length of wood to slot perfectly on top of the tiles in the window frame, mo drilling or hammering. I gave the wood a natural white-washed look with some pigmented flax that I mixed with some coconut oil to make it more transparent, it leaves a fresh finish that will only look better with age.

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Gala x pyjamas

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 17 January, 2017

If Emma would have made it to the gala...

Jacket & trousers, Filippa K.

I had this rad pyjama-looking outfit locked and loaded for Elle Sweden’s annual gala last Friday. But Dylan ran a fever and since I get super paranoid every time he sneezes I stayed at home with my baby. And I honestly did not mind at all being at home in my real pyjamas with my boys. But I still wanted to show you this look! When I tied the shoes on I could not help myself to long desperately for summer and sandals.


Cream white

Posted in Interior
by Emma Elwin on 16 January, 2017

Taking the patch-it-up approach to the kitchen

An update from us on the house, we have decided that instead of tearing out our old kitchen and fitting something new, we’re going to try and renovate instead. A more sustainable solution and one that also involves less drama than ripping everything out. First out we’re painting the cabinets in this beautiful flax oil paint, a soft white colour called cream white. We’re also going to switch all the handles and the countertops to give it a fresh feel. I’ll be back soon with some before and after pictures!


The rabbit and the turtle

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 14 January, 2017

Dylan and Stella make friends

This one started crawling two days after he turned six months. So now he is finally able to do what he has been dying to do since this summer, which is chasing Stella around the house. Thankfully she’s very patient with him trying to eat her paw, grab her tail and pull her ears. I could spend a whole day just watching them. They also have the same taste when it come to toys. The other day I found the two of them happily chewing on Stella’s old smelly teddybear. Here’s hoping they’ll move on to playing fetch soon – where there is no chewing involved…


Pompom rug

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 13 January, 2017

Being stuck at home is the perfect opportunity to get into a new hobby

I have this little DIY project going on since I found some old yarn that I got from my dear grandmother. I am making a little baby-sized rug for Dylan’s room. It really feels great to be working with my hands every evening before going to bed, the repetition of the physical movements is almost a meditative feeling that makes me so calm and relaxed. Or maybe I’m just grateful for a distraction at the moment as there is a virus going round Stockholm which means I’ve been cooped up in the house for days as I can’t take Dylan to any public areas. Whatever it is, I have a new hobby and knitting and making pompoms of yarn is keeping me busy and zen this January.


Same but different

Posted in Interior
by Emma Elwin on 12 January, 2017

Goodbye bank-waiting-room-sofa, hello chic seating

Sofa cover, Bemz.

I am so happy with the result of the make over we did on this pull-out sofa bed. The new cover blends in perfectly with the room – and more importantly, it no longer looks like the kind of sofa you would find in the waiting room of a bank. The only thing missing now is a nice coffee table and magazines, I’m going to start looking for inspiration, what would you go for?


My little foodie

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 10 January, 2017

First tastes, trying millet out on Dylan

Dylan turned six months old yesterday, which just seems crazy to me; it’s a cliché but time has gone SO fast. So far he has only been having breastmilk pretty much, with a little taste of fruit purée every now and then. I am planing to continue with nursing for as long as possible but since he loves – I mean REALLY loves – to try new food I am on the hunt for new recipes for organic baby food. Today I am trying out a millet porridge with apricot jam, I’ll get back to you on the verdict from my little foodie.


A weekend of organisation

Posted in Interior
by Emma Elwin on 9 January, 2017

This weekend's plan: organise the s**t out of our home.

This weekend’s plan is simple: organise the s*it out of our home. For starters I have these old wooden boxes lying around that are going to get a coat of paint. I’m really obsessed with storage and organization, do you have any life hacks on the best way to organize your things? Oops, I lied, One more thing, I want to try to skate on the now very frozen lake outside our window. Fingers crossed I remember how to skate!


Second skin

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 8 January, 2017

Warm underwear don't care, the cosiest two-piece.

Set, Calida

So this is what I have been wearing the last few days. It’s basically a long johns type situation with a matching top – the kind you wear under your ski wear. Yes, they are see through and yes, I am wearing black underwear underneath. The other day I wore them when I took Stella for a walk and ran in to my neighbor; who unlike me was wearing proper clothes. Awkward. I thought then that this has to come to end, I have to start putting on clothes in the morning, but here we are today and I’m today still in my long johns. There is a big risk that I might end up wearing them until spring…

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Dylan’s likes the outfit almost as much as he likes to eat my hair. There are two weirdos in this house.


Recycling dreams

Posted in Interior
by Emma Elwin on 7 January, 2017

Sometimes fulfilling a dream means buying new bins. Yes really.

Laundry baskets, Granit.

One of the best things about living in a house is all the extra space! One thing I have dreamed about (yes, seriously guys) is to have my own recycling station at home, so I can perfectly separate my trash. Yesterday I defied the weather and set out to buy these chic black paper bins. Now I only need four small ones for old lightbulbs, batteries, metal and broken technology stuff. Hopefully a waste-free lifestyle revolution is only around the corner, because we’re still not there yet. When it comes to food for example, why does EVERYTHING have to be wrapped in plastic? Even the organic veggies are wrapped up like a fancy Christmas present. There must be a better solution, but in the mean time at least this is a step forward.


A real pearl

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 6 January, 2017

A winter essential for soft lips

Day to day I don’t wear that much make-up and I don’t have as much time on my hands to take care of my skin as I used to. But this time of year there is one part of my face that needs some extra attention. My super dry lips, to stop them becoming chapped and rough I need something super effective. At the moment my favorite remedy to moisturize and keep them soft is this organic lip balm from Eos.


Top to toe

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 5 January, 2017

Hello new year, goodbye sweatpants!

Shirt, Saint Laurent/Vestiaire Collective. Trousers, Levi’s/Beyond retro.

Tried to switch from my pyjamas today into my pre-baby uniform. But wearing denim from top to toe is not as comfy as I remember it. It still looks good I think, it just doesn’t feel good. I fear that sweatpants and tights might have ruined me for jeans… Saturday I will show you my number one outfit to wear around the house at the moment, I guess you wouldn’t exactly call it something I’m proud of, but it feels like a second skin.

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Hidden treasures

Posted in Interior
by Emma Elwin on 1 January, 2017

Old and new come together in perfect harmony

Jewelry case, LykaliaK.

This is not only a beautiful piece of handcrafted art, it is actually a jewelry case made entirely out of wood! Stunning is it not? Designer Kristina Larsson, describes it like this: “the starting point of my craft is to create modern home decoration using old techniques and craftsmanship. I use turning and decor in the form of gilding and for me it is important to keep millennial craftsmanship alive.”

I love that by using traditional craft methods Kristina Larsson creates pieces with a contemporary look and feel, something anyone would love to have on their dressing table.

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You can find the case and other beautiful things here!

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