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Emma Elwin

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The Emma Shirt by Hus-Hus

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by Emma Elwin on 30 April, 2017

Shirt, Hus-hus. Jeans, Adronment. Shoes, The Row. 

This might be my all-time favorite shirt. It’s made by the very talented artist Camilla Engstöm who runs the brand Hus-hus. She’s based in New York and gives old shirts new life by embroidering them. Is it not beautiful? The jeans are also remade, and I wrote about them here the other day.

 


Take a Look in My Bathroom Cabinet

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 29 April, 2017

Perfume, Clean reserved. Eyelash Enhancer, Lash food. Eyelash curler, Shiseido. Bronzer, Dr Hauschka. Bronze powder, Couleur caramel. Un cover, RMS beauty. Lip balm, Burt’s bees.

The other day I spent an hour talking about natural beauty with Styleby’s beauty editor Anja for the Styleby beauty podcast (it’s in Swedish though). Talking about beauty made me realize how much my beauty routines have changed over the years.
When I was a teen, I would spend hours in front of the mirror, trying on different eyeshadows and fake eye lashes. Before going out dancing in my early twenties, I would start preparing two hours before leaving the house.
Looking back, I wish I would have done something more sensible with that time, but back then I thought it was so relaxing taking my time in front of the mirror with a mountain of make up beside me.

Like I said, today, my routines are VERY different. At this point in life, I’m very happy to even find the time to brush my hair or apply some kind of lotion to my dry skin. That said, I feel just as pretty now as I did back when I was wearing all that make up; or even more so, ’cause nowadays I feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin.
At this point in life, I only see upsides with getting older, but I’ll probably read this ten years from now and totally disagree. However, spending less time in front of the mirror has done me well in more then one way.

On that note, I thought I’d introduce the few products I still use; all sustainable, of course.

Lotion, Nature’s gate. Make up remover, Bio beautè by Nuxe. Foot cream, Burt’s bees. Face oil, RMS beauty. Tinted moisturizer, Estelle & Thild.


Adorned in Adornment!

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 28 April, 2017

Earrings and sweater, Adornment.

Last night was the perfect time to wear my new/old earrings. To dress them down a bit I paired them with this big, knitted, camel color sweater, which is also a second hand find.


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Timeless Design

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by Emma Elwin on 27 April, 2017

Michael Kors/Vestiaire Collective.

I’ve always had a weakness for this kind of ’50s looking dresses. I think a style that looks just as good today as it did sixty years ago must be considered both classic and timeless.

This summer, I’ll wear it with sandals, a basket bag and wayfarers.


My On-Trend Vintage Find

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by Emma Elwin on 26 April, 2017

This season, we’ve seen a fair amount of earrings on the runway. Instead of buying a pair newly produced ones, however, I’d recommend going on a vintage hunt to find a pair that might just be completely unique.

I love these beauties that I found at my last visit to Adornment. I’ll show you a picture of how they look on later this week.


My Go-To Look

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by Emma Elwin on 25 April, 2017

Blouse, Totême/Tradera. Jeans, Wrangler/Beyond retro. 

All-black really is a never ending trend here in Stockholm, and I must say I’m such a sucker for it! I always feel elegant when I wear this outfit and it works just as well for the office as for a dinner out.


Should I Feel Guilty?

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by Emma Elwin on 22 April, 2017

Whoops! I let the worst get the best of me as I bought a pair of brand new shoes—a pair of non second hand shoes, that is. It was simply love at first sight, and I just couldn’t help myself. I almost find them to be small pieces of art.

Now, I need to shop-detox and sell off some things to make my guilt go away…

 


Ready For the Weekend

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by Emma Elwin on 21 April, 2017

This is my favorite piece from the new H&M Conscious collection that hit the stores yesterday. Is it not the perfect Friday night’s dress?


I’m thrilled I found these vintage jeans at Adornment the other day. They’ve had a tailor remake an old pair into the perfect blue jeans fit! Really love the color as well.

I spoke to the guy that runs my other favorite second hand store, Pop vintage, and he told me the old 501:s have been so much harder to find this past year. It made me feel so happy—that people are buying more vintage jeans.
Best trend ever!


As I’m writing this, Dylan and me are traveling with my parents up north to spend a few days in their cabin. As the landscape is flashing by my window, the beautiful nature is just so overwhelming. I don’t know if it’s last weeks horrible attack in Stockholm that’s made life, and everything in it, feel even more precious, beautiful and fragile…
Or maybe age has given me a better view of what true beauty is. The forest that grows wild and all the mountains and creeks are sweeping me off my feet, and in my mind I image how people who used to live off this land used to look in these surroundings. Did they wake up every morning thinking “wow”?
When did we start taking nature for granted? And how do we find the way back to living with nature rather than off it? I heard this beautiful quote the other week from Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle”.

Well, getting older is definitely making me more of a “glass-half-full” kind of gal. Hopefully, one day, I too will see all the billions of miracles around me, and truly appreciate them.


Wedding Hair

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 19 April, 2017

This summer we’re getting hitched, tying the knot and all that! It’s not going to be one of those big weddings, and I’m hoping not to have to put to much time or money into the planning. We’re going to exchange rings on a beach in France and go surfing afterwards. Nice and easy, just the way we want it.

I didn’t think I would be that exited about the dress, shoes and all that, but surprise, surprise—I have the wedding gene after all! Why wouldn’t she, you think? I’m surprised that I’m even surprised.

One thing I have actually always wanted for my wedding is that long, long hair. Since it’s only a few months away, I realize that I need to go about it in a different way. I need to come up with a hairdo that I can do myself, without too many styling tools involved.

So, I thought I’d try out three different hairstyles, and then you guys can vote for the best one! What do you say?


Recycled Swimwear

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 18 April, 2017

Today I’m loving the swimwear that Weekday has made entirely out of recycled materials. In stores mid May!


Making Flowers Last

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 15 April, 2017

For me, the reward after cleaning the whole house is that I get to put fresh flowers on the dining table. I tend to buy flowers that look just as good when they’ve dried out, which is a good way of making them last longer.

However, I didn’t mind at all when my mother brought me with these beautiful white tulips the other day. To me, that means spring is truly here!


Bag It!

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 14 April, 2017

I think it’s so thrilling trying to avoid all things new, opting for second hand instead! As I’ve said before: You save a lot of money, and also have a chance to end up with things that no one else has.

For this bag though, only the first of the two is true. A few days after I bought it on Vestiaire Collective, I met my former boss Elin in our office building, wearing a bag just like it. She told me she had been wearing hers every day for years, and it still looked brand new. I was naturally very pleased to hear it, since I think this bag will work just as well now as it will when I’m eighty.

Most of the things I buy nowadays are things I hope to still be wearing when I’m old. Or even better: things that will be worn by my children or even grandchildren!

Btw! Did you know Vestiaire Collective has launched a new bag hub on the site? Read more about it here.


An Oldie But Goodie

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by Emma Elwin on 13 April, 2017

Knit, Flippa K. Jeans, Neuw.

This is pretty much all I want to wear at the moment: knitted v-necks and kick flares. This picture is two years old, but I still use both garments all the time!


Sun’s Out, Recycled Shades On!

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by Emma Elwin on 10 April, 2017

I spy a trend: glasses made out of recycled materials!

These beauties come from Swedish brand EoE, and I would call the design modern-classic. If I where to invest in a new pair of sunglasses this spring, I would go for these ones.


Weekend Inspiration

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 9 April, 2017

Interior, Lauritz/Auktionstipset. Sandals, The row/Vestiaire collective. Painting, Ellsworth Kelly.

I feel so inspired by white and beige colors at the moment. Oh well—who am I kidding? I’m ALWAYS into those colors! I found the vintage furniture at the brilliant site Auktionstipset.se, and they’re on auction right at this moment. I would love to get a ceramic vase like that for our kitchen window!


Give a Little

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by Emma Elwin on 7 April, 2017

This is one of my favorite outfits of all time. I found the jeans in a vintage shop in September 2011, and I think it might be the garment I’ve used the most in the past six years. The Balenciaga jacket belongs to Lisa, and I think—if I’m not mistaken—it’s one of her many Ebay finds. It might actually be the perfect spring jacket, if you ask me.

And speaking of spring: the sun has been out all week here in Stockholm, and people are walking around with smiles on their faces. All that sunshine, and those happy people, makes me think about how fortunate and privilege some of us are. Just the fact that we live in a country where we don’t have to fear for the lives of our children..!
If you have some money to spare, I think you should donate it to UNHCR. There are so many people that need our help right now—whose whole existence has been turned up side down. I know I will.


I’m so excited about tonight! Lisa and I are going to spend the evening at the Global Change Awards. Last year it was so inspiring, and we left the awards feeling full of energy and hope for the future of textiles.

Since it’s gala night, I’m wearing these big earrings from my new favorite second hand boutique Adornment. Like them?


This Is How I Live Raw

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by Emma Elwin on 4 April, 2017

I’ve always tried to avoid washing my hair up to the point where I absolutely have to—especially during winter when it takes longer for the hair to dry. Did you know that leaving the house with wet hair can actually make it freeze? Also, if I wash it too often, it gets dry, frizzy and uncooperative. Washing your hair once a week is also kinder to nature, since you save a lot of water.

Ever since Dylan came along, the way I think of my hair-washing ritual has changed completely. To have a moment to myself in the shower, washing my hair, feels like a spa weekend times a hundred. Although, however amazing it feels, I still don’t find the time to do it more then once a week—so both hair and nature stays happy. Another thing I do for the sake of nature is turning off the water when I apply shampoo and conditioner—easy and effective.

In this video I made together with Biolage R.A.W. I share my thoughts on how I live “raw”. Hope you like it!

Read more about our favorite women who share their thoughts on living “raw” here!


On my mind: Ingrid Bergman

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 3 April, 2017

I’m still trying to figure out what garments to choose for my little experiment. For inspiration, I turn to this inside out beautiful woman!


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