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Emma Elwin

Notes from a Swedish stylist


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

Posted in Advertorials
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 Inspiration
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!


Recommended reading

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BRAND TO WATCH: Nejicommu

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Our Top Pick for Summer? A Reusable Water Bottle!

We browsed the online stores and found 9 great and toxic-free reusables!

Style — 11 June, 2017

Fiona Dinkelbash: "We need to stop buying things"

Every week, Filippa K Circle invites inspiring people to share their current mindsets. This week it's art historian and editor of The Dashing Rider, Fiona Dinkelbach. 

Life — 8 June, 2017

A Plastic Bottle is Not an Accessory You Want to Sport this Summer

It's time we stopped wasting money on throwaway plastic bottles and started filling up our reusables!


A summer of surfing is in one way the highlight of the year for my hair, but at the same, the combination of saltwater and sun beats it up pretty badly. To keep it moisturized, I usually just treat the ends to some raw coconut oil, but this summer I’m going to try out the Biolage R.A.W. series. I’ve already been using the clay hair mask for three weeks, and I must say I love it!

Read more about Biolage R.A.W. here!


Grow

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 28 March, 2017

Spring is approaching fast, so I spent the other day buying plants and seeds for the garden. My favorit one so far is this little lemon tree that I’ve temporarily placed in our living room window. The scent of the flowers makes me want to do a somersault—it’s truly amazing!
I even tried putting one of the flowers in some oil today, hoping that I’ll be able to make my own perfume. Might not work, but if it does, no one would be happier than me.
We also got cucumber, tomatoes and peppers, and as soon as the nights become a bit warmer, I’ll plant some sugar snaps too. I have to say it feels great (so far) to grow my own food. Before, I’ve only done some sprouting, so lets hope I’ll manage to keep these poor plants alive.


Now I remember

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 27 March, 2017

Old ballet body and secondhand jeans.

A week ago I had breakfast outside on our deck, only wearing a vest. This winter, I have questioned our move to the countryside many times, but after spending that weekend in the sun on the terrace, I knew why we did it.


Raw Hair

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 26 March, 2017

Lately, I’ve been feeling this urge to clean, detox, re-do and just get myself into a more controlled and stylish state. Spring-cleaning we call it around here. So, the other day I paid my hairdresser Hannah a much needed visit. After a few minutes talk about cutting a fringe again, we decide to save that for fall and just cut off the split ends instead.
Hannah, who’s been cutting my hair for a long time, agreed on the fact that my hair is a lot stronger and healthier since I stopped coloring it. So now I think my dream of having “lord of the rings-long” elves hair might actually come true! That is, if it survives a month of surfing, sun and salt water this summer…


Happy cleaning

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 25 March, 2017

Clean bath, Pure effect.

I’m just about to embark on something I’ve never done before: cleaning with bacteria (!). I’ll try it this weekend and get back to you with the scoop.
Wish me luck!


Patches

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on 24 March, 2017

I love that some brands have started making patches! They are great when you want to patch over a hole, and you don’t have the skills or time to mend it with just needle and thread. Also, they’re a great way to make your shirt or jacket a bit more personal.

If you’d like some more inspiration on how to customize your shirt with embroidery, check out the shirts I made last year here!


Spring inspiration

Posted in Inspiration
by Emma Elwin on 23 March, 2017

These are the things that inspire me at the moment.
I love the combination of gold, hemp and beige cotton, and I’m obsessed with the thought of finding a vintage trench coat. I still haven’t gotten over the fact that I sold my ’60s Burberry that I wore in my early twenties. I was short of money and didn’t expect I would miss it as much as I haveneither that it would be so difficult to find another that suits me as well as that one did. So the hunt continues.
Also, I will definitely try and wear my Céline hair buckle on the side, like the beautiful girl in the picture!


Recycled bag

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on 22 March, 2017

Bag, Granit.com

This is not just a bag. This is a hand woven, fair trade basket bag made out of recycled plastic. I couldn’t think of a better way to carry my things around in Biarritz this summer.


Edmund de Waal at Artipelag

Posted in Inspiration
by Emma Elwin on 21 March, 2017

I’m very much looking forward to the opening of Artipelag’s major spring and summer exhibition, featuring Edmund de Waal and Giorgio Morandi. The British ceramicist and author, Edmund de Waal, meets renowned Italian painter, Giorgio Morandi, whose oeuvre largely consists of still life paintings of pottery. Really can’t wait to go and get inspired!


Speaker

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 20 March, 2017

Speaker, Tivoliaudio.

I was so happy to come across this speaker that’s mostly made out of wood and organic textiles—happy, cause I don’t want more plastics in my home than necessary. I want to hang it on the wall, but haven’t found the perfect spot for it yet. So I’ll keep it here, on our side table, for now.


Organic candle

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 18 March, 2017

I’m always on the lookout for new organic scented candles. I came across this one the other day, and couldn’t resist trying it out. It’s from a brand based in our neighbor country Finland, and it smells wonderful! I love that it comes in a little woven basket, and so does Dylan who’s been playing with it for a good half hour.


My kick flares

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on 17 March, 2017

I’m very excited to let you know that the kick flare trousers I designed for Boob is going to be back in stock on May 4th! I’m so happy they turned out so well and pretty much live in mine. Yesterday I paired them with my new shoes and a black silk shirt—one of my favorite garments—for a look that’s relaxed yet stylish. Now I’m only counting down the days until the weather allows me to wear the loafers outside.


For spring

Posted in Buy less, choose well
by Emma Elwin on 16 March, 2017

If you’re looking for a pair of timeless shoes for spring, I know where you might find them. These beauties come from the Filippa K spring collection, and I fell instantly for them. I often get the question: “How do you shop more sustainably?”, and one of the tips I always give is that you shouldn’t buy anything that doesn’t match what you already have. My rule is that new buys has to go with at least 10 other things in my wardrobe, and these loafers actually match pretty much everything I own. What are your rules when it comes to shopping?


Hemp and cork

Posted in Beauty
by Emma Elwin on 13 March, 2017

Phone case, 654. Lips balm, Mádara.

This weekend has been the busiest ever. André and my dad spent most of Saturday putting our new floor in place. I will show you some pictures soon! I am so happy we have a wooden floor again instead of cold stone tiles. Especially since Dylan and I spend eighty percent of our day lying, crawling around and sitting on the floor. Last week I got this phone case from André made of cork, a great alternative to plastic, wouldn’t you say? I also found a remedy for my dry lips that feels and looks great. But best of all, it’s made of hemp!


Tofu and black

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 10 March, 2017

I’m so happy for the warm welcome that the collection I made for the maternity brand Boob has gotten from all over the world! It feels crazy and overwhelming, and I’m so happy that people seem to like it. Today I’m wearing the t-shirt and trousers from the collection.
Tomorrow I’m off to a new second hand furniture store that’s opened here in Stockholm, and will let you now if it’s any good. This weekend I would also love to learn how to make that palm leaf thing in the picture above. Anyone here who knows how to make them?
Happy Friday to you all!

T-shirt and trousers, Emma Elwin x Boob.

Each fragrance in the CLEAN Reserve collection is infused with sustainable ingredients. Several of the fragrances contain Ecocert materials and all of them are manufactured in a facility using 100% solar energy. The alcohol used is derived from corn and the incorporation of aloe to the formula adds a ”skin” feel when applied. The glass bottle is recyclable and the oak cap is made of wood from certified sustainably managed forests.

In other words, each CLEAN Reserve fragrance was created to remove the clutter, heaviness and complexity – so that all you’re left with is CLEAN.

Make it last lets some intriguing women wear their favorite scent from the collection, infuse it with individuality and tell us about their experiences.

What is your favorite smell? 
– When it comes to perfume I have always loved a sort of soapy smell, like a classic soap bar. But my favorite smell today is the neck of my baby.
Describe your relationship to perfume over your lifetime.
– Looking back I realize that I have always chosen a scent with a musk undertone. I have always liked to wear a light sent that still has a warm feel to it.
Tell us about a scent related memory that is precious to you. 
– When I was little my family and I would always spend our summers on a sailing boat. When we where sailing trough the archipelago we used this saltwater soap to wash the boat with. It had a woody citrus kind of scent and this to this day whenever I smell something similar it is like going back in time to those summer days at sea.
What does wearing a special scent mean to you today?
– Wearing a scent today is almost a bit ceremonial to me, I don’t wear perfume when I am home, which I am a lot right now as I’m on maternity leave, so putting in on to go out in the world feels symbolic, empowering. Almost like an armor.
How would you describe the CLEAN Reserve fragrance you’re wearing?  
– It is soft with a soapy flowery scent to it, it has a kind of salty sweetness to it that reminds me of summers at sea.
What does the CLEAN Reserve fragrance make you feel? 
– I feel happy, warm and empowered when I wear it.
What does this fragrance get you in the mood of doing? 
– It makes me feel like going to the southwest of France, walking in the sun in a white cotton dress!

Read more here.
In collaboration with CLEAN Reserve.


Beret

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 6 March, 2017

Coat, Joseph/secondhand. Sweater and trousers, Lisa Yang. Shoes, ATP atelier.
Saturday I spent the morning looking for props for at shoot. Inspired by Diane Keaton I decided to wear my old beret.


Lunch for two

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 5 March, 2017

Me and Dylan are continuing our food journey, experimenting with what we might both like for lunch. Currently, sweet potatoes are our favorite. Dylan eats them steamed with carrots and olive oil that I blend until smooth. And for myself I bake the sweet potatoes in the oven with green kale topped with pomegranate, black pepper, sea salt and olive oil. It’s healthy, quick and delicious for both of us!


Kitchen re-make

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 4 March, 2017

Last weekend I painted the first layer on our kitchen cabinets (they used to be a light-almost-violet-grey). The doors had a few dings but were otherwise in good shape so it felt wasteful to get new ones. A fresh coat of paint can give new life to something you considered old! I used linseed oil paint (chemical-free) and it has a beautiful shine. One liter is enough for our entire kitchen, so it’s also very economical. The only down side is that it takes 48 hours for the paint to dry… But given the upsides of the paint I find that a small price to pay. One more layer and the kitchen is done. I’ll make sure to post a before and after picture as soon as it’s done!

 


Yesterday?

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 3 March, 2017

I had a look through Dylan’s “old” clothes the other day. The size of this onesie made me laugh. He is eight months old today and right now he’s walking around with his push-trolley talking to Stella who’s doing her best to keep out of the way and not get run over. I am still nursing him and actually dreading the day that stops, which is funny because in the beginning I felt so trapped by it. Now it is this quiet moment – the only one – when he is calm and still. He goes by the name Terminator because he’s more bulldozer than toddler. I like to think this is payback since I also was a handful for my parents too. But I really would not like him to be any different. To see myself in him is so weird and thrilling. Being a parent really is a blessing – even if some moments are tiresome you never think it is not worth it.


Dark blue

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 2 March, 2017

Old shirt and trousers.
I thought that I would give my self a challenge – I’d try to make as many different outfits as possible with just six garments. I wanted to see how creative I can be with my wardrobe. What do you think? Is that something you would like to see and read about? It would also give me a reason not to spend all day in my pyjamas…


Weekend finds

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 1 March, 2017

Last Friday I spent 7 hours painting our kitchen with white linseed oil paint. Sounds like a bit of a hustle but the result was worth the effort! I’ll get back to you with some pictures of the room. The thing with linseed oil paint is that it takes 2 days to dry, so we spent the weekend at André’s parents. While there, we paid the local flea market a visit and I found this ceramic vase and theses wooden knitting sticks. André found this beautiful teapot that almost looks like it’s made of wood. I really love to go treasure hunting in flea markets. Next weekend I am hoping to find a living room table at a market here in Stockholm.


Above all

Posted in Inspiration
by Emma Elwin on 27 February, 2017

"While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one." - JK Rowling

I am so tired of reading the news everyday to find that the world is growing darker. There were no terrorist attacks in Sweden earlier this month as you all probably know by now. It was a rather strange thing to say in a speech considering there was absolutely no truth to it. One might ask why this man has to tell lies to prove a point? It is my belief that the truth is generally preferable to lies. Especially for someone that, for the time being, holds the position of president for one of the largest countries in the world. Today I had to remind myself of something a very clever, wise woman wrote, “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated. We need to now, more than ever, stand up for what brave women and men have been fighting for. We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”


Emma Elwin x Boob

Posted in Advertorials
by Emma Elwin on 24 February, 2017

It has been such an amazing experience to get to draw these clothes and to create something that is sustainable and organic. I have loved every second of it! But most of all I have loved to design for the people I admire the most, mothers, to make something for us feels like an honor. I really hope you like the result and if you have any questions about the collection please let me know!

Today we are showing the collection that I made for Boob here in Stockholm. If you would like to see the collection up close before it is released online on 1 March you should come by! Here are all the details for the event.

Sign up for Boob’s newsletter here!


White denim

Posted in Baby, Lifestyle, Style
by Emma Elwin on 23 February, 2017

Shirt, secondhand Boomerang. Jeans, Acne Studios. Shoes, ATP atelier.

The other day I got sick of just wearing black and dark colors. I find it funny how wearing bright colors can make you feel a bit… Lighter? Happier? Do you know what I mean? Having a 7 month old baby that eats only orange food (love carrots and mango) means that wearing white is not ideal, but I am somewhat of a master of a stain-removing master after learning all there is to know about garment care from our care guide. What are your best tips for getting rid of stains?


The silent blender

Posted in Advertorials, Baby, Food and wellness
by Emma Elwin on 22 February, 2017

Blender, Bosch SilentMixx Pro.

When I was pregnant, I always pictured myself making my baby’s food from scratch. But when Dylan started eating solid food the thought of making it myself felt a bit scary. What would I make him? What should babies eat at first? How do I make sure he’s getting all of the necessary nutrients? I probably made the process of making Dylan’s food a lot bigger in my head, but that’s what new moms do, right? Making food for your baby is not only cheaper than buying it ready-made but it’s also a great way make sure that they’re getting pure, healthy ingredients without preservatives.

Anyway, I overcame my fears a few weeks ago when I found this recipe for millet porridge! It’s very simple, healthy, and Dylan loves it! Now, before you write it off as being too much work, I say try it just once. Nowadays I make a bigger batch of both the jam and porridge because it stores well and can be reheated. I make enough for myself because it’s delicious for breakfast. Both the millet and the apricots contain a lot of iron and zinc, crucial minerals for babies 6-months and older (they’re also excellent for tired mothers!).

I’m pretty sure the blender I use was designed for new parents! It’s super silent but still effective enough to blend a number of ingredients so you can use it when the baby is sleeping without worrying about waking the little one up. I also love that the pitcher is made out of glass! It comes with extra gear so that you can use it to make juice, crush ice and chop onions. What more can you ask for? The recipe for the porridge is below. Send me your baby food recipes if you have them!

The porridge

2 dl of water
1/2 tablespoon rapeseed oil
3 tablespoons crushed millet grain or millet flakes

Bring the millet flakes to boil in water and simmer for a few minutes. When the porridge is ready, add the oil and stir. Pour the porridge into the blender and mix until smooth.

The jam

10 dried apricots, soaked
3 strawberries
1 apple
1/2 tsp rose hip shell flour
1 tablespoon of lemon

Put soaked apricots, strawberries, apple, rose hip shell flour and lemon into the blender and blend until smooth. Add some water if you want the consistency to be thinner.

This is a collaboration with Bosch.


Tradera Trend

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on

Outside my window there is a snowstorm and I am wearing woolen socks and my biggest knitted sweater. Still, I can not help myself but to browse Tredera Trend for finds and dream about the spring sun, green grass and birdsong…


Time really does fly

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 21 February, 2017

So much has happened in Dylan’s development in the past two months! All of a sudden he is way more of a toddler than a baby. He’s already crawling around and climbing on everything he can and he loves feeding our dog Stella these little puffed corn doodles every chance he gets (Stella is of course thrilled by this). What was just a little bundle is now a person that has favorite songs and likes to play the piano. His independence is just so wonderful to watch.

I was talking to a friend the other week who has a daughter that is a month older than Dylan. We talked about how – not so long ago – that time where we were stuck in bed nursing a new born felt like it would never end. But it did! And how much we wished that we’d known it would end so we would’ve enjoyed the first months a little more! Looking back now I almost miss him being this teeny, tiny fragile little bundle completely dependent on me.


Forward

Posted in Inspiration
by Emma Elwin on 17 February, 2017

"I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade" Hattie White

This morning I woke up with a anxiety and a creeping faint feeling. I have not felt that in a long time, I think I have been to busy lately to feel anything. The world I is changing so fast right now. White stupid men I trying to lead people in the wrong direction using fear and lies. I needed some inspiration to not fall in to that black hole of hopelessness. I needed to hear the voice of someone that can always sing away the darkness. I put on Freedom from the Lemonade album on and all of a sudden I was writing a list of what I can do to make a differens thinking that I can not just sit quietly to watch things crash and burn. Where do you go when you need to reload. When you need to get your strength back? I feel powerful when I have a pen in my hand or when I look trough the lins of my camera. When I hear or see someone using their creativity to make a difference I get my hope back.


That lovely feeling

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 15 February, 2017

After two days of sunshine I'm sure summer is here.

Old shirt from Acne Studios and trousers from Tradera Trend collection.

It has been two days of sunshine and I am already unboxing my summer clothes. It is such a lovely feeling to unbox things that you had to put away to make place for ones winter wardrobe. I know that we have a few more months until it is really time jump in to my summer gear but stil I can not help to dream about wearing silky trousers like these and lose sheer shirts.


The collection

Posted in Advertorials, Fashion
by Emma Elwin on 13 February, 2017

A sustainable match made in heaven.

I can finally show you all the collection collaboration I have created with Boob. The whole process has been so much fun. To create something from scratch really is such a amazing thing to be a part of. Also to work with a brand that has the same values as myself and Make it last make it a match made in heaven. You can see the whole collection and read more about the collaboration here!


Exciting news!

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 12 February, 2017

Becoming a mother gave me that opportunity to make one of my dreams come true.

I am so exited to finally be able to share this amazing thing that we have been working on since I became a mom. It is a collaboration with an amazing sustainable brand called Boob. After high school I studied fashion design for three years and was dreaming about becoming a designer. But it was not until I became a mother and, thanks to that, meeting Mia, the founder of Boob, that I finally got the chance to turn that dream into reality. You can see all the photos from the press breakfast we had this morning here and I promise to post the lookbook pictures on the blog soon!


Achilles’ heel

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 10 February, 2017

Emma swears she could style a striped sweater in a hundred different ways.

I think that I have found my achilles’ heel when it comes to shopping. I just can not get enough of striped sweaters. This one in particular might be the best one I’ve found yet! I love the big curved armes and the thick stripes. I thing I could style this sweater in a hundred different ways!


Today I am hoping to get my spring wardrobe in order! It’s going to be me, my wardrobe and a cup of coffee. That means spot cleaning, mending, brushing of dog hair and what not. I am hoping to find the time to give my shoes some love as well. I hope that in a future not to far away I will have these routines to take care of my clothes every Sunday. This stain soap is great for spot cleaning. It is both environmentally friendly and budget friendlyl. It is made with coconut oil and lemon that is a natural bleach.


Hey sunshine

Posted in Fashion
by Emma Elwin on

Let's hope the sun is here to stay.

Since the past two days here in Stockholm has been sunny so I finally got to wear my sunglasses that I found on Tradera Trend. I have, as you probably learned by new, a weakness for simple classical stuff. And I dare say that these glasses fall in to that category. These past days in sunshine has been like seeing life from a different angle. It feels like my mind spent a week at a spa. The power of sunshine! I really hope that the beautiful weather continues.


Here in this spring

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 7 February, 2017

I just could not help myself when I found this for Dylan to wear this summer the other day. I can already see him trotting around on the beach wearing it this summer.


July she will fly

Posted in Outfits
by Emma Elwin on 6 February, 2017

Teething, crawling, sneezing and dreaming of summer.

Outfit, Tradera TREND.
I really can not wait until summer is here I we get to walk around barefoot again. The best feeling there is in my opinion! And if time keeps moving in this fast we will be in June tomorrow! But then time can go a bit slower again, please. Today I am hoping to get some knitting of the little rug for Dylans room done. Might be wishful thinking since Dylan’s teething, crawling and sneezing is keeping me quite busy already. He looks so funny with one little tooth, such a big boy now!


Golden milk

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 3 February, 2017

Emma is trying to kick start her immune system.

Like always I am teen year behind on new trendy things. The first time I heard someone talk about golden milk (a week ago) I thought Donald golden shower Trump was up to something disgusting again. I could not be more wrong, well not wrong about him doing disgusting things ever waken second but about the golden milk. The past week both Dylan and me have been sick. Again. So yesterday I tried to make this and hopefully kick start my immunsystem to work again. Have any of you felt that your immunsystem let you down post pregnancy? If you got any tips on how to improve it you are more than welcome to share!


Motherhood

Posted in Baby
by Emma Elwin on 2 February, 2017

This picture is from one week before I had Dylan

One week before I had Dylan I spent a day with Natalia and her husband Marcus taking these pictures. As you can see I was HUGE the summer heat made my feet look like the belonged to a hippo. But it was such a nice day I am so happy that we got the pictures. We I look at them now I can’t believe Dylan was in there. Crazy. Natalia just started this beautiful site called Motherhood filled with great tips and inspiration for both mother and child. See all the pictures and interview here!

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Fotograf Marcus Ohlsson
Stylist Natalia Altewai
Makeup Josefine Sherdin


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!


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

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, about how I feel about make-up. Back in the day I would spend an hour doing my eyeshadow for a night on the town. But now I feel more comfortable in my own skin and I rarely wear make-up, mainly because it takes too damn long. Most days I am happy if I remember to put on moisturizing cream and brush my hair… But every now and then I love to treat my face and give it a good peel, massage it with oil and end with a moisturizing face mask. But back to make-up, to tell the truth I do not feel that much prettier in make up, rather more fake? This is only my feeling towards myself and I admire friends and people around me that master the skills and find putting on a full face fun. When I actually do wear make-up I don’t use more than concealer, mascara and this time of year, a bronzer. If I am 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 of expectation as a woman to wear make-up in order to look professional, but men don’t look like unprofessional slobs without make up so why should I?


Painted black

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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

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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!


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