Christmas gifts for him – The ultimate Black Friday guide

The ultimate christmas gifts for him for Black Friday

Christmas gifts for him – Blue shirt – Eton,  swimming trunks – Orlebar Brown, sneakers – Paul Smith, leather bracelet – Skultuna,  jumper – Soft Goat panamahat –Borsalino, grey shirt – Shirtonomy, cufflinks – Skultuna,  cardholder – Smythson, sunglasses – Tom Ford , notebook – Smythson, poster –Konstgaraget, slippers – shepherd, hat – Acne studios, Beard elexir – Recipe for men, rain jacket – Stutterheim, washbag – J.Lindeberg, scarf – Soft goat, perfume – Bois 1920, boots – RM Williams, belt – Morris heritage, gloves – Hestra, jacket – Barbour International. (adlinks)

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to buying Christmas gifts for him, I get anxiety just thinking about it.

Girls are sooo much easier to buy for, I just get them stuff I would want myself. But Christmas gifts for guys literally takes up my entire brain leading up to Christmas.

The hardest of hardest to buy gifts for is my dad. Garth, I can kind of wing it a bit with, he tend to trust my judgment. But dad knows what he likes. And all he asks for every year is “well-behaved children”. So not helpful dad!

I can’t be the only one struggling with this, so that’s why I sat for hours this morning and made this massive collage of suggestions for Christmas gifts for him. I have mainly focused on fairly classic fashion and beauty products. I feel that gadgets need a post of their own. There is just too much to choose from!

I have loosely based it on 4 different characters. My dad would be the lower left corner, whilst Garth would be the lower right. My non-existent best gay friend would probably be at the top right. I find that the bigger gifts are the hardest. So I have tried to choose things in quite a large price range, but with a focus on those special investment pieces.

However, let’s not forget that experiences usually is the best gift of all. Anything from a dinner and a movie to a long weekend in New York. Or why not go see sumo wrestling or jump out of an airplane? The list is endless.

I hope you haven’t missed that it’s black friday next week. These days its actually a black-week, so it’s super important to do some groundwork and then keep checking in on your favorite shops when the sales start kicking off.

My Black Friday guide is usually very popular. I promise to let you know as soon as a sale comes on or if I find a useful discount code. But you have to get going now. Pick the stuff beforehand and be ready to click click click. I usually choose 4 items per person and then at least one will end up going on the sale.

Ok, stop reading blogs now and start doing your research chop chop!

Do you have any other great ideas for Christmas gifts for him? 

You can find some suggestions for Christmas gifts for her here

 

Mindful Monday 12th November

Jumper – New Look, scarf – Stitch & Pieces, trousers – similar here (adlinks) Location – Minnow Clapham. Photo – Ida Zander

Hello lovelies! So this morning we woke up to the sound of drops of water hitting the wooden floor in the hallway…

The water was coming from the door frame to Ace’s nursery, such a random place. It turns out that the flat on top, not our rental flat above us, but the one over. Had a leak in their bathroom. So It has flooded both of our flats. I think our wall should be ok, Garth ran up and stopped the leak pretty quickly. It has however affected the electric wiring in the bathroom in our flat above. Water and electricity is never a good mix. So annoying!

I’m so lucky to have a man that is good at DIY (Or had thumbs as my dad likes to say) or the damage would have been a lot worse.

In these kinds of situations you can really chose how to react. In the end it’s an accident and a bit of bad luck. So noting to get stressed over. Stress only serves a purpose if it can add something to the situation. With these “spilled milk” kind of things, there is nothing we can do but to fix the damage. Sure it’s not ideal. But not worth getting stressed over.

It’s really important to be in charge of our stress and to make sure we don’t get upset and stressed out when we don’t need to. So I choose not to spend brain capacity and energy at getting too worried about this situation.

These are my goals, dreams, vision, and affirmation this week;

My mantra of the week– “You can only do so much”. We can’t control everything in life and we also can’t go back in time. In the end, very few things and events are truly bad because they often lead us to the next good thing. I have had several “bad things” in my life, but I wouldn’t change any of them. Because they brought me here and I would never want to change that.

My affirmation of the week –” Thank you universe for all the positive things in my life I don’t know about yet”. I find life incredibly exciting. It’s like we are constantly standing in front of a set of doors, we chose one and end up in front of another set of doors. A small step in the other direction and the whole future will change. I always wonder what cool and exciting things are lurking behind the next set of doors.

My goal of the week – It’s time to have a planning week again. Christmas is coming around faster and faster every year. How can that even be possible? I need to sit down, put together y to-do list (Xmas gifts, decide where to be when, book tickets etc). Now it’s the perfect time to get a bit of an overview and then go all-in until Christmas.

This week’s dream – I’m dreaming of bringing help along on holiday. It would be amazing to get to have a grown-up dinner or two without having to think about bed-time or have an over-tired baby in the buggy. I don’t think I could ever trust someone I don’t know personally to look after him. But I do dream of a lie in for the both of us, at the same time! Maybe even a couples massage…

My vision of the week – I’m itching to decorate again and I would love to move bigger soon. I’m seeing a large Victorian house with high ceilings, wooden floors, a working fireplace, kitchen island, walk-in closet and a room for me to use as an office.

This week’s focus – Christmas! I want my gifts picked and ready for Black Friday. It will make the whole process seamless and I will hopefully save a bit of cash too.

The event of the week – I’m going to a lovely event hosted by my friend Hanna on Thursday and then on Friday I’m having my second session of Acupuncture. I’m hoping to feel a bit more this time… maybe I will ask for a few more needles because I didn’t really notice much last time?

My lesson from last week – Garth and I need more couple time. Friday we ended up at Tsunami here in Clapham for sushi and drinks and had a great time. We both realized how much we have missed each-others company. So we have decided to make it a regular occurrence every other week from now on.

This week’s everyday-luxury – I really love Jo Malones scents and I often wear my wedding perfume “Lime blossom”. I’m keen on trying out another one of her perfumes. Maybe I should get “Lime Basil & Mandarin” or “English Pear & Freesia”  as a little gift to myself?

My weekly inspiration – We ended up watching “Follow this” on Netflix yesterday and got totally stuck. The episodes are really short and cover everything from influencers and the scooter craze to modest fashion and sex dolls. Some episodes are more inspiring than others and some are just WTF. But all in all very interesting.

What’s your goals, dreams, vision, and affirmation this week?

 

Mood board – My Christmas decorations 2018

My post yesterday left me with a really lovely excitement for Christmas. So I couldn’t help myself but start researching and mood boarding my Christmas decorations 2018.

Around this time of year, I always wish I lived in a big old building with lots of stone, wood, exposed beams and a massive fireplace (or two..I’m dreaming right?). It would be the perfect kind of house to decorate for Christmas.

Even though I only want two kids of my own, I love the idea of a house filled to the brim with children for Christmas. It’s really the most magical time for children and I love the look on their faces when they open their gifts. Luckily Ace already have 4 cousins, and I would be surprised if there won’t be at least as many more in the future.

Xmas really is the time for family.

I want my decorations to make the house feel warm and cozy, but also magical and kind of messy.

This year I fancy lots of natural materials like wood, pine, wool, sheepskins and lots of wax candles for my decorations. I really love white for Christmas, I think it’s because I’m missing the white snow in Sweden and want to bring the feeling of all the icy brightness inside.

I don’t mind my decorations to be a bit over the top. The table in the middle of the mood board is perfection according to me. I don’t need a lot of colors, just a lot of detail. White, grey, gold and silver is enough.

In our next house, I dream of a massive table so we can host big dinners. Preferably a dining room. I also miss having a guest bedroom for friends and family to be able to stay over.

As you might have noticed, I find all of this incredibly fun and to get to be creative with decoration is at least half the fun of Christmas. I really hope Ace will grow up feeling as excited about Christmas as I do every year.

Now when I got my mood board, I’m ready to browse my Christmas decorations 2018. Do you think these kinds of things go on sale on Black Friday too? That would be terribly practical.

What will your Christmas decorations 2018 look like? Do you find it as exciting to decorate as I do?

All pictures are by The White Company.

 

Time to buy Christmas gifts – Inspiration for her

Inspiration & Ideas – Smythson, earrings – Jil Sander, cardholder – Prada, gloves – Johnstons of Elgin, scarf – Filippa K, wallet – Kurt Geiger, cashmere slippers – Soft Goat, scented candles – Diptyque. (adlinks)

I know it feels like summer just ended, but it is in fact November. So it’s about time to buy Christmas gifts. 

I really can’t be bothered going to the shops. So these days I do all my Xmas shopping online. At home, on my sofa, dressed in a robe with a nice warm cup of tea.  Thank god for online shops!

When I’m extra organized I make sure to have picked everything I want to get early. So that I can have my shopping finger ready the same second as the Black Friday sales start on the 23rd of November.

That means starting to browse and make decisions now. So that I know exactly what to get. It’s by far the easiest and most cost-efficient way to do Christmas shopping according to me.

When I get gifts for my family or friends I try to think about what I would like to get for myself. Then I twist and turn it to make it suit their style and needs. Some people prefer a wish list. Personally, I think they are great for young people who need certain things and might not be able to afford it. But when you are older it’s so much nicer just to let your family and friends get you something personal they have picked for you.

You can always safe-up with gift receipts and in worst case even gift cards. I would never want a gift to stay unused in a cupboard somewhere.

What do you think? Wishlist or not and are you allowed to exchange gifts you don’t like?

 

Mindful Monday 5th November

Hello, Monday and Hello the first week of November! Can you believe it’s only 2 months left until Xmas? Crazy!

I absolutely adore Christmas, so I love to have such a nice time to look forward to. It’s getting quite chilly now. I just stocked up with loads of merino-wool underlayers for Acie-face. I’m going to order his winter overall this week and on Thursday I’m going to go hunting for proper winter boots for him.

I’m really particular with warm winter clothes. I absolutely hate freezing, so I always dress warm and know every trick in the book. I always wear a base layer if it’s less than 5°C out. I wouldn’t be able to be outside otherwise. Brrr!

These are my affirmations, mantra, dreams, and vision of the week. 

My mantra this week– “Focus on one thing at the time”. Even though multitasking is great, I don’t feel like it’s the most efficient use of my time. I need to really just zone in on one task and shut the rest of the world out until I’m done. Preferably without any breaks or interference. That’s by far when I get the most done in the shortest amount of time.

My affirmation this week– “I know my worth”. We are really good at undervaluing ourselves. And as soon as we do, someone will take advantage. Especially in this business, it’s super important to know your worth. I don’t know any other business when you get asked to work for free as often as in blogging and modeling. And it doesn’t make any sense at all! I would never ask my banker to work for the “honor” of serving me or the corner shop to give me free food (and maybe I will pay for something next time.) I also wouldn’t expect my hairdresser to give me a free haircut so I could make sure it gets the reaction I want from my friends so I might pay for it next time. (But probably won’t, I’ll just go to another hairdresser and do the same…)

If we don’t know our own worth, how can we expect others to?

My goal this week – This week I’m going to work on something as boring, but important as sleep. We had a bit of a chaotic sleep-weekend. The room we stayed in was really cold and Ace couldn’t settle in all of his extra layers of clothing. So, in the end, I took him downstairs ( to not wake the other kids), put him on a sheepskin and myself on the floor with a coat as my only blanket. I was cold to the bones and slept maybe 2 hours all night.

Garth told me to put my earplugs in last night and he would do Aces 05.30 bottle. So I actually had 8h unbroken sleep. It was amazing, but I need more to catch up. So we will be on Ace duty every other night this week.

My dream this week – My own little team! I dream of having both a photographer and an assistant working with me full-time. I think the blog world is in the middle of a shift at the moment. The quality is getting too high for people to hobby-blog anymore. We have to invest a lot more time and money into our little businesses to keep up. I think that in the end the smaller blogs will shut down and only the big ones will survive. Unfortunately.

I’m, of course, hoping to keep blogging for many more years. But I do think it will be important to have our own little teams in the future. Without the blog getting impersonal. I would still write my blog 100% myself, but I would get help with all the admin surrounding the business.

My vision of the week – We are in the Caribbean (or maybe Bali). Ace is about 5 years old, with longish blond hair, tanned skin and wearing a rash vest. He is shouting at me from his surfboard “Mom, the waves are epic, hurry up!”. I have only surfed once, but I really really loved it. So I have promised myself to learn to surf properly in the future. Garth is really sporty and I think Ace will be too, so to share surfing as an interest would be a dream. I just have to get over my shark phobia first…

My focus of the week – This week I’m focusing on health and well-being. Sleep, healthy food, yoga and de-stressing is at the top of my mind. My old stomach ulcer is playing up at the moment and I really feel the difference when I take good care of myself. I need to get to yoga haven for a stretch at least two times a week. I need to sleep well and I have to eat healthy nutritious food at set times to feel my best. We love doing lots of things all the time, but sometimes we take on a bit too much. So I’m looking forward to a really chilled week and weekend.

The event of the week – The most exciting thing I’m doing this week is to get Acie some winter boots. Exactly the level of excitement I need at the moment.

The lesson from last week – I don’t always need to be the one that washes all the clothes, pack all the bags, get Olive and Ace ready and pack the car… I always take on too much and then I wonder why I’m exhausted by the end of the day. So the lesson from last week is to allow Garth to do more.

I will always be the project manager of the family, but I don’t need to do all the tasks myself. I have to get better at delegating.

My everyday luxury this week– Ace is now sleeping for 2 hours every afternoon instead of one in the morning and one in the afternoon. So this week I will take one of these hours for myself. To read a book, take a long shower, watch some tv or just have a calm lunch on my own. Me-time every day.

My weekly inspiration – It is no surprise to me why Oprah is so popular. She is such an aspirational woman and she really knows how to inspire. This speech made me reflect on my own life.

What is your affirmations, mantra, dreams, and vision of the week? 

photo – Ida Zander

 

Beauty from the inside – “The Solution” by Oslo Skin Lab

Are you ready for the next step of my beauty journey here on the blog?

I’m turning 36 this year, I just had a little bubba and I have realized that it’s about time I give my skin some proper love and care.

My first step was to work on my pigmentation together with Swiss clinic. This time I’m going to try something from the inside and out instead.

So I’m going to, in collaboration with Oslo Skin Lab, try their collagen powder “The Solution” for a few months.

It’s not just what we add to and treat our skin with from the outside that matters. It’s of course also what we have on the inside. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body, and everything we eat and drink will affect it. I would only be doing a half-assed job if I only tried out treatments from the outside.

I have read about a few drinkable collagen products in the past, but I have always been pretty skeptical. Doesn’t it just disappear in all our stomach acid in the belly? But then we do eat vitamin pills and healthy food. And all those vitamins, minerals and nutrition does seem to end up in the right place? So why wouldn’t collagen be able to do the same?

The Solution is a taste and odor free white powder that I can mix in any food or drink. As the beauty geek, I am I would like to dig a bit deeper into the science of this powder on a molecular level. The collagen in The Solution is hydrolyzed, ie broken down into smaller elements with the help of enzymes. This particular hydrolyzed powder is called Verisol and contains peptides in the size 2-80 amino acids.

This is the ultimate size for the collagen to get absorbed by our intestines to be transported out into our blood.

I have been drinking The Solution for 28 days now, ie I have had one box*.

Even though it’s pretty early on I have had loads of compliments from friends who says my skin is glowing. And not just in the face. My skin already feels softer on my arms and legs too. I also read that Versiol can have an effect on cellulite, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a bit of help in that area too. Who doesn’t have cellulite, right?

Something that probably quite specific to me, and a bit weird… is that the powder feels nice in my stomach. I have had stress-related problems with my stomach for a few years, but I always feel a little bit better right after having had my glass of water or juice with The Solution in the morning.

Something else I have noticed is that the “chicken skin” on the back of my arms has gotten a lot better. And the only thing I have changed in that area is to start having collagen every day.

*You get a 30% discount if you become a member.  Then you will get your boxes sent straight to your door, for as long as you wish. You can cancel the subscription at any time and never have to buy anything. For people like me who would forget to order the next box in time, a service like this is brilliant. 

Collagen is what makes the skin firm and supple. When we get to our 30s the collagen levels start diminishing with about a percent a year. This means that our skin gets more susceptible to stresses like pollution, sun, diet and mimic.

So I’m looking to protect and prevent damage to my skin already now. This is not a one-off solution, but more like a food supplement, you need to take regularly to see results and maintain the benefits.

I’m starting off with 3 months and I’m super excited to see what kind of results I can get in that time.

The powder really doesn’t taste like anything and disappears into any liquid. The only thing I have noticed is that water tastes a bit “smoother” with the powder in it. I have actually managed to take the powder every day so far since it’s so easy to remember.

Another added benefit is that I now always have a big glass of water or a healthy juice every morning when I wake up. It’s a win-win for my health.

 I really like that there are lots of different studies to read about Verisol. I feel that I actually understand how and why it works. I would say that I know more about The Solution than a lot of the skincare I put on my skin.

You can read more about the studies and how Verisol work on Oslo Skin Lab’s website

In the photo above I’m wearing no makeup. As you can see I have pigmentation in my forehead and a cluster of broken veins on my cheek from pregnancy. I’m not expecting The Solution to have any effect on these particular problems. But I am hoping for more elasticity in my skin, firmness and a visible difference on my fine lines around my eyes.

The coolest thing about this product is that it works on all skin, not just the face. We tend to be quite good at taking care of our faces, but it’s easy to forget the rest of the body. With The Solution, we actually treat all of our skin and that’s really unusual.

I can’t wait to see what another month of The Solution will do for me. 

This post is sponsored by Oslo Skin Lab

 

Have you picked your pumpkin yet?

So being Swedish and all, Halloween is still kind of new to me. Sure, we do go tricking or treating, but not at all to the same extent as in the UK.

A great tradition I have never encountered before is pumpkin picking. To be honest I wouldn’t have been able to tell you if a pumpkin grew on a bush or a tree before I  saw it with my own eyes.

It was the hubby that suggested we head to Cammas Hall farm (about an hour north of London) to pick ourselves a pumpkin or two for Halloween.  We invited Josefina and Matthew with little Leo and also Garth’s parents to join us on our pumpkin picking experience. 

Even Olive got to come, but she spent most of her time sitting in the wheelbarrow since she wasn’t allowed to roam free.

To my surprise, it was exactly what it sounded like. (I’m not sure what I expected…)We all headed out into a field to look for that perfect pumpkin. There were all kinds of sizes, colors and shapes. The smaller ones are actually squash and those were already picked and waiting in little “pumpkin pools” in hay bales. You can guess where all the babies ended up. Photo op deluxe!

Ace touched probably at least 100 pumpkins over the course of the day. He loved all the little one and shouted “BALL” non-stop. Every pumpkin needed to be picked up, and when they were too big or too heavy he let out this massive grunt and strained until he was red in his little face.

He is for sure going to be a crossfitter just like his dad. He already got the determination, strength, and interest in lifting heavy objects.

As you can see his little face is all scratched up. On Saturday when I was at the hairdresser, he was at the park with Garth. He decided to go for a little run (even though he just learned to walk) and faceplanted in the gravel. Poor pup!

He is a funny one though, he very rarely cries when he hurts himself. He truly is Garths son through and trough.

Ok, back to our pumpkin picking adventure.

We spent the whole day turning over pumpkins, comparing them and getting the most interesting shapes and colors. In the end, Ace settled for a big white pumpkin to carve and a few smaller ones for decoration. We had maybe 15 pumpkins in our wheelbarrow and we paid about £16 for all of them. I could barely get one big pumpkin for that price in town, so a massive bargain.

The smaller ones are actually pretty yummy to cook and eat. I just cut the top off, make a few cuts in the flesh or get rid of any pips and fill up with cream, garlic, and herbs before I pop them in the oven. It’s pretty tasty and looks great on the table for Halloween.

I think pumpkin picking is such a great tradition and Ace had a super fun day with his friend Leo. We will for sure do this again next year. It’s a great little outing for the whole family. We were really lucky with the weather and I truly enjoyed walking around just inhaling nature.

Poor Josefina went for the tequila shots when I opted for water the night before, so I got a feeling she didn’t quite enjoy our day out just as much as I did. I think she said all of 3 words all day. But it was her birthday, and she had great fun the night before.

Do you guys go pumpkin picking? 

My perfect jumper is by Really Wild. 

 

My beauty journey – Skin renewal micro needling with Swiss clinic

Ok, are you ready for the first product in my beauty journey? It’s a skin renewal micro needling roller from Swiss clinic.

I’m 36 years old in December (iik!) and I have always taken pretty good care of my skin. I have mainly focused on the classic skincare products and SPF. Now when I’m closing in on 40 and have gone through a pregnancy, I feel that it’s time to get on some heavier stuff. Skincare with more active ingredients, at-home treatments and also visits to the salon.

I’m such a beauty geek and I love these things. That’s why it’s my great pleasure to present this collaboration with Swiss Clinic here on the blog.

I started off by clicking this link to do a free online skin test. In order to find out what roller best suits me and my needs. My main issue is pigmentation, so through the test, I got recommended the roller with the 0.55mm needles.

I have so far only done one cycle of treatments, but I’m already noticing a real difference. Not loads on the pigmentation yet, I have a feeling it might take slightly longer. But my skin feels a lot softer, less dry and has a great glow.

It’s really clever to have a product like this at home. So I can use it whenever I want to and feel like I need it. Swiss Clinic’s product has been clinically proven to make a difference, the roller has a CE certificate and the company is a certified “safe e-commerce” brand.

I think it’s terribly exciting to see how these kinds of products and treatments actually work. As I always say “Clothes comes and goes, but our skin is with us for life. Invest in it, it’s the only one we get!”.

If you use the discount code  “TESS20” when you check out, you will get a full 20% off at Swiss Clinic. If you are a bit tempted to try at-home skin renewal micro needling!

 

Mindful Monday 22nd October 2018

What a great weekend! Dinner, clubbing for the first time in almost 2 years, and a little road trip out to the countryside. 

Even if my weekend was busy, I feel strangely invigorated. Like I charged a different set of batteries.

Today I’m working from my little blog office at home. I was meant to have a couple of girls over to record a podcast. But one of the girls is feeling poorly, so we moved to later in the week.

I’m quite happy to be sitting here in my little corner of the nursery. I love that I get to share Aces room with him. It got such a nice harmonic feel to it. And we all know how much I love pastels…

Can you spot the little green cloud on my desk? It’s a cute little light that I’m trying to find a good spot for in his room. Isn’t it adorable?

Have you written down your focus, goal, affirmation, and mantra this week? Here are mine;

My mantra of the week – ”If I’m too comfortable, then it’s time to do something new. If I’m nervous about the next step I’m taking, then I’m on the right path”. I need challenges in my life, or I get bored. I need to push forward one week, to rest peacefully the next, go again the 3rd and evaluate and reflect the 4rth week. Otherwise, I lose my momentum.

My affirmation this week – ”Something wonderful will happen today”. Have you ever tried telling yourself exactly this in the morning? Every time I have, indeed something wonderful has happened. Maybe I’m just allowing myself to be more open to positivity, or I’m actually manifesting something wonderful to happen. Why not give it a try!

My goal this week – I’m going to sit down and make a big “master to-do list”. Everything that we need to do before Christmas will go on the list. This is so I can make action plans for everything and also see what both Garth and I can delegate. I’m thinking I might add an hour a week for our cleaner and have her do these small things I end up doing at night. Like changing bedding and towels, clearing out old food from the fridge and watering flowers. Garth is going to get help once a month for an hour or so. To do things like clearing out the basement, washing the car, organizing the garden and bits of DIY. So that finally our big to-do list can get a bit more manageable.

The dream of the week – I would love to have a PA for our home. Someone who can take over booking doctors/vet visits/school tours etc. To keep track of our calendars, friends and families birthdays, trips and meetings. So that we can focus on work and getting quality time as a family. I’m spending way to much time dealing with all these little bits and I’m starting to realize that I have to stop trying to be a superhero and just delegate.

My vision of the week – “I step into a large run-down Victorian house here in Clapham. 5 bedrooms, 3 floors, garage, big garden and a possibility to extend if needed. I call Garth and tell him I found it. Our next big project and future family home.”

The focus of the week – To delegate. My job this week is to organize all our household chores, divide them between Garth and I and delegate the rest. I need to create some kind of routine for us-time (like movie night every Tuesday) to make sure we spend some actual quality time together. I have been doing 90% of the work here at home lately since Garth has been working lots and traveling almost every week. Now it’s time to find our balance again.

The event of the week– On Sunday I’m off to Dusseldorf to shoot a catalog. I was first meant to be gone for 3 nights. But then they decided to shoot a local girl for the un-recognizable shoe pictures and I now only have to be away for one night. IT was the best possible outcome for me since I still have the blogs and want to spend as much time as possible with Ace. I haven’t been modeling since I was 8 months pregnant. IIk!

My lesson from last week– It’s fun to go out now and then! We went to a 90s hip-hop club at Ace (!) hotel for Josefina’s birthday Saturday night. I hadn’t been out-out since Ace was born and even though I wouldn’t want to do it all the time, I really enjoyed myself.

My everyday luxury this week – To read a book on the plane. I haven’t been traveling without a baby for a while. So I’m going to take the opportunity to buy a book at the airport and just lose myself in it for a few hours when I’m traveling. Maybe you have a good book to recommend?

The inspiration of the week – Vogue’s 25 Most Inspirational Women 2018 

On another note. What is the verdict on my new moving header for the blog? I personally love it and the plan is to change a few of the clips with each season. What do you think?

 

The perfect outfit for autumn (in Paris)

How gorgeous is this set by Micha Lounge? I would even go as far as to call this the perfect outfit for autumn.

Sets like these are massively “in” at the moment and you can find loads of different versions in the shops. What makes this one special is the oversized jumper and the perfect length of the skirt.

I can wear the jumper on its own with jeans and the skirt is really cute with a little lace slip top.

It’s super versatile. I have worn it with heels to events and with white sneakers out to lunch with girlfriends. Fine, it’s not the most “playing with my toddler in the park”-friendly outfit. But who cares…? It has its specific moments and I always feel amazing wearing it.

I have had loads of people stopping me on the street asking where its from and wanting to feel the material. I’m pretty sensitive so itchy fabrics and it’s really super soft. I might actually have told a few too many people because it’s already all sold out. (adlink)

Last time we went to Paris, my lovely photographer and friend Ida joined us. It was great fun to get to shoot in another city than London for a change. This location is Place Vendôme, a gorgeous square in the middle of Paris where all the jewelers have their flagship stores.

It’s not the place to go crazy with the old credit card… but window shopping is free. And some of the shops are like beautiful mini-museums. It’s a place you can’t miss when you are in Paris.

I would love to have more sets like this one. It’s such an easy wear. Anytime you go tone in tone for an outfit, it ends up looking really put together. Whites can sometimes be hard if they aren’t the same-ish shade. But with sets like these, they will automatically match perfectly.

Comfy, stylish, warm and easy to wear = The perfect outfit for autumn.

Now I just need that dove grey Max Mara coat to throw on top and I’m ready to go anywhere. 

Photo – Ida Zander.