How To Stay In Motion

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No, this isn’t a physics post on Newton’s laws of motion. However, today’s topic is actually rare. Yes, I’m talking about workout. One of the most common promises we make ourself after the holidays is to change our lifestyle to the better which usually includes hitting the gym more often. However, finding the motivation and inspiration to do so can sometimes be tricky which is why I wanted to share what has been working for me and still does.

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If you’re reading my blog I am assuming (haha!) that you have some sort of interest in clothes. Nice workout clothes does a lot for me, it get me excited to go to the gym and more motivated. While at the gym, I feel more comfoterble when I’m in clothes that I enjoy working out in. My latest set is from the Swedish retailer Gina Tricot, they have a big selection of affordable and great looking sets. Take a look or yourself here.

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Music is a must! I can’t workout without having something to listen to and luckily Spotify has a great selection of various workout playlist. Spotify has also a special feature for runners that plays music based on your the speed your running, I used this feature a lot last summer when I used to mostly run.

If you’re into podcast, I recommend Leandra Medin’s podcast ‘Monocycle’ and ‘Oh Boy’. My latest favourite is Brilliant Idiots by Charlemagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz, these guys are hilarious, intelligent and entertaining.

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Being at the gym is a mental timeout for me, a break from my projects and work as well as personal life. Hence, I like to zone out and not being distracted from whats going on around me. Therefore, I either wear a cap or these big headphones so I can zone out properly.

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I’ve mentioned Vitavivav’s 15 day cleanse before, and I’ll recommend it again. So far, its the best cleanse I’ve tried, it cleanses and helped you jumpstart your healthier lifestyle. The cleaners helps you get rid of intestinal tract of excess waste, reduces bloating, helps increase energy and may, furthermore, provide several pounds of weight loss, alongside a healthy diet and daily exercise.

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Last but absolutely not least – a challenge! My friend and I were speaking about getting back to our workout routines a few weeks ago, whereas I suggested The Challenge. Meaning, you agree on how many times you want to workout per week, each time you’re doing it you send the friend a picture. The picture is not only proof that the other person is sticking to the rules, but will automatically inspire and motivate you. If someone doesn’t hold their side of the deal, he or she has to buy the other person something. I think its good to set prize (punishment for the looser) at level that helped you stay motivated. My friend and I agreed that the looser will have to treat the winner to a spa day – great right?

This has helped me so many timed to get back on track, and it works like a charm every time. I had a similar challenge with three friend when I used to live in LA, which resulted to getting in the best shape I have ever been in my life.  The Challenge is a very effective if you’re a competitive person and slightly sore looser (haha!).

I hope my tips helped or at least sparker a little inspiration, I’ve been working out four times a week for three weeks now and I am already seeing result. But the most important thing is that I feel stronger and more vibrant which is important especially when you live close to the North Pole. Its easy to stay inside because its cold outside or dark for that matter, so be alert on what works for you and make sure to adapt that in your weekly workout routine.

As always, I love to read your thought and ideas so please share below. Sharing is caring after all :)

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SOPHIE’S CANELÉ

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In a city full of franchised coffee shops on every corner of the city, finding a good local cafe can be like finding a hidden gem but you know you’ve hit the jackpot when you stumble upon a French cafe that served good quality coffee and fresh baked goods. But not only any baked goods, Sophie, the owner bakes canaléer which is a pastry from the regions of Bordeaux in France.

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The caneléer are baked gently under very high temperature in small cups molds of a batter similar to pancake batter (crêpes). The outer layer of the dessert caramelised and crisp , while it is luxurious and soft inside. What differates the candler from other pastries is goes well with a cup of coffee as well as with a glass of wine or champagne. Sophie opened the cafe as a result of not finding any canaléer in Stokcholm, and decided to take the matter in her own hands.

The cafe has become a place for French community in Stockholm to gather, celebrate French traditions  and get a little dose of France while being far away from home.

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The atmosphere reminded me of France, it was relaxing and delightful. The smell of the fresh baked pastries and French music playing in the background made me forget that I was in Stockholm for a while.

Although being custom to the French kitchen, I had never tasted a canaléer before. The verdict? They taste amazing, I taste two different canaléer, I liked them both although they were different from each other. The sizes are perfect and beautiful experience for the palette.

Another thing that I really love about this place is the interior, the simplicity yet thought behind every detail. Sophie explained the thought process behind choosing the colour and the yellow and white tiles. The detail that made my heart jump a little faster of joy was the French address sign outside the cafe, I strongly urge you to go there and take a look at it yourself and don’t forget to say hi to Sophie from me while you’re at it.

 

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Sophies Canelé |  Sankt Eriksgatan 81,  11332 Stockholm

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What to Wear: Night Out When It’s Cold

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Although the christmas festivities are over, the party still continues. Dressing up to leave the house when its something below zero isn’t  very appealing, but that’s the cold reality of living up here in northern part of the world. Yes, let’s take a moment of reminiscing of how much we’re actually missing the summer. Done? Yes, me too.

Since it’s Friday, first day of the weekend, you might have plans for tonight or maybe tomorrow? Well, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get ready for the night without having to compromise on body heat, nor style.

Do’s

 

Layer

Lets be honest, its cold at this time of the year. Therefore, I have adopted my daytime outfit philosophy to nighttime. Inspiration? Check out Maragret Zang!

Mix

Get creative. I like to mix and mash, a jumpsuit with a sweetheart neck worn with an man shirt. Its actually a mans shirt, not one of those oversized men inspired men shirts. Got a boyfriend? Check out his closet. Big cuffs are a big trend so hop on the bandwagon.

Accessories and glitz

Adding accessories can do a lot, I am not much for big jewelries at this moment, but I will always be into shoes. Therefore, adding the right shoe can take your look from daytime to nighttime. However, you should add some pieces if you like jewellery. Did you get a glittery top or pants during December? Surely, you can incorporate that to you look to add that nigh time vibe.

Dont’s

 

Stockings

I’m sorry, stockings are a big…. No. Let me rephrase that, stockings are a M A J O R nooooohhh (okay I think you’re getting the memo). If you aren’t a eighty plus something old lady, you cant get away with stockings. Either you show you legs (and most likely catch a flue) or get creative. Regardless if they’re skin coloured or black, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing with it, the stockings will bring it down. I would actually like to hear a guys perspective on stockings, so if they’re any guys reading this. Please feel free to comment below.

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I’m sure you have something in your closet, although you’re probably thinking “I have nothing to wear” every morning. Don’t worry, I do that too. And yes, shopping is fun but its sale’s time so do yourself a favour and your wallet too. Please see #3 in the Do’s list below.

Perspective.

Yes, put things in perspective and with that I mean: there are a general misconception amongst some girl/women that the amount of sexiness is determined by how much skin is being displayed. But if you are freezing, it doest matter how much you are showing. Essentially, its going to be very obvious hence not so sexy.

Whats are your does and don’t when getting dressed for going out when its cold outside? Or are you blessed with living in climates that are always nice and warm, well, lucky you then. Hope these tips helped you or at least sparked an idea of how to get ready. Let me know, I always love to read your comments and thoughts.

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How To Wear Kick Flares

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You might have noticed that I am very much into kick-flare’s nowadays – to the point that I decided to give my very long flare jeans a little makeover. Fringed hems is is a big yes and easy trick to take your old jeans to the future. I feel mine are more versatile and up-to date now. Here’s a few ways I like to wear my kick flares:

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Ankle Boots

But not any ankle boots, try a boot with texture and colour (yes, black is a colour too) to create more contrast. That way you can create the illusion of longer legs. Easy tip for us horizontally challenged ladies!

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Metallic Shoes

Metallic shoes are underestimated, or maybe I underestimated them until I tried it. I’m not sure yet (haha!), but the conclusion I’ve made ever since that its such a easy way to make an simple look interesting. If you’re more into sneaker, they’re some really great option out there as well. Forecast: more metallic shoes in the near future.

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Glitter Socks

When wearing sneaker, the sock needs to be invisible (thank God for low-cut socks). However, there’s one exception to the rule: glitter socks! Why? They make an outfit more interesting and different. Best of all, you don’t freeze your ankles off.

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#TuesdayShoesday STELLA MCCARTNEY

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January tends to be that time of the year when its time for something new, although the weather might not allow any grand changes while we’re longing for spring. On the other hand, the (online) sales are in full bloom, which is great opportunity to score new pieces to a reduced price.

Sales can be overwhelming, what to buy? Will it still be trending in a few months? I automatically levitate towards shoes, being the shoe addict that I am.But lets e honest, shoes have a tendency to set the tone of a look.

Stella McCartney Platform Loafers, classic shoes with a modern twist and perfect for any loafers lover who don’t want to compromise on adding a little length. A great addition for your spring and summer closet, and maybe the year around if you’re lucky to live in somewhere warmer.

I’ve picked out a few Stella favorites below, all on sale so make sure to click on the image for more details

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