Today is Fathers Day here in Sweden, a holiday that brings families together to celebrate their fathers while others who’ve lost their father are reminded of absence. This year, I was moved by how many of my friends missing their fathers. Loosing a parent is never easy regardless if you were close or not. In a matter of fact, I know this because my father passed away five years ago.
I still remember that day like it was yesterday, it was a beautiful morning in Octobers. Saturday, I was living in Gothenburg at that time. When I woke up I noticed a missed call from my sister, so I called her up and while the phone was ringing I had a funny feeling. As my sister picked up the phone, and said hello I’ve already figured out what she was about to say. My father had passed away that night, heart attack. In Iran. So he was thousands of miles away, and my family who at that time lived in Uppsala were far away from me too.
It’s funny how life can in a matter of second change everything, change you to the core, and after you will never be the same. Life will never be the same. But what I want to tell you is that it doesn’t mean that it has to be bad. It will be bad for a while, we all process it very differently. For example, my sister started her process right away while it took me three months before I felt I could really deal with the emotions. But my process was longer, our relationship was complicated. His passing forced me to deal with memories I’d put behind me long ago. Fast forward five year, today I have the best relationship with my father and that may sound crazy to some people. I know a dear friend of mine reacted when I told her. Afterwards, she told me that she hopes to feel that way someday.
I am not here to say that things will get better, I am here to acknowledge you feelings. I know its hard, and that you miss him. I used to feel so alone in that emotion, and I don’t want you to feel that way. What I always try to do is to thinks about those positive moments, and that my father wouldn’t wanna se me sad. Today, I’ve lit a candle of his memory, shed a few tears while smiling and listed to a few of the songs he used to play on the weekend mornings (he used to wake up the whole house that way).
Happy Fathers Day, dad. I miss you, everyday. But I know you’ve with me, every step of this journey we call life.
Header picture was taken with my iPhone, has nothing to the with the topic. Since I didn’t want to post a picture of me and my dad I took a photo of what I was doing before the urge of writing this post kicked in
As soon as the temperature started dropping I could see the trails of the dry air on my face. The Scandinavian climate can be harsh, as well on the skin which its very important to make sure you’re skin is getting the perfect treatment and shield again the cold weather.
Before crossing the 30 years mark(yes, if you didn’t know I’m actually turning 32 in a few weeks) I started paying more attention to what my skin needed, and learned that there is not really a quick fixes but if you provide the right nutritions and vitamins by eating accordingly can make big changes.
Ciciamed Collagen Face Mask
Ciciamed is a Swedish beauty brand focusing on organic ingredients. The Anti-ageing collagen boost mask for instant firming and a radiant complexion. A unique formulation of herbs, vitamins and seaweed for an effective against tired and ageing skin.
Personally, I love when you instantly can feel the product working and in this case you can feel the skin getting firmer. I had try it only once, and I was sold. Perfect when you’re feeling a bit under the weather of have had a busy day that follows by a busy night. The mask is applied on washed skin and not rinsed away – i.e. ready to set the makeup.
Ciciamed Face Mist
This face mist comes handy when you want to easily restore the balance in your skin regardless if its due the climate changes, sitting in front of a computer too long or going through hormonal changes. In addition, its also a great product to set your makeup.
Emma S Serum
You know that moment when you finally try something people have been raiding about for a long time, you finally try it and understand what the hype was about? One morning I decided to add a few drops of Emma S Serum to my daily moisturiser. Not only did it soften my skin, the natural ingredients also reduces the redness which I experience during this time of the year.
I am a firm believer that beauty comes from within, in order to be the best version of you one need to take care of their body in a holistic way which means eating healthy, exercising and being mindful of the products we use.
Vitaviva Juice Complex
Consists of a concentrated dosage of a variety of berries including Acai, Pomegranate and Goji berries. Not only do these berries consist vitamin C, vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium and Folic Acid but also powerful antioxidants to protect the skin and reduce signs of aging. Antioxidants help prevent the spreading of desseade-causing cells so in other words, not only a good boots for the skin but the overall body.
Vitaviva Wrinkles Away
Wrinkles Away a high potent combination of nutrients , which promotes a healthier and younger skin . Includes collagen and hyaluronic acid is injected by dermatologists to reduce wrinkles .It also helps to protect the body against harmful free radicals in the form of a powerful blend of antioxidants , such as resveratrol , grape seed , green tea , and alpha lipoic acid, all of which are nutrients that contribute to healthier, moister and younger skin . Wrikles Away can give a renewed , more fresh and younger looking skin.
After have been trying several highlighters I’ve finally found the one that works great for my complexion. This one adds the right amount of glow and have become a go-to product. Great for day and nighttime, just apply accordingly and you get that right finish. On a personal note, I love makeup but have always preferred a more natural look. Dont get me wrong, I love when others can pull off a full on dramatic makeup but I cant recognize myself when the layers keeps adding. Guess that cleared the question of why I’m not doing much beauty related posts here (hahaha!)
Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Mask
Last but defiantly not least, Excuviance is beauty brand I’ve been talking about before due to the incredible changes it have done for me. I started using their product two and half years ago after coming back from LA and had major skin problems.
Whenever they launch a new product, I’m always eager to try it out because I know it always has delivered. As I mentioned before, I love when you feel the product ‘working’ right away and this mask foaming sensation adds a big plus for me. Exuviance Bionic Complex adds extra youth-promoting benefits, restoring a translucent radiance, suppleness and smooth silky softness to your complexion. A single use envelops skin in a delightful oxygenating experience, revealing skin that looks and feels revitalized, refreshed, transformed.
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I love the idea of taking something and make it your own. After cutting my hair short I haven’t really found the right type of earrings, instead I’ve been more drawn to rings and necklaces until last week while browsing through Jane Køenig’s beautiful shop in Copenhagen.
Instantly, I was drawn to the beautiful pearls, there’s just something timeless and sophisticated about them – but on the cuff it felt modern and I just love those kind of contrast. Instead of placing it in the top of the ear, it naturally found its way to the middle (I have no idea what the that part of the ear is called) like it was meant to be there all along. Needless to say, have been wearing this piece on a daily basis ever since. As if its a part of me. Do you have a favourite jewelry? Tell me below.
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Its funny how 24 hours can at times feel like several days while sometimes several days can feel as eventful as one. The short trip to Copenhagen and Zalando’s Nordic Blogger Awards was just that, eventful.
Not only was I lucky to share this opportunity with such amazing people, we also had tons of fun together from the beginning to the end. Each and one of us was nominated in one category, competing against bloggers from the other Scandinavian counties. The venue was amazing, held at Danish Museum of Art in the heart of Copenhagen and everybody was dressed for the occasion. On a personal note, I love when people embrace moments as these, and rise to the occasion. As for myself, I wore a mermaid dress with silver shoes – what do you think about the dress?
Although we didn’t win, we all felt like winner. Just to be approached, nominated and to be a part of this amazing experience was an honour and a price of its own. We celebrated the night just as we’d won.
The following day was busy with meetings while spotting a few hot spots in Copenhagen. What a beautiful city, and so charming. As always, I carry my Olympus Pen 7 with me throughout my days at home and on my trips. Its a perfect to-go camera, and fits perfectly in my Chanel boy bag which is a plus. Here’s a few snapshots that I wanted to share with you from this dear 24 hours in Copenhagen.
Finally, thank you to Zalando! It was an honour to be apart of this amazing experience and thank you to all of you who voted. I’m forever grateful for your support.
The scene and one bizarrely big picture of yours truly
The day after meeting at Noise PR
Lunch between meetings at Atelier September