Friday, 5 February 2016

Tomorrow I'll be a mrs

My last night as a miss: Sleeping in a bunk bed! Hilarious! 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Trying out wedding dresses

A wedding dress is a bit of a tricky thing, right? I mean, on the one hand you (or at least I) want to take the chance to doll yourself up and look all fancy, but then on the other hand you want to be comfortable and look like you. Or a good version of you. Or me, in this case, obviously. I had some pretty clear ideas of what I wanted, for once, to achieve this. Here's some favorites from my Pinterest wedding board:

Long sleeves, preferably lace ones. I mean, it's February.
1, 2, 3 

Pretty or unique details

4, 5, 6 

tea length or shorter

7, 8, 9

Nope, you will not get to see what dress I'm wearing, not yet! But I'll show you a couple of the runner ups... I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to go for a vintage dress, and since I've been following Elsa Billgren's blog and her vintage wedding-dress-rental business for a long time it seemed obvious to rent from her. I contacted her in November and was lucky that she had time to receive me while I was on holiday in Sweden over Christmas. Me and my mom traveled up from Gothenburg to Stockholm, and together with my brother and my friend V, I went to Elsa's studio to try on some dresses.

I think I tried on about 10-15 dresses and all of them where beautiful. It was impressive how Elsa could see what would fit me, even though some of them where a bit too tight for my taste... It was difficult to chose though. Long or short, clean and elegant or festive and with bows and lace? I had to take a few days at home, going though the pictures to figure it out.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

New hair color. Again.

And while we're on the topic of hair... Opted for something a bit more natural this time. Feels good. this is me just before going out social dancing on Friday, in my favorite pale green and gold vintage dress. What. A. Fun. Night! Never thought I would dance meringue, but I was wrong. 

Wedding hair-spo

There's a loooooot of pretty hair-styles to go for if your are getting married... The inspiration on Pinterest is limitless. It gets a bit more tricky if you have short hair, like me, but still. I'm having my hair done at a salong for the ceremony (that's when we'll have a photographer and our wedding photo shoot) and for the day of the party I plan to do my own hair. As I don't have a lot of raw material to work with, I want to give the stylist a few different ideas to chose from so I picked three themes and sent over these pictures to him (sources under the collages):

Soft, glamorous and wavy

1, 2, 3, 4

Retro, with a victory roll or two

5, 6, 7, 8

Romantic and messy, preferably with at least one braid 

9, 10, 11, 12

I will not meet the stylist beforehand, and I won't actually have that much time with him, so I'm not hoping for any miracles. But I'm still pretty excited... 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

the best soup in the world

is this Jerusalem artichoke soup. This is what you do:

  • Peal 500g of Jerusalem artichoke and 3-4 potatoes. 
  • Slice them and 2 garlic cloves up and fry in a pan with oil or butter
  • Add 1,5dl of white wine. I used a sweet Riesling because I love it and that's the only white wine we have in our house. Boil for a minute.
  • Add 0,5 l of water and 2 stock cubes. I used the vegetable kind, but I'm sure pretty much any would do
  • Boil for 1,5 min until soft
  • Use hand blender and blend until smooth
  • Add 3 dl of cream
  • Serve with parma ham you have dried in the oven (5-10 min on 150 degrees C) and some apple purée
  • Enjoy

I first had this exact combination on a new years eve about 10 years or so ago. I've loved it ever since, and it is such a luxury to eat. It's thick and creamy, have a combination of different textures, and the salty ham with the sweet and sour apples balances the earthy Jerusalem artichoke perfectly. Nom. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Wedding inspiration: the bouquet

Another theme where I had no idea where to start, but once I began browsing through Pinterest I came up with several sweet ideas, and somewhat of a vision. Seriously. Since I've never really have spent time dreaming of my wedding, I'm very open to everything and don't have any ideas set in stone, but I would have been totally useless if I didn't have internet and Pinterest in particular... 

Anyway. Here's what I like when it comes to bouquets!

Sweet, romantic and a bit big and wild

1, 2, 3

Or dramatic with lots of different structures and deep colors in contrast with white

4, 5, 6

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Hugo's favorite toy

He knows where we keep it. When he wants it (which is often) he goes to the drawer in the kitchen and points his nose to it. When we take it out he becomes super attentive and jumps to get it. And once he does he will drag you with him until he's safe under the kitchen table. While growling, like a dog. The only time he does that sound. It's adorable.

A ball of orange fluff and two red feathers on a string. Brilliant. 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Wedding inspo: caaaaake!

Cake. Honestly not my favorite thing in the world. I'm more of a candy person, and although desserts and sweets are generally awesome, I didn't really know where to start when it came to deciding on wedding cake. We discussed flavor, of course, and neither of us wanted anything too sweet and heavy. We ended up suggesting passion fruit and white chocolate as taste-inspiration for our pastry chef.

When it comes to looks the amazing A didn't have a whole lot of opinions. I went looking on Pinterest for inspiration and came up with these ideas:

Maybe something romantic with loads of flowers and greenery, but a simple white base?

1, 2, 3
Or something minimalistic yet glamorous following our gold and white theme?

4, 5, 6

Now I'm just excited to see what they can come up with over at the pastry-shop based on these ideas...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

from this day forward, for better, for worse...

photo by Elsa Billgren

Me and Andreas, or the Amazing A as I like to call him here on the blog, have been together for 15 years. We first met in high school when we were 17, went to the same university, moved in together during our second year there and have lived together since. In Sweden, Germany and Norway. Marriage has never really been super important for any of us, I think we could have been together for the rest of our lives without ever getting hitched, but now circumstances have changed a bit and we had to make a decision (no, I'm not pregnant). Now all of a sudden getting married seems like a quite natural thing to do, and I'm really looking forward to it! A is my best friend, my family and an amazing person and I'm so happy that I found him.

We're getting married in February. Yup, pretty soon. And not much time to prepare the whole thing. Which in one way feels pretty good, as I've never had any big ideas on what I wanted. Now we just have to roll with it, do what feels right and make some pretty quick decisions without overthinking. I'm having way more fun planning than I thought, without becoming too much of a bridezilla. 

We're having our wedding ceremony in Gothenburg, with only our closest family attending. And then we'll celebrate with our friends the weekend after. We planned it like this because we started out thinking we wanted some pretty simple and thought it would make things easier, but in the end it just means we have to plan two events... Oh well, it will be fun! 

I'll let you know some of my ideas along the way, I will post about inspiration for my wedding dress, wedding hair and party decorations starting next week! 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Botox, birthday and Joy.

Hello bloggy. Today has been a day in my life. Not an unusually good or bad day, but a pretty normal day. Except for three things:

1. I started the day with an appointment with my eye specialist and then a new eye doctor. Progress! It's now decided that I will have a Botox injection in one of my eyes to treat my cross eyedness. Finally a plan! Although a bit of a scary plan...

2. it's my dear moms birthday! Hip hip! Hope you had a good one, mom! 

3. I went and saw the movie Joy with my friend C. It was great. Inspiring, sad, fun and smart. Sometimes beautiful. Jennifer Lawrence is awesome.

Oh and I was wearing my power-Astrid t-shirt. That makes any day a bit special in my eyes. 

Tomorrow is Thursday, only two more days until the weekend, yaaay!