31 October 2017

Du må ikke være så snill jente.

Sometimes I am asked what language I prefer to speak, mostly I have a hard time answering that because it's hard to pick a favourite. 

On days like today I miss Norwegian, so I listen to podcasts, read articles out loud and look forward to going to work tomorrow because almost certainly I will have a Norwegian customer or two. I always read, some months more than others. And I read books and magazines, blogs and news and articles in all the different languages I speak to make sure I don't forget any of them. 

I love reading out loud. I always have. You give the words meaning when you read them out loud and they manifest themselves differently. You feel the weight of the words in a different way that when you just rush through them inside your head. 

Languages are alive and you have to practice them, use them, develop them. When I have customers at work who have lived for decades abroad but still speak their original language without the slightest hint of an accent I am in awe. 

I am good - really good at languages but for the trained ear there is always a hint of Norwegian and sometimes German when I speak.

In less than two weeks we will fly to Japan and South Korea - we will wander the streets, listen to languages we are not used to hearing, get lost, look for places we haven't been before and maybe revisit a place or three I remember from last time. Diving into a different culture - with bows and cultural differences, new smells and sounds is the greatest gift of traveling.

I Can't wait. My expectations are immensely high and the lists are getting longer each day - but we have promised ourselves to relax as well. 

I stumbled upon this quote today. 
The quote is by: Gro Dahle. A Norwegian author and poet. I won't translate it - use google if you feel like it. 

Du må ikke være så snill jente. Du må gå dit det brenner. Du må bryte mer stein. Du må være der du er til det går over av seg selv. Du må kaste alt du har, og begynne på nytt.

found this GREAT illustration on pinterest - unfortunately without a link to who made it. Please let me know if you have an idea and I will relink it. 

20 October 2017

Tokyo and Seoul part.1

In a few weeks we are of to Tokyo and Seoul.

Can't wait, 16 days of pure excitement.
Right now I have 6 travel guides lying on the table next to me. I won't even mention how many open windows in my browser and bookmarks on the computer I have. And let's not even talk about my lists on Instagram and notes on my phone.

I have been looking forward to this trip for so long but right now I can't wrap my head around the planning part. The one part of a trip I enjoy the absolute most. A big cup of tea and biscuits was suppose to help me start - but now, two cups and a 4 biscuits later I am still stuck.

It will be my mans first trip to ASIA - he will be stoked. I am sure he will love the food, the signs, the tall building, the classic colours and crazy loud sounds even more that I do and I am already crazy about all of it. Take things as they come, I hear people say. But how does that work?

Keep your expectations low, my mum always said. Scared I might get disappointed. My last trip to Tokyo is 2 years ago, I absolutely loved every bit of it. I felt completely lost for the first time in my life. Forget about being "New York street smart" and globetrotter my gosh this was the real deal.

What are we doing for sure is have coffee, eat ramen, people watch, shop at MUJI and just take it as it comes.

16 September 2017

Insecure // Issa Rae

Well I might be late - outing myself as a crazy Insecure, Issa Rae, Awkward Black Girl FAN, like crazy can't get my hands down it tickles in my tummy fan.

I am sure you have seen it and I will not even bother saying if not, then please do. Because I don't think anyone can possibly be as late as I am.
Who would have thought that someone just came around the corner and knocked Girls of the throne. One of my favourite series all time, without me even noticing?

Don't get me wrong. I still love Hanna, Jessa, Marni and Shoshanna !!! But Issa Rae is just funny - and well dressed and so freaking tight! It starts with the music, yeah we girls do love Drake because he just gets us and the stylist behind her looks: Ayanna James just completes the strong, mesmerizing personality of Issa and the rest of the crew. They are so strong, yet so vulnerable and filled with flaws. She gave her a Manu Atelier bag. It's cool on top of cool on top of cool. If you like the clothes, read the great interview The Fader did with Ayanna James. It beats me why anyone haven't given us a series that has so strong visuals before? Where you are basically, ready to move there immediately. Because you feel like being part of that crew, calling all your friends bitch from now on.

If you still don't have enough. You might want to read this article with Issa Rae and Jaclyn Johnson.
On the seven reminders every female entrepreneur need right now. Link here.

Below is the editorial done by Hanna Magazine.
Issa Rae was asked to capture her muses. Styled by Wayman and Micah. Hair done by Felicia Leatherwood and photographed by Elton Anderson Jr.

My personal favourite is Missy - what's yours?

05 September 2017

I am back - at least for now.

Ok - let's do this.
Gather some thoughts and spread some internet love once again.
Because I missed it - having a place of my own where I say my thoughts out loud and share things I love.

And because I have promised myself that I will not reply to any more emails / texts or messengers from people asking me where to go and what to eat when they are visiting a place I have been or lived. Even though most of the people are friends and I love to help - hey I am a not a pleaser for nothing !!! But you guys are just too many. You have no idea how much time I spend writing these. It's always like: OK, just a few things, it will only take a minute - nope. It never does.

So from now, I will just redirect them to this litte safe haven of places I have been and which I loved and other things on my mind. Because it's not called called - if I could choose for nothing, right?!

Something that really takes up a lot of my energy at the moment is finding balance.
Without sounding like a crazy hippie - girl gone dreads and over night wheats over here. Finding balance is becoming more and more important to me.

One way of figuring out where my balance is, is reading.
Me time, yoga, being bored and staring out of the window. It's so difficult and I never feel I have the time but I am trying. That's a start.

The three books I have on my night stand right now is:

DON'T GET A JOB ... MAKE A JOB: given to me by my man. I am in a Limbo. At least job-wise. For the past seven months I worked as a wovens designer for a danish company, designing womenswear. It was a maternity leave cover so when it was over in July I was out. The politics around maternity leave in Scandinavia are GREAT just so hard to handle when you are the one covering for someone. Because they tend to come back wanting their job back and no matter how hard you worked, there isn't always room for an extra. But the good thing is that it made me think about the business I have spent quite a few years in and how little it develops and how much better it could be. I am really good at fast fashion - I love following up the numbers and strategically designing garments people want to buy. But in my head it doens't make sense to keep on producing and very often overproducing all these garments. Creating a whole bunch of garments without a real demand - the demand is something you create and hype up after the design process.

What happened to product follows demand...

The entire sustainability discussion and especially slow fashion and circular design are focus points I yet again thrive to get my hands dirty in. Let's see what happens but I am pep talking myself - networking with interesting people and figuring out how I can change something from where I stand.
And in the meanwhile I am working at the airport again. It's hectic, it's international, great people and even though it's crazy hours it beats being unemployed any day!

THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FUCK: this on the other hand a sweet, sweet friend gave me for my birthday. She keeps telling me to stop being such a pleaser. Admitting that things are not always fine and start to give a fuck a whole lot more. Working on that - hoping this book will be a game changer. Will keep you posted. Love that my friends push me like this. I am so good at giving other people advice, pep talking and pushing people to get better. I would love to instead use that energy on myself for some time.

I LOVE DICK: The same friend who gave me this, also gave me: We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it was such an eye opener. I have never considered myself a feminist, what was there to fight for ?! I had always felt equal, and never even considered that being a girl at least in this part of Europe would be any different from being a boy.

That was until I started to work in big corporate businesses. How come all the CEO's in the companies I have worked in by now are men. Even though there are mostly women in the sections below - some with more experience and more education than the big bosses on the top. Why are the wages not equal if the work done is the same? Why do some women wear red lipstick, cleavage down to their belly button and high heels to meeting when the big boss is in town but otherwise come to work in jeans and a t-shirt? Girls and boys are different, no doubt about that. The best teams I have worked in, have been the ones with a good blend of both.  But feminism has become a theme in my world again - gender equality and bias connotations, communication through what you wear and how you behave suddenly seams so relevant to talk openly about again. So I will read some more, applaud tv series like insecure and girls showing us different types of people in public media, embrace tolerance and wear red lipstick on a Wednesday and not only to board meetings ...

Talk soon, over and out.

14 June 2016

CLOSED - Born in the 80s

It's not a secret that I am a huge CLOSED fan - I wish my complete closet was filled with it. I especially love their small capsules when they rediscover designs from their archive. 

I am madly in love with this campaign. The design, the visuals, the personality in each detail of this campaign.

Watching the soccer game - crossing my fingers that Iceland will go far in this years championships. Such a great accomplishment that such a small nation has gone so far already. 
Hope they win - They sure deserve every minute of glory !

Working as a wovens Designer at the moment for the Danish brand Soaked in Luxury. It's a short maternity leave cover but I am really enjoying myself. 

09 May 2016

10 happy thougths on a Monday.

#1. Prolog - new coffee place in Kødbyen Copenhagen. Best Coffee in town - over and out. Best service and high end third wave coffee love nerd factor as well - what is there not to LOVE !?

#2. Kostrok - Right Now, the remix by Yuksek. I listen way too little to Ed Bangers. This blew me away and I heard it on repeat like 4 times. 

#3. I stumbled across the song from above because I found this trailer - a french movie Le Combattans. Watching random trailers must be my most useless hobby. But when I find movies I love it just makes so much sense in a way.

#4. The fact that I have been working on the Duo Lingo App - almost every day for a month. My french is improving ! C'est bon !

#5. The bikeride from work at nightime. Through this kick ass pretty Copenheaven City. Architecture love bigtime.

 #6. Eating egg in the morning. Like can it get any prettier !? LOVE the colour combination.

#7. All of our things are packed up and moved into a warehouse - the move went smooth. The final big move in a few months. Into our own crib has slowly begun. The next few months we are living as nomads - hanging out with sweet people. It's a long process but until now it feels good. 

#8. The weather at the moment is the bomb. Sunny Side up all day long. Need to hop into the sea - sometime soon for my first dip ! 

#9. My next weekend is completely off - only filled with niceness ! Barbecue, brunch and bubbles, celebrating sweet birthdays and eating cake. Giving away presents and meeting up with sweet people from Hamburg !!! 

#10. I had a meeting today where I was taken seriously and told that it looked like I has my shit together. That it's my life and I should focus on the things that made me happy and felt right for me. 
Don't feel pressured to take on things that I don't feel committed too and remember that I am a designer in everything I do. 

The seeds you plant today - defines your future crop. Make sure it's a good one. 

Have a great Monday - keep up the good work.