I need to paint a shirt like this

Found at Pinterest.

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Is vanity good for your health?

Innehåller reklam.

For those of you asking about the plasma pen treatment I got it made from Klinik 34 here in Gothenburg, Sweden. I posted a pic on stories/Instagram of my more and more dropping eyelids and wondered whether they will blind me eventually. I got a lot of tips and tricks sent to me but also an opportunity to try a new topical skin rejuvenation treatment called ‘plasma pen’ supposed to stimulate collagen. Good for damaged, scared or saggy skin. Here is a before and after photo. And yes, it seems like it might have saved my eye sight for a couple of more years. In the right after-pic I have a definitely clear from eyelids sight (the dots which will fade away within a few days). The treatment did not hurt much and was gentle and artistically made by Mehtap Ok.

Ever since I a couple of years ago (late, I was 42) started to learn and really care about skincare from Swedish beauty podcaster queens and bloggers like Kakan and Brita Zackari (a post about Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, 1.0 Fluid Ounce changed everything) I’ve come to not only get routines but to enjoy the taking care part. Goes hand in hand with the kids growing up and moving out I guess.

During the years I’ve wore makeup, plucked my eyebrows, dyed my hair etc. When it comes to “fight” aging though I’ve been like many in my social circle peers, rather torn. At least when it comes to semi natural interventions. Aging is natural, inescapable and doesn’t automatically mean that everything turns bad and ugly. But is there anything more paradox than issues concerning women and their bodies, beauty and aging? In the recent years in order to feeling rather tired in general, I’ve found myself quite interested in what those magic skincare products and topical procedures out there can do to energize my soon to be 48 year old face a bit. ⠀

From the beginning the skin care routine motivation was totally shallow and had everything to do with vanity and nothing to with health. Good thing vanity motivates healthy behaviors though. Focus has changed with a goal of being healthier in general with stress-reduction, regular exercise, healthy diet etc. And if skin care help achieving this with good routines, then why not?

Below you’ll find my current skin care regimen. For the first time I’ve tried to put up some affiliate links to Amazon but I’m not sure if I’ve managed to solve it all right. Anyway these are all really great stuff.

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1. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

3. Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum

4. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + Ha 2%

5. Aromatica, Rose Absolute First Serum

6. Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50

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1. Foreo Luna Facial Cleansing Brush

2. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser (same as in the morning).

3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (same as in the morning).

4. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

OR:

4B. Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

5. Matrixyl Synthe’6 Serum

6. Aromatica, Rose Absolute First Serum (same as in the morning).

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Eva Kerek

Wanted to share a visit to artist Eva Kerek which I made a couple of days ago in her studio in Solna, Stockholm. We have May even if it feels like summer with degrees normal for about mid-July. You who’ve followed me for a while know how much I like wobbly perspective errors and artists who knows how to break the rules. Eva keeps moving and turning her self and the canvas as she paints. Sitting, crawling and standing with the brushes. Digging in her pockets for mental objects and the right mood, with the scenes and images forming during the process. Eva works with rather big sized canvas from her imagination and life. The everyday objects makes some kind of magical realism.

Next year, 2019 Eva Kerek exhibitions:

Sagan med – Lukas Göthman
Kristianstads konsthall 9/2 – 31/3  2019.

September 2019 Cornelia Sojdelius Gallery, Stockholm

Don’t miss.

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Masayoshi Oya / Kaolin 40year’s anniversary exhibition

Visited Studio Oyama to chat and get a sneak peek from Masayoshi Oya’s work for the coming “Kaolin 40year’s anniversary exhibition” in Stockholm. The ceramic group Kaolin was started by a couple of newly graduated students from Konstfack 1978. Kaolin today serves a meeting place for art associations, collectors and ceramics interested. The exhibition has vernissage June 2, 11–16.

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Soon!

Can’t wait to get this collaboration going. Fine Little Day + EKTA, aka Daniel Götesson.

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Gothenburg’s Chocolate Factory / Storm & Bille

Can you believe it, we have our very own Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here in Gothenburg, Storm & Bille.  The chocolate-makers Johan Storm and Kistin Bille, creating gourmet chocolate all the way from bean to bar, made in small batches using artisanal manufacturing methods.

Not only superb infusions of spices and fruitiness combined with premium chocolate but also visually tempting packaging. Chocolate lovers out there, if you are in or visit Gothenburg, this place is a must.

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Britas House part 3

Britas House. As you can imagine the one and only hour I got in this place felt far to little, wish I could have stayed at least a week. The renovation of the house is an on going project. Even in these phases everything looks just beautiful. The wall base below for example prepared with nail tacks for a future wallpaper. Looks nice as it is now as well I think.

When Emma removed the old broken roof in this room, these beautiful boards hid underneath.

The roof, makes you think of Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek don’t it.

Wonderful details wherever you looked.

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Britas House part 2

Can you believe this amazing pattern galore. Wallpapers, rugs and textile in a wonderful stew. Britas House forever in love.

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Britas Hus

Postesiell reklam för Gysinge Byggnadsvård, som eventuellt blir en samarbetspartner/uppdragsgivare framöver. Och ett passionerat möte med Britas Hus.

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Listen to this: I was told by Gysinge Byggnadsvård who are preserving and creating sustainability in old and modern homes (and a potential coming Fine Little Day collaborator) about this amazing place called Britas House. So I took the train up to Gävle, met up with this lovely lady from Gysinge Byggnadsvård and followed by car Emmas Norelius to her childhood, family farm in Häckelsäng, Bergby.

Emmas’ grandfather’s father’s father built the house which stood ready in 1895. The owners before Emma and her husband was Olle and Brita, who lived here in the 1940s and until 1985 (the same year Emma was born). Emma who grew up in the neighboring house spent time here as a child. She used to sneak in when her grandfather was away, wandering through the house, playing with glasses and things she found interesting.  As a grown up she moved around a lot before realizing she wanted to live in her childhood village and getting the opportunity to inherit this cherished house.

Indeed are old environments and buildings powerful reminders to us of the way of life of earlier generations. I can tell you my heart beat hard when I stepped in here with the mind wandering not only to movies like Fanny and Alexander but also to more decadent motion pictures like Grey gardens, with vanity, art and upper class coloring the air. The richness of  this place, the grand and partly untouched interiors – such a precious pearl.

Emma’s family, husband and two children are planning to move into the house in the future, but since they are occupied with full time jobs, the renovation of the house is going slowly. A good thing maybe when making conscious and sustainable decisions.

An old piano, framed portraits, tile stoves, heavy patterned rugs and drapes, skillfully made furnitures, velvet textiles, delicate old wine glasses, crystal chandeliers. Oh this place, and the light!

The kitchen that was renovated in the 50′s, Emma’s parents was supposed to move in to the house in the 80s but luckily (Emmas words) they did not. If they had, things had probably not been as preserved as they still are.

A wide ( and uplifting!) variety of styles. Has there ever been a better word to describe an environment than “eclectic”? Don’t think so.

I will not kill the darlings but show you a bunch of more photos of the other rooms in coming posts. Still have a little hard breathing after this visit.

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Tack igen Emma, för att jag fick komma!

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Caravanserai, Gävle/Sweden

Another remarkable experience during my trip to Gävle the other day, was the meeting with the skilled craftsmen and fashion haute couture tailors at the studio and trading house Caravanserai.

One of them has previously worked for Lebanese star designer Zuhair Murad who dressed celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift. Another one worked as a tailor in Damascus in Syria before he came to Sweden. Here they are working not only with their own textile line and restoration of second hand furnitures, but also with prominent clients like Svenskt Tenn and Ida Sjöstedt among other things.

(A caravanserai was a roadside inn where travelers (caravaners) could rest and recover from the day’s trade routes journey.)

This place – filled with ethically sustainable organic textiles in premium quality + A lot of knowledge within production in sewing, masonry, painting and wallpaper. So inspiring, can we have this in Gothenburg please?!

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