The Perfect Ankle Boots for Fall

Fall is, without doubt, my favourite season. Especially the early fall when the leaves turn red, the sun is warming and the air is fresh, all filled with new possibilities. And let’s not forget what’s amazing throughout the whole season: the fashion. Without really thinking about it, it has become a ritual of mine to add quite a lot of pieces to my wardrobe when summer turns into autumn. I guess it started when I was a kid and had to buy new clothes every fall because I had grown out of my old ones… Back then it was really my mother’s doing, but nowadays I’m happy to do it by myself! (Even though my mother is often out shopping with me…).

This year I started a little early with the shopping when I found the most perfect ankle boots. That kind of shoe is basically what I live in from September to March and is therefore one of the most vital pieces in my closet. Unfortunately my old pair had to be thrown out due to overuse. But when one door closes another opens, right? In addition I was kind of over them anyway, but I hadn’t found a new pair until a found these.

According to me, this is the most perfect ankle boot to ever be designed. The heel is the perfect height in proportion to the rest of the shoe, it’s in a soft material that blends in easily to every outfit whilst still contributing with a bit of attitude and the small details just makes them absolutely stunning. The only thing that might upset many is the fact that they’re not faux. Trust me, I’m a huge animal lover too, and that’s why I want to explain why I’m not feeling worse about buying these shoes than I do. 

They’re made out of a cows skin. I eat cows now and then and a couple of cows has most certainly died just to end up on my plate. Though overconsumption of meat is a real problem in today’s world I find it natural for human beings to feed on other animals. We are preditors, even if many of us chooses not to be. But what I would hate is for other parts than the meat of, in this case, the cows would go to waste. Clothing made out of animals we do not eat is not ethically right in my eyes, but this is. We all view things differently and this is my view. Feel free to question it, I’m sure there are perspectives I’ve not yet taken into account which will make me question it too. 

Anyway. If you want to get you a pair of these beautiful creations I will link them here. They’re from the brand Kiomi and cost 749 SEK (around 70£, 78€, 92$). 

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Golden Eye Makeup Look w/ Hot Pink Eyeliner

In the time of summer I’m really experimental when it comes to makeup. I’m almost always in the mood to do something a bit more out there than I normally would. I don’t know if it’s the change of ambience or weather, but something just brings that side out of me.

Today I decided to try a hot pink eyeliner. Eyeliner is one of those things that’s easy to experiment with, you simply change the colour which will change the whole look. I paired the pink with a golden eyeshadow which I think resulted in a very nice evening look. It almost got that sunset vibe to it without being too kabow, if you know what I mean. Furthermore it brought out the blue in my eyes very nicely!

Products used

  • Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette (fresco, porcelain Dalí, pastel, I Louvre it in crease; stained glass in outer v and lower lash line; selfie portrait as a base on lid; bronze casting on lid and lower lash line; pearl earring in tear duct area and on browbone)
  • Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition Lip Cream in 05 Olé flamingo! as eyeliner
  • Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara
  • Anastasia Bevery Hills DipBrow Pomade in Auburn on brows
  • IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil in 25 Warm Brown on brows

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Refreshing Coconut Slush With Only Two Ingredients

Do you want to achieve that tropical abroad feeling in only two minutes, using only two groceries? In that case you’ve come to the right place! This slush on coconut milk is a new favourite of mine. It’s perfect for when you just crave something cold and fresh, and don’t want to spend fiftyeleven hours on making this something. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 dl coconut milk (I’m using Alpro Coconut Milk)
  • Enough ice to make it slushy
  • OPTIONAL: Coconut chips to top it off (recommended)

Amounts are per serving (standard glass).

Tools needed

  • Blender

Instructions

Pour milk and ice into the blender, mix, serve!

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Must Have Nail Polishes for Summer + the Drugstore Lipsticks to Match Them!

Pepperminty + Fire & Ice

A soft, minty turqoise never goes wrong with a bold, rich, red-ish cerise. The contrast between the two melts perfectly together into that sweet but chic flirty look.

  • Ciaté Nail Polish in Pepperminty
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 720 Fire & Ice

Banana Pop + In Love With Ginger

When you got that sun kissed glow you need a hot colour combination to match it. A warm banana yellow paired with a bright orange will do the trick any day!

  • L’oréal Paris Color Riche Nail Polish in 834 Banana Pop
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 660 In Love With Ginger


I Love Juicy + Fireball

Go monochrome and match with the exact same shade on both your nails and lips. With this vivid coral shade you’ll turn into summer yourself! Well, at least almost…

  • Leighton Denny Nail Polish in I Love Juicy 
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball

 

Stay original (but feel free to rip off these combos), gorgeous! xoxo

Abstract & Sleek Outfit with Red Touches

Those garments that are basic but independent, meaning they can look great on their own without having to get lifted by other pieces, are essential in my closet (read: life). This outfit for example is buildt on two of this kind. We got a black top and a striped skirt. Sounds quite boring, doesn’t it? But thanks to the playful cuts of them both it makes a nice look.

Though I could have matched it with white or black shoes and accessories, I decided to add some colour. To not disturb the sleekness and sophistication running through the outfit I chose this colour to be red, since red is a safe card when it comes to keep what I was going for.

There’s one thing I really like to do when composing outfits. To tie the colour of my shoes to two other points in my outfit: the highest one and one in the middle. The highest one can be a hat, lipstick (as in this case), necklace etcetera and the middle one can be a handbag, nail polish (as in this case) or a belt. I feel like this really ties the look together and makes it look thought through.

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Top from Lindex, tube from GinaTricot, skirt & shoes from Primark, nail polish is ‘Pinotage Red’ from Apolosophy and lipstick is ‘Classic Red’ All Day Color Lip Lacquer.

A few PS’s: the lightning was a hell to photograph in so excuse me for the exposure, my dog Tyra is covering my feet in a number of photos but she wouldn’t go away and the bruises on my thighs are from carrying things at work so don’t worry about that. DS.

To Dare to Open Up

After my post What Everybody Should Do ASAP I recieved many kind words from my friends. They told me that it was such a beautifully written post and that I was very strong to open up and share my thoughts and feelings about this – somewhat sensitive – subject.

For me it was a natural thing to do. The subject I wrote about was something I was struggling with, so when I found a solution that actually made me feel better I didn’t see any reason not to inform others of it and it’s benefits. I was just happy to maybe help someone.

But obviously it’s not that natural for everyone. I think the reason why I find it easy to open up about different issues I might have is that I’ve stopped fleeing from them. By really embracing them and accepting that they’re a part of me and my life I unconsciously work through them. Without even realising it, I’m sorting things out. I’m making connections and drawing conclusions about why I’m experiencing what I’m experiencing, why I’m feeling what I’m feeling, and eventually find the hidden source of it all.

When I’ve done that I’ve made peace with the problem. I don’t find it as bothering anymore, even if it of course still makes certain situations in my life much harder than it should be. But if someone in that situation asks me what’s wrong I can without doubts tell them. Not the whole story, but enough to make them understand.

Then I can see why sharing it on the world wide web can seem a bit more terrifying (even on a small site like mine). What makes me want and dare to share my worked through information here is that I would’ve wanted someone to provide me that information while I was struggling with the problem. So when I write posts about sensitive subjects, it’s simply because I hope it will keep someone else from feeling like they’re going through the same thing on their own.

I’m not sure all of this makes sense, but to somewhat sum things up I think it’s important to embrace ones problem and make peace with them. Not only will that make it easier to handle situations where the problem shows it’s true colours, but it will also make it easier to talk about. With one self, a friend, a teacher, a parent, a computer… You name it.

I hope you found this post inspiring. Stay original, xoxo

 

Banana Milkshake to Beat the Heat

June, July and August: the months of summer. The time to spend hours at the beach, stay up all night and drink lots of cold beverages… Such as this banana milkshake! It’s healthy, easy to make and only consists of four ingredients. Could it get better?

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 hand full of frozen mango
  • 1 dl coconut milk
  • 1,5 dl ice

Amounts are per serving. 

Tools needed

  • Blender
  • Measuring cup of some sort (not necessary, but helps keep the proportions)

Instructions

Put all ingredients in the blender. Mix. Enjoy!

Stay original gorgeous! xoxo

Coral Pink/Orange Makeup Look

Some days I feel very strongly for the YOLO expression. I do without thinking, I make without restricting and simply follow my instincts. Should I watch another episode?No, but hey, YOLO. Should I really buy this bag? No, but hey, YOLO. Should I eat pizza for breakfast? No, but hey, YOLO.

Today is one of those days. This morning when I was getting ready to go into town, I spotted this bright coral pink orange-ish blush that I had never used. Because even though I had fallen in love with the colour it is quite intimidating. You might only be a few sweeps from turning into Ronald McDonald. But this morning I thought: but hey, YOLO.

Luckily I didn’t turn into a clown, but rather a summery chic playful gal. I put some of the same blush in the outer corner of my eyes and complemented with a lipstick in a similar shade which really pulled it all together.

Products used

FACE

  • Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium
  • L’oréal Paris True Match Concealer in 1 Ivory
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette in Light
  • Kiko Radiant Fusion Baked Powder in 01
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer
  • Model Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzing Powder
  • NYX  Powder Blush in Cinnamon
  • Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze

EYES

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer
  • Benefit Coralista Blush as transition colour
  • NYX Powder Blush in Cinnamon in the outer corner
  • Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze on lid, inner corner and browbone
  • Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Auburn on brows
  • IsaDora Eyebrow Pencil in 25 Warm Brown on brows

LIPS

  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball

Stay original gorgeous! xoxo

To Try and Try Again

Failure is a scary thing. The fear of not succeeding keeps many from doing what they really want to do. Especially when it comes to trying something new or doing something which is not totally accepted by ones community. The hankering to prove those people, those who don’t accept your ideas, wrong is not bigger than the fear of failing and having to hear people think “Who did you think you were to think you could do something like that?”.

This post is going to be all about that. Success, failure and the importance of trying and trying again. Being scared of failing eliminates the oppurtunity to both personal and global development. It also deprives you of your freedom. Being locked up is not necessarily a physical state, the restrictions you put on your passions and true wishes are just as prohibiting.

In Sweden we have a concept called “Jantelagen”. It’s basically a norm which claims that no one can stand out or think they are capable of something someone else isn’t. In smaller places, such as where I live, this norm is taken seriously. If you get the choice to go big or go home, you’re expected to go home. In a reality like that it’s hard to not be afraid of failing when doing something which breaks “Jantelagen”.

I’ve struggled to truly be myself. To do what I want to do, to over-win my fear of failing. I have not yet crossed the finish line, but I have reached a point where I’m not afraid to dream. I’m not afraid to have visions, set goals or think further than my community might want me to. But most importantly: I’m not afraid to get up when I fall. I’m not afraid to try again after one failed attempt. Or four for that matter.

Furthermore I’m having a hard time grasping how you’re supposed to reach success without failing. As I’ve written in one of my songs (yes, I write songs): when you succeed, you succeed, when you bleed, you learn. Every fail comes with a lesson. Don’t let that new knowledge be wasted! Give it another shot and put it to good use! If you once beat the fear of failing and get started with whatever you want to do, the next step is to not give up in case you actually fail. Because you probably will, the first time. But failure is not the end. It’s the start of a new beginning.

Stay original gorgeous, I believe in you. xoxo

FLOWER POWER: Orange Jumpsuit With Attitude

My love for floral prints is not a big secret, but it’s probably not too obvious either. Dressing all cute and girly is not really my cup of tea and unfortunately most floral printed garments requires some thinking when it comes to avoiding just that. Therefore, I don’t go floral too often. But when I was in Madrid a few months ago I found (and fell in love with) the perfect floral jumpsuit. The cut together with the bright orange color gives it a sporty twist which I really like in combination with some good old flower power.

When putting this outfit together I followed the concept of “less is more”. There are only two colours involved and no accessories what so ever. The shoes follows the sporty twist and lifts out the white partern without stealing to much focus from the playsuit. They don’t bring anything new. Sometimes keeping it simple is a greater art than fitting in more colours, prints and pieces than the outfit can carry.

To really go all in on the bichrome theme I decided to try a white eyeliner. I’m not quite sure about how I feel about it yet, but a part of me definitely digs it. Something tells me that I will like it more overtime. Anyhow, I really do think that little detail takes the look to a whole new level. (The same goes for my orange pedicure, which can be seen in the pictures above if you look really closely).

So that’s that! Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Playsuit from Lefties, shoes from nelly.com and liner is “Bump” from Urban Decay.