Back again

Snubblade över dessa bortglömda bilder som fotografen Andrew Graumann tog på mig precis innan jag flyttade från Berlin i somras (tror minsann det var samma dag). Tyckte inte alls om dem då, så de hamnade i någon mapp på datorn, men när jag tittar på dem nu kan jag nästan gilla att de ser så plastiga/artificiella ut på något sätt.

Hur som! Dessa bilder togs samma dag som jag flyttade, och nu är det prick tio dagar tills jag flyttar tillbaka. Det trodde jag inte. Innan jag kommer tillbaka på riktigt måste jag hem till GBG och skriva en tenta, fixa i lägenheten och passa på att kramas med gbg-vänner lite, därmed flyger jag till Göteborg ett tag idag. Fan vad det tar emot att lämna vår-berlin ännu en gång, men det känns ju bra i magen att veta att jag kommer tillbaka.

Stumbled upon these forgotten images taken by the photographer Andrew Graumann just before I moved from Berlin last summer (I actually think it was the same day I moved). Didn’t really like them then, so they ended up in a folder somewhere on my computer, but when I look at them now I can almost like they look so plastic/artificial in some way.

Anyway! So, these pictures were taken on the day I moved from Berlin, and now it’s exactly ten days left until I move back. I would never have thought that back then. But before I come back for real, I have to go home to GBG and write an exam, get my apartment in order and take the opportunity to hug my GBG-friends a little. That’s why I’m flying to Gothenburg for a while today. I’ll get back to you when I’ve landed.

WEEKLY UPDATE- VACAY MODE: ON

Veckans känsla: SEMESTER!!! Går runt med en sådan otroligt härlig semesterkänsla i kroppen, så himla chillaxed och peppad på samma gång. Mycket positivt i alla avseenden förutom när det kommer till jobb och plugg, har otroligt svårt att vara produktiv när allt jag vill är att sitta på uteserveringar, hångla och ligga i soliga parker.

This weeks feeling: VACAY-FEELINGS!!! Walking around with such an incredibly wonderful springbreak feeling in my body (three months too early), soo chillaxed and psyched at the same time. Very positive in all respects except when it comes to work and school, I find it very hard to be productive when all I want is to sit at outdoor cafes, make out and chill in sunny parks.

Förra veckan: Last week:

Har verkligen lajvat semester: ätit ute varje dag, hängt vid kanalen, ätit jordgubbar, svettats i en park, nattligt balkonghäng, dansat (och suttit lite på kontoret och gosat med världens roligaste hund, Helen, som allt som oftast hänger här).

I’ve really lived like it was vacation: eating out every day, hanging out by the canal, eating strawberries, chilling in parks, nightly balcony-hang outs, dancing (and been a little at the office and with Helen, the amazing dog who often hangs out here) .

Veckans mission: Att max ha på sig 1 svart plagg om dagen. Vill verkligen klä mig vårpeppigt färgglatt men faller så himla lätt tillbaka på ”all black”, heheh.

This week’s mission: to wear maximum one black garment a day. I really want to dress colorful to match the season but I fall back to the good old ”all black” look so easily, heheh.

Veckans bästa: Att det blivit såpass varmt att man kan känna alla lukter utomhus nu. Finns inget som ger mig så mycket vårkänslor som att känna doft-kompotten av nyutslagna blad, asfalt, braj och os från diverse streetfood-kök som fyller gatorna i kreuzberg och neukölln den här tiden på året.

This Week’s Best: That it has become so warm that you can feel all the smells outdoors now. There is nothing that gives me so much spring feelings like the fragrance compote of newly opened leaves, asphalt, smoke and fumes from various street-food kitchens that fills the streets of Kreuzberg and Neukölln this time of year.

Veckans inköp: Ett par snajdiga solbrillor och en bok att läsa på stränder/bussar/i parker. Håller på med ”meningen med hela skiten” just nu men efter det ska jag hugga in på denna. Återkommer med omdöme sen!

This week’s purchase: A pair of cool sunglasses and a book to read on beaches/busses/parks. 

Veckans inlägg: Mera frågesvar, en outfit och träningsinlägget jag inte hann posta förra veckan. Önskemål?

This week’s posts: More q+a, an outfit, the post about my work out that never came up last week. More wishes?

HOME RECORDINGS

Shoes- Made by sarenza, pants- Monki, top- Ragdoll, glasses- GlassesUSA

Har ni haft en bra helg? Min har varit helt perfekt. Sol, parkhäng, jordgubbar, vänner, fest, god mat. Precis som det ska vara när våren rullar in. Idag ska vi fortsätta den hundraprocentiga vårpeppen med lite födelsedagsfirande. Vad ska ni hitta på? (Bilderna ovan togs hemma i götet för ett tag sen). PUSS.

Did you have a good weekend? Mine has been absolutely perfect. Sun, parks, strawberries, friends, parties, good food. Just as it should be these first weeks of real spring. Today we’ll continue enjoying life to the fullest with a little birthday celebration at a friends home. What are you guys up to today? (The pictures above were taken home in Gothenburg a while ago). KISSES.

THE NORDIQUE

Hejhej! Innan jag smiter ut i det 22-gradiga vädret här i Berlin vill jag bara dela denna intervju med er. Nordique är ett online-magasin med massor av välskrivna artiklar för alla med ett intresse för nordisk design, mat och kultur. Jag tycker att det var väldigt intressant att få prata lite om hur det är att vara svensk, och framförallt få lyfta fram fördelarna med min nationalitet. Jag har verkligen alltid haft en helt otroligt icke-patriotisk, negativ inställning till Sverige (duh, jag bor ju knappt ens där), men man ska verkligen inte ta alla sina förmåner för givet heller.
Andra roliga saker jag pratar om är till exempel guilty pleasures, min syn på framgång och framtidsplaner. HÄR hittar ni intervjun. Trevlig läsning! PUSS!

Heyo! Before getting out in the 22-degree weather here in Berlin, I just want to share this interview with you. Nordique is an online magazine with lots of well-written articles for anyone with an interest in Nordic design, food and culture. I think it was very interesting to get to talk a little about how it is to be Swedish, and above all get to highlight the benefits of my nationality. I generally have an incredible non-patriotic, negative attitude to Sweden (duh, I hardly even live there), but you I really have to remember not to take all my benefits for granted either.
Other things I talk about in the interview are for example my secret guilty pleasures, my view of success and my future plans. Read it HERE. KISS!

Q&A- THE MAKE UP DILEMMA AND MY PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Sitter på kontoret med en sovande hund på mina fötter och en Sean som knattrar på sin dator framför mig. Jag hade tänkt göra ett inlägg med svar på era frågor, men hann bara svara på två av dem innan jag insåg att inlägget skulle bli olidligt långt om jag svarade på fler. Jag hade visst massor av tankar att skriva av mig angående smink-dilemmat och min fotoutrustning:

I’m sitting in the office with a dog sleeping at my feet and Sean writing on his computer in front of me. I was going to make a post with answers to your questions, but only managed to answer two of them before I realized that the post would become unbearably long if I answered more. Apparently I had a lot of thoughts to write down about the make-up dilemma, and my photography equipment:

”I thought that i would really like to read a post about your relationship with make-up…i don’t know if you’ve done this before. My relationship with make-up is quite conflicting…i don’t like wearing it (i don’t like how it feels on my skin), and yet I find it very challenging to go out without a bit of BB Cream to hide my acne and/or mascara to make me look less tired. I saw in some of your pictures that you seem to be wearing quite a lot of make-up : how do you feel about this ? is this something that you like (like a nice accessory or something) or that you feel obliged to ? Are you annoyed with these women (quite often the ”parisian” tyPe of girls) taking pride in being ”natural”, not wearing make-up, etc. (i am). I would looove to know your point of view on this topic!”

Hi there! THANK YOU for this question, this is really something I think a lot about. I wear make up more or less every day, and most times I don’t feel very confident in public without it. On the one hand, I’m suuuuper annoyed by people (mostly dudes) bashing down on all the girls ”wasting” time putting on make up, calling them superficial etc (that part of me just want to put them in to place by using tonnes of shading and glitter eyeshadows). On the other hand, I’m annoyed by realizing that I live in a society where I, as a girl, am expected to look pretty all the time (that part of me just want to boycott the whole beauty industry and everything that has with make up to do).

Right now, I use make up every day because I do think it’s really fun to put it on, it’s somehow a creative process of creating an aesthetics that I want to communicate (like editing a photo or choosing an outfit). I love playing with it and use it more like an accessory that completes a look, like painting fake freckles, making glitter eyebrows or using a very strong accent color.
But it’s always healthy to analyze WHY I think it’s fun tu put on make up: probably because I feel prettier or cooler. And WHY do I want to look pretty? probably because our society premiers good looks. And so on.

But I can also see a feministic part of the make-up industry. We’re not just a bunch of girls forced to manipulate our looks to feel good enough- there’s also a strong wave of confident girls reclaiming the make up. It feels like we are starting to putting on make up for our own sake, because we think it’s fun and because we like it. Not as a tool to please some random dude who wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a rouge and a highlighter anyway. I mean, just look at all the powerful girls in the beauty genre in social media.

Do you guys have any wise opinions about this? To be honest all these thoughts makes me very confused. It would be very interesting to read what you have to say.

I would love to read a bit more about your photography! I love how there is always really nice lighting in your outfit photos. I noticed you rarely shoot in direct sunlight – you are usually in shade, or the photos are backlit. How do you achieve such a good and even lighting in such conditions? I mostly take landscape photos but I noticed that the lighting is something I struggle the most when I occasionally take portrait shots. Do you use reflector discs? Or flash? Who takes your outfit photos for you? Back in Umea, did you use tripod and remote shutter? I find it quite hard to disguise the remote shutter in my hand, it always looks like I’m awkwardly holding my hand closed. Are you happy with your current camera+lenses (Nikon D600+ 85mm f/1.8 I believe)? I know you had them for quite a while now. Do you think you are going to upgrade to something else in the near future and if so, what? Would you splurge on 85mm f/1.4? I started reading your blog back in the days when you still used D90, and you inspired me to buy my first DSLR 🙂 It’s been five years since, and it’s falling apart so I’m trying to decide what to buy next.

Thank you! I love experimenting with lightning, and I agree that its super difficult to create the perfect conditions for a nicely lit picture. I’ve started to experiment more with direct sunlight, but I usually prefer ”soft” light. Here’s a post where I’ve experimented with direct sunlight, for example.
I think the ideal timings for good pictures is cloudy weather, or just when the sun is about to set/just after it has rised.
Sometimes it’s hard to see exactly how the light is (you get better at this over time though) but the best way is always to snap a test-picture to get a good overview. And never underestimate the magic that can be done i photoshop afterwards!
I use a reflector sometimes for food or product shots, but almost never for portraits.
I’m still super happy with my Nikon D600+ 85mm f/1.8, but I’m going to get a new lens, 28mm f/1,8, for more casual everyday pictures, since the 85mm is so incredibly zoomed in, haha.

(I use my Olympus Pen for taking photos on the go)