I LOVE YOU, JELLY-BELLY!

My posts are usually pretty superficial and I don’t share anything more private than a kiss to my son or to my handsome Morgan. But today something changed and I want to tell you about it.

When I get dressed this morning I started, like every single morning, to repeat to myself how fat I am, how disgusting my body is, how flappy my belly is, how unattractive and not sexy I am…and so on.
And you know what? I am pretty tired of it, because it hurts.
It hurts.
It hurts and it breaks me to pieces.
It hurts so much, to never ever feel fine in your own body.

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not pregnant – just noodles!”

I wish I was stronger and not care about other people’s (and, in first place, mine) judgement.
I wish I was one of those girls who don’t give a fu*k and just do their things anyway.
Like Sarah Dahlström. I have been following her and her inspirational account for months now and I have to tell you: SHE IS A BADASS.
Life hasn’t always been sweet to her and still here she is, speaking up for every woman’s right to feel beautiful indipendently by their body shapes and forms!
Or like Cassandra Klatzkow, beautiful venus in size plus! Sexy and elegant all the time, she is divine!

I wish I could say I am not influenced by what I see all the time on my social media feeds.
I wish I could say I don’t envy those goddesses dressed in mini-bikini posing in acrobatic yoga poses.
Or those top models, portrayed as heavily pregnant when, to me, they seem just a little bit bloated.
Celebrities and personal trainers, ”no I don’t want my jelly belly to be flat like yours…
Unfortunately it is not like this and I have to come peace with myself and accept that I will never look like that in my life
(Självklart! Of course! If i eat all those biscuits at work and barely training, what to expect?)

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“my belly keeps me warm in cold Swedish winter”

But what I can – and WILL – do is to stop suffering.
Suffering for not being what i wish I looked like. I want to accept myself and body for what I am!

So, today I feel pretty inspired and I decided to change my morning routine and try see what is beautiful in me. My morning mantras will no longer be ”my belly is a disgusting and I am a fat rat” .

NO.

From now on my morning mantras will be like ”my belly is a cozy pillow for my son”. Or ”my belly keeps me warm in cold Swedish winter”. ”my belly makes me happy”. “my belly is beautiful and I know it“…

I LOVE YOU, JELLY BELLY!

Both profiles are in Swedish, but if you´d like to check, have a look to Sarah’s account here and Cassandra’s here!

A day out in central Stockholm

The sun has been shining again! Even though the temperatures are still below 0, we can finally spend more time out and around the Stockholm.

On Saturday we have met my lovely friend Sofia for a fantastic lunch at Eataly – yes, it has open here, and yes i am so hopelessly happy (after 10 years as an expat, I still miss genuine Italian food, and Eataly is definitely the grocery I was waiting for! 🙂 )

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Eataly in Biblioteksgatan

After lunch, we went for a short walk and then fika (the Swedish way to say coffee and cake – to get an idea of what I am talking about, follow this link) to the new Joahn & Nyström cafe that opened in Norrlandsgatan.

At Johan & Nyström they serve one of the best coffees in town and the level of their pastries is of superior quality. In addition, the café “per sé” is decorated following the Swedish rules for minimal design.

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Swedish-hottie Morgan enjoining the minimal interior design.

After we packed ourselves with caffeine and sugar, we took long walk home, enjoining the sun and the chilly breeze of early Swedish spring.

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Linus discovering Svensk Hemslöjd and its beautiful decorations for Easter, inspired by Swedish folk-art.
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The Royal Castle – cannot really believe this is the castle, no surprise that the Swedish royal family does not live here…

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Dramatic sky over the Riskdagen, in Gamla Stan.

And how was your weekend? Have you done something special outside or did you just simply chill at home?

 

A caso #4 – I see bOObies everywhere…

A caso“, that translates from Italian into randomly, is a selection of things I like, that I mostly find on the web.

#4 – I see bOObies everywhere…

The human body has been one of the most represented subjects in art. From cave paintings, going through the Midle Age and  the Reinessaince, up to the 60s of the past centuries, with the Body and Performative arts using the it as an artistic medium, the body has been the focus of countless artists and art practices.

The topic, as you see, is pretty wide (and wild 😉 ) and honestly I don’t dare to venture into it in a in-depth manner.

I am actually more interested in presenting some curious, sometimes playful, other times more serious and deep representations of one specific part of the human body: The breast!

So sit confortably, grab your coffee (or tea) and let’s see some boobies!

  • Sally Hewett

For more information about the artist, check her website here.

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  • Annique Delphine

    For more information about the artist, check her website here.

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  • Kalippodesign

To know more, follow the artist on Instagram or check his Behance profile.

 

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  • Sneaky Boobie

Follow SneakyBoobie on Instagram for some more boobie-goodness!

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A visit to Svenskt Tenn

At the end of February my mom came to visit me and I really wanted to do something fun and nice with her. I decided to take her to have high tea, and while there are several fantastic venues to have afternoon tea here in Stockholm, I decided to go for Svenskt Tenn. This location is simply unique!

Established in 1924, Svenskt Tenn is a fantastic interior design store that will charm you with it’s bold and colorful, at the same time extremely elegant, style. The store is located in Strandvägen, one of the most elegant street in Stockholm, and here you can find wallpapers, textiles, carpets, objects and furniture, all of unique and colourful designs.

Even though the Swedish design is more renown for being minimal, Svensk Tenn has always offered  a selection of bright and colourful patterns and fantasies, that eventually have become a classic.

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Textiles, textiles and more textiles!

Everything is curated to the smallest detail and every corner is to be discovered and when in, it feels like living in a gigantic work of art.

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A corner in Svensk Tenn.

And the afternoon tea? It was a work of art itself too…

We were very pleased and my mom was happy and she felt very spoiled too! 🙂

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Look at this wallpaper! (every excuse is good for a selfie!)
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Happy smiles before leaving Svenskt Tenn!

To know more about Svensk Tenn or to book the afternoon, visit their website here.

When Nonna comes to town…

Ciao everyone!

My blog sat quiet for some long days. But this was not due to laziness, but because I had a very special guest in town: my super-fantastic mom! 🙂

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Selfie in the snow! Guest star: my mom! 🙂

We have spent an amazing week together. We went for high tea, visited museums, had some shopping, but most we enjoyed each other company!

It was so good and now, that she has left to go back to her life in southern Europe, I miss her like crazy.

Soon some posts on our days out with some interesting venues-suggestions to explore here in Stockholm!

Wish all of you a fantastic continuation!