Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve

I hope everyone had a delightful Christmas! This year I spent it alone with my mum, a nice, cosy and quiet Christmas. These past few days has been all about trying to eat up all the left overs...half of it still remains. However, I won't complain since it's very delicious...but it can get quite dull after a while if you know what I mean. Anyways, I'll give you all a sneak peek of my Christmas.

Giving and receiving gifts has always been so magical. It's always fun to see the smile on someone's face when they open their present and then of course to see what you got as well. I must say I love all the presents I got from my mum, she always knows what I like. The most useful thing I got was a new bag, my old one is pretty much falling apart and this new one is to die for. Photos coming soon. :)
Other than that I've just been spending some time with my mum and just enjoying the holidays. My blogging will return to it's usual state fairly soon and I can promise you one thing, plenty of exotic photos will be expected since I'll be spending New Years Ever abroad!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas treats

Who knew time could fly this fast and it's already Christmas, well tomorrow that is.
I've been so incredibly busy with getting things done that I've neglected my dearest blog.
I'll be sure to take loads of photos tomorrow...oh I don't think I've been this excited for Christmas Eve in years! However, before I'm off to get my beauty sleep I'll show you all some of the things I've cooked today, since today was all about yummy treats.

Woke up and had some warm porridge with a peach, lemon tea, glass of juice and a sandwich.

Fried some New Zealand fish for a Greek salad. How international! :)

Made my favourite Matjes Herring Sallad. Taste like Midsummer Eve for some reason.

My mum made her famous fried herring. Thousand times better than the store bought one.

Gave in and I simply had to try the Polish barszcz soup with sourkraut and mushroom dumplings.

To finish things up we made white cheese donuts, which were to die for.
I think I might go on a diet after Christmas and New Years Eve... ;)

Have a Jolly Merry Christmas my dearest friends and readers. I'll see you all again after all the crazyness!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dearest Santa...

I don't think I've been this excited for Christmas in year. I've no idea why, but it could be due to the excessive Christmas music (which I love) and for not being at home for 6 months. I just can't wait to eat delicious food, drink mulled wine, spend the time with my mum and open presents. It's quite fun to see other people receiving their gifts, to see the smile on there face and so on. 

At first I had no idea what I wanted for Christmas, apart from a Sony camera which I might wait until after Christmas with the sales and all. But I've been looking around in several stores while buying some presents and I found a few things I liked and forgot that I've actually wanted for years.
So dearest Santa, all I want for Christmas is...

1. Sony NEX-5N - My ever trusting compact Canon camera has been with me for a while, but I sometimes feel it lack in so many areas. This camera by Sony would be a great complement to my compact camera while not taking up as much space as a big SLR camera.

2. H&M Flower Cardigan - I've never been too fond of wearing brown. But recently I have tried to change my preferences and I've actually started to like shoes, bags and belts in brown. This cardigan is brown but with can brighten up any dull winter outfit.

3. Two-Toned Tights - Ever since Chanel came out with their two-tones tight I've been craving to wear them. Instead of getting financially ruined, I wish for some affordable knock-offs instead. 

4. Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail - As the  19th century geek that I am and a great costume drama fanatic this book is a must have for my old-fashioned heart.

5. H&M Flower Dress - Ehh yeah one more thing with flowers. But the thing is that I need more flowers and colour in my life. With the winter here I usually end up wearing a lot black, but this year I'm in for a change.

6. Lindex Knee-High Socks - To keep myself warm this season it will all be about layering. In order to not freeze to death I will wear beautiful knee-high socks on top of my thick tights. I simply just adore the lace on these socks, so pretty!

7. Satchel Bag - Unfortunately I'm unable to afford that real Mulberry Alexa. The good thing is that several department stores and brands have made their own version of it for a more reasonable price. Anything with white, blue or brown in it will be a nice change from my old black bag that is starting to get on my nerves a bit. 

8. Isadora Jelly Kiss lipstick in Merry Berry - My mum always wear red lipstick and I love how classic it looks on other people as well. Since I'm still quite new to wearing bright red lipstick I thought this lippy from Isadora would be a great alternative for me as it starts out being sheer and then builds up with each layer.

9. IKEA Clamp Spotlight - This LED spotlight will be perfect to attach on my bedpost while reading a book during those dreary and dark winter nights.

10. H&M Black & White Brouges - Oh boy have I longed for brouges for years! This year I saw these lovely pair at H&M's website and I just fell in love. Would be the happiest girl in the world if I found these under the Christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Christmas Tree is up!

My camera has been behaving quite odd lately and didn't even get a decent photo for my Birthday, must be because of the dreary weather as it doesn't seem to want take reasonably clear photos. However, it seemed to cheer up a bit yesterday and I managed to take a few photos while decorating the Christmas tree.

Got a all the tree ornaments out. I've had these since I was little and they are very precious to me.

We do have some new additions as well, like this cheerful Santa snowman.

It didn't take long until I had glitter in my hair and Lunus wanted to feel part of the decorating.

This year our Christmas tree was upgraded into a larger size, so the decoration ended up being a bit scarce but the quality is so much better and it even looks like a real one. However I do like the Snow White look it has going on, with red apples and ribbons. Once they start having a sale on the Christmas decoration I think I'll replace the really old silver glitter to something gold instead.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Labyrinth

A birthday and no post about it? Ah the horror. Well, my dearest friends I do have a reasonable explanation for that.  I didn't really do anything too extraordinary yesterday, since I'm going to have a party tomorrow instead. So be prepared to see a lot of yummy treats and food tomorrow.
However, today was a bit more eventful so I'll show you that instead.

Together with my mum we headed to Vellinge Blomman to take a look at Christmas trees.

What I love about this place is that it's built like a beautiful Christmas labyrinth.

Around every corner there are cute little Santas waiting to bring a smile to your face.

Apparently Santa swapped out his sleigh for a pimped flying ride. :)

This place is for everyone's taste and pocket. Ranging from ridiculous expensive ornaments...

to more reasonable beautiful golden Christmas tree decoration.

Along the labyrinth were magical villages that were so pretty I almost wanted to shrink myself.

It was that lovely combination of decorations, imaginary villages and Christmas items one could buy, that make this place so much fun to visit. It's a wonderful place to visit if you have kids as well, especially since it's free and there are even adorable bunnies, a sheep and a donkey you are allowed to pet. Ahh I'm definitely feeling the Christmas spirit now...can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree next!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Markets and iceberg in sight!

Yesterday I met up with two friends to catch up and spend the day in Copenhagen.

Along Nyhavn was a small market that sold both odd as well as lovely things for Christmas.

I haven't been in Copenhagen for years, so I was quite excited to look around.

During lunch time we went for a walk along the shopping street Strøget.

All the windows were beautifully decorated for Christmas and this one made me drool.

But the highlight of the day was when we went to see the Titanic exhibition.

It was amazing to get an insight about the history and construction of the beautiful ship.

The third class passengers were amazed by the standard, especially since they received clean sheets.

I was completely amazed by the 1st class corridor replica and felt as I was actually on Titanic. 

After a stroll on the deck, a lady could go back into her room for a rest...

...while changing into a more appropriate attire for the evening.

With the motion picture soundtrack in the background, it got much more real with all the artefacts  

and personal stories that were simply heartbreaking and touching. 

With a touched heart and a little bit wiser we headed out to the beautifully decorated Tivoli.

At this time of the year this amusement park looks like a Christmas village taken out of a Tim Burton film and there is the largest market I've seen in my life. Cosy doesn't even begin to describe the feeling I felt, however I can happily say that this day was simply amazing and very certainly increased my Christmas spirit for days to come. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1st Advent

Despite of the fact that I'm already at home, I feel that I've really enjoyed blogging while I was in Australia and now that I'm home I see no other reason to why I shouldn't continue. The only thing I feel I need to change is the name, but to what? I'm quite out of ideas at the moment, so I'm all up for ideas. Until then, I'll just post here and then I'll transfer my post to the new blog.

With a huge storm approaching me and my mum stayed inside and put up lamps for Advent.

I reckon that this season of the year has got to be the cosiest. When it's dark and cold outside, one can just sit inside in a warm sweater drinking hot mulled wine (white glögg in this case) and nibble on some delicious gingerbread. With December right around the corner I'm going to take a big advantage of the holiday spirit and all the yummy treats it has to offer. Lets see whether or not I'll be able to beat my last year's record of drinking mulled wine...

Goodbye dinner

Time sure flies! I'm already back in Sweden and it feels quite strange. I would have updated you about it before I left, but I just didn't have time for it...hope you forgive me. :)

On the day before I left I decided to meet up with a few friends at the Polish restaurant New in Town.

Emily, from my Conflict Resolution class was very kind to join me.

Annie and Puii sat on the opposite site and were a wonderful company.

Those who know me won't be surprised that I chose to have pierogi with white cheese.

Emily had a mix of various pierogi with a lovely mushroom sauce. Yum!

While Puii and Annie both decided to have pork idea if was any good.

With our bellies full we decided to have desert at Max Brenner.

With chocolate on the walls and chocolate on the menu, I didn't have much choice than to have chocolate...didn't mind it one bit.

Pure love in a hug cup - American marshmallow hot dark chocolate! Almost died...

After being filled with all the yummy goodness of hot chocolate we had a look at the amazing selection of pralines and then it was time to say goodbye. Just as with any other goodbye, this wasn't easy but I can honestly say that I'm extremely lucky to have gotten to know these girls, as well as all the other people (especially my homestay family) I've met during my stay in Australia. Hopefully we will stay in touch and meet some day in the nearest future.