Wednesday, 30 July 2014

liebster award - discover new blogs

The lovely Anna nominated me for the Liebster Award, which was very sweet of her. Thank you, Anna! Personally I love discovering new blogs and I think it's really great how the Liebster Award helps smaller blogs to get seen. 

The rules of this award are:
          1. Thank/link the blogger who nominated you.
          2. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
          3. Answer the 11 questions that they have written for you. 
          4. Nominate other bloggers with under 200 followers who you believe deserves the award.
          5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer & let them know that they have been selected.

11 random facts about myself:
  1. I’m the only one of my grandmother’s (my father’s mother, whom I miss very much) grandchildren who inherited her hazel eyes.
  2. I have scoliosis, and a little over three years ago I had a spinal fusion (arthrodesis) surgery in most of my spine.
  3. I’m a pescetarian, meaning I don’t eat any meat except fish & seafood.
  4. I spent six months in Paris (September’13 to March’14) to learn French and I’m now more or less fluent!
  5. Speaking of languages, I studied Spanish for six years, but can barely speak a word. I do understand a fair bit though, but only if they speak slowly... 
  6. I’m a feminist, and really proud of it. 
  7. According to Pottermore I’m a Ravenclaw, which I think fits me really well.
  8. I dyed my hair various shades of brown (mostly darker) for a period of almost six years. 
  9. …but really I dream of having ginger hair.
  10. I keep a sourdough in the fridge which I started over three years ago. Its name is Rory and it never fails me when baking bread.
  11. I'd love to have my own little café.

Questions from Anna

Describe your dream bathroom
Ooooh, let's see. First of all, it’d be spacious. I think I’d definitely want patterned tiles (in white and blue or white and black) on the floor and perhaps partly on the walls, but the majority of the walls would have white tiles. I’d love to have either a freestanding bathtub in white or one that’s built into the wall so that the sides are also tiled. The sink would be built into the cabinets, and both the sink and the top of the cabinet would be lovely in white/grey marble. The actual cabinets would be either dark brown wood or painted white. Then I’d of course have a large mirror above the sink, with lovely flattering (this is important! haha) lightening. And what to say about the toilet seat? White and as pretty as a toilet seat can be. 

If you could buy any one item of clothing from anywhere (money is not an issue) what would it be?
I think I’m definitely going to think of so many more things later, but right now the one thing that popped into my head is a Burberry coat. I adore Burberry and really want to own something from them someday in my life, and on the top of my list is a coat (perhaps a trench?), followed by a bag.

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Why?
Is it cheating to say that I’m both? I really feel like I am, though! My family has had a dog since I was fourteen and I love that little thing to bits. I love how devoted and loving dogs are, but at the same time I love how cats have so much integrity and personality. I think both animals make great company, in different ways, so I'd say I love both for their respective characteristics. 

What popular blog inspires you?
I read and love so many blogs, so it feels almost wrong to only mention one, but if I really had to it would be Cider With Rosie. Her blog is precisely the type of blog that I want mine to be. I find every single one of her posts so inspiring, well-written and just plain amazing. Plus, she seems like such a lovely lady!

What book changed your life/ what book do you recommend?
Well, this one is seriously difficult. I think I have to say Harry Potter. I’m a huge potterhead and discovering that world was such a big part of my childhood. My love for those books has only grown stronger over time. I'm ever so grateful to J.K Rowling. But I’m still sad I never got that letter...! Honorary mentions? The Great Gatsby, the Kite Runner, a Thousand Splendid Suns, the Perks of Being a Wallflower, LOTR and the Hobbit. 

If you could smooch one actor, who would it be?
Kit Harington. Enough said.

Whatcha eatin’?
I've finished it now (sobs), but when I started putting this post together I was eating frozen banana and cocoa "ice cream" with coconut flakes on top. So delicious!

How do you like your coffee/ tea?
I have my tea plain most of the time but sometimes, if I’m feeling it, I’ll add some milk. When I drink coffee I always have it with a little bit of milk!

What is one goal you have this year?
To make the most out of my university experience! I’m going to try my very best to put myself out there, to make great friends and great memories, while also enjoying the actual studies. I seriously can't wait!

What is something you could not live without? Other than modern technology!
I suppose something means I can’t mention people? Otherwise, I’d definitely choose my family. But seeing as they’re not things, I’ll have to go for books. I almost answered chocolate, but although I'm a chocoholic I think books are actually more important to me, haha.

What is one thing you want to brag about but it seems rude to say anywhere else?
Perhaps that I’ve travelled quite a lot in my lifetime. I’ve visited sixteen-eighteen countries in total (depending on how you count), and some of them twice. I wouldn’t say I want to brag about it, but I feel like a spoiled brat whenever I mention it. It has a lot to do with the fact that my family has always prioritised going abroad a lot; especially my mum. She adores travelling, and I’ve inherited that inclination.

Tiffany from Tiffany Eat World
Candy from Owl Girl
Evelin from Evelin Kivi
Sam from Inbetween Days
Kellie from Just Like Honey
Jeanette from Curious Minded Girl
Millie from Millie's Moments

My 11 questions:
  1. How has your day been so far?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now (regardless of price, distance, etcetera) where would it be, and who would you bring with you?
  3. What was the most recent book you read, and what did you think about it? 
  4. When you were little, what did you dream of being when growing up?
  5. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
  6. What is(are) your favourite song(s) at the moment?
  7. What is your favourite thing about yourself?
  8. Do you believe there is anything like a soulmate or a one true love?
  9. What is your star sign, and do you think its characteristics fit you?
  10. Sweet or salty?
  11. Baths or showers?

Okay, that's it! Phew, that took a while. If you read all of it, then I applaud you! I'm a bit of a rambler when answering questions...

I hope you're having a good day!

Love, Mimmi

Monday, 28 July 2014

inspiration : kitchen

I've heard Pinterest isn't very hip anymore, but I still really enjoy it. I think I properly discovered it way after it's time of glory, but oh well. I visit the lovely little site of happiness at least once a day and pin, pin, pin away. I think it's a great way of collecting my ideas and dreams. My pinterest is mostly full of recipes, places to go, photos of nature, animals & flowers, a little bit of fashion, and - of course - interior. I literally can't wait to get my own place, but since I'm starting uni this year I'm pretty sure I'll have to wait a good while before any of those pins become reality. And even then, I probably won't have enough money for a pinterest home. I'll just have to continue dreaming!

One of my favourite places in a home is the kitchen, so a lot of my interior pins feature this particular room and I thought I'd share some of my favourite photos with you! Apparently, I have a thing for open shelving, wooden worktops, retro ovens and sinks, blue china and mismatched chairs. Aren't these kitchens just dreamy?

How would you style your kitchen, or any other room in the house? Do you use pinterest for anything? I'm curious to hear if I'm the only one living in the past!

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 25 July 2014

recipe : granola

As I’ve recently mentioned, I love being in the kitchen and making things myself that normally you’d simply buy in the grocery store. For example, I always bake the bread we eat, but lately I’ve been more into eating yoghurt. I’ve grown a bit tired of spending 10+ minutes every morning on mixing my own muesli with things from at least ten separate small bags, so I thought I’d simply make some granola instead. The fun thing with making your own granola is that you can choose your favourite things and make your perfect mix of your favourite things. I used a recipe from a food magazine as inspiration, but then improvised on the ingredients and quantities. So here’s what I put in my granola, but of course you can substitute things that you don’t like for anything you prefer.  Mine has quite a lot of nuts, seeds and dried fruit in relation to grains, because that’s how I like it, but of course you could substitute a little bit of the seeds or nuts with more oats, for example. You get the gist! Enough rambling - here’s the recipe.

Makes a bit more than 1,5 litres.

200 ml (130 grams) of nuts (I used equal parts of walnuts and hazelnuts)
300 ml (90 grams) of rolled oats
300 ml (90 grams) of rolled spelt
200 ml (70 grams) of coconut chips
100 ml (60 grams) of sunflower seeds
75 ml (50 grams) of flaxseeds
75 ml (50 grams) of pumpkin seeds
75 ml of water
2 tbsp of oil
2 tbsps of honey
150 ml (90 grams) of cranberries
150 ml (90 grams) of raisins

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.

Mix all your dry ingredients except for the fruit/berries. Stir in water, oil and honey until evenly distributed.

Spread your granola mixture on a lined baking sheet. Roast in oven for about 15 minutes, checking and stirring once in a while so as to not burn it.

Remove baking sheet from oven and let the granola cool. Once cool, mix in your dried fruit.

And voilà, you’re done! Store your granola in glass jars (or whatever you prefer) in a dry, cool place.

One thing I realised is that photographing granola is difficult. However, even if it doesn't look extremely appetizing, it's absolutely delicious with some natural yoghurt and perhaps some fresh fruit and berries. Mmmmmm. I can't wait for tomorrow morning!

What do you put on your yoghurt? Are you a fan of granola?

Love, Mimmi

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

life lately & happy post #3

(A rose photo that didn't make the cut for my last post, for lack of other photos...)

The last few days have been full of ups and downs and I really haven't had time to think about blogging up until today, so I thought I'd combine this appreciative post with a little chat about my life lately. So, the difficult subject first. My grandmother (my father's mother) passed away last Friday, which was a real horrible shock. She was one of the kindest and loveliest persons I've ever known, always so bright and positive. I don't want to get too personal on the internet so I'm not going to go into more detail, but to sum it up she was an amazing person who is incredibly missed by so many. Losing her was tough.

....but life goes on. After having spent the weekend at my dad's place, I went to Stockholm on Sunday evening to stay with my aunt (my mum's sister, not my dad's). My other aunt joined us for a bit as well, and we had a light dinner while chatting about this and that. I then spent the night, which was the original purpose, because on Monday morning I had booked a barista class! I've been toying with the idea of doing something like that for a while as I've always thought it seems like so much fun. I would also love to work extra in a café and think that it might be a good merit to have. So a couple of weeks ago I booked a beginner class! It was held at Johan & Nyström - an award-winning coffee roasting company and coffee shop. Their concept is to really focus on the whole process; from the farmer and the bean, to the roasting and then to the brewing, and to roast coffee beans of real quality in the best possible way. The course was incredibly interesting and I learnt so much! Did you know that coffee is a berry? I didn't! I learnt about the cultivation, the harvest, the preparation, and then finally how to handle an espresso machine, brew a perfect espresso, froth milk perfectly and make different coffee drinks. It was a lot of fun!

This is the coffee shop where the class was held. It's located in the Southern part of Stockholm, and I highly recommend it if you're ever in Stockholm! The interior is really nice (like Starbucks but more exclusive and personal), their coffee is delicious and their treats seem delicious as well.

So, onto what I've appreciated the last week or so:

- Having such lovely people around me. The weekend was tough, but on the bright side it made me really realise how important it is to be appreciative and thankful of the people in my life - and to show it.

- Not working anymore! Yeah, I'm a lazybum... but really, working in thick workwear trousers (you know, the ones worn by painters, mechanics, builders and so on) in 25-30 degrees and sunshine is not fun. Anyway, I'm enjoying having a few weeks off again before uni, especially since my Japan based sister is coming home in less than two weeks!

- That the tomatoes on my tomato plant are finally starting to ripe! I bought it back in April and I've been patiently watering it everyday since. A little over a month ago, green tomatoes started appearing, but not until now have they showed any signs of changing colour! I'm looking forward to eating the first one any day now.

- Having the time and energy to be productive in the kitchen again. Today I made granola (recipe coming!) and almond butter and tomorrow I'm going to bake some bread with my trusty sourdough (which is around three years old, by the way!). I just love making edible things myself, for some reason. It's relaxing yet productive, and simply a lot of fun.

What about you? How has your week been?

Friday, 18 July 2014

a stroll in the rose garden

Last Saturday mum and I had some mum & daughter time, since we hadn't seen each other much since Berlin. The weather was lovely - sunny and just warm enough - so we decided to make the most of the day. After a quick stroll around the town centre, we headed for an "old" part of town. Old in quotation marks because although the buildings are authentically old, it was actually constructed in the eighties. They simply took houses from other places in Sweden and put them together here to make an old quarter. Cool, hm?

First we had some fika, and as usual we went for the same thing - coffee (filter coffee with milk, ad you do in Sweden), cinnamon rolls and biscuits. The cinnamon rolls were far from the best I've had, but the company and the surroundings made up for it.
Then we headed to the park that is located just next to the old town. Although we did walk through the main area as well, our main goal was the rose garden. Prepare yourself for some rose photos!
Aren't they beautiful? Roses are definitely one of my favourite flowers, like for so many others. I think there's really something special about them. Naturally I took a ton of photos, so I really had a hard time not posting too many on here. I hope you weren't overwhelmed!

And that was everything remotely interesting that happened that day! It was a very simple outing, but sometimes the simplest things are the most agreeable. I had such a lovely time.

Love, Mimmi.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

wishlist : summer clothes & accessories

dress / wrist watch / braceletmint sandals / shirt / bathing suit / necklacemidi skirt / black sandals

I'm the type of person who always feels the need to write things down, be it something trivial or something important. I like being organised and writing lists help me with that. It also makes me feel much less stressed, as I otherwise have a tendency of going over things in my head again and again, which has too many times lead to sleepless nights.

Being a list writer, I naturally also have several wishlists, for clothes, accessories, make-up, skin care, and everything else. I thought I'd share a small part of my current clothes & accessories wishlist, more precisely the summery part of it. I've actually already done a fair bit of shopping this summer. Not any huge amounts, but since I'm a bit skint at the moment I can't really afford to spend much more. So sadly, these items will probably not leave my wishlist and come into my wardrobe anytime soon. But somehow, even if I know I won't be able to buy everything that I wish for, I enjoy having wishlists and I love the feeling when I buy something that I've wanted for a really long time.

Do you keep wishlists, or any other types of lists?

Love, Mimmi.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

happy post #2

Since it was more than a week since my last appreciative post, I thought it was time for another one - because who doesn’t like positivity, right? Right. I for one love these posts.

Lately, these things have made me feel happy and appreciative:

- Being two thirds through my summer job. This feels a bit ironic to me, as I originally wanted to work the whole summer and looked for a job everywhere (it is seriously so difficult to get a job here!), but since the job that I did find isn’t my cup of tea, I’m counting the days until it’s over. Basically it’s a “created job” to help young people like myself who can’t find a job (which is great!), and I’m working with a janitor (who is such a nice and funny person, thankfully), doing this and that to help out. Mostly I’ve been painting garbage rooms; four in total. I am of course thankful for the job and I do need the money, but at the same time I’m really looking forward to not having to do it anymore. Only one more week!

- Summer! All of June was pretty rubbish in terms of the weather. It was chilly and cloudy and it rained a lot. The last week and a half have been absolutely lovely though, actually even a bit too warm for my liking! It’s been between 27 and 30 degrees and sunshine, which is just crazy for being Sweden. I would’ve preferred a few degrees less, but I know I shouldn’t complain. Even though it makes me sweaty when I work (TMI?), I love the sunshine and I’m glad we’ve actually got a few weeks of real summer, because that’s something you can’t take for granted in Sweden!

- Sewing. I was into sewing when I was about twelve but I quickly grew bored of it. I did continue doing it in school up until I was fifteen though and I received a good grade, so I’m not completely incompetent (haha). Anyway, I’ve been working on a little sewing project over the last week, and it’s actually a lot of fun! Although I’ve made a few mistakes along the way, I’d say it’s going rather well (touch wood!) and I’m enjoying myself. I’ve come to realise I really love creating. And well, what is it that I’m sewing? If you want to know, I’m making Harry Potter robes. One for me, one for my older sister. Yup, we’re that nerdy....

- The fact that there are only two months (actually, one month and 30 days...) left until I move to the UK! I’m going to study at the University of Glasgow, and I’m so so so excited. I cannot wait!

- Natural yoghurt. Of course I need to mention something in the way of food. I’ve always liked yoghurt and I eat it regularly, but the last week I’ve just been loving it more than usual. I think it might be the hot weather that makes it feel even more refreshing and tasty than normal.

That’s all I can think of at the moment, but when I began writing this post I didn’t think I’d even get to as many as five things, so I'm quite pleased with the outcome, haha. Anyhow, how about you? What has made you feel happy/thankful/appreciative lately?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

inspiration : country life

source : my pinterest

I grew up on the countryside in a house with a garden and didn't move into a relatively big town until I was fifteen, when mum and I moved into an apartment after my parents' divorce. While I do also like cities (city breaks are my favourite!) I'm actually much more of a country girl. I'll be moving to another city (bigger, this time!) this September to start university, so I won't be moving to the countryside anytime soon, but I'm absolutely certain that I want to live outside of the city when I settle down. I much prefer the quiet and the calm and I just love having nature close to me. So as soon as possible, I want my own house. Preferably an older house,with a garden full of fruit trees, berry bushes, roses, lilacs, and so on. I'd also like my own little vegetable garden and some hens, partly because I simply think it would be agreeable, partly because I love the thought of being as self-sufficient as possible. And maybe, maybe I'll have some sheep, just because they are such cute and pleasant animals. I adore them! This dream is one that has grown over the years. When I was little I took it all for granted, seeing as it was the only thing I had known, but more and more I've come to realise just how much I love that life.

This post is quite the contrast to my last one, isn't it? I was really overwhelmed by the amount of comments on that one. Of course, in the big world of blogging it's nothing, but to me it was a lot. It makes me so happy to receive comments and to know that someone actually sees what I write! Back when I began reading blogs I was rubbish at commenting, but for a while now I've been really making an effort, and I have to say I enjoy leaving comments just as much as receiving them - perhaps even more!

To finish off, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter - do you prefer the countryside or the city, and why?

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

what i bought in berlin

Berlin wasn't supposed to be a shopping trip. But the sales were happening. And then I walked through the duty free. So, yeah, I ended up getting a few bits and pieces. 

First, I got two jumpers. The left one is a dark navy sweatshirt from & Other Stories (I adore that store....!).  It has a subtle woven print of the zodiac signs around the neck, which I think is such an interesting detail. To the right is a white cable knit from Mango. Simple but lovely. I've never before seen the point of buying sweaters in the summer, but I've more and more realised that it's actually quite smart to take the chance and buy them half price in the summer sale. I also bought a black lace skirt from Urban Outfitters, which you can see on the top of the cable knit on the first pictures, but which I couldn't quite capture on camera by its own. Sorry...!

I found the cutest little notepad in a small store in Friedrichshain. I always jot things down and write lists, so notepads are always useful to me. In the duty free shop at the airport before going home I spent some time hovering around the perfumes and couldn't resist buying this cute collection of the Marc Jacobs fragrances. I've wanted one of these for years but I've never been able to decide between Daisy Eau So Fresh and Honey, so I thought this would be a nice way to try them all out and then maybe invest in one of them later on.

And oh, just look at them, aren't they so cute? I adore them.  

My bank account is much emptier now, but it was worth it. I'm rather chuffed with my purchases!

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

happy post #1

Many bloggers do weekly posts about what they’ve loved the previous week, what has made them happy or what they’re thankful for - or something like that. I always really enjoy reading these posts, so I’ve decided to start writing similar ones myself. I think it’ll be a great way for me to be more appreciative of the present, since I’ve been feeling a bit lost and downcast recently. And hopefully there are a few readers out there who will enjoy reading these posts and will find them inspiring!

So, the things that I’ve appreciated the latest week are these:

- Living in Europe and being able to travel so very easily, thanks partly to the European Union making things easy and partly to the handy size of Europe. I know I’ve already mentioned it, but it’s something I’m really incredibly thankful for. I feel so lucky to be able to pop off to another country without any fuss. Obviously I can’t actually do this all the time since I haven’t got the money, but I like knowing that I have the opportunity. And thanks to a belated birthday present (my birthday was in January) from my mum (she's way too kind!), I got to go to Berlin with my mum and sister the other week, which was lovely.

- People with whom you stay friends even if you don’t talk for months. Last weekend I met up with a few friends from high school. We all graduated last June and then, last autumn, we all went to different places - half of us overseas. I hadn’t seen any of them since August and since I’m rubbish at staying in touch with people, I hadn’t talked to them a lot either. When we met, however, it was just like before, which I think is amazing. I’m glad I have friends like that.

- Overnight oats. I started working this week (three weeks of summer work) and need to leave the house at 6.45 in the morning, which is early even for me. Preparing my breakfast the night before has made my mornings so much easier, without the quality and deliciousness of my breakfast deteriorating. Genious thing! So far this week I've made it with strawberries & cardamom, pineapple & coconut, and dried apricots & coconut. All delicious.

- Strawberries. I adore all kinds of fruits and berries but strawberries are among my favourites, so I love it when they’re in season. I’ve been buying them every other day recently. I love them best just as they are, but they’re amazing in all kinds of things too. Overnight oats, for example!

What has made you happy recently?

Love, Mimmi.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

berlin, day four

Wednesday was our last day in Berlin. Our flight wasn't until late in the afternoon, so we had some time to spend before heading for the airport. But first I want to talk a little bit about the breakfast buffet, which was just as lovely as the rest of the hotel. I'm a big fan of hotel breakfasts, since I have a big appetite in the mornings and love having a lot to choose from. I just love running around and filling my plate with delicious things!
One part of the buffet (there was also an even larger counter, but it wasn't as pretty), and my breakfast the final day. Or, well, the first part of my breakfast. I then ate a lot more fruit and a piece of cake.....

 After breakfast, we headed to a place called Martin-Gropius-Bau for the David Bowie Exhibition. We had bought tickets beforehand and I think we were all pretty excited. The exhibition was amazing. It's incredible how much imagination that man has! I'm definitely a fan of both his music and him as a person, as he seems to be very intelligent and sensible.

When we had finished the exhibition we headed back to the neighbourhood where our hotel was, and spent the last hour at the Berliner Kafeerösterei. I had some really delicious Ethiopian coffee and a disappointingly dry and boring chocolate cake. The cake was so boring that I won't even bother posting a photo! Otherwise I really liked the place though, and mum's apfelstrudel was delicious (I should've had that one!).

After that we got our bags at the hotel and went to the airport. All three of us were very pleased with the trip, and with Berlin. It's definitely a city that I'd love to return to someday. 

Love, Mimmi.