Friday, 29 August 2014

the harry potter tag & photos from the exhibition

I saw this tag at Katy's blog a little while ago and since I'm a huge potterhead I thought that I just had to do it. I'm afraid I'm going to be rubbish at answering though, since I'm never able to decide on favourites and am really bad at giving clear, precise answers. So prepare for some ramblings! I'll try to keep it as short and sweet as I can though....

I also visited the Harry Potter Exhibition which I wrote about before once again. This time you were allowed to take photos (probably because there's only a little over a week until the exhibition closes) so naturally I went snap-crazy, so I thought I'd share a few of the photos I took between my answers. Here we go!

1. Which is your favourite book?

Difficult question! I love all of them, for their different characteristics and themes, but if I have to choose I think it'd be Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. I like how dark and serious everything gets and how the plot gets more intricate and serious, while the magic of Hogwarts is still there.

2. Which is your favourite film?

Hmm... I like the films because I grew up with them and because I just love the world of Harry Potter, but honestly I don't think they're very good adaptions. I agree with Katy though; the first one is the only one that doesn't feel too rushed. Otherwise I rather like Half-Blood Prince, for some reason.

3. Which is your least favourite book?

I'll have to agree with Katy and say Chamber of Secrets. It's a lovely book, but it's the one that's least exciting and the easiest to forget.

4. Which is your least favourite film?

I think I'll have to say Chamber of Secrets on this one too. I love it for nostalgic reasons (and because they're all so cute), but it's forgettable just like the book.

5. What parts of the books/films made you cry?

Basically whenever someone died. Sirius, Dumbledore, Fred, Lupin, Tonks, Hedwig, Dobby... I think while reading the books I cried a few times when Harry had a particularly vulnerable moment. His relationship (or lack thereof) with his parents just makes me really sad :(

6. If you could hook up with any character, who would it be?

Neville in 7th grade if he'd look like he does in the films, haha. Maybe Sirius when he was younger, and perhaps Fred or George. Neither Sirius nor Fred would even be possible though... (sobs)

7. Who is your favourite character?

I honestly can't pick! I have a special place in my heart for Fred & George, Ginny (book-Ginny, that is), Luna, Neville, McGonagall, Snape, Sirius, Lupin.... Okay, that turned out to be quite a few people.

8. Who is your least favourite character?

Umbridge. Seriously, she makes me so mad.

9. What is your favourite line?

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

And in Half-Blood Prince when they all transform into Harry and Fred & George turn to each other and say "We're identical!" I love that moment.

10. What would your patronus be?

I think it would be some sort of a bird. Perhaps an owl? But since I'm not a night person, it'd be a diurnal one, like a snowy owl or a northern hawk owl (yup, I did google).

11. If you could have the resurrection stone, invisibility cloak or elder wand, which would you choose?

Definitely the invisibility cloak. The other ones don't really tempt me at all.

12. Which house would you be in?

Ravenclaw. The test on Pottermore agrees with me. I even did it twice just to be sure!

13. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?

I want to meet so many of them, but I think I'll have to say Maggie Smith. She's a brilliant actress and seems like such an intelligent and inspiring lady. On top of my list are also Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Helena Bonham Carter.

14. If you were on the Quidditch team, which position would you play?

I'm not very good at sports, but I think chaser would fit me best. I think I'd manage to get the quaffle through the hoops, at least after some practice.

15. Were you happy with the ending?

Yes! I'm not too fond of the epilogue (like so many others), but I really like the general ending. As in, what happened before the epilogue. I think Jo did a great job in tying everything together.

16. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

I cannot explain how incredibly much it means. It was a huge part of my childhood and I know it will always have a special place in my heart.

Here's a bad quality instagram picture of part of my Hogwarts uniform, to finish off this incredibly nerdy post!

If any of you fellow potterheads have ever done this tag, please link it! I'd love to read :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 25 August 2014

in photos : a weekend in gothenburg

This weekend my mum, my sister and I headed down to Gothenburg to visit my other sister (I've got two older ones). We had a lovely weekend and combined just spending time together at my sister's place with some touristing in the city. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and is located in the south-west. It's quite a lovely city, with a lot of things to do and see, and we had such a great time. I thought I'd share some photos that I snapped over the weekend, so here we go!

We walked around quite a bit, here and there. There were a few showers now and then, but mostly the weather behaved.

One day we visited this beautiful place: Café Kanold. I think it's rather famous, and I definitely understand why.

I had this brownie, which was one of the best I've had in my life.

We ate food too, of course. Lots of food. The first picture is from an amazing vegetarian Indian restaurant (where I ate until I felt like I didn't need to eat again for about a year). The second shows a delicious beetroot & feta salad.


Finally, we visited "Universeum," which is a public science centre. It features a space exhibition and an experiment department as well, but the animals were the most fascinating. They had a section with marine animals, a rainforest hall with tropical animals, and a part with the venomous reptiles.

I hope everyone else had a lovely weekend! Thanks for reading!

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 22 August 2014

wishlist : bits & bobs

pouch / mug / leaf ring / notepad / bumble bee pins / pocket journals / iphone case / pouch / print

I'm a huge lover of cute things, like accessories, notebooks and things for home. Even though I do like clothes, I much prefer pottering about shops selling cute and trinket-y things. I somehow find it much more inspiring and relaxing than shopping for clothes. When putting together the fashion wishlist that I posted a few days ago I got the idea of making one for other bits & bobs too, so I went on my Pinterest (where I keep all my wishlists secret, for some reason...) and picked out a few pieces. I think the item I'm most keen on is the first pouch. It has been featured on a few beauty blogs and I just love it! It would definitely put a smile on my face each day. Second on my list is perhaps the print, which would be lovely to have in my student room this autumn. Cups, notebooks and small jewellery are things I always find myself wanting, so this list is full of typically me-things. On the whole, I seem to be very into black, gold and natural elements right now.

What little things are on your wishlists right now? Do you prefer shopping for clothes, or for other things?

I hope you're having a great day! Happy Friday! :)

Love, Mimmi. 

Monday, 18 August 2014

stockholm & skansen museum & zoo

So, I went to Stockholm again. As I've mentioned before I have two aunts who live there, which makes visits to the capital a frequent occurrence. My sister who lives in Japan is home right now, so we've been visiting family & friends a lot during the last couple of weeks, as well as going on day trips to different places. This Saturday we combined these two things, and my sister, mum, grandma, grandpa and my aunts met up in Stockholm. After a fika (coffee pause...!) at the place of one of my aunts, we decided to visit Skansen, which is an outdoor museum and zoo on the island Djurgården in Stockholm. It shows how people in different areas of Sweden lived before the industrial revolution and is also home to several different Scandinavian animal species. I've been to Skansen many times before, but it's always lovely to re-visit.

These are only two of the many different houses and cottages around.

I didn't manage to get many photos of the animals, partly because I hadn't brought my larger camera lens and therefore couldn't zoom enough, but here are some grey seals and a bear. We also saw wolves, elks, lynxes, wild boars, and many other animals. Another reason why it's not very easy to take decent photographs of the animals is that they all have very large living areas and that they'll sometimes be very far off, or behind some trees, bushes or cliffs. I think this is brilliant though, as I'm otherwise a bit skeptical towards zoos. At Skansen the animals have a lot of space to roam around and they can live very much like they do in the wild, which I think is great.

After the Skansen visit we took the ferryboat back to the more central parts of Stockholm. The clouds looked menacing, but the evening stayed lovely.

Then it was time for dinner. We found a rather nice French bistro, where I went for a bouillabaisse. 

After dinner we went back to my aunt's place for some coffee before going home again. As always in Stockholm, and as always with my dear family, it was a lovely day!  

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 15 August 2014

wishlist : pre-autumn clothes & shoes

skater dress / grey sweater / navy dress / pleated skirt / knitted jumper / chelsea boots

I know it was only a month ago I posted a wish list for summer clothes & shoes, but I've already started thinking of autumn. There are many reasons why I'm looking forward to autumn (breathing crisp air, snuggling up in the sofa with a cup of warm tea, the leaves turning red, starting university.......), and the autumn fashion is one of them. I much prefer it to spring and summer fashion, and I'm so ready to start wearing sweaters, tights and boots again. Autumn clothes have barely begun to hit the shops, but I've picked out a few items already which would be good for the milder weather of September. I'm thinking skirts and dresses paired with sweaters and cardigans to keep warm, and a pair of trusty chelsea boots to wander through heaps of leaves and on rainy streets.

Tell me, what's your favourite fashion season? 

I hope you've all had a lovely week and that you'll have an equally lovely weekend!

Love, Mimmi.

Monday, 11 August 2014

in photos : life lately

 . late afternoons and evenings spent on the lake .

. a prawn salad from when out lunching with my mum & sis .

 . excursions to cute, summery destinations .

 . ice cream, sometimes huge ones like this one .

 . walks in the woods .

... with this one.

What have you been up to lately?

Friday, 8 August 2014

recipe : chocolate chip cookies with lime

My favourite thing to bake is bread, and although I also enjoy baking cakes, cookies and the likes, I don't get that idea as often. Last week however, I really felt like baking some cookies. I decided to use one a recipe from one of my favourite baking books "A piece of cake," which is written by the Swedish "queen of baking", Leila Lindholm. Her recipe included lime zest and since I had a lime in the fridge that needed to be used I decided to go along with that, even though Brittany's post had made me craving cinnamon ones. But there's always a next time!

Makes aout 18-20 cookies:

125 g of butter, softened
100 ml (80 g) of brown sugar
1 egg
150 ml (90 g) of plain flour
50 ml  (15 g) of rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100 g dark chocolate
the zest of 1 lime

Whisk together butter and sugar until creamy and add in the egg.

Mix flour, oats, baking powder and salt and add into the butter mixture.

Roughly chop the chocolate, zest your lime and add both into the cookie batter. I decided to save a few of the chocolate pieces for later, but that's optional.

Make a roll out of your dough (about 5 cm) and roll baking parchment around it. (I put the dough onto a piece of baking parchment, made it into a rough "roll" using two spoons and then rolled it together with the help of the baking parchment.) Put the roll the fridge for an hour or longer, or into the freezer for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Cut the roll into 1 cm thick disks and place on a baking sheet lined with paper. Gently press on the saved chocolate pieces onto the cookies. This will ensure that all cookies get some large, gooey pieces, plus it makes them look nicer.

Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven until golden, for about 10 minutes.

I made the mistake of adding one whole teaspoon of baking powder (the result of photographing at the same time and thus not concentrating, haha), so mine turned out a bit cake-like and soft, but they were delicious nevertheless. I think they'd be even better if I hadn't made that mistake though.

I hope you'll enjoy them if you try making them! Please tell me if you do.

Love, Mimmi

Monday, 4 August 2014

happy post #4

Apparently it has been almost two weeks since my last appreciative post, which feels just crazy. Time really flies, doesn't it? Either way, I think it's definitely time for some more positivity.

Recently, these things have made me happy and appreciative...

- BBQs! Last week I met up with some of my friends from high school for a BBQ, and apart from it being really pleasant to meet them, it was also great to have a BBQ. I had halloumi and veggies, with a side of fresh potatoes and hummus. And this Friday we had a BBQ at my dad's; this time fish packages, and of course halloumi again.

- Being able to enjoy what's left of this summer in the countryside. We've had a heatwave here in Sweden (just like in many parts of Europe) during the last month, but I spent the majority of July working (really bad timing there...) and just thought the heat was unbearable. Now I'm finally at my dad's place in the countryside (he still lives in the house where I spent more than half of my childhood) and I'm able to actually enjoy the summer. I find summer in a large town or a city is a bit suffocating, but in the countryside it's rather lovely.

- My new summery shirt that I accidentally bought in H&M a little while ago. I really didn't mean to, but I was passing through the city centre, went in for a quick look and walked out with a light blue, thin and oversized cotton shirt. It's lovely to wear on a hot summer day, especially paired with my next favourite...

- Finding the perfect jeans to cut into shorts. I found a pair of my mum's old Crocker jeans which turned out to fit me perfectly, and so I decided to cut them into shorts. I don't wear shorts a lot and much prefer skirts and dresses, but I've actually been enjoying wearing these. They're actually comfortable!

- Banana "ice cream," which is an old favourite from last year that I've rediscovered this summer. Whenever a banana goes spotty I put it in the freezer, and then when I'm craving some ice cream I'll just get it out of the freezer for about 15 minutes before I mix it into "ice cream." Most of the time I add cocoa powder as well. It's so much like regular ice cream, but actually even tastier and also much healthier.

- Pai's Rosehip Oil. I actually bought this back in March, but after using it for a while my congestion issues got worse and I decided it was due to this, but turns out it probably wasn't. A little while ago I decided to give it another go though (because I hate buying things and then not using them), and strangely enough my skin has been loving it. At least I think it's this, as I noticed a change from when I began using it again. I apply it in the evening and everytime my skin looks really healthy in the morning. I really hope it'll continue like this!

- That my sister is finally here to visit! She lives in Japan and I don't get to see her very often, so having her around is absolutely lovely. It does however mean that I'll be a bit more absent on here for the next few weeks, as we'll be a bit busy (much more than I've been so far this summer), visiting family and friends here and there, etcetera.

Oops, this was a long one!

Have a lovely week, everyone!

Love, Mimmi

Friday, 1 August 2014

waffles in a wooden town

Last weekend I wasn't at my happiest, due to various reason, the main one being that I was overthinking things as per usual. In an attempt to cheer me up and make me think of other things, my mum made me come along with her, her partner and her partner's eight year old on a little trip to a small town nearby. It turned out to be a few rather nice hours spent in the little wooden town. It was a scorching day, but luckily this town is located by a little lake, from which there were little breezes to cool the day down.

We actually didn't do much more than stroll around and pop into a few shops, but the town was so cute that I thought I'd share a couple of snaps of it. Plus, I want to talk about the waffles. The waffles need to be talked about.

We had waffles for lunch, because that's perfectly acceptable when it's the weekend, and they were some of the best I've had in my life. I had mine with cloudberry jam and both hazelnut and vanilla ice cream. Incredibly yummy! I find myself craving them right now...

And that was that! On another note, I played around in photoshop a bit yesterday (dreading the day that my trial expires...!) and made a header for my blog. It's very simple, but think I quite like it, although I'm never completely satisfied.

Hope you're having a nice day and that you have a lovely weekend ahead of you!