Lovely little things // Early mornings, amazing food, California dreaming & spring dresses

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∼ Ready for spring ♥ I splurged and bought the Ganni dress I have been eying ∼

Evening lovelies! It is time for another post in my ‘Lovely little things’ series, I hope you enjoy getting these glimpses into my everyday life. For me these posts are the perfect opportunity to stop and appreciate those little things in life ♥

I want to start by saying that I really need to get back to doing these on a weekly basis. When too much time passes the weeks starts to become a bit of a blur and these posts that are all about those little everyday things starts to lose their meaning, SO from now on I will try to do this post at the end of every week!

Since my last LLT post I have mostly been working and trying to get into a good routine that will help me keep up with my New Year’s resolutions. I am not in any way a morning person, but I have started to get up earlier and my sister and I have even been going to gym at 7 in the morning, which is a bit brutal when it is still dark outside and absolutely freezing, but it feels so damn good afterwards. We have been getting back from the gym around the time I usually wake up, so it almost feels like we have gained a couple of extra hours in the day.

It has not been all peachy though. I still have back and knee problems + to make things worse I fell down the stairs and hurt my tailbone AND I somehow overworked my groin muscles at the gym, which means I need to take a break and allow everything to heal. I tried pushing through and go to the gym anyways, but it made everything so much worse, so no more gym for me the next week (or two, but I’m hoping a week will be enough).

This is supposed to be a positive post though so enough of my whining. These past few weeks have not just been all about work, working out and being clumsy, I have also been eating extraordinarily well with lots of gorgeous meals and delicious cocktails at some of my favorite cafés and restaurants in the company of good friends. There are few things that I enjoy more and it has been such a treat to make a new friend last year who enjoys it as much as I do. We are always out trying new places and we have even started our own food club along with four other women that we have yet to meet in person – eek! Both super exciting and super nerve-racking at the same time! I can’t wait ♥

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∼ Good company and one of the most deliocus meals I have had in a long time at Sticks & Sushi ∼

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∼ California dreaming ♥ We just booked the tickets for our LA/Vegas girls trip! ∼

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∼ Organic chocolate heaven.. I might already eaten most of it.. oopsie ∼

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∼ Sundays are for pancakes, this time with almond butter, banana, maple syrup and blueberries ∼

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∼ Finding forgotten items is the best part of cleaning out my closet #newshoeswhodis ∼

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∼ Getting to the gym before the sun rises – feels both completely awful and absolutely amazing! ∼

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∼ Breakfast at Grød, perfect for cold winter mornings ∼

fil-08-02-2018-23-16-53∼ Chubby fluffy nugget looking all cute for the camera ♥ ∼

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∼ Amazing cocktails and food at Lele’s new little sister Bach Yên ∼

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∼ Spicy mexican inspired kidney bean wraps aka. my go-to comfort food these days ∼

Get to know me // 10 random facts

Evening babes! As I am slowly transitioning from being a foodblog only and into a more lifestyle-oriented blog (still with lots of recipes), then I thought it would be fun to share a couple of posts that could help you guys get to know me a little better. I am working on an updated and more thorough ‘About me’ section, but until then I have planned a couple of kinda silly posts that I want to share with you guys. I feel like you often get to know people better through posts like these, than through the more serious bios or about me sections on blogs.

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1.) My taste in music is all over the place and I listen to everything from Slipknot to Kendrick Lamar to Halsey. Haha people always get quite the surprise when they hear my playlists!

2.) I would love to move to LA (bye Danish weather!) and have seriously considered it many times – if only it wasn’t so damn difficult to obtain a visa, then my sis and I would already be living in DTLA by now.

3.) Even though I mainly lead a healthy lifestyle, then I absolutely LOVE things like soda (Faxe Kondi er verdens bedste), candy, chocolate, junkfood – you name it, I would probably love to eat it! Hah! I kinda wish I was one of those people who considers a bit of raw dark chocolate, some dried goji berries or a handful mixed nuts a satisfying treat… but that is never going to happen, so instead I focus on eating healthy most of the time and then spazz out and indulge in all those not so (as in not at all) healthy things once in a while – and by once in a while I mean at least once a week ;) #balanceiskeytheysay

4.) I kinda ended up becoming a blogger by accident and I never in a million years would have guessed that I would start a food blog one day, I had always thought that if I started blogging it would be about fashion.

5.) I love to play The Sims Freeplay or Kim Kardashian Hollywood on my phone whenever I am stressed or need to kill time #guiltypleassure

6.) As much as I love raw veggies, then I generally do not care for cooked veggies at all – often they even make me nauseous. There are of course exceptions, but overall I prefer my veggies raw or blanched at most.

7.)  I consider myself to be a very openminded person and it makes me uncomfortable and sad when people around me shows signs of bigotry and close-mindedness – I will never understand why so many are so narrow-minded and unable to understand and accept people with different lifestyles or beliefs. And by this I not only mean the more major differences in lifestyles like sexuality or religion, but also how people can be extremely judgemental about other peoples appearance (fashion choices, plastic surgery etc.), diet choices, odd/geeky hobbies and interests, their choices when it comes to education (or the decision to not get one) and jobs etc. As long as you aren’t hurting anyone, then YOU DO YOU! Do whatever makes you happy and don’t mind the haters ♥

8.) I have a law degree, but deep down I always knew that I wanted my life to go in a different direction. I have never regretted the time I spent at uni though and what I learnt is applicable to what I do everyday – both in my businesses and in my everyday life.

9.) I am the biggest GEEK. I get wayyy enthusiastic when I get into new things – it can be everything from movies, tv-shows, games and books to random things like food or health trends, mythology, witchcraft (I don’t believe in anything supernatural, but I am very fascinated by it) or gardening. My grandfather is still such a child at heart (and my mom is like that as well), so I feel like I have gotten my playfullness and childlike enthusiasm from them and I hope that I still have it when I reach my grandfathers age – it makes life a lot more fun, when you are lucky enough to keep it. I mean, my grandfather is in his seventies and he LOVES to play computer games (and I am not talking solitaire, he legit plays things like COD), he is the best! ♥

10.) I swear like a sailor, but only around close friends and family – with everyone else I try to keep it in check, not always very successfully though.

Lovely little things // Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions, baby cats & new in

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∼ New printed kimono, I am so ready for summer already! ∼

Evening lovelies! It is time for another post in my ‘Lovely little things’ series, I hope you enjoy getting these glimpses into my everyday life. For me these posts are the perfect opportunity to stop and appreciate those little things in life ♥

It has been a while since my last of these posts, a lot has been going on and I just felt like taking a little break. Since my last LLT post I have been working hard on my New Year’s resolutions, so in this post you will find a lot of things relating to that – healthy meals, visits to the gym, mindfulness and taking care of myself by taking time out to read, write, reflect and just trying to live in the moment and appreciate the little things in life ♥

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∼ A good book, matcha latte, my favorite snack balls, dark chocolate and fresh flowers ♥ ∼

fil-23-01-2018-17-34-18∼ Back on track! Working out with my sis at least 3 times a week, hah still hate it though! ∼

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∼ Sunday’s are for spoiling yourself aka. making big yummy brunch platters ∼

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∼ Finding old photos of the kitties on my phone, I can’t believe they used to be this tiny! ♥ ∼

fil-23-01-2018-17-28-05∼ One of my favorite salads from my cookbook Regnbuemad ∼

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∼ Absolutely LOVE the new Vogue cover, Lupita is such a beautiful badass! ∼

fil-23-01-2018-17-21-59∼ Almost done decorating my living room ♥ ∼

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∼ Blood oranges are finally back in season ∼

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∼ Added the prettiest pink hat to my collection of all things pink ∼

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∼ A new take on an old favorite, the most delicious beet-quinoa bites ∼

My 2018 bucket list – personal + professional goals

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Evening babes, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend ♥

Earlier this month I shared my very personal resolutions for 2018 and today I want to share my bucket list as well, I don’t know how much you guys are getting out of this, but for me it feels great to put these things into writing and it is also a great way to hold myself responsible – haha there is no taking it back once it hits the internet!

Get my drivers license

I have been putting it off for years, but after moving a bit outside Copenhagen and owning a house with a driveway, then I think it is about time that I finally got a drivers license!

I didn’t get it as a teenager when all my friends did because I had major surgery (scoliosis) and wouldn’t be able to drive + I have always had major anxiety about driving, so I just continued to put it off even when I had recovered from my surgery, but it is time to face my fears and go get that license!!

Improve my photography skills + learn how to use photoshop

It is embarrassing how little I know about photography and photo editing with the business I am in, so I have decided that I really need to step it up this year! I want to properly learn how to use my cameras and all their many settings + I need to learn how to use photoshop, so I can really take my photos to the next level.

Develop an ebook

I have been wanting to do an (recipe) ebook recipes ever since I first started blogging, but I have never gotten around to actually doing it. Last year my very first cookbook was published, so now there are no more excuses to put it off – if I can put together an actual physical book, then I can also do an ebook!

Hah I kinda wish I had a whole team of editors, graphic designers, photographers etc. to help me this time as well though ;)

I am currently in the process of brainstorming ideas and trying to come up with the perfect concept, let me know if you have any suggestions or wishes for the book ♥

Start a Youtube channel

I have been wanting to start a Youtube channel for quite a while now, but I have been putting it off because I am not really that fond of being in front of the camera and since English isn’t my first language, then I am quite nervous about my accent and language skills as well. I really want to give it a try though, so I have decided to film a couple of videos and see how I like it, if I am happy with how they turn out, then I will start my Youtube channel! Phew I have a lot of new things to learn and anxieties to overcome this year!!

Relaunch by Silah

My little sister and I launched an eyelash brand and accessories webshop a couple of years ago, but our individual careers started taking off and we kinda ended up neglecting the shop a bit. That is all about to change though, we have been working on new products for almost 6 months now and our plan is to relaunch the webshop and our brand entirely in 2018. I am so excited to show you guys what we have been working on ♥

Travel

I am on kind of a tight budget this year (unless I make a lot more money than expected, you never really know in this business), so I won’t be able to travel quite as much as I had hoped, but the dream is a girls trip to LA and Vegas in the fall + a weekend trip with my sister to somewhere in Europe in the spring, fingers crossed! I had really hoped for a NYC trip as well this year, it has been way too long since I have been there, but it sadly doesn’t seem very realistic right now.

Read at least 12 books this year

I know it does not sound like much to read 12 books in a year, but ever since I went to law school and had to read large amounts of law literature and legislation, then I completely lost my love of reading. I know it is still there and I am slowly finding it again, so to help me really get back into reading I have decided that I will need to read at least a book a month this year. Before law school I would read a good book in just a day, so it should be manageable to get through one a month – at least I hope so! ;)

Clean out my closet – completely!

My closet is such a mess and it has been for years! I organize it regularly, but it is still always a bit of a mess because I simply have wayy too much clothes, too many shoes, too much of everything! I am absolutely awful at cleaning out my closet and I hold on to everything even though I haven’t worn it in ages, so my otherwise really large closet is just bursting to the brim making it impossible to properly organize everything.

This year I want to get my sh*t together and finally completely clean out my closet so that I only keep the clothes that I actually wear + a couple of pieces that I might not wear very often, but that have a lot of sentimental value. Let me know if you know any good places to sell my stuff – an embarrassing amount of it still have tags on and I am saving for my travels, so I could use the extra $$

Get more comfortable being in front of the camera

As I have mentioned many times before I absolutely HATE being in front of the camera, it gives me so much anxiety that I barely know what to do with myself + my face makes this weird expression that is just not pretty. If any of you are Friends fans, then you know what I am talking about – Chandler face – I get a total Chandler face in front of the camera!!

It is really annoying and inconvenient to feel so anxious about being photograph being in this business and it is really holding me back, so it is something that I want to work on this year. I am not sure whether I will have much luck with it, but hopefully if I practice enough and just keep pushing through even though it makes me feel so anxious, then will be able to get more comfortable in front of the camera at some point.

Get into a proper skincare routine

I am the absolute worst when it comes to skincare and having a proper routine. I mean, most of the time I can hardly be bothered to remove my makeup at night – pretty gross, I know. I am so incredibly lazy when it comes to skincare, but also super nervous about growing older and seeing signs go aging (such a cliché!), so I really need to get my sh*t together and start taking better care of my skin. I already have all the products so now I just need to start using them regularly!

New year, new me? Mental health and self-improvement

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Good afternoon lovelies and a belated happy New Year! ♥

It has been quite a while since I last updated the blog and I have been MIA from social media as well, I felt like I needed a break away from it all to recharge for the year ahead and to just enjoy some much needed quality time with family and friends. I had planned to get back to blogging right after New Year’s Eve, but the first week of 2018 was pretty brutal for me. I don’t recall ever being this tired and drained of energy, which is a bit strange since I just had time off for the Christmas holidays, but I think that it all just hit me at once because I was finally taking time of to unwind.

When you are stressed or a dealing with things, but do not take proper care of yourself and just keep pushing it to the back of your head instead of dealing with it, then it will come back to bite you in the *ss eventually and I think it all just hit me after the holidays because I was finally relaxing and letting myself deal with the stress and emotional things that have been weighing on me all year.

Feeling this drained and tired in the first week of 2018, where I had actually planned to be more productive and active than I have been in a long time (yep those naive resolutions!) was definitely a bit of a wakeup call and it made me realize that I cannot continue to ignore these things. If I want to get better, then I will really need to work on it and I am not sure that I can do it on my own.

This is definitely the most personal post that I have ever written, but I know that I am far from alone in this and I think it is important to share my experience, so that some of you out there might not feel as alone + I hope that I might be able to help de-stigmatize the whole discussion surrounding mental health a bit as well.

I have been struggling a lot with stress this year after I had a bit of a break down while working on my cookbook, but struggles with my mental health goes all the way back to when I was in highschool where I first started struggling with depression and anxiety. It is a bit difficult for me to write about these things since I have never openly discussed it before and only a handful of the people in my life really knows what I have been struggling with, which means that some of the people who know me in real life will learn about my struggles from a blogpost and that might not be the best way to go about it – my sincerest apologies – but I feel a deep need to just get it all out there in order for me to finally deal with these things and get better.

In order to deal with all these things I have decided that 2018 will be a year dedicated to working on myself – body and mind. I know I will fall back into old habits and try to ignore the problems like I always do, so as a way to actually hold myself accountable I have created a set of resolutions and challenges that I want to work on this year, resolutions and challenges that will help me reach my goal of self-improvement and better mental health.

Get back into a healthy routine – food + exercise

The first thing that I want to do is to get back into a proper routine where I eat healthy and exercise regularly. Both are extremely important to mental health and of course physical health as well, I haven’t been eating properly for a while + I have not been exercizing at all due to my knee and back problems, but I need to get back on track!

I am already back on a healthy routine when it comes to food, I have been making lots of smoothies, salads, soups etc. (basically eating lots and lots of veggies, fruit and legumes everyday + my fav superfoods and supplements) and I truly enjoy it, so everything is definitely going according to plan nutrition wise.

Exercise wise I am definitely not doing very well ;) but my sister and I are joining a new gym on Wednesday (absolutely hated our old one), so hopefully that will help me get a bit more motivated. I still have my knee to consider though, so I won’t be able to do my usual workouts and cardio, but I will just have to try different workouts and see what I can and cannot do + I will get back to my regular daily walks. Hopefully my knee situation will be sorted soon, I am still not sure what is wrong with it though, my doctor said I might need surgery, but I am waiting for an appointment with a specialist to find out what exactly it is that is wrong with it and what my options are.

Work on my mental health – get professional help 

This one is the resolution that I fear the most. I have never seen a psychologist or psychiatrist despite struggling with varying forms of depression and anxiety for almost 14 years and I am not exactly excited to go. I have people close to me who have greatly benefited from it, but also people who have had some terrible experiences that left them a lot of $$$ short, but none the better mentally.

The whole process of finding a psychologist or psychiatrist seems so overwhelming and I because of the above experiences then I am worried that I might not choose the right one. Trust and chemistry is extremely important when it comes to getting help and really opening up, so I feel like it is crucial for me to find someone that I really connect with.

It makes me feel sick just thinking about having to say out loud to strangers that I struggle with these things and to have to ask for help, not because it is shameful, but because it will require for me to let down my guard and let someone in, to let go of this carefully crafted facade that I have held up for years and to rely on others for help, which completely goes against all my instincts.

One of the things I hate the most is not feeling like I am in control and if I want to get better, then I feel like I will need to completely let go, let it crumble and rebuild. It is absolutely terrifying and makes me want to just give up before I start – I always think to myself that I am doing fine, I am functioning, no one really knows that anything is wrong, I can just continue living like this, it would be the “easy” choice, but then again, I am not otherwise know to take the easy choice and easy will not get me to where I want to be – which is HAPPY.

Practice being more mindful and present

Ever since I was a child I have had a bit of an out of control imagination. It is both a blessing and a curse, I love that at the age of 28 I still have as much imagination as I did when I was a child, in many ways it is what drives me, but it can also be overpowering and being a dreamer is not always a good thing. I spend too much time inside my head, I am almost always somewhere else mentally and never really present, which of course also have a lot to do with the things I have shared above about being stressed and struggling with my mental health – I tend to create an escape for it all, a little dream world (or hundreds actually) but I can’t live inside my own head.

I feel like I either spend too much time inside my own head or go through life on autopilot without really living in the moment, processing and enjoying what is happening around me. Missing out on life really.

SO, in 2018 I want to practise being more present, both when I am on my own, but especially when I am with my friends and family. I want to try to be more mindful in all aspects of life and while it is so not my thing, then I want to try giving mindfulness and meditation a try – let me know if you have any good tips on how to get started!

Spend more time offline and away from technology 

This resolution is quite connected to the one before, I spend way too much time on my computer, phone, binge-watching tv-shows etc. and I want to start being more offline and present in 2018.

It might be part of my job to spend a lot of time on my computer and phone, but it has definitely gotten out of control and it isn’t healthy. I want to spend more time outside in my garden or going for walks, I want to start reading more, spend more time playing bordgames or cards, getting creative with DIY projects and so much more that doesn’t involve any electronic devises!

Get better at planning & organizing – optimize my worktime!

I am terrible at planning my time and I am incredibly unorganized as well, which is definitely hurting my productivity, so in 2018 I really want to get better at planning and organizing.

I want to create a thorough work schedule every week that I need to stick to, it will not only help me increase productivity to have a more set and organized plan for the workweek (I am terrible at procrastinating if I don’t have a proper schedule), but it will also mean that I get more free time.

I have an awful habit of procrastinating and postponing (my biggest struggle with being my own boss!), which means that I often don’t start working until after noon and then I will have to work until late to catch up. It is just such a bad habit and a waste of time honestly, so with a tight schedule I will be able to take evenings and maybe even weekends off like “normal” people do, which is of course a very motivating factor for me to get my sh*t together and stick to the schedule ;)

And I think that is it for now – not that I need more resolutions, I have more than enough to get started on, but I am optimistic and it is important to remember to strive for progress, not perfection. I feel really nervous about posting this, but I hope it will be well received and that it might help some of you out there, just know that you are not alone ♥