Hi you guys! Sorry for going slightly MIA – my food poisoning just hasn’t properly settled yet and on top of that I had a couple of really busy days in the office after being sick. Especially since I also have an exciting holiday waiting around the corner… Can’t wait to show you guys everything we’ll be up to between Sweden and London!
Another week another Tuesday, and I still haven’t gotten around to share my weekly inspiration with you guys! Here we go…
Article of the week:
I came across this article the other day after my friend Gaby shared it on her Facebook. It basically highlights the importance of fashion magazines empowering, not discouraging, young women. About the importance of being useful and aspirational. About removing the anxiety and the prestige from the lifestyle and fashion industry, and replacing it with some level of realness and sincere relevancy for real people. It sort of goes with why I started my blog in the first place. More on that later, but you should definitely read the article over a coffee or a glass of vino when you’re home alone this week.
Highlight of the week:
ASOS.com was recently criticised (for the right reasons), advertising a pair of shorts in UK size 10 as a ‘Large’ on their website. And I mean, no wonder girls grow up concerned with “being fat” when a UK 10 (US 6, EUR 38) is the largest size available? ASOS shortly thereafter responded to the criticism and started featuring non-airbrushed and non-edited models, leaving them with visible stretch marks, acne and cellulites. Ya feel me? Their initial sizing fiasco was absurd, but then I think, to be able to make a mistake and learn from it, honestly and openly, is cool, whether you’re a person or a brand.
Movie of the week:
My must-see movie recommendation this week is the Swedish film, A Man Called Ove [click to watch trailer here]. Based on a book with the same name, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last year. This is an incredibly deep yet simple film about a grumpy man dealing with every day life: grieving the loss of his wife, angrily battling bureaucracy, resenting an ever-changing Swedish society “full of immigrants and young people who don’t know the simplest of things”. Described as a “black comedy with a big heart”, A Man Called Ove is a deep-dive into the life of a resilient, lonely, angry, protective and relatable man, performed by one of my favorite Swedish actors of all time, Rolf Lassgård (close second to Michael Nyqvist). Please do yourself a favour and watch it–it comes with English subtitles. Prepare yourself to laugh and cry! But mostly laugh. Or just relate, I don’t know…
Documentary of the week:
How To Die In Oregon [click here for trailer] is one of the most heartbreaking yet important documentaries I’ve watched in my entire life. And I’ve watched many. Those of you who know me, know I have a slight obsession for documentaries in general. I’m not going to say much about this one, I’ll just ask you to watch the trailer. Its about death–something that we will all face at one point or the other. The question is, when, and how, and on what terms? Do we deserve the right to decide when to call it quits? It’s a difficult watch, but I promise you won’t regret it. I was so affected by this documentary, and the many thoughts that went through my head watching it, I had to continuously pause it and take a couple of deep breaths. So, get yourself a box of tissue and preferably a glass of red. And preferably watch it with someone–Saif and I had hours of discussion on life and death afterwards. It’s heavy, but its important and worth it.
Book of the week:
Food Pharmacy! I’ve been wanting to read this book since it first started popping up all over Swedish blog-feeds a few months ago, but not been able to get a hold of it from here. I’ve even gone ahead and ordered it to my mom’s house in Sweden, so that it will be there waiting for me when I arrive next week. The book is about healthy, anti-inflammatory foods, intestinal floras, bacterias, studies, research and hypochondria, all sort of pointing in the direction of the close connection between chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems caused by chronic inflammation. I think. I don’t really know, since I haven’t read it yet. Either way I thought it would be a really interesting read, considering I’m basically born and raised with stomach issues. Oh and, check out their amazing blog on the same topic.
Buy of the week:
Lately, I’ve been looking everywhere online for some summery & fun maxi dresses. Well, that’s not true, I’d consider myself pretty bad with online shopping. So I’ve not looked everywhere, but I browsed a few sites and found a few I liked. I ended up buying this pink dress–I’m such a wrap-dress-kimono-lose-fabric kind of girl, I couldn’t resist. It’ll be nice for a summery brunch, or even a casual wedding function. I’m also sort of drooling over this one in beige.