Loving my new babouches from MumbaiStockholm

When I joined the company I work for as a product consultant two years ago, my very first client was an online jewellery brand. It being one of the first in India at the time, I found myself doing a lot of market research on similar brands abroad. One of the brands I ended up coming across, falling in love with, and often using to benchmark against, was MumbaiStockholm – a jewellery brand founded by a Swedish woman, Cecilia, who had spent some time living in Mumbai. Could it get any more spot on than that?

I reached out to Cecilia as soon as I found her very spot-on/perfectly-managed Instagram handle (which by the way, you must check out by clicking here). She offered to share her expert opinion, helped me out with my first questions as a brand new consultant in a brand new space, and since then we’ve kept in touch by liking each others photos and such…

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Until the other day, when Cecilia reached out for my address in India, to send me a pair of beautifully designed babouches by MumbaiStockholm. The package literally arrived within one week, which is by the way literally record breaking in India. I’ve never before received anything so fast from back home, so hats off to DHL for that. Won’t be using anything else for international shipments from this day onwards.

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The babouches came in this cute bag, and anyone who knows me knows how much I prioritise cute packaging. And by the way the packaging of their jewellery is actually what got me hooked on her products the first time I came across the MumbaiStockholm page.

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“Hanna! I hope you love your shoes!”

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I love the attention to detail, with the logo both inside the shoe…

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…and on the sole underneath.

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I couldn’t be more excited to be a proud owner of MumbaiStockholm’s babouches, and am so honoured that Cecilia thought of me all the way over here. My worry is always that Swedish brands will shy away from collaborating because I am based on the other side of the world. Cecilia + DHL just blew me and that thought far away. Easy peasy!

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I kicked off my Veja sneakers under my desk right away and slipped these cuties on. I couldn’t think of a better shoe to wear to the office, to lunch, for a day out with friends, and while traveling. These guys will definitely get to stomp across Mumbai grounds with me this year – back where it all started for MumbaiStockholm, too!

Thank you MumbaiStockholm!

5 things I highly recommend

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  1. This rosewater in a spray bottle from Mount Purious was one of those things that was laying in front of me at the counter while paying at Whole Foods in London last year, amongst chewing gums and mouth fresheners. I picked one up out of pure shopaholic manner–and got hooked. It’s the most refreshing, amazing thing to spray on puffy eyes in the morning. Another secret tip which I’m not sure is very secret, is that it feels even better if you keep it in the fridge over night. I’m sure you can get any brand, just make sure the only thing in it is rosewater–no added random stuff.

 

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2. I don’t think I’ve ever worn an extremely, insanely comfortable bra until I found this one, while roaming the streets of Florence two weeks back. I know–Florence isn’t really the most expected place to go underwear shopping, right? The bra is from Hanky Panky and I’m not exaggerating when I say this is so comfortable, I almost prefer wearing it over being bra-less. Almost. Anyway, I don’t know what kind of rock I’ve been living under, but its 2018 and we prefer to be comfortable ladies. Sexy and comfortable.

 

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3. My whole life I’ve worn the same scents for years on end, then sort of changed my perfume as my life has changed over time. You know what I mean? Like, one scent for each ‘phase’. My teens was my Burberry phase, then I had a Viktor & Rolf phase in Santa Barbara, and J’adore Dior throughout college. Recently, I’ve been trying out different perfumes, and I currently have about three or four that I keep switching in between. Donna by Valentino is one of them. Just in the changing room at the gym the other day, someone came up to me and asked to smell me (!). Flowery, light but rich, luxurious…ok, not that I’m some kind of scent connoisseur or anything…

 

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4. Recommending this salad recipe because its so. damn. good. It’s also from my favourite (Swedish) food blog, which you can check out here. The recipe is available here as well, but for those of you who don’t read Swedish, let me quickly brief you: Asian salad with sesame crusted salmon and wasabi dressing. I’m even translating the recipe for you because its so tasty.

You need:

  • Salmon (enough for 4 people)
  • Marinade for the salmon: 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp honey, 50 ml soy, juice from half a lime, fresh grated ginger, chopped garlic
  • Black rice (enough for 4 people)
  • 100-200 ml sesame seeds (ideally both black and white because its prettier, but one colour obviously works too)
  • 1 mango
  • 0.5-1 cucumber
  • Spring onion (however much you like, I LOVE onions so I just overdose)
  • Whatever green leaves you prefer. I think spinach would be nice with this but I personally am not a fan of spinach so I just do lettuce instead.
  • 200 ml edamame beans (not required, but tasty)

And for the Wasabi dressing, you need:

  • 1 tbsp wasabi
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche (doesn’t exist in India so I just use fat yoghurt/dahi)
  • 0.5-1 lime (just the juice)
  • Salt, pepper and honey

How to make it:

  • Boil the rice as per instructions on the packaging
  • Cut the salmon in small cubes, add to the marinade for like 10-15 min
  • Make the wasabi dressing, then keep it in the fridge till everything else is ready
  • Prepare all the veggies
  • Roll the salmon cubes in sesame seeds. When the rice is almost ready, cook the salmon in oil on a medium temperature until you get whatever texture you prefer
  • Mix. Eat. Enjoy! Thank you to Agnes for this incredible recipe! Y. U. M.

 

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5. Saif and I are currently hooked on Lovesick, which is a fairly new show on Netflix (honestly I have no idea when it came out but I just came across it very recently). The show is funny, real, entertaining, and relatable. It’s not like the BEST show I’ve ever seen, but it’s a really nice watch for a weeknight when you just feel like giggling and zoning out for a bit. Well, not just giggling. Cracking up too. Watch it watch it, you shall not be disappointed!

Now I’m off to breakfast guys, then I’m spending the day writing & brainstorming by the pool. Oh, and did I say its Republic Day in India? A national holiday. Wihooo.

A not so recommended recipe, & a mood board in the making

Last night was my first night alone in my apartment in over one month. It was a mixed feeling of loneliness, sadness, content and relief.

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I got home from the office by 9pm after a crazy busy day and decided to cook…because, well…why not. Honestly, the biggest reason was that I love browsing recipes on Pinterest when I’m hungry in the day. Then I end up ordering groceries online, which then arrive by the time I leave work. By then I’ve usually changed my mind, but feel too bad to waste the food. So, I cooked.

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Made up a salad based on the ingredients I had in the fridge already. Plus I felt like having something fruity. Pineapple, cucumber, cilantro and lemon. Highly recommended if you like all those four ingredients (although I know most people I’ve met hate cilantro).

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Then I mixed all the ingredients together for the patties. Yellow lentils, beets, egg, lemon, goat cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Still wondering why my paste turned out to be so red. I mean I get that its red because of the beets, but I followed the recipe and the recipe was definitely better looking in their photos. Click here to see for yourself.

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I used my new meatball maker tool I got from Maja and Joakim to make even sized patties… Such a perfect gift, especially considering there’s nothing I hate more than getting dirty on my hands. I have this thing with textures…

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The final result was very OK. I honestly wouldn’t recommend it to you guys–it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t delicious either. Hate when that happens. Picked out the pieces of baked goat cheese and enjoyed those, though.

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After finishing up dinner I picked out old magazines and started my creative project of the night. I have this thing about always wanting to do something creative when I’m alone. Light candles, play nice music, and either write, read, build or visualise something.

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The project of the night: Mood boarding for 2018. Something I’ve been looking forward to doing since I saw a Swedish blogger doing it a couple of weeks back.

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I have a weakness for holding a good magazine in my hand and usually pick up at least 2 or 3 of the latest issues every time I travel. Sometimes more. Glad these could be reused to serve as a source of inspiration and material for my board.

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I flipped through magazines, cut and glued quotes, images and letters for over two hours. Note to self: Not recommended to start mood boarding at 11.30pm if you’re like me and struggle to leave things unfinished. If you’re wondering what Bamse, ‘the world’s strongest bear’, is doing on my board, wait no more: His main characteristics are strong and kind–two traits I value and admire. He was also one of my biggest role models in life while growing up.

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Although the mood board isn’t complete yet, I already really like the way its coming along. I’m a very visual person, and generally need to see things in front of me to remember it, understand it, process it, and so on. Screenshots on my phone and underlined sentences in books and magazines tend to get lost over time. This mood board I actually hope to save. Maybe I’ll even frame it, and put it somewhere for me to pull out when motivation falters.

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I would strongly recommend making a mood board to help you visualise whatever you have in mind–for a new project, a new year, a new client, or even just yourself. I also secretly fantasise about my future kids finding these boards and looking back at the kind of things I envisioned and repeatedly told myself as a 27 year old…