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Gift Ideas for Her

Hello luvs!

My second Christmas on this blog is just around the corner and if you are stuck in the Christmas gift giving madness, here are some suggestions as to gifts that they may love! (These gifts are based on things that I like or would give to my friends so it doesn't cover everyone).

My first suggestion is book! Whether that would be dystopian books, Sci fi, fiction, non-fiction or (my personal favourite): COFFEE TABLE BOOKS! They are all tumblr worthy that are meant to be easy to read/flip through so they suit everyone, you only neeed to find the right book for the right person! I love the fashion ones that are about e.g. Vogue covers, Fashion icon's autobiographies  or ways to improve your wardrobe.

Urban Outfitters is a great place for Christmas gifts and especially- cute decor, nicknacks and books! If you're in Stockholm, I highly suggest NK's bookstore that is on the top floor, they have a great selection of both music and books (as well as coffee table books ahahah)!

My second tip is makeup/ products! More specifically- makeup that suits everyone or is hard to go wrong with. By this I mean finding a product that suits the reciever (this also means something that they will actually use) and something that suits their skin tone and undertone. I suggest eyeshadow palettes. It's hard to go wrong with these because there will always be a useful colour. A palette that suits everyone I've seen try it is the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette! Of course, this is slightly more expensive but both Isadora and Maybelline have good natural look! I also think that eyeliner is great! Black is the most popular colour but there are many colours to choose from. I also find that liquid or pencil liner is the safest way to go! My third makeup tip is a lip product, BUT make sure that it suits their undertone (Click HERE for a useful quiz).

My next suggestion is for the younger gift recievers! Things like nail polish, bb cream, lipbalm and mild body mists are a good idea. Before buying anything, I'd suggest you check in with their parents as to what they are allowed to use.

My next tip suits everyone: beverage based presents! I always love a cute coffee mug (like this one from Urban Outfitters)or some new tea or Nespresso capsules to further my addiction ahah!

If the person you are buying for doesn't like tea or coffee, I suggest a fancy hot chocolate mix or a tumbler for their drink of choice (whether that would be a juice, iced coffee or just water- it is perfect for the coming summer).

I also think that stationary is a great gift. Whether they're a student or work- there will always be a use for nice notebooks or a new calender. I got these marble notebooks from Urban Outfitters and H&Mand the diary/planner is from Kikki K's 2015 collection!

This group is a little mix of everything but purses, bags or makeup bags are great as well as bath/shower products! HOWEVER, if all else fails- buy a gift card to their favourite store and write a thoughtful letter in their Christmas card. Good luck!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ The Perfect Turtleneck

Hello luvs!

I found the PERFECT turtleneck sweater! I've been looking for the right one for such a long time now (before they even became trendy) and now I've found the one: It's a neutral grey colour, of proper material and long in both the sleeves and length. It is from Monki and I looove it! 

 

Turtleneck: Monki - Bag: Michael Kors - Keychain: Monki - Jeans: Urban Outfitters - Jacket: H&M - Boots: Forgotten.. oops!

 

Love,

Sofia

 

♡ Julbord

  

♡ Julfika

♡ NK Christmas Windows

Hello luvs!

Have you seen NK's pretty Christmas windows? No? Well aren't you lucky I took some photographs! I love this time of year, when NK unveiles their windows, shopping streets are decorated with garlands and Christmas lights and you can almost hear the Christmas music in the air! Doesn't it just make you want to cuddle up by the crackling fire (or use LUSH's bathbomb with the same effect) and sip on a cup of steaming coffee (decaf to lessen the crazy heart beat) with a saffron bun?!

This year the theme is Christmas throughout the 1900's and as you can see the one above depicts the 2010's! Tbh I'm a little sad that they included a minion... ahahah! I hope you're all doing well as the weather has been horrible in Stockholm these past days, it was so windy! Take care luvs!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ The Best Salad

Hello lovely people!
 
If you're a swede with little time then you probably have picked up an ICA salad or two! I tried one recently and oh my god it was so delicious- mozzarella, chicken, leafy greens, pasta, capsicum, cheese and cucumber mmmmmm! With the lunch I had my favourite Vitamin Well water in Hydrate with rhubarb and strawberry! I'd definitely recommend you trying one.
Love,

Sofia

♡ Brow Favourites

I've recently gotten into Anastasia's brow products after purchasing their dipbrow pomade (in taupe). 

For my brow gel, I use an angled eyebrow brush from KICKS which works really well! My first brow product from Anastasia was their brow wiz pencil in taupe colour.

I try to keep my eyebrow routine pretty simple and natural so I use a pencil illuminator with a pink undertone from Sephora on my brow bone for a lift.

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Christmas Fika at NK

Hello luvs!

The other day my family and I took a quick Christmas themed / first advent ”fika” at Nk and I took a few cheeky tourist-like photos!

 

NK is looking so christmasy! This isn't such a good photo but in the centre of the building there's a huge Christmas tree n' it's so pretty!

 

II had a v nice outfit on but since it was so cold I hadn't taken my coat of yet... 

Lattes, gingerbread and saffron buns mmmmm...

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Lavender Macarons + Update

Hello lovely people!

I am so sorry for the inactivity- I haven't posted this little in some time but I've had to take this week off to relax. As I've said in a previous post, I've had a nervous breakdown due to stress and I need to take it easy- especially considering the huge workload that comes around Christmas!

But don't worry- In a few weeks I'm flying to Australia for Christmas break and I'll be posting a lot more from my 35C+ ”white Christmas”... Notice the slight sadness at not experiencing my first christmas living in Sweden, in Sweden...

I baked these super cute lavender macarons the other day and they were so perfect with a nice cuppa cinnamon latte mmmm..

Popsugar food has a really good recipe for basic macarons! To help me make the perfect batch I also purchased a few things that will be making an appearance at a later date on le blog...

Hope y'all have had a nice weekend and are ready to get stuck back into a productive week. So take care!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Mental Health Update

Hello lovely readers!

Woah this has been a couple of interesting days... Two weeks ago I had a mental breakdown due to stress and overworking myself and had to stay home form school for a few days and when I thought I was better I came back and managed to get through a week of school but the problem with that is that I continued in the same patterns that I did a week earlier and this resulted in yet another breakdown and I have been home both yesterday and today. I am disappointed that I wasn't able to handle my stress but at some point you reach your limit and I've reached mine. Twice. In the past month...

I am recovering and trying to separate myself from my school work as I know that those assignments isn't going to define my future but it's har to remember that! Anyone else going through highschool knows that fact and no matter how many times an adult says it it is hard to take to heart since the school feeds you all this ”important” information that, if you don't do/know, will ”ruin” your future. 

But anyways... I am trying to relax but it is really hard... and really boring as I watch my friends' snapchats from school ahah! I hope you are all feeling well and remembering to take care of yourself- TREAT YO SELF!!

Oh and by the way... Have you noticed my new header? It's Christmas theeemeeed! With a lil' Santa! I am so ready for the holiday season that I feel as though I'm going to explode into little pieces of festive glitter n' sparkles!!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Cat Ears

My lil' ear collection that is slowly growing...

♡ Warm n' Fuzzy

   

Oh my how I love the old city...

♡ Pearls

♡ Post-Workout Snack

My favourite things! mmm

♡ Transylvania

  The NYX Transylvania soft matte lip cream is soo gorgeous but I had a peak into the NYX store in Gallerian but it seems to be sold out! Maybe it will be back before winter arrives!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Pearls n' Short Hair

Hey luvs!

You may notice that I cut my hair!! I was getting tired of its awkward length so I cut it myself when I was bored...

I also bought this gorgeous pearl choker necklace so expect a haul post (as well as maybee a trend post...)!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Sephora & A Green Juice

Hello luvs!

I went shopping and bought a Too Faced  blush, some new underwear from Cubus and a green juice from Joe & The Juice and had some ”me time”!

As an introvert, I think that spending time alone is incredibly important for both your sanity and self awareness. If you are someone who feels uncomfortable being alone when you're out, I suggest that you should try it.

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Lipstick Luvs

Hello luvs!

Since Autumn has been here for a while and winter is on its way (as well as Christmas eeek!), I have been paying a lot of attention to lip products for this festive season! So I thought I'd share my top favourites of the moment.

In the past I haven't focused on lipsticks and pencils and stains and glosses but instead eye makeup which is why I don't own too many dark colours. But ever since I bought a dark NYX lip cream, I've focused less on eyeshadows, in favour of lips as it is so much faster to look put together when you have to wake up at 06:30 in the morning... 

On the far left is an old favourite: Clarins 05 in Candy Shimmer is a natural lip gloss that just adds a little extra colour to your lips. This is a safe colour to add to your makeup collection if you want something that is 100% safe to apply without a mirror as it is very natural so you can't see smudges! There is a dupe from Isadora available as well.

Next to the Clarins gloss is MAC's Cream Cup lipstick, I'm sure I've talked about this one several times before but I can't help it because it is soo pretty and such a staple in my makeup routine. It is a light pink colour with a cold undertone (so it doesn't look coral- thank god) and this is the product I reach for daily when I want a natural pink colour!

Down at the bottom is Rimmel's 077 Asia lipstick, that is one of- if not the first lipstick that I ever bought. It is a pinky mauve-like brown or nude colour (yes... very hard to explain), It reminds me of Kylie Jenner's staple lip colour a little- just slightly more brown. I love this colour when I don't feel like something so pink or red that feels like a little too much.

Next to MAC, is NYX's Transylvania matte lip cream. I know I've already talked about this but it is so gorgeous and matches the current trend of dark (if not black) berry lips!

On the far right: Maybelline Fab Orange velvet lip pencil is the most recent in my collection. It is on the other end of the spectrum from the NYX gloss as it is a strong ”Taylor Swift” redish orange colour that looks great with a strong winged liner to complete a classic look!

So those were my recent favourites that I have been using this fall. Hope I gave you some inspiration!

 

Love,

Sofia

 

♡ Our Podcast

Hello lovelies!

(This is a quick post for you swedes out there). Some of you may know that my cousin Beata and I started a podcast back in August called ”Tonårs Tankar” where we talk about our experiences and thoughts on pop culture and society! You can find us on Youtube, Soundcloud and iTunes if you search Tonårs Tankar but just beware that if you search us on iTunes there are two items that pop up and you should choose the one by ”Sofia & Beata” because the other one is our Podomatic that we have stopped updating!

 

A link to our iTunes: HERE

A link to our Youtube: HERE

A link to our Soundcloud: HERE

By the way: we have an autumn themed episode coming on Wednesday so be prepared for episode #4 soon! And yes I know that Halloween has just been but it is still going to be very ”Autumny” weather and fashion so we have some time before the exciting season of Christmas is upon us (aka as soon as Beata's birthday is over ahah)!

 

Love,

Sofia

♡ Last Day of Autumn pt.2

   

♡ Last Day of Autumn pt.1

 

♡ Delicious Breakfast

Cute little breakfast with the family to celebrate the start of autumn break!