☀ day and night. ☾

happy friday! plz let’s do out best to get through this last day before the weekend. here’s the ultimate morning/evening list, translated from julia.

maui/sunrise at the haleakala summit.

MORNING
when do you get up?
around 8 in the weekdays, and hour or two later in the weekends.

what’s the first thing you do every morning?
check notifications—instagram, facebook, email, and the blog.

how long do you spend in the bathroom every morning?
just a few minutes to wash my face in the bathroom itself. then 10-15 minutes to get dressed and put makeup on.

is breakfast important? what do you eat?
during the weeks, i only have a protein shake. in the weekends through, i like having a big brunchy breakfast.

brunch.

are you a morning person?
i don’t LOVE mornings, but i’m proud to say that i turn off the alarm and get up like 5-10 seconds after it goes off. i never snooze!

what alarm do you have?
one from iphone’s bedtime app, it’s called sunny. very harmonious.

what does a perfect morning look like?
waking up tangled up with somebody you like. cuddling for a long while and then having a slow and long brunch in the sun somewhere.

what do you usually wear in the mornings?
i usually get dressed in my *real* clothes pretty immediately.

what’s the best thing about mornings?
a chance to start anew? lol idk

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christmas eve.

EVENING
when do you go to sleep?
between midnight and 2 am usually.

what’s the last thing you do at night?
scroll instagram or play two dots. : )

how long do you spend in the bathroom every night?
i just basically wash off my makeup and brush my teeth, so not very long unless i shower, but i usually don’t do that right before i go to sleep so.

is a night snack important to you?
not really, unless i’m hungry. going to sleep starving is the worst :[

do you get tired easily at night?
i can usually get into a good rhythm of going to sleep kiiiind of at same time every night, and then it’s fine. but i have to be sleepy when i go to bed, otherwise i won’t sleep at all or i’ll be waking up and stuff.

summer stockholm.

what’s your nightly routine?
think about what to wear the next day, remove makeup, brush teeth, and then just scroll through social media until i get tired. then i play two dots until i’m REALLY tired : )

what does a perfect evening look like?
it’s friday or saturday. still warm outside. take a walk with someone. dinner at some nice restaurant. cuddle 4 ever until sleep.

what do you usually wear at night?
shorts+t-shirt if i’m alone, underwear or nothing if i’m with someone maybe??? depends i guess

what’s the best thing about evenings?
just CHILLING OUT after a day of work and going to the gym. eating a good dinner. hanging out in bed. reading blogs. writing blog posts. the internet. stuff like that.

one photo every hour. august.

 

mao

gla fredag. här kommer en morgon/kvällslista som jag snott och översatt från julia. pöss!

pretty in pink.

polo shirt.

i have a new shirt! or actually, more than one because i’ve bought a few tops lately, but since the other ones haven’t arrived yet, this is the one i’m showing you for now.

polo shirt.

a cute polo shirt in powder pink and red tips.

polo shirt.

found it at h&m but it’s soft and vintagy and doesn’t feel newly produced even. like something from the 60s, or something amy winehouse would wear.

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with the kind of retro vibes that’s a perfect match with high-waisted levi’s and my vintage satin 49ers jacket, as you maybe saw on my latest insta post (have you guys seen that you now can make scrollable carousel posts??? i’m in awe).

 

mao

har en ny (fast känns som vintage-gammal) pikétröja i pastellrosa och med röda detaljer från h&m. känns som något som amy winehouse hade rockat, och passar perfekt med min vintage 49ers-jacka som går i samma retrovibes. glad torsdag!

self(ie) love.

because the rain never stops! because self-love. because selfies are important and because sometimes i can be cute too. i don’t take selfies THAT often but let’s look at a few lately. here’s my face 11 times in a row if you can take it. if not i’ll see u tomorrow or something

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from a friday at work back in new york. bathroom selfie and i was about to go out into a lovely weekend.

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a snowy new york weekend! gah. i stubbornly wore my leather jacket even though it was cold, but had my long gudrun sjödén scarf to wrap around me, so it was ok.

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another nyc selfie from when my eyeliner was FIRE.

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christmas in white lace, matte black nails and choker.

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one of my last new york selfies with new top, glossy hair curtain and big eyes.

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back on the west coast! here i am in front of apple down in cupertino in a new navy american apparel outfit.

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the first weekend i was back, there was the women’s march at civic center. it was cold and rainy and i felt totally fucked up by anibiotics, but me and siri showed up because important. <3

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calling this one “girl without eyebrows” or something? i’ve been meaning to buy glossier’s boy brow for a while now but i never get around to do it! ok soon, i promise.

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selfie from an uber when the rain was also poooouring down, hence rainy wavy hair.

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this one is from the kitchen at my new place, where apparently the light can look like this sometimes and really bring forth the color of my eyes. who would’ve thought.

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and this last one, from this past weekend when i was lying in bed watching love actually with myself.

 

that’s all for today! sorry not sorry for this pretty uninformative post, but this is my space and sometimes i need to remind myself that i’m good and that selfies are too. that’s all. xx

 

mao

idag vart det selfiekaskad på bloggen! här e mitt ansikte elva gånger helt enkelt. några från new york och några från sf. cute man e ändå. kom ihåg det allihopa när ni tar seflies. NI E CUTE

three apps i like.

i really like finding apps that i like and find useful. since my iphone is so important to me (and to most of you out there too, i’m guessing), helpful and fun apps are essential.

i’ve written posts before on some general apps i use here and on photography apps here, but today i’ll give you three apps i haven’t shown before.

soon.

soon

instead of writing every movie, band or restaurant you want to check out down somewhere in a note on your phone, you can put them into soon. there are lots of categories as you can see—as for me personally, i almost only use the restaurant category. there, i just type in the name of a restaurant, and it shows up in a list view together with a pin on a map. love it!

 

snug.

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in the app snug, you can plan out your instagram grid to see how it will look before you post it to instagram! fun and helpful if you’re really into insta like me. you wouldn’t want to commit the ungodly sin of posting two pics that look terrible next to each other, right? ; )

 

urban dictionary.

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lol, you guys probably know this silly one already, right? urban dictionary, for all your questions regarding the latest meme expression or exotic slang. : ) heh.

 

any favorite apps of yours i should check out? bring em!

 

mao

tre appar jag gillar: soon för att skriva upp restauranger och annat på, snug för att planera instagramfeeden hur den ska se ut innan man postar, och urban dictionary om man vill förstå senaste slangen, lol. : )
hit me up med era bästa appar plz. puss

weekend highlights.

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hello monday. hope you had a good weekend.

mine was good, and although it was “just” a weekend like so many other, i find it important to take a little second to feel it and savour the small things before yet another weeks kicks off and it all just disappears in the whirlwind that is life.

i had dinner with patty who i hadn’t seen in a long time. she knows so many great asian food spots and we had lovely ramen. drizzle, a dry sky in a city of wet streets. i bought hangers and sheets and stuff for my new place. piece by piece, putting it together to a whole.
watched love actually for the first time in years.
shopped three tops. ate one hundred finn crisp sandwiches. the house is cold but i stayed warm with tea and thick socks.
met new friends. drank champagne. danced. made out. slept in. philz coffee is now around the corner instead of on the opposite side of the city and their coffee is the best, the tesora with light cream and no sugar. a sandwich from the corner place a block away.
invited siri over to my new place. didn’t read anything this weekend but that’s fine.
listened to veronica maggio, looked at clothes i want to buy even though i need more storage for the ones i already have. this week is gonna be drier and sunnier.

happy monday. <3

 

mao

några fina grejer från helgen.

two to watch.

i literally never go to the cinema or watch movies in general. so that’s why my already 2 theatre visits this year are remarkable : ) here are the two movies i watched:

lion.

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lion is a movie based on a true story (and actually—really based on a true story, as the material in the end credits will show, rather than just “based” on a “true” story) that is about saroo, a little indian boy who loses his family and gets adopted my an australian couple.

as an adult, saroo desperately tries to find fis roots without any other help than google earth.
this movie, with hottie dev patel as adult saroo and ADORABLE fantastic out-of-this-world sunny pawar as child saroo is just fantastic. i cried the whole way through, tbh.

 

20th century women.

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this movie is set in southern california in the late 70s, the single mom dorothea (portrayed by the fantastic annette bening) is trying to raise her young teenage son jamie while at the same time dealing with her own struggles about single life, motherhood, love and aging.

a sweet, feminist and a legit feel good-movie. plus can’t stress annette bening’s acting skills enough. she’s literally born to play this character that’s what i felt like?

 

that’s all for now. i was planning on seeing a third movie the other week, but apparently my non-movie watching self decided that 2 is all i get this year. (jk, but almost.)

any movies out there showing right now i should go watch? what did you guys think of la la land, worth watching..?

 

mao

jag går såå sällan på bio alltså, men har redan hunnit med två gånger i år! ha. lion och 20th century women. tyckte om dem sååå mkt. gå å se vettja!
bilderna via [pinterest].

staying in the u.s.

getting to know sf.

happy friday, folks.

i thought i’d end the work week with a lighter post here by answering a question i got in the comments, but realized the subject matter was pretty harsh for a friday? oh well, i’ll keep it short and then we can all proceed to a happy weekend, ok?

i have a question regarding you living in the US. how big of a change can this with trump become for you? when it comes to visas etc? i really don’t know a lot about how it works when it comes to staying is the US, but is there a risk in the future that you won’t be able to?

so. first off, i’m not an immigration lawyer or expert of any kind, so this is a disclaimer that anything here might be slightly off, but something along these lines:

trump’s immigration ban doesn’t affect me, since it has to do with individuals born in a select few countries. also, most of these cases have been people who are already green card holders who are not let back into the US. i’m not born in any of the countries listed, and i also don’t have a green card.

you ask if there is a risk i won’t be able to stay here—yep, there is. this has nothing to do with trump specifically though, it just has always been a question of getting a visa (although trump wants to make that part trickier too).

coit tower.

there are a TON of different visas, but not all of them apply to me. right now, i’m on what is called OPT, it’s a period of time after you’ve graduated as an international student in the US that you’re allowed to work.

after my OPT expires, two of the most common visas for people in my situation (foreign workers within the creative field) are H-1B and O-1.
for the first one, you need a company to sponsor you (apply for the visa for you as well as paying for it), but the trick here is that the H-1B is lottery-based. i think there is something like 60 000 H-1Bs issued each year, and there are a lot of things factoring in when it comes to your chances of obtaining one that i’m not gonna get further into here, but the most recent i heard was that the chances are around 25% of getting one. this visa is valid for 3 years, but can be extended later. i’m currently eligible for this visa, but i’ve heard rumors that trump wants to make it for people only making >$130 000 a year.

the O-1 is not lottery-based but achievement-based. this means for me as a copywriter that i need to prove that i’ve done something substantial within or for the advertising industry (like win advertising awards or getting my work published in recognized magazines etc). this one is tricky, because i’ve heard people getting it vs. not getting it depending on what material they have to show/who’s judging their application. there is no 100% chance to know if you qualify or not.

there is also the green card lottery (about 1% chance of getting one), or getting married to someone (eeeeeeh also about 1% …. jk). plus like a couple of other possible visa options, but not gonna bore you with those, cause these are like the main options.

snooooore. this is such a drag, but something that’s definitely present in my mind everyday. oh well. there’s not really much more i can do than just work hard and stay proactive. and it’ll all work out one way or the other.

that’s all for now! hope i managed to get you through this post without confusing you or boring you to death.

whatever, let’s go off into the weekend now! howdy.

golden gate bridge.

 

mao

fick en fråga om hur det ligger till med trump och visum och stanna i usa och allt sånt. det är krångligt som fasen, men ungefär såhär! i kortform alltså.

what i’m consuming right now.

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the other week, i received my first-ever company-blogger gift sent to me since i moved to the us. kind of nice and a little surprising, since i still feel much more like a part of the swedish blogger community than the american. so now, my kitchen is stocked up with energy drinks and teas. thank you runa!

other than bottled beverages, some things i’m consuming right now are for example:

music-wise: what a time to be alive because i’m on that drake flow right now.
food-wise: a lovely lasagna because there were leftovers from the valentines dinner that a person cooked for me.
snacks-wise: a shit ton of chewing gum because i bought 10 packs last time (addicted).
podcast-wisecall your girlfriend because these two ladies, ann and aminatou, are not only woke and on point but also amazing and hilarious.
book-wisepaper towns and animal farm kind of parallell. i don’t like reading multiple books simultaneously, but still. i can’t fully commit to one or the other.

plus an ungodly amount of phone battery and wi-fi every day because of 1) my long commute to/from work and 2) i haven’t been sleeping very good lately (hence scrolling through the internet for ever).

 

mao

vad jag konsumerar just nu! förutom drickorna jag fick i mitt första usa-bloggbud (hurra! jag finns även här! det trodde man inte) är det till exempel drakes gamla album, jättemycket mobilbatteri och rester från en lasagne som en person lagade till mig på alla hjärtans dag.

lack of inspiration and blog posting pressure.

one photo every hour, april.

hey all.

yesterday i was stressing out about what to blog about today. i’m usually pretty well-planned when it comes to the blog, like what to post and making sure i have material for it.
this time i just didn’t really have either inspo or material. this past weekend was sunny and i spent a lot of time doing great stuff but still, i didn’t bring my camera out one single time.

so then i thought i’d just skip a post today, because i sincerely want to feel like i’m blogging because i want to and not because i have to, but having blogged 6 days a week for years makes it hard to feel like it’s ok not post. it feels like an obligation, but definitely more to myself than to you guys—cause i know that you either don’t notice, don’t care or don’t mind at all that i’d take a day off here.

but then i thought that i had to write one anyways, and then i thought i should let it be, and so on back and forth. so instead, here’s kind of a meta post about those thoughts. even after almost 10 years on this same blog, it still goes up and down with inspiration and passion. lately, though, i’ve felt an upswing and really enjoyed blogging and interacting with you guys, but days like yesterday come sometimes and will keep coming in the future too, so this is a reminder maybe more to myself than to you that it’s ok to take a day off, rather than forcing writing a blog post without soul about something just thrown together the last minute.

that’s all. just wanted to vent my thoughts a little. it’s easy for me to just go off about pretty architecture and brunches, but i guess it’s important to share with you how i feel and what i’m thinking about this blog (again, note to self). after all, you’re a part of it too.

hope your wednesday is lovely. do whatever you feel like. xx

iron & resin.

 

mao

lite lösa tankar om inspirationsbrist och prestationsångest på bloggen. tänkte igår att jag inte skulle posta idag pga hade inget som kändes rätt att blogga om, men sen kändes det inte okej att inte posta, fast jag vet att det ÄR okej? suck alltså. mest en note to self här, men känns viktigt ändå att dela med er vad jag tänker och känner kring bloggen, även om det mest bara känns superbra såklart. kram på er.

happy valentines.

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happy valentines, all my loveys out there. or just happy february 14th, if you prefer that. i’m not gonna get all hung up on romantic love today, but just in general to follow the love theme—here are some things i absolutely love right now:

♥ puppies in the streets.
♥ the lemon tree overlooking our backyard at my new place (it’s not on our backyard, but still. almost hanging over)
♥ chewing gum.
♥ beyoncé’s outfit game EVERY SINGLE TIME lately.
♥ walks for hours.
♥ instagram love (especially this one that i woke up to yesterday on galentine’s day that @kobranhuggertill had tagged me in!).
♥ sun.
♥ the music throwback vibe i’m feeling right now with like eminem and old swedish favorites like this, this and this.
♥ disposable cameras.
♥ san francisco’s burritos. tbh top 3 things about being back. new york i love you but your mexican food is trash.
♥ being an adult and deciding for yourself what you want your valentines to be like. sleeping, going out, dancing, watching netflix, making out, holding hands, stuffing you face, crying. like EVERYTHING IS OK.

hope you all are happy in your own little ways today. i’ll be sure to make the best of this day, at least. xx love u internet

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mao

glad alla hjärtans! eller bara glad tisdag den fjortonde februari liksom, om ni föredrar det. idag måste ju inte vara fokuserad enbart på romantisk kärlek tänker jag. men för att följa temat på kärlek lite ändå har ni här en lista på grejer jag älskar just nu.

hoppas ni har en fin dag, och kom ihåg att den får vara exakt hur man vill. ute på flott dejt eller hemma i sängen med netflix, mjukisar och smulor i sängen. puss