my five best monday tips.

♦ one documentary to watch:

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man on wire.

♦ one book to read:

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no one belongs here more than you which are lovely, quirky, sad, beautiful, strange short stories by miranda july.

♦ one app to play with:

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motion portrait. watch your stills come alive. so scary.

♦ one thing to listen to:

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my friend miro (who i’m here in san diego visiting) on spotify!

♦ one video to watch:

this fantastic fabulous koala. <3

happy monday!

mao

mina fem bästa måndagstips!

first san diego moments.

as you know, i’m down in san diego for a couple of days over thanksgiving to visit my friend miro.

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the flight is just one hour from sf, but i always love landing in a different place. it feels new and *adventurous* :))))

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he lives at san diego state university. a huuuge uni, but that was compleeeeetely empty on thanksgiving. so crazy. such a ghost town. and especially since it was raining!! can’t believe it. so close to the mexican border and SO cold still. like sweden almost. miro told me it had rained like three times since he moved here. ugh, such bad luck.

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on thursday evening, we had thanksgiving dinner with some friends of his. will tell you more about that but this was their entrance! so cool.

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and on friday morning we had breakfast at caffe calabria in north park. they have this huge beautiful machine right there. so californian.

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two thumbs up so far for san diego from this cali-koala!!! promise to tell you more asap. hope your weekend has been amazing.

mao

hej från san diego! här är några första snapshots.

en från planet såklart. sd är bara en timme flyg från sf, men jag tycker ändå det alltid känns så exotiskt och spännande att landa på en ny plats. jag är ju här och hälsar på min vän miro. han bor på san diego state university som var heeeeelt tomt på thanksgiving. detta tillsammans med regn (SÅ KALLT VAD HÄNDE) transformade det till värsta spökstaden.

på torsdagkvällen var vi på thanksgivingmiddag hos några som bodde med den här feta ingången!! och på fredagsmorgonen var vi på ett hipstrigt italienskt ställe med fet kaffekvarn i. tycker om san diego såhär långt! har mycket kvar att visa såklart. gla sönda!

forever brunchin’.

sunday with flora.

let’s have a look at my beautiful first half of last sunday when i met flora (and by the way she has also written her own post about this day here). it started with me walking up to divisadero street. i walked through beautiful lower haight and all the victorian houses.

sunday with flora.

hello hi full house houses!

sunday with flora.

met up with this sweetheart at eddie’s café for brunch. because how else start a sunday in sf?

sunday with flora.

beige food! yay! omelette and grits for flora, and french toast and roasted potatoes for me. *high carb high carb* as we call it here.

sunday with flora.

we om nom nommed and talkie-talked. about important stuff, mostly. and some unimportant things as well.

sunday with flora.

eddie’s basically kicked us out and took away our plates almost before we were finished, so we packed up and left. for the farmer’s market!

sunday with flora.

sunday with flora.

sunday with flora.

every little fruit and veggie and dried little berry is just SO BEAUTIFUL at the farmer’s markets. we cried a little inside and took pictures of like everything.

sunday with flora.

we walked south towards beautiful castro, through dolores park and around up through the mission. love these beautiful places. even a little extra this day since it was so hot!! <3

sunday with flora.

of course we needed to take a little tour at stuff, the huge vintage store on valencia. it’s mandatory if you’re around the neighborhood. <3

sunday with flora.

aaaand then we posed a little against a wall ofc before hugging goodbye for this time. cannot get over sunday brunches!!! they always make me so happy. such a great start to my sunday. :*

mao

kolla söndagen med flora! mötte upp den här finingen på eddie’s café på divisadero. vi åt beige lunch och pratade om allt viktigt i livet. sen klämde vi på vackra frukter på farmer’s market, prommade genom castro, genom dolores park och upp genom mission. såklart ett pit stop på fina vintagebutiken stuff och lite bloggposande mot en vägg innan vi kramades hejdå. söndagsbruncher alltså. gah. bäst start på dagen, alltid. <3

◊ x-mas wish list ◊

ok guys, it’s officially LESS THAN a month left until christmas. SO CRAZY. extra crazy since time stands still in california (a.k.a. still walking around in thin denim jacket).

i’m not a big fan of christmas or celebrating at all, but creating wish lists are fun anyways. so let’s have a look at what i’d love for christmas!

1. it’s-it sweatshirt.

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if you’re ever in the west part of the u.s., you NEED to have it’s-it ice cream. i love it. but almost even more, i love this sweatshirt. so phat. AND showing off the love for this sweet treat.

2. no turbulence.

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i have never been afraid of flying, but the older i get, the more turbulence stresses me out. UGH. just wishing for a smooth travel to sweden and back again to san francisco in january. a liiittle concerned because of el niño which is rolling in over sf. fingers x’ed.

3. 50 mm.

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this ^ darling lens belonged to my old sony alpha which basically is broken. i miss the beauty of 50 mm shots and i would really love one for my canon rebel t5 as well.

4. a frosty winter.

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key word: FROSTY. not snowy. snow in stockholm (and partially oslo as well) basically just turns into brown slush. i need NONE of that. frost is perfectly fine with me.

5. half-mittens.

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my favorite kind of mittens. they keep you warm as well as letting you, like, use your smartphone. these green ones from gudrun sjödén are probably deep down in a cardboard box in stockholm, and from the beige fluffy ones i had last year one of them got lost. oh well.

6. photo booth camera.

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my photo booth camera on my laptop is broken!!!! i have no idea what happened. i hope it will rise from the dead again. any tips?

7. lots of nail polish!

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i have periods of time where i don’t really care about nail polish. lately i’ve only been using black, for example. but i’m ready for more color!! bring in on, happy nails 2016.

8. an avocado emoji.

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HOW CAN THERE NOT BE ONE YET

9. hermès apple watch.

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this year’s apple watch in collaboration with hermès is just TOO perfect. especially with this double tour band. absolutely GORGEOUS. my material life would be on POINT with this beauty.

10. solidarity.

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my heart is breaking every day when reading the news. what is going on in the world? especially in europe. i would skip any little material thing in the world (yes, even the hermès apple watch) for a little more solidarity in the world. please love each other this christmas, and always.

mao

tänk att det officiellt är mindre än en månad kvar till jul!!! galet. jag är inget direkt fan av jul eller firande, men det är ju alltid kul att göra önskelistor. här är min!

◊ it’s-it tröja. är ni i västra usa måste ni testa den här glassen. FÖR god. och denna tröja är nästan ännu bättre. så fet.

◊ ingen turbulens på planet. blir mer och mer stressad av detta ju äldre jag blir. så tröttsamt. kan man bara få slippa’t eller.

◊ 50mm-objektiv. har bara ett till min gamla och nästan helt trasiga sony alpha. behöver ett canon!

◊ en frostig vinter. snön kan jag HELT BESTÄMT klara mig utan.

◊ torgvantar! har nog nåt par som ligger djupt ner i en kartong i en stockholmskällare, och så tappade jag en av mina fluffiga beiga från förra året.

◊ en fungerande photo booth-kamera! min har pajat. otroligt irriterande.

◊ massor av nagellack. i perioder, som nu, har jag mest bara svart. men jag är redo för ett färgglatt nagellacksår 2016!

◊ en avokadoemoji. HUR KAN DETTA EJ FINNAS

◊ hermès apple watch. åh herregud, double tour-bandet är HELT PERFEKT. mitt materiella liv have varit fulländat med denna.

◊ solidaritet. hade skippat prick varenda liten pinal (ja, även hermès apple watch) för lite mer solidaritet i världen. mitt hjärta krossas varje dag när jag läser nyheter. mer kärlek åt alla. snälla. <3

burrito & that skyline.

bernal heights.

on saturday, me and my partner in walking, jens, decided to walk south towards the mission and bernal heights. as you maybe know by now, we meet like once a week, walk for HOURS and eat burrito.

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the burritos in sf though. MY GOD. i have at least, like, two a week. usually at chipotle, but this time at super famous and beloved el farolito at mission st/24th st. SO HUGE. could not move for a while, so we sat there for ever.

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i survived the burrito and we walked further south while talking about the big things in the universe, like humanity, technology, nutrition, biohacking and the human mind. jens knows so so much about this kind of stuff. i’m always like this with him —> :O

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the streets suddenly went steep and we climbed. hello downtown!

bernal heights.

see the mini golden gate bridge back there? it’s in front of the foggy hills back there, that are the marin headlands.

bernal heights.

my dear dear intelligent and warm friend. lucky me.

bernal heights.

on our way up to the summit, we ran into this CRAZY dog (or it ran into us, rather). probably the happiest and most playful dog i’ve seen like this entire year.

bernal heights.

this is how beautiful the side of bernal height is that is facing west. dreamy!!!

bernal heights.

a little bit like another planet just before you reach the top.

bernal heights.

it’s so beautiful at the top. if you look west, you can see sutro tower and twin peaks in the far.

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and the millions of rooftops.

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this was our view when we looked north. that beautiful skyline. and see that little orange person to the right? love that little detail.

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the sun started setting and we were amazed by how the whole color palette changed.

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from orange to gray to blue to pink. <3 do you see the street in the middle filled with trees? if you follow that one to where the trees end (and then just a little further towards the city center) and just sliiiiiightly right of that, that’s where the building i live in is. *fyi*

bernal heights.

serious vicky.

bernal heights.

UNSERIOUS VICKY HELLO HAI

bernal heights.

romantic meeting in the sunset

bernal heights.

bernal heights.

i try to take lots of pictures of jens, since he doesn’t like being in pictures. can’t you guys help me convince him that he looks great??

bernal heights.

bernal heights.

gahhagghagsah sunsets my god. such a great saturday adventure. as always when it includes a day off, a great friend and the most beautiful city.

mao

spenderade min lördag med jens, precis som jag brukar göra en helgdag i veckan. alltid gå gå gå långt, äta burrito och prata sönder prick alla viktiga ämnen i världen. idag blev det en burrito på el farolito på mission/24th istället för chipotle som vanligtvis, hehe.

vi gick ner genom mission och upp till fina bernal heights. man tröttnar liksom inte på den vyn. färgskalan ändrade sig så himla snabbt från orange till grå till rosa och blå när solen gick ner. vi knäppte bilder i solnedgången och pratade om enbart viktiga saker.

jag försöker förresten ta så mycket bilder på jens som möjligt som terapi eftersom han inte gillar att vara med på bild. kan ni inte hjälpa mig övertala honom att han ju ser hur bra ut som helst? menar det.

kan inte nog rekommendera långpromme, babbel, äta och bara KOMMA UT på helgen. helst med en fantastisk vän och i världens vackraste stad såklart.

two portraits.

hey my loves. hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. mine has been calm and just great. will tell you more asap of course, but it has included live music, long walks and lovely brunch.

but for today, i want to share with you two different portraits of me, one sad and one happy, by two different artists in two different contexts:

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my lovely friend madelene who recently moved from san francisco to new york asked me if she could do a portrait of me for a school project (she is at school of visual arts in nyc!). OF COURSE i said and didn’t know what to expect.

THIS is what she sent me! it’s a silhouette with me containing quotes from my episode in swedish podcast källan. so fab! looks exactly like me too. thanks madde ♥

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haha. this crazy picture of me was featured on smile a day, my friend selena’s lovely initiative on spreading love and happiness on social media. she takes pictures of people smiling and asks them what makes them smile. this was my reply:

“Seeing and giving love, care and thoughtfulness in everyday life where it’s needed the most – in instances of inequality and discrimination, whether it’s a matter of economy, sexuality or race. This is so important. Love all!”

mao

hej hallå finisar hoppas helgen varit bäst. min har varit grym och innehållit livemusik, långprommisar och brunch. ska berätta mer såklart men först kommer här två porträtt på mig, ett ledset och ett glatt, av två olika konstnärer i två olika kontexter.

första är min vän madde som gjort. så himla fin. en silhuett av mig och så fylld med citat från mitt poddavsnitt i källan ni vet (länk). tycker om den så! ♥

den andra är ett foto på mig som min vän selena tagit för sitt superfina project smile a day (länk). hon tar bilder på folks fantastiska leenden och frågar dem vad som gör dem glada och får dem att le. jag svarade såhär:

Seeing and giving love, care and thoughtfulness in everyday life where it’s needed the most – in instances of inequality and discrimination, whether it’s a matter of economy, sexuality or race. This is so important. Love all!

the perfect shoes.

let’s unpack the box from the previous post!

dr. martens persephone.

this little orange sausage wanted to help. it’s aleigh’s dog kal whom she brought over!

dr. martens persephone.

LET’S HAVE A LOOK. the thing with dr. martens is that i really like their brand and their style, but i’m way too short to wear their flat boots i think. so this is why i’ve never had docs before.

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but as of recently, THIS is what they’ve come up with. docs with heels!!!! DIED when i saw these online. and then i ran to the store on market street.

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this model is called persephone and is from the seirene collection (which all are docs with heels). the most beautiful six-eye, chunky sole, yellow stitching boot i’ve seen. SO STOKED ABOUT THESE.

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also bought a little tin box with love so that i don’t ruin them completely in snowy scandinavia over christmas.

dr. martens persephone.

hope you have a lovely sunday. as for me i’ll just go cry a little bit over the beauty of these brb

mao

det här är vad som är nytt på fötterna. alltså jag har alltid tyckt att dr martens har ett fett varumärke, men har liksom aldrig kunnat rocka deras skor själv. känner mig för kort och fel kroppstyp för deras kängor och boots. MEN!!!! nu har dessa jäkla geniskor kommit — persephone, som är deras blanka svarta sexhålsboots fast med KLACK. dessutom ordentlig sula och gul dr martens-söm. kanske de mest perfekta skorna jag sett, ska bara gå iväg och gråta lite över dessa nu brb

blue denim, black denim and a secret pair of shoes.

ootd thursday.

happy friday! don’t these weeks pass by WAY quick?? i def think so. crazy. here is however a posing session of me in the street per classic blogger style from yesterday.

ootd thursday.

denim was the theme of the day. blue at the top, black at the bottom. fake leather bag from forever 21 that can fit everything i need every day (which is a LOT), my new I <3 TL pin and black chunky boots.

ootd thursday.

but what is that on my arm if not a dr martens bag??!! OK. what’s inside it needs its own post, because i promise it’s amazing. now i’m off to a movits! concert! looking forward to it so much. hope you all have a lovely friday. one day left, you can do it!!

mao

hej från den här posören på gatan! denim var alltså gårdagens tema, blått upptill och svart nedtill. svarta boots till det och så min fejkläderväska från forever 21 som rymmer exakt allt jag behöver om vardagarna (vilket är MYCKET). på jackan sitter min nya I <3 TL-pin! tycker om den så mycket.

men vad är då detta om inte en dr martens-shopping bag på armen???? JO alltså, men innehållet måste få sitt egna inlägg, för det är helt fantastiskt jag lovar. AH. ska alltså berätta mer snarast, men nu ska jag iväg på movits!-spelning här borta. ska bli så fett! ha en finfin fredag hörrni, en dag kvar till helg! puss.

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✈ TRAVEL PLANS.

i absolutely love having trips to look forward to. and now i am lucky to have a couple in the pipeline! let’s look.

SAN DIEGO

off too new york.

for thanksgiving this year, i decided to go down to san diego for thanksgiving. my friend miro who i was hanging out with in 2011 when i was living in västerås and who i haven’t seen in years is in san diego for an exchange semester. so i decided i’ll go down for a couple of days to hang out. have never been. hope it’ll be warm!

STOCKHOLM

little vintage lover fair.

finally! because of my internship at apple this summer, i couldn’t go back home to sweden. i haven’t been since last winter and i’m so so looking forward to going back home for a while. i land here on christmas day and am only here for 2,5 days, before i’m off to…

OSLO

oslo walk on christmas day.

oslo, my love! as some of you might know, i have spent all my summer and winter breaks since 2012 in oslo where i work. this past summer (again, because of my fantastic summer at apple) was the first break in three years i didn’t go. luckily, i have some time to come here this winter. i’m staying for about three weeks to work, hang out with one of my absolute best friends christoffer and celebrate his birthday that happens to be on new years eve. and hang out with all my norwegian friends! <3

STOCKHOLM

christmas.

worry not, my stockholm friends! of course i need to be home for more than just two and a half days. so after norway, i’ll be back in sweden for TEN days!!!! that’s the longest i’ve been home for since i moved to the u.s! such a luxury. looking _so much_ forward to seeing you all. <3

NEW YORK

high line park.

after the winter break in scandinavia i’ll be back in san francisco of course, but there is another city in the pipeline. new york! as you know, me + 4 other kickass people won an advertising contest, so we get to go to new york in may. so i’ll definitely be there then. BUT i’m also thinking of flying over there in march for spring break? need to keep an eye open for like…jobs…since i’m graduating in may… oh god real world problems let’s not talk about that right now. but nyc is happening at LEAST once the upcoming spring!

i’m so privileged that i get to travel like this. and i’m so thankful. every day.

mao

älskar att ha resor att se fram emot. och det har jag lyckligtvis det nu!

SAN DIEGO: ska över hit på thanksgiving! min gamla kompis miro som jag hängde med 2011 när jag pluggade i västerås och som jag inte sett på år är nu i san diego en termin. så jag ba ja! och köpte en biljett ner. ska bli pepp! hoppas det är varmt.

STOCKHOLM: ska äntligen hem till sverige igen. kunde ju inte det pga praktiserade på apple hela sommaren, mao har inte varit i sthlm på ETT ÅR!!! nu äntligen. <3 är dock bara hemma i 2,5 dagar innan…

OSLO: ska över till lilla norge med! som ni kanske vet har jag ju varit där varje sommar och jul (undantaget denna sommaren) sedan 2102. och nu med! i tre veckor. ska jobba, hänga med en av mina bästis christoffer och fira hans födelsedag som infaller på nyårsafton. och träffa alla mina oslovänner såklart! <333

STOCKHOLM: måste ju vara hemma mer än bara 2,5 dagar fattar ni väl. <3 så så blir det! hela TIO dagar är jag hemma efter oslovistelsen. det är alltså det längsta jag varit hemma sedan jag flyttade till usa. galet. SER SÅ FRAM EMOT DETTA.

NEW YORK: jo! vann ju en reklamtävling vilket innebär att jag får åka till nevvan i maj. MEN funderar även på att flyga över i mars på spring break??? tar ju examen i maj och eeeeee kommer ju vara eeeeee arbetslös såååeeee borde kolla jobb och ……… låt os ej prata om denna ångest just nu. IAF. new york MINST en gång i vår. pepp va

är så priviligerad över att jag kan resa såhär. och så himla tacksam och glad. <3