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0 In Interior Design

White carrara marble bathrooms

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All marble bathroom wall with a built in shelf, the very symbol of convenience.

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Large floor- and wall pattern with specks of grey and a marble bench next to the shower.

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All marble with black taps.
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Square tub and a somewhat art deco-ish sink area with nice lightning and symmetrical features.

This is the result of some modest pinterest tripping. Well, you know what they say – if you can dream it, you can be it. Or take a bath in it.

I’m still not over the carrara marble in carefully arranged instagram snaps and interior details (like lamps etc). It’s just that now, I’ve moved on to bigger pictures: marble covering a whole room or flooring area. I thought this would be a trend that would fade quicker. I guess I proved myself wrong by overdoing it slightly. At least it’s just on pinterest for now.

0 In Travel

Where to go and what to eat in Tel Aviv, A city travel guide

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Dreamy beach in the middle of the city, amazing food with loads of vegan options and buzzingly hip nightlife options with an equally vibrant creative scene? Tel Aviv is the place for you if you’re looking for any (or all) of this.

The rich diversity and mix of different world views makes this city a dynamic spot on the Mediterranean map. Visiting Tel Aviv for the first time is simply an amazing experience, so I put together this small travel guide focusing on food, if you decide to head over to Tel Aviv anytime soon.

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The modernist 60s dream house above is from the Bauhaus area of the city. Tel Aviv is actually one of the most Bauhaus-packed cities in the world with over 4000 buildings in the architectural style.

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Restaurant Zakaim * vegan heaven

You can read more about this place here as I enjoyed it a little extra (it had me eating vegan for like a month).

Already from the outside there was a promise of the world behind the lace curtains with the stacked tin-boxes and chipped wooden table with wild growing plants. Inside, the interior was all second hand and recycled.

The thing about the menu was that it had classic meat-references. Mushroom Shawarma for example, a hint to a middle eastern kebab-like dish usually made out of lamb or chicken but replaced with mushrooms. Or the Steak Lechem, the heart of arabic lettuce served with grated persian lemons and roasted sourdough.

Harel Zakaim, the owner and chef himself showed us how to stir up a vegan chocolate pudding. It was so rich in taste! My notes of the cooking above are a little indistinct though.. Anyways, the interesting part about him was that he was actually a butcher and chef specialized on meat dishes before opening Zakaim. Tiredness of the meat-industry however led him into experimenting with a vegan diet and had him applying the cooking techniques usually used on meat on vegetables instead. The rest is history.

UntitledThe artichokes harvest was enormous this spring so the vegetble was absolutely everywhere, including the ceiling of the Zakaim restaurant.
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For starters we had this plate of fluffy hummus together with spicy pepper-salsas (the red one is called matbucha) and carefully cut baby tomatoes. The bread was ofc warm.

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 Restaurant Manta Ray * local seafood right next to the sea

This family-owned sea food restaurant is literally right next to the waves of the beach in Tel Aviv. The food is served almost directly after being fished from the ocean and is arranged in delicious tapas-plates filled with fresh herbs, garlic and various nuts. Place yourself on the terrace and enjoy the evening with some bubbly rosé and pink sunset feasting.

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UntitledThe terrace at Manta Ray.
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Carmel Market * the open food market of your instagram dreams

If you love outdoor food markets, you’ll probably adore Carmel. It’s one of the most buzzing food markets I’ve been to with so much fresh produce and mouth-watering stacks of delicacies in every corner that it’s simply breath-taking. Dried rosebuds, sesame-helva in over thirty flavors and mountains of glistening olives – this is the perfect place for your instagram in other words!

We went on a guided tour with Inbal Baum and I can absolutely recommend it! Inbal is the founder of Delicious Israel and she knows all the hidden gems and fantastic people behind them. She is the nicest person, making every corner turn to even more life with her stories and facts.

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Levinsky Market * delicacies in the heart of the city

The Levinsky Market is another must to visit if you’re a foodie. Located in the center, this block is filled with small, family-owned businesses and cosy cafeterias. The 70s interiors are intact in many places and large sacks of crops and nuts cover the sidewalks along with baklava-stacked window displays and bakeries stacked with kosher-cookies and chocolate swirls.

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UntitledHomebaked goods in one of the stores at Levinsky Market.
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UntitledOne pink pyjama man and one blue, enjoying their breakfast in the building opposite the Bauhaus building some photos above.
UntitledCaringly attached roses outside a pancake cafeteria next to Carmel Market.

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This trip was a press trip arranged by Go Israel for the event Open Restaurants and I went for Fantasiresor, the loveliest Swedish travel blog. If you can read in swedish, you can find the whole post over here.

0 In blogs and blogging

How to get new ideas from blogging

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Foamy ocean surfing and pastel green pools.
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Plush pink sofa and hexagon star tiles.

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San Moisè in Venice and modernist glass atrium house in Berlin by Eduard Ludwig.

Yep, you can actually get ideas from blogging instead of just for it. You’ll enjoy both the idea-process and the blogging-process at the same time.

When I started blogging, it was basically just teen me saving down photos from all over the web into a folder on the computer.  Then, seeing the photos next to each other would make me put them together in posts with different themes and color schemes. I found it super enjoyable, the randomness that would occur and how to things could fit so well together without feeling strained or forced.

There is actually something meditative about the process because, when you don’t have to find anything, you may just find something new.

And this new thing can be anything, like a color combination, two photography-styles that fit together or discovering a new favorite blog or site. The thing is, you can use these ideas for work later on, reading your own blog to see where your thoughts went lately when they didn’t have to go somewhere.

I think it gives blogging a new meaning, it’s like exercising you creative muscles instead of just hitting the gym.

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Kitchen ideas for IKEA and Moby butter dish.

So, basically:

Scroll away

Don’t feel unproductive just because you’re scrolling randomly thorugh the web on you spare time, think of it as exercising your creative muscles and re-discovering what you enjoy.

Pin it, print screen it and instagram it

Save it down to whatever platform is most convenient and leave it to incubate until you need it later on. If you ever need it that is, the whole point is to do it for no reason other than for yourself.

Put it together when you don’t have to

You’ll see what goes best when you least expect it. Give yourself an hour with your blog and put together your findings. And sure, put thought into it, just not too much thought. This should just be the things you find inspiring and they’re not meant to solve a problem or create an amazing gain.

Return and collect

When you’re in the research process of creating a new idea, don’t forget to return to yourself, you’ll be surprised by how many new angles you created and then forgot about on your spare time.

Afterall, I think this is the method our favorite tumblrs use, right? Just creating a flow of nonsense and nowness :)

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Instagram bedroom snap by Cali vintage and a perfect Portugal pool side by Cannelle et Vanille.
0 In Fashion

Beige & black, all day every 90s day

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  1. Mocha strappy heel 2. Liquor black boot 3. omg omg! 4. <3  5. Mesh sandal 6. Michelin platform 7. Huarache

I love the the wave of evolved 90s in fashion right now, with all the simple lines, blacks and beiges, platforms, perplex’s and purrrfect shoes. The millennial touch on accessories with internet symbols and ironi being thrown into the mix is great for styling, making a sultry outfit a bit more humorous with comic-inspired messages and emojis. It all goes perfectly well with my all-black half-engaged outfits, taking them from booring to bitchin’ in like 2 shoe-pins and a see through-heel.

0 In blogs and blogging/ Fashion

Weekend picks: manageable plants, Anna Nooshin, Nadia Aboulhosn and career advice

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Pink hair + pink grapefruits.

Sunday is the best and worst day. It’s super relaxing but also stressful as the next week is on it’s verge. Actually I don’t know why I find it stressful as I normally enjoy mondays and all the week energy that comes with it but I wouldn’t mind Sunday being like 30 hours instead of 24…

Anyways, here are some of the things I’ve been inspired by this week.

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Interior wisely, I’m all for the afternoon lights bouncing off white walls, manageable plants and industrial details. And the occasional pop of pink of course.

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Photo by Advice from a Twentysomething from this Saving money post on CGD.

Career Girl Daily is a great site for lazy afternoons, scrolling on your phone in the sofa. The articles are short and easy to digest but with an underlying positive message for women that it’s all about just doing your thing and working hard. While looking the part obviously (quote from someone currently sitting in chub rub-pants with a pink pyjama and newly washed hair in a scrunched up towel on the head, writing about looking like a businesswomen).

 

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Anna Nooshin

I really like the H&M Life blog/magazine. I think it’s a good mix of interviews with interesting people, inspiring photo shoots and nice styling ideas on different trends.

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The black dress/knee high boots outfit above and this neon-y shift dress-combo = perfect.

Nadia Aboulhosn is still the nr 1 blog queen I think. She’s personal, smart and so good at styling, I find it loads more inspiring to see clothes on her figure then on regular models as it resembles my own body. And I love the confidence she exuberates.

If you have any other nice tips on what inspired you this week or great sites, tell me all about in in the comment field!

2 In Inspiration/ Interior Design

20 sqm in Stockholm, Josefin Hååg + Fantastic Frank

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This small apartment of only 20 sqm is the former residence of swedish interior decorater and blogger Josefin Hååg. It is also 20 sqm of bliss interior-wisely, located in central Stockholm in the neighbourhood Atlasområdet, often referred to as Little Paris.

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Recently the meticulously styled 20 sqm located was put up on the housing market with Fantastic Frank as the realtor.

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Situated on Vulcanusgatan 8 in a building from 1927 with large windows and a color palette of soothing hues in grey and beige, black and white, this little fortress of decorating perfectness’ ending price was 2.7 million swedish crowns.

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Investing in your apartments styling seems to be a good idea in other words!

1 In Inspiration/ Travel

Vegan Tel Aviv, Open restaurants, Zakaim

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The other week I visited Israel for the Open Restaurants programme, showcasing the food and restaurant scene in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There were alot of highlights so I will have to divide the trip into a couple of posts. I’ll start it off with one of my favorite spots, Zakaim.

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I’m very visual oriented so the fact that the Zakaim restaurant caught my attention isn’t really a surprise. The attention to detail and amount of love put into the creating of every corner of this place was just amazing.

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The interior was all second hand and recycled.

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Already from the outside there was a promise of the world behind the lace curtains with the stacked tin-boxes and chipped wooden table with wild growing plants.

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The food was delicious. Beautifully presented in an unconfined sort of way. It had me eating almost all vegan for at least a week after returning home.

For starters we had this plate of fluffy hummus together with spicy pepper-salsas (the red one: matbucha) and carefully cut baby tomatoes. The bread was ofc warm.

The thing about the menu was that it had classic meat-references. Mushroom Shawarma for example, a hint to a middle eastern kebab-like dish usually made out of lamb or chicken but replaced with mushrooms. Or the Steak Lechem, the heart of arabic lettuce served with grated persian lemons and roasted sourdough.

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The open kitchen had piles of uneven porcelain saucers with neat florals.

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There were veggies literally everywhere, any nook and corner had some kind of root vegetable in it.

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The sunny back garden.

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Harel Zakaim, the owner and chef himself showed us how to stir up a vegan chocolate pudding. It was so rich in taste! My notes of the cooking above are a little indistinct though.. Anyways, the interesting part about him was that he was actually a butcher and chef specialized on meat dishes before opening Zakaim. Tiredness of the meat-industry however led him into experimenting with a vegan diet and had him applying the cooking techniques usually used on meat on vegetables instead. The rest is history.

The mousse was served with espresso, orange or sugared bananas by the way… yum!

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The organic feel was present all over, even the fries were “hand torn” as said on their menu. In the pitcher above was a drink called “Shoshana’s Persian Soda pop” on the menu, it was basically a hand made syrup-based soda full of mint and lemon made by Harel Zakaims mother. Impossible to remake, this drink took hours to stir up and was perfectly balanced ingrediense-wisely. It was delicious: fresh, herb-y, sparkling and tasted very much like summer to a winter-ridden swede like myself.

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The ceiling was patched with lace.

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I loved the persian influences in the form of brocade velvety fabrics, crystal chandeliers and delicate curtains.

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Perfect lunch spot.

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Above is the menu favorit: flame-charred eggplant with tomatoes, chili, garlic, tahini and homemade challah bread.

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I love this place! So inspiring in so many ways.

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Zakaim Simtat Beit Hashoeva 20 / (Alenbi 98) / Tel Aviv, Israel / Tel. +972 3 613 50 60

1 In Fashion/ Inspiration/ Video

Films by Lolitas, trends in fashion and design

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Two times a year, for the seasonal spring/summer and autumn/winter-collections, I make short inspiration-movies for the Swedish Fashion Council and their trend seminars. This is a job I enjoy alot, I love putting together films the same way I enjoy composing blog posts. Above are excerpts from some of the movies. You can watch the whole films in my Film-section. Tell me what you think if you have a peak.