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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Moving My Brand Overseas


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Now that I'm a fully-fledged Swedish resident, I figure it's probably time for a life update. I moved here almost 4 months ago, and I can finally say that I am used to the weather, the people and the lifestyle. But I'm still struggling to figure out how my brand fits in and it's something I'm trying to figure out all the time. For those who have been following along with me for many years, you know that I live a very colorful lifestyle. I've always been inspired by colorful clothing, colorful food, colorful buildings, etc etc which show in my work. But Sweden is a whole different world, especially the small town that I have moved to. Life moves a lot slower here, and though there are many-a pastel building, things are truly different. You won't find a new craze of desserts here such as charcoal ice cream or rainbow crepe cakes. I no longer have the luxury of getting into my car and driving to places like Palm Springs, San Diego, or Vegas, which often served as backdrops for many of my photos. My new backdrops are boats, barns and dark cafes. The next biggest city is over an hour away, but the only way I can get there is if my boyfriend drives me, and, well, he's a busy guy. Craft stores here are very limited for supplies if I want to do a flat lay. Brand events are a thing of the past (pretty sure I'm the only blogger in this town so blogger events simply don't exist here). Collaborations are harder to come by (I feel like I get excluded from many collaborations now because I'm in Europe and many of the companies I used to work with are US-based only). It's been hard, not going to lie. I've had moments of being sad about what I've lost, business-wise, by moving here, and have been up at night worrying about how my brand will ever grow at this rate, and if anyone even cares anymore.

Ever since returning from Paris, though, I've sorta kinda turned a new leaf. Traveling is so therapeutic for me as it is for many people, and it really helped put things into perspective. I recently watched a travel vlog from one of my favorite bloggers, ADashofFash, who is a blogger from Amsterdam. In the short but informative video, she showed the best places to see in the city centre of Amsterdam, and it really inspired me. The reality is: I no longer live in LA, but I do live in Sweden, and Sweden is a beautiful country. The town I moved to is adorable, and will only get more fun as the weather gets warmer (and the flowers start to bloom), so why not show it off? There are so many adorable street corners, cafes, walking paths, castles.. I could go on and on. 


So that brings me to the question: How can I keep my content fresh, in a small town that doesn't have a lot "going on"? The answer is: I don't know! I'm always trying to think of new ideas. I've been toying with the idea of starting a youtube channel, but the thought of it totally overwhelms me every time I get closer to it, and I haven't yet gotten to a point of feeling "ready", so for now it's off the table again. I think the best thing I can do for myself, at this point, is to not be so hard on myself if I can't produce a new blog post every week, and f I don't have the money to travel somewhere exciting for a while. I have to just enjoy what's right in front of me, and share this amazing place even if it's in a very simple way: by photographing it, writing about it, and by continuing to be my crazy colorful self. One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou and it goes, "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud". That quote right there is the perfect example of why I do what I do. I love nothing more than to bring my love for color and fun into people's lives, and I hope that I can continue the same even though my lifestyle has changed so drastically.

And here is where I need your help: What would you love to see more of from me on the blog and on instagram? Does a YouTube channel interest you or would you rather just watch an Instagram story? Do you want to learn more about the Swedish culture? If so, in what way(s)? Let me know in the comments below!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Colorful Paris Guide


When I first moved to Sweden, I promised myself that I would try to visit as many countries as I could within the next few years since I'd be living so close to so many of them in Europe. Well, I finally was able to check a new country off my travel bucket list: France! Max and I had been thinking of seeing the band Fall Out Boy on their European tour and almost went with Amsterdam as our destination choice, but since I'd always wanted to visit Paris, I figured that would be a great city to go with, and it was!

Our flight was super easy, and only two hours long! Being in the same time zone meant we had no jet lag, so yay for that! Where things got tricky was when we tried to hop on the train to take us into Paris from the airport. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to board as an unaccompanied bag was left on the train, so everyone had to take a shuttle bus instead, which, frankly, was a total nightmare. And then the train ride was a little uncomfortable with a million people stuffed together, but once we finally got there and I stepped outside for the first time, all of the annoyances of that morning faded away. We hopped into a taxi and made our way to our hotel.


We spent four days and three nights in the city of lights and stayed at Hotel Josephine, which is an eclectic small boutique hotel located down the street from the Moulin Rouge and an arm's stretch from Montmartre in the South Pigalle district (9th arrondissement). Pigalle is super hip with little bistros and cafes everywhere, and we loved it. I think what drew me to it was the fact that it was less touristy than other parts of the city.

The hotel itself was super colorful and the staff was very friendly and kind. Our room was on the 5th floor and we had an amazing view of our neighborhood from our balcony. Artwork of Can Can girls adorned the walls in our cheery green wallpapered room. We opted out of the breakfast, but I'm sure that was delicious, too. Oh and I should mention that lobby offered tea, coffee and water for free, and if you chose to not have your room cleaned during your stay, you would be gifted at the end of your stay. We opted to take that route because I was so curious about what the gift was, and it ended up being a little set of fruit jams! I bought a mini baguette yesterday and tried all of the flavors and they were delicious! I would definitely recommend Hotel Josephine to anyone traveling to Paris, just keep in mind that it is on the opposite side of town where the Eiffel Tower is, if that's your thing.


(view from our room)

(our cute room!)


Day One
Our first day was mostly spent relaxing in our room and walking around the neighborhood. We stumbled into a very cute bistro called Le Bla Bla. I wasn't particularly hungry but I saw nutella crepes on the menu so I had to order them, and Max ordered an asian style shrimp pasta dish, and we had a few beers. It made me happy that even a small bistro in Paris would be as colorful as my outfit, and the food did not disappoint. In fact, we ended up going there on our last night to have a drink, too!


In the afternoon, we made our way to where the Opera House was so that I could check out the Marimekko collaboration at Uniqlo and I bought a few things. We also found a really cool "department store" for street clothes called Citadium where Max found a hat and I bought the cutest straw crossbody bag by Pull & Bear. The women's clothing floor was seriously insane and if I had more money I would've bought so much more. I'll definitely be going back there when we visit Paris
again.

Address for Citadium (where you can find Pull & Bear on the 2nd to top floor):
56 Rue de Caumartin, 75009 Paris, France

At night we went to See Fall Out Boy and finally passed out around 1 or 2 am! First day was a success.

Day Two
For our second day, we walked through Montmartre. One of my all-time favorite movies is Funny Face and since they filmed a few scenes at La Maison Rose, I knew I had to go and snap a photo there. It was at the very top of a hill in Montmartre and was just as adorable as I'd seen in photos, and we even met a few Swedish people taking photos of it as well.

Address for La Maison Rose: 2 Rue de l'Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France

In Montmartre, you will also find the restaurant from one of my other favorite movies, Amelie! I wish we hadn't just eaten or else I would've opted for a meal at the table where Amelie sat in the movie. Next time!

Floral skirt from Gina Tricot
Striped tee from Gina Tricot
Address for Cafe 2 Moulins: 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France

In Pigalle also lies the most colorful basketball court you will ever see! It was closed when we walked by, but we took some photos of it anyway because my outfit was screaming for it.



Day Three
Our third day, we decided to be really ambitious and make our way to Saint Germain (which is on the complete opposite side of town!). To start, we walked through Pigalle, then into La Marais, through through the Latin Quarter and finally into Saint Germain. Along the way, we saw the Notre Dame, had amazing eclairs in La Marais, and I bought new glasses from a really cool company called Izipizi from the one and only Merci shop, which I'd read so much about. Had to take a photo outside with the cute little red car, as well!

Sweater is from Joanie Clothing
Jeans are from Madewell
Flats are from ASOS

While walking though La Marais, we stopped and ate burgers at a very colorful restaurant called PNY Marais, which is run by the same people who have Cafe Henrie in New York City. I'd been so excited to try this place and it did not disappoint.

Stopped for some drinks at another cute spot, the cafe at Hotel Grand Amour, also in La Marais. Look how cute the decor is! I totally geeked out taking photos of it, and I have no shame. 


As we finally started to make our way into the Latin Quarter, we took some photos at Rue Cremieux, a street famously known for the rainbow-hued buildings. It was BEAUTIFUL in person and we were lucky that there weren't too many people taking photos so we practically had the whole street to ourselves!


In the Latin Quarter, it was my mission to find the steps where Owen Wilson sat and got picked up by the buggy in Midnight in Paris, and we found them! I was so tired by then that I don't remember much of the area, but there were some cafes and a record shop on that street.

6 Place Sainte Genevieve75005 Paris, France (Quartier Latin)

Day Four
Our final day was spent visiting the Eiffel Tower. To be honest, I really don't like touristy spots, so this was not one of the highlights for me. The Eiffel Tower was beautiful and we were lucky to be there on a sunny day, but next time I visit Paris I probably won't be hanging out there much. I really preferred the quieter areas such as South Pigalle and the lower parts of Montmartre. I would love to spend more time in La Marais as I feel like we missed some of it, and would also love to check out more of Saint Germain. That's the cool thing about Paris - there's always more to see! I already have a hundred places added to my list for next time.

Sunnies are from Oui Fresh
Dress is from Lindex

Below you will find the addresses for where I went on my Paris adventures! If you've been to any of these places, I'd love to know in the comments! Thanks so much for reading! xoxo. Jenna


STAY // 
Hotel Josephine / Address: 67 Rue Blanche, 75009 Paris, France


EAT //
PNY Marais / Address: 1 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris, France

Le Bla Bla / Address:  66 Rue Blanche, 75009 Paris, France

Maison Landemaine / Address: 56 Rue de Clichy, 75009 Paris, France


DRINK //
Grand Amour Hotel / Address: 18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris, France


SHOP // 
Des Petits Hauts / Address: 4 Rue Tholozé, 75018 Paris, France

Merci / Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France

Bonton / Address: 5 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris, France


SNACK //
L'Eclair de Genie / Address: 14 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris, France

Odette Paris / Address: 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France

Pepone Cafe (for macarons or crepes) / Address: 10 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France


PHOTO OPS //
Pigalle Duperre (basketball court) / Address: 22 Rue Deperre, Paris France

Rue Cremieux (colorful street) / Address: Rue Cremieux75012 Paris, France



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Exploring Colorful Smögen


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Before I ever visited Sweden, I had always pictured the homes to look like something out of the Pippi Långstrump series: bright and colorful surrounded by, well, nature.

Like this:




And I wasn't far off, actually! Many of the homes here are painted a bright yellow or red (sometimes green or blue), but I haven't seen much else variation so far. That is until Max drove me to Smögen, a small boating town around 40 minutes from where we live in Strömstad. The town is actually pretty similar to ours; they have a big dock, a boardwalk with restaurants, cobblestone-lined streets and the like, but one thing that we don't have and that they excel at is their insanely beautiful array of rainbow boat houses! When I first saw them, I couldn't believe my eyes. The first time I saw them, it was late May, so not quite summer yet. The restaurants weren't open, and there weren't many people around. It was the same situation this time around, but honestly, I enjoy the quiet and having this amazing backdrop all to myself.

For this blog post, I'm wearing my favorite Swedish clothing brand, Jumper Fabriken. They have locations both in Gothenburg and Stockholm. I actually stumbled into the Stockholm location on my first visit to Sweden last year, and fell head over heels in love with their 60s-inspired dresses, striped boat-neck tops, and pastel slip-on clogs. Since I was nearing the end of my trip, I was a bit low on cash and chose to not buy anything that day, but man, I thought about that store for WEEKS after, and kicked myself for not writing down the name. After about, what felt like a hundred google street view searches, I found a shop that was nearby, wrote to them and asked if they knew of "the shop with the pink clogs", and lo and behold, they sent me a link to Jumper and the rest is history!


I had been wanting a feminine a-line skirt that I could tuck a sweater into, and one that cut above the knees, and this one happens to fit me perfectly. It also has a polka dot lining which is just the cutest detail and goes to show how much thought is put into each piece by Jumper Fabriken. The cornflower blue shade of the sweater caught my eye right away and I love that it's not too thick so it's easy to tuck. It would also be cute with a pair of jeans as well. I plan on wearing this outfit all spring long, and when the weather finally lets up (we have our days but not enough, sadly!), I will be transitioning to flats, something I am very excited about! Haha.



I hope you check out their clothes and treat yourself to an amazing Swedish brand! And if you order a piece, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see how cute you look in your new outfit!

xoxo, Jenna

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Retro Weekend on the Koster Islands



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Dress / Voodoo Vixen
Bag /  Voodoo Vixen
Sunglasses / Ouifresh
Flats / Bait Footwear
Hair Bow / Crown & Glory

I just came back from the most wonderful and much needed staycation at Max's parents' house on the Koster Islands. For those who aren't familiar, you can learn more about the islands HERE. For us, it's a 30 minute (sometimes less) ferry ride to the islands which is a relatively short and speedy trip! When I first visited this house last spring, I couldn't believe how amazing it was - from the midcentury decor to the stellar views of the ocean, I was in heaven. This island reminds me a lot of Martha's Vineyard where I spent every summer of my childhood, so it makes a lot of sense for me to love this place, too. There are no cars allowed on it, so most people either take a bicycle or an electric golf cart around. There are a few restaurants and great hiking trails as well.

In this blog post. I want to share my love for the vintage inspired clothing line, Voodoo Vixen, as well as show some of the amazing rooms in this house! I thought the dress and bag would fit so perfectly with the decor that I had to bring them along and shoot something fun. The dress is so beautiful in person and is very well made. I especially love the buttons in the front. The bag is a really great size. I was able to fit many of my overnight items in there, and I appreciate the removable shoulder strap so that I can wear it as a crossbody! The cake, by the way, was one of the most amazing slices of cake that I've ever had and I'm still thinking about it a few days later, haha. It had a brownie base with chocolate mousse and plump blueberries strewn throughout. Thinking this might be my new favorite cake in town. Also, I felt like I was channeling my inner Betty Draper here and I kinda love that (who else reading this loves Mad Men? Let me know in the comments!).


The bar cart area in the house is so cute and I love the starburst clock!





As always, thanks so much for reading! xoxo, Jenna

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Snow, Snow, Go Away


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Velvet Bow Hairclip - Crown & Glory
Telephone Dress - Smak Parlour
Faux Leather Jacket - Forever21 (old but here's another cute option)
Hazel Lace Boots - Dasia

Oh, March. You are one confusing month here in Sweden. One minute you're sunny and (fairly?) warm and the next it's snowing and really dark and cold! What giiiiives. Ok, ok. I know. You can't help it. But to this sunny Los Angeles girl, it's starting to get really annoying. And there's only so much one can do to occupy themselves when the weather is not cooperating. Since I know there are many of you reading who are suffering from similar weather, I thought I'd gather up a list of things I like to do to keep the positive vibes going until the sun comes out again!

1. Buy a puzzle. Max and I decided to buy a 1,000 piece puzzle recently. It's a Where's Waldo puzzle and the theme of the puzzle is carnival, and it is actually really hard. The people in the pieces are microscopic which makes it impossible to tell what anything is, but it's a GREAT way to pass the time, and it feels great when you complete it! Bonus points if you and your partner don't fight while doing it. We actually work really well together which makes it more fun.

2. Try out a new recipe. I love food, and I love to cook. I try to make a new recipe every week, and I love the idea of running into the grocery store to shop for all of the ingredients and then bringing them home and diving right in. I recently made sweet potato chili (recipe HERE) and we absolutely loved it. It not only made the apartment smell divine, but it was delicious and so easy.

3. Take a mini road trip. This one might be more challenging if you're in an actual snowstorm or blizzard (so if that's the case, maybe consider skipping it!) but on the days when it's just kind of cold and boring, I like to get out of town and discover a new one! Max and I sometimes get in the car and turn on some music, and just.. drive! Most of the time we end up just driving around our town, but sometimes we'll go a little further out and discover really killer areas to shoot in or to mark in our heads to go back to later..

4. Movie marathon. I'm sure this is an obvious one, but picking a theme of films and watching 2 or 3 is a great way to kill some time and stay cozy indoors. Since Max and I are planning our upcoming trip to Paris, we are only watching movies that take place in Paris right now. Some of our favorites: Funny Face, Midnight in Paris and Marie Antoinette. If you want to take it a step further, create a spreadsheet of all the movies you've seen with your individual scores of each of them. It's fun to look back on later and to see which movies you both like the most and least.





Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Outfit Post- How I'm Dressing for Snowy Weather



Outfit Details

Dress by Lindex
Two Tone Bag by Zara
Clogs by Haga Tratoffel

In case you were wondering, yes, it is a still a winter wonderland here in Sweden, and this LA girl is starting to get a littttttle tired of it. I find myself daydreaming of getting dressed in the morning and only having to worry about a t-shirt, jeans and a pair of flats. Since the snow probably won't be going away for a little while longer, I've been trying to find ways to incorporate my love for bright colorful pieces while still doing my best to stay warm, and I'm pretty pleased with what I've been coming up with! I found this dress at a popular store here called Lindex, and tried it on immediately. I fell in love with the adorable sleeves, and the print was so eye-catching that I couldn't help but bring it home. If you remember my last post, I had picked up a pair of clogs by Haga Tratoffel, and decided to try them with this outfit, and I love the result! When it gets warm again, I'm looking forward to wearing the clogs with a t-shirt and jeans, and dresses without tights (a concept I can't WAIT for).

If you've been dealing with annoying snowy weather, I would love to know how you've been maintaining your style while keeping warm. Do you stick to boots and sweaters? Or do you opt to wear dresses and tights like me? Tell me in the comments!





Don't forget that you can still get a pair of clogs with free shipping by using my special code! 
If you're ordering from within Sweden, enter code Haga18 at checkout.
If you're ordering from outside Sweden, enter code Haga1819 at checkout.

xoxo, Jenna










Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Getting to know Haga Trätoffel


When I first visited Haga, an adorable neighbourhood in Gothenburg that is lined with charming cobblestoned streets, boutiques and quaint coffee shops, I stumbled right into a small shop that specialises in handmade wooden clogs. I wanted to buy a pair immediately, but seeing as how I just done way too much shopping, I decided not to, but had this shop bookmarked in my brain and I knew someday soon I would be back to buy my very own pair. And now here I am, no longer a tourist in Sweden but an actual resident, and it's finally time to buy myself a pair!

HagaTrätoffel has been a staple for Swedish locals tourists alike since 1933, and you can feel the history as soon as you step inside. Since 2015, it has been operated by an American named Erik Davis, who recently let me come in to explore the shop, try on all of the amazing handcrafted clogs, and take some photos. We instantly connected not just because we're both from the US, but because we both grew up spending our summers on Martha's Vineyard. It's truly a small world out there.

Erik has done a fabulous job of maintaining the authenticity of the brand while also bringing in modern touches such as more feminine styles of clogs, cozy knit hats, leather bags, and the coolest wool coats by the Swedish brand Sirri.



I fell in love with their vegetable tanned leather clogs, also known as Veg Tan. Vegetable tanning comes from tanning the leather with natural materials. The leather eventually darkens with age and becomes a really soft buttery leather and no pair of clogs will ever look the same as they age which makes them even cooler in my book. What's so cool about this shop is that they also carry clogs that were very popular in the 1960s, made out of a more synthetic material and which come in a rainbow of colours. I saw a pair of pink slip-ons that I really wanted but ended up going back to the veg tan collection. I'm sure I'll be scooping up the pink ones this summer!


I ended up going with those cuties above! Love that the natural colour can go with anything in my wardrobe including plain black tights and the little strap adds an extra touch of sweetness.

Outfit Details
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All-in-one Hunter Green dress by Smak Parlour
Hagatoffeln Clog in Sandra by Haga Tratoffel
Green & Black Tartan Round Hat Box Purse (no longer available but I found it in Red & Navy) by Voodoo Vixen on Unique Vintage
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This is a newer style that has a really cool cutout on the side. They were super comfortable, too!


Max and I had a great time getting to know Erik and the team behind Hagaträtoffel! And guess what? I've partnered up with them to offer my readers free shipping on any pair of clogs! Yay! Just go to their website HERE and enter the proper discount code when you check out!

If you are ordering from within Sweden, use code Haga18.
If you are ordering from outside of Sweden, use code Haga1819.
*The shipping cost will be deducted once you checkout.
*Code is only valid on shoes.

If you buy a pair, tag me so I can see which ones you purchased! And if you ever find yourself in Gothenburg, stop in!



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Adjusting to Sweden


Most would probably agree that moving to another country is a pretty bold move. It's scary, and definitely not easy. I happened to move to a country where most people speak English, so I'm lucky in that regard, but it's still challenging for many reasons.

One
I've noticed that whenever a Swedish person recognises that I'm American, they immediately start speaking to me in English. Max claims that people here LOVE to exercise their English and that they find it fun to challenge themselves, and that makes sense. And also that just talking in english is easier for both of us, but I find it to be frustrating. I took two months of private Swedish lessons so that I would have a basic understanding of the language before settling in, and I definitely succeeded at that. But it makes things hard when I'm constantly being spoken to in English. So, I've been making more of an effort to let people know (such as cashiers at the grocery store and baristas at the cafes) that I would like to carry on a full conversation in Swedish since that is pretty much the only way I can ever learn, and it's been working. I'm proud of myself for at least being able to order coffee and a pastry and even pay for it without speaking a word of English! Ha. I am actually thinking of taking Rosetta Stone though - the more learning the better, I think. Has anyone reading this taken it? If so, what did you think?

Two
Understanding food labels is something I'm having to get used to. There are many grocery items here that are not pre-made the way they are in the US, such as a chicken stock/broth. I recently made dinner for me and Max, buying two containers of chicken stock concentrate thinking it was the same as regular stock/broth, and boy was I wrong. It was totally inedible. So salty I thought I was going to pass out. It was definitely a good lesson to learn and one I know I won't screw up again because of how disappointed I was when I failed at it, but still. Things like that are harder to adapt to.

Three
Being on a different time zone as everyone I know. Sweden is nine hours ahead of Los Angeles which means that by the time I wake up, my friends and family are all fast asleep. That can make things pretty lonely. Max works every day, and I'm still waiting to receive some important paperwork making it possible for me to be able to get paid, so I'm kind of on my own during the day, finding things to do. By the time everyone wakes up in LA, that's when Max gets home from work and it's time for us to spend our quality time together, which makes it harder for me to catch up with people back in LA. I don't like being on the phone when we're watching tv or eating dinner, but that's pretty much when people are trying to talk to me. I've been trying to find a balance for this but I'm not quite sure what it is yet.

Four
Sticking out/finding my place. When I walk into a room, everyone stares at me. I know that it's because I wear bright colours which no one else really does here. I'm also pretty sure that since this is such a small town, most people probably wonder who I am since I am the new kid in town. It's been fun painting Strömstad pink (and every other colour of the rainbow) with my crazy colour palette, but I want more than that. I want to actually make a change here somehow, and I'm not sure how yet. This town is very traditional in regards to the colours of the houses and the culture, but I am going to do whatever I can to bring more tourism here because this is an amazing little place that deserves more credit besides from Norwegians who pour in every summer to take a spin in their boats. My ultimate dream (besides traveling and starting a family) is to work for the tourism board.  I want to bring in food trucks in the summertime, a boutique hip hotel (or maybe just re-construction of one in town that could use a good, modern face lift), colourful murals, pop up shops, and so much more. I'm not sure how that will all turn out, but I'm positive that something will happen. Only time will tell.



Five
Social media. Ever since moving here, I've been feeling extremely inspired by everything around me. But there are also challenges that come with it. If you look at my Instagram, you will see a feed exploding with colour. I believe I was one of the first people to really showcase a world of colour before many other accounts came along, and somewhere along the way, my Instagram took a backseat and I was no longer moving at the speed as I once was. I was, instead, busy dealing with a deteriorating relationship, I was unhappy with my job choices, and during that time, the Instagram world blossomed with new accounts sharing similar aesthetics and I felt like I no longer stood out. I think it's amazing that I'm part of a community that really embraces being different and unique and I feel lucky to be a part of it, but I feel like it has become totally oversaturated (how many rainbow hued outfits in front of bright walls in LA do we really need?), so in that sense, I am very happy to have taken myself out of the equation. At the same time, it's been really hard bringing my aesthetic to this new place. There are no bright walls here, no pop up ice cream shops with artisanal ingredients, or trips to Disneyland with my dreamygirlgang to get that perfect shot with Minnie Mouse. The craft stores here don't offer many options for crafting supplies, and it's very expensive to ship things here. In fact, Amazon doesn't ship that much to Sweden at all. However, I'm making do, and I am feeling that, for once, I am truly proud of the work I'm producing. My go-to props and locations are no longer an option for me, so I'm sort of being forced to step backwards and just.. blog.. like I used to back in the old days. And I like the way it feels.

                        


If you've moved overseas, what have been some of your experiences? How did you feel the first month? If you've been thinking of moving to another country, what's been stopping you from it? I'd love to know.