Month: July 2012

Farm, Family, Fun!

Food, Nature, travel July 29, 2012

As we pulled up to the family farm, yes farm, these little cuties came to greet us.  This is definitely a heard of sheep, how cute are these little woolly pre-sweaters?

We were welcomed with a traditional Swedish drink, some finger foods and lots of family. We chatted and got to know each other as Pops barbecued on the grille.

 

We ate burgers, hotdogs, and roasted marshmallows.  Thanx Pops, you know how to make American’s happy, meat and sugar!  After dinner, Swedish tradition dictates that you eat fika. Fika, is desert typically including some type of cookie or cake and coffee.  We had a brownie fika with some heavy whipping cream, yummmmm!

Then to the real fun, kubb.  Kubb is a game where you throw sticks at other sticks with the intention of knocking them over so you can hit other sticks.  I know it sounds complicated but it’s amazingly fun.  It may have been so fun for me because my softball skills really came in handy, underhand throwing accuracy is a coveted skill.  As the girl team was loosing kubb Elvis made an appearance and sang a few songs, it was actually Pops.  All in all my day in the farmland of Kalmar Sweden was amazing.  I would go back any day!

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Morning in Downtown!

Fashion, travel July 27, 2012

Waking up in Kalmar, Sash and I had too many things to do.  After all, every good jet setter worth her weight in Louis Vuitton has every moment of her day filled with foreign fun.  So, we quickly got ready, found some bikes, had some much needed coffee from a local shop, and headed to the mall.  We didn’t buy too much but had the funnest/most stressful time finding a converter so we could finish our hair…ugh make sure you have the right converter readers.  It is a huge hassle.

 

In honor of the Swedish flag I wore some yellow shorts.  Well, I just wore them because they are adorable, but let’s pretend I put more intention into my ensembles.

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Hipster Holiday

Art, Fashion, Lifestyle July 25, 2012

My little sis and I needed to fill a day with something different.  Therefore, we decided to put on our oversized shirts and round glasses and head to the antimall.  We dubbed it our Hipster Holiday.  As we walked around we were inspired by random performers, fun jewelry, a second hand store with lots of hip shades, and some motivational quotes on parking spaces.  “Show up for Life” was my favorite.

All this creativity made me hungry so I stopped at Taco Asylum and had a falafel.  It was AMAZING!

Here are some cute pix of the trailer boutiques.  I guess hipsters are way to cool for brick and mortar.  They’re more into tires and aluminum.

The Devil in the Details!

Fashion July 22, 2012

 

Most of my friends are pretty stylish but I have two that always astound me.  Jesse and Mike own a bag label, Mbarqgo, and have all their clothes made by a tailor in China.  Oh, and did I mention they are fluent in Mandarin?  Yea, they are definitely something special.  Jesse’s ensemble was overall amazing from his very well stitched, fitted grey skinny jeans, to his Mbarqgo belt, bow tie, tailor made jacket and shirt.  However, my favorite detail was that he managed to have his name embossed on ever button.

Mike wore a tailor made short suit with amazing plaid lining- not pictured – a four buttoned vest in a slightly darker grey (nice touch), and of couse his case, the newest product from Mbarqgo.  He literally brought it back from their factory like a week ago.  Two details stood out from this ensemble; first, was the plaid liner I didn’t get a picture of (bad blogging) and second, was his third pocket.  I’m a little obsessed with those.  Gotta love men that pay attention to details.

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Giving Gifts and Breaking Bread

Advice, Food July 19, 2012

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What’s the point of making delish pretzels if no one, other than you, eats them? That’s why after being invited to a casual lunch I decided to say thank you with a baggie if treats. It wouldn’t be a Cupcakes gift if it wasn’t personalized with a little name tag and closed with some twine. Remember that these little details keep people feeling loved. Make someone feel special today readers!
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Food July 19, 2012

I may have stumbled upon the most delicious simple snack EVER!!! Yes, I’m just a little dramatic.  They were so good I didn’t want to waste any on staging so I just snapped a picture of them in the bowl.  This recipe is thanks to Your Cup of Cake.  So here it is.

Ingredients:

1 bag pretzels (mini)

2/3 cup oil

1/3 cup sugar

1.5 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Whisk together the oil, sugar, and cinnamon.

2. Pour pretzels into a microwave safe bowl and pour oil mixture in and stir.

3. Microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir, Microwave again for 45 seconds more.

4. Spread pretzels on a flat surface (cookie sheet) and sprinkle generous amounts of the sugar cinnamon blend.

5. Eat lots!!!!

I hope you love these as much as I did.

Never Too Early!

Advice, Food July 18, 2012

As I sit in my home overlooking the pool I can’t help but reminisce about how stunning Lake Michigan was-yes stunning.  Just a few days ago my bestie, Sasha, and I arrived at our other bestie’s uncle’s sprawling Detroit estate.   We were tired and a little grumpy-it was 6am ET-3am PST-but some TLC and a beautiful view were enough to wash away all airport frustration and cabbie attitude.  A few mimosas and one hour of great girl talk later we were ready to start our day.  There’s a lesson here; it’s never too early to show the people you love how much they mean to you and of course, it’s never too early for champagne…

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