Here we go. Lets go true the beautiful wedding day of Ashalee & Stefano. I think the wedding was amazing. Especially the ceremony which was held at Tarronga Zoo was spectacular. Ashalee looked stunning and I love how handsome Stefano and the groomsmen were standing down there, waiting for the magic to happen.
Oh and Good morning Europe. haha I always forget the difference.
This is one of my favorite photos from their wedding. The spot, the light, her dress. Everything about it.
Love this. The Australian Boy band. Unfortunately their not all Australian…otherwise I think they could make it haha
Thank you Ashalee and Stefano for letting us share this special day with you. xx
Last Saturday and it is wedding time again! I have to say, I love weddings – the ultimate love-fest – whats not to love?
I have been noticing at the last couple of weddings that Ambrose and most his friends are more “relaxed” during wedding ceremonies than I am. I asked him about it and we think it has to do with the fact that they all go to so many weddings! haha.
Think here in Australia, like in America or middle-eastern countries, weddings are, well common. Whereas, in Sweden, its not. In Sweden its more normal to be “sambo” (couples living together) or even “särbo” (couples living separate).
Often you have children and might later on, or never get married. The meaning of marriage is very different depending on countries.
Many consider marriage just a piece of paper. Perhaps not even understanding what will really be different before and after being married. To me its a celebration of our love for eachother. its a complete dedication and a conscious statement that this person is, and will forever be my number one, my best friend.
To me a wedding is a love-fest where all those you love are gathered together in one space, joined only for one single purpose; to celebrate and partake in two people’s love and devotion for one-another.
And why should it be celebrated? Because nowadays its so rare so when it happens, it must be a party!
We stayed in a Japanese style airbnb that weekend, you see our futons on the floor. We both liked the place, just our style – minimalist. It was in a perfect spot, right above a street full of shops and restaurants. Unfortunately that made the whole place smell like grease which was not nice at all.
I was a bit unsure of the colors and style of this dress. I noticed that Ambrose did not like it so much either so after the wedding, the dress had to go. haha But I loved my new shoes, got to buy more colorful shoes.
Now: back to the house for a quick lunch before heading to the gym. Think I will try their HIIT today.
Today we woke up super early to drive Ambrose to the airport. He is going away on a surf trip to Bali, I could not go with him because I cant leave the country on my Visa. I don’t even want to talk about it….
But because I have hardly slept anything and I am sleepy like a little child, I though I keep it simple and just go true the last couple of days, before Bali with you 🙂
Last Thursday was Ambrose’s last day at work. Apparently they had a big farewell for him, with presents, speeches and after-work drinks. When Ambrose came home we were lying in bed reading what all these nice colleagues had been writing to him. I could not stop laughing. Fist of all, Ambrose hates being the center of attention. So when they have a speech for him and 40 people stands around starring at him is like hell for him. He was traumatized when he came home and told me what happened to him. Then I was laughing at him as he was reading his farewell card, he did not know who 80% of them where haha.
We woke up after a good sleep in and went for our favorite breakfast. You will see the same pictures of my breakfast because I ALWAYS pick the same when we are at “Little Piggi’s”. Ambrose is normal and try new stuff.
We drove and did all our errands we needed done before the trip. Went to the beach shortly, I did try to get into the water but its still freezing in the water. Stopped over to see the view. Its such a cool neighborhood. Cant remember the name but its like an island, so all these lucky houses gets this view to die for.
Saturday was Ash & Stefan’s wedding. It was an pretty amazing wedding at Taronga Zoo. (More about that later) We stayed over in a really cool, Japanese style airbnb in the city after the wedding. And This is how we spent most of Sunday day/night. After packing and an intense wedding weekend that’s all I wanted.
Now I have to run to the car, stupid 2 h parking…..
Had one of my favorite breakfasts with my favorite person.
Is it obvious how much he hates it when I take his picture? haha.
On Sunday we woke up early at Bart & Carlitta’s place in Bronte. Well, I woke up 5:30 am, Bart and Karli around 7:30 am and then Ambrose… Him we had to drag out of bed if we wanted to get some breakfast and start the day.
After we drove to the Harris Farm and got groceries, bears and rose’ for the Mayweather vs McGregor fight.
Loved watching it. Cannot believe how nervous and excited I was!? We all were actually. It ended stupidly way too fast in my opinion. For all you who did not watch it, Mayweather won. And I lost the 20 bucks I bet on McGregor haha.
After the fight me and Ambrose decided to skip the BBQ we had planed to have after the fight.
Way too tired after the weekend. I am definitely not used to drink as the Australians. Got to step up a notch! 🙂
Now its time to get back to the house and get some lunch, chicken wrap is all I can think of now. Did a class this morning called Yogalates, a mix of Yoga and Pilates and it really took it out of me! I have to get some muscles, especially in my arms. The plan for rest of the day is to learn more about remote work and after I might pump myself to get to class number two – DanceFit.
No promises though….xx
Just managed to get some blurry pictures from Ashley’s hens night at Pullman hotel on Saturday night, but that have to do 🙂
In just a couple of weeks its Ash and Stefano’s wedding so Saturday night we had been invited to celebrate Ash’s hens and Stefano’s bucks.
I dropped Ambrose off at the boys and drove myself to Kali’s place. Unfortunately my batteries decided that it had to absolutely run out during this drive (!) so I had to manage to find the way to Bronte without GPS. I was in the car for 2 hours…
No GPS and me focusing on driving on the “wrong side” is not a great combination!
I was still a couple of hours early before we had to leave for Ashley’s hens so me and Kali had 2 bottles of rose’ at the balcony before heading to Pullman hotels.
It was really nice to meet her friends before the wedding. We had a really good time, Hacienda is such a beautiful restaurant and bar. Thank you Melanie for organizing such good night and that you for my invite 🙂
Ashley is gonna be such a lovely bride. Cant wait for their wedding!
Here are some of the pictures from my phone from the last days in Sweden. I just focused on spending as much time with family and friends as I know I wont be seeing them for at least one year! Well, that is to say, if they don’t come and visit us here in Australia 🙂
Here with the lovely Mina.
Mona, Milton & John Glad <3
Persians… eating pickles and raw onion for breakfast!
After my own family went back to Barcelona, I basically moved in to Mona and John’s house haha
They are exactly “my kind of people”. We had soo much fun together.
Looking back now, I am so grateful that they moved to a house close by, and I could stay with them.
Otherwise I don’t think I would have enjoyed Sweden half as much as I did this summer.
Last lunch in Sweden. Was not even planed, we just happened to run into each-other. I ordered a very typical Swedish dish of course. Fish, potatoes and remolade sauce. With extra lemon. Amazing!
One great dinner was spent with Måne Beate and her lovely family in Wild Väsby (as she calls it)
We almost managed to get her daughter in the picture as well 🙂 🙂
Good good evening!
This little fatso has to end this entry on my last days in Sweden. Because I thing he was the person I literately spent the most time with !
Such great least days in Sweden. Relaxed and spent with people that mean alot to me. But I was super ready and excited to get back home to Ambrose.
Since Ive been back it has been one full beach day, next day a storm in front of our cozy fireplace. A surprise engagement party for two of our friends. A new gym and 4 upcoming wedding to attend to. I thought all of that has to be on its own entry. xx
My camera is living its own life. I had to take the pictures of my new hair in this weird way, because my camera has decided to now only take pictures on “selfie mode”. And makes all my pictures yellow nowadays 🙁 But love my hair! Thank you Samer.
I thought I would introduce you guys to my hair colorist.
I do have a couple that I go to depending on which country I’m in. This is whenever I am in Stockholm, Sweden.
His name is Samer and he is a genius when it comes to coloring. Since I originally have black hair its is quite hard to turn that into blond, which I have been for some time now. Anyone who have gone true this, knows that you cannot just switch from black to blond without an very good colorist. Samer is that, whenever I go to him, I can fully trust that he knows his job.
Its very important to do some research and be willing to spend some money whenever you want to color your hair. Otherwise your hair can turn orange or in worst case, you can completely damage your hair. Go to Samer if you are ready for a change with your hair, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on what he specifically did on my hair or for bookings follow him on Instagram : @samerhairstyles ____________________________________
The other day I meet up at Ponds with one of my friends that I had not seen in many years. I though it was about 8 years ago which is a damn long time. It was actually 13 years since I saw her last time…13 YEARS!
She had not changed one bit. Still beautiful on the inside and out. Funny and sharp haha .Think that is one of her qualities that I admire the most.
The way I would describe Måne Beate is something between; loose and careless mixed with elegant and graceful. Not many people can manage that. She does it perfectly.
While I was somehow trying to recap whats been going on in my life I realized how much can happen in ones life over 13 years.
And I loved hearing about her life, about everything that’s been going on. Life sure is a roller coaster, for all of us. Its the same, just different stories for all of us.
This time in Sweden I discovered something interesting about myself. I noticed that I “study” people I am interacting with in a more conscious way. And I’ve made sure to make a note for myself every time this happens. I read somewhere that instead of trying to learn something or do something from scratch, when inspired by something, for instant a quality someone has, we copy that. For instant, whenever I am with someone, I try to really listen to them, learn from their stories. And if I notice a quality that I like about them, I will implement that into my life.
I think we all do this subconsciously and that be dangerous. But if we notice this we can then choose just the qualities we want.
The reason why I even mentioned this is because of those qualities Måne has. Fun and elegant at the same time. Love that about her. We already made another date before I leave of course. xx
Yesterday after I met my friend Måne for a long lunch I got picked up by Sara and her amazing little daughter Julia. The plan was to meet up with the rest of her family in Sigtuna for dinner. Its quite a drive to Sigtuna from Täby, about 40 minutes. Not in Australian terms haha but here in Sweden you usually don’t drive 40 minutes to someones house. In Sweden that’s like driving to another town hahah.
But I enyojed the drive, got to catch up with Julia who is one of my top five children I know. The way she looks, talkes and behaves is not like any other child. She is more like an character from a Disney movie.
And I’m not the only one saying that. An example of her is this; a family friend asked the other day if they could get a hug from her. Julia’s answer is this; ” No thank you, I don’t want to give you a hug, last time I hugged you, you smelled like farts”. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I mean how can you not love her!?
When we arrived we all went for a walk next to the lake, then sat down for some coffee and ice cream. I cant remember the name of this cafe’ but its just by the water and really cute. They had alot of salads and baked goods. All made at this coffee shot and it looked and smelled delicious. And their garden was super pretty. If you want to see pictures of something typical Swedish, this is it!
We had a late dinner at my aunty’s place, around 8 pm because nobody was really hungry and as usual she made food for an whole army and there was a take away bag for all of us as well. Family is the best.
Here is some pictures from my lovely Saturday. I started with waking up at 6am, did some meditation, work, small breakfast. And then at 9am I got super tired and went back to bed like a weirdo for about an hour. Not like me at all!
Forced myself to get up, had a shower and made plans to go to my cousins house, we planed to get some tan in her backyard. Its rarely very sunny in Sweden so you have to capture the moment as soon as the sun is out!
But of course we got tired of just lying there so after an hour or two we took the whole family out to the city for some shopping. Very bad idea. It was hot and humid. Everyone else had apparently decided to do the same. And it was a massive sale going on. So I took her three children for some ice coffee and cake at NK while Mona and John did his shopping. So much nicer.
Around 6pm we all started to get hungry and I was promised one of the best sushi restaurants in the city.
It called Raw Sushi & Grill and its located at Rörstrandsgatan 9 on St Eriksplan in Stockholm. I can recommend this place to all you sushi lovers visiting or living in Stockholm.
I also had 2 cocktails, of course 🙂 It felt like a “must do” on a beautiful summer nights like that.
First the one I always take; Whiskey Sour, not a hit at this place unfortunately. Second, I had an Raspberry Mojjito, which was much better.
The plan was to finish te evening with a movie at their place but in the car on the way back I felt that maybe its time to go back to the apartment. I had been with them since breakfast haha
Love days like this. I want to spend as much time as possible with the people I love here in Sweden before returning back home.
Have a great night amore’s. xx
Today has been a day spent in the city. I left to meet my cousin Sara and she walked with me while I did some of errands. Fist stop was the camera store where we kindly asked Mats (the owner) to take some pictures of us in front of one of their fancy light equipment. I love the light it puts in your face! This equipment probobly have a pretty name but I just know it as “light thing that makes you prettier”.
Then it was lunch time and we walked down Kungsgatan towards a Korean place with one of the best Bibimbap in Stockholm. At least in my opinion. Sara tried their Bento Box and she loved it. The only “negativity” one can say about this place one could say is that their portions are too big. I never manage to finish it unfortunately. Then Sara wanted to do some shopping so I kindly walked with her for a while. I usually don’t like shopping, especially with someone. But I finally convinced her to have a coffee instead at Wienercafee’t. I always try and visit this pretty place whenever I am in Sweden. Love their interior design.
Around 5pm, I exchanged Sara for my friend Suzie. She left work early to come meet me since she is leaving town for a week and there is a big possibility that I am in Australia by the time she’s back.
We choose to eat something small at Hotel Diplomat. We sat and talked for an hour or two before heading back.
Now I just had a super hot bath, watched some Masterchef Australia, the only one worth watching. I am sitting looking at my Visa, Insurance and flight tickets. Soon time for bed. Alot going on tomorrow and I want to wake up earlier than my usual 7:30 am. Have a great day wherever you are. xx
Sorry sorry sorry for my absence. But these last days all my time and energy has been going towards spending time with family and friends. I released today that my sister and my mum are leaving in just a couple of days so I want all my focus to go to them. I will soon leave this place and go home, until then I think I will do alot of typical “Swedish” stuff. Promise that I am going to try to take you guys with me 🙂
Lets start with yesterdays lovely BBQ…
We had a bbq evening that never ended haha. When you live abroad as me and my sisters, its always extra fun to spend some time and just hang out with friends and family. Just wish Ambrose was here. Swedish summer and bbq. So many memories from growing up here 🙂
Some nice places I can recommend for when you visit Stockholm:
Yesterday I drove to the airport ( way to early out of excitement ) to pick up my 2 sister !!
Had not seen them in about 11 months so was sitting here in the car counting the minutes until their plane arived from Barcelona. Also found one of my favorites on Snap while I was waiting hahaha So damn good!
This is tradition. I am always going to a hotel breakfast with Hanie and Jasmin when we are together in a country together. Always have, always will. This is Hotel Rival in Stockholm. Can highly recommend this place. Think they even have won an award for their breakfast.
After some shopping me and Jasmin sat down at Strandvägen 1 for a coffee break. Waiting for Hanie who had a meeting with the bride and groom to a wedding she is gonna be the photographer for.
I also got to see my dear friend Caroline. We released that we have not seen each other in 8 years. 8 years !!?!?!
She has 2 lovely children now and they live on the canary islands.
Lunch at Barfota. The cocktails, service, atmosphere, location and surroundings were 9/10. The food unfortunately only gets 5/10. Sometimes you just have to pick whats more important. Usually I would say ; The Food, but we had such a great time there and this place had so many good qualities so it was kind of okey that the food was not top quality.
Walk along the beachfront. Filled with ice cream bars and restaurants to pick from. Great for PW, biking, and sunbathing. Very child friendly as well.
Helsingborg is filled with beautiful buildings and cozy little cobblestone alleys.
Reminded me those of small charming villages in Italy.
Suzie & Åsa 🙂
When you are drunk and trying to check out some of the art in Copenhagen 🙂
These are the last pictures from our short trip. Hope you guys got some tips. Let me know if you need more information. I think its safe to say that when visiting Sweden, try not just get “stuck” in Stockholm. The capital is truly beautiful and worth visiting but what I am trying to say is that Sweden has alot more to offer.
Happy exploring! xx
Oh my God, its so much more pictures then I thought from our trip! I should divide this into THREE different posts, but I cant be bothered to be honest. You guys just have to be patient with me on this one 😉
Prepare yourselves for a picture marathon of me and my Swedish friends.
Lets do this.
I woke up at 5 am, released I would get punched in the face if I woke up any of my friends so I had a shower and then went out to buy breakfast. Åsa has a cute bakery close by so I bought sourdough with walnuts and seeds. Still hot from the oven! Prepared a mini breakfast buffet which we all enjoyed for a couple of hours. After breakfast we took the ferry to Helsingœr and after, Copenhagen in Denmark!
All of Helsingœr looks like this! Cute and charming.
It started raining (of course) as we were doing some shopping in Helsinœr so we hoped in to a restaurant for lunch. We all picked different dishes and were all satisfied. I am so use to sharing a couple of dishes with Ambrose so could not accept that I had to pick just ONE dish. Therefore I choose their brunch plater. Look at this!
Next stop – Copenhagen!
Nyhavn – such an cute area in Copenhagen.
After some shopping and strolling around the city we chose one of the restaurants on Nyhavn. A couple of bottles of Cava and dinner. Think we sat here over 4 hours! Clearly we had alot to talk about hahah
The combination of alcohol, amazing atmosphere and good girlfriends ♥
Think I have to take back what I said earlier. This trip need to be divided into 3 post’s. I am having Emilia & Alexander over and we are watching cartoons. Love spending time with them, especially now that they are leaving on vacation in 2 days, and will be away for 3 weeks.
As soon as they leave I think I will take a bath. You know, one of those with salts and aroma oils and stuff. I went to the gym again this morning and I can hardly move because of all the pain! Hot bath, some stretching and I get back to give you the rest of our Helsingborg and Copenhagen trip.