Tech Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday, and I thought I would bring a fun new segment to the blog that I’m going to call Tech Tuesday. It will be apps or other tech stuff I’m loving brought to you, every Tuesday. I always love getting inspired by other people and which apps they use. Photo editing apps, fun video apps, apps to keep my life organized, so I would of course love to tip you guys about them too!

  1. VSCO – I might have mentioned this before, but this is my ultimate favorite app to edit my photos for Instagram. You guys probably know it already.. It has all sorts of filters, editing tools etc. I love it, and I don’t know how my Instagram-self would live without it!
  2. Kirakira+ – I actually can’t stop using this app for videos. You’ve definitely seen them on Instagram–it’s the app that makes videos super sparkly and pretty. Perfect for the festive season coming up!
  3. LiPix – I have been drawn back to my Scandinavian roots, and I’m loving everything simple and minimalistic. Therefore I’ve also been making my Instagram more simple, and I’m so inspired by white borders to brake up the grid. Simple white space that just makes my Instagram-self so happy. I actually also love making little collages like the above with a visual of a Picasso painting. Love, love, love.
  4. 8mm – I work in Online Marketing and that also includes taking care of brands’ social media platforms. For one of the brands I’ve developed a whole new visual and voice, and kept it all very down to earth and a bit vintage looking. This app is perfect for editing videos with lovely vintage-y filters. There are a few different ones, so you can find the one that’s just perfect.
  5. Glitché – It took me a while to get to know the interface of this app, but it’s quite cool. You can edit both images and videos with all sorts of cool looking filters f.x. broken mirror, VHS, glitch etc. This one is so fun for Instagram stories!

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Getting ready for christmas

img_0824It’s happening! I officially started decorating the house for Christmas. I wasn’t quite sure if it was okay to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, and since we’re having guests over at our house this year I had a little sit down with Edward’s mom to figure out this big question of mine. And I got my answer. The one I was hoping! So today I hung up the Christmas wreath on our front door. That’ll bring our neighbors joy too, I put up all the Christmas candles I’ve been collecting (I bought the nicest Nest candle at a sample sale last week, and I must admit I also went a little crazy in Target’s Christmas section.. Wups!), and then I set up the mini Christmas tree in the hallway. I also brought our the Christmas box (which was buried deep down in the closet), but it mostly has ornaments for the tree, so I might have to go shopping a little bit (too bad!! hehe). I definitely wouldn’t mind adding the below to my collection:

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1)  Tablecloth 2) Ruffle-trimmed apron 3) Metal measuring set 4) Holiday mugs 5) Christmas heart 6) Light house 7) Christmas tree top star 8) cushion cover 9) Oven mitt

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The beauty of New York

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And then it was Thursday… I mostly feel like it’s Friday, which sucks when it’s not, but at the same time I feel like the week has gone by so fast! My colleagues were just talking about how crazy it is that Thanksgiving is next week. Why does time fly by so fast as an adult? I remember being a young girl and feeling like everything was so much more mellow, but it’s probably the amount of work and events we put into our schedule as adults. It just makes time fly by! Yesterday I had put another event in my calendar after work, but it was one of the good ones. The Winter Village at Bryant Park! On our way there Mie and I walked by Lord & Taylor to see their Holiday windows. I ‘grammed away and then we made our way up to the Winter Village. Such a cozy way to spend the evening and just let time stand still for a little (while having hot chocolate).

The photo above I had my colleague take last week, when we were out shooting for Aimee Kestenberg. It was such a Parisian-looking setting! If there’s one thing I love about New York it is discovering all the amazing architecture built many years ago, when New York was called New Amsterdam and only about 300 people lived in Manhattan. It is so major and looks like they had all the time in the world to make their city beautiful (maybe we should slow down like them…)

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Coffee o’clock

img_0580What’s up guys? Are we happy it’s Wednesday? Half way through the week. Tomorrow it’s almost Friday. Tonight I’m going to the Bryant Park Winter Village that I told you about here. I’m going with my friend Mie, and I cannot wait to do a little Christmas shopping from the vendors, drink hot chocolate, and get even more festive than I am feeling right now. To be honest I don’t know how that’s possible, hah! Last night I did a huge Christmas home wear haul on Amazon, and I’m seriously counting down the days till it arrives on my doorstep.

These photos are from a lovely coffee date with same good friend as I’m going with tonight. We had decided to go for a walk in Central Park that day, but since the Winter had decided to arrive at that same day we needed a hot drink (Mie hadn’t picked up her boots from the leather spa, so she was wearing little slingback, poor woman!). There’s noting I love more than some quality girl talk over a good cup of coffee. And we did discuss everything from outfit ideas for our trip to the ballet in December and which lip color was prettier, to future baby names and family illness. Definitely one of those days that makes me so, so happy.

Birch Coffee, 88th Street and 3rd Ave

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Winter has arrived

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I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Halloween is over, it’s officially time for Christmas (Thanksgiving can be part of Christmas in my book). Last week I found myself running around the city after work and even during lunch to find a winter coat. I had said goodbye to the camel coat I had for three years, so obviously I had to buy a new one… I really loved that coat, so I actually was going to buy the same exact one, but then I started looking around and found some really nice tweet coats like the one I also ended up buying.

I love the masculine cut and the defined shoulders, and combined with a feminine barret I think it’s a really cool look. Now, all I need are some good boots. Below I found some coats I wouldn’t mind adding to my closet:

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Festive things to do in NYC before Christmas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The streets of New York are getting really festive, and my mood even more. Yesterday I was complimented on my outfit three times by colleagues pointing out how festive I looked. That can only be positive in my book. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, to visit Christmas markets and watch corny Christmas movies. To spend time with your dear ones and bake too many ginger bread cookies. To fill your house with decorations and warmth. And if you find yourself in New York during this season, here are some ideas on festive things to do.

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New York is booming with cozy Christmas markets, but the most epic one you’ll find in Bryant Park behind the New York Public Library; The Bryant Park Winter Village. This is the perfect place for a Christmas-lover like myself. It’s so cozy shopping at the different vendors and kiosks selling beautiful Christmas decorations, drinking hot apple cider, and smelling the delicious food. There’s also a huge, free ice-skating rink in one end (all you have to do is bring your own skates or rent a pair for $20).

Bryant Park Winter Village, 41W 40th St

Go to the theater

When I was younger my parent used to take my sisters and I to the theater in the winter season, and the tradition has stuck with me. I love a good musical, opera, or ballet, and I usually go experience the festive (and family friendly) Christmas Spectacular. This year I’ve also bought tickets for the Nutcracker ballet.

Ice-skating

We already talked a little bit about this, but New York offer some pretty epic ice-skating rinks. The one at The Bryant Park Winter Village is beautiful in the middle of the tall buildings of Midtown, but also the one in Central Park is among my favorites. Nothing beats dancing around on the ice with the fabulous NYC-skyline as backdrop.

A walk in Central Park

And now that we’re talking about Central Park, how about a walk around the park accompanied by a hot chocolate and a good friend? I love bundling up in a warm coat, and feeling the cold, fresh air on my skin. And after the walk you can light some candles, put on a Christmas movie (Ideas: Love Actually, The Grinch, The Holiday, Home Alone, and Harry Potter), and warm up under blanket. One of my favorite winter activities!

Rolfs Bar and Restaurant

If you feel like a cocktail after work (or as a tourist after too much sightseeing and shopping) Rolfs Bar and Restaurant is the most festive place to go. They have made it their mission to transform the place into the perfect Winter Wonderland, and you’ll walk away ready for Christmas Eve.

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Favorite Autumn blazer jacket

img_0177Autumn has really peaked in New York, and I’m finding myself needing a coat when going outside. So far I’ve been sporting this blazer jacket, which I’m just loving. Yesterday I wore it to dress up this weekend look, which was basically just black skinny jeans (similar here), black leather booties, a hoodie (similar here), and a cute brown leather backpack.

I was headed to a football game with my good friend Mie. She’s doing her masters at Columbia, and the Columbia Lions were meeting Harvard, so she asked me to come with her to show our support. They definitely lost, but it was such a great time. We had hotdogs and pretzels, and then for the second half we got us some hot chocolate and popcorn. Just perfect.

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Cozy Sweater Weather

zara-knitAs soon as Halloween is over I think it’s socially acceptable to start the festivities. So first of all we have to dress festive, or at least look like it’s cold outside but we’re feeling toasty. Maybe with a cuppa hot chocolate on the side. With extra marshmallows and cream. And a cinnamon stick.

I’ve always loved a good chunky knit, but really don’t have enough of them for the coming winter season. So I found this affordable, cozy knit in Zara (where I also bought this blazer jacket, I can never just shop one item and keep it at that…). For this day I paired it with wide, cropped jeans from H&M (sold out, but similar versions here and here), and my Gucci loafers, but I also think it could look amazing with these skinny jeans and these fab black boots (and maybe a high bun?). I love shopping new items, it always gives me so much inspiration for outfits.

And now that we’re on the knit subject, I’m really eyeing this one (just wish it wasn’t that expensive) and this multi-color one. Can’t get enough. Am I the only one??

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Happy Monday! + 20% off ASOS

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Happy Monday you guys!

It’s a new week. Are we excited? I actually jumped out of bed. Probably because I had such a nice weekend going pumpking picking with Jenni, and yesterday I suddenly found myself getting totally into the spirit of Christmas. It was a rainy and grey Sunday (just how I like it) and after the usual laundry and cleaning I lit some candles and found myself putting on Micheal Bublé Christmas music. Maybe it’s because I just received Tanya’s Christmas, or maybe it was the weather, but I’m totally there now. I also watched The Holiday, and started planning Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, and how I’m going to decorate the apartment. And trust me, I also listened to Christmas music on my commute to the office this morning. Anyone else with me? Or am I one of the few crazy Christmas-ladies?

This Monday is also amazing, because ASOS is running a 20% discount site-wide today with the code OCTOBER. Below I gathered some of my favorites, and you can definitely tell that I have knits and warmer items on my brain. Maybe I should do some shopping myself 😉

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Pumpkin Picking in New Jersey

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Yesterday it was finally time for pumpkin picking! Jenni and I took a drive to the Demarest Farm in Jersey, which a 35-minute drive from Upper Manhattan surrounded by the most beautiful fall foliage. I wanted to pick up some apples (to make this yummy recipe that Acie posted about), and a pumpkin to carve and put outside our front door for Halloween on Tuesday (About Halloween… I really need to buy some candy also! And read up on the ‘trick or treat’-ing, never tried that before).

We took a hay-ride to the Pumpkin Patch, where hundreds of pumpkins were laid out on the field (I kind of thought I would be picking my pumpkin and cutting it free, but this would do too). There was a little stand selling apple cider and donuts, and there was even goats and sheep to feed. It was a pretty perfect place to go with children, but my inner child loved it too. And on top of that, it was just so darn picturesque.

I also made a little video for you guys. Find it down below.

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I wore a simple, but oh so loved outfit. My Zara blazer jacket on top of a plain tee and skinny jeans, and a pair of black & Other Stories booties. As always I styled it up with my everyday jewelry, a good pair of Ray-Bans, and a cute bag.

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Friday Favorite

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This weeks favorite items has to be my crisp white lace button down from H&M (unfortunately sold out, but I found a another good option here). I’ve used it on-and-on since I bought it, but my favorite moment thus far was realizing that it works every time I’m having an outfit crisis. I just throw on a pair of my favorite Levi’s jeans, my everyday jewelry, the wonder shirt and I’m ready to go.

On another note, are you guys excited about the weekend? Are you doing anything fun? I’m going pumpkin and apple picking tomorrow, and then I’m thinking about visiting the MET Cloisters on Sunday (I’m hoping to convince Edward to come with me). I could really use a good walk, so maybe I’ll walk the 30 blocks there and get a good workout while being cultural. Win win. Also, I’m gonna be waiting for my new couch that Edward and I just ordered this morning. Our apartment is really starting to come together!

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Sick day favorites

c451a0e4-7e2e-44b6-b104-8d9473cba0f8I’ve been working from home both Monday and Tuesday this week to fight an f***ing annoying cold and fever. I stupidly went into the office on Monday morning thinking I would try to work (even if it was just a half day), but I was quickly sent home with my computer in hand. At the old company I worked for, people came in with all different diseases, which always got everyone else sick – all because they couldn’t miss a work day. There wasn’t really any possibility to work form home. So it’s actually very relieving working for a company that care about their employees. I might have been a little less productive, but at least I’m getting better. But since it’s that time of year, I thought I would share with you some of my sick day favorites.

Kleenex.
There’s really nothing worse that tearing apart your nose, because you don’t have the right tissues for all those sneezes.

Tea.
I switch between licorice and women’s tea from Yogi.

Some sweets.
My everyday diet kind of goes out of the window when I’m sick. I don’t really want a lot of food, so I try to get some chocolate, clementines, or some ice cream to satisfy the cravings.

TV.
It’s pretty boring to be sick. Let’s keep it real. So I’ve been watching ABC’s morning TV and  YouTube videos in the background while doing some work.

Warm socks.
My mom always said to me to have warm feet to avoid getting sick, so I put on a warm pair of socks and even my favorite Ugg slippers.

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