I scream for ice cream

outfit-two-songsLast week I had a delicious event! OddFellows launched their ice cream pop-up at Chefs Club Counter, and it was so cute that I definitely had to try them all. You know, I take whatever Instagramable opportunity I get, and for those of you who follow me @christinawonsbeck already saw the dreamy cones I posted. It was such a perfect day for the launch, although the ‘grammers had to work fast with the ice cream melting in minutes.

I wore a summer outfit-favorite that I knew would go well with the surroundings and the cute ice creams (I wish I had gone for these nails as well). The pink Rose Tits shirt from Two Songs that I live in, and some detail and length with the wide Zara pants (affiliate: similar here). I always love wearing stripes in the spring and summer time. Very ground-breaking I know (haha), but it gives me just the right amount of french riviera vibe that I need.

If any of you are in the Spring St. area in SoHo (62 Spring St to be exact), I would definitely encourage you to stop by for a cold treat in this hot NYC weather.

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Top 5 Podcasts I’m listening to ATM

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For a while I’ve been enjoying listening to podcasts and recently also gave audio books a shot. I have an hour commute to and from work, and I like killing the time with learning something new or getting inspiration in some way. So when a physical book is a little too much for the tired morning-me, a podcast is perfect. As I’m writing this, I’m actually listening to a newly-found podcast, that might become a favorite (and appear on a future list, who knows?). I definitely found the podcast jungle a little confusing in the beginning, and therefore started looking towards recommendations from especially Mimi Ikonn, but also a few fashion bloggers. I figured some of you might be in the same boat, so here is a list of the podcasts I’m loving right now:

At Home With…
by Lily Pebbles & Anna Newton 

I have been watching Lily Pebbles for a long time on her YouTube channel, and I was so happy to hear that she, and her friend Anna Newton (from The Anna Edit), were launching a podcast. Lily and Anna visit different inspiring personalities, from the beauty and fashion industry, and get invited in to their homes. The podcast is a mix between a personal chat and “seeing” the home they are visiting. I’m so in love, and feel very inspired every time I listen to a new episode.

Hey, It’s OK…
by Glamour UK

Jo Elvin invites guests in to the studio to discuss different subjects beginning with the question “Is it okay to…?” This podcast has honestly saved my bad Monday mornings and way too long afternoons with conversations reminding me that it’s not just myself who don’t understand small talk, who’s boyfriend hates my new pants (that I love), and all those things I can build up in my head. This podcast definitely makes me commute shorter and I often catch myself laughing out loud (embarrassing in a filled up subway car).

The Daily
by The New York Times

Daily in-depth news in 25 minutes! I love listening to this podcast on my way to work, and I enjoy learning American politics for example. Michael Barbaro interview journalists who specialize in the certain happenings every day, and it makes it much easier to understand the news.

Hidden Brain
by NPR

In Hidden Brain is hosted by Shankar Vedantam who touch upon different subject in every episode. It’s a slightly heavier podcast, and I have both learned about why couples often go wrong when they argue, about the science of fear, about the classic Thanksgiving mistakes etc. This is a very eye opening podcast, and if you want to learn something new, this one is for you!

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi
by Farnoosh Torabi

I’ve never been good with numbers. Economy? Nope. I’ve always just avoided red numbers, but I’ve never invested nor have I started saving up for my pension. There’s so much I don’t understand, when it comes to money, and I really find this podcast useful. Farnoosh answer questions of many different character, and I love learning what to do. Often they apply somewhat to my own life, and so far I’ve learned a lot of financial words plus heard about many interesting personalities, their career, and how they’ve gone about their finances.

Which podcasts would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

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Rainy Saturday

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Yesterday was one of those day with constant rain, so my plans of tanning in Central Park all day and eating ice cream quickly burst. The past week has been full of days with sun and 30 degrees celsius, so I shouldn’t complain. Instead I planned a treat for Pernille and I in China Town. Because what do you do on a rainy day in New York City? You obviously check out a cute coffee spot!

I had been eyeing Sweet Moment for a while because of their iconic latte art (Instagram is filled with pictures from this place), so we just had to try it out. I got the Matcha latté accompanied by a Tiramisu, and Pernille got their Oreo Shaved Ice Cream. Yummmmmm, we were in for a treat! And seriously, check out the cutest little face on that latté. I definitely need to come back to try the chocolate and red velvet versions. If nothing else, then for the photo, because boy does it look cute on Instagram.

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Instagram Inspo #1

I spend the majority of my day on Instagram researching cool influencers. Mostly because my job is in social media, but I really enjoy it. With that amount of Instagram exploring I obviously open my eyes for many new, inspiring accounts, so I thought I would start sharing them in here. I feel like the world needs some love, so this is my way of giving a little love to my industry <3 And if you want, you can check out my Instagram right here.

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Oumayma El boumeshouli

Oumayma brings her exotic Moroccan roots to the cool landscape of Amsterdam (and other European citys) and I love how effortless chic she is. Her grid is one big mood board, and I always get inspired when checking out her new photos.

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Alyssa Coscarelli

Alyssa lives in NYC and is the Fashion Market Editor at Refinery 29. I adore her style! I often look to her account to get inspiration for new places to check out in the city. She posts (in my eyes) perfect outfits day after day in the cool scenery of New York.

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Zanita Whittington

#GirlBoss. I find Zanita so f***ing cool. She makes me want a permanented, blond bob. She’s one of those girls, that doesn’t have to try and even makes a mirror selfie look like the shiz. And also, I love following her travels and get inspired by new places to visit (always more to do, more to see).

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Happy Monday!

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Affiliate links: Shirt Two Songs / Pants Zara (similar here) / Sandals &Other Stories (similar here & here) / Sunglasses Céline / Bag Michael Kors (similar here)

Hey everyone!

I hope you had an amazing weekend filled with lovely happenings. For me, this was a milestone weekend, as Summer Friday started (when the office closes earlier, in my case 3PM, because it’s hot and summery outside). So the weekend started early, and I was sooooo excited! I headed to Williamsburg for a cozy afternoon/night with my good friend Pernille. My office being located in Chelsea, this was a perfect opportunity to go to Brooklyn.

And for this special occasion I obviously had to wear something very summer appropriate. What else than a good pair of striped pants? Paired with my Two Songs tee (which supports breast cancer hence the rose tits), my red bag, and a pair of sandals I felt so ready.

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After shopping around all the cool vintage stores in Williamsburg, we went down to the water to watch the sunset. If there’s one thing that can amaze me every single day, it’s the sunset. It. Is. So. Breathtaking. Especially after I moved to NYC have I seen some out-of-this-world sunsets (Does anybody else care this much about the sun setting? Haha). We ended up eating dinner outside in the summer night. A good glass of red wine, a lasagna. Two happy gals.

The rest of my weekend I basically just enjoyed the sun. Did some biking. Did some shopping (if you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen all of this). I also attempted to start my very first vlog. A seriously awkward thing to do, when you’re around Columbus Circle and therefore around a lot of people. People who don’t necessarily understand why you’re talking to your camera. But I promised myself I would start this year, so that I am.

Anyways, it’s Monday, time to get this new week started. Let’s go make it amazing!

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Lately I’ve Been…

I’ve made a promise to myself: Say yes to more. Lately I’ve been struggling with my mood and therefore naturally revisiting the “what makes me happy” talk with myself. A talk that would often happen on a long walk with a podcast in my ears (Maybe I should make a blog post with a list of my favorite ones. Would that be interesting to you guys?). One thing that I’ve realized is that working too much and not saying yes to social events (because I’m exhausted from work) is the way to hell. At least for me. So without overdoing it, #balance, I’ve decided to say yes to more. Yes to more that will add to my happiness and well being. Adding to my happiness account, if you will. To keep myself up on this I’m going to start sharing these moments with you.

Here’s what I’ve been doing lately:

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Dinner at La Esquina with my lovely friend Pernille. We celebrated June 1st with margaritas and some of the best tacos I’ve ever tasted. La Esquina is located in SoHo, and has the coolest retro look and most importantly tables outside (very important to us Danish people who use every occasion we can to sit outside in the sun).

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Went for a peaceful walk in the Village. I often spend my lunch breaks going on a calming walk around the West Village. I love looking at beautiful town houses and cool people. Especially if I have a lot on my mind, this is the perfect cure.

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Coffee at The Wren and flower shopping (which didn’t lead to that much shopping actually) with Pernille in the East Village.

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Been wearing my new blue/white striped Zara shirt. I love the lace detail and how summerly it makes me feel. So much that I wore it two times in one work week. One day with my beloved Asos culottes (similar here) for a normal day at the office, and the other day with Levi’s 501’s and classic Gucci shoes for a preview at The Mark Hotel (where I also got to enjoy the amazing terrace).

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I got my cultural fix at Walead Beshty’s Open Source exhibit at Petzel Gallery. It was 50% weird, 50% cool. I love visiting the small galleries in Chelsea and often find the art way more interesting than in the big museums (although I do love a good museum afternoon). And it always result in a cool Instagram photo.

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Went on a romantic date with my boyfriend at East Village’s Raclette. Edward found this spot on Instagram and we watched many videos with melting cheese. Yummmm. It was so good, but we also both had a cheese hangover after.

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A Perfect Afternoon in the East Village

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Affiliate links: Tee Zara (similar here and here) / Jeans Levi’s / Shoes Gucci / Sunglasses Ray-Ban / Bag Michael Kors (similar here)

One of my favorite areas in New York is the Village. An oasis of peace and quiet, cute cafes, shops, and pretty town houses. For a long time I had wanted to visit Le Bouquet, which is this gorgeous flower shop on East 4th St. I had seen so many photos on Instagram, so I obviously had to go check for myself. I’m telling you, I don’t think I’ve seen a space with lighting like that before. It was like entering a fairytale. They have so many beautiful flowers, and I especially noticed the dried bouquets they had hanging from the ceiling and standing in vases. I now solely want dried flowers in my house.

One minus: I didn’t buy anything, because the service honestly was horrible… I had pictured myself buying way more than I could carry home, but they really seemed to have no interest in that at all. So I decided the experience would do it, and I can just buy flowers (probably way cheaper) somewhere else.

If you find yourself in the East Village, make sure to visit the Bowery Market for lunch, The Vintage Twin for cool second hand, and The Wren for coffee.

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Summer Has Arrived

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Affiliate links: Skirt Joie (similar here)/ Shirt Urban Outfitters (similar here) / Backpack Tim & Simonsen / Shoes &Other Stories / Sunglasses Céline / Jewelry Mejuri, Pandora

I’ve had such a major outfit crisis lately. A two-week long outfit crisis to be exact. Just because the weather really hasn’t realized summer is coming, you know. But then June 1st came and something happened (I know it’s technically not summer until June 20th, but in my head it starts June 1st), and as you can imagine, the crisis was gone with the wind. On with a good old skirt and t-shirt topped off with my favorite heeled sandals, sunglasses, and my new backpack.

Luckily this day started with a breakfast event at SoHo’s Chefs Club Counter, which allowed me to enjoy the good weather (instead of being trapped at my desk in the office) and go for a little stroll around the area. It also allowed me to try all the new breakfast items from chef Alvin Cailan (the man who created Egg Slut), and if you’re in New York I would definitely recommend trying the menu. Delicious!

Also…
The first blog post in my New York guide series just went live over on Emma Martiny’s blog. This first one is all about shopping and sightseeing, so if you want to take a read, you can do that right here. You can also get to know loads of go-to places in NYC if you visit the NYC Stories category here on the blog.

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Memorial Day Weekend Get-Away

Whomever came up with the idea of bank holidays should get an applause. I guess Memorial Days isn’t the most cheerful bank holiday there is, but nevertheless I cheered a lot about the fact that we had Monday off. And so I took Friday off as well. You know, just to do the long weekend thing right. Four day weekend, three day work week. How about that?

Edward and I went to Cape Cod for the weekend (and then we can also check of Massachusetts on our travel-in-the-US list) and I figured I would take you with us.

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We stayed at The Inn at Cape Cod, a luxury inn in Yarmouth, and coming from New York City it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. Nevertheless it was the perfect place to regain energy. The inn has nine rooms, all unique and beautiful in their way. It honestly felt like we lived there. The house is almost 200 years old, and the big pillars by the front porch constantly reminded me of the White House. Maybe that’s why it felt so majestic living there. And we definitely enjoyed both morning coffee and sundowners right there on the porch (does anyone else have a drink while the sun goes down during vacation? Or is it just my family trying to come up with an excuse to drink?)

SATURDAY

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Edward’s birthday!! I woke up so excited for this day (am I the only one who seriously look forward to celebrating other people’s brithdays?). The weather was amazing, so we figured this would be the right day to head to Provincetown for a stroll and some delicious seafood. I had no idea how cozy this little town would be. I couldn’t stop taking photos of pretty houses, the view of the sea, and constantly asked Edward for a selfie. I’m such a sucker for picture-esque places, and they inspire me endlessly.

This was also the day I tried eating a whole lobster for the first time in my life. It was so, so delicious. I can’t believe I never ordered that before… Boy, have I been missing out!

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SUNDAY

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As Yarmouth is only about an hour from Boston, we decided to take a drive here. It being Memorial Weekend, we figured we would check out the Boston Common and do some sightseeing as well. Boston is such a clean city compared to NYC, and I really enjoyed how small the center is. We parked the car and walked around for a couple of ours, stopped for lunch at the award-winning Dumpling House in China Town, took loads of photos by the Boston Common, and then headed back to the inn to change outfits for our dinner reservations.

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MONDAY

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Before we checked out and headed home I took a little time to just sit in the garden, read a book, drink a cup of coffee, and listen to the birds. It’s not often in NYC that the only noise is birds chirping, you know…

And then one more outfit photo before the drive home.

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5 Things I’m Grateful for as of This Morning 7 AM

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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to practice gratefulness, so I thought I would start sharing some grateful bits here and there. It’s now 7am and here are 5 things I’m grateful for:

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I just returned to NYC Sunday night after nine amazing days in Denmark with my family. I haven’t been home since July 2016, so I really needed it. Brunch with friends and family, gallery hopping, shopping (can’t wait to show you), two exciting meetings, walking my cute dog, and just relaxing, drinking wine, and eating good food. This is also why I was MIA in here last week, but if you want to check out was I was up to go to my Instagram.

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Jet lag! This might sound weird, because jet lag is never really a positive thing. But NYC is six hours behind, which means I now wake up bright and early as the morning person I have always been. The busy bee syndrome this city tends to poison you with had me forget about being a morning person for a while, but I’M BACK.

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Morning coffee. I love my coffee, but boy have I been missing out. I just recently discovered Pret a Mangers Americano and it’s sooooooo good. This morning I went to Union Sq., bought a cup of coffee, and just sat in the park watching NYC wake up.

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Daily inspiration from all the influencers I follow. They all inspires me in different areas, some to work harder for my dreams everyday, some to take beautiful photography, some to remember to be totally down to earth. My daily injection! Here are a few links to inspiring Instagrammers: Aimee Song, Cathrine Widunok Wichman, Negin Mirsaheli, Isabella Thordsen, Estée Lalonde

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The fact that I finally tried out Ouai. I went for the volume shampoo for a start, and are you crazy it is good. Might get addicted, and I might also go back to get the rest of the products from the line. Big recommendation!

GREENERY

Images by Stina

One color I’ve been embracing (besides pink and yellow) this spring is green. I love mixing different tones of the color and different textures to create some contrast in the outfit, like I did here with the darker trousers and lighter striped button down. For this outfit I treated the green as a neutral and added a pop of color with my red Gucci loafers and yellow sunnies, as well as threw in a bunch of jewelry from Pandora and Mejuri and a logo-maniac vintage Gucci clutch.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how versatile this outfit is? I definitely went to work in it, I definitely also went out for a Kombucha with a friend after work in it, and I definitely also played couch potato with Edward at night in it. I love when items are good looking, but oh so comfy. I always tend to get more complements on outfits that I feel good in, and I think that?s because it brings out some sort of confidence.

 

I love how the trees and bushes in New York are finally getting colored and after walking pass this cute street on the Upper East I figured all the green leafs would accompany my outfit perfectly. I think my goal for living in New York should be to own a townhouse on this street one day, how lovely would it be to sit on the stoop and enjoy your morning coffee while the sun gets up?

ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN; A DAY AT THE MUSEUM

After MET Gala, I’ve made it a tradition to visit The MET museum to experience the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibition examining the work of the honoree of the gala. As usual, it didn’t disappoint! (Also this day we got hit by non-stop rain in New York, so what’s more perfect than a day at the museum?)

This year the honoree was Rei Kawakubo and her designs for Comme des Garçons. The exhibition featured over 100 examples of women wear, with Kawakubo’s signature avant-garde, sculptural, out-of-the-box design. Matching the title of the show, it definitely played with the in-betweeness of fashion. And this is what I love about it; the unexpected. My favorite was definitely the pink wonder of a dress which most of all reminded me of the most beautiful Geisha’s clothing. Also, who doesn’t love pink?

We spent the whole afternoon strolling around the enormous museum checking out all the different art (and shooting some Instagrams of course). It’s such an amazing space, and I would highly recommend checking out this exhibition (if not all of them).