6 Days in Gothenburg, Sweden. Early April. What to expect?

So, I’ve visited Gothenburg this easter, and I liked it enough that think I could live there – a quiet city surrounded by beautiful nature.

I’m going to list a few things I liked and maybe make you want to visit Gothenburg one day, too?

– Having visited Delsjöområdet, a local (huge) park on a quiet Sunday morning, almost everyone was running. As a runner myself I was excited to see so many people of all ages so active!

-Breakfast at the lovely hotel. Cosy atmosphere, quiet people who put the chairs back when finished. 

-No one was shouting on the streets. It may come off as a weird statement, but coming from London, it’s a change. For people who visited London – have you ever noticed it?

-Not a heavy drinking culture. It is absolutely amazing.

-Fresh Air. Once again, Londoner in me can’t help but point out. Was close to taking a jar of air with me.

-Food, I had smoked salmon at the Cafe on Vrango – a southmost island on the Gothenburg archipelago and it was great. Overall healthy choices almost everywhere, loads of gluten free stuff too. Yay!

-People. Reserved but really friendly, no awkwardness, no small talk.

-Scandinavian skincare… I bought too much. My mum said that Lumene hydrating serum is better than the one she had from Clinique. Another good reason to ditch big companies who test on animals.

As for the pictures – I’ve taken them with my iPhone 6s, I wanted to do a small experiment and didn’t bring my camera with me. Tell me what you think about them!

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Delsjöområdet

 

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That’s me!

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Are you wondering how to prepare for the weather in the early April? I regretted not taking my timberlands… Unless you won’t be hiking 🙂

Things to take with you, if you plan to visit nature parks:

  • A good pair of gloves. We took cycling gloves as we were planning to cycle.
  • Seriously, take timberlands. But I recommend a lighter version, I have them and they are great!
  • Comfortable and warm outwear. Thankfully I took my parka with me, but I really want to buy this one Fjällräven Keb Padded Insulated Jacket
  • Backpack! I adore the Kanken, and it’s waterproof! They’re on sale now, I might get another one.

Disclaimer: I put affiliate links on this blog, but I recommend things that I feel are great and worth buying.

How do you like the photos? Have you ever been to Sweden?

 

Is Matcha Good for You?

Why Matcha is good for your health? What is so magical about the weird smelly green powder? Let’s find out.

Matcha may not be a superfood but it definitely has super health benefits!

Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is known for over 900 years and it has a long tradition in Buddhism, but it gained popularity in the West just recently. Often compared to green tea which health benefits we are well aware of (cancer protection, cardiovascular health protection, weight loss, and so on), but for some reason, it’s picking up real traction. What’s the big deal? The study from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs determined that Matcha has higher catechin concentration than the usual green tea leaves. Matcha also has more caffeine than green tea. That may be interesting to those of you coffee junkies!

Hold on – what is a Catechin?

We all know the overused word antioxidant. Catechins are antioxidants from the group of polifenoles, they are the ones which are the strongest!

It’s good to include matcha in your diet, but as always, don’t overdose! It has a high content of caffeine, one cup a day is enough for you to be content the health benefits it has.

Note: Remember that the source you get your powder is very important, as matcha became extremely popular, companies started producing tons of it, but not every one of them is honest. Just be mindful and do your research before buying. 

I have tested Matcha Tea from The Matcha Reserve and I can recommend it, but as mentioned, do not overdose! Also, this tea is quite good!

P.S Peach flavour is heaven!

Hope the post was informative 🙂

M

Matcha Accessories:

 

 

Sources:

Journal of Chromatography. Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography

Environmental Nutrition, Matcha Tea Brews Benefits. January 2017. 

Wild Mushrooms.

I think the forest is the best place on Earth.

My findings and styling.

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Coconut Bowls & 100% rye pastries. 

When I first saw coconut bowls I absolutely loved them, love at the first sight for sure. I was also hyped by all those smoothie bowls everywhere!

Of course is nothing wrong with a smoothie bowl but I think I started following a Social Media trend completely forgetting what I really like and what my true style is. Don’t get me wrong, smoothie bowls are brilliant and I do enjoy a lot of them, especially the green one with spinach! It’s just, they’re everywhere!

I live vegan lifestyle 80% of the day I think. Sometimes I enjoy pastries (wheat free of course) or cheese and eggs. So why not to share with you my non-vegan recipes! All my ingredients are organic, eggs from farms I know chickens have a normal life, same with cheese, only from locals!

Coconut bowls are not for a sole use for smoothie bowls in my opinion. They’re amazing for everything you want. Sustainable tableware which looks great, and is out of ordinary.

I decided to take some pictures featuring coconut bowl in a bit different way, in a style which I love the most. Majority call it a mystery light food photography. Call it any way you want, I call it rustic  😊

People may wonder why everyone is so hyped about coconut bowls? Some are hyped because these bowls are just adorable, aren’t they? But behind the cute coconut shell bowl is a bigger mission, sustainability. Every year millions of coconut shells are burned as waste, Coconut Bowls reclaim them and turn them into the food safe environmentally friendly products you can eat from!

I used my coconut bowl to put the cherries which I later used for my pastries. I think it looks as cool as a smoothie bowl ☺️

Recipe for pastries:

– 3,5 glasses of white rye flour

-200ml milk (I used almond milk)

-14g instant yeast

-2 eggs

-120g melted butter

-vanilla extract

-2/3 glass of sugar. I normally don’t use sugar but xylitol kills yeast so is not appropriate. Here I used Demerara and 65g of vanilla white sugar.

– cherries. I used preserved cherries, you can use fresh or frozen. Remember to unfreeze first, and get rid of the excess of water.


 

 

Declutter Your Life. Episode II: Books

Hello!

Thursday means a new video!

Do you love books but you think they are actually a problem when it comes to space? Worry not, I am coming with a solution. I went through that, and now I understand that e-books are actually not that bad.

Stay Tuned and enjoy the video!

Declutter Your Life. Skin Care.

Hello!

It took me a while, decluttering. But I think I’m in a good place at the moment, not perfect, but definitely, not horrible.

I would like to share my 5 tips on how to declutter your skin care/beauty products. In a different version: a video.

Enjoy!

I also have a little list for you, which you can print, or do whatever you want. Just a little reminder 🙂

Declutter your skin care

5 Simple Tips. Clutter free and Sustainable Life.

Good Morning!

Story Time!

I used to be a shopaholic. Since early childhood, I’ve been collecting everything you could possibly imagine: glass tiny figures, porcelain dolls, stamps, postcards, and funny pictures on my computers. (Anyone else saving memes?)

I was always against minimalism, my point was, hey how can a home be cosy without all the pretty things, decorative clocks, wooden cat figures and all that… Back in 2014 when I came to London and was sharing a house, I had just a room for myself and that’s when reality kicked in: all of my stuff started to devour my space. Trust me, it was so horrible, I couldn’t even take out a book from the shelve without something falling on my head… a wooden cat figure perhaps?

One thing I really had a soft spot for: were the charity shops. I used to go there at least twice a week buying whatever clothing I thought was nice. Of course, I wasn’t even wearing half of those things, because they were lost in the wardrobe with other pieces of clothing that I loved how they looked but never felt comfortable wearing them.

A year later, I moved to a bigger house, still sharing but wow – this time I had two rooms for myself! So much more space! Let’s go and buy those amazing homey shitty things from Primark to decor the place! And oh so perfect, I have bookshelves! Let’s go and buy a million books, they are so beautiful and I love reading. The cheap shopping binge had no end. Before long, the clutter strikes again.

Luckily for me, I discovered the power of minimalism thanks to YouTube and nonfiction books. Thank you, James Wallman and your Stuffocation for everything you did, and thank you to my stubborn fiancee for telling me we don’t need to go to Ikea for another set of things-that-vaguely-seem-useful.

Fast forward to now, and after a couple of books, ten thousand articles, million YouTube videos, one Minimalism documentary here I am, in a studio flat with a one wardrobe which I share with my fiancee, I have 5 pairs of shoes, and an empty shelving unit because there is quite a lot of space left. And it feels good. Oh, no wooden cats figures, either, no. Just one real cat which sits on the roof next to our window.

This is why I want to share with you those 5 simple tips, which helped me to be happier, and taught me how not to spend so much money, and how to be focused on important things instead of mindless consumption, and a constant depression because of lack of funds to afford things that are valuable – outings with the ones you care about, saving more money to feel more secure and what do you know – I feel amazing. The money I used to spend on designers clothes I can now allocate to buying things from sustainable brands, therefore supporting them and being more conscious.

I know it may sound a bit extreme, but I do not intend to preach – take what you like from this post and feel the difference. It took me two years to declutter my life and be more aware of the environment. Don’t rush. Breathe in, and out.

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NO!

 

 

 

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YES!

Nobody’s perfect. I still need to declutter my skincare. If I come up with a plan I will definitely share it with you! Let me know about your minimalist story, or maybe you are a maximalist?

XX

M

 

Ideal Home Show by Zoopla

Last week I had an opportunity to attend the Ideal Home Show by Zoopla at Kensington Olympia.

I was very excited as from what I heard, last year’s show was great with many interior inspirations and a buzzing atmosphere. Well, sadly I barely found something I really liked! Of course, I’ve seen some great arrangements or great armchair designs but overall the presented arrangements simply lacked SIMPLICITY. You know me well enough by now not to be surprised with this comment.

Living room arrangements were overloaded with the decor and three seat sofas with massive cushions. Oh, and don’t forget about flower vases that were way too big. The only thing I found really well arranged was one black and white bathroom with my favourite ladder towel rack and really stylish black sink, and one bedroom arrangement with a really nice side table and creatively attached light source.

My suggestion for the merchants showcasing? Gather more brands which are focused on simple design, and I’m sure it will gain a more modern audience, as I felt it was targeted only to people in mid-40s. Nothing wrong with that, but I personally felt let down.

But this is just my personal opinion. Did you attend the show? Have different feeling? Please, share it!

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Arrangements for small Apartments

Hello, Everyone!

Time for a little project. As you probably know I live in London, where rent is unreasonably expensive and apartment sizes are, well… tiny. I thought I will share with you inspirations on how to arrange a tiny space. This will span a couple posts so stay tuned and you will see how this project will develop!

Today I want to share with you a few things which inspired me:

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I think this is great when you have a small kitchen, especially when you are renting and hanging stuff on walls is problematic.

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This is my favourite thing for a workspace in a tiny flat. You don’t need a million things on your desk, and this will definitely keep you out of the shops!

 

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My favourite bed!
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Isn’t it beautiful and clever?
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I absolutely adore using this shelving unit! It works as a great partition!
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This is great. You can even glue it or something like that.

Would you use any of these ideas? I will be moving to the tiny apartment very soon and I need as many tricks as possible! Comment down below with your solutions for small spaces.

Source of images: Pinterest

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British Heart Foundation Dechox

Hello Everyone!

This post is about me being on #dechox!

I recently joined British Heart Foundation and their DECHOX action to support research.

Here is my personal Just Giving <– Click here to donate and be one of the supporters!

I really encourage you to do it! It’s a great commitment and you can help to fight heart diseases by helping to fund research!

Let’s start dechoxing together!

 

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If you think dechoxing might be daunting, have a look on my Vegan Waffles Recipe! Sweet, but chocolatess and sugarless.

Comment down below if you are interested in chocolatefree recipes to help you survive #dechox.