Bedroom Appreciation

Cozy Bright Bedroom

I’m loving our bedroom right now. Maybe it’s the fact that the closet is all organized, that there is an excessive amount of pillows on the bed, the amazing tropical H&M bedding or maybe it’s just the way the evening light shines through the window as the sun sets (ohhh how poetic…). I’m not really sure but all I can say is that it’s my favourite room in the flat right now.

We’ve lived here for a little over a year and the bedroom is the closest to being “finished”. All the necessities are there and there’s just a few things to be done before the room is complete. I’m missing some actual bedside tables instead of this IKEA stool we have right now and I have my eyes set on this huge mirror to lean against one of the walls. When those finishing touches are done I might pop up a little room tour for you.

If you are looking to update your own bedroom for the summer my top tip is to have a little browse in H&M Home. All my bedding is from there plus the throw in the basket. They always have lots of gorgeous bedroom textiles and it’s really affordable.

Sunday Baking – Chai Banana Bread

Happy Sunday everyone! This Friday was midsummers eve here in Sweden so I’ve spent the weekend picking flowers, eating strawberries and celebrating the start of summer.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

After a nice weekend I like to spend my Sunday relaxing and one thing that always slows down my pace and relaxes my mind is baking. Today my mission was to use up some very ripe bananas and what better way to do that than to make banana bread. As you may or may not know I spend quite a lot of time on Pinterest so every time I decide to bake or cook anything I have a look through my pins to see if I can find something I want to make. If I can’t find anything on my own boards I just do a quick search. Today I did find something in my Pinterest archives, this chai banana cake I pinned ages ago from Spoon Fork Bacon that just looks so amazing. I gave it a try and let me tell you it’s definitely the nicest banana bread I’ve ever tried. It also makes your home smell like heaven when you make it which is a plus.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

I served mine with some plain whipped cream to balance out the spice-packed goodness but you can definitely have it just as it is.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

If you want to make this just head on over to Spoon Fork Bacon and whilst you’r waiting for your cake to bake you should have a look at some of their other recipes because they have some pretty amazing-looking dishes over there.

Sunday Baking - Chai Banana Bread

Talk to you soon!

Sportswear Haul – Asos and H&M

Sportswear Haul ASOS & H&M

Today I wanted to share a few new pieces I’ve added to my sportswear wardrobe. After going to the gym for a few weeks now (managed to get an early start on one of the new years resolutions) I found that I was lacking in the sportswear department. I went onto ASOS and made a little trip to H&M to get some things I was missing. The pieces from ASOS were from the sale so if there is no link it means there are no sizes left, sorry about that.

Sportswear Haul ASOS & H&M

H&M leggings, ASOS Cream Sweatshirt, ASOS Cream Sweatpants, ASOS Tank Top, H&M Sports-bra, H&M Mesh Sports-bra, ASOS EPIC Hoodie

Hoodie Sportswear Haul ASOS & H&M

Sportswear Haul ASOS & H&M

My two favorites are the H&M leggings and the epic hoodie. The leggings because they are really nice for being a cheaper brand. The fabric is thinner and softer than most budget sports leggings and it makes them really comfortable. I like the hoodie because of the muted color and because it is quite thin which makes it perfect for wearing during warm up.

Sportswear Haul ASOS & H&M

This was quite a short one but I felt like this might motivate any of you who also have ”going to the gym more” on your list of resolutions. If you don’t, some of these double up as lounge wear really well, I know that from experience…

Talks to you soon!

The Happiness Planner

The first post of 2017 and I am so excited for the coming twelve months. 2016 was not a great year for me but I have some super exciting things planned for 2017 and I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you.

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

Speaking of plans…I needed to get a new planner for this year and I’d had my eye on the Happiness Planner for a few months. It seemed like a perfect fit since it’s all about focusing on the good things, something I feel I really need to do more.

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

If you haven’t heard about the happiness planner it is essentially a planner to help you reflect more on your life on a daily basis and focus on what makes you happy. They come in a few different layouts and colors and I went for the Serenity & Rose Quarts jan-dec planner. You start off by filling in some exercises to help you pin down what you need to work on and to motivate you for the year. After that there is a section for every month with an overview, a page for each day and an evaluation at the end of each month. I especially like the daily layout because it is divided into different sections. There is a to do list, a schedule section, space for your daily meal plan and exercise plan , etc. There is also dedicated space for you to write down good things from the day, what your grateful for and any other notes you have.

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

The planner came in this gorgeous box which also included some cute matching rose gold accessories and a few printables. There is a bucket list, new years resolutions, reflections on the past year and lots more.

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

So far I’m really enjoying this style of planner. It has helped me stay focused on the good things that happen each day and I really like how I get to plan my day in the morning and then come back and reflect on it when the day is over.

Happiness Planner 2017 - Serenity Rose Quarts

I wish you all a happy 2017 and hope that you are as excited about it as I am!

Talk to you soon!

My Current Reading List

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This summer I set out with a goal to read more books. Since I don’t read nearly enough in my everyday life I thought I’d cram in as many as I could during my three weeks off. I told myself that five books were manageable and set out to find some great ones. I read some reviews and watched some books and quills videos on youtube looking for books from different genres and of varying length so that I would have some diversity and found a pretty nice selection.

As it turns out, five books in three weeks was not a manageable amount for me. I finished one. Therefor I thought I’d set myself the goal of reading all of them this fall instead, when you can cozy up on the sofa with a blanket and some tea.

Now to the list. To be honest I didn’t really read that much about the stories but went more on reviews and recommendations. You will also notice that I am slightly guilty of judging books by their cover.

My Current Reading List for Fall

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This one I actually picked up a while ago after hearing really good things about it and falling in love with the cover. This is the book that I actually managed to read in the summer and it’s just wonderful. It’s a non fictional book all about creativity and all I can say is you need to read this! Right now.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl is a part of Penguin Random House’s Hogarth Shakespeare Series where modern novelists get to retell Shakespeare plays and make them their own. This one is Anne Tyler’s version of the Taming of the Shrew and I heard of it in this video by books and quills. I of course fell in love with the gorgeous cover and added it to my list.

Fates and furies by Lauren Groff

A New York Times bestseller, Barack Obama’s book of the year and Amazon.Com’s 2015 Best book of the year. And again. The cover. As you may have noticed by now I really love a good looking book.

Girl Up by Laura Bates

Another non fiction, but this one is all about feminism. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this but thought I would give it a go just to get some variation.

My Current Reading List for Fall - Little Women

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Lastly I thought I’d throw in a bit of a classic. Again I first fell in love with this when I saw the cover but after reading a little bit about it I realized it would be a great casual read. I’ve read quite a few of these Jane Austen-type books and I really enjoy them. They are very comforting and relaxing for some reason.

My Current Reading List for Fall

And those are the books I plan to read this fall, with the addition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child of course. No reading list for this fall is complete without a bit of HP. I hope that gave you some inspiration and I would love to know what you are reading this fall.

Talk to you soon!