What is that Scandinavian feeling? To me it is a lot of things but at the same time hard to explain and I guess that’s why it is so fascinating and deep in my heart. I have now lived away from Scandinavia for over 7 years, but for some reason the feeling is stronger than ever. It is not about location or origin but simply a mix of cosiness & calm. It is a warm atmosphere that invites you in and makes you feel welcome, but at the same time a cool freshness that hits you like a winter breeze. It is wrapping yourself up in a nice comfy blanket with a hot drink and a cinnamon bun. It is simplicity and minimalism, focusing on the little things in life. It is wooden houses, reindeers, knitted jumpers, fjords & mountains..
So what does that Scandinavian feeling mean to you? Whether you are from Scandinavia or just have a nordic state of mind I’d love to see what you think. To join in and share what gives you that Scandinavian feeling just add the hashtag #thatscandinavianfeeling to your images on Instagram and start browsing. Can’t wait to see!
I will be collecting some images I find each month which to me shows of that perfect Scandinavian feeling and sharing them here. Hopefully it can be a way to inspire each other and discover new accounts or brands and spread hygge all around! To start it off I though I would share a selection of my images to set the mood;
💛 I’m currently loving this lip treat from Nuori, both the beautiful branding & the product inside.
Branding: So nice, fresh and minimalistic with the perfect pop of colour. The premium designed protective packaging has a simplistic expression and is easy to open. It cleverly has a start-using-by date stamped on the front of the outer packaging and the expiry date stamped on the top of the tube as a reminder. I really feel like the packaging design reflects the freshness of the product.
Product: A lovely blend of natural hydrating wonders; sweet almond & apricot oils along with shea, avocado, and cocoa butter. It really works wonders for dry lips, my lips are now so smooth and nourished after only using it for about a week. Thumbs up!
“NUORI, a new Scandinavian beauty brand, is reinventing how we view freshness in the beauty industry” – The Telegraph
This week I went on a little shopping trip to Milano and ended up picking up a few little treats at & Other Stories. If you haven’t been to any of their stores yet you should, the space is beautiful minimalistic and their products and clothing are always presented in a creative and lovely way.
The store in Milano Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1 near the Duomo is quite large, in fact it has four floors dedicated to everything from clothing, accessories, beauty products & shoes. It is heaven for anyone who is into Scandinavian minimal style & straight lines. It was my first time purchasing something for myself other than the odd gift, so I decided to try a couple of small items, and here is what I got;
✖️ The hand cream comes in a cute tube that looks a bit like one you would get paint in, and it was one of the reasons why I got it (what can I say, I’m a sucker for nice packaging design..) It comes in a range of different smells, I ended up choosing the Bourbon Tree which had a soft and pleasant smell. The quality is very nice and it does keep my hands soft for a long time!
✖️ They have a large selection of nail polish and it was quite hard to choose one, but I ended up choosing a brigh and fresh shade called Rick Rack Coral. The nail polish itself is a bit thin so it does need at least two layers, but the colour is great when on and the quality is good.
✖️ I wanted to get a ring, and I have been quite addicted to rose gold & copper lately so when I saw this one I knew straight away it was the one. Five single circles all in different sizes makes for an interesting and cool effect when you put them on your finger, and it is very versatile as you can wear them also on their own or on different fingers. I have a feeling I might wear this ring quite a lot from now on..
It’s finally Saturday and time to chill, well at least here! I’m starting a new little post here on the blog to share some links & fun things I have seen during the week that might inspire anyone who has time to spare during their weekend.
✖ 1 – Really interesting interview with Kinfolk co-founder Nathan Williams by Dezeen about how they have grown from a little-known independent publication to a household name in less than five years. Read it here.
“If you go through the Kinfolk Instagram there’s not a single photo of a latte,” Williams told Dezeen, “but somehow it’s started and kind of grown as its own thing that is actually completely out of our control.”
✖ 2 – Wishing there was a H&M Home near after seeing the new TROPICAL APPEAL trend on their website. Have a browse here or even better; take a trip to your nearest shop this weekend to get some tropical Summer essentials. I’m loving all the bananas & pineapples!
✖ 3 – Have a read of the new Spring Feelings issue by Nordic Design Collective, the free online magazine with inspiration from the latest trends in home decor & Scandinavian interior design.
✖ 4 – Get inspired by this calm and white Swedish space with beautiful wooden floor found via My Scandinavian Home!
✖ 5 – If you need a little DIY project to do this weekend be sure to check out this simple & unique wooden poster hangars by A Beautiful Mess. I might have a go myself when I have the time!
Its been a while since last time I did one of these, almost two months actually, but after a little break I’m back with my selection of favourite Scandinavian finds on Instagram. Want to find out more? Just click on a name to be directed to their full Insta feed!
1) Kjær” is the Norwegian word for beloved or dear and is pronounced similarly to the English word “care.” This beautiful illustration is by @velmakin.shop, check out their account to learn more Norwegian words!
2) How cool are these rings by Norwegian @skjerven_jewellery? They have the original iconic LOTUS pattern from Cathrine Holm on them and can be bought here.
3) I’m obsessing over the cute ghost from Danish brand Studio Arhoj here photographed by @stuen.th! They come on so many different colours & patterns and are so fun. You can find the whole collection of ghosts here!
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen these items on my feed over the last month as it’s been some of my favourites lately. I thought I would present them all here with a little bit more information about why I love them;
This facial serum by the organic Swedish brand provides nourishing and boosting qualities while also deliver moisture to stimulate and revitalize dry to normal skin. It has been my winter essential and has been helping my skin feel soft & lovely in the cold. Psst; and it’s anti-aging so thats always a big plus!
“We find our ingredients from both sea and land and we strive for our raw materials and products to be as organic and environmental friendly as possible. The herbs, waxes and oils used in the production of our products, are from origins from near and far, all with special qualities that deliver nourishing possibilities. We constantly seek new ingredients and combinations in order to achieve the optimal benefits and sensations from our products.” – L:A BRUKET
H&M DEER NECKLACE
I’ve been loving this cute little necklace from H&M. It was a part of their Christmas collection so unfortunately I can’t ind it on their website anymore but you might be lucky to find it in the sales section of your local store. The necklace comes with a selection of little cute Christmassy charms that you can change depending on what you want to wear, but now that Christmas is over I have been loving this little deer head. So adorable (and affordable)!
These adorable wooden birds is the essence of Danish design, simple in appearance with its clean lines and a timeless classic. I love the fact that you can create endless expressions by just tilting its head in any direction to express happiness, sadness & curiosity.
“Each Architectmade object is designed with architect-precision and personal vision that comes from the heart, reflecting the individual values, beliefs and ways of life of some of the greatest Danish architects of our time.” – ARCHITECTMADE
I had been eyeing up this adorable marble tree for a while in a local store back home in Norway, and when I found it on sale at 70% off I knew it was meant to be! It comes in a choice of 2 sizes and is originally a Christmas decoration but I think it is the perfect storage for my watch & bracelet. Bloomingville is a popular Danish homeware brand, and their collection is defined by its contemporary mixture of raw products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist and reproductions of beautiful pieces from the past.
This year one of my goals have been to get more organised, and for my birthday I got this amazing diary from one of my friends so it was the little kick I needed to get started. So far I have been good at filling it out and keeping track of everything I need to do which is great. I love the design of the planner, each month has a different patterns such as pretty florals, dots, stripes & cute shapes hand-drawn by Frankie Magazine illustrator Sara Hingle. It is divided into a week to a double-page layout and also has as a weekly notes section for all those little lists you need to scribble down. And the most important thing; its got a yellow cover!! 💛 You can find some photos of the inside of the diary here.
ZARA ‘SNOW FEELING’ HAT
So event hough we haven’t had much snow, and I actually prefer being inside looking at the snow instead of being cold, I have been loving this knitted hat with SNOW FEELING written on the front of it. I don’t know why, but it just makes me feel cool. After I bought it I did discover there is a yellow version too.. but I couldnt justify having two of the same hat.
Stay tuned for more stuff next month or follow along on Instagram!