I wasn’t born at IKEA, but I can almost say that I grew up inside those yellow and blue walls. Both of my parents worked there when they met, and during the early years of my childhood. At times, my dad was at the flagship store in Kungens Kurva, Stockholm, and my mum mainly at the office in another store. I used to come along and hang out with her lovely colleagues and I especially remember one who used to buy me ice cream!
I have long been inspired by great entrepreneurs; Ingvar Kamprad and Steve Jobs have always been particularly interesting. At upper secondary school, my last major essay was about these two. I chose to compare two multinational companies in two completely different industries. I looked into terms such as business concept, leadership and product. What fascinates me the most is the fact that these individuals failed many times but still managed to do great deeds. They share a story of hard work, passion and multiple obstacles. I suppose that’s what makes people go down in history. Fail, fail again, fail until you don’t. And of course, have a vision. Ambition.
Mama and papa met Ingvar. I never did although he’s been on my bucket list. He will be missed.
Sweden, and the rest of the world, yesterday we lost one of the greatest minds of our time but let’s carry out the task for him, and for us, by never ever letting creativity die. Kamprad didn’t think outside the box, he thought inside the flat-pack. The last sentence makes me realise even more how brilliant he actually was. Dare to think differently and the game of innovation will be in the bag.
Yesterday I watched Jurassic Park III. Tonight, I am going to watch Jurassic World. When I was a little kid I loved The Land Before Time, starring the cutest Littlefoot! I am, in fact, very fascinated by dinosaurs. I also find white sharks and the space super thrilling! I guess the common denominator has to do with power. Now, shower!
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the best hand cream/lotion/salve on the market as far as I know! It makes my hands super soft, it is not sticky at all and it smells like it ’does good’. KIEHL’S Ultimate Strength Hand Salve comes in particularly handy (excuse the pun) after work since I have a job with a high standard of hygiene; I have to wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. My poor hands would certainly not survive without this product. I strongly recommend a hands-on experience! Hands down. Ha!
My little sister Emma’s 9th birthday is coming up! In fact, my little brother’s 10th as well – at the very same day. However, they do not share the same parents. Anyway, my mother asked me yesterday what we should get Em, and here are some of my suggestions: Thomas Sabo charms, SUNNYLIFE floats, pink Ray-Ban and Under Armour sports clothing. She is a ‘Little Miss Princess’, a character of a kind with the kindest heart, yet with a lot of attitude; she knows what she wants and I love it (she is just like me that way). Besides, she is a busy little girl and my mother and I call her a fashionista. Emma rarely has time for nothing but her friends, and she always dresses in nice apparel. It does not really matter what she is wearing – she is beautiful inside and out and she is one of those people who looks good in everything. I wish I was as photogenic as her! Apart from that, Emma and I have a lot in common (for instance, we are both regular globetrotters), we often like and want the same things and we certainly look up to each other. Of course, she deserves only the best on her birthday – and always (the same goes for all of my siblings)!
Stockholm. Stockhome. My city. My hometown. I left less than 24 hours ago after 11 wonderful days. I am shocked. Heartbreaking news yet again. I have not been able to eat anything today since the very first headline, partly because I am sick but mainly owing to this. How hard can it be to “be kind to one another” as Ellen DeGeneres always says? I walked past the Åhléns mall and Drottninggatan only yesterday. Dear family, friends and fellow human beings – be safe. Stockholm, you are always in my heart.
Thank you all for sharing and spreading the love. I am overwhelmed by the attention and the fact that I am labeled as a Londoner. I have been waiting for the day! That is a major reason why I love London – everyone is welcome. I think my picture below from London Underground illustrates that perfectly.
London is indeed open.
When I found this designer/Arne Jacobsen measuring jug at Illums Bolighus several weeks ago, I had to buy it. I did not own anything like this before and it certainly makes measurements a lot easier. Apparently, ordinary glasses serves another purpose. Now, I just need a corkscrew. It turns out that bottles of wine do not open themselves. In the meantime, I will sip champagne; it requires no corkscrew, no measuring nor the right kind of glass – as long as it is consumed everything is in order. Cheers!
Have fun tonight kids! Irish I were drunk, too. I am ill and I am sick of it. Shamrock the night away! In bed I will stay…
I have got a story for you! A year ago I went to buy this excellent Beoplay A2 speaker from Bang & Olufsen. It was rather pricey but I had saved up. Anyway, when I went to the store to get it, I could not find the tills. I did not buy it at B&O. I walked around in circles with the relatively big box under my arm and I got quite annoyed. At last, I found my way out. As I was about to pay, the cashier suggested that I should enter a competition before I left, and I thought, why not? So, I did. All I had to do was to answer a simple question and, in a few words describe what I liked about the company the most. Since I was still pretty irritated after running around, I wrote something like: “The best thing about you, is that you get your daily exercise here because it is such a big shop with a great range of products.” I won. I won my purchase! So, I did not have to pay for this portable Bluetooth speaker from B&O at all. Not a penny. Quite comical, huh? I guess I deserved it after that workout. Ha. Frankly, I was very happy when they phoned me the day after to tell me I was the winner. No hard feelings, no more!
This reinforces my belief that I am secretly British, it is totally my cup of tea! In fact, I had to get Earl Grey the other day to do a London Fog (a tea/latte drink as seen on the picture below). It is easy-peasy to make and not too unhealthy, all you need to do is: brew the tea, add a little vanilla syrup (I went with Alpro Soya Vanilla instead) and finish with some steamed milk. If desired, you can also sprinkle some cinnamon on the top! I have not figured out the ultimate measurements for my taste yet, so I suggest you Google a recipe if you want to try it. The beverage is sweet but not too sweet, and I like it (not least because of the beautiful name). Anyway, I hope you have a good laugh with hilarious Mr (Handsome) Hussey. Cheers!