Friday, 4 September 2015

my dance shoes

In Herräng, at the Lindy Hop Shop, I splurged. On new, red Saint Savoy shoes. I hand't tried dancing in heels before, but it worked out perfectly. Sure after a couple of hours my feet were a bit sore, but no more than what would have been expected. After five nights of dancing I got a blister. But I loved dancing in these! Will save them for special occasions though. 

When I came back from Herräng I bough a second pair of dancing shoes, a pair of black Ked's. Yes, I know, completely wateful but at least I know that I will use these a lot, since I plan to dance for a long time. These will be my new everyday-dance shoes. I haven't danced with them yet, but they are really comfortable, with more arch support than I expected.  

Oh, and there are my tap shoes too. A gift from my dad this Christmas. They will also be more used now, I've started to practice on my own at home, with youtube-tutorials, so I can surprise my tap teacher/friend A... 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

outfit. the koala-shirt

Recently I have found myself wearing simpler outfits, more shirt and trousers than matchy-matchy dresses and cardigans. It might just be a reaction to all of the girly stuff I was wearing through the summer, or the fact that I for some reason tend to wear more trousers in summer because I prefer wearing cropped trousers and that works better with summer shoes. I don't know, and it doesn't really matter. What matters is that I finally got around to wear this adorable koala-shirt that I bought in London in February. It has been one of those items that I have "saved" and not worn for some reason.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

buh-bye August!

Hello there. So I haven't blogged much in a while again. I've simply had too much to do, for example working on a competition at work that meant a lot of overtime, Roller Derby practice has started again after the summer break and we are painting the house whenever the weather is good. Plus I got hooked on the tv-series Merlin on Netflix, so... But since I'm quite active on Instagram (as @magpie_sunrise) I thought I could make a short summary of the past month thorough a few of the picture I've posted there!

back to work after the summer break

out camping in the mountains with A over weekend
I had saved Season 9 of Doctor Who, and really liked 12!
Gold and animals on our staircase-wall
hydrangeas.... love them
I wore some gifts, Tardis-watch and shellfish-top
Handsome Hugo
My most "liked" picture ever. Breakfast smoothie. Well...
Hugo's hands
Tired feet on a Sunday
Cricket fell in love with a shoe
We'll see if September brings an increase of posts here! I don't want to promise too much because I'm going to travel all weekends but one this month, and then there are still like ten tv-series on Netflix I have to catch up on...

Monday, 3 August 2015

this one time, at dance camp

So going to Herräng Dance Camp is a bit like traveling back in time, or suddenly ending up in Oz. Or it's like going to grown-up summer camp... Anyway, when you come here for the first time, as I did, the first thing you'll notice is that this small town has been completely taken over by dance people. Super friendly dance people from all over the world. I imagine its a bit like a festival, but less messy. 

Biking the five minutes from the house we rented through a small wood and on gravel roads to get to the main dance hall might be one of my favorite parts of every night. That feeling reminds me so much of the freedom I felt while biking as a young child, when biking was the only means of transportation that I could maneuver and control myself. The mild summer wind in my hair and the speed...

And then dancing. Just after one day I felt that I had improved my social dancing skills. Even though asking people to dance continues to feels strange. Dancing blues on "Bluesday" was magical, and with my new red dance shoes it was even better...

I'll mostly remember all the fun I had with my friends, the awesome teachers and Blues night. And the slightly unsatisfying feeling of coming home at 4:30, not really being tired and still feeling that you could have continued for a while longer. But there's a class at 10 that you should be fit and fresh for.

Now I just need to learn to dance balboa until next year...

Monday, 20 July 2015

Working out at home:



Saturday, 18 July 2015


I'm posting this pic of my two "siblings" here at home in honor of my beloved big-brother who has his 35th birthday today! He's a really smart, stylish, silly and strong person and it's too bad we don't see each other more often.

Grattis, mon frère, vi ses snart! // Pölan

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Gold shoes. Just sayin'

When I first saw these shoes at my local Monki-shop I though "when would anyone ever wear those?!" Then I looked again. And again. Five minutes later they were mine. And now I'm thinking "when am I NOT going to wear these shoes?!" OK, to be true I haven't worn them yet, but they make me happy every time I see them in the hallway. And that's a good thing. 

Luckily someone already dedicated a song to golden shoes so I don't have to. 
Enjoy - it's in Swedish. 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Rainy day project: foot-stool cover

We have this nice Lamino chair in our living room and I've been wanting to get a foot stool for it for years, but I haven't found an original. I've already made one DIY with this in mind but it didn't turn out great. I recently found this brown pouf at a garage sale and figured I could do something fun with it. I was thinking along the lines of sheep-skin.... I wanted something that would make it look more unified with the chair, but couldn't really figure out how... 

...Until I visited my mom a while back. She had kept some of the fabric that my dad used when he reupholstered the Lamino chair many years back. And luckily there was just the right amount of fabric for a pouf-cover - minus the top. But also luckily, I had already bought a small chair-cushion made of sheep-skin with this project in mind, so yesterday when inspiration suddenly struck I had all I needed at home!

It was a very simple project. Sew the fabric into a tube, turn it, sew the sheep-skin circle on to it - reverse side against reverse side, turn it back out - and done. There were actually only two complications,  the first was that I couldn't find my measure so I had to use a piece of string, and the second was to convince my sewing machine that yes, of course you can sew in sheep-skin and really thick fabric at the same time, don't be a pessimist!

And voilá! Here it is! Yes, the fabric on the chair is a bit worn but it looks so much better together than when the pouf was just miss-matched fake brown leather. And the sheep skin is much more cozy to have my feet on. Win and win. 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Things I have liked this week, no 3

yeah, so the last post I made in this category was in January... so... anyway. Here are some things that have caught my eye on various social media this week.

more words here, from 9gag
So many of these words that I miss when trying to explain things in English!

At ther's a lot of cute, sad and inspiring stuff, all animal related. This is one of my favorites recently, yet another reason why it's hard not to like animals more than people. 

I know this is an old song but I just keep hearing it in my head (possibly because it's on my playlist and I'm wearing my headphones pretty much all. the. time.). The video makes me wat to wear face paint and go skateboarding. Witch I can't do.

vacation plans of 2015

Today was my last day of work before my vacation! 
Yay! Last year I made this really long list of things to do during my vacation, and reading it now I realize that I could pretty much copy/paste it for this year. There's so many of those things that I either didn't do then, or that stands to be repeated. But there's going to be one major difference this summer - I wont be home all that much, so I'm not going to have as much time to fill. For the first time in a very long time I'm going to spend almost 3 weeks away from home (I'm going to miss the cats SO much!). Me and A are going to Sweden to spend time with each other and with our families and friends. We usually go for a week-long trip somewhere warm, but this year we couldn't find something we felt like doing, so we're saving up for next year instead. Now I'm just hoping the weather will be OK while we're traveling around in our home-country... 

Then  there's that one thing that I'm doing after me and A have had our vacation together - I'm going for a week to Herräng Dance Camp, outside Stockholm! One week of Lindy Hop, not sleeping enough and hopefully meet a bunch of great new people. This is my first time, and I'm very excited... I'll get back to that. 

So, I hope to update once or twice during the upcoming weeks, but I can't promise too much. Wifi will be a luxury.