Linda Löfling

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HELLO THERE STOCKHOLM!

My birthday started in the North and ended in the most beautiful city in the world : Stockholm. This is not me being patriotic, all people I know who have been in Stockholm, say it is a MA-GI-CAL place! I can only agree, the city is spread out on 14 islands and here you are surrounded by sea breeze and chirping seagulls as you walk around discovering the different islands and trendy neighbourhoods in the city.

I have so much to say about my country, I need to make a whole book one day! I am so, so proud of it and about how my people are one of the most educated, green, connected, innovative and creative people in the world (OK, now I am being a bit patriotic)! This little country in the North of Europe, with only around 10million inhabitants, and yet we are the creators of enormous enterprises, of world known music, of the most extraordinary nature, of high class fashion designers, top chef restaurants, and my people are one of the most happy people in the world (not to forget that Sweden is the no. 1 best country for women to live in!). Scandinavia is great and Sweden is the greatest, my home <3

Ok, enough of this love rush, just wanted to say please, please make sure you once in life go to visit Stockholm, you will not regret it!

I have a lot of Stockholm to squeeze in one day, tomorrow we are continuing our travel to Paris, so we gotta get moving! Check out my stories at instagram @lindaloefling if you want to see some snapshots from Stockholm today!

Happy thursday! <3

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MAKE UP HELPERS

One of the best make up tips I’ve ever got is to use brushes instead of my fingers when applying foundation, powder, rouge and highlighters.

Not only does the result become more even and long lasting but the movements you do when applying your make up, are easier to control and the morning make up routine hence one little step easier.

There are many, many variations of brushes on the market, I use one for foundation and rouge on a daily basis, the rest are more superficial and used for special make up occasions but still very useful.

 

So if you are still using your hands to apply your make up, you should invest in at least one brush for the foundation and try to use that one instead, I think you will be as positively surprised as me! Just remember to keep your brushes clean! That is something I tend to forget myself and those brushes can be a real collection of makeup residue, bacteries and dead skin. In the worst case the dirty brushes can lead to breakouts – so make sure to keep the cleaning routine!

 

Have a lovely tuesday beauties!

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MONDAY MOTIVATION : 5 TIPS FOR WINTER RUNNING

Wait, what? Running as in running – outdoors in the snow?

YES! It is precisely what I mean! Falling temperatures and fewer daylight hours don’t mean that your outdoor running routine has to go into hibernation for the winter. A run in the snow or the cold landscape can actually help you shake off you winter blues and boost your energy level! There are a few things to think about before heading out in the tracks though, continue reading for my top five tips about how to stay safe and comfy in the colder season!

  1. First things first: How to dress! Start with a thin layer of synthetic material or wool, which transports away sweat from your body. Cotton on the other hand, is a material that holds the moisture and will keep you wet so try to avoid it. Layer on layer is the key, an outer, breathable layer protects against wind while still letting out both heat and moisture. When the temperatures are really low, and additional layer between the first one and the outer one, will add insulation.
  2. However, avoid to over dress! You are supposed to feel a bit chilly when you walk outside your door. As soon as you get started, you will be warmer and comfortable. If you really don’t like getting cold, you can warm up inside before going out, like that you will feel comfortable straight away.
  3. Be aware of your visibility! If you are out running in the dark, be sure to wear reflective or light colored clothes and why not also a small, flashing light? When running in the snow during daytime, try to wear bright colors – it is not very expected for driver to cross runners in the winter so make sure they can see you well.
  4. Make sure you do not slip on ice or slippery spots. Wear trail shoes or grippers and try to run on well plowed and sanded streets to avoid injuries.
  5. Don’t forget the importance of hydration. Just because it’s cold it doesn’t mean you aren’t losing as much fluids. You will be sweating under all those layers.

There, no more excuses! Good luck out on those winter tracks! <3

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WALKING ON A FROZEN SEA

Yesterday the sun was shining over a +3 degrees cold (or shall I say warm?) Luleå. We started the morning with an exhibition at Luleå library and cultural house. It was a very interesting theme about fascism and darker times, my sister in law has made one of the pieces there about the river of Luleå and the no longer existing streams in it. Beautiful! I like to bring Mini on museums and exhibitions, it is a nice way of opening up his senses and creativity about abstract as well as existential thoughts . Looking at a painture or sculpture and ask him if he think it is beautiful or not, and why, can lead to many interesting discussions about what beauty really is.

After the cultural experience, we went for a kicksledge ride ont he frozen archipelago of Luleå. A beautiful, sunny day, but very windy and hence extremely cold! The kicksledge is used as a mean of transportation during the winterperiod and is a really funny and rapid way of moving yourself around. We could not stand more than half an hour on the ice, despite our well adapted winter clothes, the wind made it impossibly cold. If you are travelling to Luleå or any other cold destination and you have a chance to try ice skating or kicksledging, on the sea, then you should! It is a powerful experience being on open water, the children loves it too! Just make sure you have many layers of wool under your coat, and some badass gloves to keep you warm while skating around! Jeans are not to recommend!

This morning we are once again lucky with the weather, and a sunshine sunday asks for more snow related activities!

 

Thanks for visiting here today! <3

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TIME FOR REFLECTION

I guess I am a specialist, of starting over. Daring things. Throwing myself out in different challenges. Succeeding. Turning sinking ships. Performing.

Now at this point of my life,  I’d like to learn something different. How to fail, whatever failure is. How to stop. How to set roots. How to be satisfied and yet feel true to the always so wild and seeking sould of mine.

Interesting how, of all the scary things I’ve done in my life, the one of stopping seems to be the one that frightens me the most. I struggle, beat, argue, cry, fight against it, despite the fact that it is something I’ve chosen to try out by my own will and the only person forcing me to continue, is myself. This fear, is the reason why I continue, and why I think this is important to me. There is some truth in there that I want to find and meet. Self-development is not always funny, it is not always something you want to shout out to the world. It is not always equal to a new, shiny you, it can also be the darkest, ugliest, part of you that has to come up to the surface. It takes some courage to aloud that to happen, but I believe that is the only way to set yourself truly free. And freedom is what I aim for.

Nature is good for self reflection. It is forgiving, calm, asks no questions. You can just be whatever you are at that very moment.

Cold, barren and sometimes terribly difficult, just like the inner me.

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