Thursday, October 30, 2014

do you take almond milk, honey or a cat with your tea?

tea related

For some reason I haven't gotten around to trying plant based milk in my tea since I stopped using dairy. I went straight for honey (or sometimes nothing at all) and have stayed there. I've feared that plant based milk would interfer with the natural tea flavour, whilst honey simply enhance it.

I got a tip about a certain coconut milk that would be lovely in tea, but since I haven't found it in Sweden I've just let go of the idea somehow. But then someone recently tweeted about a certain tea in combination with almond milk. And it sounded great, "pear glow" and almond milk, surely that would taste awesome together?

So I bought the tea - that didn't smell anything in tea shop but I thought it was because I'd just had the facial with rather strong herbal scents and I didn't smell a thing but those herbs and lotions - and the almond milk I use and looked forward to a new flavour sensation.

Brewed the tea, which turned out to neither smell nor taste anything at all, to be honest I think the shop sold me old tea. Which is a shame, even if it's a measly amount of money per se I'm certainly not tempted to buy more tea from them. But with the almond milk it was actually quite a drinkable cup of tea anyway.

Just a very faint flavour of almond, not overpowering at all. I do believe almond milk will be my new almost-best friend for a decent cuppa. With a better tea with stronger taste of course.

Honey or almond milk, them cats doesn't care much which, they just know that when I cuddle up in the corner of the sofa with a cup there's also time for a cat cuddle, as far as they are concerned. They know me too well.

tea related

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

red rosy beanie and red boots

rosy beanie

Behold the pretty wonderful beanie I go for myself as a birthday gift. It was another case of almosst-sold-ot-but-I-managed-to-snatch-one. And every time this happens with colourful clothes I wonder who buys them, but me, because I never see those colourful items being worn by other people. At least not in Sweden. Perhaps clever, colourful tourists buy them?

It's from Swedish brand Gudrun Sjödén and made from organic cotton with a dash of mulesing-free merino wool - I'm glad they actually made a thing of the wool being mulesing-free as I never buy merino because of its often immense cruelty in production - thin and perfect for chilly but not very cold autumn/winter days. But most of all it's a lovely rosy, colourful piece perfect for the long, dark and glum season.

And no it's meant to be worn on a human head, not used as a supersized sleeping baf for small sized woollies. Despite what the picture might suggest.

The boots that match the beanie very well is from the same brand - also a case of  sold-out-but-we'll-refill-the-stock-so-please-order - but not mine, but my mother's. Not my cup of tea in style, but I love the bright red colour called 'cranberry'. I'm sure she'll look great in them for many winter seasons to come!

red boots

How about you, 
something old or something new 
on head and feet this winter season?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the magic granny square cardigan to be

Looking forward to finally see these 72 granny squares turned into a cardigan. Can't say I'm looking forward to the tying the loose ends and sewing them together though. 

At least it's a Sisyphean task with and end. If there ever was one. 

It will certainly be a cardigan of many colours. A magic one. I'm sure.

pia k stockholm

Monday, October 27, 2014

dermalogica ultracalming skincare

dermalogica ultracalming

Better late than never, I've just begun using Dermalogica skincare. Hopefully it'll be the perfect companion for dry, dull winter skin.

When I had a facial last week - and got told I had a really great skin that didn't need such facials. Oh dear, I had to mention that again, didn't I? - I was, as usual, curious about the products used. And since my Kiehl's Skin rescuer bottle is nearly empty (and it wasn't a successful match for me during the colder time of the year. Neither was the Kiehl's centella recovery skin salve. Time for a new brand) I was open to new suggestions to try.

The beauty therapist used this Dermalogica kit of four on me during the facial and it felt like a good option with natural ingredients only. So far I've only used the serum under the above mentioned skin rescuer. And only a couple of times so I can't really tell if I find it good or not. I'm also crap at keeping strict and regular skin regimes, some days I do that, other days I do this and some days neither this nor that.

The skin did feel lovely after the facial though. And I haven't experienced the usual dry patches this time of the year recently. I will update this post when I've used the products more thoroughly. It would be lovely if I could then say it's one great product (or two, three, four).

But for now, but favourite facial product is still bareMinerals original foundation. It has been very very kind to my skin for five months now. I hope it'll be good during the harsher, cold months too.

Dermalogica seems like a company with strong ethics when it comes to animal testing and most of their products are suitable for vegans. I also really appreciate that they have a foundation that supports and empowers women and communities all over the world. Like all the best companies have (best as in the ones that produce/sell ethical products, not the ones that use philantropy as an alibi for their unethical or unhealthy product).

For now, I'm pretty certain my head won't fall off from using the ultracalming range. And if it does at least I can join the bobbaloo deity and spread the word of kindness while soaring.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

reflections on the birthday week that was

With another birthday just behind me I felt a little reflection on the week behind it is in place. As it has been a crazy hectic one. A fun one. Inspiring, interesting, learning, confirming. Very weather glum, tad annoying bits, very weather glum, sadly little sleep. But the good parts certainly made up for the not so good ones.

Let's start with the Sting-tones to set you in the right mood to read a selection of me, myself and Prosit bits - promise, you will absolutely love this 

There was a pair of pretty awesome shoes. With soles so fabtastic I broke my fine rule of no black shoes. Green heels, swoonworthy El Naturalista Octopus. They turned out to be pretty comfortable too, the thick sole is lovely.

And then there was a day's event of talks about social media, communication, humour and marketing (with that sweet lunch company in feathers). And the first coaching session of four to reach personal job related goals. 

There was business speed dating. And a B2B fair (which was a waste of time). I had a facial - and learnt I had really great skin which make such facials superfluous. Well, how about that?! - a got me some new skin products suitable for harsh winter weather which I hope will be goodness galore.

I went to one of my favourite museums, Fotografiska, looked at inconcievable photo art and some wonderful too. Had a great pumpkin lunch and went to a really interesting coffee event about agroforestry, sustainability, organic, fairtrade and bird friendly coffee. 

There was not only one but two soy lattes (which I haven't enjoyed for several weeks) and endless cups of teas of course. The freezer has been filled with sourdough bread for oh so many great breakfasts to come.

There was a sweet blue dress (from Noa Noa) which I'm sure I'll enjoy wearing for many years to come. And a little perfect knitted cap with roses red for days chilly but not very cold.

And lots and lots and lots of copywriting.

Now I'm looking forward to my week with more time for reflection and work in the pink office. And for your week to come, just to get you into a really good mood, why not start a dance party on your train commute? This video will get you all happy and inspired to just do it!

Happy last week of October, 
one and all ~

Saturday, October 25, 2014

happy birthday to me

And what better day to celebrate a birthday in style than with afternoon tea? Same procedure as last year, Sigtuna stadshotell. Vegetarian delights with an autumn view.

Same Pia, only a year wiser, new gaggle of pastry eating bobbaloos.

For the next year in life I hope for health, happiness and love. Good food, new sights and sweet success. And for Prosit to play its part in making this world a kinder, better, healthier place for all earthlings.

Friday, October 24, 2014

pumpkin season

I'm so glad pumpkins aren't are sight in Sweden anymore. But it's pretty much only since about ten years back they're easy to come by here. Yes really.

I don't find them an easy ingredient to cook with, so I sadly rarely do. But love eating pumpkin dishes whenever I get the chance.

Today I had an awesome one for lunch. Pumpkin puree (heavenly), barley, roasted pumpkin and pickled red onions. 

The Scandinavian darkness and glum this time of the year might be a complete drag, but the fantastic seasonal ingredients are certainly not!

Even a bobbaloo deity of kindness does agree.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

freezing stockholm

i can't believe how cold the weather has become lately. though it is after all november any day now. but it feels like summer was only last week somehow. i'm just not ready for this.

today was the day when both boots and the fabulous happy coat got the seasonal first wear. and it wasn't a bad decision. which make me both sad and happy at the same time. when cold winds blow in stockholm.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

my religion is kindness said the soaring bobbaloo

There was such a surprise in the mailbox today. A truly kind blog reader - you're a Starr! - sent a wee pink gift. A bob without a body. It could have been a gruesome sight, but turned out to be a bit magic instead. Like things and sights with bobs most often are.

It's like a genie appearing. A very pink one. The non-bodyless bobs were a mesmerized by the soaring sight. In fact this might be the bobbaloo equivalent to a deity. It is pink. And its name is Kindness. Middle name Sweetness. Last name... what do you think?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

the tiny lunch company

lunch company

At the day conference lunch break I decided to enjoy my lunch outside today. On my own. Or so I thought. Because as soon as I sat down I was excitedly greeted and surrounded by a huge flock of house sparrows. All fluffy and pleading, with the odd occasion of fluttering up and down to get my attention it was like having a tiny hoard of hungry cats or loaf dogs at your feet.

In fact I felt a bit like Snow White or Cinderella with all my bird friends. Because obviously the other lunch eaters on other benches weren't at all as interesting as me. When they finally got some bread to share they became a fluffy ball of squeakers and the large pigeons who also came for food didn't dare snatch any bread from the tiny ones.

An overall good and interesting day, but this was certainly the meet cute highlight of it. Heart.
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