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A taste of lagom with Rekorderlig Cider #spon

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#StartTheSwedishWay

I was recently approached about the subject of lagom and was instantly transported back in time. Do you remember when I lived in Sweden for a year during University? I’m not even sure if Erasmus still exists but I studied in the small town of Borås and followed my fashion blogger dreams. Yes - then fashion blogging consisted of a handful in the UK but an absolute heap over in Sweden. Their forest photos, simple blonde top knots, giant circle scarves and understated vintage wears were just what the blogging community strived for. Rekorderlig Cider asked me to share how I could start my summer the Swedish way, as the ethos of lagom is that just enough is the perfect amount of everything, with a lack of fussiness being the key. To celebrate a cool, chilled summer, they are going on tour across the UK to give away free samples of cider! Read on to see just where they are heading.

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I even wrote about the vibes of the Swedish custom of lagom in a post here in 2009! It’s SO nostalgic to dip into the past and read a whole year’s worth of blog posts from my time there, which were often very personal as it lives out the true adventure of living abroad. The word lagom is literally translated as ‘just enough’ or ‘just the right amount’. When you visit Sweden, you are absorbed into a world of family time by the lake, picnics in the forest and chatting over fika – a coffee and a cake! The lifestyle is laid back, calm and mindful. If you take just the right amount from life, you reach peace and content. Is happiness balance? I think so! It’s the life you have around those Instagram moments and expensive events that make the difference.

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Over the Bank Holiday I dipped back into the lagom lifestyle and chilled at my mom’s pretty house with my family, enjoying the delicious Wild Berries and and Mango-Raspberry cider in the sunshine, served over ice with a zesty, refreshing twist. My siblings fought over the flavours as it's a truly fruit experience. My mouth is watering just writing this! Instead of organising a grand outing, we all moseyed our way over to Lichfield on the sunny Saturday and sampled that comforting home cooking that I so miss. Chilling on the sofa, cuddling the cat and admiring the birds. No fuss. Perfect!

It is truly nostalgic as Rekorderlig Cider is what we drank in Sweden at the international flat gatherings celebrating cultural days from around the world, and by the lake hidden deep in the huge, towering forest literally just next door to our student halls. I can remember collecting it during the trips to the nearby supermarket while slipping and sliding on ice, surrounded my metre-high snow during winter.

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You can also #StartTheSwedishWay this summer by visiting the Rekorderlig Cider sampling Van in Birmingham on 24th June. The van will be gracing a number of cities across 28 days so you can try a slice of Scandinavian style, drink, and culture too!

The Lagom Tour Dates:

  • Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15th June to 23rd July 2017
  • Box Park Shoreditch, London– 15th June
  • High Street, Birmingham – 24th June
  • Gunwharf, Portsmouth – 30th June
  • Jubilee Street, Brighton – 1st July
  • Rose Lane, Canterbury – 2nd July
  • Queen Street, Cardiff – 6th July
  • Crown Square, Spinningfields, Manchester – 21st July

The post is in collaboration with Rekorderlig Cider.


A Week With The Nokia Lumia 1020

I said a few posts back that I was thinking about getting a decent camera. By decent I mean one that shows I'm wearing colour, have makeup on, and my hair isn't brown! Your standard digital camera isn't too effective for these which is fine, but when I have some precious time to invest in my lovely blog, I want it to be the best it can be. The problem is I don't quite have the time to work out how to use a DSLR and my family usually take my outfit photos anyway.

Camilla at Nokia saw my post and tweeted me to kindly offer a trial of the Nokia Lumia 1020 for a couple of weeks. Why the devil not I thought, and soon I received a parcel and tipped out a banana yellow phone. This thing means business, with a slab of a screen so bright and clear, the days of squinting south to your lap are over. After a few days I wondered why all phones weren't this smart and clutter free, rather than bouncing with fiddly apps. Windows 8 aside, I would definitely go for the white or black colour as the yellow felt like a beacon in my hand, but I do like large phones and this chunky model felt like a real product rather than something as-thin-as-can- be.

The screen is huge and it's almost like looking at a small TV screen because it's just so clear;  a stonking 41 megapixels to be exact. Just look at the iPhone 5 photo above and the Lumia photos below. You can tinker with techy things like the shutter speed and ISO, which my novice curiosity had a dabble in below at my mom's house. The photos are fantastic from the first click, and there are no fuzzy frames as the clip on case turns a standard phone into an easy-grip camera with a shutter button; even my nan could use this! My recent outfit posts have been taken using it and I barely needed any different shots to choose a top few. I really asked myself why I would pay more each month for a sleek iPhone when I could get a phone and awesome camera in one, and not have to lug around two devices. 

I'm interested if you have took the plunge and invested in a snazzy camera. Was it worth it?


Forever young

I was in The Times today on the Young Times page! How cool! I gave some style tips for 2011, I'll put it up properly when I get a new camera, sorry for the webcam picture! It also features some blogs I love: LLYMLRS, Male Mode, WishWishWish and a new blog to me, Behind the Seams. What a nice boost in the middle of all these exams! Revision is just annoying me now, I almost wish exams were sooner! Let's get this show on the road! My housemate and I went to Yo! Sushi today because you can get a 40% off voucher code online. One of the perks of being vegetarian is that I'm not too spoiled for choice in places like that with loads and loads to choose from. Now I'm off to watch the new series of Snog, Marry, Avoid, one of my favourite programmes! I went to MAC today but it was so hectic I couldn't swatch all I wanted, will have to go back after exams. I've bargained with myself that I'll revise until 11pm and then I can read the latest Elle. I'm so excited to go shopping for this season!xx