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Five Hours in Stockholm

It is a gloomy morning outside my windows. The clouds are thick letting only a dim light filter through the moody early hours of the day. Looking at pictures from last week in Stockholm, I am reminded of Spring’s arrival. The warm sunshine left my cheeks sunkissed after a full day of wandering Swedish streets. Although my time there was too short to bare, it was just enough to taste a different world and leave the everyday scene.

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My husband talks about how each city has its own smell. An individual fragrance to each part of the world. It is a sense I have tried to refine in recent years while traveling. Opening up to experience the world around me and be a witness with more than my eyes. My natural instinct is to listen to the sound of a city. The new noises and notes played by the people and nature combined. Stockholm sounds like cobblestone roads combined with the sing-song language that is the rhythm of the Swedish tongue.

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Another conversation I have when traveling is whether or not I feel “abroad”. As an immigrant for nearly three years, I suppose I live in a constant state of abroad. So when traveling around Europe the sensation of distant lands versus comfortable places varies on a scale. Stockholm falling somewhere on the scale of a large overwhelming populous to settling in a comfortable neighborhood corner.

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Helsinki Light Event

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No that is not some crazy edit, that is the Helsinki Cathedral on Wednesday night. It was the LUX Light Event earlier this week. An amazing spectacle where artists use light as their medium and the canvas is city buildings. Scattered throughout the streets, spectators can wander the long nights and check out what has become of their city in the darkness. This week was the 10th annual production of this event.

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The Design Museum was the beginning of the tour, and my favorite show to witness. A sound and light production captivated audiences whilst gazing at the side of this building. It is one of a kind entertainment, and definitely a wild concept. Other artists contribute with mural pieces or more literal installations. Like this Love piece, it was accompanied by about five other black light pieces.

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This event is one of the great things about the Finnish mentality. Even though the nights are cold, long, and currently their darkest, it is simply inspiration for the community. I appreciate this kind of work and attitude. As the Christmas lights will soon be all gone, and the winter lingers on, light is cherished.

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As well as giving me a reason to go out once more and practice night photography. I am starting to get comfortable in low ISO situations. Like this photo above which demanded I stand one foot on the side of a brick of a building, the other on a handrail, all while my husbands shoved my center of gravity towards the wall, just to prop my camera on top of a metal awning. Creativity and winter demands push inspiration to the limit. a challenging combination which adds up to glowing memory.

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Picnic

If I had to pick one thing I absolutely adore about Nordic culture, it is the frequent and impressive picnic scene. No matter how big or small, if the sun is shining, you can find someone sharing a meal outside with friends, or having a snack in the fresh air.

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Picnicking to me is the postcard activity for summer. I take advantage of the local scenery and pack up my essentials for a special hour or two. This location is my favorite spot! Just a 5-minute walk from my front door, it is top notch combining views of the sea and a lush rolling green lawn.

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On this particular day, my lunch is simple, I have a new recipe for my sandwich and picked up some fresh berries on my way to the park. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or buy something to go, you can do no wrong by opting for a meal with this view!

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As a child, I remember my mother collecting various picnic basket sets. They were extravagant and only really ever used for holidays or special occasions. Nonetheless, they struck my curiosity for dining with the great outdoors. Now, the Helsinki scene is more low-key, trading a wicker basket for a quirky canvas tote. It is a wonderful activity to celebrate a special occasion, spark a romantic date, or just a reason to leave the house for a few extra hours.

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Happy picnicking! Until next week,

xx – nasty trash

Samuji Backpack

One of my favorite things to watch on Youtube is a “What’s in my bag” video. A purse is an interesting concept and the things which people carry on a regular basis is fascinating. So today, I am sharing what’s in my bag!

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To start, I have a Samuji bag. I had been stalking this item for months and when I found the best price online it was time to make the investment. I have been carrying it every day since!

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The bag is perfect for city life whilst adding a stylish leather detail to every outfit. Two of my favorite things are street style and leather goods, so this bag is the perfect representation of both.

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 I have always taken the boy scout approach regarding the contents of my bag. For those of you that don’t know, the philosophy is simple” always be prepared”. Inside you can frequently find things I use on a daily basis whilst incorporating subtle details of my personality.

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So in a moment of writing inspiration or boredom, I keep pen and paper on my person at all times. Most importantly this includes my personal agenda. I have been using this exact agenda for half a decade now and do not go anywhere without it. Over the course of a year, I decorate the pages, adding personal details from that time of my life. These agendas are some of my most cherished possessions.

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A new favorite in my bag these days is the memo bottle. I think the flat design is a fantastic space saver, especially considering the structure of my personal bag. The brand itself has a great mission and holds an honest quality check to their products.

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Lastly, this wallet is an absolute dream. The size is perfect since Nordic countries lean towards a card friendly lifestyle and cash just isn’t very popular here. Plus, the eel skin is so smooth and pretty! I found the adorable tiny pin detail at a local thrift store for just 20¢!

These are just a few of the special little items I carry on a regular basis. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

Until next Friday,

xx – nasty trash