A tour of my kitchen!
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Photography credits: © Agentur Loop. Styling: Niki Brantmark – My Scandinavian Home.
A quick note on where everything’s from (if I’ve missed anything just give me a shout in the comment section below):
Dining area: the bench is from Lovely & Co, source a Gotland sheepskin here, the chairs were a flea market find and painted white, the large cushion and oil lamp are both Nordal.
Window nook: Söderhamn daybed. The lamp and patterned cushion are from Nordal, these linen cushions are similar. My book The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light.
Drinks trolley: barcart, vases and candlestick holder all Nordal. Muuto E27 light, The Kate Moss Book.
Kitchen: cabinets from Marbodal, oak surface, chopping boards from Nordal and Granit, L:A Bruket hand & body soap. Kitchen island from IKEA, stools, hooks and feather duster from Geijersgatan 53, ceramic hanging planters by Anne Black. Rug from IKEA.
Is there anything you love about your kitchen and recommend we do in our own? (Go on, inspire us – it’s Monday, we need it!).
Have a great start to the week!
September 18, 2017 at 03:00AM
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Lee Mathews + Deadly Ponies in Madrid
Rainbows in Madrid last month, at Barceló Torre de Madrid.
September 16, 2017 at 02:11PM
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A FAST Guide to Slowing Down, Sedona Style
By Olivia Shove
Almost perfectly center in our neighboring state sits a town often referred to as ‘The Vortex.’ Famous for its breathtaking views, infamous orange and green landscapes, and crystal shops adorned with purple aliens, Sedona, Arizona is the desert oasis you’ve been dreaming of.
Sedona is a spicy place. Perhaps it’s the dry, desert heat, the extraterrestrial energy, or the divide of four Native American nations – or maybe it has something to do with being surrounded by enormous, red rock walls on all sides – but spend enough time there and you’ll see what I mean. Prepare for whatever mood you’re in to be amplified. If you’re feeling good you’ll be feeling great, but if you’re not so good then you may want to warn everyone to stay out of your way. If you can deal with the wide-swinging pendulum of temperatures and emotions, then you’re in for something sweet, because there truly is nowhere else like this southwestern escape.
If there is one thing that you absolutely need to do in Sedona, it’s hiking. The scenery is so striking that anywhere you end up going will be impressive, but there are some hikes that are particularly alluring, and very much worth the butt-whoopin’ you will receive doing them.
Despite the name, a massive rock arch known as Devil’s Bridge provides some truly ethereal views. After a relatively mellow walk in followed by a steep climb, standing on top of the natural wonder surrounded by giants is a humbling reminder of our size and relative individual importance, in the best way possible. Though it is one of the more popular sites to see, it is absolutely worth the effort.
If you’re like me and you prefer your outdoor experiences uninterrupted by other humans, I recommend going for a walk at Sugarloaf Trail or the neighboring Teacup Trail. Towering above a quiet neighborhood, the trails take you up onto ‘Coffee Pot Rock’ with a breathtaking view of the domelike ‘Sugarloaf Mountain,’ and ‘Thunder Mountain,’ the rock formation that inspired the Disneyland ride.
Whether you’re going to a notorious landmark or just climbing around on the celestial, orange mountains, you’re set to see something astonishing. Take a peek at the list here for even more places to explore.
Contrary to popular belief, the desert is not nearly as dry and desolate as one might imagine, and there is water on Mars. Sedona can get HOT and as a result you are going to want to get wet, often. If you’re visiting in the spring or summer, I recommend practicing what I like to call the ‘strip n dip’ – it’s simple, just remove your clothing and jump in any and every body of water you can find.
Right off highway 179 heading south is a spot referred to as the Windtunnel Caves, overlooking Oak Creek, which runs through all of Sedona. Climb through the caves and go for a swim in the creek for a break from reality.
Even further south you will find Wet Beaver Creek. While there are some more secluded nooks to hide out along the creek, ‘The Crack’ is a highly rated spot for swimming as well as cliff jumping.
Lastly is my favorite swim hole and a spot I’m still not positive I want to share, but it’s not marked on a map so if you can find it on your own then fair’s fair. Right in the heart of Sedona just down from Brewer Road is a local secret perfect for those of us with lizard-like temperaments who enjoy basking in the sun on warm rocks and taking a refreshing dip in some icy water.
Though it’s still a part of the West, Sedona is encroaching on Southern territory, as made evident by the abundance of heartier dining options. However, Sedona also has a growing holistic health community, and as your local vegan health-nerd, I’ve found the spots that cater to every dietary need.
Have breakfast at Indian Gardens, about 10 minutes up highway 89 towards Flagstaff. Grab a coffee and their fancy avocado toast and relax in their shaded patio out back.
Whatever you do, wherever you go, you need to eat tamales at Tamaliza Café. Owned by a family of Mexican immigrants, the shoe-box sized restaurant is serving up authentic tamales made with the kind of love you can taste, and they cater to vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike!
Sedona is a spiritual place in every sense of the word. Whether you consider yourself to be a spiritually guided person or not, it is important to be aware that Sedona is home to many dogmas, religious practices, cultures, and lifestyles, and as such one must be respectful and tolerant of all of them. Of all of the holy buildings, crystal shops, and sacred spaces, there are two that stand out to me the most.
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is a must-see no matter where you stand on the spiritual spectrum. A Buddhist establishment, the peace park is free and open to the public 7-days a week, welcome to any and all walks of life, and is quite unlike any place I’ve ever been. The serenity in the air is intoxicating and if you remain open to it, you will leave feeling refreshed and totally content, grateful that such a place exists.
Of all of the crystal shops around, and there are plenty, my top pick is Crystal Magic. While the shop offers a wide range of crystals, stones, smudge sticks, and various reading material, the selling point is a man by the name of Cosmic Bob – yes, that’s his real name. If you’re in the mood to get existential and you’re ready to have your mind blown, pop in and have a chat with Cosmic, you won’t regret it.
Sedona is smack-dab in the middle of Arizona, and while it’s a relatively compact town, there are wide stretches of open land all around it with even smaller towns scattered intermittently. You’re already way out there you may as well see what’s nearby.
Turn off the GPS, turn up the music, go for a drive, get ‘lost,’ and find your way back. Whether it’s the cows roaming in Cornville, the peculiar mountain town of Jerome, Gold King Mine Ghost Town, or the ancient ruins Montezuma’s Castle, you’re destined to find something eye catching that you may have missed otherwise.
Last but definitely not least, I must stress the importance of keeping an eye out for wildlife, particularly while driving. Sedona locals include deer, bobcats, rattlesnakes, lizards, javelinas, roadrunners, hawks, coyotes, rabbits, and a multitude of other outdoor-living creatures. Please remember that while this may be a vacation destination for us humans, these natural wonders are home to thousands of other species and our presence need not negatively impact their livelihood. Be a respectful guest. Drive the speed limit, watch out for four-legged j-walkers, and clean up after yourself wherever you go. Be good to nature and nature will be good to you.
September 15, 2017 at 11:12AM
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How to introduce subtle colours into your home
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NB: What renovations have you carried out?
TL: We completely changed the layout of the kitchen/ dining area by tearing down the dividing wall to create one big room and adding a door out to the terrace (which we also built). I love the new layout and stepping out into the garden to enjoy a coffee in the morning sun. We also built a fireplace between the dining room and living room which has been a fantastic investment for autumn and winter. Not only does it keep us toasty, it’s also so nice to sit in front of it when it’s grey outside. The kids love to grill marshmallows too!
September 15, 2017 at 06:16AM
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Zimmermann in New York
After Zimmermann’s NYFW show last week<3
A huge thank you to Nicky and team for being so amazing and letting me crash their studio fittings with Robbie… absolute highlight of my week.
September 14, 2017 at 10:46PM
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Side table designed by Andrea Parisio for Meridiani.
Side table designed by Andrea Parisio for Meridiani.
September 15, 2017 at 04:00AM
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free standing kitchen counter made of marble and wood, designed…
free standing kitchen counter made of marble and wood, designed by Enzo Berti
September 15, 2017 at 02:00AM
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Plant-Based Babe: Eddie Mitsou on her Approach to a Clean-Eating Lifestyle
By Live Fast Mag
Model and health food entrepreneur Eddie Mitsou is, in a word, passionate. Originally from Sweden, she currently splits her time between Los Angeles, New York, and wherever else in the world she finds herself. With a passion for clean-eating that began when she was a teenager, she took the time to share with us how she prioritizes her healthy vegan lifestyle while constantly on the go, what recipes are in her current rotation, and her process when it comes to developing new dishes. Dig in!
LF: Hi Eddie! Welcome to Live FAST. You’ve mentioned that you’ve been interested in a clean-eating lifestyle since you were a teen. How did this passion flourish at such a young age?
EM: I’ve always eaten very healthy and had an understanding for the influence food has on my body since before I was a teenager. I never liked the taste of meat, so I have been pretty much fully vegetarian since I was 12. My favorite food was always salad or grilled vegetables, I never liked unhealthy things like pizza. I started modeling at the age of 14 and as we all know the career I got thrown into puts a lot of pressure to have a perfect figure – unfortunately and fortunately, in my own case. Fortunate since I made the choice to stay in great shape the healthy way, not to starve myself. I was “forced” to learn about nutrition and how to feed my body to look (and feel!) the best.
LF: You travel between Los Angeles, New York City, and your hometown of Stockholm. How do you manage to eat clean while always on the go?
EM: This is a question that people always tend to ask me – and to me it’s one of the easiest to answer! It’s not as hard as you think, there’s so many good snacks that you can bring. When I know I’ll be out and about, I always have a vegan protein bar in my purse, some trail mix, or a snack pack of nut butter. When I go on the plane I always bring my own food. I feel like a lot of people are unknowing of the fact that you can bring food through security – it just has to be solid. If I’m flying, I’ll always bring a salad (dressing must already be mixed) and maybe some raw chocolate as dessert.
I always have tea bags in my wallet. They are so easy to bring and are a perfect pick me up/detoxifier/energy booster whenever. You can get access to hot water pretty much anywhere. I like herbal teas – ginger or sweet tooth curbing mint is something I try to consume as much as possible.
LF: Do you have any vices? If so, what are they?
EM: Coffee. I’ve been a big coffee consumer since I was 13 years old. I saw paparazzi photos of cool Soho-strolling It Girls sipping large Starbucks lattes and forced myself to start loving lattes. Back then, in Stockholm City, I would buy one on my way to school and strut with giant sunglasses to my 8am Biology class. I felt so cool. And well, guess that’s where my coffee addiction started.
It’s more then just addiction today. I love the taste of coffee more than anything in the world. I took a break this spring and consumed only green tea and matcha for (almost!) 3 months to be nice to my stress hormones. But I decided to get back to coffee, since it after all make me very happy.
LF: What recipes are in your current rotation?
EM: I try to stay as close to the season as possible and it’s definitely easier when I’m in California. There is a constant need to inform people that you can find local sources of various nutrients and vitamins. In Sweden, we have several berries that are as rich in vitamins as the exotic overpriced ones – like Goji and Inca. It’s better for the environment to eat what grows around you. It’s also much nicer to your wallet and makes sense on a more spiritual level to eat what naturally grows around you.
Pick what’s around me – I like to think like that when I cook and create. When I spent a month in Costa Rica I mainly lived on a raw food diet full of exotic fruits. It fits the humid climate too; you want to eat lighter. Back in my days spent living in the cold Lower East Side during the winter, I had a tendency to eat warm veggie bowls full of locally grown root vegetables.
I lived in Istanbul, Turkey in December 2012 and I was really inspired by the healthy meze kitchen – hummus, beans, grilled vegetables and traditionally healthy desserts like Halva and dried fruit. From then I learner that a plant based diet is more nutritious and my body enjoys leafy greens, starchy vegetables and vegetarian protein. Since 2012 I have been vegan and I strongly believe in a healthy lifestyle and it is reflected in my recipes on my website.
LF: What projects do you currently have on your plate – both in the modeling and wellness worlds?
Most of the time when I leave my lil West Hollywood house, I pack prepared to be gone for months, without really knowing what’s next. All I know know is that after NYC I’m flying to Paris for fashion week and then visiting one of my oldest friends in Lisbon, Portugal. Then, we’ll see…
I also have some exciting stuff waiting back in LA. Recently, I’ve started an interesting project in the health and wellness industry. Right now, I can reveal that I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen and that I have great benefit from my many years of experience living a healthy lifestyle.
LF: Describe the last adventure you went on.
EM: I’m actually on an adventure as I write this! I’m in Hamptons for Labor Day Weekend and tomorrow I’m heading to my second home in New York. Adventures like this; traveling to big cities and going to events is one thing, but the greatest adventures in my opinion is the ones that take you to different worlds. That really opens up your eyes and make you reflect…
I experienced one of those – a completely different type of adventure, at the end of last year when I went to Haiti to visit the country’s so troubled inhabitants. I was invited by The Jack Brewer Foundation and realized how important it is to never forget Haiti. So terribly hit by natural disasters and illness. And in the midst of all – the joy in the children’s play and the determination of the healthcare staff. Adventures like that really make you think!
LF: What is a hidden talent that you have?
EM: I’m not sure if it counts as a talent – but I have an extremely detailed memory. Name a date 3 years ago and one thing I did that day and I can without a doubt tell you about exact everything that happened, who I spent time with, what I ate, what I wore and what emotional state I was in. I never forget.
Oh, and I’m also very good at eating raw almond butter straight from the jar!
LF: Cooking is a rather creative process. What do you take into consideration when experimenting with a new recipe?
EM: Cooking is a way to express myself, it’s an art form to me. I like being messy, taking up a lot of space and zoning into the kitchen for hours with only my own thoughts and the ingredients. It’s a combination of meditation and relaxation, while working focused to create something exceptional.
Obviously, I always cook nutritious and tasty, but the look is really important to me. I believe you partly eat with your eyes! If it doesn’t look appealing, it won’t taste great.
When I think about it, I like working with all the different elements. The textures and colors – I love picturing my plate like it’s a piece of art. Part of the creative process evolves around what’s around me. I’m quite an expert with using everything in the fridge and if something is about to expire that’s my first choice to use. That’s what makes it interesting and creativity challenging in a way. But, that’s also how you come up with the most interesting and flavorful dishes and baked goods. Vegan miso maple muffin anyone?
LF: How fast do you live?
EM: I live fast! I am focused, persistent, and restless and this always ends up in me doing as much as possible. I can’t stand to sleep late. I don’t want to miss a moment.
September 13, 2017 at 12:40PM
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Easy stool-chair, designed by George Bonaguro made of wood and…
Easy stool-chair, designed by George Bonaguro made of wood and composite material
September 14, 2017 at 10:00AM
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A Danish home full of vintage finds
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Photography: Anne Romedahl.
Oh how I love this home! It’s such a fascinating blend of pieces and has a wonderful Danish feel about it. It’s really homely too.
Could you imagine living here?
Get the look: dining room – could these be the saucer pendants? The lovely pale blue cups and saucers look like Bröste Copenhagen, pick up a mid-century credenza / side-table here, these little rugs are super cute – I’m not sure if they ship worldwide but worth a shot?! Sitting room – Palms wall hanging. Bedroom: illustrations by Diana Lovring.
Check out more Danish homes here.
While I was in the archives I also came across the beautiful home of Emma Von Brömsson – Aaah, soooo lovely!
Have a great day!
September 14, 2017 at 12:08AM
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Midweek Meditations: Arden Grier’s Guide to Advocating for DACA
By Julia Childs
Apart of taking action is knowing when to pass the mic. While I initially structured Midweek Meditations to be a round-up of activist oriented news within the realm of pop culture, I have realized that perhaps that isn’t exactly what we need. Because I believe in expanding our community of activists here at Live FAST and because my perspective isn’t the only one that matters, Midweek Meditations will begin having a more varied format moving forward. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere – I’m just bringing some friends along for the ride.
With that being said, I am excited to share Arden Grier’s Calling Your Congressman: A Step by Step Guide for Dummies. An actress, writer, and ally based in Los Angeles, Arden put together an easy how-to guide on taking action to save DACA. I’m certain most folks reading this article know a dreamer and likely hold them close to their heart. They are individuals who work hard to create change in this country. They are our neighbors, our friends, our allies, our movers and shakers. It is essential that we work to protect these individuals and stay by them during this dark time in American history and beyond.
Let’s get to work – follow the steps below.
This will provide you with a list of your members of congress. Call representatives first before your senators, because your concerns are more likely to be acknowledged faster with your congressional representative than with your state senator who represents a larger group/number of people. This site provides their Washington Office phone number- it’s important to call their district office as well.
See my script below as a loose template for Rep. Karen Bass. If you are writing your own script, ask them questions. Be firm. Be personal. If you have friends, family, loved ones who are dreamers, tell the story. It is very effective to make it personal. If you’re not sure where your representative stands, try googling their name with the word ‘DACA’ – they will most likely have commented on it, and if they haven’t, take the silence as a sign of support for rescinding it.
“Hi there, I am calling as a constituent, my name is Arden Grier Dunlop. I am deeply disturbed, concerned and scared by the president’s decision to rescind DACA. It is absolutely an act of racism – the dreamers are my friends, my coworkers, my doctors, my mentors, and most of all, they are part of my community and my country. I am enraged. The dreamers make up 200,000 people in my state of California. They have grown up in this country, lived here longer than me; contributed to the economy longer than me; they’ve been paying taxes longer than me, they’ve grown roots and built families here; they are the American people. My fellow Americans and I will not stand by and let a babbling racist pick and choose which Americans are white enough to keep around. It goes against the basic human rights of our American people.
I am aware that Karen Bass opposes the rescindment of DACA. As a concerned constituent, I urge Ms. Bass to take action to formally propose and/or throw her vocal support behind new legislation that protects dreamers.
What is your office doing to support non-profits that provide legal representation for Dreamers and undocumented immigrants?
What does an ideal “fixed” bipartisan legislation look like?”
I will also be calling my Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein with a very similar script, adding:
“Will you call on Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to immediately put the act up for a vote in the senate? If it does not come to the floor in September, will you be prepared to attach it to other acts to ENSURE it will pass?”
I will be calling Karen Bass at these two phone numbers:
My 90019 Representative:
Rep. Karen Bass (Democrat)
District Phone: (323) 965-1422
Washington Office Phone: (202) 225-7084
5. When you get someone on the phone, start reciting your script. Calling was very intimidating to me – my heart was racing and I tripped over my words. I felt like a little ignorant loser shit. I felt extra weird because California isn’t the problem and I know that our state stands behind DACA. However, this is how democracy works. I cannot stress this enough. We cannot standby because we have the privilege of living in the most progressive state. We have to make our voices heard in congress, and affirm or rebuke their positions. We have to remind the president that we will not shut up about it.
If you want some more loose guidelines, see this article by BUSTLE, which breaks it down more generally so that you can call any member of congress from anywhere. It can be intimidating, but it is very important and it’s easier than you think!
Also, if you live in California, you can sign this petition to stand behind Kamala Harris.
September 13, 2017 at 12:29PM
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A Shift of Seasons: The Line by K’s Pre-Fall ’17 Collection is the Answer to an Indian Summer
By Julia Childs
There’s something romantic about seasonless clothing. I want to wear ivory cotton that can blur the lines between winter white and bleached summer linen. The concept of slipping in and out of a wardrobe of light pieces, thin enough for an Indian Summer in Los Angeles but versatile enough to coexist with multiple layers, is one I hold near to my heart as the weather shifts and I refuse to retire my most-loved pieces. The Line by K’s Pre-Fall 2017 drop is the answer to my desire for a multifaceted wardrobe.
This editorial features some of our favorite looks from their most recent drop – every single piece is lux with a keen attention to detail. A lightweight crop top with puffed sleeves takes me from an afternoon spent sailing to an evening dinner party. Knit pants look as if they were plucked off the runways of NYFW, but feel as if you’re still lounging at home. Shop the full collection here.
September 13, 2017 at 10:00AM
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