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(SHEET) MASQUERADE

YEEEEEESSSSSS to sheet masks. Always. Forever. Yes please. I am obsessed with sheet masks, I use them multiple times a week and I have really seen a difference in my skin since I started this beauty ritual. As some of you might remember, one of my new years resolutions for 2019 (number 4 to be exact) was to invest more in myself. Being better at letting myself spend money on beauty, on treatments, on well, stuff I want. So in teaching to pamper myself I discovered how much I LOVE to do a quick sheet mask. It’s fast, it’s doable and you really feel a difference in your skin. SO because that is now a part of my life, I thought I would share my favorite ones (so far) with you.

I typically use a sheet mask in the morning while I am cooking breakfast or making the bed. My favorite brands right now are;

Patchology – I am starting with this one because quite frankly it’s the best. Patchology can be bought both as singles but also in boxes (which I recommend, believe me you will use all). My two favorite masks are their MILK PEEL (shop here), it’s packed with lactic acid and fruit enzymes plus coconut and soy milk. Second their HYDRATE (shop here), which contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. Shop shop shop, you won’t regret it.

Animal face pack – yes this is actually it’s name. A bit weird, but that’s no reason to miss out on the glory this facemask has to offer. I found these really funny face masks in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA and bought them as kind of a joke. They looked really fun and your face transforms into a panda or a tiger. You can also buy them looking like the traditional Kabuki faces. I started to read about them just because I didn’t want to put anything bad on my skin, to my surprise the mask was actually packed with BG hyaluronan, hydrolysis collagen, water-soluble collagen and vitamin C so I decided to give them a try and now I LOVE them. I frequently visit that fun little beauty shop where they don’t really speak english, to buy more masks, but you can find them here.

Azure – a brand that was new to me but I had to buy it because it said “unicorn glitter face mask” I was like – what? Then I read on the box and it said “Paraben free and hypoallergenic” so I thought – how bad can it be? I tried it on and first I wanna say, it was fun! I loved the way it looked and felt but also love it’s ingredient list; Betaine, collagen, aloe and vitamin A, B, C and E. YES god damn it. It leaves the skin smooth and glowy! Find it here.

7 days by Ariul – a korean beauty brand. Apparently in Korea there is sold one 7 days mask every 8 seconds. That’s CRAZY! But to be honest, I understand why. You can buy a box of 10 and the selection seems endless. Tea tree, lemon, aloe, avocado – anything you want! My favorite one right now is the green tea mask. It’s lovely and smells so good. Full of antioxidants like green tea extract with natural caffeine and vitamins. What’s not to love. Find it here.

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THE GETTY

Hat / LA RAMS, Blazer / Own design, Hoodie / YSMN, Shorts / Pieszak, Sneakers / Yeezy 350

Location: The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Photos taken with iPhone 8

Ah yes, The Getty, a place I have always wanted to see but never really made time to see. You know those places? I have a whole book of them. In the whole world actually but for LA, the list is long. I still have to go hike in the Malibu mountains, drive down Mulholland drive, do some sort of horse back riding and so much MUCH more. Not to mention all the restaurants I have not yet eaten at. I feel like I discover new ones everyday. It’s almost stressful (tough I know).

You can’t photograph inside The Getty because, well, it’s filled with Picasso, Rembrandt and more but the outside is just as breathtaking. Sitting on a hill just of Sunset Blvd, The Getty shines over looking Los Angeles in all it’s glory. White tile, majestic shapes and pillars everywhere. It is an architectural masterpiece and a true pleasure to wander around there for hours. They also have The Getty gardens below on the hill and also here does perfection shine through. I highly recommend visiting this landmark, if not for the art, for the photo possibilities and amazing views.

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Visit The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

WHITES





Hat / The Kooples, Crewneck and pants / Villao (shop here and here), Bags / Chanel (vintage), Sneakers / Adidas yung-1 (shop here)

Location: Los Angeles, California
Photos taken with iPhone 8

I have never before been in LA during January and February and I never thought I would say this, but it gets cold here too. WHY GOD WHY?! Okay when I say cold I mean like 15 degrees, it’s chilly – not cold. But seriously, where do I have to move for constant 30 degrees and eternal sunshine?! Might consider island life.

But this “cold” luckily opens up for some cozy outfits, and one of my favorite materials cashmere. Now cashmere can also be worn in the summer don’t forget – it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s divine. This whole set is from Villao the rib pants actually also has a rib turtleneck that matches, you can find it here. I just chose to pair it with my crewneck because well, I live in it basically.

Wearing this set I had 4 different girls asking me where it was from, especially the pants, which is so nice – that’s one of the big reasons I love Americans so much. They just ask, “hey where are those from I love them!” or “Wauw you look amazing, where can I get that shirt?” – it’s such a nice, positive vibe to put out there, spreading the love!

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TIP | THE CANAL CLUB

The Canal Club
At the Scott resort and spa
4925 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona
Read more here

Okay just to be clear, I am coming back here – not just for the food, the decor, the drinks – but purely because of the surroundings. OMG I have rarely been a place that was so beautiful, comfortable and just chic. It was heaven. The Canal Club is a cuban inspired restaurant inside of the Scott resort and spa located in Scottsdale, Arizona. I went there to escape the rain LA had to offer and decided the desert would be a suitable place to run, and boy was I right.

I felt transported back to Bali with the crazy beautiful spaces, the outdoor gardens and the amazing food at The Canal Club. I had the cub salad two days in a row (yes I went there twice in 4 days), it was excellent, and so was the cuban sandwich and the tuna tostadas – yum! The Canal Club is also Arizona famous for their AMAZING cocktails, but should there be nothing on their large drink menu that suits your taste – the spa resort it self also has an amazing bar with even more amazing drinks.

I have decided to return in a couple of months and maybe this time with a full review of their rooms, the spa and more Canal Club. Stay tuned.

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2019 RESOLUTIONS

Ahh the new years resolutions, better late than never. I actually don’t know if people like to hear / care about what other peoples resolutions are but I find them quite inspirational. Some of them at least.. the whole “I wanna go to the gym more” well, that’s getting a bit old. Just do it. And add some Nike while you’re at it – believe me, a killer outfit helps. I have written down my 5 resolutions for 2019, which I hope is doable. Sometimes I’ve had 10, and to be honest, it’s a bit too much for me. I can’t have that many things hanging over my head. It stresses me out cause I am a quite dutiful person. Anyway – here we go:

1. BE NICER
This it not to others, but to myself. Of course being nice to other people is also a must but I think I was raised right to begin with and don’t really have a problem behaving in general so this one is just for me. I have always been quite fortunate in that way that I have never really been beating myself up, not in front of the mirror or inside my head, I guess it just never occurred to me when I was younger. But since I had my first anxiety attack this summer I haven’t quite been the same. I doubt myself quicker than I used to, I tell myself I am weak when I get overwhelmed and I’m starting to pick at myself when I look in the mirror. That has to stop now! I used to always be on my side, and god damn it, it sucks to be agains yourself! What is that even? If you think about it, all you really have is yourself, and you are hanging out with yourself all the time. So in 2019, I am putting a stop to how my mind has been wandering the last 6 months. I am not weak, I am healing. I will stop doubting myself, I can do ANYTHING. And I am NOT ugly, what a load of crap. So there. Be nicer to yourself, and that goes for me and for you too.

2. PLANT BASED
Uhh this is a biggie and I know that just the title of this resolution makes a lot of people roll their eyes. I just want to clarify, I am not a Vegan. I don’t think I ever will be, do I eat less meat than I used to? Yes. Do I love meat, god yes. But the older I get the more I realize that my body is mine to take care of, and nobody is gonna do it for me. I wish I could say I wanted to be more plant based because of the environment but that is not my main motivation, I have to say. Maybe next year one of my resolutions will have the title “planet earth” and then we can roll our eyes at that but for now, it’s purely selfish reasons. I want to he happier, healthier and stronger. I hate feeling tired, and I have a suspicion it’s because of what I put in my body. SO my goal this year is to have 3 days a week where I don’t eat any meat, and then have 2 days that are completely plant based, so no eggs, no dairy, no meat – nothing. And then have 2 days a week where I can eat a bit more “normal” – this is when I go out to eat and I really want that creamy, cheesy pasta or taco’s with pulled pork because YUM. I hope this will make me feel better than I do now and who knows, maybe I will be mostly plant based when the year is over.

3. TRUE STYLE
As many of you know (and have commented on), my style has kinda changed in 2018. It was something that needed to happen because I used to be more focused on what I thought you guys wanted to see than what I actually wanted to wear. I suddenly realized how stupid the whole thing was a late night when I was standing in line at Netto in Copenhagen in my sweatpants, sneaks, gucci socks, oversized blazer with a hoodie underneath and my favorite cap – just wearing something I threw on because I was done shooting for the day. Suddenly the girl behind me taps on my shoulder and says to me “wow I love your outfit, do you have instagram?” – and I instantly thought “yes but you wouldn’t recognize me on there, cause I don’t look like this on IG” and then it dawned on me. Why don’t I? This is what I actually wear so what am I even doing? And since then I have tried to stay very true to my actual outfits, it’s hard sometimes because I often think that you guys won’t like what I wear but you engage with me more than ever so I am thankful for the epiphany.

4. INVEST IN MYSELF
This literally just popped in my head the other day, I don’t and never have, really invested in myself. It’s very weird to think about. I mean, I have no problem, at all, investing in a pair of shoes, nor a bag or a fantastic jacket. But me? My skin? My mind? My feet? My body? Nooo.. I don’t have that kind of money. That’s what I tell my self, and what a load of crap. In 2019, I will invest in myself – I will invest in facials, in getting one massage a month, in food supplements and mani’s and pedi’s. I’m sure I’ll find more stuff along the way but this is what I will start with. And it already scares me! I always feel so guilty spending money on something like a facial, it feels selfish – but I need to be more selfish like that. It’s my face, my body and my wellbeing and I want to throw some money at that topic. So there.

5. BE MORE OUTSIDE
This might be a no brainer to a lot of people but the truth is that when you are born somewhere cold (like I am) going outside is not always the most tasty thing on the menu. Not for me anyways. And because I grew up in the north and because I am prone to be cold always, I have become kind of a “under the blanket” type of person. Well now that I spend so much time in LA I would like to take advantage of the weather. You might think that it’s easy, I mean just go outside right? But quite frankly I have to remind myself to do outside activities because I am so used to being an indoor person. So in 2019, I would like to enjoy eating outside more, taking walks in the warm evenings, sitting on my balcony while I work and also, I want to bird around more – not just take the car. Welcome to sunny California Maria!

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