Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday season!!

Hi guys! How are you all doing? I hope you are enjoying the holidays :) you really know its holiday season when the danish tradition of "julefrokost" which is like a Christmas party, begins!! I'm going to my first one today with my colleagues. It's gonna be fun and interesting to see them casual and more relaxed!

Have a great weekend

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reunited With The Gang!

Hi guys, how are you all doing? The weather lately has me all cooped up in my apartment with blankets, candles and hot drinks, but I miss going out, having sun in my face.

A couple of weeks ago I was out, meeting with the girls for the first time after we graduated this summer. Amazing being out enjoying good company and good food. Besides 4 months is a long time to catch up with, so you can imagine we were at that cafe for a long time.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A piece of Armenian Culture

Last month I went to my first Armenian concert, which was super interesting for me since I'm always eager to learn more about my Armenian roots, I both filmed and took pictures during the concert and I thought I would share a video with you guys. It really opened my eyes to how much beauty there is in my culture and it also made me want to learn more.

I hope you will enjoy this little piece :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mushroom Hunts and Good Memories

I'm spending some time at my family's house this weekend, I haven't been here since I moved end of September. I'm sitting here all cozied up on my parents couch, tea next to me and snuggled into a fluffy blanket I'm remembering when I was still working in Vejle, and living here.

The last week I was working in Vejle was a little bittersweet, because I was super excited to start something new and try having more responsibility, and for my colleagues not to look at me as the apprentice but as a equal colleague, not that they were intentionally making a difference, it's just hard changing your mindset after 3 years :) But on the other hand I was really sad to leave because it was really a good workplace, I had fantastic colleagues, a really great boss and I really felt comfortable there.

During my last week at my old workplace, I went to collect mushrooms with a couple of my colleagues, it was nice to spend some casual time with them before I left. It's definitely a day that will stay with me. It was such a lovely day with fresh air and lots of sun, enjoying each others company.

And of course we were not the only ones in the forest, beetles, frogs, birds and deer were around while we were collecting and  investigating mushrooms.

And our "catch" of the day, which tasted amazing btw. Can't wait until next year when it will be good mushroom weather again!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Accutane - My new "friend"

As you guys know, I'm all for the natural way, I don't like using medicine when nature can take care of it, itself. I truly believe that you can cure so many things by changing you lifestyle, by taking care of yourself and making wise choices. But, I've been struggling with acne for the past 5 years, and I just can't seem to figure out what's causing it/triggering it or making it go away, even though it did get better when I stopped drinking milk, you can read about that here. It just didn't go away completely, I decided to go to a dermatologist. I had tired antibiotics and cremes before, but they would not make the acne go away permanently, so she suggested that I try accutane. I have to say I was against it in the beginning, because whatever is teratogenic (disturbs growth/development of embryo/fetus) can not be healthy for your body in any way. I did decide to go with her suggestion because having cystic acne is really painful, both physically but also psychological. No matter how many times I tell myself that I don't care how I look, it still bothers me, and since I will get married this summer, I would like to have beautiful pictures, without uneven and scarred skin.

Before Accutane

In Denmark Accutane can only be prescribed by a dermatologist, before starting the treatment though you have to get blood samples taken, to see if you are pregnant (if you are female of course!) and to see how your liver is working and fat levels in the blood. They do that every month to make sure there are no unwanted/dangerous side effects, and they make sure you are not pregnant because Accutane is teratogenic, which means it will harm the embryo/fetus. They say it takes 4-6 week before you see improvements, and the acne can even get worse in the beginning! Of course you experience the side effects almost imediatly, the most prominent side effect is dryness (which is actually how the drug works), dry skin, dry scalp, nose bleeds because of dryness in the nose and dry eyes. (anyone questioning why i was reluctant to start this treatment in the first place? Hmm?) Besides that treatments need to last for at least 4-6 months to see lasting results and some even have to repeat treatments to make their acne go away(Crossing my fingers that, that someone isn't me!).

4 weeks of Accutane

Completely bare face

Results &  experienced side effects
I have been on Accutane for 4 weeks now and I'm starting to see improvement. But I also have side effects, my skin is more dry, its nothing that a little cream can't handle though. But the eczema on my scalp has gone crazy, I have to use medication to keep it down, which I normally don't have to. Other than that I have had crazy dry lips, I cannot live without a lip balm (you can see what lip balm I use here), like if I leave the house without one I have to go back and get it (lip balm addiction LOL). Other than that I haven't had any side effects. Let see what next weeks blood samples will say and if my dermatologist will let me continue the treatment.

I will definitely keep you guys updated, you will not be spared one single little detail, especially because I want this to be a help for others to make decisions related to treating acne.

What are your experiences with Accutane?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moving to Malmö (aka Sweden) + Being M.I.A.

So guys, you are probably wondering where I have been, and I'm really sorry that I have been gone at all. But my move to Sweden have been a little tough, not the move itself, but more starting on a new job, longer working hours, going from Sweden to Denmark everyday and the fact that food is not ready when I get home, LOL. Joke aside my new colleagues have been really sweet, I even got flowers on my first day!

All my weekends have been spent cleaning, unpacking and finding room for my stuff and of course seeing family and spending time with Mr. M who I can't believe I'm waking up next to every morning. Waking up and seeing him next to me is one of the highlights of my day every day.

But now that I have settled in this wonderful town that is Malmö, you can definitely look forward to more posts from me, I've missed blogging so much!

I hope you guys had an amazing October! Can't wait to share the rest of the year with you :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Konjac Sponge Addiction | Review

I have discovered a new and very gentle way to clean my skin, it's called The Konjac Sponge. Before I was using the muslin cloths that comes with the Pai Gentle Cleanser, but since I've found this I rarely use the muslin cloth. The Konjac Sponge is a small half sphere and is made from a potato plant (Go figure, I use potato to clean my skin!) Not from a regular potato, but still in the potato family. When you buy it, it's in an airtight bag that keeps it moist and squishy, but after you open and use it, it will dry up between uses. I use it with the Pai gentle cleanser or just with water and run it over my skin in circular motion, and it's so soft and gentle that it won't harm even the most sensitive skin while still exfoliating ever so gently. I use it on the eye area too just give a soft exfoliation.

All dried up and hard, it feels like paper mache :)

I really love that it's 100% natural, it makes me feel like I'm doing something good for my skin! And the sponge I have is made for acne prone skin, so there's added charcoal which is a natural antioxidant that helps the skin get rid of impurities - which my skin most definitely needs! On days where i feel like i need a little extra exfoliation i still use the muslin cloth from Pai, but the Konjac Sponge is definitely my go to cleansing tool at the moment!

If you want more information about The Konjac Sponge you can go to their website here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sunshine and Sushi | Outfit

What I'm Wearing:
Knit Cardigan from H&M
Necklace from Pieces
White Top from Vero Moda
Belt from a secondhand store
Black Pants from H&M
Boots from Pieces

Last week I was off work for a couple of days and spent them in Malmö, it was such a blessing, being able to relax and spend precious time with dear friends and family, That's really one of the top things I love to spend time on. On my way home from Malmö I met with a friend, and that's always a good opportunity to dress up! In my opinion the knit cardigan and necklace really dress up this, dark pants and white top, outfit.

And seriously who can say no to sushi? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Foodie Weekend

I love food and I love company, so that's what I spent my weekend with.
It's my last free weekend, before I completely move to Malmö, cooking with friends and enjoying that delicious food. We decided on an indian classic butter chicken  which was spicy and aromatic. Of course we couldn't end our evening without desserts, so macaroons it was!

At some point I will share the recipe for the butter chicken we ate, which was delicious!
The macaroons was cheating though, came straight out of a box, very easy haha!

My Graduation Day

I finally pulled myself together and got the pictures from my graduation day, and they are so good. You can see that the atmosphere is good, everybody is happy and the sun is shining - we were super lucky with the weather, 30 minutes after we went inside it started raining.
Of course we were all excited to finish the education, but it was also an emotional day since we knew we were never gonna be at school, all of us together, again. We enjoyed the time together with good food.

I was actually wearing a very casual outfit, since all my clothes were in Malmö so the only thing that is actually mine in this outfit are the jeans, the top and the pumps are my sister's.

So happy to have finished the education and being able to move on and I can't wait for next week to pass so I can completely move to Malmö and spend some precious time with my fiancé!

Happy Monday everybody!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Oatmeal & Coconut Cookies | Recipe

Some days I wanna pamper myself, with food! So i like to bake something and what better than healthy oatmeal and coconut cookies?

This batch will make about 18 cookies, you will need:

- 2 Eggs
- 200 g Sugar
- 200 g Unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 handful of linseed
- 5 handfuls of oatmeal
- 2 handfuls of shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp Soda
- A pinch of salt
- 200 g Flour

Mix everything together in the order listed and put a tablespoonful of batter approximately 4-5 cm apart on a baking sheet. Bake them for 20-30 mins (depends on your oven so keep and eye on them) at 200 degrees Celsius. To make sure they are done stick a wooden toothpick in the center of a cookie and if there is no batter on the toothpick they are ready. They should be golden brown and just slightly crispy at the edges.

And they come out beautiful ready to enjoy with a lovely cup of tea.
The tea I'm drinking is a Green tea with Jasmine from a little shop called "The Tea Embassy" placed in Germany, Hamburg. Right in the central train station, it's the most cozy little tea shop! Check it out if you are a tea lover and happen to be in Hamburg.

Bon Appétit! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Casual Knit | Outfit

Hi guys!
I hope you all are having a lovely Tuesday, I'm home sick, apparently having a couple of days off is not healthy for me since I get sick every time I haven't worked for a small period of time (talk about being a workaholic huh?), really hope I can go back to work tomorrow!

What I'm Wearing
H&M Knit Sweater
H&M Gray Jeans
Pieces Booties
H&M Bag

Anyway... Last week when I was in Malmö I went out for a coffee with a friend, the weather was kinda hard to figure out, it's was sunny but windy and I opted for a light knit sweater jeans and a scarf, the sweater was light enough that it didn't get too hot even when the sun was out, nice and casual and almost 100% H&M.

I've already started wearing fall colors and I can't wait to take full use of my fall wardrobe, it's so nice wrapping yourself up in beautiful layers with different textures!

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