Art is a topic I like, I'm by far not an expert but I have an interest to aquire knowledge. I even took it so far that I’m a member of the club Young Art Collectors Zurich. It’s not as fancy as it sounds, but a fantastic group of people with the same interest. Art is one of my hobbies and I like to both purchase beautiful objects and paint myself. My interest might come from my grandmother who wanted to be an artist and live in Paris in the 1920s, a dream that never unfortunately came true. But she painted, oh she painted well and she taught me everything about painting the perfect eyes, the little sparkel of light in the objects and how to sketch the nose of cats. I love everything about painting and arts and I am lucky to have a family with the same interests.

A tradition we have is to buy a book about the artist when we visit an exhibition, or at least a postcard to remember it. And it has resulted in quite some books and postcards. And in all these items I wanted to have an overview of what is what, and a sort of an art lexikon. I started to google “art lexikon” and found the book I was looking for; it’s simply called the Art Book from Pahidon and has all the artists that I at least know about and many more. It is simple with an A-Z guide to 600 great artists from medieval to modern times, it has great examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour including pictures of the works and an explanatory text. And it even has a glossary of all different art-words in the back for less educated people like myself 😉

I just really wanted to tips about this book as I find it the perfect “coffee table book” as well as serving a purpose more than just looking good. Enjoy this beautiful day! I'm going to make a coffee now and book a flight to Sweden for my moms birthday in June. Hugs!

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Hi darlings, Do you remember that I've bought pots and plants last week? So this is the result of me planting these lovely daffodils. They are in the sun almost all day long so I hope they'll bloom soon. I'm making my way to the kitchen now to prepare a stuffed aubergine dish, copy my recipe here ... I wish you a lovely evening. Hugs /Sofia

I water them every day 🙂 

I love the exterior of our house...

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Hi! In Switzerland this time of the year I never know what to wear… My wardrobe mostly consists of black clothes and it is cold around 5 degrees when I leave the house in the morning. During the day it gets hot, like 16-20 degrees and walking around in a black dress feels miserable. So today, I wanted to combine the two seasons wearing a woollen suit jacket with a fur as my scarf (this fur collar is really really warm…) and a long sleeve top underneath plus leather pants and sneakers. I’d layered up smartly and can easily only wear the long sleeve top when it gets warmer. Normally I just wear a pair of ballerinas in the office, I believe I have around five pairs under my desk in different colours in order to not needing to carry around different shoes to match my outfit. The coming weekend I’m going to unpack all my summer clothes that waits for me on the loft and wash and pack down all the black outfits. I really looking forward!

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I just received some questions so let’s make five quick ones; here we go.
Where are you from? 
Strömstad in Sweden which is a small west coast village on the border to Norway
What sign are you? 
I am Virgo, born in September
How long have you’ve been living in Switzerland? 
I moved from Oslo, Norway in 2012, making it 5 years today (yey!)
What do you do on a Tuesday morning? 
I wake up at 7, doing some old-school gymnastics for 15 minutes, getting dressed, buying a croissant on the way to my office and having it with a cup of green tea (like right now...)
What’s in your headphones today? 
James TW – First Impressions, and the song Torn (Bonus track) and I just finished a podcast from Influencers of Sweden about PR agencies.
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Good Monday morning! I’m making a pineapple juice for breakfast today as I feel bloated after the weekend’s party. In the flight yesterday my fingers were so swollen I could hardly move my rings; a sign of too little sleep and too much unhealthy drinks. So time to clean up the body and start on the right track on the first day of this week!

Pineapple is a fantastic fruit, and at least in Switzerland always available (I think it was sometimes hard to buy in Sweden, at least we never really ate it at home). Pineapple is stuffed with healthy vitamins and low in calories. The three best best benefits of Pineapple must be firstly, Its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles,. Pineapples contain a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain which has anti-inflammatory effects. Secondly, Pineapples are a rich source of fiber, but they are special in that they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. This means that eating a healthy amount of pineapples can protect you from bloating, and diarrhea as well as blood pressure. Thirdly, of course for skin, hair and all the beauty due to its richness in vitamin C.

The plans for the week? Finally, a calm week ahead with no travels and no late night plans, only lots of fun work (I am dying to tell you something but I need to wait a couple of more weeks...) And the best part is the weather! The weather app says right now +21 degrees from today until Friday, the start of a warm spring, so I believe we will spend some time on our terrace and have some friends over for sunset drinks. Many hugs and have a fantastic start of your week!

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Good evening guys, checking in here on the blog between making of a fish gratin (with Norwegian salmon) and watching old music videos with my partner (we got hooked on old german songs!) and I've missed you over the weekend! I was in Oslo celebrating my best friends 30th birthday party, a big birthday bash with 400 pink ballons and an installed bar in the living room decorated with pink plastic flamingos. To turn thirty years old is special and somehow a real step into the "adult world".

Thirty comes with expectations on many level, luckily I do not really care so much about these things but I felt it strongly among the girls crowd yesterday. Some break up with their high school sweet hearts after 10 years (good for them!) and thinking they will never find a boyfriend again, some have families or pregnant and some are full blown career women thinking about nothing else than climbing the corporate ladder. It is an age where everyone is extremely far apart from each other or incredibly close on the same tracks with life and family. I witnessed all these mentioned scenarios yesterday and I find it interesting that we, the ones turning thirty loves to categories and put each other into boxes. I find myself pretty non-categorised, but I still have six months left to enjoy my 29th year to the fullest. I wish you a lovely Sunday evening!

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