This past weekend I had the honor of being the photographer for an amazing design event called FindersKeepers in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event was created by amazing #LadyBoss Herle Hansen, who also owns the local Finders Keepers boutique in Frederiksberg. For my U.S. peeps, this event is similar to Renegade Craft Fair with a great Scandinavian flare. The event was held in a gorgeous industrial space in Vesterbrø and housed nearly one hundred amazing booths filled with beautifully designed and locally made products by Copenhagen’s coolest movers and shakers. The weekend was a total blast as I ran around the event taking images, meeting all the amazing artisans and wearing my ‘crew member’ badge with pride as I climbed onto the tallest ladder, despite my fear of heights, to get the shot above. Some of my favorite brands at the event included these super fun blankets by Melker Design, all the amazing clothing from cool Danish meets French brand Forét and all the jewelry by Handcrafted—Anders Forup.
When you get a text message saying, “maybe we can romp around in the van to fine a good location” all you can say is HELL YES. At least that’s what I did when I got this message from Torea. We were brainstorming about locations and the theme of her Lifestyle Branding Shoot she booked with me for late February. Just hearing the words romp and van in the same sentence and I knew we were bound to have a great time. And my session with her did not disappoint. Torea, is a functional diagnostic nutritional practitioner, #LADYBOSS and adventurous spirit who lives in gorgeous Santa Cruz. You can read more about what she does here. But my impression of T? I think her natural habitat is the great outdoors; it’s clear she is inspired by the beauty of nature. Her spirit and zest for life is contagious. And I adored spending time with her. We actually totally became great friends during our shoot. We even decided to have dinner together after our shoot. And we are already planning a girl’s road trip. We spent our afternoon together adventuring (or shall I say romping) around Santa Cruz in her rad white VW van, Serenity. Yup, her van totally has a name. And her van, well, it’s now my dream van. We took tons of amazing images to help support her business branding. Here are some of my favorite shots.
I’m thrilled to share a little interview and some images from one of my favorite cafés in Copenhagen, Matcha Bar.With an emerging health food scene in Copenhagen, Michael Kristensen opened Matcha Bar in the Fall of 2015 as a way to share his passion for health and nutrition with the city. After a trip to California in 2013, he fell in love with matcha tea as an addition to a wellness lifestyle (we’re all about that here on IMC!) He returned to Copenhagen only to be disappointed that it wasn’t super available. He decided to make matcha his business. But the greatest challenge? Getting Danish people to try matcha. So what did he do? He created Matcha Bar—an uber trendy spot to grab healthy beverages and treats all centered around the antioxidant rich green powder. The interior is to die for, featuring Menu furniture, dreamy plants and classic Scandinavian touches. During my winter stay in Copenhagen, I spent a lot of time at Matcha Bar. I really, really love it. I also adore the fact that Michael makes his own cashew milk for the best damn matcha latte I’ve ever had. I asked Michael a few question about his business, inspiration and all the deets on Matcha Bar.
What inspired you to open matcha bar?
I have a great passion for health and nutrition. When I went to California in the Spring of 2013, I went to this cafe and they had a lot of matcha drinks. I said, okay, matcha, what is that? I’ll order something. I tried it and I loved it. So I started replacing matcha for coffee. And I loved how it made me feel. When I got back to Copenhagen, I couldn’t find any places serving matcha. So the idea of matcha bar was born.
How long have you been open?
We opened on the 31st of October 2015. So we are brand new. Although I was selling matcha to businesses all around town long before that. And people have been quite excited about matcha bar; especially the locals in Vesterbrø . It’s very exciting to have a healthier option in the neighborhood.
What is the best part about your job?
Freedom from not having a traditional job. I have an opportunity to work with my hobbies and interests and passion everyday and to share matcha with people. Everyday I’m not going to work, I’m just going to live out my hobby and interest. I can actually educate customers as well. That’s the most important thing. I can show them, tell them, and teach them so when they head out the door, they really understand what matcha is and how to use it.
Do you have a mission greater than matcha bar?
I want to help improve the general health in Denmark. Education is very important. You know, educating people on how they can improve their health. Why they should drink matcha over coffee. It’s a gateway to a greater conversation around health and nutrition.
The space is beautiful—what inspired the design?
My world is black and white. I actually don’t like colors so much. If you go to my home it’s also minimalistic. So matcha bar is very much a reflection of who I am as a person and how I see the world. This is my vision come to life. The idea is that it is kind of a showroom. This space was designed in collaboration with Danish home goods brand Menu.
If you’re in Copenhagen, make sure to stop by Matcha Bar and tell Michael I sent you!
I seriously adore writing about my journey with the capsule wardrobe. I’ve now been blogging seasonal updates for the past year on the topic of capsule wardrobe and personal style. It’s been a complete journey for me and one thing I’ve realized is that great style takes thought and intention. Even for the chicest, most un-done looks, they are generally somewhat calculated. And now, it’s basically Spring (how did that happen!?) and that means I’ve officially been capsuling for over one year. Although, to be honest, by this point, I’ve adapted the capsule wardrobe concept so much to fit my lifestyle that I’m not so sure I can really say I’m capsuling anymore. But streamlined my wardrobe I have. Rid myself of stuff that does energetically jive with me I have. And the continuous up-cycling and recycling of clothing is happening in full force.
Riding home from work today and this was my gorgeous view. The classic Copenhagen Lakes. There’s three of them and they are in the center of the city. Today was an insanely sunny day but it’s still wildly cold. You have to bundle up in lots of layers. But despite the cold, the Danes love when it’s sunny out and will take any opportunity to sit in the sun and drink a cold beer.