Last week was so wonderful. It was filled with an abundance of satisfying creative work and opportunities. It also included making the sweet acquaintance with an old friend, GLÓ! And her beautiful man! I love when new and old worlds collide. Eygló and I attended IMG Academy together during high school way back when we were both basically professional athletes. She played golf and I played tennis at the top international junior sports academy in the world (no big deal!) Gló, as I am calling her these days, is from Iceland but she has been living, studying and is now working in Sweden. And last week she was in Copenhagen for a very special event and I got to hang with her. It was the best thing ever. I literally adore her and her energy. And if I’m being honest, I always had a girl crush on her. Anyways, we strolled around the Copenhagen Botanical Garden, only my favorite place in the city. And I even got to take some glorious portraits of her and her beautiful boyfriend, the ever-handsome Emil. Talk about a beautiful couple. I took the opportunity to edit these images in a more experimental, ultra-filmy way. I kind of love it. And I hope you do to.
It’s June 23rd! And it’s a very special day here in Denmark! Today is the day that Danes celebrate Midsummer’s Eve—the shortest night of the year. It’s referred to as St. John’s Eve or Sankt Hans Aften. Danes will be celebrating all around Denmark tonight (and so will I!) and in particular, Copenhagen will be a very fun place to be as there will be big bonfires around the city. Midsummer is always a super special time to me and in my opinion, the perfect time to celebrate and embrace all things summer: picnics, strawberries, friends, late nights, bike rides, picking flowers and wearing light airy dresses. I can’t wait to celebrate tonight with most of those things mentioned. I took this sweet little picture yesterday when I was riding my bike home from a summer picnic in Kongens Have, also known as the King’s Garden. I always pass this little park on my way home from Nørreboro and yesterday, the light was golden and I saw a sweet little cherry tree loaded with the rainier variety. So I pulled over and foraged some fallen cherries, a sweet rose, a feather and some sweet other little things that made my heart skip a beat. I’m wishing you all a beautiful midsummer to all of you wonderful babes. I hope you get to celebrate with all things sweet and joyful.
Gosh, sometimes a little girl time in the park is all you need. Today I was invited to the loveliest picnic by my sweet friend Camilla of Copenhagen By Me. She texted me a few hours before the event to see if I wanted to come—and so perfect that she did as I’m a very spontaneous person and hate making plans any earlier than day-of (so not very Danish of me!) The event was a little press picnic to celebrate summer with 42Raw, Copenhagen’s best quick and healthy food option offering amazing gluten-free and dairy-free, as well as vegetarian fare, for when you’re on the go or want something healthy but don’t feel like cooking. I got to meet the amazing CEO and Founder today, Jesper Rydahl, and definitely gushed to him about how I ate at 42Raw basically every day I was in Copenhagen last summer. Um, the avocado pesto sandwich anyone? Yes. Definitely go ahead and try that as soon as possible. Anyways, this picnic was such a wonderful Wednesday afternoon event. I enjoyed the hot weather in Copenhagen with some seriously amazing bloggers and instagrammers. I was totally smitten to be included. I really love the blogging world and am feeling so grateful to be welcomed into the Copenhagen bloggers scene with wide arms and full hearts. We were totally spoiled with so much green food goodness like green smoothies, salads with extra avocado, iced matcha lattes and raw bounty bars. Was amazing. And as usual after these kind of events, I left with a completely lifted mood. If you want to check out my new friends, you can find them tagged on my latest instagram photo here. And if you’re traveling to Copenhagen, I’d definitely suggest swinging by 42Raw and getting an avocado sandwich, a matcha latte and some sort of glorious raw treat because, well, dessert is the best.
Last week I came down with a virus. The most brutal, mean virus I think I’ve ever experienced. I’m pretty sure that every year in June I come down with something. I think it comes from the change of season. It always comes right when the weather warms and the pollen count is high. It almost always happens right around my birthday. So I guess this year it’s right on time. Generally it comes and goes. It’s brutal, for sure, but I cry and sleep and get hugs from family and it passes. This year is a little different. As you know, I’m here in Denmark. And being sick, like really sick, in a foreign country away from family is pretty hard. I thought I hit the climax of this virus last night when I found myself sobbing to a pharmascist at the only 24-hour pharmacy in Copenhagen at 2:30am basically begging her to just give me all the drugs. But then this morning happened.
Meet my sweet friend Linn. Originally from Sweden and now living in Copenhagen. Self-employed blogger and two (soon to be three) time cookbook author. Major #LadyBoss vibes? I’d say yes. I was so thrilled to get an email with Linn’s proposal to have me photograph her portrait for her upcoming cookbook Mad For Begyndere Mere Grønt. Linn’s book is a follow-up on her first book, just with more vegetable focused recipes. If you’ve been following me long enough, you know I’m a huge fan of a plant based diet. In fact, these days I’m following much of a plant-based with a side of paleo style diet. Suffice to say, Linn and I got along juuuuust fine. We started our session at Torvehallerne, an incredible food marketplace in the middle of Copenhagen with a glorious outdoor market. We picked out tons of fresh produce that can be found in Linn’s beautiful recipes (think rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini and so on!) We then biked around Copenhagen to a few favorite spots in Frederiksberg and so on as we snapped fun images of Linn. Lifestyle branding sessions are just my favorite because I get to hang out with the coolest people and prance around during golden hour. Anyways, if you want to find out more about Linn, be sure to check out her rad blog, FRK. KRÆSEN. She does some seriously mad good food photography. Anyways, hope you enjoy seeing a few of my favorite images from the session!