Best of 2017


Bitterfittan 2 by Maria Sveland.


Best read all year! Would marry this book. Basically, it’s a story illustrating feminism in practice. Need I say more?

Second best reads:

Hunger by Roxane Gay. What’s funny/scary about this book is that even if you’re half the size of Roxane Gay, or smaller, you can still identify.
Hela Kakan by Kakan Hermansson. Oh you know, feminism and that.
I kroppen min by Kristian Gidlund. First person account of what it’s like to know you’re dying.
Vad ska en flicka göra? by Annika Lantz. A funny take on cancer.
Raven rings by Siri Pettersen. Especially book 2 where they quote NIN. I loved that book.
That Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. People don’t change, not really, but this book got me thinking and reviewing some of the things I do.
Fördömd by Johanne Hildebrandt. It’s like..if Indiana Jones was a woman and lived in  present day Sweden. Kinda.
Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange. Pride & Prejudice from Mr Darcy’s point of view.
På A svarar jag hejdå by Nina Hemmingsson. THIS:

And that was the last we saw of her. The end.

Speaking of reading: got myself a Storytel subscription, which is what has kept me “reading” this year. If it wasn’t for audio books, I would have read pretty much nothing.


Under huden med Kakan Hermansson. Feminism + beauty, an unholy unity, according to certain feminists. And they’re not exactly wrong.

Penntricket. More feminism! Hoping for another season in the year to come. Although it is unlikely they’ll top the fourth episode about hating men. Maybe they did the right thing calling it quits?

PMS-podden! Sure, I only just started listening to it, but it is hours and hours all about PMS. Pretty much my main interest in life.


Puma ignite trainers. Best trainers I’ve had in a while. Will repurchase!


Jeans. To be clear: black and only black. (The horror that anyone would think I’d run around in blue jeans.) I’ve abandoned my dresses and skirts for jeans; did not see that one coming.

Now. If I had any sort of blogging skills, I would have prepped pics before Sweden entered into the darkness-24-hours-a-day period. This is me trying to get a shot of my newest pair, a pair of skinny high waists at noon in front of a window:

[Oh come on, there was never any point to these pics.]

Not that it helps that all my walls are dark. And the jeans are black. But still. Love these jeans, perfect length and oddly a high waist that works for me. Unheard of! I’ve thus far hated all high waisted jeans.

Not that it matters. I think we all know what black jeans look like. Absolutely love pairing them with this striped top too.

A favorite outfit; long green top, black leggings, platform sling-backs, frilly choker. 


Green top with red hair, love this combo! Also works real well with the purple hair.

Face stuff

No7 pore minimizing primer. The more other primers I try out, the more I like the No7 pore minimizing primer. Does its job, is budget friendly, what’s not to love?

Wearing no brows.

Waiting for y’all to catch up. (KIDDING. Apparently it’s me and Manson; even Sarah Hawkinson abandoned us. Oh no wait, and Jenny Mustard. OK so maybe there’s a few of us…) I need to dig out that yellow, and those metallics. I wonder what shade that is. Is

Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter.


Made me quit face wipes! This stuff is not only better for the environment, but a more efficient product that is kinder to the skin.

Pixi’s Glow Mud Cleanser + Mud Mask.


The cleanser is my AM cleanser, the one I use when I don’t wear makeup. It’s kinda like washing your face with a clay mask, which might be obvious and probably seems strange but oh, I for one love this. I am abandoning my regular foaming cleansers for clay.

As for the mask, I wanted to love other mud masks, but I kept dreaming about the Glow Mud Mask. So ja

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs neutrals.


The only palette I need! Up until now, I’ve been in a habit of adding at least one single shadow, or a quad, to whatever palette I think I can make do with. No longer the case! Not that I don’t love my other shades, I do, but this is all I need.

B. bronzer + Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (+ Superdrug hair therapy oil with argan) 


Who thought I’d add bronzer to my makeup routine at this point in life? Not me, to be sure? And the concealer, it is, unfortunately, v. v. good.

No powder. Because I’m old and my skin suddenly decided it doesn’t like it. At all. Funny thing: doesn’t seem to be any shinier than usual. Or maybe I’m learning to love my natural dewiness. Here’s hoping!

Hair stuff

Superdrug argan oil. Best hair oil I’ve tried so far. 100% in love!

Manic panic purple haze + vampire red. Makes for the perfect purple hair color. For me. But I’ll probably stick with the brown + red combo for a bit longer. Not that the straight purple was bad at all.

Maria Nila hair spray. I’ve struggled with hair sprays. They’re never quite right. This one tho! Nice smell, good hold, does not seem to causing any hair damage, it’s a keeper!

Soft water. Even better for the hair than cold rinse. I count myself lucky to have access to stoft water, even if it’s not in my home.

Finally figured out how to make waves using the flat iron. Was v. pleased with this wee wave!

Social media things


”Ultimata lösningen” #villfarelser #ultimatalösningen

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It reads: I had a solution to all the world’s problems. Eradicate mankind.

Mordisk Hatisk Bitch. 

Tänk ändå vilken plot twist för Freud och hans gelikar att det egentligen är män som lider av livmodersavund, inte kvinnor som lider av penisavund! För när man ser på hur världen är beskaffad finns det ju ingen annan slutsats att komma till. Det är ju inte som att kvinnor försöker styra mäns reproduktiva förmåga, tvärtom är det männen som hela tiden söker styra kvinnornas. Kvinnor tvångssteriliseras, könsstympas, våldtas, blir utnyttjade som surrogatmödrar och begränsas från att göra abort. Allt detta är sätt på vilka mannen kontrollerar kvinnans reproduktiva förmåga. Sedan har vi även den sociala press kvinnor utsätts för att inte bara skaffa barn utan göra det på rätt sätt, med rätt person, i rätt tid och i rätt omfattning. Snacka om avundsjuka. Och så försöker de få det till att vi skulle avundas hans penis…

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It reads: It’s not FAIR that it’s WOMEN who get to decide about abortion just because it’s their body… 

(And yes, it does read their body, not bodies.)

Middag med Fredrik och hans grabbar. Had me in stitches.


Single-handedly makes all other bands on Twitter look really bad. Or at least severely boring. This is a universal truth, right? It has nothing to do with my love of sarcasm?

YouTubers I’ve been watching religiously

Kiera Rose. Bit of vegan, bit of beauty, do you need more reasons?
Sarah Hawkinson. Could watch only because she has the best red hair ever. And I like her taste in music. And she’s one of those people who cares, about a lot of things, which I guess I admire.
Jamie Genevieve. If I’m being honest, mostly watching for the Scottish and sneak peeks of Glasgow, but she is wicked good at makeup. Difficult makeup. The kind that I’m just never going to do.
Holly Exley. You should know I love Holly by now.
Tashina Combs/Logical Harmony. Mainly watching because her site is one of my go-to resources for finding out if a brand is cruelty free or not. So ja, that’s what she does, cruelty-free beauty.
Rhian Hy. Vegan cruelty-free beauty. Mostly.
Cheap Lazy Vegan. Tips on being a cheap lazy vegan!
Qcknd. Got sucked in by her moving vlogs. Made me feel fortunate to have been born in Sweden. Aaaand…she’s had a lengthy rant about the Cure and dyes her hair in fun colors.
Thataylaa. She knows the makeup. No 1 authority when it comes to foundations I would say.
Lily Melrose. These days, she mostly does fashion-related content, and some vlogs. I’m not super interested in fashion, but it’s one of those channels
Leila. You should be seeing a theme here. I like the YouTubers with a conscious.
Hannah Witton. Talks a lot about hormones, thus the basis of her appeal.
Helen Anders. This lady, super creative, I am so impressed, and I’m not easily impressed. Also absolutely love her quirky style.

Yes. And those aren’t the only ones I watch. Explains why I’m not exactly missing subscribing to any video streaming services.

Non-YouTube moving picture bits

One more time with feeling. Might be the best music documentary ever. Because of the pace. Because it includes the music off of Skeleton Tree.

Girls. Favorite episode might still be the Matthew Rhys episode. Might be.

Vikings. I’m still disappointed that they’re not incorporating the stories Johanna Hildebrandt tell in her books, which are set in the same era, but I take what I can get.

The Mindy Project. It’s..funny?

Regin. Still upset they killed off Francis and kept Sebastian. But I do love this series.

Handmaid’s Tale. Oh it was lovely, regardless of how closely it follows the book, so well done.

What the Health. It is vegan propaganda; I like vegan propaganda, I need vegan propaganda, as do you. Just FYI.


Vegan pancakes.


GB vegan ice cream. Best vegan ice cream yet! Bar mebbe the sorbets at Terre à Terre.


Cool oats. I’m a big fan of the cold porridge; started out as a practical solution, turned into something I do always when having porridge.

On to my favorite categories! The categories literally no one cares about; the only end of the year lists I’m interested in and will search for on purpose: the music categories.

I mean really, I take this seriously. This is a page from my planner:


Notes on what albums were released this year and which I’ve listened to at least once.


Also, still waiting for Robyn to release that track on Girls, HoneyWhat is taking so long??


Like last year, I have three clear favorites:

All these countless nights by Deaf Havana. I’ve no words. I just love this record. I don’t understand how it hasn’t made Deaf Havana HUGE (..although I do appreciate that that is not the case, on a personal level), is it poor marketing??

Waiting for morning to come by Being as an Ocean. Did not expect this release to match my taste so perfectly. There is something about it that reminds me of what I used to like/listen to in the 90s, but with a touch of what I like in today’s music (let’s just call it post-hardcore). Requires absolutely no effort for me to love. I’m going to go ahead and call it underrated.

Under Your Spell by the Birthday Massacre. Did not see this one coming. I know of and listen to Birthday Massacre, but mostly random songs at random times. I’ve been listening to this album on repeat.

Music makers

New discoveries/loves:

Agnes Obel. Dark and moody.

Dayseeker. Post-hardcore. Covered Thrice. Obvs brilliant.

Deaf Havana. ♥♥♥

Korn. I can learn to love Korn but not new (i.e. more recent) My Ruin? What is wrong with me??

Emma Ruth Rundle. I want to say, if you like PJ Harvey, you’ll probably like Emma Ruth as well.

Kathryn Joseph. …and if you like Emma Ruth, you’ll like Kathryn too.

Bear’s Den. Obsessed with their Red Earth & Pouring Rain.

Stray from the Path. Despite this genre generally not appealing to me (the difference between hardcore and post-hardcore is apparently huge in my world), they’ve somehow worked their way into my likes.


You might think I’d be disappointed having been only a total of 3 gigs all year. But quality over quantity! Am I congratulating myself on being able to spot the good ones? Yes I am.

Little Jinder; Sundsvall

Architects; Malmö

Malmo was excellent thank you @edmasonphoto

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Deaf Havana; Brighton

Note to self: just fucking stand up front. Never mind the fact that I’m too old; I’m sure no one can tell in the dark anyway.

Other bits

Bullet Journal. Still doing it. Slightly less passionate about it, but I don’t seem interested in giving it up.


Regular periods. On the one hand, means I can add less hormones to the ones I’ve already got wrecking havoc in my body, and that is a good thing, on the other, come on, do we have to bleed this often, really? Aren’t we too old?

Decluttered my CDs. Not a minute too soon.


Skincare obsession. A result of my usual makeup no longer sitting well on my skin. It’s my most expensive hobby yet, which is unfortunate.


…this was a while ago now. It’s expanded and become unmanageable in the space I have available. Good thing the bathroom in my new place is bigger. Just need to be patient…and stop buying stuff.

Learned how to turn off retweets. Which still means I can’t follow Roxane Gay because when she tweets she just dominates my entire feed which is a problem. Might I suggest a different medium? Blog? I’d follow!

Body pump. May it be forever this time. Or at least lifting weights. Or at least until I move because bit more strength, it would come in handy when moving (yes HI I’m super practical).

Brighton in November.


Looking forward to in 2018

MOVING. Which means I also have to sell my current place which makes me sad and nervous. Am looking forward to downsizing tho! ( theory..?)


Following the move, I can start dying my hair again.

Seeing my cycle analysis in Clue. Yes! I am overly interested in all things menstruation! It’s what happens when you start noticing just how controlled you are by your hormones. I’m trying to work out a way to work with my hormones rather than against them, which thus far has not been the case.

Hibernate? I just want to settle into my new place and enjoy being able to go to the gym at all times and wash my hair at home.

…I mean I’d like to go to Scotland. And I’d like to see NIN. But I’d also like not being broke, which is the inevitable result of moving.

This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post. Past topics for this challenge can be found here.

Planner 2018

I am a very simple person. Here’s something I’m looking forward to massively in 2018:

Starting to use my new planner.

Yes, I’m still doing a bullet journal of sorts, it keeps getting simpler though. I’ve done away with quite a lot of lists/trackers.

Originally, I thought old planners would be kinda nifty to see what I was doing this time (whatever time that may be) last year. Especially for work. Because we do certain tasks once or twice a year, so you know, as a reminder.

However, so far, that’s not really necessary. So once I’m done with a planner I chuck it. Which is actually kind of nice, there is something to be said for having fewer possessions. Getting rid of things you no longer use is key in keeping things from accumulating. Means you never have to declutter (gawd I’m clever).

So. New planner!


I’m sticking with my blank IKEA notebooks, still feels like the right size for my uses.

For 2018, I’ve put the calendex behind a dutch door.


One of few trackers I’m keeping: working hours.


I do have one more simple tracker, this one:


And I’m giving the Wants-list another go.


And I’ve set up a page to track album releases:


Future log is a must, obviously.


Folder also comes in handy:


First few weekly spreads:

Point of this post: just a friendly reminder you don’t have to be an artist to draw up your own calendar.

It’s probably more fun if you are, but it’s not a requirement.

New bullet journal. Planner? …notebook?

As you probably know, I’ve been using this notebook to plan my life the past few months:


I love how it ages, it’s gone nice and soft and it’s served me real well. Which is good, because I have another two just like it, only different colors. There’s only room for another few weeks in this one, so I thought it was about time to set up a new one.

This is the one:


Blank pages, weird size slightly smaller than A4, from IKEA.

I’m changing things up slightly, but I’m keeping the first page, i.e. where I outline the weeks and the first + last date of each week. Like so:


I also still need to track work hours, last time I dyed hair etc., and the future log is quite nifty.


To be honest, I don’t actually make use of my want and need list, but I’m not quite ready to give up on the idea.


I also like to use the notebook to track culture consumed:


My reading list for a quick overview of what I’ve read, and I like to note records released this year that I’ve at least given a listen. I’ll use it for a post completely about, or at least including, fave releases of the year when we get into December.

I used to list movies I’d watched, but I’ve decided to change it because a. I don’t watch a lot of movies, b. the majority of movies watched I’d seen before, and c. wouldn’t it be more fun to just list anything, clip, tv series or movie in a list with stupid comment? I think yes. So I’ve made a list for that. We’ll see how it works outs.

As for monthly trackers. They had their use at one point, but lately I find that I’m just filling them out, never going back to them or using them to create new habits, so for now, I’m going to not have any monthly trackers.

First three weekly spreads:


On the one hand, it would kind of neat if I could learn to draw, to decorate the spreads. On the other, I do like the simplicity.

Went a little overboard with the banners on that one spread. Yes well. I’ve done worse spreads in my life.

5 reasons to love Insta

Long gone are the days of using Insta for makeup inspo.

OK, maybe not long gone, but I don’t do that anymore.

With one exception; the account run by the girl who bleaches her eyebrows? Yes, that one. Couldn’t give it up. Obviously.

But there are many other reasons to love Insta. My top 5 reasons:

There’s lots of feminism on Insta. Keeps you up to date, gives you inspiration, contributes to general mental wellbeing. Current favorite: fannyarsinoe. She’s full of feminist wisdom and makes lovely art.


English: To those of you who think I’m a feminist because unable to get guy: I’m not feminist because I’m ugly, I’m ugly because I’m feminist.

It is a shame she writes in Swedish, limits her reach. Also seems unfair to all non-Swedish speakers. You’re missing out.

Silliness, sarcasm, irony. Like this:

English: Tell me more. I’m dying of curiousity.

Vegan inspo! Moby makes sure we don’t forget why we’re vegan. Sometimes with numbers:

Planner ideas!

Architects. If I have to expand on this I will just start going on about how I do follow lots of bands, some of which I don’t even really listen to, so apparently I just like to have people on stages in my feed. Obviously just lies I tell myself. So let’s just leave it.

NYC night 2 tonight! It's a sell out ✅📸: @edmasonphoto

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Excellent jump, sir.

Unfortunately. This also comes with some creepy pics of large groups of men. That’s when this comes in handy, to counteract any skin-crawling feelings:

Getting my weekly spreads sorted

Well. It’s getting there.

I’ve concluded that for my weekly spreads I like boxes. And lines that are less than neat and straight.

So basically. I’m merely reminding you that you don’t have to be an artist to have a bullet journal. In case you forgot.

Best part: when you make your own weekly spreads, you can make it so that you have all the writing space you need. Love that!

Planner #2

Remember my old planner? It didn’t last me very long.

I’ve already set up a new notebook to use as planner; this time I’ve selected a pale pink, blank page notebook from IKEA. It seems to be a size between A5 and A4; turns out this is the perfect size for me. Let’s have a look!


I’m not sure this actually corresponds to the definition of calendex, but no matter! It’s a list of weeks and dates, which is all I need to know.

And yes, I could probably use a ruler next time.


I’ve kept my future log pretty much the same as in my old planner.


I’ve moved some items off my habit tracker to a when was the last time list, and my working hours from my weekly spreads to a page of its own.


I’ve also moved my meal tracker from my weekly spreads. I like to see them all gathered regardless of week or month, the idea is that way I can see how I move from obsessing about certain foods to others and then draw some conclusions about my patterns. Yes, I’m narcissistic like that.

My monthly tracker will be pretty much the same as before. And because I’m lazy I’ll glue in a grid page.


List of purchases in an attempt to get my shopping under control, and using a dutch door for my wants and needs list; my gym schedule on the page following.


Another page folded in half, ideas for posts, which I’m sure I’ll proceed to talk myself out of.


A reading list; sure I love GoodReads, but I also love stupid notes for my own personal use. Plus, I feel this is actually a better overview than any website and/or app can offer.


I also keep a list of blog posts, because I find it quite useful as a way to keep track of what posts I’ve scheduled and on what topic.


Two wee folders; the smaller folder on top of the other folder is where I keep passwords for different sites and systems. Because I’m a rebel like that. Writing them down even though you shouldn’t. But I mean, who would ever find them?? (And if they did, have fun looking at students’ results in Ladok.)


I still struggle with weekly spreads. I seem to start with one idea in mind and then deciding against it half-way through, ending with a spread that just looks a mess.

Not that it matters in terms of practicality, but you know. It’s an eyesore. This here is one I didn’t hate:


Only problem: it was supposed to be a spread, i.e. two pages facing each other, not a front and a back.

Oh well.