Woman crush Wednesday

I have been crushing on Nicole Saboné ever since I listened to her Under huden med Kakan Hermansson episode; not only does she make brilliant music, she’s studying to be an engineer at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. I love this combination, it is unexpected. Big fan of unexpected.

And also, I do love her look, the simplicity of it appeals to me greatly:

Picture stolen from http://hymn.se/2015/11/18/foto-pa-kyrkogarden-med-nicole-saboune/

If you’re not familiar with Nicole, you might want to give her cover of Madonna’s Frozen a listen:

 

However.

This crush was recently replaced by Caroline Hirons. Not because of her skincare expertise, as you might think.

Oh no.

It’s because of her recent rant on Instagram about the poor sound quality at a gig she attended. There are few things I like as much as women ranting about gigs, especially when it’s women you maybe wouldn’t expect to. As in, women who are not exactly involved in the music industry in some way.

Also, she gushed about Chris Isaak, who was the opening act of said gig:

This is exactly what I have been looking for! I do hope she has more in store. I mean sure, skincare is all good and well, but this! Rants on music, it’s what I need. From women. There aren’t nearly enough.

Never mind that I am barely aware of either of the musicians she mentions (Wicked Game? Isn’t that a HIM song? Jk! I know it’s not, but in my world, if I talk about Wicked Game, it’s the HIM version, every time.), it’s just completely beside the point. Even if I might have been slightly more interested in a rant on the Linkin Park and Friends show. I feel it needs a rant. Just me?

Anyway.

I also loved her comment on how Chris Isaak knows how to not take himself seriously, while at the same time taking music seriously. Yesyes! That is exactly how we like it.

OK then. I think that’s enough already.

Love this lady.

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Woman crush Wednesday

I’m living and breathing Kakan Hermansson.

OK. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I am currently loving getting out of bed in the morning because that’s when I do my makeup while listening to her podcast Under huden med Kakan Hermansson (English: Under the skin with Kakan Hermansson), where she talks about skincare and feminism with various guests. The best way to start your day.

Her blog is my current go to source for anything skincare related.

This isn’t a new crush. She used to be on the radio years and years ago, as a side-kick on PP3 and Morgonpasset, and while I don’t agree with her taste in music, I always loved her bluntness and strong opinions. She maked even the shittiest show worthwhile listening to.

And then she quit the radio. Years ago. Still upset about that? Kinda a little?

Also. Let me remind you of the book she wrote a while back, which I gushed about here. I’ve planned a reread, because the audio version is on my book streaming service of choice.

As if that wasn’t enough. Her general appearance is an inspiration.

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What also has me well excited is the fact that she’s met and spoken to Roxane Gay (another of my crushes to be sure); it’s been recorded and you can listen to it here. And yes, it is in English.

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Woman crush Wednesday

So this is good. I’ve created a challenge that I find challenging. Why did I do that?

I tend to have a lot of woman crushes. And I tend to harp on about them. Unless you’re new, you probably know that I’m madly in love with Nina Hemmingsson, Roxane Gay, Helen Zahavi, Johanne Hildebrandt, Liv Strömqvist…to mention a few. Feminist. Writers.

What can I say. I have a type?

I can’t be going on about any of them any more. Can I…?

Nina Hemmingsson is releasing a new book next week; the title alone would make her a candidate for this post (På A svarar jag hej då//English: My answer to A is goodbye), and don’t get me started on her Twitter. The woman is pure genius.

But I think you know that already. And if you don’t, there’s really nothing I can do about it.

The purpose of this prompt, as I understand it, is to introduce you to someone new. Hopefully anyway.

So this is the challenge for me: who have I thus far failed to mention?

…for the record, I just want to state that my (current) actual crush is fannyarisone. Hands down! You know how I like to link to her Instagram. Recent post of hers that made me laugh:

English: Stop being so hysterical?! No you know what, the uterus has made it all the way up to the brain, and that’s where it’s staying!! 

But you already know I love her.

So let’s go with a different illustrator (fannyarisone isn’t an illustrator exactly, but you know what I mean, she does drawing), namely:

Holly Exley

She is an actual illustrator, a vegan, and her dogs, seem so sweet it makes me consider getting a dog. And I’m a cat person. FFS.

Basis of her appeal: I am so impressed with people who freelance. Partly because it seems complicated, and partly because you have to be so brave. She sometimes explains part of her work and does it so well. And she’s just really pleasant to listen to, v. v. important in my world.

And she just seems so sweet. You know 💕

That her latest vlog takes us to Scotland is just a bonus:

Aaand. I just realized I’ve probably mentioned her too. I’m out! There is literally no woman crush that I fail to mention, ever! Clearly don’t need prompts for that. (And I’m upset about this because why…?)

Could maybe use just a bit of restraint tho. Tiny bit. Wee.

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This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post.

The Endless Blog Challenge

Sunday! Time for another few topics you may use at will the week to come.

The theme for this week’s topics is inspired by others. Yea, I’m more or less stealing topics I’ve recently come across.

First one may just be my favorite:

WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY. Mentioned in passing by Rhian Hy in one of her recent uploads. The idea is to write about a woman you love for some reason. (..but it can’t be just because she’s attractive. Because I say so. Because it’s boring.)

There is clearly something wrong with my feed because I’ve never seen any posts on this topic, but the idea appeals to me IMMENSELY.

THIS WEEK’S FAVORITES. Weekly feature at The Mustards. Who doesn’t like listing favorites? If you want to make it extra challenging, have a theme.

FIVE DAYS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. I’ve been thinking of ThaTaylaa‘s 15 days of foundation, which is such a fun idea, but, as mentioned, I’m in the middle of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, and I’m not in a encourage-consumption type of mood.

Instead, let’s take five days and reflect on our consumption.

Could be anything, finding out where your food comes from, challenging yourself to only buy food that’s locally produced for a week, investigating if you can switch to a more environmentally friendly option, cut something out that isn’t strictly necessary, maybe use and review an environmentally friendly product each day, a list of things you do that you feel guilty about, spend a day reflecting on things you already do for the environment—it’s simply an exercise in awareness.

Optional: split it into several posts and/post over a longer period of time.

I also want to suggest starting to prep for a classic empties post. Not necessarily the usual makeup/beauty empties, anything that came in a package will do. Gum? Tea? Lentil crisps? To make keeping garbage bearable, find yourself a nice looking container, or you know, make one?