Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cream for the Queen

english lavender hand cream  from the british queen buckingham palace london swedish love affairWe were by the Buckingham Palace yesterday and nearby there was a shop with royal stuff. I don’t know for sure, but the gentleman there looked very official and he told us that this is what the Queen uses! I still don’t know if it’s true, but my mum wished herself a hand cream from the Queen, so we bought one. I does look very fancy and the pot is really heavy, too. I’m imagining the Queen has buckets of this English lavender hand cream placed around in her palace and she just soaks her hands in it whenever she feels like it!..

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Liberty of London

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LE LABO freshly hand manufactures fragrances

Liberty is probably the most famous shop in London. It was opened for the first time 1875 and since then it has became one of the most unique and well-known luxury shops selling the latest fashion pieces, cosmetics, furniture and gifts. They have their own line called Liberty of London, and some of the grandest fashion houses design pieces exclusively for Liberty! I got stuck there for a couple of hours, and of course, I couldn’t leave it without some buys. I bought a perfume, a scarf and a purse (which I’ll show you later!).

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Hermes for Liberty

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Royal wrapping paper!

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New collection 2011 of Burberry scarves

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Me wearing a Matthew Williamson scarf (this is not the one I bought though!). Sorry for the poor lightning

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Manolo Blahnik selling shoes at Liberty

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Manolo Blahnik scarves

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Manolo Blahnik shoes at Liberty, London

All kinds of luxurious sweets liberty london swedish love affair

All kinds of luxurious sweets

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I bought one of these!

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Carnaby street, London

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Welcome to Carnaby!

Carnaby street is looking wonderful right now, like a place in a galaxy far far away. We’ve been to the Westminster Abbey today, but in the evening it was time to relax. So we came here, to Carnaby. They have a lot of nice shops, pubs and restaurants here, for example Liberty of London, which I just had to visit (of course, I bought some things, too).

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There was a whole Benefit store on Carnaby street! I don't like Benefit, but still.

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Planets everywhere, too.

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We had a coffee at Starbucks on Carnaby street, and right in front of us there was a young couple (well, even younger then us=))

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They were head over heels with each other, such a perfect photoshoot material!

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I know love when I see it.

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Coffee shop break

coffee house in London swedish love affairHello from a coffee shop in London! We’re taking a break with some coffee (and scones), and luckily they have a wi-fi connection here. In Sweden they have it almost everywhere, but here in London it’s not very easy to find Internet in a cafe or a restaurant.

By the way, I’m so much enjoying the British accent while I’m here! In Sweden, I have to speak English very often due to my studies and work, so it doesn’t feel weird to me. However, when everyone speaks with a British accent, I get a feeling I’m playing a part in a British romantic comedy! (Though, this feeling would me more accomplished, if Hugh Grant could finally show up!)

I hope you’re having a great day, I’ll talk to you again soon!coffee house in London swedish love affair antonia wearing DG glassescoffee house in London swedish love affair

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How to use a lash curler. Shu Uemura make-up artist’s tips.

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Shu Uemura eye lash curler (here with two pink powder brushes from Make Up Store and Too Faced)

Girls, I made one of my best beauty purchases yet! It’s been said before, but the Shu Uemura lash curler is simply the best. It reaches every lash and curls it without pulling it!

Some tips I got from the Shu Uemura make-up artist on how to curl your lashes:

- Always curl your lashes before applying mascara.

- Don’t heat up your eyelash curler with a blow dryer! A good lash curler should work without heat, and heating it up you’re risking to hurt your eyelids.

- Clamp your lashes near the roots, in the middle and by the end for the best curve.

- Once you clamp, don’t pull! You don’t want to pull out your lashes (my friend once did that).

- Don’t curl your bottom lashes, it’s just not worth it.

Now you know how to use an lash curler in the best way. It’s well known Shu Uemura makes the best lash curler on the market, but it’s still hard to believe how great it is until you try it!

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Shu Uemura lash curler (unfortunately, it's very hard to find it in Sweden!)

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London Zoo

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A sea turtle swimming along

Today we took a trip to London Zoo, which is easily the best zoo I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to more than my fair share!). I love animals, ever since I was very little I’ve had pets, everything from ants and hedgehogs to rats and dogs. My favorite animal at the zoo was one of the water turtles, it has such elegance and grace, it looked like it was flying through air rather than swimming through water!

What’s your favorite animal?

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A komodo dragon resting in the sun

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I got to hold a tarantula!

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The grass hoppers are having their mating period now

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A big crab eating from a shell

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Yellow tang fish swimming in the light

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A rat in a ship

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A squirrel monkey resting on a fence

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There were three or four of these entangled

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The lions were so beautiful and peaceful

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This parrot really likes oranges

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This bird didn't fly at all, but it showed a real sense of style with it's flaming hair

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He may not look it, but this coati could climb like a squirrel

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This llama was Mattias' favorite

At some zoos, the animals have lots of space and live a great life, but it’s not so great for the visitors because they can’t even see the animals. On others you can always see the animals up close, but you feel sorry for them because they have too little space. At London Zoo, they’ve managed to find clever solutions to keep both the animals and the people happy!

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Kitty friend

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She loves to lie on the table and think

Our kitty friend is very cute and funny! Just look at this.

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She always assumes she's going to eat dinner with us. And she has her own chair.

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In the night she only sleeps in my stepdad's suitcase! He always keeps it open now, to make it easier for her to get in!

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