Monday, December 26, 2016

Holiday Vacation, Jordan's first Swedish Jul & dress-up prep...

"...Celebration
Let's all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time..."


Read more: Kool & The Gang - Celebration Lyrics | MetroLyrics 



Basically how I feel like I wanna sing out right now - IT'S VACATION HOLIDAY!
Meaning that Friday the 16th is my last day for this semester, and school won't be back up again until January 16th, 2017!

For Jul (Swedish Christmas) we had my brother over from Luleå and my Nana. And
this year was Jordan's first Christmas holiday in Sweden. We did have a great time all together, even though hubby were lightly surprised and amused that the Swedish table consisted mainly of various dishes of fish. 
Something that I myself have never even yet thought about! 
We also managed to get 2 bookings for dressing up as Mr and Mrs Claus, which landed us some decent money for a mere 1 hour of work on the 24th.
And after coming home and undressing the costumes and putting our festive clothes back on we joined the other's for a continuing celebration at home - handing out gifts to each other, eating desserts consisting of homemade candy Pannacottta, and enjoying some time together watching the TV before we all sleepily headed to our beds for a well deserved rest. 

On the 25th my family and I usually have a smaller tradition where we take a walk together outside, and this year we decided 
to take the dogs (Tessa and Nelly) with us for the cold winter stroll.
We walked to grab some more milk at the store and later headed over to my Nan's to put up some broken and tangled up decor lights that she had troubles with. We spent around and hour in the afternoon there also having coffee and a chat about memories and the day before. 
My other brother joined us later and had dinner with us that night and even slept over to the morning after.

These few days have been filled with tears, joy, lots of laughter, and happy memories.
And I wouldn't want to trade it out for anything


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Me and hubby, Christmas 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

My 2017 Goals

Everybody I know are already making plans for resolutions for diet plans, travel plans, making money etc... the list can be long.
So I decided to do it a bit differently. 


Well, it's that time of year again. The holidays are coming up slowly around every corner of the world, as well as planning for that lovely New Year's Eve party and making resolutions. However, about 5 years ago I noticed that making plans to be fit and healthy did NEVER work for my own sake. 
So, as Swedish Jul passed I thought hard that week before New Year's - what DO I actually want out of the next year?
What didn't work out so well this year past months for me so far?

I wanted to be happy. 
And that's exactly how I made my resolution plans around - to try and be as happy as I possibly could be. And even though 2016 had it's ups and downs, it was still fairly good to me. 
But this time I will change things up again for myself, and instead of promises, resolutions and planning here and there. 
I will set up my own 2017-goals. 
What does your list look like?


2017 Goal-list
• Read a minimum of 5 books
•  Travel at least twice (where one trip is abroad)
• Sell 9 pieces of arts or crafts
• Give 2 people an unexpected surprise
• Battle and win a personal struggle
• Try out 10 new foods/dishes
• Do something unexpected





Sunday, November 6, 2016

I have my own Vintage Sims3-house!

My lovely friend Stephanie in Florida (whom I've spoken about before, she's the owner of the awesome second hand shop in Tampa called the Anarchist Closet), made a vintage inspired Sims3-house for me and my husband over at her YouTube channel

I can't express my gratitude how cool and sweet it is!

So here's the video of it.
Enjoy!

The Sims 3 House Tour - 50s Inspired Home - Mid Century Modern Retro - Roaring Heights Town World



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Friday, October 28, 2016

My Brooch & Pin Collection

I figured I'd show you all my current brooch and pin-collection  

Reminder:
*Tradera is the Swedish version of eBay



Ceramic Brooch of Summer Flowers
$3.16 (incl. shipping) on Tradera

Daisy Ceramic Brooch
$2.57 (incl. shipping) on Tradera

Gold Rose Brooch
Sadly I don't remember the price, but it was purchased from Tradera

Flower brooch from a local 
antique shop called Antik Bothnia

American Flag Pin
$1.12 (free shipping) from Tradera

Swedish Flag Pin
$4.15 (incl. shipping) from Tradera.
However this one came in a 4-pack

Royal Blue Plastic Brooch
$1,89 (incl. shipping) from Tradera

Red Shoe-Pin
 $1.89 (incl. shipping) from Tradera


You can check out:
- any local secondhand shop near you

- eBay
- Etsy
- other small businesses
- the Anarchist Closet


Sunday, September 4, 2016

An Alternative Secondhand Shop - the Anarchist Closet

the Anarchist Closet
So, I have to tell you all about probably my absolute FAVORITE secondhand shop called the Anarchist Closet located in Tampa, Florida.
If you're classifying yourself as a modern misfit and feel that regular clothes in local shops are too plain in taste - THIS IS the store for you for sure. 

It's run by single owner Stephanie Christou which I've had the pleasure to become personal friends with. 

A very lovely, kind, open minded and driven shop owner for sure.
Not only does she manage the store but is the only employee and you'll find her inside of the shop at open hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm 
Sundays: 11 am to 6 pm


Stephanie Christou

My first (and so far only, booo!) visit was back in August of 2015 when my close friend Louise came down from England for a quick visit; my husband, myself and two other friends took a trip up to Tampa to show Louise around and get to explore the city more.
I wanted to surprise my friend who posses a very required taste in Goth and darkness and therefore I had checked out available "Gothic" enough shops online.
To my sheer luck the Anarchist Closet popped up on my search list and we managed to make a real good surprise to her for sure.
We went inside and it was like all kinds of styles and personalities hit us by the door. Goth, punk, regular outfits, costumes, rockabilly, steampunk, and much much more! 

Stephanie greeted us very kindly and offered assistance if needed. 
After maybe an hour or so all five of us had outfits and left very merry and pleased with our visit. 
I managed to find a few belts and an amazing rockabilly dress. 


* * *
Now people - I wanted to show you how easy it is to find and compose a pretty decent vintage inspired outfit using only items found and provided by the Anarchist Closet. 
I tried my best to match each outfit in sizes - items in Small with other Smalls, XL with other Large and/or XL, etc...
These are inspired from my own taste as if for myself and my husband. Hopefully you enjoy my mix and matches, and maybe even pay a visit to the Anarchist Closet's Facebook page which always gets updated on a daily basis. 

I've wanted to make a post about the Anarchist Closet for a while now, and not because Stephanie is my friend - but because the concept of having an actual physical store completely dedicated to alternative styles for people with mixed tastes, is just absolutely brilliant!
It's fantastic to be able to have a green thinking shop that is dedicated to it's fans of the alternative lifestyle where you easily can find an outfit within minutes online or in the actual store itself. 
Shopping second hand don't stress the environment as much as shopping brand new clothes online or in stores really does.
No superlong shipping distances. No full price items. No tear on fabric being produced in a sweatshop abroad like in Asia.
Just clothes other's have donated to the store (the Anarchist Closet) that they don't want anymore in exchange for store credit. The store
 accepts international sales and accept many payment forms.
So check out my list below of outfits that I found on their Facebook page, and while you're at it give them a like and support the cause!



OUTFIT: XSmall/Small

XS - $4.99
XSmall - $6.99
Small - $4.99

OUTFIT: Medium

Medium - $6.99
Small/Medium - $7.99


OUTFIT: Large

Large - $9.99

OUTFIT: XL-1XL-2XL

XL - $11.99
XL - $6.99
1XL - $7.99
2XL - $7.99
My dress that I've recently purchased.
2XL - $19.99

MEN'S OUTFIT 
(my husband's sizes)

Large - $7.99
Large - $19.99
32x32" - $9.99
Men's shoes size 12 - $29.99
My husband's new ties - black and blue
Costed $0.99/each

ACCESSORIES

$4.99
Size 7 - $49.99

Size 7 - $49.99

Size 7,5 - $12.99

Size 11 - $9.99

Size 11 - $14.99

Size 7,5 - $9.99


A big thank you to Stephanie at the Anarchist Closet
for providing all the images shown in this post. 
This is NOT a paid promotion!

Follow 
the Anarchist Closet:
Websitewww.anarchistcloset.com
Twitter@AnarchistCloset
Instagram: @anarchistcloset

Friday, September 2, 2016

New Change

This past summer I decided to make a change in my life.
I wanna be MYSELF and stop holding back so much, and I know that many people are because they are afraid of social judgement - but it made me think: "why am I holding back for? For WHOM am I doing this?!"


Yeah, I am now officially calling myself Lady Inaa and change some of my social medias around. Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ so far have gotten slight changes, where I even deleted my old Twitter and made a new one from scratch.
If you feel up like following me, you can find me at @LadyInaaHF to add me. 
This summer I have also started my journey to a more vintage inspired life and I was worried for a long time until I discovered lovely people and a few Facebook groups that are fully dedicated to the vintage lifestyle - living as if the 1920's all the way up to the 1960's. And there's men and women, boys and girls of all ages.
Made some really nice friends over these past months, and some have been really inspirational for me as well as superhelpful with tips like how to make my hair into a more 1940-1950's look!
Even if others are thinking this is a ridiculous thing, I don't care.
This makes ME happy. Not you. 

The reason why I call myself "Lady Inaa" is for these reasons:
  1.  I think women are beautiful creatures and therefore should be met with respect. I do not agree with most modern slang like "bae".
    Women are ladies, and men are gents or gentlemen. It shows more respect.
  2. My family have connections to royalty back in the 16th hundred century Norway and I thought it always were intriguing to know that I've got somewhat royal descendant relatives.
    It was more for fun in the start, that developed into thoughts like "hell yeah, I'm rather a LADY than someone's bae!"
  3. It sounds nicer, and you know it!

These past 3 months (I would say) I've started dressing more vintage inspired, changed my hair around and stopped using hair dye (too many chemicals anyways!), gone crazy on Tradera and eBay for vintage items such like brooches and other cute trinkets like crocheted Peter Pan-collars etc...
It's a long path to change an entire look of a person. But I feel so beyond excited and happy that it doesn't matter anymore. As long as I can be happy it's fine. 








Thursday, May 26, 2016

Video Game Commentation & Let's Play's Helped My Anxiety and Depression

The headline might sound really weird.
How could video games commentaries and YouTube Let's Plays help anxiety and depression you might ask yourself.

Well I'm gonna tell you my version. 

It's a Wednesday evening, the clock shows after 6 pm and I'm feeling an anxiety attack creep on slowly. 
My chest is tight, my heart hurts when I breathe and I feel like I have to sigh deeply in order to get any form of air. 
I've tried everything from meditation to long walks outdoors, to listening to music and watch movies. The only thing I haven't done is medication. 
But for some reason letting videos of Let's Plays on YouTube run in the background, or popping my earbuds in my computer and watch as different gamers play video games - are working like wonders. 

It might be the interactions from them playing or focusing on them talking, or the mix of both that you for a minute or more forget about your problems a little and even might be able to burst out a laugh to the complete failures or silly comments these entertainers provide their viewers. 




I sort of become a friend. Me and the YouTuber-gamer laugh and struggle through the levels and might even end up getting a relief that there's no longer any anxiety left. 
And things are sort of fine again. Hard still maybe, but you feel you can cope again whether it might be for another few hours or more. 

Some people might not get it, the whole thing about let's plays and video games - and that's all fine.
Laughter and watching a video of a let's play is 100x better than taking medication and worst case end up hurting yourself which you'll regret afterwards.
Let's plays are a relatively new thing to the world, but for some people it's their entire world. It's an escape and a way to deal/cope and it's the best medication ever. 


My personal favorites when it comes to YouTube-let's plays are:
• Felix Kjellberg - PewDiePie

• Sean McLoughlin - Jacksepticeye
• Mark Fischbach - Markiplier
• Kenneth Morrison - CinnamonToastKen



Friday, April 29, 2016

Charity: LoveNepal

Hello people!
Just figured I would stop by and make a little blog update for you, about what's going on right now. 

I've recently been seeing posts from a Swedish charity called Love Nepal.


Basically with every order that comes in I will be donating 50% of the sale to Love Nepal and their wonderful work that they do.

They are a Swedish organisation that fights against children forced into sexwork.
These children are often between ages 7-13 when they're either kidnapped or born into these brothels as prostitutes, so they're exposed to constant rape, cruel abuse and poor living standards from a VERY young age. 


If you want to know more you can check out their website called www.lovenepal.se
(if you're not a speaker of Swedish, you can always translate their webpage)




Other than my new charity project - I can mention to you all that my latest piece of artwork "Build Me Up From Bones" arrived safely to England a little while back.
That made me so happy to see. 


I am hoping to start new commissions and new artworks soon. 
To be at all honest I've missed doing artworks for myself only, than just having commissioned work done. So it might be something, just gotta find that spark of inspiration and creation again to actually kick it off. 
Got some few ideas that I want to try out, so I'm gonna try going for them now when school is gonna take a slower speed.

I've managed to get most of the important essays done. Just got 2 more assignments before my class called Pedagogical Practice is over, then one more smaller class before summer and I'm officially free for a few weeks. Then August 1st is back to school haha. 








Monday, April 18, 2016

School... Art... Work...

To me the title headline is more like: "stress... stress... and more stress..." in my ears.

I've been re-opening all of my art pages again, and I've officially been a student for a little over a month now (insert mini-celebration here).

Been struggling to find hours to work. And with Easter just passing I couldn't work as much as I've wanted cus kindergarten's here have been closed over the holiday. 
Which pretty much have left me flatass broke. Right now I am also fighting against the student loan people to get my rights for a loan because it'd help my living situation, my bills and my student literature. 

Me screaming internally

As of right now I am slowly working on my way to finish up a commission that's going to a friend in England - to Crawley to be exact.
It's my first commission in nearly 2 years now, so imagine my excitement and utter surprise when I showed them the work in progress and they bought it straight off the bat!
My creation is a charcoal and chalk drawing, with hints of white gel-pen. 


The title will be revealed once it's finished

After I've finished the skull-commission I'm off to working on two pieces for my parents behalf. From the looks of it, it's gonna be worked in Acrylic paint both of them.
Later once I've moved on from those there's a commission request from Florida, that's pretty exciting. It's my first American commission - hat's off to the customer.

There's still room in my orderbook if there's any other interest in booking a commission, and I've also got several prints left over. 


- Inaa

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Living On A Budget - part 1

I am a person that lives and have dedicated my life to recycling and living on Second Hand.
Most likely I think it started when I was in Middle School (age 10-12) when I would eagerly stop by the local Thrift Store.
To this day I love knowing that I can reduce my spendings and still gain new things by purchasing green items locally or online. 


I've found so many things that lifts up my home, or even make super great gifts! And I haven't even spent $10 sometimes in one store alone, but still managed to walk out with more than 5 items.
To me that's very financially better, environmentally (aka Green) thinking, fun and somewhat relaxing.
Usually when I've gone with my family, we make it a whole day. For example on a Saturday or Sunday (or any other day when it works for us).
We go around to different Thrift shops, Second Hand-shops, Salvation Army, the Red Cross, etc... and we usually get some lunch or fika while we're out. 


I was thinking about showing my latest finds here. And I have to say I'm very proud of them all.
In total I think I spent about $90 for all of these items in 2 months timeframe. 



Found this at Myrorna in Umeå, Sweden.
Perfect for summer and spring!



Gorgeous vintage-pattern

Originally from the store Åhlens. And I was really
happy to see that the whole bag was intact. All I really had to do,
was to wash it on a low temperature for 15min. 

A beautiful silver candelabra from Myrorna in Umeå, Sweden.

I had to polish this one up, but it turned out so nice!
Found at Red Cross Umeå.

Found the glass jar at Returcentrum, the shells are from Florida.

Found this triangle bottle with cork lid.
The shells are hand-picked in Florida

Old brown bottle, feather are from
the Ostrich Farm in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

These books are from a Swedish series called "Sagan Om Valhalla"
by author Johanne Hildebrandt.
I can't believe I found the 2nd and the 3rd book at PMU Second Hand in Umeå, Sweden.
The 1st book I had to order from Tradera (eBay).

Bottle found at Returcentrum.
Filled it up with some leftover tea, put a bow on it and
I attached a phone jewel on it. 

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