Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rome Weekend


Hello Wednesday!

This past weekend the boyfriend and I took a quick trip to Rome. The amazing thing about living in Europe is that you can take a weekend trip pretty much anywhere in Europe (our flight was only around 3 hours). We left on Friday and came home on Monday so we had plenty of time to get a feel for the Italian capital. Both of us had never been to Rome and I'd never been anywhere in Italy so it was extra exciting. We enjoyed lots of yummy Italian food, stunning weather, lots of long walks, and an overall nice time.




 Rome is kind of rough around the edges with lots of graffiti and may not be the cleanest, but I don't think this takes too much away from the charm of this ancient city. It is a little chaotic too, definitely in comparison to Stockholm which is rather orderly. We had a lot of trouble figuring out the bus/tram/train system as very little information is given. You have to count the stops or just know where you're going by sight because they don't annouce the stops. Very annoying! Caused lots of extra walking when we missed stops or got off too early. p.s. This was the only negative we could find durring our stay, so not too bad.)






 We spent the majority of our time exploring the city's many historical sites and buildings, which I think you should always do when visiting a city for the first time. There is definitely so much to see and we of course only scratched the surface but we did visit the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel, Vatican museum, and the St. Peter's Cathedral, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain (which was under construction), the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum.




 Isn't my boyfriend so dreamy? hehe. We are actually celebrating our 6th anniversary of being together today! 6 amazing years! He makes me so happy.

Overall I really liked Rome even though it's completely different from Stockholm and I'm so glad that we had a great time. This small taste of Italy really made me crave more, and I can't wait to visit even more cities throughout the country. Have you been to Rome? What did you think?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EmmaKisstina Turns 7!

 Hello Wednesday!

Today isn't any regular day because today is EmmaKisstina's 7th birthday! I can't believe that 7 years ago today I opened up my EmmaKisstina Etsy store which in turn changed my life forever. (That sounds dramatic but it's true.) These past 7 years have definitely been the best 7 of my life (well at least so far!) I'm so proud of how far I have come personally as well as how far my company has come and all of the amazing support I've gotten from customers all over the globe. In the next coming 7 years (and more) I hope to continue to grow this company and create even more gorgeous items that you'll adore. I already can't wait to show you what's in store for next year!

As a huge thank you I'm offering 25% off your entire order in my EmmaKisstina Etsy shop all day today with 
code: 7BDAYWISHES

To celebrate I bought myself the prettiest of cakes, a Swedish Princess Cake, and enjoyed it with lots of sparkle and great friends this weekend. I think it's important to celebrate the small accomplishments in life... and definitely thought it was fun to get all dolled up and have an excuse to buy a cake!









Cheers to EmmaKisstina's first 7 years, and another cheers to 7 + plus amazing years to come!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's in MY Bag! A Video



Hello Wednesday!

Today I thought it would be fun to show off what's in MY bag. I may or may not have simply forgotten to get in touch with a blogger for this week (oopsie) but hopefully you find this fun anyways! Since buying my gorgeous white leather backpack I've loved wearing it daily to carry all of my essentials when I run my usual errands around Stockholm. It's so nice to have everything on my back and out of the way of city life. Plus I think it looks really cute.

This is the last What's in my Bag of this year. Sadface. I'll hopefully start up my Blogger What's in my Bag series again in January, but I'm not sure. Sigh. The series has been so much fun for me to create, but has kind of lost momentum. I really don't want to stop these illustrations so I'll just have to figure out another way of presenting them in the new year. If you have any suggestions I'd love to here!

I'd also like to thank all of the amazing bloggers that I've had the pleasure of creating illustrations for, for my series. It's always so much fun to see how each girl's personality really shines through their favorite items. I also really appreciate all the help sharing and promoting my work too!

If you haven't seen the entire series please make sure to visit my Blogger What's in my Bag Pinterest board here...



Monday, November 10, 2014

Swedish Fika Treats: Kokosbollar

Hello Monday!

It's been awhile since I shared a recipe so I thought I'd share a fun one today. Yay! This weekend I had a major sweet tooth but hadn't bought any special ingredients for cupcakes or something even fancier. But then I remembered a childhood favorite, kokosbollar! What's great about this classic Swedish recipe is that the ingredients are all something you'll find in your pantry, plus they involve no baking. Easy! Kokosbollar (or coconut balls in English) can be found at every Swedish café for good reason because they are really really yummy!

Recipe: Swedish Kokosbollar (Coconut Balls)

Ingredients:

• 100grams browned butter (or just melted butter if you prefer)
• 3 Tbsp strong coffee (Just remember to save some from your morning cup)
• 3dl rolled oats (1 heaping cup)
• 3 Tbsp cacao powder (I use raw cacao powder)
• 1dl sugar (1/4 cup)

• Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes to roll in

Melt the butter and simmer until fragrantly nutty and browned. In a bowl combine all of the ingredients including the melted butter, except the coconut flakes. Place in fridge for about 30mins to harden slightly. After 30 minutes remove from fridge, roll into balls, then roll in coconut flakes. Place in fridge for about 1 hour to completely set. Then enjoy!