• LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

    Written by Yasmine

    Last-minute gift buying can be tricky, but we have gathered some great options that will make someone really happy this Christmas. The gifts that will keep on giving; not only for Christmas, but throughout 2023.


    Apple Watch Series 8 TECH
    If you want to make someone happy this year (or yourself), go all in with the new Apple Watch Series 8. The watch is not only a great gift for the tech enthusiast, but someone you know that need help to keep track of their daily adventures. The latest smartwatch series combines a new better women’s health tracker with wrist temperature, as well as readings for an estimation of your menscycle. If you track your health when you are healthy, it can hopefully help to give an alert when perhaps something isn’t as it should be. Find the new Apple Watch at apple.com

    Classic Retro-X® Fleece Jacket, Patagonia FASHION
    Patagonia has always been at the forefront when it comes to quality clothing and thinking about more than just the clothes themselves. The best part about gifting a fleece jacket like this - is that with great care – will be a lifelong piece in someone's life. A warm and windproof 100% polyester bonded ¼”-pile fleece jacket for cool, blustery weather. With Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, choose if you buy it in a women’s or men’s silhouette. I know I would be happy. Find it at patagonia.com

    The Walking Pad, C2  SPORT
    Yes, I said it, a walking pad. Living in Scandinavia during the winter makes it a bit more difficult to get outside for a daily run. If you know someone who continues to work from home or studies full-time. This is a generous and most likely surprising gift. That will make the entire family want to try walking on the pad. The Pad comes in a variety of colors and levels – to fit the person you give it to. If you want a more advanced running pad or a calm and slim design to fit under your desk. It’s easy and breezy. Find it at amazon or at walkingpad.com 

    Weight blanket, Cura of Sweden SLEEP
    A weighted blanket is a perfect gift for someone you can’t give a physical hug to this holiday. Not to mention, if you know someone that struggles with sleep or mild anxiety. The soft blanket feels literally like a warm hug, that gives a sense of calm when you need it the most. The 6 kg weight fits perfect to have both on the sofa and in bed. It will definitely keep the person you give it too extra warm this season. Not to mention, why not grab a pillow too, Cura of Sweden also has an immense variety of ergonomic pillows, to help with sleep. Find the new hug at curaofsweden.com.

    Gordon Shaving Beard Straightener MEN'S FAVORITE
    The Gordon Beard straighter is going viral. The stylish brush helps to give a well-groomed and smooth finish straight from home - perfect for Holidays' and New Year’s celebrations. With its luxurious gift box, is a great gift to give. It’s super easy to use, with its minimalistic design and a stylish dark green handle. The brand repped by Underclub has a variety of great gifts. From freshly scented beard creams and beard oils – so if you need some great beard products you should check out their line. Find it at underclub or at the nearest retailer.

    Theragun PRO, Therabody SPORT
    For the wellness mode, the Therabody is the crème de la crème of pressure tools. Use it for a more efficient warm-up, target your quads, hamstrings, and calves with the Theragun for 15 seconds each. The Therabody increases circulation and generates heat in the fast twitch muscles that support quick bursts of lateral movement, as well as the muscle groups that support your stride. To help maximize recovery and come back even stronger. It’s a perfect tool to give (or get) when starting out your new year or help with back aches. The Theragun is ready to come home at therabody.com

    Reversible Wool-Blend Scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren FASHION
    Crafted from a soft wool blend, this Italian-made scarf features a complementary reverse. The scarf has two sides, which makes it perfect to switch when your outfit is slightly different. So instead of having two blue scarves in different shades – one is enough. The blue calm colors have the Ralph Lauren signature Pony embroidered at one end. If bought in-store or online at Ralph Lauren, you receive a gift box and card to write a holiday message. Find the wool-blend scarf at ralphlauren.eu

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    Instax SQUARE Link CREATIVES FAVORITE 
    Say hello to new memories, with the latest family member from Fujifilm Instax. This gift works for everyone – literally (and will especially be loved by the creative soul). The portable printer is more than just a normal printer. It’s your new favorite portable tool to save your memories for years to come. It makes it possible to bring life to your Smartphone photos as they were taken with an analog camera. For Gen Z and creative wizards, the new Instax square link also gives you endless opportunities to create AR effects and personalize prints. It’s definitely a new favorite to bring to the Christmas party. Find the new Instax Square Link at your nearest retailer or at instax.com

    SKOG 3-Wick Scented Vase Candle, Skandinavisk HOME 
    Give someone the beautiful scent of forest this season. Skog [’skuːg] is Swedish/Norwegian for ‘forest’, and smells like the actual forest. It’s a celebration of our Scandinavian boreal forests that cover over half the Scandinavian lands. The beautiful design fits right in every household with a vase glass, with three wicks and hard box packaging – perfect for gifting (or yourself). Find the candle at your nearest retailer or at skandinavisk.com

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    Balmain Homme Signature Men’s Giftset BEAUTY
    The luxury fashion house, has a hair care series – one of them the Signature Men’s Giftset - a collection of grooming products made for men. The scent of for example the Beard Oil - is a woody, yet fresh bergamot. The set includes a Hair & Body Wash, Beard Oil, a small transparent Beard Comb, and Scalp Scrub. We wrote about many different beauty kits earlier, find them all here

    CHLOE, Woody woven tote bag FASHION
    The dark green, musty woody linen and leather tote bag from Chloe is a fashion statement. The bag has an open top, with double top handles and an internal slip pocket for necessities. With the brand patch on both sides. The bag is ready for city adventures, as well as a day in the woods – all up to the person you gift it too. They will be happy, promise. Find the tote bag at Selfridges.com

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    Cloud & Glow Silk pillowcase BEAUTY/SLEEP
    Together with a new ergonomic pillow from Cura of Sweden, a pillowcase can enhance both your sleep and hair. So, my last piece of advice is to give a luxurious silk pillowcase this Christmas. The Cloud & Glow Silk pillowcase is made from the highest quality 22 momme 6A grade 100% mulberry silk, and you can definitely feel it. It’s love at first touch. It helps your skin and hair to retain natural moisture and reduces the appearance of facial creases from sleeping on your face. In addition, prevents any tangles and frizz from your hair. All, so you can stay comfortable, and have sweet dreams. Find the pillowcase at cloudandglow.com

    Want even more advice? Check out what the editors of Odalisque Magazine wish for christmas here

  • Villa Lena - A reason to go to Tuscany

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Villa Lena, the popular artist retreat and agriturismo in rural Tuscany, is one of many reason to visit Tuscany.
    Much of Villa Lena’s 500 hectares estate is sunlit dappled woodland teeming with life, including wild boars and of course the forest's diamonds- tartufi bianchi.

    These ancient woodlands of Palaia that surround the hilltop Villa are the setting for the Truffle hunt. An experience that is not only beautiful, but takes you to the heart of an important autumnal tradition in Tuscany, and joining the ‘silent hunt’ means that you are not only searching for some of the best white truffles in Tuscany, but doing so with the most sincere respect for nature.
     

    For bookings and further information on the above, visit villa-lena.it.

  • photography Sandra Myhrberg

    fashion Ulrika Lindqvist

    jacket & skirt Baum und Pferdgarten
    socks Hysteria by Happy Socks
    shoes Dr Martens

    An Interview With Esther

    Written by Alicia Hurst by Sandra Myhrberg

    Esther is an emerging popstar hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. She made her debut on the music scene in 2019 and recently released her second album “Wander” featuring four hypnotizing tracks. The young star was born and raised in a musical household, with instruments practically decorating her house, influencing her tastes in music life and guiding her through life. Her enigmatic personality and eclectic use of musical instruments such as the vibraphone have captivated audiences and allowed her to tour with global superstars such as Lykke Li. Esther’s talent is both a nod to the past with her eyes and ears set on the future. Keep an eye and ear out for Esther as she embarks on her musical journey. 
     

    Please tell us about how you started as a musician and Singer? 
    I’ve always had music in my life, my dad is a musician so there’s always been instruments in every corner of our house. I started off playing the piano and then later took on drums as well, eventually combining the two and starting to play mallet instruments - which I now consider my main instrument. It’s essentially a piano you hit with mallets.
    I never really considered singing before I was put on the spot at a music festival in Copenhagen 2017. I was there playing vibraphone with a couple of people from the company teenage engineering who were showing off some synthesizers. The music was all improvised and eventually they put up a microphone in front of me and told me to ”play and sing!”. When I did, the rest of them stopped playing and I got to end our set all by myself. That was the first time I ever sang and played vibraphone at the same time.
     
    You play the vibraphone, tell us about that instrument? 
    Like I said before, the vibraphone works pretty much like a piano in terms of where the notes are except you hit it with ”mallets” instead of your fingers. I hold two mallets in each hand which limits me to play four notes at a time.
    Usually it’s made of metal, but the one I play is actually electronic which makes it easy for me to manipulate or completely change the sound I use. I think it fits really well with my music! It’s also really fun to play, haha.
     
    What is your inspiration for your new ep “wander”?  And your music in general?
    People and feelings have always inspired me. I’m very inspired by all of the people I work with because they’re really talented and come up with things I wouldn’t (hopefully it’s vice versa as well).
    And I find it really inspiring to try and find something beautiful in a difficult emotion. Maybe it hurts to break up, but it might have been beautiful that it got to be at all?
      
    You just spent time in Los Angeles, what brought you there?
    This fall I’ve had a really cool opportunity to play in the band with Lykke Li on her recent tour in the States and Europe - so that’s why I was there. 
     
    How do you like to incorporate style and fashion into your artist persona? 
    It’s actually something I’m still trying to figure out. I have a good sense of what I feel comfortable in and what I like, but I also have an urge to be braver and try more clothes that are a little bit more outside of my box.  
    It’s important for me to feel cool when I’m on stage, I don’t want to feel vulnerable so I’m taking it one step at a time. There’s also the aspect that I have to be able to play in the clothes I wear. I move around quite a bit and I know the sleeves can’t be too long since my mallets tend to get stuck inside them. I just recently started wearing heels when I play, haha. 
     
    In this story the stylist gave you a baseball bat as a prop and you told us that you actually played baseball when you were younger? Please tell us more about that? 
    I did! It’s really weird since most people don’t even know there are teams in Sweden. I started playing in middle school because me and my friend said we wanted to start playing together, but then he ended up bailing so I had to go by myself. I think it’s a great sport and ended up playing for probably three years. Go sports!
     
    What are your plans for the future? 
    Right now I’m working on new music that I’m really excited about. I think that’s my only plan for the future - to keep on going and saying yes to everything that I want to do, see how far it gets me! I don’t like making really big plans far ahead, because I think it can build up the pressure you put on yourself and we get enough of that already. I just ”trust the process” and try to have fun I guess.
     
    You often write songs about relationships, How come?
    I think it’s just because you feel very complex things in relationships with others, whether that be a friendship or a romantic relationship. Putting it into words and trying to explain it has been the best way for me to understand what the feeling is about. And it’s really rewarding. I really appreciate being able to feel all those emotions, even if they’re sad, because it gives you a sense of meaning. 
     
    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I love puzzles! I pretty much always have a Rubiks Cube in my bag.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    jacket Remake
    top & tights Jannike Sommar
    boots Vagabond
    shirt Samsoe Samsoe
    jumper & trousers Uniqlo and Marni
    socks Minna Palmqvist
    shoes Dr Martens
    coat Baum und Pferdgarten
    dress Samsoe Samsoe
    socks Minna Palmqvist
    boots Dr Martens
    jacket Remake
    top Uniqlo and Marni
    skirt & stockings Minna Palmqvist
    boots Tamaris
    jacket & skirt Baum und Pferdgarten
    socks Hysteria by Happy Socks
    shoes Dr Martens

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