Wednesday, September 2, 2015

fashion week in Stockholm 2015

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Everyone is buzzing about Björn Borg doing the moon walk...

Ok, maybe not figuratively but his models did at Stockholm's latest fashion week on his Mars runway!  (Check it out

Borg's clothes seem very sporty and simple.  That's often the case in Swedish fashion design - clean lines, sophisticated and lots of black and white is standard.  At Filippa K for example, the bucket bag made the biggest statement while the clothes were beautiful foils for the bag, and extremely wearable. Nothing too fashiony but minimalism at its best.  Here's what they say from the field about the fashion week in Stockholm.

Although there are exceptions to the rule, for example see Jumperfabriken for example, which I fell in love with during our last trip to Sweden, and BACK.
Fun stuff, check it out  "And fellow artists, worry about how you feel at the time".  Be confident like Kanye. ;-) Check it out kanye-wests-blunt-poignant-vma-video speech. "It ain't about me, it's about ideas."  Soooo, how's this link back to fashion?  Umm, ask him, I guess he thinks he's a designer?  But really not too different from Borg it seems. ;-)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kurbits on my mind

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I've been fooling around with kurbits and painting the multi-colored gourds in an old time style lately. Painting kurbits is very complicated and I hope you enjoy this simple attempt to put some of the old-time look into a more modern drawing.  I used my daughter's gel pens and fooled around until I had some of the style captured in her hair. (I'd actually really like to have some earrings like these!)  For more on modern kurbits take a look at what they're selling in Sweden, and here for a great website on about Swedish craft by Frida .

Saturday, August 29, 2015

the game of life

We've been playing a lot of Life lately - you know that board game where the men are blue, women are pink, and they drive around all day in itty-bitty cars procreating and having a heck of a time. If only, right?  ;-)  My daughter quickly learned to be a doctor, the "best" job because you easily snag $100,000 every time you passed go.  My son got "stuck" being an accountant two times running which was pretty hysterical they thought.  He "only" made $80,000.  A teacher made $45,000 (hey, actually pretty spot on) so NO ONE wanted to be that!  Made me think, why do I want to be a teacher?  And should I actually give up (again).  Here's the back story....

Once upon a time a young idealist graduated top of her class in education with a great job and a song in her heart.  She was going to work in education teaching second graders to love learning!  She welcomed the little ones to the classroom and they had a fantastic first day playing games, + getting to know one another.  Then the books came out - math, English, science, social studies (Thoreau for second graders?), health, wealth - there was a lot for the second graders to learn, and for the young teacher to figure out.  How to teach to all at their levels was one big question.

Quickly she got swamped in a maze of scheduling the who, what, when and where of it all; and discipline "who did what to whom?", amongst other concerns such as having some kids who couldn't sit still, others who couldn't keep their hands to themselves, and some with serious issues that she didn't know how to address.  Was there help to be had?  Oh no, all the teachers stayed in their rooms, as everyone had their own battles to fight and this was before pages (i.e. para-professionals and teacher assistants).  Fast forward a year, the young miss left the profession at which she felt she was badly suited, and joined the world of marketing where the rules were clearer and young lives weren't at stake.  Yet the dream lived on....

Fast forward a loooong time and she went back to school after having had two kids, taught preschool and substituted.  Now, she thought I will be a paraprofessional and show them what I've got!  Surely they'll want me now that I've mastered the schedule, the discipline, and the vagaries of it all as evidenced by working one-on-one with a special needs child with many of the issues that bedeviled her before.  Well.... not so much... and here we are looking for work again.

So what has changed in education her lo so many years away from it?  Um, not as much as you might believe.  And this is where the tale ends, for now.  Does the not-so-young ma'm keep fighting the good fight for the kids? Or bail, again, and go somewhere where her creativity, hard work and smarts might be rewarded. Please tell, she needs to take a nap in my ivory tower, and then play Life with her kids. ;-)

Here's one cynical one ladies take on the game of life, do you agree?  Luckily I have a happy life with my family and friends so I have to say I managed somehow to win the bonanza even if this career thing doesn't work out, and for that I'm very grateful!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cat lady thanks you

Ha, ha!  Wanted to thank all my wonderful readers for checking in to see how I'm doing here at La Vida Lagom!  Thanks to you I'm excited to say that I'm almost at 30,000 views.  So raising a glass to you and to the good fight of trying to stay sane and balanced in this stressful world with all kinds of fantastic things to do, people to meet, and websites to explore.  So thanks for viewing mine, and let me know how I could improve it.  I wish I was more of an expert on life but just trying to keep it "lagom".  Skål!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kurbits today and "This is Sweden" at Ahlens

Drool, drool ... of course I'm drooling over Ahlens spectacular line "This is Sweden", who wouldn't?  I love the use of the kurbits motive (see here for more on what that is), the inclusion of iconic Swedish crafts like Dala horses (Dalahäst, see below)
and other typical Swedish items like the Samisk bracelets. (Shown in pink but I greedily want one in all the colors.) 

Check out the clogs too. which are so comfortable and well-priced right now. Hint, hint if you're wondering what to get me for Christmas this might be this! (Actually the clogs were removed from the site but there are many other stores in Sweden that sell them.)

I'm going to keep checking out the other beautiful items that were added to this line, and keep them in mind for future shopping in Sweden.  Have a happy Monday friends!

 Let me know what you think, and don't forget: "Lågom är bäst" ;-)
From "This is Sweden" at

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

diets are boring

Hello everyone, trying to lose weight from a summer of excess?  I am.  Bleh, it's so boring.  I wish that this 5:2 method worked!  Instead I'm counting calories, and trying to exercise more.  So far I've lost three pounds but I've got a bit to go and anyway if I stop now it will all just pounce back on me. The 5:2 method, if I've understood it right, is to eat sensibly five days, and starve 2 days.  Or something like that ;-)  I don't subscribe to it (obviously) but I am trying to eat less gluten because that quickly fattens this Viking up and I need to be lean and mean to keep up with my kids!  ha, ha  What do you do to lose weight?  Any tips out there that work?  Tack!  Just trying to keep my diet, and my weight "lagom" I guess :-)
Lagom (Swedish)
Maybe Goldilocks was Swedish? This slippery little word is hard to define, but means something like, "Not too much, and not too little, but juuuuust right."