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EDITOR’S LETTER HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US!! A whole year has passed since we launched the first issue of Nordic Style Magazine and what a year it has been! Thank you, dear friends, for reading our magazine and following us - we really appreciate your support. We will continue to evolve and improve the magazine and our website, and we hope you will continue to follow us and help spread the Nordic Style word. You truly do inspire us! With the holidays just around the corner, we have filled this issue with inspirational ideas to help you create the perfect holiday season. We also sat down with two incredibly talented designers: Mai Manniche, the Danish JEWLSCPH princess, Sigga Heimis, an Icelandic designer extraordinaire who has designed for IKEA new talents, too: the designers of Orphan Bird, Aalto+Aalto, and the Faroese musician, Högni Reistrup. And our stunningly beautiful editorials are sure to inspire you for the holidays – or for any other occasion, for that matter! to spending quality time with my family, baking some cookies, shopping for Christmas presents, and decorating the perfect and the City again (so I can beat my friends in QuizUp!, a fun, new Icelandic app). But Christmas is also a time when friends gather to eat, drink, and be merry - and I sure plan on doing some of that, too! We hope you will enjoy the holidays to the fullest and that you will enjoy and be inspired by this very special issue. And please remember to bookmark our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Bloglovin Best wishes and happy holidays from the entire Nordic Style team! Love, Soffía Theódóra Tryggvadóttir Founder and Editor-in-Chief soffia@nordicstylemag.com

Remember our website, nordicstylemag.com


HAPPY PLUGS gold earbuds

MARKBERG gloves

UTZON fur cardigan

Editor’s wish list ADAX clutch

SECOND FEMALE coat

VIBE JOHANSSON dress JEWLSCPH ring

BY MALENE BIRGER heels

FINNSDOTTIR porcelain box


EDITOR IN CHIEF/FOUNDER Soffía Theódóra Tryggvadóttir

CREATIVE DIRECTOR/FOUNDER Bjarni Ingimar Júlíusson MARKETING MANAGER Signý Kristinsdóttir COPY EDITOR Kiley Larson FASHION AND BEAUTY EDITOR Nomi Laila Tuwel DESIGN EDITOR Sigríður Erla Viðarsdóttir FOOD EDITOR Veera Brückler FASHION CO-ORDINATOR Marta Káradóttir FASHION ASSISTANT Katalin Horváth JOURNALIST Stephan Lücke FOOD WRITER HEALTH WRITER Rakel Sif Sigurðardóttir WRITER Kristín Laufey Björgvinsdóttir PHOTOGRAPHERS Hannah Hjördís Herrera

Hildur María Valgarðsdóttir

Íris Ann Sigurðardóttir

Jóhanna Klara Stefánsdóttir

Kristian Sondt

Kristín María Stefánsdóttir

Linus Morales

Matti Keski-Kohtamäki

Pálína Ósk Hraundal

Sigge Bjerkhof

Thanks to: Gerður Guðrún Árnadóttir, Sóley Kaldal and Þórhildur Einarsdóttir

COVER LOOK Photograher Hildur María Valgarðsdóttir Stylists Ampersand // Eva Dögg and Anna Sóley Make Up Helga Hrafnsdóttir Models Rosa and Solbjørg / Elite Model Management Copenhagen

Solbjørg wears: Flower hairband / H&M Top and bra / Hoff by Hoff


CONTRIBUTORS What is your favorite website? for photo inspiration, MMA fan, and my favorite online store is www.ebay.com. What is your favorite restaurant in your home country? Mash. Their rib eye steaks are exceptionally tasty. What are you passionate about? Music, food, mixed martial arts, and photography. What inspires you? improve myself. Are you a morning person or an evening person? shop or creating music. Favorite song on your iPod? “Michael, Michael, Michael” by Dan Ross. What is your favorite Nordic dish? Smørrebrød, a cold Danish dish of dark bread with a variety of toppings like Words to live by? and nothing is certain. A camera with two lenses: 35mm f1.4 & 85mm 1.8. Currently obsessed with? 35mm wide-angle street photography, compositions, patterns, and motions. If you could wake up as any person, who would it be and why?

Sigge Bjerkhof Copenhagen, Denmark. Student. Work in magazine: Street style photographer. Website: Nipho.dk

What is your favorite website? Trendland.com What inspires you? Fashion, street style, interior design, art, and photography. Oh, and Scandinavia. What three things would you surround yourself with if money were no object? My own fashion label, a gorgeous apartment, and Nordic designs. If you could wake up as any person, who would it be and why? Martin Margiela. I would love to experience being him, if only for one day, because he really stays true to himself. Dream subject/assignment? To have my own fashion label and stay true to my own beliefs. What is your favorite Nordic dish? Salmon, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce. Style icon? Keira Knightley Lip balm, my iPhone, keys, headphones, water, and a raincoat. Currently obsessed with? Currently working on? Nordic Style Magazine Tune of the week? “Rikki” by Blende Favorite Nordic musician/band? WhoMadeWho. They have a new, refreshing vibe and their music is different. Favorite Nordic artist? Henrik Vibskov. I admire how multi-faceted he is.

Katalin Horváth Hungarian, lives in Copenhagen Denmark. Fashion designer. Work in magazine: Interview with Orphan blogger.


What is your favourite restaurant in your home country? Sicapelle in Porvoo. What three things would you surround yourself with if money were no object? Important people to me, health and love. My family. Words to live by? Currently working on? products without chemicals. Favorite Scandinavian city? natural ability to always look stylish in whatever they wear - they can make

Favorite Nordic musician? The singer Chisu. I think she is an extremely talented musician and, based on her public image, she seems to be a very intelligent person.

Veera Brückler Finnish, living in Austria. MBA, currently on maternity leave. Food editor and blogger about beauty, food, and style.

Boots, big leather tote, silver jewelry, black tights or skinny jeans, and a white top combined with denim shirt. Wish list for this winter? A gold watch, a big black leather tote, more Design Domi jewelry, and some good organic makeup. What inspires you? Good food, wonderful people, and staying healthy.

Personal blog: Cestlaveera.com

Kristian Sondt Copenhagen, Denmark. Bookseller. Work in magazine: Street style photographer. Website: Nipho.dk

What is your favorite place in the Nordic countries? Buresø - a beautiful area with lakes and forests in northern Zealand (Denmark), where I grew up. What inspires you? Great music, great ideas, great art. Are you a morning person or an evening person? A morning person - I run in the morning and doze on the couch in the evening. Favorite song on your iPod? “Only Good for Conversation” by Rodríguez, an artist I recently discovered in a fascinating documentary. Currently reading? Born to Run by Cristopher McDougall. Amazing book - a must-read for everyone about the rise of humans, the purpose of life, and of course about running and why we should all do it. Message to younger self? Well done! Favorite Movie? Man on the Moon. into the history of American television. Favorite Scandinavian city? Copenhagen, because my friends and family live here. What is your favorite Nordic dish? Currently obsessed with? Photography and catching the autumn light in my pictures. What three things would you surround yourself with if money were no object? A big studio for photography and music, a house in the country, and a nice boat.


CONTRIBUTORS What is your favorite website? Messy Nessy Chic is fun and full of random cool things. What talent should we keep an eye on in the Nordic countries? I am excited for YZ creation - a collaboration between the Icelandic designers Harpa Einarsdóttir and Ýr Þrastardóttir. What is your favorite restaurant in your home country? is my new pride and joy. I just opened it together with my husband, chef and artist Lucas Keller. Favorite place in the Nordic countries? I love Reykjavík! If you could wake up as any person, who would it be and why? I guess it would be fun to wake up as my baby boy and see the world through his eyes. Dancing! I have made many good memories while dancing. What are you currently reading? i-D magazine Any guilty pleasures? Cheesy pop music on occasion. Message to younger self?

Íris Ann Sigurðardóttir

Words to live by? It will all work out in the end - it always does! Tune of the week?

Reykjavík, Iceland. Photographer, visual artist, and restaurant owner. Work in magazine: Shot the editori-

Next destination? NorCal, my second home. Website: Irisann.is

What is your favorite place in the Nordic countries? I love my birth country, Finland, but Denmark is also one of my favorite places. I mostly spend my free time cooking and practicing yoga. Are you a morning person or an evening person? Currently reading? Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The next Wild Herb Cookbook. Guilty pleasures? What are your staple fashion pieces? I always have a pair of dark blue jeans in my wardrobe. My life would not be complete without cheese. I think I eat cheese every day in some form. During the week, I usually carry a big bag with a book, dried fruit, bottle of water, my wallet, and sometimes even my laptop. Next destination? ing Christmas in New York this year. Favorite Nordic artist? My favorite Nordic artist is probably Chisu or Cheek, and Jenni Vartiainen is one of my favorites too. Paris or New York? Ask me after Christmas!

Food writer. Personal blog: 52weeksofdeliciousness.com


Sigríður Erla Design Editor The start of winter is my favorite part of the season. The holidays are coming and there is excitement in the air. It’s a good time to stock up on some things that will make the cold snow and long, dark nights a little more bearable. It’s also the time when you want to pay special attention to your home since you will be spending more time indoors - at least that’s how it is up here in the north! Here are some things I wouldn’t mind

AALTO+AALTO FOR IITTALA This is good Nordic design for you. The simplicity, functionality, and look of the Vakka plywood box work so well together. You know you will use it and love it for years. Read our interview with the designers on page 64.

FERM LIVING I have always wanted one of these calanders where you can decide yourself what to put into each day and the House Christmas one by ferm LIVING looks perfect.

SKANDINAVISK Nice candles are always a good gift during the colder months here in the north. The Hav scented candle by Skandinavisk captures the freshness of the Scandinavian seas with notes of water fauna and cool air.


ROSENBERG CPH

BJØRG JEWELLERY I want this anatomic heart neclace in rose gold “ab imo pectore” - from the bottom of my heart.

A home throw in navy blue. This one is made from 100% merino wool from Rosenberg CPH, who proudly offer responsibly made Scandinavian textiles.

VERONICA MAGGIO Veronica Maggio’s new album

KÄHLER

fast jag bryr mig” is on my wish list as well as tickets to her concert in Stockholm on 1 February 2014.

“It Had to Be You” by Frank Sinatra is one of my favorite love songs. This Love Song vase is beautiful and would -

ACNE This underwear set in plum red is perfect for the coming season when you stay in a little bit more and lounge around.

KOSTA BODA There is something about this guy that puts me in the mood for Christmas. He is called Noel of the Year and I remember seeing him in my parents’ home every Christmas since I just as intriguing.

HAY The About a Chair has been on my wish list for a while. I love the wooden legs combined with the grey and white. And it’s nice to sit in, too!


MAI MANNICHE The JEWLSCPH Princess Text: Marta Káradóttir Photographer: Hildur María Valgarðsdóttir

“Simple.” “Unique.” And “one-of-a-kind.” These are only a few of the many words that can be used to describe the work of the ambitious self-taught jewelry designer and business woman, Mai Manniche. Founder and creator of the Danish jewelry brand JEWLSCPH, the 29-year-old is certainly a force within the Nordic jewelry industry when it comes to crafting handmade statement pieces for the individual woman. Following a passion that emerged at a

cious pieces of jewelry that would enhance a woman’s true and potential beauty. Having completed a B.A. degree in media & economics at Copenhagen University, she soon realized the potential in combinthat this could ultimately lead to a strong business and brand. We were invited into the enchanted home of the charismatic designer to gain greater insight into JEWLSCPH and, perhaps even more impor-

dream of starting her own business in making pre- diverse wardrobe).

www.maimanniche.dk


“My personal style is feminine and elegant with a rock-chick side. I like to dress up and wear glamorous dresses that would suit a Hollywood-star.�


You were very young when you started JEWLSCPH in 2005. What initiated it? Jewelry is my passion, and from an early age, I knew my life and work had to include it somehow. So, in 2005, I decided to start my own business, and see where it would take me. How was the process from vision to reality? Very short. As soon as I realized I had to try and start my own business, the process went very fast. Since then, it has been, and it will always be, hard work. Having your own business is very hard work – and you got to love it. Even though I run the business today with my brother – and my mom and dad

it with. And by knowing the designer, the client also gets a better idea of what the vision behind the designs is. Using myself as a spokesperson for JEWLSCPH, I can tell my story, the importance of using precious stones and precious metals, and I can also put a special focus on jewelry styling. Just a book, a board, or something written would never have the same effect as when the words come from my mouth. Where does your inspiration come from? looking at women – their faces, eyes and personality – and watching them carefully to see which jewelry would underline and embracing her beauty is the most important purpose of

opportunity to work both with my passion and with the people that I love the most: my family. You have been very active in promoting your company with your personality in the foreground. Would you recommend that other designers keep their person linked to the designs

to a lot of museums and art galleries to be inspired by artists and the way they use color. As a designer, you need to be upto-date with the fashion and cultural trends and not simply copy it, but instead be inspired by the elements that fit your brand. What do you enjoy most about your job?

For sure. I believe in having and building a strong brand is very much linked to a person. It makes the brand stronger when you can put a face to it. Think Chanel and Coco, Diane von Fürstenberg and Diane, By Malene Birger and Malene - it gives the brand a stronger identity when there is someone to connect

The designs. Designing jewelry and being surrounded by so many beautiful precious stones and amazing designs every day is a true pleasure and I feel so lucky. Seeing how women shine with the right jewelry on and hearing the love stories that a lot of


shirt would never be able to do the same. Who is the woman you design for? I design for women, not just one woman. I design for women so they can find the right jewelry that embraces their personality and makes them even more beautiful. Therefore, my designs vary a lot since I believe every woman should be able to find the perfect piece of jewelry. Having said that, I design for women that – like myself – are focused on quality and only want to wear the best of the best, at a reasonable price.

designs are different and not inspired by other brands at all. They have their style and I have mine. Though one could say that, style-wise, we are more elegant and simple in Scandinavia than in southern Europe, for example. What are your thoughts on the jewelry designers emerging from Scandinavia/Denmark? to be one of them. Do you have any advice for newcomers to the industry?

How would you describe your personal style? Does your style have a certain fashion statement? How does it influence your designs for JEWLSCPH? My personal style is feminine and elegant with a rock-chick side. I like to dress up and wear glamorous dresses that would suit a Hollywood-star. But I also love my leather leggings and wear whatever is in fashion. I only wear fashion trends that suit

you and not just put on what everyone else is wearing. And one thing is for sure: you will never see me in “Sunday” clothes or without jewelry. Even on Sundays I dress up because I like to be well-dressed and well-jeweled is a very important part of my well-being. Has the jewelry industry in Scandinavia influenced you as a designer? Yes, of course. We have a very strong and highly respected doing my best to fill the same shoes as the big brands like Georg Jensen and Ole Lynggaard. But apart from that, my

but not least, use only precious stones and precious metals. In the long run, this will be the wisest and most respected choice. What is the role of jewelry in fashion today? And where does JEWLSCPH come in? The role of jewelry is of great importance in the fashion industry today, and the big fashion houses have become more aware of the fact that jewelry is what makes a style more personal. This can be seen during fashion weeks where jewelry brands have started creating their own shows, events, etc. Earlier, the catwalk was only for the clothing companies, but today would also dare to say that jewelry is more important than the clothes since we wear jewelry again and again and with a totally different love than when we wear a sweater. JEWLSCPH plays a great role in this development. I put great effort into being a part of the fashion industry on the same level as clothing brands and not being “just” an accessory to the clothes. So what is next for JEWLSCPH? Growing, growing, and growing!


“...one thing is for sure: you will never see me in “Sunday” clothes or without jewelry. Even on Sundays I dress up because I like to be well-dressed no matter if I’m by myself or among others.”


Mai’s Colorful Home


“Actually, I would also dare to say that jewelry is more important than the clothes since we wear jewelry again and again and with a totally different love than when we wear a sweater.�


Mai Manniche in 60 sec

Myself, of course. Life. London. The city has everything: fashion, culture and so many people get jetlagged or tired of traveling.

Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Pick. Audrey Hepburn is a great role model and fashion icon. This movie was something very special and I certainly understand why she won an Oscar for it.

boots from Chloé in red and beige that were purchased at Kassandra Sko I Copenhagen. I love these shoes – they can add the rock-chick

good care of. I moisturize my body every day, never sleep with makeup on, and I make sure to use conditioner and a hair mask 1-2 times a week. The last thing you bought for your closet? My Valentino Glam Lock blue bag.

never understood the fashion trend with pajama-looking pants.

What are your favorite beauty products? Jewelry – it makes your look perfect and personal. so important to take care of your skin. What is the best advice you have ever gotten? winter clothes.


DESIGNERS REMIX jacket “This jacket will be amazing for my winter wardrobe.”

SMYTHSON notepad “Because I like to work with style – my notes will be perfectly noted in this notepad.”

JEWLSCPH earrings “I’m dreaming of these earrings – amazing for all the winters parties, but I wuld also wear them at work.”

Mai’s wish list

JEWLSCPH necklace “This necklace will make my look rock’n’roll with elegance.”

BAREMINERALS eye shadow

BENEDIKTE UTZON leather leggings

CHLOÉ boots

VALENTINO gloves “Amazing gloves for the winter.”

BOURGIE - KARTELL lamp “This lamp will be perfect for my home.”


TREND: FINE JEWELRY

Necklace / Bjørg jewellery

Necklace / Julie Wettergren

Earrings / Dyrberg/Kern

Necklace / Dyrberg/Kern

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Earrings / Graae Hovind

EDGY ELEGANCE Simply luxurious. Fine jewelry pieces with an edge are essential this winter. Earrings / Pilgrim

Bracelet / Efva Attling

Ring / Pernille Corydon

Ring / Georg Jensen

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BJØRG JEWELLERY

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Watch / Efva Attling

Rings / Carré


DYRBERG/ KERN

Bracelets / Sif Jakobs

Necklace / Jewlscph Bracelet / Pilgrim

Ring / Aurum

CHARLOTTE MIELKO

Ring / Bjørg jewellery Ring / Charlotte Mielko

Necklace / An.no


Aurum & Enza Strong threads have been spun between African women in the ENZA organization and the Icelandic jewelry company Aurum. Guðbjörg Ingvarsdóttir, owner and designer of the Icelandic jewelry brand Aurum, has designed a jewelry collection to be produced in collaboration with ENZA, an Icelandic-African non-profit organization. ENZA’s mission is to support job creation and development for women in South Africa’s poorest neighborhoods – women who have not had an opportunity to grow and educate themselves. The main focus in ENZA’s work is girls and women who have been forced to give their children up for adoption as a result of their impoverished conditions. Women in ENZA’s workshop in South Africa produce the jewelry pieces that have been designed by Guðbjörg Ingvarsdóttir and which are then sold to support the organization. The jewelry collection is named Orion and alludes to the way the astrological constellation lights up the night sky and the lives of women all over the world. In Nordic mythology, the constellation was related to the goddess Freyja and her spinning wheel. In South Africa, women spin a better life for themselves with the help of the ENZA organization. The jewelry pieces that reflect this relationship are made from African cotton and metal, and they radiate both warmth and strength. They are colorful, have a beautiful form, and connect women from different parts of the world.


SILVER DEW Photographer : Hildur María Valgarðsdóttir Stylists : Ampersand // Eva Dögg and Anna Sóley Make up : Helga Hrafnsdóttir Models : Rosa and Solbjørg / Elite Model Management Copenhagen


Solbjørg (left) Bralette, briefs and garter belt / Made by Noemi Socks / Vintage owned by stylist Rosa (right) Bra and briefs / Hoff by Hoff


Rosa Kimono and matching briefs and bra / Hoff by Hoff Solbjørg Kimono / Hoff by Hoff Briefs and garter belt / Made by Noemi Socks / Vintage owned by stylist


Briefs / Hoff by Hoff


Nightgown / Hoff by Hoff


Top / Hoff by Hoff


Flower hairband / H&M Top, bra and briefs / Hoff by Hoff


Bra and briefs / Underprotection Collar / Andersen&Lauth (owned by stylist)


Bra / Underprotection


Rosa Teddy / Underprotection Solbjørg Bra and briefs / H&M


Rosa Top and briefs / Underprotection Solbjørg Collar / Áróra (owned by designer)


Underwear set / Underprotection


Bra and briefs / Hoff by Hoff


Bralette and briefs / Underprotection


A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew, And the young winds fed it with silver dew, And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light. And closed them beneath the kisses of Night. - Percy Bysshe Shelley


Solbjørg Ear hairband / H&M Bralette & Briefs / Underprotection Rosa Bralette & Briefs / Hoff by Hoff


TREND: PINK

STINE GOYA Freebird

By Malene Birger

THINK PINK Pair these lovely shades of pink with classic accessories and you’ll exude Audrey Hepburn-inspired elegance.

Decadent Copenhagen

Freebird

Billi Bi


Weekday

ACNE

&Other Stories

Stine Goya

H&M

DAGMAR By Malene Birger


SIGGA HEIMIS designer extraordinaire Text: Sigríður Erla Viðarsdóttir Photographer: Kristín María Stefánsdóttir


Sigga Heimis’ home is situated in her hometown, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland. Seltjarnarnes is where she grew up, but before settling there with her family, she lived in Sweden while working for IKEA and Fritz Hansen. For the past few years, she has run her own design studio Sigga Heimis from Iceland, designing and developing various solutions for clients from all over the world. She is now joining IKEA again as a member of

their range strategy team. You only need to spend a few minutes with Sigga to realize that she is impossible not to like. Her designs are quite likeable as well and are attracting worldwide attention. For example, a part of the line of glass organs she designed with Corning Museum of Glass will be auctioned off by Christy’s in New York. Read on for more about this interesting designer.


After working abroad in both Sweden and Denmark, you are now living in your native country, Iceland. What made once. you decide it was time to move back home? You have a very beautiful home, what is most important to It was for various reasons - mostly personal - but I also felt after you when it comes to your home? 15 years away it was now or never. I also felt Iceland was at Thank you! I am surrounded by beautiful (and ugly!) things in an exciting point after the financial crisis. I am fascinated by my work and I immensely enjoy acquiring things, especially transformation stages rather than stagnation. from design history. But I enjoy “one-off� things even more Why and when did you decide you wanted to become a prototypes and models that are works in making. First and designer? foremost, the home must be a nice place to come home to where everyone feels welcome and comfortable. That is most I have always been an artistic person. I went to art school from an important. early age and loved it. At the same time technology, fascinates me as well – different techniques and materials are a passion of Do you follow any sort of rules or guidelines when it comes mine and when I discovered industrial design it just felt like the to decorating your house?


ATTENTION to DETAIL


Well, the old, boring rule is always valid: keep the walls and base white and plain and decorate with furniture and accessories. But one thing I also think is vital is to let the original character of the house remain. If a house has strong traces of the era it was built in in its architecture, then you should consider keeping it. In the house that I have now, there is strong character in the tiles and

When looking through your projects What are your upcoming projects? you have a lot of variety in your I am working on a typical industrial design electrical project, which is fun since that from Icelandic sheepskin to glass has not happened in years. And I have organs and furniture. Do you have a big project coming up in India with a big special field where you feel more at company in the home furnishing industry home than others? there. And then there are other ones that Home furnishing is definitely the area where I have most expertise and How does it feel to go back to IKEA

“I have been working with IKEA on and off since 1998. It is the company I know the best and that I burn for the most.” woodwork and it kind of belongs to the house, so I am keeping it that way. I will redo the kitchen since I want a new and more functional space, but it will be done with a lot of care and respect to the rest of the interior.

knowledge. But I would love to do some more work in other areas, like in the sporting and food industries. Is the design process usually similar for you or does it vary depending on the product?

Do you feel you decorate your home It is kind of same each time. I research differently depending on the country in my head and in my surroundings and somehow things come to mind and ideas you are living in? start to emerge. Some are better than Not really. I like simple and clean, but at the others, but I am usually quite stubborn same time I feel I need my things around me as my work and hobby are the same I am very happy with. thing. Of course, I had more furniture and things in the outdoors in Sweden since it Can you tell us about the glass organs has a warmer climate, but otherwise the you have designed? furniture and the decoration is the same. Yes, this project I absolutely love! I Your daughter inspired you to create have had the privilege to work with the Corning Museum of Glass and the lot of ideas from home? is a material that I feel very passionate

after working independently for the past years? I have been working with IKEA on and off since 1998. It is the company I know the best and that I burn for the most. I really enjoy working with them, I truly do. I think they are extremely well-organized and they are in a position to actually make a difference in how people live on our planet. That is an amazing role to have and it is an absolute privilege to be able to participate in that process. What emphasis can we expect to see from you when you join IKEA again? I am passionate about sustainability and quality, but I am also passionate about The person needs to be the central focus and we should concentrate on items that the modern person needs, not what

“We shouldn’t be afraid to challenge myths and beliefs, everything should be done for a reason and make sense.” Yes, my kids are an endless source of inspiration. So are my animals. So many good ideas come from your daily life and issues that need solutions: a hallway full of shoes, laundry all over, toys from your kids in every possible place…the list is endless. Do you have a favorite product you created that you use at home? I use a basic product that I did for IKEA many years ago a lot and I like it. It is soft storage that I originally designed for the bathroom but it has been developed into all areas of the home. It is called LIDAN and is still sold at IKEA. What is your favorite place at home? My bedroom and/or my corner in my Maralunga sofa in front of the TV. And of course, the kitchen - we are always there when I have friends over.

about. It is absolutely amazing! The underlying message with the organs is to raise awareness of the lack of organ donors in the world. We need more people to donate their organs in order to save more lives. And using a beautiful material and the channel of design to promote something important and vulnerable is a perfect mix, I think. Has it always been important for you to send a message with your designs?

is made only by tradition or habit. We and beliefs, everything should be done for a reason and make sense. Many agree that the most important thing any designer can focus on today in their designs is sustainability. Do you feel this is a concept we will only be hearing more of in the future?

– it is already. All designers today should focus on sustainability and environmental beginning of my career, but in the factors because it is a natural way to recent years, yes, it has become very design a good product. Not considering it important to me. I think designers is simply unacceptable. have a great responsibility to deliver and make things that make a lot of sense and that have a lot of thought towards sustainability, content, and message.


Sigga Heimis started her toy collection when she got a few teddy bear characters by Jaime Hayon as a gift from a friend.


VP Globe / Verner Panton

Pillow designed by Sigga Heimis / Varma Stockholm Chair / IKEA

SIGGA HEIMIS GET THE LOOK Teapot / Kähler

Babushka Penguins Family / Superliving

Mat / IKEA

Elephant / Kay Bøjesen

Lipstick Glass Figurine / Kosta Boda

The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen / Fritz Hansen


Winter Wonder Home You’ll likely spend some extra time indoors to escape the wintery chill outside. Make those hours particularly cozy and warm by customizing your living space with small, yet creative decor pieces. Photographer : Jóhanna Klara Stefánsdóttir Photographic assistant : Íris Martensdóttir Text : Sigríður Erla Viðarsdóttir Styling : Jóhanna Klara and Sigríður Erla Special thanks to Epal Iceland.


Cubus candlholder / By Lassen Calendar / By Johan B端low BeoSound 8 / Bang & Olufsen Candle house / Owned by stylist Wooden elephant / Orrskov Vakka Box / Iittala Blanket / Ferm LIVING Blanket / By Nord Elephant / Sebra Blocks / Marimekko Framed photo / Owned by stylist Lantern / Holmegaard Wooden owls / Menu Books and clock / Owned by stylist Box / Ferm LIVING Cup / Design House Stockholm Table / Hay Books / Owned by stylist Candle houses / Ferm LIVING Lumberjack candle holders / Normann Copenhagen Chair / Ro by Fritz Hansen Pillows / Normann Copenhagen and Ferm LIVING


Aalto+Aalto A Design Duo to Watch Text: Sigríður Erla Viðarsdóttir

Elina and Klaus Aalto met in 1997 when studying together at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. They decided to start a joint design studio, Aalto+Aalto, in 2010 after working separately on design projects since 2000. Recently, they introduced the new Vakka storage plywood box for Iittala. Their design aesthetic is very eye-catching so we were interested to find out more about this husband and wife design duo that we are bound to see more from in the future.


“The inspiration [for Vakka] came from traditional Finnish wooden containers that always had a lid. There is an old saying in Finnish that ‘when two things go together perfectly they go together like a vakka and its lid.”


How long have you been working together and what made Could you describe your design process? you decide to open a joint design studio? The first time we worked together was when we were designing We have been working together since 2009 when we did a the Maja bunk bed. It started as just designing something joint design project for an exhibition. Before that, we had been for ourselves because we needed a bed for two children and work to some extent even before.

sketches and asked for feedback from our kids who memorably critiqued our first ideas as “gloomy and heavy.” Then we saw You both studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Alfons Åberg in a Are there characteristics about studying design in Finland museum in Åland and the kids were crazy about the tree housethat you feel you would not have picked up elsewhere? like structures and from that, we got the idea to develop a more I (Elina) did a 3-month exchange in London where it was playful house-like form. And it is difficult for a designer to design possible to see how the Finnish and British education systems anything one-off, we ended up designing something that could differ. Finnish education focuses on the end product, whereas in be easily taken down and reassembled as well as transported London what mattered most was the process itself. So it was very in a flat pack. That said, the design still does not really exist as fruitful to get the other point of view and find my own way. Also, a product. We recently made a new, all-wooden version of the the study groups in Finland are very small so there is definitely bed and really simplified the idea into the bare essentials to an advantage there because you get very personal guidance make it easier to manufacture, so we hope to have it available from your teachers. There was also a kind of slowness to the soon. teaching in Finland - we were allowed the time to really think How would you describe the typical Finnish home? things through and execute it properly. The idea is not enough if the execution is poor. Finnish homes have less square meters per person than most European homes on average. And since they are quite humble, I (Klaus) appreciated that we were taught to work with materials Finnish people are not ones to show off on any level. But you and to build our own prototypes. Wood and metal workshop would generally find something considered as “design” in skills help a lot in understanding technical solutions. practically every Finnish home - Marimekko curtains, an Artek Has the strong history within design in Finland molded stool or Iittala glasses. Many homes have strong colors, maybe your creations in any way? due to the fact that in the winter, the colors outside disappear We think the fact that design in Finland has always been just like the sunlight, so we have to create color and warmth in regarded as an everyday necessity and not as a luxurious add- other ways. on has definitely had an impact on our work. A good product has to be produceable and sellable in addition to being ecological, aesthetically pleasing, and otherwise interesting. Did you always know you wanted to become designers?

How would you describe your design aesthetic? We create simplified, easy, and warm things. Do you have a favorite project so far?

Projects are the most fun when you see eye-to-eye with the client. So even modest small projects can feel very inspirational when there is good spirit behind the process. Vakka has been a good project process-wise as well as product-wise. And examinations to the school, which is now the Aalto University, because it was the first time we did something on this scale, it and only then did I start to get excited about design and think I was of course very special for us. could be good at it. What was the inspiration behind Vakka? Klaus: As a child, I was dreaming of a life as an artist, but I seem to be more suited for more practical work. We were asked to think about small storage solutions within the home. The inspiration came from traditional Finnish wooden Is it a challenge to keep your personal and professional containers that always had a lid. There is an old saying in Finnish relationships separate? Elina: No, I kind of hoped that I could do something creative

Elina has a very strict separation between home and office and Klaus has almost none, so it is not evident.

a vakka and its lid.

Can you tell us about some upcoming projects for Do each of you have a separate role within the design Aalto+Aalto? process, or do you work on things together most of the There is a backpack coming out for a Finnish company called time? Mifuko that manufactures its projects in small workshops in The initial idea most often comes from one person and it is then Kenya. And we are also working on something new for Iittala. developed together. All projects are different and our roles vary. And we hope to finally get the Maja bunk bed out on the market.


HE SAYS - SHE SAYS For Klaus Aalto I am most creative when: on to my own work. My favorite designer is: Hayao Miyazaki and Tove Jansson - they are designers of imagination. The best way to encourage children to be creative is: To surprise them by showing them the qualities of things that are considered to be boring or not interesting this encourages them to think outside the box. My best quality as a designer is: Creating new viewpoints and new concepts.

small details, such as color. My favorite place in Finland is: Our country house in Kisko. It gives us the opportunity to enjoy both nature and the quietness of the non-urban surroundings. For Christmas I want: The complete DVD box for the BBC comedy series Allo Allo! In 2014, I am going to: Travel to Tønder in Denmark. And focus on spending time with our children.

For Elina Aalto I am most creative when: My brain is tuned into some level where I am always very attentive to my surroundings and can be inspired by anything anywhere. My favorite designer is: I admire almost everything Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have done. I love their conceptual ideas, which are The best way to encourage children to be creative is: To offer questions and problems and starting points to them but to not think things through for them. Playgrounds are a good example of environments that have been designed by adults for kids to use, but our kids prefer to climb on rocks and trees and create their own play. My best quality as a designer is: In building the overall concept – the big picture.

constructed. My favorite place in Finland is: The Yrjönkatu indoor swimming hall in Helsinki from the 1920s, which is a perfect relaxation heaven. And for an outdoor space, I like the forests because they can be freely enjoyed by anyone. For Christmas I want: Our new home to be ready. And trip to Iceland would also be nice. In 2014, I am going to: Take some time off from design work to take care of a baby. In the past, I have felt that slowing down for a while has been hugely inspirational when I do return to active work. Having to hold back suddenly results in a lot of ideas.


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HÖGNI REISTRUP Glowing Authenticity Written by Stephan Lücke


Högni Reistrup is a remarkable musician from the Faroe Islands who is currently exploring and composing within the electronic genre. Being born in what is said to be the smallest capital in the world has been a revolving theme in Högni’s music. Besides being passionate about creating his own music, the 29-year-old has always felt a need to tie the relatively isolated isles with the more urban areas and way of life. Högni released his new studio album, Áðrenn vit hvörva, this fall. To mark the occasion, we chatted with Högni about intense Nordic sound, dualities in life, and why he does not mind working in an ordinary job. You recorded your new album in Kreuzberg, a trendy district of Berlin. Why there? It was actually by a coincidence that I ended up recording my new album in the German capital. It all began at the release concert of my 2011 album at Sirkus, a warm and cozy bar in Tórshavn. It was a really good concert and the audience was amazing. After the concert, I talked to Ólavur Jákupsson, a Faroese musician and producer, who was in the audience. Ólavur liked my music and, before the evening was over, I had asked him to be co-producer on my next album. At that time, I did not even have songs for a new project. But it so happened that Ólavur lived in Berlin-Neukölln and had a studio nearby together with a German and a Polish guy. The winter of 2011 was a productive and creative period for me. And by the following spring, I had several new songs for a new album. Around that time, we started talking about recording my next album in Kreuzberg. How were the recording sessions? We had a blast. We really worked intensely with the songs and the overall production while being in the studio. Ólavur did some concerts at that time with Yann Tiersen, known for the soundtracks for Amélie and Goodbye Lenin, so he had to travel around Europe a bit during the recording session. Your album was also produced by Janus Rasmussen of Working with Janus is fantastic. I have worked with many different artists and people over the last decade, but I have never met a guy so passionate about music and the creative of any sort. If you are not in the mood for creating vivid soundscapes, he will definitely make an effort to cheer you up. Was it the first time you worked with Janus? Actually, Janus produced my 2011 album, Samröður við Framtíðina. We knew each other from the Tórshavn music scene and he was hooked when I sent him my first drafts and sketches for a new album. He came up with all sorts of ideas, many of which were realized on that album. So choosing a has given the music an ambient and glowing authenticity, and in a sense, I guess, quite an intense Nordic sound. How did you like Kreuzberg and Berlin in general? I must admit that I am a huge fan of Berlin, especially Kreuzberg and Neukölln. The atmosphere is relaxed and the people have is the perfect place to record because you have everything you need nearby, such as great Thai food and CLUB-MATE. You are such an amazing artist, so how come you still have an ordinary job at the municipality of Tórshavn, the capital

of the Faroe Islands? I have lived abroad for over eight years now. And when I listen to my instinct, being part of the small community in Tórshavn is the right thing for me at the moment. I feel that Tórshavn is where I belong. For the last couple of years, I have felt a yearning to return to the islands. I see myself as a hard-working person, but being a full-time musician has not been a workable opportunity if or when it should arrive! Basically, I need to feed but a nine-to-five job provides a secure base that gives me the privilege to compose music without thinking about whether I will be able to pay my rent. Do you like that job? Yes, definitely. Working within communications at Torshavn Municipality allows me to develop my professional skills and actually allows me to work creatively in areas other than music. And perhaps most importantly, my income allows me to look for new music gear, like synthesizers. I look forward to firmly settling down in Tórshavn and to combining my professional work with my music career.

Though it is an outrageously small capital, it is a charming place and the music scene is vibrant. And there is a pulsating youth culture, despite many young people leaving the islands, as I did, because of a lack of educational possibilities. We do have a university in Tórshavn that could be expanded, but, unfortunately, that has not been a political priority. What was it like to come back to the remoteness of the Faroe Islands after having lived for years in huge urban environments? I always feel renewed with energy every time I return to the islands. Everything is nearby. Of course, there is a natural environment that you can similarly find in many other places, but in the Faroe Islands, there is such short distance between the wind, mountains, water and the city. That always fascinates me. Are you planning to stay on the Faroes forsome time now? If you ring me in three years asking where I am situated, I am Tórshavn.” And if you ask me if I still enjoy it, my answer would be, “Yes!” When was your new album released and how can it be purchased? My album, Áðrenn vit hvörva – which literally means “before we disappear” – has been recently released on the Faroe Islands and, hopefully other countries will follow soon. The album will also be available on iTunes and Spotify. And on YouTube, you


Photo : ร“lavur Jรกkupsson


will find music videos which I am planning to shoot as a part of my release. I have also already uploaded songs from my new album onto SoundCloud undir the name reistrup. Who wrote the songs and lyrics? From the very beginning, I have always written and composed songs on my own and it is the same on this album. Why do you sing exclusively in Faroese? It comes very naturally for me to sing in Faroese. I always say that if people from the Faroe Islands do not write and sing in Faroese, then who should? There are only 48,000 inhabitants on the islands, so I do see it as a duty and I feel it as a way of enhancing a tiny, yet beautiful language. That said, I do plan a follow up with in the spring. But I have not talked to any record labels about the English version yet, so who knows? For those who do not understand Faroese: What are your songs mainly about? Well, the lyrics on this album are some reflections on the different dualities in life. Dialectics like sorrow and happiness, coming of age and being old, acting as a free man and having all sorts of duties, making promises and abandoning promises. Not being able to understand anything from your lyrics, many of your songs sound quite melancholic. Is that a misconception? You understand Faroese, impressive! That is just what they are. It is funny because often you are able to understand much more of an unknown language just by listening to the different ways words and sounds are expressed. At their core, the lyrics have a melancholic character which I feel become aligned with the sound universe on Áðrenn vit Hvörva. Is melancholy a big part of your character? Perhaps I have become more melancholic, and maybe that is something that comes with getting older. There are so many things that we do not understand and there are so many things that we would like to understand. There is a complexity in modern life that I find fascinating and equally frightening. Some might say that this has something to do with Nordic thoughtfulness. And they might be absolutely right. Who are your biggest musical influences? Thom Yorke, the lead vocalist in Radiohead, is a huge inspiration. He is unpredictable and that is a fantastic human characteristic. Listen to the song “Hearing Damage” and you might agree. What do you want to accomplish as an artist? What is your ultimate goal? Being able to continue to do new compositions is, for me, the ultimate achievement. You never know when your basin of creativity will be empty. If that day should come, I will not give in without a fight. When did you start to make music and how did it happen? I formed my first band together with a friend of mine at the age of seven. We lived

behind a minimalistic drum kit. We played some cover tracks, but quite early on we began to write our own songs and dreamt of playing live at the public radio station. So, we recorded loads of tapes with our own songs and in the evenings, we sat down to listen to the recordings and chatted about how great we were. Funny memories for sure. Which were the most important milestones with you becoming a serious musician? The greatest motivation has been the increasing number of people that have become aware of my music and have put it on their iPhones and used it as the soundtrack to their everyday life. It makes me realize that those songs made in my emotionally. That makes me humble and thankful.


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ORPHAN BIRD Scandinavian Aesthetics and Italian Craftsmanship Text: Katalin Horvรกth Photographer: Sara Lohman


Orphan Bird is a clothing label founded in 2012 by the Swedish photographer and visual artist, Sara Lohman and the Italian designer, Ciro Supino. This collaboration captures the unique balance of pure minimalism with architectural details and well-tailored, limited edition pieces. Their experimental style brings sophistication, elegance, and craftsmanship to trends, but rather to create timeless and unconventional garments that follow their own natural shape. Italian elegance and Swedish aesthetics give your designs create a concept in order to have a red thread throughout all our unique touch. How is it to work together considering the two designs. We work with art, photography, and scene installations different cultural backgrounds and aesthetics? which are all crucial elements in our design development. When we have applied our ideas into different parts of our garments, we We see ourselves as two different sides of the same tool. We move forward with draping in time to achieve the right volume. The key points are always a calm tone of gender blurring, bold vision. We always have the ambition to evolve by learning from patterns with clean and controlled cuts, and a color palette of each other; four eyes always see more than two. neutral colors. The Italian and Swedish combination is extremely interesting There are ingenious details in your collections. Where do and is strongly reflected in your work. What are your thoughts you find inspiration when designing? on that? We find our inspiration from nature, architecture, and aberrant We combine the elegant and traditional Italian way of tailoring with objects. We want to escape from the mainstream and social minimalistic and innovative Scandinavian design. We believe that compliance and to be off the grid in order to create a personal by infusing our different influences, the outcome of the designs artistic expression. With our SS14 “Empty Blocks” collection, we are more dynamic and intriguing. found the inspiration while traveling around the south of Italy. Each designer has their own design process, so how does We got captivated by unfinished buildings in the middle of empty yours look? fields. The line between perfection and nothingness gave us the creative inspiration for “Empty Blocks” concept. Our design process starts by creating a mood board. We always


How does a typical day look in your office? There is no typical day at the office because no two days are ever the same. However, we do need our finished and sometimes there are not enough hours in the day. But what we both find rousing is that there is always a variation to our work and an opportunity to evolve as a company and individuals. You mention on your website that you are strongly engaged with the environmental standards in your design process. How do you achieve this and why is that important to you as fashion designers? As an emerging clothing label, we see ourselves as having the opportunity to change the fashion industry for the better in terms of environmental and ethical standards. We consider people too spoiled with cheap clothes. The essential element for us is to always design with a timeless philosophy. We work with a manufacturer who not only provides good quality sewing, but who also offers their employees good working conditions. We have decided to produce in Europe as it is easier to control and also that it is a shorter shipping distance in terms of pollution. We work with quality rather than quantity and we want our garments to be timeless – garments that come out of the closet year after year. So, do you consider yourselves closer to the slow fashion movement? Our opinion is rather divided. We see ourselves working at slow pace where each design has its own focal point. However, in order to reach out, we need to take into account that we have deadlines that are crucial and what is expected from you. How would you describe the Nordic style? If we were to describe the Nordic style in five words they would be: effortless, minimalistic, simplistic, skin but rather about keeping the body mysterious. What has been your biggest challenge as a small business? a clothing label. Although we are facing challenges as emerging designers, we will not let it overcome our tenacity and endurance. What future projects are on the horizon? collection “Empty Blocks” and the result was tremendously rewarding. Another project we have in mind Bird wearer.

“We find our inspiration from nature, architecture, and aberrant objects. We want to escape from the mainstream and social compliance and to be off the grid in order to create a personal artistic expression.”


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TREND: FUR

2nd Day

UTZON

Heartmade

Utzon

WINTER WONDERFUR Sinfully soft and chic, fur is a favorite wintertime necessity. Mix real or faux fur with casual looks to get that rock ‘n’ roll vibe.

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TREND: HEAVY BOOTs

Black Secret

Tiger of Sweden

Finsk

Billi Bi

MADE FOR WALKING

Heavy and dominant, these black ankle boots would be a perfect addition to any winter wardrobe.

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TREND: WINTER COATS

WON HUNDRED

Lindex

Just Female

TAKE COVER function-meets-style with tailored coats and dare to be feminine with masculine lines.

Just Female

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Minimarket

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Designers Remix

Tiger of Sweden

ALTEWAI. SAOME Minimum

By Malene Birger


WINTER MELANCHOLY Photographer : Linus Morales / Harvest Agency Text & Styling : Nomi Laila Tuwel Make up : Jenny Hildrin / Harvest agency Styling Assistant : Katalin Horvรกth Second assistant : Maya Steen Nyholm Retouch : Johanna Widblom Special thanks to Make Up Store and Tony&Guy for providing makeup and hair products.


Dress / Ganni Coat / Storm & Marie Shoes / Hope


Coat / Henrik Vibskov Boots / Apair


Coat / Henrik Vibskov Boots / Apair Ring w/ blue rock / Bjørg jewellery Ring / Maria Black


Jacket / Tusnelda Bloch Pants / Marimekko


Blazer / Minimarket Sweater / Stella Nova Pants / Minimarket


Sweater / Filippa K Leggings / SOC Boots / Sand Copenhagen


Jacket / M. Wiesneck Leggings / Storm & Marie Hat / FWSS Ring / E&L by Lundqvist Shoes / Billi Bi


Sweater / Veronica B. Vallenes Scarf / Veronica B. Vallenes Double bracelets / X by Trollbeads Rings / Rabinovich


TREND: MIX AND MATCH

By Malene Birger

Just Female

ALL MIXED UP

We are in love with this season’s experimental trend. It is all about mixing colors, prints, and patterns. Mismatched is the new coordinated.

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A QUESTION OF

Ostwald Helgason

By Malene Birger

Ostwald Helgason

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Protection Against the Cold Harsh wind, snow, and rain make up the typical Nordic winter, so turn to skincare brands from this part of the world if you are looking to protect your skin against the elements. Photographer/ Retouch: Linus Morales/ Harvest Agency Text: Nomi Laila Tuwel Photographer Assistant: Lucasjenko Evangelion Assistant: Katalin Horvรกth

Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Night Cream. Works from within while you are sleeping. Plant stem cells work magic on your wrinkles while you are sleeping. Badeanstalten Face Cream. A new facial cream with nourishing almond oil and shea butter and the refreshing scent of citrus fruits and lavender. Mia Hรถytรถ Valo Eye Cream. Take extra care of the sensitive skin around your eyes with this luxurious, organic eye cream. Akademikliniken Extra Care Toner. Your skin can easily get irritated

during cleansing, so calm and soothe your skin with this gentle toner. UNA Skincare Marin Bioactive Regenerating Night Cream. Light and non-greasy, this night cream contains extracts from marine algae that is hand-harvested from the waters surrounding Iceland. AVIVIR Aloe Vera Anti Wrinkle Night Cream.A classic in the Danish housedamage and leaves your skin feeling soft. Hyaluronic acid reduces lines and wrinkles.


Rudolph Care Acai Body Lotion. We love the philosophy behind this brand: while the sweet scent of the açaí berry will leave you smelling wonderful all day. Badeanstalten Intensive Shea Hand Cream. Because your hands need to be nourished, too! Plaisir Multi Protection Day Cream. This multifunctional day cream is suitable for all skin types and provides protection from the wind, cold, and sun.

Submersive Serum Paradoxe. A new miracle worker for Optimals Oxygen Boost Day Cream. A light day cream with patented antioxidant technology that protects, moisturizes, and has a mattifying effect. Perfect under makeup. Enriched Vitamin A Anti-Wrinkle Eye Creme. Vitamin A


Nilens Jord Face Oil, Argan & Apricot. Strengthens and maintains your during the night. Nilens Jord Eye Cream Vitamin E. Give the delicate skin around your eyes some tender care. Contains vitamin E and natural oils which nourish and provide moisture. Badeanstalten E-Vitamin Face oil, Cherry Kernel Oil. A moisturizing face oil with a truly wonderful scent of cherry, mandarin, sandalwood, and palmarosa. Absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving a healthy glow.

Akademikliniken Cure Recovery Creme. An oil-based cream that protects, restores, and moisturizes sensitive and dry skin. Your skin will love the Rodstedt Healer Lipbalm. A special formula provides a long-lasting balancing effect to calm and heal dry lips. Badeanstalten Lipbalm, Liquorice Red. Made from cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil, this lip balm leaves your lips feeling moisturized and protected.


IHANA Moisturising Cream. This organic cream from Finland doubles as a moisturizer and as a base under your make up, leaving your Enriched Moisturizing Creme Dry Skin. Need an effective rescue for fragile skin? Look no further. This intensive moisturizer is perfect. Raunsborg Night Cream Nordic. Peptides and herbal extracts restore and

nourish your skin while you sleep. Badeanstalten Lipbalm Spearmint. Refreshing yet soothing. Karmameju Glow Face Serum Rudolph Care Acai Anti-Stress Facial Cream. An anti-stress and anti-aging


BEAUTY WISHES of these wonderful Nordic perfumes and gift sets? They are only offered for a limited time, so hurry! We are already stocking up. Photographer/ Retouch: Linus Morales/ Harvest Agency Text: Nomi Laila Tuwel Photographer Assistant: Lucasjenko Evangelion Text contributor: Katalin HorvĂĄth All decorations are from Lisbeth Dahl

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1. Byredo Parfums Black Saffron Eau de Parfum. A gentle composition inspired by India. Nordic luxury at its best. 2. Gydja Collection VJK Vatnajokull Eau de Parfum erally based on the raw nature of Iceland and made with pure glacial water. 3. Estelle&Thild Stockholm Gift Set, Liquid Soap and Hand Lotion. Take special care of your hands with this feminine, organic set.

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4. DoubleYou NorvĂŠge Eau de Parfum dients, this interpretation of the Norwegian woods offers a sophisticated balance between masculinity and femininity. 5. DoubleYou Zanzibar Eau de Parfum. Takes you to an exotic, warmer climate. A crisp, masculine scent with notes of tobacco, coffee, sandalwood, and leather.


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4. BODYNORDIC Shimmer Oil, Gold Dust. Gives your skin a golden glow. Perfect for holiday parties. 5. Andrea Maack Coal Eau de Parfum. A unisex perfume that is dark and forceful. 6. Gydja Collection Hekla Eau de Parfum. Inspired by the lava and the rivers of Iceland, this exotic scent invites you to enjoy femininity.


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1. Nilens Jord Eye Shadows 700. The perfect color palette for every occasion and suitable for every skin tone. 2. Karmameju Love, Age-Defense Hydro Mist 01. A rice milk-based and antioxidant-rich mist. Restores, hydrates, and nourishes dry skin. 3. Badeanstalten Bølgelængde. Hand-made soap suitable for your face and body. The scent captures of the Nordic ocean wind. 4. Karmameju Hope, Body Oil 01.A multi-functional body oil that hydrates the skin, relaxes the mind, and is the perfect substitute for perfume.

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5. Raunsborg Eau de Perfume, Four Seasons Snow Drop Winter. Captures the spirit of fresh Nordic wind – perfect for winter. . 6. Rudolph Care True Love Christmas Box, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Lip Balm. Give your skin some loving care with this moisturizing organic set. 7. Sard Kopenhagen Argan Oil. types.


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5. Medina by GOSH Perfect Drug. A glamorous and seductive choice of scent in sparkly and elegant bottle. 6. Mia Hรถjtรถ UNELMA, Intensive Moisturizing Facial Cream. This organic, luxurious facial cream can be applied both in the morning and in the evening, resulting in intensively hydrated skin. 7. Raunsborg Secret No 1 Nordic Eau de Parfum. A unisex perfume inspired by Nordic nature. Refreshing elegance in a bottle.


STREET STYLE Our street style photographers captured photos of outfits and interesting people in Reykjavik, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. Street Style Photographers Sigge Bjerkhof & Kristian Sondt- Denmark Hannah Hjördís Herrera - Iceland Matti Keski-Kohtamäki - Finland Pálína Ósk Hraundal - Norway


StreetStyleHelsinki Photographer / Matti Keski-Kohtam채ki

Antti Scarf / Tikau Jacket / Tiger of Sweden Shirt / Whyred Pants / Nudie Jeans Shoes / Dr. Martens


Sara Scarf is from Iran Jacket / H&M Shoes / Spirit Store Skirt / Mango


Photographer / Bjerkhof/Sondt

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Julier Jacket / Silverblack (Stine Christa Busk) T-shirt / COS Roope Shorts / Cheap Monday Jacket / Tailored by Solid Bag / Vanessa Bruno Boots / Berlin Pants / Carlings Shoes Ring/ /Calvin MariaKlein Black Bag / Ralph Lauren


Terho Jacket / Basie Gloves / Wekstatt Glasses / Click (from Silm채lasistudio


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Julier Jacket / Silverblack (Stine Christa Busk) Rebecca T-shirt / COS Jacket / UFF vintage Shorts / Cheap Monday Shirt / Forever21 Bag / Vanessa Bruno Pants / Vintage from grandmother Boots Berlin Shoes // Vagabond Ring Bag //From Maria herBlack mother

Photographer / Bjerkhof/Sondt


StreetStyleOslo Photographer / Pálína Ósk Hraundal

Bianca Emilia (biancaemilia.com) Jacket / Vintage customized by Bianca Scarf / H&M Pants / Gina Tricot Shoes / Din Sko Earrings / Ebay


Vala Jacket / Zara Knit / UFF second hand Bag / UFF second hand Shoes / Second hand from Berlin


StreetStyleReykjavík Photographer / Hannah Hjördís Herrera

Emil Hat / Herrafataverslun Guðsteins Scarf / Skarthúsið Coat / The Red Cross Pants / Dr. Denim Shoes / Bullboxer


Elín Bríta Fur Coat / Spúútnik Necklace / Zara Sweater / Monki Earrings / The Red Cross Shoes / Vagabond


Gunnar Óli Coat / Selected Sweater / Urban Shirt / Samsøe & Samsøe Jeans / H&M Shoes / Timberland Bag / Primark


Kristín Coat / Dúkkuhúsið Scarf / DIY Bag / Thrifted Pants / H&M Shoes / Gifted


StreetStyleCopenhagen Photographer / Kristian Sondt

Loa Jacket / Topshop Pants / Balenciaga Shoes / Guido Bag / Mulberry


Ann Helene Vest / Adidas Tights / H&M Shorts / Levis Shoes / H&M Sweater / H&M Cap / Neff Bag / Netto Waist bag / Episode


Andreas Jacket / H&M Pants / Cheap Monday Shoes / H&M Sweater / Mads Nørregaard Scarf / H&M Bag / ASOS


Emilia Coat / Second hand Pants / Weekday Shoes / Nike Roche runner Sweater / H&M Sunglasses / Ray-Ban Bag / Second hand


StreetStyleCopenhagen Photographer / Sigge Bjerkhof

Trine Jacket / See U Soon Hat / no name Shoes / Tiger of Sweden


Lene Jacket / Boutique by Jaeger Pants / Kokoon Bag / Marc by Marc Jacobs


Josephine Jacket / Cheap Monday Skirt / H&M Belt / Espirit


Vendela Jacket / Topshop Sweater / Topshop Skirt / American Apparel Shoes / Topshop Bag / Neye


CHRISTMAS TREATS If you want to get into a festive mood, try any or all of these Christmas-spirited dessert recipes. Perfect for ending your Christmas Eve feast, making your Christmas Day breakfast extra special, or even for being given as gifts, they are sure to make this holiday season especially delicious!

Cardamom Cookies with White Chocolate

Plum Tarts

Egg Nog Cheesecake Bar

Dark Chocolate Fudge w/ Wienernougat Crush


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Cardamom Cookies w/ White

4 Tbsp butter, room temperature 2/3 cup sugar

ing powder, cardamom, and salt. Mix well. Add an egg and vanilla sugar to the sugar and butter mix and beat until smooth.

1/2 tsp baking powder pinch of baking soda 1 Tbsp cardamom pinch of salt 1 egg 50 gr white chocolate 1-2 Tbsp vanilla sugar Using a mixer, combine butter and sugar. Beat until

and then add the rest. The batter is pretty thick, so you may need to use a spoon. Lastly, add white chocolate chunks in the batter and mix one more time. Put spoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between cookies. You can also roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to make different shaped cookies. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden.

250g butter, cold shape again. Repeat this folding/rolling process three 1 dl cold water times. 1 tsp salt (only if using unsalted butter) Then roll the dough into a rectangular shape that is Plum marmalade approximately 1 cm thick. Place on a cookie sheet 1 egg and refrigerate for another 30 minutes or so, or until Pinch of salt cool and stiff. Divide the dough in to approximately 10 equal size pieces. Cut the corners from each square shape piece. Chop the cold butter into tiny cubes. Using your Fold every other corner in the middle of the piece. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the Add the cold water and mix the dough until smooth as star shaped tarts on it. quickly as possible (you may want to use an electric Prepare an egg wash by beating the egg and adding a mixer). I used electronic mixer to get the dough com- pinch of salt to it. Lightly brush it on each tart. pletely smooth. Be careful not to overmix, otherwise Place 1 tsp of plum marmalade in the middle of each the dough might end up chewy. tart. Place the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or just until lightly

Plum Tarts

dough into a rectangular shape. Grab the dough from Let the tarts cool down, sprinkle with powdered sugar, both ends of the rectangle and fold them in the middle, and serve!

Egg Nog Cheesecake Bar

Crust: 3 dl gingerbread cookie crumbs 1 dl butter, melted 1 dl sugar (optional) Topping: 400g Philadelphia Cream Cheese 1 dl sugar 2 eggs 1 dl egg nog 1 vanilla bean Crush the cookies and mix with the melted butter and sugar (if you want the crust to be little less sweet, you can skip the sugar).

1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup full fat whipped cream (can substitute with soy cream) 50 gr dark chocolate 25 gr butter 2 Tbsp of dark syrup Fazer Wienernougat Crush for decoration

Place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of a square-shaped cake pan. Press the cookie mix on the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Pour the eggnog into a pot. Cut the vanilla bean in half, scoop out all the seeds, and mix into egg nog. Heat up over medium heat for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and the eggs using an electronic mixer. Add the eggnog and mix well. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the crust and bake for 40 minutes or so - the topping is not supposed to get brown on top. Let cool for approximately 5 hours or until next day. If you want to speed up the cooling process, you can place it in the freeze once it is not hot anymore, or even place it outside (during the winter)!

Combine sugar, butter, syrup and chopped chocolate in a small pot. Place over medium heat and mix regularly. Let boil for 5-10 minutes. You will know that the batter is ready when you drop a small amount of the batter into cold water and it freezes. Let the batter cool for a while, then spoon it into small Crush and then refrigerate for a few hours.

Dark Chocolate Fudge w/ Wienernougat Crush


“My philosophy is that you make the best and healthiest food yourself and that it does not have to be


Trine Sandberg GOURMET BLOGGER Text: Kristín Laufey Björgvinsdóttir

Trine Sandberg is the woman behind Norway’s biggest food blog, Trines Matblogg. Since 2007, she has shared recipes and inspiration with her readers across the nation. She works as a lawyer for the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, but recently cut her hours in half so she could increase her focus on her blog and the release of her new book, Trines Mat. Starting at the beginning of next year, she will focus solely on her blog. We heard what this multi-tasker had to say about food and Christmas traditions, and she shared with us a recipe for delicious rice pudding (risalamande). How did you get your interests in food and what initiated that you started blog about it? From a young age, I was allowed to try out my skills in the kitchen and took this interest with me when I moved away from home. I started my blog by accident almost seven years ago. I wanted to collect all my recipes and food experiences in one place, mostly for myself, but I also gave my family and friends the link since they often asked me for recipes and food advice. At that time, I did not have a clue what an amazing journey this blog would take me on. What is your food philosophy? My philosophy is that you make the best and healthiest food yourself and that it does not have to be difficult or timeconsuming. I also believe that a little bit of everything is allowed in moderation - you should treat yourself once in a while! I am also interested in the social aspect of what happens around the dining table, whether it is every day or a dinner party. My vision is that my food blog will inspire others to cook and eat healthy, colorful, and good food. What is the most essential thing to make for Christmas? I always bake ginger biscuits with my children and grandchildren. We use the same recipe that my mom used when I was a little girl. It has also become a cherished tradition to make confectioneries with my grown-up daughters and then I

decorate a gingerbread house with my five-year-old son. Other than that, I bake a few different sorts of Christmas cookies and some good bread. Do you have a traditional food on Christmas Eve or are you open for experimentation? We eat ribs with good side dishes on Christmas Eve, then rice pudding with homemade sauce for dessert. And at Christmas, we eat lamb ribs, venison, and cod with nice side dishes. And we always eat homemade pizza between Christmas and New Tell us about your new book. Trines Mat is a practical cookbook containing eight dinner menus that provide varied dinner tips throughout the week, and one dessert tip. In addition, it has ten themed chapters which include my top breakfast tips, my best fish recipes, the best food to eat with friends, pizza recipes, romantic Saturday menus, and my favorite cake. The book has received good reviews and five What is your best food tip in Oslo? I would recommend the Food Hall (Mathallen), where you can both buy some delicious ingredients to take home with you and/ or buy samples of the plentiful food selections you will find there. Plah.

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RISALAMANDE

“At my home we have a tradition to have an almond in the rice pudding, and this year for sure it is my turn to get the almond!�


RISALAMANDE (serves 6-8 people)

Rice Pudding For the pudding 200 g rice 2 dl water (approx.) 1 liter milk 1 vanilla stick

In a heavy-bottomed pot, bring the water and rice to a boil. Meanwhile, split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and add them to the milk. Reserve the bean. Once the rice is boiling, lower the heat to medium and add the milk and vanilla gradually, stirring constantly until it starts to bubble but not boil. Add the reserved vanilla bean and then lower the heat to the lowest setting and let simmer for approximately 50 minutes. Once it is done, you can add a pinch of salt to taste and then set the pudding aside to cool completely.

Rice Cream For the pudding cream 4-5 Tbsp crème fraîche 3.5 dl whipping cream 2-4 Tbsp sugar

Once the pudding has cooled completely, remove the vanilla bean and stir in the crème fraîche. In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream together with the sugar. (You can reduce the amount of the whipped cream depending on how creamy you want the rice pudding to be.) Gently fold the cream into the pudding with a spatula. Sprinkle chopped almonds or pistachios on top for decoration.

Raspberry sauce For the raspberry sauce 1 dl water 150 gr sugar (approx.) 1 vanilla stick 400 gr raspberries, frozen or fresh The juice of 1/2 a lemon

Put water and sugar into a pot and bring to a boil. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Put the seeds and the bean into the syrup and leave to cool. Add the raspberries and let the mixture sit for a bit (until the berries have thawed if using frozen berries). Remove the vanilla bean and the puree the mixture in a food processor or blender. Strain the sauce to remove the raspberry seeds. Add freshly squeezed Serve with rice pudding. (Sauce can be kept for several days in the refrigerator and can be frozen.) ceives a small gift.


Leila Lindholm GOURMET BLOGGER Text: Veera Brückler

Leila Lindholm is a Swedish TV cook who has written books and has her own website, blog, and an online store called Leila’s General Store. Leila grew up in a food-loving family and has gone from New York back to Sweden, working in several different restaurants along the way. In 1999, she was honored as female cook of the year. After that, she started a food photography business which led her to working for the Swedish Channel morning news You have mentioned that you always cooked with your family ever since you were little. What is the best cooking tip or recipe you received from your parents? recipe. It is my absolute favorite. Otherwise, the best food tip is that, if you are cooking dinner for people, make it simple. Do not break yourself cooking dinner and cook something you have professional chef to have a dinner party - sometimes easy and delicious pasta is the perfect thing to serve. What do you like to cook for your kids? In our household, everybody eats the same food and my kids are not picky eaters. They probably like some food that many toddlers probably do not eat - like salmon, for example. I like to cook traditional Swedish cuisine. If my son could choose, though, he would eat potatoes in every meal – he loves them. You seem to be a very busy woman – taking care of your kids and running your business. What would be your tip for busy women? what is good in your life. Even when you are busy, take a moment to enjoy the things that are great: your health, your kids, and your family. And my beauty tip

program as a chef. Today, she is the mother of two young children and on maternity leave, but is still simultaneously managing her business with her books, blog, and online store. Leila’s dream is that Leila’s General Store will have a brick-and-mortar location in Stockholm in the future. Nordic Style Magazine got a chance to catch up with her for an interview and she shared with us a treat to sweeten up our holidays.

would be to not lose yourself. I feel that It is so easy to put yourself last and put everybody else ahead of you. But if you great risk you will end up unhappy and that would affect your health. So make sure you feel good and do something that makes you happy, whether it is exercising, going to a spa, or having a good meal with friends. So, how do you relax?

manufactured. What is your favorite restaurant in Sweden? I mostly cook meals at home, but I love to go to restaurants and do so whenever I get a chance. Sturehof is my favorite restaurant in Sweden. It is located in Stockholm and they serve classic Swedish food. They have very good standards for their food and service. I absolutely love to eat there.

I like to spend time with my girlfriends and have a nice evening out. Taking a long walk by myself is something I enjoy, as well as getting a massage or going to a gym. With my husband, I like to go skiing and enjoy good food with a glass of wine, but that can be a bit challenging twith an eleven-month-old baby and a toddler. My dream would be to have a weekend trip with my husband somewhere.

What is your favorite place in the whole world?

Over the past few years, a food revolution and a big conversation about organic food has started. What do you think about it?

I would stay at Lydmar. It is a lovely hotel and they have very good food. I would have breakfast at Zinc - although they also serve wonderful lunch and dinner. I would take a walk around Rosendal Garden and have coffee there. Karlaplan has a divine pastry shop and bakery called Broms that is worth visiting. My pick for a dinner place would definitely be Ekstedt. It is a cool place where they prepare food by an open fire. Definitely a place to go if you are looking for great food and extraordinary dinner experience.

I think it is great. I love to use pure and organic food. I think there should be more options and stores that offer good quality, organic products. I think that people do not question enough the food they eat. It is scary how many preservatives and other things are put in our food. There should absolutely be more awareness raised around food and how food is

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My home. We live about an hour away from Stockholm in this beautiful, cozy little town full of small wooden houses. I love it here. What kind of tips can you give to people who love food and are visiting Stockholm?


Liquorice and Chocolate Caramel Fudge

What you need: (Approximately 24 pieces) 2 cups whipping cream 1 3/4 cup dark muscovado sugar 2 cups glucose syrup 2 Tbsp cocoa powder

100 g butter, softened 1 Tbsp liquorice powder

What to do: the heat on your stovetop a little because the mixture heats up on the hot fudge mixture! from the stove and add the chocolate, cocoa, and liquorice

powder. Mix well. Add the butter in little pieces. Cover about 10 x 20 cm of baking pan (including the edges) with plastic wrap and pour the fudge mixture on top of the plastic. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and leave it to cool and solidify at room temperature. Once the fudge is solid and cooled down, cut it up into little pieces and serve.


For friends, family, and anyone that stops by… If you are not the baking type, there are other ways that you can still look like a domestic goddess. Delicious candy presented in gorgeous packaging goes a long way – especially when paired with nice kitchen accessories. Photographer : Jóhanna Klara Stefánsdóttir / Photographic assistant : Íris Martensdóttir / Text : Sigríður Erla Viðarsdóttir Styling : Jóhanna Klara and Sigríður Erla Special thanks to Epal Iceland.


Sarjaton cups / Iittala Boxes / Ferm LIVING Baking forms / RigTig by Stelton 2013 Liquorice / By Johan B端low Tea towels / Typography by Arne Jacobsen Tea / Normann Copenhagen


Boxes / Ferm LIVING Coffee / ReykjavĂ­k Roasters Chocolate / Omnom Tea towels / Typography by Arne Jacobsen Cakestand / Sigga Heimis


Healthy Habits for the Holidays Text: Rakel Sif Sigurðardóttir

Rakel Sif Sigurðardóttir is a Prof. Bachelor in Nutrition & Health from the Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen and works as a Nutrition & Health Consultant, a lecturer and a freelance health writer & columnist.

It’s that time of the year again! Sure, you’re looking forward to Christmas and all its glorious festivities, but the hard-toresist temptations on the buffet table can often lead to digestive misery. The food served at holiday soirees is usually heavy - meat served with sugar-coated potatoes and gravy along with eggnog and sugary cocktails - and it leaves you feeling heavy, lethargic and tired. Oh, the joy! Yes, the holidays are a time to be merry and a time to enjoy, but starting the new

If your weight goes up three kilos or more from what you normally weigh, or increase your physical activity. Three kilos is a good number to stick to because

1 handful fresh or frozen spinach (preferably young leaves) zen 1 pear 1/2 avocado 1 small handful fresh basil leaves 1 Tbsp hemp protein powder 1 tsp pure ginger juice (or 1/2 a thumb of fresh ginger root) 1 tsp coconut oil 1/2 tsp spirulina powder A pinch of cayenne powder 1-2 cups water (adjust to preference) Put everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

in what you eat and drink. Stick with the

of the time you allow yourself to indulge. Holiday foods don’t necessarily translate into automatic weight gain. Rather, it’s about sensible proportions, smart food combinations, and a few other aids that and blotchy, puffy skin isn’t exactly ideal. will help you get through the season in a So, instead of sweating the next couple of healthy and happy way. months away in an attempt to make up for #1 Create a weight barrier

Green Glow Smoothie

a more balanced way to take care of your health and enjoy the pleasures of Christmas?

drop. To keep your weight in check, weigh morning, before breakfast, and without any clothes on. #2 Keep in mind the nutritional value of the food you eat The nutritional density of the foods you eat affects the amount you consume. The more nutrient dense your food is, the sooner you will feel full since your body stocks up on the nutrients it needs more quickly. Try to fit one Green Glow Smoothie (see recipe below) into your daily routine, both during the holidays and throughout the year. Packed with nutrition, it nourishes you from the inside out and you will notice a difference in your digestion, skin, and mood since it helps balance your blood sugar and stabilize your hormones. #3 Keep it balanced

Keep a balance between your intake of carbohydrates, protein and fat. For example, make sure that your plate contains a bit of protein (turkey breast), some fat (creamy peppercorn mushroom sauce), and easily digestible vegetables that contain a lot of fiber (steamed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or broccoli), as well as fresh salad leaves with some avocado and shredded carrot. In general, try to avoid heavy combinations of foods like animal protein alongside starchy foods such as white bread. This combination puts a lot of pressure on your digestive tract and will take a long time to digest, decreasing your energy. And to minimize the risk of overeating, keep your portion sizes balanced, chew your food, and give yourself time to enjoy and savour your meal in the company of family and friends. #4 Get active! Avoiding or shying away from any sort of physical activity during the festive season is the worst thing you can do since physical exercise can increase your energy levels, have a positive impact on your mood, and bring your stress levels


down. If possible, get moving in an oxygenfilled environment (like outside!) so you increase the possibility of getting into fatburning mode. have time for a full workout, search for fitness applications on iTunes (such as Starters – Fitness or RunKeeper) that offer a variety of mini-workout videos. You can do them wherever suits best - in your office or in your living room – making it easy to fit physical activity into your routine. #5 Support the immune system During the flu season, stock up on foods that are rich in vitamin C to support the immune system. Nobody wants to look like Rudolph with a red, runny nose when having their picture taken on Christmas Eve, after all! Oranges, tangerines, cranberries, red peppers, and lemon can easily be included in your Christmas recipes or can be enjoyed solo. #6 Mind your digestion and vegetables because your body more easily absorbs water from foods than by just drinking water alone. Stick to complex, high-quality carbohydrates and try to steer away from added sugars as much as you can. Animal proteins can be harder to digest than plant proteins, so keep your meals balanced. Too much protein can induce digestive problems, making you feel bloated.

tract in check by adding probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus to your diet. Doing so will aide in digestion when eating heavy foods. Try adding some organic, raw apple cider vinegar to your daily routine, at least during the festive season, since it can help with digestive problems. Add a tablespoon to a glass of warm water and drink it after a meal or before bed. And some studies show that fresh ginger can aid in digestion and relieve queasiness or nausea, so drink a glass of warm water with some shredded fresh ginger after a meal or whenever you feel bloated. #7 Keep an eye on alcohol consumption A glass of wine here and there probably important to stick to a certain set of rules if you want your Christmas to be merry (and hangover-free): 1. Drink as many glasses of water as you drink of alcohol. It decreases the dehydrating effects of alcohol to some extent, which will help you feel better the morning after. 2. Stick to “clean” such as red wine or white wine or cocktails like gin & tonic or vodka & water. Sugary cocktails can really affect your blood sugar and contain no nutrition but are high in calories. 3. Be sure to eat something before you drink alcohol or eat something while you are drinking. 4. Above all, keep within public health limits when drinking alcohol, limiting your per week and not all at once.

your omega 3s during the hectic holiday season. Amongst their many health benefits, they make digestion easier. Stick to marine oils (cod oil, krill oil) and plant oils (hemp oil, linseed oil and chia oil). Keep the pH balance in your digestive

In general, remember to drink plenty of water during the day and avoid carbonated drinks that contain sugars, sweeteners, caffeine, and similar additives that increase your blood sugar, affect your adrenal glands, and increase

the production of stress hormones that can affect the way your body stores fat. #8 Take care of your skin The first thing to lose its luster when your diet is poor is your skin. It is the last organ to receive nutrients, so you will notice what is needs in the form of inflamed and blotchy skin and visible fine lines due to dehydration. Keep your diet balanced and make sure you get enough vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And take care of inflamed skin with nonstripping cleansers, soothing aloe vera, non-comedogenic oils, and non-abrasive scrubs and peels. #9 Catch some ZZZs.... One of the cornerstones of your health and well-being is the quality and amount of sleep you get. Sleep can reduce the production of stress hormones and help you feel more balanced and healthy overall. Try to stick to a regular sleep pattern and aim for approximately eight hours of sleep per night. #10 Mind your mental wellness Good health is about balance between your physical and mental well-being. To gain a better balance, both during the holiday season as well as through the other months of the year, try to keep the following items in mind on a daily basis:

- Grab a moment for yourself every day, and use the time to relax and clear your mind. - Get moving! - Learn something new. - Be kind. - Compliment someone. - Drink a Green Glow Smoothie

“In short, don’t let the stress get to you. Breathe, relax, and enjoy. It’s Christmas, after all!”


Healthy snacks for your New Year´s Eve Party Text: Rakel Sif Sigurðardóttir

All of these ingredients have ‘Christmas and the holidays’ written all over them. Some are classic dishes. These recipes are all easy to prepare and are just as healthy as they are delicious. Perfect for your holiday party! Enjoy! Spicy Sesame Sweet Potato Chips

Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

Great dips that you can use with the chips! Creamy Pecan & Cranberry Dip 1 dl pecans 1 dl cranberries 1/2 of a yellow onion 5 small mushrooms 2 Tbsp high-quality coconut oil 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 medium-sized sweet potatoes 3 Tbsp high-quality sesame oil 3/4 tsp cayenne powder

Peel the potatoes and thinly slice them using a mandolin. In a large bowl, mix the potato slices with the oil and cayenne powder, making sure to coat all the slices. Put the slices on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 1 hour, turning them every 15 minutes to get them to turn crunchy and delicious.

2 medium-sized potatoes 2 Tbsp high-quality olive oil 1 tsp sea salt 1/16 tsp black pepper

Peel the potatoes and thinly slice them using a mandolin. In a large bowl, mix the potato slices with the oil and spices, making sure to coat all the slices. Put the slices on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 1 hour, turning them every 15 minutes to get them to turn crunchy and delicious.

Almonds with Rosemary & Rose Pepper 400 g organic almonds, soaked for 4 hours 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp dried rosemary 1/2 Tbsp rose pepper 1/2 tsp sea salt

easy to do if the almonds are both organic and have been soaked - the skin basically snaps off when you place an almond beThen, mix everything together in a bowl. Put the almonds on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes.

1/16 tsp sea salt Lightly roast the pecans in a skillet. Set aside. Slice the mushrooms and yellow onion. Put them in a pan with the coconut oil and cook for 3 minutes. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and using either a handheld blender food processor, pulse until coarsely blended. Mulberry & Fig Dip 1 dl walnuts 1/2 dl dried mulberries 1 Tbsp cranberries 2 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice 1 Tbsp goji berries 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp high-quality coconut oil 1/5 tsp nutmeg A pinch of cloves Lightly roast the walnuts in a skillet until golden. Set aside. together with the other ingredients. Mix all the ingredients together using either a handheld blender food processor, pulse until coarsely blended.


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