Life Lessons at 30

31st August 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Long time, no see! My summer has been a bit all over the place since I was excited to celebrate my 30th birthday on 31st of July but also sad since my grandmother turned ill and passed away. The stress of both things have made me have a large PEM-crash and I am only slowly recovering from that. However, having been a member of club30 for a month now, I have had time to think about what I have learned in life and what I wish I had learned sooner. I have had my share of ups and downs but […]

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6 Books Oozing of Summer

2nd July 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

As July hits us with hopefully more heat and sunshine, I have collected six books with a special summer-feel to them to read while lingering at the beach, pool, or park.  For those long days with melting icecream, aperol spritz, and sprinklers lazily watering the suffering lawns, these new and classic books make wonderful companions with their sensual warmth and underlying drama.   Albert Camus: The Plague What would happen if your town suddenly became infected by the plague? A burning heatwave filled with sickness sweeping through crooks and crannies in your homes, seperating you from the outside and not […]

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The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

29th May 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Much has been said and written about the differences between the East and the West, but perhaps none really boils down to the essence of it as this little book about the philosophies surrounding tea. Written in 1906 and published recently in the popular Little Black Classics series by Penguin, Kakuzo Okakura’s The Book of Tea guides the reader through the history of tea and the rules of the ceremony surrounding it. I have been a tea drinker for 10+ years but in the British style with black teas and cream or drinking infusions of herbs and flowers. Never the […]

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The Spoon Theory for ME/CFS

12th May 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Today it is the international day of awareness for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrom and Fibromyalgia. Every year sufferers and health practitioners – those who believe in it at least – try to raise awareness in the public for this horrible and so far untreatable disease. Every day is a struggle but just how much can be hard to grasp for healthy people. One patient, Christine Miserandino who suffers from Lupus, a disease which shares many similarities with ME/CFS, created an analogy called The Spoon Theory in order to explain how patients with these kind of […]

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Happy Spring + Danish Easter Crafts

13th April 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Ahh! Spring is finally in full bloom and here in Aarhus we have enjoyed the park next to our City Hall being turned into a purple sea of crocus and snowdrops. It is without a doubt the most photographed spot in Aarhus this time of year and the real mark of Spring’s arrival. Everyone smiles and exclaims, ‘Oh, isn’t it just beautiful?’ to complete strangers. A collective sigh of relief after the long and dark winter months. Here in Denmark, it is a tradition to send a paper cut-out letter anonymously to a loved one for Easter, called a ‘gækkebrev’ […]

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My Year with Proust: The Guermantes Way

31st March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

After a long summer retreat at Balbec by the sea, we return to Paris with Proust and are thrown into the heart of Parisian high society. At the centre of it all shines the Duchess of Guermantes, Oriane, supposedly based on the real Countess Elizabeth Greffulhe. Oriane is known for her style and her intellect, manifesting itself in her so-called wit which to a modern reader is nothing more than bullying remarks driven by boredom to keep people talking about her and being slightly scared of whether they will fall victim of her ‘latest’ change of heart or fancy. No one […]

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{Inspired by} Virginia Woolf in The Hours

28th March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

In honour of the day of Virginia Woolf’s tragic suicide, I want to pay homage to one of the most beautiful adaptations of her style and legacy. Ever since I saw the first promotional photos from the movie The Hours by Stephen Daldry (2002) based on the novel by Michael Cunningham, I have had Virginia Woolf as a style icon. A bit surpricing maybe but if you have read her novels, fashion and attire is very important, especially in Mrs Dalloway, which of course is the novel The Hours centers around. Why of course? Why Mrs Dalloway was originally called […]

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{Thank you}

8th March 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

In honour of the International Woman’s Day. Thank you to all the women before me who have fought and persisted. I will not forget. DANSK: Tak til alle de stærke og modige kvinder gennem tiden og idag, som stadig inspirerer mig.

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Fastelavn – The Danish Shrovetide Tradition

26th February 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

Happy Fastelavn everyone! So what are the Danish traditions surrounding Shrovetide, you may ask? Well, not all of them are originally that ‘hyggelige’ as we say here in Denmark, but have evolved to be just that. In short, it is a mix of Halloween, Mardi Gras, and good old folklore. Essentially, it is like the carneval in Rio as the party before Lent, a remnant of when Denmark was a Catholic nation (we became Protestant in 1536), to munch on all the good stuff before giving it all up and fasting until Easter. These days we don’t fast but Danes […]

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{Dior Haute Couture SS 2017}

16th February 2017 Ann-Cathrine 0

I have always been far more a Dior-girl than a Chanel one, if you were to strictly choose only one. The billowing skirts and tapered waists have created endless supplies for daydreams when I was younger and for many years I seriously considered becoming a designer and venturing into haute couture. My path has so far led me another way but I have continued to cherish the craftmanship and beauty surrounded by Dior. This collection was the first haute couture show by new chief art director Maria Grazia Chiuri, formerly one half of the succesful Valentino duo with Pier Paolo […]

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