Stockholm Café Guide

Before visiting a city I usually spend days looking up cute cafés and restaurants, so I know where to fill my stomach while being there. Therefore, I decided to sum up the cutest places I came across while visiting the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. I'm absolutely positive that Stockholm has endless amounts of lovely cafés, but these are three options I found the best and mostly recommendable. If you know more spots and places to see and stay in Stockholm, leave a comment. 

Fabrique Stenugnsbageri

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The Fabrique bakery is a place I looked up online before my cousin and I started our journey to the capital of Sweden. It's minimalist design and offer of delicious buns and breads are something  that attracted me from the beginning. Before actually going there, I walked by a few times with the need to visit the bakery at least once before catching our flight back to Germany. So, on our very last day I decided to take the time to enjoy one of their Kar  and take some photographs for memories. The music playing in the background was light and soothing, the girl behind the counter extremely lovely and kind and the whole atmosphere fitting for a Sunday morning in a city. You can find the Fabrique bakery fifteen times in Stockholm (as long as I counted right). I also overhead two passengers on the streets (yes, I like to eavesdrop) talking about the bakery being a spot for locals, which makes it even it even more worth the visit. Overall, I highly recommend visiting Fabrique, if you are looking for an uncrowded and relaxing place for a break while eating Swedish goodies or taking some Instagram worthy pictures.

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Sophie's Canelé

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Sophie's Canelé is a café I ran across, while looking for the library of the city. It looked extremely inviting from the outside and even more so on the inside and at that time I wasn't complaining about a nice cup of coffee. So, I decided to take a quick break from sight-seeing and enjoy some minutes in the café. The Latte Macchiato I ordered was warming and delicious and I highly recommend choosing a chair at the marble bar table in front of the big window. You will have a nice view over the busy street and it's passengers. Overall the café was quite visited at that time of day (well, it was coffee time, so who's surprised), therefore almost no tables were available anymore. But Sophie's Canelé is a very recommendable spot for taking a break while visiting the city.

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Wayne's Coffee

Wayne's Coffee is one the more popular places for coffee, tea and pastries you can find in Stockholm. You can mostly find it in Södermalm (the more "hipster" part of the city) and Norrmalm (the shopping part of Stockholm). Wayne's Coffee is a place that's almost always well-visited , well according to my experience. What I liked the most is the massive range of hot drinks they have to offer and their affordable prices, at least for the capital of Sweden. If you do not want to spend a fortune on coffee and pastries , this is the place to go to. Wayne's Coffee is located around 15 times in Stockholm, so you will more than likely run across it at least once during your stay.

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Stockholm in Pictures
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Last week I went on a little trip to Stockholm for four days with my older cousin. Lately I've been really interested in photography and started experimenting with the things I put in front of my camera. So, I thought my trip to Swedens capital would be the perfect opportunity to bring my camera along and snap some pictures. I would love to hear anyones feedback and comments. 

Love, Neele!


*Disclamer: I am not and do not claim to be a professional photographer. If you want to use my photographs, please contact me and I would to work with you. 

9 Lessons in 19 Years

Since I'm turning 19 tomorrow, I thought a lot about a possible fitting post for this occasion. This year I feel like my birthday arrived faster than a bliss. I just wasn't expecting to turn 19 this soon (I still feel like a thirteen-year-old, who just got her period). 

In the past year, I've learned a lot about life and its lessons, that we experience as we get older. I know, I sound like an old wise lady, but that's just how it is. This week I wanted to look back to the lessons I've learned along the way and decided to write them down for you, because I feel like you can relate to some of them. 

 

YOU CAN PUSH YOURSELF THROUGH MORE THAN YOU THINK  

Everyone of us fears something, apart from the usual spiders and ghosts. It could be going on skyscrapers, being on a plane or riding a roller coaster. I'm scared of any kind of test, wether it's an exam, an internship or job interview. I always get this awful feeling in my stomach, which concludes in me not eating anymore and emptying my guts (sorry for that). This year I had to go through a lot of those situations and let me just say, the feeling didn't get better, but I learned to live with it, work with it or simply ignore it. I realized that you can push yourself through more than you think, if you really want to. It's not easy, but possible.

 

PEOPLE CHANGE

People change, as cliche as that sounds. While we get closer to adulthood we build our character, try out new things, discover interests and make decisions. We change with the stuff we experience and so does everyone else, friends, family and partners. And not everyone changes for the best. It's hard, but that's just how life is sometimes. But remember, you do not have to change with them, the way they do! It is up to you, if you want to live with those changes or not, but I will touch up on that one later. 

 

NOTHING HAPPENS AS EXPECTED

I think to this lesson is not much to add to, it speaks for itself. We shouldn't worry too much about what might be happening (which I tend to do a lot), because mostly everything will turn out differently. I am a big believer in things happening for a reason.

 

IT'S THE SMALL THINGS THAT MAKE US HAPPY

This lesson is one I've learned quite recently. I used to believe that only the big things, the one with a big impact, are the ones that brighten our day. They still do make us happy, but I've come to realize, that the smallest things we do, are the ones that brighten our day. It could be going on a walk with your family, having a drink with a friend or playing a board game with someone. We should appreciate and remember it everyday and maybe something big might develop out of it.

 

LETTING GO

As I mentioned in lesson 2, people change. And sometimes not for the best. It could be our best friend. You've been friends for several years and from one day to another their behavior changes completely. It's fine until they start to put you down and make you feel bad about yourself. It's fine until you get unhappy in the friendship. Sometimes we have to let go of people to become ourselves again. I'm not saying you have to shut them out of your life completely. Friendships can be forever, but sometimes friends are only for a certain amount of time. They were right for us at that time and we were right for them, but maybe not forever. That's just part of life.

 

IF ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER ONE OPENS

This is something my mom would use to tell me, when I lost a friend or I've been going through a massive change. At first, I thought it was just one of those hyper cliche quotes you would find in those calendars, with no truth to it, but along the way I noticed how true this sentence really is. If you lose something or someone really important to you, it seems like everything you've come to know, is gone. You feel like a stranger in your own life and nothing's as before. It's hard, no question. But remember, life goes on. You meet new people and you take new opportunities and with every decision you make, something new comes into you life. It might not happen tomorrow or next week, but give it time and you will see that another door opens for you. 

 

BE MORE SPONTANEOUS 

Routine. Routine's something I've always been good at and needed. I'm a routine person. Over the last couple of weeks I've tried to just be more spontaneous, but it turns out harder than I've thought it would be. For starters I got a job as a waitress in a hotel and being called in spontaneously and the weekly changing working scedule was something I had to get used to. But maybe that's just what I actually needed. It's hard to be spontaneous as a routine person. Agreeing to a last minute coffee date or a cinema visit, that's what I started with and from time to time I noticed that those spontaneous adventures were the ones I liked the most. And now I would like to describe myself as a pretty spontaneous person. 

 

YOU NEED TO BE ONE, WHO IS HAPPY WITH YOUR ACTIONS

Until I turned 18 last year, I didn't drink an ounce of alcohol (I do now on the occasion). I didn't want to, I didn't feel the need to. Of course, as it usually is in puberty, not everyone understood that. I was called boring and prude. While others spent their Friday night partying, I was in bed reading or watching a rom com. Naturally, those words others said about me hurt. Who wouldn't be hurt by that? But I just didn't enjoy going out the whole night, I never felt comfortable whenever I tried. So eventually I stopped trying and just did what I felt comfortable with. I'm glad that I did, because I stayed true to myself and looking back at it now, I know that's what's most important. Do things the way you feel the most comfortable with, because in the end you are the one who has to live with it and not someone else.

 

TAKE IT DAY BY DAY

I am one of those people, who like to think two weeks ahead and makes themselves crazy with nervousness. I always go to my Mom for advice on how to deal with overthinking things, that are way further in the future. Every time she tells me to just take it day by day. Focus on what you have to do on that day or what needs your full attention and not what might happen in a month time. It helps a lot. I know it's hard to just delete it from your mind, but at least try. I am still practicing to live like that as well.

 

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about”

— HARUKI MURAKAMI

My Skincare Routine

Through out the years my skin has been though a lot. Stress, weather, urban air, touching and picking (a nervous habit of mine), puberty and the list goes on. So naturally, it changed along those circumstances, because we can't walk around with a mask on all the time to prevent any damage and blemishes. I've always loved reading about other peoples skincare routines and tips for certain skin types.

While being in puberty, I suffered from extremely dry and sensitive skin, decorated with acne on mostly my forehead and chin. Because of that, I've tried multiple creams and serums, with and without alcohol and acids. A small amount of products helped me though out a certain time, but never for long. I also went to a beautician. But let's be honest, who can afford that?

Due to me always thinking about my skin being dry, I never noticed the change it went through. So the spending money on rich and oil containing creams continued. Now I've noticed the shiny and oily film, that layers on my face an hour after washing it and my pores being extremely clogged. It's time to change my routine. 

In the next couple of weeks I want to try some new products. After I did some research, I decided to try products from The Ordinary. I'm pretty sure most of you have already read or heard about this brand and their products*. For now, I purchased four different items. 

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Lactic Acid 5% + HA

This product is used as a lighter peeling solution. It's know, that people with clogged pores and oily skin should do a peeling at least once a week to free their skin from any dirt and scales. I'm actually slightly afraid to start using this product, due to some comments I read about it may coursing dryness and irritation.

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Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

This product is used for reducing dark under-eyes and swelling. People say, that it's one of the most effectinate products form The Ordinary. Through out the winter season I developed some quite prominent dark under-eyes, so this is just a bonus for my skincare routine.

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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide is used for reducing clogged pores and blemishes. Additionally, it counteracts the sebum production. I've only heard good things about this product, so I'm excited to try it out.

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100% Plant-Derived

 Squalane

The main reason for why I chose to buy this item are the dry patches I get on my face from time to time, due to the winter season and the heaters. This product pushes the natural surface hydration and prevents hydration loss. I really love that it's oil- and alcohol-free, so it can be used on all types of skin.

 

In a month from now, I'm going to update you on how my skin has developed and how these products have turned out for me. 

If you have any recommendations of products that I should try out or you think that would help me, please comment down below. 

Love, Neele! 


*Disclaimer: I am not a professional! If you want to use products of The Ordinary, please check out their website for further information about each product and how they should be used. Please do research on possible side effects and risks.