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Meet me on Ærø

A typical family day on the beach

Ærø is a small island in the southern sea part of Denmark. Around 6000 live on the island, but in the summertime, a lot of people from both Denmark and other countries come to visit this hidden little treasure. For me, Ærø has always been a part of my life. My moms family comes from Ærø and my grandfather grew up on the island and some of my mom’s cousins still lives here.

My family has summerhouses here and every summer they meet on this island to spend time together! They also have a tiny summerhouse on the beach where they spend almost the whole day paddle boarding, surfing, chilling and make a big barbecue ON the beach for dinner. Quite magical!
Alfred is spending almost all summer here with my parents and he looooves it. It’s a perfect arrangement because then we can travel around me and Nico. This summer was the first time I brought Nico when we had to pick up Alfred before going home and to see my family.
If you think about having a real “Danish summer” on one of the small islands, I can really recommend Ærø! I made a list of things you need to do when you visit:

 

Beach

The beach is really nice in Ærø and you have two seasides – one is the oceanside with waves and the other side is facing the harbor and is with no waves and actually really hot water – perfect for kids! You can also see all the cute beach houses, our house is in Marstal and is the light pink one. If you walk by and see my parents, you have to say hi from me 😉

 

Ærøskøbing

The island has three “big” cities – Marstal, Ærøskøbing, and Søby. The city Ærøskøbing is maybe the cutest city ever! Every house looks like this and everything is kept since way back in the days. There’s even still a man walking around in the morning and afternoon telling the news as they did back then! 

 

Ærø “Æggekage”

Literally translated its egg cake 😉 It’s a known thing in Denmark, but they are especially famous for it on Ærø. My recommendation will be to go to Hotel Ærøskøbing, I looove their Æggekage and it’s a really cute and cozy place. 

 

Barbecue on the beach

Spending the day on the beach is always nice, but spending a summer night on the beach is really magical. You will have the sea on both sides and enjoy the nicest sundown (and in Denmark the sun goes down quite late, which means even more sunny hours). 

 

Going on the water

You need to rent a boat and explore the island from the sea. If you are committable with sailing, you HAVE to visit some of the smaller islands around Ærø – I recommend Langholmshoved and Storholm (especially the last one). You simply won’t believe your eyes. The water here is like being at Formentera on Ibiza – SO clean, crystal clear and only white sand. And there is no one else than you – max a boat or two 100 of meters away. This is one of my favorite places on the earth to go.

Look how clean the water is!
Two very cute sailors

 

Marstal Maritime Museum

Believe it or not – but I love museums. Especially if the theme is maritime or war – and if art – installs. This museum will guide you through the history of sailors from Ærø and all their stories which are so interesting. There are rooms with speakers, light effects and a real ship you can walk into, while they tell the interesting story of Bonavista. 

In one of the rooms, you will see a very emotional picture for me of my grand-grandfather. He was a sailor in the 2nd world war and when the Germans came to Denmark, he had to sail his ship to America to hide it. He said goodbye to my grandmother not knowing when they would be able to see each other again. Or if they ever did, unfortunately, a lot of sailors never returned from the war… 

This is the picture – the guy on the left is my grand-grandpa.
And this is the house they lived in – it’s called Mizpah


Shortly after he went away, my grand-grandma found out she was pregnant with my grandpa. With absolutely no communication at all, she gave birth and raised my grandpa by herself. The whole time my grandmother was waiting for him, without ever knowing if he would return or not, but she believed it so hard in her heart and didn’t listen to anyone else. 6 years later when my grandpa was just turned 6, he returned from the war and met his son for the first time. 

This story gets me so emotional and really fills my heart with warmth. I get goosebumps thinking of how much love, trust, and loyalty they had for each other. They have my deepest respect and I’m so proud of what an example they are.

I talk to my grandparents almost every other day. I learned them facetime now, but I can only call them haha 😉 They think it’s so fun and they love to see Alfred. Whenever I go back I always spend time with them, they tell the most amazing stories and there the whole perspective of life is so refreshing and inspires me a lot. 

My grandmother would be so shocked if she knew how easily we give up on love nowadays and just swipe on to the next in line. We keep looking for something better and new, instead of keep looking for the best in our partner and develop together. True love and loyalty, is the most precious and beautiful thing for me. 

Well….. This post ended a bit different and emotional, but I hope you liked it anyway and sharing my story gave you something to think about. And you know what the best part is?

Today my grandparents will come HERE TO ROTTERDAM TO VISIT ME!!!!

I cannot explain how overly happy, emotional and excited about I am about this! They really mean the world to me and I cannot wait to show them my life here and spoil them with love, good food, and good wine! I am even half crying writing this haha. I will take my grandpa to the marine museum and my grandma for a real Dutch high-tea. And spend hours and hours of talking and just listing to their stories and highly valuable wisdom from living an incredible life in another time. I learn so much from them and they always develop my perspective. So might be a bit more offline than usually, but know you know why 😉

May you have the best weekend!

Cheers, to love  <3  

Taking a nap while my bodyguard Alfred is fully on duty

Paris fashion week

Goodmorning from the Thalys train! It’s almost 8 o’clock and I just got on the train for Paris. I am sitting here with my grande soy latte and doing some work. From Rotterdam to Paris it only takes two and a half hours by train! How cool is that 🙂 And instead of going from the airport all the way into the city, you arrive at Paris Du Nord in the middle of Paris – I love it!!

Anyway…  I am going to Paris for a short but very exciting trip! I will for the very first time attend the fashion week and see a few shows, showrooms and go for an event as well. Follow my trip on my instagram and I will keep you posted 😉

Enjoy your weekend!!!!

xx from Paris

 

Picture is from my last visit in Paris this February, when Nico surprised me for Valentine with a weekend in Paris and Disneyland. Best trip ever!!! (And heavy pressure on me for this coming Valentine now ha ha)

ASK ME ANYTHING

 

What’s your biggest dream in life?

To create my own healthy little family, to achieve my business goals and to explore the world.

 

What kind of music do you like?

I like a lot of music actually! R&B, hip-hop, pop, jazz, and soft house. There is nothing like good music to give you energy!

 

How does your morning routine looks?

Did a really short description here, but since I got many questions like this I should maybe do a video of it one day!

 

Mention the three most iconic items in your style?

Shoulder-padded blazers, sunglasses and everything denim.

 

Describe the best day of your life?

My wedding day. Without a doubt. Cannot tell you about this shortly, so I’m planning a post about it very soon!

 

What’s your goal for your blog/company?

To create good content and value for my readers, to discover more places around the world and to develop my entrepreneurial side more.

 

What do you find attractive in people?

The most important thing for me is a good energy. It doesn’t have to be same as mine and we don’t need to have the same interests etc., but a good energy is everything for me. It’s something I learned these past few years, that the energy of the people around me really effects me. So I try to use all my energy on the people around me that bring a good energy and give back the same vibe.
Besides that, I get attracted to humor, intelligence, passion, talent, and people that are confident with themselves.

 

What do you find unattractive in people?

Jealousy. Lies. And when peoples perspective is really small.

 

What kind of education do you have?

I already answered this question on Instagram, but I thought I would bring it here too. I have a project coordinator education and did a long internship at Telia Parken (the national stadium in Denmark), where I kept working for years after.
After that, I did a bachelor degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

 

How do you get so confident?

I’m a confident woman and I’ve always been.  It’s a combination of how I’m raised and how I decide to see myself. In the end, It’s always up to ourselves if we think we are “good enough”. That said, I can, of course, get insecure like every other girl can!
As I got older, I got even better at not being so hard on myself. To ask myself, “Is it really worth it to be this hard on myself for something?”. And “Is there something I can do about then?” If yes, I will do it – If not, then I find peace with it. Because then I decided there is nothing to do about it and WHY would I then use more negative energy on it?

I think it’s generally a good thing to ask yourself the question: “Is there something I can do about it?” If yes, then DO IT! If no, then make peace with it.
Honestly, it’s easy to say, I know, but it works for me. It’s something I would tell the “younger me” if I could. Along with the words: “Everything will be okay. Don’t stress so much. But keep on going!”

 

By this fine question, I will end this Q&A. I hope you enjoyed it and got a lot of answers.
I know I didn’t answer all questions, but they still gave me a good indication about what you are interested in knowing more about for further on. I will also consider doing videos about some of the most asked questions – my closet, my workout, and my skin routines!

 

Have a lovely Sunday,

xx Theresa

Meet me in Barcelona

Last week I spent four days in Barcelona. It wasn’t my first time, I’ve been to Barcelona two times before. To be very honest, I haven’t been too excited about Barcelona before. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the city and especially the weather – but I’ve been to a lot of places that I found more interesting than this city specifically. I never really got why people were so hyped about Barcelona, but to be fair I didn’t spend that much of time there as well.

Well… This trip truly proved me WRONG! Wow. I’ve seen a whole other side of Barcelona, that I haven’t seen before and I must eat my words and say wow. This city has so many amazing places and I really came to love it!

Reason why? Like every other city in the world, you need to know where to go. I constantly meet people who been to the most magical cities as I have, and they completely hated it. And almost always, It’s because they didn’t know where to go. A girl here from Rotterdam was going to Copenhagen this summer and I was so excited for her to enjoy (as she really likes good food and there you have a lot of nice places). I probably talked it up, but I was so sure Copenhagen could deliver anyway. Well… She came back and was very disappointed in the places she went. I really couldn’t understand, as we have quite similar taste in things – but then she told me which places she went and everything made sense. She visited all the “wrong”, very touristic places and I really understand she is quite disappointed now.

My point is, you can go to the same city and have totally different experiences. That is was what had happened to my perspective of Barcelona. And that’s why I believe that in almost every city there will be something that you’ll love, you just need to know where to go. That’s also why I love to share my favorite spots with you always, and hopefully give my readers the best experiences when they go!

This Barcelona trip was hosted by CAVA GROUP, which is a company that provides many of services around the world – one of them is being a host when you travel. Different from other travel agencies who also plan your trip and books everything, CAVA GROUP has a 24-hour host service that you always can reach out to and they can fix ANYTHING. And by anything, I really mean anything and very last minute! Besides that, the hosts that provide the service for you are experts in the city they are in.

This is the reason, I got to see a whole other Barcelona than before and why traveling with a company like CAVA GROUP, adds so much value to your time on vacation. Them fixing everything and taking care of everything, really made my short trip SO relaxing and perfect. I used all my time and energy on just enjoying some girl time with my old and dear friend from Denmark that I don’t get to see so much, because we are both busy girls and all around the world.

I will of course share with you some of my best tips now!

 

Cecconi’s

As you might already know from my previous hot spots, I really love Cecconi’s. I actually didn’t know that they just opened in Barcelona, it was our CAVA GROUP host who told us and made a reservation in two seconds on a Friday night! Really impressing. She read my blog and read that I love pasta and Cecconi’s, so she told me as one of the first things when she picked us up at the airport – how cute is that! Her name was Olga, and she was such a nice girl.
Anyway! It’s an Italian restaurant and the food is SO yummy! You need to try if you like Italian food. And just to let you know, it’s located at SOHO house Barcelona where you have to be a member, but you do not have to be for visiting the restaurant as a lot of people think. Bon appétit!

 

Boca Grande

This was the only restaurant in Barcelona that I’ve been to before and I really, really like this place. Or house, because it’s actually a house. You have the main restaurant and two different bars inside. They serve the most wonderful seafood and tapas, along with some of the best cocktails I’ve had. The cocktail called “The Killer” might be my favorite cocktail ever!! Go there for dinner or just a drink, but make sure to book in good time because it is very difficult to get a table! Or book through CAVA GROUP, they fixed the reservation in 5 minutes!
Another really fun feature is the bathrooms there. I will not say too much, just go there and you will know what I mean 😉

 

PARCO

This place I have no words for. Once again, our host from CAVA GROUP advised us to go there and from the outside, it really doesn’t look like much. I was a bit skeptic and also when we came in. It was a really small place and this guy comes to welcome us with dreadlocks. Nothing bad about dreadlocks – but I mean, we are at an Asian Fusion restaurant? This is not what you expect to see right? 😉 Anyway, this guy I later find out is actually the owner haha! (Never judge a person by the looks! Lesson learned)
He started out by keeping the menu cards in his hands and asking if he could just bring us food and see if we liked it. I’m always the annoying type who never takes the set menu but likes to pick out the dishes myself. He kept saying we should give him a chance and if we didn’t like it – he would take it back and take it off the bill. I honestly still wanted to pick out myself, but I didn’t want to be rude haha! So we said okay.

Ohhh. My. God.
I never tried so good Japanese food and sushi. Not one single dish was sent back but reordered many times. One dish we ordered three times haha! This place was something else and NOT something I would ever have found without our host. If you read this Olga, THANK YOU so so much for this experience <3
If you like Asian food and sushi, you have to go here! I’m very sure, you will love me after.

 

Flex & Kale

To something very different – Flex & Kale. This very trendy vegetarian place is something there is a big chance you’ve already seen on some other bloggers Instagram. Because this is like glue for every blogger and Instagrammer and I must say that the hype is deserved. The menu card is so big and offers the most delicious vegetarian food. We choose the taco’s, mini-burgers and kale chips. So if you are into really healthy food, this is a nice place to go for you! And if you are bringing your boyfriend who doesn’t like to eat only plant-based, tell him there is also seafood! 😉

I once wanted to bring Nico to a place like this and he said it wasn’t really for him this plant-based-only food and I said OK, let’s just go get a burger. We went to the vegan place and I bought him the burger without telling him it was vegan and contained no meat or real cheese at all – he said “Oh, it tastes a little different this burger but I really like it” hahaha. I waited till he was done and told him it was actually the vegan place and the burger was vegan, he didn’t believe me 😉 So apparently if they make the vegan food good, it’s not that bad! And that they sure do at Flex & Kale.

 

This was some of the places we went for our little girl trip and I hope this information can benefit you if you go to Barcelona. My whole view of the city Barcelona changed a lot after this trip and I’m definitely a fan now!

Thank you for showing me Barcelona’s best sides, CAVA GROUP. I will be back very soon!

 

This trip was made in collaboration with CAVA GROUP. 

Status…

In August I’ve been very busy with a lot of things. I’ve been back and forth from Copenhagen, sometimes even two times in a week. I get asked so many times “Don’t you get tired of going back and forth?” – and yes of course, sometimes I do. I actually enjoy very much most of the time though. It’s only a one-hour flight but going to the airport etc still takes time and energy. And planning. Good planning is really the key and luckily that’s one of my better qualities in life!

Besides the travel back and forth from Copenhagen, I’m also organizing my coming trip this fall/winter. Soon I can tell you more about this and I’m sooo excited!!! Stay tuned a little more..

Also, we are moving house this weekend! The moving guys I trust and like to use only had a little time, so I decided to pack and unpack everything myself. Myself because Nico is training very hard at the moment and needs a lot of rest when he is home. He, of course, thought it was a stupid idea and said we had to wait – but I’m very impatient and when I decide something, I take action! Right now I packed 20 boxes and I’m not even halfway… But I feel like an independent woman 😉

So that’s why I’m a little quiet at the moment. I’m working on one of my dreams to come true this fall/winter, another project which involves more TV and my house moving which has to be done by this week!
Oh… And this weekend I’m going to Barcelona with a dear friend in collaboration with the coolest company! So keep an eye out on my Instagram…

 

Surprise surprise

Last week I had to go to Copenhagen for two days of work, but I made back just in time for the weekend because I had planned something special for Nico. Saturday night we just stayed in and I asked Nico if we should go and have a look at the view of our new apartment in the night (which is so insane btw!!). First, he was too lazy to leave the couch, but I convinced him and in the end, he agreed so we went to our new place. When we arrived and he went out on the balcony, all his friends stood there and yelled surprise!!! They flew in for the weekend and stayed until Monday evening. Well, actually Tuesday because they didn’t make their flight haha… Why is this so typical for a guy trip??? 😉

Anyway, when I invited his friends, I accidentally looked up the wrong dates. I thought, that I planned it so well that they could come and the same weekend I could leave for my Barcelona trip, but I mixed up the dates! So this weekend, where Nico will be off, I will not be there but in Barcelona. Bad planning, guess I wasn’t that good after all haha. Anyway, I think Nico really enjoyed our little surprise and some boys time. He will have plenty more time for that this weekend, while I will be in Barcelona!

Wishing you all a lovely week!

xx Theresa

Meet me in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is very special to me. It’s special because of two main reasons; first, I’m absolutely in love with the city and its vibe. There’s a special relaxed and positive vibe, that your mind adapts to as soon as you arrive. Your soul gets filled with calmness and you just feel good! There’s nothing like just cruising around without in a convertible or with your windows fully down. Just adapting the vibe, the people, the palms and the warm breeze. I love Los Angeles.

The second reason is that I combine L.A. with family time. I used to spend almost every summer in the orange country since I was 9 years old! My mom lived in L.A. before she met my dad and if it wasn’t for him, she would probably still be living there she says. And I truly get her! What is it with me and my mom, falling in love and having to move around for love haha 😉 Well, to compensate my dad made sure they would still spend a lot of time in L.A. and they sure did! He also took her for a road trip around in the USA as their honeymoon when they were very young!

Anyway, my brother lives in L.A. now for the 4th year which gives us all a good excuse to go more often 😉 As a matter of fact, they are all there at this very moment. I wish I was there with them!

This summer we finally had the time to go, Nico and I. Nico have been there only for two days before he went to another destination, so it doesn’t really count. I have been SOOOO excited to show him “my” L.A. and my favorite places. Luckily, he fell in love with this city just as much as I did! And we have a little dream about moving here one day. We had the best time and we even met some of our great friends there, they booked (without even knowing we were going to L.A.) the same hotel as us! So we enjoyed some good time with them, with my brother and of course on our own as well.

I would like to share some of my favorite dining places in the city of angels with you:

 

Cecconi’s

Next, to Cipriani, this is my favorite Italian restaurant for dinner. The pasta is so dreamy and the vibe is always great! We went here 2 times in one week haha. Make sure you book to sit outside!

 

Catch

This is such a typical L.A. hotspot, but no wonder it’s so hyped! It’s located on Melrose Avenue like Cecconi’s, but on a rooftop which means you get the most beautiful view! The restaurant itself though is really gorgeous and full of flowers. They serve seafood and al fresco dining. A must try!!

 

Nobu Malibu

This is probably the most beautiful Nobu in the world! It’s located right next to the water on Malibu beach and you can feel the ocean breeze (best breeze in the world) and enjoy delicious Asian fusion. I recommend to go for lunch rather than dinner, so you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings fully!

 

Mr. Chow

Chinese fusion dining located in the area of Rodeo Drive. I love to come here and the food is yummy! Especially the noodles and the red shrimps. I looove the red shrimps. Having a serious craving right now just writing about them haha..

 

Cabana Café at The Beverly Hills hotel

My favorite hotel and also the hotel we stayed in. This hotel is so iconic and I love love love the interior there and the location! They just renovated their restaurant and the Cabana Café next to the pool is so worth a visit. They serve delicious poke bowls,  salads, and cheesy quesadillas.

 

Il Pastaio

THE PLACE to lunch after a nice walk down Rodeo Drive. It’s located just two streets behind Rodeo Drive and it’s on a corner. It’s always busy there but you just check in and wait 20-30 minutes till they call you that your table is ready. There is plenty of shops around to discover while waiting. This Italian place serves some of the best pasta’s I’ve ever had and especially the truffle pasta there is HEAVEN ON EARTH!!

 

Matsuhisa

This was Nobu Matsuhisa himself very first restaurant. It’s not that fancy and looking from the outside, you would never guess how amazing this restaurant truly is. But the food is absolutely outstanding and they serve dishes you don’t have at Nobu!
Nobu’s wife, Yoko Matsuhisa, herself is still in charge and will walk around and if you are lucky, she will tell you stories about their really interesting life. She told me about her dining experiences in Copenhagen and how she embarrass everyone when she refused to eat bugs at NOMA (finest restaurant in Copenhagen and number one in the world at that time). This was so much more than what it looked like from the outside and what I expected. I truly recommend this hidden treasure.

 

Skybar at Mondrian

Going for pre-dinner drinks? Or post-dinner drinks? This is the place. You have the view over the whole city and it’s just something you have to experience for yourself.

 

Chateau Marmont

Hidden away from all the traffic, you find Chateau Marmont. Sitting on the terrace enjoying a nice lunch from their market-fresh California cuisine, is like being in an old movie. Make sure to book a reservation before going.

 

Urth Café

This place is iconic if you watched Entourage. And we did. Many times. Nico loves this series and I must say I agree! Besides this, I think it’s a little overrated. There is a big line always and the food is average. But Nico told me to put it in, so maybe there are other Entourage fans out there who also would like to go!

 

In-N-Out

This is a must do! These burgers are soooo good and the fries are even better. Not more to say. Just go. And thank me later.

 

Alfreds Coffee

Where I prefer to get my coffee when in L.A.! My favorite Alfred Coffee is located on Melrose Place, where you also find nice shopping. Good to mix these two things, great coffee, and great shopping!

 

The butcher’s daughter

The butcher’s daughter is located on one in my favorite areas, on Abbot Kinney Blvd. They serve delicious vegan food and the best juices! Especially juice number 9, it’s my favorite juice in the world I think! Tastes so yummy and fresh! You need to try. This place is perfect to schedule as a healthy lunch after visiting Venice Beach because it’s really close by!

This was some of my favorite hot spots to dine in Los Angeles! I will do another post later, about my favorite things to do while visiting this incredible city and give you my very best tips and tricks!

 

I wish you the best time in the City of Angels <3

 

Theresa

 

Delicious and VERY easy pasta

Most of you know how I have a weak spot for pasta. I love pasta, I could eat it every day and almost do. But only good prepared al dente pasta, I absolutely hate overcooked pasta with a nasty bolognese. Would be paradise to live in Italy, where pasta is insanely good almost everywhere 😉

That said, a nice dish doesn’t have to be super difficult. One of my FAVORITE dishes is so easy to make and the taste is delicious!

 

Here are the ingredients you need:

(4 persons)

400 grams of spaghetti

1 can chopped tomatoes (I always use Mutti, they are the best)

1 big handful of fresh basil leaves

1 onion, shredded and finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

15-20 cherry tomatoes, cut in both

1/2 coarsely driven zucchini

1 teaspoon oregano

5 dl vegetable boullion 

2 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried chili flakes or fresh chili (I prefer fresh)

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper
Other than that, you can have some fresh parmesan for when serving and some fresh basil leaves.

How to make it:

Here comes the crazy easy part; You just put everything in the pot at the same time – all at once! Make it boil, stir quickly and then simmer the dish for 10-15 minutes or until the spaghetti is perfectly cooked – al dente, not too cooked. Put on plates with a dash of fresh parmesan and basil leaves and here you go!

If you like to add meat, you can add some chicken after on top or you can add some good chorizo from the beginning together with the other ingredients! But honestly, you don’t need it for the taste – only if you want meat in it.

I won’t be much easier than this and it tastes DELICIOUS as all the ingredients are getting into the spaghetti and will add so much taste!

Bon appetito <3

To Copenhagen with love


I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to Copenhagen. The main reason I’m going is that I’m attending a wedding. I looove weddings! Nothing is more beautiful and no parties are better than wedding parties! Well… Except for sometimes when the speeches are too long haha 😉 I’m actually considering writing some posts about our wedding, would you be interested in that? Let me know!

The wedding is tomorrow, Saturday, so I’m using my Friday night to see some of my girlfriends! Tomorrow I will go to the wedding, which is at a beautiful location just outside of Copenhagen. The dress I was supposed to wear, I can’t find! So I panicked a little (a lot) when packed my few things one hour before going to the airport. So this will be interesting 😉 Follow my Instagram stories tomorrow, to see what It’s gonna end up with. I’m excited myself to know that as well haha!

I’m sleeping on the wedding location and Sunday when I come back, I also have appointments to see some friends and just relax in wonderful Copenhagen! Monday I have packed the whole day FULLY with meetings and will be taking the last plane home in the evening. I have some very, very exciting things coming up that I can’t wait to tell you more about!
Now my plane is boarding and I will be there in less than one hour. How convenient is this?! Wuhuuu see you soon Copenhagen, my old love!


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!