I gave Bikram Yoga a try

Being ambassador for FitnessCollection I get access to a lot of different studios all over town. And since the whole point is to try new things, I jumped on the one thing I never thought I would try; Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga Östermalm.

Having heard different stories of people who leave with severe head aches and others who have fainted, I naturally was a bit sceptical. On the other hand, Bikram Yoga is said to have lots of health benefits; like increased flexibility, glowing skin, detoxicating your system etc.

Luckily Mo came with and we joined a slow, 60 minutes yin yoga class. For those of you who don´t know, yin yoga is is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time.

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Like always I was went from loving it, to hating it, and back to loving it again, but all in all a very good experience. I loved the heat, not as warm as I thought, and having made sure to drink lots of water both before and after, I felt very good. And the feeling of slowly stretching your body after all the bootcamp classes I have joined, hallelujah!

So, this Saturday I am giving Hot Express a try, adding more movement and sweat to the class. Lets see how it goes!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Monday loving kinda vibe

Today I was back at the Embassy and had a great day. Lots to do after having been away for two weeks, but I really enjoy it, so the workload doesn’t really matter. Feels really good to have a place I enjoy going to every day, nice colleagues and tasks that both challenge me, and lets me be creative. Makes a rainy Monday a little less grey!

Totally beet after though, feeling a little tired after last week, so Chicago Med on Viaplay under the blanket it was. Nothing special but still good vibes only!

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Monday loving kinda vibe at the office

How was your Monday? Grey and gloomy or uplifting?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Christmas cookies and strength training

This week has consisted of pretty much two things: work and the gym. Other than that, I have spent most nights flat out on the sofa with Johan, watching series and relaxing. And I have of course spent a ridiculous amount of time at TWPS. Said I was moving in, didn’t I?

This week’s mantra
On a bad day there is always lipstick”!
Have been helping out at my old job the last two weeks while they have been on vacation, and since I have been all alone I have been walking around in the same outfit and half dirty hair a little too long. So this weekend I decided it was time to freshen up a little and it´s funny how a little lipstick and a nice outfit can brighten your mood.

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Workout done, lipstick on

This week’s mood
It has been a pretty stressful week at work, very little daylight and lots of rain. Maybe not the best combination, but ok. I try not to let it affect me, but who am I kidding? The time I have spent with so many wonderful people at Beijers Bootcamp and now TWPS has really helped though.

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Good company always does one good

This week’s yumminess
I am still overdosing on my favorite German Christmas cookies, that I to my big surprise found at Lidl in Stockholm. Other than that, the green smoothies I have been munching on this weekend! Haha, classic Henriette diet; greens and cookies!

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This week’s training
Had my last two classes at Beijers Workout Routine together with the group I have been working out with for the last five weeks, which was sad! But lucky me will meet them for breakfast already next week! Other than that I finally got myself to try bikram yoga through FitnessCollection, which I have been thinking about for so long, in addition to enjoying two wonderful classes at the brand new The Workout Plan Studio! So it has been A LOT of sweating this week, but fun!

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Last class with team Charlotte Beijer

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Energy boost at TWPS early Friday morning

  A little dose of reality

A little dose of reality

This week’s surprise
I have started to become stronger! Can feel small changes at the gym, and when Marie said she has seen lots of improvement since we worked out before summer, I got super surprised and so HAPPY!

This week’s series
Watched this super exciting series on Viaplay called “Absentia” together with Johan. Seriously scary, and we watched the whole thing in about a week (don´t have a life, I know).

This week’s funniest moment
Been some fun moments over at TWPS (The Workout Plan Studio) and at home: But will not even try to start to explain, because that is NOT funny!

This week’s most liked picture
I am so tired of people talking sizes all the time and focusing on their looks. Let´s choose happy instead of a size people. Glad this was my most liked picture on Instagram this week.

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Tomorrow I am finally headed back to the Embassy after two weeks away, and I am so much looking forward to it!

How was your week?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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First time at The Workout Plan Studio

Wee, today I started the day with tons of power at the brand new 355kvm women´s only boutique gym, The Workout Plan Studio! Hello second home!

My dear friend Marie Emre and her husband have been working their asses off all fall to get it ready and it was simply a dream. I am so proud of them and their hard work! Shows that you truly can achieve whatever your set your mind too.

And today I finally got to train with her again! Last time was early spring, so the level of joy today was pretty damn high!

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Boom!

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Brand and shiny new equipment

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Good old gang going strong

I jumped on a X-Mas Bootcamp Edition she is hosting this month, and best part is that some of the other ladies I used to train with at Marie´s classes were there too! Back to good old pop music and tons of motivation!

As someone whose fitness poison of choice has always been at the lighter end of the spectrum (yoga), I can confidently say I am finally getting comfortable with strength training!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Embrace

For some people embracing life means to jump off cliffs and kiss strangers. For me it simply means slowly learning to love myself. Embracing the glorious mess that I am.

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A little reminder that I am imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed, but beautiful. And I want to embrace it all <3

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

PS; Will show a better picture when it has healed a little more, because some of the pictures above is from before the ink was put on. But I am still pretty red/sore. Stay tuned ;)

Welcoming December with bestie

I picked up this cutie face at the station on Friday and spent the weekend with her in Stockholm. We spent the days drinking lots of wine, gossiping, watching movies, eating candy, walking around town and even visited the Christmas Market in Gamla Stan (which probably would have been way better if it wasn’t raining cats and dogs).

Such a relaxing and fun weekend with my bestie, who I wish lived just a tiny bit closer!

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Sadly, the third part of our trio, Emilie, was supposed to be here too, but got sick. You were badly missed Ems!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Time for a change

Yesterday morning I nervously walked into Björn Axén salon at Norrlandsgatan. I was so tired of my long, frizzy and lifeless hair, so together with the hairdresser we decided it was time for a (drastic) change.

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Ready to cut

Almost always having had long hair I was a bit unsure, but tried to remind myself that hair always grows out again, and mine pretty fast, so it was time to just jump into it. Funny how hair can feel so important, when it’s just hair.

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Bye bye long and frizzy hair

And the result people!!!! Made me so damn happy, feel like a classy lady - haha! Seriously left there and felt like a completely different person (and a few kg lighter).

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Thank you so so so much for all the love on Instagram btw. Makes me so happy when you take the time to send me nice messages and share your love!

Now I am ready to embrace December like a grown up now - hihi!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Here’s what’s cool

I spent the morning taking the subway to Kungsholmen to go get a new Swedish id card. And let’s just say I am beyond grateful I don’t need to deal with the subway during rush hour every single morning. My God people, why are you all so unfriendly?

Really amazes me sometimes, how unfriendly people can be, and how we let stress and other factors give us a reason to be selfish. Not only during rush hour, but in general! So here’s a little reminder of what’s cool people. Might be a good to refresh you memory during the hectic month of December;

Saying “thank you”

Showing up on time

Being nice to strangers

Listening without interrupting

Learning and using people’s names

Holding doors open for others

Smile to others

Apologizing when you’re wrong

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So, in other words not rocket science, but something easily forgotten! When was the last time you smiled at a strangers? Or listened without interrupting?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Remember to enjoy yourself

As always, this is a stressful time of year (why it always ends up like that is a mystery to me), and most days after both work and the gym I just want to snuggle up under 2-3 blankets (yes I am cold) and watch a movie or read. Anything that doesn’t require me to go outside.

But every once in a while I realise a social life might be nice too, so last week I had the coziest after work “fika” with Felicia, who I hadn’t seen in ages. The warm cup of tea and delicious pastries at Wienercaféet was the perfect end to the day.

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Someone asked me on Instagram how I would want to “destroy” my training from earlier in the morning with pastries in the evening, and I just wanted to give you all a friendly reminder that pastries every once in a while doesn’t kill you! And working out should most definitely not be a punishment for what you might ate.

I think it is important to be healthy, but a life without sweets is not a life for me, but we are all different. Just find what works for you, and try to not walk around with guilt. I know too well how that sucks the joy out of moments like these.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia


Comfy clothes, bad Insta husband and yummy food

After questions of me starting my weekly summary again, I thought why not! So, instead of a weekly summary of my workouts, we do the whole shebang instead!

This week’s mantra
Chillin´like a villain! Because when you go from walking around in comfy workout clothes or jeans and a hoodie all day long, to suits, skirts and dresses, chillin´in comfy clothes during the weekend is just what is needed.

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New set from H&M

This week’s mood
Except for a mild headache, my mood has been good. Been so excited about learning more and more at work, getting into the swing of things. Also had a spontaneous date night with Johan and a morning spa session at Selma, so how could I not be happy?

This week’s surprise
My super-duper-awesome new blender! A late birthday present from Johans parents that just arrived! Dear lord I can´t wait to use it and share tons of delicious recipes with you. Just wait until you meet my new baby, you´re gonna love it too.

This week’s training
Tuesday and Thursday morning I joined Charlotte Beijer´s class at Adidas, bright and early. Love the group of girls, cheering each other on each time! Other than that I have only been going for walks, been beyond tired every evening.

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Tons of girl power

This week’s series
Chicago Med. Seriously addicted and watched the whole second season in just one week. Big lover of the whole Chicago family; Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD! Anyone else watched/watching it?

This week’s funniest moment
When I had dinner at SUPPER with my dad and his colleague and I told them (while talking about girl power) that I have a hoodie that says “Pussy got balls”! My dads reaction was priceless.

This week’s yumminess
All my dinners this week delivered from Svartalådan. Genius for someone like me who doesn’t really enjoy spending time in the kitchen, preparing meals. And the chia pudding and chocolate snack at Ulrika´s today. She needed to take pictures of food for work, so I kindly offered to eat it afterwards!

This week’s most liked picture
A picture from our weekend walk. You have now idea how much Johan rolled his eyes when I asked him to take a picture and to make it “less awkward” for the man I had to turn around and pretend to walk. So not winning an Instagram husband award, sorry Johan!

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So, that was it for this week. Hope you had a lovely weekend and that your ready for a brand new Monday tomorrow!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Kissable lips kit
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If there is one thing I struggle with year after year, it is dry lips. And we are not talking “add a little lip gloss and it will all be fine”- kinda dry. We´re talking sundried apricots kinda dry people! So dry it would hurt, and god forbid I would wanna kiss Johan!

Untill Burt´s Bees came into my life and gave me what I like to call my “kissable lips kit”

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Overnight intensive lip treatment
Conditioning lip scrub
Hydrating lip balm -coconut & pear
Lip balm - vanilla bean
Tinted lip balm - Pink blossom / Glossy Lipstick

  Glossy Lipstick: blush basin/501

Glossy Lipstick: blush basin/501

Overnight intensive lip treatment
The overnight intensive lip treatment provides long lasting moisturization for soft and smooth lips. This I usually do Sunday nights.

Conditioning lip scrub
When my lips are a little extra dry and I don´t want the lipstick to flake, I use the Conditioning Lip Scrub before applying lipstick. It gently exfoliates and conditions with its honey crystals, and helps smoothen the lips so the colour sticks throughout the day.

Hydrating lip balm -coconut & pear & vanilla beam
Comforting lips balms with soothing Vitamin E and a moisturizing affect, that I use every night before going to bed. Have them both in my nightstand.

Tinted lip balm - Pink blossom / Glossy Lipstick
My absolute favorite, used every day at work, adding a little colour to my lips during this grey season. Seriously don´t go anywhere without it these days!

Non of these products contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils or petroleum. Instead they focus on using natural ingredients, such as beeswax, shea butter, coconut, nutritious oils from olives, grape seeds and botanical herbs.

All helping to make my lips kissable during the colder months!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Morning wellness

Weekends are all about winding down, and this morning I most definitely did just that! I had a classic massage booked in at Selma City Spa, and on the menu was 45 minutes of pure relaxation (or closer to 40, since I spent the first five minutes getting comfortable with another person touching my half naked body).

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Afterwards I planned on staying and take a dip in the pool and read a little, but sadly the spa was pretty crowded, so after a couple of pages in my book, I packed my stuff and headed on home to Johan and breakfast instead. But such a lovely start to the day.

And since the sun was shining so bright we put on sunglasses and went for a long walk at Djurgården. My favorite thing to do with my man, even though we can drive each other crazy sometimes, hihi! But our long walks, spotting cute doggies and holding hands - best part of my weekends, for sure <3

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What are you up to this weekend? Taking it slow or booked in on lots of activities?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia