Day trip to Oxford

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

Oh Oxford, I don’t even know where to begin! Such a magical place, even in the rain. Exactly as I imagined and a little bit more!

We took the train from Paddington Station Wednesday morning and the train ride was around 1 hour. Actually not hard at all finding the right platform and when we arrived it was a short 10 minutes walk into the city center (15-20 for us, since I couldn’t read Google Maps correctly).

Paddington Station

Paddington Station

Emilia & Emilie

Emilia & Emilie

Our first stop was Turl Street Kitchen for some avocado toast and warm coffee, hiding from the rain, before meeting our wonderful guide Hayley Spore from ExperienceOxfordshire.

We were guided around for about one hour while being told everything there is to know about Oxford. And even though it rained and was a bit gloomy in the beginning, it was still so beautiful everywhere. Oxford is a very diverse and historic city, combined of medieval lanes, wide boulevards of Georgian houses and old, characteristic buildings. A little like taken out of a fairy tale. We saw colleges, libraries, Harry Potter locations, a 150 year old bookstore, the very lamp post that inspired C.S. Lewis and the golden fawn that was the model for Mr Tumnus in Narnia, and so much more. And of course stopped a thousand times for pictures.

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Afterwards food was very much needed and we had a reservations at Gee's Restaurant. It is about a 10 minutes walk from the main street and is located in beautiful Victorian glasshouse, filled with trees and plants, and the kitchen features a wood fire oven and charcoal grill. It is a favorite with locals, and it is easy to understand why.

We ordered everything from pizza, potatoes, soup and fish to tea, wine, coke and you name it! And it was all just so yummy. I warmly recommend this place if you ever are in Oxford, and can imagine it must be beautiful at night too.

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Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Emilie and me / Photo: Emilia Wallin

Emilie and me / Photo: Emilia Wallin

After having refilled our tummies, we headed off to Christ Church College, founded already in 1546, and who have taught notable people such as John Locke and Lewis Carroll!. Also, and in my opinion the best part; this is where you find the grand dining hall from Harry Potter, and the famous staircase from when Harry first arrives to Hogwarts (#nerdalert).

Recognize it?

Recognize it?

Milana, Emilie & Emilia. Can you imagine the students actually dining here in real life?

Milana, Emilie & Emilia. Can you imagine the students actually dining here in real life?

Afterwards the sun showed and we simply strolled around, while having “a few” photoshoot stops along the way. Not the typical tourists, posing in front of houses and in the streets, changing outfits and all, but what can you do when you find the most colorful street in the whole of Oxford?

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I could SO see myself living here / Photo: Emilia Wallin

I could SO see myself living here / Photo: Emilia Wallin

At 16:00 we had a traditional afternoon tea booked at the Old Parsonage and having never tried afternoon tea before I was pretty excited. The place had a beautiful garden, but sadly it was to cold to sit outside. That didn’t stop us from having it all carried out for pictures and then carried inside to eat though (don’t t always believe what you see on social media peeps). Nevertheless, inside they had a lovely fireplace and I think I ate more scones and jam that I have ever done in my entire life. So damn delicious.

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

The classic way to enjoy an afternoon tea however is not to just throw yourself over the scones, but start at the bottom with the finger sandwiches, followed by scones with clotted cream and jam, and finished off with lots of sweets. And of course a with a cup of warm tea on the side. Let’s just say I rolled out of there, I was so full.

Which made our last stop a bit unfortunate. We had a dinner reservation at Malmaison, a old prison turned into a restaurant. It was a very cool place, you could actually see the old sells and it really looked like an old prison form the outside. The food was OK, again I was so full I couldn’t get much more in, but the service was excellent.

We ended the night at Westgate, a shopping mall next to the restaurant, while waiting for our train to take us back to London. Cameras filled with tons of beautiful pictures, our tummies with wonderful food and a day going into the memory book for sure.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

If you like it wear it

I have always dressed pretty classic, first and foremost because I like the style, but also because in certain settings, as a 30 year old women, I feel that is what is most appropriate. But lately I have started to try something new and do my own thing. In my opinion; as long as you feel good, that´s all that matters.

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The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear.

I love the details and am obsessed with my new belt! Also wearing earrings almost daily again, after several years without. Not sure what happened, but having tons of fun trying new styles.

So, time to embrace this Monday with a little lipstick and a new set of earrings! What about you? You always dress the same, or sometimes go a little cray cray?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

The wonders of Kew Gardens

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

On our first day in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (also called Kew Gardens) was on top of our list. We took the District Line to Kew Gardens Station (took about 35 minutes) and from there it was a short 10 minute walk.

Already at the station you saw your first palm tree

Already at the station you saw your first palm tree

Kew Gardens is huge and we only had two hours before our booked lunch, so we had the Palm House, the Temperate House and the Orchid exhibition on our plan.

The Palm House
The Palm House is a remarkable indoor rainforest and contains tropical plants from some of the most threatened environments in the world. It was very humid and warm, but the beauty was breathtaking. I think we spent 1 hour in here, filling our cameras with tons of pictures.

The Palm House seen from the outside

The Palm House seen from the outside

On the glass behind me you can see how humid it is inside the house

On the glass behind me you can see how humid it is inside the house

There are two floors and the view from the top is beautiful

There are two floors and the view from the top is beautiful

The air was very humid and created this (in my opinion) wonderful smell that reminded me of Hawaii

The air was very humid and created this (in my opinion) wonderful smell that reminded me of Hawaii

The Temperate House
The Temperate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse and here you can discover some of the world's rarest and most threatened species of plants. With the sunlight, the beautiful colors and the sound of the water, I felt like I had entered paradise (at least my version of paradise).

One of the entrances

One of the entrances

Spring vibes

Spring vibes

Emilia working her magic -  see some of it here

Emilia working her magic - see some of it here

The Orchid exhibition
The Orchid exhibition was Kew’s first ever orchid festival on the theme of Colombia. With over 4000 orchid species found in Colombia, they had put together a dazzling display inspired by Colombia’s wildlife and plant diversity. Sadly we didn’t have time to stand in line so we had to skip this.

Afterwards we had lunch at The Orangery, a beautiful building with high ceilings and grand, arched windows. Sadly all the people and the cafeteria-vibe didn’t give the cosiest feeling, however the vegetarian food was delicious. I can imagine it must be a beautiful venue to host an event.

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Read more about Kew Gardens, prices and opening hours here. A must see if ever in London, preferably during spring/summer time.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

A trip for the memory book

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

I am finally back after a little while offline (except for on Instagram, where I am always active). I had lots of work with preparing for my Scandinavian Influencer trip and actually hosting it too. So I needed to shut down everything else and focus on taking care of myself in the midst of all the fun stuff happening. But now I am back, full speed, and let me just warn you that an overload of pictures from London, Oxford and Brighton is headed your way in the next few days.

Tower Bride, London / Photo: Emilia Wallin

Tower Bride, London / Photo: Emilia Wallin

So, last week I traveled with Emilie Malou from Denmark, Milana Chigridow from Sweden and Emilia Wallin from Norway, and the trip turned out to be beyond what I expected! The girls were so nice, the food was delicious and we got to see so many beautiful places and learn so much interesting stuff about the different cities. I most definitely want (and will) go back!

Piccadilly Circus London / Emilie, Emilia, me & Milana

Piccadilly Circus London / Emilie, Emilia, me & Milana

Hosting and leading a trip like this was completely new to me and being in charge for the program and making sure everything ran smoothly was challenging from time to time, but luckily the girls said they think I did great, so that makes me very happy. We however agreed that a course in how to read Google Maps wouldn’t be such a bad idea (so damn hard haha)!

Emilie actually captured that and so much more on camera! Check out her wonderful Vlog from the trip:

Most definitely a trip going down into the memory book!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

This weeks mantra

Britney survived 2007, you can handle today

Puh, this week has had a hectic start and doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon! Gym time is switched out with longer office hours and snacks with yet another cup of coffee.

Nevertheless, I am having so much fun, believe it or not! Next week I am headed to London, Oxford and Brighton with three Scandinavian influencers, and I’m working on getting the itinerary together and have everything else work-related in place before leaving, so if that means I need to put in an extra gear, so be it!

If Britney could, I can too, right ;)

Can’t wait to fill this blog with tons of inspiration from England! /Photo cred: Nina Abrahamsen

Can’t wait to fill this blog with tons of inspiration from England! /Photo cred: Nina Abrahamsen

Pretty weird feeling having lots to do, but enjoying it so much it really doesn’t matter. Only other job I ever felt like that was/is with Best of You. Pretty lucky!

How’s your week so far?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

A life without kids

Every time people ask me about having kids, the answer is always the same: it’s just not something for me. I just don’t see myself as a mom and I don’t have a deep desire to start a family. Johan is my family, with or without kids. The reaction is always the same: just give it time. Just wait and see. Kids are everything and you will want them eventually. My answer is always the same: a smile.

Because I realised; there is no need for me to explain. No need to “defend” my choice. Because a life without having kids is enough for me, and I know that. And because every once in a while I get to be (cool?!) aunt Henni to my two wonderful nephews, and that love is enough for me <3

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Sthlm - Oslo

I just arrived to Oslo, dressed like I was headed to the north pole. Turns out it is +4 degrees and not as much snow as I thought. Opsi! Nevertheless, I can never be too warm, and I am happy to spend the next two days in meetings and the weekend with my family <3

#123hals knitted by my talented sister! Photo cred: also my sister!

#123hals knitted by my talented sister! Photo cred: also my sister!

Nothing like a little pink to brighten the mood

Nothing like a little pink to brighten the mood

Tomorrow I am bright and early going to meet my dad for breakfast, before running around from one meeting to another. Meeting with different journalists, influencers and the Embassy here in Oslo, and I look forward to get a face to all the emails. After that I am crashing my little sister and her boyfriends valentines date, proudly being the third wheel.

My mom just got in the door so gotta go!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Moments of self-care

No matter how much I try to avoid it, life can sometimes get a little too much. And during those times I need to pull back, make room for sorting my thoughts and emotions. And for me, nothing is better than those quiet early mornings, with a warm cup of coffee and time to write.

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Self-care is giving the world the best of you,

instead of what’s left of you!

We live in a time where being busy to many suggest success and productivity. We strive to fill our calendars with all kinds of activities, and are so easily distracted because we’ve created a life full of demands that count on us. Our fear of missing out and our strive for perfection makes us forget one important thing: self-care.

Self-care is showing kindness and respect for yourself through things that make you feel good.

Photo cred: Nina Isabell Abrahamsen

Photo cred: Nina Isabell Abrahamsen

For me, self-care means taking time to practice yoga, write from the heart, enjoy a cup of coffee in silence, eat good food, go for a walk in fresh air.. The list can go on.. But how often do I set aside time for these things? All too little.

Self-care is one of those things you know you're supposed to do. But actually getting around to it, not that easy! But here's the thing: The busier you are, the more important self-care becomes. 

I will not list tips and tricks on how do add more time for self-care in your life, because only you know what works best for you. What I on the other hand will do, is give you a friendly reminder of the importance of taking time to be alone, recharge your batteries and find what feels good <3

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Time to smash it
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The plan for the week is set and the goal is to get in at least five workouts, kick starting it with a circuit training class at TWPS later today. So Better You couldn't have chosen a better time to deliver their products!

First one out is their peas-and oats protein powder. Not usually the type to use protein powder, but thought I would give it a try. It´s 100% vegan with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners - you can find it here! By using the code henriette15 you get 15% off you buy. Valid until 31/03/2019.

I mixed together a little delicious pre-workout blend that turned out pretty yummy! The recipe is as easy as:

  • A handfull fresh spinach

  • Frozen raspberries

  • Frozen blueberries

  • A little oatmeal

  • 1 tsp protein powder (link)

  • Almond milk

Serves two and tastes even better served with glass straws. You know, environment and all <3

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Dreaming-Planning-Creating

Been home for a little over a week now and all my time was spent planning and organising the last details for our half-day workshop that we hosted yesterday. It was such a good day and I will tell you all about it later, just need to let all the impressions digest a little first.

Been a busy week, both at work and with Best of You, so today I spent doing what I do best on Sundays; dreaming-planning-creating! So many ideas rolling around in my head, so it was nice to get it all down on paper and plan ahead a little.

Also finally took the time to pimp up my mac with some stickers I bought in London. My boyfriend laughed when he saw it, but it puts a smile on my face so I´m keeping it!

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Getting ready for a new week with a lot of gym time planned in, one very interesting meeting I hope will lead to a exciting collaboration and lots of healthy food and tons of sleep. Really been off on that department lately and can feel how it drains my body of energy. Time to fuel up.

You ready for a new week? Anything planned?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Peggy Porschen Cakes

At the airport waiting for my flight and honestly sad to leave. Wouldn’t have mind staying another week (or year)! Not much excited about all the snow and the freezing cold awaiting back home either. So, ending the day a little sad, but had THE best start; At Peggy Porshen Cakes in Ebury Street!

I have seen the place on Instagram a hundred times and when I arrived at the office on Thursday and relaised it was just down the road my heart did a little jump of joy. Went their straight after my meetings, but what awaited was the longest queue in history.

Decided to give it a try this morning instead and I actually got the whole place to myself! The perks of being an earlybird I guess. No cakes for me, but a very yummy (and slightly overpriced) cappuccino in the prettiest of surroundings. Could definitely be a princess. Fulltime!

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Lots of love from Henriette Sophia



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