Archive | September 7, 2011

Who will be Mr Olympia 2014?

 

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This weekend the Bodybuilding championship Mr Olympia 2014 takes place in Las Vegas. I woke up in a panic. “Jenny!! You forgot to talk about the documentary “Generation Iron”.

You´ve all seen the “Pumping Iron” documentary of Arnold in his golden years. But have you seen the documentary of the body builders of our generation? Before the new champion is announced this weekend I really think you should watch it.  See trailer below.

The documentary follows the contenders of the Mr Olympia title of 2013. It´s about their training and their thoughts. About the top ranked guy, Phil Heath, with the fancy cars who´s living the dream life vs. the underdog from a small apartment in New York, Kai Greene, he who changed his thug life into a life of bodybuilding, street performances and art. Yes you´re right this does sound like the modern version of Rocky 3. (the best of the Rocky movies in my opinion)
And it sure is.  Clubber Lang (MrT) was never into art but he reminds me a lot about Kai Greene, and Phil Heath sure is Rocky.

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All the pictures in this post is of the fascinating Kai Greene.  Just look at the way he chooses to portrait himself. Everything else in Bodybuilding looks the same: miniature underwear and a whole lot of bronzing oils and poses you´ve seen before. He does to body building what Lady Gaga does to pop music.

Even though I love this guy my heart goes out to another contender this weekend. Victor Martinez is the one I´m routing for. There is not as much to say about him as there is Kai Greene but I really think he is a nice guy who has been dealt a few shitty hands his life.

Just watch it!

 

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Catch of the day – the woman

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Woman – know your body‘ love this poster for the Danish book from 1975 that now is a play in the theater in Stockholm. And no I haven’t seen it. It something about theater and I that doesn’t work. I mostly always love what I see – the whole craft of a theater but I ALWAYS always fall a sleep. I don’t know why.

 

xx
Isabelle

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catch of the day – neon

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I went to a meeting at the brand Loppi’s office and found these shining neon stars in their kitchen. Now I’m just wondering what to paint like this at home?

xxx
Isabelle

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Jenny-How did you become a photographer?

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“How did you become a photographer?” I get that question a lot.

Here is the short answer:
I worked at a Kodak store.
Got in touch with a photographer that needed an assistant.
Worked there for several years then started freelancing.
Gave it up for a while but then thanks to internet I found my way back  to photography and evolved my profession with help from the fun world of blogging.
Now I work as a full time photographer and I actually don´t feel like I´m lying anymore when I introduce my self as the photographer Jenny Brandt.

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Here is the long version:
When I started working as a photographers assistant (polaroid above) in the late 90´s my employer told me. “anyone with a camera can call themselves a photographer”.
But even though it sounded simple there was a big “…but” hanging there. I could feel it.

For me going to photography school was never an option. So desperately sick of school. When I was hired as an assistant I was thrilled and thirsty for knowledge. “How can you get things to look this tasty?” I asked looking at two guys kissing in a David LaChapelle Diesel ad or at a Annie Leibovitz photo of Whoopi Goldberg dipped in milk. (By the way I called Diesel – begged them to send me some of LaChapelles ads. And they did, in fact they sent me so many that I wallpapered my whole bedroom with them)

We were two assistants and two photographers in one really big building with 3 studios. Next door to us was a photo retouching business. (Guess who worked there ? Yes Jens did.)

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This was actually the first studio in Malmö who invested in digital photography. This was a big big deal back then and very interesting to be a part of. They worked hard and aced the advertisement deals they got. And I started taking on work on my own however I never felt comfortable  in the world of advertising. Never. So I quit both my job and the profession all together and started working in a home decorating store feeling that I did not really want to work as a photographer anymore.

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Time passed. I wrote the lyrics to Holy Diver on Jens bed sheets (above) and he asked me to move in. I rarely photographed. We played Halo and decided we wanted a family. Had Viola. Bought a vintage pram, strolled around Malmö talked about how we wanted our life to be. Bought our house and a Volvo. Started taking pictures again, of Viola and our renovating. One day over breakfast Jens said. “You should start a blog?”
” A what?” I asked and searched “how to start a blog?” in AltaVista (before I had  google).
I started my first blog later that day. And then another one. And then this one with Isabelle.

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I decided to kick start my business back up and started taking on work. I ran the blog on the side and slowly started to realized that I could shape my own version of what a photographer is. Slowly but surly the clients started to book me and thanks to the blog they know what to expect of me. I´ve realized that I´m the trail and error kind of person. I´m not really that scared of failing at things in the quest of becoming good at them. I´m happy to say that finally after many years I feel comfortable introducing myself as photographer Jenny Brandt. Which is a really nice feeling.

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This is the story of how a person with a camera started calling herself a photographer.

 

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Jenny, Jens and Viola at Hovs Hallar

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I took Jens and Viola with me on a little 2 day trip last month for some work I´m doing for Skåneleden. I´m photographing their hiking trails and one of them goes right trough the nature reserve Hovs Hallar. We booked a hotel at this mesmerizing place and went swimming there at night. This client is turning out to be my favorite cause it takes me to places in Skåne I´ve never been before.
PS:If you´ve seen Ingmar Bergmans movie “The Seventh Seal” you´ve seen death play chess on this very beach.

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Jens also put together a little clip from this roadtrip…

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Life in Sweden and in my house

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Hello folks!
The last couple of weeks my camera sure has run warm. I´ve been busy, fighting off the shifting season. I have a few clients that still need summer in their pictures so I´m ready with my camera, waiting for the sun to come out. And in between I´ve photographed this, leaving it in black and white cause it just seems like the right thing to do.

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Paris part 4 – doin’ some shopping

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A place I love to go to in Paris is La Drougerie. Here you can buy all things crafty fabric, treads, yarn and trillions of beads. (I keep on saying trillions for everything now after this dante song)

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We could have stayed there for hours but settled just for a few small things.

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They come and help you with these small soup ladles picking the beads of your taste.

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Then you can try your designs out on this wooden thing. I made a really cool bracelet but I lost it at the swimming last week. Have to show you what della made. Soon.

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yeah- go for it!

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I bought like the coolest outfit for Beppe in the sales at this kids store. And so regretting NOt buying this top for Della. You see the look on her here but I think she would have loved it in the end. Gosh I want one – my size.
The store is called Not so Big,  38 Rue Tiquetonne

Not far from the kids store is the great or what used to be great but a bit so and so right now but still good – second hand shop
Kiliwatch – 64 Rue Tiquetonne

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We also shopped more street art.

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And we had to do Colette 217 Rus Saint-Honoré
- it was crazy as usual, so many people, so much stuff going on. But I still love it! The mix and the vibe.

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We also found loads of stuff – like these candy tasting lip balms at Claire’s Dellas favorite store.

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Do you follow the artist JR on instagram? If no i think you should - love his things!

xxx
Isabelle

See all posts from Paris here.

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Help us publish our book abroad!

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Hello friends! How are ya’ll? In March Jenny & I published a book called Rum För Kidsen translated a bit like Room for the kiddos/Cool kids rooms. Since this blog is mostly read by people outside of Sweden I thought it would be a great idea to ask you if you work in publishing or have any dear friends who could be interested to publish the book abroad? Or maybe you just know a great publishing house in your country you know someone who publish great books that you like – and we can talk to?

We have some contacts out but it would be fantastic to get some of your help as well – if you wanna?

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Above you can see the chapter about how my (isabelles) kids rooms have changed 6 times in 7 years. And below is the text about the book by our Swedish publishers.

DIY the way kids like it!

Colourful, unexpected and cool are just three ways of describing the results when Isabelle McAllister gets involved in creating rooms for kids. This book is full of fun and quirky projects for children and their parents to work on together – from smart solutions for sharing rooms with siblings and customising a corner of your living space to easy-to-follow DIY projects and heaps of advice on colour, storage and lighting.

Isabelle McAllister is somewhat of an expert when it comes to creating spaces for kids and she has an extraordinary ability to communicate with children and see things from their perspective. Together with the photographer Jenny Brandt, she runs the popular blog Dosfamily, which has become a huge hit both in Sweden and internationally. Isabelle has also been a popular presenter on Swedish TV programmes such as Fixa rummet and Äntligen hemma.

 

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We also have a chapter about playing and moving. It’s important for kids to move- they learn stuff more easily, they develop muscular memory and get more creative. So one chapter is how to make a room to get kids to move!

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Storage, storage, storage. With kids you can’t have enough storage.

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Mostly people find it hard to use colors. so I talk alot about how I see color and tips that I’ve learned to get a more colorful life.

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We also have pages where we visit cool kids. They talk about their lives- what they like to do and what they think of the world.

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Don’t limit the kids! The hulk says above. I think it’s important to make a room for a kid and not just a girl or a boy. Maybe the boy loves pink and want to play with dolls or a girl wants to be sporty. Think about giving the kids room to breath to be what they truly are not just who we think they should be.

 

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I also talk about sharing a room. Tips and tricks. I even talk to a Psychologists about it. The pros and cons of sharing rooms.

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And the book is filled with tips like this. How can you make a pirate bed without actually building a whole ship!

You can test read the book right here.

Or buy it right here!

Thank you!

xxx
Isabelle

 

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Something for the pain

I´m in a terrible mood today, desperate for something to pick me up I´ve gathered some uplifting videos from youtube
Here goes.

This little dance video always makes me smile.

I know I´ve said this so many times before. But here goes again: If I were a man this is how I would like to look and move. OMG those first 14 seconds… lord have mercy. (and then again at 2,09 gaaaaaaagaaaaaaaaaa)

 

Viola loves this video. Such a great beat. UPDATE: I was too upset to write much yesterday and now I feel that this clip deserves more text: Viola thinks that life in general should be a lot more like this. I for one have promised myself to do the pose on 3,23 several times today.

I´m crazy about this adorable girl who really likes cat.

 

A world that can make a scene as well put together as this one can´t be all bad. Drew I love you.

 


I´ll leave you with this video that Jens made for Hard Rock Sofa. It´s short but catchy.

 

 

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…and the winner is ….

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Thank you so much for entering our giveaway!
Your comments are like always a fun read!

The winner is:

Maria Johansson

Congrats Maria Johansson!

Email me you adress and your price will arrive in the mail.

jenny (@ ) dosfamily.com

 

 

 

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Meet us in Varberg!

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The coolest thing with Internet – blogs, insta and all is meeting new people. Or maybe feeling like I know more people. But even better is to meet them live! Well Krickelin (check out her lovely blog) – Kristin from Varberg is one of those I’ve been wanting to meet for a while and now September 30th I’m going to Varberg stadshotell och Spa to give a talk, look at all the new rooms they made and hopefully have a blast! And you can come to – check out the offer right here.
And Jenny is going to be there as well to hang out!

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Images by Kristin Lagerqvist/Krickelin and are from Varbergs Hotel.

More info in Swedish:

Tisdagen den 30 september så föreläser jag på Varbergs Stadshotell från 18.00 på kvällen. Jag kommer att prata om inredning – om hur man får ihop en helhet, var man börjar och saker som jag lärt mig och ofta får frågan om när det gäller att renovera och inreda. Självklart så pratar vi också lite om barnrum och lite trender!
Det blir även en rundtur i hotellet och de nyrenoverade rummen. Samt specialpris på både signerad ‘Rum För kidsen‘ bok och asia spa om man vill det!

Ta med dig en kompis vettja så hoppas jag vi ses där!

Läs mer och boka via den här länken.

xxx

Isabelle

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Life At Jenny´s House

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Is it just me or is it getting darker?

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Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a bed-set from Isabelle´s Ellos collection ENDED

 

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HELLO PARTY PEOPLE IT´S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAAAAAAYY (said with my best Oprah voice)

I hope you´ve all seen Isabelle´s fun collection for Ellos by now and today we are giving you the opportunity to win a bed set from that collection.  All you need to do is tell us an interesting fact about yourself in a comment below, and we´ll pick a winner by Friday September 12th.
Good luck and thank you for playing.

PS. This is what the set includes: Sheet, duvet covers  with pillow case,  and bed cloak , plus two “mood” cushion covers.
Like what you see in the picture above but plus the sheet.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

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Jens and I photographed the collection for Ellos last week with Frank who wanted a cozy tent. Our friend Sofia at Mokkasin also to photographed her interpretation of the collection. And you can see it here!

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Hit me with you best instagram accounts (your own or the one you´re obsessed with)

Summer is coming to an end even though I´m sorry to see her go I´m really looking forward to what fall and winter is really about: watching TV.
I´m also making room in my calendar for lots of new Instagram obsessions.  So please share with me your favorite accounts!

Let me start by telling you about some that I´m very excited about.

@what_my_daughter_wore
Awesome illustrations of what kids wear.

@michelgaubert
NO INFO in his profile, but I think this guy is a DJ. His feed is a great collection of things that makes my heart beat faster.

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@anti_cgi
Pictures of movies made before computer generated imagery came along. Sometimes scary!
(you might ask -Jenny why are you not following this account? Well. My kids borrow my phone often and sometimes they check my instagram feed, I don´t want them seeing some of the stuff that is shown here. I do however check the feed regularly)

@strangersvacations
Random pictures from strangers vaccations.

 

Now please tell me, I´m dying to know, who do you love to follow?

 

PS: Read more about why I love Instagram and Selifes in this post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibition with Isabelles stuff in the black box

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This month I’ve got the opportunity to show the stuff I’ve made this year at Hotel Scandic Malmen in central Stockholm.  It’s fun to see all the things together. Here I go around not really seeing the obvious a red tread in what I do but apparently they all mix and match.

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The Black box or Svarta lådan in Swedish is a great concept by  Mr trend-forecaster himself - Stefan Nilsson and his Designgalleriet. Showing young (thanks for being among there) designers and their work. The window is at one of the busiest corners in Stockholm and I’m told 200 000 persons passes here every week.

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I also put myself as a pillow in the window.. and the bed textiles I made for Ellos.

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Yeah you know it by now. Minimalistic is not my thing. I made large pin wheels with my wallpapers for MrPerswall.

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Also September 14th it’s election time in Sweden and I had to do something. So this rabbit is telling people to vote – It’s scary how many people just don’t give a crap. Democracy being such a fantastic thing to be part of and be proud of. I wanted to put Jenny in the window with her laser anti Nazi eyes. I do hope people will vote with love instead of anger, hate or fear.
Three good things in Swedish to read:
1. Invandrare etalar mer till samhället än de får tillbaka
2. Nej, tiggarna styrs inte av kriminella ligor
3. Hannapees fantastiska inlägg om medmänsklighet och fattigdom.

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Got the thumbs up from my daughter. – Thanks luv!

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Robusto the wallpaper had to be part of the exhibition as well.

Check out this window until end of September 2014.
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Götgatan 49-51
Subway stop Medborgarplatsen just by the entrance at Götgatan/Folkungagatan.

xxx
Isabelle

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35/52 Isabelle from Dosfamily

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I’m home in bed with the fever (look rosy cheeks, watery eyes, swallowed an apple whole  – smile) reading Donna Tartts The Goldfinch. I’m half way trough and I love being in that written world when everything fades away. So far I really like it but I can’t pinpoint why. It is a brick of a book but reads like slicing butter and what’s gonna happen with this boy? Have you read it – do you like it?  This is interesting read about the book in Vanity Fair.

Also I got new glasses – hot red ones. They kind of look just the same as the ones I had before but more shiny. Typical isn’t it. These ones are from Favoptic.

See all our selfies of 2014

One portrait of Jenny.
One portrait of Isabelle.

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35/52 Selfie Jenny From DosFamily

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Hello Sunday and Selfie no.35
This is what happens if you sit still long enough at our house.

 

See all our selfies of 2014

One portrait of Jenny. 
One portrait of Isabelle.

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Jenny, have you watched this yet?

Apparently the girls of Friends reunited yesterday! at Jimmy Kimmel.
It’s kind of killing me that I was a Ross fan at the time. I would so pick Chandler now.
Also can we talk about Jennifer Anistons Beau Justin Theroux that’s doing a helluva good job in The Leftovers! Have you seen it? I’m confused. It’s crazy good and super annoying at the same time. What do you make out of it?

xx
Isabelle

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Paris with Della & Isabelle part3

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I’m still enjoying the feeling of PAris even though it was a week ago. Such a photogenic city. And yet again I want to emphasize what a great thing to do – travel with one kid and get that extra time together! I feel so unbelievable happy, blessed and smart about this!

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Cute place in Marais! We didn’t eat here but I can truly recommend two other places in Marais.
1. The market – Marché Des Enfants Rouges 39 Rue de Bretagne
- It’s a small market, apperently the oldest covered market in PAris- from the 1600! There you find different food stalls . like 10 restaurants in one all with their own kind of vibe but still together. It’s rather cheap comparing to much else and you can find bio-, vegetarian- and maroccain food among other things. I always go here.

2. Cafe Charlot – 38 Rue De Bretagne is just a cross the street from the old market and is a typical Bistro. You can eat all day here – from breakfast to dinner or just go for drinks or a coffee. Also great place for people-watching.

3. Rose Bakery – 30 Rue De rue Debeylleme is also just around the corner from the other two restaurants above and everyone I met talks about this place. I didn’t go since it was closed for holidays.

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Mirrors in the street -yes we like!  – What’s up with 8-year olds and mirrors? Grand addiction at the moment.

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Another stop was Deyrolle, 46 Rue du Bac  in Saint Germain. They have been dealing with stuffed animals since 1831! This shops was one of the craziest and most wonderful I’ve ever seen. You can buy anything from small dried flies on a pin for 3 Euros to a Zebra head or a Bear from Nepal! So crazy and Indiana Jonesesque in  a way.

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I took this photos in secret (I’m sorry!) since no photos was allowed but I just couldn’t help myself. I could’ve taken images from everything in that store. Amazing. Like this room with zebras and lions laying with lambs. Get out of here!

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The also had a great collection of books and gardening stuff. And they said that all the animals nowadays comes from animals in captivity, from zoo’s and stuff. So they know the history. There was also a large cow or buffalo (don’t remember) that had a build in aquarium with butterflies on pins. Did I say bananas?

 

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When in Saint Germain I also like to stroll past Le Bon Marché and have a look. Just for the grandeur & the trends. I watched the movie The grand Budapest yesterday – reminds me of this store in a way. And yes, that movie is fantastic. fun and not a single boring frame but yet again where are all the women??? How can you make a movie in 2014 with like 5 % women in it. Shame on you Wes Anderson!

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Why oh why don’t we build stuff and stores, and houses like this anymore?

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Also took a peak at the Conran shop. I love how this house is painted in Neon! And that the house had a door but was open.

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Random shops in the streets get interesting when you are traveling!
I wanted to go to the kids store Serendipity not far from Le Bon Marché but it was also closed for the holidays. What A pity.

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Instead of shopping we went to the park – Jardin de Luxembourg. For a Swede I feel there almost isn’t anything so exotic as palm trees! and then in a park in Paris – my mind started flying of again.

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They also have a wonderful playground in the park. Like this one swing that was built for going around – like a swinging mini mini mini rollercoaster. I also went – it was fun!

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And the leaves of the trees hanging as a roof. What kind of trees are those? With light leaves and bark that looks like a classic camouflage pattern? do you know? Abroad trees I call them.

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I feel like that kind of aunt that comes home from travels and have to show all those never ending kind of boring vacation images. That’s what I’m doing to you right now. But I just can’t help myself.

xx
Isabelle

More PAris posts.

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Isabellestipendiet – The Isabelle Scholarship

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For the fourth year I’m doing the Isabelle scholarship to boost Swedish handywomen.  Since it’s only here in Sweden I’ll continue this post in Swedish!

Hej!
Idag startar ansökningsperioden till Isabellestipendiet 2014.
Med stipendiet vill vi uppmuntra fler kvinnor att utbilda sig till hantverkare och lyfta de som redan är yrkesverksamma. Eftersom byggbranschen är starkt mansdominerad tror vi att kvinnliga förebilder kan leda till en mer jämlik bransch, som i sin tur höjer kompetensen och gynnar arbetsklimatet. Målet med stipendiet är också att medverka till diskussion om hur vi i framtiden vill att byggbranschen skulle kunna se ut.
Stipendiaten får äran, 20 000 kronor samt presentkort och priset delas ut på Hem& Villa mässan den 2 oktober 2014.
Tack till våra sponsorer ExpanderaMera, Hus&Hem, Hem&Villa, Byggmax, Svensk Byggtjänst och Beckers!

Allt överskott går till Rättviseförmedlingen.
Ansök själv eller nominera någon du känner.
Det gör inget om du har sökt tidigare – bara gör det igen!

Gå in på vår nya sida för med info isabellestipendiet

Sprid gärna detta vidare!
Lycka till!
hejhej

Isabelle

*cis = till exempel om en känner sig som en kille, är det enligt folkbokföring och myndighetsdokument och är född med en kropp som ser ut som en killes oftast förväntas göra. Ordet cis betyder ”på samma sida” på latin.

Ps, A special thanks to Jonk at Follow me Darling who built the new Isabellestipendiet for us!
He also helped us with dosfamily site & my isabelle.se portfolio!

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Boys and girls that rock our world

Some things are worth a repost.
I posted this picture on my Instagram (@jennyfromdosfamily) with this text:

“Patrick and Rob in the movie Youngblood. When I was about 9 yrs old and I watched this movie for the first time knew I was straight. When I ask people if they remember a moment in their life when they realized being gay or straight people often mention another movie with Patrick -”dirty dancing”. (This and more on dosfamily.com today when I play “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon”). And now I have to ask: what made you realize?”

You really should go to instagram and read all the comments I got. It´s like talking a trip down TV memory lane.
Patrick Swayze seem to have started lots of burning desires and also Atryu (never ending story) and Leroy (FAME).

Thank you for sharing.

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34/52 Selfie Jenny From DosFamily

 

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When Viola and I were going to our weekly flea market at the town square (here in Ystad Sweden) only to realize that it was canceled because Swedish Nazis had been authorized to have a gathering there. That moment is my Selfie no. 34.

 

See all our selfies of 2014

One portrait of Jenny. 
One portrait of Isabelle.

 

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34/52 Isabelle from Dosfamily

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In Paris we went to Versaille – there in the gardens we found an odd looking bird.

See all our selfies of 2014

One portrait of Jenny. 
One portrait of Isabelle.

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How people used to answer their phones and me on the beach looking like my grandmother

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Today I want to tell you about some moments of my life when I´ve used a phone. I promise it will be just as exciting as it sounds. (But the truth is that all this post is is a reason for me to show you this photo of me (and Jens) that my sister took.

 

The story starts in the middle of a phone call with mom.

Oh my gosh mom! did you see how much I looked like grandma yesterday at the beach?!”
“Oh yes I did and yes you looked exactly like her”

I really prefer to correspond with people via text or mail. For me it´s just easier. I like having plans made by text. Then I can always go back to see the “when, what, how” of things that have been planed.

My mother has a cell phone, it´s even a smart one. So we have all sorts of options for communications nowadays. But mom is probably the only one I still call to talk to.

This is how she answers their phone:
“Brandt” (with a distinct rolling Rrr, her dialect does that to her way of speaking)
She never says the classic “Hello” or the popular first name pick up, in her case:  “Doris”. She always answers with our family name. “Brandt”. Living at home we all did.

Lots of my childhood friends answered their phones with their actual phone number, like this:
“33038” (a friend of mine 3 houses down on my street)
I tried incorporating this into our family routine. “33091” But it did not stick.
The few times I tried it out when our phone rang people thought they had dialed the wrong number.
“Oh sorry, I thought this was the Brandt house” they hung up before I could tell them that it was.

Back then we used to fantasize about what phones would be like in the future (now). What if you could look at the person you were talking to? (we had seen something like that in Back to the future). For us this was an extra thrilling thought because both my older siblings had moved to Nebraska then and we missed them a lot. Little did we know that not only would there be Skype and Facetime but it would also be free. Wowzers. Mom used to talk so fast on the phone with Nebraska (Battle Creek) knowing the price per minute was sky high.

I love that mom has a smart phone, often I see things and think “Oh mom is gonna love this” -then take a picture and send it to her.

Apparently my sister feels the same way.
When I hooked up with her on the beach the other day she bursts out:

Jesus Jenny you look just like Valborg” (our grandmother on our moms side)
“I have to take a picture of you and show mom”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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