Where is Jenny

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Sorry folks. Its been too long. I´ll be back in a few days. Untill then find me on Instagram @jennyfromdosfamily

Have a good one!
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22/52 Jenny From DosFamily

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I went to Legoland with the family. Here is Selfie no. 22

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22/52 Isabelle From Dosfamily

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I cut 10 cm from my hair and I regret it like the girls in Top Model. Big time drama queen meltdown. No, no meltdown but just a bit regretful. Yeah, yeah I know. It will grow. But if I felt (all in my head) a bit like a flowing cool breezy jet setter hippie with my hair before the cut. I now feel more like a well put together lawyer who is about ten years older than I am now. I guess I’m pretty far from both these types and maybe it’s just my PMS working tricks with my head. It seems like lately the PMS is a problem that never was there before.  But the color is great. I was aiming for some crazy coloring shit but didn’t book enough time at the saloon, after the summer I will do it.
Anyways.
Right after the hairdressers I went to do Bikram Yoga. You know the kind you do in 40degrees heat and 40 % humidity – the Yoga you do to feel like you are in labour for two hours again. I haven’t done it in years. Last time I did it I couldn’t find my way home afterwards. And the Yoga studio is only two blocks from my home. I was 2 mm from calling a cab. The heat is such a killer but after the the session when you’ve cooled down the body is like a new one. Alla the muscles work like a baby again. And now this time I went with a friend, Lotta, who was in town and wanted to go so I simply went with her without thinking too much. When I started to sweat, the ammonia in the hair or whatever chemicals there are from the coloring products started to smell and evaporate so it felt like I was working out in a pool of pee all wrapped around my head- and thought I was going to pass out. But I made it. Sure panicked a couple of times in the middle. But still made it.

Other news this week is that I’ve been soooo tired. I need it to be vacay soon. I’m a sleepwalking zombie. I have also searched the web for dresses I will never buy, landed an awesome job and want to take the family on some adventures this weekend but don’t know where.

Whats up with all of you? Your life (and hair) treating you well?

xx
Isabelle

 

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The why, what, how did we end up in Moscow and what did we think about going to Russia in the first place?

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Honestly, we had lot’s of thoughts and ambivalence going to Russia. I mean all the anti- gay awful laws, homophobic violence and other strange idea’s of human rights and the trouble going on with Ukraine to mention a few but also consider all the history combined with the news we get in Sweden about this huge country isn’t exactly happy, good or fun at all. But what would have happen if we boycotted the whole trip? Nothing. I mean come on we’re not Lady Gaga or Obama! At least now we live to tell our story.
We where also curious – there must be more than what meets the eye even tough we don’t agree with the regime of the country. People are mostly like people – all over the world – right?!

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The How:
Our friend Jennifer from Bag-All.com had somehow got connected with a really fun, cool and creative magazine called Season Project, based in Moscow. Jennifer now lives in NYC and she recommended Nastasia From Season’s to contact med when they got to Stockholm. Well,  Nastasia and Geanie came to do a house tour at my place (it’s now printed in their magazine as seen above) in February and we just clicked. They where super cool and fun and we had a short but very good time. And I kept on telling them how I now wanted to go to Moscow someday and if I would go could they help me? I just had an idea that Moscow is one of those places that would be much more fun knowing someone. Well I guess most places are but you know Moscow with 15 million official (but they think more likely 18 million) residents and with still lot’s of never been heard of places would be better with a street smart know-it-all that lives there. We talked about it, they went back home and I kind of forgot about it.

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The Why:
A couple of months later I got a mail from Nastasia with the title – Welcome to Moscow! I was invited to give a talk and workshop in Moscow. The Seasons Magazine have a Design Festival every spring  – Called Seasons Subbotnik Festival. Subbotnik used to be some sort of Spring Cleanse – like when all Russians came together and planted, painted and fixed stuff after the winter. The magazine has it’s headquarters on the ground of an old perfume factory Flacon. There are now all kinds of shops and work spaces for creative people. Seasons doesn’t only produce the magazine from there they also give lessons in drawing, painting, work shops for kids etc. all year around. So me and Jenny went – above she is pointing at the big festival posters – it’s says something about Swedish crazy persons giving talks. And we gave talks, had workshops and went to peoples homes so that Jenny could photograph them – we will show them soon here on the blog.

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Also invited and giving talks where very talented Alexis Holmqvist &  Cristiano Pigazzini from Note Design studio & Frida Eriksson from Furniture.  Cristiano and Jenny thought it was the worst idea ever – jumping on top of the roof… But I just can’t help myself. But as you can see I’m not jumping- I’m flying!

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Happy people listening to our talks. It was weird being translated with an interpreter after each sentence but I think it worked out great.

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The What did we think:
Well after meeting all these lovely people and experiencing everything that we now have, we must say that it was in a way nothing like we thought.  We are aware that we hung out with a minority of Russians, creative people who looks, acts and thinks like much like us. And going to some parts of Moscow was like parts of New York. The thing is that we had been so warned about many things. Things that people normally warned about before knowing anything. That it wasn’t safe on the streets, that the credit cards would get skimmed all the time, that people wasn’t friendly. I mean just read this report from  the Tripadvisor site.  We thought the police & all the stately affairs would be much more present in the daily life but somehow it felt very far away. The city was also much more colorful than we thought and the food was great. And for a Swede it wasn’t that expensive. But without our Russian friends as guides I guess it would have been harder to see and enjoy the town.  It feels like there is a lot of things happening. And about politics – it seems that no – they are not totally happy but at least right now there is a better way of living for many people than in a long time and also somewhat stable which most people truly appreciate. And we totally get that.

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Here they are – our fantastic Moskowitsi crew. When Jenny was taking her photos our lovely friends just hung out. We are amazed over the way that they took care of us. And how they took care of each other. So much love! Thank you so much!

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After lunch Chocolate cake and milk! And Yes of course coffee for Jenny.

 

Conclusion:
Go and see this city yourselves! We’re doing a best of Moscow list soon. Contact someone from there and let them guide you.
And keep an open mind. Always!

xxx
Isabelle & Jenny

 

 

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Oh – how can it be this Green?

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We went to our friend Kvitters Fäbod, a Swedish sort of Shieling it’s in the middle of the woods and where usually, back in the days,  young women went with the cattle during summers. In Dalarna where our cottage is – it’s very common with small primitive Fäbodar in the middle of nowhere. Very beautiful! And no filters on these images!

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She also has a little pond next to the houses. The kids swam. Crazy people those small ones. Last year she put two carp fish in the pond – they are cleaning it out. We couldn’t find them but we could find some small salamanders.

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Making coffee the old fashion way. Apparently you have to let the coffee pearl. When perals are coming out of the pipe it’s ready.

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In the main cabin it looks like this. And the ceiling is about 1,80 cm. Everything is small and petite. And she doesn’t have any electricity.
Thanks Kvitter for having us!
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Isabelle

 

 

 

 

 

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I kind of love snow, skiing and such

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But this summer – vibe beats NOTHING!


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