I found my paradise

Last Sunday I finally dragged my little butt over the bridge to Lidingö, a little island in the inner Stockholms archipelago (and like 10 minutes away from me). I met up with Mikaela, who lives there,  borrowed a bike and had the most wonderful day. And OMG Lidingö is a little pearl! How can I not have known this?

We cycled out to something called Elfviks Gård, where they had little baby lambs, tons of cute chickens, horses and the biggest rabbit I have ever seen! I was in total awe seeing all those animals at the farm, and they even had this cool vintage shop and a beautiful restaurant where you could buy lunch.

Afterwards we continued to Fågeludde beach where I actually threw myself in the water two times! First time in the water this year. Was freezing cold and SO not the crystal clear water I swam in last time in Turkey, but still nice!

Ended the day meeting up Johan, drinking prosecco and having a little grill party in the backyard. A whole day outside in my newfound mini-paradise (at least during summer times). Thank for the guided tour Mikaela ❤

Ever been to Lidingö? Or do you have any favorite spots in or around the city you can tip me about?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia 

Yoga, summer and pizza

Yesterday was magical day and I enjoyed every minute of it. Was a long, but fun day, but guess I was a bit more tired then I realised, because I managed to sleep through three alarms this morning, opsi!

I started my day at Selma City Spa at 06:00, getting ready for our first outdoors City Spa Yoga class. Summer has arrived to Stockholm, so even though it was early it was no problem being outside. More on that wonderful start to the day later this week.

Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis

Afterwards I grabbed my computer and a sun bed, checked off some work before reading, listening to music and eventually falling asleep out in the sun. 27 degrees people, couldn’t even believe I was in Sweden!

Nevertheless, after a few hours my belly screamed of hunger and my e-mail was about to explode so I got dressed and went to Selma´s other rooftop terrace to find some shade and get to work (again). I don´t think I have ever been as efficient as I was sitting there, outdoors in my own little world.

Later I had plans to go kayaking with a friend, but kayaking turned to powerwalk, which again turned to pizza and wine at my favorite Italian place nearby my apartment. To warm to do anything else but eat and drink we decided, hihi!

Love spontaneous dinner dates like these, and I even got to cuddle with Emmett (the dog).

Today will be a hectic day, with work, workout and then Best of You´s Sweat & Shine event tonight at Clarion Hotel Sign. Excited to great 16 happy ladies for some fun in the sun though!

What are you up to today?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia 

Time to go vegan?

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Before I start I just want to mention that this is NOT a “I am a good person for not eating meat, you on the other hand are a killer” kind of post. I am simply sharing my experience and my views. Feel free to share your thoughts, but keep the conversation polite please. Ok, just had to get that off my chest. Lets move on.

I have been a vegetarian for a little over two years now. Or one year to be correct, the first year I was a pescetarian (eating fish). In my wildest dreams did I never believe I would be able too and I debated it for about a year before I actually took the step. Guess watching documentaries, reading and learning about what meat does to your body, the environment and the animals was the motivation I needed. The change was a positive one for me, and I now feel ready to go vegan.

A movie that really woke me up was Cowspiracy.

Another one was Earthlings, but I turned it off after about 7 minutes, I couldn’t handle it. I cried to much.

I have slowly taken steps towards a vegan diet over the last year and gradually removed certain foods from my diet. Like egg for example. I have always believed that would be the main food keeping me from going vegan, but turns out that just quitting it out for a week turned into months and oddly enough I don´t even miss it. Same goes for milk. I used to hate Oatly in my coffee, now I prefer it. But like so many others there are certain foods I have a harder time parting with (goodbye stinky cheese, pain au chocolate etc). But I believe it is all about being open to the possibility of change. Don´t hate it before you try it is kinda my motto these days.

For me it is very important to live a life without restrictions, so I feel I need to do the transition in my own pace, so choosing away certain foods comes out of passion and commitment to something I believe in, not because of restrictions I will end up resenting. Maybe this doesn’t´t make any sense, but guess it does for me.

A bag of goods from Goodstore, a vegan grocery store in Stockholm where I go to get my favorite things.

Why I want to go vegan is again for the simple reasons that: I want my body to feel well and healthy, and yes, certain food makes me really feel like crap (no matter how yummy it taste). I want to do what I can for the environment and I have a huge disgust for what we do to the animals. Just doesn’t sit right with me. On the other hand I have a boyfriend who eats whatever he wants and I respect his choice, the same way he respects mine.

We respect each others choices, but still makes me very happy when he joins me to buy a smoothie! 

Living in Stockholm makes going vegan pretty easy. Here you have tons of vegan restaurants, always a vegan option around the corner and the grocery stores are packed with delicious alternatives. And more and more people are positive to the change, realising that there is so much more to a vegan/vegetarian diet than just salad.

Vegan brunch at Sthlm Brunch Club. 

That is why I was extra happy when my favorite The Healthy Box even sent out a vegan box! That way more people can give vegan options a try and maybe then realize it is not so bad after all.

Can´t wait to try the chocolate (suprise suprise). 

The Healthy Box was so kind to give me a discount code to share with my Swedish followers. By using the code bestofyou you get 15% off on the first box in a subscription. A great way to try new snacks, foods and drinks and find things you might love in the jungle of foods out there. 

What about you? Are you pescetarian, vegetarian or vegan? Do you want to be? What are your views on the subject?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia 

I took the morning off

My everyday life often consists of primarily two things: work and getting my movement in. And with me is always my beloved phone and/or computer. I am honestly not so good at logging off, because I enjoy being online. But turns out that when I did, it was magical.

On Tuesday, after the regular City Spa Yoga class, I for once took a bathrobe and joined the guests at the spa. And it was the perfect day to do so, because already at 08:00 it was 20 degrees and sunny.

After taking tons of pictures and selfies (I am a blogger after all), swimming a bit and goofing around, Marie, Elin and I took three sunbeds and simply relaxed. No computer, no mail, no to-do list. Just me hanging out with friends, a cup of coffee and a sun kissed body on a rooftop in Stockholm city. N.I.C.E!

The yoga continued in the water

Do you see that smile? That´s what Swedish summer does to you! 

Elin and Marie ❤

Haha, Elin and her bright smile! Growing up today with all them selfies must seem so weird for older people though?!

The best part of being your own boss is that you decide how to spend your day. Spent half the day doing yoga and enjoy the sun and the other half working.

How do you unwind? Do you log off often? Any good tips?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Stop waiting, start living

It is ridiculous how fast time flies. It honestly makes me a bit stressed and therefore want to maximize my days, my weeks and my months, but somehow, I still feel I need more time! Anyone else feeling like this?

Guess the upside to it is that I am making sure to do something I enjoy every single day. Find what fuels my soul. Either if it is work, a kiss with the love of my life, a good book, fun with my friends, a glass of wine (or three) exercise, good food (read chocolate). The list is long.

We usually long for Fridays, for summer, for life. When in fact we should enjoy the moment, no matter how ordinary. 

It is so easy to live by the rules of society, doing what we think is expected of us at all times, that we simply forget to feel the butterflies in our stomach, laugh until it hurts and make most of a moment. Because happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.

So I am embracing this Monday and have booked in at least one thing I am looking forward too. What about you?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia


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This week has been flying by crazy fast. I have been doing something at all times every single day it feels, so yesterday and today I have been taking it pretty slow, spending time with Johan. I have been working out a lot, but also managed to find the time to drink wine, go to the cinema and relax. Balance is very important for me.

So, without any further ado, let’s dive into my week:

This week’s mood:
Been very happy this week. Full of energy from moving a lot and from getting to enjoy tons of daylight again (got to love spring). Pretty crazy how much light effects the mood. Also been feeling good about my week in terms of juggling my private- and work life in a good way.

This week’s surprise:
The tickets to our upcoming event Sweat & Shine (advertisement for own brand) got sold out in 48 hours. Totally crazy and Marie pretty much explains the joy we felt in the picture below. Also got my new watch from Boomwatches (sponsored), but that deserves a blog post all on its own.

Working out with this personal trainer is anything but boring!

This week’s training:
This week has offered a lot of varied training, mainly thanks to Bruce (sponsored collaboration). Attended a challenging, but very good yoga class, tried to stand on my hands for the first time and did a combination of cycling and yoga at Urban Ride.

Wednesday morning together with Charlotte at the Run with Sign event.

By varying my workouts it hasn’t felt as hard to get to the gym as it would have normally. Actually been pretty fun. My week looked a little something like this:

Monday: Hatha Yoga 2-3 at Yogayama
Tuesday: City Spa Yoga & Handstand workshop
Wednesday: Run with Clarion
Thursday: Cycling + Yoga at Urban Ride
Weekend: Powerwalks

Urban Ride has the coolest venue at Odenplan in Stockholm. 

This week’s series:
Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” started up at HBO this week and I watched it with horror. Such a terrible, yet exciting series. Go check it out!

This week’s funniest moment:
I would have to say my week´s funniest afternoon! I was sitting at Selma with Marie on Friday, trying to get some work done and I haven’t laughed that much in a long time. It actually ended up getting its very own blog post.   

This week’s yumminess:
Johan and I went for a little food shopping at Goodstore on Södermalm and I bought some cookies that seemed yummy. And boy did they taste good! Haha, the love I have for cookies and sweets people!

Seriously so tasty! Almost all gone today #opsi

After work on Friday we stopped on our way home for a glass of wine at our favorite Italian place, and after a week of hard work it felt extra yummy with a cold class of wine.

This week’s most liked picture:
Again a yoga picture. Really love this picture though, taken by the talented Linda Florin.

This week’s mantra:
“How would you know if you have never tried”? After having tried the handstand workshop (which I was terrified to do), I realised I actually liked it and I decided right then and there to never say no to trying new things again. I am a long way from perfect, haha, but at least I am trying! I am up side down #proud!

How was your week?

Lots of love from Henriette

High five

On Monday I (Best of You), together with Personal Trainer Marie Emre and Selma City Spa launched the tickets to our upcoming event Sweat & Shine. 48 hours later all tickets where sold and people kept e-mailing. WOW, I don´t even know what to say other than we deserve a little HIGH FIVE!

Marie pretty much describes how happy we were! 

What a feeling it is to be able to create and offer a fun filled evening and seeing that people appreciate and want to be part of it. Really can´t wait.

We have invited only ladies this time, wanting to show them what working out should be nothing but fun and removing the pressure of the feeling of not fitting in! We are all power ladies, able to lift weights and work out hard. Going to be a blast!

And since the tickets were sold out so fast we have the best gift for those of you who didn’t´t get the chance to join. You can win a sleepover at Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm with a friend. Imagine waking up in their fluffy sheets, enjoying their delicious breakfast. Head on in to Best of You´s Instagram account to join.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia