Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blogger What's in my Bag: Rosaria of Arscity

Hello Wednesday!

It's blogger What's in my Bag day, hooray! This week's illustration features Italian architect blogger Rosaria of Arscity. I adore her classy sophisticated style.... just look at that bag! I'm so glad to be featuring another fellow European since I've been featuring lots of American ladies lately (not that that's a bad thing.) I'd love to go even more international, do you know of any lovely Australian, Asian or European bloggers you definitely think I should feature?

In other news, Johan and I booked a trip to Italy at the end of November. For my 30th birthday Johan said he'd treat me to a romantic long weekend in Italy this Fall. Since summer is over it was time to plan our trip and I've had to much fun researching all of the big cities. In the end I decided on Rome! I'm so excited! I've never been to Rome or anywhere in Italy so I just can't wait to see what it will be like. If you've been please let me know what we definitely shouldn't miss.

I'm looking forward to lots of delicious food, wine and long walks through such an iconic historical city.

Besides Rosaria I've had the pleasure of featuring so many other inspiring and stylish ladies. To see my entire series you can view my Blogger What's in my Bag Pinterest board here...

And if you're interested in having one commissioned for yourself or a friend you can purchase this Custom What's in my Bag illustration in my Etsy shop here...

Monday, October 13, 2014


Hello Monday!

On Saturday Johan and I jumped in the car and drove about an hour for a perfect Autumn day trip to Äppelfabriken (The Apple Factory) on the island of Färingsö. It was the most stunning sunny crisp day and we enjoyed a short walk in the fallen leaves and a really yummy Swedish fika, complete with one of the most delicious apple crumbles we've ever had. It was so nice to to get out of the city and to see the countryside in all of the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows.

Stockholm has been really hit or miss with the Autumn weather lately. It will be gray, rainy and depressing one day and then bright, crisp, and happy the next day. Guess which one I prefer? Autumn I still love you anyway even if you're a big grump some times.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Bought Stuff: An Autumn Haul Video

Hello Friday!

Hooray another film! Took me awhile to film again since we've been having really horrible weather that has made lighting really really hard. Also the film I was planning on posting last week was just too bad too publish... it was just so boring, and my face looked dead. Poo! I think I've fixed the light problem though (don't know about the face problem, hehe), as I've finally invested in a studio lamp. I bought it mainly to help when I take product photos, but it will definitely help now that I've taken up filming. 

So this is my first ever haul, a YouTube classic. Fun stuff! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#GSD for Formex

Hello Wednesday and my slightly neglected blog!

I finally got up the guts to apply to my first ever Formex trade show. Hooray! (This is what all of my extra time is going towards... hence the sparse blogging.) I've said before that I've thought of applying but I've always delayed it to next year, and then next time because it's quite expensive plus I never thought I had enough to show. But I finally feel like my brand is ready and I'm ready to take EmmaKisstina to the next level. Ewww! that was so dorky! But it's true! Formex is just the push that I need to plan new projects and get shit done quickly. 

Formex if you didn't know already is Scandinavia's largest trade show for showcasing design and new designers. It's seriously huge, and it could possibly propel my business into even more success. (That's what I'm hoping for at least!) I've applied for a spot this coming January in the Young Designers category, which is usually coveted by journalists and other media. Everyone is always looking for the next big thing. (Please be me, please be me.) Though there are still quite a few months left I feel slightly stressed. I'd really like to present myself and my brand in the best way that I can (no half assing) and definitely don't want to do anything last minute. I hate stress!

So I've been writing about a billion to do lists, been contacting lots of new manufacturers, drawing tons of new designs, and planned like a crazy lady. I'm just so very excited! Not only do I have to manufacture a few new products and samples I also have to plan how I'd like my booth to look. That may seem like a small detail, but I think the way that I present my brand is key. I just want everything to scream EmmaKisstina, I want everything to be Instagram worthy, and I of course want my designs and booth to stand out from the rest.

For the next few months my blogging may still be erratic, just know that I'm working on tons and tons of amazing new things. Gah! So so so very excited!