I thought since it was forever since I blogged about my day to day life it would be appropriate with a little catching up, right?
So let's start in november when David and I went to Los Angeles.
In a plane somewhere over Utah. Earth is quite extraordinary, don't you think?
Tall and shiny buildings. Things we don't have that much of in Sweden.
Sunshine in november. Things we don't have at all in Sweden.
Good for me then that I bought a pair of white rubber boots (I call them my "Storm Trooper Boots" for obvious reasons) that I got good use of straight away when we came back home to Gothenburg.
We went to our hometown Jönköping over the weekend to visit our families.
The weather was rainy and dreadful. Reststop posing is not David's main sport.
We went for a walk one evening.
And I danced a little at a rainy skate park.
One of the reasons we went to Jönköping was because I had a birthday present to receive. I had wished for a fleamarket shopping day with my mother and I found so many great things! This wonderful green tweed coat, for example.
Here I am, all happy, outside the office supply store because I had lots of stuff to buy before my week at the christmas fair!
At the christmas fair in the shopping mall Nordstan! I was there every day the week before christmas with my jewelry.
Arranging things before the customers arrive.
On december 22 David and I celebrated 8 years together and I dressed up accordingly. This is the dress I bought from a Lights Out fan in Los Angeles by the way. It will forever be called the Lights Out dress because of that.
Awww, don't we look cute?!
We went to a really lovely restaurant
and had a nice dinner.
And then we went home to our families for christmas.
The snow arrived promptly before christmas dinner.
And everyone was happy with their christmas gifts.
It was very cold on christmas day. David and I went for a walk.
To the lake Munksjön in the centre of Jönköping. The moon hung prettily in the sky.
Oh, Astor, you silly bundle of fluff!
Back in Gothenburg again we got a visit from my sister and her kids. David and my niece Hilda made this drawing together. Well, Hilda told David what to draw.
I got the itch to clean (happens once in a blue moon) and sorted though all my jewelry and knick knacks sitting on the bathroom floor, drinking coffee and listening to podcasts.
It was super foggy in Gothenburg around new years. Our neighbourhood looked a little bit like Hogwarts.
A few hours later when the snow had turned into grey mush Gothenburg looked miserable again.
One weekend our friends (and wedding witnesses) Aili and Jonas came to visit us. It had been so long since we last saw eachother and we had a couple of great days together. Visited the enormous antique store Antikladan
. Aili and Jonas found a great lamp for their new place. David and I were broke though so we only looked. That place is huge so it's an adventure in itself just to find the way through it without getting lost.
And it was sun that day! Wonderful!
And I found a girlfriend!
This coat had been missing a button for a long time and then the other day I found it! When I sewed it on I noticed that the coat had an extra button sewn into the lining so I hadn't really needed to search high and low for the missing one. Well, well.
Happy to be able to wear this lovely coat again!
Last week I was a month early to a meeting. Silly me.
It was early in the morning and David and I had decided to eat breakfast at a café after my (non existing) meeting. On our way there the largest snowflakes I've ever seen started to fall from the sky. Some of them landed on David's eyebrows and eyelashes.
A view from our balcony the day the storm flew in. It was quite scary actually. It's hard to sleep when the windows are rattling and the entire walls are trembling. They closed off the street below ours because a roof had flown off a bulding. Storms are scary.
Just a self portrait in the Lights Out hallway to capture the outfit I wore that day.
It was one of those days when you don't really think things through, but it turns out alright anyways.
The white cardigan is an old thrift find that I keep in a plastic bag in my wardrobe because it's so fuzzy and fluffy. The skirt is my velvet skirt that I use almost every day.
Fluffiness and velvet is not really a good match, but it worked out fine because as it happens there's not much fluff left in the cardigan anymore.
Yesterday I had a little conversation with myself.
Oh, and I made a thing. Go follow me there if you aren't already!
I'm off to bake banana bread now because a friend is coming over for tea later!
Talk to you soon.
Back to blogging and it feels so gooooood!
Hiiii! How have you been?
I have been busy busy busy and realised a few days ago that I haven't blogged about when David and I went to Los Angeles in november! Oh no!
When I looked through all my iPhone photos (I only used my Nikon D7000 for two days, I'll show you those photos some other day) I found at least 100 photos that I wanted to blog. Well, that's a little bit too much, so I made up a little list for myself with everything I wanted to include in a post from our trip.
Here it is:
I searched instagram and yelp
for the best breakfast places both before we went and after we arrived in LA, and since the breakfast at our hotel wasn't very good and also not included we went to a lot of breakfast places during our two week trip. One of those restaurants I found was bld
. We sat outside in the sun and I ordered the eggs benedict because that had looked really nice on the photos I found on internet taken by customers.
It was so very tasty!
MOST INCREDIBLE STORE:
I had a lot of time for myself during the days because David had meetings with Hollywood people, so just like with the breakfast places I had looked up interesting spots that I wanted to go to. One of those was The Last Bookstore
where I could have easily spent an entire day if needed. It was just so amazing!
Fantastical, creative and filled with books, of course! I found myself in front of the Stage/Film/Scriptwriting shelves and was very impressed with myself when I left with only two new books.
One day I was walking along Melrose Avenue checking out the vintage shops there. I had just tried on a fabulous 50's pencil dress that looked absolutely fantastic on me if it wasn't for the fact that it was a tad too small. When I walked past a store that made new clothes in 50's style I went in there in the hope of finding something similar.
The girl in the store was super helpful and nice and we talked a lot while she helped me find the perfect dress. When I was going to pay for the dress she asked "So, why are you in LA? Work or play?". I told her that my husband and I made a short horror film that went viral and now we're in LA because of the attention the short has gotten in Hollywood.
Oh? What's the name of the horror short?
When I said Lights Out her eyes almost popped out of her skull.
OMG! OMG! OMG! I LOVE Lights Out! OMG OMG ITS YOU! OMG it's been everywhere, on Imgur on reddit- EVERYWHERE!- OMG you could have said "Brad Pitt is outside" and I would have been like- "Meh"- but this- THIS is something I care about and OMG you were so good in it! OMG OMG! She had apparently seen Lights Out a lot of times and talked about the best parts and I was so shocked I just giggled.
Her colleague walked in from a room behind and was wondering what the hell was going on. Ha! It was absolutely wonderful.
Right when I left she called after me Come back soon so we can talk more! and then I heard her tell her colleague about how she needed to see Lights Out because it was AWESOME!
Best moment ever.
BEST WALL ART:
BEST VINTAGE FIND:
This velvet dress that seems to be made after my body, the mint belt, a red sweater and a pair of shoes was all found in a thrift store that I happened upon while looking for a coffee shop and I bought it all for almost no money at all.
Apparently people don't walk in LA. Well, I'm not like most people. I walk everywhere.
One day I walked from downtown LA through poor neighbourhoods, through Korea town and all the way to Los Feliz. It took maybe three hours. When I told people about this afterwards they just gaped at me like goldfish before exploding in a You did WHAT? Everybody told me that I have probably seen more of LA than they have. Even the ones that had lived in LA for forever.
No big deal. Haha!
My heel says otherwise though. I'll spare you the photo of the ginormous blister I got...
I ended up outside this 7Eleven for an hour waiting for David to come pick me up during rush hour. I sat on that concrete divider thingy eating fresh fruit and watching the sun set.
A woman parked her car nex to me and when she came back with a cup of coffee she sat in her car with the door open and enjoyed the sunset with me for a while. It's nice, isn't it? she said.
Great weather; not too hot, not too cold.
-Just perfect I said.
She smiled towards me and said It was very nice to meet you before she drove off.
Sometimes it's the small things in life.
The Bold Ramen at Tatsu
. Might not look very tasty but oh, it was!
BEST OUTFIT PHOTO:
Taken with self timer on our hotel balcony. My absolute favourite vintage dress got to come with me to LA. The "Flowerbed dress", as I call it. Perfectly matched with mint cardigan and tights and I was a colour explosion ready for the day.
The two tiny clouds over Santa Monica fighting an impossible battle.
BEST SURPRISE FIND:
On the weekend we went to friends who live close to Santa Cruz. On our way there we had to stop because David had a conference call. We found a little road where we could park and I walked off with my camera and my iPhone to check out the surroundings. I found an abandoned trailer and took a gazillion self portraits. Here's a few of them.
The trip to Santa Cruz was great and our friends live at an absolutely amazing place in the Santa Cruz mountains. The sun sifted through the fog and redwood trees. It was magical! I brought my camera with me on this trip so I have a post planned with all those photos.
One thing I felt very acutely during this trip was how USA has a long way to go in regards of gender equality. I have never been treated more like a child in my life. It was quite awful actually.
Every day I got called Mrs Sandberg even though my name is Lotta Losten and nothing else. In Sweden that doesn't happen. Never has anybody taken for granted that my name is anything before asking me. I may be married to David but I am not his property. It's really weird to realise that what I am used to back home, what I think is absolutely obvious and doesn't need explanations is apparently extremely new and controversal in a country that looks at itself as the Best Country in the World.
It's not very hard to see women as people. To see them as individual human beings and not jus a Mrs to a Man with a full name. Well, apparently it's not that easy for some people.
It makes me furious.
My name is Lotta Losten. I don't answer to anything else.
From our hotel balcony one evening when the moon looked just perfect.
MOST BORING THING:
I got the worst cold of my life the last week in LA. I was completely out of it for a couple of days. Here I have gathered enough strength for a self portrait showing just how bored I was.
MOST WONDERFUL MOMENT:
I was standing in the Starbucks line waiting for my order. In front of me in the queue was a woman in the most beautiful Niqab I've ever seen, it was black with golden embroidery on. Her eyes are the only part of her face showing and they are gorgeous.
When she has her coffee and is about to pass me she sees me, put her hand on my arm and says You are absolutely beautiful. I can see in her eyes that she's smiling warmly and then she sweeps her hand up and down in the air infront of me, all the way from my blue and neon green tights covered legs to my Sgt Pepper Jacket to my long hair and repeats Just beautiful before she leaves the coffee place with the niqab flowing behind her.
I was left standing there smiling with heated red cheeks when the barista called out A Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte for Lottie!.
BEST RESTAURANT:The Commissary
at The Line Hotel. A restaurant situated in a beautiful greenhouse on top of a building in Korea Town with wonderfully weird menus and really good food.
As I mentioned really quickly earlier in this post we went to LA because of Lights Out. David has managers and agents there and they are working on making Lights Out into a feature film. It's exciting times, dear friends and readers! I hope to be able to tell you more in the not too distant future.
Bring on 2015, I say!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday if you celebrate that.
I had a couple of great days with my family, and after a few really hectic months I'm now ready for a new year with my head filled with lots of new ideas.
Talk to you soon again!
So I'm here to show you the last blog post with photos from our trip to the States.
A few days in pictures. Here we go!
Before we went to USA I googled a lot to find good fleamarkets in the LA area. One of them was the weekly event Melrose Trading Post
. So on our last sunday David and I went there.
We were early.
But the place was soon a thriving market place with lots of stuff!
Why, hello there lady!
David found some camera lenses and we tried them out on my camera. It was not a perfect fit but I kind of like the effect. They were good for David's camera though so he bought them. I might have to borrow them sometime in the future...
Putting Josh Ritter in place.
(Can you spot us?)
Sneaky view of the Hollywood sign behind dumpsters, houses and wires. We lived right behind these houses.
When we went to LA I told myself that I wasn't going to take the "typical Hollywood sign tourist photo". This photo and the one under this one is more my style. Sneaking up in the backround, sort of.
Cactus in between houses.
Wires and palm trees against the sky.
And lowering my camera to look straight ahead. Hollywood is all things crammed together.
On our last day in LA we found Souplantation
. Why oh why didn't we know about this place earlier?! I would have eaten there at least two more times. This place has a gigantic sallad buffet and lots of different soups, breads, cookies and frozen yoghurt. Buffet style. I almost died.
I WANT THIS IN SWEDEN! BRING IT HERE NOW!
(And they gave us free cookies that I ate on the plane home.)
In the evening we walked past The Scientology Celebrity Centre. LA sure loves their Scientologists. They're everywhere. And they got a large castle.
This was our destination. The theatre Upright Citizens brigade
. On tuesdays they tape the podcast Doug Loves Movies
that David is a big fan of. I listen to it sometimes too and we actually went there the week before too and it was so funny we had to go the last day as well. I think I laughed non stop for an hour.
But first we stood in line for about an hour. Lotta standing in line with a camera. Pointing it everywhere around her shooting pictures. Yeah.
So of course there was a photo of David's hand.
After the podcast taping we went to the sushi place next door. I believe this is some kind of sushi chain but we really really loved it. We ate there three times during the week in LA and it was so tasty and also very affordable.
And Mena Suvari was hanging out there one evening. I was only a bit star struck.
So, back to Sweden again. I'm working all weekend and tomorrow we're going to a large fleamarket with my job so that's great. Might bring my camera.
See you soon again!
Hope you've had a nice easter weekend. David and I visited our families in Jönköping and now we're back in Gothenburg again.
Here comes some photos from when David and I went to Santa Monica Main street to have a look around.
Fell in love with this place. So many pretty houses and lots of fluffy green trees. The world needs more fluffy green trees. If I ever get a big garden I'm going to fill it with trees. Fluffy ones.
A garden in the middle of the city.
(And look! Fluffy green tree!)
Very cute library.
The world also needs more chandeliers in trees.
Love love love!
Oh! A Barcycle!
Yes, it's a bar and a cycle.
AAAAAHHHH!! FLUFFY GREEN AMAZINGNESS!!!!!
I love the branches of this type of trees. So pretty!
Like this old Liquor sign.
This photo was such a lucky coincidence. I wanted to take a photo of the cute laundromat and when I did this man cycled into the picture with an entire art gallery on his bicycle. I love that he's talking on the phone as he's riding the bike. It's always great when a photo turns out to be something different than what I wanted in the first place. Different and better.
We spent a few hours walking around, shopping in some vintage boutiques and eating at a nice italian place. I really loved Santa Monica and hope to be able to see it again someday.
Today the weather here in gothenburg is absolutely amazing! Spring might actually arrive! It almost looked like it was going to be winter all year round.
Well, well, now I'm off to rehearse with Teater Esther
See you all soon!
I'm back in Sweden again, all jetlagged and with a post flight cold to top it all off.
I wanted to share some photos from when we went to Venice Beach over the day. It was really touristy and not as fun as we'd expected but we definitely found some nice spots. And I think I actually took some really great photos this day. Hope you think so too.
Who buys this stuff? I don't get it.
Muscle dad on Muscle beach.
It was a really foggy day at first. You could hardly even see the beach.
Oh, and if you like stupid, sexist t-shirts Venice Beach is the place for you!
I really liked this wall painting!
Hehe. See the sign? It says "Lazy dog" and the owner points it in the direction of the dog. We walked past them a while later and then the dog sat on the other side but the sign still pointed towards him.
David looking all cool.
We left the beach to have a look at the streets further up. I liked this alley. So close to the beach but still secluded and silent.
The Super Mario Bros were up at the roof fixing something.
Don't really know why, but I really love this house. Think it's the colours and shapes. Yeah.
And this colourful house is nice too!
Saw this old man and his dog and took a gazillion photos of them. Looks so nice and peaceful.
And found out that he was the owner of a vintage shop! It was very small and narrow and most of it actually took place in the staircase. Loved it!
Before we said good bye I had to take some more photos of the little dog, now parked in the chair.
Walked back towards the beach again. This mural is amazing!
These last two photos are my favourites from this day. I couldn't decide which of them to choose so you'll get to see both of them. I like the lazy seagulls on the roof next to the painter. They look so incredibly rude and self absorbed.
So that was all from Venice Beach.
I will be back soon with a post about Santa Monica Main Street. I LOVE that street!
Until then: Tjingeling!
Last sunday we left San José and made the five hour journey to Los Angeles.
This is photos from our trip and the first day in Hollywood where we were going to stay for a while.
Sad bridge in San José. Rest in peace Tommy.
Bye Bye San José! Maybe we'll meet again sometime.
It wasn't long before we ended up among hills that made us feel like we were part of a Windows XP wallpaper. Or that Sonic the Hedgehog would roll past us any second.
Kind of breathtaking.
I mean, Brösarps backar in Skåne: Get lost (or "Släng dig i väggen", as we would say in Sweden).
Ooooooh. *another sigh*
Okay, end of pictures taken through the car window.
Time for roadside diner food!
We made it to a diner that looked exactly like a diner should.
The backlit water glass was the most interesting thing of that meal. The water in the glass tasted horrible, the food was disgusting and the coffee was seethrough. Like, you could see the bottom of the cup.
Kitchen chairs made into bar stools.
We found a machine that promised to tell us our true selves.
Claes was eager to try.
He was not happy to find out that he is both Jealous and Nasty.
So, new day! Monday in Hollywood!
David and I went for a walk to check out the neighbourhood.
Apparently we lived right next to Hollywood Boulevard! That was a nice surprise; we really had no clue.
Love that there's so many bright green trees lining the sidewalks.
Typical Hollywood corner.
Everywhere there's empty lots squeezed in between houses. It's seems so weird that they can remain empty in the middle of such a big city.
Trees hang low over the sidewalks. I really love the many trees everywhere!
All of a sudden a big garden pops up between buildings.
This is a typical Los Angeles sidewalk. I'm not joking. Every sidewalk or road looks more or less like this.
It must be horrible to be a blind person in this country.
Not only are the sidewalks like wobbly patchworks, their bills are exactly the same size so it's impossible to tell the difference of the value.
This is one of the things that's been really apparent during this trip. The roads and buildings are so very worn down and dirty and among this some really fancy houses stand proud and clean and well looked after.
Along every road there's big signs telling people to "Adopt a highway". If the highway has been adopted the sign tells the name of the person giving the money to support the maintenance of that particular road.
For a tax paying swede this seems so wrong.
I really love paying taxes because I know that the roads needs to be clear of pot holes and all the people in the city should be able to walk around freely.
Okay, sorry for ranting but this really makes me upset.
After a few hours of walking around we went home again. This construction site was right next to our street. I love how the cranes stand tall over the large buildings in the backround.
So this was just the start of our LA visit. We had many more days to discover this interesting and exciting town. It really is a mix of all things, good and bad. I'll show you more soon, I promise.