Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Weekly potpourri of sweet things and thankfulness

Hello my beautiful friends!

This week has gone by in the blink of an eye, with me cycling left and right around town for classes, meetings, and shows from the Kulturkalas, Gothenburg's annual mega big arts festival. Europeans sure know how to spend on the arts!

This week's favourites:
I can't even begin to tell you the different reasons why this video from Cooking with Dog is so amazing, but I will try. First of all, I have been obsessed with Cooking with Dog, a YouTube japanese cooking show, for the longest time. When I saw the they were doing pão de queijo, my number one favourite Brazilian food, I nearly fell out of my chair. I don't think I've ever mentioned it to you all, but I partly grew up in Brazil, where pão de queijo was a regular staple around our house. It had never previously occurred to me that it is possible to make it. From scratch. AT HOME. So this discovery has been quite mind blowing. I look forward to sourcing the flour locally to try the recipe. Will keep you updated. :-)

Other than that, last week I finished reading #Girlboss after seeing several positive recommendations from different sources, and I must admit that all my great expectations for the book fell pretty flat. Like wayyyy flat. Although I have a lot of respect for what Sophia Amoruso has accomplished in such a short time (building a multi-million dollar company with nothing but a pocket full of change) I often found myself wishing she had gone deeper... Deeper into tangible business strategies... and deeper into the analysis of herself as a person. What exactly caused her to go from a anarchist dumpster diver to a master capitalist in a few years? How did that extreme transition happen, and how does she make sense of it now?

I also found her tone a bit abrasive sometimes, with a lack of empathy that made it difficult to cast away the thought that sociopaths are more prominent among business leaders. For example, she mentions bringing children to an interview as a laughably obvious "no-no." It's of course not ideal, but some parents simply have no other option with the serious lack of childcare support in the US. The fact that she states right off the bat that she doesn't identify with feminism also bugged me a lot (as you would expect, lol). Saying that you don't believe in feminism comes down to saying you don't believe in equality between men and women. It just doesn't make sense to me. But that's just my humble opinion. :-)

I also found the title a bit problematic. To me, it speaks to the fact that a "boss" is by default male, and therefore we must add "girl" in front of it to make the idea of "boss" female (i.e., "woman doctor", "woman soldier"). I get it that she wants to inspire more young women to consider entrepreneurship as a viable option. And that is actually really cool. But I question the effectiveness of this strategy: Is using "girlboss"not also demeaning the achievements of female business leaders, in a way? And reinforcing the idea of boss as de facto male? Food for thought.

Anyhoo, to move on to a lighter topic and to go from Sofia to Sophie, a sewing-related high point this week was discovering the revamped blog of Sophie from Ada Spragg (previously Cirque du Bébé). Her new blog layout is absolute eye candy and I find her overall approach to sewing to be incredibly inspiring. (Have you SEEN her latest dress???) Yep, definitely a blogger who sets the bar very high for all of us. Keep up the good work, Sophie!
Photography: Olivia Frølich
If you like Sophie's sorbetto coloured aesthetic, you will most definitely appreciate this feature on Danish designer Stine Goya. Total dressmaking daydream that's guaranteed to spruce up even the lowest sewjo. It may also cause you to purchase home decor accessories in pastel colours. :-)

I hope that everyone will have a restorative and productive weekend!


  1. Interesting comments on girlboss. I haven't read it but I agree with your comments on language. Oh and how unbelievable is Sophie's blog and style - definitely a very high bar!

  2. I hear you re: #girlboss but I still loved it. It was kind of exactly what I needed to read at that point in my life; sometimes you just want someone yelling that you can DO IT. She definitely doesn't seem like the most compassionate lass out there, but I'm not sure it's really possible to achieve that kind of rapid fire success by being a big sweetie pie... And I think the girlboss title was definitely a marketing move; I've seen her talk about the hashtag power. Ah, to each her own.

    1. I hear you Heather. Thanks for your thoughts and for talking about the book on your blog in the first place. I agree with you that I definitely found it inspiring that she just WENT for the things that she wanted, keeping a laser focus on her goal. I was inspired and motivated as well at times during the book.

  3. I haven't read #girlboss, but I find it extremely difficult to identify with people who say they don't believe in feminism - for exactly the reason you stated above. I find it even more difficult when women who have power say it as they have undoubtedly benefited from previous feminist achievements, and are in a real position of power to underscore why feminism is still incredibly important in modern life. I like your post :-)

  4. Lovely pictures great style xx
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