Creating new routines

Voluntary quarantine or not – right now many of us are working from home to help reducing the spread of the virus. I find it quite hard to keep up good routines and for me, it really takes some discipline and effort to get things organized. Having two children at home who have distance education doesn’t make it any easier.

Planning your day, preferably including both work, exercise, family and routines, can be a challenge. Just like with my skincare routine, I try to find a good everyday routine even when having to work from my kitchen table.

07:00 – Good morning! If I have the energy, I start the day with 30 minutes of yoga, bringing out the yoga mat and putting on a pair of comfortable tights.

07:30 – Morning skincare routine. I take a quick shower and wash my face with cleansing facial wash. Thereafter I take care of my body with some body lotion and deodorant before continuing with my everyday skincare routine. Right now, I am using niacinamide formula, serum, eye cream and day cream with SPF (I go for the ultimate-series).

And a little bit of makeup… As I have a lot of video meetings I put on a light, natural makeup even though I work from home. This includes a CC cream, concealer, mascara and a cream rouge. Also a little super balm on both lips. Finally a quick blow-dry and a quick-fix hairstyle.

08:00 – Clothes. Wearing sweatpants all day makes me lose focus. Put on something that you feel comfortable in, but that you would also wear at the office. My go-to outfit right now is a pair of comfortable jeans, a blouse or a nice sweater.

8:30 – Finding focus. I try to have a clear agenda and prepared to-do list and like to put my phone in flight mode if I can so that I can work an hour or so without getting interrupted.

12:00 – Go for a walk. I always try to get some air and usually go for a walk around Hagaparken here in Stockholm. Afterwards, my teenagers (who are studying from home) and I eat lunch together.

13:00 – Some work again with digital meetings.

14:30 – Quick stretch. I go and make some coffee, do a quick stretch and spray on some refreshing face mist.

17:30 – “Go home”. It easily happens you never leave work when you are working from home. But try to leave the computer at the same time you usually leave the office. I often go for a walk with my neighbour Eva. Time flies by when I am with her and we talk uninterruptedly about everything. She is a doctor and I, of course, have a thousand questions and she has all the answers.

20:00 – get active /do something. Play cards with the teenagers, clean the closet (again), bake a sponge cake or watch a movie. In my family, we take turns in choosing a film for the night and the latest we watched was Francis Ford Coppola’s classic ”Apocalypse now”

21:00 – night routine. I always use a good cleanser, maybe an extra face mask and then, if I have the time, some polish and shaping of my nails.


Emma’s guide to summer in Stockholm

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Café.
Sthlm brunch Club
 lis located by a beautiful park in Vasastan and serves breakfast all day. They don’t take any reservations so be prepared to come early to get a table outdoors. @sthlmbrunchclub_

Restaurant.
Köpmantorget in Old Town is a new favourite of mine. It’s a quaint little square a bit off the most touristy streets where the restaurants’ outdoor settings unfold along the cobbled streets. My favourite spots are Grill RubyÖsterlånggatan 17 and Bistro Pastis.

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Special place.
Rosendal’s Garden
 is an oasis located at Djurgården in Stockholm. Stroll among the flowers, apple trees and plantations, buy some home-made jam in the Garden shop and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry at the café. Rosendalsvägen 38, Djurgården.

Juice bar.
Juiceverket at Odenplan is one of my regular spots. I always order the Asklepios Health Sumo with extra ginger that is said to be good for your health. Norrtullsgatan 21, Vasastan.

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SPA.
CA & Company
 is a new beauty salon at Södermalm run by my amazing friend Annelie Englund. Book an appointment for a relaxing massage, a manicure or a tailor made facial with Emma S. products! Folkungagatan 89, Södermalm.

Shopping.
If you want to get as much shopping done in as little time as possible you should head to Biblioteksstan. The stores are lined up closely and you’ll find a great mix of high-end and budget, Swedish and international brands. My favourite stops are By Marlene Birger, & Other Stories and Filippa K.

Museum.
I love photo art and Fotografiska always has fantastic shows. This summer I’m going to see “The picture of Greta Garbo” and Bryan Adam’s exhibition “Exposed”. The Modern Museum also has an amazing exhibition signed  Yayoi Kusama right now, which is as amusing for grown-ups as for children. Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm and Skeppsholmen.

 Images: @tuvaalicia, Bockholmengruppen, garderner.blogg.se, MyNewsDesk and Fotografiska museet.


Press release for our new fragrance Barrow Street

We are so happy to finally share that we are launching a new fragrance this summer – Emma S. Barrow Street. The event was held at Gallery Lumas in Stockholm and the fragrance will be available at Kicks Sweden and in our webshop July 28th. Thank you everyone who attended!

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Emma has developed Barrow Street together with the perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu. 

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Barrow Street is an elegant and bohemian fragrance with top notes of unique pink Pepper spiced up with Mandarin and Bergamot. Green leafy notes and Musk enveloped by warm and sophisticated scents of Vetiver (aromatic roots). The fragrance has been inspired by the energy, creativity and the people in Greenwich Village during the early 90’s.

Read more about Barrow Street here.


Can you eat your way to more beautiful skin?

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Sure you can. What you choose to eat can affect your skin both to the better and to the worse. The most important thing is of course to enjoy good food and eat a varied diet, but sometimes you may feel the need to boost your body with some extra antioxidants (especially this close to Christmas). Our favourite sources of antioxidants at the moment are: Beets (red, yellow or polka), Raspberries, Artichokes, Strawberries and Blueberries.


Elle, Twilfit & Calvin Klein

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Cia Jansson (editor in chief of ELLE), Emma and Emma Unckel (beauty editor of ELLE)
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Elle’s beauty editor Emma Unckel recommended her favorite Moisturising facial mist
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Emma, Elle’s beauty editor Emma Unckel and a representative from Calvin Klein talked about beauty and underwear trends.
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Thank you all ELLE-readers who came to the shopping event we hosted together with ELLE, Twilfit and Calvin Klein last week. We had a great time with you!