In Liverpool!

Good morning!
I still haven’t quite gotten used to the one hour time zone difference between Sweden and England, haha. It’s taking time to adjust to everything – it all feels very new to me. It’s like I’m taking baby steps when it comes to the easiest tasks such as paying for stuff in the shops, but I’m sure it’ll change soon. I’m too used to the Swedish language and talking like one does in Sweden (which means everything has to be ‘lagom’).

J came over to Malmö on Friday last week and helped me do the last bit of packing. With ‘last bit’ what I really mean is putting my entire life in 3 suitcases and 1 specially designed cardboard box with an attached plastic blue IKEA bag as handles in order to be able to put my PC case on hold at the airport on Saturday. Also, I’ve never seen anyone pack bags and suitcases like J does! I was very impressed. ♡

We celebrated my move with tasty food and champagne on the 25th and watched some episodes of ‘Modern Family’ on SKY. On Sunday we did some shopping in Liverpool and I bought some stuff from The Body Shop, and two pairs of jeans from NEXT. Sadly, the jeans didn’t fit too well (I tried on the regular fit, then switched to the petite ones which I assumed had the same size around the waist even though the legs were shorter) so I’ll go and exchange the grey pair as soon as possible – can’t change the black one as I already used it. I’m considering sending it to my Mum so that they get used instead of collecting dust. ♡

During the weekend we had some really amazing weather! The sun was out and we could wear our new Spring jackets. J was rocking his sunglasses. ♡ I do regret that I didn’t take my camera out, but in all honesty I was too exhausted from 2 weeks of cleaning and throwing things out back in Malmö, then 2 days of almost non-stop cleaning before my landlord came over for an inspection and then emptying the apartment and yet another inspection on the 25th a few hours before our flight.

Yesterday I had a meeting with a girl who has two Staffordshire bullterriers that she needs a dog sitter for in about two weeks. We agreed that if all goes as planned I’ll be looking after one of the dogs, and we went out for a walk with them in one of the parks close by. It was a beautiful, sunny day, not too cold, and the dogs were enjoying the walk. The girl and I chatted for a few hours and it was really nice! We also talked about starting jogging together, so I’m going downtown this week to buy some running shoes. I can’t wait to start excercising properly again!
Today I’m meeting another dog owner who is interested in hiring me as their dog sitter for a couple of weeks. Hopefully the meeting goes well and their dog will like me. ♡

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Saturday, cleaning day.

Rainy, rainy Saturday.
First of all, this is the soundtrack of the day, because it’s an amazing song and I can’t seem to stop listening to it. I need this soundtrack in my life. ♡

Somewhat hectic Saturday for me – I have a lot of cleaning to do, and a lot of packing left.
Monday’s officially my last day at work before I take paid leave until March 31. I was going to bake cookies or make cheesecake for work, but due to not having a lot of time on my hands before my move I’ll buy the ‘fika‘ that I’ll take with me as a parting gift. It really does feel strange, to think that the first day of next week is the last time that I’ll see my boss and my colleagues, the last time I’ll be going to ‘Miggan’. I got an email at work saying that my boss has ordered ‘snittar‘ for the department meeting on Monday morning. It’s a common practice when there’s something to celebrate, or when someone’s leaving.

As I read it, I felt a sting of sadness. Not saying that I’m not excited about moving, living with J and working in the U.K., but for the past year the Swedish Migration Agency, Region Syd, has been a huge part of my life – in a way, I was married to my job. I went to work really early in the mornings, and went home somewhat late. I would work on Saturdays. I felt that my job was everything to me and quite frankly I worked my behind off to get an extended contract and to secure my economy.

Then I went to Wales, and I realized that the love that I felt for my job was partly a veil for several years of having feelings for J but not being able to act on them – and to my surprise, not being able to get over them, even though I had dated other people and I repeatedly kept telling myself that I was happy.
It’s scary to live and work in another country, but I think that everything will turn out alright. Whatever is meant to happen will happen.

After cleaning for a few hours, I decided to go out and do a little bit of shopping.
It was raining and the wind was cold. I went to Shock and asked them about their makeup products from Manic Panic, because I’m not too pleased with the current powder foundation that I’m using. They asked me to go to another shop in order to find a powder that suits my pale skin better and boy, am I glad that I braved the weather and went there!

The loot that I came home with ♡

The eyebrow pencil, pair of scissors and the kohl pencil are from Inglot, which happens to be one of my favourite makeup brands because it’s cruelty free and the products are decently priced. I was sceptical to trying m.a.c’s products because I’ve had some bad experience with it, but after some professional advice and trying them on I decided to give them another go. It has now been several hours, and I’m pleased to say that the makeup has surprised me in the best way possible! Even though I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and packing, the makeup has barely disappeared from my face (ah, the curse of having an oily T-zone) and I haven’t had to do any touch-ups, nor have I had to use the setting spray again.
The best part? Getting a 10% discount on my entire purchase!

Best I get cracking with stuff – I’ve got a guy popping over in an hour to pick up my shoe rack. Yay for getting rid of furniture!

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My first vintage dress.

Today has been a great day!
I was at work really early, which didn’t feel too optimal considering that I got home at 21:45 yesterday due to dyeing my hair at the salon. I also didn’t get much sleep because I had set the alarm for 05. Yikes.

Anyway, I finished work a little bit earlier than I normally would due to being at the office for 06:41. I did some shopping at the ‘Triangeln’ and as I was going home, I walked past the shop on Kärleksgatan (which basically means Love Street, but it’s nothing dodgy about that place even though the name is a tad special) called ‘Love Street Vintage Malmö‘. J had seen a dress in their window on Friday last week which he pointed out to me and said that I would look good in it – and I fell in love with it at first sight!
When I didn’t see it in the window today I decided to go in and see if it was still there. Luckily it was, and after trying it on and chatting with the nice woman working there (who thought that I was around 20 years old or so, which was a nice surprise ♡), I called J and and asked him if he thought that it’s a good idea to get it while showing him a photo of me wearing it.

Well… my very first vintage dress is now officially at home with me!
I’m super excited to wear this in the summer for a wedding that J and I have been invited to. However, I do need some proper platform boots, or super massive high heels as I’m quite short and the dress is very long. Sadly I couldn’t get a better photo, so here’s a crappy preview using my Sony Xperia XZ (not even showing the full dress).

(People say that I’m a skilled photographer, but I’m the worst at taking selfies. #thankgodforphotoshop)

Time for a cup of coffee (although I don’t like it and I’m not a coffee drinker), and then some gaming. J and I are going to look into Dragon Age: Inquisition. Need to somehow manage to stay awake.

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