We´re all animals

1 year ago

we´re all animals

A Cat For Anaïs 21×29 acrylics on paper

we´re all animals

Elephant For Gia 21×29 acrylics on paper

I had a dream about elephants in group. It was so colorful so when I got up in the morning I had to paint. I wonder what it means. Anybody know what it means to dream about elephants?
All my drawings and paintings are on sale, you can just send an email to emelie@torling.com or go via
www.emelietorling.com

love x

Nomad life

1 year ago

nomad life

This is me playing cool. But I do feel very comfortable in this picture.. Cuz I’m wearing clothes I love wearing.. Vans, super soft flared corduroy jeans and a green cotton sweater. I’m happy being back to the mood I had when growing up. I was longboarding, snowboarding and skiing and hanging around with skater boys. I even had loose jeans where you could see my L.G.B undies from J.C Rabbit when I was 12. My mom didn’t get it. When I graduated from Rytmus musikkonservatorium at Mariatorget in Sweden I left for Australia to surf. All by myself. I hated getting breast early, I was the first one in my class. I pressed them down under big tees and cried when my mother wanted to take me to buy bras. Tomboy growing up. But I’m very feminine on the inside I think.

nomad life

I did not care about what I was wearing when I was a child, as long it wasn’t uncomfortable clothing I couldn’t move in. I hated dresses and stockings and ballerina shoes and loved sneakers and jeans. My little sister Amanda was my complete opposite. She wore skirts over her overall and cried if she couldn’t wear a dress every single second. Some things we´re definitely born with.
I wonder who my kids are. What they will be like. Its cool. To see how what they will love and not love and how they will be so different from who you were and are even if they’ve been living inside you.

nomad life

Here in Switzerland we live next to a farm, view over the mountains and the Zurich lake. It´s not weird that I’m feeling more grounded when living in the middle of Stockholm or on Manhattan. I don’t constantly get as much information or inspiration and that made me insanely bored when we had just moved here. But after time I calmed down and realized that when I don’t receive and receive and recieve all the time, I can actually be more creative because I’m protecting my energy much more here. Its hard to become stressed (the normal city stress) where we´re currently at.

nomad life

I got together with Thule for this year, I’m the brand ambassador and I feel like this is something my younger me would completely approve with. We have a bomb as roof box for the skis and a rack with a lock for Gustafs paddle board so he can leave it on the car wherever we go. We live five minutes down from the sea so when Spring comes that’s what’s gonna happen..

nomad life

I do miss the vibe, the heels, the sirens, the bars the constant flow of energy in NYC… But at least this is the complete contrast. High low / low high. Well see how long we stay in Switzerland, but fr now we´re good!

You, my readers. Where do you live? Are you happy with where you live or do you dream of living somewhere else? I don’t know where I’m the most at home yet.. Will we ever know? Ir will we ever fulfill our deepest dream of where we would like to end up? (sorry for getting crazy philosophical here but I love conversation.. A blog is sometimes just a one man show and I would love to talk <3
xxx Emelie

Stranger(s) in the alps

1 year ago

stranger(s) in the alps

Living in the alps means skiing. In Summer it will mean hiking. When living in NYC skiing or hiking was not on the life curriculum but if you don’t make the best out of where you’re at you’re not smart. We live a 45 min drive from a mountain called Andermatt. We also live close to a few other places but Andermatt is our favorite. Its kind of not so commercialized as many other ski areas in Europe and its also freakin amazing skiing. Ive got a Swiss pal in my yoga teacher training and she is working in Andermatt during Summer and she says that not even in my wildest dreams I can imagine the lakes and the mountains then, how breathtakingly beautiful they are without snow.. I mean, I’m absorbed by the snowy beauty so it feels exciting. Did not know I had so much mountain love in me!

stranger(s) in the alps

But just look. This is the drive to Andermatt. This is the road. I feel small and I feel in awe and I feel that the world is big and my problems are even smaller. I love to be in awe. How often have I been in awe. Not often but I feel obsessed with the feeling. This kind of nature is addictive.

stranger(s) in the alps

Also the drive to Andermatt. This is in the Canton of Uri, just the name sounds very ancient and mountain-y and mystical.

stranger(s) in the alps

tutti la famiglia <3
(+ my new foldable stroller for Gia by Thule named Thule Spring. Lightweight and awesome to travel with and moves over stones and terrain like a tiger)

stranger(s) in the alps

Striking a pose like a ski bum. We were the only ones going down here, that’s s something I’ve never experienced. The no crowd.

stranger(s) in the alps

Anaïs is pure happiness. She has learned to ski so fast. She doesn’t want to learn how to stop though, and she wanna jump. She is such a sagitarrious its almost ridic. My love.

stranger(s) in the alps

View from our apartment in the morning. We stayed in Andermatt Hotel Reussen, just built two years ago with wood only from Switzerland. Freakin´expensive they told me but so sustainable and that’s awesome.

stranger(s) in the alps

My fav brag picture. Powder and sun, Gustaf and me only. One of the best days. This was the day before I got the flu for the next coming 9 days, over my birthday and the rest of our vacay! Woop! But at least I got this day and I will remember it…

stranger(s) in the alps

another ski bum pic

stranger(s) in the alps

chasing down this one is our daily job right now. She’s going to be 2 soon and have started running instead of walking. This stage is fun, but prettyyy crazy! But she’s so funny so that helps. Her first words: Wooooow, yeah yeah, Pippi, baby, pappa. bye. She is FUN

stranger(s) in the alps

Anaïs

stranger(s) in the alps

These newly built apartments are so nice.. Just perfect for big families, everyone has a bedroom, a super kitchen and still get the perks of hotel breakky and the spa and pool amenities.

stranger(s) in the alps

alone in here. What to do? photo photo

stranger(s) in the alps

elevator ski suit photo, I’m wearing all by classic brand Fusalp. Pants are stirrups. L o v e that.

stranger(s) in the alps

happy face

stranger(s) in the alps

après ski. Boots from Mango, sweater from InWear, jeans by Khaite.

Hand painted rice lamp collection

1 year ago

hand painted rice lamp collection

I have been gone for the last nine days in flu. It happened the week of vacation, we were in the Andermatt alps and left for Lake Como after over the weekend because my 35th birthday happened on Friday and I was so excited to celebrate. I celebrated with fever and a comfortable air bnb bed. However, on the flip side, whenever I’m in bed for a long time, if I have naps with the babies or if I am sick and is sleeping during the day, I come up with ideas. They can be weird, or actually magic. So, when I feel like I’m stuck somehow, I need to take a nap. Weird huh? But so in Como, I planned to paint and make a limited collection of hand painted rice lamps.

hand painted rice lamp collection

These are the first two..

hand painted rice lamp collection

Tomorrow I have my third weekend of yoga and I haven’t even thought about yoga for the last two weeks and that makes me feel not in the mood. Isn’t it always like this? When you’re away from something too long you distance your whole physical being from it.. If I don’t paint for weeks, if I don’t do yoga, I quickly lose my interest… But at least I’ve opened this door and know what I need to do to reverse the feeling. I just need to do it. When I do it will all come back to me. Hows these things for you? Do you always have inspiration for doing the things you love or can you sometimes ctyally dread them?

Love xx

My skincare routine for ultimate glow

1 year ago

Hey loves. I’ve pinned down my skin care routine with the face products I use for glow.

I still dream about being this girl I was when I was 22, who only did the mornings with an organic face mist and then ready to go, but that’s not enough these days to be honest. I’m a mother of two, sleep is not something I indulge in and also, I´m living in a cold and wintery country! So! I have looked for products that makes my skin get a healthy glow, fast! These products below does it. (What’s not included in the collage is my organic sunscreen products that I love SO much; Rudolp Care from Denmark. Also another natural danish brand: Karmamjeu and their 3-1 star micellar water. This stuff I will never stop using unless they stop making the,

So, these products below are my glow go too. And a very important note: I´m not whatsoever sponsored by any of these brands, (I wish), so this is my highly personal choices since I was a teenage warrior. Hit me with your questions if you got any. <3 Also, if you have any super skin secretes for glow, please kiss and tell!

For glow on the inside, (which is even more important), look for the next post. Love on you all!

xx
Emelie

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A new york city apartment

1 year ago

went through my phone to organize it and found an album of our last apartment in NYC, (we moved three times in four years).
I have to post the pictures here because it was the most dreamy place. We painted it and did so much stuff because we thought we were going to stay there for quite some time of our lives, and then we ended up not even living there for a full year. Life never happens the way you plan it, that’s something I know by now.
A tiny ache of pain in my heart when I look at the pictures, but I try to remember in true yogic manner that everything happens for a reason and that we all plant out in the universe what we wanted unconsciously. Feelings are not just feeling that comes and go, we need to listen to them because they most always have a message to us that we shouldn’t ignore. I will forever and ever cherish that time of my life when we lived in this apartment and in NYC.

Also, someone told me that being sentimental is equal being weak, do you agree? I don’t think I’m very sentimental but I’m not afraid of looking back and feel sad or super happy depending on the memory. What I feel its the most important thing here is that I learn from my experiences constantly so I don’t repeat mistakes or actually fill m y life with more of the things that gives me joy! Do you agree on this too?

a New York City apartment

my art studio

a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment

I painted the hallway in an insanely beautiful green color.

a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment

I painted our side tables purple. G did not approve but I loved it when we lived there with the walls and the bed. I wanted something dark and sexy but still calm.

a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment

Anaïs 3 years old <3

a New York City apartment

my studio

a New York City apartment

my studio again, I painted so much there..

a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment
a New York City apartment

xx
Emelie

13 most anti-inflammatory foods we can eat + a delicious soup recipe

1 year ago

13 most anti-inflammatory foods we can eat + a delicious soup recipe

Today I posted this food pic on my IG stories. I don’t usually post a lot of food, but this soup is epic and I want to share this pure medicin kind of food with you!! I’m starting my yoga teacher journey within a week and that means I’m all over the books already, and not only yoga but everything around it too.

Ive always loved holistic and spiritual wellness and have spent several hours of reading about it in my life.
Iv´e had chakra healing in 2012 in downtown LA, I´ve done a lot of traditional Chinese medicine and when I fell pregnant with Anaïs in 2014 and wasn’t feeling good, I acidentally read about ayurveda and got hooked. I’m still hooked for life because it´s the only way to go if you wanna heal body and mind and have a sober look on life according to me. Ayurveda looks at all the aspects of life not just a single thing…

I love vino, I love croissants and fig marmalade. But when it comes to feel better through food and in life, I turn to Ayurveda.

It would be about one million words here if I should tell you all about it (I touched a little when I posted about my best pregnancy advice the other week) and I’m not a wellness blog……… (Or am I? maybe a little) sooooo, I’m just gonna say that food actually can heal our entire body, and it can also prevent us from becoming sick in both the mental and physical parts. This is good news you guys!
I dare to say many women have a bad emotional relation to food and through ayurveda that relation can heal. No diet, just food as medicin. Therefor (almost the end of this food blog post), here is the much requested recipe of delicious anti-inflammatory and healing ginger/carrot/turmeric soup and also for your much appreciated convenience, a list of the 13 most anti-inflammatory foods you can eat! yeah!

Now I’m off screen for the day, I’m gonna read a little Rachel Cusk before I pass out.
xxx LOVE

Anti-inflammatory ginger carrot turmeric soup
Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped fennel (1 small head)
4 cups chopped carrots
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon grated turmeric
Salt & pepper to taste
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can lcoconut milk

Instructions
Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or saucepan. Add the fennel, carrots. Saute for 3 – 5 minutes until the veggies start to soften. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, and pepper, and saute for a few more minutes.
Add the broth and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Once the soup is cooked, add it to a blender and blend until creamy. You could also use an immersion blender. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.(Also I added pre-cooked quinoa)

13 most anti-inflammatory foods you can eat list
1. Broccoli
2. Fatty fish
3. Berries berries berries
4. Tomatoes. COOK THEM FIRST
5. Mushrooms
6. Turmeric.
7. Cherries
8.Dark chocolate
9. Extra virgin olive oil
10.Grapes
11. Green tea
12. Peppers
13. Avocados

5 seriously amazing beauty products that actually work

1 year ago

5 seriously amazing beauty products that actually work

Got requests from you guys about my skincare routine!

WOW… ? I’m so  flattered. Seriously.

I´ve never felt (except a few times  in my life), that my skin is awesome the way it is. I guess we learn our beauty hacks as we age.

Sooooo,  I decided that this is my 1st out of 5 beauty and skin care routine posts that I will share with you! <3

As I get older I really feel that I can not get away with sleeping with makeup on anymore, tan without sunscreen etc, since it´s REALLY starting to show. Therefor I’ve actually come down with a routine that I don’t think I will stop. The products will always change as the market learn about new things of course, but for now, I know exactly what I love….

 

 

5 seriously amazing beauty products that actually work

I’m VERY VERY hard to romance when it comes to new products. In any field actually.  You cannot charm me in any way, I know exactly what I like and what I don’t like, and when I find brands / products that I love, I’m so freakkin loyal the brands would cry if they knew.

When I got the chance to try out the Swedish brand VERSO I said yes.

As always, I’m skeptical to new beauty things but I’ve heard good things about them, and also everything eye masks and retinol things are the only VIP exceptions welcome in my bathroom.

I have mixed skin, very dry but also an oily t-zone. Retinol helps to resurface the skin as well as minimizing big pores, scars and even sunspots = Big Yes to retinol.

 

5 seriously amazing beauty products that actually work

The products I tried  was the Verso super eye retinol serum once a day in the evening, and the Verso super facial serum with retinol as well, once a day for a week. Truthfully, I must say they work.  Its nice to try products and actually see results FAST. I have absolutely no patience and I’m not loyal unless creams smell good, feels amazing and so on. This stuff hurt a bit but I know that’s also because retinol is pretty strong. I believe the products just do their jobs when it stings.

The verso eye mask and facial hydration mask I just loved hard.. I did them before a dinner when I had been sick in flu for a week and I seriously looked amazing.  I’m a mask freak. Again, I have no patience to go to saloons, so the more I can do at home while I do laundry or taking a shower I’m down on! Great masks are great beauty hacks for mothers on the run.:)

Face cream, masks and cleaning routine is next up. Also body beauty! I just need to go and pick up Anaïs from pre-K now so I´ll try to post tonight!

LOVE xx Em

 

 

How to make a dream becoming reality

1 year ago

HOW TO MAKE A DREAM BECOMING REALITY

I have taken the first step towards a dream I´ve had in MANY years. Many things has come in my way and the timing has not been right.

For many of you reading this, it might sound so simple, but for me it´s something so big and I´m so happy and excited and nervous. But I´ve finally taken the first step towards fulfilling a dream.

HOW TO MAKE A DREAM BECOMING REALITY

I´ve enrolled to become a yoga teacher. Starting in January I will finally learn to teach others something that helped me go through my worst times. I will hopefully be able to inspire, help and give away something that can make people mentally stronger, happier and calmer in their daily lives. Yoga has not of course been an escape route when I´ve been feeling bad, it´s something my mind and body obsess of doing because of the energy and feeling of satisfaction it gives me.

So. How to fulfill a dream?

1. Take the first step towards it. If it´s a small one it doesnt matter. I haven´t even started but I have enrolled and that´s a step.

2. Know that amazing beenfits come from putting yourself in incredibly uncomfortable sitiuations. I have NO idea how I will be as a teacher but I know that growth comes if you do the above so I´m up for that. I always have had crazy stage freight, but with my love for the music I had to put myself up there on the stage even if if it meant throwing up and being almost paralyzed sometimes before. No matter how I felt the day before and the seconds before I entered the stage, It was always always always rewarding.

I´m so happy about my decicion and I hope you will join my classes later on.

Love to you

x

Emelie

When i was pregnant + my best advice about it

1 year ago

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT

First of all- NO – I’m not pregnant again, BUT I promised that I would give my life saving advices for pregnancy! Some of you have emailed me or DM`d me on my IG and asked me to post about this. So a hundred years later…

So. What did I do to feel my best self? As you know by now, I suffered hard from postnatal depression post Anaïs traumatic birth, almost two years ago. I did not seek help because I wanted to be “strong” (its the opposite), so I pretended to be well and that everything was easy breezy until I couldn’t do it anymore. I fell pregnant with my second girl in the fall 2017, and me and G decided that we needed to be close to family this time because I was very scared and he was scared too.

We moved from New York to Sweden.

I did despite all eager prevention, fall into depression during my second pregnancy.  The difference this time was that I was aware of it, and I decided to fight it.

I wanna give you my most valued pregnancy essentials that made me feel incredibly better. From my heart to yours! These things did not take me out of my depression, because sometimes despite everything the doctors order you; ( brisk walking in the nature, a dance class, sunlight, a friend to laugh with etc etc) you just can’t help yourself because it´s simply a chemical problem. It´s not you baby, its absolutely not you.

So. Here we go. But first, my greatest and biggest advice, is to tell how it is. Talk to friends, to a stranger, to your mother, to your partner. Tell them and tell them to help you help yourself with the things you just can’t manage.

Again, if you want to send me a private message, please do, I answer directly on my IG @emelietorling Below is my little guide, it´s annyingly long, but now it´s there! Yey!

Love you

x

E

THE BOOKS

These 2 books changed everything for me. Believe me cuz I´m an avid reader and an obsessed researcher about everything. These books are wellness guides with ancient wisdom, they ground you and help you help yourself being your strongest you without pressure.

The First Forty Days by Heng Ou & Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a healthy pregnancy and birthby Margo Shapiro

I cannot enough tell you how much they helped me. Non yogis, do not look away.  I’m quite devoted to health, to a spiritualistic and healthy lifestyle but I absolutely could not live a life on this earth without indulging in meat sauce, gluten insane spagetti and a bottle of red wine, so I’m not a freak. I have a playful approach, not a dead serious one. G cooked every dish in “The First forty Days” for me and I brought them with me to the hospital and I felt fkn amazing. He also made bone broth for me to drink during and post pregnancy, For the non-bone broth-religious, I know it sounds disgusting but it´s actually amazing.

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT
WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT

CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART

When baby is born, don´t let go. Be skin to skin. The first 40 days are essential that you do nothing else, and the swaddles are endless on the market. Go for organic. There is one cool woman I follow on social media, Signe Siemsen, she is the godess when it comes to knowledge about this.. With Anaïs, I couldn´t do it since she was in the hospital, so when my little Gia Blue was born, I did it all the way and more. Carry them like we did in ancient times.

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT

TWO ESSENTIAL THINGS TO EAT AND DRINK

:Warm Oatmeal with coconut oil, walnuts, chia, linseeds, blueberries, banana, pumpkinseeds:

Warming, nourishing, good fats, vitamins; to have a bowl of oatmeal is simply a perfect thing to indulge in everyday.

:Ojas drink:

(recipes are endless online, it´s basically turmeric, almond milk, almonds, dates, cinnamon etc) (warm of course but mixed in a blender)

Ojas is the subtle essence of the seven vital tissues of the body.  It is said to govern our immunity, energy, and vitality.  When you have strong, healthy ojas in your system, you are able to fight against aging, degeneration, and disease.  You will have sustainable energy, strong immunity, a healthy glow, and a robust libido.  If you find yourself lacking in any of these categories, you may have depleted or imbalanced ojas in your system. It is great to drink first thing in the morning for breakfast to enhance stamina and vitality for the day ahead.

 

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT

THE VITAMINS

In Sweden I know that some pregnant women do not even take folic acid, but I had my first pregnancy in the worlds most health progressive City, (NYC) , so I followed them. These are the pills I took, and also post pregnancy,  because you would not even understand how much we need them THEN! That’s another chapter… We loose our skin, hair and glow because the baby takes it from us, but nobody speaks about how well we need to nourish ourselves POST baby! A lot of talking about how to eat and drink during pregnancy,  but you don’t hear a thing about how you should do the same after you give birth. BOOM! With the two above books, your post pregnancy will never be dull and you will not look or feel dull. Bonebroth and post pregnancy vitamins goes a LONG way.

 

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT
WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT
WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT

THE LIFESTYLE

We all know smoking and vino is a bad idea. We also know that we should get folic acid for the baby brain and sometimes extra iron for a healthy blood. That’s basic. Me personally would say that’s below basic. Because what we need to understand is that we’re in a state when pregnant. My mother said that and I love the expression.

“When you’re pregnant you’re in a state”.

Do you guys understand what I mean? If you don’t, it just means that you consistently without paus, need to oil the machine. You need to indulge in warming foods, warm drinks, dress only in comfortable and bright clothes, (yes bright, for the mood) be in bright light as miuch as possible, soak the sunlight you get, be around happy and calm people, buy lots of plants to your bedroom, take baths with essentials uplifting oils.. bla, bla bla do you get it? Your state should be goddess mode all the way. When you feel calm, comfortable and strong, you can do everything and nothing can kill your vibe.

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This should have it´s own chapter, but when you have given birth, you will have a hollow and empty space in your body that will elevate your spaciousness and stress. What do you need to do to ground yoruself? You need to keep yourself warm and swaddled. Your womb is empty and your body needs be wrapped hard to keep you grounded and from getting anxiety. Please listen to these advices. No cold drinks, no cold foods, just NEVER get cold the first forty days after given birth to your baby! If you give birth in the winter, you don’t even have to go outside this first month. Swaddle yourself and your belly with a postpartym belt for the coming six weeks, or with a scarf. Whatever you find just wrap yourself tight to avoid heavy anxiety.Give yourself a warm oil massage

When we´re pregnant it´s all about us. When the baby comes, it´s all about the baby – but we have been born as mothers and we don’t get the slightest attention in comparison to when we were expecting,  that we need and deserves from our surroundings. There should be more out there about how to take the best care ourselves when becoming a mom. Time to change this.

 

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT
WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT

Why do we hide our true feelings? I think it´s because we feel ashamed that we´re not perfect.

I can speak freely about this now because I´m well now. I´m glad I can share this with you, because I know that when I felt like I did, you think you´re the only one in the world feeling unhappy. You´re not alone.

This post was crazy long, disorganized and with a lot of messy pics from everywhere and anywhere. But I hope it can give good to you who needs it.

lots of love

x

Emelie

 

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT + MY BEST ADVICE ABOUT IT
Emelie Törling

Emelie Törling

Mother to daughters Nico Anaïs 4 & Gia Aymeline 1. Married to G. Spiritual / physical health junkie and lover of many things. Singer, artist and the owner and designer behind the boots brand Leontine.