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January 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Babba Canales

Today’s episode of A Quest For Success is not just any episode! We went all the way to New York to meet with today’s guest, it felt so huge to get the opportunity to do that.

Today’s guest is Babba Canales, a person whose journey inspires me and I really think it can inspire many more. Babba launched Uber in Sweden and when she was just 22 years old she got on Forbe’s 30 under 30 list. I am gonna let the episode speak for itself, I give you Babba Canales.

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Life & thoughts
January 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm

An important piece of advice

Hi, I thought I would ask you how you handle a less effective day? That is, if you know what needs to be done but your mind is somewhere else and nothing works. Do you have such days? Or do you always find a way to get the most out of your days and hours? I think you are so cool! /Anne Li

Of course there are days when my mind is somewhere else and it feels like my head is filled with cotton candy. But I have become aware of when that happens and then I try to get out of it – because that is not a state that I can afford to be in. Then I need to reload, my best advice is to run intervals. Or to go to bed early with the children. But if I am to give you one big piece of advice, something that I wish I had learned earlier is this: Days where you force things and where you do not have time to reflect, those are quite unnecessary days. It is easy to believe that you can move forward by switching on the autopilot and just “do it”. In speed, you absolutely move forward – If I go non-stop for twelve hours, I can attend all these meetings at the office. But if I can not reflect in the meantime, I am missing out on learning a lot along the road.

Today’s USA team here at the office! Top & Other Stories, pants 2nd Day. 

The knowledge I get between and during my commitments is what makes me grow and become more sharp as an entrepreneur and leader. If I am too forced I do not take in everything that is happening and I miss all the knowledge and most of all all the nuances in everything. For example, if I am forced in a negotiation, I am thinking about the next meeting. If I am calmer, I can interpret body language and ask more questions in order to receive more information that I need in my argument. Above all, I have time to reflect and evaluate. This is a fairly new insight to me, it was about a year ago I realized this. After that, I have made more room in my calendar and allow myself more “free time” because I know that it is on that little sleep-in or short break in the middle of the day that I actually process all the impressions. And it is when my feelings and my inner compass become clearer, and I get the opportunity to create a strategy with a helicopter perspective. It is not going to work if you are in the midst of it.

To sum things up – Some days my mind is somewhere else, and that is a sign that I have not kept the balance in my everyday life. That is not sustainable. If I see to it that I get enough sleep, that I eat good food, that I exercise regularly and that I have some me-time/friend-time in my hectic schedule, then my days do not become as forced because they are balanced with something else. In the past, I thought that was a waste of work hours, today I know that I am better at my job when I have a pause here and there. Time for reflection strengthens my gut feeling and it is my most important tool. The gut feeling is also based on earlier decisions, and if you have made decisions without considering your gut, the gut feeling’s “truth” diminishes.

That is how I see it :- )

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Business
January 22, 2018 at 11:31 am

Visitors from the US

Last night, I had help from a nanny while I was going out for dinner with our American distributor. I usually never schedule work in the evenings on my days with the children but now it collided with their Sweden visit. That the company flies to Stockholm from New York is incredibly impressing, but they want to see how Löwengrip works and to get to know us better. Wise move. I remember when Pingis talked to them on the phone and how we sat in the taxi on our way to the airport in Cannes and tried to have a phone conference with them before out flight to show them who we were. To awaken the curiosity about a small beauty brand from Sweden on the phone to some giants is not the easiest thing to do. Then I met with the company when I was in New York for a day (you might remember). So nervous, that is usually Pingis’s role. But now they are here and it is leaning towards us working together this year. To launch in New York is a dream to say the least!

The guests are staying and Hotel Diplomat (the best hotel in Stockholm) so we had dinner there last night. The Diplomat also happens to have the best meatballs. Today, we have several internal meetings at the office. It really is a pinch-yourself-in-the-arm-day. To have a NYC-based distributor are goals for us. Yay!

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Motherhood
January 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Little shoes and big shoes

Sunday! The children and I woke up at 7am but we lay in bed with the iPad (Gillis) and with books (Sally) before we went downstairs and had breakfast. Then we did some arts and crafts and got ready for our day. We are skipping Sally’s nap today, I do not think that she needs them on the weekends anymore but I will let her continue with them on the weekdays. Being at daycare is much more energy consuming. I was about to write: “She’s 2,5 after all” but I realized that she turns 3 in April. Oh my God! Today’s plans are to go shopping for a gift and then go to a birthday party at one of Gillis’ preschool friends.

Snack time

Last night, when I was about to turn off the lights in my walk-in closet, something happened that touched my heart. Sally had put her shoes next to mine. It was a small gesture but it moved me greatly. I started to think about the future, if she will decide to follow in my footsteps or what she would like to do instead. It is going to be so amazing to have front row seats but also to be able to support them when they need it. The children do not have to have the same pace as me in the future, but it is really important that they find their passion. I strongly believe that you are a happier person when you follow you passion. Everything gets a bigger purpose.

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Motherhood
January 20, 2018 at 9:27 pm

Kind big brother

I looked so much forward to a Saturday evening with the children. I picked them up at 4pm as usual and then we went home and landed a little here. Then the three of us made dinner together and had a cozy Saturday evening in the sofa. Before bedtime we played café in the playroom and snuggled up in my bed with some books. When we were to put on our pajamas, Sally kindly asked if Gillis could help her and of course he wanted to do that. Their love is the most beautiful thing I know. Gillis is the kindest human being I know. Every day he says kind things. The comment of the night, which he said right before he fell asleep, was “Mum, if you were to slip on the ice I would run to you and help you. I would also get you a band-aid if your knee was bleeding”. Sally could not have a better role model than her wise big brother. Then he also said that it was okay that Sally chose Pippi on Spotify, although he really wanted to listen to Alfons (Alfie Atkins).

Now both of them are asleep and I am going to have the world’s quietest Saturday by myself. I have the latest issue of Elle waiting for me so I am going to go to bed and read it. Hopefully a little guy will come over in an hour or so and then we can listen to Alfons (Alfie Atkins) a little while just the two of us. Hugs to you!

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Life & thoughts Looks
January 20, 2018 at 1:42 pm

The Elle-gala 2018

Oh what fun it was yesterday! The Elle-gala is not really my thing. I am more used to attending entrepreneurial galas or business events after being an entrepreneur for such a long time. But to then be able to slip into a tailor-made dress from a brand that we have invested in and to go to Grand Hotel last night felt so luxurious. It was so much fun to see all the beautiful garments and meet friends and acquaintances. The highlight of the evening was probably Alice Bah Kuhnke’s speech about the power of fashion, it was incredibly moving. Then I was also delighted that Margauz Dietz won influencer of the year. I always root for women who grow and move forward.

With Ulrica and Elin from Stylein. It was fun that Expressen gave me 4 out of 5 wasps for my dress, it is an amazing dress. It will actually be for sale later this year.

After the gala I, a friend, Nicole and Peter went to Tako for a late dinner. Fun end to a fun night. Today I started my Sunday with a brunch at Nybrogatan 38 and now I am going to work out before I pick up the children. This is the second week that I work out three times in a week. Yay! By the way, there is an interview with me in SvD’s Perfect Guide today, you can read it here :- )

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Beauty Looks
January 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Ready for a gala

.. Tada! Now I am ready to meet up Elin who is the founder of Stylein. We are going to the gala together tonight. I am so fond of my dress. The idea was that it was gonna close the Stylein runway show at fashion week that is next week, but I just fell in love with it. Since it was not entirely finished the seamstress could adjust it to fit my measurements.

Emelie, who has been my make up artist for a few months, made me nice for today. She rolled up my hair to get a nice fall and a nice sweeping around the eyes. I had a spray tan a few days ago so the skin is a bit sun kissed which looks nice while wearing black.

Chanel bag and earrings from Fleischer Werner

Heels from Chanel. I really like that the dress is so Stylein. Elegant but with a modern twist. Have a nice Friday night everybody!

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Business
January 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm

She is back!

At last my partner in crime is back! Pingis and I usually divide our leave so that I am gone more during the summer and she in January. Last night she came back from Singapore, but she has also paid a visit to Australia for a meeting with a dream distributor of ours. We are so excited about the new year, this morning we booked a conference in Marbella for the whole company to kick-start the Löwengrip launch. We were there last year and I just know it is going to be great. This year, however, there will be more of us.

Knitted polo from Massimo Dutti, pants Max Mara and shoes Stinaa J

Then I had a champagne lunch with Daniel at Stureplansgruppens (the Stureplan group’s) new restaurant L’aaventura. It officially opens in a week and it is described as New York:ish and Italian (best combo ever!). Now I am going to attend a couple more meetings before it is time to visit the Elle gala. This year, I am going with Stylein’s founder Elin Alemdar, I am so proud of that investment.

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Beauty
January 19, 2018 at 10:42 am

Hair thickening

– In partnership with Hairtalk –

Yesterday I tried hair-thickening extensions from Hairtalk. I have really tried to grow my hair but because it is styled everyday it gets pretty damaged and I am having trouble getting those five centimeters that I want. I have tried extensions before, it is several years ago now, but then the attachments were big and they often annoyed me. It is apparent that the technique has evolved because with Hairtalk you use a thin tape. So good!

This is how it looked when my hairdresser Nathalie at Creative Headz attached the hair. Dyeing my roots and attaching the hair took a total of 2 hours, effective indeed. Also, it is possible to use the hair several times, but the you reattach the same hair when it has grown out after a few weeks. Because Hairtalk provides the most gentle hair extension method, you do not have to let the hair rest appointments.

Before:

After:

I LOVE the results and I might get addicted to it… There was a slight difference in length and an enormous difference in thickness. Now the hair is more even everywhere. The hair is 100% Remy/Temple hair, ethically traded. Click here to find your closest Hairtalk hairdresser.

-I partnership with Hairtalk –

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Life & thoughts
January 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Some me-time and stem cells

Tonight the moment came that I had been nervous about when I got divorced. Coming home to an empty house after a work day and dinner with best friends. Would I feel completely alone? I planned to welcome that feeling and learn how to deal with it, but I have to admit that I actually love these moments at home. Like tonight, getting to wash off my make up, make a cup of tea and work.

I remember when I bought my first one room apartment as a twenty year old in Vasastan. I had just broken up with Nils after a three year long relationship and suddenly I was gonna live alone. Some moments it was hard, especially those ordinary Tuesdays when nothing happened and you had almost too many hours to spend by yourself in the evenings. It was about then and there were I decided my attitude towards those moments of me-time. I would either celebrate that own time because I would probably meet a new guy some time in the future and then I should just as well enjoy that me-time while it lasted. So I learned how to exactly that. I even learned to love it.

By the way, tonight I met a Swedish stem cell company. They are working on retrieving stem cells from the afterbirth at a delivery (child birth) and you can freeze them and keep them, and if your child would get sick in the future you should be able to use them (hopefully, research is not really there yet, but the prediction is that is going in that direction for example for cases with blood cancer). Very exciting, if I were pregnant now I would have wanted to do it. Though it is a bit difficult to motivate why you would pay for storing the stem cells if you would not know if you would use them in the future.

What are your thoughts?

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