Christmas gifts with love from Lapland

This post is an advertise in collaboration with Love From Lapland.

Today is December 2nd and it’s less than 24 days until Christmas. I love this time of year because I get to fill the house with Christmas lights, candles and decorations of all sorts. I also love making beautiful Christmas gifts and usually spend more time on the wrapping than the actual gift.

This year, together with Love From Lapland, I am sharing my top five tips on what to get someone this Christmas. 

This is Emma, one of the founders of Love from Lapland and also the clothing brand Kläppi. Emma is an inspiring entrepreneur who always sees the possibilities in everything.

 

Love from Lapland is a company based in Nilivaara close to Gällivare. As a company they are devoted to sustainable shopping and supporting local entrepreneurs and real people. That they didn’t participate in the Black Friday hysteria is great proof of that. If you are buying gifts this year, buying locally produced products, organic products or things that will last for a long time is a good way to start. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for us.

I love giving gifts that make people happy. May it be expensive things, DIY or soaps and things that get used in our everyday life. But for me, Christmas does not have to include gifts. In our family we have celebrated Christmas in many different ways – at home, in Sri Lanka, in a cabin in the Swedish mountains, together and apart – but always with lots of love (and food!). For me, holidays are all about spending time with the people we love and being grateful for all the things that we already have.

So, let’s list my favourite gifts to give someone this Christmas, starting with the least expensive one!

 

1. Braskotten – Natural Firelighter 

 These beautiful firelighters are made out of waste products from industries in the north. The cones come from the forest industry where they have been emptied on seeds, the seeds will be used for new forests and the cones have no further use. They are then dipped in left-over stearin from discarded candles. What you get is a perfect firelighter to easily, and beautifully, light your fire.
This gift is perfect for the one who loves to make fires or someone who’s got everything already. Gifts that get used up are good gifts for those people. This is also a perfect gift to give to someone when you get invited for dinner! 

 

2. Kläppi – T-shirt in organic cotton with prints from Lapland

As I said, Emma, one of the founders of Love from Lapland is also the founder of this brand, Kläppi. What is significant for Kläppi is the beautiful and sleek designs with inspiration from Lapland. These t-shirts come in both adult and children’s sizes and are soft, comfortable and so cute!
I got this one called ”forest” in black for Erik. I just love the small ants at the bottom of the shirt, perfect detail to get a conversation going with a two year old! We talk about where the ants are going and how they ended up on his shirt. I think this is a great gift for both adults and kids!
Du kan köpa Kläppis ekologiska T-shirt i olika färger här.

 

3. Beautiful animal poster from Ester Visual

There is something about these soft animal prints that I just love. They are perfect for a kids room, or in any room actually. My favourite is the fox, but I could just do fine with anyone of these. They are made by a designer and artist from Finnish Lapland. This artist is up and coming and so far Love from Lapland are the only ones selling it in Sweden. This beautiful motives also come as tiles!
If you like it, you better get it before it’s gone! 

Picture by Emma Ebermark at Love from Lapland. (Yes! All of these products are available in their shop!)

4. Seat pad in reindeer skin – perfect for winter adventures!

This is one of our most used items in this home, especially during winter. There is nothing warmer to sit on than reindeer skin, and when you’re out on adventures in the snow – you need to keep your but warm. These small ones are perfect to bring in your backpack when you’re out on shorter adventures. It’s also gonna be around for a long time. I still use one from when I was a kid – almost 30 years and counting. That’s sustainable!
This is the perfect gift for someone who likes to be out on adventures in the snow! 

5. Totte handbag from Kero – The expensive gift

As you might have already noticed, I am not a fashionista. I like practical things that can be used on many occasions. This bag from Kero is one of those beautiful and practical things that will always be the right choice.

It’s stylish and high quality. I love simple designs and black bags are my favourite, so I feel in love with this one when I first saw it. It comes in many different colors, so you can pick and choose which one is best for you. The bigger bag has room for a laptop and everything else that you might need!

 

This bag might be expensive, but it will last long and could even be past on to further generations – so it’s a good investment. This bag is made out of naturally tanned reindeer & cowhide. Kero has been making products like this one since 1929. They are, and have always been, based out of Sattajärvi close to Pajala in Swedish Lapland.

This is, as the headline says, an expensive gift. The small bag (in the pictures) costs 1500 sek. But if you’re looking for a long-lasting investment for yourself or someone looking for a simple but stylish bag, you should check this out.

 

Du kan beställa denna väska i renskinn från Kero här.

And remember, how much you care for someone or how much they care for you, is not measured in the price tag of your gifts. Sometimes the best gift to give someone is our Time. ♡

Or if you want to give someone something special, you could give them a day out in nature together. Prepare some food, find a nice spot, make it cozy, light a fire and just talk.
 Even though this post is a collaboration together with Love from Lapland, all thoughts and words are my own. I have chosen these products carefully and based on what I like and would love to give someone (or have!). I hope you like it too! 

How to dress for winter – clothes layering for cold weather

This post is an advertise in collaboration with Peak Performance Luleå.

Winter has arrived here in Gällivare and we’ve already had some really beautiful winter days with crispy air and a landscape all covered in snow. As the temperature drops, down jackets and warmer clothes come creeping out of the closet. Clothes layering for cold weather is a must. Me personally, I love when the temperature drops below -15ºc and the air is crisp. But if you’re going out exploring in the cold, how you dress plays a crucial roll in wether or not you will enjoy your day.

How to dress in layers

As I have written before, versatile and functional clothes is what I use the most. Clothes that you can wear on many occasions and all year around. You’ve probably heard that it’s good to dress in layers in order to stay dry and warm. You often hear about three layers, but in winter I usually dress in four. I tend to get cold easily and I’d rather undress if I get too hot, than walk around being cold all day.

I’ve put together a few good things to think about when it comes to clothes layering for colder days, so that you can enjoy your adventures even on colder days!

Peak Performance Teton ski jacket.  

Base layer – to manage moisture and keep you dry 

The base layer is what you have closest to your body. This layer has to transport the moisture off of your body when you sweat, and also keep you warm in the cold. If you’ve ever worn a cotton shirt while out hiking or being active, you probably know that you get cold immediately when you stop. When the shirt gets wet you’ll stay wet, and cold, for the rest of the day.

Merino wool is the best material to have closest to your body. It’s warm, transports moisture in a good way and keeps you warm even if it gets wet. My base layer is always wool, long sleeve pants and shirt for best comfort. These ones from Peak Performance comes in different colours and are made out of 50% merino wool and 46% Thermocool®, warm and comfortable.

Peak Performance base layer in wool and polyester – Multi long-sleeved base layer. Both pants and shirt. 

Second Layer/Mid layer – For extra warmth

If you’re out in late spring or early autumn you might not need this extra layer. But when the temperature drops below -15, or as far as down to -30, I can’t be without it. What I wear as a second layer depends on the temperature and my activity. It can be ullfrotté, fleece, or a mix of wool and polyester. It all depends on the weather and what you are doing.

One type of second layer – Peak Performance Helo mid layer.

Third or Mid layer – for insulation

I change my third layer depending on temperature and activity. If I’m gonna be active, I wear something lighter. If I know I will be sitting still (like on a snowmobile) I wear something warmer. This jacket is perfect for activities somewhere in the middle, or on days with medium cold temperatures (-5 to -15). If it get’s really cold I would use my helium down jacket as insulating layer.

A good way to think about this layer is that it’s supposed to insulate the heat that your body produces. The air that this layer captures will get heated by your body temperature. The more air – the warmer you will be. A down jacket keeps plenty of warm air insulated and is therefore warmer then a thiner layer. When you choose sizes and gear – go with room to move and room for air.

Thiner insulation layer – Peak Performance Helo liner jacket.

Shell layer – for protection against the weather

Protective layer is the outermost layer that’s supposed to keep snow and wind outside. Good breathability is important combined with water resistance (the amount of water your protective layer will keep out). I would recommend somewhere from 5000 mm and up on the ’water column’, but I prefer 10000 or more. Why is this combination important? So that you can avoid getting wet when sitting in the snow and still keep dry when getting warm.

These ski pants are a new found love for me. The legs are straight so they are slim but not too slim. Also the legs are adjustable so that you can open up the bottom when you need room for ski boots or snowboard boots, but zip it when you want to use them walking or doing other things, so that the legs aren’t too wide. Have been searching for pants that allow that for ages!

If you are going to go out snowmobiling, snow shoeing or skiing – I recommend that you have proper gear that really keeps you dry. There is nothing worse than getting cold, wet and being stuck outside freezing. When I used to go snowboarding and splitboarding on pow-days, nothing but the best protective gear was thinkable. You don’t want to miss a day out in the snow just because you’re cold.

Nothing you do will be fun if you are cold. Want an amazing day exploring? DRESS WARM.

Protective layer – Peak Performance Teton ski jacket and Chani ski pants.

If nothing else works – get moving

Even if you dress according to every rule, you’ll still get cold every now and then. Never forget that the best way to make sure you stay warm during a cold day, is to move. When I get cold I usually tell Erik we need to go explore and we run around for a bit, or I jump on Markus and wrestle him. I always end up loosing, but a couple of minutes is all it takes to get warm again. Any activity that gets your blood pumping will do the trick. Don’t forget to wear proper socks and gloves as well. I almost always wear gloves, or mittens, were the fingers aren’t separated since it’s easier to stay warm that way.

If nothing else works, get a fire going and drink a really hot cup of coffee! ♡

Make conscious choices – for the planet

As we learn more and more about how our choices affect the planet, I want to pass on a thought about what fabric you choose. I’m not an expert on this, but in short and simple terms – polyester is plastic and not the best choice for the planet. Polyester is cheap and durable, which makes it popular in clothing, and sometimes it might be necessary. Also clothes that last longer is good for the environment, but it’s still good to be aware of what impact it has on nature.

Being aware of our choices is a good way forward. Buying clothes second hand and choosing natural fabrics as often as you can is a good start for change. You can also read more on how Peak Performance works with sustainability. 

 


 Here’s a short video I made from a day in Markus family cabin. Simple life. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel on Youtube ♡

 

Even though this post is a collaboration together with the Peak Performance store in Luleå, all thoughts and words are my own. I wear these clothes on a daily basis and love them. What gear you might need depends on what activities you are doing. And never forget – old is gold! ♡

Outdoor and workout clothes I have come to love

This post is an advertise in collaboration with Peak Performance Luleå.

When we were heading out on our trail running adventure at the beginning of summer, I did a collaboration together with Peak Performance on what to pack and what to wear. And since I believe in doing things longterm and durable, not only with clothes but with business as well – the fact that they want to continue working together makes me so happy! Collaborating with one of Sweden’s largest clothing brands is surreal – a dream come true. And this post contains outdoor and workout clothes I have come to love, and this might be clothes we’re talking about, but for me there’s more to it than that.

I am a person who believes in doing things from the heart. It’s been important to me ever since I was little and the feeling has been growing as I have gotten older. I have turned down job offers and collaborations because the Reason behind it didn’t feel right. People have told me I’m crazy, turning down offers just because the ’feeling wasn’t right’. But I have learned to listen to that feeling. Because great things comes when you work with people that give you the Right feeling. People who genuinely care and do things for the right reasons. Like Catharina at the Peak Performance store in Luleå.

Amanda looking out over the trees below

Working with people who also do things from the heart and who help each other grow makes all the difference.

Catharina and I met through a mutual friend a little more than 3 years ago. Since we first met many things have happened, but we’ve always stayed in touch. She is the type of person who will stand by your side, push you a little when you need it and if she thinks that you’re doing a good job – she will let everyone know. Working with people who also do things from the heart and who help each other grow makes all the difference. That’s why collaborating with Catharina and Peak Performance has become more than work to me. For me, it’s proof that you can go far when you do things with your heart, and find people who do the same.

Clothes that keep you warm and dry through out many seasons

The pieces I have chosen this time are from the Peak Performance fall collection. I spend a lot of time outdoor. Walking the dogs, running, being out in the woods, picking berries in fall and skiing and snowboarding in winter. The pieces I have chosen are all versatile and will work in both spring, summer, fall and winter. And that’s something I always think about when buying clothes, especially outdoor clothes – that they will work in more than one season. To save the environment and to save money. All the pieces are once again, chosen carefully, and have been tested for a couple of weeks before writing this so I know exactly why I love them.

Down jackets are probably the type of jacket I use the most in a year. It’s great for chilly summer nights and to wear under your jacket in winter when it get’s really cold, as it often does up here. Both down jackets that I have chosen are designed with soft and stretchable panels on the sides that makes them great to move around in without getting too warm. It also makes them easy to wear underneath another jacket. The longer, Anorak type of jacket in deep purple, is my personal favorite. Perfect for dog walks and to wear as a third layer in winter. The pink jacket will be my go to when heading into the city, but can just as well be used out in the forest.

Work out tights with high waist and pockets (yes! pockets!)

So I work out a lot too. I have started running more and I also teach 3-4 group fitness classes every week, that means I wear a lot of work out clothes. What I always look for in tights is high waist. These ones have a really high waist which makes them truly comfortable, they stay in place (and keep things in place). You also have a drawstring that gives you extra safety and makes you avoid sliding pants. The running tights have pockets on the side so that you can store your phone or your keys safely and without anything getting in your way or feeling uncomfortable. Really love that feature! (think all Peak Performances running tights comes with that, love that!).

The last pair of workout pants I chose because they gave me a Dirty Dancing feeling – perfect for yoga or dance classes or just to wear at home. They make me happy just looking at them!

Outdoor pants that are soft, stretchy and with good ventilation

I have tried many types of outdoor pants but never really loved any of them. They have either been too warm, too stiff or too heavy. Then Catharina made me try these ones. They’re called ”softshell ski pants” in their collection but they work just as well hiking in. I have been wearing them almost non-stop since I picked them up. They are not only really comfortable but they are also really good looking. Wearing sneakers to these ones and I’m ready to hit the city. Hiking up Åreskutan last weekend they kept me ventilated and dry, even though it was raining a little at the end. and YES. They are expensive. But I’m telling you it’s all worth it! You will never want to take them off.

I love the fact that they are tight but stretchy and that they come with a drawstring at the bottom so you can adjust them if needed. Perfect when wearing them with running shoes or sneakers!

Ventilation when warm and insulation when starting to get cold

The last pieces I have chosen are the two below. A t-shirt with mesh in the back that is both comfortable and really good looking. Running up the ski jump at Dundret in this one was a delight. And then when I got up and stopped to take pictures, I put on the hoodie. Warm, soft and cozy. Good after working out and also great to wear in winter while out snowboarding. Versatile. That’s the key to every piece of clothing! Making sure your gear is versatile is making sure they will be used, over and over again.

 

So, I wouldn’t be doing this collaboration if I didn’t think you guys would like it and benefit from it. This is all outdoor and workout clothes I have come to love, that’s why it makes me even happier to announce that you guys, because you are reading this, will get a promotion code to use in the Peak Performance store in Luleå! How great?

You guys will get 15% off your purchase by using the code

EXPLORE A LITTLE MORE AMANDA 

when you shop at the Peak Performance store in Luleå

And this of course is a treat that benefits mostly my readers from the northern part of Sweden. The code will apply for more than one purchase and will be valid until further notice. So go browse and find your favorite pieces! And remember, think versatile. Think cost per wear, the outdoor pants will probably have the lowest cost per wear in history for me. And that is, in the end, much better than buying cheap clothes that never gets worn. ♡

 

I hope you enjoyed these pieces. Hope you too can find some new favorites! ♡

Even though this post is an advertise in collaboration with Peak Performance Luleå, all the content and thoughts are my own. I write about them because I love them – I have chosen them carefully!