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World Wide Women: Nic in Stockholm

In this third edition of World Wide Women, I am really excited to bring to you some of my favorite green beauty bloggers from different parts of the world, united by their passion for green beauty and mindful living. 

There is no one more fitting to headline the first installment than the gorgeous Nicole (or Nic as most people call her) in Stockholm, Sweden, whose multiracial background and international upbringing redefines what it means to be a global citizen, and she is candid, eloquent, compassionate and beautiful.

You can follow her on Instagram @caprinic or read her musings on her personal blog OrgaNic Obsessions or Peridot magazine where she is both founder and contributor.  

Ni Hao Nic! You’re half-Swedish and half-Japanese and have lived in Sweden, Hong Kong, Spain, England, Japan and Switzerland. What does that mean to you? 

I recently wrote an article about my experience moving around so much during my childhood and what comes to mind foremost is gratitude. Gratitude to my parents for defying the norms and giving my sister and me a rich and colourful upbringing in different parts of the world. I’m not sure many would uproot their kids the way my parents did (new schools, new friends every 2 years or so), it take some guts!

It has taught me that home is not a place but where family is. That distance is only a number when it comes to true friendships. It teaches you to be flexible and that things really do work out, one way or another. It gives you the gift of languages if you’re open to learning. And it opens your mind to different cultures and people.

I miss living in Asia terribly, I always will. I mean, I’m half-Japanese! Plus my family lives there but there are perks to living in Sweden as well. The work/life balance is more evolved here, you can actually take a whole month off work! I really miss the amazing service you get in Japan (not sure Swedes really know the meaning of this word!) and how your needs are often anticipated, even before you know of them yourself. But having moved around I become flexible and adjust my expectations to meet what is considered normal in the country I live in. 

I miss the four seasons you are bound to experience compared to living in one, at most two here in Sweden (summer graces us once every 52nd year in the light of the pink moon when the racoon wails) and the way the Japanese celebrate seasonal changes with sakura (cherry blossom) parties or kohyo viewing (visiting shrines and temples when the maple trees change colour). I miss the vibrancy, convenience and buzz of Asian cities while at the same time I know I would miss the peace and quiet of Sweden. Stockholm to me is not really a city in the same sense- it only has one convenience store that is open 24/7! 

I could fill a whole book about what I miss, what I love, what I don’t love about living in different parts of the world. The important thing is what you make of it.
What does beauty mean to you?

I think the meaning of beauty changes for most of us over time. When we’re little we are perhaps a bit more visual, appreciating what is mainly seen with the eye; a pretty dress, a beautiful doll house, cute cuddly bears (everything that appealed to me as a kid basically!).

With age comes the ability to also appreciate the intangible, subtle nuances and beauty appears in all manner, shapes and forms. The stillness and peace of a quiet summer’s day. The kindness from a stranger. The willingness to help others without expecting anything in return. Forgiveness. It truly isn’t just one thing but everything that makes up life. 

I’m not blind to beauty we see but it should never stop there. There is beauty everywhere if you open your mind and senses and allow yourself to both see and feel it. If it touches your heart, it’s beauty.

This being a green beauty special – what are some of your favourite skincare products?

My all-time favourite brand is Leahlani Skincare and two of her creations are my HG products; the Mermaid Mask and the Bless Beauty Balm. They look, smell and work lovingly yet effectively on the skin. I always have backups of these, that’s how much I love them! Other products I’m loving recently are Kari Gran's Three Sixty Five SPF28, Modern Mineral's Modern Moonstone Cream Highlighter and lip glosses (especially the ones from the Emotive Collection) and OneSelf Organics' Haiwaiian Flower Lei Perfume Oil.

The green beauty industry has just exploded in the past year alone and there is so much to choose from. Coming generations are so lucky because I don’t remember there being half as many stunning brands or products 3 years ago when I seriously started my green beauty journey. Unfortunately this also means it gets confusing for consumers, making it even more important for us to read labels and research ingredients but I believe it’s worth the time.

Another brand that I love is Beauty Heroes founded by Jeannie Jarnot. It is the only beauty box that I subscribe to to date, and I absolutely love the Use Less Love More philosophy. We get to try one full size superhero product along with generous sidekick samples at a very reasonable cost. Many featured brands are also ones that are not readily available to us living outside the US, and it’s hard not to get behind that as a green beauty skincare lover!

You call yourself a sky baby and share a lot of stunning sky photos under the hashtag #iamofthesky. 

I’m so happy you like them just as much as I adore experiencing them! I find I can never quite capture the true magnificence of its beauty (all my sky photos are unfiltered) and sometimes it’s truly impossible…those are the times when I just soak up the beauty and let it fill my soul. 

I think my strong affinity to the sky started when I was 16 and I had an extremely moving experience which profoundly touched me to the core and ever since I’ve had the deepest reverence for it. I feel limitless when I look at it and hopeful – that anything is truly possible. I could be having the worst day but as soon as I look up and take in its beauty a calm comes over me. Grey cloudy days where the sky is completely hidden is quite tough for me and it can make me feel quite despondent.

I have to credit the origin of the hashtag to Elijah Choo, founder of Bodhi & Birch. He posts absolutely stunning sky photos as well and there was this once when he commented on a photo of mine and said something akin to, of course you feel this way, you are of the sky. It just resonated instantly and I’ve been using it ever since. Much love to Elijah!

Where would we most likely find you on your days off?

I’m quite the homebody, maybe due to having moved and travelled so much, and there is nowhere I’d rather be in my free time than in my castle with my loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love travelling and exploring but there is a time for that. With life being so fast-paced and hectic in this day and age I think it’s so important for one’s home to provide that soothing oasis and not wish one’s life away to faraway tropical places, however lovely that is!

I try to bring that sanctuary closer to home by making it cosy and relaxing in our flat. I’m also quite introspective even though most people would find me the positive (quite funny seeing as I was super shy for the longest time but nobody believes me when I say that!) which means I like my own company just as much as I like hanging out with my friends. I definitely need a balance of both and I like having time for my thoughts somewhere peaceful, like my home. And most likely with a mask on my face.

Can you teach us a phrase in Swedish?

Smaken är som baken delad. Literally translated, the taste is like the butt divided. I’m sure you’re confused by this but what it essentially means is that the taste (opinion) of something will always be divided, like the butt, which is a timely reminder that we all don’t have to agree on things to get along. We’re entitled to our unique opinions and this phrase is very commonly used in Swedish!

Thank you for sharing your life with us Nic, and I look forward to the day we can fika together in New York!

If you know someone who could be featured in this series, you can email me at tricia [at] nihaonewyork [dot] net.

1 comment

  1. So much love for Nic! She is truly a wonderful, beautiful, interesting woman with the biggest heart and I'm so thankful I can call her my friend<3 xx


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