That red eye transatlantic flight from NYC – CPH and going straight into work is a beast. I didn’t have the energy to post anything yesterday, but now, resurfaced from a good night’s sleep I can share a bit from my NYC adventure.
Staying at 11 Howard feels like hanging with the cool kids in beautiful surroundings
Every time I’m in NYC I wonder why I ever moved away in the first place. I understand that New Yorkers get fed up with the noise and hustle long term. And I do see that the city has become more commercial and lost some of it’s ‘teeth’ and edge since 2008. All that said, I still get butterflies when I see the Manhattan skyline and it feels like a never ending love story to walk the streets, visit my favorite, old spots and discover new places and faces.
En route to Soho House and had to snap the messy vibe from Meat packing
NYC gives me space to be myself, to be creative and come up with new ideas and thoughts. It is a city where everything is possible and you can get anything any time of day. An all around energy booster on my creative account, yet a solid drainer on the bank account 😉
Down town vibe #ootd #hurlumhej
Ladies who lunch (Tine, Anni and baby Ava in the stroller) @ Sant Ambroeus downtown
No NYC trip without my girls!
It’s funny how a bunch of the close Danish girl friends I have today, I never met in Denmark. We randomly met in NYC when I was still living in the city or when I was visiting from LA. I guess the attraction to the city that never sleeps runs deep in all of us and serendipity made us meet in a blessed NYC moment.
No NYC trip with out at least one lunch @ Bar Pitti
Comfort food anyone?
Catching one of the shows @ The Box is always an experience outside the box
Since this trip to NYC was my birthday weekend I will do more posts right here on the blog over the next couple of days to give you a glimpse of some of the fun and craziness I experienced. (Still recovering 😉 ) The above pic is one snap of our trip to The Box, which is an all time classic in my NYC book. Before it opened and anyone had a clue what The Box is (including yours truly) , I auditioned as a dancer in the ensemble on the stage here in NYC. I kid you not! I was still in acting school @ William Esper Studio at that time, but that’s a whole other story for another future blog post…
I’m headed to work now so gotta go. Stay safe and speak soon again!
What’s better than celebrating your birthday? It’s celebrating your birthday in your favorite city – NYC.
I’m so lucky to spend the weekend around my birthday in NYC with my good friends. Yes, I know the city just had a snow storm, but who cares, when you can get some of that groovy city vibe and energy that keeps me smiling for weeks.
I’m currently mid air with only 2 hours left before touch down. Thank God for Wifi!
I brought my Hasselblad camera because I want to document some of the fun, the fashion, the food, the new and old happening spots, the style and energy from this weekend beginning tonight. It’s been a while since my book ‘NYC head over high heels’ came out. It’s time to look into what’s new.
Here’s a glimpse from mid air action with our laptops and a relatively big lack of sleep.
Working and napping
Departure time from Copenhagen. Tine, Jeff and I. So cool we could all fly together this morning!
We all stem from biology and many of us are blessed with a biological family who we share, love, cry, disagree and compare us self with. I cherish my family and absolutely love all the laughter, tears and experiences we have.
But what I realized when I moved to NYC is that you can be lucky enough to meet a new family. A family number 2. A tribe you become part of. A wolf pack if you will.
You feel it because you are made of the same material. You share crazy visions that people find unrealistic, you share love for adventure, you share a passion for exploring life outside normal boundaries and you often feel like an outsider. Looks, finances, gender, race – this feeling is transcendental.
Last winter my good friend, and big part of my new non-biological family, Annijamila had an outstanding wedding in Tulum, Mexico. I don’t want to disclose any official photos or clues from the wedding until the couple is ready. But I can say that it was an outer worldly experience and I am very, very happy that Anni and her husband Alberto got my non-biological family together for an unforgettable time.
There are many reasons why I love my hometown Copenhagen. One of them is the ease of skipping out on a long weekend when February weather gets too nasty. This time I am lucky to visit beautiful SoBe, Miami.
About to board #MiamiBound
A lot of people wonder why I fly so far for a weekend only. Yes, it would have been nice to stay under the Miami sun for a few days longer, but work calls and I learned to deal with jet lag at an early age. I still get jet lagged, but I find that the trick is not to aggravate over a messed up sleep schedule. Instead, regard it as an opportunity and put it to good use when you can. I saw the opportunity to get out of ‘B person’ mode and get up with the sun every day. Literally.
World class view #NothingLikeIt
So what’s Miami like? The short version: Amazing weather, beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, good beach clubs, water sports, great restaurants, food and overall perfect spots to chill and enjoy life on or near the water front. Ocean view is everywhere.
I worked out in the gym every morning, did yoga, took walks on the beach or found a spot from where I could watch the boats come in and out of Miami Port while the sun travels it’s course from east to west. I meditated during sunset Sunday evening for the first time in ages. SoBe put me in a ‘La dolce far niente’ state of mind.
Playtime with my girl Giada on the beach at Miami Soho House
Miami moves on a very slow pace compared to LA, NYC and Europe. The ‘maniana – maniana’ attitude reminds me of my time in Nicaragua. So don’t expect fast service, or that your über driver will take you the fastest route to your destination or that you get much advice or help in stores. Miami is chill time.
Mardi Gras at Miami Soho House
Who are the locals? Miami has a large Latin community, so I got to practice my very rusty Spanish (Read: by now – non existing). A local told me that ‘Miami is the end of the road’ meaning that people go there to retire. And I can see that. I mainly met people who retired at an early age and now they spend their time investing and enjoying their time.
The sound of the Pacific Ocean relaxes and balances me <3
Sunset over Miami Port. The Iphone shot does not give the view justice though
View from the lounge in the airport. You can spot Miami downtown in the far horizon
Love it when I have enough leg room 😀
I just got back into Copenhagen and I’m on my way to work riding my bike through the rain. A Major change of scenery; From convertibles to biking through the rain. Both are awesome in each their own way. I loved the Miami weekend escape and would do it again in a heart beat!
On a day like this the saying ‘The World is my Oyster’ fits perfectly. Contrasts and differences are beautiful and I truly appreciate the possibilities my path gives me to experience it all <3
A brief check in before I’m off to a new line of work that I added to my resume recently. I’ve become a Pilates Reformer Instructor. Yup! Since I discovered the training form in 2013 I’ve been a huge fan so it came naturally to fast track the instructor education with Energii while I was in Copenhagen.
People have asked me why I spend so much time in my native town after 11 years in the US and I’ve been a bit secretive about it. I have not left the US. Not at all (!) But I can open up a bit and say that my frequent appearance on Danish grounds is because I’ve gotten an offer I couldn’t resist. The documentary film about my father and I aside (which is still in production), I booked the lead in a play, which will open at Christiansborg Teatermuseet. I am not ready to tell what character I will play nor when the play will open. I will at a later point. I’m both terrified and excited to get this honor and opportunity.
So, the idea to become an instructor, be very physical, work with rhythm, musicality, energy and flow with an audience seems natural. Matter of fact, it prepares me for stage performance, projection of voice, poise, to play and have fun while getting in better shape than I’ve been in 10 years. #Winning
These are some snap shots from my own classes where I instruct and between takes, when we shot the new commercial for Energii reformer training. I will make sure to share the video once it airs.
If you’re curious, wanna get long and lean muscles come check it out! You’re more than welcome to inbox me and get a class with me as instructor free of charge.
All still fun and games on the red carpet at CphFW Opening lunch
On this gray day, I’m cuddled up by the candle lights on my dad’s farm in the island of Funen wrapped in cozy Ralph Lauren knitwear and chunky scarves. This could have been the first paragraph in a romance novel sponsored by fashion ads. It isn’t.
Instead it is an essay in turning a not so fortunate 2016 into a great 2017. ‘Essay’ is French for ‘trying’ or ‘testing’. So in English I would call it ‘an attempt’. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I want to tell you a bit about my week and morning, which holds both glamorous and not so glamorous moments.
My 2 gorgeous girl friends & I dolled up at The Reception @ D’Angleterre
After arriving from Zürich Tuesday morning and going directly to the opening lunch of CphFW the week had me running between work, meetings, fashion events and filming. Mostly fun, but also tiring. Friday evening after we wrapped our shoot, I was dead tired and couldn’t wait to escape to the farm. My dad and I had planned tons of activities together, but instead of doing fun family stuff I’m down with a severe cold on day 2. My head is exploding and my physical appearance, level of glamour and productivity is basically non existing.
And ‘Boom!’ Down with a cold binge watching HBO
The past 48 hours I’ve binge-watched “Better Things”, “The Affair”, Sex & the City” and “Girls’ only paused by my dad steeping in to bring me hot tea and my favorite candies ‘Matador Mix’. Such a sweet heart <3 The HBO binge made me feel even sadder and non existing. Flopped out on the couch unattractive, self absorbed and whining while exciting events and moments are passing me by all over the Planet. You could probably say I had a ‘Lena Dunham moment’ minus her OCD symptoms. So I made a wise decision and went to sleep.
This morning I wake up from a nightmare where I caught my boyfriend having oral sex with 1 of 2 hot blonde, brown eyed sisters in a ski resort. Still feeling queasy from the cold and confused from the bad dream, I make sure to send my man a cold and angry text message before I go ahead to check Instagram and messenger. In messenger some artist or photographer asks me to pose for him. He asks me to wear lingerie. I don’t answer. He changes his mind and asks me to pose nude because he thinks my boobs look good. I don’t answer. I feel even more frustrated. Not even the compliment to my boobs help.
Yup! We have candles and they are pretty. I’m bored and suck at selfies
To distract myself I read my horoscope on this stupid app I have from Susan Miller I say ’stupid’ because I’m annoyed how her words sometimes affect my day either positively or negatively. I deleted the app and totally forgot about it. But apparently my sneaky MAC book stored it and out of the blue it was back on my phone and I was hooked again. This morning Susan’s words advice me to make a list of things to get rid of. Like negative stuff from 2016 in order for me to have a great 2017. And hands down, who doesn’t want a great 2017? It’s not like 2016 was hilarious. But I suck at doing lists. Not shopping lists. But lists that actually matter. It’s like there’s comfort in not being too happy nor too successful, which is really fucked up if you think about it. But making big changes can be hard. Even for a free spirit like moi, who for more than a decade, has called the place where she dropped her velvet Gucci make up purse ‘home’.
A shrink once told me something along the lines of this: “Kristina, I don’t think you are scared of failing. I think you are scared of success.” She might be right. And to prove her wrong, I will begin with baby steps and do this list and then follow it. I’ll start today and then get back to you when I’m done. If you feel pissed or inspired by me then do your own ‘effing’ list and then we can compare notes down the road and see if 2017 is great or not. Deal?
Here are Susan Horoscope’s questions for you:
– What was your finest success and what was your biggest frustration in 2016?
– What/who brought you the biggest joy?
– What are you proudest of having done in 2016?
– What would you like to change / delete moving forward so you can make room for new experiences?
– What is your #1 priority to tackle in this year?
– What is the single thing that you are looking most forward to do in 2017?
Today, I feel like sharing a challenge I took upon myself
“The 6-pack challenge”
My physique has always been sort of slim ranging from very, very skinny when I was in my early 20’s. This was during my start-up modeling days where Kate Moss reigned as beauty and body icon and made a lot of young girls loose their baby fat fast. A few years ago, I became more bulgy when I couldn’t workout because of foot problems. Today I’m slim and feel comfortable in my skin, but I like to compete and I love a good challenge!
Whatever size my body has, I never had the pleasure of meeting my 6-pack. We all have one. It’s just that some of us hide it well under our belly fat / love handles 😉
I wanted to test what 15 sessions of Energii training could do for my 6-pack. 15 hours of sweat and concentrated workout.
I chose Energii because I can train a combination of pilates/reformer training and cardio workout in a hot room. 2 very different approaches, but both a high intensity and low impact workout. It’s important for me not to over-train and hurt my body nor provoke my old foot problem again. When the season turns cold and dark like now, I prefer to work out in the hot room – Heat it Up Cardio.
The plan was to train disciplined, but trips to London, NYC and to the countryside on my dad’s farm with plenty of wine and good food set me back training wise. (They say that diet is almost 70%) So the results didn’t show as fast I think they would, had I stayed put in Copenhagen focused. However, I do think some improvement shows. What do you think?
Below you can see my transformation from before and after after 15 sweaty sessions. I took the photos in the same mirror, but the light is unfortunately not quite the same in all of them. But no filters nor any other manipulation on the pics.
‘Tummy selfies’ before 6-pack challenge
‘Tummy selfies’ mid 6-pack challenge
‘Tummy selfies’ after 15 hours of 6-pack challenge.
Here are some pics from my training process:
Reformer training is great for core workout and getting long, lean muscles (above).
Heat it Up Cardio detoxes and burns fat like crazy
So what is LA life like these days? It’s better than it’s been in a long time if you ask me. The city and the atmosphere is positive in spite of crazy candidates for election. Yet I still am split between Europe and LA living my life on Face Time or on a flight more hours of the day that I’d like to. I’m wondering if that will ever change since my loved ones are spread all over the planet.
I have many different things on my mind tonight I don’t know where to start. First, I would like to apologize to all my friends and the people who write me and ask for advice about LA and NYC. I get many requests every week and I don’t know how to get around to answer everybody. I hope you don’t hate me . I guess this would be the time to do a concierge guide for my favorite cities. I have lived in a suitcase pretty much since 2005 and have more than a few tips and experiences to share.
Next topic. I’m moving (again!) and the whole packing and going through my books, papers, clothes etc. makes me reevaluate a few topics. One is: Are you where you want to be? Are you what you want to be? But even more importantly, are you WHO you want to be? I think the last question is the most important because it deals with the level of authenticity you practice. Now, this is subject to interpretation because it means different things to everyone. For me, part of it means always asking the ‘why’ before I embark onto a new project. Because our actions become us. And if I cannot answer that ‘why’ in a way that agrees with my core values I cannot be authentic it in.
To not make this too long winded and because I have to sleep, I have a shoot tmro, I will just wrap it here with the word of the night being ‘authenticity’.
The pictures below are just a few of my Cali experiences. Hope you like them
Blessed and happy to experience moments like these. Casa del Mar in Santa Monica.
More beach time… Check out how the ice cube melts between my fingers.
From Venice to Malibu
Moving and down with the flu. Not the greatest combo
Taking my calls in my bikini today and this huge butterfly came by to say hello
A picture is worth a 1000 words. Long face and procrastinating with shameless selfies before I hit my local gym here in LA :-/
Just around New Year, when I was still in Zürich, I began feeling pain in my right foot. It began as a tiny aggravation. Slightly annoying since I was well on my way building up my cardio regime over the fall and I was making head ways getting back in shape.
My foot pain went into a full fledged nightmare once I hit NYC mid January. One morning I went onto the treadmill in the hotel gym, but less than 2 minutes into the run I was limping, crippled and in severe pain. Worst part: I couldn’t wear high heels anymore. NYC without high heels??!! Nightmare!
Finally, after consulting specialists I understood that I need to slow down (again) and only do low impact (and sneakers). It’s hard when my heart is in high impact (and high heels). Argh! So what’s next? I’m one of those persons that HAVE to move and exercise or I go bonkers. It’s a mental thing for me. Sweating and being physical clears my thoughts and makes me happy.
Well, I will have to find a substitute until I hit Copenhagen next time and can start at Energii again. The reformer training I do with Energii is fantastic because I can get in superb shape, yet I can’t hurt myself in those machines. It’s low impact with the cardio intensity. Plus it’s fun and only one hour. Efficient, fast and fun. Seriously the dream for anyone with a busy schedule and tender feet / problematic limbs like myself.
It’s my birthday next week so I get to have a wish: I honestly think, that team Energii should open a studio here in LA. What? Is that too much to ask? Thank you Gitte! (the owner, editor) 😀
And thank you readers for lending your ears to my sorry ass pity party story. I hope you are having a great day whereever you are. And if you do happen to pass by Copenhagen check out what they do at Energii. But be careful! You might get hooked like me 😉
much love KK
Look Sexy Naked!
Owner, Gitte Mia Salling and dancer Mai-Britt plus yours truly on the reformer getting our sweat on #GangstaStyle
Did I forget to mention that the colorful toe sox make it even more fun 😉
Heat It Up!
Strong mind, proud pose, open heart
2 more shameless selfies.
Left side: Bored af in my gym in Zürich. Right side: bored af in my car, headed to my LA gym 😉
University and Year of Graduation: University of Stockholm BA in journalism (1999) / University of Copenhagen BA in Film and Media (2001) / Ophelia Acting Studio Copenhagen (2006) / William Esper Acting Studio New York (2008)
Recently I was asked to share my experiences and reflections on my college years for an upcoming book and articles about education in the US. I will post the full interview, author’s name etc. once it’s published and edited. Until then, here is a brief thought on regrets.
Today’s aspiring students need your advice. Please share your thoughts about the following question:
On Reflection, My Biggest Regret
The only thing I regret looking back, are the times I didn’t say ‘yes’ to life. The times my heart skipped a beat because something sounded incredibly exciting and felt so right up my alley that it kept me awake at night. And instead of going with this feeling, I turned down the opportunity because I was scared. Thoughts about what would be correct and what would be a strategically smart move for my future instead of going with what was so obviously right for me clouded my mind and my judgement. I see this now, because I know myself slightly better today.
Like most other young people, I wanted to (and still want to) make my parents, professors and peers happy and proud. Most of all my parents. My family. But what I have come to realize through many discussions, trials and errors is, that my parents are happy when I am truly happy. So in failing in being truthful to my heart, I am not only letting myself down, but also the ones I love the most.
That being said, I think I made up for the times I said ‘no’ in my early years by now. After I went from an academic and corporate focused career (CEO of a PR company) to a career as an artist, saying ‘yes’ to life became my anthem. Perhaps too much some times. I’m not sure. But nevertheless, it has brought me many amazing experiences and catapulted me to levels I never thought possible professionally, spiritually and personally.
It’s a hard lesson learned when you discover that time is the one currency that gets more valuable the older we get. So spend it with authenticity and tons of appetite.
One piece of advice I would give to anyone. Aspiring college students or anyone else: When it feels right, it probably is right. So do yourself a favor and say ‘yes’ to life…