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Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + denmark + Life / Monday, 6 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen Part 3: afternoon

I’m sure by now you’re getting the gist that Blog’nhagen was a blast and as I sit here going through the pics I’m wishing we could do it again. And to help you visualize even more what the day is like, here’s the video! Liv Prior Colliander followed us around and documented the day. Not only was she a saint for doing so, but she added so much to the day with her positive energy. We love her. Take a look at the short video here. She also made a longer video (at the bottom of this post) if you want to see the full day. I’m in love with the music by Saint Kodiak too. It’s the type you wish you wish was accompanied by a topless convertible.
After lunch at Royal Cafe (see last post), we headed towards VIPP, the legendary Danish pedal bins. Now, maybe you remember how when I worked for Celerie Kemble back in the day she was asked to design one for a special charity auction alongside Bono, Karim Rashad, and Simon Doonan. It was so fun to go to their flagship store and meet the designers and hear about their clean approach to design. So interesting to think that their pedal bins came first and then they designed beautiful kitchens to accompany them. 

Thank you, Jenny, for posing us for a group photo (though we miss you dearly in the photo!) 
Off again to…
Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne, one of my favorite parts of Copenhagen. Torvehallerned is this new marketplace with lots of terrific (and EXPENSIVE) food stops. I’m not a coffee drinker, but apparently it’s the best that anyone had ever tasted. They directly trade with farmers in Africa to ensure great quality and ethical standards for everyone involved. I had first heard about Coffee Collective from Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland who had heard raves about it. I think it was enough to tempt Anne to drink her first cup ever and she was pleased! 

Then we went a few doors down to Agnes Cupcakes. Yes, you can’t escape them! They’re delish and have their own Scandinavian twist.

Off to Isbens Hotel to get a tour of the premises. Brochner Hotels was so kind to offer hotel accommodations to the out-of-town bloggers. They stayed at Kong Arthur Hotel right next door but we got a tour of Isbens, their more design-focused hotel. They incorporated art and designs from the local designers and artists from Nansensgade, which keeps the local vibe fresh. I’m lucky to work in this same area.
The finale comes up tomorrow! To view the long version of the Blog’nhagen film, click here.

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Lars' (play)List + Life + Party / Monday, 6 Aug 2012

Lars’ (play) List: August


I’m the WORST when it comes to finding new music. I basically listen to classical, oldies, whatever gets my groove on, Janet Varney’s JV Club podcasts, or whatever people give me. Basically, I rely on much cooler people to fill my ipod. Enter, Katie Farber of This, That, & The Other. In addition to contributing twice a month with a “Outfit to room” she’ll be providing a playlist on the first Monday of each month. Yay! New material for my route to work. Thanks Katie!

Click here to get the first Lars’ (play)List on Spotify

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Life + This week / Friday, 3 Aug 2012

This week

I’m giddy knowing that we have a dear friend coming next week and my mom coming in just one month. GLEEEE! Life is good. And made all the better with a beautiful double rainbow as I got off the metro. Nice!

This week:
Paul and I went looking for branches and came across beautiful wildflowers
lollipop balloons for Hello Bee 
How to make a Post-it heart pinata for Brooklyn Bride
This Girl 
Blog’nhagen review part one and part two (more next week!!!!)

photos from my iphone on Instagram @houselarsbuilt

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Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + Life / Friday, 3 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen Part 2: Lunchtime

Blog’nhagen continues! This was perhaps my favorite time of the day and a serious dream come true. When I first moved to Copenhagen I tried to get a tour of the legendary Royal Copenhagen factory. Turns out, they no longer do such things, but I was thinking they might make an exception for our dear bloggers. Well, thanks to my friend JJ, we scored a PAINTING class to paint our own plates instead. DREAM!
By now they should be fired and we should be receiving our plates any day. I can’t wait! Now, time for lunch. A hop, skip, and a jump away (just next door) to…

Part 3 coming on Monday…plus the video!!!

Thanks again to the photographers of these pics. Chasing Heartbeats, JJ, Dos Family

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Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + Life + Party / Thursday, 2 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen Part 1: Morning

If you’re new to Lars, let me explain Blog’nhagen. Last month 8 bloggers came to Copenhagen for Blog’nhagen, this event that Maria and I created to bring bloggers together IN REAL LIFE to experience the best of Copenhagen (the best restaurants, bakeries, shops. etc). It also gave Copenhagen businesses the chance to show what they do. Win-win! I’ve divided the day up into a few parts. First, up morning! 

We met up at Copenhagen by Cart, who sponsored the carts we rode in all day. They are SO fun to drive. In fact, I think I’d much prefer one over a real car–people smile at you as you go by! They make people happy! (or maybe I just attention???? agh!). PLUS, they are electric and you don’t have to pay for parking around Copenhagen. Bonus! We topped them off with balloons from Mr. Euro Balloons himself who hand delivered them. So sweet!

The girls all arrived from their hotel at Kong Arthur, part of the family-owned Brochner Hotel chain. They were so gracious in providing accommodations for the visiting bloggers and I can’t thank them enough for being catching on to the spirit of Blog’nhagen. Thank you!

We had to stop by the Little Mermaid statue. I’m going to say it’s akin to seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

We had the best bloggers come. Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family are a riot! So full of energy and ideas! Jenny is a photographer in Southern Sweden and Isabelle is a decorator TV show host in Stockholm. They see the world in full color and live it with so much gusto. Plus, their blog has unicorns on it.  And they blink. Isabelle immediately volunteered to be one of the drivers when we announced the call. Thank you!

We stopped to pick up breakfast from Meyers Bageri. You know the number one restaurant in the world, Noma? Well, the man behind the restaurant, Claus Meyer, started this bakery using only the finest organic ingredients. I wish my stomach would have allowed me to down it all because it is just what you think it should be, the best. We took the food to Maria’s apartment to show the girls what an awesome Danish apartment looks like.

 Liv followed us around all day to film our adventure. Video on its way!

 From Maria’s house we drove through Amalienborg Palace, you know where the royal family lives.

Then we stopped at Nyhavn where the Prince of Burundi (I kid you not) greeted us from a docked ship to tell us about his jewelry line, Brown Prince. Each piece is hand carved by artisans trained in Burundi from the umukoko nut. It’s much like ivory but without the harm! I’m even wearing the one they gave me right this very moment as I type.

Hi Anne and Thea

Off to Baum und Pherdgarten, a fantastic Danish fashion house.

Baum und Pherdgarten plays with contrasts. Masculine vs. feminine, minimal vs. grandiose. But very much a Danish feel.

We all went a bit nuts picking some things out. I badly wanted this yellow dress below, but sadly, it is not in this blogger’s budget.

You can read more about the day:

Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats here and here and here
Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg
Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem
Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family here, here,
Anne from Pret a Voyager
Thea from Sister Mag and here

I swiped a number of photos from everyone else since I was driving and couldn’t take many. Thank you ladies! A number of them are from my iphone. See the rest on our Facebook page. 

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