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    An Interview With Esther

    Written by Alicia Hurst by Sandra Myhrberg

    Esther is an emerging popstar hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. She made her debut on the music scene in 2019 and recently released her second album “Wander” featuring four hypnotizing tracks. The young star was born and raised in a musical household, with instruments practically decorating her house, influencing her tastes in music life and guiding her through life. Her enigmatic personality and eclectic use of musical instruments such as the vibraphone have captivated audiences and allowed her to tour with global superstars such as Lykke Li. Esther’s talent is both a nod to the past with her eyes and ears set on the future. Keep an eye and ear out for Esther as she embarks on her musical journey. 
     

    Please tell us about how you started as a musician and Singer? 
    I’ve always had music in my life, my dad is a musician so there’s always been instruments in every corner of our house. I started off playing the piano and then later took on drums as well, eventually combining the two and starting to play mallet instruments - which I now consider my main instrument. It’s essentially a piano you hit with mallets.
    I never really considered singing before I was put on the spot at a music festival in Copenhagen 2017. I was there playing vibraphone with a couple of people from the company teenage engineering who were showing off some synthesizers. The music was all improvised and eventually they put up a microphone in front of me and told me to ”play and sing!”. When I did, the rest of them stopped playing and I got to end our set all by myself. That was the first time I ever sang and played vibraphone at the same time.
     
    You play the vibraphone, tell us about that instrument? 
    Like I said before, the vibraphone works pretty much like a piano in terms of where the notes are except you hit it with ”mallets” instead of your fingers. I hold two mallets in each hand which limits me to play four notes at a time.
    Usually it’s made of metal, but the one I play is actually electronic which makes it easy for me to manipulate or completely change the sound I use. I think it fits really well with my music! It’s also really fun to play, haha.
     
    What is your inspiration for your new ep “wander”?  And your music in general?
    People and feelings have always inspired me. I’m very inspired by all of the people I work with because they’re really talented and come up with things I wouldn’t (hopefully it’s vice versa as well).
    And I find it really inspiring to try and find something beautiful in a difficult emotion. Maybe it hurts to break up, but it might have been beautiful that it got to be at all?
      
    You just spent time in Los Angeles, what brought you there?
    This fall I’ve had a really cool opportunity to play in the band with Lykke Li on her recent tour in the States and Europe - so that’s why I was there. 
     
    How do you like to incorporate style and fashion into your artist persona? 
    It’s actually something I’m still trying to figure out. I have a good sense of what I feel comfortable in and what I like, but I also have an urge to be braver and try more clothes that are a little bit more outside of my box.  
    It’s important for me to feel cool when I’m on stage, I don’t want to feel vulnerable so I’m taking it one step at a time. There’s also the aspect that I have to be able to play in the clothes I wear. I move around quite a bit and I know the sleeves can’t be too long since my mallets tend to get stuck inside them. I just recently started wearing heels when I play, haha. 
     
    In this story the stylist gave you a baseball bat as a prop and you told us that you actually played baseball when you were younger? Please tell us more about that? 
    I did! It’s really weird since most people don’t even know there are teams in Sweden. I started playing in middle school because me and my friend said we wanted to start playing together, but then he ended up bailing so I had to go by myself. I think it’s a great sport and ended up playing for probably three years. Go sports!
     
    What are your plans for the future? 
    Right now I’m working on new music that I’m really excited about. I think that’s my only plan for the future - to keep on going and saying yes to everything that I want to do, see how far it gets me! I don’t like making really big plans far ahead, because I think it can build up the pressure you put on yourself and we get enough of that already. I just ”trust the process” and try to have fun I guess.
     
    You often write songs about relationships, How come?
    I think it’s just because you feel very complex things in relationships with others, whether that be a friendship or a romantic relationship. Putting it into words and trying to explain it has been the best way for me to understand what the feeling is about. And it’s really rewarding. I really appreciate being able to feel all those emotions, even if they’re sad, because it gives you a sense of meaning. 
     
    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I love puzzles! I pretty much always have a Rubiks Cube in my bag.
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • The Odalisque Magazine Editors' Wishlist for the Holidays

    Written by Yasmine

    Holdays are soon upon us and the editors of Odalisque Magazine have gathered some pieces they hope will be under the tree. See what we wish for a stylish Christmas, and perhaps even get inpsired. 

    Ulrika Lindqvist, Fashion Editor

    1. GANT Monogram Coat I love this coat from Gants fw22 collection. It makes me think of Patrizia Gucci in the Alps which is the only way I want to dress this winter. I love the pattern and color. Please Santa put this under the tree!

    2.  Rodebjer Akanda Knitted Dress After a few years spending the holiday without all the glitz and glam I want to celebrate wearing this wonderful dress from Rodebjer. Festive yet understated, and I will love it for years to come. 

    3. Lampett svenskt tenn I've been on a hunt for the perfect sconce for years. Searching both auction sites as well as newly produced ones I have finally found it at Svenskt Tenn. This one is designed by Josef Frank in the 1940's it would look amazing in my 1936 apartment,

    Jahwanna Berglund, Fashion Director

    For this Christmas, I have 3 wishes for Santa to leave under the Christmas three.

    1. Ole Lynggard, Leaves Forest Ring: One of my personal favorite jewelry brand for everyday and special occasions is Ole Lynggaard and this Forest ring in gold with diamonds lives rent free in my mind.

    2. Sophie Billie Brahe Cloud Box: The older I get the more practical I get and wats worst than not know where you put your dearest jewelry? This cute cloud jewelry box from Sophie Bille Brahe will keep your dearest belongings safe or why not just as an interior detail?

    3. .Apollo Celestial Globe, Hermès: I'm all in to interior for my Paris apartment and I always dreamt about space and would love to go one day, but until then I will dream about this Apollo celestial globe from Hermès.

    Yasmine Mubarak, Digital Feature Editor

    I am longing for winter adventures in the Arctic region, so my wishlist is occupied by pieces for the coldest climate. And as a minimalist by heart, it’s all functionality for me.                                                                                                                1. Woolrich, Waterproof Cayuta Parka in GORE-TEX Searching for a good winterjacket, I found a few, one of them is this Parka that seems to keep you warm and stylish – so I can spend less time worrying about the cold and more time creating new memories. Not to mention, what caught my attention was Polygiene ViralOff® technology that guarantees to kill over 99% of viruses in a two-hour time span. WOW

    2. Tretorn Aspa Hybrid Waterproof Boot With these boots – I think I am set for my nature expeditions. The shoe is not only stylish but waterproof, and perfect for both city walks, and the artics. It's also supposed to be really warm, with the sturdy high sole and heel collar (and reflections!). 

    3. Brixtol Textiles Joan jett padded Jacket  The waxed jacket is manufactured in the city of Birmingham. The fabric is water-repellent thanks to its traditionally waxed surface (YEY).  I love that it's longer than the classic padded jacket,  to make sure you keep yourself warm and has a high collar to keep the wind away.

     4. Xlash Eye Patches  I needed to squeeze one beauty product on the wishlist, and as I am on the hunt for the best eye and sheet masks - one product I found is the Rejuvenating Eye Gels, that's supposed to be very hydrating!

  • The 15 Best Beauty Boxes to Give Someone this Holiday

    Written by Yasmine

    Burberry Hero Gift Set
    The limited-edition Burberry Hero Gift Set, is a minimalistic yet powerful gift set with three different products from the Hero line. The Eau de Perfume in 100 ml (which has actor Adam Driver as its ambassador), Hair & Body Wash, and last a Eau De Toilette of the scent in 10 ml.

    Gucci Gorgeous Jasmin Perfume Set 
    The Gucci set is a beautiful and exclusive gift to give to someone you care about. The Set includes Gorgeous Jasmin, which is a composition led by Grandiflorum Jasmine. With an enlightened expression of this precious flower. Blended with base notes of Sandalwood and Benzoin, further lifted with notes of Mandarine Essence and Magnolia Accord.

    Victor Vaissier, La Forêt Gift Box 
    La Forêt Parfumée from Victor Vaissier, is a forest-inspired candle that is great for Christmas. The scent is a beautiful combination of all things great with nature – smelling like a forest. The refreshing scent comes from a mix of juniper and evergreen, together with red currant for a floral and slightly sweet edge. Best of all for Christmas it comes in a hand wash and a diffuser as well, perfect as a package. To give to the person that need some calm and bring an coherent atmosphere throughout the home.

    Beard & Bristle Grooming Kit, The Body Shop
    Who can not include The Body Shop when it comes to Christmas gifts? The UK brand has countless gift sets to offer. Everything from skincare to body and hair care for you to find a new favorite. The Grooming Kit from The Body Shop is a popular choice to give during the holidays. The kit includes three different essentials – the minimalistic beard comb great for travel, the cedar & sage beard oil for a soft and fresh feeling, and green tea and energising moisturizer to hydrate your skin during winter. All three products are popular options that can be bought individually, but together – it’s a lovely set.

    Innisfree, Green Tea Skin Moisturiser Set
    For the skincare enthusiast Innisfree is a great start to get into K-beauty. The set is contains the brands most popular serie 'Green Tea'' and is very hydrating and helps to moisturize your skin. It includes three products, the Green Tea Cleansing Foam, Green Tea Seed Intense Moisture Serum and the Green Tea Seed Moisturizer. The serum and cream have a soft and refreshing scent and feeling to your skin. Refresh yourself or someone you care about with the popular brand. 

    Balmain Limited Edition Gift Calendar FW22
    The complete X-Mas set is in a chic wonderland Balmain Paris Hair Couture box. Get the ultimate Parisian luxury with some of the brands most popular producdts. This luxurious gift box contains the complete series of a Leave in Conditioner, Argan Moisturizing Elixir, Moisturizing Styling Cream  not to mention a Limited Edition Nutcracker ornament, a Christmas decoration in hand-blown glass to have in your home. 

    H&M Beauty Gift Boxes (Self-Care Starter Kit)
    As a Swede, we must visit H&M during the holidays for our shopping. The clothing brand that today has a strong beauty presence have created various beauty sets – to fit every wish. From the most experienced beauty enthusiast to the one just starting out. One of the many setss is the Self-care Starter Kit, a limited-edition package featuring everything you need for a spa day at home. Take a relaxing bath with the bath bomb, or bath oil – finishing up with the body soap. All while wearing the pink headband that comes with the set. Not to mention an easy face mask and lip gloss. Not to mention, H&M Beauty also has two strong beauty calendar to check out!

    LA MER The Revitalizing Hydration limited-edition collection
    La Mer the Revitalizing Hydration collection Includes the classic Crème de la Mer 60ml, The Hydrating Infused Emulsion 50ml, and a bag. An exclusive gift to give to yourself or if you know someone who appreciates the brand.

    Diptyque’s Set of 3 Holiday Scented Candles Three starry skies come to life in the winter night: Diptyque’s three limited-edition scented candles. Gathered in a gift box adorned with stars, they envelop the holidays in emblematic winter scents faceted with new and singular tones. In a deep green, the Sapin / Pine Tree candle expresses notes of mountain pines. The Neige / Snow candle, in a beautiful midnight blue, diffuses a soft harmony of heliotrope and white musks. And lastly the In a rich, warm red, the Étincelles / Spark candle instantly brings the spirit of the holiday season to life.

    Byredo, La Maison - Scented Candle Gift Set
    Give the gift of Byredo icons this holiday with a set of a perfume and hand cream, housed in a limited-edition gift box designed in collaboration with Laila Gohar. The limited-edition gift boxes, designed in collaboration with Laila Gohar, transports Byredo into the experiential artist’s playful universe for the holidays, juxtaposing individual beans with braided and entwined foods – a nod to the bonds that tie us together.

    Merci Handy Holiday Christmas Market Set
    The Hand Care set includes three different hand cleansing gels in a perfect size to have with you during the hectic holidatys. The set comes in three different products; new scents: Daddy DJ, Tree.0 and Galaxy Flakes. With designs with snow flakes, a christmas dj and some christmas trees. 

    AESOP Geranium Leaf duet
    Wash your hands lovingly with this mild cleanser by Aesop then follow with a generous application of the rich, soothing balm. Each formulation is designed for frequent use to treat labor-wearied hands.

    DR Jart+ Cicapair Soothing Magic Set
    If you want to give something universal, for the beauty enthusiast. The beauty mecka Sephora has a range of different Christmas boxes to fit your wish. One of the many examples is DR Jart+ Ciapair Soothing Magic set. The set includes the brands most favorites such as Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment 5 ml, Green-to-beige cream that adapts to the skin's natural color to neutralize redness and even out skin tone. Cicapair Tiger Grass Enzyme Foam Cleanser 30 ml and the Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Cream 5 ml Not to mention, a favorite for many the Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Serum Mask.

    Decléor Xmas 2022 White Magnolia Kit Give the gift of self-care this season and discover three Decléor products enriched in White Magnolia Essential Oil. The gift set features a complete illuminating routine for face and hands, powered by white magnolia essential oil to promote revitalised radiance. The White Magnolia Night Balm, and an natural-origin overnight mask. The Rosy cream and serum – that all combines Magnolia, Geranium & Ginger Essential Oils in a formula to target visible signs of aging.

    Maria Nila Gift Box
    Maria Nila Gift Boxes explores the connection between a scent and a visual experience by having the Swedish artist Siri Carlén interpret the products as abstract art. The result is six unique boxes and while every box contains different products to work best for your hair if it’s volume, repair, or color every box includes the 30ml True Soft Argan Oil. Don’t forget you can definitely use the boxes afterward in your home as a décor!

    All the 15 christmas sets are all perfect in their own way depending on who you want to give it too. They are splendid where you have the chance to try a completly new brand, or revisit a favorite one for a holiday spirit. 

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