Invitation to “International Expats Club Party” in Café Opera the 28th of April

Invitation to International Expats Club Party the 28th of April in Stockholm!

Hello all international people living in Stockholm. We are a global free of charge membership organisation for people who moved abroad called InternationalExpats Club. Our mission is to make sure you can meet new international people for social or business reasons in a party atmosphere. We are over 80.000 members world wide, we arrange monthly cocktail & mingle parties in 38 cities in 22 countries and we grow with around 1000 new members every week. Our members are normally between 25-55 years old and social friendly people. So if you like to have some fun, have a few drinks and get to know other international people who live in the same place as you… then feel most welcome to this next party in your town. You can book the free entrance ticket or our VIP ticket incl first drink and access to the VIP area at the party. You need a ticket to enter, so please CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ENTRANCE TICKET. You are most welcome, please share the event with the buttons below to invite your friends also :-)

Hope to see you as guest at the party!

Claire O´Donoghue – Global Event Manager
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An expat in Stockholm is an award winning travel photographer

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Multi-Award Winning Travel Photographer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Lola as a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero not only because of her enormous photography talent (my Swede was impressed with her camera when he observed it draped around her neck and resting on her baby bump several years ago) but because of her enormous body of work. She’s been to just about every corner of the world, seriously and has been published in everything from National Geographic to the BBC and took a selfie with Sweden’s Crown Princess before selfies were all the rage. I’ve written so many blog posts about Lola’s achievements that I can’t decide which award is the most impressive.  I know first hand how amazing Lola’s eyes are as she has made me look magical from behind the lens. And I’m touched this globe-trotting mother of two and trophy wife still wears the stylish girlfriend hat. All I had to do was ask (and follow up a couple of times) with the amazing Lola to create something to mark my anniversary and she did not let me down. Indeed she created something museum worthy and for that I will always be grateful.

I will treasure this expose Lola! Tusen tack.

In Photos: On redefining dreams in Europe

Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.
Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Words and photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

As a Nigerian-born, Sweden-based self-taught photographer, my dream as a child was to one day see my images grace the pages of National Geographic which opened the world of exploration to me during my childhood. My professional work has appeared in various publications such as National Geographic Traveller, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and several in-flight magazines, and my photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

My style is inspired by the conscious act of “listening”. I tend to isolate people or subjects and place almost all focus on them. I make traditionally “mundane” scenes more interesting through isolation. This is something I both consciously and subconsciously do. I observe interactions – how people are interacting with each other, with their environment, and how light interacts with them – to capture a sense of place. This is conscious. The subconscious comes from listening. Because I always try to listen to people and places, I tend to isolate individuals and visually listen to and elevate them. I listen to their verbal and nonverbal stories. I let them tell those stories themselves through my photography. And I strive to dignify them during the process of telling their own stories visually.

photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

I’m always inspired by strong black women who are actively carving their own creative paths despite the challenges we collectively face and are building successful lives and careers for themselves in unconventional ways. Living in Sweden for a while now, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many resilient black women doing amazing things – from entrepreneurs in the beauty and baking fields to performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers, authors, and many more. All redefining what it means to be successful by actively pursuing their dreams and passions.

photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

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An expat in Stockholm is a holistic hair care expert

Lyota Swainson, Holistic Hair Care Expert: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Lyota to be a 10th Anniversary Shero because she epitomizes so many things for me: the selfless mother; the relentless entrepreneur; the driven advocate who really wants women to understand their outer beauty and teach them how to nurture it as well as honor their inner beauty; and the woman’s woman. You know strong, beautiful, confident, generous, kind, caring and wise. I first blogged about Lyota when she became a distributor for Sacha Cosmetics. I have had the pleasure of Lyota having her talented hands work their magic with make up and brushes on my face to transform lovely to wow! And I have been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of samples of her hair care line along it’s road from development to distribution and my hair is thankful. I’m thankful for how good Lyota makes me feel and how she empowers me and any other sister fortunate to be her client through her ethos of education, education, education. Lyota ensures you know what you need to know to make the right choices for caring for you. Lyota is sharing her advice for winter hair care for Afro textured hair.

Thank you Lyota! And our locks are thanking you in advance.

Winterize Your Hair – Stopping Hair Breakage, for Afro Hair

The most common problem I know concerning black hair is breakage.  Especially in the winter months where the harsh and dry conditions could reek havoc on your hair. We have all suffered from this one time or another in our lifetime.  If proper care is not given in the winter months, it could set your healthy hair journey back months or even years with the possible breakage that could ensue. So prevention is key here.

Lyota Swainson's Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care
Lyota Swainson’s Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care

The main cause is lack of moisture in the hair shaft. Following these tips is a sure fire way to alleviate breakage using Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Products. Wash regularly. Weekly washes and treatments is your best line of defense in imparting moisture into the hair and increasing elasticity.

Core Radiance

Core Radiance RRR Protein treatment every 6 to 8 weeks to help hair retain moisture and strengthen the hair using quinoa protein.


Core Radiance


Use Core Radiance Moisture Trap deep moisturizing treatment weekly, 20 minutes under heat is sufficient. Sodium Hyaluronate, imparts moisture into the shaft.  MSM, Biotin and Niacin nourishes the follicles to promote growth.


Core Radiance

Using Core Radiance Silky Smooth conditioner for Co-washing is great for naturals.  Just remember to use Core Radiance Detox shampoo to clarify once a month to remove build up of natural oils.


Core Radiance

To infuse moisture into the hair in between washes by adding Core Radiance Hydro-Lock leave-in when hair feels slightly dry to the touch. Follow by sealing with CR Flawless Finish cream or Forever Oil, to seal in the moisture and slow the rate of evaporation.

Core radiance brush
Core Radiance brush

These simple daily to week habits below will make a world of deference to your hair. Try to use minimum to no heat.  This will retain the moisture levels in the hair shaft. Use a silk material when sleeping, other materials are inclined to absorb the moisture from the hair. Keep hair up in protective styles to brace against the weather. Wear warm hats lined with a silk material to retain moisture.

Core Radiance comb
Core radiance comb

Follow these simple steps and you should see your breakage subside. Lush, soft, shiny and healthy head of hair should emerge shortly. Lyota can be reached on and +46 73 687 5818.

Lyota Swainson by Odou John Andrews
Lyota Swainson photo by Odou John Andrews

Lyota Swainson, is originally from New York City. Currently living in Stockholm, Sweden with her son. Distributor of Sacha Cosmetics in Sweden and Creator of Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Line. Supports  beauty from the inside out projects that help empower young girls and women to build one’s self esteem.



We’re still determined to grow food

It’s allotment season again!

We are still determined to grow food

Which means we’re back on our effort to grow food.

Stilldetermined to grow food

It also means it’s going to take work to make that happen.

Still determined to grow food

So he’s turning soil, I’m supposed to pull weeds and we’re both determined to grow food, again!


Expat Coffee Morning

Grow Internationals Invitation

Welcome to our next Expat Coffee Morning, this time with a spouse focus!


Come and enjoy a fika with others in the expat community while listening to our inspirational speakers. This time we have invited Ida and Aleksandra, who are spouses from the international community, to tell their stories and share their experiences on how it is to be new in Sweden and how to succeed in setting up a new life.

The Expat Coffee Mornings are open for everyone and always free of charge. If you want to attend, please sign up to

See you on April 7, 10 AM – 12 PM at Hälsingegatan 49!