Category archives: Copenhagen

A day in Copenhagen

I have been dreaming of being able to use Brittany’s beautiful paper flowers in a shoot since the first time I laid eyes on them!  So of course I was beyond thrilled when Thea asked if I was available to go to Copenhagen to photograph not only her flowers but Brittany and her studio as well.  Thea and I spent a quick 36 hours in Copenhagen and we had a very fun and very successful shoot with Brittany yesterday (I cannot wait to share the photos)!  Brittany’s studio is so colorful and inspiring and we commented it was as though we had literally stepped into her blog- a craft disneyland of sorts.  I also did a little shopping while we were there and filled my suitcase with some fabulous items from her etsy shop, if only I had been able to bring some giant paper flowers back on the plane with us.  Darn you easy jet and your 1 bag requirement!

Brittany was such a trooper modeling short-sleeve tops and skirts on a very chilly day in Denmark.

This plate from B’s Royal Wedding Collection is now proudly hanging on my kitchen wall, next to the Royal Copenhagen plate I painted at Blog’nhagen

This morning I woke up long before the sun to catch our flight back to Berlin and somehow in my very sleepy state, I agreed to run the Berlin Half Marathon with Andreas.  I ran one 4 years ago, but admittedly have not been much of a runner since then.  Oh man, not quite sure what I just got myself into….. eeeek!

I hope you all have lovely weekends!  We are off to the Black Forest this afternoon to visit family and friends and it will be Miss Hazel’s very first road trip!  Our little city pup is going to love running through the fields which surround Andreas’s childhood home, and I am looking forward to my mother-in-laws baked goods and catching up with a some old friends.  After a wild week of traveling, I am actually looking forward to the 7 hour drive south this evening and being able to relax and finally catch up with Andreas and hear all about his week.  Although let’s be honest, I will most likely sleep most of the drive.  :|

my blog'nhagen video

I was too busy enjoying myself and taking photos to remember to film much video while I was in Copenhagen, but it did have some funny footage I thought was too good not to share :)  Blog’nhagen was pretty much non-stop fun and laughter, and by the end of the day we were all so tired from a jam packed day and lack of sleep that things got a bit wacky as you can see from the last bit of the video.   A big thank you once again to Brittany and Maria for organizing such a great event and inviting me to take part.

More Blog’nhagen:  Part 1 & Part 2

& for the official Blog’nhagen videos, check out the vimeo page

I hope you all have wonderful weekends planned and get a chance to enjoy these last days of summer!

Blog'nhagen Part 2

My first Blog’nhagen post left off after our plate painting at Royal Copenhagen, our next stop was to walk next door to The Royal Café.  We walked into the cafe and immediately started photographing the restaurant- it was so beautiful and the space just begged to be photographed.  We were treated to their famous “smushi”-which is a combination of the two words “smørrebrød” and “sushi” and is a play on the traditional danish open faced sandwiches.  If our lunch was not enough, we then moved outside to the garden area of the restaurant to tables filled with the most incredible desserts- this was really one of the best lunches of my life.

The prettiest (and most delicious) gaspacho I have ever eaten.Bloggers eating lunch- everyone with a camera or phone in their hand :)Smushi!Even though we had already had an abundance of sweets, I could not resist trying each of these and might have had more than one of each- ridiculously amazing.Anne the hand-model.  Round two. Our next stop was at the Vipp flagship store.  Vipp is known for their “pedal bins” which is a lovely, much more sophisticated word for a trash can. :)  Their store is beautiful and they design a whole lot more than just pedal bins- even kitchens!  I was drooling over their new matte black kitchen.Annaleena photographing the new matte black kitchen at Vipp
Anne enjoying her very first coffee, ever!!! (I know, really!) at The Coffee Collective, where we learned the art of filter coffee.  Not only is their coffee delicious, they take part in direct trade which offers farmers 25% more than fair trade.

Agnes Cupcakes were on our tour more than once in the day

the group (minus Jenny, who took the photo)

Our next stop was A XOCO by Anthon Berg, aka chocolate paradise.  We learned about working with chocolate and made “Foam Kisses” which are a meringue-marshmellow “kiss” atop a layer of marzipan, then covered in chocolate.  No one could resist sneaking tastes of the treats and dipping our fingers in the chocolate fountain- we were joking the entire time about being a part of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  It was ridiculous and somehow being there turned us all into kids again!  Our chocolate teacher, Jesper, had an incredible amount of patience :)

We all could not resist- like little kids in a chocolate factory :)

Foam kisses dipped in chocolate
 Our carts all lined up in a row!
Our last stop was at Anton Dam, a design shop I desperately wanted to move in to.  They had the most incredible furnishings and provided tons of inspiration for our apartment.  If only I could have found a way to bring back some pieces on the plane!
Anne & Liv

The evening ended with a picnic alongside the water’s edge and we were treated to an amazing sushi dinner from Sticks’n’Sushi.  I had literally never seen so much sushi in one place all together in my life and definitely enjoyed helping to make it all disappear ;)
Our lovely Videographer, Liv, who was such a trooper filming ALL DAY long

Thea & JJ-who was an enormous help keeping us on schedule- he rode his bike along our Blog’nhagen tour!

Brittany and Juliane
Our Blog’nhagen group!  From left to right- Brittany, Emma, Thea, Maria, Jenny, Isabelle, Annaleena, moi, & Anne
As I mentioned before, Blog’nhagen was pretty much non-stop fun.  It was my first trip to Copenhagen and having the opportunity to explore the city with locals was an incredible experience, and on top of that I met some fabulous new blog friends as well!  The best part?  This is just the first in a series of city tours!  Stay tuned for what fabulous things Brittany whips up next :)

Kong Arthur Hotel in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen we were lucky to be hosted by Brøchner Hotels and stayed in a beautiful suite at Kong Arthur Hotel.  Anne was my roomie for our two nights in the city, and my only wish was we would have had more time to enjoy all the hotel had to offer- we heard such great things about their spa and sadly did not have the chance to check it out (next time!!).  The day following our Blog’nhagen extravaganza we had breakfast at their sister hotel, Ibsens Hotel, which is a more modern design hotel located next door to Kong Arthur, and tried their “breakfast in a cup” (shown above).  It was such a lovely stay and great fun to experience their two, completely different, hotels.  A big thank you to Brøchner Hotels for our wonderful stay in Copenhagen!

I always try and maintain full transparency here on Chasing Heartbeats.  Although our stay in Copenhagen was sponsored by Brøchner Hotels, the content of this post is my own, honest opinion.  :)

Blog'nhagen Part 1

To be completely honest, Blog’nhagen was so much fun I am not really sure where to start this post.  I thought about dividing the day into two posts, one of all the food we ate and one filled with the other amazing stuff we did, but looking through all my food shots from the day made me so hungry I decided to just break the day in half- before lunch and after lunch :)

The concept of Blog’nhagen was created by Brittany, of The House that Lars Built, and Maria, of Wallnut.  It all started with the idea of driving electric carts around the city and it grew from there- I was honored to be invited to take part in the adventure.  The two of them organized the most amazing day touring Copenhagen in electric carts from Copenhagen by Cart, stopping at some of Copenhagen’s must-see design and foodie spots and we had the most incredible day.  Somehow putting a group of bloggers together always equals insane amounts of fun and pretty much non-stop laughter and Blog’nhagen was NO exception.  People must have thought we were absolutely nuts driving around town with pastel balloons attached to the carts, each of us with a camera or iphone (I was guilty of holding both at the same time) in hand documenting the day, but obviously none of us cared :)  A few tourists even snapped photos of us as we drove by- I wonder who or what they thought we were :)

We stopped by Meyers Bageri a bakery from renowned chef Claus Meyer and picked up bread for our breakfast at Maria’s gorgeous apartment.  Their cinnamon bread was divine- seriously what breakfast dreams are made of!

Maria’s apartment is beautifully designed and of course our table was set with some beautiful paper flowers from Brittany’s shop :)

We stopped by a local designer’s boutique, Baum und Pferdgarten, who had the most beautiful clothes- I desperately wanted to take home that gold coat (and maybe the gold pants too!!)

my friend and travel buddy of the trip, Thea from Sister Mag
Our next stop was Royal Copenhagen, where we learned about the history of the company- they have been creating porcelain since 1775!  And we had the chance to paint our own porcelain plates!  I am not very skilled in the painting department, but it was SO much fun.

all of our plates :)
Isabelle from Dos Family
This was just the first half of our day, I have so much more to share!  Here is a group shot from the Vipp store in their gorgeous matte black kitchen- more from Vipp in my next post :)
Stay tuned for a silly little video I made of our day as well!
A big thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for helping to make our day in Copenhagen AMAZING!  Check out our #blognhagen hashtag on twitter and instagram and our Pinterest page for more Blognhagen fun!


Today I am in Copenhagen for Blog’nhagen.  When Miss Brittany of The House that Lars Built was in Berlin for the Hive, she mentioned this idea she had to bring a group of us together to spend a day touring the very best of Copenhagen- I thought the idea sounded fabulous and it surely will be!  I can’t believe the day is already here and I am SO excited to tell you all about it.  We all will be instagraming and tweeting up a storm, so make sure to look for the #blognhagen hash tag on twitter and instagram :)

Also, tonight there is a blogger meet-up and anyone who is interested can join us!  If you are able to make it, please make sure to say hello :)  More info here.

An introduction to my lovely fellow Blog’nhagen bloggers:

from top left: Jenny Brandt | DosFamily, Annaleena Karlsson | Annaleenas Hem, Anne Ditmeyer | Prêt à Voyager, Brittany Watson Jepsen | The House that Lars Built, Emma Fexeus | Emma’s Design Blogg, Isabelle Mcallister | DosFamily, Maria Helgstrand | Wallnut, Thea Neubauer | Sister Mag

For more info, check out the Blog’nhagen site, and their twitter and facebook!