Where were you born?
In Stockholm on a cold winter day.
Where do you live now?
I have been a Londoner for almost seven years now and I’m not planning on leaving any time soon.
If money were no object, where would you live?
I would spend three months in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe during the winter, two months in Stockholm during the summer, two months in London, a few weeks in South of France, but I would have my base in West Hollywood in Los Angeles and just travel, travel, travel.
And your favourite restaurants?
The lovely French restaurant Escalier; Sturehof with its classical Swedish menu; Pontus by the Sea for the seafood and the location; Ulrikdals Wärdshus for the traditional Swedish Christmas julbord; and the Italian restaurant Italiano Papa for dinners with the girls.
Do you have a favourite local café or bar?
I love to sit in Tures in Sturegallerian and have a coffee and watch people walking by. They do a mean steak tartare and it’s the best place for people-spotting. Otherwise I do really enjoy Josefina by the water out on the island of Djurgården in the summer. It’s like a little piece of Saint Tropez in the middle of Stockholm.
Where do you take out-of-town friends that are visiting Stockholm?
Restaurant J in Nacka, it’s a restaurant right by the water edge in Nacka Strand with lovely views of the archipelago. It’s very classically Swedish and you can take a boat from Nybrokajen harbour in the middle of Stockholm straight to the restaurant. It’s a lovely experience.
Where do you like to celebrate?
I would choose Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren’s restaurant Matsalen, or the more informal Matbaren in the Grand Hotel. They have a couple of Michelin stars After dinner we would go to V club inside the Sturecompagniet club. It’s the best place for a party in Stockholm!
Do you have a favourite Stockholm walk?
From Stureplan you can walk to the harbour and follow the Strandvägen road out to a place called Djurgården. It’s a big nature reserve and you can choose to walk alongside the water, go to one of the many museums, the zoo or have some food in one of the nice restaurants or cafés in the area.
What are the best landmarks and attractions in Stockholm?
No one can leave Stockholm without seeing the Old Town and the royal palace. In the old town all the buildings are so old they are leaning; it’s very quaint and different to the rest of Stockholm. It’s as if time has stood still in the 17th century. There are some excellent restaurants in the area and my favourites are Grill Ruby and Brasserie Le Rouge. You cannot miss the royal palace; it’s a magnificent building near the Old Town. There are some guided tours and a couple of museums inside, but if you are hoping to run in to the royal family then I might have to disappoint you. They live in another castle in Drottningholm, about 30 minutes outside of Stockholm.
Which do you think is the best museum in Stockholm?
The Vasa Museum is pretty spectacular. It’s a huge building housing a giant ship from 1628 which sank on its maiden voyage and was salvaged and brought up on land to be restored in 1961.
Which person from Stockholm do you most admire?
Lars Wallin was not born in Stockholm but in the city of Västerås; however he does live and work in Stockholm and he is one of Sweden’s most talented designers. He makes the dreamiest dresses, all well made, with cuts who can rival those of any international designer. He has won plenty of awards in Sweden and he will soon launch a couture collection. If there is one item I would like to own, it’s an evening gown by Lars Wallin.
Can you reveal any secret spots?
Östermalms Saluhall is very special to me. I grew up opposite this huge building, which houses the most amazing food market. You can find anything from fishmongers and butchers to the loveliest bakeries and fruit stands. As I child I would spend hours in there just to take in all the smells and the sounds. It’s truly a gem in the middle of Stockholm.
Any advice for visitors to Stockholm?
Go in the middle of summer or in the middle of winter. Anything in between tends to get a bit grey. The summers are warm and sunny and the winters are usually very cold and the whole city is covered in snow; it’s so beautiful. Also, get to know a local who can show you around, you want to know where the Stockholmers go. It will make a big difference!
What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
That is a hard question but I would probably say a classic black Chanel bag or a watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre. They are both statement pieces, which I hope to keep forever. I’m planning to give the Chanel to my future daughter or granddaughter one day. It’s timeless.
Which are your favourite fashion brands?
I’m in love with Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair’s new collection for autumn/winter 2012. Stunning! I also have quite a big collection of pieces by Jasmine Di Milo; unfortunately her line is discontinued so I will sadly not be able to add to it. Another very exciting brand is the up-and-coming super designers Altewai.Saome, they had a rocking show in Stockholm during Fashion Week and I can see great things coming for this talented duo.
Which clothing items do you buy regularly?
I buy basic tops and T-shirts in black from James Perse or T by Alexander Wang. I also tend to buy a lot of shoes. I’m trying to pass myself off as a collector instead of a shopaholic.
What was your most recent expensive purchase?
I just bought an amazing Prada bag in the most gorgeous grading, from grey on the bottom all the way up to white on top. It’s stunning! I also just got these super-cool pointy snakeskin wedge boots from Giuseppe Zanotti in the Harrods sale. They were still quite expensive, but I needed a pair of comfy boots to run around to castings in.
Which city is your favourite shopping destination and why? Probably Stockholm since it’s where I get my Acne, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Ida Sjöstedt, Back and Whyred pieces. Otherwise I think Los Angeles is a nice city to shop in. I love Robertson Boulevard, with Intermix and Kitson. Also there is not much that compares to the feeling you get shopping on Rodeo Drive, you feel like Pretty Woman during that shopping-spree scene we all love.
Which is your favourite city in the world and why?
I have to say Stockholm since it’s where I have my family and a lot of my friends. It’s also the perfect mix of fashionable people, good shops, beautiful nature, and nightlife.
Where do you most like to travel for inspiration?
Africa. It takes something really different to make you think about everything you are used to. After staying in Harare in Zimbabwe without electricity most days, I really appreciate the comforts of my life here in London. Africa gives me the reality check I need and teaches me to value the really important things in life. And on top of that you got the most beautiful nature, animals and culture I have every come across. Africa has inspired me every time I go and it doesn’t matter if it’s to Zimbabwe, Cape Town or Egypt.
What can’t you live without?
Scented candles from Diptyque, Jo Malone or Byredo. Green tea, a Chanel eyebrow pencil, sushi, my flat black leather Ralph Lauren boots, my iPhone, Moroccan oil and good sunscreen.
Tell us a secret.
Unfortunately the new, expensive, comfy Giuseppe Zanotti boots are not very comfy at all. But don’t tell my boyfriend…