Because nature inspires

I love Scandinavian style when it comes to decoration – cause it’s so simple and minimalistic. Even better if it’s made of recycled materials and fair trade at the same time.

The “Oohh – Because Nature Inspires” collection by the Danish company Lübech Living is made by women from Sri Lanka who work from home, so they can take of their children.

I got this creased alu pot today. Isn’t it pretty?

Creased Alu pot
Creased Alu pot
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Oohh Collection

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Fair trade, Scandinavian Style
Oohh Collection by Lübech Living

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August favourites

And another month is coming to an end. Can’t believe it’s almost September already. Here in Norway the light is changing a little now, the sun is lower in the sky and the air you inhale is slightly more crisp than a few weeks ago.

It’s not too bad after all – summer here has been amazingly hot and I spent quite a lot of time on the beach this year. And when I lost my sunglasses yesterday, I decided that it might be time to embrace fall now.

But not before showing you my favourite products of this month.

My August favourites
My August favourites
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IsaDora Face Sculptor

This Face Sculptor by Isadora includes a bronzer, blusher and highlighter. All you need for contouring and highlighting your face. As described on the back of this product, you apply the blusher on the apples of your cheeks, the bronzer on the outer parts of your forehead, sides of your nose, underneath your cheekbones, chin and (if needed) the jawline. You highlight your forehead, cheekbones, chin, cupid’s bow, back of your nose and brow bones (I think highlighter only makes sense underneath your eyes when it’s not shimmery, so I don’t use it there as advised in the picture). The highlighter photographs perfectly and gives you a nice glow when using flash.

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L’oreal Voluminous Mascara X5 in Carbon Black and Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N125

I used to use this mascara when I was a teenager and then for some reason neglected it for years. I recently re-discovered  this L’oreal classic and can tell you it’s amazing. The Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black doesn’t only give you voluminous but also very long lashes. That’s all you can ask of a mascara.

The Make Up For Ever HD Foundation I was given by a person who didn’t like it at all. I was very grateful because I had wanted to try it for years. I actually like it a lot but then again every skin is different. I think it blends in very well, is invisible and looks flawless in photos. The coverage is buildable and ranges from sheer to almost full coverage.

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Mavala nail polish in 185 Moscow and Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

There is nothing like a classic red on your nails. The Mavala nail polish in 185 Moscow is a timeless colour, it’s easy to apply, long-lasting and you only need one coat.

Organic Rosehip Oil is Miranda Kerr’s secret to glowing skin. I had wanted to try it for a while before I got it at John Lewis in Cambridge. They ship world wide though! The Trilogy version of this skin oil really works wonders on dry skin. But if you have oily to combination skin it doesn’t leave your skin greasy or shiny at all. I know what I’m talking about because I have dry skin in winter and rather oily skin in summer. I started using it again this month cause my skin was a bit flaky after sun bathing.

 

Jewellery

For some reason I have never been the kind of girl that likes expensive jewellery. If I had an unlimited amount to spend at Tiffany’s, I would get…nothing!

It might be the fact that custome jewellery is less expensive and you can just buy more of it but I also like that it is a little more plain. My favourite pieces are from H&M, topshop and Primark.

What are your thoughts on jewellery and where do you like to buy yours? Do you go for the budget version or like wearing genuine jewllery?

Some of my favourite jewellery: Bracelets
Some of my favourite jewellery: Bracelets
I store it in a big box that is covered in wrapping paper.
I store it in a big box that is covered in wrapping paper.
Pearl bracelet: Primark
Pearl bracelet: Primark
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Sliding knot bracelet: Lindex
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Silver bracelet: Primark
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Silver bangle: H&M

Top 10: Shopping in Stavanger

Having lived here in Norway for about six weeks now, I had some time to explore my new city and stores. I thought I’d a top 10 list of my favourite fashion shops here in Stavanger.

You can also check out the shopping guide I made for stay.com, a very cool website with shopping, sightseeing and food tips for cities all over the world.

 

1. Cinnamon

Breigata 18, 4006 Stavanger

Cinnamon is a store located in an old renovated building in the centre of Stavanger that is specialised on exclusive international as well as leading Norwegian fashion brands. Apart from clothes you can also get accessories and shoes. The two floor shop has very friendly staff who pay a lot of attention to details and decoration.

Cinnamon
, Cinnamon

2. Selected

Verksgaten 1, 4007 Stavanger

Selected was launched in 1997 for mens wear only. The rather new women’s sortiment gives you a wide variety of clothes for any occasion. You can find basics with eye-catching details as well as very feminine dresses in different colours. Selected Femme and Homme are both to be found in the same store, located in the centre of Stavanger.

Selected
Selected

3. Monki

Klubbgata 11, 4013 Stavanger

Most clothes at Monki’s have eye-catching patterns or messages. Illustrattions play a big role in Monki’s collections: You can see the prints in everything from T-Shirts to accessories. If you pick one of the rather plain monochrome items you will still find a striking detail or unique cut to it.

Monki
Monki

4. Acne

Breigata 8, 4006 Stavanger

The Stockholm based brand Acne has a multidisciplinatory approach due to founder’s Jonny Johansson’s interest in art, contemporary culture, photography and architecture. Acne has men’s and women’s fashion including denim, shoes and accessories.

Acne
Acne

5. Nola

Kirkegata 25, 4006 Stavanger

Nola is a small shop in the centre of Stavanger, selling not only clothes but also decoration articles. Basic woolen cardigans and jumpers are available just as well as skirts and dresses suitable for both business and festive occasions.

Nola
Nola

6. Filippa K

Klubbgata 6, 4013 Stavanger

The swedish brand Filippa K concentrates on simple and pure design with timeless cuts and colours. All clothes are of a high quality and are effortless to wear. The Filippa K store in Stavanger underlines the concept of the brand: Bright, cool and yet friendly atmosphere with very helpful staff.

Filippa K
Filippa K

7. Moods of Norway

Klubbgata 9, 4013 Stavanger

Moods of Norway’s concept is to design fashion for happy people and this shows in every item, be it clothes, shoes or accessories. The colourful collection includes screaming patterns as well as sophistocated dresses or suits in pastel colours. Both men’s and women’s wear are to be found in the same store.

Moods of Norway
Moods of Norway

8. Kjoledamen

Breigata 12, 4006 Stavanger

Kjoledamen has a very unique style where you can get dresses like back in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Think polka dots and petticoats! This era is more timeless than you might think as the store advertises on their website that you can find dresses for work, nightlife and everyday occasions.

Skjoledamen
Kjoledamen

9. Fair Play

Østervåg 37, 4006 Stavanger

At Fair Play you can find clothes, accessories and decoration that are environment friendly and support people in developing countries. Unique design and high quality!

Fair Play
Fair Play

10. H&M

Domkirkeplassen 2 , 4006 Stavanger

I know it’s pretty standard. But let’s be honest, ladies – what would we be without H&M? I think they simply have everything you need to dress well at any occasion.

H&M
H&M

 

 

 

 

Oversized scarf

I love living right by the sea! You get the most amazing views and can watch beautiful sunsets. My walk into the city center leads me along the waterfront and a little harbour with sailing boats.

But as autumn is close, it gets windier and a lot colder by the water.  I found the perfect solution to keep myself warm: My new oversized scarf from H&M. I can wrap it around my shoulders or wear it around my neck depending on how chilly it is.

What is your favourite atumn accessory?

Scarf: H&M, top: Vero Moda, Leather jacket: Zara, shoes: Buffalo
Scarf: H&M, top: Vero Moda, Leather jacket: Zara, shoes: Buffalo

 

My favourite budget eyeliner

If you are looking for a an intense black eyeliner that lasts all day, I might have found the perfect one for you. I absolutely love the L’oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza.

It has a gel texture and is completely waterproof. It comes with an application brush that makes it easy to achieve an intense black or a slightly smudged finish.

Have you tried the L’oreal eyeliner yet or maybe have another favourite one?

L'oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza
L’oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza

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Stormy weather

Yesterday I took a walk along the sea by the lighthouse in Randaberg. It was really windy and for the first time this year I had to wear a scarf again.

Of course I’m a little sad that summer is over. But at the same time I think it’s nice being by the sea in this kind of weather when the wind is sweeping through your hair and the air smells of salt water.

Stormy weather in Randaberg
Stormy weather in Randaberg

 

 

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Top: Selected Femme, leather jacket: Zara, leggings: Topshop, scarf: Zara, Shoes: Buffalo London
Top: Selected Femme, leather jacket: Zara, leggings: Topshop, scarf: Zara, shoes: Buffalo London

Autumn inspiration

I love flipping through catalogues, it feels kind of oldschool. So cool that H&M actually send catalogues to all their online costumers.

Autumn is close, so it was perfect timing for some next season inspiration.

Getting inspired for next season. Autumn fashion at H&M
Getting inspired for next season. Autumn fashion at H&M
I love their jersey basics cause it's so easy to mix and match with H&M T-Shirts.
I love their jersey basics cause it’s so easy to mix and match with H&M T-Shirts.
Another favourite: A leather biker jacket. Timeless and combinable with any outfit.
Another favourite: A leather biker jacket. Timeless and combinable with any outfit.
One of next season's must-haves for me: A straight-cut loose textured coat.
One of next season’s must-haves for me: A straight-cut loose textured coat.

 

Moods of Norway

Today my outfit matches the weather: Grey! Don’t you think that clouds always seem twice as bad after coming back from a beach holiday?

My favourite top never fails to make me feel a little better though. It’s from Moods of Norway, a brand that usually creates fashion in the craziest colours. I truly believe this is the only grey item the ever produced ;)

I love how I can combine it with comfortable sneakers just as well as heels. Today I chose the laid-back version.

Top: Moods of Norway, leather jacket: Zara, necklace: Topshop, leggings: H&M, shoes: Converse
Top: Moods of Norway, leather jacket: Zara, necklace: Topshop, leggings: H&M, shoes: Converse
I like how Moods of Norway always adds a little colourful detail, like this red seam on the back of the top.
I like how Moods of Norway always adds a little colourful detail, like this red seam on the back of the top.

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Sephora Puerto Banus

Yesterday we had dinner and drinks in Puerto Banus, a beautiful little town near Marbella with an amazing marina. I did some shopping at Sephora. I get so excited about this store cause we don’t have it in Germany or Norway. Will show you what I bought back at home. Now getting ready for our last night here.

At the marina in Puerto Banus
At the marina in Puerto Banus
Shopping at Sephora
Shopping at Sephora

 

Hawaiian Tropic bodylotion

Have you ever heard about Hawaiian Tropic? I seriously don’t know how I could live without this stuff until now. They make sun protection and After Sun products. They smell amazing and leave your skin very soft.

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect sun lotion SPF 25 and After Sun with Coconut smell
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect sun lotion SPF 25 and After Sun Body Butter with Coconut smell

 

Hola Sevilla!

Yesterday we spent all day in Seville. It was a 2.5 hour drive from Marbella but definitely worth it. It’s such a beautiful old city with lovely little streets and it’s full of flowers. I definitely have to go back there for longer some day.

Please tell me if you have any other tips about what to see here in Spain!

At Real Alcazar Seville. Top: Bik Bok, skirt: Vero Moda, shoes: H&M
At Real Alcazar Seville. Top: Bik Bok, skirt: Vero Moda, shoes: H&M
Sorry for bad quality photos, but the internet here in Spain is so slow that I can only upload phone pics
Sorry for bad quality photos, but the internet here in Spain is so slow that I can only upload phone pics

Pink

I have been in Marbella for two days now and it has been absolutely amazing! So nice to swim in the sea and have dinner by the beach! Of course I had to do a tiny bit of shopping as well ;)

I know Essie has been around for a while but this is actually my first Essie nail polish. The colour is light pink and called Muchi Muchi.

What is your favourite Essie colour? Might have to get more of this amazing stuff ;)

Our view from the balcony! Nail polish: Essie in Muchi Muchi, sun glasses: Rayban
Our view from the balcony! Nail polish: Essie in Muchi Muchi, sun glasses: Rayban

Sea and music

Yesterday I spent all day at Lydbølger, a festival at Bore Beach. It is the second time it takes place here in Norway and includes surfing, kite surfing, yoga and many different bands. Nice idea and also a nice wordplay, it means “sound waves”. We were really lucky to have such sunny weather.

Now I’m off to more beach and sun cause I’m flying to Spain :)

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Top: Selected, Jeans: Guess

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Hanging out on Bore Beach at Lydbølger festival

Kiehls Best Friends Club

Look what I found in my mail! As I told you already, I am a big Kiehls fan and have lots of their amazing products. Now they have provided me with an Aromatic Blends set and a personal Kiehls Best Friends Club card, which means you get exclusive offers or invitations to events. Can’t wait to find out more!

Any other Kiehls fans out there or do you have another skincare brand that you swear by? Have a nice Friday evening everyone!

Kiehls present including the Aromatic blends set and a personal Best Friends Club card
Kiehls present including the Aromatic blends set and a personal Best Friends Club card
Four perfume samples from the Aromatic Blends range
Four perfume samples from the Aromatic Blends range

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Kiehls Best Friends Club Card and letter
Kiehls Best Friends Club Card and letter

Getting ready for the beach

Summer in Norway might be over. I was able to sit down by the sea for about 10 minutes before it started raining again.

A perfect day to start packing for a week on the beach.

Grey weather in Norway
Grey weather in Norway
Can't wait to wear this again! Bikini: Roxy, Sunglasses: Rayban, Shorts: H&M
Can’t wait to wear this again! Bikini: Roxy, Sunglasses: Rayban, Shorts: H&M

 

My secret to clear skin: Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active

Have you ever tried the Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active range? If not, you should! It’s the best skin care for skin imperfections and break-outs I’ve ever tried.

Garnier Skin Naturals range
Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active range (Most of the products were purchased in Germany where it’s called Hautklar)
Garnier Cleansing wipes. I The most important step in your skincare routine: Always remove your make-up before going to bed, no matter how late it is!
Garnier Cleansing wipes. The most important step in your skincare routine: Always remove your make-up before going to bed, no matter how late it is!
The Garnier toner leaves your skin matte and with refined pores.
The Garnier toner leaves your skin matte and with refined pores.
Oil-free moisturizer for skin imperfections
Oil-free moisturizer for skin imperfections
This mask gives you the smoothest skin ever and makes your pores invisible
This mask gives you the smoothest skin ever and makes your pores invisible (it comes in a double pack).
This is my favourite Garnier product: It fights spots within 5 hours. If you apply it a few times it really works wonders!
This is my favourite Garnier product: It fights spots within 5 hours. If you apply it repeatedly it really works!

Waiting for…Marbella

Only 3 days until I am going on a holiday to Marbella. I can’t wait. Has anyone of you ever been there? I was hoping to get some tips from you on what to see, where to go out and where to do some shopping.

My current hot spots after researching are these:

Club Olivia Valere Marbella
Club Olivia Valere Marbella

Stavanger Streetart Pt. 1: Geopark

Since there is a lot of amazing graffiti in Stavanger I thought I’d do a post with some pictures to show you guys. I started with a place called Geopark, located outside the city’s oil museum.

It’s a playground made of  resources from the offshore oil industry and is a project by Helen & Hard  build in 2008. All objects are decorated with graffiti. I think it looks so cool!

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Graffiti at Geopark next to the oil museum in Stavanger, Norway

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All materials come from the offshore oil industry
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Graffiti with a sea view

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Sorry guys! I cropped out all the parts that show it actually is a playground cause obviously I don’t want to upload photos of stranger’s kids without asking

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My nomination for Liebster Award

Thank you simidayz for nominating me for Liebster Award!

11 random facts about me:
1. I lost my first tooth in a fight during math class.
2. I practised Ballett for 8 years.
3. I am a trained teacher and love grammar.
4. I used to wear contact lenses but had laser surgery.
5. I get freaked out by dragon flies.
6. I have a very bad sense of directions but am an absolute pro at reversing into a parking space.
7. I used to sing opera but would never sing in front of other people.
8. I own more foundations than pairs of socks.
9. I sometimes get up to eat chocolate in the middle of the night.
10. I am addicted to cheese.
11. I am an only child.

 

My answers to the questions:
1. Have you ever done something you have regretted?
I don’t believe in regrets. I like to think that everything we do in life can be a lesson, even if we make the wrong decisions sometimes. This is what makes us become stronger and wiser over time.
2. Who is your favourite singer?
Otis Redding. I really like 60s soul.
3. What is your favourite shop?
For make-up and skincare: Schnitzler in my hometown Düsseldorf, Germany.
For clothes: Mango
4. If you could become a fruit which one and why?
Definitely a strawberry! Simply cause they are often served with cream or ice cream. Would love to be swimming in a bowl of cream! Yummy!
5. Who is your favourite Youtuber?
Kandee Johnson. She is not only a make-up artist and does amazing tutorials but has the ability to inspire people.
6. What is your favourite summer song?
“In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry
7. If you could move to any country/city which one?
I love London. I am both a shopping and history/sightseeing freak.
8. If you could choose a hobby to be good at what would it be?
I would love to do magic tricks.
9. What food do you hate the most?
Liver
10. Which celebrity would you want to swap places with?
I can’t think of anyone. I kind of like my life ;)
11. What’s your favourite TV show/series?
Pretty Little Liars. I’m addicted!

 

My questions:
1. If you could have one supernatural power what would it be?
2. What is the one thing you would love to do but don’t dare?
3. If you could go back in time to change one thing what would it be?
4. What’s your favourite sleeping position?
5. What would you like to change about yourself?
6. What’s your best beauty secret?
7. Which actress should play you in a movie?
8. Do you live by any philosophy or motto?
9. What should come back into fashion?
10. What makes you nervous?
11. Is there anything about the opposite sex that you just don’t understand?

Here are my nominations:
Kasi Perkins
Em’s close up
Floordrobe
Jessica & Love
Glamoclock
The fashion and beauty starter
Jasmine Rosina
Siri Kolstad
 Bubble’s wardrobe
Dimension of fashion
Pham fashion

These are the rules:
– Link back to the person who has nominated you.
– Give 11 random facts about yourself.
– Answer 11 questions given by the person who has nominated you.
– Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link to them, too!

Have fun girls!

Au revoir tristesse

What do you do when you finish dinner and realise that you don’t have any dessert in the house? I just had to go to the supermarket around the corner and get some sweets. The Norwegians call it Smågodt, the Germans gemischte Tüte and the English Pick & Mix. You chose your own sweets and put them in an old-fashioned little bag. I love this!

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On the way to get candy
Was nice to take a little walk along the lake
Was nice to take a little walk along the lake
Au revoir tristesse - Top by Gina Tricot
Au revoir tristesse – Top by Gina Tricot
My favourite dessert these days: Smågodt
My favourite dessert these days: Smågodt

My favourite decoration: Candles

If you moved to another country and could only take one decoration article with you, what would it be? For me it was candle holders. I actually took more than just one with me, but considering that my old place in Germany was full of stuff it is not really much, is it?

I think candles create such a cozy atmosphere and can make almost any room look nice.

Vanilla scented candle by Carthusia. It was a present bought at Pafümerie Schnitzler in Düsseldorf
Vanilla scented candle by Carthusia. It was a present bought at Pafümerie Schnitzler in Düsseldorf, Germany
Handmade candle holders by MeL.
Handmade candle holders by MeL
Some candleholders my boyfriend got for our balcony. Available at Åhlens in Norway
Some candleholders for the balcony. Available at Åhlens in Norway

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