Danish Design by LIND DNA

Last weekend I picked up yet another beautiful Danish Design home decor accessory. Or better: It was four them. Coasters made of optimized recycled leather by LIND DNA.

They came in this case with a little introduction of the company (read below). Pretty cool, I think!

 

lind dna
LIND DNA

lind dna

lind dna
Leather coasters

 

 

Treaclemoon body lotion

I think I haven’t been that obsessed with something pink since I was eight. The Treaclemoon bodylotions in “Iced Strawberry Dream” and “The Raspberry Kiss” smell just as sweet as they look like.

But don’t get fooled by the rather artificial looking colours. The scent is really natural and subtle on the skin. The products are vegan and not tested on animals which is another plus.

I absolutely love both of them but I wouldn’t recommend the bodylotions if you have very dry skin. For this season they are perfect for me but in dry winter air I will definitely need a little more intensive care for my skin.

Treaclemoon bodylotion
Treaclemoon bodylotion: Iced Strawberry Dream / The Raspberry Kiss

My autumn essentials

Here in Norway there seems to be a time in autumn when wearing a jacket is too warm and wearing just a top is too cold. For weeks I have been leaving the house with a coat on and after a little while it got so warm I had to take it off… only to find myself freezing in no time again. What’s up with the weather here? It might be the air or simply the fact that I mainly seem to walk uphill around here, but I definitely needed to do something about it.

The solution to my little problem came in a shopping bag from Bik Bok. I got some cardigans which I found to be a good match for almost any kind of weather you can get around this season in Norway. They are really comfortable and – most importantly – not scratchy at all.

Autumn fashion, Herbstmode
Cardigan: Bik Bok / Top: Vero Moda / Skinny Jeans: Bik Bok / Shoes: Din Sko

Autumn fashion

 

Herbst Fashion

 

IMG_1183

 

IMG_1190
Bag: H&M

Eau de Parfum Intense

“Si” has been my favourite perfume for a while now. After using the Eau de Parfum for several months I have now discovered the Eau de Parfum Intense version.

The scent lasts much longer and is still noticable after many hours. Actually there are quite a few fragrances that come in an intense version. So if you can find it for your go to fragrance, I recommend you go for it. It’s a little more expensive but definitely worth it, as a little goes a long way.

Have you tried “Si” by Armani yet? What is your favourite perfume?

Si by Giorgio Armani
Si by Giorgio Armani

 

Si by Giorgio Armani
Eau de Parfum Intense

September inspiration

One store I really miss here in Norway is Breuninger – a big department store located in my hometown Düsseldorf and some other German cities. Can’t wait to go home soon and do some shopping :D

http://www.breuninger-magazin.com/app/uploads/2014/08/10_Breuninger_Herbst_Trend1.jpg
Autum look available at Breuninger: Sweater: René Lezard / Skirt: René Lezard
Coat, Sweater and Trousers: Strenesse

Knit wear

One of this season’s must-haves are plain knit sweaters in neutral colours – easily to match with jeans or skirts, sneakers or high heels.

I found my favourite one at H&M last weekend.

Knit wear
Knit sweater: H&M / Leather jacket: Zara / Jeans: Bik Bok / Shoes: Buffalo

 

Knit wear

Easy dessert for BBQ or oven

Yesterday we probably had the last Barbecue of the year. It was really sunny and warm and so nice to watch the sunset over the sea.

I tried a new dessert which is quick and easy to make on a BBQ or in the oven.

All you need is bananas and some chocolate.

BBQ dessert
Cut open the banana peel and slice the fruit itself into pieces. Take one piece out from the middle to create more space for the chocolate. Put in some chocolate pieces (I used nut and raisin but you can chose any).

 

IMG_0980
Wrap banana into aluminium foil and place upright on the grill or in the oven. Leave for about 10 minutes until the banana is dark on the outside and the chocolate is melted. It’s best to eat these with big spoon.

Real Techniques

For months I had heard bloggers and Youtubers rave about Real Techniques brushes and was very keen to try them myself. Finally I found a shop that sells them here in Norway.

I got an angled foundation brush and have been using it for about two weeks.

So is it worth all the hype? That’s a clear yes!!!

I have tried it with different foundations: Sheer and high coverage, BB Cream and cream compact foundation. Whatever you use, it gives you a flawless high definition finish that makes any foundation undetectable on the skin. It’s easy to add many layers of foundation with this brush and still achieve a natural look.

Have you tried the Real Techniques bruhes yet? What is your favourite one?

Real Techniques

 

Real Techniques foundation brush

 

Healthy dessert: Frozen yoghurt with cranberries

This summer I have become addicted to frozen yoghurt. And it’s easy to make it at home.

For this version all you need is this:

cranberries
Fresh cranberries

 

frozen yoghurt
Vanilla yoghurt

 

white chocolate
White chocolate

 

Frozen yoghurt
After filling vanilla yoghurt into a bowl, top it with some cranberries and put in the freezer for 1.5 to 2 hours. Sprinkle some grated white chocolate over it and enjoy!

Basics

You don’t need to buy many clothes….if you get the right basics. It’s easy to make an outfit look good for any occasion if you mix and match with the right shoes, jewellery and accessories. This season I love grey, white and black with silver, gold or pearl jewellery.

In these photos I’m wearing a blazer from H&M, a top from Selected Femme, skinny jeans from Bik Bok and high heels from Buffalo London.

My necklace is from Topshop and my bracelets are from Primark.

Basics

Jewellery, Bracelets

Basics

Basics

 

L’oreal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream

I used to be obsessed with primers but then for some reason haven’t used them in about two years. This one made me go back: The L’oreal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream. The “Instant Flawless Perfector”, as it says on the bottle, claims to blur pores and refine the skin texture.

The Blur cream doesn’t provide any coverage but makes your skin look good in any light. My skin is in very good condition at the moment, so sometimes I use it without any other product on top. If you suffer from breakouts or other imperfections like discoloration, I still think the Blur Cream will do the job for you if you just add your favourite foundation, BB Cream or powder. If you do use a product on top of it, make sure you don’t apply too much of the Blur Cream as it is so smooth it will make anything else just slide off.

Have you tried the Blur Cream yet? What is your go to primer?

L'oreal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream
L’oreal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream

Kiehl’s samples (including the latest miracle product)

Being one of Kiehl’s best customers (haha) I get a lot of samples from them. The sachet samples last about two weeks, so even better when you get their luxury sized ones which come in a miniature version of the originals.

Kiehl's samples
Luxury size samples of Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehls

The Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is the newest addition to Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions range and I was lucky enough to try it out before it was available in the stores. It claims to fight tired looking skin, dull appearence and rough looking skin texture. Although I have quite good skin in general, this gave me the freshest look and softest skin ever after using it every morning for about a week. I will definitely get a full size serum after using this up.

 

Kiehls, Kiehl's

The iconic Kiehl’s product Ultra Facial Cream never fails to moisturize my skin, no matter what condition it is in. Since I have combination skin during the warmer season, this is a product I mainly use in winter or after sun-bathing on holiday when my skin is a bit more dry.

 

Kiehls, Kiehl's Samples

The Ultra Facial Toner claims to refine skin texture and gently removes surface debris. To be honest, I never really got the purpose of toners. Until I tried this one. It leaves my skin moisturized and silky soft.

My favourite online shopping sites

1. H&M

H&M

I think most online orders I make are from H&M. In my opinion they just have the biggest variety of clothes. Work, party, sports, beach – you can find something for any occasion.

 

2. Asos

http://images.asos.com/homepage/140513-ASOS-Homepage/maincta-summer.jpg

Asos is my favourite online shop when I look for something really laid back and cool or a dress for very special occasions. For some reason it’s never anything in between for me although I know they have a lot different stuff in many different styles.

 

3. Nelly

http://c.nelly.com/campaigns/2014/140908-epicshoppingweek/catwalkcity/ww/epiclookbook_08_ww.jpg

I like Nelly because they have so many amazing brands I can’t get in the shops in Germany and/or Norway: Hunkydory, Hunkemöller…just to name a few. Oh, and they also sell make-up and cosmetics which is always a plus.

 

4. Conleys

http://www.conleys.de/medias/sys_conleys/ha7/h1a/8804689575966/Banner-Magazin.jpg

Conleys is not the cheapest store but it definitely has a very fine selection of brands. Just flipping through the catalogue (which you can order for free by the way) makes me happy :) Conleys is a German online store, but they ship to other European countries as well.

 

5. Victoria’s Secret

It was only recently that I discovered the Victoria’s Secret online store. Gone are the days I could only shop there when going abroad :D

 

Where do you do your online shopping? What are your favourite stores?

Happy weekend

It doesn’t happen very often but today I was up so early that I could watch the sunrise. Had breakfast outside and watched the beautiful colours on the sky.

My today’s breakfast consisted of vanilla yoghurt, musli, banana slices and frozen berries.

Now it’s raining unfortunately. I guess I will curl up on the sofa and watch my favourite programmes.

What are you up to today? Have a lovely weekend everyone! x

Heakthy breakfast: Vanilla yoghurt, musli and fruit
Heakthy breakfast: Vanilla yoghurt, musli and fruit

photo 1(1) copy

Sunrise
Sunrise

Golden hour

The sun has started to set earlier now here in Norway. And in a few weeks, after a summer of long days and bright nights, it will get dark earlier than in most other parts of the world.

I watched the sun set on a small island nearby last night, soaking up the sun before the dark season comes.

Watching the sunset

 

French Connection, Bik Bok
Sweater: French Connection, Skinny jeans: Bik Bok

Fashion

 

Sunset, Fall Trends

 

Sunset

 

 

Relaxing

There is nothing better than relaxing with a magazine and a cup of tea.

Getting inspired for fall by “Costume” with their special edition and drinking Whittard tea. Have you ever tried it? I always stock up on different blends at Fortnum & Mason when I’m in London. I just love their oldfashioned tins and caddies.

Relaxing

 

 

Costume

How to always find your keys

When I was still living in my place in Germany, I would just leave my key in the front door whenever I came home. Because of that I always knew where my keys were and I never forgot them when I left the house.

This little trick doesn’t work with only one door lock and two people in the house. Ever since I moved in with my boyfriend in Norway, we both kept our keys in different places each day and sometimes couldn’t find them.

There is a perfect solution that looks pretty as well. The Duo Sparrow Key Ring by Qualy. Keep them on the wall close to the door and put your key in when you step in.

Do you have any tricks to find your key? Where do you keep yours?

IMG_9743
Duo Sparrow Key Ring by Qualy with an included whistle ;)

Bird key holders

 

Healthy breakfast: Berry Banana Smoothie

All you need for this healthy breakfast smoothie are berries, bananas, vanilla yoghurt and some apple juice. Mix everything in a blender… et voilá!

Frozen Berries and banana
Smoothie mix: Frozen berries and banana (I find it works best if you defrost them for about half an hour in order to create a smooth puree in the blender)
Vanilla yoghurt
Vanilla yoghurt (find the right amount based on how creamy you want your smoothie to be)
Add some apple juice to make the smoothie more liquid.
Add some apple juice to make the smoothie more liquid.
Berry Banana Smoothie
Berry Banana Smoothie

 

 

New Balance

The day I bought my new sneakers I was actually looking for some black leather ankle boots for fall. In one of the shoe stores I saw some New Balance and thought why not quickly try them on – just to see how they look. I had always  liked them but never owned any so far cause I found my pair of white Converse would be enough for the sneaker section in my closet.

I changed my mind as soon as I wore these very comfortable and surprisingly warm (therefore perfect for fall!) pair of New Balance that I now call my own.

I just love them! Maybe those leather boots can wait a bit longer ;)

New Balance 410 grey
New Balance 410 in grey

New Balance

New Balance

New Balance