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).

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

 

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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