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

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

 

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

 

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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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

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

 

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

Weekend wishlist: Accessorize

I forgot how great Accessorize was – until I saw these socks on someone else’s feet! Don’t you just love animal socks? They made me check out the Accessorize website today and I found amazing jewellery, bags and swimwear. I think I will stop by the store tomorrow.

Animal socks: Accessorize
Animal socks: Accessorize (worn by my new friend Sammy)

 

Bag and bracelets found on the Accessorize website.
Bag and bracelets found on the Norwegian Accessorize website.
Necklaces: Accessorize UK
Necklaces: Accessorize UK

 

 

 

 

Lucky charms and lazy Saturdays

Don’t you think that some Saturdays are just made for sleeping late and having coffee in bed? That’s exactly what I did today after a night with friends and a BBQ on the balcony.

Before getting dressed up for a night out later I decided to just throw on some comfy clothes. I have always liked tops with slogans but now I have found my ultimate accessory: Jewellery with a message.

My new double necklace from H&M has one lavaliere with a horse shoe and one that says “lucky”.

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Lucky necklace: H&M
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Top: Bik Bok

 

 

Shopping tip: Monki

Have you ever found a shop that makes you want to get every piece they sell? I have! My recent discovery is called Monki. This London based brand has a store just around the corner. I had been passing it a few times until I eventually couldn’t resist anymore.

Monki has a lot of clothes with crazy patterns but also some very laid back basics that are easy to combine. Scroll down for the link to their online shop and also see my photos of their amazing changing rooms from inside!

Autumn / Winter collection by Monki
Autumn / Winter collection by Monki
In Monki's changing rooms you can sort your clothes by yes, no and maybe. How cool is that?
In Monki’s changing rooms you can sort your clothes by yes, no and maybe. How cool is that?

 

Pick of the day: Leather skirt

When I looked out of the window this morning, I saw grey skies. Made me feel a little sad considering we had 30 degrees last week. But by the time I had turned on my computer and checked my email, I already felt better. All those newsletters about autumn fashion that I have been getting for dome days, suddenly felt just right. Is anyone else getting the autumn shopping vibe even if it’s only July?

I decided to do some next season fashion browsing and I found my today’s favourite on the H&M website: A black leather mini skirt.
Scroll down for picture and link.

What are your autumn must-haves? Any more ideas or online shops worth checking out?

Dark skies in Stavanger
Dark skies in Stavanger

 

Leather skirt: H&M
Leather skirt: H&M

 

Black and white

It has become a little more grey here now. Still warm enough for a Norwegian summer I guess ;) According to the weather I wore something with less colours yesterday.

My new sandals from H&M are really comfortable unlike some other strap toe sandals. In these I already danced all night – twice!

Did you know that sandals are the oldest known footwear of any kind by the way? (I know it’s a little nerdy but I sometimes get caught up in googling random things.)

My new strap toe sandals from H&M
My new strap toe sandals from H&M
Leggings: H&M
Leggings: H&M
Top: Primark
Top: Primark

Summer feet

No need to pay money for a salon pedicure when you can get it at home. I love these products for super soft summer feet: Pumice stone with nail brush and a loofah sponge.

My favourite nail polish is the Volume gloss by P2 in the colour 070 Funky Babe.

Nail polish / loofah sponge / pumice stone with nail brush
Nail polish / loofah sponge / pumice stone with nail brush
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Shoes: H&M / Nail polish: P2 in the colour Funky Babe

 

 

Gold rivets and green smoothies

The weather in Norway is still amazing. It was hot and sunny all week and it’s the first time ever that I actually LIVE nearby a beach. But of course you can’t be sun-tanning and swimming 24/7. Today we went into town and walked along the harbour, looked at all the delicacies at the food festival and had a smoothie at Joe and the Juice. Have you checked it out yet? They make the most delicious juices. It’s healthy and fresh as well.

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Shoes from Varese
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Shorts from H&M

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Red dress

Before heading into town for Gladmat, Scandinavia’s biggest food festival, I wanted to show you this beautiful red dress that I ordered from Asos some weeks ago. While originally looking for an outfit to wear at a wedding, I stumbled onto this. Nothing you could wear at a wedding I guess, but just couldn’t help it. I think it’s just lovely to wear bright colours in summer and I love the frill around the waist. Having combined it with very high heels today, I think you could also wear it in a more relaxed way with sandals or ballet flats.

Dress from New Look
Dress from New Look

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Shoes from Buffalo London
Bracelet from H&M
Bracelet from H&M

 

Light colours and long days

Around this time of year the sun never completely sets in Norway. You can sit outside for hours and hours in the evening and the sky doesn’t change. And when the sun sets eventually, you can still see a purple line across the horizon.

In this light season I like wearing matching light colours. This summer it’s a lot of light pink and white, like my new bag and shoes from Dune. This shoe brand based in London finally made it to Germany and is available at Karstadt. They have beautiful details on all their items, which I absolutely love. Both the shoes and the purse are multi-coloured with gold.

Shoes and bag from Dune
Shoes and bag from Dune
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Top from Vero Moda, jeans from Topshop

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Dune London
Dune London
What you see is what you get - a three in one bag with one zipper on the top and then one for each pocket.
What you see is what you get – a three in one bag with one zipper on top and then one for each pocket on the inside.

Bikini weather

I had no idea how hot it can be during summer in Norway before I moved here some days ago. I wasn’t going to wear my new bikini from Calzedonia until my Spain vacation next month but now I got to hang out on beautiful sandy beaches this weekend already.

Bikini from Calzedonia
Bikini from Calzedonia

I love the beautiful blue colour of the crochet layer on top of the white inside that shows through on the bikini.

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After a day on the beach wearing it I can tell you that it’s comfortable to wear and you don’t have to move the straps or bottom back into place all the time. Also the fabric doesn’t lose its shape after a swim. I think it was a very good last buy I did in Germany before coming here. Well, in fact it’s not the only piece I bought at Calzedonia that day. I couldn’t resist getting a beautiful coral coloured bikini too which I am going to show you when I’m in Spain in a few weeks.

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