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

 

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

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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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

 

 

 

 

Sunset lovers

Hanging out on balconies with beautiful views seems to become a tradition. After having dinner in town we had drinks on our friends’ balcony, watched the sunset and the thunderstorm that approached later. I still haven’t got used to living right by the sea but of course I absolutely love it.

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Drinks with a sea view
Drinks with a sea view

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Lovely view and lovely people
Lovely view and lovely people

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?

 

Why Norway doesn’t need Starbucks

All you need is love… and a good cup of coffee. This is what it said on one of the blackboards at Steamkaffebar where I had an Iced Café Latte today. I have always wondered why there is no Starbucks in Norway but now I know. It’s these little cafés that make it absolutely unnecesary. Scroll down and see for yourself…

Iced café latte
Iced café latte
Steamkaffebar
Steamkaffebar

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I love the decoration in Norwegian cafés
I love the decoration in Norwegian cafés
Candles and magazines
Candles and magazines

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

Treaclemoon One Ginger Morning bodylotion – The secret to soft skin

There are plenty of after sun products to buy in summer but I never found one that does the job for me: Soft skin, nice smell and not sticky is hard to find. In a previous post I reviewed Creme de Corps by Kiehls which is amazing but a little too expensive for everyday use.

Luckily I was given this amazing bodylotion by a friend: Treaclemoon One Ginger Morning has a nice ginger scent (obviously) and leaves your skin soft and nourished all day. I like applying this after my morning shower or after a day on the beach cause it makes me feel refreshed and awake.

What is your favourites bodylotion or after sun? Has anyone tried the other Treaclemoon products? What fragrance is the best one?

Traclemoon One Ginger Morning bodylotion
Traclemoon One Ginger Morning bodylotion
Hello soft skin!
Hello soft skin!

Brunch and interior design

Yet another thing I love about Norway is how much attention they pay to details here. Every café has its own style and special decoration.

Today we had brunch at Ostehuset. Not only do they serve amazing fresh food, but you can buy lots of different home decor things.

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Cups, plates and glasses

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Porcelain dishes

Coral lipstick

This summer I really love bright pink and coral shades on my lips. My latest discovery is the Soft Sensation Colour & Care Lipstick by Astor. I wear it in 403 – Attractive Coral. It is super moisturizing and highly pigmented. The best thing about it is the SPF 20 that protects the lips from sun damage. The colour is really intense, so if you want just a hint of colour, you can lightly dab it onto your lips or dab away with a tissue after applying.

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Soft Sensation Colour & Care Lipstick by Astor
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Lipstick colour: Attractive Coral

 

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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July Favourites – Skin care and light make-up

When summer comes around you don’t want to spend too much time on getting ready and doing your make-up. You just want to get out to enjoy the sun – and of course still look your best!

I found some products that are just perfect for this season.

BB Cream and Creme de Corps by Kiehls
BB Cream and Creme de Corps by Kiehls

I have been a Kiehls fan for quite a while now and these are my latest discoveries. The BB cream has just the right amount of coverage to let your skin tone shine through and still hide imperfections. I don’t like wearing heavy foundations in summer cause when you tan, your skin tone changes and you still want a good colour match for every day.

The Creme de Corps is perfect after sun bathing. It leaves your skin hydrated and soft and has a lovely scent.

 

Totally Inense Treatment Oil by Percy & Reed and Guerlain Le Top Coat Gel
Totally Inense Treatment Oil by Percy & Reed and Guerlain Le Top Coat Gel

 

Again two amazing products for beach days. I love the hair oil because it prevents my hair from splitting. You need that little bit of extra care when your hair is exposed to salt water and sun all the time. You only need 3 pumps and work it into your wet hair.

The gel like polish by Guerlain is a top coat that makes your nails a little stronger without looking to thick. You can wear it alone or as a top coat over your regular nail polish and gives your nails a shiny look. Goodbye brittle nails!

 

High Beam by Benefit and Baby Lips by Maybelline
High Beam by Benefit and Baby Lips by Maybelline

High Beam by Benefit is an amazing highlighter that reflects sunlight and adds a bit of a glow to your tanned skin. Lightly dab it onto your cheek bones and below the eyebrows for a shiny finish.

As I said before, heavy make-up is nothing for hot summer days. Maybelline Baby Lips is a lip balm with a hint of colour. I wear it in Cherry Me.

What are your summer favourites?