Royal Blue

For a while I really have been struggling with the colour royal blue. And although blue is my favourite colour in general, I really tried to avoid this particular shade for some reason.
I was circling royal blue clothes in the shop, tried something on every now and then and finally decided I would pass on this trend. Until I saw this: The blazer from Selected caught my attention immediately and is now one of my favourite pieces from my everyday wardrobe. Combined with neutral and light shades and some gold jewellery I think the blazer looks quite cool and edgy.
After a dark and grey Norwegian winter it feels nice to have some loud colours on me after all. What’s your favourite spring colour?

Royal blue blazer

spring colour

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Blazer: Selected Femme / Earrings and necklace: H&M
Blazer and top: Selected Femme / Earrings and necklace: H&M

(Photos by Theresia Pauls)

 

Minimal

Not that it was anywhere near to warm enough for wearing short sleaves when I took these pictures, but I really wanted to show you this baby pink, silky top that I got from Topshop recently.
I like that it is so minimal and yet has a special detail on the back, which makes it perfect for any occasion.

Do you have a favourite piece in your wardrobe that you like to wear anytime and anyplace?

Topshop

Jewellery H&M
Top: Topshop / Bracelets and necklace: H&M

Stavanger

Winter essentials

Although the Norwegian winter has been a bit lazy so far (as in no snow and quite warm), it gets really windy and chilly once the sun has set. Especially if you are walking along the coast.

This means I don’t leave the house without an oversized scarf and a wool hat anymore but my absolute favourites are my classic Norwegian mittens. They are handmade and 100% wool and I can tell you my hands have never been this warm in winter.

What are your winter essentials?

Gloves, mittens
Handmade Norwegian mittens

 

winter accessories
My favourite winter essentials! Mittens: Handmade from a street market / Oversized scarf and wool hat: H&M

 

Bling ring

For years I have been avoiding glitter and sparkle on both clothes and jewelry. But these rings made me go back. When I saw them at H&M I just had to get them. As I have mentioned before, I hardly ever wear real silver and gold as I like to match my jewelry with my seasonal wardrobe and try something new every now and then.

Despite the sparkly bits on these rings they look quite subtle on the hand even if you wear all three of them at the same time.

Sparkly rings from H&M
Sparkly rings from H&M

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

 

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Bag: H&M

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

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

 

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?

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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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

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

 

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

 

 

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.
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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