Spring is here

Finally it is getting warmer here in Norway and the sun doesn’t set before 9.30 p.m.
Life seems to be easier at once – everyone is spending time outside and all the cafés and bars by the waterfront are crowded.
Of course it was time for our first BBQ on the beach this week. It was still a bit chilly, but at least we had this amazing view:

Beaches in Norway
Sola Beach, Stavanger

BBQ on the beach

Sunset by the sea

Why autumn is the perfect beach season

My favourite season has always been summer but then there is something about autumn that makes everything look more beautiful. I like the orange leaves and the golden light when the sun sets in the evening. Now is the best time to take long walks and inhale the fresh air before it gets really freezing and dark. The best place to be is the beach around this time, especially in good weather conditions.

Beach walk

But why is this season such a good time for long beach walks?

1. Healing powers of sea air:
If you look back in time, you can see that doctors have been prescribing patients trips to health resorts by the sea for centuries.    So there must be something curing in the air around the sea. It might be the sea salt or simply the fact that being on a beautiful beach makes you happy and therefore feel better in general.

2. Boost your immune system:
Especially during this season the strong wind, salty air and the sun still being around for several hours per day, is a challenge for the body. Your immune system is growing stronger in these conditions – and in almost non-polluted sorrundings.

3. Sun equals Vitamin D
Being in the sun a lot makes your body produce vitamn D, which is said to keep you in a good mood and make your bones stay strong and healthy. Usually we lack Vitamin D in winter and that can make you feel depressed and tired. So we better soak up the sun for as long as we can before the dark season comes around.

Beach in autumn

 

 

Make Up Store

One of the best things about living abroad for me is exploring new brands I had never heard of before.

Although I had dropped in Make Up Store Stavanger a few times before I had never actually bought anything. It is a Swedish brand that produces make-up and skincare. I like this shop because of the plain black design and the wide colour range you can find on everything there.

This week I picked up two amazing products from Make Up Store. An eyeshadow that I use as an eyebrow powder and a lipstick, that looks pinky transparent with glitter but actually turns out to be a coral shade on the lips. It can be worn over lipstick for a bit of sparkle or alone for a hint of colour and a nourishing effect.

Do you know Make Up Store? What are your favourite products?

Make Up Store Stavanger

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Lipstick in Jolly Sheer
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Eyeshadow in Design
Make Up Store
Body butter sample

 

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