The quietness in the weeks after..

You sit down at work and seemingly it is just another day.. Little did I know I would be on a plane back to Norway later that evening, my Bestefar (Grandad) was not well.

It is beyond difficult to have to accept that one of the most influential, inspiring and warmest people in my life has passed away. I don’t want to have to accept it, it is too painful. He was so much more than a Bestefar to me, he was a guiding hand in the ups and downs in life, my very own historian and tour guide, a source of inspiration and wisdom.

I feel incredibly grateful to have had a person such as him in my life. The pain I am experiencing now is the result of a wonderful and unique relationship. Though I am hurting, I would choose this pain over not having him in my life at all. This is the price we pay for building strong bonds, for loving each other and building each other up. He was one of my biggest supporters and he will always continue to give my guidance in life.

His stories will never be forgotten, his moral compass in life will always be a source of inspiration and his courage in life will continue to live on.

Today, International Women’s Day feels that much more emotional. My Bestefar would always give me a call, congratulate me on my achievements and serve me a story of all the wonderful women who fought for equal rights. He would never let me forget where our story as women evolved from, how far we had come and how we needed to continue to stand up for what is right, in all aspects of life.

The last few weeks have been quiet, too quiet at times. I hear my phone ringing when it isn’t, hoping for a second that it will be my Bestefar calling.

Moving on will be challenging to say the least, but I will do all that is in my power to lead my life in his honour and never forget the infinite source of wisdom that was my Bestefar.

Always in my mind and always in my heart.

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NYX Liquide Suede – Let’s set the scene first…

So, I come home and the apartment is empty. My hubby is in Canada for work and our roomie has gone to see her parents. I decide to jump into my newly washed black, velvet sweats and t-shirt and it does not stop there. Apparently, it seemed liked a brilliant idea to “swatch” my new favourite liquid lipstick from NYX. Picture this, me in my swagger outfit sitting on the floor in the hallway, because the hallway has the best white wall and light. May I also add that my camera is super heavy, it think I actually built some muscle!

Without further ado, here are my three favourite liquid lipstick – NYX Liquid Suede.

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NYX Liquid Suede
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Soft Spoken
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Liquid Suede, Pink Lust
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Kitten Heels

Love, Love, Love them! The dry beautifully without feeling drying – great! Also, the dofa applicator is very fussy and tickles the lips each and every time, which adds to the fun of applying them. That being said, I think Soft Spoken is my favourite colour, but Pink Lust will take the crown over summer.

Do you have any favourite lip products to recommend?

I will now continue my evening by having a randomly put together wok – YUM!

 

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Favourite European Cities…

 

 

I was definitely  bitten by the travel bug early on in life and travelling is today one of my favourite aspect of life. Travelling gives me life! Travelling gives me the opportunity to explore the spice of life way beyond my own nose. YASS!

Here are my 5 favourite European cities I have had the pleasure to visit and live in.

Barcelona

Honestly, where would I even start with this one. Barcelona is one of those vibrant cities that makes me want to quit life, drink coffee all day, move into a run down warehouse to be artistic and creative. I don’t have a talent for either painting or drawing, but Barcelona makes me feel like I could make a living out of it anyway.

To me, Barcelona has it all! It has the big city feel and there is never a dull moment. There is a beach (!), gorgeous weather and a mutual understanding for drinking sangria before 5pm. The architecture is unique considering Gaudí’s pieces are spread all across the city and I feel like I fall love with the city every time I visit.

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Where wine tasting serves you a normal glass of wine…

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Copenhagen

Probably one of the coolest cities I have had the joy of visiting – the vibe is just so liberal, free and “ah, life”! Assuming Copenhagen is a reflection of the general Danish population, I totally understand why the Danes are considered the happiest people in the world. Copenhagen makes me want to laugh, smile and be appreciative. There is joy and laughter in the smallest aspects of life, you can have the best day by enjoying a beverage of your choice and reading a book or be surrounded by friends.

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Scandi Design is my kind of design.

 

London

Since I live here, London cannot go unmentioned. I moved to London in 2010 and I have lived for this city ever since. The city that never rests, literally. Anyone who has been brave enough to go on the underground during rush hour or visit Oxford Circus on a weekend (daredevils visit Oxford Circus on a weekend in December) know what I am talking about. Tuna can, sardin can, whatever fish can you can think of is the best description of London during rush hours. For some reason, I do love it overall, though I cannot stand it in the moment. Nonetheless, London is the city I grew up in as a young adult (now verging plain adult) and I love it for the lessons and experiences I have had here. London has taught me compassion when times are challenging, confidence when met by those who doubt you and to never settle.

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I am fortunate to have a better half who will jump at any opportunity to travel, whether it be for a weekend or 2 weeks! We are going to Copenhagen today and we are only hours away from rushing out the door and I cannot wait.

What are your favourite cities?

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Honourable mentions: Oslo, Amsterdam, Brighton and Puerto Banus. 

 

What no shopping does to a shopaholic…

As part of my many new years resolutions, I decided not to shop for 6 months. I had to convince myself many-a-times, actually more so I had to convince friends and family that I was going to be OK. There were some seriously worried people out there who were genuinely worried that I would become unhappy and be uninspired in the clothing department. What I took from that was: I shop too much, to the point where people believe it is my main source of happiness (!) and that it would be a great challenge.

The concern from friends and family was the tipping point – of course I can be happy without shopping. I wanted to not shop for the following reasons:

Appreciate what I have

Now, 5 months and 2 weeks into the process I must say that it was much easier than I thought. I have mixed and matched like never before to the point where friends and family thought I had gone shopping. Goes to show that you do not need new clothes for a new look. I feel a sense of relief that I have been able to truly appreciate what I have and feel grateful. Surprisingly, I have never thought the destructive thought of “I have nothing to wear” in front of a garment rack filled to its maximum capacity. This has to be tied in to renewed appreciation. I have spent money on travel that have lead to adventures I will never forget. To sum it all up, I feel great! Do not get me wrong, I am looking forward to going shopping again as it is something I truly enjoy, but it no longer strikes me that I “need” anything. I believe that I now have the mindset of it being OK to admit you want something, as oppose to constantly protect impulse buys as a “need”.

So here I am, almost 6 months without shopping and feeling really good about it. I doubt I will fall back into “maniac shopping mood” again and continue to respect what I already have so much more.

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Why London?

Being accept to a university in London in 2010, I quickly packed my bags and prepared for a adventure of a lifetime. I would be living my big city dream like Carrie Bradshaw. I have always connected with Miss Bradshaw as we both have curly hair. Come to think of it, I connected the most with Scary Spice in the good old days, probably because we both had curly hair. Apparently, not much is needed for me to feel a connection. Who else is there… Sideshow Bob.  Anyway, little did I know that this adventure would continue to excite me for many years to come.

There are many assumptions about London, such as the rain having a special relationship with London. I would personally say that they are quite close, but don’t tell any Londoners I said that! Arguably, the wind has a even deeper connection with London. At the end of the day, it always makes a great guessing game in the morning. What do you wear? Will my hair frizz (answer is yes regardless)? Umbrella or a hat? Most likely both. Ballerinas or wellies?

That being said, I do love London despite its awkward weather temperament.

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London has the ability to make you feel at ease because its day-to-day tempo is so rapid, you can sit down and enjoy the show. Lean into that chair and allow the chaos to bypass you whilst you have a drink and a laugh.

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London is brave and the people who live here show courage on a daily basis. Case in point: Most Londoners embark on the underground every single day!

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London keeps you on your toes and surprises you. I am due to marry a Englishman. Who would have thought? How we met is actually worth writing down when I come to think of it.

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London can make you feel lonely, but quickly makes up for it in its spirit of “anything can happen”! You just need to make it happen.

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