Friday, 1 May 2015


our traditional national costume will roughly get worn once a year:
On the 17th of May which is Norway's National Day.
If you are lucky you'll get to wear it twice in a year, to christenings and so forth.
For me it has been over 15 years since I last wore my traditional costume.
It actually shrunk in the closet, (can you believe it, those pesky little animals that makes your clothes no way has it to do with me expanding my waist line...), so I had to borrow my mum's to a party I attended in Norway.
The bunad shows which area of Norway you are from and they are all so very different.
There are a lot of details and I am really proud of my mother's bunad, which was hand made by my great grandmother. Details everywhere. 
The belt and the scarf.
"Bringkluten" which has about a thousand beads embroidered onto it.
All the "bunads" are different.
Here is a different one, from Sogn og Fjordane:
All hand embroidered. 
All blinged up with silver and gold. 
In 14 days I am back in Bergen to celebrate our National Day. 
Hopefully by then my own bunad will fit me. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Currently reading

The Pact, written by Jodi Picoult.
So I know whenever I pick up a Jodi Picoult book I might as well say goodbye to the rest of my surroundings until I have finished the book. I actually get to the stage that if someone interrupts me while I am reading I will go into an instant huff. 

This book is a love story, well it begins like a love story but as with any other Jodi Picoult book you get the story told from three different angles and off course there is something so much darker and sinister lurking just below the surface of one of the main characters. 

So far I love it.
I've gotta go.
I got a book to finish! 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia seeds

The humble chia seed has been around for centuries
I only just discovered it around 5 years ago, knowing that it is a healthy little seed and I used to sprinkle it on my salads, in my banana smoothies and in my muesli. I must admit I was never a really big fan of the texture or how "weird" it looked when it came in contact with liquid.

"Chia" is the Mayan word for strength and the Mayan people understood the important health benefits of this little magical seed.

Firstly, it is packed with fiber with so much as 11 grams of fibre per ounce.
Chia absorb up to 12 times their weight and expand in your stomach, making you feel fuller and curbing your apetite. (It is GREAT to eat for breakfast as it keeps me sustained until around midday).They are a concentrated source of Omega 3 fatty acids and believe it or not have more Omega 3 than salmon...really!
Chia seeds can also help promote better bone and oral health and contains 27 percent of your daily value of phosphorus that helps your body repair itself faster.

I have since gotten used to the texture and "funniness" of the Chia seed and I now use it every morning.

Here's how:
I put them in a bowl the night before and let them soak overnight in coconut milk, (you don't need that much soaking time, as they will expand in about ten minutes I just really like how when I put the mixture out of the fridge the next morning almost all the coconut milk is gone).
(You can off course use any other liquid).
I also add some nuts, dried fruit etc. into the mixture.
Come morning I will add some fresh fruit and some more coconut milk and mix it all together.
The last week I have also found some excellent blueberries that I have mixed into the mix plus cinnamon. (Yes, anything I can put cinnamon on I will).
and the added bonus of it actually being super healthy for you.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dolce and Gabbana Passion Duo lipstick

So, I buy my make up whenever I am out travelling. 
Maybe it is because I have spare time, waiting for the flight to take off but mostly it is because at heart I am (let's face it) a make up junkie.
I find it irresistible to go past a counter with all it's bling without stopping to sample a few colours on my hand. So alas it happened this time as well when I was flying from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Bergen. I met the most wonderful make up person in the Dolce and Gabbana stand, (but then again I guess they would never be hired if they were not trained to be friendly to the customer), she was also very clever refusing to be brushed away by my "not really interested, just looking at what you have here". 
Next thing I know I am in front of the make up mirror but I am so so happy she talked me into buying this lipstick.
Firstly, I am not really a lipstick kind of girl. 
I adore the lipgloss, lip stains with plenty of vaseline but to be honest lipsticks have always frightened me. (Think lipstick stains on teeth etc). Also, how on earth do I go about picking the right colour for my skin? The ones that I have bought are always on the nude spectrum of colours which, (thanks to the very clever make up person at D&G washes my skin right out). (Definitely don't want that to happen, I need all the skin colour I can get at the moment). 
Thanks to her expert eye and clever guidance I ended up with this pretty pretty colour, unlike anything I have ever had on  my lips before. It gives off a great colour straight off and on coat no. 2 it is a perfect, fun party colour. The "Passion Duo" has a heart of satin gloss which I really like as it gives you a pretty long lasting colour with full gloss shine, so it is kind of like a lipgloss -but it is not, you get what I am saying. (Plus when it is windy your hair doesn't get stuck in it). Plus they keep your lips moist. 
For more info check their website

I am so happy with this buy that I might actually go back and get a second colour next time I am out flying. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Carpe the sunset

 One of the many things I miss with being away from Norway is the beautiful, late sunsets. It is only March and the sunsets are already as late as 18.45.
 We are lucky to live by a freshwater lake, (that actually used to be the city's water reservoir but since has been free'd up so we can now swim in it in the summer time).
      "When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you."

Friday, 20 March 2015

The latest from the make believe jewellery factory

Just because I felt inspired seeing the sun again and also because I have been stuck in Deborah Harkness' make believe world of fairytales.

Triple wrap bracelets, that also functions as necklaces. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Whirlwind trip

 Troika is one of my absolute favourite chocolates. It is basically chocolate truffle, marzipan, raspberry gel and a dark chocolate cover. I got to celebrate my birthday with my cousin who just happens to have her birthday on the same day as me, (talk about the best birthday present ever) and this stunningly beautiful Troika CAKE was on the menu. (Thanks Mum)!
There is a Norwegian Illustrator called Gunvor that I really admire, (her drawings and her book "Champagne pikene" is absolutely awesome), it is a shame they have not been translated into English yet. 
I also managed to sneak a trip up to the mountains with friends. Norway's had such a great winter this year in regards to snow. The white stuff is everywhere. 

Saturday, 7 March 2015


 You know what makes me really happy?
To finally be able to pack away heavy winter boots, knitted sweaters, woollen underwear..
 To welcome spring with all it's glorious colours, 
to finally be able to feel the (tiny) bit of warmth on your skin and to slowly start regretting all the dates with the bakery shop over winter. 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Runners knee

Apologies for a long absence.
This past two weeks have seen me in full recovery mode. After 18 years of snowboarding, surfing and other sports my knee finally gave in last year and for the past year I have waited patiently to get answers. Turns out I have a pretty horrible case of "runners knee".
The last year has been challenging, I have not been able to move around as I would like to so it has been a practise of sitting still and avoiding pain.
I am now on a slow road to recovery but luckily avoiding operations. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Here's to

still holding hands after 19 years together.
Still waking up to "I love you's"
Cuddles, hugs and kisses on a daily basis
Keep the romance alive, not only on Valentine's day but every day.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Rainy days

Even though this weather is driving me mad, I still find beautiful glimpses to appreciate every day.
Like rays of sun in the middle of the rain.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

One to read

I love a good book.
I love a book that grips me from the first pages, a book that is impossible to put down.
I just finished one of those books.
An unbelievable sad story, disturbing and so gripping.
I was sad to finish the last pages.

Any good reads you would recommend? 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Play time

I am far, far removed from my little work-space in the tropics and inspiration has been hard to come by.

 I got sent these precious paua shells from New Zealand and just looking at them got my creative juices flowing again, so I made bracelets out of them.
In the Maori language paua is the name given to the abalone species. The paua is only found in the coastal waters of New Zealand. No two paua shells are the same. It is believed that all abalone (including the paua) strengthens the body as well as the heart. The shell represents the beauty of life and brings intuition, sensitivity and harmony to relationships. According to the Maori's the shell brings good luck, prosperity and peace to the wearer. 
I believe that too! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


I have had long hair for as long as I can remember.

I feel the time has come for a change and I am eagerly searching the internet for good haircuts and my eyes fell on this one below. 

The main question is do I dare to take the chop? 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

The Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is located near Zhangye in China's northwestern Gansu province. It is knows for it's colourful rock formations which are smooth, sharp and several hundreds meter tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years! 

Can you imagine having a wander through this colourful landscape?
All images are from ImagineChina.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Take a good look

 Simon Hennessey is a Birmingham, UK artist who paints realistic images.
Yup, that is right, these are paintings!  
 I've tried to track the artist down but his homepage is down so these images are all off interest.
Pretty amazing paintings though eh?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

A sauna with a view

Uh-oh, it is getting colder, -again.
How 'bout a sauna with a view?

This stunning sauna was designed by a Canadian architectural firm called Partisans.
You should check out their web-site for more interesting designs.

Probably the prettiest sauna I ever laid eyes upon.