The beauty of a Capsule wardrobe

It’s been a while now since I stumbled upon the concept of capsule wardrobes. It was in April I first read this Blogpost  which changed my opinion about clothes and made my life a bit easier. My wardrobe looked like it had been bombed, I couldn’t find anything and it was a real struggle every day to put together an outfit. All these clothes and nothing to wear. I read this post a Saturday night and really wanted to start right away, but who purges their wardrobes on a Saturday night?? I almost couldn’t sleep all night as I was so excited to start sorting and purging.

Clothes talk

 

I spent most of he Sunday in the bedroom with all my clothes in a pile on the bed. I couldn’t believe how much it really was. I followed the 5 steps, and I have to say already on the 1st step, you get so much more control. For me choosing a base color was essential, I chose navy and took all the black I wanted to keep and stored it another place. I decided to use navy for spring and summer and use black for autumn and winter. (That’s not exactly what happened, as now black is phasing out of my wardrobe, but that’s another story). What happened was that I fell in love with my clothes all over again, I realised I had a lot of good clothes, and suddenly I was able to see them, and put together outfits with them.

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After this lifechanging Sunday in April I’ve actually had a quite simple life when it comes to get dressed. I know where everything is, everything goes together more or less, and when I buy something new I always make sure it will go with at least five other items in my wardrobe. Ofcourse I’ve done a couple of bad choices too, but all and all I’m happy with what I’ve bought. Like this striped dress which seemed to pair nicely up with almost everything.

I’ve had a couple of purges after this Sunday in April, it’s a  work in progress really. And every time I’ve purged it’s been easier to let go of clothes that I’ve kept just in case or for sentimental reasons. I will also give the advice, don’t purge the winter clothes in summer or vice versa. It might be you throw out something you really need. If you have a winter coat you’re not that happy with, wait until winter and until you found the perfect coat before you let it go. If not you might end up buying another coat you’re not that happy with just because it’s cold and you really need a coat to stay warm.

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This has all been so inspiring and I’ve also learned I could be an inspiration to others, who would have thought?  When starting up this blog I never intended to be a model myself, I used a mannequin to photograph my clothes until one day my friend Kari told me I should be a model myself and offered to take the photos. We’ve had a couple of photos shoots and a lot of fun, to my surprise I’m not half bad as a model.

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I’ve been playing around with my clothes, tried out combinations I really didn’t think would work, some of them has ended up on the list of favorite combinations. I’ve learned always to take photos of the outfits, for some reason it’s much easier to judge from a photo if something works or not. So this is another advice to you, try on different combos, take photos, dare to be silly in front of the camera, pretend you’re a model on a photo shoot. Remember all photos can be deleted and no one needs to see them, and maybe some of them turns out real good. Here’s a Selfies for dummies crash course.

So if you have loads and loads of clothes in your wardrobe, but nothing to wear, consider a capsule wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be a set number of clothes, if you have 100 pieces or more you’d like to keep, keep them, but sort them into seasons and colors. That way yo will get a much easier life when it comes to get dressed in the morning. Challenge yourself, do a 30×30 challenge, that means for 30 days you only wear 30 pieces of clothing. Or even more advanced a 10×10 which is, well I guess you’ve got the picture.

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Until next time

Kari

 

 

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One dress – Four seasons- Winter 2

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Again a post about the most versatile dress I’ve ever had. It’s actually on the list of my 25 most used items in the Stylebook app. That’s really not bad for a dress.

Ennå en gang et antrekk med den mest anvendelige kjolen jeg noen gang har hatt. Faktisk ligger den blant de 25 mest brukte plaggene mine i Stylebook appen, og det er jammen ikke verst for en kjole. 

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This time I’ve paired it with an oversized, cream cardigan from the Norwegian brand Holzweiler, the scarf is also from Holzweiler. I also wear the leather coated jeans from Fiveunits, Timberland boots and bag is from Mulberry. Everything a few years old.

Her er den sammen med en cardigan og et sjal fra det Norske merket Holzweiler. Bukse fra Fiveunits, mine trofaste Timberland støvletter og veske fra Mulberry.l Alt er noen år gammelt. 

DSC_0277The watch is from  Mockberg. Klokke fra Mockberg. 

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Bildene ble tatt i juli, det var da vi fotograferte denne kjolen for alle årstider.DSC_0283Photos from July, when we photographed this dress for all seasons.

 

 

You can find the dress in these posts:

One dress- Four seasons – Preparing for winter

One dress four seasons – Autumn 2

One dress, four season – Autumn 1

One dress, four seasons – Summer

One dress,four seasons – Spring outfit 2

One dress, four seasons – Spring outfit 1

We’re still waiting for an opportunity to do another photoshoot, it’s not exactly easy this time of year. I dream of a photoshoot in the snow, that would be amazing, not that we normally have much snow…

Vi håper på at vi snart får sjansen til å fotografere igjen, det er ikke akkurat enkelt å få til på denne tiden av året. Det er mye som skal klaffe, både vær og føreforhold, pluss at vi begge faktisk kan. Drømmen er å kunne gjøre en photoshoot i snøen, men man vet jo aldri om det blir snø i Bergen. 

 

Until next time

Kari

 

 

Dressing the truth

I have to admit I’m a sucker for blazers and dresses and when I worked in an office I wore this a lot. I have a couple of good blazers from back then and also managed to buy two more this year. Ok one of them was a real bargain as it was from the test collection and sold for only a fraction of the price. (NOK 300 normal price about NOK 2000)

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But it’s time to be realistic, I don’t work at the office no more, my health issues put a stop to that a couple of years ago. (I still hope and believe I can work again if only my head stops spinning for every little thing I do.  There’s always hope.) What I need now is practical, comfy clothes to wear around the house, clothes I can relax in, take a walk in and run some errands in without looking like I dressed in the dark. I really don’t wear blazers at home and I have to face it, I’m at home 90% of the time and this is how I really dress.

 

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So it was time to face the truth, I started by dividing my clothes into 2 categories my Cozy homey clothes and the clothes I wear when I’m going somewhere. Some are for both categories. Leanne from Classy yet trendy for sure was no fool when she started to sell e-books in several categories. I’ve learned so much from her, but since I live in a much colder climate and also in Scandinavia where we have different fashion I have to be creative with what we’ve got here.

So far I’ve only categorized them in my Stylebook app, this is an app for IOS, there are also other closet apps Smart closet is one and GlamOutfit one. So here’s my Cosy homy capsule for this winter.

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And here’s some outfits from my cosy home capsule.

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And here’s the rest of  my winter capsule, I could probably do with half of this, but this is clothes I like and use when going somewhere.

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The last thing i bought before I started my shopping fast was a orange skirt, I’m still waiting for it so don’t know if it will stay, I’ve become an expert in sending things back. Anyway I played around with it and made some outfits.

 

 

I think that separating like this will make it even easier to get more wear of my clothes. It has also proved that I do have enough of clothes in both categories so no need to panic even if I’m having a fast. The options are many, I don’t need to put on the same everyday or feel I’m badly dressed when at home.

 

 

 

Until next time

Kari

 

 

Autumn leaves

This autumn has so far been so been so wet, it has constantly been pouring down more or less all October. In between we’ve had a couple of sunny days, but so few we can count them on one hand really. When I look back at the clothes I’ve used the raincoat and the waterproof boots are the most used items. I’ve been longing to use the rust coat I bought in London in September, but so far it’s only been in use 4-5 times. At least I have some pics of it from our last photoshoot. This was October 1st and it was the kind of autumn weather we really long for. The days when sun is shining and the autumn leaves explodes in all the autumn colors that we love so much.

 

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Coat – Zara, sweater – Masai, pants-2nd unit, boots – Timberland

 

Can we hope for a better November??? So far it’s not exactly improved a lot, or at all.

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The other day we had a hint of the kind of autumn we want, you know a day when you actually can smell the autumn, the crisp, cold air. I think it’s one of my favourite smells.

 

What’s really difficult in the autumn/winter is to get to do a photo shoot. We have to do it in the weekend and it has to be nice weather. Ha ha like that’s going to happen any time soon, but we can cross our fingers. Maybe next weekend??

 

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Scarf – In wear, shirt – Dranella

 

 

I’m currently preparing my winter capsule, It won’t be that many changes from the autumn capsule, I’ve removed some items and added some. I’m going to show you in my next post what I’ve planned for the winter.

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Shirt – Fransa, jeans – Fiveunits, vest – Life Time (Sparkjøp), scarf – Holzweiler, boots – Timberland

I have bought a pair of winter boots, a merino wool shirt and this fake fur vest for the winter capsule, but that’s all I’m going to buy. In fact I have decided to not buy anything new before next year. Ok now it’s official so I really can’t go back on it.

 

 

Until next time

Kari

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30×30 challenge-Days 21-30 – Review

Since I mostly lived life in slow motion, my outfits haven’t been very exiting the past 10 days. I had a dentist appointment and also have been to my dermatologist,  that’s about it. My days have been spent knitting, reading and a couple of walks in the rain. I also dyed some clothes, I will show them in another post. Here’s 2 of my outfits the past 10 days. The ones worth mentioning.

My 30×30 challenge ended yesterday, so how did I do? What did I love, what couldn’t I live without and what did I not like that much?

The list of my 30 items changed a bit during the month, I took out some items before I used them and replaced them with better options. I thought I used a couple of extras, but when the end of the month came I actually worn exactly 30 items, not included accessories.

Here’s my original list:

And this is what I ended up with:

I replaced the yellow dress because when I finally received it, it turned out to be the ugliest dress ever. It was replaced by a navy dress with white stripes from Jean Paul.

Quite soon I also took the cream sweater from the 30, it wasn’t warm enough for this October so I replaced it with a rust cardigan.

For some reason I never wore the faux suede waterfall cardigan, so I replaced it with a quilted jacket which I needed when I was in Oslo a couple of days. I didn’t have room for the rust coat in my carry on and needed a lighter option.

Due to wet and cold weather I never got to wear the cognac shoes or the suede boots, those were replaced by rain boots and my waterproof utility jacket.

This is what I couldn’t have lived without:

1. The raincoat from BRGN

2. I soon missed my Timberland waterproof utility jacket as this is a bit more casual than the raincoat.

3. Timberland waterproof boots

4. Ilse Jacobsen rain boots, can’t wear same boots every day so needed 2 waterproof options.

5. Leather coated jeans, very practical when it’s pouring down.

6 and 7 My cozy pants from Global funk and 2nd one, seriously I could have lived in those pants.

8. My versatile dress from Moves by Minimum. It’s so practical to wear a dress when it’s raining. You can read why Here

My favorites:

1. Rust cardigan from Zavanna

2. Navy cardigan from Lindex, navy sweater from Oxmo and mustard jeans from Floyd.

3. Rust coat from Zara, I didn’t get to wear it much due to the weather.

4. Homeknitted (not by me) Fanakofte

5. Mustard sweater from Masai and kosebukse from Global funk.

6.  Soft blazer from Penn&Ink and dark blue jeans from Fiveunits.

Not so much.

 

1. Sweater from Lindex, I would have loved it if it was a cardigan, the neckline is wrong for me. Note to self, look for cardigans and V-neck. Don’t ever buy crew neck sweaters and tees again.

2. Olive tee, don’t particularly like the print, makes it less versatile.

3. Off white shirt from Dranella, it’s a bit to white for my complexion and I don’t like the arms on it. Needs to be replaced with a more cream colored one. No rush though.

4. Charcoal Cardigan from H&M, a bit to chunky and not very good quality. Will eventually be replaced with a long cardigan of better quality and possibly also another color. No rush though.

5. Navy and white striped dress from Jean Paul. Actually I like everything but the stripes. I feel all I can see is the stripes. I can try to soften the stripes by putting the dress in tea, then stripes will be more off white or even taupe, I can dye it with blue dye.

So this was my summary of the 30×30 challenge, would I do it again? Definitely, I guess I’m almost doing it already more or less. I think next time I’ll leave out the outerwear and shoes, as our weather is to unpredictable to decide shoes and outerwear for a month. I managed this time due to the pouring rain most of the time.

 

 

One dress- Four seasons – Preparing for winter

Winter is maybe right around the corner, even if we normally don’t have that cold winters here it’s still good to be prepared. So what I’ve done, I’ve been going through my closet and found that I really don’t need much. I have warm sweaters and cardigans which fits and I actually like, I have merino wool longs and long sleeved undershirt if I should need it. Most of my autumn clothes is also suitable for winter. It’s really a good idea to take a look at what you have before going shopping, I don’t know about you, but I have more than one time bought an almost exact copy of something I already had in my closet and forgot about.

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I have a little discussion with myself if I should pack away my mustard items or not. On one side I don’t want to, on the other side, I’m afraid I will be fed up with them and if I pack them away now I will love them next autumn. I have also found how to wear my favourite dress in winter. Actually this was done long time ago, back when I still had hair.

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Of course if it’s real cold I would have to add a coat, and if it’s cold and rain my new raincoat would be the option.

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We don’t have to pull out the sunglasses very often in the winter, but it happens.

When going through my stuff I found what I really needed was a pair of warm and waterproof boots. I bought a pair of Timberland Premium Shearling. They will keep me both warm and dry. I have another pair of Timbelands, and I love them so I hope I will love these as much.

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My outfit: The more than versatile dress from Minimum, leather coated jeans from Fiveunits, turtle neck sweater from Principles (bought in London last year), bag from Michael Kors, shoes from Nude of Scandinavia, hat from Accessorize.

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Have you started preparing for winter??

Photos by my very good friend and talented photographer Kari.

This dress has been styled in so many ways for all seasons.

One dress, 4 seasons, more autumn outfits

One dress four seasons – Autumn 2

One dress, four season – Autumn 1

One dress, four seasons – Summer

One dress,four seasons – Spring outfit 2

One dress, four seasons – Spring outfit 1

 

Until next time

Kari 

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Playing around with an old dress

I have this very cozy and comfy dress from Chill of Norway, it must be about 10 years old and I haven’t used it for years. It has survived all my purges, some items do for some reason. Now I wanted to see if I could use it again. I like the color of it, maybe it’s why it survived.

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Ok here’s the dress….

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Add a scarf, better already.

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Add my new rust cardigan. Yes I could wear this, if I only could find a pair of thighs to go with this. I think finding the right tights are a big problem. I would like some which has the same color as my boots.

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Now trying a navy fitted cardigan, this works too. Brown and blue looks good together. Think I need to loosen it a little though.

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The navy cardigan also works.

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Now the denim shirt dress, well not that bad, not really good either.

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Let’s try the olive lightweight coat. Not half bad really, this  could work.

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How about my Fanakofte??? Oh dear, a big NO.

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And my mustard favorite sweater??? Nah, it’s relaxed though.

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Ok now let’s put on black tights and boots and see if the black leather jacket could work. Oh no, not so much. I guess this jacket will be in the sell pile soon.

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So so what about the striped long cardigan from Masai? Oh no!!  I ithink this will be in the sell pile too. It will probably look much better on someone else.

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What about the charcoal bolero? Not that bad, but…

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Let me try the long charcoal cardigan. Oh dear, who’s that frumpy old lady?

 

 

Well I had fun, and at least I found a couple of outfits I can use. I also got a look at some of the clothes I have stored in my out of season closet. I think a lot has to go.

Would you keep this dress?

 

Until next time

Kari

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Tips and tricks – How to create a V-neck

I prefer to use V-neck tops, crew neck really doesn’t suit me that much. It’s not always easy to get hold of V-neck tees or sweaters, but I came over this trick not long ago.

Jeg liker best V hals på topper og t-skjorter. Det er ikke alltid like lett å få tak i, men her om dagen kom jeg over dette tipset.

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You need a tee or sweater, a coin or button and a rubber band. The ones for hair which is “invisible”  is the best ones I guess.

Du trenger en t-skjorte eller en genser, en mynt eller en knapp og en gummistrikk. De hårstrikkene som er gjennomsiktige er sikkert de beste, men her har jeg brukt et helt vanlig gummistrikk.

So how to do it?? Place your coin or button on the inside right below the neckline. Twirl the rubber band around it. Congratulations you just created a V-neck.

Slik gjør du: Legg mynten eller knappen på innsiden av toppen like under halslinningen. Surr gummistrikker rundt. Gratulerer nå har du laget en V hals.

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And here’s how this long sleeved tee looks normally. Old pic from back when I had hair. To get it back in shape wash it or just iron it.

Slik ser denne toppen ut til vanlig. Gammelt bilde, fra den gangen jeg hadde hår. For å få fasongen tilbake så må den vaskes eller strykes litt.

Ha en strålende fin lørdagskveld, her står det kyllinglår på menyen.

Wish a lovely Saturday, now I have to prepare chicken legs for dinner.

 

Until next time

Kari

30 x 30 Challenge – Day 11-20

Day 20 already, and still no problem using the 30 items only. I have now removed a pair of shoes from the list, it’s a pair of cognac Ecco flats, which I haven’t used so far in October and probably won’t use either. It has been boot weather most of the time. I haven’t put in anything to replace the shoes, so now I’m one item short. Here’s all my outfits so far in this challenge.

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I’m not going to bore you with all my outfits, in this period I’ve spent a couple of days indoors with no outfits to talk about, comfy pants and a sweater has been the uniform.

 

Days 11 and 12

I was still in Oslo cuddeling my little sweetie.  Went to the mall and found a rust cardigan and a scarf. 2 outfits on day 12, first shoes and quilted jacket when I was at the mall.  I went home again to Bergen in the evening and travelled with my boots and raincoat.

Day 13

Home again. Had to try my new cardigan with my signature dress. Everything goes with this dress, not kidding. Haven’t been able to find a photo of my cardigan online, so this is just an illustration, mine is more rust than the illustration. The one I’ve got is from Zavanna and was NOK 399,-

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Day 14

I wore the new scarf for the first time and also the mustard cardigan from Floyd which I bought last year.

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Day 15

Not worth mentioning, just staying home, happy not to have any other plans other than knitting.

Day 16

Was the day I used a lot of time to find out how to take a full figure photo using the timer on my phone. You can read about it here. This blogpost turned out to be very popular, so fun that so many liked  it.

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Day 17

Another rainy day, cuddling up in the sofa in my homemade sweater and writing a blogpost about how to make it cozy the Scandinavian way.  So many have been asking if I could show more of our interior and now I finally got round to do it. You can find the post here.

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Day 18

I dressed up and went to town, had to buy yarn and met a friend for dinner. It was sunshine, which was quite a shock after all that rain. Even pulled out my sunglasses, imagine that!! I used the opportunity to wear my London coat, bought at Zara in September. I also wore the rust cardigan and the new scarf. I think this is one of my favorite outfits ever. This cardigan and the scarf will be used a lot and is a good addition to my wardrobe, Both bought at Bogerud at Stovner senter, they also have this in the Zavanna shops.

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Day 19

Really not worth mentioning, sweater and comfy pants and a quick walk to buy some food.

Day 20

Now it’s raining a lot, I’m cuddling up in my mustard sweater from Masai again at the moment, but earlier I had a few errands and wore this.  I also brought my umbrella, can’t leave home without it.

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10 days to go on the 30×30 challenge, I believe it will be no problem to make it. It’s really a good exercise to do. I have found my true favourites and also a couple of items I’m not that happy with.

Starting to get used to my new look. At first I was like omg what have I done?? Now I think it’s OK. And it’s so easy, just wash and go. No hairdryer, just one styling product, no curling iron, no rollers, not any fuzz with my hair turning flat after 20 minutes despite all the hard work.

If you want to see more details about my clothes, which brands etc you can find a list here.

 

Until next time

Kari

 

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The art of making it cozy the Scandinavian way

The Scandinavian countries have a lot of things in common, we are all kingdoms and we’re all democratic countries. We also understand each other’s languages, well more or less. We also like to make it cozy in our homes. We use different words for it, us Norwegians call it Koselig, the Danes use the word  Hygge and in Sweden they use the word Mysig.

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All photos from our home, many of you capsule sisters have asked to see more of our interior. We have a mix of old and new, old antiques mixed with just about anything. My dear hubby is quite handy and has made the console table behind the sofa and also the headboard.  As you might see, the interior is changing all the time, just like the weather. I don’t buy very much, I just move things around and change the flowers and the cushion covers.

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So why is it so important to us all this coziness? It probably has to do with our long dark winters, we need to fill our lives with some Kos to endure the cold and darkness. We put on our cozy pants (kosebukser), we lit our candles, we curl up in our sofas with our cups of tea or hot chocolate and we just make it comfortable and cozy. We put on our woolen socks and homeknitted sweaters and enjoy our homes, which ofcourse are really cozy. Cushions, sheepskin, rugs and candles, lots of candles. Even at daytime we lit our candles. In the middle of the winter we hardly have any daylight at all. Where I live it gets dark at four in the afternoon, further north it’s dark for a couple of months, that means no daylight at all, until the sun comes back in February sometime.

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In Bergen where I live it’s normally not that cold, but we have a lot of rain and wind, normal temperatures is between 2 and 10 degrees Celsius (35-50 F), but it can also -10 degrees Celsius (14 F) or less for long periods. We just never know, the past winters has been mild though.  Some winters we can have a lot of snow, but normal winters we only have snow a couple of days at the time. If we drive for an hour or two we get up in the mountains where there’s lots of snow. Many of us has cabins in the mountains and of course the cabins are as cozy or maybe even cozier than our homes.

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Interior and interior design is important to us, we work on our homes constantly, we paint, redecorate and change style, but most of us need it to be cozy. Even  in the most minimalistic home you’ll most likely find a sheepskin and candles, lot of candles.

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So do we ever go out?? Oh yes, we do like to walk, especially if the weather is ok, we walk in the mountains or in the woods. If it’s snow most of us like to ski, it’s a saying that we Norwegians are born with skies on our feet. (I’m an exception, I can’t ski at all, in fact last time I tried I ended up fracturing  my tail bone. That’s also why we don’t have a cabin in the mountains, or actually we do, a very small one, but we only use it in the summer.)

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And after our walks, with or without skies, we get home to our house or our cabin, we lit our candles, we sit in front of our fireplace with our sheepskins, in our kosebukser and we drink our tee. We watch sports on TV, cross country skiing, ski jumping and biathlon ( I remember the first time my Chinese daughter in law watched biathlon, she screamed: Omg are they going to shoot  each other????) And all the time we have a koselig time, because that’s what’s it’s all about. We need it, we need our candles, our sheepskin, our kosebukser and we need our cozy homes and biathlon on TV. We need koselig.

 

Today we have the remains of the hurricane Ophelia, lucky for us the last of her strength was taken out on Ireland, now she’s just holding a lot of water, and we’re used to a lot of water so it’s really not much difference.

Now i I long for the winter, I hope this year we get some real winter.

Until next time

Kari

 

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