Why you should know your colors

I guess most of you can relate to the scenario I’m now going to describe. It’s not real, but I have been in a similar situation several times and so have probably you. Ok here we go.

Jeg er sikker på at mange av dere kan kjenne dere igjen i følgende scenario. Det er en tenkt situasjon, men jeg har vært borti lignende situasjoner mange ganger.

It’s the January sale and i have decided to buy a new coat. I want a nice classic coat that will last for years and one day I find this Gant coat 40% off. It’s still not a cheap coat, but it’s really good quality. I’m a bit sceptic about the color, but the girl in the shop says the coat looks fabulous on me, so I buy it.  After all I’ve been looking for a while, and this is 40% off and it’s Gant. Initial price was $490  and now it’s $295

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Det er januarsalg og jeg har bestemt meg for at jeg skal kjøpe en ny kåpe, jeg ønsker meg en klassisk kåpe i god kvalitet som jeg kan ha i mange år. Jeg finner denne grå kåpen fra det kjente merket Gant. Jeg er litt skeptisk til grå kåpe, men ekspeditrisen en ung dame som ser helt fantastisk ut forsikrer meg om at jeg virkelig kler denne kåpen. Jeg har sett etter kåpe en stund, den ser fin ut der jeg står i prøverommet. Den er fremdeles dyr, men det er tross alt en Gant kåpe og det er 40% på den. Det er også den siste igjen i min størrelse og de fyker ut ifølge ekspeditrisen. Den har kostet 3795,- nå er den 2275,-.

When I come home I realize I actually don’t have much that goes with this coat. I need scarf for the coat. After all I do live in Norway where we have real winter. I search on Pinterest to get inspiration. And fall in love with the grey and burgundy outfits. This is how I want to style the coat.

I go out searching for a scarf, I find a beautiful burgundy, but it’s insanely expensive it’s almost $130 on sale. I leave it and find another nice one for only $25, but then I find this really cute hat and it doesn’t go with the cheaper scarf, so I need to go back get the expensive one too. Now I have the perfect outfit. Or do I??

Så er det ut på jakt etter et skjerf som passer til kåpen. Jeg finner et helt nydelig burgunder skjerf, men det koster nesten 1000 kroner så det går jeg fra og finner et jeg liker som bare koster 199. Så begynner jakten på en lue. Jeg kan ikke finne en eneste lue som passer til det billige skjerfet, så jeg må til slutt gå tilbake å kjøpe det dyre skjerfet som passer perfekt med en fin lue jeg fant. Nå har jeg det perfekte antrekket, eller??

I’m ready to go out in my new winter outfit, but this day it’s really icy and the boots I planned to wear with this outfit don’t handle icy conditions and I most likely end up with a broken hip if I use them. The only boots I own that’s safe in these conditions stands out like an eye soar. I need new boots and actually I need a new bag too, because none of my bags work with this outfit.

Da er jeg klar til å ta i bruk min nye vinterkåpe, men akkurat denne dagen er det ganske isete og de støvlettene jeg hadde planlagt å bruke er fryktelig glatte og jeg har ikke lyst å brekke lårhalsen. Mine Timberland skoletter som har gode såler passer jo ikke til og egentlig har jeg ikke en veske som passer heller…..

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Time flies they are starting to get sold out for winter boots, it’s difficult to find the perfect pair in my size. In desperation I end up with a pair of black over the knee boots. They are suede which is not very practical where I live, but they have rubber soles. They don’t come cheap they are $233 on sale, but luckily I found a nice burgundy bag for only $39.

Tiden går og de begynner å bli utsolgt for støvletter, det er vanskelig å finne det perfekte paret i min størrelse, i desperasjon ender jeg opp med et par semskede over kne støvletter. Semsket er ikke så veldig praktisk på Vestlandet, men disse har gode såler. De er ikke akkurat billige de koster 1895 kroner, men heldigvis finner jeg en fin burgunder veske til kun 299,-.

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It’s February and I finally found all I needed for this new coat. The total amount I’ve used is $722, but I guess it’s an investment. It’s a lovely sunny day first time I finally wear the coat. I meet up with some friends, no compliments in fact a couple of my friends looks at me and ask if I feel ok. I look so tired and pale they say with concern in their voices. I feel perfectly fine, in fact better than in a long time. So why do I look so pale and washed out? I conclude it’s the burgundy and decide to buy another scarf and hat to go with the grey coat. Back to Pinterest to find inspiration. Maybe pink will be better…

Det er blitt februar og jeg har endelig komplett antrekk. jeg har riktignok brukt 5668 kroner, men jeg regner det som en investering. Det er en solskinnsdag i februar jeg bruker den nye kåpen for første gang, jeg skal møte noen venninner til lunsj. Jeg får ikke en eneste kommentar om mitt nye, fine, dyre antrekk. Isteden får jeg noen bekymrede blikk og spørsmål om jeg føler meg bra. Jeg føler meg helt fin jeg, bedre enn på lenge faktisk, så hvorfor ser jeg da så blek og sliten ut?? Jeg konkluderer med at kanskje det er det burgunder tilbehøret og så går jeg hjem for å finne annen inspirasjon på Pinterest. Kanskje rosa….

Next day I wear my real old, olive jacket and a rust scarf while out on a Sunday walk. I meet one of my friends from yesterday, she compliments me and is happy I feel better. And I even don’t have any make up on!!

Dagen etter er jeg på søndagstur, uten make up ikledd min gamle olivengrønne jakke og med et rustfarget skjerf tullet om halsen. Jeg møter igjen en av venninnene fra i går og hun kommenter hvor fresh og opplagt jeg ser ut.

So why was this such disaster? First of all, grey is a really bad color for me. I known that for a long time, charcoal is ok, but all other greys wash me out. Second burgundy is if  possible an even less flattering color on me than grey. But grey and burgundy is a beautiful combination and it’s so easy to be tempted when you see all the great outfits. Most pinks are not my colors either, so buying pink accessories would not have helped much.

Så hvorfor ble dette nye antrekket som jeg har brukt så mye tid og penger på ingen suksess? Først og fremst fordi de fleste gråfarger ikke kler meg og burgunder er en farge som om mulig er ennå verre enn grått på meg.  Jeg ser ut som om jeg står med en fot i graven om jeg går med burgunder. Men nå har jo grått og burgunder vært veldig i motebildet og for dem som kler det er det en fantastisk kombinasjon. De fleste rosafarger er heller ikke mine farger, så å kjøpe rosa sjal hadde ikke hjulpet så veldig mye.

Having a capsule wardrobe and being much more conscious when I shop is very helpful, I always think if I have at least 5 items at home to go with it. And after having my colors done, wich I payed $230 for, I know what to look for colorwise. I have a core closet in colors which suits me, and accessories in my colors too. So when I the other day found a down coat for $77 in one of my best colors a rust/mahogany color I didn’t hesitate. I have been a lookout for a nice warm coat for a while. I took it home well aware that I didn’t need to buy anything else to make this coat work. It goes with all of my boots, with several of my scarves and at least one of my hats. So total cost for the coat was $77. If I add the cost of the color analysis the cost is $307 so I actually saved $415 opposed to if I’d bought the grey coat. Yes I know it’s a constructed scenario and that the clothes in the example are quite expensive, but even if they had been much cheaper it would still have been a vaste of money, because honestly how many times do you use something that you know don’t suit you?

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Heldigvis hadde jeg ikke gjort denne feilen nå, med kunnskapene om kapsel garderobe i bunn så hadde jeg nok ikke kjøpt en kåpe uten å vite at jeg har minst fem ting hjemme som passet til. Og etter å ha vært til fargeanalyse i fjor høst som jeg betalte 1800,- kroner for så hadde jeg ikke sett på en grå kåpe i utgangspunktet. Her om dagen kom jeg over en dunkåpe på salg, jeg trenger en varm kåpe og denne var i en mine beste farger. Den kostet 650 kroner og jeg visste at jeg ikke trengte kjøpe noe annet for å kunne bruke denne kåpen. Den går til flere par støvletter, sjal, hansker og luer. Så totalkostnaden på denne kåpen er 650,-. La meg så for moro skyld legge til kostnadene for fargeanalysen. Da er kostnaden 2.450,-. Så da har jeg faktisk spart 3218 kroner bare på dette ene kjøpet. Ja jeg vet at dette er et konstruert tilfelle og at klærne i eksempelet er ganske dyre, men dette var ting jeg falt for og likte da jeg surfet rundt på nettet for å finne eksemplene. Men uansett om det hadde kostet mye mindre så hadde det likevel vært bortkastede penger, enten hadde jeg rundt å sett skikkelig syk ut i årevis, eller jeg hadde mest sannsynlig følt det var feil for meg og ikke brukt dette antrekket.

Now I use colors I never even considered before, I learned that I’m an autumn and I suit colors like mustard, rust and olive green. In the long run this will save me a lot of time, frustration and money.

Nå bruker jeg farger jeg ikke ante jeg kledde, oker, sennep, rust, oliven. Jeg vet at høstfarger kler meg og at jeg i der lange løp kommer til å spare mye tid, frustrasjon og penger.

So to conclude, if you don’t have any idea which colors suits you and if you recognize  the story about the grey coat, maybe you should consider get your colors done? Knowledge is power also when it comes to knowing yourself.

Så konklusjonen er, har du ikke peiling på hvilke farger som kler deg og om du kjenner igjen historien om den grå kåpe, så kanskje du skal vurdere å ta en fargeanalyse. Kunnskap er makt også kunnskap om deg selv.

Until next time

Kari

 

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2017 – The year colors reappeared I

Happy 2018 everyone, it’s been more than a month since I last blogged. It has a reason, 2018 started kind of bad for me. 1 of January, I got what I thought was a cold, but as days went by I got worse and worse and I actually ended up in hospital due to my general condition was so bad. Only for one night, to take some tests and see if it was something else than the flu that made me so ill. To be in hospital was like be in heaven for a while, to receive such tender, loving care from the wonderful nurses was actually wonderful. And even if I didn’t get on my feet before 10 days after I got back from the hospital I still feel that the night being cared for and being fed properly made me a little better. It’s not to recommend to have the flu and pass it on to your spouse, if you’re both knocked out by the flu there’s no one there to take care of you,

2017 was a memorable year in many ways.  In August two little baby girls was born 5 days apart and made me a very happy grandmother. They are just the cutest little darlings and even if they easily could be mistaken to be twins they are still very different. It’s funny how early our personality shines through, even a little baby who does nothing else than eat and sleep has a distinct personality already the first weeks of their life. Now at five months they really show their true colors, one is a little monkey, never sit still and she loves to be handled a little rough. The other one, is more relaxed, very talkative and when you look into her big, brown, beautiful eyes you see all the wisdom in the world. She likes to be handled a little more gently than her five days older cousin.

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2017 ble et minneverdig år for meg på flere måter. I august kom to små prinsesser til verden og jeg ble verdens lykkeligste bestefarmor. Som alle bestemødre synes jeg at de er verdens skjønneste og selv om de er såpass like at mange lurer på om de er tvillinger så er de likevel veldig forskjellige. Det er virkelig påfallende hvor tidlig vi utvikler vår helt egen personlighet, selv en liten baby som ikke gjør annet enn å spise og sove har sin helt egen personlighet allerede bare noen dager gamle. Nå når de er fem måneder så skinner personligheten mer og mer igjennom. Den eldste er en liten apekatt, i konstant bevegelse og hun elsker å bli herjet med, hun smiler omtrent hele tiden og nysgjerrigheten lyser av henne. Den yngste er litt mer rolig og bedagelig anlagt, hun er veldig pratsom og når man ser inn i de store, brune øynene så ser man all verdens visdom. Smilene kommer litt sjeldnere, men når hun smiler så lyser hun opp et helt rom. Hun liker å bli behandlet litt mer forsiktig enn sin fem dager eldre kusine.

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I could go on and one about my two little sweethearts, but I’ll better stop here. So what else made 2017 a memorable year? Well it was the year I discovered the capsule wardrobe concept and last, but not least the year I found my true colors. It has made such an impact on me and I find myself more and more interested in the topic. Using the right colors can make you a better version of yourself. After years in black colors has taken over my wardrobe and not just any colors, but my true colors. When I think back it all started in February when I bought the home knitted sweater in ochre and off white. Suddenly I got tons of compliments about how well I looked. I was attending a course at the time, and all 18 persons there complimented me, everyone from the 20 something shy young man to the 70 year old very energetic woman. I was so surprised  and concluded it had to be the ochre color, as nothing else was different. I went home and dug out my color swatches from the color analysis I had in the 80’s to see if the ochre color was there, but no. Something was off, I never really fell to ease with the Spring colors given me back then, and you all know that black kind of took over the fashion world for years and years. We were literally dragged into a black fashion hole.

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Jeg kunne holdt på i det uendelige om mine to små øyenstener, men nå skal jeg gå over til temaet. 2017 var også året jeg oppdaget konseptet kapselgarderobe eller basisgarderobe, noe jeg har skrevet om mange ganger før, og sist og ikke minst var det året jeg fant fargene mine. Det har vært så interessant og jeg blir mer og mer interessert i dette emnet. Bruker man de rette fargene så blir man rett og slett en bedre versjon av seg selv. Etter mange år i svart har nå fargene kommet inn i livet mitt igjen, og ikke hvilke som helst farger, men mine farger, de rette fargene. Egentlig begynte det i februar da jeg kjøpte en Fanakofte i oker og natur. Jeg gikk på et kurs da og en dag hadde jeg på meg Fanakoften. Jeg har aldri fått så mange komplimenter før, alle 18 på kurset fra den sjenerte unge mannen i 20 årene til den energiske eldre damen på rundt 70 ga meg komplimenter. Jeg skjønte ingenting, men fant ut at det måtte være okerfargen som gjorde utslaget for ellers var jo ingenting forandret fra uken før. Jeg gikk hjem og gravde frem fargeprøvene mine fra min fargeanalyse på 80 tallet, men okerfargen var ikke der. Her var det noe som ikke stemte, egentlig slo jeg meg aldri helt til ro med Vårfargene jeg fikk da, og som vi vet tok jo svart over hele moteindustrien i årevis. Vi ble bokstavelig talt dradd in i et svart motehull.

 

Just an example of how colors can either do you justice or drain you completly. These 2 pics was taken the same day. I have the same make up, it’s the same light conditions. So why do I look fresh on one photo and totally washed out on the second? It’s because of the colors. Black washes me out, look at my hair, this photo screams tired middle age woman in despeate need for a hair color. 

 

I guess most of us has a lot of black in our wardrobes, we have been brainwashed to believe that black is the ultimate basic color, and that all of us should own a little black dress, a black blazer, black pants, skirts etc. What we haven’t been told is that black is a really difficult color to pull off for the majority of us, the same goes for pure white, actually that’s even less flattering on most of us than black is. I will talk more about colors and my experience with the color analysis in my next post, so stay tuned if you find it interesting.

DSC_0285Here I am in black and white, but this i a more cream white which is my kind of white. Even if the dress is mostly black I still think it works because of the colors of the birds in the pattern. I’ve always felt this dress is right for me even if it’s black. This dress is so versatile, my dream is to find a  dress as versatile, but in my colors. 

 

Jeg antar at de fleste oss har mye svart i garderoben, vi har rett og slett blitt hjernevasket til å tro at svart er den ultimate basisfargen og til å tro at vi alle bør ha den lille sorte kjolen i skapet, at vi bør ha en svart blazer, svart skjørt osv. Hva omtrent ingen har sagt noe om er at svart er en farge de færreste kler, det samme gjelder ren hvit, det er om mulig en enda verre farge for de fleste av oss enn svart. Jeg skal skrive mer om farger og om min erfaring med fargeanalyse i neste blogg.

 

Until next time

Kari

 

 

White Christmas??

So did we have a White Christmas? Unfortunately not. We got some snow Boxing Day and right now it’s snowing again, but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day it was no sign of the white stuff. One of my Christmas gifts was this sweater dress I got from my man. I absolutely love it, must admit I found it myself, so I was not very surprised when opening the gift. The dress is from Urban Boheme, and goes with many of my scarves, jeans, trousers and boots. A true capsule piece for me.

 

I promised to tell a bit about Norwegian Christmas traditions, and I’ll keep my promise even if Christmas is over.

 

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The main difference is that we celebrate Christmas Eve. For us it’s the most important day, it’s when we have our Christmas dinner and when we open the gifts. So how is Norwegian Christmas Eve? Well in the morning and during the day we watch a lot of TV, we watch the same films as we watched last year and 10 -20 years ago. We watch Disney Christmas cavalcade, we watch an old Tcheck film about Cinderella and we are convinced if we don’t watch this film it’s not Christmas.

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And while our Christmas meal is cooking we enjoy our TV traditions while the smell of Christmas is spreading all over the house. For me the smell of Christmas is the smell of Pinnekjøtt. Pinnekjøtt is most common to eat in the west part of Norway, other places tradition can be pork rib or fresh cod. So what is Pinnekjøtt? It’s lambs rib, salted and dried, sometimes also smoked (which is what we prefer). In the evening the 23rd of December we have to put the ribs in water, this is crucial if you forget you have no Christmas dinner. On Christmas Eve we steam cook the ribs for many hours, it’s ready when the meat almost fall off the ribs. It’s served with mashed suede and boiled potatoes. We normally eat this dish a couple of times a year, it’s to yummy to only eat once. It might be we eat it on a Christmas party or also sometimes on New Year’s Eve.

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Dessert is often Rice cream or cream with cloud berries. Other food traditions is to eat rice pudding for lunch Christmas Eve, we put an almond in the pudding and the one who find the almond gets a price, the price is often a marzipan pig. Lefse is also part of Christmas tradition for many Norwegians. It’s made in many different ways, here’s a receipt  in English. Lefse

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After dinner it’s time to open the gifts, our tradition is that we open one at the time. Everyone sees what everyone is getting. It took a couple of hours this year as we were 11 people and a ton of gifts.

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Christmas Day and Boxing Day we normally also spend with family, in Norway all shops are closed both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Now this year is soon has come to an end, it has been a exiting year in many ways. This year gave me two grandchildren, double happiness.

 

Until next time

Kari

 

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Advent the Norwegian way

It’s middle of December and Christmas is coming soon, very soon. I’ve often thought about how  this dark and dreary this month would be like if we didn’t have Christmas to look forward to?  From old ages, long before we knew anything about Christianity there also was a celebration this time of year. It’s the time of year for the solstice and for 3 days our ancestors drank beer and sacrificed a pig to the gods to ensure the coming summer would be good.  So December has always been a festive month in our part of the world, people was busy brewing and preparing food for the big party all of December.

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I think we need this festive season for our sanity really, to prepare for and look forward to something this time of year is essential for us in the cold and darkness. Now that we’re not a bunch of heathens anymore we do like the rest of the Christian world and celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.

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Advent is the beginning of the church year and in every home it’s advent candles. 4 candles, we lit one each Sunday. This year Christmas Eve is a Sunday so we lit the last candle then. We have a little verse we read when we lit each candle. The first candle is for joy, the second for hope, the third for longing and the fourth  for peace. On the fourth Sunday we let all 4 candles burn down, we burn them for joy, for hope, for longing, but most of all for piece on earth. That is what our little verse is about. Traditionally the advent candles were purple, but now we use other colors too. Mine are white or beige, we like them to match our interior you know.

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Something else which is a must have  in advent is the advent star. Every home has at least one star in the window. It’s so important to have the star up by the 1st of December. I think there’s not many homes without a advent star or ten. We have six this year around the house. I remember one year i couldn’t find the advent stars, it was a major crisis.

 

Other than that we do like most of you do, we bake, cook and clean, and we run around finding Christmas gifts. It can be a very stressful time if you are a perfectionist. Luckily I’m not, and once a very wise woman told me that we’re not celebrating Christmas in the kitchen cabinets, so it really doesn’t matter if you had the time to clean them or not. Tradition says it should be 7 kind of Christmas cakes/cookies, but  I’m not much of a baker. Anyway no one in my family really care about the traditional Christmas cakes, so if I spent a lot of time making cakes they would be what we call in and out cakes. You carry them in, no one eats, then you carry them out again, at last you feed the birds with them. Some years I make a ginger bread house though. Not sure if it will happen this year.

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All photos from our home.

Next time I’ll tell you a little about how we celebrate Christmas.

Until next time

Kari

Home knitted in the snow

Finally we had a day with nice weather and the opportunity to have a photo shoot. My friend and photographer Kari had the late shift in her store so before she went to work, we took advantage of the nice weather and the light. We even have snow, which is not very common here. Everybody think Norway has a lot of snow in the winter, and that’s true some places. I live on the west coast where we’re more used to rain in winter than snow. However if we drive an hour or two away from the coast we can find our winter wonderland.

 

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Hat- homeknitted. scarf – Rosenvinge, sweater – Åsemors kofte, homeknitted, jeans – Fiveunits, boots – Timberland

 

I took up knitting again this year, and I have knitted a lot, mostly bunnies. I like to knit small things, so I decided to knit myself a new hat or two. This green one I finished late last night to have it ready for this photoshoot. The sweater is also home knitted, but not by me. I had someone knit this for me. In Norway we do love our home knitted sweaters, we have a lot of beautiful traditional patterns. We call these sweaters for kofter. This is not an old traditional kofte, but a quite new pattern made by one of the best knit designers in Norway Sidsel Høivik. Åsemors kofte is the name of this sweater.

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It has a lot of pretty details, and a very unusual color combination and I love it. It’s one of my go to items this winter, and it’s a piece of clothing you have and wear for decades.

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It’s advent, only 12 days left to Christmas and the snow really gets us in Christmas spirit. I’m so happy I bought these Timberland boots, they are so warm and comfortable, and  waterproof. They also have good soles so they handle icy conditions quite well.

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Our house is decorated for Christmas and I almost finished the gifts, now I just need to wrap them. This year we will be 11 for Christmas eve, which is the most important day for us. That’s when we have our traditional Christmas dinner and open the gifts. It’s my first Christmas as a grandmother. Both my little princesses will be about 4 months old at Christmas, can’t wait to see them. Soon…

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I have thought about writing a post about our advent and Christmas traditions and also show how I decorate for Christmas. I hope to get to do it soon.  The past weeks I’ve not been that well, it feels like all energy has left me, but slowly now I feel my energy level is increasing. Cross my fingers.

 

I wish you all a lovely advent, don’t stress to much, but take the time to enjoy this beautiful time of year.

 

Until next time

Kari 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

 

 

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.