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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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

 

 

One dress,four seasons – Spring outfit 2

Just a quick blogpost today as we have visitors. This time showing how you can use 2 dresses at the same time. A denim shirt dress, or any shirt dress can be used as a coat over another dress. 

Et litt kjapt innlegg i dag siden vi har besøk. Her bruker jeg en skjortekjole som kåpe over den mønstrede kjolen. Et greit antrekk til en fin vårdag, eller til en sommerdag for den del, vi er jo ikke så alt for bortskjemte med sol og varme her vest. 
Dress – Moves, denim dress – Days like this, bag – vintage Mulberry, shoes – Adidas
watch – Michael Kors, scarf – really old one, necklace – Syster P

A little pattern mixing going on this time too. 
Litt mønstermiks i dag også. 
Next time I show you how I would wear this dress on a hot summer day, if we ever had one, haha this summer has not lived up to the expectations so far. 
Neste gang skal jeg vise hvordan jeg ville brukt denne kjolen en varm sommerdag. Så langt har vi vel bare hatt en varm sommerdag her i Bergen, men vi lever i håpet. 
Until next time

My first photoshoot- Take 3

Hvorfor har jeg ikke visst dette før??  Det tenker jeg nesten hver dag nå. For det er jo så enkelt å kle seg uansett hva jeg skal. Ikke trenger jeg planlegge heller, for uansett hva jeg tar på meg så passer det sammen. Det tar meg knapt 2 minutter fra jeg kommer inn i garderoben til jeg er ferdig kledd og på vei ut. Og enda har jeg egentlig for mange klær til å ha en ekte capsule wardrobe. Har ikke funnet noe godt norsk ord for det ennå. Basisgarderobe kan brukes, men det dekker ikke helt, en komprimert garderobe kan kanskje være et ord? Uansett så har klær blitt så gøy, selv mine gamle klær som jeg har hatt i årevis er det gøy med.
Why didn’t I know this before? I think this every day, because it’s so easy getting dressed no matter what occasion. No need for planning, it takes me maybe 2 minutes from I walk into my closet until I’m fully dressed on my way out again. I do love the capsule wardrobe, even if I have to many clothes to have a true capsule wardrobe. And clothes has become so much fun, even my old clothes are fun.

 On my first photoshoot ( which was so fun and also very surprising as I’d never thought I should ever be in this setting) I wore my blue jeans from Fiveunits and a white tee as base and brought a suitcase with clothes, shoes and bunnies.  

 The blazer is 5-6 years old and from European culture, it’s so
comfy as the arms is of a knitted fabric and very soft. The only thing from this season in this outfit is the scarf from PM. Watch from Michael Kors.

Boots from Timberland, they are waterproof which is very practical when living in Bergen. Bag from Mulberry, bunnies homemade.
Lille Pernille og Fjonge Frida elsket å være med på photoshoot.
The bunnies loved to be on a photo shoot.
Her kan du se de andre antrekkene jeg laget med jeans denne søndagen.
Links to the other outfits with blue jeans as base.

Until next time
Kari

The beauty of a capsule wardrobe -My first photoshoot

Her om dagen fikk jeg en kommentar fra en venninne her på bloggen. Hun syntes jeg burde være modell for klærne selv og sa at hun ville ta bildene. Man sier ikke nei takk til det, spesielt ikke når man vet at hun er en flink fotograf. I dag var det perfekt vær for en liten fotosession, overskyet og bare litt regn i luften. Jeg pakket en koffert med klær og tok på meg jeans og en hvit T skjorte, det var mitt grunnantrekk nå var det bare fantasien som satte grensene. Turen gikk til Hanevik på Askøy der vi først besøkte Butikk Josefin og så gikk turen ned til sjøen. I dag viser jeg den rosa denimjakken som jeg nettopp kjøpte på H&M.

Boots – Timberland, scarf – PM, watch – Michael Kors

The other day a friend of mine suggested I should model for the blog myself and offered to take some photos of me. I couldn’t say no especially not since I know she’s a good photographer. Today was perfect for a photoshoot, no sun and good light. My base was blue jeans and white tee, I packed my suitcase and my hubby was wondering if I was leaving him. We went to an island close by and had the photoshoot among some old boat houses by the sea. It was so much fun and, we decided to do this again sometime. Today I show you the pink denim jacket I recently bought at H&M.

Jeans- Fiveuntits, tee -H&M, scarf- H&M, bag -Mulberry, flats-Ecco, sunglasses –  Brilleland
Look at this very charming old boat, isn’t it fabolous.
What a cool picture of my sunglasses.
And here she is, my friend Kari who took the photos.
None of the photos has been edited at all.
I already look forward to our next photoshoot Kari.
Would be very grateful for some comments if you like this post.
Until Next time