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LifeStyle Mix. 2017.

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I wish I could say that 2017 was a good year, but unfortunately I cannot. It was a year marked with sorrow and a sense of loss. There were happy moments and wishes coming true, but even the best moments were overshadowed by the sense of what is to come in the nearest future and that made it very difficult.

If I could call 2017 in any special way, I would say it was a year of friendship, because even in the most challenging moments friends were there and for this I will be forever grateful. In addition to them, a little feline friend moved in with us in August. May stole my heart at hello, or should I say at the first meow, she is my little joy that brightens up even the saddest days. Travel to Tuscany was another wish coming true, I will cherish those fantastic memories for many, many years.

In the recent weeks I wasn’t very active on the blog as well as on Instagram, partially because other things occupy my mind, but also because I am somewhat upset with the way Instagram is changing and I enjoy using the modernised platform less and less, for this reason I post less frequently.

To be honest I cannot say that I look forward to 2018, if anything, I am afraid of what the year will inevitably bring. One thing is certain though, whatever happens in the coming twelve months, I know I won’t be alone and this gives me great strength to face what is to come.

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A Joy to Give, a Joy to Get.

December is a time for giving and a time for receiving. Ideally all gifts should bring joy and be used rather than impose yet another problem to a modern life that is already very crowded and overflowing with material goods. Think twice before you reach for your bank card, ask yourself simple questions and reflect on a person who will receive the gift – is it useful, does it suit the person, how long this item stay up to date, and finally, can I afford it? Some boxes standing proud underneath a Christmas tree can become a headache or a potential waste of space when holidays are over.

For several years now I am a fan of useful gifts that will complement a daily life of a person who receives them – luxurious scarf, warm sweater, favourite hand cream, elegant diary for the coming year, box of delicious chocolates, inspiring book… There is nothing I would wish for less than a gift which I cannot use, unless it is something beautiful that makes my eyes smile whenever I see it displayed on a shelf or hanging on the wall. Personally I feel great joy when items I use every day came as gifts from family and dear friends. Those gifts keep on giving, bringing fond memories of my closest ones and offering that special type of comfort that comes from being loved. 

Dear Santa, please be smart and remember that even over Christmas less is more and much better.

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On My Christmas WishList.

This year I decided to complete my Christmas wishlist in one place – Illums Bolighus in Oslo. It is housing the very best of Scandinavian design, being a never ending source of inspiration and aspiration. December is the time for dreaming, so when if not now?

Photos: illumsbolighus.no

LifeStyle Mix. November.

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Winter came early this year and from mid month it was already white and rather cold. All this triggered thoughts about Christmas and initiated some preparations for holidays, I simply couldn’t wait to hang my advent stars to illuminate windows after dark and bring some more “hygge” into those short winter days. That wasn’t the only domestic project, we finally replaced our old bookshelves, so my library has a new space which makes me very happy. Little May turned 6 months this November, I cannot believe how fast she grows, I wish she could be a kitten for a little longer. Now it is time to step into December and make the most of it before year ends. Have a good one!

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Inspired by His Closet. Officine Générale.

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Officine Générale started as a brand for men, but recently established a line dedicated to women in response to a growing number of female customers who regularly purchased clothes designed for the opposite sex. It is no secret that men fashion is appealing for women who value clean lines, comfort and simplicity, but due to differences in sizes and cuts, it is not always possible to borrow from husband’s closet or shop in the same stores that he does. Officine Générale makes is much simpler, offering a line inspired by what is “his” and transforming it into “hers”. Judging by the first collection, they did so successfully.

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From the Bookshelf. “Dress Scandinavian” by Pernille Teisbæk.

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Pernille Teisbæk is an undeniable star of social media, a model and fashion editor who made her name into a globally recognisable brand. Being Danish, she promotes Scandinavian designs and herself favours a simple style identified with Scandinavian aesthetics. Now the time came for Pernille to write a book on the very subject that brought her fame – dressing Scandinavian.

I was very curious about the book and when I finally got it, I read it in two afternoons. The lecture of “Dress Scandinavian” left me with a feeling of a slight disappointment, because in my opinion the subject was treated in too superficial manner. On many pages filled with a great number of good pictures there was very little content, I didn’t learn anything new. The book left me with a sense of an unfulfilled promise. True, living in Norway Scandinavian style and fashion is something that surrounds me every day, so it is no wonder I didn’t find it groundbreaking, but even despite this daily exposure I was hoping for some more practical tips and inspiration on how to do it better. All in all, the lecture was enjoyable, a light entertaining reading that perhaps is more valid for those who would like to master a basic understanding of the Scandinavian style.

Timeless Fashion, an Urban Legend or Reality?

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Sometimes I wonder whether a timeless fashion is just another urban legend that some people are desperate to believe in. With my conviction that some classic pieces and styles never age, I definitely belong to this group of “believers”. Looking at fashion magazines from yesteryears, it is pretty obvious that most outfits featured in editorials would never make it back to glossy pages today. All crazy accessories, revivals of fashions inspired by popular TV series (does “Madman” and “Boardwalk Empire” still ring a bell?), long forgotten it-bags, odd looking sunglasses that were just the thing back in 2015… I remember buying a lovely 20ties inspired dress at Zara, it had fringe, sequins and was so “in” around the time when “The Great Gatsby” movie was released, but will I surprise anyone saying that I never wore it and donated it to charity with a price tag still on, doubting that anyone would buy that dress again…

Nowadays fashion is a spending game, not to call it a loosing game, if you want to be in it, get your credit card ready and make some extra space in your wardrobe by letting go of what you purchased the last season. Does this sound scary? To me it does, this vicious circle of buying and tossing, tossing and buying, fuelled by fashion magazines, blogs and social media. I was really stunned to read recent articles praising H&M and presenting it’s history, no wonder – the concern is in some trouble as the revenue drops, more publicity is a matter of need to boost sales. It is no secret that most fashion magazines and successful blogs will write such pieces to please their major advertisers, in the fashion world this is a common practice.

On the other hand, there still are clothing brands and manufacturers that do not subscribe to this, making collections that age gracefully and are not destined to be forgotten when the new season comes. Beautiful pictures from this post come from Protagonist lookbook. It wouldn’t be any unusual, if not for a fact that this is 2014 collection, yet it looks as great as designed today. This is what I mean by timeless fashion, immune to passing trends and as classic and elegant in 2014 as in 2017 and beyond.

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Photo: protagonist.com

LifeStyle Mix. October.

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Except for a very short trip to Gdansk, there wasn’t all that much happening in October. Ever since little May moved in with us, I try to spend more time at home, enjoying those first months, watching her grow and become more beautiful with each day. With the rainy autumn weather encouraging more indoor activities, staying in, cooking, inviting friends and watching TV series, October was a slow month and… I cannot complain at all. Have a lovely autumn!

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Totême Top Styles.

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I wouldn’t call myself a gifted stylist, to the contrary, I feel that too often I tend to go on repeat when it comes to clothes. For this reason I like to look up ways of styling one piece by placing it in different outfit contexts, like here at Toteme where a simple pair of black leggings goes a long way when styled with some imagination.

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From the Bookshelf. “Goodbye Things. The New Japanese Minimalism.” by Fumio Sasaki.

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I think that an alternative title to “Goodbye Things. The New Japanese Minimalism.” could be Confessions of a Minimalist, because Fumio Sasaki really shares a lot from his personal struggles that in the end led him to the path of a minimalist. But this is by no means a self help book, but an honest story of a realisation that things and constant craving for more often come from within and are caused by loneliness, self doubt, inferiority complex and the need to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. To have less is liberating. To have less opens the door to self discovery. To have less gives more time, space, freedom and a peace of mind.

The author is somebody whom I would call a radical minimalist. He downsized in every aspect of his “material being”, in the number of possessions and the actual living space. He said farewell to so much, but did so with little regret. Perhaps this lifestyle is not for everyone, definitely not for me, but as you read the book, there is no pressure from the writer to follow his more extreme example. The thought behind can be summarised in a following sentence: love people in your life, not objects, because objects should never be a centrepiece of your universe, only utilities in it.