Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

On Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle.

The Spirit of Summer.

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There is something romantic in beach life, a certain freedom and joie de vivre, an atmosphere of a carefree youthful summer. I love images from the latest Broochini lookbook that captured so well the beauty and longing for the summertime seaside nostalgia, the true spirit of summer.

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LifeStyle Mix. May.

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Days fly by and a May calendar page is already replaced with June. I cannot say that the weather lived up to expectations, but even despite cold mornings and too many rainy days I was still trying to find that carefree Spring feeling whenever and wherever possible. I am a year older and some experiences wiser. At the moment I am looking forward to June adventures, especially that a dear friend is about to visit very soon, which makes me incredibly happy and very excited. Wish you all a wonderful month!

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On My Birthday Wishlist.

This year I decided to share some of my small and practical, as well as big and rather unattainable birthday wishes. So if I could reach for the stars and consult my internal maximalist, I would buy a British Shorthair cat, book a trip to Tokyo and make an appointment with an Audi car dealer, not necessarily in that order. But if I am to remain with both feet firmly on the ground and true to my minimalistic sense, I would be very happy with restocking some of my favourite beauty products, getting framed prints to hang on my apartment walls and perhaps replacing my somewhat worn out New Balance shoes. But no matter if dreaming big or small, at the end of the day it is all about people and moments to remember, not about things.

Photos: aesop.com; guerlain.com; fregrantica.com; audi.com; desenio.no; shop.garancedore.fr; pinterest.com; newbalance.com

Summer Mood with Protagonist.

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May is my favourite month and this year it feels as if it has been stolen, for I still cannot believe that less than 5 days ago it was snowing, heavily! I am so keen to leave my wool coat and gloves behind, changing into new outfits – simple, uncomplicated and elegant, like in the resort lookbook from Protagonist. Clear and refined lines, classic colours and perfect fit is my plan for this spring.

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Photos: protagonist.com

From the Bookshelf. “Show Your Style.” by Aimee Song.

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When it comes to Instagram, Aimee Song knows well what she is talking about. It is enough to check the number of followers linked to her account – 4,6 million as per today. I am convinced this is her trade and when reading the book, the initial impression is confirmed. The author of “Show Your Style” gives her readers many practical advices on how to establish, develop and maintain Instagram presence aiming for followers and social media recognition. In her book Aimee shares  her tips on taking professional photos and building a consistent feed that will be coherent and visually attractive.

All well and true, but to make it really happen all your waking hours should be dedicated to this task, because the amount of time and effort needed to create a single “great shot” is overwhelming. In my opinion, naturally. What is more, it is no secret that having an attractive face and a good physique, agenda filled with many exotic travels, pretty clothes and expensive accessories will further contribute to the visual side of any Instagram profile.

So was this book a good reading? Yes and no. Yes, because it is written in a light, entertaining way, well edited and illustrated with good pictures, not to forget a genuinely good advice and practical tips. No, because some of those tips are either unrealistic or too time consuming for an average Instagram user, who is no longer twenty-something and living less than a glamorous life balancing career with family.

LifeStyle Mix. April.

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The road trip through Tuscany turned out to be as fantastic as expected and became a beautiful memory. Even more so, because after returning to Scandinavia we received a cold reception, namely with snow. On cold mornings my mind still wandered through green Tuscan landscapes and steep narrow streets of sleepy towns. The daydreaming helps, because end of Italian adventure brought sad news and goodbyes. I look forward to May, my favourite month, hoping it will be a happy and sunny one. Have a beautiful Spring!

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Tuscany Travel Diary. Part II.

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I went to Italy on several occasions and every time it makes me think what makes this county a great holiday destination. Perhaps it is the culture, fashion, coffee, architecture, food, language… or the overall la dolce vita feel that I get whenever in Italy. I like people watching, which in fact can be very inspirational, especially when combined with a cup of cappuccino and a cannoli or some other delicious treat.

Italians have a sense of style that is exciting, unconventional and even though quite often outfits seen on Italian streets are not something I would ever dare to wear, I can still appreciate the creativity and its uniqueness. There is something very alluring about the true passion for living so visible in Italy, it is almost like a theatre – affectionate hugs and kisses, fights of lovers, street arguments, unexpected laughter. There is plenty to experience, see and discover in Italy, best to do it with an open mind and not too seriously, because it may spoil all the fun.

I hope to return to beautiful Tuscany one day that is not too far away from today, but before that happens, I wanted to share some more pictures from my recent adventure.

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Tuscany Travel Diary. Part I.

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For a long time I dreamt about going to Tuscany. In my mind I saw picturesque landscapes, endless green fields and romantic cobblestoned streets in small towns. Finally the dream came true when my husband and I booked holidays in Italy, intending them to be a road trip through Tuscany. Our itinerary was quite ambitious and lead through Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre to end in Bologna. The last one was our final destination before heading home to Oslo.

Our trip was fantastic and Tuscany proved to be as lovely and charming as we have imagined. Every city we visited had something wonderful to offer with regards to sights, culture, gourmet, wine and atmosphere. Our first days were marked with a state of constant disbelief over the beauty of Tuscan landscapes and monuments. We took hundreds of pictures trying to capture the magic, marvelling at architecture and nature as we progressed with the trip. We have experienced so much during our stay in Italy that to describe it all would take a long while and an even longer Travel Diary post, so I hope that attached pictures will tell a story of our wonderful Tuscan adventure.

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LifeStyle Mix. March.

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March was a month full of contrasts, especially when it came to the weather which served winter and spring almost simultaneously. Light coats and silk shirts still need to show some more patience, but every sunnier and warmer morning brings new hope. As for my days, there were somewhat bitter sweet, with good and bad things happening in March. However, all signs make me believe that April is about to bring something truly extraordinary, a long awaited adventure that is about to begin very soon.

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The Things We Do For Show…

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The other day I spoke with a friend who happens to live in a posh area. She told me that in her neighbourhood it is frowned upon to carry a shopping bag from a budget grocery store. We had a good laugh, but it got me thinking about the things we do for show.

No other field is more prone to a public show off than fashion. It handbags, logos, belts, labels… Do they really enhance an outfit making it more unique? Will all this ostentation make one seem more interesting, valuable or special? I don’t think so. I would call it a poor man’s luxury – making sure that all can see what one wears, but at a closer look you realise that all those logos and symbols are embellishing only the bottom line models that are meant for aspiring customers. Aspiring customers who are focused on presenting status, often newly acquired, and depths of own pockets, recently expanded. What does this have to do with a real class and style? Very little if nothing at all, but this is what loud and visible brads want us to believe in. The flashier the better. And no wonder, this is what they make most money from, bottom line items available on ground floors of flagship stores, displayed for those who long for logos. There is much to be said about the psychology of this, but let’s leave the subject for now.

The true luxury is discreet, understated and comes without a flashy branding. Think about elegant people with impeccable taste and sense of style that you admire. They will not flash logos and try to make you think about the price of their outfit, on the contrary, you may never guess how expensive it really was. Perhaps if you really knew, it would shock you. What you probably notice is the quality of fabrics, perfect cut or that precious outstanding detail, like a piece of jewellery, wristwatch or a handbag, and even without recognising a brand you will instantly know that this is the true luxury. I am not against logos as such, this would be hypocritical, but I prefer a single and refined mentioning of a brand from a big one that steals the spotlight. Not to mention that nowadays logos are difficult to avoid, especially on leather goods, but the more classic the piece, the more discreet the brand display will be.

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