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LifeStyle Mix. March.

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“Where is the spring?” was probably a question asked most often in March. Despite optimism and high expectations, this month was very cold and ended up on sub-zero notes, white Easter in the city was not appreciated. Apart from the unusual weather, things slowly fall back into their place. Short excursion to Gothenburg was a much needed diversion. Now I look forward to April, as it will bring a happy reunion with a dear friend and another travel to a “first time” destination. I only cross my fingers and hope that the spring arrives to Norway in time for both.

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Gothenburg Travel Diary.

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It wasn’t my first visit to Gothenburg, but as I am almost ashamed to admit, it was the very first one when I saw more than just insides of shops. I used to be so obsessed with bargain hunting that didn’t allow myself to explore and enjoy places that I travelled to. Fortunately that changed and now I am much more conscious and happy to explore new places. For the first time I visited charming Haga district, where I enjoyed coffee breaks, picture taking and browsing through Haga Hem, from where I brought back home decorative ceramics. I took a stroll down Linnégatan, an elegant venue that reminded me of Stockholm.

Pictures I took during my stay are a little bit gloomy, but the weather is still a disappointment and at the end of March there are no signs of spring, to the contrary – morning in Gothenburg was white, because at night there was a snowfall. I was very happy to get away from Oslo, if only for a while. Now I look forward to my upcoming excursion scheduled for April.

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Letting go is NOT easy… part I

Letting go is NOT easy

Would you be able to list all things that you own? Sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? So how about we look at your closet, can you name all garments that you have in there? Still nothing? Perhaps all tops or bottoms? If you feel like your head is spinning and my ideas are bordering with insane, you probably have way too much in your wardrobe. No judgement, abundance is no crime, only a burden.

Material possessions keep us in their power. It is a spell that is so difficult to break that we are ready to live in denial only to avoid facing the problem. We are willing to dedicate our precious time to keep and maintain them. We give away our living space, allowing them to occupy our territory. Why is that so? We feel bound by sentiments or memories connected to them. We do not want to loose money spent when purchasing them. We do not want to be wasteful, waiting for the opportunity to use them again or offer to someone else who may need that particular thing. Fair enough if you keep that great cashmere cardigan that became too loose to hand it to your friend who is one size bigger than yourself, but worst if you hold onto it for years even if you hate it and every time you see it hanging in your closet you are overwhelmed by a sense of regret for spending so much money on something that isn’t your colour and doesn’t even fit you properly, yet you can’t part with it because… well, because of what? And what about that silk dress that you bought in 2002 and still keep, even though it makes you uncomfortably conscious of changes to your silhouette, because the last time you were able to zip it up was back in 2006. And now imagine a closet that is filled with your favourite peaces, each of them a good friend that makes you feel comfortable, fits you well and flatters your body. When you look inside the closet, clothes are hanging neatly, there is enough space to move hangers, while other items are elegantly folded on shelves or inside drawers. Every garment has own space and you know well what is where, all in perfect harmony with your sense of style, needs and lifestyle. Doesn’t this sound fantastic? Sure it does, but why is it so hard to achieve that many give up trying before they even begin?

I am hardly the first person to say that you should only own and maintain those possessions that make you happy, agree with you and feel right or are necessary to keep from practical reasons. I believe this is an important message that should be repeated time and time again. All that doesn’t fall into “so me” and “so necessary” should find its way to an internet auction, charity or in worst case – a garbage bin. I am not an extreme minimalist who would give a formula on how many wardrobe items to hold on to, my belief is that as long as you regularly use what you own, it is good enough indicator. To use a parallel, some people hang only one special painting on their wall and enjoy it as a centrepiece of their living space, others go for several paintings adorning one wall, both ways are fine as long as you like what you see and are set on seeing it everyday for many years to come. Nothing in your closet should be random or purchased without reflection, behave like an art collector – invest in what is meant to last, chose wisely and with a long term time perspective. More on how to refine your wardrobe in part II, so this subject remains to be continued.


From the Bookshelf. “Love Parisienne: The French Woman’s Guide to Love and Passion.” by F. Besson, E. Amor and C. Steinlen.

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Put your hand in the air if you ever dreamed of being Parisian and living the fantasy of a chic existence filled with stylish adventures, liberation, sexy encounters, charming bistros and great clothes. There you see, we have all been there. The City of Lights and its magic holds the universal power to inspire and amaze, while Parisian women are considered to be arbiters of elegance and allure, as well as certain life wisdom. This universal desire to be more French is a graceful subject for publications. Now, after a success of “How to be Parisian wherever you are” and “Love. Style. Life.” , comes “Love Parisienne: The French Woman’s Guide to Love and Passion.”, a funny and comprehensive guide to l’amour according to three friends with Parisian zip codes and decades of dating and relationship experiences.

The book is divided into three parts – for single and dating, for those entering into a serious relationship and finally for seasoned couples. Each part offers smart, witty and helpful advice on how to enjoy each phase of dating and staying in a long lasting relationship, at all times being true to oneself and going through life with self respect and grace. This is no self-help book, but a take on love life from Paris that will bring smile to your face as well as some moments of reflection.

LifeStyle Mix. February.

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Day follows day and hour follows hour, life goes on even in a face of most tragic events when heart aches and reason can’t understand “why”. It seems almost inappropriate to laugh, but you do laugh when something is really funny. Sadness blinds you to beauty, but when you spot something special, you stop to take a picture. Routines seem so insignificant, but you follow them like a lifeline, because they keep you going. Slowly, reluctantly, with an effort. You begin to enjoy a morning coffee, treat yourself to that favourite dark chocolate, remember to water flowers, look forward to a lunch date with a friend… Time goes by, pieces of puzzle fall into place, even though nothing can cure the hole in your heart caused by a loss of the loved one. My grief and sorrow, I hope they slowly melt like snow.

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Isabel Marant This, Isabel Marant That…


There are few brands better associated with Parisian style than Isabel Marant is. Praised and admired for her designs, she makes clothes for women who want to be alluring, bohemian and youthful no matter the age or status. This uncomplicated style appeals to both women and men, combining feminine and sexy with nonchalant and simple. Perhaps the key to her success is designing for real women living real lives rather than focusing on an imaginary “la femme”. Whatever it is, Isabel Marant knows how and does it well.

La Parisienne – Sophie Marceau in “Une Rencontre”.


A few days ago my husband and I re-watched “Une Rencontre”, one of my favourite French movies. I love the story, but this time my full attention was on the main character Elsa played by Sophie Marceau and her fantastic costumes, which make a perfect introduction to the Parisian chic know-how.

Elsa is a Parisienne, a single mother of three who tries to balance her writer career with a family life and a somewhat complicated love life. In the movie we observe Elsa in many different situations – spending time with her teenage kids, attending parties, travelling, meeting friends. Her outfits are well adjusted to each situation, natural and nonchalant by day, sexy and feminine by night, all in perfect harmony with the character who is smart, independent, bit chaotic and charming. Sophie Marceau is very real as Elsa, you can almost believe she is an actual person whom you may accidentally spot when visiting Paris, because all about her seems to be so genuine – her hairstyle, clothes, smile, apartment… Elsa is comfortable in her own skin, conscious of her femininity and spontaneous, perhaps this is what makes Parisian women so intriguing, a harmony between body and spirit. If I ever encountered Elsa, I would definitely invite her for a glass of white wine, it would be great to sit together talking about style and her adventures.



Parisian Chic with Sandro.

I believe that being Parisian and living the Parisian look is one of the most common fashion fantasies that women from all around the world share. It is no wonder – French women inspire and impress with their sense of style, poise, allure, elegance and that special “something” that is difficult to define, but nonetheless noticeable. Some call it nonchalance, some call it effortlessness, but the fact remains – they are almost born with it, while the less fortunate not native to the City of Lights have yet to discover it. Some French brands have the inimitable French chic and can help with a quest on becoming more Parisian than… here you can supplement with words that come to mind when you think about yourself – Scandinavian, sensible, business like, grey, careful, …

Let’s take a look at Sandro Paris, an intriguing brand with a truly Parisian DNA. Their lookbook is almost a guidebook on how to dress in a Parisian way, being chic, modern and feminine, doing so in a comfortable and youthful way.


Clean Skincare with REN.

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In some natural way beginning of a year brings reflection and sometimes a need for change. Making new year’s resolutions is still important for some and even if there is no promise that things will change when the clock strikes midnight, January is the time to make a conscious effort to start new, healthier and better. Beauty care is one of those areas where making a change can go a long way, not only for the body, but also for the mind. I used to be much less selective when it came to skin care, I bought products based on advert, price or a general attraction towards a brand or even a packaging. This resulted in total chaos, dry skin, dull hair and regular outbreaks on my face that weren’t related to nutritional or hormonal irregularities. I became more interested, tested new products and on my own skin discovered that there is a real difference between what you get off the shelf in your local drugstore from what you buy from a retailer specialising in organic beauty products. In this process of change one of the brands that made its way into my bathroom shelf is REN Clean Skincare.

REN Clean Skincare is a brand that comes from UK and goes back to 2000. Their mission is to offer a smarter skincare which delivers high performance visible results whilst always being on skin’s side, which means offering products free from toxic, harmful ingredients and striving to improve formulas continuously. REN offers products for the face as well as for the whole body, packaging is simple and designed to protect the product. With REN there are no unpleasant surprises, at the moment I am using several products and they are all very good, even the make-up removing milk lived up to promises as it really deals well with a waterproof mascara. I suppose some people may not like the smell, as it can be quite peculiar especially for the body care line, but it is not strong and doesn’t linger for a long time. Where did I hear about REN for the first time? It was recommended by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, authors of “No More Dirty Looks.” In opposition to many positive qualities, the biggest downside is the price. REN strives to be an affordable brand, but in my opinion some products are on a high end, like Moroccan Rose series which is rather expensive, so unfortunately REN products are not as available as the vision of the company would make us believe.

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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