I just adore my little woven handbag from Monti Belli.
It was a lucky find from Fretex, a Salvation Army thrift store, around the area where my mom lives. It had been used a lot before I bought it, but I still imagine that it will become my “go-to” handbag. It has just the perfect size and my is sizable enough for my DSRL-camera, with which I am having a renaissance these days.
With the consciousness that is around climate change and overconsumption I find it harder and harder to justify buying brand new things. I already feel pretty guilty about my frequent perfume purchases.
The solution is to crave less and being grateful for all the things I already have. In the meantime I am using these second hand finds to “transition” a bit.
For about a decade she has kept a tradition of making her Fridays glamorous and writing about it on her blog. Over the years she has gathered a community of followers who share their Fridays. (She had a blogging break for a while, which made me a little nervous she wouldn’t come back. I absolutely adore her posts!)
Making your Friday glamorous can be everything from wearing your favourite blouse, to drinking a tasty tea in the morning, or something entirely different that makes the day feel a little more special than any other weekday. I have really fallen in love with this little tradition.
My Friday has been made a little extra glamorous with a recently opened perfume – Fleur de Pecher – a zesty spring composition by Karl Lagerfeld. I have been saving for proper spring to come around. I added a very light stroke of my brightest Sensai lipstick, because I couldn’t be bothered to get it perfect today. The company that I am working for today has a fancy coffee machine, and I am looking forward to spoil my lipstick on a shot of espresso.
Later today, my recurring visitor from London is flying in. I have prepared some birthday presents, and will be shopping some dinner ingredients and a nice wine before I meet him at the station later tonight. My apartment, which is actually just a room with a kitchen, will be a mess with the two of us living together for a month, but it will be nice to have him around for longer. It is a pretty good Friday indeed!
How I like those little sunny marks on my sofa coming through the window.
I am completely cheating with having strawberries this early in the season. But I was too tempted. And I’ve rediscovered having passion fruit for dessert.
And not mention the gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous blossoms happening in Oslo at the moment. It is happening a little soon, when you think it’s Norway and it concerns me a bit thinking about all those fires going on in different parts of the country. People are happy with the warm weather, but I am hoping for a little rain soon.
Big apologies for the continuing changes of style on the blog. I am trying to figure out how it should look and experimenting a bit. I will go back and forth a bit, so bear with me. Hopefully it will look great in the end!
So far this spring I am enjoying four scents from my collection.
Juicy Couture – Juicy Couture
This first perfume in the Juicy Couture line is described by many as a hidden tuberose gem, being very different from the rest of the perfumes in the line. I absolutely love tuberose, and here it is blended with notes like watermelon and caramel, and it works surprisingly well! There is something about this scent that reminds me of watching a spring evening sunset by a fireplace, eating Norwegian lapper (small pancakes) with brown cheese. Having multiple glasses of wine and kissing.
Neroli & Orchidee – L’Occitane
Such a retro little concoction. It reminds me of Orchidee by Yves Rocher – a perfume I sniffed a lot when growing up. One little spray of this and I feel very much at home anywhere. This a very discrete, comfortable and modern version of Orchidee. A very fitting choice for the office.
Green Tea Honeysuckle – Elizabeth Arden
I have very muched jumped on the Green Tea bandwagon this year. Green Tea Revitalize was my first perfume in the collection. Revitalize is crisp, and actually very fitting for late winter or early spring. Honeysuckle must be the youngest sister in the Green Tea collection. She is refreshing, a tiny bit immature before she dries down on the skin and smells very rounded and clean. This was a blind buy, but as most of the Green Teas, it works nicely on my skin.
Quatre En Rose – Boucheron
I cheated a little with starting to use this in early in spring.
But I couldn’t help myself! Quatre En Rose is my go-to scent when I feel summer couldn’t come soon enough. The blackcurrant and rose are so deliciously blended together. My friend says this is comes of a little “slutty”. And I agree that it is sexy and confident, but not in a cheap way. It reminds me of Armani – Si, but it is neither as overpowering, nor as sweet.
I’m not a fan of picking favourites. I like all my perfumes and they all work for different moods and occasions. That being said, I have reached for Juicy Couture very often this spring. My 30 ml bottle is almost halved since it was new in March! I was craving that cozy feeling paired with a little sensuality, and Juicy Couture gives me just that.
If you try it, let me know if you find yourself sniffing the bottle and smiling. I guess that must be a true sign of being the “scent of the hour”. Don’t you think?
It frustrates me that during almost a week of vacation, and I haven’t found the time to meditate at all. That being said, I have done a lot of nice things:
Gone skiing in the Norwegian mountains in absolutely stunning weather.
Had quality time with three close friends separately.
Baked blondies (white chocolate brownies), eaten lots of French cheese accompanied by an amazing Syrah.
Enjoyed orchids, in three different colours blooming at the same time.
For some personal reason, it has been extra difficult to stay in a positive and thankful mindset the last week. I was away from the city all week, and I should have come home feeling full of balance and energy. Instead I feel confused and exhausted. I wished I could share more about the reasons here, and maybe someday I will.
For now I am letting myself have some time feeling a bit down and wishing I had a day extra off. Which is completely fine too.
Getting up early to find rays of sun streaming through the mountains and illuminating trees of catkins. Almost as if they were tiny Christmas lights. (I wish I could have managed to take a nicer photo.)
Having the most quiet nights without waking up to either the tram outside or my own alarm set at 6.30.
It is rarely, if ever, that I have encountered sexist behaviour from colleagues. And this week, my confidence bubble about how far we have come with women rights, even in Europe, got a solid burst.
I wanted to check in this Friday telling you how I did a little something glamourous before the weekend, but instead I felt like sharing something else: I hate it when people get away with demeaning, sexist behaviour just because it is part of “their culture”. It utterly pains me to think of that women around in the world are harassed, if even the most subtle ways, on a daily basis.
The guy that made a remark towards me was not Norwegian. I am pretty confident that if he was, there would have been consequences. And I am happy that a female colleague stepped in and spoke up – and also cheered me up with a nice comment in the end.
Just a little reminder to support each other!
On a happier note: it is Friday! And for those of you who are starting your easter vacation, have a really wonderful one. I am heading for my mother’s house on the countryside, taking almost the entire week off work and I am hoping to see tulips and daffodils in the garden. It will be a very good place to get away from this week’s craziness, and perhaps even meditate a bit and do art.
It feels a little surreal that I am soon to finish my third gratitude journal. Keeping them has been such a rewarding journey.
I started my first journal the summer of 2017. I was ready to put some serious effort into becoming and staying happy. I got myself an empty Moleskine, just to get a little fancy, and named it “Gode ting” in Norwegian – “Good Things”.
Since then I started taking 30 minutes (almost) every evening to write down at least three good experiences that have happened to me during the day. At first every effort to find something good felt forced, and I can’t say that I consistently kept up the practice. But with time, it became almost an instinct, something that has infused my way of looking at the world. Which was just what I hoped for.
Within the next eight months my first Moleskin was finished. On most days I had at least 5-7 memorable experiences to note, everything from the smallest impression, to big milestones at work or personally. It feels rewarding to flip through the earlier journals. I now have permanent reminders of a lot of the good thing that happened to me, and I am better at noticing new things.
Here are some moments from my journals:
MARCH 18TH 2018
I moved the last things from my old apartment with the help of my closest friend. What a relief it is to finally be completely done with the move. And what I relief it was to know I was never alone in this process.
I followed my mom’s advice and made myself a nice hot chocolate. But a healthy version with almond milk and honey.
The weather has shifted, and it feels like spring is really here.
APRIL 13TH 2018
It is Friday again! Yay!!!
My colleagues gave me really nice feedback on a presentation. It was improvised. I had almost no time to prepare it and felt extremely nervous about it. Supposedly I managed to communicate clearly and made the topic sound interesting.
I finally started learning French on Duolingo again. Why was I overthinking it so much before? It is so much fun!
APRIL 28TH 2018
How nice it is to start a new project at work. It feels so fresh and motivating.
I visited an old friend in the evening and we chatted about absolutely everything.
I had the loveliest long walk back home. The sky was pink, violet and blue, and the cloud had formed a beautiful foggy haze.
My “Good things” journal helped me searching positive experiences, but also helped me stay positive during difficult times. Practicing it on those days matters immensely. It is important to keep up the noting, even if the only experiences you can think of seem very insignificant.
Have you ever tried to keep a gratitude journal? What experiences made you happy, that actually surprised you?
What better way relax in the spring sun than to discover blooming treasures in the Botanical Garden? My little flat in Oslo is located right next to it, which makes anytime a good time for a brief visit, but warm April days are simply the best.
The park is about to be covered by fields of spring flowers.
The greenhouse has a jungle with exotic plants that bloom all year. It is nice to come here in February too. Just to get a little warm.
These tiny orchids are just adorable.
And the best thing about the Botanical Garden in Oslo: there is no entrance fee! Happy Sunday ^^
Things finally feel brighter. I have stumbled upon so many good things to be grateful for the last year.
Waking up one morning in late March, I thought to myself: “I am just where I am supposed to be”. As crazy as it may sound, it was a victory to let myself think this. Even if that means that not everyone that I care about is happy, even if things always can be more difficult – I trust in my ability to find things to make myself feel happy,
The sight of spring morning dew. Putting on red lipstick before going to work. The smell of Baptiste’s roasted potatoes with French herbs for Sunday brunch. Living in my tiny 12 square meter flat, which actually rooms all that I need and a lot, lot, lot more. Doing art again. Watching crocuses appear in my mom’s garden. My liberties. My financial situation. My friends supporting me on starting my own business and going freelance. (Oh, that last one I can’t overstate enough. I am so grateful for my friends.)
And the list goes on, and on, and on.
I would always feel that each season is reminiscent of that same one last year. But I hope that this spring holds a lasting change in the air.