Personal Style 

As much as we all love to dress up from head to toe – high heels, curly hair, lashes,  a full face of makeup – there is something so special about jumping into the clothes that are just YOU. I’ve been thinking a lot about personal style and allthough I am a person that loves to wear all different kinds of styles there’s always a style that just represents the plain and natural me.

In this post I’ve tried to put together an outfit that represents my personal style. This is me, all chill, no make up, and my hair tied in a messy bun, because why not? The photos are shot on the most beautiful location that I know, near the sea at our cabin in the south of Norway. I’ve been spending my summers at this place since the age of one and there’s something so special about coming back every year to this place that no matter what, will always stay the same.

Outfit Details:
Body – BikBok | Jeans – Levi’s | Watch – Daniel Wellington | Shoes – Converse(slightly bitten off at the heel thanks to my very kind dog)

What do you feel represents your personal style? And do you have a place that always feels like home to you?

Tomorrow I travel to Nice, France, and I am super excited! Make sure to follow all my social media linked below if you want to keep up with my trip and get some outfit sneak peeks!

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Vi er perfekt, men verden er ikke det

“We’re perfect, but the world isn’t..”

For those of you who’ve been watching, isn’t it so sad that SKAM is over? How did you find the ending? I am seriously so impressed by everything this series has achieved. Julie Andem, you rock! If you don’t know what SKAM is, it is a Norwegian TV-series based on the lives of a group of teenagers in Oslo. The series debate friendship, prejudice, religion, homosexuality, rape and just the general struggles that I think we all can relate to growing up, seen through the eyes of young people today. Every episode gives you something special and important and I truly recommend this series for everyone. It’s different, but so good.

The headline of today’s post is a song title from one of the songs used in the series, so I thought I’d just leave the song here, for you to listen to and to let it set the right mood for the rest of the post.

Where: Sørenga, Oslo

An area by the seaside of Oslo, with lots of bathing space, restaurants and city life. We chose to retreat to the calmer side in the shadows of the dock because the weather was especially hot this day.

I’ve recently been growing more and more fond of my own city. Maybe it’s the summer weather? Anyway I’ve been exploring more places that I don’t usually hang out at. I’ve also been walking around by myself, exploring and enjoying the peaceful seaside of the city. Oslo has been amazing these last few days, I really hope the weather stays like this all summer. A girl can dream, right?

OOTD: Top – BikBok | Bikini – BikBok | Jeans – BikBok | Watch – Daniel Wellington | Shoes – Converse | Sunglasses – Pretty Little Thing

Do I shop my outfits any other places than BikBok? Apparently not, haha.

How has your summer been so far? Is it hot in your country?

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Stockholm Diaries

Have you ever fallen in love with a city?
Personally I have several cities that are close to my heart in their own special way, and Stockholm is definitely on that list. In March me and my girlfriends/super besties had a weekend getaway to this amazing city, where we got the taste of all the memorable experiences Stockholm had to offer!

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Shopping
An important aspect of the trip was to get a lot of shopping done, and I mean, a LOT. One thing we all were determined on was finding the perfect thrift shop, and so we did, right at the top of the main street, Drottninggatan. Beyond Retro was the thrift shop of our dreams.

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It’s safe to say that none of us left this shop empty handed. If you want to read more about the shop and it’s consept, you can check out their website here. Other than that you can also find all the big brands and stores in Stockholm, and we took the opportunity to visit all the shops that we don’t have in Norway, for example River Island and Sephora(my Sephora haul is up here). We were really disappointed when we found out that Urban Outfitters was temporarily removed, as we were all super hyped to shop there.

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Food and drinks
Aren’t food and drinks the highlight of any vacation? First of all our hotel, Generator Stockholm had an amazing breakfast menu that we were super excited about! Lots of options that were cooked at the hotel kitchen. How yummy does this breakfast look?

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For lunch on Saturday we felt like a sweet alternative and went to Café Muren in Gamla Stan/the Old Town and ordered belgian waffles with Nutella and cream, apple pie, hot chocolates plus the Swedish cake Kladdkaka. Meal of our dreams.

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We also ate dinner at one of the Italian reastaurants in Gamla Stan on Friday. Amazing food and a really lovely waiter who was super excited to show us his Norwegian skills as he had actually lived in Oslo! Gamla Stan is a really lovely destination if you’re looking for a place to have your dinner in Stockholm. The small medieval streets and houses are filled with restaurant options!

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Saturday, we felt like Asian for dinner and found the perfect place not far from our hotel in the city center. Szechuan beef and chicken, sushi and a lovely vegetarian Pad Thai for our main meal and then for starters edamame(soy beans) in sea salt and yummy vegetarian dumplings! A dinner success! After dinner on Saturday we decided to explore Stockholms nightlife. We started with pre-drinks and girly chats at the hotel room before we made our way to Stureplan, the party capital of Stockholm, haha. The night was seriously so much fun. There is something special about being out with your absolute best friends!

Sunday, we decided to go for Italian again, just because why not! We went to this Italian restaurant called “Flames”, where I’m not kidding when I say the food was amazing! First they gave us free bread with olive paste for starters, ka-ching! Then for the main course we had different kinds of pasta and Elise had the most amazing Chevre and Honey pizza, it was so divine that the rest of us stole a good piece of it, haha.
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Culture
We also paid a visit to the Modern museum/Moderna museet, which is a museum for modern and contemporary art located on the island of Skeppsholmen, which is very central. There were all sorts of exhibitions you could see, but we chose to walk through “The Collection”, including key works by artists like Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Dali etc. This exhibition was free as well and there was so much to see!

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After being at the museum we decided to have a little photoshoot with beautiful city backdrops:

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Helene looking stylish as always, she should get a blog, right??

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Gorgeous Ida with the beautiful city behind her!

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One of the best trips I have ever been on! You don’t need to travel far to enjoy yourself! Have you ever been to Stockholm?

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OOTD: Sunny Days in Oslo

I’m back! It’s been forever and I’m so so sorry. There’s really no excuse, but the fact that I think I’ve just been uninspired and tired. But summer is finally here and I will use it to my advantage to get up some lovely posts for you guys!

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On Friday, me and my sister had a lovely dinner at Olivia Tjuvholmen, which is an Italian restaurant in Oslo. I have very good experiences with the food there and it’s not very expensive, which makes it an easy option on a sunny day!

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My outfit:
Jacket – Gina Tricot | Top – Brandy Melville | Skirt – H&M | Shoes – Converse

The weather has been amazing the last few days! Only sunny days and it’s been extremely hot. Too bad I’m stuck inside studying for my exams all day. But, in a week it will all be over and I’ll finally have a well deserved summer vacay!

How’s your week been? Have you had sunny weather as well?

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Huge Sephora Haul + First Impressions

I’m back! Back to blogging, but also back from an amazing weekend trip to Stockholm, which I will tell you more about in a separate blog post, so stay put for that. This post on the other side, is going to revolve around something I rarely write about, makeup.

See, in Stockholm they have Sephora, which we don’t have in Oslo, sigh.. I rarely spend any money on makeup at all, especially since I tend to just stick to the items I’ve always owned, so it’s safe to say that I branched out a little bit this time. Therefore, for todays post, I thought I’d give you an insight in what I bought, plus giving you my first impressions of the products showing a makeup look using only the items shown below. Behold the glorious new additions to my makeup bag:

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From left: The Kat von D Tattoo Liner, Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing PrimerSleek Highlighting PalletteToo Faced Born This Way FoundationToo Faced Better Than Sex MascaraUrban Decay Naked Skin ConcealerToo Faced Melted Matte LipstickToo Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (tester)Too Faced Bulletproof Brows (not sure how I managed to not get this one in the shot, life.. Also, why do makeup products have such long names??)

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Here is my finished look, a very simple look, yet perfect for a night out as well. If you’d like to hear my impressions of the products as well as see more photos then just keep reading!

The Base:

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These are the products I’ve used for my base. First out, the Smashbox primer. I’ve previously been using their normal Photo Finish primer, but when I saw they had a ‘pore minimizing’ one, I really felt like it was worth giving a shot. And I’m not lying when I say it actually minimizes your pores, it’s insane! A trick that my friend told me is to tap the primer on to your face instead of rubbing it, to give a smoother effect.

As foundation and concealer goes, these two are the only repurchases in my haul. I’ve already been using these for months and I love them. To see a review I’ve already done on the Too Faced Born This Way, click here. As the UD Naked concealer goes, it’s the best one I’ve tried so far. It hides blemishes like a pro and my only problem is that it tends to crease a bit under my eyes.

Brows:

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As my previous brow set was singing on its last verse(weird Norwegian saying yo) I was on a mission through Sephora to find the perfect brow kit, and I once again landed on a Too Faced product. It is described as a powder, gel, pencil and setting wax all-in-one. I’d say it’s probably quite similar to the Anastasia dipbrow pomade, except I’ve never really found a shade that suits me from the Anastasia brow range. This on the other hand is in the shade ‘universal taupe’, which fits my red-ish/blonde-ish hair very well.

Bronze and Highlight:

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I’ve never really owned a highlighting pallette, so for my first one I landed on Sleeks Cleopatra’s Kiss Pallette, which consist of the shades Sphinx, Delta, Dynasty and Goddess. Some of these are probably ment for someone a bit less(read: a lot) pale than me, but I just absolutely fell in love with the bottom right shade, Goddess. I am really impressed by this pallette. Sleek manages to combine quality with reasonable prizes, which I love. It’s a very pigmented highlighter, which shows you don’t always have to go to the expensive brands to find quality. The tiny Chocolate Soleil bronzer was given to me as a gift for buying so many Too Faced products, haha. But this is also a really good product. And it smells like chocolate, eeek.

Lips and Eyes:

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What caught my eye in Sephora is they sell a lot of tester-sized products, as this combined mascara/eyeliner set from Too Faced/Kat von D. I found this really nice, especially for products as Too Faced that are fairly expensive. I really wanted to try both the mascara and the liner, but wasn’t sure I’d like them and definitely didn’t feel like using up to $20-30 on each of them.

I’ve heard so much about the Better Than Sex Mascara and was very thrilled to try it, but to be honest – for such a pricy mascara, it’s not that good. I’ve tried several drugstore mascara’s that give just as good volume, if not even more. So yeah, it’s a good mascara, but in my opinion, definitely not the best. The Kat von D Tattoo Liner on the other hand! Such a good eyeliner. I think what I loved most about it is how easy it was to apply. I would definitely recommend this even for those who feel they’re struggling to draw the perfect wing. It is just a very steady liner that let’s you create straight lines without ‘spilling’ product everywhere.

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For lips, I’m still totally in love with the liquid matte trend. So far I’ve been through both the Kylie lip kits and the NYX’s liquid suedes and I therefore thought it was time to try Too Faced’s take on a liquid matte lip. I must say, I love it. It might even be my favorite so far. Mine is in the shade ‘Child Star’, which is a very light nude. It comes on really soft and stays on the entire evening without feeling dry. Any interest in me doing a post where I compare all my liquid matte lipsticks(Kylie, NYX, Too Faced etc.)? I might do one anyways, haha.

Phew, have I been rambling far too much about makeup now? I just thought I’d show you the very last few products in my haul as well.

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I branched out a little bit and bought myself a beautyblender, as I’m just really curious to the quality compared to the H&M sponges that I currently use. I also bought this really cute Avocado Sheet Mask, which I can’t wait to try. These other masks are masks that I got as testers in my Sephora bag, including a charcoal mask, which I am very intrigued about.

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I thought I’d do a separate post on skincare and face masks once I’ve tried them all!

In conclusion, I am beyond happy about all my new products. It’s not often that one is almost 100% happy with such a huge makeup purchase, but I must say, except from the Too Faced mascara, that all the products lived up to my expectations. And no, I’m not sponsored by Too Faced( hmu though ), I just really and honestly love their products and I’m so gutted that I can’t get them here in Norway.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, and even though I hate close ups of my face, here are some of those as well. What don’t I do for quality content? Keep your eyes peeled for more Stockholm posts, as they will be up very soon!

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Sunset Walks

Allthough my outfits tend to be very monochrome, I find contrasts so beautiful. A white snowy road meets the red sky. White shirt and black jeans. The cold weather meets the warmth of the sun. Lately we’ve been blessed with more sun, it’s getting lighter outside and I can feel myself getting lighter inside as well. We are slowly saying goodbye to the cold and dark winter and welcoming spring(well, not yet though, this is Norway after all).

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In this post I thought I would show you an outfit that I feel reflect very well on my personal style. If I could I would probably have worn this every day, but let’s pretend I didn’t say that. Wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m boring.

This outfit is put together by both old and new items. A white shirt that I’ve had since forever, a black belt that I found hidden in the back of my closet and cannot even remember how I got, some fairly new black jeans and my all time favorite and beloved grey woollen coat.

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Outfit Details: Sunglasses – H&M | Coat – URBAN | Shirt – Cubus | Jeans – Carlings | Boots – Pavement

I’m also wearing some really cool socks from Monki, with a dog riding a bicycle on them. Just thought you should know.

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These photos made me realize I want to shoot more in the early sunsets. The lighting is so magical. A big thank you to my little sister who gets dragged out in whatever weather and forced on these walks with me to take photos, you da best.

Hope you are all doing amazing. I have had my winter holidays this week and I must say, I could really get used to not having to go to school everyday. The week has so far consisted of 80% watching Bates Motel on Netflix and 20% homework. Do not follow my example, kids. Now that I’ve watched all the seasons that are out on Netflix so far I might be able to be a bit productive before the weekend comes. Wish me luck.

How has your week been so far?

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Colorful Walls

Where: a parking lot near Grønland in Oslo, which I discovered the other day is now a building area. Thought I’d use these “old” photos to reminisce about this little grafitti wall with its bright colors.

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Outfit Details: 

Bomber – MONKI | Sweater – Gina Tricot | Pants – BikBok | Shoes – Converse | Scarf – MONKI | Backpack – Urban Outfitters | Headband – BikBok

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Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

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My Getaway Weekend

Sometimes we just need to hit the pause button on life and enjoy ourselves a little getaway from reality. This weekend I visited one of my best friends who lives and studies in beautiful Trondheim, the city of the wooden houses.

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You’ll find Trondheim located almost in the middle of Norway, around 500 km north of the capital, Oslo, where I live. Being one of the most popular student cities in Norway, Trondheim is always full of life and adventure. To capture everything we did on this amazing weekend would be nearly impossible, but I would like to take you along on the walk we had on Saturday, in beautiful and sunny, though very windy weather.

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Walking along Nidelva, which runs through Trondheim, you’ll see small and big wooden houses in various colors all along the riverside.

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Nidarosdomen(The Nidaros Cathedral), place of the burial of St. Olav, and a unique Middle Age building. The cathedral is so massive you can’t even capture the entire building in one shot.

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On the last two photos, Solsiden(the sunny side), best known for its long strip of restaurants and bars, filled with lights and life during Trondheims nightlife.

Such a wonderful and amazing city that I cannot recommend enough. Already looking forward to my next visit!

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The 20 Questions Tag

Some months ago I saw this tag over on Sophie Maie’s blog and instantly thought that it would be a fun tag to do. And then I saw on the bottom of her post that she had actually tagged me, so what better reason for me to actually do it? So here’s me answering 20 random questions for you.

1. Things you cannot live without?

Books, my phone and a cosy blanket.

2. Favorite makeup brand?

Ok, I can’t just say one, so: Too Faced, Urban Decay and NYX.

3. Favorite flowers?

We call them “hvitveis” in Norway. The Latin word is Anemone nemorosa.

4. Favorite clothing stores?

BikBok, Urban Outfitters and Monki.

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5. Favorite perfume?

I don’t really wear perfume. I don’t mind it on others, but I can’t wear it myself as the strong scents normally just trigger a headache. I think I smell good without though, fingers crossed, haha.

6. Heels or flats?

HEELS. Even though I rarely wear them as I never do anything that requires heels in my boring life.

7. Do you get good grades?

Yup, haha. Or at least I did in high school. Time will show how I do at university.

8. Favorite colors?

Blue and silver.

9. Do you drink energy drinks?

No, I’ve never really liked the taste, or the “energy kick”.

10. Do you drink juice?

Yassss. I love juice, especially orange juice. I also have a favorite that is “strawberry and orange juice”, so good.

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11. Do you like swimming?

Haha, hmm, I don’t know. I think it can be fun, but I definitely prefer a pool as I am a bit scared of the “big, dark ocean”.

12. Do you eat chips with a fork?

Chips as in fries, right? If I am in a restaurant, I guess. And sometimes at home, actually.

13. What’s your favorite moisturiser?

Hands down, the Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser!! This works wonders if you have dry skin!

14. Do you want to get married later in life?

Yes, do! But I am not in a rush.

15. Do you get mad easily?

I get easily annoyed maybe, as I am a bit unpatient, but I almost never get angry. I like to think that I am quite calm.

16. Are you into ghost hunting?

NOPE. I am soooo scared by the thought of anything supernatural.

17. Any phobias?

Ghosts? Haha. No, not really though. Even though I am fairly afraid of spiders.

18. Do you bite your nails?

It’s not really a habit of mine, but if I get very nervous I tend to do it, unfortunately.

19. Have you ever had a near death experience?

No, luckily I haven’t! (*knock on wood*)

20. Do you drink coffee?

No, I don’t. Please tell me I’m not the only 22 year old who doesn’t like coffee? I feel so immature when I go to cafees with people and they order coffee and I’m sat there with my hot chocolate. I just don’t like the taste of coffee and I have no plans on teaching myself to like it.

Hope you liked my take at this little tag. Do we have anything in common? Thank you so much, Sophie, for tagging me. I just think it’s fun to do stuff like this from time to time too. Hope your week is lovely so far.

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Handbag Essentials

Being a student, or just a busy person in general, you’ll know that keeping the right equipment in your handbag can be lifesaving. I am the kind of person that keeps everything I own in my handbag/backpack. It’s what I live in when I go to school and tends to get quite heavy.  I recently purchased a new handbag, which is huge, in order to fit everything in it, and I thought I would give you a little “handbag tour”.

img_3766Introducing: My new handbag. I got this simple, black bag off of Lindex and paid around £38 for it. What I really like about it is how much you can fit in it as well as the simple style of it. For me, a designer handbag isn’t an option yet, as I’m not in the place where I want to or can spend that much money on a bag, but in my opinion the brand of your bag doesn’t matter. What matters is that you like it and that it fits your use.

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Firstly, when you live up north and the weather never decides wether to be rainy and foggy or freeze you to death, always bring an emergency hat + mittens. I am now sitting here with a major cold, looking back and regretting some of the days when I skipped this point.

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Next up: FOOD. This is such an important point whenever you are out and about either for school or work. Your lunch will keep you going. I didn’t bring that much on this particular day as I only had one class, but make sure to always bring more than you think you’ll need. You will thank yourself later. And most importantly: WATER. Lately I’ve been realizing the importancy of drinking enough water, and after I’ve started to bring my water botttle around everywhere I have so much more energy to get through the days! The easiest pro-tip right there.

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Now on to the boring school stuff. As you see, my bag can fit a lot of that too. Right now I’m taking a class in physics, meaning my calculator is my best friend and has to come with me every day. Next up, my “20 brilliant colours“, haha. I am obsessed with using these pens in my notes, and I sure can’t be the only one? I think it’s such a good study tip really – keeps your notes colorfull, fun and organized. What I do is I usually re-write my notes when I get home to get more out of the lesson and to have everything in one place. This works really well for me.

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Then we have my calendar, wallet, phone, headphones and lipstick. The main essentials, haha. The lipstick I am currently obsessing over is this gorgeous nude from the NYX liquid suede line called “Soft-spoken”.

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I am also a sucker for calendars and this one got me with it’s simple design. I love the cute little “hello’s” for every week. I am trying to be really good and write down everything I need to do and make lists to keep myself organized. Week 3 looks a little bit empty though, woops.

What are your handbag essentials? And do we have any of the same? Let me know. Also, I’m sorry for the lack of blog posts, I’ve been so ill that I’ve literally been glued to my bed the past days. Feeling a lot better now though, and spending my last day as 21 the best way possible: watching Netflix and eating pizza. Yes, tomorrow is my BIRTHDAY, and I’m so ready to be blasting a certain T-Swift song the entire day. I love birthdays and have so much exciting stuff planned for the week that is coming, so keep posted and I’ll see you very soon!

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