Summer Nights

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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Places I Want to Visit

As I may have expressed a tiny bit in some of my blog posts I am experiencing such a travel lust these days, it’s insane. This has got me thinking both about places I have been and want to go back to and about the places that I’ve never been, but that are sort of on my ‘travel bucket list’. I love day dreaming about travelling and going on adventures, so I thought I’d let you daydream along with me in this post. Since I’ve never been to any of these places and don’t have any pictures of my own I thought I’d put together 5 different ‘postcards’ that I made out of pictures from Google. Let’s go:

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I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just this drive inside of me that longs to this place. The strong nature forces makes me think of it as such a free place and I would love to see all the natural forces in action. Like the geysirs and the blue lagoon. But mostly, I just really want to go on a trip with Icelandic horses. I’ve ridden Icelandic horses before in Norway, and they are such strong and independent creatures. To combine a horseback trip with such beautiful nature is just an absolute dream.

rome

I feel lik everyone has to visit Rome at least one time in their lives. And I have actually never even been to Italy. The thing that I’m most attracted to is the history of the city. Just imagine how it was living in Ancient Rome? I’m also so in love with the architecture of European cities and I long to walk in the small, busy, paved streets of Rome.

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Have you guys ever heard of this place? Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. It’s basically neighbors with the North Pole. You may have heard rumors that we have polar bears walking in the streets in Norway. We don’t really. Except here. And that’s the only bit that scares me a bit about visiting, haha. But again I’m drawn by the nature forces and beauty of this place. A lot of my family members have actually lived here as well, so I have heard so many stories and really want to see it for myself.

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I remember in high school I had a friend from Budapest and she always told me the funniest and most lively stories about this city. I have been to Hungary before, but we never got to visit Budapest and I was so gutted. It just seems like such a cool city full of life and all the Hungarians I have met in my life are such lovely and fun people.

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Lastly, I really want to visit Tokyo. And this is actually a bit out of my comfort zone as I have almost never left the European continent, haha. I’m a very ‘home loving’ person and when things are too different I can get a little bit scared. But the different is also what draws me in about Tokyo. It’s such a different culture than what I come from and I’m so fascinated about the Japanese culture – it’s such a rich culture! Also, Tokyo seems like a MASSIVE city to me with it’s 13.6 million people compared to the 600 000 living in my city, and I just feel like that would be such an experience.

Have you ever been to any of these places? What top 5 places do you want to visit?

//INGRID

Float down, like Autumn Leaves

I don’t know why, but it’s only this last year that I’ve really realized how beautiful Fall is. The leaves turning into a hundred shades of red, orange and yellow and my favorite, the air getting slightly colder, making you feel like you’re able to breathe again.

Just the other day I figured I’d  join my mom early in the morning when she went to work. This meant I got to sit in a warm car on my way to school instead of a crowded tram. My mom’s job is very close to my school, so all I had to do was walk straight through the Frogner park(one of the no.1 tourist attraction in Norway it seems). I was walking into the park when I realized that I was so early that none of the huge tourist busses had yet arrived. It was just me, the statues and the cold morning air. I have never seen the park so quiet. The way Fall had come to the park and made the leaves change into a spectrum of color amazed me and I just had to take some photos on my way. What a wonderful way to start my school day, walking through this park and enjoying it all by myself.

And just as I went out of the gate and left the park the first tourist bus arrived with tourists and their huge camera lenses practically floading the park. Timing.

I thought I’d share my little morning journey with you, step by step:

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(Sry bout the nudity.. It’s a sculpture park.)

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Always nice to have a chat with this little angry fella.
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Then I just had to buy myself a hot chocolate, because it’s actually so cold outside?? The hot chocolate was really expensive, but then I discovered they gave me an extra large cup and I got really happy. It tasted like heaven and kept my hands warm on the rest of my walk.

I can’t believe how beautiful my little city really is and how much I love it.
Why do I want to leave so badly?

//INGRID

The Most Amazing Artist

Cue music:

Today I want to talk to you about the person I with certainty call my favorite artist. Meet Aurora Aksnes, a 20 year old Norwegian singer/songwriter. Her voice as beautiful and breathtaking as the nature phenomenon that is also part of her name, Aurora Borealis, the Northern lights.

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Aurora started writing lyrics at the age of 9, which is just unreal. Her lyrics show so much love, pain, joy and a tiny bit of insanity all at the same time. And her melodies has such a magical sound to them. I may sound like I’m exaggerating, but to me, her music is pure magic and her songs has genuinely helped me through so much. Songs that are vulnerable and at the same time amazingly brave. And honestly, nothing lights up my day like watching an interview with Aurora. She’s just the sweetest girl and has the most interesting thoughts living in her mind.

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I just really wanted to share this artist with you. And it may sound weird, but I just feel so proud that someone so amazing comes from my little country. Aurora has had so much success these last years as well. You may have heard her singing a cover of Oasis’ “Half the world away” for the John Lewis Christmas advert, or seen her singing her own original song “Conqueror” live at the Jimmy Fallon Show, and in March 2016 she released her debut album “All My Demons Greating Me as a Friend” , which is hands down my favorite album of 2016. I just don’t seem to grow tired of her songs. Another thing worth mentioning is her presence on stage – it is so real and she has a special way of feeling the music and moving to it.

I really hope you want to check out her album, because as much as I want to keep this amazing artist for myself I also really want to share her with the entire world.

If you’d like more musical posts like this, it would be really fun to get to recommend some other Norwegian artists to you as well! Let me know in the comments.

//INGRID

(All pictures and media in this blog post do not belong to me.)

 

OOTD: Blue Jeans, White Shirt

Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn
It was like, James Dean, for sure
You’re so fresh to death and sick as ca-cancer

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Saturday and a weekend off from work, I am delighted and in the most chilled out mood you could ever imagine. Today’s outfit is old school and classic with a little bit of that 50’s denim vibe. I sometimes forget how much I love the simplicity of the combination white shirt and denim, it can never really go wrong. The black belt was something I found in the back of my closet today, I have no idea where it came from. What a hidden treasure.

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Trenchcoat – Vero Moda//T-shirt-Vero Moda//Jeans-BikBok//Backpack-Urban Outfitters

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Fall hasn’t seemed to hit Oslo by it’s full power yet, so we are still enjoying the last sunbeams of summer and the opportunity to wear t-shirts. I can feel the cold autumn wind around the corner, though, so it probably won’t be long before you see me in scarfs and knitted sweaters.

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Hope you’re all having an amazing Saturday! What are you up to today?

//INGRID