Opening Night at Bar Boulud

Hey everyone! I really want to share the pictures I took on tuesday with you. In part because I’m proud of them (like the one here below) and in part because I want to share my life with friends, family, and those of you who appreciate food, photography, and fashion like myself. So, here’s what happened. My good friend Andrew from Tufts made a reservation for Bar Boulud on their opening night. How he managed to get the table is beyond me because it was their opening night. Raquel and I took the T (Boston’s subway) to Newbury before the others to get a birthday present for Julia and take some pictures. [FYI I am traveling to California on Thursday night to attend Julia's 20th Birthday party! I can't wait to share the experience with you guys!]

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Here is beautiful Raquel in her stylish outfit:

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What I’m wearing: Silk shirt: Iro, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Blazer: Iro, Scarf: LV, Bag: Ralph Lauren, Shoes: Stuart WeizmannBostonStreetStyle-00645  BostonStreetStyle-00649 BostonStreetStyle-00668 BostonStreetStyle-00673

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And here we go!

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I wouldn’t exactly call this your ordinary Tuesday evening. I could get used to this… barbouludboston-00684 barbouludboston-00685

With Raquel, Colton (below), Christiana, and Andrew. Unfortunately all the shots I got of Christiana were blurry.barbouludboston-00686 barbouludboston-00687  barbouludboston-00691 barbouludboston-00692 barbouludboston-00695 barbouludboston-00698

A wonderful day & night with good company and good food. You really can’t ask for more!

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Here is a recap of my favorite New York Fashion Week & PFW (2013) outfits; on and off the runway. I was originally just going to compile a collection of my favorite NYFW looks, but then I got looking at the PFW ones and I really could not help myself. Just look through these pictures to see what I mean.Hbz-street-style-nyfw14-day7-08-28962254-lg Hbz-street-style-nyfw14-day6-16-70555386-lg hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100312-28-lgn hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100312-18-lgn hbz-street-style-mfw-fw14-day3-09-92118124-lg I don’t condone wearing fur, but these jackets are amazing. To achieve the look at stay animal-friendly, invest in a good faux fur. Stella Mccartney has certainly proved that eco-friendly is just as good. All her bags are made with faux-leather, and I believe that the majority (if not all) of her clothes are made with sustainable materials. Yay! hbz-sfw-fw2014-day3-06-lg There are so many amazing coats. Just look at these shots and drool… Hbz-street-style-lfw14-fw2014-day3-14-92113169-lg Hbz-street-style-nyfw14-day5-12-72757760-md hbz-street-style-Paris-fw13-day3-04-lgn

This woman (above) really shows how you can combine male aesthetics to your outfit whilst maintaining a delicate femininity. I particularly like how the sequins on her sweater go hand in hand with the metal-capped oxfords. Hbz-street-style-nyfw14-day5-25-68067848-md  hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100212-13-lgn hbz-sfw-fw2014-day3-11-lg hbz-street-style-fw2014-trends-lead-42657345-lghbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100112-210-lgn hbz-street-style-paris-fw13-day4-14-lgn

These women prove that bold is certainly beautiful. hbz-street-style-Paris-fw13-day3-24-lgn hbz-rodarte-ss2015-34-lg  hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100312-07-lgn hbz-street-style-mfw-fw14-day1-16-78502847-lg hbz-streetstyle-cph-day2-18-lg hbz-street-style-cphss15-b00b9943-14-lg hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100312-15-lgn  hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100312-02-lgn hbz-street-style-pfw-ss13-100312-01-lgn hbz-street-style-Paris-fw13-day3-19-lgn hbz-rodarte-ss2015-4-lg hbz-pfw-ss13-street-style-093012-02-lgn

So many pretty outfits, shots, and people. I can’t handle it! In a few days I will also post my favorite looks from London & Milan Fashion week. I can’t wait to see more of the awesome creations that fashionistas attending the fashion weeks have innovated. Thanks for reading! – Nora

Freedom Rally in Boston: The Style

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In my last blog post I shared my pictures from the Boston Freedom Rally. Today I would like to follow up on that and share some more style-oriented pictures. When I was choosing what to wear for the festival I decided that I would mostly be mingling with hippies and more “alternative” people. Basically, I was free to choose whatever I wanted to wear: no one would be able to judge me. I was so happy to finally air this beautiful sequin Maje jacket. I bought it in Puerto Banus (Marbella), Spain this summer and I had been dying to wear it ever since. Its not exactly every day that you can wear a sequin jacket. (Thats a lie. When in doubt dress it up!)

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With the jacket I wore my favorite Rag & Bone hat- as you may have seen in earlier blog posts. I felt like it really tied the outfit together and also made it stand out more. A big thank you to Daniel for taking these shots of me :) Here I am looking at my pictures from my [new] Sony mirrorless camera. I’m obsessed with it. Seriously- obsessed.

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Rebecca wore a really cool leather shirt, a psychadelic-inspired Theory silk shirt, and this AMAZING (I mean seriously amazing) bright red Borsalino hat. I loved it all! HempfestBoston-00533

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Wearing my new Paige denim jeans. The straight leg is great for flats and sandals. I’m also looking for some 70’s inspired flared  jeans. They really knew how to flatter legs back in the day- that being said the majority of 70’s and 80’s fashion was not particularly flattering. Go-Go boots never again…

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Just showing off my flash tattoos! If you look closely you can see them on my index fingers (and my chest of course).FreedomRally-14

If you liked any of these pictures please leave a comment below or “like” the post :)

Big Hug,

Nora

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Freedom Rally in Boston: The People

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Boston is truly a unique and interesting city. Where else can you find an entire festival dedicated to the legalization of marihuana? I couldn’t miss this photographic opportunity for anything, so yesterday found myself at the festival to take pictures of all the people. And let me tell you, there were a lot of interesting people. Teenagers, (professional) adults, college students, hippies, hoboes, children, geeks, drug addicts, & police. The people of Boston came out from their living rooms and took to the Boston Common, the park where the festival was held. There was of course Reggae music playing the entire afternoon, in addition to various bands playing throughout the park. HempfestBoston-1FreedomRally-6FreedomRally-2 FreedomRally-4 FreedomRally-5  FreedomRally-7 FreedomRally-8 FreedomRally-9 FreedomRally-10 FreedomRally-11 FreedomRally-17 FreedomRally-21   HempfestBoston-00570 HempfestBoston-00571 HempfestBoston-00515 HempfestBoston-00514 HempfestBoston-00505

Let me know what you think of these pictures in the comments below!

- Nora

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Its going to be a Rag & Bone Fall

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Fall is in the air. In the damp moist Massachusetts air, I can feel it approaching. Today was the first semi-cool day since I’ve arrived and it got me thinking about all the wonderful fall fashion. A few weeks ago I went a little nuts at the Rag & Bone store on Newbury street. I say nuts because one of the women working there also recognized me from last year, after I tried on the entire store. –I’m not joking, I played dress-up for probably 2 hours in there. I needed a pair of fall boots because the 10cm ones I own are just too damn tall to walk around in all day. Plus it doesn’t help that my height is already an anomaly here in Boston. Not that I care about being taller than everyone (frankly thats my life summed up into one statement) but it doesn’t hurt to shave off a cm or two. My feet are thanking me right now for saying that. They want it in writing. (but I’ll still wear my stiletto heels and pretend not to be in pain. shh!)

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These wonderful boots will tread around Boston with me and experience the approaching fall. I already know they’ll be staples in my closet. Okay so I must confess, I have a weird addiction/love for shoe boxes. The way they’re perfectly rectangle & black with modest white lettered branding. When I open a shoe box its like opening a present- again and again and again. You have no idea how much fun I had shooting the first picture. Basically, too much fun. I never get tired of lifting the soft tissue paper and revealing the gift inside… I can get even more poetic about my love for shoes, but I’ll spare you from any more.

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Instead I can tell you about my new found love for hats. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will already know that I am obsessed with my Acne x Borsalino white straw hat with the yellow band. It is too beautiful to describe! Well, with fall I prefer felt hats. This black fedora will make the perfect accessory for any chic autumn outfit. I also bought a dark orange/burgundy colored hat from Massimmo Dutti while I was in spain. It is a bit bigger than this Rag & Bone hat, made of thinner felt, and has a circular brim — picture in my last post–. I’ve been dying to wear these two but the weather has simply not permitted it since I’ve started school at Tufts. Hopefully I’ll be able to sport them around campus soon (fingers crossed)! 

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Now, to rant about jeans. Rag & Bone make the best best jeans (ever). Their jeggings are like butter and suede on your legs. I promise you, there is nothing better. I now have a navy pair and a grey pair & can’t wait to wear them! Lastly, I bought this oversized grey stretchy sweater, because who doesn’t want/need exactly that for cold and iffy days? Its the perfect piece to wear when you want to dress more casually, but I’m planning on dressing it up with my new jeans and boots :) I also love the salted grey color. Perfection.

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That was a great rant about clothes. Mmm, now I feel much better :) What do you like to wear in the fall, and whats your favorite brand? I would love love love to hear in the comments below.

xx,

Nora

 

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Moving to Boston

Hey everyone! As a lot of you know I have moved to Boston (Medford) to attend Tufts University. After my first week here I have a few pictures to share with you guys. Just FYI my camera was broken in Marbella so unfortunately I mostly have iPhone pictures. I’m going to buy a new camera soon but if anyone has any good recommendations for point and shoot cameras please let me know in the comments below.

2014-08-22 23.58.03 2014-08-23 09.54.23I bought both this great Massimo Dutti hat and Sandro shirt in Marbella. They’re absolutely perfect fall staples! 2014-08-23 22.26.04Getting our nails done. Img_20140824@00_26What an intense day of shopping! My hat flopped a bit after all the hours of “hard work” and humidity. :’)Img_20140825@17_40We visited Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe in Harvard Square. I’m going to tell you guys a secret… I wrote about this place in one of my college essays. Yepp, I wrote about the joy I feel when I enter a delicatessen. You can’t tell from my face here but I was in the clouds. All the food, all the cheeses and wine and tea and chocolates. Its too good to be true. I have an entire drawer now filled with tea. Not to mention the 6 matcha boxes I bought from Teavana… Some people would call me a tea addict.Img_20140825@17_45 Img_20140825@17_37 Img_20140825@18_44 Img_20140825@22_30Helping my mom out with a photography project in the hotel room. Artsy, yes?  Img_20140826@02_58-3 Img_20140826@02_59-2Img_20140826@02_13-2We had the most AMAZING meal at Mare in the North End of Boston. This is basically little Italy. We loved the area so much that we came back the next day- as seen in the pictures below. Img_20140826@21_10 Img_20140826@21_11-4 Img_20140826@22_01Boston’s best coffee is at “Thinking Cup” in the North End. I had a matcha latte and my mom had this delicious cappuccino. Img_20140826@22_02-2 2014-08-26 16.27.44  2014-08-26 14.37.28During the International Orientation we went on a boat ride called “Codzilla” It as amazing! Basically the point was to drive fast in a jumbo speedboat and get splashed. (See what I did there? We’re Tufts Jumbos now! :’) ) 2014-08-26 14.37.59  2014-08-26 15.06.47 Img_20140826@21_21-2 Img_20140826@21_57 Img_20140826@22_02 (1) Img_20140826@21_22-2 2014-08-24 13.14.01Yes, we took a school bus to Target. It was the lowlight of my life… :’) 2014-08-24 16.38.05And as you can see, we went a bit crazy at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. Now my room is all beautiful though!- Pictures to come later. 2014-08-25 07.06.17 2014-08-26 15.53.14 2014-08-26 16.27.50New life, new wallet. I bought this beautiful blue beauty at Heathrow on the way to Boston. I love the Tufts Blue color :) 2014-08-27 09.44.04 2014-08-27 13.27.55-1With the school mascot before matriculation. Below: at Matriculation with Rebecca my roommate (!!!) and Kai, a Japanese guy who also did International Orientation. 2014-08-27 13.33.38 2014-08-28 23.13.18With Katie, the cutest Korean from Vancouver, and below with Richa from Singapore!2014-08-29 01.11.49 2014-08-29 03.26.40Just chilling in the common room listening to good music :) I took a selfie because Why Not? 2014-08-29 20.44.18Welcome to the college life. I’m sorry mamma and pappa, I know drinking wine from a mug is sacrilege. #slumminit #college #classy. I visited Daniel in Boston last night and got to see his great friend Natacha :) So much fun! 2014-08-29 17.42.13At the Food Fair before going into Boston. I got to meet Clau, a really great girl from Mexico who I’ve spoken to over Facebook. 2014-08-29 18.25.41

So far, so good. I love the city of Boston and Tufts, and I can’t wait to see how this year pans out. In a few hours I’ll be registering for classes. Hopefully I’ll be able to take 1. Into to International Relations, 2. Human Rights & Culture, 3. Patriarchy and women in the Middle East, and finally 4. Eng 02 about Sex & Love (Why not? :D) . I have quite a late registration so I may have to take some alternative classes instead. I hope it works out!

I would love to hear from you guys in the comments section below. If not feel free to Facebook me :)

- Nora

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Roma Day 3

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On our third and final day in Rome started with visiting the wonderful Borghese Gallery,  in the Borghese park. The Casina Borghese lies on the outskirts of seventeenth-century Rome. By 1644, John Evelyn described it as “an Elysium of delight” with “Fountains of sundry inventions, Groves and small Rivulets of Water”. Bernini’s statue of Apollo and Daphne was so beautiful that my mom and walked around the villa twice just to see it again. Because we couldn’t use our cameras, I borrowed a picture from google to show you. Can you believe that six of Caravaggio’s twelve paintings adorned the walls of the VIII and final room in the villa? It was an unforgettable experience.

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After the visit to the gallery we walked through the villa grounds, now turned into a park, and made our way to the Pizza del Popolo. From there we continued down towards via Candotti, the fashion street of Rome. We went shopping and I bought two pairs of shoes, a beautiful silk/wool navy scarf, and two flowy skirts.

Img_20140521@12_04Img_20140521@17_59-2 My amused face :P I love the details of this silk shirt. I bought it on our first day in Rome and it has been my favorite shirt ever since. It goes perfectly with shorts, jeans, and tight skirts.Img_20140521@13_25-2What I’m wearing: Shirt: Sandro, Shorts: Mink Pink, Flats: Michael Kors, Bag: Stella McCartney, Sunglasses: D&G.

We ate lunch at a local restaurant, hidden between expensive italian stores and cathedrals. I had the pasta á La Vongole and my mom ate tagliatelle with rare black truffles. Of course we had a glass of white and red wine to accompany the food. The restaurant itself was a little shabby, and I was almost convinced that one of the younger waiters was tipsy, but all these things contributed to the charm of the place. You see, it wasn’t the exterior that counted, but the delicious food. It was simplicity at its peak.

2014-05-21 15.04.54-2Between lunch, shopping, and dinner we drank coffee and ate heavenly tiramisu at The Antico Caffè Greco. Caffè Greco is an historic landmark café which opened in 1760 on 86, Via dei Condotti in Rome, Italy. It is perhaps the best known and oldest bar in Rome and within Italy only Caffè Florian in Venice (established in 1720) is older. There is a bit of interesting knowledge. Thank you wikipedia for dates :)Img_20140521@18_09

We ate dinner at the Hessler Hotel, a 5* hotel at the top of the Spanish steps. I don’t have a picture of my outfit but I wore a black Alexander Wang draped dress with my favorite black Jimmy Choo heels. As you can imagine, I had to be very careful when walking on the cobblestones. I also forgot to take a picture of the hotel, but to share my experience I’ve found some images online that I think perfectly reflect the atmosphere and aura of the night. It was a fairytale.

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On our departure day we ate breakfast served on the rooftop overlooking the old and new, yet always beautiful, of Rome. Before the taxi came to pick us up I took a pen from the reception- which I have used to write in my journal ever since. This is me saying goodbye to Rome in my favorite Iro jacket.2014-05-22 09.00.12

Our plane was delayed two hours… but I surprisingly did’t mind because it meant more time lingering in Rome, or Rome lingering in my mind. It meant more time with just my mom and I. I was also able to finish “The Beautiful and the Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It has beautiful, if not somewhat incomprehensible language at times. I particularly adored the thick prose describing the mental state of Gloria and Anthony, and the claustrophobic pathetic fallacy. So, while these quotes in no way describe my exper to end this post with a quote:

 “The lightning was interminable, letting down thick drops of thunder like pig iron from the heart of a white-hot furnace.”

“Then I grew up, and the beauty of succulent illusions fell away from me. The fibre og my mind coarsened and my eyes grew miserably keen.”

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Trastevere at Night

I lied. This post isn’t only about Trastevere at night; it also features some of my mom’s brilliant photography from our trip. She took these on our second and third day in the city. I like to believe that they capture the true Rome, like a man sitting on church steps reading his favorite novel, a man who sells roasted chestnuts for a living, and a man getting shaved at the barbers. Img_20140521@15_33Img_20140521@19_07Img_20140521@13_57-2 Img_20140521@19_28 Img_20140521@19_28-2 For dinner on our second day we decided to walk to the lovely Trastevere area. This is more of a ‘local’ area, and you can tell by all the Romans who come here to eat. It is situated on the other side of the Tiber river. The streets were packed with restaurant after restaurant, and most places were completely full. There was life and music all around. It was incredibly charming and an all-around lovely experience. MarbellaBlog-8What I wore: Dress: Vintage Chanel, Cardigan: Malene Birger, Bag: Vintage LV, Sandals: ReissMarbellaBlog-10 Typical Rome: MarbellaBlog-9After drinking cocktails at a hipster/ alternative bar with my mom, we came across this quaint restaurant. We were pulled in my the aroma of mozzarella, ham, and cheese. L1007950

 

I definitely recommend a trip to Trastevere if you are going to Rome. It was a vibrant area with superb food and lots of happiness.

I’ll be posting my last Rome post soon, so keep updated! :)

- Nora

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Living in the South of Norway

There is a reason Risør is called “Den Hvite By Ved Skagerrak”, “The White City by Skagerrak”. Its beautiful white wooden houses certainly grant it that name. This summer I am living here with Daniel and working in the reception at Risør Hotel. Daniel is working as a waiter at Stangholmen, a restaurant within a lighthouse on an island. That was a mouthful!

Life here is mellow and fun. There is always a good vibe in the air as tourists come to enjoy the skjærgård, archipelago, and swimming and grilling are mandatory activities here. Working in the reception is a learning experience. After working here for over a month I can safely say that I have learned a lot. When I think about my first week I just image a clueless duck waddling around… Actually on my first day of work a pipe in the restaurant broke, and water started to ooze out behind the bar. I stood for a good hour and a half cleaning up the muck and trying to prevent water from spreading to the restaurant. Good thing we managed to keep the water levels down because after an hour poop started rising from the pipe. What an interesting first day… After that things have run pretty smoothly, and we have not run into any more pipe incidents, thank god.

Here are some pictures from my stay here in Risør so far :) This is the sunset seen from Stangholmen:10569928_10203466158187962_2039855428_n10570650_10204071131996492_1400551113_n 10567383_10204071131796487_2084168837_nLarice and Hedda, two girls that also work at Stangholmen and the hotel respectively, bought a plastic boat. You know those blow-up boats with oars that are designed for 10-year-olds? Yupp, we fit three adults in one of those. It was a life accomplishment. A few days ago the three of us endeavored to paddle to the beach. After an hour of strenuous paddling combined with lounging and drinking cider, we arrived at the holm. This was the view from where we sat. 10565995_10203466157827953_955730609_n10517089_10204071131956491_6701324_n10555204_10204071135796587_798062652_nRisørBlogg-8 10559261_10203466158507970_1961918765_n Hotel Life: Adele Halten playing the harp while her Chihuahuas watch.AdeleHalten AdeleHalten-3 Img_20140627@23_07Stangholmen’s in-house bunny Oscar is always a joy to cuddle with.Img_20140720@16_53-6  RisørBlogg-5SO FLUFFY!!! RisørBlogg-6 RisørBlogg-7  RisørBlogg-9I love sitting at Stangholmen’s Champagne Bar. RisørBlogg-10 RisørBlogg-13With Amanda, a Swede who lives in the house above us with Larice.RisørBlogg-14 RisørBlogg-15Chilling at Kastellet. See whats on Larice’s head? :DRisørBlogg-16Daniel had just finished work- hence the white collared shirt- and I had been sunbathing at Stangholmen since 5. Met him on the way home :) What I’m wearing: Dress: Juicy Couture, Blazer: Zara, Sandals: Tory BurchRisørBlogg-12

Life is good, and it feels great to be working, making friends, and enjoying the sun. Have a wonderful summer!

-Nora

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Detox

First it was the low card diet, now its the Detox.

I’ve never been a huge fan of  fad diets. They’re something the media publishes 1000 articles about and then drop when the next big story (or Royal Wedding) comes along. However, this craze about the “Detox” is definitely something that I will go along with.

Who doesn’t want to combine those 5 a Day fruits and vegetables into delicious juices and smoothies to drink all day long?! One of the healthiest ingredients to add in juices is ginger. I personally love a simple carrot and ginger combination because it cleanses your system and works wonders on your skin. Add a bit of mint to a fruit juice to get that extra “kick”.Img_20140429@08_31 Img_20140429@08_37-2 Img_20140429@08_37 Img_20140429@08_41How to make this “Green Monster” juice: Juice 1 broccoli, 2 apples, 1/2 avocado, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 cucumber, & 2 carrots. Juice in that order. When or if the filter gets clogged clean it without getting any pulp into the  juice. The perfect thing about vegetable juice is that you get all the healthy vitamins and minerals without getting full on the fiber (that will eventually leave your body anyways). The saying therefore goes “Eat your fruits, Juice your vegetables”. Img_20140429@08_48-3 Img_20140429@08_48-4 Img_20140429@08_48 Img_20140429@08_49-2 Img_20140429@08_50-4 Img_20140429@08_52-2 Img_20140429@08_54-3 Img_20140429@08_55 Img_20140429@08_56Perfection!  Img_20140429@09_10-6 Img_20140429@09_10This next juice I made is called “Tropical Delight”. Although I said its best to eat- not juice- your fruits, this juice is too damn good to resist. Also, its a great boost to your immune system! Ingredients: 2 passion fruits, 2 oranges, 1 mango, and some mint if wanted. Img_20140429@09_12-3 Img_20140429@09_12-4   Img_20140429@09_22-2  Img_20140429@09_49-6 Img_20140429@09_50

I definitely recommend a juicer to anyone who is looking for a healthier lifestyle and delicious juice. I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope it inspires you to make healthier food choices!

-Nora

 

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Roma Day 2

MarbellaBlog-2After snoozing the alarm several times and getting dressed we enjoyed a breakfast buffet on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the historical monuments of Rome. Salami a la italia and warm homemade chocolate cake were on the menu. We then took a taxi to Campo de Verona, a magnificent cemetery where thousands of people are buried and families erect shrines and temples to respect their deceased family members.L1007708I wore my outrageous feather skirt… and I loved it! I got a surprising amount of compliments while walking in the fashion district. I guess different = good in their book.Img_20140520@11_12-2

What I wore: Skirt: Zara, Shirt: Helmut Lang, Sandals: Reiss, Bag: Vintage LVImg_20140520@09_46-2Img_20140520@10_45Img_20140520@09_38-2Img_20140520@12_51We ate lunch at a place in the fashion district, but the restaurant was part sculpture museum. All the sculptures were taken from a famous sculpter’s (his name has slipped my mind) atelier and the venue was painted dark red to reflect the aura of the original atelier. It was purely magical. I ate Cannoca Tadolini – lobster tomato pasta; a messy affair.Img_20140520@14_06Img_20140520@12_44-2Img_20140520@14_47-2Img_20140520@12_51-4Img_20140520@13_55-2Img_20140521@18_06-2Enjoying some afternoon Prosecco.L1007902Valentino Rockstud sandals in light blue are my dream shoes. I’m saving up for them, but with the hefty price tag of 6000 kr/$1030, it may take a while… Also, I’d much rather spend that money on traveling,  food, and living. L1007886

The rest of my second day in Rome will be posted tomorrow!

- Nora

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When in Rome

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The last time I was in Rome was 5 years ago, when I was 13. My visit to this magnificent city with my mom was therefore undoubtedly different this time. This trip was a perfect way to celebrate the end of IB but also an opportunity to get some serious bonding time. I’m very lucky that my mom and I love to do the same things, and I can say with great confidence that this was the perfect trip for us.

Because we lived at the Inn at the Roman Forum, a few minutes from both the Colosseum and the Forum, it was natural for us to visit these places first. We then proceeded to walk around the city, looking for a place to eat lunch. My mom is in love with Rome and has visited many times. Last fall she was even part of a ten-day photography course there with Morten Krogvold, one of Norways best photographers. She led us to a tiny family-run restaurant with a set menu, three old women in the kitchen, and a 70-year-old waiter who insisted on showing us how to eat pasta properly. Apparently you are supposed to pick up all the sauce by twirling the pasta around the plate. My favorite moment was when the old man asked us “red wine, or white?”; it wasn’t even a question of whether or not we were having wine. It was a given. Sometimes homemade is the best.L1007717  Img_20140519@12_37-5Img_20140519@12_37-3Img_20140519@13_30-2Img_20140519@12_21When in Rome… eat a homemade meal and drink wine from ceramic mugs.2014-05-19 20.27.262014-05-21 15.04.54-2Img_20140519@15_35After the delicious meal we went to Campo de Fiori, where we continued to explore.Img_20140519@17_27-2Img_20140519@16_50Img_20140519@16_16-2Img_20140519@16_09Img_20140519@17_08Img_20140519@15_47-2Img_20140519@16_57When in Rome… stroll around, soak in the sounds and smells and sights. Feel history unfolding itself around you. Img_20140519@15_43Img_20140519@15_39We walked into a church by the Campo de fiori and found three Caravaggio paintings. It was magical, and I almost felt myself t becoming religious.Img_20140519@13_29-2Img_20140519@17_45Img_20140519@13_25-2Before dinner we sat down at the piazza by the Pantheon and enjoyed mimosas and champagne. There was a hilarious clown who walked around pranking people. For example, a fat man walks past and the clown immediately runs to his bag, pulls out a huge white bra, and asks him if he needs it! He also whistled at several angry-looking (and might I add unattractive) old women. They didn’t find it funny, but the 30 of us watching did ;D   L1007779L1007788Later for dinner we ate at a local seafood restaurant. It all made for a truly fantastic first day in Roma.Img_20140519@14_11Img_20140519@13_17Img_20140519@18_20

 

What I wore: Shirt: Marc By Marc Jacobs, Cardigan: Filippa K, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Flats: Michael Kors, Bag: Stella McCartney, Bracelet: Juicy Couture.

Pictures are taken by myself and my mom. Check out her website at www.mariannenord.com.

- Nora

 

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Beautiful Benahavís

Img_20140424@19_09Benahavís is a spanish mountain village situated between Marbella, Estapona, and Ronda. It is most famous for its abundant amount of amazing restaurants, and its even been called Andalucia’s kitchen! It is 15 minutes driving from my house, so every now and then we eat dinner there. Later this summer I’m also planning on hiking over the mountains to Benahavis as its only 5 km. For dinner that night I wanted to wear my favorite new Sandro shirt. Sandro is a fantastic Parisian brand that design high-end contemporary clothing. It’s actually been my favorite brand for 3 years now. I paired this red/coral silk shirt with white jeans, my Marlene Birger jacket, and my Dior sunglasses.   The zipper detailing on the shirt is really interesting. It’s covered by a thin black mesh which really contributes to the unique and contemporary style of the shirt. Img_20140424@19_08-3  Img_20140424@19_06We celebrated Easter Sunday in Benahavis as well and were lucky enough to experience the annual parade. I wore my favorite maxi dress and red louis vuitton patent bag.  MarbellaBlog-2MarbellaBlogMarbellaBlog-3 MarbellaBlog-4 MarbellaBlog-5 MarbellaBlog-6  My family and my mom’s sister with her family: MarbellaBlog-9Fun Fact: I’m currently working for Mona in Risør, a tiny coastal town in southern Norway! She’s the one in the pink shawl. MarbellaBlog-8  MarbellaBlog-10Here are some pictures my mom took of the parade. MarbellaBlog-12MarbellaBlog-11  MarbellaBlog-13  MarbellaBlog-14 MarbellaBlog-15 MarbellaBlog-16 And then finally to end off with a funny picture :)MarbellaBlog-17   I hope you enjoyed the pictures! – Nora

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Dancing in Marbella

Earlier this spring my family and I travelled to Marbella, Spain. Many think of Marbella is synonymous with expensive cars, Arabic yachts, and British tourists (often clad in no clothing…) The real Marbella is much more varied, despite the valid stereotypes. After a mere 30 minute drive from Puerto Banus, the hotspot and “place to be seen”, you are up in the beautiful mountains of Marbella and can see over to Morocco. Wild horses roam these hills, as well as huge boars, tiny wild pigs, deer, mountain goats, and thousands of birds. Our best experience was when we went hiking in these beautiful hills. We found an abandoned orange grove and my uncle used his shirt to collect 30 or so oranges that we picked from the tall branches.They were wildly delicious!

I’m going back in early August and can’t wait to experience more of what the place has to offer! Maybe I’ll also be able to (FINALLY) work on that summer tan I’ve been dreaming of… This was one of the looks I wore to dinner one night, and I felt that it had to be shared on the blog because it is so indicative of the summer feeling in Marbella. I love this silk shirt because the pattern is interesting and catches the eye, and I can pair it with anything from white jeans to relaxed shorts. Img_20140416@19_43-5Img_20140416@19_43-3Img_20140416@19_47 Shirt & Blazer: Iro, Pants: J Brand, Bag: Tory Burch, Nail polish: Deborah Lippman.Img_20140416@19_49By chance I met my childhood best friend Thea in Puerto Banus. We hadn’t seen each other in ages and the entire meeting was completely surreal, but the evening of dancing and cocktails made it seem as if no time had passed between us. Img_20140416@22_46Img_20140416@21_53-2Here at my favorite cocktail bar in Marbella- all the drinks are made from fresh fruit and the venue is a – get this – refurbished abandoned ship! In the summer you have to come latest 10 o’clock to get a table.Img_20140416@23_48 Img_20140416@23_20-2  Img_20140416@22_45   By the way, I’m back to blogging now so expect more to come! – Nora

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Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

Yesterday I decided to see the world through a different lens. More specifically, through different sunglasses. Guess what happened? I met one of my best childhood friends, Thea Pettersen, in Puerto Banús. I couldn’t believe it, the entire time I was utterly speechless. I mean it, I was slurring my words and not knowing what to say.

While we were at Puerto Banus I bought this pair of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses. I’ve been looking for a new pair for a while now because the ones I have (though I love them to death) give me a massive headache. These are perfect: cat eye, black, striking, large enough for my head- problems…- and different.

Img_20140414@19_21-3 Img_20140414@19_24-3I love the metal floral detailing on the sides! Img_20140414@19_23 2014-04-14 07.43.32In the morning.. 2014-04-14 07.43.22 Img_20140414@19_21-2Enjoying pre-dinner drinks outside. Can’t complain…  Img_20140414@16_00Mona tried on a pair of “limited edition” glasses, but we all agreed that they were best left on the shelf!Img_20140414@19_25Img_20140414@19_25-4I am a huge fan of cat eye sunglasses. After looking high and low for a pair that suits my face shape I have decided that cat eye is the best.Img_20140414@19_24Enjoying a bit of last minute sun. Img_20140414@19_43-5 Img_20140414@19_32-2A chef prepared this food for us at home. It was too good to be true, but my stomach certainly didn’t thank him too much afterwards! :P Img_20140414@19_31Img_20140414@19_44Img_20140414@22_14-2Before bed I enjoyed the warmth of the fireplace. Perfect way to end the day.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures!

Until next time,

-N

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Andalucian Life

 

As I was walking around my house, I couldn’t stop but notice how beautiful the light makes everything. Space unfolds and everything is brighter, more saturated, and more alive.

Here are a few pictures from my everyday :)

L1006339L1006352L1006328This is where I will live these next two weeks. Right now I’m trying to study biology. Keyword: “trying”. I am just rewriting the notes… So so boring. If you have any better methods for memorizing large amounts of information Please PLEASE write them in the comments section below!Img_20140413@19_35 Img_20140413@14_40L1006353L1006335  L1006342From the look on her face my mom just won the game! L1006343My beautiful cousin Tina, and below is her brother Marius. L1006345What a charmer :’) L1006347 L1006348So much light, so beautiful.   L1006356This is the top of my dresser. I love the simplicity and lightness.  L1006365To the left is my absolutely favorite perfume, Aura Maris by Lorenzo Villoresi. He’s a florentine perfumer who has won several awards for his scents. This one smells like the mediterranean; a mixture of citrus, salt, bergamot notes and mandarin. L1006371 L1006377I look forward to wearing my Reiss sandals and new YSL pumps!!  L1006386

 

Now I think I’m going to go eat an ice-cream :)

Remember, if anyone has any study notes please write them in the comments. And “not blogging” is not a method. At least one that I won’t accept ;)

- N