I’m in a Fall Mood

The leaves are falling, midterms are upon us, and the temperatures are dropping. Wonderful fall has fully arrived. Minus the irregularity of this New England weather-  I’m talking 20 degrees C in the middle of October.I love boston.. These pictures below are taken in Tealuxe, a great tea shoppe in Harvard Square. They have an amazing assortment of tea and the ambience is both soothing and relaxing. I took these pictures while I was “studying” there. I ended up just drinking a warm matcha latte (you know how much I love matcha) and eating a deluxe sandwich from Cardullo’s delicatessen across the street. For one of my college essays I wrote about my love of delicatessens, and I was actually picturing Cardullo’s while writing it. You see, I visited the shop when I was on my college tour during pre-ib, so the place carries a lot of emotional meaning for me now. I published pictures of me browsing their tea selection in an earlier post about my arrival in Boston, so feel free to check it out after reading this :)

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There is another Norwegian here at Tufts, and her name is Cecilie. We travelled to Boston together and enjoyed coffee (matcha latte for me, yes please) at the Thinking Cup, my second favorite cafe in the city. My favorite is the Thinking Cup in the North End, aka Italian neighborhood. I wore a white zara shirt an my favorite Club Monaco coat. I paired it with my black rag and bone boots and jeans for a simple yet put-together look.

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Now I’m off to study for midterms. Wish me luck!

Putin, Andalucía, and Kitesurfing: how they all relate

Let me begin by saying that you won’t understand the title until you’ve read my entire post. Enjoy!Marbella Photography-45

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With all the delicious food, we also had to do some exercise. Although I don’t know if you can call it that when the path is so serene, and the scenery so breathtaking. On the way we found cork trees, and by the look of it someone had already cut out pieces from most of them.Fun fact: the overwhelming majority of cork comes from Portugal ( 32% of the world’s acreage, and 52% of global production), followed by Spain and Algeria.

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Here’s another fun fact: Russia’s dictator, uh sorry not PC: “democratically elected president” Vladimir Putin, has bought a house on the mountain next to the one we live on. My logic is thus: when Putin invades more countries and potentially uses nuclear weapons we’ll be safe in Marbella because he wouldn’t want to destroy his £ 15 million, 4000 m2 home, now would he? According to the locals we talked to, it is not Putin but Gazprom, who has “gifted” this property to the Russian president. Gazprom is incidentally the largest extractor of natural gas in the world and one of the world’s largest companies. It must be quite convenient to bribe the head of a corrupt state. Very convenient indeed. This is the picture I took of the estate, and below is a google picture that provides more detail:

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Eating out in Puerto Banus with my family, Anna, and my brothers friend Seb (whose arm you can see to the right).

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My favorite place to eat near Marbella is in Benahavís, a small village which has been labeled “the kitchen of Andalucía”. This name is given for a good reason, all the restaurants there are michelin-star-worthy, yet unpretentious and priced the same as other restaurants in Andalucía. If you ever travel there I highly recommend going there and seeing/ tasting what it is I’m talking about!

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My outfit: Shirt: Iro, Shorts: Mink Pink, Clutch: LV, Bracelet: Georg Jensen, Nailpolish: Deborah Lippmann, Flats: Pretty Ballerina

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One of the nights we went out I brought my brother and his friend Seb to a bar with me, Julia, Caro, and Anna. I asked someone to take a picture of us and the stupid girl dropped my camera and broke the lens…  I always strive to have the best quality pictures on my blog, but because of that unfortunate accident I had to use my phone for the rest of the trip.

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This is a picture of me and my dad after a wonderful day of kitesurfing/ learning to kitesurf in Tarifa, the southern tip of Spain.

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My sister Kirsten, Julia and I cliff jumping in a river close to Benahavís!DCIM999GOPRODCIM999GOPRODCIM999GOPRODCIM999GOPRO

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For one of our last days together Julia and I drove to Málaga to experience their famous “Ferias”, aka carnival. There was live music in the streets, banners everywhere, people on every street, on every corner, in every restaurant, and enough beer to go around. It was truly wonderful. 2014-08-18 16.18.34

For lunch we splurged on iberico ham and manchego. The deliciousness can’t be explained. After a long day of eating, drinking, partying, and meeting people who could not speak a word of english (I’m not joking. I met 3 university students who I could speak with. The other 50, nope, no english whatsoever) we went to the actual site of the carnival to eat and drink more. The night ended when we were too tired to continue so we took a taxi back to our hotel and passed out. Best sleep of the entire trip.IMG_1694

And because I am me, I will end this long blog post with the picture above of food that completely embodies Andalucía. As you have probably inferred by now, the title relates to things that greatly affected me while I was vacationing in Marbella. Putin and his twisted ways (and my love for politics), Andalucian culture and cuisine, and learning to kitesurf. Let me not exclude my wonderful friends and family who made the trip worth it in itself. I look forward to my many more adventures in Marbella to come. As someone who has lived in the area for many years told me: “Marbella is a playground. You can do what you want with it, and tailor it to your desires.” I completely agree with her, it is a place where anything is possible.

Summer in Marbella

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I have been saving these pictures for a long time and feel like its finally time to share them on my blog. A tiny recap of my summer: after working in Risør for 6 weeks, it was time to leave the tiny coastal city and fly to Marbella, Spain. I spent almost 3 weeks at Villa Vista whereafter I had one day in Oslo to pack and leave for Boston. Anna accompanied me in Spain for a little over a week and Julia, also staying for the same length of time, came a few days before Anna left. We bathed, walked, ran, partied, ate delicious food, and cruised around. It was the perfect ending to my summer holiday, and to be honest real food was VERY welcomed after 6 weeks of eating sandwiches and apple slices. I kid you not, I had hotel breakfast buffet food for breakfast, lunch, and often times dinner. Yes, the exquisite Andalucian cuisine definitely reawakened my taste buds. One of the days there my mom and I went to have lunch at Villa Padierna, a gorgeous 5 star hotel just 10 minutes driving from our house. The golf resort has an abundance of beautiful and expansive grounds, and the hotel itself reminded me of a greek palace. In fact, it felt like we had fallen into the magic of the Elysian fields.

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Andalucian Gazpacho, cold tomato soup with home-pressed olive oil and tender shrimp. My mom had beetroot soup with caviar and parmesan. I can’t begin to describe how delicious it was.

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Driving with Anna, and this is the view from the road.

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More posts from Spain coming soon! Meanwhiles I need to study for my midterms coming up. The struggle: to blog or to study… I hope you are all having a lovely time. As always, feel free to comment!

Thinking about Africa

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For three weeks in the summer of 2013 I travelled with Daniel and his family across the South African continent. Along the way we saw more than I had ever imagined existed, from the rainbow colored Okavango river to a pack of wild dogs and their pups. Credit should also be given to Daniel for the majority of these great pictures. DSCF7732 DSCF7739DSCF7895 DSCF7904I had highly underestimated the cold of the Southern African winter. The early mornings were brutally chilly, so we were bundled up from head to toe :) DSCF7909 DSCF7936Victoria Falls seen from both Zambia and Zimbabwe.DSCF7967 DSCF8012 DSCF8030 DSCF8038 DSCF8049 DSCF8102 Riding along Lake Malawi.DSCF8181 IMG_2660 IMG_2819 IMG_2847 IMG_2938 IMG_3083 IMG_3097 IMG_3085  2013-07-25 07.24.21

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I miss the wonders of Mozambique, the wild and majestic animals of Botswana, the crispy Lake Malawi water, and dust from the Zambian roads. Have you been to Africa? Let me know in the comments below :)

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College Fashion Week

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Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend College Fashion Week. The event was sponsored by HerCampus, the #1 global online community for college women, written entirely by the nation’s top college journalists from 230+ campus chapters around the nation. I went with the lovely Carolina Soto and Clau Robles-Gil, both part of the Tufts HerCampus group. The event was held at the Estate, an upscale club in central Boston. The venue had a burlesque-y feel to it and evoked a feeling of old-school luxury. While standing in line to get in I had the opportunity to take lots of pictures. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Clau (on left) wore a stunning black outfit that played on the idea of silky pajamas. How great are her dotted stockings and heels? I love it when people play with fashion and make unconventional choices. Caro went with a classically beautiful black look as well, and played with the combination of leather (back of her shirt) with suede pumps. Both girls looked gorgeous! College Fashion Week-01609 College Fashion Week-01633   College Fashion Week-01646College Fashion Week-01649 College Fashion Week-01653

I wore a bright red Mauro Grifoni dress with these amazing Jimmy Choo heels. I wanted to go for a simple yet refined look, and I believe that the red and black combination helped me achieve this. I am head-over-heels with my new APC wool coat which is both warm and fabulous! To top it off I wore my Stella bag and wrapped a silk scarf around the chain. At the start of the night I had my coat buttoned up, and the scarf added an extra “oomph” to the otherwise all black look.

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I adore Clau’s choice of lace on lace. College Fashion Week-01639 College Fashion Week-01663

I took these pictures at 6:30 so by then it was fairly dark. I had to increase the exposure and shadows in several of the shots, but that gave me a greater creative license- note the tonality of the picture below. College Fashion Week-01671College Fashion Week-01645 College Fashion Week-01673 College Fashion Week-01679 College Fashion Week-01690 College Fashion Week-01691  College Fashion Week-01702 College Fashion Week-01707 College Fashion Week-01716 College Fashion Week-01713  College Fashion Week-01717 College Fashion Week-01726 College Fashion Week-01732 College Fashion Week-01733 College Fashion Week-01741

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Did I mention that we received free makeovers from bare minerals and oh yeah, free makeup worth $50!?College Fashion Week-01761 College Fashion Week-01762 College Fashion Week-01767 College Fashion Week-01768 College Fashion Week-01769 College Fashion Week-01750College Fashion Week-01787College Fashion Week-01813 College Fashion Week-01784As for pictures of the actual fashion show, you’ll just have to use your imagination (the lighting was poor so the shots I took turned out horrible). All in all it was a great night; good company, cool clothes, and a great new experience. I’m looking forward to discovering more of this wonderful city.

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Boston Photography

I have this blog so I can share my life and all that inspires me. Boston, this wonderful new city I have moved to has inspired me more than I can possibly articulate. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the week, and hopefully I’ll be able to give you a glimpse into this wonderful new life. After coming here I’ve become particular interested in photographing the subway; the people, the movement, and the light all intrigues me. The public gardens are also a highlight in the city, and I go there just to feel relaxed and at peace with everything. Lastly, I found this wonderful man sitting on a bench and after explaining to him that “your hat, your cigar, and the atmosphere is all working” he let me take his picture. Feel free to tell me your opinion in the comments section below- it is much appreciated.

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AllSaints on Newbury with Leili

After living in Boston for a month there is one thing I know for certain: the weather is a great mystery that you simply can not understand. After a week of rain and intense cold this wonderful indian summer day came upon us. I had been wearing my favorite wool acne sweater the day before, and the next day I was wearing this beautifully draped thin silk dress. Leili and I met up outside the public library and had lunch at a fantastic salad place called Sweet Greens. I definitely recommend it! Afterwards we explored Newbury, and as you can see I went quite crazy with my camera. That tends to happen :PAllsaints Newbury-01369Allsaints Newbury-01400Allsaints Newbury-01346 Allsaints Newbury-01349   Allsaints Newbury-01366 Allsaints Newbury-01350 Allsaints Newbury-01425Allsaints Newbury-01395Allsaints Newbury-01411 Allsaints Newbury-01347Allsaints Newbury-01404 Allsaints Newbury-01401 Allsaints Newbury-01398

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California Loving

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We got these cards to access the building. Julia chose the most awkward picture for my ID and “forced” me to take a picture of the two to compare them. Its okay, because I obviously look much better. (Julia an I have been making fun of each other since I was in 3rd and she was in 5th grade).PaloAltoParty-00727PaloAltoParty-00743 PaloAltoParty-00736

Stanford Shopping Mall is probably the only Mall I would ever consider spending a significant amount of time at. Its outdoors (thanks to the California weather) so you don’t get claustrophobic. Look at how beautiful it is!

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On our way to see Caetano Veloso, a famous brazilian singer, in uptown Oakland.Palo Alto Selfie-00769Palo Alto Selfie-00778 Caetano Veloso-00781 Caetano Veloso-00783 Caetano Veloso-00784 Caetano Veloso-00785 Caetano Veloso-00790 Caetano Veloso-00791What I’m wearing: Alexander Wang draped dress and (new) Stuart Weitzman heels. Because which college student couldn’t do with a new pair of heels??Caetano Veloso-00795Caetano Veloso-00800Caetano Veloso-00804Caetano Veloso-00807We didn’t have time for dinner before the show, so we stocked up on kettlecorn and chocoate. Caetano Veloso-00814Julia’s brother Joao carrying our things. :’)Caetano Veloso-00818This is the most beautiful theater I have ever been to. I was in photography heaven. Let me know what you think of these following shots in the comments below!Caetano Veloso-00826Caetano Veloso-00833Caetano Veloso-00834I love this one. Couldn’t decide whether I liked color or b&w best, so I’m posting both.Caetano Veloso-00838Caetano Veloso-00839Caetano Veloso-00848Caetano Veloso-00866Caetano Veloso-00840In all, a wonderful day spend with wonderful people. Stay tuned for pictures from Saturday’s party!

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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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!

Favorite Street Style

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.”