plain jane loves mushu
COAT burberry SHIRT + PANTS bikbok BOOTS bianco BAG marc by marc jacobs
After a long day at the university (well, I had a billion coffee dates and random encounters but yeah) I collapsed on the sofa to eat beans and watch Mulan on Disney Channel. I don’t cry very often, but there’s something about those Disney movies that make my tear ducts act like they’ve never known how to shut up. I can tear up over the commercial for The Lion King. Seriously. So tonight is all about being supersentimental and 6 years old again. Did I mention how much I love Mushu btw, he is by far one of the funniest Disney characters ever created. “Who am I? Who am I? I am the guardian of lost souls! I am the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu!” Mulan is unquestionably one of my all time favorite Disney films.
Suede leather jacket and hawt bag. Both from Beacon’s Closet.
While walking around in Beacon’s Closet I suddenly found myself carrying 2 dresses, a jacket, a trench coat, a bag, a pair of sunglasses and a scarf: all red. I am not really sure what’s up with my obsession with red at the moment, but it is starting to freak me out. So I got rid of most of it, but the bag and the jacket cried for mercy, and while I usually do not give into temptations this easily (well, yeah I do) they got to follow me home. The bag has been through some days of my company already, but the jacket has been temporarily banished to the closet waiting for the perfect event. Which might be the Vixen Blog Awards.. I am thinking red jacket, black high-waist maxi skirt and an unidentified top of some sort. Do you approve?
pour les enfants
(chelsea in new york)
Spent yesterday afternoon at the National Gallery and then at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. This was my first time visiting both of the museums, and I must admit that it was quite fun to finally see the pictures that have been decorating my Norwegian text books since I started school at the tender age of 7 (or was it 6? I don’t recall). The paintings of Adolph Tidemand, Hans Gude, J.C. Dahl, Christian Krogh, Edward Munch, Eilif Pettersen, and many others were quite magnificent “live” and I wouldn’t mind adopting a few of them (especially Pettersen’s picture of King Christian II). Walking around in the halls it was hard not to notice that the place needs a make-over in order to work properly as a museum, so hopefully all the mess and fighting that is the new National Gallery at the moment will solve or dissolve soon.
The Astrup Fearnley Museum are showcasing an exhibition by the New York-based artist Dan Colen at the moment, which really managed to combine humor, provocative elements, Disney and interesting artistic methods regarding use of materials, etc. The exhibition, called Peanuts, will be on display until 24.04, so there’s plenty of time for you to go have a look. In other words; It is really worth taking a trip to Dronningensgate 4 to check it out ! Next on my list is the Munch Museum and the National Gallery’s Museum of Modern Art.
Are you a regular face at the museums or are you one of those people that always talk about how they should go but end up on a cafe, on a spontaneous shopping trip or a date with the TV instead?
i blame britney
My soundtrack for January looks something like this, and as you can see I am all over the field musically (some might call it borderline-schizophrenic), I like just about everything from Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, to The Doors and David Bowie. But yeah, hopefully you’ll find something on this list that will tickle your fancy. My personal all time favorite song RIGHT NOW is Neon Trees’ Animal. Or The Doors’ Soul Kitchen. And the entire soundtrack from Burlesque. Well, anywho, I am going to go out and play art history girl by visiting some of the great museums and galleries this city has to offer, you should too. Go-go-go.
BTW, if you’re one of the cool kids and use spotify to satisfy your every need, you can find the playlist here: It is all A Beautiful Lie.
big brother is watching you
I have finished 3 books since 2010 became 2011, and I they all moved me in some way or another. 2 of them are considered classics and the last one a cult classic of sorts. They should all be on your list of “Books I need to read before I die”, and I at least can check them off that list now.
1984 by George Orwell
- The book that invented the term “Big Brother”, a novel which is just as relevant today as it was it was written in the 1949. I have a hang-up on novels from the 50-60s at the moment, so bear with me. But this one you really should read ! Long before the invention of the internet, facebook and everything else that satisfies the stalker in all of us, George Orwell wrote about a society where your every move is watched by the almighty dictator Big Brother, and where (in a manner which reminds one of the McCarthyism of the 40s and 50s) even incriminating thoughts results in removal both physically and through the deletion of your existence in all records. “Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.”
The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- One of Hemingway’s last novels/short stories is a touching tale about an old man, a young boy and a freakishly large fish. A story entailing the struggles of life, of human survival and the basic loneliness that is part of being human. It is a very simple book, dealing with a human being who has lived a long life and reflects on the life he has lead and I am not really sure why I found the book so captivating, but there is something about the way Hemingway writes which makes it feel so real. You can taste the salt water and feel the wind, and for a couple of hours connect your mind to that of a simple fisherman who is battling with the greatest fish he will ever fight in his life.
The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson
-Case study in low-lives, location: the hot, dingy beaches and bars of Puerto Rico. Personally I really like Hunter Thompson’s dry, witty and harsh writing style, which really captures the beauty and ugliness of human beings. The book is quite short, but covers enough territory to make you want to travel to South America and live on a beach drinking rum for the rest of your life (while still thanking whatever deity you believe in for the fact that you are still sane and stay where you are).
Rum Diary is coming to a cinema near you sometimes during 2011, with the one and only Johnny Depp in the lead role as Paul Kemp. For those of you who do not know (shame on you) Johnny played the leading role in another one of Thompson’s novels that made it to the big screen; Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, and he did a fantastic job at it too. Here’s hoping he will ace this one as well.
si tu m’aimes
Just found out that I am one of the finalists in the category Inspirational Blogger for the upcoming Vixen Blog Awards, and I am both honored and well … surprised. I was nominated together with a group of very well-known and great bloggers, so the fact that I would be chosen to be one of the selected few was a thought quite alien to me. But very cool! The award ceremony is in two weeks, so my dearest, cutest readers, whom I like very much (well, most of you, anywho), if you like me and want me to make a total fool out of myself at the ceremony,
black, white and red light district
In the city that never sleeps, what you do at night is just as important as what you do during the daylight hours. I spent my night time divided between Manhattan and Brooklyn (Williamsburg), eating out every day, visiting Ninja restaurants, places that served milkshake with alcohol, bars with bartenders ranging from age 21 to 84, and drank beer out of paper bags while hanging out in Lars Erik’s room. We went to party/chill at places like The Chelsea Hotel, Le Bain, A60, Waverly In, and loads of places which names I can’t recall, but still managed (I am not entirely sure how) to wake up in time to meet our professor at 8am every morning to spend between 6-12 hours roaming the city looking at all it’s great architecture and art. I’ve learned so much, and I can’t wait to put it to good use while writing my essay, and when I am going to classes in my two other art history subjects this semester. But I digress, what I wanted to say was that NYC night life is just about everything you always thought it would be, and if it isn’t, I must have been lucky. For real !
my cup of chinese tea
BOOTS bianco COAT zara PANTS bikbok PURSE beacon’s closet EARRINGS fashionology SHIRT american apparel
Overslept and almost missed my art history class today, so today’s choice of clothes reflects the need for comfort. I have been wearing this coat every day the last two weeks (mostly because it was the only jacket I brought with me to NY), and the infatuation is coming on strong. It is warm, beige, long and oh-so-comfy. The touch of red makes the colors stand out, and the fact that I can dress it up and down as I chose certainly does not add any cons to the list of why this was a good purchase. And I bought it on sale. Hurra!
The purse is a little thing I picked up at Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg/Brooklyn (thanks for the tip, Siren), and it is really Brooklyn’s version of Beyond Retro. Spent two hours there, and that was not nearly as much time as I would have wanted. God, I miss New York. (and yeah, I will stop speaking about NY. Next week, or the week after that, or never..)
I have been so out of it that I forgot to mention that I am in this month’s issue of MAG. So if you’re Norwegian, løp og kjøp!
smile for the camera
SKIRT+HAT h&m T-SHIRT 5preview WEDGES nelly
Debating wether or not to attend London Fashion Week. Not because I don’t want to, but because my economy is working against me. So if I could just get free plane tickets and live with a friend or … someone, that would be absolutely splendid (any volunteers?). In other fashion-related news, H&M is opening their new flag ship store in Oslo (in the old Tatler-building in Bogstadveien). The date you need to write down is March 10th, and will be the largest H&M store in Norway (with H&M Home, btw). I am a fan of H&M (it is quite student budget-friendly), so I am really looking forward to this. And we really needed a new one in our part of the city don’t you think, fellow St.Hanshaugen, Bislett and Frogner people?
i left my heart in NYC
Home, sweet home. After 11 days of art, coffee, Manhattan, Williamsburg, late nights and early mornings I am back and have spent the last 14 hours in coma-induced sleep. And I already miss NYC. Unlike last time, I was able to get a better hold on the city this time, understand what is where, and experience random strokes of awesomeness as the passed by in all their glory. I will never forget the trip to Galleri Sand (and the view from the roof top terrace), or seeing the Madonna on the wall in Nelson’s dining room, or just the small things like taking the subway home from Brooklyn at 5:30 in the morning, Starbucks breakfast with Lars Erik every morning, taking pictures with my new Holga camera (and the instant camera as well), Einar dressed up as Andy Warhol or spending 12 hours at the Met.
For the time being, I left my heart in NYC.
The beautiful people I am surrounding myself with on this trip. And yeah, I bought myself a instant camera. I’m in love. PS! I’m sorry for the short updates, but we’re in the city that never sleeps, so to keep up we don’t sleep either. Have any last minute New York-tips on what to do on a Sunday? Tell me now!
We visited Mr Nelson the other day to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine and some cheese in his apartment by Central Park, and he just happened to have one of the five copies of Madonna in existence. As in the Madonna by Edvard Munch. Happens all the time.. I did not feel the urge to take it and run-
what time is it?
New watches from a vintage market in a parking garage on 6th ave.
$ 5 each.