Bachelor’s Degree? Check.
Made my ordinary hair do a little prettier by tying some strands of hair around the hair tie.
I may not know what I am going to do with my future, but at least now I can say that I have a bachelor in English Literature. And bachelor in something is better than no bachelor, right? In either case it is an excuse to celebrate, something I will do later at Maja‘s place with Thank You For Smoking and something delicious to eat. YUM.
I have officially started my summer vacation. Fireworks anyone?
Everything Is Golden
Not all that glitters is gold, but these pants and shorts certainly are. Gold and silver and other metallics are once again hot-hot-hot, and personally I wouldn’t mind adding those gold pants to my collection. They are cheap as well, so they will hopefully be added to the wardrobe as soon as I get the time to treasure hunt my way through the H&M stores in town. The pants cost 399 kr and the shorts can be yours for 299 kr.
NOW, I am off to take my last school exam of the semester. Wish me luck !
Silly Woman That’s Not The Kitchen pt. 2
Today, Julie and I put our brains together and designed this masterpiece of a cake.
It was hard not to eat all of the cake batter.
Got the pan and the frosting, and the pearls and all the other decorative things from Dr Oetker when I was decorating cakes and cupcakes with Manuela of Passion4Baking.
These gold pearls actually taste quite delicious.
I’ve read somewhere that neon colors are in this year, so we had to make the cake fashionable and trendy.
Another coffee break, some final touches and voila…
Caprice No.24 in A minor
Karlie Kloss for the H&M Fall 2011 Lookbook
4 of my favorite stylings from the latest H&M lookbook. Traditional British outerwear (à la Mulberry’s aw 2011) meets something slightly gothic, and urban. Come fall I will once again pair together my leather and knitwear, and I really want to try out the glove-styling. Some of the clothes do look a little outdated, as in “it was a mainstream-item 4 years ago”-outdated, but I like the general feel of it, and am adopting the look of these 4 styles this fall.
What do you think?
When The Sun Fools You
DRESS h&m fashion against aids VEST gestuz SANDALS eurosko BAG marc by marc j
Went for a little walk earlier to clear my head and enjoy the weather (or so I thought). Turned out to be a lot colder outside than it looked like from my living room window, so this outfit was a touch too cold for today’s temperatures. Back indoors again with a cup of hot tea and the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Study break? Yes indeed.
And on that note: if you aren’t already following the best series on TV at the moment, google Game of Thrones and prepare to be hooked. Based on the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (a series that has been on my “must read”-list for about 7 years) it tells the story of love, death, war and the harsh realities of life, and is in other words not that unique in comparison with most epic fantasy novels. But this series adds a good dose of dark humor to the mix, combined with stunning locations and costumes, and it is really a thrill to watch.
Do you watch Game of Thrones (and have you read the books)?
Fight Club and the Crisis of Masculinity
Final deadline for my Fight Club essay is coming up, and I once again decided to rewrite it (this will be the fourth time I’ve done this). I am not always a perfectionist, but when it hits me I am one of the worst of the kind that scraps everything if I am not happy with it. After a long night in front of the computer I am going in a new direction again in other words, still revolving around the topic of The Crisis of Masculinity in the 90s.
My main source of information is a facebook-conversation I had a while back with a friend of mine who works in the military and who has read Fight Club. Drawing on his military background we discussed primitivism, Tyler Durden as the alpha male, the natural born leaders, and the fact that the military and Fight Club offer a free pass from a society dominated by feminine status symbols like the “right “designer clothing and household items. Having a good time writing the essay, but as mentioned earlier, I want it to be perfect, so I keep re-writing it to death right now.
Less than a week left till summer vacation begins for real though, I am counting the days and hoping that the essay will turn out alright.
photos_new york january 2011
Vivaldi & Tea
Right now I am curled up in the sofa with a cup of tea, listening to Vivaldi, while still in some sort of victory rush after Barcelona’s victory over Manchester in the Champions League Final. What I really wanted to ask you was if you can give me some recommendations for new music I can listen to? You can find most of the music I listen to over at my page on last.fm, if you want to know what type of music I usually listen to or like. I need to find some new favorites.
The So-Called Beach Look
A better picture of my hair after the talented people at White Studios in Kirkegata were done with it. Made a beach-look inspired thing, which incidentally matched my earring quite well. In other news I just wanted to share with my latest spotify-playlist, which contains a lot of Lykke Li and Terry Reid, and some other stuff as well. Want to know what kind of music I listen to these days, follow THIS link.
Swedish jewelry designer, former TV-host, model, singer and foxy mama Efva Attling invited to a wonderful evening on Thursday, to celebrate the upcoming opening of her first store in New York. Champagne, popcorn and burgers combined with glamourous (and some not so glamourous) people kept me occupied for a couple of hours, as we looked at jewelry and enjoyed the music. Wonderful evening, and a nice way to celebrate that I now only have one exam left.
The last two days have been spent almost exclusively in bed though, tending to what I think might be a bit of a flu. Let’s hope it passes soon, but until then I am going back to bed.
The lady herself, Evfa Attling.
Truls & Eva.
Line looked smashing as usual.
Simple jewelry from the men’s line.
Julia sporting her new tattoo.
Those Gladiators Left Their Mark On The World
Wanted to say hi, hello, ciao bella, bonjour and all that and in general wish you a good morning. I am currently enjoying my life as an exam bot. Photography and art, due tomorrow. Fun – fun – fun. Had a little break from my writing to eat breakfast and read the latest edition of ELLE. And try on my new sandals from Eurosko. Got them at a Lunch / Launch at White Studios the other day, where they had gathered a couple of bloggers to show us Eurosko’s new summer collection. Got my hair and make-up done as well, so all was nice and beautiful in the kingdom that day. The sandals will be put to frequent use this summer at Hove, and for the rest of the summer as well. My wardrobe is slowly getting ready for summer, all I need to do now is to get my body in shape, and on that note I will be going out for a jog. 4 weeks left until Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon.
Laugh and the world laughs? with you. Weep and you weep alone.
Liu Xu & Hyun Yi photographed by Lina Scheynius for Dazed & Confused June 2011
I feel like these pictures are stills from an Asian movie of sorts. A story of two sisters, of love and loss, of endless summers, and some mystical force that is everything, knows everything. Omnipotent. I want to see this movie. It has to be Haruki Murakami-inspired, with a touch of Lady Vengeance and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Filmed mostly in high saturation, with black and white shots now and then. With a soundtrack composed by Tan Dun and Antonio Vivaldi, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon meets the violins of Oldboy. Yes, I would definitely want see that movie.
Maren, the Photographer / Paparazzi
Took pictures for OsloNight.no at last night’s event, and the pictures are now online, so you can view them right here. Also did a photo post from the opening of the new Samsøe & Samsøe store last week, which you can find right here, as well as the pictures for an article about the latest trends in the world of watches, which can be found right here.
Loads of picture-taking lately in other words, and to some extent I enjoy living the life of an event-paparazzi. Especially when there are loads of well-dressed people to take pictures of. I like life behind the camera a lot better than being in the spotlight as well (yeah, I know it’s a paradox, being a blogger and all), Do you like to take pictures, or are you a spotlight-person?
photos_mine for oslonights.no
For those rainy days, and those days of sun
Went to visit UTRO at Majorstua the other day, to see the results of their latest Extreme Makeover: Shop Edition and mingle (it is after all what I do best..). Was awarded fruit, cake, beer and live music for my trouble (I had to walk for like…. four minutes to get there), and was pleasantly surprised by the music. Nice guy named Shaun Bartlett, who is in possession of the voice you want to listen to when you wake up Sunday morning, when you are walking home alone in the dark, when the rain is pouring down outside or when you’re watching the sun set by the ocean somewhere. Part of my soundtrack the last two days in other words. He’s on spotify and facebook. Go listen !
Charlotte Cordes photographed by Koray Birand for Vogue Hellas June 2011.
The Great Gatsby meets Lake Garda. Love it. I also find it fascinating that amongst all the references to the past (20s-60s), the ever-growing flashbacks from the 90s can be seen everywhere. The pastels, the pointed shoes, the feathers and the belly-bottomed tops paired with maxi-skirts. It has changed a little, but the essence of it is still very intact. Still waiting for the buffalo boot to become mainstream fashion again. Not sure if that’s possible, but you never know…
Brita Melissa: I wondered how often you write for OsloNights? Is it freelance? I am a part of the writing staff, but it is in some ways a freelance job. We have a lot of freedom in terms of how much we write, but I would say that I write an average of two articles a month, and then some photo-gigs now and then. Not much in other words.
And what are you doing this fall since you weren’t accepted to any of the schools in the US? My back-up plan is economy at BI, but I haven’t gotten answers from all the schools I’ve applied to yet, so I am still hoping that I will leave Norway by August.
Marianne: What do you study? Everything you do seem so exciting! I am currently finishing my bachelors degree in English Literature, and I have 1/2 bachelor in Political Science as well. This Spring I have been taking some art history classes as free courses on my degree, and come fall I am hoping to start on a bachelor in Journalism.
Astrid-Therese: How’s life? Do you have any good, and unique/special, stores in Oslo to recommend? Or maybe in Kristiansand? Life is OK as of right now, could have been better, but could also be worse. Counting the days till summer vacation. I was thinking that I might put up a mini-Oslo guide tomorrow and then do one on Kristiansand next week. But right at the top of my head I would recommend Flashdance in Posthallen, Herr & Fru Retro på Sagene og MagMaLou i Skovveien.
Silje H: Are you born and raised in Kristiansand? And could you make a summer-guide with tips about where to eat/drink coffee, etc ? Born and raised, I am from Gimlekollen in Kristiansand. Summer-guide will be posted in less than a week !
Lucia: How do you see yourself in the future? I am not really a big fan of thinking about the future in a realistic manner, I can dream about castles and islands in the pacific and princes and whatnot, but I don’t like to be reminded that life is a lot more like the gritty realism of a Bukowski-novel than the paradise of Disney movies. But I do picture myself writing for a newspaper, or an online magazine of some sort.
Secretshopper: To try on clothes at work while there are customers there may not be the smartest thing you can do ! Just a tip ;-) I don’t have a job, I haven’t been working since 2009. :)
Lise: Do you have a boyfriend or ever been in love? maybe too private;) Single, and very unsure about whether I have ever been in love or not. Crushes = yes. Love = I don’t think so, no.
Siddharta: Hi Maren! I have read your blog for a while now. You often refer to karma when something isn’t working out quite as you wanted. This is something I’ve noticed, and I wondered if it is rooted in something religious for you? I will have to disappoint you and say no. I have been raised in a community where Christianity is very important, but I am an agnostic. The karma part is just a figure of speech to me.
Do you do any specific activities in your free time? Right now the only thing I do is running. I have been the after-school activities geek all my life; dancing ballet, jazz dance and contemporary dance, playing handball, gymnastics, orienteering, rhythmic gymnastics, cross-country skiing, snowboard, windsurfing etc, but now I don’t seem to find the time. Most of my free time is spent in front of the computer with my blog, OsloNights or other projects, or at a café/Jaeger with friends.
Which city do you live in? la meg ta deg med til byen min. ;)
What’s your favorite food? Mango, Spaghetti Carbonara, my dad’s homemade Italian-styled pizza, scallops and American Pancakes with maple sirup.
Do you have any favorite bloggers? Everyone listed in the “links”-categories in the navigation bar. But I particularly enjoy the blogs of Emma Elwin and Trine.
Favorite online shopping spot? Ebay, my-wardrobe.com & fashionology.nl.
What are your dreams for the future? A penthouse apartment in NYC, a job that I love doing and someone to share it with.
Any specific place you want to live? New York is currently at the top of the list, but Istanbul, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Paris, Beirut, Buenos Aires and San Francisco are also hot spots. I want to travel for the rest of my life, move around a lot and experience the world.
What are your goals in life, realistically speaking? Get a good education, find a job that I like, travel a lot and just live life day by the day together with the people I love.