Monthly Archives: September 2011

Late

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Late. The word — an adjective or an adverb — is now also a recurring theme in the story of my life. I find that amusing and ironic. Even though I came into this world relatively early ( about five weeks early to be exact) I seem to have made every effort since to make up for it. Whether it is to get out of bed, meet friends, return books at the library, pay bills, take the cupcakes out of the oven, pick up the mail, even meet up at work at some days (shame shame shame on me!) I find myself L A T E. It’s a wonder that I have, so far, never missed plane departures or other crucial deadlines that would really screw me up, and thus leave irreversible damage. However, even though I did miss the transport to a plane once (after a night of drinks with coworkers at my company’s annual party) I miraculously managed to enter the gate at an appropriate time.

Even my dreams are haunted by my inability to be on time. I constantly dream about missing weddings, dates, trains, planes, parties, boats, taxis…the list goes on and on. It’s usually about me not being ready in the sense of looks, in other words, I can’t find my shoes or I haven’t put on my make-up yet. Make-up!! Seriously,  in a sleep created world, shouldn’t it be my right to not having to apply to the rules of exteriority? Shouldn’t my sole subconscious being exist flawlessly with the looks and abilities of Wonder Woman? I wish. But no, even in a fictitious world my failure to use a watch hinders me.

I hereby apply for a universal time that centers around me. That way I’d always be on time, awake or not.

 

SATC-party

Great food, friends, drinks, fun and laughter

My favorite products

I’ve been a make-up and skin care junkie since I was about 13. I always cleanse and moisturize, stay out of the sun and drink tons of water. (And I am currently changing my eating habits, but that’s an entirely different discussion). I’ve tried A LOT of products, trust me. Tried and true, here are some of my go-to’s when shopping. They may not work as well for you, but I can guarantee that these products are not tested on animals and have received great reviews overall. I have a very dry skin that’s also sensitive, so if you have oily or combination skin, you may want to look for those as the ones I refer to are for dry skin mostly.

I am absolutely in LOVE with REN’s products. I apply this serum before moisturizer at night. Some think the Omega 3 in it comes from fish, but it’s from plants. It smells a little bit funky, but leaves your skin so supple and smooth that it is totally worth it.

This is a product I use in the mornings. In Norway, you can buy REN products at several stores and they also have it at the Vitus pharmacies. I recommend getting a starter kit, that way you get to try out different products in the same line and see if it works for you. In the US you’ll find these goodies at Sephora.

Wash the day away with this one!

I am also smitten with this cleanser from Estée Lauder, Soft Clean. It smells amazing, takes off all the dirt and doesn’t clog pores. No breakouts with this one, I promise! available at Macy’s and other big department stores.

Another fave is this cream eyeshadow from Clinique. I use a taupe color called Seventh Heather. Order online at www.clinique.com.

Also Clinique — this FAB moisturizer. It has everything you need to protect your skin from sun damage and pollution plus it is packed with anti-oxidants. Love love love this.

Smashing!

 This shimmery bronzer from Too Faced is to die for!! It’s perfect for fair skin like mine. I haven’t used it in a while but I am for sure going to order one next time I get paid. Seriously, if you want to add some light (yes, light! it’s a bronzer, but adds a luminescence glow) to your face this is the product. If you have darker skin, there are other variants such as Beach Bunny and Sun Bunny.

This concealer from Benefit is an instant eyelifter. Brightens, smooths and lifts. Perfect for parties, or when you look like hell.

And Jamie, if you are reading, please go to Sephora and get me the bronzer 😛

The morning after

After a fabulous party you’re left with a mess, loss of consciousness, a fretting mind, stains on your fab dress, bruises, a camera full of moments and leftovers.

And this is just a small portion of it…

Clean us!

Time

Time. We live in a world where everything is about time. Time to do all the things we need to do, read books, run errands, meet friends, go to work, go to sleep. Wake up, eat, drink, laugh, cry, live. It’s all on a schedule. Everything is centered around it. Time flies and suddenly you realize that life isn’t about what’s going to happen. It’s happening. Can’t fit something into your schedule? Then whoops, there it goes, the thing, the thought, the whatever that was supposed to take place or a form — gone. Lost. There is a Chinese proverb that goes something like this, “time doesn’t go by, time is coming”. We should all just take a time out and just exist. Wouldn’t that be nice? To take a leap off this materialistic world where it shouldn’t be about what you have or who you know, but what you can do and who you are. Yes, this is a digression of the topic that was supposed to be about time, but whoops… I let my thoughts wander and wait a second.. was that on the schedule? Do I need to set my alarm clock to remind me that we can use our imagination? To think that there is an alternate universe out there where the laws of physics simply don’t matter? A place where we float like particles – a place where  labels and logos and identities cease to exist. Scientists argue whether or not there is a black hole somewhere that contains “nothingness” – a canal between past and present. And if you have the time (no pun intended) so ponder all the different ways to view Einstein’s theory of relativity, well, you will definitely end up more confused than anything. We all know that light travels faster than sound, and that if somebody travels in outer space will find that time is slower than the one on Earth. That’s a comforting thought. Or is it?

Sometimes I wish I could grow wings and fly away

My little place

I love our little place, notably for the tilted ceiling with windows that allow lots of natural lighting. It’s nice to sit there and look up at the sky when I need a break from studying. And yes, it’s a mess right now because I don’t have the time nor the energy to clean it…. Can’t wait to have Jamie home so he can do it! Nice to have a house husband.. haha, joking. 🙂

Messy

Erle’s baptism

Erle