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Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

So many great ideas here. I will definitely come here for inspiration.

The Blog

Write more. Paint more. Photograph more. 

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself. 

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writer Stephanie Dandan at Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Traveling solo, Stephanie will meet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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Day 3, 4, 5

OK, so I guess the blog challenge didn’t make me write more. I’ve been busy in another fight with bureaucracy…. go figure. Also, my eyes hurt from all the tacky and twinkly Christmas lights in this god forsaken town. People, it is NOT OK to put a freaking Santa Claus balloon on your roof. You look ridiculous. And yes, I will post pics soon.

BUT — back to the blog challenge.

Day 3 – A photo of your cellphone. Nope. Not going to do that one. Next!

Day 4 – A photograph of yourself without make-up. Here you go:

Oh hay.

Oh hay.











Day 5 – Your dream wedding.

Hahaha, I have to laugh. I’ve never, ever been one of those girls to dream about the BIG wedding day, so I don’t know how to respond to that. The important thing is the marriage, not ONE day. We got married at the courthouse, fast and easy. No big fuss 🙂

Day 2: Say cheese!

Day 2 of my 10-day blogging challenge says: A photo of yourself, not taken by you. That’s easy, I rarely take a photo of myself…. 🙂 This is a pic from last weekend, at my friend Jessie’s good-bye party. She moved to Hawaii, that lucky bitch!! Not jealous at all!! Oh yeah, and I was only wearing one contact lens here so it looks like I have crazy eyes.


30: Beauty stuff

Ok, it’s been a while since I’ve talked a little pretty ( as opposed to dirty, bwaha… bad joke) with you guys, so my 30th post of this doomed challenge will be about just that.

I’m an avid reader of anything beauty and makeup related. Hey, I am a vain girl after all! I think my fave mags are Allure and British Marie Claire. Norwegian magazines suck, sorry.

Anyways, have you noticed the latest craze in hair brushes? Meet Mr. Pearson. The Mason Pearson brush will cost you, but will supposedly last you a lifetime. Not so sure about this one. My hair is nice and smooth, and I use a cheap brush from the drug store. But hey, if you want to spend your paycheck on a stiff bristle boar brush, I won’t stand in your way. But do tell me if it’s worth it, though!

“I will change you life!”

Next one…. 3D nails! Introducing the Ciaté Caviar Manicure! Oh my! Looks good as contemporary art, but I can imagine those little balls fly off at the least appropriate times… I for one have trouble just keeping a plain manicure, so with all that added glitz I think I would be a health hazard. Just think about all those little items falling into your keyboard at work. Yikes!

The most daring territory I’ll step into when it comes to nail art is simply Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday nail polish. It’s a party in a little bottle! And so, so pretty.

“Let’s party!”

Also buzzing in the bags of makeup artists worldwide is this phenomenal miracle water Bioderma Sensibo H20. Seems like a makeup removal, but judging from enthusiastic models and actresses it also saves lives. In other words, worth a try, perhaps?

I will cure everything.

Adding another item to the bag from the land of baguettes and amour-propre (aw), here’s yet a coveted product – a moisturizer called Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. I’ve never heard of it until recently, but it’s said to be a favorite among supermodels. Either that or clever advertising.


 We’re staying in France for a little longer, because French skin care is the shit. My mom has been faithful to products from  Yves Rocher  for the past 30 years or so (and it shows!), and lately I’ve become smitten with their self tanning products. Hands down, they’re the only products I’ve ever tested which won’t turn me into an orange zebra or, even worse, an Oompa-Loompa.  I’m also a fan of La Roche-Posay’s cleansing milk. In Norway, you find them at pharmacies. Not sure where they’re located elsewhere, but you can probably order them online. 

Love this one!

Also tested and loved – most anything from Clinique. My recent buy is a foundation that’s supposed to even tone and texture. I have a few dark spots, not including my freckles, and I must say I am happy with the results thus far. I mix it with a dab of Nivea Q10 Tinted Moisturizer to achieve a dewy finish – perfect for summer. Let me tell you guys, Nivea is soo underrated!


Love this….



…together with this!

If you live in the US, I recommend the Revlon Photo Ready foundation. It’s a great bargain and the quality is right up there with MAC and Kanebo. Also, I’ve been an advocate for this one before, but Olay Total Effects with a Touch of Sun!!!!! I love it! Not available in this country, boo, so I always stock up when I am overseas.

Products to stay the hell away from are: Lancome Miracle Teint foundation (gave me a dreadful complexion), Barry M Wink Eye liner (however I do love Barry M’s lipsticks!), Xen tan (unless you want to be an orange zebra!) and most Cover Girl eye shadows.

Now talk to me… which are YOUR faves?

29: Random memes (which hopefully will make you laugh)

28: To sum it up….

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27: Balcony with a view

We feel lucky to live on the top floor in our building. It has an added bonus; a little balcony perfect for reading in the sun or just looking at all the roof tops around me. The area we live in is called Möhlenpris, and is situated just a few blocks away from the university area. We can walk everywhere, so no need for a car. Score!

Now we can keep track of our ugly naked neighbor! Relax, just joking….