Allergic to nature…

Lifestyle

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MEET MY FRIEND, THE ALLERGY MONSTER…

Jeg har vært allergisk for alt mulig så lenge jeg kan huske og gjør mitt beste for at det ikke skal definere livet mitt. Men uansett hva jeg gjør, så er det der fremdeles. Dette allergimonsteret som har gjort meg allergisk mot så mange fine ting; trær, blomster, parken og parfymer. Frukt kan jeg heller ikke spise og sminken er sparsommelig, men enn så lenge kan jeg fremdeles putte på en rød leppestift og smile. Man ser litt trett ut, for man er trett. I øynene, i hodet og i den hovne kroppen. Hvis du vil vite hvordan det føles, så foreslår jeg at du stiller deg midt på stuegulvet og ber vennen din legge seg ned på gulvet og holde om anklene dine, og så går du og sleper på denne vennen din, som i dette tilfellet skal forestille allergimonsteret, og du går og du går og du må bare gå videre… Jeg har etterhvert funnet et par triks som jeg synes er brukbare, så jeg ikke gir dette allergimonsteret all energien min. En: Ikke forvent at folk forstår. To: Ta vare på deg selv. Tre: Styrk immunforsvaret med C-Vitamin og Spirulina (Jeg har lagt min elsk på den fra Pukka.) Fire: Massér en hoven kropp. Fem: Gjør en innsats for å sove godt. Seks: Gjør i hvert fall én ting som gjør deg glad hver dag. Syv: Husk at du kanskje ikke føler at du er på ditt beste, men du kan fremdeles være ditt beste.

I’ve been allergic to all kinds of things for as long as I can remember and do my best to not let it define my life, but no matter what I do, it’s still there. This allergy monster that’s made me allergic to so many beautiful things; trees, flowers, the park and perfumes. I can’t eat fruit either and have to be careful with make-up, but so far I can still get away with a red lipstick and a smile to cover the fatigue. I look a little tired, because I am tired, my eyes, my head and the swollen body. If you want to know what it feels like then I suggest that you stand up and ask your friend to lie down on the floor and grab your ankles with a tight grip, and then you walk…and you drag you friend with you, who in this case is a metafor the allergy monster and then you walk and you walk and you just have to walk on… I’ve found a couple of tricks over the years, which I find useful, so I don’t give the allergy monster all of my power and energy. One: Don’t expect people to understand. Two: Take care of yourself. Three: Boost your immune system with Vitamin-C and Spirulina (I love the one from Pukka.) Four: Massage a swollen body. Five: Make an effort to sleep well.  Six: Do one thing that makes you happy every day. Seven: Remember that you may not feel that you’re at your best, but you can still be the best you can be. 

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ENGLISH GARDENS

Culture

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“WHERE FLOWERS BLOOM, SO DOES HOPE,” said Lady Bird Johnson

De kjenner sine hager i dette landet. Mai er alltid en fantastisk måned i London og hvis du er i byen nå og liker blomster, så anbefaler jeg en tur til Chelsea Flower Show. Her er et par bilder jeg tok da jeg ble invitert for et par år siden. Kom mai du skjønne milde!  Engelskmennene er virkelig verdensmestere når det kommer til hager!

They know their gardens in this country. May is always a fantastic month in London and if you’re in the city now and love flowers, then I recommend a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show. Here are a couple of pictures I took from when I was invited a couple of years ago. The English really are world champions when it comes to gardening! 

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Make the most of everything…

Fashion, Lifestyle

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BUT DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS…

Here’s a nice quote by Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

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Happiness is…

Lifestyle

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TOMORROW WE CAN EAT BROCCOLI, BUT TODAY IS FOR ICE CREAM 

Det er viktig å kose seg her i livet og da kjæresten inviterte meg og barna på årets første iskrem var det bare å løpe avgårde i klikk klakkene. Jeg valgte selvfølgelig en is som matchet genseren ; )  Den stillheten som senker seg når alle er dypt opptatt av hver sin is…bedre blir det ikke. Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts!

It’s important to make room for ‘hygge’ in life and when my boyfriend invited the kids and I out for this summer’s first ice cream we ran as fast as we could in our summer shoes. Of course I picked a cornetto that matched my sweater ; ) That silence when everyone is deeply into their ice cream…doesn’t get any better. Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts. 

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Royal Wedding

Lifestyle

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BRING OUT THE TEA!!!

Eller skål med champagne for den slags skyld. Er det flere som sitter foran TV’en og ser på Amal Clooney og Victoria Beckham og tenker at ‘Jeg må skaffe meg noen av de hattene.’ Jeg tror jeg skal bringe litt mere champagne inn i livet mitt fra nå av, mere blomster og fine kjoler. Litt mere glitter, glam og masse confetti ; )

Or open the champagne for that matter. Is anyone else sitting in front of the TV watching Amal Clooney and Victoria Beckham, thinking that ‘I have to start wearing hats.’ I think I’ll bring a little more champagne into my life from now on, more flowers and nice dresses. More glitz, glam and confetti ; ) 

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Happy Birthday Norway!

Culture, Fashion

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE 

Gratulerer med dagen!

The French have The Bastille Day, Americans have 4th of July, the Irish have St.Patricks day and the Norwegians have their 17th of May. I’ve often been asked what’s up with the Norwegians and their flag? And the first things that come to my mind are A: Freedom and B: The party is where the flag is. Wish you all a happy 17th of May! PS: This is a day where you’re allowed to eat as many hot dogs and as much ice cream as your stomach can handle ; ) 

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London’s most popular shoe

Fashion

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GUCCI DREAMS

Jeg ser disse skoene gå rundt med den ene damen etter det andre i gatene her i London og jeg har sååå lyst på. ‘Law of attraction’ sier at man tiltrekker seg det man tenker på, så kanskje disse plutselig går til døren min hvis bare jeg tenker hardt nok? ; ) Lov å håpe ; ) Kan kjøpes her.

These shoes are walking around with one lady after another here in London and I want them really baaadly. ‘Law of attraction’ says that you attract what you think about, so maybe these will walk to my door if I think hard enough? ; ) One is allowed to hope ; ) Can be bought here.

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OUR HOUSE

Lifestyle

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A BRICK HOUSE WITH A RED DOOR

Vi gikk en spontan tur på Søndag og kjøpte spontant et hus. Bare tulla! Men en dag skjer det nok, så jeg smiler som om jeg allerede har kjøpt det ; )

We went for a spontaneous walk on Sunday and spontaneously bought a house. Just kidding! But it’ll probably happen someday, so I’ll just smile as if we already bought it ; )

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Got leopards on my mind…

Fashion

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GANNI SKIRT AND ZARA SHOES

Jeg tenker på veldig mange viktige ting for tiden, som dette omslagsskjørtet fra Ganni. Kanskje jeg skal selge båten uten at kjæresten vet det og shoppe litt? (Sjekker bare om kjæresten leser bloggen min ; ) Shortsen kan kjøpes her.

I think about a lot of really important things these days, like this wrap skirt from Ganni. Maybe I should sell the boat without telling my boyfriend and just go shopping? (Just checking if he’s reading my blog ; ) The shorts can be bought here.

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Ganni sweater here.

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GANNI skirt here.

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ZARA shoes here.

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Scrunchie here.

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SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Fashion, Lifestyle

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HURRY SLOWLY 

For tiden øver jeg meg i kunsten å skyndte seg langsomt. Det ville jo være fantastisk hvis man kunne dele seg i to, tenke med tre hoder, skrive med fire armer og galloppere gjennom gatene som en god arbeidshest, eller som han faunen i Narnia, men det kan jeg ikke. Det jeg kan gjøre er å gå, steg for steg og passe på at jeg ikke snubler på veien.

I’m totally practising the art of hurrying slowly. It would be great to split in half, to think with two heads, write with four arms and gallop through the streets like a good workhorse or like that faun in Narnia, but I can’t, but I can walk, step by step and make sure that I don’t stumble on the way. 

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