When Leon (that's the adorable dog above) moved in with my dad and stepmom they did not know what they were signing on for. He came from a broken home and needed some attention and he quickly felt at home and became what we now refer to as "the shadow". Where my dad goes, Leon follows. He even wants to come to the bathroomHe has turned into one of the possibly most spoiled dogs in the world, but he is taking it well. He doesn't mind getting dirty (although he doesn't love the rain) and he is all about the family, as long as that means a lot of cuddles for himself. One look at him and you can probably see how he is easily the centre of attention at all times, just how he likes it. He just demands that you look at him, LOOK, and tell me you don't want one yourself. My stepmom suggested Leon should participate in some puppy making so that I could have one. Best idea I have heard all year!
This is a whole new world for me, super spicy and hot crisps that are strangely addictive and at the same time they turn you mouth on fire. As you eat, you want to stop, but it's impossible because they are as good as they are spicy. I finished a whole bag. In a very short time. I just could not stop. So this is for my friend Dellen, because she loves spicy food, and would be all over these crisps. I have to bring some to Norway next time I go home so that they can be shared with the rest of the world, one country at a time. This is going to be a crisp
I admit that I am hooked on the luxury of breakfast anywhere that is not my house. Even Costa will do, if nothing else volunteers. The thing about breakfast is that it can be done on the cheap, have a coffe and pastry and you could get away with a couple of pounds spent. Unless you opt for the champagne and honestly, then there is nothing I can do for you. Lately I have been meeting with people before work in Notting Hill, this time at daylesfordorganic.com
And everything is organic, isn't that good times?
Not only are the pictures on Jak & Jil very artistic and beautiful, they make me want to go shopping. Badly. I would do a lot of things to get my hands on these really cool shoes from Miu Miu, but as working in London generally doesn't make you a millionaire, I definitely can't buy them. But I can look and not touch (although for all you know I am hugging my computer screen as we speak) and dream, that is the main thing. We should all dream. About orange Miu Miu shoes and really expensive handbags.
One of my favourite Oslo things to do is to sit at a cafe with friends and forget about the time, which is exactly how I spent last Sunday. We gathered a good little group of girls and went for a short walk from Majorstuen to Olivia in Hegdehaugsveien. Every time I go I have a great time, and die a little bit inside from the expensive coffee (almost £4, really?). But it is worth it for the food, drink and most of all GREAT company. If you wonder about the picture above, yes that is my iPhone (with a penguin silicone cover no less) playing One Direction. I was in the seat next to it rocking and miming to "What Makes You Beaytiful". If you haven't heard it you can click here to go to Youtube and enjoy some friendly and careless music. When I put this on loud earlier the boyfriend came running in to the room dancing, to my enjoyment/fear. And no, this is not the only One Direction song on my iPhone, can you live with it?
And this is for Dellen, she created this visual for me with the caption "Guess what colour hair the owner of this stuff has?". Can you guess?
Family affairs are fun days, and also very long days, and call for your finest clothes which means Bunad(I quite enjoyed this Wikipedia post describing what a bunad is) is the only way to go. I love my bunad more than most things, and especially the hat. There was a time when I was applying to summer jobs that would allow me to wear the bunad all summer long. Never got the jobs unfortunately, so any time I can wear the bunad now it comes out of the cupboard faster than you can say, well, "bunad". This time the family affair was my cousins confirmation and I had a great time, I love seeing the family but when you live in London and they are all in Norway it takes a bit of effort and a very unpleasant Ryanair experience to make it happen.
We had a fabulous 3 course meal which turned into a cake party and well, time flew and before you know it it was evening and definitely bedtime, I think that is what you can call a sugar induced coma. I had so much I had to unbutton my dress and find a sofa to lie down on. Family affairs are dangerous for your health!
When I go back to Oslo there is 1 thing I do as soon as I can and that is to come to work with my mother. She is half of Su Misura in Frogner, Oslo, and I spend long days there whenever I can. Friday this week I was there from opening to close, helping customers and making a couple of things I felt I was missing in my jewellery box.
After a long working day (of not doing much to be honest) I went to a friends house for Taco, which I keep on forgetting how much I love, and some quality chats. Basically the perfect day.
I am back in beautiful Norway and when I got off the plane this rainbow was out and about as a small greeting committee. Thank you mother nature!
These are possibly the coolest lamps I have ever seen. Made of toys by the team from Evil Robot Designs they are all hand made and come in different colours and designs. Unfortunately the price tag is a bit steeper than what I normally spend on lamps, but one day, I might own one of you babies. You wait and see.
Supposedly burgundy is a colour to watch and wear this fall so it suits me very well that I could dig up this bag from last year to participate in the trend, without spending a pretty penny (the bag is from Su Misura, my mum's store which is of course on of my favourite hangouts in Oslo). The boyfriend and I are trying to go on a non-spending spree, but Ebay and various other internet sites are corrupting me and I find myself admitting to a tiny Ebay purchase almost every day. Maybe I am better off without the internet at home, less temptation.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x