Current Playlist

• Titanium •

• Chandelier •

• Wake me up •

• Don’t you worry child •

• Radioactive •

• Madilyn Bailey covers in my ♡ •

My current playlist for this relaxing vacation is all Madilyn Bailey! She does the most amazing covers, and her voice is pure magic. If it’s possible to be in love with a voice – I’m very much just that. Above you can listen to my favorites (How ridiculously beautiful is Titanium?!). I also created a Spotify list with all of my favorite cover songs, you can find it here. This is the perfect list to listen to when you’re in bed and ready to doze off to dreamland. Enjoy♡

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Spillelisten for denne avslappende ferien er Madilyn Bailey all the way! Hun lager de meet fantastiske coverversjonene av kjente sanger, med en stemme som er intet mindre enn magisk. Hvis det er mulig å være forelsket i en stemme er jeg det i aller høyeste grad! Over kan dere høre gjennom mine favoritter, hvor nydelig er ikke hennes versjon av Titanium?! Jeg har også laget en Spotify-liste med flere favoritter, den finner dere her. Dette er den perfekte spillelisten å høre på når du har lagt deg i sengen og er klar for å innta drømmeland. Nyt♡

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5 Tips For Lighter Pictures

• A light backdrop •

For my blog pictures I always go for light backdrops. That has simply become my preferred style, and I like that my blog pictures harmonize with each other. Here it’s all about getting creative! What I use most of the time is actually a simple duvet. I put it on the floor next to my biggest windows for the best light, and start arranging my picture props. I also have a light grey backdrop that I use that is actually a wallpaper that I got on sale (haha), and a marble contact plastic that Eirín tipped about a while ago. My favorite is the duvet, it always gives me the mood that I want in the picture. If I’m taking pictures of myself inside, I prefer to stand right in front of a window, with the light coming in behind me (like the pic where I’m holding the pink roses). If you stand the other way around, your picture will probably become a bit clearer, but I prefer the sort of magic mood that it gives.

// Til bloggbildene mine går jeg alltid for lyse bakgrunner. Det har rett og slett blitt min foretrukne bildestil, og jeg liker at bildene i de forskjellige innleggene mine harmoniserer med hverandre. Her er det bare til å være kreativ! Det jeg bruker mest er faktisk en enkel dyne. Jeg legger den på gulvet ved siden av det største vinduet i stuen for å få best lys, så er det bare til å legge frem det jeg vil ta bilde av. Jeg har også en lysegrå bakgrunn som faktisk er en tapetrull jeg fant på salg (haha), og en rull med marmormønstret kontaktplast som Eirín tipset om for en stund siden. Favoritten min er utven tvil dynen, da får jeg alltid den duse stemningen jeg vil ha i bildet. Hvis jeg tar bilder av meg selv innendørs stiller jeg meg alltid med ryggen mot vinduet, slik at lyset kommer inn bak meg (som bildet der jeg holder de rosa rosene). Man får gjerne klarere bilder dersom man stiller seg andre veien, men jeg liker den litt magiske stemningen det gir. 

• Natural daylight •

This is the key to all light pictures! Always take your pictures next to a window to get the best light possible. The light from lamps is usually yellow and will look unnatural in pictures, so I prefer to shut off all lamps inside and only use the daylight by the window. Now that it’s summer I can rely on the natural daylight almost all day and night, which is so nice!

// Dette er nøkkelen til alle lyse bilder! Ta alltid bildene dine nær et vindu for å få det beste mulige lyset. Lyset fra lamper er som oftest gult og vil se unaturlig ut på bilder, så jeg foretrekker å slå av alt lys inne og kun bruke dagslyset som kommer inn vinduet. Nå som det er sommer er det jo lyst til langt utpå kvelden, så det gjør jobben min tusen ganger lettere! 

• If that doesn’t work, cheat! •

During winter, with fewer light hours, photographing can be quite a challenge if you miss the best light. Also, it’s not every time that the natural daylight works! Sometimes it gives unflattering shadows that you don’t want in your picture. I guess the most common trick in the book for this is to use a photo lamp, but I broke mine like three years ago, and since then I’ve been relying on another kind of lamp. A work lamp! You know the kind you use if you’re remodeling, those big, ugly, yellow ones that give tons of light. We just had it in here randomly when painting, and I discovered that it was a perfect lamp to use for my pictures. I aim the two lamps towards the ceiling, which gives me the perfect light when taking pictures inside! When I use this, I always change the white balance on my camera from auto to the light bulb sign, which makes the picture more blue to make up for the yellow light from the lamp.

// Om vinteren kan det være en utfordring å få til fine bilder, spesielt hvis du går glipp av de få timene med godt dagslys. Det er heller ikke alltid at naturlig dagslys funker, selv om sommeren! Av og til kan det gi uflatterende skygger som du ikke vil ha med i bildet. Den vanligste duppedingsen å ta i bruk her er nok en fotolampe, men etter at jeg mistet fotolampen min i bakken for tre år siden begynte jeg faktisk å bruke noe helt annet. En arbeidslampe! Dere vet den typen man bruker til oppussing, de store, stygge, gule. Haha. Men de gir så masse lys! Jeg peker de to lampene mot taket, som gir meg perfekt bildelys inne. Når jeg bruker denne endrer jeg som oftest hvitbalansen på kameraet fra auto til lyspæreikonet, som gjør bildet mer blått for å gjøre opp for det gule lyset fra lampen. 

• Manual settings •

A must!! Taking the time to learn how to use manual settings is so worth it. If you haven’t seen it already, check out this post where I teach you all you need to know about managing manual settings! I always adjust the settings so they’re as light as they can possibly be without loosing details in the picture. A standard adjustment when taking pictures inside is F-number: 2,8, iso: 800 and shutter speed: 60, but it of course depends on how much light I have to work with. The lower your shutter speed is, the more steady you need to hold your camera so the picture doesn’t become blurry.

// Et must!! Det er virkelig verdt det å sette av litt tid til å lære seg manuelle innstillinger. Hvis du ikke har sett det allerede, sjekk ut dette innlegget der jeg lærer deg alt du trenger å vite! Jeg stiller alltid inn kameraet til å ta så lyse bilder som over hodet mulig, uten å miste detaljer i bildet. Her er det bare til å prøve seg frem! Jeg tar som oftest utgangspunkt i disse innstillingene: Blenderåpning: 2,8, Iso: 800 og lukkertid: 60, men det må selvfølgelig justeres etter hvor mye lys jeg har å jobbe med. Jo lavere lukkertiden din er, jo mer stødig må du holde kamera så bildet ikke blir uklart. 

• Editing •

Editing is a big part of light pictures. I always use Lightroom, and sometimes Photoshop too. I made a guide of editing your pics lighter in Lightroom here, so be sure to check it out. In Lightroom I always make the whites appear whiter, and the darks appear darker. If I’m loosing details, I’ll use a darkening brush on the specific areas. Like the pictures I posted yesterday with the white roses! After turning the whole picture much lighter, you couldn’t even see the white roses. I fixed that by making only the roses darker, and ta-da, I’m super happy with the picture. I usually think it’s nice to turn down the meeting a bit too, to get a more crisp look in the picture. There’s so much fun you can do, and I’m constantly learning new tips and tricks for improving my photography. If you have any questions, shoot♡

// Bilderedigering er en viktig del hvis du vil ha lyse bilder. Jeg bruker alltid Lightroom, og i blant Photoshop også. Jeg laget en guide til hvordan du kan redigere bildene dine lysere i Lightroom her, så den kan være grei å sjekke ut. I Lightroom sørger jeg alltid for å gjøre det hvite hvitere, og det mørke/sorte mørkere. Hvis jeg mister detaljer når jeg gjør hele bildet lysere, bruker jeg «gjør mørkere-verktøy» i Photoshop, og bruker det der jeg mister detaljer. Dette skjedde blant annet på bildene av de hvite rosene jeg postet i går. Da jeg gjorde hele bildet lysere, kunne man ikke engang se de hvite rosene! En liten runde med mørkningsverktøyet, og problemet var fikset. Jeg syns som oftest også det er fint å skru ned meetingen litt, for å få en mer crisp look i bildet. Det er så masse man kan gjøre, og jeg lærer hele tiden nye tips og triks for å forbedre bildene mine. Jeg syns det er så gøy! Hvis dere har spørsmål, shoot♡

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10 Tips For Urban Vacations

1. Look for out of the box travel tips

Travel books for your destination is great, but when I’m visiting new places I like to search for tips elsewhere. This way you don’t only get the mainstream options of things to do, but more personal and maybe not so mainstream tips! Maybe the world’s best hamburger is served in a tiny little restaurant no one has heard of, or maybe the best shopping is in fact somewhere else than the travel guide tells you? Try to find personal blogs and look for ideas and tips, or ask your friends. If you’re going to New York this summer you can check out my best tips here, and if you’re going to Paris, Annette made a fantastic guide here. This is why I love asking you guys for tips before I go somewhere by the way, I love following your tips!

// Reisebøker for din destinasjon er grei å ha, men når jeg reiser forsøker jeg å finne størstedelen av tips andre steder. På denne måten får du ikke bare mainstreamrådene om hva du bør gjøre og hvor du bør spise, men også mer personlige råd som kanskje ikke er så kjente. Kanskje verdens beste burger blir servert på en liten restaurant ingen har hørt om, og kanskje den beste shoppingen faktisk er et helt annet sted enn reiseboken forteller deg? Prøv å finne reiseblogger og se etter ideer og tips der, eller spør venner som allerede har vært der. Hvis du skal til New York i sommer kan du for eksempel ta en titt på mine beste tips her, og hvis du skal til Paris bør du sjekke ut denne fantasiske guiden Annette har laget. Dette er forresten grunnen til at jeg så ofte spør dere om tips før jeg skal reise et sted, jeg elsker å følge tipsene deres! 

2. Make a plan before you go

I’m such a planning person, and I always end up being the travel leader on all trips, haha. But it’s just so nice to put in some time to get to know the city you’re visiting before you go, so that you don’t end up totally confused in the middle of the street, and waste precious time when you’re there. It doesn’t have to be anything major (Too much planning can kill the fun a little bit), but a daily plan of where you should go, what you should see and where you should eat is really great to have. I also find it useful to learn about the public transport in the city I’m visiting so I don’t end up spending half the money on taxis. Like before I went to New York, I made sure to google a map of the Subway, find out where I was staying, and study the lines I thought I’d use the most.

// Jeg er sånn et planleggingsmenneske, og jeg ender alltid opp med å være reiseleder på alle turer, haha. Men jeg syns det er så greit å legge inn litt tid til å bli kjent med byen jeg skal til før jeg reiser, så jeg ikke ender opp helt forvirret på gaten, og kaster bort masse verdifull tid når jeg først er der. Det trenger ikke være noe stort (for mye planlegging kan drepe gøyen litt), men en daglig plan om hvilket område dere skal dra til, hvilke severdigheter dere skal se og hvor dere skal spise kan være veldig fint å ha. Jeg syns også det er greit å sette meg litt inn i kollektivtrafikken før jeg drar. Før jeg dro til New York første gang googlet jeg et kart over Subwayen, fant ut akkurat hvor jeg skulle bo, og lærte meg toglinjene jeg kom til å bruke mest.

3. Good footwear

Is there anything worse than being on vacation and getting blisters from hell?! I told you all about my London blisters, and I’m so mad at myself for not bringing shoes I knew wouldn’t give me any trouble. So obviously, heels aren’t appropriate for a full day of sightseeing. Sneakers is your best bet, but make sure you’ve walked in them enough at home to know they won’t give you blisters! That’s the mistake I made in London, and when you actually start bleeding out in your new white sneakers, it’s pretty bad, haha. Sandals are also a great option, but make sure you wash your feet the second you get back to the hotel if the sandals are open!

// Finnes det noe verre enn føtter fulle av gnagsår når du er på storbyferie? Jeg fortalte dere jo om mine London-gnagsår, og jeg er så sint på meg selv for at jeg ikke tok med sko som jeg visste ikke ville gi meg noe trøbbel. Høye hæler er selvfølgelig ikke en god idé til en full dag med gåing og sightseeing. Joggesko er det beste valget, men sørg for at du har gått dem inn før du reiser, så du ikke plutselig sitter på siden av gaten med tårer i øynene (snakker ikke fra erfaring, ehm..). Det var den tabben jeg gjorde i London! Jeg kjøpte nye joggesko der, og før jeg visste ordet av det var gnagsårene så ille at det blødde ut i de hvite, fine nye skoene. Da er det gale! Sandaler er også et fint valg, men husk for all del å vaske føttene grunding når du kommer tilbake til hotellet dersom sandalene er av den åpne sorten. 

4. Only one day for shopping!

This is a little rule that I’ve made for myself from experience. On so many trips I’ve ended up going shopping every single day, and when I come home I realize that I’ve seen more of the inside of the stores than the actual city. My solution is to give myself one full day of shopping, and getting everything out of my system, and try to keep it to that day only. If there’s a day with rain while I’m there, I like to make that the shopping day. When Fride and I went to New York two years back, the first day was super rainy, so that’s when we strolled through the streets of SoHo spending our whole shopping budget. And in London with Amalie a few weeks back, we attacked Oxford Street with full force the first day, and didn’t go back for the rest of the trip.

// Dette er en liten regel jeg har laget til meg selv fra erfaring. Det har vært så mange turer der det har blitt shopping hver eneste dag, og når jeg kommer hjem går det opp for meg at jeg faktisk har sett mer av innsiden til butikkene der enn selve byen. Løsningen min er å gi meg selv én full dag med shopping, og få alt ut av systemet, og prøve å holde det til kun den dagen. Hvis værmeldingen viser en dag med regn dit jeg skal, legger jeg alltid shoppingdagen til dagen med dårligst vær. Sightseeing i regn er tross alt ikke så kjekt. Da Fride og jeg dro til NY for to år siden var det pøsregn den første dagen, så da utnyttet vi muligheten til å gjøre unna all shoppingen i SoHo. Og i London for et par uker siden brukte vi den første dagen til å angripe Oxford Street med full shoppingstyrke, og brukte resten av turen til helt andre ting. Jeg syns det er så fint å gjøre det slik!

5. Food – fancy or cheap?

When traveling to new places it can be tempting to try out new fancy restaurants every day, but in my opinion it’s just not worth it. Fancy restaurants can be so darn expensive, and I always find myself comparing the price of the meal I just had to what I could buy in the shopping streets, haha. I do love going to cool restaurants, but it doesn’t have to be every single day. I’ll use New York as an example once again. I have a favorite small sushi restaurant there which is so freakin’ cheap and serves the best sushi I’ve ever tasted, so I do several of my dinners there. There are also lots of pizza places, salad bars, Chipotle, and even McDonalds if you’re trying to keep to your budget. If I’m there for a week, I’ll do cheap dinners five days, and more expensive dinners two days. And for the more expensive dinners I’ll go all out, dress up, order wine and the whole shebang. Hah. This might be an odd tips, but I think it’s a great way of doing it. It’s so annoying when half of your budget is blown on food, when there’s so many yummy cheap options you can choose from!

// Når man reiser til nye steder kan det være fristende å prøve alle restauranttipsene du har fått hver dag, men jeg syns rett og slett ikke at det er verdt det. Fancy restauranter kan være så latterlig dyre, og jeg ender alltid opp med å sammenligne prisen på middagen med hva jeg kunne kjøpt meg i shoppinggatene, haha. Jeg liker å besøke kule restauranter, men det trenger virkelig ikke å være hver eneste dag på ferie. Jeg bruker New York som eksempel igjen! Jeg har en liten favorittrestaurant som serverer den beste sushien jeg noengang har smakt. Den er ikke kjent eller fancy, men den er råbillig. Her pleier jeg å legge en del av middagene mine (Jeg får aldri nok sushi), men også til steder som søte pizzarestauranter, salatbarer, Chipotle og til og med McDonalds. Hvis jeg er der i en uke spiser jeg gjerne billige middager fem av dagene, og dyrere middager to av dagene. Da blir det så mye gøyere å spise på de fancye stedene, pynte seg, bestille vin og dessert og hele pakken. Og ikke minst kan man gjøre det med mye bedre samvittighet! Dette er kanskje et rart tips, men det er ikke så kult å oppdage at halve reisebudsjettet ditt plutselig er borte etter restaurantbesøk når det er så mange rimeligere alternativer du kan gå for! 

6. Priorities

You can’t see, do and taste everything the city has to offer! Make your peace with the fact that you probably won’t have time to see it all. If there’s one thing that ruins vacations, it’s stressing around being so consumed with seeing everything that you don’t even have time to enjoy it. So find out your top list of attractions and stuff to do before you go, and focus on enjoying that to the fullest rather than hurrying off to the next attraction once you’ve gotten a selfie,

// Man kan ikke se, gjøre og smake alt en by har å by på i løpet av en ferie! Aksepter at du sannsynligvis ikke har tid til å se og gjøre alt. Hvis det er én ting som kan ødelegge storbyferier er det stress, og å være så besatt av å få med seg alt at man ikke engang har tid til å nyte det man faktisk ser og gjør. Finn din toppliste over ting du vil se og gjøre og fokuser heller på å nyte det du gjør og ser, fremfor å stresse videre til neste attraksjon så snart selfien er i boks. 

7. Check out upcoming events before you go

Visit a ticket service online before you go, and see if there’s anything cool happening while you’re there. Maybe a cool artist is doing a concert? Or maybe there’s some sort of festival you didn’t know about? A quick search online, and you will know. There’s always fun stuff happening in the biggest cities, so chances are good for you discovering something fun to do!

// Sjekk ut billettservice på nettet før du drar, og finn ut om det skjer noe gøy mens du er der. Kanskje en kul artist holder konsert akkurat når du er der, eller kanskje en festival du ikke visste om holdes? Et kjapt søk online, og du kan velge og vrake i spennende ting å gjøre. Det skjer jo nesten alltid noe i de store byene, så her er det gode sjanser for at du finner noe gøy å gjøre!

8. Check out special offers before you go 

I haven’t really used pages like Groupon and similar offer serviced much, but I did once, and it was genius! Suddenly I found myself on the fanciest and super pricey spa in the middle of 5th Avenue with the most heavenly facial, after spotting a ridiculous offer on Groupon! There are so many offers for both hotels, musicals, spa, and everything you can imagine. Definitely worth a look!

// Jeg har ikke brukt tilbudssider som Groupon og lignende mye, men jeg gjorde det én gang, og det var jo helt genialt! Plutselig lå jeg på en himmelsk massasjebenk på et superfancy og ikke minst rådyrt spa midt på 5th Avenue mens jeg fikk en uslåelig ansiktsbehandling til en slikk og ingenting, etter å ha sett et tilbud på Groupon. Det er et hav av tilbud på alt fra hoteller og musikaler til spa og restauranter. Definitivt verdt en titt! 

9. Mind your valuables

In a lot of the big cities, pickpockets are everywhere. My best tips for avoiding your valuables going missing is bringing a bag with a zipper that you can wear cross body, and make sure that the end of the zipper faces you so no one can open it behind your back. Fill it with your absolute essentials, as carrying a heavy bag a full day of sightseeing is a pretty bad idea. Remember Antibac!

// I mange av de store byene florerer det med lommetyver. Mitt beste tips for å unngå å bli frastjålet eiendelene dine er å gå for en cross body-veske med glidelås, og sørg for at lukkeenden på glidelåsen peker fremover slik at du har oversikt over den, og ingen kan åpne den bak ryggen din. Fyll vesken med det absolutt nødvendige, og dropp alt annet. Å drasse med seg en veske på flere kilo en hel dag med sightseeing er ingen god idé! Og husk for all del Antibac. 

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10. Choose your outfits before you go 

Pack smart! Put together outfits before you go, and you don’t have to spend time choosing outfits every morning. Check out the weather forecast, and make sure that your outfits are comfortable and weather appropriate. Check out more of my best packing tips here

// Pakk smart! Sett sammen antrekk før du reiser så du slipper å bruke tid på det hver morgen. Sjekk værmeldingen før du reiser, og sørg for at alle antrekkene er komfortable og passende til været. Sjekk ut flere av mine beste pakketips her

♥ Bon voyage ♥

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Edit Your Instagram Pics Like a Pro

It’s not secret that I love Instagram, and especially while traveling I’m super active there. I also love experimenting with picture editing apps, but lately I’ve discovered that I actually have everything I need in Instagram. Earlier I could put my pics through several different editing apps to get just the right exposure, color, sharpness etc. Well, those times are over, here are my best tips for fabulous Instagram snapshots♥

// Det er ingen hemmelighet at jeg elsker Instagram, og spesielt på reise er jeg veldig aktiv der. Jeg er også veldig glad i bilderedigeringsapper, men i det siste har jeg funnet ut at jeg virkelig har alt jeg trenger i Instagram-appen. Tidligere kunne jeg ha bildene gjennom flere forskjellige redigeringsapper for å få akkurat den rette lysstyrken, farger, skarphet osv. De tidene er over! Her er mine beste tips for fantastiske Instagram-bilder♥

It all starts with the photography

The basis of any good Instagram snapshot is of course the photo itself. Make sure you have lots of natural light for your picture, and experiment with different angles until you’re happy. The most important thing is the focus point on your phone camera, which you can adjust by pointing your finger to where you want the focus to be. By changing your focus point you can adjust how light the picture turns out, and since I love my pictures light and bright, I always press the darkest area in the picture. That makes the whole photo lighter. The pictures below aren’t edited, I just took two pictures from the exact same spot with different focus points. You can make a huge difference here!

// Det grunnleggende for hvilket som helst bra Instagram-bilde er selvsagt bildet i seg selv. Sørg for at du har masse naturlig lys, og eksprimenter med forskjellige vinkler til du er fornøyd. Det viktigste er fokuspunktet på telefonkameraet ditt, som du kan justere ved å trykke på skjermen med fingeren din. Ved å prøve deg frem med forskjellige fokuspunkter kan du justere hvor lyst bildet blir, og siden jeg liker bildene mine lyse, trykker jeg alltid på det mørkeste området i bilder. Det gjør at hele bildet blir lysere. Bildene under er ikke redigert, men jeg tok to bilder fra samme sted med forskjellige fokuspunkt. Du kan gjøre stor forskjell bare der! 

Filters

Instagram has added a bunch of different filters since the beginning, and I love them. My favorite filters are Juno, Ludwig, Mayfair and Valencia, but I never use them in full strength. Did you know that you can adjust the strength of your filter? When you’ve chosen a filter, simply tap the filter button one more time, and you can choose the strength you want to use. If you want to compare what the picture looks like with and without the filter, simply tap and hold on the picture, and when you’re holding your finger on it you’ll see what the original looked like.

// Instagram har lagt til en hel del nye filtre siden begynnelsen, og jeg elsker de. Favorittene mine er Juno, Ludwig, Mayfair og Valencia, men jeg bruker de aldri med full styrke. Visste du at du kan justere filterstyrken? Når du har valgt et filter, trykker du bare på navnet på filteret en gang til, og du vil kunne velge styrken på filteret. Hvis du vil sammenligne hvordan bildet ser ut med og uten filter, kan du bare trykke på bildet. Når du holder fingeren på det vises det helt uten redigering og filter. 

LUX

Using the LUX option in Instagram can make a huge difference to your picture. It adjusts the clarity, and brings out the details in your shot. I also think that it can add so much life to the picture! A picture can go from ‘blah‘ to amazing by adjusting the LUX a little bit. You can of course choose how strong you want your LUX to be, I rarely use it higher than 50. Check out how the details came out in this shot by adjusting the LUX!

// Bruk av funksjonen LUX på Instagram kan gjøre stor forskjell i bildene dine. Det justerer klarheten, og kan virkelig få frem detaljene i bildene. Jeg syns også det gir utrolig mye mer liv i bildet! Et bilde kan gå fra ‘blah‘ til amazing kun ved å justere LUXen. Du kan selvfølgelig velge styrken på denne også. Jeg bruker sjelden høyere enn 50. Bare se hvor mye bedre detaljene i denne vakre bygningen kom frem etter at LUXen ble satt opp! 

The tool bar

I’m curious, did you know about the tool bar option in Instagram? I thought everyone knew about it, but after chatting with my friends about it I realized that they’ve never noticed that it was there, hah. This is the most important part of getting a good Instagram shot for me! I don’t always use filters, but I always edit my snapshot in the tool bar option. The first thing I do is bringing up the exposure. If I feel like I loose too many details in the shot when making it lighter, I’ll go over to the highlights option and bring that down, which evens it out. I also always adjust the sharpness, which is at the end of the menu. When taking pictures inside the light is often yellowish, so I’ll bring the temperature/warmth down a bit to get a more crisp look on my photo. These are the ones I always use, but you can also adjust stuff such as shadows and contrasts.

On the example below you can see the unedited one, and the picture that wound up on my Instagram feed. Here I haven’t used any filters, all I’ve done is adjust the light and exposure in the tool bar! Quite the difference, right?

// Nå er jeg nysgjerrig, visste dere om verktøylinjen i Instagram? Jeg trodde alle visste om den, men etter å ha hørt med venninnene mine fant jeg ut at de fleste aldri har lagt merke til at den er der, hah. Dette er det viktigste steget for å få et fint Instagram-bilde etter min mening! Her kan jeg redigere bildene mine slik som jeg gjør på dataen. Det er ikke alltid jeg bruker filtre, men jeg redigerer alltid bildene i verktøylinjen. Det første jeg gjør er alltid å justere lysstyrken, og ta den opp så mye som mulig. Jeg elsker jo lyse bilder vet dere! Hvis jeg føler at for mange detaljer forsvinner når bildet blir lyst, scroller jeg bort til høylys og tar den ned. Dette balanserer det litt ut, og får frem detaljene igjen. Jeg justerer også alltid skarpheten som du finner borterst på linjen. Når jeg tar bilder inne blir lyset ofte veldig gulaktig, og siden jeg liker bildene mine hvite og crispe, tar jeg da ned varmen i bildet til jeg er fornøyd. Dette er de jeg alltid justerer, men du kan også endre på kontraster, skygger og mye mer. 

På eksempelet under ser du et uredigert bilde, og det samme bildet etter en runde med verktøylinjen. Jeg har ikke brukt noe filter her, alt jeg gjorde var å sette opp lysstyrken og høylyset, og legge til pittelitt LUX. Stor forskjell, ikke sant?

Straighten your picture

The last step, which isn’t super necessary but I like to do it; Making sure you lines are straight in the pic! It makes the picture a thousand times better, and is so easy to do. If you’re on vacation and take a pic of a cool building, but it’s a little crooked, simply adjust the angle in the toolbar. Whether you’re taking pictures of a sunset or anything else, always make sure the lines are straight.

// Det siste steget, som kanskje ikke er helt nødvendig, men jeg liker å gjøre det; Sørg for at linjene i bildet ditt er rette. Dette gjør bildet tusen ganger bedre, og det tar to sekunder å gjøre. Tar du bilde av en kul bygning på ferie, men den ser litt skjev ut? Juster vinkelen på bildet i verktøylinjen, og bildet ditt blir straks mye mer estetisk fint! Tar du bilde av en solnedgang eller hva som helst, sørg for at alle linjer er rette, alltid! 

I hope you liked the tips, and that they’ll come to good use this summer♥

// Jeg håper dere likte tipsene, og at dere får god bruk for de på ferie i sommer♥

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DIY – Marble Plant Pot

 So I took the pictures for this little DIY project many weeks ago, but they’ve just been hanging out at my desktop without being blogged as I wasn’t very happy with them. I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to pics on my blog, hah. But today I thought the pictures could get to see the light of day, even though they’re not amazing. So this whole project started when I bought this cute little plant at Ikea, but I forgot to buy a plant pot for it. I didn’t really like the brown plastic pot, but I was too lazy to go out and buy a new one, hah.

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Jeg tok bildene til dette lille DIY-prosjektet for mange uker siden, men bildene har bare blitt ventende på dataen min uten å bli blogget, ettersom jeg ikke ble så fornøyd med de. Jeg er alt for perfeksjonist når det kommer til bilder på bloggen, haha. Uansett, i dag syns jeg det er på tide at bildene deles, selv om de ikke er fantastiske. Dette lille prosjektet startet da jeg kjøpte denne søte lille planten på Ikea, men glemte å kjøpe potte til den. Jeg likte ikke den brune plastpotten den kom i, og jeg var for lat til å dra ut og kjøpe ny, hah.

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Then I suddenly remembered that I have a marble paper laying around, with tape on the back side, from a craft store. Unfortunately I don’t know the term of this in English, but Google Translate tells me that it’s called ‘contact plastic’. It’s just like gift wrapping paper, just with a plastic surface and tape on the back. So I cut some fitting pieces to the pot, and checked if the contact plastic would hold..

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Jeg kom plutselig på at jeg hadde kontaktplast med marmortrykk liggende, så jeg klippet opp passende stykker, og sjekket om det holdt seg på potten..

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..and it did! I covered the brown plastic pot, and suddenly it looked like a fancy marble pot!

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Here is the result. Much better, right?

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Her ser dere resultatet. Mye finere, ikke sant?

a7This contact plastic (or whatever the proper term is) can be used for so much! I’m obsessed with marble print, so this is just perfect. I actually saw pictures of a whole table covered in this contact plastic, and it looked amazing! A great way to make a regular white table look much more fancy.

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Denne kontaktplasten kan brukes til så utrolig mye! Jeg er besatt av marmor, så denne er helt perfekt. Jeg så et bilde av et spisebord der hele overflaten var dekket i denne kontaktplasten, og det så faktisk utrolig fint ut. En super måte å oppgradere et vanlig hvitt bord til noe mye mer fancy.

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Christmas Prestent Tips // For Your Girlfriends

Christmas is right around the corner, and I’ve gotten some requests to do a present tips post. As always, your wish is my command, so here we go! I love love buying gifts, it’s so much more fun than shopping for myself. First of all, I have some general tips which I think are important.

♥ Start early! I always start around October with my Christmas present shopping, because I know that all the malls and stores will be crazy hectic once December arrives. Make sure to ask if your friend can exchange the gift after Christmas even though you’re buying it early.

♥ Write down a list with all the people you are buying gifts for, and set up a budget. How much money should you put into each person’s gift? Try to stick to it. When you’ve bought someone a present, write it down next to the person’s name on your list. This is especially important if you start early like me. I’ve experienced so many times that I’ve bought way too many things for each person, because I just forget what I’ve already bought them.

♥ A lot of things can be really overpriced in Norwegian stores, and ordering things online can be a way cheaper option. There’s no problem with ordering presents online, but remember two things. Order early!! Shipping can take so much longer than usual around Christmas, so I would seriously order now, just to be sure to get it in time. The other thing you should put in consideration is that the person who gets the gift probably can’t return it, so you should be pretty certain that this is something that the person will like.

♥ Be attentive, all year around! If my friends tell me things like “Oh my God, what’s that perfume you’re wearing? I love it!!” or “That lipgloss is just perfect, can I borrow some?”, things like that, I always take mental notes. What’s more fun than surprising your friends with something you know they’ll love?

♥ Do some research before you start your shopping. For instance; even though you think a huge bowl, vase or whatever, is pretty, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will fit into your friend’s home. That can actually become a little uncomfortable, because your friend will feel guilty if it’s not on display when you visit. So be sure to know what style she’s into before shopping! Same thing goes for things like skin care. Most girls have a brand that they really like and fits their skin, so a moisturizer from a different brand can often be left unopened. If you want to buy a moisturizer, check out what she already uses, or ask her casually if there’s any brands she likes.

♥ Be a little creative, remember Christmas cards and nice gift wrapping. Giving your friend a perfume for Christmas is great, but a cute card is what makes everything so much more personal. Christmas is a perfect time to get a little deep, and write personal and heart warming cards for the people you love. So, remember that! If you go to a craft store you can find all the supplies you need to make your very own card from scratch.

And now, time for some lovely present suggestions. This is meant for your girlfriends, sisters, mom etc. First up, super girly things that all girls like! Home spa supplies, pajamas, lingerie, perfumes etc. are all fabulous gifts. I personally love getting gifts like this at least. The moisturizing masque from Dermalogica is my favorite by the way!

Cute socks: Cubus // Dermalogica moisturizing masque: Here // Voluspa candle: I don’t know, where can I get these?? Haha. // Stella McCartney lingerie set: Here // Ole Henriksen skin care set: Here // Roberto Cavalli perfume: Here

My favorite type of gifts to both give and receive, is experiences that will be memories for life. Obviously it depends on your budget, but you can do this in every price range! If you can afford giving your friend a girl’s trip it’s fantastic, but if not, a homemade gift card for a nice dinner out, a trip to the movies etc, is also perfect. The girl’s trip Amalie and I went for to Kristiansand is seriously one of the most fun weekends I’ve ever had, it was such a bonding experience and a good time. Other than that you could get tickets for a concert, a comedy show, as I already mentioned a trip to the movies with dinner first.. Just an experience you can share together :) When giving gifts like this it’s very important to follow up on it though, take initiative and make it happen, so that you don’t just forget it once January come. A fab gift is also a gift card for a spa, where you either pick out a treatment that your friend can do, or just pay a certain amount of money and your friend can choose for herself. I’ve given gift cards from Wah Wah to my friends and mom for years, and it’s always been a success.

What girl doesn’t love accessories? Things like necklaces, rings, nail polishes etc. can be things you often forget to buy yourself, so I always think it’s fun to get presents like this. This is also perfect if you have a low budget, because you can find accessories in every price range.

Necklace: Here // Ring: Here // Bracelet: Here // Gloves: Here // Belt: Here // Caps: Here // Hair band: Here // Gold nail polish: Here // Burgundy nail polish: Here // Earrings: Here 

As I mentioned, be sure that you have a clear idea of what style your friend likes first, but things for the home can be perfect presents. Cute beddings, picture frames (where you can add a cute picture of the two of you), coffee table books.. Perfect girly gifts!

Bedding: Here // Chanel book: Here // Kate Moss by Mario Testino book: Here // Louboutin book: Here // Zara Home scent sticks: Here // Zara picture frames: Here 

Puh, that was a long post! I really hope you guys found it helpful :) Happy Christmas present shopping♥♥

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Ole Henriksen

I just tried my new Ole Henriksen products which I got for Christmas, and I love them!!! Especially the scrub, it’s insane. It’s the perfect combo of sharp grains and a creamy foam. When I washed it off my skin was just glowing! Without a doubt the best one I’ve ever tried.

As I’ve said before I don’t usually get big zits, but I often get small impurities. Therefor these masks are perfect for me! The purple one removes impurities and works on the pores, while the red one prevents new impurities. Both of them shall be used twice a week, and I can’t wait to see the results after using these for a while!! :)

All the masks can be found here.

Do you have any fave Ole Henriksen products? These are so amazing, so I would love to try more!

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Wah Wah

I’m so happy to tell you that Wah Wah Skin Trim and I have started a collaboration! It couldn’t be more perfect. I’ve noticed that  the last 6 months, my skin has changed dramatically. I know it looks like I have good skin on the blog, but at the moment, my skin is really really not good. It’s almost stripped of moist, and I have a lot of tallow (talg) going on. I think this collaboration will benefit me, as well as you guys, as I’ll be giving lots of  general tips on how to take care of your skin. What I love about this collaboration, is that it’s not about statistics, marketing, selling ++. Wah Wah’s goal is first and foremost to make women more aware, and take better care of themselves, regardless if you go to their studios or not. I love that!

My relationship with Wah Wah

I’ve actually been going to Wah Wah for about 5 years. Not often, but every now and again I’ve treated myself to some pampering. It started when my sweet friend Annette gave me a Wah Wah gift card for my 16th birthday. I decided to use it on a treatment that was called “Lunch Treatment” (I don’t know if it’s still called that), which consisted of peeling and a moisturizing mask. I was hooked! I’ve done that treatment several times since. I’ve also tried the spray tanning, which was great! In addition to that, I’ve surprised by boyfriend with a couple’s spa jaccuzi! I definitely recommend you to surprise your boyfriends with that, it’s so luxurious and relaxing! A great bonding experience. You can also do it alone, which is probably awesome and super relaxing (and it’s not expensive at all).

About Wah Wah (this is from an email I got from my contact person at Wah Wah, Sunniva)
“The most important thing for us is the message of taking care of your skin by nurturing it and preventing damage, aging etc, and that all different skin types need different products. You can almost compare it to clothes. You won’t wear a small if you’re a large. Our skin therapists use a micro camera to reach your under skin and mid skin, and measure damage, tallow, elasticity and moist. Based on that, you’ll get a program of products and treatments you should use”
You can read more by visiting their website here

My experience today

So today I went to the studio to have an analysis of my skin, as well as a few treatments and getting products based on the result of the analysis. As I told you, my skin has really changed the last 6-8 months. After I started blogging I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the computer, and I’ve also been very stressed. Not necessarily stressed in the sense that I run around like crazy all the time. More stressed physiologically. I didn’t realize that having a lot going on in your head could do damage to your skin, I thought it was only if you’re running around, not sleeping, not eating enough ++. Today I learned that when I’m stressing in my head, my hormones change, and can react by producing more tallow, which leads to breakouts and impurities. Also, when I’m spending so much time in front of the computer, my skin gets really really dry. When the skin doesn’t get enough moisture, it tries to compensate by producing even more tallow, which again means even more breakouts! Knowing that, it’s not weird that my skin has become more of a problem for me.

We started with analyzing my skin. I got to see on a big screen what my under skin looks like. It was very unpleasant to see, and I actually got a little bummed out. There was so much tallow, and I’m sort of mad at myself, and even a little embarrassed, for letting this happen! I’m so glad I did it though, because now I know so much more about what I can do to fix it! After the informative analysis, my wonderful skin therapist Ellen peeled my skin, damped it so my pores would open, squeezed out excessive tallow, and finished with a wonderful massage and a moisturizing mask. My skin was actually so dry, that even after a lot of damping, my pores wouldn’t really open. But it was a wonderful and relaxing treatment, and not to mention very eye opening and informative. One of the things I realized is that I’ve been using completely wrong products. I’ve recommended my exfoliator from ID several times on the blog, but it’s actually very unfortunate to use on my skin. My skin is sensitive, and what happens when I use it, is that the blood circulation in my skin can’t handle it, which make vessels in my face break open, which again leads to damaged red areas. I hate myself for using it several times a week for years, haha. I had no idea that I’ve actually been doing my skin more harm than good.

Haha don’t laugh!!

The products I will be testing

I was lucky enough to get products from Tromborg, which I will be testing the coming months. I very confident that my skin will get a lot better now. Here are the products I’ll be using, and how:

Anti Polluting Serum will be used under my day cream every morning. After a couple of weeks, when my skin has adjusted to it, I’ll be using it at night too. Pure Control Cream is a day cream, and will be used both day and night. Exfoliating Scrub Mask will be used a couple of times a week. In the beginning it’s enough to just apply it on the skin and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. After a few weeks I can start rubbing it in. Multi Vitamin Facial Mask will be used after the exfoliator a couple of times a week. I can sleep with it on if I want to, but my skin therapist personally recommended to remove it before I go to sleep. Cleansing Foam will be used both day and night. In the morning it’s enough with one cleanse, but in the evening I’ll do it twice. The first time to remove makeup and “dirt” from my face, the second time to go deeper into the skin. Lavender Recover Mist will be used directly after the cleansing foam, to add moisture to the face. I’ll also be applying it several times throughout the day, for instance when I’m sitting in front of the computer, for a quick moisture refill. Eye Gel will be used every morning (I’m so incredibly dry around my eyes). It’s very important to not apply to the eyelid and the skin closest to the eyes, because the skin is so thin that it will only lead to saggy eyes. I’ll be padding a light layer in a circle around my eyes, from my eye brows and down to my upper cheeks. Active Pureness Mask (From Comfort Zone as they were sold out of the one from Tromborg) will be used once a week, to get all my excessive tallow up to the surface and out of my skin.

Other tips I got, which everyone should do


I’m taking this very seriously, and the minute I got home I made a delish salad with chopped walnuts and feta cheese, to get the good fats into my body.

Sorry for the super long post guys! I just wanted to give you all background information now, so that you’ll get a better idea of follow up posts with results etc later. The next posts won’t be this long, promise!

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Things To Do..

..if you’re not spending the easter holiday at Geilo, like everyone else..

My family only has a country house by the ocean, in Kristiansand, nothing in the mountains.. Luckily my brother has started looking at country houses a lot closer to Bergen.. Gotta love having a doctor brother! Anyways, here are a few tips to how you can spend your days if you’re home, like me.

– Go through your closet, and make a sales blog where you sell the items you don’t use enough.. That way you’ll get money to buy new stuff, and it’s very eco friendly. One person’s trash is another one’s treasure! Why don’t you all post your sales blog addresses as a comment on this post, so we can look through each others stuff?

– Dress up and go out to cafes with friends/boyfriends/family. Especially when it’s as sunny and warm as now :)

– Read a good book

– Go mountain hiking

– Make an inspo wall

– Clean your room/apartment/closet

– Start planning your summer/book tickets/hotels ++

– Wipe the dust of your jogging shoes, and take a trip to your gym

– Organize your jewelry

– Be a tourist in your own city! Explore neighborhoods that you haven’t visited before. It’s so fun!

– Watch the newest episodes of Gossip Girl and 90210, which has finally started again

– Do your nails

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Workout Tips

For today’s workout, I decided to try a hula hoop. It was such a fun workout method! I downloaded two episodes of “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”, and suddenly I had been hula hooping for an hour almost without noticing it! After that I went for a 7km run.. So I’m sort of beat now! Anyways, my tips was.. Download something fun, and workout to it!! The time will go by so much faster : )

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