How does it work, Personal

Test: The viral Sand and Sky face mask – does it actually work?

As a flawed human being I am not immune to good marketing. The amount of time we spend on social media makes it a perfect place to trick our easily convinced minds and it’s not lacking of products that will miraculously change your life. Ok, an overstatement – but you get the idea. So, for the last couple of months I’ve found myself adding all kinds of shit to my shopping basket and clicking the corner x, but then it happened.. I went on and got the Sand&Sky miracle pink clay mask, made from unicorn poo on mars.

I will point out that I’m no stranger to skin care and because I’m no longer in my twenties I take that shit seriously. I’ve tried pretty much everything there is and I settled for products that actually works for me. With that said I’m always curious to new market entries for that little extra shabam and Oh man is that usually a call for disappointment.

So let’s get on to the point: Does Sand&Sky live up to the hype?

If you wonder, yes I LOVE robes. Robes is life. What I do not love is Sand&Sky. Watch the video to find out why.

Conclusion: spend your money elsewhere.

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Personal

The 10 most important things I’ve learned throughout my life.

Life is all about lessons. We learn as long as we live. It’s the core of how we stay in movement, develop and unfold ourselves. I find myself grateful for every decision I’ve made, it’s consequences and the lessons that I’ve learned from them – both good and bad. It’s what has taken me on the path I am today. Some stick deeper then others of course, but I wanted to share the 10 most important things I’ve learned in life so far and maybe you will recognise some of these lessons yourself.

1. Life is a first-person story. Everyone makes decisions from their point of view and the place that they are in at that point in time. It’s so easy to point fingers and be judgemental, but at the core of this it’s important to remember that we all see life through our own eyes. We don’t really know everyone’s story or the reasoning behind other people’s behaviour and choices. Be kind.

2. Appreciation is key. It’s not always easy, but to be grateful for your experiences are important for your wellbeing. There is always something to learn and with time, reflection and the right focus you will come to see that. Appreciate the little things if you find the bigger things hard at first. The more you are grateful for, the more you get to be grateful for. Personally I’ve got a whole notebook dedicated to gratefulness.

3. There will always be people who don’t wish you well. Solution: bye.

4. Mistakes are to be made. We need chaos to know order, like we need sadness to know what it’s truly like to be happy. Mistakes are to be made, but don’t ever let them define you as a person. You MAKE mistakes, you’re not A mistake. An important difference.

5. An accident rarely arrive in ones. When shit hits the fan is usually a shitfest. Breathe.

6. The people who truly love you will always have your back. The best thing about the worst time of your life is that you get to see people’s true colours. (Ref nr.3)

7. Always trust yourself. You’re eyes are easily blinded, but your gut feeling knows. Always.

8. Letting go is the ultimate freedom.

9. If it cost you peace of mind, the price is to high. (Ref nr.8)

10. Change is inescapable. You can choose to make it painful or you can welcome it and the joy it can bring in to your life, either way it is bound to happen.

I’ll round it off with the ultimate life advice:

don’t let anyone talk you out of it.

Thank you for stopping by.

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Travel

How London actually turned out.

I made a hella lot of plans for myself before I welcomed this weekend, but it didn’t really turn out the way I planned. I never got around to the Tate or to my precious donuts, but I can assure you that I had a lovely time.

Friday was mostly travelling. I had to book an earlier flight due to a storm. I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to be stuck at Gardermoen for hours – well, the early flight was delayed too, but I made it eventually. I checked in to the hotel and then found the closest pub and had a little beer adventure by myself before meeting up with Matt and heading for dinner. Mexican food was on the wish list, unfortunately Mexican food in Europe is never the same after you’ve had actual Mexican food. Sad, but true. Even so these hats kind of made up for that:

Then we went to Club Reign and met up with an old friend I haven’t seen in eight years! I can’t believe time goes by so fast. Syed worked as a promoter back when I studied in London and is still going strong. The club was amazingly weird and gorgeous.

Ps. I want that girls job. Getting paid to polish her nails.. #dreamjob

…and that was pretty much Friday. Saturday I spent in Oxford and Carnaby. I never got out of there. Once I enter TopShop all time is lost. And so is my money. I came out with lashes long enough to smack someone in the face – and new stuff of course.

I did shopping, lunch, a rooftop bar and just explored a little before heading back to the hotel for an hour before going to the concert venue. I didn’t really have any expectations for the gig (since I was severely drunk on tequila when I stumbled in half way through it the last time), but I’m gonna admit that I was impressed. The Shadowboxers are definitely getting a place in my playlist. I kind of gave myself a little guilty consciences towards myself for not paying attention the first time. I mean, I missed out. That band can play and put on a show! The vibe was really good too and I met so many fun people! All in all it was a really great night beyond my expectations.

Now I’m sitting at Gatwick waiting for my flight, reflecting on this weekend. I’m tired and look forward to coming home, but I’m kind of sad as well – Which is a good thing and means that I had a really great time.

Hope your weekend was as lovely as mine.

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Travel

Weekend plans for London.

Ok – so my weekend trip came up fast, but I’ve established a plan for my short visit and I want to share it with you. Now, I’m no first-time visitor to London. I actually did a semester of studying there in 2010, but these are definitely some good places to go for your first visit and some firsts for me as well.

Friday: I arrive late afternoon so I’m going to explore the hotel for a bit, before I enjoy Kensington – which (used to be and I hope it still is) a calmer area for shopping and bar jumping. It’s not super busy like Oxford street or Carnaby, though both Carnaby and Soho are must-does. Into the nightly hours I’m meeting up with an old friend, whom work in the London club scene, for a spectacular night at Reign show club. Check this out:

http://www.thelondonreign.com

Saturday: I hopefully don’t wake up to hungover. Brekkie is a must of course and then I’ll be off to Tate Modern, in which I haven’t visited since 2010. They’ve got some good exhibitions going on and I’m especially excited about these:

And then there is the general weirdness that Tate always offers. I was planning to go see my old university, but I’m kind of thinking I might skip that and go to Shoreditch for the worlds most amazing cronuts.. I mean. It’s worth the flight alone and you only find them in London and Dubai. Correction: they’re also in Brighton now. Look at this:

You have not had a donut or a cronut until you’ve had DumDums. A donut will never be the same ever again. Check out their Instagram: Dumdum donutterie

…and while in Rome.. I might just enjoy Brick Lane. Not sure if the Market is up on Saturday, but it’s always a pleasure no matter what. When night falls, as you know, I’m going to Borderline to enjoy The Shadowboxers. Check out the vid in my last post.

And that’s really it for my trip. Sunday I go back home, so I don’t really have time to do anything other than prepare for the airport.

Got any great tips? I’m always happy to get some tips of happenings. If you wanna follow my trip, make sure to follow my Instagram.

Have a lovely Thursday!

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Travel

London calling.

Good Tuesday fellow humans!

I did a Q&A @ my insta the other day and got asked where my next trip would go – in which I hadn’t really got any concrete answer, but as it turns out I’m off to London this weekend! I haven’t been for quite some time, so I’m excited! So how did this come about? Well, first off I decided a long time ago to turn myself in to a YES-man. Or woman – which is more appropriate. I met some really fun people at the Justin Timberlake concert I went to last week and got invited to go see their show in London and here we are. I’m going for two days and booked myself the most amazeballs hotel ever. Just look at this:

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Are you as excited as I am?! Wait for it… It’s called The Exhibitionist. I just hope those mannequin lamps aren’t actual people peeping.. I do absolutely love the vibe of this hotel though and hopefully it will go right in to my Top 5 favorites.

Even though there’s still some days left until I leave I just have to get my sh*t in order, so I pulled out my travel outfit and started planning what to pack.

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I mean, I start work tomorrow after a very long time off. And I’ve got commitments today, so I best be prepared in good time. I’m gonna try to document the things I do for you so that I finally can give you an appropriate travel post when I get back, but don’t get your hopes up to much – You know I get caught up in the moments.

If  you want to check out the band I’m seeing they recently posted a new YTvid:

Good, right?!

Now I have to stress about to  get my ass out the door. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely Tuesday ❤

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Personal

Expectation feeds frustration.

It’s 23:29 and I’m sitting by the kitchen table listening to Susanne Sundfør drinking coffee. I was supposed to go out tonight, but I felt so drained earlier this evening. Now? Wide awake – of course. I slept for a very long time this morning. Ok. Afternoon. I was exhausted and I kept waking up from nightmares. By the end of it I just had to get up and turn on all the lights. After walking around the apartment for a while at 4 o’clock in the morning I finally put on a deep sleep meditation to doze off and then woke up around 12 pm from a dream where all my friends died. Nice, huh? That kind of set the mood for my day, I mean, you know that uneasy feeling you just can’t shake? I’m not sure where I am going with this.. I’m just super frustrated at the moment and need to let it out, but then again there are things in this world I don’t share with everyone which kind of makes that difficult. Let’s just put it this way:

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Then again, we can’t stop expectation. Or drive. Or value. Or moral. What will be left? I mean, everything needs a counterpart, I’m just super frustrated with myself for continuously putting myself in a situation I know will hurt me. Something that I was out of, which I put myself back into and it’s driving me crazy. It’s a loop that pretty much goes like this:

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And here we are. Why is it so hard to let go of things that hurt you, when there’s so many beautiful and heartwarming things right outside your window? ……The irony of the universe. Without chaos there’s no order I guess. Oh well.. That’s all of this ramble – which makes no sense to both you and me.

Good night.

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Norwegian culture, Personal, Travel

Norwegian in Los Angeles

Being Norwegian in Los Angeles is nothing but exceptional. I’m sure there are Norwegians who beg to differ, but for me and my fellow travel partner it’s our favorite place to visit. Even though the reasons are complex, I will try to break it down for you.

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First off our love comes from a cultural perspective. We have both spent our youth years in small remote places in Norway where Norwegian culture stand strong. With that I particular mean what we call “Janteloven”. It’s a norm that have grown strong roots into our culture since 1933. The law of Jante comes from a text of Axel Sandmose’s book “En flyktning krysser sitt spor” and goes like this:

  1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
  2. You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
  3. You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
  4. You’re not to imagine yourself better than we are.
  5. You’re not to think you know more than we do.
  6. You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
  7. You’re not to think you are good at anything.
  8. You’re not to laugh at us.
  9. You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
  10. You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

After more thorough research I realized that this actually is a Scandinavian phenomenon. I’m not sure how well rooted this phenomenon is with our neighbors, but it sure is a reality in Norway. In other words put beautifully by a unknown source in Wikipedia:

The description of a pattern of group behavior towards individuals within Nordic countries that negatively portrays and criticizes individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate.

When in Los Angeles we are free of this. People simply do what they want, they pursue their ideas and desires no matter what and I find it so inspiring. Being around individuals like this also gives me a feeling of freedom I rarely experience at home. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel like a free individual in Norway and i pursue what ever I want, it’s just that it’s usually frowned upon and that can be hard sometimes. Norwegians are in a very spoiled position where we have room to frown upon others: we have a safety net others only can dream about. This also makes entrepreneurship rare here. Why take a risk when everything is handed to you?  On the other hand I always return home with lots of inspiration and creativity! I find it super inspiring and interesting to see how Americans go about their life, because I am so used to the safety net and the clock in/clock out mindset we have in Norway. Here work is just work, not a passion (even if they try to convince you otherwise). It’s lovely to see the passion in people and how excited they are about what they do – and all the hours they put in it – without the judgement of our fellow humans.

The second thing is networking and friendships. Because of the lack of The law of Jante, coming into contact with people is really easy. I hear the Norwegian Troll in the back of my mind at this moment go “ooh – but it’s all superficial. True relations take time” – hah. Yes, they do, but how the heck are you arrive at this point if saying “hi” to someone new puts you in a mental hospital? Say “hi” to someone on the bus here and they will look at you like they think you escaped from a mental institution. I swear,  I’m not trying to paint Norway in a bad way – I love my country, but it really is the reality of things and a reason why I sincerely love Los Angeles. In the short amount of time I have spent there I already have several beautiful relationships blooming and I am so grateful to have these people in my life – both family and friends.

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Then there is the food. I love how simple it is to stay healthy. I mean, I usually don’t because I’m on a holiday, but to be unhealthy in Los Angeles is seriously a conscious choice. No matter what your diet is, there are endless possibilities. And don’t get me started on all the freshness and tastes. I’m drooling right now, thinking about just booking my next ticket. I mean, I would move for Wholefoods as a single reason.

There are some cons though:

  1. My hair gets really, really thirsty. It seriously goes from softness itself to a broomstick. Wtf?
  2. The lack of sleep. There is to much fun everywhere!
  3. The endless sunshine. I mean, I love it, but it can drive me a little bit insane at times. I’m used to seasons and not having that is mentally challenging for some reason.

Coming home this time was like going from a rock concert to a meditation room. I’m dead tired. All I do is eat, sleep and dwell. I dwell a lot because I’ve actually come to the conclusion that I want to move over. I have no idea how I will make that happen practically, but I’m dwelling on it. I’m young, I don’t have children and it’s kind of now or never -ish. I mean, I have things to put in order in my life over here first, but I am seriously thinking about this day and night. It might be the best decision of my life, or the worst.. But how would I know if I don’t try? *Waiting for Norwegians to go all apeshit-Jante*

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I hope that gave you some insight into my/our love for this city. I would like to do a “10 things to do in LA”-post, but I’m always blown out of my mind with all that is happening so I never get around to documenting anything. Maybe next time. Now I’m off to the gym and then I have a eating-date with my travel soulmate at her house – while walking down memory lane from our last trip. Enjoy your weekend – wish you all the best!

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