Thursday, 31 March 2011

Just a minute ... March.

Yes, it's me.

Watching... Inglorious Basterds. Yes, again.

Reading... I've just finished reading Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. 

Listening... to The Naked & Famous & CocoRosie.

Buying... nothing until I'm getting my first paycheck.

Loving... an awesome tutorial for an awesome necklace.

Wanting... those pompoms for my bedroom.

Smiling... at the few photos I took in France last week.

More here & here.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Me & You

Many of you are probably unaware of this but I spent last week home in France. It wasn't meant to be a secret, it just happened to be very last minute: I booked on Saturday to fly home on Sunday. I needed a break from pretty much everything but especially from the Norwegian winter & my inexplicable boredom.

I spent six days in my sunny hometown, without make-up, without internet (ok... maybe two hours a day), without worrying about a thing. I also completed something I had been postponing for a long long time: detoxing my bedroom. Six or seven trash bags later, I'm happy to say that my French bedroom isn't cluttered anylonger but fully functional (ie ready to welcome new guests). While doing this (it took me 'only' four hours), I stumbled upon long forgotten treasures. Particularly those shoes:

You can watch the original scene here.


Finally here's a great quote I found on TechCrunch(thank you Katrinait sums up perfectly my point of view:

'By constantly micro-broadcasting everything, 
we’ve ended up macro-remembering almost nothing.' 

As far as I'm concerned, I've decided I'm going to spend less time on Twitter and more time making some real magic happen. If you too have a love/hate relationship with Twitter, I highly recommend those two articles: one - two.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Ten Ways To Wear That Little Black Dress [Two]

One Two Three...

Dress & Shirt - Monki


And this is what I wore last week-end:

Outfit details here.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Passive Me, Agressive You

When the weather is all gray and cloudy, 
just make sure you have enough colours in your wardrobe. 

Have a beautiful week-end!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Punching In A Dream

This is how I would have dressed if I lived in a sunny place but I looked out the window and decided to be realistic so I put a black cardigan on and changed shoes for my pink wellies. I took my coat and my keys and I was out the door. Oh Spring, hurry up.

I bought this lovely vintage dress from Wash With Care.
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And I've been listening to this song a lot...

Pss... I created a Facebook page.
You know... only if you want to.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Mary Poppins

This is the most amazing thing I've seen in a while.

There are simply no words to tell how enamoured I am with her work and how moved I am by her personal story. Ever since I watched this video, I've been reading a lot about her and browing through hundreds of her photos, I'm fascinated. I have huge respect for John Maloof and the brilliant work he's done so far.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

A Trivial Guide To Prettiness

As make-up vlogs have been blooming all over the blogosphere lately, I did consider doing one... Taking photos of myself is one thing but having a close-up of my face and the sound of my voice for 5 minutes (or more!) turned out to be a big no-no. Sorry peeps! 

• Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturise & All That Jazz.

I'm completely in love with the entire 'tomato' range. If, like me, you need a matifying moisturizer, then look no further, this one's perfect, especially before you do your make-up. 

The 3-step set is pretty much everything you need. I use it in the evening to make sure my skin's perfectly clean before I go to bed. The liquid facial soap can be used as a make-up remover, it's very gentle on the eyes.

• One, Two, Three, Pretty!

A few weeks ago, I noticed that pretty much all of my products were running empty: primer, powder... At the same time, Ashley uploaded a great video about her favourite beauty products and with her precious help, I bought a full set of Too Faced goodies. 

• Step One - Primer

I know some people only use it on their t-zone or on their cheeks. I apply it on my entire face to make sure my foundation goes through the day. It helps avoiding ugly demarcations along my hairline or my ears and prevents your foundation from drying out your skin. 

At the moment, I'm using Primed & Poreless by Too Faced, it's a good product but if you're looking for a primer, I'd recommend two others. Smoothing Primer by Sephora is a kick-ass product, great value for money! And for those of us (like me) who live in a country without Sephora, Urban Outfitters or American Apparel (I may be crying as I type this), I'd recommend La Base by Lancôme. It might be a bit expensive but it'll take you months before running out of it, totally worth every penny.

If you use eye shadow on a daily basis, you might consider buying an eye primer. Honestly, I don't see the point. A good primer should be good enough for your entire face and as far as the two above are concerned, they do a great job on your eyes as well.

• Step Two - Concealer

I've been using Absolutely Flawless by Too Faced for a week now and I don't like it. The coverage is very good but no matter what you do, it's very sticky and just f***s up pretty much anything you put on top: powder and even mascara. Very frustrating. 

Lucky me, I have an alternative. Wait, no, I have two. My absolute fave is Ideal Light by Estée Lauder.  It's a brush so it's super easy to apply and I've had mine for almost a year (!) it seems to be bottomless. I got Eclat Lumière by Chanel for Christmas, I haven't used it yet but I tried it quickly and it looks like a very similar product to Ideal Light. 

• Step Three - Foundation

The one and only: Photogenic by Lancôme. Forget your brushes, apply it with your fingers like you apply your moisturizer. Done.

• Step Four - Setting Powder

Amazing Face by Too Faced, a good product to achieve your base, it looks natural and not too powdery. 

I bought my brushes from Too Faced (again) - mostly because of their awesome name: Teddy Bear Hair Brushes. They're supersoft (do I use 'super' a lot or what?) and are cruelty-free as they're synthetic. 

• Step Five - Blush

Météorites by Guerlain. I had never used that much money on a powder before, it was a little luxury for a special occasion but I've had it for years now and it's still half full. 

• Smile & Wink.

• Eyes

Best Mascara Ever: Double Wear by Estée Lauder 
Best Eye Liner Ever: Art Liner by Lancôme
Never anything else.

When I want to add a bit of colour, I use eye pencils by Urban Decay, I was given a great set for Christmas, the colours are gorgeous and hold forever (or at least 24 hours).

• Lips

Lip Balm: Yes to Carrots & Burt's Bees.
Lip Stick: I haven't found a brand I go back to... so tips are welcome and appreciated. My two faves are a fushia I got from my mom (unfortunately the brand shut down years ago) and a pale purple from the Body Shop: Colour 10 'Soft Heather'

• Perfume

I have a perfume for each season, it's a habit I got from my mom. My family knows it and I get spoiled every Christmas. I came back with all four of them in January. 


This has to be the longest post I've ever written and if you've read that far, you have my eternal gratitude. Hope you've enjoyed it. If you have tips or questions, don't hesitate! Otherwise, clap your hands!

Now I'm off to blow some soap bubbles! 
Have a beautiful week!

Monday, 7 March 2011

[Oh Hello Oslo] Nicholas Hlobo at the Contemporary Art Museum

Last Thursday, Nikki and I went to the opening of Nicholas Hlobo's first solo exhibition in Oslo. Nikki being originally from South Africa and having a strong background in visual arts, this opening turned into a great experience as she introduced me not only to Hlobo's art and but also to a bit of South African culture. 

I was puzzled by the variety of Hlobo's art - performances, sketches, installations - and the unusual mix of materials: ribbon, paper, silicone, leather... 

“Life is a performance“. Hlobo is interested in how the body is the vehicle through which human beings present themselves in the world.'

'His works are richly layered, anchored in references to Xhosa culture and the experience of life in post-Apartheid South Africa, while reflecting upon themes of language and communication, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity.'

'He utilises techniques such as stitching and weaving, which are traditionally undertaken by women in South Africa. His choice of materials is similarly charged with meaning.'

The contrast between the rubber, an emblem of masculinity, and the ribbon, suggesting femininity, was particularly striking. The biggest installation was an amazing ribbon maze which looked gorgeous from the outside but turned out to be quite an uncomfortable experience. Once you walked in, the pretty ribbons completely cut you off from the rest of the room, it was much darker than expected and almost suffocating. Another contrast which made me appreciate how Hlobo's work is more about experimenting than just judging aesthetics. 

Nikki in the maze.

Sources: Museet for Samtidskunst • Tate Modern.

Photos taken by me.

Read more here.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Le Pavillon Des Fous

The inventory's having an amazing effect on my daily habits: I rediscover things I had forgotten, feel silly about it, reorganise it all and get rid of the surplus. Not wasting time on finding things sure feels good. It has had an interesting snowball effect: I find myself eating healthier than ever and I'm finally ticking things off my to-do list and setting up new goals. 2011 so far so good.

Ashley asked to have a look at my ring collection...

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Silly Glasses + You = Magic

Found those postcards in Paris and wondered:

What would happen if I sent them all over the world?

Photo by Bianca

The answer is magic.



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