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One of my favourite Norwegian magazines is Stella, because it’s so clever, very cool and writes about important stuff as sustainability as well as being on trend. And I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Stella editorial staff for a time. Here’s some of the things I got on print:

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My heroin Tove Lo! Photo: Einar Aslaksen, hair & makeup by me

 

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Stuff I’ve done

During my years in the publishing house Bonnier Media, I’ve got to do a lot of different things. Like producing¬†content for different magazines, both editorial and marketing, and doing styling, makeup and hair styling for loads of shoots. Here’s some:

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Makeup/ editorial for Costume Norway. Photo: Siren Lauvdal

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Makeup and Nails/ editorial for Costume Norway. Photo: Siren Lauvdal

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Product styling / Steen & Str√łm Magazine. Photo: Klaudia Jastrzebska

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Styling, hair & makeup / editorial for Steen & Str√łm Magazine

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Earlier work for Woman Magazine

From 2005-2013 i was Beauty Editor for a Norwegian lifestyle magazine called Woman, and I got to do lots of fun things like makeup for covers, fashion editorials and portrait interviews, in addition to producing the beauty pages. Here’s some of the things I’m most proud of.

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Photo: Maja Ljungberg Bjaaland

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Photo Siren Lauvdal / Makeup Ranveig Bråtveit / Styling Mette Mortensen / Hair Lene Skaug 

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Earlier work

So even though this blog is not active at the moment, I figured I could at least use it to show some of the things I’ve done during my 12 year long career as a magazine journalist. First out is some of my work as fashion editor of FHM Norway. Including producing the fashion pages, I also did styling, makeup and hair for the cover shoots, and wrote feature articles.

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One to watch: Awesome ethical Scandibrands!

I love the fact that the scandi trend makes us cool just by being Norwegians. I mean, who doesn’t love being cool? So here I’m going to present some really really supercool Scandianvian brands who gets even cooler by the fact that they have their ethics in order, in addition to¬†their contemporary style.

The Danish jewelry designer Jane K√łnig mixes¬†old with mothern, the rebellious with the¬†precious,¬†to make her trend setting pieces. Here’s from the Norwegian press launch:

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All her products are handmade from local materials, and she takes care to make the production sustainable and sensible.

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You can order her amazing jewelry here.

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AoE is funded by one of my great heroins, Sara Fosstvedt. After some years in the fashion business she decided to try to make the world a better place, and one of the means to do so, is by fabulous fashion. The timeless pieces of AoE (Age of Enlightenment) are made solely from natural and sustainable materials like tencel and organic cotton, in factories that carry both Fairtrade and GOTS certifications. I visited the AoE sample sale this weekend, and used waaay more money then intended. It was worth it though, as I am now the happy owner of these fabulous pieces:

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Mary Wollstonecraft shirt, get your own here

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One of the two Aung San Suu Kyi Kimonos produced so far, designed by Karoline Lund Рand I love it! This photo is from DEW Magazine, and the photographer is Oktawian Górnik.

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This amazing wool coat

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…and a very late anti-valentine present for my boyfriend (this is actually Peace Cone, Sara’s other brand). Just to explain: We agreed not to buy each other valentine presents. So he gave me an anti-valentine present the 15th of February. It was so sweet. And I’ve had bad conscience ever since.¬†Until recently (yesterday, actually) you could buy this shirt¬†here, but I guess they’re out and waiting for new collections.

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Yvonne Koné is my latest obsession in the bag and shoe division. And when you see these superhot items, you might understand why.

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I walked all around town to get hold of these, and they turned out to be the prettiest, most comfortable pumps ever

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And I absolutely, positively do need these sandals for summer. But the flat ones or the chunky heel ones? That is the question.

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Yvonne’s quality goods are made from vegetable dyed, left over leather from bigger productions, when possible. All of her products are produced with fair labour and sustainable environmental practices.¬†And you can buy them¬†here.

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A/Bareness is a beautiful, through and through ethical brand founded by one of my earlier colleagues, Karoline Hestnes. We used to work together in Woman Magazine before she suddenly took off to Nepal, and ended up staying there, making beautiful,¬†ecofriendly, buddhist-inspired¬†jewelry and knitwear together with¬†Anne‚ÄďMarthe Fossum. I already bought these

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these

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and these

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And am now dreaming of these

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this

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and this.

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So my darling Cristobal, if you wonder what to get me for my birthday, you can buy all of the above¬†here. It would¬†also make you feel really good about yourself, as you would automatically give a share¬†to a Nepali water project. What a great¬†idea, right? ‚̧

Shoot with Skjerven Jewellery

Two weeks ago¬†I did hair and makeup for the awsome¬†jewellery brand Skjerven Jewellery, just for fun. I’ve been used to shoots being part of my¬†job week for the last¬†decade, but these day I’m mostly comfortably seated in front of a computer, and I miss working with my hands. Painting on people. Watching their faces telling me how to make them up, invent them more¬†beautiful, enigmatic, sensual, expressional or sinister, and¬†enhance the particular beauty of each feature. So when Hege from Skjerven contacted me the week before I couldn’t help myself, even though I’m really too busy being a full time interior journalist and full time mum and all.

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The shoot was for the brand’s spring campaign, photographer was Per Heimly, one of Norway’s most renown¬†fashion photographers, and model was georgeous¬†Tia from Heartbreak.¬†

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Per loooves the wind-in-the-hair-trick and really knows how to make models get their groove on. It was really fun working with Per again. We did lots of shoots together in the past, he was even¬†the one who¬†recommended me for my first ‘real’ job, for which I am forever grateful. In this business it¬†used to be¬†all about connections,¬†you could go a long way by having the right drinking buddies (which I never had, btw (I mean the right ones. No lack of drinking buddies, but was never clever enough to choose the right ones)). These days¬†it’s more about¬†your number of¬†followers, I guess…

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The pieces of Skjerven Jewellery is handmade and includes the iconic pattern Lotus, an designed by the Norwegian artist Arne Clausen in the early 60`s. You might have seen it on bowls like this:

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And now you can get it on jewellery too! Here’s my favourite pieces:

And you can get them all here!

one sustainable february outfit

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Featuring:

Sculptural knit, made by my mum sometime in the beginning of the 2000nds. It reminds me of a medieval knight’s robes, pretty awesome.

Ruffled mini skirt with laces and velvet print. I got it when I was thirteen and never managed to throw it away because it was just too nice and boy, am I happy about it now. The top button stays unbuttoned, though…

Wool tights from… I don’t know. The label fell off. But¬†I bought them on sale and they turned out to be way too wide in the waist. The first times I used them I had to hoist them up every five minutes to not having them sag down to¬†my knees. You know. It must have looked pretty stupid. So I bought some elastics from a tailor shop, cut a hole in the upper lining of the waist, inserted the elastic using a safety pin in the one end, threaded it all the way around, and sewed the elastic ends together. It worked like a charm.

Shoes from the Danish shoe brand Ecco, famous for making the comfortable sports sandals your mum wears, but they actually make chic¬†heels too. The quality is superb, and¬†they have their ethics in order. Mine are¬†a couple of years old, but these are really similar. These too, just a slightly different finish on the leather – and they’re on sale!

The best beauty trick you’ll ever learn

…¬†aka why i love lemons!

Every morning, I drink boiled water with the juice of half a lemon, and some slices of ginger. Both ayurvedic and chinese medicine names the lemon as¬†detoxifying, that it helps digestion, and is the optimal way of starting the day. Another of the lemon’s miracles is that it supports an optimal acidic environment in your stomach, because even though they are acidic on their own, they turn alkaline inside our body. And a body with a balanced pH-level, is a body that is strong against diseases and inflammations. Mixed with ginger it also really¬†boosts the immune system, which comes in handy this far north.

So, that’s all on the inside which is really good, because a healthy, clean body promotes nice skin, clear eyes and all that stuff. But the marvelous lemons have some magic¬†for your outside too. After I’ve finished squeezing the juice out of the lemon you see, I rub it on my skin; the face, hands, legs, thighs, feet; all the places I want a gentle exfoliation and benefitial¬†shot of vitamin C. Vitamin C is the active ingredient in a vast number of anti-age creams and serums, but you can get a lot of the same benefits (glow, hydration, tightening, exfoliation…) by using pure, fresh lemons. Genius, isn’t it?

I even use the waste lemons for cleaning. Instead of detergents and chemicals, I rub the rest of my lemon half on the surface that needs cleaning, let it work a bit, and wipe it of with a cloth. If that’s not enough, I add a bit of vinegar. And you know what? My home feels so much cleaner and fresher than when I use the conventional detergents!

And one more thing: It’s really, really cheap.

Green beauty products – tested and approved!

Here’s some product that I’ve tested and liked the last weeks – all green of course.

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The most amazing one is from everyone’s favourite green beauty brand Amazing Space, and is called Botanical Beauty Pads For Eyes &¬†Lips. The concept is simple – you have bags and lines under the eyes – you slap these puppies on – you wait 20 minutes – you don’t have so much bags and lines anymore. But the technology behind is obviously not simple. Because these really works! No shit! Get your own here.

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I also was really positively surprised by the facial scrub from Green People, Age Defy+ Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator. Because I’m kind of sceptic towards the old fashion kind of exfoliators with grains in them, since they sometimes do more harm than good, especially after you’ve passed 30. But this one made my skin so smooth and firm and glowing that I couldn’t help loving it. And I guess you’re really wandering where to buy it now, or what? Well, the answer is¬†here.

Another positive surprise was the new Wella¬†Elements Renewing Conditioner. It can’t claim to be organic or anything, but it¬†is¬†free of¬†sulfates, parabens and artificial colorants, and that’s a start I guess. It¬†gives the hair some¬†good nourishing and smells really, really, addictively wonderful.

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Finally, dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil really is the real green deal. And this is a product I’ll want to always have in my home. The oil can be used for everything; hair, face, body, nails, lips, and everything else that needs a shot of pure, healthy moisture. I also use it on my four year old son, because this multi product contains only goodness.

Meaningful fashion

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Yesterday I attended a show called “Mote med mening”, which can be translated into “Meaningful fashion”. It’s¬†an evening of fashion and music, arranged yearly by a Norwegian non-profit organization by the same name, for the sake of collecting money to charity.This year’s income goes to Nanofasa Conservation Trust. Nanofasa works with the Namibian San communities, to ensure the development of sustainable projects that empower communities, and contribute to preserving culture, wildlife & ecosystems. Read more about Mote med mening¬†here, and¬†Nanofasa Conservation Trust here.

The highlight of the event was a hair show by the hair stylists in the salon Olimb & Co, They presented some amazing hair combined with real cool styling that complemented the hairdos perfectly.

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And I loved the golden tribal makeup!

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I went with my best girl Natasha Magnus, who wore some fantastic, handmade earrings who had to come off when we later danced the night away in Angst Bar, simply because they were too heavy for dancing. My hat stayed on though.

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In addition to the hat, which is a man’a hat (the women ones are too small for my big head) from Brixton at zalando.no, I wore these¬†old things:

Long dress from Whyred, bought a year ago

A suede crossover bag with fringes from an Argentinian brand called Trippin, that I bought in Buenos Aires. You can buy their stuff here

And layers of jewels and original nineties cowboy boots. It was a glorious night.