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Happy Sunday from a very hungover and tired lady. It is mostly being spent on the sofa, drinking tea and eating dried fruits, already looking forward to next weekend with a little less alcohol involved and more fresh air.

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Christmas is just around the corner, which means all sort of big and small green trees, christmas flowers, and decorations are available to purchase. I´m personally not a christmas person, so our apartment will not be covered in much christmas decorations. However I do love to bring some nature inside, and have some green around the house. So far I have decided to not buy any tree or plants, but simply create it myself.

It is super easy, just go for a walk in a bit of a forest area, bring a knife or scissor and pick some nice straws, branches, with both green and autumn coloured leafs. If you just leave them without water, the plants will not go rotten, just simply dry up and you can keep it for a long time. I´ve already had it for two weeks and it still looks great.


Budget friendly and it adds personal touch to your decorations

I was also lucky to come across a neighbour who had being trimming some trees, and all the leftover branches were laying in a pile, for anyone to take home. So there we got a very improvised little odd christmas tree. 

 


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Hi lovelies, I´m just dropping in to share my thought on Black Friday, coming up tomorrow. Black Friday is not good for anything. Is only making people crazy, ruining the meaning of clothes or other material things, and our view on what we should pay for things vs what is right to pay, to ensure fair wages for everyone along the supplier chain.

Our belongings are unfortunately being made to not last, so events like Black Friday creates a even bigger hype around consume and throw, it is time we turned the negative trends around and demand quality over quantity.

 


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On Sunday I attended a clothing swap event, organised by an environmental group here in Norway, “The future in our hands”. You had to bring up to 7 things, in relative good condition, then you would be able to pick as many “new” items as you handed in. The leftover clothes got donated to charity.

Clothing swap is a great way to lower your consumption habits and save the environment for a little less pollution. All our decisions and actions matter.

 

“Vi kjøper rundt 70.000 tonn nye klær hvert år her i landet. Kleshandlingen vår er dårlig nytt for både klimaet og miljøet. Hvert plagg fører minst til et klimagassutslipp som tilsvarer mellom 1 og 17 kg med karbondioksid, avhengig av hvilket materiale det er laget av. Sammenlignet med 1995 har prisen på klærne falt med 63 prosent og vi kaster 79 prosent mer klær årlig. I tillegg til klimafotavtrykket fører klærne våre til store utslipp av miljøgiftige kjemikalier og krever enorme mengder vann der de ofte har minst fra før. Her er våre beste tips til hvordan klærne dine kan bli mer miljøvennlige.”

“We purchase approximately 70.000 ton of new clothes every year in Norway. Our clothing-buying habits are really bad for the the environment. Every piece of cloth creates between 1-17 kg og co2, depending on the material it is made off. Compared to 1995 the prices for clothes are 63 prosent lower, and we throw 79 prosent more clothing every year. Not only creating I high amount og c02, the clothes are also produced with many chemicals, harming both environment, the humans and animals.”

 

https://www.framtiden.no/gronne-tips/klar/slik-blir-klarne-dine-mer-miljovennlige.html

I only ended up with four “new” items, but I´m perfectly happy with that, as I got to clean up a little, improve our environment a little and support a charity.

 

REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE

 


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The first snow of the year have arrived in Oslo, it fell on Tuesday and it was magical. So now I feel like I dont need an excuse to wear knits everyday. 

 

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This pink and purple were knitted by my grandma maybe 30 years ago, and it is so beautiful. We found it hidden away in the basement, so I´m really exited that I get to bring it back to life again.
Almost all types of styles/trends will be a trend again, or loved by someone else, so never toss anything.
The amount of clothes ending up in landfill is enormous, so unnecessary as most thinks should be given a second chance. Either donate to charity, sell it give it away or simply keep it until you maybe wanna wear it again, your style and taste will circulate.

Just like this jumper from my grandmother have now done.


 


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A new week starting off with amazing sunshine and fresh air.
I´m off today so started the week with a good walk with one of my really good friends around a lake in our neighbourhood then cleaning, listening to podcasts and planning blog posts and planning the week.

 

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A few weeks ago we started going through my grandmas clothes, so there were a lot of really beautiful and good quality vintage garments that we have decided to keep. Most of it is still at my mums house, as we have decided to pick a few things at a time, dividing between my sister, my mum and I. So I only brought a couple of pieces with me to Oslo last time I was home, including a really beautiful leather skirt and an awesome vintage set; a skirt and jumper.

Vintage and inherited clothes are in my opinion hundred times better than buying new clothes. it has a story to tell, quality is very often much better, as the fashion industry today is not focused on quality and it is so much better for our environment.  

 

 


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Hi lovelies, hope you´ve had a good weekend?

I´ve been planning to start a monthly blog post with my eco recommendations and tips. As I´m very passionate about an ethical lifestyle, I thought this is a good way to share more of this with you guys.

Every month will be different, everything from food & health to product recommendations & easy lifestyle adjustments.


If you have some extra time during your weeks and like being outdoors? Locate a animal shelter in your area and go help out walk the dogs or play with the cats. Here in Oslo you have the FOD farm and Solplassen (the sunny spot). Dogs need a lot of walking, so spending an hour walking a dog that does not yet have a loving home, is a great thing to do. You can also become a regular volunteer or donate to the organisations.

 

We had such a great afternoon walking a lovely lady called Vilde. She was a really cute little dog, but very shy and hesitant, as she has been most likely living on the streets in Greece. But it was lovely to see how quickly she trusted us and allowed us to get close.

 

 


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Hi lovelies,

I´m having a day off today, which have been pretty productive actually. I´ve been out on a really nice long walk, stopping buy our local mall to get a few things needed for our apartment. Signing important petitions and researched a few things I will update you on later. I also did yoga and now eating a healthy noodle salad while updating the blog.

 


 

I´ve been so lucky to have my mums old jacket from the 80s. A beautiful suede lamb wool jacket, that is still in great condition. Most of you probably know my stands when it comes to animal products. So I only choose to purchase secondhand / vintage leather products, and in this case it was either my mum giving me her old jacket or it going to a market or someone else. It is important to me to be clear with my beliefs and decisions in this matter.

 

Appreciate all the living things you are surrounded by.

“If you truly love nature,
you will find beauty everywhere.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

 

 


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Hi lovelies, weekend is here again. I´m going home this weekend, spending some time with my family.
Now that I´m settled, and I got more space, I´ve taken my sewing machine out, and started on some projects. Only small once, as sewing is my least favourite part of the design process. Having that said, I do like visualising, creating & making. So when I get in the mood, it is really nice. Also seeing the result is great.


 

This week I´ve taken the sleeves off a linen blouse, which made it it a bit more cool. (it is a summer blouse, so wont wear it until next year) Then I found some pieces of a cool vintage fabric that I have, and a knitted top (used to be part of a dress) and made it into a new top. I love combing different textured fabrics and colours. So this top is really my style. As the back of it is short / open it will be cool with a high waisted skirt or pants.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I´m in on my way to Oslo again, dropping of my aussie friend then Jens and I got a few appointments today, then working for a local Oslo brand tomorrow morning, for their fashion show in corporation with the “Fashion week” here in Oslo. Fun to take part of the show, and slowly get into the industry here in Norway. It is slowly going towards autumn, new season and new opportunities. Crazy how fast the summer went?! All though I cant complain as I´ve had holiday since I finished my studies three months ago.

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I´ve really been loving the denim look this summer, a bit different than what I usually go for, but it is always fun to try new things right? Denim and blue hues also suit the summer time, especially when you spend time on the coast. I´ve also had all my clothes shipped to Holland, then from Holland to Norway, so my choice of clothes have been narrowed down.

 

 

 


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Hi lovelies, I thought I wanted to share something important with you today, as I´m constantly trying to live a ethical life, and also stand for all the choices that I make. One thing is to say you do something, another is to actually do it. The past 5 years have been spent travelling and living abroad, so I´ve seen a lot of pollution, rubbish, poverty and tourists taking advantage of being in a foreign land. I know for a fact that travelling can have a negative impact on the environment and it´s surroundings, therefor choosing to make some better choices while on a journey is very important to me. We try to chose the transport that has less of an impact on the environment, support local business and always leaving a place or a country in a good way.

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Our oceans are extremely polluted. This was my main focus on my recent travel through Asia, as it was shocking to see how much waist are in our oceans, I can not just stand by and watch this. I dedicated time to clean plastic from the beach and from the ocean, even if you only pick up a few pieces of rubbish you are still making a small difference, being a good example for others to follow suit.

 

HOW TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON YOUR TRIP

 


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