May 23, 2017

MULTI-PURPOSE DRESS

Whoa, what happened here? Did Nora perform another disappearing act? She did indeed, but this time with a good reason. For the past month or so I have been doing nothing else but uni work as I was trying to wrap up my degree and actually make it 'till hand in. That's now behind me as I have been free for a week now - oh how time flies when you're having fun and have absolutely no responsibilities (sorta).

But that's enough about that, I'm planning on doing a whole university post later so I shall not focus on that. Instead, look at the dress that I'm wearing! It was my souvenier from Paris (oh yeah, loads have happened) when Karo and I took a spontaneous trip to the land across the pond. It's a basic Zara dress, but I couldn't resist buying it. It's one of those that you first see and think it's absolutely hideous and resembles quite vividly a table cloth, but the more you stare at it, the more enchanting it becomes. Or maybe you're being brainwashed? Whatever the reason, I had to have it.

I admit that whilst buying it the only thing I was thinking about was how cool it was. It wasn't until I left the store that I realised how multi-functional it is. I can wear it like in the photos, so shapeless and comfy. Or I can put on a belt and actually show my waist. I can wear it if I ever work in a diner, McDonald's or as an ice cream seller. Mel also pointed out that I can wear it when I go to Denmark, which obviously leads to Japan and Switzerland, too. I can wear it if I'm ever pregnant or, if I get bored of it, as a pyjama. So many ways and occasions to wear it so I'm guessing those 40€ were put in good use!

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Apr 22, 2017

CRAZY FOR COLOUR(POP)

I promised to give you a peak to my recent makeup shopping, and if I promised, I will deliver!

So lately this LA-based cosmetic brand ColourPop has been my go to, mainly because of its super afordable prices. I first got really into them because of their liquid matte lipsticks (I have close to 20 colours now), and after a few orders, I ended up trying their highlighters and eyeshadows as well. The lipsticks are in the perfect cost-quality range because they're like $5-6 and are so freaking good. The colour will literally stay on your lips for the entire day, although you might have to add a coat after eating. I've had one or two (out of those 20-ish) that weren't the best quality so I can't 100% say that they have been super consistent, but hey, they're still the ones I use almost every day so I'm not complaining.

Like I said, I ended up trying their highlighters and eyeshadows. I ordered a few a few months ago, but when my flatmate became obsessed with the brand as well, she wanted to order some and I threw in a few new products as well by accident, of course). As you can see in the pictures below, I have used and tried out all of the products before blogging about them because I wanted to let you guys know how I feel about the colours and the formulas. Some of them I received yesterday, but some of them I've been using for a while now so I think I know how they work.

So here's the thing. First, the colours are incredible. I don't think there are colours that ColourPop doesn't cover in their collections so you will most likely find what you're looking for. The formula, on the other hand, is slightly weird. It's super creamy but light so when you press it down on the bottle (or whatever you want to call it) it almost feels like your finger could press it down and hit the bottom. Same goes with the highlighters. They are not the easiest to add with a brush but with using a finger. This was something I had to get used to and I'm still not sure if I really enjoy that. However, again the cost-quality range is incredible so that's why I ended up ordering more of them, this time in slightly weirder colours. At first I was looking at the pink highlighter like 'Oh shit, that's going to look terrible on me, that's way too pigmented,' but after tapping it on my finger, I noticed that it gives a nice pink-ish glow, but is definitely not too bright. I guess some people could say that not actually being super pigmented on the skin would be a negative, but it still gives me the highlight I want and personally, I'd rather add more than have to wash of my makeup and start again because gosh dang it, that highlight was waaaaay too blinding.

In the pictures below you can see my highlight-eyeshadow-blush collection I own from ColourPop. I didn't want to include the lipsticks because that would've been too much, but I might do a separate post about them later. But yeah, I would definitely recommend these to people who don't want to spend loads of money on makeup, want to have a good selection of colours where to choose from and don't mind the creamy formula. Oh, and if you live in the USA because customs can be an absolute b*tch.

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Apr 21, 2017

THE HAZE

My plan was to post something on Easter, but weirdly enough it flew by and now we're already on Friday. How did that happen? I guess like the title suggests, these days are kind of a blur to me. I'm so occupied with the last weeks of uni - or at least I'm trying hard to be - and I don't know, the hours just seem to disappear somewhere. However, now I have a tiny bit of time so let us go through the key points of my life at the moment.

University: Boring start, I know, but I just have to tell you that guys, there's literally three weeks until I finish my university career. Think about that. Actually, I should probably think about that because holy shit that's close. #awakening

Easter: What happened? I really don't know. That's a lie, I do know what I was doing and what the rest of the world was doing. We were watching 13 Reasons Why. You know, the Netflix show everyone is raving about. I have to admit, it was rather good in terms of the subject and the actors. I did enjoy it loads although it wasn't the best. My flatmate and I literally binge-watched the whole thing so that was a great Easter Saturday. On Sunday I went to church with her because she had to work (at the church) and she didn't want to spend Easter Sunday alone. Also, I made an Easter pie that was so yammy but so difficult to make. Did I do work? I don't remember. I was high on chocolate eggs.

Gym: So my flatmate and I have still been going to the gym quite frequently (me often like 3-4 times a week). However, this week we started taking personal training to try it out at least for a month. We get a slight discount (since we're poor and there's two of us) so one hour costs £20 each. We're doing it once a week only (because it's not like we have money), and the first session was really fun and efficient. Considering that I have actually worked out before in my life, it really felt like I hadn't. Other than that, I can't say that I'm actually seeing any results anyway although my flatmate keeps telling me that I've lost weight. I don't believe her though because my double chin insists on accompanying me.

Beauty: As you guys know, I've been cheating fashion with beauty lately. I've completely lost control over my money when it comes to makeup (skincare? who cares) and have shipped a package or two all the way from America (customs suck, by the way). I could say I am obsessed, but wait until tomorrow to see what beauties I've had carried home. They're totally worth the money.

Fashion: However, I've kind of gone back to my one true love. The makeup fling was fun, but I can't help it, I'm still a shoe girl at heart. In a spur of a moment, I ended up ordering super cute, trendy, colourful, comfortable, pretty, and all the positive adjectives you know dresses from Asos and they arrived yesterday. My plan was to return half of them... That plan no longer stands. Over this weekend I'm going to create a collage of the trends I'm soooo navigating towards now so watch this space.

Friends: All good in friendsy town. Had a bit of a drama, but that's been cleared up now and all my friendships are now stronger than ever I think, which makes me happy. Also, I started a Friends marathon. You might be wondering 'Why Nora? Don't you have a degree to finish?' to which I say: shut up.

Life: And then random stuff that can't be categorised under the above (you get what I mean). The first thing that came to my mind that I wanted to tell you is that do you have any of those annoying forever-projects that you know you should do, but just simply can't find the time/energy to do so? I have a ton of them staring at me judgingly, but still fixing my socks just seems like such a boring and tedious job to do. Necessary, yes. Uninteresting, also yes. I haven't been reading anything lately and to be honest, the only thing I've been doing is to listen Harry Styles' new music. I'm having serious trouble to wait for the album to come out on May 12th. Also, I'm just going to say something and leave it that, but Thursday 20.4.2017 was one of the best days of my life so far and I have Nati to thank for that. Oh, and my host-sister is getting married. How crazy is that??? Literally a few months ago we were talking about how we're never going to get married, but there she is in Utah ready to do so. Life is truly so insane.

I guess that's it in a nutshell. I'll return this weekend - hopefully - if I can find the time from studying. Now I'm about to start watching Notting Hill. Bye babes!

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Apr 7, 2017

RESTLESS

The sun is out, the birds are chirping right outside my window, even the first bee of the spring flew in to greet me. I'm trapped in my room, frantically trying to finish my uni degree, but at the same time having so much trouble to focus. My mind keeps wondering to pointless things, my eyes keep closing, and sometimes I notice myself staring at nothing for god knows how long. And it's just not a matter of today, it's been on for two weeks now.

I don't know where this restlessness stems from. I think it's because having handed in my dissertation a month ago, tackling a new project has felt impossible. Also just the idea that I will officially be done with my student life in five weeks when I finally hand in my final major project. After that it's a wide wide world to me that is full of possibilities but also full of responsibilities. And that if anything is scary as hell.

This was just a quick update and a desperate attempt to hide from transcribing interviews. My ass hurts from sitting down and I'm craving something sweet. Oh dear. Anyway, these pictures were taken with Mia a few weeks ago and are followed by Harry Styles' first single as a solo artist. And it's so damn good. Believe you me.

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