Beauty

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I rarely do beauty posts so I decided that it was about time I showed you my updated beauty routine. I love beauty, I really do. Everything from creams, serums, cleansers, toners, masks, peels – you name it. It’s my secret addiction. So whenever I discover something new, well I tend to be kind of frantic about it. I always carefully try out products for at least 2 months so my skin can adapt to the new changes in my existing routine. I recently moved to London and boy has that made a serious impact on my skin. I always opt for the dewy, fresh look. London has made my sometimes oily skin, dry and flaky. This is a completely new thing for me.

My latest obsessions and ultimate rescure kit for tired, dull, flaky, dry and grey-ish skin is the four items above. My Embryolisse Embryoderme moisturizer, which helps fight the early signs of aging and dullness. Aesop face cleanser, if you’ve every tried Aesop the chances of you coming back are pretty high. They really have the most amazing products. A new favorite of mine is Hydraluron, which is an acid that binds moisture to the skin. Essentially: Bringing the moisturizer deeper into the skin.

Finally my latest obsession is the Clarisonic Aria. You’ve might already have heard about these electronic systems for your skin? Well I was super sceptic, and really wanted to give the Clarisonic a try. I’ve now used the Clarisonic for 2 months and have never had smoother, clearer, brighter or more even skin. The Aria requires 1 minute (!!!) a week and cleans more than 6 times as good as a standard hand-to-face wash will. It removes dirt, make-up and dead skin cells. But my favorite part is the exfoliation that leaves my skin feeling smooth, clean and flushed. I may have found a life partner in Clarisonic Aria.

(The post is in collaboration with Clarisonic)

Barbara I Gongini

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Undeniably one of my favorite collections of Copenhagen Fashion Week. Barbara I Gongini, what a beautiful soul you are.

I’ve always said that wearing color is easy, black is a totally different story. Color is symmetry, calculations and balance. Black on the other hand requires depth, hue study, layering, structure and motion. Since there’s no color? The focus is right back where it should be – on the actual garment. Here I think Barbara is a true genius. It’s layered, dark and intense. Yet weirdly soothing for the eye. I had the chance to meet Barbara for a quick chat after the show. I have so many favorite looks, there’s not enough room for it in a blog post. The interview is up on http://www.svamagazine.no now!

I’m so sorry for being a bad blogger! I recently moved to London and therefore I’ve been super busy with settling in. I swear I’ll change, I’ll change, I swear!

CHLOE RESORT 2015

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Pictures borrowed from Style.com

 

Now, Chloe is not the first brand I chose to visit as new collections arrive. Not because I don’t like it, because I have to like a minimum of 5 looks for me to actually want to write about the collection. Chloe has been a solid 3-4 like looks from my side but with time, the brand has developed into something I’m quite fond of. I really love the styling, shots and the colors. Great job!

 

HI TOPS

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Picture borrowed from Pinterest.

I enjoy sneakers. I do. But I never find the sneaks I like. Either crazy Rick Owens chunky ones or sleek high tops like these from Saint Laurent. I’ve seen these shoes for ages now, never really payed attention to the black high tops until I saw this pic on a tumblr. Think I have to try them on, very soon.

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Creative, minimal and smart are some of the words that pop into our minds as we think about Scandinavian jewelry design. Recently customized jewelry has become more and more popular in the Scandinavian jewelry scene.

I sat down with Michelle, designer and co-founder of the American brand The Hatters, during her brief visit in Oslo, Norway. We wanted to know why she has taken a Scandinavian approach to designing and her view on the differences between the US market and the Scandinavian.

The Hatters is founded by Stephen Davis and Michelle Kim and consists of handcrafted gold and silver jewelry from their headquarters in California, USA. Though the brand is 100% American, the style is inevitably Scandinavian, with clean lines, sleek design and wit. Michelle and Stephen met when they were both in college, studying psychology. After graduation both Michelle and Stephen realized that what they really wanted to do was something far away from psychology. Stephen started learning more and more about the business side to owning a brand and Michelle continued exploring with metals, techniques and design.

MH: What is it about customized jewelry that makes you tick?

MK: When I started making customized jewelry, there wasn’t really a market for it. You could customize anything, except for gold jewelry. I wanted to create something different and timeless. I’ve always been interested in fashion, but fashion fades. I always loved how accessories can complete an outfit and that they tend to stay with you for a longer period of time than any trend piece would.

MH: California is far away from Norway, why did you come all the way up here?

MK: The Hatters are becoming more and more popular in the Scandinavian market and I wanted to visit and see it for myself. Norway is exciting and I feel very inspired here. It’s also nice to see what kind of jewelry people are wearing, it gives me more of an in-depth view of the market.

MH: Why did you choose the name, The Hatters?

MK: The name – The Hatters, comes from Alice in Wonderland. There’s a scene in Alice in Wonderland where The Hatter celebrates an un-birthday, which can be celebrated on any of the remaining 364 days of the year. I want it to be a celebration and a way for you to express yourself, says Michelle.

MH: What do you think is the Scandinavian jewelry design norm and how have you incorporated this in your own line?

MK: I think Scandinavia does a great job of keeping designs simple and clean. As a jewelry designer, I have always appreciated simplifying designs and paying attention to the smallest details. I like keeping all my jewelry designs very minimal, delicate and modern. Less is more.

MH: The Hatters has a distinct Scandinavian vibe to it. Was it all a coincidence or on purpose?

MK: Having a Scandinavian style was definitely a coincidence. When I started making jewelry, I wanted my jewelry line to resemble my personal style. At the time, I didn’t see many jewelry pieces on the market that embodied a delicate and minimal style that I was looking for. From the minute we launched, bloggers and customers all over the world picked up on it, especially in Scandinavia. That’s when we found out that my designs have a very Scandinavian-esque style to it.

MH: What are the main differences between the Scandinavian jewelry market and the American jewelry market?

MK: I would say that the Scandinavian market appreciates more of the handcrafted and quality aspect of jewelry more-so than the US market.

Social media plays an important role in the success of The Hatters. Loved by editors, celebrities and industry professionals – Michelle stays on top of her media outlets and controls all of them herself. I always like to be in contact with my clients, people think that The Hatters are a huge production, when it’s really just me replying your order and producing your order by hand and shipping it to you, says Michelle

The Hatters are available worldwide through http://www.wethehatters.com

Mariette

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Kind of obsessing over these fur coats by Mariette. I felt like a total rock star.

Next stop: Copenhagen Fashion Week. So excited, a bit nervous and very stressed. Excited cause I get to go with my amazing job, but also nervous since my schedule is overbooked to the max. But I’m not complaining. If there’s any time left I really wanna see the Virgil Abloh Exhibit and Glypoteket.

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