Tax free shopping and goofing off!

Some tax-free shopping is on the agenda on a cruise boat.

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Trying on lipsticks. Finding the right shade is an art form:)

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Oooh Chanel!

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Charlize Theron and I – two peas in a pod, haha. I need to goof off once in a while.

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My catch: Polo fragrance for my hubby. Clean room fragrance (love the clean smells, thought it would be great for the apartment as well), a lipstick and bright red nails for Christmas.

Ootd and tapas:)

I can like myself some good eating. Since I have a lot of food allergies, my hubby and I often eat at home, and make a lot of food from scratch. But, it is zoo nice to eat out, and particularly when I know that I am eating at a place where they have good chefs and can alter the food to my needs. On the cruise, my friends and I had some really good meals, combined with some swell wine…perhaps a bit too much of the latter :-)IMG_4681

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Tapas and A-la-carte on Saturday. Tapas is always such a good idea at home as well. Buy whatever you like; ham, cheese, mushrooms, olives, fry some shrimps in sweet chili sauce, and there you go:)

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Sequin skirt- Vila Boots- Beau Coops Bag- YSL Knit- Designer Remix Scarf – Calvin Klein

OMG- my appearance does reveal lack of sleep, haha

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Cruisin´

We have a funny phenomenon in Norway, called the cruise boats to Denmark or Germany. Picture a random mix of people, of all ages, entering the boats, and their personality suddenly changes! It is like an unwritten rule, that on the cruises, you are allowed to be drunk before the boat leaves the harbor, until it is back.

My friend invited me, for a weekend of girly fun, and indeed it was. We shared tears laugher and details of our lives. But wow, these men, they must have left all their social skills and limits on the dock. We had to sit in the bar, trying to avoid any eye contact with anyone, because if we even lifted the glance a little, someone would stumble across the bar and try to chat us up. Very charming, don`t you think?

We ate well, drank well, did some shopping at the duty free, and of course I will show you some outfit pics. I will not totatelly overload you with pics now, so you will see more later:)

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Laid back outfit on arrival:

Striped sweater and furry vest from Mango, bag from YSL.

Nightime outfit: The black dress from Vivienne Westwood, pumps from Paul Andrews, bag YSL, scarf Calvin Klein.

The Eating Healthy Update – oh, my skin!

I would love to say my life has changed. But, of course, I am a realist. Changes take time. 

And, I have to take into consideration that I have underlying medical issues that I might always have.

I have had a busy week work wise. A while ago I made a deal with my boss that I would try to slow down. I am working 50% of regular hours, but I am truly very efficient when I am there! So we decided that it was room for me not being that efficient. But hey, that is easier said than done!

Usually, when I have busy weeks like that, I am so exhausted when I get back home, I sleep for 1-3 hours. I have no choice, my brain stops functioning, like pulling the plug on an old laptop that does not charge well. This week I have not. At all. On Thursday I was surprised, and happy about that. And I believe that the new super-food has something to do with it. On Friday, though, I had a really demanding day, and all in all, the week hit me then. When it is like this, I usually spend the whole weekend in bed, trying to recover.

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For a year and a half, I have taken Pukka super-greens every morning, and I have not have a cold since, which is very unusual for me. So it  really has done me good. Although, it has never given me that energy-boost that others have talked about when taking super-food.

Now I am wondering if my smoothies and Linda Johansen`s Happy Health super-food is starting to make a small difference, already, one week in.  Small yes. Small steps. But, I am hopeful.

Oh, and by the way, the change of Omega-3 (and the large amounts that I take) has improved my skin. Taking Omega-3 oils will plump your skin a bit, and I can see it under my eyes, where I normally have dark rings. YEY for better skin! 

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Sunday Morning Lunch Picker-upper

We were invited to good friends for Sunday lunch. And, even though I have been very tired lately, we just could not say no to such an invite, especially when it has been a long time since we saw our friends. And, I certainly do not regret it.

Great food (and wine for lunch, something I never do, but gotta love those French habits:) and great company. It is funny. My husband has lived here for 2 1/2 years, but has not yet tasted the traditional Knekkebrød (hard bread). It took a Frenchman and some good cheese:)

It is amazing how nice company can be a picker-upper:)

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Red and pink can be a great combination, as long as the colors are in the same hues. You do not have to match, just find colours that complement each other. If you are curvy like me, an accentuated waist (like here with a belt, or a skirt or pants with a good waistline) make you look more proportionate.

So much more than a suspense movie – politics and human reactions in real life

As I am waiting for the chance to go to the movies and watch the 3rd movie in the Hunger Games series, I am revisiting the 1st one and again I am strongly reminded that this is not just another suspense movie where teenagers kills each other. 

There are some serious underlying political and human rights topics here, which is probably why the movie speaks to so many of us. It portraits a farfetched game in a farfetched society. We all know it is far form the United States today. But, is it really that farfetched?

We are introduced to a society where you have the privileged and the underdogs, and when the less privileged are causing riots to voice their hopelessness, they are struck down, with blunt force. And, as if that were not enough, they are since kept in check, by sacrificing some of their young ones every year, making that sacrifice edible for the rest of the population by making it into a game. 

The people in power see fit to change the rules as they go, to make sure that there is enough intimidation to sustain their power. And, when that is not enough, and a young girl stands up with courage, they answer with real threats. Not towards her, because she may seem fearless, but towards her family – hey, we all know that works far better.

The game is a survival-of-the-fittest game, and an unfair one, because the privileged few were provided with the necessary training and protection.

I am no expert in politics, but I think I have just described several societies and countries throughout the world, though out the time. There are societies that are less than democratic, and rule people with fear, we have recent examples of that.  

But, even the countries that claim to be democratic, are we any better? Are we not just part of those privileged few who can sit here and watch the news, unliking it on Facebook and sleep well at night? We can complain about others who travel to Africa to help, being afraid they would bring Ebola back into our privileged lives. Money does not help against Ebola, at least not yet (until we have a treatment), so let it be their problem. We are, at least rarely, incarcerated for something that we did not do, or can not defend ourselves, because there is no such system. So, as long as we have our lawyers and the money to pay for them, we let it remain “their” problem. We let “them” kill one another.

It may not seem a game to us. But as humans we tend to distinguish between “them” and “us”. It is an instinct that we have, in order to survive. That is something our reptile brain subconsciously reacts to. When we stick to people who reminds us of ourselves, we have a better chance of survival, because we protect our “own”. But, should we not have evolved from there?

We often think that we have, and we even have many good examples that it happens, that we use our frontal cortex and our empathy, and act in ways that are beneficial for others. But, when it comes down to it, we still have that reptile brain, and if the “game” can only pick one winner, it has to be me! And not you!

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