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    Love me some wrapping

    I don’t think you can understand to what level I love wrapping. I spend weeks months planning and researching. Like originally this year I was going to go with rose colored wrapping paper with gold stars and pink satin ribbon but the cost of importing it from Sweden was just too much to handle. Seeing as this year is the first year (don’t judge me) I have a boyfriend during the holidays, I decided to put my focus on wrapping paper I could actually get on this god forsaken island. Poor boyfriend though. He never even knew what hit him when I rocked up with 24 individually wrapped presents. Yeah you read right, I made my 28 year old boyfriend an advent calendar and let me just tell you, it took forever. My mom still makes me one, and I dont think I really every understood how long it takes her until I did it myself. Like I spent an entire Saturday planning, shopping and wrapping. Totally worth it though, he deserves to be spoilt! 🙂

    As I couldn’t justify the import cost of wrapping paper, I opted for my second choice of wrapping, gold, gold and oh did I mention gold? Plus black satin ribbon. Love a little everyday luxury. I like to wrap my presents in different boxes so it throws you off a little when you open it. (Not like one of my family members who wrapped up a box for an SLR camera for me one xmas, I thought I was going to die with excitement, until I open the box and the only thing that was in it was a catalogue of different SLR cameras. Because who doesn’t want a catalogue of SLR cameras instead of the camera it self for christmas.  If you’re reading this and you’re feeling guilty, you should. I was 17, you crushed me.)

    Any way because I wrap everything in different boxes, it takes me forever to wrap everything. I wish I was joking when I said that I’ve probably spent 8 hours so far, and I’m not even done yet. If youre wondering the wrapping paper I am using for the christmas presents can be bought from postmarkonline.co.uk, Paperchase and Tiger.

    The advent calendar wrapping paper is from Postmark and the gold bags + tags are from Tiger.

    Ps. Don’t ever use sating ribbon for wrapping xmas presents. It actually costs a fortune.

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    Misc

    Why isnt there a day between Saturday and Sunday?

    Im so exhausted today its unreal. After a week with no sleep, and some hardcore training sessions I could happily have napped all day. Cant believe its Saturday and I have been up since 8. No rest for the wicked! Unfortunately I have a to do list longer than my arm this weekend. But first a little christmas cleaning. That is if I can make it out of bed again.

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    Hair

    Goldie locks

    On average I get my hair trimmed about every 5-6 months, in a desperate attempt to let it grow out but on Monday I had the absolute pleasure of having my hair cut by the wonderful Jonathan Long and styled by his awesome colleague Raymond. I couldn’t exactly say no! For those of you who have been living under a rock, Jonathan Long co-founded the super star salon Lockonego that is located in Chelsea. He has cut the likes of Courtney Cox, Leona Lewis and Victoria Beckham,  just to name a few!  Needless to say, he is kinda a big deal in the hairdressing community.
    Anybody who knows me knows I’m slightly obsessed with my hair (Im currently taking 3 different supplements to make it magically turn into Blake Lively’s locks – more on that later!) so you can just imagine my excitement that somebody was going to cut my hair who had the credentials to charge more than my usual £20 for a trim experience. I was almost tempted to cut it all off  (but I think the boyfriend would have killed me)

    Unfortunately I spent as usual most of my time behind the camera again.

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    Its probably the best hair cut I have ever had (no offense Emily and Tom!)!

    Take a look at their site http://www.lockonego.com/ and book your appointment now – you can seriously expect miracles!

    Fitness

    At home workouts

    For those of you who dont know, about 4 years ago I decided to change my life around and get my fatt ass off the sofa. I started eating healthy, working out and cut back on the drinking.  Although I currently dont see a huge difference in myself although people tell me differently. I feel a lot different. I feel healthy, strong and happy. Now that the holidays are approaching I know a lot of people are the same boat as me, how to keep active when you’re not around a gym. Its important to use what you have. Personally I love running, so I usually bring my running shoes with me on holiday. (Even if I dont end up using them as often as I intend to at least they are with me). However, if youre not a keen runner or just want something extra, body weight exercises are easy to do, outside or in your own home. Ive also decided not to photoshop my pictures, I might still be a chunky monkey but I am not ashamed of my body, after all it’s come pretty far in 4 years.

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    SQUATS AND SQUAT JUMPS

    One of my favourites are squats. I remember I once did a 200 squat challenge, having never done squats before and I haven’t regretted it since. If you want to add some extra to it, squat jumps are a killer but oh so good!

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    LUNGES

    Another love is lunges. I have struggled with a weak knee for ages and I find lunges extra challenging but also very satisfying when I dont fall over.

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    TRICEP DIPS

    Right people, my absolute HATE is triceps. I build leg muscle very quickly but sadly its the complete opposite for my upper body. None the less its so important to push through doing the tings you dont like.

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    WIDE-STANCE PLANK WITH LEG LIFT

    This work out is incredible, not only does it target your glutes but also your abs. Its a GREAT workout. I could do with working on my form a little I see.

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    I hope you find some of these helpful! If you want too see more at home or outdoor work out tips feel free to leave a comment and I will post more 🙂

    Misc

    Being a christmas expert vol. 2

    Its the first Sunday of advent – in Norway that means lighting a candle thats either red, purple or has a number 1 on it. To me it means lighting that candle AND decorating the gingerbread house. This is a huge tradition in my family, we make one every year and it usually means my brothers stuffing their faces with all the decorations resulting in my stepdad having to go buy more. Ideally I would be decorating it with the Poohead, but he works Sundays and I have a small feeling I would end up having to go back out and pick up more candy before we had even started the decorating part.

    One of the biggest mistakes people make when putting together a gingerbread house is using icing as glue. Dont bother, its impossible to make it stick. Your best glue option is to use melted caster sugar, but you dont want to melt it too much cause then the sugar goes dark brown and tastes disgusting. A light golden honey like color will do+makes it delish to eat when cold. Another mistake is that people attempt to make the the house themselves, like why on earth would you do that to yourself? You can buy some pretty cheap ready to assemble houses from IKEA, Morrisons, Lidl and Tiger, all ranging from £2.50 to £5.

    I also recommend getting somebody to help you unless you are incredibly skilled like moi  you want to burn yourself.

    If youre wondering what frosting Im using its 3 eggswhites+vanilla+cream of tartar+ a whole pack of icing sugar. Youre welcome.

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    And before you say anything – if your gingerbread house doesn’t end up as ugly as mine then you’re doing it wrong.

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    Misc

    Turkey day movies

    If you’re not quite ready to jump on the christmas movie wagon but still wanting some festiveness to entertain you may I suggest digging out these great thanksgiving movies. They have been playing in the background while I work so far this week (dont tell my boss). They are also available to stream on Netflix.

    1 .Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    This movie is hilarious!

    2. Dutch

    Ed O’Neill from Modern family and Married with Children is in this. You know its gonna be funny!

    3. Rocky

    Absolute classic!

    4. Addams Family Values

    Its a sequel I know, but a damn good thanksgiving sequel. And just look how tiny Christina Ricci is!

    5. The Nut Job

    Although this movie isn’t directly a Thanksgiving flick, it’s set in the wintertime and is all about a hilarious caper to get more food. Who dosent want more food?!

     

    Hope everybody is having a great turkey day! Happy thanksgiving 🙂 xx

    Misc

    Being a christmas expert vol. 1

    34 days and counting people, to christmas that is. I think I enjoy the countdown to christmas more than I enjoy christmas it self. Just kidding, I freaking love christmas. So much that I take pride in the fact that I start my christmas planning in September. (Dont worry, the decorations, songs and movies dont come out until December 1st). For the past 5 years however due to limited funds I have been making my own presents, which hands down were so crap they looked like a 5 year old made them. My kid brothers make better crap than I do. I tried to tell myself it’s the thought that counts. I can totally channel my inner Martha Stewart. Turns out – I cant.  So heres a long overdue shout out to my loved ones that still  gave me decent xmas presents in return.

    Times they are changing though and seeing as I now believe I’m basically P Diddy, I’ve decided to splash the cash and actually give people presents they dont want to throw away. I obviously cant tell you exactly what Im giving people because they might read my blog because then your present will be better than mine, and we cant have that. So here are 9 of the items that didn’t make the cut this year – but are still pretty good present options.

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    According to every ‘lifestyle&fashion’ blog out there, this is the appropriate way
    of displaying christmas present suggestions. Did I do this right?

     

    Misc

    Am I too old for this s*%$! ?

    I think the last time I blogged was in November 2012 or was it 2013? I wrote a tearful goodbye to someone and then I left. Having started blogging in 2007, when blogging just had become a thing. Back when young girls weren’t getting plastic surgery just so they could flaunt their half naked bodies while advising on diet supplements to even younger girls and getting a years wage thrown at them for every selfie they uploaded, back when every fashion blogger wasnt a part time model and photoshopping was mostly left to the pros. When did bloggers become mini celebs?

    If you read my blog back then I can guess what you’re thinking, my posts were relatively sporadic and often few and far between. This is true, although 20 year old me would have loved to earn money on my blogging I realise that subconsciously I wasn’t putting in enough effort to make it big because at the end of the day I was blogging for me. To get my thoughts out. However frantic and uncoordinated they might be. I think also I was pretty crap. The level of crapness might not have improved but now I’m back, as Yasmine 2.0. No longer complaining about how society is build around couples or what the biggest drunken mistake of that week was. Welcome to the healthy me, the slightly less insane me, the non student version of me.

    But most of all, welcome to the happy me.

     

       

     

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