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    *Let it snow let it snow let it snow*

    Wooohooo! When I woke up the other morning, everywhere outside was covered in snow! Its so beautiful! But also really frustrating because I have absolute no winter gear with me what so fricking ever. So if you see some crazy walrus whaling about (see what I did there?) on the ground trying to stand like bambi on ice then that would be me. While I’m on the subject of winter, hers a little tip for me to you. If you are in doubt about what to bring to Norway during winter, then bring some boots. If you think your London ankle winter boots will suffice then you are wrong. Also hats, gloves and scarfs are handy too. Just as an FYI. I spent the day watching my 12 year old brother lift some impressive weights at a weightlifting meet. He wont let me post any pictures of him but if you follow me on snapchat you can see him turn into the hulk. Im so proud!! My snapchat is msgonzalez88

    I figured while I’m in Norway I would try to rope my stepdad into being my blogger photographer. Please excuse the weird angles, the odd skin color and the poor lighting. He is still learning. Bare with me.

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    On the second day of christmas

    I are lots of steak. Lots of lots of steak and drank some wine. Who am I kidding, I drank a lot of wine. I also tried to force my little brother to give me a hug. He wasn’t having it.

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    my dress is from Asos, necklaces from etsy and Bjørg and slippers from Ugg 🙂

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    Pooey

     

    Dear Santa,

    Thank you for all the wonderful presents this year. However, I feel we need to discuss one of the presents which you seem to leave under the tree for me every year. Now I dont mean to sound ungrateful but Id be rather delighted if just for one christmas you would give someone else the flu. Its been 4 years now – Ive started to forget what its like to spend christmas eve without an runny nose or a fever.

    And while we are on the topic – where is my freaking snow?! Olaf needs a hug.

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    I hope you all are having an amazing time with your family and friends. In the madness that christmas, people tend to forget that this time of year is not really about the presents. Its about being with family, friends and making sure nobody feels alone and forgotten. Show somebody you care – about more than just yourself but also, if you dont want to be around your family then dont force them to be around you. Food for thought. Merry Christmas 🙂

     

     

    (look at this cool sign I got under the tree!)

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    X M A S

    Merry Christmas everybody! I hope everybody has a great Christmas! In Norway we celebrate on the 24th so I’m currently snuggled up on the sofa watching Christmas movies waiting for present time. My poor brothers are going a bit crazy in anticipation. I can’t blame them though. Waiting is torture.

    I was hoping to come back to loads of snow and the beautiful winter wonderland that is Norway but believe it or not it’s pissing down outside. Im pretty sure we are gonna break some sort of rain record by the end of today. Its probably a good thing its not snowing though, seeing as I’m now sick again. 4th time since September. Does that mean I get a prize?
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    Sunday funday

    2 MORE DAYS!! 2 MORE DAYS! 2 MORE DAYS!
    Until my christmas holiday begins. Im not gonna lie, I’m QUITE excited to be off work for 14 whole days. Thats ONE-FOUR, 2 whole weeks. The only sad thing is that Im two weeks away from being able to annoy the boyfriend in person again. I bet that upsets him too. Not. At least I got to say goodbye to these beautiful unicorns before I head back over some swanky asian food and some much not needed cosmos. Apologies for the fashion fail, looking back now I realize I dont know what I was thinking when I got dressed in zombie mode. I see getting caught in the rain also did nothing for my hair.

    Im spending my sunday gymming, attempting to pack, netflix binging and catching up on my traditional sunday beauty routine. Key word is masks, and lots of them! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Do you have any must do Sunday routines?

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    Feet up

    I dont know when this happened. At what age I figured out that spending Saturday at home in bed reading or watching crap tv is A LOT more enjoyable than spending x amount of time queuing to get in to a club where you will end up spending next months rent on a few rounds with friends you cant hear talk over the incredibly loud music but alas here I am. In bed, with a book with my feet up. Im not sorry. Its a lot cheaper, at lot healthier and no hangover. Although, I cant really talk, I just spent the last week drinking my body weight in booze. I think even my mother was worried. These slippers though – like giving your feet a hug (some people are into that sorta thing..) but seriously, well worth the investment, even if it makes me look like a granny. I even taken them with me to the boyfriends.. (I dont know how he puts up with me) You can find them on the UGG website.

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    Friy

    I cant believe its a week until christmas. Its come around so quickly! 2 more days of work, and 2.5 days until I fly back to winter wonderland. I feel like a zombie today though. There has been a christmas party every day this week.  Im not ashamed to say I have been smashed pretty much the whole week, and thereby left my camera at home. (I cant be trusted). Instead I have a handful of drunken iphone photoes to share with you. Luck you! Mondays work xmas do was spent at the Shard, where my personal goal of the night was to go through the cocktail menu alphabetically. I was shit faced by noon and ready for McDonalds and bed at 6pm. Perfect planning if you ask me, as I still had to turn up for work on Tuesday.

    Tonight the boyfriend and I are celebrating our own christmas, with Mexican food. Growing up in Texas my mom made a lot of Tex Mex. I never really tried or enjoyed Norwegian christmas cuisine until I was an adult so for my family a lot of christmas dinners ended up being of the Mexican variety. Lucky for me the boyfriend is as big of a Mexican food lover as I am. The tradition lives on!

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    Date night with Ted

    About a week ago I had the absolute pleasure of attending Grazia and Ted Baker, christmas event in Shoreditch. The night was filled with inspiring talk’s, prosecco, manicures and of course beautiful Ted Baker clothes and accessories. One thing I have always loved about Ted Baker is how feminine the cloths are. Having launching the women’s collection in 1995 they have focused their designs to accentuate the most flattering parts of the female body. Focusing heavy on cloths that are fitted in the waist to give the illusion of an hour glass figure. What girl doesn’t dream of a tiny waste? Hands up I do! ( I apparently love chocolate more though) But Ted Baker is not just about the cloths, its about the lifestyle and is in fact one of the fast growing lifestyle brands in the world and although it started as an idea while Ted was fishing back in 1987 in Glasgow it now has stores Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, China and the Middle East. The irony behind this, is that I dont own a single Ted Baker item. Until now that is.

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    Hair

    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

    Over the years I have grown increasingly obsessed with my hair. After developing stress alopecia when I was younger, I have tried pretty much everything to make it grow back as shiny and thick as it was before. I have had micro ring extensions (biggest mistake of my life), tape extensions and clip-ins in a desperate attempt to make it seem like I still have luscious locks. The one thing I have learned is that the only thing extensions do is ruin my hair even more. I have very very very very very fine hair, which is very very very very straight. I once had a hairdresser ask why I had straightened my hair before I came for my appointment… I hadnt. I bet you’re thinking *OMG IM SO WELL JELLY!* – Dont be, I cant do a damn shit with it. I curl it and about 20 mins later its straight and flat again. I guess my dreams of being a Victoria secret angel are over. (You know, because thats whats holding that dream back – not the fact Im in the double digit dress size scale)

    In this post I briefly mentioned that I am currently taking not 1, not 2 but 3 different kinds of hair supplements. They are all supposed to be all natural, and all are supposed to enhance not just your hair but also your skin and nails. In 3-4 months I fully intend to walking around glowing skin, talons for nails and Rapunzel’s hair dragging like a vail behind me.. I have never really believed the fact that supplements actually help, but as I have never tried either so I figured I have nothing to lose. Well besides money but Im P Diddy anyway.

    Just remember, there is no such thing as a magical cure for anything, and none of these supplements claim that they single handily have solved or reversed thinning hair. All they say is that with a healthy and balanced diet and life style they may help your hair grow stronger in the future.

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    You can buy all of these from amazon here, here and here

    Spirulina

    Spirulina is being widely used for promoting hair growth and to combat hair problems like thinning hair and baldness. Spirulina contains amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin A and beta-carotene, all of which are great for hair.

    Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae. Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy out of sunlight, via the process called photosynthesis. Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day. A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day have been used effectively.

    It is actually quite amazing how nutritious it is.
    A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains:

    • Protein: 4 grams.
    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
    • Copper: 21% of the RDA.
    • Iron: 11% of the RDA.
    • It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

    This is coming with only 20 calories, and 1.7 grams of digestible carbohydrate – now that I can get down with.

    Collagen

    Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues of the body. It is significant in making certain parts of the body such as nails strong and is also an important factor in joint health. Collagen supplements come in various forms. One of the most common is called Gelatin. For a long time Gelatin has been used in collagen replacement and has been thought to strengthen nails and hair. Individuals suffering from conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often take collagen supplements to replace collagen in the joints. The collagen supplements mostly used in such a case has chicken collagen as an active ingredient. There are also collagen creams that are applied on the skin to help reduce wrinkles and lines.

    During aging, hair and nails gradually become more brittle, hair breakage occurs, nails are thinner. This is, in part, a result of the reduced collagen production in the body. Collagen is a key component to new hair growth and hair quality. Supplemental collagen can increase the hair shaft, improve hair and nail growth, and improve its quality to reduce breakage during the life of the hair.

    Hair – Vit/Biotin

    And just to add some extra I also have decided to try Hair-Vit/Biotin for the next three months. Hair-vit capsules are specially formulated to provide vital nutrients required for healthy looking hair.  The pills contain B Vitamins and essential Amino Acids to help nurture the texture, thickness and colour of your hair
    Each pill contains B1, B2, B3, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Choline Bitartrate, Copper, Inositol, Manganese, Para Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA), Yeast, Hydrolysed Gelatine Powder, Lecithin, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride,  aaand DL-Methionine. You know just to name them all. I mainly take this for the Biotin, which according to the girl at the pharmacy was the new shit in hair supplements. Although apparently taking too much of it can have the opposite effect. Again peeps, everything in moderation! 

     

    Ps. Do you know how difficult it is to take a picture of the back of your head by yourself?! I do.

     

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    Fudging fudge

    First, Im so sorry for the radio silence. I have spent the last few days trying to perfect my new obsession, homemade fudge. Second – forget everything I said about giving up on homemade christmas presents. I know was gonna give them up, but when I realized that homemade fudge was a thing and according to two websites, super easy to make. I figured, why the fudge not?!

    Well I’ll tell you why the fudge not – because making fudge is hard. And I’m not just talking about the state my fudge turned out. 1 outta 5 goes turned out ok, ONE OUT OF FIVE and what Im really annoyed about is that I have no idea what I did different. So – sorry to everybody who got ‘hard chewy caramel’ as part of their christmas present. I don’t recommend chewing it. At least they turned out super cute!

    If anybody wants to attempt this themselves you can find the recipe here http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/09/easy-soft-caramels-no-candy-thermometer-required.html.

    I cannot recommend enough how important it will be to stock up on everything you need because unless youre fudging Martha Stewart or Mary Berry, there is no chance in hell you’re gonna get this on your first try. If you do – I hate you.

    PS. I lied, I promised I was gonna give up after 5 batches but I had to do one more. Turns out – 6 is the magic number. Be excited friends and family. Be very excited.

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    Just call me the queen of fudge.

     

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