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December 2015

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    Im going to be perfectly honest here people, I hate NYE. Why you might ask? Because every year it gets hyped up to be the best night of the year and lets face it, its not. Like I can name 5 other nights of 2015 that were awesome that I know hands down tonight wont beat. There is so much pressure on one night its unreal. I kind of feel sorry for it, how ever will it live up to its expectations? Its a night you end up spending too much money, surrounded mostly by people you dont know, in a a dress that is too short and heels that are too high and very uncomfortable. Also what I dont get – why on earth do you want to start your new year feeling less than fresh?! Im happy to embrace the title as NYE Grinch and the only thing I look forward to on NYE is it being over and knowing there is 11 more months before I have to go through it again. Thats a lie – I look forward to it being the first NYE where I have a boyfriend.
    With that said – I love the opportunity to make New Years goals! I’ve always been a person who likes to goals. I think people work better when they have something to work towards. Thats why I have always thought that new years resolutions have been pretty cool, although studies show that apparently you are setting yourself up for failure and if you wanna start something new or kick a habit you’re better off just starting that very second then putting if off until new years or a monday. So as 2016 approaches I wanted to share some of my goals for the year. Not resolutions but things I’d love to see happen. In no particular order..

    + Take the boyfriend to Norway

    + Travel

    + See my friends more  (even if it means leaving London)

    + Move into my own space

    + Lose 10 pounds

    + Blog more

    + Work on my personal style

    + Go camping more often

    + Visit family

    + Live more

    + Love more

    + Laugh more

    What are your goals for 2016?

    I hope you all have the type of NYE that you want and that 2016 brings you so much joy and happiness. I know that for me 2015 is going to be pretty hard to beat but I can’t wait to see 2016 try! Do you have any plans for 2016? 🙂 any goals or resolutions?

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    Lifestyle

    Goodbye 2015 – You’ve been great!

    Ive had a little look around other blogs, and apparently as the year comes to an end its normal to have a little recap. Usually of what you wore during the year that went. Now I’ve only been back in the blogging realm for like a month or so, so needless to say I don’t have a library of outfit pics to show you. However, I thought it would tell you about my 2015 and what you missed. Month by month. I really am too nice to you. Have to say, when I started this post I was a bit concerned that wasnt going to be able to share anything from this year. But as I flicked through the pictures on my phone (excuse the quality) I have realized, what a year it has been!

    January

    Hello I work here! After living in London for 3 years, I finally landed what could potentially be my dream job. Lucid, bet you’re regretting that.
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    My beautiful friend Marte came to visit London and we spent a lot of time just being kids at the zoo.

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    Febuary

    February was a big month for me.  I had the flu for most of it. I turned 27 – with the flu, drank like 20 jaegerbombs in one night and woke up the next day with no hangover. Huge accomplishment! But at the very top of my month, at the top of my year was the day I met the boyfriend. Thats probably the most amazing part of 2015. I also spent a lot of time in Norway with the family and went on countless dates with this beauty

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    March

    What scares me the most, is the fact that its almost a year since Rob and Emma got married. What a wedding it was! What a beautiful day 🙂

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    April

    Did I mention I spent a lot of time in Norway this year? This skiing trip was my 4th trip to Norway so far in 2015. Also realized that skiing is probably still not my thing.

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    May

    Filip turned 12. That to me is so strange and it is so scary that in 2016 he turns into a teenager. I also flew home to celebrate his birthday and the 17th of May. Have you ever seen such a beautiful face before?

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    June

    In june I went on my first couples holiday ever. Never thought I would survive camping with the boyfriend for a long weekend. As it turns out – a long weekend wasnt enough and I fell in love with the english seaside. IMG_0400

    July

    Hours were spent in the garden with the housemates – gardening, drinking, talking about life and just enjoying the few days we had of sun.

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    August

    August was spent in Norway catching up with friends and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. I cant believe how beautiful this place can be.

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    September

    What a busy month this was, and it didnt help that I was sick twice. I trained it to Paris for some quality time with some amazing people, then rushed back to London before the boyfriend and I headed off for yet another amazing camping trip.

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    October

    Believe it or not, I had the flu for most of October and it made me miss halloween this year 🙁 The boyfriend and I went to see Fluffy at the hammersmith apollo. I never laughed so hard in my life. Sadly we werent allowed to take any pictures there. I also flew home to Norway for a quick weekend.

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    November

    I dont know where November went! Between SalonQp, christmas planning and Cecilie and Oda coming to London it was such a busy month! It was also an important month because I started blogging again.

    Look at these beauties! (Im so lucky to have people like them in my life!)

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    Which brings us to December

    I spent December drinking a lot of champagne, shopping, going to events, wrapped a frick loads of presents, opening presents, seeing beautiful people and eating lots of food – and not to forget, making lots and lots of fudge.

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    Thank you 2015, you’ve been great!!

    I hope your 2015 has brought you lots og joy and happiness, and if it hasnt I hope its given you strength. In two days a new year starts, a new chance, a new beginning. Make each day worth it, however small the gesture might be. I know I cant wait to see what 2016 has to offer! <3

    Misc

    Bargains

    The good news is I’ve stopped blowing my nose every 2 minutes. The bad news is the snow that came two days ago is now gone. Which is probably a good thing considering I have no winter gear. Im trying to mentally prep for 2016. I really want to get rid of some bad habits and set myself some manageable but rather easy and good routines. Like treating my skin nice (after all you only really get one.) So today while I was out shopping with the mother I picked up these super cute face mask pods from H&M Beauty, they come in so many different variations and each one has a beautiful color on the packaging. Im kinda obsessing over these, although I did pick up the most basic colors…. Might have to stock up before I head back to London! Did you know that H&M has started their sale? I really shouldnt be telling you this but there are A LOT of bargains going right. Specially on their wool and mohair oversize jumpers. You didnt hear that from me.

    Another bargain I picked up was a 100 ml bottle Moroccan oil for 329 NOK including a travel size shampoo and conditioner. According to the app on my phone thats £25. I can tell you this, there is no place in hell you will find  authentic 100ml Moroccan oil for that kind of price. Sorry Norway but Im very much enjoying this these low oil prices. (Again – see what I did there?) Seriously, who wants me to bring them some back? And by that I mean Moroccan Oil.

    So if you havent guessed so far what im doing tonight then this is it. Im going to pamper myself with face masks and hair masks, and read this new book my brother told me about. Half Bad. If you like Harry Potter, this will be perfect for you!

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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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