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Playing around with an old dress

I have this very cozy and comfy dress from Chill of Norway, it must be about 10 years old and I haven’t used it for years. It has survived all my purges, some items do for some reason. Now I wanted to see if I could use it again. I like the color of it, maybe it’s why it survived.

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Ok here’s the dress….

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Add a scarf, better already.

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Add my new rust cardigan. Yes I could wear this, if I only could find a pair of thighs to go with this. I think finding the right tights are a big problem. I would like some which has the same color as my boots.

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Now trying a navy fitted cardigan, this works too. Brown and blue looks good together. Think I need to loosen it a little though.

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The navy cardigan also works.

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Now the denim shirt dress, well not that bad, not really good either.

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Let’s try the olive lightweight coat. Not half bad really, this  could work.

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How about my Fanakofte??? Oh dear, a big NO.

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And my mustard favorite sweater??? Nah, it’s relaxed though.

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Ok now let’s put on black tights and boots and see if the black leather jacket could work. Oh no, not so much. I guess this jacket will be in the sell pile soon.

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So so what about the striped long cardigan from Masai? Oh no!!  I ithink this will be in the sell pile too. It will probably look much better on someone else.

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What about the charcoal bolero? Not that bad, but…

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Let me try the long charcoal cardigan. Oh dear, who’s that frumpy old lady?

 

 

Well I had fun, and at least I found a couple of outfits I can use. I also got a look at some of the clothes I have stored in my out of season closet. I think a lot has to go.

Would you keep this dress?

 

Until next time

Kari

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London baby, London

Recently I spent almost a week in London. I love London and have been there many times, my eldest son lives there so it’s natural for me to visit London quite often. This time we travelled with some of our best friends. Boys had ordered tickets to Wembley to see a football match (soccer as you Americans call it) and us girls had a bra fitting appointment at John Lewis and  Afternoon tea booking in a very posh restaurant.

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So lets talk bras, for me to discover that I need a new bra is really a night mare. Even if I go to the special stores in Bergen or in Oslo I often have to leave with no bra, or if I should be lucky to find one that fits it’s never one I think is pretty or the color I would like, I just have to settle with something half good. I’ve always wanted a T-shirt bra for instance, but I always end up with the ones with seams that shows under a T-shirt. I’ve been told they don’t make T-shirt bras in big cups so I had kind of given up on that. Until now, it took the lovely fitter in John Lewis lingerie department about ten minutes to find me not only a bra that fitted, but also the T-shirt bra which I dreamed about. It seems like the producer Fantasie has finally managed to make a T-shirt bra for us busty girls, halleluja. I went out from John Lewis with 3 of the same bra in different colors, so now I hope I don’t have to go bra shopping anytime soon. I can highly recommend the Lingerie department at John Lewis, I visit every time I go to London. You can book an appointment online, it’s a popular service so be sure to book a couple of weeks before you go to London. They don’t charge you anything for the fitting and the bras are 3-400 NOK cheaper than the same bra in Norway.

 

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This is the one I bought, Fantasie Rebecca

 

Afternoon tea at Hotel Cafe Royal in Regent street was a luxury me and my friend had dreamed about for some years. The room was golden and very posh. We had a waiter we didn’t understand as his eastern european accent was quite strong and he talked real fast, so we just nodded and pretended to understand. So what is afternoon tea? Someone might think it’s just a cup of tea, but oh no it’s som much more than that. First it’s a selection of deliocious sandwiches, and when sandwiches are eaten it is served a selection of pasteries and also scones, clutted cream and jam. It’s actually a lot of food.

 

 

Shopping, well I had a couple of things on my list, bras ofcourse and a scarf in my colors. I searched long and hard for the scarf, but eventually I found not only one but two scarf in the market hall in Covent garden. 2 light weight soft scarves for £5 ($7, NOK 50) I also bought 2 square silk scarves for £10. I’m sure I will show these scarves in several blogposts later. I also bought a coat at Zara in a Mahogany color. I just love Covent Garden, I always have to visit when in London. It’s something about the atmosphere in Covent garden I just love. This time we found the loveliest floorist shop just as we entered Covent garden, I could have spent hour there. Don’t remember the name unfortunately. I also got my first tatoo in Covent garden, fortunately it’s gone now.

 

 

When in London you have to visit pubs, our local was the Sherlock Holmes close to Trafalgar square.

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We had crispy duck in Chinatown, Southern fried chicken in Covent Garden and Indian in Soho and when my darling and our friends went home Monday I stayed a couple of days with my son and daughter in law, and of course with my little cutiepie Mia who’s now one month old. I cuddled her for three days before I had to go home. My daughter in laws parents were also visiting from China, it was like living in a Chinese restaurant where several delicious dishes was served three times a day. My daughter in laws lovely mum sure is a good cook.

Until next time

Kari 

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Exotic

OK whats exotic?? Here in the far cold north we find countries in Asia very exotic because they are very different from what we are used to. Exotic really means something different. I have to say that the most exotic place I’ve ever been is a small German island situated in the North sea. Germany, the North sea?? How can that be exotic you may wonder. 

I bet you’ve heard of the White Cliffs of Dover, but have you heard about the Red Cliffs of Helgoland?? I suppose not. But here they are, the flag of Helgoland is green, red and white, not to wonder when you look at the above photo. Or as the say in Helgoland: Grün ist das Land, Rot ist die Kant, Weiss ist der sand, das ist die farben von Helgoland.  Translated it means; The land is green,  the edge is red,  the sand is white, this is the colors of Helgoland.
Here is Die Lange Anna or tall Anna as we can call it in English, she is about to crumble away, so they are trying to protect her against the power of the sea. 
The main island is divided into two, underland where the shops are and overland where most of the about 1400 inhabitates of Helgoland lives. Between underland and overland there is an elevator bringing people up and down. The funny thing is this elevator closes at 23 so if you’ve not left the pub in time you have to walk up the stairs. We mostly walked the stairs that week we spent in there. Helgoland is mostly known as a tax free island, hordes of German pensioners are invading the island every day, they shop for 4-5 hours before they leave, for them Helgoland is just shops, for me the shops are the least interesting part of this wonderful island, or these islands because it’s two small islands.
The other island is called Düne, it consist of mostly sand and has lovely beaches both for the seals.
and for us.
Helgoland is virtually free of cars, it’s such a small island only 1,0km2 (04 sq mil,  the few cars is electric and transport goods around (take a look at the licence plate) There is a couple of ambulances on gasolin, I was brought to the hopital in one after spraining my foot in the stairs between overland and underland (no it was not after a visit to the pub) I wish I’d taken the elevator. 
 I think maybe you understand now why I find Helgoland the most exotic place I’ve been to. This small island has also a very big history. You can read more about Helgoland HERE
More exotic photos you can find HERE at Helenes place
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