Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My sweet-spot

This arrived today!
I love it when I only need two things in the assembling process
It took me 12 minutes. Keep in mind I have poor logic skills, so this was the easiest assembling I've ever done. ;)
And there is is: My Sweet-spot made up of the TIRUP chair, the STOCKHOLM table, and my beautiful poster from Etsy.

This is where I'll be eating my breakfast from now on, while reading the news and drinking my coffee. I can even put my legs under me if I want, loving the comfort degree!
(Very excited, yes, but this is luxury for a student, remember)

Any suggestions of how to style my sweet-spot? I can't frame my poster unfortunately since I'm really not allowed to hang anything on the walls... but I welcome any creative ideas!



Monday, February 27, 2012

New week!

It's a new week and today's been all about me being The Nerdy Student.
At first I wanted to work in the kitchen, but then the cleaning ladies came and I figured I would let them do their work, so I headed back into my room so I could do mine.
I have to make proper meals these days, and so I find it easier to work from home than at the library where no food's allowed. Made this easy broccoli and shrimp dish for dinner: I am officially in love with cumin seeds.

How has your Monday been?



I've got sunshine

... or at least I had sunshine this weekend!

Some Instagrams:
 Not too bad working out with a view like this, eh?
Cottage cheese with any fruit (bananas&apples) is so good I almost feel guilty even though it's completely healthy.
Waiting for the train...
Everything is a little bit prettier in Kensington.
Kitchen sunset
Some one stopped me in a shop to ask me if I was wearing the REAL Prada bag. She was so excited, but I was so ignorant unfortunately. I had no idea what Prada bags looked like but spotted them at Harrods later on. Here's mine:
Almost a bit embarrassing that I bought a bag without knowing the brand was trying to resemble Prada. But then again, maybe it's a good thing. I bought it not because of Prada, but because I genuinely liked it. Love the color: fit for spring!

How was your weekend?



Friday, February 24, 2012

Planning the weekend

The weekend has officially started! I plan on having a productive Saturday and a relaxing Sunday that look something like this:

  • Saturday morning workout:

  • Laundry and cleaning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Writing
Sunday I might head over here:

Kensington is the 'nicer' neighborhood. You can find Harrods here. And maybe if the weather is nice, I'll take a walk in Kensington Gardens.

The evening will be spent at Dominion Theatre:
Hillsong London
After Hillsong I'll hang out with friends and forget that I'm supposed to go to bed early to be ready for a new week. But that's always fun.

Do you have any plans for the weekend?


Thursday, February 23, 2012


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New wallet/purse

I have been looking for a purse for quite some time now (and for those of you who didn't know: 'Purse' is the British word for wallet). My old one just didn't have enough space for all those club cards stores have me sign up for, but now I do!
I looks very orange in the picture, but it's slightly more salmon colored. The wallet is in real leather and has originally been priced £46, I paid £16. That's why I love TK Maxx; you get designer products at affordable prices. And what beats real leather? Not much really. I'd rather pay a bit more for leather than buying something that looks as cheap as it is and won't last for long. 

I bought this cardigan from Gharani Strok before Christmas. On their site they sell it for £175, but I bought it through TK Maxx for £35...

So that's a tip for everyone visiting London: Go shopping at TK Maxx. London can be expensive, so it's nice to discover that leather and cashmere can be cheaper than going to Topshop (what a relief!).



Ps. If you're wondering about the view in the background, I can tell you that I am fortunate to live on the fifth floor (sixth floor for those who don't count the ground floor). The view you see is the river Thames. Extra spectacular on a sunny day. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My student space

As a student living on campus, I am given a small amount of space with limited options to change anything. These are the pictures I took on the day of arrival.
If I ever met the persons responsible for picking out those curtains...let's just say I would see it as my duty to tell them the truth.
Being independent is great, but a part of me wished I was 19 again, having my parents drive all my stuff to uni. Instead, I left Norway with two suitcases, and arrived in London late at night. I didn't have any food, not a single cup, and no towel. The next day after having dried myself with a t-shirt, I hurried to buy the most urgent things, and after a while my room sort of looked like this:
  That's when it's time to sharpen up and turn your room around! Being a student is no excuse! So I went to IKEA. The funny thing about IKEA is that you don't just go to IKEA. You come home and IKEA still has you working out:
(On the other hand this is why IKEA is able to keep their prices low. If you don't want to assemble it yourself, there are plenty of stores that will do that for you. But you have to pay the price!)
Suddenly the clutter was gone, but so was I. It felt a bit too sterile.
So I decided to put some love in the process and now it's starting to look like home.
As you can see, a number of things have changed (luckily!):
  1. I got rid of the ugly curtains and bought some perfectly normal ones in creme. Easy fix! 
  2.  That blue office chair had to go. I bought Tobias because he's in see-through plastic and looks good with Ludde sheepskin. Residential Services looked at me kind of funny when I came to return the chair... "I bought a different chair" I explained. "What kind of chair, what's wrong with this one?" they asked. "There's nothing wrong with it other than the fact that it's not pretty," I replied. And now they think I'm to vain for my own good, but we know better, don't we?
  3. It takes time to fill a pin-board properly, so I put a fabric over it to tone down the color of all the wooden furniture.. Then I started pinning to add some much needed color.
  4. I bought my own lamp, comfy pillows, and a furry bed spread.
  5. I needed my shelf space, so the frame is pretty much all I have that doesn't have a function other than to look pretty. The purple Liberty bag is what I use to bring some color instead of a purple object I can't use (who would have guessed I have all my workout equipment in that bag!?).
If you are or have been a student, what did you do to make your limited space look nicer?

XOXO Kristine

Monday, December 26, 2011

"Canary Wharf is not just a place, it is a company"

I've been here a lot lately:
The minute I step out of the train, everyone is wearing a business suit, me included:

I'll be going back in January, but for now I'm happy celebrating Christmas with my family in Norway which looks something like this:
 (Norwegian style: Feeding cute babies, reading the Christmas cartoons, skyping with Egypt, and eating way too much candy is all part of the messy after-party when everything is unwrapped)

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

An excuse to go shopping

Today I finally got the message saying I was successful in securing a place with my uni's Business Mentoring Scheme. With more than a 1000 applicants, only 100 people would be given a mentor. Victory!

So now I have to prepare my CV and make a 12 step plan and all kinds of other things, but for now, all I can think of is this: "Please ensure that you wear a dark business suit".

1. A skirt might be a good idea (love the shoes) - via Sarah Klassen
2. White blouse with black is a classic (with some colorful nail polish) - via popbee 
3. Clean cut navy (with polished hair and nerdy glasses) - via the Decorista
4. Feminine twist - via Outfit ID 
5. Trousers with the perfect length for high heels. Could take a while to find though - via Ann Taylor Students

Let's hope Europe's largest shopping centre has something not only to wear but to die for!
Smiles from Kristine