If you’re on social media, and you follow any accounts that are fashion related, chances are you will have noticed The Pouch. The clutch could be seen everywhere these past two seasons. I first fell for it when I saw the beige version with a woven effect. However beautiful the bag is, it’s completely out of my price range. I can only dream of being able to afford a designer trend piece like the pouch. So, ever since I first noticed the bag, I’ve been hoping for a high street brand to start selling their version.
There have been a few that have caught my eye. Zara is generally great to go for for a designer dupe, but I never managed to find the bag I wanted there. A few weeks ago I finally found it. Gina Tricot started selling their Alara Bag. This is a smaller version of a pouch, but in the same woven beige I first fell in love with. Like the Bottega Veneta pouch, the Alara Bag sold out quickly, and I was lucky to get my hands on it. You’ll be seeing me wearing it a lot in the weeks to come. Finding things like this is a great way to stay in style, even on a student budget. Links to both the mentioned bags are listed below, as affiliate links.
The Canary Islands are a great destination for a relaxing holiday, where you are almost guaranteed warm weather. Depending on what you make of it, and how you prioritize, it can also be a rather affordable place to travel to. My family and I went to the Canary Islands a lot when I was younger, mainly to Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. But we stopped quite quickly. Package style holidays are not my mum’s favourites and I have to admit I agree with her. I often avoid the southern parts of the mainland in Spain, because they’re too dominated by tourists. I quickly miss seeing some form of culture there. Being able to buy Norwegian brown cheese in the local shop in Spain feels completely wrong to me. I often prefer going to smaller towns, and places that feel more genuin.
So, why Lanzarote?
Just hours ago I booked an all inclusive stay on Gran Canaria with a friend of mine, where our main goal is having one week of pure relaxation after a year of hard work. For once, where I’m going isn’t a top priority. What was important was palm trees, a sun lounger and a pool. When we go to Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, we are hardly ever at the hotel. The Canary Islands have an amazing moon-like landscape, far from what you imagine before you go there yourself. This is complemented by the strict building regulations on Lanzarote, where you’ll see no twelve floor hotels, but instead beautiful white houses scattered around towns. This leaves you to see the colourful sunsets over the volcanos and the other islands in the horizon. It feels like the island has a personality of its own, and isn’t just any other European country, with just slightly warmer weather. Lanzarote has character.
What we did this time
We were in Lanzarote in the beginning of October, for around a week. We started going back to the island three years ago, just me and my father, so that I could learn to dive at the same diving centre he did. The centre is now located in Puerto del Carmen on beautiful Playa Chica. This year my boyfriend joined us as well, for his first dive. It’s a sport I instantly fell in love with, me being a water baby and all. It is definitely a community worth exploring if you love the water, or want to try something new. The beach and the dive centre is also set on one of the most wonderful places to dive on the island.
This time E and I also rented a scooter and drove to the south of the island to explore. This is also something I would absolutely recommend doing on any trip. It lets you get away from the larger resorts, and since Lanzarote is so small, it wouldn’t take you too long to get around the entire island. Our mission was to find some of the top ten beautiful beaches, however on searching the map, and google, we found that the one we usually go to is on that list. Sadly this time we were stuck in bed ill for a good part of the trip. But, next time I go, the plan is to make a proper guide to Puerto del Carmen.
This summer open back tops have been all over Instagram.I never jumped on the trend, until a few weeks ago, when I ordered this beautiful piece from NA-KD. We are headed for autumn now, and it feels like it’s turning colder by the minute in Norway. With its open back and slightly thicker material this top is perfect as a transition piece between summer and autumn.
I plan on traveling a lot throughout this autumn, and for that I’m trying to fill my wardrobe with pieces that can be worn in both the chilly Norwegian weather, as well as in warmer places. Today I wore the blouse with an all black outfit. I paired it with a pair of MANGO sandals I bought in the sale this summer, a pair of black trousers, and a Nelly bag.
I love the button details on the sleeve. So beautiful and simple.
Wow! So much has happened since I last sat down and wrote. Since I last blogged. This is a new website for me, and I finally feel like I like the look of it. That this is somewhere I can feel at home, and share. Since I last blogged properly I have finished my final year at business school and written my bachelor thesis. And I’ve moved – not only on the web, but geographically as well. Everything is just about unpacked and I’m ready to start again, in a sense. I’ve finished a degree in business administration, but apart from the part of my degree focused on marketing I wasn’t quite in my element.
I’ve honestly felt so lost lately. Especially my last year in Oslo, and it was definitely time for a change. Where I live now, in my hometown, I can afford to save money. Money for my future, and for taking care of myself as of right now. I grew up traveling. Exploring new languages and cultures has always been a part of who I am. This year I intend to find that again, to go where I am my happiest. I am also going to be a student for another year, but this time online, to give me more freedom. The program I am starting as of next week is digital media design. Part of what I learnt the past three years is the importance of doing what you love. I might be good at other stuff as well, but I’ve always played around with design and aesthetics. So, from now on that is what I’m going to do.
This year is about me. The focus is on me. Taking care of me. Making sure that I am happy. That means studying hard, but enjoying my studies. Engaging in them in a way that I haven’t before. That also means taking time off when my mind and body need it. It means prioritising going to the gym and eating healthily, because there’s finally time and energy for it. It means going abroad, picking up my Spanish where I left it in 2014, putting on a facemask and reading a book when I need it – instead of stressing. And it means being able to enjoy fashion and art again. Because right now I’m giving myself all the time in the world.