Making the most of one piece of clothing

When I went shopping the other day, I was looking for a nice top that I could use on Christmas but also on other occasions, as it`s such a waste for me to buy beautiful dresses that`ll only be worn once a year. In addition, I`m also one of those who freeze all the time. I`ve often been seen covered by a blanket on a summer`s day! Which is why I prefer using a pair of nice pants or a skirt combined with a nice top on special occasions. As you already know I did find one beautiful, budget friendly, blue sequin top with a 3/4 sleeve; which got me thinking about different ways of wearing it, with an emphasis on everyday use. So I found a similiar looking top on Polyvore and played around for a little while and here`s the result.

Special occasion; this is how I intend to use the top on Christmas Eve ImageGoing out for dinnerImageA comfy everyday look, that can be used both at work and universityImage

What do you think? How would you make the most of one item of clothing?

Budget Friendly winter Activity; Cross country skiing

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There`s a saying in my country; “Norwegians are born with skis on their feet”, and although not everyone is a good skier, I think I can say that most of us own a pair of skis. From we`re small children we learn to ski, and most elementary schools organize yearly ski-days. It`s also a really popular family activity; especially going to cabins in the mountains from January-march, to go skiing. It`s something that everyone can learn quite quickly, and it`s both fun and easy!

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If you`re looking for a budget friendly winter activity that you can enjoy alone, with friends or with family, cross country skiing is something I can really recommend. If you have a dog, I`ll bet it`ll happily join you in the ski-slopes! It does cost a little to get the equipment, but once you`ve got it; it can last for many, many years. You can get skis and poles cheaper by buying the equipment off-season, or buy it used.  And here`s the best part. When you`ve got it, it doesn’t cost you anything to use it. As long as you`ve got a suitable area for skiing you`re good to go. It`s also a very good way to exercise during winter!

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Pack a backpack with a thermos full of hot chocolate and a camera, and go explore wonderful nature scenes.

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What kind of winter activities do you do?

Have you tried cross country skiing?

Petrified

I’m petrified. I have this awful multiple choice exam that I’m on my way to. To calm my nerves I try to think of happy things, such as my family’s dog having a great time, playing in the snow

Saving Light

No, I`m not talking about a good way to save money on electricity, I’m talking about daylight saving time. I just don’t see what the need is for it in Norway. Since we`re situated so far north in the Northern Hemisphere, we have really long summer days anyway, and in Northern Norway, it never even gets dark due to the Midnight Sun. And in the winter it sure would’ve been nice to have a bit more light later in the day, so that it’s not pitch black when you head home from work. It`s like never fully waking up. You`re always tired, because it always feel like it`s nighttime. When we turn the clock back in October, we`re supposed to be getting more light in the morning, but I haven’t seen much of that. This picture was taken at 7.30 this morning, and you can see the sunrise on the way.Image

It’s generally dark in the morning, and when you go home after a long day at work or school. Now, I have to admit that we do have it a lot better here in the southern part of Norway, as we actually have a chance of seeing the sun during the day. In northern Norway, the sun goes down in late November and doesn’t show itself until late January. Now, that’s horrible. Believe me. I`ve been there done that for 11 years. The only positive thing with that are all the evenings you just want to stay outside watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky. Its breathtaking, magical and paralyzing at the same time.

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I`ve noticed that there are some readers from Canada, what are your thoughts about daylight savings? Does it affect your everydaylife?

Jane Eyre – favourite passage

Image“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

                                                                         – Charlotte Brontë