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The new year has brought my fellow citizens five sunny days (!) so far. Yesterdat was one of them. It felt wonderful! So I took my new black jacket out for a stroll. Paired with leopard sneakers it’s perfectly laidback yet stylish. Add heels, and it’s dressed up. I’m all into versatile and timeless clothing. This one is spot on. It’s still not the proper season for naked legs, but I couldn’t help it today. Just layer a thin wool cardigan underneath the jacket, and you’re good to go.

Photos by me

Meet Sambeke, our Maasai guard in the wilderness camp in Serengeti. He patroled the area during nighttime to protect us from wild animals such as lions, hyenas and leopards with his spear. I shot these pictures of him during sunrise. Few things are as beautiful as watching a sunrise in the horizon of the savannah.

Photos by Kristoffer Fidjestad

Yeterday I took a trip to visit my brother in Oslo, and we attended a photography course with the talented fashion photographer, and Nikon ambassador, Solveig Selj. The event was hosted by Nikon. We got to see, and try some of Nikons latest models, and Solveig shared her tips and tricks. Check out her work here.

Today we felt inspired, and tried out what we learned yesterday. Among other things we shot some pictures through the window glass, inspired by Solveigs work. Above you see the result. It turned out pretty cool!

All pictures: Solveig Selj

Solveig often works with natural light, and plays with it when taking pictures. She taught us how we can use the light to create different moods in our pictures. Here are some of her tips:

- Use natural light as source. Also when you take pictures indoors.

- When the light outside is strong, take your pictures in the shadow with the light source in front of you to avoid dark areas in your face. Also, by placing yourself with the face towards the light, it will make your eyes glow.

- By taking pictures through the window glass you get a blurry layer between the camera and model.

- During sunrise or sunset the light is warm and soft. These hours are perfect for taking pictures towards the light.

- Use the depth in the street when shooting your pictures. Stand in the middle of the street to avoid disturbing elements.

Also: Check out this cute way Solveig has decorated her contact cards. I’ve added this idea to my inspiration folder.

The new Nikon camera models allow you to use your cellphone as remote control. The camera creates its own WiFi access, that you connect your phone to. By using an app on your phone you can connect to the camera, see what is captured by the camera, and choose where to focus on your mobile device. Pretty genious for selfies and outfit pictures.

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Beautiful tunes for a beautiful day. I’m studying for finals this week, so I might not be very active here before the weekend. But if I get some available time, I will come back to you.

Also you can check out my Spotify list for this winter here.

Lately I’ve been having some thoughts about my hair involving scissor activity. My hair deals very bad with winter. Every year it ends up damaged with splitted ends. I’m considering either chopping it off as in this picture, anno fall 2012, or getting long heavy bangs Alexa Chung-style at its longest point. I’m leaning more towards the last option. Something tells me it would be wise to wait until this winter has had it’s last cold kick though..

Finally, after months of hiding, sun finally came out again. And that pout/duck lip thing was NOT done on purpose. Haha. The one taken right after, with way less pout turned out unfocused, so this will do. I’m wearing the head scarf again, with a different twist. Video tutorials will come after I’m done with my final. These days I’m reading like crazy, having less time to do things involving fun.

H&M beanie and belt | BikBok jacket | Carlings tank | Secondhand jeans | Dr Martens boots

A winter look from me. After being too comfortable all winter, only wearing stuff out of a small selection, looking the same every day, I decided to make an effort again. Haha! Every winter it’s the same. I hate being cold, and once I find a recipe that keeps me warm, I stick to it.

I was all dressed, with my men’s jeans and tank, docs and a beanie. As the outfit alltogether was quite masculine, I decided to soften it up with a light pink coat. A touch of feminine in contrast to the masculine. Also I look forward to wearing in these boots, to the point where they are way less stiff, and move towards being comfortable. They look so rad with eveything!

Monki blouse | Gina Tricot shorts | H&M hat | Topshop boots | Pieces purse | Fashionology claw ring

I considered selling this blouse. Then I came across these pictures from Hove festival 2012, and figured out that I can’t.. I realized that I miss having sun bleached stripes in my hair. And where is that claw ring?? All the things I’ve dislocated during moving processes. I look forward to rediscovering old treasures. It feels like wearing something new without paying a single penny for it. Right down my alley! Haha

Cushnie et Ochs SS14 | China Glaze stiletto nails

This spring I want my nails to look like this. There are so many exciting things you can do with nail art. I will give this a try when lighter times arrive.

Monki asymmetrical blazer and knit cardigan | Secondhand belt | H&M jumpsuit and net | Bianco oxfords

While going through my memory card I found this look from last years spring/summer, which I never got to publish. I was on my way home from work in Oslo. Even though I know it’s right for me to be in my birth city, Kristiansand, right now, I miss living in the capitol city. There is just so much going on there all the time. I like that.

Carlings scarf and tee | Vila jacket |  H&M inner jacket

I’ve been having a thing for head scaves since I was in Kenya/Tanzania. I think the women there look so graceful wearing them. The latest I learned was tying the scarf like this, making a turban-looking head wear. I will try to make a tutorial for those of you who want to learn it. I still owe you one for the mohawk I promised you last winter.

I purchased a super cheap worn out secondhand military green canvas satchel yesterday. I’m thrilled! It wasn’t one of these though, these I shot for an article about a vintage shop. It looks very basic, but I like mixing old stuff with new items.

Monki hat

Summer throwback. Feeling comfy wearing a tiny layer of mascara, and a hat I discovered on sale. I miss summer glow and sun bleached hair. Knowing that it will come back keeps me going through these cold and dark months. Though all the four seasons have their charm.

Indian Summer Gardens | The Guardian | The Violet Hours | The DIY Adventures

More interior inspiration for my apartment. Today I went to purchase old crates to use as shelves. I think it will blend well in with my mainly clean and modern interior. I like contrasts, and especially the contrast of new mixed with old.

“I do a lot of photos in the moment to keep the truth of the situation. You can’t reveal all the daily moments of the youth without capturing the instant. Sometimes I stage photos but it’s more for fashion stuffs, if I have to choose I prefer to keep the fleeting moments.”

Yougo Jeberg to Nasty Magazine

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