The shopping haul and my newest favourite handbag.

The shopping haul and my newest favourite handbag.

Yesterday I went for a little bit of shopping and I couldn’t find any clothes that was tempting, so I chose lots of nice accessories and warm slippers instead. 

For everyone that knows me it is not a big secret that I love sunglasses. Since I’m very short sighted I have to wear contacts if I am wearing sunglasses, so I only wear them on special occassions or on holiday. I have prescription sunglasses, but they are so unflattering that I never wear them. I really want some nice prescription sunglasses so I can wear them all the time the sun is out, but since I’m a blind person I can’t see that happening. I like my sunglasses a bit bigger than the prescription ones I already got, but the lenses in them will be so thick that they would weigh a kilo!! Not a good look walking around with dents as big as grand canyon on your nose for a week after wearing them! But while looking for cute small frames that I can get done until prescription sunglasses my collection of regular sunglasses are increasing rapidly. I think I have about 20 pairs now. And these are the newest addition to my collection. 

These are so cute with the polkadots and I love the blue colour. They screamed at me and I think they are so my style that I might go back and buy the red ones too. I bought them at Primark for the great price of £1.50. 

On this street market I found a lovely handbag. A weakness of mine! I love handbags and buy them all the time. I don’t care if they are cheap or expensive, the main thing is that I like them. I like them small, I like them bigger and I like them huge. I have so many handbags that my husband think I’m possesed by the handbag demon cause he says he will soon have to move out of our flat to fit all my handbags. But how could I leave this beauty behind? I would have regret leaving it as I know it will be a go to handbag for me, especially when out and about on trips away when I don’t need to bring too much. It’s red, it has studs and it’s a different design. 

I bought some cute hair accessories. I love hair accessories. I bought some lovely pastel coloured ones today for the summer. Love the pink colour of the head scarf and the icey blue colour of the butterflies on the alice band.

Please ignore my hairy legs. I'm having them waxed tomorrow. :)

Finally I bought these super cute Minnie Mouse slippers. Aren’t they cute. £2 for them at Primark!! Can’t go wrong with a price like that.I hate having cold feet and these are both practical and cute.  I’m wearing them now and they are so warm and comfy. 

I bought some wipes too, but that is too boring to write anything more about. 

I will go a street market on Wednesday and Saturday too so I might find some more lovely bargains. But I think I would push it with my hubby if I buy another handbag.

Plus North- Planning Early

Plus North- Planning Early

In late August, the 30th and the 31st it is Plus North again. This time in Leeds. I'm going! Last year it looked so fun and for a very fresh blogger back then I was so jealous of all the fun it seemed like everyone was having so this year I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass. I ordered tickets today as I had been paid. The tickets are very affordable and can be bought HERE. If you are in doubt if you want to go because you don't know anyone or that you haven't been to anything like this before. Come join us! We are so friendly all of us and we would love if readers came too. And if you want to get in touch before just contact me on twitter or facebook or here. :)

I have decided to go on my own and leave Mike to go with his own friends for the weekend while I go to Leeds. I love Leeds. Been there twice before so I'm looking forward going back.

It's still early days, but I was talking to my lovely blogger babes Mayah and Sam and we decided to stay together in a triple room. I can picture a lot of laughing, trying on clothes, make up and so on... So I checked and we found a bargain room at Cosmopolitan Hotel Leeds which is right across the street from the venue where Plus North is being held. So that is really convenient. I'm excited already and are so much looking forward to it.

I'm thinking about taking the bus or train to Leeds, so I have to check prices closer to the day.
If it will be half as good as last years seemed I will be happy.

Still a few months away I have started thinking what to wear. I will probably end up in a dress. Surprise surprise!! Or I guess I will need three outfits as there is a day event on Saturday, then an evening event on Saturday and the last event is in the day on Sunday so need to start planning outfits.

I'm so excited and August can't come quick enough.

Who of you are planning on going? Looking forward to it? 

OMCZ # 29- Pastels.

OMCZ # 29- Pastels.

This time it was lovely Hollie that had chosen theme and she had chosen Pastels and here is what she wrote. 

Pastels are here for Spring & Summer but I'd love some inspiration from you lovely ladies. I want to see you florish in fondant colours. Pinks, Mints, Sky Blues... the list goes on. I don't want to hide away this Summer so this will be good practise!

I love pastels. I absolutely adore them. As a child of the 80s I grew up with pastels and I loved all the light shades of pink, green, blue and purple. 

Minty green house in the Azores

My favourite item of clothing growing up was this mint green jumper I was wearing all AW85/86. I was 10 and had chosen it myself. I loved it and it was really practical for winter up north in Norway as it was very warm and it was long so I could pull it far down on my thighs. I wore it so much and I got some small holes in it, but my mum fixed it for me so I could wear it a bit more. Inevitable I had to part with this special jumper. I remember one day my mum came to me and said that she had to throw it away cause it had a big hole in it that was far too big to mend. I was inconsolable. My mum tried to buy me other jumpers, but it just wasn't the same. I sometimes still today think about this jumper. It was lovely. 

Ever since then I have loved everything pastel. Especially mint green which is one of top three colours. And I love it that it is so easy to find pastels right now so I'm stocking up on mint green things.

I have bought a handbag, a hair brush, a snood, a big flower to my hair, a smaller flower to my hair, a jumper, a cardigan. Just have to find a mint green dress now, so I can be prepared for when the colour disappears out of the shops. I have looked at mint green dresses, but not found one that really appeals to me yet. This is my favourite so far. 


This beauty is from Yours and you can find it here.

Here is some other beautiful pastels that I will have on my wishlist. 

When I had my nails done last I chose a lovely mint green colour too!! 
 So I'm officially obsessed! As a child ice cream with pistachios was my favourite since it was mint green. That is to take it a bit far, but I still like it, but not like I did back then.  

In 28 years time it might not be as cool to wear mint green as I will be almost 70 then! :) 

Take a look what the other girls that are taking part in this challenge has written about this summers big hit pastels. 


My Day As A Plus Size Fashion Model- Curvissa Plus Port Event

My Day As A Plus Size Fashion Model- Curvissa Plus Port Event

Saturday, one week ago I was so lucky that I had been invited to the Curvissa Plus Port Event in London in collaboration with Curve Project London. We had to come to the event with no make up and to say it the least I felt like an albino. My eyebrows and eyelashes are so fair that they are hardly visible without make up. I met up with most of the plus size bloggers before hand as I was waiting for Leah to come. I had promised to wait for her at the train station. 
Scary Albino Me!!
We were the first ones to arrive and we were met by lovely Sarah who gave us a love purple garland  and a lovely drink. I even took a photo of it with my phone and you can also see my albino face!! :)

After waiting around with the other blogger babes and competition winners 

I was in the first group to do catwalk training and in my group were Becky, Leah and two beautiful girls from Greece that had won a competition to come. I had been looking forward to everything, but all of a sudden I got a bit scared. We had Les Child as our choreographer and he was a funny man. Very friendly, but strict too. But I felt at ease, so I relaxed quickly. He said to me when it was my first turn. “You have modelled before so show us how to do it” I said “I haven’t done this kind of modelling before”, but I did quite well first time. The only thing was Les said to me to use my arms more. We rehearsed and rehearsed and we were told “chin up” the whole time. We first trained doing solo catwalk and then in a line with the other in the group. Les said to me, “Anne-Lise you are in the middle so work it”.  It was hard work, but good fun. 

Catwalk training

Catwalk training for one of the groups

After the catwalk training we went into the styling room and was met by two lovely and helpful girls from the Curve Project London team. In the styling room there were lots of colourful clothes from the new range from Curvissa. I looked through the clothes and soon saw some leggings that was very me in cute pastel colours, but I couldn’t find anything in my size to team it with. Started to panic a bit, but then Becky came to my rescue. She found me this lovely black dress with zips on. I tried it on and it fitted me perfectly. I already had black footless tights on and one of the girl stylists helped me find shoes and found these lovely shoes. Patent kind of a marble print ballerina shoes. They were perfect match for my dress.

Dress <3

After we had changed we had to wait around for the other girls to finish with hair and make up, but that gave us a good chance to catch up with the other girls. Cause some of the best about events is to socialise with other bloggers and the lovely people from the companies that host the events. Time flew away and before we knew it it was lunch time so we had to wait to be even more beautified than we already were.

We ate lunch out in the sunshine as it was a lovely warm day. And we were very well catered for all day. With drinks, fresh fruit, lunch, candy, crisps, coke and even prosecco towards the end of the day, so how could we complain??? It was a good laugh sitting out in the sun. I managed to catch up with Sally which was lovely. 

Hollie was "sitting on me" due to funny shape sofas. I'm laughing and Leah is not too sure about things by the look of it.

Leah and Becky.

Nat waiting her turn for hair styling

Lovely Beka. I loved her hair! And trousers.

Time flied and before I knew it it was late afternoon and I still hadn't got my make up on yet or done my hair. But around me were all these beautiful blogger girls. All looking very glamorous and pretty. I wanted to get my make up on too!! I had a clear idea about what I wanted to have done. I wanted a classic whinged eyeliner and red lips of course!! It wouldn't be me without my signature look! :)

The make up artist Victoria was so lovely and sweet and pampered me and I felt like a doll sitting there on a throne having my make up done. It was such a treat. It's not that often you get professional make up done. She finished it off with the lovely Ruby Woo from Mac, the mattest of the matte!! I loved it. It was very me! 

My make up

After make up I went straight to the hair section where I had a lovely Danish stylist called Cecilie. I told her I was Norwegian so we started talking in our languages. Norwegian and Danish understand each other so it is always fun being able to speak a bit of Norwegian as I don't do it very often. She was lovely too and styled my hair so beautiful. I had lovely soft waves and curls that matched my vintage style perfectly. I was so happy with how I looked.

Nat, Sally, Me and Hollie

Funny Cecilie

More pampering

Me finished styled

After the pampering I headed to the photo shoot. I wasn't nervous at all cause everyone made me feel so at ease. The photo session was so much fun too and I can't wait to see the result. They should be in my emails for when I get back from holiday.  

Hollie is having her shoot. I loved her outfit!

The final of the day was more catwalk training with Les. Since we had had our group training earlier in the day it was time to do the routine with all of the girls cause we were going to do a full show on video at the end of the event. At the very end we had some lovely group shots done and Beautiful Saffi came and joined us for the group shot too. She is such a beautiful woman and considered plus size model!! Quite hard to believe when you see her as she has a killer body. 

Beautiful Saffi and the rest of us.

It was a lot of fun , but hard work so I can understand that it wasn't for everyone. But I think most of us had a great day. 

I want to thank Curvissa for inviting me and thanks to Curve Project London for making us all look even more beautiful than we are. The whole day was an adventure and I took with me lots of good points and experiences from the day. Here is a little Survey we did on the day and these are my answers. 

Would you like to be a fashion model or isn't it for you?

Mid Week Concerto

Mid Week Concerto

I'm in a hurry so just a little post from me right now. I will be writing more when I get back tonight, but in half an hour I am going to G Live here in Guildford and watch my hubbys favourite band The Stranglers. I like them too so I'm very much looking forward to it.It's their 40th anniversary tour and my hubby think it will be the last tour they are on. I have seen them once before, but tonight we are going to stand in front of the scene so that will be good. Last time was a bit boring as we were sitting there like two oldies in our 80s.

The Stranglers has been around since 1974 when they were known as The Guildford Stranglers so will be fun to see them here in Guildford where it all started.

Tonight I will be wearing my go to skirt when I go to concerts, from Ax Paris. I love this skirt and you have seen it on the blog several times. It is so versatile and I wear it all the time. Tonight I'm wearing it with a bit of sparkle as I'm wearing it with a sequin top from Dorothy Perkins. Can't go without wearing my lovely animal print boots from Simply Be. I can't wait for the concert to start and I'm sure I will post photos from it later tonight.

Do you like music? What kind of music do you like?

An Emotional Letter

An Emotional Letter

Friday was a very emotional and sad day for me.
It has gone 7 years since I lost my dad. 7 years since I lost my best friend and my most loyal supporter. 7 years since my life suddenly changed. I just wanted to share a little letter I have written to my dad.
Dear Dad.

It feels like yesterday I spoke to you for hours on the phone. We talked all the time. At least once a day, but most days several times a day. I was a proper daddies girl. Always! It might sound weird that I spoke to my dad so much, but he was my best friend. Whenever I had a question or wanted to share something fun or sad I called him. And he me. The telephone bills were sky high back then, I think about how much fun it would have been to Skype with you these days if you had been here. You would have been so amazed by technology! 

My dad on top of a mountain right above the house I grew up in. In lovely Lofoten.

We shared so many interests and that is probably why we had such a great relationship and friendship. From I was a little girl you took me out doing so many fun things. You showed me the joys of doing sports which was your passion. Running, skiing, athletics and football. Both you and mum took me to hundreds of football matches and I loved it. I still love it, but I miss my “talking about football” buddy. Talking about sports in general is not the same. 

You always were the sporty one. You were even competing for Norway when you were younger.

You showed me the love for travelling and I often think about and talk about the great memories I have from travelling with you every summer from I was 8 till I was 18. We did not have much money, but you saved all you could to be able to take me for a summer holiday every year. We carried backpacks and travelled with bus, boat and train, it was amazing adventures for me. We did so much exciting. We went gold washing in Finland, close to the Russian border, we ate bear meat together in Sweden, we found rare gems in a river in Sweden with a guy from Australia and his daughter and we climbed the tallest mountain in Norway together. Since then I have been on many travels all over the world, and I always think of you and how much you would have loved to come with me. The joy of travelling and seeing something else outside of where you lived was something you thought was very important. You loved the mountains and the sea. People we met on our journeys said to us “why do you want to travel when you come from somewhere as beautiful as where you live?” This made me dad a bit frustrated cause he always said to them that everyone needed to see new places and discover new things. It was good for the mind and how you live as a person. And this is something I have brought with me. I’m a nomad of nature and I really love it. It does make me restless at times, but I love seeing new places and discovering new things. 

The very last photo taken of me and my dad together. And my lovely dog, Fant.

The restlessness in me probably has to do with my eagerness to learn. I love learning. Ever since I was very little I have liked learning and that is thanks to you dad. You were so patient and good with me and taught me how to read before I was 4. I remember sitting on your knee by the table and you were learning me the alphabet then words and one day I started reading out of the newspaper to you and you were amazed. I didn’t understand it then, but I understand it now, that you were moved cause you had tears in your eyes. You were proud of me, proud of yourself for teaching me and so you should be cause you were the best teacher I could ever ask for. I loved school and you always helped me with homework. When I got older and got bullied in school you always said to me that they were just jealous cause I was being so clever and that I should just straighten my back and rise above it. I tried my best although as a teenager it is not easy to not have many friends. 

Liv Annie and my dad on the beach next to our house.

Liv Annie, my dad and Fant the last Easter we spent together.

Later in life you were the best granddad. Just like you were the best dad I could have ever asked for, you were the best granddad too!! I remember one year when Liv Annie and I were coming up to you for Easter and you really wanted Liv Annie to go skiing as you thought it was so much fun seeing her on skis. It was late easter and the snow had started melting. It was far too little to ski on so you shovelled snow into to track so she could go skiing. What a lovely gesture and I will always love you for being so loving. 

Liv Annie with my dad the last time we saw him.

Since you died it has been very difficult and I have cried a lot. But I have also laughed a lot. I have taken your philosophy with me in life to not care about what other people think about me or say. To be myself and to live life while I can. We always created memories consciously to have something to think back on when you had gone. These memories are what I use in everyday life to keep me going if I struggle with missing you. I know that you are not physically there, but for me you are always there cause you are in my head and in my heart where ever I go.

I love you so much Pappa!!

Marisota Pop Up Shop.

Marisota Pop Up Shop.

Last Thursday I went up to London for another event. This time I had been invited to Marisota's Pop Up Shop event. I had to take a couple of hours off work, but it was worth it.

I came in and were met by the lovely PR ladies and they introduced me to lovely Karen Buglass. She is a stylist and has worked for magazines and celebrities so I was in good hands in finding fabulous outfits.

Mark Heyes, stylist known from GMTV, was there as well and he was a really nice guy. Gave great tips and complimented how I looked in my outfits.

The shop itself was very impressive with elegant interior and several racks of lovely clothes. Karen asked me what I wanted to try on and I said maxi dresses, so we found a few to try them on. We also picked a red polka dot dress, a pair of jeans and a blouse with dipped hem.

In the next room it was very modern, light and excitingly decorated with big mirrors, cool furniture and huge fitting rooms.The fitting rooms were exactly how fittings room should be. Lovely and roomy and nicely decorated.

I tried the maxi dresses, but none of them looked right on me. As with most dresses they seem to not fit right over my huge boobs. Karen said she would go and find some other clothes for me and in the mean time I tried on the red polka dot dress. And it looked lovely on. I loved it. Karen thought it looked so nice on me as well, the only thing I didn't like was that it was a bit snug in the boobie region. Happily this dress is from the Bespoke range that is developed especially to cater for bigger boobs. I did buy this dress, but bought the very voluptuous one and it fits so well. Post of me wearing this dress will come later.

Love this dress. And it has pockets!!! :)

Love this photo of me. Thanks Karen for taking it.
While I had tried the red dress on Karen had found another dress in the Bespoke range to me. It was orange! Orange? Me in orange!! No way! I couldn't pull off orange. I hadn't worn orange since my hair was bright red, but now as a blonde? No way. But I liked the cut of the dress and the zip in the back so I decided to try it on. On I looked banging! It was amazing. I loved the dress! And I loved the colour. You can get the dress HERE

Karen also helped me find lovely accessories and I fell in love with this vintage looking necklace that you can buy here


At the pop up shop they had this huge mirror that also was a camera so you could have your photo taken and sent directly to my twitter or email. It was great fun and I had a photo taken in each of the outfits I tried on. I had just two come through unfortunately, but it might arrive at some point when they find their way through cyberspace. Here are the two I did get. 

I was going to try on a pair of coral jeans, but as I was trying them on I just thought to myself, it is really no point in trying on something I really don't like wearing so I took them off. I had this lovely peplum blouse that I was supposed to try on with the jeans, but since I had binned the idea of jeans, Karen found me a black pencil skirt with a leather panel on in the front. I tried the shirt on in 24, but too snug over my boobs, so Karen got me a 26. I tried it on, but still not big enough to accommodate for my titties. But I didn't care about button it all the way up as it was too big around my waist already and that looked so lovely. When I came out of the changing room everyone was saying how great I looked and how much it enhanced my curves. Needless to say I ordered this blouse, but I ordered it in polka dots instead.

Thanks to Karen for taking these photos.

I spent two hours being styled from top to toe and that is something I could be getting used to. It was great to have someone to go and find clothes for you and your shape and make you see that things or colours you wouldn't normally use can look great on you.

The pop up shops are still on tour and here are dates and places. 

20-23 March - Glasgow
25-30 March- Bristol
3-6 April - Manchester

So if you live in and have the chance to attend, then go. It's well worth it.  

Thanks to Marisota and the lovely PR people for a lovely afternoon.