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I've been so consumed with everything else this December, that thinking about what I want for Christmas hasn't even occured to me. The only thing I could think of when my mama asked me was a polaroid camera, but while looking through my favorite online stores I realized that my wish list is of course much bigger than that, haha. There are so many pretty things to choose from! One thing I really want is a cool pair of sneakers, as my friends and I have big workout plans starting January (who doesn't, lol). Girly things like makeup and jewelry is always a winner, and a refill of my favorite perfume is always awesome. What is on your wishlist this year?♥

A Pop Of Lace

Sweater: Topshop // Skirt: Zara // Coat: Designers Remix

Hi lovelies! I just have to apologize in advance for some very slow blog days. Tomorrow my home exam starts, and yesterday and today is all about prepping. Whoever decided to give me a three-day home exam five days before Christmas... I hope you step on a lego, then smash your toe really hard in a table. That's one of the most painful things I know, hah.  No but seriously, I have a bone to pick with that person.. This weekend is the annual christmas party with all my girlfriends, and do you think I can go? Noo... I'm so sad about that! They're gonna start with a champagne breakfast in the morning, then head out for a yummy xmas dinner, then party the night away.. And I'll be stuck inside in front of the computer trying to score an A. Bah! I never really take time off the blog without a very good reason, and I guess an exam is a pretty good one. So if you don't hear anything from me before Monday, you'll know why. But I'm never able to keep my hands off the blog, so don't loose your sleep over it, I probably will pop by and say hi. Haha. 

Now I'm gonna do one last fun thing before I enter exam mode. I'm picking up my darling little nephew from kindergarden, and we'll decorate the Christmas tree at my mom's house together! That kid seriously brings me more joy than anything else in life. Last week he really injured himself by falling down the stairs, and had to go to the emergency room and get stitches. When my mom called him to see how he was doing, the only thing he said was 'Can auntie Cath pick me up from kindergarden soon? Pleeeeaaase?'. That melts my heart completely, he thinks it's so special and fun when I pick him up♥ 

I'll try to swing by later, but if I don't I'm wishing everyone a fantastic weekend in advance♥♥

Inspiration Time

Pics from Pinterest

Good morning lovelies♥ Per usual, I started the day scrolling through Pinterest with my morning coffee. I'm so addicted to that site! Filled with inspiration, I'm ready to start the day. Today I have a market communication class before my home exam starts on Friday, then a little xmas lunch with Julia and some present shopping is on the menu for me. I feel like I haven't been out and about in so long after being stuck inside studying for the last month, so I can't wait for a little cozy time out and about before the exam. I'm gonna be so freakin' thrilled on Monday when I finally can celebrate xmas break! Have a good one sweets, see you later♥

Photo Tips: Editing Your Pics Lighter

I've been getting a lot of questions on how I always edit my pictures so light and bright, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite tips with you guys. I really like light pictures, and I always edit them as light as I can. I found a few pics I've taken lately, and here you can see them both edited and un-edited. Let's start with the tips, shall we? 

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♥ Lightroom → My editing tool of choice is Lightroom, which I think is absolutely fantastic. I use Photoshop for some things as well, but most of the magic is done in Lightroom. I absolutely recommend it to everyone with an interest in photography! 

♥ Manual settings → It all starts with the manual settings. Do terms like ISO and shutter speed confuse you? Well, worry no more, I've already made a post about how to understand and use manual settings here. I always use manual settings, and it makes all the difference in the world. I always set the settings as light as I can without it compromising the quality of the shot. If the pictures are too light, you'll loose a lot of details. The rest I leave up to editing. Below you can see how I edited the picture above. 

♥ Exposure → The most important tool to use if you want lighter pictures is adjusting the exposure. Turning up the exposure will make your pictures lighter, and again, I turn this up as much as I can without loosing details in the pic. I also adjust the contrast quite a bit as a lot of exposure can make the picture pretty 'blah' if you know what I mean. I still want some life in the picture, and that's where the contrast comes in. Most editing tools have these functions. 

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♥ Blue hues → As you can see on the before and after pictures, the before pictures are pretty orange, and the edited pictures are much more white. This is mostly an issue when taking pictures inside without much natural daylight. The light from lamps inside is very orange, and not pretty in pictures in my opinion. The first thing to do is adjusting the white balance on your camera to the light bulb image, which will make your pictures more blue and less orange. If you still think there's too much orange in the picture, you can adjust the temperature in the picture more blue, like you can see on the printscreen of Lightroom above. I of course don't want the picture to be blue, so a little trick I always do is bring the saturation on the blue tones down. This might sound confusing, I know, but it's really quite simple. I adjust the whole picture more blue, then when I bring the saturation on the blue tones in the pictures down, I'm left with a perfectly white picture. I don't know if you can do this in other editing tools than Lightroom, and this is one of the reasons I love Lightroom so much. If you look at the printscreen above, and look in the bottom corner to the right, you can see that I've selected blue under 'Colors'. This tool will only adjust the blue tones in the picture, and everything else will remain the same. 

To the left you can see it with the auto temperature in the picture. Way too orange, right? In the middle, I've made the picture bluer, but I think the blue is too visible. On the right you can see the finished picture, where I've adjusted down the saturation on the blue tones. 

You can also use this tool the other way around - to make the blues even bluer. I made a post on that this summer here, and I've seen several bloggers doing this lately. It really makes the picture pop! Just look at the difference on the blueness of the sky here.. 

♥ Good light → Good light to shoot in is absolutely crucial, and I have a little trick for that too. I have a huge lamp in my house, the kind of lamp they use on construction sites, hah. Earlier I used a photo lamp, but I managed to break it, and this work lamp works just as well. Try to take pics near a window with natural daylight, like you can see below. 

♥ Whites whiter → Another function I love in Lightroom, is that you can make the whites in the picture whiter, and the blacks blacker. This is similar to the blue tones I tried to explain to you above; Only the whites in the picture will get whiter, and the blacks blacker. I use the black function a lot to remain the details on the darker elements in the picture that I still want to be dark. 

♥ Lightening and darkening tool in Photoshop → A tool I love in Photoshop is the lightening tool, which is a brush you can swipe around on the areas you want to be lighter. You can choose how strong you want the light to be, and the same goes for the darkening tool. This is perfect if there's just a piece of the picture you want to be lighter, and you don't want to edit the whole picture. 

Before editing.. HUGE difference, right? 

♥ Saturation/meeting down → Another trick I often use, is to turn down the meeting/saturation in the picture just a little bit. It often makes the whole picture much more delicate to look at, and way more professional. You can do this in most editing tools.

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There we go! I'm sorry if anything is unclear, it's so difficult to explain this as I don't really know the right terms for things, and I don't know how to translate everything to English. But if you have any questions or anything you want me to add, just shoot me a comment and I'll be sure to answer the best that I can♥

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On a totally different note, I thought I'd add the links to where you can vote in the categories I'm nominated for in Vixen Blog Awards once again, as it's been a while since I shared the links. You can vote for your favorite fashion blog of the year here, favorite blog of the year here, favorite lifestyle blog of the year here, and favorite outfit of the day here. I would be so incredibly happy if you voted for me! You can vote once every twelve hours in each category until December 31st♥♥

Weekend Look

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Dress + Leather jacket: H&M // Bag: Chanel 

Good morning girls! I'm ready for another study day, and to be honest this is the first time I'm opening the book to the class I have an exam in this weekend. Better late than never, right? Hah. I don't think it's too difficult though, I feel like I know a lot about it already as it's about how companies can communicate through social media and stuff like that. I got this! Above you can see Saturday's look for the girls night, I love this new dress! I got it for the Olympus event in Oslo, but since I didn't get to go I wore it for the first time yesterday. It's actually longer in the front, but I pulled it up a bit and tucked it in my belt. Have a great day loves♥

Night In

Hi superstars! Jeez, I've had such a productive Monday filled with energy. I thought I would be totally exhausted today after working so hard on my exam paper, but it turned out I just got tons of energy to do everything I've been postponing lately. Now the whole house is shined, laundry done, accounting work done, lots of organizing around the house done, and of course Bella and I have been out playing in the snow several times. She is the cutest thing! She jumps like a little bunny around in the snow, and catches all the snowballs I throw to her, haha. So adorable! She actually looks like a little snowball too, as all the snow she jumps around in sticks to her fur, which is the cutest thing ever. Now  I just got home from the store where I bought ingredients to a calorie bomb hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmellows, and of course a new magazine to fill up on inspiration with. I'll be back with more fashion related blogposts tomorrow, I have a few outfits I haven't posted yet. But right now; Hot chocolate, Costume and cuddling with Bella is on the menu. I hope you've all had a great day♥

Mondays

Hi loves, and happy Monday! Last night we finally handed in our big exam paper, and it felt so good!! I wasn't able to enjoy it too much though, as I'm such a perfectionist and just feel that it could've been better. But whatever, it's done, and I never have to think about it again, yay! All day yesterday went to sitting in front of the computer doing the final touches..

Glasses: Karl Lagerfeld/Specsavers (sponsored)

I just noticed that I look so different with my hair parted at the side, hah. So anywho, this morning I just really needed some time off the computer after spending way too many hours in front of it the last weeks. When I hopped out of bed I put on xmas music in the whole house, organized my closet and now I'm doing tons of laundry while dancing to 'Jinglebells' and having lots of coffee. Cosy! 

Now I just got in from playing in the snow with Bella, and it's time for a little skin care session before the rest of the day will go to all the accounting work that has been piling up during my exam period. It should've been done a month ago, I hate being late! So it just needs to get done today, even though it's the most boring thing I know.

Fun life nowadays, right? School and accounting work, bah! I'm so freakin' excited for next Monday when I can officially celebrate the holidays, just one more exam to go. Thanks for sticking by me in this incredibly boring time period, hah. You're the best♥

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