Location: Melbourne, Australia | Local time: 12.53 am
The rare times I actually go shopping, I tend to always look for basics that can be worn times and times again without anyone really noticing. So basically black, white, and sometimes grey.

Lately, however, I’ve only been on the lookout for bold statement pieces that can really compliment my style and at the same time make me stand out. Anything that’s weird and colorful. Patterns, no patterns. Anything.

I went to ZARA the other day, and I saw this oddly-looking denim jacket with furry details on the arms just hanging on the racks. At a store filled with people, no one even cared to look at the jacket. It did look weird to me as well, but I still went and tried it on just because I was curious. And boy did I love it!

It’s not a normal denim jacket, and definitely one to make people turn their heads for a second glance.

I always get compliments from strangers when wearing this jacket.

I also got a weird look from a little boy, asking me why I had the "fluffy things" on my jacket. Answer is.. Why not?

So don’t judge anything based off how they look on the racks. Try it on. It might look way cuter on you than you would expect.

Have the best day!

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

H e y   a l l !

I'm finally blogging from Australia!

For those that don't know, I've temporarily moved to Melbourne on a one-year working holiday visa. I was also here last year for six months as an exchange student, and I just couldn't resist the temptation of going back.

After a year as a full-time student and part-time waitress, I finally managed to come back here. Being a third year college student, I experienced a lot of stress and doubt. But I had one goal and motivation to keep working hard, and it was the fact that I was closer to getting on the plane to the land Down Under. A place I have grown so fond to that I can call it my second home.

I don't know what it is about this part of the world, but I always feel way more motivated and happy when I'm here. I also don't have the same load of stress and responsibilities as I did back home, and I can look for other opportunities of my own here. The fast-approaching summer season is a great helper to this level of happiness as well. Otherwise, if I was still in Norway during this cold and dark time, I'd be depressed as I always am every winter. That's just what the cold combined with constant darkness does to you I guess.

This marks my third time here, and the duration of my stay keeps getting longer each time. Who knows? Maybe one day my visa will be a permanent one.
All in all, I'm gLAD to finally be back in my home away from home.

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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Thinker & Dreamer is a minimalistic café located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, though somewhat hidden on the third and fourth floor inside an old building that can easily be unseen.

The building is filled with concept cafés and small fashion boutiques, spread on multiple levels. Thinker & Dreamer itself is rather small, but seems to be decorated with a lot of thought and effort (and dreams). Even the menu had a little camera symbol on drinks that are "photogenic", specially made for people who enjoy taking flatlays to publish on their social media.

Which I really liked, but..

One thing I didn't like about this café is that they don't allow you to take pictures with your professional camera, unless you pay a fee. Which I think should already been included in the price of the drinks that they make, which are pretty pricy compared to other coffee shops.

A nicely decorated and highly photogenic café attracts customers like myself who enjoy taking pictures at nice locations, and therefore, such actions from customers should be expected. In my opinion, it kind of defeats the whole purpose of people wanting to go to Thinker & Dreamer, when they highly promote their pretty drinks in a modern environment. This is also why we pretty much only ended up taking pictures in the hallways instead.

Other than that, it's a very pretty and cute little café of two levels with a nice view over the main street of Ho Chi Minh City. Just make sure you leave your camera at home.

You can check out their Instagram HERE.

Love, Elizabeth

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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Just a couple of years back, I used to hate the nature and everything that came with it - grass, flowers, trees, insects..

I'm definitely still not a big fan of insects, but up until I was 20, I always refused to even step on grass, let alone walk on it. I couldn't even walk underneath trees, fearing that insects would fall on my head. Now, I can't even resist the temptation of jumping into any areas with nice greens and pretty flowers. This day was no exception.

I visited the Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens for two reasons; to take pictures at the Botanical Gardens, and to look at monkeys at the zoo. Man, must I say that the decision to literally jump into the bushes to take pictures was a sacrifice of my legs. A sacrifice to the mosquitos and God knows what else.

Nonetheless, it was a successful day, and I got to capture some good moments.

Have a great day! x

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Hội An, Hội An, Hội An...

Last time I was in Hội An with my parents, we were only there for a couple of hours before leaving for the neighboring city, Đà Nẵng. That was something we kind of, sort of, regretted for more than a year, because we felt that we didn't get to enjoy the city to its fullest. The pretty ancient city of lanterns.

This time, we made sure not to make the same mistake twice, and chose to stay for a whole week. Hội An is a very small town with limited things to do. However, there is so much culture in this place that everyone should experience if they ever travel to Vietnam.

Staying here this time around, with no time restrictions, we were able to sleep in, nap during the hottest time of the day, stroll along the ancient town with an endless abundance of lanterns and countless shops with everything from souvenirs to tailored clothing to fit your needs.

If you happen to visit Vietnam, make sure to add Hội An on your list of destinations to visit. It's a beautiful city, especially at night, when the lanterns are lit up.

Love, Elizabeth

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Nothing beats waking up in the morning, completely without any errands to run or responsibilities to attend to.

I must admit it somewhat feels weird to not have any academical deadlines as a student anymore. No lectures, no group assessments, no classmates to greet every morning. But at the same time, I'm still not missing that life yet. Although I crazily might miss the stressful student life soon.

Waking up at the Riverside White House Villas in Hội An was truly calming, and what I can call a real vacation for a full recovery of the mind and soul. Our room was so big and spacious, not to mention the beautiful view of the river and palm trees. I've been working six days a week the entire summer, so this was a much-needed break from my routines.

I hope you're all doing well, and if you're still a student; hang in there! I know your struggle, but your efforts will be worthwhile at the end, and you will eventually get some time to celebrate. Whether it being with beers and mojitos in Greece, or with sunscreen and tanning oil by the pool in Beverly Hills.

I'm spending time with my loved ones in the tropical Asia, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Until next time! x

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It's been a while!

If you follow me on my blog and social media, you may or may not have noticed that I have been pretty much off-the-radar, with little to no updates on my channels. I've constantly been on-the-go for around a month now, traveling from country to country and city to city. As of right now, I'm all curled up in bed in Vietnam waiting for the thunderstorm outside to calm down so that I can go to sleep.

My priorities have sadly not been to reach out on social media or take many pictures during my time abroad, and even if I wanted to, I don't really have anyone to help me with that. Another reason is because I honestly don't put in as much effort into my appearance and outfits as I did in Norway. It's so hot and humid to the point of exhaustion just after 30 minutes outdoors, and so I only want to put on comfortable clothing and wear flip flops. Not to mention that it's too big of a risk for me to bringing valuable belongings such as my iPhone or my camera.

I'm moving to Australia soon, so this is just a short holiday and pitstop before taking off again. An eight-hour plane ride from here to Melbourne is a way better option than to go on a 30-hour trip all the way from Oslo.

It's been a long time since I greeted you on this blog, but I'll be updating more often now!

Kisses, Elizabeth

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