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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Sponsored pants from Romwe

Good morning!

...or good evening, depending on where you are in the world.

First update; I'VE FINALLY CUT MY HAIR!

It has almost been a year since I cut it, so I must say it was about time! My hair was just so long and lifeless, and it appeared to look very thin and boring. Shorter hair means more volume and less time for it to dry after a shower - winning.

On to today's fashion collaboration..

I have actually purchased from Romwe before, and one of the things I got was this super cute pastel pink cropped T-shirt. The first thing I thought of was to pair the two items together, and they surprisingly enough went really well together! I absolutely adore this top. It's super cute, and applies to me pretty much everyday considering how rare it is for me to spend the AMs anywhere else than in my own bed.

Pants: HERE // Top: HERE

An honest blogger's note...

As a consumer myself, I would appreciate honesty from bloggers who promote things on their blog. Not everything we get sponsored is always the perfect fit or will exceed all expectations. And as a blogger myself, I feel the responsibility to provide honest review and brand feedback to my readers.

I chose the pants because they seemed very cute and comfortable. These pants are listed as ONE SIZE, so I chose them knowing that they could be too big for me. However, to my surprise, they were smaller than I expected. I'm usually a size small, but these were still very tight around the hip-area, and therefore felt somewhat stiff. On the other hand, the pink cropped T-shirt that I personally bought has been one of my favourites for more than a year now. Unfortunately, this one too, is a one-sized item.

The brand is based in Asia, so I'm guessing that the sizing has something to do with the average size of an Asian female, which is usually petite. With that in mind, I suggest buyers to always pay close attention to the size guides, as they provide correct sizing and measurements.

With that being said, I have purchased quite a few items from Romwe prior to getting sponsored by them, and I have been satisfied with everything I've received. This one was just a little disappointing due to the wrong fit in spite of being a "one size fits all", but otherwise I would definitely recommend checking out Romwe's huge inventory of trendy clothes at reasonable prices.

Xo, Elizabeth

// photos by Ceyda

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In collaboration with Lava Art

Good afternoon, darlings!

Around two weeks ago, I received the Lava Art Compact Cushion, which is one of the many Korean beauty products that are getting a lot of buzz lately. K-beauty products are known to contain natural ingredients that are good for the skin, which means that it's possible to achieve the desired makeup look without all the chemicals and cruelty.

I have been trying out the cushion since I got it, and I'm very impressed by the coverage of the product! It's also reassuring to know that the product will let my face "breathe" throughout the day, unlike most foundations that can be clogging to the pores. So far I'm loving the product, so I thought I'd share my current makeup routine with you!

Step 1: Fresh Face.

The first step is of course to start off with a fresh and clean face. I did cheat a bit by doing my brows beforehand, but I don't think it's necessary to document that process because my brows are too basic to share. The first thing I would like to point out is that my face has always been a shade or two lighter than my body, which looks exceptionally weird in pictures. But there's nothing that makeup can't do to fix that!

Step 2: foundation

After cleaning and making sure that my face is moisturised, I just go right into using the Lava Art Compact Cushion, which is basically a concentrated foundation in a cushion. This is to be used on the entire face, with light "dabbing" motions to press the product and its ingredients onto the skin.

Before I applied the product, my face looked very dull and I had fairly visibly dark circles. After the compact cushion, my skin tone and overall complexion is more even, and any dark areas or uneven spots have diminished.

STEP 3: CONCEALER

When it comes to the step of concealing your under-eyes, I have seen many people doing this step before applying their Lava Art Compact Cushion, but I personally prefer to do this step after. Just to make sure that my dark circles are well hidden and concealed. As mentioned earlier, the compact cushion covers a lot, so this step can be skipped if you don't struggle with eye bags, dark circles or other stubborn blemishes.

Note: My skin looks extra pale due to the strong ring light that I'm using!

If you compare the picture above to the first picture of me with no makeup, there is definitely a big difference. I may look pale now, but I'd like to think of it as a new, blank canvas that I get to easily work with now that my imperfections are gone. Time enhance my features!

STEP 3: EYE MAKEUP

The highly crucial step in my makeup routine in order to look more awake, is by applying eyeliner and mascara. This is a very straight-forward process, and is most likely already in your makeup routine, so just go ahead and go in with your usual eye-makeup look.

STEP 4: setting (powder & blush)

The fourth step is not only to set the foundation on the face and get that matte and dewy look, but also to add colour to my otherwise pale, but covered face. I like to think that the foundation and concealer helps neutralise the skin to eliminate odd colour-correction-needed spots. Then the added colour from the powder will instantly return the skin back to its original colour.

T H E  R E SU L T

...after applying on lipstick.

I just have to point out how big of a difference a lipstick can do to any makeup looks! It saves me A LOT of time getting ready in the mornings, because I don't have to do much with my makeup or add any fancy eyeshadows in order to complete my look.

As you can see, my everyday makeup routine is nothing very special or complicated. Keep in mind that this was not meant to be a tutorial, but for me to share my makeup routine with you, especially after testing out the Lava Art cushion. The product is definitely my favourite alternative to liquid foundation, and I'm definitely going to use it more.

I hope you liked it!

Love, Elizabeth

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Hey all!

It was a sunny Sunday today, but instead of making plans on my only day off, I decided to have a much-needed time to rest at home. Even my Instagram hasn't really been updated much lately, but I'm taking as many work shifts as I can before I leave for Australia. In other words, I haven't done much that is share-worthy or fun to read about, but I reckon it will all be worth it later.

I'm just dropping by to say "hi", and I hope you all have had a good Sunday so far!

I also wanted to share some pictures of Friday's outfit. I'm absolutely loving this flare sleeved blouse that makes me feel like a princess when I'm roaming the streets of Oslo. Even in regular black jeans!

Blouse: Gina Tricot / Pants: Bik Bok / Shoes: River Island / Bag: Fashion Drug

// photos by @Gambitsky

xo, Elizabeth

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