Monthly Archives: March 2014

Jersey Maxi dress made from a tank top pattern!

I have wanted a maxi dress for ages, but I never seem to find one that I like. The shape is usually off , the fabric is not quite right or the pattern is too boring or too crazy. On my trip to the fabric store a while ago I picked up this really cool knitted jersey in white and grey stripes and I decided to sew my own maxi dress with my own pattern!

The fabric I used for making the maxi dress

I didn’t have any pattern and even after looking around online, I couldn’t really find any that I completely loved. And to be honest, my printer was out of ink and I was to lazy to go walk 3 miles either to buy new ink or to the closest print shop on a sunday:)

So the solution came to me in a tank top! I have a few that I really like the shape of and I folded it in halv and marked around on some parchment paper. I added some seam allowance of about half an inch ( 1-1,5 cm) on each side and cropped the neckline to a high v-neck in the front. Normally I would not add seam allowance to the fold (the back or mid section front of the tank top) because you are not sewing anything here, but this tank top is a little tighter than I would like my dress to be so I added all the way around.

Back. Added seam allowance all the way around. Usually I would not do the back, but the tank top is a little tighter than I would like my dress to be.

I then laid out my fabric with the inside out and enough width for the “pattern” to cover and made sure the stripes were aligning front to back. At the end of the tank top pattern I continued the line with a slight curve going out all the way down to the end of the fabric. I had measured in advance how long I wanted it and added a few inches to that. It is always better to have a little to much on the length instead of having it be just a little too short, especially when sewing without a pattern.

One of the sides cut and ready

After cutting out both pieces, I pinned them up together on both sides with zig zag stitches since I was doing a jersey knit (very important detail!). I tried on the fit and had to do some smaller adjustments to the waist for a perfect fit. After stitching it up, I pressed the hem and overcasted the ends (See your sewing machine manual for overcasting stitches, basically zig zag along the end of the line so it wont fall apart). I closed up the arm holes and neckline by doing a fold and sew. I sewed an overcast stitch to all the edges for them not to flare and then folded in about 1/4 of an inch (0,75 cm) and pressed it down with an iron. I then folded again and sewed with a lightening stitch (it is probably not called that, but it looks like a lightening on the sewing machine so I am calling it that). I also had to adjust the neckline somewhat as I wanted it a little lover then my first cut (Again, I have learned along the way that it is always better to have a little more than less fabric to work with).

And thats it! Took me probably a few hours to make, but I am sure if you are more efficient you could pull it off in an hour.

The result! You cant see the top part as well here, but it had medium broad shoulders like a tank top:)

What do you think?

A Norwegian review of PLÄJ, San Francisco

Last weekend I got invited to go along with a bunch of Norwegians, Swedes and even Americans to test the new hot scandinavian restaurant in San Francisco, PLÄJ. I heard some rumors about the place, but I didn’t really know what to expect, other than something scandinavian.

The restaurant itself describes PLÄJ like this:

“Introducing PLÄJ, a new innovative concept from Swedish born Owner/Chef Roberth Sundell where California fare and Scandinavian flavors become one. PLÄJ is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cusine. PLÄJ embodies the soul of Scandinavia,the place to share the experience of new flavors, great wine, Scandinavian beer, and cocktails.”

The restaurant is not to big, but just the right size with a cozy ambiance. We got one of the bigger tables all the way in the back center, given that we were around 10 people. The menu offered numerous delicious temptations included fun facts about the different countries in Scandinavia. I eventually took an executive decision and went for the swedish meatballs, which were amazing! I have eaten my share of meatballs in my life, and I have got to say, these ones were way up there.

The restaurant really embraced the Scandinavian theme with a tall blond waitress (stereotype much?), and our check was delivered in a Swedish/English pocket dictionary, which added a cool touch. I can imagine that all the “Swedish/Norwegian/Danish” Americans who live in San Francisco are going to go crazy about this place. One thing is for sure, I will be back!:)

After a delicious meal, some nice Wine, great conversations we were all pretty content!:)

You can check out the menu here:  PLÄJ Dinner menu

Enjoy!:) I know I did!

Dinner at Plaj, And I dont know why my Iphone decided to put devil eyes on everybody, but hey it gives you an idea of the nice dinner we had:)

Linn Skjei Bjørnsen took a lot better pictures that night:)

Linn Skjei Bjørnsen took a lot better pictures that night:)

How to get into a Master in USA?

Golden Gate University

Since I started my Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications here at GGU, a lot of people have asked me how I found a school, got accepted, completed all the requirements and dealt with immigration here in USA. It took a lot of work figuring out everything and getting it ready. Especially being from Norway there are things that are trivial for Americans, but for me sounds crazy or just weird.

I dont know how the process works at all the different schools, but it is usually very similar.

I have decided to make a checklist to make it easier for you: 

1. Figure out where you want to live. Big city? small city? west coast? east coast? midwest? I can very highly recommend San Francisco! It has it all! Great weather, but not to hot, diverse neighborhoods, Silicon Valley just down the “block” , a great “Hippie” mentality, and a city that is consumed with Innovation and keeping it green:)

2. Figure out which kind of school you would like. Big school? small school? Big campus college life like for example UC Berkeley or smaller business school like Golden Gate University or Hult Business school. (I am giving examples from San Francisco, because thats the ones i know). Do you care about rankings? working professionals? small classes? big classes?

3. Do you have a 3-year bachelors degree from Europe? Then you need to find which schools excepts your degree, not every school will. I advise you to call or email the school directly. You will get the information you need and they appreciate students who reach out.

4. Search the Internet for blogs or student reports from that city or school. The people who live there and go to the school will of course give you the best information, the most honest opinions and advice.

5. Apply for the school! But be aware, usually there is a application fee of around $100-200 so only pick and choose a few.

The Application process step-by-step for a graduate master at Golden Gate University:

GMAT:

GMAT is required for most MBA´s at GGU ( And other schools). The test can be taken all over the world, but check early for dates, as they are not offered here very often in each country. Will require some studying in advance of the test.

Can be waived if your GPA is higher than 3,5 or if you already have taken another masters from an accredited American university.

GPA: (Grade Point Average) Your grades needs to be calculated into the American grade system. Can be done by your international advisor after you apply to GGU or online before you apply. The GPA required, varies at the different schools, but at GGU it is 3.0 (B average) for most master programs.

GGU have rolling admissions, but I recommend you submit your application as soon as you can. You will also need to complete visa/immigration status after your application is complete.

 So this is what you have to do:

1.    Order your test dates to TOEFL/IELTS and GMAT if required. The tests are only offered a few times a year so please plan ahead. Have your test results sent directly to GGU, marked with IAA office. GMAT test centers: https://www.mba.com/service/testing/testing.aspx?Action=APPOINTMENTSEARCH

2.    Apply online to GGU and pay application fee ($110) Send all the required forms online and have your transcripts temporarily evaluated.

3.    Send your original transcripts in English in a sealed envelope directly from your school where you earned your bachelors degree.

4.    If you would like to additionally support your application you can submit a personal motivation statement (This might be a requirement at other universities).

5.    Submit your certificate of finances. If you are Norwegian and getting support from Lånekassen you can collect your preliminary statement here: http://app.lanekassen.no/forelopiguttalelse/

6.    When accepted to GGU, start your visa/immigration application. Bring all documents awarded from GGU and other documents requested by the embassy.

7. After your visa is approved, back your bags!:)

I think this sums it up in a easy way. Please comment or email me if you have any additional questions! I am happy to help!:)

The Color Run San Francisco 2014!

Yesterday I did the color run again! I did the color run back in 2012 and that was actually the first time I ran for more than 4 minutes straight! I had actually not planned on running the whole thing because we were just going for the color and the fun. Somehow I got “stuck” with two friends of my friends who were used to running half marathons so I don’t know what happened, but I guess the competitor in me set in because I ran the whole 5K with them! When we finished, I was so proud of myself. That’s when I started to believe that I could actually be a runner. Since then I have ran 3-4 mile (5-6KM) runs on a regular basis (and 10K over the holidays actually) and I am in much better shape. As I was running the course this time around, I took advantage of the moments and took some time to reflect for myself on how far I have come. If you are just starting out, I can really recommend the color run! There are people of all ages and all sizes participating and they don’t even track your time. Its a fun run, and the only requirement is that you have fun!

The color run this year was bigger and even better than last time around. We were also more prepared with a change of clothes, a towel for the seat in the car after and some snacks. After the run, they have a concert with music, dancing and lots and lots of color throws! And with San Francisco summer weather, it was a perfect Saturday!

Back view

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Front view

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Ready for the color throw (with a plastic bag on my phone)

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Gluten and lactose free Apple Cinnamon Cake/Pai

Paleo Apple-Cinnamon-Cake

During the last few weeks I have been trying to not eat any Gluten or lactose as I suspect I am intolerant. Yesterday I had kind of a sweat tooth and I did some google searched and finally landed on this Paleo Apple Cinnamon cake from http://dietpaleorecipes.com. I just have to say, Oh My God! It was delicious! I would almost go as far as saying it was better than normal Apple cake.  I recommend everybody to try this one! I added two apples to the cake so it was even more moist, but that made it more like a pai than a cake because it felt kind of undone, even though it was. Either way will work fine:) When it is done it smells like a perfect mix of gingerbread christmas cakes and apple cake.. yuuuum!

Ingredients

For the paleo apple cinnamon cake you will need:

  • 2 cups almond flour(available online and in most stores)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (available at amazon and prob some stores like whole foods)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced(Or two, I used Fiji)
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • dash freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients (except nutmeg) in a bowl and stir well to incorporate.

In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, egg and vanilla extract (optional), and stir to combine.

Mix this into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the apples and stir one more time.

Pour batter into a pan greased with coconut oil. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.

For a cake or loaf pan, bake approximately 30 minutes. For cupcakes, bake approximately 14 minutes.

Serve by itself or with delicious vanilla ice cream:)

Thanks to dietpaleorecipes.com for the recipe!:)