This past weekend I was in Vegas with my favorite sidekick, and I randomly met Sarah Jessica Parker! There is not a lot of celebrities I would make a big fuzz over, but I totally “fangirled” out when I met her! Obviously. I have grown up in my teens and again in my early twenties watching Sex and the City and can probably tell you what happens in every single episode. Needless to say, I am a big fan! We stayed at the Aria and after checking in we decided to go check out the Crystals mall, which is connected to the hotel. I noticed a popup shop with shoes and immediately wanted to go in, who doesn’t right? I knew it was her brand, but it actually took me a couple of minutes browsing in the store before I realized, oh holy sh*t! Sarah Jessica Parker is sitting right there! Like two feet away from me. Woah! At first I didn’t really know what to do with myself, but somehow I found out that if you bought a pair of shoes, you would get a meet and greet. I didn’t even think straight and immediately started trying on shoes! Her shoes are so cute! They are of course very inspired by her character, Carrie from Sex and the City, but I love that. I found my dream shoes (in the picture below), but they were a little pricey for what I could use them for. Who knows, maybe I’ll buy them if I ever have a wedding dress to wear with them! Once I found another pair that was more in my price bucket, I went over to get my tag signed.I didn’t know what to expect, but she is the nicest person and so tiny! She was helping people around in the store, getting the right size and even signed an extra candle for a charity this woman ahead of me in line was very committed to. I chatted with her for a few minutes and almost died when she said she loved my name and my hat! I feel like that is the biggest fashion compliment I could ever get! I had been traveling all morning and wasn’t exactly ready for a photo shot so for her to say that? Made my day! She felt bad I had to order the shoes online, because they didn’t have my size, so she signed an empty box for me so I would have it when they arrived, so nice! She signed it, ” to Hege, my best! SJP” Swoon!Best memory! Have you ever met your dream celebrity or idol? I think I’ll live on this one for a while!
If you want to buy her shoes, you can because they sell them at Zappos now! Free shipping and free returns :) Here are some of my favorites!
Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet!
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It was so cold last week so this weekend, I was very happy to be back to the sunny California I am used to and love! I have been working out a lot latelty and this weekend was no different. I did some pop physique, a city hike, shoe shopping AND I got my Stitch Fix!After signing up for the half marathon last month, I knew that I had to get back into pre-race training shape in order to get a better race time. I am also going to spend a significant amount of time in a bikini this spring, so two birds in one! I tried Pop Physique a few times with some of my coworkers last year and liked it so I bought a GILT deal a with 10 classes to give it a better try. Have you ever tried it? I think it’s a pretty good workout! It’s a mix of ballet strength movements, barre routines, and regular strength. They focus mostly on the smaller muscle groups in your arms and upper body and then lots and lots of thighs and glutes! I feel like in am in pretty good shape, but my thighs are shaking every single class! It’s a good 20-25 minutes walk from my house so I get the added cardio to warm up and then I can Facetime with my mom and friends on my way! :) I went both days this weekend and was pretty sore come Monday morning!
I got my Fix on Friday and got some really cute stuff! Here is a couple of my favorites.Love the movement in this dress! It has a lower slit on each side so it really flows with the wind! It’s called Mystree Andria Maxi Dress. This is the Wells Grace Zedd Lace Overlay Blouse :)
On Sunday I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival with a couple of friends, but the Cherry Blossoms were nowhere to be seen! I don’t know if it’s too early or too late, but it might have something to do with the cold weather last week. We ended up walking through the Fillmore and over the hills down to Union and Chestnut Street in the Marina. Perfect Sunday stroll through the city!Cutest little hotel! How was your weekend?
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Carrot cake is my boyfriends favorite! The Norwegian version is so easy to make and full of flavor! I think it’s also one of the healthiest cakes you can bake because the main ingredient is carrot!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good frosted cake, but sometimes there is just too much frosting. I love a cake where the actual cake tastes really good as well and not only serves as a vessel for the frosting. I am I the only one? Carrot cake is moist, delicious and just gets better and better! Some cakes you want to bake and eat it as soon as it gets out of the oven, but this one you can even bake the day before if you want to. It just gets better and better when the carrots gets to sit and get more moist for a few hours. Or you can eat it right away, hot and delicious with vanilla ice cream on the side:)
What you’ll need
1 Cup/2,5 dl Sugar
1.5 Cups/3,5 dl Flour
3 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Baking Soda
1⁄2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Sugar or Vanilla Extract
Almost (3/4) a 1/2 of a Cup/1 dl Olive Oil
2 Cups /4 dl of packed ground carrots
1 pack of Cream Cheese. I use the regular, but if you want flavor you can use pineapple, apricot or any kind you’ll like.
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar. I actually only use Cane Powdered Sugar because I think all powdered sugars taste different, and this in my opinion is the best one. Lucky for me, it’s the most common one and every store carries it.
1 tsp Vanilla Sugar or Vanilla Extract
This is a single layer cake, so if you want a higher cake or more frosting you can double the recipe and make 2-4 layers.
First, I want to show you a trick! You know when you’re cutting vegetables and the cutting board keeps sliding all over the counter? Annoying right? Well, if you put a damp wash cloth under the cutting board, it sticks to the countertop and will stay still! Start by peeling and cutting the carrots into smaller pieces. Now you need to mince the carrots. You can use a grater and these ones from Ikea are great because they have a collection bowl underneath to make things a whole lot easier! I am on the other hand even more lazy so I just grind them in my Cuisinart chop/grinder. I got it for Christmas and I love it! So easy to grind up nuts, vegetables or to make sauces! Chop/grind/grate until the carrots are moist and in tiny tiny pieces. You don’t want big chunks of carrot in your cake! In a large bowl, mix sugar and eggs and whisk until it has a thick and creamy white consistency. It usually takes between 5-10 minutes on high speed and should resemble eggnog once it’s done! Add all the other dry ingredients together in a smaller bowl and add it to the mix. Add the Vanilla Extract. Once it’s all mixed together. Add the Carrots and then the Olive oil. Save a pinch of the carrots for decoration later on if you want to :) Mix it all together for about one minute. Ready for another trick? It really annoys me when a cake sticks to the bottom of your pan and even though it says it’s non-stick, it usually sticks. Well, I have found a solution! I just add Parchment paper to the bottom. I don’t want it all along the sides because it creates an uneven side and the sides usually comes off pretty quick with springforms anyways :) Find your pan, and open the lock. Lay Parchment paper over the bottom of the form. Put butter along the sides of the form. This will help it stay loose as well as give the cake a tasty side! Lay the loose side ring on top of the bottom, over the parchment paper. Lock it tight over the paper. Cut the access paper and that’s it! Noe you have a leak free and easy to remove cake pan! Pour the dough into the pan. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees (180-190 Celcius) for 45 minutes. Once it’s done, let it cool for about 10-15 minutes before you remove the side panel. Let the cake chill for as long as you would like, but at least 1-2 hours before you put frosting on it. If you’re in a hurry, the the cake cool for 15 minutes in room temperature and 15-30 minutes in the fridge. In the meantime, clean up and pull out everything you need for the frosting. I got some questions about the mixer I use, and it’s this one from Oster. I love it because it has a slow speed, which in my opinion is crucial for powdered sugar mixing and it has dough hooks for yeast recipes! Once you’re ready, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl. Mix on low speed until it starts to melt together. It should look something like this when done. Smooth and creamy! Make sure the cake has cooled down and add the frosting on top. I usually start from the middle and work my way out in circle movements. And you’re done or you can add a dash of the grated carrots for decoration. Enjoy! :) I hope you’ll like it! If you love my Norwegian Recipes, you can find all of them here.
How is it Wednesday already? I feel like the weekend barely ended and I wanted to give you guys a little recap! Usually on Friday’s when the clock strikes five, we’ll have an improvised happy hour at work. We’ll have a glass of wine or two and chat about the week that has gone by. I love these little spontaneous, but also somewhat regular recaps. It’s totally casual and super fun!
Earlier in the week we got our second BlueApron box (more details on that later) and I made the sparerib burger with sweet potato fries/slices for dinner on Friday night. It was incredible! I forgot to take a pic, but I am sure I’ll make it again! Or if you search the #blueapron on Instagram, you’ll see a ton!
On Saturday I set out on a city hike with a good friend of mine! I love discovering new areas of the city and we decided to walk all the way down to this building resources store that I have been wanting to check out for a while. My DIY brain went nuts! However my new goal is to have a plan before I buy DIY materials so empty handed we continued our discovery day! The weather has been amazing in San Francisco lately and we took full advantage! We continued through Potrero Hill and into Mission. We were actually on the hunt for BI-Rite ice cream, but so were everyone else :) The line was around the block all the way up to the next street so we skipped it. Better luck next time. And as a bonus, we ended up walking almost 10 miles according to my Fitbit!
On Sunday, I got some errands done and decided to head down to the Yerba Buena park. I was initially planning on going to the beach, but the ultimate laziness kicked in and I didn’t want to drive the 30 min. Lazy, I know. I headed down to the park and found a cozy little spot right by the water fountains! I love this place. It’s actually a memorial for Martin Luther King and truly a beautiful lunge in the heart of the city. I also discovered a new restaurant with patio seating that I had never seen before! I’ve got to check it out soon! Rocked my new Stitch Fix shorts in the park. In love with the vibrant print!