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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Right before the new year rolls around, I like to take a look back at the year that has passed. Did I achieve what I wanted to achieve? What were my favorite highs? Any teachable lows? And with that, I try to determine what are some of my hopes, dreams and goals for the upcoming year.
At first when I started to think about 2014, I figured that it wasn’t that big of a year. Everything was just same old, same old. That was until I started to really think through it. I take it back. This was a pretty eventful year! Here are my top 14 moments from 2014. Hope you like it!
1. I had so much fun with my favorite sidekick!2. I ran the color run again and realized how far I have come with my running! 3. I Graduated with my Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications!Starting this masters program is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has given me so much! An American Graduation Ceremony is very different from what I am used to, but I liked it. Walking across that stage made me think back on the two years I have spent earning my degree and how much it has changed my perspective.
4. My Mom Came to Visit!In April my mom and Magnar came to visit me for a couple of weeks. We travelled all around Northern California and I had a great time! They have visited me before and we have previously taken the Highway 1 tour down to Southern California so this time around, we wanted to focus north. We went to see the giant Sequoia trees up in Legget and even drove through one!
5. I Got a New Job! #Ilovemyjob
6. I went to Norway for 17th of May! 17th of May in Norway is like 4th of July in the US. People celebrate with parades, music, food, parties and not to mention the national costumes. This might be totally bonkers to you, but its actually pretty fun!
7. Work Travels!I know most people don’t like to travel for work, but I do! Even if I only get an hour to see the city, it’s more than I would otherwise! :)
8. BlogHer 14!In July I went to my first blog conference, BlogHer 14. It was a lot of fun and I met some incredible people! It actually inspired me to pick up blogging again and I am so glad I did!
9. I Ran My First Half Marathon!The day after I came back from BlogHer, I ran my first half marathon! This was a pretty big deal for me, and I wrote a blogpost about the race here
10. Featured on Huffington Post!After reflecting on my half marathon race and writing this blog post, I was super excited to see it featured on Huffington Post!
11. New York!In September I went to New York to meet up with some friends and I had the best time! And I finally got to go to Mood! Read all about it here
12. Chocolate Creme BrûléeThis might seem funny, that a dessert made it to my top 2014 list, but this one was probably the best I have ever tasted!
13. Best Blog Posts of 2014!It’s pretty interesting that its one fitness and one dessert post, but the posts I wrote about my half marathon and this one featuring a Norwegian Apple Cake recipe was the most read blogposts on Repolished in 2014
14. MontrealMontreal was one of the best trips I have been on! The city is amazing with so much history, great food and felt so peaceful! It was a perfect romantic christmas getaway!
Ever wondered what to do with a weekend in New York? Or what about in Brooklyn? There are tons of amazing things to see, eat and experience in the city that never sleeps! Last week I hopped on a redeye to meet up with a couple of friends for a weekend getaway in New York and here is a quick recap with some tips and ideas if you’re thinking about going. I visited the city for the first time during Christmas with my boyfriend last year and I totally fell in love. I had already seen most of the “have to see” things last year so this time around I wanted to explore more of Brooklyn and just enjoy the city for the weekend. If you have never been to New York I would recommend seeing Top of the Rock, The Metropolitan Museum, Rockefeller Center during Christmas (There is a LOT of people, but it can be magical), a Horse and Carriage ride in Central Park (during winter), 9/11 Memorial, The Highline, Restaurants in the Hells Kitchen area and just walk around all the different Neighborhoods!
We stayed at my friends apartment on Upper East side and hit the ground running as soon as I arrived. Whenever I go traveling, I love to just roam around in the streets and really take in the city. I usually have some notion of things I want to do, but leave lots of time to just explore. My friend Lisa and I walked into Central Park and I was amazed at how different it looked in the summer! It was incredibly green and nice to just take in the nature. I went to New York this weekend because Lisa was coming all the way from Norway and didn’t realize until a few days before I arrived that Fashion week would be ending the night before. Who goes to New York the day after Fashion Week ends? Oh yea, that’s me! I love watching all the shows and the street fashion that truly awakes during Fashion Week and wished I could have been there for that, but maybe next time. Maybe this is the nerd in me, but I still wanted to go down to Lincoln Center and check it out so we did!
Saw this sweet message on a bench in Central Park. Mormor means Grandma in Norwegian and Morfar means Grandpa.
The last time I went to New York I didn’t get to see the 9/11 memorial so that was definitely on my list of things I wanted to see this weekend. I had seen pictures of it and knew how it looked like, but going down there to see it was completely different! I don’t know if it was because it was the day after 9/11, but it really made an impact on me. I knew that the edges had the names of all the people who lost their lives that day engraved and just seeing how big the memorial was, really put the number of people into perspective. There was a sign saying that family members usually put down flowers into their loved ones name on their birthday and on 9/11 and the place was filled with them! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
The next morning we headed down to the garment district to visit Mood! On our way down there we accidentally walked right into the annual 5th avenue 5 mile race and got to see the first finisher cross the finish line! Looked like a lot of fun and who knows, maybe next year I’ll run that one. Anyways, I have been watching Project Runway ever since it started and especially after I started to sew myself, I have always wanted to go to Mood! The selection they have there is amazing! Even though I couldn’t really bring that much fabric with me back in my carry-on, I just wanted to touch the textures and get a feel of some of the fabric I wanted to order online. And of course, I bought some! I found this beautiful dark red/pink wool fabric that I think I want to either make into a skirt or a moto vest so stay tuned!
Later that day we headed over to Brooklyn and explored the Saturday Flea Market, and Brooklyn Night Bazar! I must say, I was really impressed with Brooklyn. It reminded me a lot of Greenwich in Manhattan. That’s where the actual steps of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment is (66 Perry street). I loved that it was only 10 minutes from Manhattan and still feels like New York, but not as busy and crazy. It actually started raining pretty bad at the Flea market and as we were walking back to the subway station this almost 7 feet tall police office stopped me and this is basically how our conversation went down:
Police Officer: Hey Miss, are you in a hurry?
Me: No, not really..
Police Officer: Can I use your umbrella for a minute? (with a smirk on his face if you ask me!)
Me: Ehm, No..
Police Office: No? You don’t say no to a police officer!
Me: Well, what are you going to do with it?
Police Office: I am just getting a burrito from the taco truck right there and I didn’t want to get wet….
Me: Oh, embarrassed and laughing out loud I obviously gave him my umbrella! Can’t hold up a burrito run!!
His Co-Workers: What a crybaby! Can’t even handle the rain! At least get the girl a taco! lol!
The Brooklyn Night Bazar is basically like a start up party where you have a huge space where different artists and small businesses can display and sell their products as well as including a bar, different food vendors and live music! It’s really fun and a great way to see whats out there and find niche products. The last time I went to one in SF, I bought a Carrotcake Jam for example. I would probably never had purchased that at the store if I wasn’t introduced to it there. This time around I found some really nice earrings and a bomb cookie!
It’s not a chocolate chip cookie, it’s a chocolate cookie chip! It has a sea salt sprinkled chocolate base with chunks of cookie and cookie dough. Amazing!!!
My catch at the Flea and Night Bazar!
On Sunday I only had a few hours before my flight and we ended up walking the Brooklyn Bridge and roaming the streets of New York back up to the Upper East Side. I don’t know why we ended up spending so much time in Brooklyn, but I am glad we did because I loved it! I don’t think you can ever see everything in New York and that’s why I love that city so much! There is always something new and different to experience or see. I am sure I’ll be back again soon!