Guri for en lang uke og helg det har vært. Helt siden forrige mandag har jeg gjort noe hver eneste dag - fra morgen til kveld. Kjente allerede onsdag morgen at kroppen begynte å nynne på siste vers, men presset meg likevel gjennom både onsdag og torsdag. Vi ble invitert på Drake's pre-birthday celebration på onsdag, og dagen etterpå på Dave East's opptreden på Cielo. Kan man droppe noe sånt? NEI. Det endte selvfølgelig opp med et stort smell fredag morgen for å si det sånn. Har ligget RETT UT hele helgen, med høy feber og verk i alle ledd og muskler. Jeg har for det meste bare ligget å sovet og uffet meg, haha. Det har vært litt av en blåmandag så langt også, med null energi føles det ut som jeg drasser rundt på kroppen til en 90 åring.

I all motgang har jeg heldigvis klart å få meg selv ut av døra, så nå sitter jeg å jobber litt på pcen og venter på at Ivana skal komme å holde meg med selskap! Denne uken skal jeg prøve å holde meg i ro så mye som mulig, og få unnagjort mest mulig ting på gjørelisten min. Nå som jeg har gått glipp av så mange dager med å gjøre andre ting, kløøør det i fingrene mine etter å få jobbet. Utenom det går jeg å venter på høst klær både fra Bubbleroom og NAK-D som jeg gleder meg veldig til å vise dere! Jeg skal fikse rabatt koder dere kan bruke på begge nettsidene så dere kan bli høstklare dere og!

What a long week and weekend it has been. Ever since last Monday I have done something every single day - from morning to evening. I already knew by Wednesday morning that my body began to sing on the last verse, but I still pushed myself through both Wednesday and Thursday night. We were invited to Drake's pre-birthday celebration on Wednesday and the following day on Dave East's performance at Cielo. Can you ditch something like that? NO. So of course I hit the wall Friday morning to say it mildly. I've been laying in my bed all weekend, with a high fever and pain in all joints and muscles. For the most part, I have just slept and whining about my pain, haha. It has been a bit of a blue Monday so far too, with zero energy I feel like I'm dragging around a 90 years old body.

Against all odds, I've managed to get myself out of the door, so now I'm working on my computer waiting for Ivana to come and join me! This week I will try to stay calm as much as I can, and try to get as much work done as possible. As I've missed out on so many days doing other things, my fingers are itching to get some work done. Apart from that, I'm waiting for some autumn clothes to arrive from both Bubbleroom and NAK-D, which I really look forward to show you guys! I will fix discount codes that you can use on both web pages so you can go shop there too.

KJ

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Favoritt årstiden min er i ferd med å sette inn, og jeg kan eeeendelig kle meg lag på lag i mørke farger uten å få dårlig samvittighet, haha. Stilen min er veldig edgy og røff, dermed er jeg i mitt ess på den kjøligere delen av året. Det verste jeg vet om er varme sommerdager da alle ser smashing ut i farger, lette kjoler og skjørt, og jeg bokstavelig talt kreperer bare av tanken. Det er bare ikke meg. Jeg bruker timesvis på å finne noe fint som kler været, men jeg ender alltid opp som den svarte fåren.

Jeg kler meg oftest i basic tøy, derfor elsker jeg å pynte opp antrekkene mine i spesielle accessories. Mine favorittfarger denne høsten er militær grønt og signal rødt, blandet med en kombinasjon av sort og beige. Det er alltid kult å ha litt å bryte med når man går mye med svart. Jeg skulle gjerne hatt alle disse lekre veskene og skoene i klesskapet mitt denne høsten, men jeg må nok si meg fornøyd med å kun velge ut noen få av tingene! Hvilke ville du hatt?

My favorite season is just about to set in, and I can finally dress up in dark colors again without having a heavy consciousness, haha. My style is very edgy and rough, so I definitely feel I'm at my best during the cooler parts of the year. The worst thing I know of is hot summer days, when everyone decides to dress up in bright colors, playful dresses and skirts. I literally cringe by the idea. It's just not me. I spend hours trying to find something appropriate for the weather, but I always end up like the black sheep.

I mostly wear basic clothes, so I love to decorate my outfits with some playful accessories. My favorite colors this fall are military green and signal red, mixed with a combination of black and beige. It's always cool to break off the black beatle style with some colors. I would love to have all these lovely bags and shoes in my closet this fall, but because of my budget I have to choose some of the things! What would you choose?

KJ

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MAGICAL SUNSETS

Jeg er endelig tilbake i New York. Jeg kan ikke beskrive hvor godt det har vært å våkne opp og legge seg til utsikten av skylinen. Siden jeg kom har jeg crashet hos en god kompis som bor i Sky, en av de høyeste skyskaperne her på Manhattan. Jeg sover seriøst 64 etasjer over bakken, haha. Gudene vet hvor mange meter det er. Utsikten er virkelig ubeskrivelig - bildene jeg har tatt rettferdiggjør virkelig ikke hvordan det er å se det med sine egne øyne. Noen ting er bare ikke ment til å fanges på kamera, det må sees i virkeligheten.

Foruten det, har jeg sovet kjempe dårlig om nettene. Jeg kjenner en sterk uro i kroppen - jeg drømmer merkelige drømmer og våkner minst 3 ganger i løpet av natten. Når jeg først våkner går hodet mitt i hundre, og ingenting klarer å distrahere meg fra tankene og gjøre meg trøtt igjen. Åh hvor slitsomt det er.

Selvom jeg er et menneske som trives med spontanitet og lite rutiner, trives jeg veldig dårlig med ustabilitet. Jeg liker å ha alt rundt meg ryddig, rent og organisert - hvis ikke blir jeg passe gal. Nå som jeg er både arbeidsløs og “hjemløs” kjenner jeg kroppen min blir anspent. Alle tingene mine flyter over i kofferter og jeg har null styr på hvor ting er.

Brikkene faller på plass etterhvert, jeg skal få meg både en jobb og et hyggelig hjem. Jeg må bare ta et lite pust i bakken og senke skuldrene i mellomtiden. Første prioriteten min nå er å få jobb, og etter det kan jeg begynne med leilighets jakt. Imorgen flytter jeg over til venninnene mine Amanda og Ella, så der skal jeg slå meg til ro enn så lenge.

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I'm finally back in New York. I can't describe how nice it's been to wake up ,and go to sleep to the amazing view of the Manhattan skyline. Since I arrived, I've stayed with a good friend who lives in Sky, one of the tallest apartmentbuildings in Manhattan. I'm literally sleeping 64 floors over the ground, haha. God knows how many meters that is.The view is truly indescribable - the pictures I've taken absolutely don't justify what it's like to see it with your own eyes. Some things just aren't meant to be captured on camera, the true beauty can only be seen in reality.

Besides that, I've really been struggling to sleep these past nights. My body is so tense and tired, but also restless - I've been dreaming strange dreams and waking up at least 3 times during the night. And every time I wake up, thoughts start to rush through my head, and I can't manage to distract myself from my own mind. So tiring.

Although I am a person who's never been a fan of routines, the worst thing I know of is instability. I like to have everything around me tidy, clean and organized - if not I go crazy. And since I'm both unemployed and "homeless," at the moment, I guess I do feel a little rootless. All of my belongings are floating over in suitcases and bags, and I have zero clue of what my life will be looking like just a week from now. In other words, I feel like my life atm is very instable.

I'm sure everything will fall into place eventually - I will get both a job and a nice home at some point. In the meantime, I guess I just have to breathe and lower my shoulders a bit. My first priority now is to get a job, and after that I can start looking for an apartment. Tomorrow I will move over to my friends Amanda and Ella's place, so hopefully I'll feel more settled there.

LAST NIGHTS FUN
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- KJ

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The last few hours has been surreal. I still can't grasp the reality of what happened last night.. I just landed safely in New York a few hours ago, coming from Las Vegas. So here I am, with a pair of swollen eyes, a head beating like a drum and a heavy heart. What I thought would be a quiet night in before heading to the airport during the morning hours, suddenly turned into a sleepless, and fearful night.

When my friend Reggie headed for work Sunday night at 10pm, I sank into the couch and curled up into a blanket. Honestly I was a bit relieved when Regg walked out, since I was supposed to go with him to The Strip for his Sunday DJ set. But craving to catch up with some sleep, I ended up stay in, even though I knew Reggie was a bit disappointed by my choice.

I was talking with my friend Oda when we suddenly heard of a shooting in Las Vegas. From what I heard, there had been a shooting inside one of the casino’s - so as most incidents like this, I assumed it was a smaller episode with few people involved. Anyhow, I texted Regg just to make sure he was fine. “Are you okay?? I saw on the news that it’s been a shooting in Vegas, but it’s saying it’s by Mandalay Bay so I’m assuming you’re good.” I locked my phone and thought everything was fine.

I wasn't even halfway into the movie when I suddenly heard someone walking up behind me. I turned around, and there was Reggie with his backpack in his hand, and a shocked look on his face. It was in that second I understood the severety of what had happened. No one shuts down a whole nightclub and loses tons of money if the threat isn't real. He told me he'd been told to pack up his stuff, and leave immediately. He literally drove by the scene only a few minutes after the gunshots, and witnessed all the chaos.

I left the house a few hours later, anxious and scared to go to the airport. Not knowing who caused this tragedy, or if they'd even been caught, I was afraid to go to into a crowded place in the same city as where an attack like this had just happened. I made sure to pass the security check as quick as I could, so I would feel safer.

I sat down in my seat, fastened the seat belt and opened the window blind. Right in front of my eyes was the skyline of The Las Vegas Strip, and what shone brightest was The Mandalay Bay. I looked straight at it, and the venue where way to many lives had been lost just a few hours before. I don't have any words to describe the feelings that rushed through me, but for a few single seconds, I felt this immene pain in my chest and I managed to grasp the reality of it. Too many lives lost. Too many families and friends who will never see their loved ones again. For no single reason.

My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tradegy.

Enough is enough, this world needs some serious change..

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Jeg nyser, hoster og kremter. Jeg kjente allerede da jeg var på Venice Beach med Anniken og Joakim at kroppen min var svak og i ferd med å bli syk. Jeg har vært på Venice mange ganger før, og for å være ærlig er det kanskje det stedet jeg hater mest her i LA (why: tourist trap). Men denne dagen var hele stranden lagt i et tykt skydekke. Å føle den friske brisen, se palmene dekket i tåke og horisonten totalt hvisket ut var en smule dystert i forhold til de vanligvis fargerike omstendighetene der, men mest av alt var det vakkert. Likevel, der jeg gikk rundt i et knelangt skjørt og en altfor kort hettejakke fikk jeg nok pådratt meg en liten forkjølelse.

- KNOLL OG TOTT -

Bussen min til Vegas går imorgen tidlig klokken 12 - kan ikke akkurat si at jeg er ekstatisk for å skulle ta buss i fem timer, og spesielt ikke med denne forkjølelsen, men jeg får overleve. Jeg har vel bare godt av å komme meg litt ut av komfort sonen min og krølle meg opp i et trangt bussete for noen usle timer. Jeg skal prøve å holde dere oppdatert i løpet av helgen - Anniken og Joakim har aldri vært i Vegas før så vi har selvfølgelig masse morsomme planer på agendaen! Stay tuned!

KJ

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Hey guys!

Inniblandt mailer, jobbsøknader og store mengder med svart mint te kom jeg nå til å tenke på bloggen. Jeg må si en ting - Dere alle sammen er fantastiske. Jeg har fått så mye positiv tilbakemelding fra nære, kjære, bekjente og fremmede, og det føles utrolig godt å få så mye støtte for noe jeg i utgangspunktet var litt usikker på å dele offentlig. Kanskje høres det hele ut som en bagatell for andre, men for meg som vanligvis er vandt til å holde det meste inne, kjente jeg det tok litt av meg...

Jeg har fått spørsmål om hva planen min er videre og jeg beklager for min mangel på utdypelse. For snart to måneder siden fullførte jeg Bachelor graden min på Berkeley College, og avventer nå et nytt visum som tillater meg til å jobbe i USA. Det var nettopp derfor mitt eventyrlystne hjerte banket etter å oppleve en ny by, nå som jeg først hadde muligheten. Men jeg var nok litt korttenkt med det faktumet at jeg valgte å ignorere den tøffe realiteten av å flytte et nytt sted. Det er ikke bare fryd og gammen, og spesielt ikke i starten. Det tar tid å tilpasse seg, danne seg et nettverk og faktisk føle seg hjemme. En stor del av meg hadde glemt hvor vanskelig det var i starten i New York også, og hvor frustrert jeg til tider var. Det å komme hit fikk meg raskt til å innse at jeg ikke er klar for å starte på scratch og bygge opp et helt liv igjen. Det tar tid, energi og en ekstrem viljestyrke. Velger jeg å bli her må jeg bygge opp grunnmuren min på nytt av. I New York har jeg allerede en stabil grunnmur, med både gulv, vegger og tak oppe. Samme tid og energi jeg velger å investere med å bygge opp en grunnmur her, vil jeg i New York komme mye lenger fra der jeg allerede er. (Har en forkjærlighet for metaforer, don't judge.)

Så i mitt mentale regnestykke har jeg i ettertid kommet frem til at New York faktisk er et bedre alternativ for meg, i tillegg til at jeg kjenner på hele meg at det er der jeg tilhører. SO, jeg har dermed ikke mange dagene igjen her i LA, jeg drar faktisk allerede på fredag. Jeg skal bruke mesteparten av den resterende tiden sammen med Anniken og Joakim, siden de nå også er i California! Imorgen (idag for dere i Norge) er planen å møtes på Venice Beach og ha en liten piknik på stranden der, før vi på fredag drar sammen til Las Vegas, der jeg skal besøke kompisen min Reggie på lørdag. Reggie er en god kompis fra New York som flyttet til Vegas i vinter. Jeg vet ikke hvor lenge jeg har lovt Reggie at jeg skal komme på besøk, men jeg kjenner den dårlig samvittigheten min har vokst med tiden som har gått. Det blir veldig koselig å se han igjen.

Håper alle har en fin uke!

KJ

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I dette sekund sitter jeg krøllet opp under dynen min – rettelse - sengetøyet mitt – jeg vil ikke claime at dynen jeg kjøpte på Target for $9.99 er en av mine eiendeler, men du skjønner poenget. I topplokket koker og bobler det av både frykt, angst og periodevise flashback av tidligere minner. Jeg kjenner at i en posisjon som dette, hvor man er totalt fremmed og ukjent, er det lett å la hjertet snakke ukontrollerbart. Tenke tilbake på alt det fine man har vært igjennom, lure på hvorfor i all verden man valgte å dra fra et sted man hadde det så bra. Hva får et menneske til å bare dra fra alt det fantastiske man allerede har? Jeg vet ikke, jeg spør meg selv spørsmålet mens jeg ligger her og titter ut av disse hvite persiennene som jeg så vidt lar slippe inn litt dagslys.

Jeg gjorde det en gang for tre år siden – flyttet til New York uten en eneste anelse om hva jeg hadde i vente. Det eneste jeg var sikker på, var at det føltes fullstendig rett. Nå derimot, ligger jeg her og kikker ut av disse persiennene med en tung følelse av rotløshet og fortvilelse. Jeg sitter med akkurat samme utgangspunkt som da jeg flyttet til New York,. Det er bare det at.. Det føles ikke rett. Det har så vidt gått to uker siden jeg landet i LA – det har vært solskinn, palmer, fine mennesker, latter, drinker, poolparties, solnedganger, sykkelturer, roadtrips, sand og hav. Men nei. Nei, nei og nei. Den verkende, altoppslukende følelsen av lengsel og utilhørighet har vært for stor for meg til å ignorere. Kjenner man seg selv godt nok, vet man fort om magefølelsen prøver å lure deg eller ikke.

Oppå dette store fjellet av følelser, sitter selvfølgelig også følelsen av å være mislykket. Følelsen av å vite at jeg ga opp en drøm, så tidlig. Tanken får meg til å ta et dypt pust og synke ennå lenger ned i sengen. Så tenker jeg tilbake på responsen til Stine igår, da jeg ringte og fortalte hun hva jeg følte og hadde bestemt meg for. "For å være helt ærlig, skjønte jeg allerede for lenge siden at det var der du tilhørte. Og du skal ikke være redd Kaja, det betyr bare at du har funnet ut av hvem du er og hva du vil”

Stine har rett. Kanskje var California bare en drøm, men i det minste har jeg virkelig funnet ut hva jeg vil. Jeg vil hjem, tilbake til der jeg hører til. Tilbake til New York.

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Silver eyecandy

I've been wanting a silver watch for suuuch a long time now, and I finally got it in my mail a few days ago! I'm so so excited! Most of the time I wear gold accessories, but lately I've been having a crush on silver. I just think it's a more casual and laidback color. This is an all-around watch that you can use to any occasion, which is definitely a must for me. It looks good with my sweatpants and my glittery dresses, which makes it so much easier to accessorize!

- Audrey billard -

So since it's almost Christmas I decided to do a collaboration with Audrey Billard and hook you up with some discounts!! The code is going to work until November 30th, which is perfect in order to get it before Christmas! *Cause we all know how annoying delivery is during December*

Go to Audrey Billard and use the code "Kjbrathen" to get 15% off your purchase!!

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" Not My President"

Walking out of school last night, fifth avenue was packed with people protesting against Trump. Seeing so many angry, disappointed people left me very emotional. I think it's upsetting how an individual who has expressed hatred towards so many of the rights this country has fought so long for, is now becoming the next president. Over time, he’s discriminated the LGBT society, muslims, immigrants, black people and women. It’s important to acknowledge that these discriminations concerns us all, even though we don’t directly fall under these terms. We all know, and care for someone who are affected by this, and that’s exactly why it concern us as well.


Personally speaking, I’m not only against his perceptions and values, but I am also against many of the things he politically stands for. For example, one of the biggest problems in America is gun violence. Still, he wants people to have the freedom to go buy a gun and carry it around. It may offer protection for one person, but it results in fear and the possible death of another. This “protection” is also being abused by too many people, and results in countless of killings that could have been avoided. Trump is also against abortion, which I find a little ironic when it comes to his stands on gun policies. He’s okay with a person being killed, but ending a life when it’s still just an unconscious being, that’s not okay?


"Our City Does Not Support Hate"

Also from the economic aspect - he want’s to give greater benefits to people with higher income. Less tax income means less is given out to the society. It’s important to remember that a high percentage of Americans lives in severe poverty, and they’re dependent on support from those who are more fortunate. I mean, shouldn’t we support the society as a whole and try to make the world better for everyone, instead of focusing our support to the fortunate individuals, and letting them have even more?


I just think there’s a lot of double standards in all of this. America is said to be “The Land of Freedom”, but I would say the freedom is quite limited when the system ultimately decides over the people. The people elected Hillary, but the system elected Trump. So Trump it is! It just doesn't make sense to me.


Regardless of these facts and opinions, Trump is going to be the next president. I strongly hope that he can turn around his hate into love, and contribute to something good in this country, not to mention, the world in general. I also hope he is going to respect people of all different races, religions and sexualities. Ultimately, we’re all just humans and that means we should all be treated equal.

*Please remember this is some my personal opinions


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In a city like this you meet new people on an everyday basis. Maybe all you ever did was glance a little smile to each other, maybe you talked together about something very important, or something totally insignificant. The point is, you can meet someone for only few seconds, and still they can manage to make an impression on you. That’s exactly what happened to me a few days ago…


I walked onto the subway when I glimpsed a vacant space on the narrow train. Since I was going far, I decided I might as well sit down since no one else seemed eager to take the seat. The lady next to me had dark skin and was of solid construction. She sat next to a white, older lady with silver hair tied up in a low bun. Normally I'd plugged my earbuds in and fall into a daydream, but for a change, my phone had died half an hour prior.


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As usual, I observed the people around me, but my attention was sharpened on these two ladies next to me. The dark lady chatted and laughed with the elderly woman, and her energy made me feel the kindness and warmth in her. Somehow I wondered how these two souls had found each other, across different age and color. One white, one black, one young, one old.


As I was trapped in a whirlwind of thoughts I suddenly heard a voice in the distance "oh my gosh, you got such cute freckles on your nose!". I paused for a second and wondered if someone was talking to me, or if I simply had been too egotistical to think that someone actually did. I glanced quickly to the left, then to the right, when I suddenly made eye contact with this black lady who had been sitting next to me the whole trip.


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“What? Me?" I said with assumably the most dubious look she’d ever seen before. "Yes mami!" She said. "You look so beautiful without make-up, I wish I saw more women walk around like that. Your little freckles on your nose are so beautiful”. “Nowadays everybody’s trying to do their make-up to make it look natural, but girl, the only thing that's natural is not wearing any makeup.” I agreed with her before I stated that I didn’t especially like my freckles. ”Honey, it’s those little spots that makes you, you. It makes you stand out from the crowd. Embrace it. It's beautiful.”


For a second I thought I was going to slip off the orange subway seat I was sitting on. What I’d seen as flaws, was beauty in her eyes. I felt the train brake and saw it approaching my stop. I smiled at her and thanked her for what she had said to me. "I'll remember you" were the words I managed to say before I shoveled my way through the crowd that stood in front of the doorway.


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Such a small incident, but it left a big impression on me. I realize that my generation defines beauty with words as perfect, flawless and spotless. We’ll do anything to fit into society’s perception of beautiful and “perfect.” But we seem to have forgotten that beauty has nothing to do with perfection. It’s when a person is their authentic self and and carries their flaws with pride, that the true beauty emerges.

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