Happy

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI was 12 years old when I first fell in love with the city of New York. In my pink jacket and matching bag, I strutted the streets with admiration and awe. The buildings stood taller than anything I had ever seen, the store displays dazzled every block, and the people had   a mysterious appeal. Everyone seemed occupied, yet so alive. It was magic, and this was going to be my fairytale.

9 years later and the city still gives me butterflies. Strolling the streets without a purpose, running along east river, smelling coffee on every street corner, hailing a yellow cab, meeting new people, shopping with friends, listening to talented street performers, admiring street art. Sometimes, it all feels just like that – a fairytale.

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As with everything else, there are perks of cons of living in a vibrant city like New York. It’s loud, smelly and crowded. It’s tiring, and sometimes you feel exhausted. Sometimes you are sick of the polluted air and rude pedestrians.

Yet, that’s the charm of New York. It’s a chaotic, wonderful mess of a city that complements my dynamic personality in a way that makes me feel complete. Happy. It’s good to be back!

Xx Hanna

Tommy Pier

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLast night Tommy Hilfiger launched his collaboration with Gigi Hadid with a spectacular show at South Street Seaport. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my hands on these exclusive invitations. I did, however, visit the one-day carnival today, as it was open to the public.  The place was complete with carousels, hot dogs, lobster rolls, doughnuts, temporary tattoos, nail art, and of course, fashion. On the Pier, there were four different pop-up stores where you could by the collab, as well as other Tommy H pieces. A unique and creative way to approach the masses!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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A great Saturday indeed! Xx Hanna

New York Fashion Week

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… has officially begun! After two morning lectures at Pace, I ordered an Uber and rushed to Chelsea studios at Pier 59. Feeling as fresh as I could after a long (and hot day) I found my seat and got ready for the show. I love the pre-show vibe. Everyone is dressed up, photographers are scavenger hunting for good outfits, and the room is filled with excitement and anticipation. When people are seated, usually 20 minutes late, the lights dim, the audience hushes, and the only sound are the click’s coming from all the cameras. The music starts and the models showcase the pieces. Instantly, an undeniable magic captivates everyone in the room.

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Even though I’m not working any shows this year, I’m lucky enough to attend a few. My first show for the week was Fashion Palette – Australian Swim/ S/S 2017. Great show with some great, mostly basic, designs. We’ll definitely see a lot of swimsuits, camisole dresses and bright colors next spring.

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Xx Hanna 

 

 

 

Today I’ve…

…had a great morning! I woke up, put on a face mask, and made myself a bowl of greek yoghurt that I enjoyed whilst doing my makeup and watching Mistresses. Yes, I’m a multitasker.

… cursed the Subways’ Air condition system. Every time you walk under ground, you’re hit with a wall of unbreathable air. It’s a hot, smelly and makes you feel disgusting in a matter of seconds.

… had my first lectures for the semester. Despite the heavy workload, I think this semester is going to be fun!

… panicked over the fact that it’s NYFW and I have nothing to wear. Consequently, after my last class I went to my favorite Zara store (222 Broadway) to browse. I ended up with a red leather skirt (my old is completely worn out) and a khaki blazer.

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… strolled around the city streets with a cup of Starbucks in my hand – that never get’s boring in New York.

And right now? Well, I’m eating sugarfree Jello-O whilst contemplating if I should go for a run now or tomorrow morning. I’m leaning towards the latter..

How was your day? Xx Hanna

Last days of summer

Since I got back to New York the days have gone ridiculously fast. To sum up the last few days in keywords; Summer, sun, (sunburns..), wine, friends, fun, workouts and, work. As you probably know already, I volunteer at the Norwegian Seamen’s church once in a while – it’s a great place to connect with new people, listen to their stories, and of course – eat waffles.

Today, on the other hand, Maria and I went to Central Park and enjoyed the last day of summer break. Tomorrow is the first day of my last year at Pace University, and I’m very excited. 1) Because I need to get back into good routines and 2) Because that means the end (of my bachelors) is near.

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I’ll drop by tomorrow to let you know how it goes. Right know I’m trying to figure out what to wear. It’s a real challenge dressing for 30 Celsius (outside) , and an air-conditioned classroom. Wish me luck! Xx Hanna 

 

A love/hate thing

Yesterday we went to IKEA to get some furniture and decor to spruce up the apartment. On my shopping list was something to replace my unreliable dresser that collapses every time I touch it. If it has something to do with my assembling skills, or IKEA’s design, I can’t say for sure.

Luckily, the trip to Brooklyn payed of and I ended up with a minimalistic shelf, a chair, sheets and some candles. I even managed to assemble the shelf without my usual “ikea outbursts”. It almost went to smooth to be true, so I’m praying to higher powers that the shelf won’t collapse. Just in case.

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I love the new ambiance of the room – the perfect place to unwind and concentrate from the hectic city life.

Xx Hanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer of ’16

It’s been 2 months since my last post. What happened?  To be honest, I’m not sure. This summer flew by before I was able to spell the word itself. It may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been working around the clock. Even though I love my job, the walls of the local mall doesn’t exactly give you tropical vibes. Or a tan. In addition to selling shoes, I’ve been spending time with friends and family and enjoyed everything Norway has to offer – ranging from festivals to fishing trips.

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However, as the saying goes, vacation is good, but everyday life is better. Hence, I’m very excited to get back to the city and routines. This semester is going to be though, but simultaneously adventurous. Fashion week, work, birthdays, trips and spontaneity is all on the agenda. Or you can’t really plan to be spontaneous, but you get the picture. Either way, this fall is going to be great, and I can’t wait to fill you all in on the adventure. Stay tuned.

Xx Hanna

Psst. Follow me on Instgram for more frequent updates @hannavaasen

The village

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSunday. Woke up way too early. Remembered I have vacation, went back to sleep. Woke up again. Had my oatmeal. Did my makeup. Threw on an outfit. Went to west village with the girls. Had a cupcake from magnolia bakery. Remembered that their cupcakes aren’t all that. Walked off the cupcake. Gave up walking and took the subway. Saw a weird guy at the subway. Went to Hells Kitchen. Had dinner at our old spot. Went home and watched Grey’s. Listened to the Ellie Goulding until I fell asleep.

Sunday, I almost forgot how relaxing you are.  

 Xx Hanna

Vive le Weekend

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Saturday’s are best spent in Soho. Browse through high-street stores like Zara and H&M, get your glam from Sephora, and stroll past the facades of Chanel, Vuitton and Saint Laurent. In need of some fuel in between stores? Walk a couple of blocks to RinTinTin and order an avocado sandwich. Address: 14 Spring St. 

Xx Hanna

 

Office hours

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When you have a to do list longer than your day, there is only one thing to do – get started. When feeling unmotivated, I focus on making my work environment as comfortable as possible. That includes candles, music and treats. Another study tip: Schedule small breaks every other hour to reset your mind. When working on a computer, don’t spend your breaks checking social mediums – your brain needs variety. Personally, I resort to magazines that are completely unrelated to what I’m working on. And since there’s no distinct correlation between couture and corporate strategies, VOGUE is the perfect distraction.

On second thought, it’s quite nice actually – sitting inside when it’s raining cat’s and dogs outside. Especially when your room smells like scented candles.

Have a nice Friday! Xx Hanna

Spring in Soho

IMG_9366Trees in bloom, outdoor dining, and runs along the river; spring is slowly, but surely making its way to New York. Allergies aside, this is definitely my favorite season;no fear of neither hypothermia or a heatstroke…

Even though the last few weeks have been beyond hectic, I’ve managed to sneak in some lunches in SoHo. The Egg Shop, Rintintin, Butcher’s daughter and Two Hands are some of my favorite places. The latter just opened a new restaurant in Tribeca; we went there yesterday, but ended up at Sarabeth’s as their line was endless –  as is to be expected for Sunday Brunch.

Bag Zara / Tee Kenzo / Trench Gina T/ Jeans FRAME/ Boots Bianco

The photos are by my sweet friend Annis (@akamera). I love the light!

Talk soon. Xx Hanna

 

Blogpost: Knowing how far you’ve come

Consistency is key – a statement I apply to all aspects of my life, except this website. Nonetheless, I like the idea of having a space where I can be creative, share my thoughts and tips on various aspects of my life. And even though I’m trying, there is one thing working against me – time. Time is running away and I only have five weeks left of the semester. 5 weeks. By the midst of may, I have completed 2 years of my Bachelors. In September, I’ve lived in Manhattan for 2 years. I vividly remember the obscure feeling of happiness and frustration when I first moved her in 2014; Over the moon that I’ve made it, yet super frustrated by our crappy Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Still, it’s an experience I wouldn’t want to be without – we all learned a thing or two about ourselves that year. Including how not to kill a cockroach…

However, even though two years have passed as quick as a wink, a lot have changed.  Since I moved to the city, I’ve gained experiences from so many different fields and industries. I’ve worked with some truly amazing people, and I’ve seen the best and worst of fashion. I’ve met some great people and I’ve met friends for life. I’ve made countless memories that I’m beyond grateful for; More often than not, I’ve had to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

I know this sounds like I’m finishing of something. Like I’m concluding a chapter. Well, I’m not. In a world where everyone is striving to achieve bigger and better goals, I think it’s important to stop, and look back – Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. In hindsight, I’ve accomplished everything I dreamed of as a kid. Yet, instead of patting myself on the back, I’m stressing my self out over the fact that there is so much more I should’ve done. So much I need to do. As every other college student, I feel like the future is one big weight on my shoulders; there are so many choices, so many paths.

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and therefore I’ve come to terms with the fact that sometimes, something has to remain unknown. Cause if  I’ve learned on thing after two years in New York  it’s that anything can happen when you least expect it.

Xx Hanna

Good Morning, New York!

Even though this city never sleeps, there is something rare about New York mornings. The air is fresh and crisp ; filled with the distinct aroma of coffee and bagels. People are rushing off in every direction, determined and ambitious. They’re late, just like me. I head towards the L train, and as usual, I pick the cart that smells like someone just died. Great. I get of at Union Square and catch my breath. Whilst running to the next platform, Stings’ ‘Shape of my heart’ fills the station and creates a surprisingly relaxing atmosphere. The musicians are so talented. I jump on the 4 train that is headed to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. With Ellie Goulding in my ears, I stare at all the people in the cart; everyone is tired, so mysterious. I can’t tell if they are unhappy, contemplating their lives, or if they’re just wondering how their day is going to be. The suit besides me looks pretty nervous. Trembling. He probably has a big meeting to get to. The doors open, and I snap out of my hypnotized state. I speed walk towards One Pace Plaza, grab a skinny chai latte at Starbucks, and walk up the stairs to the 6th floor. Before I enter room 602, I smile. Good morning, New York!

Weekend mode

VISITING THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

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Finally weekend! After what seemed like the longest school day ever, I headed to Sephora at Times Square, to get my makeup done for tonight. Since I’ve spent way too much money at the store, I’m lucky enough to get makeovers for free :)) I’ve never used this service before, but it’s safe to say that this won’t be the last. I’m so happy with the result – don’t know how they do it..

Xx Hanna

Back on track

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After a restless couple of days in bed, I’m finally feeling better! Little did it hurt when I realized in was 25 degrees outside. Did anyone say Summer in October? .. I ended up wearing a dress from NakedWardrobe, a green trench from Gina Tricot and my new favourite shoes from Zara; They are so comfortable!

Other than that  the day has been spent celebrating Maria’s 20th birthday! We’ve managed to eat at both Max Brenner and Hakkasan, so I guess you can say we’re kind of stuffed right now. The chocolate pizza at Max B was heaven, whilst Hakkasan was a real disappointment. The restaurant itself was very chic, but the service was terrible and the food was OK.. We’re definitely going with TAO next time. Either way, we ended up having a blast, like we always do. I love my girls!

I’ll write you tomorrow!

Xx Hanna

Sunday funday

Since yesterday was spent solely in bed, we decided that today had to be more productive. After the mandetory long sunday breakfast, we headed to Bloomingdales and 5th avenue for some post-birthday shopping. On my list was a matte, gold watch – which was the only thing I didn’t find. Every single one looked cheap and blingy – something a rapper would wear in a lowbudget music video – if you know what I mean.. I did, however, find a new Marc Jacobs Wallet, some basics at Zara and Topshop, two pair of shoes, and a super cheap bag at forever21. The Loboutin nail polish was a birthday gift from Maria and Emilie. It’s the perfect shade of red!

We also managed to squeeze in a lunch at TAO. Their Crispy Orange Chicken is to die for. A true must if you’re ever in the city.

At the moment I’m just laying in bed trying to start my 2000 word paper that’s due tommorrow night. I’m writing about new reproductive technologies and their impact on family structure and society at large. Sounds fun? It’s not..

See you soon! Xx Hanna

Birthdaygirl

Yesterday, the 25th of September, I finally turned 20. Not that significant when I live in the US, but at least I’m not a teenager anymore. And only one year away from the big 21.

I love birthdays. I love when people call and and message me just to wish me a great day. I love when my friends and family tell me how much they appreciate and love me. This day always makes me realize how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life. I couldn’t ask for anything else.

On that note, I had a great day! After a long day at school, I came home to a decorated apartment, homecooked diner, cake and presents! I have the best roomies <3 Later in the evening we had some people over to celebrate ; There were a lot of drinks , a lot of Brittney Spears , and lots of catching up. The party continued at some clubs, where we danced all night. Needless to say; we had a blast!

XX a very happy Hanna