Finding the Right Motivation

The one and the same thing can be done with different levels of ease depending on ones attitude towards it. Or rather ones reasons behind it. Doing things just because you have to is for example significantly more demanding than doing things because you think they are fun… So, how do you make the demanding tasks easy? By finding the right motivation.


When I first started Originally My about a year ago it didn’t take long before I made posts only for the sake of it. I was so hung up on posting every secound day that I completely forgot about actually filling the posts with content I was proud of and found inspiring. Instead of writing about subjects I cared about I constantly grasped after the first best thing, a strategy that was highly unsustainable for a longer period of time.

 Since I restarted it all this summer I have only published posts I think are good. Many of them could be much better, both regarding the writing and the photography, but they are me. My style, my skills, my values. Why? Because I write them for me. My motivation to make posts is no longer to create the perfect website, as it was last year, but rather to express my creativity and hopefully inspire someone else. I’ve found a new, more motivating, motivation.


The same goes for pretty much anything. Are you trying to start running? Sign up for a race you can’t get out of. Do you have to clean out your wardrobe? Think of all of the new clothes you will be able to fill it with. Are you studying something boring which seems to be a complete waste of time? Find something in your future that may benefit from you learning all of it now. Or, you could just bribe yourself with candy…

It’s all about finding the right motivation for you.

I wish you the best of luck with that, and don’t you forget to stay original! xoxo

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Dressing Autumnal in Musty Yellow & Rich Plum

Yellow and purple might sound like an odd combination to some, but not to me. After a few years as a child going to art school I sure know my colour wheels. Even if I rarely use them activily these days they have teached me a few things I carry with me, the most important being complementary colours.

Complementary colours are basically pairs of colours that complement each other. If you look at a colour wheel you’ll find these colours across from eachother. The primal pairs are blue and orange, red and green and last but not least yellow and purple. In case it’s not christmas I tend to stay away from red and green, but the other two I really like! Even though the tones of yellow and purple in this particular outfit aren’t actually complementary if you section the wheel more thoroughly the combination does work thanks to the same principal. 

This was my very first time wearing this skirt. I bought it on sale last winter, mostly because of the low price (violating rule #101 for smart shopping…). Even if a part of me genuinely liked it there was always something bugging me whenever I tried it on. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s cut in a way I’m not used to. Not only is it an A line skirt, but it’s also a few centimeters longer than my average short skirt whilst not being remotely close to a midi or maxi skirt.

It might sound silly, but it wasn’t until I balanced these abnormalities (for me) out that I actually liked the way it looked on me. I solved the A line dilemma by choosing a tight top with sleeves and the length problem by letting the same top crawl up a few centimeters in the shape of a turtleneck. What does this help, you might ask? Good question, with an even better answer.

Imagine two parallell horizontal lines, one right above the turtleneck and one right below the skirt. Connect these with two parallell vertical lines that touches the shoulders as well as the widest point of the skirt. If I can give instructions, you should now be imagining a rectangle. By examining this rectangle you’ll see the answer to the previously asked question. That, due to the qualities of the top, a perfectly symmetric hourglass has been created from corner to corner on each side. Half of the rectangle is yellow, whilst the other half is black. Both fields are equally wide at their widest and equally thin at their thinnest. Everything’s balanced! 

Analyzing outfits sure is fun, but I’m going to have to leave this one here. I hope I’ll see you here again soon. But until then, stay original! xoxo

Top from GinaTricot, skirt from BikBok, shoes from Åhlen’s, earrings from Lily & Rose, lipstick is Black Cherry by Smashbox.


Soft Bohemic Makeup Look Perfect for Fall (And Blue Eyes…)

A makeup trend that seems to have become a dependable basic in the fall lookbook is the warm and soft vintage bohemic look. It’s no surprise considering how perfect the typical colours of the look are for this season. I mean… Nutmeg browns, deep plums, warm reds and shimmery golds inspired by candlelight. Like fall in a nutcase. Or in this case, a makeup look.

My take on it is a subtle, glowing look which enhances my best features. Even though I’ve focused on my features it turned out to be a universal look that can be recreated to fit pretty much anyone. I do think it really turns into something special when it’s combined with blue eyes though…

When creating the look I didn’t have a goal set in mind and I didn’t plan on it becoming the subject of a post. I simply sat down and started playing around. Therefore I have used a lot of different products, something I usually do but try to avoid when making posts. So, sorry about that.

Products used

FACE:

  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette
  • IsaDora Nude Super Fluid Foundation in 10 Nude Porcelain
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette in Light
  • KIKO Radiant Fusion Baked Powder in 01
  • Model Co Shimmer Bronzing Powder
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer
  • Sleek Blush in Suede
  • Rests of my nowadays broken (quite sobbing in the background) Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bric
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss (top left)

EYES:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (Chaser & Sauced in crease & under the eye, Ounce in inner corner & under brow)
  • IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in 96 Coffee & Poetry (bottom left in crease, under the eye, inner & outer thirds of lid; bottom right in outer v & along lash line; top left in center of lid, after the Monki one but before the Apolosophy one, & under the eye)
  • Monki Creme Face Shimmer in 004 Bronzest (center of lid)
  • Apolosophy Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Warm Brown (top one in center of lid)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
  • L’oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara
  • Brow info here

LIPS:

  • Carmex Lip Balm
  • Make Up Store Lipstick in Malibu
  • Deborah Milano Red Laque in 3 Lady Be

I hope you liked this look and that I’ll see you again soon. Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

An Early-Fall Outfit in Blue

We’re half way through September and it’s getting more autumnal by the day. As the fall-loving person I am I’m just waiting for the leaves to turn red so that someone other than  my wardrobe can agree that my favourite season is finally here! Sure, it’s still the early fall but I’ll take anything I can get. Besides, it doesn’t stop me from dressing myself in spirit of the season. An over-sized shirt, a wool hat, mid-rise jeans and ankle boots… Does it get more fall-ish than this? Maybe if the shirt would be flannel… Oh well, it will do for now 😉

Shirt from Indiska, hat from TopShop, jeans & bra from Cubus, shoes from Kiomi and ring from a type of gumball machine (haha I know… It’s the oldest piece in my wardrobe!).

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

The Secrets Behind Staying Productive

When I set my mind to it, I can be the most productive human being alive. I just do and do and do and do until there’s nothing left to do! And even then, I often start a new project or pick up one from years ago. This level of productivity rarely lasts over longer periods of time though. But I’ve actually managed to decode what pushes me forward and gives me motivation, so that I can stay productive for as long as I need. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you do the same!

Set Deadlines

Never in my seventeen years have I missed a deadline. I am the type of person that finishes things on time, even when it comes to the things I hate the most. Without deadlines the chanses are big that I simply won’t take the time to do what I should. But I literally just have to set a time and date and it will get done. That’s just how I work and I believe a lot of you do to.

Make Lists

By making lists of what you need to do you’ll not only get a good overview of what’s ahead but also let your brain rest by not having to remember all of it. It can also help to include how much time each task will take. If you have 10 minutes to spare some day, you can look at your list and see if you can get something done in that amount of time.

Find Tools to Help You

Personally I have two tools which helps me stay productive. The first one is a weekly planner. It’s nothing special, it just helps me prioritize and see when I have time for the things I want but don’t have to do. The second thing is the app Todoist. You divide your tasks into categories/projects, set deadlines, set how high of a priority it is and when you’re done you can easily tick it off. It makes productivity so much easier, I promise!


These are the secrets behind my productivity! I hope you liked this post and that I’ll see you back here soon.

Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

 

Mint & Berry Dotted Eye Makeup Look: Dare to Break the Rules

A shy mint. A confident berry. A deep black. All together as a powerful trio to create something daring, playful, different… This look. Yes, it’s safe to say that I am proud of my work. Not because the craft is flawless, that the dots are perfectly round or the eyeliner is even, beacause that’s not true. It can be done a thousand times better. But that I let the makeup in front of me turn into art on my lids… That, I am proud of.


Too often we’re subconsiencely controlled by what society says, what it approves of, what makes one look beautiful. When those thoughts rules over your creativity, when those are the ones drawing lines on your canvas and not you, that’s when it gets dangerous. When your expression is really someone elses. When you’re no longer you.


It’s difficult to realise that those thoughts are taking over until they already have. But there’s a way out. Stop obeying the voices in your head restricting you. Break the rules. Follow your instincts. Or go against them. Make your own decisions. It’s easier said than done, but I know we can all do it. We just need to make up our minds.

Products used

  • KIKO Smart Colour Eyeshadow in 28
  • Make Up Store Eye Pencil in Very Berry
  • Kat von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • L’oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara
  • Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze


Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

From Barely Existent to ON FLEEK Brows: My Everyday Routine

I did not have the luck of being born with naturally full brows. The exact opposite, actually. You know that bleched brow look that Linda Hallberg pulls of from time to time like the queen she is? (If not: check it out here). That’s how I wake up every day.  Even if it’s a relief to never have to shape my brows (you can’t tell the difference if you don’t take photos up close with the flash on), it has taken many years to find a way to fill them in without them looking drawn on (or just awful). But I finally have (!!!) and thought I would help all other bald-browed people out there to do the same.

Natural


You see what I mean…?

Step 1: Brush through & set with clear brow gel


IsaDora Brow Shaping Gel in 60 Transparent

Step 2: Draw the outlines


Urban Decay Naked Palette in Naked.

Step 3: Fill them in


Urban Decay Naked Palette in Naked. 

Step 4: Clean them up with concealer


Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Kit, secound from left in top row. 

Step 5: Shade the tail with a slightly darker colour


Urban Decay Naked Palette in Buck. 

Step 6: Clean again if needed, blend concealer & highlight under the arch


Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Kit, secound from left in top row; Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Golden Bronze.

DONE!


Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

How to Make Every Morning Your Best

I’ve mentioned that I’m not a morning person before, but lately I’ve started to find strategies to handle them. Two weeks ago I went back to school. About two nights before I thought about how chaotic my mornings always are when getting back there. For years they’ve primarily consisted of not finding anything to wear, forgetting everything there is to forget and over-all stressing until you don’t know what’s what. I decided once and for all that that was not going to be my reality anymore and so far I’ve actually managed to have quite nice mornings. Today I thought I would share some of the most important changes I’ve made to make every morning my best.

Prepare & Plan

My number one tip is to prepare as much possible the night before to minimize the number of tasks you have to tick of in the morning. For me, these tasks include picking my outfit, packing my bag and deciding what to have for breakfast. Then I don’t have to make any decisions nor look for anything I need to bring that day. Everything is under control.

Skip the Snoozing

I know that the bed is the most wonderful place to be in the morning and how easily those “five more minutes” turns into half an hour extra. I still do it sometimes, but my best mornings are actually the mornings I get out of bed the second I wake up. Yes, I’m tired, but I would be anyway as long as I wouldn’t sleep for at least five more hours. So instead of putting myself in a situation where I have to stress my way through the morning I get out of bed as quickly as possible and enjoy doing my makeup for 30-45 minutes. If you’re not a big makeup enthusiast, maybe you could start the day with another interest, a bit of reading or an episode of your favourite show? Those extra minutes of doing something you find therapeutic gives your brain a chance to wake up properly.  This of course works differently for everyone, but it deserves to be given a try.

Make Time for Breakfast

The fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is not to be taken lightely. I always set aside at least 30 minutes to make and enjoy a proper breakfast. As I wrote above I decide what to eat for breakfast the night before since I seriously can’t handle putting together a healthy, energizing and well-tasting meal in the morning. For me that’s literally an impossible mission and I think a lot of people feel the same way. If you’re one of them, give it a go to plan what to eat beforehand.

Take a Moment for Yourself

At some point during the morning I recommend you to take a moment and think about things you’re grateful for, what will make this day good and how amazing you are. You bring out a positivive mindset which will make all challenges of the day easier to approach and handle. By doing some ego boosting you’ll also build up your confidence and eventually walk out the door feeling like you own the world. These things take time, but the time to start is now.

In conclusion, I believe in analyzing your current morning routine and identify all elements that take more energy than they give to then exchange or fix them. A good morning often leads to a good day. Give yourself a chance to experience those days.

I hope this post helped you in some way and that I’ll see you again soon. Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

Healthy Breakfast Muffins with Bananas & Oats

Six months ago, the only word in the title I would find appealing would be muffins. I’ve never been much for the healthy part of life, breakfast is not really my thing, I didn’t eat bananas (or any other fruit for that matter) and well, oats are oats. But something changed in the beginning of summer when I started to play around with my meals to find ones I really enjoyed, even in the morning (I am not a morning person, never been, will probably never be). So yesterday when I found this recipe, I didn’t hesitate to try it. And as the result turned out to be delicious, I didn’t hesitate to share it either.

Ingredients (12 muffins)

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 dl oil (I used rapeseed oil)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 0,5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (is that the right word, anyone?)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 dl milk
  • 3 dl flour (I used wheat, recipe says graham)
  • 1 dl oats
  • Optional: berries, chocolate, granola, seeds, whatever you want to basically.

Instructions

  • Heat up the oven to 175° C.
  • Peal and mash the bananas.
  • Mix oil, honey and eggs in a bowl until completely mixed.
  • Add bananas, cinnamon, vanilla sugar, baking soda and salt into the mixture. Mix.
  • Add flour, milk and oats and mix it all carefully.
  • If you want to, add berries, granola, seeds etc.
  • Divide the mixture into muffin moulds and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Eat!

Original recipe here.

 


Stay original, gorgeous! xoxo

A few PS’s as always: I didn’t plan on making a post about these when making them, therefore they look kind of… well… not very nice. But they taste the opposite. And also, my english is kind of off today, I can’t really find the words I seek. I hope the post is ok, hehe.