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I know that winter is supposed to be breakup season, but for me and my friends I feel like it’s always been spring/ summer. Last summer it was me getting out of a relationship, this year it is my friends. I know that breakups can happen whenever, but lately I have experienced a pattern of several people close to me going through a breakup. Their life changes inspired me to write a piece about how to move past heartbreak at Unwritten. Because it is important to know that all is not lost ♡

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The love you experienced brought you joy and passion. It gave you purpose. Waking up next to the person you adored every morning gave you motivation to make it through the day. Preparing meals for the two of you was never a chore because you got to share them with each other. Your life was where you wanted it to be for all time at the age of twenty, and you thought you had cracked the code. You were the lucky ones who would never experience another heartbreak. 

OR SO YOU THOUGHT

I truly wish you weren’t broken. I wish there was a way you could work it out, that it was meant to be. I wish I could give you advice from my own experiences, tell you the magic cure that would make the process easier to live through. Oh how I wish such a cure existed.

But instead I can only sympathize with your shivering body and your face covered in warm salty tears. I imagine your nights being long, painful, and filled with loneliness, waiting to wake up to yet another day of heartbreak. I imagine your daily routine being a constant reminder of your loss. You are feeling hopeless, doubtful that you’ll ever get through this.

You might feel like all is lost right now. Falling out of love is a lot more than just losing your significant other, it feels like losing a part of yourself. You look at the world and everything that is on it in a completely different way, and you have to start a new life for yourself. A life without him or her.

I know it is hard to let go. Sometimes we hold on to people who are wrong for us, hopelessly blinded by their love. We may not know it right away, but eventually we understand why it was for the better to move on. You deserve better. Don’t hold on to something that does not work, in the fear of failure. Just because someone rejected you doesn’t mean everyone will.

After spending a long time in the bubble of my own heartbreak, I realized the upsetting truth that most people around me also have or will experience the pain of heartbreak several times throughout their life. Now when I look at strangers on the street, I find myself hoping with the most sincere feeling that they are not broken too.

BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THAT HEARTBREAK IS A PART OF LIFE

It might be sudden and it most certainly will be painful, but it is also just a state of mind that will pass over time. Don’t ask me how long it will take, because I still find myself asking that question. But for every day that passes the feeling will fade a bit, and hopefully one day it will be completely gone. Replaced by a feeling of warmth and happiness again, a new love or passion in life. Sometimes good things are taken away from us so we can find something better.

I know that eventually you will get over it and  find love again. Your heart won’t stay broken forever. Pain is temporary. Love will find its way into your heart again. You are young and you are beautiful and you are you, the greatest thing you can be. I am sorry that your heart is aching at the moment, but luckily it is still beating. Your heart might feel bruised and abused right now, but I promise you that the feeling will fade and the scars will heal. And eventually, over time, you will be okay again.

Originally Published and Edited at Unwritten

Photography by Anne Marthe Widvey

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Ever since finishing university for this year and starting my summer break, every day has felt like Sunday. As I don’t have to wake up to go to my classes anymore, I have lost a lot of my daily routines. But as I do not want to fall into the habit of sleeping all day and doing nothing, I try my best to keep some of my familiar habits. I try to wake up early in the morning, and after having a scroll through social media and watching some Youtube videos, I open my “Morning Read” bookmark tab. This was part of my morning ritual every day before uni, and I still want to keep it.

Reading is crucial as it brings you mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement and so many other benefits. In addition it is so important to keep updated on what is going on in the world. Here is what I recommend you to read this Monday:

Monday Reading

News

Again I have religiously browsed through BBCThe GuardianAl JazeeraHuffington PostThe New YorkerVanity Fair and more to get updated on the latest news. There is always so many important articles to read that I find it hard to choose. First of all last week gave the tragic news that Thirteen people were killed after a helicopter crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen. I give my condolences to everyone affected by this, it could so easily have been someone close to my own family. But here in Britain some news stories I have followed lately are the Unfair Restaurant Tipping Practices to be Outlawed and the Junior Doctor Strike. While further away from home the President of Kenya sets fires to biggest stockpile of ivory tusks ever destroyed in statement against ivory trade and Aleppo Push to include battered city in Syria truce.

Feature

Even though I mostly find my makeup inspiration and tips on Youtube, I do save a few beauty-related feature articles here and there. Last week I shared my saved post on Adele’s perfect liner, and this week I saved a step-by-step on Nooras signature look from Skam. In addition to beauty secrets my recent saved features also answer important questions like Why Do Cats Act So Weirdly? Okay, maybe not the most important read ever. But this What Happens When Guys Read Real Stories of Sexual Assault is.

Blog

I read so many blogs everyday and also always check the blogs of the lovely people who leave comments on my posts. I always follow my favourite blogs and save posts I love at Bloglovin. Lately my favourites have been Ulrikke Lund, Kenzas and Toril Hornnes for fashion and lifestyle inspiration. And as always, I love browsing through all of the amazing Femelle bloggers to see their newest posts. Btw: Femelle is still looking for more bloggers to join the community! (…just casually sneaking that in there).

Unwritten

I have actually not published any new texts on neither  Unwritten nor Thought Catalog this week. I have a few texts coming this week, which I will also publish on my blog. Until then you can read the pieces I mentioned last week: I have written and published a few pieces on love and heartbreak, dealing with The Harsh Reality of Love, but also stating that Just Because Your Relationship Failed, Doesn’t Mean You Did. In addition I have some pieces that are worth reading on a Monday, as I have listed both 7 Avocado Recipes and 7 Hairstyles to try out this week!

Book

After coming home from Qatar to my hectic London lifestyle, I have not been reading as much as I would have liked to. I am still trying my best to finish The Seven Sisters (book 1) by Lucinda Riley which I mentioned last week as a magical and mystical story with many layers. While finishing that I am also trying my best to flick through Calm by Michael Acton Smith. This is a completely different book, all about freeing your mind and being yourself. It is not a fictional story book, but an practical book with different activities and inspirations. “Calm will open your eyes to the pleasure and richness of your everyday life“. A great book if you feel like you need an escape from everyday life.

 

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WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS WEEK?

 

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Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. I myself have struggled with the sleep disorder for years. Experiencing difficulties falling asleep, restlessly waking up countless times during the night and not feeling refreshed when I wake up in the morning. To try to cure it I have done my best to improve my nighttime routine, but I still find myself struggling with sleeping the whole night through uninterrupted. Not too long ago I ordered a product which made the promise to improve my sleep and tiredness. Today I wanted to introduce it as my Beauty Product of the Week and share my experiences with it:

Insomnia Cure, DeepSleep Pillow Spray

The This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is a best-selling, natural sleep aid that will fragrance your bed and calm the nerves. It is infused with 100% natural essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver and Wild Chamomile. The French Lavender combines therapeutic qualities to relieve tension and insomnia with a fresh and sweet floral smell. The Vetiver helps to alleviate stress, settling the nerves and establishing a feeling of balance. And finally the Wild Chamomile’s relaxing aroma deeply soothes, with an almost sedative effect to calm body and mind. It claims to help you fall asleep faster, naturally and wake up refreshed – the best beauty secret there is. The test results seem astonishing and almost too good to be true: ‘clinically proven’ findings claim that 89% of its users are falling asleep faster than normal and 92% are waking up feeling more refreshed in the morning. Can an essential oil spray really cure my insomnia?

Insomnia Cure, DeepSleep Pillow Spray

The answer is both yes and no. No, because insomnia is a sleep disorder which can not be fully recovered only by using a pillow spray. In the process to cure insomnia you have to make lifestyle alterations and make better nighttime routines for yourself. In some cases you should talk to your doctor, if you fear you might be suffering from anxiety or depression. I am not going to tell you that this spray will take those feelings away. What it will do is what it promise to: leave you feeling refreshed and having a more soothing night’s sleep. Things you lack with insomnia. For me personally, spraying this to my pillow before going to sleep has left me feeling more relaxed and calm. I am falling asleep quicker than ever before into a deeper sleep than I have done in a long time. I still experience some good and some bad nights of sleep, but in general I feel like my sleeping pattern has become better. I wake up a lot more refreshed, a feeling which continues throughout the day. I can’t promise you that this is a miracle cure to get rid of insomnia, but a recommended helping hand to calm some of the symptoms along the process.this_works_Deep_Sleep_Pillow_Spray_75ml_1367941468.png

 

 

REASONS TO LOVE:

  • Fast acting, natural way to restore normal sleep
  • Fairly Traded Ingredients
  • 100% natural essential oils
  • French Lavender relieve tension and insomnia
  • Vetiver helps to alleviate stress
  • Wild Chamomile soothes and calms your body and mind
  • Paraben Free
  • Vegan Friendly

 

 

 

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The last day of the week is here and we have officially entered the final month of Spring: May. Not only does this month bring with it blossoming flowers and warmer weather, it is also for many a month filled with deadlines, exams, final stages and new beginnings. It might feel tempting to give into the familiar feeling of procrastinating everything until the last minute. But this Sunday, instead of spending your day relaxing in your pjs, you should try your best to be productive and get a good start to the month by doing these 7 things:

7 Things to do this Sunday

Eat proper meals

Start your day by making a good breakfast, and continue to make proper meals throughout the day. Making something a bit more exciting than spread on toast does not have to be either expensive nor time consuming: if you have some eggs on hand you can easily put together a pancake batter or any other delicious egg meal. If you are spending your final day a bit hungover or just exhausted after some junk food options throughout the week, make sure to start this day right by preparing some nutritious, healthy and tasty meals.

Declutter your E-mails

Start your productive day with some simple and quick tasks, to get into the right mindset. One thing you can begin with is going through your emails and declutter it fully. As a blogger and writer I do receive quite a lot of emails, but even if you are not I am sure you have some decluttering to do. Read through all of your unread messages, check your different folders and junk mail and reply to and send out all of the mails you’ve been putting off for a long time. It might seem like a small task to do, but it is a really important one so get decluttering!

Update your calendar

While in the process of decluttering and organising ‘smaller things’, I would also advice you to update your calendar for the upcoming month. You can easily use the Calendar app to be found on your computer, and then chuck in all of your deadlines, work hours and social events. This will not only make this month a lot more clear and straightforward, but it will also give you an idea of when you have time off and when you have something to look forward too.

Clean and organise

After cleaning out and organising your online life, it is time to take it offline. I am sure it is not only my room and apartment which gets easily messy and filled with dust, so at the end of each week I like to tidy it up and have a proper clean out. Clean your room, do your laundry, wash and vacuum wherever needed and do everything else that will make your home shining ready for the next week and month.

Study

Even though I am already on my summer break (*just had to put that out there*), I know that a lot of students don’t finish school and university until May or even June. If you have any exams, assessments or any other course work left, this is the day to do it. I don’t like the idea of spending a full Sunday in study-mode, but I think it is important to take a few hours in between cleaning and relaxing to do some work. At least prepare yourself for and be ahead of the week to come.

Read

As well as reading for school, it is really important to read for pleasure. If you feel your head getting tired from all of the course work, or if you want to enjoy a few hours of enjoyment before going to bed, you should really consider reaching for a book instead of the next episode of your favourite series at the moment. Reading brings you mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement and so many other benefits that it is definitely something we should take more time off for.

Pamper

After a full productive day with many tasks completed, you are truly deserving of a bit of pampering. Get out all of those beauty products you rarely use, like hair masks, face masks, scrubs, oils and other pampering products, and enjoy yourself. Not only will pampering make you feel good and relaxed, but it will also prepare your hair, skin and body looking extra good for the upcoming week.

Sleep

Maybe most important of all is that today should be the day you get a good full night of sleep. If you feel like you have too much stuff you need to get done today, please do not leave it until last minute and sit up all night. Today should be productive and effective, but as the nighttime comes you are allowed to give yourself a break and go to bed early instead of doing” just one more thing”. No matter how many of these other points you complete, without enough hours of sleep you will not start the new week in a good way. So have a good, productive yet still relaxed Sunday, and go to bed when your body tells you it is time to sleep.

 

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What will you be doing this Sunday?

 

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TO ALWAYS KEEP ON YOUR BATHROOM COUNTER

I have always valued the importance of a good skincare routine. I start every day by washing my face and applying a moisturiser, I drink a lot of water and I make sure to let my skin “breathe” with a thorough cleanse and makeup-free days. Over the years, I have gotten to know my skin and body, and even though I like to experiment and switch up with new products, I always keep a selection of my everyday beauty essentials within reach.

As I have previously written about my favourite 5 Everyday Beauty Essentials focusing on makeup, I thought it would be good to write a post about my cult skincare regime products. I have chosen 5 different products which I all use on a daily basis, focusing on the general products themselves and not the the specific brand or formula. I have included my personal brand favourites, but it is important that you find options that works for your skin type. My makeup and skin care collection is a mixture of drugstore and high end, so I wanted to include both a low-cost product and a higher-priced investment option for each item on the list. My personal cult-favourites are marked with a ♡ I hope you like it!

Everyday Beauty Essentials

1. Micellar Water

I have always made a point out of removing my makeup properly every evening. No matter how tired, lazy or drunk I feel at the end of the day, I never go to bed with even the slightest trace of product. My quick and easy solution for this used to be my all time favourite makeup wipes from Simple, until I got bitten by the Micellar Water bug. Micellar Water is a skincare product that removes makeup and cleanses the skin, without the need for rinsing. It is a magical refreshing potion that completely removes makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin without stripping your complexion. It is a quick option-life saver, as it is so easy to apply it to a cotton pad and remove your makeup, without having to rinse it off afterwards.

BUDGET: Garnier  Micellar Cleansing Water  £3.99 for 400ml ♡
INVEST: Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur £36 for 400ml

 

2. Cleanser

Even though using a Micellar Water for makeup removal leaves the benefit of not needing to cleanse it off, I still prefer to go over with a cleanser to make sure that my face gets completely cleared of any remaining dirt or makeup. As there are so many different cleansers to choose from, it is often difficult to know where to start. I personally like to try out and play around with different brand, formulas and strengths, to see what suits my skin type the best. Before buying a cleanser it is important to have a look at the ingredients it contains, as for example acne treatment products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can trigger allergic reactions and irritation to sensitive or dry skin. Get to know your skin type and go for a cleanser that is meant for it.

BUDGET: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash £4.69 for 200ml
INVEST: Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser £18 for 240ml ♡

 

3. Moisturiser

No matter what your skin type is, you should never skip the moisturizing step in your skin care routine. A good moisturiser should be a part of everyone’s everyday beauty essentials. Even though your skin produces its natural moisturiser (sebum), your daily life with weather conditions, climates, pollution and unhealthy food puts your skin under stress, leaving it dry and dehydrated. Drinking lots of water is key to keeping your skin moisturised, but you should also always apply a daily moisturising cream. This will ensure the skin is protected, leaving it clean and healthy as well as slowing down the process of ageing. Again different skin types need different creams, and you should find one that suits you. To ensure your facial skin stays blemish-free, look for moisturizers that are oil-free and noncomedogenic, or designed not to clog pores.

BUDGET: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser £4.99 for 50ml
INVEST: Ole Henriksen Nurture Me creme £41 for 50g ♡
Everyday Beauty Essentials
4. Lash Serum/ Oil

A lash serum/ oil might not seem like the most important everyday beauty product, but it has been a part of my everyday beauty essentials for over a year. If you are interested in makeup and beauty, you are aware of the obsession with long lashes and thick brows. Even though this look can easily be achieved by fake lashes, extensions and other makeup products, I think it is a lot better to naturally grow out your real hairs instead of ‘faking it’. I am blessed with dark lashes and brows, but they have always been short and patchy. With the use of an eyelash serum and castor oil on my eyebrows, I have completely changed that. Now people mistake my lashes for fake ones and think my brows have makeup on them when they actually only have a bit of a tint. Not only do the lashes and brows look better when I am wearing makeup, but they also make me feel more confident when I am leaving them bare. If you want longer and fuller lashes and/or brows, I really recommend adding a serum or oil into your daily routine.

BUDGET: Pukka Organic Castor Oil £8.95 for 250ml
INVEST: Lilash PURIFIED EYELASH SERUM £55.19 for 20ml ♡

 

5. Dry Shampoo

This past year I have been going through a “hair rehab”, and I have cut down to only showering my hair two times a week. This leaves my hair feeling healthier and growing quicker, but it also means that on that last day before showering my hair is not on its freshest. The one product that has gotten me through this process of rehabilitating is the busy and lazy girl’s answer to showers: the dry shampoo. This miracle product does not only refresh my hair when it feels greasy and dirty, it also leaves tons of volume and a fresh smell. The perfect shower-in-a-can is a must have everyday beauty essential you should always keep on your bathroom counter for those days when you just don’t have the time for a shower.

BUDGET: Batiste Dry Shampoo £2.99 for 200ml ♡
INVEST: Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender £17 for 153ml
Everyday Beauty Essentials

Now tell me…

What are your everyday beauty essentials?

 

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When renewing my blog, I knew that one of the posts I wanted to introduce as a weekly series was my Monday Readings. Reading is so important, both facts and fictional, and we should all take a few minutes from our day to let the words enlighten us. I personally think that starting the day getting updated on what is going on in the world is really important, and I start every morning by opening my “read” bookmark tab, where I have both online newspapers, magazines and blogs.

Here are my top readings this Monday (preferably to be enjoyed over a delicious meal):

Read This Monday

News

I try my best to read news religiously every morning, and I always find it the most difficult to choose which news stories I should include here. To put it in a different way, there is just too much awfulness going on in the world that I find it difficult to choose which deserves mine and my readers attention. And when I say the world, I am not talking solely about stories from Palestine and Syria, I am talking about everywhere. I am talking about Britain’s Modern Slave Trade and Qatar’s forced 2022 labour, things that should not be happening in these countries in 2016. I love this world so much and I love London and Norway and Qatar and everywhere else, but the awfulness is everywhere you guys. Reading is knowledge, remember that. Be sure to check out different outlets when reading your daily news, so that you can get different views, opinions and stories. My favourite online newspapers are BBC, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Huffington Post for news, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair for more in depth stories and features. NRK in Norway. And local news, of course.

Feature

I have been saving up a few different features this month, which I like to go back to over and over. First of all I have found so many beautiful written pieces at Thought Catalog, which bring me both tears and joy. I completely fell in love with the piece This Is How Heartbreak Changes With Age, as it was so raw and truthful. I also could not resist to click on the link when I saw Cosmopolitan posting THIS is the secret behind Adele’s perfect eyeliner and ended up saving the piece for a later makeup look. But I also saved some more “serious” features, including a Portrait of War Reporter Janine Di Giovanni, who is my inspiration and role model when it comes to journalism.

Blog

I have this month read as many blogs as I normally do, if not even more, and I daily save posts I love at Bloglovin. My favourite bloggers lately has been Chapter Friday and Fashion Me Now for lifestyle and inspiration, in addition to the norwegian beaut Emilie Tømmerberg for the best beauty posts. And as always, I love browsing through all of the amazing Femelle bloggers. Btw: Femelle is now actually looking for more bloggers to join the community! (…just casually sneaking that in there).

Unwritten

While being absent from my blog, I have enjoyed publishing my writings on both Unwritten and Thought Catalog. I am so happy and proud to be part of such amazing teams of writers, in addition to being a part of the Femelle community! I have written and published a few pieces on love and heartbreak, dealing with The Harsh Reality of Love, but also stating that Just Because Your Relationship Failed, Doesn’t Mean You Did. In addition I have some pieces that are worth reading on a Monday, as I have listed both 7 Avocado Recipes and 7 Hairstyles to try out this week!

Book

While spending lazy days at the beach in Qatar, I got to enjoy one of my favourite things in life: reading books. I never take enough time off here in London to read for pleasure, but I will try my best to do so now that I am done with uni. I am currently in the middle of The Seven Sisters (book 1) by Lucinda Riley, which I started reading as my mom described it as the most beautiful book ever. So far, I completely agree. The book is magical and mystical in a subtle way, and the story has so many layers. I trusted my mothers recommendations after finnishing two of her other books, Me Before You and the sequel After You by JoJo Moyes. I had previously pre-judged this book by its cover, thinking it would not interest me, but as I started reading I really got caught up in the beautiful and unique story it tells. Now all I can do is wait for the movie to launch in June!

Now tell me….

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING LATELY?

 

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You know the familiar feeling of waking up after a night out. Not only is your body and mind exhausted and dehydrated, but your skin is as well. My beauty product of the week is the perfect quick fix beauty hangover cure to help get your skin feeling nourished and fresh again.

While I was enjoying the heating sun for a month in Qatar, I noticed that my skin was not as pleased. Granted, the sunshine did leave my face perfectly sun kissed and filled with freckles, but it also left it feeling dry and dull. My skin is normally quite nourished and clean, due to my heavy skin care regime, but the hours spent in the sun left my nose and cheeks quite dry. When this happened, my regular pore minimising and mattifying primer from The Body Shop was not a good fit, so I was in the need of a new nourishing one. I ended up picking up one while browsing through Sephora, and it turned out to be a true lifesaver.

Beauty Hangover Cure: Too Faced Hangover Primer

The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer hydrates, smoothes and brightens your skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish. It is, as it claims, the perfect beauty hangover cure. The primer is infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer and more flawless wear. The texture is creamy and light, and the scent is of fresh coconut. What more can you ask for? I love wearing this under makeup on those days my skin needs an extra boost, but you can also wear it by itself for a dewy and healthy looking skin. Even though my skin is now more back to normal, I still use this as my everyday primer. Since it is neither oily nor thick on the skin, but instead fresh and lightweight, I think the primer goes well with right about any skin type.

REASONS TO LOVE:web_hangoverprimer_openweb_shangoverprimer

  • Hydrates and brightens skin
  • Promote skin’s elasticity and tone
  • Soothes and smooths the skin
  • Silicone Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • …and smells heavenly

 

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What is your daily primer at the moment?

 

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Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog, The Stylish Cupcake by Anita Fosen.

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For the past months my life has been a long list of excuses as to why I could not blog. There was always something in the way, and when I finally had the time I ended up getting sick or feeling uninspired. I started writing for the online magazine Unwritten and suddenly I was contacted by Thought Catalog and  started as a writer there as well, all of course in addition to my university assessments which I had to get an extension for because of being ill with tonsillitis. Life has been busy you guys. I have written more words than ever before, and yet my blog remained empty. I tried to sit down and write about what was going on in my life, but realised that I had no interest in writing about it and you would have had no interest in reading about it either. So I wrote nothing.

But even though I did not feel like writing a diary blog about my daily life anymore, it did not mean I didn’t want to write at all. All I want is to write. My fingers itch after touching the familiar keyboard and every night I plan out new posts in my mind before going to bed. I knew I wanted to write, but I knew I wanted to do things differently from now on. Dipping my toe into the water of online magazine publishing, I realised that what I wanted to do was use my new knowledge and experience and encounter it into my personal blog.

And this is why I welcome you to The (new) Stylish Cupcake, written by Anita Fosen. The layout and design has changed (click to the home page to see it all), the theme and course of the blog has been tweaked a bit, but it is still The Stylish Cupcake and I am still Anita Fosen. I will still write as I always have and I will still be the same person with the same passions, I will just do things a bit differently from now on. I want to give you quality content on fashion, food, beauty, blogging, travel and (maybe most importantly) life lessons. I want to write the type of posts that I myself read and save on a daily basis, and the posts that I wish I could have read but can’t seem to find anywhere. I want to introduce weekly series, familiar ones like my Monday Readings and completely new like my Beauty Product of the Week. I want to dive more into the ocean of beauty blogging and show you my favourite looks and products. I want to continue to share with you my outfits and restaurant reviews. I want to write even more personal pieces on life lessons, because we all need some encouragement from time to time. I want to be there for you, my readers, as you have always been there for me.

I hope you will follow me on this new journey I have decided to take, and join me as I try, fail and succeed. All I can say for now is that I am extremely excited to be back, and I can’t wait to start writing and publishing again.

Since sharing my 5 Things to Read this Monday two weeks ago, I got a few questions if I could do this as a weekly post. As I have not really been a good blogger lately, I ended up not really posting anything until my Valentines letter to my mom yesterday. I am not going to promise to write a lot more posts this week, as I don’t really have a lot to blog about at the moment. But at least I wanted to share some more Monday Readings with you guys, as I have saved a lot of things through out the week:

Monday Morning Reading

News

I always try my best to follow and understand what is going on in Syria, with ISIS and so on. It is sometimes awful and devastating to read about what is going on down there, and to think about all of the innocent lives lost, but it is still important to not shut it out completely. We are lucky to not live in war, but sadly not everyone else is. I really enjoyed the piece the Independent (who is also ending their print edition and going all online soon) wrote about how A plan must be made for ‘life after Isis’ in the Middle East, about how world leaders have to plan for a post-war world.

Feature

I am a really big fan of both Kanye West and the Kardashians (no shame), and I do like to keep up. Not only have I been eagerly waiting for Kanye’s new album to come out (I finally got to listen through it yesterday), but I was also streaming his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show on Thursday. Following both his show and his new album release, I have been reading a lot of features about Kanye this past week. I liked how Vanity Fair wrote about how The Life of Pablo Perfectly Reflects His Evolution as an Artist. In addition, I couldn’t help but read through 8 weird things that happened at Kanye’s Yeezy show. Finally, I also enjoyed reading through Grammys 2016 Predictions: Who Should Win, and Who Will Win?, before seeing the show later tonight!

Blog

I follow so many blogs on Bloglovin that I always seem to have a long list of unread posts. I have not really saved any specific posts this last week, but I have a few blogs that I have really enjoyed reading: Anne Marthe Widvey, my favourite photographer from back home, has started blogging not too long ago, and is now updating frequently with beautiful photos and great inspiration. I also always enjoy to see that Cupcakes and Cashmere and Samantha Maria has written a new post, as they are my absolute favourites  and biggest inspirations.

Unwritten

I have now started to write for Unwritten, and in between my busy week I have managed to write, edit and publish two articles. My first piece was supposed to be a light hearted one about Snapchat, but I actually ended up writing a trending piece about Daryush ‘Roosh V’ Valizadeh, the american “pickup artist” and “men’s rights group” leader who earlier said he wants to legalize rape. It was a really different and difficult topic to write about, but it was fun to write something far away from what I normally do. But then I also got to write about 9 Inspirational Women you Have To Follow on Snapchat, as a more fun and inspirational piece.

Book

I have not started reading any new books this week, but I have been saving a lot of names for my birthday wish list. I always love to relax with a good book while I am on vacation, so I definitely need some book recommendations of what to read when I leave to Qatar in a month! I ended up finding an article about 8 books you to read before you turn 30 on The Independent, where there were some titles I have not yet read that I definitely need to check out!

Other than that, do you have any good books or other texts to recommend?

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It’s Valentines Day and for the first time in 5 years I am single.

And I am okay with that.

Valentines Day with Mom

When these romantic days comes around, I usually drift back and think about my exes. The loves that I lost. The ones that lost me. The traditions we used to have, the love is used to feel. But this year, I don’t need no Valentine. The only person I truly miss is my mom.

Not only is today Valentines Day and Chinese New Years. Back home in Norway it is also Mothers Day, and I don’t think there has been another day when I have missed my mom more than today. Living away from family and friends is never easy, but this past year I have definitely felt the longing for my mom more than anyone else. The love for your mother is a special one not easily understood or explained, a deep kind of love that is stronger than anything else. I think it is a kind of love which grows stronger as you grow older, realising how much your mom (and dad) actually do for you and your life. I look at my mom as the most important women in my life, and also the most caring and strong person I know of. I am sure you feel the same way about your mother. 

Mom is the person who has always supported me no matter what. The one who I could always turn to for comfort. The one who would always understand me and my heart.

It pains me a bit that I am no with my mom on this day, celebrating Mothers Day and Valentines with her. I wish I could wake her up with breakfast in bed and have a full day with her, talking about everything and anything in life. But I am here (London), she is there (Norway) and my dad is at a third place (Qatar).  So this year, writing to her will have to do. Even though words will never be enough to explain how much I love and miss my parents.

If moving away from my friends and family to London has taught me one thing, it is how strong true love really is – wether that is for a family member, friend or significant other. Today is Valentines Day and no matter if it is something you celebrate or not, I hope this is a day you spend with your loved ones. And if you can’t spend the day with them, make sure to let them know how much you love and miss them. They deserve to know.

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