Westeros

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John calls this outfit my Westeros look, so I figured I’d run with it. We’re in the middle of a magical Norwegian summer and I’ve gone all John William Waterhouse on my wardrobe (when I’m not channeling the ’70s, that is). The skirt, which you’ve seen before, is made of wool, so don’t be fooled by the dappled light and lush greenery — it still ain’t warm in this part of the world. The corset is from a punk shop on St. Mark’s (NYC), and has been hanging, unused, on a garment rack in my closet for far too long. It only recently occurred to me to pair it with something high-waisted. I mean, really, where has my mind been?!

Anywho, that’s all for now. I talked the man into a quick trip to Paris next week, so stay tuned for some totally unoriginal #ootd shots by that little gem they call the Eiffel Tower.

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JOHN NUGENT photos

SLOTTSPARKEN, OSLO location

Velvet Crush

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Oslo’s been overachieving in the sunshine category lately, which has translated into bursts of bohemianism on my end. This velvet cardigan from Anthro, for instance, has been a total winner in recent weeks. Now, the pearl-bedazzled sunglasses, I admit, are a hair 2000-and-late, but who really cares. They make me happy and that’s all that matters.

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JOHN NUGENT photos

OPERA HOUSE, OSLO location

Fringe Benefits

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Yes, I fell for it too. I prefer not to spend a fortune on fleeting trends — although, let’s be honest, fringe isn’t going anywhere anytime soon — so a little H&M action is where it’s at. Now that I’m in Oslo, I suspect several more fast fashion steals will be finding their way into my wardrobe in the future. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

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VELOURIA VINTAGE vest

JOE FRESH blouse

H&M skirt

ZARA pumps

BALENCIAGA bag

JOHN NUGENT photos

DAMSTREDET, OSLO location

Topaz Tales

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Ok, so I realize it’s been more than a month since I last logged on to EllesEmpireState, but I’ve had my reasons.

Reason nr. 1: I’ve been hustling! Jobs don’t land themselves, so this nomadic nugget has had to strap on her job helmet, squeeze into her job canon and fire off into job land. I’m happy to inform you all — particularly the parental unit which could not be more relieved that the days of steamrolling my party are nearly over — that a job has been landed. And it’s a good one! More on that later.

Reason nr. 2: The boyfriend/built-in blog photographer has been busy tying up loose ends in New York (including shipping over our three cats), so I’ve been at the mercy of photog friends who actually have more important things to do (including birthing a child) than wait for me to strike a social-media acceptable pose that shows off my latest accessory acquisition. Said boyfriend/built-in blog photographer touched down on Scandinavian soil three days ago, so we’re back in business!

A topaz Dior necklace and a children’s size denim jacket were the cornerstones of this week’s Oslo-based outfit. More shots to come.

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JOHN NUGENT photos

DAMSTREDET, OSLO location

Dope Street

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I still haven’t moved into my new apartment (just two more days!!), but I’ve already managed to become slightly obsessed with my neighborhood-to-be. Cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings from the late 1800s and a delightful assortment of drug addicts — does it get any better?! I think not. These photos were taken on “Dope Street,” which pretty much proves my point of impending awesomeness.

Anyway. Moving on to clothing. It’s been impossible to escape the ’70s vibes this season, and these last few weeks in Oslo have been all about bohemian silhouettes. I kind of love it. I hope you do too, because there is a seriously retro wardrobe in my summer 2015 future.

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ANTHROPOLOGIE shirt

H&M jeans

SOPHIA WEBSTER pumps

BRUUNS BAZAAR sunglasses

VINTAGE TRIFARI necklace

CHRISTINA NELSON/LE PHOTOGRAPH photos

DOPSGATE, OSLO location