My First Bullet Journal 

Hi! Today I wanted to talk about this new project, my new hobby: bullet journaling!

Bullet journaling is basically a homemade planner/calendar book that you tailor to fit your own needs. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. The goal is to organize your time and mind and become more focused and productive. And also to have fun!

I first heard about this from a friend well over a year ago, but at the time I was perfectly happy with the planner system I’ve been using, which is pre-made and school year based, so they go from June until June the following year. Late last year I started voicing my interest in bullet journaling through, and my friend added me to a couple of Facebook groups. I’ve been scrolling and lurking for a long time, and my plan was to start this summer when my planner runs out. However, with the recent stress of applying for an extension for my thesis and my mental health in general I decided to start early. For a couple of nights now I’ve been working in this Nuuna notebook I found a while ago and fell in love with but never used because I thought it had to be saved for something special. Basically, with this post I wanted to show you my progress so far!

This is the notebook, it’s quite big, about two or three times the thickness of regular Moleskins, but it’s the same thickness as my last two planners so for me it’ll be fine. Isn’t it beautiful?

I made a very simple cover page, using faux calligraphy, on the first page which is always a bit weird in my opinion. I decided to go for a more minimalist style, as I’m not the most artistic person. I like writing, like creating letters, but I’m not much for drawing or doodling or anything like that. I’m adding some color here and there though.

I taped a key card to the inside difference the first page, with my symbols and color codes. A box is just for me (like my to-do lists), a circle involves other people (meetings, girls’ night etc), a check for complete, an arrow for migrated, an x for canceled. Red is school, blue is work, yellow is free time, purple is birthdays, and green is other (I’ve used it to underline holidays for instance). And then there’s my index, which I sat aside two double spreads for. I should probably start writing on every line instead of every other line though…

My future log. It goes from April 2017 until July 2018! I’m just showing you my first and last spread here. I made a calendar on top, followed by a list, and then there’s a section for notes at the bottom. As you can see, I mostly have stuff for this month so far, but because I do get some things months in advance (I’ve known about my work weekend later this month since early February, same with work training next month) I decided to make the spread for over a year into the future. It also lets me note down important birthdays! I could create a separate birthday spread but then I have to make sure I know them all in advance to get them in order (just a pet peeve thing). I made at least one mistake that I need to fix but I don’t have functioning white-out at my parents where I am in writing moment so I’ll do that when I get back to the city!

My next spread is a tracker. I’m currently rewatching Grey’s Anatomy, and I have them on my hard drive, got them from a friend, and it made it hard to keep track of where I am without having to go on imdb, so I made this! All the seasons are across at the top, the episodes go down, black means there’s no more episodes in that season, blue means I’ve watched the episode! Again, I decided to add some air in between the lines, but at the expense of space at the top, which I’m not too happy about, but lesson learned I guess!

This is my favorite spread so far. My blog spread! On the left we have my tracker for scheduled posts, but I learned from my last mistake and put the lines together. I also experimented a little with using different fonts, slightly more successful on this tracker than the last one,  I think.

On the right side is my ideas spread, for when I need to schedule a post but I don’t know what to write about. I kept a list from before, but because I’d done a few and I want to get rid of random lists lying around the place I wrote down the ones I’ve not done yet and I’m gonna keep adding to it if I get an idea but don’t have time to write the entry at that time. Any blog ideas for me? Let me know! 

That’s all I have so far. I haven’t added a habit tracker, because I’ve been doing that for 3 months and I  just feel guilty for all the stuff I don’t do on any specific day, so I’m skipping that for April. I’m going to start my spreads for April soon; they’ll be incomplete but oh well, the only way to start is to start, right?

Anyone else do bullet journaling? 

~ Julie

DIY: Makeup Setting Spray

Good afternoon, dear readers! Today I’m going to share with you my recipe for homemade makeup setting spray! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Water. I recommend bottled water. In Norway we have very very very clean water, like ridiculously clean water, so I use tap water, but if you live anywhere else I would recommend using bottled water. 

– Glycerine. It makes stuff stick to it, which is what you want, you want the powder to stick to it so it’ll last longer. 

– A spray bottle. I got mine at H&M, but you can get them at any drugstore or anywhere that sells these kits of travel sized bottles. 

This is optional, but I also added essential oils. I’ve seen people add perfume, which I can’t imagine being good for your skin at all, and since I have sensitive skin on my face I opted for essential oils that can help instead of harm my skin. 

Frankincense essential oil relieves stress, and it’s anti-aging and fights wrinkles. It can also reduce acne, decrease appearance of scars, and help with eczema, among other things, which is something I struggle with. 

Lavender essential oil also reduces anxiety and emotional stress, it restores skin complexion and reduces acne, slows aging, improves eczema and psoriasis, and alleviates headaches. So the two do many of the same things. Not to mention they smell wonderful!

Here’s what you do:

Fill the spray bottle up 1/10 of the way with glycerin. Fill it all the way up with water. Add 4 drops of each essential oil. Screw the cap back on. Shake it up good. 

Your setting spray is now ready for use! 

Tip: keep your spray in the refrigerator for a cooling effect on your skin! 

Disclaimer: I found the water and glycerin recipe on the Internet, done by several YouTubers and written about in articles. I added the essential oils based on my existing knowledge of them and what they do. 

Let me know if you try this and how it works for you! 

Do you have a different recipe for homemade makeup setting spray? I would love it if you would let me know! 

~ Julie 

Sweater DIY

Hello everyone!

I don’t know why I’ve started writing that, I think it’s because I’ve watched a lot of YouTube the past couple of days and everyone always starts off their videos saying some version of that… Anyway, it’s kind of rude to start a post without saying hello, isn’t it? It doesn’t really invite to interaction, when it’s so very article like… Or what do you think?

As I mentioned in my last post, I did a little bit of a DIY project today (Sunday), and it was inspired by this video by Jordan Lipscombe on YouTube:

I am the kind of person who doesn’t really have one set style when it comes to clothing. I wake up wanting to wear skinny jeans and plaid shirts and converse and heavy eye makeup one day and the next day I want flowy dresses and braids and natural makeup and heels. Like Jordan said in this video, it doesn’t matter, just be yourself. And that’s what I try to do. At the end of the video she shows herself cutting a hoodie into a cropped hoodie because that was more her style, and I absolutely love that she did that.

Over the past two years or so I’ve sort of become obsessed with cleaning out my closet. For many many years, as long as I can remember, I have been the kind of person who will only get rid of things if they don’t fit or are worn out/ripped et cetera. But lately I’ve changed into the kind of person who doesn’t want to keep more than what’s absolutely necessary. I’m not talking full on minimalist here, I do own a hell of a lot of stuff, as was proven to me when I went to pack up and move in December, but the way I see it there is no point in keeping things that you don’t use. And I’m not talking about formal wear that you’ll wear to specific occasions only, I have a lot of that myself, but when it comes to normal every-day clothes, I don’t see a reason to keep stuff that you don’t use. Better to donate it to the good-will or salvation army or whatever there is in your area that accepts used clothes that’ll either resell it here or ship it to other countries that need it. And trust me – literally everything can be donated. If you go to a thrift shop, you will see all kinds of clothes including bras, socks, and underwear. I only ever throw away worn out stuff that cannot be repurposed, such as holey socks or underwear that’s been through the washer/dryer weekly for years and no longer resembles anything. But even ripped jeans and t-shirts can be repurposed – here, we have donation boxes that will accept these kinds of materials that’ll be made into cloths or cut up and woven into stuff. My point here is: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Okay. Now that that’s out of the way. I’ve been thinking about cleaning out my closet all week. And what I usually do is I get a bag and I just start putting things in it, and then I leave it for a couple of weeks or sometimes longer, and if I don’t miss any of the items in there and I haven’t gone back to get anything out, then I put the bag in a donation box. But there are still some items that I struggle to get rid of… In particular, I have three sweaters that are almost identical – all grey hoodie-material (but without hoods), one has blue flowers on it, another has lace/crochet material on the shoulders and a zipper in the back, the last is just plain grey. And I don’t wear the much because I don’t really like the shape of them… They’re kind of short, loose/wide, a bit 1990s looking really. And I don’t feel like I look nice which makes me not feel comfortable either. So after watching Jordan’s video earlier today, I decided to get out the plain one and attack it with a pair of scissors.

Here is what it looked like before…


And here is what it looked like on me:


Not the prettiest sight, right? Please ignore my mirror – I didn’t realize it was dirty until the sun came through my windows but by then it was too late to retake the before-shots with a clean mirror! I also only have that one mirror in my current room, and no full-length mirror, which kinda sucks, but I’m only living here temporarily… Also very difficult to get a flattering angle without getting the sink in the way!

So basically, what I did was cut off all the ends. I cut off he (not so) elastic part at the bottom, as well as the cuffs, and the neckline. The end result looks something like this:


Excuse the finger! This phone is a lot smaller than I’m used to…


And again… I’m sorry, you guys! I am not a bad photographer when it comes to scenery and stuff like that, but I am definitely NOT a blog photographer at all – my previous blog was anonymous, and the one before that was basically just documenting my exchange year for people at home to read, so the pictures didn’t matter much. If I do this again in the future, I will make sure to take better pictures, I promise! And yes, I know my jeans are ripped on the inside of my thigh – that’s where all my jeans rip, but my not-ripped ones are currently hang-drying so these were the only ones I had!

So the end-result, then, is a loose sweater with cut-off ends, that is a lot more comfortable to wear, and I think can be styled up, if you know what I mean. What I would probably do is wear this with my not-ripped black jeans and boots; a necklace that’s either a longer chain on the inside of the sweater, or a choker of some kind (which I don’t actually have but I think it could look good with this); and some makeup, let’s say my normal full-face routine, brown/neutral eyeshadow, a bit of liner, and a red lipstick. And I would actually do something about my hair, which I also didn’t do for these pictures – maybe some waves, or a top knot even.

But yeah. Now this sweater is one that I might actually use! We’ll see what I end up doing with the other two… I’ll probably cut off the bottom on the lace one, I don’t know about the one with the blue flowers yet… I also have a pair of sweatpants I want to cut the legs off of, around knee height, or just above the knee, for sweatshorts!

Anyone else into altering the appearance of their clothes? Done anything cool? Let me know! 😀

~ Julie