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Friday Inspiration: Shot In Iceland

Friday Inspiration: Shot In Iceland

Iceland is known for its gorgeous scenery, so it’s a natural place for film crews to go to shoot. From Game of Thrones to Justin Bieber, the country has been all over the screen recently. For this Friday Inspiration, here’s a few of my favourite clips of Iceland onscreen: Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” This is one of my favourite openings to a movie ever. The colours, the sound, the speed—it’s so incredibly beautiful. If you’ve never seen the film, the majority of the scenes on the other planet were also shot in Iceland. I mean, c’mon, you’ve seen the lava fields, they’re pretty lunar. Shot at Dettifoss.  David Guetta “She Wolf” This song is so beautifully tragic and sad and the video is just as despondent. Some of my favourite lyrics: I can’t compete with the she wolf who has brought me to my knees What do you see in those yellow eyes? ‘Cause I’m falling to pieces Shot at Langjökull, Reykjanes, Krýsuvík and near Reykjanesviti. Retro Stefson “Glow” If you want to get a taste of Reykajvík without actually being there, just check out this fabulous Retro Stefson video. Yes, they are Icelandic but this video is just so…Reykjavík that I had to include it. Shot in Reykjavík. Justin Bieber “I’ll Show You” I know. I know. I love this video and song though. It’s kind of emotional, right? And let’s be real, it’s beautifully composed and shot. Shot in South Iceland, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.


Lipstick Trend #2: Keep It Blue

Lipstick Trend #2: Keep It Blue

So yesterday we checked out frosty lips, but today we’re getting a little… colder? Sadder? More like Elsa? Uhh…? Ok. Blue. Yes, I know, blue. Blue lips can be intimidating. Blue lips stand out. It’s easy to think that they are one of those things that are just way too fashionable for us average joes. True story: I’ve bought 2 tubes of blue but I am always way too scared to wear them outside. I’m always like—yeah, looks great on Instagram but how do I actually wear this? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We can do this together. Not to post Iggy Azalea on RFD, but if you need some blue-spiration, this video is full of denim and blue lips: (Also I like this song, so sue me.) The truth is you just have to wear it. C’mon, everyone from Rihanna to Nicki is doing it so grab a tube, get brave, and get ready. All the lipsticks I tried in this post are MAC, but I do also own Manic Panic’s After Midnight and OCC’s Lip Tar in Technopagan. Though I’ve never worn either outside, I can vouch that both of these products are great. To be honest, I think Lip Tar is one of the best makeup products ever if you like super pigmented lips, and it ships to Iceland! (They aren’t paying us for this, I promise.) But let’s get back to MAC, right? To start off, I picked out a creamy purple-y blue shade called Dew. I thought this might be a good blue to start with because it’s less, uh, aggressive than a more royal blue? In my head I imagined this would look less goth. I left the same gold makeup that I did the frosty lipstick post with, but if I could redo it I probably would…


Lipstick Trend #1: Keep It Frosty

Lipstick Trend #1: Keep It Frosty

I’m certainly not blessed with Kylie Jenner lips—then again, neither was she—but I still love to accentuate them. In my opinion, lipstick is one of the most important parts of any makeup routine, second only perhaps to eyebrows. (Check out my eyebrow guide here!)  Doing your lips is also completely addictive! Once you start experimenting with new colours you’ll never go back. Purples, pinks, mattes, glosses—there’s a whole world out there. Lip trends, of course, go in and out. Remember when coral shades were all the rage? Remember the years of Lancome Juicy Tubes? And how funny is it that we’ve gone back to brown shades and lipliner? Yes, throwback looks seem to be all the rage in everything right now. (Thank god we haven’t gone back to tiny 90s brows and JYNO jeans yet though.) Even so, we kind of have gone full circle. Look at all the new make-up collections and the beauty girls on Instagram and you’ll see a trend that’ll bring you back to 2000s R&B videos and Pamela Anderson. Yes I’m talking about frosty lips. Though we normally think of light pinks or browns as the basis for frost, MAC’s new Bangin’ Brilliant line is filled with frosty duds of all colours. Checking it out, I was particularly intrigued by the Spoiled Fabulous colour. It looks like gold sparkles—I mean, how could I resist? Gold might be an ambitious place to start my frosty education, but hey, gotta play life on hard mode, right? I decided to mix it with their Oh Baby Lipglass. Both are pretty sheer and the end result was very nuanced. For a frosty lip, it was remarkably not too early-2000s Christina Aguilera. It actually felt really modern and fresh and I think it’d be perfect for a night out. I paired it with some powerful brows…


Friday Inspiration: Vintage Iceland

Friday Inspiration: Vintage Iceland

For this Friday Inspiration, we’re taking a little inspiration from Throwback Thursday and going old-school. I’ve scoured the webs for the most beautiful or interesting photos of Iceland from the early 1900s and complied them into what is hopefully a beautiful scroll for you. Just look at those bakers from Kirkjustraeti above. Pretty different from Sandholt, right? Unlike previous Friday Inspirations, this one won’t have many “Want this look?” links. You can read more about traditional Icelandic costumes here but I’m unsure where you can go to buy similar items. If anyone knows, tell me! Want to see more? Check out the Reykjavík Museum of Photography and particularly their “Vanishing Culture – Westfjords” exhibit by Þorvaldur Örn Kristmundsson. I just saw it—hence the inspiration for this post—and it’s fantastic. But without any further ado… Those wool coats are timeless (and probably very warm too.) 1908 wrestling team—we see where Gunnar Nelson gets it. Again, we see where Gunnar Nelson gets it. I love the multiple braids in this picture. Such an interesting timepiece. Apparently Iceland has always been absurdly windy… There aren’t many traditional Icelandic sod houses left. These pictures are some of our only records of them. Recognize it? Reykjavík pre-automobile. I love the composition and movement in this photo. Yes, people still did the Golden Circle back then… In 1918 theory of tectonic plates hadn’t been thought up so these people probably didn’t know what they were standing on. Family portrait. Look at that hat and glasses—an original 101 hipster. Early construction! They probably weren’t building hotels or puffin stores though… Oh wow look at how upset that little boy is! Tragic. That facial hair—who knew it’d be back in, now? My favourite of the bunch: so elegant, so neat, so incredibly beautiful.  


Day Trip Discoveries: Hidden Húsafell

Day Trip Discoveries: Hidden Húsafell

WORDS by Jenna Gottlieb PHOTOS by Björn Lúðvíksson In Húsafell, vast glaciers, ample hiking opportunities, lava caves and wondrous waterfalls surround travelers. Situated in west Iceland, Húsafell is a charming village that’s perfect for a getaway from busy Reykjavík. Reykjavík Fashion & Design recently hopped in a car and hit the road, soaking in the scenic trip, exploring the world’s largest man-made ice cave and sampling the exquisite cuisine of Hótel Húsafell’s spectacular restaurant. The writer and photographer did not want to leave! West Iceland has a lot to offer. The drive from Reykjavík is easy, and there are a lot of stops to make along the way. Before arriving in Húsafell, we visited two thundering waterfalls: Hraun­ fossar (lava falls) and Barnafoss (children’s falls). Hraunfossar comprises a series of water­ falls streaming over 900 meters out of a lava field. The lava flowed from an eruption from a volcano lying under the Langjökull glacier. The falls are beautiful to visit in any season, and rainbows are frequently seen over the falls on rainy yet sunny days. Meanwhile, Barnafoss is a stunning waterfall named for the children who disappeared from a nearby farm and drowned in the river. Legend has it that the mother of the disappeared children put a curse on the falls so people could not cross the river. But, don’t let that sad tidbit mislead you. The rolling waterfall is a beautiful site. The air was crisp with a little mist, and we were the only people near the falls. The sun was starting to peek through and we wanted to linger a little longer, but we had a date with the world’s largest man-made ice cave. For those looking to explore the actual ice in Iceland, Into The Glacier offers day tours to the world’s largest…


The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden

Words by Rebecca Conway Photos by Neil John Smith & courtesy of The Beer Garden Bjórgarðurinn, or  ‘The Beer Garden’, sprang into the Icelandic beer scene just last summer, marking Iceland’s first foray of the beer garden variety. Since then, the Beer Garden has attracted a strong customer base, instituted live jazz nights, and expanded its beer and food menus. Though firmly nestled in Reykjavík’s ‘financial district’, the Beer Garden has the warm, relaxed atmosphere of a London pub. As soon as we stepped inside the place, we found our eyes drawn to the barrels on the wall, the giant copper still in the corner, and especially the long line of tap handles at the bar. We soon had to pry our eyes away from these things though, as Loftur, Beer Garden’s bar manager, greeted us with a huge smile and a firm handshake. He was quite keen to tell us about the place. Nursing a cold beer we were excited to listen. What is the concept behind Beer Garden? Our main goal was to create a well-rounded, enjoyable beer and food experience. There are many pubs, microbreweries, and other places where you can grab a beer in Reykjavík. These are all great, but we wanted to offer good food as well. Our concept really centers on combining good food with good beer. We try to elevate the sensation of our dishes by pairing them with the perfect beer. We have 22 beers on tap and over 100 varieties in bottles. In my opinion, we have one of the greatest selections of beer from all over the world. We cooperate with many local Icelandic breweries as well. People have really good things to say about this place, and many have even made a habit of coming in after work. Yes,…


Torfan Lobsterhouse

Torfan Lobsterhouse

WORDS by Svava Jónsdóttir PHOTOS by Neil John Smith ‘Gourmet nouvelle cuisine with exquisite dishes’ is a good way to describe the food they serve at Torfan Lobsterhouse in down­town Reykjavík. ‘We combine French cuisine with a little bit of a Nordic touch. Our methods are a bit old school so our personal feelings are very attached to the food, and we only use the best ingredients we can get every day,’ one of the owners, Ívar Þórðarson, says. ‘Local ingredients are very good; we get, for example, salad straight from the farmer and fish straight from the market from the smaller boats.’ What about the concept? ‘The French concept is very obvious on the menus, as are the Nordic twists. We take old classic dishes and put them in a new costume with Nordic influences, like pickling, curing and smoking. The first restaurant in the house was named Torfan, then there was the Lobsterhouse, or Humarhúsið in Icelandic, for about 25 years, and now it has combined into ­ Torfa Lobsterhouse as to pay respect to the two prior restau­ rants which this one is build on. The restaurant is famous for the lobster because of the Lobsterhouse. The main lobster dish has not changed for probably 25 years, except for maybe the garnish; the lobster is grilled in garlic butter – Icelandic butter of course – and that’s all you need. The lobster speaks for it self.’ Diverse menus ‘The water is very clear around the coast, and we buy the fish from small fishermen; they don’t fish in great quantities, and they show respect for the fish. We always have cod on the menu because that’s one of Iceland’s trademarks. We also serve Arctic Char; it’s bred in the glacier waters of Eyjafjallajökull, and it is a…


Happy Hour in Reykjavík

Happy Hour in Reykjavík

KLAUSTURBARINN Kirkjutorg 4, 101 Reykjavík Klaustur, or ‘cloister’, sits just below Kvosin hotel, right down the street from Austurvöllur and Tjörnin. With its wide-open windows, wooden tables, and numerous candles, Klaustur is a great place to catch up with friends or prepare for a crazy night out. With a good number of beers both in bottles and on tap, Klaustur is the perfect meeting place: busy, but not too crowded, and quiet enough that you won’t need to shout in order to have a conversation. The Klaustur martini collection also deserves special note. KALDI BAR Laugarvegur 20B, 101 Reykjavík People really love Kaldi beer, so it’s no wonder that Kaldi bar in Reykjavík is always a happening place.  While many of the best bars in Reykjavík sell bottles of the beer, Kaldi bar is one of the only places that sells it straight from the tap. In other words, unless you’re planning to trek up to the microbrewery in Akureyri, this is your best chance to snag some of the freshest Kaldi in Iceland. The unfiltered brew is particularly popular, though the bar sells as many as four types of draft, along with wine and other drinks. Happy hour is from 16 to 19. Plus, it’s really cosy and on Laugavegur, to boot. BJÓRGARÐURINN Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík Bjórgarðurinn, or ‘Beer Garden’, takes beer seriously, as well they should. Determined to pair the right beer with the right food and expose patrons to a wide variety of beer, Bjórgarðurinn offers a special happy hour deal on bottled and draft beer every day from 14 to 18. Happy hour even extends to cocktails, if you can pry yourself away from the multitude of beer options, that is. If you or anyone else need more reasons to visit the bar, it’s worth…


Vilborg Arna – Iceland’s Renowned Polar Explorer

Vilborg Arna – Iceland’s Renowned Polar Explorer

‘Life isn’t a problem that needs to be solved, it’s a reality that we need to experience.’ Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir has lived that motto to the fullest. Her passions in life are nature, outdoor adventures and challenges such as scaling the heights of Mount Everest and conquering the punishing conditions of the South Pole. On ­ January 17th 2013, Vilborg became the first­  Ice­lander to ski solo from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, – traveling more than 1140 km to reach the South Pole; exactly 101 years after Robert Scott and his team did it in 1912. Reykjavik Fashion & Design recently sat down with ­ Vilborg to discuss her determination, courage and positivity when facing difficult challenges as an adventurer. Did you love the outdoors as a child? My family has a cabin in the West Fjords, and I spent a lot of time there growing up. But I wouldn’t say I was an adventurous kid. That came later. When I was 22, I was working in a hotel in the countryside. Every day I would look out a window by the reception area, and I could see over to Skaftafell and the mountains. I decided then, that I wanted to climb. Did you set out on a climb? I was reading some brochure about a climbing trip. It was my first hike ever, and a friend signed up with me. I didn’t have anything, any gear. So we went to Reykjavik to buy hiking boots, and my main goal was to look good for the hike [laughs]. I bought the coolest looking boots in the shop that were too small and not even waterproof. I had never been mountain climbing and, I didn’t know what I needed. It was August, but there was a period…


Víkin Restaurant

Víkin Restaurant

Words by Margrét Dagbjört Flygenring Pétursdóttir Photos by Neil John Smith & courtesy of Víkin Icelanders are known for a few things, such as beautiful nature, rapid changes in the weather and high-quality fish. At Víkin Restaurant, you can be sure you’ll get fresh fish since Snorri, the head chef, goes to the local fishmonger every morning to pick out the freshest fish of the day. He then prepares it for hungry lunch guests. Reykja­vík Fashion & Design was invited to Víkin on a sunny Tuesday, and we got to try out the fish of the day, which costs only 2490 ISK. When we got there, Snorri greeted us with a big smile, and we found a seat by the window. The view is stunning at Víkin, and the sun was shining. There is just something so special about sitting by the harbor and eating fresh fish caught  just a few hours earlier. While we sat and chatted about the next issue of Reykjavík Fashion & Design, we feasted on a wonderful cod covered in a citrusy hollandaise sauce, with barley and root vegetables on the side. The food and ice cold water went down easy, and we all enjoyed the meal. Next time we visit Víkin, we will do so on a Wednesday, since that’s when Snorri gets fresh mussels from the market. We can just picture, us sitting out on the patio with a glass of white wine and fresh mussels. Yum! Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík Open: 10:00-17:00