Monthly Archives: August 2016


Everything I Want At Húrra Reykjavík

Everything I Want At Húrra Reykjavík

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Yesterday Reykjavík had a little athleisure orgasm. An influx of pale-lipsticked patrons wearing mostly Adidas, Nike, and Stüssy stormed Hverfisgata, hungry for muted midi dresses and turtlenecks. That’s right, yesterday Húrra Reykjavík opened their first female clothing store. Obviously, I went, though the whole experience made me really upset that I haven’t yet won the lottery—I would literally wear absolutely everything in that store. Húrra, are you looking for a brand ambassador? My Outfit Leggings + Jacket + Shoes + Watch – Adidas. Vest – Puma. Shirt – American Apparel. Glasses – $3 on the street in NYC. Most people were wearing grey/black and sportswear—pretty typical of Reykjavík. I felt remarkably colourful in my jumpsuit, but it is a floral jumpsuit so I guess I was asking for that? I hadn’t anticipated going anywhere fashionable yesterday, so I didn’t really dress up, but I think the outfit was appropriate. Again, I’d literally wear absolutely everything in that shop. It was so current, so now, so—not to overuse this word—but so on point. But here are the items I was particularly fond of: a. Sock Hop Adidas: I’d wear these with some high waisted Mom jeans and a cropped turtleneck—which, by the way, is a pretty confusing piece of clothing. I guess some people have cold necks but hot tummies? b. The Salmon Shorts of Stüssy: I love salmon as a colour and I love Stüssy. If you’re into the whole frat-boy-Vineyard-Vines look but also like skateboarding, this is the shirt for you. c. Fabulous Jail Dress: Sorry for the awful photograph. This dress is perfect for those occasions where you want to blend in with zebras while also wearing a midi dress. d. The Don’t-Wear-These-In-Reykjavík-Weather Sneakers: I want these so bad but I feel like I’d ruin them instantly by walking…


Check This Out Now! Karin Sander At i8 Gallery

Check This Out Now! Karin Sander At i8 Gallery

Let’s start by saying I’m not necessarily an art connoisseur. I love exhibits and go to them often but I’m sometimes at a loss for how to criticise or comment on art. Who am I to say if something is good or bad? Luckily though, I have a friend, Anna, visiting Reykjavík right now who is doing her graduate studies in art history. She’s a modernist so if I could trust anyone for a critical opinion, it’s her. Today we journeyed over to i8 Gallery to check out Karin Sander’s new exhibit there. This is Karin Sander’s 3rd exhibit at i8, but her work has graced halls from NYC to Osaka. i8’s website biography describes her as a “friendly witch [who makes] everyday objects appear so artificial that our mental processes and perceptive powers have no choice but to spring into action.” I’m down with every friendly witch from Sabrina to Hermione, so I knew this was something I would like. The exhibit presents a blank white room with a number of fresh vegetables nailed to the wall. You can’t see the nails though so the veggies kind of look like they are floating. It’s pop art-y. There’s cabbage, apples, carrots, cauliflower—everything you could imagine. What my friend instantly pointed out to me upon walking in was that these vegetables were real and they were going to be there for the entire exhibition. And you know what happens to vegetables when they age, they, uh, ripen. This olfactory experience was the absolute beauty behind Sander’s exhibit. Anna and I walked veggie to veggie, putting our noses close and inhaling. Some were lovely—fresh, clean and distinctly ‘green’—while others made us sputter and cough. It was a multi-sensory experience that really brought me wholly into the exhibit. So if you have a free afternoon anytime soon,…


Shabnam Fuses Scandinavia, The Middle East, And Fire

Shabnam Fuses Scandinavia, The Middle East, And Fire

Shabnam is the Persian word for morning dew. It’s also the middle name of local artist Sunna Halldórudóttir, who opened her own metal and ceramics jewelry line—titled Shabnam—earlier today. Sunna is half Persian and half Icelandic and the brand absolutely showcases this diverse background. There’s intricate Middle Eastern-style body chains mixed in with bird bones and ram skulls. The pieces are intense and definitely not for the faint hearted, but they are completely wearable, even for those who don’t normally go for something so edgy. If you’re a novice looking to add some extremity to your look, this is the line to do it with. “I did a two year study in ceramic design at Myndlistarskóli Reykjavíkur a few years back and the idea [for Shabnam] started there.” Sunna tells me. “It wasn’t until I started studying at LHÍ that I decided to make it happen though.” Sunna has been creating jewelry for herself and friends for years. She also draws. “I try to let the form of the body as well as inspirations from the Middle East and Scandinavia guide me when creating these pieces.” Sunna continues. “I not only want the pieces to catch people’s eyes but to accentuate the often beautiful form of the wearers bodies.” Her pieces are definitely accentuating—especially the body chains. I’d wear one over a black turtleneck with a suede or leather skirt, a chignon, and nude lipstick: it’d be sophisticated with a touch of goth, and would nicely integrate the eroticism of body chains into an everyday look without it being overwhelming. Of course, you could also wear one over a silk shift with untidy loose curls and smudged eyeliner—a titillating take on 90s grunge. You might have seen Sunna’s work before in Behemoth’s “Ben Sahar” video, which was shot in Iceland last summer. She worked as Assistant…


Friday Inspiration: Nikita

Friday Inspiration: Nikita

If you’re in any way acquainted with Icelandic fashion, then you definitely have heard of Nikita. It’s a massive worldwide streetwear/activewear brand, with stores ranging from Canada to Algeria. Nikita was started by Heiða Birgisdóttir in the 1990s and has just blossomed. Though it started as a snowboard brand, it’s since expanded to include a wide range of products. For this Friday Inspiration, I found some beautiful shoots of Nikita online. Of course, if you want to get any of these looks—or ones like them—check out the Nikita online store! This shoot was done by Glen Young and features the Nikita 2013/2014 outerwear collection. This model is just stunning. If you want to see more, check out the post here.  This next shoot was from Chasseur Magazine. It features the 2012 Autumn/Winter Streetwear collection. I love the movement in these shots. But it kind of sucks looking at beautiful products you can’t get anymore right? Don’t worry—I scoured the Nikita online store to pick out some products for you. 1. Hotu Hoodie in Black Nest Print – 65 Euros I love this hoodie. It’d be so great for a cozy walk outside with leggings and some gold bangles. 2. Bristol Dress in White Sand – 50 Euros Another cozy day piece. But you could take this out with black tights and bright heels. 3. Ghost Shirt in Acid Blues – 80 Euros This shirt has the perfect amount of 80s in it. It’s a nuanced statement piece that is still totally wearable.


Islândia No Rio De Janeiro!

Islândia No Rio De Janeiro!

After the fire that was Euro2016, Iceland is on a roll, up and ready to smite its competition in the land of the Copacabana. That’s right, I’m talking about Brasíl. Rio de Janeiro. The Olympics baby! So put this on as you read the rest of the post. It’ll set the mood: (Who remembers that song? It was everywhere for a short time in ~2011.) Iceland’s Olympic past is unfortunately not particularly prolific. We’ve only won four metals—none of them gold—but hey, who could have predicted #BrexitPart2? So let’s check out who will be representing our place, from Husavík to Vík, down south. Cause I have a feeling this year will be, as D Trump would put it, yuuge. Irina Sazonova – Gymnastics Everyone knows gymnastics are the best part of the Olympics (shout out to Nastia Liukin) and luckily this year an Icelander will be competing in the women’s all-around. This is our (!!) first Icelandic gymnastics competitor and we are so excited to cheer her on on Sunday, August 7th. And trust us—she’s got a chance at this. At qualifications in April, Sazonova ended the competition 39th out of 66 competitors. Here she is competing at the 2016 European Championships. Look at how she glides! Also, check out that tattoo on her leg. Please, Irina, if you see this, come to the RFD office and show us some moves? Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir – Javelin Throw Ásdís just dominates at Javelin. She’s been the Icelandic record holder for ages and is now going to represent us in Rio! Let’s also note that her Twitter bio describes her as “Icelander, daughter, sister, godmother, a friend in deed, pharmacist, PhD student and double Olympian that has a passion for throwing sticks!” PhD student AND Olympian AND pharmacist AND everything else? This girl is impressive. Us…


What I'm Craving Now: August

What I’m Craving Now: August

1. Zara Over-The-Knee High Heel Boots With Sock Summer isn’t even over and I’m already thinking about fall. I saw these recently on the Zara website and totally fell in love. They are so versatile—wear them with a black cotton midi dress or a beaded miniskirt. I’m imagining a million different outfits. 11.995 ISK, buy it at Zara. 2. An Iðunn Box  I love love love subscription boxes and finally there’s one specific to Iceland. Iðunn boxes have beauty and skincare products, with brands ranging from Moroccan Oil to OPI nail polish to Skyn Iceland. If you’re looking to try new beauty-related things, this is the most convenient way to do it! 1 box for 6.990 ISK, buy it at Iðunn. 3. MAC Trolls Collection Talk about a nostalgia bomb, right? I grew up with trolls so I was super excited to see this collection and it definitely didn’t disappoint.  From light blue lip gloss to bright yellow lipstick, these shades are anything but dull. To be honest, I might even buy some just for the names—who wouldn’t want eyeshadow named “Twerkqoise” or “Suns Out, Buns Out”? Various prices, buy it at MAC in Kringlan. 4. A Ticket To Justin Bieber (!!!)  This September, our patron saint Bieber is coming to Korinn for two show. Apparently 12% of Iceland will be there. I have to be one of them. I’m pretty sure the show is already sold out, but if anyone is looking for a date (who knows all the lyrics…) then please hit me up. 5. Pyropet Pink Kisa Candle This candle is so cute I probably wouldn’t ever burn it. A few weeks ago, I saw one in the store window of Hrím and absolutely fell in love. They have them in pink and black but I’d definitely go for the pink on this one….