Welcome to November’s edition of Girls on Film with my beautiful and talented friend Stine, a Scandinavian beauty, Stine hales from Norway. We talk about careers, fashion, international travel and finding Sugar daddies. Enjoy the ride kids, this is a good one ...
BP: Hi Stine welcome to Girls on Film, are you excited to be here?
SFK: Yes I am very excited
BP: It would great for you to introduce yourself, obviously, I know and love you, but I would love for my readers to get to know you
SFK: Well, I’m a Norwegian little white bitch *laughter* trying to make it in the big city ...No, I’m just trying to get rich so that I can live my life how I want to
BP: Without having to resort to one of those sugar daddy websites
SFK: Yes!! No one wants those,
BP: Sometimes seriously though, you think 'this could be worth it'
SFK: Yeah, I mean if I find one [a sugar daddy] naturally I’m not going to say no, but I’m not trying to find that. I mean I feel like Rachel [from Friends] is that a bad thing to say?
BP: I’ve never seen friends...
SFK: What!!! How?
BP: I know I know, people hate it!!
SFK: Oh well let me explain, Rachel is from this rich family, supposed to marry a rich guy, she says no and lives her life how she wants, her way. Goes into the big city, gets poor works as a waitress and then she gradually works her way up a career in the fashion industry, gets a big job a Ralph Lauren, she gets offered a job at Louis Vuitton in Paris
SFK: I love her
BP: So you are waiting for that to happen
SFK: Yes, I’m waiting for this to happen to me
BP: Obviously you touched on trying to make it happen, you are student right now (doing the same course as me) Fashion Promotion and Imaging, what do you enjoy about it and what do you not enjoy about it
SFK: Ummm, *looking at phone* Oh I just got a text letting me know my order is here!!
BP: What did you order
SFK: CLOTHES!! I like that my interest is what I do, that’s what I like
BP: What do you not like?
SFK: I feel like uni is just a lot of unnecessary work so it’s like this project would be done by now
BP: We wouldn’t have to spend weeks and weeks
SFK: Yeah, and I wouldn’t have to write 10 pages about Asos in my sketchbook, and spend a day having to do that. You could just say it and people would be like that’s okay.
BP: It’s in reality, once we have finished the degree we will be in a position to tell other people what we think and this is what we know and they will understand. Until we finish we have to work like this, it’s long and it is incredibly tedious but it is what it is
SFK: Now I feel like I am waiting, now we’re the third year
BP: You can smell the end
SFK: Yeah you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I just want to graduate
BP: I have that feeling as well
SFK: Yeah I just want to get on with it
BP: You are interning at the same time, what and where is that?
SFK: It’s at DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, I can write that down for you!
BP: Thank you, I will need that
SFK: It’s a Scandinavian fashion brand
BP: Are they based London?
SFK: No they are based in Copenhagen, but have a showroom in London it’s in Bond Street
SFK: Yeah, it’s really nice, I just do showroom responsibilities so I take out the collections, take them down, steam garments
BP: Do you assist people when they come in for pulls and pickups?
SFK: No, not yet. It’s a brand new season
BP: It is press season right now for SS18
SFK: Yeah, so now it’s High Summer and Pre-fall soon. I do other small things that they need help with. The other day I spent hours trying to adjust the look-book because they had cut some of the pieces from the collection so they can’t send those pieces in the look-book So I was stuck cutting them out, putting style numbers in.
BP: A lot of work
SFK: Yeah it’s really fun, it’s great to have on my CV because it means a lot back home
BP: Talking about back home, what do you think are the differences between Norwegian culture and British culture?
SFK: In general, or fashion
BP: Either, I think that you can be with someone and you can tell that they have had a different upbringing, with you I feel like we are really similar but then sometimes I’m like WOAH culture and it’s different, in a good way of course. So what do you think is the difference, apart from it snowing for 6 months of the year. Which I am obsessed with
SFK: Hah hah, I love the snow. I think the biggest difference is, I think it’s a lot of things. In Norway we have a lot of things -this is going to sound really bad - but we have higher standards in water, food, housing
BP: Yeah your standard of living is incredible, but it costs more right?
SFK: Yes but we get paid more, which is why my money goes further in the U.K. because I earn to live in Norway if I live in the U.K. which is a lot cheaper.
BP: London is the cheapest place for luxury in the world at the moment
SFK: So I mean that’s why back home we appreciate that and service and stuff you really notice it. Going into a store it’s quick and easy, everyone says hi, everyone is nice. If you meet someone who is having a shit day you will notice it, but it’s so rare. Here when I am in stores the staff barely look at me which is really weird but...
BP: So you couldn’t live here forever the goal is to go back to Norway
SFK: Yeah, it is right now, I just need a couple of years to start my career, have my friends and family close
BP: That makes a big difference
SFK: Yeah, I’m open to coming back here, but actually in London, I would like to work in New York or Paris, but I would need a couple of years back in Norway to recharge. Earn some money
BP: I love the fact that you are also an air hostess, which is SO chic
BP: Do you love it ??
SFK: I love my job and I hate my job, since I’m part time I can work as much as I want to, I am able to go up to full time if I want too. So when I work part-time because it’s rare. However, over summer I worked full time for 5/6months and I was exhausted. I hated it.
BP: it’s good in one sense because it reinvigorates what you do love
SFK: So when I interned in April and May I flew every other weekend and I loved it.
BP: Was it like a break
SFK: Yeah because it was a fashion position in the week, and then flying every other weekend. It was such a good break. I do love flying but it’s not what I want to for the rest of my life but I want to hang onto it for now. If I get a job after uni I would like to keep my other job too.
BP: Recently you have started blogging, what’s it called
SFK: It’s http://nouw.com/stinefkarlsen
BP: What made you start this because blogging is a big deal in Norway right now
BP: Bigger than the U.K., taken more seriously, and it is done better
SFK: Yeah it’s more like, there are a lot of Pink Bloggers, so it’s like the girls that have the lash and hair extensions and lip fillers just blogging about their lives and their nails. It’s less like that now but it was a big deal when it started. I personally love the ones that feel editorial, articles, but it’s really great pictures about I don’t know umm, 'my laundry conditioner, it smells like coconut, buy it’. Just because of the pictures and how it has been put together it looks amazing, that’s what I want to do. I wanted to start blogging when I moved here, but I couldn’t, I kept saying things like my hair isn’t long enough, my place isn’t good enough and my clothes are good enough to take pictures of.
BP: There are always excuses to stop you, I put it off for ages
SFK: It’s my last year and I’m just doing it. I don’t want to live as a blogger because in Norway you can make a living.
BP: I might move to Norway
SFK: You should, no you can earn so much from being a blogger
BP: It’s good that you can appreciate it, and also realise that you are worth so much more than that, you are callable of more
SFK: I just want to use it initially to show myself in other ways than a CV
BP: It also shows commitment, when you have so much else going on. It looks good, and I love your blog
SFK: Thank you!!
BP: That is coming from another blogger but
SFK: If I do get offers and money, I won’t say no!!
BP: Why would you!! That first paid partnership is special
SFK: But that’s not why I do it
BP: Same, but when it happens it’s great. So obviously you are a blogger who is into beauty, your face is beautiful
BP: BEAT ahahah. What would you say your beauty essentials are
SFK: Well in the morning I do my skincare which is very important, use my cleanser, I used to use a toner, serum and moisturiser but I think I’ve always had oily skin because it’s not getting enough moisture, so I have switched to a different moisturiser and just using the cleaner and moisturiser. I always do my makeup full on because if I do it ‘natural’ it wears off.
BP: Is that because of the oil ??
SFK: Yes and because I touch my face a lot and I touch my hair so it wears off. If I don’t do it properly I’m going to regret it.
BP: So you do full coverage
SFK: I always do full coverage
SFK: I don’t contour, I do it with my bronzer kind of
BP: You look sculpted yet natural
SFK: Thanks, throughout the day I use a hydrating mist and a powder and my lip balm and some lip gloss if need it. Oh and if you use tissue or toilet paper and you pull the two layers apart
SFK: It works perfectly as blotting paper
BP: cheap blotting paper
SFK: I never buy it
BP: I think that’s what millennials would call a hack
SFK: Yeah it’s a beauty hack, I can’t be bothered to pay for it when I can have it for free
BP: Yeah !! Why would you!!
SFK: I always do that, spray my face with mist and then powder.
BP: Incredible, so what three things are you loving, what new in beauty bits are you loving right now??
SFK: I got a new primer from Stilla, and it’s like swirls of all different correcting colours, green, yellow, purple, red and you squeeze it out and it all comes together and it evens everything out and is amazing. I love it. Then what else,
BP: Trophy wife [Fenty Beauty Highlighter]
SFK: I do! I don’t wear it all the time because it’s insane
BP: Was that hard to get, did you have to queue
SFK: Harvey Nichols. We went three times in 2 weeks
BP: Fenty has blown up, maybe by the time this is published it may have calmed a little, but right now in mid-October it’s still crazy
SFK: Yeah, the first 2 times we were there we asked the girls at the start of the queue how long they had benne there and they said an hour. So we left, went on a Sunday and there was no queue.
BP: Is that what you really wanted?
SFK: Well, I wasn't supposed to get anything
BP: Oh whoops
SFK: Well I wanted trophy wife, I almost bought a foundation but I bought another one instead. Oh, and I have got this lip balm which is really nice it’s like nipple balm which is really good for your lips. It plumps lips and it is amazing.
BP: So now let’s move onto some quick fire questions
BP: Leather or Lace
BP: Smart or Casual
BP: Trainers or Heels
SFK: that’s hard
BP: You can give caveats, So trainers for this heels for that
SFK: I’d prefer heels, but I can’t be bothered, I wish I could wear heels every day but I can’t
BP: High end or low end
SFK: I would have to pick high end
BP: Talk us through today’s outfit, the jumper is a personal fave of mine
SFK: It’s my Acne Studios jumper, I have wanted it for over a year, I have a friend who always buys these every fall. I always wanted one and I just decided to get it
BP: It looks so nice, it’s quite rich but it’s also pale so nice
SFK: Warm camel
BP: and your jeans
BP: That’s the thing you don’t have to spend as much money on other bits because the jumper lifts everything
SFK: Yeah, they are mom jeans, High waisted I love them. I look like I was born in the 90’s
BP: You were!!!!!
SFK: Hahaha I didn’t mean that more like stuck in the 90’s
BP: How would you describe your style, you always look great
SFK: Right now I’m into basics, I’m craving this pair of leather jeans from Gestuz they are £250
BP: They would be a great investment. What else is on your wish list?
SFK: Yes! Umm a coat, I need a wool camel coat. They have one at Day, but it’s not in store until February.
BP: How much
BP: Again a good investment piece, it will last forever
SFK: It’s perfect, light cool camel it's really paler than I thought I’d love, but it’s perfect
BP: I love Maxmara coats, they do the perfect coats, cut well they have great camel coats
SFK: Not as many people are doing camel this year, it’s much more last year
BP: It’s a classic coat, 4/5 seasons ago people were going mad for pink coats and it died down but now pink is everywhere
SFK: Oh and red
BP: Everything Red
BP: It’s everywhere, Balenciaga and Fendi.
SFK: So true
BP:Well thank you for joing me on Girls on Film Stine !!
SFK: Thank you, it was l pleasure to be here on this green couch.
BP: I’ll link everything about you so that everyone can find out about you and thank you so much
SFK: Thank you !!