Ragnhild Utne

DIY Pencil Cup

I’ve been obsessing over all things shiny the last few months and since I can’t afford getting all these fancy things from interior stores, I decided to make something on my own – and this pencil cup definitely stands out from the rest of the stuff in my room. And you know what the best part is? You only need two things to be able to make it.
First, when you go grocery shopping, grab one of the cans filled with either tomatoes, chickpeas, corn, or whatever you need for your next meal. Preferably a pop-top can so you get a smoother edge on the inside. Then you’ll need gold spray paint. I got a can from Bunnings Warehouse in Melbourne for only $3.40. My conclusion was that it was basically free (not really, but almost). If you’re based in Norway they’ve got similar ones at Biltema.
And now you’re good to go! Spray paint 2 layers. Let it dry for about 3 minutes after the first layer and 20 minutes when you’re done with both layers. And now you’ve got yourself a stylish pencil cup!

Acne Studios

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I treated myself to a linen shirt from Acne Studios the other day. My excuse was that I didn’t get anything for myself for my birthday last month. I still think that was a great excuse. Acne Studios always use these soft, cute colours for their clothes, which I absolutely love. And their Scandinavian design reminds me of home.
I’ll be going home to Norway and summer in exactly two months today. So many people have been telling me to stay for the entire year seeing as it’s my last one in Australia, which I understand, but Melbourne winter is just so depressing. You constantly feel cold and it’s difficult finding a warm place where you can heat up. I could always head up north but what’s the point in that when my “home” is in Melbourne.
My days have been extremely busy lately. I got a job in the city less than a month ago and I’ve been working so much more than expected. And with uni, ANSA and work at the same time, I sure have something filling up my schedule. But it’s kind of nice being busy, though, I would get bored otherwise.

Sensory Lab

Melbourne is known for having the world’s best coffee, and I can’t argue with that statement. My newest housemate and her friend got me a moka pot for my birthday and it was about time that I got some quality coffee for it. Sensory Lab on Little Collins Street in Melbourne never disappoints – and their packaging design is pretty rad as well, so I brought home a box of coffee which has a bit of chocolatey flavour to it. And it’s also great with a dash of milk.
They also have a little spot at David Jones on Bourke Street, on first floor (first floor is actually 2nd flor by European standards. Australian’s 1st floor is ground floor), so you can sit down for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake if you’re tired of shopping.
Now, my next task will be to locate their own coffee shop in Bondi, Sydney.
The Design Letters cup from Arne Jacobsen was a perfect ‘moving out’ gift from my friend, Ingrid.

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Check out Sensory Lab’s website, their homepage looks rad too!


Last week, I worked together with talented makeup artist Ruby Gencer to create images in studio using body paint. Ruby used silver body paint to resemble clothing-like pieces on the model’s body. We started painting only her bottom part to make it look like underwear, and continued painting her upper part and then her entire body. It was truly an interesting concept and something I’ve never done before. Grace, our model, totally looked like a robot in the end.

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Model: Grace Elliott @ Wink Models

Makeup Artist: Ruby Gencer

VAMFF Opening Event

Last night was the opening event of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, presented by David Jones and supported by Vogue Australia, featuring collections from leading Australian designers. Two classmates and myself covered the event for voxfrock.com.au. Our teacher at uni got us passes to access all areas of the event. We started shooting makeup, hair and dressing backstage at 3pm to rehearsals on the runway. It was a really long day, and with tired necks and feet, we were all a bit out of it when the two shows were over at around 11pm. But it was so much fun and interesting seeing how all the organising of a runway show is done backstage.
















Sunday’s Yarra Valley Wine Tour





On Sunday, we drove to Yarra Valley for a wine tour at Punt Road.  The weather was lovely and it felt good leaving the busy city and head out to the country for the day. We tried a selection of great wines, from sparkled to white and red. Alcohol is so cheap in Australia compared to Norway, and since my birthday is coming up I got a good bottle of sparkled white wine to celebrate with.
Following the tasting at Punt Road, we had pizza for lunch at Napoleone & Co Ciders – which were absolutely delicious and we got so full from them as well. We barely needed any food from the rest of the day after that meal. Now I’m just looking forward to open that bottle of sparkled wine.