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TAKE A PIECE OF THE ICELANDIC SAGA HOME WITH YOU. INFINITY SILFUR-OXITERAÐ ARMBAND INFINITY SILVER-OXIDIZED BRACELET Þetta sívinsæla armband skartar kristnum trúartáknum og er hannað af hinum 84 ára gamla gullsmið og listamanni Guðbjarti Þorleifssyni. Glæsileg tímalaus hönnun sem hentar jafnt dömum sem herrum. Einnig fáanlegt gull- og rósagullhúðað á www.sagashop.is. Armbandið kemur með aukahlekk. This bracelet is a unique piece of jewellery and is suitable for both men and women. Adorned with Christian symbols, it is the perfect accessory for any occasion. Available both gold and rose gold plated at www.sagashop.is.

INFINITY TINY SILFUR ARMBAND / INFINITY TINY SILVER BRACELET Hér hefur Íris Björk útfært minni útgáfu af hinu sívinsæla trúararmbandi sem var hannað af Guðbjarti Þorleifssyni. Armbandið er úr 925 sterling silfri og er rhodium húðað. Lengdinni má stjórna með keðju sem er á enda armbandsins og hentar það því flestum. Láttu það eftir þér. The head designer of Vera Design, Íris Björk has made this smaller version of the Infinity bracelet that has been one of the most successful item in there line for over a decade. It is made from 925 sterling silver/rhodium. The lenght can be adjusted and fits most sizes. The perfect gift for all ages.

VÍRAVIRKIÐ / FILIGREE SILVER BRACELET Guðbjartur Þorleifsson, gullsmiður til síðustu 60 ára, hannaði þetta þjóðlega 925 silfur/rhodium víravirkisarmband sem á rætur sínar að rekja aftur í miðaldir. Hér er glæsilegt armband sem erfist á milli kynslóða og fer aldrei úr tísku. Armbandið kemur með aukahlekk. The filigree tradition was preserved trough medieval times and still remains a jewellery standard in many countries. This is an elegant bracelet with a history.

ÍRIS BJÖRK TANYA JÓNSDÓTTIR CEO / Founder of Vera Design. Guðbjartur Þorleifsson, born 1931 began train- ing as a goldsmith at the age of 16, and has worked in that field since 1953. He has designed many unique works of art in his long successful career. Íris is now the new head of design at Vera Design, her goal is to design timeless jewelry that will pass on to new generations. veradesign.is


ETERNITY KROSS / ETERNITY CROSS Þessi glæsilegi kross sem er úr 925 silfri og er rhodium húðaður hentar jafnt dömum sem herrum, en hann kemur með 50 cm langri silfurfesti sem er afar vegleg. Krossinn er með hring utan um sem táknar eilífðina. Veglegur gripur sem erfist á milli kynslóða. This beautiful 925 silver cross is suitable both for man and woman.It has a ring around it hat represents eternity. The pendant comes with 50cm long Silver chain that gives it that extra touch of luxury and quality. Take a piece of the Icelandic Saga home with you.

INFINITY TINY SILFURMEN / INFINITY TINY SILVER NECKLACE Hér er ný útgáfa af hinu vinsæla Infinity meni í smækkaðri útgáfu. Menið kemur með tveimur silfur keðjum annars vegar 90cm og hins vegar 47 cm og hentar mjög vel með stærra meninu eða eitt og sér. Tímalaus hönnun sem hentar við öll tækifæri. Here is a smaller version of the popular Infinity necklace. The 925 silver pendant comes with a crystal cut silver ball chain and it looks great with the bigger version or by it self. Take a piece of the Icelandic Saga home with you.

HRINGUR MEÐ ÆÐRULEYSISBÆN FRÁ VERU DESIGN / SERENITY PRAYER SILVER RING Þessi glæsilegi hringur er stækkanlegur og hentar jafnt dömum sem herrum. Í hann er grafin bæn sem á við svo margt í lífi okkar. Tímalaus hönnun efir Írisi sem á eftir að standast alla tískustrauma. Í boði með íslenskri eða enskri áletrun. This beautiful silver ring is adjustable in size and suits both men and women. Engraved with the serenity prayer, it reminds us of all the beautiful things in life. Timeless design by Íris that is never going out of style. Available both with Icelandic and English engrave.

INFINITY SILFURHÁLSMEN / INFINITY SILVER NECKLACE Glæsilegt hálsmen hannað af Írisi sem fæst annað hvort rhodiumhúðað eða með 18 karata rósagullshúð. Menið skartar kristnum trúartáknum og tvær keðjur fylgja hvorri útgáfu, 45 cm löng leðuról og silfur-/rósagullskeðja. Æðruleysisbænin er grafin í öðrum megin og menið má nota á fjóra vegu. Tímalaus hönnun sem hentar bæði dömum og herrum. Einnig fáanlegt með 18 karata rósagullhúð The Infinity necklace’s beautiful, timeless design comes in two versions and is made with either 925 silver-rhodium or rose-goldplated 925 sterling silver. Each version comes with two 45-cm-long chains, leather and silver / rose gold, and can be worn in four ways. The serenity prayer engraved on the back and it suits both men and women. Also available with gold-plated 18 carat rose gold.

BARNASILFURMEN FRÁ VERA DESIGN Þetta glæsilega barnasilfurmen er rhodiumhúðað og er hannað af Írisi. Það skartar kristnum trúartáknum og kemur með 36 cm langri silfurkeðju. Þetta er men sem vex með barninu. The Infinity children’s necklace is both beautiful and a timeless design, and is made with 925 silverrhodium. It comes with a 36-cm-long silver chain. This is the perfect gift for children at any age.

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Varma is dedicated to maintaining Icelandic tradition in developing, designing and manufacturing quality garments and accessories from the best Icelandic wool and sheepskin shearling. All Varma products are made in Iceland. Varma is available in various tourist shops around Iceland

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Reflections for Winter Wow! It has been a fantastic first year for Reykjavík Fashion and Design and for the last issue of 2016 we are going to show you the weird life of Kitty Von Sometime and her Weird Girls Project - The Wonderful World of Glowie who features in our fashion spread and give you an insight to DJ culture around Reykjavík. Christmas is just around the corner and if you haven't started your gift list, you are in luck as we have an extensive RFD Gift Guide to provide some inspiration for what to give your loved ones this Christmas, and as always, everything is available in stores around the city. To get you in the holiday spirit, we will take you through our favourite things to do in Reykjavík during the Christmas season. Christmas is also about food and indulgence, so if you have a sweet tooth, Heiðrún’s recipe will have you whip up peppermint cookies in no time. We held a model competition with great success, we were overwhelmed with how many people participated. Katrín Lena Þrastardóttir ended is our winner and we felt so lucky working with such a young inspiring person who was a natural in front of the camera. From all of us at RFD, thank you for this incredible first year and we look forward to all the adventures that next year is going to bring us.

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HAS ARRIVED DOWNTOWN WE ARE NOW OPEN ON LAUGAVEGUR! DROP BY FOR SOME AMAZING JUICES, SANDWICHES AND SHAKES. P.S. WE’RE REALLY GOOD AT MAKING COFFEE TOO!

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RFD recommends Hallgrímskirkja

This church can be seen almost from wherever you are in Reykjavík and is one of the tallest buildings in the city. This tall iconic building opened in 1986 and was named after Hallgrímur Pétursson a priest and a poet. If you are not too afraid of heights, you should go to the top of the church tower - you can see over the whole city from there. The interior is also quite breathtaking.

Photo courtesy of Visit Reykjavík / Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

Northern Lights

When you live in Iceland you tend to get used to the great mountains that surrounds us, the sea and even the Northern Lights. Last september Reykjavík City Council decided to turn of the street lights in order for everyone to enjoy the amazing Northern Lights display and what a wonder it was. The lights danced over the dark blue skye showing colors from red to green. It is good to be reminded from time to time of how magical this country can be. Photo courtesy of Visit Reykjavík / Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

Cocktails at Apótek Restaurant

Apotek is located at Austurstræti 16 one of the first large concrete buildings in Iceland. The building is known as Apotekið or “The Pharmacy” because it used to house the state pharmacy from 1930 -1999. Now it is one of our most favourite restaurants , we literally love everything on the menu but it is also widely known for their exquisite cocktail bar with award winning “pharmacists” mix together exciting artisan cocktails to suit every mood. From painkillers, stimulants tranquilisers and even placebos. So after your trip to Hallgrímskirkja — you might catch a glimpse of the Northern lights on your way to Apotek restaurant, and end your perfect day with the perfect cocktail. Psssst… The Happy Hour is from 4 pm-6 pm every day and the bar is open until 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Address: Austurstræti 16, 101 Reykjavik Photo courtesy of Apótek Restaurant

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My Reykjavík

What do you love about the city? Despite its reputation as a wild nightlife place, Reykjavík is a great place to visit with kids. There are plenty of entertainment options and things to do in the city and the surrounding municipalities. Let‘s start with the playgrounds. More or less all Icelandic children go to daycare every day. That gives us a plentiful amount of playgrounds which are open after working hours. If you want to get wet there are around 20 swimming pools in the capital area, most of which have a shallow pool for kids and/or a slide or two. These are great options for weekend mornings when the rest of the city is waking up. For lunch, it is safe to recommend The Laundromat Cafe. They, like most restaurants, have a nice children‘s Hjalti Stefán Kristj ánsson Jack of all trades menu and their basement is more and less an open area, stuffed with toys and books for kids. Kex Hostel usually has some activities for the family on Sunday mornings, besides being one of the cooler places around. The Laugardalur area is also to be recommended. There you will find a swimming pool, a cafe, botanical garden (which looks amazing in the morning after a good night of snowfall), a petting zoo and a skating rink. If that doesn‘t tickle your fancy, you can go to Grótta on the tip of the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, where the kids can play on the shore. But if you want to go to the lighthouse, make sure you know which way the tide is turning, because the high tide covers the walkway and you might get stuck for a few hours. Enjoy your time in Reykjavik with the kids!

Eating waffles and pancakes has always been very important to me, so I have always found it reassuring that one can get a waffle (with jam or cream) at practically all hours of the day or night in RVK. In England we have dirty burger stalls and highly suspicious-looking hot-dogs - in RVK there are waffle vans - this seems very civilised to me. I like tights and stockings and there’s a mad shop on Laugavegur which is like a glittering shrine to hosiery. I can’t remember its name. I might have never known its name, in fact. I was always just dazzled by the tights. Whenever I come to RVK, music plays a big part in my trip. It’s hard to choose a favourite venue but the chocolate-box charm of Idno is always Zoe Howe enticing, as is the beautiful and atmospheric Frikirkjan. Gigs always seem nalist Writer and jour more magical there. I remember seeing Sinead O’Connor at the Frikirkjan some years back and the powerful combination of music and place was quite overwhelming. I’m not ashamed to say I wept. That’s really saying something because, as those who know me will attest, I’m generally a hard bastard, feared by all. Bio Paradis - probably THE nicest independent cinema I’ve ever been inside. It’s gorgeous. And you can play chess there. I like to go to Bio Paradis and drink coffee on a cold day and, you know, watch films.

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Reykjavik is a unique city in a many way´s, but one of its greatest qualities is the surrounding landscape and nature. One only needs to drive 15-20 minutes to get to one the multiple outdoor options! I often go for a walk somewhere just outside the city. The recreational forested area, Heiðmörk, has so many different wonderful pathways and if you fancy a short one hour hike, the small mountain of Úlfarsfell is a great option. When you get up there you can experience a beautiful view of the city, the ocean and the surrounding mountains. Reykjavík offers an interesting mix of a small city atmosphere and a metropolitan vibe. Reykjavik´s art and design sectors have been blossomHarpa Rós Guðmundsd óttir Store Manager ing with many local design brands popping up in the last several years, making the main street of Laugarvegur (and the small side streets nearby) a fascinating place to discover. When strolling through the city center, I always find something new that sparks my interest. I recommend just going for a nice walk with no certain plans and just letting your feet and eyes control where you want to go; you just might find something you´ll love!

My favourite time of the year to stroll around Reykjavik city is the fall, when the city dornes its beautiful gown of red, brown and yellow. For a sunny and clear Sunday morning, venture out early and head to Öskjuhlíð. The little woods surrounding the hill make up for a magical walk, especially on a sunny and clear morning, With the smell of frost in the air, the crisp sound of leaves at your feet and all the beautiful fall colours surrounding you, you can pretend you’re in your own little world. You, and the occasional bunny, that hops your way. End your walk at Nauthóll, a little café by the sea side and enjoy the ocean view. Afterwards, it’s perfect to head to Perlan for a panorama view of the Reykjavik area. dóttir Lilja Sif Þorsteins ist log If you prefer evening walks, I recommend the statue garden of Einar Clinical Psycho Jónsson museum. It’s situated right near Hallgrímskirkja, the big landmark church of Reykjavik, so it’s hard to miss. The statues are beautiful, and lit up during the evenings, creating a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. As it’s not especially well known, you might be lucky enough to have the garden to yourself. The magic is sure to enrapture anyone.

I love to wake up early and walk to work, especially when there is no one around and not even cars on the streets. Everything is so peaceful and innocent, two of the main reasons I love Reykjavík. I sometimes stop to get coffee at Kaffislippurinn at Hotel Marina, which is next to the harbour/Grandi, and is probably my favourite spot in town. I also work there and live close by, which is quite convenient. For lunch my favorite place is Coocoo’s Nest. The atmosphere is simple and laid back and the soups and sandwiches there are always delicious. After work I love the bars that have good cocktail happy hours like Apótekið. For partying it really depends on the night and crowd. For techno I go to Paloma, for hip-hop and good vibes Prikið is obligatory and for everything else, Húrra and Kaffibarinn do the trick.

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Dark Religion WORDS by: Ásgrímur Már Friðriksson PHOTOS courtesy of: Viðar Logi

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Kyrja has quickly become a basic fixture on the Icelandic fashion scene, gaining recognition for her designs that blur the borders of femininity and androgyny. With her regal and dark vision, designer Sif creates gorgeous clean cut silhouettes that are a must-have in every fashionable closet. The essence of Kyrja feels almost religious which goes perfectly with the name of the brand, which translates the act of chanting. The juxtaposition of Kyrja is that the minimalistic and harsh cut of the clothing belies their soft feel. Designer Sif studied fashion design far from her homeland in the Italian city of Milano. While finishing her studies, Sif took on a full-time internship at Italian fashion house Vivetta. This was an ambitious move, which meant she was working during her final school exams, but it offered a huge boon to her learning experience. After Italy, the young designer shifted her focus towards London. She moved to the UK in late 2011 where she interned for the lingerie company Luolou loves you then later at prominent men’s fashion label Agi & Sam. A few months after her move, the first ideas of Kyrja were born, though the ball really started rolling when she moved into her first proper studio. Kyrja’s first collection was for fall/winter ‘13-14. Designer Sif doesn’t know the exact moment she first became interested in fashion, but vividly remembers planning trips to Paris with her grandmother at the age of thirteen to stake out the fashion design school she had her young heart set on. She tells us, “around 15 or 16 year old, my mother taught me how to sew a high waisted skirt

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in the mood of the 1950’s and I knew that there was no turning back. I was hooked on that feeling of being able to make a whole garment from just a small piece of cloth.” Today Sif has turned that feeling into a full-time career, turning rolls of fabric into three-dimensional objects. Her aesthetic is to create clothing for women that is both strong and soft, with emphasis on black and white. Her designs have an ease and class to them overlaying a strong nod towards goth and punk. Sif thinks that many women are afraid to dress up for their daily activities, that they tend to feel that dresses are too formal or are too dressed up for work. “For me it really doesn’t matter if it is day or night, if I am

going to a party or just basically going to the local store to pick up a sandwich. If I’m in the mood for a pretty dress, high heels and lipstick, that is what I wear. The same goes if I feel like just wearing sweatpants and a hoodie. The most important thing is that I wear what I feel like wearing each time and I am not trying to place myself in some sort of socially expected mold.” The ideology behind Kyrja is that there is nothing that should be called appropriate or inappropriate, “and clothing should never hang in the back of your closet for months, even years just because we can’t find the perfect opportunity for them. The opportunity is you and the right time is when you want it to be.” Kyrja’s collections are usually made from natural fibers such as silk, bamboo and cotton. Sif says the reason for this is an obvious one, they have a much nicer feel to them and “breath” much better than synthetic materials. When it comes to her own design, it is important that the garments are finished with flawless execution. Sif says, “The garments have to be practical and wearable, because when push comes to shove, clothing is made to be worn.” Kyrja just released her brand new fall/ winter collection. The new collection stays true to the aesthetic of Kyrja, with loose-fitting garments that flow around the body. The silhouettes are dark and regal and have an ease to them. Every item is made with the allure of simplicity yet hidden under the surface are detailed constructions and well thought-out finishes. The truly standout item from the new collection is the long

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and dramatic dark blue mohair coat which feels like it could be your best friend for this winter. For the new collection, Sif says that there was no central concept or theme, but it is a natural progression of the evolution of Kyrja, “this time I felt like working with collars but this was a detail that I have long wanted to implement into Kyrja. I also wanted this time to play with layering, having the lengths of the garments differ and the necklines and collars in various shapes and sizes. I wanted it to be possible to layer items of the collection together thus allowing different usage and more opportunities for the customer.” The new campaign was shot by emerging new talent, Viðar Logi. The idea was to play with opposites. Leveraging out the harsh silhouettes of the clothing with shadows and reflection. The result resembles a gothic fashion version of Whistler’s mother. Kyrja’s clothing is sold at the collective designer store, KIOSK, which can be found at Laugavegur 65, 101 RVK. More information at: Kyrja.com – Kioskreykjavik.com

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So You Want To Be A Model? Words by Ingibjörg Björnsdóttir Photos by Neil John Smith Model: Katrín Lena Þrastardóttir Hair & Stylist: Hannah Jane Cohen Makeup by MAC / Sigrún Sigurðardóttir

Katrín Lena Þrastardóttir was one of hundreds of entrants in our model contest held in September. We threw the contest hoping to get people from all walks of life to take part regardless of age or attitude and ended up choosing Katrín through a random draw. We had a blast shooting the fashion spread and asked Katrín a bit about her style and her favourite things in life. “I find it very difficult explaining my style of fashion because I like so many different styles, everything from the 20s glamour to grunge raw look. Raw is the key word for me when it comes to fashion, not even just for fashion but also when it comes to music, art, design and architecture. “I love it when the days get shorter, it just fits my style and me as a person so well, when it’s dark, cold, cozy and a little bit gloomy. Black, stone gray and blue are my favorite colours and I feel like grey suits me really well. I do like lighter or more pastel like colors as well, and love to pop up an outfit with one or two accessories in different colors. When it comes to makeup I really love everything, EVERYTHING. Furthermore I really like to create a look with statement colors, that's why I love the makeup from Kat von D. The colours are amazing, but on an ordinary day I'm pretty low key when it comes to makeup - that is if I do my makeup at all.”

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GK Reykjavík 9,995 ISK Adidas 15,990 ISK

Maia 15,990 ISK

Maia 13,990 ISK

Kronkron 56,000 ISK

GK Reykjavík 33,995 ISK Gallerí Sautján 9,995 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 29,990 ISK

Sporty

Nightlife Adidas 16,990 ISK

Zara 3,995 ISK

Companys 6,995 ISK

Zara 6,995 ISK

GK Reykjavík 29,995 ISK

Maia 24,990 ISK Maia 13,990 ISK

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Casual

Zara 7,995 ISK

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Top Shop 19,900 ISK

Tösku og Hanskabúðin 16,640 ISK

Lindex 2,485 ISK

Saga Shop 19,900 ISK

Zara 6,995 ISK

Zara 5,995 ISK

Topshop 799 ISK Zara 11,995 ISK

Aurum, LAX 14,500 ISK

Zara 7,995 ISK

RED Zara 6,995 ISK

Zara 6,995 ISK

Karen Millen 20,990 ISK

Galleria Reykjavík 81,900 ISK Finnska búðin 39,900 ISK

Adidas 7,900 ISK

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Zara 9,995 ISK

Velvet

Zara 2,995 ISK

Top Shop 1,890 ISK

Zara 9,995 ISK Leonard 27,500 ISK Lindex 2,875 ISK

Gallerí Sautján 17,995 ISK

Lindex 5,755 ISK Lindex 2,485 ISK

Gallerí Sautján 7,995 ISK

Zara 8,995 ISK

Zara 11,995 ISK

Zara 9,995 ISK Maia 11,990 ISK Zara 4,995 ISK

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Zara 14,995 ISK

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Orr 11,000 ISK

Líf of list 7,950 ISK

Líf of list 44,990 ISK

Módern 9,990 ISK

Kraum 15,900 ISK

LuMeeStore.is 8,990 ISK

Farmers Market 36,500 ISK

66 North 29,000 ISK

Varma 7,240 ISK

Rannveig is a Computer Scientist, owner and blogger at Belle.is. She is 24 years old and loves to write and share all the things she loves with her readers. Makeup is a passion of hers as well as arts and crafts such as knitting and crochet. If you want to know read more about what Rannveig is up to, make sure to visit her blog at: www.belle.is Nyx, Kringlan Urban Decay, Kringlan

Nyx, Kringlan

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Omnom 1,260 ISK

Hagkaup 12,990 ISK

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Soaked-up in style WORDS by Ásgrímur Már Friðriksson PHOTOS courtesy of: Eygló, Flothetta, Scintilla and Bahns

Flothetta

Let’s face it, here in Iceland we love our hot water. With a bountiful variety of hot springs and pools of various shapes and sizes, the natural wonder of the geothermal hot water is firmly woven in daily lives of Icelandic people. It heats our houses, powers our lives, and is deeply rooted in the daily act of soaking ourselves in the soothing waters of our local pools.

Flothetta

Since warm water is a natural phenomenon, we enjoy this ritual all year long. No matter if the strong winds are blowing off our rooftops in the fall, or the country is swallowed up by snow mid-winter, we still manage to go to the pool and lounge in the relaxing hot water. Swimming here is an allyear thing, so the locals aren’t really familiar with the phrase swimsuit season. Swimwear

Bahns

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and related accessories are a quintessential part of our year-round wardrobe, and attire is an important part of the game. Not only is swimming cleansing for the mind, body and soul, it also serves as a social activity. And just like going to the local park or meeting your friends at a café, you want to dress the part. In recent years a couple of local designers have decided to dip their toes into the swim attire world, and believe you me, it is greatly appreciated. Here are a couple of designs to look out for to enhance your Icelandic soaking experience. Eyglo is one of the more established names on the Icelandic fashion scene. With her playful mindset, Eyglo creates fun, gorgeous clothing that are played up as well as played down. Known for her geometric cuts and interesting points of view, designer Eyglo decided to put her own claim to the swimwear scene with her one-piece swimsuits that have received rave reviews and have even been worn by Eurovision darling, Loreen. When asked about why she decided to add swimwear to her repertoire, Eyglo said that she had found it difficult to find swimwear that is both beautiful as well as WINTER 2016


Eygló

Scintilla

exciting. The inspiration for these swimsuits came from a previous collection by Eyglo in which she had been working with pleats. Eyglo’s designs are sold at KIOSK, kioskreykjavik.com After designing for streetwear company Nikita for years, designer Helga Lilja branched out with her own label, Helicopter, which immediately become a fan-favourite among Icelandic consumers. Now Helga Lilja has joined forces with her beau, musician and sailing enthusiast Stephan Stephensen, on a new fashion project called BAHNS. It is a slow-fashion label and the couple only releases new items when they are 100% happy with the designs. The ongoing theme that runs through the designs are the graphics, which are based on the cardinal marks that blink on buoys and help steer sailors clear of danger. Until now, the label has been known for their fantastically cozy

and beautiful knitted garments, but since the ideology of BAHNS is all about the ocean, it was only a matter of time until the duo added swimwear to their brand. This winter they will be launching new items that consist of a one-piece swimsuit, a towel, pool bag, and some trunks for us guys to strut our stuff in. All these designs come with the cardinal marks graphics and should help you steer clear of social dangers at the local pool. For more information go to: facebook/ bidadheilsa Then, of course, getting dry is as an important as getting wet, so why not wrap yourself up in the gorgeous towels made by the Icelandic home textile company, Scintilla? The towels have an intricate pattern woven into the fabric that is reminiscent of a field of dandelions. They are made from organic cotton and come in various attractive colours that complement skin tones quite well. Perfect for those who wish to get as snug as a bug in a rug while taking in all the scenery. For more information visit scintilla.is Last but not least, we can’t talk about the geothermal experience without mentioning the company Flothetta and their products. The ideology of the company is to enhance the therapeutic powers of the water by helping you stay afloat, hence making it possible

Bahns

Bahns

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for you to become completely serene while your mind drifts off in the warm waters. When you float in water, amazing things happen inside your body as you relax, “... muscle tension, the blood pressure and heart rate drops dramatically and stress related chemicals are removed from the bloodstream and replaced by beneficial ones.” Doesn’t that sound like perfection? For more information on Float, visit: flothetta.com We hope that some of these products will make your experience in Iceland a truly “indepth” one and in the immortal words of Dory from Finding Nemo: just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

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The World of

Glowie WORDS by Hannah Jane Cohen  PHOTOS by Neil John Smith  MODEL: Sara Pétursdóttir  HAIR by María Nila / Hermann  Óli Bachman MAKEUP by MAC / Dýrleif Sveinsdóttir  STYLING by Ýr Þrastardóttir  STYLING ASSISTANT: Harpa Rós Guðmundsdóttir

You’re only 18 and you’ve already had a few massive hits: “NO MORE”, “Party”. What’s the story behind Glowie? How did you get into music?

Well I grew up around music. My parents are musicians and so are my brothers and my sister. I’m the youngest. Anyway, when I was 9 years old, I started singing. My dad had a little studio at our house, so we would record a song together and then I would listen to it over and over again to find things that I wanted to do better and then I’d record it again. I did this over and over and over—recording stuff and then re-recording it trying to make it better. That’s how I trained myself musically until I was a teenager. Also when I was younger, I would take absolutely every opportunity to sing—I’d practice in school, after school, and I also competed in a ton of singing competitions. When I listen to music I go to another world really, and not to be cheesy, but that world is so much better. In that moment, I don’t have to think about anything—just listening and the music. I know it sounds dramatic but sometimes it feels like my heart is beating with the music. It’s the best feeling. I’m also a dancer. I started dancing when I was seven, mainly jazz and classical ballet.

Where do you get your inspiration from? What are some of your favourite artists?

I’m inspired by so many people musically. Genuinely, I love pretty much every genre, but my favourite artists are Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Craig David and Coldplay. Do you have any favorite Icelandic music artists?

Yea, I like LayLow and Ásgeir Trausti a lot right now. Obviously I’m also a huge fan of Hjálmar. They’re amazing! Along with being an incredible musician, you’re also a really fashionable girl (check out Glowie’s instagram at @itsglowie). You’ve got such a cool look. How would you describe your personal style?

I really don’t know. I don’t like to follow trends and wear what everybody else is wearing. I kind of just wear whatever I think is cool. Right now, I really love the 90s. I have braids in my hair and I’m wearing a lot of chokers with strong smokey eyes. What’s been the best part about being a musician?

Your sound is so unique—especially when compared to other Icelandic music artists. You’re doing something no one else is right now. What’s your creative process?

No doubt performing—that’s my favourite thing to do. Seeing people so happy singing along with your song, that’s the best!

I’m not much of a songwriter really but I love doing music videos and performing. I love putting on shows. I also love fashion. Sometimes I’ll have an idea for an outfit and I’ll just draw it down, so that I remember it. Then maybe someday I’ll be able to get the pieces and wear it.

So we just saw you play two (amazing) shows at Airwaves. What's the future for Glowie?

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JACKET KIOSK SKIRT KIOSK NECKLACE ORR DESIGN


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Shapes, Sizes and Forms WORDS by Þórunn Hannesdóttir PHOTOS curtesy of Anna Þórunn and Augstav

Anna Thorunn

The Icelandic design industry has had an ultra boost in the last 10 years and the products beeing designed here in Iceland have started making waves on the international market. Just to be clear, Iceland has always had fantastic designers, and the craftmanship in Iceland is fantastic. However in the recent past there as been an awakening in the culture of design in Iceland. A certain pride in a creation that is born on the small island. Fresh on the Icelandic design market is the Sunrise tray by Anna Thorunn. Anna Thorunn is an established brand created by Anna Þórunn Hauksdóttir a few years ago based in Reykjavík.

The Sunrise tray is a mulipurpose tray, perfect to use in any home, by any member of the family. The tray is formed by three different geometrical shapes lined together to form a tray with multiple compartments and it comes in a cool black laquired wood finish. The style of the tray is very remenisant of the design language from the Alvar Aalto inspired trays from Iittala and it’s those minimalistic and simple shapes in the Sunshine tray that really captures your eye. “We are surrounded by forms in all shapes and sizes. Some forms may be natural but all forms rely on our imagination for them to acquire meaning, for excample the

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shape I see from the tray is a house, standing by the roots of a mountain with the sun rising.” Anna Þórunn’s designs are joyful, referncing Icelandic fauna in playful ways as well as beeing inspired or based in some way on nostalgic emotions and effection that she can trace to past events, experience, memory or curiosity. “My designs have to be practical and express my passion, but at the same time it has to deliver emotion to its owner, hopefully joy and happyness.” Some of the other designs from Anna Thorun include the Rudolf magazine rack – which is on wheels and looks more like an WINTER 2016


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Agustav

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item from a kids room rather then a storage for your magazines. But some how it manages to keep a cool contemporary asthetics when placed in your living room. Perhaps it is the way Anna Thorunn chooses her materials or perhaps it’s the form it self. What ever it is, the consept of her design works, and Rudolf manages to creates a fun playful aspect to the home as well as a clean organized space in the livingroom, office. To check out more of Anna Thorunns work have a look at her website www.annathorunn.is Another company in the Icelandic design sceen is the “Maker” Design firm Agustav, a furninture company established by the WINTER 2016

Anna Thorunn

couple Ágústa Magnúsdóttir and Gustav Johansson. Ágústa and Gústav have been designing and creating high quality furniture together in the workshop since 2011. Their design efos is creating quality pieces that can last lifetimes and they do that by carfully chose high quality materials and skilfull craftmanship. Their designs are wood based and have a destinct scandinavian feel to their look, making them feel exremly warm and inviting. Their brand new design is the Classic Shelf, a minimalist shelf created out of walnut or oak with a brass support frame. The design of the shelf combines beautiful

aesthetics with functionality, it’s aesthetics of the shelf are very pleasant and the warmth of the wood with the clean cut lines of the unit makes it a must have in any home. The beautiful designs from AGUSTAV are not the only reason to invest in a design from the couple, because they are enviromentaly friendly as the couple plants a tree for each product made. Creating a enviromentaly friendly and sustainable designs that create both added value to the users home as well as possitive impact on the future of our planet. To check out more of AGUSTAV designs have a look at their website www.agustav.co

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The skull in the kitchen WORDS by Svava Jónsdóttir PHOTOS Neil John Smith

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s crime novels are sold all over the world. In her home in Iceland, where she creates the crimes novels that over two million people have read, an 800 year old skull sits ominously in the kitchen.

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It’s cloudy and little windy. The house stands near the sea and the waves kiss the shore. A silvery Jaguar stands in front of the house. The author opens the front door and two old pugs look curiously at the guest. Their names? Palli and Pilla. The cat of the house, Mjása, is probably chasing a mouse outside. Yrsa pours tea in dainty teacups adorned with flowers. She bought the teacups on one of her trips to England. As an author she travels abroad often. In September, there were five trips abroad in total. “I make an average of two trips a month, and I think the most frequent places I go to are Norway, the UK, Germany and the US. Usually these trips last three or four days. I speak to journalists and meet the public on the longer trips and the shorter trips are usually at crime festivals where you are on stage WINTER 2016

talking to the audience and signing books afterwards.” Yrsa worked for years as an engineer. “I’m away so much and need more time for

writing so now I only do little work as an engineer.”

Absolution Palli and Pilla are not so curious about me anymore and lay down on their bed. They fall asleep and snore. Yrsa started writing for children when she was 32 years old. “I ended up writing five books for children and sort of took a pause for two years after that. When I started writing again it was to write crime novels for grown ups. I’m writing my 12th book so all in all the books are now 17. When I decided to start writing for grown ups, I came to the conclusion that it would make most sense to write what I like to read myself and I like to read crime novels and horror.” Yrsa wrote a six book series about the lawyer Þóra. After that, she wrote three more novels; two crime novels, and one

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pure ghost/horror novel, I remember you, which has been made into a film, premiering in Iceland next spring. Yrsa started on a new series, the newest book of which, Absolution, is the third of that series where the main characters is a policeman and a child psychologist. “The theme of the newest book is bullying. I wanted to look at how bullying could lead to something so awful as murder.” The Þóra Guðmundsóttir series are: Last Rituals, My Soul to Take, Ashes to Dust, Veins of Ice, Someone to Watch Over me and The Silence of the Sea. The book in the Freyja & Huldar series translated into English: The Legacy. The Non-series novels: I Remember You, The Undesired and Did You Lie? Yrsa’s books have been translated into 35 languages and around two million copies sold all over the world. Her most recent work, Absolution, will be translated into at least 20 languages.

Modern Yrsa usually sits on a sofa in the TV-room when writing her books. There, a Mexican skull made of paper maché stares at her. The house, built in the 1970s, has a modern feel, as it was renovated few years ago. “We purchased the house in 2004 and lived in it for number of years without doing much,” Yrsa says. “It was in a Spanish style – some of the doorways had curved top and there was stucco on the walls. I prefer straight lines. The house needed repairs badly. I remember the night when we saw we could not wait anymore. My husband woke up and asked me to phone an ambu-

lance because he felt so sick and almost like he was floating; he seemed to be so sweaty. He told me he had such high fever that the water was pouring off him. It turned out the roof was leaking directly on top of him.” Yrsa and her husband decided to refurbish the 240 square meter house according to their requirements, including not waking up to a dripping roof, among other things. “The kitchen was tiny and there was a dining room; I was supposed to be in the kitchen cooking and the family waiting in the dining room. Such a wait would have been forever; that is not how our family works. We decided to completely change the layout of the house. Now the kitchen is probably 25% of the house and that is the place we spend most time.” In fact, now the kitchen and the dining room are in the same space. “Architects at Arkibúllan helped us with all this. We for example did not want any kitchen cabinets above the counter. We don’t cook very much at all,” the author admits which means that take-aways are popular. The style of the house is modern. Yrsa tells me she likes colors, “When we were doing this, black and white was so in. When you saw pictures inside newly built houses some of them could basically have been taken with a black and white film.”

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Teeth in a bag An 800-plus year old skull adorns the kitchen. “I bought it in an antique shop in Canada. It is 800-1000 years old so it’s not as if it was stolen from a grave. If they had seen it in my hand luggage at the airport I probably would have had to spend some time in jail if they had thought it wasn't as old as it is. It came with some teeth in a bag, as some of them had fallen out. A friend of mine got in touch with a dentist and he took the skull along with the teeth and was going to put them all in place. He phoned me a little later and said that one of the front teeth was missing and asked if he could keep the skull for a while as he might acquire one later on. I agreed. He had the skull for two years and finally he phoned me and said someone had needed to have their front teeth removed. So he put in this front tooth from an Icelandic lady.“ The skull seems to grin. A strange noise... Is it a laughter?

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RFD Gift Guide Húrra Reykjavík 8,990 ISK

Ormsson 49,500 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 18,990 ISK

Zara 8,995 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 17,990 ISK Zara 6,995 ISK Húrra Reykjavík 39,990 ISK

Kormákur og Skjöldur 65,600 ISK

Maia 5,990 ISK

Skyrta 38,500 ISK

Zara 6,995 ISK

For Him

ULFR Clothing XXXXX ISK

Zara 9,995 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 29,990 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 10,990 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 17,990 ISK

Epal 8,500 x 2 ISK Húrra Reykjavík 29,990 ISK

Kaupfélagið 17,995 ISK

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Cintamani, Hrafn 34,900 ISK

Epal 7,800 ISK

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Húrra Reykjavík 22,990 ISK

Skyrta 21,500 ISK Companys 15,995 ISK

Maia 19,900 ISK

Cintamani, Unnur 69,990 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 14,990 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 3,990 ISK

Zara 22,995 ISK

Zara 7,995 ISK

Maia 22,990 ISK

For Her Húrra Reykjavík 16,990 ISK

Zara 9,995 ISK Lindex 9,995 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 18,990 ISK

Topshop 3,790 ISK

Skór.is 18,995 ISK

Zara 6,995 ISK

Skyrta 14,500 ISK

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Húrra Reykjavík 9,990 ISK

Karen Millen 2,990 ISK

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RFD Gift Guide

Lindex 5,755 ISK Hrím 5,990 ISK

Sirkusshop 7,990 ISK

Lindex 5,445 ISK

Petit 4,900 ISK

Hrím 6,990 ISK

Lindex 3,835 ISK

Lindex 3,835 ISK

Petit 11,990 ISK

For the babies Litla Hönnunarbúðin 7,900 ISK

Lindex 4,795 ISK

Petit 8,990 ISK

Petit 24,900 ISK

Lindex 2,295 ISK

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RFD Gift Guide Snúran 8,400 ISK

Fakó 13,900 ISK Epal, Louis Poulsen 126,000 ISK Fakó 240,000 ISK

Fakó 8,900 ISK Snúran 85,000 ISK

Maia 14,990 ISK

Kokka 15,900 ISK

Hrím 17,990 ISK

For the home

Kokka 15,900 ISK

Maia 2,490 ISK

Ilva 19,996 ISK Maia 2,490 ISK

Litla Hönnunarbúðin 13,950 ISK

Epal 26,900 ISK

Snúran 7,990 ISK

Hlín Reykdal 10,900 ISK Myconceptstore 24,900 ISK

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RFD Gift Guide Kokka 8,200 ISK

Kokka 7,500 ISK

Húrra Reykjavík 9,990 ISK

Hrím 4,990 ISK

My Conceptstore 7,500 ISK

Hrím 8,990 ISK

Líf og list 7,690 ISK

Hlín Reykdal 2,900 ISK

Líf og list 8,950 ISK

Gifts for under 10,000 ISK

Snúran 1,950 ISK

dearbarber.is 5,990 ISK

Snúran 7,990 ISK

Vila 5,790 ISK

Líf og list 6,430 ISK

Adidas 7,990 ISK

Nike 6,490 ISK

Maia 6,990 ISK

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UNIQUE VISION Moments at the Museum

THE EINAR

JÓNSSON MUSEUM

EIRIKSGATA 3, 101 REYKAJVIK

+ 354 551 3797, + 354 8983913 • LEJ@LEJ.IS

WEB: WWW.LEJ.IS • OPEN: TUESDAY-SUNDAY 10:00 - 17:00 – CLOSED ON MONDAYS


Guerline l'Orprimer

Makeup Store – Moonshadow

Météorites Baby Glow

Mac Face And Body Foundation

Goshblush

FACE IT Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand

Guerlain Concealer

Makeupstore Compact Powder

Gosh Foundation Plus Smashbox Studio Skin MAC Fix Smashbox Studio Skin

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Guerlain Skin Range

Laugar Spa Face Mask Radiant

BEAUTY BUZZ Our Holiday Favorites FACE

Taramar Purifying Treatment

Glamglow Thirstymud

Glamglow Youth Cleanser Bioeffect EGF Serum Nip Fab Body Slim

BODY

The Body Shop Apple Body Lotion

Blue Lagoon Foot and Leg Lotion

The Body Shop Red Musk

Bo Laugar Spa Body Scrub Lemongrass

Moroccanoil Body Buff

Bioeffect Body Intensive

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Maria Nila Extreme Spray

Bed Head After Party

HAIR

Maria Nila Pink Pop Tigi Hair Reborn

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Moroccanoil Treatment

Tigi Treatment Restoration

Bioeffect Eye Mask

Shisheido Benefiance

EYES

Terry Cellularose Hydraradiance Eye Contour

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme

obbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

Bioeffect EGF Eye Serum

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Makeup trends for this winter are all about creating an individual look that describes you. Think of your face as your canvas. Explore, create or embrace Alicia Keys’s “bare-face!” Blue eyeshadow all over your eyelids kind of reminds you of that period in life when you wore buffalo shoes and chokers. Well this time around we are doing it with a bit more elegance. It is easy and minimalistic. Do it with a bare face and some nude lipstick drawing attention to your eyes.

Winter Makeup Trends by Birna Íris Hlynsdóttir, Make-up Artist

Glitter is still going strong this winter, of course. With Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, glitter is always festive and fun. Draw a liner, sprinkle some in your outer corners, and don’t be shy with the sparkle. Just remember to keep the rest of your face mostly bare with a little flushed cheeks and a tinted gloss.

Ah, smoky eyes. Lovely, smoldering smoky eyes! They are back (well, not as if they went old school on us!). They’ve always been beautiful and always will be, but now we’re amping it up a bit. Add some smoky eyeliner or a glittery smoky eye. The possibilities are endless!

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Silver is always a strong statement in winter. Try a little touch in your outer or inner corners or as an eyeliner. It definitely draws attention to your eyes and gives you that extra spark. Don’t go overboard with it. Less is more with this one. You could even skip the mascara on your lashes and put some color on your lips instead.

Bare face is making a big statement this winter and through spring/summer 2017. With good skin care products, primers, and maybe a tinted moisturizer with some highlighter blended together you are good to go for any occasion, festive or not. Use the opportunity and pull out your statement dress and let your fresh face speak the truth.

Eyeliner doesn’t always have to be in that classic “cat shape.” This winter, let loose and get artistic with it. Make some dots and shapes around your eyes. Think a little 1960’s, with a modern flare.

Glossy lips and twiggy eyelashes. If you want to go bold you can add some individual eyelashes to your lower or/and upper lashes to make those strands stand out. Concentrate on the lashes in the middle to open your eyes up. Think round, puppy-eyes.

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Birta Lift and Glow OPI Winter Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Liptensity Lipsticks

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Q&A with Robert Vetica, Moroccanoil Global Brand Ambassador Celebrity stylist Robert Vetica Opens Up with his Winter Hair Secrets 1.

Holiday season means making a big statement at parties. What hair look do you recommend to feel like you are the star of the party? The holidays are the perfect time of year to add flash to your hair and feel like the star of the party! We have seen a big return of the “top bun” this year on red carpets around the world. This translates really nicely to the modern woman for the holiday parties this season.

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Can you tell us how to create the holiday party “top bun” look you recommend? Simple and chic this “top bun” updo is easy to do at home and can be achieved in just a few steps. Always start by prepping the hair with Moroccanoil Treatment before styling – it not only creates the perfect foundation for styling, but also locks in moisture. Pull the hair into a ponytail at the very top of your head. Next, wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail and secure with bobby pins. Finish with a good spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to lock the style in place as you dance away the evening.

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There are also a few variations of the same look to get you ready for those high profile parties. For a red-carpet-ready look, pull the hair into a high ponytail and curl sections of the pony. Then pin the curls statistically around the base of the ponytail for a truly glamorous style! For another fun variation, after pulling the hair into a ponytail, tease the pony into a mass of hair, give it a good spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray and then place as you wish, leaving the wispy unkempt hair to do its thing.

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How can you give your hair an instant touch of glam for the holiday parties this season? When you have achieved your desired style, spritz on Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine for brilliant red-carpet worthy shine to complete the look. Be sure to spray 10 inches from dry hair and allow to dry for 3-4 minutes before touching.

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What hair looks are we seeing on celebrities this winter? Imperfect is the new perfect. On celebrities this winter we are seeing high-end undone looks. Styling my clients, I find myself finishing a look and then pulling it apart a bit, to make it look a bit unfinished. For example, I will create a bun that has wispy pieces pulled out for a soft look all over.

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Is there a routine you recommend for keeping hair healthy and beautiful in the winter season? I especially love Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask in the winter because it’s so ultra-hydrating and my celebrity clients can’t get enough of it! Also, sitting inside with heating elements can really dry out the hair, so keeping hair moisturized is really important. In the winter, you do not need to use as much styling product to hold styles in place. I also recommend washing hair less since you are not in the summer heat, but still conditioning regularly.

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How can you protect hair from embarrassing winter static? I’ll share my big anti-static secret with you! Always keep a little bottle of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream in your bag. Rub a small amount between your palms and run your hands through your hair. It adds moisture to fight static and also absorbs naturally so it won’t weigh the hair down.

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Are we seeing any hair accessories this season? We are seeing lots of jeweled headbands and black silk headbands. You can also get creative and wrap a necklace around an updo for extra sparkle. For example, when I styled Marion Cotillard for the Cannes Film Festival this year I wrapped a Chopard Necklace around the bun as a final touch. Hair accessories are another fun way to glam up your holiday look.

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Where do you typically winter and what are your holiday plans this season? I usually spend the holidays in Argentina, but this year I will be home with family and friends living in gratitude and grateful to be with the ones I love.

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As a celebrity stylist you must know where your starts are vacationing this winter. What is Hollywood’s hottest winter destination this year? Mexico and Hawaii are always a hot winter destination, but everybody wants to be with family. Wherever the celebrities go for the holidays they will be surrounded by people they love.

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Weird Girls, Weirder World Interview by Hannah Jane Cohen WORDS by Rebecca Conway PHOTOS courtesy of Kitty Von-Sometime

During the video shoot, a woman lies on a bed of black sand, chin falling slightly as she stares at a point just above the camera lens. Apart from being covered in golden glitter, she is completely naked. Some hours before, Kitty Von-Sometime, the director and producer of the Weird Girls film project, is shoveling four tons of black sand in a near-empty warehouse. Close-to-tears and hopelessly stressed, she worries about making enough soup to feed the crew and that she’ll run out of glitter in the coming days. Kitty is doing all of this for the Weird Girls project, a film series meant to empower women and make them more confident in their bodies. For the project, Kitty puts the women who participate in unfamiliar settings and attire, ones unbeknownst to participants until the day of the shoot. She lets these women step outside of normal life for a day. Then, she records the magic that results from breaking through everyday restraints. Laughing through the pain Sometimes this magic involves excessive weeping. Lucky for us, Kitty has a sense of humour about it. It’s refreshing to hear her laugh while recounting all the times she’s wept throughout the various stresses of her multi-year, still-growing project. For Kitty, intense emotional responses are neither good nor bad. They just are. “When I go home after a shoot, I usually get super emotional and cry my eyes out. But it’s not because I’m miserable, quite the opposite…” she trails off slightly as she tries to articulate what exactly makes her so emotional after these shoots. In the end, she tells us it’s witnessing the project’s success in each episode. That is, getting to see the video’s participants more confident, 70 | FASHION | REYKJAVÍK FASHION & DESIGN | www.rfd.is

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somehow more free under the discerning lens of her camera. Though shoots can be difficult, Kitty doesn’t shy away from the emotional burden these videos place on her. Rather, she approaches them freshly, folding her postshoot cry-sessions right in with the end-result euphoria. She sees each feeling as part and parcel of the formidable challenge she’s accepted: first, to help women shake off the restrictions of normal life, and second, to film them doing so. Stay weird. Kitty Von-Sometime produced the first episode of the ‘Weird Girls’ project in February of 2007. Since then, the project has flourished into 25 episodes of film and photo gold, all of which speak to Kitty’s social experiment-esque approach to empowering women. While viewers may see the film as the final, if not the only product, of Kitty’s efforts, her main focus is to make the women in them feel more confident about and comfortable in their bodies. In exacting her goal in the real-life moment of the

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shoot, Kitty ensures that she preserves this moment of empowerment for all of time, through film. Kitty grows participant’s confidence in two ways, first through the series’ physical premise and later through its emotional procedures. Episodes require adherence to a specific set of rules: each shoot is one-day long and the women who participate can know nothing about its concept and costume until the morning of the shoot. (The one exception perhaps being ‘Opus’, an episode that stars only Kitty.) The element of surprise allows participants to be spontaneous and embrace the moments of filming more fully. Despite these last-minute reveals, Kitty and her creative team spend months planning each shoot. Kitty produces each episode, meaning that she’s responsible for a wide variety of preparatory tasks, from securing its setting, costuming, and concept to making sure that the crew has enough food to eat during filming. She takes every job seriously, too. Though she discusses her conceptual process at length, I can’t help but notice that

she mentions cooking for the crew at least twice throughout the course of the interview. The devil’s in the details, and in Kitty’s world, keeping people fed is a crucial detail. Single ladies Kitty’s work doesn’t stop at setting up the physical parameters of the shoot. She also provides extensive emotional support to each woman who takes part in it. With the day-of setting and costume surprise, the women have to work to trust Kitty. Kitty, too, has to work to build this trust. Many of the women who participate are not professional actors or dancers. “There are moments when the pressure is so intense because I’m trying to get everybody to do something together,” Kitty explains when we ask her about the challenge of working with non-performers. But, as she elaborates, having non-performers allows her to focus more heavily on each woman and her individual behaviours. “I always interview each woman first to find out what her personal hang-up is. And then I have to watch and be aware of each one,” she goes on, “If one is repeating or

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not coming forward, I bring her forward into a solo portion. I try to work with each woman in her own way.” Beauty in eye of the confidence-holder In her latest film, #EmbraceYourself, Kitty notes that she had worked with a friend who was so nervous on camera that she was visibly shaking. “I set up a shot specifically for her and made sure that when it was on the monitor one of the crew photographed it so she could see almost instantly what she looked like,” Kitty explains. After seeing herself on film, the woman changed the way she held herself almost instantaneously. In her individual-based approach to beauty, Kitty makes space for a variety of body types and confidence levels. In her world, everyone is weird, everyone is wonderful, and everyone will benefit from shaking off the constricting hold of everyday life. Everyone is capable of beauty, just as everyone is capable of weirdness. “There are women who are theoretically the ideal body type but who are still very conscious of themselves and shy,” Kitty explains. The issue then becomes not only about body positivity and acceptance, but about building and nurturing confidence in that body, whatever it looks like. Video days Kitty’s rendezvous with video began in her early twenties, when she spent a seem-

ingly inordinate amount of money on a high-quality video camera. Though her parents were initially confused by the purchase, Kitty wasted no time becoming familiar with it. She dove into filmmaking as if it was perfectly natural, the only path she ever could have taken. “I basically started filming everything. I’ve got about 6 or 7 years of my life on videotape and VHS,” she laughs, cringing slightly at the memory of early years preserved on film. When one of her friends moved to Thailand, Kitty’s “filming everything” developed into carefully edited video diaries. Meant to take the place of letters, these videos chronicled everything from going out to nightclubs to attending much calmer dinner parties, anything her friend may have missed while abroad. “I’d edit using ‘play’ and ‘pause’’ and two VHS players. Then I’d sit and talk, explaining what had happened over the past few months,” Kitty tells us, stressing the labour of making films in the pre-internet era. Kitty sent these videos every three months, and as other friends began to see the videos, she received requests for more. Let go, let cod Popular as her video diaries were, Kitty Von-Sometime soon moved into new territory. “I realized I could do more than just film what actually is,” she explains, “so I

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started to play around a bit more with film. I kept it to myself at first.” Thankfully, Kitty´s videos reached the world at large when Curver, an Icelandic producer and a member of electronic group Ghostigital, asked her to make, film, and edit a music video for Ghostigital´s song, “In Cod We Trust.” The major challenge? She had to do it in 24 hours, and it had to have the potential to go viral. In response to this challenge, Kitty hung white sheets over everything in her room, slipped a half-cod-head mask over her hair, stretched masking tape over her nose and nipples, and go-go danced in front of the camera. She quickly edited the video, opting to make it black-and-white, and sent it off to Curver. Some time later, the piece was nominated for an award in the Icelandic music video category. She continued to make more conceptual video-film hybrids, until, as she describes it, “The Weird Girls project just happened.” Understandably, our next question is: “How does something like that just happen?” The dawning of Weird Girls In Kitty’s world, things can simultaneously “just happen” and take a lot of work. So it went with the Weird Girls project. Troubled by the concerns and self-consciousness of her friends, Kitty tells us, “I organized this weird event where we could all wear costumes and shake ourselves out of this

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place of consciousness. I arranged for a photographer to come and brought my video camera.” At this time, Kitty had recently moved to Iceland, and her social circle had shifted from mostly male friends to mostly female ones. She was disturbed to see many girls who, buoyant and chatty with her at home, grew quiet and shy in public. On top of that, Kitty also found their obsession with how they looked to be troubling in its intensity and focus. Kitty planned more events like this, and they soon expanded in size, drawing in so many people that complete strangers wanted to take part in them. In 2007, Kitty filmed the first episode of the Weird Girls series, “Neon Fame”, a simply produced, jaunty piece in which a group of glowstick-clad women dance carefree in front of the camera. It’s an amusing watch, though not particularly complex or evocative. If nothing else, it speaks to the project’s roots in a fun party where people dress up and dance their faces off.

#EmbraceYourself Her latest video, released in 2015, is much heavier than her first one. While watching it for the first time, I realize this is the episode Kitty has referenced several times during the course of the interview. Though it’s the final product of her sand-shovelling and glitter-covering efforts, I can’t help but feel Kitty’s labour is way understated in it. In the episode, I don’t see her hours of moving black sand, setting up mirrors, and keeping participants wholly wrapped in a thick layer of glitter, things I know to have happened. Later, as I watch the video again, I finally see it. Kitty’s labour is reflected in the exacting way the camera pans from eyes to stomach, a swaying back to upturned eyes, how every inch of every body sparkles. The camera sweeps over faces, body parts, women lying on top of and blending into one another. It moves over everyone, every part of them, folding the combination of physical and emotional effort into the glorious, spontaneous moments of women doing strange and beautiful things.

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Amidst these shots of the body, the film wedges in close-ups of participant’s faces, sometimes looking directly into the camera and sometimes looking away. The eyes are a sharp contrast against the swaying golden bodies, a subtle reminder of what it feels like to watch and be watched. The women in the video know we’re seeing their bodies up close, but no one seems to care. It’s a dark and dimensional film, conceptually heavier than ”Neon Fame”. Still, it’s both gorgeous and hopeful. Those precious moments of not-caring took a lot of work, but they sure do seem to be worth it in the end. While ultimately worthwhile, these efforts have taken a toll on Kitty. She's spent the past year recharging, taking a much-needed rest after the gruelling effort of organizing #EmbraceYourself's whopping 65 participants. With her batteries a bit more full now, she’s already looking towards the next episode of Weird Girls: “I’m ragingly desperate to make another one.” We’re right along with you, Kitty.

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DJ culture in Reykjavík WORDS by Lovísa Arnardóttir PHOTOS courtesy of Aníta Björk, DJ Kocoon & DJ Ársæll

Kanilsnældur

I have been a DJ in Reykjavík for about five years. I’m part of a duo called Kanilsnældur. We play house and sometimes techno (my partner more than me). We are female DJ’s. We both have day jobs but DJ’ing is an integral and important part of our lives.

of course includes Thursday) you should be other DJ’s, but people are usually open to able to find a good mix of genres around new people and will welcome you to the downtown Reykjavík. stage.

With it being dark during almost nine months in Iceland I think a lot of people turn to music to express themselves. Mostly to keep us from becoming depressed in the cold, long and dark winter nights (and days).

Because there aren’t that many bars or clubs that play each genre it’s hard for DJ’s to be booked every weekend. Some DJ’s have their residencies, but the places usually try to book each DJ, one or two times during the same month. If they DJ two times in the same month, it’s common that they don’t play the same genre or maybe even in a collective.

The weekends are almost always reserved for the experienced DJ and weekdays for the newcomers and the weekdays serve as some sort of a test trial. If the newcomer gathers a good crowd, shows he or she has real skill, they might then go on to have a weekend gig.

In Iceland there is a large and thriving DJ culture. On an average weekend you might be able to find everything from reggae to rock to hard-core techno. You might not be able to find all genres during the same night, mostly because there aren’t that many places to go, but over a whole weekend (which

Each genre has its mix of DJ’s in Reykjavik. Some have been doing it for years and some not. I think the best part of the DJ culture here in Reykjavik is that it’s not too closed-off to newcomers. If you’re interested in DJ’ing you might have to network, get to know the lay of the land such as booking agents and

DJ’s in Iceland are a very hard working bunch. Abroad they usually have several DJ’s DJ’ing every night. There will be a headliner and maybe one or two warm up DJ’s. In Iceland we have one DJ doing all the work. He or she will man the booth for about 7-8 hours. We show up at 10 pm or even earlier

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to prep and leave at 5 am, or even later. But it doesn’t start there. Being a DJ means you’re always looking for new music, new inspiration. I listen to music all day. I can’t work without it. I listen to sets by other DJ’s, I follow my favorites on Beatport, Soundcloud and Spotify and use my Shazaam shamelessly when going out. It’s always there, in the back of your mind. Sometimes, songs you hear and don’t know the name of will stay in your head for months, until you hear them again and can finally add them to one of your sets. Having a sit down and a drink after doing a set is also sometimes the most essential part of the night. Just to relax. This means that although the club closes its doors at 4.30 am, you might not be leaving until 5 or even 6 am.

be on the look out for DJ Yamaho, Áskell or IntroBeatz. Personal favorites and extremely skilled DJ’s. For the best hip-hop, Prikið is the only place I would recommend. DJ Kocoon and DJ duo SunSura are absolute favorites. The crowd there is very hip, young and will be dancing during the weekend.

DJ Áskell

Where and who? As I mentioned earlier, Iceland is small. There are only a limited amount of places so picking where to go means checking out who’s playing. I will choose where to go in Reykjavik, based on who is playing. For most of my friends, DJ’s or not, this is also true. Where you go will be defined by what kind of music you like. House music will for example rarely be played at places that play hip-hop and R’n’B or top 40 music, and vice versa. It has been known to happen, but traditionally, each place keeps to its genre. The vibe and the crowd will then be characterised by the genre.

DJ Kocoon

For me two things matter most when DJ’ing. My mood and my crowd. You feed the crowd, but you also feed off the crowd. But they are intertwined. A good crowd will put me in a such a good mood. When you have a full dance floor of people, dancing to the music you’re picking and playing for them, you feel invincible. A bad crowd, will put me in a mood where it might affect my DJ’ing, and sometimes, there’s no going back from this. It will just be a bad night.

Boston is another personal favorite in Reykjavík. It’s only open until 3am on weekends because of residential housing in the area so I would recommend going there a bit early. They have one of the best outside seating/ smoking area in the city. Boston is a rare find in Reykjavík as they are probably the only place that doesn’t really have a specific genre attached to it. They have disco dj’s during weekends, rock music concerts and indie music playing during the day. I would recommend going there for happy hour, sit and drink until 1-2 am and then start walking down Laugavegur (the main street) to check out the other bars, which stay open until 4.30 am.

As a house music DJ I’m no expert on Top 40 or rock music, but Austur/B5 are popular hotspots for Top 40 and Ellefan (e. Eleven) is popular with rock music/indie music. Húrra also has a nice selection of all types of genres For the best house you should check out Kaf- and concerts. fibarinn or Paloma. Kaffibarinn is an institution in Iceland and usually has the same So I guess for me there’s only one more thing residents playing every month. They are all to be said. If you don’t like the music that’s excellent and skilled DJ’s. Most of the week- being played, don’t ask the DJ to play someend DJ’s play house music, but during the thing else. It’s both annoying and insulting. week there will be some easy going indie or Just go somewhere else. Or consider that the even disco music playing. DJ’s are there to take you on a musical journey. Just let them. Paloma is probably what would come closest to being a club. They have two floors, a top www.facebook.com/kanilsnældur floor with a dance floor and a dark, sketchy basement. Paloma also has its residents but

I think for most DJ’s we’ve experienced both and they are both something to learn from. I always record my sets when I can and listen to them later. Especially when having a bad night, it’s good to go back and listen to where it went wrong and what you could have done better. For me a good DJ will find a way to both read the crowd but still stick to his or her own sound. It’s a balancing act that not all DJ’s have the skill for. WINTER 2016

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Adventurous Christmas time in Reykjavík WORDS by Svava Jónsdóttir PHOTOS courtesy of Visit Reykjavík / Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson

A giant Christmas tree on the main square, the Icelandic yule lads, an iceskating rink on another square, the smell of hot cocoa from the numerous cafés and Christmas concerts. Reykjavík has a growing reputation as an alternative Christmas destination. And don’t forget New Year's Eve; the fireworks displays of the Icelandic nation is a thing to remember. It’s simply magical.

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Christmas is a special time and the Christmastime in Iceland is full of magic; it’s not the time of the midnight sun, as in summer, but it’s the time of shining stars, the dance of the northern lights, family reunions, and hope. As a visitor in Reykjavík during this festive season, you can experience its magic. You will adore the city covered with Christmas lights and during this season, Reykjavík is full of magical Christmas lighting. The tree lighting festival, often the first Sunday in December, serves as the official kickoff to the holiday season. The giant Christmas tree placed each year on Austurvöllur, the main square where the Cathedral as well as the House of Parliament stand, is always a gift from Oslo, the capital of Norway. That day, the Icelandic yule lads say “hi“ to kids of all ages; Reykjavík is not so far from the home of Santa, whom you probably know and love, but you may not be aware that Icelanders have yule lads of their own. The yule lads are figures from Icelandic folklore. They put rewards or punishments into shoes of children which have been placed in windowsills thirteen days before Christmas. Naughty or nice? That’s the question. Originally these guys were portrayed being rather mischievous or even criminal. Sheep-Cote Clod is the first to arrive from the mountains on December 12th, the next is Gully Gawk, then it’s Stubby, Spoon-Licker arrives December 15th and so on. The last one, Candle-Stealer, arrives December 24th. Do you want to me to tell you about their parents? Well; they are rather troll-like and their names are Grýla and Leppalúði. On the day the Christmas tree is lit on Austurvöllur, you might see both the Icelandic yule lads as well as the Santa you know better. An ice-skating rink at Ingólfstorg Square is erected for the season. There you can skate under the stars or let the snowflakes fall on you like messages from above. Eating out The shops in downtown Reykjavík are full of international and Icelandic labels; be it clothes, jewellery, houseware and of course the shops will be loaded with Christmas lights, candles and branches of Christmas trees. The cafés and restaurants seem to be endless in downtown Reykjavík; there you can enjoy hot cocoa, gingerbread and apple pie and maybe they’ll offer smoked meat (hangikjöt), rock ptarmigan (rjúpa), smoked rack of pork (hamborgarhryggur) or reinWINTER 2016

deer (hreindýr) – some of the dishes Icelanders eat during the Christmas season. Leaf bread (laufabrauð) is worth a mention. This traditional Icelandic bread is often a key snack over the Christmas season. Leaf bread originates from the northern part of the country, but nowadays people all around the country enjoy eating this work of art decorated with leaf-like geometric patterns; families sometimes meet before Christmas to make laufabrauð which is fried in hot fat or oil. If you are a bit more adventurous and want to test your bravery, you should sample some fermented skate (skata) that many in Iceland eat December 23th, which is the Mass of Þorlákur (Þorláksmessa). Some think the smell is horrible, but it’s just an innocent odor resulting from fermentation; many dislike its ammonia-like stench. Word to the wise here; wear clothes you can wash right away when you are done, since the smell clings to your clothes. Fireworks You can enjoy almost all kinds of music

at the many Christmas concerts in Reykjavík be they Icelandic musicians or musicians from abroad singing traditional and modern carols. You can also enjoy choirs singing on the streets of Reykjavík on Þorláksmessa, when it seems like almost half of the population of Reykjavík goes downtown to buy that one last Christmas present, take in the Christmas lights, or simply to enjoy the music on the streets. Christmas is very ceremonial in Iceland. The festivity itself starts December 24th at 18.00 when the bells of the churches around the country toll. Many Icelanders either go to church or listen to the mass in the Cathedral on radio. It is almost like something holy lays it’s wings over the entire country. Lastly you must not forget New Year's Eve! The festivities around New Year's Eve also start at 18:00 on the 31st.Tthe bells of all the churches around Iceland toll and at midnight the fireworks displays of the Icelandic nation begin. It’s a something not to miss. Various colors light up the black sky. It’s adventurous and simply magical.

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Revealing Reykjavík WORDS by Sólveig Nielsen PHOTOS by Sólveig Nielsen

I have always been interested in the little details around me. When I was younger, I would get lost in the world of Mad Magazine and other comics. The smallest details were completely dominant to my eyes. I was mesmerized by the doodles in the corners and hidden figures in the cartoon stories. The more happening on the page, the more fun I had getting lost in the story. My interest in details grew and I began capturing small delights on camera when walking around my home in downtown Reykjavík. There are so many strange and funny little things all around us that we only see if we take the time to notice them. I’ve been lucky enough to live very close to where I work and to be able to walk there everyday. A good stroll and quietly looking around has a calming effect on me and gives me the opportunity to prepare myself mentally for the day.

It is on these walks that I always come across something fun. Pictures on the walls, garbage, decorated electrical boxes, funny messages and so many other interesting things! These little details that you don’t notice everyday are the things that really make the surroundings so intriguing. People have such incredibly fertile imaginations and creativity. I rarely carried my camera with me and before I got my smart phone. In the past, I would only be able to take a mental picture and laugh about this fun artwork. In my mind it sometimes felt like these little treasures were only visible to me. After I got my phone, I was suddenly able to capture all these small details that I knew sometimes were only there to be seen for a short while before they would be gone forever. After Facebook came along, I started to put these photos on my profile, I thought it would be a great platform to share my daily

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‘To be able to take a good stroll and quietly look around me has a calming effect on me’ adventures with friends and family. Based on all the positive feedback I got, it is clear that most people really enjoy these little details and doodles that are sometimes so hard to spot in Reykjavík. People have busy lives and not everyone has the time to slow down and admire the details in our surroundings, I wanted to share them with friends and family and how they brightened up my daily walks.

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Heiðrún's peppermint cookies with white chocolate Christmas is my favorite time of year. One thing that always gets me into the holiday spirit is baking cookies. Every year I bake a lot of them both from old family recipies and from new ones as I love to try out new things when it comes to baking. As peppermint always reminds me of christmas I created these peppermint flavored cookies with white chocolate and they are amazing! I highly recommend that you try and make these as you will not be disappointed. They are very easy to make and taste especially good with a cup of hot cocoa.

Heiðrún Hafsteinsdóttir is a elementary school teacher who loves to cook, bake and create new recipes. As well as being a teacher she blogs about some of the amazing recipes she creates on the lifestyle site Belle.is.

110 g butter – soft 80 g sugar 50 g brown sugar 1 – 1 ½ tsp peppermint drops 150 g flour ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 30 g cocoa 1 large egg 25 ml milk 150 g chocolate drops or chopped chocolate (dark) To cover the cookies 170 g white chocolate (I recommend the white cocolate from Wilton, you can buy it at Kostur) 10–12 pieces of Bismarck peppermint candy Method Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and egg and stir well. While stirring the mixture, add the milk. Add the chocolate drops. The mixture should be pretty thick. Roll your mixture into balls (a little bit smaller than a golf ball) and place them on a baking paper. Make sure you have enough space between them. Bake at 180° C for 12-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Melt the white chocolate over a water bath. Break the Bismark candy into very small pieces. I like to use a Mortel to break them. Dip the cookies in white chocolate (only dip half of the cookie in the chocolate). Sprinkle the Bismark candy over the chocolate before it gets hard. Allow the cakes to stand while the chocolate hardens. Sometimes you need to put the cakes in the refrigerator to get the chocolate to harden, depending on what chocolate you use. Other Will keep well in the freezer. The pattern gives ca. 20 cakes, double the recipe if you want more.

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Hallveig's shrimp with melon and blue cheese

Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, Opera Singer

Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir is lucky to be able to do what she loves, which is singing. She has performed several roles at the Icelandic Opera, sung repeatedly with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra as well as performing at concerts around the world. She received the Singer Award of the Classic and Contemporary Music in 2013 for her portrayal of Michael in Bizet's Carmen. She has been nominated for the same award twice since then, as well as two nominations for Grímuverðlaunin ( Grimz Price ) as The Singer of the Year. In her spare time Hallveig is a Bollywood Dancer. She dances with a dance company at Kramhúsið a performance group lead by Margret Erla Maack and they are currently raising money for a trip to India. Hallveig spends all her free time with her family who shares her love for travel, both in Iceland and abroad, as well as going to the theatre and pursuing other outdoor activities. Not only is Hallveig an extremely talented singer but she also has great enthusiasm for cuisine, see her recipe for Shrimp with Blue Cheese Sauce below. Right now, Hallveig is on full speed, preparing for her Christmas Concerts. She will perform four Christmas concerts with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra on the 17th and 18th of December as well as performing with a wide range of musicians at the Classical Christmas Concert at Seltjarnarneskirkja on December the 8th. Watch out for this incredibly talented woman - she might be performing at a city, town or church near you. Shrimp with melon and blue cheese For 6 persons 300 g luxury shrimp Well ripe honeydew melon 1 can sour cream 18% 100 g blue cheese (can be less or more, depending on what you prefer) Black caviar Toast Method This is a perfect starter and popular dish in my household. Peel the shrimp and drain well. Melt the cheese and cool then mix together with the sour cream. Cut the melon in small pieces in similar size to the shrimp. Mix the shrimp and melon together  (make sure to mix it half and half ). Divide  into six portions and add three tablespoons of the blue cheese sauce on top along with the caviar. Serve with toast and voilà. This is one of my favourite recipes and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy holidays.

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