We’re Engaged!



B had just got back from work, I’d just finished cleaning and the sun was still shining – so he convinced me to go on a walk. We went to Svartediket, which is a beautiful lake in the city. We were planning on walking to the end of the track that leads to a waterfall, but I wasn’t feeling so good so we cut the journey short. On our way back around the lake, we paused at a smaller waterfall. As I was peering down on it, B got down on one knee! (For a split second, I just thought he was tying his shoelace!) Then he said “Stacey Shaw, would you like to get engaged?”, then he asked me to marry him! ūüôā I said yes! It was all very surreal – I always imagined I would cry like they do in the movies, but I was actually shocked and surprised!¬†ūüėä

ūüí欆– I love how the emoji reminds me of my engagement ring! It’s a rainbow moonstone – so in some light, it looks blue.¬†ūüíô

(Above) After my ring had been re-sized, we went back to Svartediket to take more photos!

Couples Shoot

A few weeks ago, Bj√łrnar and I were lucky enough to have some professional photographs taken by two wonderful British photographers. Jamie, who I met a year ago when he was the photographer at my cousin’s wedding in England, had made arrangements¬†to travel to Bergen and do a styled shoot with some models, and asked if we would¬†like to have a couples shoot.

Despite never doing anything like this before, the offer was too good to refuse! After having my hair and makeup done by two lovely Norwegian ladies, we headed to the botanical gardens in Milde.

Hair by Seline: Facebook   Makeup by Jessica: Facebook

After having a week of sunshine and high temperatures, the weather was quite the opposite that particular day!  Luckily the rain held off though, but my choice of footwear could have been better! I was constantly sinking into the mud with my stiletto heels! Throughout the shoot, Jamie made us feel comfortable and directed us so that we knew what to do.

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Photographs above taken by Jamie Sia Photography    Facebook    Website

Afterwards, we also had the pleasure of having some more photographs taken by the lovely Elly; one of the models for the styled shoot.

Photographs below taken by E.L Hitched    Facebook    Website


Overall, the outcome was fantastic! We had a wonderful day and now have a lovely set of photographs that we can cherish for a long time.

Make sure to check¬†out both Jamie’s and Elly’s websites to see their amazing¬†portfolios. ‚̧

Money Money Money

I may have lived overseas for almost 3 years, but one thing I didn’t do before relocating¬†was to close my english bank account. For me, it just seemed easier to keep it open¬†just incase I ever move back. Plus, I use my card whenever I visit home and I also pay my masters degree loan from that account every month.

When I first moved here, I thought the only two options I had to transfer money to my english account were through my Norwegian bank account (which is expensive) or through PayPal (time consuming and difficult). For the first few months, I used PayPal until I came across TransferWise.

I’m not really sure how I discovered it, I think I just stumbled upon it when searching for a more efficient and easier way to do my monthly transfers! Anyway, I did a little bit of research into it first as I’d never heard of it before, and found that it was developed by the same people at PayPal. (So far so good…)

After signing up, another thing that appealed to me was their interface, which is very user-friendly and modern (another great thing to have when transferring money as it makes things so much easier!)

I’ve been¬†using this service since December 2013¬†and¬†so far, I have transferred ¬£9700 and saved ¬£225 in fees!

It’s easy¬†and free to sign up! If you use the following link, you receive¬†your first transfer up to ¬£500 for free.


Reasons to use TransferWise:

  • Free to sign up
  • Low fees compared to your bank
  • Fast transfers
  • Supports many different currencies
  • Great customer service (Respond quickly and are very helpful)
  • Easy to use interface
  • Cheaper than PayPal

If you have any questions about how to use this service, I¬†would be happy to try and assist ūüôā

My review and opinions expressed here are my own and based on my experience with TransferWise. I am not affiliated with the brand nor do I endorse them and they do not endorse me. I am not paid for my review.

A little bit about me

After neglecting my blog for over a year, I have decided to return and make a proper go of it this time. As an introduction,¬†I figured I’d¬†start off by answering this bunch of questions so that you can find out¬†a little bit about the ‘Northerner in Norway’!

  1. Are you named after anyone? A¬†character from the tv show “Neighbours”!¬†
  2. When was the last time you cried? Last week as I was feeling very homesick and lonely. Expat life can be tough!
  3. Do you have kids? No.
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? I think so!
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?¬†Yes. I don’t even realise I’m doing it half the time.
  6. Will you ever bungee-jump?¬†Definitely not! I’m scared of heights.
  7. What’s your favourite cereal?¬†I alternate between different ones. A few weeks ago it was Weetabix and then it was Cheerios. I get bored otherwise!
  8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?¬†Body language.
  9. What is your eye colour? Brown.
  10. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings, I hate scary movies!
  11. Favourite smells? The smell of the ocean! I love it when I can smell the salty sea air at Bryggen.
  12. Summer or winter? Summer hands down. I don’t like feeling cold.
  13. Computer or television? Computer as I can watch anything online! Can be quite restricted with a television.
  14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?¬†Florida – USA.
  15. Do you have any special talents? Singing perhaps?! I do enjoy a bit of karaoke here and there!
  16. Where were you born? Yorkshire РEngland.
  17. What are your hobbies? Listening to house music, exploring and designing stuff.
  18. Do you have any pets? No
  19. Favourite movie?¬†Probably ‘The Hole’ with Kiera Knightley. I like psychological thrillers!
  20. Do you have any siblings? Yes. A brother and a half sister.