Elen Kristvik Talks About This Season Tie Dye Trend, The Importance of Me-Time & Her Favourite Restaurant!
We had a talk with the sweet and stylish Elen Kristvik! She works as a journalist, content-creator in addition to being an ELLE-blogger. Luckily for us, she shares her style through social media, making it easy for us to find new inspiration! With Estér, she shares why she distance her self from the often hustle of Instagram to find style inspiration, why she’ll be wearing tie-die this spring/summer season, and her favorite vitamin C serum for glowing skin!
What are the key-pieces you need to have in your wardrobe?
A t-shirt, a blazer, a nice skirt that goes a little below the knee, a black dress and dress pants.
Where and who do you get your style inspiration from?
I feel that I distance myself more and more from the hustle and bustle of instagram and the inspo-overdose that it gives. I look to a couple of close friends and colleagues, that both share my aestethic but also differ from it. At the moment I think HannaMW is one of the coolest influencers. Everything she wears is not neccessarily my style, but I love her whole mood and feel she does fashion in her own way. Simple and effortless style, but interesting is what I love the most.
When in a fashion-crisis, what’s your go-to outfit for a...
A black structured skirt that shows some leg (and isn’t too short), and a t-shirt, preferably mens style. I top it off with earrings, and a pair of cool, but comfy, heels.
Day at the office?
An XL shirt with dress pants and a pair of heels.
A spagetti strap dress underneath a turtleneck or t-shirt with some comfy sneakers or slip in sandals. Plus a blazer or structured jacket on top.
Which trends do you belive in this upcoming spring/summer season?
I have always had a thing for tie-dye. I don’t know if it is a correct memory, but I look back and see my mother, the hippie, wearing it a lot. I also get more creative with prints and colors during summer, so I will for sure be wearing tie dye, hopefully mixing it with a skirt and some slip in sandals. I loved designers like Stella Mccartney and Prada’s take on it. I also really want a jumpsuit with a utilitarian look. So comfortable and cool. Isabel Marant had a cool one in white, but I really love norwegian label Søster Studio’s jumpsuits. As someone who loves one-maximum-two colored outfits, I’m totally into the beige, brown and terracotta shades that we saw on the runway.
Who’s your favourite designer at the moment?
Like a lot of fashion people, I was pleased to see Daniel Lee’s collection for Bottega Veneta. I like Jacquemus’ sort of laidback but glam take on fashion. It’s easy, but never boring. I’m a big fan of Tôteme, which is contemporary and affordable.
What accessory do you love ATM?
My new watch, my Annie Berner earrings, my Manolo Blahnik ballerinas and my Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses. I also love this spring’s strap sandals, and will be switching between a python pair and a white pair, from high street shops.
In your opinion, what’s true beauty?
True beauty is being yourself. Embracing who you are, and relaxing in who you are. True beauty is caring about others, and caring about yourself. True beauty are the quirks and realness in you appearance, that can take time to love, for some reason. I love quirks!
On the more shallow side I think skin and good hair is so beautiful. And a smile. Always.
How do you practice self-love?
It’s easier said than done. I can be very kind to myself, but also extremely strict. Someone told me that there is power in how you speak to yourself, so I’m working on focusing more on the good, than what I think is bad. I’m also conscious about giving myself time, just watching series on the TV, taking a bath with a face mask, reading, driving and listening to music and having time to think. I’m a person that depends on recharging. Self-love is also about being around people that makes it easy for you to be you.
Can you share the secret to your glowing and healthy skin?
I’m very into skincare, as I am also in my 30’s and now is the time, haha. I go to Silje at Beth’s Medispa at least once a year for Dermapen or AquaGold or something like that. I don’t know if I see a whole lot of difference, but I’m all about preventing what I can. For the most part I use skincare products from Exuviance, and the last year I have also been loving Dermalogica’s C vitamin serum and also the vitamin C serum from Klair’s. I love vitamin c! I moisturize a lot, in the winter I swear to Bio-Oil ( heavenly and affordable) and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask, in addition to daily moisturizer.
I use Mac Strobe cream on my face, and have just starting using It Cosmetics CC Cream Your skin but better. I dab a little Jane Iredale powder on top. I use a mix of eyeshadow from Kicks, Lancome or Giorgio Armani, and really love the highlighter set from Kicks.
You only have 5 minutes in front of the mirror before you need to head out - what do you do?
I do strobe cream, CC cream and a touch of powder foundation. I dab on a little warm color on my eyelids, brush some highlighter on my cheeks. And fix my brows with products from Brow rehab or IT cosmetics. Then good to go! If there is still 30 seconds left, I put some lip stick on from Giorgio Armani or Mac! Love their lip products.
What do you do when in need of some cultural input?
I watch a documentary. Or I go to one of the many amazing restaurants in Oslo with my boyfriend– we have been on a food culture trip and tried places like Katla, Galt, Bokbacka, Aratakata, Kontrast and A’laise the last year. I really want to try out Rest (and of course Maaemo), so that’s on my list. I go to a museum, and would like to go to the theatre and the opera soon. My last theatre experience was Bjarte Tjøstheim’s monologue show «Det går betre no» at Det Norske Teatret.
Can you tell us about your best vacation memory?
There are so many! But finally going to Palm Springs a little over a year ago is one. The city is a dream. Walking right out to the beach from the hotel room this summer in Sardinia is another. And boat trips around the amazing islands of Philippines a couple of years ago.
Where are your go-to-places in Oslo?
Tim Wendelboe, because my boyfriend is crazy for coffee. I’m not, but like the place. Another is Java Coffee at St.hanshaugen. I spend most of my time at “løkka”, or around Youngstorget. I love the store Luck at løkka. And Fretex for secondhand. I sometimes work at Peloton, like that place. I was recently at Night Pig with a girlfriend, and we had good food and a good time.
Can you share with us your favourite...
Artist? I have many, but I’m very excited to see Emilie Nicolas’ concert at the Opera this fall.
City? Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, New York, Palm Springs.
Poem? I love poems. Fex the kids poem «Den Sterkeste mannen i verden» (don’t remember the poet) and «Om hvor langt det er til Ullern» av Cecilie Cottis Østreng.
Book? Forever and ever Skyskraper-trilogien by Tove Nilsen.
Song? There are too many good songs. Runnin (Lose it all) by Naughty Boy and Beyoncé and just everything on the albums Tranquille Emile by Emilie Nicolas and Anti by Rihanna. I love «Wild horses» by Rolling Stones.
Restaurant? Too many to choose from! But through the years I have probably been the most at Delicatessen.
For more style inspiration, follow Elen on Instagram here!
All photos are Elen’s own and published with her permission.
Written by Anine Netland Hulløen