Norwegian summer

Oslo prides itself on being a green city with many public parks and scenic walks along the fjord. Norwegians are renowned for their love of nature and their embrace of friluftsliv (“open-air living”), so hiking trails and forests are not far from the city centre.

Oslo city hall


Aker Brygge marina in Oslo

Being in Oslo in the summer can be challenging because even though the sun may be shining when you venture out, the weather may quickly change for the worse in minutes. Though the sun may not be out as often as in other parts of Europe or the US, you can still have a cosy time on cloudy days with blue skies – good for outdoor picnics and strolls along the river (but bring a jacket, just in case).

MAD and DNB buildings in Barcode Oslo

Barcode Oslo

If you are ever taking a walk along the fjord, be sure to stop by one of the Michelin star restaurants in Barcode for dinner! 😉 The up-and-coming neighbourhood is an Instagram hotspot (for its iconic architecture and design) and just a ten-minute walk to the National Opera House and Oslo Central Station.

Hope the sun is shining where you are! 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC

Days in the sun

After a month-long hiatus, Reason For Beauty is back! 🙂 If you have missed me during the last month, fear not – there is plenty of content coming up 😉

Meanwhile, here are some pictures from yesterday at FSO‘s summer BBQ. The weather was perfect for grilling and the company was, as always, delightful. I am glad I get to spend time with this group throughout the year and not just at OCON!


These $100-bill napkins are awesome!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC