Thursday 30 January 2014


Next week it's
Oslo Trend Week!!

 You will find the
A/BARENESS Jewellery & Knitwear at
the Designers Market together with
25 other Norwegian brands
 & designers.

Opening hours is 12.00 to 19.00 every day 

& you are all invited!! (: 

If you want to see and learn more about what's
 moving in the Norwegian Fashion Scene 
we highly recommend 
you to drop by this market!

Maybe you'll even find 
 a nice present for your mom for Mothers Day
or your loved one for Valentines?

For updates & more information about Designers Market
join the event on Facebook here:

OT- Oslo Trend Week:


Friday 24 January 2014


YES!!! These days we are meeting up with and collaborating with so many cool & inspiring
  people that are also taking a slower approach to fashion!
Do you want to know more about the definition of
Slow Fashion?

Or what about calculating
what wearing a piece of clothing actually
cost you per wear?

You can easily learn how to do a quick calculation before you purchase new clothes if you follow the link to one of our

More about Slow Fashion here:


Pssssssssst! A/BARENESS will be one of the brands of the yet to be launched, ethical fashion platform,

Will tell you more about it very soon- Lots of exiting
Slow Fashion activities for 2014!

Happy weekend from Kathmandu

xx Karoline & Anne-Marthe

Monday 20 January 2014

Simple Living is sooo 2014

                      Rethink * Reuse * Redress

 As we just launched A/BARENESS in May 2013 we are living on a tight budget focusing on getting the business up and running. 
And of course some fun times in between- Refuel of fun for a happy, creative soul is also a must, isn't?
A more healthy, relaxed mind can also be accomplished by being surrounded of less clothes & other things in your everyday life. 

       Less stuff. Less options. Less stress. Less mess.

 After commuting back and forth from Nepal for some years has made us realize have little of our clothes and other things we are in the actual need of! I, Karoline had decided to take a break from shopping in 2014- except if I get invited to a Nepali wedding- then I will invest in a beautiful Sari!     (I really hope I get an invitation!!!! ;)

 So it's time to rethink, reuse, redress and reduce. 
I did my first complete "Shopping Timeout" for 5 months in 2009 and my shopping habits has changed ever since- I am much more
conscious about my shopping- Really recommend it to everyone! 

 Do you remember that nice feeling you get when you can throw an empty makeup- or moisturizer container because there is really absolutely nothing left? You actually used it all and yes, that means you have to go buy a new cream or foundation, but the fact that you really finished it is quite satisfying, isn't?
So what if we all did the same with most of our clothes? Only replace clothes by buying new ones when it was absolutely necessary? Mindfulness is about being conscious. Also when it comes to shopping. 
I'm looking forward to a creative year ahead on how to reuse my wardrobe & and of course we both will share other Simple Living inspo and outfit pics too. 

xx Karoline & Anne-Marthe

Wednesday 15 January 2014


Just got a new retailer- No.12 in Ă…lesund, Norway.
Juhuu (:

2014 is the year where we are focusing on building
our retail portefolio in Norway
hopefully we will be able to launch our webshop worldwide.

We will also start our 1st waterproject in Nepal
with the money from our sales at our webshop, retailers &

 pop-up shops.

We also got some donations in 2013! YEAH!!

Thank you to all of you for buying our product
and supporting A/BARENESS!

Building a sustainable business takes time, but
we are doing it Step by Step-

 it is Slow Fashion after all.

If you know or stumble across any
fashion store or hair salon in Norway or other countries that you
think could be a good match for
 A/BARENESS Jewellery 

then please let us know?!

We promise a THOUSAND Karma points in return! 

You'll find No.12 on Facebook here:

Friday 10 January 2014


We have a sunny rooftop & it is Friday!

Been up there taking some pics today & 
our neighbor was drying potato chips.

Maybe we will get to taste?  

More pics to come!

****** Happy, shiny weekend ******

Monday 6 January 2014



'You can only change the things that you perceive are wrong by stepping on the ground and doing a better job of being the change that you want to see.'
- Surya Karki, founder of Maya Universe Academy, 22 years old

Surya Karki/ Maya Universe Academy is 1 out of 7 finalist or "Changemakers" - 
A Sustainable Living- Young Entrepreneur Award. 

We are so happy that we decided to support MayaUniverse Academy and it is great to see that they are now getting started to be recognized worldwide for their social entrepreneurship. 
Their philosophy and how they work to every child a fair chance to a descent education. By doing this they are continuously spreading hope, inspires & empowers whole communities to believe in the future and that change IS possible! 

This feels like pure fuel for us in our every day work with A/BARENESS- It is great to contribute to something that makes a different for the common good, but it wouldn't have been possible without you. Yes, YOU! Thank you for your interest in the A/BARENESS brand & designs and please remember that your feedback is highly appreciated. 

You can e-mail us at - any ideas, suggestions or questions about our Give- Back project

You can read more about the other changemakers (finalists) and their projects here:

and more about MUA 
& their mission here:  

***** Lots of Slow Fashion love from Karoline & Anne-Marthe *****

Thursday 2 January 2014

Hello 2014!

With these words of wisdom we greet 2014
 with open arms-
Of course we will never ever give up!

A/BARENESS had an great start in 2013

 we have many exciting designs & projects
 for the coming year 
 that we look forward to share with you all.
We aim to start our first give-back project
 at Maya Universe Academy in Nepal within April.
Can´t wait to go back and see the kids and get
 the dry toilet system up and running! 

**** Thank you BIGTIME for all your love & support ****

You can read more about our give-back project here: