Hi July. This month will be amazing.
I was going to spend all summer in Oslo but my plans have changed. I have a couple of things that I can’t wait to share; one regarding my next internship which I’m very excited about..!

Jacket and shorts Acne Studios

Maria Van Nguyen


shopping with mom

hi mom <3

There are two things that my mom and I have in common when it comes to clothing:
1. We usually wear black
2. We appreciate comfort and practicality

These things are very important for the both of us but that doesn’t mean that we have the same philosophy when it comes to shopping. It is actually the opposite.

My mom is a hoarder. Ok, not like the extreme ones you see on television – but hmm, a mini-hoarder. She’s a huge fan of the bold sale signs and she will buy things in multiples even though she obviously doesn’t need to. She appreciates quality but quantity goes even further.

She wants more. I want less.

I get frustrated with my mom for buying so many unnecessary things but I’m not going to tell her what she’s doing is wrong.

I’ve been talking about my philosophy; how I believe in living a minimal lifestyle, which includes having less things in order to live a simpler and easier life. There are many positive sides to decluttering and I’m so happy when I inspire anyone of you guys to buy less or shop smart! :)
Inspiration and guidance is great but I’ll never force my opinion on anyone who believes differently.
Take care of yourself and do what makes you happy but you should also be aware of the impact of your actions. I won’t tell you to stop spending but I will tell you that over-consumerism isn’t good for us and our environment. So keep shopping, but.. don’t overdo it.

Maria Van Nguyen



I haven’t been a good blogger; taking all photos with my iphone but it’s just too practical and conventient. But, I also miss taking great photos with high quality so I’m excited for a new camera that should appear in my mail pretty soon! I decided to get Canon Powershot GXI Mark II. My SLR is too heavy and big for me to bring on a normal day so I’m hoping this will be a good everyday and travel camera.

Merino wool top Vintage
Cotton trousers Vintage

Maria Van Nguyen


the mercantile

I came across a new online store recently, the mercantile, where you’ll find a beautiful curated selection of vintage clothing. The styling is great and I’d wear any of these outfits.

Maria Van Nguyen


acne studios sale

I have been working part time as a sales assistant at Acne Studio in Oslo for 5 years now. Wooh, it’s been fun and I’ve met so many sweet people that have become close friends <3 This summer will be my last time working here as I’m moving on to other projects :)

Our sale starts tomorrow and PS. the pre-sale stars 8 am in the morning already. Come take a look :)

Maria Van Nguyen


villa stenersen

Today I went to visit Villa Stenersen (a house museum that is a part of The National Gallery in Oslo), which was designed by Norwegian architect Arne Korsmo in the 1930s.

I fell in love so here’s a bunch of photos for you.

Villa Stenersen is one of the main works within Norwegian Modernist architecture and every Sunday throughout October it’s open to the public. The pictures do not do the atmosphere and house justice so I recommend a trip!, and there’s also a couple of rooms that I didn’t include in the pictures.

The glass bricks and floor to ceiling windows are incredible as it allows so much light into the apt, and the view is stunning now that the trees are at their greenest :)
..One day I want to live in a house where the surrounding nature feels like a part of the home :)

Villa Stenersen by Arne Korsmo
Tuengen Allé 10C
Vestre Aker, Oslo

Maria Van Nguyen
Maria Van Nguyen

Hi. My name is Maria and I'm a 25 year old girl from Oslo currently living in New York.

I'm a designer that appreciates the basics and essentials, and I aim to create comfortable, wearable and easy clothing for everyday life.

I'm into simplicity, hip hop, r&b and people with good vibes. Aay ~

Inquiries: maria(a)

Instagram: vnyen