LIV HANSEN actress, writer & travel junkie

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Fall Colors In Holland Park

Colin and I took a walk through Holland Park this afternoon. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods in London, really close to Notting Hill which I love. We decided to stroll through the park after a short coffee run and a quick visit to the American Food Store, located just off the main road. I thought it might be fun to glance at the imported goods like packets of jello, sugary treats and boxes of colorful cereal and cake mix before venturing through the park enjoying a quiet Saturday afternoon sharing stories from our busy London. Pretty to look at…

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Interview: Corina Hallatu

Interview with artist, DJ & entrepreneur from The Netherlands, Corina from My Own Little World. Where did you grow up? Groningen, a city in the north of the Netherlands. What’s your favorite thing to eat? Love food but because of digestion problems I’m sugar and  gluten free.  I love asian food, salads with chicken, avocado or salmon and soup. On weekends I allow myself a little piece of chocolate (cake). How do you spend your free time usually? I love dancing to uptempo house techno and began DJing so I could dance to my own favorite music when clubbing. If the music…

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Stuff i love

1. IJ-Hallen – the biggest flea market in Europe. (ijhallen.nl) 2. Hot Cookie Cup Warmer. Perfect for blogging. (iwantoneofthose.com) 3. Neighborhood Guides: Echo Park (takesunset.com) 4. Perfect blueberry swirl muffins. (honestlyyum.com) 3. Vancouver Film Festivals. A quick guide. (vancouver.about.com) 5. Brown spiced sugar cubes. (food52.com) 6. 21 ways to boost your personal creativity. (inc.com)   food52.com

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Little Pieces

Since moving into my house in London, I re-discovered a love of interior decorating, plants and cooking and subsequently decided to focus more on my diy projects via this blog. I am no chef or professional baker nor interior decorator. I mostly love simple dishes and enjoy seeking out inspiration for entertaining friends at home just as I love decorating my little space, painting (not so much), re-arranging and adding items, plants, candles or whatever goes with the colors of the space I am decorating. A little bit of white paint, a stack of books (color-coordinated) and cheese-toasties with disgusting…

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Lala Land survival guide

As an 18-year old aspiring actor/nomad/eggwhiteomletteeater, I made the move to Hollywood. Arriving on New Years eve, I remember roaming aimlessly around East L.A. before jumping on a bus and heading to West Hollywood where I checked in at a hostel located in close proximity to my acting school of choice. The hostel became my home for a year and the city, my second home. For anyone out there considering relocating to LaLa Land, do have a look at this interview with actor Bill Oberst Jr. Here he shares his views on the acting business and what it takes to…

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stuff i love

  A lot of inspiration this week. Fall is coming soon.. 1. My friend Lisa’s vegan desserts made this list. #17 & #23. A must-try-sometimes-soon. (huffingtonpost.com) 2. A magazine named Cereal. Soooo beautiful. (http://readcereal.com/magazine/) 3. Cast-iron plant here I come! Perfect for travelers, eh? (lifehack.org) 4. Ready for fall..with my new favorite brown bag. (adaxshop.co.uk) 5. I’m trying all of these once back in L.A. because Grilled Cheese Sandwiches + Tomato Ketchup = A Happy Liv. (laist.com) 6. Love this candle mucho. (honestskincare.co.uk) 7. 6 rules that should be guiding your career. (time.com) 8. ballerina project. seriously beautiful. (ballerinaproject.com) 9. Tea &…

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On The Floor doing some research…

Yes, once again, I’m on the floor, doing some research….and yes, that’s a copy of Contacts 2014, a fascinating read and semi useful tool published by Spotlight every year. Consider it one of those books sure to be sitting on shelves around all the little i-want-be-an-actor- homes in London-town. I found this mint copy in my local bookstore for £6 pounds. Oh, and also please excuse the sad looking greenery in the background. My mama bought him for me the last time she visited London and I am trying to keep him alive. Any tips out there on how one might…

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Little Pieces

Leaving Vancouver behind for now, I am currently in London and will settle here until further notice. Finding work here as an actress and moving to another big city without really knowing anyone feels a bit daunting but I do know this city a little bit and the prospect of  getting involved in the film industry on this side of the pond entices me a great deal. Today, I met up with AJ, a photographer friend of mine and talked a little business over coffee and cake (some things stay te same) x Rainy London early morning. Cinnamon swirls at Somerset House.

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Stuff i love

1. Sugaring off in Montreal. The maple syrup basics. (montreal.about.com) 2. Super simple  2-ingredient pancakes. (ourbestbites.com) 3. Magical Sun Jar. Beautiful in the garden. (suck.uk.com) 4. Lovely words on how to grow old with yourself (theeverygirl.com) 5. The benefits of drying food. (urbanfarmonline.com)  

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Corine from Los Angeles

Corina and I met ten years ago in our favorite Hollywood hostel (RIP Orbit). I remember walking along Melrose Avenue, making our way to one of our favorite LA spots, the infamous Urth Cafe and chit chatting about our hopes and dreams and reasons for moving to Los Angeles. Corina makes a living as an artist and photographer. She runs several blogs, travels all the time and always aspires to create new and exciting projects. Since we both move around a lot and love discovering new places around the world from cute London neighborhoods to the artsy areas of Ibiza, we always gather up…

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Still Life – a short film

Watch this short film made by a friend of mine. It’s rather good. Storyline: “When I was 6 I wanted to be a spaceman…When I was 12 I wanted be a footballer and score in the cup final…When I turned 18 all I wanted was some respect.” On the eve of Saraswati Pooja, a Hindu festival celebrating the Goddess of Education, Krishna’s world is brought to a stand still. Forced to return to the family he has previously held at arm’s length, Krishna must now take a closer look at himself and face up to the questions he thought he already…

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Little Pieces

My brother recently moved to London from Kuala Lumpur and I love living in the same city as my brother for a change. We both travel a lot and never spend enough time together, really. Luckily, within the first few days of him arriving in the UK, I got the opportunity to stay in a cool hotel called “A Room For London”. It’s a boat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the London Southbank. Felt very touristy indeed. Otherwise, a busy working week as always. I joined a great network called Women in Film and Television and am…

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“Nuts” a monologue by Tom Topor

A short monologue from a play called “Nuts” I performed in on stage in L.A. sometime not so recently. Barabara Streisand also portrayed Claudia in the film based on the Tom Topor play. The story is set in a courtroom in New York’s Bellevue Hospital and follows a high-priced call girl incarcerated on a charge for killing a violent “John”. The State, represented by a court appointed psychiatrist and an aggressive prosecutor, say Claudia is unfit to stand trial. As testimony from experts, physicians and her parents unfolds, with her psyche and childhood dissected, she proves to the judge that…

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Filming scenes in Vancouver

Landed in Vancouver, enjoying the rain! Currently filming at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. where Brooke is our boom operator. Chatting between takes, she tells me about working in the Vancouver film industry on shows like the X files. Surrounded by firemen and women, police and sirens, I wait whilst Bob the director, instructs a group of our guys, dressed the part of real firemen (and they are).      

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Filming “Crooked” in Vancouver

Currently filming a short film titled ‘Crooked’ in Vancouver. I absolutely love this city and so appreciate the opportunity to work and live in such a beautiful place. Cast includes Sean Carey, Paula Elle, Jesse Regimbal and Elysia Rotaru. Directed by Stephen Sawchuk.                 

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“Close Contact”

Hello from Vancouver! I love this beautiful place! As I’m getting well acquainted with the location of Vancouver film school due to weekly auditions held on site, I lucked out and grabbed a role in a short film titled ‘Close Contact’, directed by Ron Heaps. It’s a film about aliens overtaking the planet and in this scene I’m interviewing the President (We just call him Ned).