Sunday, May 23, 2010

Love you to bits

To love every bit of a person. So if they were to be impregnated with a handgrenade and exploded into tiny bits, you would want to keep any bit that was left, cos you love them to bits.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brunette and proud of it

Helsinki, 13 degrees.

I'm always talking about how great it is to be a brunette. You know the saying- blondes may have more fun, but brunettes remember it the next day. I seldom talk about famous Finnish people and their styles but now I feel I have to. I've recently noticed that there is an artist that has done a huge step in the right direction concerning her looks- Anna Abreu that is. Right now she looks stunning! Have a look! 

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The best part is that she is a girly girl like me, and uses a lot of beautiful dresses!
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Let me just finish by saying well done Anna!

Disarming

One of today's biggest news topics has been the fact that Sweden has changed their obligatory military into volontary. From now on their defence force will consist of professional soldiers, which means that it will become ten times smaller in size.
This has created a debate also in Finland about the importance of the Finnish military duty. Right now all Finnish men have a military duty of at least six months. This can be avoided by different rules, but nevertheless the majority of Finns do perform their military duty.
Once again, I think Sweden has taken a pioneer step. I think all my friends are aware of the fact that I don't support the Finnish military system. I understand that most guys appreciate their time in the military force but I just don't understand how I could support the thought of introducing weapon to young guys. I mean I can't even think about holding a gun in my hand. I guess I just belong to the people that feel that once you introduce something, it makes it more familiar. I think the threshold to use weapons is much smaller once you've already been introduced to them.

Bollywood buzz

Helsinki, 13 degrees.
Today I saw some new pics from the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, and there was one new face that caught my eye. An Indian actress on the rise to fame- Mallika Sherawat. I just love her fresh look! What do you think?





Sunday, May 16, 2010

Active as a flea during Helsinkian heat wave

Helsinki, 22 degrees.
During the last five days, Helsinki's appearance has changed drasticly, almost completely. We've enjoyed such good weather that the city has finally started blooming. Finally we have green trees and lawns! This has of course also meant that people like me, suffering from spring allergies mostly for birk trees, have felt extra heavy symptoms. Especially during this weekend, I have really been suffering. Yesterday I heard that even persons who usually don't suffer from allergies have felt the symptoms this spring, the bloom boom has been so rapid.

During these warm days, I've come to notice once again that Helsinkians are such cute people. We greet the sunshine in the best way; beaches and parks are immediately filled with people. Yesterday I enjoyed a great picnic with friends in a nearby park and we noticed that not only the park was full of people, but even the biggest beach in Helsinki. People stay out late enjoying the sun as well. I've noticed that tourists staying in Helsinki don't seem to think that our weather is yet that hot, and they are still wearing jeans and shirts with long sleeves. For us though, this is as good as it gets and we couldn't be happier. Finns are wearing summer clothing. Today when I was taking some sun in the park next to my home, I saw a girl with a hula hoop ring. I thought that was wonderful, urban life at its best. Who would have ever expected somebody to bring out a hula hoop ring to an ordinary park? This was again one of the moments when I realized that I live in one of the most exciting cities. We shouldn't underestimate the element of surprise that is always present in this urban surrounding.

Yesterday I also experiences something new- I went for the first time to the biggest flea market that we have here in Helsinki called Valtteri, it's held in the neighborhood Vallila. Of course I've been several times to flea markets as they are a part of the Helsinkian lifestyle, but this was my first time at Valtteri. I'm not lying if I tell you that there were over 100 sellers present at the market! A dream come true for me and my sister. We were actually there to help my sister find a gala dress for an upcoming movie gala to which we are going, but I wanted to set myself a small budget of 15€ just to see how much I could get for that amount. And god do I love flea markets! With only 15€ I got two pairs of shoes, three dresses, two shirts and the complete first season of Ally Mcbeal on DVD! Have a look at what I found!



My favorite piece was an absolutely beautiful black dress with feathers, just made for me! I mean, can't you see that this tube dress with feathers at the hem is just what I've been mentioning that I like in earlier blog inserts?



I highly recommend the flea market. I was there with my sis, as I already mentioned, and one of her friends. I think all of us have different clothing styles and yet we found something for all of us!

I can't help but finish my insert by maybe repeating myself but telling how happy I am during these days, thanks to a special someone.
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Metamorphosis

Helsinki, 13 degrees.
Yesterday the first winds of summer reached Helsinki, and of course it was immediately visible also on the Helsinkian streets. Girls with shortshort shorts and guys with t-shirts. And one thousand differnet types of sunglasses. I've always loved sunglasses. I wish I could have a different pair for each occasion to show my mood. I've only noticed one new feature in them this year: animal patterns have hit even sunglasses.

Oh my funny valentine..I have discovered a new favorite tv show called Fashion file. It presents new designers each time in the most likeble way. One of the new incounters I've had is Giambattista Valli, an Italian. Just have a look at his site and I'm sure you'll understand what I've fallen in love with. Girly dresses where the silhouette of women is brought to attention. Animal patterns are still visible even in autumn collections so I guess they're here to stay. Giambattista also mentioned on the show about the fact that everything's constantly changing in our society right now, and that should be visible in our clothing as well. I like that he used the word metamorphosis when he discribed how we are. I think you can see this way of thinking in his clothes, they look somewhat like a butterfly evolving from a cocoon. Here are some of my favorites from his summer 2010 collection. I just love the drama in these outfits! The bigger, the more details, the better!





Tuesday, May 11, 2010

On the road to the unknown

Helsinki, 4 degrees.
Yesterday when I was at my hairdresser, A.k.a. Luova, I flipped through one of their magazines, called Image, while waiting. I came across an article talking about tourism and travelling, and of course it catched my eye. The article was actually more interesting than I thought. The topic was matkalla tuntemattomaan, on the road to the unknown. I was sure that it would discuss the newest tourism trends, and in a sense it did but in a surprising way. It actually talked about the fact that tourism and travelling has become such an ordinary thing that the real dare devil is the person who stays at home. It brought to the surface a way of thinking, where going extreme actually means going back to the basics, to your own roots. I mean we're talking about green values and climate change, and still travelling by airplane is just increasing. The most recent event that should have made us all stop and think about the necessity to travel by plane, was of course the vulcano eruption in Iceland and the ash cloud following.

I wish that everybody that considers themselves true travellers would stop and get to know their own city. I mean, my hairdresser was telling me that she had some American friends over and she didn't know what to show them in Helsinki. Why are we travelling away from home, when we haven't even got to know our own city? Sometimes I find it funny going through friends' Facebook photos and noticing that they usually take place abroad. If they're taken in Helsinki, it's not outside. Only in very few cases they actually show off the beauty of this city. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that travelling is wrong. Come on, we're talking about my field of work. I'm just saying that sometimes we need to go back some steps to realize where we're going. Meaningless travelling is just that- meaningless. If we get to know our own roots, we also treasure the smaller and unique features of other places. I actually found a book about Helsinki filled with tasks and things to do to get to know the city better. I plan to carry out these tasks this summer. Don't worry, I'll take you along ;)



I would like to finish my blog insert by making you a proposal. Go extreme- stay home.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lacking nothing

Helsinki, 9 degrees.
Being in love is irrational but oh so wonderful! Although you can never plan when to fall for someone, springtime is the absolute best time for it. I mean, hearing birds sing when you're happy, is great! It feels like the whole world, at least Helsinki, is sharing your joy. Finally the flowers outside my apartment building are starting to bloom, and also the trees seem to have come to life again. The changing weather also makes it nicer to be outside. I live only ten minutes by foot from the Helsinki city center, and although I during winter usually take a tram in to the center, I now find myself walking there more often. I feel so happy to be happy, like it's a feeling I haven't felt in a LONG time. Like this morning, I feel I lack nothing. That's a wierd feeling, don't think I've ever experienced it before. I feel I finally met my match, somebody that's like me in the most irritating but at the same time attractive way. Happy, happy, happy! I hope spring brings joy to all of your lives as well!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Washing the fashion world's face with cold water

Helsinki, 4 degrees.
Yesterday's news was the fact that a Finnish model had managed to be on the cover of the Italian Vogue at the age of merely 16. As soon as I heard this on the radio, I had to check out what the fuzz was all about. This young Helsinkiana called Kirsi Pyrhönen has indeed done what many girls only dream of. After seeing the picture though, I was a little bit disappointed because her unique looks were not at their best in the picture. I was surprised to notice that in her so called normal pictures she looks very typical Finnish. Sometimes it's funny how something ordinary in one country can be considered so different in another one. Nevertheless she's stunning, I don't deny that. I especially like her eyes, I think they show her soul. When I said she's ordinary, I just mean that I believe we have many girls with similar, not identical but similar looks, here in Finland. Anyway well done Kirsi and thank you for putting Finland and Helsinki on the fashion map again! Some intreresting sites about her are:
- http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-starscelebsmodels/new-faces/2010/03/kirsi-pyrhoenen
- http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/cover-story/2010/05/over-the-top-glam
- http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-starscelebsmodels/new-faces/2010/03/kirsi-pyrhoenen
- http://www.iltalehti.fi/viihde/2010050211579601_vi.shtml