Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lace it!

Helsinki, -1 degrees

This seasons fashion must have item is lace! I’ve seen it in numerous forms- dresses, tops, and leggings. The list is endless. The real fashionistas boldly combine different patterns in lace together. The more down to earth use only one piece of clothing with lace, and tones down the rest of the outfit by using everyday clothing items like denim jeans, leather jackets or army coats with it.

Mixing a white lace top with a black skirt is my fav' combination!

The party season

Helsinki, a chilling -1 degrees

Shorter days, darker nights - that means Halloween is approaching. It’s always an exciting time of the year, planning what to wear that is. This is the first time I’ll celebrate it as a post-graduated, so the party is not going to be school related. That’s refreshing. I’ve always loved dressing up, ever since I’ve been a child. I even remember dressing up with my sis as princesses using toilet paper rolls as crowns. You can therefore call me a diva since childhood. I just think it’s something in a girl’s genes that makes us love dressing up and making us look different than we do in reality. I’ve always thought of Halloween as the possibility to try being something I would have liked to be, just for one night. In Finland the Halloween tradition is not old, that’s why I’ve celebrated it only three times before. My Halloween outfits have this far been the ones of a house maid, flight pilot and geisha. Can you guess what I’ll be this year?

I would love to at least once dress up as a lady from the 17th century, just like in Italy during the annual carnevale, the carnival. The main carnival is being held of course in legendary Venice. But that would mean having a theme party, because it wouldn’t be as fun if everybody wasn’t dressed in a similar way.

Two of my friends had one of the best dinner parties I’ve ever been to last Saturday. They had planned it so well: made the table in the most beautiful way with seat placements since the guests didn’t all know each other and prepared some delicious food. The party was just for girls which gave it an extra touch. We ate, drank, sang and enjoyed each other’s company. We even got new friends. I love autumn because it’s one of the best seasons when it comes to parties. Since everybody is back to everyday life with either school or work, people crave for parties. Their combining feature is what makes a party: the element of surprise, caring about the people around you and showing it and experiencing truly special moments.

Taking my first step on the career path

Helsinki, 4 degrees.

Last Friday was one of the best days in my life! Many people around me know that I have been waiting to have an anwer concerning my work situation for weeks now, more than four to be exact. It has been nerve racking, and I have almost been pulling my hair off my head because of the waiting. Suspense and uncertainty are from here on my two new enemies since I truly know how they make you feel. Finally, last Friday I got my answer and luckily this time it was the one I had been dreaming about- I got the job I wanted. I got a maternity leave substitute position at the Helsinki Tourist Office for two whole years! I will be one of the permanent workers at the office and be responsible for the duties of my colleague that's on maternity leave. This means so much to me! The position stands for so many things; security, self-confidence, happiness, career, you name it.

Security in the sense that now I don't have to wake up each morning wondering where I'll be the next. I know I have my place now. I will also get great health care service and benefits I've never had before, like discounts at the gym, the possibility to eat at the City Hall and of course paid holidays.

Self-confidence since I now know that I am appreciated at my work place and that I actually am good at what I do. This will be the first time in my life when I will have my own title- tourist informant. 'Til now I've merely been a tourist advisor, but now I'm something far better, hehe. I might even get my own visiting card, how cool is that?

The new position will bring me happiness because it's important to feel that I can contribute is bringing money home. I know we live in a world where people think men and women are equal and in order to realize that one needs to be able to provide as well as one's partner. For me the fact that I feel that I can provide for my family, that for now consists "only" of me and my boyfriend, makes a lot of difference. I want him to be proud of me.

Finally, the position means that I have taken my first step on my career path. From now on, I will have worked somewhere for two years- that's a great qualification. I have been so sick of changing work places every four months. Now I can feel that I belong somewhere and that I have made a difference somewhere. Visiting the health care department of the city of Helsinki yesterday, I heard something that really made me smile. The doctor who saw me congratulated me for getting a job in my own field during the same year as my graduation. She honestly asked me if I know how lucky I am, and I had to answer her with a smile "Yes, I know".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Illustration inspiration: Francesco D'Isa

Today on this rainy autumn day, I found a new interesting artist again. As you maybe have understood by now, I love art concentrated on women. We simply are the most interesting and mystic creatures on this planet. This time the paintings are Italian. I would never have thought that an Italian might have made similar paintings, and that makes me even happier about my finding. The artist's name is Francesco D'Isa and was born in 1980 in Florence, the cradle of art. Just have a look at his art here and you'll be amazed. The art really makes you think. I like the fact that the paintings look like drawings, and I like the colors he's used.

Here are some of my favorites, the last one is named "how it works".

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beneath the colored leaves

As autumn is drawing its final breath, the nature’s changing again. Not merely the nature, but also the nature of people. Autumn is considered the time to slow down, and put value on cozy home evenings again. As it becomes dark sooner, already at about half past six, people tend to adapt to this change by relaxing after dark. I love autumn with the colored trees, chilly mornings, trench coats, scarfs, red cheeks, and all the glory that autumn constitutes for.

I’ve undergone a very hard period of time, stressful to say the least. Still, the things I wanted to clear up aren’t very much clearer for me. I find myself torn since I don’t know what my work situation will be in just two weeks. Like I said: stressful to say the least.

Fortunately everything is going well instead in my love life; I wake up every day with a great smile upon my face. I’ve always been a sensitive kind of gal and thought of myself as always alone, a little bit like Richard mentioned in Ally McBeal once “Everybody is alone in this life; some are just alone in a relationship”. I mean, I’ve always thought that I would be alone with my thoughts, that nobody could ever fully understand me. Now, nevertheless, I find myself with a person so wonderful for me that I don’t think like this anymore. Every day is genuinely a blessing. Today we celebrate our 6-month-anniversary