First of May

Helsinki, 13 degrees

God put us here, on this carnival ride. We close our eyes never knowing where it'll take us next.

Today one of the biggest celebrations of the year anchored Helsinki - wonderful Vappu! Vappu is truly our annual spring carnival when the city comes to life with balloons, paper serpentine, music, funnel cake, mead, champagne - so much color and enjoyment!

The highlight of this carnival is the crowning of the Havis Amanda statue that symbolizes Helsinki (the birth of the City) - a woman that has risen from the sea. In lack of a video from today's crowning, I'll add a video from last year to show you what Vappu is all about! Enjoy!


Today during work when I visited a café during my lunch break, I saw the center of Helsinki filled with wonderfully happy people! People were relaxed and having a great time with their family and friends!

My workplace celebrated Vappu already last Friday since many of my colleagues had taken this day off. Tomorrow, on the other hand, is a public holiday in Finland. I intend to spend today with my special someone, and tomorrow with a dear friend, strolling around the party filled streets of my beloved city in my graduation hat - the sailor hat looking piece of headwear you see on the picture below.

You can read about last year's Vappu celebrations in my blog post here. I hope the readers I find in Finland have an amazing Vappu, for the rest of you - I'll let you know how the festivities have gone in short!

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Do you have a special festivity/carnival in your country? How do you celebrate it?

Cartoons: The only place you can wear the same thing everyday and nobody cares.

Helsinki, 12 degrees

This sunny spring morning I've enjoyed reorganizing our apartment. I visited a good friend this week and her beautifully styled home inspired me to change some things at home. I'll show you in pictures what I've changed in future posts. How much time do you put on organizing your apartment/home?

Lately I've noticed how much cartoons, animations and chilren's programs and games affect our everyday life. It seems they're everywhere!

In Finland the Angry Bird "fever", as I like to call it, is getting worse. Today, Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds took over the Särkänniemi Adventure Park with its addition, the Angry Birds Land. With children and families in mind, Angry Birds Land is themed and designed according to the style of the world’s leading amusement parks.  

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In Helsinki the birds are visible already at the airport where they have their own pop up shop, the world's first Angry Birds pop up airport shop I might add. The shop will be open every day until the end of August 2012.

"Our aim is to entertain and meet the expectations of Angry Birds fans globally. The concept is in continuous development and we will open more airport shops in the future", says Harri Koponen, EVP Licensing and Merchanding from Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Are you a fan yet?


Have you seen these creatures around already?

How about the Donald Duck shoes that Finnish design student Lotta Löfgren made for Award for the Crazy Shoe competition that was held in Vienna? She came third with these amazing shoes! Congratulations!

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Recently even a special edition of Donald Duck (in Finnish Aku Ankka) has been published to honor the World Design Capital year!

What is design in the 2010s? This is the fundamental question that Donald Duck ponders in the 68-page special Donald Duck Design edition, which was published in April 2012.

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I've also seen Miss Piggy t-shirts around and it seems it's Italian Pinko that has made a whole collection of them! The company even has an amazing style guide on its website where one can see how to combine these t-shirts to other clothing pieces!

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What cartoon character would you like to dress up like? Which cartoon characters affect your life the most?

Sauna & foulard

Helsinki, 11 degrees

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Baby pink

Helsinki, 12 degrees

World Design Capital Helsinki Pavilion

Helsinki, 5 degrees

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Angels

Helsinki, 13 degrees

Curves, metallic makeup & shoe trends

Helsinki, 8 degrees


In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.

This weekend, since I've been watching some American Idol episodes, Jennifer Lopez has turned out to be one of my major style inspirations. I stumbled across her video for the song Dance Again, a song that she performs together with Pitbull, and I think the video is one of the best examples of how a woman with curves can be beautiful! I mean, have a look at these photos snatched from the video. Isn't she gorgeous?


Wearing only a black body, she looks amazing with her curves! More of this, I couldn't even imagine how bad this video would have been if the singer would have been skinny!

I also love the metallic makeup Jennifer has in the video! I've only tried something similar once, when I went to a masquerade some years ago as a UFO, haha. I still had dark hair then, but I think you get the idea when you see this picture from 2010 with me on the right.


They also had crazy shoes in American Idol so I thought I would share with you the shoe trends of this spring season that I found on Elle Finland since they are so over the top! What other season have we seen shoes like this?


Like these wouldn't be enough, I've even seen shoes like these strolling around the pavements..


What do you think of this season's shoes? Could you walk with them?

Skinny jeans & blazer

Helsinki, 4 degrees

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Peach

Helsinki, 5 degrees


An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach.

Some time back I saw this fresh makeup tutorial in Trendi magazine and I immediately knew I wanted to try it myself. First I had to find a suitable dress to go with it. Once I found the dress, I was waiting for the right day to come along and today it was finally here! Sometimes I just feel that today is a day for trying something new. Do you know what I mean?

I started to put my outfit together today by making my peach color makeup.


I combined the makeup with my peach color dress, some pearl earrings and a bun. Later I changed my mind and went with a ponytail.


And voilá! My outfit was finalized with my beige spring jacket and my new Bianco ankle boots with wedge heels that I found online in a second hand shop.


Q & A

Helsinki, 5 degrees

I was tagged some time ago in the post "11 questions" by one of my dear readers, Finnish Satu, who writes the beautiful blog Indie by heart. I haven't received a similar tag post before so I thought it might be a fun idea to answer these questions. I hope you enjoy reading my answers!

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1. Why did you start blogging and what was your biggest motivation?

Going back to my very first blog post back in 2008, I presented myself by saying the following:
"The idea about starting this blog is simple; I have always loved writing and I believe it comes more natural to me than to many others so I thought it would be nice. Before I used to think that only persons on trips or on exchange could keep a blog but now that I've talked with some of my friends, I have realized it's not like that at all. Anybody can share one's thoughts, and just hope somebody cares to read about them, hehe."

After 2008, blogs have become far more common so now it's clear to everybody, I think, that blogs are not just for people on trips or exchange, but that is how it felt in 2008. This is actually not my first blog. I wrote a blog in Swedish even in 2007-2008 when I was on exhange in Italy, but that was merely meant for my friends and family back home and it looked like a travel journal / diary.

The reason why I decided to write this blog in English was that my exchange truly changed the way I think about everything! One could say that I preceive the world in a different way ever since. Suddenly my world consisted not merely of Finland, but the Nordic countries, Europe, the whole world. In a way, the world all of a sudden seemed linked. I noticed that I have a lot in common with people from all over the globe.

After my exchange, it was clear for me that I wanted to write for an international audience since I made such great friends from all over the world thanks to my time in Italy.

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I have never regretted my choice. Now I work in an international field of business which is built up on international co-operation. Language skills are vital for my job, and I truly appreciate comments on my blog from an audience that I would call global since I have readers from literally the whole world.

Sorry, that was quite a long answer, but I just couldn't make it shorter. 

2. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Working days
I usually wake up about one hour before I go out the door and go to work. My mornings consist of having a quick shower, getting dressed (usually I know what to wear already before morning), putting on my makeup, finalizing my hair/hairdo, having breakfast (usually a yoghurt/viili, a type of Finnish yoghurt or mesophilic fermented milk with cinnamon and sugar on top and coffee) while watching the Swedish morning TV show Min Morgon and checking the daily newspapers both in Swedish and Finnish. I prefer to wake up earlier than to stress in the morning. I do not use the snooze button on my phone during working days.

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Weekend/free days
I have a completely different rhytmn during the weekend. I do not jump out of the bed immediately, but stay in bed after waking up for at least 10-15 minutes. This time I think of as true quality time with my boyfriend. Sometimes he gets up before me, and I prepare myself for getting up, haha. This might take an hour. In weekends I only put on makeup if I'm going somewhere, at home I don't use that much makeup. I also walk around in comfortable clothes, usually pyjamas until I go out. Our breakfasts are usually more brunch like on weekends, with fresh bread, fruit, juices and sometimes even sausages, and bacon and eggs. My boyfriend loves eggs, haha. 

3. Do you have any place you love to shop?

I taught myself away from shops during my exchange due to bad shopping experiences, haha, so I rarely go shopping in the city center shops. Usually I buy all my clothes online (H&M, Zara, Etsy, Huuto, Topshop, Bubbleroom, Asos, Ellos, Intimi, Nelly, Vila).

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When I do go shopping in stores, I know what I am looking for and usually I only pop into one or two stores. I tend to have at least once a season a flea market days when I go through Helsinki's best flea markets in my opinion (Valtteri, Kaivarin Kanuuna, DOM, Uff).  

4. Which clothing item is your favourite?

I love wearing dresses! I think everyday is a perfect dressday! Right now though I love the white collar shirt I bought from Zara. It's timeless and always stylish.

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 5. Neon or Pastel?

Such an easy question for me. I am definately a pastel girl in this case. I do believe in strong colors as well, but not in neon colors. 
 
6. What is your favourite movie and series?
 
My favorite movies inspired me to go to Italy - the Talented Mr Ripley and Roman Holiday.
My favorite TV series is without a doubt the epic Sex and the City.

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7. Do you have an addiction? = obsessive need to get / do something.

I think the essence of life is good food and coffee. Coca cola and Campari are also some of my personal treats. 
 
8. What’s the number one thing on your wishlist?

Right now I would like to find a bigger apartment for us, and of course without a rent increase = impossible equation.
 
9. What do you do for a living?
 
Officially I'm a tourist officer working at the Tourist Information in Helsinki. De facto I work (at least until fall) with assisting marketing tasks; I'm helping in the making of a brochure for travel trade and organizing and planning FAM trips for agents and journalists to Helsinki. I also write for a work place blog about Helsinki's restaurants, cafés and nightlife.

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"Familiarization trip. A low-cost trip or tour offered to travel agents by a supplier or group of suppliers to familiarize the agents with their destination and services. Example, a resort property or group of hotels and restaurants in Aruba might team up with an airline or tour operator to offer a discount fam trip to the resort or to Aruba. Generally referred to as a "FAM trip." 
 
10. How would you describe your style in 3 words?
 
Classical but experimental, vintage, colorful. Sorry that's 5 words, but you get the point!
 
11. What are your favorite trends and colors upcoming season?

Trends: statement colors, color block, pastel colors, preppy sailor, floral prints, scarves
Colors: blue, pink, mint, peach, white, gold, lavender

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I'm tagging in no particular order:

Frills and Thrills
To Vogue or Bust
Shop Style Conquer
The creation of beauty is art
The chic and cheap blog
La Petite Blonde
Handmade Dreams of Mine
Yola Thorp
The Girl at First Avenue
Almost Delightful
The Vogue Advisor