Thursday, 28 August 2014

Singing in the Rain

I've gone completely cuckoo for By Malene Birger, as seen in the last photo...That's all.



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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Lame and Embarrassing Mirror Selfie Outfit in a Fitting Room During a Retail Therapy Bender

Hi lovelies, sharing this somewhat embarassing yet humble outfit from a few weeks back, taken in a fitting room by none other than my shaky hand and my trusted sidekick Samsung the Brave. Obviously the photo quality is not amazing but I really liked this comfy outfit at the time so now I thought 'F it', I'm gonna share with you guys in the lack of better outfit photos at the moment.



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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

I Love Finland

I'm sat in my room listening to the storm that's raging on outside, with a cuppa of my favourite tea, the only light coming from a vanilla scented candle on my desk. Behind me there's a 21kg turquoise suitcase and an overflowing Neverfull GM, which according to legend, should Never-be-Full. While this could be the beginning of a romantic teen comedy, it just sadly happens to be the last night of my 2 week holiday in Finland. And I couldn't agree more with the weather at the moment; it's pissing down with the occasional lightning strike every two minutes or so. The main thought off the top of my head: I love Finland, and I don't want to leave yet.

I visit Finland quite often and up until now every visit has gone through a similar pattern of arriving at the airport, filling up my schedule with meeting friends, going to the gym, visiting family, maybe doing a bit of shopping, and towards the end feeling more than ready to go back to London again. In best case scenarios I've met a friend for breakfast, straight after another friend for lunch, another friend for afternoon coffee, another friend for dinner, and finally another friend for evening drinks. I feel incredibly happy and blessed to have so many wonderful people I can genuinely call my friends, and I'm so content we've managed to stay friends even if we live in different countries. Most importantly, the fact that we always seem to easily carry on from where we last left is something I've grown to appreciate more than ever. This time however, I spent most of my time relaxing at home or at our summer cottage by the lake, which I loved, but that meant it didn't leave me a lot of time to catch up with as many people as I had wanted to. I do apologise for everyone I missed but I just needed a little breather this time, next time I promise I'll make more time for everyone.

Aaaaand because I spent most of my time chilling at home there really wasn't any point shooting outfit photos since 9 out 10 of my ootds consistent of a baggy t-shirt and short shorts. Instead I caught a spark from somewhere to turn into an enthustiastic amateur photographer of the Finnish nature, and when I "accidentally" discovered the long-lost macro lens for my camera, well...you can admire the Finnish nature and my attempt to catch some of it at its best below :)



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Monday, 11 August 2014

The View from the Shard

The beauty of living in a vibrant city like London is the fact that there always is, and always will be, something new to experience on any given season, 365 days a year. Whether it be a new cuisine, music, venue, shop, fashion, attraction, museum, church, cult, you name it - 99% of the time London's got it. During the three years or so that I’ve called London my adoptive home, I've managed to find the time to experience almost all of the mandatory (touristy) things there is to do in London (and then some, actually a lot some heh), from witnessing the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace to battling the other tourists for the best spot in the carriage on the London Eye. However, due to the ever-changing nature of the city, there's not one person who can honestly say they've done all there is to do in London. Simply not possible.

One experience I personally had not bagged yet, was visiting the Shard, aka the tallest building in Europe and a home to some 1900 offices, restaurants, bars, and even a hotel. So naturally when a friend suggested I’d join her for a bottle of champagne and her extremely positive and inspiring company, I put on my party heels and headed towards London Bridge.

My gorgeous date for the evening!

Fundamentally, for visiting London the Shard offers a noteworthy alternative to the ever-so-popular and overly crowded London Eye. Whereas I do enjoy the ambiance and view from the London Eye especially during night time when all of London is lit and the traffic quiets down a bit, the Eye allows you to admire the view only for the duration of the cycle, as opposed to being able to enjoy the breath-taking view whilst wining and dining in one of the acclaimed restaurants of the Shard. So personally if I can choose whether to enjoy London's rooftops standing in a crowded small hub with strangers, or to enjoy it in a more private space accompanied by live music, good food, drink, and the freedom of time, I think I'd go for the latter.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Heatwave

"I don't want to complain that it's hot in my room...but two hobbits just came in and threw a ring in it"

Hot, so hot. London (and apparently Finland as well?) has been hit by a heatwave for the past few weeks and it's starting to feel like a tin can of sunflower oil tuna in a microwave. To deal with the heat I tend to opt for flowy cuts and natural fibers. I did some soulsearching and self-evaluation stylewise the other day, and noticed that each season I seem to purchase one item that unvoluntarily becomes my new obsession. I then end up pairing said item with different pieces 'til death do us part or until I run out of ideas, whether it's an investment piece or something totally inexpensive. Last summer it was a pair of black, baggy leather shorts from Zara, this summer it's been these flowy, pleated shorts I found at H&M. Honestly worn these to every single festival, gig, or show I've attended this summer, in addition to the morning-afters when I've been running errands looking like a tramp with no make up and messy hair from two days earlier.

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