Saturday, March 31, 2012

Brunch & Poseidon's sea

Helsinki, 2 degrees

Under the sea Darling it's better

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who's gon' be on the plate

Under the sea
Under the sea
Nobody beat us
Fry us and eat us
In fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea
Under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Even the sturgeon an' the ray
They get the urge 'n' start to play
We got the spirit
You got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they soundin' sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul
The ray he can play
The lings on the strings
The trout rockin' out
The blackfish she sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
An' oh that blowfish blow

Under the sea
Under the sea
When the sardine
Begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band
Each little clam here
know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here
Cuttin' a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here
Know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
Ya we in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

The best Saturdays are spent with friends at I headed with three of my great friends to Fanny, and way was it crowded! We were definately not the only ones with the same seemed whole Punavuori had gathered at this café, haha! Definately the place to be...some people were even queuing to get in! Do you like brunches? Do you have your very own favorite?


Lately I've been inspired by everything maritime so I picked an outfit according to the theme, with my brand new spring shoes from Nelly! What do you think?

In Elle Finland Poseidon's friends have been presented like this...

..whereas in Trendi magazine life underneath the surface is described on the other hand like this...

...and finally, in H&M Magazine like this...

I've also been fascinated by the knee length skirts so I combined these two themes into one outfit! How has your Saturday been?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring fever!

Helsinki, 4 degrees

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

-Mark Twain


Do you have spring fever already?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.

Helsinki, 5 degrees

Yesterday I spent the afternoon getting to know the 16 new HelsinkiMenus that have been put together due to the fact that Helsinki has been Finland's capital for a stunning 200 years! These restaurants have had HelsinkiMenus, characteristics of whole Finland in one city, but this year the menus are based on historical dishes, tastebites from the past. So even for a local like me, these menus offer uncommon tastes!

Though 200 years might seem as a short amount of time for a capital city, Helsinki's culinary history is full of interesting twists and turns! It's difficult to imagine the beginning of the young capital when we had merely three restaurants. Now the metropolitan area hosts over 1 500 restaurants!

When Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812 and for the whole 19th century the city outside the immediate center was based on cultivations and crops. The prohibition and depression periods have also affected Helsinki's culinary history. I'll take to the beginning of the Finnish capital through these wonderful images taken by Signe Brander. A female photographer was a rarity in the beginning of the 20th century so these pictures as well as their photographer are unique on the whole.

For a true Helsinkiana like me these pictures are amazing. Some places, over 100 years later, seem similar, even though others have changed dramatically. The white Cathedral, still today the symbol of the city, looks equally stunning still this day!

Take a stroll down memory lane...





Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fabulous love

Helsinki, 6 degrees

And if you find someone to love The You you love, well, that's just fabulous!

I found a great blog post on Lily by Super Ear that I just had to share with you my dear readers! Especially if you keep in mind my post yesterday! If you want to know what I how I am and what I believe in - here it is in just three videos! Simply fabulous!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Preppy, preppie, prep

Helsinki, 2 degrees

This has been just one of those manic Mondays. One of my colleagues was sick today which meant that I got to plan some programs for journalists coming to Helsinki. As you probably can guess, Helsinki is a very popular destination for travel and lifestyle journalists right now, so there's not a quiet moment! But it's fun! This week is also the last week that I get to work on the text going into the brochure which renewal I'm responsible for. Next week it goes to our graphic designer who gives it its layout. Time flies when one is enjoying oneself!

Looking through the fashion magazines during the last couple of months, the pastel colors have just been increasing, and now they are even in stores everywhere! I've been obsessed by this look presented in the latest Elle Finland.

I decided to find something of this delicious peach color, and look what a nice dress I found! Perfectly girly for my taste!

In February I presented a selection of mint green outfits as a part of the current pastel color craze. You can see the outfits I chosen to represent the look in my blog post here. I've finally found some minty items for myself! I think they make a perfect top and bottom, what do you think?

I've also liked the latest collection by Lindex called Modern Preppy with no other than Gwyneth Paltrow, since I like everything related to the sailor style which Elle Finland also presented in its latest magazine (see upper left corner).

Furthermore, I've been excited about some news related to the Sex and the City series. I've now seen the first picture of actress Anna Sophia Robb that will play young Carrie Bradshaw in the Carrie Diaries movie.


What do you think? Will you go to see the movie?

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Helsinki, 2 degrees

Friday, March 23, 2012

True poetic creation

Helsinki, 4 degrees

I came across this editorial and found it alluring so I thought I would share it with you. Do you find something particularly odd or let's say uncommon in these photos of Katie Fogarty?


The answer is combining a look that is both hard & soft : '50s ladylike dressing mixed with tattooed arms. What do you think about the combination?

As Terri Guillemets has said: "Ink to paper is thoughtful. Ink to flesh, hard-core."

Happy Friday everybody!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flower power

Helsinki, 2 degrees

Lately I've been filled with such energy since spring is finally here! During daytime we already have around 6 degrees and in the sun, it feels warm and nice!

Nevertheless, spring also brings me my annual nuisance - pollen allergy that is. I've been suffering from birch pollen allergies since I was nine years old, and even though my allergies have got better with age, they still cause problems in spring.

I've tried some so called flower remedy "therapy" this spring by Finnish Frantsila for the first time, a kind of allergen immunotherapy, and I really wanted to believe in it, but unfortunately I've noticed that I started it too late and now I have a running nose again. I guess I should have started it last fall so that it would have had time enough to work properly.

Concerning my allergies, it seems I have different symptoms every year - last year my eyes were red and this year it's my nose that's bothering me. But today I finally went to the pharmacy to get some medicine so maybe, hopefully, the symptoms will pass or get better. I just hope they won't make me tired which usuallu allergy medicine does, hence why I tried the flower drops that get mixed with regular drinking water. Have you heard of this kind of remedies, based on Dr Edward Bach's teachings? Do you think it's just nonsense or do you think there could be something to it?


According to him, flowers have healing power. Here are some examples of how flowers can be of help:

Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspen - fear of unknown things
Beech - intolerance
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory - selfish, possessive love
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Gorse - hopelessness and despair
Heather - self-centredness and self-concern
Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy
Honeysuckle - living in the past
Hornbeam - tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens - impatience
Larch - lack of confidence
Mimulus - fear of known things
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pine - guilt
Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose - terror and fright
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives
Star of Bethlehem - shock
Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
Vervain - over-enthusiasm
Vine - dominance and inflexibility
Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences
Water Violet - pride and aloofness
White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy
Willow - self-pity and resentment

In the latest issue of Elle Finland, another healing power of flowers is presented. This spring clothwise it's all about spiked petals.

Inspired by this, I've got myself a new petal spring dress! I can't wait to receive it by mail!

How have flowers influenced your spring?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday morning

Helsinki, 5 degrees



Monday, March 19, 2012

Meet & greet with Swedish Maria Montazami

Helsinki, 2 degrees

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stylish blogger award

Helsinki, 5 degrees

Two days ago, I got awarded with the Stylish blogger award by one of my super sweet readers Johanna. Thank you for this dear mentioning, it's such a motivation to keep on writing, even though I couldn't imagine a life without writing. Like I wrote in one of my January posts, I truly believe that writing is thinking on paper. In my case, writing on my blog. It's vital for me, a natural way of thinking.

Having said that, this award comes with some rules:
Thank and link to the person who awarded you.
Share 7 things about yourselves.
Award 15 or so recently discovered great blogs.
Contact these bloggers and tell them they won.

7 things about me:

1. My favourite street food right now is falafel.
2. Growing up I dreamed of becoming a florist. I still think that one day I will open my very own flower shop.
3. I think I couldn't live without espresso coffee, Coca Cola and Campari.
4. I would love to have more time for travelling.
5. My biggest beauty "problem" is my size: I'm only 160 cm tall and have a hourglass figure.
6. I'm crazy about love, coffee and food.
7. I wish I could be better in letting things go. I believe one shouldn't cling on to things since in the end no material items matter.

Here are my 15 favorite blogs that I want to award because I find them stylish and inspirational:

Frills and Thrills
To Vogue or Bust
Almost Delightful
K come Karolina
Irene's Closet
Lure of the Dark Side
Ma chic vie
The chic and cheap
The creation of beauty is art
The Him and Her project
Scent of Obsession
The Vogue Advisor
The Wild Bird

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.

Helsinki, 2 degrees

Plus degrees, sun, fresh air, happy people, melting snow, hints of bare pavements. Spring is all around us.


After such a busy week, I really needed a weekend of relax. Since I had received as a birthday present a card to a movie rental place, I rented two movies yesterday. I haven't mentioned it much here on the blog, but I'm a movie monster. I love movies, and try to see as much of them as possible. Usually the problem at the movie rental places is that we've (me and boyfriend) already seen all the movies that end up there. Yesterday I was in luck though since I found a movie that I had heard about since it has been partly filmed in Finland, but never actually seen. It was called Hanna.

The movie is quite rough since it tells about a "special" girl, but all the scenes filmed in woods felt nice since they were so typically Finnish. Have you seen the movie?

The other one was a silly girl movie called Bridesmaids that belongs to the same category as the Hangover movies. There are just no excuses for me choosing that movie. Maybe I can explain myself with saying that my sister is getting married next February so I need to see as much wedding movies as possible, for learning purposes, haha.

Besides watching movies, I also went shopping yesterday. I thought about getting a new curler, but when I went to the second largest department store we have here in Helsinki, I ended up getting my hair curled for free without buying a curler. The shop assistant told me that since I already have a Remington hair straightner, I don't need a separate curler. And then she curled my hair to show me how it's done. How nice was that? Afterwards, I walked around proud over my hair. I mean, how often do one get one's hair curled before a shopping spree?


I also picked up a Max Factor Creamy Blush, I think they work far better than the powder ones. What do you think?