Friday, December 19, 2014

The Christmas tag!

Hello my dear readers!
Today I have a little bit different post for you and I
hope that you will like it.
As I've already mentioned before ( like 100 times by now ),
I'm so excited about Christmas, so I've decided to answer some
questions in this fun tag!

Here we go:

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?

-Definitely hot chocolate, but if I could add something else, that
would be Glöggi as we call it in Finland, or mulled wine.
That's my favourite Winter drink which always reminds me of
Christmas and the whole holiday craze!

2. Coloured lights or white lights?

- I'll always go for the coloured lights. When it's holidays, then
something known as "kitsch" doesn't exist, right? :D

3. Stocking or presents?

- Which kind of question is that? Of course that presents! :)

4. Angel or star?

- Both, but always star on top of the Christmas tree!

5. Give or receive gifts?

- I'd say both, because I think that as much as I love to give gifts
to others and make them happy, I must admit that I do love to receive
gifts myself too.

6. Open presents quick or slow?

- Super quick! I mean... Yaaaassss! :D

7. Warm fires or sleigh rides?

- I'm always cold so warm fires + I find it more romantic too!

8. Snowball fight or making snowman?

- Actually, snowball fights have never been my "thing".
I'd say making a snowman beats any snowball fight!

9. Caroling or Christmas stories?

- I love Christmas stories, I'm always up for a good story time!

10. Red or green?

- RED!!

11. Fake tree or real tree?

- I've had both of these in my life and I'd say that the fake tree wins
for me since there's so much less mess and hassle than with the real one.

12. Were you naughty or nice this year?

- I'm always nice, so yes, I've been behaving well!

13. What's your favourite Christmas food?

- My all time favourite is salad Olivier and my mom's pasta side dish
known as Mlinci with lots of cheese!!!

14. Do you shop early or late?

- Early! I practically start thinking already in October what to get to
my loved ones.

15. What's your favourite Christmas song?

- Holy night by Mariah Carey and all of the songs from Michael Buble's
Christmas album.

16. Have you ever had white Christmas?

- YES! One of the perks of living in Finland! I'd say that white Christmas
is always an amazing thing to experience.

17. What's the best gift you've ever gotten?

- My favourite Christmas gift, which arrived 3 weeks after Christmas
was the birth of my daughter and pretty much ever since then, no other
"present" can beat that. If I'd have to mention something materialistically,
then I guess I'd say that my favourite was a back then iPhone 3G because
it was my first Apple phone and ever since then I have never purchased any
other phones, but iPhones.

18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?

- No, I can't, but I can brag that I did meet the real Santa up in the North Pole!
How cool am I? Ha!

19. What is your Christmas wish this year?

- My only wish is that next year will be the best year in my life so far.

20. What part of Christmas do you look forward to the most?

- My favourite part of Christmas is when we all ( family ) sit down by the
table together and just concentrate on each other, enjoy our meals and talk
about whatever comes to mind. For me it's very important to once in a while
just block the outside world, all of the problems, worries, etc. and just at least
on Christmas lunch/ dinner, be present, thankful and "acknowledge"
the presence of people that are sharing that same table with you.

21. What is your favourite Christmas movie?

- Bad Santa and Home alone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Outfit post - Win again

Good Wednesday everybody!
Only a week left until Christmas and for me, the excitement
is over the roof at this point!
I have finally finished all of the Christmas gifts shopping and
am finalising my menu for the Christmas Day lunch which
I'll host for my little family and in-laws.
Today is the day when I'll send away all of the Christmas cards
and I'll share them with you as well on Christmas Day because
I've "created" them myself and my daughter was so kind to pose
for me and be part of little Christmas story that I've imagined.

How are you doing? Did you finish all of your Christmas shopping
and planning?

I've been feeling a little bit down ( while being so excited about
Christmas ) because I was sick and now my daughter is sick and
the inhumanly cold weather is not helping in feeling better.
I'm hoping for a nicer and more "energetic" day today.
I'm off to Christmas fair with my sister and we'll hopefully find some
last minute, handmade, unique Christmas ornaments to add to the
Christmas tree which we'll put up in couple of days.

Have a great day everybody and please let me know what you think
of my outfit!? :)

I'm wearing: Boots - Frye, Jeans - Diesel, Turtleneck - Marc O'Polo,
Bag - Tory Burch, Blazer - Max&Co., Coat - Max Mara, Scarf - Zara,
Necklace - Zara, Earrings - Chanel

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Outfit post - Buy a heart

Good morning my dear readers!
How are you doing on this fine Monday morning?
I hope that your weekend was as lovely as mine was.
I'm still on the 7th cloud from having an amazing sushi
experience yesterday at my favourite restaurant and sushi
place in the world - Kabuki!
If you are now or will visit Helsinki in the future and love sushi,
I can HIGHLY recommend you to visit this place.

Another thing which made my weekend special are all of
the Christmas lights, happenings all over the city and streets
filled with cheerful bunch of people... Not to mention that it's
easy to "bump" on Santa Claus, walking snowman or reindeer. :D
The city looks so pretty with all of the Christmas lights and I can't
feel down even for a second.

Call me a fool or childish, but I'm honestly so excited about Christmas
and that the end of year is approaching. I'm happy to close the circle
and start a whole new, fresh life in 2015.
Every year, I try to do more, be more, feel more, see more...
I feel being born again and again each year and can't wait to see what
amazing things I'll do, places I'll see and people I'll come across in the
new year.

I leave you now with these thoughts as I'm off to spend some time
with my sister. Much love to all of you and thank you for all of the support,
it's incredible and I'm so grateful for it!

I'm wearing: Tee - Sincerely Jules, Shirt & sweatshirt - Esprit, Jacket - Zara,
Coat - Asos, Jeans - Tiger of Sweden, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Earrings - Chanel,
Shoes - Calvin Klein, Bracelet - Balenciaga

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gourmet moment - Hummus

Good Saturday evening my dear readers! 
I hope that you're doing well and have bared through 
shopping for Christmas presents craze! 
I don't know about your city, but in Helsinki, there're 
rivers of people at shopping malls, random little stores, 
cafes, restaurants, streets and everybody has tons of bags 
in their hands. Christmas time is so exciting and can you believe 
that Christmas is in only 12 days!?!?

I've been creative at kitchen today and since I usually like to make 
everything from scratch when I cook, I've decided to share one of 
my absolute favourite and healthy dips/ spreads and it's hummus! 

It's so easy to prepare and you can alter it as you wish, but I'm giving 
you the recipe for the most "classic" hummus. 

You'll need:

*600 grams/ 2,5 cups of chickpeas 
( if you use canned ones, make sure to rinse 
them with water )
*1 tablespoon of olive oil 
*1 tablespoon of tahini
*teaspoon of cumin 
*juice of 1 lemon
*1 garlic clove ( minced )

Add chickpeas and lemon juice to the blender/ food processor and 
mash everything evenly. Then add the rest of the ingredients, stir 
everything well with the spoon and add a little bit of water to reach 
the more smoother consistency. 
That's it! SO easy, ready before you know it and so healthy. 

If you want to make it more "exciting" add some powder bell pepper 
or mash some sundried tomatoes and mix it together with the hummus. 
Options are practically endless.

I've served hummus with the side of roasted sweet potatoes, self-made 
guacamole and quickly fried halloumi cheese bites.

*All photos are my own/ Natali K. photography

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Outfit post - Blind connected

Good morning my dear readers!
Do you remember when I told you couple of posts
ago that I have tried to put up an outfit post before
my trip to London and have failed to do that since my
laptop acted up and have erased all of the photos.
Here's the very same outfit just that the photos were taken
yesterday. It was so cold, windy and not the most charming
Winter's day but I have pulled it through and I think that the
photos have turned out nice.

Going back to Monday morning of this week... I had to take
metro ride to bring my daughter to her kindergarten and it
was SUPER early in the morning, we both got soaked from the
heavy rain and I was all cranky until I looked up and on the seat on
the opposite side of me was a woman... A blind woman, reading a book!
That was the moment which I'll never forget. I never saw a blind
person read a book before and this was seriously touching and so inspiring.
This was yet another proof that us, human beings are such complex
creatures and that each one of us holds a tremendous gifts and skills inside,
we just need to reach inside of us and find them.
Don't wait for something bad to happen to you to force you to change up
your life, follow your dream or something... Start today, set your powers
free and make your life amazing...
If a blind woman can read, you can do some incredible things too with your
healthy eyes, hands, ears, feet... You get the point!

Happy Thursday everybody!

I'm wearing: Dress - Free People, Sweatshirt - Burö 24/7,
Boots - Vagabond, Bag - River Island, Necklace - COS, Earrings - Tory Burch,
Coat - Isabel Marant for H&M

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Monday, December 8, 2014

London diary, day 3

New week, new beginning! I just love Mondays
as crazy as that might sound to you. :)
I do still have this one photo diary from London left
to share with you and then the new outfit post is finally
coming too! We've been shooting the whole London trip,
so if there's enough of good material, I'll share that video
with you. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be
a good quality material, because I've been wanting to put
up a video for a quite some time now. I think that occasional
videos would be a nice addition to my blog.
Let me know what you think about this!?

Here're the final photos from my super short visit to London.
I have loved being there and can't wait to go back sometime
next year again.

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Strolling down the Regent Street

Breakfast at our usual spot :)

Oxford Street is always so busy and lively

Christmas mood was everywhere we went!

Great Mexican street food at Wahaca

We've stayed at Dorsett hotel and 
I can highly recommend this hotel!

Bye-bye London

Sunday, December 7, 2014

London diary, day 2

Hello my dear readers!
I hope that you're having a good and ( hungover free )
Sunday morning! I'm having a bitter-sweet moment since
my mini getaway to London has come to an end and I would
SO love to stay here much longer, but I'm also happy to leave
because I know that there's still so much to see and do next time
I come back to London. That's something I love about short trips,
you just don't have time to do everything and see everything you'd
want to ( esp. if you're travelling with children ) but it's always exciting
to come back again so that you can do/ see what you haven't managed to

Without further rambling, I'd like to show you another photo roundup
of day 2 in London. I'm truly grateful for every single thing I got to see,
experience and every person I've met on this trip, it was a blast.
I will still have one more mini photo diary from day 3, so stay tuned for that.

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Taking the cab to Soho and admiring beautiful London
scenery on the way!

Le Pain Quotidian - our favourite breakfast stop every time when 
we travel abroad! Our favourite one in London is 
in Soho, on Great Marlborough St. 

Quick stop at Liberty to stock up on some 
beauty products as well as these amazing Dyptique candles

Christmas has arrived to Carnaby St.

We share love for food and we Instagram it :D
At Maze Grill by Gordon Ramsay

We were so lucky that we got a chance to see 
some live action in the kitchen and meet the main 
chef! Wow! I was so impressed!

We have wrapped up the day 2 with some Christmas gifts 
shopping at Westfield shopping mall in Shepherds Bush. 
Look at these amazing Christmas lights/ decorations!!

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