Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Life lately via Instagram

Good early morning everybody!
I'm writing this post from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport
prior to boarding on a plane to Frankfurt and then another
one to LAX. Can't wait to hop on both of these flights!
I guess I'm one of very few people who are this excited to
spend about 15 hours "in the air". :D

Anyway, next time you get to read a new post, it will be one
from LA, so I thought that it would be only appropriate to finish
the "Helsinki chapter" with a recap of the past two weeks.
Every single day in the past two weeks was a crazy one, from
trying to meet with as many friends as possible to taking care of
all of the documentation, packing, cleaning, donating, moving and
trying to "shove" in all of the most important belongings inside
5 travel bags, was quite challenging and at times nerve wrecking,
but we did it! Yaaay! :) :)

Here's to the new beginnings!
Au revoir Europe, for now...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Retrospective - 7

Seven... Who would knew that number seven was ever going
to be of significance in my life!?
I have never been a kind of person that had a favourite number or a
favourite day, date, you name it.
They were just that, numbers and days. Sometimes I'd count days
until a certain event or similar, sometimes I'd loose the count and just
"flow" through the days... Sometimes, I'd pay attention to the important
dates like birthdays of people that I love and similar, but in general, I
couldn't care less about the numbers, about days, weeks, months, years...
Up until this morning!
This morning I woke up realising that it's been 7 full years of me living in
Helsinki, Finland.

I have lived through seven most toughest years of my life. Seven years that
have thought me a lot, seven years that took away a lot from me, seven years
that gave me a lot.
Seven years that have thought me many valuable lessons that I never even knew
I had to learn.

In the past 7 years I have completely "lost" myself just to be reborn and find
a whole new ME... Me, that I could never even imagine could exist.

I remember myself seven years ago coming to Helsinki with only one suitcase
and handbag. That was it, all of my "important" possessions were packed in these
two, squared "spaces" but the biggest possession was packed in my heart. Love for
a certain man and an excitement over starting a fresh chapter in my life in a
new and such an intriguing place like Finland.

From then, when I was only 20 years old to this date, I got married, I had a child,
I have found my purpose in life ( personally and professionally ), I have loved
madly, I have been hurt deeply, I have gone through all the circles of hell, just to
rise up again and find a fighter in me, to find a person in me that loves her light as
much as her darkness... The fighter that now knows how to dream but not get her
wings broken... I have learned how to let go and how to hold on tighter to the things
that I stand for and people I believe in.
I have learned how to forgive and love just a little bit more than what I thought was
I have learned that I'm much greater and lovable person, I have learned to appreciate
moments and dear people because one moment they're here and the next... you never
know if you'll catch a glimpse of them again...

To not make this story too long... In retrospective, Finland thought me a LOT and
gave me something that money can't buy, it has prepared me for a whole new chapter
in my life that will start tomorrow, on my flight to Los Angeles.
I'm starting a new era and I can't wait to see where that'll bring me and how my art
AND blog will continue to develop from here - on.

I'm just so excited to share everything with you dear people, because what's a life
worth living if you don't live to inspire everybody with the gifts that you've been given
and with the stories that you've collected throughout your journey?

Thank you everybody, family, friends and you dear people for the past chapter, it's
start to take on a whole new one! :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Outfit post - Untouched

Good morning everybody!
How are you doing? I'm so glad to see that you've liked
my Feta cheese - kale salad from yesterday's post. I'll make
sure to share more healthy and easy to prepare recipes in the
future as well.

I'm almost done packing up all of our stuff, including the suitcases.
All I need to do is take few more trash bags to the trash and sign
in at the hotel, because today is the last day for us to move out of the
apartment that we've been renting for the past year.
It's been a lovely little apartment in the middle of the city centre and
yet I never felt that it was located in the midst of all of "hustle and bustle"
since it's so well "protected" from the busy street life and I always felt
safe and "far away" from everything when I wanted some peace and quiet.

It's been such a cathartic experience cleaning up this flat, getting rid of
almost everything we ever owned and just packing up the most loved/ treasured
items and some of our clothes.
We have thrown away/ donated/ gave away a lot of food, clothes, toys
and it makes my heart happy that in a short time, we have put a smile on
many people's faces. Give and you'll always get back in one way or another.

Today's outfit post felt like posing "naked" since I didn't had any make up on
and since I look super tired ( which I am ) but I wanted to still put it up because
this is me, right now, this moment, bit stressed out, not rested, in the middle of
closing one big doors behind me and about to open doors to a whole new life...
This is me, being real and for the first time in forever not being afraid or ashamed
to walk outside without being 100% made up.
I love to get ready every day, I love to put on some light make up and all that, but
right now, I wanted to prove myself that I am beautiful just the way I am, without
any "masks" on and that it's ok to not be 100% polished at all times.
Us women at times make so much pressure on ourselves for no reason.
WE ARE BEAUTIFUL, it's our smile that makes us irresistible, it's the tone
of our voice that makes us a great friend, it's the warmth of our heart that makes
us a great lover and companion, it's the beauty and complexity of our mind that
makes us so unique!

Ok my ladies, I'll finish now with the final apartment check and "trash-work"
and then I'm off to treat myself with a nice foot treatment and manicure.
Enjoy this day everybody!

I'm wearing: Boots - Frye, Jeans - Diesel, Checked shirt - Zara,
Coat - Isabel Marant for H&M, Bag - Mansur Gavriel, Sweater - Samuji,
Earrings & ring - HOH1960

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gourmet moment: Feta cheese and kale salad

Buon apetit my dear readers! :) 
As you might already know, I'm in the midst of moving 
and am swamped with tons of boxes that need to be packed 
and stored + I'm trying to empty my fridge completely, so 
while not having much time to cook anything special and 
using only the ingredients that I have left in my fridge, I've 
decided to whip up a healthy salad for yesterday's lunch and 
my family loved it!

It's very easy to prepare, takes minimum time and effort, but 
is way tastier and healthier than any take away/ fast food option. 

You can of course still add more toppings/ ingredients to this 
salad if you wish and you can also serve it as a main course 
or then as a side salad to (in my case) oven baked sweet potatoes. 

Here's what you'll need:

*kale ( take the stems off and break the leaves in smaller pieces )
*fresh rucola ( rocket leaves )
*bell pepper
*cherry tomatoes
*crumbled fresh Feta cheese 
*olive oil
*lemon juice
*salt, pepper, dry oregano
*1 tbs of Dijon mustard

Remove the stems off of kale leaves and "break" the leaves into smaller pieces. 
Put them in a bowl in which you'll be "whipping up" this salad. 
Take a handful of sprouts, wash them and put them in the salad bowl. 
Chop up fresh rucola, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes and add all of them to the bowl 
as well. Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice in and mix everything ( with hands or fork ) 
for a minute to two so that you make kale a little bit more softer. 
Then add crumbled, fresh Feta cheese  on top and chopped up radishes. 

To prepare the dressing, you'll need a tablespoon of olive oil, half a tablespoon of balsamico, 
tablespoon of Dijon mustard, pinch of salt, pepper and oregano. 
Mix up all of the ingredients, "spill" them over the salad and mix up everything together. 
Your salad is ready! :)

*All photos were taken by Natali K. photography 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outfit post - Paradox

Good morning dear readers!
First of all, thank you for all of the nice comments on my
previous post with the edited photos from my latest conceptual
photo shoot. I can't wait to continue with taking tons of photos
in LA, I'm sure that it will be so inspiring to create photo shoots
in a completely different location and climate than what I'm used
to. All of my fine art photographs were always shot in Helsinki
so after 3-4 years of taking photos, it feels very exciting to bring
this change to my "photo-world".

Anyway... On to the outfit. I'm presenting you one of the last outfit
posts from here for a while.
This "situation" was a nice little kick for me because I feel that I've
been more creative with my wintertime outfits and didn't just settle
down for bundled up, total black or black-grey looks.
I won't miss these layered looks for a long time... I'm so ready for
the sunshine and switching my boots for sandals. :)

I'm in the middle of crazy packing and moving process.
My apartment is filled with the boxes and trash bags, so I better
get going and continue with this cleaning and packing because
I have only 2 and half days to finish everything.
Oh boy! Wish me luck dear people! :D

How are you doing? Anybody else moving maybe? :D

I'm wearing: Shoes - Calvin Klein, Jeans - Diesel, Top - Two Songs,
Jacket & vest - Zara, Belt - &otherstories, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff,
Bracelet - COS, Necklace - Diana Broussard

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Dream within a dream

What a great day it is to wake up to? 
Monday never sounded or looked so good like it does 
today and the main reason for that is that I had a photo 
shoot yesterday and I'm very proud of the outcome. 
It's been a while since I did a photo shoot for "myself" and 
since I've been able to express my vision the way I wanted to. 
I've been having a roller-coaster of day-to-day life for the past 
couple of months, so fitting in a fine art photo shoot wasn't that 
high on my list of priorities, but since we're leaving to LA in 
a week, I've made it my goal to have a photo shoot before that. 

Sasha from Paparazzi was the model for the day and she was 
absolutely incredible! Her personality inspired me tremendously 
and right from the moment I met her I knew that she'd be perfect 
for this role. 

It was very cold and windy yesterday and we both froze our 
butts off, but it was SO worth it because we've both left the 
set with a happy faces. :) 

Here're couple of finished/ edited photos and I hope that you 
will like them. If you're interested to know more about my 
photography and see some of the previous works, please 
check out my WEBSITE and there you'll find more links to my 
other social media where you can follow for even more "to date" 
news and such.

I'm now going to take a nice, long shower and hopefully that'll 
help me get rid of the little hungover which I got yesterday after 
a night out with friends. :)

Have a great Monday everybody!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Outfit post - Futuristic

Good morning my dear readers!
I got up this morning feeling more energised than usually
so I'm off to a good start of getting my errands in order and
also cleaning the apartment since the 1st showing to new tenants
is today and I want to leave a good impression on the landlord as
well since he's still holding our "deposit" money that we gave him
a year ago in case that we somehow make big damages in this apartment
so then they would take that money to compensate the "loss".

Having some extra money is always good, esp. now when the Spring
is approaching very quickly and also moving to another country at the
same time with a completely different climate than I'm used to, calls
for lots of new, light clothes... I'm thinking of sandals, florals, bikinis
and similar.
Shops have started to receive S/S collections and I'm loving what I see
on the displays.
Did you spot a piece ( or two ) of something that you just MUST have
this Spring?

I did a nice little shopping in Stockholm and got two precious items
from new Acne collection and can't wait to wear them in LA.
For now, here's another, one of the few, last winterish outfits!
Hope you will like it!

I'm wearing: Shoes - Calvin Klein, Jeans - Tiger of Sweden, Blouse - Samuji,
Cardigan - Zara, Sunnies - River Island, Necklace & ring - HOH1960,
Coat - Burberry, Bag - Celine

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