I can’t believe it is already October. This year has been such a whirlwind of events and emotions. I got to be in Sochi during Olympics, I finished working on a ship and closed that chapter by moving to another country and getting myself acquainted here in FInland. And even though I have lived here only about 3 months yet this country feels like home. Being away from family and friends is sometimes hard but I am slowly but surely building my communication circle here too. Since I now have a little of spare time I will try writing more often because it feels good to share daily ups and downs and inspiration.
I’ve been out exploring Helsinki and nearby towns a lot in the last month and I snapped a few photographs so here they come…
The roofs of the city and beautiful blooms.
Few weeks ago a close friend came for a visit and we went to explore a nearby town of Porvoo for a day. It is a rather small but charming little town with narrow streets and friendly locals. The first signs of autumn were already showing but it was still very warm and sunny.
It is already so chilly and cold in Estonia and Tallinn is absolutely looking like pictured on a Christmas card. Yesterday was the 1st Advent and so countdown till Christmas has begun. Honestly, I think that this could be my favourite time of year, people are merrier, city lights and decorations are shining and just the whole atmosphere is amazing. And so I started thinking of what I’d like for Christmas for myself and what I’ll be gifting to my dear family and friends. So here goes … what I am dreaming of for Christmas ;)
A cute nude pink makeup case/wash bag by Ted Baker.
An agenda to keep myself current in 2014 by Tory Burch.
Chocolate candies are always a necessity.
An arrangement of JOIK scented candles made locally in Estonia.
Cozy and warm knitted scarf .
A set of glittery nail polishes by Deborah Lippmann.
Gorgeous bag by Kate Spade in macchiato/black would go with almost everything in my closet.
A pair of leather gloves with a print would keep hands warm.
And finally a bottle of my favorite scent – D&G L’IMPERATRICE
Those are my Christmas wishes. What are you wishing for this year?
It is finally all green and sunny here in Estonia and today is the first official day of summer! We will be celebrating midsummer this weekend and I can’t wait to get out of the city, meet up with friends, bbq, sunbath and swim, take long walks on those long and warm summer evenings :)
Happy SUMMER to all!!!
One of my new years resolutions was to try to maintain this place a little more consistently so in order to do that and keep the ideas flowing I will be doing themed posts regularly. Sunday is going to be an inspirational day from now on with a spot on beauty, style, design and food. I hope this will nicely balance it all out and variety is never a bad thing, right?
It is just the middle of winter here in Estonia but I already feel like it is never going to end. And for the most part it was gray, freezing and kind of blah so I feel I am in a need of a serious pick me up. Colors, something bright and bold, I missed that. And I am starting with beauty this time, just take a look at the always beautiful Camilla Belle. She can do no wrong in my book, from dark lipstick to bright red, to dewy almost natural make up, she is all around gorgeous. And I have a serious brow envy to be honest :)
It has been rather chilly (or if I shall stay honest Freezing with a capital F) but no matter that days are getting longer, sun is shining brighter and I can feel a hint of spring somewhere on the horizon. And spring for me calls for wardrobe renewal. Well I personally believe that you may have a few basic high-quality clothing items but a lot of accessories which can totally make over your look. I personally tend to favor pieces that make a statement – earrings (most of the time actually) or necklaces, sometimes a beautiful headband. So here come my picks from a wonderful online shop Pree Brulee (and just in case, no it is not sponsored, I just love their selection).
It has been a little too hectic and a little too tough this autumn so keeping myself sane was not an easy task but in a moment when everything felt just off I stumbled upon this beautiful poem and it helped. This is what I am reading again next time I am worried and anxious.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!