keskiviikko 28. joulukuuta 2011

This week's theme is 'Be organised and sort out the rest of 2011 things'. Yes indeed. The year is turning to next during the weekend (good God for that!) and on Sunday we all are able to enjoy the first day of 2012.

The last week of 2011

Boxing Day! In Helsinki, this doesn't mean a national Christmas Sale shopping day, it means visiting relatives and friends and wishing them merry Christmas. During the day we had a family lunch at my aunty's and later in the evening I went to one of my best friend's family gathering. Laura and I have known each other for almost 20 years and her family is almost as close as my own. So it does feel nice when you are always considered as a family member even though you are not blood related. So that was my Boxing Day.

Ok this was the national After Christmas Sales shopping day for all -well expect for those working ;). As good troopers do, mum and I woke up early and hit the shops in the early afternoon. It was good to finally get out of the house. However, as I wrote earlier, this year's purpose was not to clear the garment rails, in fact the opposite :) Later that day, I saw my lovely Elli for coffee. Her Tapanintanssit episode the previous night made me laugh so hard, bless <3 After a good chat I hit the gym. Well, gym and aerobics, and it felt fantastic.

S-O-R-T-I-N-G//  O-U-T//  E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G
from a to z (or to ö) also making siskonmakkarakeitto, having the best nap of 2011 and having a walk with Laura.

Two hour work out session in the morning, handing in passport applications to the police station, and making amazing crepes au citron at home

Hairdresser's appointment in the morning, lunch with Elli before sending her off to the airport and back to England, and in the evening working as much as I possibly can.

NYE with friends. Plans include eating out, going out, and definitely not sleeping out, as I was told to bring my pyjamas; apparently quite many hotel rooms have been booked for the night.

Hotel breakfast in the morning. I'm not even ashamed to admit that a hotel breakfast buffet is one aspect I'm always waiting to see when spending a night in a hotel. I think the breakfast tells quite a lot about the hotel. You can have the most beautiful place, the nicest room on earth and the beyond polite and helpful staff making sure your stay is as comfortable as possible, but if the breakfast buffet is not good, the whole experience will flop and make you disappointed. Personally I'm happy as long as you have a lot to choose from the buffet and the food is fresh and tasty. Unfortunately, you really cannot take these things for granted these days. As far as I'm concerned, poor breakfast makes me really think twice whether it is worth to check into that particular hotel a second time or not, because the breakfast buffet disappointment is something that you take home with you. In the afternoon, we are going to a 1st of January 2012 celebration dinner to a family friend's house.

tiistai 27. joulukuuta 2011

After Christmas Sales

As I have been spending like there would be no tomorrow this month anyway, I though to leave the after Christmas Sales alone this year. Well, obviously not completely, but I certainly didn't go crazy.

Estee Lauder- Wild Storm nail polish

The Ril's shirt is for work. The material being silk is not very practical at all as it is a hand wash shirt only. So I need to be extra careful not smutching it with make up, food, dirt, toothpaste, liquids etc. I have another silk shirt which I managed to destroy by ironing on the top of a crease spot. Don't worry, I did use a cloth whilst ironing, but still the freaking crease mark just decided to make its accidental appearance in front of the shirt permanent by staying there. Great. So with my new 'Chelsea' one, I just need to be more careful in case of occasional crease visitors'.

The Guerlain Moisturising Lip Gloss was something I had planned to purchase anyway. I saw a set of 6 Lancome lip gloss mini tubes. Mum kindly guided me through to her favourite cosmetic shelf and enlightened me with the 'Terracotta' range. I took the brightest red I could find, as strong reds suits my hair, skin and lip tone better than cooler hues of blue. The thing with me and lip glosses is a complicated one. I like them, but I don't use them that much. As a makeup artist told me a month ago: "You should put more slap on girl!" Ehrm, no thank you, I'm quite happy with the amount I'm currently using. I mean yes, when you go out, it is nice to put more makeup on and make yourself look super sexy or pretty what ever the aim happens to be. However, I do have to say that personally, I tend to think that less is more. Good base, nice eye brows, good lashes (no extensions or fake lashes people!) and maybe some bronzer or blush to right places. This is what I consider less is more and for me it works, because I make it work.

In fact, a funny story, I had a one hour makeup tutorial with a makeup artist a while ago. I went there to learn how to do a good makeup for work and other professional events. The makeup artist was extremely nice and a fantastic teacher. She had everything sorted and it was pretty easy to learn from her. I liked the way she had done her own eyes and I asked her to teach me to use different eyeliner techniques that would compliment the shapes of my eyes the best. Well... Hmm... Here's the thing, maybe it is my own fault as I have a certain way of drawing eyelines myslef as well as to put makeup on. For having a session with a professional was partly done so that I could break away from my familiar makeup routines whilst getting new ideas ja ways of doing things. And as far as this went, it was very successful. I did learn a few pretty good tricks and I have used them afterwards too. However, the final product or result if you like, wasn't as professional looking as I had hoped it would have been. I think I looked more like ready for a night out than ready to attend a meeting. Also, feedback from friends was not that great either. They thought too that I didn't look like myself and that the colours were too dark for me. And I agreed- unfortunately. That night when I washed my new 'professional' mask off and I looked myself in the mirror I felt prettier without that still a minute ago with a full mask on. And I can tell you, girls seldom think they look pretty without makeup on. This is why I'd like all of you to embrace you beautiful makeup free moments.

With the Estee Lauder nail polish, I bought it as it looked amazing! The pot mesmerised me straight away. Loooooove the design. So thumps up for EL!

lauantai 24. joulukuuta 2011

I guess it is pretty needless to say what these are

Gant scarf
Tommy Hilfiger cable knit cardigan with elbow patches

                    Lancôme Définicils Mascara

Paolo Coelho - Aleph

圣诞快乐!Merry Christmas!

Let's practice a little bit of Chinese shall we. How about Christmas related words? Yes, that's nice and easy.

圣诞快乐 shèngdàn kuàilè - Merry Christmas 
圣诞礼物 shèngdàn lǐwù - Christmas present
圣诞老人 shèngdàn lǎorén -Father Christmas
圣诞树 shèngdànshù -Christmas tree
圣诞晚餐 shèngdàn wǎncān - Christmas dinner
圣诞音乐会shèngdàn yīnyuè huì - Christmas concert

perjantai 23. joulukuuta 2011

Joululeipominen -Christmas baking and other treats

I am mentally prepared to slave away tomorrow in the kitchen. Yes this can only mean that it is the time of the year when we do the last bits of Christmas baking.

Ginger bread -joulupiparit

Danish pastries- appelsiini wienereitä

Christmas stars - joulutorttuja


The following Christmas treat is something what I was planning to do tonight. Not because I would be a great fan of dried fruits and almonds, but because it looks pretty and I was planning to give it away as a  Christmas present :)
Fruitcake -hedelmäkakku
With this one below, we cheated massively, as this year we decided to buy a Pannettone

However, the very light type of Italian custard sabayon creme will be home made. In fact, I found quite a nice recipe from Stockmann Herkku

torstai 22. joulukuuta 2011

One of America's largest organisation, the top business-lobbying group US Chamber of Commerce reveals that its computer system has been penetrated by a group of Chinese hackers. According to The Wall Street Journal's China News information about three million members and around 300 Internet addresses are been left vulnerable after the infiltration. The boldest of the accusers seem to even argue that this group of Chinese hackers is working for the Chinese government.

In addition, Reuters and Bloomberg Businessweek report on their websites that hackers had focused on four employees working on Asia policy steeling six week's worth of their email records that included policy documents, meeting notes, trip reports and schedules.


tiistai 20. joulukuuta 2011

The good, or should I say fantastic, news have arrived. Let the picture speak for itself. Bravo me!


maanantai 19. joulukuuta 2011

Cooking Thai Green Curry whilst Greg James  plays the latest tunes on BBC Radio 1

Avicii - Levels

Tinie Tempah - Till I'm Gone ft. Wiz Khalifa

Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light

Foster The People- Call It What You Want

Also nipped quickly to Zara today and I just couldn't resist this amazing 80s' pair of turquoise blue jeans! Nää on niin törkeät käyskentelyhousut että oli pakko poistua kassan kautta farkut paperikassissa ulos. Whooop! Mielettömät! :D

DJ Fresh ft Sian Evans - Louder

sunnuntai 18. joulukuuta 2011

Ambition to Create Novel Expressions ACNE

I simply love Acne's Acne Paper The Younth Issue n. 12 summer 2011

Thursday's Finacial Times

Picks from this Thursday's FT

Michael Kors is selling 41.7 million shares for $17 and $19

Hermès finalising the creation of a holding company with 50.2 per cent of the share capital to protect the brand from LVMH takeover

Amazon’s $5 discount offer

Zara achieves its highest ever gross margins, regardless of warmer winter weather

lauantai 17. joulukuuta 2011


Hello there lovelies!

Back home and super excited -about freaking everything :) I hope to deliver you all some fantastic news by the beginning of next week.


torstai 15. joulukuuta 2011

lauantai 10. joulukuuta 2011

Chase & Status - 'Time' Feat. Delilah

It is 2.30am and I'm still awake. Right. Also, a day before yesterday, I woke up at 5am in the morning, wide awake and ready for the day. What is the hell is the matter with me? :)

torstai 8. joulukuuta 2011

By the look of this shopping bag, it could be argued that someone has needed some happiness quite badly :)

Brown v-neck jumper

Olive green waxed jacket

Dark blue jeans
Black jeans