Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo shoot: Nelli

Good evening my dear readers,
I'm back with a new post today and I'd like to share edited
photos from my latest photo shoot.
I wanted to shoot fashion/ editorial/ beauty photos and thanks
to my husband, Krista the make up artist and beautiful Nelli
from Paparazzi model agency, I think that I have delivered the
kind of photos I was hoping for.

What do you think of these photos?

On the other side note, I'd like to express my gratitude for all of
you following me throughout this long, but hopefully entertaining
enough Blogtober. Tomorrow is the last day and I'd like to let you
know that I have enjoyed so much posting every single day, that it
never, not even for a moment felt like some kind of obligation or such...
I'd like to say that I'll continue posting with the same tempo throughout
November too, but don't take me for my word, since there might be
day or two when I'll skip a post, just to be able to give some certain
posts more attention than they would get if they would be replaced
with the new post already inside 24 hours.

That's all, have a great rest of this evening and check in back tomorrow
for my Halloween post! :)

P.S. For more of my works check my official website or my FaceBook page .

Camel coat

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                                                                                                   sneakers: adidas,
                                                                                                   leggings: zara,
                                                                                                   t-shirt: h&m,
                                                                                                   coat: zara,
                                                                                                   bag: koton,
                                                                                                   sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                                   watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                   ph. Maja

 Throw a blanket, pick your favorite fall sneakers and you are ready to go! ;)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Outfit post - Chanel boots

Hello Wednesday and hello everybody!
This day started off very nice since the first thing
I saw after opening my bedroom's blinders were
sun rays! When the weather gets cold, esp. when the
Winter starts to approach, sun is such a rare thing in Helsinki.

I've done some photo editing right away after having my
breakfast and then I went to meet a friend for coffee and
did some grocery shopping.
Pretty easy going day so far and I like it... :)

Right now I'm in the middle of cleaning my flat and slowly
preparing it for the upcoming Halloween party this Saturday.
Are you into Halloween? How important day it is in your country?
I was never into it and never found the reason to "celebrate" it, but
since my daughter got so much into it and wanted so much to have
a proper Halloween party, I've decided to give it a go and experience
it for the first time ever! Can you believe that? :D

Anyway, back to my outfit, I finally wore my new boots which
I got at Chanel retailer in Helsinki, store called Della Marga.
They're just so perfect and it was love at first sight when I saw
them at the store.
I like them so much that I wanna wear them every single day :)

Have a great day dear girls, much love to each and every one of you!

I'm wearing: Boots - Chanel, Bag - Celine, Scarf - Kenzo, Jeans - Diesel,
Coat - Isabel Marant for H&M, Blouse - JCrew, Sweater - Burberry,
Earrings - Tory Burch

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gourmet moment: Pumpkin soup

Good evening dear readers!
First of all - THANK YOU!!! so much for all of your
amazing comments on my last post. I'm overwhelmed
with such a positive response that I can't wait to show you
my new photos from the photo shoot which I had this morning.
I've been working on editing them, so that's why today's post is
coming bit late, but better late than never! :)
Can you believe that there're only 3 days left of this massive
Blogtober month!? It's been so much fun from my side, I hope
that you've enjoyed it as well!

One of favourite things every Fall, except layers, cozy evenings
with scented candles and long walks in parks with tons of leaves
on the ground, are -> PUMPKINS!
I'm a junkie for pumpkin soups and I even turned my husband into
a huge pumpkin lover ( he used to hate it ).
Here's a recipe for a very simple, but super comforting and perfect
pumpkin soup! Enjoy!

What you'll need:

*1 medium hokkaido or butternut squash pumpkin
*veggie stock ( or chicken stock )
*coconut oil
*2 banana shallots
*2 cloves of garlic
*ginger ( fresh or ground )
*cooking cream

First, wash your pumpkin and then slice it in half. Take away
all the seeds and some extra pumpkin "meat" that comes off
with them.
Then dice your pumpkin into small cubes and set aside.
In a smaller pot, heat up the veggie stock ( about 1L/ 4 cups ) and
when it starts to boil take it away from the stove.
Then, warm up a bit bigger pot a little on the stove and add some
coconut oil ( measurement according to your preferences ).
Add chopped up banana shallots and garlic, stir. In a minute add
the pumpkin and stir some more, then add the veggie stock and lower
the temperature a little bit.
Let it simmer for 10 minutes and then add teaspoon of cumin and half
a teaspoon of ginger.
Let it simmer for another 10 minutes and then add 2 pinches of salt.
After another 10 minutes, take away your soup from the stove, blend
everything with an immersion blender and return to the stove.
Add 150-200 dl (2/3 - 3/4 cup) of cooking cream, stir for a minute and
take away your soup from the stove. Let it "sit" a little bit before serving it.
Serve with some rye bread croutons or bread sticks on the top.

Belted coat

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                                                                                               boots: isabel marant pour h&m,
                                                                                               jeans: mango,
                                                                                               shirt: mango,
                                                                                               coat: zara,
                                                                                               bag: michael kors,
                                                                                               bracelet: h&m,
                                                                                               watch: michael kors,
                                                                                               ph. Masa

Belted coat, skinny jeans and suede flat boots. Simple as that!
Hope you will like it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Photo shoot: Sofia

Good Monday everybody!
I woke up to a dark and rainy Monday today and even
though it was hard to want to get up from the bed and
start my day, I had to do a ton of stuff very quickly as
I have a toddler that goes early to kindergarten and I was
meeting a friend/ business associate, so the morning was
quite hectic.

One of the things I've been doing yesterday and today was
editing photos from the photo shoot which I had last Saturday
with a gorgeous girl named Sofia. She's also a blogger so
do check out her blog on THE OOTD DIARY .
Themes of this photo shoot were an "Autumn Fairy" and "Dreamer".
The photo shoot location was in a gorgeous park in the city centre
which had just the right, magic touch that I have hoped to capture
in my photos.

More photos and behind the scenes photos you will be able to find
soon on my photography's FaceBook page -> HERE!

Let me know how you like these photos :)

Have a great day!

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                                                                                                 shoes: zara,
                                                                                                 jeans: zara,
                                                                                                 shirt: mango,
                                                                                                 bracelets and ring: lovely,
                                                                                                 watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                 ph. Olja

After short but sweet trip to Frankfurt (post will be online during the week), I'm back to my blog again! :)
These photos were made couple days ago and I was wearing crispy white shirt, black ripped jeans and high heels. Simple as that!
Now I'm off to reply to all of your questions/comments and emails!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Pinterest

Good afternoon dear people!
How's your Sunday? I've been yesterday out after
a long time and it was so nice as it was a special kind
of party going on for a very special person that had no
clue she had a party and 100 people waiting to surprise
This morning I woke up feeling bit messed up as the clocks
have changed in Europe to one hour backwards.
I never understood the whole thing around switching clocks
from Winter to Summer and vice versa.
I think that Russians did it well by keeping one and the same
time throughout the whole year.

Anyhow, I wanted to share my Pinterest PROFILE with you!
I've created it quite some time ago, but haven't been using it very
often, but now I've decided to bring that little inspiring "thing" in
my everyday life, so make sure to follow me as I promise you to
pin the best of best when it comes to pins such as: favourite recipes,
favorite places, dream home, books worth reading, my style, home
decor, etc.

Here's one pin that totally comes in handy for this time of the year
as Halloween is approaching and actually happening next week.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday quote

Good evening dear readers!
Just a really quick post today, I've been the whole day
on the run. There's one quote which caught my eye today
and I feel like sharing it with you.
It's by one of my favourite authors, Doreen Virtue and
I can highly recommend you her books, pretty much all of them!

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Outfit post - Layers

Oh yes, it's cold outside and I have already started
a hunt for Winter clothes and accessories, such as hats,
gloves and scarf. I'm this kind of person which NEEDS
to stay warm, otherwise I get extra cranky and I can not
function properly.

I've been running around like crazy ever since landing from
Croatia, yesterday afternoon.
I have a photo shoot scheduled for tomorrow and there're all
sorts of props that I've needed to get as well as clothes/ jewellery.
It's so exciting to finally do a photo shoot, esp. after I had to postpone
my course at NYFA to next year.

I'll inform you more with the details about and from the photo shoot
in one of my weekend's posts but for now, enjoy my simple, casual
outfit which I wore this morning.

Stay safe and remember to check back here tomorrow for a new post! :)

I'm wearing: Boots -Frye, Jeans - Diesel, Coat - Max Mara, Bag - Givenchy,
Blouse - Mango, Sweater - COS, Scarf - Burberry, Ring - Deni design,
Earrings - House of Harlow 1960, Bracelet - Balenciaga

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

October outfit ideas

Good evening dear people!!
I'm back home in Helsinki and am back with a new post.
This time, I'll be short with my ramblings as I'm SO tired
and I need to catch up on sleep. Flying is exhausting, but
nothing stops me from being loyal to my Blogtober quest! :)
Can you believe that in 8 days it will be end of this month?
Crazy how the time flies!

I've created three different outfit ideas for you on what to
wear right now ( of course it varies from the countries / places
in the world you live in, but you get the point ;) ).
I hope that you will find this post helpful and inspiring!

*H&M blouse/ Frame denim jeans/ Noc + Zoe cardigan,
Rupert Sanderson boots/ Rag&Bone hat/ Jerome Dreyfus satchel,
Tory Burch rings/ Karl Lagerfeld bracelet

*Orla Kiely pants/ Mango sweater/ Minna Parikka shoes,
JCrew coat/ Chanel bag/ Atmos&Here necklace/ Michael Kors ring,
Barbour scarf

*MSGM skirt/ Pretty Polly tights/ Dorothy Perkins socks,
Alexander Wang shoes/ Chicwish sweater/ Stella McCartney blouse,
Mulberry backpack/ Pamela Love ring & earrings/ Kate Spade scarf

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Travel diary: Day 8

Aaaaaand today was the last day of my trip in
Croatia. It's always a bittersweet moment, but home,
work and "daily life" are calling, so I'm flying out tomorrow.
I've made sure that I maximise every day during this trip, so
I'm leaving back home with a heart full of love and joy, as I've
done everything to make people around me happy, I've spent
time with my family,  I've met some dear friends, I've bought
bread to those who don't have for it, I've signed petition for a
good cause, I've enjoyed every single little thing and have realised
yet once again that this quote "It's not important how many years
there's in our lives, but how much life there's in our years" is SO
true! You can go on every single day without doing or experiencing
anything special or you can live every single day as if it would be
your last day.

I leave you with a few more photos and am returning back tomorrow
witha new post, so don't forget to check in! :)

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Beauty routine

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Here's a little update on my beauty routine (old post here) and everything that I discovered in last couple of months.
This post could be easily titled as "french pharmacy skincare products" but I will use that name later on the blog when I complete my collection!
You've been asking me a lot about my facial routine and that's the main reason why I decided to create a totally new post cause I changed almost everything about it.
When I discover Lisa Eldridge and her videos, I've became almost obsessed with her rituals and skin look, cause she looks gorgeous. So, I started to watch her videos, absorb every single word and using her advices.
What I've learn so far is that the most important things are:
- cleansing
- facial massage and
- SPF if you want to make your skin glow and prevent from aging without using too many anti aging products or night creme.
She convinced me with her own example and that's why I became hooked on her videos and skincare philosophy and if you check even one, you will see why!
These are the products that are currently working for me and I'm still testing and combining them cause I want to find that perfect match!

Bioderma Crealine or Sensibio H20
This is the Rolls Royce of make up removers and you will find it in every make up kit of famous artists. It's perfume-free and the lightweight, non-greasy texture means you don’t really need to cleanse afterward.
Would I buy it again: yes, yes and yes! Already start stocking up on this cause it's the best thing I have ever tried!

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution
Non-irritating micellar solution perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
Would I buy it again: not so sure! I bought this in 1+1 package, and I wanted to try it cause the price was more than good for two bottles, but it's not even close to Bioderma's Sensibio H20. It wipes off make up, but it can't remove mascara so good. The only plus is that is better than similar products from drugstore (for example like Garnier)

Avène extremely gentle cleanser lotion
Gentle no-rinse cleanser formulated with minimal ingredients for maximum tolerance.
Would I buy it again: no! My intention with this cleanser was to use it right after the Bioderma micellar solution and to do a little facial massage with it. It's not suitable for that, but that's my mistake, I should pick some facial oil or balsam. Also it has strange smell despite the fact that is fragrance free! this is an extremely gentle cleanser and I would definitely recommend for those who are having extremely sensitive or irritated skin but it didn't match with my taste.

Avène Thermal Water
French women prefer not to wash their face with water, as they believe the calcite in the tap water is bad for  their skin. I can't get used to this fact yet, but I'm using it as a mist to refresh or to wipe off any excess cleanser.
Would I buy it again: yes, cause it's really refreshing!
Bioderma Sébium purifying cleansing foaming gel
Formulated with non-irritant substances, Sébium Foaming gel cleanses gently.
Would I buy it again: maybe! There are so many cleansing gels and I would love to try something else cause I believe that I can provide better feeling on your skin. I would describe this one as boring.

La Roche-Posay purifying foaming gel for oily sensitive skin
Effaclar Gel gently purifies the skin thanks to cleansing agents selected to respect sensitive skin.
Would I buy it again: maybe! I bought this one in package with Effeclar duo for a reasonable price and I wanted to test it. I've tried it only a two times until now so I will update you about this product set.

Avène gentle purifying scrub
It has been specially formulated to cleanse sensitive skin in depth by gently eliminating all impurities.
Would I buy it again: yes! I love this product! Before this one I was using two from The Body shop (Vitamin E scrub and Seaweed scrub, both are great) and I think it's on top of my list currently!

Avène soothing moisture mask
A hydrating face mask for sensitive skin that hydrates, restores the protective barrier of the skin, and minimizes redness.
Would I buy it again: yes! This gentle mask stays moist the entire time while it's on the skin and I really love the feeling after (you can remove it after 10 minutes or leave the skin to absorb). Skin is extremely soft without uncomfortable post-mask tightness!

La Roche-Posay Effeclar duo, corrective unclogging care anti-imperfections 
It is one of the major bestsellers of the brand, product that combines ingredients to act on the skin with imperfections.
Would I buy it again: maybe! I bought this one in package with Effeclar gel for a reasonable price and I wanted to test it. I've tried it only a two times until now so I will update you about this product set when I finish with other cream.

Bioderma Sébium Intensive care 
Speeds up the elimination of spots and blackheads and prevents them reappearing.
Would I buy it again: maybe! It has lightweight texture and it absorbs into the skin almost immediately without leaving any white residue or feeling greasy. But I'm not sure if it helps my skin or not. I'm still having a breakouts. It will remain a mystery!

Avène Light hydrating cream SPF20
 A hydrating moisturizer to protect the skin from daily aggressions and help prevent skin ageing caused by the sun.
Would I buy it again: yes! I use it before the foundation. The scent is so gentle and the texture is light which absorbs into the skin immediately leaving my skin feeling hydrated and soft all day. But I get an oily t zone as the day goes on.

Bioderma Cicabio soothing repairing cream
Protect and soothe damaged skin.
Would I buy it again:  maybe! Sometimes I use it on spots or breakouts, it also helped me with irritated skin. I saw that Avène and La Roche-Posay have similar product so I would try them too.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye contour gel
It instantly soothes feelings of discomfort and irritation.
Would I buy it again: no! I like the feeling on my skin, but it doesn't do anything or I haven't noticed.

Bi-Oil PurCellin Oil
Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin.
Would I buy it again: yes! I'm using it under my eyes to hydrate my skin and prevent wrinkles. I think I will purchase bigger package next time and try it with my stretch marks too!

Eucerin Lip Aktiv
The caring lipstick cares and protects rough, cracked lips fast
Would I buy it again: yes! This is one of my favorite lip products that can help me in a day! I'm more than lazy when it comes to lip care so my lips are often dry and this is my instant solution!

And that's pretty much it for now! :)
I would love to hear more about your beauty routine, any secret, tips&tricks of if you have any question about these products I'm here!

p.s.- none of these products were sent to me by brands I purchase them in last couple of months
      - if they did I would be glad to mention that, cause it wouldn't affect my opinion about the product in any way

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Travel diary: Days 6 and 7

Hello my dear readers!
It's late at night and I'm slowly turning into a night
owl, since I always post so late nowadays. Gotta change
that as I am actually a morning person and my brain functions
the best in the morning, not having to mention that I love to
do all of my daily tasks/ errands right away in the morning...

Anyhow, back to this post, I've had two really lovely days,
spent outdoors, at market square and with my family.
I'm very happy that the weather has been so good to me that
I didn't needed much clothes on and could enjoy the warmth
of sun rays in the middle of October.

I've been also taking long and lots of walks all over the city
and here're some photos of hidden gems of Sibenik city, which
is also a place where new season of Game of Thrones has been
filmed. Definitely a jewel on the Adriatic sea coast :)

I also gotta admit that I always have the best pizza when I'm
in Sibenik. I just LOOOOVE the way they make them here
with all of the fresh ingredients and in the real stone oven.
Mmmmm, yum! So, all of you foodies out there, take a note
in case that you're planning to visit Croatia next Spring/ Summer.

Here are the photos: