Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Golden Hour

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sexy Back

Shirt Asos, Leather pants H&M, Bag Mulberry, Shoes Schuh, Leather jacket Zara

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Home Is Where Your Idiots Are

Honestly, is there a better feeling in the world than coming home?

I decided to take a few days off from the London-craziness to spend some well-deserved quality time with my family and friends in Finland during Easter. I absolutely lovelovelove having friends all around the world, and all around Finland as well. I feel like I have several homes in different parts of the world thanks to people I love; my home is where my idiots (=friends) are.

I landed in Finland on Wednesday, and stayed the first night with Katri in Tampere. We'd planned to have a little girls' night out with her, Kaisa, and one of their friends from school. Our plan of action for the night was to start off with some pre-drinks and loads of Finnish goodies at Katri's place, and then to explore Tampere's night, as I've never gone out in Tampere and hardly know the city. Girls' night outs are one of the best things in the world as literally anything could happen, like Ellie Goulding once (or twice) said. We ended up playing drinking games in the bar, which naturally meant that Katri had to do some casual somersaults across the bar floor, I did a split on a bar table, and one of the guys, who was given the priviledge to join our little game, had to do push ups on the same table, while another guy licked 3 random girls' faces. Needless to say it was obviously a massive night - one that I'll remember to reminisce during the toast I'll give at Katri's wedding next summer ;)

And of course when you put 4 tipsy girls in a room together with a camera, there's going to be photographic evidence...

Jeans Gina Tricot, Top Zara, Leather jacket Zara, Bag Mulberry, Shoes Schuh

I only brought a pair of jeans and a few tops with me to Finland so the outfit is a bit on the boring side - this is my go-to uniform when I'm having the "I have no clothes" -episode that every girl is familiar with, and when I just want to feel comfortable.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Shereni & Shentel

In my opinion one of the best aspects of travelling is the opportunity to experience new cultures, and for me fashion forms a large part of that culture. Discovering new local brands & designers is therefore a very exciting hunt for me. My very favourite purchase from Malaysia was this beautiful crown headband from a brand called Shereni & Shentel. I’d never even heard of them before, but walking by their boutique I was forced (by a higher power, completely lost the control of my legs) to stop and have a closer look at their designs. I would have wanted to buy everything but in the end ended up "only" with this gorgeous yellow Teardrop Tiara, since it was the thing that first caught my eye. As far as my shopper's personality goes, I’m one of those people who might not be able to explain exactly what they are searching for or might not even know at all, but I instantly know if I like something on a first glance...and then I develop a serious obsession towards it. That’s why window shopping in London can be such a dangerous pass-time.

Like I said, I’d never heard of Shereni & Shentel before Malaysia but their lovely staff explained a little about the brand to me; how each headband is handmade with great attention to detail, and how for example Eva Longoria is a big fan. The brand was founded in 2009 by best friends Sereni Linggi and Shentel Lee, and in just a few years they've turned the brand to a success. I had a brief moment of crazy for hoarding headbands way back when Blair Waldorf first appeared on Gossip Girl and made headbands a serious fashion thing, and thought to myself these headbands would definitely be something Blair Waldorf would want to wear, and it turned out Shereni & Shentel headbands have in fact been featured on the series, and they've even created a namesake headband inspired by the it-girl! I've got nothing but pure love for this design duo, I'm completely in love with my headband - such an eye-catching piece that adds that little extra something to any outfit.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Monkey Business at Batu Caves

Okay so I realise it’s been a month since I last posted anything, and this was the thing I was afraid of when I was contemplating on whether to start this blog or not...It’s just been suuuuch a crazy-ass-busy-but-so-much-fun-at-the-same-time kinda month. As said in the previous post a month ago, my parents visited me in London for a few days, after which I had about 3 days to finish 2 assignments for uni that I’d hardly even started (my own fault for not starting earlier, yes I know) before I left for a 2 week vacation in Malaysia, and then after I got back from literally the other side of the world, I had a massive presentation to finish for uni again, all whilst trying to battle a horrid jet lag and keeping up at work at the same time. And now that I've got only about 2 months left at uni before graduation, I'm swamped with work on my dissertation and reading for finals, so yay to the yay and so forth. This is pretty much the first time I’ve actually had a chance to give any thought to keeping this blog alive in a long while, but I promise I’ll be try be good from now on.

It had been such a long time since I’d actually taken a “proper” holiday, since in the past 2-3 years I’ve lived in London I’ve always travelled to Finland to see my family and friends whenever I had any sort of break from uni, so actually travelling outside the route between London and Finland felt a bit surreal to be honest. I’m not going to write a full description about the 2 weeks (because let’s be honest – who cares), all I’ll say is that it was my first time visiting Asia and fell completely in love. I was kind of, well, a lot, worried about the tropical temperatures since I’m more used to living in cold climates, and I was really surprised at how easily my body actually got used to the climate! Strotting down the concrete jungle of London makes me miss sweating like a sugarholic in a cake shop. Wearing make-up seemed less and less attractive and necessary as the days went on and by the end of it, me and my friends were starting to turn into regular hippies. We are all more or less city girls, but if this change happened in a matter of days, I wonder what a few more weeks travelling around would have done to us, he he. I’ve had a secret burning desire to go travel around Asia for years now, and this 2 week trip only enhanced that urge; we met some amazing people during the trip, saw some wonderful places, and that was only in Malaysia.

One of the best places I saw while in Kuala Lumpur was the Batu Caves. Built inside a limestone hill, the cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and an important focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. I found the caves really beautiful obviously, but to be completely honest, the best part was observing the monkeys that live within the caves. I could have spent hours filming them, the stairs would also make a kick-ass place for running practise!

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