Ceremonial Blooms

When I visited the Alppiruusupuisto last summer, I vowed to visit the park earlier this year so I could see all the flowers in full bloom. So when the images from the park started showing up in my insta feed I got on a bus towards Haaga. Is it kinda lame? Maybe. But you guys should know by now that if there's a concentration of colourful flowers in one place, I must go there. I remember this day quite clearly. I had just handed in a school assignment that had been the cause for several sleepless nights (great course but I hate writing essays!), it was the first of June and weather was perfect so seeing all these flowers almost felt like a ceremonial start of the summer season.

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The internet brought me here

I've lived in Helsinki for almost 7 years now  and as much as I try to explore different parts of the city, there's still a lot of gardens, islands and museums I haven't visited. Every once in a while, I'll see a place in social media and I'll be like, why didn't I know about this? That's how images in my insta feed led me to Alppiruusupuisto in Haaga one sunny Sunday afternoon. I felt a bit silly for being such a social media slave but I can't turn down an opportunity to see a concentration of blooms in one place. Once there I learned that the flowers in question were rhododendrons and azaleas. Rhododendrons are having a bit of a moment if I may say so (or it's because I've just learned of their existence). I think I saw them in the botanical garden in Lund and they were discussed a bit during the midsummer celebrations. It didn't take long after I arrived in the park to realise that I was too late. Most of the flowers had faded and fallen off. I walked through the park anyway and found a couple of spots where some were still blooming and…

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Under the cherry tree

What do you do when you'd like to be in Japan during the cherry blossom season but can't afford to go? You get on a buss and head to Kirsikkapuisto in Roihuvuori to get a very much needed cherry blossom dose. Believe it or not but I only found out about this wonderful place last year. This time I wanted to visit the park during the very popular Hanami festivities. I could have sat under the cherry trees all afternoon but my brother had a train to catch and the amount of people in the park kind of made me a bit nervous. Even though it was only it was for a a little while, I'm gland I went. There's something magical about sitting under a blooming cherry tree on a warm summer day! The park was really packed! There were people of all ages having picnics or trying to get get close up images of the flowers like me. My poor brother was tasked with taking pictures of me. Even when the posing is voluntary I can't seem to relax in front of the camera. I honestly can't explain that frown! I was in a good mood and so was my spontaneous photographer. The second attempt resulted in…

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Tourist at home

I had a friend visiting from London during Easter so we did some sightseeing around Helsinki. The good thing with playing a tourist where you live is that you get to see parts of the city you rarely visit otherwise. Like when we entered the Helsinki Cathedral and I realised that I had never been inside it before. I need to make this local touristing a regular thing. Helsinki might be a small capital city but it has a lot to offer.

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One dream of mine is to one day be in Japan during the cherry blossom season. There's just something magical about flower covered trees as far as the eye can see. While parks with cherry trees can be found in other countries, even in northern places like Stockholm, I was surprised to hear we had our own here in Helsinki. The Roihuvuori Kirsikkapuisto is quit small but pretty non the less. We went there on a Wednesday after work out of pure curiosity. There were plenty of people relaxing under the trees, walking their dogs or taking photos. I didn't stay long but I snapped a few pictures and was again reminded how much I love flowers (even though I can't grow them). Part of my dream is coming true this week as I'm heading to Tokyo for some much needed vacation. I might have missed the Sakura season this time but I'm super excited to step out of my comfort zone and travel to a new continent and discover the fascinating city that is Tokyo. You can follow journey on Instagram, I'll be posting as often as I can. Adventure here I come!

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I was recently invited to a blog event at Tikau, where I got to meet other Swedish speaking bloggers. It was nice to talk to other bloggers about blogging, I haven't done that before. The evening was also a great opportunity for me to practice my mingling skills and learn about the company. The Tikau store sells ethically manufactured products from different brands like  Hyvä Teko and Mifuko as well as Tikau's own products. The brands have been carefully selected, the design is just as important as the sustainability. The Tikau products are manufactured by artisans in rural India using sustainable and locally sourced materials. I really admire Taina Snellman, the founder of Tikau for her drive and patience. With production being done by families instead of a single factory, the logistics can be quit challenging. But she believes that employment is the best way to help and I couldn't agree more!So if you're looking for items for your home or a gift for someone, go check out the store!Below is a chronicle of the evening in pictures. Thanks again to Nora for inviting me! Our hosts, Nora and Johanna. An example of the impressive craftsmanship. This felted piece is…

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Let’s get cultural

Next week sees the second Season Film Festival take place. The great thing about this festival is that it emphasises female voices, something that is definitely needed in the film industry. Happening at the same time and in collaboration with SFF is the Fashion Film Festival, a must for anyone interested in fashion and film. Last year I saw the wonderful Diana Vreeland documentary so this year I might watch the one about another iconic Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld. Then there's the film Lake Bell directed, Hayao Miyazaki films and the documentary Nana Benz. How on earth will I choose? Well, one thing I'll definitely not miss is the collection of short films that will be shown on Sunday. The ones I saw last year were fascinating and changed the way I see short films. The festivals take place 27-30th of March and tickets are already on sale.  

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Think Pink

A week back I went on a gallery tour with a few friends. It's one of those things we all agree is fun but we always struggle to find time for it. A sudden sushi craving cut our tour short so we only visited a few galleries. While the art in the galleries varied, the spaces were quit similar. The norm is blank white spaces with a person sitting behind a large computer screen, but not at Lokal. This place surprised us with it's unusually cosy and homelike feel. Lokal is a concept store where art and design meets crafts, and there's cofee and cake as well! 72% Art 28% Coffee is the motto. The Exhibitions change every month and we were lucky to catch a glimpse of the Pink exhibition. As I write this a new exhibition is being build. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were…

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