A rainbow of gems

When I visited the Munich Residence, I also visited the treasury out of pure curiosity. There was all kinds of artifacts, from jewellery to sculptures. Being a lover of gemstones however, it was the crowns and jewellery with colourful stones that caught my eye rather than the ones with perfect cut diamonds. It was a reminder that there truly is a wide range of coloured gemstones in nature and I started thinking that I have to design jewellery at some point in my life.

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YouTube faves right now – Part 2

Cecile Emeke If you haven't watched Cecile's Strolling series, go watch it now! I think she's done it in like 6 different countries. I remember watching them a few years ago and being so moved by these stories. I could relate to so many of them and it also gave me a lot to think about my own identity in the African diaspora. And for all my feminist out there you have to watch this poem! Jenny Mustard I'm not a minimalist like Jenny but I find her aesthetic quite soothing. Rachel Ama My new favourite vegan food channel. She's got me craving plantain! Dyland Magastar I don't have a driving license and I have no plans on getting one yet I'm obsessed with watching these van life stories.

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The True Cost

As fashion revolution week draws to an end I would like to remind you of this great documentary from a few years ago that I think everyone should watch, The True Cost. It shows the devastating truth behind fast fashion. I recently watched it in a Sustainable Fashion class and now I'm trying to figure out what I can do to change this industry. The documentary is quite heavy so  I suggest that you watch it with someone so you can discuss it afterwards. I want to write more about sustainable fashion and what we can do as consumers (and designers) to change the industry. Sustainability is an incredibly complex subject and I'm definitely no expert but I'm trying to live by the motto "When you know better, do better" and I'm hoping that by sharing what I've learned so far can help you make more sustainable purchases. I'll be putting whatever I write on the subject under a new category, Understanding Sustainable Fashion. You can still take part in Fashion Revolution week, see the links below. More about the documentary https://truecostmovie.com/ Fashion Revolution https://www.fashionrevolution.org/

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The fairytale castle on the hill

When our professor told us about the Ispo fair, I was pretty sure I was not going to be able to afford the trip to Munich. I wasn't that interested in a sportswear fair but on the other hand I desperately needed a change of scenery. Out of pure curiosity I started looking into Munich and the touristy things I could do in the city and its surroundings. I think once I saw the pictures of Neuschwanstein, I knew I had to find a way to make this trip happen. I was going back and forth for a while whether to go to the castle by myself or try to find an affordable guided tour. I found this great step by step guide on how to get there but I was still a bit hesitant. In the end my budget made the decision for me and I simply had to get over the fear of taking the wrong train and getting lost somewhere in Bavaria. In reality it wasn't so complicated, I reserved my ticket a week before my trip and two days before my castle visit, I went to the train station and with a brochure and literally said…

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Big Magic

As someone who usually describes herself as a slow reader, I'm really glad I've picked up a reading habit again. I've decided to stop beating myself down for being the person who never knows who's written the latest it thriller and can only list Jane Austen, when asked about my favourite author (so far the only author that I've read more than one book). I've discovered that I like reading about people figuring stuff out with a lot of honesty and humour. I really loved Shonda Rhimes' book Year of Yes and I've just finished another great one, Big Magic - Creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book gave me a lot to think about and I think I need to buy it (I usually borrow my books from the city library) so I can go back to certain chapters when that crippling self doubt starts bubbling up. Writing book reports was never something I excelled at  but here are a few things that I thought were great about this book. Firstly I love the way it's written, it feels like you're talking to a really good friend and she's sharing stories and lessons learned over the years.…

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I should change my mind more often

Up until last winter I only wore skirts and dresses during the summer. I used to joke that my pants are not going anywhere until it's at least 20 degrees celsius. It probably stems from all those new year's celebrations in my youth where i was often freezing my ass off. Even though I now live in Southern Finland where it's not as cold as in Ostrobothnia and the winters in general seem to be getting warmer (ehum, climate change!), that no skirts in winter rule stayed with me. That is until I was confronted with the fact that I was down to three decent pairs of pants I could wear to work and two of them were on the worn and kind of torn side. I didn't have any money to invest in proper pair of jeans (you know, the well-fitting-thick-denim-fairly-produced kind of jeans) and I rarely find pants second hand, no matter how many pairs I try on. So I was left with the option to forget my "rule" and give winter skirts a go! I bought a purple knitted one and then a blue pencil skirt, two skirt types I had sworn to stay away from because…

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Hello Munich

In January I visited Munich for a few days. Despite getting a migraine the day before the trip and having to get up at 3AM it was nice to take a break from the hectic school life and get to wander around a new city. I was mainly there for the Ispo fair but I have to admit it was all the Bavarian castles that got me to book the trip in the first place. The fair was really overwhelming so I spent most of my time wandering around the city and in historical buildings. I even made to the most visited castle in Europe (probably in the world) but more on that later. If you've been here before you know I have a thing for museums, even when they're considered to be  huge tourist traps. I really enjoyed walking through the Munich Residence, talking a gazillion pictures of all the chandeliers ( I think I've always liked them but the Hermitage took it to a new level) and silly mirror selfies (when you're travelling alone and don't have a selfie stick). Another favourite was the Nymphenburg Palace. Even though it was grey and chilly, it was nice to walk…

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Knitted updates

I'm trying to post more often than I have in the past few months. That means also updating my WORKS page. The reason for the scarce posts recently is simply school, school, school! The amount of school work hasn't decreased, I just decided that I need to squeeze in some time for my little space here on the interwebs in my hectic schedule. These are some of the samples from a knitting course I took before the holidays. It was a short and very hectic course but I learned a lot.  

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Green and Peculiar

I was going to call this post green goblin and then I remembered that he's a villain and that stopped in my tracks. Interesting how there's many "green" superheroes though. Green Lantern, Green Arrow and not to forget The Hulk! Enough about superheroes and my weird ideas for blog titles. I found this odd green coat a while back at second hand store when I was actually looking for skirts. I call it odd because the fabric is basically as thin as a shirt fabric yet it has a hood, buttons and pockets like any other coat. It was again one of those garments that was somehow just a bit off that I just had to try it on. Since it's a garment that was made in Finland the original price was around 35€ but I think I got it for 10€. Now, who doesn't love a bargain? Weeks later I found the turquoise fabric I got at a clothing swap at school and got the idea for this almost tone on tone photoshoot. The only problem? It was constantly dark outside and fabric was not really big enough to cover the background. I kept postponing the shoot until one…

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Lichen me like

In the past few years, my new year's resolution has simply been "get shit done!". I've said it to myself as a reminder to not wait around for things to happen but to actively go after and do the things I want whether life altering big or everyday small. One thing I need to get "done" more this year is get outdoors more often. In the past I would have said it's in my nature to be a homebody but now I wonder if it's more of a habit than a trait. Either way I need to be outdoors more because it's simply good for me. I always feel better after a long walk or a trip to park or forest. These pictures were taken last November when I accompanied a classmate on a lichen gathering trip in Nuuksio National Park. She was working on a really interesting textile project about plant based dyeing. The weather was horrible but it really didn't matter. It was calming to be outdoors and yet another reminder of marvellous mother nature and the endless magnificent things you can find in the forest, like a variety of lichen and other growing things.

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2018 – The year of Gratitude

I was at first thinking about doing a regular recap of the past year and maybe even mention my new year's resolutions but I felt I wanted to do things a bit different this time. I need to embrace more change in my life so why not start with my blog posts? Instead I want to say what I'll be focusing on in 2018, gratitude. I know it might sound a little bit cheesy but I've noticed how much my perspective on things changes when I remind myself of all the things I'm grateful for. Looking at things differently is key to changing one's mindset. 2017 was an exciting and scary year full of changes. I maybe didn't get to travel as much as I would have wanted and some periods of the year were very stressful but looking back I'm reminded how incredibly fortunate I am. Cultivating gratitude is not always easy. There are so many injustices in the world that just make me so angry! I easily get lost in bad thought cycles when I'm stressed and fall deep in the rabbit hole of self doubt. But I think it's exactly in those moments I need to remember…

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