YouTube faves right now

Up until recently YouTube was the place where I watched music videos, stand up clips and movies trailers. I thought all the YouTube stars I was hearing about were teenagers creating entertaining content for other teenagers. Then one by one I started finding (mostly by accident or probably sophisticated algorithms) these awesome channels with great content. I found myself spending Saturday mornings watching several videos by one person. So I thought I'd share a few channels I've found really inspiring, entertaining or both. Lavendaire Sometimes when people are giving life advice they can come across as smug and just annoying but when Aileen says the same things it sounds much friendlier and actually doable. I have yet to figure out what her secret is. She's the one who inspired me to start writing a gratitude journal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0rPcpvTygw Yagazie Emezi This woman is my hero! I love how she's fiercely pursuing her passion and how honest and open she is about her journey. She's also really really funny! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffaKvZnN-QU Evelyn from the internets Evelyn is just hilarious! I can watch her videos for hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ0zXl0sSEw&t=2s Kicki Yang Zhang Kicki posts a wide variety of content but I have to admit it's…

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The wool conundrum

Veganism, now that's a word that can get some people really worked up. I wasn't really sure whether to post this or not but even sensitive matters need to be discussed. But let's not get too serious, this post is more about asking questions and finding options. I became a vegan earlier this year and so far I've approached the eating with a child like curiosity and relaxed experimentation. I do have those moments when I feel that there's nothing to eat but it's usually when I'm feeling really lazy and the grocery store has run out of that one frozen pizza I can eat. Let's just say I don't have the food prep routine down yet. The biggest challenge during my few months as a vegan has been the constant paranoia that I'm alienating my friends with this lifestyle choice. Then I remind myself that I was probably annoying as a meat eater too and hope that they will tell me if I'm becoming irritating. In defence of "annoying" vegans I'll say this, when you make a major life choice/lifestyle change you're often very excited about it and naturally want to share that with people. So what some might…

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It’s time for something new (and happy anniversary!)

I started writing this post wanting to share what's been going on lately but then an invoice from my web hosting company reminded me of something. I've been so busy lately that I almost forgot that my fourth blogging anniversary was coming up. When I started this website I was struggling to find work in design and started the blog as a way to creatively keep me occupied. I had this irrational fear that I would forget most of what I had learned in design school while doing those other jobs we all have to do in order to get by. It's been a few years now and even though I've at times felt like my life is uneventful, looking back to those first posts I can see how much I've changed as a person but also as a creator. During these few years I've changed jobs, traveled and moved a couple of times. I'm glad I've kept creating and posting, even when I was feeling very insecure about my skills. It's now again time for another chapter, challenge and adventure. I'm going back to school to get my masters and I've moved again and I now have not one…

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The Gilded Wonderland

Before we even arrived to the Hermitage Museum I was told of one (of many) theories the locals have, that in order to see all the contents of the museum, you would need to visit the museum five days a week for seven years! That still didn't prepare me for the overwhelming grand golden overdose that was to come. I don't think I've ever seen so many chandeliers in my life! I don't really know how to describe it, hopefully the images give you just a hint of the extravagance of the place. At some point I couldn't even look at the paintings anymore because there was so much else to see within the rooms themselves. When I visit grand and heavily adorned castles like this, I at some point think about how wealth was so unevenly distributed back then (some would argue that things haven't changed that much). I can only imagine how the poor lived if this is what the rich and privileged enjoyed. At the end of the day it's the craftsmanship and history that draws me to places like this. I'm not saying we should go back to this way of building and decorating, I'm just appreciative…

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Breathtaking Blooms

If you've been on this site before, you know I have a thing for flowers. I've sometimes gone as far as to call it an obsession. When I was at the botanical garden in Lund, I took a lot of pictures of pretty flowers but there was one that was so striking I thought it deserved special attention. The flower in question is the oriental poppy (Papaver Orientale) and I think this is the one called Turkish delight. What is it about this particular flower you might wonder? The colours! Especially the combination of the salmon pink of the petals and the dark plum of the inside. There was something about the light and crimped petals that also spoke to me. Maybe I was a florist in a previous life?

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Hello Saint Petersburg

One of my new rules regarding travelling is, if someone offers to guide you around their home town, find a way to make that trip happen no matter how tight your budget is. You experience a place in a completely different way when you're with a local. Saint Petersburg is a city I've always been curious about but because of the crazy world politics, I didn't think I'd visit the city for a very long time. So when my friend suggested a group trip to her home town, I jumped at the opportunity. She had told me so many stories of this city and this was my chance to see it with her. So on an early Wednesday morning we got on the train and headed to the historical city not really knowing what to expect. The dreaded interrogation by the border patrol and customs didn't happen (our passports were checked by officers with very serious looks on their faces and we were asked what we had in our bags, and that was it) and a few hours later we had arrived to a very sunny Saint Petersburg. What followed was three days of incredibly fun and intense sightseeing which…

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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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The Floral Invasion

Remember that top with the wrap shoulder I made a few years ago? Or is it a blouse? Ok, I need to get my definitions in order! Anywho, I've been using it quit often but unfortunately the fabric isn't ageing that well. I got the fabric as a gift so I was never a 100% sure of the fiber content. I really like the wrap shoulder details so I made the same top from a light cotton floral fabric I bought last fall. I altered the the pattern a bit and made the sleeves a bit wider and the hem curved. I seem to have thing for curved hems lately. As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of floral patterns but I might need to pace myself. My summer wardrobe has experienced a serious floral invasion! So for my next sewing project I need to use some monochrome linen fabrics to balance things out.

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Copenhagen is always a good idea

I've been really fortunate in the past few years that I've gotten to visit Copenhagen several times. At this point I have a nice Copenhagen routine going. I'm usually there by myself and most of my visits tend to be brief but they're always fun and eventful. There are certain places I often return to but I also try to explore a new areas, shops and restaurants each time. This trip was a bit special as I got to act tourist guide to my mum on one of the days. We were on our way to Lund for my brother's graduation. So what did I do this time? I visited The Botanical Garden for the first time, tried vintage shopping but found nothing, ate some delicious food at places I've wanted to try for a while and visited a friend. I don't have images of all those things because sometimes I just forgot and sometimes I just chickened out. Like that time I was eating my yummy artisanal ice cream on Elmegade, watching cool Copehageners cycle by and couldn't bring myself to go full tourist mode with my camera. Well, there's next time, I'll make sure of it.

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A crochet project worth repeating

Remember those crochet cotton pads I made a few months ago? Well I decided to make a set from the thin cotton yarn I tested then. They might not absorb that much liquid but they have a nice exfoliating feature I like. I only do the laundry about once a week so I'm gonna need a few more sets than the two I've made so far. I was maybe thinking of sewing the next set from some really soft fabric for those days I really need to be gentle to my skin. I need to do some research and find the most suitable fabric and figure out how to finish the edges. I'll let you know how that turns out.

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The return to the cosy city

The city I'm talking about of course is Lund. The city I briefly visited almost two years ago because I wanted to see where my youngest brother lived. This time I returned with my mother to see him graduate and to see Lund in its full summer glory. This was a short visit as well, you can't pass through Copenhagen and not see Copenhagen (more on that later) but we also made a quick detour to Malmö since we were in the area. All in all we attended a graduation ceremony, got a tour of the big university campus and did some sightseeing. I was in my usual tourist mode, taking pictures of all the cosy houses and buildings. I kicked it up a notch when we visited The Botanical Garden. I probably took a hundred pictures and I only photographed some of the pretty flowers. We didn't plan to but we ended up visiting the garden twice and it was just as pretty on the sunny day as it was on the rainy day. Now that my brother has graduated, i don't think I'll be visiting Lund again anytime soon but I'm glad I got to see more of it and in summer time.

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