Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Moodboard For A Reading Corner


Deko-lehti, Marabou ja Suomen Asuntomessut järjestivät avoimen kilpailun, jossa haettiin unelmakarttaa (moodboard) lukunurkkaukseen. Kaikki jatkoon päässeet saivat Marabou-suklaapaketin ja voittaja pääsee toteuttamaan visionsa lukunurkkauksesta kesän asuntomessuille Mikkeliin. 

Tykkään väsätä moodboardeja ja suklaa on suurin paheeni, joten totta kai otin haasteen vastaan ja osallistuin kilpailuun. En kuitenkaan tullut valituksi, mutta esittelen tässä oman versioni.

Mummon lukunurkkaus on kalustettu neutraalin harmaalla, pehmeällä, modernilla divaanilla. Seinät on maalattu tai tapetoitu raikkaan valkoisiksi. Iloisuutta ja leikkisyyttä tuodaan tilaan värikkäillä pienillä yksityiskohdilla kuten tyynyillä, matolla ja lasimaljakoilla. Lukuvalaisimet ovat ajattomia klassikkovalaisimia, mutta katosta roikkuu ilmava katseenvangitseva valaisin. Maljakossa on aina tuoreita kukkia. Pienet yksityiskohdat ovat kauniita ja niissä on pientä leikkimielisyyttä, josta myös lastenlapset pitävät.

Karkkivärejä, läpikuultavaa lasia ja pala suklaata.




... and same in English!

There was a competion organized by a Finnish interior magazine Deko, Swedish chocolate manufacture Marabou and Finnish Housing Fair. They were looking for moodboards for a reading corner and the winner will have a chance to decorate her/his vision fro the Housing Fair this summer. All the candidates that were chosen for the finals received a box of chocolate.

Loving to make moodboards and eating chocolate, so of course, I accepted this challenge and made my moodboard. unfortunatey I wasn't among the chosen ones, but anyway I want to present my vision here.

Grandmother's reading nook or corner is furnished with a neutral grey, modern and soft lounge chair. Walls are painted or wallpapered with fresh white. Small details such as cushions, rug, glass vases in candy colors bring joy and playfulness to the space. Reading lights are timeless design classics, but there will be hanging from the ceiling an airy statement piece lamp. Always fresh-cut flowers in the vases. All tiny details are beautiful and having a bit of playfullness, which make the grandchildren want to spend their time there as well. 

Candy colors, lucid glass and a piece of chocolate.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Let Your Brain Rest



(FI) Aina ei voi olla sata lasissa. Uupumus iskee joskus myös täydellisyyttä tavoittelevaan supersuorittajaankin. Välillä täytyy vaan pysähtyä, nauttia hetkestä miettimättä liikoja ja antaa aivojen levätä. Mikäpä olisi parempi paikka rentoutua kuin upea hiekkaranta! 

Jos et pääse merenrannalla juuri nyt, toivottavasti nämä keväiset kuvat Porin Yyteristä toimivat inspiroivina ja vievät sinut hetkeksi pois kiireisestä arjesta.


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...and same in English!

There's a time to take a break. We all feel exhausted time to time even the superhumans whose goal is to reach perfection. Sometimes you just need to stop, enjoy the moment without thinking too much and let your brains to rest. What would be a better place for relaxing than a gorgeous dndy beach!

If you cannot go to beach right now, hopefully these pics below help taking you from your hectic life to somewhere else for a little moment. 









4 tapaa lepuuttaa aivoja

Sulje silmäsi
Heittäydy haaveilemaan
Pidä breikki
Nuku tarpeeksi


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4 ways to rest your brain

Close your eyes
Indulge in daydreams
Take a break
Get enough sleep


Niin hiljaista & rauhallista.


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So quiet & peaceful.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Beauty Products by Lidl


Viime aikoina on paljon puhuttu siitä voiko laatukosmetiikkaa saada halvalla ja esiin on noussut juuri Lidlin superedulliset kosmetiikkatuotteet. Kerroin jo aikaisemmin kuinka olin Lidlin järkkäämässä ihonhoito ja meikkaustapahtumassa aikaisemmin keväällä ja että sain sieltä kotiin vietäväksi pussillisen Cien-kosmetiikkaa. 


Ihan kaikkea en saanut Lidlin tapahtumasta lahjaksi, vaan olen ihan itse ostanut - ripsiväri ja bb-voide ovat omasta kukkarosta pulitettuja tuotteita. Lähdetäänkin arvioimaan ensin niitä.

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and same in English!

One of the topics concerning cosmetics and beauty products has recently been the question if it's possible to get quality cosmetics with low price tag. The German, mainly grocery store, Lidl has launced super cheap beauty products which have won many blind tests. 

I mentioned some time earlier how I participated a skincare workshop organized by Lidl, and that I recieved a goody bag with Cien by Lidl cosmetics. The bag didn't contain all these shown products - bought them with my own money. Here's a short review of those products.




Cien waterproof Mascara (musta)

Olen iät ja ajat käyttänyt tuuheuttavia ja pidentäviä ripsareita, jotka tekevät ripsistä melko tönkköisiä, joten aluksi tuntui ettei tämä maskara riitä mihinkään, mutta tulin kyllä melko pian toisiin ajatuksiin. 

Aivan ihanaa, että saa luonnollisen näköiset ripset, joissa kuitenkin on tehokkasti väriä. En tiedä johtuuko ihotyypistäni vai käyttämistäni silmänympärysvoiteista, mutta lähes aina ripsarit karisevat alaluomelle. Näin ei kuitenkaan käynyt tämän vedenkestävän ripsivärin kanssa. Ihan pelkällä vedellä se ei siis lähde ripsistä, mutta värin sai helposti ja hellävaraisesti putsattua misellivedellä. 

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Cien Waterproof Mascara in black

I have used for ages thickening & lenghtening mascaras, which make lashes quite messy. So my first reaction was that there's not enough colour in this one, but how wrong I was.

It's wonderful to have natural looking lashes with intensive black colour. I'm not sure if it's because of my skintype or those eye couture creams that I'm using, but almost always I find traces of mascara under my eyes during the day. This didn't happen with Cien waterproof mascara. Can't get rid of it with just plain water but very easily & gently with miscelle water.




Toinen oman kukkaron tuote on tämä bb-voide.

All-in-one Blemish Balm Cream 

Valitsin kahdesta sävystä vaaleamman kun kasvojen iho näin talven jäljiltä on todella kalpea. Koostumus vaikutti heti miellyttävältä sormissa, mutta kasvoille levitettäessä jotenkin liian kuivalta suoraan iholle eikä se myöskään levittynyt kovin tasaisesti. Seuraavalla kerralla lisäsin alle pari tippaa Lumenen kasvoöljyä ja tulos oli heti parempi.

Vaalea sävy on todella vaalea myös tällaiselle härmäläiselle kalpeanassulle, joten kesäksi varmasti se tummempi sävy on parempi valinta. Plussaa tulee UVA-suojasta (joka siis suojaa ihoa auringon vanhentavalta vaikutukselta).

Tuote on ehdottomasti hintansa väärti.


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Another Lidl beauty product that I bought with my own money is this bb-cream.

All-in-one Blemish Balm Cream

From 2 shades I chose the lighter one as my skin is extremely pale after long winter season. The texture felt straight away very pleasant between fingers, but  when applied on to face it felt too dry and didn't spread evently. Next time I added a couple of drops Lumene's facial oil on to my face before the bb-cream and the result was much better.

The light tone is really light even to my Nordic pale face, so the darker shade will be a better choice for summer. A big plus comes from the UVA protection ( that's protecting from the sun's harmful ageing rays).

Absolutely worth the price.


Näistä muista tuotteista olen ehtinyt testaamaan puhdistusmaitoa ja suihkugeeliä, joihin molempiin olen ollut hyvinkin tyytyväinen. Lisää testaan heti kun kerkiän!

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Have had time testing only the cleansing milk and shower gel - both very good and pleasant products. Will continue testing asap!




Friday, May 12, 2017

Good Night Sleep



We all need enough sleep to stay healthy and have energy to be able to do the tasks of every day life. Sometimes it may be difficult to fall asleep and the sleep can be restless. What to do to avoid this? Found an article with good tips and wanted to share it with you.



1. Stick to a sleep schedule
Try to go to bed at the same time every night. I really try to do this but not yet succeeded in it. Time just seems to flow so fast in the evenings!

2. Pay attention what you eat & drink
A heavy meal just before bedtime is a big no-no. It is said that caffeine is not a good choice i nthe evening, but I do drink black tea and diet coke when ever I feel like and it has never made me too unsleepy. 

3. Create a restfull enviroment
This is what I find pretty important. First of all have a good bed and mattress. It makes a difference what material your bedlinen are. My favourite materials are soft linen and Egyptian cotton. Wrinkle linen feels so cosy! 
I like to keep my bedroom interior simple and unclutter it time to time. Neutral tones are the best - for me that means white, gray, mud and black, and, of course, very pale pink.
A bunch of fresh cut flowers creates that extra fresh & cosy feeling.

4. Limit daytime naps
Of course, if you sleep too much it will disturb your night time sleep.

5. Include physical activity in your daily routine
This is something I have experience - when I do sports during the day, normally in the morning, I have more energy for the whole day and sleep much better too.

6. Manage worries
We all know how difficult this may be when you're having hrd time in your life, but it would help a lot if you could solve the issues before bedtime. Somtimes a small thing can become overly huge at night.


More detailed info can be found here!




Wakey wakey!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring Decor




I know this looks pretty much like a paid ad, but it's not! I received the new spring catalogue from Bo Concept and of course, had to check it up and pick up my fav items for home decor... So here's the result!

Pale pink is that colour I can't resist. Those bowls have so simple yet beautiful form. Copper-gray-blue combo in that oxidized bowl looks fabulous. The diamond shape glass candles holders in grey, amber and dark blue would make a perfect installation on my dining table...
The enamel covered aluminium bowl in sand tones is a piece of art!


I found all these spring decor items here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Waterfalls - Krka National Park


There's something so magical about water, especially about water in motion.
Had a chance to visit these gorgeous waterfalls in Krka in Croatia earlier this spring.

I can imagine that Krka National Park will be crowded in summer. This is such a haven on a hot summer day. In the spring time there're not so many visitors so there're plenty of space and empty spots to enjoy the fresh air and listen to the sound of streaming water.

A brave young British couple jumped into the ice cold water! Well, actually, I shouldn't have been that surprised - we Finns have a habit to cut a hole to the ice and hop in to lake or sea during the winter season.









We took a guided tour from Split to Krka National Park on a bit rainy Sunday morning. The bus journey took about 1h and during that time our guide Luka told us several interesting & informative details about Croatian life, culture, industry etc. Highly recommened!

For me Krka National Park was absolutely one of the most beautiful nature spots ever!




Friday, May 5, 2017

Asparagus Omelet - Quick Lunch


 Asparagus is the ultimate spring veggie! On my previous post I told some benefits of this green superfood. Now I introduce my favourite spring time lunch - asparagus omelet.

This is how I make it:

A punch of green asparagus (basically as much as you like)
3 eggs
parmesan
salt & black pepper
fresh oregano and/or other herbs

Wash, peel if needed, cut into pieces and steam the asparagus for a couple of minutes.
Whisk the eggs, add some water (3 tbls), salt & pepper. Blend 
Puor the egg mixture in a non-stick skillet, cook it in high heat for a few seconds, reduce the temperature to medium and cook until eggs are softly set, add parmesan, asparagus and herbs. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes.
Fold omelet in half and serve it.  
  





Healthy, gluten free lunch with full of protein, fibre and vitamins.



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