Feb 28, 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEKEND

Hola hola a todos!

I promised you that I would tell you immediately what went on at London Fashion Weekend yesterday. I hope that this came in a good enough pace for you haha.

Originally Nati and I had decided to go together, but once we were there and had bumped into Diana, Melanie and her friend Maria (and Liz, who came a bit later), we decided to explore LFWend all together. We had bought the silver ticket that granted us to see a designer show, a goody bag, and an opportunity to shop the clothes seen on the catwalk. We met there at 2:30 pm and basically just hanged around until seven, when it was time for the fashion show. None of us really shopped, because of obvious reasons, but it was exciting to fiddle the clothes and find some new brands. After that we just sat down and talked. Before seven we went in to the "tent" to see Fyodor Golan's SS15 collection. I had never heard of the brand, but I learned that it was by a designer duo who loved colour. I will write a proper catwalk report later, first of all to practice my skills and second, to prevent this post becoming waaaay too long. Naturally the fashion show was the best part of the day since I had never experienced one before. It really inspired me to work hard so one day I'll be actually invited to see and write about my favorite designers.

I can't really tell whether my expectations were met or not, since I didn't really expect anything. Well, I thought there would be more people. Having visited LFW a week earlier that was packed with both fashion professionals and plain enthusiastics, I figured those amateurs would most definitely be at LFWend as well. Obviously, LFW is the real deal so I don't wonder why it was busier, but still. Over all though, I had a fun day with my friends and it was a lovely experience.

After the show had ended around half past seven, I decided to sleep at Nati's because one of my flatmates was having a party and I figured it would be beneficial for me to get some sleep during that night. We ended up having a deep conversation about boys and I ate a whole pint of B&J basically by myself. Because of that relapse, I will (soon, not yet because too lazy) go for a long run. I'll probably jog to Hackney today and explore a new area. After that I will put all my remaining energy to do all the researching for my essay. Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

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this is the shirt Julia got me. Apologies that the picture doesn't bring it justice, but is really is a lovely flowy shirt with big sleeves. It reminds me of Chloé's SS15 collection and just to let you know, I love Chloé and especially that collection. So way to go, Julia!
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future fashion journalists :-)
 like I said, I will write a proper report later. Stay tuned ;-)




turn around, open your eyes, look at me now
turn around, girl i've got you, you won't fall down
we can see forever from up here

Feb 27, 2015

SLAYIN'

Yesterday evening I received a parcel from Julia, which contained all her souveniers for me from her trip to Asia. I wasn't expecting to get anything so this was definitely a nice surprise! The first thing I pulled out from the parcel was that gorgeous dream catcher. I stared at in awe for a while because I think it is glorious. My tiny dream catcher from Grand Canyon looks like a pebble compared to this one. The other things made me laugh and we're super cute (pictures below), but the last thing I got was the one that really made me think "How does she do it?!". I swear, Julia has some kind of a gift to read my mind and know excately what my closet is missing. This time it was a white, 70s style shirt that I will wear today for the Fashion Weekend. So no pictures of it - yet.

Thank you Julia, I love you so much and I can't wait to see you in a week! <3

Now it's time for me to head to LCC's library because I couldn't find the books that I wanted from our own. Then it's time for lunch and after that FASHION! I'll promise to take a lot of pictures and come report to you as soon as I can.

I will finish this post with a video of Taylor Swift slayin' the Brit awards with her song Blank Space. It is an apt one, since Julia keeps slayin' in my life.

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 so it's gonna be forever or it's gonna go down in flames
you can tell me when it's over if the high was worth the pain
i got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you i'm insane
'cause you know i love the players and you love the game


Feb 26, 2015

WE'RE ALL ALRIGHT

It's only Wednesday (well, Thursday already...) and I am exhausted. I worked at our school for three days because we had an independent study week. It's been good to get some extra money (like £200 from three days!) and meet new people. I've also finished my trend feature and film so now I'm down to two academic essays. Hopefully I'll get the first one done this weekend and then I can put all my energy to the last one.

I finally got back on track in my diet and felt so much better - until I ruined it today by eating a ton of peanut butter (straight from the jar) and a piece of cake. Damn my flatmate and his already-passed-birthday! Now I feel stuffed and extremely bad about myself. For some reason I was very tired today and when I got back from school, I took my blanket and fired up That's 70s show and didn't move after that (except to get food, of course). I have to say that 70s show is freaking hilarious. Fez and his stupidity are a definite mood lifters.

For the rest of the week I have nothing more than just reading books for my essay and hopefully finishing it, going for a run at least three times, and going to Fashion Weekend on Friday. Can't wait for that one, it's going to be an experience I won't forget.

These pictures are from last week when Aliisa and I had a healthy lunch at Trafalgar Square last week. Now it's time for me to go to bed and try not to throw up. Gosh, no more peanut butter for me ever again (just kidding, I could never give it up).

 ps. congrats to Eddie Redmayne for winning an Oscar. A prize he most definitely deserved. Also, way to go Taylor for being a "Woman of the Year" at Elle Style Awards. And One Direction for winning a Brit. Damn, for once these awards aren't disappointing me!

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'cause this could be gone when we wake up tomorrow
hearts are unchanged
time that is left, is borrowed
and i can't take the way that you look at me
is there any place you and i could be?


Feb 20, 2015

A GROWN-IP WOMAN SHOULD NEVER FALL SO EASILY

London Fashion Week started today and naturally that is the spring's highlight for my school. For one of our projects we were supposed to get some footage from there. Nat and I decided to film our whole trend film in the surroundings and I think we managed to get all our shots today.

I had never gone to London Fashion Week before, or any fashion week for that matter. Fashion week has always been this sort of a dream goal of mine. I've imagined it as a magical place, even though the reality is far from it. Everyone is so busy and chaos is evident right before - and even during - the show. However, when the months of hard work and creativity is finally escalated to that 15 minute show, it somehow determines what we will be wearing in six months. Insane, huh? Definitely, but very intriguing as well. So fashion week has attracted me for many years now and it is almost impossible for me to believe that today I have seen how it's like - from the outside at least. Maybe in a couple of years I'll be able to get inside. Fingers crossed.

Several times I have wondered why I chose to start to study fashion even though I could've stuck with the medical path I had shaped for myself ever since I was like ten years old. I guess I've wanted to prove to people that fashion is a field of art in a same aspect as architecture or sculpture is. Also, like I mentioned above, fashion is such a powerful way to influence people. Most people don't even realize it, but the clothes we wear and the styling decisions we make really are determined by a relatively small group of designers. They might not rule the country, but they rule our culture and our everyday lives. These factors have been important ones, but today I think I finally realized what is the real reason I'm drawn to fashion. It is a lot more superficial than I thought, but I will share it anyway: I love beauty. Simple as that. And how did I notice that? Another simple one to figure out: I was smiling the whole time I was there (even if I was freezing). To be able to see men and women dressed to the nines, taking influence from past decades, creating their own outfits, testing their limits, and bringing ordinary to extraordinary is really something that brings a smile on my face. Even if I'm not always tip top dressed myself, I still enjoy when people look nice and have made an effort. Hopefully I get to spend the rest of my (career) life surrounded by beauty. I guess I've fallen for fashion, hard. Is that vain and superficial? I don't know, but I'd like to think not.

These pictures have nothing to do with the text above, except they are almost as beautiful as Valentino dresses haha. I think it's time for me to finally pick up a book about Indian textiles and start researching about gingham. Fun.... Well, to get to somewhere you got to work hard, ain't that so. Bye babes!

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you heard me saying that smoking was my only vice
but now it isn't true, now everything is new
and all i've learned has over-turned
i beg of you don't go wasting your emotions
lay all your love on me

Feb 19, 2015

WHEN MUSIC SAYS IT ALL

i walked through the door with you, the air was cold
but something about it felt like home somehow
and i left my scarf there at your sister's house
and you still got it in your drawer even now
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oh your sweet disposition and my wide eyed gaze
we're singing in the car, getting lost upstate
autumn leaves falling down like pieces in their place and i can picture it after all these days
and i know it's long gone and magic's not here no more
and i might be okay, but i'm not fine at all
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'cause there we are again on that little town street
you almost ran the red 'cause you were looking over at me
wind in my hair, i was there, i remember it all too well
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photo album on a counter, your cheeks were turning red
you used to be a little kid in a twin size bed
your mother's telling stories about you in a t-ball team
you tell me about your past thinking your future was me
and i know it's long gone and there was nothing else i could do
and i forget about you long enough to forget why i needed to...
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'cause there we are again in the middle of the night
we're dancing around the kitchen in the refrigerator light
down the stairs, i was there, i remember it all too well, yeah
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maybe we got lost in translation
maybe i asked for too much
but maybe this thing was a masterpiece 'til you tore it all up
running scared, i was there, i remember it all too well
and you called me up again just to break me like a promise
so casually cruel in the name of being honest
i'm a crumbled up piece of paper lying here 'cause i remember it all, all, all too well
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time won't fly, it's like i'm paralyzed by it
i'd liked to be my old self again, but i'm still trying to find it
after plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
now you mail back my things and i walk home alone
but you keep my old scarf from that very first week
'cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me
you can't get rid of it 'cause you remember it all too well
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'cause there we are again when i loved you so
back before you lost the one real thing you've ever owned
it was rare, i was there, i remember it all too well
wind in my hair, you were there, you remember it all
down the stairs, you were there, you remember it all
it was rare, i was there
i remember it all too well



I CAN'T SEE CLEAR NO MORE

Right now I am alone in my very messy flat listening to Ellie Goulding and eating peanut butter brownies. What a sight. Aliisa left earlier today and I have to say that that girl is the best. The past six days were rather spectacular. It is quite miraculous to be able to be so comfortable with someone. I guess that's what best friends are for :-)

Anyway, it is good to get back to the normal routine again. That means clean eating (I relapsed quite a few times...oops) and start writing. Luckily I've been able to get some quotes over the few days so now it's time to begin the creative process. However, that won't be done first thing tomorrow because I need to clean my room... It is amazing how much destruction two girls are able to make in less than a week.

Today I was fortunate enough to visit a new exhibition opening with Liz. The exhibition was a series of scrapbook images and paintings of women wearing fashionable clothing and holding a Lidl bag. It was definitely interesting and quite funny as well! It was fun to go to that kind of an event with my friend - a first for me :-)

These pictures are from yesterday when Aliisa and I had lunch at Trafalgar Square. My look was "relaxed with heels on" haha. Now it's time for me to get back to my book, night!

(don't know why the quality of the photos are so bad.... sorry about that)

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i let you set the pace 'cause i'm not thinking straight
my head's spinning around, i can't see clear no more
what are you waiting for? 
love me like you do

Feb 16, 2015

70S CHIC

The trend for the season is definitely the 70s look. Out of all the decades, I've always liked it the least, probably because wide-leg trousers have never been my favorite (skinny jeans were already hugely popular when I started to get interested in fashion). However, flares are growing on me now! I actually find them a) comfortable b) sophisticated and c) trendy. I have to admit though that the other typical 70s trend, psychedelic prints, still isn't my favorite. Yet for this outfit I added my colorful blouse and was surprisingly content with the combination. Somehow, though, I don't  think crazy, over the top prints will ever be my go-to.

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 'cause girl you're perfect
you're always worth it
and you deserve it, the way you work it
'cause girl you earned it


Feb 15, 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY BRUNCH

Yesterday Aliisa and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day brunch at a lovely café close to Tower Bridge. We had healthy juices, she had eggs on a slice of bread, I had the famous porridge, and then we shared a plate of pancakes for the sake of it. An excellent way to start a morning.

I also received some messages from my friends regarding the post from yesterday. They seemed to be slightly worried about my situation that I have given up on finding true love. Julia said I take too much pressure on it. I understand why it might sound like it, but honestly, I'm fine! I haven't given up on finding the one, but I wanted to tell you that I have realized that life without the perfect man wouldn't be a complete disaster - like I may have thought earlier. I guess I've grown up in that sense. However, I still won't settle. I'd say it's all or nothing :--) But thanks for the concern, now I truly know you will stand by me through anything.

p.s. Taylor's new music video! Very artistic.

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 i say i've heard oh, that you've been out and about with some other girl
he says what you've heard is true but i can't stop thinking about you and i
i say i've been there a too a few times


Feb 14, 2015

WHO OWNS MY HEART

...is it love or is it art? sings Miley Cyrus in one of her older songs. For the past week I have been thinking about that sentence because the pressure of Valentine's Day has been evident. Whether it's the newest episode of New Girl or the chocolate department at Selfridge's, this day of hearts and flowers (cool FSoG reference) has taken over the country. 

Earlier this week I took a test that determined how long I will stay single. It's answer was forever. I never take these tests too seriously, but it did make me think about whether the "reason” for my singleness really is me. According to that test I should let go of my overly high expectations (the guy doesn't know how to dance or doesn't have the greatest style) and loosen up a little bit or otherwise I will be doomed for life. The thing is that I don't consider my expectations being too high, quite the contrary as a matter of fact. I couldn't care at all about his dancing skills or if he wears ridiculous t-shirts (however, I would like him to have some sort of style, but it definitely isn't my top priority). The main thing that matters is that I can trust him and that he truly loves me. Am I asking the moon from the sky? I don't think so.

What shocked me the most this week was a survey that Glamour magazine had conducted. It had asked people what they thought about love and soulmates. According to that survey, 76% believe there will be more than one 'love of your life', thus the concept of soulmate has been discarded by the majority of people. I firmly believe in soulmates and true love as many of you know. I believe that some people are just meant for each other and that it is possible to know that from the first moment they meet. Or that somehow faith will lead those people to each other. I believe in happily ever afters because I know people can spend the rest of their lives together. I also know that my thoughts about this may be a bit too romantic, but I think that in our society, that most of the time is so busy and forbidding, somebody has to believe in magic and those happily ever afters. Otherwise romance truly is dead.

Some of you might remember that about year and a half ago I decided to wait for The One, mainly because I was tired of the drama and the wasted time that dating and liking somebody include. I can't say I've been completely immune to the charm that some men have, but when things have started to get too complicated I have backed out. In my opinion, finding love shouldn't be that difficult. It should be easy and an enjoyable process, not an over-dramatic and tedious experience.

So where does this leave me? I guess I've started to look life differently and prepared myself for a "life of loneliness" so to speak. I know I'm only twenty years old, but I have come to an acceptance that maybe I'm not meant to find my perfect match. It is sad and - at least for me - impossible to believe that someone who desires true love so much would be left without, but then again, maybe I have a bigger task in this life. It's like Job from the Bible. His faith in God was tested when he lost everything, but he still kept on believing. Maybe I have the same destiny. My faith in love will be tested several times, but I know in my heart that it exists.

The reason why I started this text with that quote from Miley Cyrus is that lately I've started to consider that art might be my one true love, in as wide dimension as it is. That would include books and words in general, music, movies, dancing, theatre, fashion and paintings - all aspects of art really. To be able to see and/or feel the love and the effort that someone has put in their creative project is something that needs to be acknowledged. Maybe that is all I need. And heck, it's not like I am completely alone! I have my lovely friends with whom I've gone through so much and who I know will stay with me until I'm old and wrinkled. After all, there is different kind of love and I've already got a massive amount of the friend kind.

However, I do have one wish and that is that I'd like to be remembered as the girl who loved love and never ever gave up on it. I want my friends to tell their children about auntie Nora who, after all the heartbreaks and disappointments, still wouldn't shut up about the importance of true love. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

WHO OWNS MY HEART?

...is it love or is it art? sings Miley Cyrus in one of her songs. For the past week I have been thinking about that sentence because the pressure of Valentine's Day has been evident. Whether it's the newest episode of New Girl or the chocolate department at Selfridge's, this day of hearts and flowers (cool FSoG refrence) has taken over the country.

Earlier this week I took a test that determined how long I will stay single. It's answer was forever. I never take these tests too seriously, but it did make me think about whether the "reason" for my singleness is really is me. According to that test, I should let go of my overly high expectations (the guy doesn't know how to dance or doesn't have the greatest style) and loosen up a little bit, or otherwise I will be doomed for life. The thing is that I don't consider my expectations being too high, quite the contrary as a matter of fact. I couldn't care less about his dancing skills or if he wears ridiculous t-shirts (however, I would like him to have some sort of style, but it definitely isn't my top priority). The main thing that matters is that I can trust him and that he truly loves me. Am I asking the moon from the sky? I don't think so.

What shocked me the most this week was a survey that Glamour magazine had conducted. It had asked people what they thought about love and soulmates. According to that survey, 76% believe there will be more than one 'love of your life', thus the concept of soulmate has been discarded by the majority of people. I firmly believe in soulmates and true love as many of you know. I believe that some people just are meant for each other and that it is possible to know that from the first moment they meet. Or that somehow faith will lead those people to each other. I believe in happily ever afters because I know people can spend the rest of their lives together. I also know that my thoughts about this may be a bit too romantic, but I think that in our society, that most of the time is so busy and forbidding, somebody has to believe in magic and those happily ever afters. Otherwise romance truly is dead.

Some of you might remember that about a year and a half ago I decided to wait for The One, mainly because I was tired of the drama and the wasted time that dating and liking somebody include. I can't say I've been completely immune to the charm that some boys/men have, but when things have started to get too complicated, I have backed out. In my opinion, finding love shouldn't be that difficult. It should be easy and an enjoyable process, not an over-dramatic and tedious experience.

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So where does this leave me? I guess I've started to look life differently and prepare myself for a "life of loneliness" so to say. I know I'm only twenty years old, but I have come to an acceptance that maybe I'm not meant to find my perfect match. It is sad and - at least for me - quite impossible to believe that someone who desires true love so much would be left without, but then again, maybe I have a bigger task in this life. It's like Job from the Bible. His faith in God was tested when he lost everything, but he still kept on believing. Maybe I have the same destiny. My faith in love will be tested several times, but I know in my heart that it exists - it just does't necessarily belong to me.

The reason why I started this text with that quote from Miley Cyrus is that lately I've started to consider that art might be my one true love, in as wide dimension as it is. That would include books and words in general (and you know how much I love those...), music, movies, dancing, theatre, fashion and paintings - all aspects of art really. To be able to see and/or feel the love and the effort that someone has put in their creative project is something that needs to be acknowledged. Maybe that is all I need. And heck, it's not like I am completely alone! I have my lovely friends with whom I've gone through so much and who I know will stay with me until I'm old and wrinkled. After all, there is different kind of love and I've already got a massive amount of the friend kind.

However, I do have one wish and that is that I'd like to be remembered as the girl who loved love and never ever gave up on it. I want my friends to tell their children about auntie Nora who, after all the heartbreaks and disappointments, still wouldn't shut up about the importance of romance. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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and it hits me like a tidal wave
are you feeling me? or is the music to blame?
who owns my heart? is it love or is it art?

Feb 12, 2015

WE LIVE THROUGH SCARS THIS TIME

I decided to do a quick update of my week. Basically the whole week (so far) I've tried to get my studying straight so I could enjoy the next five days stress-free with Aliisa. I've managed to write all my news stories and a "How to wear yellow" piece, plus I've send out e-mails concerning my trend feature. In addition, I finally read the chapter where I'll base (one of them) my essay on. There is still a lot to do before hand in, but I guess for the first time there is some light in the tunnel.

Like I said, Aliisa will arrive tomorrow to spend the infamous Valentine's Day with me. We are going to have a hot date with Christian Grey on Saturday and I can't wait. I don't know which one I'm more excited about: the movie or the cookies we're going to bake for it.... A though one. I've also made a reservation for the morning to a lovely café that my family and I discovered last week. It is almost impossible to believe that their porridge was that good that I want to go there again after a week. But believe me, it was delicious!

I also found out today that Julia will be giving me a (not so) surprise visit in a couple of weeks! Something to look forward to again, especially since I haven't seen her since September. I miss my best friend. :-( Mari said that there is always someone visiting me, but the truth is that I don't mind that. I love having friends over, and it usually means that I get stuff done before they arrive so I can relax.

So far I've sent like twenty summer internship applications and none of them have really paid off... I'm getting frustrated because I would love to get some experience of the media world. I'm starting to feel rather nervous that I have to spend another summer at Lintsi. I wouldn't mind if it was somehow benefitial for my future career, but it's not. Depression is creeping on me.

I will also share with you that I have officially lost five kilos since my move to London, and two and a half kilos are gone since I came back after Christmas. Yay! I'm so excited. They have gone just by eating properly. A lot vegetables and less sugar and carbs. I'm very proud of myself. I think for the first time in my life this hasn't felt like torture or like I'm trying to make a giant life transformation. This time it feels right and something I want to do. However, today I'm having an eating day so I'll go and make me a bowl of porridge (with blueberries, nuts, honey and a banana - heart). Good night!

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we grew apart, i watched you on the red horizon
your lion's heart would protect you on a stormy sky
and i will always be listening for your laughter and tears