Villa Elfvik

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Villa Elfvik, Espoo

Yesterday me and Eva went for a little afternoon walk in Villa Elfvik in Espoo – what  a pretty place. After strolling around in the area we walked to Munkkiniemi and had this year’s first ice creams outside in the sun. Can’t wait for summer, it is just behind the corner…

Have a nice Sunday! 🙂

xx

London Photo Diary

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Here’s some photos from my London trip. Felt so good to be back, I think I will always have a special bond with this city. I tried to avoid the super touristic places and only went to Oxford Circus once just to realize it was way too hectic for me. Instead I wandered around in less crowded places and just chilled, ate good food and snapped lot of photos! I did do some shopping as well, I mean, it is London after all.

I also wanted to give you 4 little tips on your next visit:

1. Farm Girl in Notting Hill
Such a cute and trendy place and perfect for a lazy breakfast! I had chai latte, granola and avocado toast and everything was so good. I was so full – the portions were quite big.

59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB

2. Attendant in Shoreditch
We used to go out a lot in Shoreditch when I lived in London, so good memories filled my mind when I walked the familiar streets. I had a chai latte and brekkie board at Attendant. Such a lovely place.

74 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3JL

3. South Kensington
One of my favorite areas in London, it is just so peaceful and pretty. Love to wander the streets with my camera 🙂

4. Santa Maria, pizzeria napoletana
Yum, they have such good pizza and the place is super cozy.

94 Waterford Road, London SW6 2HA

xx

TallennaTallenna

Airbnb in Winchester

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I stayed with Caroline and her family in the cutest little Airbnb while in Winchester. It was located close by to the train station and the centre and Cathedral are like 10 min walk away. I had the whole upstairs to myself with a private bathroom.

Just look at that bed, it was massive and so cozy. I slept so well, the blinders made the room pitch black for night and I had like 4 pillows just for me 😀

xx

TallennaTallenna

Winchester Photo Diary

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Winchester, Hampshire

When I bought flights to London couple months ago I decided I was gonna visit Winchester during my stay as well. I was here on student exchange five years ago so I wanted to wander the familiar streets and do the same things as I did back then. Winchester is only one hour train ride away from London, so it is also a perfect place for a little day trip if you are around.

I walked to St. Catherine’s Hill were I used to go running, I had hot chocolate with crazy amount of whipped cream and tiny marshmallows at Cafe Monde. I bought lemon and lime curd yoghurt from M&S (seriously, the best yoghurt!!) and had fish and chips at The Bishop on the Bridge.

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Pink Friday

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How beautiful is this pink building in Kallio? 🙂

Yesterday I got my wisdom teeth pulled out and even though I know it was a good thing, damn it is hurting and aching right now! Been taking turns on eating just mango yoghurt and lemon sorbet, hopefully something else tomorrow 😉

Have a nice weekend!

xx

2 x Suomenlinna

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Sunday adventures in Suomenlinna

Me and Eva went to Suomenlinna today for a little walk (and to celebrate Eva’s birthday with some cake and hot chocolate, yay).

Now I am back home under the blankets drinking tea and watching Outlander. Got a bit sick couple days ago, but felt good to be out in the fresh air nevertheless. Hope I didn’t make it worse 😀

Have a chill day!

xx

 

Purple Coat

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Coat Second Hand / Bag Marimekko / Shoes Whyred

What a beautiful sunny day, makes me so happy. Today is a busy day – I went to gym in the morning and now getting ready for my friend’s wedding this evening. After the wedding I will still go for an “after party” to see a gig in Korjaamo. Will be a fun day!

Ps. Look at that coat, so cute. Can you believe I found it from a flea market in Oulu for 2 e, what a find 😀

Enjoy your weekend!

xx

Lammassaari

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Saturday walk in Lammassaari

My aunt is visiting me and yesterday we went for a 2 hour walk in Vanhankaupunginkoski and Lammassaari. So nice to be able to escape from the centre to the nature.

I am also super glad there’s so much snow here in Helsinki, people were skiing and ice fishing, how cool that it is possible – not every winter is this snowy 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday!

xx

TallennaTallenna

Home Inspiration

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Okay, so crazy news. I just bought my very first own flat from Vallila! My offer was accepted at the beginning of this month but I just signed the papers yesterday. I am still pinching myself – does this mean I am an adult now?

It is very tiny (seriously, very tiny) but it is all mine and I could not be more excited. So here is some decor inspiration, though there is not too much space in my small studio… 😀

I will move there in a week and it feels like a new beginning.  Last year ended a bit differently and so after 3,5 years I am learning to live on my own again, scary but feels good at the same time.

xx

27 Tips for Younger Me

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This year I will turn 28 (but not until September, still a long, looong way to go, right :D). So, as I am still 27, I decided to list 27 tips for younger me. What would you add to the list?

1. Be kind
And to me, being kind doesn’t mean same as being nice. I really love the word kind, I don’t think we have an equivalent word for it in Finnish.

2. Don’t compare yourself to others
Be yourself and don’t compare yourself to others, especially not to models or celebrities.

3. Be brave
Don’t let people put you down, stand up for yourself. You don’t have to please others and agree on everything, just tell your own opinions. This doesn’t mean you should be rude either. I wish in school I would have been more brave, gone and talked to that one girl who was alone and invited her to our group, but I was too shy back then. I guess I wish I would have been more of a “everyones friend”.

4. You are not in a hurry to be an adult
There’s plenty of time to be a grown up with responsibilities, enjoy being a kid. Be silly and have fun!

5. Don’t wear too much make up and take good care of your skin
I had bad skin as a teenager and tried to cover it with lot of makeup, which ended up looking horrible. When I was 18 and loved going to clubs, I would go to sleep with my makeup on – I can’t imagine doing it anymore. So please, take care of your skin and don’t try and look older with more makeup.

6. Take a gap year
And use it well, work half of it and save money and travel the other half. I was in a hurry to move away from home, but to be honest, it would have been quite great to get a job from somewhere and save some money by living at home for a while – then maybe go to New Zealand or Australia… 🙂

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7. Travel more
Always travel when possible, never turn down a trip wether it is far or close. Buy less clothes and other material thing and more tickets 🙂

8. Buy less and focus on quality
You don’t have to buy new clothes all the time, buy less but when you do – buy better.

9. Have more hobbies
Learn a new language, go to painting or pottery class or ballet.

10. It doesn’t matter what others think
Stop worrying what other people think and do things that make you happy and things that help you be a better person.

11. Stop complaining
Yeah yeah, everyone complains sometimes, but try to avoid negativity and see the positive side of things instead.

12. Be curious
Try new things and never stop learning and exploring.

13. Open up a savings account for an apartment as early as possible
You will thank yourself later 🙂 And if you can’t open it earlier, open it as soon as you have a steady pay check.

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14. Visit your grandparents
I wish I had visited my grandmothers more and asked them to tell stories about their youth and the time during the war, about their wedding… anything to be honest. We visited my mother’s mom very often when I was a kid and I have great memories from those weekends. When I was studying in Uni I lived in the same city as my father’s mother and tried to visit her once a month during those years. But now they are both gone and there’s so many questions I never got to ask.

15. Enjoy the little things in life
Buy a new face cream or fresh flowers, go for a morning walk and make a great breakfast after. You don’t have to live like a superstar, traveling the world and doing cool things all the time – try and enjoy the little things in life.

16. Don’t stress too much about grades
In the end no one will ask you about your 5th grade math test score. Learn for yourself, not for the school.

17. Don’t be too hard on yourself
When I was younger I would stress about a lot of things, like my skin, my grades, getting to Uni, being cool, looking good, being skinny etc. Looking back I do think I was being quite hard on myself, trying to please my friends and family and also tried to live up to certain expectations. I wish I would have loosen up a bit 🙂

18. Stay a whole year abroad
I loved my student exchange and the only thing I regret is not staying two semesters.

19. Be grateful
Be grateful for the things you have and never take anything for granted. Things are good in your life, appreciate it.

20. Respect and believe your parents
Parents want what is best for you, try to understand them, most of the time they are right anyway. Just think how much you love them an know they love you more.

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21. It’s okay to make mistakes
Your brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 25, so you’re going to make mistakes but consider them as lessons.

22. Heartache will pass
Remember there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind 😉

23. Get over it
So that one embarrassing thing just happened, so what. You won’t even remember it in 5 years. Get over it and be able to laugh to yourself.

24. Don’t color your hair
Your natural hair color is and always will be the prettiest.

25. Always try
Wether it is a job interview, school application, asking a guys phone number – anything. You won’t know if you won’t even try.

26. Don’t worry about the future
Live in the now, and stop worrying about the future and what you will do in five or ten years. Who knows, anything can happen 🙂

27. Things will always work out
They just do, even though during hard times it is difficult to believe it… in a way I think I might believe in destiny and that some thing are just meant to be – and some things are not. I think it helps in most situations.

xx

TallennaTallenna