Friday, February 21, 2014

Have a Great Weekend!

Friday afternoon. ALL of Finland is watching the game. Including everyone at work. Including me.

See link above for more photos

Thursday, February 20, 2014

One Little Elephant

Remember my mom Laina Koskela's cool print, Elefantti? It has become rather hard to forget... actually.
Just click the link above...

Early in 2010, I posted some pictures of some old Elefantti pillows on Kakunpalanen. My friends said they remembered the print from the 1970's and asked if I had found it somewhere. I had not found it, as it was not sold anywhere anymore. Until...

In 2011 Finlayson took the print into their spring collection and the rest is history.

My fave fantti in 1971.

My fave fantti in 2014.

New York Revisited

The travel theme continues on the blog... and in my head. I can't wait to get onboard the Silja Symphony next week, and I can't forget our last visit to NYC. In December 2013. With a really great crew of lovely lovely people. Would so do it again. Anytime! Thank you, Gloria, Paulina and Max!

My friend Gloria and I took a trip to NYC with the kids x 4 !! right after Christmas.
Whooow! Times Square!!!
We arrived mid-day and walked through Times Square


It was VERY crowded everywhere, especially Fifth Avenue.
But.. we were brave enough to swim into that SEA of people for the obligatory pics.


We travelled by bus, stayed overnight, ate in an Irish Pub, we skated, shopped (and window shopped),walked and walked and walked and even visited the MoMa. It's not like we were there for the first time, huh! See more of NYC with kids: HERE, HERE and HERE.

Maia's fave store!
Macy's Holiday Windows.
Time to go! Did we fall asleep in the bus? Take a wild guess.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Travel Fever

I have been bitten by a travel bug! Travelling in Europe is so easy for distances are short and prices realistic. I am planning trips to near-by destinations, and will expand the circle as spring sets in.

Last year, I hardly travelled. In 2014 I'm taking it back, with a 100% interest rate! Here's my plans for the beginning of the year. See my dream destinations on my "travel" Pinterest board.

JANUARY 2014  - HELSINKI (well, obviously...)

Pic from here

FEBRUARY 2014 - STOCKHOLM

Pic from here

MARCH 2014 - COPENHAGEN

Pic from here

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I Want!

I don't know how long I've wanted these navy nails from e.g. this CUP OF JO post. They were soi disant FALL nails, and it is almost SPRING. Needa hurry to some Essie store and fast!


P.S. I already have the PARKA... If only knew where...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thoughts About Work

I have been a civil servant in Finland for over 15 years. I recently returned to my office, to do the same job I have done since March 2000. An absence of 4 years should have given me an insight as to how exactly I feel about this, right?

Except that it hasn't. I have mixed feelings. I feel great, sure, to have a steady, interesting, hectic at times, purposeful, creative at best job with some very decent and like-minded colleagues. I do.

But I miss f r e e d o m. To come and go, to do any job I manage to get and keep. To learn totally new trades. I miss the feeling of being lost and slow to learn. I miss the not being so steady. Why?

Image from Pinterest

Friday, February 14, 2014

Home Maker

My home is still very much in the making... Very much. But the vision is there. Black and white, some colors, forms and simplicity. Those are the guidelines. These things I dream of...

 


 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feeling Down...

I am. About a lot of things. Love and such.
It didn't last for Kate&Johnny either.

Image from Pinterest

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Salade Jardin d'Hiver

The French President Francois Hollande is currently on a State Visit to my ex-neighbor's Michelle's and her cool hubby, Barack's. And oh là là, the menu of the State Dinner at the White House is featured on French Twist D.C. blog by my French friend Laeticia-Laure.

I have to say that the Winter Garden Salad is simplement superbe! J'adore!

Hmm, with some patience it could even be reproduced for a more informal dinner, right? It looks like a regular veggie dip in a glass bowl with different baby lettuce... basically.

White House shared this pic on Instagram.

Back to Basics

With a pre-teen daughter, you get to go back to your - no matter how embarrassing - roots in basically everything. I think my first lipstick was a Anytime WHITE shade. Woohoo! So, here below, meet my newest lipgloss, from H&M à 2,95 euros. Cheers!

<3 it
I purchased this "gem" as we were buying some crucially important accessories for Maia. Such as a new cover for her iPhone and a knitted hat. I also got some jewellery, but don't tell anyone...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Where Is She?

The other day, I suddenly remembered. Someone I had forgotten about. And I wondered: Where is she? What is she up to? And I found out.

She will soon appear on silver screen again! Guess, who'll play her sister? Julia Roberts!