Friday, 20 April 2018

helsinki bits

Here's just some more little pictures from when I was in Helsinki with my mum. And I have plans to go back next week as well, so if I get up to anything exciting I might post some more Helsinki things!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


When in Helsinki, I made a brief visit to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum - a museum I hadn't actually heard of before but ended up thoroughly enjoying. I love discovering new (and pretty) places, and this one was definitely worth experiencing. Although, it may have left me longing for a life I may possibly never be able to live!

Monday, 16 April 2018

project 365: week fifteen

 099: Living that boring life.

Friday, 13 April 2018

second hand flowers and spring

 Since there's virtually no spring flowers yet, I'm wearing tiny flowers of my own - in the form of this jumper. Which I would've really liked anyway, but obviously like more knowing that it was a second hand shop find for a couple of Euros. I love second hand shops. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

two mumin kaffe moments

 If you didn't know it already, I love the Moomins and I have always loved the Moomins. I grew up in the 90s Moomin boom and am very happy to be living in the current Moomin boom now, as it means there's so many exciting Moomin things and products. The latest Moomin thing I've gotten into are the Mumin Kaffes (i.e. Moomin cafés) by visiting two of them in Helsinki last Friday. (Yes, two in one day!)

Sunday, 8 April 2018

project 365: week fourteen

 Decided to post this on Sunday instead of Monday since I've not had the energy to get any other posts ready this week. So here's what I've been up to this week (spoiler alert: not much):

 092: Still eating all the chocolate on Easter Monday!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

figueira da foz

This time last year I made the first of my many trips to Figueira da Foz. Figueira is only about an hour on the train away from Coimbra (where I lived), so what could be better on a day off than going to the beach! Now looking out thew window to a gloomy, rainy day in Finland, it's a bit bittersweet thinking about Portugal.

Monday, 2 April 2018

project 365: week thirteen

 085: Running errands in the city and it's so exciting to see more stalls appear at the market square. Now they've mostly been Easter/spring flowers, but pretty sure there'll be more within a month or two. I am very much looking forward to buying veg, fruit and berries from local sellers once it's time for all that!

Friday, 30 March 2018

life with chronic pain

On this blog and on social media, I often mention in passing how I've been feeling ill/poorly, having migraines or headaches, but I've never been more explicit on the matter. And for quite a while now I have actually wanted to start talking more about these topics, maybe even health (physical and mental) in general. Because, here's the thing: I've lived with chronic pain for over a decade now. It has not been a fun experience.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

butterflies in a field

 I don't know who and where I thought I was, believing that wearing a mere t-shirt would be enough. Granted it was quite warm, but I still could only bear to take my coat off for two seconds. I just wanted to wear this skirt and as soon as this t-shirt (and some other Adidas bits) arrived, I felt optimistic and deceived by the warmth of the sun I could feel through the window and changed from a more weather-appropriate outfit to this.

Monday, 26 March 2018

project 365: week twelve

078: Started the week with uni work. V. boring.

Friday, 23 March 2018

barcelona: the rest

This Barcelona trip for me was all about Gaudí, but I did see and do other things as well. I walked a lot and while walking saw lots of things. That's usually one of my favourite things to do when travelling: just wandering the streets and possibly stumbling upon something interesting or pretty. Or anything really. (Although, now that I think about all the walking I did in the heat, it's still making me tired and making my tiny feet ache.)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

barcelona: more gaudi

Is it a surprise that I'm back with even more Gaudí? But there can never be too much Gaudí, can there. The other buildings I saw or visited in Barcelona were Casa Milà or La Pedrera, Sagrada Família and the Palau Güell. And they're all obviously beautiful.

Monday, 19 March 2018

project 365: week eleven

071: The weather's been wild basically all week. On Monday there was snow, rain and sunshine, and it's kind of been a mix of all three ever since. Where is spring? 

Friday, 16 March 2018

barcelona: park guell

After Casa Batlló, Park Güell was at the top of my list. It was the nicest weather (so warm!), so it was a dream to spend basically a full day in the park. It has all the most gorgeous architecture, the loveliest greenery and the most pleasant atmosphere in the prettiest place. You bet I was Gaudí fangirling!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

barcelona: casa batllo

I've got a few Barcelona posts coming up now, from when I visited in the summer, and to be honest they're mostly fangirling about Antoni Gaudí. First and most importantly about Casa Batlló - my one true love and long-time obsession. Seeing Casa Batlló and other Gaudí masterpieces was basically the sole reason for me to want to visit Barcelona. Which is why I immediately bought the tickets when I saw how cheap they were and when the city basically was on my way travelling from Portugal to Finland.

Monday, 12 March 2018

project 365: week ten

064: City lights. I had a rather basic and boring week last week, but there were some pretty moments, too.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

thursday thoughts pt. 50

Usually my "Thursday Thoughts" include a quote and maybe some thoughts of my own. But for International Women's Day I've selected a few quotes by a few amazing women that I've found inspiring lately:


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

project 365: week nine

Usually I post these weekly Project 365 posts on a Monday, but I'm pretty sure nobody will notice this being a day late! Here's some things I did last week:

057: Started my week the right way by going to the cinema. I went to see Black Panther and it was amazing. I'd go see it again, but there's other films I want to see as well (and I ain't made out of money). But it was incredible, I would be okay with Marvel dropping everything else and focusing on making more things with Black Panther and Wakanda and all that.

Friday, 2 March 2018

isn't the world a lovely place?

Every other blogger/vlogger/social media person was talking about the Colourpop My Little Pony collection last autumn and after umming and ahhing about it for a while I also got the whole collection in the autumn. And only got around to talking about it today. But that doesn't really matter 'cause My Little Pony is life, always.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

little grey riding hood

 Coat&Dress - 2nd hand
Hooded scarf - Self-made
Cardigan - Made by my grandma
Shoes - H&M
Gloves - Accessorize

Monday, 26 February 2018

project 365: week eight

050: A self-portrait in a dirty mirror while being ill. (Always a good way to start the week.)

Friday, 23 February 2018

about history

I'm definitely one of those bloggers who has drafts dusting in the corners of my blog and laptop, whether they include photos, text or both that for whatever reason I leave unfinished. And they stay unfinished for weeks, months and years. At some point I'll come back to them and either finish and publish or decide it's time to move on as they are not relevant anymore, I don't feel like that anymore or sometimes I don't even have a clue on what I've been trying to convey with my ramblings. So here's one of those posts I've been meaning to post since before I graduated in 2015 - and was a bit sad about the possibility of it being the last time I study history. And I just felt like publishing it in the end and today's the day! I've edited this and most of the brackets are by 2018-Laura, not that I've really changed that much or changed my opinions since I first started writing this.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

a quick look at amsterdam

Here's a little throwback to the summer when I visited Amsterdam...

Monday, 19 February 2018

project 365: week seven

043: Is it obvious I forgot to take pictures this day and then just had to get a snap of something for this photo a day project? That is definitely what happened. And has happened before. And will probably continue to happen. I kind of like this one, though.

Friday, 16 February 2018

forum marinum in turku

Another Turku attraction/museum I've liked is the maritime museum, Forum Marinum. I mostly heard about it because my uncle has worked on ships and has also donated some things to the museum. Other than that my opinions on the place are not at all biased (haha)!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

turku castle

A Valentine's tip: Take your partner to a castle and treat them like the queen they are. JK, just trying to make this post relevant to the day. Although, if someone wanted to take you on a trip to a castle, saying no would be just rude. (Granted they are someone you like and not a random creep.)

Monday, 12 February 2018

project 365: week six

036: Boring uni things to start the week! Honestly, I didn't get very far because, you know, procrastination..

Thursday, 8 February 2018

thursday thoughts pt. 49

I'm pretty sure I doodled this while procrastinating and avoiding uni work.

Monday, 5 February 2018

project 365: week five

 Here's what my last week consisted of:

029: Knitting projects.

Friday, 2 February 2018

snow, sewing and (bell) sleeves

These are still from Lapland and I am now back home in the south so it's easier to say that I miss a proper winter like this. Because isn't it pretty? The snow everywhere, the frosty trees, the glow of the sun as it goes down, even the little snowflakes falling on me. We have a tiny amount of snow in the south at the moment, but it's nothing compared to this.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

two seasons in taavolagården

Taavolagården is such an idyllic new little place we've discovered and have visited it for a few times since the summer now. It has a café in a building from the early 19th century (1834, I think, since all the signs say so?) complete with interiors fit to that era, as well as a boutique/gift shop and a flea market. In the summer I've also seen people selling handmade goods outside. It is all so cute! So here's some contrasting pictures from this charming wee place in winter and in summer.

Monday, 29 January 2018

project 365: week four

022: I did an art. Or rather finished something I started before Christmas, didn't like it for a while, redid a little, and then finished. If you've read this post from a year ago about the Ylivieska church, you might get how this is a somewhat meaningful piece of art for me. The piece of burnt wood is something I've salvaged myself and the nail is something that is sold and I've gotten as a gift and they're both from the church. Looking forward to hanging this on my wall at some point!

Friday, 26 January 2018

tartan and space buns in budapest

Here's more of the Fisherman's Bastion, the Parliament Building and me - all being real pretty✌ Really, though, Budapest is so pretty. And I am very proud of my little mother for taking all these decent pictures of me!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

budapest: part two

We spent basically all of our second day in Budapest on the side of Buda, on the Castle Hill. It was the only day that was a bit gray and it even rained for a while, but it was still a really lovely day. (10/10, would recommend all of Budapest.)


Monday, 22 January 2018

project 365: week three

015: I started last week in a mess of sewing things, make-up and stationery. (And to be honest it has stayed a mess, too.)

Friday, 19 January 2018

yellow mellow fellow in budapest

Top&Skirt&Leather jacket - 2nd hand
Socks - Topshop
Shoes - Vagabond


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

budapest: part one

In the autumn I took my mum to Budapest for a few days (because I am a great daughter). It was such a good time to go as well since the weather in Finland was getting colder but it was still reasonably warm in Budapest! I had been telling my mum I'd take her on a holiday since my graduation (so, 2015), but she's a weirdo and despite wanting to go places she never does and has an excuse for not going to every place I'd suggest. But somehow as I found cheap tickets to Budapest and organised everything else, she finally said yes. And we both loved the city.

Monday, 15 January 2018

project 365: week two

008: Started the week with midnight baking...


Thursday, 11 January 2018

moomins in tampere

A gloomy, gray autumn day in Tampere last year was, in fact, not that gloomy once we (we being my entire family) went to the Moomin Museum. In any case, I tend to enjoy gloomy days like this anyway and lately all my pictures have looked rather bleak and dark. And I definitely enjoy anything Moomin related. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the museum, apart from this one area in which I'm awkwardly standing next to a cardboard Moomintroll and a text saying anyone who eats pancakes with jam cannot be that dangerous (which is true and such a good, classic Moomin quote!).


Monday, 8 January 2018

project 365: week one

 I didn't do it last year (and noticed a clear decline in the number of pictures I took and honestly kind of missed it) so this year I've decided to do Project 365 again. Here's the first week and the beginning of my - at least - photo-a-day in 2018:


Thursday, 4 January 2018

thursday thoughts pt. 48

This is something that was part of my yearly goals last year, and still continues to be one. I am certainly not the best with my sleeping schedule: before the Christmas holiday I found myself going to bed around 3am which is not ideal. I try to get up to 8h sleep every night, I try to go to bed before midnight, but as I have absolutely no routine and reason to be out and about come 8 o'clock, I've really come to struggle with going to sleep at a reasonable hour. I've been a bit better while visiting my mum, but still - I am currently still in my PJs and it's nearly 5pm. Please, tell me I am not the only one who is this bad at being an adult/reasonable and responsible human bean!

But this is what I'm trying to do. Early to bed and early to rise, so that I can be all the things I want to be in 2018 and every other year: healthy, wealthy and wise. If enough sleep can make a man all that, it'll surely give something extra to a woman, right? I'd be happy to just be these three things, though!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

an unexpected pori trip

As I've been ill (but okay now!) coming from 2017 to 2018, I didn't manage to get any kind of reflective new year's posts or hopeful/inspiring 2018 goal posts done. To be honest, I didn't feel like it anyway as I can sum up it like this: 2017 left me feeling quite 'meh' and I only hope 2018 will be better! Which is why my first post of the year is this one that I hope the coming year will be like, too: a little trip to a little city that was a little bit lovely.

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